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Verizon Chocolate Reviews

Written by Administrator on Sunday, November 4th, 2007 in Cell Phone Reviews.

verizon chocolate reviews

Design: Sleek style

The Verizon Chocolate puts a strong emphasis on style and, dare I say, flavor of cell phones. There are many cell phones that are marketed to specific groups, and the only demographic I can picture the Chocolate being marketed to is 1970s detective Shaft, or those that want to be like him. This phone attempts to create a style that can only be described as smooth, and Verizon does so quite well.

Features: Full functionality

The Chocolate features Bluetooth compatibility, which is convenient for many users. In addition, the Chocolate also comes with 64 MB of memory and has a slot for a SD card, which is very beneficial for the phone’s ability to support media. The Chocolate supports mp3 and WMA formats, while allowing you to multitask and play music in the background. In addition to music, this Verizon phone also takes 1 megapixel pictures, allows for streaming video, and can record up to one hour of QCIF resolution video.

Performance: Smoothness overrides standard measurements

The Chocolate is a slide-form phone with a sleek design and smoothly designed color plates to match. Weighing in at 3.24 oz., this definitely is not the smallest or lightest phone on the market, but its compact style will make you forget about 1.72 of those ounces.

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BlackBerry Pearl 8100 reviews

Written by Administrator on Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 in Cell Phone Reviews.

BlackBerry Pearl8100 Reviews

Design: Shiny, small, and smart

The BlackBerry Pearl 8100 is one of the smallest smartphones in the world, with a thin and sleek design that has a different appearance than other smartphones. This BlackBerry phone has a black and chrome glossy finish, giving it a very polished look.

Just below the 2.25-inch TFT screen is a pearl-like trackball, which is the reason that RIM decided to name this device after a gemstone. Weighing just 3.1 ounces and measuring 4.2” x 2.0” x 0.5”, the Pearl has a “candy bar” shaped design that looks like a cell phone instead of a traditional smartphone. This BlackBerry is a very classy and stylish smartphone.

Features: Great features and several perks

The BlackBerry Pearl 8100 comes with everything you have come to expect from a BlackBerry smartphone, with a few added features as well. The Pearl is the first BlackBerry to offer an integrated 1.3 megapixel digital camera, an audio player, and a video player together.

The Pearl has other great features, such as a web browser, email, instant messaging, and text messaging. It also offers organizer applications, like a calendar, address book (even for your corporate data), and a mapping feature. The MP3 feature could be the most attractive; it allows you to place your music directly on your phone through Bluetooth technology, eliminating the need for other devices.

Performance: Great talk time with new features

Research In Motion’s quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; EDGE) BlackBerry Pearl users have noticed that sound is more muffled, but improves slightly when turning it to the speakerphone.

The BlackBerry Pearl supports several types of audio files: MP3, AAC, MIDI, and WAV files. Users can create their own playlists, shuffle, and repeat, all from within the folders they made. Display information includes title, artist, and album, along with track information too.

The new trackball is similar to the one on the T-Mobile Sidekick 3; it acts as a select button when pressed down and has four directional scrolling. However, without the normal jog dial on the right side, it will take time for BlackBerry users to adjust to the changes.

The BlackBerry Pearl has been tested and rated for 3.5 hours of talk time and up to 15 days of standby time, with the battery lasting up to 21 hours with music and six hours for video playback.

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Helio Heat Review

Written by Administrator on Thursday, November 1st, 2007 in Cell Phone Reviews.

helio heat review

Design: Sleek and slim

The Helio Heat puts a large emphasis on being small and compact. Coming in at 3.6″ x 1.8″ x 0.6″, I would not describe the Heat as tiny, but would instead say that this slide-form phone is adequately sized. The design focuses on having all the features that a phone should, but without unnecessary space. The buttons are satisfactory for use, and they do not infringe on other buttons’ territories.

Features: Technologically packed, but without the memory

The idea behind the Heat is to provide an affordable device that has a few “extra” technology features. This Helio phone comes with Bluetooth technology, which is very convenient for most people. The Heat does feature several standard features we expect from modern cell phones, such as streaming video, one megapixel photos, video capture (14 fps), and a music player. However, a large downside to these features is the lack of adequate memory to really take advantage of these features. The Heat only has 136MB of shared memory. The lack of memory space defeats the purpose of having all those great features.

Performance: Moderate longevity

The Helio Heat suffers from a lamentably short battery life, clocking in at only three hours of talk time and eight days of standby time. After the normal wear and tear that most cell batteries take after usage, I imagine the Heat will become less of a wireless phone and more of a house phone. This is especially unfortunate, as Helio is marketing the Heat as the affordable cousin to its other cell phones. Being so affordable, I would imagine reliability would be of greater concern, but it falls short.
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Review : Motorola Razr2 V8

Written by Administrator on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 in Cell Phone Reviews.

Motorola razr2 v8 reviews

Design: Larger size, but with good functionality

Despite the dimensions, the Motorola Razr2 V8 is still too large for its intended simple, sleek design. The 4.13 oz weight is not exceptionally heavy, nor is the 4.06″ x 2.09″ x 0.47″ dimensions particularly large. However, the size is more superfluous for a clamshell style phone than beneficial. When this Motorola phone is opened, I almost feel like I am holding a small sword, instead of a piece of modern technology. On the plus side, the Razr2’s size does make the button size adequate and the 240 x 320 resolution screen very satisfactory.

Features: Everything you need, with great storage space

The Razr2 V8 has all the features that a modern cell phone should, including a few of those impressive extras. For instance, this phone has a 2 megapixel camera and a two hour video capture. I should also mention the optimal 2GB built-in memory that allows you to actually use the media features. In addition, the Razr2’s media player supports not only the typical MP3 and WMA formats, but also AAC for all you Apple fans.

Performance: Duller than G3, but amplified with Linux

The Razr2 V8 still runs on GSM (850/900/1800/1900), unlike its Motorola cousin the V9, which sports G3 technology. This means that you lose some of the phone call sharpness that you would experience with newer devices. The battery life of the Razr2 V8 clocks extends for eight hours of talk time and almost 12 days of standby time. However, Motorola is oddly silent regarding its battery time when playing music. This is also a phone that carries Linux technology, which should please Linux’s die-hard fan base.

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Critic Reviews of the Apple iPhone

Written by Administrator on Monday, October 29th, 2007 in Cell Phone Reviews.

apple iphone reviews

Design : Snazzy all-screen chic

The Apple iPhone itself is essentially an all-screen cell phone, blessed with a “home button” center stage. The phone itself is 4.5″ x 2.4″ x 0.46″, making it just a bit too large for most pockets. The screen is 3.5″, which makes it exponentially larger to other cell phones. The clear, large screen makes it ideal for viewing movies and pictures, instead of the typical “what exactly am I looking at?” feeling one gets with most cell phone screens.

Features: Encyclopedia of media options

There are many phones on the market that feature stylus-style maneuvering, and with the exception of the “home,” volume, and power buttons, the iPhone is all touch-style. The touch-style screen is certainly tremendously fun, but I felt that the screen did not have enough space for my fingers. When dialing, the screen becomes a touch-tone pad, which worked just fine, but when typing, half of the screen became a keyboard. The half-screen keyboard was too small to type quickly, but typing slowly was not much better. The iPhone, does, however, feature predictive text entry, which was the only way I could correctly finish a sentence. With a phone this large, it is important to use two hands while using the screen. I should also mention that after my fingers touched the iPhone, the screen appeared unsanitary, and I had an uncontrollable urge to wash my hands afterwards.

The iPhone utilizes multi-tasking iTunes, which allows you to listen to your music while utilizing other functions. In addition to iTunes, the iPhone also comes with plenty of programs for you to use, including a stock ticker, map, calendar, the Safari internet browser, email, SMS text, weather updates, and…oh yes, it can actually be used as a phone as well.

I found that only a few of these features ran particularly well. For instance, the weather update was very helpful. Did you know it was 79 degrees in Tokyo today? However, the map feature, despite having great potential for being useful, failed me. The screens were loading far too slow, and in the end, gave me the wrong directions. With its large screen and built-in browser, the Safari and iPhone go well together. The iPhone is most likely your best bet for browsing the internet on your phone. However, it is still miles away from replacing a laptop.

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