Samsung Brightside

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Are you out looking for a feature phone? For whatever reason you might be looking for a feature phone, do you find it a bit hard to do so these days? There are so many smartphones out there that it’s becoming harder to find feature phones. Nevertheless, in this where high end smartphones are considered a fashion symbol, feature phones live on and Samsung Brightside is another addition to that family. For those who are looking to just make phone calls and text, Verizon has released the Samsung Brightside. Let’s see if it appeals to many.

Design

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The phone measures in at 4.37 x 2.37 x 0.56 inches which we must say is pretty compact for a phone that offers a QWERTY keyboard. However, design wise the Samsung Brightside has nothing very attractive about it that we can talk about. It’s very obvious that it’s a low end feature phone just from its looks. The     body is made of what seems like plastic of almost the cheapest kind, so you really get the feeling that dropping it once could mean the graveyard for the Samsung Brightside. Nevertheless, if you want to take the positives out of the build, then it comes in the form of the weight of the phone since it tips the scales at only 4.3 oz.

The 3.1 inch QVGA screen reminds you immediately that this is a feature phone. If you were expecting to hear that under the screen you will find the Android capacitive buttons, then well you are in the wrong place. Nevertheless, it does have a landscape sliding keyboard that is pretty good to use. It’s spaced just enough to feel pretty comfortable although it doesn’t look very attractive. It’s also very responsive, so that’s really nice. Talking about the buttons around this phone, you will find the volume rocker on the left while the power and camera keys are on the right side of the phone. On the top you will see the standard audio jack while on the bottom is the microUSB port. Finally, to cap it all off, the Samsung Brightside offers a 3.2MP camera on the back.

Features

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The Samsung Brightside is running on a BREW-based interface, so you can imagine that it’s very easy to use. You will be able to start using it right out of the box, unlike smartphones that might take you a while to get used to. Get out of the unlock screen and you can get to the grid-like main menu where all your functions are available. Of course there are no live wallpapers but the Samsung Brightside does have some transition effects. It’s simple by today’s standards, but it’s not bad that they have put in an effort. Since the effects are kept to a minimum, you actually get a pretty good performance from the phone. You don’t face any issues like lag while navigating through the phone.

A 3.1 inch screen with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels will undoubtedly remind you of a phone that you used to own sometime in the past. It just reminds you that it is a feature phone that we have in our hands. The screen definitely does not give much detail, and the colors are also bland to say the least. The viewing angles are a disaster too as you don’t get much of it to be honest. Bring it outdoors and you can really forget about making anything off the screen. The screen on the Samsung Brightside is not a resistive screen mind you; it’s actually a capacitive one.

Another reminder for you that the Samsung Brightside is just a feature phone is the 3.2MP camera that comes with it. Of course, our mantra is that numbers don’t mean anything. I guess we have to draw the line somewhere on that one, maybe you can stick to that mantra if you are talking about a smartphone. Now back to the camera on the Samsung Brightside, the photos taken outdoors on a bright sunny day turned out rather good actually. Now, we can’t say the same when we moved indoors or when the lighting got dimmer. The results were very grainy shots with a lot of artifacting. Nevertheless, we won’t write it off as a disaster of a camera. Recording is done at a maximum resolution of 174 x 144. To exacerbate things, the recording rate is just 15 fps and the audio recording is abysmal. So we really recommend you stay away from the video camera.

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Browsing the internet on the Samsung Brightside is done on the Opera Mini, so that’s welcome news. We found internet browsing to be pretty good. Loading pages took longer than what we are used to, but the navigational tools made us forget about that. It was not too bad to use at all. In terms of connectivity options, it offers 3G connectivity. However, since it’s a Verizon phone, which means it’s a CDMA phone. So you can’t use it anywhere other than the US.

A feature phone will never be forgiven if its call quality is bad. So it’s a good thing that the volume we get on the earpiece was quite good. Although our friends on the other end had some trouble making out our voice from the squeaky tones, it was still not too shabby. The Samsung Brightside comes with only a 1000 mAh battery, so the results are of course as bad as you can imagine. It could have been a lot better as the battery drains out in a little more than a day with average use.

Pros and Cons

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The QWERTY keyboard was a highlight for this phone. The Samsung Brightside phone also offers good calling quality, a must for a feature phone.

Sadly, we think it’s too expensive and the screen is of course a major downer. It also gives a very cheap feeling when held in our hands. Video recording was really bad too.

Conclusion

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Going at a price of $100 with a 2 year contract, Verizon has got it all wrong. We think it’s too expensive for what this phone has to offer. So if you are looking for a feature phone, then it’s best to look elsewhere rather than picking the Samsung Brightside.

LG Spectrum

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Now where have I seen this smartphone before? If that wasn’t the first thing that popped in your head then you probably haven’t seen the LG Nitro HD by AT&T. The LG Spectrum is basically Verizon’s version of the same phone, with a different name and we are not sure what else actually. However seeing that it still sports a cool 1.5GHz dual-core processor and the same 4.5 inch display there is still something to look forward to. Verizon’s 4G LTE connection on the LG Spectrum would surely be the focal point with this phone as you can get pretty much the same phone with AT&T. So let’s see if this phone has what it takes to beat its competitors.

Design

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As mentioned earlier, this phone is similar to the LG Nitro HD by AT&T in terms of design. We are not sure if you know this, but the LG Optimus LTE is actually the Korean model of the exact same phone as well. The first impression is the same; it has a rather plain looking design. Probably the most noticeable difference comes on the back of the LG Spectrum as it has an all new glossy and smooth plastic back cover. Not sure if you will like it though as LG somehow overlooked the fact that the back doubles as a place where the forensics guys can look for fingerprints. To pile on the misery, the back also attracts much more scratches than the textured cover on the LG Nitro HD. The measurements are 5.33 x 2.71 x 0.42 inches, and that means it’s not thick either so it fits well in your hands. Weighing in at only 4.99 oz also means that it is really good to carry around.

On the front of the LG Spectrum is where the 4.5 inch True HD IPS screen sits. It is one of the things we like and I’m sure Verizon fans will like as well as it’s the first phone to have this screen under the service provider. Nevertheless, it is definitely not something new for everyone else especially those who are already using the LG Nitro HD. The screen comes with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. You will find all the ports at the top edge phone. They are the microUSB port as well as the standard audio jack. The power button is actually on the top as well and we like that it is not flush with the chassis. Meanwhile on the left is where you will find the responsive volume rocker. Flip the phone and on the back is where you have an 8MP camera that has both auto-focus as well as LED flash.

Features

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This phone is powered by a 1.5GHZ dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 CPU that definitely got most of the easy tasks out of the way. However even with the 1GB of RAM onboard, we found some choppiness when we used apps or did tasks that were processor intensive. However, we understand that slight choppiness because after all, the LG Spectrum sports a 720p display.

Just as we have seen on other LG smartphones from last year, the LG Spectrum also has the Optimus 2.0 as its graphic user interface. The operating system however is not Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but rather Android v2.3.5 Gingerbread. The fact that it’s not running the latest OS available may turn some users away from the phone, but we can expect and upgrade sometime in the future. We like LG’s efforts in coming with their own user interface as it definitely provides some nice looks as well as some customization options that you will like. You will also be happy to hear that your homescreen gets some new widgets to keep you hooked to the phone. Of course you might also look forward to Optimus UI 2.0’s motion gesture offerings. For instance, flipping over the phone when the alarm rings or when you are getting a phone call will automatically mute the phone. Meanwhile giving the phone a tap on the side can help move your cursor when typing or browsing through the gallery. These motion gestures might not be everyone’s cup of tea but we sure loved it. If you don’t like it, you can always turn them off. Typing messages or typing anything on the LG Spectrum can be done in a breeze as the screen is huge and that it is consolidated by the good processor.

Just as we had seen on the AT&T version of this phone, the LG Spectrum also has the same 4.5 inch True HD IPS screen. It gives us a very good reason to love the phone as it not only has a high definition resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels but it also has some very natural looking colors. Wide viewing angles are also something to look forward too. In all, we couldn’t find any reason not to love this screen.

Talking about the camera, let’s talk about the camera interface. There are definitely many modes and settings to meddle with on the LG Spectrum which is always something good. However, this makes the interface look a little cluttered. Moving on to the quality of pictures taken using the 8MP camera, we didn’t like it very much. Yes it’s an 8MP camera, but the colors were poorly reproduced. You also get very little details when you take photos in the dark. The camcorder didn’t do too much better although it boasted some good numbers with its 1080p recording capability and its 29 fps rate. However, we found our recordings to be over-exposed causing the fine details to lose out. Needless to say, recording under low lighting, you get even poorer results with a lot of noise as well.

So it’s the 4G LTE connection on the LG Spectrum that is going to distinguish it from the LG Nitro HD. So how does the Verizon version fare? It does great at 4G LTE locations as we were able to get a download speed of up to 33Mbps. Web browsing on this phone wasn’t the best with some choppiness evident when you are trying to navigate through the page. However, there were no problems loading pages and so on. In terms of connectivity options, you get the usual suspects like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0 as well as Wi-Fi and mobile hotspot functionality to go with it.

The call quality on this phone is great. You not only get loud and clear voice on your end but the guys on the other end also enjoyed the same great quality we had on our end. In terms of battery life, the LG Spectrum is powered by a 1830mAh battery which would definitely dry up pretty quickly if you use the 4G LTE network often.

Pros and Cons

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It is very affordable at $199.99 on contract and the LG Spectrum has that great 4.5 inch True HD IPS screen. The calling quality was also pretty amazing.

Battery life is poor much    like other 4G LTE powered phones. The design was nothing refreshing and we think the camera should have been better.

Conclusion

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LG Spectrum definitely turns out to be one of Verizon’s cheaper 4G LTE phones at $199.99, however at that price range you could also find some better designed and better performing smartphones. However if you are a fan of Verizon and LG, this phone will not let you down.

Motorola XPRT

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If you thought you are looking at the Motorola DROID Pro, then you are so very wrong. What you have here is the Motorola XPRT. It’s almost the same as the DROID Pro only with a few improvements mainly to the hardware. So is it really that different to merit its own name? Let’s find out.

Design   

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So as mentioned earlier, the design is almost the same to that of the Motorola DROID Pro with some changes here and there. To begin with, the Motorola XPRT comes with a new color scheme. Although still sticking to the dark and business look, its chrome trim is now at the front bezel and the back is now soft touch. As for the buttons and ports, they are the same as its sibling the Motorola DROID Pro. On the top is the power button and the 3.5mm standard audio jack while on the bottom is the mic. On the left you will see the volume rocker and the microUSB port and on the right is the multifunction key. The focus here is also on the BlackBerry-like keyboard which has been improved in our opinion. The keyboard now extended out further thus making it easier to use. On the back we find the 5MP auto focus dual LED flash camera. The 61 x 119 x 11.7 mm measuring phone tips the scales at 134 grams and comes with a decent 3.1 inch HGVA touch screen.

Features

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The Motorola DROID Pro left its mark in some of the hardware too actually. The Motorola XPRT uses the same old 1GHz TI OMAP processor. However, nothing to worry as this processor is fast enough for this phone to run smoothly. It also comes with 2GB onboard memory which isn’t too bad.

The Motorola XPRT has the MOTOBLUR UI running with Android v.2.2 Froyo on the background. As we have mentioned numerous times before, the HTC Sense UI is going to be hard to beat but the MOTOBLUR is not too bad on this phone either. As most phones now, it has seven homescreens which you can switch between with ease. The custom Motorola widgets are more business looking than Samsung’s TouchWiz widgets but not as cool as the HTC Sense ones. Since the phone tries to attract business users with its BlackBerry-like look, its security features like the 256-bit AES data encryption and remote handle functions will definitely be a focal point. It also comes with QuickOffice Pro that is can be used to edit all variants of the Office documents. Another item worth a mention is the Motorola Phone Portal which can be used to manage all device contents via the USB cord or also through Wi-Fi.

Motorola XPRT as its cousin the Motorola DROID Pro comes with a 3.1-inch screen. These days, displays for smartphones are hardly less than 3.7 inches, thus the phone is definitely not competing in that department. With a 480 x 320 resolution -which is a far cry compared to the 854 x 480 we are used to seeing on Motorolas – it’s the brilliant touch responsiveness this phone has that makes up for it.

So if you are planning on getting a phone that takes great pictures, Motorola XPRT is not your best bet. The 5MP auto focus camera that comes with this phone produces pictures where the colors and details are a little washed out. In low light scenarios, when the LED flash was expected to perform, it didn’t. It fails to illuminate subjects well. Adding to that, you don’t get to fiddle around with the controls too much either. Exposure can be manually adjusted and you can choose from a few scenes and effects, nothing more. On the video side of things, you can shoot DVD quality videos although the colors didn’t appear well when played back. Nevertheless, the camcorder did do well when transitioning from light to dark and back to light which has to be one of the highlights on this camera.

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So where does the Motorola XPRT stand when it comes to web browsing and connectivity? It comes with 3G and Wi-Fi which is the bare minimum on all phones nowadays anyway. The Bluetooth 2.1+EDR on the phone supports a wide range of profiles, namely PBAP, HFP, A2DP, AVFRCO and OPP. Adding to that is the GPS functionality. This allows you to use apps like Google Maps for instance. The Mobile Hotspot feature is also a really cool thing with this phone. The fact that the Motorola XPRT can use Adobe Flash Player is great because that means you can see everything on the website and not just the lame stuff.

Now we move on the performance of the Motorola XPRT. We start off by mentioning the mammoth of a battery this phone carries with it. The 1860mAH battery is without doubt going to provide enough juice for all you power hungry users. If you just talk all day – well not all day- you can get up to 8 hours of talk time! Usually in our reviews, we test the battery for average phone usage. On this mammoth though, we went above average use like texting, surfing the internet and making calls a bit more than usual and still got a day out of the battery. Call quality was pretty good too, as the background noise cancellation was sweet. The speakerphone is worth a mention too, it was loud, clear and just awesome.

Pros and Cons

The Motorola XPRT with its Blackberry-like look will successfully entice business users with its security features. Adding to that is the battery that will be great for really busy people who update their Facebook status every minute.

The camera was a downer. The keyboard was better than the Motorola DROID Pro but it could have been better.

Conclusion

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The Motorola XPRT will be a phone loved by business users and Blackberry fans alike. With battery life like this, it’s definitely worth your money if you are one of those users who just need your phone to be with you all the time.

Nokia 701

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Smartphones that we have in the market currently have a variety of specs that entice users into buying them like a huge screen, a dual core processor or even a proper QWERTY keyboard. What Nokia 701 has decided to focus on is the screen brightness, one of the biggest problems we face when using a phone under direct sunlight. So are there other features to complement this phone and make it a phone wanted by many?

Design

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The Nokia 701 is made up of some classy material like the metal cover you will find on the back. Otherwise, the rest of the phone is made of tough plastic that gives you the feeling of holding a very solid in your hands just like most Nokia phones do. At a thickness of just 0.43 inches, this is a thin phone and will not make your pocket bulge. The edges of the phone can be said to be overly rounded to the extent of making the phone feel like a toy at times. This smartphone comes with a 3.5 inch LED-backlit IPS-LCD screen at a resolution of 360 x 640 which steals the show with its ClearBlack technology, but more on that later. The Nokia 701 has an 8MP fixed-focus camera sitting majestically at the back and it boasts a dual LED flash too. One of the buttons you find on the right side of the phone is the voice control button which brings up a few apps on your command. For instance say you are driving some place and get lost and would like to use the Maps application on your Nokia 701, all you got to do is say it and the phone obeys you like a genie. However, it stops short at just bringing up the app for you which means you still have to work your way through the app with your fingers. The volume rocker as well as the lock button can be found on the right side as well. At the top of the phone is where the power key, standard audio jack and the microUSB port reside.

Features

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Performing all your tasks on the Nokia 701 like browsing the internet and just getting around the interface are all quite fast and smooth although it might start to show some signs of delay when dealing with heavy apps. The boost in speed should be credited to the fact that the phone comes with a 1GHz processor. It has also got a 512MB RAM which helps make things faster than the 256MB RAM that we are used to with Nokia.

Apart from the screen, the other standout point for the Nokia 701 is that it comes running the Symbian Belle which in some aspects is able to match the other more well known UIs out there. With this UI we have multiple homescreens which can have their very own wallpapers, something new for a Nokia phone. Widgets now come in various sizes and there is also a swift pull-down notification bar that has connectivity switches. The contextual navigational buttons found at the bottom of the screen is where Belle stamps its class.

The buttons are usually the back, search and context menu button, but what’s cool is that the button actually changes according to the app that you are using. The main menu has been refined to a scrollable list of icons instead of having folders and subfolders that we used to have before. Moving on into the Belle OS, we find that the apps that come with the Nokia 701 have been updated. For instance the Contacts and Calendar apps have both had their interface improved and there were also minor details that were improved like the more compact font which means you can fit and view more of your contacts’ details in one page. Being a touch screen phone you would expect it to have a virtual keyboard and the Nokia 701 does have one. It has the same split-screen appearance that we had seen on the Symbian Anna. The messaging app is also better as you can now attach stuff to your messages easily thanks to the super cool contextual navigational strip at the bottom.

Moving on to the next highlight of the Nokia 701, the 3.5 inch LED-backlit IPS-LCD display which looks to have solved the age old problem of not being able to view your screen properly under direct sunlight. This is thanks to the 1000 nits of brightness it gives compared to the like of iPhone which gives 600 nits and the Samsung Galaxy S which stands at just 400 nits. Other than that, the viewing angles of this phone are also good and it produces bright and vivid colors.

With the navigational strip at the bottom, when you open your camera interface, all the options for taking photos can be found there which is pretty impressive. The 8MP camera on the Nokia 701 comes with the option of geotagging your pictures and it also has face detection function which comes on when the camera app is opened. The photos themselves were great when taken in well-lit environments but when you move to low lit areas, they are not so good. Another downer is that the dynamic range is not so good whenever you have contrasting or bright objects in the picture. Recording videos are now in HD 720p at a rate of 30 fps resulting in the recording to run smoothly. The noise cancellation mic did well too as we can make out our voices clearly in the videos.

Meanwhile internet browsing experience is undoubtedly the best we have seen on a Nokia phone. With the improved hardware and new interface, things like scrolling and panning in while browsing is claimed to be three times faster by Nokia. All the usual connectivity options that you would come to expect of a smartphone are found on this phone too.

The earpiece on the Nokia 701 is pretty good as we heard no hollow sounding voices or hiss although that may also be due to the lack of volume. We are happy to inform you that on the other end, our voice can be heard clearly thanks to the noise-cancelling mic. Nokia claims that battery life isn’t not affected that much due to the brighter screen. So we put it to test and realized that using the display at maximum brightness drains the battery 20-30% quicker but it is important to note that we would not be using it at that brightness level the whole time as we won’t be under direct sunlight the whole time.

Pros and Cons

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The Nokia 701 has the brightest screen out the   re meaning you can view the phone clearly under direct sunlight. The Symbian Belle is also very improved and can be compared to other modern UI we have today in more than one aspect.

The camera found on the Nokia 701 could use some work while the default browser also needs some improvement with its rendering engine.

Conclusion

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Although the screen is the obvious highlight of this phone, there are other features in the Infinix Note S that can interest you. There won’t be any regrets getting this phone unless you need a good camera to go with it.

HTC Rezound

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HTC has proven its worth as a top smartphone brand with phones like the HTC EVO 4G and Nexus One that previously won the hearts of many. Now, with the HTC Rezound, HTC brings something new to the smartphone industry by producing the first phone with a 720p screen. Besides that, the phone also packs some audio punch with its Beat Audio support. This phone might just be another one of Verizon’s successful 4G LTE phones with the recent success of the HTC ThunderBolt. So let’s find out if this could be dubbed as HTC’s second generation 4G LTE device.

Design

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The HTC Rezound borrows its design from the HTC Droid Incredible 2, so there’s nothing much that’s new in terms of design for this phone. The bezel that is gunmetal like and its rounded corners brings us back to the days when we first saw the HTC Droid Incredible 2. We liked the back of the phone as it is soft touch tiered thus allowing you to keep the phone in your hands at all times rather than letting it slip. HTC Rezound is not one of HTC’s trademark uni-body phones but it is still a solid feeling phone although being built mostly out of plastic. Since it’s made of plastic, you might think it would be a light phone to carry around. However, that’s not the case as the phone is rather heavy. At 5.06 x 2.58 x 0.54 inches, it is not a thin phone either rather it is twice the thickness of some phones out there.

Most of what we have said so far about the design might not have impressed you, but the HTC Rezound brings the phone to another level with its 720p screen. This 4.3 inch screen is the first ever phone in the US to have a 720p screen that is definitely going to win the hearts of many. Better yet, this is where the race for better screens begins. Of course under the screen we have the four capacitive Android buttons. These buttons are well positioned such that you avoid accidental presses and they also glow a deep red color when pressed. The power button as well as the standard audio jack sits on the top of the phone while the volume rocker is on the right but they are not our favorite buttons as they are very hard to differentiate from the chassis. On the left is the microUSB port which also doubles as a video-out port when there is a MHL adapter available. Flip the phone and the back you will find an 8MP auto-focus camera with a couple of LED flash.

Features  

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The HTC Rezound gets a real makeover with its processor as it sports a 1.5GHZ dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor when compared to the HTC ThunderBolt. This is a necessary improvement and it’s great that HTC has done it because the 720p screen is going to need some real juice. The 1GB DDR2 RAM onboard also helps to make things run smooth on this phone. Sadly though, when you run live wallpapers, things slow down a wee bit even though HTC Rezound has an Adreno 220 GPU running inside.

The phone comes with the latest version of HTC Sense 3.5 and runs on top of the Android v2.3.4 Gingerbread. The only other Verizon phone that has the HTC Sense 3.5 is the HTC Rhyme, so this GUI is still new and offers a lot of interesting features with a high level of customization at your fingertips. For those who are wondering if this phone will get the Android bumped up to Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the answer is a resounding yes. You will be able to upgrade come early 2012. The contacts app is amazing as not only do you get all your contacts lined up alphabetically with their picture on the side, but you also get updates from their Facebook, Twitter and Flickr accounts. This is definitely one easy way to stay in touch. The HTC Rezound also has a good calendar onboard as it also integrates with your social networking accounts and puts all your appointments in one place. Thanks to the super awesome CPU and RAM onboard, your keyboard is ultra responsive and also very well spaced out too. Adding to that is the fact that the keyboard also offers tertiary characters in the main layout itself. So sending texts would be a great experience on the HTC Rezound.

So let’s move on to the stand out feature of this phone, its 4.3 inch 720p screen which is the first of its kind. This when compared to the likes of WVGA (480 x 800) and qHD (540 x 960) is simply amazing. You actually get a pixel density of 341 ppi which means it trounces the iPhone 4S screen which offers 326 ppi. As you would expect, seeing tiny text or just text for that matter was extremely clear on the HTC Rezound. It goes without saying that other details also pop out and gives you an experience out of this world. The display also has some deep and vibrant color tones which makes up for its rather poor viewing angles. The screen is also not bright enough to handle the sun.

The camera app has now got many different visual effects that are handled well by the phone’s brilliant CPU. It also offers a large array of settings to play around with for camera junkies. So all you got to do to take a photo with the HTC Rezound is press the shutter icon on the right side of the screen and you’ll have a picture almost immediately. We would have loved to see a dedicated camera button though. The 8MP camera does a decent job at taking photos especially macro photos. The colors are sometimes too saturated and there is a purple hue at times. Also, the camera lacks detail in its shots. Videos are recorded at 1080p at a rate of 30 fps. Although recordings are smooth and noise free they lacked detail.

With Verizon’s 4G LTE internet connectivity, you can expect some super fast page loading times. Thanks to the CPU that we have mentioned a few times already, Flash contents are a breeze to run on this phone. Since you get amazing details from the screen, you don’t have to squint to make out those tiny words, plus you can always zoom in without fearing of lag issues. When it comes to connectivity options, the usual stuff are onboard like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0 as well as Wi-Fi with the mobile hotspot feature.

When it came to calling quality, Infinix didn’t disappoint. It delivers exactly what we want with some loud and clear sounds on both ends. The speakerphone is great but you might hear some crackling when you put the volume at maximum. The phone however only has a 1620 mAh battery onboard causing the battery to last for only 10 hours given the screen’s high resolution. So this might end up to be a real problem for most users.

Pros and Cons

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The screen is brilliant and the first of its kind with the 720p resolution. HTC Rezound also has good headphones that come ready in the package as well as great calling quality.

Sadly the phone is a bit large and heavy. We also would have preferred a better camera.

Conclusion

The HTC Rezound as you would have gathered by now is an amazing phone that runs amazingly fast and has that superb screen too. However, we think you might be able to get a phone that is better designed and equally good in terms of performance like the Motorola DROID RAZR. Nevertheless, if you have the cash and don’t mind the size, HTC Rezound is definitely a great buy.

Infinix smartphones give Kenya some of the best and craziest deals in 2016

Who in Kenya does not own a smartphone? Very few people lack smartphones in Kenya probably because they chose not have one or the smartphone that they had was stolen in one of the streets in Nairobi. Out of the people who own smartphones, I can guarantee you that two out of five people own an Infinix phone in Kenya. I remember that there was a time when the Infinix smartphone was almost a nuisance to most people. It was like a plague that had gotten on to everyone more so campus students. Everywhere you turned be it on a bus or in the market, you had to spot the Infinix cell phone.

A lot of fun was made concerning the Infinix mobile phone and to be honest with you, I was among the people who would not imagine buying that smartphone. I expected the craze about the Infinix phones to subside after a while but this did not happen. It took on the Kenyan market with such a storm that the jokes on it went silent and it becomes acceptable in a way that almost everyone now owns this phone including me. The only thing that I asked myself was why the rise in such a short span of time and I got the answer. Infinix smartphones have given Kenyans some of the craziest deals with smartphones that have made us fall in love with this phone.

To start with, let us take a look at some of the best deals given to us by the Infinix smartphone.

Infinix Hot 2 X510

This is one of the Infinix smartphones that has gotten so many Kenyans on board with the craze that is going on around us. Infinix Hot 2 X510 has some of the best features that you can get on a phone and with the best price in Kenya. Let me go through the specs first before I tell you the price at which you can get this smartphone.

Display – Infinix Hot 2 X510 has a 5.0-inch screen with a HD resolution of 720 × 1280 Pixels. This is the display that will give you one of the best images with your phone and give you great graphics if you are the gaming person. One good thing about this phone is the fact that it gives you the best grip because of the size that it comes with. I think most Kenyans who love something small and good at the same time will settle for this deal.

Android OS – runs on the 5 .1 version which is among the latest versions around. The good thing with the Infinix Hot 2 X510 is that it can be upgraded to 6.0 version as soon as it comes on board. This means that this Infinix smartphone will give Kenyans the experience that they would want to have when it comes to some of the latest apps in Kenya.

RAM – the Infinix Hot 2 X510 gives you the privilege of choosing between a 1 GB RAM and a 2GB RAM. This is the perfect RAM that will run all your apps with the ease that you need. You can forget about your smartphone having to always hang if you have to switch between two or more apps. I always say that Kenya is a fast moving nation and we cannot afford to be slowed down by a smartphone. This is why the Infinix smartphones comes in handy.

Internal memory – A 16GB internal memory is perfect for this phone which is quite impressive if you are the kind of person who has so much to save on your phone. With such kind of storage, there is a high probability that you will not even need to use an external memory card. In the case that you will need it, it is expandable to up to 32GB that I am sure will save most of your documents without much hustle.

Camera – The Infinix Hot 2 X510 has an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera that gives you some of the best images that you would want to have. At least if you have been around some Kenyans with the Infinix smartphone, you will agree with me that it gives some of the best images.

With around KSh 8,000 you will comfortably walk home with this smartphone. It is actually competing with some of the most expensive smartphones in Kenya that are in the range of KSh 20, 000.

Infinix Hot 3

This is another smartphone that is worth every coin that you may want to spend on a smartphone. If you are walking on the street you can be sure to meet a few people with the Infinix Hot 3. I will credit this to the fact that this is a good smartphone and that is why people will walk in the stores every day just to buy this smartphone. After going through some of the specs it comes with, you will judge whether the Infinix Hot 3 is worth your money or not.

Display – Infinix Hot 3 has a 5.5-inch display and that is one thing that makes this phone a darling to most Kenyans. This is because we will not deceive ourselves but we live phones that have large screens. The display is of high quality and you can enjoy watching videos with your smartphone.

Android OS – the Infinix Hot 3 runs on the 5.1 Android version which is one of the latest and most phones run on it. This means that if you get yourself this phone you will not feel shortchanged because you will get some of the best apps on your smartphone. If you are tired of using a smartphone that has an outdated Android version, the Infinix Hot 3 will sort out your problem.

RAM – with Infinix Hot 3 you have the option of choosing the phone that comes with a 1GB RAM or one which has a 2GB RAM. At this point, I would advise you to go for the one that comes with the 2GB RAM. This is because the higher the RAM the better the speed that you get. For Kenyans who are not heavy users of the apps on their phones, the one that comes with 1GB will work quite well with them.

Storage – we all love smartphones that have large internal storage eliminating the need to incur the cost of buying a memory card. A 16GB internal memory on the Infinix Hot 3 will give you ample space to store some of the best images and documents that you may have on your phone. If you are smart enough then you can be uploading some of your data on Google drive and such storages. This will make it possible for you to always have space to save your documents and you may never need to buy a memory card. In the case where such a need arises, the storage can be expanded up to 32GB with the use of a Micro SD card.

Camera – the Infinix Hot 3 has an 8MP back camera and a 2MP front camera that is capable of giving you some of the best images that you would ever want to have on your smartphone. I love the camera because the images are clear and it might be difficult to get a new phone in Kenya with the price that the Infinix Hot 3 comes with and can give you quality images as this phone does.

Other factors that make this phone tick is that the battery capacity which is awesome as it comes with a 3000mAh battery capacity. This gives you something that you have never received from any other smartphone. Your phone can be on for over a whole day and you don’t have to carry a power bank everywhere you go. With all the amazing features you can get it a price of less than KSh 8, 000. I think that this is a great deal from a phone that has so much to offer to the user than what we may get from other deals in town.

Conclusion

The above are not only the Infinix smartphones in Kenya that will give you some of the best and crazy deals that you may not get anywhere else. The list is endless and there are so many options that you can choose from the Infinix brand and the price will not be unfair to you.

I guess I finally got the answer to why everyone has been carried away by the Infinix wave that has swept all over Kenya. The other thing that will make you go for this phone at any day is the fact that it will give you the best quality that you are sometimes left to wonder whether you deserve the deal or not. If you are keen you will notice that the numbers of the people who own the Infinix smartphones have increased over the last few years. I expect that this numbers will shoot up as the year progress.

HTC Inspire 4G

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HTC has released the very phone that has potential to compete with Apple and Blackberry’s latest products. The HTC Inspire 4G is a smartphone packed with the latest Andriod software, and also a great deal of impressive features waiting for you to discover and experiment.

Design

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The very first impression of the HTC Inspire 4G is that it is huge. Noticeably, it has a very wide screen, which explains its big size. This makes media viewing easier, as pictures, videos and documents are better viewed on a larger screen. However, surprisingly, its weight doesn’t match its size. Weighing only a mere 164 grams, it is easily held and will weigh down your pockets. The HTC Inspire 4G is definitely not a let-down compared to its predecessors, as the hardware and the designs by HTC always surpass other smartphone brands.

HTC describes this new model as “sleek”, and it definitely is. Its design is so exquisite that some buttons are barely noticeable. The device is dominated by its large display, and the only feature that’s obvious when you look at the front display is the silver speaker, thus giving it a modest yet sophisticated look.

The HTC Inspire 4G is extremely solid and sturdy, as its unibody chassis is made from high quality metal alloy. The slim design of the Inspire 4G makes it a hit among young people, as nowadays “thin is cool”, making it lightweight and nice to carry around. The only drawback is that its size is on the large side, and may not be able to fit in some pockets, causing certain inconvenience.

Features

As you can see, the HTC Inspire 4G comes with an attention -catching large touch screen interface, the norm in HTCs. Its 4.3” Super LCD display works with the WVGA (480 x 800) resolution that is very popular nowadays. The visuals are sharp and detailed with excellent colour contrast. The display is still as clear as ever even with different viewing angles. The back-lit capacitive touch buttons beneath the LCD display screen are very eye-catching. The sensitive touch screen and buttons capture our figure motions accurately, which is worth acknowledging.

It also provides you with an amazing call quality. Normal noises and chatter will not affect the quality of your call. Under normal circumstances, the person on the other side of the line won’t even notice that you are talking on a cell phone. The voice quality is crystal clear. Only very loud or high pitch noises will affect your call. Another plus is that even if the coverage is left with a mere one or two bars, your call will still be put through, which is just the opposite with some other mobile phones, which you’ll be unable to make a call without decent coverage.

The HTC Inspire 4G is equipped with the Android OS browser which fast performance runs unaffected even with multiple windows or tabs. It also provides smooth scrolling, and you can zoom on text or pictures with just a pinch of your fingers. With the HTC Inspire 4G; you can enjoy connectivity services such as 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which all connects perfectly. You can join networks and browse the net wherever Wi-Fi hotspots are available. However, if there is a 4G network, it loads much faster!

The HTC Inspire 4G is the right phone for the avid user of social networking. You can update your status on the go, anytime, anywhere. With Sense UI by HTC, your social activity is not organized by network, but by person, meaning you can see anyone’s site straightaway, without the need of entering the social network first. Which means if you want to check up on your other half, just tap on his or her name and all their activities will appear before you! Where they are, what are they doing, their latest tweets and Facebook statuses, and even their recently updated photo albums. HTC Inspire 4G also does great in locating your friends on social networking sites, and it doesn’t matter if they are using different or quirky usernames. It has a knack for matching them together.

Good news for workaholics here! The Inspire 4G comes with the Quickoffice app (compatible with Microsoft Office), allowing you to create files and edit saved documents as well. You can also send and receive documents via email or Bluetooth to your superior or colleagues straightaway.

Other thoughtful little details include the desk clock and calendar applications.

The clock displays the current time as well as weather conditions, and you can change between mode and world time using the tabs at the bottom. Alarm clock, timer and stopwatch functions are also included. The calendar app comes with different views that include daily, weekly, and monthly layouts. It also supports multiple calendars, and you can create separate ones for your work and personal life. The pre-loaded Google Maps beta allows you to scroll and pan maps and even view buildings in 3D with the extra touchscreen gestures. It has clearly labelled public transit stops and functions like a mini GPS, by providing directions by vehicle, public transport and also on foot. Other applications can be purchased from the Andriod market.

The HTC Inspire 4G is like a pocket entertainment hub. Its music player is easy to use and even has great sound quality. It doesn’t lag at all when you’re viewing videos, no matter if its mp4 files or YouTube videos. The large screen and multiple viewing angles are a plus in this aspect. The Reader eBook app is also pre-installed and pre-loaded with some classic eBooks, including Jane Eyre, White Fang, and so on.

The HTC Inspire 4G is equipped with an eight megapixel camera and is able to take cystal clear images. The camera also self-focus and take brilliant shots with excellent quality. Though there will be a little delay as the camera focuses, the photo quality is guaranteed. You can also take pictures with the 12 different photo effects that include solarize, distortion, sepia, posterize etc. Not to forget the different modes such as self-portrait, face detention as well as features such as timer, geo-tagging and auto send or upload to your favourite social networking sites. You can also play around with its photo editing features which include basic rotation, cropping and effects such as auto-corrects, antique, glimmer and so on.

It is the norm for smartphones to use up a lot of battery, due to their many applications and features. To combat this, the Inspire 4G has a power saver mode to extend battery life and help preserve your Inspire 4G’s longevity. You can manage the settings when this mode is turned on (default: 15% battery remaining). With the Manage Applications hub, you are also able to track what applications are running and kill those that are not being used actively manually or by Force Stop, which kills them all automatically.

Pros and Cons

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The HTC Inspire appears to be a good buy, as it is affordable and more so if purchased with a package. The beautiful large LCD display makes it appealable to all age groups. You won’t need to bring a camera around as its 8 megapixel camera is superb in quality and captures near-professional images. The connectivity services are well equipped and efficient. It includes many convenient and interesting applications and features for you to play around with. It also gives you crystal-clear call quality and a fast performance.

However, a bane is that the size is bigger than normal and can get a bit inconvenient to bring around. It would be better if it included a front facing camera for taking self-portraits and Skype calls. Sometimes, the capacitive touch buttons may be pressed accidentally too.

Conclusion

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We here at LatestPhones would definitely recommend the HTC Inspire 4G, as the features are so attractive and the design so captivating. The best part is that is affordably priced. It’s so good that the few banes are even negligible, good enough for you to make up your mind to change to a new phone. And you can be well assured that it will not disappoint you.