Huge new features & several useful tweaks
In the end, iOS 5 seems more about fixing a lot of niggling annoyances than offering a completely new phone. And though we'd always love more, that's fine with us. Over-the-air syncing is probably the biggest relief for most iOS device owners, but improvements to iMessage, integrated Twitter features, useful but fairly simple camera upgrades, and the addition of task management and reminders are marked improvements over past versions.
Exquisite noise cancellation & calling quality
Undeniably, the iPhone 5 is the most highly anticipated smartphone of the year rightfully so considering that this sixth-generation sees one major design overhaul! For some time now, the competition has been leaping over the iPhone 4S specs sheet, but with the introduction of the iPhone 5, Apple has seemingly addressed many of the desires and wants of iPhone owners.
Great design & Larger screen
Is the iPhone 5 the best smartphone ever? If you're an iPhone lover and won't ever leave, without question. It's got a larger screen, a superb new design and generally all the moves required to make it into a worthy evolution.
But as ever we can't get over the price of the iPhone 5, with very little reason to prove that spending all that extra cash brings a tangible benefit.
A very solid effort
The Apple iPhone 5 is a very solid effort, a purchase which few are likely to regret. However, it fails to be one of the revolutionary products its maker is known for.
We are not sure if it's due to complacency or the innovation well has simply dried up, but Apple has let competition catch up and even take the lead second year in a row.
Stunning design and build
Apple has once again blown us away with its latest iPhone, producing a phone that stands head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to industrial design. It's slimmer, lighter and better looking than before, and yet it packs in a larger screen and faster processor. The new panorama mode on the camera is also superb and the new Earpods are a nice improvement too.
Beautifully built, top performer
The iPhone 5 really is much more than a tall iPhone 4S with a new plug. The people may demand a revolution every upgrade season. But Apple may just have supplied what the people need, not what they say they want. And that's a powerful evolution on the theme of iPhone which is currently putting the competiton back on the starting blocks.
Beautiful, sophisticated design
The iPhone 5 is a significant improvement over the iPhone 4S in nearly every regard, and in those areas that didn't see an upgrade over its predecessor -- camera, storage capacity -- one could make a strong case that the iPhone 4S was already ahead of the curve. Every area, that is, except for the OS. If anything, it's the operating system here that's beginning to feel a bit dated and beginning to show its age.
Still, the iPhone 5 absolutely shines.
Its Hard To Dislike an iPhone, but
It is really hard to dislike an iPhone but this really seems to missing something. It is missing that undefinable quality that makes me want to stand for hours waiting inline to be the first one to get the awaited iPhone. I am going to keep this iPhone, but am going to be using my Galaxy S3.
The Samsung Galaxy Chat's biggest assets are its stylish appearance and well-made physical QWERTY keyboard. Sure, it may not give you much of a speed boost compared to the on-screen QWERTYs of today, but there are still a lot of users out there who just can't get used to typing on glass. Truth be told, pressing actual keys gives you a satisfying feeling that you can't experience when typing on a virtual keyboard.
That said, we can't overlook the Galaxy Chat's weakest spot â??
Superior metallic frame which provides it an elegant look.
The phone is tagged at Rs. 5,800 which initially appears to be good charge. The unsorted question is whether it is suitable for heavy-text users or the 24/7 social-networking addicts. If you are ok with the average multimedia as well as camera support then the Chat 335 truly deserves your purchase. It is not the finest, but clearly falls into worth-the-money category.
Superslim quality feel
The Samsung Ch@t 335 is a budget BlackBerry-beater. With a full QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad, it's ideal for texting, emailing, facebooking or tweeting. We love its superslim quality feel that fools people into thinking you've bought a high-end handset. The phone comes with Wi-Fi, an FM radio, music player and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It can accept memory cards up to 8GB. The camera may be little more than a toy, but everything else about the S3350 Chat shouts quality.
Good mid range smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Chat is a good mid range smartphone with touch and type facility and lot many exiting features. The famous ChatOn service comes with a dedicated key on the keypad. It lacks with cameraâ??s dedicated key, poor 2 megapixels camera and slow processor. The design of this phone is good and is well constructed too.
A solid phone with good call quality and long battery life
Get a protective screen film, the hard multi piece case, and a fully protective leather case and it's almost bullet proof.
You could do an awful lot worse for a phone. You will not be sorry you bought this one - and you'll have it for a good long while too.
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.
Large screen, attractive design, HTC Sense 3.0 user interface enhancements
The HTC Sensation XL is a really nice handset to use, thanks to that large display and decently quick 1.5GHz processor, as well as Android 2.3 and HTC Sense 3.0 keeping things interesting. The 8 megapixel camera isn't bad for an HTC camera phone, either, and the XL is a well built and handsome device, too.
However, there are a handful of niggles that sour the overall experience.
Great audio quality with Beats
Speaking of which, the price is the biggest stumbling block for Sensation XL as it stands. As a mid-range, big-screen handset, HTC would be onto a genuine winner here. But the price puts it in the firing line of the Sensation XE, the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the iPhone 4S. And, frankly, it comes out at the bottom of that list.
Slim and well built handset
The HTC Sensation XL is a strange beast. On the one hand it's stylish, slim and well made with a nice interface but on the other it has a strangely large screen for what otherwise smacks of a mid-range handset. As for the Beats side of things, there are bound to be some people that like the headphones and if the price is right this may prove a great bundle but we've never been sold on any of the Beats Audio by Dr Dre products and this doesn't help convince us.
Good amount of internal storage
The HTC Sensation XL is a solid and high quality phone with skull-splittingly loud audio playback through the supplied Beats Audio headgear.
You get a good camera that copes well in most conditions and the fast processor means that there's virtually no shutter lag. Scrolling through web pages and maps is super-quick and games load quickly and play like a charm.
We only have one real moan with the XL and that's the decision to not include a microSD card slot.
An all-round impressive offering from HTC the Sensation XL is a leader on the audio front a barely a half step behind the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II, iPhone 4S and its dual-core siblings in terms of overall performance. The latest powerhouse to enter the smartphone fray, the brand associated with Beats audio is sure to see the XL become a massive hit and rightly so.
As it did with the Desire HD this time last year, HTC proves again that bigger is better. The 4.7-inch display makes everything bigger, easier to touch and better to read, without the screen showing its pixels and looking fuzzy. The camera is a corker, and the everyday user experience is excellent.
Slim attractive design
Sony Ericsson follows up its ultrastylish Xperia Arc with the Xperia Arc S, a slightly faster version of the posh European model that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and rocks a powerful camera. Its high price, single-core CPU, and slow data speeds will leave Android experts wanting more.
Thin, tall and narrow chassis makes it more comfortable to use than other big-screen Androids
In our review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc we said the company has nailed it, but now with the Xperia arc S, we'd say we have a minor upgrade on our hands. The thin arched profile that makes you forget you are holding a gadget with a huge 4.2 screen stays, as well as the light weight and sleek and classy look. The Timescape UI is also very pretty and functional with its 'Facebook inside Xperia' addition.
Great user interface customisations
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is a slim, bright, powerful Android smartphone that shows off the mobile operating system to its very best. The screen is fantastic and the processor and memory perform well enough to keep the Android experience running smoothly and quickly.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S isn't a phone that blows us away. In fact, considering it's Sony Ericsson's current top of the line, it's a bit disappointing. There's no dual-core processor and the build is underwhelming. However, just as with the original Arc, the Arc S packs in the essential features, has a nice screen and a great camera. What's more it's available for a decent price, making it a sound investment if you're not after the absolute biggest and best.
Incredible camera, slick design and fast performance
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is an excellent phone, boasting an incredible camera, slick design and fast performance. Compared to phones of a similar price like the Galaxy S2 (to which it is currently similarly priced) it's not quite as powerful when it comes to things like gaming, but its perhaps a more stylish (if slightly less beefy) alternative.
The Facebook Inside Xperia features are nicely integrated and will appeal to those who want a phone primarily for Facebooking on the go.
4.7 inch display
The HTC Titan is possibly one of the most exciting Windows Phone 7 handsets yet, and raises the bar for the platform once more. With its 1.5GHz processor, 4.7 inch display, and fancy new camera, the Titan shows off HTC's prowess as one of the worlds leading smartphone manufacturers.
Solid industrial design
Collectively, second-generation Windows Phones are in limited supply as of right now, but thankfully the HTC Titan is here to get things rolling for the fledging mobile platform. Showcasing its larger than life presence, thanks to its unbelievably large display, the Titan is definitely a captivating handset on its own, but more importantly, it stands above most Windows Phones we've been checking out of late.
Battery goes a long way
The HTC Titan puts us in mind of a young posh boy who arrives at school on the new day of term wearing a suit and brogues. You know his parents have dressed him well, but there's a reason why he's no longer at his fancy school and is mixing with the rest of the kids. And that's because he's just not as bright as he wanted to be. That sounds harsh but we feel there's so much more that the HTC Titan could have been.
I'd been waiting for a smaller format 3G connected Pocket PC for a long time, and the TyTN lived up to my expectations. It's neat, tidy, well designed and pocketable. The keyboard works well and it is nice to see the scroll wheel return.I would have liked a hold button as it is easy to accidentally hit some of the side mounted buttons. A bit more memory either built in or on a supplied card would have been nice too. And the stylus is poor too.
Huge and lovely display
The HTC Titan and the Nokia Lumia 800 (not yet available in the US), are our two top picks for second generation high end Windows Phones. While the Lumia is extremely ergonomic and attractive in that Euro-chic way, the HTC speaks to those who want the biggest display along with a high quality metal casing. The Lumia 800 is the Alfa Romeo sports car to the HTC Titan's Escalade sensibility. It's big, it's posh and has all the creature comforts.
One of the top WP7 smartphones
As for whether or not this impresses as a Windows Phone 7 device, it is one of the top WP7 smartphones on the market and goes as far making Android and iOS dull by comparison. We love the social aspects, we love the interactive feel of the device, and how everything is brought to life by the OS, oh and that screen. Big really can be beautiful.
Very poor call quality
We can't help but like the Sony Ericsson Xperia active, given the multitude of accessories you get out of the box, not to mention the weatherproofing and pre-installed fitness apps. We even grew to like the protruding bottom as it houses the lanyard which we found ourselves using all the time. Unfortunately however, nothing saves the Xperia activeÃ¢?? s call in-call speaker. It really is a shame and weighs heavily on our rating.
Fast and usable camera
It's another good performer from Sony Ericsson. The Xperia Active is little more than the company's Xperia Mini in a chunky, water-resistant case, but if that's what you want... this is it. We're used to 'outdoor' mobile phones coming in awful shells and lacking features, but that's not the case here. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is a fast, usable, modern smartphone, that just so happens to be a bit better sealed off from rain and coffee than most.
After a number of years in the wilderness, Sony Ericsson (soon just Sony) is finding its feet again. The Xperia Active is a well-made, carefully thought out, specialist smartphone for those who love the outdoors. It is rugged, portable, comes with an excellent bundle including a runner's armband and has snappy performance which belies its run-of-the-mill specifications.
The Xperia Active is an interesting phone. We took too it pretty quickly, and while it isn't the sort of phone that we would probably buy, if you want something tough, water resistant and designed for workouts, then this is really an ideal phone. It's a little bit too expensive to replace an MP3 player, but if you take exercise seriously, it's the same price as a Motorola ACTV, for example, and offers you a full mobile phone too boot.
Solid-feeling Android phone
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is clearly pitched at sporty types looking for a phone that also makes a good running companion (the phone even comes packaged with an arm strap that contains a clear plastic wallet for the handset). If this is what you're after, it's a brilliant device. We submerged the phone completely in water, made calls on it, took pictures and recorded video; we really did give it every excuse to break down.
Although it has a rather small screen, the Xperia Active isn't lacking in any other department. With a robust design, decent camera and nippy processor, this is the perfect handset for adventure-addicts who desire a rugged smart phone but don't want to compromise on functionality and power.
Android-exclusive feature - rugged smartphones
The Xperia Active is priced at Rs. 19,500 (MRP) and the increasing difference between the Rupee and Dollar is taking its toll on the pricing of smartphones as well. We're mentioning this because just a few days back, the market operating price for the phone was around Rs.17,500. The only competition at present to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is the Motorola Defy+, which we'll be reviewing shortly, so stay tuned for that.
Good battery life
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is available at a recommended retail price of $498 (inclusive of GST) without a line contract. Compared to its immediate rival, the Motorola Defy ($528), the Xperia active is a better alternative for its overall better performance. However, with the Motorola Defy spending a significant amount of time in the market, you can expect a reduced price point from retailers if you look hard enough.
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.
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