News & Reviews: Apple iPhone 5S
Last Updated: Apr 09, 2014
After the Apple iPhone 5S made mobile device history with it's A7 64-bit processor, there has been a race of sorts to see who will come out with the first 64-bit Android smartphone. Qualcomm has already announced 64-bit Snapdragon processors, but it seems that rumours are indicating that the first 64-bit Android smartphone will be the ZTE Apollo. The still unreleased and unannounced smartphone will supposedly be using either the Snapdragon 808 or the Snadragon 810 processor, both of which are 64-bit. However, other sources indicate that the ZTE Apollo could be coming this year, which means it would have to settle for the lower-end but still powerful and 64-bit ready Snapdragon 610 or 615 processors. The Snapdragon 808 and 810 processors are expected in 2015. Mediatek and other budget processor makers have yet to announce any 64-bit chips but we expect them to come out with their versions very soon.
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2014
As far as mobile operating systems go, Android and iOS are two of the top ranking ones but the common misconception is that iOS is more stable than Android. However, a survey done by Crittercism shows that this is not only untrue, but that Android 4.x and above is 2x more stable than iOS 7.1. Crittercism processed more than 30000 request over 1 billion mobile users and the survey is quite extensive, covering complexity, app responsiveness, crash rates and a lot more such as error rates for cloud services. The most notable statistics from the Crittercism survey are listed below:
- iOS 6 crashes 2.5% of the time
- iOS 7 crashes 2.1% of the time
- iOS 7.1 crashes 1.7% of the time
- Android 2.3 crashes 1.7% of the time
- Any Android 4.x (4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4) crashes 0.7% of the time or lower
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2014
You know how people predict all sorts of radical changes to the next Apple iPhone and Apple almost always deadpans them by just adding on a little bit here and a little bit there to the overall design. Well, Sam Beckett here is a designer who seems to be following that Apple spirit to the letter as he has come up with an Apple iPhone 6 or iPhone Air concept video which looks and sounds very close to how Apple would do it. Tech specs and features listed in the video include a 4.7-inch sapphire crystal display with full HD 1080p resolution, a chassis which is 7mm thin and a design that is just 8% larger than the current Apple iPhone 5S. A 10MP OIS camera is the only tech spec which seems far fetched in this case, but you can check out the video for yourself in this article.
Last Updated: Mar 03, 2014
A fairly realistic rumour has cropped up about the Apple iPhone 6, which should be announced in a couple more months which say that Apple will probably keep the 8MP rear camera it already has but change the sensor aperture to f/2.0. Previously the camera sensor on the Apple iPhone 5S was set at f/2.2 while the Apple iPhone 5 had an f/2.4 aperture. The change for the Apple iPhone 5S resulted in more light coming in to the sensor and improving low light shots. A change to f/2.0 aperture would mean even better low-light performance. Other rumours indicate that the camera would have a 6p sapphire lens with the CMOS sensor expected to be manufactured by Sony. This rumour certainly sounds like something Apple would do, despite so many users asking for a 13MP rear camera upgrade. However, since it is a rumour still, do remember to take it with a good grain of salt, as a rumour is still a rumour until proven.
Last Updated: Feb 06, 2014
We've all heard Sapphire Glass being used in smartphones (more notably as the covering for the Apple iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint scanner), but few realize just how tough it really is. While it may be seen as a premium and expensive material, the Sapphire glass being used is actually a synthetic sapphire much like zirconia is to diamond. Sapphire glass is also noted as being only second to diamond in terms of hardness and is commonly used in shatter resistant windows in armored vehicles and in the video below, it has been fitted to an Apple iPhone and then scraped with a rough concrete block. Check it out for yourself below and petition your favourite smartphone maker for it as Apple is already rumoured to be doing so for the next Apple iPhone 6.
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2014
Anodized (champagne) gold colour smartphones are not new, especially as there are versions for the Apple iPhone 5S and HTC One, but it appears that LG are also looking to do something similar as well. This time around a gold coloured version of the LG G2 will soon be available in Taiwan. Thankfully, the prices are still the same at 14900TWD (RM1628) for the standard 16GB version. Tech specs and features for the gold version remain the same though. No Malaysia release dates on when we'd get a gold LG G2 here in Malaysia but stay tuned and we'll keep you updated. In all likelihood, we'll probably see it with local sellers first before it comes officially from LG.
Last Updated: Jan 08, 2014
The Apple Malaysia store will be holding a special Red Friday one-day shopping event on 10 January 2014 (this Friday). So far Apple hasn't said what discounts are available or how much but they have said that purchases over RM250 will get free shipping. The one-day sale should start as the clock ticks over to 12.01am at midnight on Thursday. You can however expect 2 things, 1) things will go fast, so if you have the opportunity (and more importantly money) then get it quick, and 2) expect the Apple Malaysia store to get slow as users flood the site. We're guessing the Apple iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, Apple TV, iPod nano, iPod Touch, Macbook Air, iMac and MacBook Pro will be the ones to get the discounts as the links for these products have been changed to red just like the text of the advertisement. Accessories that may get the same treatment include those for the iPhone 5S, iPad mini and iPad Air.
Last Updated: Jan 08, 2014
Seemingly taking a page from another concept renderer, a rumour has surfaced saying that the Apple iPhone 6 or next Apple iPhone could be called the Apple iPhone Air. This is because it will measure 6mm thin compared to the 7.6mm thin Apple iPhone 5S. This is still quite thick compared to the 3mm thin concept render previously shown but it is thinner than the previous generation and probably more realistic. Reports indicate that the Apple iPhone Air will still have a metal body but weigh more than the previous version, perhaps because of a larger screen size. No Malaysia release dates or pricing just yet but it should be revealed sometime in September 2014.
Last Updated: Jan 06, 2014
The giant rumour mill continues, this time with a rumour about the next Apple iPhone, which many are saying could be coming in 4.7-inches or going phablet-sized with a 5.7-inch display. Recent reports have come up saying that Apple may announce these new iPhone models in May 2014 with a Malaysia release date expected later in the year (probably Q3). Other tech specs and features that may come with the new models include rumours that they will be using the same A7 processor in the Apple iPhone 5S but no news if these processors will be tweaked or overclocked or just the same old 1.3GHz. Other rumours indicate that these larger sized Apple phones could be a completely new range rather than the next version of the Apple iPhone, which would be iPhone 6. As always, do take this rumour with a pinch of salt, as the jump in display size is rather large for Apple, who are fairly conservative when it comes to a design that isn't broken.
Last Updated: Jan 02, 2014
With 2014 already here, we look back at the year 2013 for all the awesome mobile phones to have come out in 2013 for Malaysia. There were quite a lot of them, so we picked based on innovation, performance, design and potential successfully delivered. In no specific order we list out the following mobile phones that rocked our world currently available with local Malaysia support as follows:
- HTC One - The First Good-looking Android Phone
- Sony Xperia Z - The First Stylish Water-proof smartphone
- Samsung Galaxy S4 series - A performance smartphone for every user
- Nokia Lumia 1020 - The Ultimate Cameraphone
- LG G2 - Best all-rounder performance with functional rear controls
- Sony Xperia Z1 - The most feature-filled smartphone
- Nokia Asha 500 series - Bringing hybrid smartphone capabilities to the masses
- Apple iPhone 5S - The world's first 64-bit smartphone with well-done fingerprint scanner
- Nokia Lumia 1520 - The Videographers phablet
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - The Ultimate Phablet with 3GB RAM
- Motorola Moto X - Always on and always listening
- Vivo Xplay 3S - World's first 2K display smartphone
- BlackBerry Z10 - World's first BlackBerry smartphone with no QWERTY keyboard