The new mid-range is a fact, and Sony wants a part of it. The just-unveiled Xperia M2 reads like the result of months of observation and picking up feedback cues, as it integrates what has been cemented as the core of what makes a smartphone desireable. Quad-core processor? Check. Decent camera? You got it. 4G LTE? Yep. Price tag that won't break the bank? Probably -- Sony doesn't like sharing that part of the equation before it absolutely has to.But lets talk facts. The successor to the 4-inch Xperia M takes a brave step forward (or backwards?) in one particular regard: screen size. Unlike last year's model, the M2 has grown considerably, and its display now measures in at 4.8-inches. In comparison, the amount of pixels went through only a minor update -- a 540x960 qHD resolution up from 480x854. Sony is boasting that this is the "largest qHD display in its class", though, if you're good with numbers, you'll know that this is actually a small hit in terms of pixel density, which now … [Read more...] about Sony unveils the Xperia M2, joins the ‘new’ mid-range
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image There is something special about the finish of the glass that is used on the HTC U Ultra. The company calls it a 'liquid glass' effect, and it does it justice. It indeed looks to flow in a very peculiar yet impressive way. And while we have other phones on the market with a glass front and back (Samsung Galaxy S series are front and center), the HTC U Ultra still looks a little bit different and stands out. Liquid-like glass finish image Dual screens are not new. LG was the first to introduce a smaller, secondary display on the LG V10 and it sticked with the idea in its latest LG V20. The HTC U Ultra takes a page off LG's books and has a rather spacious 2-inch secondary display positioned right above the main one. It functions as a gateway to the new HTC Sense Companion assistant (more on that later), but in many ways it acts just like the ticker screen on the LG V series. It can display your contacts, so that you can quickly call or text them, you get your notifications there … [Read more...] about HTC U Ultra: all key new features
Not too long ago, dual-SIM smartphones were a rare breed. On top of that, the few models that existed were unexciting, bland in design, and had just enough processing power to not be mistaken for a potato. Demand picked up, however, which explains why today's smartphone market offers a much broader selection of dual-SIM handsets – from cheap, entry-level phones to top-tier brands' flagships. Alas, dual-SIM phones come with their downsides. One is that they often employ the so-called hybrid SIM card trays – trays where the secondary SIM card slot doubles as a microSD card slot, but can't accommodate the two card types simultaneously. In simpler terms, you can enjoy the service of two carriers, or the convenience of expandable storage, but not both at the same time (without cheating). The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S7, for instance, is designed this way.We can't blame manufacturers for adopting hybrid SIM card trays in their devices, as doing so leaves room for other … [Read more...] about Rare breeds: Dual SIM phones with separate microSD card slot (no hybrid SIM tray)
Apple has been doing it for a while now with its iPhone editions, but recently most major phone manufacturers outed or will have flagship models without microSD card slots.In the slideshow below we have listed some major handsets that force you to make do without more memory than their makers supplied internally, and upon making it we realized that this is getting epidemic now.That is why we wanted to ask if you approve this obvious trend, and to what extent the good ol' memory card can be swapped for the newly-minted cloud storage services most major smartphone manufacturers are now trying to make us stomach. Is it all an evil plot to make us sign up for cloud storage and tied up even further in the respective mobile ecosystem, so that we never leave, or is it just for cost-cutting/space saving reasons? Fill in our poll below and sound off your arguments in the comment section. Phonearena polls sort by Are you OK with the lack of memory expansion slot trend of flagship phones? … [Read more...] about Are you OK with the lack of memory expansion slot trend of flagship phones?
A new week starts and what better way to celebrate it than freshen up that ole phone of yours with some new apps, straight out of the oven? Yeah both the Play Store and the App Store get hundreds of new pieces of software poured into them on a weekly basis, so it may be a tough job to forage through them, but don't worry, we do that on your behalf.So, this week around, we've got a cool new video editor for Android, Enlight's new app, which works on a freemium model, guitar lessons by the big F (hey, that's Fender!) themselves, Adidas' own workout app, and some more cool stuff. Check them out below!New for iOS New apps for iPhone and iPad New apps for iPhone and iPad 1. Enlight Photofox Price: free (subscription)DownloadEnlight is a pretty popular, and for good reason, photo-editing app. However, it's starting price of $5.99 (heads up, it's now $3.99) may have put off a bunch of people from giving it a chance. Enter Enlight 2, which comes with a few free features and then... … [Read more...] about Best new Android and iPhone apps (early July, 2017)