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The official HTC One accessories are actually pretty cool

With all of the hype surrounding the new HTC One today, it would had been basic for HTC to sit back and let the device shine. While the phone itself might not have been a surprise, the slew of accessories surely are. All official, and all pretty sleek.
 
we are going to have our option of just about anything we would readily use. Need an official case to preserve all that aluminum? No problem, HTC has two of them! Do you leave out the old iMac from 2002, with that metal arm jetting out of the base? again HTC feels your pain. probably the coolest of all the accessories (in my opinion) is the on-the-go charger. A fantastic pass for those of us who will absolutely need a moveable charging system. HTC also hasn’t lost touch with their roots, providing a case with the familiar kick-stand we used to get on HTC devices. feel unfastened to click here  for all the picture-y goodness. htc one stand engadget
What’s that you say? Don’t like any of those cases? Well, not to worry, friends. HTC has sent the phone design specs to many best call case makers in an attempt to ensure there are a variety of accessories for the March launch of the phone. Belkin, Otterbox, Morphie, Speck, and Casemate all have the design, are are envisioned to be working on cases. It seems HTC understands what many other manufacturers don’t: we love accessories!
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  • Byond launches 5.7-inch Phablet PII Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone for Rs 14,999 (8)
  • Swipe Telecom and MTV India launch the MTV Volt, a 6-inch Android smartphone, in India . At CES 2014, one factor turned pretty abundantly clear – from Alcatel to Huawei, we’re seeing some truly nice devices coming out of the Chinese market. What excited us even extra is the truth that some of these are coming at really inexpensive prices. Today, we got our arms on one that actually caught our eye on the show floor. Meizu might be a overseas identify to many within the west, but it’s watching like we’ll be hearing it more and more, specially if this offering serves up a nice splash in the western market. the following is our unboxing and first impressions on the Meizu MX3 . Unboxing
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    From the very beginning, Meizu goes for a bit of simplicity as the rather completely blank and white outer shell is only broken by the ‘MX3′ designation. Break off the plastic and get underneath the lid, however, and you get to see a little more of the company’s individualistic flair. But not before being greeted by a small paper displaying how you could pop off the back canopy using an included device so that you can insert your microSIM card. although it’s in Chinese script and thus completely unreadable by me, the graphics are pretty easy to interpret. Worst case state of affairs – the instructions are located in the English manual. #gallery-1 {
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    Again a MX3 logo graces the subsequent layer of the container and is atop a booklet of sorts that gives you a quick glimpse into the options of the phone and finally, once you reach the last page, reveals the phone nestled in a cutout.

  • Motorola X Phone customization will probably let us down.

    Motorola has made a decision to keep teasing us with tidbits of information about the X Phone, and we’re left to wonder what it all means. Made in the USA? excellent for keeping jobs domestic. to be had soon? That’s just mean, Motorola. You know we favor that phone!
    More than anything, we’re wondering about this customization declare of theirs.
     
    What does that mean? How thorough could the program be? We can hope for a lot, but let’s not assume too much. the day gone by we pointed out just why this would all be a dream come true. It’s all lining up the proper way, but the dream of complete customization still seems so far off. What we desire and what we’ll get will probably be disparate, but we don’t really know that.
     
    We still operate on innuendo, with people claiming to have knowledge of the situation. We can hope for the best, but we assume to peer something much less. What we want
    If we had it our way, all the rumors would be true. The instrument was so equipped up, so thoroughly discussed, we have no truly option but to be let down. If there will be one saving grace, it would be outstanding customization. If we could build our own device, suiting our needs (whatever they could be), then the chatter about how outstanding or terrible this phone is goes out the window. you may know 10 persons with the “same” X Phone as you, but very various specs. In our ideal environment, we go to the Play keep and build the precise X Phone we want. In our ideal environment , we go to the Play Store and build the actual X Phone we want. Processor, RAM, memory, screen size, color, case materials; it’s all up for grabs! Like ordering a pizza online, whatever we upload or take away alterations the cost. if your X Phone with a monster processor and a whole lot RAM is lost or stolen, you may easily order any other device. perhaps you don’t have the money to replace that lost phone as it was, but you can always build yet another for a lower cost. With so many different needs and wants flying around, the skill to totally alter the device silences many critics. A prominent complaint is the very anemic memory that comes on phones, or lack of SD Card slot. If I had the option to add memory, then my needs are satisfied. A swifter processor takes care of many other matters like lagging game play, and a collection of screen sizes skill no more wishing for moonshot phones that don’t exist.

    What is your dream Project Ara phone?

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    In this Friday Debate, we talk about Project Ara, Google’s crazy modular phone concept that is rapidly turning into a real product. Despite the skepticism, Google seems to have figured out solutions for some of the biggest problems facing Project Ara, and, if everything goes to plan, the first commercial devices could become available next year.

    The promise of a modular phone is to make it possible for users to select the components they want, bringing true customization to the hardware level. So, if you had the power to select the modules in your phone, what would you pick? Would you go for more storage? The best possible camera? No camera at all and a larger battery? What components you couldn’t do without?

    Join us in the comments and answer our poll!

    Robert Triggs

    The great thing about Project Ara is that I’d probably end up designing a couple of configurations depending on how I wanted to use the handset. I can see myself having at least two Ara setups, one energy efficient design for use as a smartphone, and a more powerful design for when I’m sitting at home nearer a charger.

    If I was designing my ideal practical smartphone, I’d try to cram in as many battery and memory modules is as possible, for music playback, etc. I’d be tempted to grab the biggest skeleton size simply so that I could have access to the most module spaces, but I guess that would also require a larger and more expensive screen. Perhaps the medium 3×6 size would be the sweet spot for me.

    For other components I’d be quite boring, a modest quad-core SoC would suit me fine and I’d probably opt for a 720p display over 1080p simply to save on power consumption. No QWERTY keyboards for me either. As awesome as QHD displays and high performance SoCs are, for a mobile device I really just want it to last as long as possible without me having to set it aside to charge. I’d essentially design my Ara around battery life first, with performance adequate enough to playback videos, some basic games, and run Android smoothly.

    Depending on component prices, I’d be tempted to try out some more experimental stuff too. Hopefully Ara will work with dual rear camera configurations so that I can try out some 3D image and video capture. I can’t really say that I’m interested in heart rate or fingerprint scanner modules, but I’d love for someone to make a gamepad that slots into a front module instead of a keyboard. Perhaps I should enter that idea into the Project Ara challenge!

    So I guess my second device would be more of a gaming and media oriented machine. I could swap out the camera module for some extra RAM, and maybe even change out the SoC for something with a bit more grunt in the GPU department. You know what, they should bring out a cheap tablet skeleton too, so I could just swap my stuff over from smartphone to tablet when I get home.

    Gary Sims

    For me it is all about battery and storage. I think I would go with the biggest skeleton, but with only a 720p screen and a modest quad-core processor. An 8MP camera would be just fine and the rest of the space I would use to squeeze in as much storage and battery as possible.

    If the modules are truly hot-swappable it would be quite cool to have at least two battery segments and an external charging systems that allows me to charge the batteries modules separately. I could then have 4 to 6 battery modules which I charge and hot-swap as each one becomes depleted. Since the phone would always have at least one battery pack connected the other one can be replaced without having to shutdown the phone. You could even do it while on a call!

    Andrew Grush

    As many times as I’ve written articles and opinion pieces about Project Ara, I’d say I’m very excited about the project’s future. As for what my dream phone would look like? Honestly I like powerful phones even if they are overkill, so odds are I’d go with the most recent Qualcomm SoC avaliable and would load up on the RAM, probably settling around 3GB.

    Another major area for me would be battery life, which somewhat conflicts with my interest in having a high-end phone. So basically, I’d shove as big of a battery as possible in there without adding too much bulk or weight. I’d also be sure to carry an extra battery module with me for on-the-fly switching.

    For most of the rest of the specs, however, I’d be a bit more modest.

    While I can appreciate the quality of the 1080p display on my Nexus 5, I feel that QHD has few real advantages and yet takes a hefty toll on battery life. So bottom-line, I’d opt for 1080p. Screen size? Somewhere around the 5 to 5.4-inch mark. I like big displays, but I still want my phone to be reasonably pocketable.

    Storage would probably only need to be somewhere around the 16 to 32GB mark, since I rely heavily on the cloud for music and movies. I’d probably want microSD if at all possible though. Cameras would also be pretty ‘basic’, at least matching my Nexus 5. Honestly I just want image that look decent and can bring out my DSRL for those times when I want higher quality.

    Of course, that’s just my dream phone. In reality, my Ara phone would probably be more akin in prowess to my Nexus 5 and I am most interested in Project Ara for one reason: I can slowly upgrade. As a family man, I have limited extra funds and so the idea of being able to upgrade key elements without getting a new phone every year or two is a big draw.









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    Numer 1.0 released for iOS – Remember Phone Numbers Easier and Faster

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    Constanta, Romania – Lamobratory today is thrilled to announce the release and immediate availability of Numer 1.0, their new entertainment app designed for iPhone. Ever wondered how can you remember your phone number easier? Now there is an app for that! Have you noticed that your dial pad contains 3 or 4 letters assigned for each digit? Using that did you know that a [#protected_0#] like +1 (xxx) 293-7663 can be remembered easier and faster as +1 (xxx) AWESOME? Don’t waste any more time and check what your phone number stands for: it’s free.

    Numer is the perfect combination between a fun app and a very useful app that can help you remember some of your phone numbers from your phonebook easier and faster.

    Did we catch your attention? There is more: having beautiful flat design and a delightful user experience, this app will tell you in no time what your phone number means, how can you remember it easier or if some of your phonebook’s contacts have any funny phone number combination. Depending on your needs and localization it can also cross check between different languages and words from German, French, Spanish, Italian and others.

    Device Requirements:
    * Compatible with iPhone
    * iOS7 minimum
    * 6.6 MB

    Pricing and Availability:
    Numer v1.0 is free of charge. It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

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    Based in Constanta, Romania, Lamobratory SRL was founded by Catalin Patrascu in 2013. Lamobratory creates and develops smart mobile applications for iOS, Mac OS X and Android. Copyright (C) 2014 Lamobratory. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod, iPad, Mac, and Xcode are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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    Would you want the Phone app on your iPad?

     Would you want the Phone app on your iPad?

    With all the talk of a large screen iPhone 6 this year, and potentially more in the years to follow, it’s got me wondering — how big is too big? One of the arguments for a big screen iPhone is that it would better serve people who need a phone but want only one primary computing device. A 4.3- to 5-inch iPhone could satisfy them, but what about a 7.9-inch Retina iPad mini with Phone.app installed as well?

    Unlike Samsung and some other manufacturers who include phone apps on their tablets, Apple currently keeps Phone functionality — among other things — off the iPad. Nevertheless, thanks to third-party apps, I’ve used the iPad mini as a pseudo-phone several times.

    While not ideal, if phone functionality wasn’t anywhere near the top of my list, the bigger screen size might just make up for the awkwardness. Thanks to Bluetooth and headsets, it’s not as if you’d have to hold it to your head like an 80s-style boom box. You’d just have to tap the Phone app and make a call with all the convenience of an iPhone and all the advantages of the bigger screen.

    FaceTime audio makes it possible, so do apps like Skype or even Google Hangouts. But Phone.app is the real deal. The same thing the iPhone has, that any phone has.

    The question is — would an iPad with Phone.app be something you’d want?

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    Record important phone calls from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone with Phone Tap

     Record important phone calls from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone with Phone Tap

    If you need to be able to record calls from your BlackBerry 10 device, there are a few options available in BlackBerry World. One of those is Phone Tap that comes from the developer of Hub++. You may have seen the app in our list of headless apps, something that has made the app even more appealing to some people.

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    WSJ: Nokia to launch Android phone at MWC, will run Nokia’s own Android store

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    The Wall Street Journal confirms in a new report that Nokia is going to release an Android-powered smartphone at the Mobile World Congress later this month.

    The device will be “tailored in a way that won’t promote some of the key Google-developed features that a more traditional Android-powered phone might”, say people familiar with the matter cited by the WSJ. In other words, despite some speculation of the contrary, Nokia is indeed forking Android, and its devices won’t be compatible with Google’s Play store and other set of applications. Instead of Google’s apps like Gmail and Maps, the device will feature apps from Nokia and Microsoft, including the Here map service and the Mix Radio music service. Nokia will also be offering an app store of its offering Android apps.

    As previously reported, Nokia was working on this Android fork back when Microsoft was preparing to make an offer for the Finnish company in the summer of last year. Microsoft is said to have several reasons for using Android along with its own Windows Phone operating system, including the need to utilize Nokia’s manufacturing capabilities and to offset some of the high costs of running its mobile division. Another big reason is, according to the WSJ’s sources, the fact that Windows Phone cannot run on low-end devices, forcing Microsoft to be “pragmatic” and adopt software made by its fiercest competitor for the entry-level smartphone segment.

    Over the past weeks, several reports have painted an almost complete image of Nokia’s upcoming Android device, codenamed Normandy. The device will feature entry-level specifications and a design that reminisces of the Asha line, while on the software front, Nokia’s UI designers created a hybrid between Android and Windows Phone.

    Nokia sent out invitations for an MWC event scheduled for the morning of February 24, which in the light of this report, seems a safe bet for the debut of Normandy. The theme of the event is “Under the Tree”, a possible clue to the commercial name of Nokia’s forked Android implementation.

    Will be at MWC 2014, and Nokia will definitely be high on our priority list. What do you hope to see?


        








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    Steve Wozniak suggests Apple could find success with an Android-powered phone

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    Even if you don’t like Apple, it’s hard to not like Steve Wozniak. The Apple co-founder is no longer part of the day-to-day operations of Apple, but he always has plenty to say.

    Wozniak is a major Apple fan but he’s also not afraid to call Apple out on its weaknesses. Whether he’s talking smack about Siri, saying that Apple is behind the times or speaking out against the patent wars — things are never boring around the Woz. Granted sometimes the things WoZ says are more than a little out there in left field, and the Apple co-founder’s most recent comments certainly fall into that category.

     In an interview with WIRED, Wozniak spoke on a broad range of Apple-related topics, but it was his remarks about the idea of Apple building an Android handset that really stood out.

    In the long run, it’s hard to imagine who this Frankensteinian iAndroid device would appeal to.

    “There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” said Wozniak. “We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time.”

    Now its important to note that WoZ doesn’t necessarily think Apple will actually make such a move or even that they should, he’s just musing at the possibility and noting that Apple could do it. He also believes Apple would be able to compete very well because of Apple’s hardware quality. It’s true that Apple has the power and means to build an Android device, as nothing is stopping, at least from a technical standpoint.

    Android is open-source, anyone can use it. That said, we can’t imagine Google would be all that willing to hand over Google Play certification to such a product, so the aPhone would probably need its own Appstore for Android, or it would have to partner with someone like Amazon.

    In the long run, it’s hard to imagine who this Frankensteinian iAndroid device would appeal to, especially without Play services. Perhaps as a device for emerging markets that would have iOS-like characteristics and a budget oriented price tag (sort of like the idea behind Normandy)?

    Musing aside, there’s no way such a device will ever come to pass. Even though Android has ate away at their global marketshare, there are still tons of Apple faithful out there that are more than happy to keep buying iPhones that run on iOS. We don’t expect this situation anytime soon, either.

    Still, in a crazy alternate universe where such a device was given the green light, would you consider an Apple-built handset if it ran Android and supported the Play store? Do you agree with WoZ’s assessment that Android users want “the precious looks of sylings” that Apple has to offer? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


        








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    What’s preventing Chinese phone manufacturers from breaking into Western markets?

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    If you want cutting edge technology at a fraction of the usual price then you can find it in the Chinese market. We saw a range of impressive smartphones, phablets, and tablets from Chinese manufacturers like Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, and Alcatel at CES this year. Apart from fast processors, big HD screens, and buckets of battery life, do you know what all these flagships had in common? No definite release details for the U.S. and most of Europe.

    What’s the problem here? Is the carrier oligopoly shutting them out? Are patent disputes a problem? Is it just down to a lack of effort and marketing muscle?

    Not for you

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    Casting an eye back to CES 2013 reveals a similar pattern; a wave of impressive Chinese smartphones that caused a few raised eyebrows in the tech press, but never landed in the West, or touched down late and in a very limited fashion.

    TCL-Alcatel was the perfect example this year unveiling the One Touch Idol X+ with a 2GHz MediaTek octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, 16GB or 32GB of storage, a 13.1MP main camera, a 2MP front camera, and a 2,500 mAh rated battery. That’s impressive on paper by any standards and do you know what the R.R.P. on that phone is? 0.

    I’ll just let that sink in for a minute. Two hundred and fifty dollars.

    You may immediately think that build quality will be poor. Actually the design is pretty good; it’s only 7.9mm thick, exactly the same as the Galaxy S4. Check out our hands-on look to see for yourself.

    There was no news about a U.S. release for this phone; instead we heard that Alcatel’s last flagship, the Idol X would be landing on Bell and Virgin Mobile in Canada. Americans can buy it direct from Alcatel’s website. The first European market to get the new follow-up, the Idol X+, is going to be Russia.

    Those pesky carriers

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    In the U.S. and much of Europe it’s the norm to pay nothing, or a seriously reduced upfront fee, and be locked into a two-year contract to get a brand new smartphone. You’ll typically end up paying more over the length of the contract than you would for a SIM-free handset, but your service is mixed in and it means you can get expensive phones without having to save up. This system gives carriers a lot of power.

    If OEMs want U.S. carriers to stock their wares there’s often an expectation that they’ll give them some sort of exclusive deal, or that they’ll create a special version. Many manufacturers start out building carrier relationships by allowing the carrier to put their branding on the device, HTC did this with T-Mobile. Verizon built a strong Droid brand with Motorola and HTC. Samsung’s original Galaxy S was branded ten different ways in the U.S. to satisfy all the carriers and there were some subtle and some fairly major differences between the variations.

    When consumers want your device, as with the iPhone, and you’ve built some bridges with carriers, like Samsung and HTC did, then you can expect them to be less demanding. They’ll throw some marketing weight behind your flagship and give it shelf space, although they’re always going to want a decent markup.

    Are people asking U.S carriers where they can get the Lenovo Vibe Z, Alcatel One Touch Idol X+, or the Huawei Ascend Mate 2? Obviously not. You need to offer carriers something to sweeten the deal and work on marketing to build brand awareness. If a company like Sony is finding it hard to break onto the radar of U.S. carriers then you can imagine how tough it might be for lesser known Chinese OEMs. You may even wonder if it’s worth their time and effort.

    Where’s the market?

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    There’s a reason that analysts keep going on about emerging markets. The smartphone market in the West is saturated. Take a look at this recent IDC report and you’ll see that Huawei came third and Lenovo came fifth in overall worldwide smartphone market share for 2013. TCL-Alcatel and ZTE will undoubtedly have made the top ten. Then there’s Xiaomi and Oppo.

    All these manufacturers are doing pretty well out of the Asia Pacific market and many of them have made inroads in Latin America and Eastern Europe. There have also been some movies into India and Africa. That’s where the customers are right now. So, why do they want to break into Western markets?

    Low prices and direct sales are commonplace in other markets and there is a big difference between market share and profit. Taking the two most extreme examples in Q3 of 2013 the average selling price for a TCL-Alcatel handset was , the ASP for the iPhone was 1 (the lowest it’s ever been, having since climbed back up to 7).

    The potential for profit is an obvious driving force, but even if Chinese manufacturers can build bridges with carriers, there are other obstacles to overcome.

    Deck stacked against them

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    We don’t think the patent war is a major barrier here. All the big smartphone manufacturers are suing each other; most of the big Chinese players are engaged in lawsuits amongst themselves. Huawei just settled with the Apple and Microsoft backed Rockstar consortium. This might factor into the cost of doing business in the U.S. and Europe, but it’s not going to block entry.

    What have been far more damaging are the repeated spying allegations leveled at Huawei, ZTE, and Lenovo. It all seems pretty hypocritical in light of the torrent of revelations about how the American and British governments have been spying on everyone, but mud-slinging has an impact. Huawei has given up on the telecommunications equipment market in the U.S. and it was actually banned in Australia, the fact that’s separate from its smartphone business won’t register with a lot of people.

    All the Chinese manufacturers accused have been quick to deny the allegations, just as Apple and Google were quick to deny any involvement with PRISM. You still have to figure that the idea of Chinese government involvement with these companies is off-putting for many. It’s another hurdle to jump if they want to attract customers and it’s another disincentive for carriers to strike deals with them.

    Google opens the door

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    There’s been plenty of talk about Google’s influence on driving down smartphone prices with the Nexus range and through Motorola with phones like the Moto G. Google has definitely shown that direct sales to consumers are another way to go, if the price is right. If people are prepared to buy direct from them, then Chinese manufacturers can gain a foothold that way.

    Then there’s the news that Google will sell Motorola to Lenovo. This is going to be a really interesting test case. The first question is whether it will be allowed to pass. Lenovo was blocked from buying BlackBerry by the Canadian government, reportedly over national security concerns. Early indications are that the deal will go ahead, but not without some concessions.

    Will Lenovo inherit Motorola’s existing carrier relations? Can it buy its way into the U.S. market with this move and start selling its own hardware with the Motorola logo? Lenovo could be the first Chinese manufacturer to make a serious breakthrough in the U.S. smartphone market.

    The truth is that regardless of the branding on your smartphone, most, if not all, of it was probably manufactured in China. As Chinese manufacturers get better at producing premium hardware, cutting the middleman out of the equation could be inevitable, and it will mean cheaper smartphones all around. Some people may balk at that prospect, but voting with your hard-earned cash is what will count and who doesn’t love a bargain?


        








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    Best Android phone under $400, Battery saving tips, Snapdragon vs MediaTek, and more – Android Q&A

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Android Q&A! As always, we try to answer as many of your great questions as possible. This week, we talk about the best Android phone under 0, some battery saving tips, Qualcomm Snapdragon vs MediaTek SoCs, and more. Let’s get started!


    Question 1

    I am on 0-400 budget on my next phone. Which one should I get? – MrGarchomp123

    Answer

    The best Android smartphones within the budget you’re looking for are the Nexus 5 and the Motorola Moto X. The Nexus 5 offers the best solution for anyone looking for a high-end device at a great price, and what the Moto X lacks in specifications, it more than makes up for with user experience and some very useful features.

    If you’re hoping to save some money, you should definitely take a look at the new line of Asus Zenfone smartphones, that won Android Authority’s Best Smartphone(s) of CES 2014, as well as the Moto G.  You’ll find a bunch of useful review and first look videos in the playlist below.


    Question 2

    Battery saving is always a hot topic for Android users, and many apps like Battery Doctor recommend a full cycle charge at least once a month. How much merit is there to this? I have come across mixed opinions. – sirjargon1

    Answer

    While some pundits and blogs may say that it is a good idea to do a full cycle charge, the cold hard fact is that each lithium-ion battery comes with a limited number of cycles. The best way to prolong the battery life is to keep the charge between 10% and 90%, or even 20% and 80%, depending on what is more convenient to you. Granted, you don’t have to fanatical about this, and it’s okay to charge the battery fully. But try and avoid discharging the battery completely, as well as not keeping the phone plugged in for a long time, once it is fully charged. You can find out more about how to prolong your li-ion battery life here.


    Question 3

    Which processor is actually better and faster for phones? Snapdragon or Mediatek? I heard that mostly MediaTek’s processors are slow and often lag, while Snapdragon does its job at its very best. – Andrew Beh Jian Yuan

    Answer

    The simple answer is that the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are the higher performing one compared to (equivalent) MediaTek SoCs, and has been seen consistently not only in benchmarks, but general real world performance as well. That being said, the Snapdragon processors are generally more expensive, and is mostly found in high-end devices like the HTC One, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Xperia Z1, and others. On the other hand, the MediaTek processors may be slower, but are also more cost effective, and allows OEMs to manufacture budget-friendly devices that still have sought-after features like quad-core processors.

    And, it has to be said that the current crop of MediaTek processors are a far better option than anything that was available in budget devices over the past few years. If you want to find examples of cheap devices featuring quad-core, and even octa-core, MediaTek processors, all you need to do is look at smartphones that are proving to be quite popular in China and India.


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