Samsunghas unveiled its latest camera sensor which is daid to be designed for cellphones and tablets. It's the latest sensor from Samsung called the S5K2P1 CMOS sensor and it comes with a massive 16 megapixel resolution. Yesterday, the Samsung’s latest dual core 1.5GH Exynos Processor was featured, and now we have this new 16 megapixel sensor, meaning, an awesome phone is yet to be unveiled. By the way, the Samsung S5K2P1 is a back lit sensor, which is designed to produce better photos in low light.
Dell has pulled the wraps off its latest Android device, which is an Android smartphone, called the Dell Streak Pro 101DL! It will be available in Japan and is said to have a 4.3 inch qHD super AMOLED display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The Dell Streak Pro 101DL will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and it will be powered by a dual core 1.5GHz processor. Other features include an 8 megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel camera for video chat, and a microSD card slot and a 1,520mAh battery, it will go on sale in Japan in January.
The Motorola Defy+ was reportedly heading to the UK tomorrow, the 30th of September. Just today, we got an email from the guys over at Clove, saying that the Motorola Def+ is now available in the UK from today. The Motorola Defy+ features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, and comes with 2GB of built n storage, a microSD card slot, and is powered by a single core 1GHz processor, It will run Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, with a five megapixel camera and is designed to be a rugged Android device which is water resistant, dust and also shock proof. It is now available in the UK for £246 including taxes, SIM free from Clove.
HTC has announced their newest Android smartphone, the HTC Explorer! It's designed to be a budget mobile phone that is said to be heading to UK mobile operator Three. Today, the guys over at Vodafone UK just sent us an email to let us know that the HTC Explorer will be available on their network as well. The HTC Explorer will run Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 and will feature the latest version of HTC’s custom user interface, HTC Sense 3.5. Other features include a 3.2 inch HVGA display, though there are no details on pricing or availability with Vodafone as yet.
A couple of days ago, Sprint unveiled their very own version of LG’s Optimus Black smartphone. This device’s key selling points are its design which is said to be sleek and thin, and its bright display. Unlike the LG Optimus Black, Sprint’s LG Marquee will launch with an Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The LG Marquee is going to become available this coming Sunday, on October 2. If you want to have a glimpse of the phone, the carrier already post a promo video for the LG Marquee on its YouTube channel, even if the smartphone isn’t out yet.
We have heard lots of things going on between Apple and Samsung. And the suing battle seems to be never-ending. As of now, they have like more than twenty separate court cases around the world, and in each one the companies are saying that the other is infringing on various patents related to smartphones and tablets. Today, the two of the major mobile operators on the US have spoken out, and asked the court if they could file documents in support of Samsung, for both companies believe that if Any of Samsung’s devices are blocked it could be detrimental to US consumers, along with the networks and also their innovation. I wonder, when this would end? What do you think?
Anytime that devices yet to be released into the market appear on Best Buy classified as 'coming soon' then all doubts are removed on whether the device is coming to the market. On Best Buys phone magazine is Samsung Droid Charge and the HTC Droid Incredible 2 devices which is a clear indication that the two devices are soon coming to the market. This information is a confirmation that the release date for the SAMSUNG Droid Charge for April 28 may be real. For the HTC Droid Incredible 2 no information has so far been forthcoming from Verizon that the device may be coming soon but there is much speculation that such a device is in the pipeline more so when such information is traced to the Best Buy Buyer’s Guide.
Have you seen the leaked photos of the new Samsung Stratosphere? What's new is that it is said to be heading to Verizon, and according to Droid Life, who have got their hands on the full specifications, it will come run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will feature a slide out QWERTY keyboard. The Samsung Stratosphere is going to be powered by a single core 1GHz, and will have 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot which can take up to 32GB cards and it will come with a 4GB microSD card. Other features include a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera, a 5 megapixel rear camera with an LED flash.
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Here in the US, Alcatel is starting to create a name for itself as a low-cost Android manufacturer which really slashes price tags to the limits. With the release of their OneTouch Fierce 2, a sequel to their last year's T-Mobile model, the company has packed a quad-core processor and Android 4.4 into a 5-inch screen device. Of course, there’s some trade-offs like its image quality suffers and data speeds fall far below the the 4G (but not LTE) average. The low-resolution display doesn't really help matters either.
For just $126 off contract or $5.25 per month on a 2 year plan, the T-Mobile sequel is one of the lowest-cost Android smart phones that you can buy with the carrier, topped (or perhaps bottomed out?) by the even more basic Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2. However, it may worth ballooning your budget so you can buy a more reliable Motorola Moto G (both the $180 model and this summer's $220 LTE version) or the Samsung Galaxy Avant ($230). Design wise, it’s tall and heavy just like its predecessor with rounded corners and a glossy black face. It has deep navy backing which adds a touch of character, with a matte finish to ward off smudges and scratches. It has a 5-inch screen that slightly recesses from the frame which makes the handset attractive enough. However, this device is a bit heavy weighing 5.3-ounces (149 grams). It’s easy to hold and comfortable to hold though. It has a volume rocker hehe right spine which sits atop the power/lock button. The phone's bottom-right corner has both the Micro-USB charging port and an indentation for prying off its back cover, which allows access to the microSD card slot beneath. You can plug in the standard headset jack up on top and glance into the front-facing VGA camera (0.3-megapixel) above its display.
On the back, there’s the 5-megapixel camera and flash reside in the center. It has dimensions of 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.39-inch (141 x 71.9 x 9.9 mm) which is why it’s difficult for those with smaller hands to operate the device one-handed, but those who are used to phones of this size will find that it fits pockets and purses about as well as other devices. The screen quality is on the lower end as it only has a 960x540 pixel-resolution display that yields a pixel density of 220ppi, for those who keep count. Just below its display are the customary capacitive buttons which take you back and home (or launch Google Now). Interestingly, the One Touch Fierce 2 hasn't adopted the new button for recent windows. Instead, its menu button acts as your shortcut to widgets and wallpaper. The device runs on 4.4.2 KitKat OS without custom UIs but there's still some of the handset-maker's mark, like on the lock screen for instance, but extras are minimal. It has SwiftKey that’s preloaded by default, though you can always change this in the settings. Just like other Android smart phones, it has the Google's usual apps and services. It comes with a few goodies as well including Adobe Reader and compass and flashlight apps. There's a note-taking app, Lookout security, and you'll also be able to tune into an FM radio.
T-Mobile has pre-loaded the device with their own apps which serve as portals to some of the carrier's services, like visual voicemail and T-Mobile TV. Camera of the One Touch Fierce 2 is not that good. Colors are a little more blued and it does not have that crisp, sharp focus making it so underwhelming. In fact, the image quality is poorer than on rival smart phones. Video quality is also on the poor side. Subjects being videotaped sounded quiet. Data speeds is not stellar as well. Yeah the device phone supports HSPA+ "4G" but not LTE. In other words, theoretical highs of 20Mbps downlink and 5.66Mbps uplink. In a few locations, I got the expected speeds, which works out to about 12 or 13Mbps down on Speedtest.net. Otherwise, results were consistently, alarmingly low: 2 or 3Mbps down. Internal performance seems ok and was acceptable. Its 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor sounds fancy, but it's easy to a delayed response when navigating around. Results of the Quadrant diagnostic test came in at 8,529 (on par with the 2014 Motorola Moto G and Samsung Galaxy Avant). Ditto, Linpack multithread tests for all three, which came in at the low 210 mark. Storage space is very limited as its 4GB limit will fill up quickly, but you can expand up to 32GB more through a microSD card. The Fierce 2 has 1GB of RAM. The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2’s 2,000mAh battery was not great as it’s only rated for up to 6 hours of talk time and 14 days of standby time.
Unless the price tag is your utmost consideration, skip the OneTouch Fierce 2. Yes, you'll need almost twice as much money for the better-performing device, but it's worth the investment for a smart phone that's going to last you a year or more.
The iPhone 6 is an uber hyped phone from the brand that delivers a bigger screen while remaining easy to use and handle. It comes with plenty of features to satisfy everyone. It’s almost the same as the 6 Plus side by side and I must say that these new iPhones are better compared to its predecessor with big displays making the iPhone 5S' screen seem small. However, I am having a hard time deciding which one to prefer between the two and it’s pretty frustrating. At least I know this, the iPhone 6 is a lot like the Plus...minus a couple of features.
For a couple of years, Android smart phones have shipped with big displays, 5-inch-ish sizes, but Apple has stubbornly insisted not to follow suit with the trend because they believe that there’s a necessity of a small screen for one-handed operation. The iPhone 5S, while powerful, hits a wall in viewing room as its 4-inch screen was among the smallest on the market, and, frankly, I found it very limiting. The iPhone 6 now comes with a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus goes full "phablet" with a 5.5-inch display. Both of these new iPhones offer flatter designs, and are powered by faster A8 processors. They come with slightly improved cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE, and better voice quality if you're using voice-over-LTE, and more onboard storage. The Apple iPhone 6 incorporate Apple Pay, the new and potentially revolutionary NFC-powered payment system which turns the phone into a credit card. This could be the biggest feature on these new iPhones if it works as advertised.
Design wise, the Apple iPhone 6 is thin, elegant. It performs really well and comes with a lot of features. However, just like other iOS devices, it lacks extra battery life. It is designed for the rich and famous that’s why it feels premium and great to hold. It has larger screen than previous iPhones with new A8 processors. It has 16, 64, or 128GB of storage and is available in three colors: white/silver, white/gold, and space gray, which is black/darker silver.
For owners of older iOS devices, the iPhone 6 is a massive leap in screen size. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 seems to be more than enough. And for sure, Android owners who once jumped ship from iOS and want to come back, this iPhone generation seems to be the one you've been waiting for. It's the best iPhone since the iPhone 5. It has a phenomenal display, in terms of brightness and color quality.
The new A8 processor on the Apple iPhone 6 is not quite the quantum leap the A7 was. It's a 64-bit dual-core processor which is just like the A7, but with a 25 percent boost in speed and 50 percent graphics boost over last year's iPhone 5S. In my test, I found that the A8, while faster, is a decent bump rather than a giant vault. How do apps feel? The UI and app-launching speed of the new iPhone 6 is zippy and fast as always. Since it has improvements on the audio department, the phone can make higher-quality audio calls via voice over LTE (VoLTE) and can make calls over Wi-Fi when your cell connection is weak. Camera won’t be a problem since the iPhones are known for their superb camera. The new iPhone's biggest improvements come in autofocus. The 8-megapixel rear iSight camera which has the same megapixel count and flash a year ago, but autofocus has been improved for both still photos and videos. Apple claims that its new sensor uses "focus pixels," but what that means is I've found the camera great at avoiding out-of-focus shots. Both front and rear cameras have the same megapixel count as before (8 on the back, 1.2 on the front), and for the most part, still shots look awesome but didn't look that much different from each other. Video recording seems to be an improvement as the speeds can be set at 60fps now, giving it a more immediate crispness for high-speed action. Slow-motion video recording can now be set to 120 or 240 frames per second. File sizes get high at 240fps, but you end up with highlight clips that have that Matrix feel. For storage hogs out there, myself included: Apple has finally bumped up the iPhone 6 to a maximum 128GB, but you have to pay up. The $199 iPhone 6 gets you the 16GB of space, $299 gets you 64GB, $399 gets you 128GB – these are the ones I'd recommend.
The new iPhone 6 has iOS 8 preinstalled, of course; Apple's latest OS will be available to other iPhone owners, too, as well as iPad 2 and later owners. The OS comes with a new deeper focus on extended functions: third-party keyboards, plug-ins, notifications, seamless hand-off to OS X Yosemite-running Macs, and of course, a new Health app. In the quest to create a super-thin iPhone, maybe Apple should have not sacrificed a thicker iPhone with better battery life. Apple's claims are about 1+ hours Wi-Fi and LTE Web browsing, +1 hours more video playback, +4 hours more talk time, and +10 hours more audio playback than the iPhone 5S. In my battery test, which tests playback of a YouTube video with Airplane mode on and screen set to half brightness, the iPhone 6 lasted 10 hours and 48 minutes, versus 11 hours on the iPhone 5S (running iOS 7). The iPhone 6 is an excellent upgrade for any iPhone 5 owner. It is a product that feels like a collection of overdue Android features with an excellent polish by Apple hardware and software design. It's a really, really good smart phone. It may not be revolutionary but stay tuned, because Apple Pay, which could be Apple's most important advancement in years.
Here's why the Amazon Fire should grab your attention: it looks pretty good, it performs well, and it has everything you need to become a fixture in almost every aspect of your life. The 4.7-inch, quad-core Android machine with a terrific 13-megapixel camera is well worth snapping up, both on-contract for $199.99, or off-contract for about $649.99.
The Amazon fire is the first ever smart phone designed by the retail giant with Dynamic Perspective, Firefly, Mayday, and many more. It comes with four motion-tracking cameras and comes bundled with the Amazon's membership perks. This 4.7-inch device strides into the “uber” competitive smart phone arena armed with industry’s firsts, including the 3D-like Dynamic Perspective visuals, a real-time Mayday help desk, and an integrated "Firefly" scanning button. What’s more is that, for a limited time Amazon is giving away a free year of Amazon Prime for both new and current subscribers.
The Amazon Fire is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor that seems to struggles to respond at some point. Its battery life drains out quicker than I thought, and the smart phone also throws off heat which for me is enough to melt a pat of butter. Moreover, just like Amazon's tablets that use a heavily modified version of Android, its limited app store blocks Google Play services.
The Amazon Fire is currently an AT&T exclusive. It’s a new phone that is daring, aspirational, and very pleasing to use if you are familiar with Amazon services and such. But if you are a fervent Android fan or anyone looking for the best deal, I guess you are better off with an LG G3, Samsung S5, or the HTC One M8.
The Amazon Fire features a dapper design. Look at the smart phone, and four eyes peer back. The infrared cameras in each corners track the position of your head in relation to its display, which somehow creates a 3D effect in hot spots throughout the phone. These cameras form the device's most distinguishable feature (apart from the Amazon logo on the back) in an otherwise indistinct-looking all black body. It has dimensions of 5.5 x 2.6 x 0.35 inches which is kind of narrow for easy pocketing and one-handed slinging. It weighs 5.6-ounce, making it feel sturdy. The phone boasts with a 1,280x720p HD display. It may not be on par with other handsets with 1080p HD or quad HD displays, but it still has a respectable 315ppi pixel density. Along the bottom edge, you will find the home button while the volume rocker, SIM card tray, and convenience key are on the left spine. The screen lock button sits up top while the Micro-USB charger lives down below. It has no popping back cover as it comes with a 32GB of internal storage (with a 64GB optional upgrade for $750). Just to remind you guys, although this is an Android device that packs a lot of Amazon goodies, this Fire Phone isn't compatible with Google Play services. For me, it’s a deal breaker as there’s no Google Now, and no Waze. Morever, since Google has not made the standalone apps available for the Fire Phone/Kindle store as of this writing, users will need to find a way to live without Google Voice, YouTube, Drive, Hangouts, and other services.
The Amazon Fire has a 13-megapixel camera that lets you swap between front and rear cameras for videos and photos, snap a flash, and turn on HDR, panorama view, and lenticular modes. It comes with photo-editing tools as well and gives you the option to save it to your cloud drive. Photos taken by the camera are more than decent, though not spectacular. They seem to be perfect for sharing with friends and can also be used for printing onto a mug. Video recording is smooth also. It also has a 2.1-megapixel front- facing camera that works like charm. Internet connection speed was ok based on my tests as well as its battery life. I was able to load our site in just 3.8 seconds and its 2,400mAh battery lasted 17 hours 48 minutes during our talk time battery drain test, which for me is very good. Call quality is superb as well. The audio sounded warm and natural on medium level when I tested it in our area. The speakerphone quality was also quite strong, with clear audio and robust volume. Now the question here is should you buy it or skip it? Well, if you are a hardcore Amazonian, then you can opt to buy this phone. You will get to experience its new OS, regular shopping at Amazon, often usage of Amazon Music or Instant Video, and a free year of Amazon Prime (if you act quickly). But if you rely on Google services daily, like Google Now, Google Voice, and Hangouts, then I must say – Skip it.
For me, the Alcatel One Touch Fierce lives up to its name as it really is a one ferocious device. It has a 5-megapixel camera and a quad-core processor. It is available in various carriers in the states for a competitive $99.99 prepaid price. It offers solid call quality and is available in two colors, slate and silver. It features a nice brushed-metal look which accentuates the design of the device. But apart from the stylish battery door, it feels cheap: hollow, plastic, and toy-like. At 4.6 ounces, the Alcatel One Touch Fierce is also very lightweight. It measures 5.13 inches tall, 2.64 inches wide, and 0.35 inch thick. Up top, you will find the 3.5mm headset jack and a sleep/power button. On the right spine, there’s the volume rocker and at the very bottom is a Micro-USB port for charging. Its back houses the 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash that sits right below the lens. At the bottom is the small grille for the speaker. There’s this small indentation on the bottom left corner that you can pry off the battery door. There’s also a microSD card slot (it accepts cards of capacities up to 32GB) underneath and a warning label. The label informs users that the 1,800mAh battery inside is non-removable. This is kind of bizaare given the fact that you can remove the phone's back; one would expect the battery to be removable.
The Alcatel One Touch Fierce has a 4.5-inch qHD display which can render up to 960x540-pixels of resolution. Unfortunately, the display isn't sharp. The icons have blurred edges, and the pictures looked speckled. The default wallpaper looked grainy and showed notable color banding. Compared to LG Optimus F6 which has the same resolution, its display is crisper and more sensitive, unlike this handset's display which is not that responsive or accurate. Often times, you’d felt youI had to tap slightly harder to select the items that you wanted, and typing was a bit difficult as well since the screen would incorrectly register the wrong letters. The display even has a narrow viewing angle which means some parts of the screen would look momentarily blacked out not unless of course if you are at the right viewing angle. Just above its display is the VGA camera, and right below it are the three hotkeys (for back, home, and recent apps) that light up white in use.
For the most part, the Fierce's UI stays true to a bareboned version of Android - the dialer, lock screen, and app drawer seem to have been untouched. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and as expected, it is pre-loaded with your standard package of Google apps including Plus, Maps with Navigation and Local, Messenger, Chrome, Search, apps for the Play store's Books, Magazines, Movies and TV, and Music portals, Talk, and YouTube. T-mobile loaded it with their own goodies as well including the T-Mobile My Account; a trial subscription to the caller ID service Name ID; and apps that help set up your visual voice mail and mobile hot spot. Basic apps include a native e-mail client, a notepad, a calculator, a calendar, a sound recorder, voice search, a clock with alarm functions, a voice dialer, and a to-do list. Other salient features include 4GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Its camera operates quite slowly, nearly 3 seconds to launch and you will need to wait a beat for it to call up certain functions and activate settings. It even takes longer than I'm used to, to switch from landscape to portrait mode. Photo quality seems to be mediocre on this camera. Colors looked muted and looked blurry (especially around the edges). And since the camera has a fixed focus, getting sharp, crisp photos of objects up close was nearly impossible.
I tested the quad-band handset (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) in our area and found out that the call quality was excellent. Voices sounded clear and I didn't hear any background noise or extraneous buzzing. Moreover, none of my calls dropped, and audio was steady and consistent. Same result when I used its speakers. Its 1.2GHz quad-core processor seems to be slower compared to other quad core powered phones. Quadrant results clocked in at 4,880, which is barely comparable to the last year's HTC One X. It has a non-removable 1,800mAh battery that provides a decent amount of power. During my battery drain test for talk time, it lasted 10.5 hours. As per FCC radiation measurements, the phone has a digital SAR rating of 0.783W/kg.
While you may be tempted by the Alcatel One Touch Fierce's cheap price, fast 4G connectivity, and reliable call quality, I’d still don't recommend it. Why? It has a laggy processing performance, unimpressive camera, and poor touchscreen.
A year ago, iPhone 5 was the best iPhone we'd ever seen. It has met our expectations and wishes. It added a slew new features. It had LTE. What did Apple do this year with the release of the 5S is they have added...a few new improvements. The iPhone 5S and its sibling the iPhone 5C mark the first time Apple's delivered two new iPhones in a year. For me, the iPhone 5S isn’t really a shocking product. We wanted a huge screen, a better camera, and a much reliable battery. What Apple gave us is a fingerprint sensor, an improved camera, and a slightly faster processor. Yup, faster is better but the iPhone 5S still does not feel like a shocking new product.
Apple seems to do this every other year with their iPhones - see the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S. It's also the same for their iPads and MacBooks. Every update, it will still take a familiar form, and repeat. For a smart phone dominated by rapid change, it can feel very frustrating, even for a product we loved just 12 months ago. Even its iOS 7, which is just an overhauled operating system, feels different but not really all that shocking. Even the new color schemes - gold and "space gray" - are subtle than you realize. The iPhone 5S is still subtle just like its predecessor but with some new color scheme variations. You can get last year's white/silver color, or "space gray," which matches the smart phone’s black glass and gray anodized aluminum. There's gold but it's mellow gold, more of like a champagne, or a light bronze. A larger touchscreen display would have helped the iPhone 5s: not just because the competition has it, but because iOS’ newest features and apps would put it to good use. One more thing, there’s also no 128GB iPhone this year; we’re just given an option to pick between 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, at the same $199/$299/$399 prices. In the US, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon are the three carriers to offer the iPhone 5S under a contract while T-Mobile sells it in an unlocked, contract-free version for $649 for 16GB, $749 for 32GB, and $849 for 64GB.
The iPhone 5S boasts with an improved camera that is probably its biggest selling point. We all know that camera is one of the most important features, for many, as smart phones slowly but surely replace point-and-shoot cameras. If you are looking for a camera phone, then most likely the iPhone 5S is just right for you. A suite of new and useful upgrades makes the iPhone 5S camera into something even better. Unlike the 41 MP camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020, the iPhone 5S’ camera stays at 8 megapixels, which is the same as last year and even the year before. It’s sensor is 15 percent larger though: the pixels are bigger (1.5 microns), and the aperture is larger (f/2.2). All these camera elements add up to better low-light exposure.
The iPhone 5S is powered by an A7 processor which is considered as the beast when it comes to mobile phone processors. The iPhone 5S and its new A7 processor seem to be at least twice as fast as the 5 and its A6. Cool eh? Games and applications load up pretty fast and smoothly, but the iPhone 5 felt the same way last year, and the iPhone 5C still feels pretty fast for everyday smart phone tasks. Compared to its competitors (Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One), the iPhone 5S is faster based on every benchmark I threw. Graphics actually look better on the iPhone 5S as well, thanks to its 1,136x640-pixel 4-inch 326ppi Retina Display. It's bright, accurate, and extremely responsive to touch. However, I still wanted a bigger display as it’s small compared with the screens on the competition. The iPhone 5S has dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, just like it’s predecessor, along with Bluetooth 4.0. Apple's AirDrop technology. Data connection was fast during my tests. I got around 20.9Mbps download and 2.3 Mbps upload over AT&T's network at three bars of service, compared with 18.1 and 4.2 on the iPhone 5C. You shouldn't really see a difference. Call quality is superb as well. Audio sound a lot better and more present compared to the iPhone 5. Battery is not that ok, but you can always use a powerbank especially if you’re always on the go.
Versus its fiercest rivals, the Apple iPhone 5S stands on a shakier ground. With Touch ID as its only compelling hardware innovation, the brand opens the door wide for the Galaxy S4, Nokia Lumia 1020, HTC One, and LG G2 to woo users with an array of smart phones that include a much bigger touch screens, exciting/unique design, and advanced camera offerings. If you've waited for an iPhone all this time and has skipped older generations of iPhones, get the iPhone 5S. You'll appreciate it as it has a better camera, OS, and processor. But, if you just want a basic and a performer, the iPhone 5C will do just fine.
There's no other way to describe it, the Alcatel One Touch Evolve is an inexpensive phone at $99 all-in, you’ll get a smartphone that has a sleek design that’s held back by an old version of Android, a dim screen, and an outdated camera. This model is is part of the brand's efforts to sell entry-level budget smartphones to top-tier carriers in the US, which is something the company has not done before. It may be a budget device, but its poor performance makes me want to not recommend it. For additional $$$, you can get a lot more performance, like from the LG Optimus F3 or the Nokia Lumia 520 / 521 , three budget smart phones that are worth your money.
Despite being a wallet friendly device, the all-black Evolve does not look particularly cheap. Compared with the design on the Fierce, the One Touch Evolve looks understated with its soft-touch matte back cover and silver accents. It’s also presented with a shiny dark detail around its edge, just near the display, which helps elevate the design. It measures just 4.7 inches tall, 2.5 wide, and 0.4 inch wide, the One Touch Evolve is just perfect for one-handed use as it goes without straining to tap any part of the screen. I am accustomed to using a much larger phablet, so this Evolve feels tiny in my hands, which is a welcome change. It's also a bit heavy weighing at 4.7 ounces, though that did not bother me at all. Up top, you will find the usual power/lock button and a headset jack, along the right spine you will find a volume rocker. Its charging port is on the left side making the phone awkward to hold in your left hand while it’s charging. On the back of the smart phone, there's a removable battery that covers the SIM /SD card slots. It has capacitive hot keys found on the bezel below the screen for the home, back, and menu controls.
It has a 4-inch 480x800-pixel touch screen that doesn't look sharp.Instead, the screen looks dim and is hard to read in sunlight. It’s highly reflective, it's tough to read in full sunlight. It easily collects a lot of dirt and smudges also, making it hard to read the screen clearly. The Alcatel One Touch Evolve runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1, which isn't the latest version of Android operating system. However, you probably won't spot too many differences between the version 4.1 and the most current version, Android Jelly Bean 4.3. It comes with a custom Android overlay with colorful menus and square-shaped icons. Since the One Touch Evolve is an Android device, it’s preloaded with Google Android apps, such as Gmail, YouTube, and Google+. Alcatel also opted to use Google Chrome as the default browser instead of the stock Android browser. You will also get quite a few apps from Alcatel including a notes app, a movie studio and a special setup wizard that walks you through setting up your phone's language and basic settings, such as WiFi or e-mail. T-Mobile also preloaded the device with suite of four apps, including Visual Voice-mail and T-Mobile TV.
The Alacatel One Touch Evolve has a 5-megapixel back rear facing camera which for me is a deal breaker as it has a fixed-focus lens that can't take sharp up-close pictures. The brand included a few extra camera features including continuous, smile detection, panorama mode and facial-detection technology. It also comes with a front-facing VGA camera that works just fine though the output is not clear and vibrant.
Alcatel's One Touch Evolve is available on T-Mobile's network in the US. I tested the device in our area in San Francisco and found out that the call quality was impressive and clear, though its earpiece and speaker made audio sound flat and muffled. Performance wise, its sluggish 1GHz processor also slows things down. Using 2 or more apps simultaneously will cause hangups or will eventually shut down the device. However, playing mobile games like Temple Run 2 is OK as it did not freeze or shut down though the graphics didn't look sharp. The gameplay is not as smooth as well compared on other handsets. In my battery drain test, its 1,400mAh battery lasted for just over 3.5 while playing video continuously. In my real-world tests, the smart phone stayed alive during a full day of making a few calls, checking emails, and playing a simple game. As per FCC, the One Touch Evolve has a digital SAR rating of 1.49W/kg.
For its price, it seems ok. For $99 off contract, this probably is one of the cheapest phones on T-Mobile, as of October 2013. I’d only recommend this device to entry level users, as it can do basic and the usual tasks. Not for games or hardcore users indeed!
If you are looking for an affordable Android smart phone for a midrange price, then I must say that Alcatel Authority should be on your radar. It’s the brand’s latest touchscreen phone that offers basic features and functionalities. It has a sturdy design with basic Android capabilities plus Muve Music downloads. However, it has an outdated Android Gingerbread operating system which could be a deal breaker for the many and it has a slow processor as well. The Alcatel Authority is now available for $249.99 on Cricket Wireless.
The Alcatel Authority has a 4.3-inch, 800x480-pixel-resolution LCD that’s captivating. Yup, it may be a low-resolution screen but then again you’d be able to read text, see photos and videos clearly. It runs on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread operating system which is indeed a blast from the past. But then again, just like other Android device, it offers access to Google's universe of services, staples such as Gmail, Google+, Google Talk, Google Latitude, Google Maps and navigation, local search, and YouTube. You won’t find any bloatwares here. Instead, you will see apps for accessing your Cricket account and backing up your phone, Cricket 411 conducts local searches, and Cricket Navigator offers turn-by-turn driving instructions. There’s also Block Breaker 3 and Uno preloaded by Cricket. They are merely trial versions, however, they cannot be uninstalled. Basic management apps include a calendar, instant messaging and e-mail support (including Microsoft Exchange), an alarm clock, voice commands and a voice recorder, a weather app, a calculator, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Polaris Office, and a notepad. There’s also a Cricket's onboard software called the Muve Music rental service. If you subscribe to a special Muve Music plan bundled with a Cricket Wireless subscription, you can download and store audio tracks that can fit into your phone's memory. There are caveats though, you have to pay something extra ($10 per month).
The camera and media quality is just a OK. It’s simply because its camera is just a no-frills 5-megapixel sensor. Colors were accurate but details were soft most of the times. Expect something worse, when you’re outdoors. TheAuthority is powered by a 1.4GHz processor paired with 512MB allotment of RAM. Yeah, considering its specs it’s not a speed demon. In fact it's downright sluggish. It lags and I experienced sudden shutdowns when multi-tasking. As a 3G device, the Alcatel Authority demonstrated slow. Using Ookla's Speedtest app I clocked average download throughput at a low 213Kbps while uploads averaged a slightly higher 313Kbps. Call quality seems adequate but not exceptional. I experienced audio quality with speakerphone similar too. Audio seems clear yet it sounded robotic at times. The device has a 1,530mAh battery which is rated to provide up to 5 hours and a standby time of up to 420 hours (17.5 days). During my battery drain tests, the device struggled to last through a full workday and conked out after approximately 5 hours of playing an HD video continuously.
Not all affordable off contract smart phones are good deals. The $249.99 Alcatel Authority is a good example. It is something that I would not recommend as it’s slow with an ininspiring camera, and ancient Android operating system.
Apple has completely rebuilt the iPhone’s framework of new features and design, with the new iPhone. They also addressed its major previous shortcomings. So far, it’s the best iPhone model to date, and it easily secures a nice spot in the smart phone universe. Top features of the iPhone 5 are the 4G LTE connectivity, a larger screen, and the A6 Chip. That's not all, it comes with a great camera that has been subtly improved, a better speakerphone with noise-canceling quality, iOS 6 which brings tons of other improvements, including turn-by-turn navigation, Siri, and Passbook, a location-aware digital wallet app. Every year, a new iPhone is born, and a handful of important new features take the spotlight. This time: it’s 4G, display size, and re-design step to the top. I guess you already have a bird’s eye view on what this smart phone is all about as you have gotten the complete rundown already. Well… most likely, but I will tell you more about this smart phone below in greater detail. Here's what I have noticed right away, and also made the biggest impression on me.
Firstly, you will be shocked at how light this smart phone is. It is the lightest iPhone to
date, even though it's longer and a bit wider. After a few days with the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S will feel as dense as lead . You will find a hard time going back once you get to use its Retina Display. The added space adds a lot especially when viewing documents, landscape-oriented video playback, and organizing your homepage. Who knows what app and game developers will dream up, most likely they will end up developing apps/games in landscape mode, as it gives more room for virtual buttons and controls. This smart phone will also make your WiFi enabled phones look bad. But if you are already using 4G LTE phones, you won't be shocked as LTE is much faster compared to Wi-Fi. You may also use your iPhone 5 as a personal hot spot but of course it comes with a fee so better yet check on your tethering charges and data usage fees. Now, let’s go with its physical attributes. You can easily distinguish an iPhone 5, as it’s slimmer and taller. It has a wide metal body that’s thinner. The new iPhone 5 rises above the 4th gen iPhones, but subtly. It looks similar to the iPhone 4 and 4S from the front and the sides.
It has the same rounded metal volume buttons, sleep button, and the silence switch remains. The headset jack has been moved down to the bottom of the smart phone – just like on the iPod Touch. Some may not like this move as you won’t be able to makes the iPhone 5 stand upright with the headset on.The bottom section is all new: headphone jack, redesigned speakers, perforated grille, and the Lightning connector port. The Gorilla Glass has been replaced with metal. It has a new two-tone look which is a bit of a reference to the silver-and-black back of the old iPhone (first generation). The top and bottom of the rear is still glass. For the body, Apple used anodized aluminum – which is the same as that on the MacBook laptops. So far so good, it has held up without scratches. I would say it will do about as well as the aluminum finish on your MacBook. On the black iPhone 5, the body matches in a slate gray tone. On my white iPhone 5 review model, it's MacBook color silver. The phone’s front glass sits slightly above the aluminum frame, which is cut to a mirrored angled edge (on the front and back), mayebe to eliminate sharp corners. It now makes use of a Nano-SIM card (making SIM swaps impossible and might require you to visit your carrier's store. The iPhone's interface is exactly the same as always: you get app icons and a dock of up to four apps at the bottom.
However, instead of the usual grid of four rows of four apps, the longer screen can now accommodate five rows of four apps which means you can fill your home screen with more apps. It is much faster compared to iPhone 4S, thanks to its A6 chip. Graphics is better as well. I have tried a couple of games and apps and it loaded fast and didn’t encounter any issues at all. Its camera has been tweaked, but not quite as much as other features. It is still an 8 MP camera, but with a new sapphire-crystal lens, and comes with new features like: dynamic low-lighting adjustment, image stabilization, and the capability to take still photos while shooting video. Its camera takes excellent pictures, and photo quality is far clearer low-light pictures. The iOS 6 a whole new suite of features: Siri has been updated, and there’s baked-in turn-by-turn navigation powered by TomTom. Apple said that its battery can last up to 8 hours (3G talk time, 3G browsing, LTE browsing) while 10 hours for (Wi-Fi browsing, video playback) , 40 hours of music playback, and 225 hours of standby time. Based on my test, my review unit lasted through 8.9 hours of use, watching videos. There’s also a new Lightning connector which is a miniaturized, reversible charge and sync cable that is USB 2.0 compliant. I's not faster, though, and it won't work with USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt, or even Micro-USB. It’s easy to use, and easier to plug in, than the previous 30-pin. Now, should you buy the iPhone 5? I will just leave it all up to you! It’s easier to decide if you are not an iPhone 4S user. But if you already have iPhone 4S, I guess it really is a tough choice.
If you are a smart buyer, which you probably are since you are reading this review, then most likely you'll end up buying the Apple iphone 4. Why? It's an all rounder phone that looks abd performs better than its predecessors. Thanks to its new industrial design, and more powerful specifications and features. I have been using the Apple iPhone 4 since the day it has been released, and so far so good. In fact, i ended up buying a new unit, since my kid always borrows mine. Yup, it's a bit pricey, but it's all worth it. I am looking forward that this device lives up to all the hype it has brought to consumers, and not to experience dropped calls with it, which is pretty evident on the previous model, the Apple iPhone 3GS. Like its predecessor, the iPhone 4 looks neat and is pocket-friendly. But this time, it’s as if that it has been overhauled as it now comes with an industrial design. Steve Jobs said that he likes the design of the iPhone 4 as it I looks like a "beautiful, old Leica camera," and I definitely agree! Unlike the curved, and silver-bezeled look of the iPhone 3G and 3GS, Apple decided to make use of a more detailed and sophisticated casing. The Apple iPhone 4 (AT&T) is composed of three basic parts: two pieces of strengthened glass, and a band made up of stainless steel which binds the phone from the sides, top, and bottom. The end result? It is clean and simple. The brand also added little stuff: they have altered the volume buttons, the notches in the metal band was made to improve radio connections. It’s much thinner than the Apple iPhone 3GS as it now measures .37 inches compared to .48 inches. It weighs the same though at 4.8 ounces, making the Apple iPhone 4 seem tighter and denser. It really feels great holding it, and for sure you’ll ditch your 3GS as you’ll feel that the 3GS is cheap and chubby when compared to the new Apple iPhone 4. Its face is made up of a strong glass. According to Jony Ive “Apple iPhone 4 is "comparable in strength to sapphire crystal, but about 30 times harder than plastic." By the way, there’s a slit for the earpiece and its front-facing camera is located in the glass above the display, while its home button is still at its original location. On the left side of the phone, there’s the new volume buttons, revamped mute switch, along with a small notch at the base of the unit.
There’s a Micro SIM slot also on its side panel whilte there’s another notch in the band atthe bottom, and up top you’ll see the power button, the headphone jack, and a new noise-canceling mic. At the bottom, you’ll see the speaker, microphone, and the 30-pin dock connector port. While the backside of the Apple iPhone 4 you will see its new five megapixel camera, a LED, of course, the Apple logo. It has been made to be powerful too compared to its predecessors. It has custom A4 chip that was used in the iPad, which is an ARM Cortex-A8-based CPU, probably below 1GHz . It renders graphics pretty well and faster and has a high response time. It has 512MB onboard, compared to the 3GS’ 256MB. It is available in either 16GB ($199 on contract) or 32GB ($299 on contract) versions and is packed with 802.11n WiFi radio, Bluetooth and a quad-band HSUPA chip. It now comes with larger lithium-ion battery, two new cameras one for taking photos and one designed for video chat.. There’s also a new second microphone used to combat background noise while on calls, a gyroscope, accelerometer, a light sensor, and a proximity sensor. The Apple iPhone 4 has a new LED backlit, 960 x 640 IPS screen the "Retina Display". It is still of the same size, 3.5-inches that can manage 326ppi pixel density along with an 800:1 contrast ratio. Compared to the 3GS three megapixel shooter (no flash), the Apple iPhone 4 now has a five megapixel shooter to the backside of the iPhone 4 and a VGA front facing camera. It is capable of recording videos at 720p. Since there had been issues with the older versions of iPhones’ speaker or earpiece, the company decided to improve the clarity of the iPhone 4 by installing a secondary, noise-canceling The Apple iPhone 4 runs iOS 4, the re-branded iPhone that was made better for multitasking, FaceTime, file organization,Email, and lots of stuff. It also comes with lots of applications like the Siri, iMovie, though there’s one thing that is driving me crazy, the Apple iPhone 4 lacks widgets. Well, maybe in their next update they would be able to provide us with some new widgets since this is not too much to ask. The Apple iPhone 4 also is fully customizable, with a wide range of bumpers available online. Each costs around twenty-nine dollars. Battery wise, it is way better as it can now last 38 hours on a single charge. I haven’t tested it yet, but if it really is true – then the iPhone 4 will surely be a hit since it’s an all around device!
I am going to cut the chase here -- in my approximation, the Apple iPhone 4 is the best touch screen phone out there now. Who would not fall for this device? It comes with a new hardware, drool-worthy display, upgraded cameras, and the iOS 4. It is a formidable package. It is more of like a Mobiado but comes with a better design and is packed with tons of features. It just doesn’t look good, it feels good also in your hands – it is amazingly beautiful device that is easy to use! By the way, if you buy an iPhone 4y the way, if you buy an iPhone 4, you will get iPhone 4 unit, the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, a Dock Connector to USB Cable, a USB Power Adapter, and the manual. It is available over at AT&T with a contract and for sure the sim-free version will be available soon. The Apple iPhone 4 is a highly device as it is a capable and easy to use phone. Just a reminder, make sure or check first if the AT&T coverage in your area is good before purchasing this device, for you might end up experiencing the same issues that I have had dealt with my iPhones these past few years. I am giving you all the freedom to choose whether this one is the right for you. And for those who already bought it? Or upgraded to it, are you happy with the new Apple iPhone 4 from AT&T? Please share your thoughts.