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Top Alternatives to the New iPhone

This article was written by , who is Marketing Executive at E2Save -Ed.

htc-one-silver.productpage_api.left The new iPhone models 5c and 5s caused a big storm when they were released earlier this autumn, but despite Apple being one of the world’s best-loved brands there are still millions of people who do not get on with their products. If you are one of those who simply cannot understand the hype surrounding the latest Apple gadgets then read on for some of the best alternatives to the iPhone 5c and 5s.

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The HTC One makes an immediate impact – it looks great and the full metal unibody has been well received. It was released back in spring but is still one of the best smartphones of the year thanks to its capabilities and features. However, the camera is far from the best on the market.

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Tired Of The Smartphone Landscape? Why Not Help Ubuntu Make The Next Big Thing?

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Between the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone, there’s a fair amount of choice on the market. But if all this seems boring to you, you might want to look at what Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is cooking up. They’re looking to raise $32 million on Indiegogo, in order to develop a handset called Edge. Quite frankly, it just looks awesome:

Crafted from cool, textured amorphous metal, the Edge has a distinctive, precise look but its rakishly chamfered edges are shaped to fit naturally in the palm — our design prototype already has a wonderfully solid feel. It’s the right size, too. Edge gestures are the next big thing in mobile, and our testing has found that a 4.5in screen is ideal for comfortable control of all four edges with one hand.

We also believe the race for ever higher resolution has become a distraction. Beyond 300ppi you’re adding overhead rather than improving display clarity. We think colour, brightness and dynamic range are now the edge of invention so we’ll choose a display for its balance of resolution, dynamic range and colour accuracy.

We’ll protect that gorgeous display with something vastly tougher than glass: pure sapphire crystal, a material so hard only diamond could scratch it. For a phone to run a full desktop OS, it must have the raw power of a PC. We’ll choose the fastest available multi-core processor, at least 4GB of RAM and a massive 128GB of storage. The battery will use silicon-anode technology, so we can squeeze more energy into the same dimensions.

So how much? The $600 early adopter version is sold out. So the only way to get one is to pledge $830. That may seem steep, but you’re paying for a phone that could double as a PC. That sounds pretty sweet to us, and look at that if it isn’t a thing of beauty…

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

1stfone Is A Cellphone For Kids… Really Young Kids

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How soon is too soon to give your child an iPhone? I say that as long as they’re under 18, they shouldn’t have one. But what do I know, I’m a cranky old fart. That said, you wouldn’t give a 5 year old a $700 smartphone, would you? But it still would make some sort of sense to give him the ability to call home on his sleepovers, or whatever the heck 5 year olds do when they’re away from you. That’s what the ‘1stfone’ is for. It’s a dead simple handset which comes preprogrammed with 4 numbers, plus 999. That’s the emergency phone number in the UK, as this is unfortunately UK-only (and Northern Ireland, sorry). The child can easily press any of the four numbers, or answer a call if you wish to get in touch with him. And that’s all he can do with it. There’s no keypad for him to start making long distance calls, or touchscreen to play games, or anything; any change in the preprogrammed numbers requires calling customer service.

It’s a smart device that targets a neglected demographic and we sort of hope they succeed. It’s between £55 and £70 for the handset (depending on whether you choose Pay-As-You-Go or a Monthly plan) and plans start at £7.50 per month.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

This Is A $12 Cellphone

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Ever feel like you’re overpaying for your electronics? You are. This is the Gonkai Phone, which can be bought in Shenzhen’s Mingtong Digital Mall, in China. It comes with Bluetooth, an MP3 player, an OLED display and quad-band GSM. What more do you actually, really need? We’re not suggesting you get one, we’re just giving you some perspective on things. While having a $700 smartphone is all fine and well, if all you want to do is make calls while outside, and maybe listen to a little music… there’s no reason you should be paying more than $12!

So how is this even possible?

First, there are no screws. The whole case snaps together.

Also, there are (almost) no connectors on the inside. Everything from the display to the battery is soldered directly to the board; for shipping and storage, you get to flip a switch to hard-disconnect the battery. And, as best as I can tell, the battery also has no secondary protection circuit.

The Bluetooth antenna is nothing more than a small length of wire…

The article linked to below leads to an interesting teardown of this device, replete with pictures and commentary.

[ The Gonkai Phone ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

News Of Blackberry’s Death May Have Been Exagerated Exaggerated: Handset Maker Sells 1 Million Units To Unnamed Client

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It’s still too soon to say whether Blackberry 10 will be enough to save the Canadian smartphone maker from death, but if the latest news to come out of that camp is any indication, there are some decent signs of traction out there. According to a report by AllThingsD, Blackberry recently closed the largest transaction in its history with the sale of 1,000,000 BB10 devices to an as-yet-unnamed entity. All the company is revealing about this buyer is that they’re “an established partner”, obscuring any other details due to confidentiality concerns. Could it be a government? A military institution? Any guess is pure speculation, but the fact that such a large order went through in the first place is a huge and much needed vote of confidence for the boys in Waterloo.

[ AllThingsD ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

UpperCup: Because Phones Are Like Cars, And You Can Never Have Too Many Cup-holders

Really, how much commentary is necessary here? You’re looking at an iPhone case that doubles as a cup holder. Just insert your Starbucks liquid crack in there, and text away without having to find another place to put your drink down on. Is it necessary? No. Is it useful? Marginally. Is it cool? No comment. Will you even be able to hold your phone properly, with the weight of the coffee pulling it forward? The physics department is still in discussions.

We’ll tell you this: it’s $25 for the iPhone 4/4S and $5 more for the iPhone 5. And it might not even come to market, unless the IndieGogo campaign reaches $25,000, which it’s very, very far from at the moment.

Will people buy this in droves just because of the novelty, and the ability to walk around looking like a tool? Or will we just snicker a little, tell our roommates “hey, check this out!” and move on?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BitRebels ]

When It Comes To Smartphones, Is Transparent The New Black?

Taiwanese company Polytron Technologies has unveiled what they’re calling the “world’s first transparent cellphone”. At the moment it’s just a prototype, but the company hopes it’ll hit the market by the end of 2013. As you can see, it’s not fully transparent, as many components are not see-through at all. As a matter of fact, we’re not sure about any of the details concerning this potential phone, and we’re just talking about it to raise the topic of whether there’s any benefit in pursuing transparency in cellphone design. What’s to be gained, other the gee-whiz factor? All else being equal, would you guys buy a phone just because it’s transparent?

VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Brolly Umbrella Frees Up A Thumb So You Can Text In The Rain

That’s the kind of society we’re becoming: one that creates products specifically so you can immerse yourself into your smartphone more efficiently. Avoiding any further social commentary, we’ll just say that the Brolly Rain Umbrella (as opposed to what kind of umbrella? Sun we suppose, but… really?) is just a regular umbrella that happens to have a handle with finger holes. This means you can hold it without using your opposable thumb, thus freeing it to join your free hand and double your texting speed in the rain. There are claims of it being “ergonomic”, but we’re not buying it; this design isn’t about providing optimum comfort or relieving stress. It’s about being able to text in the rain.

It’s $20.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

So This… Is A Phone

CES is just around the corner, during which Chinese cellphone manufacturer Huawei was poised to introduce its latest handset, the Ascend Mate. But chief Richard Yu apparently couldn’t resist the temptation of showing it off early at an in-store event in China, and pictures were snapped, and, well, there you have it: this giant monstrosity is 6.1 inches across. Blurring the line between phone and tablet (firmly in phablet territory), we think the Ascend Mate is more of a small tablet that makes phone calls, rather than a large phone. That’s not a large phone: that’s an invitation for ridicule.

Granted you’ll likely have a nice time watching movies on that 6.1-inch Full HD 1920×1080 display, and the phone stands a chance of not running out of battery in a wink thanks to its 4,000mAh battery. A HiSilicon K3V3 1.8GHz quad core processor rounds out the specs, although they could change slightly between now and its official CES unveiling.

But hey, we don’t really care about yet another handset. We just wanted to show you a big phone. A really big phone.

VIA [ DVice ]