2 Smartphones and a Tablet (No, it’s Not a Movie)

 18 Jun 2011 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+

While trolling the Internet, I found 2 hot new smart phones debuting this spring that really push the bar for mobile devices—including a device from Nokia! So, if you’re looking to upgrade or your current contract is about to expire, why not take a look at what you could be getting if you were one of the cool kids?

Nokia E6 Hits the US

Nokia pulled out of the American market (for the most part) a while back but there phones do occasionally pop up on e-commerce sites and the rocking Nokia E6 is no exception. I’ve loved Nokia phones ever since my 911 (the big analog brick that Mulder and Scully used for a while) and with the E6 the company takes another big leap ahead.

The Nokia E6 is a Blackberry-esque machine with a full QWERTY chiclet style keyboard and a 2.4 inch touch screen. The device runs on Symbian Anna and features 3G compatibility.

It’s a very stylish phone, using stainless steel for the back where most phones are plastic. While it only packs a 580MHz processor inside, it does have a huge 1500mAH battery—which means you won’t have to be strapped to a charge point all the time.

It comes equipped with an 8 megapixel camera which is capable of shooting 720p video.

If you’re in the States and want to get your hands on one of these, you’ll have to go to Amazon and pre-order one for $446.


HTC Evo 3D

The HTC Evo is a spectacular phone with a 4.3 inch touch screen and built-in WiMAX. And guess what!-it’s capable of displaying images in 3D!

Now, I know not everyone is sold on the 3D gimmick that seems to have enthralled just about everybody from game designers to film makers, but if you count yourself as one of those crowd, then you’ll be pleased to note that the Evo 3D rocks a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a qHD display, so you can prowl the non-3D world even quicker.

And don’t worry about scratching that lovely display. This is one of the first mass-produced handhelds to use Gorilla Glass.

What good would a 3D phone be if it couldn’t capture images in 3D? The Evo 3D has two 5 megapixel cameras mounted on the back. Unfortunately, the quality of those 3D images and video leaves something to be desired.

Packed into the back is a massive 1730 mAH battery for extended life or strenuous processing. Still, any use of the 3D functionality will suck the battery dry very quickly, so charge at every opportunity.

HTC View

The HTC View isn’t a phone. It’s a tablet, and a mighty fine one at that. It’s basically just a rebranded version of the HTC Flyer which means it comes equipped with a 7 inch (1024 x 600) display, solid (and light) aluminum chassis, and 1.5 GHz processor. Inside, you’ll find 32GB of storage for all of your digital media and a WiMAX setup that is Sprint’s first in the US.

The 4G capability means the tablet can download at up to 10 Mbps which might not sound like a lot until you actually get your hands on it. I promise you, it’s fast.

It packs a 5 megapixel camera around the back that’s good but not great and a 1.3 megapixel camera at the front for taking new Facebook profile pictures! Overall though, the little design quirks (like the LED light inside the headphone jack) mark it as a well-crafted machine.

The tablet runs Android 2.3 and has HTC’s proprietary Sense UI on top. (Word from Sprint is that the View will soon be getting an Android 3.0 upgrade).
The battery is plenty beefy and will handle a full day of poking and prodding before playing out—not a small feat considering most tablets peter out after only a few hours.

The View also sports a stylus you can use for input. While it’s not the first tablet to use an external device other than your finger for input, it does integrate the functionality better than any I’ve seen. The company made sure that the pen could be used in just about any of the applications that come bundled with the OS. The pen itself has physical “erase” and “highlight” buttons which work surprisingly well.

Unfortunately, the pen doesn’t come bundled with the device and you have to shell out an additional $80 for the peripheral. However, Sprint is currently offering the pen for free with your paid order for a limited time only.

The tablet is available for pre-order now for $399. Hit up the Sprint website for more info.

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