Impressive processor speed
The Samsung Wave III feels like a quality smartphone in the hand and it has plenty of clever stuff going on. The build is impressive, and we like the big, bright, responsive screen. We begin to see how Bada could rival the best smartphone ecosystems out there. But to do so it will have to become excellent and win the battle of hearts and minds to take customers away from the current market leaders. It's a tall order, and Samsung has work to do in the UK to make it work.
Excellent Super AMOLED display
The Samsung Wave is an excellent test bed for Samsung's new smartphone platform. With TouchWiz 3.0 lending a strong hand, bada shows great promise. The hardware design is elegant and modern, and the display is outstanding. The biggest obstacle for the Samsung Wave is the new OS that needs not only to be fortified but elevated by a strong app store and a thriving development community that Apple and Google are so enjoying.
Slick and responsive
Let's be clear: the Samsung Wave 3 is a very classy piece of work. It's fast and responsive and has a great screen, it's easy to use and personalise, and it looks rather lovely. If that's what you look for in a phone and wouldn't know an app from a hole in the ground then you could do much worse than the Wave 3.
But when we put the phone down and walked away, we found ourselves scratching our heads about what the point is of the Wave 3 -- or more specifically, of its Bada software.
Resistance to dust, water, and shock
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover combines the functionality of an entry level Android-powered smartphone with the ability to withstand dust, shock, and water damage, which is a profile that few handsets can match. Our only major complaint is that its display is of very poor quality. However, since the Xcover retails for about $330, we would definitely recommend checking out a few tough alternatives.
Well protected microSD card slot
Samsung has made rugged handsets before, and not done too bad, but this is the first time the company has brought rugged features to an Android smartphone, and we aren't all that excited, because the general specifications are average rather than great.
If we were choosing a rugged smartphone right now, we'd choose the Motorola Defy+ rather than the Samsung Galaxy Xcover. Sorry, Samsung.
It is one of the best phones I have ever owned. The Corning Gorilla Glass is durable and scratch resistant. It has a great battery life, which is good, especially when you are on the move, using GPS. The Play Store has 1000's of apps to choose from. The phone has an amazing build quality, and is very tactile as well, the display is well lit, and it's easy to customise your phone, to your own liking. It is great for taking rainy day pictures when nothing else can survive.
Solid and comfortable feel
As we said before, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover manages to combine the functionality of an entry level Android smartphone with the ability to resist to dust, shock, and water submersion, and this is not something many handsets can do. One of the biggest drawbacks, however, is the poor quality of the display.
Considering the Xcover retails for about $300, which is rather pricey, you should also consider some alternatives, such as the Motorola DEFY+ or the Sony Ericsson Xperia active.
Screen resolution on the Xcover is a disappointing
Overall, it's got some nice features, but there's not enough to make it stand out. It's not often that Samsung misses the mark, but the Xcover is a definite misstep. It's mostly a case of too little, too late for this rugged phone that doesn't stack up against its cheaper competitors.
Fast and stable platform experience
When it comes down to successive devices, the HTC DROID Incredible 2 manages to do everything correctly to make it a fruitful and fitting offering. Seeing marked improvements in various categories, itâ?? s still one great all around handset at $200 on-contract, but its arrival on the scene feels ever so late and seems as though itâ?? s past its prime already. Trying to follow after the mighty HTC ThunderBolt is one feat on its own, however, itâ?? s already feeling as though itâ??
Solid operating performance
The Incredible is back, and it is even more incredible than before. But does the HTC Droid Incredible 2 have what it takes to battle the Thunderbolt, Inspire 4G, G2x, Atrix 4G, and other hooligans of the Superphone persuasion? Not quite, but the HTC Incredible 2 proved itself as a quality overall phone.
Good build quality and materials
Buying an Android smartphone on Verizon is no easy task because the carrier has such a large and excellent selection to choose from. We'd say the HTC Thunderbolt steals the high end for HTC fans, but for those of you who couldn't care less about 4G, want a smaller phone or a less expensive but still high end phone, the Incredible 2 is a great choice. It's fast, stable, has a clear and colorful though not flashy display, has excellent voice quality and dual cameras.
An attractive and beautifully finished product
We'll come right out and say it: the Droid Incredible 2 is the best 3G Android smartphone on Verizon today. If you live in a 3G-only area or you can forgo LTE (and the Droid Charge), the choice basically comes down to the Incredible 2 and Verizon's iPhone 4. With this device, HTC is pushing the single core Snapdragon platform to the limit, then packaging it into an attractive and beautifully finished product.
Great speed and responsiveness
The Incredible 2 has a fantastic camera, it's small and light, and it's blazingly fast. However there are some voice issues, and the battery life, while pretty good, isn't stellar. Add in a slightly disappointing external speaker and annoyingly small buttons and you'll see how hard it would be to give this model a glowing review. Having said that, however, I know that I'm being exceptionally nitpicky with this phone because it has a really tough act to follow.
Let me start by saying that the Droid Incredible 2 is a very good device. It is solidly made and does exactly what it claims to do. Outside of the outdated operating system, and a terrible speakerphone, there are no significant failures. The biggest drawback to the phone is, unfortunately, the price. Currently priced at $200 after various rebates, the Droid Incredible 2 is just $50 less expensive than the HTC Thunderbolt, which gives you all these features plus access to the 4G network.
At $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement, the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC is still cheaper than Verizonâ??s 4G smartphones. However, as we said about the Incredible S, itâ??s also based on technology that is being phased out: single-core processors are being replaced with dual-cores, and the Galaxy S II (review) shows that just because you have a high-speed CPU, it doesnâ??t mean you canâ??t have solid battery life too.
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