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TripontechApril 22, 2017
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The new Samsung S8 and S8+ are here, but are they good enough to forget the catastrophic Note 7? After a pre-order period that finished two days ago, the company’s new flagship phones are now available in the United States, South Korea, Puerto Rico and Canada. The phone is expected to debut in other markets in the upcoming weeks.

Design

First of all, there’s no difference between the S8 and S8+, except the fact that you will receive more pixels per inch on the smaller model. They are both equipped with a Gorilla Glass on the front, while the back has a fingerprint magnet. Similar to the iPhone 7+, the Samsung models have a small difference in battery capacity, but it’s not much.

Apart from Apple, the specifications of the new Samsung phones are the same, so your choice depends on the size you prefer.

The 6.3-inch Galaxy S8+ might sound a bit too large for you, but the design is very comfortable, and it’s quite easy to hold the device. The device is narrower than its Apple competitor, and you don’t have to stretch your finger to the top. However, the S8+ is all screen, and the resolution is incredible, which makes everything you do crystal clear.

The device features a Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440, a pixel density of 529 PPI on the S8+ and 570 on the regular model. For comparison, the iPhone 7 Plus has a 401 PPI high-definition display.

Goodbye physical button

Goodbye physical button 
This is the first Samsung model that has no physical button, but it has a virtual home and back button. At the bottom of the screen, there is a pressure sensor. When you press harder, you are returned to the home screen. However, this is all limited to the home button, unlike the iPhones which offer a full-screen 3D Touch.
Unlocking the phone can be a troublesome process as it takes a few steps to do it. If you want to use the fingerprint reader, you need two steps. But if you use a PIN, then you have to press home, swipe up, enter the code and then unlock the phone. The process is two-step with iris scanning as well.

At the bottom of the phone’s body, you will find the Bixby button and the mono speaker. The volume rocker is located on the left edge, while the right edge is preserved for the sleep button. Unlike Apple, Samsung isn’t ready to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.

It’s water and dust resistant, but you have to wait up to twenty minutes to dry if you wish to use the USB-C port. The device can withstand up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for around thirty minutes.

Specifications

Both devices are equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU and 4GB of RAM, delivering impressive results. The models come with a 64GB of storage, which can be expanded with a micro SD storage to 256GB.

Biometrics

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We firmly believe that Samsung has put way too many biometric security options – iris scanning, fingerprint and face recognition. If the light isn’t good, then the facial recognition won’t do the trick. Moreover, it can’t be used for Samsung Pay as well.

To unlock the phone with your finger, you have to tap the button on the back while watching the screen and it’s a bit uncomfortable. Plus, it’s the sensor is located right next to the 12MP camera and I often press it instead of the sensors.

Camera

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The company has decided to stick with the 12MP camera of the S7. The photos are quite good, but the photos get oversaturated, which changes the colors considerably.

The front facing camera is significantly improved, and it is now 8 MP, which makes it perfect for selfies. By the way, the Galaxy S8 allows you to apply animated stickers and filters on your face if you are not willing to open Snapchat, Facebook or Instagram Stories for the purpose.

Samsung offers amazing gesture-based controls such as turning the volume up & down, changing the brightness, swiping up and down and switching between the two cameras.

Wireless Charging & Battery Life

Wireless Charging & Battery Life
Both flagship models offer a fast wireless charging, whereas you only have to leave the phone on the pad to charge. It charges the phone to a full capacity in less than two hours.

The S8 is equipped with a 3,000 mAh battery, while the S8+ offers a 3,500 mAh battery.

Summary

All in all, the new Samsung is an amazing phone with many functionalities. The screen is truly amazing, and the lack of a physical button should not be a problem. For an Android device, the Galaxy S8 is the best one on the market, and the terrible sensor placement for the fingerprint isn’t much of a problem.


TripontechApril 21, 2017
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Last year wasn’t one of the best for the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, which was considered as one of the next tech giants. Not only that their VP of Global Efforts resigned from his positions, but the market share shrunk a lot as well. 

What makes the company a preferred choice for users is that they know how to build a phone from high quality. What’s more, those smartphones provide incredible specifications at highly competitive prices! 

Their latest flagship device, the Xiaomi Mi 6, is a phone that delivers outstanding specifications similar to the Galaxy S8, for a much lower price. It was revealed at the Beijing event this Wednesday, and it features highly advanced components that provide high performance. This includes the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, 64GB storage, 6GB RAM, dual stereo speakers, 3,350 mAh battery, 12 MP dual camera and resistance to water. 

The camera is considered as an innovative component as it combines wide-angle lens with a telephoto lens that provides a 2x optical zoom. This is a feature that can be found in the latest Plus version of the iPhone. 

When you keep in mind the specs and the price of the phone, it turns out to be a better option than the popular Samsung. Stay updated as we get our hands on the device and write a detailed review about it. 

I do believe that the design isn’t as good as Samsung’s, but it isn’t something that would worry me at all. On the upper side of the screen and the bottom, you can find two bezels. It’s elegant, but not as classy as the Samsung or LG. 

The phone has some fantastic features as the 2×2 dual Wi-Fi, which considerably improves connectivity and speed. During the nights, you can enjoy the “ultra-dark” mode to preserve your eyes. 

When it comes to value for the price given, Xiaomi beats its competition. You can buy the device for only $363, which is half of what you have to pay for other brands. When you compare it to others, the Samsung Galaxy S8 costs around $730, while the Huawei P10 can be found for around $696-700. You can see the difference for yourself!


TripontechApril 20, 2017
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As you might already know, 2017 is the tenth anniversary of the most innovative mobile device ever built – the iPhone. Rumors reveal that this year, the Cupertino-based company will release two phones with improvements and one luxury version that features a premium design. All three devices will be released at the same time, but the redesigned one will be available for shipping later than the others.

According to our sources, the premium Apple device will be launched later due to the laborious manufacturing process involved.

The design of the third version is said to be quite amazing. It will feature a larger curved screen and rumor has it that the trademarked home button is going to history as well.

Other improved components of the phone will include a front-facing camera with 3D capabilities. The rear of the device will be equipped with a dual camera, similar to the one of the “Plus” model. The 3D capabilities would allow augmented reality features, as well as other new applications and games.

Even though that there are numerous rumors, Apple hides all information about their devices, making it one of the biggest secrets in the world. Those predictions aren’t always accurate, but some of them are closer to the truth than you might realize.


TripontechApril 13, 2017
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Recently, Apple released a new iPad for $329, but nobody really noticed as there was no event like usually. Their new tablet is actually a replacement of the three-year-old iPad Air 2. It comes with the same design, but it’s much faster and more updated.

Back in the days, the old iPad Air 2 used to cost $170 more than the current one, which is priced at the affordable price of $329. Moreover, it’s slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessor, which is the second time this is happening with Apple’s tablets. The last time was when the iPad 3 was revealed, whereas the thickness was as a result of the Retina display.

iPad Pro users will undoubtedly experience the difference in the girth, but you will get used to it quickly. For me, a huge drawback is a non-laminated display as it has a gap between the screen and the glass itself, which I don’t like at all. However, it’s as bright as iPad Pro, which is an improvement from the iPad Air 2.

Another disadvantage is the lack of antireflective coating, which can be quite annoying. In exchange, you can enjoy the rich colors and the sharpness of the Retina display which offers a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution. More or less, this device is quite similar to the iPad Air. It offers design, Touch ID Sensor, front and rear camera.

Improved Performance

 

Its predecessor, the iPad Air 2 is quite fast for its age, and it still runs most applications smoothly without any issues. But as it gets older, you will need a reliable replacement. Thus, the new iPad is equipped with a 64-bit A9 chip, 2GB of RAM and M9 motion coprocessor. Our tests reveal that this tablet is as fast as the iPhone 6S when it comes to performance.

To test the machine, we played a couple of graphically intensive games that require devices that show extreme performance and they all worked smoothly. Moreover, you won’t have problems surfing the internet or watching videos on Youtube and HBO, neither while exploring your favorite applications. What we liked the most is the split-screen function, which allows you to multitask.

We are incredibly surprised of how good all Apple chips are designed, as the chip we tested on the iPad Air 2 showed better results than many Android phones.

As for the camera, the Cupertino company promises up to ten hours of using the device, which includes watching videos, listening to music and browsing the internet.

Camera

 

When you check the specifics of the new iPad and the iPad Air 2, you will see that there’s no difference. Things are on the opposite side when you actually get to test the camera.

While it offers the cool feature of the Live Photos and the Retina Flash, the images are worse as there’s more noise on them, which is quite surprising for everyone.

After all, the images aren’t that bad at all, and there are only slight differences, which can’t be caught with a naked eye easily.

Is this device suitable for your needs?

 

The biggest problem Apple has with its tablets is that their owners keep them for far too many years ahead. They are powerful enough to run all updated versions of the applications, without slowing considerably. This makes them perfect for reading, working, watching movies, listening to music, playing games and much more.

Thus, the sales of the company in this segment are declining, and the company has to do something to increase the interest in the device.

Affordability

Currently, this is one of the most affordable 9.7-inch tablets of the company as it costs only $329 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model. The cellular model costs an extra $130, while for more storage you have to pay $100 to get the next storage option at 129GB.

This iPad is a perfect option if you are looking to switch to something more powerful, but not as expensive as the Pro version. It’s a tablet that you can use for the next three to five years without facing any issues.


TripontechApril 12, 2017
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We strongly recommend fixing your Apple device only at a certified technician as it’s your safest bet. Visiting independent repair shops will inevitably mean that you no longer have an Apple warranty, even though that it might be cheaper.

According to recent rumors, Apple has decided to put an extra security to ensure that their phones aren’t touched by other repair shops. To do so, they have implemented a special software that locks the phone if the home button has been fixed or damaged.

Many people believe that the Cupertino company is taking a bit too drastic measures when it comes to repairing their devices. Isn’t this a flaw in the phone’s security if they are programmed to lock themselves, whenever you try to fix them.

The locking system is quite sophisticated, and it literally makes the phone unusable. In this state, you can’t unlock it with Touch ID or click it in order to return to the home screen. This also means that you cannot replace the home button if it’s not original.

Apple geeks reveal that unlicensed technicians will have a really hard time fixing broken screens. Even the slightest and unnecessary pressure on the home button can lock it for good.

The company has used the same method for iPhone 6 owners by blocking their handsets in case of an unlicensed home button repair.  However, most people demand that major tech companies should allow independent shops access their devices. In fact, some American states have considered legal actions to achieve this. Until now, no company has responded to those demands in any way.


TripontechApril 12, 2017
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Apple is one of the first mobile device companies that has decided to ditch the universal headphone jack and offer wireless headphones to their clients. Their latest accessory known as AirPods will allow you to listen to your favorite songs without being annoyed by the wires.

Their case has an excellent design, and it’s spacious, but it’s only a simple storage as for the moment. However, rumors reveal that Apple has some amazing plans for the case and they are currently patenting new technologies.

An interesting fact is that the Cupertino company made about 250 patents in a single day. Some concepts show that the AirPod’s case can serve as a wireless charger for them and other devices as well.

The charging technology is similar to the magnet-based one used within the Apple Watch. Moreover, it is rumored that it will come with the next generations of iPhones. According to the concepts found, the case could charge a variety of devices, and it would have a reliable waterproof protection.

Even though that there are so many patents filed by the company, we never know whether we are going to see them as a final product. At least, this shows in which direction the company is heading, and it allows us to predict what’s coming.

 



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