Posts by Anton D. Nagy

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    We're not quite sure what to think anymore of Microsoft's smartphone business, as we're seeing and hearing mixed messages, both through official and unofficial channels. Microsoft acknowledged that its smartphone market share is "unsustainable", and, adding to that, the Lumia 950XL, Microsoft's own Windows 10 Mobile flagship smartphone, is struggling in the UK, where it was taken off retail shelves. Furthermore, Amazon UK and Amazon France have both halted Lumia 950XL sales, so the outlook isn't very bright. On the other hand, a recent Microsoft Blog post --talking about Windows 10 being ...

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    No, we don't cover refrigerators here at Pocketnow, but this one from Samsung has a phone embedded in it. Wait, what? It is not yet clear what specific features this smart refrigerator will have, due to the language barrier (Korean press release), but it appears to have an embedded camera looking at what's in the fridge. That Android smartphone-looking "thing" on the right is a touch screen, a tablet, or a smartphone, if you will, embedded in the fridge, that allow you to operate several features of the appliance, including said camera. The feature is also accessible via remote apps, and ...

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    If you're an iPhone or an iPad user, chances are you have, at least once in your life, tried to find a solution to hide (if not uninstall) some of the apps that Apple bundles with its devices. Well, for those of you who are brave enough to live the Jailbreak way, this might not be big news, but, for all the others, it's one more reason for joy. No jailbreak is needed for this little trick/hack to work, and it is persistent until you restart your iPhone or iPad. This isn't, obviously, the best solution users were hoping for, and we're pretty sure it's also not what Tim Cook had in mind when ...

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    Nokia had plans for a smartwatch of its own. We've seen reports, last June, of a device tentatively codenamed Moonraker, but apparently Microsoft has cancelled Nokia's project shortly after acquiring its Devices and Services division. After all, the Microsoft Band 2 was well on its way, and Redmond was busy working on improving its first generation wearable. The images above and below are purportedly snapped off of a Nokia smartwatch prototype (the Moonraker). Not much can be discerned from the stills, but you can instantly spot a minimalistic UI (where shown) that resembles the one ...

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    If you’re a casual music consumer you’re probably fine with the headphones that came with your smartphone (if any), or you have a pair of earbuds/phones/cans that you prefer to use while on the go, regardless of the smartphone of your choice. If you’re a music enthusiast (or audiophile), however, and you are a perfectionist when it comes to your favorite tunes, you’re either enjoying your content from a computer, HiFi system, or dedicated headphone amp/DAC. What you do know, by now, is that your smartphone isn’t good enough to drive your (high-end) cans. But, if you still want to ...

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    We spent quite some time thinking before sitting down to build this review: what’s the reason behind the Xperia Z5’s existence, since it packs the exact same internals as the Z3+/Z4 before it? Aside from the fingerprint scanner embedded in the side-mounted button and a slightly improved camera (on paper), we couldn’t find any. Well, maybe a better take on the Snapdragon 810, which managed to heat up the Z3+/Z4 pretty badly (it manages, to a certain degree, to do the same inside the Z5 Premium too. More on this later). Luckily, this isn’t the Xperia Z5 review, as we’re looking at ...

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    The Xperia Z5 Premium fingerprint scanner is a novelty; it's there for Xperia Z5-class Sony smartphones, embedded in the side-mounted power key on the Xperia Z5 Compact, Z5, and Z5 Premium, but how does it really perform in real life? Having a side-mounted fingerprint scanner can we awkward, or it can be the perfect placement. We’ve heard both sides of the story, but, in the end, its placement isn’t as relevant and important as its performance. We’ve been extensively testing the Xperia Z5 Premium for more than a week now, and we can say that the fingerprint scanner is a hit or miss. ...

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    Let's face it: the sexier (read thinner) our smartphones get, the more battery life becomes an issue. Interestingly, smartphone users (and future, potential owners) would prefer a slightly thicker build if that resulted in longer battery life (or even "functional bulk"), but this appears to be valuable feedback smartphone manufacturers are not taking into consideration (props to the exceptions). There's a trend for thin and light, and, while many don't care, more and more are hoping it will go away, soon. If your daily routine allows you to constantly be within reach of a charger (wall ...

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    This is a company that needs no more introductions. OPPO has well established itself as a reliable smartphone manufacturer that has something for everyone, from flagships to mid-rangers, from rotating cameras and faux leatherbacks to aluminum, from ColorOS to the more recent Project Spectrum. If somehow the five-inch R7 was too small for you, and the six-inch R7 Plus was too big, OPPO is giving you more choice with the 5.5-inch R7s. However, it’s not just an in-between phone; while it is positioned between its siblings, it not only borrows the pros from both, but also takes it up a ...

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    There's been a lot of controversy surrounding Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium 4K capabilities; it quickly became a polarising topic, especially because of the fact that it isn't really clear how the Japanese smartphone manufacturer implemented 4K usage on its smartphone. There's no doubt about it, this is the world's first 4K smartphone, but would it have been better to label it "4K ready"? In this video we're explaining how 4K is achieved, and how the Xperia Z5 Premium 4K is behaving, what it is, what it is not, and what you should expect. All of this, in order to both shed light on the matter, ...

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    When Sony announced the Xperia Z5 Premium, which is indeed the "world's first 4K smartphone", we were not quite sure what to believe, but we were definitely excited. As days and weeks passed, we soon learned (and later, from Sony, officially), that, while this is indeed a 4K screen, the Xperia Z5 Premium isn't a 4K smartphone for most of the time you're using it. Built on its predecessor, the Xperia Z3+ (Xperia Z4), the Xperia Z5 Premium doesn't bring a lot of improvements to the table. Yes, there's that 4K screen and the fingerprint scanner, but, aside from those (and the silver chrome ...

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    You might be familiar with "Project Zero". Well, the moniker describes two different concepts, so let's recap for a second. Project Zero was reportedly the internal codename at Samsung that had a simple (yet complex) goal: to redesign the Samsung Galaxy S6 (and subsequent models and variants), from the ground up, in order to produce a more compelling phone overall. Project Zero also happens to be the name for a team of security researchers (some call them hackers) inside Google, announced on July 15, 2014, that has a single purpose: checking the security of products. It just so happens ...

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    HTC's history is an exciting one, and definitely not monotone. There were ups and downs, success stories and mistakes, which, all together, have brought the Taiwanese smartphone maker in a not so easy situation and position. We've recently looked at (what we think were) some of the mistakes HTC has made throughout the years, and, finally, things seem to look somewhat better for the company. Its most recent flagship, the HTC One A9, is going to slowly get into customers' hands soon, as we're seeing a posted HTC revenue of NT$8.95 billion (US$276.8 million) for the month of October. To ...

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    We've recently heard not one, but two bits testifying to the fact that Apple, the leading tablet vendor on the market, isn't doing as well as some would have predicted, when it comes to the tablet market. Initially, we heard unconfirmed rumours that orders placed for the upcoming iPad Pro are cautious, then we heard reports that poor iPad sales are affecting the supply chain manufacturers. Apparently, the issue is a larger one, affecting all players on the market. According to the most recent IDC numbers, the entire tablet market is down. For the third quarter of the year, tablet shipments ...

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    There's no doubt about it, the smartphone has become an integral part of our lives; aside from being probably the most intimate of our geeky possessions, it is also a gateway to the world, a means of communication, tool for your work, and the source of your entertainment. No wonder we're often finding ourselves glued to the screen. Well, before you proceed any further reading this post, let's do an experiment: pause right here and think about how much you think (hours per day) you are using your own smartphone. Then, drop a comment below with the numbers. Should be fun! Onto the meat of ...

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    More and more manufacturers are building "mini" versions of their flagship phones -- if we can truly call five-inch-ish devices "mini" -- but not all manage to pack the specs some of the potential buyers are expecting. Some manufacturers try to keep the costs down, others try to capitalise on the flagship sibling's brand recognition to sell these devices. And then there are those who try to deliver the best of both worlds, like OnePlus, with its latest offering, the OnePlus X. Announced today, the OnePlus X features a five-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, 13MP camera ...

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    Just as Apple recently published record fourth quarter results, with profits north of $11B, DigiTimes is reporting on that the Cupertino-based company is seeing a decline for iPad sales. The report refers to "small-size iPad products", which means that we're talking about the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 4, the only small-sized iPads available on Apple's current line-up. According to the report, sales of the aforementioned tablets have been slow, and, as a direct effect, manufacturers in the supply chain are struggling. The information, as usual, is based on input from unnamed sources which ...

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    Since the Galaxy S6 edge+ is basically a Galaxy Note5 without a stylus -- having most, if not all of its internals shared across the two smartphones -- it is just normal for software updates to roll out, if not simultaneously, to both devices. The Note 5 received a refresh last week, and now its time for the Galaxy S6 edge+ to get the same OTA update. It's a significant one, so you should definitely install as soon as it hits your device. Weighing 138.14MB, the update will bring build number G928GDDU2AOJ5 to your phone, and with it, battery optimisations as well as call improvements, in ...

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    ...or is it? First, here's what the report claims: citing unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain, Apple has reportedly placed orders with the supply chain for "only" less than 2.5 million units. These so-called limited orders refer to the near future, specifically the period of time between the end of 2015 and first quarter of 2016. If we consider the sales performance of the iPad in Apple's financial Q1 (October to December) of 2014, when the company sold 26 million (combined), the 2.5 million number above doesn't seem optimistic at all, but the iPad Pro is a completely ...

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    With 3D Touch on the Apple iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus), users are able to interact with the phone by touching the screen (pushing) with force (hence the name Force Touch on the Apple Watch). It was just a matter of time until someone reverse engineered (hacked, took advantage, you name it) of the feature, and, now, it looks like you can weigh different object using the screen of the Apple smartphone. This is nothing new to Huawei Mate S owners, as the Android smartphone features "force-touch"-like capabilities (preceding Apple by a couple of weeks), and already has a scale app pre-installed, ...

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    If you're not entirely sure what to believe when it comes to Sony and its smartphone business, we won't blame you. There were rumours of the company exiting the smartphone business, which were then debunked, and, more recently, reports of a dedicated smartphone-manufacturing-plant popped up. On top of all those we're now hearing that Sony might be acquiring Toshiba sensor business. There are several reports claiming this, all based on "sources" (meaning nothing's official for the time being), and, according to these people, Toshiba is asking about 20 billion yen ($164.68 million) for its ...

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    Remember the OPPO Neo 5 from June (cause there was also one in 2014)? It was announced together with a Neo 5s, but both of these smartphones now have an official follow-up. The OPPO Neo 7 announced today is just as shiny, continuing the company's "mirror back" approach to the Neo family of smartphones. It will debut in India, but it will also reach a total of 17 markets around the globe (including South East Asia, South Asia, MENA and Mexico), and it will go for sub-$200. There will be 3G and 4G versions of this shiny phone, black and white variants (with silver and gold edges), inspired ...

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    We’ve got to admit it, we had a completely different script in mind for this unboxing, but then again, instead of the phone… we got… well, see for yourself in the video below. Never was I so unprepared for an unboxing and never was a box so hard to open. And, of course, we never got a phone for review, in a crate. Let’s crack this open, literally. In all seriousness, if the LG G4, the V10’s flagship predecessor, was all about the looks on the outside, the V10 focuses on on durability, with a stainless steel frame and a damage resistant silicon back. It’s not an upgrade, but a ...

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    We had strong reasons to believe that Samsung' upcoming Galaxy Grand On and Galaxy Mega On would soon become official, and, just a couple of days ago, the two smartphones stepped into the spotlight, slightly renamed, as the Galaxy On5 and Samsung Galaxy On7. Said report was detailing  specs, images, and prices, but nothing beats official wording (or, in the lack of it, a phone's official appearance on the company's website). The Galaxy On5 packs a five-inch Super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy On7 has a slightly larger, 5.5-inch screen. An Exynos 3475 SoC is powering both units, ...

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    On October 20, HTC has officially announced its latest smartphone offering, the One A9, in a rather unusual manner, as the Taiwanese phone-maker usually launches its flagships during spring. If you’ve missed out on the news, you can go ahead and check out the specs, as well as our detailed hands-on video. It is thanks to the HTC One A9 that the company is expecting revenues to rise in the last quarter of 2015, compared to the same period a year earlier, according to Jack Tung, president of HTC North Asia. Already priced competitively (around $400), the HTC One A9 will also be available ...

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