Over the years, one can say that Motorola definitely knows how to market good phones at a budget price. The latest Moto E unit, Moto E 4th generation (also Moto E4), has ignited the curiosity of most consumers given the success of Motorola’s previous Moto E units. Though this handset may not level to a Moto G5, it surely provides for those who are looking for a budget phone that can offer satisfactory user experience. It is a great budget phone that is worth a second look!
Design and Display
Released in June 2017, the Moto E displayed a similar look from its predecessors. From the usual oval fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the screen to the huge and round rear camera section. However, what sets it apart from the previous Moto E units is that its frame is made of plastic material instead of aluminum. In addition, it is relatively smaller in size measuring only up to 5.70 by 2.85 by 0.37 inches.
The phone looked more solid than expected despite being covered with plastic material. More so, it gives a good grip with the texture of its back panel – preventing the device from slipping off from your hold.
Consequently, it projects a 5-inch IPS LCD display panel with a 720 by 1280-pixel resolution, boasting a clear, good-for-outdoors viewing experience. It is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that simply adds to the quality of the unit.
On navigating the handset, one can find all the right details on the right places. The fingerprint sensor at the lower part of the front frame, the selfie camera and earpiece at the upper front, the 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom, and the volume rocker and power button at the right – definitely, the Moto E’s designed to be smooth and user-friendly.
Additionally, the unit sports an on-screen navigation button, thus, setting the bar for budget phones.
With today’s market, it becomes harder to buy a budget phone with a good camera. But Moto E provides a good one compared to its competitors given its price range.
It flaunts an autofocus 8MP main camera that enables users to capture significant moments in crisp and beautiful photos. More so, with its 5MP front camera that goes hand-in-hand with an LED flash, which equips the user to snap their best selfies for sharing on their social media accounts. Furthermore, the device is also capable of shooting better videos with 720-pixels at 30fps.
Connectivity and Network Performance
With MetroPCS as its carrier, the new Moto E is equipped with just the right connectivity protocols including Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS with GLONASS, and an on-the-go micro USB 2.0.
Regarding its network performance, users would not need to worry as it is also LTE-capable.
Power and Battery
Going further, the Moto E’s powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz Mediatek MT6737 and 2GB of RAM. It is equipped enough for daily multitasking and a day or so of usage, especially that Motorola has provided a 2800mAh battery capacity to the said unit.
Furthermore, the handset also includes a 16GB of built-in storage, extending its efficiency and a good micro SD card slot that can accommodate up to a good 128GB of additional storage.
What’s New with Moto E (4th Generation)
What Motorola offers the market is not just a cheap phone, but a budget-friendly phone that can accommodate a user’s daily needs.
With the Moto E’s vibrant 5-inch LCD display that is coated with water-repellent, it is already too much for a phone of its price. The water-repellent nano coat prevents damage on the phone from a little rain, spills, and even splashes.
It does not only showcase a great compact design, but also a user experience that one shouldn’t miss. For a budget phone like this unit, one cannot expect a fingerprint sensor included. But Moto E is sure to serve its customer’s convenience over price, hence, a fingerprint sensor equipped home button.
A 5-inch LCD phone with 16GB of built-in storage and a fingerprint sensor included, what’s not to like?
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What’s new with under-screen fingerprint solutions?
It is integrated under a phone’s display, specifically OLED displays that are at least 1200 micrometers thick, but does not work on LCDs.
It is capable of scanning through the phone’s display panel, detecting blood flow and heartbeat regardless if it is on or off, and is working underwater or with wet hands.
It takes in the form of Vivo phones, however, its availability in the market is yet to be announced.
Smartphones today is not just about SIM network unlock pin codes and touch screens – rather, it revolves around new technologies that brands can offer to the market. With regards to the latest offerings of prominent smartphone brands, each has something new to offer. However, the newest fingerprint technology, courtesy of Qualcomm and Vivo, is just stellar to not notice.
Qualcomm’s Newest Suite of Fingerprint Solutions
During the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2017, Qualcomm has informed the public officially about the Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors, which as they claimed it, as the next-generation ultrasonic fingerprint solutions. This is in continuation of the success of Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology generation – but with new, optimized, and improved features to boast. Going further to their latest technology, Qualcomm writes that this suite features sensors “…for display, glass, and metal, detection of directional gestures, and underwater fingerprint match and device wake-up.”
In simple terms, this means that this technology is capable of scanning through the phone’s display panel (as long as the display is made of an OLED panel and is 1200 micrometers thick). However, it does not end there – as their newest technology is also capable of detecting blood flow and heartbeat regardless if it is on or off and is working underwater or with wet hands. With these features stated, not only did Qualcomm increased the standard of fingerprint scanners, rather, they made it easier and convenient for people who are doing work on mobile.
Additionally, along with the under screen fingerprint solution, Qualcomm offers two basic scanner schemes that are also cohesive of their ultrasonic technology and is applicable to both metal and glass displays – except under display. These particular scanners may appear on the market sooner than their premium solutions (as these are expected to be available around summer of 2018).
Qualcomm and Vivo: The Ultimate Duo
Of course, this technology wouldn’t be made of use to the market without physical integration – hence, Vivo, the Chinese phone maker who are well-known for its quality yet affordable smartphones. In a video going viral today, Vivo has shown people the latest under display fingerprint technology in action. However, the public was much more impressed by the demonstration of the technology in action during the MWC 2017 – where Qualcomm and Vivo showcased the Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor integrated modified version of Vivo XPlay 6.
In a later demonstration of this technology at the same event, Engadget shares that Vivo has also integrated the solution at the phone’s rear. The spot, when tapped, allows the phone to unlock, capture photos, and shoot videos underwater. Though this may have been evident in previous models of Sony and HTC, the application of the technology still makes it easier for people to use phones whenever, wherever.
While it is true that the market was expecting more from Apple, Qualcomm and Vivo may have changed the phase. Given its latest applications of the newest fingerprint solutions, there is particularly much more to technologies that are coming in the form of smartphones. But the question is, is the market ready?
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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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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If your carrier is unable to provide a SIM network unlock, you can manually unlock your phone through IMEI information, or
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Traveling overseas has been a trend today, and more often than not, generating SIM network unlock PIN codes is still an issue for most travelers. Some spend way higher on it than buying unlocked basic phones, or unfamiliar carrier phones may not be available to service in particular countries. With that said, it is only important to be aware of how to unlock your phone – should you need to do so.
But first, we will start with the basics.
Is Your SIM Network Locked?
In most cases, certain mobile phone makers such as ASUS and Alcatel do not sell their phones as locked. Hence, it is only important to start off with the question: how to determine if your phone’s SIM network is locked?
To be able to identify if your phone is locked, you can check its documentation. It can most likely be stated in the invoice or receipt if your phone is unlocked or locked.
Another way to determine if it is locked is through contacting the carrier or inserting another SIM card, which is the easiest way possible. If you tried a different SIM and it didn’t work, then it can most certainly be locked on the original SIM’s network.
You can also note that most likely, phones bought directly from third-party retailers and manufacturers such as Huawei, Samsung, Motorola, or Amazon are unlocked. On the other hand, carriers such as T-Mobile and AT&T are usually selling SIM-locked phones to their respective networks.
Now, if your phone is SIM locked to a specific network, read on to know how to unlock it.
Ask Your Carrier for SIM Network Unlock
Given that you cannot use your preferred SIM network on your phone, ask your carrier for help.
You can call them, tell them you need to unlock your phone for a network change, and eventually, they will give you a code that will help unlock your phone. This code should be entered once the phone asks you for one when you insert a different SIM card on your device. Your phone should be unlocked after the code is entered or after a reboot (if prompted by the device).
However, in most cases, especially those phones that are under a financial contract or “plan,” carriers will not unlock your phone unless it qualifies on the terms that are specified in their unlocking policy. But don’t worry, there is an alternative route around it.
How to Manually Unlock Your Phone
If you can’t get through a carrier service, then you can do it on your own. You’ll just need to perform a few tricks or use an unlocking service to help you with. Refer to the following information below:
Unlocking Through IMEI Information
For Android phones, you will need to confirm the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number first. This number serves as a unique distinction between phones and appears as an identification code of your phone on any given network.
To confirm your IMEI number:
Dial *#06# or directly head on to your Settings
Select About Phone
Scroll to Status and look for your IMEI information (though in some phones, you can immediately see the IMEI information when you open the About Phone page).
By handing over the 15-digit IMEI information, your network should be able to provide you with the PIN code needed to unlock your phone.
It should also be noted that the process may vary from across networks and your newly inserted SIM network may require you to input a particular code to enable its use on that specific carrier.
Additionally, carriers may charge you an additional administrative fee for unlocking your SIM network (except for American carriers as per the law).
One way to walk your way through this is to visit forums to get reliable information regarding unlocking services, and at the very least, get some advice from people who have been in the same case as you.
An example of a reputable service that you can go to is Unlock Base’s Unlock My Phone feature, as aside from their expertise on the niche, there is also a variety of phone brands that they unlock – hence, a higher possibility that yours is included.
Beware: Unlocking Phone App Scamming!
In the process of choosing an unlocking service, you may probably encounter apps that may also do so. Beware! As this does not guarantee an unlocked phone, moreover, it may get your phone in trouble. In particular, cracked apps from download sites or Torrent networks may possibly infect your phone with Trojans and other malicious software. Yikes!
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If you’ve been a loyal customer of Samsung, you’d know very well how they work on their products. They have been among the fastest producers of smartphones as of today, and undeniably a trusted brand for quality products. Continuing their Galaxy series, Samsung has released the grand and prime unit to watch out for – the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime.
Samsung has launched Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime on September 2014. Recognizably a Galaxy unit, the handset displays a simple yet professional design, which casual users probably loved about the series’ lineup. Being budget-friendly, it appears to be made out of plastic, where the rear cover could be removed to gain access to the battery, microSD, and SIM card slots. Along with this, the unit also features the same ports and buttons that most Galaxy units have, and of course, the home button framed with metallic border, the capacitive recent apps, and the back buttons.
Even with a 5-inch 540×960 TFT display, the unit still delivers a good, normal viewing distance. Likewise, it offers a handy overall design measuring up to 5.70 by 2.84 by 0.34 inches, and weighing 5.5 ounces given that it is made of plastic. Truly, this unit is fit for casual everyday use.
Given Samsung’s reputation when it comes to camera specs, one can expect that Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime offers a natural, auto focus 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Like the royal units offered by the brand, this handset comes with a camera experience that satisfies its aimed users. Of course, it also offers a high definition video recording quality largely at 1080p.
Connectivity and Network Performance
Connectivity isn’t much of an issue here, because Samsung does not want to disappoint. With MetroPCS as its carrier, the unit offers a blazing fast 4G LTE connection, even speeding up to 42Mbps at maximum. In addition to this, the phone also comes with impressive connectivity features such as Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, a GPS with GLONASS, and of course, NFC – making tap-and-go payments possible for users.
Power and Battery
Designed with a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (64-bit) and 1GB RAM while sporting a 2600mAh battery, the handset can be capable for daily usage. Also, it runs with an Adreno 360 GPU, which is considerable for basic games.
Software and Memory
True to the fact that this phone’s favorably for casual users, it comes with an 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot that’s good for up to 64GB. And what better way to enjoy this handy phone than through Samsung’s signature TouchWiz UI experience, which is undeniably impressive for an affordable smartphone like it is.
Additionally, it is running on an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop version, which adds to the excitement of the handset’s user experience.
What’s New withSamsung Galaxy Grand Prime
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime flaunts a 5MP wide-angle front camera, specially designed to capture “groupfies,” and a good 8MP rear camera with LED flash that works best for photo enthusiasts out there.
What may be the aim of the company for this above-the-price unit? Well, our theory is that, Samsung wanted to focus on group selfies that most people would love to capture conveniently – and of course, shoot videos of the moments people would want to cherish along with their loved ones through its 1080 video recording without spending too much.
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With the birth of big-screen phones, LG has definitely come up with an affordable, good looking stylus-embedded phablet – the LG Stylo 2 Plus. While this may not be a substitute for a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it has its own key features to boast.
On July 2016, LG has released its very own stylus-embedded phablet with MetroPCS as its service provider – it is equipped with a number of impressively useful features that artists, scribblers, multitaskers, and professionals will definitely come to love.
For starters, the phone comes in a premium, sleek design matching the 5.7-inch TFT IPS in-cell display with a 1280×720 resolution, making it possible for users to comfortably put their ideas into the workspace in good graphics and color reproduction. Similar to LG’s other units, the phone is designed with polycarbonate, weighing only 5.8 ounces and measuring 6.1 by 3.1 by 0.4 inches overall – making it easier to bring the phone whenever and wherever. If the users find it hard to use with one hand, the phone allows a mini view that shrinks the screen for a one-hand display.
With regards to the phone’s camera specs, LG has definitely surprised its users with a 13MP rear camera that takes clear, outdoor shots that can focus quickly on good lighting, and a decent 5MP front camera for selfies and groupies. It also records at 1080p at 30fps, which makes an HD video shoot possible.
Connectivity and Network Performance
With MetroPCS as its carrier, the LG Stylo 2 Plus supports LTE bands which can register a solid network performance, speeding up to a maximum of 10.2Mbps per download. In addition, the phone comes with an arguably great connectivity protocols including Bluetooth 4.2 and a dual-band Wi-Fi and NFC topping its rival models when it comes to network performance.
Power and Battery
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 and clocked at 1.4GHz Octa-Core, plus a 2GB RAM to make multiple tasks possible to run smooth, LG matches these impossibly great specs with a removable battery running up to 2,900 mAh for a longer usage.
Software and Memory
Recently, carriers MetroPCS and T-Mobile have announced a software update bringing the Android 7.0 or Nougat’s features into LG Stylo 2 Plus’ interface, teaming up with LG’s custom UI layer producing multi-window support, quick replies on the messaging app, and much more. The owners can check their settings for further updates on the software.
What is also great about this phone is that it comes with a built-in 16GB internal storage and a 32GB capacity micro SD slot for additional memory storage – which makes this phone perfect for artists and professionals who loves storing their works and notes in the comfort of their mobile phones.
What’s New with LG Stylo 2 Plus
So the thing about LG’s new unit is that, it is perfectly designed for those who loves to take notes and memos, doodle, scribble, and draw – and as much as it may seem impossible, it is relatively affordable compared to its rival stylus-equipped phablets.
Basically, the key features include a fingerprint sensor designed at the back right below the camera and a stylus embedded into a dock at the right top side of the phone. Thing is, when the stylus is pulled out, it brings the phone to life and displays a menu of apps called Pen Pop. This menu gives the users a variety of note-taking apps to access which goes as follows:
Capture – lets the user take a screenshot of the screen and whatever the user writes on it
Pop Memo – allows the users to jot down and save quick notes
Pop Scanner – lets the users capture a picture from the rear or front camera, and easily trace, crop, or write straight on it
Quick Memo+ – an advanced version of LG’s exclusive stylus-friendly app which allows a full-screen view of the note-taking app and lets the users jot down notes and draw on it
Another useful feature of the new LG Stylo 2 Plus is the Dual Window. It allows the users to split the screen and work on two different apps at the same time which is perfect for professionals who wants to take notes while browsing the internet or reviewing documents.
Additionally, especially for users who loves elegance on phone, the LG Stylo 2 Plus is available in black and espresso colors.
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