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Samsung SCS-2U01 3G Verizon Wireless
Nokia N95
Apple iPhone 3G
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1
Apple iPhone
Samsung SCS-2U01 3G Verizon Wireless Network Extender Indoor CDMA/EVDO Cellular Router
Nokia N95 Smartphone
Apple iPhone 3G Black (16 GB) Smartphone
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1
Apple iPhone 3G (8 GB) Smartphone
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  • After using the Verizon 3G Network Extender for over a week with our two phones, we are pleased with the results, as call quality is somewhat improved with voices sounding better on both ends. It also provides EVDO Rev A for data, which is a noticeable improvement of the previous model for download speeds, though the upload speed and ping times still aren't that great. If you live in an area that has poor cell tower coverage, we would highly recommend the Verizon 3G Network Extender for use in your home or office.

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    - Sure, the N95 is a perfectly fine phone, but that's not why it's so expensive.
    - The phone's GPS mapping is gorgeous, its Web browser sublime, and its 3D games will knock your socks off.
    - The handset is handsome too, with a curved purple back and a silver face.
    - The quad-band N95 gets very good reception on both Cingular's and T-Mobile's networks.

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    - In hand, the unit feels surprisingly light.
    - One of the first things we noticed is the sharp 2.6-inch 240 x 320-pixel screen.


  • The Nokia N95 is undeniably an amazing phone. We've seen phones that cram nearly as many features in (notably missing that 5MP camera) but they're much larger, heavier and less attractive. Somehow Nokia managed to fit it all into a very attractive mid-sized phone that makes most Palm and Windows Mobile phones look very large. As a camera phone, the N95 is a leap into the future with its excellent 5 megapixel camera and strong autofocus lens.


  • The iPhone 3G delivers on its promises by adding critical features and sharper call quality. The iTunes App Store is pretty amazing, and the 3G support is more than welcome. Critical features still are missing, and the battery depletes quickly under heavy use, but the iPhone 3G is a big improvement over the original model.


  • The iPhone 3G is certainly the most fun and easy to use phone available today and for the foreseeable future. Yet it brings smartphone features to the table and a very powerful Internet experience-- two things not usually associated with fun and easy. If AT&T has good service in your area and you like touch screens, the iPhone is certainly worth the $199 (8 gig) to $299 (16 gig) price of admission.


  • With its faster networking, GPS for location-based services and, best of all, the App Store, Apple takes a significant step forward with the iPhone 3G as a consumer-centric device. This phone is special, and though it's not for everyone (hardware keyboard lovers need not apply), it is a great choice for consumers who wants a true convergence device. It's not only a decent phone, it's the best iPod on the market and the best portable Web browser money can buy.


  • The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is a well-designed and fully stocked smartphone that offers great customization through the interactive panel interface. However, with its high price tag, the X1 will be a hard sell for most customers and will be a purely luxury item.


  • - Panels are essentially large, finger-friendly blocks that sit on your home screen and let you quickly access various applications.

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    In the end, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 comes across as a niche product. It does some things really well, like web browsing and messaging, but some of its high-tech goodies, like its display, actually seem to make the device harder to use, not easier. The X1 is not a real speed demon, though it is acceptably quick for most tasks.


  • In both hardware and software, the iPhone is a truly new creation. In the technology industry, we tend to call these 1.0 products, and many savvy consumers choose to wait until a second version arrives, presumably with the original version's bugs worked out.


  • - It feels slow and inaccurate.
    - Its ultra thin design has an impressive and solid feel.

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    - The iPhone is intuitive, interconnected, and impossible to get lost in--just hit the home button to get to the main screen.