These big-screen phones will save you lots of squinting. CHERYL LEONG checks out five.

 

Smartphone reviews, samsung s iii, htc, sony xperiaEditor’s Rave: Samsung Galaxy S III, $998
Available at Samsung authorised retailers in Singapore.

4.8-inch HD screen; 8-megapixel camera; weighs 133g

WHAT I LIKED It’s lightweight, slim and easy to hold, despite having the largest screen. It had the longest talk time of 11 hours and 40 minutes. I need my music and the phone didn’t disappoint, with crisp, distortion-free sound. Phone calls were clear. Pictures were consistently sharp and bright. Videos were also clear. The touch screen needed only a gentle tap to activate, with no lag.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE The super-sensitive touch screen makes texting frustrating – I typed double letters and punctuation marks.

VERDICT 9. Sleek and user-friendly, with clear audio and photos, and the longest battery life. I can overlook the touch screen.

 

 

Smartphone reviews, samsung s iii, htc, sony xperiaBest Value: Sony Xperia Acro S, $698
Available at Sony authorised retailers in Singapore.

4.3-inch HD screen; 12-megapixel camera; weighs 147g

WHAT I LIKED Slightly thicker than an iPhone and the shortest of the lot, it feels good in the hand and not heavy. Music and calls were clear and crisp. Images were the second sharpest after the Samsung, but not as bright. The touch screen came to life with a light tap.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE Talk time is short – seven hours and 10 minutes. Some tabs, like the Menu, Home and Back buttons, needed several hard taps before they responded.

VERDICT 8. Excellent sound and images but button sensitivity was a minor letdown.  

 



Smartphone reviews, samsung s iii, htc, sony xperiaLG Optimus 4X HD, $738
Available at LG authorised retailers in Singapore.

4.7-inch HD screen; 8-megapixel camera; weighs 133g

WHAT I LIKED It’s as light as the Samsung’s, and looks the sleekest. I had no problems gripping it. It gave 10 hours and 50 minutes of talk time. Music and calls were loud and clear. Photos had the brightest and most vibrant colours. I was impressed with its “live” zooming function – I could pinch the screen to zoom in while recording a video. The keyboard responded quickly, without lag.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
While photos were vibrant, the edges were slightly fuzzy. Videos also turned out a tad hazy.

VERDICT 8. Works well and looks good – thumbs up for no lag time; image quality could be better.   

 

 

Smartphone reviews, samsung s iii, htc, sony xperiaHTC One X, $898
Available at HTC authorised retailers in Singapore.

4.7-inch HD screen; 8-megapixel camera; weighs 130g

WHAT I LIKED The lightest of the lot but the smooth backing made it slightly slippery. Music played clearly. Photos were as good as the Samsung’s. Up to nine hours of talk time. The touch screen is sensitive enough and it had the biggest type-pad – punching out messages was a breeze. It lagged when switching between apps. 

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE Voices were a bit muffled and videos, a little grainy. The phone isn’t as intuitive as the rest – some functions, like adding contacts, had numerous tabs, which I needed time to figure out. 

VERDICT 7. A good-looker with some intelligent features, but needs some tweaking on call performance.  

 

 

Smartphone reviews, samsung s iii, htc, sony xperiaNokia Lumia 900, $849
Available at authorised retailers in Singapore.

4.3-inch HD screen; 8-megapixel camera; weighs 160g

WHAT I LIKED Good sound and call quality. Very easy to use. The touch screen needed a slightly harder nudge at times before it responded but there was no lag time when I opened different functions. 

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE It’s the heaviest, and as bulky as Sony’s. The screen protrudes slightly from the body, making it awkward. It has the shortest talk time, just seven hours. While the pictures were sharp, they were not as bright as those of the Sony or HTC phones.

VERDICT 6. Easy to use, gives excellent sound, but bulky with poor image quality.

 

All shops are in Singapore. This article was originally published in Simply Her October 2012.

All product and pricing information was correct at the time of the magazine’s publication. We advise readers to check with the store for the latest availability and pricing information.