The Flagship Phones Thread


That's a pure karachi wala thinking. I never ever thought for flagship phone due to this reason. :-P

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Well it's much different for me. I usually change my phones every 3-6 months, just a bad habit of mine. :P

Had the A51 in November, Switched to HTC Amaze 4G in February, and already considering replacing it now in April. :D

I used to buy expensive phones, but after a few phones got snatched in the family, I decided it wasn't worth the risk owning them in this city. The cheaper the phone, the lower the risk and the loss. :ph34r:


the risk is always there..people will get mugged over M8..people even get shot over nokia 1100..


About the LG G2, I'm not sure if it's the flagship. As there's LG Nexus 5 which is pretty dope but its hardware isn't top of the line and then there's LG G Flex, which is flexible and certainly more expensive than the G2. Any idea if you could get G Flex in Pakistan?



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Well it’s much different for me. I usually change my phones every 3-6 months, just a bad habit of mine. :P

Had the A51 in November, Switched to HTC Amaze 4G in February, and already considering replacing it now in April. :D

I used to buy expensive phones, but after a few phones got snatched in the family, I decided it wasn’t worth the risk owning them in this city. The cheaper the phone, the lower the risk and the loss. :ph34r:

the risk is always there…people will get mugged over M8…people even get shot over nokia 1100…

Here in karachi even if you will not have phone you will have high chances of getting shot.
It’s always better to have a phone in your pocket.

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For a phone that large, stretching fingers to power lock, or volume change would definitely induce arthritis or CTS very quickly... the idea for volume placement s excellent, not sure still about the power button though... it should be on the side, like galaxy S2, but lower in position, so it can be pressed by simply holding in hand.


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LG G3 Review: The Perfect Smartphone

I’ve had the LG G3 for a month now and I want to point this out because most reviews – including many of the ones I write – are penned after significantly less time using a handset. I’ve waited this long, because I wanted to live with the G3 to decide if its many features live up to the hype.

Since the G3 was first announced, I’ve been through a couple of different emotions over the styling. First of all, when I initially saw photos of it, I thought it looked great. At the launch event, when I got to use it for the first time, I was less sold. Early rumours had suggested that it would be a metal device, but in fact it’s plastic. It felt, to me, a bit less well-built than the iPhone and HTC One M8. Having actually used it for the past month, I have to say I really like the build quality.

LG G3 from the rear

For me, plastic is something of an advantage, because it’s a bit lighter. That doesn’t matter for the iPhone because it’s a smaller phone, but when you’re looking at devices like the HTC One, it’s big enough for that extra weight to make a difference. The G3 is larger than the One, and still lighter, so the body makes sense. Also, metal is a very expensive material to build phones from and doesn’t make sense for a lot of manufacturers.

One of the things that caused a ripple of excitement when the phone was announced were the Quick Circle cases. These are covers that protect the back of the phone with a hard cover, and the front with a softer material that has a circle cut into it. This allows the phone to display a clock and basic notifications. These cases are a nifty idea, like HTC’s rather nice Dot View cover, but the LG version is a little more basic and while it does keep the phone protected, I haven’t totally fallen in love with them.

The Quick Circle case

LG also does other cases, there’s a harder shell that replaces the back cover too and aims to protect the phone from drops and scrapes. Because the phone supports QI wireless charging, you need to make sure that the case supports that if you’re planning to use it. I have the wireless charger, and it’s really nifty and ideal for desk use when you want to keep your phone topped up during the work day.

The biggest fuss, of course, was made about the LG’s screen. It won me over based purely on spec, because it’s an LCD – which I prefer to OLED – and it has an impressive resolution of 1440×2560. In practice the screen really is amazing. There’s a clarity to it that really startling, and it goes well beyond the spec alone. It does make using the phone a really great experience, and it also makes it hard to go back to phones with lower resolutions. I’ve found browsing the web to especially benefit from the high resolution, and the phone is powerful enough to make scaling content slick and responsive too.

Battery life is good, but having the wireless charger means you can keep the phone charged all the time

Battery life is another issue, and something I’ve battled with over the time I’ve had this phone. To be totally fair to LG, I think it has done a good job. The battery has to run a powerful processor, large screen with massive resolution and that’s very challenging. With my heavy use, I can’t usually get a full day on a single charge. LG also sent me the wireless charger too, and this makes a lot of sense for modern smartphones. Simply put it on your desk, and stand the phone at it while you work. That way, it’s charged when you need it.

Going out and about can be a problem of course, but even with heavy use I didn’t have massive problems, the phone would be in need of charging early evening, but it would still get me through the day. I got into the habit of carrying an external battery a while ago too, so if it does need a top-up, I can provide one while I’m out.

LG G3 menus

Some features that I really like about the G3 aren’t really that glamourous. But the included keyboard is excellent. I love the prediction, I find it amongst the most accurate I’ve used on a phone. Some tweaking of the settings will let you turn one the “path input” which is the Swype-style draw through letters option. You can also tweak the strength of the auto-correct too, which will be useful if you find it too aggressive. There are also options to update typing corrections from an online database. I’ve certainly felt no need to follow my own advice and replace LG’s keyboard with a third-party one.

I’m also a massive fan of LG Health. It’s much simpler than other phones options, but it happily tracks how far you walk each day and does so without any extra hardware. This is then presented in a graphically attractive way, and allows you to monitor how far you’ve walked on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. You can add in other activity too, but I like the simplicity of it.

LG Health is a nice little app, and simple to use

I like the idea of the split screen feature too. Press and hold the back button, and you can have selected apps running together on one screen. Say, a browser, and messaging. I haven’t really found myself using it, but for chatting with friends while looking up directions online, it’s a nice idea.

The camera is also top-notch. A lot of fuss was made about the laser autofocus. I’ve found that to be as much of a mixed bag as with any phone’s autofocus, but I think it’s an improvement over other handsets. Samsung’s cameras are pretty quick too though, so there’s not as much in this as you might think. I really like the photos and video the G3 produces though, it’s deeply impressive with images that have loads of colour and detail.

The camera is impressive, although the laser autofocus isn’t as amazing as one might hope

LG has made one slight error in the way it is selling the G3. There are basically two versions of the phone, which on the surface appear to be the usual storage options. You pick either 16 or 32GB, but there is a slightly more important difference, that of RAM. In the 16GB model you get 2GB of RAM, and in the 32GB there is 3GB. This is frustrating, as the microSD slot makes opting for the 32GB version less relevant, but the extra 1GB of RAM will make a huge performance difference. It’s an odd decision, and I don’t like it at all.

I’ve also noticed that the G3 is very sensitive to headphone connection glitches. If you’ve used Android, you’ll know this happens on some phones where moving the cable on the headphone can cause the phone to pause your music. This is annoying, and I’ve yet to find a solution to it. Also, I can’t make the G3 work with a line-out cable in my car, which is the first time I’ve found that problem.

The high-resolution screen is really impressive

In my opinion, the G3 is the best Android phone in the world right now. It rivals Apple'sAAPL +0.19% iPhone for the best overall phone too, and the decision of which to get between Apple’s flagship and the G3 will likely come down to which company you’d rather spend money with, or which operating system you’re most comfortable with.

The LG G3 isn’t perfect, but it’s the closest to it I’ve seen to it in a smartphone. I predict that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 will give a run for its money in a few months time, but for me, the G3 is a better phone than anything currently on the market. Of course, it was introduced after everything else, so Apple’s iPhone 6 and Samsung’s upcoming handsets will surely snap at its heels, but for now, it’s king of the hill.

If you have any questions about the G3, or my review, please add a comment below and I’ll do my very best to answer.




^ The review nails it really. Though i would call it the perfect phablet instead. Straight up beats out the competition for the same price. Awesome really. I'm usually impressed by HTC flagships, but this time LG takes the cake. Props to them!

<strong>Hands-on: Motorola Droid Turbo</strong>
Oct 28th 2014 by Kevin Krause


Another year, another Droid. Despite turbulent times at Motorola the company remains dedicated to churning out Droid devices via their partnership with Verizon, but their strategy has shifted slightly. While previous years have seen a plethora of Droid-branded devices, 2014 brings us only one. The Motorola Droid Turbo comes in as the lineup’s new flagship. If first impressions mean anything, Moto and Verizon are off to a good start.

On paper the Droid Turbo has every means to dominate:

  • a 5.2-inch Quad HD display,
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC (Quad-Core @ 2.7GHz),
  • 3GB RAM
  • 21MP camera,
  • and a 3900mAh battery.

As per that last spec, Motorola made a big point to emphasize the Turbo’s big battery. It’s not a spec we can truly test in our so-far limited hands-on time, but there are promises of 48 hours worth of battery life with an 8-hour boost attainable via only 15 minutes of charging thanks to Motorola’s Turbo Charge technology.


But I digress. The Droid Turbo lives up to the excellent build quality Motorola has come to be known for. Even better, the Turbo improves in some areas. A new ballistic nylon finish option makes for the most appealing version of the device (also available is a “metallized glass” finish in red or black). The fabric weave is this year’s alternative to the kevlar construction of previous Droid handsets, and it promises a similar level of durability while offering a unique feel and visual texture.

The device is by no means light in the hand, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming or uncomfortable. It’s a nice size and the weight is distributed evenly. Moto’s bezel game is again strong with the Turbo, allowing the 5.2-inch display to take up the majority of the handset’s front. We like what we’ve seen so far from that display. It’s as crisp and clear as any other Quad HD we have experienced and capable of some deep and rich colors.

The internal hardware of the Droid Turbo shouldn’t disappoint. Its Snapdragon 805 is the top of its class in terms of processing power and capabilities. The Droid Turbo will be among a select class of devices to feature the chip (the Nexus 6, a Motorola device that shares much of its DNA with the Turbo, also carries the Snapdragon 805 but won’t make it market until after the Verizon-exclusive Droid).

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And it feels powerful flowing through homescreens and the usual sorts of surface-level tasks. It’s helped along by a “pure” Android install — much like the Moto X. For those wondering, yes, Motorola is promising an upgrade to Lollipop when available. Although our first impressions of the Droid Turbo’s hardware were positive overall, there is a bit of lag in some spots (notably the camera shutter).

As for how capable that 21MP camera is? It’s nice, for sure. Again, we need more time to throughly evaluate its potential, but a few initial shots in a well-lit NYC loft space came out on the higher end of the smartphone spectrum in terms of quality.

The Droid Turbo has all the makings of a great Android device. For those considering the new Moto X and Motorola-made Nexus 6 as their next smartphone, it’s worth tossing the Turbo into the conversation. It shares much in common and offers some compelling additions (the 21MP camera and massive battery perhaps the most), but one can’t help but get the feeling that the Turbo will be overlooked in the conversation. Stay tuned for our full review for a more in-depth look at how the Droid Turbo stacks up to the competition.



That is one sexy looking Phone.. and motorola biuld quility is superb especially their kevlar sets.. for me and most PK people, keeping such set in jeans is a scratcho rama.. these phones will be long lasting\

2 days of Android battery life on 5.2 inch? i am sold already.. too bad motorolla phones are only on contract in usa. if only they had good market.. anyways.. Nexus will reaffirm motorolla back to heights.


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<strong>Samsung will make a foldable smartphone display in 2015</strong>
19 November, 2014 | Comments (67) | Post your comment

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Flexible displays are slowly but surely making their way into our lives - and mobile devices. The first step has been represented by panels bent during the production process, like those in the LG G Flex,Samsung Galaxy Round, and Galaxy Note Edge.

The next step, however, will be represented by displays that can be "folded in half", according to a senior Samsung executive. The wording seems to imply that the smartphone that will have that screen attached to it will be bendable as well.


Samsung's display-making subsidiary is gearing up for production of such panels, and it boasts that it will have the capacity to make 30,000 to 40,000 of them each month by the end of next year.

Apparently, none of Samsung's competitors will be able to match that production capacity for flexible displays until 2016. And Samsung plans to use its advantage, by coming out with a bendable phone before the end of 2015.

That said, "nothing has been decided on the finished product" just yet. But if it does come out in 2015, expect it to be another "limited edition" type thing, just like the Galaxy Note Edge is this year. That's because a mass market flagship will require millions of units being made per month, and not tens of thousands.

Samsung Display wants to lower its dependence on Samsung Electronics, hoping to sell half of its panel output to other companies within three years. It's also got big plans for AMOLED, getting prepared for the tech to "compete directly with LCD". To do that, the company will lower production costs for AMOLED panels, in order to lure more customers.

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Although it is cool as a gimmick, I fail to see any realistic advantages of such bendable displays in everyday usage...

Still, it could be pretty slick nonetheless as long as it doesn't look as hideous as it does in those pics.


Perhaps one use would be to wrap it around our wrists for a kind of mobile bracelet.


^ there are wearables available in watches and bracelet form already from many companies already.

@ topic.. Instead of treating the bendy phones body., they are making bendy displays to cover it up :P


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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium hands-on

In comes the true star of the show, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. This 5.5-inch smartphone boasts the industry’s first mass-produced panel with 4K resolution, or UltraHD, or 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, just so we’re clear.

We’re not sure how to feel about the name. It’s understandable that Sony wanted to distance itself from the growing crowd of Plus-es, but Premium? The sentence “Any man who must say, “I am the king” is no true king.” comes to mind. And also, the regular Z5 and the Compact are not premium enough, is that it?

With the rant out of the way, we must say that for all its exclusivity, the black-clad version sure looks pretty unassuming. At first glance it could be any other Xperia Z-series model, present or old. Once you look up close, you realize it’s an odd blend between the materials of the Z3+ (not the Z5) and the detailing of the Z5. Then, of course, scaled up to accommodate the larger screen.

The Z5 Premium actually has the reflective glass back of the predecessor, instead of the frosted panel of its brethren. The frame is the stainless steel one of the Z3+ too, when the one on the Z5 is made of aluminum. A sense of wonder creeps in if the Premium might have been developed to launch parallel to the Z3+, but unforeseen circumstances or marketing decisions postponed it until now.

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Typical Xperia looks, design cues from the Z3+

The appearance can be described as inconspicuous only when talking about the black version though. The Chrome and Gold ones are a whole different story. Proper hip-hop superstar material, the exotic colored Premiums are not for those looking to go unnoticed.

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Color options for the Xperia Z5 Premium (if “mirror” constitutes a color)

The chrome version reflects about 95% percent as much light as your everyday household mirror, our entirely non-scientific naked-eye tests revealed. As you could have guessed, it’s entirely impossible to be kept clean unless you store it in a glass display box, which you won’t.

The Xperia Z5 Premium measures 154.4 x 75.8 x 7.8mm, coincidentally that’s the exact same footprint as the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. True, Samsung has squeezed in a 5.7-inch display, but the dual-edge trickery makes direct comparison impossible.

In practice the Z5 Premium has reasonably thin side bezels with some more meat top and bottom - as we already said, the typical Xperia proportions. You get the same capless microUSB port, the same capped card slot and the same corner inserts on its metal frame.

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Slim side bezels, beefier ones top and bottom • capless microUSB • capped card slot on the left

The fingerprint sensor is also on board, midway on the right, but did we mention the low position of the volume rocker before?

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Controls on the right side

Handling this one is a two-hand affair most of the time, though you can just as easily unlock and dial your better half with one hand, while pushing the cart with the other.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium in the hand

It’s hard to find a word to describe how sharp the display of the Xperia Z5 Premium is. We went with “insane” in the intro and that pretty much sums it up. It has otherwise mostly the same properties as the rest of the bunch, though it’s not as bright.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 4K display from up close

Sony quotes 700 nits for the Z5 and their numbers mostly checked out when we tested the Z3+, so we have every reason to believe the 500 nits the company advertises for the Z5 Premium are the real deal. It’s not too shabby, and certainly a respectable feat given the pioneering nature of the 4K panel.

We also subjected the display to our customary microscope test, and it revealed what was to be expected – a huge number of tiny pixels spread out on a very small area. The pixels are arranged in an RGB matrix with a herringbone pattern, which changes direction every fourth row, with adjacent rows offset by a subpixel to either side.

Speaking of resolution, Sony talked about upscaling content to make it look better on your pixel-rich screen. Since 4K footage is only a smidgen more mainstream than hoverboards right now, the Premium will do the heavy lifting of upscaling FullHD YouTube videos and whatnot to 4K. While it all sounds great, displaying detail that wasn’t originally recorded should always be taken with a due dose of skepticism.



Back in the earlier years, smartphone progress was much more groundbreaking. They made resistive touchscreen phones which brought up a new concept for how smartphones should work, then they upgraded it to capactive touchscreen which was such a huge improvement… these days it’s all about upgrading resolutions and megapixels…

Oh well, I’ll still appreciate Sony because an achievement is an achievement. Hopefully we’ll see some proper evolution soon.


I'm sure smartphones will become humans one day



Xperia Z5 Premium is the dream phone.. Pre-launch reviews suggest that the heating problem is finally and really gone with a 4K video recording for more than 10 minutes only making the phone mildly warm. And then there are 4K screen resolution rumors for the premium version. Although I don't think 4K on a ~5 inch screen will have any noticeable improvement, instead perhaps just a battery drainer. Well, let's see.


^ Heating problem has never been much of an issue for phonetic usage. These phones usually heat up under load, which is very reasonable for a fanless processing system.

If you had even read the first paragraph of the article, you'd know that the rumors are facts. It does indeed have a 4K display which is the first for the industry. Hence why i posted it here anyway, cause other than the display, there's nothing else groundbreaking about the device.

As for whether 4K is useful on a puny screen. There's absolutely no visible difference to the naked eye. Anything over 1080p is overkill on a phone display upto 6 inches. 1440p was there for bragging rights, same for 4k.

In any case, this is progress nonetheless, so all is well.


Over-heating in current Z phones is a big problem, because I am not talking about heavy load usage. The Z3 heats up even when camera is on for a few minutes (this not coming from reviews, but a close relative who owns the dual sim Z3), and the fact that this problem remained on Z3+, even when Sony had acknowledged it right from the days of Z2, was a big turn off. Now with the early reviews confirming that Z5 doesn't heat up excessively even under heavy load, means that finally the Z family has matured.


^ I dunno about Z2 or Z3, but there was very little overheating issue on my ZL or a friend's Z1.

Modern snapdragon chipsets all seem to heat up more than Exynos or MTK equivalents, which is why Samsung & HTC among others are migrating to other chipsets on their newer phones.

In any case, if Z5 does have 'fixed' this issue, then kudos to them. Personally i think Sony has lost their game. Previously they used to be the leaders in cameras but that's not true anymore. They've even lost the megapixel race to Nokia.

Still, i wish them luck for the future. Hopefully they'll be able to cut themselves a bigger marketshare in the pie.


for the current generation, since everyone already owns a phone from sanp dragon 800 to 810, there is nothing ground breaking or flagship about any of them at all.. fast charge is comon, 5.5 1080p to 2k displays are comon, every connectivity is present in cheapest phones.

even top phones are now coming with 808 instead of 810 due to over heat issues and 810 offers nothing over 808 except a few mhz..

till SD 820, there is little chance for any phone to stand out at all..or when helios chips and MTK come with their octa and deca next gen processors.. they seem really nice and affordable.


for the current generation, since everyone already owns a phone from sanp dragon 800 to 810, there is nothing ground breaking or flagship about any of them at all.. fast charge is comon, 5.5 1080p to 2k displays are comon, every connectivity is present in cheapest phones.

even top phones are now coming with 808 instead of 810 due to over heat issues and 810 offers nothing over 808 except a few mhz..

till SD 820, there is little chance for any phone to stand out at all..or when helios chips and MTK come with their octa and deca next gen processors.. they seem really nice and affordable.


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Vince, 09 September, 2015

Apple iOS

At today’s Apple event the company pulled the wraps off the iPhone 6s. The phone keeps the exterior of its predecessor, but features all new internals and some nice new extras. Those include a new processor, updated cameras at the front and back, and a pressure sensitive 3D Touch display.

3D Touch

In addition to multitouch, the new iPhone 6s recognizes force. It works on the homescreen and gives you shortcuts on the stuff you do frequently. Pressing lightly on an email thread, gives you a preview of the message, for example.

It also provides distinct and tactile feedback to your presses. Under the display, there’s a vibrating “Taptic engine”, which is similar to the one found on the Macbook trackpad and on the Apple Watch.

Otherwise, the display is the same 4.7” Retina display found on the iPhone 6.

A9 chipset

Debuting on the iPhone 6s is the Apple A9 chipset. It’s the ocmpany’s third generation 64-bit chipset and offers up to 90% faster console-class GPU as well as up to 70% faster CPU performance, according to the company. It also offers new transistor architecture, which Apple is yet to expand upon.

The M9 co-processor is also updated. However, we’re yet to find out how it has been improved.

New 12MP iSight camera

The iPhone 6s features Apple’s all new 12MP iSight camera. It features 50% more pixels as well as 50% more focus pixels.

The new 12MP camera can now shoot 4K video, too.

Interestingly, the front-facing camera is now 5MP and uses the LCD display as a true-tone flash. There’s a special chip inside the iPhone 6s, which drives the display up to 3x brighter in order to provide the best possible lighting for your selfies.

2-nd generation TouchID

It’s two times faster than the first generation TouchID, as per Phill Schiller.

Enhanced connectivity

The iPhone 6s ships with LTE Advanced as well as twice as fast Wi-Fi. The latter is probably thanks to MiMo antenna technology inside, but that hasn’t been confirmed just yet.


Apple also unveiled new accessories - a bunch of leather and silicone cases. There’s also a new charging dock, which will be offered in the same four colors as the iPhone 6s.


The Apple iPhone 6s will be priced just like the iPhone 6. In the US, the phone will cost $199 for the 16GB model with a two-year contract. The 64GB and 128GB ones will retail for $299 and $399, respectively.

Pre-orders start September 12, while sales commence on September 25. The phone will launch in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan.




Just another iPhone… with another gimmick (It’s basically a more useless version of Samsung’s Airview, which itself was pretty useless). Oh well, fanboys can rejoice, at least Apple has finally upgraded that sh!tty camera. :D