One of the world-leading PC makers’ gloves are off at last as far as the tricky US smartphone landscape is concerned, but surprise, surprise, Acer goes off the beaten Android path and instead charges with an ultra-affordable Windows handheld.
HTC’s inexplicable negligence of the Western ultra-high-end mobile market is about to intensify, with the next Butterfly installment likely going out to Japan as a far more gifted One M9 cousin. Under the hood, that is, because on the outside, we expect the Butterfly 3 to follow family tradition and adopt a plasticky construction.
If LG’s 2014 flagship smartphone had one thing going for it in a direct duel against Samsung and HTC’s respective high-enders, that was without a doubt (relative) affordability.
One thing about owning and using gadgets is that it’s not hard to quietly grow a collection of devices. You start adding to your gear, and suddenly you feel overwhelmed with the sheer number of items! If you continue on, you’ll come down with GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). It’s real. Go Google it.
And so it begins. The wide-scale Lollipop rollout for Samsung’s most premium mid-end smartphone family ever, that is. Surprisingly, the first Galaxy A-series member on the brink of a software promotion is the least technically gifted, aka the A3.
In the absence of any movement on the high-end front, likely until Windows 10 hits general availability, Microsoft’s most hotly anticipated new smartphone may well be the mid-range Lumia 640. Though positively mediocre at a first glance, the 5 incher has sure snatched a fair share of headlines lately with its presumed extreme affordability.
The portable external battery pack market is huge and saturated, which can make choice pretty hard. Thankfully, the selection dwindles down quite a bit once you focus on important aspects and stick with it. But sometimes you’ll find a device that impresses all over, even if it may not truly fit your criteria. So then what do you do?
For some reason, companies seem to be fixated on creating a charging stand for the Apple Watch. Sure, they come in a variety of different materials and colors, but they all share a similar shape. You get a base with a curved arm to elevate your precious precious. I don’t know if habits change from a ‘normal’ watch to a ‘smart’ one, but I’ve never perched my watches. Just laid them down flat next to my other daily accessories.
Headquartered in Shenzhen, China and fairly popular in India, but virtually unknown on the Western hemisphere, handheld manufacturer Gionee made a first step towards global recognition back in March. The company’s flagship Elife S7 was introduced at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, stealing a few headlines from established names in the industry with mind-blowing thinness.
Tell me this scenario doesn’t sound familiar – you’re binge-watching Arrested Development on your couch when suddenly your phone audibly indicates that its battery level has fallen below 10%. Basically, a millennial’s worst nightmare. What should you do? Abandon your binge-watching in the middle of season 2 in order to move closer to an outlet so you don’t miss any crucial texts? Or sacrifice your phone for radio silence? Neither sounds ideal, and thanks to Chris Hawker, the creator of the Power Squid, you no longer have to choose.
They gave us quite a scare by suggesting non-Xperia Z devices, including contemporary ones, will see out their sorry existence on decrepit KitKat, but ultimately, Sony grasped the importance of solid software support for mid-range Androids.
With the “next big thing” now out for a couple of weeks, and confirmed as a great box-office success, you probably expected an onslaught of price cuts on Samsung’s yesteryear flagship.