Motorola Droid Turbo, Powerful Performance With an Enduring Battery

A couple months ago Motorola released an excellent flagship phone called the Moto X, Sure, it didn't have the best battery and camera ever. Then, Motorola (and Verizon) released a phone that addressed just about all of the Moto X's shortcomings, that is the story of the Motorola Droid Turbo. The new phone shares much of its software with its predecessor and takes that Moto X reference design to the next level.


The Droid Turbo is the perfect size phone, and so powerful. The Moto X is somewhat reserved, beautiful and subtly powerful. Conversely, the Droid Turbo is bold, brash, a little edgy and packed full of hardware muscle. It takes a relatively similar form factor to its predecessors (the Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx) as well as design cues from the Moto X and wraps it in kevlar, along with a new ballistic nylon or metallized glass finish.


Motorola Droid Turbo is as good as it gets. It has a 2560 x 1440 pixel 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen, 3GB of RAM, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor (the only other phone with this processor is the new Nexus 6), and 32GB of internal storage. the Droid Turbo runs Android 4.4.4, not the newly announced Lollipop version, but Motorola and Verizon have committed to updating the Turbo to Android 5.0 Lollipop.


Motorola put a huge 21-MP shooter with a dual LED flash that captures 4K video in the Droid Turbo, but adding all of that extra resolution didn't seem to have the positive effect that the numbers would suggest. Like other Motorola devices including the Google Nexus 6 and Moto X, the Droid Turbo's thinly skinned user interface means the camera controls are kept to a minimum.


It's a Powerful Droid with an enduring battery, The Droid Turbo is all about battery life. Last year Motorola released the Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx simultaneously, one with a drastically larger battery than the other — this year it went all-in with the huge battery version. That leaves the Droid Turbo with a 3900mAh battery, dwarfing the Moto X's 2300mAh and even stepping right over the 3200 and 3220mAh batteries in the much larger Nexus 6 and Note 4. Motorola's fast-charging (included Qi wireless technology) Droid Turbo lets you live life away from the wall.

It’s a beast of a phone!


Key features

  • 5.2" QHD AMOLED display (2,560 x 1,440 pixels); 565ppi; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2.7GHz quad-core Krait 450 CPU; Adreno 420GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset; 3GB of RAM
  • 21MP camera with dual-LED flash; 2160p@24fps video capture; 2MP front-facing unit with 1080p video
  • 3,900mAh battery; bundled Motorola Turbo Charger
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat with stock UI; planned Android 5.0 Lollipop update
  • 32/64GB of built-in memory
  • Cat. 4 LTE support; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS/GLONASS; microUSB
  • Gesture controls via built-in IR sensor
  • Available voice control and active notifications
  • Active noise cancellation with four microphones
  • Quality build materials that include Ballistic Nylon and DuPont Kevlar reinforced by Metallized Glass Fiber
  • Splash-resistant; internals with water-repellent nanocoating

Main disadvantages

  • No stereo speakers (the entry-level Moto G has them)
  • Lack of memory expansion slot
  • Rather limited retail availability
  • It is a bit on the thick side
  • Some might find the design a bit dated

Motorola Nexus 6, Big, Powerful and Runs Android 5.0 Lollipop

Large screen smartphones are popular today with even iPhone joining the part, Motorola Nexus 6 has a massive 6-inch display. The Nexus 6 is essentially a giant version of Moto X (2014), which is no surprise given that Motorola designed it. But, the new Nexus 6 isn't a simple upgrade from the Nexus 5.


The Nexus 6 has a 5.96 inch screen. Not only does that push the Nexus 6 well and truly into phablet territory, but its 2560 x 1440 2K resolution earns it a place alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3 in the 2K club.


That's a very decent 493 pixels per inch, and while not quite as dense as its Samsung and LG rivals, should still make for super-sharp images, It's an AMOLED panel too, which means that it should match the Note 4 for vivid colours and true blacks. Because AMOLED screens turn off all black pixels completely, it could help extend the battery life too.


Motorola Nexus 6 is powered by a quad-core, 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor from Qualcomm, the processor includes the Adreno 420 GPU for smooth graphics rendering and gameplay. The Nexus 6 is landing with the latest version of Android. In this case, that's Android 5.0 Lollipop, and its revamped Material UI looks stunning.


For your camera needs, the handset has a 13-megapixel camera, with a dual-LED flash that encircles the lens, and a 2-megapixel front shooter. Additional goodies include 3GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, there is no option to insert a microSD card for expandable memory.

What it lacks is a little more telling. Its mediocre battery life (3,220 mAh), the android phablet at least has 4000mAh battery life. Even the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 has 6-inch screen, match to 4100 mAh battery life.

Special Features

Among the many Nexus 6 features, the Google phone supports Qi standard. This means that you can charge your phone wirelessly using a Qi charging dock. I actually own the official Qi Charger for the Nexus 5. Thanks to the built-in magnets, the Nexus 5 remains safe and sound on the charging dock and doesn’t budge when the phone vibrates when receiving notifications or calls.

In regards to the cable, you get a Turbo Charger cable in the Nexus 6 box which Google promises will deliver 6 hours of battery life after a mere 15 minutes charge.

Another special feature of the Nexus 6 is the stereo speakers, which look great. They aren’t just loud, but also produce great sound quality, though of course only in the scope of smartphone speakers. Music should of course be listened to with headphones, even if the stereos are very powerful.


 Motorola Nexus 6 Tech Specifications
  • Operating system: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 2.7 GHz quad-core CPU
  • Display: 5.96-inch quad HD AMOLED screen with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution (493 pixels per inch)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage capacity: 32GB and 64GB internal storage options
  • Cameras: 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), and 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Radios: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2 MIMO)Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, near-field communications (NFC), GPS
  • Audio: Dual front-facing stereo speakers
  • Battery capacity: 3,220 mAh with support for Turbo charger and Qi wireless charging
  • Dimensions: 159.3 x 83 x 10 mm, and 184 grams

YotaPhone 2, Simply Stunning Two Screens Android Phone

The Russian Company YotaPhone is back with the new generation smartphone which improves on the original. The YotaPhone concept is very unique, innovative and useful. On the front is a flagship grade 5in AMOLED screen with a Full HD resolution. Flip the device over and you'll find the 4.7in e-ink screen with a still respectable qHD resolution.


The YotaPhone 2's rear e-ink display lets you read e-books for long periods without draining much battery -- a feature no other phone has. It has decent all-round specs and a good front screen too.

That second screen isn't just for reading your e-books on the train either. It can give you notifications, messages and other important information. Furthermore, you can now respond to what appears on the rear screen with just a single touch.


Both the YotaPhone's displays have received significant upgrades this generation, but I'll start with the primary panel. What was a 4.3-inch, 720p LCD display is now a 5-inch, 1080p AMOLED affair (442 ppi), and my, is it gorgeous. On the front there’s a 5-inch 1080p Gorilla Glass 3-equipped AMOLED display (442PPI), and on the rear you have a full touch 4.7-inch EPD with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution. Under the bonnet, there’s a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB RAM.


The secondary E Ink display is bigger on the new YotaPhone, too, at 4.7 inches on the diagonal. It also sports a higher resolution of 960 x 540 (up from 640 x 360) and is capable of producing 16 different levels of gray. At 235 ppi, there are plenty of pixels available to the second screen. By far the most important upgrade to the E Ink display on the YotaPhone 2 is that it's now fully multitouch-enabled, so you can poke at it like you would any other touchscreen. the combination of the two actually helps preserve battery life, due to the e-paper display only drawing power when it refreshes.


But just because it has two screens doesn't mean the YotaPhone 2 has to operate any differently to other Android devices out there. Running Android 4.4 KitKat, the Snapdragon S800 processor and 2GB RAM under the surface are an ample combination to keep things running smoothly from what we've experienced. We've played games like Candy Crush Soda Saga, thumbed through web pages and emails - all the usual things that we would do on an Android smartphone.

Saying that, if you're after the latest and greatest then the YotaPhone lacks the more modern S801 or S805 chipsets. Arguably, these aren't needed within this construction, although better power consumption could have been a benefit.

All this results in, in theory, longer battery life which is one of the most complained about downsides to a modern smartphone. Because the e-ink screen is always on but only consumes energy when the image changes, the phone can last much longer than a normal smartphone. Of course, if you use the front screen for a lot of gaming and watching videos then the 2550mAh battery is going to drain quickly.

iPad Mini 3, New Touch ID Feature and Color Option

The iPad mini has been the tablet of choice for many people looking for the iPad experience but smaller and cheaper - Apple released a new iPad mini alongside its iPad Air 2, but rather than a better processor and thinner body,  it only iPad mini adds a Touch ID fingerprint scanner and gold colour option to what was already one of the very best small tablets on the market.

 

Apart from the Touch ID sensor taking up residence on the Home button, the iPad mini 3 is absolutely identical to the mini 2 from a year ago. It has the same aluminium body, the same glass-covered 7.9in Retina display and it's the same size and weight (200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm and 341g). This means it's a tablet that can be held fairly comfortably in one hand, although anyone upgrading from the original mini (like me) will notice that it and the mini 2 are 22g heavier and a fraction thicker than the original.

 
iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

Apple’s iPad mini 3 update may call for the most appropriate use of the term “refresh” as applied to hardware ever – the tablet remains unchanged from last year, save for the addition of Apple’s fingerprint-based Touch ID unlocking and authentication tech, and the addition of a gold color option to the lineup. Both those elements do play a role in changing the gadget’s overall design, however.

Touch ID is an aesthetic upgrade for the iPad mini, color-matched to the back of the iPad mini with its graphic-less sapphire glass circle and aluminum rim. It’s a small thing, to be sure, but it undeniably looks better than the older model.

Specifications
  • Screen: 7.9in 2048x1536 retina display (326 pixels per inch)
  • Processor: Apple 64-bit A7 with M7 coprocessor
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16/64/128 GB
  • Operating system: iOS 8.1
  • Camera: 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (4G optional), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm for both Wi-Fi and 4G versions
  • Weight: 331g (4G version: 341g)
Apple iPad mini 3 Score
  • Screen: 9/10 - Bright, sharp and the perfect size for a small tablet, but not as high-res as some.
  • Design: 8/10 - Not as thin and light as 1st gen, which is strange given Apple's slim obsession with the Air 2.
  • Performance: 8/10 - Exactly the same as last year's model; an upgrade would have been welcome.
  • Value: 6/10 - Unless mass storage and Touch ID are vital to you, the iPad mini 2 is much better value.
  • Software: 9/10 - Attractive, intuitive and faster than ever, iOS 8 is Apple's best tablet software yet.
  • Overall: 7/10 - Money-no-object, it's a great tablet, but the very minor updates over last year are disappointing.
The Good:
  • Excellent screen.
  • Attractive and intuitive software.
  • Huge tablet-optimised app store.
The Bad:
  • Expensive.
  • A very small update.
  • Feels inferior to the Air 2.

iPad Air 2, The Thinnest Tablet Apple Has Made so Far

Thinner, Lighter and much Faster, The tablet competition continues to up its game, but the iPad Air 2's enhancements and vast library of apps make it the undisputed champ. To Handling the sales Competition, the Air 2 is exactly what Apple needed to keep the lineup fresh and innovative. It may not be a brand-new design, but its thin frame helps keep the marquee tablet looking sleek and charming, and the extra burst of performance ensures that it stays among the most powerful tablets on the market for the next year. It could use a little help with battery life compared to the Air, but it's still an improvement over the iPad fourth-gen and older. Most importantly, the Air 2 feels like Apple hasn't given up on the tablet form factor, even if it's experiencing a dip in sales.


It's not easy to take a design that felt barely there to begin with and make it even svelter, The gadget world’s obsession with thinness could rival that of the modelling world, Thinness that compromises ergonomics is not an entirely good thing, but Apple accomplished just that with the iPad Air 2. The new anodized aluminum chassis is 18 percent thinner than the original Air but feels just as strong. And It's also more beautiful


Measuring 9.4 x 6.6 inches and weighing 15.68 ounces (for the 4G version, 15.04 ounces for Wi-Fi), the Air 2 has the same footprint as the original but takes the profile down from 0.29 to 0.24 inches. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is a slightly heavier and thicker 9.73 x 7 x 0.26 inches and 1.02 pounds. The Air 2 did start to weigh on my arm after I used the tablet with one hand for a few minutes, but I could use it comfortably in my lap for hours.

Packing a new 64-bit A8X chip, the iPad Air 2 promises up to 40 percent faster CPU performance and up to 2.5X better graphics than those offered by the A7 chip inside the Air. Translated to real-world use, the Air 2 is even more responsive and boasts fantastic, console-quality graphics on a growing number of games.


The camera upgrades aren't limited to the rear of iPad Air 2 -- the front-facing camera is also getting improved, and it's now known as the "FaceTime HD" camera (1.2MP at f/2.2 aperture, 720p HD video, and a smattering of software features). In terms of connectivity, iPad Air 2 has WiFi standards (802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-channel with MIMO) and Bluetooth 4.0; there's also an LTE model that costs a bit more, and it'll work with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in the US.

The 9.7-inch screen has an "optically bonded" IPS display (the same tech used in Microsoft's Surface) -- this means there's no gap between the screen and the body. It also reduces glare (there's an anti-reflective coating) and travels through time. Probably not that last bit about time travel. The chip inside is an Apple-designed A8X with 64-bit architecture, and it's bundled with the M8 coprocessor (used mostly for motion data).



Apple iPad Air 2 tech specs

Operating System - iOS 8.1
Processor - 64-bit dual-core Apple A8X w/ M8 motion coprocessor
RAM - 2GB
Screen - 9.7in Retina display with 2048x1536 resolution (264ppi)
Cameras - 8MP rear with 1080p video, 1.2MP front with 720p video
Storage - 16/64/128GB (not expandable)
Connectivity - Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3G/4G
Battery - undisclosed
Dimensions - 240 x 170 x 6.1mm
Weight - 437g (Wi-Fi only), 444g (3G/4G)