Dual-core 1GHz processor
Verizon's Motorola DROID X2 has all the specs required for being a stellar Android smartphone. Its 4.3-inch qHD display, 8 megapixel camera, and dual-core 1GHz processor are all very impressive. On paper. The reality of the situation, though, is far less exciting. Add to that last year's design, minus a previously appreciated camera shutter button, and issues with lag and inconsistent performance and you can consider me unimpressed.
Gigantic and high-res display
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.
Much-improved qHD display
The Motorola Droid X2 improves on one of the best phones of 2010 in some significant ways. You get a much better display and dual-core power for the same price, plus the ability to instantly share content over HDMI. Motorola has also done a pretty good job refreshing of its Motoblur software to make Android a little more user-friendly than the stock build of the OS. Too bad the X2 lacks 4G and a front-facing camera, pretty standard features nowadays for high-end Android phones.
Voice quality is excellent
Motorola has smartly updated the original Droid X, one of our favorite 2010 phones, in just the right ways. Theyâ?? ve left the excellent industrial design and quality materials while improving display resolution and quality, CPU performance (nice dual core punch) and adding HDMI. The Droid X2 by Motorola is a solid Verizon smartphone pick: 3G speeds and reception are very good, voice quality is excellent, the phone is fast and the 4.3â?? display is quite sharp. If youâ??
Poor battery life
Lack of excitement aside, the X2 does however play an important role in Verizonâ?? s smartphone lineup. Namely, itâ?? s a device for customers who donâ?? t want 4G LTE connectivity and the (admittedly) poor battery life (and current $50-$100 price premium) that comes with it. If you arenâ?? t in an area slated to get LTE this year, waiting for the Bionic (which boils down to essentially being an X2 with larger display, newer motoblur, and LTE) doesnâ??
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.
The HTC Droid Eris offers a slim design, plentiful features, and satisfying performance.
The bottom line: Though its performance wasn't completely top-notch and we would prefer a more recent Android OS version, the HTC Droid Eris is a satisfying Android device that offers a nice contrast to the Motorola Droid. And you can't beat the price.
In my test calls, audio quality ranged from very good to excellent.
HTC's Droid Eris doesn't get a lot of attention. It was launched by Verizon Wireless last fall, in the shadow of the Motorola Droid, a phone that's continuously splashed on billboards and hyped in TV ads. The Droid Eris, meanwhile, is a quieter Android phone. But it's one that's well worth your attention. Price and Availability. The HTC Droid Eris is available for $79.99 from Verizon Wireless when you sign a new two-year service contract.
For contacts handling, the HTC Droid Eris is one of the best phones around.
There's no doubt about it, the HTC Droid Eris is one of the best smartphones we've used. Like the nearly identical it represents a serious step forward in smartphone design, and if you're a smartphone user looking to step up to something better, the HTC Droid Eris does a great job at nearly everything it can do. Ironically, comparisons to the Apple iPhone 3GS don't quite pan out, because everything Apple's phone does well, the Droid Eris doesn't, and vice versa.
Bright, sharp display.
If you can live without a hardware keyboard, the HTC Droid Eris is an affordable and feature-packed alternative to the Motorola Droid. If you can live without a hardware keyboard, the HTC Droid Eris is an affordable and feature-packed alternative to the Motorola Droid. The iPhone 4 is a major upgrade from its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS, in everything from the camera quality to data speeds.
Slim, compact design, 5 MP camera, Pre-installed 8 GB card included, WiFi.
If the Motorola Droid is too much and too expensive an Android phone for you, Verizon now offers an entry level Android phone, the HTC Droid Eris, for half the price ($99 with contract and post-rebate). Even though oddly named for the Greek god of strife, Eris provides anything but.
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.
Looking at its $149.99 on-contract price, there is no arguing that the HTC EVO Shift 4G is a respectable Android smartphone based on its overall performance, but there is this nagging feeling pulsating in the back of our minds about it. Specifically, it plays in direct contention with the HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G (both priced at $199.99 now) â?? which is primarily due to its 4G WiMAX connectivity.
We tested the Rogue in the Charlotte area, and call quality was very good.
The Samsung Rogue is a great high-end device for someone who wants a feature-rich phone without the smartphone price tag. Furthermore, it does what few phones have successfully done: it bridges several demographics in its appeal. From texting teenagers to corporate businessmen, the Rogue seems to fit well in any category. Battery life is more than strong enough to make it through a day of moderate use, so those that aren't in the office on a regular basis owe the Rogue a once-over.
images are crisp and vivid, and text is easy to read.
A really nicely designed cell phone, the Samsung Rogue SCH-U960 offers a wide variety of excellent functionality - and some great hardware, too - for a jaw dropping price. As an entry level smart-phone style cell phone, the Samsung Rogue SCH-U960 is a shoe in.
the picture quality is very good with sharp and vibrant colors.
The call quality is impressive and is free form interference. The speakerphone quality is not up to the mark. The sound quality is also good. But a good headset will make Rogue the best handset. It uses a standard lithium ion battery that can provide a talk time of 4.7 hours and a stand by time of 300 hours.
The BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a bit of an anomaly, much like RIM's previous efforts at an all-touchscreen smartphone. It won't appeal to the BlackBerry faithful, who likely demand a real, hardware QWERTY keyboard (and based on the virtual keyboard packaged with the 9850, rightfully so), and it isn't compelling enough to attract those who are in the market for a smartphone with a big touchscreen.
Touchscreen form factor finally done right
This is the device that RIM should've put out three years ago when they embarked on the touchscreen form factor with the original Storm 9530. As we know, the key to success in the industry is partly related to timing, and it's remarkable to witness that RIM is finally coming around to producing a decent all touch BlackBerry. Needless to say, we're glad to see that they decided to completely drop all the gimmicks found with both Storm iterations.
The $149 BlackBerry Torch 9850 is RIM's best attempt yet at wooing consumers who want a smartphone with a large display but don't want to give up BlackBerry standout features such as secure push e-mail and world phone capability. Still, RIM has a ways to go. For $99, shoppers can take home the EVO Shift 4G, which offers both a physical and a virtual keyboard as well as 4G data and Android's ever-expanding Marketplace.
No doubt, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a lot of phone for $149 with contract. It has all the appeal of a BlackBerry minus the hardware keyboard, and we know that's a deal breaker for some of you (consider the BlackBerry Bold 9930 instead). But if you're willing to venture into virtual keyboard territory and covet the large touchscreens your iPhone and Android-toting friends enjoy, the Torch 9850 has its appeal.
A solid, capable little smartphone
The Torch 9850 is a solid, capable little smartphone, and BlackBerry 7's UI arguably suits the all-touch display most of all. With the 1.2GHz processor RIM's handsets no longer feel like the slowest devices in the pack, and while we'd welcome more metal and less plastic in the construction, the styling is a reasonably successful compromise between classic RIM functionality and the curviness of a consumer device.
Minimalist design and features
The Motorola VU-204 is targeted at those who want a taste of all the standard features of a well-to-do smartphone, but cannot afford the intricacies involved. Engulfing every such feature in its chubby body, the Motorola VU204 is sure to appeal to entry-level users. So, if you can deal with the slow response of the Bluetooth and afford to handle the battery cover every now and then, then a sum of $29.99 isnâ??t too big.
Way too expensive for what it offers
In the end there are simply better options than the Sanyo Zio. It doesn't do anything extremely well with the exception of the phone and there are some glaring issues that make the phone forgettable. First and foremost is the unresponsive display, which makes using the all touch Zio a frustrating experience. If it weren't for that we could probably overlook the lack of multitouch, the so-so camera performance or the heavy use of plastic on the Zio, but we can't.
Attractive and affordable Android smartphone
We really like the Sanyo Zio's looks, light weight and high resolution, crisp display. Sprint ID drags the phone down unfortunately, and we suggest that you play with the ID packs if you like, then hard reset the phone to erase all the junk those packs leave behind, and settle on just one. The main Sprint ID pack will get you all the Sprint apps without much added bloat. The Zio has good call quality, though reception and data speeds aren't impressive.
Unique and sturdy design
The Sanyo Zio is a great entry-level device that offers both the basic functions of a mobile phone and high end features seen in more expensive phone models. The Zio features a unique and sturdy design, usable features, relatable user interface and extra additions and downloads which make it a worthy device. It transitions from a basic cellular phone to a high end device and costs $39.99 at www.letstalk.com with a 2 year contract.
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