SmartPhones

Galaxy Note 9 launch and Apple’s mid-range phone delayed

Note 8

A month ago it seemed like Samsung was going to launch the Note 9, codenamed the Crown, ahead of time this year, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Samsung’s Vice Chairman, Lee Jae-Yong, has recently demanded the reduction of the display’s thickness by 0.5mm. That does raise one concern, will a thinner display be easier to crack? The reason this change was requested was that Lee Jae-Yong was touring the distribution centers of Oppo and Vivo, and preferred the feel of holding and using their thinner displays. This delay means that the Note 9 launch date will be pushed back to August.

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SmartPhones

Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus – specs and features

Samsung’s 2018 Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus have been announced a month ago, and I got to say that I’m in love with Samsung’s offerings from budget phones to mid-range phones. In this post, I’ll focus on the new phones’ specifications and features.

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Tech

The Best Bluetooth Headphones

Here we are, it’s that time of year where many retailers offer great discounts, and leave us wondering which gift should we buy? If anything, buying any product, whether it is for yourself or for a loved one, sometimes gets very tricky. Let me talk about myself, when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, some products can be very expensive, and so I’d really want to do an extensive research to make sure I don’t regret my purchase. The team over at reviews.com recently published their detailed review, where they tested 20 different Bluetooth headphones to find out the best Over-Ear, On-Ear, In-Ear, and truly wireless Bluetooth headphones.

30-second review:

According to audio experts, the best Bluetooth headphones come down to a few core concepts. They should feel good to wear, be easy to carry and use, and fun to listen to. After testing 20 popular models, we found four styles outperformed their competitors.


Best Over-Ear

Bose QuietComfort 35

This lightweight pair of headphones sounds great, filters out noise, and gently cushions your head. (about $499 in Lebanon)


Best On-Ear

Jabra Move

The Jabra Move boasts the features and vocal clarity of premium on-ear headphones for a fraction of the price. (about $119 in Lebanon)


Best In-Ear

BeatsX

A flexible neckband and snug earpieces keep these headphones comfortably in place. (about $180 in Lebanon)


Best True Wireless

Apple AirPods

They’re smaller than most wireless earbuds, and they didn’t cut in and out when listening to music or phone calls. (about $2oo in Lebanon)


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SmartPhones

iPhone 8 – Why does it exist?

As we saw over the past week, the iPhone 8’s sales have been terrible due to the iPhone X, which most iOS fans are probably holding out for. In return, since Apple announced its new iPhones, we have been continuously hearing this question a lot, whether online or from friends, “Why did Apple make the iPhone 8?”. Well, it is really simple. Continue reading “iPhone 8 – Why does it exist?”

Others, Tech

Huawei surpassed Apple in sales – becoming the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer!

Just as expected and explained earlier in a previous post, Huawei did exceed Apple in global sales recently (according to counterpoint). This might not remain the case, as Apple’s new iPhones will probably return Huawei to its third position. Becoming the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer, even for a brief moment, indicates that the company’s goal to become the world’s first smartphone manufacturer (by 2021) isn’t impossible. Nonetheless, Huawei still has a long way to reach Samsung. This year, Huawei shipped 38.5 million smartphones, while Samsung shipped 79.8 million (Source: IDC).

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Events, SmartPhones, Tech

iPhone 8  and iPhone X – Thoughts and impressions

With Apple’s recent unveiling of its new phones, we can only be sure of one thing, that these are really exciting times. I spent the better part of yesterday trolling people I know that are iPhone fans and woke up today to more than 10 messages telling me “They are good phones, what are you talking about?!” or something to that effect. Which tells us one thing, that some of my friends don’t get jokes.

I won’t be discussing the phones specifications/hardware/software, but rather focus on some features highlighted in the event. Here are my actual unbiased thoughts (as an Android user) on the new iPhones and those features (no bashing):

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SmartPhones

Galaxy Note 8 – specs and features

It’s safe to say that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 was one of the most, if not the most, anticipated Android phones of 2017 – 2018. We didn’t really have to wait till its unpacked event to know its design and most of its features, as almost everything was leaked over the past month. The unpacked event kicked off yesterday and as usual, Samsung really knows how to put on a good show. But it isn’t about the spectacular show and presentation, it is about the phone. Before I get into it, I must say that I was pretty much looking forward to the Note 8’s release, especially that it’s the new iteration of last years phone, which was a great phone while it lasted. So, let’s have a look at the phone’s specifications and features, and then let’s discuss it all.

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Others, SmartPhones, Tech

Huawei is on the rise!

The smartphone industry has been divided between two players (at least that is how many saw it), Samsung and Apple, for many years now. What am I talking about? If you’ve lived in the Middle East, you would have realized that to most people, smartphones mean either a Galaxy or an iPhone. That has been the case for many years now, although the market was filled with phones by LG, HTC, Sony, and others. It was between 2011 and 2013 that Chinese manufacturers started to appear as serious players on the global board (via Statista). Since then companies such as Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi have been slowly gaining global market share, with Huawei announcing last year its plans to overtake Samsung and Apple by 2021 (via WSJ).  Continue reading “Huawei is on the rise!”

Tablets

Galaxy Tab S3 review: Much better than I expected!

I ordered the Galaxy Tab S3 the moment it became available back in May but couldn’t really get around to writing this review, up until now. Before purchasing the tablet I knew exactly what I was buying, I didn’t really expect much out of this device. It comes with a stunning screen, so it was perfect for my media consumption, and an S-Pen, which really got me excited as I was looking for a stylus for note taking. After using the device for the past 2 months, it is safe to say that the Tab S3 has exceeded my expectations.

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Tablets, Tech

Unboxing the Galaxy Tab S3

The Galaxy Tab S3 was announced back in February, during MWC, and it’s been a while since Samsung updated their Tab S line. The Tab S3 took its time to make its way to Lebanon, but it’s finally available. I bought the tablet immediately upon arrival about 3 weeks back, but due to many circumstances, it has taken me all this time till I was able to publish this unboxing. Continue reading “Unboxing the Galaxy Tab S3”