Every few months, I buy a new gadget.. I rarely write reviews, but I found that writing reliefs me, and gives me the comfy feel. and Since one of my friends always demands reviews for everything I buy. Hence, I am writing this review. Please do keep in mind that whatever I write about this device is solely my own opinion.
I got this device on December 1st, 2011. This gave me enough time to evaluate the device.
Hardware / Design
This devices is equipped with 4.65" HD Super AMOLED Screen, 1 GB RAM, 16GB Storage, 5 MegaPixel Camera, Front facing camera and 1.2Ghz clocked CPU.
I absolutely love the device design, really slim slick and curved. Lightweight, causing it slip from the hand, I dropped it few days ago.
The screen on this device is Wow. I just love this screen, and its size. And the above Tech specs speaks it all.
Its a new battery, and honestly, I think its awesome... I manage about 7 to 8 hours heavy almost continuous use. On low usage, having few emails running in the background, I managed 1 day out of the phone. Comparing this battery to other devices I owned, including iPhone 4, I find this battery superior to the others. Keeping in mind that I run this device on VIVA Bahrain HSPA+ Network.. This network drains any phone battery, including iPhone 4.. However, this phone manages longer standby periods even on VIVA Network.
Usually Camera's are not that important for me, however, I cannot say its a bad camera, but it could have been done better. I love the speed of its captures, however, sometimes due to speed, it loses focus. So, you gotta touch the screen for focus and capture.
I have managed to get about 8.7Mbps Downlink and 1.9Mbps up on VIVA network, that was first day I got the phone. Today, I am facing issues with VIVA Network making me unable to go more than 1Mbps on any handset I got. So, probably gonna post a pic when I get my issues fixed.
ICS is what android should have been. Being an iOS user for sometime, I think, ICS has reached to a stage where is can compete with iOS.
It is a complete redesigned OS, it features soft-buttons which already existed in HoneyComb (Tablets OS). A new Lock screen and a new way of answering calls.
It features resizable widgets and screenshots!
I believe at this stage, ICS is ready to compete with iOS at moment.