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iphone 5Apple iPhone 5s

£38 per month

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£38 per month

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nokia lumia 1020Nokia Lumia 1020

£35 per month

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iPhone 5C

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Although the Apple iPhone 5s looks like the same as its predecessor on the outside, there have been a lot of additions and upgrades made which make it its own phone. Some people call this phone an unnecessary upgrade for those who are still using the iPhone 5, but there are a variety of features that make it worth considering. With 64-bit support as well as a capacitive fingerprint sensor, it definitely has some new things to offer Apple users.

Screen

The 4.5-inch display may seem a little small to some, but it offers 64-bit support and amazingly vivid colors that were previously a bit drab. This phone comes with a retina display as well as a pixel density of 326, which is fairly impressive all things considered. The iPhone 5s also has a brightness rating of 500 nits, making it superior to the iPhone 5, at least in this respect.

Design

This phone has been designed with a fingerprint scanner which serves numerous purposes, but it is something that hasn’t been implemented well in the past, that is not until now. Apple has managed to integrate a very smart and highly functional fingerprint sensor into the home button which has a silver ring around it. The steel ring that surrounds the sensor is essentially a trigger which is used to detect the fingerprint of the phone’s owner, initiating a scan once it is touched.

The 5s has a very speedy design as well, with the M7 Motion Coprocessor as well as the A7 chip which make it extraordinarily fast. The iOS 7, which this phone uses, offers a whole new interface and numerous bonus features like refreshed multitasking view along with AirDrop and Control Center. Although the somewhat cartoonish colors and design of this new OS have been criticized, it still has quite a bit to offer.

Features

The HD-front facing camera on this phone which can be used with FaceTime has received a fairly significant upgrade. This camera is now 1.2 megapixels and can shoot 720p video. All video is recorded in MPEG-4 format with a resolution of 1080p, which is pretty impressive. Although the audio is recorded very clearly, there are sometimes problems with background noise. The touch ID fingerprint scanner is probably one of the fancier bells and whistles on this phone, but it actually does serve a fairly important purpose and works well. There are also two new colour options with this phone, providing consumers with the option of either Space Gray or Gold.

Conclusion

Overall, the iPhone 5s is an excellent smartphone that uses some of the most cutting-edge technology and features that are both exciting and practical. With a CPU that uses Apple’s own unique M7 coprocessor technology as well as a sleek design that really catches the eye, it is most definitely a step up from the iPhone 5. Whether or not this phone is an absolute necessity for those who are still using the previous model is debatable, but it is definitely still has a lot to offer in almost every category.

 

Nokia Lumia 1020

nokia lumiaThe Nokia Lumia 1020 is not a top of the line smart phone, but it does have some features that many consumers will find very enticing, including the highly impressive 41MP camera. This compact phone seems to have been designed on the basis of less is more, but don’t let the size fool you, because there are still quite a few things about it that are worth mentioning.

Screen

This phone has the same 4.5-inch PureMotion HD display, which users will notice is slightly smaller than some of the other popular smart phones on the market. The Lumia 1020 has a resolution of 1,280×768, which makes for a very nice display quality with very minimal noise and sharp colours that pop right out of the screen. Users will have the option to adjust the master brightness settings on the phone as well as the sunlight readability, which is a particularly nice feature.

Design

One of the smaller and more lightweight modern smartphones on the market, the Lumia 1020 weights only 158g, which is significantly less than the 920 which weighs a total of 185g. Those who like a phone that they can carry around in their pocket without a huge annoying bulge will definitely find that this smaller less weighty design is definitely an improvement. The 1020 is 0.6mm wider than its predecessor, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your own personal preferences. This phone’s 32GB of internal storage is enough for the average user, but those who want to use all of the different camera features might want to opt for more.

Features

The 42MP camera is definitely one of the more noteworthy features on this phone, and it is perfect for those who fancy themselves amateur photographers. This camera has a Xenon flash which is quite powerful and makes for a very wide range of coverage. Those who don’t want to bother with all of the fancier features that this camera comes with can simply tap to focus and allow the auto settings to do the bulk of the work.

The 1020 records video in 1080p at 30 frames per second, and there are lots of different customizable options available as well as manual settings for those who don’t want to mess with them. The camera on this phone is particular good at stabilizing itself when shaking occurs, but the audio tends to sound like it was recorded in mono when played back. As a whole though, this camera, which is the anchor of the entire phone, is very solid.

Conclusion

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a great little smartphone that has a lot to offer the average user, though some may find it to be inadequate depending on their expectations and needs. This phone uses a Dual-core 1.5GHz processor, which is significantly slower than many of the other models on the market. Its small compact size is something which will no doubt attract many consumers, and overall it is a nice phone with modest specs and features.

Stay Connected With The ZTE MF730M Dongle

displaymedia.ashxThe ZTE MF730M dongle is now available from Three stores and three.co.uk on both monthly and Pay As You Go price plans.

Available for a one-off upfront cost of £4.99 on a one-month rolling contract of £15.99/month for 5GB of data, or from £24.99 on Pay As You Go with 1GB of data pre-loaded. The ZTE MF730M dongle is connected to Three’s Advanced 3G network, which already covers over 80 per cent of the UK population.

If you don’t have a connected tablet or want to stay online but don’t have a modem built into your laptop, the ZTE MF730M dongle connects to the internet via Three’s mobile network. Simply plug it into your laptop and you are ready to browse the internet, work on the go, stream videos, download music and files or play online games just as you would on your phone.

The handy dongle is just 86mm long and 10.5mm slim, it fits easily inside a pocket, briefcase or bag so simple to access and use while you are travelling.

According to the latest YouGov DongleTrack survey, Three is the best rated network for mobile broadband, leading on 11 out of 12 measures of quality including download speeds, network coverage, quality and reliability[1].

Key features

– Plug it straight into your laptop to get the internet whenever you want
– Connects to Three’s Advanced 3G (DC-HSDPA) mobile network
– Works with PC and Mac
– Windows 8 certified

Games The Most Popular Type Of App

smartphone appsIt would be fair to say that the app industry is exploding, with smartphone users well and truly making uses of the markets they have available to them. Following such popularity, various surveys have been conducted and the results make interesting reading to say the least.

The Nielsen survey gives the most detailed information, starting with the fact that most Android, iPhone and Windows Phone 7 users are very likely to download games for their handset. Blackberry owners on the other hand appear to be more satisfied with the selection that comes pre-loaded, with the survey suggesting that this is the preferred choice for them.

The survey highlighted that there is plenty of quality in games on the application market, with 93% of users claiming that they would pay for game content having downloaded an application in the last thirty days. This was in contrast to 76% who said the same about normal apps. This, along with other statistics in the survey, highlighted that games were the most popular type of download in the application market.

When it comes to the platform for games, the iPhone appears to win hands down. The survey quoted iPhone users spending an average of 14.7 hours each month playing games, compared to Android owners who tallied up 9.3 hours. Its worth noting that the average time for mobile games is 7.8 hours per month, which again highlights the quality in the market.

One manufacturer that will be disappointed with the results is Microsoft, whose Windows Phone 7 platform scored poorly throughout the survey. This is despite the fact that the phones appear all geared towards gaming, with features such as Xbox Live integrated to push this further. While Windows dominated the gaming world on the PC platform, they could now be advised to take a look at competitors Apple who appear to be completely running the mobile gaming world through their iPhone applications.