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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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    - The navigation controls beneath the display are a bit difficult to use.
    - In order to make room for a larger battery, Nokia removed the protective camera lens.
    - The N95 measures a compact 3.8 inches long by 2.1 inches wide by 0.8 inch thick and weighs only 4.2 ounces.
    - It feels comfortable to hold, and the soft-touch finish on the back of the device makes it easier to grip.
    - The Nokia N95 North American Edition adds 3G support and longer battery life.

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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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    - The keys are very stiff and located even lower on the slider than on the N80, which makes them a bit of a tough reach for somebody with large hands.
    - I believe Nokia did a fine job on the physical design of the N95.
    - Nokia's N95, the subject of this review, takes the capabilities of a mobile phone to a new level.


  • 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.

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    - Battery life is pretty good.

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    Though the iPhone 3G still has flaws and lacks some crucial features, it offers significant improvements that make it worth the upgrade. The faster 3G browsing experience and the GPS support are nice. The application store, which is available on the original iPhone as well, is the cherry on top. Hopefully the future will bring MMS and video recording, as we continue to be surprised that a media-centric device lacks these features.


  • 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.

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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.

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    When 10 years have passed and people look back on the mobile phones of days gone by, I believe they will invariably look upon Apple's iPhone as the beginning of a new era. The iPhone's user interface goes beyond changing the rules: it creates its own new game to play. Touch screens have been found in some mobile phones for a long time, but never have they been used so intuitively and easily.

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    The iPhone is an amazing smartphone. After all the hype it lived up to what it expected to be. It's a good phone, great Internet device, and great iPod. Some may hate all the hype this phone gets, but it is well deserved.