THERE has never been a more contentious topic among smartphone users than the “Android versus iOS” issue. If you acknowledge the advantages of one mobile operating system, chances are you’ll get attacked by supporters of the other OS. It’s as if you’re not allowed to appreciate both.
IN the market for an Android flagship? Sony Philippines has something that is pretty special and may strike your fancy. But you’d have to be prepared to spend top money for it.
SO you finally realized that you can get fast home internet connection in the Philippines, thanks to fiber, which can transfer a huge amount of data seamlessly and deliver speeds over longer distances without being susceptible to electromagnetic interference.
CHINESE brand Vivo today unveiled the Vivo V5s (see complete specs) in the Philippines, just months after a similar product, the Vivo V5, hit the streets. The V5s is priced higher than its predecessor, and the extra cost will get you more storage and a redesigned, unibody phone that looks like the V5 Plus — or, if you prefer, the iPhone 7.
TODAY’S keynote address at the Google I/O 2017 developer conference saw the announcement of Android Go. What is it, and why should you care? To put it simply, it’s a basic mobile operating system for basic phones.
HTC has a new a smartphone to compete with the likes of the Google Pixel, the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the Apple iPhone 7. And expectedly, the Taiwan-headquartered phone maker is keen to brag about the camera on the HTC U11 (click for complete specs), which is apparently unprecedented in the mobile industry — both in terms of shooting stills and video.
ASUS debuted its first ZenWatch with much fanfare at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Back then, the company proudly said that the product “raised the bar on what users should expect from wearable devices, showcasing the power of the ASUS ‘design thinking’ philosophy and ushering in a new era of true luxury and sophistication.”
SONY today announced the arrival of the Sony Xperia XA1 in the Philippines. Announced at the Mobile World Congress or MWC 2017 in Barcelona, the XA1 is the Japanese brand’s newest entry in the midrange segment and the successor to the seriously underrated XA from last season.
WE’RE expecting a new ZenFone series at Computex Taipei, which will run from May 30 to June 3. So we’re not really surprised that details of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max have shown up on the manufacturer’s official support pages — albeit briefly — and on a benchmarking site.
COULD the iPhone 8, the most anticipated non-Android phone of 2017, be the most elusive as well? That’s what the rumor mill would have us believe, and we think it’s entirely plausible that Apple won’t be able to keep up with the market at launch.
BUDGET smartphones have come a long way in a short time. As you probably know, some even come with a fingerprint reader, which is crazy given that, up until a couple of years ago, the luxury of biometrics security was limited to higher-end devices. The outliers, many originating from the Far East, offer many of the features you’d want on your next purchase — and at bargain prices.
BASED on the messages and comments we have received, many of you believe that Huawei started the whole “three cameras on a phone” concept. But really, the manufacturers you should be looking at are LG and HTC, when in 2011, they debuted the Optimus 3D and the Evo 3D, respectively.
ONE of the most anticipated phones of 2017 is launching in the coming months. We’re not talking the iPhone 8, or iPhone 7s, or whatever Apple ends up calling its next handset. Soon, the internet’s short attention span will focus on the OnePlus 5, which is being worked on “without a break,” according to the company’s CEO, Pete Lau.
DUAL-CAMERA smartphones have been all the rage lately. So as expected, Cherry Mobile has unveiled its own dual-cam entries under the Flare P series, with “P” standing for photography. Or at least we think so. The cheapest of the bunch is the Cherry Mobile Flare P1 (click for complete specs).
MEIZU has a new budget smartphone on offer in the Meizu E2. But chances are, you won’t even get a whiff of it — unless you live in the company’s home country of China. Sorry, Philippines, India, and the rest of the world.