Samsung Exhibit 4G

There are smartphones, and there are smartphones with 4G. Samsung’s newest 4G smartphone, the Samsung Exhibit 4G is put under the scope here in this review. How will the Korean giants’ new release fare against its rivals? We will soon find out.



The Samsung Exhibit 4G just oozes with build quality as it feels like it has been constructed really well and at the same time gives a soft touch feel although we must add it’s not as refined as the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. Its 3.5 inch LCD display was something that jumped out with its WVGA resolution. On the front is also the VGA camera for video calls or just to check how you look before going for a date. Under the display are the three capacitive touch Android buttons plus a tactile button to go back to the homescreen. Flip it over and you will find a 3.2MP auto-focus camera with LED flash as well as a speaker towards the bottom. Around the sides are the usual buttons and slots. We find a dedicated power button on the right side. The top is where the standard audio jack and the microUSB port are located. While on the left you will find the volume rocker and the microSD slot. It comes with a 4GB card but it supports up to 32GB microSD cards for those who need to keep all their stuff with them on the go.



As always, it’s important to specify what powers smartphones these days with all the dual core phones that are out in the market. The Samsung Exhibit 4G, in line with its mid-range tag is powered by a speedy 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Working together with the 512MB RAM, this phone is no slouch when it comes to speed. Running a few benchmarks on this phone gave pretty good results as it trounced the Samsung Galaxy S while it also came close to outscoring the Droid X from Motorola too.

Thanks to the power provided by the processor mentioned earlier, using the TouchWiz UI which ran on top of the Android v2.3 Gingerbread was not a problem at all. Although no UI has so far been able to match HTC’s Sense UI in terms of graphics but the TouchWiz UI gives you the feeling that it’s really easy to use which I think no one will have complains about. As all Android phones, you can personalize the widgets on the Samsung Exhibit 4G to your liking but widgets like the Buddies Now and Program Monitor provided by Samsung are worth having. As you may have noticed, there is no physical keyboard on the phone, so for those who like using portrait style keyboards you are in for a treat. But for those with bigger fingers, not so much. The keyboard’s speedy response to touch is definitely worth a mention.


The 3.5 inch screen is definitely not as big as the displays that come with smartphones these days, but it’s good enough to get the job done. The WVGA resolution is great of course as it produces crisp pictures. However, the colors on the phone are not as rich in tone as you would prefer. Besides, when the phone is tilted, the colors seemed to get washed out.

The Samsung Exhibit 4G impressed even with just a 3.2MP camera as it’s safe to say it definitely outperformed some of the 5MP phone cameras out there with its indoor pictures. That was largely thanks to its LED flash which was capable of lighting up subjects even probably about 6 to 7 feet away. However, the auto focus was really slow and you had to give a few tries at times to get that perfect picture although I’m not sure if the perfect moment will just stop and wait for your camera. Otherwise pictures were clear and good. The Samsung Exhibit 4G is rather disappointing when it comes to video recording as it only allows a maximum of 720 x 480 recording quality at 29 fps. The detail of the subjects in the recording therefore was almost not there.

When it comes to a 4G phone, we have to talk about the internet connectivity and web browsing. Therefore, for the Samsung Exhibit 4G, we do the same and being HSPA+ enabled made downloading web pages a great experience. Nevertheless, handling flash content isn’t what this phone was built for, which is a giant turn off. For those who travel a lot, the Wi-FI Calling app – which as the name suggests allows you to make and receive calls when connected to a Wi-Fi network – is a must have.

So is the Samsung Exhibit 4G capable of handling what phones were originally made for? The answer is yes, as the call quality on the phone is great with voices on both ends being very clear and loud. However, the speakerphone is a bit weak in tone, but the call is definitely still clear enough. Signal strength was also pretty good as we had good signal almost always. So for those who love to talk, you might have just found the love of your life, the Samsung Exhibit 4G. The 1500mAh battery is capable of giving up to 10 hours of continuous talk time with just a single charge. Meanwhile, you can get through a day without recharge with normal usage of things like web surfing, emailing and texting.

Pros and Cons


The Samsung Exhibit 4G is HSPA+ enabled. Frankly, I don’t what else to expect from a phone that is built with web surfing in mind. As stated previously, call quality is magnificent.

On the downside is the design of the phone itself, not many are going to like it. Camera performance was also a letdown especially when it came to video recording.



This phone gives you value for your money. Packed with great features like the    high resolution display as well as its speedy processor, it’s one of the top phones in the mid-range category. The Samsung Exhibit 4G isn’t out there just for show, but it’s got substance.

Nokia Asha 302

Feature phones are still around as there is a large market for them and Nokia’s latest offering in this category is the Nokia Asha 302. We have all used a Nokia feature phone sometime in our lives, and it’s simply because they were good. But how does Nokia Asha 302 fare with the competition from low-end Android touchscreen phones is something we need to find out.



Nokia Asha 302 is a feature phone, and so it is designed as such. Expecting for fancy material on a feature phone is a wee bit too much since they have to be sold on the cheap. Nevertheless, with the Nokia Asha 302, Nokia has created a feature phone that pulls off a pretty look. It has got a neutral color on its body, but thanks to the chrome-like features scattered across the phone, it looks shiny and pleasant to the eye. Measuring in at 4.54 x 2.32 x 0.53 inches, indeed it actually measures thicker than quite a few smartphones out there. However, that is one of the few things about feature phones that make them feel very solid.

To further instill the user’s satisfaction on the build quality of the phone, Nokia has also thrown in a metal back cover. On the front of course is the physical QWERTY keyboard that responds well to touch although it is quite small. The keyboard might not work out too well for those with bigger fingers. Also on the front is the 2.4 inch screen. Around the sides of the phone the usual buttons are ports are to be found. On the left side of the Nokia Asha 302 is the microSD card slot while on the top of the phone there is a standard audio jack, charging port as well as a microUSB port. Although there is one port specifically for charging, the microUSB port can be used for that purpose as well. Sitting pretty on the back is the 3.15MP camera.


Feature phones usually give themselves away with their small screens and Nokia Asha 302 isn’t very different. Nokia offers a 2.4 inch screen that has a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels with this phone. You are not going to get too much detail from this screen but it is not the worst either. Bringing the phone outdoors on a bright day means you would need to squint to make out what’s on the screen. The viewing angles could have been a lot better too. Nevertheless, it is a decent offering for a feature phone.



Under the hood, there is a 1GHz CPU to do all the processing tasks on this phone. There won’t be any live wallpapers on this phone, so the CPU on Nokia Asha 302 will get the job done. To help smooth things out, there is also 128MB of RAM onboard this feature phone.



The Series 40 feature phone platform is what Nokia Asha 302 is running on. There are a few new improvements on the platform like the home-screen social widget. With this widget, you can update your Facebook status or also see the latest activity all in one place. Another cool thing is the customizable row of shortcuts at the bottom of the screen. However, there were some issues that kept propping up. For instance it was tough to identify which of the available on screen options was actually selected at that time as the colors used were not contrasting enough. To exacerbate things, bugs were observed when the UI showed more than one option highlighted at a time.

Apart from the earlier gripes about the software, the Nokia Asha 302 constantly asks if it should carry out a task or not and then later also ask for your confirmation. It is a long process before you can finally get things done with this phone at times. Nevertheless, not everything is bad with this phone as it does come with a nice Social app, by feature phones’ standards that is. This app lets you get into all your favorite social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Orkut and Flickr. Although it is not up to the standards of an app you would see on a smartphone, it is still something that deserves an acknowledgement.


On the back of the Nokia Asha 302 is a 3.15MP camera that seems fitting for a feature phone. The interface even comes with settings for the user to play around with to come up with better photos. There were useful, but didn’t change the output that much. Photos showed decent amounts of detail and had very natural colors. Even when taking photos indoors the results were decent although there was some noise to be seen. Video recording on Nokia Asha 302 is done using VGA quality. That is acceptable for a feature phone but the 15 fps rate is however not acceptable as it results in choppy looking videos.


Using the internet browser on Nokia Asha 302 reminds us of the times we used Opera Mini as it is quite similar. However, the browser doesn’t provide as good an experience as the Opera Mini as it’s slower and does have trouble loading some pages. What’s good is that it still keeps the page overview feature allowing the user to zoom into the section that he or she is interested in. In terms of connectivity options, the Nokia Asha 302 has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.

The most important thing any user expects from a feature phone is of course the call quality. Nokia Asha 302 doesn’t disappoint as its earpiece produces a nice sound and there are no excessively sharp frequencies to be heard. On the other end, we didn’t get good feedback but it wasn’t too bad either. The loudspeaker did well as well. Battery life with the Nokia Asha 302 shouldn’t be a problem as it will take you through a few days even with its 1320mAh battery.

Pros and Cons


Nokia has kept its build quality standards going with the Nokia Asha 302. The camera was also a decent performer for this feature phone.

The user interface was hardly intuitive and had bugs that need to be worked on.



The Nokia Asha 302 is a very solid phone especially for its price point. However, the user experience is a major letdown and there are some Android phones at this price range that are probably worth looking at before settling for this one.

Motorola WILDER

Featurephones still have their fan base even though we are now in the midst of an age where smartphones can be said to be taking the phone market by storm. Motorola WILDER is one such featurephone that is pretty affordable even for a featurephone. Let’s find out if it’s really a bargain by diving into its features.



Although the Motorola WILDER hasn’t got the specs its sibling Motorola Defy has to offer, the design on the back of the phone is however very similar to each other. The Motorola logo in the middle of the back panel as well as the tapered edges for instance is the similarities we mentioned. It’s also going for younger users with the saffron or classic gray band around its sides which makes it attractive to the eye. The Motorola WILDER has only got a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen in comparison to the 4 inch screen that comes with smartphones these days but it’s not bad for this phone. A unique design feature with this phone is the second monochromatic OLED display right below the main display. It shows the date, time, signal strength and other things that need be to notified to you like missed calls and new messages. It also doubles as a ticker that displays the title of the track or video being played when the screen is off. To unlock the main screen, there’s a dedicated button on the top. The home button is found on the bottom left of the front of the phone and its shape gives the phone a design edge too. It’s also large enough making it good for users with fingers of any size. However, being a featurephone, on the back you will find a camera which is only 2MP. Overall we are impressed with design since it’s not only thin and light but at the same time it’s also durable. However, just a tiny disappointment is the fact that the protective rubber lid over the headphone jack and the microUSB port on the phone is hard to open, but we suppose that’s what you get for a dust and splash resistant phone.



The following numbers might be a shocker, but bear in mind that this is a featurephone. The Motorola WILDER has a basic Qualcomm processor. The 64MB of RAM and the 128MB ROM aren’t exactly mind blowing either. In fact, this combination led to a phone that ran really slow. This became very apparent when running the Java apps on the phone.

The Motorola WILDER is running on Brew MP the same OS found on the HTC Smart, so there’s no smartphone OS here either. There are some basic apps provided like the calendar, games and social networking apps. Nevertheless, you can get a bunch of other apps since there is a Java client provided. There are three main menu pages with the default apps on them, and the other apps are all in the Apps folder. It was also really easy to find what you want thanks to the well structured menus. This phone’s phonebook is great as you can put a bunch of details about each contact. In the calendar app, you can also make notes either under one of the given categories like birthdays or create one of your own. The To-do list app and Notes app helps keep you very organized. The lock screen on the Motorla WILDER displays both time and date and you can get directly go to the messaging or phone apps from there. No physical keyboard means we have to count on the virtual one. It was not all a bed of roses with this one as it was extremely uncomfortable to use as the keys were crammed, but it was not least due to the screen size as we have seen better virtual keyboards before.

The Motorola WILDER as we had mentioned earlier has only got a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen which comes with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. It’s obviously not even close to the numbers you get with smartphones, but the resolution is acceptable given the screen’s size. The viewing angle you get from this phone is not bad but images do get washed out under bright sunlight. There is another screen here that we have to talk about though, the second monochromatic OLED display. Since it serves as a notification indicator, the 0.7 inch screen is not always on to save battery. It’s not really that bright, so viewing it on a sunny day it going to be a pain.

A dedicated camera button on the right of the phone was a welcome inclusion on the Motorola WILDER. Although the camera is only 2MP Motorola didn’t just leave it there for good measure. They actually gave it an interface that allows for changes in the white balance plus other effects as well. However, as you would have expected, the photos taken with this camera were not at all good. Although this camera actually comes with video recording, we wouldn’t recommend it as the QCIF recording is only at a rate of 15fps and can only be viewed on a really small screen.


The NetFront browser in the Motorola WILDER provides for a normal internet surfing with no Flash support or zooming. Nevertheless, pages do get resized on their own to fit the 2.8 inch screen. The CPU that we have doesn’t help much as due to its disappointing speed, scrolling through websites was a really slow affair. The data counter that keeps track of your usage was something that’s pretty neat. Nevertheless, the phone does come with Opera Mini as an alternative to the NetFront browser and it was quite fun to use in comparison. The Motorola WILDER does come with EDGE 2G support as well as Bluetooth, but sadly no Wi-Fi radio.

Call quality with the Motorola WILDER wasn’t half bad actually. The volume was good enough and the voices were also clear in the earpiece. Our friends on the other side weren’t too impressed as they said our voice was muffled and unclear. Background noise was also evident they say. The 910mAh battery was great for one or more days of use. It is rated for close to 10 hours of talk time and this is where this phone can ask questions about its smarter rivals.

Pros and Cons


The Motorola WILDER is dust and splash resistant which means you will be able to bring it with you to your grave. It’s also affordable.

The keyboard should have been better seeing that it’s the only option. Motorola WILDER’s camera could also have been better.


The Motorola WILDER will take on anything that you throw at it, even a pail of water. Maybe that’s pushing it, but you get the point. It’s an affordable Motorola phone, so it’s one featurephone to be considered.

LG Viper 4G LTE

Thinking about going green? Then think LG Viper 4G LTE. Not only is the LG Viper 4G LTE an environmentally friendly smartphone it is also one of the first few 4G LTE phones to come out of Sprint’s stables. Selling for an on-contract price of only $99.99 and coming with some decent specs at the same time makes this a mouthwatering prospect.


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Eco-friendly smartphones have yet to take design as an important feature and as such, they don’t come off as the phones that are out there to win any design accolades. Since LG Viper 4G LTE falls under the same category the same can be said about it. Of course having a body made of fifty percent recycled plastics is a good thing but it turns out to feel like a cheap device. Even though LG does make an effort to give a classy finish with the rear cover, the metallic look seems to be quite slippery. The phone measures in at 4.59 x 2.44 x 0.46 inches thus making it pretty much comparable in size to its rival on 4G like the Samsung Conquer 4G.

On the front, right underneath the display is where Android’s trademark capacitive buttons are found. Sadly though, the problem of accidental presses is far too common as the buttons are placed too close to the screen. On the top on the screen is a front-facing VGA camera for all video calling purposes. Moving on to the buttons around the phone, the power button sits on the top side together with the standard audio jack. Meanwhile on the left side is the volume rocker coupled with the microUSB port. The nice thing about the buttons on LG Viper 4G LTE is that they were raised just about the right amount and were responsive too. Finally, on the back of the phone is a 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash.


LG Viper 4G LTE is blessed with a 4 inch IPS panel which has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. If you do the math, these numbers turn out to produce a decent pixel density. This fact was telling as it wasn’t tough to make out fine details on this phone. Taking the phone outdoors would also not be a problem as the screen comes with 700 nit of brightness making sure the sun won’t disrupt its performance. In terms of color reproduction, the colors turned out quite natural.



Under the hood of this green phone is a mean 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor which runs the show. The LG Viper 4G LTE also comes with 1GB of RAM. What all this meant was a smooth sailing performance no matter what the task was that was asked of it. It was a really enjoyable experience as the use of live wallpaper didn’t cause the smartphone to lag one bit. Multitasking and navigating across the platform were also tasks that could be done with no issues. LG has not skimped on specs just because this is an eco-friendly smartphone. Quadrant scores in the region of 3000 actually bring it very close to what Samsung Galaxy II scored.



In the age when almost all Android phones come running the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, somehow LG has decided to take a step back with the LG Viper 4G LTE and run Android v2.3.7 on this phone. Nevertheless, it’s not all bad news as LG has promised an upgrade, so that’s something to look forward to. Since this is a Sprint phone, which means this phone gets the Sprint ID packs that allow the user to personalize the phone to fit their liking. In terms of preloaded apps, there are quite a few Sprint apps like Sprint Music Plus, Sprint NBA Mobile and SprintZone to name a few.

Given that the LG Viper 4G LTE comes with a 4 inch screen, the on-screen keyboard does work ok. Some may find the keys to be a bit small for comfortable use, but once you get the hang of it, it does a pretty good job. This may be down to its super responsiveness too. Email experience on an Android phone has always been fun, and we are happy to note that the LG Viper 4G LTE hasn’t changed anything. Being so easy to setup is the most appealing feature for the email app.

On the back of this eco-friendly smartphone is a 5MP auto-focus camera that comes with LED flash as well. Taking photos with this camera resulted in pictures that had a cooler color production. Regardless of location, the photos came out more on the bluish side. Apart from those minor setbacks, the camera manages to capture some nice photos when the lighting is right. In low light scenario however the photos are noisy and bland. The camcorder records videos at 1080p but artifacting is a big issue and will definitely deter the user from using it. Apart from that, the videos also turn out very jerky.

LG Viper 4G LTE may be Sprint’s first 4G LTE able device, but what’s the use since the network hasn’t been launched commercially? So for now only 3G speeds are available for surfing the internet. To exacerbate things, the browser had a tough time loading complex pages as it became choppy. Support for Flash was a bonus. While waiting for the Sprint’s 4G LTE network to materialize the user has to make do with other connectivity options that are available. The usual offerings like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi are made ready on the LG Viper 4G LTE. Apart from that, there is also NFC and mobile hotspot functionality.

Moving on to calling quality, the output on our end was almost perfect if not for the crackling noise. No such complaints from the user on the other end. The speakerphone on the other hand was nothing spectacular but usable with the same crackly voice issue. Even though LG Viper 4G LTE was only running on 3G and not 4G LTE as it was intended for, the battery life was just average. It is hard to imagine that the 1700mAH battery will be able to do any better when 4G LTE is used.

Pros and Cons


Albeit Sprint doesn’t have its 4G LTE network running yet, having a phone that is ready for the future is good. The screen on the LG Viper 4G LTE was brighter than normal. Its eco-friendly features a commendable.

The design wasn’t very attractive while video recording and web browsing experiences were both poor.


The LG Viper 4G LTE is definitely very affordable for a 4G LTE capable phone however the fact that it can’t make use of the network is a very big issue. So the right thing to do will be to wait till Sprint actually has the network up and running before looking at buying this phone.

HTC Amaze 4G

Samsung has taken pride in the crowd favorite Samsung Galaxy S II and the brilliance of this phone has put pressure on other phone makers to come with their very own ‘superphone’. HTC have done just that with their HTC Amaze 4G which truly is meant to amaze as it sports extraordinary specs and a pretty good design to go with it. So let’s see if it’s capable of matching or maybe better its competition.



You can tell even from a distance that the HTC Amaze 4G is an HTC phone as it just oozes with the HTC look. For starters it has a battery door that has two tones and this definitely brings back the likes of HTC Sensation and HTC Desire to mind. Another thing that you find with most HTC phones is the rounded corners and on this one the design has softer corners. It measures 5.12 x 2.58 x 0.46 inches and with those measurements, it is definitely bigger –by quite a bit too- than its biggest rival the Samsung Galaxy S II. It is also pretty heavy but it’s still comfortable to be held in the hand although people with smaller hands might not like the size and weight. It may not have a 4.52 inch screen like its rival, but the HTC Amaze 4G comes with a 4.3 inch qHD Super LCD display that we feel really did a great job.

Flip the phone around and you will find yourself looking at the 8MP camera that offers dual LED flash. The battery door reminds you of HTC Sensation 4G as it also wraps around the sides and to the front. Don’t get fooled by the aluminum-like battery door as it is actually made of high quality plastic and it also has got soft touch material on the black region of the door. The HTC Amaze 4G also interestingly has a dedicated button for its camcorder apart from a button for the camera. All these buttons are responsive although they could have had a better click to them. In terms of design, the HTC Amaze 4G is impressive with its build quality.


This powerhouse is running on the dual core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 CPU which does great as everything done on this phone is a really smooth ride. Also thanks to the 1GB of RAM, the HTC Amaze 4G truly has some amazing speeds. To give you a picture in numbers, the HTC Amaze 4G scored 2514 when tested on Quadrant which is just shy of Samsung Galaxy S II’s scores proving that this phone means serious business when it comes to speed.

HTC Sense 3.0 runs on the Android v2.3.4 Gingerbread so we don’t blame you if you didn’t at first think that the HTC Amaze 4G is running on Android OS since HTC Sense really takes over with its brilliant UI. Thanks to the juice provided by the 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and RAM, this phone blazes through all the tasks you put forward. We really mean that as moving between homescreens was so smooth we could not feel any lag. We also liked the screenshot function which can be done by pressing the power button followed by pressing the home button.


HTC Amaze 4G also has a keyboard that supports trace writing which means there’s no Swipe feature on this one. However it is sad to say that there is a list of bloatware on the phone that we really could have done without. However, there are some good apps that are preinstalled like the Adobe Reader, Lookout Security, 411 and More, Polaris Office and Oik Video Chat. These are all handy apps, but then again, we have our own preference for apps and don’t like being told what to use. This phone also comes with a really good music player app which comes with SRS enhancement although without Beats Audio acquisition.

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The HTC Amaze 4G is blessed with a 4.3 inch qHD Super LCD screen and that really shows as it is better than the plain qHD screen on the HTC EVO 3D for instance. It also trounces the Samsung Galaxy S II when it comes to color production as it is not oversaturated but instead bright and vivid. The screen was bright enough for most situations although it does fade away a little under direct sunlight.

HTC Amaze 4G offers a pretty good 8MP camera which is backed by the dual LED flash. The photos taken outside had some issues with detail but when it color production the camera excels as the colors were natural. Taking macro shots are not advisable on this phone but it does provide great focus on pictures that are in the range of focus. Adding on to that, the panorama mode gave some nice results and was easy to use too. We also loved the dual LED flash as it does an amazing job as it covers a good distance but sadly that distance is not translated to results as pictures taken in the dark turned out very noisy. HTC seems to have a habit of ignoring video capabilities on its phones and the same goes with HTC Amaze 4G as the video turns out choppy albeit having a recording rate of 30fps at 1080p resolutions. The audio in your videos also lack quality.

Connectivity on the HTC Amaze 4G can be done on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network and that means we get some good speeds. Other connectivity options are Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0. The browser is the same HTC browser that has become famous for providing a nice web browsing experience with its fluidity and control. It also takes on the battle with Flash head to head and wins it impressively. Navigational tools like pinch-to-zoom were extremely responsive and worked so well.
Moving on to the call quality, there are some issues here as you will have a tough time trying to hear what your friend is telling you as the earpiece is soft even with the volume at maximum. However, things were different on the other end as we were told our voices sounded clear. Also the loudspeakers do well with their robust performance. The HTC Amaze 4G also is not so good in terms of battery life as you can only get up to three to four hours if you constantly use the 4G network. Average use gives you about six hours which really is a cause for concern.

Pros and Cons

The HTC Amaze 4G is well built and it also has a brilliant new qHD Super LCD screen. It is also a wonder in terms of speed.

The camera on this phone is a real downer. HTC Amaze 4G’s battery life was also poor.



HTC Amaze 4G definitely manages to place itself at the top of the Android phones category with mind blowing speeds for starters. A better camera would have made it perfect, but either way you get a phone true to its name, amazing.

Advantages and disadvantages of some Samsung Galaxy phones

Samsung smartphones are great phones that most people would want to have; of course, one of the limitations of having one is the fact that most of the Samsung phones are quite expensive. This, of course, minimizes the chances of most people having one but it does not change the fact that it is a good brand as many people own this phone.

Every phone has a good side and a side that is not good at all. Samsung smartphones have not evaded this factor. Every brand comes with an advantage and a disadvantage. Most of the time the negative stuff about a phone will not favor the users, in such a case you will have to weigh your options and take the phone that has more pluses than anything else.


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Advantages of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

  • One of the plus sides of Samsung Edge 6 is that it comes with the latest Android version. This improves its performance and makes it better than that of the previous Samsung smartphones that operated on older Android versions. The features that the lollipop version comes with are really excellent and give you the options of playing around with your phone to customize it as you would wish. It has more freedom that it gives to the user making it a fan smartphone to own.
  • The screen of Samsung Galaxy Edge 6 comes with a 6.1-inch size. This is great for displays that you may want to have and gives you a great experience with functions such as gaming. Something else is that the screen is super AMOLED capacity touch screen. This means that it offers faster reaction of the screen to touch, the contrast levels are high, the display is also clearer and the color production is also better. These are some of the best screen features that you can get on a phone and to make things better, the screen is curved on one edge. This gives you a stylish look with a phone that will make most heads turn.
  • A 3GB RAM gives the Samsung Galaxy Edge 6 a super fast speed. This is what makes Edge 6 the phone that does not hang constantly and gives you room to move from one app to another without straining.
  • It has a fingerprint sensor that enhances your Samsung smartphone experience when it comes to security. No more snoopers in your phone.
  • The camera will amaze you; it has a 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Edge 6 comes with the best camera among Samsung smartphones. This camera is able to stabilize images, has face detection ability and much more. The thing with this phone is that it gives you quality images that record all your moments just as they are.
  • A 3G and a 4G connectivity will enable you to stay connected anywhere you are in Kenya. It comes with speed and removes all the barriers that we initially had in terms of network connectivity.
  • Finally, the colors that this phone comes with will blow off your mind. Comes in a white pearl color, black sapphire, blue topaz, and gold platinum. The colors are simply amazing and make this Samsung smartphone stand out among most of its counterparts.

Disadvantages of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

  • Most Kenyans own a memory card irrespective of how large the internal memory of their smartphone is. The drawback of this Samsung phone is that it does not have a memory card slot. This may not go well with you if you may want to expand your memory. For those who may want to do this, too bad for you, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge may not be the phone for you.
  • No FM radio, at this point you ask yourself how worse the situation would get with this Samsung brand. Kenyans love radio after their love for food, denying them the radio will make them say no to this phone. There is something with Kenyan phones with an FM radio; it is what most people want in a phone.
  • When we are having a problem with our phone, it is easier to remove the battery than wait for the phone to finish loading. This is a habit that most Kenyans subject their smartphones to. We also love carrying an extra battery in case the one that we have on our phone runs low on the charge. With this one you cannot do all that…… if you are asking the reason as to why you can’t do that, it is because the battery is not removable. There you have it.


Samsung Galaxy J1

Galaxy J1

This is the budget Samsung smartphone that you can have in Kenya. Really good and price friendly and one can get away with it at any day. Of course, it has a plus side and that other side that you will not love at all.

Advantages of Samsung Galaxy J1

  • Comes with KitKat Android version, it might not be the latest but it is definitely not bad for you. It will give you a better experience that some of the older android versions
  • Samsung Galaxy J1 comes with the option of dual SIM cards. This is something that helps most Kenyans that have more than one phone combine all that on the same gadget. It gives you the freedom of enjoying what more than one of the service providers has to offer.
  • With its price, it supports most wireless connections such as Bluetooth, wifi etc. this makes it possible to connect with friends and people around you with your phone.
  • An internal memory of 4GB RAM and an expandable memory of up to 128 GB is what may make you smile with this phone. You no longer have to worry about where to store all your documents as they can all fit in your smartphone with Samsung Galaxy J1
  • The camera will offer you a great deal with the 5MP rear camera and a good 2MP front camera for the perfect selfies of all time. The camera is an a capacity to have the face detection capability to enhance your camera experience.

Disadvantages of Samsung Galaxy J1

  • The RAM is just too low, currently, we are talking of smartphones with more than 1 GB RAM yet this phone has a RAM that is lower than 1GB. It limits you from having all the apps that most Kenyans enjoy as the speed is going to disappoint you.
  • The design of Samsung Galaxy J1 will put you off, if you love something that comes in a unique design that is sleek and stylish, this is not the phone for you. It has a boring design that is likely to face competition from other competitors in the market.
  • The pixel density is poor and that can guarantee you that you will have photos that are substandard and will probably disappoint you often.
  • The main thing that makes the Samsung J1 break your heart is the general performance; the general performance of this phone is not good at all. Thus, this phone cannot give you a smartphone experience that you may want to have.


Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy A5

This is yet another production from Samsung that gives you a good deal with a smartphone. I think it is ideal for most Kenyans who want something new and something fresh. It has some good deals that will make you smile and others that will make you frown. Let us take a look at the deals on the table.

Advantages of Samsung Galaxy Alpha

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes with a fingerprint scanner to give you the best security measures with your phone. This makes sure that you are the only person that can access your phone and it does not give room to intruders. More to this is the fact that it supports an ultra power mode that will extend your battery life giving you more time with your smartphone.
  • The camera is pretty awesome with a 12MP rear camera and a 2.1 front camera. Kenyans love taking photos and the phone that can offer this to them wins the price of the day. The high resolution in this camera ensures that you get the best photos and images of whatever you may want to capture. Other features such as smile and face detection makes the Samsung Galaxy Alpha the ultimate phone for you.
  • It looks stylish and for lovers of fashion, this smartphone will be your companion for a very long time. With it, the design is not boring and it offers you a gadget that complements with your style because of the various colors that it comes with.
  • A 2GB RAM is what will give Kenyans that don’t compromise on speed the ultimate experience with their phones. This RAM supports switching from one app to the other in such a smooth way that you have probably not experienced. If you love having as many apps in your phone, this is the smartphone to grab.
  • The internal memory is really impressive. A 32GB internal storage ensures that you have all the space to store all your documents and you don’t have to worry about deleting other files from your phone in order for you to save new ones. Samsung Galaxy Alpha has made it possible for you to have all your documents in the same location and gives you a large space to work with.

Disadvantages of Samsung Galaxy Alpha

  • Every coin has two sides and this is not an exception with Samsung Galaxy Alpha. It lacks an expandable storage. This means that you cannot store data that exceeds the 32GB capacity that comes with this phone. I think that this is a thumb down from Kenyans who prefer phones that have the micro SD card slot.
  • The range of this smartphone gives room for a phone that is water resistant but this is not the case with this phone. It is a major setback for a phone that has such amazing capabilities.
  • The screen is prone to scratches and this translates to screens that will get old quickly. The lack of a Gorilla glass feature is a major disappointment in this phone. We don’t want a phone that will have a screen that looks like it is three years old.
  • The battery capacity of this phone will fail you at any day. It is too low to support a heavy user of a smartphone. This will call for the owners of Samsung Galaxy Alpha to have a power bank as their friend as without it, it may be hard to survive long periods of your phone usage.



With the above consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of various Samsung smartphones in Kenya, what remains is the weighing of your options. You will never get a perfect Samsung phone or any other smartphone for that matter. The only thing that one is left to do is to get a phone that has more advantages and pluses than one with a lot of disadvantages.  With that in mind, I still believe that the Samsung smartphone is still the best and cannot be beaten at any time. It is the way to go.

Motorola MILESTONE XT720



The Motorola Milestone XT720, also known as the Droid in the US, has given positive results so far with its features. Widely advertised to be Motorola’s camera phone extraordinaire, this touchscreen phone has a traditional candy bar form with some exciting styling, a WVGA resolution screen and an 8MP camera on the back with auto-focus and a Xenon flash. It runs on Google Android.




The Motorola MILESTONE XT720’s shiny front panel is so reflective to the point that it can be mistaken as a mirror. The back panel is different from the front where it adds grip and has a solid feel. While being only 10.9mm thick, this phone feels hefty for a touch screen handset of this size. With its styling, the MILESTONE XT720 feels larger while holding it than its specs proclaim. The front of the phone is occupied by the capacitive screen. While it is large and beautiful with a resolution of 480×854 pixels, the display being sharp and bright, the vivid colours and viewing angles make it a pleasure to gaze at. Although the pixel density won’t be rivalling that of the Apple iPhone 4, against other Android devices, it is the king of the mountain, beating even the HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S. As previously mentioned, the mirror-like screen shows fingerprint smudges very easily and while it isn’t very noticeable when the screen is illuminated, when on standby, the evident smudges don’t look good at all. Despite the glossy screen, the Motorola Milestone XT720 is usually viewable outdoors, except under very bright direct sunlight.

Below the display lie four capacitive Android buttons, the phone speaker and the microphone, as well as indicators of the camera and gallery at the bottom right (right below the camera button). On the top of the Milestone XT720 is the 3.5mm headphone jack, a (mini) HDMI port and the power button, with the volume up/down control, camera button and gallery button on the right. Under the back cover lies the battery, a 1390 mAh Li-Ion battery. The microSD card slot is hot swappable; all you need is to take off the back cover to access it without removing the battery. The phone’s left side has a micro-USB port while the loudspeaker, camera and xenon flash are all located on the back. This Milestone is much thinner, thanks to the removal of the keyboard.



However, its performance changes everything. The European release, which packs a 550Mhz processor under the hood is seeing slowdowns occurring more often than we expected it to on such a feature loaded phone. Some of the best publicised things in the phone, such as the screen and camera, are barely given the power needed to give users a smooth experience. The menus stumble quite a lot and flicking between home-screens is more often than not, laggy and indifferent. The camera also starts slowly. While the European release of the Milestone XT720 is flawlessly usable, the lack of subtlety mentioned above gives other premium Android smartphones the advantage in terms of usability. It seems that Motorola have picked up on criticisms regarding the processor which has led the US release getting a boost to 720Mhz, although sadly too late for the European Motorola-Fans.

The Milestone includes face detection, image stabilisation, the ability to set the ISO between 100 – 800, multi-shot mode and a series of scene modes like macro and portrait for its camera. The Motorola MILESTONE XT720 excels as a working phone. With excellent noise cancelling, the call quality is very clear, both when receiving and making calls. With very good reception, we’re pleased to announce that this phone is very pleasing to talk on.

Pros and Cons


The Motorola Milestone XT720 has come a long way with its superb call quality and truly wonderful music experience. With its bright and sharp screen, 8MP Camera with Xenon flash and HDMI output, it seems as though it can hardly do anything wrong.

However, its slow processor ended up affecting many aspects of the phone, especially the European model. There is also the issue of the camera overcompensating for the images and the designs of capacitive buttons below the screen are not very optimal. The glossy screen shows fingerprint smudges after even a short use which may irritate certain users. The erratic HD video capture may also be a deal breaker for some.



The Motorola Milestone XT720 is awesome but it’s still lacking the “oomph”. Its abundance of features means it will never disappoint, whereas a couple issues reduce it to commonplace when it could’ve been something awesome. The slow camera and agonizingly erratic HD video capture, stumbling when scrolling the menu and changing home-screens all make the European Milestone XT720 feel very underpowered for a new generation smartphone. However, it does deliver in providing a broad set of features which could be worth the sacrifice in subtlety. Lacking the smooth user experience that we’ve come to expect from other phones such as the HTC Desire and/or the Apple iPhone 4, we would certainly recommend either one of these as alternatives to the Motorola Milestone XT720. If you are in the market for an Android alternative with a decent camera, you may want to check out the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 as well.