Great Nokia apps
The Nokia Lumia 820 is an interesting smartphone it does well in some things, but falters in others. To be more specific, we like its solid build quality and its overall size and feel. The hardware is also good, while the Nokia-branded apps, especially Maps and Drive+ are major differentiators.
However, the weak camera and poor call quality are major flaws, which cannot be understated.
Attractive design, microSD support
Nokia is building a solid line-up of smooth, competent Windows handsets that started with the original Lumia line-up last year and continues through to the Windows Phone 8 era. We feel the Lumia 820 is a building block for that line-up rather than its superstar focus.
Despite some definite plus points (microSD anyone?) this doesn't take the Windows Phone 8 crown from the likes of the Nokia Lumia 920 or the HTC Windows Phone 8X.
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
The Nokia Lumia 820 is a solid smartphone - a massive update over any of the first generation of Finnish WP devices, it has a better shot at competing with its Android rivals. The Google-powered competition still has a comfortable lead and even the huge leap Microsoft's platform has taken, combined with Nokia's design expertise, isn't enough to overturn the status-quo overnight. On the other hand, things are closer now than they have ever been.
Speedy performance, Colourful
The Nokia Lumia 820 is a solid phone, but doesn't have any of the stand-out features of the fantastic value Nokia Lumia 620, or the Nokia Lumia 920, with its excellent camera. Its screen is also a disappointment, suffering from the oversaturated colours OLED screens are prone to, while falling way behind the back in resolution terms. Performance is excellent, but it's not the complete package we now expect at this upper-mid-range price.
Build quality is good
The Lumia 820 is a smaller and cheaper version of the 920 but doesn't pack the same punch, especially in key areas such as the screen and camera. We like the interchangeable covers and decent battery life. However, in the Windows Phone 8 market, HTC's 8X could well outdo the 820 for the same price so look out for our review soon. Those not set on the operating system should consider the Nexus 4 which has high-end specs but sells for Â£240.
Simple, responsive and clean
All in all, it's the Nokia Lumia 820's design and performance that sets it above other phones in its price bracket. Simple, elegant and fast, Windows Phone 8 won't be for hardcore smartphone addicts, but it's perfect for those who want a smart phone.
Nokia's attention to detail and application suite turns an under-developed OS into a great value package, with the removable back covers adding personality and reminding us that multicomponent phones can still feel great.
So close to being awesome UPDATE
Its so close to being an amazing phone! I contemplated returning it (today is my last day to do so at AT&T without major penalty), but decided to stick with it in hopes that MS will offer a fix for one of the two problems above. Overall, the positives are outweighing the negatives. I am at least a somewhat happy user of the Lumia 820, with hopes of it turning to a very happy user once updates come out. Such is the life of an early-adopter.
Nokia seemed to have been so focused on packing the Nokia Lumia 920 with as much tech as it could, that for us it forgot about what people might actually want from a phone.
Here, with the Lumia 820, that's not the case. The micro SD card slot gives you plenty of storage for movies, photos, and music, while the removable battery gets you over any power issues you might have.
The Nokia Lumia 820 appears to be a refreshing, mid-range smartphone that will ship with the latest Windows Phone 8 platform. An 8-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, a microSD card slot for expandable memory and the use interchangeable backplates are some of its key features.
While the Nokia Lumia 920 brings the full WIndows 8 experience to smartphones, the cut-down processor, internal storage and inexplicable bulk make it an ugly proposition - it's heavier than the original Nokia Windows smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 800. 4G and MicroSD storage are useful but we'd rather use those talents on a smartphone with the power and display to really take advantage of the extra hardware.
Groundbreaking PureView camera technology
We admit that we paid the bulk of our attention in the review to the camera on the Nokia 808 PureView, because we were mesmerized by what the 41MP module is capable of. As a phone the handset functions as good as it gets with Symbian, especially if you have some experience with this mobile OS, then your basics will be covered, otherwise the learning curve might be steep.
Superb video and audio recording
The Nokia 808 PureView is the best cameraphone out there, but you'll have to be willing to forgo the simplicity, function and comfort of competing smartphones if you intend to own it. You also have to be seriously imaging-obsessed to handle this as your daily driver. While Nokia has made some effort to make image sharing painless, these features are still limited, with constrained options and an OS that often collapses under the weight of even moderate demands.
Fantastic call quality
Make no mistake, we love this phone. The price means that we can't really give it a higher score, as it's enormously expensive. But, that doesn't change the fact that we think the 808 is a lovely handset, with one of the most remarkable cameras we've ever seen. It's a technological triumph, and a photographic one too. It's also a decent phone, music player and media system. Really, aside from a slightly limp app market and that price, it's got it all.
Impressive looking camera
Nokia's 808 PureView is best described as a camera with a phone in it. A 41-megapixel camera to be precise. Though its imaging capabilities certainly sound impressive, the 808 PureView's Symbian software will determine whether or not it becomes a success.
Best HD video capture on a phone
We have two conclusions, one for current Symbian users and one for anyone coming from an alternate OS.
For Symbian users happy with their experiences so far and intent on getting the best camera phone out there, the Nokia 808 PureView will be a dream come true. We really can't over-emphasise how impressed we were with its camera. Get it - it's literally a no brainer.
The original N8 was Nokia's attempt at a smartphone flagship that also delivered incredible picture quality; now, with Windows Phone as the company's primary focus, the 808 PureView can be Nokia's megapixel mistress, providing photographic titillation for those not onboard the Microsoft train.
Great for media
The PureView 808 comes with a price tag of 33,899, which is a little too steep for the handset, especially with competitors in the Android-powered gang (Xperia S, HTC One X) in the same range. They might not able to offer the same kind of camera functionality and quality, but they do offer better options in terms of overall usability. Beats Audio on the One X is a little better in comparison to Dolby and the 12MP camera on the Xperia S is quite good too.
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.
A great handset
The HTC Sensation is a great handset, there's no doubt about that, and in my opinion it is the proper successor to the original HTC Desire. With a spec boost in almost every area it's a more convincing upgrade than the Desire S was and feels like a proper step forward both in terms of hardware and software.
Great aluminium construction
HTC strikes a fantastic balance in the HTC Sensation. It has the build quality design, the UI and the power under the hood to check all the boxes. The question everyone wants answered is: is it better than the Samsung Galaxy S II? To that we'd say, potentially, it could be better for you. With both being great bits of kit that really push the boat out in terms of power and usability, the HTC Sensation's Sense 3.0 UI feels more considered and complete than Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0.
A pretty-darn-bright dual LED flash
Whether it's just that we're getting spoilt by the quality of the HTC range or that the brand simply can't innovate at the electric pace it managed when it made Android smartphones good enough for the masses, the HTC Sensation doesn't get our pulses racing like other models in its range have.
The HTC Sensation is a frustrating device. Why? Because it comes so close to perfection but doesn't quite manage it. The high resolution screen is great but the quality of it lets it down a tad, some of the software tweaks are great but yet video support is poor, and while the performance is amazing, battery life isn't so much.
A speed demon, thanks to its advanced processing guts
The Sensation 4G is, in fact, a sensational phone for a few reasons. First off, it's a speed demon, thanks to its advanced processing guts. It also rocks one of the sexiest screens on the market, and its unconventional style is unmatched by any other model out there. Let's not forget about the award-winning HTC Sense and Android 2.3 Gingerbread tag-team of awesomeness.
excellent software keyboard
HTC calls the Sensation a "multimedia superphone" and given its razor-sharp screen, generally decent video playback (excepting Adobe Flash) and great audio, we can see why. If you can handle its sheer size, this is both an excellent phone and a superior entertainment player.
bright and sharp qHD resolution
Of all the monster 4.3-inch phones, the HTC Sensation 4G is the best designed and the most attractive. In other words, it's great because it's not a monster at all. This smartphone also has plenty of power, thanks to its dual-core Snapdragon CPU. While it's not as fast as the T-Mobile G2x and doesn't offer the same pure Android experience, the Sensation has a more intuitive interface in Sense and more battery life than the G2x (as well as most 4G phones).
Top specs on all counts
The HTC Sensation is no doubt one of the top Android smartphones for 2011. With a very high resolution 4.3" touch screen, dual core CPU, 4G HSPA and 1080p video recording, it's hard not to be tempted. Throw in HTC's Sense software and services and an elegant and classy industrial design and we're sold. The only thing that bothers us are the Sensation's benchmark numbers, which should be higher given the phone's 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon CPU and Adreno 220 GPU.
With everything said and done, the Motorola DROID BIONIC lands at top of the pile when it comes to Android smartphones available from Verizon Wireless. It is by far the best of the LTE smartphones to date, with a fast processor in a slightly slimmer design. Battery life is still a problem, but not as much so as seen in the other LTE phones, and it might not be the best option for habitual shutter bugs.
Fast dual-core processor
Without a doubt, the Motorola DROID BIONIC is a long time in the making, but after checking all the fanfare regarding it, we're actually not all that impressed mainly due to the fact that everything it has to offer has been done already. Sure it claims to fame as being the first 4G LTE smartphone with a dual-core processor, but when you break it down, there isn't one sole new thing found with it.
Nice UI tweaks and widgets
The Droid Bionic is a very capable and versatile Android smartphone that does well in most respects. But compared to slightly newer phones released since its September debut that offer more exciting features like Ice Cream Sandwich on Galaxy Nexus or the slim build of the Droid Razr Motorola's handset feels a little utilitarian by contrast.
Great 4G LTE performance
The Droid Bionic is definitely the fastest 4G LTE phone yet, and it's our new top smartphone pick for Verizon Wireless. The $299 price is steep, but you get dual-core power and blazing data speeds, plus a bevy of useful apps. We also like the qHD screen and loud speakers. The Samsung Droid Charge has a better AMOLED display for watching video and sleeker design, but the Bionic has a faster dual-core processor and offers longer battery life.
Fast phone with 4G LTE
No doubt, the Droid Bionic by Motorola is Verizon's fastest phone with its dual core processor and LTE 4G combo. Despite 9 months of marketing and excitement, it's not a world-changing phone, but we put it at the top of Verizon's lineup of Android smartphones. The Bionic is especially appealing to those who like to accessorize and find the idea of turning a 4.3" phone into a laptop substitute using the $300 Lapdock exciting.
Sheer speed and power
What will rescue the Bionic from being an unwanted stepchild is its sheer speed and power. With 4G cranked up, the browser blazing through Flash and a simple Bluetooth keyboard attached, this Droid will leave netbook users (and even some laptop workers) choking in its Bionic dust.
qHD display and dual core processor
The Motorola Droid Bionic edges in at a final verdict of 'Good' in its current standing, as of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Compared to the competition that was unleashed, the Motorola Droid Bionic only just made its presence known. Being among the first 4G LTE smartphones on Verizon's network will be its big selling point, but unlike the Motorola Atrix 4G on AT&T, it doesn't have any new unique functionality.
Clear and familiar menu
W ith the C2-00, Nokia has added a neat and very simple Dual-SIM cell phone to the portfolio. The Nokia C2-00 phone, available for only 55 Euros, has a clear and familiar menu and has standard functionalities such as Bluetooth and an audio recorder. The buttons are clearly lit up so that you can see them well in the dark.
Great build quality
Priced at Rs 2700, the Nokia C2-00 offers great build quality, decent design, and a relatively pleasant UI. A music player and email app are some of its strong points. Moreover, the hot-swappable SIM card slot is a unique feature, though it has to be said that very few will find it useful. The phone has its shortcomings, but the reasonable pricing makes it a logical purchase even if you are not looking for a dual-SIM mobile.
Hot-swappable external SIM slot
, the Nokia C2-00 offers great build quality, decent design, and a relatively pleasant UI. A music player and email app are some of its strong points. Moreover, the hot-swappable SIM card slot is a unique feature, though it has to be said that very few will find it useful. The phone has its shortcomings, but the reasonable pricing makes it a logical purchase even if you are not looking for a dual-SIM mobile.
Callers were not impressed with the HTC Arrive, calling it one of the lesser quality phones we've tested.They complained of a lot of hollowness and a buzzing sound throughout the cal, and gave it an overall rating of 7.5/10. On our end the earpiece could be harsh at times, but we had no problems hearing them. The speakerphone was particularly good and loud. We wouldn't be quite as critical as they were, but there are definitely better phones in Sprint's lineup.
Great call quality
Sprint's first Windows Phone 7 phone is an acquired taste. This "phone to save us from our phones" may have a flashy interface, great call quality, solid battery life, and a friendly, angled QWERTY. But we were reminded of our other experiences with Windows Phone 7 phones, and it was all too familiar. Internet is basic, the camera is highly disappointing, and the phone lacks removable storage space.
Lovely design and quality
The HTC Arrive is a solid smartphone and one of the few QWERTY Windows 7 phones. If you're a Sprint customer who's been hankering to try out Windows Phone 7, or you're just loyal to Microsoft's platform after years of being a Windows Mobile user, the Arrive is for you. It's well made with HTC's usual elegant design touches, has a robust hinge for tilted-mode use and call quality is solid.
Typical HTC build, design
After having used the Arrive for a few days, we think you could make a convincing argument that it's the best Windows Phone 7 device currently available. Problem is, that's still not saying much when you look at what's currently out there. Really, the landscape really hasn't changed much at all since the platform's retail introduction last year -- and HTC's upcoming HD7S could steal that title back by correcting one of the original HD7's biggest shortcomings, the weak display (a problem that...
Solid build quality
The phone has a solid build quality, but as a phone and as an OS it will depend on the user entirely, you can either love the OS as simple and straightforward, or you can hate it as too simple and lifeless. Same idea with the physical keyboard, when slid open the phone tilts towards the user, sort of like a laptop, if this appeals to you then the Arrive is perfect for you, if you prefer it to be straight like most slide out phones then you will not appreciate the Arrive.
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.
Fine design & construction
First and foremost, we're glad to see that the Motorola CLIQ 2 received some reasonably upgraded specs over its predecessor - like its high resolution display and 1GHz processor. Secondly, it's far better in terms of design and construction with its refined choice of materials. Additionally, we easily like that the keyboard has a decent look and feel to it over the original which adheres to the needs of messaging oriented users out there.
The Cliq 2 is an excellent follow-up to the original Cliq with a superb keyboard and some very useful features, but if you take a lot of pictures with your phone, you'll be disappointed with the mediocre camera. The Cliq 2 is an excellent follow-up to the original Cliq with a superb keyboard and some very useful features, but if you take a lot of pictures with your phone, you'll be disappointed with the mediocre camera. 4G goes mainstream with the HTC EVO Shift, an inexpensive Android...
very good voice quality
The Motorola Cliq 2 is a pleasant surprise: we didn't expect much from the Cliq line, but the new Cliq 2 is in a league of its own with a large, high resolution multi-touch display, Android OS 2.2 and Froyo. If you're looking for a well-made QWERTY Android smartphone with fairly high end specs at a budget price, the Cliq 2 is a solid choice.
Overall the Motorola Cliq 2 ranks in as an 'Average' phone in today's highly competitive market. Motorola has been on a rampage launching some amazing smartphones but the Motorola Cliq 2 would not be considered a part of that machine. The Cliq 2 seems to be a break from the harder hitting smartphones, which could be why it's being released on T-Mobile's network. The Motorola Cliq 2 doesn't have access to T-Mobile's 4G (HSPA+) network, which could have been a big differentiator for the phone.
Compared to its predecessor, the CLIQ 2 is a huge improvement. The display and build-quality are particular stand-outs, as is the performance from the 1GHz processor, and we prefer MOTOBLUR when it's not so all-encompassing. Unfortunately, it's still not the perfect smartphone: the QWERTY keyboard falls short of the usability you'd expect, and we prefer the board from the T-Mobile G2.
Multitude of entertainment and enterprise features
When the first Cliq launched, I was impressed by how accessible it made Android. It wasn't a super phone by any means and given today's standards for super smartphones, it is on par with a cheap feature phone. So now that Android is fully mainstream, Motorola had to make the next-gen Cliq accessible enough for the everyday user, but with the brawn to compete with other top notch phones out there.
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