One of the latest of T-Mobile’s smart phones to hit the market, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is outfitted with a dual-core processor. Capable of accessing T-Mobile’s HSPA+42 Mbps network, this phone is as fast as it is sleek. Comparisons have already started to be made between the Galaxy S Blaze and the HTC One S because of its price tag and quality. Samsung has upgraded the quality of the phone’s materials so it feels like a far better designed product than their other phones. The elegant design has a brushed metal camera pod and an outer bezel that resembles pewter.
The outside of the phone features a micro-USB port, a microSD card slot and a headphone jack. Inside, it packs the same engine that the Galaxy S II and the Skyrocket are run off of—the Qualcomm APQ8060 SoC. Users can enjoy 1 GB of RAM, a 1,750mAh battery and a 5-megapixel camera. The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is set up for free Wi-Fi phone calls, Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Users can take advantage of USB tethering and mobile hotspot capabilities.
As the company faced a higher level of competition, HTC has come out with an answer: the HTC One X. The smooth white phone shows a forward thinking vision that makes HTC the company to copy. Innovatively designed and packed with features, this phone has everything a busy exec, techie or average Joe needs during their daily grind.
Hardware and Software
This new product is outfitted with a glossy polycarbonate unibody that has matte on the back. This body protects the body from scratches and bumps while not interfering with any signal. Boasting a 4.7-inch display, the HTC One X has an 8.9 mm profile. Although a little bit bigger than necessary it has a weight of 1.1 ounces that is not terribly high compared to similar sized phones. The phone also offers MHL-capable micro-USB port, a five-pin connector and a strong speaker system. This speaker system is comprised of 84 holes and packs a lot of audio punch—as long as you are not listening to anything with too much bass.
The One X gives users 32 GB of memory and runs on the quad-core Tegra 3 by NVIDIA. One X’s processor has 1 GB of RAM and the phone is outfitted with Android Beam functionality.
As far as software goes, the One X has a program that is best described as a mix of Sense 4 and ICS. Although it might not be perfect, it works well with Google’s original designs and is far less onerous than other models.
Once a far more substantial player in the mobile arena, LG’s market share has slipped significantly in the smart phone era. The iPhone from Apple and various Android models from giants like HTC, Samsung and Motorola have shot to stardom while models from LG and its formerly trendy colleague Nokia have languished in obscurity. LG aims to do something about that by introducing its own “must have” Android model, the all new LG Spectrum. Featuring some impressive internal silicon, the latest 4G networking capabilities and a lean profile, it may just be enough to rekindle LG’s fire.
Hardware and Features
Under the hood, the LG Spectrum boasts a 1.5 GHz, dual-core Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 220 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of built-in storage. In addition, the Spectrum comes with a 16 GB microSD card that can be swapped out for a 32 GB model. The display is a high-definition IPS unit that measures 4.5 inches diagonally and puts out 1280 x 720 resolution for a pixel density of 326 PPI. The screen is protected by a layer of tough Gorilla Glass for added peace of mind.