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Battle Of The Minis : LG G3 Beat V/s Galaxy S5 Mini!

LG_G3_Vs_Samsung_Galaxy_S5-400x242LG recently announced the LG G3 Beat – a mini version of the popular LG G3. Now that we have a league of mini phones in the market, it would be fair to draw a few comparison points from each other.

Well on paper the Galaxy S5 Mini takes the cake but things do boil down to other subjective things like overall user experience and functionality.

Processor :

Quad-Core 1.2GHz Vs Quad-Core 1.4GHz

The G3 Beat has a Snapdragon 400 but the one on the S5 Mini is an undisclosed processor, hopefully not an Exynos.


1 GB Vs 1.5 GB

There is hardly any difference between the both with 512MB of more RAM on the S5 mini.

Storage :

8 GB Vs 16 GB

The S5 mini wins here with the base model offering 16 GB instead of 8 on the G3 Beat. Both have microSD card slots.


8 MP Laser Focus Vs 8 MP AF

1.3 MP FF Vs 2.1 MP

The laser focusing system on the G3 is much better so we trust the beat to have faster focus.

Battery :

2540mAh Vs 2100mAh

The G3 Beat is the winner with a noticeable high capacity battery.

Waterproof :

No Vs IP67

We have nothing other than specs to lay side by side and both look like worthy opponents. Let’s wait for a month or so till both are available on retail shelves.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 17th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Microsoft Kills The Nokia X Android Phones!

Nokia-X2_featTwo pieces of shocking news come to us from Microsoft today, the first one is kind of huge that matters – the company would be cutting 18,000 jobs the next year.

The second one is well, Microsoft is also planning to scrape the existing Nokia Android phones – the X series and instead make new low cost Windows Phone devices. Stephen Elop explains this in an email he sent to his employees saying “We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products.”

Maybe the Nokia X badge won’t be ditched after all but none of those X handsets will be associated with Android anymore. It will all be Windows Phone from here. What do you think about this news, is this a distress call? Would you rather have an Android Lumia?


Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 17th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Your Smartwatch Can Help You Track Your Lost Phone!

Find-My-Phone-featuredSmartwatches are totally the thing to have if you are tech savvy or want to flaunt a watch that cares less about fashion and more about functionality.

Find My Phone is a fairly popular Android app that helps you track your phone down. The Find My Phone smartwatch app extends the same functionality on your wrist. Since your smartwatch is constantly communicating with your phone, it makes use of that channel and keeps a track of your phone.

The interface is fairly simple and the color scheme as you can see is very flashy. This is a good app to have if you have invested in a smartwatch that runs on Android wear.


Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 15th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Droid Ultra, Maxx And Mini Getting Android 4.4.4!

gsmarena_001A few test builds started seeding to Verizon testers a few days back which included the new version of Android – KitKat 4.4.4. This obviously meant final builds were about the corner.

Well the official updates will be hitting over the air and if you haven’t gotten a notification on your Droid, we advice you to check for one manually.

In addition to the system specific improvements, the firmware update includes the following :


  • Camera: Improved camera image quality including better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, improved photos in low light conditions using front camera.
  • Camera: Added the ability to pause video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.
  • Updated Verizon applications: VZ Cloud and Visual Voicemail application (VVM3.)
  • Added Isis mobile wallet application for contactless payment for Droid Ultra users on Verizon.
  • Fixed Bluetooth connectivity issue
  • Enables Motorola Alert Application download

If you have a Verizon Moto X then even that update is in it’s final rounds, it should start rolling out soon!



Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 15th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Woah, Sand Can Triple The Battery Life Of Your Smartphone!



Image Courtesy : Shutterstock

Over the last couple of years, our smartphones have become faster and smarter and even weather proof to an extent, but what we haven’t figured out yet is great battery life.

A new study has found out the sand, instead of graphite in anodes is a great long lasting natural source for batteries in our phones. Zachary Favors of UC Riverside gathered a sample of sand from Cedar Creek Reservoir in Texas where it’s very high in quartz (silicon dioxide). After grounding it up and purifying he mixed it with magnesium and salt.

They have already developed a prototype battery and quote that it has the capacity to charge a mobile device three times as much compared to current batteries. Time will tell if the likes of Apple and Samsung will adopt it. Afterall, we all want our phones to have great batteries!


Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 14th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Redesigned Google Play Store Shown Off!

play-store-material-3 (1)At Google I/O 2014, we had one major UI overhaul for a not so fancy looking Android KitKat that we know off. With the introduction of Android L 5.0 we had material design that changed the way UI elements interact and animate.

Right off we can see that images now dominate the listings, be it apps or media. Instead of small thumbnails, we have large dramatic icons that results in a screen that looks very clean, organised and clutter free. Yes there will always be frustration because now everything is spread out more. There looks to be more amount of scrolling involved in browsing an app or movie. Also, this is extremely painful on lower resolution devices.

This may very well be a version under testing that may or may not see the light of day. Are you excited about the new look or would you rather stick to the current one?


Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 14th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Sprint LG G3 Available For $199.99!

gsmarena_001Sprint’s retail network has started selling the LG G3 now before it was actually expected to. The LG G3 on Sprint will cost you $199.99 on a two year contract.

Sprint is also offering a $150 gift card for everyone who purchases the LG G3 with Sprint Easy Pay and agree to a monthly payment of $25 for a span of 24 months. The exclusive deal starts today and ends on July 24. The LG G3 has a 5.5 inch display with an industry first 2K screen anda  Snapdragon 801 with 2/3GB of RAM. A 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera with Android Ktikat 4.4.2 onboard.


Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 13th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Xperia Z1 Compact Available For Just $350!

xperia-z1-compactThe Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a great phone for folks who want to migrate to Android from iOS but don’t want a 5 inch phone. The phone features flagship level specs in a 4.3 inch package.

The Xperia Z1 Compact also a 20.7 MP G lens rear camera and a Snapdragon 800 with 2 GB RAM, 16GB memory storage with microSD expansion and all the connectivity options you need. A reputed seller with high ratings is selling the Z1 Compact for $349.99. The seller also has a 99.4% rating which makes him trustworthy of purchase.

It is available in black, white, lime, and pink, you’ll get a D5503 16GB model, which should work on AT&T’s LTE network. This price is 19% off its regular price. If it interests you, head here.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 13th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

New Xperia Z3 Already? Very Similar To Xperia Z2!

z3-leak-1The Sony Xperia Z2 is already a fantastic device and has just began selling in the US and while some of us even are buying that one, Sony has already prototyping the Xperia Z3.

The hardware from the outside is easy to be mistaken as the Xperia Z2 itself since it looks so similar. On the backside we can see that even the camera is the same 20.7 MP one!  However the evidence lies in the device identifying itself as the L55t and the L50t was the Xperia Z2.


There is still a lot we need to learn and publish about what Sony is cooking.


Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 12th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Apple iPhone 6 Spotted On Amazon JP?!

gsmarena_001It’s been quite some time now since we are getting tipped about more and more details about the iPhone 6. A couple of mocks-up did surface and now we seem to have official confirmation.

Amazon Japan has jumped the gun and has listed the iPhone 6. The specs mentioned in the listing include a 4.7-inch display, dimensions of 13 x 6.5 x 0.7cm and weight of 113 grams. Apart from that we also know that the next iPhone will be released sometime in the month of September. Amazon had also listed the price of the 64GB US Version as $1380 which is far from final pricing. 

There will also be a bigger 5.5 inch iPhone 6 sometimes this year.


Written by Chintan Vithlani

July 12th, 2014 at 6:17 pm