The Fire Phone has been an unmitigated disaster from day one for Amazon and we have documented extensively on these pages just what a flop it has been. It seems as though the company has finally decided to concede defeat with the device and has drove the final nail into the coffin of the device with an, ahem, fire sale. The retails giant has decided to make its Fire Phone a full on budget phone.
There has been plenty of bad news for Samsung of late, but the company still has some bright points to look at. For example, the company is still the phablet king despite the arrival of the iPhone 6 Plus, at least according to market researcher Chitika. The company conducted research for the North American market, looking at smartphone traffic for devices with a screen size of over 5-inches.
Not every smartphone needs to be a stylish beast tote and show off to your friends, some just need to get the job done. Whipping an iPhone 6 out when trekking the Amazon or conquering the North Pole is probably not going to cut it, so you will want to get more rugged. Sure, company's like Samsung play at doing the rugged stuff, but if you want a truly rough and tumble handset one of your first port of calls should be Sonim.
The Blackberry Passport has sold well since its launch. Not big hit well, but enough to ensure that Blackberry has retained a core of dedicated consumers who want the company's blend of bizarre smartphone, security, and productivity. The handset has only been available in White and Black so far, but the red version that has been teased has finally been launched by Blackberry today.
The Holiday Season is firmly upon us with Black Friday kicking things off this week, and then we have the run to Christmas. Whether you are buying for someone else or just filling you own stocking, a new smartphone may well be at the top of your shopping list this year. However, it goes without saying that not everyone can afford to splash on the latest iPhone or Galaxy Note device.
The selfie trend is certainly growing with more and more devices finding their way to the market proclaiming to offer a superior front facing camera experience. Whether you are down with this movement or not (I am not sold) there are plenty of device to choose from, but let's be honest these are just mid-range handsets with slightly better shooters on the front.
While the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 is the blockbuster chipset in the best flagships on the market (some of them at least), but the replacement processor is already ready to come to market. The Snapdragon 810 is the company's first 64-but high end chip, the daddy of the current range that already includes the 410 and the 610. The chipset is so close to arriving that a couple of reference smartphone has landed to show off the Snapdragon 810 in full flow.
Blackberry really wants you to have its new Passport smartphone instead of an iPhone, so if you have been wanting to trade to BB's latest now is the time to do it, especially if you are the owner of Apple's flagship. The Canadian company has a new trade in offer that sees them offer consumers up to $550 for their iPhone, credit towards buying the Passport.
Even the most diehard of Apple fan should know that the iPhone is not head and shoulders better than any other smartphone. We could argue the finer details sure, but what sets it apart is appeal and then in turn sales. The only other device that has been able to live with the iPhone in recent years has been the Samsung Galaxy S flagship, but much like Apple's handset, the S series device is just another smartphone when you strip away its massive success.
LG has raised the curtain on yet another new device, with the Korean company now going all Samsung on us and trying to fill every niche and every price point. The new LG Transpyre is actually a device we saw last month as the LG F60, a handset that falls firmly in the budget bracket and even comes with a spot of LTE connectivity.