Fast, fluid performance
Adding it all together we are fairly impressed with the LG Mach as a mid-range device. With a $99 on contract price it is half of what Sprint wants for the Photon Q but is definitely more than half the phone. In our testing the Mach can go toe-to-toe with the Photon Q in just about any category and will usually come out ahead. In fact, thanks to the S4 plus processor the LG Mach can match the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC EVO LTE pretty closely as well.
Sprint LG Mach 4G android phone 1st rate!
This phone connects automatically to my Bluetooth in my Mini Cooper as well as to my home and work WiFi... battery life is solid for a full day of smartphone continuous use and it recharges quickly... Advantages? Intuitive android function and no dang itunes nickle and diming to death, google play music, FREE apps, MICROSD card storage, office documents and a great tactile feedback keyboard. 4g is when needed but can be easily switched to 3g to ave power.
Relatively thin and comfortable design
The LG Mach's keyboard does not match the Motorola Photon Q ($200), and it's plastic construction and low-res screen do not impress, but LG's Android user interface is speedy. If saving $100 is important to you, the Mach may be a better choice, but aside from the keyboard, there are few compelling reasons to choose it over other Sprint phones, including LG's own Optimus G ($200) or the HTC EVO 4G LTE (also $100).
Very good build quality, Nice design
Despite being a mid-range device, the LG Mach manages to impress offering among others an affordable $99 on contract price, an excellent build quality and a very fast S4 plus. Of course the Mach has its shortcomings, such as the poor quality camera), but it is still one of the best mid-range devices we've seen.
Was able to withstand whatever we threw at it
Sonim has made a very basic phone that aims to do one thing well: withstand punishment. The XP Strike won't win any beauty contests, the OS is slow and dated and the camera is horrible. None of that matters, but what does is that it was able to withstand our testing, which at times went above and beyond what it is rated for. Sonim has is a seriously tough phone for seriously tough users that may be more rugged than anything the famed Nextel lineup ever offered.
Sprint, like most carriers, has few options when it comes to phones with a physical keyboard, so the Motorola Photon Q is clearly in a class of its own. The question is: does that have more to do with quality or a lack of competition? The Photon Q becomes harder to sell once taken outside of the context of being a great phone with a physical keyboard. This is the best implementation of Motorola's software yet, so there's plenty to like about the phone, but it's biggest draw is the keyboard.
Well designed, comfortable to use physical keyboard
So, is Motorola's Photon Q a good enough phone to keep the QWERTY alive? Probably not, considering it is probably the carrier's fourth best LTE phone. Still, for those who just can't let the QWERTY go, the Photon Q does offer an outstanding keyboard to go along with a respectable set of features. The Photon Q may not have the highest resolution screen or best camera, but it does offer quality hardware and quick performance with some nice software tweaks.
Speedy 4G device with a 1.5-gigahertz processor for fast downloads and application performance
If you want a truly excellent keyboard on an up-to-date Android device, the Photon Q is a great choice. But if keyboards aren't a priority, the rest of the features are nothing special -- and at $200 with a two-year contract, it's no bargain either.
We definitely do have the Smartphone of the moment. At $199, it's posied to be a Palm and BlackBerry killer. If you need the ultimate today; this is a great business tool with reliable ActiveSync. For the texters out there; great too. I also expect to see the Q in the hands of a few top entertainment names where once were seen BlackBerries and Sidekicks, as it looks good too. The best news; Motorola finally added top quality phone features to the already good Microsoft Smartphone platform.
This phone is fantastic. I really like having a top notch phone with a physical keyboard. I really like the user interface and the smart actions are really cool. The smart actions allow me to have different settings for the phone based on GPS location or time of day. There are also other smart action functions like battery saver mode, etc.
Even though the phone is a slider form factor, the phone feels really solid.
No Wi-Fi connectivity, Poor video recording quality
So just what kind of room is the Samsung Array trying to play to? There's an aging generation of users still buying basic phones to stay connected on the go, although many of them lack a QWERTY keyboard for more efficient text messaging.
In the grand scheme of things, 20 bucks is cheap for something that would have cost hundreds just a few years ago.
BlackBerry OS 7 runs very smoothly
The BlackBerry Curve 9350 is the entry level device in RIM's new lineup, but it serves to point out what is wrong with RIM. In the midst of bleeding market share to Android and iOS on the strength of the operating system, RIM has chosen hardware as their new rallying cry. The Curve 9350 is a good entry level phone, but it unfortunately still runs the same basic OS that the Curve 8330 did three years ago, and at $79.99 on contract the phone is well overpriced.
Slim form factor is perfect for pockets
RIM proves that you don't have to have an Android or iOS phone in your pocket to go the smart route, but you'll definitely be on the lower end of the coolness scale among your hipster friends. But if your work requires that you be on a BlackBerry, or you need an inexpensive but robust little phone to get the job done, the Curve 9350 is worth investigating. While the camera and connection options don't put it on the cutting edge, it should serve you very well as a business and personal device.
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.
excellent call quality
Despite some design issues and a couple of missing features, the Motorola Droid is the most powerful and fastest Google Android device to date. It fully embraces the openness of the Android platform and offers Verizon customers a smartphone that certainly rivals the other touch-screen devices on the market.
With its glossy, DVD-quality
screen, YouTube -- and video games -- never looked so good.
The Motorola Droid for Verizon is a stunning smartphone. Loaded with free Google apps and a nimble browser that it displays Web pages and video on a large, colorful screen, the phone thrills and delights much as the iPhone does.
Call quality was very good, too, with voices on both sides coming through loud and clear.
The Droid offers a gorgeous display, a top-notch GPS application, and excellent call quality. Alas, I can't rave about its camera, keyboard, and Web browser. I'm not sold on the Droid as an iPhone killer, but it is an iPhone alternative that will appeal to those who like Verizon's network.
the phone is smart about adding new possibilities to these.
The Motorola Droid is a fascinating device, and a great addition to Verizon Wireless' lineup. It's the exact opposite of the While the CLIQ provides an innovative and deeply integrated social networking platform on top of a shoddy piece of hardware, the Motorola Droid is one of the most solid phones we've used, but it adds little to Google's own innovation.
The straightforward music player supports playlist building, album art, and shuffle and loop playback modes.
The Motorola Droid certainly stands out among the growing Android army due to its superior hardware and enhanced 2.0 software. But will the Android Marketplace catch up to the iPhone's App Store? Therein lies the key to success for the Droid. The Droid certainly lives up to its promises and does a lot of things the iPhone doesn't. The iPhone will probably keep its smartphone throne for now, but it will have to deal with a powerful new competitor.
modern minimalist phone
It's hard not to like Moto's new robot. The Droid is a smashing smartphone that gives Verizon's lineup a serious lift. The hardware's look might be polarizing-- folks seem to either love it or hate it, but it's got a clean, modern and slim design. It's well made with one of the nicer slider mechanisms on a phone and that huge display makes you feel like you've got a mini computer disguised as a phone. Reception is excellent and data speeds and web page load times are likewise tops.
easily the best Android phone
It will be difficult for casual observers not to see the DROID as a kind of anti-iPhone in Verizon's arsenal. Certainly the company has played up the comparison with its "DROID does" ad campaign, and it's no secret that Verizon and Apple have previously had some friction -- the V famously passed on the first-generation iPhone, after all.
At .54 inches thick, the Droid is one of the thinnest slider phones around, thinner even than the .61 thick Cliq.
Each new Android smartphone seems to improve on its predecessors. But Motorola’s latest, the Droid from Verizon Wireless, is a veritable quantum leap well beyond recent peers such as the Samsung Moment and the HTC Hero , both from Sprint – and even the Motorola Cliq (available on T-Mobile).
In every way, the Palm Pre is a gorgeous smartphone.
The Palm Pre is a very good phone, and an exciting addition to the smartphone world. We enjoyed our time with the phone, and would have no trouble recommending the phone. But to who would we recommend it? iPhone users might be put off by the less intuitive interface, which would be a shame because they would miss the snappy feel of the e-mail and address book apps. BlackBerry fans might gripe about the smaller QWERTY with those grippy keys.
overall voice quality was good and volume loud with a variety of headsets including the Jawbone 2 and Plantronics Discovery 925 .
A most excellent start from Palm with their first new Web OS smartphone. The hardware is attractive and the Pre looks great, feels great (albeit slippery and fingerprint-y) and is smaller than the iPhone and many other touch screen smartphones. The phone is intuitive, fun and generally responsive, though there are occasional minor slowdowns.
Images, text and web pages all looked amazing.
Despite some missing features and performance issues, the Palm Pre offers gadget lovers well-integrated features and unparalleled multitasking capabilities. 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.
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