As Honor graduates to offering devices on contract with Three, can it better the excellent Honor 6 with its latest device?
When we reviewed the Honor 6, we called it ‘very impressive’ and gave it a four out of five rating. Can the Honor 6 Plus go one better? On paper it looks promising. As well as boosting the full HD screen from 5-inches to 5.5-inches, the Honor 6 Plus has an extra camera on the back, a better front camera, a faster processor, more storage and a bigger battery.
When holding the Honor 6 Plus with the original device, the family resemblance is clear. The glass front and back with the curved plastic base is retained and, as with the original, it’s a good-looking device. It does feel big in the hand, but with 5.5-inch devices becoming more and more popular, it is less of a concern than it might have been six months ago. At 7.5mm thick, the device doesn’t feel too bulky. The dimensions are particularly impressive given the huge battery that is included. The buttons on the device are sensibly placed and click reassuringly. Both the volume and power buttons are on the right-hand side, just above the main SIM slot and the secondary SIM slot (which can be used as a microSD slot). The 3.5m headphone port is on the top of the device alongside the IR blaster.
One of the more polarising aspects of the Honor devices is the EmotionUI skin. The Honor 6 Plus ships with Android 4.4 KitKat, with a Lollipop upgrade due in the next few months. We are seeing a lot of Lollipop devices struggle for performance and battery life, two things that the6 Plus certainly doesn’t have an issue with. In use the device is extremely fast and as smooth as anything else on sale. Unquestionably, EmotionUI does make a lot of changes to base Android. It brings new colours, new icons, a drawer-free home screen / launcher; all things that might not be to everyone’s taste. While some tweaks aren’t what we’d consider a worthwhile change, there are a lot of changes that do enhance the base Android experience.
Tailor your Sony Xperia smartphone’s battery mode to your needs with this simple mod
One of the best features of the Sony Xperia range of devices is the excellent battery life. Where other manufacturers often struggle, Sony seems to have it figured out – its phones and tablets not only have batteries that are often bigger than the competitors, but Sony has also done a great job at making its software particularly efficient.
As well as the built-in Stamina features, which allow the device to intelligently manage its activity when the screen is turned off – something that really makes a big difference in Android – Xperia devices also include Ultra Stamina mode.
Ultra Stamina mode is ideal for when your battery is running low and you know it’s going to be a while before you can get to a charger. It limits the activity on your device to a few core features such as phone, messaging and a few offline apps, while also disabling mobile data and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Join in ace reviewer and Little Green Robot regular Paul O’Brien’s unofficial OnePlus 2 AMA now
How’s the fingerprint reader? Does the standstone finish feel nice? Is it huge? How is OxygenOS? Any chance of an invite? If you want to know the answers to these questions and more, join in long-time Android Magazine and Little Green Robot contributor Paul O’Brien’s live Q&A on MoDaCo now.
The OnePlus 2 the hotly-anticipated successor to the OnePlus One handset and offers a high-spec Android experience for just £239, prompting the manufacturer to label their new phone the ‘2016 flagship killer.’ However, while the OnePlus One won over users by running CyanogenMod out of the box, this time around the OnePlus Two will offer the OEM’s own original interface, called OxygenOS.
You will be able to read an in-depth review of the OnePlus Two here on Little Green Robot later this week.
News aggregating services like News360 or News Republic can take some time to learn what kind of news a user is interested in.
Nuzzel: News From Your Friends, however, has quite a head start in this area because it brings you news from sources that it already knows you like and are interested in, specifically your friends on social media.
If one of your Facebook friends or someone you follow on Twitter shares a particular news story, it will appear on the Nuzzel news feed. The apps assumption is that if your friends or follow with someone you will share similar interests and therefore be interested by similar news stories.
So, its like Flipboard? To an extent yes, but Nuzzel has much more streamlined interface for easy reading. This is also why its preferable for reading news stories in the app, rather than in the overwhelming social network itself.
Lock down your data, create secure passwords and scan Wi-Fi to make sure it’s safe with these crack security apps
While Google has just committed to updating Nexus devices with monthly security updates and have patched the terrifying Stagefright flaw, the open source and fragmented nature of Android means that your phone or tablet are never going to be hundred per cent secure.
This means you have two options. Either you can smash your phone with a hammer, grab your bug-out bag and retreat to the woods to live in splendid isolation, or you can take precautions. If you choose the latter, here are nine apps to help make your device more secure. This includes monitoring your device from malware, keeping your passwords safe, blocking spam calls and how to find your phone again if you should lose it.
If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy Tab, Tab S or Tab A, you’ll need this ultimate tips guide.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab range is by far the best selling Android tablet series in the world, so odds are if you’re reading this and you’ve got a tablet, it will probably be a Galaxy Tab.
One of the reasons why it sells so well, apart from the Samsung name of course, is there there are so many things you can do on it, such as sync it with your Android phone, view two apps at the same time and enjoy over 13 million apps.
If this all sounds like a lot to get your head around then you’re in luck as we’ve put together a great guide that shows you how to do everything on a Galaxy Tab, including the recently released Galaxy Tab A.