With mobile communications becoming a huge part of the modern day style of living, people are going crazy over cellular phones, basic and advanced. Those with fewer needs on the go stick with the basic route, choosing cell phones that make it easy to make calls and send text messages. However, there is a whole opposing line up of advanced phones for the choosing. Allowing you to surf the internet, download applications, run GPS and a slew of other options on the go (including the basic making calls and text messaging), the smartphones have taken over. Here are some reviews of the top phones, basic and advanced, that are available to you in today’s market.
Basic Cell Phones:
Motorola Brute i686 – While this phone doesn’t have the sleek designs that are often associated with many of the phones on the current market, it does boast a quality that not many can: very impressive durability. All too often, cell phone owners are quick to forget the fragile nature of their smartphone, dropping it and thus, leaving a wonderful crack over the screen. With the Motorola Brute i686, the phone offers a hard plastic case with a thick rubber cover, reinforcing its durability. The phone is said to be military-certified for resistance to dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, and much more. The phone has lived up to its durability claims, with reports of no damage after users have dropped it on concrete, or even left it in water for a solid 20 minutes. Those results are incredible when talking about electrical gadgets. If you’re not worried about the bulkiness and rugged design, and all you want is to talk and text with a reliable, durable phone, this may be the best option.
Nokia X2 – This is a basic cell phone with a few extras. It has a nice design with a full keyboard, allowing for maximized messaging capabilities. The negatives are minimal for a phone specifically designed to be used mainly for phone calls and messaging. The data speeds aren’t very good, with top performance coming in at EDGE, and the screen provides low-resolution quality. The speakerphone isn’t ideal and the phone lacks a dedicated volume rocker, but again, the phone serves its primary purpose. The Nokia X2 does allow for a full HTML web browser (there’s one of those extras), however, with the slow data speeds, it may not be worth it to check out. If you’re looking for a cell phone that makes it easy to send messages, this is it. A good design, a full keyboard and the ability for a few extras makes this phone a solid buy.
Pantech Breeze III – If you’re new to the world of cell phones and mobile communication, or you’re getting a first cell phone for a child, this is a solid pick up. This flip phone has a slim, sleek design with a spacious key pad. The fonts are customizable, allowing you to make them as large and bright as you would like. It features a 1.3 megapixel camera, GPS, 3G speeds and a music player. It doesn’t offer some of the advanced stuff that other phones will get you, but this cell phone was designed with the novice users, kids and senior citizens in mind for a simple design with simple controls. If it’s too easy for you, the phone features an advanced mode as well, allowing access to other options that the easy mode doesn’t offer. While it is useful to some functions, for others it’s not even necessary.
LG Octane – This quite bulky phone gives users a different feel of messaging. It has dual displays in which, with the phone closed, displays like a regular phone. You have a smaller screen with the number keypad like any cell phone. With it open (using a side-flip method), you are given more capabilities with a full QWERTY key board and the full interface which isn’t available on the smaller, closed side of the phone. The main negative about the phone is the lack of a 3.5mm headset jack, but it doesn’t take away from the awesome messaging features of the phone. On the full QWERTY keyboard, the 2, Q, W, E, and S keys are grayed, providing as a direction pad for when playing games on the phone. Simple, but adds a new dimension, this phone is perfect for anyone looking for a great messaging phone.
HTC Freestyle – Even though it has quite a few negative qualities, the HTC Freestyle is a perfect phone for those who want a middle-ground between simple and advanced. It’s a beginner’s smartphone, providing a user-friendly design and all the essential functions you need for communication. However, with all goods, there has to be some bad right? The phone lacks Wi-Fi options and the speakerphone is barely usable. With that said, the Freestyle gives users a touch screen and the user-friendly interface, which gives it a smartphone feel without the required data plan that could cost many of advanced users around $30 a month or more depending on the carrier. This phone is perfect if you want a beginner’s smartphone, complete with touch screen, but don’t care about the full features of the more advanced smartphones.
Advanced Cell Phones:
iPhone 4S – When people think of technology as a whole, Apple is one of the first companies that comes to mind. This is no different when you’re speaking of mobile technology as they have put out multiple devices (tablets and phones) that have altered the way people live their lives. Apple has allowed people to do a massive amount of different functions with just their fingertips. The iPhone 4S is no exception. The only things that disappointed critics about the iPhone 4S is the lack of a bigger screen and no 4G data speeds. However, iPhone 4S provides a fast processor, amazing operating system and a really unique (and pretty cool) voice assistance program. Siri is essentially a female robotic voice that you speak with and it will provide you anything from directions to contacts, from weather to nonsensical trivia. Simply speak your command or question and Siri responds. For those that want one of the best on the market, iPhone 4S has few challengers.
HTC Sensation 4G – Not enough internal memory and pretty weak speakers; that’s pretty much all you can say bad about this phone. The HTC Sensation 4G gives users a large, beautiful screen. It has a very fast dual-core processor and enhanced user experience in which they added some features to the HTC Sense user interface, making for some great attributes. The phone’s design is extraordinary; giving users a comfortable hold on the phone and a slim build that prevents from having a heavy or bulky device. Its solid performance, excellent design and user-friendly experience add up to make the HTC Sensation 4G one of the best Android powered phones out there.
Motorola Droid Bionic – Fast, sleek design, powerful processor, amazing features for consumers and business users and long battery life; the Motorola Droid Bionic gives you pretty much everything you want from a smartphone. However, it has minor problems and does come at a pretty expensive price. It is claimed to be the thinnest 4G LTE device to ever come out and is the first to be both a dual-core smartphone and a Verizon 4G LTE handset. The Droid Bionic also comes shipped with an upgraded operating system, boasting Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. The phone has very nice multimedia features and enterprise abilities like the Webtop application and great security for the business users. Plain and simple, if you’re willing to make the commitment to the high price and shell out the money, the Motorola Droid Bionic doesn’t fall short and is everything you would need and want from a smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S II – Despite some of the phone’s areas feeling not very durable, the Samsung Galaxy S II proves to belong with the other top smartphones on the market. It boasts a dual-core processor, coupling with the beautiful sleek design to make it a phone in high demand. The phone’s display is gorgeous, although a bit smaller than most. However, the AMOLED Plus screen shows off sharp images and texts all while displaying multiple colors. Running the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread gives the Galaxy S II a very good operating system to go along with its other great features such as preloaded extras like Quickoffice Suite, AT&T Navigator and Yellow Pages Mobile. The bottom line is, this is a gorgeous, very dependable smartphone giving you all the features you can want. It’s among those at the top of the list when you’re speaking of the best on the market. You can’t go wrong picking this smartphone, letting the dual-core processor, the operating system and the impeccable display take you to technology heaven (figuratively speaking of course).
Motorola Photon 4G – While this cell phone has plenty of positive features, it also has some negatives that may turn a plethora of users away. First, its design causes for a heavy, bulky design that not everyone can get a good feel for. The Motoblur interface isn’t for everybody, but there’s nothing tremendously wrong here, just a uniqueness to Motorola products. Also, the image quality isn’t what is expected of the 8 megapixel camera. However, despite the negative features, the Motorola Photon 4G can be described simply as a powerhouse of a smartphone (looks and performance). One of the coolest features on the phone is its HDMI output, allowing users to connect their phones to an HDTV and play videos from their phone on the television. For non-Web videos, the Photon 4G has an amazing 1080p video playback capability, and the ability to capture video at 720p making the media quality on this phone a major positive. With all the features, the security, the data speeds and incredible dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, the Photon 4G is one of the best Android phones on the market.
With so many devices giving you all of your needs (be it maximum or minimal use), it is no wonder the world is almost completely running on mobile communication. It’s relied upon as a source of business and personal uses for a vast range of reasons. Having the world at your fingertips is a very intriguing concept and these devices help you get that, and provide for your wants and desires in a cell phone, whether it be simple messaging and phone call capabilities or the ability to surf the web and check on your business on the go.
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