Kyocera Rio E3100 – Cricket Wireless

Kyocera Rio E3100 is a feature phone that comes with a 2.8 inches resistive touch screen. The display requires a little bit more pressure in order for your touch to be registered, but, overall, it is responsive. As for graphics, they look colorful, but not as smooth as we would have liked because of the only 240 x 320 pixels support. Its communication capabilities include a decent call quality, text, multimedia messaging and mobile email. Writing a text, however, can be quite a pain with this device. In the landscape mode, you have a virtual QWERTY keyboard that is cramped and has small keys. The people with larger thumbs should definitely look at another phone. In the portrait mode, you have a half represented QWERTY keyboard; you basically have two or three letters per key. This device is best used for its voice capabilities and not messages. Rio has basic features, like: alarm clock, vibrate mode, conference call capability, calendar, stop watch, calculator, 500 contact phone book, world clock, speakerphone and memo pad. The higher end features consist in Bluetooth, GPS (Cricket Navigation),...

LG Breeze

This model from LG looks a lot like the popular Cookie model but one of the main differences between these two models relies in the QWERTY keyboard that the Breeze sports. The phone measures 106.5 x 53 x 15.9 mm and has a curb weight of 125.5 g, which makes it just about as compact as the KS360 and the Cookie. The handset supports GPRS Class 12, EDGE Class 10, HSPDA 7.2 Mbps as well as Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP. The front panel of the LG Breeze is dominated by the 2.8-inch display that has a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels and can show up to 256k colors. Below this screen sit three hardware buttons while the slide-out four-row QWERTY keypad features well spaced buttons and superb touch orientation. After you slide out the handset, the screen modifies its orientation to landscape mode. On the left spine is the volume rocker which doubles as a digital zoom while on the right side you’ll find the microSD card slot which is protected by a plastic lid, camera button and the key lock. At...

LG Octane – Verizon Wireless

LG Octane is a messaging device that comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and dual displays. On the exterior, you have a 1.76 inches display, from which you can only fiddle with limited applications. As it comes with color support, you can use it as the camera’s viewfinder. Also, it displays quite vibrant images and a crisp text. Underneath it, you have the navigation array and the alphanumeric keypad. The latter is organized in four rows in a curved style; the buttons are well sized and easy to type with. Once you flip open Octane, you will find the main display that measures 2.6 inches LCD display that delivers bright, colorful graphics and a sharp text. The four row QWERTY keyboard has decent sized buttons that are clearly delineated from each other. On the very front row, you have the numbers that are separated from the letters; you have a large space bar in the middle and the keys that are highlighted in gray double as game controls. Overall, the QWERTY keyboard offers an easy and fast typing experience. The basic phone features...

Samsung Epic 4G- Sprint Nextel

Samsung Epic 4G is a multimedia device that has a 4 inches Super AMOLED touch screen and a good set of features for entertainment. The touch screen is responsive and comes with a built in accelerometer and with a proximity sensor. The graphics and videos displayed by this screen look vibrant, bright and the text is crisp. As for fun, you have a digital player that supports various audio and video codecs, one game and a 5 megapixels camera with editing options, LED Flash, smile detection and HD video recording capabilities. The picture quality is good: the images are sharp and the colors look natural, although we would have wished to see richer colors. As it is an Android device, it comes preinstalled with several applications: Google Search, Google Latitude, YouTube, Gmail, Google Talk, Sprint Football, ThinkFree Office, Sprint TV and others. The smartphone can take up to 16 GB of expandable memory, so if you crave for more apps, you can get them from the Android Market. Although Epic 4G runs on the Android 2.1 operating system, you can upgrade it over...

Motorla i1 – Boost Mobile

Motorola is an Android smartphone that comes with a 3.1 inches capacitive touch screen. The display is responsive and has a built in accelerometer, a proximity sensor and supports multitouch in the form of double tapping. It delivers vibrant images and crisp text. Although it was released with the Android 1.5 operating system, which is definitely obsolete, the device can be upgraded over the air. Its communication capabilities include 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. To input a text, you have two possibilities: the standard virtual Android keyboard or the Swype keyboard. Motorola covers the essentials: phone book limited by available memory, vibrate mode, conference call capability, calendar, alarm clock, calculator, voice recorder and speakerphone. On the higher end, you have Wi- Fi, GPS, stereo Bluetooth, push to talk mode, Opera Mini 5 (you can also switch to the Android WebKit browser) and iDEN network. As for fun, you have a digital player, a disappointing 2.5 mm head set jack and...

HTC Imagio

HTC Imagio is a smartphone that delivers both multimedia and business features. So, if you are a business man/ woman always on the road and you need to stay connected to your workplace, but you also want a device that can offer you a good time, then this is the phone for you. The device measures 4.6 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches and weighs 5.25 ounces. It has a solid construction with its thick plastic “skin”, but the rounded edges and the soft touch finish on the back give a comfortable feel to it. The Imagio has a 3.6 inches LCD display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and 65.000 color support: today, this screen is not as impressive as it used to be at the time of the phone’s release (2009). Despite the fact that web browsing, playing games and viewing multimedia are not the best, the images look bright and the text also. Unfortunately, the smartphone has a resistive touch- screen with a built in accelerometer and a proximity sensor, but it will not cause you a lot of...