The Galaxy Note 5 is the next major smartphone on the horizon for Samsung, and if we're being honest it is always the device we look forward to the most from the company, even over the Galaxy S flagship range. There have been rumors circulating over the last week that the Korean company will launch the Galaxy Note 5 early in an attempt to beat the iPhone 6s Plus to market. As it turns out though, it really was just a rumour.
Over the last week there have been consistent reports that Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users are getting their screens scratched because of the Samsung Clear View case that was made for the handsets. Apparently small pieces of dirt and other matter is catching between the case flap and the screen, causing minor scratching.
Oppo has announced its two new mid-range smartphones, the Oppo R7 and Oppo R7 Plus, the former a middle market device and the latter a bona fide flagship contender. As we have come to expect from Oppo, the devices are both very well spec'd for their price points and come with slick premium designs that are sure to appeal to many customers.
The LG G4 is a fantastic smartphone, one of the best available in fact. However, LG claimed it would be a radical change from last year's G3 and we simply do not think that it is. The company though is going to have another stab at the flagship market later in the year, so maybe that will be the completely different smartphone we were promised.
Sharp released an Aquos ZETA smartphone and tablet last week and the pair pretty much wowed us with their high end specs and premium designs. The Japanese company is on a bit of a hardware roll right now and joining the ZETA models is the new AQUOS Crystal 2, a sequel to the original Crystal that blew us away last year with its bezel-less design.
The YotaPhone 2 is certainly a head turner; is not necessarily a device we would buy, but it has served a function for consumers and has found a place in the market. Of course, we are talking about outside the United States where the device from Russian company Yota has been available in all its dual screen unique goodness. However, that is changing as Yota Device has announced the handsets availability in the good old U.S of A.
The Motorola/Verizon DROID Turbo may be having battery problems, as we reported yesterday, but we still think it's a stellar smartphone. One of the best in the mid-range category in fact and while we reported the battery drain issue because... well, it's what we do, we are confident that Motorola and Big Red will get it sorted out quickly with an update. So, for our money the DROID Turbo remains one of the most enticing smartphones out there, although we have often thought the design lets it down.
We told you yesterday that the Motorola DROID Turbo is suffering from a battery drain issue, but it seems that is not the only high end smartphone with such problem. The OnePlus One is also having its fair share of issues in the battery department, with the issue apparently coming from a new touchscreen driver installed on the handset.
Samsung's Galaxy S6 is arguably the best smartphone on the market and has helped the company gain some traction again after a poor 2014. However, while the handset (alongside the Galaxy S6 Edge) was pointing to a sales rejuvenation for Samsung, the reality seems different. It has been confirmed that the Galaxy S6 handsets have surpassed 10 million unit sales, but have not achieved that status as fast as predecessors.
We don't hide the fact that we think the Motorola DROID Turbo is among the best smartphones on the market, it's an opinion we have held since the handset launched late last year. Even though newer devices have been launched, the Turbo remains a potent device with market leading specs. However, despite its beefy battery and solid battery performance, the Motorola DROID Turbo is suffering from some strange battery ussies.