Posts tagged with: extended battery
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    Let's be frank: there are quite a few options for phones with a 5 amp-hour battery. It's a sweet spot as a number and it's also where you could pull through a good chunk of a second or maybe even a third day. The price and specification compromise also seems fitting at this precipice. So, what does the Alcatel Pixi 4 Plus Power bring to 3G markets? Maybe a cool-looking dot-matrix design on the back and nice color combinations. Real talk, though — this isn't much different from what we've seen before. We're dealing with a 5.5-inch 720p screen, an unnamed processor, 1GB of RAM with 8GB of ...

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    Some phones can theoretically last days on end and just look awful doing so. Most phones don't — not necessarily what power users are going for. Striking a balance between industrial design, horsepower, battery specs and cost gets hard when you favoring one over the others. So, Chinese OEM Gionee decided to compromise less and do more in a follow-up to a marathon runner of a phone. And just like some movies that don't know a holiday from a better debut date, this phone's coming out on Christmas. The Marathon M5 Plus follows up last month's Marathon M5 with hardware upgrades galore. Yes, ...

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    Editor's note: In the gulf between iPhone releases and in the run-up to the next Windows Phone resurrection, the ratio of Android to non-Android phones in our review inventory continues to rise. As a result, this piece is written from a predominantly Android-centric perspective. Everybody wants awesome smartphone battery life. Whether you’re addicted to the latest power-draining augmented reality game or just trying to get through a day of texting and talking, the panic moment is a familiar one: mid-afternoon, no charger in sight, and a pop-up dialog warning you that you’re 15% away ...

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    Nobody likes a cheapskate. It's why we have fun derogatory labels like "tightwad" and "skinflint" for those friends of ours who insist on dividing the bar bill by how many mozzarella sticks they actually consumed, rather than by the cost of the plate. Whatever other merits they might have, penny-pinchers just aren't fun to have around. That's no less true in the case of huge multinational corporations than with people. But where a cheap social friend is pretty easy to jettison when he gets annoying, it's a little harder to make up for the shortfalls of dealing with a cheap company. ...

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    As mobile experts, we do everything we can to look at every new device subjectively. You may hear us cracking jokes on a live show or voicing our personal opinions in editorials. But when it becomes time to get serious, when it's review time, we look at a phone (or tablet) from not only our own perspective, but as many others as possible – the perspective of the target demographic, the perspective of the general consumer, the standpoint of a power user, a modder or even a first-time buyer. We all look at a new phone differently. When we pull it out of the box and tear the plastic off, ...

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    1080p displays. On smartphones. I never thought I'd see the day, but it's here. Call the front desk; I'm checking out. No but, for real: around these parts, the notion of full-HD resolution -1920 x 1080- on a smartphone screen has for months prompted a range of reactions, from skepticism to disbelief to glee. Listeners of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast can sometimes hear that entire range in one sitting: pixel-density enthusiast Brandon Miniman is keen on the absurdly high-density panels, while I often profess not to be able to tell the difference. Anton D. Nagy, Joe Levi, or Jaime ...

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    I’ve said before that I think the companies that provide the widest array of choice are the ones most likely to be successful (right behind the companies that make all your choices for you, of course). That’s because a lot of people like the freedom and convenience that a wide range of choice provides, whether it be car colors, TV sizes, or brands of dishwashing detergent. It’s good to give people options. When it comes to mobile phones, one of the most important facets of the user experience is battery life. Since battery technology consistently lags behind other areas of ...

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