Gift Guide – Cell Phones

  • Review: Nokia E66

    Review: Nokia E66

    The Nokia E66 will be hitting the U.S. in the third quarter with an unsubsidized price of $500. While that price may sound like it’s a bit (or a lot) on the high side, the phone actually has a fair number of tricks up its sleeve and will likely appeal mostly to corporate users who may never see the price tag to begin with. Lest you think this device is all business, there’s a unique… Read More

  • Review: iPhone 3G

    Review: iPhone 3G

    Hype, hype, hype. Now that the iPhone 3G launch has blown over and I’ve been able to integrate the phone into my daily routine, I think we’re ready for an official CrunchGear review. Our advice? Wait. With 60% certainty I predict a minor hardware or, more likely, software update in the next month or to improve the 3G’s thus far abysmal battery life. Read More

  • Review: Nokia N78

    Review: Nokia N78

    Nokia’s N-Series is an odd amalgam of high-tech and low, melding some of the best smartphone technology with phones that haven’t changed much since the first proto-Finns heaved their bark boats onto the rocky beaches of Soumenlinna and began fashioning crude cellphones out of cork and shale. Much has changed about the Nokia line over the years but all of the phones are refreshingly… Read More

  • Review: Samsung Instinct

    Review: Samsung Instinct

    We received the Instinct a few weeks ago and I’ve been meaning to write up my impressions on it after using it for just about a week straight. I’m happy to report that the Instinct on Sprint is a capable and powerful smartphone and, in a way, is a direct competitor to the iPhone generation 1 (iPhone 3G doesn’t fit into this equation, but I suspect I’d say the same thing… Read More

  • Review: HTC Touch Diamond

    Just got the HTC Touch Diamond smartphone today and I can tell you that it’s a pretty nice little gizmo. I’ll be taking it for a spin over the next few weeks, so if you have any questions about it or if you’d like me to try out any particular features, leave a message in the comments section and I’ll do my best to address your requests. [UPDATE: Full review after the jump] Read More

  • Review: Verizon Centro, featuring Sudoku!

    Review: Verizon Centro, featuring Sudoku!

    The Palm Centro for Verizon is finally here. It’s coming in at the $99 price that many first-time smartphone buyers look for, but it doesn’t skimp on features, though it’s not as rich as its AT&T and Sprint cousins. But it has Sudoku! The Centro The Centro is Palm’s new low-end device, replacing the “p” series of Treo smartphones. Running Palm OS 5.4.9… Read More

  • Review: Samsung Glyde

    Review: Samsung Glyde

    I can’t even begin to tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this particular phone to reach the US. I was completely enamored with it, the F700, when I first saw the press release more than a year ago. This was back in February and then I finally got a chance to play with it in October when I was in Korea. I knew right then and there that I had to have it, but I wasn’t really… Read More

  • Review: Samsung Access, AT&T Mobile TV

    Review: Samsung Access, AT&T Mobile TV

    The Access from Samsung is the more economical choice for those looking to drop some coin on AT&T’s Mobile TV service. The candy bar from Samsung fared much better than the LG Vu in terms of service quality, but its screen is much smaller and the rest of the phone is pretty plain Jane. There’s no Gmail, IMAP or POP support like the Vu. As big as the Access is there’s no… Read More

  • Review: LG Vu, AT&T's Mobile TV

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F876247%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Do we really need another reason to rot our brains on the go? Apparently we do because live TV on your phone seems… Read More

  • Review: HTC Shift (CDMA version)

    Review: HTC Shift (CDMA version)

    The HTC Shift (CDMA version) is a UMPC with a 7-inch tilting screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device runs Windows Vista Business and connects to Sprint’s EVDO data network for on-the-go computing. At around $1500, the device is a no-brainer for businesses that need super tiny notebooks for salespeople or field technicians and it even falls into the temptation zone for well-paid… Read More

 
  • Review: Blackberry Pearl 8120 from T-Mobile

    Review: Blackberry Pearl 8120 from T-Mobile

    Here we go again: another Blackberry product with UMA from T-Mobile. If you travel at all, you need UMA on T-Mobile. Straight up. Say what you want about your Samsung Ace with SIM card slot. That’s weak sauce compared to a phone that works at any hotspot worldwide. The 8120 is an updated Pearl with improved keyboard and Hotspot@Home support. Hotspot@Home is a $10/month service that allows… Read More

  • Review: LG Glimmer from Alltel

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1699.JPG,full,pp_image] As promised we’ve given the LG Glimmer a good drubbing and came back satisfied that almost everyone would enjoy this sexy haptic slider from LG. With the demise of the RAZR, phones have gone one of two directions — gloss black/dark or odd metals. The RAZR brought us into the chrome and steel era of cellphone design and I believe that LG is… Read More

  • Review: Palm Treo 755p

    Review: Palm Treo 755p

    The Treo Verizon is the latest CDMA carrier to land the Palm Treo 755p, a high-end smartphone for the business user who’s tired of Windows Mobile but still wants all the connectivity and email options a smartphone provides. While pricey, it’s a pretty impressive device worth considering. Read More

  • Review: Samsung M520 for Sprint

    Review: Samsung M520 for Sprint

    I’ve had the M520 from Samsung for well over a month now and my previous opinion about the Sprint device hasn’t changed. It’s a great phone with some great features. Sure, it looks plain and boring, but you can’t judge a book by its cover now can you? Samsung just knows what they’re doing when it comes to sliders and the M520 is no different. In fact, I think I like… Read More

  • Review: Griffin ClearBoost iPhone Case

    Review: Griffin ClearBoost iPhone Case

    I am more than willing to suspend my disbelief in all manner of situations. I, for example, still believe that my family and wife love me and that the world is not colluding to to kill me. I believe that what I am writing now matters, to some degree, and that it will help you in your day-to-day existence. I also believe that I will eventually return to my original college weight of 175 through… Read More

  • Review: T-Mobile's Blackberry 8820

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1703.JPG,full,pp_image] What isn’t there to love about T-Mobiles UMA VoIP Wi-Fi solution? Like mini-bar cashews and a nice upgrade to business class, T-Mobile knows what makes travelers happy, especially international financiers with a Spitzerian mistress in every port and a burgeoning Falstaffian gut. UMA to an international traveler is like finding a great restaurant… Read More

  • Review: Samsung Ace SPH-i325 for Sprint

    Review: Samsung Ace SPH-i325 for Sprint

    Not long ago, my good friend and distinguished colleague Peter Ha lamented that CDMA phones were relatively useless outside of the US because of their inability to roam on European networks. Well CDMA providers like Sprint and Verizon recognize this as a legitimate disadvantage and, as such, are beginning to offer phones that work on networks here but also contain slots for SIM cards, allowing… Read More

  • Review: Novatel Ovation U727 for Sprint

    Review: Novatel Ovation U727 for Sprint

    What would I have done the last few months without my precious Novatel broadband dongle from Sprint? I would have had a hard time bringing you news from the halls of CES without trekking over to the blounge. We would have been sans photos from the Macworld keynote. I also would not have been able to post videos while waiting at JFK for our adventures at CeBIT. I think you get the point. Road… Read More

  • Review: ZTE C88 for MetroPCS

    Review: ZTE C88 for MetroPCS

    When choosing a cell phone, you look at price and features with the former being the biggest player, right? Ok, calling/data plans are also a big deal, but most consumers just want a cheap phone regardless. That much we can agree on. But what happens when you don’t want to deal with one of the larger carriers and you’ve got MetroPCS in the area, a carrier that offers unlimited plans? Read More

  • Review: Richard Solo Smart Backup Battery for iPod

    Review: Richard Solo Smart Backup Battery for iPod

    My kingdom for a dead-ass simple way to squeeze a little more juice out of my iPod Touch while I’m gallivanting across the globe living the life of a high-profile technology blogger. I need all the battery life I can get while I’m flying in fancy airplanes to conventions in such exotic locales as Las Vegas, Las Vegas and, of course, Las Vegas. So does the Richard Solo (made by Sharper… Read More