Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Premium materials, two choices of design

Unveiled at the MWC 2015, Samsung surprised everyone with two new flagship cellphones: the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The S6 features a standard 5.1″ QHD Super AMOLED display whereas the S6 Edge, taking cues from the Note Edge, features the same screen in a curved design. The curved design allows you to quickly respond to messages and calls and you can even colour code contacts so you know who is calling.

While both the phones have a different appearance, their internal workings are practically identical. Indeed, the only difference inside is that the S6 Edge has a 2,600mAh battery whereas the S6 has a slightly smaller 2,550mAh battery.

In the past, Samsung has received a lot of negative comments regarding the use of plastic in their flagship cellphones, especially as their major competitors have metal smartphones. However, Samsung has addressed this issue with their latest cellphones. Both versions of the S6 feature a premium metal and glass construction which is sleek and seamless. In addition, the S6 phones are the slimmest cellphones that the company has made to date. Both styles of the S6 are available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum. Furthermore the S6 is available in Blue Topaz and the S6 Edge is available in Green Emerald.

Beneath the surface the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sport 64-bit architecture and are running on Android Lollipop. The phones have 3GB RAM and a choice of three amounts of on-board storage: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Unfortunately, there is no microSD slot present in the phone.

The cellphones have excellent camera capabilities as both are equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera and an outstanding 16MP camera. In addition, the camera application launches in a mere 0.7 seconds, so you will never miss a photo opportunity.

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LG G3 S

LG G3 S

LG G3 S

Strong mid-range phone form LG
While in Apple’s lineup of iPhones adding an ‘s’ after the name denotes an improved version, this is not the case with the LG G3 S. Indeed, the LG G3 S is designed to be a cheaper, cut down version of the successful LG G3.

The LG G3 S’s display is 5 inch screen slightly smaller than the LG G3’s, but its screen size firmly places it in the ‘phablet’ market as it makes it the same size as the HTC One M8. Apart from the size difference, the G3 S looks very similar to the G3. It has a slim bezel and the metal-looking plastic gives the phone a premium feel. In addition, it’s great to see that the G3 S is available in a choice of three colors: black, white and gold.

Like the LG G3 and the LG G2, the LG G3 S has a rear button set up. While this was something of a novelty of the LG G2, with a little practice, this set up is surprisingly comfortable and easy to use. In addition, it simplifies the front of the phone.

Beneath the surface, the LG G3 S is powered by Android KitKat. While this is not the latest edition of Google’s mobile operating system, it is efficient and easy to use. In addition, the LG custom user interface gives the operating system a clean appearance. The LG G3 S has a 1.2GHz quad-core and 1 GB of RAM which allows it to launch apps quickly and multitask with ease. While this set up allows you to play casual games with ease, the phone does struggle loading more demanding games. However, once the game has loaded more demanding games run fine.

On the front of the phone there is a 1.3 MP camera. While the camera is not to going to be taking award winning shots, it’s suitable for video calls and the odd selfie. On the back of the camera there is an 8 MP camera complete with an LED flash. This makes it competitive with other mid-range cellphones currently available on the market.

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Samsung’s best camera phone.

For those who are searching for a smartphone that physically doubles as a zooming camera, the new Samsung Galaxy Z Zoom is a great option. This is not the first phone specifically geared towards photography created by Samsung. Last year, the company took a foray into this market with the Samsung S4 Zoom. Both models are seen to operate under the same principle; to provide the user with the ability to enjoy a “hands-on” camera within what is essentially the package of the Galaxy phone.

As the name hints, the defining characteristic of this model is a large zoom lens which physically protrudes from the back when activated. As this lens offers an impressive 10x magnification, it is excellent for those who wish to enjoy the optical features of a normal camera within a slender smartphone. Having said this, the addition of the collapsible lens contributes to the thickness of this model; nearly twenty millimeters at the aperture (when closed) and over sixteen millimeters elsewhere. Thankfully, the lens is coated with “Gorilla Glass” to keep it safe from scratches and other damage.

Of course, Samsung had to do away with several features that are included as standard in their S5 series. These include fingerprint sensing and overall waterproofing. Still, this model is highly water resistant although if it is submerged, grave consequences will likely occur. Notwithstanding these two differences, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom offers a convenient side flap for a MicroSD card (ideal when one is taking many pictures) and its 4.8-inch screen is impressive considering the massive accordion lens on the obverse side. A 720p resolution is slightly lower than the 1080p that the S5 offers and this may be slightly different for those who are used to the clarity of similar models such as the Motorola Moto G. For Samsung fans, the screen is quite similar to the S3 line.

In terms of processing power, the K Zoom runs off of the same Android operating system that was introduced in the S5 phones. Several adjustments have been made such as adding an extra home screen and a scrolling list of settings. A six-core processor allows for adequate performance speeds and its battery life is comparable to that of the S4.

Of course, the main feature of the K Zoom is its optical capabilities. For those who are searching for a photographically oriented smartphone with adequate processing power, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom may be the ideal choice.

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HTC Desire 610

HTC Desire 610

HTC Desire 610

Fantastic midrange handset.

Set to replace the popular HTC Desire 601, the HTC Desire 610 is one of HTC’s latest midrange cellphones. With great specs and a competitive price tag, the HTC Desire 610 is in competition with the Xperia M2 from Sony and Google’s 2013 Nexus 5.

In terms of design, the HTC Desire 610 takes a lot its inspiration from the HTC Desire 816. The cellphone has a minimalist design and is available in 6 great shades: coral, green, gray, blue, white and black. Despite being made from plastic like other phones in the Desire family, the 610 has a premium feel thanks to the glass display and strong build. Unlike the 816, the Desire 610 has a smaller 4.7-inch screen which offers the perfect balance between comfort and display size. While the cellphone’s 234ppi pixel density lags behind some its competitors, the display is great to watch videos on, especially with the Desire 610’s awesome dual front-facing speakers!

The HTC Desire 610 features a powerful Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM to enable effortless multitasking and performance. The HTC Desire 610 comes with 6GB of onboard memory for storing all your apps, games and files. However, as this will not be enough space for everyone, the phone has a microSD slot which allows you to add up to 128GB of additional storage. If you want to take advantage of super-fast web browsing, you will be pleased to know that the HTC Desire 610 has 4G LTE. In addition, the cellphone has Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC for wireless connectivity.

The Desire 610 has a 2,040mAh battery which is similar to most other phones in its class. This will give you enough power to get through the day. However, if you need your phone to last longer you can activate either the power saver mode or the extreme power saver mode.

On the back of the cellphone you will find a respectable 8MP camera which is great for taking everyday photos. In terms of quality, it is on the same level as the Nexus 5’s camera. This is certainly not a bad thing! The HTC Desire 610 also has a 1.2MP camera on the front of the phone which is great for video calls and selfies. The cellphone has a great gallery application which allows you to create a video highlight: a short montage of pictures and videos timed to music. You can choose which music you want and there are a number of visual themes too.

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Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon’s first smartphone

The Amazon Fire Phone is the first phone to be released from the retail giant. However, considering the success they have enjoyed with their Kindle tablet lineup, a smartphone was the next natural step for Amazon and the Fire OS.

With a 4.7-inch screen, the Amazon Fire Phone is the same size as the new iPhone 6. However, it has an ever so slightly lower resolution of 321ppi. Like the iPhone, on the top of the Amazon Fire Phone you will find a power button and a headphone jack. The left-hand side of the phone is home to the volume control and the special camera-Firefly button. The Fire Phone has glass panels and plastic edges, giving it a simple yet sophisticated appearance.

The Fire Phone has a number of helpful and unique features which make it one of the most innovative phones that we have seen this year. One of the Fire Phone’s quirkiest features is what Amazon dubs Dynamic Perspective. On the front of the phone there are a number of sensors which respond according to the way you and hold the phone. For example, when you tilt the phone whilst viewing a map, it will bring up the Yelp ratings for nearby businesses. In addition, Dynamic Perspective works in some games for a more immersive experience.

One of the most exciting features of the Fire Phone is Firefly. By pressing the dedicated button and using the camera, Firefly can pick up addresses and phone numbers from posters, magazines and other printed media. As well as recognizing visuals, the Firefly button can recognize audio, music TV and movies. It can then provide you with a link to the media in the Amazon store so you can get more information or download it.

Debuted on Amazon’s tablets, Mayday makes an appearance on the Fire Phone. Mayday is Amazon’s award-winning customer service application which at the push of a button connects you to an Amazon support representative via a live video feed. They can guide you through overcoming any difficulties or they can resolve it for you remotely.

On the back of the phone there is a powerful 13MP camera with a five-element lens which promises crisp images every time. Optical image stabilization prevents against blur and noise. On the front of the phone there is a front facing camera for selfies and video calls. In addition, both the main camera and the front-facing camera can be used to shoot video in stunning 1080p HD.

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Nokia Lumia 1320

Nokia Lumia 1320

Nokia Lumia 1320

Big screen, small price.
If you want a new Windows Phone but the Lumia 1520 is beyond your budget, you cannot go wrong with the Nokia Lumia 1320. With a 6-inch screen, 4G and a colorful design, there is a lot to love about the Lumia 1320!

The Nokia Lumia 1320 has a great design. The front of the phone is coated in glass and on the back of the phone there is a removable plastic panel which gently curves round to meet the screen. Despite being made of plastic, the Lumia 1320 feels sturdy and durable. In addition, it is reassuring to know that the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

While the 1320 does not enjoy the Full HD resolution of the Lumia 1520, the 720p display delivers crisp text and colorful images. As the Windows Phone OS was designed for 720p screens, the difference in screen resolution is negligible.

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with a 1.7GHz clock speed and has 1GB of RAM. While this is quite an old chip, it works well and can even support high performance games. This is largely due to the efficiency of the Windows Phone OS and the lower than HD screen resolution. The phone has 8GB of onboard memory and 7GB of free OneDrive cloud storage. In addition, it is great to see that the Lumia 1320 has a microSD slot so you can top up the onboard memory.

Nokia has always produced great camera phones. While the camera of the Lumia 1320 is nowhere near as powerful as the mighty Lumia 1020, it is great for everyday use. On the back of the phone there is a 5MP camera and a VGA camera on the front of the phone for selfies and videos calls. You can also use the primary camera to shoot video in stunning 1080p.

Although Windows Phone is often overlooked for the likes of Android and iOS, the mobile operating system from Microsoft has a lot of features which make it a great alternative. Like iOS, Windows Phone features a personal assistant. Called Cortana, the personal assistant from Windows Phone can perform a range of tasks such as setting a reminder, calling a contact and giving directions. Like other Windows smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 1320 features a Live Tiles home screen. Live Tiles can be pinned to applications, contacts and files for quick access to the things that matter most to you. In addition, tiles assigned to feeds update automatically so you are always up to date!

The Nokia Lumia 1320 has the Lumia Cyan update for Windows Phone 8.1 which has a number of helpful features. One such feature is the Action Centre which is activated by swiping the top of the screen down. This pane displays all of your notifications and gives you quick access to important settings.

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HTC Desire 816

HTC Desire 816

HTC Desire 816

Mid-ranger that feels like a flagship.
Released summer 2014, the Desire 816 from HTC is the perfect device for those who want a midrange phablet with great camera capabilities. The handset is often compared to the Lumia 1320 and the OnePlus One.

With a 5.5-inch 720p display, the HTC Desire 816 is firmly in the phablet camp. Unlike the HTC 2014 flagship, the HTC One M8, which is made from metal, the Desire 816 is made from plastic. However, it feels sturdy and looks great. The matte finish and rounded corners stop the device from looking cheap and make it comfortable to hold. We especially like the detail of the speaker holes on the front of the device. In addition, this cellphone is available in 6 great shades: black, white, green, gray, dark blue and red.

The HTC Desire 816 is powered by Android KitKat and is overlaid with HTC’s Sense 6 user interface. The main advantage of the Sense UI is BlinkFeed. BlinkFeed is a content aggregator which streamlines all of your feeds into one, making it even easier to find out what’s going on in your circles. The phone runs smoothly thanks to its hardy 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and 1.5GB of RAM.

The Desire 816 is fitted with a 2,600mAh battery. Although it is by no means the most capacious battery out there, it can store enough power to get you through the day. In addition, should you find that you are running low on power, you can simply activate the Extreme Power Saving mode which turns off all but the necessary functions and can give you up to an extra day of power.

As mentioned in the introduction, one of the major attractions of the HTC Desire 816 is its awesome photography capabilities. On the back of the phone there is a 13MP camera which is perfect for both taking photographs and shooting video. Indeed, the Desire 816 shoots video is amazing 1080p HD. On the front of the phone there is an impressive 5MP camera which is great for high-quality front-facing shots and making video calls.

Working alongside the camera and gallery application is Video Highlights. This allows you to quickly make a short video of a collection of images. You can choose the background music and a theme that you feel complements it. Once you have put your perfect video together Video Highlights give you to option to share it with contacts or social media.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

Small but powerful.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was the Korean tech giant’s fastest-selling handset as the company sold more than 10 million units in less than a month. As in previous years, a few months later Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, a smaller version of their popular flagship. While the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is more stripped back than its big brother, it offers much of the S5’s features in a more convenient cellphone and at a more attractive price point.

In terms of design, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini takes much of its inspiration from the full-size flagship. The phone sports a plastic back panel which is available in a handful of carefully chosen colors and there is a faux-metal trim around the edge of the phone which both strengthens it and gives it a more premium feel. In addition, it’s great to see that the S5 Mini is both water and dust resistant, making it one of the most durable cellphones on the market at the moment.

The cellphone has 4.5 inch screen which makes it both smaller than the screen of the S5 but yet marginally larger than the screen of its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. While the display is not quite Full HD the 720p resolution display is paired with Super AMOLED technology for crisp images and text.

While the S4 Mini received some criticisms in the processor department, this is not the case with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. Indeed, the device is powered by a stronger quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz and has 1.5GB of RAM. This allows for effortless everyday use and better performance in computationally demanding tasks such as games and multitasking.

The fingerprint sensor which debuted on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is also present in the S5 Mini. By simply swiping your finger on the bottom of the screen, this feature not only allows you to unlock your phone but it can also be used to authorize online payments. This allows for greater security.

On the back of the cellphone there is an 8MP camera. Unfortunately, unlike its big brother, the S5 Mini does not sport the same ISOCELL sensor and autofocus features. Nevertheless, the camera application is incredibly easy to use and offers great performance in a range of lighting conditions.

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Sony Xperia M2

Sony Xperia M2

Sony Xperia M2

Good-looking mid-ranger.

Released summer 2014, the Sony Xperia M2 is the follow-up to 2013’s popular Xperia M. Aimed at the mid-range section of the cellphone market and packed full of features, the Xperia M2 has a lot to get excited about!

In terms of design, the M2 has a lot of similarities with the early-2014 flagship, the Sony Xperia Z2. The M2 has a sophisticated design with flat panels on the front and rear of the device. However, in order to offer the cellphone at a lower price point, the M2 does not use the same premium materials as the Z2. While the front of the phone is covered by glass, the back panels is coated with a slim layer of clear plastic which gives the impression of glass.

The cellphone sports a 4.8 inch screen which is big enough for watching videos and playing games on, but not Sony Xperia Z Ultra large! In addition, this size screen prevents the phone from becoming cumbersome and difficult to operate single-handed. The display has a qHD resolution which takes advantage of the display technologies that feature in Sony’s Bravia television range.

The M2 has an 8MP primary camera which uses the same Exmor RS technology found in Sony’s lineup of cameras. Exmor RS allows the M2’s camera to perform well in poorly lit conditions by minimizing noise and improving clarity. The M2 also has HDR which allows you to capture clear photos and video footage when there is a strong backlight. In addition, the camera application has a number of creative filters and easy sharing functions.

Although the M2 is a mid-range device, it has great performance. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 1.2 GHz quad-core processor that is backed up with 1GB of RAM which delivers effortless processing without comprising your battery. This is because the quad-core processor is asynchronous which means that it can deliver just the right amount of power needed to perform a task.

One of the most praised features of the Xperia M2 is its great battery life. The phone has a capacious 2,3000mAh battery which can provide enough power to get you through at least a full day and perhaps even longer if you only lightly use the phone. In addition, the Sony Xperia M2 has a Stamina Mode which can dramatically extend your battery life by shutting off all unnecessary processes when the display is turned off.

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Sony Xperia T3

Sony Xperia T3

Sony Xperia T3

Great mid-ranger.

Released August 2014, the Sony Xperia T3 is the follow up to the Xperia T2 Ultra which was released the previous year. If you are looking for cellphone with a large screen and a great design, the Sony Xperia T3 may just be the phone for you.

The Sony Xperia T3 has a 5.3 inch screen, while it is not as large as the cumbersome Sony Xperia Z Ultra, it firmly places the T3 into the phablet category of smartphones. While the T3’s 720p screen is not Full HD like other cellphones of a similar price, the display features Triluminous and Bravia TV technology which makes it vivid and very video friendly.

However, like the Z Ultra, the Xperia T3 is incredibly slim. Indeed, it is the slimmest phone of its size in the world. The design of the Sony Xperia T3 is quite interesting as it seems that Sony have merged the traits of their mid-range cellphones with features from its more premium handsets. On the front of the phone there is a glass panel like the Z2, but the back panel of the phone is made from plastic. In addition, like Sony’s flagship devices the T3 features silver accents and metal buttons.

The Xperia T3 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 Processor and 1GB of RAM. This set-up allows for smooth processing and multitasking. The cellphone is fitted with a non-removable 2,500mAh battery which can provide between two and three days of charge depending on how intensively you use the cellphone. As well as a capacious battery, the Sony Xperia T3 feautures Stamina Mode which helps conserve battery power by turning off unnecessary features when the display is not active.

There is an 8MP main camera on the T3 with a flash which is great for taking photos with. The Xperia camera application is refreshing simple to use. There is a superior auto-mode and a good selection of manual modes for even better photographs. The camera application also has a number of creative filters to experiment with.

The Sony Xperia T3 also has great connectivity options as it supports 4G for super-fast internet. In addition, the T3 also has NFC (Near Field Communication) which allows you to connect seamlessly with other Sony electronics. This allows for easy mirroring and sharing.

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