Over the past few weeks, I've been using Android handsets more and more, and I've discovered that devices that are less than half the price of the iPhone are faster, better, and more fun to use.Must read: The 2019 iPhone 11 will be annoying, boring, and expensiveI've been using a number of devices, from the super-rugged brick-like Getnord Lynx, to more mainstream devices such as the Motorola Moto g7 Power or the Xiaomi Mi 9, and well, I'm blown away.Take the Xiaomi Mi 9 for example. From a user perspective it's fast, it's powerful, it is kitted out with a beautiful 6.39-inch AMOLED display, and has an amazing array of cameras capable of taking stunning photos.It also has a really sweet in-display fingerprint reader that feels nice and intuitive to use and works reliably, which is more than I can say for Face ID on newer iPhones. On the hardware side of things, it's also incredibly impressive. Powered by a super-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, backed with 6GB of RAM, it's no wonder … [Read more...] about Testing Android smartphones has made my iPhone feel old and slow
The best smartphones on the market right now ZDNet's Matthew Miller talks with TechRepublic's Karen Roby, breaking down the best of the best smartphones that are available to consumers right now. Read more: https://zd.net/2AEIxGA Matthew MillerPrices are coming down while quality improves so a phone you buy today can easily last two or three years. What do you expect your smartphone to do next year that it's not doing now? Read moreJason PerlowDull, expensive, and lacking competition. That about sums up this year in mobile devices in a nutshell. Read more.The 10 best smartphones you can buy right nowAfter a short few months with no new phones, it's time to see the latest and greatest from Samsung, Huawei, Apple, Google, LG, and more. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was just revealed and makes an appearance in our top five.Here's why Apple won't be adding 5G to the 2019 iPhone 11Sometimes it pays not to be first.Huawei's new smartphone operating system is 'completely different from Android … [Read more...] about Smartphones in 2019: The best of times or worst of times?
Have you noticed that your Android smartphone's battery is draining much quicker than usual lately? The problem could be an Android bug. Must read: The 2019 iPhone 11 will be annoying, boring, and expensiveAndroid Hacks reported, and ZDNet has confirmed through testing, that Google Play Services version 18.3.82 is eating through battery power in the background at an alarming rate.Fortunately, you have some options when to comes to workarounds for this bug.To suggestions offered up by Android Hacks is to either downgrade to an older version of the Play Services (however, bear in mind that this will auto-update at some point… hopefully Google will have patched it by then), or run the beta version (by signing up for the beta program or downloading it manually. Bear in mind the beta may be buggy, but it doesn't seem affected by this bug. It is likely that Google will push out an update for this bug in the next few days. Have you been hit by this Android bug? See also:iPhone 11, … [Read more...] about How to fix the Android bug that’s draining your battery
Are you annoyed by all the rumors that 5G won't be coming to the iPhone until 2020? Does this make you want to switch to Android so you can get 5G now? The truth is, it isn't that the iPhone isn't ready for 5G, it's that 5G isn't ready for the iPhone. Must read: The 2019 iPhone 11 will be annoying, boring, and expensiveZDNet's sister site CNET has been looking at 5G from the perspective of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch, and the conclusion is that 5G isn't ready for prime time."5G is live, but it's hardly lived up to expectations," writes Roger Cheng. "CNET's speed test of 5G networks around the world, spanning everywhere from Seoul to London and many cities in between, have found startling high speeds but limited or spotty coverage. All new network deployments have their fair share of growing pains, but this generation's rollout has been far more problematic." Best Android smartphones (July 2019) SEE FULL GALLERY 1 - 5 of 6 NEXT PREV Now, … [Read more...] about Here’s why Apple won’t be adding 5G to the 2019 iPhone 11
Note 10: Greatest $949 phone bargain ever (but 5G version is strictly for early adopters) The new Galaxy Note 10 features a Qualcomm 855 Snapdragon chipset and 5G network compatibility. But should you spend $1000 or more on one? Read more: https://zd.net/2KCiOCK My ZDNet colleague Jason Cipriani thinks that the base level Samsung Galaxy Note 10, which was unveiled this week, is the "Greatest $949 smartphone bargain ever." Samsung Unpacked All the best Note 10 pre-order deals we could find Everything you need to know about Note 10 Note 10: Two sizes to expand beyond productivity loyalists Matt Miller's first look at the Note 10 Why should I pay $1,300 for minimal future-proofing? Note 10 Plus vs Note 9: Worth the upgrade? Everything that happened at Samsung's Unpacked event (CNET) The 7 best Note 10 features for business users (TechRepublic) Samsung has so many models to choose from! Note 10! The Note 10+! The $1300 Note 10+ 5G which will only work on … [Read more...] about No China, no choice: Why 2019 is the worst smartphone year ever