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Apple's Handsets Top Another Rating





The company from Cupertino has topped another rating. This time it's a J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study -- Volume 1. As seen from the title, this is a kind of rating, which deals with consumer evaluation of modern smartphones.

The rating is based on responses from 13,237 smartphone users, who own their gadgets less than a year and who are customers of four major U.S. carriers.


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Written by Andrey

Friday, April 25th, 2014. 16:26

Creative Hitz WP-380 review



Many users think of buying new modern wireless headphones to replace original old-type ones that came with a player or a smartphone. Today we will show you Hitz WP-380 headphones from Creative.

First impression always starts from the process of unpackaging the box. Hitz WP-380 looks great, at first sight one can tell that these headphones are very well made. The design is modern. These on ear type headphones have professionally-tuned 34mm neodymium drivers that must deliver excellent sound. There is also a microphone, so Hitz WP-380 can be used to make calls as well. Official web page positions Hitz WP-380 as a Lightweight On-ear Bluetooth Headset with NFC.

The box has the headset, small travel pouch, mini-USB cable for charging, standart 3.5mm audio cable and user manual.

The design is simple and modern. The quality is very good, just as you'd expect from device made by Creative. The headset sits comfortable and can be adjusted in several ways. The cups do fold, which is good. We find these headphones fairly comfortable and experienced no problems wearing them for a long time. WP-380 weights just 5.3 oz (150 g).

The microphone is hidden in the earcup, it's a little far from the mouth, it is  it is hard to use the WP-380 headset in a noisy place.

It is very easy to start listen to the music: you need is to turn on WP-380 and keep holding on/off button. The light goes blinking blue, which means it is ready to connect to some gadget. On the iPhone just navigate to Settings - Bluetooth, then find and select Creative WP-380 in the list of found devices. That's it. Easy! The working distance is approximately 33 ft (10 meters), which is enough to walk around the house with no need to carry your player or smartphone with you.

WP-380 can also connect to devices with NFC technology (Near Field Communication). Unfortunately Apple smartphones do not support NFC, while Android users will be happy to try NFC.

Another interesting fact about WP-380 is Creative ShareMe and Creative Multipoint. Creative ShareMe (one source, two headsets) allows you to share your music wirelessly with your buddy or loved one using another Creative ShareMe-enabled wireless headset. Creative Multipoint (two sources, one headset) allows you to pair two separate devices to the headset at the same time. This means that you can easily switch your music source between these two Bluetooth stereo devices.

There are several buttons to control the headset. The on/off button is used to turn headset on and off, to set up BlueTooth connection, and to answer the incoming call. Using next, previous, play/pause (combined with on/off button) is is possible to control the music, stop/play, skip to the next track or play the previous one. Volume buttons are used to control the volume. Unfortunately it is not possible to use Siri voice assistant on the iPhone, there is just no button for that.

The quality of the sound is very good. This is not a surprise, since Creative uses different software and hardware trick s to improve sound playback and recording quality. Middle and high frequencies are well done, bass is good as well. The built-in speech microphone with ClearSpeech Engine actively suppresses external noises and digitally enhances speech clarity so that your conversations are loud and clear.

By the way, users of iPad tablet and iPod Touch player can use this headset to talk via Skype and similar voip apps.

The compatible list of devices is quite high. Hitz WP-380 works with Bluetooth enabled devices as well as with with every phone and player that has a standart 3.5mm jack.

Creative WP-380 charges in about an hour. Internal battery gives us approximately 12 hours of playback time.

Technical Specifcations:

  • General
    • Wearing Style: On-ear
    • Weight: 150g (5.3oz)
    • Adjustable Headband: Yes
    • Color: Black
    • Included Accessories: 1 detachable flat audio cable, 2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug (1.2m)
      1 travel pouch
      1 USB charging cable (1m / 3.3ft)
  • Specifications
    • Product Type: Wireless Headset
    • Volume Control: Yes
    • aptX: Yes
    • Drivers: 34mm (1.33 inches) Neodymium magnet
    • Frequency Response: 18Hz ~ 22kHz
    • Impedance: 32ohms
    • Connector Type: Bluetooth 3.0
      2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug
    • Cable Length: 1.2m / 3.9ft
    • Cable Style: Detachable flat audio cable
    • Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
    • Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP
      AVRCP
      HSP
      HFP (HD Voice ready*)
      *HD Voice requires supported smartphones and mobile networks.
    • Audio Codec: aptX
      AAC
      mSBC
      SBC
      FastStream*
      *FastStream allows low latency wireless bi-directional audio streaming and voice communication with Creative BT-W1 Bluetooth USB transceiver.
    • Content Protection: SCMS-T
    • Operating Range: Up to 10m / 33ft
  • Battery Specifications
    • Type of Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, 3.7V, 430mAh
    • Battery Life: Play time: 12 hours
      Talk time: 14 hours
  • Recommended Usage
    • Wireless Streaming: Yes
    • Music/Movies: Yes
    • Chats: Yes

iPhoneRoot thanks Creative and Powersales International for providing Creative WP-380 review sample.




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Apple to Replace iPod With... iWatch?



As we already know, Apple is expected to release its iWatch in the fourth quarter of 2014. The wearable gadget will come in two sizes and feature a bunch of health-tracking sensors.

This is good news. However, as Christopher Caso of Susquehanna Financial Group claims, Apple's iWatch will replace the iPod. And that's definitely not good.


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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014. 16:04

Apple Suppliers Can't Produce Batteries for 5.5-inch iPhone 6?



Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6, which is also known as "iPhone Air", is said to be so thin that the suppliers have encountered difficulties producing batteries for this device. Well, at least this what Taiwan's "Commercial Times" reporters write.

According to the same report, Apple's next-gen handset won't be released this year as the battery suppliers haven't met the demands of the company.


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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014. 15:40

8GB iPhone 5c Becomes Available in Several New Countries



Back in March, Apple released a new 8GB version of iPhone 5c in several countries, namely, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and China. Following the debut on the markets mentioned above, the handset earlier today became available in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy, Belgium and Poland.


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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014. 18:40

Apple to Start Mass Production of 4.7-inch iPhone in July, 5.5-inch Device to Come in September



According to the latest report first published by Taiwanese newspaper called Industrial and Commercial Times, Apple will begin the mass production of its long-anticipated 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in July. As to the model with 5.5-inch display, the guys from Cupertino plan to start assembling it a bit later, in September.


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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014. 22:55

iPhone Remains Popular Among Teenagers in the USA, iPad Becomes Less Popular



According to Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, Apple's iPhone remains the most popular handset among the teenagers in the USA. To find out what device is of the greatest popularity, the analyst polled 7500 teenagers and here're the results he got from them (via MacRumors):


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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014. 20:16

Early iPhone 5 Buyers Wanted Larger Display



According to a leaked document from the Apple vs Samsung trial, early iPhone 5 buyers already wanted larger display, improved battery life and better Maps app.


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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014. 17:40

"Beating Apple is #1 Priority" - Samsung



While Samsung claims it was Apple who started the severe rivalry a couple of years ago, it turns out it wasn't. Actually, quite on the contrary.

Back in 2012, the South Korean company issued an internal document, in which outlined "beating Apple" as the "#1 priority" for the year. Below you may take a look at the screenshot of the leaked document.


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Monday, April 7th, 2014. 17:35

Apple Is Already Testing iPhone 6 at Foxconn?



According to the leaked photos that appeared on the Internet a couple of hours ago, Apple is already testing its iPhone 6 at Foxconn. The images show us metal back cover as well as some renderings of the device. Whether the photos are legitimate or not is still a question as they were first spotted on a Chinese social networking website Sina Weibo. Nevertheless, you can take a look at them below.


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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014. 19:09

Top 10 Stories of the Week



It’s Sunday again, so I’ve decided to take a brief look at the most interesting posts of the last week. Let’s not waste time on senseless introductions and talk about recent Apple news right now.


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iPhone 6 to Feature 8-Megapixel Camera?



According to some anonymous insiders, Apple won’t equip its next-generation iPhone with a 13-megapixel camera. Instead, the guys from Cupertino will try to improve the existing 8-megapixel sensor in order to make the photos you take look better.


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Friday, March 21st, 2014. 21:20

How Often Do People Replace Their Mobile Devices with New Ones?



What do you think about such statement: iPhone users replace their devices with newer ones more frequently than iPad users? In fact, it turns out to be truth. According to the latest report from CIRP, people who own an iPhone change it for a newer version once every two years. iPad and especially Mac users spend money on new tablets or desktops much less frequently. Take a look at the chart.


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Friday, March 21st, 2014. 21:11

New Apple TV Concept by CURVED/labs - Images



Very often we have to deal with iPhone, iPad or iWatch concepts, but very rarely designers come up with their Apple TV models. Today I’d like to share with you an 'Apple TV touch' concept that was created by CURVED/labs and features a touchscreen remote.


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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014. 19:21

Apple Officially Releases Cheaper 8GB iPhone 5c in the UK



Apple on Tuesday released a cheaper iPhone 5c model with 8GB of memory on board. The UK carrier O2 was the first to offer the updated handset via its online store. The prices for iPhone 5c, as you may see at the link above, range from free to £409.99 (this is about $680).


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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. 18:53