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One Year Later: Should you Buy the PlayStation 4?

PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 was released on November 15, 2013, over a year ago. Its initial release didn’t come with a huge selection of PS4-only games, not to mention that the console wasn’t backwards compatible. However, with more new releases coming later this year (along with other new features), Sony might just push more gamers towards Team PS4, after all. Still on the fence? Don’t worry, we run down the pros and cons so you can better make your own decision.

Mobile World Congress 2015: What We Already Know

Mobile World Congress 2015

Mobile World Congress 2015 will be taking place in Barcelona next week from March 2-5. Tech giants from around the world will show off their newest tech products for 2015. Thankfully,  per usual, several companies have decided to leak some news early in anticipation of the conference. Whether intentional or accidental, here’s what we’ve got so far:

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony “accidentally” leaked the new Xperia Z4 Tablet yesterday on Lounge. Not much is known about the Z4, but it will be a large 10″. According to the short-lived Lounge page, it also has a not-so-impressive 2K display along with “the latest ultra fast processor” and “industry leading battery performance.” No specifics were stated, and it looks like we’ll have to wait until March 3rd to find out more.

Lenovo Vibe Series

Lenovo Vibe Shot

Lenovo Vibe Shot

We’ve got five new additions to Lenovo’s Vibe series. First and foremost is the Vibe X3, which highlights a 5.5″, 1080p display, front-facing stereo speakers, and a 20.7 megapixel camera on the back. It doesn’t sound like the most exciting phone, but maybe Lenovo’s holding onto the wow-factors for now.

Next up is the Vibe Shot, also known as the Vibe Max (above) which, you guessed it, is all about the camera. The display is a little smaller than the X3 at 5 inches, but it has the same 1080p display. As for specs, the Vibe Shot is packing a Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of storage. Lenovo’s thrown in a microSD card slot just in case you need some extra room for all those pictures. As for the 16 megapixel camera, it has optical image stabilization and three-tone flash to get the most natural-looking brightness, and its own shutter button. How flattering for Nokia.

Then there’s the Vibe P1 and P1 Pro, which are all about battery life. The Vibe P1 has a 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 support, just in case. According to the release, the P1 has nano ceramics coating, 64-bit octa-core CPU, and 2GB RAM in the MediaTek chipset. Need more battery than that? The P1 Pro carries a 5000mAh battery with a fingerprint sensor. Our guess is that the specs are the same (including its size), based on the images, but we can’t say for sure.

Lastly, we’ve got the Vibe S1, coming in 5 different colors. The Vibe S1 is aiming at a younger audience, with a front-facing camera for the selfie lover in your life. We get the feeling that the S1 might be akin to the iPhone 5c compared to the iPhone 5s, with the S1’s lower price point and specs less impressive than the X3. However, we don’t have any details, so we’ll just have to find out during the Mobile World Congress.

LG Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy

LG Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy

From Left to Right: LG’s Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy

It looks like LG put the G4 on the backburner and is releasing four mid-range phones at the Mobile World Congress instead. Starting with LG’s Leon and Joy, both of them are on the lower-end of the spectrum, with 4.5″ and 4″ displays, respectively. Leon packs a punch with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of internal memory, 1GB RAM, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Where it falls short is the 1900mAh battery and the VGA front-facing camera. As for the Joy, it runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has a 1-megapixel camera, and has half the memory and RAM of Leon (4GB and 512MB, respectively). It looks like the Joy is for the less tech-oriented, or for that someone looking for an inexpensive smartphone.

Both the Spirit and Magna have the same processing power, rear-facing camera, RAM, and internal memory. The differences are the Spirit’s 4.7″ display, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and its 312 ppi display, with a 2100mAh battery. The Magna, on the other hand, has a 5″ 294ppi display and 5 megapixel front-facing camera with a removable 2540mAh battery. With those specs, the Magna is competing with Samsung’s Galaxy S6, which will also be appearing at the Mobile World Conference.

Of course, HTC has already committed its own leaks of the HTC One M9 which we’ve covered here. Stay tuned for next’s week updates during Mobile World Congress.

Via: Phandroid, GSMArena, PC Pro UK

T-Mobile Introduces New “Jump!” Upgrade Plan

Today, T-Mobile held a press event in NYC to unveil some of its latest revolutionary features and enhancements to its growingly popular wireless service.

Specifically, T-Mobile announced the following:

  • JUMP!: Allows T-Mobile customers to upgrade their phones when they want, up to twice per year. The program also includes total protection against device malfunction, damage, loss or theft – all for $10 per month.
  • Expanding 4G LTE network: T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network now reaches 157 million people across the United States and is live in 116 metropolitan areas. T-Mobile remains on target to have nationwide 4G LTE network coverage by the end of the year, reaching 200 million people in more than 200 metropolitan markets.
  • Simple Choice Plan for All Families: Families can get four Simple Choice Plan lines with unlimited talk, text and Web and up to 500MB of high-speed data for only $100 per month (plus taxes & fees) — with no annual service contract required.
  • Expanding 4G LTE device lineup: T-Mobile introduced pricing and availability for two new 4G LTE-capable devices, including the Xperia Z from Sony and the Nokia Lumia 925. In addition, T-Mobile is providing Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 users with an LTE software update.

Here’s how it works: Customers can upgrade to a new phone, financed through T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Program (EIP), twice every 12 months after they’ve been in the JUMP! program for six months. Simply trade in an eligible T-Mobile phone in good working condition at a participating store location. Any remaining EIP payments will be eliminated, and current customers can purchase new phones for the same upfront pricing as new customers, with device financing and Simple Choice Plan, a no-annual-service contract.

“At some point, big wireless companies made a decision for you that you should have to wait two years to get a new phone for a fair price. That’s 730 days of waiting. 730 days of watching new phones come out that you can’t have. Or having to live with a cracked screen or an outdated camera,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US. “We say two years is just too long to wait. Today, we’re changing all that with the launch of JUMP! Now, customers never have to worry about being stuck with the wrong phone. And, yes — it’s really as good as it sounds.”

T-Mobile 4G LTE covers a large portion of the Washington DC area including: Bowie, Wheaton, and Silver Spring in Maryland. In Virginia, the following cities are covered by T-Mobile 4G LTE: Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax. Landmarks in the Washington, D.C. area covered by T-Mobile 4G LTE include Arlington Cemetery, US Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. T-Mobile remains on target to have nationwide 4G LTE network coverage by the end of the year, reaching 200 million people in more than 200 metropolitan markets.

T-Mobile subscribers will be able to sign up for this new JUMP! plan this Sunday, July 14. For more information, visit T-Mobile’s new JUMP! landing page.

CES Editor’s Choice: A smartphone, a camera and a digital life

There is already a lot of news coming out of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. While technically starting yesterday (although not “officially” starting until tomorrow), we wanted to give our personal thoughts on a few of the devices we thought led the pack of the day’s madness. We’re hoping to do this daily. While there have been a few reports touting the “death of CES” and “software versus hardware” battles, we just wanted to stick with hardware and innovations that make CES great. Stay tuned to Tech Void all this week for our daily CES picks. Here are our favorite three from today and let us know which is your favorite in the comments.