What’s the best smartphone camera in the world? There’s no certain answer, of course, but in general the top contenders every year seem to be phones made by Apple and Samsung, with manufacturers such as LG and even Sony often in the mix. Android Authority recently conducted a blind camera shootout that asked its readers to pick the best photos that were snapped with four different phones: The iPhone 6s, the Galaxy Note 5, the LG G4 and the Sony Xperia Z5. In the end, Android Authority’s readers decided to go with… the iPhone 6s.
We can’t even imagine the conversations that are taking place in Apple’s offices on Thursday. First a huge leak revealed the upcoming new HTC One A9, which is far and away the most shameless iPhone copy the world has ever seen outside of the Goophone. Not to be left out, Samsung just announced that its flagship Galaxy Note 5 will soon be available in two new colors: Silver and, you guessed it, rose gold. More →
Apple’s new iPhone 6s has better camera hardware and software than any earlier model, with the iPhone 6s Plus also packing optical image stabilization for photos and videos. The new iPhones have been lauded in camera reviews from pro photographers, but DxOMark rankings still place them behind many of this year’s flagship Android handsets.
Enthusiastic Android fans have historically relied pretty heavily on benchmark test scores when making the case against Apple’s iPhone lineup. This “fight” is ridiculous to begin with, of course, but relying on benchmark scores that don’t even represent real world performance is even sillier. Of course, many of these fanboys came around to agree with that line of thinking on benchmarks once iPhones started to crush the competition in benchmark performance tests, beginning with the iPhone 5s and continuing right up to this year’s iPhone 6s.
Performance tests that measure real world use might be considered a better gauge than tests that measure things like processor performance, and one recent test pitted the new iPhone 6s Plus against the king of Android phablets, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5, in what could be a relatively accurate depiction of how these phones perform in the real world. More →
Don’t look now, but Samsung is really doing its best to take your money, even if that means having to pay you money to do it. Rather than further lowering the price of the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy Note 5, Samsung now says it’ll pay your phone installments through 2016. Unsurprisingly, you’ll get more money if you’re willing to ditch the iPhone in favor of a new Galaxy model. More →
Apple’s newest iPhones were just unveiled yesterday but one iPhone user has been spending time with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 to see if it’s good enough to make him switch to Android. Writing over at Droid Life, Ron Offringa offers a thorough rundown of what it’s like for an iPhone user to switch to the Galaxy Note 5 and he offers up some interesting analysis of the device’s strengths and weaknesses. More →
Samsung started trolling Apple during the company’s iPhone 6s keynote, using all sorts of snarky remarks on Twitter. But that’s not enough for the giant Korean corporation that happens to be one of the leading iPhone parts provider and Apple’s most important rival in the smartphone business, so Samsung came out with a new ad campaign that manages to show off a feature the iPhone 6s doesn’t have, while also making fun – and copy – Apple’s latest iPhone adds.
Just weeks ago, Samsung launched two stellar flagship phones: the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+. Although neither phone is likely to improve Samsung’s sinking profit margins, they’re both worthwhile options for any Android fan in the market for a new phablet, perhaps most notably for their incredible cameras. More →
Are you planning to buy a Galaxy Note 5? If so then the most important thing you’ll want to know — aside from the correct way to insert its newly redesigned S Pen — will be how to reenable a key feature that will help improve your multitasking experience. More →
If you have a hankering for a monster smartphone, your two best options right now are the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Business Insider’s Lisa Eadicicco decided to spend a week taking both phablets out for a spin and she found that while both phablets are very worthy of your time, they nonetheless have differences that could be big factors for prospective buyers. More →
As great as it may be, the Galaxy Note 5 does have one serious design issue that can break one of the most significant new features of the new handset. Sure, it takes a lot of bad luck or ignorance to put the Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen in its slot backwards, but it’s also a design flaw from Samsung, as some accidents are bound to happen. Just imagine children playing with the phablet and the clicky stylus — as soon as they put it back in the wrong way, the auto-detection features of the S Pen are toast. More →