A high-end phone with dual SIM could be a real boon for business travellers, and while it’s hard to criticise this highly usable product, the V350 isn’t that phone. It’s most likely to appeal to those currently juggling two mediocre Android-based phones.
Sony Ericsson has done a good job with Xperia Arc S. You get an awful lot of capability for the price, and the screen, good camera and fast processor are highlights among many positive features. This is a very strong handset indeed.
Sony Ericsson really hasn’t done enough here to make the musical aspects of the Mix Walkman stand out – and without the added allure of 3G or an app store to expand on what’s on board (though Java apps are supported) we find this handset hard to recommend.
Even with our caveats, it’s hard not to really like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It’s a neat tablet with minimalist chassis design, a superb screen, and no real problems handling applications, thanks to its powerful processor.
If the iPhone 4 had been already trounced by recent Android competition, there’d be more ground to make up. Yet last year’s iPhone 4 remains in 2011 about the fastest, longest-lasting and easiest to use smartphone on the market. The Apple iPhone 4S simply ups the ante with a faster processor – and graphics to take on dedicated consoles – improved camera optics and a talking assistant that can genuinely make your life easier. There’s a lot to be said for refining an already winning formula. It may resemble last year’s vintage, but the iPhone 4S pours a lot of new wine into an old bottle.
The Iconia Tab A100 makes a very good case for Android Honeycomb on a 7in screen tablet. Performance and responsiveness are impressive, and we had no issues with accurate input despite the smaller screen and icons.We expected smaller also to equal cheaper; here you settle for convenience, but Acer has set a high standard for the size.
The small screen won’t appeal to everyone, but if you can get used to it, there’s a massive amount of features built into the Ray for a comfortable midrange price.
Windows 7.5 Mango certainly offers a lot of useful improvements on its predecessor but it’s no game changer. It remains to be seen if developers will embrace it and begin populating the Marketplace in the kind of numbers it will need to compete with Apple and Android. That said, the HTC Radar is a perfectly fine, if unspectacular vehicle for it – more pocket-friendly than the HTC Titan, and with a solid list of features.
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HTC Radar: Verdict
Although small on changes, Mango has helped make Windows Phone much better, that said the OS is chronically undersupported by apps and although HTC’s Hub tries to help it’s still incredibly noticeable and has you yearning for the same apps found on Android or iOS, even BlackBerry.
If social media is more your thing however then the HTC Radar is for you with superb integration of all the major social-networks and a seamless ability to switch between. Therein however lies the problem, for those who don’t want that you’ll find yourself longing for more and sadly the Radar falls short in that department with an average camera, lack of apps and a 1GHz processor in a smartphone world increasingly inhabited by faster more powerful handsets.
The Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman wills buyers to believe it’s a smartphone, with an interface that looks snazzy and seems to offer plenty of connected functionality at a quick glance. The problem is that it isn’t, and doesn’t. There’s no 3G connectivity, and while Wi-Fi is on-board the clumsy implementation of built-in apps makes web browsing and social networking feel clunkier than it would with other phones.
Overall, the HTC radar is an excellent mid-range smartphone. Sure, it has some issues, such as the lack of support for microSD cards. However, the phone looks stylish, feels very robust and is speedy too. In fact, the whole package feels very slick and easy to use, in an almost iPhone-esque way.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S isn’t a phone that blows us away. In fact, considering it’s Sony Ericsson’s current top of the line, it’s a bit disappointing. There’s no dual-core processor and the build is underwhelming. However, just as with the original Arc, the Arc S packs in the essential features, has a nice screen and a great camera. What’s more it’s available for a decent price, making it a sound investment if you’re not after the absolute biggest and best.
Originally published at OneMobileRing.com