Apple to eschew glass for a metal body in the rumored iPhone 9 with LCD display

Hot on the heels of the report that all 2018 iPhones will sport the “notch and horns” design indeed, comes another tidbit straight from the Land of the Rising Sun. This time, the Japanese sources deal with one particular member of Apple’s expected 2018 family, the rumored “budget” model with a 6.1″ display. 
It is apparently prepped as Apple’s silver bullet for getting away from over-reliance on Korean suppliers (read: Samsung), as not only is it supposed to come with an LCD, instead of OLED display panel, but now Nikkei is also reporting that it will sport a …


Best glass screen protectors for iPhone X

One of the first things you might want to do after getting the iPhone X is put a case and a screen protector on Apple’s most expensive phone.

Protect your $1,000+ investment!We’ve looked through some of the most popular iPhone X screen protectors to recommend you a protector that will look good, have a reasonable price and protect your screen from shattering.

After all, repairing a broken iPhone X screen costs a whopping $280! For that much money you could as well buy an affordable new phone. To help you protect that OLED display …

Poll results: go away, glass phones?

In the past, we used to love glass-backed phones. They were rare and unique, and their shine brought about something different. Nowadays, most major manufacturers have glass-backed phones. Is that a bad thing?

Glass looks nice, sure — it’s shiny, it’s cool to the touch, it just reeks of “premium”. But being exposed to it with every flagship out there revealed one ugly truth — it’s a magnet for fingerprint grease, can be slippery, and feels particularly unpleasant when your hands are sweaty. Thus, not everyone is a fan of glass backs.

But glass isn’t there …

Would you rather get rid of glass backs, even if it costs wireless charging?

Over the past few years, wireless charging has been all the craze in the smartphone world. Most major manufacturers have steadily been moving towards making the feature a standard and are working on making it work faster.

But since the current version of wireless charging — that’s inductive charging — doesn’t work then the phone’s exterior is pure metal, manufacturers have turned to glass backs.

And glass looks nice, sure — it’s shiny, it’s cool to the touch, it just reeks of “premium”. But it’s also a magnet for fingerprint grease and feels particularly …

Android manufacturers now prefer 3D sensing, Face ID over a fingerprint reader embedded under glass?

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the top analysts in the business right now (and certainly one of the most quoted). According to Kuo, the introduction of the Apple iPhone X last month has Android manufacturers shifting their focus from trying to figure out how to embed a fingerprint scanner under the display, to how they can make a version of the TrueDepth camera with 3D scanning and facial recognition for their upcoming Android models.

Ironically, this comes after both Samsung and Apple spent months trying to get their respective fingerprint scanners to work while embedded under the …

First Huawei Mate 10 Pro photos show off its glass back and tall display in action

Huawei has a whole bunch of Mate 10-branded devices on the horizon, but you’d be excused for only ever hearing about one of them, the Mate 10 Pro. With its tall, nearly bezel-less design, the Pro is the device that most closely follows 2017’s biggest smartphone trend, so it’s no surprise leakers are so focused on it.

But while we’ve seen both the promotional materials and the official renders, the classic in-hand potatocam shot has so far eluded us. But thanks to a user of Chinese social media Weibo, this has just changed:
Unfortunately, …

Results: poll says we rarely get to enjoy our glass phones

So, flagships nowadays will very often have glass backs. One reason for that is the wireless charging feature, which is slowly becoming a standard. The second is simply for the bling.

Every smartphone fan has their opinion on glass backs, but we think it’s fair to say that the community has a love-hate relationship with the material. It looks great, it feels luxurious but gathers grease faster than a burger restaurant’s kitchen tiles. Some don’t mind as they use the device with a case anyway. Others will slap a “skin” on the phone and forget about the glass back. There …

How do you care for your phone's glass back?

In 2017, we have flagships that are decked out in terms of hardware and wrapped in premium-feeling materials — that’s the base you need if you want to survive in this oversaturated, cutthroat market. Wireless charging is now a standard feature — from Samsung, to LG, to Apple’s iPhones — and while some do it via proprietary magnetic connectors, like the new Essential Phone, most accomplish it through good old inductive charging. And that latter one requires glass backs.

Every smartphone fan has their opinion on glass backs, but we think it’s fair to say that the …

Best film and glass screen protectors for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Apple raised the prices for replacing a broken screen on your iPhone, and the new 8 and 8 Plus will set you back $149 and $169, respectively. That’s twenty bucks more than what Apple used to charge for the screen swaps on its latest iPhones, so if you know you can’t be bothered caring for your phone, better put a case on it… and a screen protector. 

Granted, Apple says it is using its toughest ever glass both for the screen cover layer, and for the chassis, but until drop tests definitely prove the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus hard nuts to crack, …

Shatterless screen? Yesterday's news! Motorola is working on a display glass that heals itself!

Motorola’s Moto Z Force family of devices is famous for donning the ShatterShield display, or to put it simple — for being shatter-proof. It’s a panel that’s not made out of glass, but a plastic polymer. Sure, it scratches easily, but throw the phone on the pavement as much as you like, the screen will not break.

But Moto is working on improving the technology further. A recently discovered patent, which has been granted to Motorola, shows a new “smart glass” technology, which will have the phone repair its screen should it take any damage.

The invention …