Choosing a smartphone operating system

How to… choose a smartphone operating system

Buying a smartphone should be easy, and you probably already have an idea about what you want. But with so much choice on the market, it’s important to take a step back and assess your needs and look at what the current crop offers as well as the crop of the near future, as there is always a smartphone just around the corner that boasts more speed and a sleeker design.

But the biggest consideration when buying a smartphone should be the operating system it runs on. You are essentially buying into an ecosystem, an ecosystem dominated by apps, cloud services and home-grown syncing. This is the most important consideration because some operating systems won’t have the apps you need and some operating systems won’t offer the features you need – which is why we have written a handy guide on choosing a mobile operating system below.

Have a read and make sure you buy into the right mobile ecosystem.

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LG G Flex 2

LG G Flex 2 reviews: The best curved smartphone?

The LG G Flex 2 is the first of the next-generation smartphones; smartphones with the super-quick Snapdragon 810 processor. It’s also LG’s second curved smartphone (but contrary to its name, it isn’t flexible). If you are looking into buying one of these smartphones, we thought we’d help you in your decision process by collecting all of the best LG G Flex 2 reviews from across the internet. One thing I was surprised about was the overwhelmingly positive reviews this smartphones has received. It’s not that I was expecting the G Flex 2 to follow the old cliché of it being LG’s difficult second album, but the reviews are really rather glowing. See for yourself:

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will be curved

Take a look at the image above. It’s Samsung’s teaser image for their Galaxy Unpacked event which will take place on March 1st at 12:30PM ET (6:30PM CET) ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it gives something very important away – their next flagship will have a curved screen.

If it does (have a curved screen), the next flagship will probably use the same technology as found in the Galaxy Note Edge, a powerful and capable handset that lacks the class of the LG G Flex.

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HTC One Mini 3

HTC needs to nail the HTC One Mini 3…

…or risk losing customers to Sony in 2015.

All people ever seem to talk about these days is the top-tier smartphones; the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G3, HTC One M8…

…there’s just no love for smaller, mid-range handsets. Which is a shame, because smartphones with a display size of between 4 and 4.7-inches are the sweet spot for most people; comfortable to hold with one hand, yet large enough to get stuff done.

Which brings me onto HTC.

The original HTC One and the follow-up One M8 were spectacular top-tier smartphones, but their smaller brethren – the One Mini and One Mini 2 – weren’t  anywhere near as good. They were slower, thicker and not as well put together – in every way, they were obsolete.

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HTC One M9

HTC M9 to be launched in March

We have some good news HTC One M7 and M8 owners – HTC will reportedly launch its flagship One M9 smartphone in March alongside a new wearable device which we already know “isn’t a smartwatch” (according to HTC).

The HTC M9 as it’s codenamed will reportedly feature a 20-megapixel rear camera and an UltraPixel front-facing camera, as well as 4GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. It will also reportedly feature Dolby 5.1 audio technology and a slightly larger display than the M8, if you believe the rumours.

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The stars of CES 2015

With hundreds of start-ups providing a glimpse into the world of next-generation technology such as “The Internet of Things” and virtual reality, CES 2015 was the best show that this technology event has put on in a long time – eclipsing even 2014’s stellar event.

But it was Korean tech giant Samsung that stole CES 2015 with a neat washing machine with ActiveWash, a range of Ultra-HD TVs that run on Samsung’s home-grown Tizen operating system and a virtual-reality headset called Gear VR. If you love your technology and relish the opportunity to peer into very the near-future, below we have listed the show’s star products.

Enjoy!

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YotaPhone 2

The YotaPhone 2 was the coolest smartphone of 2014

Forget your HTC One M8’s, your Sony Xperia Z3 Compact’s, your iPhone 6’s… the coolest smartphone of 2014 was from Yota in the name of the YotaPhone 2, a company and smartphone you’ve probably never head of.

The original Yota YotaPhone was launched in 2013 is a kind of beta product to assess the demand for a smartphone with two displays; one LCD, one e-ink. The new version, the Yota YotaPhone 2, is a much more refined – and much more capable – smartphone which is so cool that it puts other smartphones makers to shame.

“Innovative is a rare word in the smartphone market nowadays, but YotaPhone has brought it back”

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HTC One M9

HTC One M9 (Hima) specs leaked

The HTC One M7 was one of the best smartphones of 2013. Its successor, the HTC One M8, was the best smartphone of 2014 (in our opinion). And so, the HTC One M9 due for release in 2015 has a lot to live up to – and an early specifications leak points to some significant improvements.

Upleaks has secured information from a reputable source on the M9, including specifications.

Let’s take a look at what’s in store for the M9 according to this latest leak

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