Poll: Should you limit the time children spend using phones?

It’s a situation that’s very familiar in modern society: excessive smartphone use. We’re hearing more and more about the health implications and the dangers of excessive smartphone use, which begs the question: should parents be stricter in controlling their children’s use of tech? 

Despite all of the social pressures of having a smartphone, and the obvious benefits of using smartphones and tablets, experts continue to call out to parents to be more conscientious when deciding to buy a phone for their kids. In a recent campaign called “Truth about Tech“, an event was held to raise awareness of the negative impact of tech on children, and how they are becoming addicted. 

It’s often a bit of a joke, seeing how everyone is literally glued to their smartphones like zombies, and yes, most of us use our phones day-to-day with no problems. But, one of the most alarming things is how kids start using devices at such a young age, so it isn’t surprising that more and more parents are limiting the technology their kids use at home. Let us know your thoughts on this subject by voting in the poll:

Have you already limited the time your kids spend using tech? Do you think smartphone use is good or bad for your health? Leave a comment and tell us why.

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Poll results: the phones that caught your eye at MWC

Some say it was a strange year for MWC, with several brands shying away from presenting the latest flagships. Now that its over, the stars of the show are arriving to our newsroom so we can provide you with full reviews soon. In our poll last week, you gave your verdict on the most impressive smartphone at MWC, and the results are not surprising!

The high-end devices from this years event were of course the Galaxy S9, Nokia 8 Sirocco, and the new Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 compact. And these devices were among your favorites from the tech fair this year:

poll results mwc smartphone A clear winner: the Galaxy S9 Plus / © AndroidPIT

First place, the Galaxy S9 Plus

This result doesn’t come as a shock, the Galaxy S9 Plus is undoubtedly an impressive smartphone, packing a dual camera, larger display, and a bigger battery than the standard version – all for a price of around $ 1000. Our full review is coming, but for now, you can check out our unboxing of both the S9 and S9 Plus on our YouTube channel.

Nokia is continuing its successful comeback with the 8 Sirocco (and more!)

Coming in second is the Nokia 8 Sirocco, an impressive device maintaining the triumphant return of HMD Global. In our full review, we see this smartphone as serious competitor to the Galaxy S9, and it looks like you share that opinion with us. 

Sony’s new Xperia XZ2

Again, in our opinion that this is a really interesting device and in our initial review, we were impressed with the new design. However, the XZ2 arrived shortly after the XZ1, which makes us wonder, is this a good strategy for Sony?

Was it a good year for MWC?

Besides the major brands, others managed to impress us too, including the Zenfone 5Z with the Snapdragon 845, making it the cheapest way to get this super fast processor. Despite all of this, the general consensus after MWC was that it wasn’t all that exciting, and there’s an increasing frustration at the ever rocketing prices of high-end smartphones. 

Do you intend on getting any of these devices? Or are you waiting to see what the rest of the year has in store?

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The absolute best: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The best phone on our list is actually two phones. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are indeed, for us, the best Android smartphones currently on the market – they’re so good we couldn’t choose between them. Both have the most impressive technical specs and the best experience that an Android phone can offer currently. They have everything you would expect from a high-end smartphone (original design, microSD card slot, water and dust resistance, brilliant display…).

Both devices are quite similar. The only difference is that the S8+ offers a larger screen (6.2 inches versus 5.8) and a more powerful battery (3,500 mAh vs. 3,000 mAh). 

AndroidPIT Samsung Galaxy S8 vs S8plus 2062 The S8 and S8+ are the best phones on the market. © AndroidPIT

If you have an unlimited budget, we advise you to consider buying one of Samsung’s latest flagships. They represent the ideal option for those who want to play games, watch movies and stream media content without sacrificing quality. Those who love big screens will also be served with magnificent displays. These are simply the best phones available right now.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8+ technical specifications

  Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8+
Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 152 g 173 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh 3500 mAh
Screen size: 5.8 in 6.2 in
Display technology: AMOLED AMOLED
Screen: 2960 x 1440 pixels (568 ppi) 2960 x 1440 pixels (531 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED Dual-LED
Android version: 7.0 – Nougat 7.0 – Nougat
User interface: TouchWiz TouchWiz
RAM: 4 GB 4 GB
Internal storage: 64 GB 64 GB
Removable storage: microSD microSD
Chipset: Samsung Exynos 8895 Samsung Exynos 8895
Number of cores: 8 8
Max. clock speed: 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth

The design of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is also the best on the market, with a subtle blend of metal and glass. Both versions now offer special features that help you get the most out of the display and its features. Let’s not forget the fingerprint scanner (now in the back), its iris scanner and its powerful performance. In the US, it’s packing the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm’s top processor, and 4 GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8+

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The best Android phone for the price: OnePlus 3T

This is the phone with the best price. Many people want the coolest design, others want the most impressive camera, and some just want the king of speed. After reviewing all of the major 2016 flagships, it’s the OnePlus 3T’s performance that has impressed us the most. Thanks to a Snapdragon 821 processor (an upgrade from the OnePlus 3’s 820) and 6 GB of RAM, OnePlus’s 2016 flagship killer has earned the title of fastest Android smartphone on the market, edging out its predecessor the OnePlus 3.

We subjected the OnePlus 3T to various benchmarks and tests in our review and the results matched our expectations that this is indeed at the very top end of the performance spectrum. AnTuTu corroborated this about the 3T’s predecessor the OnePlus 3 in a blog post, revealing that the OnePlus 3 achieved an average score of 140,288 in its user tests – the highest smartphone average in the first half of 2016. For comparison’s sake, the undoubtedly speedy Galaxy S7 Edge averaged 134,599. 

OnePlus 3T technical specifications

Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm
Weight: 158 g
Battery size: 3400 mAh
Screen size: 5.5 in
Display technology: AMOLED
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi)
Front camera: 16 megapixels
Rear camera: 16 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 6.0.1 – Marshmallow
User interface: Oxygen OS
Internal storage: 128 GB
64 GB
Removable storage: Not available
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Number of cores: 4
Max. clock speed: 2.35 GHz
Connectivity: LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

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Lowest price: OnePlus 3T

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Best price/performance ratio: Honor 8

We’ve had plenty of low-cost devices this year that have been really impressive performers and the Honor 8 is no exception. Despite being in the sub-$ 400 price range, it looks and performs like a $ 700 flagship. Huawei, the parent company behind Honor, knows how to put together a nice-looking phone in any price range.

The Honor 8 is a well-designed device. It delivers a bunch of premium features, including a glass and aluminum body, a strong performance and excellent battery life. Add to the dual 12 MP camera system with an optical image stabilizer, double pixel technology and rapid focus and you can see why this is such a great value.

Honor 8 technical specifications

Dimensions: 145.5 x 71 x 7.45 mm
Weight: 153 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh
Screen size: 5.2 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED
Android version: 6.0 – Marshmallow
User interface: Emotion UI
Internal storage: 32 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 950
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.3 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

AndroidPIT Honor 8 2610 The Honor 8 is a well-designed and powerful smartphone. Plus it’s the phone with the best battery. / © AndroidPIT

Lowest price: Honor 8

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Best for battery life: Huawei Mate 9

It’s the phone with the best battery. Huawei’s latest phabet has a battery life which should inspire the whole market. The Mate 9 can go 48 hours without charging. Even better, Huawei has developed a system to detect which apps drain the battery the most to optimize resource management.

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The other aspects of the phone make it the full package, with performance specs capable of handling anything you can throw at it. Despite having such a large screen at 5.9 inches, it is pleasant to hold and use. The design is traditional, yet modern and attractive. The Mate 9 is scheduled to receive Android Nougat, as well.

Huawei Mate 9 technical specifications

Dimensions: 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 190 g
Battery size: 4000 mAh
Screen size: 5.9 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (373 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 20 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED
Android version: 7.0 – Nougat
User interface: Emotion UI
Internal storage: 64 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.4 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

Lowest price: Huawei Mate 9

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Best for photography: Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL have earned their place among the best Android smartphones, and their number one spot in the category of the best camera phones is also well-deserved.

It’s no surprise that we discover the Pixel phones have the best camera of any smartphone on the market. Google has managed to make a device to match even the Galaxy S7 thanks to a perfect balance between software and hardware prowess. The Pixel devices don’t have the most striking design, but it is their pure Android experience that makes these phones impressive.

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Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL technical specifications

  Google Pixel Google Pixel XL
Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm
Weight: 143 g 168 g
Battery size: 2770 mAh 3450 mAh
Screen size: 5 in 5.5 in
Display technology: AMOLED AMOLED
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (441 ppi) 2560 x 1440 pixels (534 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12.3 megapixels 12.3 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED Dual-LED
Android version: 7.1 – Nougat 7.1 – Nougat
User interface: Stock Android Stock Android
RAM: 4 GB 4 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
128 GB
32 GB
128 GB
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Number of cores: 4 4
Max. clock speed: 2.15 GHz 2.15 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Lowest price: Google Pixel

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Alternative for best photography: HTC U11

When it comes to judging camera quality, there are quite a few worthwhile contenders which can stand up and be counted with the likes of the Google Pixel or the Galaxy S8. The HTC U11 is a new kid on the block, but it has already demonstrated it is more than a match for other popular flagships. It is the highest-rated smartphone camera ever tested by DxOMark. Many people may be skeptical when it comes to these ratings, as in addition to testing camera performance DxO also assists smartphone manufacturers in developing cameras. So, it may well be the case that DxO just optimized a camera for the sake of its own benchmark. That said, our review of the HTC U11 should pour water on that idea as, regardless of anything to do with DxO, the U11 has an excellent camera. 

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Best under $ 500: Samsung Galaxy S7

If you’re looking for a great phone around $ 500, the choice is easy. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a great phone, even at a year old. And now that the Galaxy S8 has been released, it’s an even better value than before.

The performance holds up and the photo quality is fantastic with the S7 and S7 Edge. The design is still modern and elegant, and it has water and dust resistance.

AndroidPIT Samsung galaxy s7 REVIEW 1 The Galaxy S7 combines old and new to become one of Samsung’s enduring best. / © AndroidPIT

The Galaxy S7 has a 12 MP camera on the rear, and a 5 MP selfie cam. With a battery capacity of 3,000 mAh, the S7 is capable of getting through the day with ease. The internal memory is a sufficient 32 GB, expandable via microSD card. If you have the budget, the Edge version is even more of a joy.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge technical specifications

  Samsung Galaxy S7 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Dimensions: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
Weight: 152 g 157 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh 3600 mAh
Screen size: 5.1 in 5.5 in
Display technology: AMOLED AMOLED
Screen: 2560 x 1440 pixels (577 ppi) 2560 x 1440 pixels (534 ppi)
Front camera: 5 megapixels 5 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED LED
Android version: 6.0.1 – Marshmallow 6.0 – Marshmallow
User interface: TouchWiz TouchWiz
RAM: 4 GB 4 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
64 GB
32 GB
64 GB
Removable storage: microSD microSD
Chipset: Samsung Exynos 8890
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Samsung Exynos 8890
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.6 GHz
2.15 GHz
2.3 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Lowest price: Samsung Galaxy S7

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Lowest price: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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Best under $ 250: Honor 6X

With the successor of the 5X, Honor continues to set the bar very high. The brand was able to adapt once again to the needs of the digital generation. For people looking for a good, affordable phone, the Honor 6X is a good choice. It has the advantage of offering most high-end features, but with a price-performance ratio that leaves quite a few others on the sidelines – making the cheapest phone on our list.

AndroidPIT honor 6X 3016 The Honor 6X is the cheapest phone on our list of recommendations. © AndroidPIT

With regard to specs, this Android smartphone offers a 5.5-inch Full-HD LCD display. High performance is delivered by the 16 nm octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor, which manages resources well enough that, when paired with the 3,340 mAh battery, can keep the phone going for a day and a half.

With a 12 MP rear camera, the quality of the photos and the videos is on par with what you might expect. Moreover, it runs Android Nougat and is 4G compatible, which is great for the cheapest phone on the list.

Honor 6X technical specifications

Dimensions: 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm
Weight: 162 g
Battery size: 3340 mAh
Screen size: 5.5 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 6.0 – Marshmallow
User interface: Huawei EMUI
4 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
64 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 655
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.1 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.1

Honor 6X

Best compact smartphone: Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

I like big smartphones, but I’m well aware that this is not the case for everyone. For years, “compact smartphone” was synonymous with the low-end. This is always the case at present, because the options are limited in this category. However, the Galaxy A3 (2017) is an interesting smartphone that meets the demand for “small” screens.

AndroidPIT Samsung Galaxy a3 2017 4749 The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) © AndroidPIT

It is quite rare to see a miniature version of a phone as nice as the S7, but the A3 was clearly inspired by it. In 2017, even Sony is leaving the compact market. The features of the Galaxy A3 (2017) are not those of the high-end, but they are getting a bit closer.

The Galaxy A3 is powered by the Exynos 7870 processor, providing adequate performance. While its small size, battery life is one of its main assets, but it doesn’t disappoint in terms of performance – it is average for a mid-range but enough for everyday use. The camera isn’t great, but for such a low price, it is perfectly fine. The A3 (2017) is also resistant to water and dust, which is a nice touch.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) technical specifications

Dimensions: 135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 138 g
Battery size: 2350 mAh
Screen size: 4.7 in
Display technology: AMOLED
Screen: 1280 x 720 pixels (312 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 13 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 6.0.1 – Marshmallow
User interface: TouchWiz
Internal storage: 16 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: Samsung Exynos 7870
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 1.6 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

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Made by Google: the design secret behind Pixel phones revealed

Most Android fans out there probably had a Nexus smartphone at some point. Together with other manufacturers (HTC, Samsung, LG, Huawei) Google released a Nexus smartphone that provided a demo device for Android: showcasing the best it can offer. 

For example, anyone who wanted to enjoy Android 4.4 Kitkat with all of its features bought a Nexus 5, and thanks to the reasonable pricing, it was a hit for app developers and Android enthusiasts alike. It was so successful that the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 gave the impression that Nexus smartphones were a bargain. In fact, Nexus smartphones were usually expensive, including the latest Nexus smartphones, the 5X and 6P.

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Then again the Nexus 5 was already a turning point for Google devices. Up until this device, Nexus phones have been pure Android. But with the Nexus 5 introduced some minor changes. Hangouts replaced Android’s SMS app and the launcher was also initially exclusive to the Nexus 5.

Nevertheless, the Nexus series has always tried to show off what Android can do. Developers were able to test the latest features, as they were quickly updated to the latest Android version.

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What changes did 2016 bring?

Why not a new Nexus 7 or Nexus 6?

Alberto Villarreal, Creative Lead/Industrial Design Manager, sees the pixel series as a necessary evolution: “It is always difficult to understand different [partner] teams and their skills. We were therefore unable to establish a common design line. In a way, it was a constant dance and we realized that we had to bring all the steps of smartphone development to Google.”

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Google has therefore moved away from Nexus, and embarked on its next project: Pixel smartphones. Now, Google has taken over the design, construction and all other development steps, and only the manufacturing process is outsourced to a partner, which is currently HTC.

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Pixel smartphones have a new goal in mind: they aren’t showing the best of Android, but the best of Google, and this is clearly evident with Google Assistant.

This core feature in the first Pixel generation wasn’t really impressive at that stage. But if you look interact with Google Home (or Mini), you’ll notice the advancement of Assistant to a point where it is actually very useful at controlling your smart home. Looking back, it’s clear why Google needed to work on Assistant: The competition isn’t sleeping – especially Amazon with Alexa.

Google’s vision is clear: The smartphone is the center piece to an ecosystem of devices. 

Technology is only half the battle

But great technology alone is not enough. The capabilities of modern smartphones can be complex and overwhelming, so Alberto Villarreal therefore sees the importance in the design of technology, and is particularly proud of Pixel 2 XL. which so far, is his favorite smartphone

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How is a smartphone made?

“How do you go about designing a smartphone?”, is something I wanted to ask Villarreal. Ultimately, it is a process in which designers and engineers try out ideas. Prototypes and design experiments are constantly being created. Sometimes the work starts on a sheet of paper, and sometimes design concepts are already prepared in advance.

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In Mountain View, the team had a seemingly endless number of prototypes for the Pixel 2 (XL) sitting in the drawer. At the prototype stage, ideas are tested, evaluated and implemented. Eventually, they have to decide on the smaller details, deciding what the final finish will look like, to choosing how blue or orange a design accent should be.

That certain something

With Pixel 2 XL and its cases, there are some details that make you smile without being too over-the-top. For example, the orange power button on the Panda Edition of the Pixel 2 XL, and the Google Home Mini is available in a bright, unusual color, and this type of design choice makes things interesting. “These are the small elements that give our products that certain something,” says Villarreal. “The secret of the Google design is these smaller details, which in your busy and sometimes stressful everyday life, can make you smile”.

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Google uses fabric on many devices, including on the cases for the Pixel 2 XL and the Daydream VR glasses, for example. However, there are differences. The phone case material is more robust and durable, whereas the VR glasses are made with softer, finer fabric which feels more luxurious to the touch.

Villarreal is enthusiastic about the use of these kind of materials due to the versatility of them. The use of different fabric structures is dependent on the product, for example, the cases suit the tough and more resistant materials due to the way we use them. If we want something to protect our phones, it must be tough and long-lasting. 

In addition to the materials, Google also has another consistent design choice that characterizes the devices in this series, which are the contrasting colors. You can see this color split on Google Home, Pixel Smartphones, Pixelbook, and even on the Pixel pen or the Home Mini display. With both the distinctive design and Assistant, the devices are given a common theme and identity. 

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That is perhaps the bottom line: in the past, Google often had a rather simple technical-looking design that wasn’t very appealing. This approach has become a thing of the past. If Google wants to remain as successful as they are right now with Assistant, then every detail has to be perfected. Without an appealing design, a product cannot be successfully marketed. 

The design of the Pixel smartphone looks great, don’t you think? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

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Facing up to face recognition: how it works on various phones

Facial recognition is certainly not a new technology, as Android users saw it appear for the first time with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It is clear, however, that it has made its way as a technology and has diversified into many various forms. In this article I’ll give you an overview of the most famous examples of how it’s currently used.

The end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 have led the mobile industry to follow new trends. We’ve seen the bezels on smartphones shrink and almost disappear and we’ve witnessed the increasingly advanced use of artificial intelligence with the simultaneous appearance of some new chipsets.

Another one of the trends that came about at the end of last year was the introduction of more advanced versions of facial recognition such as Apple’s FaceID.

As has often occurred in the history of Apple smartphones, Apple has decided to take a technology that already existed, redesign it and refine it and then adopt it on its new devices. And as we have already seen, all the Android manufacturers have decided to follow the trend by adopting the same functions, in order to profit from all the buzz generated by Apple.

How does face recognition work?

But how do these facial recognition technologies work? There are different variations and today we’ll see how they work according to their different characteristics.

LG Face Recognition

In my opinion, LG uses the simplest but most effective version of simple facial recognition. The dedicated software records an image of the user through the front camera, and as it acquires biometric data, it asks the person to nod and rotate their head left and right to capture as much data as possible.

The unlocking is performed in the most intelligent way among all the techniques described in this article: just pull the smartphone out of your pocket or lift it up from the table and place it in front of your face to unlock the device.

This is certainly not the safest implementation of the technology, but it is certainly the most convenient. You don’t have to press the release button and no interaction with the display is required. You can hide the content of your notifications until the device recognizes your face, but you can’t watch notifications come in from the lock screen. This feature is available on the LG G6, Q6 and V30 smartphones.

Honor Face Unlock

Huawei’s sister company in China introduced face recognition for the first time on the Honor View 10. The function was then also recently introduced to the Honor 7X through an update.

Honor’s first implementation of facial recognition was somewhat peculiar, to put it nicely. At first the technology was only used to show the contents of notifications in the lock screen (that were otherwise hidden), but didn’t actually unlock the smartphone. A PIN or fingerprint scan was still needed to unlock the device.

With the latest software update the recognition technology has finally become useful because after recognizing the smartphone’s owner, the technology allows you to unlock the device directly or through a swipe, without a pin or password. You can choose to turn on the display and start recognition automatically as soon as you lift up your smartphone and point it towards your face, similarly to what you do for LG or Apple.

OnePlus Face Unlock

OnePlus introduced unlocking via facial recognition on the OnePlus 5T and then made it available on its predecessor models, the OnePlus 5 and 3/3T. OnePlus’s procedure is also simple, as the appearance of your face is detected via the front camera and the scan is recorded offline on your smartphone.

Each time you unlock your smartphone, it uses the front camera for recognition, comparing the original scan to what the camera sees.

Unlocking usually occurs immediately when the power button (or through a double tap on the off display) is pressed quickly and accurately, but you can change the settings so that after detecting the user’s face it will require a swipe on the screen to unlock. This is useful if you just want to read notifications without unlocking the device.

There is also a function that illuminates the screen to allow for better facial recognition in low lighting conditions.

Samsung Face Recognition (and iris scanner)

Samsung uses facial recognition technology that is very simple and similar to Android stock software. During setup, your smartphone will ask you to be at a distance of about 20 to 50 cm from your device so that it can scan your face. Unlocking is fact enough, but requires that you press the unlock key to turn on the display and start the recognition procedure.

As an alternative to this insecure unlocking method (a photo or video can deceive the system) your smartphone allows you to also use the iris scanner.

Samsung is the only manufacturer that currently uses this technology on its smartphones, but I personally find it slow and unreliable, despite the fact that according to company it’s much more reliable than reading your fingerprint. It’s also really difficult to position your device at the right distance and angle for the scanner to work. The function is available on the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8.

Apple Face ID

The iPhone X is the only smartphone from the Californian company that has this feature. The smartphone, designed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the device that has changed the world, features an array of sensors located in the upper part of the display inside the so-called notch.

The most important sensors required for the facial recognition are the IR beam projector and the infrared camera. Thanks to Apple’s IR emitter, the iPhone X is able to project thousands of infrared rays toward the user that allow the camera to create a 3D model of your face by measuring the distance traveled by each beam before they hit your face.

The scan is really precise and effective and mainly takes into account facial features and the relative position of your eyes and nose. This choice has proven to be successful in everyday use, as the iPhone X can even recognize its owner after a change in hairstyle, facial hair (especially relevant for me) or if you’re wearing a hat, headphones, or a scarf.

Furthermore, it makes this type of facial recognition the safest ever seen on a smartphone thanks to the precise information detected through 3D scanning.

The smartphone’s display can be turned on independently thanks to Rise to Wake and recognizes the user’s face in a fraction of a second, even in the dark. The facial recognition only serves to reveal the content of notifications (otherwise hidden) and unlock your smartphone, meaning that the iPhone understands it’s in the hands of its owner. The actual unlocking to reach the home screen is done with a swipe from below.

What is the best method for unlocking with face recognition?

The answer to this question depends on what a person is expecting. For example, unlocking with LG’s face recognition is extremely convenient. You don’t even notice that you’ve enabled it, and your smartphone turns on and unlocks the exact moment you position it in front of you. It can, however, be unsafe and easy to circumvent.

The same can be said for Honor and OnePlus. Although they are better implemented, they don’t have a system that is any safer than the fingerprint reader, which is now universally accepted and used.

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Samsung has taken an important step in this field and the iris scanner provides some certainly for those who are really concerned about the security of their data. It is perhaps the most uncomfortable and slowest-functioning implementation of facial recognition, but at the same time it is also safer.

Apple currently has the most advanced facial recognition system with the creation of a three-dimensional model that evolves over time as the user’s appearance change. Even in terms of security, the system is more advanced than its predecessors, and the recognition speed makes it usable in everyday life without too much stress, unlike Samsung’s iris scanner.

Huawei Honor Face ID technik Honor and Huawei are already catching up with Apple. / © Winfuture

But we shouldn’t forget that Honor (meaning Huawei) has already announced that they are working on an Apple-style three-dimensional recognition system and Samsung is preparing to present the new Samsung Galaxy S9, which should have an improved iris scanner in terms of speed and precision. LG also seems to be working on an iris scanner that would raise the security level of its smartphones.

But now we’d like to hear from you! Do you use facial recognition to unlock your device? If so, on which device do you use it and how has your experience been with it so far?

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Alexa’s hot, phones are not: American singles on dating and tech

Dating site Match recently released its eighth annual Singles in America Study, in which over 5, 000 US singles spilled the beans on their sex and dating lives. Naturally, given the significant presence of technology in our modern, always-connected lives, there were some interesting revelations about how the way you use your device could affect your lovelife.

Want a good first date? Leave your phone at home

For many of us, our smartphone is our life companion. We tell it all our secrets (intentionally or not), share our precious memories with it, and anxiously watch the battery life, a lump catching in our throat when it looks like it might die. And there are plenty of good reasons to bring it with you on a date, such as quickly finding a good restaurant or summoning a ride. Maybe you even used a dating app to get someone’s attention in the first place.

But it seems that even in our high tech culture, having your phone around a date can be a huge risk. Especially if you’re into women, as a solid 90% of them chose ‘checking their phone’ as a serious no-no on a first date.

A full three quarters of singles said they would be turned off if their date answered the phone without any explanation, while 66% would find it distasteful if their partner texted during the date. These are generally the worst offenders when it comes to smartphone etiquette on a date—understandable, since no one likes to feel that they’re not worth your attention.

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Talking or texting on the phone in front of your date might be bad, but going off outside or to the bathroom with your phone isn’t seen much better. 41% of singles agree that it’s rude, possibly because they could think you’ll be gossiping to your friends about how the date is going, or being distracted by another prospective suitor. If you really have to duck out and answer your phone, better have a good explanation.

Even just having the phone around could be dangerous. 58% said that they didn’t want their date to place the phone on the table face up, and let’s face it, only a really hardcore tech geek is going to be romantically impressed by your Always-on display or custom launcher. It’s more likely to look like you can’t wait to be contacted by someone else.

If you absolutely must pull it out on the first date, better make sure it’s in good condition. Women were 92% more likely to judge their date for having an older model of phone, and 14% of all singles disapproved of a cracked screen. 14% are also irritated by hearing audible clicks while their date types.

According to the survey, the worst behavior award goes to the men of Austin, TX, who are 347% more likely to check their phone on a date. So much for old-school Southern manners.

If by some herculean feat of restraint you don’t screw up your first date by keeping one eye on your notifications all the time, then it might be time to bring it home. Some of you might have a secret seduction assistant waiting in the wings. If you’ve got Alexa or Google Home, make sure to let your date know it by setting some mood lighting or music.

61% of singles are turned on by smart assistants

Specifically, these tech-savvy singles say they are turned on if their date has Alexa or Google Home at their place. So while the presence of a handset is usually a turn-off, smart home tech often proves to be quite the opposite. All the more reason to invest in an assistant, then — the wingman/woman of the future.

AndroidPIT google home 7005 Why hello there, Google Home. / © AndroidPIT

If you don’t have a smart assistant at home (and according to the survey, over 90% of singles still don’t, despite their rising popularity), then you should also take care about what your home tech setup says about you.

Women in particular seem to be picky when it comes to tech at home. 86% don’t look kindly on a date that happens to be stealing someone else’s internet. But woe betide the suitor who has no internet at all. 79% of women would ‘raise an eyebrow’ if their date had no internet, and 73% would do the same if they had no computer.

There you go. The modern Casanova should be online, but come by his internet honestly.

Android vs iOS: could opposites attract?

The more dedicated long time AndroidPIT readers might well know that sinking feeling in our hearts that comes about when the object of our affections—beautiful, smart, funny, the works—pulls out a white slab with that Apple logo on the back. How could something that felt so right turn out so wrong?

Don’t feel bad. They probably judged you even harder,

People with an Android phone were 15 times more likely to judge someone negatively for having an iPhone, but Apple users were even snootier, being 21 times more likely to look down on Android users. Both groups would probably run a mile away from the Windows Phone users.

It seems that negative stereotypes about your choice of phone and associated lifestyle are more significant than one might think.

But if you ever find yourself closing to copulation with a Cupertino company cultist, don’t be too quick to avoid sleeping with the enemy. After all, Romeo and Juliet could make it work (for a while). And our own resident Google fanboy found himself falling in love with the iPhone X.

Although, it is always a blessing when you find that your hookup has the right charger for your phone in their house, right?

Yes, sex with robots is a thing now

At least, a thing that today’s singles are giving some serious thought to. 1 in 4 singles say that they would have sex with a robot, with men (31%) being more eager to try this out than women (15%).

lgrobots Yeah, I’m not seeing Chad anymore. Turns out he cheated with the maid. / © LG

More philosophical though, is the question of whether ‘sex’ with a robot counts as cheating. Around half of all singles say that it is, if their partner keeps it secret from them. That’s a roughly 50-50 split on people who put sex with a machine on par with sleeping with a real human, and those who presumably think it’s just fun with a very expensive toy.

All in all, the survey of singles paints a picture of interesting perspectives on the role of tech in our lovelives evolving along with our social and professional lives. The smartphone is generally a liability in love, but smart assistants are an asset and robots are being eyed up as potential competition in the dating market. What a time to be alive.

How do you use technology in your dating life? Ever impressed a date with Alexa, or argued over the ethics of sexbots? Let us know in the comments!

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New Android phones to look out for in 2018

This year saw the arrival of numerous excellent smartphones, which we’ll no doubt continue to talk about for some time. As 2017 draws to a close, our gaze has now been turned to future smartphones. Here are the dazzling new Android phones that will be released in 2018.

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Samsung Galaxy A 2018

In keeping with tradition, Samsung’s next generation of mid-range smartphones are expected to make their debut early next year. Four models will be among them: A3, A5, A7 and A8.

The A range is still inspired by the S range. It looks like the specs will be complementary to those of the 2017 range, with early images and information confirming this hypothesis by means of an Infinity Display screen in 18.5:9 format, similar to the one seen on the last Galaxy S8 and Note 8. In terms of the connector, users will probably be relieved to hear that there will be a mini jack to connect their headphones or earphones.

Expected launch date: January-February 2018

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Samsung Galaxy S9

It’s hard to neglect mentioning the Galaxy S9 in the list of Android smartphones to keep an eye on in 2018. More precisely, it’s not one but two smartphones that should be announced. The two future successors of the S8 and S8+ could surprise everyone by appearing at the end of February instead of March, as was the case in 2017. 

Samsung’s two future showpieces will offer some important material innovations. From a design point of view, it’s best not to expect big new features, but rather a better positioned fingerprint reader and the installation of a dual sensor camera, just like the Note 8.

Expected launch date: February 2018

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Samsung Galaxy X

Although the Galaxy S9 will certainly take up a lot of our time early next year, it’s probably the Samsung Galaxy X that will stand out from the South Korean manufacturer. This smartphone could indeed inaugurate the future of the brand’s phones. We’ve been talking about Samsung and its folding screen concepts for months now. By hearing things about it, and above all, the same things, we began to think that it was maybe all just gossip. That is, until Samsung confirmed the release of its device for 2018.

The Galaxy X, which could be presented at CES 2018, could have a folding flap-type screen. It would consist of two screens, with one screen being able to be folded away (not a fold between the two screens). As for the rest, we don’t know any information about colors, materials or other elements relating to the design and finish.

Expected launch date: unknown

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RED Hydrogen One

Six months ago, the manufacturer RED introduced a smartphone called Hydrogen One. This smartphone, which is expected to arrive in 2018, will feature a holographic display and modular system, with the aim of offering professional video quality. The robustly designed camera will carry photo and video sensors that should reflect the manufacturer’s quality.

Of course, the main interest of the smartphone lies in the holographic screen. This holographic screen won’t be like the HTC Evo 3D or Nintendo 3DS. It’ll be possible to see things differently depending on the angles of perspective, and the content will be visible from 4 sides. It will also play a role in the creation of media formats (audio and video).

As we talk about 2K, 4K and other such things every day, RED Hydrogen One could give us a first glimpse of the future.

Expected launch date: unknown

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Google Pixel 3

The Pixel 3 will appear, but at its own pace. The beloved, beautiful Pixel, with its Assistant and its big camera. Without a doubt, the smartphone will have a pure Android interface. Google’s acquisition of part of HTC’s mobile division should increase the quality and offer an even more advanced smartphone. Google could finally switch to the dual sensor camera and offer a higher camera than its predecessor, already classed as a reference in its field.

Expected launch date: End of September 2018

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Huawei P20

After the announcement of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro last October, the Huawei P20, the successor of the Huawei P10, attracted the attention of the brand’s fans. Following the Chinese brand’s latest productions, the Huawei P20 should offer a FullView screen (in other words bezel-less) and adopt a notch on the front of the screen, just as the iPhone X has. 

Huawei will also have planned some good surprises with respect to the camera. For example, the Huawei PCE series will include three main cameras equipped with Leica lenses. One of these cameras will offer a resolution of 40MPand and hybrid x5 zoom. Under the hood, the Huawei P11 will include the latest Kirin 970 processor with artificial intelligence.

Expected launch date: March 2018

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Honor 10

The Honor 9 was hugely successful thanks to its premium design and technical features, which almost brought the smartphone into the flagship category. Honor would like to repeat that this year with a new model: the Honor 10.

Will it be able to do as well as the Honor 9? This could be quite possible as Honor seems to have adopted the aggressive strategy of offering increasingly attractive devices at affordable prices. This is evidenced by the latest Honor View 10, which matches the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, despite the fact that the latter costs hundreds of dollars more. This Honor 10 could therefore take up the same concept and adopt the technical data features of the Huawei P11, which will be announced at the MWC.

Expected launch date: June-July 2018

Motorola Moto Z3

Let’s now move on to Motorola’s new flagship: the Moto Z3. As you can imagine, this is the successor of the Moto Z, Z2 Play and Z2. Just like last year, the Moto Z3 could be compatible with Moto Mods. Lenovo would thus maintain the magnetic connection model, as seen on previous models. This is important for long-term planning, but it also has its drawbacks: the shape and size of the smartphone are specified by what the mods can fit onto.

Expected launch date: unknown

The others

Other Android smartphones to keep an eye on in 2018 include the LG G7 (February-March), the HTC 12 (April), the Xiaomi Mi 7 and the OnePlus 6 (June), among the most popular models. Sony might surprise us too, since as of yet the Japanese manufacturer has been relatively reserved about the design of its smartphones, remaining true to the Omnia design introduced a few years ago. Many users have the impression that Sony smartphones have a rather outdated design and large borders around the screen. Thankfully in 2018, things could change.

Here are the smartphones we’ll be watching for throughout 2018. Which ones will you be looking for over the next year? Are there any devices we may have missed? Let us know in the comments!

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Apple admits to slowing down phones with older batteries

So, it’s official. The dark rumor that was for so long dismissed as a conspiracy theory has actually been confirmed: Apple is deliberately slowing down older iPhones. This has understandably lead to much gnashing of teeth on the part of iPhone users, and some smugness from the Android fans. But why is this happening?

iPhone users have furrowed their brow for years over the rumor that Apple slowed down older iPhones on purpose, as a shady trick order to speed up obsolescence and encourage the purchase of a newer iPhone.  Previously, this was scoffed at, but we now have proof that Apple is throttling processor speeds after the iPhone battery capacity inevitably deteriorates over time.

Apple admitted to this after Geekbench developer John Poole analysed the long-term performance of the iPhone 6S and 7 and concluded that Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0 updates had introduced this throttling for different devices. Effectively, the updates under-clock the CPU.

Apple’s official statement on this outlines their motivation behind the throttling: it’s to prevent the iPhones with older lithium-ion batteries randomly shutting down. This isn’t completely unreasonable. Lithium-ion batteries will degrade over time, storing less and less of a charge. Slowing down the processor is one way to improve battery life in this situation.

AndroidPIT iPhone X 6009 How long will the expensive iPhone X keep up its performance? / © AndroidPIT

So, is Apple off the hook? Not exactly. For one thing, in keeping with the Cupertino company’s ‘my way or the highway’ attitude, users had no choice and even no notification about this. No option to say, toggle to a low-power mode but step up performance when they really need to. 

People pay the big bucks for the latest iPhone to have a long-lasting, powerful device. Not one that is deliberately slowed down by the manufacturer after a year of use. 

Secondly, this doesn’t reflect well on Apple’s reputation as the kings of design. It would be easy to make a slightly thicker iPhone with a better battery, but that’s been sacrificed on the altar of slimness.The Cupertino company might do well to focus more on what ‘just works’ rather than include a ticking time bomb that turns the iPhone into a pretty paperweight.

Then there’s that old conspiracy theory again. By keeping its users ignorant of these manipulations and making iPhones so hard to open and repair, Apple exposes itself to accusations of planned obsolescence. After all, if the consumer doesn’t know why their iPhone is slowing down, they’ll at least consider that it’s time to fork out for the new one.

Apple fans should consider why there’s such of lack of transparency and trust between the manufacturer and end user in this case. Android users, on the other hand, might enjoy the warmth of schadenfreude this winter.

What do you think? Is this a sensible technical solution, an aesthetic blunder, or more motivated by profit?

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When cheap phones can do everything, what happens to flagships?

There used to be a time where you either had to spend a fortune or you’d have something worthless that couldn’t even run WhatsApp and was constantly letting you down. Nowadays, for around $ 300, mid-range models can do everything that a high-end device can, with almost the exact same performance, camera and, sometimes, even better battery life.

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For less than $ 600, you can have a way above-average phone, which I’m guessing is perfect for 85% of the population who only need Facebook, WhatsApp, an acceptable camera and game play for more than 15 hours a day.

Mid-range models don’t have incredible features, like a breathtaking camera, hardware that can run any game, a design made of titanium-like glass, speakers to get the party going or display brightness that, even at high noon, gives you razor-like definition on VR headsets. They just work well.

We don’t have to settle for the devices only sold in your our country either. Nowadays,  phones from Asian countries would satisfy a lot of people for less than $ 300. That’s because they’re not officially sold here and so they don’t get slapped with massive import costs.

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Mid-range phones aren’t on any “best of” lists, but they do make the top 5 phones with the best cost-benefit, and most certainly the most affordable. These devices aren’t targeted by websites or tech channels since the most sought after and most wanted features are on high-end models.

“This device works well,” “the battery is good, it lasts 15 hours”, “the camera takes decent photos,” “Bluetooth and Wi-Fi don’t have any problems, they work well,” “You can run social media and messaging apps without any problems.” These are all things that can be said about mid-range phones, but who wants to read about that? How much interest would that create?

However, in the end, what sells are phones from the Galaxy J line, Zenfone 4 Max, Moto G and LG K something. Plus, those that also sell are the ones launched months later, since they’re not as expensive and more reasonably priced. All they need is a relatively recent version of Android and to be able to run the most popular apps.

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It’s becoming harder and harder to justify spending so much on the most talked about, most expensive, top of the line smartphones. Do they have an audience? Of course, they do. They’re called “power users” or “early adopters,” all those tech enthusiasts. Most AndroidPIT readers would probably fit into those categories. However, we’re far from being the majority.

This isn’t a complaint. I’m just inviting you to see and celebrate a genuine cell phone revolution! Yes, every phone with Play Store access can have the same apps as any other device, although they don’t always run them as well and can’t handle every single game if they’re a bit older.

Apps are the things that let people work, create businesses, connect to far-away loved ones, meet new people, learn languages, watch movies, and consume and produce content and knowledge. The cheapest cell phones out there can run the most popular apps, even if it’s not as fluid.

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Some good examples are the Galaxy J7 and Moto G5 Plus. They’re not the best at anything, but they fit in a lot of people’s pockets. It’s the type of phone that our parents would have. With the right use, they can make a lot of people happy for a few years.

And that’s perfectly alright, isn’t it?

What about you? Do you agree with this idea or do you still go for flagships?

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Which of your phones lasted the longest?

Endurance is a quality that is universally admired, but when it comes to the fast-moving world of technology, the longevity of a handset is often its undoing as consumers continue to clamor for better and faster hardware improvements rather than keep the same phone for a long period of time. Smartphones generally end up being replaced due to a hardware breakdown or becoming sluggish as it strives to keep up with the latest updates. Here we’ll discover some of the Android smartphones that have managed to stay in great shape in terms of overall durability and performance capability.

While smartphones will never earn a place on the shelves beside shampoo and others in the “Fast Moving Consumer Goods” (FMCG) category, it’s become a rite of passage for companies to introduce yearly updates to their existing model range, with flagship devices often taking center stage. Mobile carriers have also made it more tempting to run with the latest smartphone model in your hand by offering extremely attractive pricing plans tied into your monthly subscription, or a guaranteed free upgrade plan each year, among others.

What if you are able to easily afford the latest Galaxy S series handset or LG V range, but simply refuse to for one simple reason: you’re plain happy with the current smartphone model in your pocket, and see no reason to make the jump?

We took a look at some of the preferred choice Android smartphones based on a Reddit thread whose owners have refused to make the upgrade jump because their handset continues to serve its purpose well, and is also extremely durable. Keep in mind that the durability of the legendary Nokia 3310 can no longer be achieved by smartphones of today. Those were indeed simpler days prior to the arrival of the touchscreen.

The criteria taken into consideration for a smartphone that ages well definitely starts with consistent and prolonged battery life and performance. Take note that some of the candidates that fall in this elite group of Android smartphones for longevity and durability might not be commonplace or can only be found in selected markets.

AndroidPIT LG G3 hero 2 The LG G3 is a rare example of a smartphone that has aged quite well. / © AndroidPIT

There is a healthy spread of smartphones from different manufacturers that had loyal owners of anywhere from two to four years before deciding that it was time for an upgrade. While using a four-year old smartphone as a daily driver might sound odd, you might be surprised to find out that the experience might not be all that different from the latest and greatest model in the market. Unless of course, you insist that unlocking your smartphone with your iris is a ‘must have’ feature.

To Samsung’s credit, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note 5 have held up pretty well, while the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S5 had some honorable mentions.

It is safe to assume that Samsung’s bitter rival, LG, had its golden era of Android smartphones with the LG G2, LG G3, and Nexus 5 being rated very highly by many users. These handsets are basically regarded as indestructible when it comes to daily use, and are still chugging along nicely even after all this time.

Motorola’s original DROID was a tank, but it was the Moto X (2013) and Moto X (2014) that were most frequently cited to be a durable daily driver, while the Moto G (1st generation) proved worthy as well. With Motorola manufacturing the Nexus 6, that is one device that continues to run strong in many people’s pockets despite being released in November 2014.

HTC must have outdone themselves with the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8, with both of these handsets retaining their edge in terms of design even until today.

Less popular Android handsets that continue to work well even in the era of Android 8.0 Oreo devices include the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 4 and the Sony Z3 Compact. You will find that developing countries will command a larger share of two to four year old smartphones as opposed to the shiniest new model as economic factors play an important role in these markets.

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The number 1 reason many users of these smartphones in mature markets decided to stick to their long outdated hardware was attributed to consistent performance, and most of the owners ran custom ROMs rather than just stock Android as the operating system of choice. This more advanced level of users is a special breed who know what they want and would most probably skip a few upgrade cycles before making the leap.

This group also showed a tendency to swap the old battery for a new one to keep the same handset running well for perhaps another couple of years, where most people would just reason that a failing battery is a sign to upgrade the handset. Apart from that, the average consumer whom smartphone companies target successfully most of the time is flooded by ads that encourage an upgrade for the sheer sake of owning the newest model as opposed to keeping an existing model for the simple reason that it still works, and works well.

Now over to you. Which Android smartphone have you stuck with the longest, and why? We would love to hear of your adventures with the pocket Old Faithful of your choice. 

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