If you’re in the market to buy a new smartphone, this is arguably the best time for you. Tonnes of new phones are getting launched left right and centre. As a reviewer, I have a fair idea of what to expect from most of these devices, solely on the basis of history and also a general idea of how the smartphone market works. So here are my top picks for phones that are worth the wait:
1. The LG G5 is perhaps the biggest smartphone launch in India this summer. While Samsung’s Galaxy S7 has hogged all the glory in the first half of the year, the G5 has been proclaimed to be a game changer, as it will be for all intents the first modular smartphone in the world.
It also has sharp looks thanks to its metal body (a first for LG’s G line of devices) and has the same innards as the Galaxy S7 (US version). LG does a lot of things well. It always has good cameras and the G5 comes with a unique blend of a wide angle and standard sensor on the back.
This can be handy in multiple scenarios, its modules can supposedly further augment its functionality and it also has a removable battery, which is something of a rarity these days. It will be launched on June 1 for around Rs 52,000 and will be a phone to watch out for.
2. If Samsung’s Galaxy is passe and LG is too unreliable, then HTC for sure has an ace up its sleeve that could please many a smartphone enthusiast. The HTC 10 which was unveiled in India on Thursday (May 26) is HTC’s attempt to regain lost glory in the high-end smartphone market.
It rages back with the HTC 10 which is a dapper smartphone built almost fully out of a sturdy metal alloy lined with ginormous chamfers on the sides. It also has a 12-megapixel UltraPixel camera with optical image stablisation, which is said to be a champ when it comes down to photography.
I am a believer in the hype because camera benchmark site DxOMark has given it the highest rating ever seen on a smartphone camera and it also is the right implementation of HTC’s UltraPixel technology. Let me explain this more clearly. Back in 2013, HTC debuted a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera and we felt at that time the megapixel count should have been higher, and now finally after three years HTC has tripled it, which should work.
Even audio junkies will like this phone because it packs some serious speaker technology, digital-to-analogue converter of the highest quality and support for Apple’s AirPlay wireless protocol. Besides this, it comes with similar hardware features like the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. It also has one of cleanest implementations of Android Marshmallow.
3. If you like a big smartphone, then I’ll not look beyond the Mi Max which was unveiled earlier this month by Chinese start-up Xiaomi. It is big, bold and beautiful and it packs the same ultra fast processor as the superlative Mi Redmi Note 3. What’s the cherry on the top? Well, it looks nicer and packs one of the biggest batteries ever seen on a phone. This one will be for people who are roadrunners. Just like me!
4. If you just care about brawn, then LeEco’s Le Max 2 should do the trick. The Chinese company recently unveiled the phone at an event in China and it is expected to be launched in India in June. This one is all about the spectacle. The best Qualcomm processor, a massive 5.7-inch screen and huge 6GB RAM.
It also comes with oodles of memory and is clubbed together with a 21-megapixel camera on the back and a 8-megapixel camera on the front. The funny thing about this beast is that it has an all-metal body which looks extremely good and it will likely be much cheaper than phones from the likes of Samsung, Apple, LG or HTC. Much value for money!
5. Last but not the least is the OnePlus 3. After a year of tremendous success, OnePlus is expected to come up with a successor. You can expect hardware similar to those of the LG G5 and HTC 10, but in typical OnePlus style, the phone could be significantly cheaper. The only issue could be that the phone may again be launched through the irritating invite system which I really hope is ended.
Other than this, there is buzz that the Lenovo-owned Motorola is bringing back the Razr in a modern avatar. The buzz spawns from an advertisement that Motorola has published on the web which features the Razr, but I feel it has more to do with nostalgia than being a real product. I could be wrong of course.
What Does ‘I’ in iPhone Means?,Did You Ever Think..?
There is no wonder that iPhone is one of the most attracted and most wanted smartphones by almost every tech freak in the world. There was never been a flop show from any iPhone till now. This has continued right from the first iPhone which was launched in 2006 by Steve Jobs. But one thing you have to know is that – iPhone is not the first Apple product which name starts with ‘i’, there are several products like iMac, iPod, iPad etc. So did you figure out the common thing in all of these? Yes, what does the ‘i’ at the front of each one of them mean?
The naming pattern began in 1998, when Steve Jobs first released the iMac. Since then, nearly all new Apple products — up until the launch of the Apple TV and the Apple Watch — have been preceded by the lowercase letter.
When Jobs first introduced the iMac, he explained the meaning behind the “i” at the computer’s launch event . In the beginning, it stood for internet. But it was so, so much more. The prefix also stood for individual, instruct, inform, and inspire. So much meaning in a single letter!
“An iMac comes from a marriage of the excitement of the internet with the simplicity of Macintosh,” he said in the announcement. we can’t even imagine a computer that does not have the capability of connecting to the internet. But, when this one first launched, there were few that did.
Since then, the “i” has moved beyond its Internet-centric meaning; Apple probably didn’t have the Internet in mind when naming the original iPod.
When the iPhone was announced in 2007, one of its three key ingredients was Internet communication, bringing the “i” back to its original intended meaning of Internet.
Almost everything Apple makes can connect to the internet now, so the consumer doesn’t actually need a reminder, but it’s still a major part of the brand. For example, when texting from iPhone to iPhone, you are iMessaging, and when you back things up remotely, you’re saving your photos and data to the iCloud
But as Apple continues to grow into other markets, including smartwatches and TV boxes, its famous prefix seems to be falling to the wayside. Instead of iWatch and iTV, we have Apple Watch and Apple TV. Perhaps this is because we no longer need to know our devices connect to the Internet — it’s something we’ve come to expect.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus Retro Edition With Dark Beige Stripes.
No strangers to creative, incredible cool things, ColorWare is back today with a look at their latest creation. Today we get a look at ColorWare’s Retro Apple Mac Paint Job On The iPhone 7. This unique design comes rocking an old school appeal and modern design, rocking all of the power and tech you are used today.
It is like any other 256GB iPhone 7 Plus out there, except for that sweet old school computer beige, rainbow-coloured Apple logo, and the lines that mimic those of the vents on the original Macintosh. As the 20th Anniversary Sony PlayStation 4 shows, there’s nothing better than OG colourways.The Retro iPhone 7 Plus is basically a regular unlocked 256GB black iPhone 7 Plus, which costs $969. ColorWare, the company that specialises in creating custom skins and designs, has added its ‘Retro’ paint job on top for an additional $930 for a total of $1,899.
The iPhone 7 Plus, with the multicoloured Apple rainbow logo at the back and the dark beige edge stripes, look gorgeous.
Apple launches limited edition 7 and 7 Plus model in new red colour..
Apple announced on Tuesday that it will begin selling an all-red special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on March 24. The handset comes with the same features and design as the original iPhone 7 models—very much still available to purchase—and starts at $749.The tech giant on Tuesday unveiled red iPhone7 and iPhone7 Plus along with new variants of iPhone SE.
The limited edition red iPhone would contribute to fund the global fight against AIDS, the Cupertino-based firm said.
“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” CEO Tim Cook said.
The new colour was brought to life in partnership with RED, he said.
“Apple is the world’s largest corporate donor to the Global Fund, contributing more than $130 million as part of its partnership with (RED),” said Deborah Dugan, (RED)’s CEO.
Product (RED) is a charity that has partnered with a number of major corporations to donate a part of their proceeds to AIDS research.
The red iPhones will come in 128GB and 256GB versions, available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning March 24 at a starting price of $749 (around Rs 49,000).
The phones will be available in India on the same day.
The new storage variants of the iPhone SE — 32GB and 128GB – replace the 16GB and 64GB models but prices remain unchanged. These, too, would be available from March 24, with a starting price of $399 (around Rs 26,000).
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