Measuring The Blackberry Z10 Up To The Top Android Devices

 

The Blackberry Z10, equipped with the new Blackberry 10 OS, is black, sleek and in a form factor that’s not too dissimilar from the Nexus 4. Operating system aside, many of us have been wondering how the Z10 measures up some of our favorite Android devices.

For starters, its 4.2-inch screen, which would have been among the largest smartphone displays a couple years ago, feels small when compared to the Nexus 4′s 4.7-inch screen and downright tiny next to the Galaxy Note II‘s 5.5-inch screen. It might be unfair to compare its 1.5 GHz dual-core processor to the quad-core engines under the hoods of the two previously mentioned Android devices. The demands of the Blackberry 10 OS are not necessarily the same as those of Jelly Bean. The iPhone 5 has received few performance complaints and its A6 dual-core processor is barely pushing over 1GHz. When it comes to RAM, the Z10 is on pretty even footing with 2GB of RAM. Battery life also seems to be on par with the Nexus 4 and this is despite only having an 1800 mAh (removable) battery vs the 2100 mAh battery on the Nexus.

I don’t know too many people who are planning to jump from Android to Blackberry (and by too many people, I mean none) but spec-wise the Z10 looks more like a standard smartphone rather than a superphone and possible savior. For those stuck on Blackberry enterprise accounts, the Z10 looks like a better choice than what you had, but will anyone else give it a try?

 

The iPad Mini is upon us, how does it match up against the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD?

The impossible has happened. The 7-inch iPad that Steve Jobs himself spoke against has come to the world in the form of the iPad Mini. In a world where price is ultimately king, can Apple persuade you into buying it’s option for over 50% more than its competition? Lets take a look at the specs and see how they stack up.


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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity gives the new iPad a beat-down in benchmark tests

Ritchies Room has taken a video of the two current hottest tablets on the market and uploaded the results to YouTube for our viewing pleasure. The results will likely surprise very few and upset very many. Apple and Asus top dogs were put through four sets of benchmarks in order to measure general performance, browser speeds, java scripting and graphics.

When it comes to processor and memory speed the Transformer wiped the floor with the iPad delivering a score that more than doubled that of Apple’s finest. In the battle of the browsers, Chrome on the Transformer is up to 50% faster than Safari on the iPad, another comprehensive win for the Asus. Javascripting performance is a closer run thing with the Transformer edging out the iPad and it was similarly close in Graphics performance with the iPad’s quad-core graphics chip ensuring the only win for the iPad.

For the full facts and figures you can check out the video below, just try not to look so smug when you show it to your iPad toting friends.

 

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Why the Galaxy S III is a great phone (but why I will not be buying one)

 

The dust has finally settled in London after Samsung finally unveiled its next flagship phone at the Unpacked event at Earls Court. After month upon month of hype, rumours, mocks-ups and supposed leaks, the most anticipated Android phone of all time showed its hand for the world to see. The Galaxy S III had arrived. It was inevitable really that, in some areas, the specifications weren’t quite as spectacular as many of the rumours had hyped. We were promised quad-cores, Super AMOLED plus screens, state of the art graphics processors, 2GB of RAM, dual boot OS, 12 MP cameras, ceramic finishes and many more bleeding edge features. The response from the tech world was positive for the most part but as ever there were claims that the phone was underwhelming, not a true upgrade from the Galaxy S II and that it was just plain ugly. I was fortunate enough to attend the launch in person where I got the chance to visit the demo stands showing off many of the news features as well as getting a reasonable amount of hands-on time to make some judgements for myself. I’ll come back to that later.

 


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LG Optimus 4X HD faces up to HTC One X in benchmark tests

As sure as night follows day, benchmark bickering follows the release of a new Android device. I guess we never really outgrow the childhood “My Dad’s bigger than your Dad” complex. Only a couple of days ago we showed you how HTC’s One S performed and now it’s big brothers turn as the One X goes head-to-head with LG’s Optimus 4X HD in a battle of the quad-core titans.

Techblog got its hands on both devices and put them through popular benchmarking tools Quadrant, AnTuTu and NenaMark2. Not surprisingly the results were relatively similar with each phone performing stronger in certain areas. Quadrant saw the LG score a very respectable 4,512 with the HTC posting a market leading 4,909. LG came out the narrow winner in the AnTuTu test posting a 11,147 over HTC’s 11,030.  Finally the HTC managed 47.6 fps ahead of the LG which managed 44.5 fps in the NenaMark test.

So whilst all the publicity and hype is firmly set around the HTC device it’s encouraging to see that LG’s flagship phone more than holds its own against the best in the market. The true test as always will come down to which one performs every tasks better, no doubt a story for another day. Will you be considering the Optimus 4X HD as an alternative to the LG One X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

source : Techblog

via : engadget

Instagram vs. Streamzoo: It’s Not What You Think

 

The sensation that is Instagram has iOS as well as Android users snapping pictures and sharing them like never before. There’s no question that with the millions of users on the platform as well as the simple workflow, Instagram is a winner. But does that mean Instagram is the best game in town? Maybe not. We recently brought you a list of seven Instagram alternatives, and today I want to do an in-depth comparison with the one I feel is the closest competitor… Streamzoo, available for both iOS and Android.


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Nvidia Tegra 3 vs. Apple A5X

As is the case with every big Apple announcement, the Cupertino giant made some bold claims in the middle of the presentation for its latest magical device, The new iPad. Specifically Apple was quick to throw up some graphs showing that its new A5x dual-core processor has four times the graphics processing power when compared with Nvidia’s latest and greatest, Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Naturally Nvidia was quick to respond to Apple’s claims and so begins the war of the latest chapter in the war of the processors.

Here at TalkAndroid we feel that actions speak louder than words and thankfully the team at Laptop Mag agree. Armed with the new iPad and an Asus Transformer Prime they went to work putting both processors through a series of real life tests and benchmarks with some surprising results.

In terms of Graphics performance, benchmarks showed that Apple’s claims were pretty accurate with the A5X processing twice as many frames at twice the speed. Interestingly, when actually testing the same game on both devices it was noticed that the real world differences were not actually very significant. The iPad’s screen displayed sharper, brighter images which is largely down to the high resolution display. The Transformer Prime showed some additional graphical touches that weren’t present on the iPad but that could well be down to optimisation within the game.

When both devices were put through their paces in number crunching and raw processing power, the Nvidia Tegra 3 chip came into its own. The Transformer Prime outperformed the iPad in integer, floating point and memory performance by almost 3 times the score. Benchmarks on browser performance were extremely similar with the iPad slightly edging the Transformer however again this could be down to browser optimisation.

In summary we can see that both chips are extremely powerful and excel in different areas. It’s safe to say that the average consumer is unlikely to be disappointed with either. If gaming is the primary motivation behind your tablet purchase then the iPad might be the better option. For every day tasks, the Transformer should offer a bit more grunt.

Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts on how the two processors compare in the comments.

 

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source : Laptop Mag

Another HTC Rezound Video Surfaces, Shows Side By Side Comparison With The Thunderbolt

Looks like Johnboy is at it again and just in case you missed the quick hands-on video yesterday, he’s brought you some more eye candy today.  The device is shown in the video being compared to the original LTE device, the HTC Thunderbolt.  And while though there’s nothing new on the plate here, you get a pretty decent idea of the Rezound as it sits along side the Thunderbolt.  Check out the video and take note of the length, screen res and thickness of the device as well as the small sample of the Beats Audio technology on board.  We’ll let you be the judge here as to whether or not the device has enough to compete with recent and emerging devices and technologies.  Do you think the Beats Audio integration is enough to get you to not purchase a Droid Razr or a Galaxy Nexus?  Expect the device to launch on or around Nov 3rd.

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[via Droid Life]

Comparison: Apple iPhone 4S vs the six month old Samsung Galaxy S II

Today Apple announced the iPhone 4S instead of a highly rumored iPhone 5. Apple has tauted itself as an innovator, but it’s clear they are now playing catch up. When comparing the brand new iPhone 4S, which is the greatest iPhone ever, to the 6 month old Samsung Galaxy S II, it doesn’t appear there’s any competition. When you look at things like thickness, weight, and screen size the iPhone 4S loses hands down, but there’s plenty more.

Even if you could argue that the iPhone 4S is equal to the Galaxy S II, it would still be a disappointment. Now with the already announced Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy S II LTE HD, along with next week’s Nexus Prime announcement, I am not sure where Apple goes from here. Luckily for Apple there’s a lot of misinformed consumers, so sales won’t suffer too much.

Full comparison after the break


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Battle Of The Dual-Cores, HTC Sensation 4G Vs Samsung’s Galaxy S II

Dual-core is starting to become the norm in the mobile phone industry and before you know it, quad-core will be right around the corner.  In the meantime, we thought it would be worthwhile focusing on two particular power-horses that have recently emerged in the mobile industry.  HTC’s Sensation 4G and Samsung’s Galaxy S II are probably the most top contenders when the words “dual” and “core” are spoken.  But how do they measure up?  The fun part will be for you to decide, especially if you’re overseas and happen to be in the market for a big screened beauty.

The Sensation is a great device overall, with the exception of how hot the it gets under the hood and that it still sports a very intrusive Sense UI (not an issue for some people).  The device can also come across as a bit heavy in the pocket.  The Sammy Galaxy S II is another great device as well, but….It’s a Samsung.  Meaning?  Meaning you might have to wait until some time in 2014 to receive Ice Cream Sandwich.  However, they’re both still great devices.  Feel free to hit the spec sheet for each phone below and let us know what you think in the comments.  Which device would you prefer if you had to choose one?  
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