Apple has released a new iPhone 5s TV ad that it shows the various things the iPhone can help with during the day. It also pitches the device as a tool ready to help out with content creation of any sort. During the short 90-second commercial, Apple shows off various apps on the iPhone 5s, including one that can help users measure their heart rates by using the main camera. Without actually taking any hits at Samsung, which just launched the Galaxy S5 with a dedicated heart rate sensor on the back, Apple is subtly suggesting that its latest iPhone model doesn’t need an extra piece of hardware to do what the brand new Galaxy S5 can do. More →
Last week, we took an in-depth look at Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone to see how it compared with the HTC One (M8). While the competition was certainly intense, in the end we called HTC’s new flagship phone the best Android smartphone in the world. In terms of sales, however, the M8 will never compete with the Galaxy S5. Even HTC knows that. Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s is the only smartphone that sits at the top of the food chain alongside the Galaxy S5 when it comes to sales, and The New York Times recently pitted these two leading smartphones against each other to see which one should be called the best smartphone in the world.
Interestingly, the newspaper found that the competition wasn’t even close. More →
Apple is expected to unveil iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 in early June, but meanwhile plenty of reports have detailed some of the features it will have to offer, with various alleged image leaks showing what the new operating system would look like on a bigger iPhone 6 display. But iOS 8 will be compatible with older devices as well, and PhoneArena has obtained an image that shows iOS 8 running on an iPhone 5s. More →
The launch of the iPhone 6 is still months away but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some incredible deals on the iPhone 5s. Case in point: MacRumors points out that RadioShack is now selling the iPhone 5s for just $99 with a two-year contract from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint, which happens to be one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen for Apple’s latest flagship phone. The new price for the 5s at RadioShack is the same on-contract price that Apple originally charged for the iPhone 5c, so now it looks like interested buyers now have even less reason to pick up a 5c than they did before. What makes this deal even better is that MacRumors says that you can get $100 off the iPhone 5s at RadioShack if you trade in your iPhone 4s, which means that you can basically get the device for free as long as you’re willing to swallow a two-year service agreement.
The Galaxy S5 can do plenty of things that the iPhone can’t, but even with IP67 certification, Samsung still hasn’t built a more durable phone than the iPhone 5s. The Associated Press shares the latest results from SquareTrade’s durability tests, which put the iPhone 5s just half a point ahead of the brand new Galaxy S5. According to SquareTrade, the relative small size of the iPhone 5s gives it an edge over the 5-inch Android phones which have begun flooding the market. An iPhone owner is simply less likely to drop his or her phone. More →
Apple cannot be happy with the multitude of iPhone 6 leaks we’ve seen over just the past week. Via 9to5Mac, Czech website LetemSvetemApplem.eu has snagged a new picture from Chinese social networking site Weibo that purportedly shows the front panel of the iPhone 6 side-by-side with the iPhone 5. Interestingly, the display portion of the iPhone 6 front panel is only a little bit smaller than the entire iPhone 5, which suggests that we’re looking at the 4.7-inch version of the yet-to-be-released device. More →
In the past, Samsung has had problems with what we here at BGR often refer to as “feature spam.” As was most painfully apparent in last year’s Galaxy S4, the company developed the habit of stuffing as many gimmicky new features as possible into its phones, thinking that all this clutter might appeal to a wider range of users. Samsung clearly recognized the problem beginning with last year’s Galaxy Note 3, however, and it has since shifted its focus to refinement and the addition of a few new features to each device that are actually useful.
With the Galaxy S5, Samsung continues that trend. In fact, many of the features the company added to the Galaxy S5 aren’t just useful, they’re awesome. Many are also unique, and what better way to illustrate that than by comparing the S5 to the most popular smartphone on the planet, Apple’s iPhone 5s. More →
Raw power doesn’t necessarily translate into the best user experience and for Samsung, that’s a good thing. According to a thorough technical review of Samsung’s brand new flagship Galaxy S5, the soon-to-be-released handset doesn’t measure up to HTC’s new One (M8) or even the six-month-old iPhone 5s in terms of performance. More →
Alleged iPhone 6 design drawings that were leaked back in March have already inspired one designer to come up with a set of iPhone 6 renders that imagine what the new smartphone might look like. However, MacRumors has come up with its own set of renders based on the drawings, commissioning designer Ferry Passchier to render the 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6 models based on those design sketches and to compare them with current devices. More →
There is a key aspect of the smartphone experience that is often overlooked by users despite the fact that it has a huge impact on the user experience. While there are dozens of factors that affect the perceived responsiveness of a smartphone, a device’s touch response is an area that is key. Apple’s iPhone line has historically had a big advantage over most Android phones in this area, and it’s one of several main reasons iPhones often feel more responsive and fluid than many Android devices. There has recently been a changing of the guard when it comes to touch response, however, and now there’s a new sheriff in town. More →
The soon-to-be-available Galaxy S5 comes with fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, which will help users unlock the device but also perform other actions including securing PayPal transactions. Of course, the phone’s new feature will be extensively compared to its arch nemesis’ Touch ID functionality soon. But a first video that highlights Samsung’s and Apple’s way of implementing fingerprint-based security features for the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s, respectively, is already available on YouTube. More →
HTC’s new all-metal flagship HTC One (M8) Android phone looks and feels amazing, but does all that sturdy aluminum really stand up to a beating any better than plastic? Keaton Keller of TechSmartt took to the pavement this past week to find out. Armed with an HTC One (M8), an iPhone 5s and an unreleased Samsung Galaxy S5, Keller conducted a series of drop tests in an effort to determine which flagship smartphone is the sturdiest. More →
The brand new HTC One (M8) is without question the best Android phone on the planet right now. I’m not sure there’s even a close second. I explained why in my HTC One (M8) review last week, but it boils down to the combination of HTC’s fantastic design, premium materials, remarkable attention to detail, powerful components and great new Sense 6 software. Nothing is perfect, however, and I found that the quality of photos captured by the new Duo Camera on the M8 is the worst thing about the new M8. Is the new One’s camera really as bad as I said it is, though? More →