Category Archives for Phones

Counterclockwise: the rise and fall of Galaxy S, Lumia, Xperia Z and others

February 18, 2017

It has been a while since we last took a trip down memory lane, but the impending Mobile World Congress sparked some memories. The MWC has been the traditional stomping ground of the Samsung Galaxy S phone.

Last year, it was the Galaxy S7. The year before was the Galaxy S6. Three years ago, Galaxy S5 rumors were flying. Four years ago, the Galaxy S4 didn’t come to the MWC – instead, it was unveiled in New York. This year it may be the same, Samsung will bring miscellaneous devices to the MWC and leave the Galaxy S8 for a March reveal.

Speaking of four years ago, it was when the original…

Sunday Q&A

February 18, 2017

Welcome to the week 7 edition of our Sunday Q&A. This week we talk the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Nougat update, the resolution vs pixel size debate and benchmarks.

Ravi: With the release of the Huawei Mate 9 and the Cortex A73 cores inside it, the mighty Kryo cores inside Snapdragon 82x chips finally had a competitor that fared better in benchmarks. However, even the latest and greatest offering from ARM didn’t even come close to the raw single-core computing power offered by A10 fusion cores inside iPhone 7/7+.

My question is how did Apple manage to create a chipset that is way…

Weekly poll: have you switched to a phone with USB-C yet?

February 18, 2017

Some of us are working on an HTC 10 evo review and have to deal with the reality having USB-C as the only port. No, not even a 3.5mm headphone jack. But that’s not the only issue, we have plenty of microUSB cables in the office while our USB-C cables are stolen by gremlins every night.

The transition period is difficult, but it should be worth it – USB-C is the way of the future, the one cable to rule them all. And microUSB is about to go the way of miniUSB, so sooner or later you will be dragged into the C-world, whether you want to or not.

Have you started the transition yet, do you…

Top 10 trending phones of week 7

February 18, 2017

Samsung reclaimed the top spot after 4 weeks of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 domination. The Galaxy J7 Prime was in second place last week, but in week 7 it rose to the top.

Second came the Galaxy C9 Pro, while the Galaxy A5 (2017) made is a clean Samsung sweep on the podium.

Moving down we see the Nokia 6, which continues to be a very interesting device despite being limited to a single market. The previous leader Redmi Note 4 has dropped to fifth, while its Snapdragon version fell off the chart entirely.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) comes in sixth, edging out the Oppo F1s and Xiaomi Redmi…

Weekly poll results: 1080p screens are good enough, there’s not much need for 4K

February 18, 2017

It seems that we’ve hit a wall when it comes to mobile screen resolutions – not that the technology isn’t there, it’s the purpose that is missing. Sure, VR enthusiasts (15% of voters) are excited for 4K 2160p screens since virtual reality headsets need all the pixels they can get.

However, as some of you rightfully pointed out, Sony has no interest in mobile VR since it will compete with the PlayStation VR. Samsung has no such qualms and works with Oculus (both on the Rift and Gear VR) and seems to be working on a standalone headset. Asus and others are allegedly working on standalone…

Week 7 in review: Glass back and OLED iPhone 8 and more Galaxy S8 rumors

February 18, 2017

MWC 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting event. LG has the G6 to unveil and after its rebirth, Nokia will apparently hit hard with at least 3 handsets. If HMD plays its cards right and hits the nostalgia note properly, the alleged re-imagining of the legendary Nokia 3310 could very well steal the show on pure coolness points alone.

Sony has also been keeping busy lately. Rumors and leaks now hint at new Xperia XA and XZ devices, with a third model, also potentially on the horizon. Huawei may have a few surprises lined up for the show as well, like the P10 Plus.

Beyond the…

Really Blue Google Pixel arrives in the UK: pre-order today, on sale next week

February 17, 2017

The Really Blue color option for the Google Pixel was launched as a limited edition in the US and it tends to sell out. So Brits who don’t fancy the Quite Black and Very Silver colors might want to be quick about this – pre-orders for Really Blue Pixels start today and will go on while stock lasts. Google has partnered with carrier EE and retailer Carphone Warehouse, which will have units on hand starting from February 24.

EE is offering £46/month plans for the 32GB Pixel and £51/month plans for the larger Pixel XL (again with 32GB storage). You’re in for a free Google Daydream VR headset,…

Samsung allegedly will launch the 2017 A5 and A7 in India in the coming weeks

February 17, 2017

It seems that Samsung might be in the process of updating the A5 and A7 in the Indian market. According to the sources at Pricebaba, the company will be launching the 2017 edition of both of these devices in the next few weeks.

Samsung launched the 2016 models almost a year ago in India. Since then there hasn’t been a lot of activity from Samsung in the mid-range segment. This is becoming one of the hottest segments in the smartphone market right now and with rivals like Lenovo and Xiaomi making in-roads all Samsung has to offer right now are last year’s models.

We don’t have…

Hydrogen OS 3.0 for OnePlus 3 and 3T is now live

February 17, 2017

Chinese manufacturer OnePlus just released version 3.0 of its Hydrogen Android OS. This new version is based on Android 7.0 Nougat and some users have been reporting slightly better battery life, compared to the latest Nougat OxygenOS update.

H2OS 3.0

If this is the first time you are hearing of Hydrogen OS or H2OS, it is more than understandable. It is the Android ROM OnePlus develops specifically for its local market. It features some UI differences to better suite local tastes and also lacks Google Play Services and the rest of the Google Apps package, since those…

NuAns is back with Neo Reloaded, but it’s Android-powered

February 17, 2017

Back in 2015, Japanese company NuAns showed off its Windows 10-powered Neo smartphone for the first time. It’s selling point was the TWOTONE interchangeable covers for its back. The phone debuted at CES 2016, post which the company announced its plans for the device’s global launch through a Kickstarter campaign.

The campaign, however, failed.

Then earlier this month, it came to light that the company is coming back with a new version of the phone. And indeed, they are back, with a phone named Neo Reloaded. The key difference here is that the company has ditched Windows 10 Mobile in…

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