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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has superior resolution and color than any other mobile device on the market. And while a lot of people use those facts to highlight how much better it’ll be to watch Game of Thrones and the like, I see this technology as an empowering tool for lots of people. Samsung has managed to make this technology affordable. It’s not cheap, mind you, but it’s within the realm of possibility for most North Americans to purchase if they really wanted to. The amount of technology and faculty that exists within this device is remarkable, the sum total of which could cost more than a house just ten or fifteen years ago. One of the most significant technologies of all is the Edge’s excellence in photography and video.
Baltimore has been in the news constantly over the past weeks. It all stems from the events surrounding Freddie Gray’s death due to alleged police abuse and negligence. Possibly the most important piece of evidence gleaned is the cell phone video recorded by a passerby, as Gray’s limp body was lugged by cops into the waiting paddy wagon. Because of what we have learned from this and other evidence, this case will likely create a precedent by which measurable changes will be made in American life.
The mobile device in the pocket of the observer demonstrates how important it is to always have the ability to take a video or a picture of something that is happening around you. As devices like the Edge become even more affordable and plentiful, abuses like the ones alleged in Baltimore are going to be harder to hide. Life as it is really lived is going to be recorded and shared. Laws will be made accordingly, not according to legislative whim, but according to facts as presented in consumer recorded video, image, and audio. It is naive to think that the Edge and other mobile devices will bring about Utopia, or that all legislative changes from here out will be good. But the ability to record reality in detail, in the pocket or millions of people, is an empowering development for normal people, a freedom granted that exceeds the power of many given in the American constitution. The people have always had a voice. But now they can amplify it, better than ever before.
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It’s quite obvious that those on the cutting edge of the latest gadgets and technology are simply hooked on all things Apple. This includes the company’s latest iPhone, which offers a wide selection of greatly improved features perfectly suited to tech-savvy users in search of an optimized smartphone experience.
In this respect, the iPhone 6 has much to offer virtually every consumer with an eye on advancing technology. Much of this appeal lies in this device’s numerous revamped features, which afford superior photo capture and video recording, simplified methods of purchasing both online and in-store, and a lightning-fast processor offering 84 times the performance of previous versions. This allows both optimum computing capability, as well as exquisite graphics ideal for gaming and watching videos.
When it comes to technical specifications, the iPhone 6 clearly goes above and beyond what is commonly expected from mobile devices. Advancements range from practical concerns like extended battery life to a selection of futuristic finishes featuring the very latest in attractive colors.
In addition to the above specs, the iPhone 6 also includes many new and exciting features aimed at amplifying the user’s overall experience. These additions have greatly improved on past designs in several areas that are vastly important to consumers.
One of the latest iPhone’s most exciting advances involves enhanced video recording capability. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus allow video recording in 1080p HD, with the option of 30 or 60 fps. This is particularly useful when it comes to shooting things in motion, such as sporting events or capturing footage while in a vehicle. These new recording features offer even amateur videographers the ability to shoot crystal-clear footage under many different circumstances.
Sensor technology has become standard in mobile devices over the past few years. In addition to the numerous sensors available in past versions of the iPhone, the latest release includes yet another useful iteration. The built-in barometer enables optimized location tracking when using apps, while also keeping tabs on your exact latitude. This can make more efficient weather tracking possible, which is important for those users who spend much of their time outdoors.
While near field communication (NFC) mobile payments have yet to become a widespread phenomenon, Apple Pay just might change all that. Thanks to the newly implemented NFC chip, the iPhone 6 possesses the potential to render your mobile device into a digital wallet. When armed with a new iPhone and a reliable network, this technology can be used to make purchase anytime and anywhere. While the most difficult aspect of making NFC payments work is getting major companies on board, Apple has been faring quite well in this respect. Partnerships have been forged with numerous well-known retailers, in addition to the top three credit card companies.
Voice calling has been an ongoing issue for numerous smartphone users. Many cell networks afford subpar service, much to the chagrin of those attempting to make and receive calls. Apple has met these challenges head on with its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) capability. This function can help standardize voice calls, which can then result in improved call quality. WiFi calling is also available to users, which is an ideal option for those low-coverage areas. While these voice calling features are truly notable, they do require participation from your respective mobile carrier.
Staying ahead of the curve is important when new technology is concerned. Of course, such advances require more than simply adding a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles that are sure to lose appeal once the novelty fades. True innovation involves knowing which features consumers require to improve their lives, whether that involves work, play, or a mixture of both.
Fortunately, the iPhone 6 is brimming with a number of great features that smart consumers demand. This falls in line with Apple’s dedication to ardent fans of their innovative products, who often set the tone for future advancements. Accordingly, the company’s latest iPhone is already a proven success to those seeking superior mobile technology.
Sometimes we come across devices that are either lost or misplaced and being Good Samaritans, we try our best to return the device to its rightful owner. Often due to lack of information and the device’s security methods, we tend to give up after some efforts. Unlike other smartphone manufacturers, Apple designs its devices to adapt to nearly any situation. Therefore, knowing ways to find relevant information about the device owner from an apple device could prove invaluable at times.
Siri comes loaded with features that not only ease a user’s experience but also helps him prevent unwanted access and losses. Still the virtual assistant proves extremely beneficial to people who might end up with someone else’s device. With the right commands, the user can get all relevant information about the owner or even call common contacts that may have been preset in the device.
If the device you found is locked then finding the relevant information gets a bit challenging. You can always try the basic commands like “Whose Phone Is This” or “Who owns this phone” to display detailed information of the owner. You can find the owners phone number, address, alternate numbers and other stored information which you can use to return the device to its owner. Remember to ask the exact phrase above because if you utter “iPhone” accidentally instead of “phone” such as “Who owns this iPhone”, Siri will redirect to Apple’s website.
If you don’t find enough information on the screen, or have failed to locate the owner with the available information, you can experiment with basic commands commonly used to call or text relatives. You can say “Call Dad”, “Call Home”, “Call Mom” or even “Call my wife” if the real user has enabled relationships. If the user has specifically disabled locked phone calling feature then the basic commands won’t work. In this case you will have to track down the owner through the device’s IMEI number or keep the device charged and ready for any incoming calls.
Sometimes users tend to store emergency contact information on the lock screen of their device to ease the finding. If you ever get hold of such an iPhone, you can directly use the information without bothering Siri. Moreover, if Siri is disabled on the device, the only option you have is to track down the user through the IMEI number.
Make sure that you retrieve all necessary information and contact the owner as soon as possible. if the owner activates the lost mode from the cloud panel, the device would get permanently locked up and all contacts and information would automatically get deleted. You will have to run to the authorities and Apple service stores to identify the user through his IMEI number.
An unlocked device has all information about the user. Opening the contacts app would itself get you all important information about ways to reach the original user. You can call any of the numbers listed in the contacts app, preferably in the call log to reach people who know the device owner.
Siri is considered the most advanced virtual assistant yet to be embedded on a handheld device. Therefore with proper usage, anyone can easily get all relevant information about the device owner. If the owner has locked the device, Siri would no longer respond to any questions or even show user information. Some users also store alternative contact information as a lock wallpaper.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6+ are probably the most coveted big screen phones of 2014. We call the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 a phone, even though we realize it’s a part of the Galaxy Note phablet range. The differences between a smartphone and a phablet – a smaller tablet with all the features of a phone – have become almost non existent these past few years. In 2011, the Samsung Galaxy Note had a huge 5.3 inch screen – about a couple of inches bigger than most smartphone screens. This made it more of a tablet than a phone. Today, in 2014, it’s no longer uncommon for everyday smartphones to have 5 inch screens. The iPhone 6, the smaller one, has a 4.7 inch screen, for example.
The iPhone 6+ is Apple’s first attempt at making a phablet. The product should let it take on the other phablets in the market, like the Google Nexus 5 and, of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Apart from a few features, like the presence of the S Pen on the Galaxy Note 4, the two devices are comparable to each other:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is close to the Note 3 in design. It has the same faux leather back and some plastic components, but it does have a new metal frame. It has a squarish look to it and chamfered edges. The phone has a width of 3.09 inches and a length of 6.04 inches. You can get it in white, gold, black and hot pink.
The iPhone 6+ has an aluminum chassis, with smooth, curved edges – very different from the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6+ looks similar to a new-gen iPad from afar. The iPhone 6+ has a width of 3.06 inches and a length of 6.22 inches. The phone is available in gold, silver and space grey colors.
If you place the devices side by side, you will see that the iPhone 6+ is slightly bigger than the Galaxy Note 4. It also looks much more sleek and high-end. The Galaxy Note 4, on the other hand, appears to be easier to hold because of the faux leather back. It also seems to be sturdier, which you may or may not prefer.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7 inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 QHD at 515ppi. Samsung used the well-known AMOLED technology for the Note 4.
The iPhone 6+, on the other hand, has a 5.5 inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 401 ppi. Apple has used the Retina HD display for the screen, which runs with IPS technology.
So which screen is better? The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a larger screen running at a higher resolution. However, you can’t really tell the difference if you place the phones side by side. Most apps are not optimized for the higher resolutions these devices support either. The colors on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 appear to be a little brighter though.
The Processing Power
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor running at 2.7GHz. It has an Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
The iPhone 6+ has a dual-core Apple A8 processor with 1.4GHz. It runs a quad-core PowerVRGX5450 GPU and has 1GB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 trumps the iPhone 6+ in terms of processing power. The iPhone 6+ is a very fast, well-optimized phone, though, so don’t underestimate its performance.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a 16 MP camera at the back and a 3.7 MP camera at the front. The camera is a significant improvement over its predecessor, featuring optical image stabilization and letting you record ultra high quality 4k videos at 30fps.
The iPhone 6+ has an 8 MP camera at the back and a 1.2 MP camera at the front. This camera is almost identical to the one on the iPhone 5S. It does give better video performance, though, letting you record at 1080p at 60fps.
We found that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 lets you take better-quality pictures, capturing greater details and giving you more vivid colors. The iPhone 6+ has a competitive camera which, while not as good as the Note 4’s camera, is still pretty good.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a 3220mAh battery, which is the same battery as the one found on the Note 3. However, you can now charge 50% of your battery in just 30 minutes.
The iPhone6+ has a smaller 2914mAh battery, while the iPhone 5S has a 1440mAh battery. It takes up to 3 hours to charge to 100%.
If you loop a video on both devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 stays alive for about 14.5 hours. The iPhone 6+, on the other hand, will stay alive for about 9 hours.
Android vs. iOS
We are really not looking to get into a debate here! Both Android and iOS have their advantages and drawbacks. The iOS is a streamlined, safer experience, as you can use only Apple approved apps. Android, on the other hand, is more customizable and has more apps, period. Both operating systems are easy to use and give you similar features.
The Verdict – Which Phone Should You Buy?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 costs $700 to $825, depending on the carrier, for the 32GB version. The 64GB version of the iPhone 6+ will set you back by about $850- the full retail price. Even though the phones are similarly priced, the Samsung Note 4 distinguishes itself because of its higher battery life and better specs in general. It also has a stylus, the S Pen, which makes navigating and using apps a breeze.
If budget is not a concern and you don’t mind using a phone with a stylus, you can’t go wrong buying the Galaxy Note 4. You might find that you like the Apple 6+ offers a better experience though, if you like iOS. You should try out both phones before you buy – but we would probably end up buying a Note 4.
Apple has been known to launch its products with much fanfare and there is no reason for things to be any different this time around, when the most awaited phone of 2014 is to be unveiled on 9th of September – iPhone 6. Even though Apple users have got a peep into what to expect from the new iPhone, there is always room for surprises in terms of features that makes every iPhone fan’s imagination run amok. And, rightly so, because iPhones starting from its first generation, has played a vital role in changing the dynamics and the evolution of the smartphones we know today.
The infographic below, discusses the features and fans wishlist of Apple iPhone 6. Some of these features are much needed considering active competition from other major players. The top 3 features wanted by the fans in the iPhone 6 is a longer battery life, water resistance and a crack resistant screen. Removable battery, larger screen size, wireless charging capabilities, built-in health applications, mobile wallet and better synchronization with wearable gadgets also features in the popular demand.
It remains to be seen how many of these features are actually integrated in the Apple iPhone 6, but with its launch date inching closer, the excitement in Apple Stores and among iPhone loyalists is increasing rapidly. Even though the market is filled with numerous competitors, Apple has been able to hold its premium position firmly. This is mainly because of the company’s legacy of not disappointing its users, which is so far generously rewarded by the users with their loyalty. The launch of iPhone 6 is expected to make Apple’s portfolio stronger, as with a larger screen, better battery life and a bevy of futuristic features, even the nearest competitors are expected to face the music of one-sided competition, at least for the time being.
We’re not sure what Samsung’s game plan is, but it seems that they release a new phone almost every week! In my opinion they want to saturate all segments of the mobile market and leave people no other option but to buy a Samsung. Could be effective if it works.
In this weekly showdown, Samsung recently announced another phone from its Galaxy series, the Galaxy S4 Mini. Although I don’t really see a point in releasing a gorgeous phone like the Galaxy S4 and then following it up with a Mini version, Samsung believes that there is a market for people who want the features of the S4 but not the size.
The past few years have seen phones getting bigger and bigger with manufacturers squeezing the tablet space, but according to Samsung there is a piece of the pie to be had for the huge Mega’s and Note’s as well as the diminutive Mini’s – this being proven by the successful launch of the S3 Mini.
Back to the S4 Mini; the Galaxy S4 Mini is scheduled for release in July. It is also possible to pre-order the phone now, if you just can’t wait and you’re willing to spend 500 euros to get one.
Although the 500 euros price tag does seem a bit steep for the Galaxy S4 Mini, especially when an additional 50 euros gets you big brother Galaxy S4, it does make up for it with its features. The Galaxy S4 Mini plays around in the 4 inch screen area, 4.3 inches to be exact. This used to be a standard on phones a few years back but now categorizes the Mini niche.
The only other major player still operating in this area is Apple with its iPhone. In the Android space, there are very few, if any brands offering high end specs in this segment. This may be the reason for the launch of the Galaxy S4 Mini and the success of the Galaxy S3 Mini.
Another reason for giving life to the Galaxy S4 Mini (or the mini series on the whole) could be to elevate Samsung’s flagship phones (S4s, S3s) above the competition, mainly the iPhone. The Mini’s with their similar size to the iPhone can be left to tackle it and the S4s can have an open playing field.
To give you a better idea of the Galaxy S4 Mini, below is a comparison between it, the iPhone and the HTC One S
If you want my perspective, the Galaxy S4 Mini has more RAM, a better front camera and is lighter, with the rest of the specs being almost equal, making it superior to both the HTC One S and the iPhone 5.
However, the difference is not as significant as it seems on paper and of course there is the question of why shouldn’t I just spend a little more and get myself the Galaxy S4 (Biggie) instead?
Although it does make sense to target the smaller screen niche (even when you have a hit like the Galaxy S4), the S4 Mini might not give the consumer many reasons to lose focus on the S4 itself, especially when the price difference is not that significant. It however could be another nail in the coffin for the illustrious iPhone.
There are plenty of mobile service operators to choose from on the UK market, and knowing which operator to go for can be confusing. Whilst most operators offer an array of packages, some networks are simply better at some things than others.
Today we’re looking at the best operator to choose for various reasons, from those that offer the best business mobile deals to those that have the biggest calling plan options. So, if you’re looking to switch operators, or you’re signing your first mobile contract, then read on to find out which operator is going to be the best for you.
Coverage is pretty important when it comes to choosing an operator. Operators have different numbers of cell towers in different areas, meaning that some networks have better service in some areas than others. You can check out coverage on an operator’s web page. Poor coverage is going to give you poor service; you’ll get bad call quality and slow mobile data speeds, and may even find that your phone doesn’t work at all.
If you live in an urban area, you’ll probably find that you get decent coverage with most operators. However, those that live in more rural locations might have more of a problem. In general, the operator that offers the best coverage is T-Mobile, so if you’re having problems with getting service, you might want to look at their plans.
If you’re looking for business mobile deals then the best company around is going to be O2, for several reasons. Firstly, O2 offers specific business contracts, with calling plans that are geared towards business customers, with high data limits and unlimited messaging. This means that you’ll have the good reliability of service that you need in a business phone. They also offer discounts to self-employed and freelance customers. Secondly, O2 has great deals on contract business phones.
Business phones tend to be high end, expensive models, and signing an incentive contract with O2 can get you a great business phone for little or no money down. And you don’t end up paying significantly more on contract than you would if you bought the phone direct. For business customers, O2 is a great choice.
Whilst the cost of calling minutes and text messaging is fairly uniform amongst operators, the cost of mobile data isn’t. Data often makes up the most expensive part of your calling plan, meaning that operators often offer low data limits to keep prices down. If you’re an internet addict and want a great mobile data plan then you should look at Three. Three have the cheapest data plans on the UK market, as well as some of the largest. Plus, Three’s All You Can Eat data is truly unlimited.
Many operators offer unlimited mobile data but then employ a fair usage policy. This policy allows the operator to slow down your mobile data speeds if they think that you’re using too much data, even if your plan is supposed to be unlimited. Three do not have a fair usage policy so you can use as much data as you like.
If you’re a heavy phone user then you’re probably getting some pretty hefty bills. The problem with most mobile contracts is that they put a limit on the amount of text messages, calling minutes and mobile data that you can use for your monthly fee. Once you exceed those limits you end up paying some pretty expensive extra charges for any extra services that you use. Big users often break their monthly limits and therefore get big bills.
Heavy users can benefit from signing unlimited contracts that place no monthly limits on texts, minutes and data, but these plans are often pricey. However, T-Mobile currently offers the biggest calling plan for the cheapest price. The Full Monty plan is a completely unlimited contract and costs significantly less than any other comparable plan on the market.
Anyone who frequently travels knows how expensive mobile roaming charges can be. With most operators you pay not only premiums for making calls and sending texts from abroad, but also for receiving calls and texts. These charges can add up to a pretty shocking bill when you get home. If you travel a lot and need to use your mobile then the best operator for you is going to be Orange.
You’ll have to sign a regular contract and then add a roaming package as an optional extra to take advantage of their great prices, but it’s worth doing. For a small extra fee each month you can use your mobile abroad for the same prices as you pay inside the UK. Plus, Orange offers the best prices for calling abroad as well. For travelers and those with friends and family out of the country, Orange gives you some great deals.
When it comes to low cost, Vodafone has the cheapest calling plans on the market. Be aware that these contracts do come with very low monthly limits, particularly for mobile data. However, if you’re looking to sign the cheapest contract that you can get and can keep to the limits that you are given, then Vodafone is the company to go with. These are particularly good contracts for light phone users.
If you don’t want to sign a contract and prefer to have a pay-as-you-go phone then most operators will meet your needs. The costs of texts, minutes and data are pretty much the same with nearly all UK operators nowadays. The one exception is Virgin Mobile, which offers more expensive calling minutes than any other network.
When it comes to benefits, Orange probably offers more than anyone else. Their Animal Plan programs will let you choose certain perks each time you load credit on to your phone. However, benefits change weekly as companies offer deals, so it’s worth comparing networks before getting a pay-as-you-go plan.
When trying to get find great business mobile deals Sam Jones knew exactly where to look. He had great success with online price comparison sites in the past and so sites like uSwitch were the obvious choice. Start with the information in this post, and then go do your own comparison if you need more details or are in a different location.
The first thing that pops out at you from all the iOS clutter on the internet is how disappointing its new facelift is! People have called it “flat” and even gone as far as to call it “childish”. I can understand the latter comment as it does look a bit cartoonish with the near florescent color scheme; but let’s take a closer look at the new mobile OS.
There were huge expectations from Jonnathan Ive when Apple announced a refresh of the iOS. Everyone was eagerly waiting for Apple to reveal a fresh, clean take on iOS. Unfortunately, the new iOS look does not live up to its immense hype. The icons feel rushed and the color scheme on some icons are plain cartoonish. The feel of the iOS lacks the class and elegance one has come to expect from Apple products. It almost gives the impression that due to a lack of time the first sketch was approved and thrown into production.
There are some good additions that apple has made to the iOS 7. Topping this list is swiping up the control panel from the bottom of the screen. This control toggle gives you a one-touch switch to Bluetooth, AirDrop, AirPlay, Wifi, Airplane mode and more. Another exciting new update is improved multitasking. Apple claims that applications in iOS 7 will be able to pull data even when they are not running. This means that the spinner that you had to look at while waiting for an app to update might now become extinct and as soon as you open up an app you’ll get immediate fresh data.
The multitasking will also make use of intelligent algorithms, Apple says. For example, apps used frequently will be allocated more time to work in the background as compared to less used apps. This is quite exciting because according to Apple this will not only enhance the iPhone’s multitasking capabilities but also optimize battery usage.
However, the thing is that the swiping control toggle and multitasking are all things Andriod users are used to having as standard. So the question to ask is, is Apple playing catch up? Is this just another sign of Apple losing its innovative edge to Android?
One feature of the iOS 7 is actually quite interesting, i.e. the one they call AirDrop. This feature has the potential to revolutionize sharing between users. AirDrop leverages the core strengths of Apple’s unified ecosystem and has been available on Macs for some time now. Using AirDrop, people can easily share photos, videos, web pages, contacts and anything else from any app with a Share button. This makes many, many things possible, including:
With iOS 7, Apple has also enhanced its business features. With these new features Apple is trying to get company IT departments to adopt Apple’s iOS as their OS of choice. This is important because both Samsung and BlackBerry are also adapting their operating systems to cater better to businesses.
One of the features of the iOS 7 includes enterprise single sign on (SSO) where users enter their details only once and use them across apps. Apple has also enhanced its support for Microsoft Exchange. Now iOS 7 users can sync notes with Outlook on their Mac or PC.
iOS 7 can also be customized to control which app and account can open documents and email attachments thus increasing security by letting administrators configure apps with “Per App VPN.” With this kind of VPN apps will connect to a company’s private network automatically when launched.
Although iOS 7’s fresh look is not one to write home about, it does have some meatier features that Apple users will embrace with open arms; features that they were looking forward to for some time now. My advice for iOS fans: when you talk to your friends and colleagues about the iOS 7, steer clear of its cosmetic upgrade!
Every year there are lots of phones that hit the market. Some win our hearts and some – thankfully – vanish into oblivion. Here are 3 phones that will grace the shelves within the next six months and – we think – just might win your heart!
The Samsung Galaxy S4 might be the phone of choice for Android lovers, but the Samsung Galaxy Note series has in the S series’ shadows collected its own set of followers that love the huge device.
Yes, the Note 2 can seem a bit old when we compare it to the Galaxy S4, but remember the Note 2 was out with the Galaxy S3 and shouldn’t realistically be compared to the Galaxy S4.
That said, we can expect the next iteration of the Note series later this year. The Note 3, or whatever they might want to call it, is not only highly anticipated but might just be one of the top Android devices of 2013.
According to recent reports, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will churn out power via a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in the US. Outside the United States we can expect the Samsung’s Exynos octa-core chip.
The display should be – as per the rumor mill – around 5.5 – 6 inches and the screen will not be anything less than a 1080p Super AMOLED which the Samsung Galaxy S4 sports.
Another report suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 might support a radical new camera. According to the report, the camera will be 13MP and boast active image stabilization and a 3x optical zoom. The optical zoom will need movable lens elements and a larger camera module, but on the other hand will give you capability to zoom without sacrificing resolution.
Having said that, do expect the Note 3 to be expensive, as Samsung would not want another entrant in the cheap “Phablet” arena where the Samsung Mega has recently been launched.
Although there is no date for release yet for the Note 3, do expect an announcement at the IFA trade show 2013.
Sony has thus far failed to design a phone that captivates consumers. This year Sony launched the Xperia Z in another attempt to woo consumers, but alas it was quickly sidelined by the likes of Samsung and HTC with their new phones. The competition had better specs and carrier tie-ins to their advantage, sending the Xperia Z to oblivion.
Sony has, however, not given up. It has a new product on the production line. Codenamed “Honami” it is expected to be eventually called the Sony i1.
The rumors around this phone are amazing. They say it’s going to encompass a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 5+ inch 1080p display, and a crisp 20MP camera. Also rumored is a Cybershot branding for the camera. This – if true – will hype the super-high resolution. Although megapixels don’t translate into good quality, with Cybershot on its side expect something amazing from Sony.
The “Honami” or the Sony i1 is expected to hit stores in the fall and could be announced as soon as the end of summer.
Google is clearly committed to creating new Nexus phones in order to have a flagship of its own. At D11, Googles’ new Android boss, Mr. Sundar Pichai, also mentioned that they will continue to make first-party Nexus hardware.
As always, the next Nexus phone will come dressed in the latest version of Android. This is not something new as Google always launches a new Android version with its Nexus phones. But the good thing is that with the Nexus, people are also expecting the latest Android version.
What is certain is that the next Nexus phone is already under development. What is also certain is that LG is not going to make it this time around. LG has clarified that they are not currently working with Google for the next Nexus, but won’t mind working on it if asked to. But like I said, the phone is definitely under development now so LG is completely out of the question.
As with all previous Nexus phones, it’s not going to be very expensive and we sure hope that Google does not breach the $300-350 mark!
Nexus season is generally late-mid fall of 2013 so hold on to your current phone till then if you want a brand new Nexus with the latest Android.
Which phone are you most interested in buying?
Tell us in the comments!