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Google released Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), in October 2011 as an upgrade to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile operating system. While newer versions of Android are available -- 4.3 Jelly Bean and 4.4 KitKat -- ICS still accounts for about 15% of all installations of the OS. Noted for its clean interface, powerful sharing features and NFC (Near-field communications) integration, ICS is still a popular choice for Android users with slightly older model smartphones.

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HTC Desire 200

HTC Desire 200 Smartphone


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HTC Desire 200
Motorola DROID Maxx
Huawei Ascend G615
Asus PadFone 2
Pantech Perception
HTC Desire 200 Smartphone
Motorola DROID Maxx Smartphone
Huawei Ascend G615 Cell Phone
Asus PadFone 2 Smartphone
Pantech Perception 4G Android Phone
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Release Date
Aug 2013
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Operating System
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Android OS, v2.3.6 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Digital Camera Resolution
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
13.0 MP
8.0 MP
Screen Size(Diagonal)
3.5 inch
4.3 inch
4.5 inch
4.7 inch
4.8 inch
Battery Capacity
1230.0 mAh
3300.0 mAh
2150.0 mAh
2140.0 mAh
2020.0 mAh

  • The HTC Desire 200 has some perks going for it, like the decent audio and call quality, packing the same set of headphones that comes with the HTC One, and sporting strong loudspeaker and clean earpiece. It also flaunts a very fast camera, but its less-than-impressive entry level specs hinder the impression from the handset's advantages. At first glance, you can't ask much more from a handset in the sub-$200 category without a contract, but looking around for alternatives in that niche, we are seeing better choices for the money.


  • During our review, it became immediately apparent that there are not a lot of similarities between the G600 and the G615 - even though the phones look a lot alike. The G615 compares much better to the D1 Quad XL as far as the hardware and performance is concerned. The G615 is equipped with a 1.4 GHz quad-core SoC. The chip - just like the one for the D1 Quad XL - is sourced from HiSilicon, a subsidiary of Huawei. The various wireless and communication modules are also carry-overs from the D1 Quad XL.


  • As an independent smartphone, the Asus Padfone 2 is one impressive device that can tangle with some of the greats out there, seeing that it has that wonderful balance between raw performance and impressive hardware. Crazy to believe it, but the handset is one of the lightest smartphones in its class! Beyond that, we're glad that Asus decided to go with a different route in how the smartphone is docked with the Padfone Station.


  • The Asus Padfone 2 may be a smartphone-tablet hybrid, but the star of the show is undoubtedly the smartphone element. It's powerful, well built and energy efficient, and the camera is capable of taking decent photos and videos in the right conditions.

    However, that's only half the story, and the tablet part of the Asus Padfone 2 package is sadly lacking when stacked up against rival devices such as the Google Nexus 10.

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    So at the end of the day the Asus Padfone 2 will only cater for the needs of a specific group of people, but it will do so quite well. And as tablets continue to gain popularity, a combo like this will only be getting a bigger field to play in.


  • Consider the Pantech Perception if you're deciding among $100 smartphones, but you'll get more for your money with a discounted Samsung Galaxy S3 or other last-season phones.


  • If we were back in January, the Pantech Perception would be a halfway decent mid-level smartphone for the price. But as we mentioned earlier, with higher end devices from last year being discounted down to under $100 on-contract, it is really a tough sell for the Perception.


  • The Pantech Perception for Verizon Wireless isn't perfect, but its favorable price-to-feature ratio proves that the midrange smartphone is better than ever.


Improved Multitasking

With the release of ICS, Google made multitasking easier and more intuitive than with previous versions of Android. Once way Google improved ICS was with the addition of support for interactive widgets. Widgets are resizable objects for the home screen that enable users to perform a multitude of tasks without having to launch an app from the Applications screen. Tasks commonly accessed with use of a widget include checking email, reviewing the calendar, playing music, streaming videos and many more. Additionally, Google improved multitasking functionality in ICS by adding support for their mobile Chrome browser, which supports up to 16 open tabs simultaneously.

Camera

With ICS, Google didn't just stop with improved multitasking. The company added many other performance and feature improvements for multimedia tasks. For instance, ICS adds enhanced camera functionality for capturing both still images and videos when compared to previous versions of Android. One such improvement is the ability to capture a still image while recording a video. If you tap the screen while recording a video on an ICS phone, the camera app will save a still photo in the image gallery.

The gallery app that displays photos also received a major upgrade in ICS. New features in the photo gallery app include support for drag-and-drop, an improved photo editor and better sharing with online and cloud services. ICS also introduced integrated screenshot captures - something many users had been requesting with previous versions.

Data Sync

Another area where Google made significant improvements with ICS - versus previous releases - is in syncing data across multiple devices and services. With ICS, syncing your apps, contacts, emails, photos and videos is nearly seamless and requires little intervention on your part as the user. This means your Gmail messages, contacts and other data is always up to date regardless if you log in from your phone or a computer. If you use social media services such as Facebook or Google+, your data, posts, messages uploads and other data also synchronize seamlessly and automatically.

Android Beam

Along with improvements for features existing in previous versions, Android ICS brought some brand new ones as well. For instance, Android Beam is an innovative NFC-based sharing feature designed to help users share data and files with other NFC-enabled devices located nearby. Android Beam offers all sorts of useful near-field network functionality with applications such as multiplayer games and chat programs (especially when no Internet or Bluetooth connection is available.) Android 4.0 ICS also introduced support for connecting to Bluetooth Health Device Profiles (HDP), which use third party applications to help users connect to wireless medical devices and sensors in hospitals, fitness centers and other locations.

Security

Finally, Android 4.0 ICS brought us a major leap in smartphone security. The Face Unlock feature allows users to create digital captures of their faces and then use them to unlock their phones. The app uses facial-recognition technology and unlocks the phone only when it recognizes an authorized user. While pass codes and patterns can be effective phone-lock tools, Face Unlock allows users to create a truly unique unlocking method.

Top 5 android 4.0 ice cream sandwich cell phone:

  1. HTC Desire 200 Smartphone
  2. Motorola DROID Maxx Smartphone
  3. Huawei Ascend G615 Cell Phone
  4. Asus PadFone 2 Smartphone
  5. Pantech Perception 4G Android Phone