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Sony Announces Xperia Z4v, A Waterproof Phone

Original story from: http://www.nextpowerup.com/news/21808/sony-announces-xperia-z4v-a-waterproof-phone/

Sony has unveiled its latest Xperia phone, the Xperia Z4v, and it will be available through Verizon Wireless this summer. The Xperia Z4v runs Android and is waterproof. Sony has included a 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 display, 20.7-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera with the handset.

This handset is definitely a high-end device as it also features a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, 32 GB of storage, microSD (up to 128 GB), and the ability to play 4K video.

Entire PS4 games can be played on the phone if a user has their console on the same WiFi network as their Xperia Z4v. The phone will be available in black or white.

Now that Sony has announced an upgraded device, one that is superior to the Xperia Z4 or Xperia Z3+, would you buy the Xperia Z4v if it were released globally?

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InnJoo Fire Review: A New King Of Mid-Range Smartphones

Original review from: http://www.techrez.com/innjoo-fire-review/

 

I do not have a track-record of being unnecessarily hyped by upcoming mobile devices, because most times they disappoint and it hurts real bad. However, the InnJoo Fire has thus far proved to be different, InnJoo has effectively given a very tough competition to other smartphone vendors targeting Nigeria’s emerging market.

InnJoo Fire is Nigeria-centric, in other words, the smartphone is specially designed for Nigerians who have proved to be heavy mobile users. Of course, this would mean that they require sophisticated internal components under the hood. Smartphones with such capability do exist, but they will cost an arm and a leg to proudly own one. That gap is what InnJoo has attempted to displace with the Fire smartphone. Did the company succeed or is it another Amazon Fire phone which ended up being an embarrassing flop? We will find out!

InnJoo silently entered the Nigeria mobile market a little over a year ago, it’s been quietly gaining traction with the brand, the One smartphone launched in the early part of 2015 was an aesthetically pleasing phone, which has now been complimented with the Fire smartphone that appears to be gaining surprise popularity across Nigeria.

Without wasting much time, let’s dive deep into the InnJoo Fire review.

Design

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InnJoo Fire rocks a 5-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, on direct sunlight it wasn’t that bad with auto brightness turned on. The display supports a resolution of 960 x 540. This is a minor let down, although complimented by other features that makes the smartphone value for money.

On the design side, InnJoo Fire comes with multiple colours – classic black, elegant white, luxury gold, and natural bamboo yellow. The device has a firm grip and offers standard buttons. The power button is located at the left side of the device, while the volume rocker key can be found just at the right side of the smartphone.

The back is removable, which reveals the battery, dual SIM ports, and microSD slot. What else? The shell looks pleasing at first sight, made of Poly Carbonate. The rounded edges like what’s available on the BlackBerry Z30 make the Fire smartphone really cool and “premium-alike.”

Camera

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Let me pause to say that InnJoo Fire doesn’t have one of the best camera out there, the rear and front-facing camera is slammed with a 5 MP sensor. I do not know if the rear camera was sacrificed to compliment for the front-facing camera which does output impressive selifes with great composition.

The 5 MP rear camera is well position at the back, top edge of the smartphone. It is accompanied with dual LED flaglight.

Despite having 5 MP shutter camera, I have little or nothing to complain about the Fire smartphone since images taken passed the average mark. However, if you insist on getting more megapixels which doesn’t really equate to better image quality, then this smartphone is not for you. You may have to get the InnJoo One which has an impressive 13 MP sensor.

Connectivity

InnJoo didn’t include a 4G radio on the smartphone. You will be limited to 3G connectivity. In exception of Lagos, 4G hasn’t really taken off in Nigeria, so this should really not be much of a problem.

Before you insist on 4G, you have to know that LTE connectivity is a battery drainer. In Nigeria, turning on the 4G network, if available, could be disastrous considering the poor power infrastructure.

Unlike established markets, where power is uninterrupted, no one really cares much about battery issues because there is always a wall socket to hug. Haha.. If you know what I mean..

The smartphone doesn’t come with NFC, you don’t expect that. Do you? There is WiFi and Bluetooth to make your connectivity issues easy, however.

See: InnJoo Fire Full Features And Specifications

Processor And RAM

This is where InnJoo Fire scores high. The smartphone is powered by Mediatek quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3GHz. It effectively uses Mali-400 GPU, coupled with an unbelievable 2 GB RAM.  Surely, that wasn’t a typo. It’s a massive 2 GB RAM slammed in this pretty device.

These internal components under-the-hood does the give the smartphone speed and power, the performance in greatly enhanced for multi-tasking and gaming without lag. The new-gen GPU also complements with better colour display.

The 2 GB RAM slammed on this device makes the smartphone the new king of mid-range devices in Nigeria. It’s affordability, speed and performance blows other smartphones out-of-the-water.

Storage And Operating System

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This isn’t one of those ridiculous smartphones with 8 GB internal memory. I mean, InnJoo does almost everything right with the InnJoo Fire while keeping the smartphone under N20,000 ($90). It blows my mind seeing what the mobile vendor could achieve, using quality materials and offering the device at a very cheap price. You have to forgive me if I am over-stretching the price-tag. I just feel like I have to lay more emphases on it, because the price tag was never anticipated, considering there are other smartphones which can’t pull-off these kind of specifications but enjoy a fairly high price tag.

On the Fire smartphone, you have 16 GB of internal memory which could further be expanded via microSD cards. The max that can be accepted at this time is 32 GB external storage.

InnJoo Fire runs on Android 4.4 kitkat, implementing its custom UI called InnUI, it provides stylish lock-screen animations and lots of other features. There is load of built-in apps on the device which can immediately keep you busy one your first usage.

Battery

There is a 2500mAh battery available to you, which can be revealed when you remove the back cover.

The battery is further optimised by InnUI with built-in power saving options that ensures you get the most out of your smartphone.

Whether you are a light user or a heavy user like me, the battery life is impressive enough to keep you running for the day.

Conclusion

InnJoo Fire has ended the mediocre specifications available to mid-rang smartphones designed for emerging markets.

It has raised the benchmark for emerging markets. With 2 GB RAM, you get optimal performance and enough resources for gaming, which is further enhanced by it quad-core processor and GPU.

The smartphone is 8.9 mm thick and weighs only 162g.

For me, what dropped my jaw is the sweet price spot. The price tag complimented for some features that were under-looked. This surely helped the InnJoo Fire gain higher review score.

No doubt, the Nigeria mobile market has just been rejuvenated and it’s the InnJoo Fire that has made that feat entirely possible.

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How Windows 10 will change smartphones forever

How Windows 10 will change smartphones forever

 

Original story at: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/how-windows-10-will-change-smartphones-forever-1294472

 

Phones have had a renaissance over the past half-decade. Gone is the idea that they are used simply for calls and texting, replaced by an all-capable device that can run apps, surf the internet, video call and more.

Led by the iPhone in 2007, touchscreen technology and software improvements have meant that phones no longer need a keyboard and can have a large screen and a high pixel density. Other manufacturers, from HTC to Samsung, have added their own take on what makes a "smartphone," redefining the market in the process.

Now, it seems that it's Microsoft's turn. After years of relative obscurity in the world of smartphones – Windows Phone, despite having some good ideas and positive reviews has never been a commercial success – Redmond has decided to take a different tack, incorporating its weakest asset into the biggest: Windows Phone has now become Windows.

Redefining the smartphone

Previously, Windows Phone was similar in design ideas to Windows 8 but was never actually one and the same thing. There was always the promise on the horizon that the two would merge and apps created for one would work on the other (an idea that I argued would not shift the fortunes of Windows Phone), but with Windows 10 for Phones Microsoft has gone further and could, if the implementation is right, redefine how we see phones.

The implementation is, with hindsight, blindingly obvious: all you need is an HDMI connection, a keyboard and a mouse and your phone transforms into a computer. Windows 10 powers the experience and it's cohesive across all platforms, with apps being useable across them all. Working in Office on your phone plugged into a monitor is exactly the same as it would be if you were using a desktop, meaning that serious work can be done on a phone.

There are, of course, caveats that may prevent this from being an immediate success. Microsoft has stated that "new hardware" is needed to enable this feature and no current phone that is eligible for a Windows 10 update complies. Shifting hardware is a mixed bag where Microsoft is concerned with certain ventures, such as the Surface models, gaining relative success. The acquisition of Nokia makes far more sense in this light, despite the fact that it's losing money annually, as the company now has a foothold in the PC market. They would, as Steve Jobs liked to say, own the "whole widget".

Whether the need to upgrade to get Continuum will alienate current Windows Phone users remains to be seen, as does the problem of whether the feature is enough to warrant the purchase of a phone. Microsoft's suggested use case of new phone buyers mainly applies within developing nations, many of whom do not have £600 (or $600) to spend on a handset, even if it does rule out the need to buy a PC.

These niggles aside, if Microsoft can make this work the firm will be in a position that few others are in: they will have cracked the smartphone/PC divide, streamlining the experience and reaping the rewards.

Continuum has the potential to not only redefine how people see smartphones but also computers. Compared to flying cars having a phone/PC hybrid is unexciting, but it is transformative nonetheless. If people stop seeing desktops and laptops as necessary, then Microsoft is in the perfect position within a market that is incredibly fertile.

Desktop sales, according to IDC estimates, are falling substantially year-over-year while smartphone sales continue to set records, even at the expensive $500-plus price point, showing that finally Microsoft has its eyes firmly set on the future and what that may bring.

Previous flops

There will be use cases that don't work on a smartphone, and of course companies have tried this before. Motorola had a project that allowed a similar thing to happen, except via hardware that included an HDMI port and various USB ports. Due to advancements in Bluetooth technology, coupled with the expansion of online services such as Google Drive or Dropbox, there is less impetus to include USB ports.

It's arguable that all a laptop needs is a single charging port, an idea that Apple is currently exploring, and a phone complies with this potentially new norm. Motorola made the mistake of requiring actual new hardware whereas Microsoft is tapping into things people already have – a monitor with HDMI, a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Only Microsoft knows how many people will actually 'switch' their phone into a PC but the potential impact upon how we define a "smartphone" and how we define a "PC" could be extraordinary if it catches on.

There have been various reasons why people have shunned Windows Phone, from apps to the interface – but being able to use the device as a PC, thus meaning that you don't need a PC, is a compelling reason to go Windows with your handset that no other manufacturer can boast. Even Apple, which has made a big show of its Continuity feature, cannot say that if you plug an iPhone into an HDMI port, attach a keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth and boot it up, that the handset will become a fully-fledged PC.

It hasn't been often over the past decade or so that Microsoft has really pushed the envelope within the consumer space. Windows, of course, is still used by millions of people but embarrassing implementations, such as Vista, have marred its reputation and alienated a lot of users. Backtracking on various Windows 8 features – or, you could argue, including them in the first place – has also done nothing to improve Redmond's relationship with its actual users.

It's now an oft-beaten drum, but Satya Nadella's Microsoft appears to be far more open to ideas and this is largely reflected within Windows 10. Opening up the software to users ahead of time is an unprecedented move and the feedback is actually being worked upon and incorporated.

This will mean less blind mistakes as a company and, on top of innovations such as Continuum, could lead Microsoft into first place and redefine how we, as users, define a "smartphone" and a "computer".

 

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Sony Unveils Xperia Z3 Plus In The UK

Sony Unveils Xperia Z3 Plus In The UK

Original story from: http://www.techrez.com/sony-unveils-xperia-z3-plus-in-the-uk/

 

Last week, it was reported that Sony would be holding a press conference in Tiawan on Wednesday, May 27 and in Hong Kong the following day where the Xperia Z3 plus would be revealed.

The Xperia Z3 plus is known as Xperia Z4 in Japan where it was silently launched last month. A lot of people thought the device would be locked to Japan, but Sony has revealed other plans which will see the hotly anticipated device launching globally.

However, Sony has explained why the name is different in the international market. The Xperia Z3 plus is similar to the original Xperia Z3, just for some upgrade under the hood.

This is what Sony said;

“The main reason for the name difference here is down to Sony being such a dominant force in the Japanese market [where] consumers crave flagship devices with the latest features as soon as they can be delivered”.

Sony replaced the quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset on the Xperia Z3 with a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 chipeset. The Xperia Z3 plus retains the 5.2-inch IPS LCD 1080p display, and 20 MP primary camera.

Although, the camera department saw a major upgrade in terms of features, while the selfie camera has also been revamped for taking pictures with great composition.

“Xperia Z3+ will continue to use premium materials such as aluminium and glass. However, the design will be further simplified and even more seamless, with less covers and less seams on the frames,” said Sony.

Sony is yet to release any information on the release date and pricing. Analysts believe the smartphone could make a commercial appearance during the summer. There may not be another Xperia flagship until Qualcomm completes the production process of its Snapdragon 820 chipset which promises to be more powerful with minimal thermal heat being released.

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Two New LG Mid-range Devices Announced: The G4 Stylus and G4c

Two New LG Mid-range Devices Announced: The G4 Stylus and G4c

LG Electronics officially announced today that they will be adding two new members to the G4 family, the G4 Stylus and the G4c.  Both devices will be in the mid-range category and are great alternatives to the more high end devices in the G4 line.  The real question is, can these two smartphones match up to the other devices in the mid-range market? Both smartphones will be shipping to retailers around the world in the next several weeks throughout the month of May.

Let’s first take a look at the G4 Stylus.  This device is a 5.7-inch handset and just as the name implies, the G4 Stylus comes equipped with the Rubberdium Stylus made by LG.  This stylus makes it possible to write notes or practice your sketching skills on the generous 5.7-inch screen.  The G4 Stylus features a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing camera for pictures or the convenience of Skype calls.  With 1GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz Quad-Core chipset you should have no trouble at all with browsing the net or multitasking without experiencing any sort of lag.

When talking about the G4 Stylus’s younger sibling the G4c, the two devices are very similar and the G4c inherits many of the premium features that the G4 Stylus has.  Some of the differences include a 5.0-inch screen instead the 5.7.  The G4c shares the 5MP facing camera but the rear facing camera is only equipped with an 8MP rather than a 13MP, though they do share both the memory size and the chipset size, so there will be no downgrading in that area.

The G4 Stylus and the G4c are both perfect examples of a premium smartphone at an affordable price. Here is a list of both devices Specs.

 

G4 Stylus Key Specifications:

■ Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core (LTE) / 1.4GHz Octa-Core (3G)

■ Display: 5.7-inch HD IPS (258ppi)

■ Memory: 1GB RAM / 8GB ROM / microSD

■ Camera: Rear 13MP (LTE) or 8MP (3G) / Front 5MP

■ Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)

■ Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop

■ Size: 154.3 x 79.2 x 9.6mm

■ Weight: 163g

■ Network: LTE / 3G

■ Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC / A-GPS / Glonass / USB 2.0

■ Colors: Metallic Silver / Floral White

■ Other: Stylus Pen / Laser Auto Focus / Gesture Shot / Glance View / Knock Code™

 

G4c Key Specifications:

■ Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core

■ Display: 5.0-inch HD IPS (294ppi)

■ Memory: 1GB RAM / 8GM ROM / microSD

■ Camera: Rear 8MP / Front 5MP

■ Battery: 2,540mAh (removable)

■ Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop

■ Size: 139.7 x 69.8 x 10.2mm

■ Weight: 136g

■ Network: LTE

■ Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC / A-GPS / Glonass / USB 2.0

■ Colors: Metallic Gray / Ceramic White / Shiny Gold

■ Other: Gesture Shot / Glance View / Knock Code™

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Video board CV318H pulled from working T.V

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iPhone 4 Verizon for sale

iPhone 4 Verizon for sale

Good condition Iphone 4 for sale $130

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SAMSUNG-PN64D8000-PLASMA-TV-LJ41-09453A-Y-MAIN-MODULE

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Sony Vaio Laptop for sale!!! Like New...Great Price $329.00. Comes with charger, Windows 7 ultimate and Office 2007 preloaded

Sony Vaio Laptop for sale!!! Like New...Great Price $329.00. Comes with charger, Windows 7 ultimate and Office 2007 preloaded

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We have here at our Gadgets Repair Wesley Chapel location a like new: 

 

Sony VAIO PCG-71913L. 640 GB HD, 4 GB HD, Core i3 15.6" Display, Windows 7 Ultimate.

 

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Cell Phone Repair Franchise with Gadgets Repair

 

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