Despite some missing features and performance issues that make it less than ideal for on-the-go professionals, the Palm Pre offers gadget lovers and consumers well-integrated features and unparalleled multitasking capabilities. The hardware could be better, but more importantly, Palm has developed a solid OS that not only rivals the competition but also sets a new standard in the way smartphones handle tasks and manage information.
Superb at multi-tasking support and visualization
We like the Palm Pre 2 a lot, and while we aren't convinced it's going to be a market hit, would very much like it to be. It is a well sized, ergonomic handset with a great UI and an incredibly intuitive phonebook experience thanks to the Just Type functionality. It also offers enough fun to keep you entertained on a commute home and is very well connected.
While the software of the Palm Pre 2 is on a par with anything else out there, the hardware still doesn't do it justice. It certainly has some great features "like wireless charging" and is generally easy to use but its small screen, lack of onscreen keyboard, small physical keyboard and poor camera means it trails the competition by some way.
Better multitasking capabilities due to the 1GHz CPU
Overall, this is a nice, slick little smartphone that performs well, and offers a number of unique features (such as gesture control and Synergy) that first got us excited by the Palm Pre back in 2009. The only trouble is, the excitement surrounding these features has somewhat worn off.
Besides the lack of third party apps and a better camera, there isn't much to complain about with the Palm Pre 2. It has a superb design, excellent OS - webOS 2.0, superb features and comes with all the connectivity options you need. webOS 2.0 is one of the finest mobile operating systems ever.
The Pre 2 is more of the same from Palm, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Like previous Pres, this phone is fast and fun to use, with a finger-friendly and beautiful user interface that's had plenty of little improvements. The problem is that while Palm is polishing the Pre, other manufacturers are firing out amazing Android phones like a gattling gun of goodness, and the iPhone App Store continues to bestride the world of tiny programs like a clickable collosus.
Superb multitasking and Web browsing
The Palm Pre 2 webOS phone handles multitasking and notifications with ease and has an elegant and intuitive interface. However its below average build quality, small display and sluggish performance make it difficult to recommend over iPhone and Android alternatives.
sleek, polished-looking phone
Plenty of smartphones claim to be the perfect for business users. But few can match the business-friendly features found on the HTC Touch Pro2. This Windows Mobile-based phone, which is available in an unlocked version and a subsidized model sold by T-Mobile, packs in plenty of software, some unique business-centric calling features, and a stellar display. You won't find a lot of fun extras on the HTC Touch Pro2, but if you're looking for a business-only device, you likely won't miss them.
high-quality duplex speakerphone
When the HTC Touch Pro2 hit the scene, it instantly became the best business smartphone on T-Mobile's lineup, and one of the best business smartphones you can buy. For the hefty starting price, it better be (for our analysis of the real cost of owning a smartphone, ). But the HTC Touch Pro2 on T-Mobile proves its worth with solid hardware, including our favorite QWERTY keyboard and advanced features all around.
The underside of the Touch Pro2 is constructed from stiff plastic with a metal look, and a prominent external speaker adding a pleasing texture.
Those who can afford the Touch Pro2 will be buying a feature-rich smartphone with a unique conference calling feature and a decent suite of business apps. Those who can afford the Touch Pro2 will be buying a feature-rich smartphone with a unique conference calling feature and a decent suite of business apps.Those who can afford the Touch Pro2 will be buying a feature-rich smartphone with a unique conference calling feature and a decent suite of business apps.
We think the HTC Touch Pro2 may be one of the finest Windows Mobile 6.1 phones available.
We loved the original HTC Touch Pro. Or wanted to, anyway. Though HTC wowed us with distinct styling, a snappy keyboard, and a downright luscious screen, we could never quite get past how clunky the slow the TouchFlo 3D interface felt pasted over Windows Mobile 6.1. At the end of the day, we just couldn’t recommend it. But with a company as prolific as HTC, you seldom have to wait long for a better version.
A solid Android smartphone
The Xperia PLAY is a solid Android smartphone that offers some unique gaming features, even if it doesn't execute fully on them. The basic version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread works well enough and is free of the cruft of manufacturer customizations that plague other handsets. Unfortunately, the build of the PLAY is not of the same quality as other phones in its price range, and the gaming features are not so well executed that it is worth the extra money to pay for them.
Excellent stereo loudspeakers
In the end, we have to give Sony Ericsson Xperia Play the benefit of the doubt. Many of us expected it will feature a multicore chipset with scorching GPU to take our mind away, but Sony seems to have reserved that for the PSP2, dubbed Next Generation Portable. It also shies away from a unorthodox exterior, in order to keep in line with Sony EricssonÃ¢Â?Â?s Xperia line fresh looks, curves and materials.
Much of what ails the Xperia Play could be fixed with time and care. As it stands, however, we reckon you could do better for your money. The Xperia Play is too pricey for casual gaming, while we'd suggest serious gamers would be better served by picking up a full-on mobile console. Sony fans have the NGP to look forward too, and we'd seriously recommend the 3DS hardware as an alternative.
Colours look accurate and viewing angles are good as well.
It's hard to definitively judge the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play because so much of its appeal lies in what games will be available for it – currently the choice is a bit limited. What we can say though is that there are definite problems with it. The build quality doesn't live up to premium smartphones and its processor is already behind the times. The app purchasing experience is also horrendously disjointed.
Great gaming controller, sharp display, excellent speakers, atttractive and solid build
The first Playstation Certified phone is off to a good start. The game selection is certainly the most impressive we've seen on Android, with several enticing titles, and the promise of more. We'd love to see more Sony franchise games on the Xperia Play, but Sony's not sharing details. The controller makes a world of difference for gaming, and the hardware is both sturdy and attractive.
Downloading games seemed to take ages
Right now, it's hard to deliver a definitive verdict on the Xperia Play. This is largely due to the that the PlayStation Suite online store not being ready.
However we're generally impressed with both the phone and how existing games have been integrated to use the Xperia Play's controls. We like how the new custom UI both looks and works â?? a definite improvement on how it used to be on the Xperia X10. One area that concerns us is memory.
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.
Clear, vibrant screen.
You might notice we haven't mentioned the keyboard above. We're calling it neutral well-made, but with keys just too close together. Maybe we'd be more forgiving if there wasn't so much wasted space around it.
While we're criticising Symbian for being laggy, we should mention that C6 does feel robust, software-wise. Though it lacks shine, it's got features coming out of every port (save for proper social network integration).
Those looking for a capable QWERTY smartphone without all the bells and whistles may want to consider the C6.
The Nokia C6 is a touchscreen smartphone with a physical slide-out keyboard that has its basics covered. The hardware may be decent, but the software feels like a few generations behind and still has lots of catching up.
- Nokia C6 – the small and stylish smartphone.
The Nokia C6-01 should overshadow the C7: it's cheaper, has much the same functionality and, while smaller, a higher-quality display. The software on both is identical, and on paper the cameras are also the same. However, while the slick, sturdy C7 left us more impressed than we'd expected, the C6-01 proved underwhelming in comparison.
Based on Nokia’s new way of labelling its mobile phones, the Nokia C6 is designed for simple communication and sits towards the high-end of the scale.
The Nokia C6 looks good and has some fun features to keep you entertained through its social networking abilities and on track through its Ovi Maps and document viewer
Although not very good, the bundled earphones are decent for a casual listen and the external speakers are loud but not very clear.
The LG GW525 is priced at Rs. 13,990 and when we look at other phones available around that price, it appears expensive. Yes, there is the keyboard but the Samsung Corby Pro also offers the same keyboard and is priced less too.
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