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the greater scheme of things, $50 might seem like a dandy deal for the Curve 9315, but when the platform experience is outdated, combined with the handset's cheap feel, it doesn't make it a prized possession against other comparable smartphones.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.
Great phone, long lasting battery life, and strong signal
This is one of the best phones MetroPCS has to offer. The sleek design, easy to use, light weight phone has all the basic features any user needs in a phone but what I truly liked about this phone is the long lasting batter life and great signal. I have used similar phones in the past, all from metro and they had week signal, cheap quality, and over heating problems. After buying this phone I no longer had to deal with any of those issues.
Very ugly UI
The LG Select is a sly phone, it's one of those phones you buy thinking "I'm just going to use it for calls and texting", and while it can do both, the other traits start to drag it down. Eventually the phone will start getting on your nerves every time you fire up the browser in an emergency, or suddenly find yourself in an area with less then utopian network coverage.
Pretty smooth TouchWiz 4.0 UI
Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus comes with almost insignificant upgrades as compared to its predecessor (a slightly larger screen, and the now very common 1GHz CPU) but we get the same design and poor HVGA resolution. Even if it is almost the same as the original Ace, the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus does not have an attractive price tag, some may say it is even steep for what it has to offer.
There is, quite simply, no better Windows Phone smartphone on the market than the Nokia Lumia 800. It features wonderful hardware in terms of both design and quality, and Microsoft's operating system runs more smoothly on the Lumia than on any other Windows Phone to date. This phone is a flat out winner, and a great alternative for those that wish to rise above the flood of iPhones and Android smartphones that we wade through daily.
Solid, stylized design
And so it begins, Nokia's partnership with Microsoft has reached fruition and the first taste is in our hands. Bearing in mind how quickly Nokia got this to market, the custom Nokia Apps they pulled out of the bag and the reformatting of MeeGo hardware to fit a Windows Phone platform, we can do little but commend. The Nokia Lumia 800 sports a beautiful screen, slick design and promising OS only made more attractive by the inclusion of Nokia Maps, Drive and Music.
Although we had our doubts during initial familiarisation with the Nokia WP7 environment, the transition from the Symbian environment will be much less painful than expected for those still entranced by the Nokia brand. In less than 48 hours we went from wanting to return to our old phones to not wanting to let go of this one. After four months with the Nokia Lumia 800 we still don't want to let it go, although we have had to accept some of its negatives to make the most of its positives.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is a well built and handsome handset with a solid set of features. However, its combination of mediocre specs and mostly standard implementation of Windows Phone certainly doesn't catapult it above the competition. It's definitely one of the better Windows Phones, and the Nokia exclusives like Nokia Drive and Mix Radio have the potential to be great features, but considering the fanfare, we're a bit underwhelmed.
Comfort is quite good
As much a fashion accessory as it is a headset, Nokia's BH-800 mono Bluetooth headset puts on a good show despite its compact size. Its mediocre range and average battery life are likely both consequences of its design, while the rubber-encircled speaker insert is less so; still, comfort is quite good once the initial (and cumbersome) adaptation has been carried out, and the headset's easily-distinguished keys and good quality further contribute to a positive overall impression.
Sturdy, elegant design
The Nokia Lumia 800 is probably Nokia's best smartphone so far. It has a sturdy and sleek construction plus a vivid display, paired with refreshing software from Microsoft. If you are just moving up to a smartphone, or if you have one of Nokia's Symbian devices, the Lumia 800 is a stellar upgrade: It's fast, it's easy to use, and it looks great.
Sturdy and sleek construction, with a vivid display
The Nokia Lumia 800 is probably Nokia's best smartphone so far. It has a sturdy and sleek construction, with a vivid display, paired with refreshing software from Microsoft. If you are just upgrading to a smartphone or you have one of Nokia's Symbian devices, then the Lumia 800 is a stellar upgrade: it's fast, easy to use and it looks great.
The mid-end price point coupled with the simplistic Windows Phone OS and the unibody chassis of Nokia N9 is definitely a good buy. The Nokia Lumia 800 definitely is a great choice to include to your to -buy list.
However, the drawback will be the limited applications available for Windows Phone (for now) and the absence of mass storage. Overall, you will find it a pretty decent partner to go with, especially when it is priced at RM1650.
Great 8-megapixel camera
With its huge screen and throwback stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note is a polarizing smartphone that winks at tablet territory. Those who like their screens XL will find a top-notch device that lets multimedia shine. The S Pen adds some artistic potential, but for some, the phone will just simply be too big.
Great multimedia device
It should be clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note is a niche product. It's not a phone designed to take over the mass market. Why is that? The big dimensions of the Note make it much more uncomfortable to handle and use than any other smartphone. Some people with extraordinarily large hands may have a chance of finding it okay, but those cases will be extremely rare. Just to give you an example, the device's size means that it's absolutely impossible to use it with one hand only.
Powerful yet long-lasting
The Note doesn't quite live up to Samsung's marketing slogan: Jack of all trades, master of all. It's on the large side for a phone, doesn't fit into small pockets and usually requires two hands for messaging. However, if you can live with these compromises the Note is a sleek, attractive powerhouse with one of the nicest screens we've ever seen, superb battery life and great video recording plus playback. Once it receives its ICS update, it should match the best.
A great screen and responsiveness
The Samsung Galaxy Note is a very likable device with portability, a great screen and responsiveness on its side. The issue, of course other than with its possibly high price tag is whether there really is a market for something that straddles the smartphone and tablet divide.
Huge and lovely high res display
The Samsung Galaxy Note is the best Android smartphone of 2011. It has a superb display running at an extremely high resolution, a very useful Wacom digitizer with pen for pressure sensitive writing and drawing and a very fast dual core CPU. It's thin, attractive and though very large, can still fit in a pocket as well as medium to large hands. Voice quality for calls is excellent whether using the handset or a Bluetooth headset, HSPA+ speeds are very good and the GPS is solid.
The Galaxy Note is one of those devices that you'll either completely love or totally hate -- its sheer size alone will certainly be a barrier for those with smaller hands (or pockets). With the Note, Samsung has managed to create one of the world's largest smartphones, but cunningly it's also an incredibly compact tablet with a high-resolution display -- the same as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet -- without the high-resolution footprint.
Sharp looking Super LCD display
For all the high-end hardware accompanying the HTC Incredible S, its arrival is somewhat late to the market and doesn't quite seem impressive versus other newer Android smartphones. Although it proves to be one well-rounded handset, which is evident by its wonderful platform experience, there are devices out there that simply have stronger presence right now since they're priced similarly such as the Motorola ATRIX 4G and LG Optimus 2X.
We know why you've come here: you want to know if we think that the HTC Incredible S is the phone you should be going for. Well, if you're thinking that the HTC Desire HD was a great handset, but the screen was a little too large and the battery life was a real worry, then you're in for a treat - this is the phone for you.
pictures and videos look stunning.
The Incredible S is one of the better Android handsets on the market right now. It has a great screen, is speedy to use and has a good camera. However, we think the design is a tad ugly and it doesn't offer much that's new, especially compared to the dual core Android phones that are starting to appear.
Attention to social-media detail
If you going to call something Incredible, it should really stretch the boundaries of imagination or perform feats previously thought to be beyond the realms of possibility. The HTC Incredible S does nothing of the sort, but there's plenty to like here and we were charmed by some of the device's attention to social-media detail.
Large Super LCD display
The HTC HD7S is currently our top pick among Windows 7 Phones. However, we understand if you opt for the also capable Samsung Focus for its Super AMOLED display and slightly more pocketable form factor. The Focus is currently less expensive since it's been in AT&T's lineup since November of 2010, but we wouldn't be suprised if third party dealers offer the HD7S at very attractive prices.
Sense UI makes Android feel polished
The Droid Incredible is the best Android device that you can purchase in America right now. It's better than the Droid, better than the Nexus One, and certainly beats the pants off of any previous generation handsets like the Eris, myTouch, or Cliq. It's not just a very, very good Android phone (though it is); it's also an excellent smartphone no matter how you cut it.
Experience is very good
We've been downbeat about a number of things the HTC Incredible S offers. It's worth stating again that this is an excellent phone and the experience is very good. But it isn't so far removed from HTC's most recent Android phone. Sure, it is snappier and more fully featured than the Desire of last year, but in terms of performance it isn't that different from the Desire HD.
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.
the audio quality was decent.
The iPhone 3GS doesn't make the same grand leap that the iPhone 3G made from the first-generation model, but the latest Apple handset is still a compelling upgrade for some users. The iPhone 3GS is faster and we appreciate the new features and extended battery life, but call quality and 3G reception still need improvement.
Improved memory, processing power, 3D rendering and a more friendly price tag
Whether or not to get an Apple iPhone 3GS isn't as clear-cut as it used to be; first, and for many users foremost, is the fact that it just isn't much of an upgrade from the 3G. If you're a 2G owner or a new user looking to hop aboard then the decision should be easy. The other issue complicating the issue is the competition. All things considered, we like the Pre better. It may not have the app support yet, but the platform is more advanced.
Based on a well-voted poll on the About.com cell phones site, 35 percent of people said they wouldn't buy an iPhone 3G at all while 29 percent said they'd spend $199, 11 percent said they'd want to upgrade for free, 10 percent would spent $299 and 8 percent want one but can't afford it.
As a last note on pricing, make sure to consult your specific situation to determine whether or not the new $199 or $299 pricing will actually be applicable to you.
the new iPhone 3GS is available with up to 32GB of storage, which is impressive for a phone, and finally brings the device in line with the iPod touch.
If you're already in love with your iPhone and you have a few hundred bucks to spend, the Apple iPhone 3GS is a no-brainer. The performance gains are huge, especially in complicated apps like games and the Web browser. The iPhone was already a leader in multimedia features and Web browsing, and the library of apps was the most diverse and impressive among all the major smartphone systems, so it's nice that the new performance boost only made all of this good stuff even better.
We were able to upload to YouTube and send a video from our synced IMAP4 Exchange account, but when we tried to send a video from a synced Yahoo POP3 account, an error occurred.
Even substantial concerns about network reception and battery life can't stop us recommending the iPhone 3GS. The combination of its fantastic browser, the full-featured iPod media player and Apple's App Store forms a compelling trio and are together unmatched by the competition.
3G, AGPS and push email
The iPhone is still a lovely object, and the latest incarnation with 3G, AGPS and push email at least brings the spec up to offer a decent comparison with the best Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones. But failure to keep up with some of the basics - MMS, video capture, Bluetooth stereo - means the shine is beginning to wear off the iPhone's fancy display. Apple will need to get its screen-pokin' finger out to keep up with the competition.
For some users, Voice Control, the new camera, and the speed boost will be worth the cost.
Complicating the matter is O2's upgrade policy, which means that existing iPhone owners may end up with a large bill if they choose to get the new phone. In part because of this -- and in part because Apple is offering many of its innovations as part of the general iPhone 3.0 upgrade -- the wise thing for those more recent buyers to do will be to install the new software and stick with their 3G iPhones at least until their contracts run down.
With its intuitive operating system skin, the HTC Explorer would make an excellent first smartphone. But it may not be as much of a treasure as first thought as it's not quite hitting the budget heights we thought it would - it needs to drop a few pounds per month to be a truly cheap-cheap handset.
Sense user interface
If you've owned an Android phone before, the chances are that the Explorer is not really going to appeal, as its specification is just too basic. However, if you're looking for a handset that would serve as a sensible first dip into the world of smartphones, then the Explorer's good build quality and neat Sense user interface makes it a good, if not exactly spectacular, option.
Easy to use & Easy to customise
The HTC Explorer represents great value for money. It's very easy to get to grips with and the layout is easily customisable. Overall performance is very smooth for a phone of this price and will more than satisfy those after an inexpensive pay-as-you-go phone.
Our only real criticisms of it are that some may find it too small. That and that the flash-less 3-megapixel camera isn't very good.
Cool pebble-like design
The HTC Explorer, at first glance, reminds us of a black pebble that has been weathered in a river bed for a long period of time. By that, I mean, it's a solid black device that has nicely curved edges all the way around it. It ultimately feels wonderful in the hand even all the hardware buttons line up with your natural finger placements.
Gingerbread OS 3.0
To wrap up, the call features of the phone are just fine and the voice quality is pretty clear at both ends. But take this one; the phone's battery longevity does not live up to the expectation. But considering the overall performance, the HTC Explorer deal is worth-grabbing this winter.
The advantage of a relatively low-powered screen and processor is that the modest 1230mAh battery should be able to go a few times round the block without a recharge and sure enough, this one gave a little over two days of consistent use. Indeed, the HTC Explorer covers just about all the smartphone basics very well at a decent price making it a good introduction for Android newbies.
Slim attractive design
Sony Ericsson follows up its ultrastylish Xperia Arc with the Xperia Arc S, a slightly faster version of the posh European model that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and rocks a powerful camera. Its high price, single-core CPU, and slow data speeds will leave Android experts wanting more.
Thin, tall and narrow chassis makes it more comfortable to use than other big-screen Androids
In our review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc we said the company has nailed it, but now with the Xperia arc S, we'd say we have a minor upgrade on our hands. The thin arched profile that makes you forget you are holding a gadget with a huge 4.2 screen stays, as well as the light weight and sleek and classy look. The Timescape UI is also very pretty and functional with its 'Facebook inside Xperia' addition.
Great user interface customisations
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is a slim, bright, powerful Android smartphone that shows off the mobile operating system to its very best. The screen is fantastic and the processor and memory perform well enough to keep the Android experience running smoothly and quickly.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S isn't a phone that blows us away. In fact, considering it's Sony Ericsson's current top of the line, it's a bit disappointing. There's no dual-core processor and the build is underwhelming. However, just as with the original Arc, the Arc S packs in the essential features, has a nice screen and a great camera. What's more it's available for a decent price, making it a sound investment if you're not after the absolute biggest and best.
Incredible camera, slick design and fast performance
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is an excellent phone, boasting an incredible camera, slick design and fast performance. Compared to phones of a similar price like the Galaxy S2 (to which it is currently similarly priced) it's not quite as powerful when it comes to things like gaming, but its perhaps a more stylish (if slightly less beefy) alternative.
The Facebook Inside Xperia features are nicely integrated and will appeal to those who want a phone primarily for Facebooking on the go.
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