Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3

I just received the pre-oder invitation from Alcatel for the amazing OneTouch Idol 3.

Pre-order price is $199 for an unlocked 5.5″ screen. This is an unbelievable price for an unlocked phone with the specs of the Idol 3:

  • 5.5″ Full HD Screen (1080p)
  • 13 MP camera (8MP front facing camera)
  • Snapdragon 615 Processor
  • 16GB with MicroSD card slot
  • 4G unlocked
  • JBL Audio Speakers
  • 2910 mAh battery

Quantities are limited so you better order it now here.

Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3

The Force is strong with this one!

Let me make a disclaimer. I am writing this after having watched the live-stream of the Samsung event, read tens of articles and watched any hands-on and first impression video on Youtube that I could find. After that virtual experience once thing has become very clear. Samsung has launched a highly desirable phone with the Galaxy S6 Edge. If it wasn’t for the Edge stealing the show, even the S6 in itself would be a phone to lust for.

I am a smartphone-geek, not loyal to any brand or ecosystem. I have owned phones from pretty much any manufacturer from the main stream like HTC, Apple, Samsung to the lesser well known Chinese manufacturers. My current daily drivers are a Lumia 930 while also switching between a couple of Android phones (Moto X, Galaxy Alpha and Ascend P7).

During all those years there haven’t been many phones that I really needed to have. And I am talking about that illogical desire and need to just own a gadget. With the Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung has definitely achieved this feat. This really is a very desirable piece of technology. From the edged screen to the glass back and front and the sheer raw power of the device. This phone seems to have it all.

During the presentation the statement “design with a purpose” was mentioned multiple times. Actually, the S6 Edge is the complete opposite. There isn’t really any functionality that makes the edge version worthwhile functionally. But what it does is to create a really cool phone. So not design with a purpose but rather the complete opposite. And that’s a good thing.

 

Screen to size ratio post CES 2015

Visit the updated report for mid 2016

Following on from the previous post to determine which phone has the smallest bezel overall. The screen-to-size (or bezel size) ratio expresses the percentage of a phone’s front size is taken up by the display.

With CES-15 out of the way I have update the list with the latest releases and announced phones. Some of the key findings:

  • The incredible bezel-less Sharp Aquos Crystal remains the leader and there are no changes to the Top 10. One would hope that Sharp releases the phone unolocked for all carriers and internationally.
  • Lenovo seems to be getting their designs sorted out with the highest new entry, the Vibe X2 Pro (74.55% @ no. 13). This is the 3rd highest ratio of any sub 5.5” device. Lenovo also has the top 2 phone with the Vibe Z2 Pro.

Thanks for everyone’s comments, corrections and feedback. Keep it coming.

Rank Model Screen Size (inch) Resolution (horizontal) Resolution (vertical) Body size (width) Body size (height) Ratio (screen to body) PPI
1 Sharp Aquos Crystal 5 720 1280 67 131 78.52% 294
2 Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro 6 1440 2560 81.3 156 78.25% 490
3 Huawei Ascend Mate 7 6 1080 1920 81 157 78.04% 367
4 Alcatel One Touch Hero 6 1080 1920 80.6 158.5 77.69% 367
5 LG G3 5.5 1440 2560 74.6 146.3 76.41% 534
6 LG G2 5.2 1080 1920 70.9 138.5 75.91% 424
7 LG G Flex 6 720 1280 81.6 160.5 75.78% 245
8 Alcatel One Touch Hero 2 6 1080 1920 81.6 160.5 75.78% 367
9 Sony Xperia ZL 5 1080 1920 69.3 131.6 75.57% 441
10 Huawei Ascend Mate 2 6.1 720 1280 84.7 161 75.22% 241
11 Google Nexus 6 6 1440 2560 83 159.2 75.11% 490
12 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 5.7 1080 1920 79.2 151.2 74.80% 386
13 Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro 5.3 1080 1920 71 146.3 74.55% 416
14 Xiaomi Mi Note (Pro) 5.7 1440 2560 77.6 155.1 74.42% 515
15 LG G Flex 2 5.5 1080 1920 75.3 149.1 74.28% 401
16 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 5.7 1440 2560 78.6 153.5 74.24% 515
17 Meizu MX4 5.4 1152 1920 75.2 144 74.23% 421
18 LG G Pro 2 5.9 1080 1920 81.9 157.9 74.21% 373
19 Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 6.3 720 1280 88 167.6 74.19% 233
20 ZTE Grand X Max (+) 6 720 1280 83 162 73.81% 245
21 Lenovo Vibe Z2 5.5 720 1280 76.4 148.5 73.50% 267
22 Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1 720 1280 85.7 163.5 73.21% 241
23 Huawei Honor 6 Plus 5.5 1080 1920 75.7 150.5 73.20% 401
24 Motorola Moto X (2014) 5.2 1080 1920 72.4 140.8 73.12% 424
25 LG Optimus G Pro 5.5 1080 1920 76.1 150.2 72.96% 401
26 Oppo Find 7 5.5 1440 2560 75 152.6 72.86% 534
27 ZTE Nubia Z5S 5 1080 1920 68.8 137.7 72.75% 441
28 Alcatel One Touch Idol X 5 1080 1920 67.5 140.4 72.72% 441
29 Lenovo Vibe Z 5.5 1080 1920 77 149 72.69% 401
30 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 5.5 720 1280 77.4 148.4 72.60% 267
31 Samsung Galaxy A7 5.5 1080 1920 76.2 151 72.48% 401
32 Google Nexus 5 5 1080 1920 69.17 137.84 72.28% 441
33 Samsung Galaxy S4 5 1080 1920 69.8 136.6 72.28% 441
34 Xiaomi Mi 4 5 1080 1920 68.5 139.2 72.28% 441
35 LG G Pro Lite 5.5 540 960 76.9 150.2 72.20% 200
36 Motorola Moto X 4.7 720 1280 65.3 129.3 72.12% 312
37 Huawei Honor 3X 5.5 720 1280 77.4 149.5 72.07% 267
38 ZTE nubia Z7 5.5 1440 2560 75.7 153.2 71.91% 534
39 OnePlus One 5.5 1080 1920 75.9 152.9 71.86% 401
40 Lenovo P90 5.5 1080 1920 77.4 150 71.83% 401
41 Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 6 720 1280 83.8 165.2 71.69% 245
42 Lenovo Vibe X2 5 1080 1920 68.6 140.2 71.66% 441
43 Huawei Ascend P7 5 1080 1920 68.8 139.8 71.65% 441
44 Meizu MX3 5.1 1080 1800 72 139 71.65% 418
45 Samsung ATIV SE 5 1080 1920 69.9 137.7 71.60% 441
46 ZTE Nubia X6 6.44 1080 1920 89 179.5 71.57% 342
47 Samsung Galaxy E7 5.5 720 1280 77.2 151 71.54% 267
48 Micromax Canvas XL 6 540 960 84.2 165 71.43% 184
49 Nokia Lumia 1520 6 1080 1920 85.4 162.8 71.38% 367
50 LG Optimus L9 II 4.7 720 1280 66.5 128.4 71.32% 312
51 LG G2 mini 4.7 540 960 66 129.6 71.19% 234
52 Acer Liquid Jade 5 720 1280 69 140.5 71.09% 294
53 Samsung Galaxy A5 5 720 1280 69.7 139.3 70.98% 294
54 Sony Xperia Z3 5.2 1080 1920 72 146 70.91% 424
55 Motorola Droid Turbo 5.2 1440 2560 73.3 143.5 70.87% 565
56 Nokia Lumia 930 5 1080 1920 71 137 70.85% 441
57 Asus Zenfone 2 5.5 1080 1920 77.2 152.5 70.83% 401
58 Huawei Honor 6 5 1080 1920 69.7 139.6 70.83% 441
59 Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 4.6 720 1280 64.9 127 70.77% 319
60 HTC One max 5.9 1080 1920 82.5 164.5 70.71% 373
61 Oppo Find 5 5 1080 1920 68.8 141.8 70.64% 441
62 Asus Zenfone 6 6 720 1280 84.3 166.9 70.54% 245
63 Motorola Droid Ultra 5 720 1280 71.2 137.5 70.40% 294
64 Nokia Lumia 1320 6 720 1280 85.9 164.2 70.36% 245
65 Huawei Ascend G7 5.5 720 1280 77.3 153.5 70.28% 267
66 Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4.7 720 1280 65.5 132.4 70.22% 312
67 Huawei Ascend P6 4.7 720 1280 65.5 132.65 70.09% 312
68 Nokia Lumia 830 5 720 1280 70.7 139.4 69.93% 294
69 Oppo R1C 5 720 1280 70.1 140.6 69.93% 294
70 Sony Xperia Z 5 1080 1920 71 139 69.83% 441
71 Samsung Galaxy S5 5.1 1080 1920 72.5 142 69.65% 432
72 Acer Liquid S2 6 1080 1920 86 166 69.52% 367
73 Sony Xperia Z2 5.2 1080 1920 73.3 146.8 69.28% 424
74 Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 5.8 540 960 82.4 162.6 69.22% 190
75 Samsung Galaxy S4 Active 5 1080 1920 71.3 139.7 69.19% 441
76 Motorola Moto G (2014) 5 720 1280 70.7 141.5 68.89% 294
77 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.5 720 1280 78.7 154 68.81% 267
78 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 5.5 720 1280 80.5 151 68.60% 267
79 Oppo R1 5 720 1280 70.4 142.7 68.60% 294
80 Motorola Droid Mini 4.3 720 1280 61.3 121.25 68.58% 342
81 HTC Desire 516 5 540 960 72 140 68.37% 220
82 ZTE Grand S Pro 5 720 1280 71 142 68.36% 294
83 Motorola RAZR i 4.3 540 960 60.9 122.5 68.33% 256
84 Sony Xperia Z Ultra 6.4 1080 1920 92.2 179.4 68.27% 344
85 HTC Desire 826 5.5 1080 1920 77.5 158 68.10% 401
86 Lenovo K900 5.5 1080 1920 78 157 68.10% 401
87 Blackberry Z30 5 720 1280 72 140.7 68.03% 294
88 Apple iPhone 6 Plus 5.5 1080 1920 77.7 158 67.93% 401
89 Microsoft Lumia 535 5 540 960 72.4 140.2 67.90% 220
90 Sony Xperia C3 5.5 720 1280 78.7 156.2 67.84% 267
91 LG Optimus F7 4.7 720 1280 68.2 131.7 67.80% 312
92 Xiaomi Redmi 2 4.7 720 1280 67.1 133.9 67.78% 312
93 HTC Butterfly S 5 1080 1920 70.5 144.5 67.65% 441
94 Blackberry Z3 5 540 960 72.8 140 67.62% 220
95 HTC Desire 816 5.5 720 1280 78.8 156.6 67.58% 267
96 Lenovo S930 6 720 1280 86.5 170 67.49% 245
97 Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 5.2 720 1280 75.3 146.8 67.44% 282
98 LG Optimus 4X HD 4.7 720 1280 68 133 67.33% 312
99 Samsung Galaxy S5 Active 5.1 1080 1920 73.4 145.3 67.23% 432
100 Oppo R5 5.2 1080 1920 74.5 148.9 67.20% 424
101 HTC Desire 820 5.5 720 1280 78.7 157.7 67.19% 267
102 Oppo N3 5.5 1080 1920 77 161.2 67.18% 401
103 Huawei Ascend P2 4.7 720 1280 66.7 136.2 67.03% 312
104 LG Optimus G 4.7 768 1280 69 132 66.86% 323
105 Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 4.3 540 960 61.3 124.6 66.74% 256
106 Sony Xperia T3 5.3 720 1280 77 150.7 66.73% 277
107 HTC One M8 5 1080 1920 70.6 146.4 66.68% 441
108 HTC One E8 5 1080 1920 70.7 146.4 66.59% 441
109 HTC One E8 5 1080 1920 70.7 146.4 66.59% 441
110 HTC Desire Eye 5.2 1080 1920 73.8 151.7 66.58% 424
111 Sony Xperia SP 4.6 720 1280 67.1 130.6 66.57% 319
112 Asus Zenfone Zoom 5.5 1080 1920 78.9 158.9 66.52% 401
113 Huawei Ascend G700 5 720 1280 72.8 142.5 66.43% 294
114 Google nexus 4 4.7 768 1280 68.7 133.9 66.20% 323
115 Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4.7 720 1280 67.94 135.5 66.15% 312
116 Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra 4.7 720 1280 68.5 134.4 66.15% 312
117 Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 5 540 960 72.1 144.8 66.01% 220
118 Nokia Lumia 730/735 4.7 720 1280 68.5 134.7 66.00% 312
119 LG Vu 3 5.2 960 1280 85.6 132.1 65.92% 326
120 Amazon Fire Phone 4.7 720 1280 66 140 65.91% 312
121 Samsung Galaxy S3 4.8 720 1280 70.6 136.6 65.86% 306
122 HTC Desire 700 5 540 960 72 145.5 65.79% 220
123 Oppo N1 5.8 1080 1920 82.6 170.7 65.77% 380
124 Sony Xperia C 5 540 960 74.15 141.5 65.69% 220
125 Apple iPhone 6 4.7 750 1334 67.1 138.2 65.67% 326
126 Samsung Ativ S 4.8 720 1280 70.5 137.2 65.67% 306
127 BLU Life Play S 4.7 720 1280 67.5 137.5 65.61% 312
128 Samsung Galaxy A3 4.5 540 960 65.5 130.1 65.51% 245
129 Xiaomi Mi 2 4.3 720 1280 62 126 65.25% 342
130 Samsung Galaxy K zoom 4.8 720 1280 70.8 137.5 65.24% 306
131 Motorola Moto G 4.5 720 1280 65.9 129.9 65.21% 326
132 Huawei Ascend G6 4.5 540 960 65.3 131.2 65.16% 245
133 Huawei Ascend P7 mini 4.5 540 960 65.3 131.2 65.16% 245
134 Xiaomi Mi 3 5 1080 1920 73.6 144 65.03% 441
135 BLU Life Pro 5 720 1280 72.1 147 65.03% 294
136 HTC One 4.7 1080 1920 68.2 137.4 64.99% 469
137 HTC One X / X+ 4.7 720 1280 69.9 134.36 64.84% 312
138 Samsung Galaxy Core Advance 4.7 180 800 70.5 133.3 64.80% 124
139 Lenovo Vibe X 5 1080 1920 74 144 64.68% 441
140 Nokia Lumia 630 4.5 480 854 66.7 129.5 64.63% 218
141 Sony Xperia Z1 5 1080 1920 73.9 144.4 64.58% 441
142 Samsung Galaxy Express 2 4.5 540 960 65.8 132.4 64.08% 245
143 Sony Xperia M2 4.8 540 960 71.1 139.7 63.95% 229
144 Asus ZenFone 5 5 720 1280 72.8 148.2 63.88% 294
145 Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3 800 1280 83 147 63.47% 292
146 Nokia Lumia 625 4.7 480 800 72.2 133.2 63.32% 202
147 Sony Xperia ZR 4.5 720 1280 67.4 131 63.23% 326
148 HTC Desire 620 5 720 1280 72.7 150.1 63.16% 294
149 Motorola Moto E 4.3 540 960 64.8 124.8 63.03% 256
150 Sony Xperia M2 Aqua 4.8 540 960 72 140 63.01% 229
151 LG Optimus L7 II 4.3 480 800 66.6 121.5 62.99% 220
152 Nokia XL 5 480 800 77.7 141.4 62.73% 190
153 Jolla Smartphone 4.5 540 960 68 131 62.67% 245
154 Lenovo S820 4.7 720 1280 69.7 139.5 62.63% 312
155 HTC One mini 2 4.5 720 1280 65 137.4 62.51% 326
156 HTC Desire 320 4.5 480 854 67.8 132 62.38% 218
157 HTC Desire 510 4.7 480 854 69.8 139.9 62.36% 208
158 Sony Xperia SL 4.3 720 1280 64 128 62.22% 342
159 HTC Desire 310 4.5 480 654 68 132.4 62.01% 190
160 Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 4.3 720 1280 64.9 127 61.84% 342
161 HTC Desire 600 4.5 540 960 67 134.8 61.81% 245
162 Samsung Galaxy S2 4.3 480 800 66.1 125.3 61.54% 220
163 Nokia X2 4.3 480 800 68.3 121.7 61.32% 220
164 Nokia Lumia 925 4.5 768 1280 70.6 129 61.30% 337
165 HTC One Mini 4.3 720 1280 63.2 132 61.10% 342
166 Apple iPhone 5/5S 4 640 1136 58.6 123.8 60.80% 326
167 Nokia X 4 480 800 63 115.5 60.62% 237
168 Nokia Lumia 920 4.5 768 1280 70.8 130.3 60.51% 337
169 HTC Desire 610 4.7 540 960 70.5 143.1 60.36% 234
170 LG Optimus L5 II 4 480 800 62.2 117.5 60.35% 237
171 Nokia Lumia 820 4.3 480 800 68.5 123.8 60.11% 220
172 Nokia Lumia 1020 4.5 768 1280 71.4 130.4 59.96% 337
173 Sony Xperia E1 4 480 800 62.4 118 59.90% 237
174 HTC Desire V 4 480 800 62.3 118.5 59.75% 237
175 HTC Desire X 4 480 800 62.3 118.5 59.75% 237
176 HTC Desire 501 4.3 480 800 66.7 128.5 59.47% 220
177 Nokia Lumia 530 4 480 854 62.3 119.7 59.15% 245
178 Nokia Lumia 720 4.3 480 800 67.5 127.9 59.04% 220
179 Sony Xperia E3 4.5 480 854 69.4 137.1 58.67% 218
180 HTC Windows Phone 8X 4.3 720 1280 66.2 132.3 58.20% 342
181 Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 4 480 800 62.7 121.2 58.04% 237
182 Samsung Z1 4 480 800 63.2 120.4 57.97% 237
183 Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 4 480 800 62.9 121.4 57.76% 237
184 Asus Zenfone 4 4 480 800 61.4 124.4 57.75% 237
185 Microsoft Lumia 435 4 480 800 64.7 118.1 57.73% 237
186 Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 4 480 800 63 121.5 57.62% 237
187 Nokia Lumia 520 4 480 800 64 119.9 57.48% 237
188 Nokia Lumia 525 4 480 800 64 119.9 57.48% 237
189 Sony Xperia M 4 480 854 62 124 57.37% 245
190 Blackberry Z10 4.2 768 1280 65.6 130 57.02% 361
191 Huawei Ascend W2 4.3 480 800 67 134 56.78% 220
192 Microsoft Lumia 532 4 480 800 65.5 118.9 56.64% 237
193 Nokia Lumia 620 3.8 480 800 61.1 115.4 56.46% 249
194 Huawei Ascend W1 4 480 800 63.5 124.5 55.79% 237
195 Samsung Galaxy Young 2 3.5 320 480 59.9 109.8 51.35% 171
196 Iphone 4/4S 3.5 640 960 58.6 115.2 50.02% 343
197 Samsung Galaxy Fame 3.5 320 480 61.6 113.2 48.43% 171
198 Apple iPhone 3G/3GS 3.5 320 480 62.1 115.5 47.08% 171
199 Nokia Asha 503 3 240 320 60.6 102.6 39.90% 141
200 Blackberry Q5 3.1 720 720 66 120 33.45% 355
201 Blackberry Q10 3.1 720 720 66.8 119.6 33.16% 355

lumia 532, aka nokia x2 with windows

I wondered what Nokia (or rather MS) would do with all the stock of parts and material they must have stocked up for the highly unsuccessful launch of the Nokia X series phones. First it was the X, X+ and XL, then followed by the X2. This was such a strange move anyway while already being taken over by MS.

Anyway, have a look at the comparison between the Nokia X2 and the Lumia 532. Well, then you know how Microsoft has recycled the parts. Obviously some things have changed in an effort to cut cost. The flash has been removed and the screen has been  reduced to 4″ but it’s essentially the same phone. Nothing wrong about that, just saying…

Lumia 532 Nokia X2
Lumia_532 Nokia_X2
Size 119 x 65.5 x 11.6, 136g 121.7 x 68.3 x 11.1, 150g
Processor, etc. Snapdragon 200, 8GB internal, 1GB RAM Snapdragon 200, 4GB internal, 1GB RAM
Camera 5MPx main
VGA, front
5MPx main
VGA, front

Check out the shots from the website

Lumia 532

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Nokia X2

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Why is it so hard to make the perfect phone?

It is the usual annual ritual for every mobile phone manufacturer to launch at least one flagship with big fanfare during a trade show or dedicated press event. Also this year during CES, Mobile World Congress or later in the year for the inevitable iPhone 6S event tech bloggers, journalist and other high profile tech geeks will cover the latest device launches. Before each event most of the device specs are already leaked so there are few surprises left.

And each time I am hoping for the “perfect” phone just to be disappointed again that the phone has at least one (if not more) so obvious flaws that it would be impossible for product developers, designers and R&D Departments of multi-billion dollar companies to overlook. And each time I ask myself why this is and have as yet failed to come up with a good reason.

Let’s have a look at some of the current flagships and what I consider a major flaw that make it obviously not perfect.

Apple iPhone 6:

  • Too large bezels making it much too large for a 4.7″ screen device
  • Protruding camera
  • No SD card

HTC One M8:

  • Sub-standard 4Mpx camera
  • Large form factor for a screen this size

Samsung Galaxy S5:

  • Plastic built is sub-standard for a flagship
  • Fingerprint scanner is nearly unusable
  • Rear firing loudspeaker
  • Custom Android skin

LG G3:

  • Custom Android skin
  • Plastic body
  • 5.5″ screen is phablet territory

Motorola Moto X:

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Large form factor
  • No SD card slot

So as you can see each of these phones has some obvious drawbacks that any product marketing expert should have spotted right away. Is it a lack of attention to detail, a certain carelessness about the level of perfection or just something within the product development of any company that is going wrong?

Well, in any case if you have the answer, please let me know.

 

Ultimate Screen-to-Body Ratio Comparison (post IFA 2014)

Visit the updated report for mid 2016


IFA 2014 is over and the iPhone 6 has officially been released. Hence it’s time to update the Ultimate Screen-to-Body Ratio Comparison.

There has been quite some move at the top of the table with 3 new phones occupying the top 3 spots. Moreover the top 3 are the first to break the 78% mark. This is especially an achievement for the Sharp Aquos Crystal being only a 5″ phone. To reach a ratio of 78.5% is much more of an achievement for a smaller screen compared to the 6″ phablets.

Both versions of the iPhone 6 can be found in the middle of the pack with 67.9% for the 5.5″ and 65.7 for the 4.7″ iPhone 6.

As always I appreciate any comments, suggestions and corrections. Please comment below.

Rank Name Screen Size (inch) Resolution (hor) Resolution (ver) Width Height Ratio (screen to size) PPI
1 Sharp Aquos Crystal 5 720 1280 67 131 78.52% 294
2 Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro 6 1440 2560 81.3 156 78.25% 490
3 Huawei Ascend Mate 7 6 1080 1920 81 157 78.04% 367
4 Alcatel One Touch Hero 6 1080 1920 80.6 158.5 77.69% 367
5 LG G3 5.5 1440 2560 74.6 146.3 76.41% 534
6 LG G2 5.2 1080 1920 70.9 138.5 75.91% 424
7 LG G Flex 6 720 1280 81.6 160.5 75.78% 245
8 Alcatel One Touch Hero 2 6 1080 1920 81.6 160.5 75.78% 367
9 Sony Xperia ZL 5 1080 1920 69.3 131.6 75.57% 441
10 Huawei Ascend Mate 2 6.1 720 1280 84.7 161 75.22% 241
11 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 5.7 1080 1920 79.2 151.2 74.80% 386
12 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 5.7 1440 2560 78.6 153.5 74.24% 515
13 LG G Pro 2 5.9 1080 1920 81.9 157.9 74.21% 373
14 Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 6.3 720 1280 88 167.6 74.19% 233
15 Lenovo Vibe Z2 5.5 720 1280 76.4 148.5 73.50% 267
16 Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1 720 1280 85.7 163.5 73.21% 241
17 Motorola Moto X (2014) 5.2 1080 1920 72.4 140.8 73.12% 424
18 LG Optimus G Pro 5.5 1080 1920 76.1 150.2 72.96% 401
19 Oppo Find 7 5.5 1440 2560 75 152.6 72.86% 534
20 ZTE Nubia Z5S 5 1080 1920 68.8 137.7 72.75% 441
21 Alcatel One Touch Idol X 5 1080 1920 67.5 140.4 72.72% 441
22 Lenovo Vibe Z 5.5 1080 1920 77 149 72.69% 401
23 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 5.5 720 1280 77.4 148.4 72.60% 267
24 Google Nexus 5 5 1080 1920 69.17 137.84 72.28% 441
25 Samsung Galaxy S4 5 1080 1920 69.8 136.6 72.28% 441
26 Xiaomi Mi 4 5 1080 1920 68.5 139.2 72.28% 441
27 LG G Pro Lite 5.5 540 960 76.9 150.2 72.20% 200
28 Motorola Moto X 4.7 720 1280 65.3 129.3 72.12% 312
29 Huawei Honor 3X 5.5 720 1280 77.4 149.5 72.07% 267
30 ZTE nubia Z7 5.5 1440 2560 75.7 153.2 71.91% 534
31 OnePlus One 5.5 1080 1920 75.9 152.9 71.86% 401
32 Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 6 720 1280 83.8 165.2 71.69% 245
33 Lenovo Vibe X2 5 1080 1920 68.6 140.2 71.66% 441
34 Huawei Ascend P7 5 1080 1920 68.8 139.8 71.65% 441
35 Meizu MX3 5.1 1080 1800 72 139 71.65% 418
36 Samsung ATIV SE 5 1080 1920 69.9 137.7 71.60% 441
37 ZTE Nubia X6 6.44 1080 1920 89 179.5 71.57% 342
38 Micromax Canvas XL 6 540 960 84.2 165 71.43% 184
39 Nokia Lumia 1520 6 1080 1920 85.4 162.8 71.38% 367
40 LG Optimus L9 II 4.7 720 1280 66.5 128.4 71.32% 312
41 LG G2 mini 4.7 540 960 66 129.6 71.19% 234
42 Acer Liquid Jade 5 720 1280 69 140.5 71.09% 294
43 Sony Xperia Z3 5.2 1080 1920 72 146 70.91% 424
44 Nokia Lumia 930 5 1080 1920 71 137 70.85% 441
45 Huawei Honor 6 5 1080 1920 69.7 139.6 70.83% 441
46 Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 4.6 720 1280 64.9 127 70.77% 319
47 HTC One max 5.9 1080 1920 82.5 164.5 70.71% 373
48 Oppo Find 5 5 1080 1920 68.8 141.8 70.64% 441
49 Asus Zenfone 6 6 720 1280 84.3 166.9 70.54% 245
50 Motorola Droid Ultra 5 720 1280 71.2 137.5 70.40% 294
51 Nokia Lumia 1320 6 720 1280 85.9 164.2 70.36% 245
52 Huawei Ascend G7 5.5 720 1280 77.3 153.5 70.28% 267
53 Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4.7 720 1280 65.5 132.4 70.22% 312
54 Huawei Ascend P6 4.7 720 1280 65.5 132.65 70.09% 312
55 Nokia Lumia 830 5 720 1280 70.7 139.4 69.93% 294
56 Sony Xperia Z 5 1080 1920 71 139 69.83% 441
57 Samsung Galaxy S5 5.1 1080 1920 72.5 142 69.65% 432
58 Acer Liquid S2 6 1080 1920 86 166 69.52% 367
59 Sony Xperia Z2 5.2 1080 1920 73.3 146.8 69.28% 424
60 Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 5.8 540 960 82.4 162.6 69.22% 190
61 Samsung Galaxy S4 Active 5 1080 1920 71.3 139.7 69.19% 441
62 Motorola Moto G (2014) 5 720 1280 70.7 141.5 68.89% 294
63 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.5 720 1280 78.7 154 68.81% 267
64 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 5.5 720 1280 80.5 151 68.60% 267
65 Oppo R1 5 720 1280 70.4 142.7 68.60% 294
66 Motorola Droid Mini 4.3 720 1280 61.3 121.25 68.58% 342
67 HTC Desire 516 5 540 960 72 140 68.37% 220
68 ZTE Grand S Pro 5 720 1280 71 142 68.36% 294
69 Motorola RAZR i 4.3 540 960 60.9 122.5 68.33% 256
70 Sony Xperia Z Ultra 6.4 1080 1920 92.2 179.4 68.27% 344
71 Lenovo K900 5.5 1080 1920 78 157 68.10% 401
72 Blackberry Z30 5 720 1280 72 140.7 68.03% 294
73 Apple iPhone 6 Plus 5.5 1080 1920 77.7 158 67.93% 401
74 Sony Xperia C3 5.5 720 1280 78.7 156.2 67.84% 267
75 LG Optimus F7 4.7 720 1280 68.2 131.7 67.80% 312
76 HTC Butterfly S 5 1080 1920 70.5 144.5 67.65% 441
77 Blackberry Z3 5 540 960 72.8 140 67.62% 220
78 HTC Desire 816 5.5 720 1280 78.8 156.6 67.58% 267
79 Lenovo S930 6 720 1280 86.5 170 67.49% 245
80 Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 5.2 720 1280 75.3 146.8 67.44% 282
81 LG Optimus 4X HD 4.7 720 1280 68 133 67.33% 312
82 Samsung Galaxy S5 Active 5.1 1080 1920 73.4 145.3 67.23% 432
83 HTC Desire 820 5.5 720 1280 78.7 157.7 67.19% 267
84 Huawei Ascend P2 4.7 720 1280 66.7 136.2 67.03% 312
85 LG Optimus G 4.7 768 1280 69 132 66.86% 323
86 Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 4.3 540 960 61.3 124.6 66.74% 256
87 Sony Xperia T3 5.3 720 1280 77 150.7 66.73% 277
88 HTC One M8 5 1080 1920 70.6 146.4 66.68% 441
89 HTC One E8 5 1080 1920 70.7 146.4 66.59% 441
90 HTC One E8 5 1080 1920 70.7 146.4 66.59% 441
91 Sony Xperia SP 4.6 720 1280 67.1 130.6 66.57% 319
92 Huawei Ascend G700 5 720 1280 72.8 142.5 66.43% 294
93 Google nexus 4 4.7 768 1280 68.7 133.9 66.20% 323
94 Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4.7 720 1280 67.94 135.5 66.15% 312
95 Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra 4.7 720 1280 68.5 134.4 66.15% 312
96 Nokia Lumia 730/735 4.7 720 1280 68.5 134.7 66.00% 312
97 LG Vu 3 5.2 960 1280 85.6 132.1 65.92% 326
98 Amazon Fire Phone 4.7 720 1280 66 140 65.91% 312
99 Samsung Galaxy S3 4.8 720 1280 70.6 136.6 65.86% 306
100 HTC Desire 700 5 540 960 72 145.5 65.79% 220
101 Oppo N1 5.8 1080 1920 82.6 170.7 65.77% 380
102 Sony Xperia C 5 540 960 74.15 141.5 65.69% 220
103 Apple iPhone 6 4.7 750 1334 67.1 138.2 65.67% 326
104 Samsung Ativ S 4.8 720 1280 70.5 137.2 65.67% 306
105 BLU Life Play S 4.7 720 1280 67.5 137.5 65.61% 312
106 Xiaomi Mi 2 4.3 720 1280 62 126 65.25% 342
107 Samsung Galaxy K zoom 4.8 720 1280 70.8 137.5 65.24% 306
108 Motorola Moto G 4.5 720 1280 65.9 129.9 65.21% 326
109 Huawei Ascend G6 4.5 540 960 65.3 131.2 65.16% 245
110 Huawei Ascend P7 mini 4.5 540 960 65.3 131.2 65.16% 245
111 Xiaomi Mi 3 5 1080 1920 73.6 144 65.03% 441
112 BLU Life Pro 5 720 1280 72.1 147 65.03% 294
113 HTC One 4.7 1080 1920 68.2 137.4 64.99% 469
114 HTC One X / X+ 4.7 720 1280 69.9 134.36 64.84% 312
115 Samsung Galaxy Core Advance 4.7 180 800 70.5 133.3 64.80% 124
116 Lenovo Vibe X 5 1080 1920 74 144 64.68% 441
117 Nokia Lumia 630 4.5 480 854 66.7 129.5 64.63% 218
118 Sony Xperia Z1 5 1080 1920 73.9 144.4 64.58% 441
119 Samsung Galaxy Express 2 4.5 540 960 65.8 132.4 64.08% 245
120 Sony Xperia M2 4.8 540 960 71.1 139.7 63.95% 229
121 Asus ZenFone 5 5 720 1280 72.8 148.2 63.88% 294
122 Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3 800 1280 83 147 63.47% 292
123 Nokia Lumia 625 4.7 480 800 72.2 133.2 63.32% 202
124 Sony Xperia ZR 4.5 720 1280 67.4 131 63.23% 326
125 Motorola Moto E 4.3 540 960 64.8 124.8 63.03% 256
126 Sony Xperia M2 Aqua 4.8 540 960 72 140 63.01% 229
127 LG Optimus L7 II 4.3 480 800 66.6 121.5 62.99% 220
128 Nokia XL 5 480 800 77.7 141.4 62.73% 190
129 Jolla Smartphone 4.5 540 960 68 131 62.67% 245
130 Lenovo S820 4.7 720 1280 69.7 139.5 62.63% 312
131 HTC One mini 2 4.5 720 1280 65 137.4 62.51% 326
132 HTC Desire 510 4.7 480 854 69.8 139.9 62.36% 208
133 Sony Xperia SL 4.3 720 1280 64 128 62.22% 342
134 HTC Desire 310 4.5 480 654 68 132.4 62.01% 190
135 Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 4.3 720 1280 64.9 127 61.84% 342
136 HTC Desire 600 4.5 540 960 67 134.8 61.81% 245
137 Samsung Galaxy S2 4.3 480 800 66.1 125.3 61.54% 220
138 Nokia X2 4.3 480 800 68.3 121.7 61.32% 220
139 Nokia Lumia 925 4.5 768 1280 70.6 129 61.30% 337
140 HTC One Mini 4.3 720 1280 63.2 132 61.10% 342
141 Apple iPhone 5/5S 4 640 1136 58.6 123.8 60.80% 326
142 Nokia X 4 480 800 63 115.5 60.62% 237
143 Nokia Lumia 920 4.5 768 1280 70.8 130.3 60.51% 337
144 HTC Desire 610 4.7 540 960 70.5 143.1 60.36% 234
145 LG Optimus L5 II 4 480 800 62.2 117.5 60.35% 237
146 Nokia Lumia 820 4.3 480 800 68.5 123.8 60.11% 220
147 Nokia Lumia 1020 4.5 768 1280 71.4 130.4 59.96% 337
148 Sony Xperia E1 4 480 800 62.4 118 59.90% 237
149 HTC Desire V 4 480 800 62.3 118.5 59.75% 237
150 HTC Desire X 4 480 800 62.3 118.5 59.75% 237
151 HTC Desire 501 4.3 480 800 66.7 128.5 59.47% 220
152 Nokia Lumia 530 4 480 854 62.3 119.7 59.15% 245
153 Nokia Lumia 720 4.3 480 800 67.5 127.9 59.04% 220
154 Sony Xperia E3 4.5 480 854 69.4 137.1 58.67% 218
155 HTC Windows Phone 8X 4.3 720 1280 66.2 132.3 58.20% 342
156 Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 4 480 800 62.7 121.2 58.04% 237
157 Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 4 480 800 62.9 121.4 57.76% 237
158 Asus Zenfone 4 4 480 800 61.4 124.4 57.75% 237
159 Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 4 480 800 63 121.5 57.62% 237
160 Nokia Lumia 520 4 480 800 64 119.9 57.48% 237
161 Nokia Lumia 525 4 480 800 64 119.9 57.48% 237
162 Sony Xperia M 4 480 854 62 124 57.37% 245
163 Blackberry Z10 4.2 768 1280 65.6 130 57.02% 361
164 Huawei Ascend W2 4.3 480 800 67 134 56.78% 220
165 Nokia Lumia 620 3.8 480 800 61.1 115.4 56.46% 249
166 Huawei Ascend W1 4 480 800 63.5 124.5 55.79% 237
167 Samsung Galaxy Young 2 3.5 320 480 59.9 109.8 51.35% 171
168 Iphone 4/4S 3.5 640 960 58.6 115.2 50.02% 343
169 Samsung Galaxy Fame 3.5 320 480 61.6 113.2 48.43% 171
170 Apple iPhone 3G/3GS 3.5 320 480 62.1 115.5 47.08% 171
171 Nokia Asha 503 3 240 320 60.6 102.6 39.90% 141
172 Blackberry Q5 3.1 720 720 66 120 33.45% 355
173 Blackberry Q10 3.1 720 720 66.8 119.6 33.16% 355

The Phablet To Rule Them All

IFA 2014 is over and saw some major phone announcements. Just as in the previous years, Samsung used the stage in Berlin to announce the updated version of the Galaxy Note, the phone/tablet to create an entirely new category, the phablet.

While the Note 4 turns out to be an evolutionary step from the Note 3 with just the right amount of changes and upgrades to keep us gadget geeks excited, Samsung surprised everyone with the Galaxy Note Edge. The verdict is still out if the Edge screen and navigation is more of a gimmick or a tool but you have to give credit to Samsung to at least trying out something new.

But some other manufacturers announced their phablets as well. Huawei released the Ascend Mate 7. Maybe it used the 7 to signify that it’s only been 7 months since the Ascend Mate 2 was released. The all metal chassis, Emotion UI 3.0 and fingerprint scanner scream premium and high-end.

Alcatel launched the OneTouch Hero 2 adding a metal back-panel and a 1080p screen. It’s predecessor is heading the screen-to-size ratio table. Let’s see how the new phablets will fare.

While not announced at IFA, Lenovo had the Vibe Z2 Pro on display that was released a couple of weeks ago. Lenovo used IFA to announce the X2 and Z2, however the Vibe Z2 Pro clearly is the top-end device of the Chinese manufacturer.

Let me know which of the phablets you think is the one to rule them all by voting for your favorite tablet launched in 2014.

I have updated the post to include the iPhone 6 Plus after it’s release.