Top-5 Worst Smartphones

Whatever you do, don’t buy these 5 smartphones

By on January 27, 2015 at 11:21 AM.

Whatever you do, don’t buy these 5 smartphones

Here at BGR, we spend a huge amount of time telling you which smartphones you should consider as you work your way to your next major handset purchase. We take great care while testing devices, and we try to cover all of the major ins and outs for each phone we review. Important areas that we dig into include aesthetics and design, build quality, performance and software, all of which weigh heavily for consumers seeking out new handsets.

What we don’t often do, however, is spend time focusing on which smartphones you should avoid at all costs. More →

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Best Smartphone Battery Life

7 smartphones with monster batteries so big, you won’t believe it

By on January 19, 2015 at 12:23 PM.

7 smartphones with monster batteries so big, you won’t believe it

Every single high-profile study in recent years that asks consumers what they want to see improved most in future smartphones is topped by the same thing: battery life. It’s no mystery that the batteries in most modern smartphones simply can’t keep up with all of the technology companies are stuffing into these handsets. Quad- and octa-core processors, ridiculously bright 2K displays and all of the other components in newer phones are huge battery hogs, but battery technology simply can’t move quickly enough to compensate for all of these thin new high-end phones.

If you want decent battery life on a smartphone from your carrier, you only have a handful of choices including the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. If you want real battery performance though, you’ll need to look elsewhere. More →

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Best Smartphone Camera Huawei Honor 6 Plus

The smartphone world may have a new camera king… and it’s not from Apple or Samsung

By on December 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

The smartphone world may have a new camera king… and it’s not from Apple or Samsung

Although smartphone cameras in general have shown improvement by leaps and bounds over the past year, the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4 in particular were singled out by reviewers as setting new standards for smartphone picture quality in 2014. However, PhoneArena points out that a new phone from Huawei is angling to beat them both in 2015 and it’s posted some comparative pictures taken with the device to make its case. More →

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Huawei Windows Phone Cancelled

One of Microsoft’s only mobile partners gives up, says nobody can make money with Windows Phone

By on December 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

One of Microsoft’s only mobile partners gives up, says nobody can make money with Windows Phone

Following the launch of the original iPhone in 2007 and Android in 2008, Microsoft found itself painfully behind the times with its mobile operating system, then called Windows Mobile. So the company went back to the drawing board and built a brand new platform from scratch, ditching its boring old interface in favor of a beautiful modern user interface that focused on zero-touch, real-time information courtesy of live tiles.

Windows Phone was and is beautiful, unique and as smooth as a mobile operating system can be. And with each passing day, it looks more like a failure. More →

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Huawei Ascend P8 Specs

Huge leak reveals what may be some of 2015’s hottest Android phones

By on November 18, 2014 at 4:05 PM.

Huge leak reveals what may be some of 2015’s hottest Android phones

You’re probably not aware of it if you live in the United States, but Huawei has been pushing out some of the sleekest and most intriguing smartphones in the world over the past year. We reviewed the Huawei Ascend P7 earlier this year and it was quite impressive, and the company’s flagship phablet for 2014 — the Ascend Mate 7 — was also a stunning device.

Now, a new leak may shed some early light on Huawei’s upcoming new smartphones, and they might be some of the hottest handsets of 2015. More →

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Android Vs. Windows Phone

Huawei says it has ‘no choice’ but Android because consumers don’t want Windows Phone

By on August 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Huawei says it has ‘no choice’ but Android because consumers don’t want Windows Phone

Windows Phone has been going nowhere fast over the last year, although Microsoft is hopeful that things will finally pick up now that it’s made the platform free for OEMs to use and it’s signed up a lot more manufacturing partners. Nonetheless, the company still has to overcome some major hurdles to convine some big-name manufacturers to spend their resources on Windows Phone handsets even if they might want an alternative to Android to hedge their bets. More →

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Review
Huawei Ascend P7 Review

Huawei Ascend P7 review: The closest Android will ever get to having an iPhone

By on May 7, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Huawei Ascend P7 review: The closest Android will ever get to having an iPhone

Love it or hate it, there’s no question that Apple’s iPhone lineup brings some things to the table that rival devices do not. Specifically, Apple’s designs and its attention to detail are completely unmatched. There are some Android phones with gorgeous designs and there are some with sleek software enhancements, but none offer the total package that Apple’s iPhone affords.

It stands to reason, then, that rival companies would copy the iPhone in some ways. There is nothing wrong with that of course, and Apple has copied various things from other companies as well. The iOS Notification Center was inspired by Android, Apple’s new app switcher interface in iOS 7 is a blatant webOS ripoff, and the company’s iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5s all bear a striking resemblance to an LG smartphone that debuted in 2006.

It’s the nature of the beast.

Of course, many Android phone makers take inspiration from different aspects of Apple’s iPhone — not just Samsung. Try as they might, however, no other company has been able to offer an end-to-end user experience that even approaches the iPhone.

Until now, perhaps. More →

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Huawei Ascend P7 Photos Leak

Pics of Huawei’s flagship Ascend P7 leak, and they have a very familiar look

By on April 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Pics of Huawei’s flagship Ascend P7 leak, and they have a very familiar look

Huawei’s big claim to smartphone fame is that its devices are huge in China, where it’s been challenging Samsung as a major player in the Android smartphone market. The company’s newest flagship smartphone, called the Ascend P7, is set to release soon and Nowhereelse.fr has posted some new leaked pictures of the device that show it has a very familiar look to it. More →

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Huawei Ascend P7 Photos Leak

What might be 2014’s best Android phone has leaked in new photos

By on April 4, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

What might be 2014’s best Android phone has leaked in new photos

Huawei isn’t a household name in the United States but in China it’s one of the most popular smartphone vendors and it’s been making a name for itself in recent years for producing phablets so giant-sized that they might even make Samsung blush. Nowhereelse.fr has snagged some leaked pictures that purportedly give us a fresh look at Huawei’s soon-to-be-announced Ascend P7 flagship phone. More →

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Huawei Ascend P7 Photos

The most stunning and powerful Android phone of 2014 may come from an unlikely source

By on April 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM.

The most stunning and powerful Android phone of 2014 may come from an unlikely source

Watch out, HTC — the honor of having launched the best Android smartphone in the world might not be yours for very long. The new HTC One (M8) completely blew us away when it debuted last week with its gorgeous metal design and its powerful specs. As it turns out, however, another Asian phone maker is rumored to be prepping a beastly Android device that may completely blow the One out of the water. More →

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Huawei TalkBand B1 Specs, Release Date

Huawei hides a Bluetooth headset in its first wearable device

By on February 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Huawei hides a Bluetooth headset in its first wearable device

In addition to new smartphones (including a phablet model) and a new tablet, Huawei on Sunday also announced its first ever wearable device, a smart band that will offer various fitness-related features and connect to both Android and iOS devices. However, the TalkBand B1 will also pack wireless calling support – as its name suggests – as the display area of the band can actually be removed and utilized as a Bluetooth earpiece. More →

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Huawei Ascend G6 Specs, Release Date

Huawei improves selfies with new mid-ranged 4G LTE smartphone

By on February 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Huawei improves selfies with new mid-ranged 4G LTE smartphone

Huawei on Sunday unveiled a new mid-range smartphone at MWC 2014, the Ascend G6, which will also be available in a 4G LTE version. The Ascend G6 4G will feature a 4.5-inch qHD display – 960 x 540 resolution and 245 pixel per inch (ppi) density – 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 2000mAh battery and Android with Emotion UI 2.0 on top. More →

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World's Ugliest Smartwatch Huawei

Huawei has created the world’s ugliest smartwatch

By on February 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM.

Huawei has created the world’s ugliest smartwatch

We see a lot of gadgets here at BGR. Some of them look very nice and some of them don’t. But it’s been a while since we’ve seen a cut-off-its-head-with-a-silver-blade-and-stuff-its-mouth-with-garlic level of ugly on par with the smartwatch the Huawei has designed. More →

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