Long battery life, Has all the S4 features & more
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is simply one balanced performing smartphone! At $300 with a 2-year contract, there's no denying the fact that it's an expensive cost, but as we've come to learn, the hefty pricing does come with some perks. The phablet category saw some new entrants into the space this year, but the Note 3 continues to be the best in its class.
Beautiful large screen, cutting edge tech
Samsung has done it again - and it made it look so easy. The Galaxy Note 3 can pretend it has no competition, while otherwise remarkable rivals know they'll will have to live with - but not quite live up to - comparisons to the gadget that defines an entire segment.
Three generations into it, Samsung is returning to a playground which now has to be shared with others. There are bigger screens out there, waterproof bodies, impressive cameras and immensely powerful chipsets.
Huge full HD display, S Pen digital pen, fast CPU
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is king of the phablets, as was the Note II. Heck, before the original Galaxy Note, there was no such thing as a phablet. Good thing Samsung was cheeky enough to give oversized smartphones a try. The Note 3 is currently among the fastest phablets; only the Sony Xperia Z Ultra shares the Snapdragon 800 CPU with Adreno 330 graphics for now, though we expect that to change as the months pass.
Pros: Improved looks, hugely powerful.
There are a few little things about the Note 3 that we think require some attention, such as photo processing and possible concern over SIM region-locking. These feel like software issues though, and that gives us some hope that they might be fixed at some point in the future. Aside from that, the leap forward from the Note 2 is pretty epic. The included S Pen is great for handling the new air command interface, while handwriting recognition is more accurate now.
Crisp, bold screen, Very powerful
Its huge 5.7-inch size means the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 really won't be to everyone's taste. If you're after a big screen, however, and a phenomenally powerful phone to help tackle anything your working life is likely to throw at it -- and you fancy hand-writing notes with a stylus -- the Note 3 is the best massive mobile around.
Great battery life, Excellent screen, Top-notch specs and performance
If you don't mind feature clutter and the device's high price, or you just want a big-screen phone that has the fastest internals for gaming and multitasking, the Note 3 is the best phone for you. But if a big screen and good performance are mostly what you're after, there are other big-screen options, and there will soon be more. If you can live with a lower-resolution screen (that's still pretty great) and the absence of the S Pen, Samsung's Galaxy Mega is a good choice.
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.
There are a stack more options here.
I really enjoy the smartphone. The only thing I don't like about it is a tiny internal storage. You get only 1 GB for your applications and data. Of course you can extend that by inserting a sd-card. But unfortunately you cannot install your app on it, unless you root your device. The battery life is even better then I expected. Normally I charge it not often then every other day. Overall it's pretty good rigid smartphone.
Fit for outdoor use, Bright display
Overall, we can certify that the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 completed our tests with good results --considered as if it were a normal smartphone. The fact that it is suited for outdoor use is something like a big bonus. We definitely recommend the Xcover 2 to anyone who wants to have their smartphone with them "at work and at play", sports included. The recommended retail price is rather high, but the street price -- as usual with Samsung products -- is much lower.
Dual SIM support for two carrier networks at once
As for the basic single SIM Acer Liquid E1, the competition in this $200 and change segment is vast and furious - the LG Optimus L9 comes to mind, with IPS screen and larger battery, or the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Express, with the same screen size, but AMOLED technology and more internal memory.
This is a pretty decent entry level smartphone. The catch is that it doesn't really have an entry level price point.
To be perfectly honest, it feels like a generational upgrade to the original Razr, which is exactly what it was. That's all well and good, but in a market that's filled with iconic handsets like the HTC One, the iPhone 5 and the Xperia Z, the Razr V just feels a little undercooked. Even cheap phones like the Kogan Agora 5-inch feel better on the spec-front.
Decently speedy, Kevlar backing
As a mid-range smartphone, the Motorola RAZR V is perfectly okay. The design is reasonable, and although it's not as good as the Droid RAZR, by itself the only lasting complaint is the power button. The camera and display are alright without being amazing, and the dual-core TI OMAP processor is a modest chip that does everything it needs to in this type of device.
Talk about a smartphone that's named after one of the most poisonous snakes out there, that's because the LG Viper 4G LTE is missing a vital component that makes up a good chunk of its entirety a live and robust LTE network! No doubt, we dig its $100 on-contract price point, especially when it's modest with its hardware specs nowadays, however, it simply lacks the prestige and allure that should accompany a device built to show off a carrier's new high speed data network.
Low resolution display, middle performance matches the midrange price tag
The LG Viper 4G LTE is Sprint's first LTE smartphone, and the Galaxy Nexus and HTC EVO 4G LTE soon followed to round up the high end. The one thing missing for now is a Sprint LTE network, but Sprint says they'll light up their first 6 cities in mid-2012 and cover over 100 million folks by year's end. In the meantime, you've got good old 3G EV-DO Rev. A and WiFi for your data needs.
Smooth performance by the dual-core processor
The LG Viper isn't the complete package. Battery life suffered, the camera is mediocre, and Android 2.3 is getting so long in the tooth that a skin or custom UI would have been nice, not to mention the fact that it's an LTE phone that doesn't currently offer LTE service. It makes you feel like you're getting hoodwinked and, honestly, you probably are. A 4G phone with no 4G service? No, thanks.
Symbian Belle is the most visually pleasing and easy to use Symbian to date
Having a more visible screen outdoors than other smartphones is a very tangible differentiating factor for the Nokia 701, but the handset has some other tricks to show. It is solidly built and features the best-looking Symbian to date in its Belle edition.
Excellent build quality
The 701 is a sturdy device made of premium materials. The IPS LCD is impressive, and its sunlight legibility is unmatched. It scores over competitors with top-notch GPS navigation and superb battery performance. NFC, an FM transmitter, and TV-Out are a yet another bunch of handy features. Moreover, with Belle, Symbian can now stand against other modern operating systems.
The Nokia 701 is available for a retail price of Rs. 16,590 which is a great bargain for a phone with such great features. There are a lot of other Android-counterparts. Some have bigger screens, some have great features. However, the 701 has one thing the others don't a huge fanbase in India. At least until the future releases (Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710), this is the Nokia phone to buy if you were looking out for one.
8 GB of internal storage
The Nokia 701 is moderately priced at Rs 16,700. If you're not too fond of the Android experience and find Apple products way too expensive, the Symbian Belle OS is definitely a good alternative. It has a few extremely minor issues here and there as mentioned in the review above, but it's absolutely at par with the other smartphones out in the market. The only noticeable problem for Symbian right now is the app store; it's dwarfed in comparison to the Android and Apple markets.
Solid camera performance
Is the Nokia N9 design up to scratch? Is the new camera good enough? The resounding answer is yes, bittersweet though it may be. MeeGo ordains Nokia's impeccable hardware with a form fitted OS, one that could even challenge the major players on the usability stakes and before we can celebrate, we must commemorate. For any Nokia fans out there considering this, you get our recommendation.
Simply gorgeous design
We love almost everything about the Nokia N9, and that bodes well for the Nokia Lumia 800 Windows phone that uses nearly identical hardware. We'd give the N9 a higher start rating, but the high price, extremely limited availability and Nokia's statement that they won't be developing MeeGo anymore make this phone more of a collector's device than an everyday higher end purchase.
Sensational Touchscreen, a beautiful curve and flush fit
Nokia N9 for ever as it seems to be the giant leap forward that the Nokia faithful were all waiting for while the rest of us deserted. If this phone is half as good as it looks a fair few of us could be going back to beg Nokia for forgiveness.
Our frustration is that the N9 doesnâ?? t deserve to die. In fact, Nokia has delivered a double-punch of compelling software and beautiful hardware: a device that earned curious, envious glances while we played with it in public, and a platform that was both instantly usable and consistently slick. We try not to play â?? What couldâ?? ve beenâ?? because, frankly, thereâ??
Innovative swipe gestures instead of button(s).
The N9 is a medium to high end smartphone from Nokia, running the open-source, Linux-based MeeGo operating system. MeeGo is a joint development effort between Nokia and Intel, though Nokia has substantially reduced its commitment to the platform after the announcement of the partnership with Microsoft and its Windows Phone software.
Superbly built hardware
The Nokia N9 is the best looking and slickest smartphone Nokia has ever built. It's a combination of superbly built hardware and slick, easy to use, elegant software. However, it's priced too high to compete with iOS and Android alternatives and we can't help but feel it's about 18 months too late.
Usable QWERTY keyboard
If you really despise using touch-only input options, then the selection for Windows Phone 7 devices on AT&T's lineup is primarily limited to the LG Quantum, for right now. However, the inconsistent experience with the platform not being optimized for landscape use can be a hindrance for some. Still, it proves itself to be a decent offering as it accentuates all the core aspects that Windows Phone 7 radiates. Is it by chance a quantum leap over existing devices? Clearly no.
The LG Quantum is one of the most interesting phones on the market right now, and we had a blast using it.
We think the LG Quantum is the most logical choice out of the current crop of Windows 7 phones for AT&T. Its slide-out QWERTY keyboard is exceedingly useful and makes texting and working on Office documents a breeze. The phone is highly sensitive to touch and very quick, but unfortunately lacks aspects such as multi-tasking and native applications. Still, the Windows Phone 7 experience is in many ways a revolutionary new platform.
The Optimus 7Q has plenty of features to offer and if youâ?? re looking for a QWERTY keyboard touting Windows Phone 7 this is one of two choices. Your other option is the Dell Venue Pro, a larger portrait phone thatâ?? s more dramatic in its approach. That QWERTY keyboard really does make you pay though when it comes to size and weight. This is a phone youâ?? ll know you have in your pocket, and worryingly in our use over the last couple of weeks weâ?? ve found that the keyboard doesnâ??
very capable phone
The LG Quantum is an excellent Windows Phone 7 device which comes with a lot of great features. The only problem is, almost every Windows Phone 7 device is a superb one. All of them offer nearly the same hardware specifications and exactly the same software, as Microsoft hasn't allowed them to customize the UI shell to differentiate their devices.
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