Fast HSPA speeds
Knowing that there are plenty of killer Android smartphones on the horizon, one would suspect the HTC Vivid to be lost among the juggernauts that are expected to come very shortly. To tell you the truth, it might be written off as an underappreciated handset since there are no glamorous advertising campaigns behind it though, it's rather hard to do that when AT&T's 4G LTE footprint is still severely limited.
Big, bright display
AT&T's HTC Vivid still isn't our dream Android handset, but it's much closer to being worthy of a recommendation. Considering the on-contract price, you'll be hard-pressed to find an Android 4.0 handset as slim and attractive as this one, especially if you're living in an area being served by the carrier's 4G LTE network.
LTE is well-trodden territory for HTC, thanks to its previous dalliance with Verizon and the Thunderbolt. And with AT&T now taking "real" 4G to consumer's hands, it's understandable that the operator would want valuable hardware insight on its side. Sadly, the Vivid falls short of clearing a few performance hurdles, but if you absolutely must have an LTE device on the carrier's network, it's not an altogether terrible choice.
The real bang for your buck in this device is that you're getting an 8-megapixel camera with HTC's camera software that has many different filters, scenes, and an ultra-quick tap-to-shoot speed, LTE connectivity (if you live in one of the few places in the USA where this network is deployed), and the unique physical form of the handset.
Excellent display, latest Sense UI comes with fun lockscreens
The HTC Vivid is not the most exciting of HTC's line-up design-wise, but it's a very capable and well rounded device. Although it's larger form-factor is not for everyone, we also love its excellent high res and vivid 4.5" qHD display. That said, the HTC Vivid will really have its chance to shine when it's able to run on 4G LTE. We're hoping 4G LTE lands in New York sooner than later. For now, 4G LTE has been announced in 15 markets around the country.
Sub-par battery life
I had a lot of hope for the Charge when I started my review of it. I was hoping that it would give the same experience as the ThunderBolt, but offer improved battery life. Unfortunately, the combination of issues I experienced with data connectivity, UI lag, and battery life leads me to believe that the Charge is not a great choice for most people.
Impressive Super AMOLED Plus display
Before, there was only one choice if you wanted a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone: the HTC ThunderBolt. Now with the Samsung Droid Charge, the bar is raised and there is some competition on the field. We love the large 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen, and the 8MP camera does OK for most outside pictures, even though the video recording is a bit of a disappointment.
Super AMOLED+ screen
The choice should seem obvious at this point. We have two phones diverged in a wood- The HTC Thunderbolt and the Droid Charge. The Thunderbolt has the better Sense interface, more out-of-box storage, and a kickstand. The Charge has its Super AMOLED+ screen, and that's about it. Our vote is for the Thunderbolt because it's a better-equipped device, but if you're used to the Galaxy S experience, then the Droid Charge is worth taking a gander at.
Yes, $299 is a lot to spend on a smartphone. But the Samsung Droid Charge offers a lot for your money: blazing LTE speeds, a large and bright display, and an excellent camera. Its main 4G LTE rival on Verizon, the $249 HTC Thunderbolt, offers comparable performance, a more elegant Sense UI, and better build quality. However, we give the edge to the Droid Charge because it lasts longer on a charge and has a superior display.
Large and best in class display
The Droid Charge by Samsung is a solid 4G LTE smartphone with a stunning and large Super AMOLED Plus display. If you want the best in display technology or have grown accustomed to Super AMOLED, the Droid Charge has your number. 4G LTE performance is excellent and on par with the HTC Thunderbolt without the battery life hit. However, we found the Charge's voice quality and reception to be less than optimal, and the HTC clearly wins that battle.
Overall call quality and audio quality was good.
The Droid Charge is a total sleeper. We'll be perfectly honest that we weren't expecting to be wowed but, well, we're certainly impressed. In terms of performance it's more or less on par with the recently-released Thunderbolt, but battery life is far superior and, while the Super AMOLED Plus display has its quirks, we think they just add character. The imaging sensor 'round the back is top-notch and, overall, this is a very good phone. The only real disappointment?
Great Battery Life/Pretty Good Phone too!!
This phone is incredible and so is 4G! I got 12.2 mb download and 4.6 mb upload speeds with the speedtest.net app from the Android Market!! With a few exceptions, Samsung has done a great job creating a phone that is smooth to operate, surfs the internet incredibly fast, seems to be relatively bug free and has really good battery life - at least for a droid. I can also say that the reception of the Samsung Droid Charge is better than that of my old Blackberry.
Good battery life
The Samsung Galaxy Prevail, although not a high-end smartphone, is certainly a solid option for the Boost Mobile customer looking to upgrade their handset. It benefits from the full Android ecosystem, as well as Sprint's nationwide 3G network for solid data capabilities. The build quality is very nice, and there is abundant use of soft-touch rubber on the phone's body to provide extra grip.
With a $180 price tag, you'll get the Prevail for a song given what you'll otherwise pay for a smartphone off-contract (upwards of $500, usually). Along with the affordable $50 monthly unlimited data plan, we were inclined not to be snobbish about the details -- a plastic finish here, a lower-resolution camera there. But we just can't excuse a touchscreen so finicky that we were constantly selecting the wrong link, email, or map destination, and even making mistakes in games.
Nice little design
Overall the Samsung Galaxy Prevail is a great little addition to Boost Mobile's line up and a great entry level smartphone for customers looking for a cheap smartphone. Like the LG Optimus C, it is a bit late to the market, and with no real differentiators, it can quickly get lost in the pack. In Boost Mobile's line up, the Galaxy Prevail comes off as a strong contender, but with the rise of cheaper smartphones on national carriers, the Prevail loses its advantage.
The Samsung Galaxy Prevail is a unique elegant device with a reasonable price. It has an acceptable HVGA resolution. The 2MP camera is quite good that produced better images than expected. The Prevail takes over the top spot as the Boost Mobile's best smart phone. It may not be as advanced as a dual core 4G phone, but this handset deserves the Galaxy name and one would wish to own this phone.
Very fast, unadulterated Android experience
Overall, the Google Nexus S 4G is a very good phone, if not a little late. If it were any other device we'd probably chide Sprint more for taking so long to pick it up, but it's more about what the Nexus S 4G represents than the actual handset itself. Having a second carrier offer a pure Google phone is only a good thing for consumers and for the Android platform. The smartphone itself is still pretty capable though.
If you love Android in its purest form, then the Google Nexus S is the phone for you. If you like it a little more feature rich, check out the HTC range. And (whisper it) if you're agnostic and can afford it, the Nexus S is still not an iPhone beater, so make sure you check out all your options first.
good quality speakers
Some people have been a bit disappointed with the Google Nexus S, pointing out that with dual core, high resolution smartphones around the corner, it doesn't really push the boat out far enough for what is supposed to be a flagship device, especially given its high launch price. And, this is certainly true to an extent: it is basically just a souped-up Samsung Galaxy S and lacks basics like a microSD slot.
the phone is slender, glossy slab of Samsung goodness.
We have a winner, and it's called the Nexus S by Samsung. No other smartphone with similar specs has achieved such an awesome battery life. No other smartphone has exhibited such a sleek and intuitive interface, courtesy of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. No other smartphone offers such a bare bones Google experience without all of the useless crap plastered within the mobile landscape today.
Crisp and colorful Super AMOLED display
In some ways the Nexus S 4G is behind the curve among $199 Android phones. It doesn't boast a dual-core processor or HD video recording. What this device brings to the table is an interface that's not cluttered with carrier apps and the ability to leverage new features as Google rolls them out. We also love how Netflix movies and TV shows look on the Super AMOLED screen, and that you can use your Sprint number as your Google Voice number.
Poor camera and multimedia features
All in all, the Nokia C2-03 stands out with nothing but its ability to handle two SIM cards at the same time. That factor aside, the phone has a few drawbacks that makes us suggest looking for an alternative before buying it. Its keypad, for example is rather uncomfortable, unless your fingers are small enough, and its Internet browser is practically unusable. Furthermore, the phone's display has a low color depth and its low brightness makes it hard to use in broad daylight.
The scalloped individually mounted keys feel secure and responsive and the layout is excellent.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is another classic BlackBerry that ticks all the boxes we'd expect; the keyboard's great, the screen is small but very sharp and nice to look at, messaging facilities and call quality are superb, and you'll get days of use out of it. However, it's not much of an upgrade compared to the Bold 9700 and is starting to look a bit behind the times.
good viewing angles
For current BlackBerry users who aren't interested in a touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 comes highly recommended: it possesses a great keyboard, best-in-class email capabilities and a refreshing new interface. However, it offers little incentive for others to switch to the BlackBerry platform.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a safe phone, based on a trusted model (the Bold 9700), and anyone that’s looking for reliability and ease of use will not be disappointed with it.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a safe phone, based on a trusted model (the Bold 9700), and anyone that's looking for reliability and ease of use will not be disappointed with it.
the external speaker is very good, having more body than many other rivals.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is an improvement over the 9700, which was an excellent device in itself. The inclusion of more RAM and a new operating system brings a device that runs faster and smoother than previously, but feels as though it is already slightly out of date, especially when you start examining the multimedia offering.
good viewing angles
For current BlackBerry users who aren't interested in a touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 comes highly recommended: it possesses a great keyboard, best-in-class e-mail capabilities and a refreshing new interface. However, it offers little incentive for others to switch to the BlackBerry platform.
Picture quality was surprisingly good when we tested the camera outdoors.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 offers an unparalleled QWERTY keyboard and the new OS 6 addresses a number of key complaints we had in the past, including the browser which was seriously behind the times. This makes it one of the best non-touchscreen QWERTY smartphones in the market.
Audio was more than loud enough to listen to music while sitting at my desk.
When the BlackBerry Style 9670 was announced, a few people commented that it was an ugly phone, making it possibly undesirable. To the contrary, I find it to be an attractive phone. Its glossy face and bright external display remind me a bit of a glowing pebble, and I like being able to see if I have new messages at a glance. I've used better keyboards on BlackBerry smartphones before, but the Style's keyboard is by no means a deal breaker.
The volume level was very good, too.
In the past, you've been able to get a BlackBerry smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard, or a BlackBerry smartphone that comes in a convenient flip-style form factor. But you haven't been able to get one that offers both -- until now. RIM and Sprint have announced the BlackBerry Style 9670 smartphone, the first flip-style BlackBerry to offer a full QWERTY keyboard. Price and Availability.
good smart phone
If you like the clamshell design and you want a messaging phone that can do more, the Style is a solid choice for $99. With its relatively snappy performance and a good camera, this device is one of the best mid-range offerings on Sprint. In fact, in some ways the Style is more satisfying than the $199 Torch on AT&T because you don't have to contend with a sluggish touch interface.
If you'd like a BlackBerry that can survive even tight jeans pockets, or wish to have a full QWERTY BlackBerry that's in a clamshell form, the BlackBerry Style is just the thing. Hiding underneath that pretty flip there's a fast BlackBerry smartphone with a great screen, awesome audio, a very nice camera and the full BlackBerry messaging and app experience. Is the new OS BlackBerry 6 revolutionary or will the new web browser blow your mind? No.
It’s not often you hear the words “smart flip phone” that is until you meet Sprint's Blackberry Style 9670.
Overall, the BlackBerry Style is an excellent choice for BlackBerry users looking for a phone with reliable hardware, excellent voice features and basic web computing capabilities. Running on 0S 6, it has similar speed to its touchscreen cousin, the Torch, but in the flip smartphone form factor. It's the perfect hybrid for someone who wants all the features of a flip phone, which is said to be more conducive for talking, with the capabilities of a smartphone.
Excellent voice quality, Practical, compact clamshell design, Full QWERTY keyboard, Respectable 5-megapixel camera, Speedy OS navigation, Sharp, bright interior and exterior screens, Affordable.
BlackBerry and style go together something like Razor scooters and cool, which is to say, they don’t. RIM may have perfected a straight-laced design that goes well with two-piece suits, polos and khakis, but originality, fashion and style are not words typically associated with the brand. The company attempts to break that mold with the purposefully named Style, a BlackBerry that discards business aspirations for a dress-down design destined for denim.
Great battery life
We were fairly impressed with the Samsung Vibrant the first time around, and the Galaxy S 4G is pretty much the same phone with faster data speed and video calling abilities. Even in today's market the Galaxy S 4G slots in the upper echelon of handsets, even as the Galaxy S II is set to launch soon. The market is moving at a breakneck pace these days, and high-end handsets almost seem cookie cutter.
Call quality was very good in my test calls, made over Sprint's network.
Samsung introduced a handful of Galaxy S smartphones this summer, and all of them are impressive. The problem is, however, that most of them are so similar that they can be hard to distinguish. But not the Samsung Epic 4G. This powerful Android-based phone packs in two features that none of its siblings offers: support for high-speed 4G networks and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard adds some bulk to the phone, and the 4G supports boosts its price, but both additions are welcome.
Out of the Galaxy phones I've tested, the Epic 4G is definitely the best, and it's certainly one of the top Android phones available.
The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support. The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support. The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support.
The black plastic back of the phone has specks of silver in it, a nice touch, and it's pretty easy to pop the cover off should you want to access the battery or memory card.
With the arrival of the Samsung Epic 4G, Sprint now has the best one-two smart phone punch of any carrier. The Evo 4G is great for those who don't need a physical keybord and want perks like HDMI output and a built-in kickstand. It also has a more elegant interface and better widgets. However, the Epic 4G packs a more impressive display--despite its smaller size--and one of the best physical keyboards we've used into a lighter design.
Sprint's second 4G Android smartphone is a winner, and we continue to be impressed with Samsung's Galaxy S line. The keyboard is wonderful, the display is dreamy and build quality is solid. Though 4G coverage and speeds aren't sending us into paroxysms of joy, Sprint's 3G EV-DO Rev. A coverage is solid and fast enough to thoroughly enjoy this largely Internet-centric Google phone. And the 1GHz Hummingbird CPU is extremely fast-- there's no lag here.
colorful, glossy 4-inch AMOLED screen
In the universe of Samsung's Galaxy S phones, Sprint's Epic 4G, may be the brightest star, and not just because it's the only 4G model of the bunch. The Epic is shockingly light, considering it's a third thicker than the other also abnormally lightweight Galaxy S models, because of its slideout horizontal keyboard. But that keyboard elevates Epic's superiority over not only its Galaxy S siblings but over Sprint's first 4G phone, the EVO 4G, to which it is more appropriate to compare.
The Torch represents RIM's most daring hardware and software to date.
The BlackBerry Torch symbolises RIM's attempt to move into a new era. A combination of new form factor and overhauled OS suggest it is keen to prove it can keep pace with the breakneck momentum behind Android and iOS adoption. The problem is while some lessons have been learnt others are painfully ignored and the age-old BlackBerry office functionality remains the primary pulling point.
attractive and well-designed phone
Will the BlackBerry Torch be the light that guides lapsed CrackBerrys back from their touchscreen migration?. Will the BlackBerry Torch be the light that guides lapsed CrackBerrys back from their touchscreen migration?Will the BlackBerry Torch be the light that guides lapsed CrackBerrys back from their touchscreen migration?.
the Torch gives excellent, crisp voice conversation with plenty of volume.
Whether or not you believe the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 from AT&T is as revolutionary as RIM’s TV ads imply, depends on what side of the smartphone divide you’re on. If you’re a current BlackBerry user, you’ll find the Torch a quantum improvement over RIM’s last touch-screen attempt, the Storm, and an amusing alternative to BlackBerry’s suddenly quaint non-touch interface.
If you demand physical call and end call buttons you’ll have no complaints -- making a call in the Torch is always a quick affair and the on screen dialler buttons are large and clear.
If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Blackberry user, or simply have no choice thanks to corporate restrictions, then you can move it to with confidence. For everyone else, it’s a case of move along, there’s nothing to see here -- and that’s a shame.
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