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OnePlus takes everybody by surprise, launches an iPhone 6/6s case

OnePlus iPhone Case

OnePlus iPhone Case

The #OnePlus2 and the #OnePlusX are the company’s most recent smartphones that are currently available in the market. The manufacturer has now shocked quite a lot of users with its new iPhone 6/6s case in Sandstone Black. This is the same pattern as the back panel on the OnePlus One and the OnePlus 2, allowing users of the iPhone 6 or the 6s to get the OnePlus experience.

This back cover is priced at $19.99, which makes it a very decent offering given the quality of materials used here. Naturally, the back has a big OnePlus logo but barring that, it has a very plain look.

Also, if you’re interested in getting one for yourself or your loved ones, you’re bound to be disappointed as the case is listed as out of stock at the moment. Knowing OnePlus, it’s hard to tell as to when it will be back in stock, so we won’t be holding our breath.

Make sure you hit the link below for more details on this new accessory from the Chinese OEM. While you’re at it, check out the company’s official promo video below.

Source: OnePlus

HTC to offer the One A9 for free if you trade in either of the 2014-2015 iPhones

HTC One A9

HTC One A9

In order to lure iPhone customers, #HTC is now offering a flat $499 rebate for customers who trade-in their #iPhone6, #iPhone6Plus, #iPhone6s or the #iPhone6sPlus for the #OneA9 smartphone. The way it works is that the customers will first have to purchase the One A9 handset and then send over their devices to the company, following which they will receive their rebate.

Devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge are getting a rebate of $200, while the LG G3 and the LG G4 are only getting $100. This makes it very clear that HTC is solely targeting the iPhone population out there. This offer is valid between the 26th of November until the 2nd of December, so there’s plenty of time for you to make up your mind.

The company is also offering plenty of deals going through next week on devices like the Nexus 9 tablet as well as the RE Camera accessory. The HTC One M9 will be sold with a 40% discount from the 30th of November to December 2nd. We’ll keep you posted on all the new deals from HTC over the coming days.

Via: Android and Me

Top 10 Android smartphones better than Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

They say the new iPhones could easily break the mind-blowing sales records posted by their forerunners, both for the first week-end of pre-orders and as far as total shipment numbers go, though of course that latter tally is much harder to forecast.

Android-VS-Apple

And why shouldn’t they? Because they look identical to last year’s 6 and 6 Plus models? Pfft, Apple could have repackaged the original 3.5-inch 2007 iPhone, and their clueless iFans would still be swept away by the “higher-res-than-ever” display.

Any other reasons you can think of possibly blocking the 6s and 6s Plus ascent to 100 million unit sales? Well, here’s a very obvious one. The two aren’t the best of the best in stores this year. Not even close, as we had relatively little difficulty selecting ten, count’ em, ten Androids that are just better, and you can either already buy, or that should roll out before the holidays.

Disclaimer – the selection is extremely subjective and totally biased, but if you can’t find at least one device that’s objectively superior to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on the following list, you’re probably an ideal candidate for a Jimmy Kimmel interview.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus – available for $728 unlocked on Amazon

Why it’s better: To sum up our recent 1,000+ words comparison in a phrase, it’s nice to see Apple recover some lost ground in departments like photography or memory, but after years of stagnation, a radical revolution is needed to ensure a fair fight.

iPhone 6s Plus vs S6 Edge Plus

You know, a bit like how Sammy completely started from scratch when designing the S6 and S6 Edge, further polishing the looks of the already handsomest, swankiest, curviest gadget around. More to the point, the S6 Edge+ offers better specs, customizable software and an extra razzle-dazzle exterior at the price of a boring 16 GB iPhone 6s Plus.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – $726

Galaxy Note 5

Why it’s better: First of all, it bundles for free a stylus accessory Apple charges a ridiculous $100 for when paired with the iPad Pro. Number two, it targets those who may feel the S6 Edge+ design is a little tacky, eclipsing the iPhone 6s style thanks to a winning combination of metal and glass, as well as super-slim screen bezels, and aristocratic sharp corners.

Last but not least, it’s a powerhouse, exactly like its edgy cousin, and it’s sensibly priced, all things considered.

Samsung Galaxy S6 – starting at $540 factory unlocked

You’d have probably expected to see the S6 Edge, not the standard S6 make the cut here. But we wanted to also pick something genuinely affordable… for a flagship, free of distracting curves, S Pens, or other gimmicks.

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It’s great the GS6 perfectly slots between the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in terms of display diagonal too, illustrating the triumph of the Korean company’s engineering efforts, as it’s essentially just as tall, wide and thick as the rival 4.7 incher despite sporting a 5.1-inch Quad HD panel, and stellar battery endurance figures.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Xperia Z5 Premium

It may not be as impervious to water damage as you had hoped, it’s not up for grabs yet, and most content is shown in 1,080p quality instead of 4K to save juice. Nonetheless, when it finally rolls out, the Z5 Premium shall humiliate Apple’s newfound 4K video capturing capabilities by also playing the clips back.

Oh, yeah, and Sony has the greatest smartphone cameras in the world, with nearly twice the pitifully upgraded megapixel count of iPhone shooters.

LG G4 – $432 and up SIM-free

LG G4 vs iPhone 6s

Why it’s better: It’s leather-clad and elegant in a retro, evergreen way, it’s decidedly inexpensive, and yet, can still hold its own in a direct specification battle against the GS6 Edge+. Maybe not win the war, but survive it enough to give iPhones a healthy run for their money, courtesy of a vivid 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS LCD screen, agile hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 16 and 8 MP cams, and 3,000 mAh battery.

Motorola Moto X Style (Pure Edition) – $399.99

Moto X Style

Why it’s better: Largely because it’s cheap. For crying out loud, it’s less than half the no-contract tariff of a 64 GB iPhone 6s Plus, and though it only accommodates 16 gigs of data internally, it’s got a microSD card slot for 128 more.

Not to forget the massive, high-res 2K 5.7-inch display, water-repellent coating protection (no immersion, just spills, splashes, and rain), 21 megapixel dual-LED flash rear snapper, TurboPower charging functions, stock Lollipop software, guaranteed Marshmallow support and beyond, as well as the generous 3 GB memory.

Google Nexus 6 – $350 with 32 GB storage; $400 in 64 GB configuration

Nexus 6

There’s no way to know how long Amazon intends to sell the one year-old “pure Google” giant at the heavily discounted tag, or if the arrival of a Huawei-made sequel might wipe out the OG altogether.

What we’re certain of is this is the current top bargain for power users who don’t mind “settling” for a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 13 MP dual-LED flash main photographic unit, 2 MP selfie camera, and 3,220 mAh battery.

Wait, 3,220 mAh is quite a lot, and the 6-inch Quad HD screen is also remarkable by any standards, not to mention the vanilla Android Lollipop experience, stereo speakers, and wireless charging support.

ZTE Axon Pro – $450 factory unlocked

ZTE Axon Pro

We’re entering dark horse territory, where you’re advised to tread carefully, and remember Chinese brands aren’t awfully popular stateside for good reasons. Some of them, given the Axon Pro is manufactured in America, for an American audience, designed as robustly as you’d expect from tier 1 OEMs, and fitted with pretty much all the best 2015 technologies at a hard to beat price.

You have your 4 gigs of memory, which Apple will probably match in 2020, Hi-Fi audio playback and recording, free bundled JBL headphones, Quad HD 5.5-inch screen, dual-camera 13 + 2 MP lens, 8 megapixel selfie prowess, 4K video shooting abilities, large 3,000 mAh battery with fast charging functions, and octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip.

OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2

Hard to come by without an invite, the “2016 flagship killer” is almost worth the $475 charged by a resourceful third-party Amazon seller. Almost, as it “kills” the memory count and juicer capacity of the iPhone 6s Plus, tying its Full HD 5.5-inch glass, fingerprint recognition skill, photography muscle, and autonomy numbers.

How embarrassing it must be for Apple to admit defeat against a Chinese startup! Of course, they’ll never do that, spending billions of dollars on TV commercials, newspaper ads and billboards revolving around the “perfect blend” of homebrewed software and hardware.

Huawei Mate S

Huawei Mate S

If you absolutely, positively need to own a device with a pressure-sensitive display, why not be original and purchase the Mate S… when it commercially launches? The top-of-the-line Force Touch-enabled model will cost you an arm and a leg, make no mistake about it, but at least you’ll get 128GB internal storage plus microSD space, 3 GB RAM, 13 and 8 MP cameras (both equipped with flash systems), and octa-core punch.

Galaxy Note 4 pips Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in U.S. consumer satisfaction ratings

Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was unveiled in September last year amidst really high expectations, partly because of the poor showing of the Galaxy S5 earlier in the year. It is now being revealed that the handset was one of the most popular among customers and ranked even higher than the Apple iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, which were the most popular phones of the year by a long margin.

The data was published by American Customer Satisfaction Index or the ACSI, which conducts a survey among the owners. It is shown that the Galaxy Note 4 managed to score 86 points while the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus managed 82 points. Strangely, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is at number 2, also with 82 points, which is rather surprising for a device that broke cover two years ago.

Galaxy Note 4 - ACSI

If you’re wondering why the Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy S6 Edge aren’t faring on the list here, it’s because they weren’t available for purchase at the time.

Do you agree with the list above? Let us know.

Source: ACSI

Via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy S6 launch has reportedly affected the iPhone 6 sales

Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been available for purchase over the past couple of weeks. And a new report now suggests that the launch of the smartphone has affected the sales of the Apple iPhone 6, which has been taking the markets by storm since late last year.

The report comes from ATLAS Research & Consulting and hasn’t been confirmed by either Samsung or Apple. The report says that Samsung sold 79,586 units of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in the first six days of the launch. The Apple iPhone 6 sales however reportedly saw a drop of 1,700 units with only 35,000 models sold in the second week of April.

Analysts claim that the decline in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus sales are quite normal as the smartphone has surpassed the 6 month mark. The real challenge for Samsung will be to keep the demand going even after the 6 months mark. The imminent arrival of the LG G4 will not make it easier for Samsung either.

Source: ET News

Via: Sam Mobile

LG takes a jibe at the Apple iPhone 6 over #bendgate

Apple iPhone 6 Bendgate

Apple iPhone 6 Bendgate

As we all know, the LG G Flex from last year has a very unique flexible design. So it was only natural that the manufacturer would jump in on the criticism that Apple is seeing over reports of the iPhone 6 Plus bending under pressure. This has led to a Twitter trend called #bendgate where thousands of users have poked fun at Apple. LG however, had its own unique touch to the mockery. By showing an image of the LG G Flex, the manufacturer merely said – “Our phone doesn’t bend, it flexes…on purpose. #bendgate.

It is clear that rivals aren’t letting go of this obvious flaw in Apple’s design and it goes without saying that this is not the last we’ll hear of it. LG is expected to be launching a successor to the G Flex smartphone soon, so this could be perfect timing for the Korean manufacturer. The G Flex handset comes with a curved flexible OLED display, making it immune to bending or flexing. It has been available from Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T for quite a while now, although the market hasn’t been very kind towards it.

Source: Twitter – @LGUSAMobile

Strong iPhone 6 sales reportedly forcing Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note 4 earlier than scheduled

Galaxy Note 4 - White

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Black

Following reports of the new Apple iPhones surpassing 10 million in sales within a matter 0f few days, Samsung is reportedly looking to launch the Galaxy Note 4 earlier than scheduled. The company’s phablet was expected to launch in mid-October, but it now seems like the smartphone could be launched a little sooner.

The report stems from The Korea Times, which quoted an anonymous Samsung official saying – “the positive reaction from consumers to those two Apple devices prompted us to launch the Note 4 earlier than previously scheduled.” The company is reportedly looking to ship close to 15 million units of the smartphone in its first month of sales, which is a large number for Samsung considering the competition it faces from within the Android camp, not to mention the likes of Apple.

The company expects to announce the smartphone’s fresh availability on September 26 through South Korea’s major carriers, so customers in the region will have earlier access to the phablet than the rest of the world. There is no word on whether this will prompt Samsung to launch the smartphone early in other regions too, but for the time being this move is only limited to South Korea.

Do you think the Galaxy Note 4 could pose a threat to the new iPhone duo?

Source: The Korea Times

Via: 9to5Google

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus – Specs comparison

Again with the new iPhone(s)? Isn’t The Droid Guy supposed to be an Android-centric website? Leave droid fans alone. Be honest, you were thinking or wondering one of these things before you even finished reading our headline.

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And we completely understand your frustration. For the past two weeks or so, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus rumor roundups, previews, hands-on explorations and finally reviews have inundated the tech-focused part of the interwebs.

Just one more reason to keep your online activity fixated on funny cat pics and (human) porn, huh? Not so fast. Because like it or not, iPhones make the Android scene better. And vice versa. Who do you think got Tim Cook to infuriate Steve Jobs from beyond the grave by embracing “phablets”?

iPhone 6 Plus

Anyhoo, the bottom line is it’s wholly necessary to give credit where credit is due, and dissect the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus along with everybody else until reaching the conclusion we can do better. Not to mention cheaper.

But above all, better. Enter Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, the definitive top-of-the-line 2014 jumbo-sized smartphone. A phablet worth waiting for. And here’s why:

Note 4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus – design and build quality comparison

Call me rash, reckless, whatever, I’m calling it – it’s the last year Apple ever wins an aesthetics battle against a Samsung flagship. Come spring of 2015, it’s bye, bye, metallic iPhone domination. That’s because the Note 4 is clearly meant to transition users from the old, ill-advised plastic-reliant design direction to a new approach, revolving around aluminum and possibly, other premium materials.

Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus

So yeah, the 6 Plus still looks a little more elegant and feels a little stronger than the GNote 4. Emphasis on little, as the half-metal/half-plastic Samsung spearhead is significantly shorter, at 153 mm (vs. 158). Outstanding engineering feat, given it also offers the larger usable screen real estate (5.7 vs. 5.5 inches).

And yes, the rear on the iPhone 6 Plus is decidedly sexy, but the bulging camera is a vexing blemish on an otherwise spotless chassis. Good for us.

Galaxy Note 4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus – display duel

Sure, iFans, the Quad HD screen resolution on the Note 4 is a gimmick. Unlike your “Retina” iPad panels, which are all about real-life, naked-eye-noticeable image and video reproduction quality. Keep telling yourselves that. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to constantly remind yourselves 1 gig of RAM is plenty for a 2014 high-end smartphone.

GalaxyNote4

At the end of the day, the fact of the matter is Note 4’s display boasts 515 ppi pixel density, and the iPhone 6 Plus 401. So much win!

Processing speed and RAM smackdown

Early benchmarks show the new iPhones heavily outperforming their main Android-running rivals. Apple-friendly benchmarks, that is, like SunSpider or Kraken. Meanwhile, 3DMark, for instance, puts both the 6 and 6 Plus behind the Galaxy S5 and Note 3 in overall performance.

No Quadrant scores, no Vellamo and, of course, no way to compare any of the existing results to what the Note 4 can pull off.

snapdragon-805

Either way, we know benchmarks aren’t worth very much, and in real life, the 6 Plus and Note 4 are both beastly slabs. Perhaps the zippiest in the world, alongside maybe the LG G3. As always, we expect Apple to have invested thousands of man hours and nearly limitless resources in carefully optimizing every little line of software code, whereas Samsung has Qualcomm’s fastest SoC and a whopping 3 gigs of RAM to take care of business.

Granted, the 64-bit architecture of Apple’s A8 chip is impossible to ignore, and bound to offer up the 6 Plus an important advantage. Then again, the scanty 1 GB RAM is even impossibler (not a real word, I know) to ignore, giving back the overall edge to the Note 4.

iPhone 6 Plus teardown

Final verdict: Samsung wins.

Software, battery life and storage

Our love for all things Android is no big secret, and neither is our bias in favor of Google’s mobile OS. But even the most rabid droid fan has to admit iOS 8 looks pretty good. Clean as a whistle, very minimalistic and a wee bit more customizable than before.

iOS 8 vs KitKat

That said, pretty much everything iOS 8 can do, Android 4.4 KitKat does better. And the next version, L, likely on its way to the Note 4 by the end of the year, should further increase the smoothness gap. Multitasking, personality, versatility, even ease of use, L has it all, at least on paper.

Which brings us to the autonomy bout. Impossible to call at the moment, it’ll probably be a very evenly matched contest. Yes, the Note 4 does pack the larger cell (3,220 vs. 2,915 mAh), but it also comes with the bigger, higher-res, more power-demanding screen in tow. And possibly, the less frugal processor too.

Galaxy Note 4 back

Moving on, the storage battle would be close too… were it not for Cupertino’s aversion for external microSD card slots. Which once again makes Android look good. Really good.

Cameras, sensors and others

Don’t you even start. We don’t want to hear it. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Apple is the very best in the biz at optimizing software for better battery life, smoother performance and superior camera capabilities. But there’s only so much that can do for a mediocre 8 MP sensor-toting rear snapper.

For crying out loud, the main cam on the Note 4 sports twice the megapixel count, plus every single add-on the iPhone 6 Plus brings to the table: optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash. And let’s not forget 2K video recording, which the iPhone can’t do.

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As for selfie nuts, they’d better not give the 6 Plus a second thought, what with its sub-par 1.2 MP front shooter. The Note 4? It’s all about self-portraits, rocking a generous 3.7 MP sensor on the front and 1,080p video shooting support.

And now, for the grand finale. Both contenders tick the fingerprint scanner box, but only one the heart rate monitor category. And guess which one comes with a bundled S Pen and stylus support? How about a UV sensor?

Galaxy Note 4 UV sensor

Meanwhile, Apple is going on and on and on about NFC inclusion, a feature that’s been around in the Android universe for years. Including on mid-rangers.

Pricing and availability

If there’s one battle Apple wins without great resistance, it’s the availability fight. Good thing that’s something to build a successful war campaign on, not an atomic bomb. And clearly, the iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t have enough weapons to survive the war, let alone win it.

iPhone 6 line

Go ahead, buy your fancy, uber-hyped, underwhelming iPhones today, iSheep iFans, because we’ll have the last laugh come mid-October, when Note 4s start shipping. Prices? $300 with AT&T and Verizon contracts, available now on pre-order through Amazon, ditto on Sprint, and $700 or so outright.

Remember, the iPhone 6 Plus also goes for $300 and up, only their $300 variant sports half of Samsung’s $300 Note 3’s internal storage – 16 GB. Oh, look, the 6 Plus is down for the count. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, you’re done!

Best iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus alternatives available for a fraction of the price

It takes a good bit of courage, as well as a slight dose of desperation, to knowingly turn a blind eye to the specific guidelines set by your idol, mentor and forerunner, to whom you basically owe everything. “No one is going to buy a phone you can’t get your hand around” said Steve Jobs in 2010.

Android vs Apple

“Bigger than bigger” said Tim Cook upon unveiling the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, at last acknowledging the superiority of the phablet. Sorry, the “iPhablet”.

Bold move, when Cupertino knew full well it was exposing itself to an unprecedentedly facile wave of public ridicule. I mean, it took a copywriting virtuoso to come up with the classic “dude, you’re a barista” line, but a trained monkey could have probably penned the latest “It doesn’t take a genius” and “Then and Now” commercials.

iPhone 6 mocking

Still, iSheep iFans are flocking to stores to commit to a pair of handhelds that’s a couple of years late to the jumbo-sized party. Not to mention horribly overpriced. Why? Because they don’t know any better. Or so we hope, as the other scenario, according to which they’re aware of the Android competition yet go for the iPhones nevertheless, is much bleaker.

Either way, we feel it’s our civic duty as advocates of quality over marketing to round up a few sturdy, good-looking, affordable iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus alternatives. And if we can convince a single mobile tech consumer to leave Apple’s ship, it’s mission accomplished. Here we go, in no particular order, the iPhone 6-crushing magnificent seven:

For the first time in history, Cupertino can’t settle on one form factor. So, as Caesar used to say, “divide et impera”. Divide and rule. In other words, we shall split the standard iPhone 6 and the Plus, and crush them one by one.

Moto-X

The Moto X is, in our humble opinion, the perfect iPhone 6 slayer, as it offers the same 4.7 inches of screen real estate into a much more compact body. Yes, believe it or not, the X is a whopping 9 mm shorter and 2 mm narrower.

The pixel density is mostly in the same ballpark (312, 326 ppi, potayto, potahto), and then you have twice the iPhone’s RAM, plus all sorts of customization options via Moto Maker. And don’t get me started on the huge pricing gap. We’re talking $250 or so outright, and $200 with carrier agreements.

Still think the 4-inch frame of the iPhone 5s hits the sweet spot? Then why compromise on outdated technology when you can get a powerhouse like the Z1 Compact? True, Sony’s mini-flagship is a little larger. But for 3 extra mm in height and 6 in width, you receive 0.3 inches more of 720p IPS panel.

Xperia Z1 Compact

Needless to point out to the massive retail cost gap… again, while the difference in performance and quality is perhaps most striking when looking at Z1 Compact’s camera pitted against its iPhone 6 counterpart. 20.7 vs. 8 megapixels. It’s like David and Goliath all over again, only this time Goliath destroys its underdog opponent.

Beyond advertising bloopers, distribution gaffes and build quality woes, the OnePlus One is a spectacular, breathtaking 5.5-inch smartphone that the iPhone 6 Plus has nothing on in a head-to-head battle.

OnePlus One

Beauty? Check. Compact form factor? Check. Vibrant Full HD display? You got it. Plus Snapdragon 801 punch, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP rear camera greatness, 5 MP selfie-friendly potency, etc., etc. And the icing on the cake is the low, low price point.

Speaking of low prices, the Vibe Z is apparently worth 40 percent of the iPhone 6 Plus. Otherwise put, you can buy two Vibe Zs and a half for the costs of one single iPhone 6 Plus. All while the Z measures 9 mm less than its high-priced adversary in height, and sports an identical (on paper) 5.5-inch Full HD screen.

Lenovo Vibe Z

Also, our low-cost Android soldier packs a quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC, which we have every reason to believe is a near match for the Apple A8, as well as two gigs of RAM, one more than the 6 Plus.

See, this is the beauty of the Android “ecosystem”. No one forces a certain form factor, a certain size or design on you. Want to be able to comfortably hold your phone in one hand? The Z1 Compact has your back.

sony-xperia-z-ultra

Fully agree that “bigger is better” and not afraid to push the boundaries of phablets? Then why settle for 5.5 inches when you can score 6.4 inches of Full HD awesomeness? No, the Z Ultra is not everyone’s cup of tea.

But as far as giants are concerned, it’s the best. Crazy affordable, crazy thin (yes, thinner than the thinnest ever iPhones), crazy zippy and crazy water-resistant. It’s crazy good, too.

I know, I know, I promised to list the iPhone 6 killer candidates in no particular order. But of course I saved the best for last. The LG G3 and Galaxy Note 3. Now, the two aren’t exactly dirt-cheap. And they can’t really be had for “a fraction of the iPhone 6 Plus price”.

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But they’re still cheaper and better. The G3, for instance, will knock your socks off with a fantastic design, rear physical buttons included, and a mind-blowing Quad HD display. Though a 5.5 incher, just like the iPhone 6 Plus, the G3 is merely 146.3 mm tall and 74.6 mm wide (vs. 158.1 and 77.8). And it’s 8.9 mm thick, yet it manages to accommodate a 3,000 mAh juicer.

The rest? Snapdragon 801, 3 GB RAM, 32, yes, 32 GB standard internal storage, microSD support, the whole shebang. Even with the Note 4 looming, this may remain the all-around best smartphone in the world.

Ah, the Galaxy Note 3. The Rolls Royce of phablets, at least until the LG G3 dropped, with an unrivaled creative side, thanks to the S Pen support, Snapdragon 800 heat, 3 GB RAM, a 3,200 mAh battery and in many ways perfect 5.7-inch 1,080p Super AMOLED panel.

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Sequel around or no sequel around, this is a classic, and as its list price drops, its popularity shall endure. Eat your heart out, Apple.

Samsung posts a flurry of ads targeting the Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

The tech world has been buzzing with news regarding the newly launched Apple iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus for the past two days or so. This also gives ample opportunity for rivals to poke fun at Apple’s latest launch. HTC was the first to publicly mock the iPhone 6 right after its launch and Samsung now has taken it to a whole new level with a series of ads targeting the latest iPhone.

These target ads range from Apple’s livestream debacle on Tuesday to the company’s late foray into the large smartphone segment. Samsung has ensured that every aspect of the iPhone 6 launch is picked on. The usual S-Pen and Multi Window related ads are available as well, so the Korean manufacturer has left no stone unturned as far as mocking the latest iPhone is concerned.

Apple has been criticized across various sections of the society for changing its stance on large sized smartphones so quickly. But such is the impact of Android phablets that Apple had but no choice to oblige. What do you think of these ads, let us know below.

Via: Talk Android

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3 – Specs comparison

Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally come. Samsung has thrown its hat in the high-end phablet ring once again, and LG is in trouble. Not that Sammy wasn’t well-represented already in the jumbo-sized smartphone supremacy battle.

Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3

Unsurprisingly, its Galaxy Note 3 aged more than gracefully, likely keeping the G3 threat at bay thanks to a well-oiled advertising machine that chugs along unperturbed by a reported dip in overall Galaxy sales.

But it’s perhaps the same dip that convinced the makers of the mostly underwhelming GS5 they needed to bring their aesthetical A game to the “Unpacking” of the Galaxy Note 4 in addition to the traditional software and hardware improvements.

Which they certainly did, albeit haters are still gonna hate, fueled by Samsung’s questionable mix of premium aluminum and chintzy plastic on Note 4’s construction and the limited use of the curved side display on the Note Edge.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Regardless, this semi-aluminum beaut has more than enough pizazz to give the LG G3 a run for its money, and hopefully, make Apple’s hotly anticipated “iPhablet” intro feel redundant and utterly useless. For now, let’s explore in great detail all the ways the Galaxy Note 4 is superior to the G3:

Design and build quality duel – a no contest

Bet you were just about ready to lose hope of ever hearing this: Samsung’s flagship is one of the best-looking, awesomest built mobile devices around. HTC’s One M8 may be the only rival capable of holding a candle to it, but the all-metal bad boy doesn’t have the screen real estate, resolution or raw power to otherwise go for Note 4’s jugular.

Galaxy Note 4 LG G3 back

Meanwhile, the G3 isn’t ugly, not in the least, and the microscopic bezels, wasp waist and rear physical buttons partly keep its chances of ultimately prevailing alive. Only no matter how you spin it, metal beats plastic. Even metal frames in a combination with a faux leather (read plastic) back cover.

Galaxy Note 4 vs. LG G3 – display showdown

Gimmick or no gimmick, Quad HD display resolution is about to become the norm for upper tier Androids. And yes, we have reason to believe Sony will itself go down the same route as early as H1 2015.

Samsung-Galaxy-Note-4-vs-LG-G3

Back to our spec wars, it’s tough to pick a winner here, as both heavyweights sport amazing 2,560 x 1,440 pixel counts. Since the G3 is 0.2 inches smaller, its ppi is slightly greater, at 534 (vs. 515). But Samsung uses Super AMOLED technology in lieu of LCD, and besides, a bigger panel is an upside for many.

Verdict: draw

Processing speed, RAM and storage

Blame it on release timing, but the LG G3 can’t possibly keep up with the GNote 4 in power-demanding tasks despite packing the beefiest CPU at the time of its debut. In the meantime, Snapdragon 801’s sequel, the higher clocked S805, became available, and Sammy took full advantage.

64-bit

That said, it’s a smidge disappointing the Qualcomm-based 32-bit Note 4 version, which US carriers among others will be scoring, isn’t ready for the next step in mobile computing. The Exynos flavor, however, is, thanks to a brand spanking new 5433 unit built on 64-bit architecture and rocking eight cores, four at 1.9 GHz and four at 1.3. Let Android L come.

Moving on, the G3 and Note 4 are deadlocked in RAM and storage, each offering 3 gigs of random-access memory, 16 and 32 GB space options and external microSD expansion possibilities. Wait, come to think of it, LG narrowly edges this one out, as it can accommodate up to 128 gigs of external storage, double Note 4’s maximum capacity.

Software and battery life face-off

4.4 KitKat is a necessity, nay, a guarantee on high-enders and even Android mid-rangers nowadays, so naturally, there’s nothing to separate our two title contenders there. Unfortunately for LG, their skin applied on top of the stock Google-powered mobile OS is really a featherweight next to TouchWiz.

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And yes, it’s a little less intrusive, but to hell with purism, as Sammy’s add-ons and optimizations so obviously improve the user experience. Fast charging, S Pen-dedicated apps, fitness and health tracking functions, camera effects, presets, detection systems and so on and so forth, they’re all part of the great Galaxy Note adventure.

Ultra Power Saving Mode above all. Speaking of, Note 4’s juicer might not be heavily larger than G3’s, at 3,220 mAh (vs. 3,000), but we fully expect it to deliver better autonomy. It’s yet another department where Samsung excels these days.

Cameras, sensors and accessories

Although still incapable of competing in the same league as Nokia’s PureView snappers, or Sony’s G Lens imaging monsters, Note 4’s rear-facing camera is a major upgrade over Note 3 or S5’s counterparts. And not just in the number of megapixels.

Don’t get me wrong, 16 MP is a lot, but what makes this cam exquisite is the optical image stabilization system (finally!), the ISO control, HDR mode and all the other modes, scenes and effects. Also, 4K video recording.

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G3’s main shooter is itself adorned with OIS, however at 13 megapixels, it’s really no rival for Note 4’s 16 MP bad boy. Ditto as far as selfie-friendly front cams are concerned, with Samsung trumping LG 3.7 to 2.1 MP.

And the best is yet to come. From the GNote 4, that is, which stands out from the crowd, G3 included, not only with S Pen support, but also Gear VR compatibility, a built-in heart rate monitor and fingerprint recognition sensor.

Samsung Gear VR

No fancy monitors or scanners on the LG G3, and no virtual reality transforming capabilities, which once and for all seal the fate of this not-so-evenly-matched duel. The Note 4 is the best, so scr…, um, forget the rest.

Availability and pricing

This may seem weird after the 1,000 words spilled to make the G3 look like a pushover opposite today’s (and tomorrow’s) phablet champion, but I’d still recommend LG’s spearhead to a number of mobile tech consumers.

Namely, those who can’t afford or don’t want to cough up $300 with two-year contracts, or $800 outright for the Note 4. Also, those unwilling to wait a few weeks, maybe a month or two. More importantly, those who aren’t fixated on always owning the very best of the best gizmos.

LG G3

Fit the description? Then know the G3 starts at $79.99 on Amazon with Verizon pacts, $99.99 on Sprint or AT&T, and goes for as little as $525, yes, $525 in a factory unlocked variant. Happy shopping to you, and happy… waiting to future owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Either way, you’re blessed.

iPhone 6 clone leaks out in video running Android 4.4 KitKat

iPhone 6 clone

iPhone 6 clone

Apple’s iPhone 6 is yet to be officially announced, although we’ve seen plenty of “dummy” units of the device leaking out on the internet. Based on these dummy devices, a manufacturer has already managed to clone the iPhone 6, but running Android 4.4 KitKat. Confused? Well we were too, because the device appears to be running iOS, but at closer inspection it has come to light that it is actually running Android 4.4 KitKat with a heavy UI layering on top.

The device is known as the Wico i6 and sports a 4.7 inch 960 x 1704 resolution display. Other specs of the smartphone include 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and a quad core processor (possibly made by MediaTek). It’s not known if the device will retail anytime soon, but the manufacturer would love to show off the smartphone before the iPhone 6 is announced to leverage the hype surrounding the Apple flagship.

What do you think of this Android running iPhone 6 clone? Let us know below.

Source: YouTube

Via: Android Community

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime: is it still on, when is it coming, and do we still want it?

No reason to beat it around the bush any longer, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is not what everyone expected it to be. It’s not the monumental flop haters are relentlessly trying to make it look like, but it’s clearly a lemon, barely edging out the six-month-old LG G2 in a head-to-head comparison and bowing down to Sony’s Xperia Z2 in their spec duel.

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Yet maybe, just maybe, Sammy deliberately surrendered its upper hand against still low-profile rivals LG and Sony to ultimately catch the bigger fish. Yes, tipsters and self-proclaimed “insiders” dropped the ball when predicting two GS5 variants, a Standard and Prime, would see daylight at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress.

But could they all have been so wrong as to essentially fabricate a non-existent device? Are we dealing with the mobile industry’s biggest hoax in history? I don’t buy that. Not for a second. Here’s why I think the Galaxy S5 Prime (aka Galaxy F) is very much real and on its way, and here’s why you should continue to care:

The rumor factor

Okay, so many tech-related rumors flying around the interwebs this time and age are, pardon my French, hogwash. Basically, either someone assumes something, extrapolates and people pursue the speculations as “word from the inside” without checking their sources, or attention whores decide to go after their 15 minutes of fame with total disregard to facts or the truth.

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Take this cesspool of 21st century journalism blogging too seriously, and you risk ending up in a mental institution. Take a step back, and carefully choose what kind of “sources” to trust, and you’re onto something.

For instance, I tend to put my faith in Russian journo Eldar Murtazin, Korean online publication ET News and Sam Mobile. All three have suggested an ultra-high-end S5 version is indeed in the works, and I highly doubt they were all treated to false intel.

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Furthermore, not only did Murtazin and ET News hint at a Galaxy S5 Prime prior to the MWC intro of the standard S5, they also renewed their “beliefs” after the latest Unpacked event wrapped up. Surely they’d be reluctant to go any further if they had the tiniest shred of doubt as to the veracity of their claims, right?

The Apple factor

Look, I like Sony, LG and HTC as much as the next tech-savvy guy, and I appreciate especially the recent strides made by the first two. But right now, Samsung has bigger fish to fry. Namely, Apple. Cupertino is allegedly planning a major overhaul of the iPhone line, with an emphasis on size for a change. Also, diversity.

Sounds crazy, I know, yet there’s a solid chance we may see two, three or even four new iPhones rolled out in 2014. Starting, you guessed it, as early as June. Which brings us to Samsung. Timing is everything in the mobile landscape nowadays, and putting all 2014 Galaxy S cards on the table in February would have simply been too risky.

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Instead, doesn’t it make a lot more sense to unveil a slightly disappointing but still solid high-ender to fend off the minor Sony, LG and HTC threat at first, and then come out guns blazing in May with a full-metal, cutting-edge S5 Prime/iPhone 6 “killer”?

The manufacturing factor

Regardless of how appropriate a Galaxy F launch close to iPhone 6’s intro sounds like, we all secretly hope Samsung’s first ever aluminum-clad top dog will land early. As in… next month, maybe? But here’s another reason why that’s not possible. Building enough metal frames to satisfy the regular demand for Galaxy S handhelds takes time. A lot of it.

Galaxy S5 promo

Hence, the Korean OEM wants to stall for as long as possible before actually shipping these first S5 Prime units. Not only to make sure there won’t be huge delays once they get the ball rolling, but also to provide a window for the existent S5 to sell. After all, they don’t want that to be a massive box-office flop either, plus if, say, 10 million people purchase it, that’s 10 million less potential orders for the Galaxy F.

The wow factor

Question: should you still be interested in Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Prime if it hits store shelves in May, June or, God forbid, July? Short answer: yes. Long answer: hells yeah. Provided, of course, the big guy will be as spectacular as reports suggest.

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Just picture it. A sexy, robust and durable metal chassis, Quad HD display (overkill, I know, but 2,560 x 1,440 pixels!!!), 3 or maybe 4 GB RAM, probably a larger footprint (5.5 inches is my guess), definitely an optical image stabilization-packed rear camera, water and dust protection, fingerprint recognition, built-in hear rate monitor, and beefy 3,500 mAh or so battery.

Meanwhile, a truly upgraded quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor should make the entire ensemble blazing fast in everything from gaming to browsing to 4K video capturing to 2K video playing. Or, who knows, a 64-bit “true” octa-core Exynos chip. It’s high time Exynos processors lived to their potential, eh?

Galaxy S5 in hand

All said, does the Galaxy S5 Prime sound as dreamy to you as it does to me? On that note, could it be that we want it so badly it’s clouding our judgment and we’ve started seeing things? One last question: would you buy it if Samsung priced it at $1,000? We’re all ears.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Confirmed to Have a 5.2” 560ppi WQHD Super-AMOLED Display

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is pretty much still a rumor, but collecting all the tit-bits and leaks published every now and then will reveal that it is quite a classy and powerful phone that is expected to outclass even Samsung’s major rival Apple’s iPhone 6.  Earlier today, I came across this post on CNET which quoted a Russian tipster revealing that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will actually come with a Super AMOLED screen and not Sharp’s LTPS LCD displays as it had been rumored early last month.  You can view the story here.

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Samsung’s next smartphone, we can reliably say, is a 5.24 inch Super AMOLED display with a 1,440 x 2560 pixels resolution, which gives a whopping 560 pixels per inch display resolution.  This is an amazing 1.7 times more pixels per inch than Apple’s iPhone 5 which has a 326 pixels per inch resolution.  HTC One comes close at 446 pixels per inch but remember these two other devices we are comparing with were launched last year and the makers have probably been spending sleepless nights coming up with even more sizzling displays.

Samsung Galaxy S5 devices in some markets will come with an Exynos 6 processor while other markets, possibly including the US, Canadian and European markets will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor on board, these powerful devices supplemented by a large 3GB RAM and a 3200mAh battery.  There isn’t clear information on the internal memory but it is highly expected that the S5 will have 32 or 64 GB onboard memory with a microSD card slot for memory expansion.  Camera wise, Samsung’s next flagship smartphone will have a 16 megapixels rear and a 3.2 megapixels front cameras.

How Galaxy S5 Compares with Apple’s iPhone 6

Apple is expected to launch a larger version of their iPhone 6 smartphone later this year and although there aren’t much details about it (thanks to Apple’s tight lid on leaks) but there is enough to know what kind of a device to look forward to.  Although most leaks and speculations about the Samsung Galaxy S5 often come from sources we cannot trust 100%, every now and then we get details, specs and features from reliable sources with a past reputation.

This is why when the South Korean brokerage company KDB Daewoo Securities ran a detailed comparison of the Galaxy S5 vis-à-vis iPhone 6, you should look at it. This source has a history of accurate reveals long before the actual devices debut and they are always right.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 6

KDB’s unnamed supply chain sources say that the Galaxy S5 will come with a 64 bit octa-core 2 GHz Exynos and quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon chipset and of course the WQHD2,560 x 1,440 pixels 5.2- or 5.25-inch AMOLED display.  Should we be impressed?  Let’s wait for February 24th and find out.

Sources: CNET and BGR