The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua added dust proofing and water resistance to the original Xperia M2 but left the majority of internals intact without change. Among the untouched parts is the 2,300mAh battery so one would only expect the Xperia M2 Aqua to perform along the lines of the 67-hour Xperia M2.
However there’s one more side to the story – while the Xperia M2 launched (and we tested it) with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the M2 Aqua has Android 4.4.2 KitKat and that has led to a big improvement on the battery performance. Find the numbers after the break. Read more »
In last week’s poll, we reached out to you to find out what’s your most anticipated device that’s soon to be announced at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The feedback was overwhelming and the verdict unambiguous.
The poll results reveal that among all products that’ll see their announcement at IFA 2014, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is our community’s most anticipated one. Read more »
The latest version of the popular messaging application WhatsApp now officially supports Google’s Android Wear wearable platform.
The latest updates allows for full message viewing on wearable devices, nested message navigation, and voice reply capabilities. Read more »
The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua was announced only recently and as the name suggests, it’s a water-resistant version of the Sony Xperia M2.
Mostly this is the same phone but there are some differences which we’ll discuss here. For starters the phone now offers IP68 certification for staying in up to 1.5m deep water for 30 minutes and it’s fully dust proofed. Read more »
The Xiaomi Mi 4 is generating a lot of buzz with its affordable price and high-end specs. The company has fitted it with a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. The Chinese have even managed to fit a larger battery than the one found in the Mi 3.
However, the difference in capacity is minor. The Xiaomi Mi 4 features a 3080mAh Li-Ion unit, whereas its predecessor has a 3050mAh one. As you’ll see though, the difference is noticeable. Read more »
Lenovo announced its Vibe Z2 Pro high-end smartphone at the end of July and the device is set to make an appearance at IFA 2014 in Berlin next week. Luckily, you won’t have to wait until then to find out our initial impressions of the 6” QHD monster, as we got to spend some quality time with the phablet a little early.
The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro also marks the company’s high-end entrance in Europe and is its first smartphone with a QHD display. Read more »
Is Motorola trying to pull Apple’s move of shutting down the online store right before the launch of a new phone?
This is pure speculation, of course, but the thing is the Moto Maker is down for “a tune up.” Read more »
After being free for Android and iOS for quite some time, Spotify for Windows Phone is finally set to offer ad-supported streaming to users at no cost.
The app will bring in the functionality from its Android and iOS counterparts by letting users stream playlists and music in shuffle mode. Read more »
Two of the devices challenged by Samsung’s marketing team during the Galaxy S5 Ice Bucket Challenge have stepped up to the task. HTC One (M8) and Nokia Lumia 930 both got drenched in ice-cold water on camera.
Neither the M8, nor the Lumia 930 offers the IP67 certification of the SM-G900. Read more »
IFA 2014 is just around the corner and we’re pretty excited about what’s to come. In this week’s poll we’re reaching out to you to find out which devices get you buzzing.
There’s a lot to come at IFA 2014 in Berlin, but we’ve handpicked six smartphones that we think will be the mobile highlight of the show. The Nokia Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 are representing the Windows Phone OS, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Huawei Ascend Mate 7, Sony Xperia Z3 and Asus Zenphone 2 are under the Android flag. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes in two versions – one with Samsung’s brand new Exynos 5430 Octa chipset and one with the more common Snapdragon 801 chipset. Both have small 1,860mAh batteries. Small relative to the phone’s size, of course, 4.7″ phones typically have 2,000+ mAh batteries. The Galaxy Alpha is pretty slender though, just 6.7mm, which eats into the available volume for the battery.
Today we’re testing the Exynos version of the device. Read more »
As part of the festivities surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Alpha launch, the Korean manufacturer released details on the manufacturing process behind the device’s metal frame. The latter is widely considered to be one of the smartphone’s biggest highlights.
As you have probably guessed, creating the device’s metal frame requires a number of CNC processes. Read more »
If you haven’t heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge you must just be coming out of a cave. The Challenge has become so popular that it has passed from people to smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 follows in the footsteps of many celebrities and got splashed with freezing water. Read more »
Google made some waves with its ultra-capable second generation Nexus 7 tablet released last year, and now the device is available for just $130.
The device is available as a factory reconditioned unit from popular US online retailer Woot.com. Read more »
That new HTC One (M8) for Windows has a name with great potential to confuse consumers – it’s not the HTC One (M8), it’s not the One (E8) and it doesn’t run Windows (but Windows Phone instead). It turns out that the similar looks of the One family are an issue too, even for the carriers.
Verizon put out a video to tout the HTC One (M8), both the Android and WP versions, except if you look closely at the screenshot above you’ll notice those are actually two different devices. Read more »