Exceptional call quality, Good fit and finish
As you would expect LG has made some compromises to keep the Optimus F6 affordable, but for a mid-range device they have put together an overall nice package. The device is well-built, has a good display for its class and incorporates many of the software features from LG's higher end devices. While the camera performance wasn't great, it was acceptable for Instagram and Facebook shots, and the call quality was outstanding.
Calls routed to the speakerphone were scratchy and prone to distortion
For $49 down, the LG Optimus F6 offers T-Mobile customers a lot of value. The phone's hardware may be a bit boring, but it is well put together and all the buttons and controls function without issue. The screen is very good for this class of device, and the network performance was among the best I've seen on a T-Mobile device in recent memory. It's a shame that call quality was at best average, and that the battery didn't seem to last past dinner.
The software all works well.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is a spectacular phone. A big part of what makes it spectacular is its incredible specs sheet. Yeah, although its specs can easily be rivaled by strong competitors like the HTC One X, which also has a quad-core processor and the other beloved tech goodies, the Galaxy S III manages to shine brighter, thanks to its superior user experience.
Excellent battery life
So to summarise: if you've been waiting feverishly for the new Samsung Galaxy S3, you will not be disappointed. It's fast, it's sleek and it packs the latest technology that will get your pulse racing.
The recent update has made it an even better phone, and we've been using it out of choice for the last few months - given we've got the choice of most handsets out there, that's a pretty big recommendation for any phone.
Good design and build quality
Subject to further testing, the Galaxy S3 has turned out to be an excellent smartphone. It offers a good design and build quality, despite our small niggles. Samsung has put together an impressive set of hardware resulting in silky smooth performance and extensive software features.
Fast, big display and a great camera
Is the Samsung Galaxy S III an excellent smartphone? Yes it is. Given the millions of preorders, I suspect many of you would buy this no matter what I said about the phone. That speaks of Samsung's momentum in the smartphone market and their excellent track record. Is this Samsung's best Android phone ever? Yes it is, but there is room for improvement. I'd love to see Samsung use high quality materials and cutting edge designs in their top tier phone.
Cheap, Great battery life, MicroSD slot
When you consider the Huawei Ascend W1 will set you back just £120 it's difficult to fault, as you're getting a pretty good deal.
The Ascend W1 comes with a strong set of features allowing you to fully use the handset as a mobile phone, internet portal, handheld gaming device and multimedia station.
It may not excel at any of these things, but that's OK.
Good looking, Colourful design, High quality screen
The Huawei Ascend W1 is a cracking little phone. It feels slicker and faster than most budget Android handsets (which are its main competition), has an eye-catching design, long battery life and good call quality. You don't get access to as many apps as you do on Android or iOS handsets, but if you can live with this then you'll find that at £110 on Pay As you Go from O2 it represents exceptionally good value for money.
All things bright and colourful
At £199, Huawei's Ascend W1 is a respectable entry into the world of budget-friendly Windows Phone 8 devices. It's stylish and solidly built with fantastic battery life and a compact-but-crisp four-inch screen, but Huawei hasn't gone the extra mile like Nokia to try and entice you in with extra apps and services. The lack of apps could be a deal-breaker for smartphone fans, although newbies are unlikely to be bothered.
Good build quality, quite fast
As a mid-price gateway to the world of Windows Phone the Huawei Ascend W1 is an efficient, fast and capable way in. But the camera isn't quite up to scratch, the screen could be a bit sharper, and it has its work cut out to distinguish itself from the small but growing range of mid-price Windows rivals such as the Nokia Lumia 620, which isn't quite as big, or as fast, but comes with a range of extra features for less cash.
Bright, high-contrast IPS screen
Huawei wants to mingle in the still new Windows Phone 8 market with its brand new Ascend W1. The manufacturer's debut is successful. The bright IPS screen is seldom seen in the 200 Euros (~$259) price range and contributes largely to the Ascend's good impression. The above-average, long battery runtime and decent equipment wrapped up in an elegant design are also compelling. The power-duo from Qualcomm is strong enough for all applications and ensures swift routine use.
Screenshots, resize tiles, customize the lockscreen
To conclude, the Huawei Ascend W1 is a strong Windows Phone offering. It has a solid construction, attractive design, great display, decent camera, and a really good battery life. The only real downside we see here is the 512MB RAM as it limits the amount of applications it can run from the Windows Phone Store.
Stylish, thin and light handset
Huawei is certainly on the right track with the Ascend P1 - it is thin, light and stylish on the exterior, while capable on the interior with its dual-core processor. Some tradeoffs are introduced to seal its mid-range faith, like a non-HD screen and 4GB of internal memory, but the Super AMOLED screen is great for watching videos, there is a microSD slot for expansion, and the sealed battery is with quite the endurance, so these are minor quibbles.
Pure Android 4.0 option, Smooth and fast
The Ascend P1 is a very impressive attempt at making a high-end Android phone to compete with the likes of Samsung and HTC.
It's very, very smooth and fast in operation and great fun to simply poke and use, with more than enough power to handle apps and web use with ease.
The camera takes great still shots and produces extremely impressive 1080p footage, plus being able to quick-launch the camera from the lock screen makes quick work of grabbing impulse shots of dogs doing funny things.
Solid build quality, very good performance
In the end, the Huawei Ascend P1 is a great, well-rounded upper mid-range droid that holds its own against the competition. Huawei may have to slash the price for it to really gain traction - people are not willing to pay the same (or more) for a relatively unknown maker when they can go with a big-name brand. And who knows, there may be a point in their long-term strategy, where Huawei become a part of the very establishment they're now challenging.
Rapid 4G data download speeds
The Ascend P1 LTE is certainly not a bad phone but it is a little 'last-year' with its screen, camera and performance not really rivalling the current top dogs. But that's why it's cheaper than those phones, and certainly compared to EE's other 4G offering for the same £36pm as this phone, the HTC One SV, it is definitely the better pick.
Light and offers good performance
The Huawei Ascend P1's light weight, good performance and decent battery life make it a phone well worth considering. However, the Ascend P1 isn't as competitively priced as many of Huawei's other Android phones and its questionable build quality detracts from its overall appeal.
A delightful surprise
I must say, Huawei has stepped up thier game with this one. After all the buzz at CES 2012 I really wanted to get my hands on this device, however it wasn't available in the US until now. I used the Samsung Galaxy S II as my daily driver until stepping into the P1. the first thing i noticed was the size. it fits well in my hand and against my face while talking, not awkward and bulky like the S2. it's fast under the hood, and comes with Android ICS vanilla--so i don't have the bloatware from...
Astonishing hardware design
Sony made a gorgeous phone that seemingly has the potential to be the device that finally delivers its elusive home run hit. That potential is sadly wasted on a device that has just enough frustrations to be another link in a chain of disappointments. The Xperia TL has an incredible camera, marvelous hardware, and better than expected software, but the total package - the oomph that makes a device an all-around pleasure to own - is absent from the device.
Great balance of price & hardware
This is the LTE capable version of the Sony Xperia T whic is the company's newest flagship the Android ICS-powered device. Specs-wise, the Xperia T is equipped with a large 4.6" HD BRAVIA display, which will obviously take advantage of the Mobile BRAVIA engine that enhances media for your viewing pleasure. This, however, isn't where the interesting features of this display end. Sony has also employed its WhiteMagic technology here in the Xperia T.
A great smartphone with a fantastic value
At the discounted price the Xperia TL is a very good phone that performs just as well as phones twice it's price. If you're looking for a phone for general use including web browsing, email, texting, playing music, playing games, and taking pictures this phone will not disappoint. The timescape UI is light and unobtrusive, performance is smooth and Sony has promised an update to Android Jellybean in the near future which will only enhance fluidity and responsiveness.
Skin look and feel cheap
We've seen phones with the exact same processor, RAM, and resolution perform extremely well, so there's nowhere to look for the gaps in performance but that Sony skin. If there were just stock Jelly Bean here with a few augmentations (like Album and Music Unlimited), you'd stand in line for the TL. As is, it's a great piece of hardware that will probably be largely forgotten.
That said, this is a phone that is just begging to be rooted and have some clean software put on it.
If you can somehow see through the boring design of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, you'll find a superb Android smartphone that manages to be a good device in the mid-range category. In this day and age, it seems that the sweet spot for mid-rangers tends to be at $100, and at $150 with a 2-year contract, some might think the Relay 4G to be overpriced. Instead, we find it fitting knowing that it's one of the few Android smartphones being released nowadays with a fantastic keyboard â??
Dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset
Overall, it is hard to call the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G the company's finest effort at the QWERTY theme. Given the relative lack of competition, combined with T-Mobile's traditionally large crowd of hardware keyboard lovers, the handset will likely sell well, with its buyers bound to pick one up with their thumbs, not their hearts
Nice, mostly stock ICS experience
Oh Motorola! We were expecting so much more out of this one, especially when AT&T customers have been waiting an extensive amount of time for something other than the ATRIX 2 from last year. Aside from the larger and higher resolution display, there isn't anything particularly compelling that we haven't seen before on an Android driven smartphone from Motorola's camp.
However, we can't count out the lovely $99.99 on-contract price that it's flaunting.
Stock Android experience
Powerful internals, gorgeous screen, solidly built body, and a stock Android experience with just the right amount of modification -that's the Motorola Atrix HD in a nutshell. Motorola has addressed the issues of the smartphone's predecessors, thus creating one of the most complete Android packages currently on the US market.
There's really quite a lot to love about the Motorola Atrix HD and very few things to frown at.
Excellent 720p display
We're really impressed by Motorola's first Android 4 handset for AT&T. It has the stylish good looks of the Droid RAZR with the price tag of a bargain smartphone. The 720p display is very sharp and colorful with good viewing angles and outdoor visibility, and the speaker is above average. Call quality is tops as are data speeds and the phone is fast thanks to ICS and the Qualcomm S4 CPU.
Powerhouse of a device in a sleek package
The Atrix 4G might be our favorite Android device that we've tested. It's got specs that run laps around most other devices, which should make most potential purchasers feel a little safer about laying out cash for a smartphone right now. We're not saying the phone doesn't have its issues -- and we're really not big fans of Motorola's skinning -- but this is a powerhouse of a device in a sleek package, and Android's openness to customizing means you'll be able to turn it into a phone that...
Crystal clear and vibrant display
The Motorola Atrix HD is a modest entry from Motorola and AT&T, at best. It is neither the best or worst phone on the market, and it's priced appropriately. However, I feel there are better devices with more value in all the surrounding price ranges â?? at $50, $100 and $200.
Unique features like Smart Actions
I consider the Motorola Atrix HD to be a "very good" phone: It has a large and crisp display, a fast hardware platform, a recent Android version and unique features like Smart Actions that few competitors have.
That said, this is an extremely competitive environment and despite all its goodness, the Atrix HD faces a ferocious competition with the Galaxy Nexus, the HTC One X and the Galaxy S3 all of which are more expensive by at least $100.
Solid LTE data speeds
Yeah, it's a good, solid phone for $100! The only things that separate this phone from HTC's and Samsung's flashship devices is a pretty crappy camera, lack of NFC, and less-than-sublime design. That may be a deal-breaker for some. If those things don't matter to you so much, then at this price, it's a steal.
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
The Motorola ATRIX HD MB886 is a 4G phone, and a fairly strong one at that. This phone has a pretty decent hardware configuration and a good piece of software on it. The Motorola ATRIX HD MB886 can function with just about any app and a wide variety of games.
Low quality display, Sluggish performance, Horrible call quality
Let's talk about cost briefly here, as the Samsung Gravity Q for T-Mobile requires a down payment of $9.99 up front, then 24 monthly installment payments of $6 each, which brings its total cost to $153.99. Looking at the figure, it's not that bad, but come on, this is a quick messaging device we're dealing with here. We can name a host of other prepaid entry-level Android smartphones that deliver a significantly better experience than this.
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