Have you ever had a smartphone damaged by water?

Nowadays, water-resistance or at least some type of splash-resistance seem to be a must on flagship (and midrange) smartphones. A feature that used to be reserved to the rugged CAT handsets, Galaxy Actives, or phones covered by super-ugly cases is now pretty much mainstream. And sure, it definitely gives us a peace of mind when we have our handset near the kitchen sink, but we certainly still don’t feel brave enough to go ahead and jump in a pool with our phones in hand (despite the fact that Samsung and Sony commercials keep enticing us to do so).

But anyway, we thought it would be a fun …


BLU readying another affordable smartphone with 3,000 mAh battery

It looks like a BLU R1 HD sequel is now in the works and will probably be officially introduced in the coming weeks. Few details about its specs are available at the moment, but at least we have several pictures showing the smartphone from all angles.

BLU R2 has been recently listed at FCC (Federal Communications Commissions), so it will probably not be long until the smartphone gets revealed. The documents filed at FCC confirm the R2 will be powered by a 3,000 mAh battery.

Also, the affordable smartphone will sport a 5-inch display and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The …

Alcatel Pulsemix is a new, interesting $79 smartphone headed to Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless, one of AT&T’s prepaid brands, today announced the upcoming release of the Alcatel Pulsemix, an affordable smartphone that will go on sale on July 21.

The Pulsemix is a rebranded Alcatel A50 – a handset that will soon be offered in the US unlocked for $149.99 (or less if you want to buy its Amazon Prime version, which comes with adds and various Amazon offers on the home screen).

Similar to the A50, Cricket’s Alcatel Pulsemix runs Android Nougat out of the box, offers a 5.2-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek …

Being near your smartphone makes you stupider, study finds

We all knew that we’ve been slowly
nurturing an addiction
to our smartphones, but researchers at the University of Texas at Austin
have further concluded that simply being in close proximity to our phones is
having adverse effects on our cognitive abilities. Using a sample size of
nearly 800 phone users, the study examined “the brain’s ability to hold
and process data at any given time.”

 

Subjects were selected at random to either place their phone
face down in front of them, inside their pocket, or in another room – all of
which were instructed to put their devices on silent. …

Asus ZenFone Pegasus 4A dual camera smartphone press images, specs, price leak

A new Asus ZenFone 4-series press image appeared online, alongside a purported spec sheet and price tag. Mind you, we wouldn’t say that we are 100% confident in what we are seeing here. In particular, the dual camera module on the back of the handset looks poorly edited. However, the rest of the images hold up and appear convincing, even though the smartphone’s design isn’t at all exciting or innovative.

For all the unconventional phones we saw this year, such as the Galaxy S8, the LG G6, and the Essential Phone, manufacturers from China and Taiwan seem to be compelled to retaliate with …

Samsung patents smartphone case that could wirelessly charge your Gear watch

In a document dated June 15th, the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent filed by Samsung in December last year. The document describes a smartphone case that may prove to be a fantastic addition for any fan of the brand, especially those, who own a Gear watch. Even though it’s a simple patent publication, we are kind of excited about the possibility of such a phone case, despite the fact that patents rarely actually evolve into actual products.

The accessory Samsung might be prepping is described to sport wireless charging of a wearable device, when the latter …

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 …

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, …

Android loses ground, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus still top smartphone sales in the US, Q1 data shows

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech released today its Q1 statistics on smartphone OS data, indicating stronger performance for iOS on local ground in the US, compared to the same period, last year. However, iPhone and iOS sales marked drops in Asia, while Samsung and Android did not perform too well on the other side of the globe, in the US.

The US market was dominated by iOS sales that accounted for up to 36.5% of smartphone sales in the country – a 5.8% increase from last year. In this spirit, iPhone 7 and its larger brother, 7 Plus, remained at the top of the sales …

IDC sees smartphone shipments growing this year after a slump in 2016


Last year was the worst ever for global smartphone shipments as handset deliveries rose only 2.5% for 2016. According to analytical firm IDC, business will start returning to growth  mode as the number of shipments should rise by 3% this year. That amounts to 1.52 billion units forecast by IDC to be delivered this year. And for 2018, the increase in shipments will reach 4.5%. IDC says that improved economic conditions in emerging markets will partially be responsible for a 50% hike in growth. Another reason will be the extreme popularity of  the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone that …