Each section is ordered by review date. Scroll down for Windows Mobile, Nokia S60, Palm and BlackBerry reviews.
iPhone 5sThe iPhone 5s features Apple's new A7 CPU and a fast PowerVR multi-core GPU that's twice as fast as the iPhone 5 and 5c. The latest flagship iPhone sticks with the Leica inspired metal design and 4" Retina Display, and Apple has added a gold color option. The updated 8MP iSight camera with larger pixels takes noticably better low light shots and the front FaceTime camera offers sharper and brighter video chats. The new iPhone features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor so you can unlock the phone with a press of a finger. The smartphone runs iOS 7 and as usual is available in 16, 32 and 64 gig capacities. Editor's Choice 2013.
iPhone 5cThis is the first time Apple introduced two new iPhone models at the same time: the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s. While the iPhone 5c is basically an iPhone 5 in more playful colors, it's certainly more exciting than leaving us with the choice of buying this year's model or last year's at a discount. In fact, the iPhone 5c makes us realize how viable that older model still is, with fast performance, the usual excellent (albeit small) 4" Retina Display and a capable 8MP rear camera.
HTC 8XThe HTC 8X Windows 8 smartphone is one of the best looking and pleasing phones to hold in the hand. The soft touch finish and pyramid design with tapering sides is comfy and grippy, and the phone looks like none other on the market. The HTC 8X has a 4.3" Super LCD II display with Gorilla Glass running at 1280 x 720 and it runs on a capable 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU with Adreno 225 graphics. The phone has an excellent 8MP rear camera with backside illuminated sensor and it uses HTC's ImageChip.
Nokia Lumia 810The Lumia 810 is a close relative to the Nokia Lumia 822 on Verizon and the Lumia 820 on AT&T. It has a 4.3" ClearBlack AMOLED display running at 800 x 480 resolution. The display's colors, black levels and touch sensitivity are impressive, and like the flagship Lumia 920 on AT&T, it works with gloves and fingernails. This Windows Phone 8 smartphone runs on a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU with 1 gig of RAM. It has 8 gigs of storage, and you can use a microSD card to store your music, videos and documents. The phone has a very good 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss lens.
Nokia Lumia 710The Lumia 710 might not be Nokia's flagship Windows Phone, but it's a great phone for $49 with contract. This Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone has a sharp 3.7" ClearBlack display, a 1.4GHz Snapdragon CPU and a very good 5 megapixel camera. The Lumia 710 is available on T-Mobile and it has quad band HSPA+ 4G along with WiFi, Bluetooth and a GPS. The design is distinctly Nokia, and we like the rounded corners and complex curves that you don't usually see on a budget-priced smartphone.
HTC Radar 4GThe HTC Radar 4G is T-Mobile's first Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone. This is a second generation Windows Phone with middle of the road specs and a price to match. It's $99 with contract and it has a 1GHz second gen Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 8 gigs of storage and HSPA+ 4G. The phone has a front video chat camera that works with Tango and a rear 5 megapixel camera with a fast f2.2 lens with an illuminated backlit sensor. This is a video review.
HTC HD7The first Windows 7 phone on T-Mobile has a lot in common with the older HTC HD2: it has a huge 4.3" display, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus lens and dual LED flash and 16 gigs of storage. The software similarities are nil however, since the HD7 runs the brand new, start from scratch, Windows Phone 7 OS. The usual niceties are here including a GPS that works with Bing Maps and TeleNav, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth and an FM radio. A good start for Windows Phone 7 on T-Mobile.
BlackBerry (OS 10)
BlackBerry Q10This is the BlackBerry that Bold and Curve users have been waiting for. It has a thoroughly modern OS that's fast, great at multi-tasking and secure, and it maintains that hardware QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry users love. For those who talk and text more than surf the web and watch videos, the BlackBerry Q10 is your phone. The keyboard is excellent and the phone has very good voice quality. Inside, it runs on the same internals as the already released BlackBerry Z10: 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon CPU, 2 gigs of RAM, 16 gigs of storage and a microSD card slot. It has 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, a GPS and NFC. There's a front 2MP camera and a rear 8MP camera with HDR. The Q10 runs BlackBerry OS 10.1 and it has a 3.1" touchscreen.
BlackBerry Z10The all new BlackBerry OS 10 is here on RIM's first new phone in quite some time. The BlackBerry Z10 is a slab touchscreen smartphone with a 4.2" IPS screen running at 1280 x 768. It has a removable battery and microSD card slot, an increasingly rare set of features. The phone runs on a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with a gig of RAM and 16 gigs of storage. It has a 2MP front camera and rear 8MP camera with LED flash and backside illuminiated sensor. The Z10 is fast, fun and stable: BlackBerry is off to a good start.
LG G FlexSome folks have given the LG G Flex a hard time for being downright odd: it's a curved 6" Android smartphone with some flexibility to avoid breaking. The curve actually feels good in the hand, cuts down on glare and makes this otherwise huge phone a bit more manageable. Inside the specs are all flagship with one exception: a 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of storage, a huge battery and a capable 13 megapixel camera that can shoot 4k video. But the display resolution is relatively low at 720p, and that hurts. Is that enough to doom the G Flex? Read our review to find out.
Sony Xperia Z1SThe Xperia Z1S is the T-Mobile version of the well-received Xperia Z1, Sony's newest flagship Android phone. The 5" smartphone has a full HD Triluminos display and a stunning black glass black plus Sony's signature slim and angular Xperia look. The 20.7 megapixel rear camera makes this the highest resolution Android camera phone, and image quality is indeed excellent. The Xperia Z1S has top specs including a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core CPU, 2 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage. The phone has dual band WiFi 802.11ac with WiFi calling and mobile hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS as well as NFC.
Google Nexus 5You get what you pay for, and sometimes a bit more when it's a Google Nexus product. The new Nexus 5, based very loosely on the lovely LG G2 and made by LG, is a bargain of a phone though it's not perfect. The Nexus 5 has a 5 inch full HD IPS display, the latest generation Snapdragon 800 quad core CPU with Adreno 330 graphics, 2 gigs of RAM, LTE 4G on a host of bands, a front 1.3MP camera and a rear 8MP camera with LED flash. It's sold directly by Google and it's unlocked for use with any carrier. No contract required! The 16 gig model is $349 and the 32 gig model is $399, and the phone is available in your choice of black or white. Is this the phone for you? Read our review and watch our video review to find out.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3There's no denying that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 continues to top the charts as best phablet. Since the original Note shipped a few years back, we've seen occasional competition for the bigger than a phone but smaller than a tablet crown, but Samsung's combination of a relatively compact and light body, S Pen digital pen and custom software still make the Galaxy Note 3 the best phablet at the high end. The third generation Note has a 5.7" full HD Super AMOLED display, a very fast 2.3GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 CPU with 3 gigs of RAM, our beloved S Pen with note taking and art apps, a capable 13MP rear camera and the usual LTE 4G, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi 802.11ac.
LG G2This is LG's best Android smartphone to date. From the glorious 5.2" full HD IPS display to the capable 13 megapixel camera to the new super-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core 2.26GHz CPU, the phone is a winner. Despite the larger display, the G2 is no bigger than the smaller-screen Galaxy S4 and HTC One, thanks to the edge-to-edge display. The phone has a generous 3,000 mAh battery, dual band WiFi 802.11ac, NFC and a capable 2.1MP front camera.
Samsung Galaxy S4This is Samsung's 2013 flagship Android smartphone. Yes, you could call it an evolutionary device, but the new features (love 'em or hate 'em) are more than evolutionary. When a phone watches you and responds to your movements, that's something new and exciting (and sometimes crazy making). Perhaps it's a revolutionary smartphone trapped in an evolutionary casing? The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 5" full HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 quad core CPU with 2 gigs of RAM and an excellent 13 megapixel camera.
HTC OneThe HTC One has the perfect storm of smartphone features, from its fast and brand new Snapdragon 600 quad core CPU to its stunning full HD 4.7" display and impressive UltraPixel camera that laughs at darkness. Then there's the striking aluminum casing that gives the iPhone 5 a run for your money and excellent BoomSound stereo speakers up front where they belong. Better yet, it's available on three of the top four US carriers and HTC sells an unlocked GSM edition for those who like their autonomy and unlocked bootloaders .Editor's Choice 2013.
Google Nexus 4The Google Nexus 4 Android smartphone hardly needs and introduction. It's Google's latest and greatest contract-free, pure Google experience phone, and it's very reasonably priced at $299 for the 8 gig and $349 for the 16 gig. For that price you get a cutting edge Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core CPU running at 1.5GHz, 2 gigs of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 4 is made by LG and shares much of its internals with the excellent LG Optimus G. It's compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile voice and 3G HSPA+ in the US.
Samsung Galaxy Note IIYou know the Samsung Galaxy Note was one of our top picks last year, right? Well, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, a 5.5" smartphone or phablet is even better. Bigger display, much faster CPU than our US first gen Note, a better camera and more S Pen features. The Note II is available on all major US carriers, with a $299 price tag with contract. The Note II has a 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD display that works with both touch and the included S Pen. It runs on Samsung's quad core Exynos CPU with MALI 400 graphics and it has 2 gigs of RAM. Other amenities include a micro SD card slot, LTE (except on T-Mobile) and a removable 3,100 mAh battery.
T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q (by Huawei) T-Mobile's affordable pair of Android smartphones list for just $49.99 with contract yet they're capable if somewhat dated smartphones. Both have identical specs that include a 1.4GHz CPU, a 4" 800 x 480 LCD display that's sharp and 4G with WiFi calling and the Mobile Hotspot feature. The myTouch is a a slab design phone and the myTouch Q has a roomy QWERTY slide-out keyboard. The phones have a 5MP rear camera, T-Mobile's Genius Button and they run Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread.
Samsung Galaxy NoteT-Mobile in the US is the latest to offer this impressive Android 4.0 smartphone with a 5.3" Super AMOLED HD display running at 1280 x 800 resolution. Like the AT&T version it has a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm S3 CPU with Adreno 220 graphics, a gig of RAM and 16 gigs of storage. The Note has a Wacom dual digitizer with both capacitive touch and an active digital pen that's precise and pressure sensitive. The phone has 4G HSPA+ 42Mbps, a front 2MP camera and a rear 8MP camera with LED flash. Other goodies include dual band WiFi with WiFi calling and mobile hotspot, Bluetooth, a GPS and NFC.
Samsung Galaxy S III The 2012 edition of Samsung's top of the line Android smartphone features a 4.8" Super AMOLED 720p display, a very fast 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2 gigs of RAM and 16 gigs of storage. It has an excellent rear 8MP camera, clear voice and 42Mbps HSPA+ 4G. It runs Android 4.0 with TouchWiz software and it has NFC, voice command and more.
HTC One SThe One line is HTC's new flagship for 2012, and the One S sits at the top of T-Mobile's spring lineup. It features an anodized aluminum unibody design that's incredibly thin, and a very fast Snapdragon dual core 1.5Hz CPU based on the new 28nm process. It has a colorful 4.3" qHD Super AMOLED display and a capable 8 megapixel camera that can shoot photos while also shooting 1080p video. The smartphone has 42 Mbps HSPA+ on T-Mobile's network, WiFi Calling and 16 gigs of storage.
Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile) In this video review we take a look at T-Mobile's version of the very popular Samsung Galaxy S II. Like the Sprint version, it has a 4.5" Super AMOLED Plus display and it's super-thin. The smartphone runs Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread and has the standard excellent Galaxy S II 8 megapixel rear camera and a front video chat camera. T-Mobile went with a dual core 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU instead of Samsung's best in class Exynos CPU for compatibility with the phone's 42 Mbps HSPA+ 4G chipset. How's performance in terms of CPU and 4G speed? Check out our review to find out.
HTC Amaze 4GThe Amaze is the improved version of the popular HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile. It has a faster CPU, faster 4G and a better camera. This Android smartphone has a qHD Super LCD display and it runs on a 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon CPU with a gig of RAM and 16 gigs of internal storage. It has a very good 8 megapixel rear camera that can shoot 1080p video and a front 2MP video chat camera. This is a video review.
HTC Wildfire SIf you're looking for your first touchscreen smartphone, prefer small phones or just don't want to spend much money (free via T-Mobile.com is hard to beat), the HTC Wildfire S sings its tiny siren song to you. This small, lightweight but stylish phone has all the Android basics, though it's display resolution and CPU are a bit outdated. It feels responsive in everyday tasks though, and we like that it runs Android OS 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense, which is newbie-friendly.
T-Mobile myTouch 4G SlideThe myTouch line has evolved from mid-range Android smartphones to top dog status on T-Mobile. The myTouch 4G Slide is a well-made phone with high ends specs like a 1.2GHz dual core CPU, 768 megs of RAM and an 8 megapixel camera with backlit sensor that takes great photos and 1080p video. If QWERTY hardware keyboards are a must, do check out the 4G Slide.
HTC Sensation 4G T-Mobile and HTC's new flagship Android smartphone is hard not to love. It's got a lovely and classy unibody design, the latest Android phone OS and a 4.3" qHD 960 x 540 pixel display vs. the usual 800 x 480. The dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 220 graphics keeps things like 1080p video, 3D games and Adobe Flash humming along smoothly and the main 8 megapixel camera can even shoot 1080p video. This is the first US phone to run HTC Sense 3.0, and we give it a thumbs for usefulness and good looks. The Sensation 4G it has 4G HSPA+ and a mobile hotspot feature along with the usual WFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a GPS. Editor's Choice 2011.
Samsung Exhibit 4GThe Samsung Exhibit 4G is an embarrassment of riches at a bargain price. For $99 with contract and $299 without contract, you get a lot of high end features like an 800 x 480 display, a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and 4G HSPA+. The Exhibit has front and rear cameras, WiFi calling and WiFi mobile hotspot, Bluetooth and a GPS. It runs Android OS 2.3 Ginberbread.
T-Mobile LG G2xOnce in a while, a manufacturer really surprises us in a good way. LG, who'd been banished to entry and mid-tier phones, has come up with an Android superphone that's won our Editor's Choice award. Sure, the specs look great, but more importantly everything just works well and the materials and build quality are downright elegant. The G2x is T-Mobile's latest flagship phone, and it's the cousin to the LG Optimus 2x overseas. It has a dual core 1GHz Tegra 2 CPU, a really lovely 4" IPS display running at 800 x 480 resolution, 4G HSPA+, an 8 megapixel shooter than can do 1080p video plus a front video chat camera. Combine that with pure Android 2.2 Froyo and solid battery life, and you've got the T-Mobile G2x by LG.
Sidekick 4GThe spirit of the Sidekick lives on thanks to Samsung and T-Mobile. Samsung has taken the sturdy, text-loving Sidekick design and infused it with the power and versatility of Android. The Sidekick 4G runs Android OS 2.2 Froyo on a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU. It has 4G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth and a 3 MP camera. Slide up the 3.5", 800 x 480 capacitive display to reveal a roomy full QWERTY keyboard.
Samsung Galaxy S 4G Think of the Galaxy S 4G as a souped-up 2011 Samsung Vibrant. The Galaxy S 4G adds the latest amenities including a front video chat camera that works with Qik, 4G HSPA+, a beefier battery and Android OS 2.2 Froyo with Flash 10.1. It has a new back design to prevent accidental drops and it looks cool too. Otherwise it's business as usual with a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, vivid 4" Super AMOLED display, WiFi including hotspot tethering and WiFi calling, Bluetooth and a solid GPS.
Motorola Cliq 2 The original Motorola Cliq wasn't all that, but the new Cliq 2 is a different animal. For $99 with contract, you get a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, a 3.7" multi-touch 854 x 480 display, 3G with 3G Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi calling, and the usual trio of Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11b/g/n and a GPS. The 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash takes sharp shots and the phone runs nicely on Android OS 2.2 Froyo with Motoblur software.
Samsung Nexus SThe second Google phone is the follow up to the Nexus One, and it's an evolved version of the Samsung Galaxy S, this time running Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread. Masterminded by Google and produced by Samsung, the Nexus S sticks with the successful Samsung Android superphone recipe: 4" Super AMOLED display that's best of breed, 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU with hardware graphics acceleration, 5 megapixel camera, 3G HSDPA 7.2 for T-Mobile US and overseas and 16 gigs of storage. This gloss black phone is sexy and slippery, and it's sold unlocked though it works best with T-Mobile in the US. It's the first Android OS 2.3 phone and it adds a few new hardware features including NFC (Near Field Communications), a curved Contour display. If you want a pure Android experience in an unlocked phone with high end specs, do check out the Nexus S.
T-Mobile myTouch 4GThe myTouch 4G is T-Mobile's first high end Android smartphone in that line. It wants to compete with superphones, and that means the T-Mobile G2 and Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile. The myTouch 4G is made by HTC and it has solid build quality, feels great in the hand and it comes in four colors. The phone has an 800 x 480 multi-touch capacitive display and a 1GHz second gen Snapdragon CPU that keeps Android OS 2.2 Froyo zipping along. Like the myTouch 3G Slide it has newbie-friendly mySense software that may not be pretty but it is indeed helpful without being intrusive. Other goodies include 4G HSPA+, WiFi including WiFi calling and Hotspot features, an FM radio, front-facing video conferencing camera, a 5 megapixel main camera and a GPS with compass.
Motorola Defy(video review) The Motorola Defy is dust and water resistant. It has rubber covers over all ports and a battery cover seal, yet it looks cool and isn't heavy at 4.6 ounces. The Defy's hardware specs are reminiscent of last year's Droid on Verizon: an 800MHz ARM7 CPU, 480 x 854 pixel multi-touch display, Android OS 2.1 and a 5 megapixel camera. The phone runs Motorola's MOTOBLUR in full regalia, unlike the Droid. The Defy has 3G HSDPA on T-Mobile's bands, WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR.
LG Optimus TThe LG Optimus has made its way to several carriers, and this time we take a look at T-Mobile's LG Optimus T for our video review. The Optimus T is one of T-Mobile's most affordable Android smartphones, in fact it's one of their more affordable phones in general. It offers a good set of features and a solid build for the price. Amenities include a HVGA touch screen, Android OS 2.2 Froyo, a 600MHz CPU, WiFi, Bluetooth and a GPS. If you're on a serious budget and want an Android smartphone, the Optimus T is worth a serious look and runs circles around the T-Mobile Comet. This is a video review.
T-Mobile G2The T-Mobile G2 is one of the best Android QWERTY phones on the market. It runs vanilla Android OS 2.2 Froyo, still a rarity on Android phones, and it's fast. Not just in terms of CPU speed, though the 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with GPU really impresses us, but because it has 4G in the form of HSPA+. The G2 is made by HTC and it has a 3.7" multi-touch LCD, one of the best hardware keyboards in the business, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth, a GPS, a microSD card slot with an 8 gig card pre-loaded and a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video. The T-Mobile G2 comes with the full suite of Google Android applications, and we mean everything Google makes.
Motorola CharmGot square? Motorola's Charm sure does, and we like the distinctive look. The Charm is a very affordable Android smartphone with an excellent QWERTY keyboard that requires no sliding, flipping or twirling. Like a BlackBerry, the keyboard is ever-ready and calls to you messaging and social networking types. Motorola's MOTOBLUR software is on board with its usual social focus, and it all runs on top of Android OS 2.1. The Motorola Charm has 3G, a not so wonderful QVGA display, a 3 megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. The phone has a few unexpected goodies for the budget segment like Motorola's Backtrack rear trackpad, an accelerometer than handles both screen rotation and turning the phone over to ignore a call.
Samsung VibrantT-Mobile USA's first superphone is here (we don't count the RIP Nexus One since T-Mo didn't sell it in their stores or on their website). This is T-Mobile's version of Samsung's Galaxy S, and the carrier has left it virtually unchanged. It sports the same iPhone 3GS-like design, is virtually bloatware-free and T-Mobile has added a few goodies like the movie Avatar, Kindle, The Sims 3 in 3D glory and more. The Vibrant, like its sibling the Captivate on AT&T, has a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU with PowerVR GPU and it's fast. Other goodies include 16 gigs of internal storage, a strong 5 megapixel camera, 3G HSDPA 7.2Mbps, GPS, Bluetooth and WiFi. The Vibrant runs Android 2.1 with Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 enhancements.
T-Mobile MyTouch 3G SlideT-Mobile doesn't sleep when it comes to Android smartphones, and neither does HTC, maker of the intimately named MyTouch 3G and now the MyTouch 3G Slide. The Slide isn't just a MyTouch with a keyboard; it packs a faster CPU, 512 megs of RAM and a higher resolution autofocus camera. The Slide runs Android 2.1 Eclair and it sports an extensive array of custom HTC software that's not quite Sense, though there's plenty of Sense UI in the mix. If you want an Android phone with the latest OS and a hardware keyboard, the Slide is worth a look.
Motorola Cliq XTThe keyboard-less counterpart to the Motorola Cliq on T-Mobile brings its own special sauce in the form of custom multimedia applications, a higher resolution camera and Swype on-screen keyboard input. The Cliq XT has a 3.1" HVGA capacitive touch screen and it runs on a 528MHz Qualcomm CPU. Like the Cliq and Backflip, it runs MOTOBLUR social networking software on top of Android 1.5. The Cliq has a GPS that works with Google Maps and Telenav, MS Exchange support, plenty of social networking integration, WiFi and Bluetooth. The 3G Cliq XT has excellent voice quality and a pretty decent camera.
Nexus OneGoogle has gotten into the phone market with their first Google-branded Android smartphone. The hardware is actually made by HTC, but the software and user experience are pure Google. This is the first Android phone to run OS 2.1, and will likely be the first to get updates in the future. Google calls this the "super phone" since it has very high end specs like a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU that flies, a 3.7" capacitive AMOLED touch screen, 512 megs of RAM, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. It's sold unlocked directly by Google and you can get it in the US for retail or heavily subsidized with a T-Mobile contact. Is it the best phone ever? Read our review to find out. Note: this phone is sold direct by Google online and not by T-Mobile.
Samsung Behold IIThe Samsung Behold II despite the name, isn't a feature phone like the original Behold on T-Mobile. It's an Android smartphone with Samsung's lush AMOLED capacitive touch screen and 3G HSDPA on T-Mobile's US bands. Like the Behold, it does run a version of Samsung's TouchWiz UI which sometimes seems at odds with Android. It has a very good 5 megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and a GPS that works with TeleNav and Google Maps. If you're looking to upgrade from a Samsung TouchWiz feature phone, the Behold II makes the transition easier.
Motorola Cliq'Tis the season for Android phones, and this time we take a look at T-Mobile's third Android Google OS phone, the Cliq. While the G1 and MyTouch 3G on T-Mobile are vanilla Android phones, the Cliq runs MOTOBLUR on top of Android: an over the top social networking experience with support for no less than 10 types of social networks and messaging. Other features include a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3G HSDPA, a 3.1" capacitive touchscreen, WiFi and a 5 megapixel camera.
T-Mobile G1 The first Google Android phone is here! The T-Mobile G1, made by HTC, runs Google's open source phone operating system and it sits somewhere between a feature phone and a smartphone. It features 3G, a lovely 320 x 480 color touch screen, GPS, WiFi, thumb keyboard and a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus lens. The G1 is great for Google-addicts since it syncs with Google contacts and calendar and has push Gmail along with Google Maps. The G1 offers access to the Android Market where you can download applications (many free) to expand the phone's functionality.
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Last year's ugly duckling, the T-Mobile G1 has spawned a swan. The myTouch 3G by HTC is T-Mobile's second Google OS Android phone. It's slim, sexy and smaller than the iPhone 3GS.The myTouch 3G is T-Mobile's version of the overseas HTC Magic and it packs the same goodness as the G1 inside: Android 1.5, the app Market, a 528MHz CPU, WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP stereo and a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera. It loses the hardware QWERTY keyboard in favor of the slimmer design and Android's on-screen keyboard. But it gains more memory for storage and OS upgrades. One of our favorite phones!
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 PlusLooking for a full featured Android tablet that does more than the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire? The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus runs Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb with all the bells and whistles, including a very fast dual core 1.2GHz CPU, dual cameras, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot. It has Samsung's pleasing TouchWiz software and full access to Android staples like the Android Market, YouTube, Gmail and Maps.It's currently the thinnest and lightest 7" Android tablet on the market. This is a video review.
T-Mobile SpringboardThis is T-Mobile's latest 7" Android Honeycomb tablet, and it's made by Huawei. This moderately priced tablet is made with quality materials and we like the metal framing and aluminum back. It has a high resolution, 1280 x 800 pixel display, a resolution that's more commonly seen in 10" tablets, and it's plenty sharp with good viewing angles. It's no slouch on computing power with a 1.2GHz dual core CPU, a gig of RAM and 16 gigs of storage. The tablet has 3G/4G on T-Mobile in the US, and it has WiFi, Bluetooth and a GPS. Dual cameras round out the feature set.
LG G-SlateIn the endless parade of Android Honeycomb tablets that's just starting, the LG G-Slate stands out thanks to 4G HSPA+ and 3D video recording. We love 4G, and T-Mobile's HSPA+ network is second only to LTE for data speeds, but we could live without the gimmicky 3D video recording and dizzying complimentary 3D glasses. The G-Slate runs on the usual dual core Tegra 2 1GHz CPU and it has 32 gigs of internal storage. The 8.9" display is just a bit smaller than the Motorola Xoom and the 10" competition, but it's bright and sharp. This tablet is a quality piece, but you'll pay a pretty price for it.
Dell Streak 7This 7" Android 2.2 tablet has a 7" multi-touch capacitive Gorilla Glass display running at 800 x 480 resolution and a dual core Tegra 2 1GHz CPU. Like the Galaxy Tab, it's a tablet that doesn't make phone calls over the cellular network; it's data-only. The Streak 7 has 4G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth and a GPS that works with Google Maps and Navigation. It's a bit less expensive than the Samsung Tab, but makes some concessions in display quality and battery life.
Samsung Galaxy TabThe first Android tablet that's a viable iPad opponent, the Galaxy Tab is offered by all 4 major US carriers and has a lot to love. The Tab has a 7" capacitive display running at 1024 x 600 and Android OS 2.2 Froyo. Like the Galaxy S phones, the Tab runs on a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU with GPU, has 512 megs of RAM, lots of storage, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth and a GPS. All Galaxy Tab models have 3G data but US versions cannot make calls over the cellular network. We review the T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon versions.
LG SentioTouch screen phones might be all the rage, but not everyone wants a smartphone or a required data plan. The Sentio is an entry to mid-level touch screen feature phone that aims to capture the non-smartphone market. It has a 3" resistive touch screen and a very intuitive user interface complete with widgets. It's slim and nice looking and fits easily in a pocket. The Sentio has a GPS that works with TeleNav and Google Maps, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot and a 3 megapixel camera. The phone has plenty of social networking and email options and it runs on T-Mobile's 3G HSDPA network. But that resistive screen is just so-so.
T-Mobile TapWant a touch screen phone but you're counting every penny? The T-Mobile-branded Tap is calling to you. It's something of a Samsung Highlight clone with a similar widget-based home screen and easy icon-based UI. The features are pretty good too: 3G, GPS, music player, microSD card slot, stereo Bluetooth and a 2 megapixel camera. But something's gotta give to make this a budget phone and we'll tell you just what in our review.
Samsung Comeback T-Mobile and Samsung's latest messaging phone features 3G HSDPA for T-Mobile's US network, the capable Netfront full HTML web browser, email and full IM. The reasonably priced phone also has Bluetooth with A2DP stereo, a GPS that works with TeleNav and a 2 megapixel camera that takes surprisingly good shots. The Comeback transforms from a candy bar phone to a full QWERTY with flip of the top lid and it has both inner and outer displays.
Samsung HighlightT-Mobile is in love with Samsung's TouchWiz touch screen phones, and they must hope you will be too. The Highlight t749 is T-Mobile's third TouchWiz phone from Samsung, but unlike the Samsung Behold and Memoir, it's not a high end camera phone. Rather it's a relatively rugged, rounded, feels good in the hand kind of phone whose features mirror those of the Samsung Eternity on AT&T. The Highlight has a 240 x 400 pixel touch screen with haptic feedback and an accelerometer, a GPS that works with TeleNav, music player, microSD card slot, Bluetooth and a 3 megapixel camera.
Sidekick LX 2009Just when the Sidekick platform was starting to look really old and tired, they release a thoroughly modern messaging phone that can compete with recent cool QWERTY feature phones. In fact, the 2009 version of the Sidekick LX excels at messaging and social networking with support for email, texting, Facebook, Twitter and IM. The LX 2009 is the first 3G Sidekick with HSDPA on T-Mobile's US bands, and it has a vibrant, high resolution display and a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera. As always, there's that large and lovable flip-up QWERTY keyboard and quad band GSM world phone status.
Samsung Memoir The 8 megapixel autofocus Samsung Memoir t929 makes mincemeat of every high end camera phone offered by a US carrier, including it's cousin the Samsung Behold. This T-Mobile phone features Samsung's TouchWiz user interface with a 240 x 400 pixel touch screen that has automatic rotation via accelerometer and haptic feedback. It looks like a retro Leica camera; very chic. The Memoir has an HTML browser with 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth with stereo support, an SDHC microSD card slot and both music and video players. Destined to be one of the hot phones of 2009, we're thrilled to see Samsung and T-Mobile take the big step into high-end touch screen imaging phones in the US. Editor's
Nokia 7510 Nokia's latest clamshell phone for T-Mobile features interchangeable front and back Xpress-On covers with Nokia's "hidden until lit" translucent front cover that shows the time, date, music track info and a variety of patterns. Three colors are included in the box. The Nokia 7510's other hot feature is UMA calling, otherwise known as T-Mobile @Home service. With an @Home plan you can make unlimited domestic calls over WiFi without using plan minutes. The phone runs S40, has a 2 megapixel camera and a strong web browser.
Samsung Gravity QWERTY messaging phones are all the rage this holiday season, and T-Mobile has jumped on the bandwagon with the Samsung Gravity t459. This side-slider feature phone looks like a regular candybar phone until you slide out the 3 row QWERTY keyboard and start messaging. The phone has EDGE for data, a good music player, IM support, an SDHC microSD card slot and Bluetooth with A2DP. It's not ripe with fancy features, but it is an affordable messaging phone for those who aren't into the Sidekick or smartphones.
Samsung BeholdA close relative to the Samsung Eternity on AT&T, the Samsung Behold is one of the coolest, yet reasonably priced T-Mobile phones. The phone features a responsive 3" touch screen with haptic feedback and an accelerometer that handles automatic screen rotation. Even better, there's a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus lens and flash for high quality phones. The Behold has 3G HSDPA on T-Mobile's US bands, a GPS with TeleNav Navigator, Bluetooth, and an HTML web browser.
Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5A 5 megapixel camera phone with an autofocus lens and Xenon flash for $99 with contract? Nice! T-Mobile has got the deal for those of you who are camera buffs and like the look and feel of the ROKR E8, minus haptics. This stylish and solid Moto has a very good 5MP camera with Kodak technology inside and easy uploads to Kodak's free web-based gallery. The Zine ZN5 is a quad band GSM phone with EDGE, sharp voice quality, a music player and music-oriented features like a 3.5mm headset jack and A2DP Bluetooth stereo. It's got WiFi for relatively painless image uploads, USB image transfer and output to TV.
T-Mobile SideKick 2008 The latest SideKick and also the smallest. The 2008 version isn't tiny but it's certainly more pocket-friendly while maintaining a good texting experience. The SideKick has a 2 megapixel camera that takes video and still shots, Bluetooth with A2DP stereo, a standard 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and an SDHC microSD card slot. As usual, it has great support for personal email, texting and IM on AIM and Yahoo. Better still, there are hundreds of cool looking covers to personalize the phone's look.
Motorola ROKR E8 Moto's latest music phone has extreme good looks that come in part from the unique surface haptics front panel. There are no traditional buttons; instead the surface is touch-sensitive and the virtual buttons vibrate when you press them. Buttons also come and go, depending on context, using Motorola's ModeShifting technology. The ROKR E8 is a GSM quad band phone with EDGE for data, and it's offered by T-Mobile in the US. It has 2 gigs of internal memory, making it a viable portable music player and there's also a microSD card slot with a 1 gig card included. Other features include A2DP Bluetooth stereo, an FM radio and a 2 megapixel camera.
SideKick LXThe SideKick LX has gotten a new lease on life thanks to a June update that added several most-wanted features to this celeb-lovin' messaging phone: video recording, playback and sharing along with A2DP Bluetooth stereo for wireless music playback. The SideKick is offered exclusively by T-Mobile in the US and its claim to fame is a solid keyboard that melds perfectly with built-in messaging software that handles most popular IM services and SMS. The LX has a 1.3 megapixel camera, quad band GSM phone and Bluetooth.
Nokia XpressMusic 5310And now for something really thin! The XpressMusic 5310 replaces the pleasantly portly Nokia XpressMusic 5300 slider music phone on T-Mobile. The phone weighs only 2.48 ounces and is 0.39 inches thin. It's a slick looking phone with good features despite a low $49 price tag on T-Mobile. It runs Nokia's S40 software, has a very capable music player that's compatible with MP3, WMA and iTunes unprotected AAC files. It has Bluetooth with A2DP stereo, and a microSD expansion slot that's SHDC compatible. T-Mobile and Nokia include a 1 gig card in the box along with a good quality stereo headset.
Samsung t629This attractive and well made slider phone packs a lot of features for a low price. It has a good 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a music player, EDGE and MicroSD expansion slot. The quad band GSM t629 is offered by T-Mobile in the US.
Samsung Trace t519 This is perpetually in, and the Samsung Trace is even slimmer than the Motorola SLVR L7 and the older Samsung t509s. Not just a pretty face, this quad band phone has EDGE, Bluetooth, a 1.3MP camera and a MicroSD memory expansion slot which comes in handy when using the phone's built-in music player.
Motorola RAZR V3One of the most popular mobile phones ever sold, the RAZR banks that its thin-is-in looks, stunning metal keypad and popularity will convince you to slip one into your pocket. This flip phone has a quad band GSM radio that will work anywhere in the world GSM service is available, GPRS for data, Bluetooth and a VGA camera. It's offered by Cingular and T-Mobile in the US, and we take a look at the Cingular version.
Motorola PEBLOne of the trio of super-fashionable vowel-less mobile phones from Motorola, the PEBL adds a tactile element to the design with its feels great in the hand design and non-slip texture. It's a quad band GSM phone with Bluetooth, a VGA camera and a very nice inner display. The PEBL is offered by T-Mobile in the US and it's available in black, blue, orange and green.
Samsung t509This SLVR wannabe has great looks, fast performance and a VGA camera at a very reasonable price. The t509 is available on T-Mobile's network in the US and it's a triband GSM phone with EDGE, Bluetooth and a sharp color display.
OS Smartphones (Nokia Series 60, S60)
Nokia E73 ModeNokia's E72 is reborn in the US as the Nokia E73 Mode on T-Mobile. This is T-Mobile's slimmest QWERTY smartphone and it's a gorgeous piece of hardware. The software is Symbian OS with S60 3rd Edition, a solid though aging platform. The E73 has a QVGA display, an excellent keyboard, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera that's better than most business shooters, 3G HSDPA and WiFi. The GPS works with the included Ovi Maps for free spoken navigation as well as the excellent (though not free) TeleNav. The E73 handles all manner of IM and email including MS Exchange and Lotus Notes Traveler.
Nokia NuronT-Mobile's latest Nokia phone is an entry level touch screen smartphone that features a solid music player and free GPS navigation courtesy of Ovi Maps. TeleNav is also on-board as are multimedia players for YouTube, Real Player and more. The Nuron has a 360 x 640 pixel 3.2" resistive touch screen and it runs Symbian OS with Nokia's S60 5th Edition software on top. The Nuron can sync to Outlook, has a full PIM suite and direct access to Nokia's Ovi Store for app downloads. Other features include a 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth with A2DP, a 3.5mm stereo jack and a microSD card slot all packed into a compact phone. It has a good web browser, Nokia Messaging for email, Facebook and MySpace support.
QDThis unique device is a GSM
mobile phone, smartphone with PIM apps and application expandability
and most interestingly, a handheld gaming device. It's compact
enough to carry with you, and works surprisingly well as
a phone while offering excellent gaming ergonomics. And it's
a smart fella, running the Symbian Series 60 OS. Add Bluetooth
and a hot swappable MMC slot for games and expansion and
you've got the QD, head and shoulders above the original
N-Gage. Not bad for $199 or less!
Windows Mobile Professional - Pocket
PC Phone Edition Models (touch screen)
HTC HD2T-Mobile has a super-phone on their hands and it's good enough to compete with the Nexus One and Nokia N900. The HD2 has a wondrous 4.3" capacitive multi-touch display and a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, and that means it can stand tall with the best portable media players. Yet it's thin and pocketable and it looks sharp. The HD2 has 3G HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and a GPS. Google Maps, TeleNav, Opera and Blockbuster are on board. The phone supports pinch zooming, has a 5 megapixel camera and a good on-screen keyboard. It runs Windows Mobile 6.5 but you won't see much of it thanks to HTC's Sense UI. Editor's
HTC Touch Pro2 In June, we reviewed the unlocked GSM import HTC Touch Pro2 and loved it. Now it's come to T-Mobile, which means two things: a subsidized price and US 3G HSDPA. Yes! The Touch Pro2 is a powerhouse Windows Mobile pro 6.1 touch screen phone. It features a 3.6 inch 800 x 480 pixel display, HTC's TouchFLO 3D user interface spiffying up WinMo, and a tilt-an- slide hardware QWERTY keyboard of the most wondrous proportions. Other niceties include a GPS, 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, one-touch speakerphone, WiFi, Bluetooth and an SDHC microSD card slot.
T-Mobile WingThe Wing is T-Mobile's follow-up to their popular but aged MDA in the US. The Wing is significantly slimmer, though not lighter than the MDA and it has a rubberized finish similar to the T-Mobile Dash that looks good and feels great in the hand. This Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition Pocket PC phone has a quad band GSM phone inside with EDGE for data, a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11b/g, a 2MP camera and a 201MHz TI processor. It's one of the HTC Herald variants, and is a cousin to the HTC P4350.
T-Mobile MDA Let the clone wars begin! The MDA is the latest HTC Wizard variant to hit the market, and was released in the US in Feb. 2006 a few days after the Cingular 8125. This device is both a Pocket PC PDA and a GSM quad band mobile phone. It has EDGE and GPRS for data, Bluetooth, WiFi and a 1.3MP camera. The side-sliding keyboard is its claim to fame and its compact design and excellent QVGA display are big selling points.
Windows Mobile Standard - Microsoft
T-Mobile Dash 3G by HTCThe Dash was an exceptionally popular Windows Mobile smartphone thanks to good looks, great ergonomics and a reasonable price. Things just got better with the Dash 3G: it upgrades wireless data to 3G HSDPA, has a GPS with TeleNav that also works with Google Maps and other mapping applications, a YouTube player, plenty of IM clients and an improved version of Internet Explorer Mobile. And it has a great QWERTY keyboard too!
T-Mobile Shadow 2 T-Mobile simply calls this Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone the "new Shadow". It's feature set is nearly identical to the original Shadow by HTC but the casing and design are all new. Also new is UMA WiFi calling for unlimited domestic calls over WiFi if you add T-Mobile @Home service. The Shadow 2 features a slide-down SureType 20 key keyboard with predictive text, a QVGA display, 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth with A2DP stereo and WiFi. It's a quad band GSM world phone with EDGE for data and it's available exclusively on T-Mobile.
T-Mobile ShadowThe Shadow is an attractive, slim slider phone with a friendly UI. Sounds like the latest feature phone, but inside you'll find a fully appointed Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone. The Shadow's slider reveals a SureType keyboard with two letters per key, like the BlackBerry Pearl. There's a 2 megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, an SDHC microSD card slot on board along with ample memory to store and run programs. The Shadow takes aim at first time smartphone users with its improved usability and sexy design.
T-Mobile Dash and HTC S620One of our favorite smartphones. The Dash and its unlocked near-twin the HTC S620 came out at the end of October. This super-slim and attractive quad band GSM Windows Mobile Smartphone has a very usable QWERTY keyboard and a landscape 320 x 240 pixel display that's just fantastic. It's got EDGE for data, WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and a 1.3MP camera. Certainly one of this year's hot MS Smartphones. The Dash sells for a modest $199 with contract from T-Mobile and the S620 will set you back a few hundred more.
T-Mobile SDAThis is the US model, which is an HTC Tornado variant. It's a quad band world phone running Windows Mobile 5 on a zippy 195 MHz processor. Though compact it's loaded with a 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, a lovely 2.2" QVGA display and EDGE for fast data. It's dubbed the music phone thanks to its dedicated playback control buttons on the front face and MP3 playback capabilities thanks to the included Windows Media Player 10 Mobile (while Media Player isn't unique to the SDA, the dedicated buttons are unique to the HTC Tornado design and T-Mo in the US). it's basically the US version of the i-mate SP5m reviewed below. Editor's
BlackBerry Bold 9900It's been quite some time since RIM introduced a new BlackBerry smartphone. Now we've got three new touchscreen 'Berries launching together. In this review we look at T-Mobile version of the Bold 9900. This is definitely RIM's best BlackBerry yet, with a perfect keyboard, capacitive touch screen, 1.2GHz CPU and plenty of RAM. The Bold 9900 has 4G HSPA+ and a much improved web browser with a more social BBM.
BlackBerry Bold 9700The baby Bold is here for those of you who found the original BlackBerry Bold 9000 too large and heavy. The Bold 9700 is narrower and lighter, while sporting the same impressive build quality as the 9000 (OK, it's a tiny bit less luxurious). It features an even higher resolution display than the first Bold, WiFi with WiFi calling on the T-Mobile version, a GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera and Bluetooth. This is the first 3G BlackBerry on T-Mobile. The 9700 is available on both T-Mobile and AT&T in the US.
BlackBerry Curve 8520RIM evolves their BlackBerry hardware slowly-- with millions of Crackberry addicts, they don't want to mess with a good thing. And we have to say their trackpad that replaces the beloved BlackBerry trackball is simply amazing. Likewise, the top media playback controls are cool and useful. Beyond those, the Curve 8520 is a basic 'Berry for T-Mobile with EDGE, UMA calling over WiFi, a QVGA display and a 2 megapixel camera.
BlackBerry Curve 8900 Somehow, RIM almost always finds a way to pluck our heartstrings with tweaks and improvements that keep the BlackBerry line exciting and competitive. The BlackBerry 8900, the newest entry in the Curve line (some folks call it the "Curve 2") remakes the Curve into an attractive and full-featured smartphone. We call it Bold Junior since it sports similar looks and features like GPS, WiFi, a high resolution display along with RIM's signature QWERTY keyboard. The Curve 8900 is smaller than the Bold and is currently offered by T-Mobile in the US. Other features include UMA WiFi calling and a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera.
BlackBerry Pearl 8120Think of it as "Pearl 2.0". The new Pearl is small, super-light and sexy just like the original Pearl. The 8120 adds several tweaks and improvements including WiFi with HotSpot @Home support, an easily accessible microSD card that's compatible with SDHC cards, a 2 megapixel camera that takes video and still shots, improved text prediction and a better web browser. Like all BlackBerry smartphones, the pearl 8120 does push email with aplomb and it features a SureType keyboard where two letters share a key. It's a quad band world GSM world phone with EDGE for data.
BlackBerry Curve 8320 Yes, T-Mobile now has the ever-popular Curve, with a wonderful addition: WiFi. Not just WiFi for web browsing and email but for voice calls over WiFi. T-Mobile's Hotspot@Home service makes its appearance on the 8320 and for $10/month at current pricing, you can make unlimited domestic calls over WiFi without using your plan minutes or using a separate application on the phone-- nice! The BlackBerry 8320 features RIM's easy to use QWERTY keyboard, quad band EDGE, Bluetooth with support for stereo Bluetooth headsets and it has a capable media player for music and video. The 2MP camera takes decent shots but the real stars are excellent voice quality, the usual BlackBerry push email experience and UMA (voice calls over WiFi using your cell number).
BlackBerry 8800The wide brother to the sexy and successful BlackBerry Pearl sports the same great looks and slim goodness in a wider package that accommodates a full QWERTY keyboard rather than the Pearl's share-a-key design. Like the Pearl it has a vibrant display, newfound multimedia capabilities (it plays music and video), a trackball, Bluetooth and EDGE. The 8800 has an internal GPS and it's a quad band GSM world phone that's currently offered by AT &T (Cingular) in the US.
BlackBerry PearlWant BlackBerry push email but hate the looks and bulk? Well, RIM now offers one of the smallest and sexiest phones on the market: the Pearl 8100. This phone aims to compete feature-wise with MS Smartphone, Palm and Nokia offerings as it brings multimedia to the BlackBerry platform. And it competes with the sleekest of fashion phones in the looks department. The Pearl does email alright, but it also has a 1.3MP camera, MP3 player, video player and more.
BlackBerry 8700gThe latest BlackBerry sports a pleasant and more natural color display than the 7290, and is the first to run on an Intel XScale processor which really gives this messaging device a shot in the arm. It has EDGE for fast data connections, the usual excellent BlackBerry thumb keyboard and Bluetooth 2.0 so you need not hold this relatively blocky device to your head when making calls.