In the world of smartphones, Near Field Communication (NFC) is going to be the next craze that has started hitting the market. It is predicted that in future it will expand hugely and almost every other smartphone will be NFC enabled. In the coming years, the smartphones will act as your electronic virtual wallets and will replace the use of credit/debit cards. Most of the mobile carriers and manufacturer have announced and are working on NFC technology. Smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, Google, Nokia, Apple, Motorola and RIM are extensively working on NFC technology and by the end of this year we will have the great number of NFC enabled smartphones released.
Currently, the devices with NFC chip incorporated include, Benq T80, Google Nexus S, LG 600V contactless, Motorola L7 (SLVR), Nokia 3220 NFC, Nokia 6131 NFC, Nok ia 6212 Classic, Nokia 6216 Classic, Nokia 6680, Nokia C7-00, Sagem my700X contactless, Sagem CosyPhone, Samsung D500E, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung S5230, Samsung SGH-X700 NFC and Samsung Wave 578. According to the makers of NFC chip, Inside Secure and NXP Semiconductors, there will be almost 50 million handsets released by the end of this year with built-in NFC chips. Nokia C7-00 was the first smartphone released this year with NFC chip incorporated but to use the NFC technology on has to upgrade the OS.
It is assumed that the Sequel of Samsung Galaxy SII will be NFC enabled because they are based on Android OS Gingerbread which has support for NFC technology and all Samsung has to do is to add the NFC chip in the smartphones. Moreover, other top smartphone manufacturers, RIM and Apple are reportedly working on NFC enabled smartphones.
RIMs upcoming BlackBerry smartphones of this year have NFC connectivity in their specification. Forthcoming NFC enabled BlackBerry smartphones include BlackBerry Bold Touch with GSM codename Dakota and CDMA codename Montana, BlackBerry Curve with GSM codename Apollo and CDMA codename Sedona, BlackBerry Storm Touchscreen with GSM codename Monza and CDMA codename Monaco, BlackBerry Torch 2 and BlackBerry Curve Touch with GSM codename tba and CDMA codename Malibu. The BlackBerry OS 6.1 has support for NFC and there will be a Smart Tags NFC application for tagging photos and by touching the NFC enabled BlackBerry smartphones users can exchange the tagged images.
Moreover, HTC the world’s 4rth largest smartphone manufacturing company is also all geared up to launch the very first NFC enabled smartphone in the 3rd quarter of this year. So, if you are planning to buy a smartphone then look for the one with NFC capability because the future of this technology is very promising and there will be a lot of applications and services that will require you to have the NFC enabled smartphone. NFC technology will definitely make a difference in our tech life by making it even easier and convenient.
T-Mobile along with Samsung has revitalized the Sidekick line. The first Sidekick was made by the company named Danger that was later acquired by Microsoft Corporation. T-Mobile who owns the Sidekick brand is now re-launching the Sidekick devices incorporation with the smartphone manufacturer company Samsung. The look of the Samsung T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is almost similar to the previous T-Mobile Sidekick models. But it is not about the design of this smartphone anymore; the whole Danger OS is now replaced by the Google Android OS 2.2 Froyo by which this device has much more to offer than just being text messaging friendly smartphone. Following are the specifications and features of the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G.
The design of the Samsung T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is bit long with the navigation buttons at the both sides. According to the design, the device is to be used as a messaging phone for which the keyboard should stays open. The keyboard is fixed below the screen and the screen does not slide to open it like in most of the smartphones. By touching and pressing the screen at the edges makes it pop open. The device has 800×480 WVGA display. Physical size of the display is 3.50 inches and has LCD capacitive touch screen. The keyboard of the device is easier and much comfortable to use. The space between the buttons is proper. The keys are backlit except the navigation keys at the both ends of the device but overall the keyboard is the best for people who text a lot.
Moreover, the device also provides shortcut keys for emoticons that are very handy while texting. All the keys are at the best places and are convenient to find. Also on the right side of the keypad there is an optical track pad which is very precise and scroll really well. Furthermore, under the battery cover of the device there is a microSD slot available and for which you do not have to remove the battery. Everything on the Sidekick 4G is at its best place that include 3.5mm port for headphone and a micro-USB jack. The device is available in two colors that are pearl magenta and matte black. The accessories included with the device are a USB cable, AC adapter and 2GB preinstalled microSD card.
User interface of the device is bit different from other Android smartphones. Custom kick UX interface is actually on top of the Froyo OS with which users can customize the panels of the home screen with different wallpapers and themes that are bit flashier and will definitely be liked by the young users of the device. Lock screen is multifunctional and the functionality is customizable. Pressing upward opens the user defined application and pressing downward opens the last screen or the application the user was working on.
The device has quad band technology and has Qik application which supports video calling for which a front facing camera is available, video sharing, voice dialing, conference calling, multimedia and text messaging. Regarding connectivity, the phone is equipped with GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. The device also supports WiFi network calls along with Cellular calls. As the name suggests Sidekick 4G works on the T-Mobiles 4G network. The device works really great on the 4G network and the maximum download speed 21 Mbps.
More features include 3 megapixel Camera with no flash but the picture quality is really good. 720p HD video can also be recorded with the camera which also has impressive quality as compared to the other smartphones with the same camera specifications. T-Mobile Sidekick 4G provides internal storage of 350 MB but this limitation is covered with the preinstalled 2GB microSD card. Moreover, the device supports microSD cards for up to 32 GB.
The call audio quality of the smartphone is excellent with no noise or distortion. Quality of the speakers is also good and provides enough higher volume. Sidekick 4G has 1 GHz Hummingbird processor with 512 MB RAM. Response of the device is quick but in some rare cases, few applications take slight longer time to open that include camera application. Device is equipped with lithium ion battery with 1500 mAh power that supports the talk time of about 6.5 hours and has 18 days of standby time.
Overall the device is really good with great good keyboard and messaging capabilities. However, the user interface of the device may not be like by everyone. Moreover, if you look at what the device offers in $100 retail price then it is really great. So, for the users who text extensively then this device is the best but those who want to experience the Android platform to its full then should consider other higher end Android smartphones.
Samsung Infuse 4G is the latest Android smartphone provided by AT&T that supports 4G data speed. The smartphone is ultra slim and has a large touchscreen that makes the browsing and multimedia experience really good. According to AT&T, Samsung Infuse 4G is their fastest 4G smartphone. Well if it is true then it’s a nice news for AT&T users because 4G data speed provided by AT&T is bit slower. The smartphone comes boxed up with a USB cable, AC adapter, MHL to HDMI adapter, stereo handset and microSD card of 2GB.
The most prominent element of the Samsung Infuse 4G is its 4.5 inch large Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. The smartphone is 5.2 inch tall, 2.8 inch wide and 0.35 inch thick with weight 4.9 ounces. The smartphone is really super thin and ultra light mainly because of its plastic body. Though the smartphone has plastic body but the battery cover has bit textured surface that has given the smartphone a good quality look.
Due to large screen the smartphone has spacious virtual keyboard. Users can either use the Android, Swype or Samsung keyboard. The screen has WVGA resolution of 480×800 pixels. The large screen has many benefits like enhance browsing and multimedia experiences with easy reading but the resolution is bit lower and is not according to screen size resulting in bit pixilated images and text.
Below the screen and at the bottom of the smartphone are present four touch buttons for Menu, Home, Back and Search. Headphone jack is present at the top of the smartphone. Volume control buttons are present at the left side and right side of the smartphone has a power button. MicroUSB port is present at the bottom.
There is no Camera button available but the smartphone has 8 MP Camera at the back with a flash light. The smartphone also has 1.3 MP front-facing Camera above the display at the left corner.
System Software and User Interface
The Samsung Infuse 4G is running on Android OS 2.2.1. On top of Android OS the smartphone is running TouchWiz user interface of Samsung. There are seven customizable home screens present with shortcuts and different widgets. Moreover, the smartphone has the feature similar to HTC’s Leap screen which shows the thumbnail version of the screens and the menus.
Infuse 4G has Android browser for Internet browsing with support for both HTML and Flash. Moreover, the smartphone has default support for online services that are Facebook, Twitter and Picasa.
The display of the smartphone is multi-touch with Light and Proximity sensors. Infuse 4G has a music player with support for MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA and MIDI. The smartphone has video playback feature with support for MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and also has YouTube player. With front-facing camera and speaker phone the Infuse 4G provides video calling facility. Also it supports conference calling, SMS, MMS and Email facilities.
The infuse 4G has support for location based services of type A-GPS with navigation. Regarding connectivity the smartphone has Bluetooth, WiFi (802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n), microUSB with version 2.0 for USB charging and Mass storage device. The smartphone has 3.5mm headphones connector and HDMI via microUSB.
More features include sensors for Accelerometer and compass. The smartphone also has M3 Hearing Aid compatibility. Organizer has all the regular utility applications that include Calendar, Alarm, World Clock, Calculator, Countdown timer, Stopwatch and Memo pad. Infuse 4G has Phonebook capacity according to memory available with features Caller groups, Ring ID, Picture ID, Multiple numbers per contact, Search contact by both first and last name.
Samsung Infuse 4G is running on Single core, 1200 MHz Hummingbird processor. Though it is bit disappointing that it does not have dual core processor but still its performance is good. Applications launch quickly and navigation through menus and screens is smooth. At times some applications take bit longer time to launch.
The call quality of the Infuse 4G is bit stifled. The voice is not really clear at both the ends. At high volumes the speaker phones sound is also distorted. The internet speed is comparatively better than other Android smartphones that include HTC Inspire 4G and Motorola Atrix 4G. The smartphone provides average 3.99 Mbps download speed and 0.69 Mbps upload speed. But as mentioned earlier the smartphone has bit slower data speed as compared to the 4G speed provided by other carriers.
Samsung Infuse 4G is powered by Lithium-ion battery of capacity 1750 mAh. The smartphone provides 8 hours of talk time and 400 hours of stand-by time.
The Samsung Infuse 4G has bit slower 4G data speed just like other Android smartphones by AT&T but it is indeed a good addition to the Samsung Android family of smartphones. The large screen may not appeal everyone but for those who like it can enjoy the enhanced browsing and video watching experience. Hopefully the OS will be updated to Gingerbread but the presence of single core processor is bit disappointing.
The BlackBerry smartphone product line have the leading presence in the business market, but it is not only about the smartphone device designed by RIM. BlackBerry applications have also developed a craze among the BlackBerry users and that also include developers. BlackBerry App World has really encouraged the developers around the world to develop applications and compete with each other. On the other ha nd BlackBerry users want to have more applications that they can download and use. BlackBerry App World is the perfect place from where users can download any application related to many fields including Business, Education, Entertainment, Finance, Games, Health & Wellness, IM & Social Networking, Maps & Navigation, Music & Audio, News, Photo & Video, Productivity, Reference & eBooks, Shopping, Sports & Recreation, Test Center, Themes, Travel, Utilities and Weather. Following is the list of top free BlackBerry applications.
1. BlackBerry Messenger
BlackBerry Messenger by RIM is the most famous and widely used application. Even there are users who bought BlackBerry smartphones only because of this application which provides the most convenient way of communication with friends and family. You just need to share your PIN and then you can connect from anywhere with your dear ones. The application has support for multiple languages that also include Hindi. Picture sharing and voice notes sending are really easy. Moreover, the app has user friendly menus and very simple display of contact list. The application runs on devices with BlackBerry OS 4.5.0 and above.
Facebook application also by RIM itself is really popular which every user wants to have on his/her smartphone. With this BlackBerry application you can stay connected with your social life activities from anywhere. You can poke friends, send messages, write on walls, add comments to wall posts, upload photos, check the news feed and can invite friends. The application runs on devices with BlackBerry OS 4.2.0 and above.
The game Solitaire by Odesys LLC is the single player game which is liked by almost every BlackBerry user. Solitaire also known as Klondike is also the mostly played game by PC users with Windows. With this smartphone application one can now continue this games delight on a BlackBerry smartphone. The game has similar auto collect feature with animated motion of the cards. You can redo and undo your moves and the game is automatically saved on exit. The application runs on devices with BlackBerry OS 4.5.0 and above.
Twitter BlackBerry application also by RIM receives the notification of all the Tweets very quickly. The Twitter message is also delivered to your inbox just like an SMS or email that you can check and reply. With this application, Camera pictures on the smartphone and BB Browser links can be shared directly on Twitter. With a tweet you can also retweet, follow friends, search and find them and can search topics. Moreover, your location can also be added with the tweets. The application runs on devices with BlackBerry OS 4.5.0 and above.
5. WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp Messenger application by WhatsApp Inc. is a no doubt an intelligent and smart application that will make your messenger experience on the smartphone really great. It is a cross-platform application that means it is available for platforms other than BlackBerry and you can communicate with your friends even they do not have a BlackBerry device. The other features of the application include group chat, sharing of videos, voice notes and images. The app uses 3G/EDGE internet data plan and can also work through WiFi. Once connected, you can send as many messages as you want. Friend/Contact list populates automatically through the Address Book adding the only contacts that use the messenger application. This messenger has so many features and it is worthy to have it on your BlackBerry. The application runs on devices with BlackBerry OS 4.2.0 and above.
crunchSMS by crunchSMS is also another top free BlackBerry application on App World. The application is for SMS purposes but in a chat style with text bubbles and users can add smileys, photos, contacts and signatures. Overall this application makes the texting experience really great, nice and easy. Plus there is no limit for messages; the app handles it well by auto splitting the SMS in 160 characters for CDMA networks. The application runs on devices with BlackBerry OS 4.5.0 and above.
7. Free Chat for Facebook
Free Chat for Facebook by SolverLabs is a chat application for Facebook users. With this application you can easily chat with your Facebook contacts. The application has all the main features of a regular messenger like smileys can be added to the chat. Application also shows the status of the user as online, offline or idle. Whenever, a chat message arrives LED notification appear and also a pop up screen is displayed. The application runs on devices with BlackBerry OS 4.6.0 and above.
8. Easy Smiley Pack for BlackBerry
Easy Smiley Pack for BlackBerry by S4BB is an amazing cool application that provides with the hidden emoticons right inside the BlackBerry messenger. It is sort of a plug-in for the BB Messenger application. With Smiley Pack you can customize your messages and statuses by adding emoticons. The awesome thing is the emoticons are also displayed in your friend’s status and messages even if he/she is not using this application on the smartphone. Currently, the application is providing almost more than 250 smileys and 218 flags of different countries. The application runs on devices with BlackBerry OS 5.0.0 and above.
9. Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Messenger by RIM provides the same full experience you have while chatting on your PC. With this app users can now chat at anytime from anywhere while on the go from their favorite MSN messenger and can check the statuses of friends. MSN contact list is available from where contacts can be blocked, added or deleted. New invitations are also notified. Moreover, users can set their customized status messages. Users can chat with friends that are online from MSN messenger they have on PC or BlackBerry smartphone. The application runs on devices with BlackBerry OS 4.2.0 and above.
10. BlackBerry Protect
BlackBerry Protect also by RIM is the protection application that every BlackBerry user should have installed on
their devices. If your data plan is supported then you can have this application on your smartphone and in any case you lose your phone or it is stolen you can just simply go to BB Protect website with your account and can locate your phone, lock it, clean all the content and information, make the BlackBerry ring louder and can also display the instruction message on the screen for anyone who finds it. Moreover, wirelessly backup and restore facility is also available with which users can have the contacts, memos, calendar, bookmarks and messages. The backup can also be set to auto on monthly, weekly and daily basis. The application runs on devices with BlackBerry OS 4.6.0 and above.
What constitutes an amazing deal for mobiles? Around the world most shoppers agree they hope to find a handset that meets, and then exceeds their expectations. In Buying Kenya smartphone reviews indicate this means reliable connectivity and easy to use. They also want an OS that makes updating a snap, cheap apps, simple downloads, and excellent sound. Most would also like a better than average camera, and good screen resolution. This sounds like a tall order, but good buys on mobiles are available.
The Best Technology has to Offer
Love them or hate them, Apple tops the list of the best smartphones in Kenya, and around the globe. One of the most innovative companies in a generation as far as design, and usability the iPhone series continues to remain at the top of wish lists for customers in this country. While still a higher price smartphone in the mobile marketplace the Apple iPhone SE is a little less expensive than the iPhone 6. The SE, which comes in stylish colors such as the Rose Gold has a smaller screen at 4”, but does offer good resolution at 326ppi. Boasting the Apple 9 chipset, this handset runs the iOS 9.3. What sets it apart when a shopper compares smartphones is the Fingerprint ID sensor aiding secure, simple transactions. For anyone needing a great camera, however, this one might be a bit less than needed. The primary is 12MP, and the front facing camera is 5MP. Naturally, many who read reviews of the latest smartphones might lean toward purchasing the iPhone 6s, which has a sleeker, slimmer look.
Budget Breaking: Higher Price Smartphones in Kenya
New iPhones are among the most common to be found in comparison lists. The iPhones, many at Ksh. 80,000 or above might seem pricey, but in fact there are more elegant offerings to be found. One smartphone review Kenyans read with interest was writing by Vera Sidika, a popular figure in the country’s media. She modeled her BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981, a mobile with a dream design anyone could fall in love with quickly. Advertised as one of the best smartphones available, it is also one of the most beautiful designed. While the gold tone, and artful placement of icons on the screen do make this device impress, the specifications are not very different from other cheap smartphones Kenyan’s usual own. The display is 2.8” with 640 x 480 PPI. The Porsche uses the BlackBerry 7.0 operating system, but has only 8GB internal memory and 768MB RAM. The camera is only 5MP. The Porshe P’9981 initially launched at over Ksh. 210,000.
How Buyers Find Android Devices
Motorola made the mistake of entering Kenya’s new smartphone market featuring its own operating system. Seeing their error from buyer complaints the company changed direction and make a deal allowing for the use of the Android OS. Current smartphone reviews tout the Motorola as a great, albeit more expensive than most available in the country at this point. One of their latest smartphones in Kenya is the Droid Turbo 2. This entry offers great connectivity and durable construction. Shatterproof this handset weighs only 170.1 grams, and has a 5.4” inch screen. The screen to body ratio is as above average 69.8%, making the AMOLED capacitive touchscreen remarkably easy to use. Resolution is 1440 x 2560 or 540 ppi, which should interest those who enjoy gaming or watching videos on their phone. In fact, the 2160p at 30fps, 1080p at 30fps and HDR are among the best available for watching and using video. This is also a good choice for taking pictures with the Droid Turbo 2’s with this smartphone’s 21MP camera with phase detection, and dual-LED flash.
Finding Entertainment with Mobiles
One of the outstanding aspects of having one of the latest smartphones in Kenya is the amount of entertainment that’s possible for the user at any point in the day. Playing a game while commuting, chatting with friends, and sharing or watching a video is possible anywhere there’s connectivity with the right mobile. A solid selection is the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The exterior design of this handset is not remarkable with a blocky look, but users see the beauty in having the screen lock button on the opposite side of the volume controls prevent the common problem of locking unintentionally. The backward facing camera is well placed making it simple to operate. Those who review smartphones for Kenya’s press have repeatedly stated the S7 edge’s screen is far superior to the Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.
Hard to Find Deals
Currently, some of the latest smartphones Kenya buyers are hoping for, can be difficult to find. Some are delayed on the market, while others are snapped up quickly once they are placed for sale. The LG Google Nexus 5X, is the newer version of this series available in the country, and at the present time some potential buyers are having trouble locating one to purchase. Despite this being a Single Nano SIM device, it’s easy to understand the desire to have one. This is a lightweight, sleek mobile with USB Type-C connector, anda rear fingerprint sensor. The connectivity and media with this handset is outstanding with Wifi, USB, GPS along with Bluetooth while it supports 2G, 3G, and 4G. The Android OS v6. 0 (Marshmallow) also makes this mobile a good buy for those who can find it.
Finding Familiar Names with New Options
Wiko is a familiar name on the list of best smartphones in Kenya. The Wiko Fever Special Edition is truly a giant step forward for the brand, and buyers won’t have too much trouble locating a handset from a local seller. The Wiko 2 is a good, very well designed device, but the Fever Special Edition is one potential customers should give a careful look. Featuring a 5.2” IPS FHD display with 424ppi users will have a brilliant display, and the ability to adjust contrast and color to taste, or for certain tasks. Unlike many devices that at best cast only a sickly glow in the dark this handset lights up and makes using it in various lighting a breeze. As with most new phones the 13MP camera is rear facing, and the front has a 5MP sensor with flash, making it a good selection for those who want basic photography functions.
The Best Choices for the Little Jobs
The frustration of buying an expensive device that’s so complex the little tasks are hard to perform is eliminated by purchasing an entry level smartphone geared toward the jobs the user needs done. Taking a selfie shouldn’t be hard, and with the InnJoo Max2 it’s effortless. This is not the most attractive handset, but the gold tone does set it apart from other entry level models. When buyers compare smartphones in Kenya’s market, they are pleasant surprise with the InnJoo’s models. The construction is good, and the IPS display with 294ppi, and 720p resolution is very good for mobile duties such as playing games or checking email. The device itself is only 5” so using it with just one hand is possible, and the weight is only 166.3 grams. This handset has a Dual SIM, a factor that eliminates many problems with keeping connected. The 4000mAh battery one of the best offered for mobile devices. Most importantly, it’s easy to use for those tasks the majority of users require such as taking a selfie, or access the internet. The rear camera is 13MPI, with a f/20 aperture, and it has a dual-LED flash. The front camera on the Max2 is a better than average 8MP.
Great Deals in Small Packages
For some users the best mobile deals are the ones with lowest price. In Kenya cheap smartphones and mobiles are easy to locate, but inexpensive choices with good value aren’t common. The HTC Butterfly 3 is less expensive of the HTC One M9+, but the minor differences shouldn’t count against it. The capabilities of both devices are very similar with only some small difference. True, the cover is plastic, so for smartphone reviews in Kenya for the Butter 3 have been harsh regarding the device’s ability to stand up to daily use. Buyers should understand plastic isn’t as resistant a material as those used in the construction of the other HTC devices, but the Butterfly 3 is IP67 Certified which means it is weather sealed. The 5.2” screen has QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, and a 565ppi density, an improvement, even over some handsets that are much higher in price. The other benefit of selecting this option is the Android 5.1 OS that’s upgradable to the 6.0 Marshmallow version.
Note: When shopping in Kenya for the best smartphones, and great deals mobile users will find the list of options keeps growing. As more and more mobile users buy these devices the competition continues to build. More brands and companies are entering the country with better technology, and more attractive offers every year.
There are a lot of things to consider once your iPhone warranty expires. How much money do you plan to devote to items like iPhone home button parts? You probably want to devote as little money as possible to your repairs once you are lost without your warranty. However, you have to know where to get iPhone home button parts and anything else you might need. If you have already looked around, you have probably seen that it isn’t as simple as putting the money down and getting it in hand.
Stores selling computer and smart phone parts come and go and never seem to have a great deal of stock. Unless business is absolutely booming, they will have to be careful about having a ton of parts which no one is buying. Investing too much in one area means taking away from another. If you end up with a bunch of customers who need more expensive parts and ones you can stock, your business is going to suffer if you have put that money into a useless area.
Of course, online stores have fewer problems in this regard, or so you would think. Where exactly do online companies store their iPhone home button parts or whatever else they are selling? On some level, the same principles must hold. You have to have a warehouse or some other type of storage facility where you can keep the parts and move them from manufacturer to customer and back. Nonetheless, you still have to keep the counts relevant to the type of business you are running. You can’t stock too many iPhone home button parts or some other pieces that simply aren’t getting a lot of circulation.
Then again, iPhone home button parts are becoming more and more necessary. The reason is the way the iPhone was designed and how often the home button gets used on a daily basis. Simply try and count the number of times you use this button in the course of a day and you will see just how much it gets used. Can you see why it would be something people are starting to go through on a regular basis? If you are talking about replacing these pieces, you are talking about getting inside the smartphone and doing work. Unless you know what you are doing, you shouldn’t attempt it.
There are just as many technicians these days as iPhones, or so it seems. On every corner, in every shipping center and business district, places are advertising the fact that they can and will fix iPhones, berrys and just about any other kind of computer equipment. In the end, they will be a lot less expensive than what you would pay should you have to go back to the manufacturer and pay those prices. You can’t get in and out of that deal without paying a lot. Just make sure you know the person fixing your iPhone has a reputation as someone who can handle the job professionally.
The Motorola Droid RAZR and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are being released on November 10. But before they come out, keep reading and check out the specs below to determine which phone matches up to your needs.
The Droid RAZR has a sleek design which measures at 7.1 mm thin and stands at 130.7mm (5.15 inches) tall, making it one of the thinnest smart phones on the market. It’s not entirely flat, having just a minor bump at the top of the phone where the camera is, and front panel buttons.
The Galaxy Nexus measures 8.84mm thin and stands at 138mm (5.4 inches). The Nexus design is similarly sleek with the exception of a slightly curved glass front panel. The front remains button-free.
Overall, the RAZR is slightly thinner and slightly lighter.
The Droid RAZR has a 4.3″ display, 256 pixels per inch, a Super AMOLED display, and will use a PenTile scheme.
The Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65″ display, 316 pixels per inch, a Super AMOLED display, and will use the PenTile scheme.
Overall, the Nexus gives you a larger screen which is great for streaming videos.
The Droid RAZR uses the Texas Instrument OMAP 4 Platform 4430, with dual-core 1.2GHz and running the previously released Android 2.3.5., or Gingerbread with Motorola-made software.
The Galaxy Nexus uses the Texas Instrument OMAP 4 Platform 4460, with dual-core 1.2GHz and running straight more infofrom Google the brand new Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
Overall, because each brand will be running different software, having simi lar chips does not mean that the speed and performance will be the same.
The Droid RAZR has 1 GB of RAM.
The Galaxy Nexus has 1 GB of RAM.
Overall, both phones have the same amount of RAM.
The Droid RAZR will run on the Verizon 4G (LTE) system, with download speeds of 12-25 Mbps.
The Galaxy Nexus will run on the Verizon 4G(LTE) system, with download speeds of 8-25 Mbps. The Nexus will also offer an HSPA+ version, which is compatible for carriers outside the United States.
Overall, both phones within the United States, run on the same system with download speeds of 12-25 Mbps.
The Droid RAZR has 16GB of internal storage and an SD slot for extra storage. The package includes a 16GB SD card, expandable to 32GB.
Overall, the RAZR will offer a little more battery life, but it is too soon to tell how much extra after running software and hardware.
The Droid RAZR offers 8 megapixels.
The Galaxy Nexus offers 5 megapixels. Google has also added panorama shot support and a zero shutter lag to the Nexus.
Overall, the Nexus offers more features but the RAZR has higher megapixels.
Last year Motorola Droid X was the best Android smartphone by Verizon Wireless. Again this year Motorola and Verizon teamed up to release the Droid X2 which offers enhancements regarding display which is qHD now and has faster dual core processor than its predecessor. It is bit disappointing that the X2 does not offer 4G data speed and also front-facing Camera. However, the Droid X2 comes boxed up with preloaded 8 GB microSD card, USB cable and wall charger. Motorola Droid X2 is now available in market for $199.99 with two years contract.
The design of the Droid X2 is exactly the same as of its predecessor and at first sight one can consider X2 as X. The smartphone has the same dimensions as of its sturdy predecessor with height 5.02 inches, width 2.58 inches and thickness 0.39 inches with weight 5.47 ounces.
Display of the smartphone is 4.3 inches capacitive touchscreen with resolution qHD 540×960 pixels and supports 16777216 colors. The X2 display is Multi-touch with Light sensor, Proximity sensor and has scratch resistant glass. Previously, Droid X has the WVGA display of resolution 480×854 pixels and now qHD display in X2 is a good update. Though the display is bright and clear but it is still not as smooth as Samsungs Super AMOLED touch screens. The screen is large and spacious that provides good browsing and video watching experience.
Below the display are present four physical buttons for Menu, Home, Back and Search. The right spine of the smartphone has volume controls and disappointingly there is no Camera button present. Left side of the Droid X2 has microUSB and HDMI ports. The top of the smartphone has 3.5mm headphone jack with a power button. The back of the smartphone has the Camera with dual LED flash light.
Motorola Droid X2 is running on Android OS 2.2 Froyo which will be upgraded to OS 2.3 Gingerbread. Regarding UI the smartphone is using Motorola’s Motoblur software and it also has some enhancements. The UI now offers the home screens thumbnail view feature just like HTC Leap which is activated by pressing the Droid X2 Home button twice.
Droid X2 provide all the Messaging facilities that include SMS, MMS, Email and Instant Messaging through Google Talk. The Organizer of the smartphone has Calendar, Alarm, Document viewer and Calculator utilities. For Internet Browsing, Android WebKit browser is present and it supports HTML, HTML5, XHTML and Flash. In addition, it has default online services support for Facebook, PhotoBucket, Flickr, Picasa and Twitter. The Phonebook capacity of the X2 depends on the systems memory. X2 provides 8192 MB built-in memory. For memory expansion microSD and microSDHC slots are present and 32 GB is the maximum card size.
Regarding connectivity, the Droid X2 has Bluetooth, WiFi with Mobile Hotspot feature and microUSB for connecting mass storage device and USB charging. More connectivity features include HDMI, DLNA, and Computer and OTA synchronization. Other features of X2 include Voice dialing, Voice recording, Sensors for Accelerometer and Compass, TTY/TDD and Hearing aid compatibility M4/T4.
Multimedia features include Music Player that supports MP3, AAC and AAC+ formats. Video Playback feature the supports MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and WMV formats. In addition X2 provides FM Radio, audio/video streaming and YouTube player. The smartphone has 8 MP Camera with Dual LED flash light. Camera features include Auto focus, Digital zoom, White balance, Effects and Scenes. Video capture is also supported with resolution 1280×720 (720p HD) 30 fps.
Call quality of the smartphone is really impressive. The sound is nice and clear without any noise or distortion. Also with speakerphones the sound is clear even in loud places you can easily understand the conversation but sometimes at high volumes the sound is felt bit blown out. Now, regarding data speed the smartphone does not have 4G but still the 3G speed is really good and fast. The sites with rich flash contents take seconds to load and open.
Motorola Droid X2 is running on Dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor of 1000 MHz with 512 MB RAM. The processor is really powerful and fast. Applications launch in no time and navigation through menus and screen is rapid and really smooth. Moreover, the browsing speed is good and gaming graphics are amazing.
The smartphone is powered by Lithium-Ion battery of capacity 1540 mAh. Battery provides average talk time of 7 hours and stand by time of 19 days.
Though the lack of 4G data speed and some other features may seem bit disappointing but the device is in fact is fast with good graphics and battery life. There is no doubt that Motorola Droid X2 is the best and amazing smartphone offered by Verizon Wireless. Those who still want to have 4G speed can however check the other options like Motorola Droid Bionic or HTC Thunderbolt.