You might say the week is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workweek, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Weekly Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past seven days -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
This week we got the chance to put Apple's latest flagship phone through its paces. The iPhone 5s was announced just a few weeks ago at Apple's Town Hall in Cupertino, CA and has since experienced sell-outs and "incredible" demand from consumers across the globe. The new device comes complete with an A7 64-bit processor, global LTE, and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Ultimately we concluded that the 5s is a worthy effort from Apple, but that its true value would be determined by developer support of the new M7 coprocessor and 64-bit processor. Read on for more.
Motorola broke its silence a few months ago by announcing three new phones, the first products since its Google acquisition over a year ago. We already took a look at the Ultra, Motorola's midline Droid device, and deemed it a phone that simply did not need to exist in Verizon's lineup. Where the Ultra fails to find a niche, the Droid Maxx -- Motorola's largest device in the trio -- succeeds. The smartphone comes with a significantly larger 3,500mAh battery, and a thinner more solid build quality. The Droid Maxx has excellent battery life and is generally a solid mid-range device. Still, it doesn't offer enough to justify its $300 on-contract price. Click up for our full review.
The second, more colorful iPhone that we reviewed this week is Apple's "cheaper" more affordable iOS powered device, the 5c. The iPhone 5c is made of a steel-reinforced plastic instead of glass and aluminum, but its colorful shell makes the iPhone 5 and 5s look pale in comparison. So what's under the hood? The same Apple A6 processor with 1GB of RAM that's in Cupertino's iPhone 5, paired with a 1,507mAh battery which ran for 10 hours and 39 minutes in our testing. The iPhone 5c might not be cheap, but it's a stunning handset that brings a breath of fresh air to the iPhone lineup. For many people, it might even be a better choice than the iPhone 5s. Head on up for more.
Earlier this month at IFA, Sony introduced a totally new type of point-and-shoot camera. The QX10 and its bigger brother the QX100 are not your typical standalone devices. Rather they're made to latch onto a smartphone of your choosing, and provide it with much improved image quality. The lens sports a 1/2.3-inch 18.9-megapixel sensor -- that's comparable in physical size to what you'd find in a mid-range point-and-shoot. Despite a few issues like limited manual control, and mediocre battery life, Sony's QX10 is a must-have accessory for any serious smartphone photographer. Click through for more.