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.
Nice ergonomic keyboard
If you are looking for alternatives, the HTC Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 handset is a great Android option, but the screen doesn't tilt. You can also have a look at the Nokia E7, which offers bigger 4 inch screen that tilts, 8MP camera, and great keyboard, but is running Symbian, which might be a deterrent for you, if you were attracted to a WP7 device because of the slick interface in the first place.
Long battery life
The HTC 7 Pro is a fairly standard Windows Phone 7 smartphone albeit one with a slide out keyboard. The keyboard adds a little bulk, but with a very good tappable keyboard in widescreen mode, we wonder whether it really enhances usability enough to warrant the increased size and weight of the hardware.
Average smartphone in today's extremely competitive environment
Overall the HTC 7 Pro comes in as an 'Average' smartphone in today's extremely competitive environment. It's quite a shame that it has taken so long for the HTC 7 Pro to debut to the public. After the amazing showing from competitors at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, such as the extremely innovative Motorola Atrix 4G, the HTC 7 Pro may just end up being a niche, cult classic like the other Touch Pro series of smartphones for HTC.
Slide out keyboard
Overall, we're not sure we can recommend the HTC 7 Pro over other QWERTY devices out there simply because the keyboard is so ill-thought out. even if you're a noted touchscreen hater but are desperate for Windows Phone 7, we suggest you check out the HTC HD7 or wait for the forthcoming Dell Venue Pro.
So far, there's really very little difference between WP7 handsets they've all got broadly similar functionality and features but the HTC 7 Pro stands out for its Qwerty keyboard, which is a winner. If that's what floats your boat, this is the handset for you, but if you can do without it, you won't find much else here to recommend it over HTC's other Windows handsets.
Slick interface and impressive Office document support
HTC's 7 Pro is a tricky phone to judge. If you're already sold on the benefits of Windows Phone 7 - a fast, slick interface and impressive Office document support - the 7 Pro's QWERTY keyboard could make it the handset youâ?? ve been waiting for.
If multitasking and powerful mapping is more important to you, the similar keyboard-equipped Android HTC Desire Z is more up your street. Either way, the 7 Pro is another example of the Microsoft mobile operating systemâ?? s promise - weâ??
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.
Screen is ideal for movies on the go
The HTC Desire HD is more of an exciting phone than it is a perfect phone. We're as excited about how HTC are evolving Sense UI, as we are about the hardware. As it happens though, the hardware and software are married into a wonderful mix, so well done, HTC. You're not really getting the best of anything. The Nokia N8 has a much better camera, the Samsung Galaxy S has a richer screen of a similar size and the iPhone 4 has a way better app support.
Build quality and design puts it ahead of the Android competition.
All of which brings us to our conclusion. What's clear about the Desire HD is that it isn't perfect. We feel its screen is unnecessarily large and though very good isn't the best quality on the market, its battery life isn't the best either, its still not quite as slick as the iPhone and there are a few other small tweaks we'd like. However, none of these issues is enough to change the fact that as an overall package this is the best smartphone we've tested.
Froyo is the most polished and accomplished version of Android by a good margin, HTC's latest Sense enhancements add legitimate value to the proposition, and the aluminum unibody construction, upgraded internals, and jumbo screen are unignorably appealing.
So what to make of the Desire HD? It's undeniably hampered by some design flaws and poor battery life, but the sheer volume of good things it brings to the table can't be ignored. Froyo is the most polished and accomplished version of Android by a good margin, HTC's latest Sense enhancements add legitimate value to the proposition, and the aluminum unibody construction, upgraded internals, and jumbo screen are unignorably appealing.
The HTC Desire HD is understandable going to be a desirable handset. If you thought the first Desire couldn't be bettered, then think again. The size may be an issue for some, but with the general trend drifting towards larger devices, we can see it being amazingly popular. Fortunately we've already been told it is coming to all networks in the UK, with the exception of O2 in the short-term (we don't know why, we suspect some sort of other deal is being done with O2).
HTC Sense is intuitive
HTCâ?? s chosen to refine rather than make any drastic changes to the Desire HD. Tweaks to the build, an excellent browser and 720p movie made make it enjoyable to use, while HTC Sense continues to be one of the best UIâ?? s on the market. However, the Desire HD is a BIG phone and although itâ?? s far more usable than we initially thought, it will still be too big for many. And while the 4.3-inch screen is certainly good for browsing and video playback, itâ??
With a 4.3-inch screen, the Desire HD is ideal for playing video, and the smartphone’s internal speaker does a reasonable job with audio.
HTC has become synonymous with Android smartphones over the past three years, and with good reason. The company's Sense interface remains the most comprehensive reworking of the core OS to-date, and in this latest iteration has gone from being a simple social network aggregator and redesign, to a real value-add for HTC users. The bundled Sense-online experience not only works to the user's benefit, but is a clever move by HTC to promote brand loyalty.
If you are a currently an Android user and looking to upgrade to a touch screen only device then you cant really get a better option than the HTC Desire HD. If you are moving to Android for the first time the same applies but bare in mind the phone is huge and some may find it a little too big, including me.
The Desire HD will offer you pretty much everything you could wish for in a phone and with the build quality to match the specs the handset is without doubt an Android users dream device.
Excellent hardware design
When I first powered up the HTC 7 Surround I was pretty blown away by Windows Phone 7. It's the first time I've been able to say that a Microsoft mobile operating system feels hip and cool.
I've found myself typically using Android for the most part these days. But I really wanted to dive into Windows Phone 7 and decided to make the Surround my primary device for a while. There's a lot to love, such as the home screen and the zippiness of it all.
Dynamic aspects of the homescreen
Based on our initial experience with Windows Phone 7, it's clear to say that Microsoft placed a lot of emphasis on its presentation â?? which is evident with its heavy usage of transition effects and dynamic tiles. Although it showcases plenty if stunning visuals throughout the platform, the constant theme of responsiveness reverberates throughout every aspect of the platform; from the smooth kinetic scrolling to the lightning quick pinch gestures.
sound recording was impressive due to the phone's enhanced microphones.
Well, we've seen the Samsung Focus, which specializes in the best touch screen display with its Super AMOLED screen. Then there's the Quantum with its ample sliding QWERTY keyboard for the texter and avid Word document scribe. Then along comes the HTC Surround, which is abviously the entertainment aficionado's phone of choice, offering the ability to prop the phone up on its kickstand and take advantage of portable Dolby stereo sound with exceptional quality for a phone.
sharp, smooth video
The Surround is a solid Windows Phone 7 phone with a regrettable "boom box" gimmick. The Surround is a solid Windows Phone 7 phone with a regrettable "boom box" gimmick. The powerful myTouch 4G delivers when it comes to multimedia and performance, but make sure you live in an HSPA+-supported area before purchasing it.
Available for $199 on AT&T, we like the idea of a phone with strong media capabilities, a kickstand for watching movies and TV, and a big speaker that can fill a small room with Zune tunes.
The HTC Surround is what happens when a company has to be creative within a set of specific limitations. While we applaud HTC for creating an innovative design with its slide-out speaker, the phone as a whole doesn't fully deliver as a multimedia-centric device. If you're looking for the best possible Windows Phone 7 device on AT&T, the Samsung Focus costs the same as the Surround ($199 with a two-year contract) but is lighter, has a brighter screen, and longer battery life.
Solid build quality
The HTC Surround is a solid, professional looking smartphone. Build quality is excellent and the phone feels good in hand. We have our doubts about the speaker bar not because we hate blasting music on the train or in a small room, but because it adds thickness and weight. We're just not convinced that the average Windows Phone 7 adult buyer will sign on for more bulk, though teens will likely love it.
The HTC 7 Surround is one of the best Windows Phone 7 devices with a special focus on multimedia playback.
Overall, the HTC Surround should be considered an 'Average' rated smartphone, and not on the higher side of that 'Average' rating either. The idea for the HTC Surround sounds a bit sketchy on paper but there's that feeling that it just might work out, but in practice, it really falls flat. Microsoft's limitation of hardware and software forces the HTC Surround to only have the soundbar as the distinguishing feature.
Long battery life
As with any phone featuring a new operating system, one must judge the engine separately from the vessel it moves. In the case of the HTC Surround, the second Windows Mobile 7 phone coming from AT&T sometime in the next couple of weeks, the operating system makes a far more positive impression than the phone. The HTC Surround's conceit is its slide-up horizontal speaker with a "surround enhancement" button to activate Dolby or SRS surround sound, and a rear kickstand.
Plenty of high-end features
Overall, the HTC 7 Mozart is a good handset and packs plenty of high-end features and social networking gubbins to please the most demanding users. However, with Windows Phone 7 still in its infancy and a lack of apps in the Marketplace, many users may be better served by an Android, iOS, or BlackBerry handset, with their added support and maturity.
The HTC 7 Mozart is all the Trophy is and more. With a great screen, comfortable, ergonomic design and an attractive interface with a lot of promise, the phone wonâ?? t do everything an Android handset will, however, itâ?? s much easier to work your way around, and with the bonus of an 8MP camera with a xenon flash, it makes for a compelling choice. If you arenâ??
It's interestingly got the smallest screen at 'just' 3.7-inches - but this makes it sit well in the hand and feel jauntily nonchalant in the pocket.
The HTC 7 Mozart is a good start for Windows Phone 7. It's got its heart in the right place and with HTC behind it, you'd be churlish not to expect a high quality handset.
For straightforward music playback and a comprehensive contacts book, the HTC 7 Mozart won't go far wrong, but don't expect too much from it. Even with that 1GHz processor and 576MB of RAM to play with, it sometimes struggles with seemingly simple tasks.
speedy 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor
Overall, the Mozart is a very likeable smartphone. It feels speedy to use, has a great screen and the Windows Phone 7 OS has a surprisingly charming user interface. However, it is quite expensive, and if you do buy it you're going to have to wait not just until cut and paste and multitasking arrives, but also until the range of apps can challenge other platforms like iOS and Android.
All in all, the HTC Mozart is a great phone to have if you like to listen to lots of songs and surf the Web on the go.
The HTC 7 Mozart is an attractive phone with a good build quality. In terms of performance, it is on par with other WP7 phones and runs smoothly.
Also, surfing on Internet Explorer was good although it lacks Flash support.
We like the unique look and feel of WP7 in general and the OS ran smoothly on the Mozart.
However, WP7 still has a long way to go before it can be a viable contender to the iOS and Android operating systems.
The HTC 7 Trophy is a winner after all. With solid specs, a nice rugged feel as well as solid performance across the board, the HTC 7 trophy delivers a great screen, great connectivity and great performance. Admittedly, the camera could be better and the screen bigger, however, weâ?? d say the HTC 7 Trophy finds a good balance between price and performance.
There are also other assorted applications pre-loaded on the HTC 7 Trophy, such as Photo Enhancer and Stocks â€“ HTC also gives a link to download cool things like the Flashlight application for free as well.
There's nothing lost feature-wise in the OS coming down from its more expensive cousins, and not much on the hardware side, but this one is free from just Â£25 per month. The ease of use factor alone makes it worth considering at that price.
Call quality is fine (it's neither the worst nor the best we've seen) on the Trophy, with or without the included earbuds, or when going commando and using the Trophy as a speakerphone.
HTC's Trophy is not the best smartphone on the market. It's not even the best Windows Phone 7 phone. To make matters worse, you'll often find the Trophy sitting side-by-side with the equivalently priced LG Optimus 7 when shopping for a new WP7 handset in Europe -- both are â? ¬49.90 on contract with Vodafone in Germany or free in the UK with monthly plans starting at Â£25 (our review unit is sold by Coolblue in The Netherlands for $499).
very stylish phone
The HTC 7 Trophy is truly a run of the mill Windows Phone 7 handset. It really is the bare minimum of what Windows Phone 7 handsets will be. One of the worries with Windows Phone 7 is that with each new handset that's released, it's harder and harder for it to be sellable to the market. Microsoft has tried to use Apple's idea of ensuring the hardware works with software, but unlike Apple, Microsoft has left the manufacturing of hardware to third parties.
Excellent Sound Enhancer
It's tricky to recommend the HTC 7 Trophy over other handsets because there's so little that marks it out. Sure, it has the HTC Hub to download apps like the Flashlight and Notes, and excellent Sound Enhancer (although this is only available through an external app, so you have to drop in and out of the music and video player to change the quality).
What's in a name? Is there any difference between the HTC Mozart and the HTC Trophy, aside from the fact that one is going to Telstra and the other is going to Vodafone?. What's in a name? Is there any difference between the HTC Mozart and the HTC Trophy, aside from the fact that one is going to Telstra and the other is going to Vodafone? What's in a name?
New HTC Sense with cloud services and offline navigation
The HTC Desire Z is one of the only two handsets so far with the new version of Sense UI, and deserved our attention, even just for that. HTC didn't stop here to make it stand out in the Android crowd, however, and added a physical keyboard with clever, if somewhat pointless, Z-hinge mechanism.
Whether you like the HTC Desire Z or not is will depend on your love for a physical keyboard. If you want one desperately and love Android with a fiery passion, then the Desire Z is for you. However, if you can take it or leave it, we'd suggest you look elsewhere. While the Android 2.2 OS works well and plays nicely within the phone, you're carrying round a rather substantial amount of extra heft with the Desire Z.
Its 3.7-inch screen is more than adequate and the QWERTY keyboard looks like the sort of hardware to give old BlackBerry a run for its money.
The Desire Z is supposed to play second fiddle in this duo, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the Z could steal the limelight, especially with the business crowd. The Desire Z is supposed to play second fiddle in this duo, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the Z could steal the limelight, especially with the business crowd.The Desire Z is supposed to play second fiddle in this duo, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the Z could steal the limelight, especially with the business crowd.
the speakerphone was loud, though certainly not the loudest we’d heard.
The market for Android smartphones continues to get more crowded, and the bar for what makes a great handset keeps getting higher. That's great for the consumer, but it does make the Desire Z's job harder. Hardware keyboards are still rarer among Android devices than their all-touch counterparts, which gives the Desire Z something of a pass along the way, but weÃ¢Â? Â? re not 100-percent convinced by the usability of this particular HTC board.
call quality was satisfactory, both through the earpiece and the speakerphone.
There's plenty to moan about with the HTC Desire Z. The latest iteration of HTC Sense still needs bug fixing, the keyboard isn't best in class, and we wouldn't give that hinge the time of day if we met it in the street.
But right now, if you want cutting edge performance, the latest version of Android and a physical keyboard, you have very little choice, bar the Motorola Milestone 2, and you won't see many networks stocking that directly.
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