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.
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.
It has a 4.3-inch, 800×480 display, but inside it only packs a single core processor. It does seem to be somewhat responsive, but I had to kill tasks quite a bit, and it seemed to need a reboot more than any other phone I’ve used. It comes packed with GPS, WiFi and a Verizon 4G LTE radio.
If you rely on GPS and location based services, it was very slow to get my location and gather the information.
The good thing about it is the LTE service. I was very impressed by the speed, I was consistently getting 12-15 Mbps down and between 2.5-4 up.
I have to admit that when I was offered the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for review I was pretty skeptical about another android tablet. Since I had some time with the Xoom and it was decent, but not quite ready for primetime. This device however feels a little better than the Xoom, and offers a good set of hardware.
This tablet was the closest in design to the iPad 2, and it felt good to hold it, it wasn’t very heavy, and it was easy to carry around for a long time.
I recently had time to look at the HTC Trophy, Verizion’s first Windows Phone 7 device. Let’s dive in:
If you’re looking for the fastest phone, then this probably isn’t for you, but it does come with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, it sports a 3.8-inch capacitive touch screen, 802.11n Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, GPS, FM Radio. It also comes with 8 GB of fixed flash storage with 512MB ROM, and 576MB of RAM. It also has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, and is able to take video in 720p. The bad thing is no front facing camera.
The phone is small, and it was easy to hold and use, and felt natural in the hand. The battery was good, as I could get a good 24 hours of usage out of it, and with minimal usage I could get a couple days usage.
I really liked this phone, and all in all for the people who are afraid of smartphones, this is one of the best for a beginner.
It’s got a 4.3-inch 854×480 screen, 1GHz OMAP processor, 512MB RAM, 24GB storage, 8-mega-pixel stills, 720p HD video, DLNA w/HDMI Micro out, three mics for noise cancellation and wireless N with 3G hot spot capability. It’s powerful, and it’s got a good design, but there’s more to the story.
I had time to look at the Kin One and Two over the past couple weeks, and I have to say, Microsoft really knows how to screw up a phone. It’s not quite a smartphone, but it’s also a little more than a regular phone, as it ties into the major social networks, has no app store, and they still charge you for a smartphone plan.
That being said, I got used to not being able to do anything but look at and update my status on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Windows Live, but that’s about all you can do, besides email.
Until today, Google Voice was a neat service you needed an invite to get into. Now Googles thrown open the doors, letting anyone who wants One Number to Rule Them All—or just web-based voicemail on your current number.
Google’s long-term plans for Voice has been an interesting exercise in educated guesses. Google acquired the clever GrandCentral service, then did nothing for what seemed like a long time. Then Google Voice emerged, under limited beta, and started shutting down GrandCentral. After that, the Voice team acquired VoIP service Gizmo5, and shut down new sign-ups there, too. Just this morning, we updated our guide to updated our guide to making free Google Voice calls—with no idea what would come an hour later.
Head over to Google Voice and activate your free account with a Google log-in. You’ll get to choose between keeping your existing number and upgrading it with Google Voicemail, or taking on a new main Google Voice number, one that can ring your cell, home and office lines, desktop VoIP setup, and allow for web-based texting without any charges and pretty cheap international calls. Number portability, and no-setup web calls, are potentially on the way.
Tell us what you think of Voice, now that you’ve finally got a free crack at it, in the comments. What’s the coolest feature you hadn’t heard about? What still needs implementing?
The Droid Incredible has been out for less than a week now and it’s by far the best Android phone on the market. The hardware is fast and HTC has upped the internal storage to 8 gigs, but no included microSD card, which for most people will make them go and buy one because the Android OS doesn’t recognize the internal storage for some apps and an external card is needed.
Moving on, HTC has polished up the interface a little with Android and Sense UI, and running apps was fast, as well as doing things, the whole experience on this phone was good, but being a heavy smartphone user, I had to charge the battery twice a day, the battery life was ok for normal use, but heavy users would want an extra battery.