09 January 2016 ~ 2 Comments

Apple Dominates UK Sales in 2015


The bestselling smartphone in 2015 is the 2014 iPhone 6 16GB, followed closely by the 2013 iPhone 5S with the 64GB iPhone 6 in the third position. The newer, but pricier, iPhone 6, the 6S 16GB, is the fourth best seller of the year. That the latest iPhone 6S managed to get a 4th place is particularly impressive since the phone was only released in September. The iPhone 6 has topped the global charts since September 2014 and is a worldwide favourite. Samsung only managed a lowly 5th spot with their top offering, the Galaxy S6 32GB.

Remarkably, next in the list the iPhone returns with phones in 6th and 7th position. Budget conscious buyers have been pushing up sales of the now discontinued 5C to 6th place followed by the 64GB iPhone 6S. Samsung manages to secure the final top ten positions with the Galaxy S6 Edge 32GB, followed by the Note 4. Coming in at the 10th position is the Galaxy S5.

Rob Kerr, the mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, said, “Apple’s authority in the UK mobile market is unrivalled. It’s the only manufacturer that can still attract queues days ahead of its major launches. It even makes Samsung look like a perennial underachiever.”

What is interesting is that the large screen iPhone 6S Plus does not make it into the list, which seems to indicate that the market is happier with the smaller form Apple handset tarher than the phablet. This may be a sign that users want a phone which is light, high tech and still slips easily into the pocket. And of course, it still has that distinctive Apple logo on the back which is arguable one of the main reasons for buying an iPhone.

What was your last phone? And would you always choose an Apple iPhone over another phone from a different brand?

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20 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Is the feminine smartphone a new trend?

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In the smartphone world, “pink gold” seems to be the new black. Following the introduction of Apple’s Rose Gold iPhones 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Samsung announced it is preparing to launch a Pink Gold version of its Galaxy Note 5 in South Korea. The phablet will also appear in “Silver Titanium”.

Apple has given Samsung and other smartphone manufacturers a hard time this year. After the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company’s share price tripled. Samsung, however, is still showing good results in the lower-priced phones segment, where the company controls over 59% of the market.

Last year HTC presented a girlie smartphone – the HTC One. There also were several pink and red models produced by LG, Samsung, and other phone manufacturers, but none of them has got a lot of attention. Now Apple has introduced its stylish and elegant Rose Gold colour, which can’t be categorically described as feminine. There are a lot of discussions on forums and social networks regarding this aspect. Some men think it is a “girlie” phone, others disagree. Yet, Rose Gold iPhones seem to be extremely popular. First sales results worldwide showed they are selling faster than other versions. Apparently these data have prompted Samsung to copy the new trend to take on the competition. This is not the first time Apple and Samsung have done this; the companies have a long history of patent infringement lawsuits.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices will become available in South Korea on October 23rd. The presentation of the Pink Gold and Silver Titanium Galaxy Note 5 is scheduled for next week as well. Samsung is clearly going to compete hard for its home market. The company has plans to start sales of Pink Gold and Silver Titanium phones in other Asian countries later this year.

However, here in the UK, we have to show some patience. The Galaxy Note 5 is not yet available for British consumers at all. Rumour has it Samsung plans to launch the device in the European market in January 2016. We expect the long awaited phablet will be presented in several colours, including Pink Gold.

What do you think? Is Apple’s Pink Gold really a feminine colour? And if you’re a guy, would you buy a Pink Gold handset?

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25 September 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Four smartphones to get excited about this autumn

The summer months tend to be quiet in terms of new flagship smartphones landing. The autumn is typically where the action is at as manufacturers release their devices in time to take advantage of the pre-Christmas buzz. There will be myriad handsets arriving in the next few months, from budget and simple to expensive and bleeding edge, but here we will take a look at some high end smartphones you will be able to buy for yourself before Christmas.

Apple iPhone 6s

Last year Apple swept all before it with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, two devices that pushed the company to record sales, profit, and revenue. Expect much of the same when the iPhone 6s launches next month, with the company already preparing 90 million units for the holiday season alone. It is arguable that no iPhone is the best smartphone on the market, and the device is certainly more about how it works as it is what specs it has.

That said, this will be the most decked out iPhone so far, with an Apple A9 processor, Full HD Retina Display, and a 13MP camera. With iOS 9 maintaining the ease of use and functionality we love from the platform, and the hardware likely to remain gorgeous, expect this to be the one most people want yet again.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Sure, the Galaxy S6 is an awesome smartphone, but connoisseurs know that to get the best of what Samsung can do you have to go to the Note series. Launching August 13th, the fifth iteration of the phablet king will be the best large screen phone yet and probably the best smartphone full stop, at least from a hardware perspective. The specs will be market leading, including a 5.7-inch Quad HD screen, Samsung’s own Exynos 7420 chip, 4GB of RAM, and of course the excellent S Pen.

With Samsung recently upping its design game, a metal frame and body is likely and the Galaxy Note 5 could be one of the best looking flagships around.

LG G4 Pro

Trying to steal Samsung’s phablet thunder will be Korean compatriot LG with the G4 Pro. If the G4 flagship launched in May felt like an incremental update, the Pro is said to be LG throwing everything it has into a high end smartphone. Will the company finally turn to a metal body? We hope so, even if the plastic G4 is elegant either way.

One thing is certain, the G4 Pro will match the Note 5 in terms of specs. Coming to the handset will be a Quad HD screen at 5.7 inches, and possibly even Qualcomm’s just announced Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM. That would make the G4 Pro a performance powerhouse, while it will also boast a 20.7MP primary camera, 32GB of Storage, and an all-important micro SD card slot.

Sony Xperia Z5

Sony is under plenty of pressure, but the company has always enjoyed solid results in the UK and with the flagship line typically sold for a solid price in the country, the Xperia Z5 could be a compelling option. The Japanese giant’s flagships always scream premium, but perhaps that design language is ageing slightly, so an aesthetic refresh would be most welcome when the handset launches at IFA in Berlin next month.

Also welcome would be a Quad HD screen, high end chipset, and other flagship specs that would see the Xperia Z series keep pace with Sony’s rival. Arguably the most exciting aspect is the company’s new stock Android experience, although it is not confirmed whether that will be ready in time for the launch of the Z5.

What new handsets do you have your eyes on this autumn? Which manufacturers are tempting you the most? Or are you content with your current phone and prefer to wait and see what innovations 2016 will bring? Let us know with a comment 🙂

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