Good design and materials used
If you are a power user and are sick of continually charging your battery, you should take a look at the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. Its talk and standby times are the longest that we've seen on a smartphone, and the device has plenty of high-end features to quench an Android user's thirst, with its only drawbacks being the non-HD screen and the mediocre camera quality.
All the things about the original Razr are still here (except for that profile). The AMOLED is just as gorgeous, the overlay is just as snazzy, and we're still impressed with the media player even after all this time. Add to all that the Razr Maxx can now go days without charging, or actively use LTE without destroying your battery and - all the sudden - the Razr goes from a winner to a champion.
Battery life king
The build quality of the phone is top notch, with distinctive design and cool materials (kudos to Moto for using Kevlar on more and more phones recently). The screen holds up very well (it's the same unit to find on a modern upper-midrange phone like the HTC One S) and the camera is one of the better 8MP shooters. If the phone was a little more compact (or packed a larger screen on the same body) it would have been great, but that's not by any means a deal breaker.
The Droid Razr Maxx greatly improves upon what was perhaps the biggest weakness of the Droid Razr: battery life. If you plan on watching a lot of video or doing some heavy duty gaming on your phone, the Razr Maxx is a good match for you. If you're looking to save money, however, you might opt for the original Razr; it costs $100 less than the Razr Maxx.
All that Droid RAZR goodness, with nearly 2x battery life.
It's sexy, it's unique and nearly bulletproof thanks to Gorilla Glass on the front and Kevlar on the back. Voice quality is excellent, download speeds on LTE rock and the phone has supreme battery life. The Super AMOLED display is very colorful with deep blacks, though it's not the highest resolution display on the block. The Droid RAZR MAXX works with Motorola's myriad accessories including the Lapdock, giving it an element of versatility.
Spectacular battery life
The Droid RAZR Maxx may deliver a lifetime of mammoth proportions, but we can't help but have mixed feelings. Why? As too often is the case (the Samsung Skyrocket series on AT&T comes to mind), Motorola and Verizon are hard at work pushing too many RAZR devices at once, and early adopters are left as the victims.
Stylish design, Sturdy build
Huawei has put in enough tech to make the stylish Ascend G300 very appealing at such a low price point, and with the update to Ice Cream Sandwich now available it even manages to keep up with future devices.
But it's probably time Huawei boosted the memory and processor a little, since the demands of Android 4.0 and today's ever-larger games and apps means it can struggle to offer a smooth experience, especially when asked to multitask.
Solid and stylish design
The Huawei G300 is an easy phone to like. It has a smart and robust design, good battery life, a great screen and punches above its weight in the budget phone performance stake. In short, we think that at £100 on PAYG it represents a total bargain and is even better value for money than the likes of the Orange San Francisco II.
Cheap, nicely designed
We love the G300. It might be a little lacking in power, but as a phone it ticks all the basic boxes. We can say, without doubt, that this is by far the best budget handset running Android that we've used. It has the feel and look of a far more expensive phone, and we really enjoyed using it.
The screen is brilliant, and outshines those found on the Orange San Francisco II or the T-Mobile Vivacity. It's bright, colourful and detailed, and we really found it enjoyable to look at.
Decent all-round performance
The Huawei Ascend G300 might on paper look like another cheap and less-than-cheerful Android phone, but it's a solid buy considering its price. The screen is top drawer, the battery life is epic and there's enough power on board to perform most tasks more than adequately.
Incredibly low price
The Huawei Ascend G300 successfully redefines how much value you can expect to get from a phone that costs less than $200. While not perfect, it has an excellent design, a great screen and intuitive software that performs well. Without a doubt the best budget Android phone on the market.
Preloaded skin is frustrating
For sub-15K the product isn't bad. But it isn't the best either. The screen and the battery life are the best aspects of the device. The rest of the device is your run of the mill budget Android device. There are other phones you can take a look at in the 15k price range before making your purchase decision.
If you are looking for a device with a physical keyboard, 3-inch display and overall value for money, you can take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro.
Excellent 4in LCD touchscreen, decent performance
Yes, it has a disappointing camera, but that doesn't stop the Huawei Ascend G300 from being one of the best budget phones we've ever had our hands on. It puts the Orange San Francisco to shame with its 4in screen, and its design is more HTC One X than HTC Wildfire. Want a taste of Android on the cheap? We can't think of a better phone to recommend.
Good HD video capture
The Sony Xperia go is an average device no matter how you look at it. It has a pretty good processor for its class, and we can live with the low-resolution screen, but the unpleasant plastic casing may ruin the experience for you. Still, it'll be best if you can try the phone out first prior to purchase, to see if you can live with it.
Rugged IP67 certification
Stunning to look at and comfortable in the hand, from the box the Sony Xperia Go is an all-round hit. Sadly with continued use the Sony Xperia Go fails to live up to these initial high expectations, with a number of irritating niggles emerging to add a slight air of infuriation to what is a largely well rounded device.
Bigger screen and two processor cores
The Xperia go has few real rivals: rugged smartphones are gaining popularity but you wouldn't say the niche is too crowded yet. Sony have done well to position themselves on that market and it doesn't look like it has cost them a fortune to build the Xperia go. It can appeal to both urban users who wouldn't mind an extra level of protection against the elements and those who embrace an active, outdoor lifestyle. What they need is a phone that will survive a splash, not make one.
The Sony Xperia Go is one of the most attractive "rugged" phones we've seen. It's slim, it's small and it runs the versatile Android OS. However, its rugged credentials don't extend beyond waterproofing and dust protection, and thanks to the low-res screen it feels like you're trading in a lot to have the option of dunking it in a pint of water if it misbehaves.
Great design and build
The Sony Xperia Go is therefore fine looking, easily the most handsome and powerful rugged phone out there. The fact its waterproof, able to deal with life's little mishaps definitely adds a great USP to the mix. We're not sure that this excuses the low resolution screen or out of date operating system, but the Xperia Go has plenty of appeal. In turn, anyone who wants a waterproof looker and can splash out £220 needn't look elsewhere.
Excellent design for a rugged phone
We often refer to the challenge of cheaper phones revolving around sacrifices, and we feel that Sony has made some excellent decisions here. The Xperia Go is a rare example of a phone that has been designed for a specific type of smartphone users, and we think it ticks the appropriate boxes. When the alternative is to envelope an iPhone in a huge rubber case, the Xperia Go seems excellent for those of us who usually damage our phones on the weekends.
Sturdy, good looking design
It may be a little more costly than competitors like Alcatel's OT-903, but the ZTE Kis more than justifies its slightly higher asking price tag thanks to its higher resolution screen, faster processor and long battery life. The price of Android phones is dropping all the time, but for now at least, this handset offers pretty unbeatable value for money.
Chunky, comfy body, cheap price for Android, reasonable budget display
The Kis may be one of the cheapest smartphones that runs on Android, but it doesn't quite reach the bar, suffering from the odd performance issue.
Very solid build, Loud speaker
The ZTE Kis is one of those phones where you end up saying for the money it is ok. Virgin have added a bonus feature of the years worth of data, this combined with the phone would make an ideal backup phone or a phone for a non demanding child.
So if you're looking for a budget phone head over to the Virgin Mobile page here for only £59.00 to get one.
This online price is too high...you can get it in the stores for $99 or on the website...cheaper than amazon.
As far as the phone goes....GREAT phone for someone like me who is not into all the bells and whistles of touchscreen and android smart phones. Lots of free apps to download and with the verizon network we have had NO reception issues.
Live local TV on the go
The Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G is essentially the Droid Charge with just one or two new features and a much higher price tag. The phone's ability to play live TV is nice, but I'm having a hard time recommending the Lightray when you can get the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus for considerably less. If you're set on buying a smartphone on MetroPCS, look into the LG Connect 4G: Although it does come with a bit of bloatware, at least it has LTE and more-modern specs.
Great battery life, dust- and water-resistant
Retailing at S$399 without an operator contract in Singapore, the Defy XT could be the handset of choice for sporty outdoor types, but given the performance hangups, it may be a good idea to wait for the Xperia go instead. Honestly, the Defy XT could use a much needed hardware update to stay relevant to modern users--it feels really dated at this point, like it was intended to compete with last year's Xperia active.
Design looks a lot more elegant
You can find the Motorola Defy XT535 for Rs.15,000 which makes it a bit expensive, especially since it's not all that different from the Defy+ (which is now cheaper) apart from the front facing camera. Also, there are better phones in this price range such as the Sony Erccisson Live with Walkman, which might have a smaller screen but is a lot better in terms of performance.
Low price tag, Good design, Decent battery life
The Alcatel One Touch 903 has its limitations - the modest processor and small, low resolution screen, for example - however it's just about the cheapest Android phone you can get right now and despite this it's still pretty fun to use. If you're looking for a low price phone as a present for a teenager or other first time smartphone user this Christmas, it's a pretty safe bet.
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