With its intuitive operating system skin, the HTC Explorer would make an excellent first smartphone. But it may not be as much of a treasure as first thought as it's not quite hitting the budget heights we thought it would - it needs to drop a few pounds per month to be a truly cheap-cheap handset.
Sense user interface
If you've owned an Android phone before, the chances are that the Explorer is not really going to appeal, as its specification is just too basic. However, if you're looking for a handset that would serve as a sensible first dip into the world of smartphones, then the Explorer's good build quality and neat Sense user interface makes it a good, if not exactly spectacular, option.
Easy to use & Easy to customise
The HTC Explorer represents great value for money. It's very easy to get to grips with and the layout is easily customisable. Overall performance is very smooth for a phone of this price and will more than satisfy those after an inexpensive pay-as-you-go phone.
Our only real criticisms of it are that some may find it too small. That and that the flash-less 3-megapixel camera isn't very good.
Cool pebble-like design
The HTC Explorer, at first glance, reminds us of a black pebble that has been weathered in a river bed for a long period of time. By that, I mean, it's a solid black device that has nicely curved edges all the way around it. It ultimately feels wonderful in the hand even all the hardware buttons line up with your natural finger placements.
Gingerbread OS 3.0
To wrap up, the call features of the phone are just fine and the voice quality is pretty clear at both ends. But take this one; the phone's battery longevity does not live up to the expectation. But considering the overall performance, the HTC Explorer deal is worth-grabbing this winter.
The advantage of a relatively low-powered screen and processor is that the modest 1230mAh battery should be able to go a few times round the block without a recharge and sure enough, this one gave a little over two days of consistent use. Indeed, the HTC Explorer covers just about all the smartphone basics very well at a decent price making it a good introduction for Android newbies.
Pretty smooth TouchWiz 4.0 UI
Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus comes with almost insignificant upgrades as compared to its predecessor (a slightly larger screen, and the now very common 1GHz CPU) but we get the same design and poor HVGA resolution. Even if it is almost the same as the original Ace, the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus does not have an attractive price tag, some may say it is even steep for what it has to offer.
Beautifully crisp and responsive ClearBlack screen
All in all, it's a lovely phone for someone who wants to dip in and out of smart phone capabilities without losing either the phone element or most of their pocket space.
It's a discreet smartphone, one for a businessperson perhaps, who doesn't want to pull out an obnoxiously large piece of kit every time they want to make a call.
Comprehensive video support
With a top-quality Gorilla Glass screen and part-metal build, the Nokia 700 instantly feels like a top-quality device. The display carries this on too, using a great AMOLED panel. Sure, it's a smaller phone than many but hardware wise it almost seems surprising how you can get this handset for free on contracts of £20 or less. However, all becomes clear when using the phone as it's limited by the constraints of Symbian, with disappointing app support.
Superb call quality
A lovely little phone. It's a bit small for the larger fingers, but even if you have fat fingers like us, the phone still manages to understand what you're typing, most of the time. The build quality and design are second to none, and although Symbian is far from perfect, Nokia has tweaked it to the point where it's more than usable on a touchscreen.
Fantastic build quality
The Nokia 700 is a solid addition to Nokia's line-up, it's small, stylish and speedy, with a great screen. However, some may find it a little too small and Nokia's app store still lags behind rivals, in choice compared to the Xperia Ray. However, this is still a solid mid/high-end smartphone.
In short, the Nokia 700 occupies a spot in-between featurephone and smartphone, both in Nokia's own line-up and the market as a whole. If your priorities are staying connected without staying tethered to a mains socket, making occasional forays onto the web and all in something that won't dominate your pocket or purse, then the Nokia 700 could well be the first Symbian device we'd suggest you consider.
Single touch capacitive touchscreen
If you're looking for a budget phone with plenty of useful functions the Sony Ericsson Txt Pro is worth taking a look at. We would consider this over the Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman as we believe that it has a couple of extra features which are more relevant to the modern user. It would take a certain kind of music buff to think that the Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman music player was superior enough over the one on the Sony Ericsson Txt Pro.
Nice touch-screen smartphone
The company has designed Sony Ericsson Txt Pro after keeping user needs on top priority. It is nice touch-screen smartphone with slide-out QWERTY keypad. It runs on PNX-4910 processor and has lots of good features incorporated inside it for meeting the needs of its buyers. It has a 3-inch capacitive touch screen where it displays in 256 K colors.
Superior messaging experience
Just looking at the name probably brings a lot of similarities with the Motorola CLIQ, but the CLIQ XT substantially sets itself apart in many ways. Sure it's got no physical QWERTY keyboard that most people feel to be beneficial at times, but the CLIQ XT's superior messaging capabilities clearly make it jump straight to the top of the heap with its responsive feel and touch.
Mediocre 3G reception
No kidding, it's not a Nexus One. But then it costs much less and you can take it to your local T-Mobile store if you have problems. The Cliq XT isn't a power user's phone, but it's a solid Android handset. We confess that we prefer the Cliq on T-Mobile and the Backflip on AT&T, not just because of their hardware keyboards but because they're a bit quicker and look much better. The Cliq XT doesn't look Motorola, it looks more like a cheap Asian handset.
Solid feature set
All in all, the Motorola CLIQ XT is a good mid-range Android device with a solid feature set that should appeal to many. Though one could compare the device to the original CLIQ, I find that the feature set and form factor separate it and make it an independent competitor that's worthy of a look. The thin size makes it perfect for the pocket, and the rubberized buttons at the bottom of the unit seem perfectly equipped to handle the test of time.
Good form factor and decent build quality
At Rs.12,990, the Fire XT is too expensive for what it has to offer and quite frankly even if it was cheaper, we wouldn't recommend it since it's simply not a very good phone. It does have some things going for it like a good form factor and decent build quality, functional music player, Gingerbread and a good battery life but the cons outweigh the pros quite significantly. It's slow to use, the screen is of very poor quality and average camera performance.
To wrap up, we're very fond of the Motorola MILESTONE 2. It's a good solid phone, but unfortunately not a great one. With the negatives mainly being MOTOBLUR's hard-wired integration and the keyboard being a touch flat for our taste. The screen is also not up to the standard found on the HTC Desire Z for example. The only tangible benefit of getting the Motorola MILESTONE 2 over HTC's alternative therefore, would be if you had a preference for the sliding mechanism over the hinge.
Great, responsive screen
The Milestone 2 isn't a massive change over the original Motorola Milestone, but there are enough tweaks both internally and externally to make it a better phone all round. The faster processor makes a world of a difference in general use and web browsing, making the Milestone 2 one of the slickest and least glitchy Android experiences around â?? although you have to turn off the Motoblur widgets to get it feeling consistently smooth.
The Droid 2 is a big improvement over its predecessor, but if you take a lot of pictures with your smartphone, you might want to opt for another Droid. The Droid 2 is a big improvement over its predecessor, but if you take a lot of pictures with your smartphone, you might want to opt for another Droid. A no-nonsense phone for people who don't need a top-of-the-line device. The Samsung Infuse 4G is a great phone for the media-hungry consumer, but a few issues keep it from being great.
The Motorola Milestone 2 doesn't do anything especially wrong, but we feel that it could be better. A lot comes down to the service that you get from Motoblur. It's great to see so many services covered, but there seems to be too many dead ends. Iron these little quirks out and the Motoblur experience would become more natural and more complete.
superb music player
The Motorola Milestone 2 is one of the best QWERTY Android sliders available. It competes directly with the HTC Desire Z, but with a faster processor, and a better UI with Motoblur, I find the Motorola Milestone 2 a slightly better deal and I would definitely recommend it.
HD video recording
The Motorola Milestone 2 is a very similar smartphone to its predecessor. However, the Milestone 2's improved keyboard, HD video recording and faster processor are all welcome improvements and make it well worth considering if you're after an Android smartphone with a physical keyboard.
The Milestone is a much more accomplished handset than the Dext, Motorolaâ?? s previous Android offering. Itâ?? s faster, has a much better screen, supports multi-touch input and is laden down with features. In most respects itâ?? s also a better handset than the HTC Hero, but weâ?? re not sure itâ?? s going to do quite as well as that phone, mainly because we can see the styling putting a lot of people off.
Motorola's Milestone isn't a game changer, but it's an excellent Android smartphone on the whole. The chunky design, awkward sliding mechanism and QWERTY keyboard are sour points, but the fantastic display, impressive features list and the updated Android OS provide a rich experience.
Video is sharp, although not especially colourful given the capabilities of the screen.
Milestone is a terrible name for a phone, especially when the handset in question is pretty hefty (165 grams): after the capital heavy, vowel-less fun of RAZR, PEBBL and DEXT (presumably BRCK didn’t make the cut as a potential name), it seems Motorola is taking itself very seriously indeed. But while the Milestone does a great job of the serious business of a smartphone, running apps and browsers at lightning-fast pace, it fails in other areas that are just as crucial.
excellent capacitive touchscreen
We could forgive the X6 many of its faults if it wasnâ?? t such a pricey handset, ranging from Â£400 to Â£450 SIM-free depending on where you shop. Itâ?? s certainly got a good range of features, but the build quality is a let down and Series 60, even with the tweaks that have been applied here, still looks a bit tired. As a result weâ?? re not sure Nokia has got its sums right on the value for money front. That said, the capacitive screen does put it leagues ahead of all of Nokiaâ??
the video recording is very good for a camera phone.
The Nokia X6 looks great, comes with tonnes of storage and has a decent onscreen keyboard. There's also a plethora of multimedia features and an excellent onboard camera. We're not too thrilled with the user interface, however, and using the X6 can be a frustrating experience.
superb sound quality
Nokia X6. The Nokia X6 is said to be the latest launching from Nokia cell phones. It is said to be a S60 5th Edition device with a responsive capacitive touch screen and tactile feedback. The phone is specially meant for music as well as techno savvy people as it has massive 32GB memory which enables them to load a huge number of music files be. Nokia. Nokia X6. Nokia X6Nokia X6Nokia. Nokia X6. Nokia X6. Nokia X6. Nokia X6Nokia X6. Nokia X6. Nokia X6. Nokia X6. Nokia X6.
The X6 has lot of features in its kitty. Nokiaâ?? s new intiative â?? come up with â?? lets you to download and listen thousands of tracks and has mammoth memory of 32GB. It is far ahead in its look and performance comparing with Nokia 5800. Apart from these, it is offering an excellent camera and all the tools for good music atmosphere. A good thumps up from our side
The X6 is priced at $650 or Rs.28000 which is quiet high compare to other phone ,but X6 is well moneyâ??
Easy to use 3.5mm headphone jack
There is no doubting that the LG Optimus GT540 is attractive in pricing terms, and LG has done a good job of making it look attractive both physically and in terms of its own Android skin.
The resistive touchscreen lacks responsiveness at times though, making you feel like you're swiping through treacle, and the screen itself is a bit too small for media rich activity like Web browsing.
At Rs. 10,999, the LG Optimus has great potential to be an absolute steal. After all, it is an Android smartphone with full connectivity features and a great price-tag. However, the resistive touchscreen plays a pretty big spoilsport keeping the LG Optimus from attaining the status of a very good product.
LG GT540 Optimus can be easily advertised as â?? a smartphone for everyoneâ??. Besides its good looking design and ergonomic layout, GT540 is a complete Android device, which offers all the standard features that a person would want from its mobile phone. It doesn't matter if you're a techie or a non-smartphone user, as GT540 can meet most of your demands.
pretty impressive resolution
The 5320 certainly has its issues. Its user interface can take a bit of getting used to and the build quality is a little below par for a Nokia handset. However, we think it still offers great value for money as its line-up of features is highly impressive for a phone in this price range.
call quality was very good.
The Nokia Nuron 5230 is a fantastic device for newcomers to the smartphone market. Sure, it's not the device for a power-hungry smartphone aficionado, but Mom could find a lot to like in this device. With stellar battery life and a plethora of PIM applications, the Nuron could make for a great companion to the frequent traveler. At present, it is free when purchased online (new, two-year agreement required), making it a fantastic option.
Nokia looks set to flood the market with its growing touchscreen line-up across all the major segments, with the 5230 filling the budget model gap. Nokia looks set to flood the market with its growing touchscreen line-up across all the major segments, with the 5230 filling the budget model gap.Nokia looks set to flood the market with its growing touchscreen line-up across all the major segments, with the 5230 filling the budget model gap.
I think one of the best things about 5230 is its decent look, but I would also enlist here the easy to use interface.
Nokia 5230 is one of those low-end smartphones that you ask about when you see it first time, but tend to go past it when you find out its price. Even though it has been tagged as a low-budget phone, its price is still high for what it has to offer. Nokia is already releasing the Cseries, which has much cheaper smarpthones, that offer more features than 5230.
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