HTC Sensation XE

The HTC Sensation XE is a powerful phone with a powerful brand attached to it. However, for the most part it’s just like the original Sensation. It has a faster processor, but this isn’t hugely apparent in normal usage. Build quality is great, it’s fast and has a large, sharp screen, but the quality of the S-LCD panel isn’t great and the Beats red bits don’t mesh entirely well with the design. It’s certainly a decent phone that can more-than do justice to Android, but when the original Sensation is now available for about £100 less, a user can get better audio quality by spending the difference on a great pair of earphones, instead of the just-good Beats bundled pair here

The HTC Sensation XE is the first Beats-branded phone. In case a user has no interest in headphones and don’t watch TV – Beats is the Dr. Dre-endorsed range of audio products from Monster. Beats was once the preserve of headphone buyers, but has recently spread out, stamping its red logo onto some of HP’s laptops. And infecting our tellyboxes with its advertising.

Aside from the hints of red, spread over the HTC Sensation XE’s body, the design of this Android Gingerbread phone is mostly identical to the original Sensation. The screen is 4.3in across, it has an 8-megapixel main camera and a fast dual-core processor. It has the same 11.3mm-thick aluminium unibody frame too, but this time it’s finished in brushed black to supply a moody look. The metal exoskeleton dominates the phone less than several of HTC’s top-end phones, including the Titan and Desire S. Most of the front is given over to the glass screen top layer, which is slightly curved at the edges, and on the back the metal strip cuts a modest diagonal path through the mostly soft-touch black plastic backplate. The three-part look of the back seems to suggest the bottom bit might pop off to reveal the microSD and SIM slot, but the whole of the back is one single slab.

It’s a blueprint those who are familiar with HTC’s phone line-up may have seen before, and it means that this phone doesn’t really have its own personality – beyond the flecks of red. The speaker grill of the earpiece, the touch sensitive nav buttons and the ring around the camera lens all bear the signature red of Beats. They look rather tacked-on because, well, they are.

This is essentially a Beats signature edition of the Sensation, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some worthwhile changes. Unlike the original model, the XE has a super-fast dual-core 1.5GHz processor and Beats audio processing inside. We’ll examine whether these make much difference later. Perhaps the most obvious addition to this model, though, is the pair of iBeats (rebranded as UrBeats, but not conspicuously so in the sample we received) headphones that come in the box.

Nokia Lumia 800

The article will provie a user with information on Nokia Lumia 800.  Please note that Lumia is Latin for light. And it’s no exaggeration to say that this handsome handset heralds a sunny new dawn for Nokia. It really, really is that good.

This is a solidly made handset designed to withstand the rigours of mobile life. The screen is made from the popular Gorilla Glass and is scratch resistant. The polycarbonate unibody chassis is also solid and tough.  There is a rubbery finish to the chassis, which helps with grip. Nokia also provides a flexible rubbery slipover shell that can be used to further protect the chassis from scratches and bumps.
The chassis tapers slightly at its top and bottom edges, which is visually rather attractive. The Lumia 800 also feels more comfortable in the hand than its dimensions of 61.2mm wide by 116.5mm deep by 12.1mm thick might suggest.  The Lumia 800 is reminiscent of the Meego-based N9, and comes in the same three colours. 

There are three narrow silver buttons on the right edge for volume, power on/off and camera control. There’s no front-facing camera, but the back has an 8-megapixel camera with a dual LED flash.  The top edge has two covered connectors, and a user can’t open the right-hand one without first opening the one on the left.  The headset jack is on the top, at the far left. The left edge is clear, while the bottom edge has a speaker grille.

The screen measures 3.7in. across the diagonal and has a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. The resolution is a standard Windows Phone.  The Lumia 800 has some high-end specifications. The processor is single core, but it’s a cutting-edge 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255. Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth (2.1+EDR), HSPA (14.4Mbps down, 5.76Mbps up) and GPS are all supported. It’s a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone.
There is 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and no microSD card slot for adding more, as Windows Phone does not support external storage. That means all external data has to reach the handset over the air or via a wired connection.

When Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) it claimed 500 software updates and changes. Notable enhancements include speech recognition for text creation and web searching, custom ringtones, contact groups, native Twitter and LinkedIn support, Local Scout (via Bing) for finding nearby venues, picture tagging and Office 365 support.  The Start Screen user interface is still based around ’tiles’ that sit in a vertically scrolling array.

The soft keyboard is responsive and surprisingly efficient to use, even in portrait mode.  The integration of Microsoft Office components.  OneNote, Excel, PowerPoint and Word, plus support for Office 365 and SharePoint  are all advantages for professional users.

Motorola Milestone XT720

The article will provide a user with information on Motorola Milestone XT720. The motorola milestone XT720 has an angular style, with a navy blue rubberised finish across the handset’s rear. Weighing 160g and measuring 61 by 116 by 11mm, this phone feels weighty, and quite chunky. We like a mobile that feels substantial, and the XT720 feels extremely solid.  Around the edges of the phone a user will find a microUSB connection port, mechanical volume keys, a 3.5mm socket for plugging in the headphones, mechanical camera controls, a lock/unlock button (on the top right of the handset, as has become standard protocol) and an HDMI-out port.

This provides a user with an opportunity to output the phone’s display to an HD-enabled telly. If a user wants to load up some video (streaming or stored on the XT720 itself) a user could watch said footage on the big screen at home. A user could also get the whole family round to check out the photos and HD movies  shot using the phone itself.

The phone has an eight-megapixel camera with a xenon flash, and is capable of shooting 720p video footage.  An 8-megapixel snapper is pretty impressive on its own, but as any photographer will tell a user, it’s not all about the megapixels. What makes this camera far more impressive is the swift autofocus, which made for sharp, clear shots, and a short focal distance.  A user can also focus on objects which are pretty close to the lens, making for some impressive close-up shots.  The flash is bright and the quality of shots is impressive and same with video capture is similarly impressive.  The video recorded by using this phone is sharp, colourful and played back impressively smoothly.

The XT720 phone has got a 3.7-inch display and has a maximum resolution of 480×854 pixels, which provides a sharp display.  Motorola has unceremoniously abandoned Motoblur, its proprietary Android skin, and as such the XT720 is running a naked, raw version of Android, specifically Android 2.1.  Bing an Android device, a user has access available to the full suite of Android applications available from the Android Market, which is accessible via the phone’s main menu. A user can also get popular Google applications such as Maps, Street View, Gmail, Google Talk, Calendar and YouTube pre-installed.

In typical Android fashion, there are five fully customisable homescreens which a user can scroll between by swiping left or right. Addition menu options can be revealed by opening the full menu an action performed by pulling up on an arrow located at the bottom of the screen.  The phon is packing an ARM Cortex-A8 processor, which runs at a maximum speed of 720MHz. The connectivity is comprehensive. 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, bluetooth, 3G and GPS are all present and correct. A user will also get an 8GB MicroSD card packaged with the phone to handle storage.

Samsung Galaxy S II

The article will provide a user with information on Samsung Galaxy S II.  Galaxy S II is the first phone to have Samsung’s latest display technology, Super AMOLED plus. The 4.3” touchscreen panel is slimmer and more efficient than previous Samsung displays, giving a user an amazingly bright, crisp and clear picture with deep blacks and vivid colours.
The phone is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Samsung Touchwiz 4.0, Galaxy S 2.  This provides a user with an access to more than 150,000 apps and great Samsung content services, as well as the latest version of Social Hub – Samsung’s exclusive live communications widget.  The first Samsung phone to have a Dual Core 1.2Ghz processor and a dedicated Graphics Processor, Galaxy S 2 is super fast and super powerful. It makes multitasking, web browsing and gaming even more of a pleasure.

The phone has got following features:

• NEW HSDPA+ technology makes a users 3G internet connection faster, for a better browsing experience
•  A user can watch 1080p HD movies on the phone, choose from 100’s of titles available to rent or buy, and catch up on TV with BBC iPlayer and YouTube
• The phone captures beautiful photos & videos with the 8 Megapixel camera and full 1080p HD video recorder, then share  the masterpieces over Facebook.
•  A user can purchase the pick of over 11 million tracks from Samsung Music Hub, & download tracks straight to the phone.
• A user can make video calls or snap self portraits using the front-facing camera.
• A user can play console-quality games on the stunning screen, including multiplayer titles that can be enjoyed with friends over Wi-Fi. The built-in Gyroscope and Accelerometer provides a user with lots of control over the action.
• A user can use the Readers hub to find his/her next favourite amongst millions of books and thousands of magazines and newspapers.  A user can also download and read content on the phone, zoom in on detail and copy text to look up online.

Galaxy S II comes with a pre-loaded Mobile Office solution that lets a user edit word documents, spreadsheets and PDFs. It also comes with great business tools such as Cisco, Sybase and Juniper.

If a user has read the article then he/she would have learnt about the Galaxy S II phone and its functionality.