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به نقل از خبرگزاریها در مورد weekly poll do you think gaming phones have a future : sony's xperia xa line is home to some of the best mid-rangers, has been since it first hit the scene. that said, the third generation phones are much better than the ones that e before and are the highlight of ces 2018 for us (admittedly, there weren't that many phones unveiled). the original xa had the narrowest body of all 5" phones. the xperia xa2 has grown since then but in return it offers a sharper, slightly larger screen - 5.2" and 1080p. it carries over the xperia x-quality era, but adds 2160p video capture thanks to the new processor. better video is only part of the reason... what if the future of bezel-less phones lies not with screen notches but with pop-up mechanisms that offer an alternative placement for the selfie era (and other components)? it's not so much an "if" as far as oppo is concerned - its new find x is a reality. similar to nex s from sister company vivo, but with key differences. for one, it goes all in on the pop-up trick - it's not just the selfie era, but the rear eras as well, not to mention the structured light 3d facial scanner. that's right, oppo is the third company to use structured light for biometric authentication. it even... android one's initial lineup was pretty obscure - low-end phones from brands you haven't heard of. but a couple of recent phones are filling the gap left by the discontinued nexus line, namely affordable but capable phones with software controlled by google. we just finished reviewing the xiaomi mi a1 and we e away impressed. for around €250 give or take you can have a 5.5" 1080p screen, dual 12mp era and long battery life (s625 chipset + 3,080mah battery, 80h endurance). you can get a similar redmi phone with miui for a bit less but xiaomi's software is a "love it or hate it"... two out of three people like the sony xperia xz1, according to our poll. that's good news for sony, it seems that the company has not lost its mojo. better still, quite a few of you brought up its more petite sibling, the xz1 compact (but that's the subject of another poll). so, how did the big xz1 get so much love? sony has been reliable when it comes to software updates. many adore the squarish design, a rarity when most other makers have very rounded phones. the battery life is solid, along with the usual strengths of a flagship xperia - the stereo speakers and the... notches have become the must-have design element of 2018 phones, but a few phones have resisted that movement. and, ironically, a flat, rectangular screen stands out in the 2018 flagship lineup. don't en to that "more screen, less bezel" talk either, thin bezels can exist independently of notches. we present the mi mix 2s for your consideration. it fits a 6" 18:9 screen is a body that's almost the same size as a 6" 18:9 screen. sure, it has a bit of a chin on the bottom, but so do most notched androids. the one trade-off made in this design is that the selfie era is on the bottom.... if you're going to have an iphone - and our poll shows that maybe you don't - get the iphone x. the iphone 8 and 8 plus barely registered on the charts - they didn't improve enough, making them boring (not a great thing for an expensive phone). the voters liked the iphone x, it's a m ive departure from the traditional iphone design that has gotten quite stale. the upgrade to amoled was a welcome one and the truedepth era/animoji seem fun. it's damn expensive though. not that apple's phones were ever cheap, but the x is a hard hit to the wallet - especially if you're paying in euros... the mobile world congress introduced us to many new phones from all market segments. and even though we split them into three categories, the newcomers got into a tug of war for fans' votes. there's no definitive winner of the best mwc 2017 flagship vote - the sony xperia xz premium and the lg g6 are separated by a single percent. it seems that people are hungry for fully loaded phones. both left the huawei p10 plus way behind. the best mwc 2017 premium mid-ranger ended in a tie. the nokia 6 and huawei p10 both garnered 34% of fan votes. this brings redemption to the p-series. the... three years of software support for smartphones should be enough for most people, our poll reveals. it was the most popular option and while "four years or more" e close, we think three is much more rea ic. there is something to be said about the price, though. flagships definitely need three years of support. low to mid-range phones could get by with two years if the price is low enough to change them more frequently. the good news is that some companies already offer three years of support (e.g. apple and google). the bad news is that these updates are factored in the price and... we often argue about ergonomics at the office - hard to grip screens with curved sides are the usual talking point, especially when it comes to one-handed use. but recently we started thinking about weight. have phones become too heavy? typing is the biggest problem - the keyboard is at the bottom of the screen and you need to reach from the left side to the right side. this means you hold the lower half of the phone and you don't grip the phone securely (because then you can't reach the farther edge of the screen). there are plenty of phones that weigh 200g - iphone 8 plus, galaxy... manufacturers have been eager to push 18:9 screens - they are different from what e before and are usually coupled with thinner bezels, making the job of the marketing departments easier. but most people seem fine with traditional 16:9 screen, 37% of voters in our poll picked that option. that said, nearly as many people, 34%, just want to have slender bezels. as we said before, an 18:9 screen is not a requirement for thin bezels, but these days the two go hand in hand. still, 1 in 4 people consider 18:9 screens - or even wider - to be the future of smartphones. apps are quickly... "users never asked for phones without a microsd slot" is a disappointing realization. will manufacturers en to consumers who feel strongly about the 3.5mm headphone jack? several makers have already bailed but the result of our poll show that their products will not be terribly popular. of course, apple seems exempt from this - it locks down its devices tighter than any other maker, but its trendy (and admittedly high-quality) ecosystem of accessories keeps users happy. can google and htc say the same? actually, it was exactly htc that sold beats to apple so the days of the bundled... the samsung galaxy s8 was deemed a bit pricey but nevertheless many pre-ordered it and it narrowly missed the title best flagship of spring 2017. now here's another question - do you want the smaller s8 or the bigger galaxy s8+? of course those dimensions are relative, the s8 is narrower than the s7, even though it has a "5.8-inch screen". we put that in quotes since the 18.5:9 aspect ratio means the screens of those two phones are not directly comparable by their diagonal. still, the s8 is more compact than the plus model and it costs less too - two good reasons to pick it. however,... nokia is back and yet it remains out of reach - jd.com is taking pre-orders for the nokia 6, but only in china. still, more than 400,000 people have registered interest, whether it's nostalgia or something else, the 6 looks like a bestseller. if the nokia 6 goes international, would you join these hundreds of thousands of people? if you answered "yes," you must not have looked closely at the chipset - snapdragon 430 is slow in every aspect (a shame to waste 4gb of ram and a 16mp era on it). there are another 5-6 other nokia phones incoming this year, perhaps it's best to... sony unveiled three phones at ces and the xperia xa2 and xa2 ultra got a warm reception in last week's poll. there's no clear favorite, the votes for these two are nearly evenly split (the ultra wins by a nose). many appreciated the upgrades that sony brought to the xa line-up, things like 4k video recording and bigger battery. sony's screens are also held in high regard, especially now that the smaller phone made the jump to 1080p resolution. the revamped xperia design didn't go over so well, however, people found it stale and many harped on the bezels. the xperia l2 was mostly... android p brought some drastic changes, but most of you feel those are for the better. sure, there are some controversial decisions google's team has made but they also introduced so much new functionality that the trade-off are worth it. the new navigation gestures will pave the way for the all-screen front panels of the future. in fact the presence of a back on was often brought up against android p - it would be nice to see gesture control taking its place. also, the revamped drop-down menu has sparked some debates here and there so we would like to see it ironed out by the time... the pure android movement is picking up speed and when combined with mid-range hardware, it has the potential for great mainstream phones. like the xiaomi mi a2), the second android one phone by the company. it expands the screen vertically - from 5.5" 16:9 to 6" 18:9 - in virtually the same body. and it upgrades to a snapdragon 660 chipset, which offers the added power of four kryo 260 cores. options with more ram and more storage is available as well, though if budget is a concern, then the microsd slot will be the preferred way to get more storage. compared to its predecessor, the mi... as we say goodbye to 2017, we're already curious to see what 2018 will bring. it's too early to tell what the big trends in smartphones will be this year but we might have an inkling. for example, most flagships - and even many mid-rangers - have dual eras now. to stand out, new phones will need more - rumors suggest the huawei p20 will have a triple era. or perhaps instead of basic eras, makers will focus more on 3d scanners like apple's truedepth era. huawei announced competing tech, the new exynos 9810 has built-in support for 3d face scanning. it's been a few... they are called "system on a chip" for a reason - mobile phones don't have discrete components but cpu, gpu, isp, etc. are all packed into one. there's not much choice, if you want to go from an at tower pc to a pocketable super gadget. sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too. the big.little type processors give you the performance of big cores and the power efficiency of small ones. basically all mobile chipsets use this multi-tiered setup (usually two clusters, but sometimes more). specialized processors have done some great things - google's visual core in the pixel 2 sped up... ifa 2017 e and went and we saw some new hardware debut there. and now that the votes have been counted we can clearly see that one of the phones to debut was much more exciting than the rest - the lg v30 got nearly three quarters of the votes. lg v30 • sony xperia xz1 • sony xperia xz1 compact • motorola moto x4 the sony xperia xz1 and sony xperia xz1 compact are virtually tied for second place, but neither managed more than 11% of the votes. the motorola moto x4 was dead last - only 6% thought it's more exciting than the other three. perhaps part of the reason is... for better of for worse, apple is a trendsetter in the mobile world. it was for the better when it kicked off the screen resolution wars, but it made things worse when it killed the 3.5mm audio jack. in some cases, android manufacturers genuinely try to compete, but sometimes they just blindly copy. when htc went with usb headphones, they enabled usonic - a unique feature. but we think a couple of chinese brands dropped the 3.5mm jack just to make their phones look even more like an iphone. with that in mind, how long do you think it will be before screen cutouts become popular on... voters in our weekly poll showed strong interest in the lg g6, now it's up to lg to turn the hype and early launch into sales. t-mobile already started shipping pre-ordered units and an unlocked us version is on the way. it's already on sale in malaysia and coming soon to canada. europe will have to wait until late april. many commenters were quite happy with the performance of the g6 and so were we. some brought up the fact that the 2017 flagship uses some 2016 components, but lg will not be alone in this while certain components are in short supply (notably the snapdragon 835). some... google's new pixel 2 phones are high in price but low on some essential features. still, if owning a pixel is your goal, our readers believe that the larger pixel 2 xl is the better option by a large margin. sure, it shares in some of the downfalls of the smaller model (like no headphone jack), but the large p-oled screen that is not surrounded by huge bezels gives the xl a leg up on its sibling. and to be fair, the iphone 8 plus and galaxy note8 are not much cheaper. the smaller pixel 2, it got weak support - just as many people voted that they are getting one of the outgoing pixel... the first blackberry got its name thanks to its characteristic keyboard - the keys made it look like a blackberry. that keyboard arran ent, with keys at the bottom, was an ergonomic win and be e a trademark for the company. the blackberry keyone is a return to that legacy, after the company lost its way in the of touchscreen-only phones that washed away its market share. the square grid of the qwerty keyboard doesn't look like the eponymous fruit. however, if you look closely, the keys still have a 3d shape that follows the arc of your thumbs as you move to type at a blinding... the galaxy s7 edge outsold its smaller sibling, the s7. now leaked schematics show us that the next gen phones will have even bigger screen, will we see the galaxy s8 plus outsell the smaller galaxy s8? our preliminary polling says no - if our math is right, the smaller s8 will put an s7 edge-size screen into an s7-size body. and it won 35% of votes, leading the s8 plus (6.3" screen in an s7 edge body). of course, there are other considerations that might swing the results. the current consensus is that the galaxy s8 plus will have a dual era, while the s8 will not. however, the... the huawei p20 pro readily outshone its smaller sibling in last week's poll - really, it was like the p20 was invisible. the mate rs porsche design saw a good deal of interest, though we suspect its price tag will prevent widespread adoption. despite winning the poll, the p20 pro didn't escape criticism - no headphone jack, no card slot, 1080p+ screen resolution, the price. and, of course, many e out against the notch on the screen. still, it looks like the huawei p20 pro will stand comfortable next to other flagships. it has a strong argument for having the best era on the... most people are unimpressed with the oneplus 5. in our poll, the most popular option was the one that clearly voiced disappointment, 35%. an additional 18% say that the oneplus 3/3t is still good enough. in the comments, there's a general sense that oneplus did not provide enough upgrades and what upgrades it made perhaps aren't the right ones. 8gb of ram is cool and all, but a waterproof body would have been cooler, you say (and it could have been). keeping the old screen and not adding a microsd slot also drew some ire. still, 33% of voters think that the oneplus 5 is good enough. not... ces is not a traditional place to unveil smartphones but that didn't stop asus from garnering tons of interest for its new zenfones. the asus zenfone ar and zenfone 3 zoom stole the show, collecting over 40% of votes. the ar functionality is novel, the step after vr. the zenfone ar does support google's daydream vr too, however. it seems that the high-quality eras and promising battery life were equally important for the positive reception. the 2017 line of samsung galaxy a phones e in second with half the votes. these bring galaxy s7 features (always on display, waterproofing) to... it seems that hmd successfully rekindled the p ion that nokia fans had for the brand - our poll showed a 2 to 1 positive response to the nokia 8. so, it's not unanimous, but not bad for a company that has been on the market for less than a year (the nokia backing sure helped catapult them). the bezels of the 8 were a point of contention and the xperia xz premium and htc u11 got caught in the crossfire. the nokia 6 chipset was brought up also, fans really wanted to see a snapdragon 600 series chip rather than 400. while the response to the new flagship is mostly positive, nokia... how much storage is enough? our poll shows a nearly even split between 64gb and 128gb. of course, this doesn't mean that there's no more need for a microsd slot - p os, and videos fit there just fine, they are not performance-sensitive like apps and games are. some argued that those are best left in the cloud, but most agree that the carriers are not ready yet. 4g lte is fast unless it isn't - and it's usually the latter. then you lose 4g connectivity or run out of data. not ideal, the nextbit robin was ahead of its time. anyway, very few people voted 256gb and up. these will be... samsung's galaxy s9 and galaxy s9+ were unchallenged in last week's poll - the duo is the fan favorite of the mwc. with over 40% of the votes, the s9 siblings got more votes than the next two combined. surprisingly, asus clinched second place with the zenfone 5z - the most affordable snapdragon 845-powered phone at a price of €480. the 21% result isn't enough to challenge the samsungs, but the number of positive comments is more than encouraging. then there's a tie - sony's and hmd's competitors both got 17%. the nokia 8 sirocco rode a wave of nostalgia (not to mention the well-executed... one in five voters had already pre-ordered a galaxy s8 or galaxy s8+ when we launched our poll and that number has probably gone up a touch since then. some pre-ordered it blind, based just on official info. however, one in three said they will wait for the reviews - they're in luck, we've already started work on ours! the galaxy s8 duo is already enjoying some accolades, but it still has a tough path ahead - commenters brought up the galaxy s7 (a great phone even today) and the upcoming galaxy note8. the new note has a lot of bridges to rebuild after the terrible experience of its... let's just say that the sony xperia xzs did not ignite people's imaginations. in last week's poll, twice as many voters are waiting for the xperia xz premium than those planning to get the xzs. worse still, the most popular option proved to be "i'm looking at other brands." did sony do enough? the upgrades over the xz are small and 12% of voters are "fine with the old one" (compare that with 15% voting for "upgrade"). to be fair, sony is targeting holdouts with z5 or older flagships, to them the upgrades will be more substantial. but even they will be tempted to wait a few months and... sometimes it's the simple things in life - why complicate things with 3d facial scanning when the fingerprint reader does an excellent job already. especially if that reader is in a convenient place, say under the screen. that's the feature that excites most of our readers, it got 38% of the vote in last week's poll. that will soon be a reality, vivo promises to put out a phone in early 2018. we put our finger on it and found that while it's not the fastest reader around it was average - impressive enough for first-generation tech. surprisingly, not many people are looking forward to... it's time to tally the votes from last week's poll results about the ideal secondary eras on the back. what you prefer to have on your modern smartphones and how the trend has changed over the course of the year since we asked the same question last. we see a close battle between two sensors, but this time around, monochrome has fallen out of fashion. it's clear that oems can achieve excellent low-light performance without needing a monochrome sensor so it was understandably lost popularity. this probably also explains why the "a nced sensor" option was so popular. even the... it's not so often google does so many changes in its os as we're getting with android p. the public beta e out this week and we quickly enrolled a couple of devices to see what all the fuss is about. you can read about our findings, but we're interested to read your thoughts. and, well, count the yeas and the nays. the most obvious change is the introduction of gesture navigation - you're going to be swiping your way around instead of tapping to switch between apps. the back on is still here though, what's that about? the quick toggles have been reimagined yet again - yes, we... nearly half the people that answered our poll are happy with the samsung galaxy note8. the note line is one of samsung's big money makers but has struggled in the last two generations. now it seems to be back on track. the galaxy note fe - formerly the note7 - received weak support, about half of the votes that the galaxy s8+ scored. and from past polls we know that the s pen is a huge differentiator, but apparently the older hardware didn't excite the crowd. not that there were no complaints about the galaxy note8 either. most of those that complained grumbled about the price (a hefty... maybe qualcomm, apple, samsung and others are right to chase after decreasing nanometers year after year. our poll showed this is the leading sign of a popular system on a chip, garnering 15% of the votes. building a chip on a lower nanometers has compound a ntages - it decreases power use and heat generation, which lets you increase performance without risking overheating or killing the battery. you usually get two of those three as makers adjust the balance to suit a particular market segment. improved cooling proved a surprisingly popular option. even though it's not technically a... people are not convinced by this whole "face scanning" thing - fingerprint readers are here, they work, why over-complicate things with new tech? the "fingerprint reader" option in last week's poll received over half of the votes. it's telling that the "both" option is a distant second (34% vs 56%) and "3d face scanning" by itself barely got any votes at all. interestingly, more than a few comments mentioned iris scanners, a tech that seems to be on its way out (you can't do animoji with an iris scanner). anyway, it seems that most people prefer the fingerprint reader for its... the xiaomi mi 6 is a bit of a stealth flagship, at least in the west. that's because the company never really got a foothold in western stores and retailers, but the phone itself is so loaded with features that you may be tempted to import one (it's currently not available in the mi.com international store). the mi 6 joins the dual era party with two 12mp sensors, each behind a different lens - one wide-angle (27mm) and one zoomed-in (52mm). you can check our just-in article to see the difference in focal lengths. the 8mp selfie seems solid too, more on that when we publish the full... we'll be honest, we can't wait to get our hands on the huawei p20 pro ever since we heard that it will have a 40mp image sensor and 5x hybrid zoom. we loved pureview eras and we were bummed out that they never e to an android phone. meanwhile, there's the xiaomi mi mix 2s getting ready to be unveiled on the same day - march 27 (tuesday). it will have a dual era, meaning it has the potential to be the first mix with a good era (let's be honest, the mix wasn't the era flagship in xiaomi's lineup). so, how about we put those two in a ring and let you pick your... the samsung galaxy s8 and galaxy s8+ are official and stores and carriers are already accepting pre-orders. are you one of the early adopters? there are some perks to pre-ordering - you'll get one of the first units available and bundled alongside will be the new gear vr headset with motion controller. still, it may be prudent to wait for the first reviews to come out, the galaxy s8 duo will not ship out until late april so there is plenty of time to think and still grab that free headset. others may want to wait even longer - especially those who think the s8 is too expensive. in a... hmd's nokia trio is gradually launching around the world - already in finland, the philippines, india and soon in many other markets. the nostalgia-packed 3310 is rolling out as well, for those in the mood for a good old-fashioned feature phone. so, are you planning to get one and if yes, which one? the nokia 6 is clearly the leader of the pack with a 5.5" 1080p screen and 16mp era, but even it is firmly in the mid-range (the high-end offerings are rumored, but still hidden). the nokia 5 sits on a lower rung of the ladder with its 5.2" screen, but it has the same chipset as the... pop-up eras can usher in an era free of the notch - a design element that many hate, some don't mind and, perhaps, some even like. but where does smartphone design go from here? back to the rectangular screen with the occasional stretching of the aspect ratio? that's one possibility or makers can just stick with the notch - judging by recent rumors, apple will do exactly that. but we can try something more creative. the pop-up eras are a cool solution that wows an audience. depending on implementation, they can cause some inconvenience, though. remember that a notch can hide more... we're starting to understand why marketing departments love huge numbers they can push. "what's that, samsung and apple? your era shoots only 12mp p os? how quaint!" when you have the only 40mp era on the market like the huawei p20 pro has, the ad basically writes itself. you can take a gander at the era samples we took - both in the native 40mp mode and the 10mp supersampled mode. one is great during the day, the other does its magic at night. what do you think? dxo loves it. we have to say that the hybrid zoom was quite impressive. it's a combo of the 3x telep o lens (8mp... there are a handful of manufacturers that have committed to an essentially stock build of android - think nokia and oneplus. others, like motorola, stick close to that (with some enhancements) and recently parent company lenovo announced it will be switching to stock as well. why does it matter, though? we're sure everyone has their reasons for liking the ui they like, but making an argument for stock is easy - it's smoother, gets faster updates, uses up less storage, looks consistent across multiple devices and so on. that said, some customizations are useful. even google has... with the lg g6, the company feels like it has the upper hand on its perennial rival. the 18:9 full vision display that dominates the front with slender bezels is the defining feature of the new flagship while the dual era on the back is a refinement of previous imaging modules (which were already quite impressive). if rumors prove to be true, samsung will launch a similar phone - with an 18.5:9 screen and slim bezels, but the g6 will be unchallenged on the market for a month. and the latest rumors indicate that the galaxy s8 will not have a dual era while the g6 has the next... how is the new xiaomi mi mix 2s? "very" is the answer. the comment section lauded it for the slender bezels of its notch-free display, although the lcd vs. amoled question was prevalent among commenters. everyone has preferences in that debate, but the mix series has used lcd since its inception. and while it's a pretty major upgrade, keep in mind that this is an "s" model so a complete overhaul was unlikely. the new chipset and dual era sure are appreciated, though. we'll echo some of the comments wishing for an android one version of the phone - miui is feature-packed, but some... we've asked before and we're asking again - do you still need a 3.5mm audio jack? when apple killed the jack, most people reacted negatively. when rumors swirled that the galaxy s8 will drop the headphone jack (which it didn't), there was another negative reaction - the jack was more important than a dual era. have you entered the brave new world of wireless headsets or ones that connect with usb-c/lightning ports? or are you living the dongle life? and if so, how did you solve the " en and charge" problem? some makers try to give upsides the usb-c headphones. htc, for example,... lg tried something novel with the g5 but recent leaks show it's changing course for the lg g6. gone is the removable battery and gone are the bezels (the headphone jack is reportedly safe and sound). the lg g6 is rumored to have an usual 2:1 screen (well, extra wide screens are not that unusual for lg) that will cover more than 90% of the front. lg officially confirmed that the g6 will be waterproof in addition to slimming down the bezels. not officially confirmed yet, but reports suggest it will drop the modular design but will keep the dual eras. renders show the back will be quite... over the last two weekends, we've reflected upon the highlights that 2018 has brought us so far in wearables and looked forward to the major up'n'coming releases. for some, the tech we wear on our wrists is a series of compromises. for example, those who want a great color display with all week battery life will currently be left wanting, while for those who want to track their sleep are unable to do so when they have to charge their watch every night. today's wearables have only been improved by their ability to work in conjunction with our smartphones, hence why we have an interest in...