Excellent low-lighting photo performance
Obviously, it's not the most mouthwatering inducing iPhone we've seen to date, but considering that it hits the mark in the categories that matter the most, the iPhone 5s proves itself as being a feared competitor in the space. Like we said, there's nothing in the specs or hardware department that would terrify its rivals, but the updated iOS 7 experience is enough to make this iPhone look and feel different from past ones.
Powerful core, Touch ID is a real step up, Excellent camera
So to say this is the best iPhone yet is relatively pointless, as of course it was going to be. But the combination of iOS 7 to freshen things up with a powerful core and great camera mean that this phone should be considered on its own considerable merits, and while the high price will continue to put many off, anyone already wedded to the iPhone bandwagon, or even if they're just on the fence, will find a lot of joy in a phone that's a lot more than an iterative update.
Pushes the major re-design another year back
As long as the cash keeps pouring in, Apple can go on and play its own game and make its own rules. Second year in a row and it looks like this may go on forever. The iPhone 5s will cruise through its term at the helm. The iPhone 6 is the next one we will be looking at to hopefully stir things up. In a good way or bad? In Apple's own way.
A7 chip offers fast performance and 64-bit support
The 5s is a solid effort from Apple, but its true worth is yet to be determined. If developers come up with clever ways to take advantage of the M7 coprocessor and the 64-bit support in iOS 7, the 5s will truly shine. If not, many people might just wait it out another year.
iOS 7 makes it a cleaner user experience, it just works
If you want a phone that just works, then the iPhone 5S is a very good place to start. Apple has made it look effortless which is no simple task, and in doing so - by making it look almost too easy - you can sometimes miss the beauty and power in your hand. It's stunning to use, there's stacks of power, it's without gimmicks and a nod to the future. It's these simple elements that make the iPhone 5S, for us, one of the best phones on the market. There's a lot to admire about that.
Improved camera and flash, Wide LTE support
We kicked off this review by stating the 5s has the potential to be Apple's most game-changing iPhone since inception. Apple is clearly looking to future-proof its handset while offering developers the opportunity to take advantages of its 64-bit architecture, A7 chip and M7 Coprocessor. Right now, you won't really experience what this phone is capable of. Give it six months and we'd expect some truly groundbreaking apps to appear.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is a spectacular phone. A big part of what makes it spectacular is its incredible specs sheet. Yeah, although its specs can easily be rivaled by strong competitors like the HTC One X, which also has a quad-core processor and the other beloved tech goodies, the Galaxy S III manages to shine brighter, thanks to its superior user experience.
Excellent battery life
So to summarise: if you've been waiting feverishly for the new Samsung Galaxy S3, you will not be disappointed. It's fast, it's sleek and it packs the latest technology that will get your pulse racing.
The recent update has made it an even better phone, and we've been using it out of choice for the last few months - given we've got the choice of most handsets out there, that's a pretty big recommendation for any phone.
Good design and build quality
Subject to further testing, the Galaxy S3 has turned out to be an excellent smartphone. It offers a good design and build quality, despite our small niggles. Samsung has put together an impressive set of hardware resulting in silky smooth performance and extensive software features.
Fast, big display and a great camera
Is the Samsung Galaxy S III an excellent smartphone? Yes it is. Given the millions of preorders, I suspect many of you would buy this no matter what I said about the phone. That speaks of Samsung's momentum in the smartphone market and their excellent track record. Is this Samsung's best Android phone ever? Yes it is, but there is room for improvement. I'd love to see Samsung use high quality materials and cutting edge designs in their top tier phone.
Excellent hardware construction
The Apple iPhone 4S may not have a brand-new design or some of the features that other top-tier smartphones do these days (such as a larger screen or 4G connectivity), but it does offer what is arguably the best smartphone experience of any device on the market now. It improves upon the massively successful iPhone 4, and takes the crown as the best smartphone you can get.
Innovative Siri personal assistant
Unless you're a diehard fan of the iPhone and have an unlimited stash of moolah lying around waiting to be used, or simply have an upgrade available, there's no denying that you'll find the iPhone 4S as the most amazing one yet. Sure we love its faster dual-core processor and improved camera, but the single best feature with the smartphone is found with Siri -it simply just works! However, not everything is peachy with the handset, which is evident by its less than gracious battery life.
Yes, it's a dead ringer for the iPhone 4, but the iPhone 4S serves as a reminder that true innovation is never skin deep. With Siri, Apple has managed to make voice control not only natural but cool. The sharper and brighter camera, smooth 1080p camcorder, and zippier dual-core processor all solidify the iPhone 4S as the best phone on AT&T. iPhone 4 owners in the middle of their contracts are likely better off waiting for the iPhone 5, as iOS 5 and iCloud will extend the life of your device.
Fastest, longest-lasting and easiest to use smartphone on the market
If the iPhone 4 had been already trounced by recent Android competition, there'd be more ground to make up. Yet last year's iPhone 4 remains in 2011 about the fastest, longest-lasting and easiest to use smartphone on the market. The Apple iPhone 4S simply ups the ante with a faster processor and graphics to take on dedicated consoles improved camera optics and a talking assistant that can genuinely make your life easier. There's a lot to be said for refining an already winning formula.
New iOS 5 features keep it competitive
The iPhone 4S is every bit a smartphone, and an excellent one at that. The range of functionality that it delivers, along with the entire ecosystem that it inhabits, still make it one of the best phones on the market. Apple has done an excellent job pushing things like the App Store and incorporating features that see wider adoption, like AirPlay, its wireless streaming system, for example.
Updated HTC Sense UI 3.5
If you like the plum color, then you should take a look at the HTC Rhyme, as it offers a lot, including the new HTC Sense 3.5 interface, 5MP camera, good call quality and battery life. But we can't help but think that some people will be turned-off by the plum color, and would not consider the Rhyme because of it, despite it being a good phone otherwise. Because of this, it would be nice if the Rhyme were available in a few other color choices to appeal to a broader audience.
Speaker dock is a nice addition
At its most basic level the HTC Rhyme is a nice handset. It's simple design is lovely, it has enough performance to get by, and the included speaker dock is a nice addition. However, the Charm accessory and headphones don't really add much to the package, and given you do pay a small premium for them it becomes hard to recommend this phone. It's a perfectly decent mid-range handset, but no bargain.
Sleek and stylish Android phone
The HTC Rhyme Android phone might have intended to target females, but this sleek and stylish Android phone is good enough to appeal to a broader gender base. Excellent build quality, slick software and a generous amount of included accessories -- the best being the docking station make the Rhyme an excellent smartphone for anyone, though we do wish it was a tad faster.
Hardware is beautiful
When the HTC Rhyme first arrived on the scene, Verizon's major focus seemed to be on the marketing angle rather than the meat of the phone. Widely understood to be a lady phone, the Rhyme's promise as a piece of hardware got lost amid stereotypes painting women as ditzes who need a sparkling light to find their phone underneath tubes of lipstick. Surprisingly, HTC has adamantly denied that this is a phone geared towards women.
Very good battery life
I really wanted to love the HTC Rhyme -- even though the techie in me wanted to be insulted by the idea of a phone specifically aimed at women, my heart did melt a little when I first opened up the box and saw that sleek purple exterior. The charging cradle, headphones, and call indicator dangle are great additions to the overall package, but unfortunately the phone itself failed to deliver in key areas.
With the iPhone 4, Apple again shows that it is a powerful player in the smartphone wars. It won't be for everyone, the call quality and reception remain sticking points, and AT&T remains a sticking point, but the handset's striking design, loaded feature set, and satisfying performance make it the best iPhone yet.
the iPhone 4 is svelte and has a premium feel.
The iPhone 4 is a major upgrade from its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS, in everything from the camera quality to data speeds. The iPhone 4 is a major upgrade from its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS, in everything from the camera quality to data speeds. The speedy HTC EVO 4G packs in some powerful specs and a variety of multimedia features into a stylish, minimalist design, but not everybody will get to enjoy one of its best features--4G connectivity.
Gorgeous looking phone
Some say the iPhone 4 is the best iPhone yet. I'm not so sure. It ought to be, and on paper it certainly is, but in the flesh it isn't. This is Apple's third iPhone design, yet it feels in some ways like its first. Fixes may come, but for now this is a phone that forces its users to like or lump its quirks.
You just didn't have to do that with the 3GS. You took it out of the box and it worked the way you expected it to.
Voice quality was quite good, even on long speaker-phone calls, and data performance over Wi-Fi was excellent.
Apple has built a beautiful smartphone that works well, adds impressive new features and is still, overall, the best device in its class.
Sub-par battery life
I had a lot of hope for the Charge when I started my review of it. I was hoping that it would give the same experience as the ThunderBolt, but offer improved battery life. Unfortunately, the combination of issues I experienced with data connectivity, UI lag, and battery life leads me to believe that the Charge is not a great choice for most people.
Impressive Super AMOLED Plus display
Before, there was only one choice if you wanted a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone: the HTC ThunderBolt. Now with the Samsung Droid Charge, the bar is raised and there is some competition on the field. We love the large 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen, and the 8MP camera does OK for most outside pictures, even though the video recording is a bit of a disappointment.
Super AMOLED+ screen
The choice should seem obvious at this point. We have two phones diverged in a wood- The HTC Thunderbolt and the Droid Charge. The Thunderbolt has the better Sense interface, more out-of-box storage, and a kickstand. The Charge has its Super AMOLED+ screen, and that's about it. Our vote is for the Thunderbolt because it's a better-equipped device, but if you're used to the Galaxy S experience, then the Droid Charge is worth taking a gander at.
Yes, $299 is a lot to spend on a smartphone. But the Samsung Droid Charge offers a lot for your money: blazing LTE speeds, a large and bright display, and an excellent camera. Its main 4G LTE rival on Verizon, the $249 HTC Thunderbolt, offers comparable performance, a more elegant Sense UI, and better build quality. However, we give the edge to the Droid Charge because it lasts longer on a charge and has a superior display.
Large and best in class display
The Droid Charge by Samsung is a solid 4G LTE smartphone with a stunning and large Super AMOLED Plus display. If you want the best in display technology or have grown accustomed to Super AMOLED, the Droid Charge has your number. 4G LTE performance is excellent and on par with the HTC Thunderbolt without the battery life hit. However, we found the Charge's voice quality and reception to be less than optimal, and the HTC clearly wins that battle.
Overall call quality and audio quality was good.
The Droid Charge is a total sleeper. We'll be perfectly honest that we weren't expecting to be wowed but, well, we're certainly impressed. In terms of performance it's more or less on par with the recently-released Thunderbolt, but battery life is far superior and, while the Super AMOLED Plus display has its quirks, we think they just add character. The imaging sensor 'round the back is top-notch and, overall, this is a very good phone. The only real disappointment?
Great Battery Life/Pretty Good Phone too!!
This phone is incredible and so is 4G! I got 12.2 mb download and 4.6 mb upload speeds with the speedtest.net app from the Android Market!! With a few exceptions, Samsung has done a great job creating a phone that is smooth to operate, surfs the internet incredibly fast, seems to be relatively bug free and has really good battery life - at least for a droid. I can also say that the reception of the Samsung Droid Charge is better than that of my old Blackberry.
Great data speeds, speedy processor, colorful and bright screen
The HTC ThunderBolt is a landmark device for Verizon Wireless, and it is the first 4G LTE-capable phone available in the United States. In addition to the 4G radio inside, the ThunderBolt has a great 4.3-inch screen, a speedy 1GHz processor, a nice camera, and a very easy-to-use interface.
I really enjoyed using the ThunderBolt as a primary phone.
Bright light shooting was great, however, and above many other phones in its class.
The EVO 3D is an odd duck. The phone does certain things exceptionally well while other things rendered us perplexed. For instance, as a standalone smartphone, it's just as speedy an intuitive as the HTC Sensation 4G. Its dual-core Snapdragon, Android 2.3, and HTC Sense 3.0 hat trick will reel in any consumer. The phone also comes with a 3D movie and 3D game preloaded, and it performs quite well in that department.
very pleasing photos
The HTC Thunderbolt is one of the best smartphones on the market right now. Its incredible 4G LTE speeds and WiFi hotspot sharing feature set it apart, at least for a few months until Verizon releases further 4G smartphones. It's hard to beat HTC's Sense UI for a tasteful and restrained customization of Android that packs a lot of utility; especially for those of you who dislike Samsung's TouchWiz UI and find vanilla Android dull or unfriendly.
sound quality was quite good; we were surprised at how clearly our voice cut through the ambient noise when narrating.
First-generation devices are often, if not usually, a little rickety -- proofs of concept that are more about the manufacturer (or carrier) being able to say that they're first to launch a particular feature than they are about delivering a solid, all-around winner.
I wish I liked it more
The phone is fast, gorgeous, and has a great feel in hand. However, switching from a Google Experience device to a non-experience, skinned, and bloated device might prove to be too much of a negative change for me. I can overlook a few things because, after all, if every device was the same, we wouldn't make any forward progress. That said, there might be too much that I don't like on this phone that I just can't ignore, even though I REALLY want to and really want to keep it!
The Droid X has several improvements over the Droid, like a better camera, a larger touch screen display and more storage space.
The Droid X won't be pigeon-holed as a one-dimensional phone. Its designers did their best to make it a well-rounded smartphone. The phone moves quickly through screens and menu items and the internet moves fast too. The phone has a familiar browser and users can not only connect via 3G or Wi-Fi, they can also help other devices got onto the Web.
All that fun can mean a less-than-fun experience trying to keep the battery charged.
Call quality was very good, with voices on both sides coming through loud and clear.
The original Droid was touted as an iPhone killer, but the Droid X is the first phone that has made me consider dumping Apple's smartphone. It tops the iPhone 4 with its big, beautiful screen and excellent call quality. Its Android OS lacks the slickness and ease-of-use that Apple's iOS offers, but once you get used to Android's quirks, you may never notice the difference.
Beautiful 4.3-inch display
Motorola Droid X shines at multimedia playback, network performance, and features; but the interface can occasionally be sluggish. Motorola Droid X shines at multimedia playback, network performance, and features; but the interface can occasionally be sluggish. Motorola Droid X shines at multimedia playback, network performance, and features; but the interface can occasionally be sluggish.
both voice quality and reception are excellent.
The Droid X is a lust-worthy Android smartphone and superphone. The design and build quality are elegant and the 4.3" display is akin to having a portable home theater in your pocket. Though the display lacks the incredible color saturation of Super AMOLED-equiped phones like the Samsung Galaxy S, it's sharp and very easy on the eyes. The 1GHz OMAP CPU really rocks and this is the fastest Android phone we've reviewed to date; yet battery life is surprisingly good.
the main idea is that Skype-to-Skype calls are free, although they still use the Verizon voice network.
The Motorola Droid X offers some really good features, notably the huge screen, mobile HotSpots and the Swype virtual keyboard. However, it has weaknesses too. The slightly slower user interface performance makes the phone a little less enjoyable to use (slow UI, jerky scrolling), but I think/hope that it will be improved down the road by a software update. The camera quality seems irreparable though, so if you care about imaging, this is a no-go for me.
solid video chops
Incredibly capable and dapper take on the multimedia phone
Standard battery endures a full day of regular web/video/phone use
Dual camera LEDs make for an awesome flashlight
Sports more connections than Ari Gold: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS and FM
Storage aplenty with 8 GB of on-board memory and included 16-GB card
Charges off mini-USB. DLNA ready for sharing pics, audio and video between compatible devices.
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).
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