featured MWC 2014 technology breakthroughs: processors, memory and connectivity

The world’s largest mobile show is over, and it’s time for a recap. While you all know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2, you might not know that it is the technologies…

Mar 04, 2014, 10:11 AM,  by Victor H.,  27 comments
featured MWC 2014: PhoneArena Awards

MWC 2014 was a very exciting expo, but now that the dust has settled, it's time for us to take a look at the very best devices that saw the light of day during the past few days...

Mar 04, 2014, 2:05 AM,  by Ray S.,  28 comments
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featured In case you missed them: Catch these MWC events for Samsung, LG, Huawei and Nokia Developer Day here

While we provided a near endless stream of updates and activity from Barcelona, sometimes it is nice to...

Mar 01, 2014, 3:35 AM,  by Maxwell R.,  2 comments
featured Sony Xperia Z2 in-depth video hands-on

The Samsung Galaxy S5 might have been our favorite smartphone from MWC 2014, but it's impressive closely-matched it was by the Sony Xperia Z2. Indeed, Sony has crafted an incredible handset, and since we're sure that the Xperia Z2 will have millions of fans across the globe, we're delighted to present you with our in-depth hands-on video with it...

Feb 28, 2014, 1:13 PM,  by Ray S.,  41 comments
Best innovative feature of MWC 2014: built-in heart rate monitor on the Galaxy S5

We've reached a state where delivering an innovative feature or functionality on a smartphone has become extremely challenging, and manufacturers are investing lots of time and resources into developing the technologies that could make their products stand out. Not all of these innovations, however, go beyond being flashy gimmicks. That heart rate monitor built into the Galaxy S5, on the other hand, is something worth looking forward to...

Feb 28, 2014, 10:08 AM,  by Nick T.,  77 comments
Best smartphone of MWC 2014: PhoneArena awards

MWC 2014 was a tremendously exciting expo, and that's mainly thanks to the impressive flagship smartphones that got announced. We can easily distinguish three top-shelf handsets that undeniably managed to make the biggest bang at the show. Those are the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z2 and the LG G Pro 2...

Feb 28, 2014, 9:19 AM,  by Ray S.,  145 comments
Best tablet of MWC 2014: PhoneArena awards

The MWC 2014 expo came and went, and with it a few tablets made a came. Some we rumored before, some popped up for the first time, but only one took the PhoneArena award for "Best tablet of MWC 2014..."

Feb 28, 2014, 9:16 AM,  by Daniel P.,  9 comments

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Best wearable of MWC 2014: PhoneArena awards

Wearable devices are all the rage this year, and there were quite a few of them at Mobile World Congress, but was there really any single break-through one?…

Feb 28, 2014, 8:57 AM,  by Victor H.,  9 comments
HTC's Jeff Gordon: "We will continue doing what we do best, regardless of the Galaxy S5" (interview)

At MWC 2014, we took the opportunity to interview Jeff Gordon, Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC, who shared with us some interesting details regarding the company's experience with the HTC One and the customer feedback that it has received since the smartphone's debut. Also, we did not miss the chance to mention the recently announced Galaxy S5 during the conversation and to get a clearer picture as to what makes the HTC Desire 816 a "flagship mid-range"...

Feb 28, 2014, 8:36 AM,  by Nick T.,  17 comments
updated MWC 2014: what did you miss?

MWC 2014 has come and gone, and looking back, it was quite the show. Several high profile devices have been officially unveiled in front of the busy crowd in Barcelona, including the two new flagships from Samsung and Sony...

Feb 27, 2014, 8:49 AM,  by Ray S.,  13 comments
BlackBerry CEO admits he was challenged by BB10's learning curve

CEO John Chen opened up about his own user impressions from BB 10. It turns out Mr. Chen got to experience the platform's fairly steep learning curve for himself. "It took me a while to get used to BlackBerry 10," he admitted, "but once I got used to it, I loved it." Although this is a common sentiment among BlackBerry users, it might have contributed to the Canadian company's downward slide...

Feb 27, 2014, 7:03 AM,  by Luis D.,  14 comments
When will the MWC gear arrive? Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, LG G Pro 2, Z2 Tablet and others release date

The MWC show is over, and it's time for recaps and roundups of what happened, who announced what, and, most importantly, when are we going to get it. Most manufacturers are getting much better in the recent years with releasing phones and tablets shortly after the announcement, trying to beat Apple at its own two-week gap game. Still, there are some that are dragging their feet, or moving their announcements forward for political reasons, so let's recap the release dates of the most important gear that was unveiled at the MWC 2014 expo...

Feb 27, 2014, 5:39 AM,  by Daniel P.,  7 comments
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy Note PRO 12.2: first look

Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z2 Tablet at MWC 2014, and if there was ever a device deserving the title ‘Air’ we would give this out to Sony. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is the lightest and thinnest…

Feb 27, 2014, 5:12 AM,  by Victor H.,  22 comments
featured Best of MWC 2014: smartphones, tablets, and wearables

The 2014 edition of the MWC treated us to some amazing new devices, and we're most certainly looking forward to checking them out in the coming months. All of them, and that's saying a lot, since the expo had something for pretty much everybody. We have high-end smartphones, mid-range smartphones, low-end smartphones, tablets, wearables, the whole shebang! We even have some 'indie' devices in the YotaPhone 2 and the supposedly NSA-proof Blackphone...

Feb 27, 2014, 4:57 AM,  by Chris P.,  22 comments
Sony Xperia Z2 vs iPhone 5s vs Lumia 1520 low-light camera comparison

The Z2 was set against the iPhone 5s, and the Lumia 1520, using the three phones in the same way - to snap a picture of the contents in a box, mimicking low-light conditions. The image from the Z2 looked much brighter, at least on the phone's display, as if there has been plenty of light around, indicating slower shutter speeds, higher ISO, or a combination of both might have been in play...

Feb 27, 2014, 3:00 AM,  by Daniel P.,  73 comments
featured LG G Pro 2 camera comparison with HTC One, iPhone 5s, LG G2, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z1

There's no need telling you that the MWC 2014 has pretty much hijacked our page entirely -- you likely know all too well. We're willing hostages, however, for it's not often that such a massive feast is orchestrated for our inner nerd. One particular such soul candy is LG's minty-fresh G Pro 2 phablet, and while we've had some time now for our first impressions to sink in, one particular area of the device has remained shrouded in mystery: the camera...

Feb 27, 2014, 2:08 AM,  by Chris P.,  14 comments
In stereo: Xperia Z2 S-Force Front Surround speakers vs HTC One BoomSound

The same tune was loaded on both phones, and the sound played through the stereo speakers at maximum volume. Granted, the show floor there is quite noisy, but a difference in strength and quality is still audible, so check out the video below to learn which handset excelled...

Feb 27, 2014, 2:04 AM,  by Daniel P.,  58 comments
Take 3D pictures using your Apple iPhone, with Seene

Just named the most innovative U.K.mobile company at MWC, Seene is an app that allows you to take and view 3D pictures on your Apple iPhone without special equipment.Using sensors on the phone, it allows 2D photographs to include extra depth data that can convert it into a 3D picture. It uses the accelerometer on the phone to allow you to view a picture at different angles to change the perspective of it...

Feb 26, 2014, 6:41 PM,  by Alan F.,  5 comments
Check out some camera samples from the Nokia XL

At MWC 2014, we took the Nokia XL's camera for a quick spin. Our expectations weren't the highest, of course, which is why there was hardly any disappointment. And hardly any amazement, too.The Nokia XL's camera is ho-hum, but this is what one should expect from the phone's modest price...

Feb 26, 2014, 9:50 AM,  by Luis D.,  45 comments
featured Spring chickens: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 comparison preview

We can't help it but stage a fight between what will be the flagship handsets this spring season - Samsung's Galaxy S5, and the Sony Xperia Z2. Both sport 1080p displays, Snapdragon 801 processors, and high-resolution cameras, but thаt's where the similarities stop. Let's dive in, and stack the two Android monsters against each other...

Feb 26, 2014, 9:37 AM,  by Daniel P.,  163 comments
Samsung Galaxy S5 cases and accessories: first look

Samsung has its brand new S View covers and cases for the Galaxy S5 on display at Mobile World Congress, and we took a closer look at what the garments…

Feb 26, 2014, 9:10 AM,  by Victor H.,  5 comments
Check out the Galaxy S5 in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, funky Electric Blue, and tacky Copper Gold

Samsung brings a brand new design with the Galaxy S5, at least with the rear cover. It is still using soft-touch plastic on the back, but flaunts a "perforated" rear pattern, that is quite different than the faux leather looks of Samsung's recent devices. The company dubs the new design a "modern glam look," and we totally agree with the "glam" part, especially when it comes to the new Copper Gold color option...

Feb 26, 2014, 8:52 AM,  by Daniel P.,  40 comments
Sony Xperia Z2 will have lots of fancy cases - check them out!

So, while we were just cruising around MWC '14, our attention was suddendly attracted by something fascinatingly colorful found at the opposite end of Sony's booth. Wonder what it was? Well, it was an impressive display of some of the cool cases and covers that will be produced specifically for the Xperia Z2...

Feb 26, 2014, 8:32 AM,  by Ray S.,  31 comments
YotaPhone 2 demo: a unique phone with an e-ink display on its back

The first YotaPhone arrived late last year with a unique feature - an e-ink display on its back, allowing you to get up to twice as long battery life…

Feb 26, 2014, 7:41 AM,  by Victor H.,  11 comments
featured Samsung Galaxy S5 in-depth video hands-on

Now that the dust has almost settled, we've decided to spend some more hands-on time and produce a new hands-on experience with the Galaxy S5 for you - one that is even more thorough and detailed...

Feb 26, 2014, 7:15 AM,  by Ray S.,  61 comments
Blackphone secure Android handset demo: private communication redefined

Running a forked version of Android, called PrivatOS, the Blackphone might be one of the best surprises at this year's MWC edition. Let's put aside the specs first, as these are not what's interesting here - it's still a high-end phone, with a 4.7″ IPS display, 2 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, and an 8 MP rear camera...

Feb 26, 2014, 6:41 AM,  by Daniel P.,  8 comments
Samsung announces Exynos 5422 Octa and Exynos 5260 Hexa processors, both supporting Quad HD displays

The Exynos 5422 Octa has four 2.1GHz cores and four 1.5GHz cores, being the processor that will power some Galaxy S5 variants. The Exynos 5260 Hexa is the CPU that's found inside the Galaxy Note 3 Neo...

Feb 26, 2014, 2:12 AM,  by Florin T.,  28 comments
Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet will not have built-in screen protectors

One of the more divisive features of the Sony Xperia Z1 was that Sony had a built-in screen protector on the device. Sony called it "anti-shatter film", and the idea was that it would keep broken glass shards from leaving the glass. Unfortunately, unlike the glass underneath, the anti-shatter film was not scratch resistant; and, it had the extra downside of removing the feel of glass and replaced it with the feel of plastic...

Feb 25, 2014, 7:47 PM,  by Michael H.,  22 comments
The Moto G is the most successful Motorola smartphone of all time

The first time you read that headline, you might be a bit surprised, but the more you think about it, the more sense it makes. Motorola has dropped quite a bit of interesting information today from the news about the next Moto X and a smartwatch in the works, to talking about the expansion plans for the current Moto X. But, Motorola also has an interesting tidbit on the Moto G...

Feb 25, 2014, 7:20 PM,  by Michael H.,  54 comments
Sony Xperia Z2 early benchmarks are here: Quadrant, Basemark X, GFX Bench

The Sony Xperia Z2 is among the very first smartphones packing the new Snapdragon 801 SoC, and sure enough, there's plenty of tech enthusiasts out there eager to find out whether or not the silicon can rock the house. We were curious about the chip's performance as well, which is why we didn't miss the chance to run several benchmark apps on the Xperia Z2. The results, as expected, were off the charts...

Feb 25, 2014, 6:19 PM,  by Ray S.,  19 comments
Sony Xperia Z2: early camera comparison against iPhone 5s, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z1, and more

No smartphone can be regarded as a true high-end device if it doesn't have a good camera outfitted on its back side. That is why we're not surprised to see that smartphone makers are putting extra effort in developing or picking the best snappers for their flagships. Take a look, for example, at the newly-announced Sony Xperia Z2 - it packs the same camera we know and like from the Xperia Z1, with 20.7MP of resolution and an Exmor RS sensor with size of 1/2.3. And it is good. Really good, for that matter. How do we know? Well, you didn't think we'd miss the chance to snap a few shots with it here at MWC, did you?...

Feb 25, 2014, 5:32 PM,  by Ray S.,  38 comments
Next-gen Motorola Moto X to be launched in late summer, new Moto smartwatch also coming soon

There are no details about the new Moto X smartphone at the moment, but this might follow the path of the first model, being more affordable than other flagship handsets...

Feb 25, 2014, 2:27 PM,  by Florin T.,  23 comments
LG Knock Code demo - is it better than the fingerprint scanners?

LG recently said that its Knock Code security lock for phones is better than the fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 5s, so we tested it and....

Feb 25, 2014, 2:10 PM,  by Nanko R.,  28 comments
featured Compare the Galaxy S5's photos to those of the iPhone 5s, Xperia Z1 and other rivals

The Samsung Galaxy S5 definitely has a lot going for it, and one of its major new features is the new 16-megapixel camera with a nice range of handy features, such as real-time HDR, selective focus and, of course, 4K video recording. Still, with the Galaxy S5 release date being scheduled for April 11, there's still some painful waiting time for us to go through until we can take that fancy camera for a spin, right...

Feb 25, 2014, 2:04 PM,  by Ray S.,  43 comments
Sony Xperia Z2 is coming with active noise-cancellation technology for headphones

Sony showcased a new pair of in-ear headphones. They have microphone built-in, but unlike traditional active noise-canceling headphones, the DSP processing is done in the phone/tablet instead of in the headphones themselves...

Feb 25, 2014, 1:44 PM,  by Nanko R.,  9 comments
Gionee Elife E7 hands-on: a monster from China

The Gionee Elife E7 is the Chinese manufacturer's 2014 flagship model. It's one of the most powerful phones on the market today, sporting premium hardware that puts it ahead even of the newly outed Galaxy S5 in some aspects. We believe Gionee (pronounced “Johnny”) has done a good job with this phone, although we had higher expectations about its usability and performance. Nevertheless, here are our early hands-on impressions. ...

Feb 25, 2014, 1:20 PM,  by Luis D.,  7 comments
The LG G Pro 2 flash is better than the one of the Note 3?

LG says that the flash of the new G Pro 2 is better than the one of the Note 3, with more natural colors for the pictures, as it takes 2 photos and combines them for natural tone....

Feb 25, 2014, 1:13 PM,  by Nanko R.,  13 comments
Gionee Elife S5.5: hands-on with the world’s thinnest smartphone

Walking around the world’s largest mobile show, Mobile World Congress 2013, you’d inevitably stumble upon something amazing. We sure did - that something was the 5-inch Gionee Elife S5.5, the world’s thinnest smartphone…

Feb 25, 2014, 1:03 PM,  by Victor H.,  8 comments
LG L40 hands-on: the lowest Android denominator

LG’s latest L Series III is somewhat of a downer, compared to last year's Series II even, as the three phones inside go downmarket with the screen pixel density. The most humble of the bunch, though, the LG L40, shows what handsets Android 4.4 KitKat made possible with its Project Svelte, so we were pretty intrigued to take it for a spin at the MWC expo...

Feb 25, 2014, 12:59 PM,  by Daniel P.,  4 comments
LG L70 hands-on: KitKat diet

LG recently announced three new smartphones - LG L90, LG L70 and LG L40 - all part of the company’s latest L Series III. The original L Series (from 2012) and L Series II (introduced in 2013), were pretty good handsets for the money, so we took the latest edition for a spin, with varying results. Let's recap what we found out about the midlevel L70...

Feb 25, 2014, 12:36 PM,  by Daniel P.,  0 comments
LG F70 hands-on: 4G LTE on the cheap

LG unveiled the F70 at MWC bringing 4G LTE in an extremely affordable phone with a great battery life, but some compromises too…

Feb 25, 2014, 12:33 PM,  by Victor H.,  1 comment
LG F90 hands-on: 4G LTE, huge battery and an affordable price

The F90 is special since it’s one of the very first devices to ship with 512MB of RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat…

Feb 25, 2014, 12:32 PM,  by Victor H.,  4 comments
Alcatel OneTouch POP S3 hands-on: no beauty, no beast, just a nice entry-level LTE phone

The new OneTouch Pop S family of smartphones that bring 4G LTE support in an affordable package. Until now, devices with 4G LTE carried a price premium, but at this year's MWC, manufacturers seemingly made it an effort to connect the 61% of humanity that isn't online. It's a great initiative, and the Alcatel OneTouch Pop S3 could become a first connected device to many...

Feb 25, 2014, 12:31 PM,  by Luis D.,  0 comments
Here's how sideloaded apps and widgets should behave on the Nokia X and Nokia XL

One of the several things that make the Nokia X and Nokia XL smartphones awesome is that they can run Android applications. That shouldn't come as a surprise as the handsets actually run a heavily customized variant of Android OS. However, the Nokia store isn't the only place where a Nokia X owner can get their Android apps from. Nothing is holding you back from sideloading your own Android APKs onto the device – a huge fraction of the existing Android apps should already work without requiring any software tweaks...

Feb 25, 2014, 11:56 AM,  by Nick T.,  26 comments
Interview: Sony's Xperia Marketing Programme Manager answers our questions on upgrade cycles, differentiation, and more

We had the opportunity to sit down with Sony's Xperia Marketing Programme Manager, Benoit Obadia, during Mobile World Congress, and try and get his input on several topics that have been on our minds as of late. We started out by poking...

Feb 25, 2014, 11:35 AM,  by Chris P.,  50 comments
LG L90 hands-on: botched upgrades

Quite a lot of months have passed since their announcement, but we are still giving LG's L II series phones as an example of striking gold with the value-for-money ratio. You can get the LG L9 II, for instance, for less than $250, and still receive a 4.7" HD display, quad-core Snapdragon 400, and an 8 MP camera, capable of 1080p video, all wrapped in a slim and light package. With the unveiling of its L III series however, LG seems to be going backwards, and if we look at the top L90 representative, it's easy to understand this claim of ours...

Feb 25, 2014, 11:35 AM,  by Daniel P.,  3 comments
HTC Desire 816 hands on: the 'flagship' mid-ranger

HTC needs a hero mid-ranger, the type of device that is cut from the cloth with rival Motorola Moto G. It's unlikely that the the company will completely abandon its premium pricing model, but it sure feels like HTC will be trying very hard to make the Desire 816 the hero mid-ranger that it needs to be. We had a first meet with the 816, and here are our initial impressions...

Feb 25, 2014, 10:53 AM,  by Chris P.,  24 comments
2014 Global Mobile Awards winners: HTC One, Nokia Lumia 520, iPad Air and others

This year, the GSMA awarded the HTC One as the Best Smartphone - although the HTC handset faced serious competition from devices like the Apple iPhone 5S, or Samsung's Galaxy Note 3...

Feb 25, 2014, 10:41 AM,  by Florin T.,  52 comments
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