Friday, April 27, 2012

Top 10 Android Phones



1 HTC One X

The quad-core Tegra 3-powered HTC One X lands at the top of both our Android and smartphone list.

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 HTC One X

 

2 Samsung Galaxy S II i9100

The Galaxy S II is truly a one of a kind smartphone, standing leagues ahead of its Android rivals.

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 Samsung Galaxy S II i9100

3 Samsung Galaxy Note

With a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display, this is the "most comfortable" touchscreen phone

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 Samsung Galaxy Note

4 Sony Xperia S

It has good hardware, excellent build quality and design and a very good display

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 Sony Xperia S
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5 Motorola Razr

The Razr is back, and it is better than ever. This time, it is dressed in Kevlar!

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6 HTC Sensation XE

Extra power offered by 1.5GHz processor coupled with excellent looks make this a phone worth check
 

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7 HTC Sensation XL

Benchmarks show HTC Sensation XL as an inferior device, which isn't how it feels when you are using

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 HTC Sensation XL

8 LG Optimus 3D

Expecting the Optimus 3D to be a novelty, we were surprised to find it a very solid & capable device.

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 LG Optimus 3D

9 LG Optimus 2X

The 1st dual-core mobile phone in world, the LG Optimus 2X has got what it takes to make Android sing!

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  LG Optimus 2X

10 Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

Takes on dual-core phones with single core processor, and yet puts up a fight.

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 Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S
 

all about samsung galaxy SIII



Samsung Galaxy SIII to come with Exynos 4 quad-core processor

Samsung Galaxy SIII to come with Exynos 4 quad-core processor
 
Samsung has said that its next generation Galaxy Smartphone will house a quad-Corec processor. The new processor is called Exynos 4 Quad is a 32nm processor. The next generation Samsung Galaxy smartphone, so far known as the Samsung Galaxy SIII is expected to be unveiled next month. The Exynos 4 Quad will not only be used in smartphones but in Samsung’s tablets as well. The chip will be clocked at a speed of 1.4GHz.
The fact that the processor in the Samsung Galaxy S III is a 32nm chip is a big deal breaker considering that the third generation iPad and the iPhone 4 and 4S use 45nm chipsets.
In a statement released, Samsung said, "Already in production, the Exynos 4 Quad is scheduled to be adopted first into Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone that will officially be announced in May. The Exynos 4 Quad processor is a crucial element in providing our customers with a PC-like experience on mobile devices. Samsung's next Galaxy device, which will be officially announced soon, offers uncompromised performance and ground breaking multi-tasking features."
Samsung’s press release also says, “In addition, the new processor was architected to drive up to 1366 x 768 (WXGA) display and incorporates a full HD 30 frame per second video hardware codec engine for high resolution 1080p video recording and play-back, an embedded image signal processor interface for high-quality camera functionality and an HDMI 1.4 interface for sharp and crisp multimedia content transmission.”
Samsung has also revealed a video that shows off some of the capabilities of the new processor. Take a look at the video below:
 

Samsung Galaxy S III rumoured to launch on March 30

 
 
Recently a number of reports and rumours regarding Samsung's next flagship smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S III, have hit the Internet. The device was previously rumoured to be launched at the MWC 2012 event in February. However, Samsung came out with another Galaxy device, Galaxy S II plus, at the event. The Galaxy S III has been long rumoured to launch in first half of this year. According to the latest round of rumours, the Samsung Galaxy S III will be launched in London on the 30th of March.
The fresh Samsung Galaxy S III rumours have been triggered by images of a store in London called Phones 4u with a banner with the message ‘Coming 30.3.12’ . Tech site Gizmodo, which published the photos, pointed out that previous rumours had hinted Samsung will announce its new flagship device in April or May but not in March. Also, Phones 4u had the Galaxy Nexus exclusively in the U.K. when it was first released, so “it’s possible Samsung’s done another deal with the high street retailer here too”.
Android Central in its report however says the teaser is of some mid-range of Samsung device not the Galaxy S III. “Let's not forget that this is a phone store in London. Samsung's last major London event was at the slightly more impressive Battersea Power Station, where the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus were both on show. Taking all this into account, we're going to take a punt on this and say that it's likely to be something mid or low range,” the website states.
The Galaxy S III is supposedly going to have 7-mm width and will take on Motorola's RAZR XT910, which is touted as the world's slimmest phone. The device is said to have a 12MP camera with an LED flash. The display of the Galaxy SIII will be e a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Plus with an HD resolution. It will most likely feature Samsung’s own quad-core Exynos SoC, up to 32GB on onboard storage and whole gig of RAM.

Samsung to unveil Galaxy S III on May 3

 
The “Next Galaxy” or the much awaited Samsung Galaxy S III, will be officially unveiled on May 3 at an event in London, for which invitations (seen below) are being circulated.
We’ve been hearing about the Galaxy S III from October last year, and were expecting it at CES 2012, and then MWC 2012. Numerous speculated specifications have been doing the rounds ever since the first rumours, with anticipations building proportionately with the lack of official information. Unfortunately, Samsung has not put any of the rumours to rest, and we’ll have to wait till the May 3 launch for more details.
The Samsung Galaxy S II did very well in most markets, with users impressed by the phone’s raw performance, and brilliant AMOLED display (read our review of the Galaxy S II). The Galaxy S III, as the new flagship of the biggest mobile manufacturer in the world, has a lot of expectations riding on it, and accordingly, the rumoured specifications are suitably spectacular as well.
A quad-core processor is more than a definite possibility, with almost all the latest generation of devices from other major manufacturers toting four processing cores. The Galaxy S III is rumoured to sport a quad-core Exynos 4412 chipset of unknown clock speed, along with something (supposedly 5 times) better than the Mali 400 GPU seen on the S II. Just how well it will perform against the 1.5GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, with its 5-Plus-1 architecture, remains to be seen.
The Galaxy S III is expected to bear a 4.7-inch or 4.6-inch Super AMOLED Plus HD display, with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. While 2GB of RAM has been rumoured in the past, it seems unlikely Samsung would see the need for anything beyond 1GB. The device will once again push the bounds of slimness, with a 7 mm thickness one of the more recent rumours.
A 12MP camera is expected on Samsung’s new flagship Android device, with a W750 BSI CMOS sensor, autofocus, and LED flash, capable of 1080p HD video recording. A 1.3MP front-facing camera will probably also make its way onto the device. As with the Galaxy S II, the device is expected to ship in 16GB and 32GB variants, and this time, a 64GB variant might also be available.
Stay tuned for updates before the event – more specs are likely to leak before launch, as is becoming common these days.

Sony Xperia S Review


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Price: 32,549 

Rating: Good
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Features:
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Performance:
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Value:
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Design:

PROS

  • Premium build
  • Fits well in the hand
  • Excellent display
  • Lots of internal storage
  • Camera that works well for the most part

CONS

  • Camera behaves badly during night shots
  • Timescape UI feels boxy
  • Needs Android ICS update quickly

Summary

Sony really needs to push the ICS updates out of the door, very quickly. The Xperia S seems to have everything in place - good hardware, excellent build quality and design and a very good display. However, Sony needs to get the UI sorted. When compared straight with the HTC Sense, the UI just looks boxy. But with the ICS update inevitable, this is a pretty decent device to buy.
  • Specifications & Performance

It is quite rare to find a phone that is almost perfect. We were honoured to meet a second such device in quick succession. Close on the heels of the HTC One X came the Sony Xperia S. And both the phones, though they are in different smartphone categories, do most things right - the perfect translation of potential into performance.
Look & Feel
The Sony Xperia S has a very premium build quality. It feels worth the price, and no point of time does it look less expensive than what it really is. To start off, the transparent strip running below the display only breaks the darkness of the piano black glass. Labeled on this transparent strip are the three icons - return, home and options. However, the actual keys are the touch sensitive ones just above the strip, indicated by three tiny dots. The video-calling camera sits on the right top corner above the screen. Compare on either side of this glass, and it is like the city of Liverpool divided by the Mersey River - completely different from the other. While it is the darkly shiny bit around the display, the rubberized finish below it adds a contrasting dimension. Also, this rubberized finish flows all the way around to the back also.
Speaking of which, this finish of the rear panel is helpful when gripping the phone and typing with the same hand - the Xperia S doesn’t slip around as some phones do. Towards the top is the 12MP camera, which we feel is a little too far that way. We shall get to that point later. Sony haven’t given the Xperia S the unibody design goodness, which means the rear panel can be opened to access the micro SIM slot. However, the battery is locked away from user access. We would have loved to see this phone with the unibody build, and the micro SIM slot could have been implemented on a spine. There are covers for the HDMI port as well as the micro USB port. While the covers themselves are quite solid, the hinge holding them is surprisingly flimsy plastic. We would be very careful every time we plug in the phone for charging, fearing even the slightest rough use will break it.
Two issues with the design elements though. First, the touch sensitive keys below the display aren’t easy to get used to immediately. The finger will always assume the transparent strip is the actual key, whereas it isn't! Secondly, the camera could have been placed a bit better. Currently, it is too close to the top edge, and in most scenarios of holding the phone in landscape mode to click a picture, you will have to be extra careful of not blocking it.
The build quality is brilliant overall, with a definite premium feel to it. Fits well in the hand, despite multiple curves and flat areas converging on one front. The transparent strip may be perceived as a gimmick, but it silently brings in a bit of illumination to an otherwise dark “yet another phone” design. And that accentuates the other likeable things with the design as well. While the Xperia S doesn’t stand out in a crowd of smartphones by some shouty design elements, this one definitely does it smartly.

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