In June 2017, the stellar-performing Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Coolpad, has released their newest budget-friendly unit that will defy all odds in the smartphone industry – the Coolpad Defiant. Given the growing popularity of the brand in China, it’s no surprise that it is able to extend its market to India and in the United States. With that achievement alone, what can customers look forward to in this entry-level device?
The newest Coolpad unit, Coolpad Defiant, sets the bar of most entry-level phones with its professional design. It’s 5.71 by 2.801 by 0.39-inch body is molded with durable material, and weighs up to 6.5 ounces allowing a comfortable grip for the users. The unit also flaunts a 5-inch TFT display with 854 by 480 resolution, with curved edges that frame its black colored borders.
With regards to the details of Defiant’s structure, it sure displays a user-friendly button navigation. Its volume rocker and power button are both well integrated at the right side of the unit while the capacitive home, back, and recent apps buttons fill the bottom space. Furthermore, it also has the speaker, the selfie camera, and the sensor up front, and the main camera at the removable matte back panel of the unit. Coolpad definitely knows what consumers need.
The Coolpad Defiant reveals a 2MP selfie camera and a 5MP rear camera that is equipped with autofocus and LED flash features, allowing a good shot for outdoor photos. Additionally, the handset’s capable of shooting 720-pixel video recordings – is definitely a perfect device for casual occasions.
Connectivity and Network Performance
Arguably Coolpad knows what the market wants, hence, integrating great connectivity protocols on the handset. It includes Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11, and A-GPS that regular consumers can use in their daily routines.
With regards to network performance, one can attest that Coolpad Defiant is capable of quick downloads and uploads given that it’s 3G and 4G capable.
Power and Battery
The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917 processor which is clocked at 1.4 GHz and runs with 1GB of RAM, thereby allowing enough space for users who loves to multitask apps. More so, the unit’s backed up with a 2450 mAh removable battery which does not require high maintenance and can efficiently last a day’s use.
Software and Memory
As expected, being a 2017 smartphone, the handset runs on Android Nougat 7.0 – which can still be upgraded to the latest version of Android. This is alongside the fixed 8GB of internal memory and a MicroSD slot for additional storage extending up to 32GB.
What’s New with Coolpad Defiant
Coolpad revs up its game when it comes to producing smartphones. Despite being new to the global market, the China-based smartphone company introduces yet another smartphone favorite for smartphone lovers.
Equipped with a fast processor, a 2450mAh battery capacity, and the latest Android version – the unit also flaunts its capability of band 12 LTE and the newest feature to date on smartphones, Rich Communications Services (RCS) messaging.
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Looking for a back-to-school smartphone to buy for your kids? HTC got your back! Aimed to specifically meet the kids’ needs without going overboard with the specs and the price – the brand introduces their young looking HTC Desire 530. The unit does not only boast good features, but the kids’ right to show their unique style!
Given HTC’s aim for this unit, the design particularly resembles the kids’ unique and colorful style – a splash of paint and a slot to attach accessories. Staying true to the brand’s campaign for the unit, the handset’s body is very much comfortable to hold. The body is made up of plastic that curves on the edges and onto the sides of the front. Going further, it flaunts a 5-inch LCD display in 1280 by 720-pixel resolution, with borders surrounding the panel and the HTC logo at the bottom part. The speakers are also visible at the front, given its placement at the top and bottom parts of the display. It also includes the front camera at the upper left part of the handset, just beside the top speaker. Additionally, it includes a 3.5mm audio jack at the top and a micro-USB charging port at the bottom – similar to the usual setup of its predecessors.
Looking at the right side of the handset, you will find the black colored volume rocker along with the orange colored power button. The color choice was pretty much understandable given that it is specifically designed for the youth. Emphasizing its aim for the unit, HTC allows the customers to choose from the different colors allotted for the rear’s design, either it’s plain or splashed with tiny drops of paint. It also includes the camera which is encircled with black plastic, the LED flash just below it, and of course – one of the main features of the unit, the circular slot for attachment of accessories such as a lanyard or the wrist straps at its rear. It’s particularly useful especially that kids can lose the item at any point in time.
With the brand’s reputation for quality phones, the camera sure does not disappoint. With an 8MP rear camera with an autofocus feature to clearly capture shots and 5MP for the front with extended features including the photo editor and auto (which allows a smile and still selfie) and voice selfie, the kids can definitely go creative in every selfie. More so, the unit allows video shooting in 720-pixel resolution at 30fps. These specs can be of use whenever the kids are on field trips or on a football game so they can capture every bit of the moment.
Kids these days’ love to listen to music – either it’s Taylor Swift’s, Ariana Grande’s, or Katy Perry’s album. What HTC Desire 530 can offer them to enjoy music is the high-quality amp that the brand has integrated into the unit. It boosts the bass and volume in awesome levels without sounding like a robot. Enter: HTC BoomSound Audio Profile feature can make music sound incredible even with a different earphone.
Connectivity and Network Performance
The unit supports LTE bands 2/4/5/7/12/13, hence, a great network performance. Given that it supports a blazing fast 4G LTE connection, the handset’s capable of downloading up to 150 Mbps and uploading which could allow up to 51Mbps. Furthermore, it supports great connectivity protocols such Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi at 2.4 GHz, A-GPS with GLONASS and of course, NFC.
Power and Battery
Powered by Snapdragon 210 processor which is clocked at 1.1GHz and a 1.5GB of RAM, the HTC Desire 530 can run at a decent speed and perform with the common apps that kids love to play at. An example of which is Temple Run. It is also backed up with a 2000mAh capacity battery to last a day’s use.
Software and Memory
What’s great about the phone is it also runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow along with its custom UI skin, the HTC Sense UI. It allows the users to customize their home screen through a variety of HTC Themes and a bit of tweaking on the icons and wallpaper. More so, it includes a special feature called HTC BlinkFeed that serves as the custom home screen display. It features highlights, weather, news, updates, recommended apps, and other relevant information that users may find useful.
The handset also comes with a 16GB internal storage that can be extended through the microSD slot which can lead up to 2TB. But should the user prefer storing on cloud, HTC has Google to back the photos and videos up.
What’s New with HTC Desire 530
What makes customers desire HTC’s Desire 530? First, it’s reasonably affordable given its price. Second, the specs perfectly fit the kids’ needs on a gadget without going overboard. Lastly, it was designed accurately in terms of the handset’s creative design, given the playful micro splash of paint and grip as it’s not too bulky nor too large to hold. Furthermore, it includes a slot for the kids’ favorite – accessories!
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Why should you unlock your phone?
- It is legal.
- It is free from international charges.
- There is no security loss.
- You get to fully utilize your phone and enjoy its features.
“If I would unlock my phone, is it legal?” This particular question has been going around among smartphone users – and some couldn’t even get a decent answer, hence, enduring the restrictions over their phones. Not being able to enjoy the perks that your phone offers may be frustrating especially when you are constantly traveling overseas.
To be able to clarify this matter, here are a few things you should know with regards to unlocking your phone and why you should do so.
Is Unlocking My Phone Legal?
For most users, the common misconception of unlocking phones is that it is purely illegal. Thing is, every three years, the Library of Congress reviews the rules of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and makes particular exemptions allowed under the rule of law. Way back in 2006, the Library allowed unlocking to be exempted from the DMCA. However, that exemption was short lived until 2012 as the Library did not renew the exemption. The change was due to the reason being the firmware that your phone has is copyrighted and cannot be changed without violating the law.
But that is the history of unlocking being illegal, once.
On 2014, US President Barack Obama signed a law stating that “…each smartphone owner has the right to unlock their devices and use them on other networks,” reversing the previously stated law on unlocking phones. This law comes with a few hoops like AT&T allowing you to unlock your device only when your contract has expired.
Why Should I Unlock My Phone?
You may be asking yourself, why should I? For the most part, it isn’t mandatory. However, you could be missing a lot of things if you don’t. To help you with this matter, here are the key reasons why you should unlock your phone.
1. Free from international charges
For most people, the use of unlocking your phone is not to change a network – rather, to be able to use your phone overseas without paying too much. When you purchase from a carrier, the front charge would be lower. However, as you would know, the device will be locked by that same carrier and will only work on their network. Furthermore, when you travel overseas, you will need to pay that particular carrier with the international charges so you can use your phone. Meaning, replacing your existing SIM card with another wouldn’t work. For this matter, unfortunately, buying a SIM card is much cheaper than paying those charges, and you wouldn’t have any other choice as your device is locked.
2. Change carriers
Being in a contract makes you restricted from availing better deals from a different carrier. While it is true that carriers aren’t all great, they still update their plans to provide better service offers. In such case, you may find the plan that would work best for you in another carrier while you are tied to a contract with another, which means you wouldn’t be able to avail your preferred plan.
3. No security loss
Most times, people worry that unlocking your phone may cause the device to be vulnerable to security issues. However, this is yet another misconception. Unlocking does not affect your phone’s security, jailbreaking does. That’s two different matters – as jailbreaking your smartphone means downloading unauthorized apps which could affect your device’s security, while unlocking means allowing your phone to work with another service provider.
Unlocking your phone simply means a right – a right to use your phone with another service provider, especially when your device is not being fully utilized due to being locked. Given this point, these fairly good reasons, and the fact that unlocking is legal, why should you not?
What are the new features on Android Nougat?
- Multi-window viewing
- Direct reply from notifications
- Bundled notifications
- Battery life saver
- Upgraded quick settings menu
- Nougat’s overall performance and emoji
With your Android phone finally free from restrictions, thanks to SIM network unlock pin codes, what’s next to look forward to? If you are still using Marshmallow, well, you definitely need to move to the newest Android update and enjoy its latest perks.
Marshmallow may have turned the Android world upside down with its cool features, but Nougat will have you feeling cyber-secured with its update. However, what do these updates really mean? How does it help you further enjoy your device? Here are a few things to help you with.
Multi-window viewing has been long incorporated on other custom UI layers, especially LG and Samsung. Hence, it is great to know that Google has now applied this very function onto Nougat. This function allows you to run two apps at the same time – be it watching a movie and taking notes. Going into details, multi-window viewing can be accessed through a long press on the recent tasks button (when you have already opened one app), and it will let you choose another app to open. Furthermore, this feature includes a drag-and-drop functionality which can help you move items like files from an app to another app.
Direct Reply from Notifications
Before, notifications are notifications. But with the new Android update, you can now compose replies right on your notification – without leaving your current app! What’s great about this feature? It is not limited to Google’s very own Hangouts, but to every app that is on your device. Convenience at its finest!
Notifications on a Bundle
For this feature, all messaging app notifications are bundled according to their respective apps. However, you can also expand these notifications individually by tapping the all-new expansion button or using a two-finger gesture. In addition, you now have control over your notifications, like you can either silence future notifications or turn them off.
Battery Life Saver
Doze Mode, the battery life saver which started in Android Marshmallow, continues to function in Nougat. This time, Google expanded the feature to thoroughly clean background tasks whenever the phone is turned off.
Upgraded Quick Settings Menu
Unlike before, where you still need to pull the notification bar down to access the quick settings menu, Nougat will just need you to make a downward gesture once to reveal the notifications and quick settings. What’s great about this option is that you can now sort the icons according to your needs and priority.
The Nougat Overall Performance and Emoji
Nougat did not only focus on things, rather, relevant things that create an impact on the device’s performance. First, you can see where your downloaded app came from especially if it’s not from Google Play Store. Second, updates are guaranteed to be more seamless, where security updates are downloaded automatically and the common pop-up “Android is updating” when restarting after an update is now removed. Last, Nougat brings support for Unicode 9 which meant the introduction of 72 new emoji – good news for all users who loves using emojis!
Given these impressive functions and features, the Nougat is definitely the best Android version, yet. Functionality wise, it allows users to conveniently use their devices in a quicker and easier way. However, make sure to check if Nougat is already available on your device in order for you to enjoy the perks of the newest Android version today!
It is without a doubt that Samsung has released another unit to continue their Galaxy J series. With Samsung Galaxy J3’s success, the opportunity to make another bigger and better unit is undeniable – hence, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime. For some, J7 may look a bit like Galaxy S7, however, the unit has its own features to flaunt which users would definitely love – yet again.
With its launch last September 2016, Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime has definitely made a good impression with its undeniably great design that is oozing with elegance. As some would say, it indeed looked like that of Galaxy S7 only that it had a more square-shaped body. The unit is boasting a good 5.5 inch full HD TFT display with a 1920×1080 resolution and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 further proving Samsung’s capability in producing quality display panels. Its overall slim metallic body isn’t everything as the unit also features smooth curved edges that make the phone comfortable to use.
Moreover, the buttons are well within reach, where the volume rocker is placed on the left and the power button on the right – hence, no need to worry about its size. Surprisingly, the top spot of the device was left blank, while the bottom sported the micro-USB, microphone, and 3.5mm headphone jack. Furthermore, the micro SD and SIM card slots were moved to the left side along with the volume rocker, whereby the micro SD capacity extends to a maximum of 256GB storage for users to enjoy.
Samsung indeed gave J7 Prime the premium feel as the camera’s flushed to the panel perfectly displaying the ultra slim body that the unit offers. Furthermore, the camera remains of quality as J7 Prime ensures its users a 13MP rear camera that is equipped with an f/1.9 aperture to capture great photos regardless of the low-light setting and an 8-MP front camera that is also equipped with an f/1.9 aperture for better, brighter selfies. Additionally, the camera’s capable of shooting 1080-pixel videos which make it more appealing to users and soon-to-be Samsung customers.
Connectivity and Network Performance
With MetroPCS as its carrier, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is capable of a blazing fast LTE connection allowing more downloads and uploads. It also comes with great connectivity protocols including Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS with GLONASS, and NFC making it possible to users to pay via their phones. In addition, to make it possible for users to share files from their phone to their laptops or personal computers, the device allows a USB OTG connection.
Power and Battery
Powered by an Exynos 7870 chipset that is clocked at 1.6 GHz and a 3GB of RAM as its company – the J7 Prime works like a boss. Multitasking wise, the device performs beyond what it is expected. Navigating was smooth, hence, apps are launched easily without any hiccups. Furthermore, Samsung gave away a 3300 mAh further allowing users to enjoy watching movies, listening to music, and of course, keeping in the game without interruptions. Definitely, this device will get you through the day smoothly with its astounding battery life.
Software and Memory
The J7 Prime runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow along with the usual Samsung’s custom layer which is the TouchWiz UI which users are already familiar of. In addition, the device has a built-in 32GB internal storage and allows you to extend the storage to a maximum of 256GB via a micro SD slot.
What’s New with Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
Moving on to the fun part, what does the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime has to offer? For starters, the J7 Prime was a definite upgrade from its siblings. With its premium design that is oozing with elegance – from the ultra slim body that does not let bumps get in the way, the enlarged screen that allows optimal viewing, and the smooth curved edges – makes it more comfortable to hold. Furthermore, J7 Prime flaunts its 13MP main camera that is armed with a F1.9 lens to help users capture better, brighter, and crispier photos regardless of a low-light setting. Additionally, the device also features a Wide Selfie function on its 8MP front camera allowing users to capture great groupies and beautiful selfie backgrounds with the use of your palm.
Want more? The J7 Prime also comes with a fingerprint scanner for a faster, and more secure accessing of your own device!
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After the success of the LG Stylo 2 Plus, LG has surprised users with another version of the stylus-embedded phablet: the LG Stylo 3 Plus. However, LG did not opt for a different version of the phablet, rather, an upgraded version of it that the customers will definitely love. Yet another unit to join the Stylo lineage, LG’s Stylo 3 still lives to its fundamentals while keeping abreast with the latest technology trend.
Similar to the LG Stylo 2 Plus, Stylo 3’s design comes in with a polycarbonate body with round edges and brushed metal finish. The phone weighs just 5.3 ounces and measures at 6.1 by 3.1 by 0.3 inches, which was impressively lighter than Stylo 2. Still, the phone is a bit too large to handle with one hand hence the Mini View mode has been retained so as to shrink the home screen for easier navigation.
This time, however, LG has placed the embedded stylus a bit nearer to the phone’s right edge hence an even smoother integration of the stylus with the handset’s body. Along with this, the volume button has also been moved to the left side.
Of course, LG would not disappoint its avid fans. With a 5.7-inch full HD IPS display and a 1920×1080 pixels resolution, the unit aims to provide users to see a bigger picture with intense clarity that is vibrant enough to put artists and professionals alike into the zone and make great ideas happen.
Proving Stylo 3’s identical similarities with Stylo 2, the handset also has a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera. It allows users to capture breathtakingly 4160 x 3120 resolution-photos outdoors with its autofocus capable rear camera and LED flash for its front camera that is great for capturing night setting selfies. It also allows a 1080p video recording in 30fps that provides full HD videos right on your screen.
Connectivity and Network Performance
Given that Metro PCS is its carrier, the service is figuratively identical with the Stylo 2. It supports a 4G LTE network, hence, a reliable and impressive network performance. Additionally, it has some remarkable connectivity specs which include Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi Direct and USB tethering further allowing connectivity between the phone, the internet, and other relevant devices notably laptops, personal computers, and SMART TVs. Maintaining the same connectivity protocols, LG also serves Stylo 3 with Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and A-GPS for better mobile experience.
Power and Battery
Stepping up their game, LG has upgraded to a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor for Stylo 3. Topping its rival models, the unit definitely had it faster in overall system performance allowing users to enjoy the newest features in the Stylo lineup. Furthermore, the phone has a RAM capacity of 2GB, therefore allowing a good amount of multitasking, even with games like GTA: San Andreas.
Battery wise, LG provided a maximum 3080 mAh battery life for Stylo 3 – supported by a fast charging capability to further enjoy the special features installed in the handset. However, that does not end there. LG also allows a swapping of batteries as the handset comes with a removable battery for a longer use.
Software and Memory
LG Stylo 3 Plus runs Android 7.0 Nougat along with LG’s very own custom user interface where LG removed the normal app drawer thereby allowing direct access from the home screen – which users could change in Settings should they not prefer apps splashed across their home screens.
Moving on to the memory, Stylo 3 doubles the internal storage of its predecessor, making it 32GB. It also comes with a microSD slot that could extend to 256GB for maximum storage. Who wouldn’t love LG for its generosity towards the Stylo series?
What’s New with LG Stylo 3 Plus
Having been launched only in May 2017, Stylo 3 keeps up to the trend of fingerprint technology. With a clickable circular home button at the back, Stylo 3 boasts the double-purpose of this technology. Basically, the button supports multiple gestures such as swiping down to take a screenshot, swiping left or right to shrink the screen, and of course, using the user’s fingerprint to access the phone.
Likewise, Stylo 3 remains a stylus-embedded phablet where pulling out the stylus automatically launches a menu of apps which is the Pen Pop. It allows getting access to features like Pop Memo which allows taking notes, Capture+ which allows capturing screenshots, Pop Scanner which allows marking or editing of captured photos be it from the rear or front camera, and the Quick Memo feature which allows users to jot down and draw in a full-screen mode. Favorably, LG Stylo 3 allows faster jotting down of notes without starting up the whole system through its Screen-Off Memo feature. In addition, the architecture of the stylus remains impressive and useful to most users allowing comfort to take over be it when taking notes or drawing on the screen.
Additionally, Stylo 3 offers users access on a quick and easy GIF capture by recording at least a 15-second video and zooming in on any image through Pop Lens regardless of the resolution – further boasting a vivid and bright imagery on the screen.
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