The Samsung Galaxy S III is a spectacular phone. A big part of what makes it spectacular is its incredible specs sheet. Yeah, although its specs can easily be rivaled by strong competitors like the HTC One X, which also has a quad-core processor and the other beloved tech goodies, the Galaxy S III manages to shine brighter, thanks to its superior user experience.
Excellent battery life
So to summarise: if you've been waiting feverishly for the new Samsung Galaxy S3, you will not be disappointed. It's fast, it's sleek and it packs the latest technology that will get your pulse racing.
The recent update has made it an even better phone, and we've been using it out of choice for the last few months - given we've got the choice of most handsets out there, that's a pretty big recommendation for any phone.
Good design and build quality
Subject to further testing, the Galaxy S3 has turned out to be an excellent smartphone. It offers a good design and build quality, despite our small niggles. Samsung has put together an impressive set of hardware resulting in silky smooth performance and extensive software features.
Fast, big display and a great camera
Is the Samsung Galaxy S III an excellent smartphone? Yes it is. Given the millions of preorders, I suspect many of you would buy this no matter what I said about the phone. That speaks of Samsung's momentum in the smartphone market and their excellent track record. Is this Samsung's best Android phone ever? Yes it is, but there is room for improvement. I'd love to see Samsung use high quality materials and cutting edge designs in their top tier phone.
Smooth performance, Verizon's strong LTE
As a lower-priced entry model into the world of Windows Phone 8, Samsung's Ativ Odyssey does a solid job of delivering the slick OS experience without lag, and Verizon's 4G LTE coverage ensures quality calls and data usage.
However, a low on-contract price isn't such a remarkable feat here; the Nokia Lumia 822 is free on Verizon with an agreement, and delivers more internal storage and a better camera, while the HTC Windows Phone 8X packs in a dramatically improved screen and a stylish...
Camera is surprisingly capable
Priced at $49.99 with a two-year commitment to Verizon Wireless, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey is not exactly dirt-cheap either. It will set you back as much as any of its competitors which doesn't bode well for its overall prospects. You can pick up a Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X for less than $100. Both will offer you instantly better overall user experience without the removable battery. We would still believe that both devices are worth the compromise though.
Low cost of entry, Excellent battery life
It's a good low-price smartphone, and both it and Windows Phone 8 are solid choices for anyone buying a smartphone for the first time. Its biggest challenge might be the way that American smartphone subsidies workâ??all things considered, you can easily buy a whole lot more phone for not much more money.
Compact to hold and carry around
Overall, we're content with the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II. Not only is it more fashionable than the original model, but is quite faster with the dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. The full QWERTY keyboard is one of its main features, and we like how it is laid out and is easy to use for those of you that do a lot of typing. We do wish that the 4" screen was a little larger and higher resolution, but it still does a good job for a mid-range device.
Decent choice -- the keyboard and business features
Overall, the Stratosphere 2 is a decent phone if you'd prefer a keyboard over a high-quality screen. If you want a touch device, take a look at a sleeker device with better options. Nevertheless, if you're coming from a BlackBerry, you'll find a lot to love, since it comes with a lot of business features.
I just got the phone yesterday and it is working great. It is super fast and easy to figure out, easy to work, easy to manage. It is a bit on the large side ( as it fits from fingertip to the heel of my palm) and so is the slider keyboard but that might be because I have smallish hands, otherwise the keyboard is also good. The keys are close together and not to flat or bulky.
Decent battery life
The old saying you can't get something for nothing still applies today, as you have to sign a 2-year contract in order to get the Samsung Galaxy Stellar for free, as the full retail price is $330. The Galaxy Stellar doesn't have any stellar features or specs, but does provide the basics, such as a usable 4" screen, nice 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and is running Android ICS. But the poor camera quality is a disappointment, as is the lackluster call quality.
Free on contract
For free, you could certainly do much worse than the Samsung Galaxy Stellar. In fact, we're surprised it doesn't sell for $50 on contract. If you're just getting into your first smartphone and don't want to gamble lots of money or you're an experienced Android user on a tight budget, the Stellar gets the job done with a fast CPU, a sharp display with decent resolution and a recent Android build.
I love it
I really love this phone. It takes great pictures everything processes really fast and the operation is smooth. An other feture i like about it that I didn't have on my last android phone is on the home keys you can control apps running in the backround. Also I love that you can get it practactly for free.
Samsung has done a terrific job by producing this handset, which is surely going to become a reference phone for most other manufacturers. Of course, they would never have achieved this if it wasn't for Google's incredible software, which, dare we say, redefines the experience of using a cell phone.
Contacts integration is excellent
We had real high hopes for the Galaxy Nexus and genuinely expected it to take the place of best smartphone on the market today. But it hasn't.That is not to say it's not a good handset because it is a fantastic piece of kit. But if you were to take away Ice Cream Sandwich, hardware-wise, you'd not have much to write home about compared to what else is out there beyond the beautiful screen.
Quad-band GSM; penta-band 3G support
Google didnâ?? t disappoint with the execution of Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung did an excellent job with the hardware of the Galaxy Nexus.
It's probably only the second Nexus phone (after the Nexus One) that is really attractive to customers at large, rather than mostly to developers.
A new major version of Android is not the only first to its name, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is also the first globally available droid phone with a 720p screen.
Amazingly sharp 720p screen
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, arguably the biggest leap in the smartphone edition of Android yet. And the phone does the software proud. Its screen is excellent, the ergonomics of the body help to dull the impact of its sheer size and the processor is speedy enough to keep the OS running like a dream. It won't be alone for long, but for now it's way out in front of other Android phones in several respects.
The Galaxy Nexus stands as the flagship of Android phones and the standard-bearer for Google's new Ice Cream Sandwich OS, making it the must-have handset for followers of the platform. Yet in most respects the Galaxy Nexus is no better than the Samsung Galaxy SII. In fact, it has lower-spec cameras and screen, and the same graphics processor as the 2009 Galaxy and 2010 Galaxy SII.
First phone with Android 4
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless is one of our top picks for that carrier. Yes, 3G reception could be better, but Verizon says they're working on an update. And in the meantime, LTE works very well in our tests, data speeds on 3G are decent and voice quality is tops. The phone is fast and pure. For enthusiasts, it's exciting to get Ice Cream Sandwich RIGHT NOW.
Extremely expensive, Poor quality display
Seriously, you'd be a fool to pick this one up - especially when it's flaunting a ridiculous price tag of $100 with a 2-year contract. In all honesty, if there's a handset that goes in the opposite direction of having the most bang for the buck, this has to be it, literally! Not only is an expensive offering, it also does absolutely nothing to justify its hefty price tag. For the money, you're better off investing it in some other reasonable smartphones that are priced less than this one.
Passable, Sadly that's probably the best one can hope for
The OS on this phone is pretty buggy. It allows you to set custom sounds and ringtones as the primary alert and ring sounds, but often when the phone rings or makes its "alert" sound, it plays the default sounds. Additionally, you can only associate the built in tones and alerts with specific people. The menus will not allow you to select anything you've added to memory.
I've also found that it's very easy to accidentally touch the wrong "button" on the touch screen.
Sub-par battery life
I had a lot of hope for the Charge when I started my review of it. I was hoping that it would give the same experience as the ThunderBolt, but offer improved battery life. Unfortunately, the combination of issues I experienced with data connectivity, UI lag, and battery life leads me to believe that the Charge is not a great choice for most people.
Impressive Super AMOLED Plus display
Before, there was only one choice if you wanted a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone: the HTC ThunderBolt. Now with the Samsung Droid Charge, the bar is raised and there is some competition on the field. We love the large 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen, and the 8MP camera does OK for most outside pictures, even though the video recording is a bit of a disappointment.
Super AMOLED+ screen
The choice should seem obvious at this point. We have two phones diverged in a wood- The HTC Thunderbolt and the Droid Charge. The Thunderbolt has the better Sense interface, more out-of-box storage, and a kickstand. The Charge has its Super AMOLED+ screen, and that's about it. Our vote is for the Thunderbolt because it's a better-equipped device, but if you're used to the Galaxy S experience, then the Droid Charge is worth taking a gander at.
Yes, $299 is a lot to spend on a smartphone. But the Samsung Droid Charge offers a lot for your money: blazing LTE speeds, a large and bright display, and an excellent camera. Its main 4G LTE rival on Verizon, the $249 HTC Thunderbolt, offers comparable performance, a more elegant Sense UI, and better build quality. However, we give the edge to the Droid Charge because it lasts longer on a charge and has a superior display.
Large and best in class display
The Droid Charge by Samsung is a solid 4G LTE smartphone with a stunning and large Super AMOLED Plus display. If you want the best in display technology or have grown accustomed to Super AMOLED, the Droid Charge has your number. 4G LTE performance is excellent and on par with the HTC Thunderbolt without the battery life hit. However, we found the Charge's voice quality and reception to be less than optimal, and the HTC clearly wins that battle.
Overall call quality and audio quality was good.
The Droid Charge is a total sleeper. We'll be perfectly honest that we weren't expecting to be wowed but, well, we're certainly impressed. In terms of performance it's more or less on par with the recently-released Thunderbolt, but battery life is far superior and, while the Super AMOLED Plus display has its quirks, we think they just add character. The imaging sensor 'round the back is top-notch and, overall, this is a very good phone. The only real disappointment?
Great Battery Life/Pretty Good Phone too!!
This phone is incredible and so is 4G! I got 12.2 mb download and 4.6 mb upload speeds with the speedtest.net app from the Android Market!! With a few exceptions, Samsung has done a great job creating a phone that is smooth to operate, surfs the internet incredibly fast, seems to be relatively bug free and has really good battery life - at least for a droid. I can also say that the reception of the Samsung Droid Charge is better than that of my old Blackberry.
Excellent laid-out keyboard
Currently, the Samsung Stratosphere is your only choice if you want a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard. We like Super AMOLED display, though we wish it were the "Plus" version, and the 5-row keyboard has a nice layout and is great to use, but can feel like it is sticking when trying to open and close it. The only real issue we had with the device is with the 4G connection drops, which are also present on the Samsung Droid Charge as well.
A good phone
There were few surprises in our assessment of the Stratosphere, if any. It's meant to be a budget offering on Verizon's LTE lineup, and certainly includes specs indicative of that fact. However, we still couldn't shake the idea that this is little more than an LTE-enhanced version of a device from the Galaxy S era, with just a few minor improvements in UI and performance. It's still a good phone, but it's more or less a rehash of a handset that's already 15 months old.
Full QWERTY keyboard
This device represents a unique choice, as all good smartphones should. Again, this is the only 4G LTE device on the market with a full QWERTY keyboard on it, and itâ??s the second of two Samsung smartphones on the market today running on that same network. This device is neither the most powerful nor the most sleek device in any category, but it DOES have a keyboard.
This phone is exactly what someone needs if they are hard on phones. This phone is shock resistant, dust and water resistant! The speaker phone is really loud and the numbers are large and view-able. One of the best things about this phone is that the battery will last a couple days without charging it! I love this phone!
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