smartphones

Oppo's New R5 Smartphone Is Just 4.85mm Thick

You’re looking at what Oppo claims to be the slimmest smartphone in the world — which measures just 4.85mm front to back. The R5 is due to hit the global market this December.


We're Designing Apps Wrong For Huge Smartphones

As smartphones continue to get larger but our hands don’t, what kinds of design solutions can ensure mobile interactions remain comfortable, quick and easy on our thumbs? Here are a few options to consider.


Apple Pay May Only Be The Start Of Apple's NFC Ambitions

It may have taken Apple a few years to finally adopt NFC on its smartphones, but now that it’s here, the company is running with it. Apple’s NFC-powered payment system, Apple Pay, officially launched a week ago today, and a new report from The Information says more NFC abilities may be coming.


OnePlus One Pre-Orders Start Right Now

The OnePlus One is one of our favourite smartphones even before you consider its ludicrously cheap $US300 price tag. Until now, the biggest knock against it was its inane invite-only purchase plan. But for the next hour, you can line up a pre-order in a civilised manner. Just head right here at 11am ET (2am AEDT) and click until your index finger falls off.


Use Flickr To Preview The Picture Quality Of Your Next Phone Or Camera

Whether you’re in the market for a new DSLR or a new smartphone, image quality is probably pretty high on your list of considerations. From Instagrammed selfies to sweeping landscape shots, you want to find a camera lens that’s capable of producing pictures you can be proud of, and Flickr can help you.


Oppo Find 7: Australian Review

If you want a great phone, you don’t necessarily have to restrict yourself to Apple or Samsung, or any of the other marques that are popular in Australia at the moment. Chinese phone makers like Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus are making waves around the world for high-end devices without commensurate price tags. Oppo’s Find 7 is a 5.5-inch smartphone with top-end specs, tied to a slightly more affordable price than the big brands.


This Is What Lumias Will Look Like Now, Without Nokia Branding

Microsoft is officially cutting the Nokia branding on its Lumia handsets. From now on, its smartphones will be branded with the Microsoft Lumia name.


LG's Next Smartphone Will Have Its Own Processor Inside

One factor that’s certainly helped in Samsung’s near-domination of the Android market over the last few years is its use of Samsung-manufactured components in its vast range of Android handsets. You can therefore bet that the CEO won’t be too happy to hear that LG is now manufacturing top-end silicon of its own.


I'm The Last Twentysomething Who Doesn't Own A Smartphone

Hi. My name is Mia, and I’m a millennial who doesn’t own a smartphone. Yes. Take a moment. Maybe tweet about it #dumbphonesbelike. Snapchat a picture of you looking horrified. Send a ghost emoji to a loved one.


What's Next For The Smartphone In A Rapidly Changing Market?

It should be no surprise to anyone that many smartphones may have been designed to last about 24 months — the length of a typical contract with a network service provider. After all, it is a fast-moving, high-turnover market and planned obsolescence is how it is kept moving. Being high turnover means new models with new features can be brought to market and readily consumed by users conditioned to want the latest and greatest.


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