Saturday, July 21, 2012
The Defy+ is the next version of the Motorola Defy which was released in 2010. Offering water, dust and scratch resistance, available only in black, it comes with Android 2.3.
It has a 3.7 inch screen with 854 by 480 pixel, 265 pixel-per-inch pixel density which makes it bright, crisp and clear. With 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor and 512 MB RAM, it is relatively faster than other low-to mid range phones.
Though the camera is 5 megapixel, the quality isn't that impressive. It comes with auto focus and LED flash but the camera isn't something which is its selling point.
Coming back to the phone being water, dust and scratch resistant, the body is half an inch thick and water resistant flaps cover both the headphone socket and USB port, and around the back is the locking, water-sealed rear cover. On the reverse, you'll also find the noise-reduction microphone and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.
Overall the phone is robust, budget smartphone and has made significant improvements from its predecessor with regards to the OS, the processor and the body.
Friday, July 20, 2012
The Sony Xperia U is one of their budget Android phones, following the Xperia S which is the top-of-the-range and Xperia P which is the mid-range. Comes with 3.5 inch screen with reasonably high 854 by 480 pixel resolution, with 280 pixel-per-inch pixel density.
THe phone comes with 8GB internal storage where 4 GB user-accessible memory. With 512 MB of RAM and 1 GHz dual-core processor, the phone is relatively faster than its competition.
The phone has a plastic chin and translucent strip under the screen. The strip has the usual Android icons for home, back and menu functions and it glows in different colours depending on what's on screen. The plastic chin beneath the strip can be changed to different colours, and it comes with a yellow chin in the box.
The phone somehow does not have any memory card slot, hence the internal storage is what you've got, to store apps, music, videos and so forth. While testing out the camera, although a 5 megapixel camera, the 720p resolution video is awful.
Overall, the phone is fast, smooth and has a clear display. With Android 2.3 and an upgrade soon coming for Android 4.0, it is worth while for someone who has relatively low budget to spend on a smartphone.
HTC brings its newest edition to its 'Beats Audio' line up of smartphones. This is on the likes of the HTC One V. With Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), HTC brings the latest version of Android to the budget phones.
It comes with 600 MHz Squadron processor, not much but still good enough for the Android 4.0. With 4GB of internal storage, the Desire C has the most storage among the budget phones. It only comes with 512 MB of RAM, but it runs ICS and Sense 4.0 just fine.
And it has Beats Audio which gives you the best quality in sound when used with Beats headphones.With attractive designing and colors, it is one the best phones out there for people who do not want to spend much on a smartphone.
It does have few basic limitations such no auto focus on the camera, poor video and picture quality and this phone may not be made for everyone as they might find it slower compared to a few other smartphones in this price range
Its available through Virgin Mobile in Canada for $220 or $150 on a tab, which is a pretty decent price with the features it comes with.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Motorola launches Motoluxe which comes with a 4-inch LCD screen with a screen resolution of 480 x 854 pixels (~245 ppi pixel density. With Android 2.3, the processor speed is only 800MHz and with a phone memory of 300 MB.
The memory can be expanded upto 32GB using a microSD card. Although the phone comes with 8-megapixel camera, it is not one of the best qualities you would see now in smartphones. It comes LED flash but really does not give the quality which is expected.
The phone has a few distinct features such as 7 home screens, Motorola compile widget which shows the most commonly used apps on the home screen (similar to windows tiles) and a lanyard notification light at the bottom
With 800 MHz speed, the phone is really slow to run Android 2.3 and it also could have had more storage. Specially, when Google is soon launching Jelly Bean, even the most basic Android phones is expected to have Android 4.0
Friday, June 29, 2012
Nokia's ambitious new phone, the Lumia 900 comes with Windows Phone 7.5 and it aims to go big with this one. Its a unibody design with colours in cyan, magenta, black and white. With a combination of the hardware, design and software it is clearly the best Nokia phone since its partnership with Microsoft, also making it the best phone at CES 2012.
The phone comes with 16GB of storage and 512MB of RAM with 1.4GHz Scorpion processor. It allows additional 25 GB storage on Skydrive. With 480 by 800 pixel resolution on a 4.3 inch screen (~217 pixel density), the screen resolution is not really high compared to the latest Android and the iPhone's retina display, yet it is vibrant and stands out compared to the competition.
It comes with 8 mega pixel, 3264x2448 pixels Carl-Zeiss optics and it comes as a surprise that this model allows HD recording in 720p@30 fps only and not 1080p which is pretty much standard for most new phones right now. Although it uses the Carl-Zeiss optics, the quality does not come as good as the competition
Although, there are a few setbacks with the hardware, this is the best Windows phone put there, if you were looking for completely different experience(from Android and iOS), yet do all the major functionality what a smartphone allows you to do, this is a phone worth going for. The Windows Phone 7.5 OS today has about 80,000 apps which says a lot about the interface you'll be getting.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Samsung Galaxy S III will be finally out on June 27th in Canada. With a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex A9, 4.8 inch super amoled HD screen, this phone is designed really well. According to Samsung, this is 'inspired by nature - it sees, listens, responds, and allows you to share the greatest moments', and clearly the nature theme is present as soon as you handle the phone.
There are two colours available, marble white and pebble blue. The material is made out of polycarbonate, similar to the HTC One X, yet the One X feels more premium in the hands. Overall the effects are very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
The battery cover is removable in the case of the Galaxy S III (unlike the HTC One Series)and has also got a microSD card slot. The phone comes with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage sizes and the microSD card can be used upto 64GB allowing a maximum capacity of 128 GB with the top most spec.
The display is pretty impressive as well, with 720 by 1280 pixels on a 4.8 inch screen, the pixel density reaches approximately 308pi, very close to the Apple's Retina Display. The camera allows you to record in 1080p@30 fps videos and allows features such as geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization. The phone comes with 8 megapixel camera @3264x2448 pixels with LED flash and auto focus.
The phone comes with Smart Stay eye tracking technology where the phone adjusts the brightness of the screen tracking your eye moments. This not only saves battery life but also avoids screen turn-offs at times when you are reading something over the phone for long period of time.
There are not many drawbacks in the phone except the design is subjective, few may not like the new design as it feels too big and seems cheaply designed when compared to the HTC One X. The other downside would be the S Voice which is not optimized at this point specially when Apple is heavily investing on its own version Siri
The prices are not out yet for Canadian customers but would be close $200 with term and about $700 with no term. All the major providers such as Bell, Rogers and Telus will make it available and the pre-orders have already started.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
HTC One X is the premium model in the One Series from HTC, launching simultaneously with HTC One S. With a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor 1.5GHz,it is the fastest in the 4G smartphone marketplace. And with a 4.7 inch screen, it is one of the largest screens in the smartphone market. The eight-megapixel camera with 3264x2448 pixels allows 1080p recording at 24 frames per second allows snapshots while taking HD video. It comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) similar to One S and One V.
The phone has a minimalist design, where the battery is built-in and with this unibody design, it has a small area for the microSIM slot. Similar to the HTC One S, it does not come with any microSD card slot but it has a storage of 32 GB out of which 26 GB is available storage. The One X, similar to the One S, comes with 1GB of RAM.
The display of the One X is stunning, with 720 x 1280 pixels (approximately 312 pixel density), this really stands out compared to the competition.
The One X is available in Canada on the Rogers Network on the 4G LTE network giving a download speeds upto 75Mbps.It is priced at $149.99 for a 3 year term or $575 with no term.
To sum up, HTC has rebooted themselves with all the 3 new devices, the One X, One S and One V. With the new minimalist design and strategy, it is thorough reboot of the company's image, philosophy and hardware.