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Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 seem to have signal issues

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Last month, Samsung finally announced the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, which had been leaking like crazy before that. The two new phones are decidedly mid-range in specs, but they do come with metal unibody construction. It’s taken Samsung a very long time to go this route for smartphone materials, and now it looks like it may have a problem on its hands.

A simple test conducted in Russia shows that the A3 and A5 have noticeably worse signal reception when compared to the plastic Galaxy S5. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 730/735 hands-on

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The latest mid-range smartphone from Microsoft is finally here in the comfort of our office. Meet the Lumia 730/735 and its unmistakable Finnish design. The phone carries all the traits we’ve come to know and love in the Lumia family. In fact, it does look like a shrunken Lumia 1520, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

The Lumia 730/735 is build around a 4.7″ ClearBlack AMOLED screen with 720p resolution. This puts it in the same arena as the excellent Motorola Moto G, so while our review is in the oven, we offer you a quick hands-on of the device. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 535 official hands-on video is in

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Microsoft Lumia 535 has finally put the Nokia logo to rest. The smartphone is an excellent budget offer with a 5″ qHD display and Snapdragon 200 chip with a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Naturally, the Lumia 535 runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS with Lumia Denim enhancements. The Lumia 535 will come in a dual-SIM flavor, too.

So, the Lumia 535 should launch very soon and will set you back about €110 before taxes. And while you are waiting for the phone to hit the shelves, you can treat yourself with the official hands-on video. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on

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Nokia Lumia 830 is surely one of the season’s highlights with flagship specs on affordable price, as Microsoft likes to advertise it. And this isn’t such an understatement – you get a 5″ IPS screen with ClearBlack tech and 294ppi, a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core processor and a 10MP camera with ZEISS optics and OIS.

We must not forget the highly valued features such as integrated wireless charging support, LTE connectivity, thin yet durable profile, plus the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 OS with Lumia Denim goodies. Read more »

With its latest Galaxy Note 4 ads, Samsung wants to make you laugh

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Samsung isn’t going to stop pushing out ads for the Galaxy Note 4 anytime soon. With its gigantic marketing budget, that’s pretty much a given. So today the Korean company has outed a couple more creations that focus on specific features of its latest phablet.

Unlike some of its commercials from the past, these two rely heavily on humor to get the point across. Read more »

Microsoft turns Nokia Conversations to Lumia Conversations

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Microsoft’s quest to rebrand anything Nokia continues and the latest one to change its name is the company’s Conversations blog. From now on, it’s called Lumia Conversations and lives on in Microsoft’s domain.

In addition to a slight redesign, the website will continue to serve a purpose on letting users know of the latest events, livestreams, product details and photos. Read more »

Weekly poll: Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the company’s best effort in the smartphone segment, but in the face of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, it faces a competition like never before. Apple’s first entry into the phablet realm carries the unique touch of its creators and is ready to show how iOS does on a properly large screen.

We already gave you our take on how the two fare against each other but now it’s time to hear your thoughts about it. Read more »

Weekly poll results – Motorola Nexus 6 gets some fan love

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Last week, we asked you to share your two cents on the Motorola Nexus 6 and vote in our poll if the phone is hot or not. The results are in, and quite clearly, the Nexus 6 is a favorite of yours.

However, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine, as you’ve expressed your concerns on why the phone isn’t as desirable as most claim out it to be. Moreover, the Verizon-bound Motorola DROID Turbo also launched, and its smaller 5.2″ display is much more desirable for most of you than the larger 6″ screen of the Nexus 6. Read more »

New bug fixing update for OnePlus One starts rolling out

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Cyanogen is outing a new software update for the OnePlus One. The rollout of build 44S of CyanogenMod 11S for the phone is starting today. As usual in these cases, however, it might be a few days before it reaches all devices out there.

The new version is all about fixing bugs, big and small, some nasty and some less so. Unlike the previous over-the-air release, this one doesn’t come with any new features. Read more »

Apple to switch faulty flash storage type for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple’s apparently got a problem on its hands regarding its two latest smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. And no, it’s not #bendgate. According to rumors out of South Korea, a type of flash storage is causing the company some headaches in two models of the new iPhones.

Only the 64GB iPhone 6 and the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus seem to be affected. These iterations use a type of flash storage called TLC (triple-level cell) NAND. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on

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Samsung is looking for applications for its bendy Super AMOLED screens and while it was mostly for show on the Galaxy Round, the Galaxy Note Edge challenges the rule of flat-screened UI of smartphones with its unique Edge screen.

The right side of the screen bends around to the side of the device and while it’s technically a part of the screen, it acts as a separate, utility screen. Read more »

Kyocera Proteus prototype is a bendy smartphone that can turn into a bracelet

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We’ve seen bendable screens from both Samsung and LG but Japanese tech company Kyocera has been working on the problem since 2009. Kyocera’s concept is called the Proteus, which will be a smartphone that’s bendy enough to turn into a bracelet.

AMOLED seems to be the popular choice of display tech here, but Kyocera wants to take it further and create a bezel-less display with a physical keypad that appears and disappears on demand. Read more »

Weekend poll: Motorola Nexus 6 – hot or not?

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Earlier this week, we spent some quality time with the Motorola Nexus 6 ahead of its retail launch in November. We did quite like it, but now’s the time to hear your opinion on it – is it hot or not?

Before answering the question, though, we’ll give you a brief rundown of the Motorola-made Nexus 6. It’s a large, 6″ smartphone and for the first time in a while it’s priced to match the most high-end offerings out there. Read more »

Pushbullet for Android now sports Material Design

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To better fit into the Android 5.0 Lollipop frame, Pushbullet has been updated to the Material Design UI standard. As part of the new look, Pushbullet is now easier to navigate and quicker to access channel and settings.

The main screen now shows you at-a-glance view of your pushes or those of your contacts. Your favorite channels are accessible with a swipe to the right. Read more »

Oppo N3 motorized camera showcased in first promo video

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The rotating swivel of the Oppo N1 was cool, but the motorized rotating camera of the Oppo N3 is much, much cooler and the company has launched an ad to brag about it.

The N3 was just announced in Singapore and it sports a 16MP camera which rotates 206 degrees and has a 1/2.3″ sensor and f/2.2 aperture lens Read more »