I have been a longtime admirer and user of Infinix devices,i have written and promoted your devices on my blog and defended your brand on many occasions to the extent that lots of people think i am your defacto brand ambassador therefore being paid huge sums of money to promote your brand which you know is not true but i am not here today to discuss my relationship with your brand but to talk about things i have experienced some issues and solved them myself because i am a tech savvy person but the purpose of this love letter is not about my problem with your brand but the majority of your loyal customers who buy your devices and many who are not tech savvy.
As a tech blogger i have received calls ,emails and text messages concerning certain issues about your brand,some which i have solved,some which i have referred to your after sales service center CAL-CARE and others i have documented which i will be sharing with you in form of love letters.
My first love letter to you is about your recent showing of ads via your XOS launcher and here is my take on it.
XOS is the Infinix’s User Interface and Launcher that powers up Infinix devices running on Android OS. Although Android has its own stock UI (Launcher), device manufacturers normally prefer to include their own launchers on the devices they make, mainly to give their devices that unique identity and feel – so that using an LG device doesn’t have to feel like using a Samsung, an HTC, a Sony or even an Infinix smartphone.
Included with the OEM’s launchers like XOS for Infinix, EMUI for Huawei, HTC Sense for HTC and Touchwiz for Samsung are what we tech bloggers like to refer to as bloatware. These are normally unwanted Apps that device manufacturers insist on including in their respective devices. Infinix is notorious for its Touchpal and PalmChat range of bloatware, whereas Samsung is known for its wide range of bloatware that normally come with the Galaxy App store. The good thing about these bloatware though is that a user can either easily uninstall or disable them via the device’s settings.
In as much as the device manufacturers always allow us to either uninstall or disable a number of bloatware that they pre-install in their devices, there are a few that cannot be uninstalled nor disabled. XCloud is a good example of an App that you can’t disable nor uninstall, even when Android users would prefer to use Google Drive or DropBox for their cloud storage needs. Infinix has taken this capability a step further, to not only include a game bloatware in its latest version of XOS Launcher, but to also make sure that the bloatware cannot be uninstalled nor disabled.
But that’s not the bloatware that irks me. What gets into my nerves is the fact that Infinix has decided to run ads right inside the XOS Launcher – which makes me feel like someone who is using a phone Infinix gave out for free to thereafter recoup that free gift via ads.
If you want to see the ads and you are an Infinix user who has updated the XOS Launcher to the latest version (XOSP64 V 3.0), ensure you have a few Apps grouped together in at least one Folder (e.g. the default Social folder). Open the folder, and you’ll see below the folder four or so suggested Apps that you may like. That suggestion is Infinix running ads right inside the Launcher.
The other place you’ll find Infinix ads is right inside the Menu where all Apps are listed. To access the Menu, swipe up from any place on your home screen. You’ll then notice an App most probably at the second row on the extreme right of the Apps, as shown in the image below.
I am not the only one irritated by these ads that are right inside XOS Launcher. Over at Google PlayStore, there are a number of Infinix users who have given the App negative reviews stemming from that particular update.
“The adverts are getting out of hand, being the default launcher on my device I’m thinking of getting another device now, very disappointing… It was a great launcher but it becoming very unfriendly”
“Contains lots of ads in the name of App recommendations and Headlines. They can be switched off in highly hidden settings namely other settings. But even after switching them off, they still sneak in app recommendations. It is now a crappy launcher.”
It doesn’t end there,I also realised that after the update, I had a new but permanent Google Search bar right on top of every screen. However, when I used the search bar to search the web, the results that were displayed were not anything close to results you would expect from Google Search.The search engine included in the XOS Launcher has got nothing to do with Google. A closer examination revealed that the search engine was powered by a non-functioning searchdogs.com website.
The Average users who are not tech savvy will not even realise that they are using a non-Goggle search engine.
After being irritated by the ads and the malicious search engine, I decided to abandon the screwed up XOS Launcher and opt for Pixel launcher. Right now things are running as smoothly as anyone would expect a normal smartphone to run. The Pixel Launcher is not even forcing me (by constant reminders) to download their Google Apps.
People do not buy phones because they want their privacy to be intruded with unwanted ads, so i have three ( 3 ) suggestions for Infinix and if they go by them it will help them to curtail this issues of ads;
1. Give out their devices for free so the customer will know they are payng for the devices with ad services.
2. Halve the price of their devices, this way the customer will know they are paying half price for their devices and pay the half by way of ads running in their devices.
3. Stop running ads, nobody pays a full price for a device and also serve as an ad campaign tool.
I hope Infinix solves this issue sooner than later because it is very annoying to its loyal customers and i know they do not want to lose customers.
Infinix Smart 2 was unveiled by Infinix Mobility as a successor to the first Smart devices from the new series which was introduced last year.
This year’s infinix smart 2 comes with Android 8.1 Oreo Go edition which will help the device operate smoothly. The phone is a 5.5inch device with the 18;9 aspect ratio in place and is powered by a quad-core mediatek mt6739 chipset processor with the speed of 1.5GHz to deliver reliable performance.
The infinix smart 2 comes equipped with a rear camera of 13MP and a 8MP front camera to give u those beautiful selfie photos.
Infinix Smart 2 supports 4G network with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, and Hotspot for wireless connections. It also features Bluetooth v4.1 for a seamless transfer of files.
The infinix smart 2 comes with a 3050mAh non removable battery .It is also equipped with a fingerprint scanner to keep the device secured and is available in these colors ; black,Rosegold,blue and red.
The infinix smart 2 is currently selling for GHC 440
Infinix, the TRANSSION Holdings premium smartphone brand, committed to bringing cutting-edge technology and stylish designed mobile devices to young generations on Saturday, 7th July 2018 unveiled the Infinix Note 5, the brand’s “Beyond Intelligent” smartphone, which is part of the Android One program, designed to deliver a software experience by Google. Encased in the beautifully designed hardware of the Note 5, Android One brings secure and smart AI-powered innovations – like the Google Assistant and Google Lens – to everyone.
The event took place at the Movenpick hotel graced by the media and some invited personalities.
Infinity 6.0’’ FHD screen and 18:9 screen ratio provide users with superb visual experience
16MP low-light front camera helps users take professional selfies even in low light
4500mAh battery gives 3 days battery life for average use.
Infinix Note 5 Specifications:
OS Version: Android One
Display: 6.0″FHD+; 18:9,TDDI; 2.5D
Dimensions: 158*75*8.4mm – 2.5D glass
ROM / RAM: 32GB+3GB/64GB+4GB
Front “Selfie” camera: 16 MP ,low light selfie ;4in1
Back camera: 12MP,1.25um large pixel;F2.0
The “Beyond Intelligent” Note 5 smartphone is equipped with an amazing display, which provides users with superb viewing and entertainment experience with an Infinity 6.0’’ FHD screen and a 18:9 screen ratio. The edge-to-edge screen also makes the device look stunning, both from a design and a technological perspective.
The Note 5 device features a perfect 16MP low-light front camera, which allows selfie lovers to take professional selfies even in low light. As for the rear camera, it is supported by a 12MP resolution.Its long-lasting battery will provide 3 days on average usage with a 4500mAh battery, built with a 3A Fast Charge, that will keep users fully functional throughout the day.
“Targeting trendsetters, and young professionals, Infinix Note 5 comes with a software experience designed by Google, combined with great hardware from Infinix/TRANSSION. We empower our users to go beyond the limit with our newest breakthrough technology. All while they enjoy an intelligent lifestyle through the fusion of technology and stylishness. In partnership with Google on Android One, we will provide the young generations with unprecedented mobile experience and revolutionize their mobile life with Note 5.” Said Benjamin Jiang, Managing Director of Infinix Mobile.
Speaking on the partnership, Arif Chowdhury, Group Vice President TRANSSION said: “As a provider of mobile devices and mobile value added services in global emerging markets, we focus on serving a wide range of consumer groups and we firmly believe that the mobile communication device that has revolutionized social life belongs to everyone. We are pleased to partner with Google to cater to the young generations and present them with an intelligent and trendy lifestyle with the launch of Note 5.”
“If you get a new smartphone you expect it to be amazing. That’s why we teamed up with TRANSSION through our Android One program. Together we strive to give users a range of smartphones, such as the Infinix Note 5, that combine beautiful hardware with Google’s smartly designed software – from the latest AI powered innovations to the highest grade of security,” said MahirSahin, Director Android Partnerships for Africa.
Infinix Note 5 will also support Google Lens – a new way to search what you see and interact with the world around you. You can take action on text, identify distinct plant and animal breeds, learn more about popular landmarks and discover products similar to the ones that catch your eye – like furniture and apparel. The feature will be available right in the Note 5 camera and through the Google Assistant.
Infinix Ghana yesterday launched their new gadget the Infinix Note 5 smartphone which is the successor to the Note 4 and Note 4 Pro which were launched in 2017. The Note 5 will be the second Infinix device to run on AndroidOne, the first device was the HOT 2.
Note 5 was made in partnership with Google it features the Android One Specially designed by Google, Android one is smart, Secure and brings Google’s latest powered AI innovations to the Note 5.The device comes pure stock android to give you that pure android feel and also has no preinstalled app like the previous Note series.
The phone comes with the tag “Beyond Intelligent”, the Note 5 smartphone is equipped with an amazing display, which provides users with superb viewing and entertainment experience with an Infinity 6.0’’ FHD screen (2160 x 1080 pixels), 18:9 aspect ratio and 500 nit brightness. The edge-to-edge screen also makes the device look stunning, both from a design and a technological perspective.
It features a 16MP low-light front camera, which allows selfie lovers to take professional selfies even in low light. As for the rear camera, it is supported by a 12MP resolution.
Its long-lasting battery will provide up to 3 days on average usage with a 4500mAh battery, built with a 3A Fast Charge that will keep users fully functional throughout the day.
The dimension is reduced but the screen size has been increased compared to its predecessor which leads to a screen-to-body ratio of 75%. It comes with a Glass finish uni-body design with tampered edges for perfect hand handling.
Infinix Note 5 Specifications
6.0 FHD+ with Infinity Display (1080*2160 resolution)
Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
Helio P23 Octa-core CPU
32GB internal memory
12MP Rear and 16MP Front camera
4500mAh battery with Quick Charge 3A
Features Of Infinix Note 5
DISPLAY AND DESIGN
The device has a glossy metal build with cutting curved edge technology. Its rear camera is well positioned at the back as well as the fingerprint scanner. Its volume rocker, SIM tray and power button are all placed at the side.The dimension is reduced but the screen size has been increased compared to its predecessor which leads to a screen-to-body ratio of 85%. It comes with a Glass finish uni-body design with tampered edges for perfect hand handling.
One of its key features, the Note 5 comes with a 6.0” FHD+ with an 18:9 display aspect ratio. It provides an infinity display which is empowered by MiraVision to bring a powerful visual experience across extreme lighting conditions.
Note 5 comes with a 12MP + Dual Flash f/2.0 rear camera with 1.2um pixel range picking the best suitable settings for high-quality images. There is a 16MP smart camera for taking selfies in bright and low-light conditions.With the Note 5’s front camera, the users get the most out of their selfies in both low light and bright surroundings. On the other hand, the smart 12MP back camera with its 1.25µm large pixels gives high quality images by judging its environment and choosing the best possible lighting accordingly!.Infinix Note 5 will also support Google Lens – a new way to search what you see and interact with the world around you. You can take action on text, identify distinct plant and animal breeds, learn more about popular landmarks and discover products similar to the ones that catch your eye – like furniture and apparel. The feature will be available right in the Note 5 camera and through the Google Assistant.The Note 5 sees an implementation of AI scene detection in its camera, meant to help users take better shorts depending on the scenery, especially while on the outside. You will also experience AI-induced bokeh effects especially when taking selfies.
BATTERY AND OS
The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo on Google’s Android One providing an amazing experience. The intuitive software from Google provides a remarkable experience with inbuilt artificial intelligence powered innovations.
Note 5 is powered by an Helio P23 octa-core chipset which clocks at a 2.0 GHz CPU speed. It has a 4GB RAM and a 64GB internal memory which is expandable up to 128GB via the micro SD card slot.
The Note 5 has a huge 4500 mAh long lasting battery, provides a three-day usage time with ease. It boasts a high speed 3A fast charge which allows users to spend maximum time with the phone and the least amount of time connecting it to the charger and it also has an AI to manage the power usage so you are assured of good power management.
These salient features of this incredible handset will give it a comfortable lead over its competitors in any market on the globe.If you are an ardent lover of the Infinix XOS skin on top of Android you are going to miss features like three finger screenshots, scroll shots, gestures, etc., there’s more to be happy about as security updates will be really fast, and also you’ll be among the first in line to get Android P when it launches.
If all you want is working cameras, and good performance you’re sorted. If all you want is a good display with good battery life. It seems you’re sorted. But all this is subject to my full review of the device coming soon. Would love to see how it performs in the real world. How it handles tasks. What sort of pics it takes. And how that huge battery is handled by stock Android.
The Infinix Note5 is selling @ GHC 810 at all Infinix exclusive shops,franko trading shops and trusted dealers
It is almost a year since the Infinix Note 4 and Note 4 pro was launched and here we are today with news of a successor to the most popular device from INFINIX MOBILITY the NOTE SERIES.
From the first HOTE NOTE to the current NOTE 4 and NOTE 4 PRO the note series has been noted for one thing ” BATTERY LIFE ” the battery life of the note series is amazing it has managed to ward of competition from budget devices in it’s category and this leads us us to this year’s device the NOTE 5.
The upcoming Note 5 and as tradition would have it, this is a phablet device that offers almost-flagship specifications at a reasonable price. The Infinix Note 5 that is yet to launch will run on Android 8.1 Oreo, crowned with an Android One badge for clean, stock Android directly from Google.The first infinix device to run on Android One was infinix hot 2.
The specs of the phone are not yet known, but we can speculate based on the past that it will be a 6 inch device with a 1080p display, and since it is 2018, the bezels will be greatly reduced. Maybe there will be a dual camera system on the Pro version and a single camera on the normal version.
What we know though is that the X-pen on the Pro will be updated. I hope this time it will be much better, and hidden within the phone.
The Hot 6 has face unlock, so it’s no-brainer but i do not think face unlock will make an appearance on the Note 5 because till date there is no AndroidOne device with Face unlock. Some people might complain that we should be getting dual cameras in 2018 but the Note is not a camera-centric device so we won’t fault Infinix if it decides to skip that frenzy. Reliable sources point to a 13MP main camera paired with an 8MP selfie shooter which should serve just fine.
Rumored Infinix Note 5 Key Specs
・6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2160 pixels
・Android 8.1 Oreo with 3GB RAM
・Octa-core 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P23 MT6763T
・32GB built-in storage, upgradeable up to 128GB
・12MP rear camera and 16MP front camera
・4500mAh non-removable Li-Po Battery
Infinix have already announced a June 24th launch date, with the pin dropped in Dubai for the launch.
The Infinix Zero 5 (X603) is the latest flagship model device from Infinix Mobility. It sports a Helio P25 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 12MP+13MP rear dual cameras. Owners of this device may be wondering “how to root the Infinix Zero 5?” Techlifeghana has you covered.
Because the Infinix Zero 5 is a Mediatek-based device, rooting it is a fairly simple process. Just follow the simple guide below, and use the comments if you encounter any difficulties.
Note: This is only required if your Infinix Zero 5 came with a locked bootloader, such as from certain telecoms – if your Infinix Zero 5 is already unlocked, you can go ahead and skip to the next part of this guide.
Warning: Unlocking your bootloader will perform a factory reset on your device, please backup all of your important data before proceeding.
Go to Settings > About Phone > tap on Build Number 7 times, until Developer Mode is activated.
Now go to Settings > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.
Connect your Infinix Zero 5 to your PC via USB, and accept the ADB pairing dialogue on your phone’s screen.
Go into the main folder of your ADB installation, hold Shift + right click, and select “Open a Command Window Here”.
In the ADB command window, type the following command: adb devices
If the ADB connection is successfully recognized, the console will display your Infinix Zero 5’s serial number. If not, you may need to troubleshoot your ADB installation or USB connection.
If the connection was recognized, go ahead and type into the ADB window: adb reboot bootloader
This will reboot your Infinix Zero 5 to the bootloader menu – from here, type into the ADB console: fastboot oem unlock
Now just follow the on-screen instructions on your phone to unlock the bootloader. When its complete, you can hold the Power button for about 10 seconds to initiate a reboot to the Android system.
How to Flash TWRP and Root the Infinix Zero 5
Download the TWRP and Magisk files from the Requirements section of this guide.
Place the TWRP .img file inside the main directory of your ADB installation, and copy the Magisk .zip file to your phone’s external SD card.
While your Infinix Zero 5 is connected to your PC via USB, launch a new ADB command window.
Now type into the ADB command window: fastboot flash recovery TWRP_recovery.img
After it successfully flashes TWRP, type into the ADB window: fastboot reboot recovery
Your Infinix Zero 5 should now reboot into TWRP recovery. It will most likely ask for a password due to phone encryption – just cancel it and swipe to allow /system modifications.
Important: Before proceeding, you should go to Backup > Boot.Img, so you will always have a copy of your un-rooted boot.img and you can flash OTA .zip files at a later date, without needing to hunt for a compatible stock boot .img for your Infinix Zero 5 through the internet.
From the TWRP main menu, go to Flash > SD Card > choose the Magisk .zip you transferred earlier. Swipe right to flash it.
After Magisk has been flashed (it will root your phone and also disable DM-verity and forced encryption), go to TWRP main menu > Wipe > Advanced Wipe > Format Data in F2FS FORMAT!! If you format your data as Ext4, you will experience bootloops to recovery.
Once your data has been formatted, you can now Reboot to Recovery, and your storage will be mounted. You can now reboot to Android system, and enjoy your newly rooted Infinix Zero 5!
How to Flash OTA Updates on Rooted Infinix Zero 5
After rooting your device, you will not be able to download and install OTA updates via the Update manager in the Android Settings menu. You will need to manually flash OTA .zip files through TWRP, then go through the process of rooting your phone again.
When OTA updates are released through the Update manager, you have the choice of downloading them as a .zip file, rather than automatically upgrading your phone.
Download the OTA .zip, and it will be found in Root/cache/update.zip and also Root/data/data/com.google.android.gms/app_download/update.zip
Copy the update.zip file to your SD card, then reboot to TWRP Recovery.
Now you need to flash a stock boot.img as I told you in the rooting section of this guide – if you did not create a backup of yours, you will need to download the official Infinix Zero 5 stock ROM and extract the boot.img from the .zip file, copy it to your SD card, and flash it through TWRP.
Once you have flashed the stock boot.img, you may now proceed to flash the OTA update.zip. Do not reboot your phone after this – you will corrupt your /system.
At this point you should create another backup of the stock boot.img, and then flash the Magisk.zip to root your Infinix Zero 5 (if you wish to be rooted again).
You can now reboot to the Android system and enjoy your latest Android version on your Infinix Zero 5!
Infinix Ghana opened it’s first Experience shop in Ghana last tuesday at the Achimota Retail centre, the Experience shop opening offered the media the opportunity to be the first to preview Infinix’s latest flagship device, the S3.
The new Infinix Experience Shop at Achimota Retail Centre is to offer customers the full infinix experience across smart phones category,customers will enjoy a premium shopping experience with world class customer services from trained shop assistants and managers. Undoubtedly, anyone who visits the new infinix Experience Shop will have a truly memorable experience.
The Experience shop is the place to go to for all infinix devices and quick help with you infinix smartphone software issues but all major repair will be still handled by calcare the officail repair centre for infinix devices.The shop also has a charging dock for you to charge your phone whilst you shop.
The Infinix S3 was also launched on the same day.The new Experience shop is a good initiative as it will serve as intermediary between the customer and the brand and it will also help solve minor issues without having to go to calcare for repairs, i hope the experience shop will be replicated nationwide as it will help solve many minor issues for infinix users .
Infinix is well known for providing top of the line features and the best quality in its products through their series of smartphones. The most important point to remember is that their phones are accessible to daily users which eventually appeals to masses. This is all because of their visionary policy that every individual has the right to afford high-quality smartphones with latest features and looking to serve it’s numerous fans well Infinix Ghana will today open its first Exclusive Shop in Accra at the Achimota retail Centre. It would be be a one-stop shop for the sale of all Infinix products released in Ghana and to grace the occasion Infinix Ghana will launch the S3 which is their first phone for the year 2018.
The highlights of the S3 is a 20 MP front camera for the first time in the S product line. The camera features low light selfie enhancement and bokeh effect along with 18:9 infinity display, which means the photos taken with S3 will be very bright and clear even in low light, and will also provide a high-quality professional photographic look in full view display.
Along with the HD full view experience, users will also enjoy all of the top features in this model, including the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 430 Octa-core Mobile Platform, latest Android 8.0 Oreo, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, powerful 4000 mAH battery life, face ID, dual flash, multi-window function and many more.
Infinix S3 is a perfect combination of functionality and aesthetics, owing to its simple and sleek design that perfectly fits in the palms of a user, making users’ experience absolutely comfortable. Infinix S3 comes with 5.7 inches’ full view 18:9 display. The front part has 2.5D curved edges and a fingerprint scanner on the back.
On the camera optics, Infinix S3 is equipped with a 20-megapixel front camera with 4-in-1 low light selfie camera mode, dual soft LED flash, which helps in capturing perfect selfies even in low light condition. The front camera also comes with a unique feature called Full View selfie mode, which allows users to capture selfies on full view screen. Its beauty function let you take Bokeh shots, where you can blur the background and make the subject standout. Whereas the 13-megapixel rear camera supports PDAF and F2.0 aperture with features like touch focus, HDR, panorama and professional camera setting for enhancing the overall photography experience.
Infinix S3 is powered by the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 430 Octa-core Mobile Platform with the latest Android Oreo operating system and customised XOS 3.0 user interface. Infinix Hot S3 has massive 4000mAh battery that provides great battery life for 2 days on normal usage.
Infinix S3 will be available in 3GB+32GB of memory. It is a dual SIM smartphone with dedicated microSD card slot, which can support up to 128GB memory card. The phone will be available in two colors – Sandstone Black & Blush Gold.
Infinix Ghana is about to launch their first device in 2018 and the device to lead the entry is the heir to the well loved S2 which has paid it dues and now has to give way for a new heir which is the S3 ( HOT S3 ). The S3 is going to be the first INFINIX device to have the now popular 18:9 aspect ratio with a Full HD resolution.
The display is 5.65 inches and maintains the 2.5D curved screen that has become sort of a signature design choice for Infinix smartphones. The phone boasts of a screen-to-body ratio of 81%.
The major change S3 is bringing is the processor; the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 coupled with Adreno 505 GPU and either 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM respectively.
There is also another change in the camera setup ; there are no more dual front cameras and instead there is a single 20MP front camera with dual LED flash and also a single 13MP back camera (also with dual LED) which I hope takes even better photos than last year’s model. The S3 runs on Oreo out of the box and that means the phone supports Project Treble which translates to significantly faster updates for your smartphone.
The S3 comes with a massive 4000mAh battery which promises incredible battery life, unlike its predecessors, this phone supports fast charging, so you’re sure you won’t wait long hours to have significant power in your smartphone.
From the above information gathered about the phone it promises to be a great and promising device ,The phone hasn’t launched in Ghana but the price should be around 700 -790 GHS.
Smartphones have become a part of our everyday lives; We use them for communication, taking pictures, saving documents on the cloud, internet browsing and even as a power bank to charge other smartphones, basically we cannot live without our smartphones. Since the smartphone is now part of our lives it is advisable to buy a smartphone that will be the perfect fit for you but then, with the wide variety of smartphones available in the market it is never easy to decide which one to pick. It is always tough deciding the one that may suit our needs best.
Here’s a list of things you should consider before you decide to buy your next smartphone.
After Sales Services:
If you are buying any smartphone, the first thing you have to check is if it is launched in Ghana officially or not. Also make sure, the smartphone company has a service center nearby your location. So if anything goes wrong with your smartphone, you can fix it at its service center. At the time of purchasing ask for receipt and original company warranty card and make sure you are getting a device on the sealed packed box. It is better to buy a smartphone from showrooms rather than from mobile retail stores because I have heard that many retailer shops exchange original accessories from the box with duplicate one. Though you will get less discount, at showrooms compared to retailer stores, but you will be on a safe side and don’t have to worry if you are being scammed.Please do not go buying phones at the roadside all in the name of getting a good bargain you might end up worse off.
Build Quality And Design
Build is all about durability of a smartphone. The entire handset market is largely divided in two types of builds — metal and plastic.
There are some that even have glass-coated panels, but those are very limited. If you are one of those prone to dropping your smartphone, it’s advisable to go for a metal or a plastic built handset.
These can sustain drops from 2-3 feet, while glass-based handset are sure to shatter.
The definition of a good or bad smartphone design is highly subjective, but if you care about build quality and aesthetics, look for a metal or glass design, or a phone that offers both. There are some cheap handsets that have plastic bodies, but in general, we’d avoid them unless your top consideration is to save money. (One of the benefits of a glass back is that it enables the phone to provide wireless charging, but you should check to make sure that this feature is offered.)
If you’re concerned about durability, make sure your phone is water-resistant. A typical spec you’ll see is IP67, which means that the phone should be able to survive being submerged in 3 feet (about 1 meter) of water for 30 minutes. In other words, you won’t have to worry about your phone being damaged if it gets wet.
A handful of phones, such as the Moto Z2 Force, go the extra mile by featuring a shatterproof glass display. But at the very least, you should shop for a phone that has a Gorilla Glass display, which should protect your device from short drops (though a protective case will help with that, too).
A good phone needs a good processor which will help it translate to faster open times for apps, smoother gameplay and quicker photo editing, but you don’t have to pay attention to cores or clock speed. It’s better to look at the performance results in phone reviews, such as Geekbench, which measures overall performance, as well as real-world tests runs.
Apart from Apple,Samsung and Huawei who produce their own processors ,most smartphone producers depend on MediaTek and Qualcomm.smartphones that come with Qualcomm chipset as Qualcomm’s GPUs (Adreno) are always better than the GPUs found on MediaTek and Exynos chipset.
Among Android phones, the Snapdragon 835 and currently the 845 processor is the class-leading chip. It’s the processor to get if you want the best possible virtual-reality and gaming performance, as well as better efficiency, which translates to longer battery life.
The Snapdragon 600 series powers midtier smartphones, such as the Moto G5 Plus. These processors offer good overall performance, but don’t expect to play the most demanding games without lag, or to experience great VR.
Other CPU players include Huawei, whose octa-core Kirin processor provides advanced AI capabilities in the Mate 10 Pro. For instance, the camera is smart enough to recognize whether you’re shooting flowers or food in real time and adjusts its settings on the fly.
So if you are a heavy user who need to edit images/videos/documents online, play heavy games, stream videos or often use apps in split screen mode, then smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung’s Exynos, Huawei’s Kirin should make multitasking fluid for you.
Light users will be happy with handsets that come with MediaTek processors.
RAM and Memory
Most people complains that their smartphones start getting lags after 3-4 months usage and the reason behind this is lack of enough RAM . If you have had your Android device for a while, you have probably started to notice some lag that wasn’t there before. Apps load a bit slower, menus take a bit longer to show up and you have probably installed more apps as you continue to use your device, some of which open at startup and run in the background. If you have installed a lot of apps that run in the background, they can consume CPU resources, fill up RAM, and slow down your device.If you are going to buy a smartphone please avoid buying phones with 1gb ram it will fail when you need it the most, if you are a light user 2gb ram will be good enough for you but if you are a heavy user then you have to get at least 3gb ram and above to be able to multitask fluidly.
Apps are becoming bigger and bigger and updates are also not getting any smaller so in order to avoid the usual “not enough memory syndrome ” avoid buying 8gb rom and 16gb rom devices they will fail you also , the least amount of memory on a phone in 2018 should be 32gb rom for standard devices and 64 for flagships.
Given that some games can easily take up more than 1GB of storage — not to mention how many high-res photos and videos smartphone owners are capturing — we highly recommend opting for as much internal storage as possible.
The minimum on most premium handsets these days is 32GB. We recommend 64GB if you shoot a lot of photos and video, and 128GB if you like to record 4K video and download a ton of games.
A microSD card can help expand your storage. It is available on many Android phones, but Apple’s phones don’t offer this option.
We are at a point in smartphone evolution where the camera matters more than the processor, especially considering most people use their phones as their primary shooters. More and more smartphones boast cameras with at least 12 megapixels, but don’t go by only that stat. Instead, pay attention to image quality, aperture, speed and features.
The Tecno Phantom and Infinix Zero 5 impress with their dual cameras on the back, offering a true 2x optical zoom and Portrait Mode for blurring out the background (adding a bokeh effect). The Infinix Zero 5 goes a step further with a camera on the front that enables Portraits.The Google Pixel 2 offers a Portrait Mode without dual cameras, as it leverages artificial intelligence and software to create the same effect with the rear and front cameras. But what impresses us even more is the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s low-light performance. The phone’s wide f/1.8 aperture (the lower the number, the wider the aperture), combined with Google’s advanced HDR technology, outgunned the latest iPhones indoors. When it comes to video, pay attention not just to the resolution but also the frame rate. 4K at 60 frames per second is considered cutting edge. But the stability of that footage is also key, so look for lenses that offer optical (and not digital) stabilization.
When buying a smartphone for pictures and videos smartphone, make sure your smartphone has Sony or Samsung’s Image sensors. Higher number of pixels mean that the size of the image is bigger, which becomes more sharper when seen on a small screen.
A photographer enthusiast might want a camera with 12 or 16MP sensor under f/2.0 or lower aperture for speedy shots even in low lights. A casual shooter can go by even with an 8MP 0r 12MP camera with f/2.0-f/2.2 aperture.
The size and resolution of display depends on how you use your smartphone. If you often stream videos, edit photos or videos, or download and view movies, then a smartphone display ranging from 5.5-inch to 6-inch, full-HD or QHD resolution should be good enough for you.
Anything larger than a 6-inch display not just makes the handset extra bulky, but also difficult to carry around. If you are a regular user and largely use the smartphone for checking emails, chatting and browsing social media apps, then anything from 5-inch to 5.5-inch HD or full-HD display handsets is perfect, so in choosing a display make sure the display comes with AMOLED or IPS LCD panel. The AMOLED screen produces more vibrant colors and deep back, whereas IPS LCD screen produces natural colors. If the display is 5inch or below 5inch, 720×1280 pixels resolution should be enough to produce sharp text. But if the display, then above 5 inches makes sure the resolution is a Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) or higher. Also, don’t forget to check viewing angles and brightness of the display before purchasing any smartphone.
The battery usage differs from user to user depending on the way he/she uses the smartphone.
If you want to be able to juice your phone up in a hurry, check to see whether your phone offers fast wireless charging. If you’re shopping for an Android phone, you might check that it supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 (or an earlier version of the standard).
The latest iPhones also offer fast charging, but they come at a cost.
Removable batteries have fallen out of favor with most smartphone-makers, especially with more users demanding water resistance. But there are some benefits to this kind of design. Once your existing battery stops holding a charge for as long as it did when it was fresh, you can just swap in a new one without having to pay for a replacement service or a new phone.
If you are a heavy user and work on apps, play games, stream videos and more then go for a smartphone with at least 3500mAh battery or above. If you are an average or light user, a handset with 3000mAh battery would be good enough to run for a full day.
OS TYPE :IOS OR ANDROID
Android dominates worldwide smartphone sales, and for good reason. You will find many more choices than iOS when it comes to design, display size, specs, capabilities and price. Plus, Android is an open OS, which means it’s easier to customize with awesome launchers and widgets.
With the latest version of Android 8.0 Oreo, Google now offers faster performance, a picture-in-picture feature for having two apps open at once and Notification Dots to quickly see what’s new.
However, when a new version of Android arrives, it can take several months (or longer) for the updated OS to hit your phone. There are two exceptions to this: Google’s own Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, which get security and software updates directly from Google. Otherwise, check to see if the phone maker has announced when (and if) it’s planning to upgrade its devices to the latest version of Android.
All of the latest iPhones as well as older handsets like the iPhone SE — run the latest version of Apple’s operating system. iOS 11 offers several enhancements, including a more useful Control Center, editing of Live Photos, a real files app (finally) and a redesigned app store.
The biggest reasons to opt for an iOS device include its ease of use, access to OS updates as soon as they’re available (unlike most Android phones) and ability to work seamlessly with Apple devices (such as the iPhone and the Mac). iOS is also more secure than Android.
Apple’s App Store tends to get the hottest apps and games before Android, partly because developers have an easier time targeting a smaller set of devices that have similar specs, so when buying a smartphone it is advisable to buy an OS you are comfortable with but do not buy based on hearsay or what is trending.For frequent OS updates apple is ahead of android; apple supports a device with up to 4 years of update support whilst android devices like the pixel series enjoy up 2 years updates support whilst android devices take time due to OEM’S lackadaisical attitude .
Fingerprint vs. Facial Recognition Security
A fingerprint sensor makes it fairly easy to unlock your phone without having to enter a password or PIN. Most of these devices are fairly fast but can get tripped up if you have sweat or crumbs on your fingers.
We would pay attention to the placement of the sensor when buying a phone. For instance, LG places its sensor in the middle on the back of its phones, while Samsung’s sensor is awkwardly located next to the camera on the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8.
The iPhone’s Touch ID lets you buy items in the App Store and real-world goods via Apple Pay, while fingerprint sensors in Samsung phones can be used with the Samsung Pay service or Android Pay. Once reserved for higher-end phones, fingerprint sensors are now included in much more affordable phones like the Infinix and Tecno .
Thanks to Face ID in the iPhone X, and the face scanning and iris scanning in Samsung’s devices, facial recognition is starting to gain momentum. We’ve found Face ID in particular to be reliable in bright sunlight and in the dark, but it’s a bit slower than Touch ID.
Headphone jack/USB port
Ports too can be a factor to consider. Although both micro-USB and USB Type-C ports are available in smartphones these days, it is preferable to switch to USB Type-C not just because it is easy to plug in but also it is future-proof.
More number of smartphones have started incorporating the new standard. Few have started ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack as well but there might be good two years before all the OEMs completely switched to USB Type-C based headphones jacks.
Speakers and the quality of audio coming out of it can be an important parameter for those who rely on heavy video streaming or video conferences. If you like entertainment-on-the-go, buy a handset that has front-facing speakers. This gives clear sound even while holding the smartphone in landscape mode.
If you don’t indulge in video streaming or video conferencing much, then a regular handset with bottom-firing speakers should be just fine. Those with speakers placed at the back are also fine.
What’s Most Important To You?
Battery? The camera? Overall cost? You need to decide what you want from a phone and have clear objectives and ideas about how you’re going to be using it. Think about what you use most in your every day-to-day life already.
Most people don’t NEED a flagship, really, they just like having them for the prestige. This is why phones are marketed so heavily, they want you to think you need them and cannot live without all that new stuff.
Do you want it to have it all? If so, look at the flagships – these are always the best performers in all respects.
Do You Even Need A Smartphone?
Do you only use your phone for making calls and sending text messages? If so, you might need a feature phone that has INSANE battery life (and not much else).
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