The HTC One was showcased a few weeks ago and yes, we are impressed. But for those of you looking to pick up a good Android-based smartphone in the near future, does it make sense to hold off your purchase until it hits the market? Or should you end up picking the current market faves like Galaxy S3 or the Nexus 4? Read on to get your answer:
HTC One: HTC’s flagship smartphone for 2013 features a 4.7-inch full HD display with the highest resolution so far of 468 ppi. But there’s much more going on in this phone with its all metal slick body. HTC has also put in an interesting camera with its own Ultrapixels technology to let you click sharper, better pictures with more realistic color reproduction. And then there’s the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with an overlay of HTC’s vastly improved Sense 5.0 UI. The HTC One is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM. It comes with 32 GB of internal storage, but we doubt if there’s a microSD card slot on it, and there’s also a 2,300 mAh battery fitted.
Samsung Galaxy S3: This phone went on to become the world’s favorite smartphone in 2012 and propelled Samsung into becoming the world leader in smartphones. The Galaxy S3 has a slightly bigger 4.8-inch screen, but in terms of resolution, its 306 ppi screen is no match for the HTC One’s. Powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4412 processor and 1 GB of RAM, you will find it less powerful than the HTC One too. But yes, the phone comes with 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage as well as the provision to expand its storage capacity using microSD cards, which is indeed a huge plus. The 8 MP rear camera probably doesn’t work as well as the HTC One’s Ultrapixels offering. The Galaxy S3 is fitted with a 2,100 mAh battery offering over 11 hours of talktime.
LG Nexus 4: The Google flagship smartphone by LG sports a 4.7-inch screen with a 318 ppi resolution. Powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM, it sure is more powerful than the Galaxy S3. In terms of camera, its 8 MP camera gives it equal footing with the Samsung offering. The LG Nexus 4 runs on Android 4.2 and is upgradeable up Android 4.2.2. But it comes with just 8 GB of 16 GB of internal storage and lacks a microSD card slot, so if you need more storage, you’re better off picking some other phone. Like the Galaxy S3, this one too has a 2,100 mAh battery offering about 15 hours of talktime.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 went on to become the world’s most popular smartphone in 2012, and now that Samsung’s unveiled its brand new flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, everyone’s wondering if the company can repeat this feat in 2013 too. So what all has changed when you pit the Galaxy S4 against its hugely successful predecessor?
Design: Not much seems to have changed in this regard, with the Galaxy S4 just looking like a slightly larger version of the Galaxy S3. But yes, the Galaxy S4 is thinner and lighter than the latter, and we love its brushed metal bezel.
Display: The Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display and images look quite sharp and color looks quite realistic too. The Galaxy S3 comes with a 4.8-inch screen, but in terms of resolution, of course, the new phone takes a major lead. Add to that the new floating touch feature in the phone and you can see how much of effort Samsung’s put in making the Galaxy S4.
Experience: In terms of OS, not much has changed, but the Galaxy S4 comes with an improved TouchWiz Nature UX overlay. The phone allows for ample customization with a huge set of wallpapers, widgets and icons to choose from. And of course, there’s Air View, Air Gestures, and lots of cool new things to do with the camera in the Galaxy S4.
Of course, it’s bigger and better than its predecessor, but we do wish Google had managed to launch a new Android version that the Galaxy S4 could have launched with. But
Samsung has managed to put in lots of cool features in the phone to make it work a lot differently than the Galaxy S3. So, are you upgrading soon?… Read the rest
This year has been off to a promising start with a long list of flagship smartphones already unveiled. While the Sony Xperia Z stole the limelight at CES 2013, followed by LG’s Optimus G Pro a few weeks later, all eyes are on Samsung as it gets ready to showcase the latest flagship Galaxy S4 this week. But until this phone hits the markets, can the Galaxy S3 continue to sell once the Optimus G Pro and Xperia Z have arrived?
LG Optimus G Pro: We’ll start with this because it’s the most recent among these three smartphones. LG’s mammoth flagship features a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1080X1920 pixels. Running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it is powered by a quad-core 1.7 GHz processor and has 2 GB of RAM. LG has also put in a 13 MP rear camera and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera into this phone. The Optimus G Pro comes with 32 GB of internal storage, but there’s also a microSD card slot if you find this space insufficient. A 3,140 mAh jumbo battery will ensure that this remains powered up and operational for a long time.
Sony Xperia Z: Let’s just start off with its USP – it is dust and water resistant. That makes it an ideal phone for those who love the great outdoors! Apart from these qualities, the Xperia Z boasts a ton of features – it has a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080X1920 pixels powered by Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA 2 Engine. This phone runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. It comes with 16 GB of internal storage and supports microSD cards too. The 13 MP camera has a Sony Exmos RS sensor and there’s a 2.2 MP front-facing camera as well. The 2,330 mAh battery is non-removable but promises up to 14 hours of talktime.
Samsung Galaxy S3: The bestselling phone of 2012 has been in the market for quite a few months now and is still selling well. It has a 4.8-inch screen with a resolution of 306 ppi. Originally shipped with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, it can be upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S3 is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. It comes with 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage and also has a microSD card slot. The rear camera has a resolution of 8 MP, while the front-facing one is 1.9 MP. A decent 2,100 mAh battery gives it a talktime of over 11 hours.
Samsung is not new to have a upper hand as far as technology is concerned This is not mystery or hidden fact- the Galaxy S III has sealed Samsung’s rank as a giant in the Android world too. Now buzz from corners reveal that Google is all-so-worked up that Samsung is almost there to make a mark in history ! Why so, you ask? Samsung has got on to initiate Tizen-powered devices—perhaps a way to that it is done with Google for now.
Coming from another buzz mill partial to Google, we hear that Samsung is losing sleep over the later collaborating with Motorola on the Motorola X. With Key Lime Pie, the smarty is the first to be powered by Andriod5.0. Samsung wonders if Motorola could get latest specs and updates all too fast.
Moving away from the rumor mills, Patrick Pichette, CFO at Google dismisses any rift or conflict between Google and Samsung. He says that the former is in the least concerned with Samsung’s first-on revolutionary innovations and says that Google fosters a great relationship with each of its partners. Partners mean—Samsung included!… Read the rest
HTC hasn’t had much luck in the smartphone market over the past couple of years, despite creating remarkable handsets. Of course, 2012 remained the year of Samsung with its bestselling Galaxy S3. But 2013 seems to be more promising for HTC, thanks to the company’s launch of its latest flagship smartphone, the HTC One. It looks good, has quite a few good features, but the real question is, is it fancy enough to put a dent in the Galaxy S3’s sales?
HTC One: Let’s just start by telling you how much we love the HTC One’s overall design. Clad completely in aluminum, it’s got a premium, futuristic look and feel. Its 4.7-inch full HD display has a breathtaking 468 ppi resolution – the best resolution in a smartphone till date. The phone runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with an upgraded HTC Sense UI overlay. Powered by a quad-core 1.7 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM, you get either 32 GB of 64 GB of internal storage. The HTC One is fitted with a 2,300 mAh battery. What sets it apart in the market is its unique camera with Ultrapixels technology that promises sharper, clearer images with better color reproduction. It also comes with Beats Audio-enhanced stereo speakers for the music lovers.
Samsung Galaxy S3: Even though this phone has been in the market for a while, it still boasts of competitive specs. When it comes to the overall design, it does look good with its pebble-like curves, but we can’t help giving more points to the HTC One here. It does have a slightly larger 4.8-inch screen, but its resolution of 1280X720 pixels can’t compare with that of the HTC One. The Galaxy S3 is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and scores lower in terms of processing power too. It does have a fantastic 8 MP rear camera, but we wonder how it will fare against the Ultrapixels camera in HTC’s flagship.
Samsung’s 2012 flagship, the Galaxy S3, sure did win a lot of hearts ever since it was unveiled. But looks like its popularity could be in grave threat from competitors like LG and Asus. Today, we’re comparing the Galaxy S3 with the Google Nexus 4 and the Asus PadFone 2 to see if either of these phones could upset Samsung’s leading streak.
Asus PadFone 2: The Asus PadFone 2 features a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 312 ppi. Powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM, this phone runs on Android 4.0 ICS, but is upgradeable to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Available in three variants with 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage space, it doesn’t have a microSD card slot which limits you to the internal space. But the PadFone 2 does have a 13 MP rear camera as well as a 1.2 MP front-facing camera. A 2140 mAh battery promises a talk-time of up to 15 hours.
Google Nexus 4: Google’s latest flagship smartphone by LG also has a 4.7-inch display with a slightly higher resolution of 318 ppi. Available in 8 GB and 16 GB models, it also lacks a microSD card slot, which is a huge disappointment. Like the PadFone 2, the Nexus 4 is also powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM, but it runs on Android 4.2. The rear camera, however, is just 8 MP, while the front-facing camera has a resolution of 1.3 MP. The battery is almost the same, a 2100 mAh one, which gives the phone up to 15 hours of talk-time on a single charge.
Samsung Galaxy S3: The bestselling flagship smartphone from Samsung features a 4.8-inch screen with a resolution of 306 ppi. The Galaxy S3 is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex A9 processor but has just 1 GB of RAM and runs on Android ICS, which can be upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. You can choose from 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, but the best thing about the Galaxy S3 is its microSD card slot, so you can expand your phone’s storage. The phone has an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP one in the front. It also has a similar 2100 mAh battery, which promises a talk-time of over 11 hours.… Read the rest
Yes, it’s been a while since we brought out extensive coverage of the absolutely gorgeous Sony Xperia Z. We know you’ve been waiting to get your hands on it for some time now, but it sure looks like your wait is ending soon. Sony’s flagship device with its 5-inch screen, quad-core processor and dust and water resistant body has finally started selling in Japan. You can buy it through NTT DoCoMo and shipping has already started to consumers who had pre-ordered the phone.
The Xperia Z available in Japan has been specially customized by Sony, and features a One Seg Tuner, FeliCa NFC as well as an infrared port, in addition to unique software features. You can choose from three color options – white, black and purple.
For European customers too, the wait is soon coming to an end. From what we have heard, the phone should hit the European markets by the end of this month and become more widely available by March. For Sony Xperia Z fans in India though, unfortunately, we still don’t know how much longer until the phone arrives here. But if you know someone in Japan or Europe, maybe you can request them to pick one up for you.… Read the rest
The Korean giants have indeed conquered android. We have latest news pouring in that projects Samsung as being the undisputed leader in the Android market—with a 47 per cent slice. Eight out of 10 top devices that use this platform come from the Samsung stable.
Of course, as one might well have anticipated Galaxy S III as the king. Galaxy S II closely follows it. Both account for a whopping 17.4 per cent market share in this segment. Galaxy Ace, Note and Note II follow suit. The Samsung Epic 4G too makes it to the list of eight Samsung devices.
Non-Samsung entrants include Amazon Kindle, Droid RAZR… Read the rest
After Steve Jobs, perhaps another Steve is iconic in his association with Apple. We mean Steve Wozniak—for all those, yet unacquainted—he is the co-founder of the market giant Apple. Now when a statement comes from such an individual, it sure means serious business. Woznaiak was vocal in opining that Apple cannot take its fan base for granted and in the race for retaining its popularity and position, it indeed lags behind in terms of specs that define a smartphone.
With the Korean Samsung leaving no second whereby it is not pulling its ropes tight, Apple needs to take the value of sizzling up its products with innovation.
With Samsung Galaxy III innovations could not just be re-defined, but could well be refined. Multi-windows, no-sleep space for the phone and the sexy S-Beam, Samsung could indeed come out with another wonder kid on the block.
With competition in such style, Apple would indeed have to pump in more life to stop fans from taking the Samsung route.… Read the rest