31 May 2008

Battle Of The Big Dogs

Mobile phones are arguably the most important piece of technology we own/need today. Unfortunately, there are many people who'se choice is affected mainly because of the brand. There are also people who listen to the word on the streets. Because i'm going to buy a phone this summer, and to help everyone with this, i've decided to face-off eight phones which are considered the high-end devices in their respective brands (Blackberry Bold, Nokia N96, HTC Touch Diamond, Samsung F480, Sony Ericsson G900, Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, and LG KU990 Viewty). So her goes:

1. Blackberry Bold
* Physical Design: Blackberry have added more curves and made this device sleeker, with black glass piano-like finishing, this phone rocks. Also something that I personally like which alot of people don't is the QWERTY. >> 9/10
* User Interface: The user interface of this phone is a huge leap for Blackberry, but is frankly not for today's phones. It was important for Blackberry to make this phone more graphical and user friendly. So that is neither a downside nor an upside. >> 8/10
* Camera: The Blackberry Bold sports a very weak 2MP camera. While we do know that this phne is not meant for taking pictures, a phone in today's world should at least have a 3MP. I don't know why they didn't put a 3MP camera. >> 4/10
* Screen: While there are no exact measurements of the screen size, it is obvious form videos on Youtube that it's pretty big. Unfortunately no touchscreen. The screen resolution is 480 x 320 pixels. >> 6/10
* GPS: GPS will be an important factor for me since i will be in a new city and so i need virtual maps. The Blackberry Bold has built in GPS and uses BlackBerry Maps (I really don't know how reliable and accurate their maps are). >> 3.5/5
* Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g. >> 5/5

* Price: $700. >> 3/5

Overall Score: 38.5/55 >> 70%

2. Nokia N96

* Physical Design: A sleek design with two way sliding and only a couple of buttons. Very brushed finishing and glossy. >> 8.5/10
* User Interface: Not a really up to hyped UI. I'm looking for a really eye-catching UI, and this is not the one. None-the-less, still graphic. >> 6/10

* Camera: 5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, video(VGA 30fps), flash; secondary VGA videocall camera. Pretty much got everything here. >> 10/10

* Screen: 2.8 inches, 240 x 320. Also, glossy like screen which i like. >> 7/10

* GPS: Built in GPS reciever. >> 5/5

* Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology. >> 5/5

* Price: Not Available.

Overall Score: 41.5/55 to 46.5/55 >> 75% to 85%

3. HTC Touch Diamond
* Physical Design: The sleekest of all devices here, but i'm not liking the back of this device although it seemed they were trying to give it a distinct identity with the back cover. Personally didn't like it though. >> 8.5/10
* User Interface: This is it! This device really has a revolutionary user interface. With TouchFLO 3D finger swipe navigation, this device has the best UI for sure. Unfortunately, from videos on Youtube, it seems the responsiveness of this device is a bit slow. >> 9/10

* Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, video; secondary VGA videocall camera. Unfortunately, the camera resolution is a little weak. >> 7.5/10

* Screen: 2.8 inches 480 x 640 screen resolution which is great for the intuitive UI. >> 9.5/10

* GPS: Built in GPS with A-GPS. >> 5/5

* Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g. >> 5/5

* Price: $800 >> 3/5
Overall Score: 47.5/55 >> 86%

4. Samsung F480
* Physical Design: A really slim and simple design. Nothing fancy, yet pretty good looking with only two buttons. >> 8/10
* User Interface: Thankfully, Samsung has changed it's Croix UI and instead went with a more graphical and colored UI which is great. What is also cool in this device is that you can customize whatever icons you want on the home screen by just dragging them on there. >> 9/10
* Camera: 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, video(QVGA), flash. Pretty good, but i'm not sure if this device has a secondary video-call camera. >> 9/10

* Screen: 2.8 inches 240 x 320 pixels. >> 8.5/10

* GPS: No. >> 0/5

* Wi-Fi: No >> 0/5

* Price: Not Available.

Overall Score: 34.5/55 to 39.5/55 >> 63% to 72%

5. Sony Ericsson G900

* Physical Design: Simple classic design. Nothing flashy here. >> 8.5/10

* User Interface: Sony ericsson have improved their UI in their new phones. "Sliding Screens" is also pretty cool. >> 9/10

* Camera: 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, image stabiliser, video, flash; secondary videocall camera. A strong camera, just what i need. >> 10/10

* Screen: 2.4 inches 240 x 320 touchscreen. A little small for touchscreen phones. 2.4in is pretty good, but not for a touchscreen. >> 8/10

* GPS: No. >> 0/5

* Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g. >> 5/5
* Price: $800. >> 3/5

Overall Score: 43.5/55 >> 79%

6. Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

* Physical Design: Very well designed device with sliding Qwerty. Unfortunately, very bid and thick. >> 6.5/10
* User Interface: A really great UI that sony has put into this device, with a great feature of "panels". >> 9/10

* Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, video(VGA@30fps), flash; secondary videocall camera. >> 7.5/10

* Screen: 3 inch 800 x 480 touchscreen. The best resolution! >> 10/10

* GPS: built in GPS reciever. >> 5/5

* Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g >> 5/5

* Price: $1000 >> 2.5/5
Overall Score: 45.5/55 >> 83%

7. LG KU990 Viewty

* Physical Design: A very well created piece of technology. Very nice and sleek. >> 9/10

* User Interface: My friend has this phone so i was able to play around with it, and i must say it really has a very nice UI. Very graphic and colorful. >> 9/10

* Camera: 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, video(VGA 30fps, QVGA up to 120fps), strobe flash; secondary VGA videocall camera. A really great camera. Arguably the best here, it is superfast 120fps. >> 10/10

* Screen: 3 inch 240 x 320 touchscreen glossiness is what you'll get here. Very sleek and nice and big. >> 10/10

* GPS: GPS through google maps (using wi-fi) >> 4/5

* Wi-Fi: yes. >> 5/5

* Price: $500 >> 3.5/5

Overall Score: 50.5/55 >> 92%

So there you have it. Of course, in a few days Apple could just sweep everything with its iPhone!


BB said...

Thanks for sharing this (7adda mofeeeed) although I think that non of them suites me since I have an addictive baby to mobiles

so no high tech phones until she grew up :'(

KWT23 said...

i'm glad to be of help :)

Angelo said...

Hmmm, indeed. The LG cellphone is definitely the most practical of the bunch. Too bad, I won't get it since my parents already got me a new cellphone as a present >.<

Good job on reviewing them though. It's nice to have a fellow blogger who knows a thing or two about cellphones. Believe me, you will come handy one day and I shall abuse your talents. Muwahahahaha I shall make you my slave.

KWT23 said...

looool...i'm happy that i can be of help to u guys :) ... i should be tech consultant ;)