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The Lumia 950 vs. the competition: A battle of flagships

The smaller of the new Lumias is quite the powerhouse on paper, but how does it stack up against the latest iOS and Android devices? At first glance, Microsoft’s newest flagship, the Lumia 950, seems plenty powerful with its 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808, 3GB of RAM and 5.2-inch Quad HD AMOLED display. However, we’ve got the face-off after the break with a side-by-side comparison between the Lumia 950, iPhone 6s and Nexus 5x so you can decide for yourself which one best suits your needs.

Lumia 950 iPhone 6s Nexus 5X
Price $549 $199, $299, $399 (on contract); $649, $749, $849 (off-contract) $379, $429

145 x 73.2 x 8.25 mm (5.71 x 2.88 x 0.32 inches)

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches) 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm (5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches)
Weight 150g (5.29 ounces) 143g (5.04 ounces) 136g (4.8 ounces)
Display 5.2 inches (132.08mm) 4.7 inches (119.38mm) 5.2 inches (132.08mm)
Resolution 2,560 x 1,440 (564 ppi) 1,334 x 750 (326 ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (423 ppi)
Screen type Quad HD AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 3 IPS LCD, Retina HD FHD LCD, Gorilla Glass 3
Battery 3,000mAh
1,715mAh (non-removable) 2,700mAh (non-removable)
Storage 32GB 16 / 64 / 128GB 16 / 32GB
External storage microSD up to 2TB None None
Rear camera 20MP Zeiss, f/1.9, OIS, triple LED natural flash 12MP iSight, f/2.2, 1.22µm pixel size 12.3MP, f/2.0, 1.55µm pixel size, dual LED flash, IR laser-assisted autofocus
Front camera 5MP wide-angle 1080p 5MP FaceTime HD, f/2.2 5MP, f/2.0, 1.4µm pixel size
Video capture 4K 4K at 30fps 4K at 30fps
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.1 v4.2 v4.2
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Apple A9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Processor 1.8GHz hexa-core 1.8GHz dual-core 1.8GHz hexa-core
Graphics N/A N/A Adreno 418
Memory 3GB 2GB 2GB
WiFi Dual band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
OS Windows 10 iOS 9 Android 6.0
Standout features Continuum, Windows Hello, glance screen technology, USB Type-C 3D Touch, 2nd-gen Touch ID, Retina flash Nexus Imprint, USB Type-C

Get all the news from today’s Google event right here.


Microsoft’s October event: by the numbers

The dust is settling on Microsoft’s Windows 10 Devices event where the company showed off all the shiny devices that it’s about to start selling. But if you weren’t able to sit through our excellent liveblog, then perhaps you’d like to read this breakdown of the show based on the key numbers. It’s like an extended highlights reel, but with a more statistical edge. Slideshow-326489

Get all the news from today’s Microsoft event right here.


Mini review video: our verdict on the new iPhones in under a minute

Mini Review: iPhone 6S / 6S Plus

If you haven’t yet read our iPhone 6s and 6s Plus review (and why not?), the whole thing can be summed up in just one sentence: These are the best iPhones Apple has ever made. Kidding! We actually had quite a bit more to say than that. As on last year’s models, there are some tradeoffs unique to both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch editions, with the smaller 6s being easier to hold, but the 6s Plus offering longer battery life and optical image stabilization. Other than that, the two have many of the same pros and cons, which ultimately explains why we elected to give each a score of 91 out of 100. In particular, both benefit from faster performance and a pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display (yay) but, on the down side, start with a meager 16GB of storage (boo). All told, we recommend both, but the question as to which you should buy boils down to how big a phone you’re comfortable using. That’s the gist, as recapped in our mini review video above, and if you have time to read up on on the finer points, you can find our full review here.


Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book announced: what you should know about the latest from Microsoft

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft has just finished up announcing a slew of new mobile products, including the brand new Lumia 950, 950XL and 550 smartphones. These new Windows-powered devices of course don’t run Android, but we figured it was important to catch you up on the latest flagship handsets from Microsoft, and just how they compare to the Android competition.

But Microsoft didn’t just announce phones at its event. Also announced were two new tablet/laptop hybrid devices, the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. The former is, of course, the successor to the Surface Pro 3 and is much thinner, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor. The latter is a new offering from the Washington-based company that is more closely related to a full-fledged laptop.

Today we’re going to run you through these new offerings and help give you a better look at Microsoft’s latest.

Some of the Android-powered competition

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4

For starters, Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 4 (pictured above) has just been made official, bringing a larger screen, better specifications and a new operating system to the table. It sports a big 12.3-inch display with Microsoft’s PixelGlass technology and a pixel density of 267ppi. Microsoft actually shrunk down the size of this tablet so much that it fits in the same physical footprint as its 12.0-inch predecessor. It’s also powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and has an impressive 1TB of on-board storage.

Microsoft says the Surface Pro 4 is 30-percent faster than the Surface Pro 3 and 50-percent faster than Apple’s MacBook Air.

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The Surface Pro 4 comes with an all-new Surface Pen as well, which has an eraser on the end of it. The new pen, which attaches magnetically to the side of the Surface, has an impressive 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. The included Type Cover is thinner and lighter than last year’s iteration. The trackpad is 40-percent larger, there’s more space between each key and it also has better travel at just 1.3mm. Oh, and there’s a fingerprint scanner integrated into the keyboard, as well.

Pre-orders for the Surface Pro 4 begin Wednesday, October 7th starting at $899, with the device becoming available on Monday, October 26th.

Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Book

Next up is the Surface Book, which is arguably the most interesting of the two tablet/laptop hybrids announced today. If the Surface Pro 4 is more similar to a tablet, the Surface Book is more closely related to a full-fledged laptop. Still, though, calling it a laptop doesn’t do this thing justice.

It has a big 13.5-inch display with a pixel density of 267ppi. Unlike the Surface Pro 4 that comes with a keyboard that’s more of an add-on, the Surface Book’s keyboard is just like something you’d find on a normal laptop. It’s backlit, and sports 1.6mm of travel. The trackpad is glass and also has five points of touch sensitivity. The keyboard hinge is definitely one of the most attractive parts of this new device, which Microsoft is calling the Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge. Take a look below:

Microsoft Surface Book 2

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Under the hood, the Surface Book comes with a sixth-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 16GB of GDDR5 RAM, 1TB of on-board storage and a 12-hour battery life. Sounds pretty nice, right? Unfortunately these specs will cost you. Pre-orders for the Surface Book begin October 7th for $1,499, and the device will go on sale October 26th.

These new tablet/laptop hybrid devices honestly look really nice. Of course, this is an Android-centric website, so we’re not expecting all of you to ditch your Android tablet right away for one of these new products from Microsoft. Google’s new Pixel C tablet also looks like it could be a decent Surface Pro 4 competitor, but we’ll ultimately let you decide. Now that you’ve seen the latest laptop/tablet hybrids from Microsoft, what are your thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments.


Lumia 950 XL vs. the competition: The big flagship phones are here

It’s become commonplace for phone manufacturers to offer two sizes of their flagship phones: big and bigger. Microsoft is following suite with the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the latter of which is poised to compete directly with devices like the brand-new iPhone 6S Plus and the Nexus 6P. If you’re looking for a flagship phone running your platform of choice, now’s a great time to be in the market. The most notable difference about these devices is what operating system they run, but if you want to see how they stack up on a spec-by-spec basis, check out the table below.

Lumia 950XL iPhone 6s Plus Nexus 6P
Pricing $649 $749, $849, $949 $499, $549, $649
Known Dimensions 151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1mm (5.98 x 3.09 x 0.32 inches) 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches) 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm (6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 inches)
Weight 165g (5.82 ounces) 192g (6.77 ounces) 178g (6.28 ounces)
Screen size 5.7 inches (144.78mm) 5.5 inches (139.7mm) 5.7 inches (144.78mm)
Screen resolution 2,560 x 1,440 (518 ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (401 ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (520 ppi)
Screen type AMOLED Quad HD, Gorilla Glass 4 IPS LCD, Retina HD WQHD AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 4
Battery Removable 3,340mAh 2,750mAh 3,450mAh
Internal storage 32GB 16 / 64 / 128GB 32 / 64 / 128GB
External storage microSD (up to 200GB) None None
Rear camera 20MP Pureview, OIS, triple LED flash 12MP iSight, f/2.2, 1.22µm pixel size 12.3MP, f/2.0, 1.55µm pixel size
Front-facing cam 5MP 5MP FaceTime HD, f/2.2 8MP, f/2.4, 1.4µm pixel size
Video capture 4K at 30fps 4K at 30fps 4K
NFC No Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.1 v4.2 v4.2
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Apple A9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1
CPU 64-bit octa-core 1.8GHz dual-core 2GHz octa-core
GPU NA NA Adreno 430
WiFi Dual-band, MIMO, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Operating system Windows 10 iOS 9 Android 6.0
Standout features 20MP Pureview camera with Carl Zeiss optics, removeable battery, wireless charging, USB-C fast charging 3D Touch, 2nd-gen Touch ID, Retina flash Nexus Imprint, USB Type-C

Get all the news from today’s Microsoft event right here.


Apple Seeds Fourth iOS 9.1 Beta, Third tvOS Beta to Developers

ios_9_iconApple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 9.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the third iOS 9.1 beta and releasing iOS 9.0.2, the second minor bug fix update to iOS.

The new iOS 9.1 beta, build 13B136, is available as an over-the-air update and through Apple’s Developer Center. Apple has also released a third tvOS beta.

iOS 9.1 offers new features and compatibility updates for upcoming Apple products like the new fourth-generation Apple TV and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The iPad Pro ships with two accessories, the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, both of which are deeply integrated into the operating system.

The update includes Unicode 8, adding support for emoji like the taco, burrito, cheese wedge, middle finger, unicorn head, and more, along with a new Messages option in the Settings app, allowing users to disable photos for their contacts.

It is not clear when iOS 9.1 will be released to the public, but it’s likely it will come in late October, coinciding with the launch of the new Apple TV.


Microsoft Reveals New Band 2, Lumia Phones, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book

At a media event today, Microsoft announced a handful of new products and several updates to existing products coming from the company in 2015 and beyond. Topics for today’s event included the Microsoft Band 2, Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and the all-new Surface Book.

The company started off by going into detail about the Microsoft Band 2, the second version of last year’s wearable device. Microsoft said it took in a great amount of customer feedback in designing and implementing the new Band, which includes a new curved screen that with durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and an improved touch display. New Cortana integration lets users speak to the Band in order to send texts and make reminders, and the device also includes a barometer that measures elevation for everything from hiking to climbing stairs.

The company’s Microsoft Health app fuels the Band and lets users dig deeply into the data on everything from calorie burns to estimated recovery time for particularly intense workouts. The Band even includes an extensive golf measurement feature that can interpret the stroke of a swing and includes a score card that the company says is like “having your own personal caddy” on your wrist. Third-party partnerships with companies like Uber and Facebook are also incoming for the Microsoft Band 2, which will be available on October 30 for $249.

Microsoft also announced the Lumia 950 and 950 XL which are the newest iterations of the Lumia smartphone line, with 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. Each of the new phones include a new feature called Glance Screen which showcases important pieces of information when a user pulls the phone out of his or her pocket, without the need to interact with the device directly and without using battery life. The Lumia 950 line also includes a 20-megapixel camera, Triple LED RGB natural flash, optical image stabilization, and a dedicated camera button on the side of the phone.
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[TA Deals] Want a compact drone? Get the SKEYE Pico Drone for less than $40!


Two things that people immediately have to consider when purchasing a drone are size and price. These airborne gizmos can be large and expensive. But not everyone needs a drone that is industrial-sized at a price in the range of hundreds or thousands of dollars. The SKEYE Pico Drone sold through Talk Android Deals, though, reverses that by remaining compact and affordable. The drone itself is actually stored at the center of the controller, proving just how small the SKEYE Pico Drone is.

After taking around thirty minutes to charge, the SKEYE Pico Drone can fly for eight minutes. You can fly it up to fifty meters away and take advantage of the six-axis flight control system that allows the drone to do tricks. Flying at night is possible, too, as there are built-in LED lights. And if anything goes wrong you can use one of the four replacement rotor blades to take flight once again.

We are currently selling the SKEYE Pico Drone for $34.99, a price that includes a 28% discount along with free shipping. And, yes, this drone can be shipped internationally. So forget about paying even $50 for the SKEYE Pico Drone when you can bring home a fun little toy for less than $40.

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T-Mobile lets you track the progress of your Marshmallow update

Many Android fans who aren’t yet ready to switch phones are craving to get a taste of that tasty Marshmallow (Android 6.0). It can be frustrating to have no idea when it’s coming, even when we’re reassured that it’s on its way.

Fortunately for T-Mobile customers, you’ll be able retrieve a little more information about the status of your update. The Un-Carrier has launched a Software Update reporting page, which currently tells you at what stage in the process Marshmallow is to rolling out on your specific device.

Here’s the list of supported devices:


There are three steps in the process before the update gets to you:

  1. Manufacturer Development – The update is agreed upon for that device by T-Mobile and the OEM.
  2. Testing – T-Mobile runs the update through its certification process and gets it up to snuff.
  3. Completion – The update is approved and the roll-out process is begun.

Are you glad to hear that T-Mobile is giving you a bit more information than “it’s coming soon”?

Source: T-Mobile

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Alleged set of OnePlus Mini specs surfaces

OnePlus, the famous “Flagship Killer” company released their second generation smartphone just this past summer. OnePlus may not be the best at not creating controversy through their awkward marketing campaigns, and they might annoy many through their invite system, but they do know how to make a killer smartphone at a great price. The OnePlus 2 comes loaded with high end specs like the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 5.5″ HD LCD display, Lollipop, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of memory for the base model. Not bad for a device with a price tag of just $329.

OnePlus is planning on expanding its reach with another smartphone this year. Many point to the name the OnePlus Mini. More rumors come to light as time progresses and this time around an email surfaced, from an anonymous source according to, with almost all of the details of the device including the $250 dollar price tag.

According to the source the specs are as follows:

  • MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795T) SoC
  • 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM @933MHz operating in dual-channel
  • 32 GB of eMMC 5.0 storage expandable via microSDXC
  • 5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080
  • 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 or 4
  • 13 MP Sony IMX258 primary sensor with a f/2.0 aperture, 4K @ 30fps video recording capabilities, and a Dual-Tone LED flash
  • 5 MP front-facing wide-angle sensor with 1080p video recording capabilities
  • 3,000-3,100 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery
  • USB Type-C connector with Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities
  • FM radio
  • MT6630 wireless SoC
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • IR Blaster
  • 1.2W front-facing speaker
  • NFC chip which will support Android Pay in conjunction with a back-fitted fingerprint sensor
  • IP67 dust and waterproof certificate
  • Launch date expected in November or December of 2015

If you read through the specs, this device comes with NFC built-in which many enthusiasts moaned over because they demand a “flagship killer” have every single feature under the sun. For the OnePlus 2 starting at $329, I just think people like to whine because they have nothing better to do. They could go buy a Galaxy S6 Edge for $649.99 and have NFC, but I am sure when it comes to putting their money where their mouth is, they’ll most like go with the OP2 when it comes down to it. Price wins over NFC.

For $250 this might turn out to be the real flagship killer of 2015 as phones in this price range don’t offer a ton of features like this OnePlus Mini. The days of people rushing to buy 800-900 dollar smartphones are generally over.

Buyers are getting smarter and wiser and are finding great alternatives to high-end devices like the Samsung Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6. Samsung phones simply do not justify the price especially when they fail to update their Android version after just six months of usage there by cutting the lifespan of that premium device to less than a year.

With devices that are well known like the Moto X which is selling direct to consumers as well as the Nexus line from Google, and especially phones like the OnePlus 2 and Mini there simply is no reason not to go with these devices. The OnePlus Mini may be the dark horse of 2015 and could shock the market. I just hope that OnePlus make this device much easier to get this time around and says farewell to invites before they even start.




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