Stunning, rich-profile sound
HTC wanted a comeback and it brought its best with the HTC One. It is a brilliant device in virtually every aspect. Coming with a beautiful aluminum body that fits almost organically in the hand, it has a great and vivid, extremely sharp 4.7-inch screen. The stereo front speaker bring a small revolution in smartphone sound that you'll appreciate instantly when you hear it. Performance is flawless on the new Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip.
1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode
So this is it - the One has brought out the best in HTC. It's sure as shooting that five different people will say that about five different HTC smartphones. And at least four of them will be right. But there're certain things that make this one the One.
Excellent build and ergonomics
The HTC One might be the most desirable phone available right now. Its metal-backed body feels fantastic in the hand, its screen is superb, performance is great and Sense 5 offers some interesting new features that you can choose to side-step if you prefer old-style Sense. The UltraPixel camera is a mite disappointing given the ballyhoo made at its launch, but it proves that HTC is one of just a few mobile companies trying something truly interesting.
Stunning design, quality aluminum alloy casing, superb full HD display
The HTC One is the company's best phone yet. You have my blessing: go ahead and buy one. It's not just fast, the display is superb and the design is elegant. Cutting edge CPUs and graphics are Android's bread and butter, much like PCs and it takes more to stand out: the HTC One has what it takes in terms of quality materials, build, design and solid software that doesn't overwhelm. Is it the perfect smartphone?
Snapdragon 600 chipset
Regardless of how well Samsung's soon-to-be-announced flagship does on the market, we'll continue to have a soft spot for the One. Last year, we were very impressed by the One X, but that wasn't enough. HTC pushed itself and made its sequel even more polished than the original. We love the phone's industrial design and the camera, while the Snapdragon 600 chipset and 1080p display aren't bad either.
Large screen, compact phone
Samsung didn't exactly catch us by surprise with the Galaxy S4. Pretty much all the hardware improvements like the faster processor, better camera, and 5" 1080p screen were expected. Samsung simply had to have those in the Galaxy S4 if it wanted its product to be relevant in 2013. However, it's the flawless implementation of all the features that makes the Galaxy S4 the superb smartphone that it is. Design-wise, the latest Samsung flagship is nothing special.
Stunning screen, Superfast processor, Great camera
Make no mistake - the Samsung Galaxy S4 is far, far more than a Galaxy S3 'S' - Samsung may be copying Apple according to some people, but it's not as brazen as the Cupertino brand in flogging the exact same design with a slightly uprated processor and calling it a new phone.
The Galaxy S4 is a great, great device in its own right, re-inventing what it means to own a brilliant smartphone in a number of ways.
More serious and stylish look
While the Samsung Galaxy S4's exterior might be its Achilles' heel, we can't blame Samsung for sticking with the Galaxy S brand image it spent so much resources trying to build (that phone sold over 50 million units too, so being associated with it cannot be too bad).
With the sheer number of excellent flagships to choose from, if you are looking for the best smartphone, you had it better than ever.
Stunning 5-inch Full HD screen
The Samsung Galaxy S4 might not look that different or have that one killer feature that sinks the competition, but it's a worthy successor to the Samsung Galaxy S3.
It's a true high-end powerhouse and undeniably one of the best phones on the market right now, albeit one that will relies a little too heavily on brand appeal and past successes rather than innovation and eye-catching design. Yes, it might not be the most stylish handset on the market, but nor is it a dog.
Huge display in a not so huge phone, excellent camera
The Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones is a juggernaut; like the iPhone, the next generation will sell well based simply on brand loyalty, trust and familiarity. Even so, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a lot to offer, and though I wasn't overwhelmed with love for the Galaxy S III, the S4 is seriously tempting me. The superb camera and related features, comfortable feel in the hand, replaceable battery and software like Smart Stay and Air Gesture are hard to give up once you've used them.
A brilliant phone in almost every way
As we type this we have the SGS3 and the SGS4 on our desk. While, superficially, there's really not a lot of difference between the two, to hold, they couldn't feel more different. We really like the new, more square-feeling SGS4. At the back, we prefer the SGS3 aesthetically, although the case design of the new phone is nicer - albeit still plastic.
There are a stack more options here.
Tiny screen, a mediocre camera
The Huawei Ascend Y100 has a tiny screen, a mediocre camera and average performance. However, it's all about the price in this instance. At £59, we can't fault the Ascend Y100 too much. If you're patient and can live with a cramped screen, then this is a fully featured Android phone for a great price.
Value for money
The Huawei Ascend Y100 has a tiny screen, a mediocre camera and average performance. However, it's all about the price in this instance. At under $100, we can't fault the Ascend Y100 too much. If you're patient and can live with a cramped screen, then this is a fully featured Android phone for a great price.
Neat looks, lightweight, decent processor
For the price, the Huawei offers a decent set of specs for a budget Android device. The screen's a little too small to be comfortable, the camera's not too exciting, but the processor puts in a decent performance, making it a good low-price introduction to the smartphone world.
Very poor camera
All in all, there's no doubt that the LG Optimus L3 is one perfectly usable handset, with no serious issues to cause problems with its operation. We do like the fact that it looks better than your average low-end affair, and it actually outperforms it due to its smooth UI and ability to play 3D games and Flash content in the browser. Unfortunately, the low-quality, low-resolution screen kind of ruins the whole experience.
Good performance from the processor
The Optimus L3 has its plus points it's got good battery life and feels quite speedy to use for such a modestly priced handset. However, it's let down badly by its poor quality and low resolution screen, which really does significantly hamper its usability. We'd recommend you spend a bit more to get an Android phone with a larger and higher resolution screen, such as the excellent Orange San Francisco II or Huawei Ascend G300.
Abysmal set of hardware
The LG L3 is cheap but doesn't really tick any other boxes. It has old software and an abysmal set of hardware with the all-important screen the worst of the lot. It's only saving grace is the good battery life but we recommend saving a few more pennies and going for the HTC One V or opting for the even cheaper Huawei Ascend G 300.
Hopefully bargain basement price
The LG Optimus L3 certainly isn't going to appeal to those of you after the biggest, brightest, most powerful phone, but if you only need the more basic tasks Android undertakes and want a good-looking phone on a budget, the L3 could well be worth a look.
Sharp looking Super LCD display
For all the high-end hardware accompanying the HTC Incredible S, its arrival is somewhat late to the market and doesn't quite seem impressive versus other newer Android smartphones. Although it proves to be one well-rounded handset, which is evident by its wonderful platform experience, there are devices out there that simply have stronger presence right now since they're priced similarly such as the Motorola ATRIX 4G and LG Optimus 2X.
We know why you've come here: you want to know if we think that the HTC Incredible S is the phone you should be going for. Well, if you're thinking that the HTC Desire HD was a great handset, but the screen was a little too large and the battery life was a real worry, then you're in for a treat - this is the phone for you.
pictures and videos look stunning.
The Incredible S is one of the better Android handsets on the market right now. It has a great screen, is speedy to use and has a good camera. However, we think the design is a tad ugly and it doesn't offer much that's new, especially compared to the dual core Android phones that are starting to appear.
Attention to social-media detail
If you going to call something Incredible, it should really stretch the boundaries of imagination or perform feats previously thought to be beyond the realms of possibility. The HTC Incredible S does nothing of the sort, but there's plenty to like here and we were charmed by some of the device's attention to social-media detail.
Large Super LCD display
The HTC HD7S is currently our top pick among Windows 7 Phones. However, we understand if you opt for the also capable Samsung Focus for its Super AMOLED display and slightly more pocketable form factor. The Focus is currently less expensive since it's been in AT&T's lineup since November of 2010, but we wouldn't be suprised if third party dealers offer the HD7S at very attractive prices.
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.
Experience is very good
We've been downbeat about a number of things the HTC Incredible S offers. It's worth stating again that this is an excellent phone and the experience is very good. But it isn't so far removed from HTC's most recent Android phone. Sure, it is snappier and more fully featured than the Desire of last year, but in terms of performance it isn't that different from the Desire HD.
With its intuitive operating system skin, the HTC Explorer would make an excellent first smartphone. But it may not be as much of a treasure as first thought as it's not quite hitting the budget heights we thought it would - it needs to drop a few pounds per month to be a truly cheap-cheap handset.
Sense user interface
If you've owned an Android phone before, the chances are that the Explorer is not really going to appeal, as its specification is just too basic. However, if you're looking for a handset that would serve as a sensible first dip into the world of smartphones, then the Explorer's good build quality and neat Sense user interface makes it a good, if not exactly spectacular, option.
Easy to use & Easy to customise
The HTC Explorer represents great value for money. It's very easy to get to grips with and the layout is easily customisable. Overall performance is very smooth for a phone of this price and will more than satisfy those after an inexpensive pay-as-you-go phone.
Our only real criticisms of it are that some may find it too small. That and that the flash-less 3-megapixel camera isn't very good.
Cool pebble-like design
The HTC Explorer, at first glance, reminds us of a black pebble that has been weathered in a river bed for a long period of time. By that, I mean, it's a solid black device that has nicely curved edges all the way around it. It ultimately feels wonderful in the hand even all the hardware buttons line up with your natural finger placements.
Gingerbread OS 3.0
To wrap up, the call features of the phone are just fine and the voice quality is pretty clear at both ends. But take this one; the phone's battery longevity does not live up to the expectation. But considering the overall performance, the HTC Explorer deal is worth-grabbing this winter.
The advantage of a relatively low-powered screen and processor is that the modest 1230mAh battery should be able to go a few times round the block without a recharge and sure enough, this one gave a little over two days of consistent use. Indeed, the HTC Explorer covers just about all the smartphone basics very well at a decent price making it a good introduction for Android newbies.
Great battery life
We were fairly impressed with the Samsung Vibrant the first time around, and the Galaxy S 4G is pretty much the same phone with faster data speed and video calling abilities. Even in today's market the Galaxy S 4G slots in the upper echelon of handsets, even as the Galaxy S II is set to launch soon. The market is moving at a breakneck pace these days, and high-end handsets almost seem cookie cutter.
Call quality was very good in my test calls, made over Sprint's network.
Samsung introduced a handful of Galaxy S smartphones this summer, and all of them are impressive. The problem is, however, that most of them are so similar that they can be hard to distinguish. But not the Samsung Epic 4G. This powerful Android-based phone packs in two features that none of its siblings offers: support for high-speed 4G networks and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard adds some bulk to the phone, and the 4G supports boosts its price, but both additions are welcome.
Out of the Galaxy phones I've tested, the Epic 4G is definitely the best, and it's certainly one of the top Android phones available.
The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support. The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support. The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support.
The black plastic back of the phone has specks of silver in it, a nice touch, and it's pretty easy to pop the cover off should you want to access the battery or memory card.
With the arrival of the Samsung Epic 4G, Sprint now has the best one-two smart phone punch of any carrier. The Evo 4G is great for those who don't need a physical keybord and want perks like HDMI output and a built-in kickstand. It also has a more elegant interface and better widgets. However, the Epic 4G packs a more impressive display--despite its smaller size--and one of the best physical keyboards we've used into a lighter design.
Sprint's second 4G Android smartphone is a winner, and we continue to be impressed with Samsung's Galaxy S line. The keyboard is wonderful, the display is dreamy and build quality is solid. Though 4G coverage and speeds aren't sending us into paroxysms of joy, Sprint's 3G EV-DO Rev. A coverage is solid and fast enough to thoroughly enjoy this largely Internet-centric Google phone. And the 1GHz Hummingbird CPU is extremely fast-- there's no lag here.
colorful, glossy 4-inch AMOLED screen
In the universe of Samsung's Galaxy S phones, Sprint's Epic 4G, may be the brightest star, and not just because it's the only 4G model of the bunch. The Epic is shockingly light, considering it's a third thicker than the other also abnormally lightweight Galaxy S models, because of its slideout horizontal keyboard. But that keyboard elevates Epic's superiority over not only its Galaxy S siblings but over Sprint's first 4G phone, the EVO 4G, to which it is more appropriate to compare.
very capable smartphone
If you can stand the Hero's occasional sluggishness, it's a fantastic smartphone packed with great features. We like its distinctive looks, and its innovative user interface brings Android much closer to being as fun and good-looking as the iPhone OS, while being far more customizable. Occasional lag and Android's rough edges mean it's not quite an iPhone killer, but it's definitely fighting in the same class.
the music player is solid, with a desktop widget that looks great, presenting album artwork and playback controls on one of the many desktop window panes.
The HTC Hero on Sprint is the best Android phone to date, and one of the best smartphones on the market. This isn't a novice smartphone. The Sprint Hero will take some time to learn, but the device rewards patience. The interface running on top of Google's Android, HTC's Sense experience, is thoroughly enjoyable and intelligent. In almost every way, from the intuitive contextual menus to the desktop widgets to the detailed calling screens, HTC gets things right with the Sprint Hero.
Call quality at both ends was fine, if a mite noisy.
If you’re a Sprint customer tired of listening to your rapturous iPhone-owning buds rave about the device while waiting for a decent smartphone alternative to arrive on the network, rejoice – your wait is over. Sprint’s Android-powered Hero, made by HTC, isn’t perfect – in fact, the cellular handset’s often really sluggish – but it does offer several compelling reasons to buy. Think multi-touch pinch in/out resizing of photos and Web pages, plus Outlook sync – just like the iPhone.
The Droid X has several improvements over the Droid, like a better camera, a larger touch screen display and more storage space.
The Droid X won't be pigeon-holed as a one-dimensional phone. Its designers did their best to make it a well-rounded smartphone. The phone moves quickly through screens and menu items and the internet moves fast too. The phone has a familiar browser and users can not only connect via 3G or Wi-Fi, they can also help other devices got onto the Web.
All that fun can mean a less-than-fun experience trying to keep the battery charged.
Call quality was very good, with voices on both sides coming through loud and clear.
The original Droid was touted as an iPhone killer, but the Droid X is the first phone that has made me consider dumping Apple's smartphone. It tops the iPhone 4 with its big, beautiful screen and excellent call quality. Its Android OS lacks the slickness and ease-of-use that Apple's iOS offers, but once you get used to Android's quirks, you may never notice the difference.
Beautiful 4.3-inch display
Motorola Droid X shines at multimedia playback, network performance, and features; but the interface can occasionally be sluggish. Motorola Droid X shines at multimedia playback, network performance, and features; but the interface can occasionally be sluggish. Motorola Droid X shines at multimedia playback, network performance, and features; but the interface can occasionally be sluggish.
both voice quality and reception are excellent.
The Droid X is a lust-worthy Android smartphone and superphone. The design and build quality are elegant and the 4.3" display is akin to having a portable home theater in your pocket. Though the display lacks the incredible color saturation of Super AMOLED-equiped phones like the Samsung Galaxy S, it's sharp and very easy on the eyes. The 1GHz OMAP CPU really rocks and this is the fastest Android phone we've reviewed to date; yet battery life is surprisingly good.
the main idea is that Skype-to-Skype calls are free, although they still use the Verizon voice network.
The Motorola Droid X offers some really good features, notably the huge screen, mobile HotSpots and the Swype virtual keyboard. However, it has weaknesses too. The slightly slower user interface performance makes the phone a little less enjoyable to use (slow UI, jerky scrolling), but I think/hope that it will be improved down the road by a software update. The camera quality seems irreparable though, so if you care about imaging, this is a no-go for me.
solid video chops
Incredibly capable and dapper take on the multimedia phone
Standard battery endures a full day of regular web/video/phone use
Dual camera LEDs make for an awesome flashlight
Sports more connections than Ari Gold: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS and FM
Storage aplenty with 8 GB of on-board memory and included 16-GB card
Charges off mini-USB. DLNA ready for sharing pics, audio and video between compatible devices.
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