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Aug 29, 2009, 3:36 AM
for the PCD Shuttle CDM-8964 / CDM-8965:
Usually UT Starcom and Pantech make pretty good devices, so I figured this one (branded UT Starcom, but actually manufactured by Pantech) would be solid. Initially, it certainly seemed so: had a nice feature set, 3G, cool design, long battery life, decent camera, and memory card slot- all the trappings of a high end device, but with relatively low price and no contract. The actual device feels solid and has some interesting features, such as touch-sensitive softkeys. It has an ...

Dec 18, 2007, 7:05 PM
for the Motorola RAZR2 V9m:
The V9m is essentially identical to T-mobile's V8, with 2 critical differences. First off, it has less internal memory and instead has a micro-SD slot. Secondly, it's 3G (EV-DO) instead of 2.5G (EDGE). As with the V8, the exterior package is very nice. The device is attractive, has a solid look and feel, and casts very favorable first impressions. However, closer examination shows some glaring deficiencies. First off, though the exterior display is huge and nice, it collects fingerprints ...

Dec 14, 2007, 2:11 PM
for the Motorola ic902 Deluxe:
Proof the merger is helping
I've heard people gripe back and forth about either Sprint hobbling Nextel, or vice versa. However seeing the ic902 has convinced me (at least) that the merger really was a good thing. The ic902 is roughly the same size, shape, and weight as Sprint's Sanyo 7400/7500. Like almost all Nextel devices, it has an external antenna and spring-loaded flip. However, most Nextel devices (quite frankly) are ugly, heavy bricks that may be tough and reliable, but have a garbage ...

Dec 13, 2007, 3:21 PM
for the LG Muziq / AX-565 / UX-565:
Solid device
The Muziq is essentially a Fusic with a higher memory card capacity, internal antenna, and in an ultraslim form factor. The Fusic is an excellent device with a solid feature set, but was a tad on the bulky and heavy side. The Muziq addresses that shortcoming nicely, which results in a very good mid-range phone. Pros: Has the Fusic's superb feature set. One of the smaller, faster, lighter EV-DO devices. Very compact, thin, and light. Good UI design and performance. Keypad is actually quite ...

Dec 13, 2007, 3:02 PM
for the Motorola i930 / i920:
They still make things like this? Wow...
First impressions on this device were anything but good. Wow, this thing is bulky. Whoa, this thing is heavy! And yikes, does it take a long time to start up. The i930 lacks any kind of design elegance or attractiveness. Its screens, while serviceable enough, are of very poor quality for a smart phone. Camera quality is very poor- there are phones over 3 years old that produce better pictures. The UI is an older version of Windows Mobile, ...

Dec 7, 2007, 4:26 PM
for the Motorola RAZR2 V8:
Nice exterior package...
The RAZR2 V8 (V8 for T-mobile, V9 for most others) is a pretty device, no doubt. The exterior screen is probably the first and most impressive feature you'll notice, as it is huge and has high resolution. It also has touch-sensitive keys and a nice glossy look. Open it up and you see another 240x320 screen, a big flat keypad, and a good looking UI. All in all, it casts a very favorable first impression, much like its namesake ...

Dec 7, 2007, 3:32 PM
for the Samsung Fin:
The best ultraslim flip currently on the market
As of the writing of this review, the Fin (a.k.a. the Samsung SPH-A513) is simply the best device in its form factor category. I have used pretty much all of the others, including the new RAZR2, the previous Samsung ultra series handsets, the older RAZR V3 (and the billion modifications it spawned, which vary widely in quality), the A707 Sync, Sanyo Katana series, etc. Some of these phones are very nice, but there's just nothing to compare to the ...

Dec 7, 2007, 3:10 PM
for the LG LX-160 / Flare:
Rock bottom
This device is, in my opinion, proof that carriers can get away with selling hardware that's been outdated for 5 years. The LX160 is essentially an LX350 with most of the redeeming features removed, which results in literally rock bottom for features on a phone. It is slow, especially when browsing, and has absolutely mediocre graphics performance (the worst of any device released in the last year). It has no camera, no memory, no music player... pretty much no ...

Dec 7, 2007, 2:57 PM
for the Kyocera Wild Card / Lingo / M1000:
M1000 Wildcard (Virgin)
When it comes down to it, this is pretty much a SwitchBack with an altered form factor. The camera and outer screen are slightly improved, and it also weighs a bit less. Pretty much everything else is about the same, down to the ridiculously short interior screen. In some cases the Wildcard is even a downgrade from its predecessor, such as with the weak keyboard and flimsy case. Pros: Not too bulky for a QWERTY phone. Outer screen is pretty ...

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