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QHD screens: yes or no; Windows Phone 8.1 update, and Sony's 6-month upgrade cycle: Q&A 19

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PhoneArena is taking a look at some intriguing topics surrounding recent events. Namely, we're answering questions about Sony's 6-month upgrade cycle, the Windows Phone 8.1 update release date, the status of QHD screens, and more!

Be sure to post your questions below for next time!

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posted on 17 Apr 2014, 04:02 2

1. Tizen007 (Posts: 488; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


It is very unlikely that Sony will ever have an equal chance to compete with the upcoming devices from the top 3 manufacturers later this year ; LG, Apple, Samsung. Once the Z3 hits the LG G3 will likely be gaining momentum with it's highly anticipated specs, Apple's iPhone 6 will be one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year with the bezel-less 3 sided YOUM Galaxy Note 4. The 6 month cycle in my opinion is not a smart move especially in 2014 when the smartphone market is showing a downward trend.

In addition to extreme competition in Q2-4, we are already 1/3 into 2014, and the Z2 production is awful.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 04:08 5

2. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


IMO,
Sony 6 month cycle must not be continued anymore
QHD displays are just useless on phone screens
and I really loved WP 8.1

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 04:15 1

3. Tizen007 (Posts: 488; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


We will have to see about the QHD though.

G3 will show people how to power a QHD device just wait a few more weeks!

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 05:51 2

9. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I think its useless, no matter which company use it.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 06:33

11. papss (unregistered)


I agree with both of you actually.. I think its unneeded BUT after seeing it I could change my mind

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 07:10 1

15. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1107; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


So are double d breast but you don't hear my complaining.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 06:40

13. Reality_Check (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I agree with a few points...
Sony's 6 month upgrade cycle should be discontinued.
QHD displays are useless according to me on smartphones, even on tablets with 7 inch screens.
Windows Phone 8.1 is good but not great.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 04:23 7

4. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1115; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Why's isn't there a file manager on some mobile OS?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 04:59 3

6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 618; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Lol..!! I see what you done there..

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 05:07 3

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 618; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


But most people do not care much about file manager as long as everythings are on order
But honestly as WP user i really miss a proper file manager on my phone which i have even had on my old Symbian phones
also i like to have a functionality to download any files form internet and share/send those to any devices.
i do not know whether this functionality is available on WP8.1 update or not

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 06:49

14. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


It isn't there.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:42 2

23. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1090; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


you mean this kind of file manager?
http://www.windowsappmania.com/2014/04/first-file-manager-for-wp81-heads-to.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 04:51 3

5. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 618; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


QHD display will be useful on +5.5 inch devices and tablets but resolution ain't everything black level, colour reproduction,brightness etc etc etc are important too...
windows phone 8.1 is so sweet a worthy long waited update with huge amount of features and will be compatible with all existing wp8 devices too...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 05:08 1

8. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


When I have enough trouble finding 1920・1200 wallpapers already (often have to make my own stuff) I'm still uninterested in QHD (prefer WUXGA) for now. Its a nice thing to have at best for me…
There really isn't QHD content that matters, and our websites just look wretchedly fuzzy anyway due to upscaling.

On a phone, 1280・720 (800 if you have those wretched soft keys) is enough and WUXGA is good ennough for me on a tablet. Id sooner see display quality itself get better and better.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 05:59

10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1696; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


So PA, when can we expect a full WP8.1 review from you guys?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 06:35 3

12. papss (unregistered)


I just hope that robot ray doesn't do it. :)

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:18 2

20. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1696; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


John V is the best reviewer at PA. :)

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:31 1

21. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1090; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


omg. well that sucks...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 07:21

16. drazwy (Posts: 113; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


I welcome any screen improvements. QHD, 2k, 4k. Bring it. I like WP. I had a 920 for a bit. But being on T-mobile, i doubt i'll ever get to use it again as they just aren't interested in a high end WP device.
Sony isn't on a 6 month release cycle. It's a myth at this point. I dont' consider a trickle of devices in one country a success. Don't announce 3 months before your release. Bring that time within 2 weeks if not on the day of announcement, like HTC did this year. You lose too much momentum releasing do far out of the announcement. Even if they didn't have production issues it was too late. Get that device out before the big players. Be first in the flurry of new releases.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 07:59

17. sam3k (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 May 2013)


So no sense in getting the z2 , because z3 is just around the corner, sony you need just 1 solid phone for the year and you'll be fine.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:10 1

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5457; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Ray, what lengths would you go to rescue your beloved smartphone? Would you jump into a storm drain to rescue it? :D

( Example: http://goo.gl/BVLVMk )

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:17 2

19. jeso86 (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Can these videos be done by someone without such strong accent? Nothing against him but it really makes listening a pain...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:40

22. lalalaman (Posts: 278; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Q:will samsung upgrade its new UI to samsung galaxy S4?i really like it and wish they do.Is there any other way of changing it?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:53 1

24. Cha7520 (Posts: 208; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


There is just some really creepy about that guy.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:09

25. tokuzumi (Posts: 231; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


As long as QHD screens are going to add needless cost to the price of phones, I'm ok with it. But just to have them, so companies can say "look at the shiny object everyone....ooooooooooooo" is not a good enough reason to mass produce a QHD screen. I just wish phones would stop getting bigger and bigger. Make a high-end phone with a "smaller" (4.5") screen. With the current PPI yields, it would not be too much of an issue to make a 1080p screen that size. If someone wants a phone the size of a tv, let them buy one. But companies need to make a worthwhile phone that actually fits into someone's hand. The S4 mini and the One mini phones are gimped, and are all but forgotten by the manufacturers after they launch. Manufacturer support only goes to the halo phones.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 11:26

26. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Why do you always look so angry in your photo?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 12:44

27. isprobi (Posts: 186; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I think Sony's 6 month cycle is a good thing as long as the updates are meaningful. For instance I have an Xperia Z Ultra. I would probably buy the new version if it had a flash for the camera and stereo speakers. It should be possible to do that upgrade in 6 months. Then 6 month later a better camera and 3 GB RAM. Then in another 6 months all that with the latest CPU.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 19:20

28. Ashoaib (Posts: 1212; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Hi Ray, what are CGS and OGS displays? Is CGS better then IPS lcd or not?

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