Look, not everyone looks at technology the same way. If you're a bargain hunter that is purposefully late to the party while companies work out the bugs in their products, we salute you. This is a good way to really make sure that you’re going to enjoy a new piece of technology. it would be better to look at all of these things rather than just say that you're going to get something brand new that isn't really want you're seeking. After all, not everybody in the world of tech has money to blow without reason. If you're in that category right now, we completely understand what you're going through.

So let's dig in. The Nexus line isn't really known for being more than developer candy, in many ways, but that's changing. Google has been hard at work thinking about the tablets in a different way, and this new push has also made the Nexus 4 into something that might just be worth having. Google has also made the price point very attractive, something that doesn't hurt matters either.

On overview, this is a device that has a nice 4.7 inch HD display, along with a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. There are also plenty of other components on here, but you’re going to really need to make sure that you dive in and see what's waiting for you. If you find what you're looking for at $299 no-contract, then why wouldn't you want to see what else is in store?

So, let's start with hardware. You're getting a smartphone that weights 4.9 ounces and 0.36 inches. It's lighter than the Optimus G, but it's a bit thicker.


It's easier to hold in your hand thanks to the tapered edge that gives your fingers a real place to actually rest. Very cool!

The display includes a full panel of Gorilla Glass 2, which means that this is one tough phone already. It's very likely that you'll drop your phone at least once, and this protective glass should keep it looking good for a long time.

There's a front-facing video camera, but it's only 1.3 megapixels. There's a notification light on the front as well, but no buttons -- it's all about virtual navigation here, baby.

There's also a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB worth of internal RAM storage. There's also a 2100 mAh battery, which provides modest battery life.

The volume rocker hides on the left, and there's a secondary mic and headphone jack that sit on the top of the phone. There's the power button right in reach as well. There's a micro-USB / Slimport socket on the bottom. Slimport allows you to mirror your phone's display on your TV, but it's not the only way to do it.

Scratch resistant doesn't mean that it's unbreakable. Give your sanity a Christmas present by not dropping this phone. Trust us, it just makes sense.

This is a penta-band phone, which sets it away from the pack. You'll get 850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSPA+, along with quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/EDGE. This is a pretty nice world traveling phone, but if you were looking forward to LTE, you're going to be out of luck there. ...continue reading Visiting the Nexus 4 Again

Summer is in the air and like many other individuals; you may be due for an upgrade this summer. If you’re planning on getting an Android, we congratulate you. Excellent choice! However, if you can’t decide which phone to get, read our top five list. It may just help you make an informed decision.

Samsung Galaxy S III


At the top of our list is the Samsung Galaxy S III (GS3). It’s the third generation from Samsung’s flagship line of phones and the best thing about this device is it is available on all the major U.S carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile). Better yet, it’s available in Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and South and Central America (sorry Antarctica).

You really cannot go wrong with the Galaxy S III. It has a great camera, comes with the latest version of Android, dual or quad core processors (depending on region), and for those living in the United States or South Korea, LTE is on board.

HTC One X


It was a tossup between this and the GS3 for the top spot but the GS3 took the prize thanks to its worldwide availability and multi carrier support. The HTC One X is another great choice as well. We rather the design of the One X over the GSIII mainly because of its unibody design. It also has dual or quad core CPU as well as LTE depending on your geographical location. Best of all it comes with one of the best Android UI skins we have seen. Our only drawback is the battery life of the One X is not as great as the GS3.

DROID RAZR Maxx


Sporting the best battery we have seen in a smartphone since BlackBerry, the DROID RAZR Maxx also packs a dual-core processor, LTE, 720p HD screen, great camera and a super thin design that is even thinner than the iPhone 4S or the GS3. It’s the perfect phone for anyone who would rather make it through a 48 hour cycle without having to recharge their device. ...continue reading Five Best Android Phones (Summer 2012)

Price: $449.99 no contract
Contract price varies on customer profile

Battery: If you’re heavy phone users like we are, then it's really all about the battery. That’s why we usually start by looking at the battery. The best phone in the world with a bad battery just won’t last very long, which is why we really strive to make sure that we're using a phone that isn't going to let us down. You'll get 6 hours of talk time and about 5-6 days of standby time. Naturally, those are just estimates and if you end up using certain services on the phone heavily (we're looking at you, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi), you're going to see those numbers get cut down quite a bit.

Memory and Processor Speed:

We love the idea of 2GB of ROM and 512MB of RAM, but we’re not really all that happy about 800 MHz processor speed. It kind of feels like a weird compromise on an otherwise great phone, you know?

Still, they do give you a free 2GB card that comes with the phone, and you can always upgrade to 32GB if you really needed to. Then again, we don't know too many people that have maxed out a 32GB card. Yet the presence of so much capacity shows HTC's ability to think about the future. Even though people love moving from one phone to the next, there are some of us phone freaks that want to keep a phone for a few good year sand even pass it down to someone else. This means that you're going to need more capacity -- remember when phones only went up to say, 2GB? That feels like a long time ago compared to know, and it's amazing to really see how far we've come in the world of mobile technology.

Please -- if you want to get that big 32GB card, you shouldn't let us stop you from doing that. Jump right in and get the card, you won't regret it. Also, it gives you m ore space to store apps, which is a good thing too.

Screen:

When this phone was still being heavily promoted by Sprint, the screen definitely got a lot of attention. It's a touchscreen phone, which means that duh, the screen is going to be a huge factor in everything. You're going to want to have a nice screen if you're going to have to look at it all the time. We were really glad that the HTC Evo Shift 4G really doesn't disappoint here. Yes, it's a 3.6 inch screen, 480x800 dimensions. The colors are nice and bright, and we really did realize we were looking at Gorilla Glass.

The touchscreen supports auto-rotate and even auto-shut off. We like auto-shut off for battery saving, and auto-rotate is nice when we literally need another angle on things.

Form:

The phone slides open for a full keyboard, which is something that we really like. Yes, we love touchscreens and virtual keyboards aren't so bad, but sometimes we need something that we can actually hold onto. That's where the magic is, people. This phone's keys are easy to hit, and that makes texting a lot more fun all the way around.

Camera:

Some would argue that HTC really dropped the ball on the camera, but we would like to respectfully disagree. You see, having a 5MP camera isn't a bad thing on a phone. You're never going to get a phone with an amazing, make-the-angels-sing-and-dance camera. It's a phone, not a professional camera. If you want to unleash your inner Ansel Adams, you're going to need to get a good professional camera and stop expecting your poor Evo Shift 4G to fill in the gap. It's a great phone, even an incredible phone, but it's not going to be everything to everyone.

Still -- the camera on this phone is pretty nice. Anyone that doesn't think so only needs to remember one term: Sidekick. That's all we're going to say on that.

Conclusion:

There's a lot to love in this phone. You're going to have a full out Android phone that is easy to upgrade -- we can upgrade to 2.3 with no problems, and we can also take full advantage of the Android Marketplace to make our phone even more amazing. Even if you didn't want to add any apps to this phone, this is a phone you'll probably keep for a long time.

Get this phone -- you really won't regret it. And that's a statement we don't get to make often!

Price: $529.99 no contract
Contract price TBD.

Battery:

The Google Nexus S is one of the newest phones to hit the market, and it definitely shows. The criticisms about the Android series of phones are hardly present when you really look at the specs on the Nexus S. For example, you have a phone here with a battery life of about 428 hours in standby mode, and 6 hours of talk time. That’s pretty lengthy compared to say, the BlackBerry Bold or even the new Torch.

Memory and Processor Speed:

There's a lot of power in the Google Nexus S, and you only need to look at the process and memory to see what's up. Indeed, this phone has a great set of processor and memory chops, from the 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor. From the memory side of things, you have a 16GB flash memory onboard, which gives you plenty of room for just about everything you can think of. Now, you don't have external memory capabilities, but the 16GB should give you everything that you need -- really.

Screen:

The screen is really where the Nexus S shines through. You have a 4" WVGA screen with 480x800 resolution -- not too shabby. Add in the fact that you have Super AMOLED on your side, and you can rest assured that you'll be able to watch plenty of movies -- you can even turn the screen into landscape mode to watch your videos in style. After all, you do have 16GB to use as you see fit!

It's a touchscreen to the core, which might please some fans and turn away others. If you haven't had a touchscreen before, try this phone before you decide the touchscreen format just isn't your cup of tea, okay? You just might like it!

Form:

The form is more or less the standard smartphone -- thin, flat, squished candybar style. It's wide -- 63mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm, but it's definitely light at just 129g. This means that if you're worried about breaking it, you might want to make sure that you actually keep it close to you on a belt or in a holster.

Camera:

If there's one thing that smartphone fans demand, it’s a great camera. One of the things that the Nexus S tried to do was have not only one camera, but two cameras. There's a back-facing camera to take pictures of just about everything the world has to offer. There's also a front facing camera for those self portraits that everyone likes to post on Facebook. It's so much easier to capture that stuff with the front-facing camera.

If you thought that you wouldn't get video recording, you might want to think again -- you actually have plenty of video recording power to play with. The cameras boast flash and auto focus, meaning that you actually might be able to take some good pictures!

Other Features:


Quad-band GSM power -- 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Near Field Communication
Assisted GPS
microUSB 2.0
Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Comments:

There is definitely an audience for this phone, and you shouldn't feel bad if you don't fit into that audience. It's really hard to look at a phone and think "Oh yeah, I want that" if it doesn't meet your needs 100%.

This was a phone that had a huge hype, and a lot of people feel that the hype just doesn’t match the phone. Early reviews were quick to point out the lack of expandable memory. An SD card might have saved the day, but the Google team decided to skip over it. This is going to be a phone that's hot with the teen set and other people that are new to touchscreens.

If you're thinking about this phone because you want to get in to the Android craze, you are in good company. It wouldn't be a bad phone for that purpose, as long as you realize the high and low points of the phone.

Overall, we like the Google Nexus S, but we think that a few firmware updates and maybe an overall hardware update to accommodate expandable memory might be just what the doctor ordered!

Valentine's Day is almost here -- are you ready? With the power of expedited shipping and the Internet, you can be! After all, what sweetie wouldn’t appreciate a new phone? OK, maybe some of you have a Luddite for a sweetheart, but that's an even greater opportunity to bring them into the light -- the light of technology, of course!

We get pretty passionate about Android phones around here, but don't let the frenzy around here keep you away from getting your sweetie an Android phone. Now, you might wonder why we would recommend it, out of all of the gifts that you could give your sweetie this year for Valentine’s Day.

Here are a few things.

First and foremost, it's definitely a functional gift. When it comes time to reflect on the day, something that will last more than a week is definitely more valuable than fleeting things like roses and candies. Besides, who lets Valentine's Day candy last for a day, let alone a week? We're still trying to figure that out.

From there, you also have to think about the fact that it's really all about the experience. Even if your sweetheart isn't a huge technology buff, you can create an awesome experience by being the patient teacher, happy to help your student with all things Android. With our tips and tricks in your back pocket, you'll have no problem winning that little game.

Now then, let's go back to the phones, shall we? After all, you can't really go wrong with a good Android phone, not when the platform has been producing hit after hit. OK, there are some phones that are a little suspect in the execution (we're looking at you, Nexus One!), but there's plenty of gold in these hills, as the saying goes.

Let's start with the Samsung Captivate. It's part of the Galaxy S line, and if you've got some money to really spend, you can't go wrong with a Captivate. The phone boasts super fast 3G technology, a buzzing 1Ghz processor. OK, so you might not be fazed by 1Ghz procs anymore, but the Hummingbird processor still earns mad respect -- with good reason. If your sweetie's going to be around Wi-Fi spots often, the Wireless-N technology will ensure they'll be able to read emails and visit Web sites pretty darn quick. The 5MP camera (with HD abilities, no less) will let your sweetheart take high quality pictures and even record some video -- just in case they wander away from home.

We could gush for pages on the Captivate, but then we wouldn't have space to cover the HTC EVO Shift 4G. It's a Sprint darling, which is a bit of a shift (no pun intended) from the Captivate we mentioned just previously (AT&T has claim to that phone, for the record).  ...continue reading 3 Phones You Might Want to Give Your Sweetie for Valentine’s Day