BlackBerry Z30

BlackBerry Z30 Review

So, BlackBerry has a shiny new flagship to flaunt, boasting a new blazing fast CPU and GPU, sleek HD screen and a big battery boost. The BlackBerry Z30 is undoubtedly the best BlackBerry phone available now, so how does it stack up against its competitors running Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8? Does it have what it takes to beat them at their own game, while proving once again that enterprise features are undoubtedly its niche? Read on to find out more, as CrackTech reviews the BlackBerry Z30.

HARDWARE

Let’s start with the hardware and general build of the Z30. The Z30 cannot be classified as a bigger Z10, because it just isn’t. BlackBerry have completely changed the design and materials with the Z30. The whole front of the device is glass, except for a thin aluminium band at the bottom, below the BlackBerry logo that holds the chassis in place. The 5.0 inch takes up most of the smooth and sleek Gorilla Glass panel, and we really like how the display sits flush on the front. Our gripe with the Z10′s screen wasn’t the size but the general aesthetics of it. It wasn’t a smooth panel, nor did it feel flush with the top and bottom plastic panels flanking the display. On the top of the glass panel lies the speaker grille, proximity sensors, LED light and 2MP camera. Since BlackBerry 10 is a purely gesture based OS, there are absolutely no buttons on the front of the phone. On the left hand side of the Z30 lies the micro-USB charging port and micro-HDMI out port, while the right hand side hosts the volume rocker and pause/play button. These three buttons have more functions though. The middle pause/play button will activate Voice Control on a long press, while the “down” volume rocker is also a hardware camera shutter key. Both the “up” and “down” volume rockers can be used to skip tracks in the music player if long pressed. We commend BlackBerry for adding extra functionality with the hardware keys. Where the BB10 software lacks in areas, the hardware keys do come in handy ( more on that later ) . On the back of the device, you’ll see the removable woven carbon-fibre backplate. We really like the premium design and feel of the Z30 backplate, but it can be slippery at times. The Z10′s did not feel slippery, but it did feel very cheap. On the top left of the back, you’ll find the 8MP camera with an LED flash by its side. On the top and bottom of the back lies the much advertised speaker grilles. The bottom of the phone is bare, but the top holds the 3.5mm headphone jack and wake/sleep button. On the whole, BlackBerry have improved on the Z10 in every way, with the weight and heft of the device feeling just right. Comparing this to the equally sized Samsung Galaxy S4, the Z30 feels much more sturdier and premium, and worthy of the flagship moniker.

Display and Software

BlackBerry Z30 features a 5 inch 1280 x 720p HD screen. That’s 294PPI for you display geeks out there. BlackBerry have incorporated Super AMOLED technology into the Z30′s screen, and so the phone also inherits all the caveats of an LED screen; a boost in battery life but oversaturation of colours. A very simple example of the oversaturated effect is with the stock blue wallpaper on the Z10 and Z30. The hue of blue on the Z30 is more saturated than the Z10, but we don’t see a problem here. The display itself is fantastic, with deep blacks and clear texts. Our favourite feature of the Z30 is the glass panel on the front of the screen. It just feels extremely sleek and smooth to touch. We commend BlackBerry for including such a great glass panel, because it makes the swiping and navigating so much more easier. The Z10 had a very generic, fingerprint magnet of a display, and it was not as comfortable to navigate. We also like how the display sits flush in the front of the phone, unlike the split bars on the Z10 which made it look cheap.

In terms of software, our unit was running BlackBerry 10.2.1, the latest version. BlackBerry have included a number of theme options throughout the UI, offering a dark theme instead. This dark theme will improve battery life on LED-based displays. LED displays turn off the diode when displaying a black ( or dark ) background, so you save power there. ( Sorry Z10 users, no power saving themes for you ). However, we would have liked BlackBerry to offer a more consistent experience with the black theme. For instance, the settings app is dark-themed, but the BlackBerry Hub, which is where most users will spend a majority of their time in, is a light theme. BlackBerry should also push developers to offer the dark theme in hub-apps like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. This also brings us to our next gripe on the software – user customisation. BlackBerry 10 leaves very little in the form of user customisation. You cannot select the colour theme throughout the OS, so we hope you like blue. You also cannot set different wallpapers for the lock screen and home screen, or rearrange the order of apps in the Hub. The Music player also leaves much to be desired, as it has very basic functions. We would have liked an equaliser, GraceNote integrations and a lock screen widget for music controls. BlackBerry has also been trying their best to lure developers with campaign after campaign, even including a new Android runtime in OS 10.2, enabing APK installations. While this enables most Android apps to work, we feel BlackBerry is taking the short way out with this. Most apps don’t function well and just don’t fit in with the UI. Even native apps don’t run well or lack features that their iOS and Android counterparts have. An example would be Facebook, basically a full Android port that ignores all the BlackBerry OS features. Nonetheless, BlackBerry OS is still fantastic for enterprise users or people who need their email and social feeds at their fingertips. The BlackBerry Hub really does a superb job showing all your networks in one place, and Peek is an intuitive way to check if you have a new email while working on a word document. Emailing is still unparalled, whilst attachment handling is arguably its best feature. You never have to worry about editing Word and Excel files, or viewing PowerPoint slides on your phone. No hassle of downloading more apps to view, extract, browse files, or even create accounts and fill up forms ( like iOS and Android ). Everything just works, and flawlessly we would say. The web browser is now the only mobile OS that still supports Adobe Flash so all your online video, movies and TV shows will work without a hitch.  To sum it up, if you are a business focused person who is always on your favourite social networks, this is OS would best fit you. If only more renowned apps were available on the platform ( we’re looking at you, Instagram ), people wouldn’t worry about jumping ship to BlackBerry 10.

Performance and Battery Life

The Z30 comes with a 2880mAh battery to keep it juiced, and it does the job very very well. The biggest problem and arguably the factor that kept buyers away was it’s deplorable battery life. Thankfully, BlackBerry have listened and given Z30 users a battery they can trust. Say goodbye to the extra battery pack or charging kits, you won’t be needing them. In general the battery will last a whole day with heavy use, or two days with light to moderate usage.We unplugged the phone at 7AM, and on a busy work day that included calls, non-stop usage of Whatsapp and Twitter, email on instant push, some light gaming and heavy music listening, the phone dropped below 20% at 9PM. This was tested with WIFI on and data connection turned off, and brightness at 10%. If you’re using data, we recommend turning off 4G LTE because it will suck out two hours of that battery. 3G will be kinder on your battery. For light usage, which includes some texts, a few emails, some Twitter and Whatsapp, some gaming and music, and brightness at 20%, the phone lasted two whole days. The latest 10.2.1 update has definitely boosted the battery life and it’s a welcome addition indeed. In terms of performance, this is BlackBerry’s most powerful phone. Packing a dual-core 1.7Ghz Krait CPU paired with an Adreno 320 quad-core GPU ( same as the HTC One ), you can be assured of a buttery-smooth experience with your Z30. Since the entire OS is focused on swipe gestures, we were happy with how snappy the transitions were. We even tried to have 8 cards ( apps ) open and running concurrently, but the Z30 never slowed down. That 2GB of RAM sure seems to be doing a good job. The Z30 does get slightly warm on the back, but nothing like the Z10 which would get hot after a call or running a few apps. Overall BlackBerry 10 itself is a very smooth OS, second to Windows Phone 8 we would say, but it is still great to have apps open instantly and the camera app launching in a second.

Camera and Speakers

The BlackBerry Z30 comes with an 8MP camera, the exact same shooter as on the Z10. While the camera itself isn’t bad, some aspects of the software make it a let down. For one, there is no shutter button, so you take a photo by tapping the screen. This also means there is going to be alot of accidental shots, and a lot of time spent in the gallery deleting them. You can use the volume rocker as a camera shutter button, so any indication of this functionality to the user would be great, or an option to turn of the touch to capture feature. Another huge miss is the focusing mechanism. Instead of tapping a part of the screen to focus, you have to manually drag the viewfinder from the middle of the screen to the part of the image you want focused. Our normal reaction would be to just tap a part to focus, but this will take a blur photo instead. Again, counter-productive and could be fixed with a software update we hope. There’s also not many customisable options or special modes present. You have a choice of Normal, Stabilisation, Burst and HDR shooting modes, and a choice of four scenes – Action, Whiteboard (???), Night and Snow. Again this are basic shortcuts to over and underexposure settings. You toggle between flash and change the aspect ratio, but that sums it up. No panorama, or more useful scenes that we could use day-to-day ( portait, scenery, macro ), or even exposure,ISO,sharpness or contrast settings. However, the stock Auto mode does work well not to oversaturate or make photos too contrasted. The overall quality is what you’d expect from an 8MP shooter. Photos are great, clear, and colours are vibrant. The Z30 also surprisingly takes very good low light shots. Couple that with the Night mode and you have some very good night or indoor photos. While we’ve ranted on about the software, our most favourite feature of the camera, or of any camera on any phone is Time Shift. BlackBerry should really market Time Shift because this will be a winning feature for a buyer. Time Shift essentially takes few seconds of a photo, and allows you to change individual faces to how they were a few seconds back. Have you ever taken a group photo, but realised one guy in the back looked away when the photo was shot. Enter Time Shift, your life saver. You can literally tap his face, and an intuitive popup appears that allows you to change his face to a few seconds back when he WAS looking at the camera. Despite a few aspects of the camera UI not being designed well, hands down we love Time Shift’s innovation, and we hope BlackBerry market this more.

Verdict

On the whole BlackBerry promised a flagship that builds upon what the Z10 promises, and they achieved it every step of the way. Every aspect of the Z30 is miles ahead and improved from the Z10, but we can’t help but wonder, why now? The Z30 was launched in late 2013, when BlackBerry was in a very dangerous position. People were afraid to purchase BlackBerries, and even BES users were pulling out. If only the Z30 had been the launch device for BlackBerry 10, they would not be in this position right now. Strong hardware, a smooth OS, a fantastic display and time shift, would have guaranteed success of the platform. Now it feels as though the Z30 might have been launched as an upgrade for existing BlackBerry users. That’s the main issue here, and we hope in 2014 BlackBerry pushes their portfolio and software to bring in new users to the platform, not keep their existing fanbase updating. Sooner or later that fanbase is going to shrink and jumpship to the other fruit company, or that green robot. 

HTC One M8

HTC announces the all new HTC One (M8)

This year’s MWC saw the arrival of a plethora of new phones from Samsung, Huawei and Sony to name a few. HTC was surprisingly absent from this year’s MWC, but they had their own special event to announce their shiny new flagship device. HTC scheduled a launch event in New York City on March 25th to unveil the brand new HTC One, also known as the M8. The new HTC One (M8) is the successor to last year’s HTC One ( M7), but HTC have decided not to rename the new device, instead opting for the “new” One instead. This might seem confusing to many, especially seeing as the new One looks very similar to the older One ( excuse the pun). Now, let’s dive right into the all new HTC One.

For starters, the HTC One now comes with a 5 inch, Full HD 1080p display. HTC is sticking with the Super LCD3 technology and it’s protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Powering the new One is a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5 Ghz. ( Asian variant is 2.GHz, US & Europe variant is 2.3Ghz )  backed by 2GB of DDR2 RAM. The front camera has now been bumped to a 5MP sensor that can shoot Full HD video. The back of the new HTC One is where the biggest changes have been made. You will notice there are now, what seems like  TWO cameras, and HTC is calling this ” Duo Camera” . The main lens is the same UltraPixel camera that we saw in last year’s model. ( yes, completely unchanged). However, that second lens above the main camera is not a camera lens, but rather a depth sensor. This new sensor can measure and detect depth and different angles of perception in photos that you take. What significance does this have to my photos? Well, you HTC has thrown in a bunch of new tricks and effects that you can play around with thanks to the new depth sensor. You can now splice yourself out or into photos that you previously weren’t in ( a la Photoshop) , and you can add professional looking Bokeh or blur effects to the background while you focus on the foreground. This is a bit similar to Nokia’s focus technology, but that requires you to select a specific mode. The new Duo Camera system on the HTC One automatically captures this depth information so you can freely edit and play around with any of your photos, worry free! 

Moving on to general hardware, the new HTC One is slightly bigger thanks to the bigger screen but we like that. The phone dimensions are 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm , weighing in at 160g. The new HTC One comes in three colours – Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold. The HTC One comes with NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 aptX, and the trademarked BoomSound front speakers. HTC has also upgraded the battery to a 2600mAh version, up from 2300mAh on the predecessor. Hopefully this solves the battery woes of the original HTC One and provides a battery life closer to the monstrous One Max. The biggest hardware change would be the switch from micro-SIM to nanoSIM. NanoSIM is the tech used in the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c for those wondering. HTC says this allowed for room for components and future dual-SIM models that it may introduce. Lastly, the HTC One comes out of the box with the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat and running atop it is the brand new Sense 6.0, dubbed “Sixth Sense”. HTC has introduced a few major changes to Sense 6.0,including a new Motion Launch feature. The ‘Sixth Sense’ part of the phone is basically motion sensors that allow you to answer calls by just putting your phone on your ear, and also locking and unlocking the device with a double tap. We have confirmation that the new Sense 6.0 will be rolling out the HTC One (2013) and One Max soon. HTC Malaysia has confirmed with us that the new HTC One ( M8) will be launching in Malaysia in mid- April with Maxis, DIGI , Celcom and U-Mobile. Stay tuned to CrackTech for the latest news and updates. Check out the gallery below for more press-shots of the new HTC One.

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Whatsapp last seen

How to disable last seen on WhatsApp for iOS, Android and BB10

Ever since WhatsApp was first launched in 2011, users have been requesting for one big feature from the now Facebook owned company – the ability to disable the Last Seen timestamp. Even after releasing its app for Android, Windows Phone, BB10 and even on the Nokia Asha series, WhatsApp still did not sport the feature on any of the devices. But now, they have heard the cries, the breakups, the endless fights and arguments that have all stemmed from the dreaded “last seen at….” footnote below your name and now they have given users that ability to turn off this feature, either only allowing your own contacts to see your last time online, or not allowing anybody at all to see it. Finally we have some form of privacy, and today we’re going to show you exactly how to turn off the timestamp. We will be showing you step by step on iOS, Android and also BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry 10 only received this option with the new update released this week. Read on after the break for the full instructions.

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One Max Kit Kat

HTC begins Android 4.4 KitKat rollout to international One Max

Android 4.4 Kit Kat was announced last year along with the Nexus 5, but manufacturers have been taking quite some time to update their flagships with the latest dessert-themed Android version. HTC has promised previously that they will update the One Max before the end of March, and seems to be now keeping up to their promise. They have begun the rollout of the Android 4.4 update to all users of the international version of the HTC One Max. Us Malaysians will be happy to know that we are one of the first ( if not the first) in the world to receive the update. We can confirm that our own HTC One Max unit has received the Android 4.4 update. American folks who have a carrier specific version of the One Max, you’ll have to wait for your carrier to push the update ( if they do). HTC has not provided a full changelog for the Android 4.4 KitKat update, but you can expect all the new features of Android 4.4 KitKat on your One Max. Malaysia is still a strong market for HTC, and explains why the update was pushed here first.

Amongst the changelog, you can expect the new black and white system-wide status bar. The battery icon has also changed from green to white. This overall UI change fits the general metallic colour of the One Max.

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HTC has also included Cloud Printing and built-in support for the HTC Mini+ accessory. Aside from that you can expect software and bug fixes, and a boost to battery and RAM Management. On our first day of use, we noticed an improvement to the already monstrous battery life of the One Max. Kudos to HTC in providing a swift Android 4.4 rollout to international users, who can now enjoy what Android 4.4 has to offer. The size of the Android 4.4 update is about 338MB, and it shouldn’t take too long to download and install. Start refreshing your Software Update page!

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Sony unveils Xperia Z2 and SmartBand fitness tracker

Every year, the world waits and anticipates what new plethora of phones and devices are unveiled at the much coveted Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This year, Sony doesn’t disappoint, but doesn’t shock anyone either. As expected, they unveiled the successor to the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z2 and a new wearable device, the Sony SmartBand SWR10. Let’s start with the Xperia Z2, Sony’s new flagship replacing the 4 month old Z1. The Z2 is almost identical to the Z1, except for a slightly bigger 5.2 inch 1080p screen, up from 5 inches. This is the only subtle boost from the Z1, while the rest of the internals receive massive updates. It is now powered by a 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 20.7 Megapixel main camera with a 1/2.3 image sensor that now shoots 4K VIDEO. The Z2 also boasts 3GB of RAM and a huge 3,200 mAh battery to keep those internals well juiced.

SmartBand

Sony has added a few features to its camera software, most notably TimeShift. Basically it allows you to record at 120-frames-per-second, and then slow down sections to achieve slow-motion effects. Perfect for that big pool dive or waterballoon pop. Now what good is all that video capabilities without proper sound? Sony has fitted the Xperia Z2 with an STM10 stereo microphone that has built-in noise cancelling tech. Also a common feature of Sony, the Z2 boasts dust and waterproof IP55 and IP58 certifications. Your underwater video sessions can now be boosted to 4K resolution without worries.

Now for the brand new SmartBand SWR10. This is not a smartband like the Samsung Gear Fit or the Huawei TalkBand. Sony has designed a somewhat different use-case for this form factor, as a life-tracker. The SmartBand lacks any display whatsoever, instead relying on vibrations to alert you of incoming notifications. The SmartBand comes with both the IP55 and IP58 certifications, and is meant to be worn at all times, hence the lifetracking purpose. The SmartBand will pair with any Android device via NFC or Bluetooth. The SmartBand will launch in March worldwide in black, with a wide range of colours expected to be released shortly after, including a World Cup 2014 themed design. Sony will also be launching the Smart Lifelog app that works in tandem with the SmartBand to track your daily routines and habits. More on the Lifelog app will be explained by Sony in the future. Pricing and availability of both the XPERIA Z2 and SmartBand are both absent, but we will keep you updated on news relevant to Malaysia.

Gear 2 and Gear Fit

Samsung unveils the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit

Samsung has announced three new wearable devices at MWC this year, one of which is the successor to last year’s Galaxy Gear. This time around, Samsung has completely dropped the GALAXY branding, opting to go for just the “Gear” name. The Gear 2 was a frequent member of rumour mills and forums along with the Galaxy S5, but nobody expected a the Gear 2 Neo, and certainly not the Gear Fit. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are both smartwatches that build upon the features of the Galaxy Gear, but with noteworthy enhancements. We still feel like Samsung rushed a successor out, and this would surely anger early adopters of the Galaxy Gear. ( If there were any).

Both the Gear 2 and Neo come with a 1.63″ Super AMOLED display, pushing  a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. They also both now pack a powerful dual-core 1Ghz unnamed processor, as well as a 2MP camera. The position of the camera has shifted from the strap to the watch itself, addressing the gripes that many had with the Galaxy Gear’s camera. The camera is capable of 720p video capture, and also sport an in-built microphone that completes that video recording experience. The Gear 2 has an extra perk in that it has built-in music playback capabilities, and you can transfer music easily to your phone for independent playback. The smartwatches all boast an array of health sensors that include heart rate monitors, pedometers, and sleep rate monitors, and no sport a built in IR blaster to control your TV. In terms of battery life, Samsung is marketing 6 days of battery with light use, and around 2-3 days with heavy use. This is purportedly three times more than the original Galaxy Gear. The best news of all is both the Gear 2 and 2 Neo now support 16 Galaxy devices out of the box. In contrast the original Galaxy Gear only supported ONE device, the Galaxy Note 3. That does explain the somewhat lowly sales numbers, and hopefully the wider device support will boost sales and smartwatch adoption.

Well, enough talk about the Gear 2 and Neo. Let’s not forget the new segment Samsung is target, smartbands. The Gear Fit sports the same array of sensors as its two older siblings but sports a curved, albeit larger (diagonally) 1.84″ Super AMOLED display that pushes a 432 x 128 resolution. The Gear Fit is a more fashionable and sleek device, and we can see it being a very hot selling device, if Samsung gets the pricing right. Out of the box , the Gear Fit supports 20 Galaxy Devices, and will also provide notifications for calls, texts, emails along with the plethora of fitness related reporting. Battery life is rated at 4 days of regular use.

One significant change to the entire Gear lineup is the switch from Android OS to Tizen OS, Samsung’s homegrown OS. ( No, not Bada ). Samsung has also taken the generous route of offering an SDK for developers to get their apps on the Gear 2 and Neo. The Gear Fit however, will not be open to developers, and will come with a preset of Samsung apps. All three devices ship April 11. We will be contacting Samsung Malaysia for confirmation of the Malaysian launch and pricing, both of which are currenty unannounced by Samsung.

galaxy note ii review

Samsung Galaxy Note II Review

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Note II, critics around the world questioned the move, mainly the controversial 5.5 inch screen which was, at the time HUGE. Many feared it wouldn’t fit in pockets, or might lead to hand conditions and so on. But today in 2013, 5 inchers are a common form factor, and no longer are big phones an issue. This is thanks to how the Galaxy Note II revolutionized our notions of a smartphone. Read on to find out if the Galaxy Note II is the king of 2012, and how it stacks up against the 2013 contenders. Read on to find out!

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Sony teases PlayStation 4 hardware

Sony has teased the hardware design for its upcoming PlayStation 4 for the first time, after a February reveal that kept the device completely under wraps and left fans guessing about how Sony’s next-generation console would look. In a new video, shown below, the company teases the PS4′s hardware with a blurry black rectangle and flashes of design details.

The timing of the tease is no surprise, with Microsoft set to reveal its own next-generation Xbox tomorrow at its campus in Redmond, Washington.

Based on the video’s title, we should expect to see the PlayStation 4 unveiled on June 10th at the company’s E3 presentation. The PS4 is expected to be available during the holiday season of 2013, but the company still hasn’t revealed any pricing details or a firm release date.

The All New Samsung Galaxy S4

Hola. Perhaps the most anticipated smartphone of 2013, the Galaxy S4, is here. The device, was announced on the 14th of March. As you all know, we at CrackTech are determined to bring you all the latest news and information you need to know about technology and today, we will be covering the main features of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

When you pick up the phone, you’re most likely to say: “Hey, this ain’t no Galaxy S4! It’s the S3!”. At first glance, the S4 DOES look a lot like the S3, but the back is what really distinguishes between the S4 and the S3.
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See? I told ya. The length and the height of the phones are identical; but the S4 is slimmer @ .31 inches. And also, the S4 is much more rectangular.

When you first unbox the phone you’ll be greeted with a gorgeous 5 inch screen.
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A real charmer, isn’t it? The Galaxy S4 now has a 1080p Screen, which has 1920*1080 pixels, like what we see on most FULL HD TVs these days. To give you an idea how much pixels the S4 has, the S4 has 2,073,600 pixels compared to 921,600 pixels on the S3 and 727,040 pixels on the iPhone 5. If you think the “Retina Display” on the IPhone 5 is mind blowing, you might want to give it a second thought. The screen on the IPhone has 326 pixels per inch and you probably can’t distinguish the pixels. On the other hand, the Galaxy S4 has a mind blowing pixel density of 441 PIXELS PER INCH. HOW AWESOME IS THAT. Now, now, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, the HTC One does have a slightly higher pixel density @ 468 ppi. But, the point is, the screen is only 4.7inch. 0.3 inch isn’t THAT much of a big deal, but you know what they say? SIZE MATTERS.

Hardware

The Galaxy S4 now comes with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, which is twice the RAM on its predecessor, the Galaxy S3. The Galaxy S4 International Version has an Exynos 5410 Octa Processor clocked at 1.6GHz. YES, YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT, IT’S OCTA. And HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THAT IS FAST! The International Version of the Galaxy S4 has 4 1.6GHz high performance A15 cores, and 4 A7 1.2GHz low performance cores.
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The Power-Saving A7 cores are mainly used for trivial tasks such as 2D games, social networking (such as FB and twitter), light web browsing, and probably for viewing pictures of your cats. ARM claims that it can deliver 5x energy efficiency, 50% better performance and is one fifth the size of the ARM Cortex-A8 processor.
On the flip side of the coin, the A15 cores are used for high performance tasks, such as HD movie playback, graphics intensive games, video editing, and anything else that requires serious horsepower.

Camera

The camera on the Galaxy S4 is now 13 megapixels on the rear, and 2 on the front. That’s no biggie, considering the fact that most cream of the crop smartphones nowadays have 12 megapixels++ sensors. Samsung’s tweaked their software a little, and now it allows you to use both cameras simultaneously. Isn’t that terrific.
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Air View

The galaxy s4 now allows you to touch the screen … erm. . without actually touching the screen. Well, it lets you scroll through photos, answering calls or to skip music tracks.
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Benchmarks

The international variant of the Galaxy s4 which utilizes Samsung’s homemade Exynos 5 Octa Processor, which blows every high-end smartphone out of the water including the HTC One, Xperia Z and the HTC Butterfly.
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Conclusion

For the conclusion, the Galaxy S4 is indeed a very remarkable smartphone and really lives up to its expectations. If you’re looking for a cream of the crop Android smartphone, this is the way to go.

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