The camera in your phone, oh how it has changed over the years. Cameras in phones used to be there as a last minute, only-shooter-you-had-on-you option for snapping a rare picture. The quality of that picture was never any good, until recent years. Now, we test the heck out of phone cameras, compare them from one phone to the next, and often times find ourselves considering passing on phones if their cameras aren’t up to par with the competition.
Samsung, LG, and Apple seem to have taken a sizable lead in terms of quality smartphone cameras, while Sony is hanging around, trying from phone-to-phone to join them. HTC is there as well, but they decided two years ago to ditch a traditional camera setup in favor of the ultimate gimmick that can’t really be taken seriously. Then you have Motorola, a company that continues to innovate with software and hardware, yet hasn’t put a good camera in a phone since, well, we can’t even remember the last time.
We know that DL readers buy phones from all of the manufacturers just mentioned, so it’s clear that some of you are fine buying phones that don’t offer the best camera experience. And that leads us to today’s poll question – how important is it that your phone has a great camera?
2014 was looking like the year of smartwatches thanks to Android Wear’s unveiling, but now OEMs are trying to make it the year of round smartwatches. The first and only notable smartwatch was the Moto 360 from Motorola, but new info from LG and Samsung has them both looking to introduce round watches in the upcoming future.
Given that consumers will now have multiple choices in this space, we would like to know which OEM you would prefer to give your hard earned money to. While we know exactly what to expect from Motorola’s premium smartwatch offering, LG and Samsung’s are a bit of mystery, but might feature a tad more plastic when compared to the Moto 360.
Below in the comments, feel free to give us an idea as to how you chose between the three OEMs.
This morning, the official Android Twitter account posted a question to its followers that we loved so much, we decided to steal it. Well, sort of. They asked, “After you’ve hit snooze for the last time, what’s the first thing you use your #Android phone for in the morning?” Our question has been tweaked slightly, asking for your typical Android routine in the morning, but they are similar. We want to know what apps you use before anything else or how you get ready for the day with technology, that type of thing. (more…)
With HTC launching a One (M8) powered by Windows Phone exclusively onto Verizon, it got us thinking just a tad on what aspect of a phone is more important to you, the consumer. Each company has a different hardware design language, as well as a very unique take on how software should look and perform. The point is, if your favorite phone was the One (M8), and now that is available running Windows Phone, would you leave Android because of that?
As another example, if Apple does in fact launch two larger iPhones in the near future, will you be leaving Android only because Apple is finally making bigger phones?
For a few of you, we realize that both hardware and software are equally important, but for the sake of debate, if you had to choose just one, is hardware or software a bigger deal to you?
Thanks to Best Buy going live with a Moto 360 listing a couple of weeks early, we may already know the most important piece of info for Motorola’s smartwatch – the price. Listed at $249.99, I would venture to guess that most of you are ready to throw down cash immediately. Or are you?
There was some worry that a $300+ price tag would accompany the watch, mostly due to the fact that it has been built with high-end materials, yet still packs in all sorts of features, like water resistance. If you compare the 360 to the Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watch, it certainly seems like Motorola could have charged a premium for it, especially with those currently available at $199 and $229, respectively.
$250, though, how does that sound? Are you buying if the Moto 360 drops in at that price?
September is officially going to be intense, busy, wild, and a whole lot of fun. We now have at least two (so far) major Android events to attend on September 3 and 4 from Samsung and Motorola, respectively. Samsung should bring us the new Galaxy Note 4, maybe a VR headset, and who knows what else. Motorola, it seems, will bring us up to four new products – the new Moto X, Moto G, Moto 360, and some sort of new Bluetooth accessory. And of course, Apple will do their song and dance the following week.
But since we are an Android site, let’s focus on our Android events. And because we like competition, we want you to tell us whose event you are more looking forward to and why. Are you dying to see where Samsung takes its Galaxy Note line or does Motorola still hold a place in your heart?
It won’t come as a surprise, especially to anyone reading a blog dedicated to only talking about smartphones, but people are very passionate about their mobile OS of choice. At first, you might have had a lot of friends and family who would only consider an iPhone, or maybe they were still rocking feature phones, but Android has become extremely popular over the past few years.
We asked this same question back in March of 2012, but of your 10 closest friends and family, how many are rocking an Android device? Back then, the majority of folks said that about half of their friends and family were using Android, and by this point, we would like to hope that number has risen a bit.
So, has your entire inner circle of friends and family started using Android? Will they never turn their back on iOS? We are dying to know.