Fantastic screen, speedy performance
The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a tough nut to crack: on the one hand, I love its solid hardware and speedy performance, but the data speeds offered by Sprint's 3G network really put a damper on my excitement. If you are married to Sprint's network, then by all means, the EVO 4G LTE is the best Android smartphone available to you right now.
Fantastic voice quality
The HTC EVO 4G LTE is undoubtedly one of the best Android devices available right now. A lot of time went into the design, features and software of Sprint's new flagship and it shows. It is wonderfully crafted with elegant software to match. The processor flies, the display is downright beautiful, and both multimedia and phone sound quality are amazing.
Great battery life
The HTC Evo 4G LTE is undoubtedly the best-spec'd smartphone currently on offer in the United States. The flagship handset offers all the latest smartphone tech in a neat, well-built package. We reckon that even the most demanding Android users will not be able to find too much to frown about as far as the smartphone's hardware is concerned - it simply ticks all the boxes.
Solid camera with many shooting modes
The Evo phones have always been Sprint's strongest offering, and the Evo 4G LTE is no exception. From its beautiful design to the versatile camera to the fast performance, this is Sprint's best phone--and one of the best Android phones available. But without LTE, it feels as if it is not quite living up to its potential.
Great design and build
If I were a Sprint customer, this is the phone I'd buy. In terms of quality, materials, features and specs, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is the one to beat. Unless you prefer the pure Android experience that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus offers, the EVO 4G LTE is our choice, and we suspect it will hold up well against the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Excellent 8MP camera
While we couldn't test the HTC Evo 4G LTE at its speedy best, it's a very high quality smartphone even without 4G. The build quality, screen, camera and processor are all top notch, the kick stand is a useful feature, and most other aspects are well above average. We're not so keen on the embedded SIM and battery and the unsightly backside of the phone, but neither of these are deal-breakers.
Great Design, Smooth UI, Dual SIM functionality
The tipo dual is priced at around Rs 10,000. It comes with a great design, sturdy build, dual-SIM functionality, and impressive sound quality. The camera and video playback could have been better, though. Overall, the tipo dual is a good dual-SIM Android phone for the price. Those who need at least a 3.5" screen have plenty of cheaper options, including the Intex Aqua 4.0.
Feels sturdy and durable
Sony has priced the Xperia tipo dual at Rs.10,500, while the single SIM version retails for a grand less. Looking at just Tier 1 brands, the tipo dual is the best dual-SIM Android option at this price point, although we feel it's still a bit expensive. It's very similar to the HTC Explorer in terms of specs, except it's better thanks to the bigger battery, better display and ICS. If Sony drops the price and manages to place it in the 8K range, it will make a killing.
Less weight and is handy.
The Sony Xperia Tipo dual is a compact smart phone with dual sim functionality in Sony's Xperia series. It has its own fixed target audience but this phone is much better than others in this price range. Its 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 version are its main key features that gives it edge over its competitors. Its week 512 MB RAM, small screen size and no front facing camera might be reasons for avoiding it. So, we give this phone 3 star rating.
Well implemented dual SIM support
For the most part Acer has done a splendid job with the Liquid Gallant Duo. Even without dual SIM support, this handset would have achieved a pretty high score. My major complaints are the irritatingly poor fit for my own micro-USB cable and that battery life. Acer could easily have avoided these shortfalls to come up with a complete winner, and they are the reason it gets an eight and not a nine.
Good call quality
The Sony Xperia tipo is a very decent foray in the world of entry level Androids. It has the performance and stability of Android Ice Cream Sandwich going for it, as well as a pleasant to hold, and comfortable to operate with one hand chubby chassis with soft touch plastic on the back.
Smooth and responsive
The Sony Xperia Tipo does a lot right, from its solid battery life to its responsive and smooth performance. It's not perfect though - the screen is small and low resolution and the camera won't be winning any awards.
Given the price tag of around Â£100 (around $160), we can live with that, and the Sony Xperia Tipo stands up well to most of its competitors, easily matching the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Y and the LG Optimus L3.
Long battery life
The fact that the Sony Xperia Tipo is so small and moderately priced will attract many. It's also a bonus that it runs the relatively recent Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. However, the small and low resolution screen makes it fiddly to use for everything bar the basics and the fact remains that the Huawei Ascend G300 offers a much better all round package for a similar price.
Smart styling, great battery life and exceptional value
The Sony Tipo represents smart styling, great battery life and exceptional value. The fact there's Android 4.0 on board means you're in a great position as far as app support goes and Sony's UI tweaks are (for the most part) complementary. It could be more powerful and the screen could be bigger and sharper, but for £89 off contract, we really are nit picking.
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.
Spacious screen, with high pixel density for its class
The Sony Xperia neo L is an interesting handset that tries to bring a 4-inch screen for a relatively affordable price tag. The spacious display with Bravia technology for punchier colors despite our criticism towards it is one of its assets, especially when you contrast it with the competition. Right now, it's facing the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 in direct battle - the two are almost identically priced, but the Xperia neo L easily wins as long as we compare only the screens.
Deep Xperia Facebook integration
There you have it - in this price range, compromises will have to be made and we're leaning in favor of the dual-cores . The OS can be updated, but the CPU inside the phone is there to stay. Also, there are rumors of an Xperia J, which has almost the exact same specs as the neo L and will make it obsolete when it gets official.
Powered with Bravia engine
The Sony Xperia Neo L is the best smart phone in Sony's Xperia series till date. Powered with BRAVIA Engine this phone is much better than others in this price range. The 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixels camera with LED flash and Android 4.0 version easily are its main key features that gives it edge over its competitors. But like other Sony phones this too has weak 512 MB RAM. The big 4 inch screen size will surely impress you. So, we give this phone three star rating.
Camera takes mediocre pictures and only records VGA video
Despite being the flagship of the new L series, the LG Optimus L7 main virtue is that it ships with the newest Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, rather than design and specs.
The handset is indeed thin and light, but the chassis looks run-of-the-mill with its rectangular shape made of black plastic, despite the metal plate around the camera module.
Slow and sluggish
The LG Optimus L7 had the potential to be a decent phone, its big screen, Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and NFC technology are sadly put on the back burner thanks to the incredibly slow processor and user experience.
If you want a decent, single core phone with all the key features then you're better off looking at the HTC One V or Orange San Diego.
Large, bright screen
The Optimus L7 really catches the eye. With its large, bright screen, slim 8.7mm waistline, and pleasantly-textured back panel, it is a very comfortable phone to hold in hand. The interface is littered with cool transitions and effects, and the presence of all those nifty Ice Cream Sandwich optimizations are a welcome sight. It comes with Gorilla Glass and a hefty 1700 mAh battery.
When you look under the hood however, things are not nearly as pretty.
Includes NFC support
The LG Optimus L7 has a stylish design and some good features including NFC support and a large 4.3inch screen. However, its 1Ghz processor seems to be overwhelmed by what LG is asking it to do on this handset and the result is that the phone can be quite tedious to use, as it suffers from lots of random slow downs and pauses. Our advice is to look elsewhere to satisfy your Android craving.
The LG Optimus L7 is a good-looking design, with decent build quality and the latest Google software. However, it is severely let down by its poor performance both in terms of subjective speed and in poor battery life. The price seems attractive when compared to high-end phones but there are much better Android handsets available for less.
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