Posts From Aamir Siddiqui

Aamir Siddiqui
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Commerce graduate and Law student with a passion for all things Android, Aamir frequently helps people get the best out of their budget smartphones through generous use of custom roms and kernels. Once an ardent Samsung fanboy, he has since wised up to the ways of Nexus and DuARTe. He receives press releases at aamirsiddiqui@xda-developers.com.

OnePlus 3 Rumored to Come in Two Versions, Base Version to Cost CNY 1999 ($310)

After the OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus X, a lot of Android enthusiasts are looking forward to see the next device to come out of the OnePlus stable. Even if the recent devices were not the best in light of the heightened competition in the market, they still offered a value package...

Some of the Best Battery Life on Android Today Comes on a Budget

In our recent review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Snapdragon 650 variant, we noted some stellar battery performance. This was no ordinary 8hr-SOT battery life, this was legitimately 14+ hours of screen on time under working scenarios. We asked our followers on Twitter which phone this screenshot originated from, and just one person could guess...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 XDA Review: The King of The Low End

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is one of Xiaomi's trump cards to capture the low-mid end market for 2016, being the successor of one of Xiaomi's most popular phones, the Redmi Note. Featuring some very enticing specs at a price that is unbelievable, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 seems to bring most of the right...

How Much Mobile Data Do You Consume, How Much Do You Really Need?

One of the propagating factors that played a symbiotic role in the adoption of smartphones is Mobile Data. Over the years, our consumption of mobile data has spurred the growth and improvement of Telecom infrastructure which in turns helps adoption and increase in consumption of mobile data. Mobile Data went from being a luxury, to...

What OS Upgrade Were You Most Excited About in the Past?

An Operating System on an evolving platform is always a work-in-progress. Whether it is something along the lines of a UI refresh with minor tweaks, or a full-fledged ground up rethinking, the OS is constantly changing. And this isn't limited to Android only either! But not all updates are created equal. Some updates really get us hyped up...

OnePlus X Gets CyanogenMod 13 Nightlies!

The OnePlus X is a good phone. It may not be up to par with the current market competition, but it bears decent specs with a beautiful display in a form factor that people with smaller hands would appreciate. After all, phone size being a subjective topic, not everyone likes a big phone. And for...

What Do You Look for in Smartphone Reviews?

There is a lot to talk about each and every phone, and reviews have limited volume to do so. From the life-styley to the ultra in-depth, reviews came in many forms for many audiences. That being said, XDA is a very particular demographic, often valuing detail and thoroughness. But of the many kinds and aspects of...

Nexus 5 Hardware Modded to 64GB Internal Storage By Replacing eMMC

The Nexus 5 was a great phone, and a vast majority would agree. Packing in a decent hardware at a very good price, the Nexus 5 made the Nexus more mainstream, increasing its popularity with the normal consumer. But as good as the Nexus 5 was, it did have one issue: limited storage. Granted, this problem...

Official Bootloader Unlock Available for the European LG G5!

Good news for European LG G5 users! Official bootloader unlock for the Europe-based H850 model is now available from LG's Developer site. XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer autoprime posted a step-by-step guide in unlocking the bootloader for the LG G5. Do note, this is specifically for the European H850. These instructions will not work with the G5 from...

ZUK Unveils the ZUK Z2 Pro With 6GB RAM and 128GB Storage

ZUK, a Lenovo backed Chinese company, made waves last year for the promising ZUK Z1. On the face of it, the spec sheet and value it brought to the customer made it a spiritual successor to the OnePlus One. It had some flagship grade specs at an affordable value. And if you purchased the international...

What is Your Preferred App or Game to Kill Time?

All of us have been through situations where we have a few minutes/hours/days to kill, and the first thing we do is pull out our phone. Whether it be on the train while travelling, or in a boring social setting, or in the midst of a meeting (guilty as charged), smartphones have transformed into convenient...

Going Over to the Dark Side: Comprehensive MIUI Review & Details

A lot of us come over to XDA to escape from the clutches of OEM software: to escape the chains that tie down our hardware, to realize the true potential of things we paid for. Sure, manufacturers claim to offer a software solution that aims to bring the best out of the hardware they created. They...