Phone brands – Cellphone Blocker Jammer http://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/ Fri, 25 Nov 2022 08:42:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png Phone brands – Cellphone Blocker Jammer http://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/ 32 32 Best Mobile Phone Brands in India https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/best-mobile-phone-brands-in-india/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 10:22:19 +0000 https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/best-mobile-phone-brands-in-india/ The Indian smartphone market is full of handsets from different top brands. According to various reports, India is the world’s second largest smartphone market. In 2021, the country had around 750 million smartphone users, more than double the number of smartphone users in the United States, which ranked third. Thus, it is no surprise that […]]]>

The Indian smartphone market is full of handsets from different top brands. According to various reports, India is the world’s second largest smartphone market. In 2021, the country had around 750 million smartphone users, more than double the number of smartphone users in the United States, which ranked third. Thus, it is no surprise that more than a dozen smartphone brands are offering mobile phones in India. Moreover, thanks to the Make in India initiative, the number of local manufacturers offering mobile phones has increased over the past 3-4 years.

Smartphone penetration is expected to increase in the coming years. A recent report by Deloitte estimated that India will have one billion smartphone users by 2026. The Indian government has also done its part to increase smartphone penetration in rural India, launching plans such as the BharatNet program. Thus, the Indian market is a proverbial gold mine for smartphone OEMs, and all mobile phone brands are vying to tap into the country’s potential.

Among the myriad of cell phone brands in the country today, a few have managed to leapfrog the others. If you are currently planning to buy a new mobile phone, you will benefit from knowing the best mobile phone brands in the country. In this article, we take a look at the top five smartphone brands in the country today.

Samsung

The South Korean juggernaut has been offering excellent handsets for almost two decades and has popularized smartphones in India. Samsung Galaxy smartphones set the benchmark when smartphones were slowly introduced into the country. The scenario hasn’t changed much as Samsung continues to set the standards in the smartphone industry. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup contains some of the best premium smartphones available today. Additionally, Samsung is expanding the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4 – two futuristic luxury smartphones, and the brand has created a design blueprint for other brands to follow.

Xiaomi

Once dubbed as the most disruptive brand in the industry, Xiaomi has now cemented its place as the most popular smartphone brand in India. Leading the sales almost every quarter, Xiaomi offers the most budget handsets that offer the best value for money. The brand continues to dominate almost every segment. Whether you want a budget handset, a solid mid-range, a mid-range device or a high-end smartphone, Xiaomi has you covered. Today, the battle for market supremacy in India involves Samsung and Xiaomi.

real me

Realme is a brand that continues to defy the odds in the Indian smartphone industry. The Chinese OEM has carved out its own niche in the market, rivaling Xiaomi as the most reliable and cost-effective brand. realme’s Narzo and X series offer amazing handsets in the budget, mid-range and high-end segments, while realme focuses on overall handset performance. The hardware and software of these phones are optimized to deliver peak performance.

Long live

Yet another Chinese brand that has managed to capture the imagination of Indian consumers is vivo, and the brand has been able to do so by offering classy and camera-centric handsets. Apart from offering great performance, vivo smartphones also come with stylish designs and fascinating colors. The vivo V23e 5G is a prime example of the company’s craftsmanship, while vivo’s high-end handsets flaunt cameras co-engineered with ZEISS. These camera phones can give any DSLR a hard time.

OnePlus

With its first smartphone in India, OnePlus inherited Xiaomi’s “Flagship Killer” moniker. Since then, however, the brand has mainly focused on the mid-range and high-end segments. However, OnePlus changed its strategy two years ago and now offers phones in the mid-range segment. OnePlus phones are some of the best in the market as they carry amazing specs while the phone runs on Oxygen OS – one of the most popular Android skins.

Besides these brands, OEMs such as Apple, OPPO, Nokia, Motorola, and Google also offer highly sought-after smartphones. While Samsung and Xiaomi continue to fight and compete for the top spot, realme is the fastest growing brand in the country. OPPO, vivo and OnePlus are the other companies that consistently make it into the “top 5” lists by market share.

Whether you want to buy a OnePlus 5G phone, such as the OnePlus 10 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy S22, all the phones from the biggest brands are at your fingertips.

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India wants Apple, Samsung and other phone brands to roll out 5G update https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/india-wants-apple-samsung-and-other-phone-brands-to-roll-out-5g-update/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 14:44:11 +0000 https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/india-wants-apple-samsung-and-other-phone-brands-to-roll-out-5g-update/ The Indian government is looking to meet with smartphone brands like Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and many more to make sure their phones are compatible with India’s 5G networks. While brands such as Xiaomi and Vivo have already offered 5G support for their phones, the same cannot be said for Apple and Samsung. According to a […]]]>

The Indian government is looking to meet with smartphone brands like Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and many more to make sure their phones are compatible with India’s 5G networks. While brands such as Xiaomi and Vivo have already offered 5G support for their phones, the same cannot be said for Apple and Samsung.

According to a Reuters report, the government will hold a closed-door meeting with tech giants to ensure that all of its phones can run on 5G in India. According to the details shared on the Airtel website, a large number of Samsung and Apple phones sold in India require a software upgrade to run 5G in the country.

As for Apple, none of its recent iPhone models can run India’s 5G network, which is proving to be a concern for the country’s regime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=/RQhVFvi4K88

Not having Apple on board the country’s 5G mission is certainly a big setback, and it’s been mentioned that the company could take a few months to make its iPhone lineup compatible with India’s 5G networks. It has nothing to do with the telecom carrier, as the device maker has yet to unlock the 5G modem built into the core chipset inside the phones.

Apple in its official statement said that by December 2022, 5G-enabled iPhones will receive a software update for 5G support.

“We are working with our carrier partners in India to deliver the best 5G experience to iPhone users as soon as network validation and quality and performance testing is complete. 5G will be enabled through a software update and will begin rolling out to iPhone users in December,” Apple said.

Similarly, Google and Samsung have also shared updates on its software version to support 5G networks in India. “Pixel 7, 7 Pro and Pixel 6a are 5G-enabled devices. We are actively working with Indian carriers to enable the feature at the earliest,” Google said in a statement. Samsung has confirmed that all of its devices will be 5G ready in India by the end of November.

Read all Latest technical news and recent news here

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India wants Apple, Samsung and other phone brands to roll out 5G update https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/india-wants-apple-samsung-and-other-phone-brands-to-roll-out-5g-update-2/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/india-wants-apple-samsung-and-other-phone-brands-to-roll-out-5g-update-2/ The Indian government is looking to meet with smartphone brands like Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and many more to make sure their phones are compatible with India’s 5G networks. While brands such as Xiaomi and Vivo have already offered 5G support for their phones, the same cannot be said for Apple and Samsung. According to a […]]]>

The Indian government is looking to meet with smartphone brands like Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and many more to make sure their phones are compatible with India’s 5G networks. While brands such as Xiaomi and Vivo have already offered 5G support for their phones, the same cannot be said for Apple and Samsung.

According to a Reuters report, the government will hold a closed-door meeting with tech giants to ensure that all of its phones can run on 5G in India. According to the details shared on the Airtel website, a large number of Samsung and Apple phones sold in India require a software upgrade to run 5G in the country.

As for Apple, none of its recent iPhone models can run India’s 5G network, which is proving to be a concern for the country’s regime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=/RQhVFvi4K88

Not having Apple on board the country’s 5G mission is certainly a big setback, and it’s been mentioned that the company could take a few months to make its iPhone lineup compatible with India’s 5G networks. It has nothing to do with the telecom carrier, as the device maker has yet to unlock the 5G modem built into the core chipset inside the phones.

Apple in its official statement said that by December 2022, 5G-enabled iPhones will receive a software update for 5G support.

“We are working with our carrier partners in India to deliver the best 5G experience to iPhone users as soon as network validation and quality and performance testing is complete. 5G will be enabled through a software update and will begin rolling out to iPhone users in December,” Apple said.

Similarly, Google and Samsung have also shared updates on its software version to support 5G networks in India. “Pixel 7, 7 Pro and Pixel 6a are 5G-enabled devices. We are actively working with Indian carriers to enable the feature at the earliest,” Google said in a statement. Samsung has confirmed that all of its devices will be 5G ready in India by the end of November.

Read all Latest technical news and recent news here

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Indians more likely to switch mobile brands when upgrading: report https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/indians-more-likely-to-switch-mobile-brands-when-upgrading-report/ Tue, 11 Oct 2022 13:04:53 +0000 https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/indians-more-likely-to-switch-mobile-brands-when-upgrading-report/ India ranks second in the world when it comes to abandoning existing mobile phone brands for more attractive alternatives. According to data provided by YouGov, a UK-based international internet-based market research and data analysis company, 28% of Indians surveyed said they would be willing to switch mobile phone brand the next time they mobile phone […]]]>

India ranks second in the world when it comes to abandoning existing mobile phone brands for more attractive alternatives. According to data provided by YouGov, a UK-based international internet-based market research and data analysis company, 28% of Indians surveyed said they would be willing to switch mobile phone brand the next time they mobile phone purchase.

According to the report, Indians’ propensity to switch brands was second only to Indonesia, where 30% of participants surveyed gave this answer.

The report shows that when it comes to mobile phone renewal considerations, a third of urban Indians (33%) plan to upgrade their mobile phone with the same brand. The decision to stick with their current phone brand or switch to a new one is evenly split, with almost three in ten (28%) planning to consider each option.

Contrasting data

These data contrast with the more developed markets, European, North American or Australian, where the propensity to change brand of mobile phone is very low, between 8 and 11%.

“Brand sticker trends are highest among European markets such as Germany, Poland, Spain and Great Britain (51-47%). On average, two in five consumers in Mexico, Canada and the United States are also likely to share the same sentiments (44-37%). When it comes to upgrading phones from the same brand, Danes (43%) are most likely to do so, followed by Singaporeans and UAE consumers (39% each).

Low brand loyalty

Explaining the contrasting trends between India and Western markets, Navkendar Singh, Associate Vice President, Customer Services and IDPS, IDC India noted: wider range of phone brands compared to Western markets. The Indian market is dominated by mid to lower range mobile phone categories where the differences between brands are very limited unlike high end phones. So there is a limited loyalty.

In global markets, telcos are partnering with smartphone makers to offer specific brands to consumers. In the case of India, these partnerships between companies and phone manufacturers are more limited and do not necessarily limit competition between smartphone brands.

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Indians more likely to switch mobile brands when upgrading: report https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/indians-more-likely-to-switch-mobile-brands-when-upgrading-report-2/ Tue, 11 Oct 2022 13:04:53 +0000 https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/indians-more-likely-to-switch-mobile-brands-when-upgrading-report-2/ India ranks second in the world when it comes to abandoning existing mobile phone brands for more attractive alternatives. According to data provided by YouGov, a UK-based international internet-based market research and data analysis company, 28% of Indians surveyed said they would be willing to switch mobile phone brand the next time they mobile phone […]]]>

India ranks second in the world when it comes to abandoning existing mobile phone brands for more attractive alternatives. According to data provided by YouGov, a UK-based international internet-based market research and data analysis company, 28% of Indians surveyed said they would be willing to switch mobile phone brand the next time they mobile phone purchase.

According to the report, Indians’ propensity to switch brands was second only to Indonesia, where 30% of participants surveyed gave this answer.

The report shows that when it comes to mobile phone renewal considerations, a third of urban Indians (33%) plan to upgrade their mobile phone with the same brand. The decision to stick with their current phone brand or switch to a new one is evenly split, with almost three in ten (28%) planning to consider each option.

Contrasting data

These data contrast with the more developed markets, European, North American or Australian, where the propensity to change brand of mobile phone is very low, between 8 and 11%.

“Brand sticker trends are highest among European markets such as Germany, Poland, Spain and Great Britain (51-47%). On average, two in five consumers in Mexico, Canada and the United States are also likely to share the same sentiments (44-37%). When it comes to upgrading phones from the same brand, Danes (43%) are most likely to do so, followed by Singaporeans and UAE consumers (39% each).

Low brand loyalty

Explaining the contrasting trends between India and Western markets, Navkendar Singh, Associate Vice President, Customer Services and IDPS, IDC India noted: wider range of phone brands compared to Western markets. The Indian market is dominated by mid to lower range mobile phone categories where the differences between brands are very limited unlike high end phones. So there is a limited loyalty.

In global markets, telcos are partnering with smartphone makers to offer specific brands to consumers. In the case of India, these partnerships between companies and phone manufacturers are more limited and do not necessarily limit competition between smartphone brands.

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4 Big Phone Brands Mislead You: “Big Screen, Dual Speakers, Performance” and More https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/4-big-phone-brands-mislead-you-big-screen-dual-speakers-performance-and-more/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 10:46:30 +0000 https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/4-big-phone-brands-mislead-you-big-screen-dual-speakers-performance-and-more/ It’s not just smartphone brands that do this, but here it’s PhoneArena, so we’ll focus on them. You deserve to be aware of all the little things that could mislead you when buying a new smartphone, so that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today. Showcasing a smartphone can be extremely exciting and effective […]]]>

It’s not just smartphone brands that do this, but here it’s PhoneArena, so we’ll focus on them. You deserve to be aware of all the little things that could mislead you when buying a new smartphone, so that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today.

Showcasing a smartphone can be extremely exciting and effective in selling you. We recently saw the iPhone 14 event, and Apple managed to sell the world a phone with a screen cutout, which it called “the dynamic island!” Impressive, if there is anything else. This is not an example of a brand misleading you, just a brand that is great at marketing.

But there are other more basic aspects and features of a phone, which you should definitely know are often presented in a slightly misleading way. Let’s start with what I consider one of the most cardinal marketing sins – calling a single-speaker phone a dual-speaker phone…

“Dual speakers” – usually that’s technically true, but…

You know how your smartphone has a headset? That horizontal line above the screen, where do you hear people’s voices from on such rare phone calls?

Once upon a time, the earpiece was just that, but fairly recently many phone brands have decided to start counting it as a second speaker and having it spit out high frequencies in tandem with the “real ” your phone’s speaker. So now every phone suddenly has “dual speakers!”

Here’s the deal, though. A phone’s earpiece is never capable of producing the same kind of rich, deep sound as a “real” speaker. Most often, smartphones have a single bottom-firing speaker, which provides all of the upper bass, mids, and highs, while the earpiece produces only weak highs.

Sure, just having it do something usually helps convey some sort of stereo effect – so it’s better than nothing – but it’s not a true two-speaker experience.

Even Apple’s iPhones, which arguably have the best sound of any mainstream smartphone, do this. They contain just one very good bottom-firing speaker, with the earpiece providing clean sound for a stereo effect. Imagine what a real dual stereo speaker iPhone would sound like! It would be epic.

Either way, if you want to see a true dual-speaker phone, check out the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, or the Galaxy Z Fold 4, or even some cheap phones like the Redmi Note 11 Pro+.

These phones are among the few to have such powerful and capable dual stereo speakers, which I would say is the only instance where the term “dual speakers” isn’t misleading. The ROG Phone even has two front speakers, which are more powerful, by the way!

So there we have it. When you see “dual speakers” as a selling point, be sure to look around the phone for speaker grilles. If it only has one, usually at the bottom – then it’s just a single speaker that will make the most noise, plus the much weaker sounding earpiece. And… you are being misled (at least if sound quality matters to you).

“Huge screen” – not as huge as you think

It’s not something that phone brands intentionally mislead you, but just a fact that consumers don’t often consider. So you should definitely take this into consideration when looking at phone specs, especially display sizes.

The most common way in the world to measure screen sizes is diagonally, in inches. A phone can have a huge screen of nearly 7 inches, but still feel smaller in your hand than your 6.1-inch iPhone 13. What black magic is this? Well, it all comes down to aspect ratios.

If you buy a very large phone like the Xperia 1 IV, you’ll quickly notice that your videos and movies look quite small on its seemingly huge 6.5-inch screen, and that’s because it has a wide 21:9 aspect ratio. It’s great for scrolling through social media feeds and all that, but when viewing photos and videos you’ll probably feel like they should appear larger. But that’s the downside of measuring screens diagonally.

If you want a phone that looks big, with content that looks big on it, don’t get a big one, let the specs fool you. Get a phone that’s reasonably tall, but also wide, say, one with a 2:3 screen aspect ratio.

Older phones like the Galaxy Note Edge and Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was noticeably wider than modern phones, and personally I don’t like this new trend of tall, narrow phones, but hey – if brands are going in droves, then statistically – you love it most likely.

Still, keep screen aspect ratio in mind the next time you read about a phone’s display specs.

Dummy “additional” cameras

It’s a popular trend with mid-range and low-end smartphones.

Because it’s now common for flagship phones to have two or more cameras, many manufacturers add an absolutely useless and shoddy macro camera to their cheaper phones just so they can call it a triple camera phone.

Rest assured that that third camera on the back of these phones is almost always useless, and just there for show. You’ll never use it, and even if you try, you’ll find that it’s incapable of taking a single good shot.

The good news is that even lower-midrange phones these days have good dual cameras – normally one main and one ultra-wide. But yeah, some brands go out of their way to slap on a laughable macro too, just so they can improve the presentation of the phone by having “three cameras” as a selling point.

Additionally, some brands would go the extra mile to mislead less tech-savvy shoppers into thinking the phone they’re looking at has even more than three cameras.

And I’m not talking about the no-name scam phones you can buy in China, which literally have fake dummy cameras on the back; I’m talking about real brands you’ve probably heard of that use the design of a phone to give the illusion of bigger or more cameras.

For example, the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ I mentioned earlier has the sort of rear camera module design that, at first glance, appears to contain five cameras!

Now, you’re probably tech-savvy; you’ll look at this photo and quickly realize that one is a flash, and the other is a… nothing… Just a ring placed next to the flash for, say, style or uniformity.

Still, I can’t help but consider this misleading. If any of my parents were to look at this phone, they would definitely assume it has at least four cameras on the back, if not five, when in fact it’s just three traditional cameras. On top of all that, the main camera is surrounded by an extra large ring, perhaps to simulate the look of an extra large lens.

And this is just one example. Keep an eye out for other phones that opt ​​for this “style” of design, which proves to be potentially misleading, at least for unsophisticated buyers.

Handling performance benchmarks

This is one of the many reasons why you shouldn’t take performance criteria to heart when choosing a smartphone. Generally speaking, a performance benchmark may not reflect what you will experience with a smartphone during regular daily use.

But more specifically, some phone brands have a habit of manipulating performance benchmarks, configuring their smartphones to outperform when they detect they’re being tested, or underperform in normal use.

Thus, a smartphone that, for example, would perform very well during a benchmark, could perform less well during your normal use. Isn’t that misleading?

We won’t go into all the scandals, but rest assured that whatever your favorite phone brand is, there’s a chance it’s probably been accused or proven to manipulate benchmark results in some way or another, at some point.

For example, recently Samsung has been accused of limiting more than 10,000 apps on its phones, and therefore Geekbench pulled some of its flagship products because of this behavior. Put simply, this suggests that some Samsung phones would perform well on the benchmarks, but when you use them normally, at least with some apps, the performance would be worse than expected.

Also, Xiaomi followed Samsung’s lead in throttling apps, but not Geekbench (allegedly) too, which again creates a believable scenario where its phones can perform much better in benchmarks than in real life.

In my opinion, the best way to find out more about a smartphone you want to buy would be to read reviews, especially long-term ones. Not just by looking at part numbers and specs. A reviewer you trust who has actually used the phone normally would be able to tell clearly if it works well or not.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that these performance-throttling behaviors sometimes have a good, legitimate reason to exist. As in the case of Samsung above, they are generally aimed at optimizing CPU and GPU performance to avoid excessive overheating; they are (apparently) not intentionally designed to manipulate benchmarks. Either way, they have effects on the benchmark results.

Stay alert, phone fans!

Do you have any tips phone buyers should know? Things to watch out for and keep in mind? Join the conversation and share them with your fellow phone enthusiasts in the comments section below!

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4 Big Phone Brands Mislead You: “Big Screen, Dual Speakers, Performance” and More https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/4-big-phone-brands-mislead-you-big-screen-dual-speakers-performance-and-more-2/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/4-big-phone-brands-mislead-you-big-screen-dual-speakers-performance-and-more-2/ It’s not just smartphone brands that do this, but here it’s PhoneArena, so we’ll focus on them. You deserve to be aware of all the little things that could mislead you when buying a new smartphone, so that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today. Showcasing a smartphone can be extremely exciting and effective […]]]>

It’s not just smartphone brands that do this, but here it’s PhoneArena, so we’ll focus on them. You deserve to be aware of all the little things that could mislead you when buying a new smartphone, so that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today.

Showcasing a smartphone can be extremely exciting and effective in selling you. We recently saw the iPhone 14 event, and Apple managed to sell the world a phone with a screen cutout, which it called “the dynamic island!” Impressive, if there is anything else. This is not an example of a brand misleading you, just a brand that is great at marketing.

But there are other more basic aspects and features of a phone, which you should definitely know are often presented in a slightly misleading way. Let’s start with what I consider one of the most cardinal marketing sins – calling a single-speaker phone a dual-speaker phone…

“Dual speakers” – usually that’s technically true, but…

You know how your smartphone has a headset? That horizontal line above the screen, where do you hear people’s voices from on such rare phone calls?

Once upon a time, the earpiece was just that, but fairly recently many phone brands have decided to start counting it as a second speaker and having it spit out high frequencies in tandem with the “real ” your phone’s speaker. So now every phone suddenly has “dual speakers!”

Here’s the deal, though. A phone’s earpiece is never capable of producing the same kind of rich, deep sound as a “real” speaker. Most often, smartphones have a single bottom-firing speaker, which provides all of the upper bass, mids, and highs, while the earpiece produces only weak highs.

Sure, just having it do something usually helps convey some sort of stereo effect – so it’s better than nothing – but it’s not a true two-speaker experience.

Even Apple’s iPhones, which arguably have the best sound of any mainstream smartphone, do this. They contain just one very good bottom-firing speaker, with the earpiece providing clean sound for a stereo effect. Imagine what a real dual stereo speaker iPhone would sound like! It would be epic.

Either way, if you want to see a true dual-speaker phone, check out the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, or the Galaxy Z Fold 4, or even some cheap phones like the Redmi Note 11 Pro+.

These phones are among the few to have such powerful and capable dual stereo speakers, which I would say is the only instance where the term “dual speakers” isn’t misleading. The ROG Phone even has two front speakers, which are more powerful, by the way!

So there we have it. When you see “dual speakers” as a selling point, be sure to look around the phone for speaker grilles. If it only has one, usually at the bottom – then it’s just a single speaker that will make the most noise, plus the much weaker sounding earpiece. And… you are being misled (at least if sound quality matters to you).

“Huge screen” – not as huge as you think

It’s not something that phone brands intentionally mislead you, but just a fact that consumers don’t often consider. So you should definitely take this into consideration when looking at phone specs, especially display sizes.

The most common way in the world to measure screen sizes is diagonally, in inches. A phone can have a huge screen of nearly 7 inches, but still feel smaller in your hand than your 6.1-inch iPhone 13. What black magic is this? Well, it all comes down to aspect ratios.

If you buy a very large phone like the Xperia 1 IV, you’ll quickly notice that your videos and movies look quite small on its seemingly huge 6.5-inch screen, and that’s because it has a wide 21:9 aspect ratio. It’s great for scrolling through social media feeds and all that, but when viewing photos and videos you’ll probably feel like they should appear larger. But that’s the downside of measuring screens diagonally.

If you want a phone that looks big, with content that looks big on it, don’t get a big one, let the specs fool you. Get a phone that’s reasonably tall, but also wide, say, one with a 2:3 screen aspect ratio.

Older phones like the Galaxy Note Edge and Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was noticeably wider than modern phones, and personally I don’t like this new trend of tall, narrow phones, but hey – if brands are going in droves, then statistically – you love it most likely.

Still, keep screen aspect ratio in mind the next time you read about a phone’s display specs.

Dummy “additional” cameras

It’s a popular trend with mid-range and low-end smartphones.

Because it’s now common for flagship phones to have two or more cameras, many manufacturers add an absolutely useless and shoddy macro camera to their cheaper phones just so they can call it a triple camera phone.

Rest assured that that third camera on the back of these phones is almost always useless, and just there for show. You’ll never use it, and even if you try, you’ll find that it’s incapable of taking a single good shot.

The good news is that even lower-midrange phones these days have good dual cameras – normally one main and one ultra-wide. But yeah, some brands go out of their way to slap on a laughable macro too, just so they can improve the presentation of the phone by having “three cameras” as a selling point.

Additionally, some brands would go the extra mile to mislead less tech-savvy shoppers into thinking the phone they’re looking at has even more than three cameras.

And I’m not talking about the no-name scam phones you can buy in China, which literally have fake dummy cameras on the back; I’m talking about real brands you’ve probably heard of that use the design of a phone to give the illusion of bigger or more cameras.

For example, the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ I mentioned earlier has the sort of rear camera module design that, at first glance, appears to contain five cameras!

Now, you’re probably tech-savvy; you’ll look at this photo and quickly realize that one is a flash, and the other is a… nothing… Just a ring placed next to the flash for, say, style or uniformity.

Still, I can’t help but consider this misleading. If any of my parents were to look at this phone, they would definitely assume it has at least four cameras on the back, if not five, when in fact it’s just three traditional cameras. On top of all that, the main camera is surrounded by an extra large ring, perhaps to simulate the look of an extra large lens.

And this is just one example. Keep an eye out for other phones that opt ​​for this “style” of design, which proves to be potentially misleading, at least for unsophisticated buyers.

Handling performance benchmarks

This is one of the many reasons why you shouldn’t take performance criteria to heart when choosing a smartphone. Generally speaking, a performance benchmark may not reflect what you will experience with a smartphone during regular daily use.

But more specifically, some phone brands have a habit of manipulating performance benchmarks, configuring their smartphones to outperform when they detect they’re being tested, or underperform in normal use.

Thus, a smartphone that, for example, would perform very well during a benchmark, could perform less well during your normal use. Isn’t that misleading?

We won’t go into all the scandals, but rest assured that whatever your favorite phone brand is, there’s a chance it’s probably been accused or proven to manipulate benchmark results in some way or another, at some point.

For example, recently Samsung has been accused of limiting more than 10,000 apps on its phones, and therefore Geekbench pulled some of its flagship products because of this behavior. Put simply, this suggests that some Samsung phones would perform well on the benchmarks, but when you use them normally, at least with some apps, the performance would be worse than expected.

Also, Xiaomi followed Samsung’s lead in throttling apps, but not Geekbench (allegedly) too, which again creates a believable scenario where its phones can perform much better in benchmarks than in real life.

In my opinion, the best way to find out more about a smartphone you want to buy would be to read reviews, especially long-term ones. Not just by looking at part numbers and specs. A reviewer you trust who has actually used the phone normally would be able to tell clearly if it works well or not.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that these performance-throttling behaviors sometimes have a good, legitimate reason to exist. As in the case of Samsung above, they are generally aimed at optimizing CPU and GPU performance to avoid excessive overheating; they are (apparently) not intentionally designed to manipulate benchmarks. Either way, they have effects on the benchmark results.

Stay alert, phone fans!

Do you have any tips phone buyers should know? Things to watch out for and keep in mind? Join the conversation and share them with your fellow phone enthusiasts in the comments section below!

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Chinese phone brands dominate the African smartphone market https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/chinese-phone-brands-dominate-the-african-smartphone-market/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 09:28:07 +0000 https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/chinese-phone-brands-dominate-the-african-smartphone-market/ A report by International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that Chinese smartphone maker Transsion is the top seller in the African market in the second quarter of 2022. According to the report, the maker of Tecno, Infinix and Itel brands has a combined 48 percent. South Korean manufacturer Samsung is in second place with a unit […]]]>

A report by International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that Chinese smartphone maker Transsion is the top seller in the African market in the second quarter of 2022. According to the report, the maker of Tecno, Infinix and Itel brands has a combined 48 percent.

South Korean manufacturer Samsung is in second place with a unit share of 25.8%. Another Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, the manufacturer of the RedMi brand, comes third with a unit share of 6.6% in Africa. IDC says shipments from Xiamo fell 8.3% in the second quarter, compared to the previous three months.

The continent has seen a significant increase in 5G devices, with shipments increasing by 26.9% in the last quarter. Notably, the 5G market is growing as major brands launch more flagship devices in the market.

George Mbuthia, senior research analyst at IDC, notes that the 5G market, which includes foldable smartphones, is facing slow adoption due to the high prices of these devices. “In the long term, these prices will go down and as the economic outlook improves, they will gain more market share,” Mbuthia noted.

The study shows that smartphone shipments to Africa fell by 7.9%, with a negative economic outlook, rising inflation and component shortages affecting markets in the region.

Shipments of feature phones (commonly known as kabambe in Kenya) recorded an increase of 10.6%, attributed to their lower prices which offer a viable alternative to cash-strapped consumers.

The IDC survey further cites South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya as the top three smartphone markets in Africa with 16.6%, 13.8% and 7.7% respectively. All three major markets saw lower shipments compared to last quarter.

IDC expects smartphone shipments to Africa to grow 16.9% in the third quarter and another 9.5% in the fourth quarter.

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Chinese phone brands dominate the African smartphone market https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/chinese-phone-brands-dominate-the-african-smartphone-market-2/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/chinese-phone-brands-dominate-the-african-smartphone-market-2/ A report by International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that Chinese smartphone maker Transsion is the top seller in the African market in the second quarter of 2022. According to the report, the maker of Tecno, Infinix and Itel brands has a combined 48 percent. South Korean manufacturer Samsung is in second place with a unit […]]]>

A report by International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that Chinese smartphone maker Transsion is the top seller in the African market in the second quarter of 2022. According to the report, the maker of Tecno, Infinix and Itel brands has a combined 48 percent.

South Korean manufacturer Samsung is in second place with a unit share of 25.8%. Another Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, the manufacturer of the RedMi brand, comes third with a unit share of 6.6% in Africa. IDC says shipments from Xiamo fell 8.3% in the second quarter, compared to the previous three months.

The continent has seen a significant increase in 5G devices, with shipments increasing by 26.9% in the last quarter. Notably, the 5G market is growing as major brands launch more flagship devices in the market.

George Mbuthia, senior research analyst at IDC, notes that the 5G market, which includes foldable smartphones, is facing slow adoption due to the high prices of these devices. “In the long term, these prices will go down and as the economic outlook improves, they will gain more market share,” Mbuthia noted.

The study shows that smartphone shipments to Africa fell by 7.9%, with a negative economic outlook, rising inflation and component shortages affecting markets in the region.

Shipments of feature phones (commonly known as kabambe in Kenya) recorded an increase of 10.6%, attributed to their lower prices which offer a viable alternative to cash-strapped consumers.

The IDC survey further cites South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya as the top three smartphone markets in Africa with 16.6%, 13.8% and 7.7% respectively. All three major markets saw lower shipments compared to last quarter.

IDC expects smartphone shipments to Africa to grow 16.9% in the third quarter and another 9.5% in the fourth quarter.

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Which mobile phone brands develop the most defects? https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/which-mobile-phone-brands-develop-the-most-defects-2/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cellphoneblockerjammer.com/which-mobile-phone-brands-develop-the-most-defects-2/ Battery issues, crashes, and poor performance are all issues that smartphone owners notice with their devices over time. New Which one? the data, based on ownership of more than 20,000 smartphones purchased over the past seven years, reveals which phone brands develop the most defects and how quickly these can occur. Fortunately, many of them […]]]>

Battery issues, crashes, and poor performance are all issues that smartphone owners notice with their devices over time.

New Which one? the data, based on ownership of more than 20,000 smartphones purchased over the past seven years, reveals which phone brands develop the most defects and how quickly these can occur.

Fortunately, many of them can be fixed, either for free or at a lower cost. Read on to find out more.


Check out our guide to best smartphones for 2022 to see which models impressed in our rigorous lab tests.


The Best and Worst Cell Phone Brands for Defects

As you can see from the table below, smartphone brands differ quite a bit when it comes to the chances of developing a fault in the first few years – and it might surprise you where the most popular brands, Samsung and Apple, are placed.

Table notes The findings are based on a survey of 20,659 smartphones belonging to Which? members and members of the public. Sample sizes indicated in parentheses after the mark. The phones were purchased between 2015 and 2022. Research conducted in March 2022.

Sony phones have developed the most defects among those studied above. Regarding, 1 in 5 Sony phones have developed a fault after only three years of ownership, which corresponds to the duration of certain telephone contracts.

On the other hand, the brand that developed the fewest defects was Xiaomi with a staggering 96% seeing no defects after five years. Releasing seven phones so far this year at a range of price points, they could be a brand worth considering.

Samsung, Apple and Google are the most popular brands on the market, but they are in the middle of their competitors for the number of defects they develop.

However, only 11% of defects affect smartphones within three years of owning them, so there’s not too much to worry about when it comes to a phone’s hardware if you want to keep it for longer.


You can filter our cell phone reviews by brand, to see the scores of each model in the range during our tests.


What are the most common cell phone faults?

1. Battery issues (35%)

Without a doubt, the biggest problems affecting smartphones are related to the battery. This includes rare cases of battery swelling or failure, but the most common are reports of battery life deteriorating significantly over a short period of time, accounting for a quarter of all reported faults. A phone losing its charge quickly or becoming very sluggish or sluggish was an issue for less than 1 in 10 people.

Overall, the battery life of the phones is improving. But if you notice the situation getting worse, there are things you can do to help. Turn off your internet connection when you’re not using it or turn down the screen brightness to help out in the short term. If your battery is still too low to support, consider buying a replacement battery instead of upgrading the entire handset. Find out prices and more in our guide to cell phone repair.

2. Slow and sluggish phones (9%)

The second most common fault to develop in phones is that they become sluggish or sluggish over time.

The easiest way to stop this is to restart your phone every few days to clear memory and all apps running in the background. Also avoid installing many apps and uninstall the ones you don’t use. You should also install software updates regularly and as they become available – as well as important security patches and bug fixes, these often include optimizations to help your phone run more smoothly.

3. Phone crashes – i.e. apps quit unexpectedly or shut down (6%)

The third most common fault in our survey is phone crashes, although the odds are still quite low with just 6% of smartphone owners experiencing it.

Like when your phone seems slow, try restarting your phone and uninstall apps you don’t need. Also, make sure apps are regularly updated. You can turn on auto-update in the App Store so you don’t have to manually check for updates.


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4. Phone freezing (5%)

Only 5% of respondents have seen their smartphone freeze.

If this happens, force a restart according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If this continues, try freeing up some of your phone’s memory by deleting apps, photos, and videos that you don’t want to keep. Or add a micro-SD card to expand your phone’s memory (if your phone supports it). If that doesn’t work, you might need to factory reset your phone as a last resort.

5. Cracked screen (5%)

Many of us fear breaking our screens by dropping an expensive phone, and while it’s not a fault as such, 5% of survey respondents found it had happened to them. If you’re worried, use a case to protect your smartphone from occasional drops.

Cracked screens are usually a more expensive problem to fix, but if you shop around you should be able to find a good deal. See prices and more tips in our mobile phone screen repair guide.

What faults are not as common?

Worried about losing your photos or messages? Our survey data suggests there is no reason to be with just 1% reporting these issues over a seven-year period. Cases of software update issues came in at 4%, overheating phones at 3%, and speaker failures at just 1%.


See the full survey results, including customer satisfaction scores and more, in our guide to what brand of cell phone to buy.


What else should I consider when buying a cell phone?

With only 13% of smartphones showing defects over five years, which ones? the data suggests that we could keep our phones much longer than most phone contracts. However, although the hardware may last, most of the time important security updates are not delivered to smartphones long enough to continue using them safely.

Security updates are important to prevent hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities in a phone’s software. The longer a phone goes without security patches, the higher the risk. Top manufacturers support phones for at least five years from the phone’s initial release date. This includes Apple and some Samsung and Google phones. The worst only aim to support handsets for two years regardless of price. Find out when your phone should lose security updates in our guide to cell phone security.

With the number of flaws being so low for smartphones, buying an old second-hand phone could save you money on your next handset with little compromise. Just be sure to choose one of the strongest smartphone brands above for a reduced risk of developing defects, and a brand with a good period of security support. Find out more in our Guide to buying a used phone.


Who? questioned more than 16,000 Which one? members and members of the public in March 2022 about their experience with technology products, so that we can help you decide which brands to buy. Discover the best brands of mobile phones, laptops and printers in our guides below.

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