Today's smartphones are a mature technology. For better or worse, most of the phones out there have gravitated towards a common size, price, and feature set.
But the smartphone scene just a few years ago was a very different place. Disrupted by the iPhone, manufacturers were flailing around trying to come up with the next big thing, or even just a momentary gimmick.
OptoFidelity said that it used its own Touch Panel Performance Tester to measure the iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, and Samsung Galaxy S3. The device uses a robot to "touch" exact coordinates on a screen. It then measures the coordinates of the touch device to see how closely they matched.
It will make its formal debut on Thursday to US customers through the Google Play store, according to a source close to Canadian tech blog MobileSyrup.
Canadians may get their hands on the phone a week later on either November 7 or 8. The tipster claims multiple carriers are in line to support the smartphone including Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Koodo, and Virgin Mobile.
After blowing past previously rumored arrival dates, the ballyhooed Nexus 5 is expected to break cover any day. The … Read more
Samsung has its sights set on new wearable technology, according to a recent patent filing in Korea.
Samsung has registered a design patent for eyewear that connects to a smartphone, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The eyewear includes earphones that allow people to listen to phone calls or music. According to the Journal, the eyewear shows information on the lenses from the phone. The lenses can be transparent or not, depending on the usage needs.
Samsung's proposed eyewear is somewhat similar to Google Glass, though it appears to be an accessory for a smartphone, rather than a standalone … Read more
The iPhone 5S is now playing even harder to get.
Over the past three weeks, availability of the new high-end iPhone has dropped to less than 5 percent of all iPhone models, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in an investor note released Friday. That contrasts with the 6 percent availability previously cited by the analyst for the week ending October 11.
Following the launch of the 5S on September 20, the new model accounted for 27 percent of all iPhones in stock, Munster said. But that number plummeted as consumer demand shot up.
When might the iPhone 5S become … Read more
Though ZTE has plenty of low- and midrange devices under its belt, the number of high-end handsets that it releases for the US are few and far between. So when the Chinese-based manufacturer launched the impressively souped-up Nubia 5 and made it available to US consumers online and through Amazon, needless to say, I was excited.
Compared with ZTE's most recent top-tier phone, the Sprint Vital, the Nubia 5 shows marked improvements: a faster processor, a slimmer profile, and a higher-resolution screen to name a few.
The device does have a couple of drawbacks, however. For example, it lacks … Read more
You'd probably like to know if it's actually useful in practical day-by-day applications or if it's merely a gimmick. Even if it is useful, are these devices worth the extra cost -- at $299 with a two-year contract for the Note 3, and $550 for the Wi-Fi Note 10.1 (Apple's Wi-Fi iPad Air costs $500)?
After using them both for a month, I think that they are … Read more
Despite its rather lofty name, the ZTE Majesty is a simple, entry-level prepaid handset available on Straight Talk and Net 10 wireless. Available for $169.99 online and at Walmart retail stores, the device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is 3G-enabled.
The Majesty is equipped with a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 480x854-pixel resolution. So while you won't be watching the sharpest HD videos on it anytime soon, you can still view YouTube videos without a hitch.
On the back you'll find a 5-megapixel camera for all your informal photo opportunities, and on the front … Read more
The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission launched an investigation in April into allegations that Samsung was paying students to post negative online comments about HTC devices. At the same time, Samsung allegedly paid the students to recommend Samsung cell phones. The commission said that this type of behavior is akin to false advertising.
Along with fining Samsung, the commission also fined two Taiwanese trading companies it claims were responsible for the Internet campaign.
Samsung said in a statement that it's "… Read more