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.
Sub-par battery life
I had a lot of hope for the Charge when I started my review of it. I was hoping that it would give the same experience as the ThunderBolt, but offer improved battery life. Unfortunately, the combination of issues I experienced with data connectivity, UI lag, and battery life leads me to believe that the Charge is not a great choice for most people.
Impressive Super AMOLED Plus display
Before, there was only one choice if you wanted a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone: the HTC ThunderBolt. Now with the Samsung Droid Charge, the bar is raised and there is some competition on the field. We love the large 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen, and the 8MP camera does OK for most outside pictures, even though the video recording is a bit of a disappointment.
Super AMOLED+ screen
The choice should seem obvious at this point. We have two phones diverged in a wood- The HTC Thunderbolt and the Droid Charge. The Thunderbolt has the better Sense interface, more out-of-box storage, and a kickstand. The Charge has its Super AMOLED+ screen, and that's about it. Our vote is for the Thunderbolt because it's a better-equipped device, but if you're used to the Galaxy S experience, then the Droid Charge is worth taking a gander at.
Yes, $299 is a lot to spend on a smartphone. But the Samsung Droid Charge offers a lot for your money: blazing LTE speeds, a large and bright display, and an excellent camera. Its main 4G LTE rival on Verizon, the $249 HTC Thunderbolt, offers comparable performance, a more elegant Sense UI, and better build quality. However, we give the edge to the Droid Charge because it lasts longer on a charge and has a superior display.
Large and best in class display
The Droid Charge by Samsung is a solid 4G LTE smartphone with a stunning and large Super AMOLED Plus display. If you want the best in display technology or have grown accustomed to Super AMOLED, the Droid Charge has your number. 4G LTE performance is excellent and on par with the HTC Thunderbolt without the battery life hit. However, we found the Charge's voice quality and reception to be less than optimal, and the HTC clearly wins that battle.
Overall call quality and audio quality was good.
The Droid Charge is a total sleeper. We'll be perfectly honest that we weren't expecting to be wowed but, well, we're certainly impressed. In terms of performance it's more or less on par with the recently-released Thunderbolt, but battery life is far superior and, while the Super AMOLED Plus display has its quirks, we think they just add character. The imaging sensor 'round the back is top-notch and, overall, this is a very good phone. The only real disappointment?
Great Battery Life/Pretty Good Phone too!!
This phone is incredible and so is 4G! I got 12.2 mb download and 4.6 mb upload speeds with the speedtest.net app from the Android Market!! With a few exceptions, Samsung has done a great job creating a phone that is smooth to operate, surfs the internet incredibly fast, seems to be relatively bug free and has really good battery life - at least for a droid. I can also say that the reception of the Samsung Droid Charge is better than that of my old Blackberry.
Very fast, unadulterated Android experience
Overall, the Google Nexus S 4G is a very good phone, if not a little late. If it were any other device we'd probably chide Sprint more for taking so long to pick it up, but it's more about what the Nexus S 4G represents than the actual handset itself. Having a second carrier offer a pure Google phone is only a good thing for consumers and for the Android platform. The smartphone itself is still pretty capable though.
If you love Android in its purest form, then the Google Nexus S is the phone for you. If you like it a little more feature rich, check out the HTC range. And (whisper it) if you're agnostic and can afford it, the Nexus S is still not an iPhone beater, so make sure you check out all your options first.
good quality speakers
Some people have been a bit disappointed with the Google Nexus S, pointing out that with dual core, high resolution smartphones around the corner, it doesn't really push the boat out far enough for what is supposed to be a flagship device, especially given its high launch price. And, this is certainly true to an extent: it is basically just a souped-up Samsung Galaxy S and lacks basics like a microSD slot.
the phone is slender, glossy slab of Samsung goodness.
We have a winner, and it's called the Nexus S by Samsung. No other smartphone with similar specs has achieved such an awesome battery life. No other smartphone has exhibited such a sleek and intuitive interface, courtesy of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. No other smartphone offers such a bare bones Google experience without all of the useless crap plastered within the mobile landscape today.
Crisp and colorful Super AMOLED display
In some ways the Nexus S 4G is behind the curve among $199 Android phones. It doesn't boast a dual-core processor or HD video recording. What this device brings to the table is an interface that's not cluttered with carrier apps and the ability to leverage new features as Google rolls them out. We also love how Netflix movies and TV shows look on the Super AMOLED screen, and that you can use your Sprint number as your Google Voice number.
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??
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.
Audio was more than loud enough to listen to music while sitting at my desk.
When the BlackBerry Style 9670 was announced, a few people commented that it was an ugly phone, making it possibly undesirable. To the contrary, I find it to be an attractive phone. Its glossy face and bright external display remind me a bit of a glowing pebble, and I like being able to see if I have new messages at a glance. I've used better keyboards on BlackBerry smartphones before, but the Style's keyboard is by no means a deal breaker.
The volume level was very good, too.
In the past, you've been able to get a BlackBerry smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard, or a BlackBerry smartphone that comes in a convenient flip-style form factor. But you haven't been able to get one that offers both -- until now. RIM and Sprint have announced the BlackBerry Style 9670 smartphone, the first flip-style BlackBerry to offer a full QWERTY keyboard. Price and Availability.
good smart phone
If you like the clamshell design and you want a messaging phone that can do more, the Style is a solid choice for $99. With its relatively snappy performance and a good camera, this device is one of the best mid-range offerings on Sprint. In fact, in some ways the Style is more satisfying than the $199 Torch on AT&T because you don't have to contend with a sluggish touch interface.
If you'd like a BlackBerry that can survive even tight jeans pockets, or wish to have a full QWERTY BlackBerry that's in a clamshell form, the BlackBerry Style is just the thing. Hiding underneath that pretty flip there's a fast BlackBerry smartphone with a great screen, awesome audio, a very nice camera and the full BlackBerry messaging and app experience. Is the new OS BlackBerry 6 revolutionary or will the new web browser blow your mind? No.
It’s not often you hear the words “smart flip phone” that is until you meet Sprint's Blackberry Style 9670.
Overall, the BlackBerry Style is an excellent choice for BlackBerry users looking for a phone with reliable hardware, excellent voice features and basic web computing capabilities. Running on 0S 6, it has similar speed to its touchscreen cousin, the Torch, but in the flip smartphone form factor. It's the perfect hybrid for someone who wants all the features of a flip phone, which is said to be more conducive for talking, with the capabilities of a smartphone.
Excellent voice quality, Practical, compact clamshell design, Full QWERTY keyboard, Respectable 5-megapixel camera, Speedy OS navigation, Sharp, bright interior and exterior screens, Affordable.
BlackBerry and style go together something like Razor scooters and cool, which is to say, they don’t. RIM may have perfected a straight-laced design that goes well with two-piece suits, polos and khakis, but originality, fashion and style are not words typically associated with the brand. The company attempts to break that mold with the purposefully named Style, a BlackBerry that discards business aspirations for a dress-down design destined for denim.
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