What would you prefer: consistent, fast performance or consistent battery life?

For a while now, there have been reports that iOS automatically throttles system performance when the iPhone’s battery deteriorates below a certain threshold. Said theories have been all but confirmed now that the developers of benchmarking app Geekbench have stepped in to show tons of results that support them.

Supposedly Apple is doing this for the simple reason of maintaining a consistent battery life for as long as possible. When you have a deteriorated battery, it will drain faster, especially with the powerful chips that hum inside the iPhones nowadays. The solution is …


Consumers prefer receiving software updates to buying a new phone

In the old days, when carriers would subsidize the purchase of a new phone every other year, smartphone users were on a defined two-year cycle. But now, with consumers shouldering the cost of buying a new phone themselves, people are treating their handsets with kid gloves. Instead of buying a new phone every two years, consumers prefer to receive timely software updates that add new features to older handsets.

According to Jan Dawson, founder and chief analyst of Jackdaw Research, consumers are changing their behavior. “We all know people still carrying around a 4- or 5-year-old smartphone …

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 …

Results: do you prefer a circular or square smartwatch?

Smartwatches have been selling for a while now and, as you have probably noticed, square-shaped ones seem to be a bit more widely-spread. Actually, back when they first came out, smartwatches were exclusively square-shaped — manufacturers still had a tough time with making a round display and designing a software that looks right on it and makes use of the circular shape. The very first round smartwatch was the Moto 360, released in 2014, and it still had a “flat tire” look, due to the bottom of the display being covered by a black band, which held the display …

Circular or squade: which smartwatch design do you prefer?

Smartwatches have been selling for a while now and, as you have probably noticed, square-shaped ones seem to be a bit more widely-spread. Actually, back when they first came out, smartwatches were exclusively square-shaped — manufacturers still had a tough time with making a round display and designing a software that looks right on it and makes use of the circular shape. The very first round smartwatch was the Moto 360, released in 2014, and it still had a “flat tire” look, due to the bottom of the display being covered by a black band, which held the display drivers.

But …

Do you prefer a battery case or a power bank?

Smartphones are amazing — snappy computers right in our pockets, which can deliver connectivity, games, media, or produce a camera on demand. For all their awesome features, users will agree that smartphones still lack in one area — battery life. Truth be told, there’s only so much battery the manufacturers can stuff inside an elegant smartphone’s body, at least with today’s technologies.

So, if you are an avid smartphone user or one that takes trips regularly, you probably have some sort of portable battery at the ready. There are two main choices to go for — a powerbank, which can get …

Which OnePlus 5 color do you prefer?

So, the OnePlus 5 is finally available for purchase. The pre-sale period is over and there’s no invitation shenanigans to put a spoke in your wheel. Well, the Flagship Killer has grown quite a lot in price as well, far from the once alluring $299 price tag, and up to $479 right now. But it’s still quite the bargain.

As you probably know, you can get the OnePlus 5 in one of two variants — either the Slate Gray, which “only” has 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, or the trendy Midnight Black, supercharged with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of Storage. Obviously, OnePlus considers the matte black to …

Results: shiny or matte – how do you prefer the glass on a phone's back?

In recent years, shiny phones have picked up the pace quite a bit. Since wireless charging is becoming more of a regular feature, manufacturers are limited in their choice of material for a phone’s body — it can’t be metal, so they’re stuck between toy-feeling plastic and premium-looking glass.

And sure, with a nice, deeply reflective finish underneath, devices with a glass back look lovely! Until you touch them, that is — finger smudges build up on that glass surface like there’s no tomorrow and enjoying your beautiful phone requires you to wipe it up a few …

Shiny or matte – how do you prefer the glass on a phone's back?

In recent years, shiny phones have picked up the pace quite a bit. Since wireless charging is becoming more of a regular feature, manufacturers are limited in their choice of material for a phone’s body — it can’t be metal, so they’re stuck between toy-feeling plastic and premium-looking glass.

And sure, with a nice, deeply reflective finish underneath, devices with a glass back look lovely! Until you touch them, that is — finger smudges build up on that glass surface like there’s no tomorrow and enjoying your beautiful phone requires you to wipe it up a few times …

Results: what color do you prefer on the face of a red smartphone?

So, earlier this year, Apple introduced the Product Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus — beautiful red handsets with a silver Apple logo and… a white front. This isn’t the first time we see a blood-red phone with a white face — last time, it was the Flame Red Meizu Pro 6, which is, admittedly, much less-known than Apple’s flagship.

In any case, when both phones were announced, there was an overwhelming reaction of “but why the white face?”, with users insisting that a handset with a screaming red back would look much sleeker if its face was black. Not a terrible notion, we thought, but the manufacturers …