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Sony redefines Flagships

 

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Mini…

This word had become trendy since Samsung had finally stepped up between the Galaxy S3 Mini and the Galaxy S4 Mini. And I must say that I found the S4 Mini to be quite good, just as the HTC One Mini.

But they remain « Mini »…

The concept of Mini was to provide a Smartphone with a smaller screen than the Brand’s Flagship. Unfortunately, manufacturers also MINImized more than the screen: performance was also reduced. Except for the HTC One Mini’s camera and its… 4 Megapixels… OK, ultrapixel… Whatever you call it, it would have been difficult to include less there.

In any case, Sony decided to give the « Mini » game a grand new twist, in fact, don’t call it a Mini… Their creation is a Compact!

Indeed, at CES 2014, Sony introduced the smaller version of its Xperia Z1, which, to my taste, was far too big anyway. I am personally not a big fan of this « I have the biggest one » competition manufacturers are playing with screen sizes. Again, personally, I feel puzzled about the everyday use of Galaxy Notes and other Phablets, given boys put phones in their pockets and girls have (statistically) smaller hands.

In fact, the people at Sony had asked themselves the same question. And actually decided to ask the public whether their Z1 was too big; 20% of the people confirmed that they had no intention of buying the Z1 as its size was perceived as an issue.

And so, Sony decided to offer people, who, like me, are reluctant to jump the 4.7″ hurdle, a device that would leave them speechless.

Take an Xperia Z1, reduce the screen size to 4.3″, then reduce… Well, no… That’s it! Just the screen. The camera still boasts over 20 Megapixels, the processor still exceeds speeds of 2 GHz (all four cores…), etc.

Sony reinvented flagships by ensuring you won’t need to get Shaq O’Neal’s fingers transplanted or buy a backpack to be able to enjoy your next flagship on a regular, day to day, basis.

I am, of course, looking forward to testing it. But only then shall I decide of my HTC One‘s fate. Because of this for instance. 😉

What do you think of the idea of reducing the screen size but not performance? Was that something you were waiting for? And most of all, do you feel that flagship mobile devices tend to be getting too big?

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Oppo opening the trail with Cyanogen Mod

Since the arrival of Sense 5 and the idea-quite ludicrous if you ask me-to get rid of all their impressive HTC widgets, simply because mainstream users only use three panels and few widgets, the thought of joining the AOSP crowd seems less and less far from plausible to me. Indeed, the difference is so slight now as far as my use: I have to use widgets with various design features and have lost a bit of homogeneity; or even, had to give up on using a few (photogrid, friendstream-replaced with Flipboard) that I liked from Sense 4+ and under). I thus feel less stranger to the idea of using Android without proprietary User Interface.

But if you are going to be using Android without proprietary UI, you might as well turn to those who make the most out of Android.

So let’s have a look at our options.

Imagine a system for which people would have to give up on their warranty, follow improbable tutorials, which sometimes look closer to witchcraft , in order to finally be able to install it, not without losing all their data first. Imagine that despite all those constraints, 10 Million devices have been so tortured in order to obtain the custom ROMs cooked by the Cyanogen team.

Once this is laid out, it is all clear. If millions of people are willing to sacrifie their time and warranty, it must be worth it.

Well, I can assure you: it does. If you use Android in its purest version, you have everything to gain in shifting to Cyanogen Mod. Indeed, the customizing options are endless and the features are always the latest.

This is precisely why I feel that Oppo is showing the way. By integrating Cyanogen Mod natively in their Oppo N1, the brand enables user to benefit from a device running on Android at its best… Without losing their warranty!

Some manufacturers, including HTC, tried out the Google Play Edition adventure. I think, it’s just my opinion, they would have everything to gain in a shot at a Cyanogen Mod Edition.

My dream: a Sony Xperia Z1s CME!

How about you? Do you use Cyanogen Mod? Which device would you love to see come out with a Cyanogen Mod Edition ?

Oppo montre l’exemple avec Cyanogen Mod.

Depuis l’avènement de Sense 5 et cette idée, qui à mon sens reste saugrenue, de se débarrasser de tous les impressionant widgets HTC, sous prétexte que M. et Mme. Toutlemonde n’utilisent que trois panneaux et peu de widgets, l’idée des systèmes AOSP m’apparaît de moins en moins futile. En effet, les différences ayant été réduites, m’obligeant à utiliser des widgets aux designs très différents et donc à perdre en homogénéité (par rapport à Sense <4+), je me sens moins étranger au concept de système Android sans surcouche.

Mais quitte à utiliser Android sans surcouche, autant se tourner vers ceux qui offrent la quintessence d'Android.

Cherchons alors des options.

Imaginez un système d'exploitation pour lequel les gens doivent décider de renoncer à leur garantie, suivre des tutoriels improbables, tenant de la magie noire, avant d'enfin pouvoir l'installer, devoir recommencer leur configuration à zéro. Imaginez que malgré ces contraintes 10.000.000 de terminaux aient été ainsi triturés pour obtenir les ROM Customs créées par l'équipe Cyanogen.

Partant de ce constat, une évidence s’impose. Si tant de millions de gens sont prêts à sacrifier leur temps et leur garantie, ça doit valoir le coup.

Et bien je confirme. Si vous utilisez Android sous sa version la plus pure, vous avez tout à gagner à passer à Cyanogen Mod. En effet, les options de personnalisation sont tout bonnement incroyables et que dire des fonctionnalités, toujours à la pointe.

C’est précisément pour cela qu’Oppo montre l’exemple. En intégrant Cyanogen Mod de manière native dans leur Oppo N1, la marque permet aux utilisateurs de bénéficier d’un terminal tournant sous ce qui se fait de mieux… Sans abandonner la garantie !

Certains constructeurs, dont HTC, ont tenté l’aventure du terminal en Google Play Edition (sans surcouche). Je pense, à mon humble avis, qu’ils auraient tout à gagner à tenter la Cyanogen Mod Edition.

Mon rêve: un Sony Xperia Z1s CME !

Et vous ? Utilisez-vous Cyanogen Mod ? Quel appareil souhaiteriez-vous pouvoir obtenir en Cyanogen Mod Edition ?