I have just recieved 2 Windows 8 Phones for testing. The HTC Windows Phone 8X and the Samsung ATIV Odyssey. Upon first looks the HTC is better looking than the Samsung, but I've only had them for a day. Stay tuned for more.
Over the past few months I’ve had the privilege of having the Droid Razr Maxx HD from Verizon. Not to spoil anything, but this is one of the best Android devices I’ve had to date. It was fast, fluid and had a pretty good battery life. That’s just the nutshell version, now on to the nuts and bolts.
I started out to do a full review of the LG Intuition but due to some technical difficulties on Verizon’s end the device couldn’t be activated, so I’ll just pop out a quick few words on this device.
This is a powerful device packed into a small package.
I had a little time with the Verizon iPad 3. This isn’t going to be a long post because everyone already knows what the iPad is and what it does.
First thing, the screen is amazing, but we all knew that, this is just about the 4G LTE, which in my area was ok, but not as fast as the phones. I was only getting about 4-5 MB down in all my speed tests. I did however find that the hotspot feature lived up to it’s hype, and could use it flawlessly for hours on end.
I don’t know if it was my area, or if the rumors that Verizon is throttling the iPad data stream, but even though I could use the hotspot feature with my Mac and iPhone connected to the iPad, the speed was still not as fast as say the Galaxy Nexus, which constantly got 20 MB download connections.
That being said, since I work in a tech industry, and rely on an always on connection to remotely connect to clients and do meetings and such, having an iPad with a cellular connection was very nice, the not so nice thing is the pricing and the data caps, I was given a tester iPad with no cap, but in two days, I’d already used more than 3 GB of data.
The 2 GB plan would be fine for most people, and granted Verizon does have a better 4G network, but you can get 3 GB for the same price from AT&T, and when they get 4G in all areas, you’ll still have the 3 GB. I am not endorsing one over the other, but I truly believe the carriers should have the same limits, or just get rid of the iPad data caps, and bring back the unlimited, which I know will never happen.
Anyway, the Verizon one ran fine on their network, data was always available when I needed it, which is a good thing.
I highly recommend if you haven’t gotten an iPad yet, this is the one to get.
To say I really wanted to get my hands on this phone was an understatement. I’ve been anxious to get my hands on a device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ever since they announced it. So let us begin:
The Galaxy Nexus is a fairly decent device with a 4.65-inch 720p display, a dual core GPU, but the camera is only a 5 MP sensor, and it doesn’t really take the best photos. There is a welcome addition of an LED notification light on the front of the device in the center on the bottom, it’s also an RGB light, so it’ll change colors based on the type of notification you are getting.
With Android 4.0 they’ve also decided to do away with the hardware buttons, so it’s only got a sleep/wake button and a volume rocker for hardware buttons, the rest are software based.
The past month I’ve had the chance to fully test the Motorola Droid RAZR. This phone is big and thin, and it’s very nice looking. I do have to say that it’s a much better phone than the Bionic, so if you have a Bionic, I’m sorry.
The phone itself is a mix of aluminum, Kevlar and Gorilla Glass. However, it may seem tough, but the back of the phone is quite slick, so I was always afraid of dropping it, and it seemed like it was just a tad too big to feel comfortable in the hand.
I recently had a few weeks with the Droid Bionic and some accessories. In the spirit of full disclosure after about 4 days with the first Bionic, the device went dead because of the battery, and after a full night on the charger it wouldn’t wake up, it was totally dead. I browsed all sorts of forums and googled the issue, but no one seems to know what exactly happened. I received my second unit, and it has worked flawlessly ever since.
That being said, let’s get into the review. As usual, I’ll start with the hardware specs of the device. It packs a 1 GHz Dual core Cortex-A9, it’s got 1 GB of memory, 16 GB of storage with an included 16GB microSD card. It’s also got an 8 MP camera with LED flash and full 1080p video recording with a front facing VGA camera. It also has Verizon 4G LTE as well as wifi and the usual suspects of GPS, etc. It also does come with the latest version of Android which is Gingerbread.
One of the biggest gripes I have with this phone, even though it’s got 16GB of internal memory, roughly have of it is loaded with software you cannot delete, such as Citrix GoToMeeting, Quickoffice, VCast Music, Verizon Media Manager and Verizon Back Up Assistant, Blockbuster, MOTOPRINT, Let’s Golf 2, Zumocast and others. I can see how some people might want these, but I truly wish the carriers and manufacturers would let the consumers decide and offer them as an optional download.
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