Great stereo speakers, Very good display panel
The HTC One mini sets a great example for how a more compact, cheaper version of an annual flagship should be done. HTC kept the same stellar and recognizable design the One has, and didn't leave out any of the unique features like the best phone speakers or the UltraPixel camera.
Premium aluminum unibody
The HTC One mini is one of the very few phones trying to fill the gap of compact high-end phones. And it comes within walking distance of being
super mini, but it doesn't really go the whole way.
Let's start off with what we like. The build of the phone is amazing, easily rivaling current flagships (heck, it even beats quite a few). The screen is beautiful and the BoomSound speakers around it are well appreciated too.
the HTC One, just smaller [updated]
HTC told us that it took a ‘no compromise’ approach to developing the HTC One Mini. Looking at the device, holding it in your hand, and flicking around the UX illustrates this point profoundly. Everything that set the One apart from the crowd is here – imaging technology, quality build materials, UX design and functionality.
Svelte metallic design, Pentaband radio
With its combination of curved lines and sharp metal edges, the slimmest phone out there is undoubtedly one of the most elegant designs we've seen, too, and not only in the Android world.
The Ascend P6 gets almost all major smartphone details right except for the mediocre camera, which has some issues both with pictures and video. For about 400 (USD or EUR), we can't complain if something is lacking on a midranger, especially in such a thin and light package.
Stylish, powerful enough for most uses
We like the P6. It's got good looks, runs well and it feels well built. Yes, there are some really minor niggles, like that daft headphone cover/pin, among some more major issues such as the limited battery life - but we still rather like the phone when it's in full swing.
Incredibly thin, Highly customisable homescreens
If you want a ridiculously slim phone to slide into your pocket and don't mind that its specs are more typical of last year's kit, the Ascend P6 is one to consider. Its overheating is a concern though, as are the small issues with construction and software. Let's hope Huawei sorts them out before it goes on sale.
Clearly arranged operating system
Overall, the Ascend P6 lags behind the current first league of smartphones in a few points. Nevertheless, it is an impressive phone but not only because of its very slim build and good workmanship. Users who do not need LTE or a Full HD screen and can accept a lower performance will get a good smartphone for just under 450 Euros (~$599), which is more located in the midrange than the premium range.
Great design, Super thin form factor
The Ascend P6 combines a good set of hardware in a very sexy design and super thin form factor that very few other handsets have achieved. Huawei has certainly done a lot of effort in order to give the P6 the title of worldÃ¢Â? Â? thinnest and the attention to detail is very evident.
Beautiful 720p display, Slim and light
All in all, the Huawei Ascend P2 is an okay mid-range Android smartphone. It is far from being the ultimate device of this class, but it gets the job done and it doesn't have any major drawbacks, save for the inexplicable lack of a microSD card slot. The pretty, 4.7-inch display tops the list of things we like about it, followed by the slim profile and lightweight body, so if these are the features you value the most, then the Ascend P2 won't disappoint.
Decent screen, Great camera, Super fast 4G
The Huawei Ascend P2 is a solid mid- to high-end smartphone with some decent features and a pleasing array of specs.
It doesn't quite have the build quality of the iPhone 5 or HTC One, nor does it have the same snappiness as the excellent Galaxy S3, and the Emotion UI may not be every Android fan's cup of tea.
First phone to support LTE CAT4
The Huawei Ascend P2 is a phone that will live or die by its pricing. It's set to sell for 399Euro, but exactly what thatÃ¢Â? Â? ll translate to in the UK is up for debate. The Huawei Ascend P2 a solid, well-made phone with solid specs, providing everything most people need without the arguable diminishing returns some of 2013's "mobile innovations" come with.
Decent style, solid battery life
Small, light, pleasant to look at and packed with a decent screen and powerful processor. On the surface, the Huawei looks like the perfect purchase for many. The truth, however, is that it doesn't quite meet the spec with its performance. There's more lag here than we'd expect, and the phone never feels all that nippy.
Even so, it remains a good choice in the mid to high-mid market.
Fast and responsive
Huawei is good at delivering strong, affordable handsets with good design and great screens. This is no exception and will be a great mid-range phone though the smartphone stakes are high now with powerful and punchy phones being released from every manufacturer.
The exceptionally nippy modem is a key standout, but may not be enough to set it apart when network speeds won't routinely reach the maximum levels possible here. Still, it feels good and has a strong 13MP camera.
Slimline design, good specs, decent camera
The Huawei Ascend P2 is a competent handset that sits neatly in the upper mid-range of the smartphone hierarchy. While there are a few glints of creativity, for the most part it is an unassuming device for people who want an Android phone that isn't too flashy and will do what they want without gimmicks. At just £299 SIM-free, it's a definite contender.
Appealing design, Vivid 4.3 in display
With all its downsides, we can see the case for the Desire 300. HTC has priced this well. If you can live with the slight lag and appreciate the design and in-hand feel, it is not a bad deal at its very affordable starting full retail price of around $200 (180 euro in Europe).
Fast Qualcomm S4 processor
Nothing is sweeter that pulling a victory out of what seemed doomed to be a defeat. That's what the HTC One X on AT&T is. We expected to miss the quad-core processor of the European version and instead have found that we're glad to have ended up without it. Not that the NVIDIA Tegra 3 is a bad processor - it's not - it's just that Qualcomm's S4 is faster, cooler, and more power efficient in our tests.
Future-proof quad-core processor
It was really surprising to see HTC fall from a record-breaker to an underperforming company in just a few months. Thankfully, the firm's management has recognized the need for a change and has taken a number of timely actions in order to turn the ship around. The HTC One X is one of the first handsets produced with these new policies in mind, but after spending some time using it, we feel that there's still work ahead of HTC.
Let's not beat around the bush here: we love the HTC One X. You can see how we feel about the battery life, but it's not an insurmountable problem... it's just frustrating that you'll have to be frugal at times with your smartphone usage to get through the day. But beyond that the HTC One X is a beautiful piece of kit. It's stylishly designed, light, has a cracking screen and comes with enough future-proofing to make us believe our grandchildren may still have one.
Large screen is great for movies and games
The HTC One X is a fantastic phone, providing you can overlook its flaws. For some, the below-average call quality will most likely be a deal-breaker. For others, the One X's weak audio recording capabilities and inclusion of bloatware will be what drives them to another handset like the Nokia Lumia 900 or Apple iPhone 4S (also both on AT&T).
Fast new CPU
It's hard to go wrong with the HTC One X. It has the best of everything, and better yet: it all works well. From the gorgeous design to the striking 720p Super LCD it makes a great first impression. Use it for several days and you'll appreciate the excellent call quality, very fast data speeds and overall stability. The camera takes lovely shots and good 1080p video, the phone games admirably and it's consistently fast. Does the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III present a serious challenge?
Most gorgeous display
There's absolutely no doubt that the One X is a masterpiece of an Android device: it obliterates pretty much all of its competitors by giving even the mighty Galaxy Nexus a run for its money. HTC's really crafted something special here, with a brilliant combination of branding, industrial design and user experience.
Design, display, power, Sense 4 and Android 4, does so much out of the box
The HTC One X is an excellent flagship phone. Fantastic design with a great screen bring premium hardware to the fore with a lighter Sense experience. The One X is more Android than previous phones, yet remains distinctly HTC.
Comes with a good set of headphones, Good call quality
The HTC Desire 200 has some perks going for it, like the decent audio and call quality, packing the same set of headphones that comes with the HTC One, and sporting strong loudspeaker and clean earpiece. It also flaunts a very fast camera, but its less-than-impressive entry level specs hinder the impression from the handset's advantages.
Improved Sense user interface
The HTC One S is simply a fine smartphone. It shows that HTC still knows how to build devices that elicit feelings of lust and desire, and it shows further that the company realizes that its Sense interface has seen better days and needs to get back to the basics. And the basics are what the One S does best. Call audio? Check. Web browser? Check. Camera? Check. Aesthetic appeal? Double check.
Very good call quality
The HTC One S might be the middle child in the new One lineup, but it can't realistically be called mid-range just because the screen is qHD instead of HD. Upper mid-range would be a good fit, if you are a categorization nazi. We loved the compact and sturdy design with a very light and premium feel. In fact, the One S feels higher-end in the hand with its sexy slim metal body, toned by the anodized coating, than the flagship One X, made of fancy plastic.
Beautiful slim but strong design
The HTC One S is a really difficult phone to judge. On the one hand its plasma-etched and super-slim design, fast processor, decent screen and good camera all add up to make this a major improvement over top phones of last year and certainly competitive with many current handsets. But, on the other hand, that plasma finish may not be as tough as first thought, it only packs 16GB of storage and the AMOLED screen is far from perfect.
The HTC One S is one of the top Android phones. The HTC One X has a bigger, higher-resolution display and LTE connectivity (not much use in the UK for now). Hopefully the call quality issues I experienced with my test HTC One S are an isolated incident. The lack of a storage expansion port is a shame, but other than that the HTC One S is a winner.
Stunning design, lovely display
The HTC One S is one of our top picks among Android smartphones. Not only is it one of the few to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, we also like the evolution of HTC Sense. The gorgeous, elegant and durable anodized aluminum unibody casing, impossibly thin profile and attention to detail are hard to beat among Android phones and the Super AMOLED display is super colorful and sharp.
Dual-core Snapdragon S4
Sporting a thinner and lighter design, the One S doesn't deserve to be hidden in the shadow of its pricier brother. With the latest dual-core Snapdragon S4 and noticeable improvements to HTC's Sense UI, as well as Android 4.0 and a potent camera, this phone is likely to play a large part of the manufacturer's renewed efforts after a shaky 2011.
Aging hardware, obsolete before long
At first, the ZTE Grand X Pro felt like one of those conflicting devices that seem to loop between good and bad as we go across different categories. After spending some time with it, however, it dawned on us that ZTE's handset is actually very uniform in its approach - it's decidedly middle of the road with just about everything.
Middling to lower-end performance on its own isn't a reason enough for us to slash a phone's rating - not every device needs be a hardware powerhouse, after all.
High screen resolution, Wide viewing angles
Buyers of ZTE's Grand X Pro will get a device that is definitely state-of-the-art in the current smartphone mid-range. The camera is even on a par with the current premium category, although Nokia and Co. are setting new standards at the moment. The good battery runtimes, the screen's high resolution and the low power consumption also speak for the device.
The brightness, contrast, controls, speech quality, feel and build are all satisfactory but not more.
Fantastic screen, speedy performance
The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a tough nut to crack: on the one hand, I love its solid hardware and speedy performance, but the data speeds offered by Sprint's 3G network really put a damper on my excitement. If you are married to Sprint's network, then by all means, the EVO 4G LTE is the best Android smartphone available to you right now.
Fantastic voice quality
The HTC EVO 4G LTE is undoubtedly one of the best Android devices available right now. A lot of time went into the design, features and software of Sprint's new flagship and it shows. It is wonderfully crafted with elegant software to match. The processor flies, the display is downright beautiful, and both multimedia and phone sound quality are amazing.
Great battery life
The HTC Evo 4G LTE is undoubtedly the best-spec'd smartphone currently on offer in the United States. The flagship handset offers all the latest smartphone tech in a neat, well-built package. We reckon that even the most demanding Android users will not be able to find too much to frown about as far as the smartphone's hardware is concerned - it simply ticks all the boxes.
Solid camera with many shooting modes
The Evo phones have always been Sprint's strongest offering, and the Evo 4G LTE is no exception. From its beautiful design to the versatile camera to the fast performance, this is Sprint's best phone--and one of the best Android phones available. But without LTE, it feels as if it is not quite living up to its potential.
Great design and build
If I were a Sprint customer, this is the phone I'd buy. In terms of quality, materials, features and specs, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is the one to beat. Unless you prefer the pure Android experience that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus offers, the EVO 4G LTE is our choice, and we suspect it will hold up well against the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Excellent 8MP camera
While we couldn't test the HTC Evo 4G LTE at its speedy best, it's a very high quality smartphone even without 4G. The build quality, screen, camera and processor are all top notch, the kick stand is a useful feature, and most other aspects are well above average. We're not so keen on the embedded SIM and battery and the unsightly backside of the phone, but neither of these are deal-breakers.
Compact and lightweight
Getting your hands on an HTC One V is going to cost you about $370 off-contract, which is definitely a reasonable price considering what you get in exchange. The smartphone has style and character that few devices in its price category can match, and we are pretty happy with it for the most part.
Bright, responsive screen
An all-round impressive handset, the HTC One V is a smartphone that has filtered down a selection of previously used specs to a new budget-friendly price tag, packaging it in an impressive and desirable shell in the process. Although those looking for a selection of groundbreaking specs might instead plump for the handset's HTC One X sibling or an iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S2 or Motorola Razr, for a possible first smartphone or a transition phone on the way to the big hitters, users could do...
Massive 4.3-inch screen and 1080p video recording
The HTC One V is a handsome smartphone - there are people on our team who think it's the best looking of the One series. And it's not really all that underpowered. It's just that the pressure of dual-cores may be too much to handle. But then, nothing beats a metal unibody if you want to look cool under pressure.
With a design that's as cute as a button, a great screen, adequate performance and a cracking Android 4.0 OS, the HTC One V is a really exciting mid-range handset. Sure it would be nice if the camera and processor were both a little bit better but overall we've completely fallen for the combination of features on offer here. If you don't have money to burn or want one of the current crop of enormous smartphones, the HTC One V should be top of your shopping list.
Superb build quality
The One V is the third and final piece of HTC's game plan: a stylish, petite, entry-level model that will hopefully draw in anyone looking for a new phone running Android's latest. Indeed, it's a capable phone on par with several once high-end single-core devices from last year. Even better, this one is cheaper and arrives with Android 4.0, in all its multitasking, adjustable widget glory.
Smartphone for the budget conscious
The One V may look small in size, but it has everything you will need in an Android smartphone an impressive display, a decent camera, a good music player and ICS. For RM 999, we think it would be the most affordable and feature packed ICS smartphone in the market for now.
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