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Nokia Lumia 710
Overview - Full review
Apple iPhone 5
Overview - Full review
Samsung Galaxy S3
Overview - Full review
HTC 8X
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Overview - Full review
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
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Overall Scene
Nokia Lumia 710
Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy S3
HTC 8X
Nokia Lumia 920
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Huawei Ascend P1
Score
3/5
4/5
3/5
3/5
3/5
4/5
3/5
Handling
Speed
Image Quality
Video
User Score
5/5 (4)
4/5 (64)
4/5 (80)
5/5 (11)
4/5 (26)
5/5 (42)
4/5 (5)
Specifications
Specifications
Operating system (OS)
OS version tested
Screen size
Screen resolution
Weight 125 g
Dimensions
Camera 5 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) -
No. of CPU cores
GPU
RAM
4G (LTE)
Dual-SIM no
NFC
Battery life: talk-time 7.6 hrs
Battery life: standby time 400 hrs
Battery capacity
Internal storage 8 GB
Memory card No
SAR level 1.08 W/kg
Specifications
Operating system (OS) iOS
OS version tested 6.0.1
Screen size 4 inches
Screen resolution 1152 x 768
Weight 112 g
Dimensions 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
Camera 8 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) A6 - 1.2 GHz
No. of CPU cores 2
GPU PowerVR SGX 543MP3
RAM
4G (LTE) yes
Dual-SIM no
NFC no
Battery life: talk-time 8 hours
Battery life: standby time 225 hours
Battery capacity
Internal storage 64 GB
Memory card No
SAR level 0.901 W/kg
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Android
OS version tested Ice Cream Sandwich
Screen size 4.8 inches
Screen resolution 1280 x 720
Weight 133 g
Dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
Camera 8 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) Exynos 4412 - 1.4 GHz
No. of CPU cores 4
GPU Mali-400MP
RAM
4G (LTE) no
Dual-SIM no
NFC yes
Battery life: talk-time 11 hours
Battery life: standby time 30 days
Battery capacity
Internal storage 16 GB
Memory card MicroSD
SAR level 0.34 W/kg
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Windows Phone
OS version tested Windows Phone 8
Screen size 4.3 inches
Screen resolution 1280 x 720
Weight 130 g
Dimensions 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm
Camera 8 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) Qualcomm Snapdragon - 1.5 GHz
No. of CPU cores 2
GPU Adreno 305
RAM
4G (LTE) no
Dual-SIM no
NFC yes
Battery life: talk-time NC
Battery life: standby time NC
Battery capacity
Internal storage 16 GB
Memory card No
SAR level 0.347 W/kg
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Windows Phone
OS version tested 8
Screen size 4.5 inches
Screen resolution 1280 x 800
Weight 185 g
Dimensions 130 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm
Camera 8.7 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) Qualcomm Snapdragon - 1.5 GHz
No. of CPU cores 2
GPU NA
RAM
4G (LTE) yes
Dual-SIM no
NFC yes
Battery life: talk-time 10 hrs
Battery life: standby time 400 hrs
Battery capacity
Internal storage 32 GB
Memory card No
SAR level 0.93 W/kg
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Android
OS version tested 4.1 Jelly Bean
Screen size 5.5 inches
Screen resolution 1280 x 720
Weight 180 g
Dimensions 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm
Camera 8 Mpx
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) Samsung Exynos - 1.6 GHz
No. of CPU cores 4
GPU NA
RAM
4G (LTE) no
Dual-SIM no
NFC no
Battery life: talk-time NA
Battery life: standby time NA
Battery capacity
Internal storage 16 GB
Memory card microSD
SAR level NC
Specifications
Operating system (OS) Android
OS version tested 4.0
Screen size 4.3 inches
Screen resolution 960 x 540
Weight 110 g
Dimensions 127.4 x 64.8 x 7.7 mm
Camera 8 Mpx
Chipset (SoC) NC
Processor (CPU) Dual-core 1,5 Ghz - 1.5 GHz
No. of CPU cores 2
GPU NC
RAM 1 GB
4G (LTE) no
Dual-SIM no
NFC no
Battery life: talk-time NA
Battery life: standby time NA
Battery capacity NC
Internal storage 4 GB
Memory card 32 GB
SAR level 0.606 W/kg
Conclusion
Barring looks, the Lumia 710 doesn't have much to envy the 800. Fast, with a practical and enjoyable interface, and highly capable when it comes to photos and video, this smartphone offers a lot of bang for your buck. It's a good alternative to the pricier Lumia 800.
The fifth generation of the iPhone is an effective high-end smartphone. More powerful than the 4S (as one should expect) though not a game changer either, the iPhone 5's primary selling points are a lighter body, quicker execution and excellent multimedia capacities. Its weaknesses? A GPS function in need of revision and average battery life that isn't quite enough for intensive use.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 delivers a first-rate user experience. With its top-notch hardware, this handset never flinches or falters. On top of that, Samsung has loaded the S3 with plenty of innovative new software features—most of which are pretty good—as well as an excellent camera and a powerful battery. The Galaxy S3 is clearly an iconic new Android phone, but for such an exciting handset, it's a shame to see such a conventional design.
The HTC 8X is the most effective embodiment of the Windows Phone OS we've seen yet. It's a sturdy phone that's been nicely designed and well made, and it's above all very, very fast. The 8X is the flagship of choice for the new Windows Phone 8 OS. This mobile cuts to the chase, does its job and offers ideal performance levels for users discovering or rediscovering Microsoft's mobile OS.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is a powerful Windows Phone with a large, stunning screen and excellent exclusive apps from Nokia. But we were disappointed with the camera function, which is too inconsistent and sometimes a letdown—especially for a model that's being touted as the best camera phone of late 2012. Long live software updates! (Hopefully one's coming soon.)
The Galaxy Note 2 is a nice update of the original Galaxy Note, particularly with the major progress Samsung has made with its S Pen stylus and associated functions, including almost instant handwriting recognition thanks to the ultra-fast processor. Business users, fans or previous Note owners will no doubt fall for this giant smartphone, as well as its monster battery life—it gives around two days' use with no need to hold back on what you're doing.
The Ascend P1 is a pleasant surprise. It may not revolutionise the industry, but it does its job well. The look is minimalist but not "cheap", making for a good everyday companion. It's too bad the sound is so mediocre.
Pros

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Good finishing

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Fast

+

Nokia Drive

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Good for photos and video

+

Feather weight

+

Finishing

+

High quality display

+

Exemplary responsiveness

+

Intuitive interface

+

Photo rendering

+

Sound quality

+

Removable battery / microSD card slot

+

Quality screen

+

Responsive and smooth at all times

+

Simple, intuitive TouchWiz interface

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Very good camera

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Comprehensive video player

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Some original exclusive functions

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Low SAR level

+

Battery life

+

Very fast and responsive / Good battery life / High-quality screen

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Advanced customisation options in OS and handy Live Tiles

+

Good camera

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SkyDrive, Office, SmartGlass for controlling an Xbox 360

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Kid's mode is a good idea / Options for partially-sighted users

+

Finish

+

Great display

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Effective user interface

+

Responsive / Stable OS

+

Takes excellent photos at night

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Nokia's exclusive services

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Long battery life

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NFC / HSPA+

+

Unusual concept but actually quite effective in practice

+

Generally good AMOLED screen

+

Battery life / Multimedia performances

+

Stylus, interesting input options, handwriting recognition

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Powerful, excellent responsiveness

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Small, thin & light

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Responsive

+

Photo image quality

Cons

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Only 8 GB of memory, non-expandable

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No choice but to use Zune to sync your multimedia

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Maps

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Battery life

-

Few options for customising the interface

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No NFC

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High SAR

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Design is a bit vanilla, it's nothing new or innovative

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Touch-sensitive buttons often end up being pressed accidentally

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S-Voice function nothing to write home about

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Physical buttons: accessibility and sensitivity could be better

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Camera interface isn't great

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Some major apps still not available for Windows Phone 8

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LED flash isn't particularly effective

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Heavy

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Takes not-so-excellent photos during the day

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Perfectible sound

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Windows Store: fewer apps than its Apple and Google counterparts

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Size/format won't be to everyone's taste

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Still a few errors with predictive text entry using the stylus

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We were expecting higher screen definition

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Made mostly from plastic

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Sound quality

-

Colours in landscape mode

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Low internal memory