ZTE Blade S6 Review

 The summary

 Score: 7/10

ZTE has released a budget smartphone in the developing market of mid-range smartphones, which only costs under $200. Compared to Motorola Moto G, its price is higher, but is there anything to make up for the extra price?

ZTE Blade S6 Review Buy

ZTE Blade S6 Review Buy

This phone is more powerful and the storage space has been increased. And it’s designed in the iPhone style. Someone may like this, but the phone still feels inexpensive. In addition, the camera is just nice enough, not impressive.

The price for the reviewed model is £169.99

Bottom of Form

Pros

  • The screen is good
  • The design style is nice-looking
  • Nice CPU

Cons

  • The cameras are not really good
  • Patchy UI
  • Feels less expensive than it looks

Specifications:

– The phone supports dual-SIMs;

- The 5-inch screen is a HD display;

– The processing unit is 1.7 GHz octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 615;

– The internal storage space is up to 16GB;

– The phones support microSD expansion compartment;

– Two cameras are included: 13-MP front camera, 5-MP back camera;

– 4G is supported

– Manufacturer: ZTE Corporation

Design style

The ZTE Blade S6 copies the style from an Apple iPhone 6 in almost areas. In terms of the brand name, this seems to be not good, but regarding the design, it’s pretty nice looking.

Looking from a long distance, you may think it’s an iPhone but you will easily notice the difference once you get a bit closer. 

Like an iPhone, under the screen is the location of a black circular marking. However, there is not any button but 3 touch-sensitive soft keys together with the other two which are not easy to be seen, except when these two keys light up.

You may be a little bit shocked when getting closer to the ZTE Blade S6. From a distance, the rear cover of the phone seems to be made of aluminium, but in fact, it’s just made of flat old plastic. As a result, it’s also easier to get scratches.

Thanks to the impressive unibody design as well as sleek lines, the Blade S6 looks the nicest when you stay from a certain distance.

At the first glances, this phone is nice but then it gradually turns out to be less attractive. But once you become used to it, you can feel the comfort with this phone. The front face is made of glass while the curved sides are smooth. The edges of these sides are rounded.

There are interesting features but the results with these features are not really as expected. For example, the brightness of the light-up main button is too excessive when it fires off as a LED light for updating notifications. However, it can be adjusted in the Settings menu.

The phone uses trays for locating the SIM and microSD card compartments on the sides. In fact, two nano SIM compartments are held in one tray. Both the 4G and NFC are included, but IR transmitter is not supported.

The internal storing space is up to 16GB, which is pretty large. If the entire body was made of metal instead of plastic, it would be better, right? It’s obvious, especially when you found other smartphones at the same price range with the metal, for instance, Ascend G7 from Huawei.

The screen of ZTE Blade S6

Compared to the screen of an iPhone 6, the screen of the Blade S6 can’t be that good, but it’s easy to understand this difference when considering the price of the latter. Its screen measures 5 inches and has the resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, which is similar to common low-priced smartphones, for example, the Motorola Moto G.

The screen of the ZTE Blade S6 is pretty nice. The colors are good and it’s easy to view the screen in outdoor situations. The low amount of resolutions doesn’t matter much here. The same 720p resolution of 5-inch screens even brings different display results for different smartphones. The more you get closer to the screen, the clearer you see this.

The phone allows you to select some display options in the Setting menu. Consequently, the screen can be set more natural looking or more vibrant. People seem to prefer the ‘vivid’ mode although the tones tend to be more saturating red.

The noticeable thing here is that within this price range, you can afford to buy several smartphones with 1080p resolution and denser pixel amount, for example, the Google Nexus 5, the Honor 6, or OnePlus One. The sub-$200 price stays on the higher end of price range for a smartphone with the 720p resolution. Especially, for a less famous brand like ZTE, this price seems to be a bit high.

 

HTC One M9 Review

Overview of the HTC One M9

During the past 12 months, the technology community has seen a lot of changes in the smartphone market. But, after having the chance to experience the One M9 from HTC in some weeks, we have acknowledged that HTC seems not to catch up with some of its competitors, such as Samsung with the  Galaxy S6 model. This is a bit disappointing, especially when the predecessor – the One M8 have been rocked in our pocket since it was released in 2014.

In the same year, while other giant manufactures such as Apple, Samsung or GL has a lot of revolutionary changes, why does it seem that HTC has not had revolutionary improvements? The following review will let you know more about this.

Detailed Review of the HTC One M9

Stunning build, odd colours

The three big flagships of HTC seems to pretty similar to one another, so it may not be easy to differentiate one among these three models when looking at it for the first time. The HTC One M7 which was released three years ago brought out a significant change in the design style of HTC and put this Taiwanese manufacturer on the top smartphone company – competing with Apple for the famous sophisticated iPhone.

HTC One M9 Review Buy

HTC One M9 Review Buy

The design of the HTC M9 One this year is pretty similar to the two previous models – M7 & M8. However, not everything is the same. You won’t find the unibody design in the M9 as found with the M8, now the HTC M9 is built by a lot of aluminum pieces. Because of this, the sides of the phone are slightly raised from the front panel.

The back is covered by aluminum and a bit more curved than previously, so it’s easier to hold the phone in hands. While the HTC M8 was found to dig a little too hard into hands, the related small changes make us more enjoyable in holding it in hands.

There’s one new thing found in the design of the M9: the location of the standby button is not on the top any more, now it’s located in the side. While for smartphones with large screens, it’s pretty common to see power buttons on the top, HTC has put it in the center of the side. However, this is not a good change. As the volume keys are right above the standby button, users often find it confusing to use these two buttons. Meanwhile, this manufacturer could have shifted the volume button to one side and the standby button to the other side, which is very nice. But actually, it didn’t do that.

The 5.2-inch screen of the M9 is as large as that of the M8. The Boom Sound speakers are located on the side. While the addition of these stereo speakers creates one of the longest phones on the market, we’re glad they’ve been kept around. The audio quality is very nice regardless of the sources of sounds: from YouTube, Spotify, or even the alarm sound. Certainly, you will easily wake up when listening to the alarm clock of this phone.

Thanks to the design of multiple pieces, there are more various color options for the HTC M9. We have once reviewed the silver one, with part of rose gold. Perhaps not everyone will be a fan of this color, we recommend that you should select more traditional options such as the all-black or two-tone silver colors.

Sense is starting to fall behind

The Sense UI interface has been one of the greatest Android skins. Although it was not enough to go with the beauty of stock Android, it was nice.

However, currently when many big manufacturers have been changing a lot of things on the Google’s running system, it feels like that HTC has not caught up with the trend. It seems to be that there is not any part of Android 5.01 Lollipop staying alone here. The quick settings make the screen become messy and you may find it confusing to pick up widgets and apps due to the odd app drawer. But luckily, it’s fast to switch from the multi-tasking view into the stock Android Lollipop version.

Overall, the Sense 7 & 6 are pretty similar. In the One M9, you will find a new home screen widget which is assumed to smartly replace the apps for displaying your current location: Work, Home or “On the Go”. However, in fact, just the replacement of a note taking app by the Netfix was found when you come back home in the night. In addition, the “Suggested Downloads” folder attached in the list of Google Play apps was very frustrating. This folder is abundant in the home screen.

The Sense 7 also support the Blinkfeed feature – where all of the social networks or news that you are interested in have been gathered in one place. Beside popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you even can find nice suggestions on restaurants for your lunch. This is very useful and it can be easily disabled when you don’t want to use it.

It’s clear that the most noticeable improvement in the Sense is the new and powerful Theme feature.  You can easily change the look of icons, fonts or background colors. In addition to the available themes, you can also create your own theme with any of your photos. This is a great upgrade to the Sense 7.

Plenty of power under the metal

The feature list of the HTC One M9 includes all the top specification in the market, such as: 3GB RAM, Snapdragon’s 810 processor, the storage capability of up to 32 GB and a MicroSD card as well. The performance of the phone is also fast and very smooth and there is not any lag at all.

Especially the performance in playing processor-intensive games such as Dead Trigger 2 or Asphalt can surprise you. Even when you open a lot of apps at the same time, you will still find a very fast performance from this phone.

However, when you charge the phone or play games, the phone body easily gets hot. It’s hot to the extent that there is something wrong with the phone. But actually, the device has not been affected at all.

The sound quality is nice as you may expect. Thanks to the great BoomSound speakers, the loudspeaker chats become extra bit crisper. This is nice. We have tested the phone with the 3 UK 4G sim and the performance is snappy in LTE locations.

Why no 2K display?

All the features included in the HTC One M9 ranks the top of the market, except the screen. While it’s pretty common to find the QHD 2K displays in top smartphones such as Samsung, LG, Motorola and other devices, this kind of display has not been included in the M9. HTC keeps the same screen as found in the M8. Actually, the 1080p screen is nice, but for a smartphone model in such a competitive market, this screen’s gonna make it fall down somewhat.

However, the screen the M9 is still nice. It has the great sharpness and proper brightness, which enables you to view it easily outdoors. The viewing angles are excellent, so you won’t have to worry about the glare problem. With its sizes, the M9 can stay side by side with the Samsung Galaxy (S5, S6, and S6 Edge) and other best smartphones from Samsung in many years.

Certainly, there’s enough grunt under the hood to power the extra pixels, but when HTC decided on the 1080p screen, the battery has not been changed much. The battery still needs to be charged every night and there’s often a red notification at the end of the day.

Ultrapixels weren’t great, but this….

Last year, the M8 used a 4 Ultrapixel image sensor which was located in the back of the phone. But, it was not really good. Therefore, for a new model like M9, an improvement on the camera would be expected the most.

This year, in the M9, HTC decided to replace the Ultrapixel sensor by the 20.2-megapixel Toshiba sensor with the video capability up to 4K. This is an incredible decision. The more megapixels do not always mean greater captures – that’s what HTC wants to prove in its decision.

But after experiencing the HTC M9 for some weeks, we found that it did take time for the settings before we could capture great photos. While it’s pretty easy to open the camera and capture a nice snapshot with the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6, you cannot do this with the M9.

The story this year seems to be kept unchanged.

So, what happens with the photos shot by the camera of the M9? The photos are always of overexposure. The camera results are left useless when you shoot the photos in the daytime with plenty of light. If you don’t capture images under the direct light, the results seem to be slightly better. There is nothing wrong with the details but you won’t get the accurate colors. In addition, because there is no optical image stabilization, shooting under low light struggles, too. This 20-megapixel sensor can’t be compared with the previous Ultrapixel sensor.

It does take a lot of effort for shooting photos with the camera of the M9. And the story seems to be similar for video capturing. The 1080p resolution is nice, just sometimes slightly shaky, but because of the frame-rate problems, the 4K quality brings images which are almost useless.

The only good points go with the available manual options from the camera. Especially if you are a fan of selfie photos (very popular these days), you can use the front camera and shot nice selfie, especially for shooting under low light.

To be frank, this camera is really disappointing.

Verdict – HTC lacks the tricks this year

There were some drawbacks with the HTC One M8, regarding the camera, the software and a bit sharply-built feel. With the M9, these concerns are still remaining, except the fact that the body is a bit curvier. While the speed of the M8 was pretty fast, that of the M9 is even faster thanks to the upgraded processor. In addition, one extra 1GB RAM has been added up in this new version.

One year ago, HTC released one of the most nice-looking Android smartphones in the market. But this year, it’s not really clear. While the Galaxy S6 goes sexy with metal and glass, the LG G4 becomes more premium with the leather in the back and the Moto X from Motorola is the combination of luxury and sturdy construction of metal, the design style of HTC is not the leading one in the Android market any more.

In regard of the software, although the Blinkfeed and Theme feature are super great, the M9 of HTC is still surpassed by other competitors. The heavy Sense 7 seems to face a hard competition from the clean-up interfaces of Samsung or LG, or even with Motorola with stock Android from Google.

The HTC One M9 is still a pretty phone and its performance is fast enough to satisfy you. However, if you want to have a good model with a cheaper price, the HTC One M8 can be a very nice choice.

LG G3 Review

Overview of the LG G3

About one year ago, LG had released a very impressive smartphone model – the LG G2 – the first flagship from this manufacturer with many selling points. While it was a phenomenally strong smartphone, its poor usability made it less appealing: using the Android running system made the performance heavy, and as a result, sometimes it was frustrating to use the phone. Meanwhile, the “simple is the new smart” is the new design orientation of LG this year. Based on this theory, LG has not changed too many things over the Kitkat and finally LG got a very snappy smartphone. The excellent specifications, high-class screen, the clean skins all make this an impressive phablet. We ranked this smartphone in one of the top models on the market.

The Pros

– The phone can shoot great shots, partly thanks to the optical IS and dual Led flash.

– The video capability is up to 4K.

The Cons

– The battery drains pretty fast due to powering a huge amount of pixels

Detailed Review of the LG G3

Design: 8.5/10

At first glance on the LG G2, everyone seems to think that it has a metal back, but actually, it’s made of plastic. Despite being made of plastic, the rear cover of the phone looks gorgeous thanks to the appealing metal brushes. Regardless of the large screen of 5.5 inches, it’s the thin bezels as well as the curved back plate that brings you the comfortable feeling when holding the phone. Although the design of the LG G3 is not as attractive as that of the iPhone 6 or HTC One M8, we can’t deny that its design is nice.

LG G3 Review Buy

LG G3 Review Buy

The most noticeable feature of the G3 is the 2560 x 1440 display screen with the 538 ppi density. There is no doubt that the sharpness of this screen is the best among the smartphone models which I have reviewed. You won’t be able to see the pixels with your eyes because whenever you want look at the screen as close as possible, your vision will be get out of focus very soon. Certainly, this is one of the best screens in the market now.

Although the screen of the G3 is very pretty, it faces the competition from many snappy display screens of other Android smartphones. Meanwhile, the software of the G3 has been significantly improved from its predecessor – the G2. The customized Android Kit Kat of this phone has satisfied our expectation. The menus, icons and customized apps of the LG G3 are all greater.

After you swipe to the right from the home screen of the G3, you will see a specialized panel which has been divided in two parts. You can update your activities every day in the upper half, in which a precise app for fitness-tracking has been available. For the other half, you can find a lot of useful tips videos which are provided by LG. But actually, this also accounts for a larger space on the home screen.

Cameras: 8/10

Although the camera of the G3 is not the greatest one in the market, LG has made certain efforts on this feature. The resolution of the image sensor is just 13 MP, which is not considered high, but the photos are still pretty clean and sharp, thanks to the included optical IS technology. For outdoor lighting conditions, the colors are good and you just find a very little amount of noise along hard edges. The camera tends to struggle more under low light. This is not surprising because the aperture of the camera is only limited to ƒ/2.4.

Internal Specifications: 6/10

Commonly, the batteries of phablets are often the 3000+ mAh type. The G3 also uses this type of battery and it’s a replaceable one. And it’s easy to see that it will cost more power because the screen is of high pixel density. The phones has offered 20-hour capability of using talk time feature and three-week standby time while it just lasts in 6.5 hours for web browsing. In addition, don’t forget that it will cost more power for a beautiful screen than for a display of smaller size and lower resolution. It will require you to pay attention to charging the battery frequently.

Battery Life: 6.5/10

The pixel-dense screen has the impact on not only the battery, but also the processor. For selecting options of the menu or changing from one app to others, the performance is sometimes slow although its 32-bit CPU is the fastest among our tested smartphones. The G3 used a quad-core, 2.5 GHz processor unit, together with a 3GB RAM. The more pixels the screen has, the harder the processor has to work. This processor is good enough for meeting your demands, but the experience in general cannot be compared to that of iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5.

Features: 7/10

The newest smartphones from LG has included all the common features for a flagship model, together with some other less-popular ones. Among the top three models, only the G3 has the integrated FM radio feature. In addition, instead of needing a remote control, you can make use of the built-in infrared blaster to manage the settings of a theater at home. But there is a disappointment with this smartphone: it does not have the fingerprint scanner and the waterproof capability is not supported. Although some image sensors, for example the barometer found in iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5 is not really useful for users, we’d have preferred seeing LG help lead the charge.

Bottom Line: 7.6/10

Is the list of specifications that important? In the case of LG, it’s clearly true. While LG has the ability to manufacture the excellent smartphones, now it has ranked the third position in the Android market, right after Samsung and HTC. To gain the customers’ attention requires a lot of efforts. LG has tried very hard and it has offered a list of very great specifications, including: the prominent screen, powerful processor, 3-GB RAM. In addition, the battery’s removable and you can charge it wirelessly. And many other great features. Yet, a large number of specifications do not always mean an outstanding model in the smartphone market.

Luckily, LG has succeeded in the release of the G3. Some drawbacks still remain, such as the power and volume buttons are located in the rear. It will be better if their locations are on the top or sides of the phone. The nice thing here is that LG has simplified its design, regarding both the user interface and other features. Throw in the very nice camera and screen, the LG G3 is worth your consideration.

 

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review

The sizes of smartphones seem to increase more and more but our hands don’t; so don’t expect that your thumb can be flexible for any size. In general, smartphones now seem to take over more and more space in your pocket.  With the increase from the average size to sizes of phablets, people will prefer wearable devices than ever, such as smartwatches. Therefore, we need to look for the greatest experiences on smartphones for users who don’t want smartphones with the biggest screens and there is no much compromise for this.

To consider the above thoughts, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact seems to be one of the most suitable options. When Sony released the Xperia Z4, everyone tends to pay attention to the future of this manufacturer, but at the present, both the achievements as well as missteps of this manufacturer all make people curious.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review Buy

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review

At the time that I bought the Xperia Z3 Compact last November, right after Sony released this model in Canada, this manufacturer was being physically and psychologically torn apart. Not long later, at Consumer Electronics Show, CEO Kazuo Hirai, stated that the current time was the transitional phases of Sony, in which, the number of traditional leading devices such as mobile has been reduced and the number of PlayStation as well as imaging divisions has been increased. There is no doubt that Sony has been going through a hard time, so the recently released models have been the exemplification for this.

But, what is the reason: consumers tend to change their taste so fast or the company has been too slow in catching up with the trends. Regarding the smartphone manufacturing, like other Android manufacturers such as HTC, Sony has been stuck in a rough innovation competition in which the manufacturers compete against one another on very tiny details.

Is there anything wrong with the product lines of Sony? The size and the weight have been increasingly reduced while the list of its features does satisfy the users once they hold it in hands. Personally, I think that the Sony Xperia S3 is much better than the previous versions although it still lacks large improvements. Nowadays, when the technology has been changing so fast, Sony also plans the updates of its mobile devices based on short phases. The low-end smartphones are nice enough, but it has become more and more challenging to create fast changes in the large scale for high-end models.

The above things have made an impression on me. Despite significant changes in the size, the features and performance of the phone are not compromised. It is similar to Muggsy Bogues, which in fact uses it as an advantage.

I have not picked any device for long, until I found the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop operating system with this phone recently. The design language of Sony is pretty similar to that of the Android version of Google, in which the devices brings the enjoyment in the using process. In addition, there is an important feature for such a phone with the 16GB storage: it can move all apps to the external storing space.

I am not sure whether finding it enjoyable to use the phone was only a good point of the feeling in which you can handle a phablet, as found in the past. Therefore, I compared the Xperia Z3 Compact with Galaxy S6 of a reasonable size, two phones in two pockets to know which smartphone brings more enjoyable feeling . Beside the calling and texting features, the two phones had the same kind of notifications, the same apps as well as services.

At the same day, I also did the testing on other smartphones such as: LG G3, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, OnePlus One and the Xperia Z3 for many times, then I come back to the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. The nice point with this phone is that it brings the entirety, not only an approximation when I hold the phone in hands. The only situation that I feel the size of the screen is uncomfortable is when I open the ebook app.

So, why do people often think that the smartphones of larger sizes are nicer? Why do they often consider that the small ones often go with compromise?

Do you know that the screen size of the Apple iPhone 6 is just 4.7 inches. The selling volume of the iPhone 6 is 75 million smartphones in the last quarter and Apple have tested many options of resolutions and dimensions and finally decided the 4.7-inch 326 ppi measurement as the most proper. But there is still a thing to concern about the iPhone 6 in the vertical: it is often hard to reach the home button of the phone and so, in comparison with the iPhone 6 needs to be taller and a bit wider.

One extra advantage with the Xperia Z3 Compact is that it has the waterproof feature, so it is very convenient to use the phone in the rainy season. You can replace this phone from the pocket without having to worry about any injury, which is a very nice point. I have once spilled Alfredo sauce on this phone when I was referring to a recipe in the last weekend, but I was able to wash it in the sink for a while. And the phone was still ok.

The Xperia S3 Compact supports some features that the community traditionally undervalues, including: giving the priority to connect with other devices and supporting sound codecs of high quality so that listening music becomes more enjoyable. In addition, the Remote Play feature is nice because now, the number of PlayStation users has been increasing. Although for the apps that do not support Lollipop’ color-matching value, Sony keeps setting the default blue color for the notification panel – which is pretty bizarre, it’s not a big problem. Moreover, in contrast with my worries on the camera capability of the Z3 series, the photos shot with this phone are very nice. It cannot be compared with the image quality of the Samsung Galaxy S6, but it surpasses 95% of other smartphones in the current market.

It’s a great feeling to find something that works well for you. Since Sony decided the Lollipop running system for the Xperia Z3 Compact, this phone performs much better and the quality of photos are nicer, making this system well compared to KitKat. For the Android Lollipop 5.0 system, Sony has reduced its internal culture factor while it’s still respecting the Material Design philosophy.

As the sizes of smartphones nowadays keep increasing, a flagship with the sub-4.7 screen seems to be dying. But in 2015, I have not seen that flagship models increase its screen measurement, so that’s the reason for some hope. However, that may not be the reversing of the current trend; just the process has been slower.

The Xperia Z3 Compact is a nice smartphone model. The proper size and the updated specifications all give this model a competitive advantage in the current market.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review

 

Overview of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Pros

– The phone brings the premium feel

– Fancy Edge screen is nice

– The colors of the AMOLED display are lively

– The phone is more solid than most smartphones with the 5.1-inch measurement.

– The performance is fast and smooth

Cons

The price is pretty high

The Edge screen is not useful as expected

The battery life is not really good

Detailed Review of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Street Price: Rs 62,000 for the 32 GB version

Previously, Samsung was not appraised for the sophisticated design of its smartphones, so this manufacturer decided to release two flagship models recently – the Samsung Galaxy S6 & the S6 Edge. Among these two models, the design of the S6 Edge is new and very impressive. But, how does this flagship help Samsung compete with other smartphones at the same class?

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review Buy

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review Buy

Design

Finally, Samsung decided not to include any plastic part in one of its smartphones. The frame of the S6 Edge is made of aluminum, which brings you a very well-built feel. The back of the phone is covered with glass, as similarly found with the iPhone 4S or Nexus 4. With this new change, the device feels more premium, but smudges tag along.

There is no significant change in the core design of the Galaxy S smartphones. But, the phone seems to look futuristic with the curved edge which is made of glass. Holding it in hands, you will feel the phone thinner. For the models in the Galaxy S series, part of the cameras is often raised a little bit from the back, and the Galaxy S6 Edge is not the exception

The construction of this phone is among the top classes. Although the screen is very large and hardware is powerful, the Galaxy S6 Edge is very light with the weight of about 130 grams.

However, the amazing design goes together with some trade-off. For example, the Galaxy S6 Edge is not protected from water or dust. In addition, because the back is made of glass, two panels of the phone will be more crackable.

Screen

With the new fancy edge screen, the resolution of the S6 Edge is also higher. Meanwhile, the size and type of two panels remain unchanged. The Super AMOLED display measure 5,1 inches. The colors are accurate and vivid. The 1440×2560 resolution makes the screen amazingly sharp.

Thanks to the Gorilla Glass 4, there is no need to concern about the scratches in the display. The back panel is also covered with the same glass.

Specifications

The Galaxy S6 Edge uses 64 bit octa-core Exynos 7420 chip manufactured by Samsung itself and 3 GB DDR4 RAM. There are three available storage capabilities: 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB – similar to Apple. And the S6 Edge has not included any microSD card slot.

The camera has the 16-MP resolution. In terms of the connecting capability, the phone supports Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS and IR blaster. In addition, the NFC connectivity is also supported. Similar to other flagship smartphones, a nano-SIM is required. The phone is operated with a 2600 mAh battery.

Fingerprint Sensor

You can quickly unlock the phone by using the fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint reader is located in the Home button. The performance of this scanner is very great. You just need to put the finger on the sensor and it will carry out the task pretty fast. It’s as nice as the TouchID of an iPhone.

Software

The Galaxy S6 Edge’s operated by the Android 5 Lollipop system. The colors under the TouchWiz UI are brighter and livelier. But the number of options has been reduced. Samsung has included the Briefing pane among the home screens. It is pretty similar to the BlinkFeed of HTC, which allows you to select a collection of certain news that you are interested in.

Like the iPhone, there is a parallax effect with the wallpaper of the Galaxy S6 Edge. The good news is that the Galaxy S6 Edge supports the Themes feature, in which you can make changes on the design and size of the interface, icons. In addition to the preloaded themes, you can download the available themes as well. There is a list of many nice themes available.

In regard of the performance, the Galaxy S6 Edge works very well. The phone can deal with processor-intensive multitasks or heavy games easily.

Edge Screen

There is an ‘info strips’ that is to display notifications or notification from weather, sport or stocks. A night clock can be also put on the Edge Screen.

In addition, the People Edge feature is a new nice feature. You can select five contacts for adding the color codes on the edge screen. You will immediately know who is contacting you thanks to the color of the notification. This is really a fancy feature but I find that it is not really useful.

Multimedia

The earphones produce very smooth sound outputs. The SoundAlive feature allows you to find tune audio. The bass offered with this handset is great.

The S6 Edge can play videos which have the quality of up to 4K. Not only that 4K quality on the phone screen, certainly no one will complain about other additional features.

As I discussed at the beginning, the edge screen is a nice design change in terms of the aesthetic aspect. But, notice that there will be reflections near the curved part while you are watching videos.

Camera

The camera of the Galaxy S6 Edge is a very snappy unit with the resolution of 16 megapixels. There are many options in this camera, such as: Virtual shot, Selective focus, Panorama, Slow motion and Pro. The last one – Pro is a special option. The manual settings in this option are very elaborate, including:  Contrast, Saturation, Highlights and Temperature.

 

The photos shot under the daylight are of impressive sharpness. The noise is not visually noticeable. Thanks to the Optical Image Stabilization, the performance of the S6 Edge under low light is greater than that of the previous models. However, it still cannot be compared with the Huawei Honor 6 Plus or advanced Lumia smartphones.

 

In comparison with the Full HD support, the 4K UHD recording capability of the S6 Edge is amazing. Both the details and the stabilization of the videos are great.

Battery

The 2600 mAh battery allows the phone to play videos during 12 hours with the brightness of the screen set to sixty percent. But there is one unusual thing with this phone: it costs more power in the idle mode. I guess that this is due to a bug in the software, but Samsung will fix it right in the next update.

The Bottom Line

With the price of Rs 62,000, there is no doubt that the phone is absurdly expensive. Personally, I won’t spend more than Rs 30,000 to buy a smartphone. However, if your budge is enough to show off, the S6 Edge should be considered as it has a unique design with the futuristic screen. It’s the fancy look, not the included features that drive people to buy this phone over the Galaxy S6. It’s just that simple.

The S6 Edge seems to strongly compete with the LG G4. But, until the S6 Edge has an incredibly high sales volume in India, it is a top smartphone in the Android market.

 

Sony Xperia Z3 Review

Sony Xperia Z3 Review Buy

Sony Xperia Z3 Review Buy

 

Detail review for Sony Xperia Z3

The Xperia series have been well-known for the simple design style with the aluminum and glass combination.  These smartphones are just a little bit thicker than the market-leading iPhone 6 from Apple and the recently released model – Sony Xperia Z3 has a major competitive advantage: the waterproof capability. The phone can survive under the 1.5-meter depth within up to 30 minutes. This feature is nice and together with the smooth performance in general, the Xperia Z3 is really worth your consideration.

People have underestimated the design of this phone, but it’s still easy to identify that the front and back panels are made of sturdy glass and the curve sides are made of aluminum. Although the phone is 5.75 inches tall and the screen measures up to 5.2 inches, you can still hold the phone comfortably in hands. This is exactly a smartphone for those who don’t bother large size smartphones.

The screen of this phone is not as expected. It doesn’t have a QHD screen, but at least the brightness is proper and the colors are lively enough for viewing the screen at any angle. The screen has a 1080p resolution and Sony applies the IPS LCD technology for this screen, but its performance is not really impressive. Using the phone outdoors may be challenging because of the sun glare and in comparison with other screen, the viewing angles of the Z3 screen are narrower. This screen is nice, but not outstanding.

The camera is on the back of the phone. It’s also nice like the screen, but in the same way, not excellent. The image sensor of this camera is a six-element sensor, which has the resolution of 20.7 megapixels and ƒ/2.3 aperture. The sensor is of large size and great in general, but because the photo processing is just under the standard, so you will notice images of overexposure and the colors turns to be warmer, compared to the images produced by other smartphones.

For fans of the game PlayStation4, there is one nice unique feature in the Sony Z3: the game can be played right on the phone. But to be able to play this game, the phone is required to connect the same Wi-Fi network with the home console, and an attachment will be needed so that you can use the PS4 controller with this smartphone. This controller will be very useful for you to play top-tier console games while staying far from the couch.

Bottom Line:

7.7/10

The greatest smartphones often go with strong processor, great camera, the powerful battery as well as other nice features. Meanwhile, the strong points of the Xperia Z3 are the waterproof capability and PS4 game playing support. The Z3 has not been ranked in the top positions of our favorite list, but it’s good enough for a fan of Sony.

 

HTC Desire Eye Review

Detail review for HTC Desire Eye

The Desire EYE from HTC stays in the upper end of middle range smartphones. The screen is of 1080p resolution. There are two cameras with the phone, both of which has the 13-MP resolution. And it has a 2-GB storage capability.

The dimension of the Desire EYE is 5.97 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches while the width of the screen is just 5.22 inches. This means that the screen just accounts for sixty six percent and the other space is for the bezel of the phone.

The Desire EYE uses a LCD touchscreen which has the resolution of 1080 x 1920, equivalent to the number of 424 pixels for one inch. With this resolution, it’s possible to view images and movies in the full HD mode. While this screen is sturdy thanks to being made of the Gorilla Glass, HTC decided to include the plastic keys, which cannot be that durable.  One nice point is that you can take advantage of the image stabilization feature from a gyrometer supported in this phone.

HTC Desire Eye Review Buy

HTC Desire Eye Review Buy

The phone performs fast as it used the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, Quad-Core 2.3GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330. The lag is just minimum even when you open many apps. Especially, the 2GB memory enables you to open multiple apps at the same time without having to concern about the slow running speed. If you want more internal memory, you can use a microSD card with the maximum storage capability of 128GB. This will be useful when you like to load music or connect the phone with a speaker of high quality.

The two cameras of the phones are all of high quality. Not only in the adequate light but in the low light, the results with these two cameras are nice thanks to the inclusion of the specialized LED flash, the auto-focus and high dynamic range for each one. You don’t have to worry about shooting in low light, as the camera will be adjusted. Therefore, the image quality will be better for either direction.

Especially, the Desire Eyes also supports the water resistance feature, which helps the phone survive at the depth of 1 meter within 30 minutes. It’s enough just for an accidental drop, not for submerging the phone when you’re swimming. The battery allows up to 20 hours of talk time but keep in mind it will drain very fast when you use other features such as camera or apps. But fortunately, you can have a quick charge in which it just takes 30 minutes for the battery to be charged up to sixty percent. This is very convenient when you go travelling or want to have a charge while having lunch.

With the high-resolution display, the nice audio and video features, the HTC Desire EYE is a very versatile model in the midrange market. It’s worth your consideration in case that you want a smartphone for a large number of features available.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

Overview of the Samsung Galaxy S6

For long, we have expected that Samsung smartphones won’t include the creaky plastic as well as bloated software any more. While the Galaxy product line is the flagship model, users have not had the chance to obtain the greatest experience from a top Android smartphone. But finally, there is a change with the Samsung Galaxy S6. You won’t see any cheap plastic cover or faux leather stitching of the previous versions, now the Gorilla Glass is very nice. The phone brings the sturdy feel thanks to the curved aluminum.

In comparison with the iPhone 6, the design of the S6 also attracts people’s attention. When you look at this phone from a distance, you may not distinguish it from the iPhone, but when you come closer, the most noticeable difference comes in the camera bulge and the home button. In the past, there are some similarities between Apple and Samsung, but now when copycats are more and more serious, the design innovation will become important than ever.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review Buy

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review Buy

The changes of the Galaxy S6 are very amazing. And we cannot deny impressive features such as the 64-bit octa-core processing unit and 577 PPI display. It is definitively Samsung. And this is the most powerful smartphone that we have experienced. Therefore, it can easily earn our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.

Detail Review of the Samsung Galaxy S6

Design

Compare: 9/10

A change in the design of the Galaxy series has been desired for long, but just until the Galaxy S6 was released, we have seen a bevy of aesthetic improvements. Regarding the size, this phone is pretty thin like the iPhone 6, which measures just 0.27 inches. The front and back of the phone is made of the Gorilla Glass and there is a rim of hardy aluminum between these two faces.

There are a lot of similarities between the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Apple iPhone 6, such as: the metal trim of the home buttons, the position of the speaker grilles or headphones jacks and the omnidirectional fingerprint scanners as well. The comparison between these two smartphones is like playing spot-the-difference. It’s the Samsung’s Galaxy S6 that has marked a point in the line for separating homages from copycatting.

In terms of the look, the S6 cannot be as impressive as the iPhone from Apple. You may find the Note 6 slightly harsher when holding it in hands. On the one hand, this is because of the bevels along the phone sides. On the other hand, it is the wide gap between metal and glass that irritates your fingers when swiping the edge. While the curves are not really thin, the very large back camera sometimes causes a bit convenience.

However, to be honest, the above mentioned things are nitpicks. Look at the S6, you won’t understand why you can use the plastic cover of the previous S5 or the Note line for too long. The Galaxy S6 is an amazing phone and its display screen is very gorgeous. The resolution of this 5.1-inch screen is 2560 by 1440 pixels and the phone has a fabulous 577 PPI. And this is one of the sharpest screens that we have experienced.

Cameras

Compare: 10/10

Almost all people have acknowledged that the larger amount of resolution does not always mean that the image quality is better. The S6 has a 16MP image sensor, which is enough for shooting wonderful photos. In addition to the above proven image processing unit, the super large and new ƒ/1.9 aperture is a nice advantage, especially for shooting photos under the low light. As a result, this camera goes with one of the greatest smartphones in the world.

The colors are vivid, the exposure is great and the focus of this camera is very sharp. The iPhone from Apple is often considered the benchmark for comparison. The Galaxy S6 does not outperform the Cupertino flagship, it’s just about on par. Because the iPhone has the capability to capture 240 frames per second, the slow-motion recording is better and the video stabilization is steadier. However, the phone uses an impressive the image stabilization technology based on the OIS support. Therefore, if you want to shot a 4K video, you can ignore this great capability of the S6.

Forget any competitions among the back cameras of smartphones, the front-facing camera of the Galaxy S6 is the greatest one in the market. You can shoot nice selfies with the resolution of up to 5 MP. Meanwhile, the video resolution is up to 1440p, four times that of a common 720p HD. The images are not of odd stretching when you have the phone moved around frequently, and it easily become one of the best selfie cameras in the current market.

Internal Specs

Compare: 10/10

The release of the Galaxy S6 has brought a big change in the Android smartphone market. The Android smartphones now are available with 64-bit processors. In addition, in the Galaxy S6, you will find two processors which stay next to each other and each one has four cores. Therefore, the S6 easily become the fastest smartphone at the moment. In comparison with all other smartphones that we have tested, the speed of the S6 is very impressive.

We have carried out user experience test, and although there is strong under-the-hood strengths, the running system still encounter some issues in performing some tasks such as the simple swiping between the home screens. We thought that the problem does not involve the hardware. Instead, it may be due to the bloated TouchWiz. The performance has been better for the latest test, but in comparison with a pure Android experience, it is still not that snappy.

Battery Life

Compare: 7.5/10

There can be certain compromise in creating a thin and nice-looking smartphone and look at the Galaxy S6, this compromise involves in the removable battery. Commonly for the Galaxy S line, you can switch out the batter when you are on the way, which has been an important point of this product line. Instead of the plastic in the back, now the S6 includes the slick glass, which has led to a more appealing phone with the thinner size and sturdier feel. But don’t forget that you may get stuck with your phone battery.

Through our test on the battery of the S6, the duration for browsing webs is about 8.5 hours. Most of the webs are mainly white on the large and high resolution screen and this causes the phone to drain the battery in the fastest way. Therefore, the test on web browsing is the most stressful test. 8.5 hours is an impressive number, but it has not been fantastic. The duration for iPhone 6 Plus can be up to 10 hours, and that of the Xperia Z3 from Sony is up to more than 12. But it’s nice to have the battery work well in 8.5 hours, as long as you don’t forget to charge the battery each night.

For wireless charging, you can charge the Galaxy S6 in the two ways: Qi or Powermat standards. If you prefer to use wires, the fast charging technology can be very useful, in which you can obtain about fifty percent capacity for your battery in less than 30 minutes. While an extra battery is still very convenient, this alternative is very nice.

Features

Compare: 7.5/10

In comparison with previous versions, the Galaxy S6 is truly a flaship model that’s ready to shine in the Android market. Together with software bells and whistles, there have been many additional hardware features. Users can make use of Bluetooth 4.1 or NFC features which can be compatible with any wireless device. In addition, audiophiles will be very happy with the aptX support of the phone.

You won’t see the very large and quirky USB 3.0 connector any more. Instead, the phone uses an USB 2.0 for transferring images or videos from the device to a computer. However, currently, Wi-Fi has become more and more popular for uploading the videos onto the cloud system. You may be slightly disappointed to update that the Galaxy S6 is not water resistant. Therefore, it will be impossible to use your phone in a water environment, for example under the shower or in the pool.

Fortunately, there is a useful fingerprint scanner in the S6. While iPhones uses a very easy and reliable Touch ID technology, the previous versions of Samsung didn’t have a really nice fingerprint scanner. But now, the new fingerprint scanner is a big improvement. This scanner is located on the home button and also omnidirectional like Touch ID. It performs well from any angle. It’s slightly slower to plug this new fingerprint into the system than it is for Touch ID, but finally you will get the same result.

Bottom Line: 9.1/10

After having been desired for long, finally, Samsung has released a wonderful smartphone into the market. It’s great to see that the cheap parts from the previous version have been changed by the aluminum and glass materials of the more well-built feel when you hold the phone in your hands. Especially, the 64-bit octa-core processor adds more appeal for such a nicely-designed phone. This is also considered the fastest smartphone that you have had a chance to experience.

There is no doubt that the S6 is exactly what you should get in case that you are fan of Android. Unquestionably, this is the greatest Android phone all over the world, and in overall, it is also the best smartphone now. While the new iPhone version – iPhone 6 is very appealing with a nicer camera and slightly design style – but it’ll demand a double take.

It has not been perfect yet. But until now, it’s close enough.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review

Overview of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Since the days when the Galaxy Note product line was released, it has become one of the flagship series of Samsung, in addition to the Galaxy S series.  The highlighted feature of these phones is the extremely large screen which seems to a combination between a smartphone and a tablet, also called “phablet” moniker. Especially, regardless of both large screens and strong components, you can still put it in your coat pocket or purse conveniently. Among the Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy Note 4 is the newest and most powerful one. There still remain some drawbacks – for instance, the plastic housing cannot be well compared to the aluminum cases of Apple iPhone or HTC One – but other features are very impressive. There is no doubt that the Galaxy Note 4 now is one of the greatest smartphones available in the market and it has earned our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.

Detail Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Design

Compare: 7.3/10

The most noticeable weakness of the Note 4 is the super large size. The phone weighs 6.21 ounces and although the chassis and back cover is made of plastic, in comparison with most of the current smartphones and phablets, the Note 4 is still heavier. You may not pay too much attention to this weight – or you take this big size for granted – after all, you still notice it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review Buy

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review Buy

Samsung decided to change the traditionally plastic rims into aluminum trims. In terms of the aesthetic aspect, this is really a noticable improvement, but sometimes holding the phone in hands may be also uncomfortable due to its sharpness. In addition, the back cover is flimsy as it was for previous models. You won’t find these phones creaky thanks to the more well-built trim as well as glass face. However, the phones are still chunky and the shoulders are slightly too big for a comfortable holding.

In terms of the screen, the Galaxy Note 4 is similar to a lot of Android flagships currently. It has the full QHD screen with the resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels, so in comparison with a 720p screen, it’s four times sharper. This screen is pretty spacious as it measures 5.7 inches from corner to corner, the pixels are so small tha you will not be able to see them if you don’t have a magnifying glass. Actually, the screen is of nice brightness, accurate colors from any angle, but you will the display’s glass located withing the plastic rim of the phone. Therefore, there will be an inconvenient edge when you swip the phone from one side to the other side.

The physical structure may be not a strong point of this phone but there is a unique feature that you can find from the Galaxy Note 4 – it’s the S Pen. When you don’t you this stylus, it will be neatly arranged inside the smartphone and it has the ability to recognize your handwriting, which is pretty similar to Palm Pilots of smartphones in the past. In addition to allowing you to write down notes, you also can make use of it to create multitasking windows on the phone screen. For example, when you need to use the calculator, you can draw a rectangle and find the available Calculator app from the menu and this app will be filled in the rectangle. In addition, it is also easy to maximize, minimize or move the windows that you have just opened. You can overlay a window by other ones as well. A lot of people may not notice this, but I may change your thoughts about the multitasking capability soon.

Cameras

Compare: 9.3/10

The performance of the Note 4 camera has been often compared to that of the Sony Xperia Z3 and Motorola Droid Turbo and there is no doubt that the camera of the Note 4 performs very well. For photos shot by this camera, the colors are very vivid and accurate. In addition, the focus is phenomenally sharp and you can use the QHD screen as a very useful viewfinder. With the above mentioned features, the camera of the Note 4 deserves to be one of the greatest camera among the Android smartphone market now.

In regard of the specifications, the Note 4 camera does not differ much from other smartphone cameras. The image sensor has the resolution of 16 megapixels, the aperture is ƒ/2.2 and its flash unit is a classic single-LED one. But the numbers does not tell you all about the capability of a smartphone camera. Not only the famous model from Apple – the iPhones, but the newest Samsung smartphone proved this once again. While you often find landscapes very sun-drenched for photos shot by other smartphones, the color tones of the Note 4 are even. While for other phones, the colors are turned into warm tones, the colors created by the Galaxy Note 4 are neutral, better repeating the true palette of each scene. Especially, for shooting the running water, users often base on the default settings with all three phones while the Galaxy Note 4 is the only one that allows capturing sharply in this situation.

The camera in the front is also very nice, even though the manufacturers proclaims better in the specification list. The lens of this camera has the resolution of up to 3.7 megapixels, which is nicer than many average front cameras and the video resolution is up to 1440 p. But, next to the great images, you may notice some grains from images shot by the camera in the back.

Internal Specs

Compare: 7.3/10

The processor of the Note 4 runs very fast. Its speed is not quite that of a 64-bit CPU – regarding this, the iPhone still has the advantage, as it’s shown on the benchmark tests – but it’s the next best thing. The phone uses a 2.7Ghz quad-core processor and a full 3 GB RAM, so the performance in processing multitasks is very great. But there is one drawback with the storage capability in which only about 24 among 32 GB is available for use and the remaining space is for running the Android system as well as the processor-intensive TouchWiz interface. But if you want a larger space for images, movies or music, you still can have the expandable storage slot. This is common for most Android smartphones.

Battery Life

Compare: 9/10

Any large size of a battery can be acceptable as long as it is long enough for the whole day use, even for the most processor-intensive tasks. The Note 4 has such a good battery, which allows you to use the phones within two days before it needs to be charged. Its 3220mAh battery is really strong, so you can have any task performed by it. Although it may not be the largest size among the smartphones that we have tested, but its size is large enough.

Features

Compare: 7.5/10

In the Galaxy Note 4, there includes all the technology features that you may expect for a high-class Android smartphone and there are some additions that you might not. The performance of gyroscope, accelerometer and compass is nice when they’re working together, so it is easy for the phone to update its current location and the way it’s oriented. However, in some certain apps, this may be of no use. You’ll find the standard communicating technologies such as the 4G LTE or Bluetooth 4.1. Meanwhile, the near field communication is a nice new technology feature: this NFC chip can work with special scanners within the super close ranges. Thanks to this useful technology, you just need to wave the phone over a compatible pad to make payment for your meal, for example. In addition, it is nice to take advantage of integrated infrared blaster to have your TV controlled by the Note 4.

Another feature which seems to be invaluable is the fingerprint scanner. In general, it seems to be only for fun – you can use it for unlocking the phone or making purchases without needing to type a long password and this scanner also helps you obtain the security for your phone. However, the fingerprint scanner of the Note 4 continues to be a bit bothering. Instead of bringing the pleasure, using this scanner for the screen unlocking is more of a chore.

The Bottom Line: 7.9/10

If you are a fan of phablets, there is no doubt that the Galaxy Note 4 is a very great phone. The impressive screen, the great performance of the stylus, the strong camera and the very fast processing all make this model very appealing. If its build quality were higher, we will certainly recommend it as the top option. With the current offerings, this has been a very wonderful smartphone already.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

The most highlighted feature of the Note Edge is the curved screen edge, which means that you can use this edge screen as the second display in the phone side.

Price Comparison on the Note Edge with other smartphones

In the time of smartphones, the iPhone from Apple has been always attracted much attention from the community whenever the new versions have been launched into the market. However, when Samsung introduce the Galaxy product line with many new features, this giant manufacturer has even faced with more risks than its big rival Apple. In the past, the large screen of the Note line created the controversy among the critics. Do you remember? Currently, the screens of the Apple iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are so large that they are called “phablets”.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review Buy

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review Buy

Nowadays, when the large screens are more and more popular, which features does Samsung offer to make its big smartphones different from others? For the new Note Edge, it’s the semi-curved screen that marks the significant difference. While the Irish Spring-style curve is very typical for the LG G Flex and it is hard to miss this even when the display is turned off, the screen of the Note Edge is more subtly designed. The main display of the Note Edge is flat, however, you can find the curved edge in the right side.

EDGE MASTER: 5 Quick Tips for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge becomes prettier when your turn on the display screen. The edge display is nice for showing all kinds of apps shortcuts, email or social media notifications, or the current weather. You can also activate the flash unit or measure the stuff via a ruler in this edge. At the beginning, it may take time for you to become used to the edge screen, but certainly you will find it convenient soon.

The main screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is pretty beautiful. The colors are vivid and realistic and the high resolution amount shall please even the most discerning people. This is thanks to the Quad High-Definition Super AMOLED screen. In addition, the performance of the phone camera in shooting photos and movies are very good. Especially, you will notice the most significant difference in the camera performance when you compare the Note Edge with other previous versions of Galaxy under the inadequate lighting conditions. There still remains grain, but at least, even when you don’t use the flash, the image quality is still acceptable. This image stabilization does help in this situation. Meanwhile, you can have great images when you select to shoot under the ample light.

The audio quality is also nice and of a bit more bass compared to the sound of iPhones, following what Samsung has set the stock for both. You will be pleased with the call quality and with the Verizon version that I have experienced, the performance of 4G is fast, but of course depending on where you are staying. For instance, when I stay at home, office or the local university, the 4G signal is not at the maximum level. But, the 4G is still pretty strong, even when I just get three bars of reception.

In addition, don’t expect the battery of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge to be as strong as that of the Motorola Droid Turbo. But fortunately, the battery can be easily replaced. In case that you tend to use this smartphone heavily, you can take spares along. With the Note Edge, it is also easy to take the cover of the back off when you want to get access to the battery or SIM and memory card. This is very nice, especially for those who often go travelling into foreign countries a lot or want to have the battery expansion because of use the media frequently.

One drawback of the edge screen in the right side is that you may unintendedly hold down it when you are using the camera. Samsung’s custom functions on top of Android 4.4 also aren’t as intuitive. Therefore, this is a pity because the “air control” feature with the stylus can be promising. Meanwhile, in comparison with a simple touch on the scanner as you often do with an iPhone, it cannot be that convenient to use the finger to slide over the fingerprint scanner. And the price of this smartphone is also high, even when you buy it in a phone contract.

Regardless of the above issue, generally, the Samsung Note Edge is still a very nice smartphone, though. If you are the one that prefers a phablet with the combination between the fast performance and the amazing design, the Note Edge is exactly what you should get.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Please view the Smartphone and Tablet hub for more review articles.