HTC Unveils the Triple Piece Body Phone

HTC Unveils the triple Piece Body Phone

HTC expresses great style with the new Desire 626G+ featuring a triple piece body with soft touch edges that fit the grip with ease. Available in two colors, white and blue, this dual SIM phone brings a surprising amount of style and features at an affordable price.

Camera

The 626G+ incorporates a 13MP rear camera with auto focus LED flash, f/22 aperture and full HD 1060p video recording support. Up front, this device boasts of a 5MP front camera with a f/2.8 aperture BSI sensor capable of recording full HD 1080p video calls as well as attractive self-portrait shots. The image aspects are on par with the specific requirements of customers and hence the device is a standard offering for its pricing

Storage

This smartphone is packed with 8 GB of internal storage that is a bit low to store all contents. Though, it can be expanded up to 32 GB with the help of a micro SD card which is sufficient for a smartphone in this price bracket. However, the HTC Desire 626G+ isn’t a great deal as there is an assorted range of devices that include 16GB storage available for less price.

Processor

The Desire 626G+ draws its power from a 1.7 GHz octal-core processor that is teamed up with a Mali-T760MP2 graphics unit and has 1 GB RAM for decent graphic multitasking and handling. This chip set is similar to what is used in Lenovo the A7000 and Gionee Elife S7. A 2000mAh battery is possessed by the device that is claimed to supply up to 12 hours 40 minutes of talk time and 458 hours of standby time on a 3G network.

Features and Display

This HTC  device has a 5 inch HD display with 1280*720-pixel resolution and a density of 294 pixels per inch. It definitely renders decent quality content without any pixilation issues.

Conclusion

The HTC Desire 626G+ is a clone of the 620G except for the camera but, thankfully it didn’t maintain its pathetic music quality. The Desire 626G+ has pretty good music clarity using the earphones, making the overall sound quality decent. If you ask whether or not this phone is worth buying, only one thing that justifies the purchase is the camera quality. If you are not a camera freak then you may opt for other HTC phones that are quite similar to this one but comparatively cheaper. The Desire 626G+ is no less than “the same wine in a different bottle”.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: The New Waterproof Phone

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The recently launched Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Dual is a waterproof smartphone that can be considered as a standard budget phone. Sony is trying to get back in the budget smart phone arena with this Xperia phone.

Specifications

This dual sim phone comprises the latest Android version 5.0 Lollipop, 64 bit Snapdragon 615 octa core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM (internal memory). A 13MP rear camera and 5MP front captures average quality pictures. Also, the 2400 mAh battery lasts for more than a day and has 4G data connectivity as well. Sony also provides a good quality 720p HD display on their latest device.

What is good about the cellphone?

Apart from being waterproof, this standard phone can be picked up for half the price of the popular brands. The best feature is its capless micro USB port which is not available in other phones of the same category. The SIM card and microSD card slots however, are covered in this phone. With a dedicated camera button on the right, you can click underwater images easily.

Xperia M4 Aqua has decent performance. The experience is quite smooth though the device takes a bit longer while loading heavy games. Moreover, it gets heated during use but, this can be ignored.

What is bad about Xperia M4 Aqua?

Sony has stated that the phone is waterproof only under certain conditions. For example, it can’t be submerged in water that is more than 1.5 meters deep and that it shouldn’t come in contact with salt water. And off course, before recharging the phone, the USB port should be absolutely dry.

While the build quality is quite good, the cellphone is prone to a number of understatements. The camera disappoints and this is something you would not expect from a brand like Sony. For casual pictures and selfies, the phone is just fine.

Is it worth buying?

If you are planning to buy a waterproof cellphone then you may opt for this Sony device. Available in black, white, and pleasing coral colors, the M4 Aqua is an average mid-range cellphone beefed up with flagship phone features.

YU Yureka: Micromax Delivers an Affordable 4G Phablet

YU Yureka

Micromax has released YU Yureka as the first device in collaboration with Cyanogen. This affordable phone is a much sought after phone which has been appealing to almost everyone since the day of its launch. The phone is targeting mid-range users and has nothing major to complain about. It offers some interesting features bundled into a single package.

Display

With a 13.97-cm (5.5-inch) screen and 1280X720-pixel resolution, the IPS LCD Yureka has good display quality. Despite the relatively low pixel density, it has enough sharp edges, vibrant colors, and nice viewing angles to compete. Possessing corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Oleo phobic coating, it has 80-degree viewing angles and 16 million color depth.

Build Quality

YU Yureka feels great in the hand. An excellent addition is having a removable back and a rubberized plastic finish. However, the USB port is located to the left which seems to be wrongly designed.

Battery Life

The gadget has a reasonable sized battery of 2500MAh which is removable and replaceable. A good feature that it holds is the option of wireless charging, but that process takes a bit too long to get completely charged.

Hardware and Software Performance

YU Yureka is one of the rare phones to run on a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC. It is also Qualcomm’s first 8-core processor, having eight Cortex-A53 cores out of which 4 are clocked at 1.7 GHz and the remaining at 1.0 GHz.

Yureka ranks pretty well when it comes to performance. The benchmark scores are roughly between the Snapdragon 400 and 800. The gaming experience is also amazing and launching and switching between games is quite easy.

Camera

The cyanogen 13MP rear and 5 MP front cameras take incredible pictures even when the screen is locked. It also has an HDR mode but, unfortunately, it is not as effective as expected. Video records at the usual 1080p but it looks like 480p. The front camera is pretty awesome though it doesn’t have a wide-angle lens.

Storage and Connectivity

The phone has a dual sim slot having 4G LTE support on one and 2G support on the other. You may also get Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS as well. Call quality isn’t satisfactory and there is no NFC service. It has 2 GB of RAM and an inbuilt storage of 16GB.

With all the features mentioned above, YU Yureka is a great value for the money, having a good display, average performance, decent camera quality and satisfactory battery life. This device has certain issues such as poor loudspeakers, average low light camera performance etc. but for a price of $146 such issues can be overlooked.

Why Sony Xperia Z3+ Should Be Your Next Smartphone

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Sony did not take long to launch its next phone after Xperia Z3, the Z3+. But does this next version have enough advancements that it will maintain itself in the market for a longer duration? Here’s a peek at the new handset that has recently hit the market.

Premium Design

Sony has always been incredible with smartphone designs. From the very first model of Xperia, through the Z3+, the overall impeccable quality pretty much stands out against the competition.

The Z3+ comes with a sleek body with front and rear glass panels that have set a trend that even Samsung is copying. It just weights 144 grams even with a display of 5.2 inches and a 2930 mAh battery. Adding more to that is an IP68 waterproof feature, which means it can be submerged in 1.5 meters of water for a duration of 30 minutes. The USB is not covered by a flap and the sim slot and microSD slots have been moved to one area.

Software and Camera

This new smartphone comes with Android Lollipop running on a 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. With 3GB RAM, 32 GB inbuilt storage, and 128 GB expandable memory, it is quite impressive. Like the Z3, the new Xperia also has a 5Mp front camera and a 20.7-megapixel rear autofocus with image stabilizer, wide angle lens and 4K recording.

PS4 Remote Play

PS4 is Sony’s power differentiator as it works remotely on your smartphone. It has gradually become the core part of the gaming time. PS4 is popular as it is quick, easy to setup and works well.

This Xperia is a completely feature-packed smartphone. Where other smartphone manufacturers sacrifice features for their design, Sony packs them all in one. The new Sony Xperia Z3+ retains all the features regarding connectivity including 4G Internet, Bluetooth 4.1, micro USB port, WiFi Hotspot, and GPS with AGPS.

Go Big With Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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In the past two years, the demand for large screen phones, also called phablets, has gone through the roof. People love big screen devices. Apple was the last phone that acknowledged the big screen trend and last year the iPhone6 was lapped up in the record numbers.

Earlier, Microsoft devices infiltrated the world of larger phones with the Lumia 1320 and 1520. While the 1520 was a superlatively classic device, the 1320 was relatively average. This time, Microsoft is making a comeback with Lumia 640XL.

Display and Design

The 640 XL is pretty big with a screen size of 5.7 inches. Though the display has no issues in terms of viewing angles, the pixel density leaves a lot to be worked upon. While reading, text pixilation issues come to the fore. The body of the phone is made up of polycarbonate giving it a solid feel and this massive phone may not fit into your pocket. This time around, Microsoft has designed a pleasing phone, but it is too big to handle with one hand. Yet another drawback includes the sharp edges that may dig into your palm, making it uncomfortable to hold even though it is slimmer than the other smartphones.

Software

Microsoft XL runs Windows Phone 8.1 update2 that includes all the Lumia Denim update features with a few other enhancements. The setting app has been improvised to use the in-app search. You may also access the preloaded Lumia features such as Lumia Camera, Lumia Creative Studio, Calendar Data, Lumia Moments, Lumia Selfie and Lumia Storyteller. Facebook, Fitbit, Foodpanda, NDTV, Ola cabs, WeChat, BBM, etc. are a few of the preinstalled third-party apps on the device. Fortunately, you may uninstall the undesired apps from the lot.

Camera

One area where Microsoft smartphones have always held an edge over Android phones is the camera quality. The Lumia 640XL features a 13MP camera with 1/3-inch sensor, f/20 aperture, and Carl Zeiss lens. Is all this worth it? Yes, it is. Lumia has an incredible rear camera. It captures nice pictures during the day as well as at night. The camera also excels in shooting videos. You can shoot up to 1080 videos at 30 frames per second. The effortless capturing of shake free videos is simply amazing. In the front, the phone is equipped with a 5 MP sensor that clicks wide angle selfies.

Battery Life and Performance

Lumia battery has always impressed its customers. The 3000mAh battery with a frugal Qualcomm 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU converts to an awesome battery life. With 8GB of inbuilt storage, it supports up to 128GB of expandable memory. The call quality is quite good and the loudspeaker is also decent. Even in this Lumia phone, you may double tap the display to wake it up so there isn’t any need to reach for the power button.

Is it worth a look?

In a nutshell, the Microsoft Lumia 640XL is a solid budget phablet if you consider features such as camera, battery, and basic functionalities. As it is a Windows phone, it doesn’t match the rich experience of the similarly priced Lollipop Android phones.

 

LG G4 Doesn’t Live up to the Wait

LG G4

After immense hard work, LG has managed to deliver likeable phones and has revamped its branding. The LG G3 was released on May 2014, and after a yearlong wait the next upgraded phone LG G4 was launched in April this year. However, it fared differently than the expectations. Let’s see how.

Design

Surprisingly, LG didn’t do anything drastic to the new design as the changes are just conservative. The buttons are still on the back though it is an inch taller and wider than the other phones in its class including the HTC One M9 and 2014 Moto X. The G4 keeps the rear button layout that has become a landmark of every other LG phone. The 5.5-inch phone is too large to carry in the pocket.

Display

Just like its predecessor, it also uses a QHD panel which is incredible. LG has thankfully improved its color quality and direct sunlight performance when compared to the last year’s model. The IPS Quantum display and N-Type liquid crystals are one of the best in the market right now with 25% more brightness. With a 1440 x 2560 pixel display and corning Gorilla Glass 3, it simply looks amazing.

Software

LG again falls into the common trap of making arbitrary changes to the Android interface. The Lollipop (5.1) operating system upgrade provided no user facing benefit. A weird LG app store has been introduced with two different superfluous voice command systems that involves weather forecasting and basic getting-started tips.

Specification and Hardware

With 32 GB internal memory and 3 GB of Ram, it also adds on with a 16MP LED rear camera and 8MP front camera. To its credit, LG has added some useful specifications like the Dual Window mode but it has a limited breadth app support. Certain lags have also been noticed in the recent LG G4 which doesn’t always operate smooth. The 3000 mAh battery life, however, may be considered a positive aspect.

Conclusion

The G4 can be considered as a fine yet not an exceptional device. It needs to offer something that goes beyond what everyone else is delivering, something that will create a richer user experience.

 

Moto G 2nd Gen Review – A Budget Smartphone

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Whenever someone talks about the budget smartphones, Moto G is still at the top. This phone, when launched, sparked everyone’s expectation from a low price phone. With the launch of the Moto G 2nd Gen, the latest version of Motorola’s smartphone, you can start using Google’s latest update, Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The phone is available both in 8GB and 16GB models, however, you can expand the storage up to 32GB via microSD card slot. There is a dual-sim feature available if you have more than one sim card.

Display:

The phone is very comfortable to hold with its curved back of 6mm at its thinnest point and 11mm at its thickest. This version of Moto G is just 6g heavier than the previous one. For films and music, it delivers very nice sound quality with its ported dual speakers at the front.

With the resolution of 293 PPI (pixels-per-inch) the screen looks perfectly crisp and sharp. Small text can be easily read because of 1,280×720 resolution with a responsive touchscreen. The color accuracy for Moto g 2nd Gen is not any better than the older version but it is still legible both in and outdoors. The high contrast level, at 960:1, develops plenty of detail in our high-contrast images, and the screen’s viewing angles are equally brilliant.

Camera:

The Moto G 2nd Gen has improved its camera with an 8-megapixel rear sensor using an f2.0 aperture. You can also change the aspect ratio of the pictures taken from 16:9 to 4:3. The new Moto has all the same photo modes available, including HDR and Panorama modes. The HDR mode effect is a little strong and that helps in bringing a lot more definition to the shots and brightens a gloomy afternoon. Whether the HDR mode is turned on or off, the images still look great.

Performance:

This new generation phone use a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which keeps the performance at a peak.

Battery Life:

The battery life is awesome. The new Moto G’s 2,070mAh battery lasts 9 hours and 39 minutes which beats the Moto G by about 30 minutes. After updating the phone to Android 5.0, there is hardly any measurable difference in the battery test.

Conclusion:

With 4G & Android 5.0, this pocket-friendly smartphone phone is worth buying both in terms of overall value and money. This phones has proved itself as the one of the well-featured phones in this segment.

Microsoft Lumia 640: Windows at its Best

Microsoft Lumia 640

Windows phone has risen above expectations as it has introduced another impressive handset – the Microsoft Lumia 640, coming this March. It has been scrutinized as an appropriate budget phone. This mobile device with a wide 5-inch screen offers versatile features. It delivers a seamless integration of hardware essentials. Although it is a predecessor of Microsoft Lumia 640 XL, it is an updated phone with Windows 10 features and comprises notable features that are listed below:

Display

The Microsoft Lumia 640 is a hefty smartphone with a 5-inch display, HD resolution of 1280 X 720 and Gorilla Glass 3, qualities that make for a nice viewing experience.

Camera

It’s 8.0 MP camera with autofocus is pretty good at clicking pictures. It has a 4X zoom with LED flash. The minimum focus range is 10 cm but it isn’t a selfie phone as its front camera is just 0.9 MP. Though its video recording options are acceptable with 1080p main camera resolution and 30 fps camera video frame rate.

Memory

Momory is satisfactory with 1 GB Ram and 8 GB internal. The phone is expandable up to 128 GB using a MicroSD memory card. It also promises 30 GB of free cloud.

Battery

Promising to function for long hours, the phone offers a replaceable battery with the capacity of 2500 mAh. There is a favorable standby time of 35 days. The maximum talk time on a 3G network is 20 hours and on a 2G network for 27 hours.

A few limitations include mediocre screen and slow loading pages that sometimes irritate the user but overall, the phone offers an impressive web browsing experience. Offering the right value for money spent, the device is going to appeal to those who prefer spending wisely on cellphones. Moreover, it beats up a few android phones that are of the same price range.

YU Yuphoria Review: A 4G Budget Phone by Yu Televentures

YU Yuphoria

YU Yuphoria, a budget phone with CyanogenMod OS has recently been launched by YU Televentures. However, this phone has been launched to sell online only. YU Televentures has also released the Cyanogen OS sporting YU Yureka in the past which became standard among budget smartphones.

Build & Design:

The design of this phone stands out among all the other phones in this price segment. The metallic frame gives a firm grip to the phone while also lending a smart appearance. The white and gold version of the phone has a bulkier look that makes it an exclusive phone in a low range category. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 keeps the phone scratch free and also ensures that there is no problem browsing with the phone in sunlight.

Performance:

As far as the device’s performance is concerned, there are two USPs that make this phone unique and sought after. One is the metal frame and the other is its CyanogenMod OS. This mode is the safest mode for someone who is interested in getting more out of Android. However, the phone sometimes takes time to load the wallpapers and apps.

Social media sites can be browsed pretty fast and are responsive. Though the phone gets heated up during a long call, the audio quality is just fine. However, if you are listening to music on a high volume you will notice that the voice quality is not at its best.

Camera:

As per the specifications, the rear 8 MP camera is not up to expectations. The colors just do not match up with the settings. However, the front 5 MP camera is just fine for snapping sharp selfies.

Battery:

With regular usage, the phone battery lasts for 10 hours, which includes calls, browsing on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. The battery power saver mode is quite impressive in that it does not let the phone die for approx. 40 minutes without charging.

Summarizing Technical Specs:

  • 5-inch 720p HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection

  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB of RAM, Adreno 306 GPU and 16 GB internal storage

  • Cyanogen OS 12 on Android 5.0

  • 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera with a wide-angle lens

  • 2,230 mAh battery.

  • Dual SIM with 4G

With the useful and interesting specifications this new phone offers, it is sure to suit many routine users’ expectations. However, those who look at cellphones not as communication devices but more as their go-to gadget for most tasks might not feel so satisfied.

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.