What we like about the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is that it's honest. It's not trying to be better than it is and is quite happy to portray itself as a budget smartphone with a few little extras. And for the people it's aimed at, those who want a phone that makes calls, sends texts/emails and has a good battery, it comes up trumps. Web browsers and cameras are nice to have, but won't swing a sale here. So on that basis, it gets a thumbs up.
Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support
The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is not a bad phone in its own right. It offers an established, functional platform with a no-fuss interface alongside elegant styling. However, at the midrange price point, there are simply better-equipped devices to be had.
Even if it were priced lower, the Curve 9320 would still be a hard sell in a market obsessed with touchscreen. RIM has obviously realized that, and has invested highly into recreating their own platform along those lines.
Easy to use core features
There's no two ways about it, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 isn't a phone that will excite many of you. Its screen is small and low resolution and the selection of apps on offer is fairly poor. But, if you're in the market for an upgrade to your old budget BlackBerry or you just want a capable messaging-oriented smartphone with a great keyboard then this phone is well worth a look.
Value for money
The BlackBerry Curve 9320, unlike a lot of budget Android handsets we see, offers two things that are very important and extremely rare at this end of the market: functionality and value for money. RIM has been honest with the marketing it's a phone that's all about social networks and being connected and hasn't attempted to make it into something it's not, and we like that far too many company's these days attempt to oversell their frankly under-specced handsets.
Comes loaded with all the connections you'd expect from an Android phone
All in all, we're impressed with the BlackBerry Curve 9230. The fact that this lower mid-range BlackBerry comes loaded with all the connections you'd expect from an Android phone is reassuring. The OS browser is a pain to use, the app selection isn't great and the Huawei Ascend G300 does offer more for less, however with its keyboard and messaging prowess, it's definitely on the money for a certain type of user.
Great battery life
RIM no longer produces smartphones that compete with the desirability of Apple products and the younger market which once craved BBM is now rapidly migrating to cheap yet stylish Android smartphones and iPhones which now boast iMessage, a more than capable BBM rival. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is average in almost every way but will still appeal to BlackBerry fans and anyone after a best in class keyboard and upgraded BBM. As a smartphone, it's actually one of the simplest ones out there.
Creaky, plasticky backplate, Tiny, low-res screen
The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is a budget option for BBM addicts and those who love the feeling of physical keys under their thumbs. No touchscreen, iffy build quality and a poor selection of apps mean you might be better casting your eye elsewhere, however.
A top-notch hardware design
I'll give it to you straight. If I was going to buy a new Android phone on T-Mobile today, I'd buy the myTouch 4G without a second thought. I would miss the Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Vibrant, but the myTouch 4G has a top-notch hardware design, its call quality was excellent, and its data speeds rock (even without having seen the full potential of HSPA+). Its battery life suited my needs for a full day of use, and its camera was fun to use.
Brilliant looking display
We're absolutely over the fact that the original myTouch 3G Slide wasn't all that much of a standout hit last year, but after looking meticulously at its successor, we're amazed at how the device has transcended on so many levels. Obviously, some might still be attracted to the equally capable HTC Sensation 4G on Tmo's lineup though, you'll be missing out with what the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide has to offer.
Very good mainstream smartphone
The T-Mobile myTouch 4G is a very good mainstream smartphone when it comes to its interface, still image quality, and HSPA+ speeds. But in a sea of smartphones that are all nearly uniform, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G does not stand out as one of the prized catches of the day. Instead, the phone is more like a satisfying shrimp cocktail'an appetizer that must work its way into the entree section of the menu. But this shrimp's got to get rid of its bugs before anyone will want to eat it.
The phone is incredibly snappy, both in the browser (over Wi-Fi especially) and throughout the software.
The powerful myTouch 4G delivers when it comes to multimedia and performance, but make sure you live in an HSPA+-supported area before purchasing it. The powerful myTouch 4G delivers when it comes to multimedia and performance, but make sure you live in an HSPA+-supported area before purchasing it. 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.
T-Mobile has another killer smartphone on its hands with the $199 myTouch 4G Slide. It may be on the hefty side and lacks some of the Sensation 4G's interface enhancements, but this handset has an amazingly fast camera that's packed with high-end features. T-Mobile users clamoring for a physical keyboard who want something a little more grown up than the Sidekick 4G will find the myTouch 4G Slide to be a great fit.
everyone we spoke to on the phone were positively ecstatic about our voice quality.
Overall, the myTouch 4G hits almost every checkbox when it comes to features and functionality, but sadly misses the mark completely when it comes to aesthetic and "purity" of the Android vision. In T-Mobile's attempt to make a consumer-friendly phone, we'd argue they've driven in the other direction.
A great blend of technology along with customizability
Overall, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G by HTC is a bold new move by T-Mobile, not only in releasing a handset that people will take notice of, but also in their marketing department. T-Mobile has tossed their first stone at both Sprint and AT&T, as well as even Apple. Their latest commercial takes a stab at the Apple iPhone 4 and the burdening AT&T network, while their latest campaign of being the "nation's largest 4G network" is a strike at Sprint and their first ever 4G network.
Great display, solid browser, blazing data speeds
The Samsung Galaxy S 4G for T-Mobile is an update of T-Mobile's popular Samsung Vibrant Android smartphone. It is virtually a clone of the original Vibrant, but comes with Android 2.2 Froyo pre-installed, has a forward-facing camera for video calls, and offers super-fast HSPA+ "4G" data speeds. It even has a larger battery than the original. The Galaxy S 4G does lose the Vibrant's 16GB internal SD card though, replacing it with a 16GB memory card in the microSD expansion slot.
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.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is an evolutionary upgrade to the Vibrant. Think of it as the Vibrant with 2011 tweaks: 4G, a front video chat camera and Froyo with Flash 10.1. If you already own a Samsung Vibrant, you likely won't want to shell out the out of cycle upgrade price for the Galaxy S 4G, but if you're coming from a lower end Android phone like the myTouch 3G or a feature phone, the Galaxy S 4G has major appeal.
Know what you are getting into
In summary, root is almost required for this smart phone - root will take less than 30 mins. Other than that, with its amazing speed and powerful customizing ability from Android OS, I still have to figure out what it can do. This device is truly a personal computer + more in my hand. I like it a lot more than iPhone.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is an entertainment powerhouse. If you're looking for a phone that can offer excellent photo and video quality, with excellent choices for live and on-demand TV, this is the phone for you. The screen is gorgeous, the battery life is impressive, the camera/camcorder capture everyday memories with excellent quality, and the gaming experience is fun.
4-inch Super AMOLED display is nice
The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is a nice upgrade to the Samsung Vibrant, with its zippy processor, beautiful Super AMOLED display, HSPA+ 21 Mbps support, and improved battery. Still, the myTouch 4G consistently performs better in processor speed tests, and the T-Mobile G2 can usually be found cheaper through third-party retailers. That, combined with the $199.99 price point, may sway prospective buyers to T-Mobileâ??s other Android devices.
very compact phone
A very strong music phone at a more reasonable price, the W705a is a good all around phone for those who want a Walkman phone but don't want to sign a 2-year contract or spend $599 list for the W995a. The phone has most of the bells and whistles of a high-end Walkman phone including Walkman Player 3.0, FM Radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP, 120MB internal memory and a Memory Stick Micro card slot.
The Sony Ericsson W705 continues Sony Ericssonâ??s line of music-centric devices, while the device is jam packed with features for a mid-range price. The keypad will need some patience and the camera could be a worked on a little. More importantly, the core of the W705 is a music phone and it does that well. The W705 is recommendable to just about anyone at RM 1,499, with a tested design, Wi-Fi and interactivity as its strongest points.
the 4GB card included with the phone is capable of holding between 1,500 and 3,000 songs, depending on compression, and this will be plenty for most people.
Average call quality on an otherwise killer music mobile. The W705 ticks most of the right boxes, and is cute as a button, but is letdown in a few key areas.
There is so much in the form of entertainment on this gorgeous mobile phone the only problem we find is that it wont be easy to put it down.
The Sony Ericsson W705 is one hot piece musical equipment but the with the added bonus of high speed broadband internet access as well as many many more amazing features and functions to match. We believe this stylish and very funky mobile phone will be very hard to put down and that is the only problem we have about this handset. It will keep any user amused, occupied and certainly entertained endlessly with which ever feature is chosen to be used.
This phone is ideal for music lovers and for personal users who enjoy entertainment features on a mobile phone.
The Sony Ericsson W705 is likely to be the best walkman phone available once it is released. Although it is nothing majorly special it does have all the latest features a walkman phone should have and it's likely to do very well in terms of sales. If walkman phones are your thing then I'd suggest you keep your eyes peeled early next year when this phone is set to be released you should be able to pick up some great deals.
The W705 is much more than a music phone. Its exclusive metal finish combines with a large screen in an elegant and compact slider for a professional feel. Use the 3.2 megapixel camera to snap photos of friends and upload them using Wi-Fi to your social networking site for all to see. Can’t see a site properly? Auto rotate between vertical and horizontal mode to view the internet in all its glory.
The back is rounded and feels comfy in your hand, plus it sports a matt finish that is relatively good at what itÂ´s supposed to do, i.e. prevent the phone from accidentally slip out of your hand.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is a well made cell phone with great build quality. The plastics it's made from appears proper and robust. The chrome framing is an enjoyable counterpoint and lends color to the overall design. Those of you with keen interest in the exact impression they make will be happy to find out that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will indeed attract the attention of people around you...
Despite its beefy processor, the X10 stuttered through a few menus.
The Xperia X10 impresses with a slick design and hefty specs, but its lack of multitouch and its adoption of an outdated version of the Android OS prevent it from challenging other high-end Android phones for best in show. The Xperia X10 impresses with a slick design and hefty specs, but its lack of multitouch and its adoption of an outdated version of the Android OS prevent it from challenging other high-end Android phones for best in show.
As youâ€™d expect from a phone with a 1GHz processor, the Xperia is a fast phone, even with pre-release firmware.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a is undeniably a solid high end Android phone. It's great looking, well made and the specs are positively top notch. The camera handily beats the Nexus One and the Samsung Captivate. Our review unit had stronger cell reception than the Nexus One and similar reception as the Captivate. But the Samsung Captivate is the brighter shining star: it has a newer version of the Android OS, it's faster, it has that fantastic Super AMOLED display and it's thinner.
Camera, big screen is great for watching videos
Packed with the tech specs to make it look good on paper, unfortunately the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 doesn't measure against its lesser-specced rivals. Unless the X10 can plug some of these holes, we can't promise that the X10 will deliver an experience on par with the rest of the pack
Display A 4-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 480 x 854 and 64K color support brings good image quality and features.
The Xperia X10 is Sony Ericsson's best mobile phone to date, though not the best Android-based phone on the market.
If Internet communication (especially social networking) and multimedia capabilities are features you primarily look for in a mobile phone, you will be more than satisfied. However, if you want other functions like multi-touch, look elsewhere.
Overall, its speed, and notably its screen, will likely satisfy many users.
Scratch resistant touch screen
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini is a great combination of being small yet powerful. In fact, this is one of the best mobile phones that have arrived in the recent times. The handset called XPERIA X10 Mini is so light weight that you can use it, play with it, and pocket in comfortably. The other phones with somewhat similar specifications are bulky and big, which is not the case with XPERIA X10 Mini. In fact, Sony Ericsson has announced two strikingly similar mobile phones in this range.
The keys' white backlight looks superb at night and enhances this phone's credentials as a premium fashion handset.
LG's Prada KF900 is proof that fashion phones don’t always have to be all style and no substance. The lack of GPS and a standard headphone jack are downsides, but the QWERTY keyboard is excellent and the interface is a winner.
most attractive phone screens
The Nokia N85 is a solid addition to Nokia's Nseries lineup, and it's one of our favorite multimedia phones on the market. It's not much to look at, in terms of the hardware design and the phone's user interface, but it's so packed with features that it's hard to ignore. Plus, with that dazzling OLED screen, you might just forgive some of its other shortcomings. The N85 has one of the best cameras we've seen on a phone, and it did a fine job playing all of our multimedia files.
The N85 is the successor to Nokia's N81 music and gaming phone. The improvements in the N85 come in the form of a 5 megapixel camera, dual slider design, OLED display, GPS, FM transmitter and Feature Pack 2 for Symbian S60 OS. As a result, the price of the phone has also gone up making it a high-end phone that will fight against the mighty N95 8GB. Let us find out how much of an improvement the N85 is over the N81.
The ROKR seems to be becoming a brand of its own with series to follow just like the N and E-Series from Nokia, or the Walkman phones from Sony Ericsson. The newest in the ROKR lot is the Z6. It's not anything like the previous one that we've seen with the PDA features along with multimedia capabilities. Z6 hails from the RIZR Z3 we reviewed earlier this year, which had all the qualities of a good phone, its negative points were restricted to the QCIF video and the old Motorola OS.
Excellent touchscreen • Sleek design • Great web browser • Access to Android app store.
Parts of the phone are as the name suggests, magic. The design, the touchscreen and the internet experience are all first class. But the absence of outstanding multimedia seriously jeopardises the success of this latest Android.
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