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Apple outs first iPhone 6 ads featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

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The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have enjoyed immense popularity during their first week of availability, and now Apple is trying to capitalize on that by enlisting some high-profile celebrity talent.

The TV spots were teased during the launch event for the new Apple devices, and now we get to see the real thing. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi 1S battery life test

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The in-depth review of Xiaomi Redmi 1S is live on our homepage and as usual we are ready to share the complete battery life breakdown with you. The Xiaomi Redmi 1S features a 4.7″ IPS display of 720p resolution and runs on the Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The OS in charge of operations is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI v.5 launcher.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S is a dual-SIM smartphone that supports dual stand-by but not dual-call. We occupied both SIM slots for our battery tests and the SIM 1 was connected to a 3G network the whole time. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 earns DxOMark accolades for its camera performance

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Sony Xperia Z3 took went through the rigors of the DxOMark photography test. Announced earlier this month, Sony’s flagship packs 20.7MP camera with 1/2.3” sensor, capable of capturing images at ISO 12800 – the highest of any smartphone.

Unsurprisingly the smartphone achieved top marks for its overall performance in the rigorous photography test. Read more »

HTC Butterfly 2 hands-on

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The HTC Butterfly 2 is half of the company’s replacement squad for the HTC One (M8) in markets where the flagship isn’t available. Coupled with the HTC One (E8), it uses more or less the same platform as the One (M8) but lacks the premium build materials and the hefty price tag that comes with them.

Despite its name this is the third overall Butterfly smartphone behind the original and the Butterfly S and HTC hasn’t stood still for the past year. The HTC Butterfly 2 has a key differentiator from the One (E8) and that’s its ability to withstand water for up to 1 meter and dust. Read more »

Moto G (2014) unboxing and hands-on

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Announced earlier this month, the new Moto G succeeds the most successful smartphone in Motorola’s history. The first generation of the stylish, budget-friendly handset is solely responsible for bringing the manufacturer back in contention in a number of key markets globally.

The newcomer has grown in size compared to its predecessor, thanks to its larger display. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Apple iPhone 6 loses the battle

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Last Sunday, we asked you to choose between the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact in our weekly survey. All of the phones are in the high-end compact smartphone realm and offer premium build quality with a ton of features and heaps of charisma.

But which one is the best according to you? Well, certainly that’s not the iPhone 6. In both polls, the majority of you chose the Galaxy Alpha and the Xperia Z3 Compact. Read more »

Nokia’s UK website gets moved to Microsoft.com

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It’s started. The oft-rumored move by Microsoft to get rid of the Nokia brand for mobile devices seems to have begun today. If you go to Nokia.com’s website for the UK, you’re met with the following message: “Nokia devices and services have moved to a new website”.

Unsurprisingly, that new home is under the Microsoft.com domain. This seems to have only happened for the UK regional site, but undoubtedly more will follow. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 goes torn to bits by iFixit too

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The time for the iPhone 6 teardown is now upon us and we get to see the phone’s innards for the first time. As per usual, it is done by the professionals over at iFixit, who have rated the phone 7/10 for repairability, just like its biger brother.

The teardown gurus didn’t like the proprietary pentalobe screws used by Apple and express their objection of Apple not sharing repair information with independent repair shops. Read more »

Did Samsung Photoshop out the Galaxy Alpha camera bump?

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Apple got caught Photoshoping out a blemish on its new iPhone 6 – the pesky camera bump – but it’s not the only company that has taken some artistic liberties with promotional images. Samsung touched up the Galaxy Alpha in one of its images too.

The image in question is the one above – notice that in the third panel the device seems perfectly flat on both sides. Read more »

Bamboo StyleSwap covers for OnePlus One get cancelled

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OnePlus cancelled production of the optional bamboo StyleSwap covers for its affordable flagship killer. The optional back covers made their debut alongside the OnePlus One back in April.

It turns out that OnePlus experienced technical difficulties in mass-producing the accessories. Read more »

Motorola outs new video ads for the new Moto X

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To garner more attention to its newest Moto X flagship, Motorola has released a trio of TV spots highlighting its new – and some not so new – features.

Motorola released its latest Moto X flagship earlier this month without much fanfare, in an exclusive US event held separately from the IFA festivities in Europe. Read more »

Sony laughs at iPhone 6′s protruding camera, says Xperia Z3 is better

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Apple may have tried to Photoshop out the protruding camera on its new iPhones but everyone – including Sony – has seen through it. Sony has posted a jab directed at Apple on its Facebook page saying “the only thing that sticks out with the Xperia Z3 camera is its features…”

Granted the Xperia Z3 is slightly thicker but it’s just by a hair – it measures 7.3mm thick, while the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick. Read more »

Apple edits iPhone 6 camera bump out of its official photos

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The iPhone 6 measures just 6.9mm thick and as a result, the 8MP camera protrudes at the back. That’s not unseen before, but it certainly isn’t a very pretty sight and Apple is obviously not too proud of it.

Using clever angles and, in some places, seemingly image editing, the bulge in question isn’t visible at all in the official photos of the smartphone. That’s understandable, as Apple is driven by its desire to present the iPhone 6 in the best possible way in its promo materials.

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Huawei Chairman taunts Apple with the thin bezels of the Ascend Mate7

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Marketing is perhaps best left to the PR department but Huawei Chairman and CEO of the consumer division Yu Chengdong (aka Richard Yu) took to his Weibo account to tout his company’s products over the newly announced Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Of course the Huawei Ascend Mate7 was used for the comparison, the 6″ flagship phablet that was announced at IFA. Read more »

4K video recording app for iPhone 5s now available, costs $999.99

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This isn’t a joke! Apple has approved the Vizzywig 4K app for iPhone 5s, which enables 4K video recording with 24 fps on the 2013 smartphone. It costs $999.99 (€899.99) and works only on iPhone 5s with 32GB or 64GB storage.

The app captures 24 burst images per second in 4K resolution and then stitches them together in just 1s footage. This means you’ll lose about 72MB for each second of your video. This explains the requirement for the 32GB+ iPhone model! Read more »