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If you liked the HD2 or the Droid Incredible, you will most likely want to get your hands on the HTC Evo 4G. This is a fairly large phone, but it includes quite a few features and the specifications are impressive. Many people were more than excited to see how this 4G phone was going to perform and most of them weren’t disappointed by the results. This is one of the best Android Smartphones around, but you don’t have to take my word for it: just take a look at the features.
The HTC Evo 4G comes with a 4.3 inch WVGA capacitive touch screen. The 800 x 480 resolution and very large screen are great for watching movies directly from your smart phone, but fitting the phone into your pocket won’t be easy. At 4.8 inches in height, 2.6 inches in width and 0.5 inches in depth, this phone will cause some size problems. However, it manages to get away with it thanks to the fact that it is quite thin, even if it weighs 6 ounces. If you don’t like large phones, you might want to look for something else, because the Evo is one of the bulkiest phones around.
A great design feature is the stand placed on the back of the phone. You can release it easily and place the phone on any flat surface if you want to watch a movie without holding it in your hands. From a distance, the design is quite simple and attractive. The phone is thin, there are only four buttons on the bottom side, the screen is very large, and the HTC logo is discreet. You will also notice the volume controls on the right side, the power button, the microUSB port, the HDMI port and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
In the performance department, there is little to complain about. The HTC Evo 4G runs on a Qualcomm 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and with 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of memory on a microSD that comes in the package. You will have to expand your memory to 32 GB if you plan on recording 720p videos or if you want to watch movies directly from the phone. The Evo runs on HTC Sense, a slightly more advanced version than the one used on the Droid Incredible and the HTC Legend.
This is the first WiMAX smartphone to be released in the United States, so you shouldn’t be surprised by its very high download speed. When you go online, it can reach speeds of up to 12Mbps, but only if you are connected to a 4G network. If you plan on buying this phone only because it offers massive download speeds, you should check if your area actually has 4G coverage. If not, the phone will automatically switch back to 3G, which is still fast, but not as fast as it could be.
This phone comes with two cameras, one on the front, and one of the back. The 8-megapixel camera is quite useful since it comes with a dual LED flash that is perfect for taking pictures in any conditions. This camera is similar to that from the Droid Incredible, especially when it comes to the quality of night pictures. Every snapshot you take will look great on the phone, but once you copy it to your computer, you might notice some defects. This might be a problem for some people and we would have preferred a 6 megapixel camera that offers high quality photos instead of a 8 megapixel one that can’t live up to the expectations. For video calls, you will be able to use the 1.3 megapixel camera from the front of the phone, but this feature is not available at the moment.
You can use this phone to record 720p HD videos, but the quality won’t be exceptional. However, thanks to the HDMI connector, you can plug your phone into your TV and play the videos at higher quality. DivX and H.264 is not available for now, but you can watch most of the movies you have on your computer without any problems. The speakers are powerful, there is plenty of space, and the video quality is impressive for videos that weren’t recorded on the phone itself.
Browsing the internet is easier than most people might expect, thanks to the large screen. Once you turn the phone into landscape mode, hitting the keys is quite easy, so you won’t have any problems when writing an email or a text message.
Flash Lite 3.1 is supported, so online streaming should be a breeze with the Evo 4G. YouTube videos are crystal clear and they will load quite rapidly if you have a decent subscription or 4G coverage.
Pros and Cons
The HTC Evo 4G is a great phone when it comes to internet browsing or using it as an entertainment center. You can watch YouTube videos or movies at very high quality and even the 720p can offer reasonable video quality. The 4.3-inch screen is massive and it works great for watching movies. The Android system proves to be effective once again and you can easily browse the internet or use demanding apps like Office. However, there are a few problems.
You will have to carry your charger around if you want to use this phone as a music or movie player because the battery will run out in under 3 hours. If you plan on taking many pictures and you expect the highest quality possible, you might want to search for another phone, because the 8 megapixel camera won’t live up to your expectations.
In the end, the HTC Evo 4G is one of the best smartphones around when it comes to performance and download speed. Those who are interested in browsing the internet and watching movies will surely enjoy the advantages offered by the 4.3-inch screen and 4G connection. If you can get pass the minor problems, this might be the phone for you.
Hot on the heels of the recently launched LG InTouch Max, Virgin Media has secured a range of new Android™ handsets for customers looking for the best in mobile entertainment and browsing on the move. With thousands of apps, widgets and games, handsets based on Google’s Android phone operating system have been taking the UK by storm and Virgin Media has secured some of the latest and greatest to date.
Virgin Media first introduced its customers to the world of Android by launching the popular LG InTouch Max. Just out on Virgin Media is the hot new Samsung Galaxy Portal on a range of exceptionally compelling tariffs. In the coming weeks, the sleek and high-spec HTC Desire will also join the Virgin Media network as well as Sony Ericsson’s flagship Android handset, the Xperia X10.
With these new high-end data-enabled smartphones, Virgin Media customers will now be able to enjoy some of the best of the mobile web, all neatly brought together by Google’s Android operating system. From Twitter to navigation, music to mobile video, there’s an Android handset for every taste on Virgin Media this spring, with extra special benefits for existing customers of Virgin Media’s home services.
The LG InTouch Max The LG InTouch Max is an Android powered and Wi-Fi enabled handset which can automatically link onto all your favourite social networking sites so you can stay in touch with everyone and access the ever-growing world of applications. It also comes with an easy-to-use touch-screen and slide out 5-line QWERTY keyboard.
Available now on a range of pay monthly tariffs, including free on a £22 per month tariff (250 minutes, Unlimited texts plus Unlimited mobile internet)
Samsung Galaxy Portal
The Samsung Galaxy Portal comes with GPS capabilities, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and is just 13.2mm thick. Featuring a 3.2inch screen and a 3.2 megapixel camera, it’s perfect for using the ‘augmented-reality’ app, Layar. By simply pointing the new Samsung Galaxy Portal phone in any direction, Layar’s visual search engine will show you the exact location of loads of exciting places, from new bars and clubs to cash machines and train stations.
Available now on a range of pay monthly tariffs, including free on a £22 per month tariff (250 minutes, Unlimited texts plus Unlimited mobile internet)
HTC Desire The HTC Desire is a powerful, sleek touch-screen handset, boasting a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor that provides an ultra-responsive experience with a rich and colourful display through its 3.7inch AMOLED screen.
The HTC Desire also has a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and high-quality video recording capabilities. Staying in touch through social networks is a joy with built-in apps for Twitter and Facebook, as well as HTC’s Friend Stream app that consolidates all your social network updates into one place. The handset also comes with the latest Android 2.1 operating system as well as HTC Sense, HTC’s unique design philosophy that delivers a mobile experience that is focused squarely on the user.
Due to launch in April on a range of compelling tariffs
Introducing signature applications like Mediascape™ and Timescape™, the XperiaX10lets you organise everything in your phone in an intuitive way. Timescape manages all your interactions with contacts in one place, with the ability to browse through conversations on Facebook, Twitter, emails, texts and more all through a simple timeline. Mediascape is the smart way to get all the music, photos and videos you want from your favourite friends and artists, all displayed in high-quality on its impressive 4inch touch screen.
Will the recent release of the Xperia X10 sky rocket Sony Ericsson’s unit sales through the roof? The X10 is Sony Ericsson’s first Android Smartphone; it has a gigantic 4 inch QVGA touch screen and comes with tons of features to entertain you and keep you in touch with friends. An FM radio tuner, digital camera, built-in and downloadable games and a multimedia centre will handle your entertainment needs and the superb TimeScape overlay will take care of all of you messaging and social networking.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is quite a tall device; it has to be to house the mammoth touch display. It comes in Black or White and looks terrific in both variations, the face of the phones has been made from a high strength glass which is very strong and scratch resistant, the shiny finish to the phones casing makes it look great and it feels both sturdy and secure to handle. The huge screen has a built-in accelerometer which is great for landscape web browsing and opens up a QWERTY keyboard for messaging and mailing support. An Android 1.6 operating system runs the phones core features and it is backed up by a powerful 1GHz processor in the engine room, though a colourful, futuristic overlay called TimeScape is what all the fuss is about; it brings outstanding touch control, an inspired social network and messaging hub and an excellent multimedia centre called MediaScape.
TimeScape’s best feature is definitely the social networking area; it gathers all of your social network accounts, e-mail accounts and messaging programmes and unites them into one easy to follow stack, updates, tweets and messages from all of your online or local contacts are streamed together for a full overview. Your social network accounts can be managed from your handset with Facebook and Twitter both compatible and multiple e-mail accounts can be handled too.
The second feature Sony Ericsson’s X10 offers is the MediaScape hub; here all of your entertainment requirements are dealt with, access to your picture gallery, videos and music library is easily found, you can check out YouTube videos and upload some of your own and you can upload content to your social network accounts too, so you can share videos, photos and other links with friends online. Obviously with the X10′s Android core you can add to your collection of apps and games b visiting the Google powered Android Market; thousands of applications for both practical and entertainment uses are available for download.
A tremendous 8.1 mega pixel camera has been fastened on the back; this will deliver high quality stills and videos for you to share with your social networks. Still images come out wonderfully and you have a 16x digital zoom and an auto focus feature to improve perspective and clarity, there are also face recognition and smile detection features in-case so you don’t have to worry about timing. Your videos are shot in a high resolution at 24-30 frames per second. A range of audio and video file types are supported by the X10′s media player and all are played back in the highest quality. The X10 is equipped with both Wi Fi technology and 3G network connectivity so maintaining a speedy web connection is effortless, they deliver great support to the 1GHz CPU and Google powered web browser to give you a brilliant mobile browsing experience. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has been promised a new Android 2.1 OS update later in the year which should hopefully bring with it and Adobe Flash feature for Flash compatibility. Various location services are in place for those of you who find it easy to get lost; you have Google Maps, StreetView and WisePilot to help you plan routes or find out where in the world you are.
Hopefully Sony Ericsson has hit the mark with the Xperia X10, with its intuitive overlay and clever social network support it deserves a spot in the top phone listings this year. It has enough support for entertainment and you can make additions to the phones software with updates later in the year and the Android Market at your disposal anytime anywhere.
If the name is anything to go by, HTC think alot of there new Android smartphone. The HTC Legend is a super slick mobile powerhouse; the phone runs Android 2.1 with an HTC Sense paint job. The vibrant touch screen is super responsive and the aluminium casing is super durable, the device has been loaded with all the smartphone goodies would ever want; 3G, GPS and full social network management all play there part in the plentiful user experience.
The basic design of the phone was centred on the 3.2 inch capacitive, AMOLED display; the alloy uni-body casing frames the HVGA screen perfectly, with solid reliability. This device is incredibly pleasing to the eye and the single and has a luxurious feel to it.
The Optical track pad acts as the main action button for interacting with the phones interface; is both responsive and unique and contributes to the phones minimalistic design. The slight curve to the Legends casing makes it very palmable and the ultra-slim dimensions make it as much pocket-able as it is comfortable to handle. The HTC Sense interface is fantastic and the device seems to really get the best out of the 600MHz processor as it whips through pages without a hint of stammer. The home screen is standard HTC make up; with a huge clock dominating, you get a live weather feed, a settings toolbar and a selection of widgets providing shortcuts to the Legends key features. The Sense UI will allow up to seven individual home screens for users to work from, with each one delivering its own functionality.
To view al these screens at once, take advantage of the HTC Leap feature by pinching a home screen, now you can have a full over view on all screens. One of the several screens hosts the FriendStream application; it enables users to log into there Facebook, Flickr and Twitter accounts and check out there friends latest activities in one single stream of information; a clever feature for the many social networkers out there to keep track of there social circles on the move. Information from your friends is also integrated into there relevant contact information in the Favourites home screen. Favourites allows you to assemble you favourite friends into a grid with special functions automatically assigned to each; so if they update there profile picture on, lets say Facebook, there contact picture will also be changed. The Google based platform (Android) supplies Legend users with full access to the Android Market if they wish to build a collection of apps, there are also various other Google apps spread throughout the phone, with Google Maps covering navigation and YouTube supplying its services to the media conscious users.
HTC have delighted messaging fans with integrated support for SMS, MMS, SNS, Exchange, Webmail and Instant Messaging. E-mail accounts are very simple to set up while; the IM client can be used for live chat via providers such as GoogleTalk and WindowsLive. The online aspects of the phone like the web browser and SNS compatibility are supported by 3G which is a welcome feature on any phone, but Wi Fi also has a place in the Legend, and both provide super fast download speeds. As for multimedia HTC have the Legend well prepared with a 5MP digital camera system equipped with LED flash, auto focus and a number of image settings. The camera can capture VGA quality videos at 30fps, this is more than enough and the sharing facilities allow you to upload to your social networks and YouTube. Both the music and video players will manage multiple file types while an expandable memory (up to 32GB microSD) and a 3.5mm audio jack provide there multi media support for space and sound quality.
The HTC Legend is the real deal, it is well endowed in all fields of mobile technology and boasts a superb user interface which is packed full of clever little goodies to keep the user experience fresh. HTC have provided the smartphone market with a gladiator of a phone; it is very good looking, very durable and will no doubt be a crowd pleaser with its customizability, pocket-ability and sheer classiness.
Much like last year (2009) this year also has many offers for the Mobile Phones lovers in the range of highly sophisticated and advance featured handsets. At a time when there are very tough competition in the market, every mobile manufacturer wants to cover more market share by providing new launch. There are many mobile companies worldwide such as Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, Motorola, Blackberry, HTC and many others are ready to deliver their new editions.
The latest mobile phones of these companies are expected to cater advanced technologies in the integrated features such as video calling, 3G network, video blogging, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi service, AMOLED touchscreen etc. Taking the fact that these features probably attract users so manufacturers are expected to come with the better performance this year. We discuss some of the selected mobile phones of the year that either have come or ready to hit the market in a very near future.
The latest launch the people witnessed is Google’s Nexus One. The highly featured smartphone is recognised as an advanced Android signature device. This sleek designed handset is made by HTC but its branding is mostly by Google. It perfectly fits into the vision of Google to launch an Android device along with glamorous look and fast Snapdragon processor to the compatible software of Google navigation, voice keyboard and live wallpaper. This touchscreen device is 11.5 mm deep, slightly thinner than the iPhone 3GS. It is integrated with the 4Gb MicroSD storage card along with 32GB expandable memory, USB charger and microphone handset. According to the official information this gadget can support up to 7 hours talk time, 250 hours standby, 5 hours of 3G Internet use, 7 hours of video playback and 20 hours long audio playback.
Another much talked handset of the year is Sony Ericsson Equinox (TM). Its great features enable users to never miss a call or text message from the memory. This 3G phone has many enhanced designed features along with inbuilt GPS. It is equipped with the 3.2 megapixel camera and great multimedia features. It also has amazing video and easily upload features.
Nokia has also made its presence with the announcement of the new handset Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition. This touchscreen mobile phone is an upgraded version that comes with the device lifetime voice-guided navigation for North America. It features Ovi Maps with full-fledged car navigation solution along with the features of speed limit warnings and speed camera alerts. There is 3.2 inches long display with high resolution to provide perfect view of satellite and terrain maps including 3D landmarks. Talking its some other much sought features, it has 3.2 hours of playback time, speedy HSDPA internet connection, 3.2 megapixel camera of Carl Zeiss optics and expandable memory of up to 16Gb.
LG Lotus Elite Phone is expected to be another buzz in the market. Slated to be released in the first quarter of this year, this model is a fashionable clamshell designed with unique square shape and tattoo pattern. There are many high ending features in this LG model such as stereo Bluetooth, microSD, dedicated shortcut keys for social networking, email and many entertainment features. It has 2.4 inch external touchscreen display where you can access spirit TV and navigate songs without opening it.
So 2010 is full with many launches of the new models. And users might find more that expectation, so everyone has to be in touch to grab them.
There are so many wonderful free Android apps; why would you choose to purchase an app? There are plenty of reasons to choose a paid app instead of a free app. The main reason being that the paid Android applications are more extensive than their free counterparts. Often times the free applications are only trial versions of paid applications. Figuring out which are the top paid Android applications can be challenging. There are so many that you need to sort through! How can you tell which apps will give you the best deal for the money you spend? This article will help you figure out which paid apps are the best. Freedom Blogging Profit Bonus will organize your website neatly.
Fit Sync is a paid app that is great for those who are trying to get in shape. The application has thousands of workout videos that you can copy, hundreds of workouts that you can follow and fifty or so fitness plans. You can also use this application to track your progress each day and week as you workout.
You can even use the app to publish your workouts to all of your social networks because this app hooks directly to Facebook (you can also install Fit Sync widgets on other sites as well). Jewellust is a prominent paid game application for the Android phones. You move around jewels, gather mosaic tiles and inspect ancient Pyramids in an attempt to discover the Pharaoh’s spoils. You play in “Campaign” mode, while trying out the game. You can play in “Survival” mode once you feel like you’re becoming an expert at the game This allots you an unlimited amount of time to play and saves your score for each game you play thereafter. Game applications provide an attractive time waster while you are sitting somewhere and waiting or when you discover some unexpected free time.
MyBackupPro is an essential application for individuals who get anxious when they think about their phone’s security. This paid Android application lets you concoct a backup of your phone. It creates a backup of all your apps, phone call history, contacts, settings, text messages, internet bookmarks, phone call log and the list goes on. This application backs up every last bit of information on your phone. This can be tremendously helpful if your phone is misplaced or somebody stole it.
You can revive all your “lost” data and bring it onto your new or substitute phone and get back to your every day life. These are only a few of the top paid Android applications available on the market. New apps are being created daily. The primary idea for choosing paid applications is to investigate if there is not a free application that will do the same thing. If you don’t discover a comparable free application, you can purchase the more expensive application with a clear head. Don’t forget to think at least twice prior to wasting your money on a paid application. You don’t want to blow your money if you don’t have to!