The LG G4 was launched today. Take a look at Phandroid looking at camera and it's software.
Take a look at @Phandroid's Tweet: https://twitter.com/Phandroid/status/593122330894807040?s=09
Many are knocking the M9 for its camera. But it's ability to keep locked to a local 4G is so much better than Samsung. My Samsung has lost its 4G access whilst the M9 has still got it. My Samsung is a flagship. Wonder if Samsung can fix its radio reception.
I did not know how to update Google Play Services. I installed the wrong version. You must go to the Application manager and see what version you need. For example my Note 4, needs a .430 version. My HTC needs a .448 version. So whatever version is the update has to be 7.3.26, with your version number at the end.
If you have installed the wrong version and no Google app will open you need to go back to the Application Manager and find Google Play Services and pick Uninstall Updates. You will find it will all function again.
Today in 20 countries we had 2 launched flagships; the HTC One M9 and the Samsung s6 and s6 Edge.
The appeal is never to the possibility of our pockets nor the wait to save. We need the latest, the fastest, the most good looking smartphone that makes all heads turn and eyes roll with envy.
It is human nature to better what we possess. And we don't mind how we pay for it.
For some the possibility of going for the latest is not an option. So how does the S5 fare against it's new sibling? For a objective opinion not well. The old Touchwiz and well worn software and the lack of regular updates leaves one wondering what the term flagship really means. What saves the s5 is the camera.
On the HTC front fares better with the M8. Still a good phone yet the camera fares badly in certain scenarios. One director today confirms the upcoming update to the M8 to Sense 7. Same skin as the M9. I am sure by then the M9 will be updated further.
Sometimes we cannot always have what we want. We have to decide if the s5 serves us well. It is mostly soft plastic and waterproof. It has many qualities and now the s6 has been released it is certain that prices for the s5 will be even more accessible.
If we remember the reviews of the s5 there was a sense that Samsung played it safe. In the current iteration has nothing to do than congratulate themselves for such a good smartphone. The Note 4 is still a main player as is the Alpha. Samsung has learned that build needs to be good inside and out.
So if you can stretch the possibilities go for the present. But it is certain that 12 months down the road the flagship will be replaced.
Are we creating an expensive recycling of technology? It would seem so.
What is exciting is the pace of technology, the creativity of design and daily interaction. We are transitioning from mere social media entry to the media stream of social media and news from several feeds. We are reading news and making news in many different realms.
However we look at it the flagship is in our mind and in our desires. We determine trends and demands. It is up to us if we submit to a fashion of leasing phones for 2 years to then iterate our tastes.
The flagship is what we make it...
We can review. We can comment. But we can do this describing the product.
But we need to shape the technology and engage to innovate.
For example we need to engage the giants to listen to the customer.
For example Samsung need to learn from HTC about Sense and learn the lessons. Not copy, but take notice of the way it is light over Android. Android is fast!! But Touchwiz makes it lag.
HTC need to learn that Samsung knows how to capture customers with Amoled rich colour screens.
Also Apple needs to open IOS to customization.
I say "companies learn from each other, do not copy, innovate to the max."
We as reviewers must engage the Companies that way we can make a difference.
Not just about describing but we need to become designing as well. Our opinions mean nothing unless we too can engage the players in healthy dialogue.
As it is the technology is massive. But the journey must continue.
We must engage to innovate!!!
Russell A Durose a.k.a Gadgets are my Passion.
There has been a few days since I was handed a review unit of the HTC flagship the One M9.
The phone is a little smaller to the huge Note 4 screen I am used to. Yet I am seeing why the M9 will be the best phone of 2015.
Attractive is the metallic body with gold trim. The whole feel is based on solidity. Must say I would solely go with the M9 over the Note 4 but there are features and looks that appeal to me in Samsung. The Qualcomm 810 chip, 3GB of Ram and camera at 20 mega pixels is impressive specs indeed.
One major fall for Samsung is the dependence on Touchwiz which does cause the Android system to lag and not be as quick as Sense 7 from HTC. Whilst my Note 4 has software features appealing to me, as well as the QHD screen the M9 has me impressed at the way it is so fluid. Beyond Android 5.0.2 it seems that Sense was built for Android and Android built for Sense. It is a skin which enhances not entrenched the system in system lag. It seems that Android is the hand whilst Sense 7 is the glove.
The apps launch rapidly and do not cause lag when they are left in memory. Well done HTC!
The 20 Mega pixel camera should beat Samsung. But it does miserably in comparison. We have researched this with other testers who conclude it is not a hardware issue. Rather the firmware for it is way below standard. I have personally written to HTC about this so that they start to understand the urgency for a firmware update. Please do the same.
The number one functionality which will win over IPhone 6 and S6 will be the ability to theme the interface. You can change wallpapers. Change icons. Wonderful approach to customization.
I believe that if HTC update the camera and the system to 5.1 with performance enhancements it will win top spot with tech minded people. In comparison the native email is poor in comparison with Samsung's version. It needs a feature rich update with a option to format your emails.
Once these are done you are going to see HTC be the phone of 2015!!!
The HTC One M9 is quite compact on first impressions than what I am accustomed to. The first setup was simple enough. The apps I have on my Note 4 were placed on the One M9. The software update is long winded. I am doing it as I speak.
Am impressed with it so far. One warning. No charger was included. A phone without a charger is strange.