Welcome to #AskPhoneDog, a series produced by our PhoneDog crew answering viewers questions about mobile, tech, and sometimes ourselves! The first episode kicks off with the upcoming HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6, and OnePlus Two among some other items! Make sure to check out the video above and also leave your questions for the next episode of #AskPhoneDog!
The first question comes from Twitter user @mobiletechvista: “What phone are you most anticipated for in 2015?”
I actually have a few of them. The first one being the OnePlus Two—for one reason, I’m really interested to see what the phone looks like. But more importantly, how they’re going to sell these things: is it going to be an invite system? Or are they going to mass produce these things, meaning they’re probably gonna be more expensive. I’m just really interested in seeing how that kind of thing goes. And also I’m interested in the HTC One M9 because I’m a big fan of the HTC One line. And also the LG G4 because I loved the LG G3 and I still do. I’m definitely interested to see what new feature the LG G4 will have later this year.
The next question comes from @hardikGohel97 and he asks “What do you think about Project Ara? Ad do you think it will be the ‘next big thing?’”
Honestly, I think there’s a couple of things that have to make this thing successful. One, it has to cost less than your conventional flagship smartphone. Two, it has to look good. So far, it looks interesting that they’re definitely a little weird, a little chunkier than your typical standard-built smartphone. Also, if they can market it towards people who aren’t tech nerds like me or you, in terms of you guys love technology and definitely want to swap out CPUs and swap out things. I think the most interesting part is being able to swap out your image sensor and actual camera that is pretty cool to me and I think that it might be a very big consumer thing to market. If you want a Sony camera or you want a Motorola camera that would be a very interesting thing. I think it really has to do with how expensive this thing will be and when they can get it to the market because right now we’ve only seen prototypes and we haven’t gotten these shipped at all.
The third question comes from @DJBQC “What are your thoughts on the Microsoft HoloLens?”
If you haven’t seen this thing, it’s actually pretty cool. They kind of debuted this one with Windows 10 and it’s sort of like a virtual reality mix of holographic world. Now in my opinion, it’s virtual reality because you have to wear this headset. You’re not really going to have holograms coming out of your floor or anything. That would be cool, that would be awesome actually but this whole little world where you can just build and use things. The coolest demonstration is when you’re making a quad-copter, they actually turned that holographic image into a 3D printed item that actually works. That is a pretty cool idea I think they have to really streamline the whole process and not say things like copy and paste and do things that sound a little stupid when you do that. It definitely looks interesting, I’m excited for it. I can’t wait to try it out myself. But, again, everything has its limitations. If you like virtual reality, go ahead and check out Austin Evans, he has a lot of cool stuff about virtual reality make sure that you go and check his channel out.
The next Twitter question comes from @Chriney and she asks “I have an upgrade. Should I wait for anything coming up or what do you suggest?”
Honestly, yes. If you’re looking for an Android phone, we have the S6, we have possibly the Sony Xperia Z4, and also the flagship HTC One M9. Now if you’re looking for an iPhone, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are still really good choices right now. We’re still pretty far away from the next iPhone so I think you’re pretty safe on that and they are the best iPhones so far so that’s not a really bad choice. For Windows phone, you can buy one right now there’s not really too many to pick from. The Lumia 830 is a good mid-flagship phone you can buy. Obviously you can still buy the 1020 but it’s pretty outdated by now. I hope that answers your question. I would tell you to wait if it’s an Android phone, if it’s an iPhone, go ahead and buy it.
Next question also comes from Twitter @SayoJoYT “HTC M9 or One Plus 2?”
Now they’re both theoretical devices. We actually don’t know what they look like or what their specs are. But if it were my pick, probably the OnePlus 2.
Last question from this #AskPhoneDog comes from @M_kinnon “you think the SD810 will only get hot with QHD screens lg/HTC seems happy with it, releasing 1080 flagships”
This is a very interesting question because I don’t think the Snapdragon 810 processors are actually getting hot with the Quad HD display. I think it’s more due to the performance where the 810 processor will probably be able to handle a Quad HD display with ease. I think that people are kinda realizing that 1440p and 1080p are very similar. There’s not that much difference. No one’s making native 1440p content. I mean, we’re making 4K content but if you watch it on the YouTube application of a 1440 display, then you can actually watch it in 1440p but that content was not shot in 1440p. I think someone called me out for that but that’s what I meant. Native content 4K, not 1440p so there’s really not a big reason and PPI very knowledgeable. Basically, 1080p around 400ppi. 1440p around 500ppi. You can’t tell the difference between them. I would be happy with a 1080p display. The OnePlus One has a 1080p display and I definitely loved that display. The Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4 have great displays but I just can’t see the difference.
That wraps up this first episode of #AskPhoneDog. Make sure to leave questions below for the next episode of #AskPhoneDog.