HTC First: HTC seems to stands for HOT. With its Facebook phone, the HTC First, the stakes in the game has been raised higher. With a smaller screen spanning merely 4.3-inche, the HTC First turns back to Apple’s belief that 4-5 inches is the ideal size for a smartphone. Debunking the belief the Samsung cultivates with its 5.9-inch hunkies, the HTC First feels cuddly soft and packs a punch with dual-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and storage up to 16 GB. The ding comes with the non-expandable feature. When Facebook marries Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you get a couple worth accolades galore. The 5-MP shutter on the rear is jus there for the sake of it and the front cam is not worth dissection. The 2,000mAh battery is not removable but is a decent performer for those with non-excess usage on the HTC phone. At $99, the First is a good first buy.
Comparing it to Samsung Galaxy giants would be unfair. However, a bit of weighing with the Nokia Lumia 928 and the LG Optimus G Pro would not be criminal either.
LG Optimus G Pro: LG has a flagship offering in the LG Optimus G Pro. The makers have been desperate to get reviews that brush aside the wonder baby called Samsung Galaxy. Perhaps the G Pro almost does that. With a monstrous 5.5-inch display, the G Pro is packed with specs that sweep you off feet. With 401 ppi resolution and the Android 4.1.2 fuelling the quad-core 1.7 GHz processor, the LG phablet is a fab buy. 2 GB RAM and 13 MP rear camera besides a 2.1 MP front-facing shutter—the reason why LG deserves a bow stands complete. With a 3,140 mAh battery, the G Pro promises to be alive for looong!
Nokia Lumia 920: Nokia almost boomeranged back into smart phone territory with its Windows 8 wonder called the Lumia 928. With a standard 4.5-inch display and 352 ppi to name, the 920 is a candy treat in terms of physicality and looks. Against the Android platform, the Windows 8 seems to be a slow starter yet the phone is a wonder kid with dual-core 1.5 GHz processor topped with 1 GB RAM. The 8-MP Carl Zeiss optics shutter with dual-LED flash is a killer while the front-facer 1.3 MP lens makes your clicks quick. The 2,000 mAh battery places the Lumia 920 at par with HTC First but loses out to Optimus Pro in the life game.