Samsung announced yesterday the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition – its latest attempt to occupy your living room by providing a one-stop entertainment and media consumption tablet device. We’ve decided to pit it against Apple’s and Sony’s best in a virtual Mexican stand off so we can gauge what amount of novelty does the newcomer bring to the (living room) table.
Samsung has long learned the cold hard truth that a 10.1″ tablet must be able to do pretty much everything you throw at it, and thus the Note series of slates was born. Sony agrees with this as well, but doesn’t bet as much on the software chips as it does on the hardware ones. Its Xperia Tablet Z offering is both ultra thin and waterproof, the second one being a true rarity in the tablet space.
Apple, as a pioneer in the mass consumer tablet space, is pretty comfortable with its 4th generation iPad. The company is expected to unveil the next-generation iPad in October, so for now we’ll take what it offers and throw it in the mix. Read more »
Sony officially unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z1 at its press conference at IFA, Berlin, yesterday. The cameraphone packs a punch with its Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked at 2.2 GHz along with Adreno 330 graphics and 2 GB of RAM.
We took the Xperia Z1 for a spin and the performance of the device was top notch. So, we decided to stack it up against other smartphones in the market, and here are the results. Read more »
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the third device running on the Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 800 chipset we meet. It is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor, an Adreno 330 graphics and has 3GB of RAM. It also packs a 1080p display, so we can easily compare the performance of the new chipset to the old generation processors.
We’ve managed to run a few tests after the announcement in Berlin. Here is how the Galaxy Note 3 stacks against the competition. Read more »
LG G2 flagship is the second smartphone powered by the latest Snapdragon 800 chipset we are examining today. Its four Krait 400 cores are clocked with 100 MHz higher than those on Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra at 2.26 GHz.
Other than the higher CPU clock, the LG G2 packs the same Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. We noticed the LG G2 has 1.81 GB of RAM available, while the Xperia Z Ultra offers 1.76 GB RAM to the Android OS. Because the smartphones share the RAM with the GPU, this means Sony has made 50MB more RAM available to the Adreno 330 than LG. Read more »
Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the first device running on the Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 800 chipset we meet. It is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Krait 400 processor, an Adreno 330 graphics and has 2GB of RAM.
The Xperia Z Ultra, like the most flagships out there, is packing a 1080p display, so we can easily compare the performance of the new chipset to the old generation processors. Read more »
If you have been around over the last few days, you probably know that we’ve been hard at work, putting the Sony Xperia Z Ultra monster of a phablet through its paces. And while the review is still some way off from being complete, we though you might enjoy some photos coming from the camera of the device.
It’s a bit early to pass any final verdict at this point, as we need to do some more shooting before we are ready for that, so we’ll just let you enjoy the shots. Read more »
Gigabyte’s first quad-core offering has a 4.5-inch qHD display with 1GB of RAM, running on Android 4.2.
The Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 also has dual-SIM capabilities which puts some extra strain on its 1,700 mAh battery. Check out the results inside. Read more »
LG G2, the company’s latest flagship, has just made it to our office. Our dedicated social networks followers were the first to see a glimpse of the device, so in case you are interested in some exclusive stuff, you may want to join us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.
Back on G2 now. The smartphone is powered by the market’s mightiest chipset to date – the Snapdragon 800 – and features an amazing 5.2″ True HD-IPS+ 1080p display with almost non-existent bezels. Read more »
We met the Sony Xperia Z Ultra at its official announcement and now it’s finally graced our office! Sony’s beast of a phablet has come to our headquarters for a thorough examination, and we’ve already started giving it the full review treatment. Until that is complete though, you might want to check out a short video of its unboxing, followed by a UI walkthrough.
The list of tricks the Sony Xperia Z Ultra knows is almost too long to fit on even its sizable screen. Seriously, this beast is packed to the rafters with cool features. It slots between the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z, using the same sleek OmbiBalance design and philosophy – “glass is good, thin is better”. Read more »
The Sony Xperia M packs a dual-core Krait processor, which is a rarity in the entry level, but is very power-efficient. The 1,750mAh battery is relatively big for the class too, it’s as much as the HTC One mini has.
The relatively small (these days) 4″ screen with FWVGA should be easy on the battery too. Read more »
Currently Gigabyte’s most advanced offering, the GSmart Maya M1 v2 is a refresh of the dual-SIM GSmart Maya M1 smartphone released in April.
The smartphone marks Gigabytes first entry into the quad-core game, featuring a four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.2GHZ alongside PowerVR SGX544 GPU on an MTK 6589 chipset. Read more »
The budget nature of the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue calls for much corner cutting but when it comes to the battery backup, the Chinese have done pretty well. The 7 incher is packing a potent 4100mAh Li-Po battery that promises to go great distances.
However, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue packs a rather outdated quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, which isn’t exactly known for its power-efficiency. We were quite interested to find out how those two balance out. Read more »
The Phiaton Bridge MS500 headphones are the manufacturer’s most capable and luxurious offering to date. Crafted from materials such as perforated leather and machined aluminum, the headset packs fashion-forward looks to go with aspirations to take on the established heavy hitters on the market.
I’ve walked out impressed out of my last two encounters with Phiaton products. The MS500 however has entered a whole new, ultra-competitive market segment, currently dominated by the likes of Beats Audio’s latest Studio headset, as well as the hordes of other offerings fighting to chip away from its market share. Read on to find out how the latest Phiaton creation fares as a daily driver! Read more »
The 2,200mAh battery of the Moto X has to power a relatively modest by today’s top-end Android smartphone standards’ hardware setup. We were however, curious to measure the impact of Motorola’s Touchless Control and Active Notifications additions on the Moto X’s battery performance.
When we were first introduced to the Moto X, the device’s product management team told us that the goal was for the smartphone to make it through 24 hours of regular use. Read more »
Asphalt 8: Airborne is the latest in the long running series of mobile racing games from Gameloft. The previous game in the series — Asphalt 7: Heat — was a phenomenal game and one of the best racing games available on mobile today.
Airborne lets you take to the air, jumping off ramps and performing stunts mid-air with your car. Add to that a new range of cars and tracks, improved graphics and some new gameplay modes and you have all the ingredients for a great sequel. But does all that necessarily make it a great game? Let’s find out. Read more »