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 […]

HTC HD2 – a 6-year old device – gets Marshmallow update!

When you find that perfect smartphone you never want to let go of, even when other newer and shinier flagships come along, you just want it to last you forever and maybe support updates for the next 10 years. HTC HD2 is one of those devices, at least for folks at XDA Devs, because the device just got support for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This is not an official update, but it is a stable version nonetheless. A stable version of the most recent Google software that you can install on your six-year old device!       HTC HD2 is a modestly packed device, at least to our current standards. It packs a single-core 1GHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM, a 4.3-inch screen running at 480×800 pixel resolution and Windows Mobile 6.5. It is definitely nothing like a Samsung Galaxy S6 or a Nexus 6P but, for its time, it worked very well.   The update is not an official one, but a manually installed one from XDA Developers. If you still have one of these bad boys and you want to try the Marshmallow experience on it, go ahead and visit the source link below.   Source: XDA Developers  

HTC One A9 review: preview for an intriguing flagship

HTC One A9 was announced and officially showed up today and it may very well just be the company’s last attempt at salvation. We all know HTC is not doing so well financially speaking lately, and this new flagship is aiming to change that. But, over the past few weeks, leaks after leaks kept sprouting and A9 became the mockery of the Internet because of its uncanny resemblance to an iPhone device. But is this the truth about the smartphone or is there more to it than looks?       Starting today, you can pre-order an HTC One A9 starting at $399 as the device itself launches in the first week of November. Could this two-flagships a year shtick actually save HTC’s remaining hold on the market, considering that One M9 was received with mixed credits this spring?   HTC One A9 – details, specs and marshmallows   This smartphone is branded as a flagship even though most of the specs don’t scream flagship to the market. HTC skipped the Snapdragon 800+ turmoil and instead chose a Snapdragon 617 octa-core clocked in tandem at 1.5/1.2 GHz. The processor is accompanied by 2/3GB of RAM and variable internal storage from 16 GB to 32 GB. The storage can be upgraded though, thanks to the microSD card slot on the left edge of the device. You can even format the card to act as an extension of the internal storage thanks to the Android 6.0 OS version the phone rolls out with.   HTC One A9 […]

LG V10 officially announced: creativity measured in displays and cameras

LG V10 was finally officially launched, and the device looks better than any LG smartphone could… depending on who you ask. The previous leaks were all (mostly) true and the device looks like a good contender on the flagship market. The dual front facing camera and the secondary display are all there, but what do they really mean? Let’s see!       What innovations does LG V10 bring to the table?   The key-points for this smartphone are the dual-front shooters and the secondary display, the front cameras are destined for 120-degree selfies because they can capture wide-angle photos with a minimum of distortion. They can also be used in creating a tri-view video where all three cameras can record images at the same time.   Secondary display – how does it work?   LG V10 was heavily teased in a video where a young lady has her bangs chopped off in a high-fashion manner. It appears that that is how the secondary display is attached to the primary one, right next to the dual cameras on the front. It can always be used , even when the primary screen is off, or it can be programmed to at as a dedicated launching area for some apps which works even when the main screen is on. The secondary display can also be useful inside specific apps like in the camera app, where you can get some controls on the mini-display.       LG made a point out of using the secondary screen as […]

CyanogenMod plans on producing Lollipop 5.0 builds by next month

CyanogenMod plans on bringing the Lollipop experience to all Android devices, as we find out from recent documents. It appears that nightlies could make their appearance as soon as next month. The source code first appeared on AOSP at the beginning of November, but it took a while for all the bits to show up. There is still a lot to do when it comes to CM features and the proverbial material look whereas some ROM aspects may be completely rethought. Some older smartphones and tablets will be cut off from the builds, but most will be included. The first nightlies will be buggy as expected, so don’t wait too eager for your Lollipop-based CM build as fast as possible, unless you love bugs. Source: CyanogenMod