OnePlus 2 review – the new “flagship killer” smartphone of 2015

OnePlus 2 is the newest Chinese 2016 Flagship Killer, but is it really worthy of this title already? We shall see next year. For now, it seems that this device could be a 2015 flagship killer, if not for some of its own shortcomings. Its best features are the beautiful display with a solid build and its low price for the features it offers. On the other side of the barricade are its heat up issues, the lack of a microSD, fast charging and NFC.       Design and display   OnePlus 2 is a well-earned step-up from OnePlus One, replacing its plastic body with a sturdy metal frame and a grainy grey back frame made of stronger plastic. If you are not pleased with the regular back cover, you can choose a bamboo, rosewood or dark apricot wood or Kevlar one for an additional $27. The display is relatively well-sized at 5.5 inches with full HD resolution at 401 ppi. The viewing angles are pretty good,with vivid colors and crispy brightness.       The device is a bit on the thick side, at 9.9mm, and it weighs a bit too, at 175grams or 6.17oz.   An important addition to the OnePlus 2 is the fingerprint scanner below the display. This digit reader is different from the likes of iPhone and Samsung because it does not require you to swipe your print on it. All you have to do is hold your finger on the reader and it will recognize you. You can […]

Kyocera DIGNO – the first washable smartphone in the world exclusive to the Japanese market

We all enjoy a good waterproof smartphone once in a while, but what if someone came up with an awesome idea? This invention comes from the Japanese market – of course – and it promises to bring us all washable phones! Kyocera DIGNO rafre is promoted as a prototype for a smartphone you can wash with soap and hot water! This is legit the first hand-soap-washable phone, since no one else coined this term yet. It is water resistant for water warmed up to 43 degrees C or 103 F. The phone is also said to be temperature resistant, vibration resistant and it should heal its back when it is scratched. Of course, all these features will only be available in some – very special – conditions. Even if you can wash the phone with hot water and soap, it was not tested with ALL soap brands and it is not recommended to submerge it in water. The Kyocera smartphone will be available in multiple color options: Coral Pink, Marine Navy and Cashmere White and it does not have an official price yet. What’s sad is that it may never expand from the Japanese market. Official Kyocera washable phone specs: Colors Coral Pink, Cashmere White, Marine Navy Size (W×H×D) / Weight Approx. 71×141×10.1mm / Approx. 155g Battery 3,000mAh Charging Time Approx. 160 minutes when using the common AC adapter 05(sold separately) Continuous Call Time / Continuous Standby Time Approx. 1,300 minutes (VoLTE) / Approx. 790 hours (4G LTE/ WiMAX2+) Operating System Android™ 5.1 Memory […]

Oppo R7S first impression – premium-looking smartphone at a special price!

Oppo R7S is the most recent smartphone to grace the R7 line and it is – at least on paper – one of the best smartphones you can get since it balances specs with price very well. It is priced at around £259 (around $400 for some markets, including the US), which makes it a mid-range smartphone, but when you look at it you will definitely think it looks much more expensive than it actually is.       Main specs for Oppo R7S:   5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display octa-core Snapdragon 615 CPU (quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) 4GB of RAM 32GB of internal storage plus microSD card slot 3070mAh Battery with Flash Charger for 50-minute 90% charges 13MP rear camera 8MP front camera Android 5.1 Lollipop with Color OS.   For a mid-range phone, Oppo R7S is built pretty well and it comes with all the accessories you would want from flagship phones (but we never get a full box of things from them, do we?). The box gets you the smartphone plus a set of earbuds and a clear TPU case and a VOOC fast charge power brick. The charge power brick is a hit and miss though, because it has a European charger for some people, which means you would have to get another adapter that fits your electric plug.       Even if it is not one of the smaller smartphones around, Oppo R7S feels like a very light device at 155grams. It is also pretty slim, […]

Samsung A series gets 3 new mid-range models: A3, A5 and A7

Samsung made some updates to its mid-range Galaxy A series and the devices are going live in China later this month. Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 will come to China first, but they will go live globally next year. They are cheaper alternatives to the flagship Galaxy S series, but they do pack a mighty punch on their own.         The cheapest of the bunch is Galaxy A3. It has the smallest screen of the bunch at 4.7 inches and 720p and it only packs 1.5GB of RAM. It does not have a fingerprint reader or MST tech, features that the other two devices have. Below you can see the full spec list:   Display: 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED AP: 1.5 GHz Quad Core OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop) Camera: 13MP (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9) Additional features: Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC) Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall Memory: 1.5GB RAM + 16GB Storage, Micro SD slot (up to 128GB) Dimension: 134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3mm, 132g Battery: 2,300mAh Network: LTE cat 4         Samsung Galaxy A5 is the mid-ranged of the mid-range devices with a slightly bigger screen at full HD res and a fingerprint scanner plus MST. It gets 2 GB of RAM. Below you can check the full spec list:   Display :5.2-inch FHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED AP: 1.6GHz Octa Core OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop) Camera: 13MP OIS (rear), 5MP (front) Additional […]

Fairphone 2 – the first ethical modular phone to launch ahead of Google’s Ara

Modular phones are a thing for the future, and since Google showed their first attempt at a modular phone, everyone has been hyped for an Ara. But what if you could have one of these futuristic gadgets sooner than Google had in mind? Fairphone 2 could be a great alternative as the device is already very close to being complete, especially since it does not use any “conflict” minerals that could make the building process longer and more complicated.       Fairphone was the idea of some thoughtful devs who considered that the world could embrace a greener more ethical tech product. They crowd-funded the phone that sold more than 60,000 units, which was more than enough to put in motion a second iteration of the device. Fairphone 2 is even more greener and more environmentally friendly than its predecessor. It is modular, but not as modular as Project Ara wants to be. The smartphone is built much like a regular phone, but its parts are easily replaceable. This way, you can prolong your device’s life without having to spend lots of monies on more and more devices every few months (unless you really like those mainstream smartphones).     Fairphone 2 has easily replaceable or repairable parts and the manufacturers promise to help their customers at every step if need be. If you need a better camera, a faster processor, more RAM or better GPU, all you have to do is contact Fairphone and you will get them (at a […]

Sony Xperia Z5 review – the world’s best smartphone camera to date?

Sony Xperia Z5 is one of the newer devices on the market and it is trying to re-put Sony on the smartphone market charts after an executive decision of cutting off lots of employees earlier this year. The move did not cut Sony’s daily expenses too much as money is still being siphoned out through the mobile division, but any device being launched could be better than no device at all, right?       It appears that Sony is working on keeping itself relevant on the mobile market to no avail, hoping that the future will need its mobile expertise soon. How does Sony Xperia Z5 fare this year? For one, it is considered the smartphone with the best camera around! The device is basically the dream of every mobile photographer or vlogger out there because not only does it take great photos, but it offers a beautiful display to check them on. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows because one of the biggest problems of the device is the battery. But more on that later on.   Specs and hardware   Xperia Z5 is the latest phone of the line and it does retain the design choices that made Xperia phones must-haves in the past. The Omnibalance design – as branded by Sony – accentuates inoffensiveness and symmetry, but manages to keep the spirit of Sony Xperia alive with every iteration. A few physical differences include a wider and flatter power button that acts as a fingerprint sensor as well, a detail that […]