Gone are the days when people hankered after 3G mobile phones and devices. This is the time of 4G internet. Bringing with it several improvements over its predecessors and offering fast service, 4G is truly in today. In this post, we bring you a review of the latest 4G phones.
Apple iPhone 4
The Apple iPhone 4 is definitely the object of extreme desire. Stylish-looking, it also offers many upgrades over the 3GS model. For those wanting to purchase a new iPhone or upgrade their existing iPhone 3G, this is indeed an awesome choice.
The iPhone 4 is powered by Apple’s A4 processor, which is also incorporated in the iPad. This gives a great mix of speed and performance.
The iPhone 4 runs iOS 4, which offers many useful features and upgrades. Apart from that, it offers Retina Display, which brings tremendous screen clarity, better cameras and great browsing. The Apple iPhone 4 also has enhanced battery life.
The iPhone 4 is priced at $199 for a 16GB model and at $299 for a 32GB model. Both come with 2-year contracts with AT&T.
- It is available only via AT&T yet.
- Not exactly a must-have upgrade for those owning the 3GS, as it does not offer too much more.
- It still has many niggling reception issues.
Samsung Epic 4G from Sprint
The Samsung Epic 4G available from Sprint is a fantastic smartphone which brings with it amazing multimedia capabilities. In fact, none of the Galaxy S line of phones has these features. But the problem here is that it also comes at a much higher cost.
The Samsung Epic 4G includes a Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1GHz processor. Apart from that, it comes with a sharp front-facing camera, a neatly-spaced QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera with LED flash and most importantly, Sprint’s famous 4G WiMAX network.
The Epic 4G can als act as a mobile WiFi hotspot and connect to up to 5 devices at a time, which makes it very convenient for people always on the move.
- The Samsung Epic 4G, though loaded with features, also feels bulky to hold and carry around. A slimmer form factor would have been desirable.
- It is way too expensive at $249.99 with a 2-year agreement with Sprint and a $100 mail-in rebate.
- Sprint’s additional data plan charge can also burn a hole in the pocket every month.
HTC Evo 4G from Sprint
The HTC Evo 4G is one great smartphone, probably Sprint’s best offering so far. Powered by Android 2.1, this also brings with it fast 4G capabilities, which gets even better with Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network.
Sadly, the subscriber has to pay Sprint’s mandatory add-on fee whether or not he actually wants 4G data. This is its disadvantage.
The very stylish HTC Evo 4G (which HTC model does not look stylish, right?!) offers users great 4G speeds and the mobile hotspot feature lets you connect your smartphone to up to 8 devices.
The Evo 4G is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and comes with the wonderfully responsive HTC Sense UI, a 4.3” touchscreen display, a front-facing camera for video chats, an additional 8MP camera with HD video recording, YouTube’s HQ video player and HDMI port.
The Evo 4G is available for a reasonable $199.99 with a 2-year contract from Sprint.
- The data cost of $10 per month is compulsory – this is probably its greatest downside. This does not help at all especially for those who are outside coverage area.
- The HTC Evo 4G does not support Bluetooth voice-activated dialling.
- Battery life is not too long.