LG recently unveiled its flagship smartphone, the Optimus G Pro boasting of really fine specifications. But even though the large screen phone looks good on paper, can it take on the likes of current popular smartphones in the market like the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Apple iPhone 5? Read on to know more:
LG Optimus G Pro: LG’s flagship phone has a 5.5-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1080X1920 pixels. But it’s not just the screen size that’s big on this phone – it comes with a powerful 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM and runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. What’s more, it has a powerful 13 MP rear camera and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera, both of which can record videos at 1080p resolution. LG has put in 32 GB of internal storage and there’s a microSD card slot if you need more space. And there’s also a massive 3,140 mAh battery so that you don’t need to reach for the charger too often.
Nokia Lumia 920: Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 based smartphone features a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 768X1280 pixels. In terms of power, its dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor and 1 GB of RAM seem inadequate in comparison to the Optimus G Pro. Nokia has put in an 8 MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics to keep the shutterbugs happy with this phone; there’s also 1.3 MP front-facing camera. The 2,000 mAh battery gives this phone a talktime of 10 hours on 3G networks.
Apple iPhone 5: The iPhone 5 wasn’t exactly the most popular smartphone launched last year, mostly because of its 4-inch screen with a resolution of 640X1136 pixels. In addition to the rather small screen, its dual-core 1.2 GHz Apple A6 processor and 1 GB of RAM also make it seem less powerful than the current range of Android phones like the Optimus G Pro. Apple has put in an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front-facing camera in the iPhone 5 as well as a rather tiny 1,440 mAh battery which can offer up to 8 hours of talktime on 3G networks.… Read the rest
The Apple iPhone 5 has been around for a few months now, and while the phone failed to make a huge impression in the market, to make things worse, 2013 has already seen a number of superb flagship smartphone launches (the biggest one till now is Samsung galaxy S4). If you have the moolah for it and are considering the iPhone 5 as your next phone, do you think you should wait a while and look around in the market a little more? Maybe consider the HTC One or the Sony Xperia Z as alternatives?
HTC One: HTC’s flagship smartphone was finally unveiled after a lot of speculation just a few weeks ago and we like what we’ve seen so far. For those of you who love the iPhone’s all-metal premium look, the HTC One will definitely appeal to you. With a large 4.7-inch display having a resolution of 468 ppi, you can’t get better viewing on a smartphone currently. The HTC One is powered by a quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM and runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It’s got a unique camera with HTC’s very own Ultrapixels camera which promises sharper, clearer and more natural looking images. For video calling, there’s a 2 MP camera as well. Choose from 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, but that’s all you get because there doesn’t seem to be microSD card slot on this phone. To keep the phone running, HTC has put in a 2,300 mAh battery.
Sony Xperia Z: Sony’s gorgeous flagship smartphone was unveiled at CES 2013 and literally blew us all away. We love that it’s dust and water resistant – high end smartphones do not get more rugged than this, not yet at least. The Xperia Z features a large 5-inch display with a resolution of 441 ppi and is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM. This phone also runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and is fitted with a 13 MP rear camera with Sony’s own Exmos RS sensor. There’s a 2.2 MP camera in the front as well. The Xperia Z comes with just 16 GB of internal storage, but for those of you who want more, you can use a microSD card. A 2,330 mAh battery keeps the phone up and running for nearly 14 hours on a single charge.
Apple iPhone 5: The latest iPhone’s biggest weakness is its rather small 4-inch screen with a resolution of 326 ppi. The iPhone 5 is powered by Apple’s A6 dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM and runs on iOS 6. An 8 MP rear camera and 1.2 MP front-facing camera also seem to pale with that of the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z. You can choose from 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, but there’s no provision for further memory expansion through microSD cards. Even the 1,440 mAh battery offers a talktime of just about 8 hours on the phone, which means you’ll be reaching for the charger more often.… Read the rest
When my wallet gets lighter with a new smartphone buy, I do weigh the camera story the buy comes with. However, this time I had to weigh HTC One, Google Nexus, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S III, Apple iPhone 5 and the Sony Xperia Z—yes, heave a sigh-the list is over! Weigh them? Actually, I needed to weigh the camera story for each.
For starters, in an age that promises 13-MP cameras on smartphone users, HTC One has bucked the trend to house a mere 4.3-MP shutter. The quality is just fair but the high point is that smaller pictures could be wonderful with the One. Pegged against the giants that come with awesome shutter pixels, this might not go far.
Check out the rest for clicks with each of these smarties. The settings were automatic on all phones and night mode for shoots for non-light conditions.HTC loses out even before we begin the tests because of its hazy picture.
Nokia is noisy and the pictures hardly flesh out sharply enough.
I barely found the Samsung and Apple cameras doing anything different. The noise was not too much yet the picture came out well detailed.
I hoped for Xperia Z’s Exmor R tag to work miracles but it did a good job without a capital G. Though it gave distinct images, yet the smudgy factor remained.
The Nexus 4 seemed a tad disappointing even in broad day light; the noise was as irritating as loud bangs would. However, it surprised me with the fine details!
Finally, after so many weeks of rumors we finally got to see Samsung to take the wraps off its much talked about flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. And yes, what can we say, we’re blown away! So we decided to pit it against its archrival Apple’s beloved iPhone 5 to see if it can outperform this competitor.
Design: The Galaxy S4’s form factor does resemble its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, quite a bit – but bigger. It’s got similar pebbled edges and its all-plastic body feels quite light to hold, in spite of its size. But yet, unsurprisingly, the iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter than Samsung’s offering, and well, its all-metal body does have a nice premium look and feel.
Display: Let’s just start by saying that screen size was never really the iPhone 5’s strong point to begin with. And now when you put the iPhone 5 next to the Galaxy S4, its 4-inch screen with resolution of 640X1136 pixels pales even further in comparison with the latter’s 5-inch full HD display.
Experience: Of course, iOS has been around for a while and has the most number of apps on offer, but it’s getting a tad boring – nothing much seems to have changed in this world. On the other hand, the Galaxy S4 has a floating display and its new TouchWiz Nature UX interface makes the phone look much slicker. And then of course, there’s more things to do with its camera – we especially love the health angle of the Life Care hub, making it more versatile than the iPhone 5 could ever hope to be.
Archrivals Apple and Samsung will soon have one thing in common – the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 will both be equipped with the same PowerVR graphics processor. According to a recent blog post by Imagination, Samsung will put in the PowerVR SGX544 in the Galaxy S4, along with an Exynos 5 octa-core processor.
While the international version of the Galaxy S3 is fitted with an ARM’s Mali GPU and the U.S. version comes with an Adreno 225 graphics chipset, the PowerVR GPU can support Microsoft DirectX 9.3.
But even though both these competing smartphones will have this similar hardware, Samsung will run the GPU at a faster clock speed while maintaining the triple-core setup as in the iPhone 5. So, is Apple going to get more worked up at Samsung for this?… Read the rest
Just a couple of days to go for Samsung to unveil its latest flagship Galaxy S4 to the world and looks like Apple’s getting a tad worried. We’ve heard that the company is busy working on the iPhone 5S and has even brought forward its launch date. Looks like in the meantime, it wants to remind you that the iPhone 5 still exists and can do a lot. Apple released a couple of new, rather funky iPhone ads titled “Brilliant” and “Discover” showing off some of the cool things the iPhone can do.
The ads have a really catchy background tune and show the screen being clicked, tapped, and swiped to showcase various games, apps and videos on the iPhone. The “Brilliant” ad shows the iPhone being used to pay for coffee using the Passbook app, the advanced math calculator app MyScript and the new Hue Lighting app with which the phone dims a lamp too.
The “Discover” app showcases the Apple Maps app and an app that lets users tune guitars using the iPhone, in addition to finding new places around town for entertainment.… Read the rest
HTC may not have had much success in the smartphone market, especially over the past couple of years. But the company sure does seem optimistic; judging by the amount of marketing it is putting in to spread the word about its latest flagship, the HTC One. The HTC One had been talked about for a while now, and finally HTC unveiled at an event a few days ago. With Apple already losing significant market share to Android, what impact would the HTC One have on the iPhone 5’s sales?
HTC One: Although we still don’t know the pricing details, we’re expecting it to be priced somewhere around that of the iPhone 5. But if you need something that looks good in your hands, we’d say pick the HTC handset. Like the iPhone 5, it is also encased in an all aluminum body, but it does have a larger 4.7-inch screen making it a bigger style statement, literally and figuratively. As an added bonus, there’s the magnificent resolution of 468 ppi on its display – it really doesn’t get better than that, not for now at least. Powering the HTC One is a quad-core 1.7 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. The Ultrapixels camera promises a far more powerful sensor to reproduce images that are more real, clear and sharp. There’s also a 2.1 MP front-facing camera and both cameras can record at 1080p. Choose from 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage on the HTC One.
Apple iPhone 5: When you look at the HTC One specs, and put the iPhone 5 next to it, there really is no comparison. The iPhone 5 has just a 4-inch display with a resolution of 326 ppi. It is powered by a dual-core Apple A6 1 GHz processor and has an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front-facing camera. Of course, only iOS fans and Apple loyalists will continue to prefer the iPhone 5 in comparison with HTC. The iPhone 5 can only survive against the HTC flagship on account of the Apple brand. But will that be enough?
These sure are tough times for Apple, and it’s only looking to get worse. First it was the less than expected performance of the iPad 4 and iPhone 5 in Q4, and now it’s a lawsuit filed by a rebellious investor just before it held its annual shareholder conference. And to make matters worse, the CEO Tim Cook has decided to criticize the lawsuit by calling it a “silly slideshow”. Wonder how the investor’s going to take that.
Cook stated the above during an interview at a Goldman Sachs technology conference yesterday. He also shared his opinion on other issues related to Apple, including whether Apple’s power to innovate is going down, the ongoing expansion of its stores, as well as the shareholder dispute.
However, Cook stayed cool throughout the uncomfortable questions he was subjected to and didn’t reveal any unease caused due to the dip in Apple’s stock prices or increasing dissatisfaction among its shareholders. What did come through, however, was Cook’s passion for Apple, especially since he is known more for his subdued and modest nature.
During the interview, Cook talked about how innovation is deeply embedded within the company’s culture, and continues to drive its employees to make the best products in the world. In Cook’s words, “It’s as strong as ever. It’s in the values and DNA of the company. I feel fantastic about it. There’s not a better place for innovation”.
However, when asked about the issue pertaining to David Einhorn and how he made a public request for Apple to issue a special class of stock to its shareholders, Cook reacted strongly. Einhorn and some more shareholders want Apple to use the $120 billion cash it has shown in its balance sheet, in addition to issuing the special class of stock. He has also filed a lawsuit to block Apple’s proposition of requiring a shareholder vote before issuing such a stock.
Cook stated that Apple’s pro-shareholder attitude should be evident to the investors and the company doesn’t plan to launch a campaign to get this proposition passed. Apple intends to file a response to the lawsuit by today and the case will be heard in a New York District Court next week.… Read the rest
The Mobile World Congress is yet to begin, but looks like phone-maker LG is getting rather impatient. Even before the event, LG has already unveiled its latest lineup, the Optimus L Series II. The company has mentioned 3 devices in this range – a 3.2-inch L3II, a 4-inch L5II and a 4.3-inch L7II. We’ve decided to compare the L7II today with the iPhone 5 and BlackBerry Z10 to see if it can pull away some customers from these two smartphones.
LG L7II: The LG L7II is a dual-sim smartphone with a 4.3-inch display. It will be powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and 768 MB of RAM. The phone will come with 4 GB of internal storage and there’s also a microSD card slot for those who want more space. The L7II may seem on the lower side, spec-wise, but comes with a decent 8 MP rear camera with LED flash. The front camera, however, is just a VGA one. The L7II will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and will have quite a powerful 2,460 mAh battery.
Apple iPhone 5: The iPhone 5 has a slightly smaller 4-inch display, but with a resolution of 640X1136 pixels. Powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple A6 processor and 1 GB of RAM, it runs on Apple’s latest iOS 6. The iPhone 5 has an 8 MP camera in the rear, while the front-facing camera has a resolution of 1.2 MP. In terms of battery, it’s the smallest – just 1,440 mAh. A major downside of the iPhone 5 is the absence of a microSD card slot, so you’re stuck with the limited internal storage space.
BlackBerry Z10: This one has a slightly larger screen than the iPhone 5 – a 4.2-inch screen with a higher resolution of 356 ppi. The Z10 is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, and runs on BlackBerry 10. The phone has an internal storage of 16 GB but there’s also a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The Z10 has an 1,800 mAh battery which keeps it running for a long time. In terms of camera, it also has an 8 MP rear camera, but its front-facing 2 MP camera is the best among these three phones.… Read the rest
Rumors set sparks too many. The best proof for this is artists getting to work to produce what the Apple iPad5 would look like after its chassis and size revamps.
Now Ciccarrese Design, famed renderers of iPhone 5 and iPad mini, has come with its version of the iPad 5.
This time the pad kid has gone slimmer with its Retina Display intact. However, the screen size has just about increased and the gadget is more compact. Well, we have been using too much is—sorry—we just realized this is an imaginative rendition.
‘Warning: Renditions often translate into reality.’… Read the rest