Large screen makes gaming and watching videos very comfortable
No, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 isn't ridiculous despite its gargantuan proportions. It is simply not a smartphone for the mainstream market. Rather, it is meant to be used by a very specific demographic - those few who want their smartphone to have a large display above all. Without a doubt, having such a huge screen makes gaming a lot more comfortable and it is great for watching video or photos.
4G and microSD support, Large, bright screen
In the end, we are left feeling a little confused by the Samsung Galaxy Mega. Every time we pick it up, we really want to like it. Samsung proved with the original Galaxy Note, and the subsequent Galaxy Note 2, that big screens really do sell phones, and we can see exactly why.
But that Galaxy Note 2 comes with an AMOLED screen, and the same resolution as the Galaxy Mega but in a screen that is 0.8 inches smaller so seems that bit more impressive.
UI navigation is pretty smooth
For the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 to be relevant to a smartphone user, it comes down to a very specific set of needs. First, you just have to have a large screen, second, you need to have dual-SIM support and finally, you have to value Android 4.2 Jelly Bean pretty high. If this is you, then the Mega 5.8 offers a package that few can match.
Surprisingly comfortable to hold in relation to its size
We suspected that Samsung was working on a 6.3" smartphone, and frankly, we thought that it was the Galaxy Note 3 until recently. While it is just about certain that the Samsug Galaxy Note 3 will come in due time, the arrival of this Galaxy Mega is quite a surprise, and mostly a good one. The smartphone design looks great, and it has little to envy to the Galaxy S4, it is really like a close relative.
The Galaxy Mega is not meant as being the new high-end specs performer.
Free 50GB Dropbox storage (for 2 years)
Low-end Android smartphones are never perfect, but they aren't really meant to be. Rather, these handsets need to be just good enough to suit the needs of budget-conscious consumers. Does the Samsung Galaxy Fame fit the bill? Well, based on our experience with it we'd say that it's a nice entry-level device that will probably get the attention of the younger crowd and the ladies, in particular.
Difficult texting, Low-res screen
We can see the Samsung Galaxy Fame selling a fair few units, especially given its super low price tag, and we don't see that as a bad thing, given that the majority of users will likely be young, and wanting a way of connecting to Facebook, but for anything more substantial, the handset really struggles.
Attractive design, Decent camera, Affordable price
The Samsung Galaxy Fame is attractive, cheap and has a decent camera. It's let down though by its sluggish processor and lacklustre screen. Unless you're desperate to put a Samsung Galaxy phone in your pocket, you can spend your money more wisely elsewhere.
Good range of Android features, good camera for the price
The Samsung Galaxy Fame comes out just ahead of its nearest rival the Galaxy Young because of its superior camera. But while its processor appeared better on paper, in practise the lack of RAM held it back and the larger screen actually has a slightly lower pixel count. It's a pretty good budget Android, but if you're not fussed about the camera, you might be better to save a few quid and plump for the Young.
Good quality photos, Above average call quality
We believe the Samsung Galaxy Fame is definitely good enough for the needs of average budget-conscious consumers and will probably get the attention of the younger people. It offers a nice solid design, good quality of its photos as well as an attractive feature set. Its low resolution display, occasional performance issues and poor quality video recording, however, should make you think twice before you buy it, but overall, the Fame is a more than decent low-end Android.
The HTC Titan II is a fine smartphone in its own right, although it might be too big for comfort for the majority of users. Unfortunately, its boring and uninspired design really don't set it apart from the competition, especially when considering Nokia's beautiful Lumia 900. On the flip side, the Titan II does perform most tasks well, and those that are fans of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system will feel right at home.
Comfortable to use despite such a large display
In the end the HTC Titan II is a decent upgrade to the original Titan, but it is less an upgrade and more a refresh. It is good to see HTC continue its string of 4G firsts by having one of the first AT&T LTE Windows Phone devices, and the bump to 16MP on the camera produced noticeably better videos than the original Titan did. Still, the improvements are incremental, so if you purchased the Titan recently don't feel too left out.
Great video quality
The HTC Titan II is a very good Windows Phone handset that excels in a number of ways, from the stellar (and bulging) camera to its smooth interface performance and solid battery life. But to answer the above question: it's tough to give the HTC Titan II the nod over the striking Lumia 900 at twice the on-contract price.
Excellent 16MP camera
Though it will likely play second fiddle to the Nokia Lumia 900, the HTC Titan II is a strong high end Windows Phone too. The elegant unibody design, solid high quality build, improved voice quality, LTE 4G, big display and excellent 16 megapixel camera are all impressive. If you're a shutterbug who's looking to leave the point and shoot behind or want a big display, the Titan II is worth a look as long as you can live without that distinctively flashy Cyan Lumia.
The Galaxy Young is an easy package to live with if you approach it with the right attitude. Of course you can't expect to be getting a Galaxy S4 for the fraction of the price. We're talking a totally different set of users and, most likely, completely different markets as well. The Galaxy Young couldn't have been clearer about its target demographic. And it looks like the right thing for first-time smartphone users.
A small screen does come with drawbacks
The Galaxy Young's low price and the fact it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are really all it has going for it. Its low grade hardware and dire performance mean that we'd rather have an alternative budget smartphone running Ice Cream Sandwich, or even Windows Phone 8, which can deliver in these key areas.
Great Super AMOLED display
The Samsung Rugby Smart is a respectable smartphone which manages to combine ruggedness with a nice set of features and an affordable $100 on-contract price. Although it has its downsides, the Rugby Smart a handset for customers who want a tough handset with the advantages of a modern smartphone.
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.
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