What do you get when you try to combine Moto 360’s appealing regular-watch design the Apple Watch’s good looks and sophistication? If you answered LG Watch Urbane, that might indeed have been a good reply at least until a brand new Android Wear smartwatch was spotted in leaks right ahead of its debut at this year’s Mobile World Congress edition. More →
Google will likely unveil new Nexus devices at some point in late 2015, but the rumor mill has already started churning out reports about them, with particular focus on the Nexus 6 successor. A source in China, who revealed via Weibo that a local smartphone manufacturer might partner up with Google for the next Nexus smartphone, has shared more details on the matter and is saying that LG and a domestic brand are in the cards for upcoming Nexus gadgets. More →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →