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.
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.
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.
Its feature set is rich and functional, and Motorola made some welcome improvements and user interface tweaks.
With its excellent design, user interface improvements, and admirable feature set, the Motorola Cliq gives a big boost to the Android operating system. We had some performance quibbles with the device, and the MotoBlur interface can be a bit much, but the phone has a lot to like.
Motorola will need to add a bit more sex appeal to future Android devices to stay competitive, but for now, at least, the CLIQ is solid enough to stand on its own in today's market.
So is the Motorola CLIQ the device that is going to thrust the big M back into the forefront of cell phone design? No, but it is a good strong indication that the company might just be finding its stride after a long lapse of real innovation, especially when it comes to software design skills, something that Motorola has been lacking for many years. The CLIQ shows that Moto can do Android very well.
The Cliq, with Motorola's Motoblur software for gathering information from social networks, is a decidedly consumer-friendly phone that makes the Droid feel deadly serious in comparison.
The Cliq's Motoblur interface will appeal to social networking fanatics, but anyone else may find it just a bit too much. Underneath that, though, the Cliq is a good-looking, easy-to-use Android phone.
The slide-out QWERTY keyboard on the Motorola CLIQ was pretty good.
The Motorola CLIQ is the perfect phone for the true social networking junkie. If you like being bombarded with information from your friends, followers and favorite Web sites, the Motorola CLIQ does the best job keeping you in touch with everything. It can be daunting at times, with faces on your desktop changing at random and text bubbles popping up from everywhere. You can customize, since this is Android, but Motorola hasn't done much beyond the deep social networking integration.
The keyboard is decent-- a good thing for a social networking and messaging oriented phone.
f social networking is your thing, then this is your phone. MOTOBLUR has got that covered in a big way. If you just want an Android phone with a keyboard and don't find the G1's prototype looks appealing, then the Cliq is still worth a look and you can turn off some/any/all of the social networking widgets and accounts easily enough. Should you decide you want some back, it's just as easy to re-enable them.
Solid feature set
All in all, the Motorola CLIQ XT is a good mid-range Android device with a solid feature set that should appeal to many. Though one could compare the device to the original CLIQ, I find that the feature set and form factor separate it and make it an independent competitor that's worthy of a look. The thin size makes it perfect for the pocket, and the rubberized buttons at the bottom of the unit seem perfectly equipped to handle the test of time.
Photos and nearly artifact-free videos are crisp, colorful bright and beautiful, even indoor shots, surprisingly considering there’s no flash.
Are you an active Web 2.0 socialite? Do you Twitter and Facebook (or whatever the verbal form of Facebook is)? If you are, the Motorola Cliq is for you. This first Android phone from the company that invented the cellphone aggregates all your social networking accounts and contacts and delivers updates right to the home screen in ways both intuitive, clever and potentially overwhelming. And with its slideout QWERTY, it’s easy to respond and message and post to your favorite sites.
Motorola has surprised us at the launch of the Cliq and after spending a week with the phone, I feel good about it.
Motorola has surprised us at the launch of the Cliq and after spending a week with the phone, I feel good about it. It is reassuring that this time, the most interesting part of the phone is MotoBlur, and that's where the value is: software. In its first incarnation, MotoBlur does pretty well and Blurs the separation between email, SMS and social networking thanks to a unified interface. Sending and receiving updates works in a way that makes things easier, faster and more productive.
my voice sounded very clear, although one noted a faint hiss during our call.
For hardcore social networkers, the Motorola Cliq is a dream phone. You get fast access to all of your accounts and a well-designed QWERTY keyboard for typing long messages. If you aren't into social networking or if you want to keep that information limited to your computer, you may be turned off by the Cliq. The T-Mobile MyTouch 3G might be a better Android option, or you could choose one of the many BlackBerry models on T-Mobile.
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.
capable phone thanks
The Palm Pixi would appear to fall into a black hole: it can't match the power of the iPhone, the keyboard of the BlackBerry, or the app selection of just about any major smartphone (including the many Android models).
It is not the fastest or smartest phone; it has a fairly slow browser and does not play Hollywood movies like the iPhone can; it also lacks Wi-Fi. So, is it doomed for failure? Not quite.
Call quality over Sprint's 3G network was very good overall.
The newest addition to the WebOS family has an attractive, superslim design, but its performance can be slow and the keyboard needs improvement. The newest addition to the WebOS family has an attractive, superslim design, but its performance can be slow and the keyboard needs improvement. The Pre's webOS software is touch-friendly and fun, but the cramped QWERTY keyboard detracts from the phone's usability.
The phone's front face is glossy and attractive.
The Palm Pixi is an affordable, fun and intuitive smartphone. We still like webOS quite a lot, though the Pixi's hardware doesn't show it off as well as the $50 more expensive Palm Pre. If you're upgrading from a Centro there's a lot to like, including the much more modern OS with multitasking, a good GPS, and support for Sprint's myriad services like Sprint TV and NFL Mobile. We're not in love with the keyboard, but we weren't a fan of the Centro's either.
The Pixi is a good smartphone out of the box, but if you can't live without Skype or a decent version of Facebook, this might not work for you.
On the surface, the Pixi is a very attractive phone. It has a great, intuitive, user interface. However, to overcome the performance issues, users have to use the Pixi as a very basic smartphone: try to do as little as possible with it, and it might run just "OK". While this is really your choice to put up with the slow performance (again check the video to see if you think it's too slow), I would personally not go for it.
the Pixi feels really nice in the hand thanks to its rubberized back and slim body.
The Palm Pixi joins Verizon's HTC Droid Eris () and AT&T's Apple iPhone 3G () in the sub-$100 category. Out of the three, the Pixi is the only one that sports a full QWERTY keyboard, but it also has the smallest screen. If you plan on using your phone mostly for messaging and social networking, the Pixi is definitely for you. If you're more into gaming and watching videos, however, you'll want to opt for something else.
The phone is good but it doesn’t have all the features which Palm Pre has.
The Palm Pixi is a younger brother to the Palm Pre. It is sleeker than the latter since it doesn't have a slider keyboard and it has a smaller screen. The phone is good but it doesn't have all the features which Palm Pre has.
inbound sound was very clear.
When you look at the offerings from Verizon Wireless (and Sprint) today, there is no doubt that the Tour is the best CDMA network BlackBerry smartphone on offer today. It has some updated features when compared to the Bold, but lacks the elder BlackBerry's sex appeal, rich looks, and call audio quality. The Tour compares well with the Curve 8900 if you don't mind the extra weight and have no need for WiFi. But for a BlackBerry user on a CDMA network, it doesn't get better than this.
Call quality was very good in my test calls.
The BlackBerry Tour boasts a very fair price, a top-notch design, and some of the best e-mail features around. If it only supported Wi-Fi, the Tour would likely earn my vote for the best BlackBerry smartphone yet. As it stands though, that honor still belongs to the BlackBerry Bold, which manages to offer support for both Wi-Fi and 3G networks.
very decent music player
For the BlackBerry 8830 or the Curve 8330 users, the BlackBerry Tour 9630 is the logical upgrade. The processor is twice as fast and memory more than doubled from the BlackBerry Curve 8330. The Tour gets the new styling and looks great for a BlackBerry. It has a fresher OS, newer web browser and a media player that supports more codecs. You get the same excellent push email and IM experience, and for the business users, the Tour offers many levels of security.
the perfect phone
Targeting the business professional always on the go, whether it’s across the ocean or across town, Canada-based Research In Motion released the first global 3G BlackBerry into the wild. Sharing design features with last year’s Bold and Storm , the Tour marries everything BlackBerry devices are known for with the best Verizon data speeds we’ve seen.
Snappy, Stable OS.
Reliance is selling the Blackberry Tour in India for Rs. 27,990. The Tour delivers exactly what users expect from a BlackBerry: an excellent keyboard; a slick design; and a hearty, messaging-friendly operating system. But at that price the lack of Wi-Fi is seems unforgiveable in a business-class smartphone. Reliance is selling the Blackberry Tour in India for Rs. 27,990.
The image quality is excellent with good brightness, good contrast and vivid colors.
The Tour 9630 is the fastest Blackberry ever introduced and it is a business smartphone. It has good features and a stylish design. But the lack of the Wi-Fi connectivity increases the cost of Internet usage and data transfer. This is a major drawback of the handset. Also the low battery performance is a downside.
the video quality is really brilliant, thanks for the excellent high resolution screen.
The BlackBerry Tour 9630 is still remains is a piece of excellent work by RIM. The decent display and the useful keyboard make it be the one of the finest smartphone in the market. We can tolerate with the absence of some options in phone, but the lack of WiFi is unforgivable. It is really a big shame for a high-end business phone like this. It could be the biggest weakness of this handset.
Excellent full QWERTY keyboard.
With an excellent keyboard and a strong set of enterprise features, the Bold 9650 is ideal for business usersâ?? even though it is lacking a bit in the innovation department. With an excellent keyboard and a strong set of enterprise features, the Bold 9650 is ideal for business usersâ?? even though it is lacking a bit in the innovation department. The best BlackBerry available, the Bold 9700 packs a multitude of features into a sophisticated, slimmed-down design.
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