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Motorola Razr i
Perhaps not the best — or best made — handset around, but the Razr i is nonetheless a decent, solid smartphone that won't break the bank.
The DuPont Kevlar fibre and Corning Gorilla Glass construction gives it a good feel in the hand, and it comes with an SD-card slot for storage expansion, something that the Nexus 4 doesn't have.
- Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), but Jelly Bean inbound
- 2GHz Intel Atom Z2460
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED 540x960 display
- 8MP rear camera
- VGA front camera
- 8GB internal storage
One to watch - Motorola Moto X
Here's a handset to watch out for over the coming weeks – Motorola's new Moto X.
I used to be pretty partial to Motorola handsets back before the iPhone. They were well built, and while they relied heavily on gimmicks, delivered decent performance and long-term reliability.
The Moto X is interesting, not because it is manufactured by Motorola – now owned by Google – but because it takes a new approach to computation power. Rather than one chip with multiple cores doing the work, the Moto X has a total of eight cores spread over four different chips, each doing a different thing.
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2)
- Motorola X8 computing system, consisting of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core clocked at 1.7GHz, a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, and two low-power processors, one that is used for natural language and the other for contextual computing
- 4.7-inch AMOLED HD 720p display
- 10MP rear camera
- 2MP front camera
- 16/32GB internal storage
- Wireless charging
LG Optimus G Pro
Smartphones are getting bigger, and the Optimus G Pro from LG is a real handful. The huge 5.5-inch display, combined with a quad-core Snapdragon processor makes this a serious piece of kit, but the overall size of this phatlet might put some people off.
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)
- 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU
- 5.5-inch 1920x1080 full HD IPS display
- 13MP rear camera
- 2.1MP front camera
- 32GB internal storage
- MicroSD slot