Best waterproof Android smartphones money can buy – fall 2015 edition

If you like singing in the rain, swimming in shark-infested waters (literally), and just generally exposing yourselves to various types of liquid interaction while packing Android “heat”, then chances are you’ve been on the prowl for the perfect waterproof phone. First of all, sorry to break to you, but there’s no such thing. Secondly, even

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: specs comparison

Just when you thought Sony’s mobile branch was doomed to follow the recent ill fate of Nokia, and BlackBerry’s probable future downfall, the Japanese device manufacturer threw a Hail Mary pass at IFA 2015 in Berlin which may well end up in a spectacular last-second touchdown. Of course, one swallow does not a summer make,

Best Android-powered selfie smartphones: updated for June 2015

Typically, we’d wait a little more than nine months to bring an old listicle up to date. But Android device release cycles in general have shortened lately, and when it comes to trendy smartphones endowed with skillful front-facing cameras, a year changes everything. Even six months flip over selfie hierarchies, which is proven by the

Best affordable Android smartphones already on Lollipop

According to official Android distribution numbers harvested by Google during the week leading to May 4, a measly 9.7 percent of all devices with the world’s most popular mobile OS inside run 5.0 or 5.1 Lollipop. That’s certainly disappointing, given 5.0 source code was freely disseminated back in early November 2014 and Android M’s “final”

Best water-resistant and waterproof Android smartphones money can buy

For the first time in many years, mobile consumers seem to overwhelmingly approve of a next-gen Samsung flagship. The Galaxy S6 and particularly the S6 Edge are (almost) all they could have been, with metal frames (finally!), robust Gorilla Glass back covers, uber-crisp displays, powerful yet frugal processors, highly competent OIS cameras and smoother than

Best inexpensive Android phablets: bigger + cheaper = better

Bigger is better. That’s a nutshell description of the recent mobile market trend favoring size over palpable “innovation”, which some tried to enforce as a rule for future “evolution”. But it didn’t really catch on as an ultimate dictum. Instead, many nuanced it, envisioning a world of not just super-sized gadgets, but giants with a

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact rumor roundup and preview: more of the same?

Normally, we’d not even dare tackle potentially game-changing Android devices such as Sony’s Xperia Z2 and Z1 Compact sequels collectively, in just one preview post, sending the message they’re not really important as standalone products. No matter how little we know (as in truly know) about them, and how distant their releases may seem. After

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 – Specs Comparison

It may have been our own fault, as we hyped it a little too much. And it definitely was the fault of the countless so-called “insiders” and “moles” that ultimately, well, had no idea what they were talking about. Also, let’s not beat it around the bush, Samsung has a lot to do with it,

Sony Xperia E2 With LTE Seemingly Confirmed in Benchmark

CES 2014, the go-to event for mobile tech aficionados next January, is fast approaching, and so it’s only natural for the rumor mill to grind at full throttle in regards to the expo’s brightest stars to be. We’ve recently rounded up some of the early suspects, but many have so far kept a low profile,

Best Low to Mid-End, Low-Cost Android Smartphones: Late 2013 Edition

Smartphones are expensive. It’s an undeniable, incontestable, impossible to fight with fact of life. Like the sky is blue, the grass green and “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White Heisenberg the most badass, evil, diabolic yet charismatic character ever to be featured in a cable TV show. But is it really an undeniable fact of life? No,