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10
Sep
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Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus vs Android: The flagship showdown


php8bvujvApple has announced not one, but two new iPhones, which only means one thing – there are two new flagship smartphones that have been added to the mix of already stiff competition.

But which is the best device overall in terms of the numbers? Here we are breaking down all the specs into simple, matter of fact statements so you can see which flagship smartphone is the biggest, which is the lightest, which has the highest resolution display and which has the best camera.

Enter the usual suspects – Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5, LGG3 and Sony Xperia Z3 – and let the spec crunching begin.

Build

The Apple iPhone 6’s aluminium build measures 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm and weighs 129g, while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm and hits the scales at 172g.

If you are looking for the lightest of all six devices, the Apple iPhone 6 is the winner, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S5 at 145g.

For those after the slimmest, both Apple iPhones are thinner than any of the Android competitors, with the Sony Xperia Z3 taking third place for its 7.3mm build.

The largest of the bunch is the iPhone 6 Plus at 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm and the most compact is the iPhone 6 at 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm.

Display

You’ll find a 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 pixel resolution display on the Apple iPhone 6, and a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, which means a pixel density of 326ppi and 401ppi respectively.

The biggest display award goes to both the LG G3 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, both offering 5.5-inches.

LG mops up the sharpest display however, with its 2560 x 1440 resolution providing a pixel density of 534ppi.

All the other Android smartphones offer a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.

The smallest display is Apple’s iPhone 6, which is 0.3-inches smaller than the next contender, and also the lowest resolution and ppi.

Processor

The Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus both feature the company’s latest A8 processor on board with 64-bit architecture, supporting the 64-bit software of iOS 8. It has the M8 coprocessor to handle motion.

Android is not 64-bit yet, which is lucky as none of the flagship Android devices support it.

All of the Android devices have a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor under the hood but the Sony Xperia Z3 has the most RAM at 3GB.

Comparing the devices like for like is very difficult: with undisclosed hardware from Apple, and different operating systems, there’s no easy way to measure them on the spec sheet.

Camera

When it comes to camera, the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus both feature an 8-megapixel rear snapper and a 1.2-megapixel front snapper.

If you arbitrarily want highest number of pixels on the rear camera, you’ll want the Sony XperiaZ3 with its 20.7-megapixel sensor.

If you are a selfie snapper, then you’ll want the HTC One (M8) for the best front camera with its 5-megapixel offering.

This is the fiercest battleground of all, but we’d expect the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to be strong performers with the latest tech they are offering including HDR selfies. That’s not to say they will win though, we suspect the camera battle to be the hardest fought.

Battery

The Apple iPhone 6 comes with a better battery than the iPhone 5S and Apple claims it will offer 14 hours talk time and 240 hours standby, while the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is said to provide 24 hours talk time and 384 hours standby. Apple hasn’t disclosed the battery capacity, however.

For the biggest battery capacity, the Sony Xperia Z3 wins the group at 3100mAh, which means the longest standby too at 740 hours.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G3 fight for the most amount of talk time though, both claiming up to 21 hours.

For audio playback, you’re answer is the Sony Xperia Z3 again with up to 130 hours of music playback.

The smallest battery capacity is the HTC One (M8) at 2600mAh and 496 hours standby.

Storage

Apple doesn’t offer microSD support but its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will come in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage capacities.

This means Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offers the biggest internal storage options.

All the Android flagships have microSD slots for storage expansion up to 128GB, but typically offer 16 or 32GB storage.

Features

The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has iOS 8 on board, which means a whole host of new features but its most unique offering is Apple Pay, which is launching initially in the US.

In terms of unique features for the Android handsets, the HTC One (M8) has a Duo Camera that captures depth of field information, the Samsung Galaxy S5 brings a heart sensor to the mix, theLG G3 uses laser focusing and the Sony Xperia Z3 is waterproof and lets you play PS4 games.

Prices

The new iPhone 6 will start at £539 for 16GB. The iPhone 6 Plus will start from £619 (16GB).

The cheapest SIM free handset on our panel of Android flagships is the LG G3, at £479 (16GB), which is the most affordable overall.

The iPhone 6 Plus is the most expensive and ironically has the same size display as the LG G3.

Conclusion

It depends what is most important to you as to which of the usual suspects will win you over, but if you just take them all on number value and nothing else … this is how it goes down.

The smallest, lightest and slimmest phone is the new Apple iPhone 6.

The biggest display is shared between the LG G3 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, but the sharpest display is the LG G3.

The highest resolution rear camera is the Sony Xperia Z3 and the best front camera is the HTCOne (M8).

The biggest battery capacity is the Sony Xperia Z3.

The most internal storage goes to Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but all the Android devices offer microSD card support.

The most affordable device is the LG G3 at £479.

And that friends, are the tech specs crunched.
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5
Sep
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Motorola Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R


Motorola-Moto-360-vs-LG-G_Watch-R-comparison-specs-price-features-design-640x330Wearable devices have certainly become very popular as of later, but they’re still nowhere near as popular as smartphones or tablets. However, smartwatches might change all that as lately we’ve seen almost all the tech giants trying their hand at developing a few of their own. One of the biggest complaints coming from consumers is related to the design of these devices, which is usually pretty bland and uninteresting. Luckily, several manufacturers have stopped trying to reinvent the wheel and went back to the drawing board in an attempt to create something new. The Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R are two examples of smartwatches born as a result of this approach. What’s so special about them? Well, they’re both circular, which is a pretty common design choice among regular watches, but not so much among the electronic variety.

But naturally, one will always be more appealing than the other, therefore I figured that a comparison between the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R might be useful in order to find which one of them is the better device. Both of them will be officially announced in the coming days at the IFA Trade Show, but we don’t have to wait until then to make a relevant comparison as we already know most of the important details. Before we kick things off I do need to mention that the two are more or less equally matched so this will be a completely fair fight. With that in mind, let’s begin this little Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R showdown.

The Moto 360 was announced earlier this year and Motorola has teased us on more than one occasion with their upcoming smartwatch. Their marketing tactics worked like a charm as the watch is now arguably the most highly anticipated Android Wear device of the year. The LG G Watch R on the other hand was only announced a short while ago and it looks like LG is launching it specifically to compete with the Moto 360. In its teaser video, the LG G Watch R is presented as “filling the gap” and featuring a completely circular design, which forms “a perfect circle”. This is undoubtedly a small jab at the Moto 360 seeing as how the smartwatch has a small cutout at the bottom of its display so it’s not completely round.

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In terms of resolution, the LG G Watch R’s display comes in an 320 x 320 megapixels while the Moto 360 can only account for 320 x 290 because of its “gap”. However, Motorola more than makes up for this by equipping its device with a 1.5-inch LCD screen that also features Gorilla Glass 3 protection. By comparison, the LG G Watch R features a 1.3-inch plastic OLED display, which is less resistant than that of its competitor. Both watches have stainless steel cases, leather straps and both are waterproof, although only the LG G Watch R features actual IP67 certification. Overall, there aren’t a whole lot of differences when it comes to the design as both devices were developed to look similar to traditional watches so it will mostly boil down to preference here. Some people will find the Moto 360 to be more aesthetically pleasing while others will like the LG G Watch R instead. You can’t really argue with taste so let’s move on.

On the hardware side, we’re not completely sure about what to expect from the Moto 360 as not all the specs have been leaked yet. However, we do know that the smartwatch will have 512 MB of RAM, a Texas Instruments processor and a Li-io battery pack with Charging dock. Connectivity is done via Bluetooth 4.0 and Wireless N while features include pedometer, heart-rate monitor, vibration alert and voice activation. The LG G Watch also comes with 512 MB of RAM alongside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 4GB storage memory and 410 mAh battery. We’re not seeing much in terms of connectivity options, but features are definitely plentiful and include heart-rate monitor, PPG sensor, Smart notifications, health apps, fitness apps and more.

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Finally, the prices for these two devices are expected to differ quite a bit, but we still need to wait for confirmation from their respective manufacturers to find out if this is true. In any case, a recent leak from Best Buy claims that the Moto 360 will be priced at around $250, which seems pretty reasonable for a smartwatch. The LG G Watch R however is quite a bit more expensive, perhaps even too expensive some might say. LG Germany revealed that the wearable will go on sale for 299 EUR, which is the equivalent of almost $400. If I’m not mistaken, this will be the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch yet so I’m not sure if I can recommend it over the Moto 360 under these circumstances.

Sure, LG’s smartwatch arguably looks more elegant and could easily be mistaken for an actual analog watch. The LG G Watch R also features an actual circular display and seems to come with better specs and more features, but we still need to wait for Motorola to unveil their device in order to be sure. The bottom line is that the LG G Watch R is definitely worth purchasing, but keep in mind that with $400 you can also buy a pretty good smartphone so the price is well above what a smartwatch usually costs. The Moto 360 might not actually be round like Motorola initially said, but it does have the bigger screen and better protection for it while also offering a fair amount of features. I assume it will also not be far behind the LG G Watch R in terms of performance and it runs on Android Wear as well so there’s no difference in regards to the OS.

All in all, I admit that I find the LG G Watch R more appealing overall, but since the Moto 360 is $150 cheaper this is quite a difficult decision. What do guys think about these two smartwatches? Can the LG G Watch R justify the high price tag or is the Moto 360 a safer bet?
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21
Aug
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LG G3 vs. HTC One M8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5


LG-G3-vs-One-M8-vs-Galaxy-S5Today, LG debuted it’s newest newest global flagship phone, the G3. The Android smartphone is a followup to the LG G2 from 2013, which had an unique design which moved the power/lock button and volume controls from the sides of the phone to the back of the device, below the camera lens. The G3 sports that same design, but with a more polished look, complete with a brushed metallic body (available in five colors) and a more mature-looking Android operating system.

The G3 packs the high-end specs we’ve come to expect in premium phones, and it’s perfectly poised to go up against it’s top Android competitors, the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

With similar eye-popping screens, powerful processors, and capable camera lenses available on all three devices, deciding on which one is best for you really comes down to the extra features, design, and personal brand preference. The LG G3 is no slouch when it comes to extras, with the Knock Code security feature, a front-facing camera designed specifically for selfies, and a high-capacity battery.

Check out the chart below to see how the phone’s specs stacks up against its competition, and let us know in the comments below which phone comes out on top for you.

LG G3 HTC One M8 Samsung Galaxy S5
Size 5.7 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches; 5 oz. 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches; 5.6 oz. 5.5 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches; 5 oz.
Screen 5.5 inches; 2,560×1,440 pixels; 538ppi 5 inches; 1,920×1,080; 441ppi 5.1 inches; 1,920×1,080 pixels; 431ppi
Operating system Android 4.4 Android 4.4 Android 4.4
4G LTE Yes Yes Yes
WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth 4.0 Low energy 4.0 Low energy 4.0 Low energy
RAM 3GB 2GB 2GB
IR Blaster Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint scanner No No Yes
Rear camera and recording 13-megapixel; 4K HD video 4-’Ultrapixel’; 1080p HD video 16-megapixel; 4K HD (1080p HD default)
Front-facing camera 2.1-megapixel; 1080p HD video 5-megapixel; 1080p HD video 2-megapixel; 1080p HD video
Processor 2.5GHz quad-core; Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core; Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad-core; Snapdragon 801
Battery 3,000mAh, removable 2,600mAh; embedded 2,800mAh, removable
Capacity 32GB 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes
Notable extras One-watt speaker with amp BlinkFeed, BoomSound Fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor
US Carriers T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon
Color options Metallic white, black, gold, red, and violet Gray, silver, rose gold Black, white, blue, and copper

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13
Mar
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Top 7 Android Tablets In The Market Today That You Shouldn’t Miss


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With so many android tablets out there, it is very easy to get dizzy and be overwhelmed with the different choices. To make things worse, if you are not tech-savvy yourself, there is a good chance that you will pick the wrong one and end up regretting your choice. For this reason, I want to help you to make the right decision by narrowing down your choice to seven. In this post, I want to share with you 7 of the top Android tablets across the globe. Of course, it is undeniable that these tablets might be a bit expensive, but hey, quality comes with a price. So if money is not an issue, check out our list and see which will best work for you!

Top 1: Google Nexus 7

On top of our list is Google’s very own Nexus 7. What else can we expect? Google owns the Android OS and so we surely would see how Google will turn its android tablet to be on top of the line. So what makes Nexus 7 2013 edition to be the king of all Android tablet? For one, it has the best screen resolution there is. Its battery life is impressive as well along with its other many features.

Top 2: Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony is truly an amazing brand when it comes to technological advancement and innovation. With its Xperia Tablet Z, there is no doubt that it deserves the number 2 spot in our list. I believe its waterproof casing and high durability makes it the best choice.

Top 3: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Run by Android 4.1 Jelly bean, Galaxy Tab 3 is by far the best series of the Samsung’s line of tab. It has a staggering 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM – enough to run a laptop or desktop. It has great hand grip, powerful features, and various multimedia capabilities.

Top 4: Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon won’t be denied when it comes to the wholesale android tablets market. This tablet is perfect for watching movies because of its sophisticated Dolby audio and high screen resolution at 100% sRGB color accuracy. Personally, I believe Amazon’s Kindle Fire has the best screen resolution that even redefined the term HD.

Top 5: Asus Transformer Pad TF701T

Asus could have been a better tablet if only it’s not too bulky. Its outward design looks even more outdated. However, it is still one of the cheap Android tablets when it comes to performance. Asus Transformer Pad can be docked to a keyboard to make it look like a small netbook. Because of its fast performing processor, it can be the perfect tablet for gamers.

Top 6: Advent Vega Tegra Note 7

The best thing about Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is its blazingly fast processor that can exponentially bring your gaming experience to a whole new level. It has good speakers too. So if you love to listen to music or watch movies with your cheap tablet, then this can be a good buy. You just have to settle with its average design and you will only rely with Wi-Fi for faster connectivity.

Top 7: Tesco Hudl

If you can’t afford an over $300 iPad, then you can get the best worth of your money with Tesco Hudl. Though it cannot be entirely considered as a wholesale android tablets, Tesco Hudl can help you gain the best features with the least price. It has a very sharp display and high memory expandability.

Conclusion

This is our top 7 list of the best of the best Android tablets available today. Because of the tough competition within this market, I am sure that every brand will do their best to wow their potential customers. To really identify the cheap android tablet for you, I would recommend that you determine your need, preference, and budget. Afterwards, explore the different options currently available to suit your criteria.

25
Jan
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The similarities between payday cash loan and checkbook cash loan


Payday cash loans are becoming exceedingly attractive these days especially because of the ease with which the loan gets sanctioned to the borrower. People often get confused in trying to understand the differences between payday cash loan and the check book cash loan.

A pay day loan does not require any formal security to be provided by the borrower, so you can get your hands on the money swiftly. Technically speaking both the payday loan and the checkbook loan are the same but with different name.

Both these two loans are in prevalence and follows similar proceedings, however, depending on the mode through which you purchase the loan from the loner the steps involved can be poles apart. These loans can be very useful to people that need instant cash out for emergency purposes.

Borrowing choices

There are two different ways through which you can access this type of loans. One is by checking out the loaner online through payday cash loan websites such as MyPaydayLender, and the another one is directly meeting the loaner eye to eye to access the loan. This is where the difference between payday and checkbook loan comes into existence.

If you are getting the loan online then you may not be need to provide checkbook leaf to the loaner while if you are going offline, apparently the loaner will demand you to provide the check slips for sanctioning the loan. Purchasing loans both online and offline either check book or payday cash loans has its own pros and cons. The security and risks completely depends on the loner from whom you are borrowing the money.

General requirements

Here are the common requirements that you have to satisfy to get the loan sanctioned successfully. Irrespective of the type of finance the loaner will see whether you are above the age of eighteen, which is compulsory as per law. The next verification is to check whether you should have a regular stream of money flowing every month to ensure you will pay back the money on a time. The source of income can be anything.

For example, if you are getting financial aid due to disability or if you are running a small scale business then you can avail the loan. Finally, you should have a proof of your savings bank account to finish the proceedings. Checkbook and payday cash loans are beneficial for those who need cash fast, as you will get the loan within the maximum of 24 hours.

As the loner makes the loan process easier both the payday cash and checkbook loan charges additional money from the actual sum, just like paying interest for conventional loans in banks. You should be well aware of the additional money that you have to pay along the principal amount in order to prevent any illegal activities. So selecting the right loner forms a great part in getting payday and check book loans.

The advantages seems to be overwhelming but can be little dangerous if you end up selecting the wrong loaner. When compared to the conventional bank loans for which you have to visit the manager dozens of times and finally ending up in regret the payday cash loans are very flexible and simple in nature.

7
Oct
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HTC Sensation XL vs Samsung Galaxy S II


The HTC Sensation XL now makes that three flagship Android handsets from the Taiwanese mobile makers. Peter Chou and his team have also once again team up with Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine to bring Beats Audio software and headphones to an HTC smartphone and that gives this package one hell of an extra shine, but is it quite shiny enough?

Lurking in the wings, as ever, is the current King of the Androids in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy S II begging the big question for any wouldbe buyer – just which one is the better phone? So, we’ve lined up these two smartphones’ spec sheets and worked it out on paper at least. It’s the HTC Sensation XL vs Samsung Galaxy S II.

Form Factor

TIE: GALAXY S2 : 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm, 117g
TIE: SENSATION XL :132.5 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm, 163g

In terms of pure measurements, it’s the first round to the Samsung Galaxy S II. As ever, it’s all about how thin and how light a mobile phone is when it comes to something that’s going to be sitting in your pocket, weighing you down and interrupting the carefully tailored lines of your clothing. The SGS2 is a touch thinner and considerably lighter. The other possible disadvantage to the Sensation XL is that it’s physically bigger on the other dimensions as well, but that has its plus points later on, as we’ll see.

However, that said, we’re going to call the round a tie because, as far physical design goes, it’ll be the machined aluminium block of the Sensation XL that has the edge over the more plastic look and feel of the Galaxy S II for aesthetics and ergonomic pleasure. To be fair to the Samsung, though, that doesn’t mean that it comes across as low rent. It’s still a nice piece of kit to own. Just not as satisfying as all-metal handsets. Read more »

5
Oct
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iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S II


The iPhone 4S might be Apple’s top dog but Android has some pretty impressive breeds of its own. Right now, the No.1 in the Google mobile space has got to be the Samsung Galaxy S II with the LTE and even LTE HD editions to enjoy if you happen to live in the right parts of the world.

We’ve already seen how the iPhone 4S matches up to the iPhone 4 but there’s going to be an awful lot of people out there tempted to make the step over to Android given that the 2011 Apple phone announcement has been an S upgrade rather than an iPhone 5 in its own right. So, if that’s you, or if you just want to know how your Samsung superphone compares to the latest that Cupertino has to offer, then here’s Pocket-lint with the iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S II so you can see for yourself.

Form Factor

1ST: GALAXY S2 : 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm, 117g

2ND: IPHONE 4S : 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm, 140g

As far as pure design aesthetics and ergonomics go, this one’s a matter of horses for courses. Both the iPhone 4S and SGS2 are good looking devices with neither a knobble out of place. So, what the form factor contest comes down to is pocket space. What we always go on first are the mass and profile of the phones and it’s the Samsung Galaxy S II that’s both thinner and lighter. Yes, it’s longer and wider but these tend to be the dimensions of least importance when it comes down to taking up the room where your wallet and crumpled up tissues go. Ultimately, what you want is less weight to carry around and something that keeps the lining of your clothes as close to the way which your tailor intended. Read more »

31
Aug

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1… fight!


 

 

We’ve seen it before, but not against one of its chief rivals: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Now here they are, sharing a little table space — but not getting along too well. On one hand the Tab 10.1 is thin and light on its feet. On the other, the ThinkPad Tablet is large and would very much like to be in charge of your corporate lifestyle. Due to Honeycomb’s limited customizations, Lenovo’s tackling this angle thanks in large part to some enterprise- and stylus-friendly software, much of which the device comes with pre-installed. Join us after the break for a quick demonstration, plus a look back at our first hands-on with the thing.

via Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1… fight! — Engadget.

5
Aug

Apple now the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung checks in at number two


 

 

We make our own truth. That’s how IDC can come up with roughly the same numbers as fellow research firm Canalys and crown Apple the king, when its rival called Android top dog — it’s all about how you slice it. See, where as Canalys bundled all Android handset makers together, IDC has broken them up, which leads to a rather interesting twist — the largest smartphone maker in the world is now Apple. Cupertino’s growth of 141.7-percent in shipments year over year was enough to push it past Nokia (which slipped to number three) and Samsung (which climbed two spots to take the silver medal), while RIM and HTC rounded out the top five. That being said, no one is running away with the lead here, and Sammy’s continued stratospheric rise should keep Apple on guard. Check out the full report after the break.

via Apple now the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung checks in at number two — Engadget.

3
Aug

BlackBerry Bold 9900 vs BlackBerry Bold 9780


RIM has unveiled five new Blackberry 7 handsets – the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, the BlackBerry Torch 9810, 9850 and 9860. All models will pack a QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen controls and the long-rumoured NFC connectivity.First confirmed at the companys BlackBerry World in Florida, the BlackBerry 9900 is the makers slimmest smartphone to date and throws a touchscreen into the mix, giving it a definite advantage over the brands existing flagship model, the BlackBerry Bold 9780. But how do the two phones compare in other areas and will it be worth an upgrade when the new handset hits the shelves. We took a closer look at the specs to see whats what.

via BlackBerry Bold 9900 vs BlackBerry Bold 9780 – Pocket-lint.

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