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Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

Galaxy S6 Review – today we are taking a look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 here, not the Edge. I will have a separate video uploaded in a few days explaining the reasons why, but it mostly comes down to the fact that the Galaxy S6 is the one that the majority of users are going to be picking up this year.

Let’s dive into the specs first of all. Now, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is certainly the most feature packed device on the hardware front that we’ve had in quite a while. They’ve moved to a quad HD display, running at 2560 by 1440. That gives a pixel per inch density of around 577ppi. Now one thing I want to mention with this 5.1in display, is this is a quad HD, it’s not 4k. Now you might think to yourself what does that actually matter?

It’s twice the resolution of 1080p and as such it does provide exceptional graphics quality.

The colours here are bright and vibrant and they really pop and you cannot see the pixels even if you tried. But this is a marketing thing at the end of the day. It’s a higher resolution display on the S6 but it certainly isn’t quad HD. That’s just a marketing term that in many respects is misleading people into thinking they’ve got a 4k display in their smartphones.

This time round they are going to Samsung’s in house chip, the Exynos 7 octa 7420 processor is in the Galaxy S6. Now essentially what this is is a 2.1Ghz processor with eight cores in a big-little configuration, backed up with 3gig of RAM.

Using the CPU’s big-little configuration and eight cores, the phone will intelligently kick in the cores that are needed for high power but the rest of the time will fall back onto lower power cores, extending the Samsung Galaxy S6 battery life.

Camera duty this time round is being served by Sony with a 16 mega pixel shooter with an aperture of f1.9.
Now the focal length there is 28mm. Interestingly, we now have optical image stabilisation back.

Samsung has dropped this S6 out for, coming in at the £599 price point feels a little bit high for my liking, especially when we consider many other devices are hitting the £550 mark instead. Is there enough here to justify that extra £50? Well, potentially there is. That quad HD display is really really gorgeous.

The camera, again, beautiful. There’s a lot here to consider bang for a buck. But ultimately time will tell whether consumers are willing to shell out that extra money for what is perceivably not a huge uptick over some of the other manufacturers’ feature offerings.

If you’re in the market for the best smartphone today it is the Samsung Galaxy S6 by a country mile. But if any of the features that Samsung are offering here leave you cold you may want to wait for other devices coming down later in the year.

I hope you’ve really enjoyed watching our review of the Samsung Galaxy S6. Do please let me know in the comments what you think. Let me know your feedback, both about the device and about the review. At the end of the day everything is subjective when it comes to smartphones but in my opinion I believe Samsung has delivered a knockout blow that sets them on a very solid footing for the rest of the year and into 2016.

HTC ONE 2014 M8 hardware review

HTC One 2014 M8 hardware review – taking a look at the hardware of the HTC One 2014 M8.

First off, the 1080p screen is matched with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and there’s 32GB of built-in storage which can be increased to 128GB using the MicroSD slot. There’s 2GB of RAM which is a little underwhelming compared to other devices offering 3 or 4GB

Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update features & release

Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update has been released by Samsung and we have a run down of the latest features & release information. Android 4.3 for Galaxy S4 adds a number of very cool under the hood tweaks making the device a lot smoother and faster as well.

Samsung’s prediction that its Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware would be rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S4 by the end of October has been accurate, with leaked info heralding the release of the real McCoy.

To begin with, Samsung Galaxy S4 owners in Germany will be pioneering the upgrade which will roll out all over the world by the end of 2013.

So what will we get in this latest update?

There will be OpenGL 3.0 support along with Galaxy Gear smartwatch support, Trim support and Ant+ support.

Samsung have also popped in the Knox Implementation of the bootloader and dedicated application and the Samsung Wallet is also featured.

There will be improved RAM management and a much sharper display with far better colour reproduction as well as an improved TouchWiz launcher which will solve lag problems with fewer redraws.

For keyboard warriors there’s a new keyboard as well as a new Samsung browser with a full screen by default and new tab interface.

A new reading mode will optimise display for reading with Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 and for the snap happy there’s welcome new camera firmware.

A few other tweaks have been made to the contacts app and the flashlight widget.

The result of this 4.3 upgrade is that Android performance will be heaps better, with benchmarks up by 20%, which is a significant amount.

You can download the update via Odin but if you do, you will invalidate your warranty so you may want to be patient.

LG Optimus L52 E460 Review a mid range Android smartphone

The LG Optimus L52 E460 is a fantastic mid-range Android handset that offers a solid hardware and software package for a reasonable price.
With a 1GHz processor, 512 of RAM and 4gig of storage space, the L52 E460 offers performance and style aimed at the mid-range Android user.

We found the LG Optimus L52 E460 to be both light and easy to hold in the hand owing to its smaller 4in display. Running Android 4.1.2 it is a little behind the times as far as Android OS goes, but still offers many of the latest Jelly Bean features we have come to love.

Don’t expect a powerhouse of gaming from the LG Optimus L52 E460 but you can expect a well rounded device that addresses all of the most common requirements from a smartphone.

We especially like the notification light being built into the home button. It’s a simple yet welcome integration that many other manufacturers would do well to adopt.

The LG Optimus L52 E460 is a safe bet if you are looking for an Android device for a relative who’s new to Android or for those Apple users who want Android but without a hand busting large screen.

This device is fantastic for a wide range of mid-range users – your grandmother, your father, your brother or a sister – anyone who is not looking for a top-of-the-range powerhouse device.

Its in-built software, including an energy safety centre, making quick communication in an emergency, is a welcome addition as is using the notification light in a new way.

Don’t expect this device to set the world on fire but its small screen is actually packing quite a large number of pixels per inch and it’s reasonably bright although the display is a little bit fuzzy and lacking sharpness in places, but it’s reasonable in outdoor conditions as well.

LG has created a fantastic smartphone for the mid-range and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next. The LG Optimus L52 E460 shouldn’t set you back too much money and we appreciate the fact that LG have stuck with a smaller screen on this device rather than going for bigger-is-better.

We were pleased to see the inclusion of near field communication or NFC in this device as well. It’s really good to see NFC coming down into the mid-range of the Android smartphones.

If you’re looking for a smartphone for a first-time Android user, you could do worse than choosing the LG Optimus L52 E460. It offers everything a new user could need as well as being lightweight.