smartphone resources http://www.smartphoneresources.com Tips and Resources Wed, 31 Oct 2012 06:11:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.1 Samsung Galaxy S3 VS iPhone 5: 50 Reasons Why Galaxy S3 Is Better [Video] http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/samsung-galaxy-s3-vs-iphone-5-50-reasons-why-galaxy-s3-is-better-video http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/samsung-galaxy-s3-vs-iphone-5-50-reasons-why-galaxy-s3-is-better-video#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 06:11:50 +0000 admin http://www.smartphoneresources.com/?p=791 Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy s3 is a major fight in the smartphone industry these days, representing the battle not just between two mobile platforms, but also between two big corporations.

We presented to you some iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 comparisons recently, with neither device capable to win and we had a few: Speed Test: iPhone 5 VS Samsung Galaxy S3Drop Test : Between iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3.

While both smartphones have their pros and cons, in this post we are going to check out 50 reasons why Samsung Galaxy S3 is better than iPhone 5. Yes! 50 reasons. While you may not need, or even want all the 50 interesting features of Samsung Galaxy S3, you can find some features that you will love. There's a lot of videos YouTube that compare those samrtphones but today we want to share with you a cool video fight, check out the video below.

It can be a bit hard for you to note of them all with the so many reasons given in the video. So, we’ve made the list below for you to refer to. Enjoy!

  • NFC capabilities
  • DLNA technology
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Removable battery
  • LED notifications
  • Bigger 4.8 inch screen
  • True HD resolution at 720p
  • Widgets
  • Live wallpapers
  • Wireless toggles
  • Available on all major carriers
  • Face unlock
  • Lock screen shortcuts
  • SmartStay
  • Pop up play
  • C Pen
  • Best shot
  • Data usage controls
  • Battery statistics
  • True multitasking
  • Adobe Flash
  • Multiple app stores
  • More e-mail attachment options
  • More in-app sharing options
  • Google Maps and Street View
  • File explorers, works like USB flash drive
  • Haptic feedback
  • Voice controls (different from voice assistants)
  • Driving mode
  • Browsing options (desktop mode, offline reading, incognito)
  • T9 dialing
  • Wireless app management
  • Better app integration
  • Power saving
  • App refund policy
  • Hide or disable any app
  • Reject list
  • Direct call
  • Double tap to top
  • Smart alert
  • Tilt to zoom
  • Pan to move
  • Turn over to mute
  • Easier screenshots
  • Custom launchers
  • Custom lock screens
  • Third party keyboards
  • Universal microUSB charging port
  • USB host (for USB connections)
  • Share shot and buddy photo share

Android fans will certainly appreciate this post that shows off some of the interesting features of the Samsung Galaxy S3 as compared to  other smartphones out there, particularly the iPhone 5. But, this is definitely not the final battle between the two famous phones, as the same guys will also do a video showing us what makes the iPhone 5 better than Galaxy S3.

Now what smartphone will you buy this Christmas? Drop us a comment below.

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Banned iPhone 5 Promo: A Hilarious Parody Of Apple’s iPhone 5 Official Video http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/banned-iphone-5-promo-a-hilarious-parody-of-apple%e2%80%99s-iphone-5-official-video http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/banned-iphone-5-promo-a-hilarious-parody-of-apple%e2%80%99s-iphone-5-official-video#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2012 04:20:54 +0000 admin http://www.smartphoneresources.com/?p=768 All of Apple's promotional video releases is filled with ridiculous self importance and hype. They are entertaining, educational, but also annoying at the same time. And as soon as Apple launches a new product, you can be sure that  hundreds of  parody videos will hit  YouTube the following day.

Almost all of the Apple parody videos throw the same old jokes again and that makes them boring. I don't know if you can even laugh hard while watching the entire parody. But the JLE guys, who are making a lot of Apple parody videos for years, released their new hilarious parody, the Banned iPhone 5 Promo Video, and it's full of laughs.

Banned iPhone 5 Promo - JLE Guys

The video immitiates the Apple’s iPhone 5 presentation video that was first aired during the launching of iPhone 5 . They took some snippets of the official video from Apple, while also taking the personalities and lines in it. Then they added their own flavor of sarcasm, parody, and wit to make a hilarious “ banned promo” video.

In addition, the video throws plenty of jabs at the features included in the iPhone 5. They described Panorama Mode as a feature that is “unlike any free app you could’ve downloaded three years ago”, the brand new display “makes you feel like you can do anything you put your mind to”. haha!

Some other things that they made fun of include naming the new iPhone “iPhone 5” despite it being the 6th-generation iPhone, the "lightning connector that breaks compatibility with older accessories (unless you use a hefty adaptor)" and the updated new camera lens… "cover". haha!

In addition, Jony Five mentions Apple designing the iPhone 9 and then working backwards to iPhone 5, haha! so hilarious but hey, this is not far from reality because companies do plan and decide features of the next generations of their products years in advance. Check out the video below.

Apple’s promotional video is  a feature of Apple’s media events, with each product, particularly iOS devices, having one clip shown during the press release. Apple's official video is found below, you can also check it out if you want to compare the performances of the JLE guys with the Apple executives who are part of the real deal.

Now there's one word that can describe the brand new iPhone 5, It’s just extramazenarylutioning! haha!

Let me know what you think, drop a comment below. Share if you enjoyed the post, thanks.

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iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S: Can You Tell Which is Which? [Video] http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/iphone-5-vs-iphone-4s-can-you-tell-which-is-which-video-2 http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/iphone-5-vs-iphone-4s-can-you-tell-which-is-which-video-2#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 04:23:53 +0000 admin http://www.smartphoneresources.com/?p=761 iPhone 5 VS iPhone 4S

The new iPhone 5 was released to the public last September. We have presented to you the specs and features of this Apple device and we already compared it with the other high-end Android device launched recently. In addition, wether you like it or not, it will be compared with the Android device that are about to be launched. So far we looked at the iPhone 5 vs the Samsung Galaxy S3 but we’ll continue to pit the new iOS handset against the best Android handsets in town.

By you now, you may be thinking whether we will compare iPhone 5 to its predeccesor, iPhone 4S this time. But no, that's not always the case because we can always skip the review and jump to the obvious conclusion - the iPhone 5 is currently the best smartphone Apple has released this year or we can just say that the iPhone 5 should be the top choice for anyone looking to upgrade to more powerful smartphone.  And yes, Apple will launch a boat-load of new iPhones in the future, most likely eclipsing any other smartphone company with regards to sales and profits.

But hey, what we are going to do now is wonder whether you can tell the difference between the the iPhone 5 and its predecessor, iPhone 4S. Well, that’s what Jimmy Kimmel did in one of his latest segments on his talk show, and you’ll just have to check out the video below to find out whether smartphone users and fanatics can tell the difference between an old and a new iPhone model.

The talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live showed a segment on Wednesday night, shows how people on the street (the ones who have been told that the iPhone 4S  unit they are holding  is the latest iPhone 5) make a lot of wrong judgements.

The video shows a lot of  people who claim that the "new" iPhone 5 model is lighter, faster, brighter, has a larger screen and more. A man who holds his own iPhone 4S next to the "iPhone 5" says that the new model is better constructed and lighter. Another person says that the device is "way better" than the iPhone 4S. The talk show just found out how people  use their imagination when they are told they are holding the iPhone 5, even when it's an iPhone 4S and they have one of their own.

All in all, it shows that some consumers just don't have the ability to figure out when they are being told a fib. Indeed, not everyone knows how the new iPhone looks like!  Drop a comment below and let us know what you think.

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iPhone 5 VS Samsung Galaxy S3, Will It Blend? The Craziest Smartphone Durability Test To Date http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3-will-it-blend-the-craziest-smartphone-durability-test-to-date http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3-will-it-blend-the-craziest-smartphone-durability-test-to-date#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 03:11:15 +0000 admin http://www.smartphoneresources.com/?p=742

iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3

If you’ve been using the internet long enough, then you've probably come across the Blendtec YouTube channel. For those who are not familiar with the channel, the Blendtec YouTube channel has a series of crazy videos called, “Will It Blend?” wherein a wide variety of items, electronic as well as non-electronic, are put into the blender which then tears it apart. In fact one of their videos even shows them blending the Guitar Hero guitar controller.

Tom Dickson and his powerful Blendtec blender are the noted characters in the Blendtec videos. He's destroyed items such as glow sticks, paintballs, an air soft gun and even a solar lamp. Well Tom is back once again but this time it's to see which smartphone will blend first. Yes! Blendtec is back and this time they have decided to pit the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 against each other to see which phone can withstand the blending better.

It should be noted that the video is not a conclusive proof that speaks to the smartphones' durability, but if you just want to see highly expensive phones get blended, then be sure to check out the video below! Interestingly it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S3 did take longer than the iPhone 5 before it started to completely break apart. The iPhone 5 blended a lot faster than the Galaxy S3, but the end result is the same. You get some some Jelly Bean smoke, iOS smoke, and two small piles of powdered smartphones. Watch the craziest smartphone torture/kill test below. It's certainly cringe-worthy to see such expensive phones get blended, but hey it may entertain some people.

 

 

How did  you like that? I was really surprised that the all plastic Galaxy S3 took longer to blend. Let me know what you think. Drop us a comment below.

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Speed Test: iPhone 5 VS Samsung Galaxy S3 http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/speed-test-iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3 http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/speed-test-iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:57:41 +0000 admin http://www.smartphoneresources.com/?p=704

iPhone 5 VS Samsung Galaxy S3 speed test

Early reviewers of the iPhone 5 have already praised the big jump in data speeds from the iPhone 4S. Indeed, the iPhone 5 new data speeds is termed as "stunningly fast" in most iPhone 5 review. In most speed test, AT&T's LTE network was even faster than a home Wi-Fi.

Yet, you don't get the full story of LTE until you compare the iPhone 5 with its counterpart, the Samsung Galaxy S3, which also runs on LTE. Now you can see for yourself just how much faster the LTE phones are. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 both have 4G LTE, and as you’d expect, the data speeds beat the iPhone 4S on 3G. What you might not expect, however, is how widely the speeds of the S3 and the iPhone 5 differ.

Related: Drop Test - Between iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 4G LTE speed test

The iPhone 5 has a larger display, thinner body and LTE connectivity versus the 4S. And it’s these data speed increases that have us looking at the Apple phone twice. It actually manages to beat the iPhone 4S even when the 4S is on Wi-Fi! The iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 were put to battle against each other to see how they matched up in speed. The tests used the same server for pinging, and were performed on the Verizon and AT&T  network. The tests were done with SpeedTest.net.

CNET discovered that the iPhone 5 downloaded faster, albeit slightly. However the S3 beats the iPhone 5 for uploading and with a huge margin in the Verizon network. Do remember that the test results may have varied because of various factors, like location and signal strength, so your mileage may vary. The big surprise was the huge difference between download and upload speeds on the two phones. See the results below.

iPhone 5 VS Samsung Galaxy SIII speed test

Here's a demo showing comparative 'real life' tests of processing speed between Apple's iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S3. It's not scientifically conducted benchmarks. The smartphones are tests according to turn on time, loading a webpage, and video streaming from Youtube.com. Check out this demo and see which is the clear winner.

Here's another video showing the benchmark results of Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. The tests that were run are Browesermark which tests in browser performance, Sunspider for handling javascript, Geekbench for raw computing power, and GL Benchmark to ascertain their graphics capabilities. The results will blow you away.

 

 

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iPhone 5 with its iOS6, Delivers Heavyweight Punch! http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/megareview-iphone-5-with-its-ios6-delivers-heavyweight-punch http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/megareview-iphone-5-with-its-ios6-delivers-heavyweight-punch#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:54:24 +0000 admin http://www.smartphoneresources.com/?p=675

iPhone 5

Iphone 5, the Apple's flagship phone will benefit businessmen

As with the previous iPhone, the 4S, the iPhone 5 boasts a wealth of business features and functions including; PC-free activation and updating; notifications of incoming emails and messages on the lock screen; encrypted email; secure private networking; location-based reminders; Microsoft Exchange and IMAP email, calendar and contact information; mobile device management to monitor, lock or even wipe managed iPhones; wireless app distribution for businesses who want to create and distribute their own internal apps; and an App Store full of business-friendly software covering everything from time management to secure networking.

Related: Apple's iPhone 5 - At Rock Bottom Prices

Learn more about iPhone 5's viagra vs cialis price, Video And Picture QualityVoice Quality, Sporty Siri and it's Speed & Battery Life

The good: The iPhone 5 adds everything we wanted in the iPhone 4S: 4G LTE, a longer, larger screen, free turn-by-turn navigation, and a faster A6 processor. Plus, its top-to-bottom redesign is sharp, slim, and feather-light.

The bad: Apple Maps feels unfinished and buggy; Sprint and Verizon models can't use voice and data simultaneously. The smaller connector renders current accessories unusable without an adapter. There's no NFC, and the screen size pales in comparison to jumbo Android models.

The bottom line: The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe.

Design

The iPhone 5 is crazy light. Calling the iPhone 5 a mere 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S or saying it only weighs 3.95 oz. just doesn't convey the incredible weightlessness of the thing. Truly, 7-11 doesn't sell a cup of coffee as light as the iPhone. It's nearly impossible to believe you can carry the power of an iPhone in such an airy device. So when we talk about all the features, refinement, and design of the iPhone 5, remember that it's in a package lighter than nearly anything else you own.

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Much ado has been made of the iPhone 5's new 4-inch screen. Apple retained the exact width of previous iPhones but boosted the long dimension by a few centimeters. What difference does that little shove make? Admittedly, not a whole lot at first. You can squeeze a little more data on the calendar and fit an extra row of apps on the home screen. Certainly, you can enjoy movies closer to the 16:9 aspect ratio. For the folks who've angsted that the iPhone's 3.5-inch screen was somehow inadequate compared to larger Android devices, that additional half an inch is a welcome compromise.

You don't give up portability for that extra size. The new iPhone is somehow thinner than its previous incarnations, which is why you won't suddenly find the iPhone 5 an unwieldy monstrosity. In fact, the iPhone 5 lays as flat as a bottle cap. My hands are fairly average in size, neither freakishly large or crazy small, but I didn't have trouble reaching the most distant apps with my wandering thumb. I'm very thankful for Apple's design restraint, since I can still use my iPhone in one hand while juggling a baby in the other.

The iPhone 5 is a pretty device, almost too gorgeous to get trapped behind a protective case. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S felt like a triumph of industrial design, but the iPhone 5 took that concept and beveled it out. The corners and edges all feel smoother to the touch, and the slim, light profile leaves the iPhone 5 with an almost delicate feeling. It's still plenty sturdy, and the aluminium back banishes concerns that the iPhone 5 might be too fragile for everyday use. Until you get used to it, though, the iPhone 5 feels nearly toy-like.

Related: IPhone 4S, A Top Choice For Anyone Ready To Upgrade

Related:  Drop Test Between iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy SIII

Video And Picture Quality

There's a new camera in the iPhone 5 that has an 8-megapixel sensor, backside illumination, and a five-element lens. What this means, is a much better, more tricked-out camera than the iPhone has ever had before. The new iPhone also includes a sapphire crystal lens that sharpens images, and reduces digital noise, while also speeding up the time it takes to snap a picture. Apple also showed off a new panorama feature built-in to the iPhone 5 and a better FaceTime camera that will work when you're on a call. Both worked great in my mini-test.

iPhone 5 Camera

Sweeter Sound - Voice Quality

The iPhone 5 is outfitted with three microphones and a noise-canceling earpiece. Apple also unveiled new ear buds called EarPods. These will come with the new iPhone. The new headphones feature what Apple calls, "vented in-ear technology," which is a fancy way of saying they sound better when you listen to music or talk on the phone. This is a much-needed upgrade, especially to the previously tinny, hollow-sounding ear-buds. In my few minutes testing this feature, it seems a big improvement and a decent challenge to the smartphones that come with beats audio.

iPhone 5 earpods

The iPhone 5 actually tries to make strides at being a better phone - and it succeeds. Apple discussed "wideband audio" technology at the iPhone unveiling, but that's carrier-dependent, and right now none of the U.S. carriers of the iPhone 5 will support it. The more important audio improvement comes in the way of a third microphone, which aims to improve voice quality and, in particular, speakerphone quality, adding improved noise cancellation. In my tests, it was a definitive success: callers I reached via speakerphone noticed a crisper, clearer call on the iPhone 5 versus on the iPhone 4S.

Sporty Siri

I haven't been a big fan of Siri, and I'm still skeptical. While the whole speech-recognition personal assistant concept is a fabulous idea. The version on the 4S was great for a laugh, but not for getting directions or managing my schedule. My first pass with this new, improved Siri was impressive for real-time sports stats, movie recommendations, and nearby restaurant reservations that were actually to my taste, versus just what's nearby. Also pretty great for multitaskers, you can now post directly to Facebook with Siri by dictating status updates. I can see this coming in really handy when driving, crossing the street, jogging, and doing all of the other things we just have to do while posting updates.

iPhone 5 Siri

Speed & Battery Life

As promised by the juiced-up specs and new processor iOS 6, the iPhone 5 accomplishes its tasks with lightning speed. Apps load noticeably faster, and the camera finally captures photos with practical quickness. The photo quality on the iPhone has always been stunning for a smartphone, but the slow capture speed meant you couldn't spray and pray for good photos with any reliability. The iPhone 5's camera fires fast enough that you can finally use the iPhone more reliably at the kid's ball games. Overall, the iPhone 5 is a pretty amazing phone that runs fast and feels great.

Based on my week of using the AT&T Phone 5, results were very promising. The phone's battery lasted roughly the whole day each day, unplugging around 8 a.m. and engaging in a mix of calling, Web surfing, video playback, downloading, game playing, FaceTime calling over Wi-Fi and LTE, and even a little 4G LTE hot spot use via my MacBook Air. I unplugged the phone at about 7:30 a.m. one day, and it lasted until around 11 p.m. Another day, I unplugged at 7:30 a.m. and the phone lasted until nearly midnight. The battery life percentage tended to parallel the battery life of my iPhone 4S most of the day, while using the iPhone 5 a little more. Over a series of three follow-up formal battery-life runs, the iPhone 5 lasted through 8.9 hours of continuous video playback. Apple claims up to 10 hours.

The iPhone 5 is definitely faster, prettier, and much, much lighter than the iPhone 4S. It's an iPhone, so nobody will be surprised that it's a big success already. Any disappointment in the iPhone 5 would come from a lack of hoped-for features, like NFC. The iPhone 5 is an A+ phone.

Related: Megareview: iPhone 5 VS Samsung Galaxy SIII

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Drop Test : Between iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/drop-test-between-iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3 http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/drop-test-between-iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3#comments Thu, 04 Oct 2012 01:30:37 +0000 admin http://www.smartphoneresources.com/?p=651

Smartphones are not only becoming more affordable these days, but they are also getting more powerful. Infact some of the top smartphones can be more powerful in processing speed than some older computers. When I say older computers I am really only talking about a computer that is between 3 - 5 years old.

So what is really interesting to me, is that some people will spend upwards of $1000 to buy a smartphone, but then skimp on buying a $10 - $15 protector case. Just doesn't make sense to me.

If you have ever dropped your smartphone before and broken the screen like I have done several times, then getting a protector case is a no brainer. I wouldn't have a phone without one now.

From the 3 video's below there is definitely a clear winner.

It would be interesting to see what the outcome would be if the smartphones both had protector cases on them.

If you are an S3 owner what has been your experience with dropping your phone? I say S3, because I don't think there are going to be too many iPhone 5 owners that have had their phones long enough to have dropped them. I could be wrong, so if you have any experience dropping your new iPhone 5 why don't you chime in, I would love to hear your experience.

This dude is a little annoying, but probably one of the better tests I have seem on the Internet.

This seems to be a good assessment too. Fast forward past the obvious advertising bit in the middle of the vid.

Who throws an iPhone up that high. This is my least favorite demo, nevertheless it does echo the results of the other two vids. Nice lesson to teach your child ... haha.

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7 Best iPhone 5 Alternatives http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/7-best-iphone-5-alternatives http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/7-best-iphone-5-alternatives#comments Wed, 03 Oct 2012 03:40:19 +0000 admin http://www.smartphoneresources.com/?p=634

The iPhone 4S Still Keeping The Masses Happy

Apple IPhone 4SWhile now a last-generation device, the iPhone 4S is a wildly popular phone, and it's easy to see why. With a striking design and Apple's smooth sailing software, the iPhone 4S is an easy choice for new smartphone owners. Notably, it boasts the best camera on a smartphone to date and a stunningly high resolution display. Apple also currently has the largest app store out there, so you'll have access to the bleeding edge of high-def gaming, photo sharing apps like Instagram, and more. 

The iPhone 4S's built-in personal assistant named Siri can help you perform web searches and do some tasks on your phone.

Read more at : Megareview: IPhone 4S, A Top Choice For Anyone Ready To Upgrade

The Universal Choice: Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung galaxy S3With a screen size of 4.8 inches, the Samsung Galaxy S III slightly smaller than the humongous Galaxy Note, but quite a bit larger than the comparatively tiny iPhone 4S or even the iPhone 5. It boasts a vivid Super Amoled 720p high-definition display so you can enjoy surfing the web or reading on its sufficiently wide screen. 

The phone has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing cam. Samsung has also built in a number of cool bells and whistles, so don't miss them.

Read more at : iPhone 5 Alternative The Samsung Galaxy S III

 

HTC reinvents itself with the One X

HTC One XThe HTC One X is the latest and greatest from the manufacturer that brought us the original EVO 4G. With Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a 4.7" display, an 8-megapixel camera, a powerful processor, and a fresh new look to top it off, the One X is top of the Android heap for now. Watch for its kissing cousin, the Samsung Galaxy S III, to hit shelves in June across carriers.

Read more : A Detailed Review: Samsung Galaxy Nexus With its Ice Cream Sandwich

The Windows Phone wonder: Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia lumia 900The Nokia Lumia 900 is the flagship device in Nokia's new Windows Phone family. The handset is made of a single piece of polycarbonate, with a curved glass screen that gives it a sharp, distinctive look. 

The Lumia 900 is a top-of-the-line smartphone and at $99 on AT&T, it has rock-bottom pricing to boot. The phone runs Microsoft's young operating system (Windows Phone 7.5), but it packs an 8-megapixel camera, a gorgeous screen with deep blacks and eye-popping color, and access to AT&T's 4G LTE network. If you aren't sold on Android or the iPhone, the mobile world's third party might just be worth a second look.

Read more at : Megareview: Nokia Lumia 900 A New Attractive Alternative For Android Phones?

 

For 4G plus epic battery life: Droid Razr Maxx

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx User interfaceThe Droid Razr Maxx is Motorola's followup to its popular ultra-thin Droid Razr, adding considerably more battery power and only a little more bulk to the handset. The Android phone sports a svelte form factor and offers up to 21 hours of talk time on a single charge. 

The phone runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network on the Gingerbread flavor of Android, upgradable soon to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Read more at :Megareview: Motorola Droid Razr Maxx An Android Superphone At Its Best

 

Half phone, half tablet: Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung Galaxy NoteIs it a phone, or is it a tablet? Samsung's Galaxy Note could easily serve as both. Available on AT&T, the giant phone (or pint-sized tablet) boasts a 5.3" high-definition Super AMOLED screen with a stylus for making apps more productive or drawing pictures on the device. The phone has an 8-megapixel camera for snapping pictures while you're out and about and runs on AT&T's new speedy LTE network.

Read more : Full Review: Samsung Galaxy Note, Is It Worth Buying? Find out Here

 

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IPhone 4S, A Top Choice For Anyone Ready To Upgrade http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/megareview-iphone-4s-a-top-choice-for-anyone-ready-to-upgrade http://www.smartphoneresources.com/smartphone-resources/megareview-iphone-4s-a-top-choice-for-anyone-ready-to-upgrade#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:15:57 +0000 admin http://www.smartphoneresources.com/?p=553


Apple IPhone 4S

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iPhone 4S Overview

The iPhone 4S is transforming the way companies take care of business. Businesses across different industries and professions use the iPhone 4S to multitask, complete video conferencing, and access email anywhere. With the new Retina Display technology, everything is clear and bright on its screen.

The iPhone 4S is easy to integrate with Microsoft Exchange and Exchange Server. Its feature of data protection allows critical business information to remain secure even if the iPhone 4S is lost or compromised. Plus, comes with iPhone 4s are thousands of third-party apps to help businesses manage sales, accounting systems and track global markets; they are just a tap away.

Know more about iPhone 4S's viagra vs cialis price, Interesting Features, iOs 5 & Apps, and it's Specs & Performance

The good: Apple's iPhone 4S has a faster processor and an upgraded camera, all the benefits of iOS 5, and a useful and immensely fun voice assistant. Call quality on the Sprint model is admirable, and the data speeds, while certainly not 4G, get the job done.

The bad: It's about time we get a larger screen.

The bottom line: The iPhone 4S isn't the king of cell phones, but it's part of the royal family nonetheless. Even without 4G and a giant screen, this phone's smart(ass) voice assistant, Siri, the benefits of iOS 5, and its spectacular camera make it a top choice for anyone ready to upgrade.

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Design

The iPhone 4S is indistinguishable from its predecessor. For the most part, that's fine with me. Having lived through the thin phone craze started by the Motorola Razr, I'm not aching for a slimmer device. Granted, the 4S can feel bulky at times, but I continue to enjoy its solid feel in the hand (something that's not always there with skinny phones). I don't have any problems with the handset's general aesthetics, either. A thinner phone may be prettier, but it's what's inside that really counts.

My real design gripe is that the iPhone's display is beginning to look rather small when compared with some of the Android competition. Keep in mind that the iPhone's screen has remained at 3.5 inches since the first edition appeared in 2007. At that time, it was plenty big, but as smartphone screens have crept above the 4-inch mark, I now consider 3.5 inches the bare minimum size for a high-end device.

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Absolutely, the Retina Display remains stunningly beautiful (as do many Super AMOLED screens), but its size isn't always practical for in-car and hands-free use. Even worse, it can get rather tiring watching a full-length film with the iPhone perched on your airline seat tray table. How much bigger would I want? Nothing too big--the 4.5-inch displays on some Android models are a bit ridiculous--but something in the range of 3.75 inches or 4 inches would be a Goldilocks just right.

At the iPhone 4S' unveiling, one of the biggest elephants in the room was whether the company would mention any differences to the antenna following the iPhone 4's "antennagate." Yet, when Apple VP of Marketing Philip Schiller took the stage, he revealed that the iPhone 4S has two antennas that it can choose between to find the best signal (more on that later). Even if you can't see any changes on the outside, it appears to fix what I found to be a very real problem.

Basic features

The 4S inherits all the standard iPhone features from the preceding models, including the calendar, voice memos, weather and stock apps, the various clock features, Google Maps, the compass, text messaging and e-mail, and the Notes app. The iPod player is there as well; the 4S splits your music and video libraries into two separate icons. In another change, the 4S also offers an upgrade to Bluetooth 4.0. Though still a growing technology, Bluetooth 4.0 uses less power and will enable the iPhone to talk to small battery-operated devices like Nike+ sensors and fitness machines at the gym.

Siri

The feature that Apple is touting most is the new voice assistant called Siri. It doesn't completely replace the current Voice Control feature--that's still there if you want it--but it certainly does a whole lot more. Basically, Siri both follows commands and answers your requests for information. For example, you can check the weather, ask for a contact's address, set up a reminder, get directions, and ask for obscure trivia. You speak to a robotic female voice (you can't change her identity) and access the feature by holding down the Home button (just as you do to access Voice Control). It uses both your location and a Google search to find a response, so you will need to have a Wi-Fi or cellular connection. The feature is in beta mode and supports English, French, and German.

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By all means, Siri is a fun and useful feature. Like with FaceTime on the 4S, I got a big kick out of it around the office and I imagine that lots of other people will, too. Over time, I wonder just how much I'd use it, but features like this can surprise you. I asked the same question about FaceTime and I ended up using that pretty frequently while traveling. The challenge for Apple will be to fully integrate hands-free technology. You will be able to activate Siri with a Bluetooth headset (no word on if you can do it with a wired headset). Also, it's important to note that even when your phone is locked with a passcode, Siri is usable without entering the code. That means that anyone could use your phone to send a text message, access your calendar, or make a call. You can disable this security flaw in the Settings menu, but bypassing the code is the default option.

Camera

The iPhone 4's 5-megapixel camera was already great--especially when you add a third party app--but the iPhone 4S' is significantly better. The 8-megapixel camera offers autofocus, flash, f/2.4 aperture lens, and a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that allows 73 percent more light than the previous sensor and should deliver better low-light performance. A hybrid IR filter is also onboard for better color accuracy. Apple also claims the new camera performs 33 percent faster than the iPhone 4's camera, and the A5 processor has a built-in image processor that adds face detection and 26 percent better auto white balance.

IPhone 4S camera

From the start I noticed a difference in image quality over the iPhone 4's camera. Colors were brighter, and the focus was a little sharper with a bit less pixelation. Not surprisingly, the camera also does better in low light, though flash continues to be a little overpowering at times.

Videos also get a boost with the ability to shoot 1080p HD video clips at 30 frames per second and with video stabilization. Videos continue to be sharp with fluid movements and sound that matches the action on the screen.

Connectivity

AT&T's 4S differs from the Verizon and Sprint versions in one major way. While all three handsets have dual-mode (CDMA/GSM) chips inside, the CDMA functionality on AT&T's handset has been deactivated. So both at home and abroad, you'll use GSM just as you would on any other quad-band (850/900/8100/1900) world phone. It's worth noting, though, that unlike Sprint and Verizon who've promised to unlock the iPhone 4S' preloaded Micro-SIM card, AT&T will limit international GSM roaming to its specific partners.

AT&T, however, is doing everything it can to boast that it has a faster HSDPA 14.4 network that's capable of reaching theoretical speeds of 14.4Mbps down, 5.8Mbps up (twice the speed of the iPhone 4, if anyone is counting). Note, however, that AT&T has taken some liberties with its marketing by also saying its iPhone 4S is compatible with even faster HSPA+ speeds. To really be classified as HSPA+, its iPhone 4S would technically need to be capable of reaching theoretical download speeds of 21Mbps, such as AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II. At present, Apple's device isn't there yet. So if you really need to be on the phone and surf the Web at the same time, then you should stick with AT&T.

iOS 5 & Some Apps

Though iOS 5 is not as drastic of an upgrade as we saw with iOS 4 in June 2010, it does offer some long-overdue and exciting enhancements. A few are quiet and just improve the user experience while others will seriously change how you use your Apple handset.

Notifications: Instead of pop-up menus that interrupt your work, a new Notification Center will combine messages, missed calls, app updates, a stock ticker, and the current weather in a single place. You can access it by swiping your finger downward from the top of the screen, and notifications will appear on the lock screen as well. You then can jump directly to the related feature for each notification and delete items by tapping the small X next to each line.

Newsstand: This app will bring together magazine subscriptions in a central place. The concept is similar to iBooks, even down to an icon that looks like the periodicals shelf at your local library. As you subscribe to a publication through a new channel in the App Store, new issues are delivered in the background, eliminating the need to manually grab them when they publish.

Safari: The mobile version of Apple's Web browser now has the Reader option that was announced at the 2010 WWDC. Rather than having to deal with complicated layouts of various Web sites, the reader streamlines multipage articles in an RSS-like view while stripping out ads, but leaving photos. You can change the text size and you can e-mail the entire text of a Safari page to a contact (under iOS 4, you could send only a link).

The Reader is a great option for scanning strangely formatted Web pages and when there's no mobile site available. My only problem with the Reader is that it may strip out too much--I often want to see comments on an article, but the Reader deems them unnecessary. In other Safari news, you can add a Web page to a Reading List for future perusal on any iOS device.

Reminders: This handy addition lets you store multiple to-do lists with dates for each event; you can categorize reminders for when you leave or arrive at a GPS location. So, for example, if you have a reminder of "Call home when I leave work," the app will use GPS to note when you're on the move and send the reminder via push notification. Reminders can be shared between devices and sync with iCal on the Mac with CalDAV, and on Windows with MS Exchange. The app has its own sleek-looking scrollable calendar as well, so you can browse or add new tasks and reminders for future dates. You also have the option to create tasks for more-open-ended reminders that don't need to be done by a specific time.

Mail: The iOS Mail app now has rich text formatting, better indent control, flagging of messages, and the ability to drag addresses between To, CC, and BCC lines. Also, you now can search within the body of a message instead of just in the From, To, and subject lines.

PC Free and iCloud: Arguably the most notable iOS 5 change, PC Free will bring over-the-air software updates and device activations. So as on Android, Windows Phone 7, and BlackBerry OS 5 devices, you'll no longer have to plug your device into a computer or even own a computer at all. Activation for the iPhone takes quite a few steps, but it's easy and very quick. I was up and running in a just a few minutes, though it took a few tries for the phone to recognize my Apple ID. You don't have to use a Wi-Fi network to set up your 4S, but it helps.

The wireless updates to apps will serve only the changes, so they'll be shorter, and you'll be able to sync, back up, and restore your device using the new iCloud features. You'll also find new features within apps, like wirelessly editing photos, managing e-mail folders, and creating and deleting calendars. I'll add more details about iCloud as I explore it further.

To sync your iOS device to iTunes on your computer, you need only be on the same Wi-Fi network and your device needs to be charging (plugged into a charger). You can then go to Settings > General on your iPhone to select iTunes Wi-Fi Sync. From there you can select Sync Now on your iPhone and your photos, music, and calendars will be backed up in iTunes.

iMessage: Apple takes a shot at BlackBerry with this instant messaging app that will work across all iOS 5 devices. As with BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), you'll be able to exchange unlimited text messages, photos, and videos with your friends, family, and colleagues. Even better, your messages won't cost you anything and they won't count against the monthly allotment of messages from your wireless carrier.

You'll also get group messaging, an indicator to see if someone is typing to you, delivery and read receipts, secure encryption, and conversation syncing that is pushed to multiple devices. I'm a little disappointed that the location and contact sharing features don't come straight from iMessage (you need to initiate the process from the related app instead). For example, to send a contact, you'll need to go to your home screen, open your contacts, select a person, choose the Share Contact button, and choose iMessage. It's a bit tedious, but the ability to send that data to a friend is an improvement.

Personal dictionary: A new keyboard shortcut feature lets you create your own personal dictionary. While nothing new, you'll now be able to set up keyboard shortcuts for phrases. Head to Settings > General > Keyboard, then scroll down to Add New Shortcut. Here you can add a phrase like "Talk to you later" then make the shortcut "ttyl." Now, every time you type those letters in an e-mail or text, it will be spelled out automatically.

Alternate Routes: Another new feature that travelers will appreciate is Alternate Routes. When in the Map app, you can get directions as usual, but instead of giving you just one route to your destination, the Map app will now give you two alternate routes (in case of problems like traffic or if you know of nearby construction sites). Simply touch a route to find out how long it will take to get to your destination, then choose the best for your situation. In our tests here in San Francisco, the routes were solid options, and I think this will come in handy wherever you are. The noticeable downside here is that once you've picked your route, the other ones remain on screen, which can be distracting.

Call quality and reception

The call quality on the iPhone 4S showed slight improvements over the iPhone 4 and significant upgrades from the iPhone 3GS. I received far fewer dropped calls, voice quality was better, and the audio wasn't as muffled. Call volume was just as loud as on the other iPhones, though there was a noticeable difference in call clarity. I heard more pauses in the audio than on the Verizon and Sprint handsets and voices sounded hollow. Voices also sounded flatter and with less pitch variation. Neither issue was a huge deal, but AT&T's voice quality ranks behind its rivals, especially Sprint's.

Apple Iphone 4S call qualitySpeakerphone calls were about the same. I heard the usual distortion at the highest volumes, but I'd rather have a speaker with more output than one that's too soft. I didn't have to sit close to the phone to be heard, my friends could understand me, and I could use automated calling most of the time.

As I mentioned, the iPhone 4S has two antennas wrapping around the phone. Though Apple never said so directly, we can't help but think that the fix was in response to the attenuation problems on the AT&T iPhone 4. As such, the phone is designed to scan for the best signal and switch to that antenna. I haven't gauged exactly how the two antennas have improved call clarity, but I'm happy to report that the iPhone 4S doesn't suffer from the dreaded death grip.

Data speeds

As mentioned the AT&T iPhone 4S runs on the carrier's HSDPA network. What that means to you will vary by location, your connection to a tower, and the capacity of the network at a given time. In early testing, AT&T data speeds were comparable with its other HSDPA devices, though slower than the speeds you can get with HSPA+ (like I said above). The time It took to open graphics-heavy sites varied by site: from 20 seconds for the full New York Times site, to 22 seconds for Airliners.net, and 55 seconds for Giantbomb.com. Most mobile sites took a bit less time.

Processor, graphics, and internal performance

The new chipset is the iPhone 4S' biggest star (like on the iPhone 3GS, the "S" in iPhone 4S stands for "speed"). The handset features Apple's A5 dual-core 1GHz processor along with a dual-core GPU. Apple says the new chipset will make the iPhone 4S twice as fast and will offer graphics performance that is seven times faster than the iPhone 4's.

Indeed, there is a noticeable change for the better. Applications across the phone opened quicker--sometimes by up to 3 seconds--and switching between apps using the multitasking feature was smoother. In additional testing, we found just how much faster the iPhone 4S is over its predecessor.

Battery life

Despite the more powerful processor, the company claims that the smartphone will be able to provide 8 hours of talk time over 3G, 14 hours over 2G, 6 hours of browsing over 3G, 9 hours via Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video playback, and 40 hours of music playback. Since our review posted, some iPhone 4s owners have come forward to complain of poor battery life. According to those owners, their phones will last just a few hours, even when the phone is in standby mode. I tried leaving the 4S unattended for 24 hours with GPS, Wi-Fi, notifications, and Bluetooth on. As I long as the display was off, it didn't drain faster (83 percent full to 71 percent) than an iPhone 4 with similar settings. On the other hand, the battery would deplete quickly over the course of half a day with the display on. I also found that during "real-world" testing, where I was multitasking with several features running in the background and the display on, the battery didn't drain abnormally fast.

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Motorola Droid Razr Maxx

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Motorola Droid Razr Maxx offers tons of powerful features for businessmen. The Razr Maxx features the Quickoffice app, which lets you create and edit office documents; Citrix's GoToMeeting video conference application; and the portable PC experience that Webtop provides.

The Webtop platform at its core is a Linux-based operating system offering a Netbook-like experience for creating documents and surfing the Web via a full Firefox Web browser. The UI is pretty sparse, made up of a dock or software launch pad with a few applications. The phone's screen is mirrored on the larger display as well, so you can still access your phone's contents and functions in this configuration.

Pushing the smartphone's productivity envelope further is the Droid Razr Maxx's MotoCast app. It lets you share your documents and media files with your home or work computer. MotoCast also links with the Gallery app to serve up photos, and the Music app to access music files.

One more feature that can certainly help business men and women is that the Droid Razr Maxx morphs the handset into a quasi mobile PC with Netbook-level functionality. Just attach it to compatible accessories like the Lapdock 100 (10-inch screen), the Lapdock 500 Pro (14-inch screen), or an HD Station, and the Webtop platform fires up automatically. These Lapdocks sport a keyboard and touch pad, but you'll have to contribute your own input devices if using something like the HD Station.

Another interesting software spin on Android is Motorola's Smart Actions app designed to make the company's handsets easier for novices to operate. It's basically an automation tool for phone behavior that follows rules you define. For example, you can have the phone automatically turn off Bluetooth and GPS when your home Wi-Fi network is detected. Other neat tricks are possible, such as having the ringer automatically silence itself in the office or launch the music player when you plug in your headphones.

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The good: Despite a beefed-up battery, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx has a slim, attractive, and durable design with the same gorgeous display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and fast Verizon 4G/LTE data speeds as its predecessor. It retains powerful multimedia chops and tight security features and it has the latest Ice cream sandwich platform.

The bad: While a stronger battery is great, it's still not user-removable. People with small hands will find it hard to wrap around the phone's wide frame, and the 8-megapixel camera is unimpressive.

The bottom line: The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx proves that a powerful Android superphone can remain thin yet still promise marathon-worthy battery life.

Design

Measuring 5.14 inches long by 2.75 inches wide by 0.35 inch thick and weighing 5.1 ounces, the Maxx is slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessor (0.28 inch; 4.5 ounces). Even so, it still feels very svelte and lightweight, despite its larger footprint. I also found that it fit well into my pants pocket, though with an embarrassing bulge. Of course, people with small hands (because of the wide bezel housing the display) will have trouble grasping the big-screened device. Gone, though, is the hump in the back of the phone that held the camera lens and made the first Droid Razr top heavy.

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In fact, the way Motorola managed to squeeze in the Razr Maxx's more powerful battery was to fill in that hump. It was a smart design call since without the hump the Maxx feels more balanced even as it sports a thicker profile.

Other Motorola innovations have remained, such as the chassis built from diamond-cut aluminum, and the thin sheet of glass in front sculpted to fit flush against the phone's edges. Just like the original Razr, Motorola coated the Maxx's back in Kevlar, which, while smooth and soft, means the battery is not removable. Thankfully the Razr Maxx features a souped-up 3,300mAh battery, compared with the Droid Razr's smaller 1,780mAh battery pack.

I do like the Kevlar backing. It won't stop bullets, but it does resist scratches and scuffs admirably. Another durability feature is the Maxx's "nanotechnology coating," also found on the Droid Razr, which shields the handset's innards from light moisture and klutzy spills. Don't get me wrong, it's not water-resistant so don't take it to the beach. Making the Maxx even tougher is a Corning Gorilla Glass display with a chemically treated scratch-resistant surface.

User interface

Like the Droid Razr before it, the latest Motorola Droid Razr Maxx runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform. There are five customizable home screens to choose from, with more shortcuts to the phone dialer, messaging, camera, and the main menu running along the bottom. Hitting the Home button in standby mode pulls up a view of all the home screens at once, similar to HTC's Sense UI.

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The lock screen displays the typical digital clock, date and battery info. To unlock, just swipe the lock icon from left to right. You can toggle the vibrate/ringer function here, too, and jump straight to the camera app. Those who liked the Droid Razr's virtual keyboard will find the same well-spaced keys, light haptic feedback, and responsiveness here. You also have the choice of using the default keyboard or Swype for fast one-handed writing.

Features

Offering a mother lode of Android abilities, the Droid Razr Maxx has all the staples, including a few surprises, such as GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 (which supports a new generation of low-power accessories), Wi-Fi, and a mobile hot-spot capability that lets the phone act as a modem for up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

The Razr Maxx also offers the usual selection of Google's apps and services, most already loaded: Gmail, Google Talk, Google Search with Voice, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Books, Places, Latitude, and YouTube. Phone and organizer functions include a calendar, alarm clock, calculator, a file manager, task list, voice command support, and speakerphone.

Other apps preinstalled include a healthy helping of free and paid software and services such as Amazon's Kindle app, Blockbuster, Let's Golf 2, Madden NFL 12, Netflix, Slacker Radio, MotoPrint, and VideoSurf. Of course Verizon added some bloatware of its own, like Device Setup, Verizon Instant Messenger, My Verizon Mobile, NFL Mobile, V Cast Tones, Verizon Video, VZ Navigator, and Visual Voicemail. Honestly the most helpful of the lot in my opinion is the My Verizon Data widget, which lives by default on the home screen and estimates your data usage to avoid being throttled or slammed with extra fees.

Who says you need a BlackBerry for private or public sector mobile security? Motorola doesn't think so. Folded into the Droid Razr Maxx is support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, not to mention government-grade FIPS 140-2 encryption for e-mail, calendar, and contacts. For even more peace of mind, more-severe methods such as remote wipe, PIN lock, SD card and device encryption, and remote enable/disable of camera and Wi-Fi are possible, too.

Multimedia

A jack of all trades, the Motorola Droid Maxx serves up a wealth of multimedia skills to pass the time. Besides third-party apps like Slacker Radio, the Maxx has the same robust Music app that is much more capable than the stock Android software. Similar to the Droid Bionic, the app has Internet radio functions, a Music Store courtesy of Verizon Wireless, and my personal favorite, support for podcast subscription and playback. Don't forget, you can also use the app to stream music from your home server via MotoCast. Thankfully, the Droid Razr Maxx has 16GB of internal memory, plus a preloaded 16GB microSD card, and can support cards up to 32GB. Files it can handle are AAC, AAC+ AAC+ enhanced, AMR NB, AMR WB, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA v10, and WMA v9 formats.

Netflix pairs nicely with the Maxx's stunning HD AMOLED screen. Watching "Tron Legacy," even over an LTE connection, was mind blowing and I quickly forgot that the movie has no logical plot. Colors were rich and deep, and blacks were endless. Another treat is the phone's Micro-HDMI port, which you can hook up to a large-screen HDTV to make your experience even more enjoyable. This is possible via DLNA as well. Video formats supported are H.263, H.264, MPEG4, or WMV v9; load your own or download them directly from the Android Market.

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Just like the Droid Razr, the Droid Razr Maxx offers a nimble 8-megapixel camera that loads up in a swift 1.1 seconds from the lock screen. There's virtually no shutter lag in between shots to speak of, either. You can adjust the resolution, the shutter tone, the color effects, shot modes, and the exposure. Other settings include geotagging, a self-timer, several scenes modes like Macro and Night Portrait, panorama mode, and flash.

For all the Droid Razr Maxx's speed, picture quality was solid, with clear images and detail. I was able to capture full 1080p HD video with many extra audio functions like Stereo, Wind Reduction, Concert, Balanced, and Front Facing to choose from, capturing movies is the Maxx's forte. My video clips were clear and well exposed even in low light, and the auto stabilization tamed any hand shake.

Performance

In my tests the Razr Maxx demonstrated excellent call quality. The phone's earpiece had plenty of volume and I heard no static, buzz, or other digital artifacts during the voice calls I placed. Callers on the other end also said the line was clean and free of any distortion and had difficulty telling I was speaking to them from a mobile phone. Similarly, callers couldn't tell I had switched to the Razr Maxx's speaker phone. I on the other hand noticed that the handset's speaker was soft and lacked serious oomph. That said, the speaker didn't distort at high volumes.

During the short evaluation period, data speeds, were impressive, with fast download speeds averaging just shy of 9Mbps. Uploads, however, in the same location hovered around 0.6Mbps. This performance is lower than the typical speeds we see from Verizon LTE handsets. I plan to update this review with additional test results soon.

Of course the Droid Razr Maxx's claim to fame is its high-performance 3,300mAh battery. The phone is rated by Motorola to offer 21.5 hours of talk time and close to 16 days in standby mode. With numbers like these, it'll take time to run our battery tests on the Maxx, but in anecdotal use during my brief initial test period, the phone never dropped below 80 percent charge--quite remarkable. Later, while testing, the Razr Maxx played "The Godfather," with the screen brightness at 50 percent and audio at half volume, on a continuous loop for 19 hours and 47 minutes straight. That's enough juice for more than three back to back, coast to coast flights. In subsequent tests, we squeezed 20 hours of continuous call time. Though it's less than the promised 21.5 hours of talk time, it's still stellar.

In many ways, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is the smartphone the Droid Razr should have been. Adding a powerful battery yet keeping a slim and trim size makes this excellent Android handset extremely tempting. The phone came running the Android's latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich instead of the mere promise of future upgrades. Additionally, its sky-high price tag will give all but the most addicted gadget hounds reason to think twice. Still, with fast 4G LTE data speeds, an amazing HD AMOLED screen, and a battery built to make the Energizer Bunny green with envy, the Maxx may be more than enough mobile tech for your needs.

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