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BlackBerry Torch 9860

Although the 3.7in. Torch 9860 is easy to use and responsive, we're not sure that RIM is best serving the BlackBerry brand by jettisoning the physical keyboard.

October 14, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


BlackBerry Torch 9810

The Torch 9810 has a touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard, but both have their drawbacks. Performance and battery life are good, but the lack of Flash support is disappointing.

September 15, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


HTC Evo 3D

If you want to try 3D on a smartphone we recommend the less expensive LG Optimus 3D, which shoots 3D stills to a higher resolution and has a dedicated 3D user interface with better 3D integration.

August 30, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


BlackBerry Bold 9900

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 offers an upgraded OS, solid specifications and good integration of a small touchscreen with an optical navigation pad and keyboard. But battery life is disappointing and, despite the novelty of Near Field Communication support, this is primarily a catchup device.

August 25, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


LG Optimus 3D

It's difficult not to be impressed with the 3D aspects of this smartphone, but there are drawbacks: it's large, sluggish at times and the battery life is abysmal. We're not sure this handset has much staying power, particularly as a business tool.

July 15, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


Motorola Atrix

Motorola's Atrix is a competent high-end smartphone with a fast dual-core processor, good battery life, a fingerprint reader and a high-resolution screen. If you're prepared to invest in the accessories, you'll get considerably more functionality than the average smartphone delivers.

June 20, 2011 by Sandra Vogel

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HTC Sensation

HTC's Sensation has a fast dual-core processor and a high-resolution 4.3in. screen. The Samsung Galaxy S II remains our favourite high-end smartphone, but the Sensation comes a very close second.

June 1, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


Samsung Galaxy S II

The Galaxy S II's large Super AMOLED Plus screen and lightweight build are impressive, and there's a useful software bundle running under Android 2.3. This is a very expensive smartphone, but if you have the budget, we heartily recommend it.

May 10, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


Dell Venue Pro

Dell's Venue Pro is a first-generation Windows Phone 7 device whose standout features are a large screen and a slide-out portrait-format keyboard.

May 6, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


HTC Desire S

The Desire S is an advance on last year's Desire, but not a huge one. Despite Android 2.3 and dual cameras, there might not be enough here to tempt you to upgrade.

April 12, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


LG Optimus 2X

The Optimus 2X's dual-core processor makes the UI feel responsive and enhances many activities, while its 4in. screen is great for multimedia, web browsing and email. However, LG has crammed too many apps on-board, and we'd have preferred Android 2.3 and longer battery life.

April 8, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


HTC Incredible S

A 4in. screen, 1GHz processor plus front and rear cameras give the Incredible S smartphone plenty of appeal, although we'd class it as impressive rather than 'incredible'.

March 18, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


HTC 7 Pro

Apart from its slide-out keyboard, the HTC 7 Pro is similar in many respects to other Windows Phone 7 handsets, thanks to the Microsoft platform's locked-down nature.

February 21, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


Google Nexus S

Google's Nexus S runs Android 2.3 at good speed, has a high-quality 4in. Super AMOLED screen, front and rear cameras, and delivers decent battery life. We like it, and if it had a microSD card slot we'd like it even more.

February 4, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


BlackBerry Bold 9780

The Bold 9780's key new feature is OS 6, as many of its specifications are unchanged from the 9700 model. We'd have preferred a faster processor, but the ever-excellent mini-keyboard should be a winner for mobile email fans.

January 10, 2011 by Sandra Vogel

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