The S6 is ZTE’s latest attempt to recapture the magic of the original Blade, so how does it fare?
Back in 2010, ZTE launched the original Blade. With a 3.5” WVGA device – that was a big screen at the time – and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, it was an unexpected hit, with specifications that belied its bargain price and a vibrant hacking and modding community
Fast-forward to 2015 and we have what feels like a spiritual successor to the original device. Many Blades have come and gone, but this is arguably the first to capture that special blend of ingredients that truly makes a low to mid-tier device a great.
What makes the S6 special – and what made the original so coveted – is that it breaks with the formula used by so many of its rivals. Non-premium processor? No – the phone has a 64-bit, Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 on-board. Outdated and heavily modified Operating System? On the contrary – the Blade S6 is the first device to ship with Android Lollipop on top of the 615 chipset. A shortage of RAM? Not in the slightest – the 2GB found on this phone matches the specifications of all but the very best of flagships. Meagre internal storage? Hardly – with 16GB it matches the Xperia Z3 (which is more than 3 times the price) and it can also be expanded via microSD. The list goes on. Add in dual band WiFi, a vast array of sensors, an impressive 5” IPS screen and even a high end Sony camera sensor and it soon becomes clear that the device really packs some punch for the price.
The LG G4 teaser video unpacked – what to expect from the follow-up to the LG G3
In its first teaser video for the LG G4, a rotating lens brings a noctural cityscape into focus, before revealing the South Korean company’s sucessor to the popular LG G3 will have an f/1.8 lens camera.
The lower the F value, the wider the aperture and lighter the image, so the LG G4 might boast a superior camera to either the Nexus 6 or Sony Xperia Z3, both of which offer a f/2.0 camera. There is no further confirmed information on the camera yet, however Android Central believe leaked benchmark scores might suggest a 16MP camera, coupled with a 2K display and a six-core Snapdragon 808 CPU.
Access PC files remotely from your smartphone
At work and realised you’ve left that all important file on your computer at home? No problem. You can quickly connect your phone to an FTP network to collect files. It’s really simple and this tutorial will show you how to do it.
Not sure what an FTP server is? Then this might not be for you, and you might be better off backing up all your files to Google Drive or Dropbox for easy access. However, if you’ve already ruled that out as an option, read this before using this tutorial.
When you’re ready, download Cabinet Beta from Google Play for free. Not only is it easy to use, it has a colourful Material Design look, which put it lightyears ahead of some many other file-management apps that look like something from a 12-year-old PC. Once you’ve installed the app you’ll be taken through a little tutorial that explains the user interface. When that’s done you’ll tap a button which will take you to the main page of the app. There you’ll see a list of all of the folders that you’ve got on your device. —
Broken or damaged smartphones are a thing of the past with iMend’s 30-minute “while you watch” repairs
For most people a broken or damaged smartphone is frustrating and disruptive, with expensive repairs and the thought of spending weeks without their trusty handheld a daunting situation to have to face. But UK smartphone repair company iMend.com solves all of these problems and more by offering a comprehensive and convenient repair service with a twist.
iMend, the brainchild of Birmingham-based entrepreneur Keir McConomy, offers a unique service for two important reasons. It is the first company to offer a UK-wide mobile phone repair callout service, with a wide-reaching team of technicians on standby to fix all major Android brand handsets, including Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and more.
It also helps customers avoid lengthy waits for their phone, with an on-site service where technicians come straight to the customer – whether at work, at home, at a hotel or at another location within the UK. Technician’s can travel to a location to perform a same-day service, and in most cases repairs take no longer than 30 minutes.
Nintendo’s partner DeNA sheds new light on mobile gaming plans ahead of first launch later this year
Gaming giant Nintendo expects to make over 3 billion yen ($25.02 million) a month from bringing classic console characters to smartphone and tablet, says its mobile development partner DeNA Co.
Talking to Reuters, DeNA’s Chief Executive Isao Moriyasu said the companies would release their first game later this year, but wouldn’t say which beloved Nintendo series – which includes Super Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon – will be the first to make the leap to mobile.
“We want to create games that will be played by hundreds of millions of people,” Moriyasu told Reuters in an interview. “We want to create multiple hit games rather than aiming to succeed with just one powerful IP [Intellectual Property] element.”
HTC has announced that it will be launching the HTC One M8s, just a month after announcing its new flagship phone, the HTC One (M9)
In a surprising move, the Taiwanese company has unveiled their next handset will be an updated version of their popular HTC One (M8) with an updated camera, battery and processor.
The new model will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor and will have 16GB of internal memory that can be boosted to 128GB with an SD card.
The battery has been beefed up to 2840mAh and it will run Android Lollipop 5.0 straight out of the box, but the biggest change that you’ll notice will probably be the camera. HTC has abandoned the 4MP UltraPixel rear-facing camera in favour of a 13MP offering but has stuck with a 5MP camera on the front, which is still more than reasonable.