Saturday, January 28, 2012

Review: Motorola DROID RAZR

Review: Motorola DROID RAZR
Review: Motorola DROID RAZR
By Rey M Baguio
Some say the Motorola DROID RAZR is the most exciting Android device that has been launched recently. And yet, some would say it is just all hype and that it doesn't deserve to get that iconic RAZR name. This 4G LTE device comes with a powerful processor and relatively high-resolution display; but should this already make it the phone Motorola has come up with since the first RAZR? Well, let us try to check this unit out and see if delivers.

Starting with the design, this handset really does have the look which is the perfect evolution of the droid category. The tough Gorilla glass and that metal chassis with Kevlar backing are combined to give the Droid RAZR the beautiful display. The angular edges of the RAZR are still surprisingly soft and that high gloss finishes is perfectly married to a matte case-back.

Don't be fooled, it's not all beauty and no specs to brag. The RAZR boasts of top-of-the-line specs and they are all stuffed into the thinnest and lightest smartphone cases to date. How can it not be? With its 7.1 millimeters, you can't find 4G LTE device that's as thin right now. This thin case houses a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage and a 16GB micro-SD card that's pre-installed. With these features, it won't be a surprise if this RAZR will smash and crush all other Android devices.

Yes, the features do sound amazing to have on a handset. But still you can notice some things that just don't measure up. The Super AMOLED screen might be impressive by itself but it seems like other competitors- like Samsung and its Super AMOLED Plus displays- got the better vivid and bright colors. But give it to Motorola, they thought of protecting the display and added the Gorilla Glass to make sure the device can hold up to heavy usage.

This review is not going to be complete if battery life is not mentioned. A powerful handset is kind of disappointing if won't let you use it for longer hours. It not convenient to always have your battery charger with you everywhere you go for fear of getting no power within the day. With moderate use, the device's battery would last for almost two days. Sad thing though, probably one of the drawbacks of this handset, is that the battery isn't removable. But it might not be a big deal for most.

In a nutshell, the DROID RAZR has got a beautiful design and an amazing display which comes in the thinnest case for Androids. The features and great specs are hard not to notice that you wouldn't mind some of its flaws.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Web Browsing And Connectivity On The New Samsung Galaxy R

Web Browsing And Connectivity On The New Samsung Galaxy R

Web Browsing And Connectivity On The New Samsung Galaxy R
By Matthew Bruen

Recently we have been taking a look at various aspects of the Samsung Galaxy R, a new mid range smartphone from the Korean manufacturers. This time we explore the web browser that is used on this model and we also take a look at the connectivity options that are available.

Android mobile phones have always boasted great web browsers and the Samsung Galaxy R is no exception. Tabbed browsing is supported by the device which means that you can have several web pages open at the same time and then simply select the page that you wish to view. You can access the tabbed browsing view via the menu bar located at the bottom of the screen or alternatively there has been a neat shortcut added to this model. When using the pinch to zoom facility if you reduce the page size below the minimum level the phone gives you a great overview of all the web pages that you currently have open. From this screen you can easily select the page that you want to view. Zoom mode can also be activated by a double tap on the phones display which is great if there are areas of text that you find to small to read easily. Users have the ability to set the brightness level of the browser independently from the overall level you set for the rest of the phone. This means that you can view internet sites at optimum quality without it having a negative effect on the battery life of your device.

The web browser on the Samsung Galaxy R includes Flash 11 support to help you achieve the best possible browsing experience. This feature means that you can view videos on sites such as YouTube without leaving the page. When we tested this facility it worked superbly even when playing back clips in 720P resolution. The inclusion of Flash facilities also means that user can play a variety of online games. In terms of connectivity the Galaxy R offers a wealth of different options to ensure that users can access the internet at all times. The phone can connect to a 3G network which offers extremely fast mobile data transfer speeds. If a 3G connection is not available then the phone also offers support for GPRS and EDGE networks. As you would expect the Galaxy R includes WiFi facilities meaning consumers can use Wireless LAN networks to achieve the ultimate online experience.

The Samsung Galaxy R is a superb phone with many great features. The web browser incorporated is really hard to beat and this is backed up by extensive connectivity options that ensure internet access is always available.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Blackberry Torch 9800 Review - My First Smart Phone

Blackberry Torch 9800 Review - My First Smart Phone
By Rick Gordon

This Blackberry Torch 9800 review will reveal my personal experience with this smart phone. Since this is my first smart phone, I cannot compare it to other models such as the Iphone and Evo 4G.

First, I would like to say that I really like this phone. I was really apprehensive about getting a smart phone because I didn't want to pay $30 for a data plan. After my contract expired, I was in the market for a new phone. AT&T recently started offering limited data plan for $15 that allows 200 MB/mo so I decided to go for it.

I discovered that the limited plan was all I needed. The Blackberry Torch 9800, like other phones allow you to connect to a WIFI connection. Since I have wireless internet in my house, I can connect my phone to my WIFI without using any data. The same is true if you go to a hotspot area designated by your provider or any place that offers free WIFI. Once you save a hotspot to your phone, it automatically connects when you enter that area.

I like the ability to browse the internet when I'm away from my PC for quick NBA scores or quick photo uploads to my Facebook page. Even if I'm near my laptop, I'll use the Blackberry Torch to check my email instead of waiting for my laptop to boot.

The apps are really cool on this device. I'm sure that I am not really using this phone up to its full potential yet. I like the Pandora music app in which you can stream your own personal radio station that plays songs of you favorite artists. You need an unlimited data plan or connect to a WIFI area as this uses a lot of data. Other apps I use regularly is The Weather Channel, Facebook, Movie, Bloomberg, and ATT's myWireless to monitor my usage.

I haven't used this phone extensively for business purposes yet by I can see the potential to do so. You can hook up your email to your Blackberry Torch 9800 to get emails away from your PC. There are other business apps that I have yet to explore.

This device comes with a headset that you can use for hands free talking. I never was a fan for hands free talking but since I've had this phone, I'm kind of addicted to it. The Blackberry Torch 9800 is big and bulky compared to other phones I've had. This is good for using the touch screen but can be uncomfortable for talking.

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