Feb 02, 2016 - 11:57 AM - by dgstorm
If taking the best photos and videos is your top priority for a smartphone, then you might want to take a look at the latest Asus device over at B&H Photo. They are now selling the Unlocked version of the Asus ZenFone Zoom for just $399.99 here in the United States. What makes this device stand out is the 13MP PixelMaster rear camera, which includes a 3X optical zoom and optical image stabilization without a protrusion.
Here's a recap of the rest of the phone's specs:
- 5.5-inch 1080p display
- Intel Atom quad-core processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 13 megapixel camera sensor with 10-element lens, 3x optical zoom without protrusion, optical image stabilization
- 5 megapixel selfie camera
- 64GB of storage
- microSD up to 128GB
- 3,000mAh battery
- 2.5G (EDGE, GSM/GPRS ) MHz:850, 900, 1800, 1900
- 3.5G (HSPA+, UMTS/WCDMA ) MHz:850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100
- 4G (LTE ) Bands:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20
Above and below we included links for your to buy one. You can also check out our dedicated Asus ZenFone Zoom section for further discussion: ASUS Zenfone ZOOM | Android Forum at DroidForums.net
Source: B&H Photo - Asus ZenFone Zoom
Feb 02, 2016 - 11:24 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest rumors, Sundar Pichai, the current CEO of Android, and his colleagues might be considering switching up the strategy with the Nexus line to be more "Apple-like." Specifically, the rumor-mill is suggesting that Pichai wants Google to take more control of the direction of both hardware and software for the Nexus series of phones. Here's a quote with more of the details from the source of this rumor,
"Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his lieutenants have signaled to colleagues and outsiders that the company wants to take greater control over its program for making “Nexus” smartphones, which are powered by Google’s Android software. The change would effectively reduce the level of involvement of hardware partners that make the phones with Google, a group which has included Samsung, Motorola, LG and Huawei."
We can see two sides to this move. On the one hand, if Google takes more control over the hardware and software of Nexus phones, it could be a boon for reducing fragmentation and for increasing security, performance and reliability for Nexus Android devices. On the other hand, it's possible that the various potential Nexus OEMs (like LG, HTC, Samsung, etc) might balk at the idea that they have to give up more control to Google. It would do the Nexus line no good if no one wants to make it. Share your thoughts.
Feb 01, 2016 - 5:22 PM - by dgstorm
The NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 just started receiving a new update from NVIDIA. The hottest gaming tablet on the planet needs some extra love and attention because the cutting edge sometimes develops more issues. This update improves security, fixes some bugs and more. Here's a quick breakdown of the changelog:
- Optimized behavior of legacy apps that lead to instances of increased power consumption
- Improvements to Wi-Fi connectivity
- Fixed crashes in Performance, Power, and Display settings
- Fixed crashes in Gamepad Mapper
- Fixed Doom 3 not launching
- Added back SHIELD controller touch pad functionality
- Added support for Stylus Lasso Capture functionality
- Update to Android 6.0 Security Patch Level January 2016
- Fixes to App Optimization feature
Sound off if you have already received your update 1.1 for the NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1.
Jan 22, 2016 - 11:38 AM - by dgstorm
From today through to Monday, January 25th, Sprint has a 4-Day Dash promo that might be worth checking out. You can save up to $200 when you trade-in a working smartphone toward a new LG G4 and Sprint's service. This offer is in addition to (stacks with) all of Sprint's other current offers. Here's a quote with more of the details,
- Sprint offers the opportunity to switch and save 50% off most AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon rate plans.
- Sprint delivers the fastest LTE Plus download speeds according to Nielsen Mobile Performance data—faster than Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.
- Sprint covers your switching fees up to $650 per line, via American Express reward card after online registration.
- Switching is easy! You can visit a Sprint store, go online or call 1-800-SPRINT1 to make the switch from your current carrier to Sprint. And, you can keep your same phone number.
- With Direct2You, you can have a Sprint expert deliver a new phone to you virtually whenever and wherever you want – for free.
- This weekend, you can get a minimum $200 trade-in on any smartphone when you purchase an LG G4. Check back at www.sprint.com for future limited-time-only offers.
For more info, here's Sprint's promo link: Now’s the Time to Switch to Sprint and Save $200 When You Purchase LG G4 and trade in any smartphone | Sprint Newsroom
Jan 19, 2016 - 11:14 AM - by dgstorm
The latest Nexus intel suggests that Google is letting HTC jump back in the ring for at least two new Nexus devices. The rumor doesn't specify any details on these devices, except that they will be a 5-inch and a 5.5-inch device. If true, it seems that HTC will be the primary Nexus device maker this year. Alternatively, it could be that Google plans to introduce two new Nexus devices along with some from other OEMs, or some combination thereof.
Either way, if the rumor is true, you could easily infer that Google is trying to help HTC stay in the game. It's no secret that HTC's business is on critical life support. Last year their revenues slid 34%. Giving them a crack at the next Nexus infuses them with some much needed capital and clout in the Android world In retrospect, HTC was the first OEM to make a Nexus device: the HTC Nexus One (shown above). The only other Nexus device to come from HTC was the Nexus 9 tablet. It could be argued that it's simply their turn again.
We will keep an eye out for an corroborating evidence of this rumor.
Jan 13, 2016 - 4:46 PM - by dgstorm
It's not too often that we get free gear from the various mobile vendors of the world. Today breaks that trend. The folks at Gearbest were kind enough to send us a cool new toy to try out. We have the Onda V820W Android & Windows 10 Dual-Boot Tablet!
Of course, we felt compelled to review it, so that's what we have brought you today! First, here are the internal specs of the Onda V820W:
- 8-inch 1280x800 IPS Retina capacitive touchscreen
- Intel Atom X5 Z8300 Quad-Core CPU 1.84GHz / Intel HD Gen8 Graphics
- 2GB DDR3L RAM + 32GB ROM, microSD support up to 128GB
- Front and rear camera at 2.0MP
- Bluetooth/OTG/WiFi/HDMI functions
- 4200mAh battery
- Dual-boot between Android 4.4 KitKat and Windows 10
The first question that comes to mind for the review is why Onda decided to include Android 4.4/KitKat instead of (at least) Android 5/Lollipop? Considering the timetable of the release of this device, it seems like an odd choice. Ultimately, it didn't hinder the experience of the tablet too much, so we will give it a pass.
Instead of the usual multi-page monstrosity that you folks normally see reviewers use, we will respect your desire for brevity and throw down a bullet-point of all of our primary thoughts regarding this intriguing dual-boot tablet. This should serve as a quick summary to most of the relevant things that matter when considering a purchase of the Onda V820W.
Case Design & Aesthetics -
- Good looking outer case design and aesthetics
- Nice light weight and surprisingly thin for a budget-friendly tablet
- We liked the texture on the back - it makes the tablet easier to hold
- No included wall-charger could be a turn off (but includes USB transfer and charging cable for PCs/Macs)
- Connectivity is pretty robust with microSD, HDMI & More
Display Quality -
- Good but unremarkable display quality with bright colors and sharp images/text
- The glass of the display is a bit too glossy for background lights
- The glass doesn't feel as smooth as other tabs - not rough, just a bit "dull"
Performance & battery life -
- Dual-boot between Windows 10 and Android is quick and easy - (really cool selling point)
- Snappy performance in Android, with only some minor and rare lag in Windows 10
- Surprisingly good gaming performance in Windows 10, especially considering the anemic 2GB of RAM
- Solid WiFi connection
- Audio is pretty bad - the onboard speaker is practically unusable, but using the headphone jack was marginally better
- Relatively mediocre battery life (for a tablet), but fits about what you would expect for the price
- Tablet Shuts off in Windows 10 when left for a long time (and must be rebooted with a long press of power button) - this is obviously the power saving settings of the OS as the same thing did not occur with the tablet in Android mode
Camera Quality -
- Both cameras are terrible - wouldn't use them for pictures or video, but maybe Skype if you are desperate
Other things we liked that are worth mentioning -
- Cool that it includes a version of Microsoft Office for Tablets
- The Windows Logo on the front of the case is actually functional - brings up the Start Menu in Windows 10
Other things we didn't like that are worth mentioning -
- In Windows 10 you must manually bring up the keyboard for any time you want to type - for example, when tapping in a Google Search bar it won't automatically bring up a keyboard - (this could be a setting we are unaware of)
- Edge browser doesn't resize web images and web sites properly (again... setting maybe?)
Ultimately, we would say that wherever you can get this tablet for less than $100, it is a decent investment if you want a dual-boot tablet which includes Android and Windows 10. At any price above that, we can't recommend it.
The Onda V820W is currently on sale at Gearbest for the next 5 days. Its normal retail price is $155.77, which is not a good deal considering the tablet's shortcomings; however, the current sale price of only $85.49 is worth considering if you have no need for quality audio or a decent camera. At that price it's practically a... [Read More]
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