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26 Apr 12 Android and Windows phones with gorgeous displays


Product Review: http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/samsung-galaxy-nexus-verizon/4505-6454-7-35099738.html?tag=newspapers

CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (Outstanding)

The good: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus marries the power of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS with the speed of Verizon’s LTE network. The phone’s beautiful screen and internal performance are top-notch.

The bad: The Galaxy Nexus lacks a slot for expandable memory, and the 5-megapixel camera isn’t Samsung’s best. There’s no support for Google Wallet, and several Ice Cream Sandwich features take some getting used to.

The cost: $49.99 to $299.99

The bottom line: As the first U.S. phone with Ice Cream Sandwich, Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus took a coveted, solitary step forward. However, once other premium handsets receive the updated Android OS, the Galaxy Nexus loses some of its competitive edge.

LG Nitro HD

Product Review: http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/lg-nitro-hd-at/4505-6452-7-35089068.html?tag=newspapers

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The LG Nitro HD has a stunning 4.5-inch HD display, 1080p HD video, an 8-megapixel camera and support for 4G LTE. There’s a 1.3-megapixel camera for video chats.

The bad: There’s a pronounced camera shutter lag on the Nitro HD, and the battery drained faster than it should have.

The cost: $79.99 to $499.99

The bottom line: With its gorgeous display, high-def everything and 4G speeds, the LG Nitro HD has what it takes to compete; however, a few flaws keep it from trampling the competition.

HTC Rezound

Product Review: http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/htc-rezound-verizon-wireless/4505-6452-7-35023866.html?tag=newspapers

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The HTC Rezound has a gorgeous 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and Verizon’s 4G/LTE speeds. It ships with a pair of Beats earbuds along with a Beats Audio algorithm designed to enhance audio quality.

The bad: The HTC Rezound is quite bulky and call quality could be better. The Beats Audio software can only be toggled in the Music app.

The cost: $99.99 to $199.99

The bottom line: While it may have a hefty build, the HTC Rezound’s beautiful display, commendable performance, and multimedia-rich features make it a top phone for Verizon customers.

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Product Review: http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/samsung-galaxy-s-ii/4505-6452-7-35055815.html?tag=newspapers

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket has a beautiful 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display along with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, an NFC chip and support for ATT’s LTE network. It ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and has an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The bad: ATT’s LTE network is only available in a few cities at the time of the Skyrocket’s launch, it has a somewhat cheap, plastic feel, and you can’t remove bloatware.

The cost: $99.99 to $449

The bottom line: If you live in an area that gets ATT’s LTE network, we highly recommend the powerful and beautiful Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

The following CNET staff contributed to this story: associate editor Lynn La, senior managing editor Kent German, senior editor Jessica Dolcout, former senior associate editor Nicole Lee and senior editor Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, please visit www.cnet.com.

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Article source: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/04/25/2496165/android-and-windows-phones-with.html

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