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

So, here it is! The phone Korean manufacturer Samsung are hoping to take on Apple with, you would a daring person to bet against them.

The Samsung Galaxy S is literally overflowing with tech and has obviously been designed with its biggest rival in mind. It even looks similar to its nemesis! Taking on the giant that is the iPhone 4 is no mean feat and Samsung have decided to armour their champion with a plethora of high end tech.

In its design they have made it light weight at 118g and fitted it out with a massive 4inch screen giving the user a massive area to play with. It is very slightly thicker than the iPhone 4 but doesn’t seem it to hold because the back is cunningly curved. It is plainly obvious that Samsung has taken their success in the past and added others success to the pot, which is not a bad idea.

The Samsung Galaxy S is fitted with a 5MP camera, a fabulous, sensitive and fast touch screen and the usual wifi, Bluetooth and 3G support. It is running an Android OS and features widgets and icons which have been taken from their popular Wave series of handsets, this time on seven home screens instead of ten.

As mentioned the screen is very impressive, and the use of the fast 1GHz processor means that every input is super fast. The phone has very good audio quality, though sometimes calls can be too quiet even on the loudest setting. The Galaxy S also features HD video recording to help you fill the 8GB memory.

Although the phone is very impressive at almost everything it does there are some issues, such as the phone slightly freezing at times and the poor contacts menu which seems strange for such a great, well specified phone. Also, the guy who was buying in all the parts for the phone forgot to order a flash for the camera, which seems like a pretty obvious oversight.

My final thought would be if you are thinking of buying an iPhone 4 take a very considered look at the Galaxy S. For the price of this phone and the deals available, there might be some people moving away from Goliath and opting for David.

Find out more about the Samsung Galaxy S online today at Dial-A-Phone and check out the latest news on their blog.

Cell phone battles aren't new. After all, look at the battles between the iPhone and the Blackberry, and then the iPhone and Blackberry against the Android platform as a whole. Cell phone wars will always be there, but some tech fans find them more amusing than anything else.

So, the new tech battle is a matter of getting specific with cell phone: does the Samsung Galaxy S really beat the iPhone in terms of picture quality? Well, there's an easy way to find out if that's really the case.

First, a little bit of background. The Apple iPhone 4 is the newest generation in the iPhone series. It brings a lot of features to the table, such as a larger screen and plenty of on-board memory to be had. There's plenty of space on the phone to hold pictures, music, and video, which are must haves for anyone that's on the go.

In the other corner we have the Samsung Galaxy S, which is also a great phone with a long list of features. Samsung has been quick to get on the Android bandwagon, because it's become quite profitable to do so. Consumers are looking for phones that allow them to do more than use the phone as an expensive paperweight, so that means that Samsung has to step up to the plate and really make sure that they have a winning combination.

The Galaxy S has a very nice Super AMOLED display as well as a 1 GHz processor. The phone design does make it look very iPhone-ish, but it's all about the technical specs.

There are plenty -- a 4 inch screen, at 800x480 resolution. According to in the wild reviews, users report that the colors are very, very rich and happily saturated. The brightness is also stellar, which is something that people demand out of a phone these days.

However, does this line up with beating the iPhone 4 at a game that Apple knows it has to win in order to stay on top?

The answer might actually be in Apple's favor, looking at the iPhone 4. The screen is 3.5 inches, which is smaller than the Galaxy S, but it has a bigger resolution at 960x640. The colors are definitely vibrant, which could definitely give the Galaxy a run for its money.

However, who really wins? The iPhone 4 is on its own development cycle, which means that the Galaxy S could pick up new features to use with that extra half-inch larger screen space. If screen size is more important to you than anything else, you may still want to go with the Galaxy S. However, if you're thinking about sticking with Apple on the iPhone, it's not necessary a bad choice. As always, it's up to you to decide for yourself what device will be the best for your needs.

Getting a phone on a pre-paid phone carrier has usually meant getting a basic flip phone and praying that you'll be able to get the reception you need to make the calls that you paid to get in the first place. However, that may be changing soon, thanks in part to the Android platform.

Take Boost Mobile for example. The network is known for offering an all-inclusive all-you-can-eat plan for one low price, which means that you have plenty of usage ...if you're willing to deal with the phone lineup. With Android on the lineup now, Boost can actually entice more people into their network. They now have the Motorola i1, which brings the Android power to the pre-paid market, something that hasn't been done previously. However, is it a perfect implementation of Android? Definitely not.

The failing comes from the fact that the operating system that is on the Motorola i1 is the Android 1.6, which means that there are apps that just won't work on the i1. It's something that Sprint, the network behind Boost Mobile, has not announced that they would change in the near future. The operating system for Android is currently at 2.2 -- making it clear that the i1 is already behind from the beginning.

The speed isn't going to be the best, considering that the phone is dependent on the iDEN network, which doesn't boast the same speeds as what users of Sprint are used to from EV-DO. However, it's definitely a step up from the classic pre-paid cell phone. Anyone that has had to suffer with a tracPhone will find the i1 is definitely a much better substitute from that type of flat, non-dynamic phone.

Just because it's on a lower version of the Android operation system doesn’t mean that there aren't apps that you can download and use with the phone. You may have to do more digging than someone already running Android 2.2, but it's still a possibility.

A full keyboard phone on a pre-paid service is a rarity, and that’s one area where the Motorola i1 really does shine. The keys are stable and everything "feels" right. Web browsing is less slow than it would be expected to run, thanks to Opera Mini and extreme server-side compression of all the HTML data.

Overall, the Motorola i1 has some good aspects and some areas that definitely need improvement. However, there's a good chance that if you're on Boost Mobile, this is one of the best phones you can get. With the all-inclusive plan, you really can't go wrong picking up a Motorola i1 with Android technology!

Just got 3G? Well, we hate to break it to you, but you are definitely late. Way late. The new buzz is all about going 4G, and if you can go 4G with an Android phone, that's even better. For those not in the loop, you might wonder why 4G is such a big deal -- after all, isn’t it just the next generation of speed?

Yes, but it's much more than that. The speeds can get pretty incredible, depending on the carrier you're talking about. For example, Sprint's 4G network runs on EV-DO, which naturally is CDMA/TDMA dependent. However, the latest version can reach speeds approaching 3.1 Mb/s. That's not a slow data connection at all -- videos get to your phone faster, web sites get to your phone faster, and transfers are pretty painless. Sprint has been rapidly expanding their 4G network, which means that as more phones that support the new generation become available, you'll actually be able to take advantage of that speed.

When it comes to phones on the Android platform that support 4G at this time, your choices are a bit limited to start with. However, the Android trend has swelled in popularity to the point that it's fast becoming the best selling smartphone around -- giving BlackBerry and iPhone something to think about for sure!

As mentioned before, your choices are pretty much the Sprint EVO 4G and the Samsung Epic that has not yet been released. That won't be released for another few weeks, but it's part of the Samsung Galaxy S series. It's called the Samsung Epic, and it will also be offered for Sprint networks.

Does that mean that T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T are staying out of the Android craze and the 4G frenzy? Definitely not, but it looks like they're focusing more on spreading out their network before they jump forward with more phones. They could pick up the Epic for their network in a GSM version, if Samsung feels there's enough demand for it.

Is it time for you to upgrade to 4G? Well, if you're someone that really cares about speed, it's definitely something to consider. Going 4G will make things a lot faster, but if you're not due for a handset upgrade, you might want to think about whether or not you really have an extra hundred or two burning a hole in your pocket. If not, stick with 3G -- 3G support is pretty strong now, so you shouldn't have a problem.

As with its predecessors, the Samsung Galaxy Beam is also not all about looks. It definitely has the features to back it up. All the data connectivity options you need is on the device including 3G HSDPA and Wi-Fi. The multimedia features of the Galaxy Beam are also quite commendable – perhaps none more than its amazing 8-Megapixel camera. This camera definitely outclasses the iPhone’s 3-Megapixel snapper any day of the week. You can get hold of the new Beam by comparing phone deals from online retailers.

Aside from the usual features such as an LED flash, autofocus, and geo-tagging, it even packs in face, smile, and blink detection as well. You wouldn’t have to worry about storing your precious photos as this Smartphone holds an internal memory of 16GB which you can triple by using an external microSD memory card. There are lots of great Galaxy Beam contracts online and they are often much better than deals from your high street store.

The Galaxy Beam’s OS of choice is the Google Android mobile operating system (version 2.1 or Eclair). This OS has been deemed by many as the top performer in the industry today and we wouldn’t contest this claim. The Beam’s 720 MHz processor should be able to handle the hardware requirements of the famed OS.

The Samsung Galaxy Beam doesn’t come for cheap. You’ll have to cough up a considerable amount of money to get your hands on this bad boy but once you do, you’d realize in an instant that it was money well spent. All the amazing features of the Galaxy Beam will definitely make you feel that what you spent was all worth it.

If anything, you might even think it was a steal. The device possesses an excellent combination of style and substance which will undoubtedly satisfy any consumer’s Smartphone needs.