Mobile Phones

Nexpaq, the modular case that add functions to your smartphone

Nexpaq Modular Case SmartphoneYou don’t always want to upgrade your smartphone for the newer model, but you want to have the smartphone do more for you. Nexpaq is a special kind of case that makes it possible to enhance the smartphone’s features in ways that you want it to be. There’s a lot that smartphones can do, and a lot that users believe they should be able to do. Nexpaq offers a bit more than a case with some fun extras, though.

Nexpaq is a case that allows a user to add different modules to their smartphone (Currently the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge or Galaxy S5 only.) for a range of extra features. At present, there are 12 modules available.

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Highlights from Microsoft Build Conference 2015

Microsoft Build 2015Microsoft have have made a few announcements at their Build conference. The company seems to be wanting to change and have integration of devices and apps as one of their main goals. And HoloLens, the first untethered holographic device.

Microsoft are aiming to grow and become bigger than any other company and have released parts of their plan to do so. One billion devices using Windows 10 is the aim, and to do so they are opening up to developers. And then there’s HoloLens, which will be something completely new and could change many areas and industries.

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LG G4 smartphone was officially unveiled

LG G4A new flagship smartphone from LG is officially announced, the G4. The features that are being announced are, as usual for smartphones, a camera and something not so usual, leather backing. The G4 goes head to head against customer favourites the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. It seems as if smartphone manufacturers don’t have much left in the creative tank for innovations, and how many users will upgrade their smartphones for a better camera or leather back is probably not too many.

According to Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, “We are living up to our promise of Innovation for a Better Life with a fashionable, premium smartphone that is more focused on delivering a balanced user experience that can compete with the best of the best.

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Sony to release Xperia Z4 in Japan this summer

Sony Xperia Z4Sony’s next flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z4, is to be released in Japan during the summer. No international release date has been mentioned as yet, but Sony has released information on the features of the next model of the Xperia Z series. Previously Sony has said it is unlikely to make any more smartphones.

In terms of looks, the new Xperia Z4 looks similar to previous models. The screen size is 5.2 inches with 1920×1080 pixel resolution. It is 6.9 millimetres thick (The Z3 was 7.3 mm.) and weighs 144 grams. The length is 146 millimetres and width 72mm The OS will be Android 5.0 on a Snapdragon 64-bit processor with eight CPU cores. Internal memory will be 32GB and 3GB of RAM. Support for up to 128GB is available through a micro SD slot.

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Huawei releases their new flagship phone called P8

Huawei P8Huawei is releasing a new phone, the Huawei P8. It is designed as an affordable premium phone, being priced less than Apple’s iPhone 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S6. Its design looks similar to an iPhone with squared edges, and comes with Android’s Lollipop 5.0. The major draw card being advertised by Huawei is its camera, which is claimed to work well in low light.

The camera on the P8 comes with a mode called “Light Painting” low light mode. This gives users the ability to capture moving light sources in long exposure shots. Another mode allows users to capture video from their phone’s camera as well as three other Android cameras and is called “Director Mode”. The camera has optical image stabilization capability with a dual-color temperature flash. The front camera also offers a selfie mode that is aimed to give selfies an enhancement.

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Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent close to a merger

Nokia HeadquartersNokia was once the biggest mobile phone company in the world, now it’s looking like merging with Alcatel-Lucent to form a communications hardware manufacturer to take on the Chinese giant Huwei.

A merger between Nokia and Alcatel Lucent would bring that company to over take Huwei at number two. Communications and mobile phone hardware is an interesting industry, as the research and development costs are high and consumers expect an affordable high-tech product.

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HTC One (M9) makes a very small splash as MWC 2015 continues on

HTC One M9The HTC One (M9) has been shown off at MWC, and the reviews of it have been surprisingly unimpressed. Was it as much of a disappointment as so many media outlets are claiming?

As anyone who read the Mobile World Congress preview knows, I was a fan of the HTC One (M9). But a number of media outlets, for example The Verge, are calling is a disappointment and failure. Personally, I think it is a victim of its own hype, and that the device itself is solid.

Here is a breakdown of the phone, so you can decide for yourself.

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