Saturday, September 28, 2013

Best cell phone "Motorola Droid Maxx"

The good: The Motorola Droid Maxx delivers astonishingly long battery life, a big, colorful screen, and a durable, attractive design. The camera takes pleasing pictures and performs inventive tricks such as responding to voice commands, giving screen-based notifications, and quick-launching the camera.

The bad: The Motorola Droid Maxx is expensive.

The bottom line: If you can get past its steep price, the massive-screened Motorola Droid Maxx is currently Verizon’s best Android smartphone.

Editors' Note: Our early Motorola Droid Maxx test model used unstable prerelease software. This review was updated based on our latest experience with a rock-solid production-level Droid Maxx device.
Sitting at the top of Motorola's new Droid lineup, the $299.99 Droid Maxx is more than just a capable device -- it's also the best smartphone Verizon has ever sold. It boasts the biggest battery available in a handset, and a full 32GB of internal storage, not to mention Google's impressive list of futuristic Android extras. The Maxx's build quality is also light-years superior to the thinner Motorola 

Droid Ultra.
That said, the Maxx's sky-high sticker price might give you second thoughts, especially compared with its very compelling rivals the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. That said, no other smartphone comes close to combining the same level of longevity, performance, design, and slick features on Big Red or perhaps anywhere else. 

Aesthetically speaking, the differences between the Motorola Droid Maxx and its svelter sibling, the Droid Ultra, are huge, though you won't notice them at first. At 5.4 inches tall by 2.8 inches wide, the Maxx is just as tall and as wide as the Ultra, but also a bit thicker (0.34 inch versus 0.22 inch). 

 The Maxx's big size makes it a lot of smartphone to hold.

Still, you don't notice the change in girth when the phones are side by side on a table. It's only when you pick them up that you'll notice that the Maxx packs some serious heavy hardware. Tipping the scales at almost 6 ounces (5.9 to be exact), the Droid Maxx has more heft and feels way more substantial than the Ultra (4.8 ounces). In fact, the Maxx is about an ounce heavier than the all-metal HTC One (5.04 ounces) and heavier still than the svelte Samsung Galaxy S4 (4.6 ounces).
Moto gets big points for giving the Maxx a back surface coated in Kevlar fiber -- similar to the previous generation of Droid handsets. I dug that treatment then and I dig it now. Smooth to the touch and possessing a soft matte finish, it repels smudges and streaks while simultaneously protecting against scratches. I certainly prefer it to the Ultra's glossy and slippery back, which accumulates greasy fingerprints. 
The only physical buttons on the Maxx are located on the phone's right edge, a power key and a thin volume bar. Both are contoured and cross-hatched for easy manipulation by feel alone.  

 The Maxx has its only physical controls on its right side, a volume bar plus a power key.
Above the screen is a 2-megapixel front camera and below it sit three capacitive buttons for basic Android control. Around back are the Droid Maxx's 10-megapixel main camera and LED flash. There's a big speaker here, too, which pumps out a huge amount of volume. Just as I found out on the Droid Ultra, this speaker serves up bigger audio than the HTC One and its hyped BoomSound technology.  

The Droid Maxx boasts the same exact big, bright 5-inch HD OLED screen as the Droid Ultra. Its 720p resolution (1,280x720 pixels) doesn't pack the same pixel density as the HTC One (4.7-inch, 1080p LCD) or Samsung Galaxy S4 (5-inch, 1080p OLED), its primary competition. That said, the Maxx's high-contrast display has lusciously saturated colors and impressively dark black levels.
Detail in photos, Web sites, or documents with lots of text wasn't any less sharp to my eyes on the Maxx than the same content viewed on phones with full 1080p screens. For instance, the Maxx's 720p display didn't negatively affect my serious mobile Netflix-streaming habit. The same goes for losing myself in a random HD YouTube movie trailer. Yes, I'm still strangely drawn to that "Riddick" flick since I checked it out on the Droid Ultra.

Core components
For internal electronics, Motorola has made a very unconventional move with its 2013 smartphone lineup. Instead of engaging in the brutal processor arms race like practically every other handset maker, the company decided to sidestep the issue completely. All the new Droids, including the Droid Maxx, are powered by a proprietary processing solution Motorola calls the X8 Mobile Computing System.
You'll find the same collection of cores and specialized processors in the new Motorola flagship, the Moto X. To be blunt, the X8 is a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and doesn't have the raw horsepower of true quad-core processors, which drive the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 (Snapdragon 600).
As it turns out, however, this is less of a factor than you might think. Designed to be efficient rather than blazingly fast, the X8's main dual-core application CPU is backed by muscular quad-core Adreno graphics, plus two additional "cores": a natural language processor and one for contextual computing.
Helping this hardware is a healthy 2GB allotment of RAM. Also, unlike the Droid Ultra, which has only 16GB of internal memory, the Droid Maxx comes with 32GB to play with. That said, there's no SD card slot for increasing storage. 

 The Maxx runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Software and interface
Thankfully, Motorola didn't mess with the Droid Maxx's software that much, a similar tactic to what it did with the Moto X and Droid Ultra. Running the same Android operating system (version 4.2.2) as both devices, the Ultra's OS is practically stock Jelly Bean. I have a feeling the fact that Google now owns Motorola has something to do with this.
You unlock the Maxx by sliding a padlock icon outside of a virtual ring on the phone's screen. After that, you're greeted by the central home screen plus four other panels to populate with app shortcuts and widgets as you see fit.
If you're familiar with Motorola smartphones of the last few generations, you'll recognize the Circles settings widget. Sitting at the center of the main home screen, it's left over from the company's previous Droid Razr and Atrix handsets. Personally, I'm glad this tool is here since besides being a quick way to check the time, it also displays weather, and is a shortcut for system settings.
The widget flaunts a few new tricks, too. For instance, swiping the largest clock circle uncovers fresh functions such as Droid Zap and Wireless Display. Droid Zap lets you share images and video with other Android phone users nearby; Wireless Display will duplicate the Ultra's screen to compatible HDTVs and monitors.
As an Android device, the Maxx comes preloaded with all the major Google apps and services. Of course you can delve into the vast Google Play online store for more to download. Unfortunately, because this is a Verizon-branded Droid device, the carrier couldn't resist filling the Max with unremovable bloatware. Highlights include NFL Mobile, VZ Navigator, Verizon Mobile Security, and Verizon Tones, to list a few.

Active Display lets you view alerts without waking up the screen.

Active display and touchless control
Another fruit of Motorola and Google's union is Active Display, a useful feature that all the new Droid phones have. Also integrated into the Moto X, Active Display serves in place of a separate physical notification light. Essentially, the Droid Maxx's screen will flash softly with alerts for incoming e-mail, text messages, and calls. Touching and holding your finger on the associated icon in the center of the screen causes the device to display additional information. Pulling the icon upward to the top of the screen wakes up the phone and opens the linked application.

The Droid Maxx also makes use of the X8 computing platform, like the Droid Ultra and Moto X, to perform nifty voice control tricks. Motorola calls the capability Touchless Control, and as its name implies, speaking a magic phrase will cause the Maxx to drop what it's doing and await your vocal commands. Specifically, saying "OK, Google Now" and following up with phrases like, "Where am I?" or, "Remind me to pick up milk today" will tell the Maxx to leap into action.

 Train the Maxx to respond to your voice commands.
Motorola's X8 platform may not have the sheer horsepower to stand up to full-blown quad-core processors toe-to-toe. It does have plenty of oomph, though, and I observed that on the Droid Maxx firsthand. The phone was very responsive, opening applications without hesitation. Navigating through settings menus and home screen was also silky-smooth. 
Lab tests backed up the experience I had with the Droid Maxx, and the phone garnered a respectable Quadrant score of 8,804. Oddly enough this showing wasn't quite as high as the Droid Ultra achieved on the same test (9,056). And that's nowhere near as impressive as the numbers turned in by the HTC One (12,194) and Samsung Galaxy S4 (11,381).  

Performance: Motorola Droid Maxx
Average LTE download speeds (Verizon) 10.5Mbps
Average LTE upload speed (Verizon) 6Mbps
App download (CNET) 3.72MB in 14 seconds
CNET mobile site load 5.8 seconds
CNET desktop site load 12.1 seconds
Boot time 15 seconds
Camera boot time 1.6 seconds

Call quality
I tested the Droid Maxx on Verizon's CDMA network both in New York City and Harpswell, Maine. Unlike my experience with the Droid Ultra, I found the Maxx delivered very clean call quality. In fact, callers I spoke to couldn't tell that I was chatting on a cellular connection. On my end, voices sounded rich, warm, and loud through the Maxx's earpiece.  
Additionally, thanks to the phone's large rear speaker, the Maxx's speakerphone can reach a high maximum volume. People I rang reported that there wasn't much difference in quality between speakerphone and standard calls except that my voice sounded slightly more distant over the speakerphone.

To say that I've been let down by Motorola smartphone cameras in the past would be an understatement. Indeed, I found that not only did previous generations of Droid Razrs take photos much too slowly, but they lacked key shooting modes found on Samsung and HTC devices.
 The Droid Maxx's camera app is simple to master.

Fortunately, Motorola, and its Google master, changed history completely on the Moto X and its new Droid handsets by revamping the imaging system and camera app. As a result, the Droid Maxx's 10-megapixel sensor is capable of capturing pleasing photos both inside and in the great outdoors. Indoor shots of my studio still life were crisp, had accurate colors, and were exposed well.  

Inside images were clear and sharp.

 Outdoors in daylight, verdant hues of trees and other foliage were lifelike and details were clear. I found the same true of blue skies, white clouds, and ocean waves. As with the Droid Ultra, though, the Maxx's autofocus wasn't as lightning-fast as the HTC One's or the Galaxy S4's. Shot-to-shot time using those gadgets is practically instant, whereas the Droid Maxx took about half a second. 

The Maxx's camera could capture those precious kiddie moments.  
Helping to speed up shooting is Motorola's Quick Capture feature. It fires up the camera app, even when asleep, when you twist the phone twice in your wrist. Honestly it's one of the most valuable capabilities I've seen on a smartphone in a while -- likely because I'm often juggling multiple objects (from sippy cups and toys to other gadgets and coffee mugs).  
 The HDR mode kicks in under tough lighting conditions.
As with the Moto X and Droid Ultra, the Maxx's bare-bones camera app is astonishingly simple to operate. Settings are as basic as possible, so there's no way to select image or video size (the Maxx defaults to the largest available). Swiping from left to right opens a virtual wheel with various settings such as HDR and Panorama modes. Dragging your finger up and down zooms in and out, while sliding from right to left launches the gallery.

Data speeds
The Motorola Droid Maxx can access Verizon's 4G LTE network for fast data access. My tests in New York were similar to those I ran on the Droid Ultra, with results varying widely by my location. Average overall download speed came in at a respectable 10.5Mbps, while out in quiet sections of Queens, N.Y., the phone sucked down information as swiftly as 17.8Mbps. Upload speeds spanned anywhere from 0.6Mbps to 14.7Mbps; average upload throughput, however, came in at 6Mbps.

Battery life
Toting a state-of-the-art high-capacity 3,500mAh battery, the main selling point for the Motorola Droid Maxx is its promised longevity. Indeed my initial tests with the handset vouch for the Maxx's considerable staying power.

The phone was able to push through the CNET Labs Video Playback battery drain benchmark for 15 hours and 50 minutes. While far from the 48 hours of "mixed" use Motorola claims the Maxx is capable of, this showing is well ahead of the Droid Razr Maxx HD (14 hours, 53 minutes) and substantially longer than both the HTC One (9 hours, 37 minutes) and Samsung Galaxy S4 (10 hours, 30 minutes: average). 

With such a remarkable battery, however, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that the Maxx demonstrated some quirky behavior regarding its mobile power source. For instance, my early test model refused to charge when the device was powered down, even though the phone said it was receiving a steady flow of electrons.
Additionally, it wouldn't charge properly unless I first changed the USB computer connection mode to Camera and then unplugged and reconnected the USB cable. A recent Maxx replacement unit though exhibited no such problems, and in fact worked flawlessly. Motorola explained that some of the preproduction Maxx units used wonky software but shipping models shouldn't be affected.
Indeed, this latest device consistently demonstrated the same ludicrously long run time, well over 14.5 hours playing HD video. It also charged swiftly, reaching full power from zero charge in under an hour. Another nice extra is the Droid Maxx's (and all the new Droids for that matter) support for wireless charging via the Qi standard. 
When you lay it all out on paper, the Motorola Droid Maxx should crush many smartphone challengers into dust. It flaunts the biggest, baddest battery available on a cellular handset, which results in fabulously long run time. The Maxx's screen, while not as pixel-dense as its rivals, is big and vibrant. The phone's speaker gets mighty loud, too, and the device even makes crystal-clear calls.
After spending quality time with the Droid Maxx, especially a Maxx running solid retail software, I can say that the phone lives up to its sizable ambition. I can't argue that the Maxx's $299.99 price is anything but luxurious. That said, for all the Droid Maxx can do and for how good it looks getting it done, it earns my seal of approval and our CNET Editors' Choice award. Of course if the Maxx is too rich for your blood, there's always the more affordable $199.99 HTC One and $199.99 Samsung Galaxy S4, two larger-than-life Android handsets that are still excellent buys.

Microsoft buys used iPhones

Microsoft on Friday launched yet another trade-in program to convince consumers to switch to a Windows device, this time aimed at iPhone owners.

On its Microsoft Store website, Microsoft outlined the new deal: It will accept "gently used" iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 smartphones -- the 2011 and 2012 editions, respectively -- and pay a minimum of $200 for each. The Redmond, Wash. technology company will issue the funds as a gift card good for purchases at the Microsoft Store.
As in the iPad buyback program that debuted two weeks ago, customers must bring their used iPhones to a retail outlet in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico -- trade-ins are not supported online -- where a sales representative will evaluate the device and decide on the dollar amount. Microsoft has 77 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
"Microsoft Store gift-card value ... is subject to Microsoft's discretion and manager approval," the website said. "All trade-ins are final. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Limit 1 per customer."
The gift cards that result from an iPhone trade-in can be used for anything Microsoft sells in its stores, including its Surface tablets and third-party PCs, but the deal is clearly intended to tempt Apple's current customers into switching to a Windows Phone like the Nokia Lumia 1020.
That may be a very tough pitch.
According to market research company ChangeWave, 70% of iPhone owners polled said they were "very satisfied" with their purchase, the top-ranked percentage in the survey, which also noted that the second-most satisfied customers were ones who had a Samsung smartphone: 54% of those people said they were "very satisfied" with their device.
Like the earlier iPad deal, Microsoft's iPhone buyback program isn't available online so it's impossible to tell what the company's salespeople will pay for an iPhone before getting in the car. Re-commerce vendors such as Gazelle and NextWorth, which do operate online, pay between $190 and $210 for a working 16GB iPhone 4S on AT&T's network, and between $290 and $304 for a 16GB AT&T iPhone 5. The lower prices for both devices were quoted by Gazelle, the higher prices by NextWorth.
Microsoft also has a broader buyback program in place that operates online, and that accepts a wide variety of rivals' devices, including the iPhone. That program produced trade-in quotes for the same 16GB AT&T iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 of $160 and $250, respectively, or between 16% and 24% less for the iPhone 4S, between 14% and 18% less for the iPhone 5, than Gazelle and NextWorth.
Not surprisingly, the new buyback program does not accept Microsoft's own Surface tablets as trade-ins; none of Microsoft's current deals do. That's triggered complaints by owners of the company's first-generation tablets, who last week urged Microsoft to offer cash for their Surface RT and Surface Pro devices so that they could trade up to the second-generation Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 when they go on sale Oct. 22.
Microsoft's iPhone buyback program expires Nov. 3. Apple has already launched new smartphones -- the flagship iPhone 5S and the lower-priced iPhone 5C -- but the former is in very short supply, with current orders slated to ship at an unspecified date next month.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

HTC One mini specification

122 g (4.30 oz)
132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm (5.20 x 2.49 x 0.37 in)
Main display
Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors,720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density)
Second display
Wallpaper size
Glacial Silver, Stealth Black
Phone speaker
yes, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Dual-core 1.4 GHz Krait 300, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Battery / Memory
Talk time
20 hours 40 min (2G) / 13 hours 20 min (3G)
Standby time
500 hours (2G) / 692 hours (3G)
Built-in memory
16 GB, 1 GB RAM
Card slot
Camera / Entertainment
Primary camera
4 MP, 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Second camera
Yes, 1.6 MP, 720p
Camera features
Video capture
Yes, 1080p@30fps, HDR
Streaming video
MP3 player
Java, via Java MIDP emulator
Connectivity / Data
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900,HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Yes, microUSB v2.0
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
PC synchornization
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, DLNA
Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Data modem
Email client
Instant messaging
Push to talk
QWERTY keyboard
Text entry
Speed dialing
Voice driven menu
Call records
To-do list
Voice memo
Voice dialing
Customizable wallpaper
Ringer profile
Picture caller ID
Document editor
Document viewer/editor, photo editor

Monday, September 23, 2013

iPhone 6 specs, features, release date, price, news & rumours

Apple launched the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5c on the 10th of September, killing all speculation that it would be called the iPhone 6. We're still expecting Apple's 2014 handset to be called the iPhone 6 and have preserved the rumours until we get more information. 
Apple is in a slightly strange position at the moment: it doesn't have the smartphone with the fastest processor or the highest-resolution screen. In fact, looking at specs alone, the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S4 are all giving the smartphone king a run for its money and making people think about the Android platform.
That's not say that Apple has been idle. In fact, it's clearly been working hard on both new hardware and a new operating system in order to re-assert itself. From the existing rumours, it would appear as though the next iPhone will be the iPhone 5S, an update to the iPhone 5. Then, we're going to get the iPhone 6, a completely revamped phone.
In this article we're concentrating on the iPhone 6, although it may turn out that some of these features make it into the iPhone 5S. Apple may even just dump the iPhone 5S and move straight to the 6 instead. Regardless of names, if Apple's going to continue to make the most desirable smartphone it's going to have to pack some serious technology into its latest handsets.


At the start of the year you could pretty much pick any month and say that's when the iPhone 6 was coming out. Obviously, a lot of rumoured launch dates have been massively wrong. Trying to pin down a date is very hard, but there are some pointers that give us more likely dates.
First, if Apple follows its usual release schedule, it means it releases one generation of phone and the following year, uses the same case and design, but updates the hardware. If Apple sticks to that, it would mean that the iPhone 5S would follow the iPhone 5.
So, first we need to work out when the iPhone 5S would launch. Most of the information we have would point to an autumn launch. Here's why. First, Tim Cook hinted at an autumn launch in a call with investors. "Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software, and services that we can’t wait to introduce this fall and throughout 2014," Cook said.
Next, we know that iOS 7 is due for release in autumn, so we'd expect it to come out with the iPhone 5S, iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2.
Finally, Apple's CFO, Peter Oppenheimer said that Apple would have a "very busy fall" in a more recent earnings call, but said that he would give "more detail in October".
One of the latest rumours, reported by AllThingsD, is that the next iPhone will be announced at a special event on September 10th. Obviously, Apple hasn't said anything about this rumour, so we're going to have to wait a bit longer to find out if it's true.
Typically, Apple products are released around two weeks after the launch event, so we could expect to see the next iPhone around the end of September or very early October. The best guess is that this will be the iPhone 5S, while we'll get the iPhone 6 in 2014.
Apple typically waits for a year before launching a new product, but many think that we won't have to wait that long after the iPhone 5S for the iPhone 6. It's rumoured that the iPhone 6 will have a larger display, so Apple could quite happily continue to sell both phones. In many ways this would be similar to the Samsung strategy of having the large Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.


Apple has been known for its high quality screens and it's going to be interesting to see what it can do with the iPhone 6, particularly as it looks like the iPhone 5S will have the same screen size and resolution as the iPhone 5.
Big-screen phones are the thing of the moment, with Samsung, Sony and HTC all opting for large, Full HD screens. Now, Apple's not one to necessarily follow what everyone else is doing, but given the demand for such phones, we wouldn't be surprised to see that the iPhone 6 has a larger display. Of course, the screen would need to be Retina, which means that you can't see the individual pixels when used at a normal viewing distance.
Currently doing the rounds are the rumours that the iPhone 6 will have a 4.8in screen, which would make the phone similar in size to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. At this screen size, Apple could then move to a Full HD (1,920x1,080) resolution or even go beyond.
While Apple has not previously made a large-screen phone, upping the screen size for the iPhone 6 makes a lot of sense. It means it can compete with the large-screen phones from other manufacturers and keep the iPhone 5S as a smaller alternative, giving iPhone users more choice.
Tim Cook has made a statement that would appear, on a first glance, to deny a large-screen Apple iPhone 6. In an Apple earnings call, Cook said, "My view continues to be that the iPhone 5 has the absolute best display in the industry, and we always strive to create the very best display for our customers.
"Some customers value large screen size, others value other factors such as resolution, colour quality, white balance, brightness, reflectivity, screen longevity, power consumption, portability, compatibility with apps and many things. Our competitors had made some significant trade-offs in many of these areas in order to ship a larger display. We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these trade-offs exist."
What that statement says, to us, is that Apple won't ship a large-screen iPhone until it's managed to iron out all of the trade-offs. A thinner screen, to make a lighter phone, could well be the right way to go, then.
It's no wonder, then, that Apple may also be considering the screen technology that it uses, with a Sharp IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) screen top of the list. This new technology allows for screens that use less power and are considerably thinner. Rumours certainly picked up when the Sharp IGZO technology was demonstrated at CES 2013.
Sharp has also started manufacturing a super-sensitive touchscreen, which you can write on with a pencil and even operate with gloves on. Given Apple's relationship with Sharp, rumours have linked the new technology to the iPhone 6.
The new screen technology has eight times the sensitivity of existing models, is scratch resistant and is also thinner than existing screens. In other words, it would be hard to see why Apple wouldn't want this technology.


A bigger screen requires more power, so any technology that can increase battery life has to be good. For the iPhone 6 Apple could be about to revisit gaze detection technology, where the phone can tell if you're looking at the screen or not. If you were to look away, the phone could pause a video playing and turn the screen off. PatentlyApple has dug up the full information on how the technology is likely to work.
Given that Samsung has similar technology in its Galaxy S4 smartphone, we'd say there's a high chance that Apple will follow suit and implement its own version.

iOS 7

Although incredibly innovative and easy to use when it was first launch, iOS is now looking a bit dated. Each update to iOS has really felt like a tweak, leaving the same user interface alone. Some would argue that iOS 6, which was introduced with the iPhone 5, was actually a step backwards with Apple Maps proving to be far worse than the Google Maps app it replaced.
Well, we now know exactly what we're getting with iOS 7, which was unveiled at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June). Designed by Jony Ive, the system is a big departure from the current version. For starters, the interface and icons have all been completely redesigned with a 'flatter' appearance. It's certainly more modern looking.
On top of that, there are a raft of new features, including Control Center, which lets you access common settings from a swipe-up menu; a Today view in the Notification Center pull-down menu; AirDrop, which lets you transfer files via Wi-Fi to other users; a new Camera app, with new filters; and lots more.

We will see iOS 7 in autumn, most likely with the iPhone 5S, but a tweaked version could come to the iPhone 6
Apple has said that iOS 7 will be released in autumn, which should nicely coincide with the launch of the iPhone 5S. With the iPhone 6, though, we're likely to get a tweaked version of the OS that introduces some new features. For example, if the rumoured NFC chip makes it to the iPhone 6, we may see a new Apple payments app.


One of the most important part of any smartphone is the camera, with people generally preferring their phone over a compact camera. With the competition putting a lot of effort into the quality of their cameras, Apple has slightly fallen behind, with the iPhone 5's quality not matching that of the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One.
Recent rumours, reported by MacRumours have stated that the iPhone 5S will get a 12-megapixel sensor, up from the 8-megapixel version on the iPhone 5. It stands to reason that the iPhone 6 will get the same, or better, sensor.
Upping the sensor resolution can introduce problems with noise, though, as there's less light per pixel. Apple will be keen to counteract problems like this, so a lens with a faster aperture would make sense. Currently the iPhone 5 has an f2.4 lens, but an f2.2 or f2.0 lens would mean better low-light photography.


In terms of storage, 64GB has been the top model for a couple of years, so we'd expect the top model to now be 128GB. We know that Apple now has that capacity, thanks to the recent launch of a 128GB iPad 4.
The new model doubled the maximum capacity of the previous high-end iPad (64GB). This update was said to be about increasing the variety of uses for the tablet, with Apple stating that more storage was good for large files for use in applications such as CAD and music production. It's also a more useful amount of storage for photos and videos.
The update to the iPad 4 was a completely new model with a new price, so we'd expect the same range of capacities and prices to be available from the iPad 5: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. With Apple now using 128GB storage in its tablets, the question is whether or not it will provide the same range of capacities in its iPhone and iPad Mini range, too.
Given that the capacity is now available to Apple and that the smartphone market is even more competitive, we'd say that a 128GB version of the new phone is more than likely.


One of the omissions from the iPhone 5 was NFC, but with the technology starting to appear in most new Android phones, we'd expect this in the in iPhone 6. With Apple pushing its Passbook App, for storing store cards, tickets and coupons, integrating this with NFC would make a lot of sense.
With Apple also rumoured to be including a fingerprint sensor to secure transactions, it would make sense for the company to also launch a payments app, so that you can pay for items with your smartphone. Contactless card readers are becoming more and more popular in the UK, so the technology for receiving these payments is already there.
Apple did have a slight dig at NFC when it launched iOS 7's AirDrop feature, saying that its technology was easier than bumping phones together. However, that may be the case for transferring files, but for secure payments NFC is a must. Most likely, Apple's dig is because NFC is a technology that it currently doesn't have.
The current speculation is that booth NFC and a fingerprint sensor will be integrated into the home button, and will be known as TouchID when Apple introduces the new phone.


Judging what Apple will do with the processor is harder, but we'd expect an updated model in the iPhone 6. Currently the iPhone 5 has a dual-core Apple A6 processor, but a quad-core Apple A7, using ARM Cortex A15-based cores, sounds plausible to us.
It also seems more than likely that Apple will use ARM's big.LITTLE architecture. This allows a processor to have low-power cores that save on battery life, when not much CPU power is required, switching to full-power cores when more intensive tasks are required. Apple's always been hot on battery life, so this move would make sense, particularly as it's something that ARM's really pushing at the moment.
Alleged shots of the iPhone 5S have shown the internals of the phone, including an unknown processor. Obviously, you can't tell specs from a shot of a chip, but a new processor could well mean an A7 chip, which will be used in the iPhone 5S first, before making an appearance in the iPhone 6.

This alleged shot of the inside of an iPhone 5S shows an unknown processor - could it be the Apple A7?


Apple typically releases its new models at the same price as the old ones. If that holds out, then, and assuming that the 16GB model is dropped, we'd expect the 32GB model to cost £529, the 64GB model £599 and the 128GB model £699. However, if the company continues to sell the iPhone 5S, we could be in for some new pricing, with the iPhone 6 a premium model that sits above it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab™


Feel Free to Tab™. The Samsung Galaxy Tab™, the tablet device that delivers enhanced capabilities with advanced mobility, has a large, perfectly sized, 7.0" screen that offers plenty of room for the thousands of interactive games and apps available for the Android™ platform, and its slim design makes it perfect for travel and one-handed grip. Use the Galaxy Tab to relax and enjoy an e-book, watch rich video or full web content with its Adobe® Flash® Player compatibility, video chat using the front-facing camera, or send user-generated content wirelessly to other devices like your TV via AllShare™. With so many options for customization and interactivity, the Galaxy Tab gives you everything you want, anywhere you go…Feel Free to Tab™

Motorola Moto X



  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • PopupAndroid (4.2.2)
  • Dimensions:
    • 5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches (129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.59 oz (130 g)
      the average is 4.5 oz (127 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 4.7 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Pixel density:
    • 316 ppi
  • Technology:
    • AMOLED
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass


  • Talk time:
    • 13.00 hours
      the average is 12 h (708 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 10.0 days (240 hours)
      the average is 20 days (492 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 2200 mAh


  • System chip:
    • Motorola X8 (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960)
  • Processor:
    • Dual core, 1700 MHz, Krait
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 320
  • System memory:
    • 2048 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB
  • Maximum User Storage:
    • 12 GB


  • Camera:
      • Popup10 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • PopupAuto focus, Touch to focus, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 2 megapixels

Multimedia Popup

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload), Picasa


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • LTE:
    • 700 MHz Class 13, 850 MHz, 1700 MHz, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Positioning:
    • GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation