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Den asks: Kris, what do you think about the Acer Liquid E2? And what is the best phone for that price range?
Looking at the specs, it has a MTK6589 chipset, quad-core Cortex A7 CPU, PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU, 1 GB of RAM and a 2,000 mAh battery. That certainly isn’t bad. While it doesn’t have a HD display, the 960 x 540 display doesn’t seem too bad. It certainly seems like a decent phone, especially selling for around $300 off-contract.
My personal pick in the $300 range is the Google Nexus 4. It either matches or exceeds the the Liquid E2’s specs, though it isn’t without its downsides, mainly lack of LTE.
Dolev says: I’m moving from an iPhone and wanted to ask about Chinese smartphones. I’m looking for something nicely spec’d: a MTK6589T or Snapdragon 600 chip, 2 GB of RAM, full HD in the price range of around $250-$300. What are your thoughts?
If you’re looking for a Snapdragon 600 chipset, it’s going to be a little harder to get into your price range. With a MTK6589, though, you’ve got a lot of options. The Huawei Ascend D2 meets your criteria, but it’s not within your price range. Basically, just pour over reviews until you find the phone for you. That’s the best advice I can give here.
Anthony asks: When will the new firmware update for the Galaxy S4 come out in the US? The one that allows us to move apps to an SD card.
That’s a tough one. I couldn’t find any official announcement of when the update might hit the U.S., even though it began rolling out last month. For all we know, it could just start hitting S4s in the U.S. without any warning, which would be nice. Stay tuned for more info.
Ritvik asks: Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 really be even bigger than the Note 2?
While there are a lot of rumors floating around about the Galaxy Note 3, no details have been officially nailed down. One of the most recent rumors however, has the display on the Galaxy Note 3 at 5.7 inches, 0.2 inches bigger than the Note 2’s display. Whether or not this will happen is still up in the air, but I would be that Samsung’s goal is to release a device about the same size as the Note 2, but with a larger screen. It would be a win-win situation for fans.
John asks: When is the release date for the Sony Xperia Z in Canada?
It seems that Sony has been teasing Canada about the possibility of a Canadian release of the Xperia Z since back in January. Unfortunately, while the company hasn’t officially ruled it out, Sony hasn’t gone on record saying that the Xperia Z will be headed to Canada either. There was a brief glimmer of hope a few months ago, though it turned out that Sony was talking about the Xperia Tablet Z coming to Canada, not the phone. That said, there still might be hope, so don’t give up just yet.
Xanee asks: My Galaxy S3 charges really slowly now, taking about 12 hours or more to charge from 20% to 100%. How can I fix this?
While it’s possible that your battery is malfunctioning, you didn’t mention any other symptoms of a bad battery, so we’ll assume that isn’t the case. Especially since there is a fairly well known issue with the charging cables that shipped with the Galaxy S3, all though this can happen to any cable. What happens is that the cable starts to break inside, so the charge is interrupted occasionally, though only briefly. The Galaxy S3’s software notices this, and reduces the charge rate to make up for the inconsistent connection.
First, try using a different cable. If that doesn’t work, try charging the phone with another charger. If neither of these works, you may have a problem with your battery.
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