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.
The iPad 4th generation model of the iPad with Retina display and iPad mini are available a few months now, but here’s already the first rumors about the iPad 5 (next generation model)!
According to the site 9to5Mac, here are some pictures of what could be the hull of the fifth-generation iPad with a design similar to the iPad mini or the iPod Touch. The device appears slightly smaller, still provide a screen of 9.7 inches, but with closer edges. Availability is estimated in the spring.
Sony just come to announce a brand new tablet in Japan the Xperia Tablet Z. This new tablet is 6.9mm thick and weighs 495g, which makes it the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch Android tablet on the market, and even thinner than the Toshiba Excite 10 LE that was once the champion in both fields, and even smaller tablets such as the iPad mini.
The Xperia Tablet Z has a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 resolution ‘Reality Display’ powered by Mobile Bravia Engine 2. The design language of the tablet is similar to the recent Sony Xperia handsets, such as the Xperia Z. Also, just like the Xperia Z, the Xperia Tablet Z happens to be dust and water resistant.
Other specs : on the back of the Xperia Tablet Z is an 8 megapixel Exmor R camera with backlit CMOS sensor. Under the hood, the Xperia Tablet Z is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 processor, refreshed by 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage space expandable with microSD card, NFC, LTE and Sony’s S-Force virtual 3D surround sound technology.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z will be sold in black and white. Right now there’s no word on the pricing and availability.
Google has been very successful with its Nexus devices, despite some pitfalls for the delivery of Nexus 4. It is therefore logical that the Mountain View company continues to build on this range. Upcoming devices are also highly expected to firm up and the first rumors are already surfacing the web. They concern the Nexus 5 and a new tablet named Nexus 7.7 .
It’s the Korean site Ruliweb throwing these rumors. Begin with the Nexus 5. According to the sources site, the device will be equipped with a 5-inch Full HD. It would also have an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel rear camera with and a 3-megapixel front camera. In addition, the user has the choice between 8GB and 16GB of storage. And everything is runing on Android Key Lime Pie and still manufactured by LG.
On the slate side, Ruliweb indicates that it would have a 7.7 inch screen with a resolution of 1920X1200 pixels. Again, the Tegra 4 will be at the party and there an 8GB of storage at minimum. But the surprise is that the tablet will also be manufactured by LG.
Of course, all tese are rumors, so we suggest you to take all this with a pinch of salt, until we get a word from Google or LG to let us definitely discover these new devices.
Tumblr for iPad has now its own iOS application version. Although the iPhone version has been available for a while now and was recently given a major facelift, the iPad version was nowhere to be found.
Among the new features is a UI optimized for the iPad’s bigger display. You get a navigation bar on the side that stays there permanently unlike on the iPhone version. You also get a pop-up carousal menu with options when you click on the new post button. Being a native app, it’s also smooth and fast.
To download your Tumblr app is now available for free on the App Store.
YouTube is constantly changing its look. The latest versions of Google’s video streaming juggernaut to be refreshed are its experiences for tablets.
The Android app has a brand new UI for 10-inch slates, and if you prefer the mobile website to its apps, you’ll see the fresh look popping up there as well. Just like the changes to its site layout pushed to all a few days ago it brings the guide feature, promising easy access to subscribed channels.
As YouTube continues to pick up higher profile content to show subscribers, it’s no surprise the new changes are intended to funnel viewers there.
Check out the new updates and let us know if you think they’re for the better or not.
Via : Google Plus
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
The Google employee Manu Cornet confirmed the name of the next Android (5.0) version – Key Lime Pie. He did this in a pretty funny way – drawing a comic showing the evolution of Android.
As you can see the last Android mascot in the picture holds Key Lime Pie.
There is still no official information on the next major Android version, but as the rumor has it, the Key Lime Pie will be Android version 5.0 and will be announced at Google I/O 2013 next May.
Recently, Samsung is rumored to put a quad Cortex-A15 CPU inside the Galaxy S IV with the Exynos 5450 chipset, but EETimes is reporting that the Korean company has a more interesting chipset in the works – the first one to use ARM’s big.LITTLE technology.
This tech pairs a number of powerful Cortex-A15 cores with the same number of low-power Cortex-A7 cores (similar to NVIDIA’s fifth core in Tegra 3). The chipset seamlessly switches between the high and low power cores depending on the load (but it can’t run all at the same time).
The chipset in particular will pack four A15s clocked at 1.8GHz and four A7s clocked at 1.2GHz. The A7s will reportedly match a quad-core Cortex-A8 CPU (not that such exist), while the four A15s should offer a big increase over the already powerful A15 duo that powers the Nexus 10. The chip will be built on a 28nm process and pack 2MB of cache.
We’re sure that there will be plenty of rumors that this will be the chipset in the Galaxy S IV, but it’s more likely to see it in a tablet first.
Sources : EETimes , AHL