At GSMArena.com we’re always looking for a way to improve the browsing experience for our users. The latest change is behind the scenes, so you’re not going to see it, but you’ll feel it – we’ve started using a CDN, which tangibly reduces page load times.
The Content Delivery Network or CDN, as it’s more commonly known, is a network of servers around the world, which serve static data (images, CSS, static html and scripts) to your browser and is a great way to improve page load times for websites with visitors from all over the world. Read more »
Another year has gone and as we start the new one we thought it might be worth stopping for a second and checking out what were the most popular articles in our Blog in 2012.
The top 10 articles of the past year alone amount to more than 1.5 million views, which makes us really proud. We also take notice of the tendencies to what you, the readers, like to look at so that we can focus on covering it even better. Read more »
So, you’ve read our Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III comparison, but there are still some questions you had that remain unanswered? Well here is the place to ask them – just post them in the comments section and we’ll do our best to answer them.
To get the conversation started, we’ll go through some of those posted in the comments section of the comparison itself. Read more »
Just over 6 months ago we launched the mobile version of our website, hoping to make our articles and database even more accessible to those of you who browse through their smartphones. The feedback we got back there was great and we are pleased to say that it has been pretty smooth sailing ever since.
Virtually all of you opt to stick to the mobile version, when visiting our website from your mobile phone (tablets get the desktop version by default). That alone confirms that our coders and designers did a great job and the mobile GSMArena.com is serving its purpose well.
We also thought that you might be interested (we certainly were) to see what mobile devices are used most frequently for accessing our site. That’s why we turned to Google Analytics, who were kind enough to provide the statistics for us. Read more »
Some of our readers recently reported that they are getting advertising emails from a seemingly scam Asian online store, which is to be found at www.gsmarena-n.com. The emails all claim (in rather bad English) that they are our sister site and urge buyers to shop with confidence.
Well, this can’t be more far from the truth. There are many people out there, who make a living off persuading you they represent a well-established trademark – such as ours. Since we have a wide global reach and you never know what sort of a scam you might stumble into, we thought we should give you this heads-up.
We don’t sell phones, tablets, computers or related equipment and we have no plans on opening a retail or wholesale store for those.
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Today, marks an important milestone for our team and our Facebook page in particular. The likes counter over there just went past the 200,000 mark, exactly nine months after we reached 100,000 likes.
We are really pleased that 200,000 of you have expressed their support for us and our work, but what makes us even happier is that this is only part of the story. Read more »
We might not be your average digital camera review site, but we know a thing or two about DSLR’s – we’ve been using the Canon 5D Mark II since it was first released to take pictures and videos of the phones visiting our office; the ones you see on our site every day. Naturally, we were intrigued by the announcement of the new 5D Mark III and we jumped at the opportunity to test it in our day to day tasks.
Long story short – we liked it so much, it has replaced our Mark II as our in-house camera. The Canon 5D Mark III is not exactly revolutionary and in no way is it “resolutionary”, but there are numerous small improvements and fixes which made the upgrade a no-brainer. Join us as we take a look at whats new. Read more »
Mobile versions are what we do this month and now it’s our blog’s turn to get smartphone-friendly. We put a lot of effort in that one too and now we feel it’s ready to make its official debut.
Our main goal when designing the mobile version of the blog.gsmarena.com was to reduce the data needed to load it and improve its loading speed without sacrificing any of the functionality. Good performance and intuitive navigation were also high on our priority list.
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You’d be surprised to know, battery life tests are the most time consuming and the most criticized articles that we do. And in the same time, they are of high interest to the readers. The previous iteration of our battery test required that we have the phone around for at least a week after the reviewing routine is over. It included many different tasks, which took quite a lot of time and meant that the tested devices couldn’t be used for anything else for days in a row (so that the test is as controlled as possible).
And with so many tasks involved, many of you found it hard to compare our testing scenario to their typical usage. It was hard to persuade those of you that never give their smartphones a rest that it’s possible to use a phone for two days without recharging it. Read more »
Today our Facebook page reached the 100,000 milestone and we thought it would be a good time to stop for a second and thank you guys for all the support. And the fact that cool 100,000 of you have expressed their support for us in the past year and a half is only a part of the story.
It’s also because of you, our loyal readers that we are now one of the largest cell phone websites worldwide – our servers are now serving close to 6 million pages per day. According to the independent internet statistic company Alexa, recently we even managed to become one of the top 500 websites globally. Read more »
We are just back from the GSMArena.com lab, where our hard-working coders do their magic and we have some good news for you. The Phone Finder section of our website has just been updated and you will, hopefully, find it much more useful now.
We’ve added searching by several new criteria – the ones that are probably most important in picking your next cell phone. You can now filter the nearly 4000 handsets in our database by processor clock speed and number of cores, as well as available RAM and internal storage. Read more »
Display quality is climbing higher and higher on the priority list of everyone in the search for a new handset, so we thought it would only be fair if we give it more coverage in our reviews. That’s why we have just expanded the display section with another, more scientific test that should help you get a better impression of each unit.
Contrast ratio is the most important aspect of the performance of each display – deep blacks and bright colors is what everyone wants to have on their next handset. However manufacturers usually don’t list the exact specs and even if they do, they post misleading numbers that don’t reflect real-life performance accurately.
That’s why we decided it would be best if we started measuring that ourselves. From now on, you will see a new table in each of our reviews quoting the exact luminance levels (brightness) of white and black colors and the contrast ratio for every handset. Read more »
A couple of weeks ago we introduced our new Photo Compare Tool and since then we’ve been working hard to fill up its database with more samples to make it all the more useful. We are now pleased to announce the first series of new additions, lead by the third 12MP cameraphone Sony Ericsson Satio and the only 8MP WP7 device HTC 7 Mozart.
The other handset to have debuted in the PCT is the HTC HD7 (its review is due today). We have also added Read more »
You might have experienced some performance hiccups with GSMArena.com over the past 48 hours. We have been under a massive DDoS attack in that time and while we are doing our best to keep the servers alive further problems accessing the site are still likely.
The attack involves over 20000 zombie computers so far, which in the first 24 hours alone sent more requests than we have received for the past 10 years combined. Read more »
It has been some time since we last reviewed a Windows Mobile-running smartphone, but here comes the HTC HD mini to right this wrong. We just received our review unit and as usual we are going to show you a couple of videos so you know what to expect.
The HTC HD mini might be a lot more compact than the HTC HD2 but in general terms it’s just slightly smaller than average. Read more »