Benjamin Ringel - Sony Xperia M

Sony Xperia M

Today, Sony launched another mid-priced model of Android, named as Sony Xperia M, says Benjamin RIngel. It is a 4.0-inch smartphone, with 854 x 480 pixels screen resolution. This model is powered by 1 GHz dual-core QUALCOMM processor, combined with 1 GB of RAM. It has a 5 MP rear camera with Exmor RS sensor and records 720p video. There is also a front camera for video calls, but Sony has not yet released details on the sensor. The device has 4 GB of internal memory and a slot for micro SD memory card up to 32GB. Xperia M‘s operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Furthermore, later this year, they will offer Xperia M as a Dual SIM device, and with a few different case colors.

The latest model in the line of Xperia, points out Sony’s experience regarding the prices. Sony combines its expertise in technology and design with options that could be activated with one touch and the most impressive cases. There is also a version with two SIM cards – Xperia Mdual. Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) presents its Xperia M that provides easier connectivity, innovative functions and a unique design. Xperia M is designed to present Sony’s experience on the markets and, of course, its new prices. NFC one touch connectivity, the stunning design and a variety of technologies including: high quality screen, for crisp and clear display, impressive photos/videos, a mode that saves battery power (Battery stamina Mode), music, movies and games, including the Sony Entertainment Network (with the applications themselves).

“We advise people who are just entering the world of Xperia smartphones to think over Xperia M or Mdual Xperia smartphone,” commented Calum MacDougall, the director of marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. Both models have some great advantages, because they work on Sony’s latest innovation and expertise, they are totally perfect for the users who seek for a higher technology, says Ringel.

Benjamin Ringel - Samsung

Samsung beat Nokia at home

In the last few years, one of the largest manufacturers of mobile phones, Nokia fell among the mediocre, says Benjamin Ringel. They lost a great part of market share on a global scale, because Samsung and Apple succeeded to obtain the leading role. Samsung and Apple, at the time of Nokia’s dominance, were mediocre or are just starting to offer mobile devices.

These days, the news that Nokia started to lower the sale in Finland in favor of Samsung, is spreading; Regardless of the fact that the customers prefer traditionally to purchase their domestic products. In fact, IDC announced that Samsung acquired 36% of the market share in Finland, while Nokia holds 33%, bypassed the Finnish media. It is not a big difference, but it is quite obvious that Nokia is lowering their sale even in the domestic market.

Let’s remember that Nokia had not succeeded to handle with the launch and initial success of iPhone and Android platform, despite the Symbian that they had developed for years. Even though Nokia had invested all, unfortunately, the platform failed to exceed those 4%. It is not totally clear why Nokia had easily given up on Symbian and firmly refused to cooperate with Google. Many analysts believe that it is no coincidence that precisely CEO Stephen Elop has the role of Microsoft’s Trojan horse, and that this Nokia’s fate is actually the result of rearranging the interests of capital on a global scale.

Anyway, Nokia had closed almost all factories in Europe, sold off the real estate and even just the company headquarters in Espo, and fired thousands of employees. The management of the company, primarily Elop is still supporting the Windows Phone platform, despite the relatively good success of Lumia 920; the company is still suffering a loss, adds Ben Ringel.

 

Benjamin Ringel - HTC One sold in 5 million copies

HTC One sold in 5 million copies

If it is to believe the unnamed HTC’s official, that shared certain information with the Wall Street Journal, in the past month and a half, that is since the sales began, HTC has managed to deliver 5 million copies of their HTC One model, says Benjamin Ringel.

“Orders have been pretty good and still way beyond our delivery options. A partial blame here goes to the lack of components, but over the next month we are expecting the situation to stabilize and then we’ll know a lot more about how successful we’ve actually been”, said the aforementioned source, suggesting the well-know problem with the supply of camera module.

If this information is correct, HTC One is selling quite well, but still not that good as the Samsung Galaxy S4 is, who also today announced that in just over three weeks broke the mark of 10 million shipments made.

Either way, the fact that the HTC One sales are significantly improved from last year’s model One X, and if this trend continues, HTC would be able to quickly recover and come back from the “written off”, suggests Ben Ringel.

Benjamin Ringel - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 3

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 3: pictures and specifications

After it has unveiled the Galaxy Note 8.0 this winter, and recently (as per the specifications slightly weaker) the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3, says Benjamin Ringel, Samsung apparently believes that the market is big enough for another similar product. Specifically, SamMobile has just published a photo of a device which is supposedly the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 model, therefore, just an inch larger tablet than the aforementioned 7 inch.

In contrast to the previously stated, the 8.0 inch tablet will have a slightly narrower casing and a few extra sensors, while the other hardware specifications are to be slightly improved. So Tab 3 8.0 should have a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM and a slightly stronger battery. The rest of the specifications can be seen below

Galaxy Tab 8.0 3

Name – GALAXY Tab 3 (8.0) 16GB (3G / Wi-Fi)

Code name – SM-T310 (3G) and SM-T311 (Wi-Fi)

Android – Android version 4.2.2

Display – 8.0 “WXGA, 1280 x 800 TFT

Processor, RAM and storage – 1.5 GHz Dual-Core, 1.5 GB, 16GB + MicroSD up to 64GB

GSM networks – EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA +42 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps (850/900/1900/2100)

Front Camera – 5 megapixels

Back Camera – 1.3 megapixels

Plug-in – Micro USB and 3.5 mm earjack

Connectivity – BT 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, A-GPS

Battery – 4450 mAh

Dimensions – 209.3 x 122.2 x 6.95 mm

 

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Benjamin Ringel - Dual SIM mobile phones – Android OS

Dual SIM mobile phones – Android OS

Dual SIM mobile phones have existed since the early years of the GSM system, but only recently appeared in such a form that we could name them as being smartphones, says Benjamin Ringel. So, this week we will deal with Dual SIM smartphones which are all based on the Android operating system, simply because so far we didn’t have a chance to try out another OS.

In the past six months, we tested five such devices and in this article we will summarize the most important characteristics of some of them, those which we can recommend as being the best. It should be noted that the Dual SIM Androids premiered in China, where because of the specifics of the market they very likely represent the majority on it. For this reason, the first dual SIM devices come from Chinese manufacturers, although lately and other manufacturers started to increase their offer in this segment.

Prestigio MultiPhone 4500 Duo

This is one of the devices that we are generally most impressed by and we have already several times voted it as a best buy generic device. It is a very powerful Android device with dual-core processor and 4.5 inch IPS display. Dual SIM menu is quite intuitively designed and offers a very easy operation with it, i.e., setting the desired parameters.

Prestigio MultiPhone 5000 Duo

This is a device for those who find screen size as a most important feature. Although made ​​in TFT technology, this 5.0 inch screen will certainly satisfy the demands from an average user. In addition, this device is powered by a dual-core processor and offers solid performance, says Mr. Ringel.

Samsung Galaxy S Duos

This 4.0 inch device comes with a bit older processor, whose abilities may not be comparable with the latest dual core processors, but brings something more advanced Dual SIM capabilities. Specifically, the Galaxy S Duos offers the possibility of placing a call from the first operator on hold and retrieve another call from the second provider, meaning that both SIM cards are always active.

Evolve FX 420

This is another unit that is characterized by a fairly low cost, and in return offers a very good performance thanks to its dual-core processor. The 4.3 inch screen, which now belongs to the middle category, represents a compromise between the desire for maximum display size and compact dimensions. Unlike some others, this phone comes with the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean).

Gigabyte GSmart GS202

Another best buy device that comes with a dual-core processor and a 4.3 inch IPS display. The good side here is the camera whose images are quite good for the price range. This smartphone comes with a bit older versions of Android (ICS), concludes Benjamin Ringel.

 

Benjamin Ringel - Windows 8 has slowed down the sales of PCs

Windows 8 has slowed down the sales of PCs; Microsoft is preparing a 7-inch Surface tablet

Tablets have in very short time become quite popular category in the IT world, and it was only a matter of time when they will begin to threaten the traditional PC market, says Benjamin Ringel. One part of the user in addition to the computer now have also a tablet, while other less demanding users, for example that part of the population that uses a computer only to surf on the newt and for some easier multimedia action, now prefer to choose a tablet.

IDC has reported yesterday that in the first quarter of 2013 has been recorded a decline in PC sales when compared to the same period a year earlier and that by a substantial 13.9%. The report states that the Windows 8 operating system has also contributed to a slowdown in the PC market rather than enhancing it. This operating system with customized touch screens and without a start button on the desktop PC is made ​​less attractive and therefore influenced many customers to choose a tablet, according to Ben Ringel, adding that Microsoft’s leadership is ​​questionable in this area of long-term plans and will have to do something to maintain it.

As a complement to this, now appear some rumors saying that Microsoft is preparing a 7-inch Surface tablet to compete with Apple, Amazon and Android in this segment. It was recently reported that Windows 8 OS now supports a lower resolution screen, which will directly facilitate their incorporation in 7 inch tablets.

Benjamin Ringel - Asus Padfone 2

Asus Padfone 2

Asus is the only manufacturer in the world that managed to successfully merge smartphones and tablet into one, says Benjamin Ringel. The previous generations of this symbiosis did not experience big popularity, and the primary reason for this probably lies in the fact that his availability was only limited to certain markets. For the second generation the story is completely different because Asus has started a global campaign for his Padfone 2.

So Asus Padfone 2 consists of conventional smartphone with a 4.7 inch screen and tablet casing with 10.1 inch screen with which can be combined. The smartphone can function independently and as a tablet can be used only when smartphone is inserted in its cradle and in that moment all operations are transferred to the tablet.

Basic features:

Dimensions: Phone: 137.9 x 68.9 x 9 mm; Tablet: 263 x 180.8 x 10.4

Weight: Phone 135 g + Tablet 514 g = 649 g

Display: Phone: 4.7 inch IPS, 720p, 321 ppi; Tablet: 10.1 inch IPS, 1280 x 800, 150 ppi (Gorilla glass for both devices)

SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro

CPU: 4x 1.5 GHz Krait

GPU: Adreno 320

RAM: 2 GB

Internal memory: 16/32/64 GB

Connectivity: microUSB, Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, USB on-the-go

3G: HSDPA up to 42 mbps

4G: LTE up to 100 mbps

OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Camera: 13 MP/1080p

Front camera phone: 1.2 MP/720p

Front camera tablet: 1.2 MP/720p

Battery: Phone: 2140 mAh, Tablet5000 mAh

Advantages – A unique combination of two devices, ease of use, performance, good camera, strong external speaker on the tablet, 50 GB cloud storage (2 years)

Disadvantages – Replaceable battery and there is no memory card slot.

Asus Padfone 2 is one of those devices that will surely be long remembered. It’s actually surprising that no other manufacturer has produced anything like that because this concept is actually very practical. Of course, there are times when that practicality is not ideal, but overall, it deserves a pretty high score, says Mr. Ringel. 4.7 inch smartphone with top quad CPU and 2 GB of RAM, 13 MP camera, excellent IPS screen and support for LTE by itself give the impression of power and superiority. In combination with a 10 inch tablet it even has greater functionality, to which contributes and the way in which the whole concept is made.

Benjamin Ringel - Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

A few months ago, somewhere around the start of sales of Sony’s top model, Xperia T, the official of the company said that at the beginning of 2013 will launch on the market “a device that will compete with Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3”, remembers Benjamin Ringel.

At the time few took this statement seriously, especially since the company has admitted that its current flagship (Xperia T) is not able to cope with other manufacturer’s top models. Of course, few thought that Xperia T can achieve greater market success, but when the manufacturer admits the inferiority of their product, it gets a special significance.

An additional problem for Sony (and many other companies) is the fact that Samsung is currently the only manufacturer of Android devices that makes profit from their sale, while others are at a loss, or possibly it’s only a matter of time when they will get into debt.

Although in the past three years Sony affirmed and defined itself as a recognizable manufacturer of smartphones based on Android, they were lacking greater success that would move them away from a deadlock. So, this company needed a product that will make them recognizable and remove the stigma of mediocrity and of manufacturer of countless cheap models. By the end of 2012, when we started to think that Sony will soon introduce another average device, rumors began to circulate about a 5-inch model that will be introduced early this year. Soon all doubts were cleared and in January at CES was unveiled the latest trump card – Sony Xperia Z.

After the launch of this device only few remained impassive, adds Mr. Ringel. In addition to being able to catch the train on time, whose composition consists of a 5-inch display with FHD screens and ultimate hardware (Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2 GB RAM), Sony’s implementation of waterproof casing is now setting new standards in the premium class. True, up to now we have seen waterproof devices, but they were typically much more robust, ungainly or average specifications (Xperia go). Sony Xperia Z comes in a watertight enclosure that is just 7.9 mm thick, and without disrupting the design and elegance, which is allowing Sony to have a competitive edge over the competition.

Benjamin Ringel - The new Samsung tablet is coming with AMOLED display

The new Samsung tablet is coming with AMOLED displays

Given the fact that nor at CES or at MWC Samsung didn’t present a successor to its 10-inch tablet, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Benjamin Ringel says that on the internet began to circulate some rumors saying that the Galaxy Tab 3 could be launched in this autumn, or more specifically at the Berlin IFA fair where, now even traditionally, Samsung presents its Galaxy Note. For now there is no precise information about the type of hardware which is going to be used for Tab 3, but the assumption is that it will definitely come with a higher resolution screen, modeled by the characteristics of new Apple iPad 4 (2048 x 1536 pixels) or even by their own Nexus 10 (2560 x 1600 pixels).

Today Sammobile is coming up with other new rumors about the future Samsung tablets, and the most interesting details that insiders have managed to unearth refer to the technologies of the actual display. If this source is to be trusted, the next Samsung tablet with 10.1 or even 11.6 inch screens will have displays made in Super AMOLED technology instead of previously used LCD screens. The biggest tablet with AMOLED screen we’ve seen so far is the Galaxy Tab 7.7, which was introduced two years ago, says Mr. Ringel.

The new Super AMOLED display on Samsung’s tablets should arrive in FullHD resolution (1920 x 1080) pixels in order to be competitive with Sony and its Xperia tablet Z, who because of its ratio of 16:10, has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels.

Benjamin Ringel - When a cell phone becomes too thin

When a cell phone becomes too thin?

Over the past years smartphones manufacturers are competing how to reduce the thickness of mobile phones to a minimum, says Benjamin Ringel. Some of them fully succeeded in their plans, like Vivo X1 and Oppo Finder that are whopping 6.65mm thin, Huawei’s Ascend P1 S which is slightly thicker with its 6.68 mm, 7.1 mm from Motorola RAZR and Apple’s iPhone with 7.6 mm. For comparison, the thickness of the original Razr, which began this trend back in 2004 was 13.9 mm thin.

Given that cell phone manufacturers have a very narrow room for maneuver, it is understandable they try to win over customers in all sorts of ways. However, the question remains whether we have crossed, or will soon cross the border when the phones become just too thin.

The first problem that we face with thin cell phones is their ergonomics.

If a cell phone is too thin, it’s just not comfortable to hold it in hand. This problem is further pronounced due to the continuous increase in diagonal screen, which leads to higher overall dimensions of the phone, and the result is a mobile phone which is cumbersome to hold.

But aside from the ergonomics, perhaps a larger problem is rigidity. When reducing the thickness of the phone also reduces and the amount of material from which the housing is made and thereby the device becomes a lot more brittle.

 

So, will the smartphones get as thin as a credit card? – In a distant future most likely they will. However, when the closer future is concerned, Benjamin Ringel thinks that it would still be useful to see mobile phones that are a little bit thicker as they are limited with the capacity of their batteries.

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