Android – Review Tech http://reviewtech.info Best Product Reviews Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:29:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 What’s the Best Portable Charger for iPhone and Android? http://reviewtech.info/best-portable-charger-iphone-android/ http://reviewtech.info/best-portable-charger-iphone-android/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:11:11 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2916 These days, a portable charger or power bank is pretty much essential. Compared to the immense energy consuming power today’s smart phones have, their batteries are pretty meager. Many devices don’t even last a full day with regular use. If you’re a power user, a portable charger is the only answer to your smart phone’s ...

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These days, a portable charger or power bank is pretty much essential. Compared to the immense energy consuming power today’s smart phones have, their batteries are pretty meager. Many devices don’t even last a full day with regular use. If you’re a power user, a portable charger is the only answer to your smart phone’s weak battery.

Ideally, your portable charger should be compact yet have a high mAh capacity. Price may also be of concern, so consider getting something you can afford that is either pocketable or can easily fit into a purse. If you have to share it with other people whose phone has a different kind of charger than you, then you should choose something with both types of connectivity.

Check out this list of the top five portable chargers on the market right now.

 PictureNameBattery CapacityPrice
1.External Battery RAVPower 16750mAh Portable ChargerExternal Battery RAVPower 16750mAh Portable Charger16,750mAh$$$
2.Tylt ENERGI 5K+ Battery Pack with Built-In Lightning and Micro-USB CablesTylt ENERGI 5K+ Battery Pack with Built-In Lightning and Micro-USB Cables5,200mAh$$$$
3.Parkman H1 4000mAh Fast Portable Charger Pack Power BankParkman H1 4000mAh Fast Portable Charger Pack Power Bank4,000mAh$
4.Mophie Powerstation Pro (6,000mAh) – BlackMophie Powerstation Pro (6,000mAh)6,000mAh$$$$
5.AUKEY 30000mAh Power BankAUKEY 30000mAh Power Bank with AiPower Tech & Lightning Input30,000mAh$$

External Battery RAVPower 16750mAh Portable Charger

External Battery RAVPower 16750mAh Portable Charger
External Battery RAVPower 16750mAh Portable Charger
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This charger has the highest per user rating on Amazon.com. It has 4.5A (2.4A + 2.1A) output, which is currently the highest for portable chargers on the market. Its dual USB support can simultaneously charge two smart phones or tablets. The iSmart technology included in the RAVPower portable charger detects the maximum input allowance for whatever device it’s connected to and charges at the highest possible pace.

The RAVPower portable power bank uses a lithium ion battery that charges with a standard Micro USB port. Its 16750mAh capacity is enough to fully charge an iPhone 6s more than five times. At 5” x 3.15” x 0.79” and 10.9 ounces, it’s easily pocketable. Its design includes LED indication charging lights, matte finish around the exterior, and an added mini flashlight. Included in the box is a travel pouch and two Micro USB cables. The RAVPoer comes in either black or white and costs $30-$35.

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Tylt ENERGI 5K+ Battery Pack with Built-In Lightning and Micro-USB Cables

Tylt ENERGI 5K+ Battery Pack with Built-In Lightning and Micro-USB Cables
Tylt ENERGI 5K+ Battery Pack with Built-In Lightning and Micro-USB Cables
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The Tylt ENERGI 5K+ is really convenient for the fact that it has both the Apple lightning cable and a standard Micro USB cable built right into each side. Not only can you charge either one, you can charge them both simultaneously. You and your Android loving counterpart can agree to disagree while both of your handsets charge side by side. It also has an additional USB port, so you can actually juice up a total of three devices at once.

The ENERGI 5K+ has a 5,200mAh capacity, which is enough for two or possibly even three full charges depending on which device you have. Its li-ion battery charges with a basic Micro USB, takes roughly six hours to completely re-up, and has a 3A total output current. It features an LED indicator on the outside. It’s lightweight and measures 5.6” x 2.75” x .56”. For between $40-$45, the ENERGI 5K+ includes an extra Micro USB cable, a one year warranty, and comes in blue, red or gray.

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Parkman H1 4000mAh Fast Portable Charger Pack Power Bank

Parkman H1 4000mAh Fast Portable Charger Pack Power Bank
Parkman H1 4000mAh Fast Portable Charger Pack Power
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This portable charger is cheap, lightweight, and relatively small. Going for between $15-$20, this is the cheapest charger on our list. It has a five star rating on Amazon and rightfully so. It might not include a heap of extras, but for a basic charger that works flawlessly, you’ll have a hard time finding a better deal anywhere.

At 4,000mAh, the Parkman H1 packs enough power to completely refill any smart phone at least once. It gives 2.1A output from two USB ports. Its aluminum body measures just 4.65” x 2.56” x 0.35” and weighs 3.52 ounces, making it super easy to tote around. The Parkman H1 4000 mAh comes in red, black, or yellow.

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Mophie Powerstation Pro (6,000mAh) – Black

Mophie Powerstation Pro (6,000mAh) – Black
Mophie Powerstation Pro (6,000mAh)
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For the accident prone smart phone users out there, this portable charger is the perfect match for your water resistant phone. It features an IP-65 water and dust resistance rating with water tight USB ports.  Its rubber shell is banded in stainless steel, making it the ultimate durable power bank. It has a capacity of 6000mAh and costs from $40-$45.

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AUKEY 30000mAh Power Bank with AiPower Tech & Lightning Input

AUKEY 30000mAh Power Bank with AiPower Tech & Lightning Input
AUKEY 30000mAh Power Bank with AiPower Tech & Lightning Input
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This super heavy duty power bank has enough beef to refill your iPhone 6 more than seven times. Although it takes a very long time to fully charge (imagine waiting for your iphone to charge from zero and multiply that times 7.5), this thing can refill all of the tablets, smart phones, and iPods in your household and then some. Bring it with you camping and you’ll have power the whole trip. At 5.9” x 3.3” x 1.14” x and 1.22 lbs, it’s not exactly pocketable, but you don’t really need that amount of power in your pocket now do you? The AUKEY 30,000mAh power bank can be yours from $20-$25 online.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6: What’s New? http://reviewtech.info/samsung-galaxy-s7-vs-galaxy-s6/ http://reviewtech.info/samsung-galaxy-s7-vs-galaxy-s6/#respond Tue, 01 Mar 2016 17:03:06 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2294 Samsung is just about to release the next installment in their flagship series, the Galaxy S7. It will undoubtedly have a premium price tag, but how much better is it than last year’s model? And if you already have an S6, is it worth the upgrade? Let’s take a look at how the Galaxy S6 ...

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Samsung is just about to release the next installment in their flagship series, the Galaxy S7. It will undoubtedly have a premium price tag, but how much better is it than last year’s model? And if you already have an S6, is it worth the upgrade? Let’s take a look at how the Galaxy S6 and S7 stack up against each other.

The Galaxy S6 was a big improvement over the comparatively unattractive S5. The S5 was all plastic with cheap looking fake metal painted around the edges. The metallic paint the S5 had just looked cheesy, let’s be honest here. The S4 was pretty much all plastic too, but it looked a little classier than the S5. The S6 on the other hand took Samsung’s style to a new high, and the S7 carries that torch for another year.

Appearance

Both the S6 and S7 have aluminum and glass bodies that look much nicer than any of the previous S-series models. The glass and aluminum design feels much better in your hands. It’s by all means a step up in build quality. Plastic may be a bit more durable when it comes to drops, but you ought to be protecting your phone with some kind of case anyway.

The S6 and S7 look very similar. Samsung reduced the camera sensor bump on the back of the S7 to almost flush. It has a slight ergonomic curve that allows it to fit naturally into your palm. Otherwise they look pretty much the same.

Storage space and battery power

One of the key differences between the S7 and its predecessor is that the S7’s storage space can be expanded with a microSD card. The S6 lacks a microSD card slot. In order to slim up the sleek and elegant S6, Samsung reduced the battery size compared to the one used in the S5. Many S-series fans griped about the cut back in battery life, and as a result, Samsung pumped the S7 up with a larger, 3000 mAh battery. The drawback in stocking the S7 with a big battery is that it has to be thicker. The S7 is 7.9 mm vs the S6’s 6.8 mm. The S7 is a bit heavier too at 152 g versus the S6’s 138 g.

New features

Unlike the Galaxy S6, the S7 is waterproof. This is a great bonus if you live in a tropical climate that gets a lot of rain, or if you or someone close to you is prone to spilling drinks.

The S7 features an Always On display that allows the time, date and notifications to be seen on screen even when the phone is asleep. The Galaxy S7’s AMOLED screen allows individual pixels to be used without turning on the rest of the screen. Always On display should have a minimal effect on battery life, especially with the bump up in capacity.

In the S7, Samsung has introduced a new type of camera technology that they call “dual-pixel.” Even though the S7’s camera has only 12 MP instead of 16 MP like the S6, Samsung claims that the picture quality is better on the S7. The S7’s camera also focuses up to four times faster. The S7 has a lower aperture at f / 1.7. That means it can capture more light and thus take clearer pictures in low light conditions. The front facing camera on both devices captures 5 MP images.

Processors and RAM

As expected, the S7 got an upgrade in processing power. The Galaxy S7 packs a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 AND an Exynos 8890 Octa. It uses a dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo, a dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, a quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53, and a quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53. The S6 on the other hand has a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 in combination with a quad-core 2.1.0 GHz Cortex-A57.

In addition to the extra processors Samsung packed into the S7, it has an extra gig of RAM at 4 GB. The use of multiple processors and 4 GB of RAM should provide top notch performance no matter how many apps you left open at the same time. Plainly put, the S7 is a state of the art POWERHOUSE. The S6 should not be underestimated though, as it is incredibly snappy as well.

What they have in common

If you expected these two smart phones to have more similarities than differences, then you’d be right. They both use microUSB chargers, not USB type C. They both take nano-SIMs, and they have virtually the same screen (on paper at least). The screen size on both phones is 5.1 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels and 577 ppi. The S7 does have slightly less bezel though, so the screen to body ratio on the S7 is a tad better at 72.1% vs 70.7% on the S6.

The S7 ships with Android v6.0 Marshmallow. The S6 is currently still using Lollipop 5.0.2, but will soon be upgraded to Marshmallow. Both models make use of Samsung’s proprietary user interface of course, TouchWiz.

S7 vs. S6 Pros and cons

Samsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S7

Pros

  • Supports microSD cards
  • Has a bigger battery
  • Has more RAM and more processing power
  • Supposedly has a better camera
  • Is waterproof
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Cons

  • Will certainly have a premium pricetag (i.e. it’s expensive!)
  • Is a bit thicker and heavier

Samsung Galaxy S6Samsung Galaxy S6

Pros

  • Price is significantly lower and is likely to keep dropping over the next few months
  • It’s a bit thinner and lighter
  • You can buy one right now as it’s already in stores
  • It’s quite similar to the S7, and has enough power and technology to hold you over for a long time
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Cons

  • Less RAM and processing power
  • Lacks dual-pixel technology
  • Lacks a microSD card slot
  • Has a smaller battery
  • Not waterproof

Conclusion

All the above being said, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a fantastic phone. Just because the S7 will be available very soon does not mean you ought to buy that instead. Truth be told, they are very similar. None of the new additions to the S-series this year are mind blowing. Nothing sets the S7 way above the S6. The S6 is so much better than the S5 in pretty much all categories except for battery life. The Galaxy S7 didn’t get a dramatic makeover the way the S6 did over the S5. If money is an issue, the S6 will not disappoint you. It’s a highly capable device that when compared to the S7, is just barely less favorable.

If you are dying to get the newest installment in the S-series, then obviously the S7 should be your pick. There’s not really any reason to choose the S6 over the S7 except for its price. Since you’ll be paying top dollar with the S7, the S6 will provide a better value. As is the case with any smart phone series, last year’s new-and-hot is this year’s value buy.

The S7 is in fact better all around, but the S6 is still an awesome phone that is now being sold at a more reasonable price. If you already have the S6, it makes more sense to wait until the presumed release of the S8 next year. If you’re using the S5 or even the S4 though, now is a great time for an upgrade if you’re willing to fork over the dough.

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Meizu Pro 5 Review http://reviewtech.info/meizu-pro-5-review/ http://reviewtech.info/meizu-pro-5-review/#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2015 18:45:03 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2111 The Chinese company, Meizu, has released a new premium phone series, the Meizu Pro. Starting with the Meizu Pro 5, the new flagship phone’s title can compete with phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6S and not sound like the new kid on the block. Meizu is a sort of cell phone Frankenstein, ...

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Meizu Pro 5
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The Chinese company, Meizu, has released a new premium phone series, the Meizu Pro. Starting with the Meizu Pro 5, the new flagship phone’s title can compete with phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6S and not sound like the new kid on the block. Meizu is a sort of cell phone Frankenstein, having the heart of a Samsung with the Exynos 7420 chipset and the eyes of a Sony with a monstrous 21 megapixel, 1.24’ IMX 230 camera sensor.

Meizu Pro 5 ReviewThis beast combines a quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex A57 with a quad-core 15GHz A53 for added processing power. That’s the same set up as Samsung’s headpiece, the Galaxy S6. Meizu has an advantage over the S6 in terms of processing power though. Meizu has neglected to offer a QHD screen, therefore allowing the processers and battery to focus on pure speed and consistency. Meizu claims that most people can’t tell the difference between a QHD screen and a full HD screen anyway. So if you value processing speed over a more detailed display, then Meizu gets the checkmark there.

The Meizu Pro 5 boasts a huge 5.7” Super AMOLED, 1080p screen with 386 ppi, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Colors are vibrant and bright, though slightly oversaturated, as can be expected with a Super AMOLED display. Meizu offers two versions of the Pro 5, one with 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, and the other with 64GB and 4GB of RAM. Both versions come stocked with a microSD card slot for up to 128GB of additional memory that doubles as a dual SIM slot. The Meizu Pro 5 takes nano SIMs.

Its 3050 mAh battery has plenty of juice to spare. To open the recent apps tab, swipe up from the home button/fingerprint sensor. The Pro 5 ships with Android Lollipop 5.1. Though an upgrade to Marshmallow has yet to be confirmed, it will most likely be released soon.

Meizu Pro 5 aluminum bodyThe Pro 5’s one-piece aluminum body measures 156.7 x 78 x 7.5 mm (6.17 x 3.07 x 0.30 in). It feels very good in the hand and is obviously of a very high build quality. It looks kind of like a mash up between the iPhone 6s Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, as the shape of the home button is very reminiscent of Samsung and the uniform metal design feels like the iPhone.

The Pro 5 has a 5mp front facing camera with 1080 recording capabilities. Its 21mp rear shooter captures crisp, detailed photos with very fast autofocus. It’s not as fast as the new Xperia Z5, but Meizu claims their hybrid autofocus takes just 0.1 seconds to focus. The super fast focusing is due to the addition of a laser autofocus system that measures the distance of objects from the camera instantaneously. A dual tone dual LED rear flash supports the camera in lowlight conditions.

Meizu’s Flyme UI looks very nice. It’s actually quite similar to stock Android UI and functions much the same. Meizu decided to go with the new reversible micro USD type C port, though it’s still only USB 2.0 rather than 3.0. The Meizu Pro 5 starts at around $470 and comes in gray, gold, silver and black/silver.

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How to Decide Which Mobile OS is Right for You http://reviewtech.info/ios-vs-android/ http://reviewtech.info/ios-vs-android/#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2015 04:21:08 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2104 Android vs. iOS, iOS vs. Android. It’s a battle that seems almost as old as time itself by this point, fought on both sides by clutches of feverishly passionate fanboys with only one goal in mind: total mobile market domination. But is either one truly any “better” than the other, and if so, by how ...

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Apple vs AndroidAndroid vs. iOS, iOS vs. Android. It’s a battle that seems almost as old as time itself by this point, fought on both sides by clutches of feverishly passionate fanboys with only one goal in mind: total mobile market domination. But is either one truly any “better” than the other, and if so, by how much?

In the war of mobile OS vs. mobile OS there’s many different factors that you should consider before making your final purchase, so read on in our guide to find out which overall experience is going to be right for you.

Usability

It’s hard to split hairs in this department particularly because over the years and throughout hundreds of revisions, both operating systems have borrowed many of the same tricks from one another’s toolbox.

The notification center in iOS 2.0, which started as a fleeting, jumbled mess of text that was impossible to manage soon morphed into a bastardized version of what Android users already had in 3.0 Honeycomb. Android’s widgets were a wreck, so they looked at how Apple condensed the noise on the user’s home screen and quickly followed suit.

By Android’s latest 6.0 Marshmallow rollout and the arrival of iOS 9, both platforms excel in the category of general usability. Installed on a bleeding-edge device like a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Marshmallow 6.0 makes it easy for users to acutely customize their experience for everything from the notification center to their home screen with ease, as apps open, close, and swap back and forth with lightning speed.

On the other side of the ring, we have iOS 9. While the OS doesn’t make too many revolutionary improvements to many of the aesthetic changes brought about in its predecessor, this latest version does still take the already-pleasurable operating system to an elevated level of elegance that’s unmatched in the space.

Round One: Draw

Security

Right off the bat, you should know that the iPhone takes this category across the board, and the second place finisher isn’t even close.

These days, the mere mention of Android is enough to get internet security specialists quivering in their boots. It doesn’t seem like a week goes by where we don’t hear about some new attack or root vulnerability in the operating system’s architecture that leaves millions, or even billions of users open to having their personal information hacked.

iOS on the other hand has only experienced two very minor security holes throughout its entire lifecycle, both of which needed a very specific set of steps to happen one after the other to even be effective in the first place. With iOS, Apple has somehow managed to achieve the impossible by creating a nearly 100% virus-free experience, something that not even the most popular desktop-based OS’ like Windows 10 or OSX can claim.

The Cupertino company’s stalwart dedication to keeping its users safe has become the gold-standard, in an industry that has struggled for decades to create a system that was completely and totally hacker-proof. Conversely, the ball that Google has dropped with their own offering has made the threat landscape more dangerous than ever, linking people’s photos, credit card information, and even their fingerprints up to the worst parts of the underground web.

Round Two: iOS

Notifications

Although Apple has made many much-needed and well-received updates to its notification center over the years, this is one area where the company has always lagged just a little bit further behind its Mountain View counterpart.

One of the greatest motivators for early adopters of Android was its clear and obvious superiority in the space of notifications, with the ability to customize nearly every aspect of the experience down to the nose.

Even now, while the iOS 9 Notification Center is more than well-equipped enough to handle the job it’s been tasked with, Marshmallow’s mastery of notifications is simply unmatched. The double-edged nature of iOS is the same barrier that prevents it from getting infected by just any old app is also what keeps it from being able to reach the bar that’s been set by Android’s own team of engineers working on perfecting how your phone or tablet handles its alerts.

Apps

This is a hard one to call, simply for the fact that the lion’s share of apps that are actually any good or worth a user’s time support both Apple’s iTunes App Store as well as Google Play. Sure, it could be said that the App Store gets a few extra points for its market-leading dedication to vetting any and all apps that make it onto the charts for viruses or malware, the sheer volume of apps that are available on Google Play is usually enough to shut anyone on that side of the aisle down in an instant.

Both have their benefits and drawbacks for the same reasons that make the other look worse or better. While Apple’s stringent rules and regulations for entry into their Store make it difficult for indie developers to get their apps featured, Google’s laissez-faire approach to their Wild West-esque marketplace makes it easy for any developer (nefarious or otherwise) to get their apps through the front gates.

For this reason alone, we’re going to call this round as a draw.

Round Four: Draw

Final Score: iOS 2, Android 2

Results

And with that last round in this bout between the two titans of mobile, we come to the conclusion of our OS contest: Both have their merits, and it’s all about what kind of mobile experience you think would fit your lifestyle best.

For smartphone users who prefer to have most of the hard stuff figured out for them ahead of time and a secure place to store your prized photos and contacts, iOS offers a streamlined, one-size-fits-all experience that even the most technologically challenged customer can dive into without reading a training manual first.

For the power-user who prefers to maintain absolute control over their mobile device and use it however they please as soon as it’s out of the box, Android’s endlessly customizable mix of apps and UI tweaks can satisfy any ultra-nerd’s wildest fantasy. That’s what’s great about competition, is that when it comes down to it: it’s all about what you love the most, and who gives it to you for the best possible price, right?

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Asus Zenfone Selfie Review http://reviewtech.info/asus-zenfone-selfie-review/ http://reviewtech.info/asus-zenfone-selfie-review/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:55:19 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2088 Asus has come a long way with their Zenfone series. The Zenfone Selfie is no exception. Having garnered much support in the Asian market, the Zenfone Selfie is quickly gaining prominence elsewhere. It’s most obvious key feature is the massive 13mp shooter situated on the top front of the phone. The Selfie’s design is based ...

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Asus has come a long way with their Zenfone series. The Zenfone Selfie is no exception. Having garnered much support in the Asian market, the Zenfone Selfie is quickly gaining prominence elsewhere. It’s most obvious key feature is the massive 13mp shooter situated on the top front of the phone. The Selfie’s design is based off the Zenfone 2, and other than the unmistakably huge selfie lens, it looks more or less the same.

Zenfone Selfie LEDA dual-tone dual LED flash on the front of the device comes in handy when capturing in low-light settings. The Zenfone Selfie comes with several camera modes available for both the front and the rear cam, including a nifty slow motion feature. The front camera has an aperature of f/2.0, while the rear has an aperature of f/1.8. The rear camera includes the very same laser autofocus feature that the Asus Zenfone Laser has, though the front cam lacks this. The Zenfone Selfie does not include image stabilization, which may have been a nice addition to its powerful selfie cam.

The Zenfone Selfie is a tad on the large and heavy side at 156.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 mm (6.16 x 3.04 x 0.43 in) and 170 g (6.00 oz). Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for example, its screen to body ratio is not that good and it feels rather bulky in the hand. That bulkiness has to do with the Zenfone Selfie’s need to fit another 13mp camera on the front. The lens itself takes up a hefty helping of bezel space. The lens’ centered position means that the speaker had to be nudged over to the side. The phone’s volume rocker is situated on the back, just like the LG G2 and G3.

ZenFone Selfie BeautificationThe Asus Zenfone UI is rather underwhelming. It is basic and doesn’t offer much excitement, but functions just fine. The Selfie’s 5.5” 1080p IPS screen is bright and beautiful. Colors look vivid, and rich. Videos look very nice on its large full HD 403 ppi display, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The Zenfone Selfie is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, two Quad-core Cortex- A53 processors and an Adreno 405 GPU. It’s not exactly lightning fast, but for day to day tasks, it will perform just fine.

The Zenfone Selfie packs a large removable 3000 mAh battery that should easily survive through an entire day of average use. Its plastic back cover comes in pure white, chic pink and aqua blue.

The Selfie is a dual SIM phone, but the second SIM slot doubles as an expandable storage slot, so if you decide you want two SIMs, you may have to sacrifice the addition of a microSD in your handset.

The Zenfone Selfie comes in two versions, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, or 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. At around $240, the Asus Zenfone Selfie is a very decent phone with an awesome front facing camera. It fits a niche neatly, a smart move by Asus in their efforts to make a name for themselves among their much larger smartphone rivals. For a mid-range smartphone, Asus hits the spot with this one.

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Sony Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z3+ http://reviewtech.info/xperia-z5-vs-xperia-z3/ http://reviewtech.info/xperia-z5-vs-xperia-z3/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:56:59 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2056 Sony have really positioned themselves in the smart phone race. Each year when a new wave of flagship models comes from each of the top manufacturers in the industry, Sony offers a smart phone that has the specs to compete with any of the rest. They make beautiful phones that are as powerful as they ...

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Sony have really positioned themselves in the smart phone race. Each year when a new wave of flagship models comes from each of the top manufacturers in the industry, Sony offers a smart phone that has the specs to compete with any of the rest. They make beautiful phones that are as powerful as they are attractive. But sometimes they put out products that are pretty much the same with a different name and very minor changes. That is definitely the case with the Z5 and the Z3+.

Sony Xperia Z3+
Sony Xperia Z3+
Sony Xperia Z5
Sony Xperia Z5

 

Sony has recently released the Z5, their new headpiece. But is it really better than the Z3+ they released over the summer? Well, the short answer is: no. The two phones are pretty much the same. They’re so similar that if it weren’t for a few design tweaks, you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.

First of all, the Z5 has a matte finish while the Z3+ has a glossy finish. The edges of the phones are a bit different as well. The Z5’s power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner and has a different shape than that of the Z3. The Z3+ lacks this function. The Z5 comes in white, graphite black, gold and green while the Z3+ comes in white, black, copper and aqua green. To the naked eye, that’s pretty much it as far as physical features go.

They share the same processing power with two quad-cores clocking in at 2 GHz and 1.5 GHz a piece and an Adreno 430 GPU. The 5.2” screens are identical, having 428ppi and 1080p resolution. There is a Premium version of Z5 that has a UHD screen, but it’ll cost you around $180 more for a total of roughly $500.

Both phones have a sleek metal body. The Z5 is slightly heavier at 154g vs the 144g of the Z3+. The Z5 is also a tad bit thicker at 7.3mm vs the 6.9mm Z3+. Nevertheless, they’re both slim and fairly light.

The Z3+ has an excellent 20.7mp camera, but Sony bumped the megapixel count up to 23 for the Z5. Their front facing cameras are the same though at 5.1mp. The significance of the marginal increase in megapixels on the Z5’s rear camera is questionable. Both take amazing pictures, have lightning fast autofocus and can record 4K video. Be mindful of how much storage space you have though, as one short 4K video requires a hefty chunk of space. That’s where the Z5 has another minor advantage. The Z5 supports microSD expansion up to 200GB, while the Z3+ supports just 128GB microSDs. They both come equipped with 32GB of built-in storage and 3GB of RAM.

The Xperia Z5 comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, while the Z3+ comes with 5.0, but they both have planned upgrades to Marshmallow. The Z3+ features just slightly more battery power with 2930mAh than the Z5’s 2900mAh. Both feature wireless charging capabilities. They’re also both waterproof and include the same watertight flaps and plugs.

In short, the Z5 includes a fingerprint sensor, a larger capacity for micoSD cards, matte finish instead of glossy and comes in different colors than the Z3+. The Z5 sells for around $500 while the Z3+ goes for roughly $320. That price jump doesn’t offer very much aside from the fact that the Z5 has just been released. Unless you really want a fingerprint sensor, save the extra dough and go for the Z3+.

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LG V10 Preview http://reviewtech.info/lg-v10-preview/ http://reviewtech.info/lg-v10-preview/#respond Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:30:35 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=1999 At an event held in New York City this Thursday, LG pulled back the curtains on an all new smartphone which promises a wide array of exciting features including two front-facing “selfie” cameras, impressive internal specs, and a dual-screen layout. The V10 is the company’s latest attempt at retaining its relevancy in the face of ...

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At an event held in New York City this Thursday, LG pulled back the curtains on an all new smartphone which promises a wide array of exciting features including two front-facing “selfie” cameras, impressive internal specs, and a dual-screen layout.

The V10 is the company’s latest attempt at retaining its relevancy in the face of increased competition from the likes of Apple and Samsung, both of whom have handily dethroned the once-dominant phone maker of years past. LG says the V10 was designed with “content creators” in mind, meaning it’s taken special care to be sure that the included cameras are beefy enough to handle any photography fan’s most demanding needs.

Now on to those funky (and hopefully functional) dual-screens. The first is a standard 5.7-inch quad HD (2560 x 1440) display that will cover the lion’s share of any tasks that users might have for it to pick up. The second is a much smaller “info” display, as LG calls it, that will sit just above the first and stay on at all times to alert V10 owners of any notifications or emails that pop in without requiring them to boot up the whole thing and dig in a separate menu to find out who’s trying to get a hold of them.

The dual front-facing cameras will top out at 5-megapixels each, and are designed to give users the option to get a wider field of view for their shots. When only one is activated, the camera will capture an 80-degree image, while with both, that lens range is upped to 120-degrees. This means a greater depth of field for serious selfie connoisseurs, ensuring no one gets cut out of the photo by the time the picture is snapped.

The back camera is fairly standard fare, equipped with a 16MP sensor and capable of shooting up to 4K ultra HD footage for as long as the internal storage has room to store the file. Add to this a whole new suite of internal camera tools that will give users the option to morph, edit, and color correct their captures, and you have a phone that’s been built from the ground up to cater to the creative in all of us.

A removable battery will be encased by the new, self-healing plastic shells that are all the rage in Android devices these days, which can actually re-mold itself whenever it suffers small scratches on the surface or dings to the side. This is a big benefit over competing products like the iPhone, which are still surrounded by the sleek anodized aluminum shell that Apple prefers so heavily over any other material for the majority of its mobile devices.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, under the hood the V10 will be almost identical to its more popular predecessor: LG’s G4 line of smartphones. Every device will ship with a stock build of Android Lollipop 5.1, although there’s been no indication of whether or not the phone will support Marshmallow 6.0 by the time it releases sometime later this year.

Other less-exciting tech specs include the 64GB internal storage with the option to expand via the included microSD slot, as well as a 3000mAh battery and 4GB of onboard RAM. The V10 is big enough to shunk itself in with the big boy “phablet category” thanks to its dual screen layout, actually beating the next heftiest phone; Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5, at 159mm x 79mm as opposed to the Note’s 153mm x 76mm frame.

The V10 will be released in Korea on October 8th, with a gradual global rollout expected not soon after for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

The V10 is currently on sale and can be yours from $300-$400.

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Sony Xperia Z4 release date, specs and price http://reviewtech.info/sony-xperia-z4-release-date-specs-and-price/ http://reviewtech.info/sony-xperia-z4-release-date-specs-and-price/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2015 22:00:03 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=1846 Sony Xperia Z4 is a continuation of a series of smartphones. The manufacturer has equipped the device with a housing with a metal frame with a thickness of only 6.9 mm (this is 0,4 mm less than the previous model) and the whole weighs 144 grams (8 grams less than the last year’s flagship). The ...

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Sony Xperia Z4 is a continuation of a series of smartphones. The manufacturer has equipped the device with a housing with a metal frame with a thickness of only 6.9 mm (this is 0,4 mm less than the previous model) and the whole weighs 144 grams (8 grams less than the last year’s flagship). The housing meets the standards of IPX5 course / 8 and IP6X, which means that it is dust-proof and waterproof.

The heart of the smartphone is not surprisingly the 64-bit, 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 81. Which has four Cortex-A53 cores and quadcore Cortex-A57. The SoC is supported by 3 GB of RAM and the data will be able to store on 32GB eMMC, which if necessary can be expanded via microSD card with a capacity up to 128 GB. Sony Xperia Z4 still remains at full HD. The image will be displayed on the 5.2-inch display TRILUMINOS with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This certainly enjoys a lot people because – as far as we know – increasing the solutions usually translates into a negative impact on battery life. So we guess that Sony deliberately remained at full HD.
Xperia Z4 features a front webcam of 5.1 megapixels Exmor R for video calls and a camera 20.7 megapixels Exmor RS at the rear. The rear camera can record video in 4k resolution (2160p). But it lacks of support for OIS (optical image stabilization). There is only a digital stabilization. Though Sony boats that the new camera allows you to take pictures even in difficult lighting conditions, such as at night.

Technical specification of the new flagship of Sony complements the Wi-Fi 802.11 n, Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB with MHL connector, the battery capacity of 2930 mAh, improved LTE modem. The model is on the Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Sony Xperia Z4 is expected to be on sale in Japan this summer, but the price of the smartphone has not yet been disclosed. The Xperia Z3 launched at $630 and it is expected the Z4 to launch at around the same price. The device will be available in four different colors: black, white, sea green and copper. On sale ther will be also a set of dedicated accessories, such as a case with a window and a stand on a desk.

The new flagship Sony does not make any special impression. Oh, another smartphone, which is a continuation of the line. Is the Japanese in general decide to introduce it on other markets. We guess that, yes, but availability and so may be limited. Among the supported languages ​​on the system is also Polish, and this allows us to suggest that the Xperia time Z4 will also be available on the Vistula.

Xperia Z4 confirms that Sony does not specifically have an idea for a smartphone. This year Samsung has completely different approached to the issue of new smartphones and Galaxy S6 is a completely different smartphone than S5. In the case of Xperia we got stronger components and basically: that’s all.

Sony is not really doing well recently on the smartphone market. Sales of Xperia are below expectations. Last year the company sold around 38 million smartphones. For comparison: Samsung – 300 million, and LG over 60 million. Sony needs a new flagship, but the one of the real event. If you believe the rumors, then this has to be the Xperia smartphone Z5, which supposedly we will be able to see before the end of this year.

The Xperia Z4 will be launching in Japan this summer, while international availability of the model is set for June 2015.

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Motorola Moto X (2014) – One of the Best Android Phones http://reviewtech.info/motorola-moto-x-2014-one-of-the-best-android-phones/ http://reviewtech.info/motorola-moto-x-2014-one-of-the-best-android-phones/#respond Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:03:53 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=404 Motorola is back with a brand new flagship smartphone. It has got a familiar name but the new Motorola Moto X promises to be everything in last year device was not and more. Design Everything has been improved this time around from the design, to the materials, to the specs inside the phone. The Moto ...

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Motorola is back with a brand new flagship smartphone. It has got a familiar name but the new Motorola Moto X promises to be everything in last year device was not and more.

Design

Everything has been improved this time around from the design, to the materials, to the specs inside the phone. The Moto X features a 5.2 inch full 1080 p, it is bigger, brighter, and sharper. Colors are bright and punchy in viewing angles degree. It’s also easy to see outdoors and sunlight.
Above and below the screen are new grills for the earpiece and speaker now on the front of the phone. It’s not a dual speaker’s stereo setup, but the front speaker I loud and easy to hear. The speakers are flanked by series of light sensors and front-facing camera and a new set of IR sensors.
The new phone doesn’t feel as large as we expected it. Along the entire edge on the Moto X is an all new metal band which looks great, feels great and actually serve the purpose.
The volume buttons and the power button are still too small but they are now textured making them easier to find by feel. Motorola is offering a number of other customizable options including the all-new leather backs.
The camera is a new 13 MP camera with dual LED flash in a mock ring flash configuration.

Motorola Moto X Design

Software and Hardware

The MotorolaMoto X is shipping with Android 4.4 Kick Kat and can be updated to the latest version of Android. It’s clean easy to use and fast. The Motorola is using the Snapdragon 801 processor found in the HTC One and Galaxy SV and 2 GB of RAM. The new Moto X just flies. It’s snappy responsive and has little to no visible lack. Motorola claims to maintain consistent 60 frames per second in the interface and I’m not really sure that’s entirely true. This is definitely one of the fastest and smoothest Android phone we’ve ever used.
The battery life is better, it’s good but not great. It’s a 2300 mAh battery.

MotorolaMoto X Hardware

Camera

The new 13 MP camera is better than last year’s 10 MP model, but it’s not a giant leap forward. It’s really fast almost as fast as iPhone 5S, but the images are still grainy and blurry in medium low light. And the focus can be unreliable even in good light. We didn’t find the ring flash much better than the other dual LED phones.

MotorolaMoto X Camera

Conclusion

The new Motorola Moto X can compete with the best from Samsung, HTC and even Apple. It’s a very good Android phone and one of the best we have ever used.

Motorola Moto X Review

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Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Review http://reviewtech.info/sony-xperia-z4-tablet-review/ http://reviewtech.info/sony-xperia-z4-tablet-review/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:43:17 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=183 Review of the new Sony Xperia Z4 tablet. Is it good and worth it? Read more in article to find out.

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On the mobile world congress Sony has introduced the new Xperia Z4 tablet – a device having really good specifications, with hopefully not that high price. The Xperia tablets have been known for their great thin design and IP68 certifications, allowing them to be hold under water for a limited amount of time. Well Sony didn’t disappoint us this time, the future has been kept and the tablet now has even better technical specifications. The design of the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet is not changed much, but I am pretty sure a lot of people find it beautiful and thin enough.

As a previous owner of the Sony Xperia Z tablet, I could say that for its time, this was the most beautiful tablet and I had fun time playing with it under water. Let’s have a look at the technical specifications of the tablet.

The display

The display is 10.1” having resolution of 2560×1600 pixels, which I think is great for this size. With 299 ppi pixel density, the IPS LCD screen gives really good picture.

The cpu

The tablet is powered by two quad-core cpus, one with 1.5Ghz frequency and the other one with 2.0Ghz. Both cpus give a great performance of the tablet and I think that the Xperia Z4 tablet is one of the first tablets with two quad-core cpus.

Together with the 3GB of ram I think the performance of this tablet would be outstanding comparing to the other android ones.

The gpu is Adreno 430, which is one of the best current gpus from Adreno.

The camera

The camera is a standard one, no surprise here unfortunately, only 8MPX main, but 5MPX front one. This is maybe the only disadvantage of the tablet – poor camera.

Extras

The tablet supports microSD up to 32GB and should come with the Android 5.0 Lollipop. The battery is not removable unfortunately, but it is 6000mAh so it should be enough for daily use. Also the tablet has microUSB v2.0 and the LTE version supports only nano-sim cards.

Here are some photos of the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet:

Sony Xperia Z4 Back Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Shower Xperia Z4 Tablet Xperia Z4 Front Sony Xperia Z4 Review

 

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