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Google Pixel 2 Rumors and News

Posted on 28 July 2017

The announcement of the Google Pixel 2 has been accompanied by extraordinary levels of hype among critics. Rumors suggest that the Google Pixel 2 will be the first phone to include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 chipset in its build, which according to experts, will make Pixel 2 one of the most powerful phones that has ever hit the market.

Google has only recently discontinued its flagship series, Nexus, after which they introduced the dynamic Google Pixel as their crown jewel, setting global markets ablaze with a much more premium device. With the introduction of the new and improved version Google’s flagship series, critics believe that record sales will be achieved.

A curved screen gives Pixel 2 the aesthetic design it needed to compete against other high-end phones that reign over the smartphone industry. The 4.97 inch screen can display an optimum resolution of 2560×1312. The Pixel 2 XL, however, is equipped with a much larger screen, for users who prefer size when choosing their smart phone.

The finger print sensor on the rear plays an essential role in the aesthetic design of the Pixel 2, keeping the front pain and elegant. Tiny bezels on the phone’s body give the Pixel 2 a more sophisticated outlook; however, their main purpose is to improve the grip and provide superior handling.

The Pixel 2 comes with 12MP rear and 7MP front cameras, which, according to Google, are an improvement over that their former flagship series, although the details have not yet been specified. I think it is safe to assume that Google will not disappoint when it comes cutting-edge camera technology.

Other notable features of the Pixel 2 include its waterproof design and “squeezability,” like that of the HTC U11. A major disappointment, however, is the absence of a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

The Pixel 2 cannot be classified as an original with the number of features it has adopted from other flagship phones. However, we can only wait and see whether it meets our expectations, or exceeds them.

Photo via Forbes: Pixel 2 XL render based on the latest leaks

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The Pixel: Made By Google with Brilliant Camera

Posted on 16 June 2017

The all new Google Pixel is the most advanced phone that Google has ever developed. Pixel maintains the perfect balance between performance, speed, ergonomics, and beauty. It is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and is lightening fast.
Pixel comes packed with a number of features that will make you wonder why you went for an over-priced iPhone or S7 by Samsung. This phone comes with a camera that gives you the results better than any Android phone. Pixel is currently the most advanced version of Android available in the market.

Features:
o Snapdragon 821
o Android 7.1
o 12 MP back and 8 MP front camera
o USB-C port for ultrafast charging
o 2,770 mAh battery that allows you to use the phone for a whole day before you run looking for the charger
o 5-inch screen
o 1080p crystal clear and high definition display
o 32 GB storage. You can expand the storage up to 128 GB and store all your data safely in one place
o Headphone jack – something you do not get in all “smartphones”
o Daydream VR ready – VR compatibility allows you to take enjoy all the perks of a highly advanced VR box
o Warranty by Google

Design:
When it comes to the style and design, Google Pixel can easily be considered as one of the best-looking smartphones of 2017. Like all the phones these days, it is designed with a metal and glass body. The back camera is placed on the top right corner and does not have any unnecessary bumps. The fingerprint sensor is at the back of the phone as well. Pixel is designed to be very ergonomic.

Pixel, however, has some design flaws too. The back panel is prone to scratches so it is very important that you take care handling the phone.

Bottom Line:
If you are looking for a decent, eye-catching and sophisticated-looking phone that comes with a super fast processor and allows you to take the best pictures, you should consider buying the Google Pixel. If you want to go for a bigger screen, you must check out the Google Pixel XL. While Pixel would cost you somewhere around $600, it is still a lot less than other phones with the same or fewer features.

Photo by: Google

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The Moto Z by Motorola

Posted on 15 June 2017

Motorola once ruled the mobile phone industry when it launched the Razor, but lost a huge chunk of its customer base to other brands such as Nokia, iPhone and Samsung. However, almost a decade later, it has made a noticeable comeback to the industry by launching the most advanced and interesting smartphones.

The all new Moto Z is Motorola’s most advanced mobile phone and comes packed with a number of interesting features.

Features:
o 5.5 inch screen with Quad HD display
o 4GB RAM for ultrafast performance
o 32GB built-in storage. You can also expand the storage up to 128GB with a micro SD card
o Android 6.0.1
o Modular Moto Mods that allow you to be creative with your phone
o Only 5.19mm thick making it the thinnest phone in the world
o 13MP rear and 5MP from cameras for high quality pictures and 4K video recording
o Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
o 2,600 mAh long lasting battery so you would not have to look for a power source every now and then

Design:
Moto Z does not have a curved back like other Motorola phones. Instead, it has a flat back with huge and bulking out camera. Motorola designed it to be ergonomic but the extreme thinness makes it way to light and delicate to hold. Moreover, the rear picks up fingerprints easily. A major drawback of the design is the visible pogo pins used for Modular Moto Mods.

Pros:
o Lightening fast performance
o High quality display
o Latest version of Android
o Amazing camera results

Cons:
o Terrible battery life especially when Modular Moto Mods are attached
o Problems in auto-brightness
o No headphone jack

Conclusion:
The Moto Z offers you a new concept and ways of making your smart phone much smarter and fun to use. You can expand the battery life or turn your phone into a projector, loud speaker and what not. However, apart from the $500 price tag, the mods would cost you additional hundreds of dollars.

Photo by: Motorola

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BlackBerry Key One: Distictly Blackberry

Posted on 02 June 2017

There was a time when Blackberry used to rule the cell phone market, then came two strong contenders Samsung and Apple, making it very difficult for BlackBerry to compete. But there is still hope for BlackBerry fans yet. There is good news as the company is introducing its comeback phone, the Blackberry KeyOne. It is set to release at the end of May 2017.

Many speculate that Blackberry KeyOne may just recover the brand’s reputation. Blackberry has an opportunity to attract customers by providing something unique. It will face a lot of competition from popular smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6, but the deciding factor would be the design of Key One’s keyboard. It may just make or break the success of the phone.

The Blackberry KeyOne is packed up with a number of high-tech features. These include:
o 4.5-inch IPS display
o Android 7.1.1 Nougat Operating System
o Octa-core 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
o 32GB Storage and is expandable up to 2TB through a microSD card
o 3GB RAM
o 8mega-pixel front camera and 12mega-pixel back camera
o 3,505 mAh non-removable battery

The Blackberry KeyOne will be made available in White and Black. Weighing just 180 grams, the smartphone’s dimension measurements are 149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm. This makes it quite handy as it also has an appealing shape. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC.

It is reported that this is the most premium Blackberry phone. KeyOne will be the first phone to feature the firm’s new Boost charging technology and will charge your phone in less than an hour. There is a fingerprint reader integrated into the keyboard and is fast and accurate.

It also has a floating phone button, which helps to pop back to a call while switching screens. There is an option of programming 52 keyboard shortcuts and this customizable convenience opens a shortcut or an application.
The price at the time of release will be £275.

Photo by: Blackberry

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LG G6 Review: A Worthy Challenger

Posted on 03 May 2017

LG G6 is the latest flagship phone announced by LG in February during the Mobile World Conference held in 2017. It is a worthy contender amongst the smartphone flagship devices for the year and holds up to its expectations with its great design and exceptional performance.

Design and Build Quality

The design of the phone is a complete overhaul with what the G5 used to be. LG has ditched the modular design for this phone, which was one of the key selling points for its predecessor. The phone has a full aluminum body with a 5.7-inch HD display and an 18:9 aspect ratio to provide extra vertical room on screen. The front and back of the phone are both protected by Corning Gorilla Glass for extra protection for those thin bezels.

Features and Specifications

The G6 sports a Snapdragon 821 processor, which is surprising considering the latest Snapdragon 835 was already released and expected in all the flagship smartphones for 2017. The phone has 4GB RAM, a 3300mAh non-removable battery and comes in two storage variants of both 32 and 64 GB supporting expandable storage up to 256 GB.

Camera Quality

The G6 has two impressive 13MP rear cameras for both wide angle and standard shots. The standard version is equipped with optical image stabilization. The cameras can easily record 60 fps Full HD videos and 30 fps in Ultra HD and can capture beautiful shots with exceptional quality. LG has also focused on the build quality rather than aesthetics and therefore have got rid of the camera hump on the back of the phone.

Software

The G6 comes with Android Nougat 7.0 and a friendly LG user interface packed with great features. The G6 software is a complete revamp of the G5. All the custom apps have been updated for a better user experience since there is more room to use on the display.

The G6 is without doubt a worthy challenger amongst the top flagship phones for the year 2017 and has been released in March.

Photo by: LG

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Oppo R9s Plus Review: Top Notch Selfie Camera

Posted on 01 May 2017

The Oppo R9s Plus is a mid range phone announced by the company in October 2016 and later launched in December of the same year. With an initial glance it can easily be observed that the design of the phone is inspired by the Apple’s IPhone 6, which is more of a common sight these days in many smartphones manufactured. Although based on its 6 inch full HD display, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, it easily falls under the phablet category but since all the recent phones have increased their display size in general to cater additional specs and features, Oppo seems to follow the same pattern with this phone.

Built quality of the Oppo R9s Plus is premium as expected, the phone complements its predecessor the Oppo R9 plus with a same design philosophy and follows almost similar specs. It is a bigger version of Oppo R9s and runs on a mid-range Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor with 6GB RAM and Adreno 510 GPU. Internal memory of the phone goes up to 64GB and is expandable thanks to its 256GB external microSD support. Being the bigger version R9s the phone also has bigger battery which goes up to 4000mAh for long hour usage.

The phone has a 16MP main camera with optical image stabilization that gives decent results in daylight and is fully capable to record 4K resolution videos. Front camera of the phone is also a 16MP camera and is more focused for the selfie enthusiasts who are the target customers for this phone

The phone comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0 that runs its own user friendly interface providing additional custom features to the user. As for the midrange phone category the R9s Plus has a lot to offer under the price tag it is sold with good design and built quality, superior performance and beautiful camera result for your selfies.

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LG Harmony Android Smartphone Review

Posted on 21 April 2017

LG has introduced a new Android Smartphone, the LG Harmony, and it is quite similar to LG’s K-Series phones. The device has a beautiful 5.3-inch 720p touch screen display. It’s quite handy with a weight of 142g and the dimensions of the device are 149.9 x 76.2 x 7.6 mm.

It is packed up with high-tech features, which include
o 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.
o 2800mAh battery and a 1.4GHz quad-core processor
o 1080p video recording and LED flash
o 1.5GB RAM and 16GB Internal Storage(can be expanded by SD Card)
o Android Nougat 7.0 Operating System
o Cricket Wireless Carrier

The quality of the smartphone is durable and long-lasting with a stylish body and is lightweight. The battery timing is speculated to be really good, so it is perfect for extensive usage. The touch screen is also responsive, like all the other expensive smartphones. The device also has a customizable home button to make things easy for the user and it can be set accordingly.

There is a Wi-FI connectivity option and a hotspot as well so data connection can be shared with other devices easily. It can support all the Bluetooth files, which makes it easy to transfer data from one device to another. It also has USB Tethering, which makes the device compatible with other devices as well as computers.

To use this phone with ease, you must have a Cricket service. Additional charges may apply for the features that are available on the carrier program. When buying, the set includes a standard battery, a travel adapter and USB cable. You will also get a Bluetooth Stereo Headset with the phone.

The price set is $99. With so many features, the price is affordable and the people should buy this product. This phone will probably be the best phone produced by LG in 2017 and you will love it.

Photo by: LG

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