Compact to hold and carry around
Overall, we're content with the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II. Not only is it more fashionable than the original model, but is quite faster with the dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. The full QWERTY keyboard is one of its main features, and we like how it is laid out and is easy to use for those of you that do a lot of typing. We do wish that the 4" screen was a little larger and higher resolution, but it still does a good job for a mid-range device.
Decent choice -- the keyboard and business features
Overall, the Stratosphere 2 is a decent phone if you'd prefer a keyboard over a high-quality screen. If you want a touch device, take a look at a sleeker device with better options. Nevertheless, if you're coming from a BlackBerry, you'll find a lot to love, since it comes with a lot of business features.
I just got the phone yesterday and it is working great. It is super fast and easy to figure out, easy to work, easy to manage. It is a bit on the large side ( as it fits from fingertip to the heel of my palm) and so is the slider keyboard but that might be because I have smallish hands, otherwise the keyboard is also good. The keys are close together and not to flat or bulky.
Good call quality, Good build quality and pleasant to hold chassis
The Nokia Asha 210 goes for around $72 without a contract subsidy, so for that price you can't really ask for more than its good call quality, decent picture-taking and cool exterior. It is rather slow, though, and the dedicated messaging features and the whole Series 40 apps quality comes in rather gimmicky.
Fast, fluid performance
Adding it all together we are fairly impressed with the LG Mach as a mid-range device. With a $99 on contract price it is half of what Sprint wants for the Photon Q but is definitely more than half the phone. In our testing the Mach can go toe-to-toe with the Photon Q in just about any category and will usually come out ahead. In fact, thanks to the S4 plus processor the LG Mach can match the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC EVO LTE pretty closely as well.
Sprint LG Mach 4G android phone 1st rate!
This phone connects automatically to my Bluetooth in my Mini Cooper as well as to my home and work WiFi... battery life is solid for a full day of smartphone continuous use and it recharges quickly... Advantages? Intuitive android function and no dang itunes nickle and diming to death, google play music, FREE apps, MICROSD card storage, office documents and a great tactile feedback keyboard. 4g is when needed but can be easily switched to 3g to ave power.
Relatively thin and comfortable design
The LG Mach's keyboard does not match the Motorola Photon Q ($200), and it's plastic construction and low-res screen do not impress, but LG's Android user interface is speedy. If saving $100 is important to you, the Mach may be a better choice, but aside from the keyboard, there are few compelling reasons to choose it over other Sprint phones, including LG's own Optimus G ($200) or the HTC EVO 4G LTE (also $100).
Very good build quality, Nice design
Despite being a mid-range device, the LG Mach manages to impress offering among others an affordable $99 on contract price, an excellent build quality and a very fast S4 plus. Of course the Mach has its shortcomings, such as the poor quality camera), but it is still one of the best mid-range devices we've seen.
Sprint, like most carriers, has few options when it comes to phones with a physical keyboard, so the Motorola Photon Q is clearly in a class of its own. The question is: does that have more to do with quality or a lack of competition? The Photon Q becomes harder to sell once taken outside of the context of being a great phone with a physical keyboard. This is the best implementation of Motorola's software yet, so there's plenty to like about the phone, but it's biggest draw is the keyboard.
Well designed, comfortable to use physical keyboard
So, is Motorola's Photon Q a good enough phone to keep the QWERTY alive? Probably not, considering it is probably the carrier's fourth best LTE phone. Still, for those who just can't let the QWERTY go, the Photon Q does offer an outstanding keyboard to go along with a respectable set of features. The Photon Q may not have the highest resolution screen or best camera, but it does offer quality hardware and quick performance with some nice software tweaks.
Speedy 4G device with a 1.5-gigahertz processor for fast downloads and application performance
If you want a truly excellent keyboard on an up-to-date Android device, the Photon Q is a great choice. But if keyboards aren't a priority, the rest of the features are nothing special -- and at $200 with a two-year contract, it's no bargain either.
We definitely do have the Smartphone of the moment. At $199, it's posied to be a Palm and BlackBerry killer. If you need the ultimate today; this is a great business tool with reliable ActiveSync. For the texters out there; great too. I also expect to see the Q in the hands of a few top entertainment names where once were seen BlackBerries and Sidekicks, as it looks good too. The best news; Motorola finally added top quality phone features to the already good Microsoft Smartphone platform.
This phone is fantastic. I really like having a top notch phone with a physical keyboard. I really like the user interface and the smart actions are really cool. The smart actions allow me to have different settings for the phone based on GPS location or time of day. There are also other smart action functions like battery saver mode, etc.
Even though the phone is a slider form factor, the phone feels really solid.
Good-old QWERTY keypad, Offers both touchscreen and trackpad
The sturdy build and the iconic QWERTY keypad are the high-point of the 9720. On the other hand, now that BBM is available on Android and iOS platforms, there's one less reason for users to stick with the Canadian manufacturer. Furthermore, its BIS dependability, paltry internal storage, poor camera, and dated software are major deal breakers.
In short, for Rs 15,000, the phone isn't a major update over the relatively-cheaper 9320, save for the touchscreen.
If you can somehow see through the boring design of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, you'll find a superb Android smartphone that manages to be a good device in the mid-range category. In this day and age, it seems that the sweet spot for mid-rangers tends to be at $100, and at $150 with a 2-year contract, some might think the Relay 4G to be overpriced. Instead, we find it fitting knowing that it's one of the few Android smartphones being released nowadays with a fantastic keyboard â??
Dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset
Overall, it is hard to call the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G the company's finest effort at the QWERTY theme. Given the relative lack of competition, combined with T-Mobile's traditionally large crowd of hardware keyboard lovers, the handset will likely sell well, with its buyers bound to pick one up with their thumbs, not their hearts
Low quality display, Sluggish performance, Horrible call quality
Let's talk about cost briefly here, as the Samsung Gravity Q for T-Mobile requires a down payment of $9.99 up front, then 24 monthly installment payments of $6 each, which brings its total cost to $153.99. Looking at the figure, it's not that bad, but come on, this is a quick messaging device we're dealing with here. We can name a host of other prepaid entry-level Android smartphones that deliver a significantly better experience than this.
Poor quality display
In the greater scheme of things, $50 might seem like a dandy deal for the Curve 9315, but when the platform experience is outdated, combined with the handset's cheap feel, it doesn't make it a prized possession against other comparable smartphones. At this point folks, unless you're firmly in love with the old platform, you're better off waiting for RIM's next-generation BlackBerry OS 10 devices.
Excellent build, Great Keypad
Available for around Rs 3300, this deivce offers excellent build quality, chic design, and user-friendly interface. 3G connectivity and a USB-port would have further sweetened the deal, but unfortunately some smart buggers at Nokia thought that these features would have been a tad too much for a phone in its price bracket. Despite these absentees, the Nokia Asha 205 is a very good phone for the price.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
When we recently reviewed Verizon's BlackBerry Curve 9310, we mentioned that for the same price of $49 on-contract, there are better options. The Pantech Marauder is one of them. Not only does it have the advantage of running Android ICS, but also can use Verizon's 4G LTE data network. Overall, the Pantech Marauder fits in the $49 price category just fine, but keep in mind that some of its features, such as the display and camera, can't compete with devices costing $200+.
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