In this short video we put the Sony Xperia SP Black up against the White to compare them and make your colour decision that little bit easier.
Choosing between colours when buying a phone, is not always that simple. You may have made a decision, you may not have.
In the following video, we put the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black side by side with the White coloured unit to show you how they compare.
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For this comparison we’ll take a look at two of Samsung’s best-selling handsets – its flagship, the Galaxy S4, and its second in command, the Galaxy Note 2.
In contrast to other manufacturers, Samsung’s flagship, the S4, isn’t its largest handset in terms of screen size. Even the Note 2, Samsung’s current king of screen size, will shortly abdicate its throne for the Samsung Galaxy Mega.
Now that there are so many different options, choosing the correct screen size will be an important part of your buying decision. However, it’s not just about the display – there are many other factors to consider – so we’ll discuss them all in relation to one another below.
Before we get into the details, here’s a quick look at the main differentiators between the Galaxy S4 and the Note 2:
Nokia Lumia 925 vs HTC One
The HTC One and Nokia Lumia 925 are two of the classiest looking phones around. This is primarily thanks to one common factor – their aluminium finishes. In a world where many manufacturers still opt for plastic casings, the metal design gives these two flagships the edge when it comes to aesthetics. This article takes a look at the other similarities between the two, their differences, and how their spec sheets stack up against each other.
Not that its predecessor, the 920, was lacking style, but Nokia has made some big improvements when it comes to the 925: the 920 weighs a whopping 185g and is 10.5mm thick; the 925 has been slimmed to 8.5mm and weighs only 139g. It just about edges the One in both these aspects, with the HTC handset weighing 143g and measuring 9.3mm. Of course we would expect the One to be slightly heavier, what with it being the larger of the two in terms of screen size and dimensions.
You may also be interested to read our Nokia Lumia 925 vs HTC One tech spec comparison.
Smartphone camera technology is becoming increasingly focused on improving low light photography and new methods for addressing this are touted as major selling points for both the Lumia 925 and the HTC One.
While other manufacturers have increased the pixel count in their sensors as much as possible, Nokia and HTC have taken the attitude that it’s not about how many megapixels you have, but how you use them.
Nokia has already released its own samples comparing the 925 against other handsets (including the HTC One), but we’ll provide some comparison photos once we’ve had a chance to take them on both the One and the 925. In the meantime, let’s have a look at how the two compare on paper.
At this stage we’ll just take a moment to explain the various camera-related phrases that you’ll often hear when these two handsets are discussed.
The Lumia 925 includes Nokia’s ‘PureView’ technology. This refers to Nokia’s attitude towards providing the best possible camera technology, rather than a specific set of hardware features.
Below is a comparison chart of the main Samsung Galaxy handsets that have been released over the last few years, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S2 and finishing with the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega.
The image has been created to scale so that you can see how large the handsets are in comparison to one another. To see the handsets in their life-size versions, click into the image and you should then be able to zoom in. You may need to enter full screen mode in order to fit the Galaxy Mega on the screen!
At first glance, there’s not a huge difference between the Samsung galaxy S3 and The S4 – their form factors are incredibly similar; the dimensions of the devices are pretty much the same and they have a similar look about them.
However, if you’re weighing up a purchase between the two, you’ll notice there’s a fair bit of difference in the price tags – £315 + VAT for the S3, £445 + VAT for the S4.
So what generates this difference in price? Is it worth paying the extra for the S4, or should you save a few quid and stick with the still impressive S3?
First of all, here’s a brief run through of the differences between the two. These are discussed in more detail throughout the rest of the article, so keep reading if you want to know more.
Read the full differences below or sit back and watch the following video:
Overall the two handsets are pretty much the same size. The main difference is the thickness – the S4 is slightly thinner – but the width and height are pretty much the same. The S4 is also lighter, but marginally so.
Samsung has increased the screen size of the S4 by 0.2” to 4.99”. It has also reduced the bezel, which is why it’s possible to have a larger screen but smaller dimensions.
While a larger screen gives you more viewing real estate, it also creates a bigger reach from one side of the screen to the other. This can make one-handed use tricky at times. A reduced bezel can also cause you to accidentally touch the screen more frequently, so bigger does not necessarily mean better.
As for screen resolution the S4 definitely comes out the winner. It has full HD (1920 x 1080) and a pixel density of 441 ppi. This really does produce a crisp picture. The S3 isn’t far behind though; it’s got a resolution of 1280 x 720, which is still very impressive when playing back videos. Both handsets user Super AMOLED technology so there’s not much difference to draw in that aspect.
A lot has changed since the release of BlackBerry’s last keyboard flagship, the Bold 9900. The Canadian firm has changed its name from RIM to BlackBerry, it’s launched a new version of BlackBerry OS (10) and its also released its touch screen flagship, the Z10 (read our Z10 review here).
There’s also no hiding the fact that BlackBerry has been through some troubled times. Some may have jumped ship to rival operating systems having grown impatient with BlackBerry’s slow progress, but there are those that have remained loyal and eagerly await BlackBerry’s next keyboard instalment. In this post we’ll have a look at the main differences between the old and new – and try to assist those of you that are pondering an upgrade (or first time purchase) from the Bold 9900 to the BlackBerry Q10.
Before we start, here’s a quick note to clarify the situation. The BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 are devices that run on BlackBerry 10 OS, so this post may sometimes refer to BlackBerry 10 rather than the Q10. Anything said here about BlackBerry 10 software is applicable to both the Q10 and the Z10. The BlackBerry Bold runs on BlackBerry 7, so in some cases we will essentially be comparing BlackBerry OS 7 to BlackBerry OS 10. However, any references made to hardware will be a direct comparison between the Q10 and the Bold 9900.
We’ll start with the most significant feature of the two devices and that for which BlackBerry has become so well-known over the years – the keyboard.
BlackBerry has increased the size of the keyboard on the Q10, making rapid typing even easier. The frets (strips separating each row of keys) on the Q10 are larger than those of the 9900, meaning there is more space between each row which therefore makes it easier for your fingers to find the correct key. Increasing the size of the keyboard means that all of the keys on the first three rows are the same size, which BlackBerry says will help with touch typing. In contrast, the keys on the Bold 9900 aren’t consistent in size. Interestingly BlackBerry has switched the keyboard from curved to straight, which may take some getting used to, but suggests that this combined with the larger keys does make typing easier.
Another big change between the two devices is the removal of the optical trackpad and the dedicated send, back and menu keys, which are present on the 9900 but not the Q10. Removing these has enabled BlackBerry to increase the size of the keyboard and screen. Seasoned BlackBerry users may prefer the feel of a trackpad, but the larger, more responsive screen more than makes up for its absence.
One of the features in the HTC One that is pretty much unrivalled, especially when it comes to Android, is its live sound recording. The HTC One uses a dual-membrane microphone for recording – one for high-level audio and one for low-level audio, which we discuss more in this article. This is great for recording live music, particularly that which is bass heavy.
The first video below from a YouTube user reportedly pits the HTC One against the SGS3. You could expect a similar performance to that of the S3 from any handset that includes only a single membrane microphone, which includes the Samsung Galaxy S4. There is an astounding difference in quality, so much so that the music recorded by the S3 is barely audible.
In the comparison videos, there is such a difference in quality that they sound like different tracks. It’s not a perfect test as it’s not exactly the same clip being recorded on both handsets. However, they are in parts the same, which you can tell from listening closely to the beat. Included below are the individual recordings for each handset to demonstrate this further. If you listen to the HTC One video you can hear the bass kick in at around 01:55, which from then onwards is the most similar to the SGS3 recording (second video below).
For somebody looking to purchase a new phone, the choice between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One will be a tough one. The two are barely separable when it comes to hardware, but both manufacturers have developed some impressive software to differentiate their devices. In this post we’ll focus mainly on comparing the hardware features (on paper) as there are enough new software features across the two handsets that it warrants an entire post to itself.
It should be noted that there are two main variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4 – one that comes with the Exynos 5 octa-core processor and another that comes with the Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor. It’s the latter that we’ll be ranging, which has a clock speed of 1.9GHz compared to the One’s 1.7GHz. That’s a negligible difference and both handsets feature 2GB RAM, which is plenty of power for the majority of users.
Battery life is a big consideration when it comes to choosing a new handset and is an area that’s easy to overlook. For this part of the review we’ll look at some third party test results rather than the official spec sheet figures. These are by no means conclusive and battery life does vary depending on your usage pattern, but are a good gauge nonetheless.
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