Great outdoor visibility with its great display
For the first time in a long time, it's quite possible that LG's fortunes might turn around for the better thanks to the LG Optimus G, especially when it's packing that dreamy combination of a mighty quad-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity. To sweeten the pot even more, both AT&T and Sprint intend to sell this beauty for $199.99 with a 2-year contract thus, presenting it as an admirable option for those looking to get a premier smartphone.
Beefy hardware makes for a fast phone
Thanks to powerful hardware and (some) 4G service, the Optimus G is most capable smartphone LG has ever produced. Media, games, web browsing and even Google Maps all benefit from that large and ever-so sharp display.
Only a few things stand in the way of a more enthusiastic endorsement of Sprint's Optimus G. First, the phone is huge, not so heavy but a whopping 5-inches tall.
Bold and assertive styling
The raw performance of the LG Optimus G is nothing short of superb - you will never feel short on processing power with the latest quad-core silicon and 2GB of RAM at your service. There's a flagship look and feel to the device as well - a first in the US for quite some time.
Nice software additions
LG's finally cracked the high end market with the Optimus G. While other LG Android smartphones have looked good on paper, the Optimus G actually delivers a captivating experience with enjoyable software additions and superlative performance. The 4.7" IPS display is among the best and the phone is good looking too. One caveat, this is a big phone with none of the curvy tricks others employ to make it look and feel smaller.
Fast as Hell!
With the recent price drop, this phone is a no-brainer. Get it, you'll love it. However, if you're prone to dropping your phone a lot, maybe look at the One X+ or the SGS3 instead since I don't think this will hold up to a ton of drops and falls without cracking one of the two large glass panels.
Great screen, Fast performance
The LG Optimus G isn't a bad smartphone: it's fast, has a lot of storage, a good screen, and a decent (albeit not extraordinary) battery life. However, the two biggest features that are intended to make it stand out of the pack -- the quad core processor and the 13 megapixel camera -- both seriously fail to impress. And without those, there isn't really much to recommend it over other more noteworthy devices.
Rugged and can keep out the elements
When it comes right down to it, the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro has a lot to offer, especially since it carries a reasonable $100 on-contract price. Its design and construction make it ideal for those individuals that need or require a rugged smartphone that can withstand more than the average abuse, and can keep out Mother Nature. Combined with the 4" Super AMOLED display and dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, it can also conquer pretty much any task you can throw at it.
Pleasing design for an entry-level device
Needless to say, we've seen an increase of very remarkable entry-level smartphones in the market such as the LG Escape and Pantech Flex, with the two being priced aggressively. Well people, we're happy to vouch for the HTC One VX as well, considering that it has that great balance of features, price point, and performance to appease those who aren't looking to spend a fortune.
Love this phone already!
I really love this product! It is very quick, has a great feel, light, and very customizable (more than other smart phones I've seen). The screen looks great too. I haven't had it long enough to say whether or not the battery life is good or not, but I can't imagine it being too different from most smart phones in terms of usage.
Also uses a newer version of Android OS, can sync apps from android accounts, has expandable memory, and a pretty nice looking camera.
Balanced ratio between price and performance
The One VX offers a balanced ratio between price and performance, and while it's classified as just a budget device for those cash-strapped consumers looking for a good deal, the One VX will provide the experience of a top-tier handset it looks and feels like a top-of-the-line HTC device, and it performs about as great as you'd expect from a flagship smartphone, with only a few setbacks that few will grumble over.
Lag-free smooth Android Jelly Bean experience
Finally, we can confidently say the Galaxy Express is a very solid mid-range device. It comes with two compromises that you have to take into account. The first one that we are ready to forgive it is a 480x800-pixel screen which works out to a sub-par pixel density. The screen however is bright and vivid, which partly makes up for that. The second one is the 5-megapixel rear camera.
Unexceptional, boring and hard to get excited about
Overall, if you want a cheap smartphone, the Express is a decent choice. But I wouldn't really recommend it, since nothing really stands out. The most appealing feature is the low price, but if you can shell out a little more -- do. Take a look at the Motorola Atrix HD. In a year, you'll be glad you have a better phone.
Impressively fast processor
The I8730 Galaxy Express is a very solid offering from Samsung. It shows that Samsung can perfectly target competition-free market segments with great precision. Rather than throw in everything but the kitchen sink alongside the fast processor, they've given the Galaxy Express a good screen, a robust 2000 mAh battery and the trendy LTE connectivity. Carriers with budding LTE networks would love going after the Galaxy Express and Samsung will happily oblige.
Nice bang for the buck
Mostly what you give up verses the S3 is some camera resolution (5mp vs. 8 mp on the front camera), a little screen size, RAM (1gb vs. 2gb), and an HD display. There are some other smaller differences as well but for the most part they are hardly noticeable if you are not an extreme power user. Overall, I am very happy with the phone.
As powerful as a Galaxy S3, Compact, lightweight design
For a $1 smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Express is fantastic. You get a decent display, comfortable and attractive design, good performance, and speedy 4G LTE. If you're on a tight budget and really need to get a phone for next to nothing, the Express is not a bad choice. It's not as great as the Galaxy S3 (now just $100 on contract), but is definitely better than its price would suggest.
Enough performance for almost all tasks
The Samsung Galaxy Express offers a lot of what we like to see in a smartphone: A brilliant display, great battery life and high application and gaming performance. Many of its competitors can't keep up with the Galaxy Express, although some are ahead in terms of build quality and screen resolution.
There are still just a few LTE-enabled devices out there, letting the Galaxy Express stand out even more.
Aging hardware, obsolete before long
At first, the ZTE Grand X Pro felt like one of those conflicting devices that seem to loop between good and bad as we go across different categories. After spending some time with it, however, it dawned on us that ZTE's handset is actually very uniform in its approach - it's decidedly middle of the road with just about everything.
Middling to lower-end performance on its own isn't a reason enough for us to slash a phone's rating - not every device needs be a hardware powerhouse, after all.
High screen resolution, Wide viewing angles
Buyers of ZTE's Grand X Pro will get a device that is definitely state-of-the-art in the current smartphone mid-range. The camera is even on a par with the current premium category, although Nokia and Co. are setting new standards at the moment. The good battery runtimes, the screen's high resolution and the low power consumption also speak for the device.
The brightness, contrast, controls, speech quality, feel and build are all satisfactory but not more.
Fast data, compact size, snappy performance
The HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE is a fine phone, but it feels a bit like it was designed last year for last year's smartphone market. It doesn't really have any glaring performance issues, but compared to what is available in HTC's own One series and other devices that Verizon offers, it's hard to say that the Incredible is competitive.
Excellent voice quality
When looking at the current landscape of Android smartphones, the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE is a nice addition, but simply does not stand out from the competition as there really isn't anything remarkable about it. Its key feature is its smaller physical size, making it usable with a single hand.
Zippy UI and processor
This phone proves that you can still pack a lot of punch into a smaller form factor and still deliver a true smartphone experience. While we were initially skeptical of the smaller screen, it delivered well. Combine the Beats Audio experience with that screen, and an empty room or seatmates who don't mind noise, and you have a pocket-sized entertainment package.
Speedy, compact with good camera
The Droid Incredible 4G LTE is a solid phone with a sharp display, excellent camera and good call quality. Were it not for the Samsung Galaxy S III and the very popular Droid RAZR MAXX by Motorola, I'm sure it would gain a lot more traction, but those flagship smartphones overpower the third generation Droid Incredible. That said, if you're a fan of the iconic Droid Incredible design and don't want a huge or expensive phone, it's well worth a look.
Sense UI makes Android feel polished
The Droid Incredible is the best Android device that you can purchase in America right now. It's better than the Droid, better than the Nexus One, and certainly beats the pants off of any previous generation handsets like the Eris, myTouch, or Cliq. It's not just a very, very good Android phone (though it is); it's also an excellent smartphone no matter how you cut it.
Detailed camera and sharp screen look good
The newest Droid Incredible is a phone with one foot stuck in the past. Interior components like the processor and camera are stellar, and they're on par with other $200 smartphones on the market right now. But the smaller, 4-inch display isn't a true HD screen. And the design, dominated by a stubby and chunky chassis, feels like it was drawn up a few years ago when the Droid brand was first launched.
Great sound, good price
With fewer than 10% of available Android phones running Android 4.0, the Incredible could be a quick way to latch onto the new OS. (The latest version, Android 4.1, won't be available on anything outside of the Nexus 7 tablet for about six months.) Android 4.0 also has features such as Android Beam, which uses NFC to quickly transfer files from the Incredible to another similarly-equipped smartphone.
Simple phone includes some bells and whistles
Got this phone because it didn't require a data plan. Definitely knew this wasn't a smartphone, unlike one reviewer, and for sure knew this didn't have Wi-Fi, unlike another. This phone has camera, video camera, voice recording & MP3 playback functionality. It has alarms, a calendar, calculator & unit conversion, speed dial, pictures for contacts and more. It's pretty close to being a smartphone without requiring a data plan from AT&T.
Great Super AMOLED display
The Samsung Rugby Smart is a respectable smartphone which manages to combine ruggedness with a nice set of features and an affordable $100 on-contract price. Although it has its downsides, the Rugby Smart a handset for customers who want a tough handset with the advantages of a modern smartphone.
Who Said Sliders Can't Be Smart?
Overall I highly recommend this phone if you do not want a phone that requires a data plan and you are not one who beats the crud out of your cell phones. The slider function seems well built but may not withstand the torture some put their phones through. I'm giving this phone five stars because for the type of phone it is I think it deserves it. However I am not comparing it the amazing smart phones that are on the market today. This LG Xpression is not in their class (or price range).
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