iPhone 7 case leaks surface Pictures show new design of Apple’s next phone - with NO headphone jack and same bezels

iPhone 7 case leaks surface Pictures show new design of Apple’s next phone – with NO headphone jack and same bezels

It’s finally happened. New pictures leaks by the @onleaks Twitter account have given us our first idea of what the iPhone 7 will look like. The pictures don’t actually show the phone itself, but they show its case – and that gives a major clue about the design and features the iPhone 7 will have. The design follows the iPhone 6s for the most part, with a flat back and curved edges. But there’s one major exception: There appears to be no space for a headphone jack!

The case holds other clues like a enlarged camera slot, but this doesn’t tell us much about the camera itself, so there’s still every chance it could be flush, or still protruding.

How likely is it? It’s hard to say. While it might seem odd to get excited about a phone case, accessories tend to give the first clues about upcoming smartphones – and they’re usually accurate. However, the iPhone 7 is still more than six months away, and that means the design could change before release.

Apple iPhone 7: Introduction

Apple is releasing the iPhone 7 in September, and it comes at a crucial time for the Californian company. When it’s launched – probably next to the Apple Watch 2 – the iPhone 7 will sit above the cheaper, smaller iPhone SE. The iPhone 7 will face tough competition from the modular LG G5 and existing iPhones, but its biggest competition will surely come from the recently unveiled Samsung S7.

Samsung’s latest flagship adds several small improvements to make it a good deal better than the S6. So how does Apple beat it? With three a three pronged attack. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be more refined, and come with at least one new killer feature – but this time around, rumours suggest Apple is going to release a third, image-focused iPhone.

Design rumours

Apple could release THREE versions of the iPhone 7

A rumour claimed Apple would be using a dual-camera setup for the iPhone 7 Plus, but new predictions suggest that the dual-camera array will appear on an additional third iPhone 7 model. It’s possible the new iPhone will be the same size as a Plus, but include the new dual-camera setup. It may be called something like the iPhone 7 Pro and will be pushed as a super-charged phablet/camera replacement.

How likely is it? More likely than it sounds. Having a third iPhone model seems unthinkable, but so did having a larger Plus version of Apple’s handset two years ago – and we know how well that turned out. What’s more, the iPad Pro showed us that the “Pro” suffix is no longer confined to laptops, so why wouldn’t Apple use it on a benchmark-slaying flagship?

Apple new handset will have a ceramic back

Recent rumours have suggested that the next iPhone 7 will have no antenna lines and a flush camera, but there could be another new feature on the rear of the device. According to a report by Business Korea, Apple could be using ceramic materials on the iPhone 7 – most notably on the back of the device.

How likely is it? It’s a mixed bag. While the source for the rumour seems to be nothing more than speculation, it does raise an interesting possibility. Handsets such as the OnePlus X have shown that ceramic materials offer a premium feel – the sort of feel you’d associate with Apple products. If Apple wants to do something new and make the iPhone 7 even more stylish than its predecessor, giving it a ceramic finish would be a good place to start.

Apple will ditch the protruding camera and rear antenna lines

According to a report by Mac Rumors, the next iPhone will look similar to the iPhone 6s, but with two major exceptions. The website’s source says the new iPhone’s rear camera should be flush to the rest of its body – fixing a major gripe of the iPhone 6’s design.

Additionally, the new iPhone should see a removal of the plastic bands on the rear of the handset. Designed to allow wireless signals to pass through more easily and therefore improve reception, the iPhone 6’s rear antenna bands drew criticism from many Apple fans who viewed them as ugly, and un-Apple-like – and it appears Jony Ive agreed.

How likely is it? Very likely. The iPhone 6 is easily the most svelte, refined handset that Apple has ever released, and its protruding camera and large antenna bands ruined the look somewhat. We were surprised when Apple included them on the iPhone 6, so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see them disappear on the iPhone 7.

Release date

iPhone 7 rumours: Apple’s chip manufacturers preparing for release date
A new report by DigiTimes suggests that chip manufacturers are already gearing up to increase production in Q2 and Q3 of this year. The report refers to chipmakers including Cirrus Logic and Analog Devices, two companies known for doing the audio in iPhones. Interestingly, the report goes on to say TMSC fulfilling demand for most of the iPhone 7’s A10 processors.

How likely is it? Very. We’re expecting the iPhone 7 to be released around September this year, so we’d expect production to ramp up during Q2 and Q3.

iPhone 7 to launch alongside Apple Watch 2

Apple Watch 2 rumours, news and release date: Apple’s next wearable is coming in September – alongside the iPhone 7
We’re now seven iPhones deep into Apple’s plan for smartphone domination, and that means we’ve got a pretty good idea of how the company’s release schedule works. By looking at previous release dates, it’s possible to estimate when we’ll see the iPhone 7, and current estimates place the iPhone 7 release date in September. After all, the iPhone 6 and 6s were also released around the September/ October mark of 2014 and 2015. However, new rumours suggest that the iPhone 7 isn’t the only thing Apple will unveil at the September 2016 event. According to new reports, Apple is also poised to release the second generation of the Apple Watch alongside the iPhone. For those waiting for an Apple Watch 2 and an iPhone 7, September or October will be an expensive month.

How likely is it? Very. We’re overdue an Apple Watch 2 announcement, and the iPhone 7 timeframe coincides with it perfectly.

Features

Watch how the iPhone 7’s dual-camera setup could work

We’ve already seen various rumours about how the iPhone 7 will feature a dual-camera setup, and a new video by CNET UK shows how they could work. The iPhone 7 could feature technology from now-Apple-owned LinX, but the video shows a similar dual-camera system made by its rivals, Corephotonics. According to CNET UK, the dual-camera setup should make autofocusing easier and quicker.

iPhone 7 could have TWO cameras on the back

If new reports are correct, the iPhone 7 will feature a radically improved camera module. Yesterday, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI securities suggested that the next iPhone will use a dual-camera system with an optical zoom and 2-3x magnification. The multi-camera technology is reportedly from Linx, a company Apple bought just under a year ago. Interestingly, the analyst’s report goes on to say that the dual-camera configuration will only be featured on the iPhone 7 Plus, and that one of the cameras could feature a fish-eye lens.

How likely is it? This one is difficult. The source comes from one of the most respected analysts, and the idea of Apple bolstering the iPhone Plus’ camera seems pretty sensible. In recent generations, the iPhone’s camera has fallen somewhat behindAndroid rivals, and we’ve seen Apple give a slightly better camera to the Plus before. What’s harder to understand is the function of the lens: while 9to5Mac suggests dual lenses could be used for two different picture types, I think both lenses could work in combination, as with a Lytro camera. The iPhone 6s’ Live Photos feature shows Apple is keen to make photos interactive; allowing iPhone 7 owners to refocus on objects in their pictures would be an extension of that.

Waterproof design

There are strong rumours that the next iPhone will be waterproof. After filing a patent for ports that eject water, Apple filed another for connections that self-heal – solving one of the main challenges of making a phone waterproof.

Titled “Electronic Device With Hidden Connector”, the patent shows a connector covered by a self-healing elastomer. Diagrams included in the patent show the elastomer allowing the penetration of a probe, and self-sealing once the probe is removed. The port is shielded from the elements at all times, but still allows quick and easy access for charging, headphones and anything else.

Apple is working on long-distance wireless charging

A few months ago, we heard that the iPhone 7 would ship with wireless charging, but that rumour now looks somewhat less likely. According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on wireless charging for its devices, but it’s far from conventional. The report suggests Apple is developing “cutting-edge” tech that allows iPhones and iPads to be charged without a cable or charging mat. The only catch? It won’t be here until 2017. This means that – unless Apple changes its release schedule considerably – we won’t see it on the iPhone 7. However, this timeframe does fit in perfectly with the projected release date of the iPhone 7s.

How likely is it? It’s hard to say. It was sensible to think the iPhone 7 will have conventional wireless charging, but rumours of this new technology are much harder to comment on. Either way, with a projected debut of 2017, we probably won’t be seeing it on the iPhone 7.

Li-Fi connectivity

Information suggests that Apple wants to include superfast Li-Fi internet in the iPhone 7. Code found by a Twitter user in iOS 9.1 refers to the new technology, and this has since been confirmed by AppleInsider.

So what is Li-Fi? Li-Fi transmits information in a binary fashion using light. Unlike Wi-Fi – which uses radio waves – Li-Fi creates a network using the visible light spectrum. Data is communicated through bulbs with rapid, imperceptible blinking, and the result is Li-Fi internet. Get ready for 1GB/sec transfer speeds, 100 times faster than normal Wi-Fi.

So how likely is it? This one isn’t so clear. Apple tends to wait a while before introducing new technology to its products, and Li-Fi is still in its testing stages. This would suggest it’s unlikely to feature on the iPhone 7. However, Apple is known to include and refer to future products when writing code. For example, rumours of the iPad Pro were strengthened by code found in earlier versions of iOS.

source:www.alphr.com/apple-iphone-7/1001718/iphone-7-case-leaks-surface-pictures-show-new-design-of-apple-s-next-phone

Galaxy S7 is smashing pre-order records

Galaxy S7 is smashing pre-order records

Samsung appears to have a winner on its hands with the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge. The new flagships are a great evolutionary upgrade to the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge and fans greatly appreciate the return of features like water resistance and the microSD slot both of which were missing last year. Consumer interest appears to be high for the new flagship smartphones.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 are smashing records previously established by Samsung’s flagship lineup. According to a report out of Russia, this is more or less the case in all 60 launch markets and that includes Russia. 64 percent of pre-orders placed in Russia have been for the Galaxy S7 edge and remaining for the Galaxy S7, this isn’t surprising since the Galaxy S6 edge proved to be more popular than its non-curved counterpart last year and was the winner in our recent poll as well.

Pre-orders for the new flagships went live on February 23 and Samsung has declared March 11 as the official launch date. If you’re on T-Mobile in the United States there’s a very good chance that your pre-order will arrive before everybody else gets their hands on the new handsets.

 

source: http://www.sammobile.com/2016/03/01/galaxy-s7-is-smashing-pre-order-records/

iPhone 7 Rumours DETAILED Specs Hardware Release Date

iPhone 7 Rumours DETAILED: Specs, Hardware & Release Date

2016 COULD see the release of the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus AND the iPhone 5se — now wouldn’t THAT Be special!

2016 will be the first time Apple has released a trio of handsets inside a single year. The iPhone 5se is expected to launch alongside the Apple iPad Air 3 and, potentially, the Apple Watch 2 at an event in March while the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will launch during their usual spot towards the back end of the year.

This will make 2016 Apple’s busiest year for a very long time. Never before has the company launched so much hardware in such as short space of time. Even just a few years ago the idea of a dual-iPhone launch seemed bizarre — and now we’re looking at three (and one inside Q1, no less).

Is this a case of Apple striking while the iron’s hot? Most definitely. The iPhone has never been more popular, so what better time to expand its reach in the mobile space? Record sales figures for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s are impressive, but factor in the iPhone 7 this year alongside a new and slightly cheaper 4in iPhone 5se and it is easy to see Apple performing another record year for 2016/17.

iPhone 7 New Tech Will Make Batteries BIGGER and Wi-Fi FASTER
Some advanced engineering news has leaked out about the iPhone 7. Apple is reportedly working on electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding that will individually shield most of the phone’s major chips.

I know, what the heck does that mean? Will your iPhone now be able to withstand an EMP attack from a rouge foreign state?

No. No it won’t.

EMI shielding is a layer of thin metal protective shielding put over various computer components to protect them from becoming affected by or affecting other components nearby. The negative effects various components put out usually come in the form of wireless signal (think NFC or Wi-Fi) interference. The more complex components get, the greater a chance are for them to interfere with other components in the same device.

That’s where EMI shielding comes it. It can contain any negative effect a component may have. Apple has actually used EMI shielding in the iPhone for a while now with various portions of the iPhone circuit board and some individual chips featuring the shielding. But now, according to ETNews, the iPhone 7 will feature the technology on a wider array of its chips.

“Apple first applied EMI Shield technology to major chip package ‘S1’ of Apple Watch that was released last year. To apply such technology onto major chips of iPhone 7, it has been doing development project with packaging businesses since last year. It is heard that Apple personally chose equipment partners during this process and had induced packaging businesses to give them contracts,” ETNews reported. “StatsChipPac and Amkor have made many contracts with South Korean sputter and handler businesses for EMI Shield since end of last year. Contracts are worth more than tens of millions of dollars, and additional contracts will take place during first half of this year also.”

“As clock signals of digital chips have increased and as diverse functions such as 3D-touch and others have recently added, reduction of electromagnetic waves have emerged as major topic of this industry.” a representative of chip industry told ETNews. “As other Smartphone businesses might be looking to apply EMI Shield technology to major chips just as Apple did, packaging and other related equipment industries will benefit a lot from this.”

So what does this mean for you, the end user? Well, not too much. Chances are the iPhone 7 will now be less prone to interference with whatever advanced chips it contains, but given Apple has handled this interference problem pretty well in the past without users noticing means you shouldn’t notice anything different in regards to this tech in the iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 rumored to have slimmer bezel and WET FINGER SUPPORT
Hands down, this is the most exciting news about the iPhone 7 we’ve heard yet. For months the iPhone 7 has been rumored to be waterproof, so if you drop in in the toilet you don’t need to spend another £600. But the really exciting news is now that the iPhone 7 won’t only be waterproof, but you’ll be able to interact with its touchscreen even when your fingers are wet.

Currently if you touch your iPhone’s screen with wet fingers it either won’t register your touch or the touch sensors will misinterpret the action, which will result in a wrong button being activated or odd scrolling on the screen. This is because water is capacitive and confuses the electric signal that the iPhone’s touchscreen needs to register from your finger when you touch it. If you want to see this in action, just think of trying to use your iPhone the last time you were outside and it started to drizzle.

But now thanks to a new screen from Japan Display called “Pixel Eyes” wet fingers won’t interfere with the iPhone’s touchscreen anymore. The company, who Apple already uses for some of its displays, has released a second generation “Pixel Eyes” display that can be operated with wet fingers, according to MacRumors.

“iPhones, iPads, and the Apple Watch, for example, don’t respond well to touch with wet fingers or when placed in water, so technology like this could be essential if Apple wants to have a functional display in a device advertised as ‘waterproof’,” the site says.

Japan Display has already begun volume production of the displays, so they are indeed ready well ahead of time that iPhone 7 manufacturing would need them to be. The inclusion of the wet finger display technology isn’t a sure thing, but with the other waterproof rumors of the iPhone 7 it makes a lot of sense.

iPhone 7 Headphone Jack SAGA Continues: Bose-Style Headphones Rumoured
A few months back reports began circulating about Apple ditching the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack aboard its upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets.

According to said reports, Apple wants to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack entirely and use the iPhone 7’s existing Lighting Port for connecting headphones instead. Whether the iPhone 5se will get the same treatment remains to be seen.

News of the switcharoo, however, caused something of an uproar. How DARE Apple change something as fundamental as the iPhone 7’s headphone jack.

How bloody DARE they, indeed!

The apparent reason behind the switcharoo is that Apple wants to make the iPhone 7 SUPER slim and in order to do this it had to get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

“At the moment,” says The Telegraph, “iPhones feature just one speaker panel on the right hand side. Wider audio has been an interest of Apple in recent devices, such as on the iPad Pro — which uses speakers on all of its sides to produce a bigger, stereo sound.”

Sound familiar? It should. A lot of Android phones have been doing this for a long time, most notably HTC ones with their BoomSound speakers. The inclusion of a new speaker system aboard the iPhone, while useful, is not something we’d have predicted as a “high priority” for Apple.

On a more positive note, though, the iPhone 7 will likely have dual-stereo speakers now, meaning chavs on buses can REALLY ruin your commute home later on this year.

The move would also mean headphone manufacturers would have to produce Apple-specific headphones that feature lightening port connectors and not the standard 3.5mm jack. From Apple’s perspective this might be advantageous but that is literally the only positive — for almost everybody else it will SUCK. Lightening port headphones will likely cost more, your old headphones will become redundant and it’ll take A LONG time for headphone makers to adopt the new standard, meaning choice will be limited to begin with should Apple go this route.

Or, the other alternative: “Apple will likely bundle new iPhones with EarPods that pack Lightning connectors or include 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapters in the iPhone’s box,” notes BGR. “That latter option seems like the more reasonable option, meaning the new headphones will likely work with older smartphones and other devices that have 3.5mm headphone jacks. Of course, this also means that old headphones will need the adapter to work with the iPhone 7, and Apple will likely have one for sale, generating a new, even if tiny, profit stream for the company.”

Additional reports, citing Barclays analysts, claimed the iPhone 7’s new Lighting Port headphone setup would mean better sound quality — something Apple would likely market as HD Music with a solid Apple Music tie in for good measure — as well as, potentially, noise cancellation inside the EarPods that come with the iPhone 7.

“The move will prepare Apple for the possibility of including Cirrus Logic’s (an Apple audio supplier) more advanced noise-cancellation smart codec in 2017,” says 9to5Mac, “which requires a digital codec to be installed in the first place.”

Sounds great, doesn’t it? NOISE CANCELLATION. But unfortunately this new feature might not be available inside the iPhone 7. Nope. According to some market watchers, Apple COULD do its old trick and keep this one back for 2017’s iPhone 7s .

“We still believe there is potential for AAPL to add ANC in the iPhone 7s but believe AAPL is including just the digital headphone in the iPhone 7 this year. Recent speculation surrounding the elimination of the headphone jack in the IP7 is consistent with this move as AAPL will need to provide a digital headset inbox but likely was not willing to spend the extra cost for the ANC functionality.”

To be honest, I’d be happy if they’d just make the damn thing more comfortable. The current generation EarPods really make my ears ache after hardly any time at all.

Apple iPhone 7 Streamlined Design Will Ditch Rear Antenna Bands And Camera Hump
Details emerging on February 3 suggest Apple may be attempting to streamline some exterior design features of the iPhone 7 for a much sleeker appearance. It’s alleged that the phone will lose the long-standing antenna bands which wrap around the top and bottom of the back panel, and Apple may also have found a way to reduce the protrusion of the camera module to make it completely flat and flush with the bodywork – apparently a thinner camera module has allowed this.

“The rear-camera will sit within the aluminium casing, and antenna bands will sit only on the upper and lower edges, instead of extending across the width of the handset,” said the report. On the subject of the antenna bands, the report says the case will be so thin that radio waves will be able to pass freely through it, negating the need for bands on the exterior of the case.

The info comes via a source speaking to MacRumors, one who is claimed to have proved reliable in the past. Apart from this it’s believed the design will stay largely the same, but while these changes sound like relatively minor cosmetic tweaks, bear in mind that it’ll have taken quite a bit of clever engineering to make them happen – it’s actually a pretty big change.

Note that the report states the antenna bands on the rear panel are being removed – it adds that the phone will not be devoid of antenna bands and they will still be present on the sides.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus To Feature Optical Zoom & Dual-Camera
According to some info released by well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo the iPhone 7 Plus may come equipped with a dual-camera configuration, complete with an optical zoom capability. Normally you’d be right to take this kind of thing with a pinch of salt, but as we’ve mentioned before, Ming-Chi Kuo has a near impeccable track record when it comes to making pin-point accurate predictions of Apple’s plans, particularly when it comes to the iPhone series. In other words, when he speaks, we pay close attention!

Kuo sent a research memo out to his KGI Securities clients on January 27 describing how the larger phablet iPhone 7 variant, the iPhone 7 Plus, would feature an enhanced camera with dual-lens optics. The tech is said to come from Israeli company LinX, which Apple purchased inside 2015. The line goes that this tech can use multiple small lenses and apertures to capture better quality photos by working in tandem with clever software algorithms. Previously LinX has boasted of image quality approaching DSLR levels.

Kuo’s note says that Apple will use two Sony sensors rated at 12MP, although they will feature different aperture sizes. He also says that one of these will have optical image stabilisation while the other will have a 2-3x optical zoom, which would be a first in smartphone imaging, although Apple does have patents for this kind of thing.

iPhone 6c To Be Called iPhone 5se
As we approach the suspected launch of a new product the rumours, leaks and reports about said product tend to pick up pace, highlighting new features, additional information and, every now and then, a complete, balls-out break down of everything about the product including pictures, pricing, specs and hardware.

This rarely happens with Apple stuff, however, because the company is extremely focus on security and secrecy around its unannounced products. The iPhone 6c — or iPhone 5se, as it is now reportedly called — is a prime example of this. We kind of know it is coming and we sort of know what it will be like BUT at the same time everything we think we know could be wrong.

Nevertheless, a new 4in handset from Apple is almost certain to happen. The leaks keep on coming and the most recent concerns the actual name of the handset, which, if you’ve been paying attention, will know has been on of the most hotly contested aspects of the handset. At first we thought it’d be called the iPhone 7c. Then the iPhone 6c. Now, however, reports suggest the handset will ACTUALLY be called iPhone 5se.

“The new device is internally codenamed ‘N69,’” reports 9to5Mac, “but the launch name will likely be the “iPhone 5se.” The “se” suffix has been described in two ways by Apple employees: as a “special edition” variation of the vintage 4-inch iPhone screen size and as an “enhanced” version of the iPhone 5s. Indeed, the upcoming “5se” features a design similar to 2013’s flagship but upgraded internals, software, and hardware features that blend the old design with modern technologies from the past two iPhone upgrades.”

XIAOMI

XIAOMI PHONES

XIAOMI PHONES

Xiaomi is a privately owned company that designs, develops, and sells smartphones, an Android-based OS, and other consumer electronics. Xiaomi also makes fitness trackers, TVs, air purifiers, and tablets. It has a skin for its Android phones and tablets – MIUI. The company largely sells its phones via flash sales in India. Xiaomi’s latest mobile launch is the Redmi 3.The smartphone was launched in January 2016. The phone comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels.

XIAOMI PHONES

The Xiaomi Redmi 3 is powered by 1.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor and it comes with 2GB of RAM. The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Xiaomi Redmi 3 runs Android and is powered by a 4100mAh non removable battery. It measures 139.30 x 69.60 x 8.50 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 144.00 grams.

The Xiaomi Redmi 3 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, 3G, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India).Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.

sourve:http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/xiaomi-phones

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13 Best Smartphones and Mobile Phones

Our best smartphone round-up includes only the very best mobile phones right now. If you’re looking for a new phone then it’s in this list somewhere.

If you’re planning on buying a new smartphone now, however, we’d advise caution. We’re now turning our attention to what new phones are coming in 2016. MWC 2016 is coming up in February and it’s the biggest phone trade show in the year.

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We expect Samsung to announce the Galaxy S7 at the show, so you should definitely wait if you are thinking of buying a Galaxy S6. We’re sure to see many more phone launches from the likes of LG – the LG G5 seems likely soon – Sony, Motorola and more, too, so if you can afford to wait a few weeks then you should.

Of course, we also have a the iPhone 7 coming up later this year, which will mean the debut of a totally new iPhone design. Some of the more extreme rumours suggest Apple will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in favour of audio via the Lightning port, though you should take that with a pinch of salt for now.

If you really can’t wait, however, there are still many great phones to choose from. Click here to browse our best smartphone list now, or read on for more more smartphone buying advice.

 

Best Smartphone Buying Guide

Not sure where to start in your quest for a new phone? Whether you’re seasoned buyer or are looking to buy your first smartphone, here are a few pointers to help you get started.

How much should you spend on a new smartphone?
While flagships seem to be getting more expensive by the year, laying your hands on a good smartphone is actually cheaper than ever. By all means splash the cash on a show-stopper like the iPhone 6S or LG G4 if you want to, but bear in mind that some crackers like the the 4G-enabled Motorola Moto E (2015) cost a fraction of the price and are brilliant phones in their own right.

It’s also worth considering last year’s top phones. The LG G3 – TrustedReviews Phone of the Year in 2014 – is now available for much less and it better than many new mid-range phones. It’s still just as good now as it was last year, so it’s a great way to get top-end features at a lower price. Don’t assume you have to spend big on the latest and greatest unless you really want to.

 

Related: Best Cheap Mobile Phones

 

What size smartphone should you buy?
Large-screened mobiles are very much in demand these days, with even Apple embracing phablet fever. Phones measuring in at 5.5 inches and above can be considered as such, and are usually blessed with excellent displays that are great for watching videos and playing games on.

Anything between 4.5 and 5.1 inches is more practical for fingers and pockets, while still good for browsing the web, gaming and more. 4-inch smartphones, meanwhile, are ideal for children and users who aren’t fussed about games and videos. If you’re unsure what’s best for then a 5-inch is a good size for most people.

Other things to consider
You might consider extra features to be like the sprinkles on top of a cake, but they’re far more important than that. Things like microSD card slots, NFC, fingerprint scanners and water-resistance can dramatically affect the overall user experience of a smartphone.

Of all those, fingerprint scanners and NFC are quickly becoming must-have features. Not only does the former add extra security to your phone, the two combined open up the potential for contactless payments. Believe us when we say paying with your phone using your fingerprint is very cool.

 

Related: Best Mobile Deals: Top Smartphone offers this month

 

Android vs iPhone vs Windows: Which is best?
The smartphone world is notoriously divisive, with Apple-worshipping ‘fanboys’ on one end of the spectrum and Android-obsessed ‘phandroids’ on the other. The smaller Windows Phone OS has similarly militant supporters who don’t yet have a collective name, and you should ignore all of them.

We’ve explained the main advantages and disadvantages of each of the three main mobile operating systems below.

Buy an Android smartphone if you want a wide range of options
The Android operating system offers a better balance of variety and affordability than its rivals, due to the sheer diversity of Android smartphone manufacturers. There’s a phone to suit any desire or budget and even the flagship ones are often much cheaper than iPhone rivals.

In Google Play, Android has the largest selection of apps and games too, but there’s a lot of rubbish mixed in with the good stuff. Overall, it’s a great operating system and it’s certainly the best option if you’d rather not spend big money on a shiny new smartphone.

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Definition of: Smartphone

smartphone

A cellphone and handheld computer that created the greatest tech revolution since the Internet. A smartphone can do everything a personal computer can do, and because of its mobility, much more. Although screen size is a limitation, the increasingly higher resolutions make viewing pleasurable (see phablet), and voice recognition can eliminate a fair amount of typing.

A smartphone combines a cellphone with e-mail and Web, music and movie player, camera and camcorder, GPS navigation, voice dictation for messaging and a voice search for asking questions about anything (see virtual assistant). A lot more personal than a personal computer, a smartphone is generally within reach no matter where you are.

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Smartphone Apps
Like any computer, what gives life to the hardware is the software, and there are hundreds of thousands of mobile applications, both free and paid (see online app store). All apps are created for iPhones and Androids and may be available for Windows Phone and BlackBerrys. See how to select a mobile device, smartphone features, smartphone operating system and cellphones vs. smartphones.

A Phone and Smart Everything Else
Ironically, the least spectacular thing about a smartphone is the phone. A smartphone can cut in and out and drop calls like any cellphone, and the more users within the cell tower’s reach, the more likely interruptions will occur.

History
In 1994, IBM and BellSouth introduced the heavy and pricey Simon Personal Communicator, a phone/PDA touted as the first smartphone (see personal communicator). Amassing a large audience in the 2000s, BlackBerry became the popular corporate smartphone; however, in 2007, the iPhone changed the industry forever. See iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows phone, Symbian, feature phone and smartphone keyboard. See also smart TV.

Modern Smartphones
The iPhone and Windows Phone have consistent user interfaces, although very different from each other. Android manufacturers often employ unique interface features, and the BlackBerry keyboard has always been its trademark.

A Double Touchscreen Smartphone
With an LCD in front and E Ink screen in back, YotaPhone batteries last up to five days in E Ink mode, and it is the only smartphone visible in bright sunlight. See E Ink.

One of the First
In 2002, this Palm Treo ran the popular Palm PDA application along with e-mail and Web browsing. See Palm. (Image courtesy of Palm, Inc.)

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Best smartphones 2016 The best phones available to buy today

Best smartphones 2016: The best phones available to buy today dashcrab

So, you want to buy a new phone? If you’re looking for the best smartphone of 2016, you’ve come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest mobile phones of the year to save you time when you go to your local phone shop.
We continually update this best smartphones feature to reflect recent launches, recognise price changes, and ensure 2016’s latest devices appear alongside the best of 2015 (and before, if applicable). All the listed devices have been fully reviewed by us.
Our best smartphones list covers all operating systems, all sizes, and prices, so you’ll be armed with everything you need to consider when choosing to buy your next device.
Of course, the most important factor in buying a new device is making sure you have the best smartphone for you. The best for your budget, the features you need, the size that feels right and platform that suits you best.
Be sure to let us know what you think is the best smartphone in the comments below.

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17. Motorola Moto E (2015)

The Moto E is Motorola’s play for the budget end of the market, with a price tag of £109 seeing it even cheaper than the Moto G. It might not have the fastest processor in the world, but this rarely affects daily use.
Principal to the Moto E is a great design – which now includes interchangeable “Bands” for a lick of colour, a good display, excellent battery life and microSD support for expanding the internal storage. Compared to the original 2014 model, the 2015 Moto E also adds a front-facing camera, a smoother Android experience, as well as all-important 4G connectivity for fast internet browsing.
Despite its low price point and slightly bulky build, the Moto E has glimpses of premium about it. It’s a brilliant handset for just over the £100 mark and the budget handset to beat.
Buy the Motorola Moto E 2015 for the best Android experience on a budget.
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16. HTC One A9
The HTC One A9 might be best known for its closeness to the iPhone 6 in design, but there’s a lot about this phone to love. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with a stripped down version of HTC Sense, resulting in a lovely overall experience, full of refinement.
The design is great, it feels lovely in the hand and surprisingly, the performance is very good for a handset that has mid-range hardware.
The AMOLED display is great and there’s an improved camera that beats that of the M9, although it still struggles in low light conditions. There is also an excellent fingerprint scanner.
However, the HTC One A9 is expensive for a device at this level, priced over £400. You might get a premium body, but it’s still a mid-ranger at heart and that’s reflected in performance in some areas.
If you want something that’s well built and a decent size, then it’s definitely worth considering.

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15. HTC One M9+

Many will say that HTC stumbled with the One M9, choosing refinement in design over dealing with the biggest problem it faced: camera performance. No sooner had the One M9 hit the shelves, HTC launched a bigger device, with better specs in Asia, announcing wider availability of the HTC One M9+ a few months later.
The HTC One M9+ is a better device than the flagship M9 in many ways. It has a large 5.2-inch display that’s not only better quality, it’s a higher resolution too. It offers a fingerprint scanner on the front that’s fast to unlock it and it also doesn’t get quite as hot as the regular M9.
But HTC doesn’t really address the camera issue with the HTC One M9+. Using the same 20-megapixel sensor on the rear, it has the same problems as the regular M9, being poor in low light, and struggling to match the quality of rival cameras, even in good light. It also offers Duo Camera functionality, but it feels like a short-lived novelty, rather than something that makes a pursuasive case for itself.
Ultimately, the HTC One M9+ is the device to pick for the latest HTC experience, but even in this enhanced model, it struggles against flagship rivals. Although we’d recommend this phone over the regular M9, which is expensive at £579, the M9+ is a little hard to come by.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, S7 edge plus: What’s the story so far?

The Samsung Galaxy S6 was undoubtedly one of the hit devices of 2015, especially the edge model(s). Samsung needed to shift-up design and it did, refining the appearance of the handset, as well as making essential tweaks to the user interface.
But the day of the SGS6 is done and attention turns to Samsung’s next Galaxy. It’ll presumably be called the Galaxy S7, considering Samsung tends to keep its phone-naming conventions pretty steady, and we’re also pretty sure we know when the Galaxy S7 will be released (again, based on history/Samsung’s pattern of releasing flagship smartphones). There is of course still plenty we don’t know.
Like, what will the Galaxy S7 feature? What does it look like? What kind of specs does it have? As we learn more about Samsung’s next phone, we will update this piece. This is your go-to place for finding the latest answers to all your Galaxy S7-related questions, be that the Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, or Samsung Galaxy S7 edge+.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Release date
The Galaxy S6 launched at MWC 2015 and the Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014. We therefore think the Galaxy S7 will release during MWC 2016 in February. If that happens, you can expect the phone to hit store shelves five weeks later, towards late March or early April.
A semi-reliable source from Twitter claimed Samsung’s plans coincide with Mobile World Congress 2016, with the an event set for 21 February, the Sunday before MWC formally kicks off.
Nowehreelse.fr also says the device will appear on 20 or 21 February. Some sources think that the SGS7 will make an early appearance, with SamMobile suggesting the Galaxy S7 will be released earlier than usual, pegging a January announcement and early February release date.
During a China Mobile conference in December, the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S7 looks to have been leaked. The leak showed a chart, which was photographed by a Weibo micro-blogger, announcing the phone’s reveal date will be in February.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Design

One of the biggest surprises with the SGS6 was the launch of two models. All the rumours so far predict that Samsung will again be launching multiple models, offering flat and curved “edge” displays.
SamMobile said Samsung will continue to release two variants of its flagship smartphone. One has the model number SM-G930 and a flat display, while the other has the model number SM-G935 and a dual-edge curved display. Both variants are codenamed Project Lucky and are being internally referred to as the Hero and Hero2, respectively.
The Galaxy S6 brought an overhauled design to the flagship line, so we’re not expecting any radical changes for the next cycle upgrade. There’s been a rumour that claimed it’ll be built from a different type of metal, a magnesium-based alloy, to be specific. These claims are supported by leaked cases from ITSkins that shows the S7 looking similar to the current S6, although this could be the case manufacturer trying to grab some headlines.
There’s been plenty of talk about multiple handsets, with regular tipster @evleaks tweeting a graphic of the three names Galaxy S7, S7 edge and S7 edge+, making a strong case that we’ll see all three of these models from Samsung this year.

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In 2014 Apple finally gave us an iPhone which offered a display to rival its Android flagship counterparts, while enabling you to really take advantage of the apps, games, movies and TV shows in its expansive libraries.

The iPhone 6 Plus was expensive, but there’s no denying it was well received. Android fans will continue to berate Apple for its seemingly copy-cat ‘innovation’, but the plain fact is that the 6 Pluswas a great handset, with all the power of the iPhone and a much longer battery life.

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It’s no surprise then, that Apple has returned in 2015 with the refreshed iPhone 6S Plus.

The iPhone 6S Plus inherits the price tag of its predecessor, which means you’re looking at some lofty SIM-free figures. The 16GB model comes in at $749, £619, AU$1,129, but you’ll probably want a bit more storage than that.

In which case the 64GB iPhone 6S Plus will set you back $849, £699, AU$1,379, while the 128GB model – which we tried out for this review – is $949, £789, AU$1,529.

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Unsurprisingly that puts the 6S Plus up against the top phones on the market, rubbing shoulders with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5 and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium in terms of price.

It’s also gunning for the LG G4, Moto X Style, OnePlus 2 and Huawei Mate S with its 5.5-inch full HD display.

As you’ve probably guessed from the ‘S’ handle in its name, the 6S Plus is more of an incremental upgrade over the 6 Plus rather than a reimagining of Apple’s smartphone range.

It might be a stretch for current 6 Plus incumbents to justify upgrading to the new iPhone 6S Plus, but it’s got a few fancy features you won’t find on older iPhones.

 

iPhone 6S Plus review
Design

There’s no mistaking the incremental credentials of the iPhone 6S Plus when it comes to design. It looks identical to the iPhone 6 Plus, and I mean identical. Remember the iPhone 4 and 4S? It’s like that.

In fact, the only obvious marking that differentiates the 6S Plus is the small ‘S’ logo on the rear below the word ‘iPhone’ – although it will be covered by your hand 90% of the time (or 100% of the time by a case).

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The sleek, rounded metal body continues to look and feel premium, with the build quality you’d expect from Apple. After last year’s unfortunate ‘bendgate’ fiasco, Apple has looked to reassure people that its latest smartphone duo are tough. This isn’t strictly necessary, given that we’d have expected last year’s models to be strong enough to get through a couple of years of use, but some clarification was needed.

Both the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus sport what Apple is calling ‘7000 series aluminum’, which it claims is a lot stronger. Who wants to volunteer up their new iPhone 6S Plus for a bend test?
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iPhone 6S Plus review

Apple’s stuck with the same button placements too, with power/lock on the right and the volume keys on the left, just below the mute switch. During one-handed use I found I needed to stretch a little to reach them, and those with smaller palms will struggle more.

There is a silver (actually, pink) lining though: the iPhone 6S Plus has a new color! In addition to gold, silver and space grey you can now pick up Apple’s latest supersized smartphone in a fetching shade of ‘Rose Gold’… also known as pink.

The familiar design of the iPhone 6S Plus will be comforting to the Apple faithful, while outsiders may look on with raised eyebrows, mumbling something about a lack of progression from the Cupertino firm. And they may have a point.

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Display

On first viewing the screen on the iPhone 6S Plus is the same as its predecessor, with the 5.5-inch panel sporting a full HD resolution and 401ppi pixel density.

That makes it sharper than the smaller iPhone 6S, which only musters a 1334 x 750 resolution, resulting in 326ppi.

Text and images are crisp and clear, colors are vibrant and images pop, especially if you whack the screen brightness up (just keep an eye on the battery life if you do).

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The IPS screen is covered in toughened glass with fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, and it does a better job than most at keeping the display relatively print-free.

It’s not perfect, and there were still times I had to give it a quick wipe, but compared to many of its Android rivals the iPhone 6S Plus is less of a smudge magnet.

As I’ve mentioned, hold the iPhone 6S Plus side by side to the iPhone 6 Plus and there are no visible differences between the two, but the 6S Plus has a hidden bonus feature: 3D Touch.

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What’s New

Apple announced its ninth-generation iPhones, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, at a media event in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2015. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus can be summed up beautifully with a single quote from Apple CEO Tim Cook: “While they may look familiar, we have changed everything about these new iPhones.”

Available with the same 4.7 and 5.5-inch Retina displays, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus have the same exterior design as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but much of the hardware inside, from the camera to the processor, is new and improved. Core technologies like the touchscreen and the vibration engine have been updated, and the devices are even constructed from an entirely new material.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are made from a 7000 Series aluminum alloy, which is stronger and more durable than the 6000 series used in the previous-generation iPhones. Apple’s also updated the devices with stronger glass, made using a dual ion exchange process. One of the biggest changes is the introduction of a new aluminum finish in Rose Gold, which accompanies the traditional Silver, Space Gray, and Gold color options.

A second-generation Touch ID module makes fingerprint detection twice as fast, and the 64-bit A9 processor in the two devices is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 percent faster at GPU tasks than the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. A built-in M9 motion coprocessor enables new features, such as always-on “Hey Siri” functionality.

With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Multi-Touch has been expanded to encompass a third dimension through a 3D Touch feature, and Apple is calling this “the future of Multi-Touch.” In addition to recognizing a tap, sensors in the iPhones can also recognize pressure, enabling a range of new shortcut gestures that Apple’s calling the “Peek” and “Pop.” A new Taptic Engine provides tactile feedback whenever the pressure-based gestures are used.

Most of Apple’s “S” year upgrades include camera improvements, and the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are no exception. Both devices have a 12-megapixel camera with some internal improvements to preserve color accuracy and speed up autofocus. The iPhone 6s Plus has Optical Image Stabilization, while the iPhone 6s does not.

With the improved camera, 4K video at 30 FPS is supported, and the iPhones can capture 63 megapixel panoramas. There’s a 5-megapixel front-facing FaceTime camera with a True Tone Retina Flash feature that lights up the display of the iPhone just before a photo is captured.

The most novel camera-based feature available for the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus is Live Photos, a feature that captures 1.5 seconds of movement before and after a photo is taken to display short animations and sound when a 3D Touch gesture is used on an image. Live Photos is designed to add a sense of vitality and life to still photos.
When it comes to connectivity, both LTE and Wi-Fi speeds have been improved. With LTE Advanced, LTE is twice as fast at up to 300 Mb/s, and 23 LTE bands are supported. Compared to the previous-generation iPhones, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus are twice as fast when connected to Wi-Fi, with Wi-Fi speeds up to 866 Mb/s.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus became available for pre-order in the first wave of countries on Saturday, September 12 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time, with an official launch taking place on Friday, September 25.Apple sold 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units during launch weekend, beating iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch sales in 2014, and setting a new opening weekend sales record.

 

How to Buy

The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus became available for pre-order at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, September 12, 2015. An official launch followed on Friday, September 25 in first-wave release countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the United States. The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus are available for purchase on Apple.com and in Apple’s retail stores.

iPhone availability expanded to an additional 40 countries on October 9, 2015, and additional countries started offering the iPhone throughout the end of 2015. A full list of the different release dates for iPhone launches is below:

October 9: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan
October 10: Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates
October 15: Israel
October 16: India, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Montenegro, and South Africa
October 23: Belarus, Colombia, Guam, Moldova, Serbia, South Korea, Turkey, and Ukraine
October 30: Thailand
November 13: Brazil
Both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus come in 16, 64, and 128GB configurations, with four color options: Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold.

iPhone 6s pricing in the U.S. starts at $199 with a two-year carrier contract, with the 64 and 128GB models priced at $299 and $399, respectively. Without a contract, the iPhone 6s in 16/64/128GB is priced at $649/$749/$849.

iPhone 6s Plus pricing in the U.S. starts at $299 with a two-year carrier contract, with the 64 and 128GB models priced at $399 and $499, respectively. Without a contract, the iPhone 6s Plus in 16/64/128GB is priced at $749/$849/$949.

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Apple began selling SIM free unlocked iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models on October 8, just a couple of weeks after the iPhone first launched. The SIM free unlocked models are identical to the AT&T unlocked models and have the same off-contract pricing.

New in 2015 is an official Apple iPhone Upgrade Program in the United States. The program lets users pay a monthly fee for their iPhones and trade it in after 12 months of payments to get the next-generation iPhone. Pricing, which includes AppleCare+, starts at $32.41 per month for the entry-level 16GB iPhone 6s and goes up from there.

Participating in this program requires the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus to be purchased in an Apple retail store and it requires a credit check.

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