Very good 1080p display
When the OneTouch Idol X came last year, it was the thinnest, lightest, and cheapest 5â?? handset with a good 1080p display. Its Idol X+ successor, however, will have a steeper climb ahead of it. Granted, the phone has remained relatively compact, and has received important processor, battery capacity and storage upgrades, but the $400 launch price has remained unchanged.
Alcatel's Idol X+ is an extremely compelling offering despite its shortcomings.
The Alcatel Idol X+ has its downsides. Take the lack of a microSD slot and the non-removable battery, as well as the now ageing Android version and the low loudspeaker volume. The fact of the matter is the Alcatel's Idol X+ is an extremely compelling offering despite its shortcomings. While our benchmarks proved that Mediatek's "true" octa-core chip can't rub shoulders with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the X+ still has a lot going for it beyond mere horsepower.
Despite its commendable build, the Nokia X feels a little bit too much like a toy
In conclusion, we're unable to recommend the Nokia X. Whether it's the toy-ish design, the poor display, camera and overall performance, or just the extremely limited nature of the forked Android on board, it's safe to say that we expected more.
An entry-level smartphone, based on AOSP, without Google services and a limited selection of apps.
There we go, the first Android smartphone by the company, which was never going to have anything to do with Android. Anyone surprised that the Nokia X has nothing to do with droids as we know them? Good. Thought so.
Funny little handset that one - and its timing is funnier still. Less than a month before the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia devices is finalized. It's tempting to search for conspiracy theories.
Nokia does budget Android smartphones
The Nokia X itself is relatively nice but it's certainly a confusing proposition for consumers – a Nokia smartphone with Android which looks like Windows Phone. Nokia will want to feed users up to Lumia devices as an upgrade but getting people to start with the Nokia X might be a hard task.
Good performance, Low temperatures, Enhanced sound via DTS
Huawei describes the Ascend G525 as an entry-level smartphone, but the review unit offers more quality than the low-end term would suggest. This starts with the good case: Even though it is only made of plastic, it accommodates the good 4.5-inch display, a 5 megapixels camera with decent picture quality as well as two slots for SIM cards.
Support 1080p video recording and do a great job in low-light
The HTC One dual sim is priced at a very steep Rs 53,590, which is the same price as the new Apple iPhone 5s. This is the official price from HTC so you can find it for a little less online. We fail to see why the addition of an extra SIM and storage expansion on an Android has led to a price difference of nearly Rs 10,000 between this and its single-SIM brethren. Needless to say, it's highly overpriced and if you were to spend this much on a phone, you're better off with the iPhone 5s.
Great call quality
The Sony Xperia E dual was born to be used for voice calls. It offers outstanding call quality and can handle two SIM cards simultaneously, meaning that those who own it can take advantage of two carriers' deals, thus saving some cash along the way. Besides, its performance isn't too bad, so it can be a decent entry-level handset for users on a tight budget.
Good balance between functionality and affordability
Sony Xperia E dual is an excellent offering, striking good balance between functionality and affordability. The snappy performance came as a nice surprise to us and if it wasn't for the limited storage for installing apps we'd be recommending it in a heartbeat.
Yet, even as things stand now, the Xperia E is a very competitive package that will tick the right boxes for many and would provide a lot of bang for your buck.
Feels much like a toy
The Xperia E Dual is a great phone for those looking for an entry-level Android smartphone on a budget. The build quality is excellent and the performance is decent. The dual-SIM feature offers the option to keep your professional and personal life separate. In short, if you want a market-tested brand with the features of a smartphone, the Xperia E Dual Android phone is a good choice.
Sits comfortably in the hand
The Sony Xperia E dual is a good dual-SIM smartphone for little money. One should not expect too much besides this function though. The case is undoubtedly fancy, but the stability is not ideal. The card reader allowing up to 64 GB is a useful feature considering the small internal storage provided. The integration of the dual-SIM function proves to be good in Android. An update to Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is yet to be released by Sony though.
Dual-SIM functionality well implemented
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos is first and foremost a dual-SIM Android device, and should be judged as one. Let's make it clear - if dual-SIM is not a must for you, there are much cheaper and better options than the S Duos.
In the dual-SIM world, its closest rivals are the HTC Desire V coming at virtually the same price and the more affordable Acer Liquid Gallant Duo.
It adds to my day
It has been a joy for me to use for the last month of having it. I am coming from a Black berry and this has been vastly superior. The touch screen is not only very responsive but you have the built in option of just sliding your fingers from one letter to the other to type which makes if much more effortless than the typical input method and i didn't have to download an app to do taht.
Its feature rich and beautiful to hold and look at.
Samsung's Galaxy S DUOS is a rock-solid, well-built smartphone featuring the exciting dual SIM technology. When looking for dual SIM smartphones, we notice that the market is not very big and that high-performance alternatives are not available. The Galaxy S DUOS is the leader of the dual SIM smartphone sector with its installed hardware. Although the manufacturer's basic approach is going in the right direction, a clear plus in performance would have greatly improved the overall rating.
Solid, comfortable to hold design
LG has cut quite a bit of corners as far as components are concerned with the L-style series, and the Optimus L5 is no exception to that rule. With a fairly slow single-core processor and a below average screen pixel density, it certainly won't appeal to the geeky crowd, but the design they are wrapped in makes it pretty comfortable to hold and nice to look at.
Ships with latest version of Android
The L5 lives up to its plan of looking stylish enough for the bar scene, and the addition of Ice Cream Sandwich is a great touch that's sure to catch a few eyes. I worry that its low-powered processor won't offer the most pleasant of performances, however.
Attractive looking design
The LG Optimus L5 may have a stylish look, but a very low screen resolution and below average specifications certainly don't appear to do it any favours. Ultimately, a competitive price tag will determine whether or not this is a viable, low to mid-range Android smartphone.
Good physical keyboard
The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos looks poised to take on popular entry-level handsets with two SIMs, like those from Nokia's Asha lineup. It, however, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which immediately gives you the advantage of the Google Play Store
Handsets like this, targeted at teens or emerging markets, are usually guaranteed to sell in volume, if they are a compelling combination of features, and Samsung seems to have all the right ingredients here.
The best and the brightest of the new X family.
The Nokia XL is the best and the brightest of the new X family but, again, it's a step up from the Asha lineup rather than something to compete with Nokia's Windows Phone offerings or even most Androids.
The Nokia XL officially targets â?¬110 ($150), though it's currently on pre-order at â?¬130 ($180). Admittedly, there are few phones in this price segment to have a large 5" screen, especially dual-SIM ones.
Premium design in the entry-level segment
Return of the candybar? Well, not quite. Candybars have nowhere to return from because they've always been around. We haven't been seeing much of them for a good couple of years now but, you know, there's been more interesting stuff going around. And we don't think the Nokia 515 is even trying to do anything about it.
Yet, it takes some guts to put a phone like that out there. Nokia's current crop of feature phones is doing quite well for the company to take any risks with the lineup.
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