Higher capacity 3500mAh battery, Excellent call quality
Coming in at $300 with a 2-year Verizon contract, the Motorola DROID MAXX is the most expensive of the three DROID models. It combines all the features of the DROID Ultra, but increases the battery to 3500mAh, doubles the internal memory to 32GB, and looks higher end with the soft-touch woven backing.
A competent Galaxy Nexus replacement, with some quirks
In summary, I'm sticking with my title -- this phone may have some issues here and there, and it may not be the fastest/biggest/most beautiful/polished specimen out there this late summer and fall, but in my opinion it's the first suitable contender to supersede the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and betters that phone in a number of key areas. I have a great deal of confidence in Motorola at this time -- both in their tie to Google, and their strong affiliation with VZW.
Amazing battery life
The Motorola Razr Maxx has great stamina so you won't be anxious if you forgot to charge it overnight. It goes for days. The casing is thicker than last year's Razr but not uncomfortably so, thanks to clever design and Motorola's curved corners design language. The high-resolution display continues to dazzle, and the phone's connectivity with a mini HDMI socket are helpful extras. It may not have a quad-core processor but this phone rarely dawdles.
Good design and materials used
If you are a power user and are sick of continually charging your battery, you should take a look at the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. Its talk and standby times are the longest that we've seen on a smartphone, and the device has plenty of high-end features to quench an Android user's thirst, with its only drawbacks being the non-HD screen and the mediocre camera quality.
All the things about the original Razr are still here (except for that profile). The AMOLED is just as gorgeous, the overlay is just as snazzy, and we're still impressed with the media player even after all this time. Add to all that the Razr Maxx can now go days without charging, or actively use LTE without destroying your battery and - all the sudden - the Razr goes from a winner to a champion.
Battery life king
The build quality of the phone is top notch, with distinctive design and cool materials (kudos to Moto for using Kevlar on more and more phones recently). The screen holds up very well (it's the same unit to find on a modern upper-midrange phone like the HTC One S) and the camera is one of the better 8MP shooters. If the phone was a little more compact (or packed a larger screen on the same body) it would have been great, but that's not by any means a deal breaker.
The Droid Razr Maxx greatly improves upon what was perhaps the biggest weakness of the Droid Razr: battery life. If you plan on watching a lot of video or doing some heavy duty gaming on your phone, the Razr Maxx is a good match for you. If you're looking to save money, however, you might opt for the original Razr; it costs $100 less than the Razr Maxx.
All that Droid RAZR goodness, with nearly 2x battery life.
It's sexy, it's unique and nearly bulletproof thanks to Gorilla Glass on the front and Kevlar on the back. Voice quality is excellent, download speeds on LTE rock and the phone has supreme battery life. The Super AMOLED display is very colorful with deep blacks, though it's not the highest resolution display on the block. The Droid RAZR MAXX works with Motorola's myriad accessories including the Lapdock, giving it an element of versatility.
Spectacular battery life
The Droid RAZR Maxx may deliver a lifetime of mammoth proportions, but we can't help but have mixed feelings. Why? As too often is the case (the Samsung Skyrocket series on AT&T comes to mind), Motorola and Verizon are hard at work pushing too many RAZR devices at once, and early adopters are left as the victims.
Good HD video capture
The Sony Xperia go is an average device no matter how you look at it. It has a pretty good processor for its class, and we can live with the low-resolution screen, but the unpleasant plastic casing may ruin the experience for you. Still, it'll be best if you can try the phone out first prior to purchase, to see if you can live with it.
Rugged IP67 certification
Stunning to look at and comfortable in the hand, from the box the Sony Xperia Go is an all-round hit. Sadly with continued use the Sony Xperia Go fails to live up to these initial high expectations, with a number of irritating niggles emerging to add a slight air of infuriation to what is a largely well rounded device.
Bigger screen and two processor cores
The Xperia go has few real rivals: rugged smartphones are gaining popularity but you wouldn't say the niche is too crowded yet. Sony have done well to position themselves on that market and it doesn't look like it has cost them a fortune to build the Xperia go. It can appeal to both urban users who wouldn't mind an extra level of protection against the elements and those who embrace an active, outdoor lifestyle. What they need is a phone that will survive a splash, not make one.
The Sony Xperia Go is one of the most attractive "rugged" phones we've seen. It's slim, it's small and it runs the versatile Android OS. However, its rugged credentials don't extend beyond waterproofing and dust protection, and thanks to the low-res screen it feels like you're trading in a lot to have the option of dunking it in a pint of water if it misbehaves.
Great design and build
The Sony Xperia Go is therefore fine looking, easily the most handsome and powerful rugged phone out there. The fact its waterproof, able to deal with life's little mishaps definitely adds a great USP to the mix. We're not sure that this excuses the low resolution screen or out of date operating system, but the Xperia Go has plenty of appeal. In turn, anyone who wants a waterproof looker and can splash out £220 needn't look elsewhere.
Excellent design for a rugged phone
We often refer to the challenge of cheaper phones revolving around sacrifices, and we feel that Sony has made some excellent decisions here. The Xperia Go is a rare example of a phone that has been designed for a specific type of smartphone users, and we think it ticks the appropriate boxes. When the alternative is to envelope an iPhone in a huge rubber case, the Xperia Go seems excellent for those of us who usually damage our phones on the weekends.
Stylish design, Sturdy build
Huawei has put in enough tech to make the stylish Ascend G300 very appealing at such a low price point, and with the update to Ice Cream Sandwich now available it even manages to keep up with future devices.
But it's probably time Huawei boosted the memory and processor a little, since the demands of Android 4.0 and today's ever-larger games and apps means it can struggle to offer a smooth experience, especially when asked to multitask.
Solid and stylish design
The Huawei G300 is an easy phone to like. It has a smart and robust design, good battery life, a great screen and punches above its weight in the budget phone performance stake. In short, we think that at £100 on PAYG it represents a total bargain and is even better value for money than the likes of the Orange San Francisco II.
Cheap, nicely designed
We love the G300. It might be a little lacking in power, but as a phone it ticks all the basic boxes. We can say, without doubt, that this is by far the best budget handset running Android that we've used. It has the feel and look of a far more expensive phone, and we really enjoyed using it.
The screen is brilliant, and outshines those found on the Orange San Francisco II or the T-Mobile Vivacity. It's bright, colourful and detailed, and we really found it enjoyable to look at.
Decent all-round performance
The Huawei Ascend G300 might on paper look like another cheap and less-than-cheerful Android phone, but it's a solid buy considering its price. The screen is top drawer, the battery life is epic and there's enough power on board to perform most tasks more than adequately.
Incredibly low price
The Huawei Ascend G300 successfully redefines how much value you can expect to get from a phone that costs less than $200. While not perfect, it has an excellent design, a great screen and intuitive software that performs well. Without a doubt the best budget Android phone on the market.
Preloaded skin is frustrating
For sub-15K the product isn't bad. But it isn't the best either. The screen and the battery life are the best aspects of the device. The rest of the device is your run of the mill budget Android device. There are other phones you can take a look at in the 15k price range before making your purchase decision.
If you are looking for a device with a physical keyboard, 3-inch display and overall value for money, you can take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro.
Excellent 4in LCD touchscreen, decent performance
Yes, it has a disappointing camera, but that doesn't stop the Huawei Ascend G300 from being one of the best budget phones we've ever had our hands on. It puts the Orange San Francisco to shame with its 4in screen, and its design is more HTC One X than HTC Wildfire. Want a taste of Android on the cheap? We can't think of a better phone to recommend.
A stunning, metal design
Strangely, the Sony Xperia P is a more compelling device than the Xperia S, especially when it comes to build and battery life. Also, though the screen resolution is not as high as on the Xperia S, it remains bright and vibrant and you'll have no problems using it outdoors. Yet, the problem here is that I don't know what the Xperia P wants to be. It's certainly pretty, but that's not enough reason to buy the smartphone no matter how long the battery lasts.
Solid build quality
The Sony Xperia P is a pretty good mid-range device that offers solid build quality, quick performance, and a great display. The things that really let it down are the puny battery and the dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. Sony is selling the Xperia P unlocked direct through its online store and retail outlets for $449.99.
Display with outstanding outdoor visibility
The Sony Xperia P is only an inch away from being the ultimate mid-range Android smartphone packed with cool features, yet relatively inexpensive considering what you're getting in exchange. And what you get is a great camera, pretty interface, snappy dual-core processor, and one of the brightest smartphone displays to date, all encased inside of a solid aluminum package.
Sleek, unique design
A handset that will have owners planning for the future, the Sony Xperia P is packed with enough high-end specs to ensure it remains one of the most impressive devices within its price bracket for a long time to come, and will keep users appeased and free from handset envy for the foreseeable future.
The Sony Xperia P is an excellent package, and one of few to offer this much in its price range. But you might want to hold off until Sony finally release the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update (it's expected in Q3), when its price will have settled to a lower level and the bang for the buck ratio will have gone sky-high.
But even right now the Xperia P is a solid alternative to the likes of the plastic Galaxy S II and the pricy One S.
Great set of core features
We like the Sony Xperia P a lot. It looks nice, is well built and offers a great set of core features, with dual-core performance, 8MP camera and sharp display, all wrapped up in a modest sized handset. Add in some unexpected extras like microHDMI connectivity and NFC and you're onto a winner. It's not without its issues but we think this is a cracking option for those looking for a small but capable Android phone.
Better designed and more attractively priced version of the Xperia S
The Xperia P is a more user-friendly sized, better designed and more attractively priced version of the Xperia S. Although the specifications aren't astounding and the software is yet to be brought into 2012, we like the device. Highlights are the decent screen and excellent camera but if you have a bit more cash to spend, the HTC One S is a better option.
Gamepad works well
We've reached out to Sony Ericsson asking for a roadmap of when we can expect the PlayStation Suite and more PlayStation One titles to roll up on the Xperia Play bandwagon and make it worth joining. As it stands today, on the day of review and the precipice of its launch, the Play is looking out on a pretty barren gaming landscape.
Good looks and features
For RM 1499, we are quite impressed with the Xperia P. It has a mid-range pricing but is packed with some good features - a great display enhanced by the Bravia Engine, an 8-megapixel camera capable of 3D photos and a bunch of connectivity. More importantly at that price range it does not feel cheaply built, it is based off the Xperia S design and manages to look premium on its own.
Good call quality
Sony has cut a few corners to achieve the very affordable price of the Xperia U, like the lack of oleophobic coating and microSD slot, but these are still overshadowed by the cool design and the contemporary specs like a dual-core processor and screen with good pixel density.
Where it really dropped the ball, however, is the camera module - we've seen better 5MP shooters in Sony handsets dating back to 2010, especially in the video capture department.
Solid construction, Clear display
If you're not caught up in today's obsession with enormous display sizes, the Sony Xperia U is a great choice of smartphone.
It has all the speed, power and features of the larger Android models that cost two or three times as much - your only compromise here is seeing it all through a smaller display.
The only noticeable weaknesses here are the phone's video performance, which is terrible despite the 720p claim, and the lack of onboard storage space.
Fantastic screen and a two-day battery life
The Xperia U is one of the best smartphones we've seen for under £200. For this price you get a capable handset providing higher performance than some more expensive rivals all with a fantastic screen and a two-day battery life. The phone's maind downfalls are limited storage and old software, although this should be updated one day.
Better upper mid-range devices
We were hard pressed in finding fault with this device, as it is essentially a down-scaled version of its big brother, the Xperia S. Still, the Xperia U does not skimp on the features and can still hold its own against all mid-range devices and some of the upmarket ones as well. Given its fairly reasonable asking price, this is one of the better upper mid-range devices that you can get right now.
Good build quality
The Xperia U might not be the top of the pile but for a low-cost Android phone it's got quite a lot to offer. Admittedly at the moment it's stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but Sony is due to rollout an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich very soon and we're sure that'll make it a much snappier device than it already is.
Good screen resolution
The Sony Xperia U looks like a promising low-end Android phone. It has an attractive design and a good screen resolution for a device likely to come with a competitive price tag. However, its limited internal memory and the fact it will initially be sold with an outdated version of Google's Android software may diminish its appeal.
The Sony Xperia U rounds off our reviews of the Xperia NXT range and ends the line up on a high. It really is the little Xperia that could with its sharp LCD screen, dual-core processor and decent camera. While the screen might be too small for some, at 3.5-inches, it's iPhone sized which seems to work for millions. Our only two major gripes with the Sony Xperia U are internal storage and gone off Gingerbread.
Battery life was pretty good overall.
The Xperia U is decent, but we can't look past the two glaring issues. The first is the screen: maybe we're nitpicking, but we wouldn't be able to live with it for an extended period of time without becoming extremely irritated. Secondly, the omission of a microSD card slot, especially with the limited internal storage space, is a crying shame. Everyone may be quick to promote the cloud for content storage, but high-speed internet isn't as ubiquitous as some may think.
Great camera with quick-launch mode, attractive design, nice software
The Sony Xperia S is the first Sony branded Xperia smartphone, having been launched after Sony officially bought out Ericsson's share of the Sony Ericsson joint venture that had been building phones for over ten years.
The Xperia S is also the first member of the company's NXT series of devices, and it features high-end specs like a 4.3-inch, 720p HD resolution Bravia touchscreen display, a 12.1 megapixel camera with flash, and a speedy dual-core processor with 1GB or RAM.
Quality HD display with ultra-high pixel density
From the characteristic design decisions, like a transparent illuminated strip, through an amazing HD display, to the ultra-fast camera, the first Sony-only handset is a delight. Given the above advantages, beefs that we'd consider a nuisance in other handsets, like the fussy capacitive buttons or the sealed battery, here seem minor.
There are still some niggles but we think it says a lot that when writing the pros and cons above, we really struggled with the cons section. This handset may not be cheap and it may feel like a Sony Ericsson without the Ericsson bit printed on the front but we are really impressed with what Sony has done for its first solo foray. Is it worth buying? At £450 sim-free, it's not cheap but it is one of the better handsets out there and one that we found encouraged a few "What is that?"
Simple comfortable design
With a great HD screen, 12MP camera and a few quirky extras, the Sony Xperia S should be right up there with the best of the rest but it doesn't quite come together. The screen isn't quite as good as we'd hope and the camera is well below expectations. Meanwhile the design, although quite nice, doesn't really wow us. It is still an excellent phone, just not the barnstormer it could've been.
Decent set of hardware components
The Sony Xperia S looks good and packs a decent set of hardware components, including an excellent screen and camera. Aside from the standard Android complaint of abysmal battery life, the phone is let down by its main control buttons a triumph of art over function and cluttered and out-of-date software. It's relatively low price may make it worth a look.
The dual-core processor kept everything running smoothly and quickly
There is much to like about the Sony Xperia S, and while most people would not notice the lack of the Sony-Ericsson logo on it, Sony is heading in the right direction with this; The dual-core processor kept everything running smoothly and quickly, while the 12-megapixel camera was in a class of its own, providing some of the best image quality we have seen on a smartphone so far. And if Sony pulls it off correctly, it is a great addition to the ecosystem of Sony devices which you may own.
Sturdy, good looking design
It may be a little more costly than competitors like Alcatel's OT-903, but the ZTE Kis more than justifies its slightly higher asking price tag thanks to its higher resolution screen, faster processor and long battery life. The price of Android phones is dropping all the time, but for now at least, this handset offers pretty unbeatable value for money.
Chunky, comfy body, cheap price for Android, reasonable budget display
The Kis may be one of the cheapest smartphones that runs on Android, but it doesn't quite reach the bar, suffering from the odd performance issue.
Very solid build, Loud speaker
The ZTE Kis is one of those phones where you end up saying for the money it is ok. Virgin have added a bonus feature of the years worth of data, this combined with the phone would make an ideal backup phone or a phone for a non demanding child.
So if you're looking for a budget phone head over to the Virgin Mobile page here for only £59.00 to get one.
This online price is too high...you can get it in the stores for $99 or on the website...cheaper than amazon.
As far as the phone goes....GREAT phone for someone like me who is not into all the bells and whistles of touchscreen and android smart phones. Lots of free apps to download and with the verizon network we have had NO reception issues.
Pretty solid for an eco-friendly device
In an era where $100 can get you a pretty stacked smartphone, you'll need to do a lot of thinking if you're considering picking up the Samsung Exhilarate at $49.99 on-contract. Overall, we're pleased by its well-balanced package - and it helps that it's one of the better-looking eco-friendly devices out there!
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