The well known Consumer Reports reviewed the brand new iPhone 5s and 5c models think while it holds the improved processor, better camera, and new fingerprint sensor in high regard, CR states that Apple can't compare to Android devices that offer larger, sharper displays and higher-capacity batteries.
According to Consumer Reports:
"...battery life was still notably shorter than you are on other phones within our tests, including three from the latest Droids from Motorola, which ran for as long as 24 hours. Also, their small screens, while sharp and bright, can't beat the bigger, sharper displays that adorn flagship models from Samsung, LG, and HTC."
Looks like Apple will have to take another page from Android's book and abandon its fixation with more compact displays whether it hopes to stay competitive. While hauling out phablets without notice to make a phone call isn't everyone's cup of tea, the numbers don't lie. Bigger might not always be better, but Samsung has been selling more of these devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is slated to be released in India on the first week of May following a week-ahead release in the UK. Other markets will also get the Galaxy S 4 around the time that India will. Furthermore, it will get the Exynos 5 Octa version, which will only have 3G connectivity on its first release on May and the LTE-enable version will said to be available in the country on the second half of the year.
There is no information about the exact date of release but information about the pricing showed that the S 4 is said to cost around Rs. 40-45k and could be even more affordable when purchased with a plan or a contract. Two of the carriers who will surely sell the new handset are Vodafone and Airtel. Keep checking these carriers' websites for details about pre-order and pre-registration.
In a move which should surprise nobody, AT&T announced this morning that it will are the exclusive U.S. carrier for Nokia's flagship Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset, continuing its lock-down from the high-end Lumia line. The Lumia 900 Windows Phone 7 handset has also been AT&T-only.
The company additionally announced promises to carry the more mainstream Lumia 820. Both phones will show up on store shelves by using an unspecified November day, though earlier reports pegged the launch for November 2nd.
We were impressed by the Lumia 920's colorful exterior, crisp PureView-powered pictures and its sharp, bright display whenever we saw the product firsthand at Nokia's launch event. The phone packs several particularly nifty features, including wireless charging as well as the augmented reality City Lens app. The Lumia 820, meanwhile, sports an exhibition of slightly lower - however HD - resolution compared to Lumia 920 and interchangeable shells rather than wireless charging. With all these great features, we are wondering, will you buy one?
A new Huawei flagship smartphone will be introduced in April if all things go well for the company. This device will allegedly compete with Samsung's Galaxy S 4. It is said to feature a quad-core processor that is based on ARM Cortex A15 and will clock in at 1.8 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Mali GPU, 1080p display at 4.9 inches, and a 13 MP camera.
An April announcement might also be imminent despite that Ascend D2, Huawei's current flagship smartphone, is just 3 months old as of time of writing. Some think that this is an absurd move by Huawei to launch a new device that could potentially poach customers from the other, but the company's confidence on its new device could also mean something.
With specifications such as these and performance similar to the Galaxy S 4, this will be an affordable alternative to those who are looking for a feature-packed device at a more affordable price.