• 5 ways to get music for free and legally on the internet from online video sharing sites and radio stations

    Posted on July 30th, 2013 David Brooks | No comments

    With the improved attention on copyright protection, there’re a lot of laws being actively discussed around the Web to define the legality of free music. The only problem now is what free and legal music is and what is not. Even though a consumer has purchased the commercial music album or tracks from Amazon or iTunes, he or she does not actually own the copyright, and therefore the track cannot be legally used as the background music for video or animation. Actually, whether the free music is legal or not is depending on its usage. It’s all about how you’re going to use that music – simply listen or gain profit on its distribution. If you just get these free music for listening, you could have a look at the following 5 methods to get music for free and legally.

    Video sharing websites

    Video sharing sites

    There are a lot of video sharing sites such as YouTube, Vevo, and MTV Music that get branded channels where singers and bands release their music videos and audio videos. You have the chance to find and listen to almost any audio track, add it to your playlists and share with friends. But you have to play videos in order to listen to music.

    Music streaming services

    Music streaming services

    There are numerous online services which transmit music on demand from the Internet. The most popular of them are Last.fm, Pandora, Grooveshark, Spotify, Rdio and Dezeer.

    The best part is that these websites are accessible from almost any PC, Mac, or mobile device.

    The services have agreements with major record labels and thus provide legal access to music. All services have free membership option (usually ad-supported and with limited features). Still to get most, you have to buy a subscription.

    Unfortunately, geo-restrictions (often set by record companies) make most music streaming services useless for third world countries. This fact gives rise to local Internet radios like In.com.

    Music streaming software

    music streaming software

    Various music streaming software are available for you to choose from for getting music for free, just like Leawo’s Music Recorder, which lets you easily record any sound from either internal or external audio sources of  your computer.  This music recording software could allow users get music for free from online video sharing sites like YouTube and Facebook, and FM radio stations just like AOL Music and Last.fm. No download functionality, so the software is absolutely legal.

    Music archives

    music archives

    Amazon has a section of free music downloads. iTunes throws out a couple of free songs every week, encouraging listeners to discover new music. Fan communities such as Etree and OverclockedRemix give access to free music tracks, live concerts, and remixes on a non-commercial basis.

    AudioJungle offers royalty-free tracks free or under $1.

    Archives like Jamendo distribute free and legal music under a CreativeCommons license, meaning that the music can be freely listened to, used, and redistributed under the same license.

    Music blogs

    obscure sound

    Music blogs are also a good source of free legal music. Usually, such blogs are used by newborn bands and artists for self-promotion. In fact, there is a great number of such blogs, each of them focused on a specific audience and offering different kind of music – from indie-rock to the avant-garde. The examples of such blogs are ObscureSound, Spinner, Elbows, HypeMachine, etc.  If it’s not always free to download music from these blogs, you may play songs on them with no limitations.

  • Top 5 Best Music Streaming Services for iOS and Android

    Posted on July 3rd, 2013 David Brooks | 1 comment

    Music streaming service is convenient way to explore, find and listen to new music easily. In addition, they are increasingly a great way to create personal playlists and mixes and share them with friends through social networks. In the past, most streaming music services were fee-based, but most now have free ad-based or soon ad-free subscription levels. These music streaming services give people access to millions of songs without the need to purchase even a single track.  Both new and old tracks are being added to all of the services so people can be sure to find whatever type of music they want to listen to, be it Hollywood Undead or Johann Sebastian Bach. While almost all of the services offer some sort of free player, most ad supported, this comparison will be of their higher end monthly paid service.

    The five services listed below are among the very best currently available. All these 5 music streaming services are available in both Android and iOS versions.

    Spotify

    Spotify

    Spotify was founded in Sweden and launched in October of 2008. In less than three years it has become widely celebrated as the leading model for music streaming services worldwide. The primary keys to Spotify’s success are its ease of use, access via mobile devices, and integration with Facebook and Twitter social networks. Subscriptions are available at three levels. One is free and ad-supported, the other two require monthly fees. A credit card or pay pal account is required for all subscribers. Currently Spotify is available in the US, UK, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden. Denmark will be added soon.

    MOG

    MOG

    MOG is a very well respected music service with a large library of tracks and boasts the highest quality MP3s at 320kps sampling.  They offer Windows and Mac client applications as well as iOS and Android.  They also support the Jawbone JamBox and Philips GoGear home media players.  Along with those devices, MOG is integrated directly into some BMW and Cooper Mini vehicles.  The mobile apps offer offline listening of downloaded tracks.  MOG’s has solid features in music discovery which include radio features that allow you to listen to artist or genre based music in addition to the usual playlists and favorites.  They also offer editor chosen albums each week.  They too offer social networking functionality with integration into Facebook.

    Grooveshark

    Grooveshark

    Grooveshark is a strange beast that lets you search and stream a massive catalog of manually uploaded tunes for free. It technically counts as an on-demand music service, but it’s not as robust and accurate as its peers. Predictably, the company has been in legal trouble as of late because it doesn’t have the licences to the songs it streams. It’s seen so many complaints that its native iOS and Android apps were pulled from their respective stores. Still, it deserves an honorable mention for ease of use, the ability to upload and listen to songs, and a good radio player that streams similar tracks to ones you’ve played.

    Rhapsody

    Rhapsody

    Rhapsody is the veteran of music streaming services. It was officially launched in December of 2001. One of Rhapsody’s key strengths is the written content provided to accompany the music. Rhapsody has recently begun to integrate with social networking such as Facebook. Rhapsody offers a free trial and multiple paid subscription levels. In January 2011 Rhapsody announced that they had a subscription base of 750,000 users.

    Rdio

    Rdio

    Rdio is a relative late-comer to the music streaming frontier but has made great strides in getting their library to a highly respectable 12 million in only a little over a year and a half.  Originally just a browser based player, they have now added a Windows client application in addition to the usual host of mobile apps.  They offer a standard MP3 player experience by allowing tracks to be downloaded (with DRM) to your mobile device for playing offline.  They also support playing music directly on Roku and Sonos home music streaming devices.  Rdio also offers suggestions from music experts as well as the ability to link to Facebook to get suggestions from friends and to let others know what you’re listening to.

  • 4 Best iTunes Cleanup Tools to Remove Duplicates in iTunes

    Posted on June 6th, 2013 Wiki | 1 comment

    “Any good free iTunes cleaner uppers? Something to fix the track, album, and artist name. And maybe even the album art? If it’s not free, I guess that’s ok too. Thanks in advance.”    ”What is a good program to clean up iTunes library? Duplicates are my biggest problem!”

    As a matter of fact, the iTunes cleanup questions just like above mentioned are now flooding in the internet. I bet you guys no matter owning an iPad, iPhone or iPod, your iTunes music library is surely quite messy. Possibly you have many duplicate songs in iTunes. Most likely many of your songs are without album cover artwork, or even with mismatched and incorrect tags. The messy iTunes music library is really a nightmare. Under such a bad situation, You need to have your iTunes cleaned so that the songs in your iTunes music library will look complete, and you also need to find the best iTunes cleaner to fix your iTunes messy problems.

    Now the cool thing is that there are actually some professional iTunes cleanup programs around, which could help you fix and clean those iTunes messy problems, so as to make you enjoy your music better than ever in iTunes. Below I will share you guys with 4 best iTunes cleaner to help you get the iTunes organizing job well done.

    Top 1: Tunes Cleaner (Win/Mac)
    Most popular and powerful iTunes cleaner to date. Actually no matter you want to delete duplicates in iTunes music library, get album artwork for iTunes, or correct the mislabeled song tags, all jobs could be perfectly done by this iTunes cleaner tool. It could intelligently detect and delete duplicates in iTunes, filling in missing song tags via downloading from world’s most powerful and richest online database. Besides the intelligent fixing, it also provides you with built-in music editor to manually fix mislabeled song info. Its unique scoring system also brings you totally different experience to view the iTunes music library health before and after cleaning. Indeed, with Tunes Cleaner, your music listening experience will be better than ever.

    Top 2: TuneUp (Win/Mac)
    Besides Tunes Cleaner, TuneUp is another red-hot and professional program there to help clean up iTunes. As your one-stop-shop to fix disorganized music collection, TuneUp could help you find missing album covers, fix your songs (such as missing titles/information/artist names/etc.), remove duplicates to save space, and even something called Tuniverse which alerts you when your favorite artists are in town. My 2 favorite features of TuneUp is its “Clean” and “Cover Art” feature. The clean feature will go through all of your songs and fixes misspelled songs title/artist with the correct information, while the cover art feature will find album art for your albums.

    Top 3: Tagalicious (Win/Mac)
    The third iTunes companion I should add it to my list. Actually you cannot do iTunes clean up without Tagalicous, which could help you easily complete the metadata of your songs with just a few clicks. Tagalicous allows you to scroll through all your songs, and find the missing metadata for whichever song that you want to, whether it be the artist, album lyrics, year, genre or artwork. It automatically finds the right information and tags for songs in your music collection. Quickly convert files and tracks with indecipherable names and labels to an organized library of songs. The amazing feature is that Tagalicious uses audio analysis to determine the correct track information. The result is more reliable tagging regardless of variations in track length and encoding quality. Actually, the music on your iTunes has never been easier to organize with Tagalicous.

    Top 4: Song Sergeant (Mac)
    The last intelligent iTunes cleanup tool I should mention – Lairware’s Song Sergeant. Actually this tool is only available for Mac. Song Sergeant could intelligently identify and remove duplicates in iTunes, renames inconsistently named artists and albums, reunites orphaned song files to your library and cope with missing song files. The stunning features of Song Sergeant is that it is capable of merging song files together instead of just crudely deleting extras, letting you keep the best song information and best audio quality even if they are from different song files. Besides, you can easily preview songs and browse through related track information and artwork in order to ensure that they’re keeping exactly what you want in your iTunes music library. With Song Sergeant, whipping your music library into shape will never be a dream.

    That’s it! The best iTunes cleanup programs thus far. Actually you take all of them a try and then choose your most desired one as your iTunes life companion. If you come across any other great iTunes cleaner, do not hesitate to leave a comment.

  • 5 Best Android Smartphones to Get for 2013 Spring

    Posted on May 3rd, 2013 David Brooks | No comments

    With the approaching of hot summer season, we have to say goodbye to spring. You may want to get a new smartphone to replace your old fashioned smartphone to welcome the new season. If so, this is the right place you should go. Some of the biggest phone manufacturers have just released their brand new 2013 flagship devices, just like Sony and Samsung, who recently released their widely welcomed smartphones, and it just so happens that all of them run on Android. As a tradition, Apple’s iPhone gets a refresh much later in the year, not in spring, and the same goes for Windows Phone. So, the only choice seems to be Android smartphones.

    Now, the question goes to what kind of Android smartphones you should choose. Without comparison, it is really hard to pick out the answer, as so many Android smartphones are on the market for your option. To make it easy for you to pick up your device, we have listed our top five picks for new Android devices that are already available or coming in just a couple of days. Take a look at them below to decide which one you need.

    Your No. 1 choice – Samsung Galaxy S 4

    Samsung Galaxy S 4

    Samsung didn’t exactly catch us by surprise with the Galaxy S4. However, it’s the flawless implementation of all the features that makes the Galaxy S4 the superb smartphone that it is. Design-wise, the latest Samsung flagship is nothing special. It looks OK and is comfortable to hold. We’re more than happy to see that Samsung has managed to make the smartphone even smaller than the GS III, which is a remarkable achievement, considering the bigger screen.

    No. 2 – HTC One

    HTC One

    HTC wanted a comeback and it brought its best with the HTC One. It is a brilliant device in virtually every aspect. Coming with a beautiful aluminum body that fits almost organically in the hand, it has a great and vivid, extremely sharp 4.7-inch screen. The stereo front speaker bring a small revolution in smartphone sound that you’ll appreciate instantly when you hear it. Performance is flawless on the new Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip.

    No. 3 – Sony Xperia Z

    Sony Xperia Z

    The Sony Xperia Z was the first 2013 flagship. It was the first of many more with a 5-inch 1080p display, but while we were disappointed with the quality of that screen, the device had one more ace up its sleeve – it was water and dust resistant. With the thought of summer, beaches and swimming, and the possibility to take the Xperia Z with you wherever you go (you can also shoot videos and images underwater), we are very tempted to get it. The handset also has a decent 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera that performs well in low light.

    No. 4 – Nexus 4

    Nexus 4

    The Nexus 4 might have launched a few months ago but it only recently started shipping in volume on the Google Play store. Most importantly, though, it has remained extremely competitive in price. It’s a compact and practical decision. It has a 4.7-inch 720p screen and realistically looking it is almost impossible to justify a 1080p display on a phone, so that’s definitely not a flaw. What’s more the Nexus 4 is the first to get the latest Android updates, and the most affordable of all devices in this list.

    No. 5 – LG Optimus G Pro

    LG Optimus G Pro

    The LG Optimus G Pro is a brilliantly timed device. Coming nearly half a year after the Note II, it manages to take advantage and stuff in an extremely crisp 1080p 5.5-inch screen that is very vivid and impressive. The G Pro is not for everyone, but for those who enjoy the big screens it would offer a flawless performance and a great camera. Phablet lovers, this should be your choice this spring.

  • Top 7 most popular platformer games for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android

    Posted on February 28th, 2013 David Brooks | No comments

    In the past 2012, there’ve emerged quite a lot of wonderful apps and games for people to better enjoy their leisure life. As calculated, there were more than 775,000 apps in Apple App Store and Android’s Google Play owned the same numbers of apps for people to freely choose. There are various genres of games in these app stores for people to choose, among which platformer games have been popular. Platformer games are a fairly wide genre basically involving jumping around platforms and that constant motion is what defines them. Some of the side-scrolling action games also fall into that category. It would be difficult to select the apps that could be in your way. Thus, here I have got some of the most popular Platformer games for your iPhone, iPad and iPod.

    Take a close look at the below games to know the most popular platformer games of iPhone, iPad and iPod of 2012.

    Platformer Games

    Dragons Dream – A game we’d download for the graphics, but not so much for the gameplay, Dragons Dream is really an outstanding work of art. Still, with one big disclaimer – you have to appreciate the graphics first and foremost to like it. (only for iOS, download Dragons Dream)

    Sleepwalker’s Journey – “Take a beautiful journey into dreams! Meet drowsy Moonboy. Blown out of bed by a big lunar sneeze, he sleepwalks through dreams. Moonboy needs your help to reach his bed. Guide him safely through various traps, clear obstructions from his path, and shift his surroundings to create a safe passage to the cozy bed. Solve environment puzzles in a fantasy world, find multiple pathways through the game, and collect stars and crescents to experience the beauty of Sleepwalker’s Journey fairytale atmosphere.” (for Android & iOS, download Sleepwalker’s Journey)

    LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias – “A quest to rescue Toku’s mother, Magdi, becomes a race against time through spectacular and richly interactive new regions of Mistralis. Toku and Enril journey through the picturesque Summerfalls Village – now beset by a sinister eternal winter and living in fear of Snow Monsters – to the frozen mountains of Chilling Peaks and the magnificent, seemingly deserted Melodia City. They come to realize that the shadowy hand of Balasar has entwined Magdi’s immediate fate with the disappearance of the ancient Melodia people centuries ago…” (for iOS only, download LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias )

    Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II – “The Sonic 4 Saga continues in Episode II with the return of a beloved side kick and fan-favorite villains! Following the events of Episode I, Metal Sonic has returned to form a formidable alliance with Dr. Eggman! To face this new evil, Sonic will have to call upon an old friend to help him save the day! Now joined by Tails, race across four brand new Zones and take down fearsome new badniks with deadly combination moves in order to put an end to this dastardly duo’s plans!” (for Android and iOS, download Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II)

    Paper Monsters – “Dive into the world of Paper Monsters and watch a living world made out of paper, cardboard, and a few cotton balls unfold right before your eyes. Paper Monsters takes all of the classic 2d platforming elements, combines them with cutting edge graphics and then packs it onto your iPhone or iPad.” (for Android and iOS, download Paper Monsters for Android, download Paper Monsters for iPad and iPhone)

    Waking Mars – “In 2097, life is discovered on Mars. When your mission of first contact becomes trapped by a cave-in, you must master the alien ecosystem to survive. With time running out, you will make a decision that determines the fate of a lost planet.” (for Android and iOS. Download Waking Mars for Android; download Waking Mars for iPhone & iPad)

    Rayman Jungle Run – “Rayman Jungle Run is powered by the same UbiArt Framework engine that brought you Rayman Origins – Winner of numerous Game of the Year and Platformer of the Year awards. The legendary platforming hero is making the jump to your favorite mobile device!” (available for both Android and iOS. Download Rayman Jungle Run for Android, download Rayman Jungle Run for iOS)

  • Annually Summary for 2012: Top 10 Technology Gadgets of 2012

    Posted on December 20th, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    Very fast, it is the end of this year. Commonly, there will be various kinds of annual reviews and summaries on various kinds of gadgets aroused in this year. As to technology circle, 2012 brings nothing special, but still many technology gadgets are worth of remembering. Aside from the large screen smartphones, tablets with higher and higher configurations and Apple Company continuously refreshing their records, there’re still many wonderful gadgets in this year. The below 10 gadgets are elected to be the Top 10 Gadgets of 2012 for their outstanding performance. Let’s take a look.

    Top 10 Gadgets of 2012

    Samsung Galaxy S 3: Google only spends four years to make Android smartphones spread all over the world. You can see people using Android smartphones in any corner of the world. Among all these wonderful Android smartphones, the Galaxy S III is no doubt a vital one to help Android expand its market share. With a large 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels screen resolution, quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, and more important the update of Android 4.2 on Galaxy S 3, no matter you want to watch HD movies on Galaxy S 3 or play games on it, this smartphone would produce excellent response and smooth experience for you.

    Samsung Galaxy S 3

    Lytro: Being the first “optical field” camera in the world, Lytro allows users to take photos first and then focus the pictures. This undoubtedly changed the traditional shooting procedure. After users shoot pictures, the camera saves the picture in a special still format. And then users could focus or create 3D image on optional positions of the image through the built-in software. Without doubt, Lytro would be a long concern to users.

    Lytro

    Sony 4K TV: The actual fact of TV is that 3D is not the biggest trending in the coming years, but the ultro-HD 4K resolution TV. Though the HD TV with up to 4K resolution would be a lot more expensive, Sony has started the 4K TV sale already. What’s pleasant is that there have been many manufacturers starting to develop much cheaper 4K TVs.

    Sony 4K TV

    15″ screen display MacBook: With ultra-high configuration and at the same time high priced, Apples’s 15″ Retina display MacBook is currently unparalleled. Ultra-slim body, flash memory hard disk and Retina display screen with ultra-high screen resolution, this brand-new MBP nearly defines the ultimate model of computer.

    MacBook

    Nike Fuelband: For average users, there’s no other option for calculating the amount of exercise and consumed calories than passometer. Now, Nike introduced a new one, much more handsome and powerful, the Nike Fuelband. The flashing red LED lights would remind you whether you have reached the standard or not during sporting.

    Nike Fuelband

    Sony RX100: Still remember Sony cameras? If you have ignored it before, you shouldn’t in 2012. This new black Sony RX100 has surpassed Cannon cameras and become the brightest star in 2012. It produces even better effect than that of entry-level digital single lens reflex.

    Sony RX100

    Google Nexus 7: Though priced at only $200, Nexus 7 has done everything it could do. Being a 7″ tablet, the price is really very low. If you are an Android tablet fan, the Nexus 7 shouldn’t be missed.

    Google Nexus 7

    Nikon D800: Nikon D800 shows us what the almighty high-end digital SLRS and the full picture sensor should be. It is equipped with new image sensor, bringing people unprecedented shooting experience. With the support of full HD video shooting, users could experience fully HD movie shooting with this new gadget.

    Nikon D800

    Nintendo Wii-U: For 6 years, Wii-U is the second product since the release of Wii. The controller is designed in a closed host. It also equipped with a touch-screen operator. Although Wii U sales is not satisfactory after the release, Wii U really gets some admirable elements for players and game lovers. For instance, in the course of the game, if you have to leave for a while, you can simple pause the game through the controller.

    Wii-U

    Microsoft Surface: No need to say much about Surface. Microsoft has made great effort in promoting this new tablet. The built-in Windows 8 RT and external keyboard cover of Surface have brought great surprise to people. But the high price positions the Surface to an embarrassing situation.

    Surface

  • Top 10 Free and Most Essential Apps for Apple iPad mini

    Posted on November 15th, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    The more compact, portable and lighter 7.9-inch Apple iPad mini is here. Apple has itself released some of the best apps for iPad mini in the App Stores and they work perfectly well. That is why you should definitely check out the iLife suite of applications including iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand. And if you want to use the 7.9 incher for productivity, the iWork suite with Keynote, Pages and Numbers should be your thing. Of course, we could never be restrained to the apps released by Apple on this $329 tablet. To make this 7.9 incher more productivity, more apps should be included and made use of. But what apps do the most for iPad mini? And, what free apps could people get to make iPad mini more enjoyable?

    iPad mini

    Today, I have collected some 10 free apps that are most essential to your iPad mini. You can take use of these free apps to empower your iPad mini. Check the below and there is at least one app that meets your needs.

    Skype: As the most popular VoIP client, Skype needs no introduction. With both a front and rear cameras, you can enjoy video calling at its fullest with this app.

    Kindle: The 7.9-inch iPad mini is not better than the standard iPad in terms of specs, while its smaller size is more comfortable for reading. The Kindle app gives you access to Amazon’s huge catalog of books.

    Pocket: Previously known as Read It Later, Pocket is a tool to save things for offline reading. They sync across all your devices.

    Flipboard: Flipboard is probably close to visual perfection when it comes to fun and modern pictoral representation of news. With a magazine-like design you just flip the screen as it turns in a page-like fashion.

    Jasmine: Jasmine is an alternative of Google YouTube application in iOS 6. It is a brilliant YouTube client which works perfectly well on the iPad mini.

    Netflix: Watching Netflix movies in bed with your tablet at hand is close to the perfect cozy experience and the iPad mini makes it possible. The Netflix app is free, simple and a direct gateway to movies.

    Hulu Plus: Besides movies, you can also watch TV shows on your iPad mini. That is what Hulu Plus do for you.

    Pandora: In the world of Internet radio, Pandora is one of the biggest names. The personalized Internet radio lets you just type in the name of your favorite artist and listen on as the service builds a playlist around that.

    The Weather Channel: Weather is something we get to know everyday. Having the most up-to-date and detailed information about the capricious weather can mean a lot, and with The Weather Channel for iPad mini you get virtually all the information meteorologists have.

    Google Drive: There are many apps to keep your notes online, craft documents, spreadsheets and so on, but little come even close to Google Drive. Google’s online collaboration productivity suite bests all similar online offerings and is close to being a worthy competitor to the iWork suite. It works only when you are online though.

  • Top 10 Most Powerful and Popular Smartphones: Lumia 920 Tops of All

    Posted on November 5th, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    What smartphone would be considered as the best smartphone in the highly developed smartphone market today? No doubt, the Apple iPhone 5 has got a large amount of fans around the world, HTC smartphones also occupies an important position in the smartphone market, while the Nokia Lumia smartphones tend to show the real return of the Nokia who once was the king of phones. Every people would get his own opinion according to personal requirements and preference. This would even be varied among different professional medias regarding smartphones and technologies due to the different standards of a good smartphone. The following is a Top 10 new smartphone billboard which was voted by Britain’s famous journal, The Independent. Let’s take a look to see what the best new smartphones are in their opinion.

    No. 10: Sony Xperia J

    Sony Xperia J

    SONY Xperia J has beautiful appearance with arc airframe design and only 9.2mm thick. The smartphone has a very good hand feel. For it includes various colors, together with 7 different themes of breathing lights, this smartphone is very popular among young users. Sony Xperia J is positioned for the low-end customers. Thus it doesn’t perform well in hardware configuration, loading is 4.0 inches FWGA resolution touch screen, and built-in one GHZ of Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor with 512 MB RAM capacity and 4GB ROM storage space. This smartphone supports up to 32GB memory card expansion.

    Xperia J also carries the Android 4.0.4 system and produces quite amusement functions. It includes custom equalizer, xLOUD, stereo earphone sound, with 0.3MP front camera and 5MP main camera, which support automatic focusing and touch shooting, even continuous automatic focus is available. However, the machine supports only VGA screen resolution, which is a pity.

    No. 9: Samsung Galaxy Note II

    Samsung Galaxy Note II

    As the new flagship of Samsung, Galaxy Note II wins the 9th award for its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. Though the screen resolution is 1280×720, it adopted new technology to bring better display effect. Meanwhile, Samsung also configures a stylus for this smartphone, which includes some new functions to attract eyes.

    Samsung Galaxy Note II adopts 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. It provides three versions of ROM, respectively 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, with memory card expansion. The Android 4.1 OS ensures fluent and smooth using. The camera is up to 8MP while the batter is up to 3100mAh, which produces quite long time of use.

    No. 8: ZTE Grand X

    ZTE Grand X

    ZTE Grand X adopts the popular straight touchscreen design. Though the appearance design is very average, this smartphone is quite light and thin. Grand X comes with 4.3” qHD (540X960 pixels) touchscreen with built-in dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB ROM. The memory is expandable. It includes dual camera: 5MP main camera and 0.3MP front camera, with LED flashlight, supporting 360 degree shooting, face recognition, etc.

    Besides, ZTE Grand X features Android 4.0.4 OS, HSPA+ network connectivity, WIFI wireless networking, Bluetooth, etc.

    No. 7: Samsung Galaxy S III

    Samsung Galaxy S 3

    The preorders of Samsung Galaxy S III had broken the record of its previous model. Galaxy S 3 has very powerful functions. The 4.8inch 720P HD Super AMOLED touchscreen with up to 306ppi provides compact visual image quality.

    The dual-camera with 8MP main camera which uses BSI light sensing modules support 1080P video recording and up to 20 pieces of continuously image shooting. For better use experience, this phone also adopts 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor with built-in quad-core Mali-400 MP GPU. Alongside the Android 4.0 OS, this smartphone has 1GB RAM and supports memory expansion via storage card to enlarge its original 16GB/32GB/64GB internal memory.

    No. 6: HTC 8X

    HTC 8X

    HTC 8X is the first WP8 smartphone of HTC. It has a 4.3inch 720P SLCD2 touchscreen with up to 342ppi and 1.5GHz Qual-comm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and 1GB RAM to produce smooth operating. It also has built-in 8MP camera with BSI backside illuminated sensor, F2.0 aperture, 28mm wide angle, and a 2.1MP front camera with f2.0 aperture and 88 degree wide angle. This smartphone is available in four colors: azure blue, black, red and neon yellow.

    No. 5: Motorola RAZR i

    Motorola RAZR i

    As Motorola’s first phone to use Intel Atom x86 processor, MOTO RAZR I is claimed to be the world’s thinnest Android mobile phone. The main feature is to use Intel’s latest Atom Z2480 processor. Although it is single core design, but RAM is up to 2GHZ. In addition, the processor is carrying PowerVR SGX 540 graphics chip, which provides relatively good 3D effect.

    Motorola RAZR i also equipped with 4.3 inches qHD resolution touch screen, the Android 4.0.4 system with 1GB RAM, and 8 million pixels camera, which supports automatic focusing and zero start-up time delay, HDR wide dynamic effect, etc. In order to get a more ideal power performance, Motorola also equipped this phone with 2000mAh battery.

    Other features include HSPA + high-speed network, Wi – Fi wireless Internet, Bluetooth technology and NFC near field communication, etc.

    No. 4: HTC 8S

    HTC 8S

    The WP8 HTC 8S comes with 4.0inch WVGA touchscreen, built-in 1GHz Qual-comm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB ROM (expandable), 5MP camera (supporting aotu-focusing, f2.8 aperture and 720P video recording). To improve entertainment, this smartphone adopts Beats Audio and internal speaker. HTC 8S also has 1700mAh battery for long time of use. Other functions include: HSPA+ networking, Bluetooth, Wifi, etc.

    No. 3: iPhone 5

    iPhone 5

    No doubt, iPhone 5 is one of the most popular smartphones now. The 7.6mm phone comes with 4inch Retina display with up to 1136×640 pixels screen resolution. The 16:9 aspect ratio improves the screen saturation by 44% while the sub-pixel reaches up to 326ppi. It also adopts the new A6 processor, which doubles the function of A5 processor and improves system startup, picture saving, music loading, etc. The built-in 8MP camera adds new functions for video and image shooting. iPhone 5 also comes with the latest iOS 6, new map app with free built-in voice navigation and 3D building mode. Also, the social media function has been improved, like the picture sharing function.

    No. 2: Sony Xperia T

    Sony Xperia T

    Sony Xperia T comes with 4.6inch 720P touch screen with 323PPI, Mobile BRAVIA Engine graphic engine and Clear Black Panel tech. Sony also adopts 1.5GHz dual-core Qual-comm Snapdragon S4 MSM9260a processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB expandable memory storage. Meanwhile, this phone owns dual-camera: 1.3MP front camera and 13MP main camera, supporting auto-focus and 1080P video recording. Aside, the Android 4.0.4 OS, built-in Walkman player, xLOUD volume control and VPT stereo audio add fun to digital entertainment. Other features include: HSPA+ networking, NFC, and 1830mAh battery. The phone is available in four colors: black, grey, white and pink.

    No. 1: Nokia Lumia 920

    Nokia Lumia 920

    Being the first WP8 flagship smartphone of Nokia, Lumia 920 gets great improvement in hardware. The 4.5inch PureMotion HD+ IPS touchscreen not only has 1280×760 pixels (WXGA) screen resolution and 332PPI pixels density, but also has high brightness and fast refreshing features. The PureMotion technology provides excellent touch control.

    Lumia 920 also comes with 8MP camera with the second PureView camera tech, which takes advantage of advanced optical anti-shake technology. The camera adopts new sensor and f/2.0 aperture to capture more light than other smartphones to bring clearer picture.

    And in addition to launch new WP8 operating system, Nokia Lumia920 also has a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor with 1GB RAM and 32GB storage space. The phone provides more software applications, as well as the new wireless charging function.  Nokia Lumia920 provides yellow, orange, black, white and ash colors for people to choose.