Physical QWERTY keyboard, Easy to hold and carry around
The LG Enact is an average Android smartphone for an on-contract price of $20, as it does everything OK, but doesn't exceed at anything. The main feature is the physical QWERTY keyboard, making it ideal for teens, or anyone that doesn't like to use an on-screen keyboard. But the lower resolution screen, slower processor, and mediocre call quality doesn't scream "buy me" - unless you find the pricing the most attractive feature.
Compact to hold and carry around
Overall, we're content with the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II. Not only is it more fashionable than the original model, but is quite faster with the dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. The full QWERTY keyboard is one of its main features, and we like how it is laid out and is easy to use for those of you that do a lot of typing. We do wish that the 4" screen was a little larger and higher resolution, but it still does a good job for a mid-range device.
Decent choice -- the keyboard and business features
Overall, the Stratosphere 2 is a decent phone if you'd prefer a keyboard over a high-quality screen. If you want a touch device, take a look at a sleeker device with better options. Nevertheless, if you're coming from a BlackBerry, you'll find a lot to love, since it comes with a lot of business features.
I just got the phone yesterday and it is working great. It is super fast and easy to figure out, easy to work, easy to manage. It is a bit on the large side ( as it fits from fingertip to the heel of my palm) and so is the slider keyboard but that might be because I have smallish hands, otherwise the keyboard is also good. The keys are close together and not to flat or bulky.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
When we recently reviewed Verizon's BlackBerry Curve 9310, we mentioned that for the same price of $49 on-contract, there are better options. The Pantech Marauder is one of them. Not only does it have the advantage of running Android ICS, but also can use Verizon's 4G LTE data network. Overall, the Pantech Marauder fits in the $49 price category just fine, but keep in mind that some of its features, such as the display and camera, can't compete with devices costing $200+.
Fast data speeds and a great typing experience
Melding an excellent keyboard, swift LTE data, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor into one Android device, the Motorola Droid 4 is long overdue. Fans of the first Motorola Droid will find plenty to smile about here, but those who aren't married to a QWERTY keyboard may not enjoy carrying around such a massive phone.
Great calling quality
Some will argue that the midas touch and allure of the DROID family has faded, as it seems as though the torch has been handed over to other more prominent devices like the DROID RAZR. However, when you think about it more, the original DROID family was never known for bringing killer spec-d hardware, but rather, it balanced things out with its quality performance and unyielding presence.
Superb QWERTY keyboard, solid build
If you're in need of a high quality QWERTY Android smartphone, the fourth, but probably not final entry in the Droid line is a strong choice. The Droid 4 is a solid evolution of the original Droid line, with LTE 4G, a fast dual core modern CPU, excellent voice quality and the best keyboard in the business. It's not super-stylin', but it's reasonably slim at 0.5" and has excellent build quality other than the cheesy battery door that's already falling apart on our unit.
Great keyboard, Comfortable design
The Motorola Droid 4 has somewhat of a captive audience: being one of the few QWERTY smartphones on Verizon, it's really your only choice if you want a keyboard, a dual-core processor, and 4G. If that doesn't sound like an endorsement, it would be because it's not. That one design advantage aside, the D4 is lackluster.
Amazing slide-out keyboard with number row
There are two good reasons to consider the Droid 4: A solid keyboard and 4G LTE. If you want a phone that can tap into Verizon's 4G LTE network (trust us, it's like going from 3G to your home Wi-Fi) and you prefer a physical keyboard, then you can't go wrong here. Motorola's typical weaknesses, the screen and the camera, are still problems, but both can probably be overlooked for those who really want a keyboard and LTE.
Battery on this thing is a champ
If you really want a keyboard, then yes, the keyboard is great. If you really want strong battery life, then yes, this will almost certainly get you through the day. A good, reliable work-horse? Absolutely. If you primarily use your phone for work, then it's maybe hard to do better. However, if you want a device with a beautiful, eye-popping screen that's right at the cutting-edge in terms of performance and features, then no. This is a very good phone, but it feels just a bit behind the curve.
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).
Okay, we get that Motorola likes to have variety, but after checking out what the two handsets are able to bring to the table, it's very hard to side with the DROID X2. When looking at their same $199.99 pricing, it's blatantly obvious that the Motorola DROID 3 is packing a bit more gear under its carriage to increase its overall worth to the consumer like its front facing camera, exceptional keyboard, global function, and an updated customized Android experience.
The Droid 3 is a solid evolution of one of Motorola's most successful smartphone lines. It's faster, has a higher resolution display and the camera is surprisingly decent. If you've got the original Droid and have enjoyed that phone, we heartily suggest you check out the Droid 3: it's much faster and the display is definitely improved. If you're looking for a high end QWERTY smartphone on Verizon Wireless, the Droid 3 should be on your list.
Trying to live up to a good name is a heavy responsibility to take upon ourselves, and smartphones aren't any better off, either. Such is the burden of the Droid 3, being slapped with the duty of impressing the masses to the same degree as its original namesake. Sadly, it feels as though the latest rendition of this tune is more of a swan song. It's had a good run, but the Droid series seems to be fading.
Dual-core processor helps ward off lag
Although the DROID 3 stacks up nicely among a crowd of powerhouse Android phones on Verizon's network, some of its shortcomings will likely be the death of it as new phones launch. It will serve as an essential tool for the traveling businessman, but for those who don't need a keyboard, want access to LTE and a dual-core processor, I'd suggest waiting on the Galaxy S II or Bionic.
Call quality over the network in downtown San Francisco was good.
The Palm Pre Plus has some quirks--the cramped keyboard and slow software in particular--but it makes a good iPhone alternative on AT&T. The Palm Pre Plus has some quirks--the cramped keyboard and slow software in particular--but it makes a good iPhone alternative on AT&T. The iPhone 4 is a major upgrade from its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS, in everything from the camera quality to data speeds.
shots did look good, if not quite up to par with those from the amazing Nokia N97 .
Last year, Palm turned CES upside down with the Palm Pre – one of the few new smartphones to make the iPhone look dated. After a slow-but-auspicious launch over the summer, Palm returned to CES this year with a much less earth-shattering pair of refreshes: the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. Besides migrating to Verizon, the Pre Plus brings a handful of modest updates, including a handful of exterior tweaks, more memory, and doubling storage from 8GB to 16GB.
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.
The smartphone will also be capable of video and audio playback, and offers up to 32GB of internal storage as well as a microSD memory slot capable of holding 16GB cards.
The Nokia N900 is decidedly not a smartphone; it's more a tiny computer running an advanced Linux operating system. To that end, if you're looking for the most advanced, feature rich smartphone that Nokia makes, you'll be disappointed with the incomplete experience that the Nokia N900 offers, and the lack of available support and downloadable options available at launch.
The Nokia N900 includes Skype and Google Talk clients integrated into the phone application and the messaging interface is excellent.
The Nokia N900 is best classified as an interesting but ultimately incomplete device. The Linux-based Maemo 5 OS does some things superbly and others poorly. This smartphone offers one of the best mobile Web experiences available but there is plenty of room for improvement elsewhere. Watch this space.
image quality was very good.
Coming from someone who doesn't like Symbian and hasn't been very impressed with the company's lineup to date, I'm very excited about the Nokia N900. I think there's a great deal of potential behind the device, and more importantly, behind Maemo as an OS.
efficient voice device
The Nokia N900 is currently the best smartphone that Nokia has ever produced and I'll call it a smartphone even if the company brands it as an Internet tablet with phone functions. As a voice device, the Nokia N900 does very well, and as a communication tool, it is very good too. With Maemo, Nokia's smartphone future seems a lot brighter than it is with Symbian OS, but despite the obvious potential, the number (and quality) of applications is still uncertain right now.
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