There’s clearly been some disruption in the space-time continuum. It seems like only yesterday that we looked back over space year 2013AD, but already we find ourselves in July 2014. JULY. How did that happen?
Yes, we may be racing towards death at an alarming rate, but on the plus side, lots of cool stuff is being released in the second half of 2014. “List four of them in some kind of feature, big man!” Sure.
As per Mobo-tradition, the following are presented in no particular order, and while some might bemoan the presence of two Apple products, let’s not forget that the Californians released a grand total of 0 (zero) iDevices in 1H2014. Like it or not, Apple will feature big in the coming months.
Apple iPhone 6
Yeah, this is the obvious one, but in particular, we’re looking forward to seeing how those larger iPhone 6 displays go down.
Apple has staunchly remained at 4in and below as the big Android players reach for the sky, but 4.7in and 5.5in puts Apple in direct competition with its Google-loving rivals.
One recent rumour suggested Apple would order a whopping 70-80 million iPhone 6 units from its suppliers before the end of the year. That’s a 33%(ish) increase over last year’s iPhone 5s.
Are wearables the Next Big Thing? Countless analysts certainly seem to think so, with smartwatches in particular tipped to explode in the coming years.
Android OEMs like Samsung, Motorola and LG have all unveiled smartwatch devices this year, but – forgive us for saying – we doubt Joe Average will really take notice until Apple unveils the iWatch, at which point the world will wonder how it ever survived without wrist-based notifications. “Remember we had to take our phones out of our pockets?!”
And hey, if you think I’m being biased as Head Apple Fanboy, I’ll gladly place a bet on best-selling smartwatch of the year. Er, that’s assuming the iWatch isn’t delayed till 2015. Ahem.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
At 5.3in, the original Samsung Galaxy Note was nearly laughed off the face of the planet, or at the very least dismissed as a niche device for people with giant hands, but the South Korean manufacturer actually opened the door for a whole wave of big-screened devices, and now – three years later – flagships like the 5.5in LG G3 are larger still.
As such, one has to wonder how the inevitable Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will fit in. Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 had a 5.7in display, and it’s suggested that the Note 4 might follow suit.
Stylus compatibility and multitasking mania are a given, but otherwise, how will the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 stand out? How different can it be from the Note 3?
Well, Samsung has promised a “new form factor”, leading some to suggest we could see a three-sided display (with the sides used for notifications etc.), while more recently we’ve been told to expect a metal body and flexible display – though the latter specs might be reserved for a Korea-only Premium version.
Full story at IFA 2014 in September. Probably.
In a world dominated by same-old Android flagships (giant screen, 100-core processor, 128GB of RAM, 50MP rear camera, abundant bloatware), hats off to BlackBerry for thinking outside the proverbial box (heck, I suppose it kinda has to).
It remains to be seen if this chap will fall under ‘Revolutionary device’ or, ‘Woah, that looks pretty cool but I wouldn’t actually buy one,’ but – in either case –there’s no doubt this is one of the most interesting new phones of the year.
I speak of the BlackBerry Passport, a device with a 4.5in display, 1:1 aspect ratio and 1440 x 1440 resolution, with a full QWERTY keyboard underneath. What the…?
Again, it looks utterly fascinating, but time will tell if the BlackBerry Passport can truly make people stand up and take notice of BlackBerry 10, or if it’ll simply be a niche device for the small core of BlackBerry diehards.