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.
Fine design & construction
First and foremost, we're glad to see that the Motorola CLIQ 2 received some reasonably upgraded specs over its predecessor - like its high resolution display and 1GHz processor. Secondly, it's far better in terms of design and construction with its refined choice of materials. Additionally, we easily like that the keyboard has a decent look and feel to it over the original which adheres to the needs of messaging oriented users out there.
The Cliq 2 is an excellent follow-up to the original Cliq with a superb keyboard and some very useful features, but if you take a lot of pictures with your phone, you'll be disappointed with the mediocre camera. The Cliq 2 is an excellent follow-up to the original Cliq with a superb keyboard and some very useful features, but if you take a lot of pictures with your phone, you'll be disappointed with the mediocre camera. 4G goes mainstream with the HTC EVO Shift, an inexpensive Android...
very good voice quality
The Motorola Cliq 2 is a pleasant surprise: we didn't expect much from the Cliq line, but the new Cliq 2 is in a league of its own with a large, high resolution multi-touch display, Android OS 2.2 and Froyo. If you're looking for a well-made QWERTY Android smartphone with fairly high end specs at a budget price, the Cliq 2 is a solid choice.
Overall the Motorola Cliq 2 ranks in as an 'Average' phone in today's highly competitive market. Motorola has been on a rampage launching some amazing smartphones but the Motorola Cliq 2 would not be considered a part of that machine. The Cliq 2 seems to be a break from the harder hitting smartphones, which could be why it's being released on T-Mobile's network. The Motorola Cliq 2 doesn't have access to T-Mobile's 4G (HSPA+) network, which could have been a big differentiator for the phone.
Compared to its predecessor, the CLIQ 2 is a huge improvement. The display and build-quality are particular stand-outs, as is the performance from the 1GHz processor, and we prefer MOTOBLUR when it's not so all-encompassing. Unfortunately, it's still not the perfect smartphone: the QWERTY keyboard falls short of the usability you'd expect, and we prefer the board from the T-Mobile G2.
Multitude of entertainment and enterprise features
When the first Cliq launched, I was impressed by how accessible it made Android. It wasn't a super phone by any means and given today's standards for super smartphones, it is on par with a cheap feature phone. So now that Android is fully mainstream, Motorola had to make the next-gen Cliq accessible enough for the everyday user, but with the brawn to compete with other top notch phones out there.
Responsive capacitive touchscreen
So what do we have with the Samsung Solstice II that separates it from its predecessor? Well, there isn't much in terms of specs as it qualifies itself as yet another decent, but not quite spectacular, basic touchscreen offering from Samsung's camp. Sure there are prettier looking Samsung phones on AT&T's lineup right now, like the Sunburst or Mythic, but its inexpensive price should more than be forgiving to basic users.
The Samsung Solstice II is both, cheaply made and cheaply priced.The range of features is strictly low end which makes sense as this is a low end phone, but the key to making a great low end phone is to not make them feel cheap which is something Samsung have failed at this time round. Almost everything performs on the scale of bad to average, the only high point being the 3G speeds, texting capabilities and finally the battery life.
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