The Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4, the Snapdragon 600 one, got a software update and while we felt like a new battery test was in order. A lot has changed since we released our first test and we were curious to find out how it has affected the smartphone’s power autonomy.
After the update, the battery life of the phone did improve overall. Here are the new results. Note: the old results are marked in yellow.
Talk time saw a massive improvement of just over 4 hours, putting the I9505 Galaxy S4 close to the top of this chart. We have rarely seen better performances and it’s quite unlikely you’ll deplete your Galaxy S4 battery just by talking.
Talk time :
- Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS) 21:18
- LG Optimus G Pro 20:45
- Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 20:24
- Motorola RAZR i 20:07
- Sony Xperia SP 19:49
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 18:03
- Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 16:57
- Sony Xperia Z 16:03
- LG Optimus G 15:30
- Sony Xperia ZL 15:22
- Nokia Lumia 720 15:17
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 13:53
- Pantech Burst 4:46
Surprisingly, web browsing started killing the battery faster after the update – an hour and twenty minutes faster to be specific. At 7 hours and 24 minutes, the new Galaxy S4 result isn’t bad, but it’s no longer one of the best.
Web browsing :
- HTC One 9:58
- Apple iPhone 5 9:56
- Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS) 9:12
- Apple iPad mini 9:05
- Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 8:48
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 8:42
- Nokia Lumia 810 8:20
- Asus Padfone 2 8:20
- Nokia Lumia 610 8:01
- HTC One X+ 7:56
- Sony Xperia E dual 7:42
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 7:24
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus 3:01
Video playback compensated with an improvement of just over 2 hour, once again putting the Samsung Galaxy S4 close to the top. With this improvement, the Samsung flagship managed to overtake the iPhone 5 and the even the Galaxy Note II.
Video playback :
- Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS) 16:35
- Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 14:17
- Apple iPad mini 12:51
- Samsung Galaxy Premier 12:51
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 12:30
- Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 11:27
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 10:16
- Apple iPhone 5 10:12
- HTC One 10:02
- Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III 10:01
- Nokia Lumia 710 3:27
Standby power usage doesn’t seem to have changed much, but the (mostly) improved performance in the individual tests did push the endurance rating up to 69 hours (up from 63 hours). The Samsung Galaxy S4 was one of the most solid performers when it comes to battery life and it’s now even better.
By the way, we’re running our battery tests on the Exynos 5 Octa version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, that’s the I9500, and we’ll report back when they’re done. Those Cortex-A7 cores better justify the existence of the I9500 as the Cortex-A15 and PowerVR SGX544MP3 don’t really offer all that great performance boost.
Surface Pro arrives in a few days and could restart the machine after a disappointing start. It will be available in two versions, 64GB and 128GB as Surface RT, But Surface Pro does not really have all that space.
Indeed, the 64 GB version of the Surface, the user can have only 23 GB to store its contents. The reason? Instead that requires Windows 8. The pre-installed applications are equally guilty, which leaves only the user that little room at the end. 41 GB is taken by the OS and applications, more than half of the space specified by Microsoft.
On the 128 GB version is the same story. On the total space touted by Microsoft, 83 GB will be used by the buyer. A problem that is certainly understandable, but will not fix the bad image that the Surface already has.
Sony is utilizing its Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to develop the next generation in backing up and sharing data – “one touch backup”. Photos, videos can be backed-up, saved and shared in the cloud, or locally to its 1TB (terabyte) hard drive, all without going through a PC.
Data will be shared totally wirelessly by a simple wave of your smartphone, tablet, etc., making the whole process of saving, sharing and managing data much more efficient and less restricted.
The PCS Manager (Personal Contents Station) is due to be released on April 30, 2013 and Sony will begin taking reservations on April 1, 2013.
After exactly one year ago by now, when the US Justice Department has shut down the popular file sharing website Megaupload on grounds of promoting piracy, with the founder Kim Dotcom being arrested for it.
Dotcom has since then been working on a successor to Megaupload, which now a year after the original site went down, has finally gone live under the name Mega.
What is “Mega” ? Well! Mega is pretty much like any other file uploading and sharing service, such as Dropbox. You can drag and drop a file to quickly upload and share them. Mega offers you four subscription options at various price points. The first one is free of charge and gives you 50GB of free storage space. The other three options give you 500GB, 2TB and 4TB for €9.99, €19.99 and €29.99 per month, respectively.
The service is still in an early version and the creators are promising several additions and improvements in future. To register, head over the link source down bellow, and I invite you to come and deliver your first impressions of the service in the comments section of this article.
If you’ve found that Microsoft’s very own cloud storage solution SkyDrive doesn’t quite cut the mustard for you, worry no more as Dropbox for Windows RT and Windows 8 is already on its way. The Dropbox app for Windows RT and Windows 8 is ready and submitted to Microsoft for approval. Lots of people rely on the Dropbox service instead on the Microsoft’s own SkyDrive and it’s certainly going to boost the productivity of the RT slates.
The Windows 8 users had a Dropbox app since its launch (the Desktop one), but the RT owners had nothing but the web client until now. Well, the Modern app should pop up in the Store any moment now.
InstaTwit drama has gone to a crucial way – well that didn’t take too long : After Instagram officially cuts off its photo integration with Twitter, one curious developer has already created a Chrome extension that reverses Instagram’s change on your desktop.
Michael Schonfeld, a developer evangelist at the payments company Dwolla, whipped the InstaTwit extension together in just an hour and a half. Once installed, it places Instagram photos back into Twitter Cards — just as if the drama from this week between the two companies never happened.
“While it’s not a complete solution — InstaTwit won’t help on tablets or smartphones, for example — it’s a nice and simple fix until Instagram can make peace with Twitter.”
Schonfeld notes that both companies could potentially break the extension, but he’s not too worried about that possibility: “On Instagram’s side, they can change the structure of their URL shortener, or even disable direct access to the photo files themselves. In any case, I doubt it’ll be very hard to adjust the extension accordingly.”
Via : Instagram
I-O Data has released in Japan a new iOS only device that will “extend” your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch possibilities by access to any files (compatible with an iOS App) stored on a memory card without the need of a PC.
Nubes, the name of this new tool is a simple SD, SDHC and SDXC Card reader with an integrated Wireless AP and internal battery that will let you iOS thingy access to any files stored in it. Nubes is only compatible with devices running iOS 4.3.3 or later comes with a 1350mAh battery offering you up to 4h worth of battery life and weight just about 57g for a seize of 83.5×58.12.3mm
Nubes is apparently only sold via I-O Data online store in Japan and at around 4,180 Yen