Android Phones: Overpowered or Compromised?

Take a good look at the android phones that are around today. Have you noticed that some of them tout so many features yet always have something very lackluster about them? I mean look at the so called ‘Flagship’ phones out there now, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has brilliant performance and a superb camera, in exchange of that they chose to neglect build quality and make it out of plastic, bad plastic. Now look at the Lumia 1020, the tank of a phone overcompensates widely in the camera department but the lack of app support in windows phone renders the phone to be in what I can only call exasperating. 

Now let’s take a look at the mid-range devices. The underdogs in my opinion. My favourite of which, the HTC One Mini. It has a great build quality, a good enough display and a mediocre camera. I know it is the same camera as the One but it’s not, it lacks OIS (optical image stabilization) which actually makes a huge deal. Had they ditched the HTC One and the HTC One mini and made just one phone in between with no real compromise or over compensation, it would have been the perfect phone for me. 

 

You may be thinking, what exactly am I talking about. Well here it is, why must manufacturers over-compensate so much on one aspect of the device that they have to skimp out on the other. Why must we have the highest end specs and power but still skimp out on build quality. Why must smaller phones lack the necessary features to making it a useable device. Why can’t we have just ONE product that doesn’t go overboard on any aspect and doesn’t skimp out on any as well? That would be the phone to get. 

Think about it. One of the hardest decisions you have to make when picking up a phone is to go High End Vs. Cheap Price, more simply it becomes Overpowered Vs. Underspecced. Is this a battle we have to face? I can honestly say I’ve had this fight for so long that I’m still stuck with my almost 2 Generation old Galaxy Nexus. There just hasn’t been a phone so far that sits perfectly in the middle of what I would call a perfect fit. I considered the HTC One Mini but the lack of OIS disappointed me, the Moto X seems promising but there aren’t any plans of it being made available internationally as yet and that AMOLED display is really putting me off. 

Maybe what I’ve said makes sense to you and you can relate to it. Maybe I’m just too hard to please. Either way, the decision regarding a new smartphone has to be made and each day the battle grows more infuriating, no thanks to the manufacturers and designers around the world. Oppo, let’s hope you’ve got something up your sleeve with the N1. 

 

Best Looking phones (end of 2011 issue)

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a sucker for buying phones that don’t have the right specs, but look freakin awesome! So heres my list of the top 8 best looking phones, in ascending order.

8. Blackberry Curve 9360

7. HTC Sensation XE

6. Apple iPhone 4/4S

5. LG Optimus 3D

4. Samsung/Google Galaxy Nexus

3. Motorola Droid Razr

2.  Motorola Droid X2

1. Nokia Lumia 800 (The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition Especially)

New Phone Time?

Is that phone in your pocket rotting? is it time for an upgrade? can’t decide which phone to use, because of the dastardly large number of new phones releasing each week? well you’ve come to the right place, cause I got the perfect guide for you!

instead of making this a top 5 phones thing like I usually do, I’ll split this guide into priorities and what you need out of a phone, such as simplicity, power or nerd-gasmic experiences. that’s right, I made my own word, nerdgasmic.

Let’s start with the most thought about factor for teens and the working adult:

Communication 

BlackBerry Bold 9900

yes, it’s a blackberry. no, I’m not high. With a 1.2GHz processor coupled with Liquid Display hardware acceleration, a 2.8″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen display and the best keyboard on earth, the blackberry bold 9900 takes the no. 1 spot for communication. why? well because blackberries are excellent communication tools, with the best email integration, BBM, and heavy social network integration, BlackBerries are excellent devices for keeping in touch with your friends, families or co-workers. sure the apps aren’t that great, but honestly who needs apps? well everyone but still, you probably have a tablet or media device for those… Other than apps, the only limitation I have found on this phone is the terrible 1300mAh battery that juices this device.

WOW- Factor

Apple iPhone 4S

Sure it looks exactly like the 4 and many were disappointed with this release of the iPhone, even I was at first but it’s really starting to grow on me now. I loved the design of the 4 and was glad to see them stick with it, although I do wish they had gone with a 4″ Display. Other than that it sports very welcome updates such as a dual core processor and bumped up camera, this phone is perfect for the every day user, with its amazing ecosystem of apps, integration with your life and for the love of God, Siri! This phone is perfect for the every day user.

NERD APPEAL

Google Galaxy Nexus

That’s right, everything about this phone screams AWESOME to nerds like me, possibly the only real Android phone (read here for why) The 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 and that brilliant 4.65″ Super AMOLED HD 720p display, that’s right, 720p!! it’s like having a theater in your pocket! this phone should be crowned king o’ the geeks!

All Rounder 

Nokia Lumia 800

Yes, know what you must be thinking, didn’t nokia die? well no, and yes this is the best phone out there right now, according to me. Other than the completely sexy unibody polycarbonate design (look at how sexy it is) The Nokia Lumia 800 is one amazing phone. Packed with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm chip, 16Gigs of memory, An 8 Megapixel camera, 3.7″ clearblack AMOLED and windows phone mango, this is the real deal. The focal point of this phone is the OS, windows phone 7.5 is a brilliant blend of easy to use software and beauty. It has a minimalistic feel to it, so you feel elegant and classy when using it. Best of all it’s practical, it does everything you need it to, and makes day to day living just a tad more elegant. To know more about windows phone and it’s awesomeness, check out the youtube vids. One things for sure, when I go to university, I’m definitely getting myself a windows phone.

BlackBerry DevCon 2011

so are you still on the RIM bandwagon? you are? you’re probably from Indonesia, just sayin. we have 89% of RIM marketshare, and I’m proud to not be part of that. but if you are still a BB geek, or even the “i hate blackberries but i have to keep up with my social life” type of person, then you’ll be glad to know that DevCon begins soon, exactly 10:30 pm WIT. before I explain what DevCon is, I would like to make it clear that I am not insulting RIM, Blackberry users or even the phones themselves. Blackberries have fine hardware and some pretty decent software and not to mention the amazing phenomenon known as BBM. I love BBM and like blackberries, what I don’t like is the effect that blackberries have on the people of today’s generation. People have become so distracted with their phones, always clicking away on that “thing” whether its at mall, a movie theater, in class or even while driving! people have no self control and receive the urge to check their phone every single time they see that red light flashing! It’s become such an obsession, worse than the spread of zombie fever, but thank God not as bad as Bieber fever, thats just horrifying! Ugh! bieber…

Okay back to DevCon, as the name suggests, it is an amalgam of the words Developer and Convention. Most likely expected to be showcased at DevCon this year are
1. Android App support on the BB PlayBook
2. BBM on Android and iOS
3. The new all touch Curve and the new bold 9790

Android App suport is something that had been promised to us by RIM almost a year ago, and not surprisingly, they have failed to deliver. But speculation still arises that it will finally be shown of now as RIM has just pushed out an update to the playbook, entitled Blackberry Tablet OS 2.0, and videos have recently been leaked of an Android source code compiler for blackberry based platforms.

Probably the most stand out feature on my list, BBM for Android and iOS. some of you may be thinking? whaaaattt?? what did he just say? oh no he didn’t! well yes, yes I did. The day might finally come- the day that was speculated to happen after pigs learn how to fly- the day BBM subtracts BB out of the equation. Well you must be thinking why? well images have already leaked of BBM running on Android, and it’s actually a pretty smart and strategic move, according to myself. RIM already has an astoundingly high rate of decline in the market, and its taking time for their QNX based devices to come out(chill, I’m getting to that) and this may be a move, just to make sure they don’t hit rock bottom, before they think of a gamechanger. If they license BBM to Android and iOS at a monthly subscription based fee, they’ll be maintaining their market share at the consumer level, while at the same time persuading their Enterprise market (the business people) to not shy away from their blackberries (possibly to iOS for iMessage). It is speculated that BBM on a non BB device will cost you approcimately $5 a month, now that’s not bad. not bad at all.

And now moving on to the new Curve and Bold. the curve was leaked a long long time back, along with the leak of the current OS7 devices and hopefully this one actually surfaces tomorrow. we already have the 9900, the Torch 2(9810), the all touch torch (9860) and the new curve (9560). the Curve touch(9380), is speculated to have a 3.2″ diagonal multitouch display with liquid graphics and a 1.2GHz snapdragon processor. At first it was rumored to have an 800MHz processor but a recent leaked on the BB Developer website indicates it will in fact have a 1.2GHz chip, SWEET!
The Bold 9790 however, is completely unleaked! nobody knows what it is. Could it be the QNX based BlackBerry Colt (“told ya I’ll be gettin here) that we all are oh so eagerly awaiting? QNX is the software/OS that RIM purchased some time back and coupled with their PlayBook tablet, and it was rumored to be coming to handheld BB’s by 2012. If this is the rumored QNX handset, then boy o boy am I excited 🙂