Can capture 1080p HD video
As someone who sporadically uses Facebook, the HTC First has zero appeal to me as a "Facebook phone." I could just as easily download the app and run it on another device. Furthermore, Home isn't impressive enough even for frequent Facebookers to warrant buying a new phone. The HTC First only makes sense for people in the market for a new midrange device.
Minimalist design, Modest price point
Knowing that other smartphones are going to be blessed with the new Facebook Home experience, we can't tell you to go out and buy the HTC First strictly for that experience. Instead, we recommend it most for its affordable $99.99 on-contract cost with its vanilla Android experience (once Facebook Home is disabled) and minimalist design. As for the Facebook aspect of the smartphone, it's decent starting point that undeniably will satisfy those who live and breathe Facebook on a daily basis.
Finally, a 5-inch LTE-capable stock Android phone
The HTC First is a good phone, but not for any of the reasons being highlighted in its marketing. It's compact, durable and has great LTE service from AT&T. It could become the next cult Android device, and might even be the last decent dual-core handset ever made. Sans Facebook Home, it's exactly the type of device we wish we'd see more often.
Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support
There is hardly a smartphone, which matches the HTC First's talents completely. The so-called "Facebook phone", despite some of its limitations, is a perfect fit for anyone who thinks that an Android smartphone with a screen larger than 4.5" is going too far. It is therefore, the sidekick, which perfectly complements the HTC One flagship.
Solid mid-range device, jumps out of the spec-race
The HTC First is a mid-range phone at best, and we've made that clear throughout the review. But that's not to say the specs here aren't plenty enough to handle what Facebook Home or stock Android has to throw at it. The HTC First is incredibly snappy, handling most tasks with ease. The cameras need improvement given the social nature of this phone, but they do get by.
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Good performance, Low temperatures, Enhanced sound via DTS
Huawei describes the Ascend G525 as an entry-level smartphone, but the review unit offers more quality than the low-end term would suggest. This starts with the good case: Even though it is only made of plastic, it accommodates the good 4.5-inch display, a 5 megapixels camera with decent picture quality as well as two slots for SIM cards.
Decent screen, Well built
The early signs are positive for the Sony Xperia L which brings a decent set of features to the bottom end of the market and although it won't be as cheap as the likes of the ZTE Blade 3, Huawei Ascend G330 and Nokia Lumia 520, it will still register as affordable for a lot of people.
Generally it copes with everything pretty well and while there is a hint of slow down every now and then that's expected from cheaper handsets.
Seriously good camera for the price
Overall, the Xperia L is a package that fits in its midrange spot nicely. It's an adequately powered smartphone and an above average cameraphone. There seems to be enough appeal there for common-sense buyers - and that's something to build on. Without a doubt, the Xperia L should be grateful to the Xperia U for the momentum and to Sony, for doing the right thing.
Impressive camera for price
The Sony Xperia L is no Xperia Z, but then it was never meant to be. What it tries to do is take as many of the great qualities from the flagship Sony phone and blend them into a cheaper, more affordable body and it does a generally decent job of it.
The 8-Megapixel camera is a slick performer and the build is surprisingly quite good even if we are not entirely convinced by the sharp bezel.
Unimpressive performance, Some software bugs
With its black, arched design and silver details, the Sony Xperia L is definitely among the better-looking budget phones. Its older version of Android and software bugs really let it down though. The Google Nexus 4 is a much better phone all round and only costs £10 more.
Nice looking display for a mid-ranger
Taking into consideration everything we've checked out with the LG Optimus F7, we have to admit that it's a very well rounded contender that's above most other mid-rangers that are out on the market. And to an extent, it can very well hold its ground against some higher-end devices, especially when it's priced to attract at $100 with a 2-year contract.
I really enjoy the smartphone. The only thing I don't like about it is a tiny internal storage. You get only 1 GB for your applications and data. Of course you can extend that by inserting a sd-card. But unfortunately you cannot install your app on it, unless you root your device. The battery life is even better then I expected. Normally I charge it not often then every other day. Overall it's pretty good rigid smartphone.
Fit for outdoor use, Bright display
Overall, we can certify that the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 completed our tests with good results --considered as if it were a normal smartphone. The fact that it is suited for outdoor use is something like a big bonus. We definitely recommend the Xcover 2 to anyone who wants to have their smartphone with them "at work and at play", sports included. The recommended retail price is rather high, but the street price -- as usual with Samsung products -- is much lower.
Elegant and compact design
The Samsung Galaxy S III mini is a lovely mainstream smartphone. All of a sudden, the Galaxy S III's nature-inspired design looks and feels right in your hand. The device is easy to hold and operate, while its 4-inch screen is big enough to provide a comfortable and pleasant experience for smartphone users.
We won't really recommend this one if you're a diehard geek who wants the biggest and baddest device possible, but we can certainly recommend it to pretty much everybody else.
Scaled down design, Android Jelly Bean
We really liked the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. It ticks all the right boxes, and comes in at a very decent price. The truth of the matter is, though, that it's launching right smack bang against the Google phone, the Nexus 4.
Every time we looked at the Galaxy S3 Mini we were impressed. It beats the Nexus 4 in many areas, it has microSD support and a fantastic interface, but the Nexus has the impressive stock Android.
Android 4.1 with Samsung TouchWiz UI
At £270 on a PAYG basis, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is cheap enough to attract the masses, but for that price, we would certainly recommend looking beyond the alluring branding on the box and target one of the boundary-pushing, specs-impressive offers around the same print point.
This is a truly unlocked international phone, the UI can be set to any language from the long list. It's sad and understandable why Samsung won't sell it in US as it is twice as cheaper than its big brother Galaxy S III. The screen is gorgeous, the phone is very fast and responsive. The size of this baby is perfect for both men and women, unless one prefers all those "bricks" with huge screens. I love this phone!
Low resolution screen compared to original
The Samsung Galaxy S III mini is a downgraded version of the flagship Galaxy S III in both size and power. It will attempt to appeal to those who find flagship Android phones too big to handle but aren't necessarily interested in top-end specifications.
Slim profile, Samsung apps
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini looks like a Galaxy S3 but has been stripped of all the things that made that smartphone the T3 smartphone of the year. It doesn't look as nice as an iPhone 4, doesn't have the camera skills of Sony smartphones and has a lesser screen than the Motorola Razr i.
The real killer is that it doesn't cost that much less than a Galaxy S3 which means, once you've seen one, it's hard to accept second best...
Decent battery life and call quality
The Galaxy S3 Mini has a very similar design to the S3, but internally it uses a significantly slower processor. It still delivers a pretty slick user experience thanks to Android Jelly Bean, but the screen and camera aren't on a par with those of the S3. It also seems overpriced, especially as the vastly superior Google Nexus 4 undercuts it by around £60.
Great call quality
The Sony Xperia E dual was born to be used for voice calls. It offers outstanding call quality and can handle two SIM cards simultaneously, meaning that those who own it can take advantage of two carriers' deals, thus saving some cash along the way. Besides, its performance isn't too bad, so it can be a decent entry-level handset for users on a tight budget.
Good balance between functionality and affordability
Sony Xperia E dual is an excellent offering, striking good balance between functionality and affordability. The snappy performance came as a nice surprise to us and if it wasn't for the limited storage for installing apps we'd be recommending it in a heartbeat.
Yet, even as things stand now, the Xperia E is a very competitive package that will tick the right boxes for many and would provide a lot of bang for your buck.
Feels much like a toy
The Xperia E Dual is a great phone for those looking for an entry-level Android smartphone on a budget. The build quality is excellent and the performance is decent. The dual-SIM feature offers the option to keep your professional and personal life separate. In short, if you want a market-tested brand with the features of a smartphone, the Xperia E Dual Android phone is a good choice.
Sits comfortably in the hand
The Sony Xperia E dual is a good dual-SIM smartphone for little money. One should not expect too much besides this function though. The case is undoubtedly fancy, but the stability is not ideal. The card reader allowing up to 64 GB is a useful feature considering the small internal storage provided. The integration of the dual-SIM function proves to be good in Android. An update to Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is yet to be released by Sony though.
Stylish, thin and light handset
Huawei is certainly on the right track with the Ascend P1 - it is thin, light and stylish on the exterior, while capable on the interior with its dual-core processor. Some tradeoffs are introduced to seal its mid-range faith, like a non-HD screen and 4GB of internal memory, but the Super AMOLED screen is great for watching videos, there is a microSD slot for expansion, and the sealed battery is with quite the endurance, so these are minor quibbles.
Pure Android 4.0 option, Smooth and fast
The Ascend P1 is a very impressive attempt at making a high-end Android phone to compete with the likes of Samsung and HTC.
It's very, very smooth and fast in operation and great fun to simply poke and use, with more than enough power to handle apps and web use with ease.
The camera takes great still shots and produces extremely impressive 1080p footage, plus being able to quick-launch the camera from the lock screen makes quick work of grabbing impulse shots of dogs doing funny things.
Solid build quality, very good performance
In the end, the Huawei Ascend P1 is a great, well-rounded upper mid-range droid that holds its own against the competition. Huawei may have to slash the price for it to really gain traction - people are not willing to pay the same (or more) for a relatively unknown maker when they can go with a big-name brand. And who knows, there may be a point in their long-term strategy, where Huawei become a part of the very establishment they're now challenging.
Rapid 4G data download speeds
The Ascend P1 LTE is certainly not a bad phone but it is a little 'last-year' with its screen, camera and performance not really rivalling the current top dogs. But that's why it's cheaper than those phones, and certainly compared to EE's other 4G offering for the same £36pm as this phone, the HTC One SV, it is definitely the better pick.
Light and offers good performance
The Huawei Ascend P1's light weight, good performance and decent battery life make it a phone well worth considering. However, the Ascend P1 isn't as competitively priced as many of Huawei's other Android phones and its questionable build quality detracts from its overall appeal.
A delightful surprise
I must say, Huawei has stepped up thier game with this one. After all the buzz at CES 2012 I really wanted to get my hands on this device, however it wasn't available in the US until now. I used the Samsung Galaxy S II as my daily driver until stepping into the P1. the first thing i noticed was the size. it fits well in my hand and against my face while talking, not awkward and bulky like the S2. it's fast under the hood, and comes with Android ICS vanilla--so i don't have the bloatware from...
4G enabled, Decent battery life
We can't help but think the HTC One SV has been rushed out to capitalise on the 4G rollout which is picking up speed in Europe and this phone is looking to cash in on those desperate to have the latest technology.
That's not to say the One SV is a bad handset - if HTC had priced it closer to the One V instead of the One S then it would be a very different proposition, unfortunately it's not and that's the main issue we have.
Good quality screen
Overall the HTC One SV offers up a slightly peculiar selection of features. On the one hand it's nicely designed, has a good quality screen, expandable storage, some modern favourites like NFC and of course there's that 4G connectivity. But, on the other hand, its screen is low resolution, its processor relatively slow, its camera below par and its price too high.
The upshot is that we're not really sure who's going to be tempted by this handset.
I came from an HTC EVO Design 4g on Boost Mobile. The choice was this phone or the Galaxy S2, I'm glad I went with this phone.
For one its LTE where the S2 is still on WiMax, also it is faster and has better graphics processing than the S2.
I never had 4g with my Evo because it's running on WiMax still, same with the S2. Now I have 4g pretty much everywhere running on LTE.
Low-resolution screen, Average specs
The HTC One SV is little more than a One S with 4G LTE support. It boasts weaker specifications and will end up costing you significantly more due to the current high price of 4G contracts. If you're gagging for additional network speed you'd be better off choosing a more powerful phone than this.
Midrange handset with 4G, good battery life
If you really, really want to use 4G, but don't want to splash out on a premium handset, then the One SV is worth a look. But the limitations of screen and processor mean you won't necessarily get the full 4G speed benefits, and if 4G isn't so important to you, there are better phones for the price.
Fast Qualcomm S4 processor
Nothing is sweeter that pulling a victory out of what seemed doomed to be a defeat. That's what the HTC One X on AT&T is. We expected to miss the quad-core processor of the European version and instead have found that we're glad to have ended up without it. Not that the NVIDIA Tegra 3 is a bad processor - it's not - it's just that Qualcomm's S4 is faster, cooler, and more power efficient in our tests.
Future-proof quad-core processor
It was really surprising to see HTC fall from a record-breaker to an underperforming company in just a few months. Thankfully, the firm's management has recognized the need for a change and has taken a number of timely actions in order to turn the ship around. The HTC One X is one of the first handsets produced with these new policies in mind, but after spending some time using it, we feel that there's still work ahead of HTC.
Let's not beat around the bush here: we love the HTC One X. You can see how we feel about the battery life, but it's not an insurmountable problem... it's just frustrating that you'll have to be frugal at times with your smartphone usage to get through the day. But beyond that the HTC One X is a beautiful piece of kit. It's stylishly designed, light, has a cracking screen and comes with enough future-proofing to make us believe our grandchildren may still have one.
Large screen is great for movies and games
The HTC One X is a fantastic phone, providing you can overlook its flaws. For some, the below-average call quality will most likely be a deal-breaker. For others, the One X's weak audio recording capabilities and inclusion of bloatware will be what drives them to another handset like the Nokia Lumia 900 or Apple iPhone 4S (also both on AT&T).
Fast new CPU
It's hard to go wrong with the HTC One X. It has the best of everything, and better yet: it all works well. From the gorgeous design to the striking 720p Super LCD it makes a great first impression. Use it for several days and you'll appreciate the excellent call quality, very fast data speeds and overall stability. The camera takes lovely shots and good 1080p video, the phone games admirably and it's consistently fast. Does the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III present a serious challenge?
Most gorgeous display
There's absolutely no doubt that the One X is a masterpiece of an Android device: it obliterates pretty much all of its competitors by giving even the mighty Galaxy Nexus a run for its money. HTC's really crafted something special here, with a brilliant combination of branding, industrial design and user experience.
Design, display, power, Sense 4 and Android 4, does so much out of the box
The HTC One X is an excellent flagship phone. Fantastic design with a great screen bring premium hardware to the fore with a lighter Sense experience. The One X is more Android than previous phones, yet remains distinctly HTC.
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