With so much buzz about the Galaxy S and with a new Droid phone coming out every other week, it’s easy to forget that there are other Android phones out there.
One of those phones hasn’t gotten much buzz around the web is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. The X10 has a pretty stout spec list:
- 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
- 4in TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen
- 480 x 854 screen resolution
- 8.1 MP Camera with LED flash
- 1GB built in memory
Not to shabby eh? Hardware-wise, this phone is neck and neck with the latest and greatest Android phones that are currently available. But with all good, there must be some bad and in this case, that bad is the fact that this sexy-hardware phone is packing old-school Android 1.6. I know, I can hear your sighs and mutterings of “WTF” from here, I’m muttering that too. Sony Ericsson knows this and have said that the X10 will be getting some 2.1 goodness (I know, not 2.2, again “WTF”) in Q3 (or Q4 depending on your market) of this year.
Here it is folks, the one you’ve all (Sprint customers) have been waiting for, the Samsung Epic 4G. This is number three out of four of the Samsung’s Galaxy S phones, the other two being the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile Vibrant. The fourth US-Galaxy S phone will be the Verizon Fascinate, but not much has been said about the device.
Unlike the Captivate and Vibrant, which are truly the same phone with different shells, the Epic 4G does sport a few features that the others don’t:
Now that the Droid 2 is upon us, reviews and unboxing reports are trickling in from across the Web. The original Droid is one of the most successful Android devices of all time, and is largely responsible for putting Motorola’s phone division back on the map. Motorola and Big Red have a lot riding on this phone, so how does it stack up against its older brother? Boy Genius Report has their take on it, and let’s just say, they’re less impressed than they were hoping:
- The handset unfortunately feels a little bit cheaper than the original. It creaks along the sides a bit, and we’re not in love with the design identity of the phone. It’s almost like Motorola went backwards when trying to make the device have a bit more mass-market appeal with the chrome, blue color scheme, and now more rounded design — feels like their vision wasn’t carried all the way through.
- The keyboard is slightly more pronounced now (the middle of each key is domed), but we have to say, it’s not the update we hoped it would be. Comparing it to the old, flat keyboard, we’re not sure what we’d pick. You can feel each key more on the new keyboard, but we’re not sure if that let’s you type any faster.
- The screen is solid — seems identical to the original DROID.
- Android 2.2 doesn’t really feel like Android 2.2 since it’s been BLUR’d and MOTO’d. We’d have loved this to be a stock Android 2.2 handset. This is basically a DROID X in a different form factor.
- All in all seems solid, and a great product refresh, though we do wish that Motorola would have pushed the bar a tad bit higher.
In essence, it seems the Droid 2 is more of a slight upgrade than a full-blown overhaul. Probably the biggest surprise is the disappearance of vanilla Android, which became a mainstay of the original and has been replaced by the often loathed Motoblur. To those of you who have a shiny new Droid 2 in your hands, tell us what you think of Motorola’s latest. Also, be sure to check out the source link below for an unboxing photo gallery.
Even though the T-Mobile Vibrant launched a few days ago, we’re still going to go through our usual unboxing and reviewing process, that way you know what you’re getting before you get it.
Much like its near-identical brother the Captivate, the Vibrant comes in a very sturdy (and more attractive in my opinion) package:
We’ve already shown you the promotional video for AT&T’s Samsung Captivate, which is scheduled to be released on July 18th, for $199, but we’ve got one early and are going to do a little unboxing and give you our first impressions.
It comes packaged in a very sturdy box, short of running it over, I don’t think you’d damage the phone if you dropped it in your excitement when running out of the AT&T store on the 18th.