If you think about all the new devices that are coming out these days, most of them are upwards of five inches, with many hovering around the 5.5-inch mark. While that’s a norm today, it wasn’t so a couple of years ago.
Back then, to have a smartphone that had a screen size of more than five inches was bordering on the absurd. But, one smartphone changed that. One smartphone kickstarted a revolution in smartphones, their screen sizes, and what we could do with them.
Here’s a brief look at that smartphone and the handset lineup it spawned. The pioneer that led to an entire generation of large form-factor handsets — the Samsung Galaxy Note.
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The Galaxy Note II is more than 2 years old but it isn’t forgotten by Samsung when it comes to software updates. Based on Samsung Finland’s website, it appears that both the Galaxy Note II and last year’s Galaxy S4 will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Other models receiving the new OS update also include Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S5 mini, Galaxy Note II (4G version), Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4. Surprisingly the Galaxy S5 isn’t listed with Android 5.0 coming soon considering it has started rolling out in Poland. Like any software update, the roll out times will vary depending on region and hopefully Malaysian users should be getting in within the first quarter of 2015.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update delivers new features along with a fresh Material Design approach. Apart from that, performance is expected to be improved as Lollipop uses Android RunTime (ART) instead of the usual Dalvik runtime.
Check out the walk through of the Android 5.0 Lollipop interface on the Galaxy S5 after the break.
The race is on for manufacturers to release the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update which delivers a fresh new experience along with performance improvements. Samsung is expected to update the current Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 to Lollipop by end of this year.
If you’re holding on to last year’s Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, you will be glad to know that they will be updating them as well. The folks at Sammobile had gotten an internal Lollipop build for the Galaxy Note 3 and they have shared an exclusive preview on video.
Some of the notable changes including a refreshed TouchWiz UI and it gets the newer Multi-Window and pop-up window feature like the current Note 4. Scrolling through the interface is reported to be much smoother as well.
Watch the video and some sample screenshots after the break.
If you love deals, Lazada Malaysia has kicked off its #MyCyberSALE promo that’s running for 3 days only (29 Sept – 1 Oct). There are heaps of interesting offers with significant discounts on smart phones, electronics and home appliances.
the newly announced Sony Xperia Z3 is offered at RM2,259 that comes with an additional RM500 hotel voucher. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is offered at only RM1,699. Also available is the iPhone 6 (Imported units) from as low as RM2,399 with their “LazadaiPhone6” voucher code. If you can’t wait, the Galaxy Note 4 (Imported Unit) is offered at RM2,429.
Apart from smart phones, there are a number of good deals on home appliances including 40″ Full HD LED TVs like the Sony KDL-40R350B that’s offered at RM1,099. Another cheap buy is Sharp’s Air Purifier (FUA28E) priced at RM299.
To make the deal sweeter, Lazada is giving out special voucher codes which are applicable only for products without on-going promotion:
CYBERLAZ25 : RM25 off RM150 purchase
CYBERLAZ50 : RM50 off RM300 purchase
Make sure you enter the voucher code on the right side column during the check out payment page. You can explore all #MyCyberSALE offers by clicking on the banner below:
Apple’s Bendgate issue has been a hot topic this week as the iPhone 6 Plus claims to be easily deformed when placed in a pocket. Apple is dismissing the whole issue as nothing but an over-exaggeration and they reported to have only received 9 complaints so far.
To put some credible light into the matter, Consumer Reports has conducted a more scientific test using an Instron compression test machine. For the experiment, they have compared the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One M8, LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The machine will apply 10 pounds (about 4.53kg) of pressure for 30 seconds, and then repeat it with additional pressure until the phone gets deformed.
Before this, the same guy from UnboxTherapy has shown that anything else is stronger than the iPhone 6 Plus based on his physical bend test. The actual test results from Consumer Report is surprisingly different. Watch the video after the break.
UPDATE: Watch out does the iPhone 6, HTC One M8, Moto X, Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5S fare in the same bend test.
To verify if the iPhone 6 Plus bending claims are true, Lewis from Unbox Therapy has tried to bend the iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. Obviously the force is excessive but this could be a possibility with tight pockets. Being aluminium, it deforms like soft metal and when he tried to bend it back, it starts to crack around the sides and the screen as well.
So how does it compare with other larger smart phones? After the iPhone 6 Plus, he made another bend test with the Galaxy Note 3 and you can watch both videos after the break.
Head on over to a Celcom Blue Cube to get a new smartphone, you can now enjoy absolutely no upfront payment with Celcom’s unique Easy Payment Plan.
With Celcom’s Easy Payment Plan, you can take home any one of these devices now and choose to pay in either 12 or 24 months installments:
1. Huawei Ascend P7
2. Samsung Galaxy S5
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite
5. BlackBerry Z3
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If you want to capture moments with greater detail, most new smart phones today lets you record videos at a higher 4K resolution. Not only it takes up bigger file size, taking a video in 4K is more hardware intensive and generates significantly more heat than standard Full HD 1080p formats. To find out which is the coolest, some folks at Btekt had compared the Samsung Galaxy S5 , Samsung Galaxy Note 3 , Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G3 heat generation by applying ice cubes on top.
It is interesting to point out that all smart phones except for the Xperia Z2 have 5 minutes recording limit for 4K mode. So after 5 minutes, they just left the screen on for the remainder of the test while the Xperia Z2 camera continues to roll. Considering the Xperia Z2 is able to take 4K videos without restrictions, storage was the only barrier as the video was uncompressed and it quickly takes up the remaining space on the device.
After the experiment, the LG G3 surprisingly came out on top as the coolest device as it was the last one to melt the ice completely. The Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 tied in the last spot and it is suspected that it could be due to its AMOLED display which could be warmer. Considering both the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 being water resistant devices, it is strange that they need to shrink wrap them for this experiment. Check out the ice melting experiment after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is being pushed a new software update in Malaysia. While it still running on Android 4.4.2, the latest update brings a couple of new features that came with the Galaxy S5. This includes a special Kid Mode where you can set authorised apps and time limit for your little ones. You can see this in action in our Galaxy S5 hands-on. Also included is KNOX 2.0 where you can separate work and play in a secured container.
If you’re in a rush when downloading large files, the Galaxy Note 3 also gets Download booster where it uses both 4G LTE and WiFi connectivity to speed up your downloads. As usual, the software update also provides security and stability fixes. If you haven’t gotten any notification yet, you can check manually from Settings > More > About Device > Software update.
Thanks @khainiz94 for the tip!
If you’re still eyeing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, SenQ is offering a special promotion where you can get the device for just RM1,149. The catch however it is limited to just 10 units and is exclusive to OnePlus Card members only. It is happening for 3 days starting tomorrow 23rd May and we reckon this would be sold out quickly within the first hour.
Other devices on offer include the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at RM2,149 with 20 units and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 at 1,149 while stocks last. Another interest offer is the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Windows 8 tablet which is offered at RM1,399 instead of its original RM2,099 retail price.
Check out the full SenQ promo brochure after the break.