The LG Apex Offers Numerous Great Features that You Just Have To Check Out For Yourself!

Hunting for new Android phones used to be a big challenge but Android has gone pretty mainstream. We like to go back and cover some phones that you might have missed on the first pass. One of those phones we just had to mention would have to be the LG Apex.

Now, a lot of you super smartphone junkies aren’t going to be as pleased with the LG Apex as we might expect, and we know exactly why. It’s because as you read this you’re going to notice that the LG Apex doesn’t come with all of the bells and whistles that you’re probably used to expecting from Android phones. However, it doesn’t come with the huge $300-$500 price tag either. Shelling out $200 for a phone isn’t always what you want to do, and everyone that has a budget has been looking for good Android phones as well.

So, what can you really expect when it comes to the LG Apex? Plenty!

This is a phone from US Cellular, and it’s going to be aimed at the budget crowd. That much we know. So let’s cover the rest of it, shall we?

You’re going to be dealing with a touch screen. Some people are fans of physical keyboards, but you might be surprised at just how functional these touchscreens have become. Don’t worry — if you really feel that you must have a physical keyboard, you’ll get one on this phone. The phone slides open to reveal the keyboard that was hidden away all this time. So if you really want to fire off a few text messages or even just update Facebook, you’ll be able to that quickly.

So, let’s talk about that screen some more. The screen is 3.2″, and has a resolution of 480×800. That’s going to give you a lot of screen space in order to see all things Web-enabled, if you catch our drift. Video, anyone?

The processor isn’t going to be as high as some that we’ve seen. If you’re used to getting a 1Ghz Hummingbird proc, you’re not going to find that here. It just is way outside the scope of this phone’s budget. You’ll find a 600Mhz processor, along with 256MB of RAM.

The other sticking point is that the operating system in question is Android 2.1 — most phones are far ahead of this, and if you’re a super app junkie you might feel a little trapped by having such an old version of the OS. Still, US Cellular will most likely be issuing an update so it’s not like you have to live with 2.1 forever. Continue reading “The LG Apex Offers Numerous Great Features that You Just Have To Check Out For Yourself!”

A Closer Look at the Motorola Photon Q 4G

Android phones are definitely here to stay, and the average Android customer actually has a wealth of options to choose from. So we wanted to step back and cover the Motorola Photon Q 4G, a phone that came out just recently.

Before you purchase any smartphone, you should be looking up reviews. What someone finds amazing might not be your cup of tea, but how will you know if you never read anything? With the cost of smartphones on the rise, it pays to be as well informed as possible.

One thing that automatically jumped out at us with the Photon Q 4G was the QWERTY keyboard as a hardware default. Even though a lot of people are happy with touchscreens, there is something special about being able to type out long messages on your phone without having to hunt and peck around the screen. If you’re used to QWERTY, then this is definitely a good phone for you.

Performance isn’t going to be a problem either — you’re getting a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm S4 CPU (top of the line in terms of processors right now), along with a whole gig of RAM. The phone runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, so you have a leading Android line that will serve your needs well. This Qualcomm Snapdragon fourth generation CPU with Adreno 225 graphics makes this phone very zippy. How zippy? The Photon Q 4G LTE scored 5015 on Quadrant, putting it up there with the EVO 4G LTE and even the Samsung Galaxy S III.  There’s been some rumor that the Photon Q is going to get Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), but nothing has come of it yet.

Not only are you getting a full gig of RAM, but you get 8GB of internal storage along with that microSD slot.

This is not a phone that would be called thin even by the most apologetic Android fan. It’s a thick phone and it needs to be treated that way. The QWERTY form factor means that there needs to be some added weight. So if weight is an issue for you, then you might want to look elsewhere.

Motorola made sure to ship this phone with very few “extras” clogging up space on your phone, which is something that we can appreciate. The Photon Q has a decent battery that comes with it, running at 1785 mAh.

Motorola Photon Q 4G

There are a few goodies available as well, including NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a very nice 8MP camera. There’s also micro HDMI and micro USB ports. In theory, you could use the micro HDMI to connect video to another device, which is sort of cool. Continue reading “A Closer Look at the Motorola Photon Q 4G”

Ready For a New Phone – Check out the Samsung Droid Charge!

One thing about Android fans is that they’re always on the hunt for a new phone. Since the platform is so open, there’s really no shortage of Android phones to be had. Of course, it wasn’t always that way. Early on, Android phones were few and far between. Today the landscape has changed to include dozens of great phones that are just waiting for you to check them out.

One of the complaints some of our visitors had is that we don’t focus enough on Verizon-ready phones. We can definitely fix that — meet the Samsung Droid Charge. This is a phone that will make any Android fan happy, especially if they’re looking for a good switch.

Before we get started, we have to admit that this is not a super brand new phone, but that’s okay. It might be new to you. It might be a phone that could finally fulfill your needs. You won’t know until you check it out, and you won’t check it out until you get some more information. So, onward!

Samsung Droid Charge

We have to start with the display. The Droid Charge has a huge one. Display, we mean. 🙂 4.3 inches and you know it’s going to be a Super AMOLED Plus display. The colors pop, and there’s enough screen space to really look at all of those Facebook photos you’re not supposed to be looking at because you’re at work. Not that we’re going to tell on you. 🙂 For the techies among us, that’s a 800 x 480 display.

You might suddenly have flashbacks to the Thunderbolt, which also came out around the same time as the Droid Charge did. However, this is a little thinner than that phone.

For those that are looking for a phone with buttons, you’ll find them here on the Droid Charge. There’s four little navigation buttons and it might make some Samsung fans remember that old school phone they rocked at the start of the millennium. Retro has never looked so good.

If you’re worried about performance and battery life, don’t. The Charge isn’t a dual-core member, but there’s still a 1Ghz Hummingbird processor. You’re going to find some modestly good performance waiting for you.

As far as battery life goes, most early adopters found that they could go through nearly two days of normal use and not need to go back to the charger until late at night. This is a good sign — battery life in the normal sense is determined by how much you’re using GPS, Wi-Fi, and in the case of Verizon phones, LTE.

There are some downsides, and they’re mostly represented in the software side of things. The Charge comes with 2.2 Froyo — which is disappointing because we’ve already moved on so much in the Android world. Verizon is working on trying to get updates out a bit faster, but things are still hit or miss.

Touchscreen love is in full swing with the Charge. You can pinch items to zoom out, along with the usual dragging and shuffling.

Other early adopters dinged the phone because it comes with so many demo apps — not really what you want when it comes to a new phone. Still, we think that the features do speak for themselves. Custom widgets? Yes please.

Worried about camera abilities? No problem. The Charge is going to still come through for you. There’s an 8MP camera, which includes autofocus as standard.

There’s even a front facing camera that is 1.3 megapixels. So you don’t even have to try hard to get those self-portraits anymore!

Samsung thought ahead when it comes to their market, and there’s a lot of capacity to store all of your photos and videos. You can expand out to 32GB of space, which means that you won’t need to upgrade for a while if you’re the type that likes to hold onto phones.

Since this is an Android phone, you can bet that plenty of care has been put into the browsing experience. You will be able to view HTML5 as well as Flash websites with ease. There are built in apps for Facebook, MySpace, Picasa, and Twitter.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and email support are also standard. There’s no longer a need to worry about how you’ll maintain your digital file while you’re on the go.

Who is this phone for? Well, even though you might be thinking about a higher end phone, we really do think that the Charge is a good buy. While it might not get everything absolutely perfect — the way people expect their experience will be with the Galaxy S line — it still gets enough things right that we’re pretty happy with it. Why not check it out for yourself?

Picking a Smartphone – Is the New Android Phone Right for You?

Today’s cell phone user has more choices than ever before. Therefore, it’s no surprise that picking a new smartphone can be quite an adventure. If you’re trying to figure out what type of phone you want, you will need to start by eliminating the platform choice. In other words, if you pick a platform to go with, you’ll be able to target the cell phone you want a lot better than if you just stay open to any and all cell phone platforms.

If you haven’t made a decision on getting a cell phone just yet, you might want to take a look at one of the new Android phones. They’re very dynamic and have plenty of different apps that you can download to your phone. If you don’t want to be locked into the iPhone and AT&T, you will have a lot more flexibility with the Android phone lineup as well. There are Android phones for just about every cell phone carrier, which means that even if you decide to switch carriers you can still pick up another Android phone. This open platform is something that many people cite as a key reason why they’ve switched over to Android.

When features are an important item for you when it comes to buying a phone, you will definitely want to look at the Android lineup of phones more closely. Indeed, the Android platform is open, which means that there are updates being made for the platform all the time. When it comes to specific phones, you will still have plenty of choices within Android.

For example, if you’re looking for one of the fastest phones out there on the Android platform, you really can’t go wrong with looking at the Sprint EVO 4G phone. It’s a very fast phone that has a great camera and a little kickstand that you can use to prop the phone up so that you can watch movies. There are even two cameras built into this phone. You get one camera on the front and a nicer 8 megapixel camera on the back that also can capture HD-quality video.

So, what phone should you get when it comes to Android? Well, you have plenty of choices, so the best thing to do is look at the lineup of Android phone and pick the phone that represents the features that matter most to you — that’s all there is to it!

Check Out the HTC Thunderbolt!

The world of Android phones is heating up — after all, it’s been a few years since the G1 came out on T-Mobile, and hey — you’ve come a long way since those early Android models. It’s definitely a household name for a lot of good reasons. Normal people are finally getting the opportunity to geek out without damaging their phones. They feel smart, empowered, and downright popular all without even saying a word. That’s the power of having an Android phone.

Hey, we’re not trying to leave other cell phone users out in the cold here. We’re sure that you’re rocking that iPhone, but we really think that Android offers a lot of interesting features from start to finish, but it might take some getting used to when it comes to having all of that power.

One Android phone that we really wanted to touch on was the HTC Thunderbolt. It’s been out for a little while, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve gotten up close and personal with it.

First Glance:

This phone is a bit thick and a bit heavy, but we can forgive it when it comes to the features. You’re going to get a 4.3-inch display, as well as an 8MP camera. There’s also a dual-LED flash. The display is very crisp and has a pretty wide viewing angle.

Performance is also not a problem at all. There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, as well as an integrated kickstand. This means that you can tilt the phone back to watch movies and other recordings. In addition, we can’t overlook the second 4G radio so you can use Verizon’s LTE network — yes, this is definitely a Verizon phone.

Hardware:

This phone is bringing back another trend that’s fun — good packaging. When you buy a new phone, you want to get excited about it. HTC has shipped the phone in a big sturdy black cube wrapped in a black sleeve. The name of your phone is embossed on the packaging. This also serves another purpose — you’re a lot more likely to save the packaging to keep your phone safe when you’re not using it. If you move on, you can sell the phone in good condition with the original box. This saves a lot of your resale value, which is always a good thing.

It’s a bigger phone than most, but if you’re used to using the Evo 4G over on Sprint, then this phone shouldn’t throw you off. However, if you were expecting all of this power and lightweight tendencies, you’re going to be slightly disappointed.

The phone comes with a 32GB microSD — that’s more than enough space to keep everything that matters most to you.

If you’re looking for HDMI out functions with this phone, you’re not going to find them. However, we really don’t think it takes away from the phone at all.

Battery:

Normal use — where you’re going to be taking on the phone, using LTE data and screen use as well as Wi-FI — roughly five hours and 47 minutes. Now, if you’re going to be doing less with your Thunderbolt, then that’s fine too. You’ll probably end up getting a lot more battery life. Standby seems to be roughly about 14 hours and only 20 percent loss of the battery. If you tweak the phone by turning off some of the power sucking features, you’ll get more life out of it. Still, a second battery wouldn’t hurt anything, either. Continue reading “Check Out the HTC Thunderbolt!”

Samsung Galaxy Spica I5700

The trend is increasing for smartphone manufacturers to scale down their expensive devices. Those who can downgrade their smartphone to something everyone can get their hands on will of course have the bigger portion of sales. Samsung did a great job with their Samsung Galaxy Spica I5700. Read here to find out the details on this new smartphone from Samsung.

Most smartphones that get scaled down also get the inferior “guts” that make them work. Not this smartphone. This phone actually goes faster than its larger counterpart. There are of course things that obviously have to be truly downgraded. The “Galaxy Lite” Spica does not have a flash for the camera. If you can live without that you may want to get a closer look at this smartphone.

The main device, the screen is the first topic at hand. The Spica has a great one. It is the new AMOLED version of displays and uses less battery power. It is also brighter than the older TFT versions. It is an average size for a phone with its proportions; 3.2 inches. Resolution is rated at 320 by 480 pixels which is common for many smartphones.

The inside of the smartphone is impressive. It has a very fast 800 megahertz of processing power. This makes the menus fly ! Opening and closing programs is without waiting. The newer Spica has less memory than its predecessor, but still has 180 megabytes of space. If that is not enough, you have a MicroSD card slot for a whopping 32 gigabytes of space. That is enough for most people. Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy Spica I5700”

The Best Bargain Mobile Phones

With smartphones now dominating the mobile phone market, getting your hands on a phone that is capable of sending email, browsing the web and video calling has never been easier. Many mobile phone companies are spoiling customers with a vast array of cheap smartphones, meaning you have little excuse to not buy one. This article we will go through some of our favourite bargain mobile phones of 2012.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung have really pulled it out of the bag with this phone, offering a cheaper version of their flagship Galaxy model. With a 3.5” touch screen, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash and running the Android 2.2.1 Froyo operating system, this handset is a real competitor in the bargain mobile phone market. With contracts starting at roughly £13 per month you are getting a great handset and a bunch of minutes for a great price.

BlackBerry Curve 9320

A few years ago nobody would have ever imagined they could get hold of a BlackBerry mobile phone on a budget. The once king of the business mobile world is now available for as cheap as £13 pounds a month. With a full Qwerty keyboard, BBM messenger and the ability to turn the device in to a Wi-Fi hotspot, this phone offers great value for money for those looking for a business mobile.

HTC Desire C

HTC are by far the most reputable Android mobile phone producer, responsible for some of the most popular smartphones on the market. For those familiar with the old Desire models, you will be happy to see that HTC have given some major updates to their latest handset at an extremely affordable cost. With the ever popular Beats Audio™ technology as made famous by Dr Dre supplying the sound and running the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, you can have a taste of the cutting edge for as cheap as £13 a month. Be sure to shop around for the best android phone deals and you may find yourself with some even better deals.

Samsung Europa

For those looking to find a real bargain, look no further than the Samsung Europa. By far one of the most popular bargain handsets out there, you can get the smartphone experience for as little as £10 a month. As you would expect for a handset of this price, the features have been scaled down, with a 2.8” screen and 2 megapixel camera. This phone is still a great option for those looking to save money whilst getting a handset to keep up with the ever advancing mobile phone market.

There are plenty more bargain handsets out there so finding the right phone for you will always require a bit of research. Check online and in store for a list of deals on offer, you never know, you may find a better deal than you could have hoped for.

What to expect from the HTC One X+

If rumours are true, the HTC One X could be getting an upgrade in time for October. Holding the internal name ‘HTC Endeavor C2’ the HTC One X+ is expected to iron out all the problems users had with the original One X. There have been numerous sources outlining the technical specification but whether these sources are trustworthy is yet to be seen. Here are some things we can expect to see on the new One X+.

Appearance

HTC have promised to keep the design in line with the One X for accessory compatibility, meaning, on the whole, not much will be changed. We expect little alteration in the screen department as the resolution is rumoured to be 1280×720, the same as the original One X. There will however be a new range of colour ways that will be rolled out to please those who appreciate superficial modifications.

Processor

If the leaked information is anything to go by, the HTC One X+ stands to be the fastest handset on the market, with a dual core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.7GHz providing the power. Considering the fastest processor on the market, fitted on the Samsung S3, is only hitting 1.4GHz, this is a significant upgrade that will really push the smartphone market forward.

Battery Life

Battery life has been a huge problem for HTC One X owners, who have reported huge drops in battery life after watching media content over Wi-Fi. HTC released a firmware update which improved things somewhat but as things stand, the battery life leaves room for improvement. The HTC One X+ is sure to have a battery update. It is vital, as it will need to power the 1.7GHz Tegra 3 processor.

Pricing

Little is known about the pricing of the handset on a contract but we can assume they will be similar to those found on the current HTC One deals.

Accessories

Since partnering with UrBeats, the sound quality on the HTC handsets has become a great selling point. It seems that HTC intend on going one step further with the One X+ by supplying customers with a free pair of UrBeats headphones. This is an unprecedented move by HTC, being the first company to really partner up with established audio brands to provide even higher quality finished products. Apple take note.

Additional Features

Besides running the latest Android operating system ‘Jellybean’, expect the HTC One X+ to make use of HTC’s excellent sense overlay, which will add additional features, exclusive to the One X+. Word has it that the One X+ will also make use of HTC’s ClearVoice technology, which is said to drastically improve call quality.

Why The Samsung Galaxy Note II Turned So Many Heads in 2012

There’s something downright alluring about new tech, and we had to go ahead and review the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As a rule of thumb, we tend to talk about a few tech toys after the fact, to give time for any updates to surface. Interesting information usually comes into play after a launch, and this was definitely no exception.

There have been over 1 million Galaxy Note 2’s sold, which  means that this is definitely one of the most popular smartphones on the market. Android is definitely a platform that has enjoyed a banner year in 2012, and it is really only a matter of time before Android makes another innovation. There is really a wide open field here, but we wanted to focus on the Galaxy Note II right now.

What you have here is a cross between a phone and a tablet. Okay, so we can use the phablet moniker and hope that everything shakes out okay. The reality is that there’s a lot to like. If you’re looking for a smartphone that’s just a smartphone, then you’ll want to skip this review. But we really had to discuss this eventually…

So, let’s look at hardware. Everything on this phone is designed to try to be a human friendly powerhouse. Does it meet that goal? In a sense. It weighs 6.35 ounces. It’s a very long phone with a very large screen. Some will find that the screen doesn’t let the smartphone be as portable as you might have liked, but it’s definitely worth checking out. Initial reports indicate that the new Note is very durable, being constructed from polycarbonate material. The buttons are easier to find by feel, but that’s a blessing as well as a curse. Be prepared to accidentally press the button more often than what you would like.

There’s a 1.9MP camera front-facing, and an 8MP rear-facing camera. There’s a removable 3100 mAh battery, which is a bit of a relief. You’ll also find microSIM, microSD, and contacts for NFC (Near Field Communications) and wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Global versions of the Note 2 are equipped with 21.6Mbps HSPA+ (850/900/1900/2100 MHz), paired with quad-band GSM & EDGE. There’s dual bend Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n w/ Wi-Fi Direct. Want more? Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and NFC round out the list.

There’s up to 64GB of storage space, There’s also microSD support for up to 64GB. The processor is a 1.6Ghz quad-core Exynos 4412. The RAM got bumped up to 2GB, which makes the phone very zippy. Operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean — which is alright by us.

The Note II has a brilliant display. It’s got a 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED panel.

Let’s go into the software side:

The Note 2 ships with Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.1), with plenty of new features to check out. This would include Google Now, expandable notifications and predictive keyboard. Be prepared for some manufacturer toys, including the Smart Stay, S Voice, AllShare Cast, and S Beam. S Beam might be new to you — you can transfer Note II docs to other Note II devices, which is pretty cool. Continue reading “Why The Samsung Galaxy Note II Turned So Many Heads in 2012”

Samsung Galaxy S3

The new Samsung galaxy S3 is long awaited. There have been all sorts of rumours as to when it will his the shelves and it was expected that it might be released at the Mobile World Congress. However, the latest rumours are that it will not appear abroad for quite a while.

The latest thoughts on the matter are that it could appear in the UK in April, although other sources are reporting that it will not happen until July. This is extremely exciting and it is a good idea to start taking a look around for Samsung galaxy s3 deals now. It can be good to see what people are saying about it and think about whether you want one, but equally it can be wise to see who will be selling it and what sort of deals they might have.

Once a new phone is released, it can be tempted to get it as quickly as possible without thinking about where from. However, if you start researching now and finding out where you may be able to get it, then you should get a good deal once it is released. Take a look around at where might be sellig it and even a price comparison website might have details about where to get it the cheapest.

You may think this is rather silly, as the phone is not yet for sale. However, if you build up a list of places to look at prices, on the day of release you will be able to look at this collection of websites and you will soon be able to find the cheapest one and get it on order. It could save you quite a bit of money and certainly a lot of time as it will not delay you in putting in your order for the phone. You may even find that you will be able to pre order form some places so keep your eyes peeled for information.

You will be bound to be hunting around for details of what the spec of the new phone will be and so you an take a peek at where to buy it from at the same time. It has been revealed that it will have a big screen and will be ceramic rather than plastic. It has also been suggested that it will have a quicker processor and a better camera, but until anything official is released, it is all rumours.