At Consumer Reports, we're continually testing the latest smart-phone offerings. And recently, several of the most promising and even ground-breaking cell phones we've seen in a while have come into our labs for testing: The Samsung Infuse 4G, T-Mobile G2x, Sony Xperia Play, and Nexus S 4G. Here's a rundown on each phone and why Senior Editor Mike Gikas thinks it stands out from the crowd.
This AT&T phone features a big, brilliant display at 4.5-inches. And in our tests of the Infuse 4G, colors popped, and videos were smooth and sharp. The phone also features an 8-megapixel camera with 720p video recording and HDMI playback, so you can view videos on your TV. The Samsung Infuse has accomplished an impossible task: Squeezing one of the largest and perhaps best displays in telecom land into an incredibly slim, pocket-friendly package—seemingly without making any compromises regarding performance. $200 after rebates with a two-year contract.
This sharp-looking device is one of the first smart phones with the ability to record video at 1080p. And it has one of the best HD video recorders we’ve ever seen on a phone--on a par even with some standalone camcorders The camera, which includes a flash, has more than the usual amount of manual controls, including ISO adjustments and other image settings. And the G2x has an HDMI connector—so you can hook it up to your TV and view your photos and video. $200 after rebates with a two-year contract.
This hybrid gadget combines a portable gaming console with a smart phone, and does an admirable job of balancing those disparate demands. Gaming on the Play is very much like using one of the non-phone Sony portables: Its controls will be instantly familiar to PlayStation veterans. It also offers built-in Wi-Fi, so you can engage other gamers via the Web. Over 50 games were available at launch, and more are on the way. And it’s a top-notch Android phone, as well. $200 after rebates with a two-year contract.
The Nexus S 4G give Sprint customers a leg up for key Google services. Significantly, it’s the only device that will work with Google Wallet—the company’s upcoming pay-by-phone system—at launch. Another is Google Voice, which lets you manage up to six different phones through one number with intelligent call routing. The phone also features a 4-inch touchscreen and a 1-GHz Samsung processor with a dedicated graphics processor, which can enhance performance for mobile games, Web browsing, and videos. And finally, the Nexus S 4G can serve as a 3G/4G mobile hotspot for up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. $200 after rebates with a two-year contract.
by Consumerreports.org June 12, 2011