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Moto X (2014) unboxing and first impressions

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Moto X was one of the best smartphones released last year, offering a great user experience even while not jumping into the specs race that dominates the Android world. The latest iteration of the device, the Moto X (2014) does feature an upgrade in the hardware, bringing it in line with current flagships, more premium design elements, and of course, the fantastic software experience that we all loved in the original. Before diving in to a comprehensive review, today, we’ll be taking a look at the unboxing, and give you our first impressions about the Moto X (2014)!

Unboxing

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Opening the box, you’ll see the back of the phone in all its glory, which isn’t usually the case when unboxing a phone, but makes sense if you’ve used Moto Maker to customize the back to a special material, as I’ve done. I’ve been excited about getting the bamboo version of the Moto X since it was introduced last year, and was finally able to do so with the current edition.

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Moto Maker also gives you the option to add an inscription on the back cover, choose the colour of the trim around the rather large Motorola logo, and choose the colour of the speaker accents up front. Everything else in the box is standard fare, with phone documentation, a pin to unlock the SIM tray, a microUSB cable, and the wall charging unit.

First Impressions

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As far as the build quality goes, the metal frame adds more to the general build quality and design aesthetics of the new Moto X, giving it a more premium look and feel, compared to its all-plastic predecessor. It does add a bit of heft to the device, but not enough to be a bother, and the sturdiness is certainly welcome. The frame also separates the design of the front and the back, which is definitely helpful when it comes to customizing the phone, allowing you to mix and match elements without having to worry about it clashing. In the case of my unit, I chose black with green accents up front along with the bamboo back cover.

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On the back is of course the large Motorola logo, that is something that may not be for everyone. It comes with a dimpled design and a lining around it, but many might consider it a blemish on an otherwise clean back. On the back is also the 13 MP camera unit, with a chrome ring around it that houses the dual LED flash.

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When it comes to the handling experience, the noticeable curve on the back does allow for the device to sit snugly in the hand, but the flat sides of the metal frame, which are also very thin, makes it a little difficult to hold on to. I’ve already had an instance where the phone almost slipped out of my hand, solely because of how little real estate you have to grip the phone. It’s definitely not a major issue, but will require some getting used to. That said, it does look really nice, especially if you’ve customized it to suit your taste, and the build quality is certainly very impressive.

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I received my personal unit of the new Moto X, but I also got a review device, that gives me the opportunity to showcase the different colour options available to users. The review unit features a white front with silver accents, and a bamboo back as well, with a lighter shade. The lighter shade continues in the metal frame and the Motorola logo on the back, which will be the case with the white version of the device, to blend in with the overall aesthetic of the device.

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So there you have it – a quick look at the unboxing, and our first impressions about the Moto X (2014)! Stay tuned with Android Authority for more coverage on the new Moto X, including the upcoming comprehensive review!

Google rolls out new full-screen ad formats for in-app viewing

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Google is introducing new ad formats meant to span different screen sizes and types. This is meant to address the disparity between displaying ads on desktop and mobile devices, and is supposed to make the ad-viewing experience more pleasant for smartphone and tablet users.

As mobile devices become more ubiquitous, people increasingly access websites, rich media and other content on their smartphones and tablets, among other devices. This means usage on bigger screen devices like laptops and desktops is reduced, thereby also reducing the predictability of how content appears on the screen. This can be a headache for marketers and designers, alike, who usually have to consider different screen sizes and orientations when building content.

As of this year, 55 percent of Internet usage in the US comes from mobile devices. Of this figure, 47 percent comes from mobile apps, while the remaining 8 percent accounts for mobile web, according to data from comScore. “Marketing has always been about being active where viewers spend most of their time and this attention is diminishing in traditional media,” says GetResponse marketing chief Hanna Andrzejewska in an interview with Android Authority. “As mobile devices and apps become more popular, there is a need to shift to formats that can adapt to different screen sizes with the goal of high conversion via intuitive user experience.”

This means apps are still king when it comes to accessing content and information online, and advertisers need a better way to market their content than the simple bottom-screen banner.

As per Google’s Inside Adwords blog, the company will be launching several new ad formats via the Google Display Network, AdMob Network and DoubleClick, which will “make it easier for advertisers to build successful ads that work across screens.”

  • Big brand ads. The first type involves big brand ads, which are built for mobile and can be dynamically resized for any screen. This ad type comes in compressed and expanded state, and will feature an adaptive design that will adjust according to the user’s device and layout.
  • Video ads for AdMob. Meant to provide a richer ad viewing experience, TrueView ads will expand coverage beyond the current gaming apps they appear on. According to Google, these ads “can reach consumers while they engage with their favorite apps,” and advertisers only pay when the user does not click the “skip” button.
  • Anchor ads. This type of ad sticks to the bottom of the user’s screen, so it does not disappear even when you scroll.
  • Magazine style. Previously launched for mobile websites, this feature will now appear within apps that use the Google Display Network platform.

What this means for businesses

According to Noah Elkin, principal analyst at eMarketer, smartphones “play a privileged role in driving always-on commerce,” referring to how users are always-on and always-social. Businesses can therefore take advantage this trend of sending their message across through ads that appear on mobile devices.

These new ad formats will make it easier for businesses, marketers and advertisers to bring their message across. Google Display Network will feature an auto resizing tool that will dynamically format the advertisements depending on the screen size. Google’s ad platforms also offer automatic Flash-to-HTML5 conversion for devices that don’t support Flash, which ensures an interactive version of the ad appears instead of a static one.

Google also promises to make it easier to make rich media ads through templates. DoubleClick Studio Layouts is a tool that lets marketers upload their creative assets into pre-built rich media ad templates that work on smartphones and tablets.

What this means for users

Ads can be obtrusive, although well-designed ad formats and content can actually be entertaining and interesting. Admit it — if you’re fond of watching funny and attractive commercials on TV, then chances are you might also appreciate seeing similar advertising on mobile devices. At least these will be more forgivable than ugly odd-shaped ad formats that either block the screen or become a pain in the eyes.

However, there is also a likelihood that in-app advertisements might intrude on an otherwise great app experience. This is a big tradeoff when using free-to-download apps, in which the developers rely on ad revenue to earn.

The question at this point is this: what will users think of these new in-app ad formats? Will smartphone and tablet users be forgiving of ads if these pop up within mobile applications as rich, attractive and interactive media?


Source: Inside Adwords;

Sony Xperia Z3 unboxing and first impressions

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Sony‘s latest flagship device is still in the midst of rolling out to markets around the globe, and ours has landed on our doorstep – time for us to go hands-on with our unboxing and first impressions of the new Sony Xperia Z3.

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Design and build quality

Our UK version comes out of the box with a charger and cable, some documentation and a set of relatively standard headphones. Take the phone out of its little bag, then peel back the plastic protective stickers to reveal that Sony’s glass front and rear approach continues on the Xperia Z3, giving that premium black shine that many Xperia owners have come to love.

The front of the device brings minimal bezels on the sides, and good thumb-hold sized bezeling on the top and bottom, housing some newly designed speaker grills. A simply Sony label adorns that top bezel in the center, pushing the front facing camera sensor off to the right hand side. The clean look takes none of your attention away from that 5.2-inch display.

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The edges of the Xperia Z3 have a pleasant rounded look and feel, that Joshua found much better than that of the Xperia Z1 or Z2 of old. You’ll find the silver power button just above center on the right hand edge, with the volume rocker just below that, providing easy thumb access for one-handed operation. A dedicated camera button sits in the very bottom right edge.

MicroSD and SIM card slots are also on the edge, underneath a waterproofing rubber plug.

The clean and simple approach continues on the rear of the Xperia Z3, with a tiny NFC indicator in the top third and the now iconic 20.7MP camera sensor with LED flash up in that top left corner. As the rear panel is all glass, it is non-removable, locking that 3100mAh battery inside.

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Display

We call it a 5.2-inch display, but the Sony Xperia Z3 actually packs a 5.15-inch panel with good old fashioned 1080p resolution. Where a lot of the competition has stepped it up to QHD resolution and 5.5-inch displays, Sony takes the safe approach,. keeping it elegant, but simple.

We won’t go into too much detail here, but Sony has really taken their display quality to the next level. Their triluminos technology brings greater brightness capabilities, but not at the expense of battery life.

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Performance and Hardware

Although Sony likes to march to the beat of their own drums when it comes to the exterior, the inside of the Xperia Z3 is a relatively familiar story. Processing power is done through the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, clocked at 2.5GHz. 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU round out the familiar specs. 16GB of internal storage means you’ll be putting that external microSD slot to use.

A 2.1MP front camera won’t do much to elevate your selfie game, but that 20.7MP main camera with updated software is a contender for best camera on a smartphone out there today. Your images and 4K video capture at 30fps will be good and smooth thanks to Sony’s SteadyShot image stabilization.

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The Xperia Z3 brings Sony’s digital noise-cancelling technology to your audio experience. Connectivity includes 4G LTE and NFC and water and dust resistance is rated at IP68. Get all you see here in a 7mm thick housing that all weighs in at 152g.

As previously mentioned, under the hood is a 3100mAh battery, which is on par with the majority of flagships out there today. Where the Xperia Z3 excels is in the actual battery life. We recently reported that the Z3 will get you upwards of ten hours of screen-on time, which is in large part due to the display technology.

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Software

The Xperia Z3 runs the Xperia UI on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Performance is snappy, thanks in part to the simplicity of the UI, which offers only a few changes to the vanilla Android experience. Once again, Sony is keeping it simple, which keeps it fast.

You may not get to see the enhancements that Sony has included for their camera app and software, which we will explain in our full review or a feature focus at a later time, for now, expect the same great options list and great photos as you’d previously seen in the Xperia Z2.

Final Thoughts

On paper, the Sony Xperia Z3 is not a drastic update from the previous Xperia Z2, as should have been expected with Sony’s 6 month rapid release schedule. However, many refinements have gone into this device, resulting in the best that Sony has to offer and an experience that, so far, we think transcends the Z2 by more than the specs sheet can explain.

We look forward to getting you our full review of the Sony Xperia Z3, coming soon. We also look forward to Sony launching their flagship to more markets around the globe.

While Josh takes on the Sony Xperia Z3 as his daily driver, what do you think? Is this the phone for you?

ARCHOS 45 and 50 Helium getting Android Kitkat on new 45b and 50b Helium models ? (updated)

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The ARCHOS helium models are current flagship smartphones from the manufacturer, offering an entry level 4G phone for a decent price. Initially shipping with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, it has been some time that ARCHOS has promised Android 4.4 Kitkat to their customers. According to an official Tweet from ARCHOS, it was scheduled to happen “be released before the end of summer ;-)

 

Summer ended about a week ago and still no sign of Kitkat, maybe that was the smiley meaning…

 

New ARCHOS 45b and 50b Helium models with Android 4.4 KitKat

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At the same time, new ARCHOS 45b and 50b Helium models are getting listed on cdiscount.com French online store, both phones are shown without a price tag and are currently out of stock. (cdiscount product pages: ARCHOS 45b Helium, ARCHOS 50b Helium).

A quick look at the phones specifications show similar characteristics between the b and the original models, one major difference being the operating system version with Android 4.4 KitKat on the b models. In term of hardware, as specification lists the same type of display and screen resolution, QUALCOMM MSM8926 (Snapdragon 400) CPU is identical, camera and battery. We can also find exact same phone size, weight and SAR/DAS values.

Is that some kind of planned obsolescence where you need to buy another phone (with the same hardware ?) to upgrade to a new Android version ? or does the b model really add something new ?

We expect some clarification soon, we will keep you updated when we have more information…

 

Update: here is a small correction as it seems that I actually missed the dual-sim feature in the b models specifications while writing this article.

 

Via: jbmm.fr site (in French)

First look at Sony’s new Xperia Z3 “Demand great” campaign

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Sony Xperia Z3 Demand Great Campaign

Sony has launching a new advertising campaign for their latest flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z3, under the tagline “Don’t settle for good. Demand great.”

The TV and digital campaign will bring a series of short films that feature inspirational stories of real life people with passion that refuses to settle. The stories will, of course, highlight how these go getters use Sony gear to achieve greatness.

The first sets of videos are out now, they show off a dude that pretty much just stands around using his new Xperia Z3 to record his friends doing all sorts of fun stuff. That was unfair of me to say. As a Sony user, he is obviously the brains of the group (*citation needed,) inventing a full body LED light costume for each his friends and sending them snowboarding down a hill so he can film it all.

In all fairness, the videos highlight the Xperia Z3 camera in low light situations, if we can believe what we see, I think you will be impressed with your Z3 when you get it in hand. Also highlighted is the Xperia Z3’s waterproofing, excellent battery life and PS4 integration, the Sony Smartband Talk also makes a special appearance.

This is just the beginning of Sony’s new campaign, so expect more to come soon on their YouTube channel, and on a TV near you.

We are happy to see Sony bringing their “A” game to promote the Xperia Z3, which is looking like an excellent phone. Under the hood, the Xperia Z3 packs the Snapdragon 801 SoC with 3GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch display and some hefty software improvements on top of their familiar 20.7MP camera sensor. We are also happy to see that Sony should start selling the Z3 in the U.S. relatively soon. Perhaps October 9th?

Be honest now, has this marketing campaign influenced your Sony Xperia Z3 purchasing decision in any way?


Via: Sony;

Oppo N1 Mini review

Posted by wicked September - 29 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The Bottom Line

Nothing mini about it

PROS
  • Solid build quality
  • Great camera
  • Vivid display
  • Acceptable battery life
  • Good performance
CONS
  • Outdated version of Android
  • Steep price point

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With its innovative rotatable camera and good build quality, the N1 Mini is a compelling device – yet its lower end specs and higher than merited price point will dissuade some purchasers.

The Oppo N1, that released last year, was quite an interesting device, offering unique features like a swivelling camera and a rear touch panel. Despite its great specs, features, and price tag, what may have been a turn off for some consumers its large size, courtesy and its large 5.9-inch display. To counter that, and in keeping with the trend that most Android OEMs now follow, Oppo released a “mini” version of its device. Here’s our comprehensive review of the Oppo N1 Mini!

Design

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The design aesthetics of the N1 Mini is identical to its larger sibling, only comparatively more compact. That said, the Oppo N1 Mini isn’t exactly a small device by any stretch of the imagination, and is in fact, slightly larger than other 2014 flagships like the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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If you liked the unibody design of the Oppo N1, you’ll have no complaints with this device either, with the N1 Mini also featuring the solid build quality of the former. It’s made entirely of plastic, and at 9 mm thick and weighing 150 grams, it’s certainly not the thinnest or the lightest device. But its heft actually contributes to a great feel in the hand, with its curved back making it very comfortable to hold. This review model comes with a matte finish, allowing for a good grip, and the gold trim that runs around the perimeter actually adds to the grip as well, in addition to giving the N1 Mini a classy look.

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You’ll find the power button on the left side of the phone, which might take some getting used to, depending on which device you’re switching from. The volume rocker is on the right, and the microUSB port, headphone jack, and speaker, all found along the bottom. The speaker does sound quite good, but its unfortunate placement means that you may end up covering it while watching a video or playing games with the device in the landscape orientation.

Display

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With the exception of the Sony line of Xperia Compact smartphones, a mini version of a flagship device usually comes with a downgrade in the specifications as well. In the case of the Oppo N1 Mini, that begins with its display. You get a 5-inch LCD display with a 1280 x 720 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 294 ppi. While its not 1080p as you might have hoped for, this display still looks pretty sharp overall. The viewing angles are good, there are no issues with brightness, and you also get vibrant colours that don’t look overly saturated, allowing for a surprisingly pleasant experience on this display.

Performance

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Under the hood, you get the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, clocked at 1.6 GHz, backed by the Adreno 305 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 400 has proven to be a very capable processor that is quickly becoming the standard when it comes to mid-range devices, and allows for a pretty smooth experience on the N1 Mini as well. Swiping and scrolling were smooth, apps opened and closed quickly, multi-tasking was a breeze, and overall, there were rarely any instances of noticeable lag. Understandably, this processing package doesn’t hold a candle to ones that are found on high-end flagships, but the performance is still very good.

You get 16 GB of built-in storage, but there is no microSD card slot, so that is something to consider, and may require some memory management on your part, depending on how much you like to save on your smartphone.

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The Oppo N1 Mini packs a 2,140 mAh battery, which might be a little small by current standards, and that shows in the battery life, that is just about average. You won’t have too much trouble getting through a full day with moderate use, and I was able to get up to 4 hours of screen-on time while performing regular tasks throughout the day like sending texts, checking Facebook and Twitter, watching YouTube videos, and playing some games.

Camera

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One of the most unique features of the Oppo N1 is its swivel camera, and that makes a return on the Mini version as well. You get a 13 MP shooter that functions as both the rear camera and the front-facing camera, that will allow you to take some high-quality selfies, if that’s something you’re into. Of course, this means you don’t have a dedicated front-facing unit, but its not very often that you’re both camera units simultaneously anyway.

The camera software is quite basic and simplistic, with a few shooting modes available that isn’t different from what you’d get with any other smartphone camera. There is no HDR mode, but the Ultra HD Mode from the original Oppo N1 is available here as well. That said, while this mode allowed for 50 MP shots on the bigger device, in the case of the N1 Mini, you get the option of taking 24 MP photos.

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As far as the picture quality is concerned, the camera of the Oppo N1 Mini is more than decent. Given the right lighting conditions, images are crisp and clear, with good colour reproduction and dynamic range that wasn’t too bad either, resulting in some well balanced shots. As is the case with a lot of smartphone cameras, low light photography isn’t the best, but this camera is pretty good overall, and as mentioned, gives you the ability to take some high quality selfies.

Software

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The Oppo N1 Mini features the Color OS, based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is a little outdated at this point, but hopefully means that an update to the latest version of Android is coming up soon. Color OS does include some interesting additions, such as the panel of toggles in the notification dropdown, where a brightness slider can also be found, You can also download an install themes if you don’t like the way it looks out of the box, and it’s always nice to have some form of customization readily available. Features such as the screen gestures are also available here, allowing you to use preset gestures to open the camera, turn on the flash, and more, or set a custom gesture to launch a particular application.

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Pricing and Final Thoughts

The Oppo N1 Mini is currently available for $529.99 from Amazon, which is definitely steep given its mid-range nature, and the fact that there are some high-end smartphones out there in the same price range, if not cheaper. If you are considering picking one up, it does offer 4G LTE support on T-Mobile and AT&T, so that is something you won’t have to compromise on, as you sometimes might with devices from other Chinese OEMs.

So there you have it – a closer look at the Oppo N1 Mini! If you loved the Oppo N1, and only wished for it to be smaller, the N1 Mini is the answer, also offering a solid build quality and the unique swivelling camera. That said, don’t be deceived by the name, there’s nothing mini about the N1 Mini, in terms of size. Specifications are lower though, and the price tag is difficult to justify, especially with high-end smartphones like the Moto X and OnePlus One (if you can get one) in the scene.

All what you wanted to know about Archos 40 Cesium

Posted by wicked September - 27 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Running Windows Phone 8.1, the Archos 40 Cesium inaugurates the new range of Archos Windows phones. Announced just before IFA 2014, the 40 Cesium looks to be one of the most promising products from Archos with a quad-core smartphone running a smooth operating system, to go on sale for under 80€. Did Archos really do everything right this time? Let’s have a closer look.

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Inside the 40 Cesium, there is a quad-core CPU from Qualcomm, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of Flash storage(fortunately, it is expandable via microSD). The TFT screen has a relatively low resolution of just 800×480 pixels, but it is a choice we can understand with a smartphone in this price range. Through Live tiles, Windows Phone provides you a fast and fluid interface which brings personalized real-time information to your Start Screen. You are able to pin your friends, apps, favorite websites, music albums and whatever else you can’t live without.

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The 40 Cesium smartphone will fit in any pocket and match your style with 2 additional colorfull back cases included in the pack. On the back of the device, there is an 5Mpx camera with LED flash for shooting photos and videos. And the 1950 mAh battery should be enough for 2075 hours in stand-by mode or 9 hours of 2G calling, which sounds like a nice battery life. :)

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On paper, the 40 Cesium looks like a nice alternative to the affordable smartphones available now. It combines a smooth operating system with well-balanced specifications. The 40 Cesium should hit the stores next month for a price of 79-89€ and then, we will be able to find out whether the 40 Cesium is really that attractive as it sounds.

Technical specifications

Operating System Windows Phone 8.1
CPU Quad-Core Qualcomm MSM 8212 @ 1.2GHz
GPU: Adreno 302
Flash Storage Memory Capacity: 4 GB
System Memory 512 Mb
Interfaces Micro USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
Micro SD slot (up to 64GB)
Display 4.0″ TFT
800 x 480 resolution
GPS Yes
Bluetooth 3.0
Camera Back: 5.0 MPx + LED Flash
Front: 0.3 MPx
Dual-Sim Yes
Supported Networks 3G/UMTS/WCDMA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Dimensions 126 x 64 x 10.5 mm
Weight 126g
Battery 1950 mAh
Included Accessoriess Three back covers: Black, Yellow, Blue

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Archos 59 Titanium leaks out, what about a cheapass phablet?

Posted by wicked September - 27 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

The 59 Titanium was first mentioned back in May and in July we revealed the first image of the device. And now, with the release being just a few weeks away we can also reveal the specifications of the cheapest phablet from Archos yet. Inside the 59 Titanium, is a Dual-core processor from MediaTek, support for dual-SIM and an 5MPx camera. With a resolution of 854×480, the screen is clearly the thing Archos decided to cut costs on. Nevertheless, the 59 Titanium will hit the stores in October for a price of just 109€ in select European regions.

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Operating System Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
CPU Dual-Core MediaTek MT8312 @ 1.3GHz
Flash Storage Memory Capacity: 4 GB
System Memory 512 Mb
Interfaces Micro USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
Micro SD slot
Display 5.9″ Wanna-be IPS (probably TFT with reasonable viewing angles)
854 x 480 resolution
GPS Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Camera Back: 5.0 MPx + LED Flash
Front: 0.3 MPx
Dual-Sim Yes
Dimensions 166 x 85 x 10 mm
Weight 240g
Battery 2600 mAh

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Recently we put together an infographic based on information we had collected from previous AA polls. The theme was whether or not the “spec war” was still as important as it once was. The vast majority said no, which falls in line with Motorola’s Rick Osterloh’s prediction that high-end, high-priced smartphones could eventually go the way of the dinosaur.

So if raw specs aren’t as important, what would we like to see improve instead? In our poll-based infographic an overwhelming 58% said battery life. We’ve also seen this sentiment expressed in various comment threads on our site, in our forums and across the web. In fact, whenever we report on a new handset attempting to claim the “thinnest ever” title, we usually see a number of comments saying that being thin isn’t as important as a good battery.

Of course, not everyone feels this way. Some folks are in their cars or homes a lot were they can constantly charge, others simply are willing to sacrifice battery life for thinness and perceived greater beauty. So how can OEMs appeal to both sides? The answer seems simple enough: create at least two different models for each major phone release, one that focuses on design and being thin, with another focusing on battery life even at the cost of a thicker body.

Honestly, this isn’t a novel concept, as we’ve seen Motorola offer up a “Maxx” version of its Droid family more than once, offering the same specs but with a much beefier battery. So what’s the downside here, and why aren’t more OEMs doing this? Other than potential added development and marketing costs (though probably minor), we can’t see too many downsides, though we admit we aren’t handset manufacturers so perhaps there is a bigger factor that we just don’t realize.

What do you think, would you like to see OEMs offer up a “Maxx” (or Plus, or BFB or whatever they want to call it…) variant for all major flagships, and even on some of their mid-rangers as well? How much of a premium would you be willing to pay over the standard ‘skinner’ model, if any?

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Motorola ends sales of the original Moto X, suggests the new Moto X instead

Posted by wicked September - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Motorola Moto X 1st Gen is Done

If you have been counting the days, the new Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen.) has been up for pre-order for just eight days now, but has not yet shipped to customers. With new Moto X shipments expected as early as tomorrow, Motorola has decided to no longer directly sell the original Moto X through their website.

Instead of ordering that old and antiquated 1st Gen. Moto X, Motorola would like you to take a look at their new Moto X, which was announced at the beginning of the month and is chalking up to be a great device. The button to order the original Moto X has been removed from the site, and it appears that Moto Maker is no longer putting the phone together either.

Do not fret if you still want to get your hands on the original Moto X, with it’s 4.7-inch 720p display, Snapdragon S4, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal storage and 10MP camera, Motorola may no longer sell it to you, but there is still ample stock at your local retailer, for now.

What about that new Moto X, should you go for it?

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Well, far be it for me to tell you what phone you should get, but I have to say, with a 1st Gen. Moto X in the house, I am very eager to see how all of the improvements and increased size feels in hand. The new Moto X (2nd Gen.) packs a monster 5.2-inch display bumped up to full 1080p HD, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 with 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal storage and a larger 13MP camera sensor.

It will be great to see a thorough battery life test between the original Moto X and the monstrously updated new Moto X (2nd Gen.) With all of the other updates to the new offering, it has but a 100mAh increase in battery size, from 2200mAh to 2300mAh, over the Moto X (1st Gen.) Perhaps Motorola took a page out of Sony’s Battery Life playbook.

With that, I hope the Moto X team over at Motorola is celebrating tonight, marking an end to the great success that is the original Moto X. You, on the other hand, do not have time to celebrate if you still want to purchase the original Moto X, head to the store now before they are all gone.

You know what I’m about to ask, will you grab the original Moto X, or do you already have the 2nd Gen. Moto X on order?


Via: Phone Arena;
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ePad 7 Android 4.0 ICS
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