Large screen, compact phone
Samsung didn't exactly catch us by surprise with the Galaxy S4. Pretty much all the hardware improvements like the faster processor, better camera, and 5" 1080p screen were expected. Samsung simply had to have those in the Galaxy S4 if it wanted its product to be relevant in 2013. However, it's the flawless implementation of all the features that makes the Galaxy S4 the superb smartphone that it is. Design-wise, the latest Samsung flagship is nothing special.
Stunning screen, Superfast processor, Great camera
Make no mistake - the Samsung Galaxy S4 is far, far more than a Galaxy S3 'S' - Samsung may be copying Apple according to some people, but it's not as brazen as the Cupertino brand in flogging the exact same design with a slightly uprated processor and calling it a new phone.
The Galaxy S4 is a great, great device in its own right, re-inventing what it means to own a brilliant smartphone in a number of ways.
More serious and stylish look
While the Samsung Galaxy S4's exterior might be its Achilles' heel, we can't blame Samsung for sticking with the Galaxy S brand image it spent so much resources trying to build (that phone sold over 50 million units too, so being associated with it cannot be too bad).
With the sheer number of excellent flagships to choose from, if you are looking for the best smartphone, you had it better than ever.
Stunning 5-inch Full HD screen
The Samsung Galaxy S4 might not look that different or have that one killer feature that sinks the competition, but it's a worthy successor to the Samsung Galaxy S3.
It's a true high-end powerhouse and undeniably one of the best phones on the market right now, albeit one that will relies a little too heavily on brand appeal and past successes rather than innovation and eye-catching design. Yes, it might not be the most stylish handset on the market, but nor is it a dog.
Huge display in a not so huge phone, excellent camera
The Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones is a juggernaut; like the iPhone, the next generation will sell well based simply on brand loyalty, trust and familiarity. Even so, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a lot to offer, and though I wasn't overwhelmed with love for the Galaxy S III, the S4 is seriously tempting me. The superb camera and related features, comfortable feel in the hand, replaceable battery and software like Smart Stay and Air Gesture are hard to give up once you've used them.
A brilliant phone in almost every way
As we type this we have the SGS3 and the SGS4 on our desk. While, superficially, there's really not a lot of difference between the two, to hold, they couldn't feel more different. We really like the new, more square-feeling SGS4. At the back, we prefer the SGS3 aesthetically, although the case design of the new phone is nicer - albeit still plastic.
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As it represents Nokia's first effort in the U.S. with a Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone, it's hard not to feel disappointed with the Lumia 710. It doesn't turn any heads or break any new ground in design or performance, and there are some issues with the quality of the components in its construction.
Free turn-by-turn directions with Nokia Drive
Behind the lights and glamor of being the first Nokia smartphone to arrive in the US with Windows Phone on board, there's some expectations riding with its release. However, we're simply not convinced that the Nokia Lumia 710 is going to be THAT device to bring Nokia from the ashes, but rather, we'll have to wait a bit longer to find it. It's not to say that it's a totally boring device, but it simply lacks the star power to propel it over other recent Windows Phones.
Intuitive user interface
Although we would buy the Nokia Lumia 710 over the HTC Radar, it's overshadowed by the Nokia Lumia 800, which impressed us a lot more and makes the Nokia Lumia 710 feel more like its cheaper relative than we would have liked. We know that the phone costs less, but the cost savings feel too apparent.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is competing in a very tough game. Mid-range WP7 handsets have virtually identical specs and clear advantages over competitors are hard to come by. The Lumia 710 carries Nokia's pedigree and some exclusive software, which have a lot of appeal, but newcomers to the brand might not be so easily convinced. However, in a world full of ageing Symbian smartphones, there should be plenty of business for the Lumia 710.
Slick Windows Phone OS
The Nokia Lumia 710 could have been the first budget Windows Phone handset to attract users in large numbers, but the inherent limitations placed on Nokia by Microsoft, along with a couple of poor design choices mean it falls just short of being a great budget handset. However, if Nokia gets the pricing right, it could represent great value for money for those looking to take their first step on the Windows Phone 7 platform.
Bargain priced smartphone with solid specs and good quality
There's a lot to like in Nokia's first US Windows Phone. The bargain price belies a solid set of features; quick performance and an elegant though not thin design. Call quality is excellent, the camera takes good photos and the phone is fast. Gaming is fluid and fun, the Zune music experience is as ever enjoyable and streaming video plays well over T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. If you're looking for an easy to pocket smartphone that's wallet-friendly, the Nokia Lumia 710 is worth a look.
When you stack the 710 up side-by-side with its sexier sibling the 800, you'll be hard pressed to find exactly what keeps this particular Lumia 90 points lower on the Nokia totem pole. It's certainly not the specs, as both handsets are nearly identical in that respect -- powered by a 1.4GHz MSM8255 processor, 512MB RAM and boasting the same undersized 3.7-inch screen, plus or minus the display tech.
Most powerful Android smartphone on AT&T
The ATRIX 4G is the most powerful Android smartphone on AT&T right now, thanks to its NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. In my tests, though, it's not the fastest. It's unfortunate that the 4G marketing term paired with the device's support for AT&T's HSPA+ network has done nothing in the way of actual performance changes. For that reason, it's certainly not the fastest data device on AT&T's network. Similarly, I wasn't impressed by its call quality.
great HD playback
The real issue one has is whether you evaluate the Motorola Atrix as just a phone, in which case it's a stellar piece of equipment that is definitely a suitable contender for your cash, if only because it has one of the best batteries on an operating system that is notorious for guzzling juice.
Or do you evaluate the Atrix as a sign of things to come, bearing in mind the potential of the Lap Dock if other manufacturers follow suit?
Class leading high res screen
As a standalone phone, the Motorola Atrix competes well against the dual-core Android competition due to its high res screen, unique fingerprint scanner, great battery life and comfortable form factor, though is let down by a mediocre camera, some unnecessary interface tweaks and limited video support. As such, it rather depends which you prioritise. Add in its dock accessories, though, and it shines out brightly.
Innovative laptop dock
On its own, the $199 Motorola Atrix 4G is among the top phones in AT&T's lineup. Its bright and crisp screen, powerful processor, and fingerprint reader mark it as a remarkable Android phone. Likewise, the $499 Laptop Dock shows real innovation on the part of Motorola, even if its keys are on the small side. Also, the $189 Entertainment Dock, when coupled with the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, makes for a compelling 10-foot experience.
Powerhouse of a device in a sleek package
The Atrix 4G might be our favorite Android device that we've tested. It's got specs that run laps around most other devices, which should make most potential purchasers feel a little safer about laying out cash for a smartphone right now. We're not saying the phone doesn't have its issues -- and we're really not big fans of Motorola's skinning -- but this is a powerhouse of a device in a sleek package, and Android's openness to customizing means you'll be able to turn it into a phone that...
Unique webtop functionality
The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of the finest phones ever created. It's well-designed, with a sleek form factor and smooth metal backing. The hardware inside is cutting edge, with performance so fast you'll find yourself using your phone more and more - and your notebook less and less. That's one unforseen aspect of having such a fast device: it's so nice to use that you simply use it more.
Free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation
The Nokia X7 brings a much anticipated overhaul of the Symbian platform, but even with Anna, Nokia's platform UI and performance seems a year or even more behind rivals like Android and iOS. The Finns also fail to deliver contemporary hardware with a sub-par 680MHz CPU and only 256MB of RAM on the Nokia X7, which seem to be the main reasons behind its sometimes slightly laggy performance.
OLED-powered contrast ratio
There are nice things we can say about the Nokia X7. It has good hardware design, a basically pleasing screen and good battery life. And Symbian Anna is a step in the right direction.But we just aren't sure where Anna is headed in the long term, and that alone could make the Nokia X7 a blind alley. And it doesn't do anything supremely well.
Large 4-inch AMOLED display
Nokia has a good track record for making great hardware and the X7 will probably be a beneficiary of that, too. A factor that may put off potential buyers is the Symbian software. Nokia has already publicly embraced Windows Phone 7 as its primary smartphone platform, so it is natural to think that Symbian would take a back seat when it comes to improvements and developer support
There's no denying it, Nokia is a class act, capable of delivering some of the best-looking handsets around. This metal-cased phone is well-designed and has great build quality. There are lots of features, all handled well and Nokia's ability to make a smartphone run for a decent length of time should not be underestimated. In many ways, this is a simply terrific phone, if a bit on the large side.
The scalloped individually mounted keys feel secure and responsive and the layout is excellent.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is another classic BlackBerry that ticks all the boxes we'd expect; the keyboard's great, the screen is small but very sharp and nice to look at, messaging facilities and call quality are superb, and you'll get days of use out of it. However, it's not much of an upgrade compared to the Bold 9700 and is starting to look a bit behind the times.
good viewing angles
For current BlackBerry users who aren't interested in a touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 comes highly recommended: it possesses a great keyboard, best-in-class email capabilities and a refreshing new interface. However, it offers little incentive for others to switch to the BlackBerry platform.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a safe phone, based on a trusted model (the Bold 9700), and anyone that’s looking for reliability and ease of use will not be disappointed with it.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a safe phone, based on a trusted model (the Bold 9700), and anyone that's looking for reliability and ease of use will not be disappointed with it.
the external speaker is very good, having more body than many other rivals.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is an improvement over the 9700, which was an excellent device in itself. The inclusion of more RAM and a new operating system brings a device that runs faster and smoother than previously, but feels as though it is already slightly out of date, especially when you start examining the multimedia offering.
good viewing angles
For current BlackBerry users who aren't interested in a touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 comes highly recommended: it possesses a great keyboard, best-in-class e-mail capabilities and a refreshing new interface. However, it offers little incentive for others to switch to the BlackBerry platform.
Picture quality was surprisingly good when we tested the camera outdoors.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 offers an unparalleled QWERTY keyboard and the new OS 6 addresses a number of key complaints we had in the past, including the browser which was seriously behind the times. This makes it one of the best non-touchscreen QWERTY smartphones in the market.
Very good battery life
While it could not impress us with features, the Samsung C3530 is above all a calling device. That is why its calling performance was absolutely crucial. Luckily, our callers reported hearing us at great quality and very loud. On our side, we found the sound from the earpiece loud and clean. Voices sounded natural and overall call quality was one of the best things about the C3530.
Construction is quite solid and durable
The C3530 is quite stylish to look at. It has a sleek and streamlined design. The construction is quite solid and durable. This design profile is combined with a set of advanced features. The handset has number of features ranging from the basic personal management ones to the social network integration. The C3530 packs good interface and it offers the multi-tasking option.
Brushed metal finish gives a good look
As it does not really impress us with its features, the Samsung C3530 is mostly a calling device, and we have to admit its calling performance was very good. Callers reported hearing us at great quality and loud, and we also found the sound from the earpiece loud and clean. Call quality is definitely one of the best things about the C3530.
To wrap up, the Sony Ericsson Cedar is a charming, simple phone and appears to be another step in a green direction for Sony Ericsson. Not resting on the Greenheart theme, the phone also has an array of useful features such as a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3G. It wonâ?? t give a great online experience with a 2.2-inch screen and an un-intuitive browser, though the widget support is a nice touch to keep you connected. Another handset to consider is the Nokia X2 for an S40 alternative.
The Sony Ericsson Cedar is a classic candybar feature phone that's been given a shot in the arm to keep up with today's standards. Physically you've got the modern standards of a headphone jack and microUSB charging and on the software front you can browse the web, collect your email, view Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter, and find out where you need to go with GoogleMaps.
Home screen widgets
Overall, the Cedar is a good all-rounder that will appeal to those that want to keep their carbon footprint to a minimum or simply those that are after a bargain. This mid-range fearture phone is clearly not a smartphone, but then if you're after something affordable and functional then it's certainly worth considering. The elegant styling certainly gives it a boost, although it's ultimately let down by its irksome web browsing.
3G and Bluetooth connectivity
The Cedar is yet another likeable addition to Sony Ericsson's eco-friendly GreenHeart range, offering impressive functionality and attractive aesthetics for an eminently reasonable price. It's just a shame that irksome Web access and occasional social-networking issues spoil the overall impression.
The back is rounded and feels comfy in your hand, plus it sports a matt finish that is relatively good at what itÂ´s supposed to do, i.e. prevent the phone from accidentally slip out of your hand.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is a well made cell phone with great build quality. The plastics it's made from appears proper and robust. The chrome framing is an enjoyable counterpoint and lends color to the overall design. Those of you with keen interest in the exact impression they make will be happy to find out that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will indeed attract the attention of people around you...
Offers plenty of cool Android features
The X10 Mini Pro is heavy on the cute factor, and its slide-out QWERTY keyboard makes this phone much more usable than its tinier sibling, the X10 Mini. But it's still not the most practical phone for all users. It offers plenty of cool Android features, but the phone is just too small to really take advantage of all of them.
Despite its beefy processor, the X10 stuttered through a few menus.
The Xperia X10 impresses with a slick design and hefty specs, but its lack of multitouch and its adoption of an outdated version of the Android OS prevent it from challenging other high-end Android phones for best in show. The Xperia X10 impresses with a slick design and hefty specs, but its lack of multitouch and its adoption of an outdated version of the Android OS prevent it from challenging other high-end Android phones for best in show.
As youâ€™d expect from a phone with a 1GHz processor, the Xperia is a fast phone, even with pre-release firmware.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a is undeniably a solid high end Android phone. It's great looking, well made and the specs are positively top notch. The camera handily beats the Nexus One and the Samsung Captivate. Our review unit had stronger cell reception than the Nexus One and similar reception as the Captivate. But the Samsung Captivate is the brighter shining star: it has a newer version of the Android OS, it's faster, it has that fantastic Super AMOLED display and it's thinner.
Camera, big screen is great for watching videos
Packed with the tech specs to make it look good on paper, unfortunately the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 doesn't measure against its lesser-specced rivals. Unless the X10 can plug some of these holes, we can't promise that the X10 will deliver an experience on par with the rest of the pack
I spent some hands-on time with this device at a recent Sony Ericsson event in New York, and this phone is indeed very impressive.
The Xperia X10 is Sony Ericsson's best mobile phone to date, though not the best Android-based phone on the market.
If Internet communication (especially social networking) and multimedia capabilities are features you primarily look for in a mobile phone, you will be more than satisfied. However, if you want other functions like multi-touch, look elsewhere.
Overall, its speed, and notably its screen, will likely satisfy many users.
Many people will find the XPERIA X10 Mini Pro too small. However, we found it to be a quirky but compelling handset. Sony Ericsson deserves a lot of credit for an excellent UI and a great physical keyboard, not to mention the fact that this is a fully fledged Android smartphone that doesn't skimp on the features found on larger, more expensive devices.
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