As Samsung’s recent second-quarter earnings pre-announcement made clear, the company’s smartphone business is facing some trouble right now. At the low end, Samsung is getting squeezed by several aggressive budget vendors selling dirt cheap phones in emerging markets. At the top, Samsung is still facing intense competition from Apple and its insanely popular iPhone lineup. In fact, demand for Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s is still so huge that sales of Samsung’s latest hero phone, the Galaxy S5, couldn’t even top iPhone 5s sales in the Galaxy phone’s first full month on store shelves. More →
If one were to wager on which new smartphone will be the most popular model of 2014, the smart money would likely be on Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 6. With pent-up demand for an iPhone with a larger display dating back several years now, Apple will almost certainly sell as many new iPhones as its partners can manage to churn out of their factories when the iPhone 6 finally launches later this year.
Just how much bigger will the iPhone 6 be? We’ve seen plenty of comparisons between previous-generation iPhones and fake iPhone 6 mockups, but now we have another basis for comparison that uses seemingly authentic iPhone 6 front panels to measure the size of Apple’s upcoming new iPhone model against current phones. More →
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy an unlocked iPhone 5, here’s your chance. AppleInsider discovered the iPhone-centric Factory Outlet eBay Store over the weekend, a hidden subsection of the popular bidding site dedicated to refurbished certified iPhone 5 models, complete with a 1-year warranty from Apple, burn-in testing, a new package with manual and charger and a quality inspection from Apple. More →
Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone phablet are expected to be significantly larger than the company’s current smartphones. Millions of customers will be delighted by the fact that they can now purchase an iPhone with a bigger display, but millions more don’t want a larger smartphone. For them, now may be the perfect time to upgrade their old iPhone 5 handsets — but trading in your iPhone 5 at the Apple Store for credit toward your new iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s is no longer a good idea. More →
The Android vs. iOS debate will rage on until one or both of these mobile platforms are no longer market leaders. In the meantime, each operating system offers dozens of important pros and cons when compared to its rival. Android’s open nature allows for a much wider range of functionality in third-party apps, for instance, and you can see numerous examples of this in our series on great Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t. On the other side of the fense, iOS offers a much smoother and more refined user experience with an app ecosystem that is second to none.
So, what is it like for a “fanboy” to make the jump from one platform to the other? More →
Apple’s advertising agencies have always been great at finding ways to show off a device’s key features while still managing to tell an important and entertaining story. This two-punch combo is one that rivals haven’t quite yet mastered, and Apple again showed us how good it is in its latest TV ad for the iPhone 5s. More →
Apple may be getting ready to launch the new iPhone 6 next quarter, but that doesn’t mean the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c aren’t hot propositions anymore, especially since retailers are apparently now ready to sell at deep discounts. Starting Friday, Walmart will permanently discount both 2013 Apple iPhones, as long as they’re purchased with a new two-year agreement. More →
We have seen several videos of mockups said to accurately represent Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model, but we’ve never seen one quite like this. A number of reports from top news agencies state that Apple is working on not one but two new iPhone models that will debut in 2014. The flagship iPhone 6 is believed to feature a brand new design and a 4.7-inch display, and then an even bigger iPhone phablet is expected to debut with a similar design and a 5.5-inch screen.
Now, a model believed to be a close replica of the larger 5.5-inch iPhone phablet has been compared to the iPhone 5s along with several Android phablets in a new ultra high-definition video. More →
T-Mobile is now ready to offer potential customers one more reason to change mobile operators, as the carrier on Wednesday announced a new element of its Uncarrier operation. Starting on Monday, June 23, T-Mobile will let customers sign up for T-Mobile Test Drive on the company’s website in order to try out T-Mobile’s “data-strong network” for seven days free of charge on an iPhone 5s that’s also provided by the carrier. More →
The true desktop-grade power of the 64-bit A7 chip that’s currently found in several 2013 Apple devices including the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and Retina iPad mini will actually be unleashed once iOS 8 rolls out and developers start making use of the new Metal API for iOS in brand new, console-grade games, according to AppleInsider. More →
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a Samsung smartphone? A giant phablet? A gorgeous screen? A plasticky look and feel? Whatever your answer might be, the camera on Samsung’s handsets likely isn’t near the top of the list for most people. With the Galaxy S5, however, that may change — according to a recent review from the photography experts at DxOMark, Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone is equipped with the best camera in the business. More →