April 18th 2013 8:30 am

final rating

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality No comments good
  • Display 720p...outdated at date of review although picture to the naked eye is very sharp and vivid. good
  • Battery life The battery is only 2100mah but charges fully within 90mins. If you buy this phone new however you do get a spare battery which helps. so-so
  • Camera 13mp is more than ample for a smartphone. Hard to focus on occasion. good
  • Ease of use Very comfortable to use with one hand, reasonable weight and metal band creates good grip. Jelly bean also a very good UI no real need for update to kit kat. good
  • Design and form factor The extremely thin bezel and all round looks give this phone the wow factor. great!
  • Portability (size / weight) Slightly heavier than s4 in comparison but its size means its managable with one hand (reasonable sized hand). good
  • Media support This phone supports all media formats that would be required of a mobile device and runs very smoothly with its snapdragon 600 processor under the hood to help. great!
  • Durability Ive yet to see a more durable phone on the market to date. Its metal frame makes it almost indistructable even in the clumsiest hands. great!
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Adreno 320 graphics chip makes this compatible with the more graphic challenging games & apps. great!
Detailed review
A solid good all-rounder even a year after production which is a difficult feat in a ever changing smartphone market. Looks great especially with its very thin bezel.