Conforming to market demands almost exclusively created by the Samsung Note series, Apple created two devices with two different screen sizes. So Samsung went ahead and released 4 devices with two different screen sizes and that’s mainly because of the success of the Galaxy S6 edge. It’s clear that the design is popular and rightly so, because it is still one of the best looking phones out there. For Samsung, it’d have been obvious to offer choice in screen sizes with the exact same form, so we have the S6 edge Plus, which was released alongside the Note 5. It’s bigger, but is it better? Let’s find out.
Compact phones won’t need to compromise on features or specifications. This is what Sony believes and it shows, with their “compact” series of devices that launch alongside the Z series flagships. The Z1, Z3 and now the Z5 have “compact” versions that cater to the people who still want smaller screens despite the entire market moving in a different direction. We went hands on with the Sony Xperia Z5 compact at their IFA booth in Berlin, and this is what we think –
Power banks are the rage these days. With smartphone batteries getting progressively worse, the capacities have exponentially increased, but we’d have never thought it would come to this, a monstrous 26,800 mAH battery packfrom ASUS that looks like a tower and has enough power to charge a laptop. The Taiwanese manufacturer had engineering samples for show at their lounge in Berlin, we went hands on –
The Lenovo Vibe P1 is all about power. Announced at the Chinese manufacturer’s pre-IFA press event in Berlin, the Vibe packs a massive 5,000 mAH battery and even if it runs out, you have a handy physical button to enable power saving, like in many flagship phones. Not only that, it has a fingerprint sensor, a full HD screen and overall good value for the price it comes at (279$). We went hands on –
The Yoga tablets from Lenovo have been around for a while and are well known for their twisty positions and use cases, but they never tried to be best at what tablets are mostly used for, video. Lenovo wants to change that with the Yoga Tab 3 Pro which aims to be the best multi media tablet from the company. We went hands on with it and its 70″ screen equivalent 50 Lumens pico projector, and here’s what we found –
At the pre-IFA press event, Lenovo announced the Vibe S1 along with a few other mobile devices. The most striking thing about the Vibe S1 is its dual selfie cameras. We might have seen this technology before, in rear facing cameras, but using it on the front adds an interesting twist to the selfie, thanks to depth data. This might be the norm when depth cameras are used for accurate facial recognition, but for now, the Vibe S1 shoots selfies with depth data leading to interesting effects, captured here in our hands on video –
Two years back, at a similar event in Berlin, Samsung announced its first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear along with other smartphones and tablets. Fast forward two years, we have an event dedicated to its latest smartwatch, the Gear S2, which was teased at the Note 5 event in New York. Announced a couple of days back, the first circular smart wearable from Samsung brings not only a completely circular UI, but also a circular UX, with a rotating bezel. We think it’s quite an interesting take on properly utilizing a smartwatch’s miniscule screen real estate. Naturally, we went hands on with it and here are our impressions –
The Moto 360 from Motorola has finally gotten an upgrade and it was just launched at the pre-IFA event by Motorola’s parent company in Berlin. The 2nd gen Moto 360 might look exactly the same as its predecessor but it brings changes in the form of choices and customization. There are two different dial sizes, a women’s edition, a sports edition and a bigger battery for the one with the larger dial. More about the new 360 in this video –
A flagship is usually a company’s best product. It’s top-of-the-line, packed with a lot of new and innovative features, but is decidedly out of reach in terms of affordability. That was how things were until everything changed in the last year or so. Now we have flagship grade devices that are accessible, without many compromises that usually come with low price points. The Meizu MX5 is one of them. Announced a month back in China, the MX5 has all the features and aesthetics you’d look for in a flagship and is quite affordable, but should you buy it? The short answer is yes and the long answer for why, is called a review, read on.
Meizu, creators of the popular MX series of devices in China, unveiled their latest premium flagship device a week back in China. At the tightly well-presented event, equipped with high resolution projectors, we were shown beautiful images of the MX5. Usually, the real deal is underwhelming compared to its more-than-perfect renders, but this time it was different. The Meizu MX5 was as beautiful as its renders, and consistently stands out from other slabs with its beautifully crafted design which is familiar, yet unique in execution. After a week with the MX5, here are our initial impressions of this beautiful device.
In our review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, we could see how the dual-curved edge screens made the device so unique. But what if that uniqueness was taken out and replaced with a design that’s all too familiar, but still more premium than before? The answer to that, is the Galaxy S6, which we had failed to acquire earlier for various reasons. This is our review.
“A band without a display is like a car without wheels!” claimed Rahul Sharma, CEO of Yu, when announcing the Micromax subsidiary’s first entry into the fitness band market, the YuFit. Shots were fired. Let’s face it, one would need to wear a special tin foil hat to not draw similarities between the YuFit and the Mi band. Not only do they look similar, they share the same price tag as well. All this, after launching the Yu Yuphoria, a direct competitor to the Redmi 2. Previously, in our interview with Rahul Sharma, the introduction of Yu smartphones was shrugged off as “adapting to new market realities”, which is somewhat true, but with the announcements of Yuphoria and the YuFit, it has become clear that they are taking the “Yu vs Mi” rivalry to the next level.
If the “Next big thing” ads weren’t clearer, Samsung has always wanted its Galaxy S to be an iPhone. Premium, desirable and something people aspire to buy. The Galaxy S series was aspirational indeed, and was often ahead of the iPhone in many departments, except for the ones related to “premium”. The metal-lovers we all are, kept complaining about “premium” for more than 3 years, so Samsung has now finally delivered a phone that can, not only tick a box in all departments, but also deliver.. the Galaxy S6. This review, however, is of its more aesthetically pleasing variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge, which is almost exactly the same as the S6, but the dual-curve edge screen will cost you substantially more. Let’s find out why and a lot more.
When Motorola announced that its then flagship “Atrix” will run a portable version of Linux, powering a desktop experience, it was like the holy grail of convergence. Moore’s law certainly held true, for imagining that, someday, our phones could be as powerful as our PCs. Today, they almost are, so Microsoft is finally stepping forward to bring the desktop OS experience, powered by the same device in your pocket. At Build 2015, Microsoft was clear that Windows 10 wants to exist in devices of all sizes and types, especially now with the universal apps’ promise of “write once, deploy everywhere”. So, it only seems natural that this would happen, a single platform with the same code base, stretching across different screen sizes, with a responsive user interface for apps as well as the operating system. Dubbed “Continuum for phone”, this feature will make Windows 10 the first responsive operating system, one that scales to a variety of screen sizes, or even exist in holograms. Here’s a demo from Joe Belfiore –