Great battery life
We were fairly impressed with the Samsung Vibrant the first time around, and the Galaxy S 4G is pretty much the same phone with faster data speed and video calling abilities. Even in today's market the Galaxy S 4G slots in the upper echelon of handsets, even as the Galaxy S II is set to launch soon. The market is moving at a breakneck pace these days, and high-end handsets almost seem cookie cutter.
Call quality was very good in my test calls, made over Sprint's network.
Samsung introduced a handful of Galaxy S smartphones this summer, and all of them are impressive. The problem is, however, that most of them are so similar that they can be hard to distinguish. But not the Samsung Epic 4G. This powerful Android-based phone packs in two features that none of its siblings offers: support for high-speed 4G networks and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard adds some bulk to the phone, and the 4G supports boosts its price, but both additions are welcome.
Out of the Galaxy phones I've tested, the Epic 4G is definitely the best, and it's certainly one of the top Android phones available.
The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support. The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support. The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support.
The black plastic back of the phone has specks of silver in it, a nice touch, and it's pretty easy to pop the cover off should you want to access the battery or memory card.
With the arrival of the Samsung Epic 4G, Sprint now has the best one-two smart phone punch of any carrier. The Evo 4G is great for those who don't need a physical keybord and want perks like HDMI output and a built-in kickstand. It also has a more elegant interface and better widgets. However, the Epic 4G packs a more impressive display--despite its smaller size--and one of the best physical keyboards we've used into a lighter design.
Sprint's second 4G Android smartphone is a winner, and we continue to be impressed with Samsung's Galaxy S line. The keyboard is wonderful, the display is dreamy and build quality is solid. Though 4G coverage and speeds aren't sending us into paroxysms of joy, Sprint's 3G EV-DO Rev. A coverage is solid and fast enough to thoroughly enjoy this largely Internet-centric Google phone. And the 1GHz Hummingbird CPU is extremely fast-- there's no lag here.
colorful, glossy 4-inch AMOLED screen
In the universe of Samsung's Galaxy S phones, Sprint's Epic 4G, may be the brightest star, and not just because it's the only 4G model of the bunch. The Epic is shockingly light, considering it's a third thicker than the other also abnormally lightweight Galaxy S models, because of its slideout horizontal keyboard. But that keyboard elevates Epic's superiority over not only its Galaxy S siblings but over Sprint's first 4G phone, the EVO 4G, to which it is more appropriate to compare.
There are plenty of great-looking smartphones out there, but it's rare that a device completely stops us in our tracks with its beauty.
With its design improvements and feature enhancements, the HTC Legend is a worthy upgrade from the Hero and one of the most solid and well-built Android phones we've seen in its class. We can only hope that a North American version is released soon.
The combination of the Legend's outstanding industrial design and first-rate user experience is a smartphone that is as beautiful to behold as it is fun to play around with.
The combination of the Legend's outstanding industrial design and first-rate user experience is a smartphone that is as beautiful to behold as it is fun to play around with.
Great HTC Sense UI
Overall, the HTC Desire thoroughly impressed us. After recently reviewing the Windows Mobile-powered HTC HD2, we'd been crying out for a HTC handset with a Snapdragon processor that runs the Android operating system. Now it's here, and just as good as we'd expected, if not better. The Desire easily ticks all the boxes for a high end smartphone and will be just the ticket for anyone looking for a new phone that's just oozing with the latest tech.
The phone is very slim indeed, with dimensions of 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm, and weighs in at just 133g.
In short, this is a phenomenal phone - one of the best we've ever had on TechRadar. Usually when we like a phone on the first use, we end up horribly disappointed after a little time with it, but the HTC Desire kept on performing and achieving when we thought it wouldn't.
The screen is lovely, the design is slick and processor makes everything happen in a flash - all you'd want from a smartphone.
handy regular headphone jack
In terms of usability, it feels as though the HTC Desire phone knows what you want at all times. There are a lot of similarities with the G1 and this is certainly down to the Android OS. Team this with HTC's excellent build quality and you have a world-class smartphone. In conclusion, the HTC Desire is a wonderful phone - by far the best this reviewer has used. It combines the best features from the competition with true innovation.
Daytime photos were slightly under-exposed but reasonably sharp, while nighttime shots looked great but also marked with a bunch of noise lines.
The Desire is yet another fine piece of work from HTC build quality is top notch as usual, and there's little to complain about the software except for the Flash performance. Some may argue that the Desire lacks freshness since the Nexus One's already shown it all, but we'd disagree, at the end of the day it's mainly about the software and service, plus the Desire is available from more carriers to begin with (outside the US, anyway).
At 3.7 inches across diagonal corners and offering 480x800 pixels it is great for viewing video, looking at pix, visiting YouTube, using Google Maps and viewing Web pages.
Overall the HTC Desire is a top-notch piece of kit and its big screen and fast processor are huge plus points. If you don't need these and want to save some money, the less expensive HTC Legend might be a better choice. But the Legend doesn't have quite the wow factor.
This smartphone is a strong candidate for the best mobile phone on the market today.
This is a smartphone with the same broad appeal as the iPhone. It is attractive, packed with features and highly enjoyable to play around with. Android Market is fast catching up to the Apple App Store in terms of choice and the HTC Desire is well placed to capitalize. Great value for money, top quality performance -- this is the mobile phone youâ??ve been waiting for.
The HTC Desire is much closer to stealing me away from the clutches of Apple.
I ended my Nexus One review by saying that I wont be giving up my iPhone in preference. The HTC Desire is much closer to stealing me away from the clutches of Apple. As I've mentioned in the past the appeal of the iPhone is in no small part down to how well the device integrates and syncs with iTunes and once you have all your stuff in iTunes it's hard to get away.
Good looking photos
After having a decent amount of time with the Motorola DEFY, it's quite apparent that it almost afflicted with some kind of personality disorder. On one hand it seems to want to be regarded as a high-end model with its detailed display, but then at another, it wants to be known more for its ruggedness. It just doesn't quite find itself in one specific category as it attempts to encompass all of them â?? while not fully focusing on one aspect.
Since the Motorola Defy has two microphones—one for voice pickup and the other for filtering out background sounds—we got some high quality audio action when it came to placing calls.
If you want to be governed by a small device with a 5-megapixel camera, Android 2.1, MOTOBLUR, and tough body design, then the Motorola Defy is the phone for you. At just $100 for a two-year T-Mobile contract, the Defy certainly is one of the better choices out there. Not only does it flaunt the rugged construction, but it offers more than enough in the way of social networking.
A small but solid powerhouse
Motorola's Defy is a pretty solid Android 2.1 device, with a 2.2 upgrade imminent. This mid-size handset is a good choice. The engineering feat that enables the Motorola DEFY to cram in a 3.7in display within its 59x107x13.4mm frame means you get every bit as much screen space to view web pages as you do on a fully featured smartphone such as the Samsung Galaxy S.
Battery performance better than average
Overall the Motorola Defy is an impressive and likeable handset. Some of the Motorola Blur elements get a little lost, so we quickly found ourselves adding additional applications to serve up a more conventional social networking platter. But we do like the design and think there is a certain something about the Defy that does make it distinctive.
Camera is swift and pretty decent
Overall, the Motorola Defy is a confusing one. Its rugged nature is not inherent when you pick it up people who want a phone for a workshop or building site might enjoy it, but that's a pretty niche market. Things like the Car Dock, where you can quickly access navigation and music apps, are a nice touch, and the camera is swift and pretty decent too.
When your friend calls, HTC Caller ID displays their Facebook profile photo and latest update, as well as a reminder if their birthday is fast approaching.
We haven’t had a chance to fully test this product yet, but we’ve assembled this overview of information on it. Please check back later for our full review.
The bottom line: The HTC Aria is a solid, midrange Android smartphone, but it's a shame AT&T restricts it by blocking Android's capability to install third-party apps.
The HTC Aria is a solid, midrange Android smartphone, but it's a shame AT&T restricts it by blocking Android's capability to install third-party apps.
best entry level android phone
I love the HTC Aria and have even considered making it my next smartphone when my contract runs out later this summer. The hardware is beautiful, and I like its compact size - even though some may find it a bit too small. Its call quality is solid, data was fast, and the phone was generally a pleasure to use. But there are some major issues holding me back.
First, the phone doesn't have an over-the-air music store.
The Aria is one of the most responsive smartphone on the market.
The Aria will perfectly suit a fairly large niche market -- Google-addicted small-phone cravers. But I can't, in good faith, recommend it for the rest of consumers. There are simply more cost-effective and elegant options available, such as Google's own Nexus One -- which has no application restrictions, a bigger and better screen and faster Android updates -- or Apple's iPhone 4 -- which has a best-in-class screen, perfect syncing solution, stellar battery life and the best App Store available.
Video looked very good, and I experienced no stuttering or pixilated images.
Its attractive, petite design and low price helps the HTC Aria stand out in an increasingly crowded sea of Android phones. The Aria's appeal is hampered a bit by its so-so call quality and AT&T's policy of limiting access to some Android apps, but overall, the Aria is mostly impressive.
The phone is made of plastic but it feels solid enough.
The HTC Aria is a budget-priced Android smartphone that feels anything but budget. It's fast, the multi-touch display is responsive and easy to use despite its relatively small size, the camera is quite good and you get a few high end goodies like an optical joystick and touch sensitive rather than mechanical front buttons.
I've been using this GSM quadband phone (850/900/1800/1900) in New England, north of the Boston metro area, and calls have been good overall.
Some of the features of this compact, middle-of-the-road handset â?? like the processor, small screen size, camera, video recorder and speaker â?? are exactly that: mediocre. And it would be easy to write this whole phone off as such. But there are some aspects of the Aria that are anything but lackluster.
The speed and performance is very decent, the build quality feels more expensive, battery life is good and the compact size is extremely portable and convenient.
Right next to the camera sensor you'll find a surprisingly loud external speaker covered by quite a stylish-looking stainless-steel grille.
The Aria is a good phone, but is expensive compared with other Android smartphones. We love its aesthetic and the quality of its construction, but the lower resolution 3.2-inch screen lacks the punch of HTC's AMOLED models.
30 fps VGA videos are nonetheless free of pixelization, if tending toward the dark side.
Oh, it’s adorable! HTC’s new 3G Aria from AT&T is as cute as a button – a dainty version of an Android 2.1 superphone. While its size presents some problems, the Aria is nonetheless an otherwise fully-featured cell phone, perfect for those who carry clutch purses or those who wish to be relatively unencumbered by gadgets.
A great smartphone
The LG Apex is a great smartphone. But it cannot compete with the best because of the camera, processor, RAM, the lack of GPRS and EDGE along with the fact that it cannot be used all over the world. The biggest attribute of this smartphone should be the price per performance ratio, you get more for less.
Quality of the calls is decent
The quality of the calls is decent. The audio sounds tinny with no background noise. There is no issue in carrying out a conversation. The callers on the other side also have the same experience. The quality of the speaker phone is good. There is slight hollow effect but the sound is clear and loud. The Apex is run by a 600 MHz processor which struggles to perform well.
voice quality was full with good volume.
It's hard to find fault with LG's first Android phone in the US. It's fast, it's stable and the feature set is great for the price. We have a feeling it will trounce the Devour given the Ally's higher resolution display, more compact and attractive design and better camera. If you want an Android phone with a hardware keyboard but are on a budget, the LG is an appealing alternative to the Moto Devour.
Photos look good, though YouTube video was slightly disappointing and grainy.
I really want to like the LG Ally more than I do, but it's hard. I like the overall design of the phone, it's very solidly built, and the battery life is better than I expected. Unfortunately the display is fine indoors, but unusable outdoors, and the voice quality and camera are somewhat disappointing.
The price is quite reasonable, however, so if you're a bargain-conscious consumer you should still consider the Ally.
The LG Ally is a fantastic little smartphone brought into Verizon's fold.
Overall, for a $99 smartphone, the LG Ally is a solid 'Good' ranking Android powered handset. Though not as powerful as other smartphones, the LG Ally doesn't need the impressive specs for their target audience. Android 2.1 runs fairly smoothly and the experience is about the same as that of a Samsung Epic 4G, except slightly slower. For entry level customers who don't want to spend too much money on a smartphone, the LG Ally is the perfect phone to pick up.
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.
Poor camera performance
To wrap things up, we liked the Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 Walkman for being a simple to use entry-level smartphone and for coming with a pair of nice earphones out of the box. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much backing up its Walkman brand, let alone bring it back to life. The Xperia W8 is an easy way of joining the Android team, but the aging Android 2.1 Eclair version that it comes with will simply not give you the full potential of the platform.
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