Archos at MWC 2014

Over the past few years, with the introduction of their smartphones and tablets, Archos has proven that it is not just a company that is known for it’s PMPs (Portable Media Players). They introduced a few devices at CES in January this year and MWC last month as well. Here are the three new devices that they announced at MWC 2014.


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Oppo R1 Hands-On


While Oppo is in the limelight for their upcoming Find 7 smartphone which is set to be announced later this month, they were also present at MWC 2014. While they did not have the Find 7 there, they did have the Oppo R1 (R829T). So here we bring to you a hands-on of the device.

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Samsung Gear 2 vs Galaxy Gear Hands On

Gear 2 vs Galaxy Gear

Samsung unveiled the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo at the Mobile World congress in Barcelona earlier this week. We managed to do a hands-on comparison between the two. Even though the Gear 2 has the same 1.63 inch  (320 x 320 pixels) Super AMOLED display, this offers vibrant colors. This one is powered by Tizen OS, so the navigation is much faster than the Android-powered Galaxy Gear. This also has a faster 1 GHz dual-core processor, compared to the 800 MHz processor in the Galaxy Gear. Continue reading “Samsung Gear 2 vs Galaxy Gear Hands On”

Samsung Gear 2 Neo Hands On

Samsung Gear 2 Neo

Samsung unveiled the Gear 2 Neo along with the Gear 2 at the MWC 2014. The Gear 2 Neo is a cheaper version of the Gear 2 with plastic build and also lacks the camera. It has a 1.63 inch  (320 x 320 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by Tizen OS. It is 10.0 mm thick, similar to the Gear 2, but weighs 55 grams, about 13 grams lighter than the Gear 2. Check out the hands-on video below.

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Samsung Gear 2 Hands On

Gear 2

Samsung unveiled the Gear 2 at the MWC 2014 earlier this week. It is the successor of the first Galaxy Gear, that was introduced at the IFA 2013. Unlike the first Android-based Galaxy Gear, this one runs on Tizen OS, optimized for wearable devices, hence it is much faster in terms of navigation. The Gear 2 has the same 1.63 inch  (320 x 320 pixels) Super AMOLED display that we had seen on the Gear, but the processor has been improved. This also has a 2-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD videos. You can check out the hands on below.  Continue reading “Samsung Gear 2 Hands On”

Gionee Elife S5.5 Hands On


Gionee introduced the Elife S5.5, the world’s slimmest smartphone at just 5.55 mm thickness at an event in China last week. The company showcased the device at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, and we got some time to check out the slimmest device. The phone has a 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD Super AMOLED touch screen display from Japan Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a a 1.7 GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor and runs on Android 4.2.2 with Amigo 2.0 UI on top. Check out the hands-on video below. Continue reading “Gionee Elife S5.5 Hands On”

Samsung Gear Fit Hands On and Photo Gallery

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Samsung introduced the Gear Fit, the company’s first wearable fitness band earlier this week at the MWC 2014. We got to check out the device at the event. Unlike the Gear watch series with a square screen, this has a wide 1.84-inch (432 x 128 pixels) Curved Super AMOLED display. The display is bright and the navigation is a smooth. Just like the Gear watch, this one has a Pedometer, Heart Rate sensor, Accelerometer and Gyro sensors. You can remove the Gear Fit unit easily to change the strap. Check out the hands-on video below. Continue reading “Samsung Gear Fit Hands On and Photo Gallery”

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4: What has changed


The biggest expectation of the MWC 2014 had to be Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event where they were expected to announce the successor of Samsung Galaxy S4 and they did announce itSamsung Galaxy S5. While a lot of people weren’t convinced about the lack of design change from Samsung Galaxy S3 to Samsung Galaxy S4, even more people joined the skeptical lot as Samsung pulled a Samsung out of the hat and introduced the Samsung Galaxy S5 in a design and specs not so different from the predecessor – Galaxy S4.

FoneArena is live from Barcelona and we were there at Samsung’s really packed Unpacked event. After the unveiling, we were able to get a quick hands on with the device and in the short time, we compared it with the Samsung Galaxy S4. You can check out the quick hands on comparison video right below.


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Huawei Ascend G6 Hands On

At the MWC 2014, Huawei was rumored to announce a mid-range LTE capable smartphone and as expected, they announced a midrange smartphone in the form of Huawei Ascend G6. Huawei had launched a couple of tablets and a lone smartphone at the event. Unlike the tablets, which are powered by Huawei’s own processor, the Ascend G6 smartphone is powered by a quad-core processor from Qualcomm.


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Huawei MediaPad M1 Hands On

At the MWC 2014, Huawei announced a couple of Aluminum clad tablets and a smartphone. Among the two tablets, the Huawei MediaPad M1 is the mid range tablet. Under the hood, it packs the same processor as the Huawei MediaPad X1, but comes with a not so high resolution display like the MediaPad X1. It features a HD display, but comes with front facing stereo speakers.


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Huawei MediaPad X1 Hands On

Huawei announced a couple of tablets and a smartphone at the MWC 2014. Among the new series of devices, the MediaPad X1 is a 7inch tablet that comes with calling facilities. Apart from the calling feature on a 7inch device, it comes with a high resolution display and a quad-core processor from Huawei. It is made of Aluminum and looks gorgeous.


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HP Slate 7 Extreme Hands on

FoneArena is live from MWC 2014 at Barcelona and we have a lot of manufacturers showcasing their products. We are at HP’s booth where they have on display – HP Slate 7 Extreme. HP had announced the HP Slate 7 Extreme sometime in September. HP Slate 7 Extreme is just a rebranded version of the NVIDIA Tegra Note and comes with HP’s own Direct Stylus. The HP Slate 7 Extreme looks like a variant of the NVidia Tegra Note, but with HP branding.

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YotaPhone 2 Hands on

The first YotaPhone with dual display was announced in MWC 2013 and they went on sale in December. Fast forward a year and they are here at MWC 2014 announcing the second generation YotaPhone. Unlike the original YotaPhone, the second generation YotaPhone is packed with top of the shelf specifications and has everything in it to compete with the top end smartphones.


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Samsung opens up Fingerprint Scanner for developers, unlike Apple

Samsung is fresh after announcing its latest flagship – Samsung Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014 day before yesterday. Samsung is still at MWC 2014 and is holding an event for the developers. At the event, Samsung has announced that it is planning to open up the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S5 for developers. For a company that follows the strategy of Apple, this is quite a surprising move.


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ZTE Wireless Hotspot Projector Hands on

FoneArena is live from MWC 2014 in Barcelona and there are lots of manufacturers showcasing their products here. We recently brought you a lot of hands on with latest smartphones from MWC 2014 and now, we have a very special device from a Chinese manufacturer ZTE. We have the ZTE Wireless Hotspot Projector with us on the show floor and we made a quick hands on video with the device.

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