Apr 21 2014

Review: TCL (Alcatel One Touch S950) Idol X

TCL Idol X

TCL Idol X, or Alcatel One Touch Idol X in Europe, is a beautiful and slim smartphone that offers great features for its price. Continue reading

Dec 29 2013

Review: ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini

ZTE Nubia Z5 mini

My wife dropped her Samsung Galaxy S3 and shattered its screen. Having owned a Xiaomi Mi-2 for a year myself and being a very happy with it, I decided to look for a Chinese Android phone for her as well. I am very disappointed with Samsung because they are heavily overpriced for the hardware and they have proprietary bloat software that is useless, for me at least. Chinese manufacturers have plenty of alternatives that have powerful hardware, close to a vanilla Android and moderate pricing. After going through the phones I decided to buy a ZTE Nubia Z5 mini for her.
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Dec 04 2013

ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini Arrived

ZTE Nubia Z5 mini

I am happy to announce that I received ZTE Nubia Z5 mini yesterday and I am writing a review about it. Here are the specs as a sneak preview:

  • 4.7″ Sharp display panel with the resolution of 1280×720
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor @ 1.5GHz
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Sony CCD rear camera with Konica-Minolta lens
  • 5 MP front camera
  • 16 GB flash
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 2,300 mAh battery

I cannot wait to test the camera because the samples that I have seen have looked even better than the ones taken with my Xiaomi Mi-2, so stay tuned for more.

ZTE Nubia Z5 mini

Sep 11 2013

Howto: Jiayu G3 Rooting + Custom ROM

Jiayu G3

Jiayu G3 has a very limited subset of languages that other vendors (Samsung, HTC) support so I decided to root the smart phone and install some alternative ROM to see if additional languages (Finnish) could be installed in the process. Continue reading

Aug 21 2013

Review: Jiayu G3

Jiayu G3

Priced at $160/120 € (summer 2013), the Jiayu G3 seems a luring budget Android smartphone. This review tells how it survived a two-month test period and how it compares to other more expensive Android phones. Continue reading

Dec 31 2012

Review: Xiaomi Mi-2 Camera

The Xiaomi Mi-2 has pretty amazing camera specifications. The main camera has an 8 megapixel sensor and 27 mm wide-angle optics with a large 2.0 aperture. Its speed is unparalleled: 8 frames per second. The video camera can record full-HD 1080p at 30 fps and “HD Ready” 720p resolution at a staggering 90 fps. Only professional equipment has had similar speeds – until now. Even the secondary camera has a large 2 megapixel sensor. Continue reading

Dec 13 2012

Review: Xiaomi Mi-2

The smartphone community has been mesmerized by a Chinese newcomer Xiaomi and its latest high-end Android phone, the Mi-2. Packed with an amazing set of newest hardware and priced about the half of its better-known counterparts it has quickly become a daydream of technocrats around the globe. In this review I will write sections as I use the phone more and test different aspects of it. I welcome you to visit the review later on to see more qualities of it covered. Continue reading