It is no secret that the Samsung Galaxy S4 has had some battery issues. Many users have reported about the device battery swelling or barely holding charge within weeks of use. After some investigation, Samsung has been offering free replacement to the affected users. However, there is more to this theory than what Samsung would like us to know about.
Motorola is ending its big promotion on the Moto X today, dropping the price down to a low $349. Sales start at Noon EST with the handset being offered on a first come, first served basis. Read on for some tips to help make the buying process as easy as possible.
Assuming you have a decent job, buying a smartphone with bleeding edge hardware specifications is easy. But no matter how much money you have, buying a flagship Android phone that’s easy to use in one hand is simply impossible … at least it will be for the next 10 days. Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has finally announced when the 4.3 inch Sony Xperia Z1F is going to launch: December 19th.
Once upon a time, Sony was easily the worst offender when it came to smartphones updates. But these days, they’re often one of the best. Sure, they’re not Google and Motorola awesome, but they’re up there with Samsung and HTC. So with that now in the back of your mind, let’s rewind the clock back to January.
LG’s flagship phone for the second half of 2013, the G2, is a curious little device. It looks a bit like the Samsung Galaxy S4, but the screen is larger, has almost zero bezel, and the buttons you’d normally expect to find on the sides of the phone were moved to the back. There’s actually a LG G2 sitting on my desk right now, and I think it’s an outstanding device, but according to the Korean publication Asia Today, it’s not outstanding enough.
There are two rumors circulating around the internet about the next Nexus device from Google. One says it’ll be an 8 inch tablet that’s a variant of the LG G Pad 8.3. Another says it’ll be the successor to the Nexus 10. Personally, I think it’ll be the latter based on an earlier leak from a disgruntled Telefonica employee. Said employee leaked a photo, a price, and a model number: LG-V510. During the weekend, the man behind @evleaks tweeted an image of some XML markup that seemingly confirms the LG-V510 is indeed a Nexus, and that there will be a 16 GB variant.
Watching companies compete with each other is fun, but only to a certain point. Let’s take the iPad as an example. When it launched, many people called it a giant iPhone because it was basically iOS on a 9.7 inch screen. Oddly enough, putting Android on 10 inch piece of glass was exactly how Android OEMs reacted to the iPad. When those didn’t sell, because no one wants to spend $500 on an Android tablet, the 7.0 inch tablet was born. Cheaper and easier to differentiate, those actually gained some traction.
Is the same thing about to happen to Intel’s chips?
Not everyone can afford a $600 phone, even if it comes with a two year contract. And the sad thing about mid-range and low-end Android devices is that they get almost zero support once they leave a company’s factory. Flagships always get updates, because people who buy flagships are presumably the kind of people who also care about updates, but again, what if you simply can’t afford a high-end phone? Are you going to be stuck on ancient software?
When Apple launched the iPhone way back in 2007, there were lots of people, myself included, who weren’t too sure about the whole full touch screen smartphone phone factor. When the first Android smartphone hit the market a year later, the T-Mobile G1, it had a full touch screen as well, but it also had a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Fast forward a few years and predictive text entry systems have become so good that no one in their right mind would buy a device with a hardware keyboard, right?