Poor quality display
In the greater scheme of things, $50 might seem like a dandy deal for the Curve 9315, but when the platform experience is outdated, combined with the handset's cheap feel, it doesn't make it a prized possession against other comparable smartphones. At this point folks, unless you're firmly in love with the old platform, you're better off waiting for RIM's next-generation BlackBerry OS 10 devices.
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.
Very usable QWERTY keyboard
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is a well made cell phone with great build quality. The plastics it's made from appears proper and robust. The chrome framing is an enjoyable counterpoint and lends color to the overall design. Those of you with keen interest in the exact impression they make will be happy to find out that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will indeed attract the attention of people around you...
Feature rich phone
The Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro is a handset that requires many caveats before recommendation. If you're looking for a powerful and feature rich phone with as small a footprint as possible that has a physical keyboard then it is without equal. However, if you're simply looking for a good budget smartphone then there are other handsets we'd recommend.
Despite its beefy processor, the X10 stuttered through a few menus.
The Xperia X10 impresses with a slick design and hefty specs, but its lack of multitouch and its adoption of an outdated version of the Android OS prevent it from challenging other high-end Android phones for best in show. The Xperia X10 impresses with a slick design and hefty specs, but its lack of multitouch and its adoption of an outdated version of the Android OS prevent it from challenging other high-end Android phones for best in show.
As youâ€™d expect from a phone with a 1GHz processor, the Xperia is a fast phone, even with pre-release firmware.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a is undeniably a solid high end Android phone. It's great looking, well made and the specs are positively top notch. The camera handily beats the Nexus One and the Samsung Captivate. Our review unit had stronger cell reception than the Nexus One and similar reception as the Captivate. But the Samsung Captivate is the brighter shining star: it has a newer version of the Android OS, it's faster, it has that fantastic Super AMOLED display and it's thinner.
Camera, big screen is great for watching videos
Packed with the tech specs to make it look good on paper, unfortunately the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 doesn't measure against its lesser-specced rivals. Unless the X10 can plug some of these holes, we can't promise that the X10 will deliver an experience on par with the rest of the pack
Display A 4-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 480 x 854 and 64K color support brings good image quality and features.
The Xperia X10 is Sony Ericsson's best mobile phone to date, though not the best Android-based phone on the market.
If Internet communication (especially social networking) and multimedia capabilities are features you primarily look for in a mobile phone, you will be more than satisfied. However, if you want other functions like multi-touch, look elsewhere.
Overall, its speed, and notably its screen, will likely satisfy many users.
Many people will find the XPERIA X10 Mini Pro too small. However, we found it to be a quirky but compelling handset. Sony Ericsson deserves a lot of credit for an excellent UI and a great physical keyboard, not to mention the fact that this is a fully fledged Android smartphone that doesn't skimp on the features found on larger, more expensive devices.
Vibrant Super LCD display
Obviously, the HTC Inspire 4G doesnâ?? t come off as being an innovative product that breaks down walls and barriers because weâ?? ve seen it done already with the HTC EVO 4G. Nevertheless, it presents AT&T customers their first taste of a high-caliber HTC device thatâ?? s sure to inspire customers with its equipped performance. And even though weâ??
Decent build quality
While our mates across the pond found more to love about the HTC Inspire 4G's Euro predecessor last year, we can't help but view the American version in a different light today. For a budget handset, it often performed better than more expensive smartphones, even from the same manufacturer. It's just good enough that first-time owners will find a lot to love, but by the end of the two-year agreement, the only inspiration they'll be feeling is to upgrade.
A speed demon, thanks to its advanced processing guts
The Sensation 4G is, in fact, a sensational phone for a few reasons. First off, it's a speed demon, thanks to its advanced processing guts. It also rocks one of the sexiest screens on the market, and its unconventional style is unmatched by any other model out there. Let's not forget about the award-winning HTC Sense and Android 2.3 Gingerbread tag-team of awesomeness.
the Inspire 4G delivers, with a unibody aluminum design that feels sturdy but measures a slim 0.46 inches thick.
The HTC Inspire 4G is certainly one of the better Android phones you can buy in this price range. For $99, you get a large display for surfing the web and watching videos, mobile hotspot capability, and a sharp camera and camcorder. And music lovers will definitely dig the SRS WOW sound. Still, we didn't see 4G speeds in our tests, and we have a couple of complaints about the design of this handset (narrow volume rocker, annoying battery cover).
Itâ€™s a high end phone with a mid-tier price, and the quality, speed, materials and grand display are simply wonderful.
HTC have a winner in the HTC Inspire 4G. It's a high end phone with a mid-tier price, and the quality, speed, materials and grand display are simply wonderful. Call quality is top notch and data speeds are solid though AT&T hasn't yet reached T-Mobile's HSPA+ or Verizon's LTE speeds. The Inspire can handle MS Office, email and the web as well as serious multimedia playback, making it the perfect crossover device.
Basically, this is a great phone and the only real downside is AT&T and their meddling with things that they shouldn't. Once you get rid of their bloatware, their crippled radio and their restrictions on what apps you can install then this is a heck of a device. I recommend it, but if you want to unlock its true potential prepare to spend some time on XDA and READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST!!!!
Outstanding call/audio quality
The Xperia neo comes with a retail price of just above $500 in Europe. For nearly $150 less than the Xperia arc, it delivers most of the functionality of Sony Ericsson's flagship including an 8-megapixel EXMOR R camera along with outstanding calling and audio quality. Unfortunately, the camera doesn't meet Sony Ericsson's promise of superior low-light quality and is rather average. The Xperia neo shines in two departments: its design stands out in a world of â?? me-tooâ??
Colours aren't as bright as expected
With a slightly lbetter-lit screen, the media features of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo might have wowed us a little more. As it is, it's a functional little mite, with high usability and simple, one-handed navigation and operation.
The cost is still a little higher than we'd have liked to see for a phone of this caliber, with Â£30-Â£35 per month on a contract quite a lot for some retailers.
vibrant, punchy colours
The Sony Ericsson Neo doesn't set any new records but with a price of just over £300 SIM free, it's not likely to. Indeed with key features like a high-res screen, a camera button, and front facing camera, it's very well equipped for its calibre. However, while clearly reasonably competitively priced, it’s currently a little more expensive than the HTC Desire S, which is a much classier looking phone, so we might be tempted by that alternative.
Two-minute boot time
So, how worthy is the Xperia Neo? That all depends on how you plan to use it. If you look to a smartphone as a relatively basic, all-in-one communication tool, and you do a lot of old-fashioned stuff with it (like phoning people) then you'll find a lot to like about the Neo. The price is attractive, as is the fact that you don't have to worry too much about scratching the plastic case or bulking it out with military-grade sleeves.
Able to capture 3D panoramic images
The new Xperia neo V comes packing an updated version of Gingerbread (2.3.4). in addition, Sony Ericsson's custom software also brings swipe input and screenshot capabilities to the company's Android smartphones. Inside, the neo V runs on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor like the Xperia active and arc.
A decent cameraphone
Weâ??re less keen on the overall feel of the phone; the build quality just isnâ??t as inspiring as the much nicer Xperia Arc - which has the exact same camera, but is a few quid pricier per month on contracts. If you can afford the extra pennies weâ??d advise you to go for the Arc. But if moneyâ??s a factor and you want a decent cameraphone for not a massive amount, then the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo will do just fine.
Well built and equipped with the latest version of Android
We're impressed with the Neo, sure the design is very last year and the screen feels a little small, but it's well built and equipped with the latest version of Android with some user-friendly Sony Ericsson additions. It's a well-featured handset too, with a good 8-megapixel camera, DLNA and HDMI, great features for a phone for available for £25 on contract.
Great calling quality
Yes, the Samsung T259 makes for a good solution for those who don't want to be bothered with smartphones especially if calling is placed highly on the list. Moreover, it still packs on some useful features, like Social Networking access, but isn't accompanied with many complexities to confuse people.
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.
Easy to set up the phone.
Very nice phone in general, and the only problem with it that I saw was a standard and not big issue that I am positive that it can be fixed. The battery life is amazing, as it had almost full charge after a day, and I had used it for about an hour. What I like most about this phone is that it feels like you are using a data plan phone, and the looks are amazing. Overall, I would recommend this phone to anybody who likes data phones but is not willing to pay for the data.
Plenty of pre-loaded apps
Overall, we like the HTC Freestyle except for two pointsÃ¢Â? Â¦the poorly designed battery door, and the continual "hiss" heard while on calls. The second of these we consider the more serious, and a deal-breaker for some, as it becomes annoying for any calls lasting more than a few minutes.
Not a phone you should invest in
The HTC Freestyle is not a phone you should invest in, but it is a phone you will definitely feel like purchasing. It's one of those phones that despite its faults still has a wonderful and cool UI, "beware o savvy phone purchaser, let not thy self be tempted onto the path of the seductive purchase of the HTC Freestyle".
Excellent build quality
I approached this device with high hopes and HTC did not disappoint. All the way from the physical design of the phone right down to the notifications and customization features and everything in between, HTC gave this phone their all and it really shows. The Freestyle is beautiful, well-equipped, useful, and sets a new standard for featurephones. If you don't want a smartphone but you don't want to settle for an "okay" phone, then the Freestyle is for you.
The videos are played with excellent picture and audio.
The handset is not officially released still and we have no details regarding the interface. The interface s expected to be the one that is found in the HTC Smart. The HTC Sense interface is used in the Freestyle and it is the beloved one that the company uses on the smart phones. It is quite refreshing to see the smart phone company to manufacture a feature phone that is venerable. The handset has a good battery life of 6.4 hours of talk time and 16.2 days of stand by time.
Interface looks fairly slick, resembles their Android offerings - Sense UI is included
The HTC Freestyle is a low-end smartphone running version 1.0.2 of the Brew MP operating system. It features a 3.2" HVGA capacitive touchscreen, internal GPS, a 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera, 256MB of RAM and a 528Mhz Qualcomm processor.
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