GALAXY NOTE 4 REMAINS THE BEST CHOICE

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The family notes was initially synonymous with phablet. But now that this definition is cleared, the Note family has acquired another connotation. Now Galaxy Note is synonymous of productivity and quality.

Package

The cardboard box of Notes 4 contains the power supply 2A, a USB-microUSB cable, the in-ear headphones and all its adapters.

Construction and ergonomics

Aesthetically Galaxy Note 4 is not a revolution in the phablet Samsung family. The line remains recognizable and unchanged and the back is in imitation leather (it is still plastic). Especially in white color we tested the back has little convinced us, but it is still a rather subjective factor. The profile for the first time in metal. Instead of this, however, the central part was painted plastic.

Frontally, always speaking of design, it’s nice glass that becomes more rounded on the outside, however, effect just mentioned and not particularly eye-catching. We reassure everyone was afraid of “cracks” on the outer frame. None of this is present and indeed, the assembly remains a very strong point of this device. The step forward from last year is important, but there is still significant room for improvement.

Hardware

Notes is often synonymous with hardware innovation. This year there is a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor 2.7 GHz cores. Coupled we also have the new Adreno 420 graphics processor and RAM is always 3GB. Connectivity then reaches amazing peaks of this Note 4: LTE up to 300 Mbps (faster on paper of each competitor), Wi-Fi dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, video out via microUSB MHL, Miracast connectivity, and even MirrorLink for GLONASS satellites.

The speaker has been moved to the back, certainly less functional than 3 notes, but still has a good volume and good sound quality (comparable to S5). We can not forget the S Pen, now even more sensitive and, on the back, the usual function key.

The internal memory is less than 32 GB and is expandable using a microSD. Compared to Notes 3 also we gain two new S5 already seen: the heart rate sensor and fingerprint reader. The first has been enhanced with new features, including the oxygen in the blood reader, the reader of the stress level and the UV level player. The second will allow you to protect your data, unlock the smartphone and make payments through PayPal. Just as to S5, the reading accuracy is optimal, but the gesture to use it is not practical and is not achievable with a single hand. Missing the FM radio.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera has a 16 megapixel camera with LED flash, but it is not ISOCELL, as of S5. The shooting interface is very similar  and other shooting functions have also been removed, relegating almost all to download optional. The quality of the shots has definitely affected us positively, giving us pretty much at every opportunity-rich shots of details, color fidelity and highly “reusable”. The videos are adjustable even in 4K (but in this case you lose the optical image stabilization). The gallery is also worthy of Samsung software suite, making it very smooth on every occasion, even with synchronization with active cloud services. Inside there is a great recognition function of the scenes and a great Studio software, to apply cool effects. Among the shortcomings we highlight the continuing absence of HDR and the inability to record video in slow motion with audio and then edit them.

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Display

The screen is an incredible QHD (ie 2560 x 1440 pixels) 5.7-inch. The size is not increased compared to Notes 3, but is instead increased the resolution, making it impossible to distinguish in pixels, not only in normal distance, but also approaching the display. If you are wondering the real utility of a screen resolution so high, you’re in good company, but since the color fidelity, brightness and autonomy (as we shall see later) will not be affected, we can only appreciate this update. Automatic brightness works well and we experienced a feature which clears the screen and raises the brightness when the display is exposed to direct sunlight. The result is that the screen is always perfectly visible.

Software

The software is updated to the 4.4.4 KitKat version of Android and already enjoys a multitasker tabbed reminiscent of Android 5.0 Lollipop. List each software feature of this phone is impossible but we have a major reorganization. Also rationalized the multiwindows functionality, reducing the need to open the side panel (which loses the tab) and allowing you to reduce the window to open application with a wave and do the same even with the app open in multitasking.
There is S Finder for the global search and the menu Quick Connect, as this is still the booster download, advanced energy saving, the lock mode (not to be disturbed at certain times), and the private mode to share “sensitive content “from the rest of the phone. S Health has a greater number of functions and S Voice can also be activated from off screen.
By accessing the GALAXY APPS (the Samsung store for the app) you can download free software like Office Hancome, SketchBook and Soundcamp. The first is probably the best management software of Office documents at the present time on Android, the second is an excellent app to draw and the third is a DAW for musicians who also supports low latency USB audio and MIDI tools.

SONY XPERIA Z5 REVIEW

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The Sony Xperia Z5 is a good smartphone or it’s another one? Here the Xperia Z5 review.

Package

Inside the box we will find  1.5A power supply and a USB-microUSB cable. Inadequate for a top of the range.

Construction and Ergonomics

Sony Xperia Z5 keeps your simple design, also change a number of the details of the product compared to the previous year. The new Sony serious looks is extremely elegant (in the dark color we tested) and impact. Really very nice rear glazed glass that of contrast, however, dramatically worsens the grip on the smartphone, making it one of the most slippery smartphone currently on the market. Comfortable keys on the side and the balance of the volume is a bit ‘small. Very good the presence of the physical shutter button.

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Hardware

The processor within this smartphone is the same Snapdragon 810 octa-core that we had also seen in Xperia Z3 + and has a clock frequency of 2 GHz. The RAM is 3GB and the internal memory is 32 GB expandable via memory microSD. Great compartment on the connectivity: up to 300 Mbps LTE, Bluetooth 4.1 Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS and GLONASS, Miracast, MirrorLink, DLNA, MHL and support for Dual Shock controller. Too bad for the warming to after prolonged use of the smartphone.

Good the two front speakers. They will not reach the quality and potency of other competitors, but they are well placed. Discreet fingerprint reader.

Camera

The camera is now with 23 megapixels and is assisted by a single LED flash. The photo quality is very good. However excellent videos that are recorded with a spectacular stabilization software. Good software. Poor the front camera: only 5 megapixel.

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Display

The 5.2-inch display has a resolution (very good) of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is made of IPS technology. Offers good brightness, a good regulation of the automatic brightness and also discrete viewing angles. He fails to impress as other competitors, but it is without a doubt a great display.

Software

Android version is customized with a version of the interface is not particularly invasive. More invasive however many preinstalled apps. The system is extremely smooth, responsive and even slightly cleaned up from previous versions. Too bad for the lack of some “smart” features, but remain small app floating, Movie Creator to make small video from photos and video and the ability to change the theme of interface.

 

XPERIA Z5 IS A GOOD SMARTPHONE?

For me Xperia Z5 is the best phone Sony but it’s very expensive: this is the problem. For me Xperia Z5 compact is the best choice: the size of display is perfect!

APPLE IPHONE 6S

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Package

Inside the box you will find from 1A wall adapter, USB-Lightning cable and of good quality Apple headphones.

Construction and ergonomics

If the data sheet indicates that the phone is slightly heavier and just as often, the reality is different: the product is virtually identical to that of the previous year and stands out, not have them both, only for the iPhone marked S (without the 6) on the back. The smartphone is made ​​of aluminum 7000 series and is much more robust than the previous version. But in everyday use we confirm that there are no substantial differences. The smartphone is compact, very convenient to use and carry in your pocket. The only fault that can be attributed to it being slightly slide.
Also good all physical buttons (power, volume, and home of the silent switch button) that have a click decided to pressure.

Hardware

The last time a smartphone Apple doubled its amount of RAM dates back to 2012 (with the iPhone 5). That is why we should not underestimate the considerable increase in power that the 2 GB can lead to this device, then joined the new Apple A9 processor dual core 1.84 GHz. The internal memory is available in denominations of 16, 64 and 128 GB . The smaller version is to be recommended only to those who can not spend € 100 more needed to version “later.”
LTE connectivity is up to 300 Mbps, Wi-Fi supports the two bands, Bluetooth 4.2 and is the NFC (though usable only for Apple Pay -not in Italy-). There is GPS with GLONASS, but is absent on the FM radio and the infrared port.
Impressive then the recognition speed of the fingerprint reader called Touch ID 2. The speed is almost doubled and the recognition is so fast that in many cases it is almost impossible to be able to see notifications on the lock screen.

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Camera

Instead, from the iPhone 4s that the camera does not receive an upgrade in terms of resolution. Now we have a new 12 megapixel with dual LED flash, while the front camera is 5 megapixels. The already excellent quality of the camera of the iPhone 6 has yet received a small improvement. The software is fast, simple to use and the pictures are full of details with a good HDR automatically takes action when necessary. Of course, shooting options are few and there are no other big news, if not the “flash” front used by coloring the display in the moment of the shot. An idea very functional (and views already on other phones). Remarkable lights in panoramic photo management.
The videos are recorded base in Full HD or 4K or Full HD at 60 fps. There remains the possibility to do timelapse and video in slow motion. Absolute quality of the shots is no longer an unattainable benchmark for the competition, but Apple has done what had to remain at least in the top 3.
The live pictures (3 seconds of video along with photos)? Unnecessary.

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display

The screen remained essentially unchanged. A great example 4.7-inch IPS display with resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels. The viewing angles are good and almost perfect color rendering.
The real novelty lies in the 3D Touch, which allows the user to apply pressure (of two different intensities) on the screen for additional functionality. If some of the functions shown by Apple are little more than demos, others are very intelligent and will make you feel the lack of that possibility when you should use any other smartphone.

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Software

iOS is the version 9.0.2. The novelties are not many and mostly concern the new 3D Touch, some new apps and a new management of multitasking. Of course the news does not really end there, but they are small adjustments that improve usability without distorting it. The Apple paradigm is unchanged: iPhone = iOS. To appreciate better then an iPhone you will have no regrets embrace the whole Apple ecosystem, especially iCloud.

Why buy Iphone 6s?

I think Iphone 6S is not the best smartphone but it’s the most cool!
With this phone you buy a status. It’s not only a simple smartphone!

 

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Iphone 6s price

It’s true, Iphone 6s is expensive. This is a smartphone top. If we see the alternative is all very expensive. In this case we buy not only the smartphone but the cool status.