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Oppo Find 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Phablet Comparison

The recently unveiled Find 7 by up and coming Chinese smartphone maker Oppo offers a cutting-edge spec sheet that boasts impressive features which many users were hoping to see on the relatively disappointing Samsung Galaxy S5. So how well does Oppo’s latest flagship stand up to the gold standard of phablets, the Galaxy Note 3? We take a look. Ever since Samsung released the Galaxy Note 3 last September handset makers have been in an arms race to deliver a better, more powerful phablet experience. While LG G Pro 2 officially arrived in February at Mobile World Congress with high hopes of becoming the biggest rival to the Note 3, LG isn’t the only company looking to keep Samsung from dominating the phablet market. The recently unveiled Find 7 by up and coming Chinese smartphone maker Oppo offers a cutting-edge spec sheet that boasts impressive features which many users were hoping to see on the relatively disappointing Galaxy S5. As … Continue reading Oppo Find 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Phablet Comparison

Nokia Lumia 1520 Outperforms Samsung Galaxy S5 in Basemark X Gaming Benchmark

Mobile benchmarking firm Rightware has crowned the Lumia 1520 as the “Top Gaming Phone,” outperforming the latest upcoming flagship from Samsung. Mobile gaming has come a long way since the days of Sodoku and Snake, and for those expecting a major breakthrough with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S5, you may be in for quite a surprise. Mobile benchmarking firm Rightware has published a set of benchmark results that illustrate the gaming powers of the Lumia 1520, placing it above the upcoming flagship from Samsung. What is interesting to note is that the Lumia 1520 managed to score 6 percentage points higher in the Basemark X benchmark than the Samsung Galaxy S5 despite being powered by the slightly dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, compared to the Snapdragon 801 found in the Galaxy S5. Since we are talking about gaming tests it is important to note that both devices feature the same Adreno 330 GPU, with the Snapdragon 801 being … Continue reading Nokia Lumia 1520 Outperforms Samsung Galaxy S5 in Basemark X Gaming Benchmark

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Tips and Tricks

The latest flagship phablet from Samsung has a larger display, a faster processor, and even more capabilities than before. These tips and tricks will help you get the most out of the Galaxy Note 3. 1. Increase Your Productivity with Multi-Window One of the best features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the ability to run two apps side by side, but its easily over looked if you don’t know where to find it. The multi-window tab looks like a little arrow button on the left side of the screen, you can toggle the tab on or off by long-pressing the back key. You can move the bar to any side of the screen by long-pressing the rounded tab while it’s open. When closed, the tab can be moved up or down using the same method. If you are not seeing the multi-window tab make sure the feature is enabled by going to Settings > Display. Using multi-window is … Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Tips and Tricks

LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Phablet Comparison

Samsung set the gold standard of phablets with its Galaxy Note series, and while there are a few other likely candidates, we suspect the biggest rival to the company’s largest and most premium flagship could be the latest handset from an age old foe. Earlier last week at Mobile World Congress, LG officially unveiled its largest phablet to date, the G Pro 2, giving another option to the growing number of consumers who are in the market for a supersized smartphone. Samsung set the gold standard of phablets with its Galaxy Note series, and while there are a few other likely candidates, we suspect the biggest rival to the company’s largest and most premium flagship could be the latest handset from an age old foe. Spec by spec, the LG G Pro 2 just might have what it takes to stand up against the top contender of the fiercely competitive phablet market, but it will have to overcome a few … Continue reading LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Phablet Comparison

Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014

After an exhausting week, this year’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain is finally coming to a close but not without confirming the latest trend in mobile computing – the rise of the phablet. Handset makers introduced a plethora of big-screen smartphones ranging from 5 inches to more than 7 inches, including some older model tablets updated with LTE connectivity. Below, we take a look at the most notable phablets from this year’s technology extravaganza. Samsung Galaxy S5 The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a 5.1-inch upgrade to the year older Galaxy S4 and sports a full HD screen. Under the hood, Samsung made an upgrade from the Snapdragon 800 chipset to the slightly improved Snapdragon 801. Unfortunately, Samsung did not go with the Snapdragon 805, or the rumored 2560×1440 screen resolution that many were expecting. In fact, the slightly larger screen with the same 1920×1080 resolution means pixel density is slightly lower than the Galaxy S4, which some claim … Continue reading Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014

Samsung and Qualcomm Demo Cat6 LTE Galaxy Note 3 at WMC 2014

Qualcomm on Monday conducted the world’s first live demonstrations of LTE Category 6 connectivity at MWC 2014 using a specially modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a Snapdragon 805 processor and Gobi 9×35 modem. The Galaxy Note 3 prototype – specially developed and modified for the LTE Cat 6 demonstrations – reached download speeds of 300Mbps, making it the fastest and most powerful device of its kind. The LTE Cat6 connection demo was made possible thanks to Qualcomm’s fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem, the Gobi 9×35 (cousin of the Gobi 9×30), which is twice as fast as anything found commercially. It is also the first cellular modem to be announced based on 20 nm technology. Additionally, it supports global carrier aggregation deployments up to 40 MHz for both LTE TDD and FDD, and is backwards compatible to support all other major cellular technologies, including WCDMA /MC-HSPA, CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev. B, GSM/EDGE and TD-SCDMA. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 prototype also features … Continue reading Samsung and Qualcomm Demo Cat6 LTE Galaxy Note 3 at WMC 2014

Sprint brings free Wi-Fi calling to the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 mini

Sprint officially announced on Friday that it will be bringing its free Wi-Fi calling service to the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4 mini, with plans to add more devices later this year. An over-the-air update is required before the service will be enabled, and Sprint says that update will be rolled out over the next few weeks. Wi-Fi calling is beneficial for users who don’t have proper network coverage in their home or office and will allow users to make phone calls and send text messages using their local Wi-Fi networks rather than relying on mobile networks. In order to take advantage of Wi-Fi Calling, a customer will simply need a compatible device, enable the feature through a web interface, and begin using it. No monthly charge will be assessed for the use of Wi-Fi Calling. According to Sprint, Android Location Services must be turned on in order to make Wifi calls, and the feature will only be … Continue reading Sprint brings free Wi-Fi calling to the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy Mega Plus specs emerge in AnTuTu benchmark leak

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 with Broadcom chipset, the Galaxy Mega Plus will perform 40% better thanks to its 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. The Samsung Galaxy Mega Plus has been benchmarked at AnTuTu, and test results show the recently leaked phone is 40% faster than its predecessor, the Galaxy Mega 5.8. In this rehash, Samsung replaces the processor with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, so no more MediaTek chipset as some have previously rumored. Unfortunately most of the other specs will remain the same. You still have the 5.8-inch screen with the disappointing 540×960 resolution and TFT technology, Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable via mcro SD), the same 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, and the same 2600 mAh battery. The unit benchmarked at AnTuTu was running Android 4.3, but hopefully Samsung will manage to make it run Android 4.4 KitKat before the phone is … Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Mega Plus specs emerge in AnTuTu benchmark leak