Jun 292016

Sony Ericsson has decided to take a different approach with the release of Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro. They believe smaller phones such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro – which obviously means smaller screens, compared to all the other smarthpones out there – still gets people talking. So will this phone set the smartphone industry abuzz?




One glance at the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro and its design really caught our eyes. It’s designed for those who look for style from their phones and it looks compact as well. It has got a few color options too, namely black, white, white with pink or blue. Although there’s no competing this phone in terms of compactness, but it’s still a little thick as there’s that side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro also means some serious business in terms of being an upgrade from its predecessor. Instead of the 2.55 inch QVGA display, it now sports a much better 3 inch HVGA screen. It has got Sony’s Mobile Bravie Engine in it too, so that’s something great about the screen too. On the right side of the phone and closer to the top is the camera button which is pretty wide and easily accessible and towards the bottom is the volume rocker. The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro has its micro-USB port on the left while the audio jack on the top unlike the Sony Ericsson mini which has got both these ports on the bottom. That’s actually a good move by Sony Ericsson with the mini pro since on the Sony Ericsson Mini, the headphones come in the way of our palm. On the back is the 5MP camera whose camera button is two staged meaning you can focus the picture first. The QWERTY keyboard’s sliding mechanism is perfectly done. Although the phone is pretty small, but the keys are well spaced out avoiding those errors.



The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro comes with a 1GHz Snapdragon single core CPU for all its processing needs. To back it up is the 512MB RAM that goes with it. They both guarantee an almost lag free experience that was much to our liking. It was also capable of handling apps that usually take up large chunks of memory. The smaller screen size does some favors too in keeping the phone fast. It gave some good benchmark scores as well, and of later, Sony Ericsson’s being doing a good job in this department.

Sony Ericsson used to have the bad of giving really slow software updates to its users. However, they are now trying to distance themselves from that reputation by providing Android v2.3 Gingerbread right off the bat with this phone. That left us in smiles. As always, Sony Ericsson has also got a reputation of customizing its Android experience and it has done it again with the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro. It sports a playful UI and also a more polished one from the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini. Although it must be said, it’s not as good as the famous HTC Sense it has still got some cool stuff like the lock animation and the kinky widget overview mode that makes it likeable. The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro sports an improved Timescape. The Timescape puts all your communications together to give you an aggregate view of your SMS, MMS, email and updates from your social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. It’s really cool as you get to stay updated with the stuff taking place around you and also do stuff like update your status and reply text messages. Timescape now can also be set as a homescreen widget meaning you have more space on your homescree as updates appear as tiles. What’s more, you can also add plugins from the Android Market with stuff like Foursquare and Gmail.

The 3 inch HVGA screen on the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro was the perfect choice to keep the phone compact and at the same time give the users a pretty good display. Viewing angles were good and colors were not outstanding but generally good. There’s an ambient light sensor that can sometimes be a bother since you get no freedom in setting the screen’s brightness. Under direct sunlight, the screen performs poorly. Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine is also included which translates to better photos and videos.


For a phone like the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro which lies somewhere in the middle of the high end and low end phones to provide a 5MP camera is pretty sweet. Sony has kept the interface for the camera as playful as other parts of the phone and you have a bunch of options to choose from too. It’s also nice to know that you can actually arrange the options keeping the one you use most on top. However, in terms on photo quality, the pictures taken weren’t so nice. There was some serious lack in detail. Video recording on the other hand can be done at 720p. The videos show some lack in detail as well.

The small screen doesn’t help make the web browsing experience on the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro but when you disregard that for a while, it’s actually not bad. The stock Android browser is fast and responsive too. It’s also got Flash Player which some smarthphones seem to lack. Zooming and panning can be done at the same time too with no delays as well. It just made navigation on a page much more fun.

The performance of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro was also put to test and we weren’t too happy with the incoming call quality. The calls were loud, but voices were sharp so you don’t really want to be talking on the phone for too long. Making calls had similar issues too as the mic lacked ability in providing depth. However, the loudspeaker was great. The juice for this phone comes from a 1200mAh battery that is rather to give about 5.7 hours of talk time. On average use of the phone, it lasted a whole day without needing a recharge.

Pros and Cons


Sony Ericsson has been able to come up with a unique yet stylish design with the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro. The QWERY keyboard had all the good features and the UI was well made too.

The camera wasn’t up to the standards and the call quality comes into question as well.


The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro will definitely hit it off with those looking for a stylish phone. It’s also got the specs to back it up, so it’s going to be a phone that stands out.

Jun 242016

The Samsung Droid Charge is known for its fast networking speed at 4G. Going neck in neck with HTC Thunderbolt that been released on March. Performance is better with 1GHz processor and touch off with Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touch screen, even more clarity and brightness from the previous AMOLED screens. You will feel amazed what this phone can do.



Like any touch screen phones. The Samsung Droid Charge comes in the shape of a candy bar. It has a plastic cover and chrome at the sides. At the front is the 4.3 inch screen, a 1.3 megapixel secondary camera, light sensor, accelerometer and also four solid buttons (menu, home, return and search). These buttons is built solid as to prevent from being pressed accidentally by touch while using the phone. At the left side of the phone there is the volume rocker and a micro-USB port. The right side of the phone is the power/lock button and a HDMI video port. There is an 8 megapixel camera and flash at the back of the phone. The speaker is located at the back of the phone while the 3.5mm audio jack is on top. Memory card is supported up to 32GB and it can be accessed after opening the back cover of the phone. A total measuring of 130 x 68 x 12 mm is to say that this phone is quite large weighting at 143g.

The phone does not have much of a solid feel as it’s because the back cover is made from plastic and does not have any lock for the back cover so better be careful in case of accidental phone dropping.



There are a bunch of interesting features about this phone and connection speed is important regarding to web browsing or surfing. Download speed can get max up to 15Mbps and upload speed is 5Mbps. For websites that contains flash, the phone will take much longer time to fully load at an average speed of 30 seconds. Features like AllShare shall enable the phone to act as a Wi-Fi router enabling up to 5 phones at the same time but of course this feature does uses up a significant amount of battery so keep that in mind.

The phone runs on Android 2.2 and the Touchwiz 3.0 interface can look much like Iphone’s UI with the apps appeared in squares. The icons of applications and also the pages for seven home screens available can be manually placed in the options menu. A great feature about this phone is that it can take a screen capture. Simply hold down the return button and press the home button to capture a screen. Built in internal memory is around 2GB. The phone uses 1GHz Hummingbird processor running on a single core. Applications will work wonders on the phone plus making the interface of the phone look more fluid and deep in color contras at the same time.

When carrying a mobile phone, certainly we will often be going outdoors and what we hate is the glare from sun causes difficulty to use the phone like usual. This phone however, had the impressive Super AMOLED Plus screen and the color is just simply beautiful and its works great even during outdoor times. The Super AMOLED Plus screen is far more superior to previous AMOLED screens. Videos with high clarity and brightness ensure the user to have an enjoyable time watch by using the Samsung Droid Charge plus with a big screen at 4.3 inch. This is the key advantage over HTC Thunderbolt.

Picture taking and video capturing with this device is average level. This phone comes with an 8 megapixel camera with blink detection, anti shake and flash. Pictures taken are sharper and colors are accurate. They can be edited and uploaded to Facebook on the spot too. Video capture is at 30fps only. The quality can be somewhat disappointing as it can be sometimes blurred or not focusing and washed out. Also there is a standard 1.3 megapixel camera at the front of the phone for video or conference calling. The calling quality is good. Enjoy clear audio and minimum background noise when calling and no distortion is detected.

Basic preloaded apps like contacts can be imported from Facebook and be organized manually. Importing contacts from SIM and editing is also available. Standard Bluetooth, calendar, GPS and SMS functions is preloaded in the phone. Swype comes with the standard android keyboard and the touch button does not seem to be too squeezed to touching to compose message is not a hassle. The music player comes with some equalizer and affects to choose from and if you tilt over the phone you can browse through your collection by artist, album or your own playlist. Sound quality is great and is also have the 5.1 channel sound effect.

Battery life is can be said to be on adequate level but a little bit better than HTC Thunderbolt. Samsung Droid Charge uses 1600 mAh battery while HTC Thunderbolt uses 1400 mAh battery. After a normal daily usage of the phone like SMS or calling, the phone needs to be charged again. We all know that Samsung phones are known for slow charging phones so this can be a little bit on the down side but given the bright Super AMOLED Plus screen and 4G connections, it’s no wonder the battery life would not last that long so can’t blame them for it. Standby time of the phone is up to 280 hours and standard talk time is about 11 hours. For continuous usage of the phone like watching videos or surfing the internet is about 6.5 hour so that’s not bad for such a rich color displayed phone.

Pros and Cons


On the strong side is that this phon   e comes with a beautiful Super AMOLED Plus screen. Call quality is good. Video play back is impressive. The connection of the 4G speed makes web browsing a great experience. Camera quality is good.

The down side is that the phone does not operate on dual core. Video recording is not so impressive. Lastly the matter of does the price fits the product comes into question.



If you are looking for an average android phone that has a good display, good camera and always looking up on the internet like Facebook or so on then this is the phone for you.

Jun 182016

Motorola MOTOLUXE was first introduced to the world earlier this year at CES 2012. It was clear that the phone sits in the mid-range region but nevertheless from the first impressions we got, it seemed like a good phone. Since Motorola has also decided to market it as a fashionable smartphone, it looks pretty good as well. Just for a preview, this phone sports a 4 inch screen with an 8MP camera and runs under the Android platform. Now, we have the smartphone in our possession, and we are going to dig deep to find out if this phone will match its rivals on other platforms.



As mentioned earlier on, Motorola has aimed to make this as much of a fashion accessory as it is a smartphone. So for the price it is going at, it definitely is a looker and might get you interested of you are out for a smartphone that actually doesn’t look bland. At 4.63 x 2.38 x 0.39 inches it one hell of a thin phone. Motorola RAZR line of phones is known for their slim bodies, and the Motorola MOTLUXE comes really close to achieving a body like that too. The soft touch finish that this phone is given makes it look very classy. Add on the metallic elements sparkled into the design and you get a smartphone that really pulls of a pretty look. Thanks to the well thought out dimensions, it is easy to use with one hand only and it also sits in your hand as a solid device.

On the front of the smartphone, we are happy to announce that this mid-range device actually offers a 4 inch screen that sports a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. Of course, if you didn’t guess this already, under the screen sit the trademark Anrdoid capacitive buttons. These buttons are well placed as you do not have problems with accidental presses or the like. On the top of  the ph one is where the lock key is while on the right side of the phone is where the volume rocker is, and they are both very accessible with one hand thanks to the phone’s brilliant size. There is a groove on the phone for your lanyard, but what’s interesting is the notification light inside this groove. It lights up to bring your attention to a new message or a miss call. On the back of the Motorola MOTOLUXE is an 8MP auto-focus camera.


Motorola MOTOLUXE is powered by an 800MHz single core processor. That’s definitely not the best by today’s standards and that shows with the phone’s performance. Navigating through the phone resulted in a lot of choppiness and lag. Using live wallpaper is definitely out of the picture.



The Motorola MOTOLUXE is running on the Android v2.3.7 Gingerbread and the graphic user interface is the MotoSwitch UI. The MotoSwitch UI was a real downer, but that could be down to the fact that the processor was just not good enough. That would definitely hurt the smartphone’s marketability because once the user experience is a letdown; the interest towards the phone fizzles out. Nevertheless, we must say that the GUI does provide some decent good looks. Much like the other smartphones these days, you can access one of six applications right away from the lock screen. You will find the Activity Graph widget likeable as it automatically creates shortcuts for the most frequently used applications. Now picture the same thing, only this time with your contacts. The Social Graph widget does this for you. The onscreen keyboard is decent once you get used to it.

Having a 4 inch screen on the Cubot phone is just great seeing how it is only a mid-range phone. So how does the screen perform? For starters, its resolution is 480 x 854 pixels. We did the math to save you some time and our calculations say that this means we get a pixel resolution of 245 ppi. Now what that means is some good details and sharp looking text. We were a little disappointed that the display was just a normal LCD screen but it still manages to give some good colors when you are looking at it from the front. Tilt the screen and you lose that instantly.

This smartphone comes with an 8MP auto-focus camera onboard. However, we have to say, the Motorola MOTOLUXE certainly proves our point that numbers don’t always tell the true story. The camera when taking photos outdoors produced results that were unimpressive to say the least. The colors on the photos were very dull and the details were also lacking even though it’s an 8MP camera. Also when taking photos indoors, the camera fails to get the right white balance more often than not. Moving from taking one photo to the next was also a long wait in our opinion. Speaking of video, there was nothing better to talk about there either. Videos can only be recorded in VGA, so you connect the dots on the quality of the video.

It was sad to note that the GUI’s poor performance was visible again with the web browser. If you try to load a page that is considered complex, then you can expect a really slow and choppy performance from the browser. Navigating through websites was also tough as the phone sometimes fails to respond to our input. However, if you want to get the most out of the browser, then we suggest you turn off the Adobe Flash plug-in. In terms of connectivity options, it has the usual suspects like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and aGPS. Adding on to that, it also has DLNA suppor.

We usually demand the best calling quality from mid-range phones, and the Motorola MOTOLUXE really met our demands. There were no problems whatsoever listening to what our friend on the other end was trying to tell us as it was super clear. Our friends were also very happy with what they heard on their end. The loudspeaker was also loud and clear. This smartphone gets its juice from a 1400mAh battery. This battery would last you close to a day if you go easy with it.

Pros and Cons


If looks is what you are looking for with a smartphone, then the Motorola MOTOLUXE has got so much of it. It has also been built to last and the notification light is pretty cool.

The phone was pretty slow and that affected many things. The camera was also extremely disappointing.


At $380 off contract, the Motorola MOTOLUXE might just be a tad too expensive. Of course with its amazing looks you might think it’s worth the money, but go deeper and the specs don’t match the looks.

Jun 132016



The C-series range from numbers 1 to 9, depending on the features available and its particular prices. The best handset in the series so far is the Nokia C6, which has a touchscreen with a slide out QWERTY keyboard.

While the Nokia C6 is an alternative to the not so successful N97, and the first touchscreen phone from Nokia, namely the 5800 Xpress Music. It takes a little bit of both by incorporating the touchscreen and appearances of the 5800, but upgrades the camera to a 5MP and then adding the slide out keyboard of the N97, but sadly, ignoring the Carl-Zeiss lens and the large built-in memory to help keep prices low. Will this be the start of a successful midrange Symbian?



The Nokia C6 isn’t light at 150g due to the physical keyboard, which adds on 16.8mm. It is also thicker than the N97 where it only resembles the outer appearances of the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music. The 3.2” TFT screen on the Nokia C6 uses resistive technology and has 16M colours on a 360×640 pixels nHD resolution. The resistive screen is quite responsive compared to other resistives, but it is unable to match up to a capacitive screen. It pretty much fails under bright sunlight unless the brightness is set to maximum. The device is quite narrow, due to the 16:9 aspect ratio of the screen which makes it reasonably easy to operate with one hand.

Under the screen are three buttons, the send key on the left followed by the middle menu key and the end key on the right. Above it is the ear speaker, with the forward facing camera and the proximity sensors and ambient light sensor. The screen half requires a solid push to open and close to expose the physical keyboard as compared to other models. It can’t tilt up like the N97 series, but has a metal plate underneath it for extra support in a mostly all plastic phone. The microSD slot cover on the left is quite hard to pry open but the microUSB port flap on the top has no problems whatsoever. The top also contains the standard 3.5mm audio jack. The right side contains the volume up/down control, the lock slider, and the camera button. The bottom is where the charging port and the microphone lie. The USB charging is not enabled so be sure not to forget your charger. The back of the phone houses the 5MP camera which comes with LED flash and a speaker grill. The plastic for the back cover feels quite cheap and offers almost no traction when held so do keep that in mind if you don’t want it to slip.

The physical keyboard is arguably good and closely resembles the one on the Nokia E75 where the keys are separated from one another. It has a D-pad on the right but still feels quite cramped to do some speed typing. The top row is numbered, but you’d still have to press “Fn” to activate it, like on a laptop. The first row will feel quite cramped as the screen half is too near. The good news is the keys are rounded and physical feedback of the buttons is good. It doesn’t encourage speed typing by much as compared to a good on-screen QWERTY which isn’t on the Nokia C6 by default.

The design as a whole gives a sub-standard impression though; the phone looks and feels as if the people designing it were just patching together a phone based on what previous phones looked and felt like. All in all, the construction of the phone is fine and the spring-loaded keyboard apparatus uses tight tracks.



The default browser utilizes kinetic scrolling and you can double tap the screen to zoom. It also supports Flash Lite, but is somewhat sluggish due to the weak hardware. It’s great for ads maybe some videos, but complex Flash sites and interactive graphics lags.

The 5MP camera on the Nokia C6 comprises of a few shooting options in its interface besides the customary scene modes, white balance and self-timer adjustments, the also boasts manual exposure, ISO setups and multiple shots mode.

The phone tends to oversaturate under bright sunlight with resolution and detail slightly lacking resulting in pale colours. Indoor stills are okay with the LED flash on but noisy without it, even more so under poor lighting conditions. The photo and video gallery is quite slow and uploading pictures and video has to pass through Ovi instead of direct Facebook or YouTube options. Some light video editing such as merging, cutting and adding text to clips is possible from the gallery itself.

The music player doesn’t stray far from the standard interface and functionality found on the 5800 Xpress Music. The loudspeaker of the Nokia C6 is average with a slight distortion at the high volume end. The headset, however, produces deep bass sound and clear high octaves. The sound strength in the ear speaker was satisfactory and the voices were clear enough.

The 1200mAh battery is supposedly good for 5 hours of talk time in 3G mode and 17 days of standby which is below average.

Pros and Cons


The good thing about this phone is the Adobe Flash Lite enabled browser.

It doesn’t do so well with its thickness and resistive screen. The keyboard also feels a bit cramped and there isn’t any DivX/XviD video support.


The Nokia C6 leaves an average impression as everything about it is mediocre for a Nokia touchscreen handset and we can’t think of a feature that distinguishes it from the N97 mini. It might make a worthy alternative to the 5800 XpressMusic for people who want a physical keyboard and/or the 5MP camera and possibly Symbian.


Jun 062016
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If you are looking for an Android device that won’t burn a hole in your pocket, you should take a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy Ace. This phone comes at a reasonable price and it will offer you a number of interesting features, including a 5 MP camera and a 3.5 inch capacitive touch screen.


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The phone is very well designed and you will receive two covers in the package: one black and one white. You can switch between them when you get bored or you can simply use the one you like the most. Like with most Samsung touch screen phones, the screen is large and you will notice two small touch sensitive buttons underneath it and a normal button between them. The Samsung Logo is placed over the touch screen and a little bit higher, you will notice a sliver line for the speaker. On the other side of the phone, you will see the Cubot phone Logo once again, along with the camera and the flash. If you choose the white cover, you will also notice two black lines, which are placed on top of the speaker. The black version seems to be a little bit easier to hold due to the nice texture of the material. The phone is silver chromed on all of its side, which gives it a very smooth and attractive look. This is where you will find the lock key, the microSD card slot, the volume rocker, a 3.5mm headset jack and the microUSB slot. The phone is 112.4 mm long, 59.9 mm wide and 11.5 mm thin. This is probably the perfect size for a Smartphone because you will be able to surf the web without struggling and you will fit the 113-grams phone in your pocket without problems. The 320 x 480 pixel screen offers great quality for browsing the internet or looking at pictures.


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The most advanced feature offered by the Samsung Galaxy Ace is the 5 mega pixel camera. The autofocus feature will offer you great clarity and the LED flash will be useful for night shots. This might not seem much compared to top of the line phones, but it is a decent camera if you put it against other devices from its price range. You can also record 320×240 videos at only 15 frames per second, which is far from high definition, but good enough for a video phone. The quality of the pictures is definitely surprising for a 5MP camera. Even without tempering with the settings, this is a great point and shoot camera phone and the quality will be high even after you send the images to your TV or computer screen. Video playback is not that great, you should expand the memory with a 32GB microSD card if you want to download all of the music you find and take as many pictures as you’d want. Without this extra space for storage, you will have to make do with the 158MB of internal memory. The gallery is very well designed and browsing through pictures and videos is very easy when using this phone. You can pinch the screen if you want to zoom in or zoom out and the phone will recognize a few other gestures.

This phone has a built in GPS, compass, an accelerometer, and even a proximity sensor that will turn off the light when you move the device close to your ear. You can even connect other phones or devices to the internet through the Galaxy Ace, so this is truly a multi functional Smartphone. If you have a laptop, you don’t have to worry about finding a Hotspot anymore, just pair it with your phone and you can surf all you want. However, there is no need for that because you can always go online directly from the Galaxy Ace. The touch screen responds to your movement fairly well, so typing an address and going through websites is not a complicated job. Once you flip the phone sideways, the full QWERTY keyboard will kick in and you won’t have any problems finding the right keys. The Swype technology offers suggestions, which are always dead on, so your job is even easier.

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The operating system used by Samsung is called Froyp+ 2.2.1 and the Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset will offer 800MHz of processing power, which will keep the phone running smoothly and without any delays, even when you’re browsing the internet or running complex applications. You will also receive 278MB of RAM, which is more than enough for this device. All in all, you won’t feel the need for more processing power and you will never have to wait for the phone to open an application or perform any kind of action.

The Google apps suite will offer you various applications such as Google Maps, YouTube, and Gmail. You can download them in just a few seconds and you can also take a look at some of the other apps which will improve the capabilities of your phone. For example, DivX or Xvid content can’t be played out of the box, but there is an application for it. Unfortunately, Flash content is not supported and you won’t be able to do anything about it on the Samsung Galaxy Ace.

Pros and Cons

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On the upside, this phone looks great and you will enjoy using it most of the time. The 5 MP camera can take surprisingly good photos and you will also enjoy browsing through the gallery. There is nothing to complain about when it comes to internet browsing, so the Samsung Galaxy Ace gets another plus here.

Unfortunately, this phone won’t record videos as well as you might expect. Also, the lack of Flash support is disappointing, which might be a problem for some people. If you overcome these two obstacles, this is truly a great phone.


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The Samsung Galaxy Ace is one of the best Smartphone in its price range. It comes with plenty of interesting features, there is little this phone can’t do, and the design is flawless. This is definitely a great device and you will enjoy using it.

Jun 062016

Any person buying a smartphone in Kenya has the battery at the back of their mind. The rainy season is with us and we know that it bring many challenges with it. It is not news that an area will stay for several days without electricity, electrical poles falling now and then and much more that will make you have long dark days. People will tend to go for the phone that is updated and with a battery that can manage all the functions of that phone.

Declaim: With this consideration, everyone needs a smartphone that will survive the weather. No one needs a phone that goes off after two hours of intensive use. The Cubot phone is ideal for this weather. Most of the brands released have battery capacities that can keep you in for long hours. This smartphone is ideal for people who want to experience to the fullest what a smartphone may offer. A close look at the Cubot phones battery capacity may give you the insight of what I am talking about in detail.  We will review the battery capacities, what they can or cannot do as we compare them to other phones in Kenya.

Battery overview of the Cubot phone

To start with, Cubot smartphones operate on the Li-on battery. This battery energy density is twice as high as other existing batteries used in mobile phones. This makes it hold more charge that any other battery. The battery needs very little maintenance than any other battery around. This should tell you that with the Cubot smartphone there are worries that you should not have. The rate of this battery discharges is quite low. This gives you additional time with your smartphone a deal that not most batteries on other phones may offer. The facts above are what make the phone give you an experience that you may not get anywhere. The manufacturers of this phone have taken their time and ensured that the phones released meet the needs of the people in terms of the battery. The battery capacity of this phone has also not disappointed many people.

When Android smartphones gained entry in the Kenyan market, most of the batteries had a capacity of around 1500mAh, this has been revolutionized by the Cubot phone. No cubot phone has a low battery capacity as1500mAh. This tells us that the revolution of batteries is very fast and this is what we all need.  Let us take a sneak peak into the various Cubot phones, their capacity and what they can do for you,

Cubot X6 (2200mAh)

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The release date for this phone was in 2014. This phone was a major success due to what it could be able to achieve. The battery was also something to talk about due to its 2200mAh capacity. This was an improvement to the previous batteries that were of a lower capacity than that of the X6. This battery is able to give the user more time on the phone. Undertaking simple tasks on the phone takes longer without charge depletion. With this phone, internet surfers are able to take longer time on the internet than they could previously. Although the battery capacity of the Cubot X6 was not what we would want right now. It was a major improvement of battery capacities that had dominated most cell phones.

Cubot S600 (2700mAh)

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This phone has a battery capacity of 2700mAh. This phone is endowed with android version 5.0, which has more functionalities than the previous operating systems. This kind of a phone would most definitely need a battery that can be able to keep it up and running most of the time. With the adjustment in the battery capacity, the phone is also able to advance most of its functionalities. Cubot S600 has an excellent camera experience. If you are one of the photo maniacs a phone that can be able to work for you without shutting down is the must have phone. For this case, this battery keeps the phone on for more hours allowing you experience a smart experience each day.

Cubot X11(2850mAh)

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In the evolution of the Cubot battery capacities, a phone that followed closely was the X11. It came with a capacity of 2850mAh.this capacity is an improvement from the previous ones as we can see. A powerful phone will most definitely need a good battery. As advancements are made, so are the abilities of a phone. What is the point of having a smartphone that is so good yet you can only use it for three hours or less? There is no point in that. What the Cubot phone has done is that it has combined both a great battery capacity with the most recent development in the smartphone industry.

Cubot S550 (3000mAh)

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This one took the long stretch and got itself a 3000mAh battery capacity. Who does not need a 4G enabled phone? This Cubot phone will allow you stream videos online as well as give you a super fast speed on the internet. Such a phone needs to run on a high charge otherwise whatever it does will be too good but for a very short period due to the battery discharging always. Cubot makers have gone out of their way to ensure that the battery capacity is large enough to accommodate all the possible functions of the phone.

The phone has so much that it comes with in terms of speed, camera, and storage. By the mere fact that this battery discharges slowly, it is perfect to perform all the tasks without giving you constant disappointments. This phone will work for you at any season and time.

Cubot Dinosaur (4150mAh)

Cubot Dinosaur

If you thought that Cubot makers were at the height of their success regarding giving their phones good batteries, then you should rethink. Cubot Dinosaur comes with a 4150mAh battery capacity. This capacity will last you for several days if you are only accessing the core functions of a phone. Individuals whose main interest in a phone is making and receiving calls, sending and receiving text messaged may have to wait for a while without charging their phones. Heavy smartphone users can now rejoice, Cubot Dinosaur may take them for two days without limiting their activities on their phones. The point I want to put across is that you can now leave your data on without worrying about the charge, you can send all the photos that you want and you will not need to be worried about the charge. This is the kind of smartphones that people need in their day-to-day lives.

Cubot H1 (5200mAh)

Cubot H1

This smartphone will keep a smile on your face when everyone else is frowning due to his or her mobile phones being off. Let us say you want to go for a two or three days hike with your friends in a remote place, probably mountain climbing or other related activities. You will need to capture these experiences in form of videos or photos. You will need to share the experience with your friends as you proceed. This phone has the battery that makes all that possible. The battery capacity of Cubot H1 is 5200mAh.  It makes everything that seems impossible become possible. If electricity decides to fail you for few days, I can assure you that this phone will not fail you on any single day. It is packed with the latest applications and capabilities that a smartphone can have but retains its battery integrity. The gadgets that most Kenyans use need this kind of technology. It avoids the day-to-day disappointments that we often encounter with the smartphones in Kenya.


A mobile phone is a gadget that is capable of changing lives as well as save lives. Communication has been made easier and interactions with a larger community made possible. Owners of these gadgets should be able to enjoy all the benefits that smartphones come with without any limitations. This has not always been the case. We are subjected to batteries that limit us from gaining the experience that we would want to get from the phones.

Cubot smartphones are trying hard to make sure that the users of the phones are not limited in functions they can carry out with their phones. They have ever since been evolving and improving their battery capacity at a very commendable rate. This gives us a promising future in the usage of smartphones. If by now there is a gadget that can take me for more than two days with maximum usage of the phone, the future of what the Cubot phone can do is simply unimaginable. We can look forward to having smartphones that are efficient and can go for more days such as a week without the need of recharging them. That is my opinion; maybe the Cubot phone has in mind a battery that would go for several weeks without disappointing a user. We can only sit back and see what is in store for us.

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The Droid Incredible is one of the products fresh out of HTC’s camp that will hopefully take up its arms and prove to be an astronomical hit just like the Motorola DROID. Diving head first into the thick of the battle, the HTC Droid Incredible will need to pack more heat to tempt owners for a warranted purchase.



While the HTC Droid Incredible just oozes coolness, it does however, has its Achilles’ heel upon taking a closer look at it. Up until this point, we’ve seen plenty of spectacular designs from the Taiwan based manufacturer, but the HTC Droid Incredible just doesn’t breathe in anything remarkable in its build to substantially give it the cool factor – something that the Nexus One clearly wins over the Droid Incredible. Rather than employing premium materials and a futuristic design, the handset’s design approach is lacklustre due partly to its mundane clean slate form factor that doesn’t exude the industrial designs that made HTC’s products stand out. We are instead greeted by a completely black plastic shell that is complimented with the subtle red accents and a soft matte rear finish that attempts to tack on a sense of style to the device. While its back may have some interesting shapes, the HTC Droid Incredible ultimately lacks that overall quality feel and construction that was witnessed with the Desire and Nexus One – the cheap feeling materials make us question its durability over time as well. Thankfully, the weight distribution, 130.41g, is spread out evenly to make it balanced when holding on the hand giving it a more compact look (11.7cm x 5.8cm x 1.2cm) and manageable in the pockets.

While there are many out there who have already argued how the HTC Droid Incredible is basically a re-branded HTC Desire when you look deep into what’s under the hood and found in its software, after taking an almost identical approach, we discovered the Droid Incredible’s 3.7” WVGA AMOLED touchscreen that will continue to be a staple of the current line of high-end Android handsets and its support for 16 million colors eloquently jumps out from all angles. We discovered its capacitive touchscreen to be quite responsive to the touch, but it continues to be an annoying magnet for those pesky finger prints and smudges. Aside from the lack of visibility when viewing the phone outdoors in direct sunlight, we found very few faults with the performance of its display where even fine text are detailed enough to read out from a zoomed out view. Both the light and proximity sensors are found next to one another above the screen and give the user the most optimal viewing experience when the display brightness is set to automatic. Which leads us to the conclusion that the display’s luminance is clearly one of its most attractive and prominent features.

Unlike the HTC Desire, the standard Android set of buttons have been changed back to being touch sensitive ones, which are built into the surface of the touchscreen and does blend well with the black finish to have an overall clean look. The only remaining physical buttons on the handset are the volume rocker and dedicated power button – both of which are slightly raised and are accompanied with a decent tactile response. The 3.5mm headset jack is located on the top edge while the microUSB port is on the left side. The 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash slightly protrudes from the rest of the phone on the back whereby laying it flat on its back will result in the camera coming in contact with the surface. The notch near the camera is used for the speaker phone.


HTC Sense takes some getting used to if you’ve never used it before, but isn’t more challenging than other Androids.

Tapping the “Phone” button, centred in the bottom of any one of the 7 home screens pulls the dialler up which enables you to numerically enter a name (i.e. tom as 262), with the HTC Desire HD displaying it instantly. The phonebook works very well once you learn how to use it since HTC Sense pulls in ALL your contacts from EVERYWHERE by default. This may feel a bit overwhelming at first, however, open “People”, press “Menu” and then tap “View” and you can select which contacts to display (Google, Facebook, SIM etc). Once you’re done, your contacts are a pleasure to browse through. As far as voice recognition goes, it works better than most, but still gets it wrong every so ofte    n.

We would daresay the HTC Desire HD has one of the best on-screen keyboard experience we’ve used to date. It has good haptic feedback, amazing predictive text, comfortable and intuitive key spacing all make for greatness. However, with the experience being so good for text entry, number and symbol entry requires a long press on a key which construes as too long, breaking the speedy entry and what could have been a near perfect keyboard experience but nevertheless, amazing.

Use the widgets wisely as they tend to lag if it syncs too much; however, managing your phone’s connections (to preserve battery) and it shouldn’t be an issue.

The camera is 8MP with autofocus, which the HTC Desire HD kicks things off to a solid set of specs, and with a dual LED flash, we’re expecting many good things. It includes a range of special modes: Distortion, Vignette Depth of Field, Vintage, Vintage Warm, Vintage Cold, Greyscale, Sepia, Negative, Solarize, Posterize and Aqua which work very nicely, although some are gimmicky, but others such as ‘Vintage’ are adding quality to the image we really like.

As for the standalone performance of the camera, it’s unfortunately not very clear-cut. Focusing is a bit of an issue, with shots out of focus (OOF) for roughly 10% of the time. Colour reproduction is fairly okay but inconsistent. The phone’s camera isn’t handling noise well at all which are evident even in daytime shots where the black visibly suffers from grain. The night shots were also quite shabby unless the subject is well lit. Macro shots weren’t too bad at all and there is a focusing distance of about 4 inches, and we found that this is one of the phones stronger points. Indoor shots, however, are entirely dependent on lighting. Suffice to say, the HTC Desire HD isn’t going to replace your digital camera.


Video recording is fairly good at 720p and 25fps with detail visibly lacking when comparing video with some other HD handsets such as the Nokia N8 and the colours are also over saturated on the HTC Desire HD2, however, video looks much smoother overall, so it’s a trade-off. Video effect options are only limited to: greyscale, sepia, negative, solarize and posterize.

The Dolby Mobile and SRS Wow HD offer a nice amount of roundness to the sound the HTC Desire HD can produce which is a great wow factor. Unfortunately, we were unable to activate these features for most audio and video players that aren’t the system’s standard.

The loudspeaker plays music quite well considering the sound’s being pushed through a tiny grill on the back, though it isn’t one that can be listened to comfortably for a lengthy amount of time. The HTC Desire HD plays DivX, H.264, MP4 and Xvid files out of the box but unfortunately, HTC hasn’t implemented the standard of video playback that can be found on the Nokia N8 or C7, with DivX and Xvid only playable up to 640×480 without audio sync issues. We discovered that it plays H.264 and MP4 up to 720p well.
Once a movie is in a format the phone likes at its native resolution of 800×480, all we can say is wow. The Dolby Mobile audio and SRS Wow HD does make a huge difference and coupled with the huge screen, it made us forget we were in a packed train watching Avatar on our phone, and left us feeling all shades of blue and CGI.

The HTC Desire HD has a GPS on board to take full advantage of all HTC Sense has to offer, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and quad-band GSM, as well as dual band 3G. You also get the DLNA functionality, which should work with a Windows 7 PC or any another DLNA enabled device.

Email is quite typical for an Android phone. HTC have incorporated enhanced usability for its widgets and Sense immersion while the core emailing experience is very good. Setting up our Gmail account took mere minutes and Android brought all our Google contacts, emails and calendar information onto the phone very quickly.

The HTC Desire HD’s screen is also perfect for surfing the web. Having a responsive screen coupled with speedy responsive scrolling through even larger sites makes this an incredibly good, pocketable web browsing device. Thanks to Froyo, the real high point comes when browsing Flash sites, with the HTC Desire HD managing the challenge incredibly well, especially when playing embedded video(s).


While we’ve covered the feature set HTC Sense provides you with, it turbo-charges the phone’s standard connectivity features. Sense makes the GPS, for instance, more usable, caching maps and making the world revolve around you using the in-built compass. As for the network connectivity, it is useful on its own; with HTC Sense – unique, giving you connection to your phone, even when you don’t know where your phone is. We cannot stress this point enough, for every negative we get, the positives look much better.

Friend Stream with the HTC Sense is a widget and app that pulls your Twitter and Facebook updates to a big, clear tile on your home screen or a respective standalone window in app format. Look a bit deeper and you’ll find that HTC has found a nifty way of merging your phonebook with your social networking contacts. Although it requires the user’s confirmation that the contacts it wants to merge are the same, it may be a very useful asset to hardcore social networkers and this feature is much more intuitively integrated than MOTOBLUR or Sony Ericsson’s Timescape which earns HTC another thumbs up.

The HTC Desire HD has a 1GHz processor which is the standard top-class processors. The HTC Sense widgets go pretty heavily on the phone. The fact that they’re useful means they’re worth it, but the phone does lag every once in a while.

Battery life is definitely the HTC Desire HD’s weakest area. With regular use and at mid to full brightness, the phone usually struggles to make it til evening before prompting us to put it into power saver mode which is a disappointment since it was quoted to be able to withstand 9.16 hours of talk time (5.3 hours 3G) and 18 days of standby time. However, if you have a HTC Desire HD, you will want to use it a lot, because it’s so useful. You will want to watch a movie and surf the web while listening to songs and getting directions when you’re all done. This usually means that your battery may not make it through a whole day if you don’t show some restraint (especially with screen brightness).

Pros and Cons


With its stunning AMOLED display and amazing Sense UI combined with a never before seen superior web browsing experience, this phone is a steal. Add the powerful speaker phone and excellent calling quality and we may have a winner here.

Its uninspiring design and somewhat cheap feel and the lack of headphones in the box (gasp) pull it down in our rankings.


There were many incredible aspects that we were able to experience with the device that ultimately shows why HTC continues to be a leader in the Android world. With two similar handsets already out on the market, the Nexus One and Desire, the Droid Incredible manages to follow mix things up a little. Unfortunately, the minimalistic design approach is the one glaring eye sore that hampers the Droid Incredible’s elevation to a level beyond its brothers. In the end, HTC will become one of the leading driving forces for Android’s global appeal.