featured From CES 2015 – Brands to watch in the US: ZTE (part 2 of 2)
ZTE has more than 65 mobile devices for sale in the US market, many of them designed for prepaid...
Poll results: Which phone announced at CES 2015 appeals to you the most?
The CES 2015 expo is over, and, while most of it in recent years has been focused on consumer electronics different from phones and tablets, there were still major announcements from some of the world's best handset makers...
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featured From CES 2015 – Brands to watch in the US: Alcatel (part 1 of 2)
Alcatel is the brand that TCL has successfully licensed to deliver mobile products throughout Europe and...
BLU Life One XL hands-on
Extra large, that’s clearly the take when we read the “XL” part of the BLU Life One XL. Not surprisingly, it’s a new smartphone announced by BLU during CES 2015, which boasts similar specs to the BLU Life One, but it’s naturally larger in size. In particular, it’s sporting a larger sized 5.5-inch 720 x 1280 display
BLU Life One hands-on
It’s one thing to have your phones powered by processors from MediaTek, but it’s another to have them powered by Qualcomm. With the latter, phones outfitted with them tend to see a higher premium than ones running chips from the former – and that’s exactly what we get in the BLU Life One.
BLU Studio X Plus hands-on
When we see the word “Plus” to any smartphone, it normally means that it’s a larger version of a handset. Well, it’s no surprise that’s what exactly the BLU Studio X Plus is all about, seeing that it’s basically a larger variant of its sibling in the BLU Studio X.
BLU Studio X hands-on
BLU wants to get our attention in a desperate way, and they’ve been able to do that by announcing a bunch of new Android powered smartphones in time for CES 2015. The one we’re paying attention in this article is the BLU Studio X, a smartphone that sells itself on having an aggressive price point of $129.
Huawei Honor 4X hands-on
We all know that Huawei is known for making some cheap phones, cheap as in aggressively affordable that is. One of them in particularly, the Huawei Honor 4X, was present in the company’s showroom floor during CES 2015 – so we thought it’d be great to check it out.
Huawei Honor 6 Plus hands-on
Huawei didn’t make any major smartphone announcements during CES 2015, but that didn’t stop us from checking out one of its newest smartphones – the Huawei Honor 6 Plus. Everything about this smartphone screams top-notch, as its specs sheet is riddled from head-to-toe with cutting-edge hardware to compete against its distinguished rivals.
ZTE Nubia Z7 mini hands-on
After spending some hands-on time with the monster sized Nubia Z7 at ZTE’s booth over at CES 2015, we also managed to spot its compact variant in the ZTE Nubia Z7 mini nearby. Naturally, there are several similarities between the two smartphones, but the most notable difference here, however, is how the phone is more form-fitting in size.
ZTE Star II hands-on
If ZTE was planning on releasing the Star II commercially in the US market, we suspect that the...
ZTE Nubia Z7 hands-on
Care and attention is evident throughout the ZTE Nubia Z7’s design, since it bears all the premium qualities to make it one darling looking smartphone. Sure, its design language will draw many comparisons, but ZTE has especially concocted an attractive looking smartphone that doesn’t skimp in the feel, look, and construction.
BLU Studio Energy hands-on
Even now, as phones become larger in size, faster in performance, and sport higher display resolutions, battery life is a constant thing that companies need to be concerned about. BLU, impressively enough, takes things to a grander scale with the introduction of the BLU Studio Energy – a monster of a phone because of its 5000 mAh super battery.
BLU Vivo Air hands-on
BLU has been making some waves of late at CES, where they announced a staggering 7 new smartphones running Android. One of them in particular, the BLU Vivo Air, stands out profoundly more than the other models because of its incredibly ultra-thin design of 5.1mm. It doesn’t necessarily break any records, but it’s still something that’s noteworthy.
Yezz Billy 4.7 hands-on
Surely, the name alone is rather strange for a smartphone, but the Yezz Billy 4.7 is actually named after Microsoft’s founder, Bill Gates. We managed to get some quick hands-on time with the dual-SIM Windows Phone during CES 2015 – where it can be currently purchased online for a mere $200 outright.
BLU Win HD hands-on
If the BLU Win Jr is just too cheap for your liking, then you’ll be glad to know that the company has a slightly better spec’d and designed smartphone in the BLU Win HD. This smartphone, first and foremost, stands out partly for its impressive low cost for $180. We’re talk about $180 and nothing more attached, so you’re not tethered to any sort of commitment when picking it up.
BLU Win Jr hands-on
Windows phones, generally speaking, are hard to come by. So far, the majority of the ones we’re familiar with bear the Nokia name – with very few coming from elsewhere. Interestingly enough, we managed to come across the BLU Win Jr during CES 2015, which is an affordably priced Windows Phone that catches our attention with its sticker price of $90.
LG AKA hands-on
Right from the get-go, the thing that instantly draws us to the LG AKA is the colored plastic cover that goes over the front of the handset – it doesn’t entirely cover the front, as the top is left exposed to show off some nifty eye animation (we’ll talk more about it in the interface section). Donning an all-plastic body, one that has a textured pattern that makes it easy to grip, it’s really cool that the handset is available in all sorts of colors.
Meet the Jide Remix, an Android tablet that looks a lot like Microsoft's Surface Pro 3
The Jide Remix (complete with kickstand and detachable keyboard) will be released in the US later this year for prices starting at $449...
Polaroid intros two cheap Android Lollipop tablets: L7 and L10
Polaroid's L7 and L10 tablets will be released this spring in the US. They're low-end devices that won't break the bank...
The dual-screen YotaPhone 2 will be launched by a major US carrier this year
Specific details haven't been announced, but AT&T and T-Mobile probably have more chances of carrying the YotaPhone 2 than Verizon or Sprint...
Alcatel is now selling unlocked phones and tablets directly to U.S. consumers
AT CES today in Las Vegas, Alcatel announced that it is now selling devices directly to U.S. consumers through the use of e-commerce. The manufacturer will sell unlocked smartphones, tablets and accessories through a website with the url of www.alcatelonetouch.us. A site for Canadian consumers will be live later this quarter...
Best wearables of CES 2015: PhoneArena Awards
There's a race forming in the tech world as we write these lines, and it is about to get even more intense in the months to come. That's the race for the user's wrist – both small and large tech companies are developing wearable gadgets of various shapes and sizes, such as smart fitness bands and smartwatches. Sure enough, many of these were announced and show off during this year's Consumer Electronics Show, so it is our obligation to highlight the best ones we had the chance to try out...
Epson Pulsense first look
When you think of Epson, most of the time you will associate the name with a company that makes...
Best tablets of CES 2015: PhoneArena Awards
The Consumer Electronics Show, held between January 6 and January 9 in Las Vegas, is where any geek would love to be right now. It is where the latest electronic gadgets and the newest advancements in technology are being showcased, usually for the first time in front of a major audience. This includes tablets – last year's edition of the expo brought us the Galaxy Tab PRO series, as well as a number of sweet slates by Asus and Lenovo, to give a few examples. This year, however, there don't seem to be a whole lot of noteworthy tablets at the expo. At the same time, there's this Best Tablet award that we have to give away, and we see no tablet more suitable than the members of Asus's Transformer Book Chi family...
Sony Smartwatch 3 with new stainless steel wrist strap first look
In the line-up of Android Wear devices, Sony’s Smartwatch 3 has a number of features that its fellow...
Here's a closer look at Magellan's Echo Smart Sport Watch
One of the best applications for wearables is arguably in the area of health and fitness. This is not a...
Saygus V2 hands-on
The Saygus V2 (V-Squared) has been making a bit of news lately, most recently earning a CES 2015...
featured Best smartphones of CES 2015: PhoneArena Awards
Seriously, guys, could there be a better way to start 2015 than with a massive and colorful expo like CES? As expected, it was an event worthy of attending as it brought us, and geeks all over the world, plenty of excitement. We had the opportunity to see and try dozens of gadgets and gizmos, including a variety of new smartphones from major and not-so-major manufacturers, including LG, HTC, Asus, Lenovo, Yota, Blu, and ZTE. And sure enough, some of these smartphones stood out more than others...
Samsung developed a futuristic transparent "smartphone", too bad you can't get it
Samsung is surely among the biggest spenders when it comes to marketing and self-promotion (take the #GALAXY11 campaign for example). It looks like we'll be treated to yet another round of extensive campaigning from Samsung, which has obviously teamed up with the producers of the upcoming Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron...
Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 hands-on
It was back in September, when Panasonic officially announced the Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone – camera hybrid. Yes, you read that right – we can't call the CM1 just a smartphone with a large snapper, and anyone who lays their eyes on it would agree – the device is obviously meant for photo aficionados who barely get what they desire from their smartphone's camera, and looks to wow with a huge 1” sensor, and a plethora of functions that can't be found on a handset.
HTC Desire 826 vs HTC Desire EYE: first look
With the Desire 826 HTC did what it should have a long time ago, and moved its 4 MP UltraPixel snapper at the front, placing a more orthodox 13 MP camera at the rear. We just took it for a spin, comparing it with HTC's original idea for a selfie-oriented handset, the Desire Eye, and found quite a few differences...
poll Which phone announced at CES 2015 appeals to you the most?
The CES 2015 expo is winding down, and, while most of it in recent years has been focused on consumer electronics different from phones and tablets, there were still major announcements from some of the world's best handset makers. LG stole the spotlight with the amazing bendy G Flex 2 edition, Asus surprised everyone with the ZenFone Zoom and its 3x optical zoom lens, as well as the $199 ZenFone 2 with upper midrange specs, and even a 4 GB RAM version...
LG G Flex 2 self-healing back cover demo
The LG G Flex 2 comes with one feature straight out of sci-fi movies: a self-healing back cover. LG set up demonstration booths to convincingly show visitors at CES 2015 that the technology...
Smartwatch produced by Audi/LG partnership runs on Open webOS
At CES, Audi and LG have unveiled a smartwatch that is the talk of Las Vegas. Why? Well, the timepiece happens to be powered by LG's Open webOS. Originally, it was believed that the wearable was running Android Wear. Audi has been promoting the watch as a device that will allow users to control their Audi automobile. For example, the watch can remotely unlock the doors to an Audi...
featured Asus ZenFone 2 vs LG G Flex 2: First look
While CES 2015 is still very much ongoing, it's probably safe to assume that we've seen everything there is to see, at least as far as smartphones go. In other words, Asus' new ZenFone 2 and LG's curved G Flex 2 are likely to be remembered as the two definitive blockbusters of the show...
Samsung Galaxy A3 hands-on
Style is finally starting to come to the affordable end of Android’s lineup. The new Galaxy A series is up on display at CES 2015, and we’re taking a hands-on look…
Samsung Galaxy A5 hands-on
The Galaxy A5, a new mid-range device by Samsung, is on display at CES 2015, and we’re getting our first acquaintance with the handset…
BBM is coming to Android Wear powered smartwatches early this year
In its never ending attempt to get more eyeballs focused on BBM, BlackBerry announced at CES that Android Wear users can now access the messaging app from the smartwatch on their wrist. BBM for Android Wear will allow users to be alerted when a new BBM message is received. A preview of the message can be viewed along with the name of the sender...