High-resolution display, Fast processor
An alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - with such impressive characteristics and top-of-the-line hardware specs - is pretty hard to find. As of this review, the Sony Xperia Z is the only capable competitor to Samsung's tough handset as it is also water-resistant and with high-end hardware specifications.
IP57-level water resistance is nice
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is not the best smartphone in the Samsung lineup, but if you add "that I can put in water," things definitely change. It's a very good 2013 flagship aimed at people who until recently had very few options - as you can see there aren't many high-end smartphones with water resistance.
Sure not everyone needs to have an IP57 certified handset, but if it doesn't cost anything in terms of overall smartphone performance than it certainly doesn't hurt having it.
Able to handle dust, water, and all the vicissitudes
We really like the Galaxy S4 Active. It's got the kind of features that we wish the flagship smartphone has. There is a downgrade with some specifications but they don't seem like a big sacrifice. Performance is excellent and the neither display nor the camera could be described as poor. If you want durability, this is the Galaxy S4 for you but it's worth checking out the Xperia Z as an alternative.
Same great features as Galaxy S4 though the camera resolution is demoted
If you love the Samsung Galaxy S4, but work or play in harsh environments where the phone comes into contact with water and dust, then the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is for you. In order to keep the price the same as the regular GS4, Samsung dropped the camera quality down a notch, but you're still getting a very good shooter than can even photograph fishies underwater.
Wow just wow
The Samsung Galaxy s4 active is probably the phone to have right now on the market. Although pretty pricey it is literally a "Smart" phone. The phone may be a little bit bulkier than the other phones in the past, it is life proof, literally. When I purchased the phone the first thing I did was test it to see if it could last in water. I poured water straight into the sound output then played music straight after, and the sound quality was perfect.
Good HD video capture
The Sony Xperia go is an average device no matter how you look at it. It has a pretty good processor for its class, and we can live with the low-resolution screen, but the unpleasant plastic casing may ruin the experience for you. Still, it'll be best if you can try the phone out first prior to purchase, to see if you can live with it.
Rugged IP67 certification
Stunning to look at and comfortable in the hand, from the box the Sony Xperia Go is an all-round hit. Sadly with continued use the Sony Xperia Go fails to live up to these initial high expectations, with a number of irritating niggles emerging to add a slight air of infuriation to what is a largely well rounded device.
Bigger screen and two processor cores
The Xperia go has few real rivals: rugged smartphones are gaining popularity but you wouldn't say the niche is too crowded yet. Sony have done well to position themselves on that market and it doesn't look like it has cost them a fortune to build the Xperia go. It can appeal to both urban users who wouldn't mind an extra level of protection against the elements and those who embrace an active, outdoor lifestyle. What they need is a phone that will survive a splash, not make one.
The Sony Xperia Go is one of the most attractive "rugged" phones we've seen. It's slim, it's small and it runs the versatile Android OS. However, its rugged credentials don't extend beyond waterproofing and dust protection, and thanks to the low-res screen it feels like you're trading in a lot to have the option of dunking it in a pint of water if it misbehaves.
Great design and build
The Sony Xperia Go is therefore fine looking, easily the most handsome and powerful rugged phone out there. The fact its waterproof, able to deal with life's little mishaps definitely adds a great USP to the mix. We're not sure that this excuses the low resolution screen or out of date operating system, but the Xperia Go has plenty of appeal. In turn, anyone who wants a waterproof looker and can splash out £220 needn't look elsewhere.
Excellent design for a rugged phone
We often refer to the challenge of cheaper phones revolving around sacrifices, and we feel that Sony has made some excellent decisions here. The Xperia Go is a rare example of a phone that has been designed for a specific type of smartphone users, and we think it ticks the appropriate boxes. When the alternative is to envelope an iPhone in a huge rubber case, the Xperia Go seems excellent for those of us who usually damage our phones on the weekends.
Fast data, compact size, snappy performance
The HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE is a fine phone, but it feels a bit like it was designed last year for last year's smartphone market. It doesn't really have any glaring performance issues, but compared to what is available in HTC's own One series and other devices that Verizon offers, it's hard to say that the Incredible is competitive.
Excellent voice quality
When looking at the current landscape of Android smartphones, the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE is a nice addition, but simply does not stand out from the competition as there really isn't anything remarkable about it. Its key feature is its smaller physical size, making it usable with a single hand.
Zippy UI and processor
This phone proves that you can still pack a lot of punch into a smaller form factor and still deliver a true smartphone experience. While we were initially skeptical of the smaller screen, it delivered well. Combine the Beats Audio experience with that screen, and an empty room or seatmates who don't mind noise, and you have a pocket-sized entertainment package.
Speedy, compact with good camera
The Droid Incredible 4G LTE is a solid phone with a sharp display, excellent camera and good call quality. Were it not for the Samsung Galaxy S III and the very popular Droid RAZR MAXX by Motorola, I'm sure it would gain a lot more traction, but those flagship smartphones overpower the third generation Droid Incredible. That said, if you're a fan of the iconic Droid Incredible design and don't want a huge or expensive phone, it's well worth a look.
Sense UI makes Android feel polished
The Droid Incredible is the best Android device that you can purchase in America right now. It's better than the Droid, better than the Nexus One, and certainly beats the pants off of any previous generation handsets like the Eris, myTouch, or Cliq. It's not just a very, very good Android phone (though it is); it's also an excellent smartphone no matter how you cut it.
Detailed camera and sharp screen look good
The newest Droid Incredible is a phone with one foot stuck in the past. Interior components like the processor and camera are stellar, and they're on par with other $200 smartphones on the market right now. But the smaller, 4-inch display isn't a true HD screen. And the design, dominated by a stubby and chunky chassis, feels like it was drawn up a few years ago when the Droid brand was first launched.
Great sound, good price
With fewer than 10% of available Android phones running Android 4.0, the Incredible could be a quick way to latch onto the new OS. (The latest version, Android 4.1, won't be available on anything outside of the Nexus 7 tablet for about six months.) Android 4.0 also has features such as Android Beam, which uses NFC to quickly transfer files from the Incredible to another similarly-equipped smartphone.
Poor quality display
In the greater scheme of things, $50 might seem like a dandy deal for the Curve 9315, but when the platform experience is outdated, combined with the handset's cheap feel, it doesn't make it a prized possession against other comparable smartphones. At this point folks, unless you're firmly in love with the old platform, you're better off waiting for RIM's next-generation BlackBerry OS 10 devices.
Affordable Windows Phone
The Nokia Lumia 610 has both its strengths and weaknesses. On one hand, you should be able to get one for about $250, as long as you do some digging around, which makes it a decent entry-level offering. On the other, you will have to accept the incompatibility of select applications and the occasional software lags caused by the smartphone's modest hardware.
Great social networking
The Nokia Lumia 610 is a great addition to the Lumia stable (and to Windows Phone in general), thanks to its incredibly low price tag. While the launch of Windows Phone Tango means that we can expect more budget handsets in the future, for now this is about as cheap as it gets.
But it's not just cheap; it's also quite good value for money. You get almost the complete Windows Phone experience, along with a solid camera, decent build quality and strong battery life.
Good social networking integration
The Nokia Lumia 610 is a budget Windows Phone 7.5 handset. Hardware cuts have been made to get the price under Â£200, but most must-have smartphone features are included. And while lag has increased, it's snappy enough to go head-to-head with similarly-priced Androids. What's less easy to forgive is the limited app and games support, which adds a bitter edge to the phone, especially as an intro to smartphones.
Slick user experience
The Nokia Lumia 610 is the baby of the company's Lumia family and aims to bring a Windows Phone device to the low-end of the market. With a reasonably sized screen and most likely a hugely competitive price point, the Lumia 610 may prove to be an excellent, entry-level smartphone.
Great battery life
On a more expensive proposition, the weak camera, capped RAM and slow browsing performance on this device would be deal-breakers. On the Lumia 610, however, they're things you can learn to live with. The handset delivers a stunning OS, good phone functionality and a healthy battery life all packaged within an acceptable design.
Great Design, Smooth UI, Dual SIM functionality
The tipo dual is priced at around Rs 10,000. It comes with a great design, sturdy build, dual-SIM functionality, and impressive sound quality. The camera and video playback could have been better, though. Overall, the tipo dual is a good dual-SIM Android phone for the price. Those who need at least a 3.5" screen have plenty of cheaper options, including the Intex Aqua 4.0.
Feels sturdy and durable
Sony has priced the Xperia tipo dual at Rs.10,500, while the single SIM version retails for a grand less. Looking at just Tier 1 brands, the tipo dual is the best dual-SIM Android option at this price point, although we feel it's still a bit expensive. It's very similar to the HTC Explorer in terms of specs, except it's better thanks to the bigger battery, better display and ICS. If Sony drops the price and manages to place it in the 8K range, it will make a killing.
Less weight and is handy.
The Sony Xperia Tipo dual is a compact smart phone with dual sim functionality in Sony's Xperia series. It has its own fixed target audience but this phone is much better than others in this price range. Its 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 version are its main key features that gives it edge over its competitors. Its week 512 MB RAM, small screen size and no front facing camera might be reasons for avoiding it. So, we give this phone 3 star rating.
There is, quite simply, no better Windows Phone smartphone on the market than the Nokia Lumia 800. It features wonderful hardware in terms of both design and quality, and Microsoft's operating system runs more smoothly on the Lumia than on any other Windows Phone to date. This phone is a flat out winner, and a great alternative for those that wish to rise above the flood of iPhones and Android smartphones that we wade through daily.
Solid, stylized design
And so it begins, Nokia's partnership with Microsoft has reached fruition and the first taste is in our hands. Bearing in mind how quickly Nokia got this to market, the custom Nokia Apps they pulled out of the bag and the reformatting of MeeGo hardware to fit a Windows Phone platform, we can do little but commend. The Nokia Lumia 800 sports a beautiful screen, slick design and promising OS only made more attractive by the inclusion of Nokia Maps, Drive and Music.
Although we had our doubts during initial familiarisation with the Nokia WP7 environment, the transition from the Symbian environment will be much less painful than expected for those still entranced by the Nokia brand. In less than 48 hours we went from wanting to return to our old phones to not wanting to let go of this one. After four months with the Nokia Lumia 800 we still don't want to let it go, although we have had to accept some of its negatives to make the most of its positives.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is a well built and handsome handset with a solid set of features. However, its combination of mediocre specs and mostly standard implementation of Windows Phone certainly doesn't catapult it above the competition. It's definitely one of the better Windows Phones, and the Nokia exclusives like Nokia Drive and Mix Radio have the potential to be great features, but considering the fanfare, we're a bit underwhelmed.
Comfort is quite good
As much a fashion accessory as it is a headset, Nokia's BH-800 mono Bluetooth headset puts on a good show despite its compact size. Its mediocre range and average battery life are likely both consequences of its design, while the rubber-encircled speaker insert is less so; still, comfort is quite good once the initial (and cumbersome) adaptation has been carried out, and the headset's easily-distinguished keys and good quality further contribute to a positive overall impression.
Sturdy and sleek construction, with a vivid display
The Nokia Lumia 800 is probably Nokia's best smartphone so far. It has a sturdy and sleek construction, with a vivid display, paired with refreshing software from Microsoft. If you are just upgrading to a smartphone or you have one of Nokia's Symbian devices, then the Lumia 800 is a stellar upgrade: it's fast, easy to use and it looks great.
Sturdy, elegant design
The Nokia Lumia 800 is probably Nokia's best smartphone so far. It has a sturdy and sleek construction plus a vivid display, paired with refreshing software from Microsoft. If you are just moving up to a smartphone, or if you have one of Nokia's Symbian devices, the Lumia 800 is a stellar upgrade: It's fast, it's easy to use, and it looks great.
The mid-end price point coupled with the simplistic Windows Phone OS and the unibody chassis of Nokia N9 is definitely a good buy. The Nokia Lumia 800 definitely is a great choice to include to your to -buy list.
However, the drawback will be the limited applications available for Windows Phone (for now) and the absence of mass storage. Overall, you will find it a pretty decent partner to go with, especially when it is priced at RM1650.
Not cheap enough, better smartphones now available at same price
We've looked at the Nokia Asha 311 from all sides, but we've reserved its most important aspect, the price, for last. The device costs between $120 to $140 depending on the market which puts it in the same category as low-end Android smartphones.
Full Touch user interface is the best yet on a Series 40 handset
We really didn't expect all that much from the Nokia Asha 311. After all, the other Asha handsets that we've looked at have been pretty mediocre. However, despite some weaknesses, such as the lack of GPS and basic web browser, it's a surprisingly strong feature phone, quite speedy to use, has a pretty intuitive user interface and long battery life.
Perfect phone on budget
Buy this phone! It does everything you need and looks great doing it. It's not a "Smart Phone" but it does everything one does. If you want tons of pointless apps then this isn't the phone for you. If you want a reliable, portable, sexy and usable device then pick this one up and you won't be disappointed.
Low resolution screen
We're not sold on the Nokia Asha 311. It's a good feature phone that costs more than some great smartphones. The design is middling, the screen underwhelming, the camera poor and the functionality limited. Its interface is charming, it has plenty of pre-installed apps and when the price drops below £80, it will be more compelling, but in excess of £120, we'd sooner recommend a Nokia Lumia 710, Sony Xperia Tipo or Huawei Ascend G300.
Series 40 operating system is laggy, cryptic and error prone
The Nokia Asha 311 may be the most easy to use Series 40 device ever made, but it's still saddled with legacy baggage that throws up cryptic error messages and annoying confirmation requests far too often to make it pleasing to use. This old technology just isn't a serious competitor to all the slick budget Androids.
Good battery life; easily set-up email and networking
The Nokia Asha 311 might be the top handset in the range but it won't cut it in the current market. The Series 40 operating system feels like old technology, polished to look like an Android, yet for the same money or less, you could pick up a higher specced droid with access to the vastly superior Google Play store.
Solid and reliable feature phone
The Nokia Asha 311 is a solid and reliable feature phone that offers everything the basic user needs. It's well built, compact and quicker than you'd imagine. Nokia has done a great job with the Series 40 interface making it highly usable while still keeping it familiar for anyone comfortable with its layout.
Good call quality
The Sony Xperia tipo is a very decent foray in the world of entry level Androids. It has the performance and stability of Android Ice Cream Sandwich going for it, as well as a pleasant to hold, and comfortable to operate with one hand chubby chassis with soft touch plastic on the back.
Smooth and responsive
The Sony Xperia Tipo does a lot right, from its solid battery life to its responsive and smooth performance. It's not perfect though - the screen is small and low resolution and the camera won't be winning any awards.
Given the price tag of around Â£100 (around $160), we can live with that, and the Sony Xperia Tipo stands up well to most of its competitors, easily matching the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Y and the LG Optimus L3.
Long battery life
The fact that the Sony Xperia Tipo is so small and moderately priced will attract many. It's also a bonus that it runs the relatively recent Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. However, the small and low resolution screen makes it fiddly to use for everything bar the basics and the fact remains that the Huawei Ascend G300 offers a much better all round package for a similar price.
Smart styling, great battery life and exceptional value
The Sony Tipo represents smart styling, great battery life and exceptional value. The fact there's Android 4.0 on board means you're in a great position as far as app support goes and Sony's UI tweaks are (for the most part) complementary. It could be more powerful and the screen could be bigger and sharper, but for £89 off contract, we really are nit picking.
Good phone, beware battery issues
it's a decent, entry-level phone and the best of the bunch among AT+T's GoPhone line for ease of use with a slide-out keyboard (among other features). It's not an iPhone, of course, so don't expect too much, but as a basic text-and-talk smartphone (which I have not used for data yet), it's worth the $25-a-month plan.
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