Unlike last year, this time OnePlus made sure to adopt the new trending design of the year right from the start. Unfortunately, this trending design is none other than the notorious Notch design. On the other hand, the phone’s specifications and pricing are nothing short than troubling for all competing brands.
The S9 and S9 Plus have been in the market for a couple of months now and they have been receiving very good reviews. Two features that are continuously highlighted when discussing the two phones are the Super-Slow-Mo and the mechanical variable aperture. My initial impression when looking at the two new phones was that Samsung should have provided more to win the market this year, but it seems that the phones excelled at what was provided that it still manages to grab attention among fierce competition.
Samsung has been teaming up with Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy, the two guys behind the famous YouTube Channel also known as “The Slow Mo Guys”, since the release of the two devices to provide users with a better understanding of the Super Slow-mo feature.
Usually I leave my impressions and opinions of the devices until the end of my posts, but not today. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are really great phones and they do bring a lot to the table, but if you own a Galaxy S8 or a Note 8, then it isn’t much of an upgrade. Let’s get started…
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.
Be different, not the same is more than a tagline when it comes to Android.
Android provides us the freedom to change nearly everything about our phones, especially when it comes to our home screens. We aren’t stuck with a bland grid of icons; we don’t live in our app drawers the way iPhone users do. We can add widgets; we can add search bars and gestures; we can have blank space wherever we want, not just at the bottom of an unfilled page! And if we don’t like the way our home screens look with the launcher that came with our phone, we can ditch it and use a third-party launcher, opening us up to new worlds of customization and theming. Continue reading “An essential guide to customizing your Android phone”
It’s great that the new iPhones come with fast charging, but Apple has decided not to include a fast charging brick in the box. Customers that are looking to fast charge their iPhones will have to buy a new $50 charger that supports fast charging from Apple.
The standard charger that is included in the box (4.85V/0.95A) will fully charge the iPhone X in about 3.5 hours (the same goes for the iPhone 8 Plus). You can charge the iPhone using an iPad charger (24W), which will charge your phone 30 minutes to an hour faster. On the other hand, Apple’s $50 USB-C 29W charger will be able to charge the iPhone X from 0 to 50% in about 30 minutes!
At a first glance, many might be hesitant to consider buying the fast charger, but in my opinion, that should be the second thing you invest in (after a protective case), if you’re buying the new iPhone X. Let’s be honest, who wants to wait 3.5 hours for a phone to fully charge?
Samsung’s own digital assistant, Bixby, can now be fully disabled! Well no… I don’t believe Samsung will do that anytime soon. I use Bixby continuously for certain tasks and uses, I really proved to be helpful. But when it comes to the general opinion, it seems like Bixby is pretty hated. Many apps have been developed that focus on remapping the Bixby button, so that it could be used to launch something else, such as the camera or Google Assistant, but Samsung was quick at launching updates that disable those apps. Eventually, the company succumbed and rolled out an update that allowed users to disable the Bixby button. Even then the button could still be used (by holding it down) to summon Bixby. It seems like this isn’t the case anymore, with the latest Bixby update, Samsung has put an end to that, and now users have the options to disable the button entirely.