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.
The HTC 7 Trophy is a winner after all. With solid specs, a nice rugged feel as well as solid performance across the board, the HTC 7 trophy delivers a great screen, great connectivity and great performance. Admittedly, the camera could be better and the screen bigger, however, weâ?? d say the HTC 7 Trophy finds a good balance between price and performance.
There are also other assorted applications pre-loaded on the HTC 7 Trophy, such as Photo Enhancer and Stocks â€“ HTC also gives a link to download cool things like the Flashlight application for free as well.
There's nothing lost feature-wise in the OS coming down from its more expensive cousins, and not much on the hardware side, but this one is free from just Â£25 per month. The ease of use factor alone makes it worth considering at that price.
Call quality is fine (it's neither the worst nor the best we've seen) on the Trophy, with or without the included earbuds, or when going commando and using the Trophy as a speakerphone.
HTC's Trophy is not the best smartphone on the market. It's not even the best Windows Phone 7 phone. To make matters worse, you'll often find the Trophy sitting side-by-side with the equivalently priced LG Optimus 7 when shopping for a new WP7 handset in Europe -- both are â? ¬49.90 on contract with Vodafone in Germany or free in the UK with monthly plans starting at Â£25 (our review unit is sold by Coolblue in The Netherlands for $499).
very stylish phone
The HTC 7 Trophy is truly a run of the mill Windows Phone 7 handset. It really is the bare minimum of what Windows Phone 7 handsets will be. One of the worries with Windows Phone 7 is that with each new handset that's released, it's harder and harder for it to be sellable to the market. Microsoft has tried to use Apple's idea of ensuring the hardware works with software, but unlike Apple, Microsoft has left the manufacturing of hardware to third parties.
Excellent Sound Enhancer
It's tricky to recommend the HTC 7 Trophy over other handsets because there's so little that marks it out. Sure, it has the HTC Hub to download apps like the Flashlight and Notes, and excellent Sound Enhancer (although this is only available through an external app, so you have to drop in and out of the music and video player to change the quality).
What's in a name? Is there any difference between the HTC Mozart and the HTC Trophy, aside from the fact that one is going to Telstra and the other is going to Vodafone?. What's in a name? Is there any difference between the HTC Mozart and the HTC Trophy, aside from the fact that one is going to Telstra and the other is going to Vodafone? What's in a name?
The E73 Mode is essentially the E72 with T-Mobile branding. I was a bit disappointed with how cheap the plastic softkey buttons felt, as I've typically had good experiences with the build quality of Nokia's E-Series devices.
My biggest gripe with the E73 Mode is its aging operating system. It feels sluggish, and I've seen feature phones with more compelling user interfaces than the simple menu-based interface that the E73 Mode offers.
the 4.5-ounce E73 felt solid and substantial--like a real piece of technology, not a plastic toy.
Nokia’s utilitarian E73 Mode is a strong, low-priced alternative to the BlackBerry phones currently on the market. Nokia’s utilitarian E73 Mode is a strong, low-priced alternative to the BlackBerry phones currently on the market. Palm’s sprightly Pixi Plus gets a speed boost with Wi-Fi connectivity and Verizon’s fast 3G network. With a gorgeous AMOLED display and an excellent camera, the pricey Samsung Behold II will appeal to multimedia junkies with deep pockets.
The phone can also shoot VGA video at 15 fps and there's a flash that's useful for close range shooting.
If you're a Nokia S60 person and want a QWERTY smartphone, the Nokia E73 Mode is likely to please. And if you want a candy bar form factor smartphone with a keyboard but dislike BlackBerry phones, the E73 is also a hot pick. But for those who just need a QWERTY phone and don't care about the smart part, the E73 will require a more expensive data plan than T-Mobile's QWERTY feature phones like the Samsung Gravity.
This is a phone that is great to feel and handle and does a lot to stand out by raising the bar from the Nokia E71.
All-in-all the Nokia E73 Mode is a great phone for the business oriented user. There is not much that can be said against the Nokia E73 Mode. It surpasses its cousin, the Nokia E71, and with the upgrade to the operating system it keeps up with the newer apps and widgets that are cropping up in the market today.
From the outside, it’s nearly flawless.
Nokia’s E73 Mode is essentially a spruced up version of the E72, repackaged and sold through T-Mobile. Given the uncanny similarities, large parts of this review borrow directly from our earlier E72 review, but with pains taken to point out the differences between the two.
Clear, vibrant screen.
You might notice we haven't mentioned the keyboard above. We're calling it neutral well-made, but with keys just too close together. Maybe we'd be more forgiving if there wasn't so much wasted space around it.
While we're criticising Symbian for being laggy, we should mention that C6 does feel robust, software-wise. Though it lacks shine, it's got features coming out of every port (save for proper social network integration).
Those looking for a capable QWERTY smartphone without all the bells and whistles may want to consider the C6.
The Nokia C6 is a touchscreen smartphone with a physical slide-out keyboard that has its basics covered. The hardware may be decent, but the software feels like a few generations behind and still has lots of catching up.
- Nokia C6 – the small and stylish smartphone.
The Nokia C6-01 should overshadow the C7: it's cheaper, has much the same functionality and, while smaller, a higher-quality display. The software on both is identical, and on paper the cameras are also the same. However, while the slick, sturdy C7 left us more impressed than we'd expected, the C6-01 proved underwhelming in comparison.
Based on Nokia’s new way of labelling its mobile phones, the Nokia C6 is designed for simple communication and sits towards the high-end of the scale.
The Nokia C6 looks good and has some fun features to keep you entertained through its social networking abilities and on track through its Ovi Maps and document viewer
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