My Phones Part 3: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge was a very cool phone from Samsung. Because it was the first they released with edge on both sides. They had experienced with it on one side with Note Edge. But this was the first flagship edge phone. The standard S6 didn’t have any edge.

This phone comes with a nicely curved display edge on both right and left side. It doesn’t go 100% to the edge of the phone so it’s just a little edge that doesn’t effect the display experience that much. The phone also comes with a glass back. Which is very glossy and can collect some fingerprints. The camera on rear side has a bump to it. The fingerprint sensor is built into the front home button.

The display is 5.1″ 1440×2560 pixels with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. 16MP f/1.9 2160p camera, the front camera was 5MP f/1.9 1440p@30fps. 3GB RAM with Exynos 7420. 2600 mAh battery. The GPU is Mali-T760MP8.

What is also interesting with the S6 Edge was that it was a year when Samsung decided to remove the water resistance. The Galaxy S5 had an IP rating and S7 as well. So it was a strange move by Samsung.

I really loved this phone and I am still using it today. But it also has it’s flaws. One of the main issues was the software that many times worked horrible and could start to lag. As well as this phone series has been famous for overheating a lot. Especially if you use the mobile hotspot or play a lot of games. It also doesn’t have any stereo speakers. Or expandable microSD slot, or a user-replaceable battery like Galaxy S5 had.

But it does have some cool stuff like wireless charging, heart-rate sensor, barometer and SpO2. And the metal frame on this phone makes it feel very premium even with 2017 standard. It currently is running on Android 7.0. But now we have new Android 8.0 Oreo out but not even the Galaxy S8 have that yet.

It’s cool how this phone has support for 4K video recording and compared to the Galaxy S5 it feels so much more premium. No longer a plastic back. Also no longer a flap for the charging port. It doesn’t have USB type C that we see on 2017 phones. It has the headphone jack next to the charging port which I like. And the gold edition looks really shiny both on front and back side.

In my opinion this phone feels way more exciting than the standard S6 without curves. And the display is super vibrant and warm. Very bright colours and the camera create quality photos. I would still recommend this phone 2017. Mainly because I feel like the camera sometimes performs better than my Galaxy S8! What do you think about Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge?

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My Phones Part 2: Sony Xperia Z2

In last episode of my phones we took a look at my BlackBerry Priv. In this episode we will take a look at a Sony phone. Sony Xperia Z2.

This phone comes packed with a 5.2″ IPS LCD display! 1080p resolution with 424ppi pixel density. There is no information if it features Gorilla Glass but it does feature X-Reality Engine and Triluminos Display. The phone feels nice in the hand and has a nicer grip than Sony Xperia Z1.

It does have a glass back but it doesn’t slide around that much on a surface. Because the frame of the phone hits the back before the glass. So it lies steady. Which I highly enjoy. I also enjoy that the camera doesn’t stand out on this unit. Like it does on new iPhone 7 Plus.

This phone is IP58 certified so that means it got some decent protection against water and dust. I have done many various liquid test’s with this phone and it has survived them all! This phone comes with Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm Chipset. And a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor. The GPU is Adreno 330.

It also has a microSD card option support up to 256GB! 16GB internal storage with 3GB of RAM. The main camera is 20.7MP with f/2.0. Secondary front facing camera has 2.2MP and can record 1080p video at 30fps.

The battery capacity is 3200mAh same as the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has. Current latest Android version 2017 for this device is Android 5.0.2. Which still looks very good! And the device runs fine 2017. The Android UI looks very close to stock in this version. But the speed of the phone is impressive.

I wanna say big thanks for Sony for creating such a good Xperia phone. The display has a vibrant feel to it that the Xperia Z1 didn’t have. It’s also faster than the original Sony Xperia because of a better processor. It also has custom theme options!

In the personalization area you can tweak: Motion(Control phone using motions), Themes, Wallpaper, Clocks, Status Bar Icons you want to display. In display area you can select: Glove Mode, Image Enhancement using X-Reality for mobile. Or you can turn it off or use Super-vivid Mode. You can tweak the White Balance and have Adaptive Brightness. There is also options for Smart backlight control, Daydream and Tap to Wake up!

Xperia Connectivity allows you to use: Screen Mirroring, Cast Screen, Media Server Settings, Windows Tethering, DUALSHOCK series set up PlayStation Controller, MirrorLink, USB Connectivity. It feels like on connection side Sony really tried to get it all in there!

The power management screen also offers you a lot. First it shows estimated battery time. But then you have amazing power saving tools. STAMINA mode, Ultra STAMINA mode, Low battery mode, Queue background data at set intervals. You can also see App power consumption and battery usage more in general.

This phone has on screen keys in display. Back, Home and Multitasking button. The phone does have a bit large borders up and down which is a bit disappointing. They easily could have packed a larger display in there if they wanted. Sadly they didn’t!

The phone also got flaps for charging, microSD card and SIM card. Which can become annoying after a while to open and close. It also has a dock option available on left side. Which can make the phone feel ugly if you hate docks. Or will never use it. It also has headphone jack at top of the phone. Which is bad many times if you listen to music in your pocket.

But overall Sony Xperia Z2 is still a very cool device. Even a few years later! Hopefully you enjoyed this quick going back in time session with me Adrian. I have another 100+ phones that I’m thinking about writing about also! So stay tuned for that.

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My Phones Part 1: BlackBerry Priv.

Hi there! So I wanted to start a new blog post series where I showcase my phones! I have been collecting phones since 2011. Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S2 that I bought for my own money. I want to go over my massive stack of phones and show them to you over here. First one I wanna start with will be the BlackBerry Priv! I will just randomly select a phone from time to time and just talk about it a little bit. Hopefully you will enjoy. It will be an unique series here on my website. Something than nobody else ever has done before.

This phone is having a large 5.4″ display with screen resolution of 1440×2560. A high 540 pixel density. Gorilla Glass 4 protection and a slight curved edge screen. The operating system is Android which is interesting because usually blackberry is using their own BlackBerry OS. But this phone with Android works with all the standard Android apps. It comes with Snapdragon 808 chipset and a Hexa-core 4×1.4GHz Cortex-A53 and 2×1.8GHz Cortex-A57 processor. The GPU is Adreno 418.

Here are some photos on my BlackBerry Priv!

It also has option for microSD card slot of 256GB. And internal storage of 32GB with 3GB of RAM. The primary camera is 18MP f/2.2 and secondary is 2MP, 720p. The battery is 3410mAh battery.

The phone also has a full qwerty keyboard that you can see when you slide up the screen. So you can decide if you want to use the physical keyboard or the Android on-screen keyboard. The phone comes with a matte plastic back feel. The only main disadvantage is that it doesn’t have a removable battery option. But most high end phones 2017 doesn’t have a removable battery.

Some have also complained that the plastic back on this phone makes it feel cheap for being a BlackBerry phone. I have to say that I don’t agree. I think it still feels very premium and also that plastic is a better material to use on the back than for example Samsung Galaxy S8’s glass back. And the new iPhone 8 that also will use glass back. Even LG have started to use glass back with LG G6. The problem with glass is it breaks easily and it creates ugly fingerprint marks on the back. And if it breaks it will be expensive to replace. Plastic usually won’t break. It’s made with more thinking about durability.

This phone has a bit of that business feel to it that BlackBerry phones usually have. It will surely stand out even in 2017 because most phones aren’t qwerty sliders these days. But I think it looks extremely look and people who want a niche phone to stand out 2017 this is the one still. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might be another good niche phone because it’s the only high end device with good stylus support.

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