That OnePlus X we’ve been waiting for is here. Coinciding with it, we have a new X-themed app from OnePlus. No, not X-rated, X-themed. It has a pretty rockin’ video with soundtrack by Urban Core and just from those 45 seconds alone, you wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s a OnePlus app. Okay, well, there’s that OnePlus X in there.
This is Reflexion. It’s for iOS and Android and it is a simple shooter that threads a selfie on the wings of the screen with a rear-camera shot at top and bottom. You can adjust the reflection outputs of each [...]
Sony is behind some of the best imaging sensors around, powering some of the top smartphone shooters on the market, from the Galaxy S6 to the LG G4. When we looked at the Xperia Z3, it had one of the better cameras we’d seen at the time … but since then, other phones (like the aforementioned from Samsung and LG) have seriously stepped up their game, finally even surpassing Apple’s long-time imaging lead with the iPhone. The Xperia Z5 has been tested and rated by some as one of the best camera phones around, but can its smaller sibling hold up the family [...]
As the V10 was being launched in New York, LG centered our attention to the enhanced video capabilities of the smartphone. From high frame rates to high resolution to high-fidelity audio, it looked like this G Pro successor would have it all. Some people say that things only look good on paper, but I’m just about ready to eat the paper and embrace the future. That’s especially considering what we’ve been through in the history of shooting video on our dinky little smartphones.The condensed history of shooting video on our dinky little smartphones
HTC has been in our optical rodeo way too many times. Camera bad. Camera worse. Camera disaster. Sounds like drama much? Probably, but those assessments prove well against the changing camera landscape on smartphones. And each time we find ourselves in the wake of iteration after disappointment after innovation, we put the chips on the table on the Taiwanese OEM’s death knell. The company can’t get away with this anymore, right? Why is it so hard to do something that we, the media and the tech salon lurkers, characterize as a task so damn easy? Is the camera team [...]
HTC hasn’t exactly carried a reputation for great cameras in recent years. What began as a bold idea in 2013 with the One M7’s Ultrapixel technology, a statement against the megapixel race in favor of “larger” pixels for pulling in more light, ended in bad execution in the form of an underwhelming 4MP sensor.
Last year, HTC pushed forward with its unique Ultrapixel design, and added a depth sensor above for artificial bokeh and other effects. Again, it didn’t go over so well, so this year the company retraced its steps and put a new and improved 20MP shooter into its M9 … can [...]
The state of play in the mid-range smartphone sector is a crowded one. Nearly all of these devices provide a fluid experience when page peeping or tweet tapping or status swiping.
One of the biggest differentiations in this field, though, is how the camera works. This spec usually exhibits the most variation in how manufacturers choose to compromise: the glass, the sensor, the software; all of them are up for the corner-cutting.
There’s no doubt the Huawei P8 Lite’s camera falls victim to this syndrome. The high-contrast picture to the right has a sky blown [...]
I recently wrote a piece on the things I’d still like for iOS to do before I’m ready to fully commit and move from my One M9 to an iPhone. Most of those things were features I’d essentially just like to see ported over from Android, but if that’s the case, why wouldn’t I just stick with what I have? I mean, if Android already has the features I want like custom launchers, tight Google integration, and gesture typing, what sense would it make to switch to a totally different platform? Well … the iPhone has some pretty sweet [...]
iOS always gets to bask in the spotlight of attention from mobile consumers, and that’s especially true during device launches and WWDC, the latter of which we just saw last week. But there’s a lot more than just iPhones and iPads out there, and Windows Phone is still a booming platform with a bevy of great and unique features. iPhones are great, just like Android phones and Windows Phones are great, but there are a few things that the people of Cupertino could learn from Windows Phone.A cleaner, more organized interface
Consumers seem to have a very straightforward, [...]
Ahh, BLU. They might buy other manufacturers’ devices wholesale, but they do give their darndest to refine them down in sunny Miami, Florida. We’re going to find out if their refinements have equipped their latest flagship, the BLU Life One, with a good camera. Keep in mind that this device is retailing on Amazon for nearly $150 with a special pre-sale rebate of $50 going on until June 15th, so we’re looking for bang in those bucks.
The Life One’s Sony IMX135 sensor is a familiar one to Motorola Moto X 2014 owners. The 13 megapixels (4160 x 3120 effective [...]