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HTC's flagship One X is a large yet stylish Android 4.0 handset with a stunning 4.7in. screen. Its cutting-edge specification, headed by a quad-core CPU, will appeal to power users, but the lack of storage expansion and poor battery life are disappointing.

April 25, 2012 by Sandra Vogel


Sony Xperia S

The Xperia S is a large and somewhat ungainly smartphone with a superb screen and some high-end features. However, it's severely let down by its lack of storage expansion and sealed-in battery.

March 23, 2012 by Sandra Vogel


BlackBerry Bold 9790

The Bold 9790 has a small screen and a somewhat cramped keyboard, but it runs BlackBerry 7 OS and there's a full 8GB of internal storage. If you're on a restricted budget and can cope with a compact handset, the Bold 9790 could be a good buy.

February 8, 2012 by Sandra Vogel

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Samsung Galaxy Extreme Xcover S5690

The Galaxy Extreme is an affordable rugged handset, although it's short on internal storage and the screen and camera are both disappointingly low-resolution. If you want a tough Android smartphone, you should also consider the similarly priced Motorola Defy+.

February 3, 2012 by Sandra Vogel

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Samsung Omnia W GT-i8350

The Omnia W is attractively priced, and the screen is large enough to deliver a reasonable web browsing (if you can live without Flash) and mobile email experience. Build quality is solid, but the design is unremarkable.

January 26, 2012 by Sandra Vogel

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HTC Radar

If you're a Windows Phone fan seeking a relatively compact and solidly built handset, the HTC Radar could fit the bill. The optional dock may prove attractive, although that must be balanced by the inaccessible battery.

January 10, 2012 by Sandra Vogel


Samsung Galaxy Note Review

The Galaxy Note has a large, vibrant and responsive screen, and is a good size for using 'notepad style' with the S Pen. However, it's too large to carry around as an everyday smartphone, and isn't as useful at home or in the office as a full-sized tablet.

December 15, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


HTC Titan

HTC's Windows Phone 7.5-based Titan has a fast 1.5GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera, but its standout feature is a huge 4.7in. screen. We'd like the display better if it had more than 480 by 800 pixels, and people with small hands will find the device unwieldy.

November 16, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


Nokia Lumia 800

The Lumia 800 has appeal for both professional and personal users, and the reuse of the N9 chassis design is a good move. The result is a solid Windows Phone 7.5 handset.

November 11, 2011 by Sandra Vogel


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


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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