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  • Nokia Lumia 625 Phone Review
    Posted on August 21, 2013 by keith holland

    The Nokia Lumia line features some of the quirkiest and coolest looking phones on the market. The vibrant colours, the detachable backplates, the Lumia line has a lot of personality. For what the phones, at least the lower end models, in performance, they make up in style. The Nokia Lumia 625 is a cool phone, with weak guts, but it makes it up in style and customization.



    Like other models in the Nokia Lumia line, the 625 features interchangeable back covers. These colours are expressive, and just plain fun. While the design build isn’t the quality of say the HTC One, the Lumia 625 impresses in a different way just as much. One thing you do notice as you use this phone though is the low-quality screen. It is a mid-range phone, and it seems they made all the concessions on the screen. It really is the achilles heel of this device.


    One place the phone does make hay though is on the hardware front. While a dual-core, 1.2 GHz processor doesn’t seem like much, it runs the phones Windows 8 Operating System fluidly. Just like the colours of the phone, this highly customizable tile-based OS is fun and really suits the phone. The only thing that holds it back, like any Windows phone, is the complete lack of apps for the device.


    Ultimately, this mid-range phone is just that. It doesn’t perform with the big guys, but it makes the best with what it has. The Lumia 625 is a cool phone with limitations. It’s customizable back covers and OS are a hit, but things like a poor screen make it obvious that this isn’t a flagship device from Nokia, just a fun one. Sometimes thats all a phone needs to be.


     


    Pros


    -Fun colours


    -The Windows 8 OS performs well


    -Low price tag


     


    Cons


    -Low-quality screen


    -Limited app selection


    -Not a good choice for gamers


     


    Specs


    Weight : 159 grams


    Size : 133.3 x 72.3 x 9.2 mm


    Screen : 4.7 inches


    OS : Microsoft Windows Phone 8


    Camera : Rear-Facing 5 megapixel camera



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  • The LG G2 Phone Review
    Posted on August 14, 2013 by keith holland

     


    A phone which isn’t scared to show some screen, the LG G2 uses its big screen and strong hardware to show you its potential, but lets its software and interface drag it down a bit. Call it a case of having all the tools, but lacking a tool box, this phone could do any job if it just knew how to put it all together. Unfortunately we are left with a hot mess of high-end hardware and unfulfilled promise.



    The LG G2 features a very pretty 5.2 inch full HD screen. Its looks are aided further by the fact that the screen takes up almost the entire front of the device. No dark areas around it, the front is pretty much all screen. The phone itself is built on a plastic chassis which leaves something to be desired. Additionally, the phone features hi-fi audio. While it doesn’t match the HTC One’s true stereo sound it certainly is a welcome addition that goes unnoticed by many phone makers.


    The G2 features some hefty specs. It comes loaded with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip running at 2.26 GHz with 2 GB of RAM. In addition to this horsepower bump, this phone also ships with a massive 3,000 mAh battery that LG promises will give you 1.2 days of usage. If those claims hold up then hallelujah! Someone finally listening and put a 21st Century battery in a 21st Century device.


    Now, where it gets interesting. The G2 features a display that takes up the whole screen. This is made possible by moving the phones buttons to the back of the phone. While the attempt at innovation is admirable, it is nearly impossible to make something like this work for people with very different hand sizes. Not everyone is going to like this feature. Secondly, the Android 4.2. Jelly Bean OS is very cluttered thanks to LG’s special touches to the software. This leaves you wishing they would of just left it alone. It introduces some elements that work, but are overly complicated


    Bottom line, the LG G2 is a sports car, but a sports car with the pedals reversed and a steering wheel that turns the opposite way. This phone has so much power but evidently has no idea what to do with it. People who prefer a highly customized experience will enjoy the G2, but casual phones users who want a phone that works exactly like you want out of the box should steer away from this smartphone.


     


    Pros


    -Awesome screen


    -Powerful processor


    -Great battery


     


    Cons


    -Complicated interface


    -Plastic chassis


    -Interesting button placement


     


    Specs


    Weight : 143 grams


    Size : 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm


    Screen : 5.2 inches


    OS : Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean


    Camera : 13 megapixel rear-facing, 2.1 megapixel front-facing



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  • The Motorola Moto X Phone Review
    Posted on August 7, 2013 by keith holland


    About a year ago, Google made a splash, acquiring mobile technology pioneer Motorola. Since then, all has been quiet on the Motorola front. Quiet that is, until now. Motorola is set to release its first phone of the post-Google era. The Moto X is a phone that is built on simplicity. It doesn't have the shiniest bells and whistles, but those bells and whistles ring out like a chord together, optimizing this phone's potential with efficiency rather than numbers. It is this that is the calling card of the Moto X. Simplicity.


    Built from a conglomerate of input, this phone features the best of what you see in many other phones design wise. Built for the person who maybe can't pinpoint which version of the iPhone they have or what OS is running in their Android phone, this phone looks plain, but it is a blank canvas thanks to the Moto Maker. This service allows you to design your own back panel for your phone from a wide range of materials and in many different colours. This unique design is then built in and shipped from America to you in about two days, resulting in a unique case that Motorola says can be customized in thousands of different ways. It's a really great idea that helps make your phone, your phone. Screen-wise, the Moto X features a 4.7 inch screen packing 316 pixels per inch. While it isn't the sharpest screen available, it is certainly up to the standards of your average phone. It does run into trouble when you get into high sunlight situations though.


    Software wise, The Moto X runs on a stripped down version of Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean. This allows things to look very clean. While the operating system is streamlined, Motorola has made some enhancements to the camera, notifications, and voice commands that should be looked at by Google as new features for future operating systems. A real hit is the Active Display function. This feature essentially pulls up the time and any new notifications when you pull the phone from your pocket. Simple, but something anyone could appreciate. It aint flashy, but it sure is effective.


    Maybe it isn't the flashiest, fastest, or biggest phone, but the Moto X delivers when it comes to simplicity and efficiency. This is the perfect phone for the non-tech head who just wants a phone that works, and works well.



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  • The BlackBerry Q5 Phone Review
    Posted on July 31, 2013 by keith holland


    While it lacks the razzle dazzle of the BlackBerry Z10 or BlackBerry Q10, the Q5 is a phone that gets by on serving its niche. Built as a mid-range device in the mould of the older BlackBerry Curve, the Q5, as a budget device, has its shortfalls both expected and unexpected. The rapidly antiquating QWERTY keyboard is a letdown on this device, along with some sluggish hardware, but the Q5 knows what it is. It is a device that works, sometimes well, but usually, it gets by on just working.


    The first thing anyone looks at when they see this phone is the Q5's QWERTY keyboard. While becoming something of a rare feature, this keyboard doesn’t really nail it. The keyboard feels cheap and I shutter to think of how this keyboard will hold up after two or three years of use and abuse. Bottom line, the most important feature of this phone doesn’t exactly draw much confidence. Sad, because the Q10 keyboard really advanced the QWERTY keyboard and excited us about future iterations.


    In terms of body, the Q5 is about the exact same size as the Q10. Gone is the removable battery, and in is the new plastic chassis. The 3.1 inch screen is square, meaning any widescreen video is awkward to view. It isn’t all doom and gloom with the screen though, the display has a great backlight and a great resolution. The 720 x 720 screen pumps out 329 pixels per inch which does look sharp, even if you are squinting to see smaller fonts on this smallish screen.


    Despite some head scratchers, the phone surprises on this device. For just a 5 megapixel camera it really does shine. This phone’s camera app also holds up, making you forget for a few minutes about the lack of crucial apps like Instagram. The app stacks up well when compared to photo apps from major OS’s like Windows and IOS 6.


    The prowess of BlackBerry 10 is available on this phone. Shipping with versions 10.1, those who dedicate time to learn the new OS will really enjoy its intuitiveness. The BlackBerry Hub returns, bringing all your emails and social notifications to one place, pleasing most. Hardware wise though, this phone clearly doesn’t stack up with the Z10 or Q10. In fact, this phone barely holds up against other budget phones in its class. Good news though, the battery is very strong and will easily get you through the day.


    While it isn’t a bad phone, the Q5 isn’t a great one either. Designed to be that mid-line phone with a QWERTY Keyboard, it has goofed that up by building the mid-line phone with a sketchy keyboard. All BlackBerry needed to do was put the Q10 keyboard in a scaled down phone and sell it. Instead they tried to cheap out on the most important feature and we’ll just have to see what the market says.


     


    Pros


    -Good battery life


    -New BlackBerry 10 OS


    -Cool colours


     


    Cons


    -Surprisingly poor QWERTY Keyboard


    -Small, square display


    -Not the best tech


     


    Specs


    Weight : 120 grams


    Size : 120 x 66 x 10.8mm


    Screen : 3.1 inches


    OS : BlackBerry 10 OS


    Camera : 5 megapixel rear-facing, 2 megapixel front-facing



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    The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the heir apparent to one of the most popular phones ever made. It released this year to high acclaim in the mobile world, settling comfortably in most critics top five smartphones. The S4 Mini is, as expected, the shrunken down version of that behemoth. While it packs some of the same punch, the weight behind it is expectedly less.


    The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

    For starters, the S4 Mini features a dual-core processor that is clocked at 1.7 GHz and 1.5 GB of RAM. For your eyes, the Mini features a 4.3 inch AMOLED qHD display. This display is of course known for its ability to conserve battery power by not requiring juice to project black. Unfortunately, it is also not a true HD screen, but it is still very crisp. The Mini features a plastic chassis, which might feel cheapish to some, but keeps the phones weight very light. The S4 Mini ships with the Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean OS.


    For those who were completely turned off by the gesture controls on the original S4, rejoice! Gesture controls are gone with the Mini. Unfortunately, LTE also didn’t survive the chopping block when it came time to fit the S4’s guts into a smaller chassis.


    The S4 Mini features a 1900 mAh battery which hides behind the phones removable back panel. There you’ll also find the absurdly hard to access microSD port. The Mini only features 8 GB of internal memory, but luckily that can be expanded up to 64 GB.


    Big Brother, meet Little Brother.

    The S4 Mini ships with two cameras. Firstly, a 1.9 Mega-pixel front facing camera for your shameless selfies, and an 8 Mega-pixel shooter on the back. It also features an LED Flash which should help with night time photography.


    Battery wise, due to the dual-core processor and smaller screen, the S4 Mini actually fares quite well when it comes to battery life. The average user will have no problem going to bed with plenty of battery to spare, meaning you won’t have to worry about late night cabs or emergencies.


    While companies continue riding the wave of the Mini craze, Samsung has made a pretty decent phone. The S4 Mini may feature less processing power and a not-quite HD screen, but it gets a lot of things right too just by nature of being the little brother of the S4. People looking for a smaller scale superphone don’t need to look much further than the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.


     


    Pros


    -Good battery life


    -A proven design


    -4.3 inch AMOLED Screen


     


    Cons


    -Drop from quad-core to dual-core is quite pronounced


    -Only 8 GB of internal storage


    -No LTE


     


    Specs


    Weight : 107 grams


    Size : 124.6x 61.3x 8.9 mm


    Screen : 4.3 inches


    OS : Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean


    Camera : 8 Mega-pixel rear, 1.9 Mega-pixel front



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  • Huawei Ascend P6 Review
    Posted on July 10, 2013 by keith holland

     


    Huawei is the new kid on the block. While Samsung, Apple, and HTC don’t have to start getting nervous just yet, Huawei’s Ascend P6 is a step in the right competitive direction. Huawei is betting that beauty will tame the beast in the case of the P6 as this device isn’t exactly the beefiest when it comes to performance but sure shines cosmetically.


    The Huawei Ascend P6

    With that being said, the first thing you notice about the Huawei Ascend P6 is the build. The P6 is a very pretty phone. It features a 4.7 inch screen, Gorilla Glass, a brushed-metal back, and a brushed-metal band around the outside. The phone doesn’t feel heavy in your hands, but it sure feels, shall I say, solid. Imagine the feel of an HTC One. Bottom line, this phone does not feel cheap.


    Hardware wise, things are a little less solid. The P6 features a 1.5 GHz K3V2 processor and 2 GB of RAM. While these aren’t the worst specs on the market, they don’t exactly stack up to other top phones on the market. One area that is truly lacking is the minuscule 8 GB of internal storage. While this expandable to 32 GB, 8 GB is a slap in the face to anyone who doesn’t have the wherewithal to upgrade. Another slip up is the fact the P6 does not support LTE, something that is quickly becoming the standard. Trapped inside the phone’s metal case is our popular friend Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean.


    The P6 features a rear and front facing camera. What is interesting in this case is the punch packed into its front facing shooter. At 5 Megapixels, this is a very high quality front facing camera. The main camera, which registers in at 8 Megapixels, is a reliable but unspectacular shooter which excels best in high light situations.


    Lastly, the P6 features a 2000 mAh battery. Should last awhile right? Wrong. The battery life on this phone is pretty lacking. Getting through a workday shouldn’t be too difficult, but you’ll start getting nervous once you go out for dinner or a drink after work. This is particularly troubling when you consider that this doesn’t even feature LTE, which is a true drain on battery even on the best devices on the market.



    It truly is Beauty and the Beast with this device. If you want a phone that looks and feels good, there are few better in that regard. If you want a phone that performs, I’d stay away. Huawei has a ton of potential to be a player if they get their hardware in order. Consider this a half-hearted warning shot across the bow to the competition.


     


    Pros


    -Great build


    -Solid screen


    -High performance front facing camera


     


    Cons


    -Lackluster hardware


    -No LTE


    -Not the strongest battery


     


    Specs


    Weight : 120 grams


    Size : 132.7x65.5x6.2 mm


    Screen : 4.7 inches


    Os : Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean


    Camera : 8 Megapixel rear, 5 Megapixel front



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  • Unveiled at an event in New York yesterday, HTC/Verizon's Droid DNA has already been getting rave reviews. Photo courtesy of CBS.

     


    Recently, the Pure Mobile blog reported on an upcoming HTC/Verizon event slated for November 13 in New York city. When the invitations started rolling out, most (including us) assumed only one thing – HTC's latest smartphone, the Verizon-bound Droid DNA, would be making its first official appearance. Well, we all assumed correctly.


    The event may only have wrapped up yesterday, but reviews are already in, and they're looking good. No, they're looking great, as major Tech sites start loading praise on the black and red device that may just reverse HTC's less than stellar fortunes of late.


    "I may have (finally!) found my new Android Smartphone," wrote one BGR writer, while an article from Gizmodo described the new device as simultaneously "nuts" and "sick."


    The Droid DNA is HTC's first flagship phone for Verizon in quite a while, but the company seems to have made up for lost time by putting out what Gizmodo calls "the most impressively spec-filled smartphone the world has yet known."


    at 440PPI, the Droid DNA's 5" display beats out the competition

     


    Speaking of specs, where do we start?


    TechCrunch has called out the new smartphone's screen as its "biggest claim to fame." The 5" Gorilla Glass display is unique to the Droid DNA in North America – only the Japanese HTC Butterfly J has one like it. And with a resolution of 440 pixels-per-inch, the 1080p Super LCD3 screen certainly outpaces competitors like the iPhone 5.


    Ok, so what's under the hood? The Droid DNA boasts 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a quad-core, 1.5Ghz Snapdragon Qualcomm processor, with 4G LTE sharing the same chip as the application processor. "Having one chip instead of two improves battery life," writes CNET.


    But if your battery does run out of juice, the Droid DNA has wireless charging capabilities, though as TechCrunch notes, there aren't many details yet about accessories for that.


    Powered by Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, the device is NFC- and LTE- capable, and comes with Beats Audio. And its 2.1 megapixel front-facing and 8 megapixel rear-facing cameras are up to standard as compared with other recent devices.


    So, how much will HTC's best smartphone to date run you, and when will you eb able to get your paws on its super-sized screen? The Droid DNA is already available for pre-order, but it'll be heading to Verizon for November 21 at a price of $200 with a 2-year contract.




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