Want a cheap handset that is a bona fide smartphone, and still a pretty good one at that? Look no further than the original Motorola Moto G. Of course, we have been saying that since the handset launched two years ago, but at the moment the Moto G is even more of a bargain grab as Best Buy is selling the Verizon variant for just $19.99, and that's not with a contract by the way.
Sony's older flagship models the Xperia Z, ZR, Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra are all being treated to Android 5.0.2 updates, with the software already being rolled out to the handsets. The newer (although still aging) Xperia Z1 products will be getting firmware 14.5.A.0.270, while the even older Xperia Z devices are receiving version 10.6.A.0.454.
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.
Google took to one of its product forums to confirm that Android Wear 5.1.1 is now heading out to smartwatches that are compatible for the update. As is usually the case, the upgrade will be sent out in stages and some devices will have to wait a few weeks to get it, although Google says most should get the new software within a few days.
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.