Samsung Freeform II – Metro PCS

Samsung Freeform II is a messaging centric device that comes with a decent set of communication capabilities and a full QWERTY keyboard. You have a good call quality, text and multimedia messaging, instant messaging and email with access to various web mail providers; however, you can also enter your own POP3/ IMAP accounts. Besides the personal email, the corporate email is also present via Outlook Web Access. The 2.2 inches display is rather small and unimpressive; it delivers colorful images and a crisp text. Underneath it, you have a very spacious navigation array that is easy to manage and among the dedicated keys, you will find a dedicated speakerphone button, which we much appreciate. The full QWERTY keyboard is rather cramped with tall keys that are brightly back lit; because the buttons are somewhat stiff when pressed the typing experience is not one of the best. The numbers are highlighted in a light gray and the space bar is larger than the other keys and placed in the middle of the keypad. Freeform II has stereo Bluetooth, GPS (Metro Navigator), voice commands, MetroWeb...

Samsung Omnia II

The successor of the highly popular Samsung Omnia was launched in 2009 and it is running on the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. With this model, the Korean company did a lot of improvements to its proprietary TouchWiz interface by allowing the user to play around with more customization settings and making the entire OS feel more user-friendly. Design-wise, the Samsung Omnia II looks pretty much alike many of the phones from this segment, featuring a candy bar design. However, it is indeed a little bit bulky; measuring 4.69 x 2.35 x 0.52 inches and it tips the scale at 4.76 ounces. One of the main reasons this model carries some extra weight and it is a little bit bigger than its main competitors is due to the exquisite 3.7-inch AMOLED screen that has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. This AMOLED screen is not only sharper than a regular LCD, but it also is brighter and consumes less power. In addition, it has wider viewing angles, a higher contrast and the pictures are significantly smoother. Below this generous screen is where...

Samsung Tint – Metro PCS

Samsung Tint is an entry level cell phone that comes with an average audio quality, text and multimedia messaging with threaded support (which is a surprise), instant messaging and mobile Web mail. The Tint pretty much covers the essentials: alarm clock, calculator, world clock, calendar, vibrate mode, polyphonic ringtones, stop watch, memo pad, unit and currency converter, speakerphone and 500 contact phone book. More advanced users will appreciate the presence of stereo Bluetooth, voice recorder and voice commands. Samsung Tint is a flip phone that has changeable covers and a stamp like exterior display that shows the usual: date, time, battery life, signal strength and caller ID. As it supports 65.000 colors, it shows photo caller ID and it also works as the camera’s viewfinder. Once you flip open the device, you will find the main 1.9 inches LCD display, the navigation array and the alphanumeric keypad. The internal screen does not deliver rich looking colors, quite the opposite: the images look overcast and the text is legible and nothing more. The aforementioned navigation array and alphanumeric keypad are both flat and slippery,...

HTC Tilt 2 – AT&T

HTC Tilt 2 is a Windows Mobile 6.5 device that has a good set of messaging features and comes with both a touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard. You have two possibilities of writing a text: either use the virtual QWERTY keyboard or better yet, the physical one. All you have to do is to slide the screen to the right and you will find a five row keyboard that is spacious with large buttons that offer nice feedback. The 3.6 inches resistive touch screen has the ability of tilting, so you can have a better view while surfing the web or writing a long email. The screen delivers vibrant graphics and a crisp text, but you will have to press a little harder in order for your touch to be registered. In the communication department, Tilt 2 has a good call quality, text and multimedia messaging, instant messaging and email. You have personal email with access to POP3/ IMAP accounts and corporate email via Microsoft Exchange; the phone also has Microsoft Direct push technology for real time email delivery and synchronization....

Huawei Ideos X5 – Review PART 2

Since this is a proper Android smartphone, the Huawei Ideos X5 offers a rich suite of features, including text and multimedia messaging, a speakerphone, voice dialing, Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS. You can add as many numbers in the phonebook as the memory can hold, along with other info such e-mail, multiple numbers, IM handle, photo caller ID, group ID and others. Support for e-mail comes as standard as the X5 can handle POP3, IMAP, Gmail and Exchange accounts. Regarding multimedia, the smartphone comes with a five megapixel camera that can do 720p high definition recording. We have to warn you though that the still photos look a little bit dull if you don’t spend some time to fiddle with the fluorescent light. The same thing is applicable when it comes down to recording clips. You must know that when viewing the videos recorded with the camera you are going to notice more noise than usual but overall the camera is above the average in this segment. As far as the options for the camera is concerned, you get three focus modes, three...

Pre-paid Mobile Phone

Prepaid cell phones are usually entry-level phones, but the latest prepaid phones have started to thrill us a little bit; for example, LG Prime is the first touch- screen phone that is available on AT&T’s GoPhone network. This baby will not replace your average smartphone, but it is actually pretty good, it comes with a music player, a 2 megapixel camera, and what do you know, you can even check your email on it. It also has an affordable price: 99.99 dollars without a contract. There and behold, the LG Prime: The phone measures 4.25 x 2.08 x 0.5 inches and weighs 3.14 ounces, which makes it very pocket- friendly, but, unfortunately, it also gives a cheap feel to it. If you are used to former LG touch-screen phones, like Vu Plus, for example, you will feel quite at home with this device: it has a rectangular design with rounded corners and edges. The display of this baby measures 3 inches, supports 262.000 colors and has a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels; actually, the screen can impress you: the colors look bright...