Large screen, attractive design, HTC Sense 3.0 user interface enhancements
The HTC Sensation XL is a really nice handset to use, thanks to that large display and decently quick 1.5GHz processor, as well as Android 2.3 and HTC Sense 3.0 keeping things interesting. The 8 megapixel camera isn't bad for an HTC camera phone, either, and the XL is a well built and handsome device, too.
However, there are a handful of niggles that sour the overall experience.
Great audio quality with Beats
Speaking of which, the price is the biggest stumbling block for Sensation XL as it stands. As a mid-range, big-screen handset, HTC would be onto a genuine winner here. But the price puts it in the firing line of the Sensation XE, the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the iPhone 4S. And, frankly, it comes out at the bottom of that list.
Slim and well built handset
The HTC Sensation XL is a strange beast. On the one hand it's stylish, slim and well made with a nice interface but on the other it has a strangely large screen for what otherwise smacks of a mid-range handset. As for the Beats side of things, there are bound to be some people that like the headphones and if the price is right this may prove a great bundle but we've never been sold on any of the Beats Audio by Dr Dre products and this doesn't help convince us.
Good amount of internal storage
The HTC Sensation XL is a solid and high quality phone with skull-splittingly loud audio playback through the supplied Beats Audio headgear.
You get a good camera that copes well in most conditions and the fast processor means that there's virtually no shutter lag. Scrolling through web pages and maps is super-quick and games load quickly and play like a charm.
We only have one real moan with the XL and that's the decision to not include a microSD card slot.
An all-round impressive offering from HTC the Sensation XL is a leader on the audio front a barely a half step behind the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II, iPhone 4S and its dual-core siblings in terms of overall performance. The latest powerhouse to enter the smartphone fray, the brand associated with Beats audio is sure to see the XL become a massive hit and rightly so.
As it did with the Desire HD this time last year, HTC proves again that bigger is better. The 4.7-inch display makes everything bigger, easier to touch and better to read, without the screen showing its pixels and looking fuzzy. The camera is a corker, and the everyday user experience is excellent.
High pixel density display
To summarize our impressions from the tiny phone it is tempting to dismiss the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray as a less-capable version of the Xperia arc, but what you get is in fact a more compact variant, without sacrificing much but an HDMI port. Actually, the fact that the 8MP Exmor R camera didn't perform as well as we expected, and also that the LED on the back has to be used as a light instead of automatic camera flash, are the only letdowns we experienced with the Xperia ray.
Excellent call quality
The Xperia ray is a great looking, compact smartphone that's nippy to use, takes great still photos and has some neat updates to the standard Android user interface. However, its small screen can make web browsing a chore, its HD video recording is a bit of a let down and it suffers from less than impressive battery life.
We were pleasantly surprised with the Xperia Ray. Expecting a plasticky, miniaturised Xperia Arc wannabe, what Sony Ericsson have made here is perhaps what the Xperia Neo should have been. Noticeably smaller than the Xperia Arc, arguably as thin, and lighter it has carved out a place for itself, and not just as Sony Ericsson's "cheap Android phone".
Far from the most powerful smartphone on the market, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray does, however, punch far above its weight in the ranks of the mid-range handset. Speedy and simple to use the Ray makes the most of the feature its expected user base is likely to covet with a few extra high-performance treats thrown in for good measure.
Good hardware under the hood
The Xperia Ray offers a nice alternative to the increasing size of today's smartphones, but for us, the 3.3-inch display is a little too small to remain entirely usable. The virtual keyboard experience suffers and you'll find yourself pinch-zooming more than with most other phones.
Great display, solid browser, blazing data speeds
The Samsung Galaxy S 4G for T-Mobile is an update of T-Mobile's popular Samsung Vibrant Android smartphone. It is virtually a clone of the original Vibrant, but comes with Android 2.2 Froyo pre-installed, has a forward-facing camera for video calls, and offers super-fast HSPA+ "4G" data speeds. It even has a larger battery than the original. The Galaxy S 4G does lose the Vibrant's 16GB internal SD card though, replacing it with a 16GB memory card in the microSD expansion slot.
Great battery life
We were fairly impressed with the Samsung Vibrant the first time around, and the Galaxy S 4G is pretty much the same phone with faster data speed and video calling abilities. Even in today's market the Galaxy S 4G slots in the upper echelon of handsets, even as the Galaxy S II is set to launch soon. The market is moving at a breakneck pace these days, and high-end handsets almost seem cookie cutter.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is an evolutionary upgrade to the Vibrant. Think of it as the Vibrant with 2011 tweaks: 4G, a front video chat camera and Froyo with Flash 10.1. If you already own a Samsung Vibrant, you likely won't want to shell out the out of cycle upgrade price for the Galaxy S 4G, but if you're coming from a lower end Android phone like the myTouch 3G or a feature phone, the Galaxy S 4G has major appeal.
Know what you are getting into
In summary, root is almost required for this smart phone - root will take less than 30 mins. Other than that, with its amazing speed and powerful customizing ability from Android OS, I still have to figure out what it can do. This device is truly a personal computer + more in my hand. I like it a lot more than iPhone.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is an entertainment powerhouse. If you're looking for a phone that can offer excellent photo and video quality, with excellent choices for live and on-demand TV, this is the phone for you. The screen is gorgeous, the battery life is impressive, the camera/camcorder capture everyday memories with excellent quality, and the gaming experience is fun.
4-inch Super AMOLED display is nice
The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is a nice upgrade to the Samsung Vibrant, with its zippy processor, beautiful Super AMOLED display, HSPA+ 21 Mbps support, and improved battery. Still, the myTouch 4G consistently performs better in processor speed tests, and the T-Mobile G2 can usually be found cheaper through third-party retailers. That, combined with the $199.99 price point, may sway prospective buyers to T-Mobileâ??s other Android devices.
Good optical trackpad
The Samsung Ch@t 335 is no doubt inspired by RIM's BlackBerry line of QWERTY candybars, for which it seems there will always be market. It lacks many BlackBerry features, most notably - a fully functional smart OS and a decent browser, but its similar design and welcoming price could lure many.Moreover, the phone offers a pretty decent set of connectivity options with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM radio, so you get what you pay for, and even a bit more.
Superior metallic frame which provides it an elegant look.
The phone is tagged at Rs. 5,800 which initially appears to be good charge. The unsorted question is whether it is suitable for heavy-text users or the 24/7 social-networking addicts. If you are ok with the average multimedia as well as camera support then the Chat 335 truly deserves your purchase. It is not the finest, but clearly falls into worth-the-money category.
Superslim quality feel
The Samsung Ch@t 335 is a budget BlackBerry-beater. With a full QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad, it's ideal for texting, emailing, facebooking or tweeting. We love its superslim quality feel that fools people into thinking you've bought a high-end handset. The phone comes with Wi-Fi, an FM radio, music player and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It can accept memory cards up to 8GB. The camera may be little more than a toy, but everything else about the S3350 Chat shouts quality.
Good battery life
If you're looking for a phone that passes by as being just a phone, then the Pantech Breeze II should prove to be a decent solution for you. However, we were surprised to see how much depth the phone has when it comes to features and performance. But at the same time with its option for the Breeze Mode, it takes the pain out of getting too bogged down for those who aren't necessarily up to speed with the modern conveniences of most phones.
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