Posts From Jonathan Samson

Jonathan Samson
Jonathan Samson

Jon has spent time working in all sorts of industries, including finance and technology. He likes both of those things and wants to write about how mobile companies make money and how that impacts the products they sell. He also likes cats.

Contest Follow-Up: Free LeaseWeb Server Trials

For those unfamiliar with LeaseWeb, XDA-Developers uses them to host our entire website by utilizing a dedicated private rack that contains 15 IBM hexa-core servers. Our private rack features a tailor-made switch setup, which consists of two switches joined together by a virtual chassis with a 10GE uplink. It is thanks to this setup through LeaseWeb...

Grab Some Popcorn: Bloatware Company Under Attack

A couple weeks ago we posted an article about Digital Turbine and its quest to rule the world of bloatware. The company has partnered with several large global carriers to preinstall its DT Ignite and DT IQ software which are meant to deliver personalized paid app recommendations on Android devices. The fact that Digital Turbine...

The Future of Bloatware, Making a Buck a Phone

A number of global carriers, including Verizon in the US and America Movil in Latin America, have partnered with a small public company, Digital Turbine, to preinstall targeted apps. These are specifically chosen upon activation based on mined user data. Certain OEMs like HTC, Acer, Asus, and Sony are also dipping their toes. But bloatware...

ZenFone 2 Specs

Reviewers say: A good device is a highly competitive niche. Cheap, fast, big, flawed. Read the full detailed review of the ZenFone 2 right here on XDA. Check out the ZenFone 2 forums on XDA for themes, ROMs, root tutorials and much more! Launch Announced Released Android Version Skin January 2015 March 2015 Android 5.0 Zen UI Camera Aperture Photo Resolution Optical Image Stabilization? Video Capture Front f/2.0 4128x3096 (13MP) No [email protected] 5MP Performance CPU Cores Speed RAM ROM GPU Intel Atom Z3580/Z3560 4 2.3GHz (4GB),...

Moto G 2015 Specs

Reviewers say: Battery life on the Moto G is fantastic, as is the performance. Fit and finish is above expectations for this price point, but the camera produces inconsistent results. Another downside for this phone is the display, which is only 720p resolution and offers "dull" colors. But ultimately, it's hard to fault the Moto...

Nexus 5 Specs

Reviewers say: The display on the Nexus 5 is crisp, but is less saturated than displays found on other similar phones. Reviewers tout the excellent performance of the Nexus 5, but complain about the camera, which is inconsistent. Finally, some reviewers note the unexciting, though utilitarian design of the Nexus 5, which offers a good...

OnePlus One Specs

Reviewers say: Battery life on the OnePlus One is top-notch. The camera is mediocre, and the lack of microSD slot and removable battery is a negative. However most reviewers agree that the price of the OnePlus One makes for a fantastic value that is very much worthy of consideration. Visit the XDA OnePlus One forum for in-depth discussion...

LG G3 Specs

Reviewers say: The G3 is made from plastic, and reviewers find this to make the phone feel cheap, however lightweight. The camera, with its added features, does indeed produce above-average results. Many find LG's UI to be light enough to not get in the way, unlike other OEM Android skins. Visit the XDA LG G3 forum for in-depth...

LG G4 Specs

Launch Announced Released Android Version Skin April 2015 April 2015 Android 5.1 LG UX 4.0 Camera Aperture Photo Resolution Optical Image Stabilization? Video Capture Front f/1.8 5312x2988 (16MP) Yes [email protected], 1080p @ 60fps 8MP Performance CPU Cores Speed RAM ROM GPU Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 4+2 1.44GHz A53, 1.82GHz A57 3GB 32GB, microSD Adreno 418 Communications WiFi Bluetooth LTE NFC? SIM Type 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac v4.1 Yes Yes Micro, Single Battery Capacity Talk Time Fast-Charging? Wireless Charging? Removable? 3000mAh  19 - 20hrs Yes Yes - Qi Yes Dimensions Weight Height Width Thickness 5.47 oz (155 grams) 5.86" (148.9mm) 3.00" (76.1mm) 0.39" (9.8mm)

OnePlus 2 Specs

Launch Announced Status Android Version Skin July 2015 Expected August 2015 Android 5.1 Oxygen Camera Aperture Photo Resolution Optical Image Stabilization? Video Capture Front f/2.0 4128x3096 (13MP) Yes [email protected], [email protected] 5MP Performance CPU Cores Speed RAM ROM GPU Snapdragon 810 4+4 1.8GHz (A53) + 1.8GHz (A57) 3GB, 4GB 16/64GB Adreno 430 Communications WiFi Bluetooth LTE NFC? SIM Type 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac v4.1 Yes No Nano, Dual Battery Capacity Talk Time Fast-Charging? Wireless Charging? Removable? 3300mAh No No No Dimensions Weight Height Width Thickness 6.17 oz (175 grams) 5.98" (151.8mm) 2.95" (74.9mm) 0.39" (9.85mm)

Galaxy Note 4 Specs

Reviewers say: With a big phone comes a big battery, and the Note 4 does not disappoint in this department. Reviewers also talk up the camera, which takes fantastic photos and videos regardless of lighting condition. On the downside, many feel that Samsung's UI is still over-bearing to the point of adding too much complexity...