With smartphones transitioning to the size of tablets, it can be hard to navigate your way around one with convenience. It’s a petty complaint but if you have small hands, want to just check your phone, and reply quickly without having to fumble with both hands, you’ll get why.
Sure, we got our hands on the ASUS ZenFone AR back when it was first announced in January, but it didn’t have that one feature everyone was talking about: Project Tango.
With the advent of Snapchat and cute doggie stickers that become instant face filters (sorely needed on days I’m not feeling a hundred percent), simple photo selfies have become a rarity in my camera roll — I mean, who has time to airbrush and edit said selfies after shooting?
Sony is once again pushing the boundaries of smartphone displays. After announcing the world’s first smartphone with a 4K display (Xperia Z5 Premium), the company kicked it up a notch by introducing the world’s first 4K HDR smartphone, the Xperia XZ Premium.
If you thought Sony’s A6300 had everything you wanted in a camera, wait until you see what its successor the A6500 brings to the table!
Whenever a smartphone has a Plus at the end of its name you expect it to be bigger and better than its namesake.
But that’s not the case when it comes to the V5 Plus, the newest smartphone from Chinese up and comer Vivo. In fact when it comes down to the tale of the tape, the V5 Plus is roughly the same size as the V5 that came a few months before it.
We’ve seen the new Sony Xperia XZ up close at IFA 2016 in Berlin, where it was first revealed in September. Since then, the Android flagship has made its way to the U.S, Europe, India, Japan, and other parts of the world. And now, it’s making its way to the Philippines in time for the holidays.
As soon as you read the name, you’d automatically think the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is one those sleek Android tablets you’ve seen in the news. That’s only half right, because this Galaxy is a full-fledged Windows 10 convertible through and through.
Another year, another iPhone release. This year, as has been the case the past two years, we’re getting two models: the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The original PlayStation 4 has been available for nearly three years already, and fans have been clamoring for an upgrade. Blame it on being spoiled by the yearly successors smartphones and laptops have been getting, but now does seem like a good time to add some much-needed features to the old PS4. The PlayStation Pro and Slim are doing just that.
Spotting an Xperia has become second nature to most. A flat rear, signature circular camera lens, and pronounced bezels – that’s a Sony smartphone right there. This year’s flagship, the Xperia XZ, is not much different, yet has a lot more in store for camera lovers.
Samsung didn’t have time for yet another smartphone at IFA 2016 in Berlin, Germany, although the Korean giant did have a new smartwatch up its sleeve. This time around, the latest Gear model is more in line with conventional timepieces, in that it looks more like the genuine article than a fitness tracker.
Whenever we hear the words Samsung and Galaxy put together, Android tablets and smartphones instantly come to mind. That’s why it’s so strange to see the Galaxy label plastered on a Windows tablet when talking about the Galaxy TabPro S. And yet, it’s only when you begin using this convertible that you realize how similar it behaves to an Android tablet.
When Xiaomi decided to go big with their next smartphone, they weren’t kidding. The Mi Max overshadows most handsets in terms of size, pushing 6.44 inches of display on a full-metal body. It’s by far the China-based manufacturer’s largest phone since starting out, and it has GadgetMatch’s full attention right now.
Last week, we spent a generous amount of time on the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. It got our unboxing and hands-on treatment as seen above, plus an in-depth look into how well the phone works as a daily driver. With all the exposure we’ve given this phablet, why would we feature it again here? The answer is quite simple, and it involves more of its kind.
How big is too big, really? After seeing phablets as large as 6.8 inches in screen size, anything around 5.5 inches is beginning to feel normal. We’re now taking a look at the Xperia XA Ultra, which is Sony’s largest midranger this year, sitting in what we feel is a comfortable 6 inches.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note narrative is among the most interesting in the smartphone industry. What started out as a science project in 2011 has not only become the face of the big-phone trend, but has also served as the motivation behind making devices larger than they need to be to accommodate a larger display.
Launched alongside the ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser in Vietnam, the ZenFone 3 Max is yet another budget phone with a rather attractive calling card. This time around, the promise is a battery that lasts for days, with the option to charge another mobile device using the Max’s reverse charging mode.
Besides the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Ultra, and ZenFone 3 Deluxe, there’s another ASUS smartphone you should watch for in 2016: the ZenFone 3 Laser.
But unlike the other ZenFone 3 models launched in May, the newly unveiled Laser feels less like a luxury phone and more like a step above most phones in the budget category. It’s certainly an upgrade over its predecessor, last year’s ZenFone 2 Laser, not just in looks—the 2016 version is easier to hold and use, and is encased in a metal unibody construction—but also in performance.
There’s something about the OnePlus 3’s packaging that makes unboxing it an experience.
From its elegant yet understated red-white color scheme and the layers upon layers of things to unpack, to everything in the box that is well thought-out, keeping in with the company’s tagline, “Never settle.”
Like them or not, 360-degree photos and videos — those that allow you to look up, down, left, and right — could be the future of social media, and Samsung is well-positioned to take advantage of this development following the release of the Gear 360 camera.
The Korean phone maker says it wants to make immersive experiences accessible to all, and sees the product as an important step forward in this respect.
We spent some time with the Asus Zenfone 3 shortly after its launch in Taiwan last May 30. All three models are big upgrades from last year – sleeker, more powerful, with more features. But do they offer enough to go head to head with rivals released months earlier? Find out in our hands-on review.
If you can get past its iPhone-esque looks, there’s much to be said about the F1 Plus. OPPO’s latest smartphone isn’t the most premium in its lineup, nor does it look anything like its little brother, the OPPO F1, but it is a phone that defies expectations in a good way.
This week was one of many firsts. My first trip to India and my first formal introduction to smartphone brand Vivo, whose V3 and V3 Max smartphones marked their global debut here this week.
It’s by no mistake that these phones are unveiled in Mumbai, not New York, or London, or Beijing.
Size matters, but it’s not everything.
Love it or hate it, the iPhone SE is arguably a class of its own. It may look old but it doesn’t perform like one. It’s something not even the Android world can offer – where small nowadays, most often than not, means sluggish, second-rate, and a 2-4 year-old OS built into a cheap plastic body.
LG puts the fun back in function with the announcement of its latest flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress, the LG G5. It has everything a 2016 flagship is expected to have: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, Quick Charge 3.0 that promises 83% of battery after 30 minutes of charging, a fingerprint scanner, quad HD display, USB Type C, Android Marshmallow, and great cameras.
In a surprise announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony said goodbye to its top of the line Xperia Z smartphone, unveiling in its place a trio of new smartphones collectively referred to as Xperia X.
Specs-wise the new Xperia X line isn’t going to be the most high end smartphone release of 2016 but Sony’s left just enough for the phones to be desirable.
Two months of collective restraint from the world’s most powerful smartphone companies have led up to this day in Barcelona. If this were Hollywood, today would be the Oscars, maybe even more exciting. Today, tightly guarded secrets finally see the light of day, leaks that couldn’t wait to be revealed are confirmed, and expectations that have kept the tech industry at a standstill are either quenched or met with utter disappointment.
Microsoft calls Surface Pro 4 the thinnest, lightest, and most powerful PC ever made. It also comes with an improved type-cover keyboard that now features a fingerprint scanner. The Surface Pro 4 also comes with a pen that actually has an eraser… *cough* Apple Pencil *cough*
Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, you’ll definitely fall in love with Sphero’s BB-8 – a smaller version of the droid on the upcoming film Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens that you can take home and be your buddy!