G4 Stylus and G4c by LG- Flagship Smartphones

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LG has introduced flagship smartphones, the G4 Stylus and G4c with high-end user experience features for the mid-range market. Both the phones are powered by a 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor and support LTE. However, there are some differences such as the display of the G4 Stylus is 5.7 inch compared to the G4c which is 5 inches. Additionally, the stylus has a 3,000mAH battery and G4c has 2,540mAH. Both the phones have Android 5.0 Lollipop with 1 GB of Ram though the 8 GB storage is expandable.

These mid-range phones have features like gesture shot, knock code, and glance view which make them fun-to-use devices. The super-quick autofocus camera can get crisp shots even in dim surroundings.

These premium phones with a low-price tag will grow the LG market in terms of price and performance as claimed by the president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. He also stated that this time around, it will exceed customer’s expectations of what an LG phone should be.

Both the G4 Stylus and G4c are available in LTE and 3G configurations, offering metallic silver and floral white color options. Following are the technical key specifications for the tech geeks.

G4 Stylus Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core (LTE) / 1.4GHz Octa-Core (3G)

  • Display: 5.7-inch HD IPS (258ppi)

  • Memory: 1GB RAM / 8GB ROM / microSD

  • Camera: Rear 13MP (LTE) or 8MP (3G) / Front 5MP

  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)

  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop

  • Size: 154.3 x 79.2 x 9.6mm

  • Weight: 163g

  • Network: LTE / 3G

  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC / A-GPS / Glonass / USB 2.0

  • Colors: Metallic Silver / Floral White

  • Other: Stylus Pen / Laser Auto Focus / Gesture Shot / Glance View / Knock Code™

G4c Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core

  • Display: 5.0-inch HD IPS (294ppi)

  • Memory: 1GB RAM / 8GM ROM / microSD

  • Camera: Rear 8MP / Front 5MP

  • Battery: 2,540mAh (removable)

  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop

  • Size: 139.7 x 69.8 x 10.2mm

  • Weight: 136g

  • Network: LTE

  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC / A-GPS / Glonass / USB 2.0

  • Colors: Metallic Gray / Ceramic White / Shiny Gold

  • Other: Gesture Shot / Glance View / Knock Code™

Both phones by LG seem to carry features that would appeal to gizmo freaks as well as regular mobile users alike. But how these phones would actually perform in the competitive market is for time to tell.

Motorola Nexus 6 Review: Google’s Flagship Phablet

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Well, Nexus 6 is a Google phone that is thicker, wider, and taller than Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It’s an enlarged version of the Moto X and shares similar design language. To give your fingers some rest, a nice dimple and smooth curve have been provided at the back of the phone.

The back of the phone is made of plastic and is resistant to scratches. The two front-facing speakers are very loud and can damage your eardrum if you put the phone up to your ear with full volume.

The 6-inch screen size is a big reason for Nexus 6’s existence. The resolution is 1440 x 2560, which at 493ppi, sits between the Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus in terms of pixel density. Showing content on your phone to other people is easier because of larger space on the phone screen. You can easily type on it or turn it into a movie-watching gadget.

To save power, Motorola has added a feature extension called ”Ambient Display” that just pops up notifications without powering on the complete screen.

The Nexus 6 has a fair battery life according to phablet standards. It has a 3220mAH battery that can give the device power for a day and a half. But if used heavily, it dies out after 14 hours. Android has finally introduced battery save mode which turns off the background data. Also, a few hours of charge can be added in just 15 minutes of charging via higher voltage compared to that of a standard USB charger.

The phone is indeed super-fast. With its 2.7 GHz quad-core snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM, app installations and playing games seem pretty smooth.

The past experience with the same lineage of phones has been consistently bad with cameras. But this time, Motorola has introduced a 13-megapixel sensor similar to the 2014 Moto X, with stabilization. Android 5.0 Lollipop has also been introduced with the concept of ”Material design”, which conceives a world of magic paper underneath your Nexus 6 screen.

With the improved notification update in Lollipop, you can check and interact with it on the lock screen itself. Besides, Google has added a ”Do Not Disturb” mode called a priority mode that can help you take complete control during meetings and other situations where you do not want to use your phone. .

As compared to last the couple of Nexus phones, the Nexus 6 is incredibly expensive with the support of the big carriers in the US.

Oppo N1: The Next Gen Mobile

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Finally, a newcomer has arrived in the market to light fire in the consumer’s heart. Smart phone newcomer Oppo has brought forward a decent package of features at a pocket-friendly price.

Oppo has given an innovative bend to the phone with its revolvable cam. Instead of just ordinary camera phones, this innovation really proves to be marvellous in the area of capturing images. There are now many phones available with those ordinary camera’s, but the versatility of a portable camera adds so much more fun to mobile photo capturing. We never thought capturing a moment could be so exciting. The extra pixel rate and features make a big difference in the final appearance of a photo. And, of course, Oppo’s build quality and software innovations are just incomparable.

Although a newly launched smartphone, the N1 seems to be hitting the competitors market. Its huge size with a 6-inch display is even bigger, suited for people with large hands or weak eyes. The phone looks and feels incredibly premium and guarantees a “Hey, which one is that?” query each time you reveal it from your pocket. A mere 213g with great weight distribution doesn’t make it feel heavy.

The Oppo N1 is featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC processor, similar to other models available in the market. This quad-core chipset can assure up to 1.7 GHz of speed and has 2GB of RAM to help it all the way. Needless to say, the operating system and apps run with ease without any issues. The phone also has a very capable Graphical Processing Unit which handles well any kind of graphic-heavy content.

We would have liked a top-of-the-line Snapdragon model in the market at this price but having Oppo with the specs and performance it promises is a fairly good deal.

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Vivo X5 Pro to Be Equipped with an Eye Recognition Technology

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It’s no news how Vivo has been persistent with teasing its next smartphone, the X5 Pro, for the last few weeks or so. Not only this, apart from the company’s teases, we’ve also observed an intentional render of the smart phone getting leaked. Well, it’s the third time now that you’ll be seeing a whole new teaser that will not only surprise you but also catch your eye for good!

Thankfully, it’s not the usual mundane contour of the X5 Pro’s rounded corners that we’re going to be witnessing this time around. There’s more, and it definitely catches the eye (you may already have worked out some guesses just by looking at the image above.) Vivo seems to have equipped their upcoming smartphone with an eye recognition technology, or more aptly an Eye ID – a feature that has had no precedents so far. The technology seems to function through iris scanning, which as per Vivo’s own claims is expected to be more secure in comparison to any other authentication method. The main reason for that to be the case is that the information its sensor views cannot be copied.

The technology will be employed both for securing the phone as well as specific apps even any confidential data you want to keep secure.

Although not many details have been revealed as of yet, the X5 Pro might get its official launch on May 7th, 2015, which isn’t many days from now. However, all of the things heard about the launch date seem to be a product of the grapevine. However, if that’s true then we barely have little over a week to go – as of this writing.

The handset is expected to sport a metal build, 2.5D curved glass on the front, along with a 3,500 mAh battery, a USB Type C connector, as well as the ability to click 32 megapixels of quality pictures with its front camera. However, you need to take note that it is likely to be achieved through some kind of software chicane, instead of a 32 MP sensor. As far as the main snapper goes, it should ideally be available with phase detection autofocus with all of the normal features and specifications, backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset.

Sony Xperia E4g: Tinier, Yet Better

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It’s good to see how Sony’s more approachable E-series has come a long way. In fact, it has gotten way better with its newest fourth generation bet, featuring abundant functionality and usability aspects at an affordable price. While the Sony Xperia E4 boasts of many a new features, it somehow falls short of its predecessor in many respects. But focusing more on the positive aspects and considering the price tag, it appears Sony has done well, if not better.

Having made some creative adjustments in the specifications, the makers have established that the Xperia E4g is indeed a true successor to the E3. Instead of making the display size 5.0 inches, Sony decided that this device would go for a smaller 4.7-inch size. The panel has mainly stuck to the same pixels resolution of 540 x 960 and the decreased screen size paves way for a higher ppi of 234. The overall dimensions of the phone measure 133 x 71 x 10.8 mm and its weight stands at a total of 135g.

Among the key features, the phone has a 4.7″ 16M-color 540×960 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with an Android OS v4.4.4 KitKat. The processor stands strong, a Quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53; Mediatek MT6732, Mali-T760MP2. However, the RAM doesn’t seem to offer much with 1 GB capacity. In terms of storage capacity, the phone has 8GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot. And that’s not all. The Sony Xperia E4 is also equipped to satisfy users having a penchant for mobile photography as it supports a good enough 5MP camera with 1080p@30fps video and a 2MP front-facing camera with 720p video. Other provisions include LTE connectivity with optional Dual SIM support, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS receiver, Bluetooth v4.1, FM radio, and a strong 2,300mAh non-removable battery that will last long enough for a regular mobile user.

While the E4g is good to go with the many feathers in its hat, there are some things that might not impress users. For one, the device has a low screen resolution which isn’t a user-friendly feature. Also, the phone comes with a non-removable battery.

However, the Xperia E4g is expected to do well in most spheres given its price tag. It will be available globally, maybe with single-SIM and dual-SIM versions aiming at different markets.

Acer Liquid Jade S: Another Semi-Precious One?

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The Acer Liquid Jade S seeks to carve a niche for itself with bold looks, a rather slim waistline and well-balanced hardware. Announced only six months following the Liquid Jade, the S version introduces illustrious upgrades in several major areas. It certainly has a more powerful chipset that features an octa-core processor. The higher-grade graphics processor is the key alteration, however, the doubled operating memory and onboard storage are also noteworthy changes. The new SoC is not merely about higher performance though, it also brings along the needed LTE support to the table.

There are many other key features that have been retained starting with the 5-inch display. The display may not be FullHD, but qHD resolutions aren’t unheard of in the price segment and 720p gives enough density without raising the price too high. The dual SIM capability will be applauded by specific users, even if the second card needs to fight with the microSD for the shared slot space.

The Acer Liquid Jade S sports prominent styling too. While certain design elements may not be to everyone’s liking, it’s definitely not just another nameless black rectangle of a smartphone. It’s also light and pleasantly thin – a rarity in a price range where build is usually sacrificed at the altar for a lower price.

The Acer Liquid Jade S key features include dual SIM slots, quad-band 2G connectivity for both SIM cards, quad-band 3G, and Cat 4 LTE for download speeds up to 150Mbps. Other key features include:

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot; GPS with A-GPS

  • 64-bit Mediatek MT6752M chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 1.5GHz

  • Mali T760MP2 dual-core GPU

  • 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage on board, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card in place of SIM 2

  • 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display of 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution, Gorilla Glass 3 protection

  • 13MP main camera with fast f1.8 lens, autofocus, and LED flash; 1080p@30fps video recording

  • 5MP front facing camera

  • DTS-HD certified audio

  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat with thorough customizations from Acer, promised upgrade to Lollipop

  • FM radio receiver

  • 2,300mAh battery capacity

  • Compact, light body; striking design

No matter how well-designed the device is, it comes with its own set of disadvantages too. It has a non-removable battery and there is no NFC. Further, the power button is in an uncomfortable position. You also can’t have dual-SIM and microSD at the same time on this phone.

So, as discussed in the above list, the Acer Liquid Jade S addresses the shortfalls of its predecessor and adds up to a convincing smartphone package – on paper. It has promising hardware, which is further complemented by a unique styling.

With the specifications duly in place, as many prospective buyers would like to have, the phone is all set to create a buzz in the market!

Vivo Xshot: A Shot at the Competition

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Another Chinese flagship mobile phone has rocked the market, but with a twist. The Vivo Xshot is a uniquely built phone flaunting a premium finish, unnerving specifications, and a camera setup that almost puts it in a niche of its own.

The Vivo Xshot is available in two variations. The first one is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, with four CPU cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The second version, which also is lighter to hold, wraps up a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in memory. Besides the feature differences, the two handsets appear nearly identical. It is true that both of these variants are typical of most 2014 flagship phones. However, we do not mean that as a criticism. After all, the Vivo Xshot came into the market last summer, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but with a more conformed price.

Here are the key features of the device:

  • 5.2″ 16M-color 1080p IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen

  • Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974AA Snapdragon 801 or Snapdragon 800 at 2.3 GHz, 2/3 GB RAM and Adreno 330 GPU.

  • Rear camera of 13 mega pixels with 4K video, OIS, f/1.8 and dual-tone flash; 8MP, wide (84 degree) front-facing camera with LED flash and 720p video.

  • Exclusive two-stage camera shutter button.

  • 16GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot

  • LTE Cat. 4 (150Mbps), Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS/GLONASS receiver, Bluetooth v4.0

  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack

  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope and compass

  • Active noise revoking with a dedicated mic

  • 2,600mAh non-removable battery

While the phone offers many useful and innovative features, it also has some disadvantages. Apparently, it is stuck on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with no UI update. The battery cannot be removed and is of a rather limited capacity. There is no actual WiFi AC support and even the user interface appears to be confusing at times owing to poor translation. The Xshot is equipped with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD panel of full HD resolution and 424ppi. It has a sharp, clear display, but it tends to get quite reflective at times.

Nevertheless, the camera setup is worthy of applause as the Xshot uses an ambitious 13MP sensor, complete with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization and 4K video recording potential. Even the front-facing camera is great at 8 megapixels. It even has a dedicated LED flash for captures, so selfies should also come out quite nice!

Overall, the device is a fruitful experience for a specification-centric user and worth the money users will invest in it.

Nokia Lumia 1020: A photographer’s Delight

NokiaLumia1020The Nokia Lumia 1020 by Nokia was first unveiled on 11 July 2013 at a Nokia event in New York and has caught the fancy of people ever since. The Lumia 1020 has very nicely been wrapped up in a unibody polycarbonate chassis, which does bring about a certain confidence within users about the device’s durability. The Gorilla Glass 3 on the front of the 1020 is flush with the edges, which ensures that you do not feel any pauses when running your fingers through the device. The device has been made available in three lovely colors (yellow, black and white), each with a matte finish along with a coating that is both dirt- and fingerprint-resistant.

The Lumia 1020 offers a vast 32GB of internal storage, which is normally enough space for most users. Even for those who are going to utilize the phone’s numerous camera features to the fullest might just feel that the storage capacity is just enough to park their captures. That said, you actually can’t notice how pivotal a role the camera plays in the Lumia 1020’s performance. It has been made for the photography enthusiast. For them to be able to enjoy the performance closest to that of a DSLR. With that end in mind the Lumia 1020 takes their PureView tech and improves upon the imaging experience of a smartphone. For one, rather than having to switch between creative mode and high-resolution shots, the 1020 now takes both at the same time, delivering a 38MP photo (34MP for wide-angle) and an oversampled 5MP version with lossless zoom as well.

Putting the advantages and the disadvantages right across the table, the hits are that the device has a best-in-class imaging experience with a beautiful display and a very dependable battery life. It has a smooth performance and is made of real substance, promising a solid build quality and materials. The misses in the device aren’t much. The phone can be a bit awkward and is slightly uncomfortable to hold. It also has a few bugs, which do not appear often. But despite the misses, the phone is a real pleasure to own, especially for those who consider photographic quality important.

The Lumia 1020 is the best Windows Phone according to people who have tried it. Even while it’s a little difficult to hold conveniently, the phone offers the best camera in the industry.

 

HTC One M9: Better with Each Passing Year

As one of the most sought after cellphone brands in the market, HTC is known for its efforts to keep polishing its hit formula showcased in its previous handsets until it finally reaches the ideal it has been working toward. That’s what the company has attempted to bring forward with the HTC One M9.

Potential users would be glad to know that in most ways, the new handset is indeed a thoughtful refinement of the predecessors of the One series and the complaints, if any, form those devices haven’t gone unheard by the makers.

Hardware

While it becomes irresistible to compare the M9 to the One series phones that came before it, it is an interesting comparison. HTC’s new flagship phone channels more of the original One M7’s angular structure and has the same sloping back. The major improvement however, strikes with a more potent camera that is a square-shaped, sapphire-covered pod hosting a rather traditional shooter with 20-megapixels. Besides that, even the nano-SIM and microSD card slots sit nicely into the left and right edges of the handset. The microSD card slot takes cards up to a thumping 2 terabytes. How the phone looks is also more or less the same as its predecessors. However, the changes seem noticeable when you look at that 5-inch, 1080p screen fitted with incredible subtlety. The phone houses one of Qualcomm’s Octa-core Snapdragon 810s, 3GB of DDR4 RAM, 32GB of storage and support for super-fast LTE Cat 9 data speeds.htc new

Software

HTC has done a pretty good job of dialing back its influence on Android over the past few generations, and has brought out a version of Sense that is both smarter and great at getting out of your way when you want it to. If you’ve worked with the M8, you’ll feel a great sense of familiarity with the new handset by HTC. The new gadget has just about all the software features that The M8 flaunted on top of Android 5.0.2. It also comes with a few other smart and fresh bits.

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Camera

When shot in bright, proper lighting, the M9 brings out detailed photographs with nicely reproduced colors, although they can be a little washed out compared to the M8. As such, the 20-megapixel camera is a great photographic channel on the phone and does try to keep you happy along the way even if it does not look very elegant.

htc3Speaking of the cellphone in a nutshell, it definitely scores well in performance and has a top-tier build. Sense 7 is a thoughtful feature too and the phone’s quick charging option works well. On the downside, the main camera of the phone is a bit lackluster and the battery too seems to be a bit slight. However, the phone is a remarkable piece from one of the greatest phone makers we have. So go for it!

Amazon Fire Phone: Simply Unique or Good Enough?

This is the phone with which Amazon plunged into the smart phone industry. The Amazon Fire phone was launched with many a unique features and has done pretty well for itself and the users. We dig a little deeper here to figure out exactly what the device has in store.

Hardware

Amazon seems to have put a lot of effort in the Fire phone’s innovative features and perhaps lost focus on making the device appealing. The Fire phone appears more to be a prototype than a phone with a competitive look and design. Looks should have been even more import for them at a time when well-designed gadgets like the iPhone 5s, LG G3 and HTC One M8 have already hit the market with a bang. The Fire definitely feels thicker than all of these phones because of its blocky design. It is thicker than the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5, just as thick as the LG G3 and thinner than the One M8 and Moto X
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The phone comes with Fire OS 3.5, a proprietary operating system based on the Android 4.2 open-source platform (AOSP). It is quite similar to the concept used for the Nokia X and other devices sold in China in order to provide more flexibility to the manufacturers to build what they desire without being bound to use Google Play Services. Fire OS is more or less about Amazon and features Instant Video, Kindle books, Newsstand, Audible audiobooks, music, and games. If you want to download apps, you’ll need to use the Amazon Appstore for it, which features about 240,000 titles.

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Camera

What we like about the Fire is that Amazon didn’t compromise even a bit on its imaging performance. The camera boasts of a 13-megapixel sensor with a five-element lens, f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS). What it captures clearly beat out the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5. The camera takes great shots with appropriate detailing.

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CONS

Mayday assures quick access to tech support

Exclusive to AT&T, no global options

Comes with free Prime membership for a year

3D effects can lead to motion sickness

Call quality is good

Restricted ecosystem

Dynamic Perspective; Firefly needs improvement

Features interfere with battery and performance

Verdict

To cut the long story short, Amazon has indeed tried to bring out the best in its debut phone, there isn’t much of an incentive for users to switch carriers or platforms to purchase it. Its unique features don’t seem to offer enough utility, and come at the expense of both battery life and performance.