Published on November 9 2014

iPhone users almost have it easy when choosing a new phone, currently the best options are the big iPhone 6, or the bigger iPhone 6 Plus. Choosing an Android phone can be a bit harder since there are so many options available. With that wide selection comes more competition, though, and there's an argument to be made that some of the phones are even better than the iPhone, no matter which iPhone you're talking about.

What makes an Android phone better than an iPhone is all based on what you value in a phone. Maybe you want a more durable, waterproof phone, or a phone with a different design and more color options. Maybe you really, really want a stylus and a huge display. Or it could be as simple as you prefer to be locked into Google's ecosystem instead of Apple's because hey, no one company's products are right for everyone.

Here's a list of 10 Android phones that can arguably be considered better than the iPhone, assembled by an iPhone 6 Plus user with an unhealthy obsession with finding ways to get their hands on every exciting Android phone out there.

10. OnePlus One

The appeal of the OnePlus One is easily summed up in one line: flagship specs for a mid-range price. The phone offers a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 801 processor for $299 off-contract. A phone like the Galaxy S5 offers similar specs for almost twice the price without a contract.

 10 Android phones that are better than the iPhone

While the price alone makes the OnePlus One compelling, the phone also has a few unique features thanks to Cyanogenmod, the modified version of Android it uses. The One lets users completely change the look and feel of the software by letting them completely change the theme without downloading a special app. Users can even choose to switch between on-screen and capacitive buttons on the OnePlus One, a feature no other phone offers

9. LG G3

The story of the LG G3 is all about the specs, specifically about the display. The G3 was the first Android phone in the U.S. to feature a Quad HD 2560x1440 display, and the only phone with a laser-guided camera.

 10 Android phones that are better than the iPhone

The 5.5-inch screen is the same size as that of the iPhone 6 Plus, but the phone itself is actually narrower than Apple's phone thanks to the G3's thinner bezels. While the phone is large, LG's software features like KnockOn and KnockCode, which let you unlock the phone by tapping the screen, make it more manageable. LG also takes advantage of the screen size with Dual Window that opens two apps on screen at the same time, if that's something you want to do.

8. HTC One M8

With its all-aluminum body, the HTC One M8 stands as one of the best-looking smartphones available, no matter which platform you prefer. The 5-inch phone fits between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and has a curved back that will make it easier to hold for some users.

 10 Android phones that are better than the iPhone

The UltraPixel camera is a bit lacking when compared to other phones on this list, but the phone's design and other specs should make that one weak point less important to some users. The front-facing stereo BoomSound speakers alone might be enough to convince some people to pick this phone, and it's hard to argue against using sound quality as a reason for picking the One M8 over something like the Galaxy S5. For some people, at least.

7. Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is perhaps the first phone you might think of when you think about an Android phone that competes with the iPhone. The S5 is the phone that has almost everything from a fingerprint reader to a heart-rate monitor, eye-tracking software, and plenty of special software features you may never use.

 10 Android phones that are better than the iPhone

While it's easy to deride the Galaxy S5 for sometimes having too many features and a plastic body, some of the features, like the ability to answer a phone call by waving your hand over the phone, can actually be useful to some users. The phone also has a great display, good battery life, and one of the best cameras available on an Android smartphone.

6. Motorola Droid Turbo

The decision on whether or not you'd want a Motorola Droid Turbo comes down to one question: Do you want a phone with a gigantic battery that will last for more than a day? As a follow-up question, do you use, or do you want to use Verizon?

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Motorola claims the Droid Turbo can last 48 hours on a single charge, though in its testingGizmodo was consistently able to get about 30 hours, which is still pretty good. The phone is very similar to the new Moto X with many of the same software features, a higher resolution display, but fewer of the design options. It's maybe the less exciting Motorola phone, but still a great option.

5. Sony Xperia Z3

Like Apple, Sony wants to offer users a choice when it comes to the size of their smartphones. The Xperia Z3 is the larger version of the phone with a 5.2-inch display that serves as Sony's flagship phone.

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The Z3 carries over many of the excellent features of the Xperia Z2 like its waterproof design, but improves upon it with a good display and terrific battery life. The Xperia Z3 also adds PlayStation 4 Remote Play so games can pair a DualShock 4 to the phone and stream games from their PS4 to its 1080p display. It's the same feature that's found in the PlayStation Vita, but using the Z3 doesn't sacrifice the PS4 controller, even if it is a much bulkier option for streaming games.

4. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

With a 4.6-inch display the Xperia Z3 Compact is the smallest phone on this list, and is even a bit smaller than the iPhone 6. The phone features the same specs as the Xperia Z3 and all the same features, albeit in a smaller, plastic package. If you're looking for a high-end Android phone that can feasibly fit into a pocket, this might be your only option.

To make the Xperia Z3 Compact even more interesting, Sony made the phone available in four colors. There's the standard black and white as well as a light green and a bright orange. The color is all about personal preference, but more options are always nice.

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3. Google Nexus 6

This entry comes with a caveat that it is based largely on previews and hands-on impressions of the phone as it won't come out until Nov. 13, a few days after this piece was written. While the Nexus 6 hardware stands out for being similar to Motorola's other big phone, the Moto X, and its giant screen, the big focus here is Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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If your definition of "the best" is "latest and greatest," then the fact that the Nexus 6 is the first phone to ship with Lollipop would make it "the best." The OS uses Google's new Material Design design language which brings an attractive unified design to the platform and somehow manages to make apps like Calendar and Inbox enjoyable to use. The update also includes lock-screen notification, guest accounts, improved background face unlock, a new multitasking view, new voice controls, and a lot more.

All of those new features will come to the Nexus 6 first, which will make a compelling case for the phone to many, as long as there isn't some glaring issues with the phone. But, based on Android Authority's initial impressions, there don't seem to be any major issues with the phone yet

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The latest in of Samsung's popular line of phablets is, by some accounts, one of best plus-sized phones on the market at the moment. In its review of the phone The Verge said the Note 4 is "an excellent phone inside and out, the first Note that combines design, power, and performance in one package."

 10 Android phones that are better than the iPhone

The 5.7-inch display is slightly larger than the screen on the iPhone 6 Plus, though the phone itself isn't much bigger, and features more pixels than Apple's phone with a resolution of 2560x1440. Samsung makes use of that great, giant display by letting you use two apps on screen at once and by adding a stylus for sketching and taking handwritten notes.

1. Motorola Moto X

The 2014 version of the Moto X takes everything that was great about the 2013 model and improves upon it. The new iteration features a larger display, a faster processor, and a new metal frame.

 10 Android phones that are better than the iPhone

Like the first Moto X, the new phone is customizable through Moto Maker. Users can change the color and even the material of the back of the Moto X through the web app, and can even choose from a variety of wood and leather backs. Motorola also brought over key software features like Moto Display (the new name for Active Notifications) which automatically shows the time and missed notifications whenever you pick up the phone, or when you wave your hand over the phone.

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Published on November 8 2014

Both phones have their individual strengths and weaknesses

Apple’s iPhone 6 and Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 4 two of the best smartphones available in the market. In terms of sales, the iPhone 6 is beating the Galaxy Note 4 in almost every part of the world, even in Samsung’s home market South Korea. Both devices are jam packed with high-end specs and unique features. Here are the six things that the Note 4 can do, but the iPhone 6 can’t. Note that the comparison doesn’t mean the iPhone 6 is inferior. Both phones have their individual strengths and weaknesses.

Galaxy Note 4 vs. iPhone 6: six ways Samsung is better
1- Galaxy Note 4 is for multi-taskers

It comes with a multitasking feature that allows users to access and run multiple apps at the same time. An improved two-paned Multi Window allows you to interact with multiple apps in split screen mode. You can drag and position the panes wherever you like. You can use the Pop Up View to shrink the compatible apps down to small windows. The iPhone 6’s multitasking feature pales in comparison to the Galaxy Note 4.

2- S Pen Stylus

The Galaxy Note 4 stands out in the crowd of smartphones mainly due to its improved S Pen Stylus. The latest S Pen is far more sensitive than its predecessors. It supports more than 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity. Samsung says the new stylus’ responsive tip feels like “a pen on paper” rather than a stylus on a smartphone display. It can be used for quick on-screen navigation, highlight text, copy and paste. Nobody knows when Apple is going to bring the stylus to its iPhones.

3- Galaxy Note 4 has a removable, replaceable battery

Whenever you want, you can easily remove the battery pack of the Galaxy Note 4. Try doing the same on the iPhone 6. You’ll probably have to break your device. The 3,220mAh battery inside the Note 4 promises an impressive 11 hours of Internet use and 37 hours of standby time. The iPhone 6 too has a very good battery life. But no matter how long a device lasts on a single charge, many a times you need a spare battery, which can be useful only if you have a device with removable battery.

4- Better storage

Apple strategically offers 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options on its new phones. Of course, the higher the storage, the higher the price tag. Given these options, most users would go for 64GB as 16GB storage is too little. A 32GB storage option would have been more favorable to consumers. Apple doesn’t offer that. By comparison, the Galaxy Note 4 comes with a fixed storage capacity of 32GB, and gives you the option to expand it by up to 128GB via microSD slot.

5- Galaxy Note has ultra power saving mode, faster charging

The Galaxy Note 4 has a feature called Ultra Power Saving mode that lets users maximize the battery life when the device is almost dead. It limits the number of active apps to reduce the battery drain. Another feature called Adaptive Fast Charging lets you charge your phablet from zero to 50% in just 30 minutes. By comparison, the iPhone 6 takes about two hours to fully charge.

6- Galaxy Note 4 takes selfies to a new level

Today smartphone makers are increasingly focusing on selfies as the trend gains momentum. The Galaxy Note 4 literally takes selfies to a new level. It has a 3.7-megapixel front camera compared to 1.2-megapixel in the iPhone 6. The Note 4 has four new modes dedicated to selfies. It has a rear-camera selfie mode if you want to use the 16MP main snapper for selfies. The wide-angle mode allows you to fit more into the selfies. You can also use the phone’s voice control to take a selfie.

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Published on November 6 2014

Back in March, Microsoft launched dedicated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad in a first effort to bring Office capabilities to everyone, everywhere. The apps have been highly successful, garnering more than 40 million downloads, and as of today, Microsoft is expanding its Office for iOS suite, offering dedicated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps on the iPhone.

While Microsoft's Office apps for the iPhone have been designed with the existing iPad apps in mind, offering full feature parity, the iPhone versions have been built to adapt to the iPhone's smaller interface and optimized to put touch controls first.

All three apps take advantage of an innovative "vertical ribbon" that puts a full suite of editing tools right within thumb's reach at the bottom of the device's screen. Each individual app also has built-in tools to make the viewing experience more streamlined on the iPhone's Retina screen.

Microsoft launches new office apps for iPhone, makes creating and basic editing free on iOS

In Word, there's a Reflow button (located at the top menu bar) that shifts to a mobile-optimized view for reading and previewing what's been added to a document, and in Excel, Microsoft has focused on making it simple to edit formulas. Tapping on a cell brings up editing buttons and a dedicated formula keyboard.

Excel has a fullscreen view that lets users have an unobstructed view of their spreadsheets, and PowerPoint has similar tools, including the ability to project slides from the iPhone using AirPlay.

Microsoft launches new office apps for iPhone, makes creating and basic editing free on iOS

Today's Office update that brings Microsoft's popular productivity apps for the iPhone also includes new features and functionality for the iPad versions.

In addition to expanding its Office apps to the iPhone and updating its iPad apps, Microsoft has also decided to offer the core Office experience on the iPhone and iPad to all users for free. That means Office users will no longer be required to have an Office 365 subscription in order to access features like basic editing.

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint users on iOS will be able to view, edit, create, and print documents for free, but many advanced editing capabilities will still be reserved for Office 365 subscribers. For example, advanced change tracking features in Word such as accepting or rejecting changes are reserved for subscribers, as are Pivot Tables in Exceland Presenter View in PowerPoint. Office 365 subscribers also get 1TB of OneDrive storage.

Microsoft's Office apps for the iPhone are compatible with the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus, and include full optimization for the two larger-screened iPhones. iOS 7 or later is required.

Since releasing Office for iPad in March, Microsoft has added 150 new features. Microsoft's Principal User Experience Manager Han-yi Shaw told MacRumors that the company will continue to aggressively add features in the future, and it is investigating new iOS 8 technologies like Handoff.

Microsoft's updated apps, which are now universal, will be available today from the App Store.

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Published on November 5 2014

It's pretty unusual to see a fire sale for a brand new tablet, but that's exactly the route HTC took with its Nexus 9 today. Yes, just one day after it launched. The company quickly sold through a limited quantity of 16GB Nexus 9 tablets for $199 — half off the regular $399 price you'd pay at Google Play or Best Buy. That deal didn't last long, but other buyers saved $50 on either the 16GB or 32GB model while stock briefly remained available.

Today's big sale was the kickoff to HTC's "Hot Deals" promotion, which will happen every Tuesday starting now and continuing on for the next 9 weeks. That effectively covers the entire holiday shopping season, but we don't know what HTC has planned for next week's sale and beyond. Sorry, international buyers: the Hot Deals are only open to US customers.

There's a big question here, though: what about the people who already paid full price for a Nexus 9? Well, short of returning it and buying again, you're totally out of luck. That's a veryraw deal for being an early adopter of Android 5.0, and we'd be curious to know how Google feels about this whole thing. For anyone that hadn't bought one yet, well, there was no better time than today. For $200, HTC's Nexus 9 is one heck of a product. You can check out our full review to make sure it's right for you.

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Published on November 4 2014

Samsung held an earning conference a few days ago in Korea, where senior VP Kim Hyun-joon announced that, in North America and Europe, the Galaxy Note 4 outdid the Note 3's units sold by this time last year. A couple of weeks ago, we viewed a report, which estimated a total of 4.5 million Note 4 phablets to have been sold, which tallied to 500k less than what the Note 3 did for the same time period. Hyun's latest reveal shows that things are maybe not so grim for the new phablet.

Samsung reports Galaxy Note 4 sells better in some regions than the Note 3 did

Samsung really needed a hard hitter in order to put a stop to its nosediving shares, so it pulled out all the guns with its Galaxy Note 4, starting with design. A real metal frame, forged to be both pleasing to the eye and easy on the hands, adorns the phablet's sides and, while it retains the faux leather plastic back, it is much more discreet, doing away with the stitch-emulating texture on its edge, which irked some users. It coupled the looks with the latest hardware and spec'd the phablet to the brim, finally released a Super AMOLED display with accurate colors, and added more functionality to the S Pen.

Apparently, the effort has paid off – while we do not know the exact number of units sold, it is clear that the figure should be around, if not above, the 5 million mark. This is definitely not enough to save Samsung's revenue on its own, however, it's still a start.

The company did acknowledge that it failed to keep up with the evolving trends in the market, which led to this year's downfall in sales, and that it will need to change directions a bit, if it wishes to stay relevant.

The first step in doing so was the new Galaxy Alpha – the first Galaxy phone to sport a metal frame; and now, we have the Galaxy A3 and A5 – with super-thin aluminum unibody design, aimed at the younger users, according to Samsung. Rumor has it that Sammy is also about to redesign the Galaxy S from scratch, coming out with a fresh-looking Galaxy S6. We shall see...

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We’ve heard numerous reports about a possible “iPad Pro” over the past few months, but so far there’s little evidence Apple is actually working on such a project. However, a new report from Macotakara is further fanning the flames, claiming Apple’s upcoming Surface Pro 3 competitor will sport a 12.2-inch display, actually conflicting with earlier reports from The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

iPad Pro will feature 12.2-inch screen, be thinner than iPhone 6 Plus

According to the report, Apple’s new device is a clear response to Microsoft’s tablet/laptop hybrid, with an emphasis on landscape usage for productivity. The device will apparently be laid out a lot like the current iPad Air 2, with Touch ID, a Lightning connector and a front-facing camera all in their usual positions. But the chassis will actually resemble Apple’s rumored Quanta-built MacBook Air, which we’ve heard will sport a Retina display.


Many reports have said the device will sport a 12.9-inch display, so the rumors are definitely conflicting here. However, the main meat of the report is still the same: Apple is definitely prepping an iPad Pro model. When it does launch sometime early next year, Macotakara says the device will be thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus, with speakers on both the top and bottom for improved audio performance.


While many of these reports have revealed plenty of hardware possibilities, we’re still left wondering about how the device will handle software. Will it simply run iOS 8? Or will it be more powerful than that? There is already of ton of great productivity software available for the iPad, so chances are it’ll fall into that category. But maybe Apple will surprise us with something else. The company has said, however, it has no plans to merge the iOS and OS X experience, so seeing some kind of hybrid is unlikely.


The release was originally expected at the end of this year, but has since been pushed back to early 2015, possibly right around when the company’s iWatch is set to launch.

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Published on November 2 2014

This year 31 October frights are not limited to Halloween. Today is also the day Microsoft stops selling retail copies of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

The date is written large in the Windows Life Cycle Fact Sheet but, like the best Halloween scares, the real threat is not as big as the initial shock.

This is how it breaks down:

From 31 October there will be no more sales to consumers of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium or Ultimate. There will also be no more sales of Windows 8 retail box copies.

There will be retail box sales of Windows 8.1 (Microsoft draws a hard line between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1) and businesses and consumers will still be able to buy Windows 7 Professional licences through ‘Downgrade Rights’, but it will come at additional cost and have limited availability.

Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 and Windows 8

For those keen to act fast there will be a stock pile of licences for Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate floating around major OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) like Dell and HP. That said, given OEMs will not be receiving more licences from Microsoft after today, it is a ticking clock.

A note of warning: a big market for Windows 7 licenses is likely to sprout up online, particularly on auction sites, but be careful. Microsoft’s EULA (end user license agreement) makes selling on second hand copies null and void.

Clearing House For Windows 10

What stands out on Microsoft’s life cycle page is how quickly the company is looking to bury Windows 8. Windows 7 sales have continued for two years after Windows 8′s release and Windows 7 Professional continues to avoid the axe.

By contrast Microsoft is killing Windows 8 just two years and two months after launch and spending a great deal of time stressing Windows 8.1 isnot Windows 8, despite the obvious fact that Windows 8 will upgrade to 8.1. This shows Microsoft’s determination to distance itself from the original form of Windows 8 and it is true that Windows 8.1 makes significant improvements to the user experience and is more intuitive to users coming from other versions of Windows.

Moreover this shows Microsoft is clearing house for Windows 10: the Windows 7/Windows 8 hybrid upon which it is hanging the future of the company. Windows 10 will run across mobile, tablet and PC and is being meticulously tested with a free Technical Preview (install guide and privacy warnings) to make sure it arrives to market in 2015 as something users love.

With Windows 7 still maintaining a 53% market share and Windows 8 sat on 6%, Microsoft cannot afford another failure.

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Published on November 1 2014

Samsung just unveiled two new Galaxy smartphones that come with a metal edges just like its recently released Galaxy Alpha.

The Galaxy A3 will be the lower-end model of the two, while the Galaxy A5 will come with slightly better hardware.

Like the Alpha, the edges of each phone are made of metal — a similar look to the design Apple implemented in the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.

Samsung is marketing these phones toward the younger crowd, advertising the devices as ideal for "selfies" and "social networking."

Both phones come with a 5-megapixel front camera, which is a better than what you'd get with your average high-end smartphone. Most phones come with a 1 or 2-megapixel front camera, such as the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5.

The main cameras are slightly different, though: the Galaxy A5 comes with a 13-megapixel camera while the Galaxy A3 has an 8-megpaixel camera.

Samsung just announced two new Galaxy phones, and they kinda look like the iPhone

The screen on the A5 is also sharper than that of the A3.

It's unclear whether the phones will ever come to the US, but it doesn't seem likely. Samsung says both phones will launch in November in markets such as China.

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