HTC M7 Vs Sony Xperia Z Vs Samsung Galaxy S4: Is HTC Imbued With Elan To Rule In 2013?

2013’s promising to become an even more exciting year than 2012, and it’s barely even begun! The battle for the best smartphone of 2013 is already seeing a lot of contenders, many of which are still rumored to be launching. But boy, when they do, believe us when we say that you as a consumer will be amazingly confused and spoilt for choice. So today, we’re pitting the awesome Sony Xperia Z against the rumored HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S4 to see if these two phones could pull away Sony’s expectedly huge sales.

Screen Size: In terms of screen size, the M7 could lose out a little bit due to its 4.7-inch display, while the Xperia Z has and the Galaxy S4 is expected to have 5-inch screens. In terms of resolution too, the Xperia Z is powered by Sony’s very own Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and promises to have spectacular viewing, while the Galaxy S4 is rumored to have a 441 ppi. Looks like the M7 might fall back in this category for sure.

Tech specs: While we still don’t know the exact processor in the Galaxy S4, looks like it could most probably be a quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM. The Xperia Z’s got a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM, but if you want a little more power, pick up the M7 with its 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM.

Camera: In terms of the rear camera, we have to say these 3 phones are equally matched – all of them have a 13 MP rear camera. But as of now, we think the Xperia Z has a slight edge over the others, thanks to its Exmos RS sensor that lets it reproduce high quality pictures. In terms of the front-facing camera too, the Xperia Z has a 2.2 MP one, when compared with the 2 MP front-facing camera in the M7 and the 1.9 MP equivalent in the Galaxy S4.

Another interesting feature in the Xperia Z is that it’s water and dust resistant, and that’s something we haven’t been hearing about in the M7 and the Galaxy S4. But if either of these phones will actually become more popular than the Xperia Z remains to be seen.… Read the rest

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Wake Up Call For Apple:Rumors Have It iPhone 6 Won’t Be Able Follow In Footsteps Of Samsung Galaxy S4

Now these phones haven’t yet launched into the market, nor is there any form of confirmation from either Apple or Samsung about these products. But the rumors mills are working overtime speculating about which of these flagship phones will emerge the winner in 2013. From the specs that we’re hearing, we doubt if the iPhone 6 would be able to even come close to what the Galaxy S4 promises to achieve. Why do we think so?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is rumored to have a 5-inch display with a resolution of 441 ppi. But that’s not all – powered by a quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, it could run the new Android Key Lime Pie version too. Additionally, we can expect to see unique features like wireless charging, S-Pen functionality, and capabilities to record videos and click images simultaneously at HD resolution. Now, if these features really will be present in the Galaxy S4, you can see why Apple has an uphill task ahead of it if it wants its new iPhone to stand a chance against Samsung’s flagship. Technical features aside, there are many more reasons why we expect to see less of a response to the iPhone 6 when compared with the Galaxy S4. Here’s why.

Well, to start with, the iPhone 5 received a rather lukewarm response. With a form factor that didn’t differ much from its predecessor, except for the fact that it was lighter and slimmer, the Galaxy S3’s large screen made it a much bigger hit than the iPhone 5. Secondly, in terms of OS, we love the way Android is transforming with every update – we loved the ICS and then Jelly Bean quite literally did take our breath away. On the other hand, iOS is getting kind of monotonous – there isn’t too much of a drastic change since it first came out, and we think we’re not the only ones getting bored of it.

Samsung did end up becoming the world’s largest smartphone maker during 2012, and in all probability, it’ll do everything it can to hold on to this top spot. That’s another reason why we think the Galaxy S4 will also blow our minds away when it finally does launch. Apple’s lost the Steve Jobs charm – what he did, not even Tim Cook can rebuild. Apple over the past couple of years, has failed to launch any groundbreaking innovations, and hence, people don’t seem too eager for the next iPhone.

The youth are identifying more with Android than with Apple and iOS. What the iPhone did a few years ago is what many other companies like Samsung are getting to do with the launch of their flagship devices – there’s more variety in the market and people are loving it. Another reason why Apple’s losing its connect with the youth is its elite price point. Why bother spending $100-$200 extra on an iPhone when you get all of its features and more in a snazzier smartphone?

Is 2013 going to be the year when Apple gets forgotten, or will we see Apple rising again like it has managed to do in the past? Guess we’ll just have to wait for a few more months to find out. Until then, all we can do is get you the latest inside scoop on the Galaxy S4 as soon as we hear something!… Read the rest

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Sony Xperia Z Vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs iPhone 5S Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3:The Phone To Hit The Bulls Eye In 2013

Sony finally unveiled its much awaited Xperia Z 5-inch phablet during the CES 2013 event, and managed to turn quite a few heads with it. But 2013 has just begun and despite its fabulous specs and offerings, we wonder if it stands a chance against Samsung’s and Apple’s flagship bestsellers when they launch their updated models later this year.

Display: For now, its specs do sound real good, when compared against the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Its 5-inch full HD display has a much higher resolution and with Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology, it reproduces images brilliantly. But the iPhone 6 is rumored to sport a bigger 4.8-inch screen – one of the biggest complaints we had against the iPhone 5’s limited 4-inch display. Also, we’ve been hearing rumors that the Galaxy S4 could also sport a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 440 ppi. The Galaxy Note 3 is rumored to have a 6.3-inch full HD OLED display.

Internal storage: In terms of storage space, we’re hearing rumors that the iPhone 6 could have 128GB of internal storage. If this is true, then the Xperia Z’s 16 GB internal storage would appear far too limited in comparison. Also, if we take the Galaxy Note 2 as reference, we can hope to see at least 64GB of internal storage in the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 as well.

Camera: Sony Xperia Z’s 13MP camera may face stiff competition from Samsung Galaxy S4’s 13 MP camera. Also, rumor has it that Apple may put in a Super HD camera in the iPhone 6, which could make things more difficult for the Xperia Z. We haven’t heard anything about the camera on the Galaxy Note 3, but are hoping it would have a resolution of at least 13 MP like the Galaxy S4.

OS: Samsung’s flagship devices would most likely run on Android 5.0, which promises to be much better than the present Android Jelly Bean. Apple will also make the next version of iOS more powerful and versatile, which could make the Xperia Z running on Android 4.1 almost obsolete, unless it receives an upgrade to Android 5.0.s… Read the rest

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Nokia Lumia 920 Vs Samsung Galaxy S4(Rumored) Vs Blackberry 10: The Superphone Battle Is On

The year has barely begun but it’s already promising to be full of surprises for the smartphone lovers. Windows Phone 8 came out just a couple of months ago, and the Nokia Lumia 920 is already garnering significant attention. However, our immediate focus is on RIM’s upcoming launch of their latest OS, the BlackBerry 10. Add to that the rumors about Samsung launching its new Galaxy S4 in the coming few months, and you can imagine why we’re so worked up! So we decided to compare these three phones to see which of these you need to watch out for in 2013:

Nokia Lumia 920: We’re starting with the Lumia 920 since it’s already been launched and has been something of a face-saver for Nokia. With a 4.5-inch HD screen and a 331 ppi resolution, it’s a treat to view stuff on the Lumia 920. We have fallen head over heels for its bright, quirky colored body, making the phone a bit of a fashion statement too. Powered by Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 920 has a 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. The phone is equipped with a 8 MP rear camera that can even record videos at 1080p resolution. Connect the Lumia 920 to the internet on 4G networks to enjoy superfast browsing speeds on the go. With 32 GB of internal storage, the only thing missing was a microSD card slot on the Lumia 920. With over 100,000 apps on offer, Windows Phone Marketplace will ensure that you remain hooked onto this phone.

RIM BlackBerry 10: One of the biggest disappointments of this phone, even before it launches, is the lack of 4G connectivity. With a 4.2-inch display, it’s not as big as the Lumia 920, but it does have a better ppi count of 355 ppi, which makes for sharper reproduction of images. While we are not sure of the processor within the BlackBerry 10, what we do know is that it will have 1 GB of RAM, which gives it equal footing in this comparison with the Nokia Lumia 920. With 16 GB of internal storage as well as a microSD card slot, we do think RIM’s been more thoughtful than Nokia in this aspect. However, with only over 40,000 apps on offer, the BlackBerry Apps World has far more limited choices than for Windows Phone 8 users.

Samsung Galaxy S4: Even though Samsung hasn’t yet confirmed any of the rumors we’ve been hearing about the Galaxy S4, we’re hoping to see the successor of the popular Galaxy S3 to have a 5-inch display, a quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. As is Samsung’s design, we can hope to see even a microSD card slot in this phone. According to rumors, the Galaxy S4 will run on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which is expected to be launched sometime by May 2013. We’re not sure if this phone will also work with an S-Pen, like the Galaxy Note 2 though. But with hundreds of thousands of apps, the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S4 will definitely be worth the wait!… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Will it be the Next Bestseller from Samsung?

The year has barely begun when the tech world has become abuzz with rumors about what Samsung will bring out next. After the much celebrated success of the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2, tech fans are eagerly awaiting the Galaxy S4. So, we decided to jump on the bandwagon and compare the upcoming (rumored) Galaxy S4 with the current hottest Samsung device, the Galaxy Note 2.

There are many rumors that peg the release date of the Galaxy S4 as sometime in end-February, during Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. However, Samsung has not yet confirmed any of these rumors, so we’re not really sure if there’s any truth in them. Given that the Galaxy Note 2 was launched in late 2012, it comes as no surprise that it will end up competing against the Galaxy S4, whenever it releases.

Dimensions: The Galaxy Note 2 has a separate niche for itself in the range of phablets – too big to be just a smartphone, but smaller than a tablet with its 5.55-inch display. However, we are expecting the Galaxy S4 to be smaller than the Galaxy Note 2 and have dimensions more comparable with its predecessor, the Galaxy S3. What we can expect, however, is that it would have a larger display but a slimmer body than the S3.

Display: According to rumors, the Galaxy S4 could have a 4.99-inch or a 5-inch display. The Galaxy S4 display is rumored to have a 1080p resolution and a count of 440 pixels per inch, similar to the Droid DNA, which makes visuals stand out far better than on the Galaxy Note 2.

Camera: Samsung has fitted the Galaxy Note 2 with an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP front-facing camera. With every step towards improvement, it’s not surprising that the camera in the upcoming Galaxy S4 would be more powerful. We’re hearing that it could have a 13 MP rear camera.

Processing power: With a quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, the Galaxy Note 2 is all about power in your palms. If this is anything to go by, we’re hoping to see a similar configuration even in the Galaxy S4. In addition, hopefully, Samsung will include a wireless charging feature on the Galaxy S4 – something that’s missing in the Galaxy Note 2, but already available as an option on its other competitors.

OS: The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which also includes the Google Now feature, and is a huge step over the previous Android 4.0 ICS. In addition, Samsung has put in TouchWiz feature over the OS, which gives the phablet many additional features like Multi-Window View. Samsung could even offer an upgrade to Android 4.2 for the Galaxy Note 2. On the other hand, the Galaxy S4 could run on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which is expected to release sometime in May 2013.

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Apple iPhone 5 vs. ‘Rumored’ Samsung Galaxy S4: The Battle Is Going to Get Tougher

2012 hasn’t ended yet, but we’re already looking forward to 2013. While this year was the year of Samsung, what with its successful smartphones the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2, we can’t wait to find out what the world’s largest maker of smartphones has in store for us next year. We’ve heard rumors of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4, and based on what we’ve heard so far, we decided to pit it against one of its toughest competitors, the iPhone 5. Read on to know the juicy details.

On the outside: Like we said, we don’t really know much about the Galaxy S4 yet, but rumor has it that it could be 9.1 mm thick, which makes it thicker than the Galaxy S3 and even the iPhone 5. We’re expecting the Galaxy S4 to have a brilliant 5-inch full AMOLED HD display with a resolution of 441 ppi and would support the S-Pen, which would definitely give it an edge over the iPhone 5’s4-inch Retina Display screen.

On the inside: The Samsung Galaxy S4 can be expected to have a quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. It would run on Android 4.2. The Apple iPhone 5 has a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and runs on iOS 6. While we can’t quite compare the OS’s, in terms of processing power, the former seems to be pretty well equipped.

The camera: Samsung Galaxy S4 is rumored to have a whopping 13 MP rear camera. If this is true, then this certainly fares way better than the iPhone 5’s 8 MP camera. We’ve also heard that the front-facing camera could be a 1.9 MP one, which is slightly better than the iPhone 5’s 1.2 MP.

Yes, we can sense the excitement building up within you as you read about the Galaxy S4, and we’re right there with you. But we assure you that we’ll bring you all the latest updates about this wonder as soon as we get to know more!… Read the rest

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Top 10 Smartphones to Buy in 2013

So, 2012 is drawing to a close, and for the world of technology, what a year it was! As we get ready to bid farewell to this year, we’re only hoping this upward swing in bringing out new gadgets only continues in 2013. If you’re planning to do some smartphone shopping in the coming year, we’ve got a list of 10 of the best contenders you can look forward to next year. It goes like this:

iPhone 5S: Apple fans, don’t be disheartened. 2013 would not see the launch of the iPhone 6, but you can expect the iPhone 5S to come out. It may not be a giant leap away from the iPhone 5, but you can hope for a better screen, a faster A6X processor, a breathtaking 15 MP camera, and better battery life. So the whole iOS experience only promises to get better in 2013.

Samsung Galaxy SIV: As we talk about Apple, could its archrival be forgotten? The makers of one of the bestselling smartphones of 2012 take a step forward next year with their next offering, the Galaxy SIV. This phone is expected to be the best Android phone you can ever imagine – sporting a 4.7-inch wraparound screen with a gigantic 440 ppi resolution, a more powerful processor, and new color options for the body.

Nokia Lumia 940: Buoyed by the relative success of Windows Phone 8, the Finnish phone maker can expect a partial resurrection of sorts. You can expect the company’s upcoming flagship phone running Windows Phone 8.5 to hit the markets sometime in 2013 with a massive 35 MP camera with Nokia’s PureView technology, a much better processor, and three bold new colors.

The Facebook Phone: Yes, we’d heard rumors about it early in the year, and we can finally hope to see it in 2013. It’s being designed by HTC and should feature an HD screen, a dual-core processor, and promises to make Facebook more automatic. The phone, which would run on a highly modified version of Android Gingerbread may sound rather antiquated in the age of Android Jelly Bean and beyond, but should make Facebook-ing so much more fun. Oh, and it’s blue in color!

Microsoft Surface Phone: We’re not entirely sure of the entire scope of this nifty device being brought out by Microsoft. According to the company, the Surface Phone would be able to run a full version of both Windows 8 as well as Windows Phone 8. The phone would be able to let users switch from one OS to the other and plug it into a tablet-sized screen for mor heavy-duty work at your desk. Microsoft Office will continue to remain a suitable reason for this device capturing attention.

BlackBerry 10 Aristo: The future of RIM remains completely balanced on their upcoming upgraded OS – the BlackBerry 10. And the first of the full touch BlackBerry smartphone, the Aristo, can soon be expected as well. Powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, it will have a 4.65-inch OLED display, an 8 MP camera, and a 2800 mAh battery. Power users, are you swooning yet?

Sony Nexus: Now we’re not really sure if the rumors we hear about this particular piece are actually true. It’s expected to be the coolest smartphone to hit the shelves and would run on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie with a full HD display, a 1.6 GHz processor, at least 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of internal storage.

Sony Xperia Odin: Sony’s re-focusing their energies into creating smartphones once more, and 2013 sure seems like the year for Sony. The company is expected to launch the Odin, a 5-inch phablet running on Android Jelly Bean, powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor and  2 GB of RAM. Looks like the Galaxy Note II will finally have some quality competition from this device. Oh, and it would have a 13 MP camera.

Sony Xperia Yuga: Yet another smartphone in the Sony Xperia lineup is the Yuga. We’re not really sure why, but this phone does sound quite similar to the Odin in specs. With a 5-inch HD display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and 2400 mAh battery, its USP is probably going to be its feature of being dust and water resistant.

HTC EVO 3D: 2013 is expected to make 3D technology available right in the palm of your hands. The HTC EVO 3D would let users capture 3D images and video using their phones and also view this 3D content right on its screen, without the need to use 3D glasses. We surely think this one will be quite an exciting piece of technology.… Read the rest

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