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Overall   (4.0)
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PROS
+ It's very slim + The Snapdragon is (still) a pretty fast chip + SIM slot does not require a tedious tray
CONS
- The camera on the back isn't completely flush with the body - Battery isn't removable - A little over on the expensive side
The coolest thing about this phone is its super slim profile. Saw those TV ads that says "How can the new iPhone be smaller and bigger?" It took Apple over a year to shrink the phone down by a millimeter or so. Yet, the Finder beats the latest and greatest iPhone 5 by almost 2 millimeters. The Snapdragon is quite sufficient for the Android ICS OS. The touch screen feels very responsive. UI customization is okay, and you can easily install apps (like the Play store) on it. 800 x 600px is on the low side in today's standards. The Super-AMOLED is a highly subjective screen. Some people like them, claiming superior colors and contrasts, others stay far away from them. You need to see the real thing to find out which side you're on. Having owned a Galaxy Nexus, I can say that Super-AMOLEDs are getting better these days. It's not an IGZO screen, or even Retina for that matter, but unless you're a point-and-shot photo bug, the screen is pretty good for a daily driver phone. This is a good phone. It's something that you can show to your iPhone friends and make them droll. Sure, they'll start talking about their superior OS and retina screen. But I'm sure the friendly laughs that come out of it is going to be just priceless.
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Overall   (2.5)
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- Fun, while it works
CONS
- Blades are too brittle - Chips and cracks as soon as it crashes
Had fun during the hour it worked.
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Overall   (4.5)
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+ Vibrant and crisp screen + Fast CPU -- UI is very liquid + CM10 available via community builds + Nice wifi reception
CONS
- A little "thick" - Camera is front facing only - Can't charge by USB port
Customization of the pre-installed Android ROM is pretty light. There is a task manager/killer (swipe down), and a few Chinese only widgets on the home screen. Luckily these were easy to customize and remove. The pros and cons of the stock ROM should be irrelevant because a community build of the CM 10 for the N70 is available here: http://dragondevs.com/index.php?/topic/686-rom-cyanogenmod-10-for-yuandao-n70/ Flashing / upgrading the OS is stupid simple. It took about 15 minutes to download and install. If you're new to flashing though, set aside 45 minutes or so for the adventure. This slate offers a good experience once CM10 is up and running.
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Overall   (4.5)
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+ Vibrant and crisp screen + Fast CPU -- UI is very liquid + CM10 available via community builds + Nice wifi reception
CONS
- A little "thick" - Camera is front facing only
Customization of the pre-installed Android ROM is pretty light. There is a task manager/killer (swipe down), and a few Chinese only widgets on the home screen. Luckily these were easy to customize and remove. The pros and cons of the stock ROM should be irrelevant because a community build of the CM 10 for the N70 is available here: http://dragondevs.com/index.php?/topic/686-rom-cyanogenmod-10-for-yuandao-n70/ Flashing / upgrading the OS is stupid simple. It took about 15 minutes to download and install. If you're new to flashing though, set aside 45 minutes or so for the adventure. This slate is just perfect once CM10 is up and running. Apps are fast, UI is smooth, and the screen is really quite decent.
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Overall   (3.7)
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Nice screen for a generic Android phone. Android themed just like those on Samsung phones. Includes the water drop live wallpaper. Good for light users who doesn't need to play heavy games.
CONS
Included earphone sounds pretty bad. Get a more decent earphone separately. 512MB ram is pretty low and isn't enough for heavy multitasking
Screen is pretty sharp at 233 PPI. Contrast and brightness looks better than most generic Android phones. ICS runs fine and the UI is very smooth for the most parts. Just don't expect to do heavy duty multitasking with the phone's 512MB RAM and its single core CPU. The phone looks very similar to the popular Samsung phone. Although not as sturdy as the Samsung counterpart, build quality of the N9300 feels generally solid on hand and should survive a few unwanted dropped. For $188, you get 90%+ of a phone that is otherwise sold at $500+ without contract.
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