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Samsung has been in the bad books of the press and the customers over their design and material choices. Add to that the fact that Samsung is facing losses recently translates to what we believe is a new direction for the company.
Samsung has actively started using premium materials in the build of their recent devices like the Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy Note 4. Add to that list two new entrants from Samsung which are interesting when you take a closer look. The two Samsung Galaxy Devices – A5 and A3 are targeted at people who are hooked on to social media and selfies primarily.
Despite housing a 5-inch display, the A5 is just 6.7mm (0.26 inches) thick, enough to best the iPhone 6. The A3 matches Apple’s latest flagship at 6.9mm (0.27 inches), though it’s got a smaller 4.5-inch qHD screen.
Both phones are powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor; the A5′s got 2GB of RAM inside, but the A3′s got half that. The A5 also wins out with a slightly better 13-megapixel camera compared to the 8-megapixel rear camera on the A3. Both phones have a plethora of selfie modes and Samsung’s even built in a mode that can automatically churn out GIFs. The Galaxy A5 and A3 are headed to China next month, but there’s no word yet on pricing, nor do we know when — or if — they’ll be coming stateside.
LG has decided to take a stand on this : According to LG’s German arm, the G3 is set to start getting Lollipop sometime this quarter – that is, before the year’s out. That gives LG a two month window in which to start making the G3′s Android update available.
However, users of the LG G2 will be receiving this update a few months, atleast 4 – 5 months later. LG Germany has shared this information on their facebook page. Indeed social media is a great place to find updates about your devices. We shall keep you updated !
The Motorola Droid Turbo is powered by a Snapdragon 805 chipset with a 2.7GHz quad-core Krait 450 CPU, 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU. The battery is 3,900mAh and Motorola promises it can last for 48 hours of mixed usage. The interesting part is the build of the phone which is apparently made of either of ballistic nylon or metalized glass fiber reinforced with DuPont kevlar. The display is covered with a protective layer of Gorilla Glass 3.
The camera on the back of the device is also a whopping 21MP with 4K recording. The 64GB Black Ballistic Nylon model will also be available for $249.99 with new two year activation or $27 per month on Verizon Edge.
Although the chart is nothing close to impressive it indeed feels good to know, if you happen to own one of these devices that Asus has got you covered. Apparently all Asus Zenfones – Zenfone 4, Zenfone 4 A450CG, Zenfone 5, Zenfone 5 LTE, and the Zenfone 6 will be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop in April next year. The versatile PadFone S will be also getting the sweet Lollipop treatment by April 2015, while the PadFone Infinity 2 update is scheduled for June, 2015.
Do you own a Zenfone? How excited are you about this update?
There is one gripe every iPhone user would have which would make them consider an Android phone, and that was being bigger screens and higher resolution displays. With the new iPhone 6 Plus Apple has done the much unexpected to retain users who were migrating and willing to make do with Android just to have a big screen phone.
So now that the playing field has been pretty much leveled, which of these phones is the one you should get? Let’s find out :
Size and Build :
When it comes to sheer dimensions, the Note was and continues the leader and the device to beat. The original Note lead to experts coining the term “phablet” and hence the Note 4 is still huge. Although it has shed much of the useless bezel now and isnt difficult to hold.
The iPhone 6 Plus is very sleek and comes just shy of 7.1mm in thickness which is pretty thin and that said you’ll definitely need a case to protect it since people have found the rounded edges to be much slippery. The Note 4 on the other hand flaunts chamfered metal edges on all sides.
The iPhone 6 Plus is much of a tablet. This is the first 1080p iPhone, and it should look noticeably sharper than the 750p iPhone 6. If you want pixels, though, the Note 4 is the place to go. It has a Quad HD display that packs in 78 percent more pixels than the iPhone 6 Plus does.
The iPhone 6 Plus brings a IPS LCD display which is definitely vibrant but much more accurate. Super AMOLED displays are awesome when it comes to brightness and sunlight visiblity. No matter which way you go you’ll have a bleeding edge screen.
Fingerprint Sensor :
Both phones tick the boxes here but Apple’s implementation is much better and sophisticated. The sensor on the Note 4 is improved but still behaves cranky and wants the user to swipe at exactly one speed.
The Note 4 has two versions : one with the Snapdragon 805 which has 4 cores to fire the device, all clocked at 2.7GHz. The second version has the octa-core Exynos. The Apple A8 smashes through benchmarks and runs the device plenty smooth.
Both the iPhone 6 Plus and the Note 4 are excellent phones, choice is between Android and iOS really and weather or not you need the crazy multitasking the Note 4 brings. Both have off contract prices of around $700-$800. Let us know which is your preferred device!
UK customers are being treated to a superb promotion for the Nokia Lumia 530 – £49.95 with a prepaid SIM or even £29.95 for pay as you go users that are eligible for an upgrade.For this amount, what one gets is a 4″ 480×854 display, 4GB of storage, microSD card slot, Snapdragon 200 chipset, an FM Radio, GPS, a 1,430mAh battery and the latest Windows Phone 8.1 with Nokia’s Lumia Denim package.
Just like with the Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available in a new “Plus” version that essentially brings LTE-A capabilities. The Galaxy S5 originally launched with the Snapdragon 801 chipset that included a 2.5GHz quad-core processor. The new processor is also at 2.5GHz but it’s a new core – Krait 450. The chipset also has a new generation GPU.
The other change is LTE Cat. 6, upgrading from Cat. 4. The difference is 300Mbps downloads instead of 150Mbps, the uplink remains at 50Mbps. Right now it is only available in Netherlands but would soon be available in other regions around the globe.
Motorola and Google have managed to build a phablet and this particular one can be ordered via the Google Play Store staring October 29 – next Wednesday that is. The Nexus 6 will set you back $649 if you want the base 32GB model, or $699 if you need double that storage amount.
It will also be sold by AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular. The Nexus 6 comes with a 5.96-inch QHD (2,560×1,440) AMOLED and a Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM to power that and the 13MP Rear camera with OIS and a 2MP front camera. Would you be getting one?
Google has recently made the next version of Android 5.0 official – Android Lollipop will be seen running on the Nexus series first. This includes the companies latest Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. If you dont own a Nexus, how much excited should you really be about the 5.0 update? Lets find out :
While exact dates may not be available, a bunch of OEMs have come forward and reported that they shall be updating a whole lot of(expected and unexpected) devices to latest version of Android. So here’s a list of Android devices that we know of so far that will get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in future. Currently the list only includes Motorola, HTC, Sony, NVIDIA, and of course Google. Samsung, LG and others are yet to announce their plans for Lollipop update.
Nexus 7 (2012)
Nexus 7 (2013)
HTC One (M7)
HTC One (M8)
Samsung Galaxy S4
Sony Z Ultra
LG G Pad 8.3
Micromax Canvas A1
Spice Dream UNO
Karbonn Sparkle V
Moto X 2nd Gen.
Moto G 4G LTE
Moto G 2nd Gen.
Xperia Z Ultra
Xperia Z1 Compact
Xperia Z2 Tablet
Xperia Z3 Compact
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
One mini 2
Does your device appear on the list? If not please let us know and we shall try our best to keep you updated!
So many people out in the U.S.A. want to get their hands on the new Z3 series from Sony. Now however we have an official word – Today we have Sony kick off the official sales for the Xperia Z3 Compact.
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will be available in White, Black , Green and Orange. It will set you back for around $530 and should work on either T-Mobile or AT&T. At $530, it does give devices like the Moto X 2014 some competition. It is definitely exciting to see Sony kick off its sales for this interesting little device.
Are you interested in what Sony offers with the Z3 Compact?