Smartphones

Today at Meizu's event in China the company presented their new flagship phone, the MX5. The MX5 is the successor to the MX4 released last year, and while I haven't been able to review that unit yet, I did take an extensive look at its bigger brother, the MX4Pro. The MX5's biggest characteristic is the change in display technology. Meizu has now adopted Samsung's AMOLED screen in place of the traditional LCD technology. This also leads to a change in form-factor as now Meizu had to abandon its 16:10 aspect-ratio for the more conventional 16:9 resolutions. At 1080p and 5.5" diagonal, the screen isn't as high resolution as one might have expected and thus regresses in terms of DPI in comparison to the MX4. This...

HTC Announces the Desire 826

Yesterday at CES, HTC announced the newest device in their lineup of Desire smartphones. Years ago, HTC's flagship devices fell under the Desire brand. In recent years, the Desire...

40 by Brandon Chester on 1/6/2015

HP Sells Palm Brand To Alcatel OneTouch

We haven't heard much from Palm since they were purchased by HP in 2010. The Palm Pre 2 was unsuccessful, the Pre 3 was cancelled, and after the failure...

20 by Brandon Chester on 12/31/2014

Samsung Launches the Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A

Note: An earlier version of this article stated that this version of the Galaxy Note 4 used Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810. This is not the case, and the article had...

56 by Brandon Chester on 12/28/2014

Understanding Brightness in AMOLED and LCD Displays

While we generally avoid going into deep detail when it comes to our display testing, in light of statements that seemingly contradict our testing it becomes important to contextualize...

85 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 12/22/2014

T-Mobile Announces Uncarrier 8.0: Data Stash

Today in a live interview T-Mobile CEO John Legere has made his eighth major announcement in their line of Uncarrier programs that try to differentiate them from the business...

36 by Brandon Chester on 12/16/2014

Best Windows Phones: Holiday 2014

The end of 2014 is quickly approaching, so this is a great time to look back at the year that was in Windows Phone, and give our recommendation on...

38 by Brett Howse on 12/3/2014

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Review

It's been a while since I got the Mate 7 at IFA in Berlin and I have been using it on an off since then. As a new member...

70 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/2/2014

The Android 5.0 Lollipop Review

Google has been very busy with their expansion of Android as a platform this year. At Google IO we saw the announcement of endeavors like Android TV and Android...

126 by Brandon Chester on 12/1/2014

Nokia Lumia 830 Review

The Lumia 830 was launched by Microsoft at the IFA trade show in September. As seems to be the norm for most Nokia phones, it has taken a short...

97 by Brett Howse on 11/25/2014

Encryption and Storage Performance in Android 5.0 Lollipop

As alluded to in our Nexus 6 review, our normal storage performance benchmark was no longer giving valid results as of Android 5.0. While Androbench was not a perfect...

93 by Brandon Chester & Joshua Ho on 11/20/2014

The OnePlus One Review

The OnePlus One has been one of the most hyped smartphones of 2014. There's really not much else to be said, as OnePlus' marketing has been quite noticeable amongst...

148 by Joshua Ho on 11/19/2014

Motorola Begins Rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop

Motorola has done a good job with keeping their devices updated. The fact that they don't ship dozens of different devices and use software that is close to what...

19 by Brandon Chester on 11/12/2014

Samsung Introduces Gear VR Innovator Edition for the U.S.

Today Samsung announced that their Gear VR Innovator Edition will be available in the United States starting in early December of this year. The Gear VR Innovator Edition is...

9 by Brandon Chester on 11/12/2014

The Nexus 6 Review

When consumers think of Google's Nexus devices, they think about the promise of receiving the latest updates for Android essentially as soon as they release. They also think about...

136 by Brandon Chester on 11/12/2014

HTC Offers The HTC One M8 For $299 In The Latest HTC Hot Deal

Last week HTC launched their new HTC Hot Deals website which offers deals on HTC products every Tuesday. The first deal was an offer that put their newly released...

15 by Brandon Chester on 11/11/2014

Microsoft Reveals The Lumia 535 Low Cost Smartphone

It has been a while since the official Nokia smartphone acquisition was completed, but to date all of the current Lumia phones have carried the Nokia brand alongside Lumia...

27 by Brett Howse on 11/10/2014

Apple Releases Web Tool for Deactivating iMessage

Not long ago the internet was abuzz with articles and posts about Apple’s issues with iMessage. Users were concerned about not getting texts from iPhone users if they switched...

13 by Brandon Chester on 11/9/2014

Quick Note: Android Camera2 and Support For External ISPs

While we've written about Android's Camera2 API before, there was one notable aspect of the discussion that was missing. The missing piece was a discussion of the physical link...

8 by Joshua Ho on 11/9/2014

Audience Announces eS800 Voice & Audio Processors

While voice calls have decreased in importance in the past few years, we've seen an increased need for voice processors that can properly isolate voice to enable features such...

1 by Joshua Ho on 11/5/2014

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