Large, pretty screen, Snappy performance
While not perfect, the LG Optimus L9 II is definitely among the better-made mid-range Androids that we've come across lately. Sure, it might seem like a pretty humble smartphone at a glance, but trust us, once you take it for a spin, you realize that it is a device with plenty of potential. Or if we have to be more specific, it is a sleek and compact handset with a pretty screen and good performance - traits that make it a phone worthy of attention.
Snappy performance of the quad-core MediaTek chip at a low price
The Acer Liquid E2 Duo is a controversial device. On one hand is the snappy processor, brilliant camera and the nice and up-to-date nearly stock Android 4.2. On the other is the utter lack of attention to detail and a design that is not pretty.
That is the exact problem many white box manufacturers from China face right now. Android has gotten to the point where even cheaper devices can deliver enough of an oomph to drive a smooth daily performance, but consistently fail in design.
Near-vanilla Android software
The Acer Liquid E2 is a solid but ugly Android phone. Its stand-out design point - the speaker grilles - are eye-catching, but look more like sink plugholes than speaker ports. They're a sham, too, as sound quality is nothing special. If you don't mind the looks and just want a competent, well-priced Android device, though, the E2 supplies the goods.
Cheap, Decent performance, Bold screen
With its quad-core processor and bold screen, the Acer Liquid E2 will happily tackle most of your everyday needs and won't force you to empty your bank in order to buy it. It's a decent all-round budget option, but you'll have to put up with its miserable design and meagre storage.
IPS technology with excellent viewing angle stability
At the beginning of the review we asked the question what Acer's mixture is good for. This question can be answered with two simple words: A lot! On the plus side, the Acer Liquid E2 Duo offers a bright, high-contrast IPS display with a great color display. In addition to that it has a pleasing application performance and good battery runtimes. As was already the case for its sister model, the outstanding feature is the intuitive dual-SIM integration.
Nice looking display for a mid-ranger
Taking into consideration everything we've checked out with the LG Optimus F7, we have to admit that it's a very well rounded contender that's above most other mid-rangers that are out on the market. And to an extent, it can very well hold its ground against some higher-end devices, especially when it's priced to attract at $100 with a 2-year contract.
Superb low lighting camera performance
Frankly people, this isn't the most cutting-edge or compelling device in recent memory, as we can name quite a few notable ones that are superbly premium in all categories. Regardless of that, the Nokia Lumia 920 simply has the luxury of being attached with the notion of having a whole lot of value for the buck. Naturally, we can overlook the fact that it's rather hefty looking in size mainly due to it sporting one solid build quality combined with its stylish color availability.
Looks good and performs smoothly
The Lumia 920 looks good and performs smoothly. It has a deluge of features, and a great camera. And the Windows Phone 8 software really stands out. Camera features like the ability to add motion or delete people who've wandered into the shot along with the phone's augmented reality-flavoured City Lens option will likely set the Lumia apart from other Windows Phone handsets.
Fast, beautiful, excellent display
The Nokia Lumia 920 is undeniably the hero phone for Windows Phone 8's launch. It has an elegant and memorable design that feels great in hand and looks classy. The superb 4.5" IPS display has rich colors, excellent contrast and it works with gloves. Though text doesn't look quite as painted on as it does on the HTC One X, HTC Droid DNA and iPhone 5 the display's extremely high pixel density and sharpness make for an excellent experience.
Combined with Akruto Sync this is the Best Phone on the Market
Lumia 920's screen with its brilliant colors is simply gorgeous. Clear Black technology uses dual polarizes to reduce reflections and increase contrast. This makes the screen very easy to see outdoors, with no glare. When indoors, it just makes the contrast that much better, resulting in a more vivid picture. Display brightness is adjusted automatically for the bright-light and low-light conditions (but you can change display settings manually, too).
Gorgeous screen that puts the iPhone and Galaxy S III to shame
This is a beautiful phone with a few flaws, most of which can be fixed through software updates. Ignore the complaints about how heavy it is. You can slip it into your pocket and never know it's there. The integration with contact lists from Facebook and LinkedIn is so nice it alone makes me want to stay with WP.
That said, this is my new phone. For its battery flaws, once I shut off LTE, it's as reliable as any 3G phone. I can't tear my eyes off the screen.
PureView camera features
A 4.5in display with a 720p resolution, a number of camera features including a new optical image stabilisation system and a built-in wireless charging system are the key features of the Nokia's new flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 920. We can only hope it arrives in Australia as soon as possible.
Windows 8 skills, Large screen, Nokia apps
Nokia's mission statement in the smartphone space is arguably to play catch up with the iPhone and slew of Android based rivals that now are so strong in the market, certainly in the west. The Lumia series thus far has done a good job of providing a sturdy, nice looking alternative to both of these.
Linked into this is Microsoft, which also still has some work to in order to catch up the likes of Android in terms of market share and apps.
High pixel densitiy screen, over 250ppi
The LG Optimus F5 is sporting a 4.3-inch IPS display with qHD resolution (960 by 540 pixels). It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor of undisclosed make and model, backed up by 1GB of RAM. You also get a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing snapper, 8 gigs of storage and a microSD card slot. The LG Optimus F5 has a thickness of 9.3 millimeters, which is okay considering that there's a 2,150mAh battery at its back.
LTE module, high contrast, good images
The first impression is often decisive and so it was with the LG P875 Optimus F5's. Already the first hands-on was boring. Design and haptics are not particularly innovative and the hardware can be found in many devices. It features an SoC from Qualcomm with a clock rate of 1.2 GHz and 1 GB RAM. In addition, the Optimus F5 comes with the usual wireless modules including LTE, NFC, and Bluetooth. Admittedly, the smartphone performs well and achieves satisfactory results in the benchmarks.
Good low lighting camera performance
On the surface, there's nothing cool or hip looking with the Nokia Lumia 810, which is a shame considering it's a Lumia device, but yet, it's lacking any of the distinct design cues to make it a part of the family. However, once you're able to overlook its boring design and discover its inner beauty, the Lumia 810 really shines as an entry-level smartphone. Interestingly enough, the Windows Phone 8 experience here is identical to what you'll find in Nokia's flagship in the Lumia 920.
Keyboard is a wonderful addition
If you're looking for the perfect couch or bedside companion that boots instantly and won't attract virii like Windows, but has a desktop-like web browser, email, PDF viewer, music player and more, then the N810 is attractive. It sells for significantly less than list price (often under $400) and for that price it has a lot to offer then Internet-addicted set. The keyboard is a wonderful addition, though the GPS excites us less thanks to the subscription fee for navigation and slow fix times.
The Nokia Lumia 810 is an undoubtedly solid smartphone, but its ultimate undoing is the Lumia 920, a better device that costs less money. If you're unwilling to jump ship from T-Mobile, Nokia's custom software also throws a wrench in the equation, because you'll need to choose between superior hardware that does less (HTC 8X), or a relatively inferior smartphone that does more (Lumia 810). Alternatively, you could also wait for the Lumia 920 to break free of its six-month AT&T exclusivity.
A new breathe of fresh air. After using using various phones of Blackberry, iPhone and Android for the last 5 or 6 years I never imagined that I will go for another OS. Not too long ago whenever I travelled overseas I met and heard people praising their Nokias. I used to be an Apple fan but lately was somewhat becoming disappointed. So I was ready to try something new. As Nokia for Windows Phone 8 was announced I started waiting for Nokia eagerly.
ClearBlack coated AMOLED display
If you're looking for Windows Phone - or maybe just an excuse to try Windows Phone - the Lumia 810 is free on T-Mobile with a new contract. Despite the fluid transitions and animations, I have a hard time believing this phone is going to last the full two years of a carrier agreement though.
Super fast, nice display, good user experience
When I first unpacked the LG Optimus 4X HD I was disappointed. The looks of the phone just leave me unimpressed after carrying an HTC One X around for a couple of months. But after using the phone for over a solid week, I can tell you that I really do like the Optimus 4X HD. It has a nice screen, great speed and fluidity, and the battery life is strong compared to most other Android smartphones. LG even did a nice job with software customizations.
Carrying regular SIM and microSD slots, plus a removable battery
The LG Optimus 4X HD is undoubtedly the best Android smartphone that the company has produced to date. It covers the geeky ground with a quad-core Tegra 3 chip, large and vivid HD display and the latest Android 4.0 out of the box. The design is simple and pleasant, with a few welcome twists that make the phone a looker from the prism-shaped sides and easier to grip.
Great video playback
If we didn't live in a world where we have the Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X, there is no doubt about it the LG Optimus 4X HD would be the best phone out there bar none. Its specs are fantastic.
The trouble is, LG has released this handset six months too late which means it offers nothing new. Unfortunately and it pains us to say this LG has simply created a me-too handset or that's how it looks. And while we like it, we're not blown away because we've seen it all before.
Overall, the LG Optimus 4X HD is a very impressive phone. It's slim and light, has an excellent HD screen, super fast performance and aggressive price tag. In short there's an awful lot here to like. However, it's still far from perfect as its camera software needs work to improve the autofocus and it's battery life lags behind it's main rivals.
4.7-inch True HD IPS touchscreen
The LG Optimus 4X HD demonstrates the power of a quad-core processor, particularly in gaming. It also has a gorgeous display and the latest available version of Android to boot. The camera isn't as good as the HTC One phones or the Samsung Galaxy S III, however, and I wish LG had left Android 4.0 alone. But overall, the LG Optimus 4X HD has what it takes to compete with other top-of-the-line Android phones.
Refined, well-crafted design
It's clear that with the Optimus 4X HD LG's trying to step things up a notch and break away from an embarrassing string of forgettable smartphones. From a design standpoint it's a hit -- the 4X HD is refined and well-crafted, with great attention to detail. At this price point (490 / $590) we'd prefer fancier materials, but this also applies to Samsung's Galaxy S III. Spec-wise it fits the bill, at least on paper.
Nice customisation features, powerful, microSD slot
The performance of the Optimus 4X HD is good. For everyday tasks, we've enjoyed the speed and power that comes with the hardware and up-to-date software that LG has in its flagship handset.
There are a few niggles, some more significant than others. The design isn't quite for us, but this is purely subjective. The software quirks aren't critical, there's nothing we dislike and can't fix, but we think there is space for LG to develop.
Dual-SIM functionality well implemented
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos is first and foremost a dual-SIM Android device, and should be judged as one. Let's make it clear - if dual-SIM is not a must for you, there are much cheaper and better options than the S Duos.
In the dual-SIM world, its closest rivals are the HTC Desire V coming at virtually the same price and the more affordable Acer Liquid Gallant Duo.
It adds to my day
It has been a joy for me to use for the last month of having it. I am coming from a Black berry and this has been vastly superior. The touch screen is not only very responsive but you have the built in option of just sliding your fingers from one letter to the other to type which makes if much more effortless than the typical input method and i didn't have to download an app to do taht.
Its feature rich and beautiful to hold and look at.
Samsung's Galaxy S DUOS is a rock-solid, well-built smartphone featuring the exciting dual SIM technology. When looking for dual SIM smartphones, we notice that the market is not very big and that high-performance alternatives are not available. The Galaxy S DUOS is the leader of the dual SIM smartphone sector with its installed hardware. Although the manufacturer's basic approach is going in the right direction, a clear plus in performance would have greatly improved the overall rating.
I've been with MetroPCS for quite awhile and can say this device is it. Like everyone has said its fast, but the memory is what sold... Over 5 GIGS! Internal! I'm sorry but I had no idea how nice it is to have that with a dual core and 1gig of ram and ice cream sandwich! I had the HTC Wildfire S and this thing is like comparing a Prius to a BMW. I'm not sure if other owners know this but the LG system lets you DISABLE OR UNINSTALL BLOATWARE!
We have to say, at $49.99 with a 2-year contract, the Samsung Focus 2 isn't that bad of a smartphone even more when this is a brand spanking new device we're talking about! Strengthening its value, we love that it sports an adorable design, equipped with 4G LTE connectivity, and offers that casual Windows Phone experience like everything else before it.
Fast performance, Solid camera
The Samsung Focus 2 is an excellent Windows Phone released at the worst possible time. Yes, the elephant in the room is that Windows Phone 8 is just around the corner, and like all devices running the Mango OS, the Focus 2 can't be upgraded.
It doesn't help that thanks to aggressive pricing the Nokia Lumia 900 can now be found in the same budget $50 price range as the Focus 2.
Well-balanced and cleverly priced device
The Samsung Focus 2 will not sell by the millions. It is not designed to do so. What Samsung have done with the I667 instead, is to create a well-balanced and cleverly priced device to keep the competition on its toes. Unsurprisingly, it is a task well executed.
Super AMOLED display
It's not the best Windows Phone device out there but it will keep you happy. That being said, it's a risk to buy a new Windows Phone device now since it won't be updated to the newest version of the OS, coming this fall. Weigh your options before making this call.
Very tidy device
The Samsung Focus 2 is a very tidy device, and currently the cheapest phone on AT&T to combine LTE and Windows Phone 7. Anyone who purchases it won't be disappointed, especially those who require long battery life. That said, if a great camera or a big, high-res screen are in your list of must-haves, look elsewhere.
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