adminSeptember 28, 2018
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5min

In the last few years, various technologies, such as smart displays and virtual assistants, have prominently been introduced in the market. One such product is the Amazon Echo, smart speakers that are developed by Amazon.

Amazon Echo had seen some significant upgrades since its launch back in 2016. There are also a number of featured skills that you can try with the device; in fact, there are thousands of skills that Amazon Echo offers.

Amazon Echo

Below you will find some of the best Amazon Echo skills that you should try using.

Music and Radio

This is probably the most utilized Amazon Echo skill. The reason should be obvious, right? If you want to play something quickly, then it’s obviously easier to ask Alexa to play a particular song or tune in to a particular radio station.

By default, Amazon Echo uses Amazon Music for music playback, but you could still use other music playing services like Spotify and Google Play Music. With regard to radio playback, Alexa is fully integrated with TuneIn, so it’s pretty simple to tune in to various radio stations. You simply have to ask for any station and it will automatically start playing.

Find your Phone

Ever experienced forgetting where you placed your phone? Well, Amazon Echo has a solution for that. You can use the TrackR skill in those situations. You simply have to ask Alexa to ring your phone and it will enable your phone to ring at full volume, even if you put it in silent mode.

Inquiring about Flight Status

We all know how frustrating it is to have your flight delayed. Now, there is an Alexa skill that can help you easily check the status of a particular plane. In order to use the skill, you just need to say “flight” and the number of the plane, and then Alexa will give you the most recent status update.

Inquiring about Train Delays

Aside from checking flight status, you can now check for train delays using your Amazon Echo. The skill, which is created by the National Rail, provides details on real-time departures and arrivals. In order to use this skill, you just have to select a regular journey and ask Alexa how your commute is in order to learn if trains are delayed or not.

Get an Uber

There are times when we need a quick ride home or to the office. Now, you can activate the Uber skill in the Alexa app. Using this skill, you can book a ride without ever touching your phone. What’s more, it will let you know how far away the closest car is, as well as letting you know if there is a surge in the price before you accept a ride.

Just Eat

For times when you can’t decide where you want to eat, you can now ask Alexa for nearby restaurants that offer the best food and service. Then, Alexa will list a number of restaurants for you and let you choose any cuisine you want.

If you aren’t in the mood to go out to eat, you can also ask Alexa for restaurants that offer takeaway orders. All you need to do is tell Alexa your preferred takeaway order and she will do the rest.

There are plenty of other Alexa skills that are available for you to try. Try using them all and see how it benefits your day-to-day living.


adminSeptember 27, 2018
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6min

Once in awhile, it isn’t bad to reward ourselves with a well-deserved vacation. Well, it isn’t every day that we get time off from work and travel for pleasure. So, in preparation for making that trip, I will tell you about some useful travel apps that will help your vacation become less taxing and stressful.

Travel apps well-deserved vacatio

CityMapper

CityMapper is an app that focuses mainly on public transit and mapping service. It incorporates information regarding every single urban mode of transport, which ranges from walking and cycling to driving and taking the subway, focusing more on public transport.

Compared to Google Maps, CityMapper is presumably better since its routes and use of data is way better. Moreover, it won’t just advise you how to go along your trip but also show you how much it will cost. If you wanted to do some sightseeing on the way to your destination, you can always use the “bus only” or cycle routes option.

You can download CityMapper for free for both Android and iOS devices.

Duolingo

Some people think that if they speak English slowly, and sometimes loudly, that they will be able to bridge the gap between languages and that they will be able to communicate well with others. In reality, that is certainly not the case. Like they say, “Do what the Romans do.” If you want an app that can help you learn a certain language easily, then you should definitely try Duolingo.

Duolingo is a first-rate language-learning platform that features a language-learning website as well as an application and a web-based language proficiency assessment exam. It offers free, detailed courses in 29 languages that will help you in speaking different languages in just a short time.

You can download Duolingo for free for both Android and iOS devices.

Google Translate

If you aren’t too excited to try Duolingo, then Google Translate can help you with your translation needs. Google Translate is a free service that Google offers that instantly translates words or phrases between English and more than 100 other languages.

In order to use this service, all you need to do is download the language(s) you want before your trip and then you can lookup any word offline. If you have Wi-Fi, you can use the app in order to translate on the go.

You can download Google Translate for free for both Android and iOS devices.

Airbnb

Even if you have everything already planned out, there’s still a reason to try using the Airbnb app. Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service company where members can offer or arrange lodging or tourism experiences like walking tours, concerts, cooking classes, kayak adventures, and forest therapy, to name a few.

You can download Airbnb for free for both Android and iOS devices.

HotelTonight

For people who like taking spur-of-the-moment trips, HotelTonight can offer you some great deals for bookings. Plus, the app is pretty easy to use with its user-friendly interface. Depending on the destination, you can even lookup availability up to 100 days prior to check-in. In view of that, it will probably be better to look elsewhere since HotelTonight is best for spur-of-the-moment reservations.

You can download HotelTonight for free for both Android and iOS devices.

TripIt

TripIt is recommended for travelers who want to have an organized itinerary. It is a smart travel organizer that assists travelers with managing their plans so that they can go about their day more smoothly. All you need to do is to make a booking and forward it to TripIt, and then it will add your booking to an automated itinerary. It provides a smart and organized way of managing your day.

You can download TripIt for free for both Android and iOS devices.

FourSquare

If you’re having trouble looking for a good place to eat, Foursquare will be handy as it can give you recommendations, as well as local reviews, of nearby restaurants and local shops. Rather than going to the same restaurant all throughout your trip, you can now eat where the locals actually eat and drink and truly enjoy your vacation.

You can download FourSquare for free for both Android and iOS devices.

Already planning on your next trip? Download these apps and see how they can truly make your vacation stress-free and more enjoyable.


adminSeptember 27, 2018
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4min

Most of you have probably had your blood pressure taken before. I guess for me it’s a pleasant enough experience, and I think that some people may take for granted its importance and usefulness.

Michigan State University has designed a tested-and-proven app that can provide accurate blood pressure readings by using an iPhone, even without special equipment to support it.

Accurate Blood Pressure Readings

Importance of Taking Blood Pressure

Before we delve deeper into that, there is just one question that needs to be answered: “Are you aware of the importance of taking accurate blood pressure readings?”

Blood pressure is an important element of a person’s health. A high blood pressure reading represents a high risk of a person having health implications in the future because it can put a strain on that person’s arteries.

Now, let’s talk about the importance of accurate blood pressure readings. It is considered critical because if the reading isn’t accurate, then it could potentially lead doctors to undertake the wrong action plan.

For instance, if you have a misleadingly high reading, then it will in all likelihood make the doctor prescribe medication that’s not only unnecessary but possibly harmful as well. On the other hand, if you have a misleadingly low reading, then it will certainly lead to you not receiving the proper care and medication that you truly need.

A Mobile App That Can Take Blood Pressure

The discovery of the app, which was highlighted in the recent issue of Scientific Reports, was made by a group of scientists led by Ramakrishna Mukkamala, who is an MSU professor of electrical and computer engineering.

According to Mukkamala, they were able to invent a practical tool to monitor blood pressure by leveraging optical and force sensors that are present in smartphones for taking selfies and making use of “peek and pop”, which is a feature that is exclusive to the iPhone and is first introduced in the launching of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

By making use of a combination of a smartphone and additional optical and force sensors, the group was able to create a device that rivaled arm-cuff readings, which is the standard in nearly every medical setting.

At present, with smartphones continually evolving and improving, those add-ons may no longer be required. Also, since peek and pop is already available in many iPhone and some Android models, people can have the option of using a smartphone other than the iPhone is taking a reading.

Availability of the Mobile App

According to Mukkamala, the app could be made available to the public perhaps in the last quarter of 2019; that is if things keep progressing at its current pace.

Like their original device, a standard regulatory test still needs to be done on the application. However, since no additional hardware is required, then the app could possibly reach the public faster.

In an international setting, the app could be ground-breaking, a game-changer even. Not only will this app provide people with accurate readings but also with a daily record that could give an accurate average.


adminSeptember 27, 2018
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At some point in our lives, we’ve likely experienced standing in long lines at the pharmacy just to buy medicine. Sometimes, it can even get extremely frustrating and tiring.

Well, sometime in the near future, there won’t be any need to wait in line at pharmacies because medicines can be made in the comfort of people’s homes. That is all possible because of a 3D printer that a group of researchers has tailored to produce pharmaceuticals and other chemicals.

3D Printing in Drug Development

 

3D Printing and its Application

3D printing, which is also called additive manufacturing, is currently transforming various industries. It generally refers to making three-dimensional solid objects by means of layering materials on top of one another.

Below you will find a few of the most innovative 3D printing applications to date:

  • Aviation

3D printing has found its niche in aircraft manufacturing; for instance, some companies have started using 3D printing in manufacturing small parts of their Airbus aircraft.

  • Engineering

3D printing has also made a significant impact on the engineering industry, creating parts for racing cars as well as for model cars used for testing purposes.

  • Healthcare

Healthcare is also being greatly influenced by 3D printing. It is now being used in manufacturing prosthetics and in the pre-planning part of complex surgeries.

  • Architecture

Another industry that is being influenced by 3D printing is architecture. In fact, it might not be long before 3D-printed houses become mainstream.

  • Automotive

3D printing has also been used in the automotive industry, specifically in the creation of 3D-printed cars and car parts. One good example would be Strafe, the world’s first 3D-printed electric car.

  • Fashion

Aside from manufacturing vehicle parts and model houses, 3D printing has also been employed in manufacturing 3D-printed clothing and footwear.

3D Printers that can Possibly Mass Manufacture Pharmaceuticals

Using a number of water bottle-sized reactors, 3D printers are used to manufacture pharmaceuticals and other chemicals from simple and prolific starting compounds. Now, this could certainly digitize chemistry and let users manufacture virtually any compound anywhere in the globe.

3D printing is already being used in various industries, manufacturing anything from clothes and shoes to blood vessels and vehicle parts. As a matter of fact, a few years ago, some chemists have successfully created small-scale chemical reactors. However, these reactors are designed to be incorporated into manufacturing plants in order to improve how safe and efficient they operate; they are not stand-alone devices.

A chemist named Leroy Cronin wanted a stand-alone device that could allow non-specialists to make drugs and other chemicals. His first attempt was a 2012 paper written for Nature Chemistry where he and his colleagues discussed something called a reactionware, 3D-printed chemical reactors that contain catalysts and other components required to achieve specific reactions. In order to manufacture a variety of simple compounds, such as ethylbenzene, Cronin’s team had to simply add the starting compounds.

At present, Cronin’s team have successfully printed a series of interconnected reactors that can perform four different chemical reactions, from filtering to evaporating various mixtures and produce medicines, including a drug to help fight ulcers and acid reflux.

Benefits of 3D-printed Reactionware

Aside from being able to save many lives, 3D-printed reactionwares could aid in ultimately crushing drug counterfeiting, which is a huge global problem. Also, it could help ensure that medicines are made as advertised.

Whether drug regulating-agencies will go along with this new approach remains to be seen. They will have to rewrite the rules for validating the safety of the medicine.

It is indeed a hurdle, but it doesn’t change the fact that these reactors could definitely revolutionize how companies manufacture medicines from now on.


adminSeptember 26, 2018
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6min

Recently, Fujifilm has just announced the launching of a new camera, the X-T3, which is the newest addition to Fujifilm’s X Series lineup. It is the first APS-C sensor size mirrorless camera that is capable of recording in 10-Bit internally. Read below to learn more about this fantastic camera.

Fujifilm’s New X-T3 Camera

Key Specifications
  • 26MP BSI “X-Trans CMOS 4” sensor
  • The 425-point hybrid AF system
  • Improved AF Tracking and Face/Eye Detection AF
  • 20 fps shooting with AF
  • 30 fps shooting in 1.25x crop ‘Sports Finder’ mode
  • 69M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Two-axis tilting touchscreen
  • 10 bit 4:2:0 H.265 internal video capture
  • UHD/DCI 4K/60p from 1.18x crop region
  • Internal F-Log
  • Dual SD card slots
  • USB C-type connector
  • Headphone and Mic Sockets
A Short Introduction

If you’re a fan of Fujifilm’s cameras, then I’m sure you know that something very exciting is happening right now. Fujifilm always did produce great cameras, and you could see that from the X-T1 and the X-T2; in fact, the X-T2 was the first Fujifilm camera to ever include 4K recording and F-Log picture profile.

Fujifilm became aware that shooting video with large sensor mirrorless cameras is what the public wanted, and so they started producing cameras that answer their needs. The most recent Fujifilm camera that showcases Fujifilm’s creative genius is the X-H1, which is the ideal camera for the creative video shooter. The X-H2 offers In-Body Stabilization System, Internal F-Log recording, and the ETERNA film simulation picture profile, among many others.

Overall Impression

Being considered as the best camera right now, the X-T3 boasts a 26.1-megapixel sensor, which enables it to shoot 4K video at 60 fps. It ensures that users will get only the best auto-focus system today.

Compared to the X-T2, the X-T3 feels a tad heavier and is somewhat larger although it still possesses the same design and button placement. It also has a built-in headphone jack that you can use for audio monitoring and a lockable pull-out diopter. In addition, it also has a USB-C port that you can use for battery charging.

The X-T3 also has a significantly sharper electronic viewfinder with its 0.5-inch OLED display. It has a refresh rate of 100fps and a display time lag of about 0.0005 seconds. As for the rear LCD, no visible changes have been made aside from making it a touchscreen, which lets users focus or fire off a shot just by tapping on the screen.

Another great feature of the X-T3 is its brand new back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4, a quad-core CPU, which makes it more efficient and gives it more power to perform better than any of its predecessors. Moreover, the camera’s face and eye detection have also been improved, which results to higher hit rates for the autofocus system, not to mention that it also has all of Fujifilm’s standard film simulation filters as well as a new color chrome effect.

With regard to its video features, the X-T3 boasts being the first to have a mirror-less digital camera with APS-C, or larger sensor, which is capable of internal SD card 4K/60P 4:2:0 10bit recording and 4K/60P 4:2:2 10bit HDMI output. The X-T3 supports H.264, but it also includes H.265 for more efficient compression. By going for HEVC, the X-T3 lets users set a high-quality bitrate of 400 Mbps when shooting 4K at 30 or 24 fps.

Having said all that, the X-T3 proves to be a great upgrade of the X-T2. Having a new sensor, faster processor, greatly improved autofocus, and much better EVF, there is no reason why you wouldn’t like the X-T3. That’s even before you consider its velvety-smooth 4K60P video capabilities.


adminSeptember 26, 2018
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6min

If you’re planning on buying a Bluetooth speaker, there are a couple of things that you should consider before making that final decision. First, you should think about the design. Several speakers that I’ve seen come in eye-popping colors; some opt for colder hues. Some speakers even light up as you turn them on.

Some of the other considerations are durability, portability, sound quality, compatibility with other devices, speaker features, and water resistance. Most important of all is the price; it is important to choose something that will bring value to your money. It doesn’t necessarily have to be cheaper; it just has to be worth it.

In a nutshell, all this can be summed up in one question: “What do you want out of a Bluetooth speaker?”

Bluetooth Speakers

My Top Pick: UE Megaboom 3

The UE Megaboom 3 is quite colorful and well-designed and, as its name suggests, it is rather very loud. Yet, what’s really interesting about it is how amazing it sounds even in a modestly-sized package. In addition, it is surprisingly light, at just over 2 pounds, and it is IP67-rated waterproof.

With regard to design, the UE Megaboom 3 has the same cylindrical shape and design with other speakers in the Boom line although with a few changes. The volume buttons are made a bit larger and designed to make a visual statement rather than to serve a practical purpose. The charging port has been repositioned to the side so that the speaker can be played and charged at the same time.

Syncing is still quite straightforward, and you can also use a mobile app with a built-in equalizer or UE’ PartyUp feature in order to sync several speakers together. However, what really cements Megaboom 3’s superiority is the richness and bass response in its sound, which makes it the best-sounding and most well-rounded portable speaker today.

The only drawback is that the Megaboom 3 doesn’t have voice assistant support, which is a feature of other speakers. It also uses Micro USD instead of USB-C, which is a minor concern. It still does not change the fact that the Megaboom 3 is still the best Bluetooth speaker right now.

My Second Choice: JBL Charge 3

Although it’s been outshined by UE’s Megaboom 3, the JBL Charge 3 is still considered a fantastic, well-rounded speaker at an affordable price. For about $80 less, you get an IP67-rated waterproof speaker that sounds really well and lasts for about 20 hours in just a single charge.

The Charge 3 doesn’t really look as chic and flashy as the Megaboom 3. The design of the speakers gravitates more toward functionality than form; it functions really well in virtually every situation. If you’re on a budget but still want a Bluetooth speaker that sounds really good, then you will likely love the Charge 3.

As a side note, JBL has announced that it will release a new model for the Charge series, namely the Charge 4, which is said to have better battery life, better sound, and will include a USB-C port. So, you may want to wait for a couple of months to get your hands on the Charge 4 instead.

My Third Choice: Sony XB41

If you want a Bluetooth speaker that is durable, loud, and will last the entire day, then the Sony XB41 is the speaker you should buy. Despite its imperfection, the XB41 is still an excellent choice to bring to any party; it comes with blingy lights surrounding the speakers and is IP67 certified, which means it is dustproof, waterproof, washproof, as well as shockproof.

There are also lots of fun features to try, such as the Party Booster and Live Sound, and its battery can last long enough, getting 12 hours of battery life from music playback with the lights on. Sony states that it can last for 24 hours with the lights off and in standard mode. After all, not everyone is partial to all things flashy.

Other Great Bluetooth Speakers to Try
  • UE Boom 3
  • B&O Play Beoplay A1
  • Anker Flare+
  • UE Roll 2
  • Sony XB40
  • JBL Flip 4
  • Bose Soundlink Color II

Bluetooth speakers are indeed nice to have, especially if you frequently throw parties at home. It will be too much to say that they are a necessity, but they do provide some form of benefits, so long as you have a smartphone and have some access to any digital music.


adminSeptember 26, 2018
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5min

The Galaxy S9 Plus might look similar to last year’s S8 Plus, but it features the company’s most advanced gigantic phone. With its oversized screen and excellent cameras, it definitely tops the list of the best phones of 2018. Not only is it an amazing all-rounder, but it is also the 2018 flagship phone of Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Key Features
  • 2-inch Quad-HD+ OLED display
  • Dolby Atmos speakers
  • 3500 mAh battery
  • AR Emoji
  • Primary 12-megapixel camera
  • Secondary 12-megapixel camera
  • Headphone jack
  • Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810
  • 6GB RAM and 64GB/256GB storage
Pros
  • Impressive camera
  • Loud stereo speakers
  • The OLED display is great and adaptable
Cons
  • AR Emoji mode is overrated
  • Pricey for 0.4 inches of extra screen
  • Some lag with Samsung’s software
Design

With its design of melding two glass panels with a metal frame, the Galaxy S9 Plus is the most elegant-looking smartphone you can buy today. Although it doesn’t look much different from the Galaxy S8 Plus, it carries with it small yet significant changes that Samsung has set up for its flagship phone.

One of those changes is the realignment of the fingerprint sensor on the rear portion of the device; it’s now placed right below the camera instead of beside it. Although it still could not be considered as the optimal placement for the sensor, it’s somewhat better.

Conversely, there are also some elements that Samsung has decidedly retained: the 3.5mm headphone jack, the microSD card slot, and the Bixby button.

The Galaxy S9 Plus is available in five colors: midnight black, coral blue, titanium gray, sunrise gold, and lilac purple.

Display

With regard to display, the Galaxy S9 Plus has a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED curved screen with an aspect ratio of 18:5:9. In addition, its display has a very little bezel, resulting in 90% of the screen being entirely all screen. With its stylish curved edges, vivid display, and high contrast ratio, you will be seeing images and videos that are brimming with life.

However, this big-screen device can sometimes lead you to touch the wrong key at times. For instance, you might touch the backspace key by accident when all you’re trying to do is grip this gigantic phone. Also, there is no in-screen fingerprint sensor although lots of smartphones already make use of this technology.

Camera

If we’re talking about the camera, then the camera on Galaxy S9 Plus is among the best since it performs really well even in low light conditions. It presents an improved 12MP camera that features an f/1.5 maximum aperture, which gives the Galaxy S9 Plus its advanced low-light and noise-defeating abilities.

Like the Note 8, the Galaxy S9 Plus also has a dual-lens rear camera, which gives it telephoto capabilities. The primary lens can capture super-slow-motion video at 960 frames per second. The 8MP front camera, on the other hand, can be used to create your very own AR Emoji, Samsung’s take on Apple’s Animoji.

Looking at the features of the Galaxy S9 Plus, one could see that it is trying to surpass Apple’s iPhones, but it brings with it a 3.5mm headphone jack and the best photographic capabilities on any smartphone.


adminSeptember 26, 2018
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5min

Asus is well known for producing first-rate desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, and hybrid devices. In the last few years, Asus also started producing a series of mid-range Android phones that are powered by Intel and Qualcomm SoCs, which is known as the ZenFone series.

However, with the launching of the ZenFone 4 Pro, Asus seems to finally throw their hats into the ring with this particular high-end phone. Let’s check out if it could indeed beat the various high-end phones in the market.

Zenfone 4 Pro

Key Features

  • Gorilla Glass rear and front
  • 5-inch ALOMED display, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB storage, extendable up to
  • Gigabit LTE + 802.11ad Wi-Fi
  • 3600mAh battery with fast charging
  • Main camera: 12MP, 1.4µm, f/1.7, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
  • Secondary camera: 16MP 2x zoom lens
  • Front camera: 8MP, 1.4µm, f/1.9, AF

Design

Similar to the Zenfone 4, the Zenfone 4 Pro has a metal core with Gorilla Glass covering the front and back portion of the device. As a whole, the quality of the Zenfone 4 Pro’s frame is impressive.

Although the Zenfone 4 Pro has thick bezels compared to other high-end phones, the quality of the design and body can be considered as one of the best. It also features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Hardware and Display

In comparison with its simple and neat design, the hardware that Asus uses for the Zenfone 4 Pro is of top-quality. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and a 6GB RAM, which makes the Zenfone 4 Pro at flagship level.

Other great things about the Zenfone 4 Pro is the Gigabit LTE, which offers super-fast Wi-Fi with the most recent 802.11ad standard, and the 3,600mAh battery that supports fast charging as well.

Cameras

The Zenfone 4 Pro lets users shot beautifully vivid photos and videos with its high-quality Sony sensors across all its cameras. It also has a 2x zoom lens on its second rear camera, which functions quite well but is totally inconsistent with the other models of the series.

Apart from the zoom camera, the Zenfone 4 Pro also has a standard rear camera that is equipped with appropriate hardware in order to grant it lots of potentials. It has big pixels, wide aperture, and optical image stabilization, which enables it to capture a lot of light, making it adaptable in low light conditions.

The front camera offers a wide range of live beauty enhancements, which you can use to broadcast yourself using those enhancements in real-time.

Overall, the design and the hardware of the Zenfone 4 Pro make it an impressive phone. It certainly gives the feeling of being high-class. However, consumers might find the price to be a tad too expensive compared to their other models. I guess that is to be expected when you’re getting all the power and capabilities in one sleek design.


adminSeptember 25, 2018
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8min

At present, there are a number of existing, as well as up-and-coming, consumer electronics companies that are launching brand new smartphones every now and then. Among these several smartphones being sold in the market today, which are considered to be performing best? Let’s find out.

Smartphones today come at all shapes, sizes, and prices. Below you will find some of the first-rate phones that you could buy today.

What to Consider When Choosing a Phone

If you’re going to choose a phone, there are six things that you should always put into consideration: build quality, design, features, performance, user-friendliness, and value.

Generally speaking, a great phone should be sturdy and have a simple yet functional design. It should also offer multiple features, perform really well, and easy to operate. Most importantly, it should be something that brings value to your money. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it must be cheap, but it should be worth every penny that you spend on it. It shouldn’t leave you feeling like you’re better off with a much cheaper phone.

Choosing the best phone differs from person to person because we all have different opinions and preferences, so it’s best if you figure out first what you want out of a smartphone. From there, you can easily weed out the long list of smartphones that are presently being offered in the market and find the best phone for you.

Which is Better, Android or iOS?

The truth is there are several mobile phone operating systems, but these two are the only ones worth talking about since they are both widely known compared to other mobile phone operating systems.

Among the numerous phones being sold in the market, the majority of them utilize Android OS, the latest version of which is the Android Pie. Conversely, even if the iOS platform has a significantly lower market share than Android, many developers practically release their apps on iOS most of the time; therefore, it has the best app store you’ll find anywhere. If you wish to try as many games as you want, then you’d definitely consider getting an iPhone, for its iOS.

Best Smartphones in 2018
  • OnePlus 6

Not considering its lack of wireless charging and waterproofing, the OnePlus 6 is one of the finest phones you could buy today. Not only is it fairly priced, but it also has great specs that other mobile devices could only hope to have while having the same tag price. Additionally, it also has a nice design and an excellent camera that could rival other high-end phones on the market.

The OnePlus 6 has a glass design, with an amazing display and notably quick performance. Considering the price gap with other high-end phones, OnePlus 6 is a gem to have.

  • Samsung Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 is another great phone to have right now, even if it cost considerably higher than most phones in its generation. Aside from having everything that a modern phone is supposed to have, it also allows users to charge wirelessly and also includes a headphone jack, not to mention that it is fully water-proof.

The Galaxy S9 also happens to have an excellent design with a massive screen, minus the top-notch at the top of the screen as some mobile phones apparently have. It might appear a lot like the Galaxy S8, but it boasts an improved camera and dual speakers.

  • Huawei P20 Pro

The P20 Pro finds its way into this list because of its three amazing rear cameras. Compared to other smartphones in the market, the P20 Pro stands out because of its camera system. It lets you shoot great photos even under low light conditions.

The device is designed with a combination of glass and metal, which makes it look more stylish than the previous P10 phones. It is even available in a Twilight color scheme, which is incredibly exquisite. It still lacks wireless charging and a headphone jack, but it doesn’t really matter because it has the best low light camera on any smartphone.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Compared to its predecessor, the Note 8, the Note 9 has taken the design of the previous version and enhanced it further by having better build quality as well as a larger screen and a well-placed fingerprint scanner. In addition, Note 9 also boasts a sizeable 4,000mAh battery.

Moreover, the Note 9 also has the best display, stereo speakers, and camera on any smartphone you will find in the market, not to mention that it also has the smoothest Samsung software so far.

  • Apple iPhone X

iPhone X is the most expensive smartphone on our list. However, if you’re looking for a great display, great camera, great build quality, and sophisticated features like Face ID unlock system, then this is the phone for you.

At £999 or $999, the iPhone X is indeed expensive. Still, you should remember that quality comes with a price. With the iPhone X, not only will you get OLED display, but you also have great dual cameras, wireless charging, improved battery life, and excellent security feature.


adminSeptember 25, 2018
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11min

For those who want to buy a new iPhone, everything often boils down to one thing: how much storage capacity would you get and how much do you have to pay for it?

Starting with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, each generation of iPhone came in two models: the standard and the Plus models; you could see it in the iPhone 7 and 8 series. So, choosing the most suitable iPhone model for you and your needs has inevitably become more complicated.

Another thing to consider when choosing an iPhone model is their features; do you prefer having TouchID rather than the Face ID? Or maybe all you are chasing after is the Animojis?

If you’re planning to buy a new iPhone, you simply have to decide on what features and functions you want from your iPhone. Below you will find some useful information that you could use to nail down which iPhone model is right for you.

iPhone X

If you’re looking for an iPhone with the most cutting-edge technology, then you should definitely buy the iPhone X since it is the only iPhone that features facial recognition via Face ID and an edge-to-edge OLED screen, which lets you view highly-detailed, vividly clear HDR images.

Among all other iPhone models, the iPhone X is considered to be the top of the line model. It has the largest screen, which is ideal for gaming and movie watching. Plus, the iPhone X is designed for wireless charging and has the best camera; it even offers enhanced Portrait Lighting features.

Like other previous models of the iPhone, the iPhone X supports NFC and Apple Pay, as well as Apple Watch and wireless AirPods earbuds compatibility. Moreover, it also has the latest and fastest chips.

The only shortcomings of the iPhone X are its expensive price tag, which starts at $999 for the 64GB and $1149 for the 256GB model, and the absence of the customary headphone jack. It might not be a big deal to some, but for those who are accustomed to having the headphone jack, it might be somewhat irksome.

iPhone X

iPhone 8 Plus

If you’re looking for an iPhone that has most of the iPhone X’s features but doesn’t have the budget to buy one, then you may want to consider the iPhone 8 Plus. It also features Apple’s 2nd generation fingerprint scanning technology, which can be accessed by pressing the phone’s Home button.

However, unlike the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 Plus doesn’t have the Face ID system, and so you won’t be able to access facial recognition as well as any other feature that goes along with it, including the Animojis. It also has an inferior screen display compared to the iPhone X since it doesn’t use OLED, doesn’t support HDR, and isn’t edge-to-edge. Also, the screen of the 8 Plus is only 5.5 inch, while the screen on the X is 5.8 inch.

iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8

The iPhone 8, like with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, shares the same features with its Plus model; nearly all features of the iPhone 8 Plus can be seen on the iPhone 8, including storage options, processors, 3D Touch, Touch ID, support for NFC and Apple Pay, and Apple Watch compatibility. Plus, it also offers the best value since it costs significantly less than the equivalent Plus model.

Even though it was released at about the same time as the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 doesn’t feature Face ID or the OLED/HDR or even edge-to-edge screen on the 8 Plus and the X. It also lacks a couple of advanced photo features found on the 8 Plus and the X and is generally smaller in screen size. Also, since it is one of the latest models, it is much more expensive than the earlier generations of the iPhone. Plus, it doesn’t have the customary headphone jack.

iphone 8

iPhone 7 Plus

Even though it isn’t the latest iPhone model, the iPhone 7 Plus is still considered a great phone, with its screen and camera and with its performance and compatibility with various Apple accessories.

Also, since it has been succeeded by the X and the 8 series, the iPhone 7 Plus got a more appealing price; it has a starting price that is $130 less than the iPhone 8 Plus.

Its only shortcomings are the lesser camera, slower processor, lower storage capacity, and the lack of wireless charging. Plus, since all Plus models are generally big, it looks bulky in most people’s hands and pockets.

iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7

At a reasonable price of $549, the iPhone 7 is a great phone to have since it offers nearly all of the 7 Plus’s strengths. It also has a 4.7-inch screen, which is an easy fit in anyone’s hand or pocket.

Since it shares most of the 7 Plus’s hardware and features, it also shares the same weaknesses. Plus, it has a lesser camera than that of the 7 Plus since it doesn’t support the special “Portrait” modes, among a number of other features. It might not make a difference to some, but it will be considerably noticeable to photographers or aspiring photographers.

iPhone 7

iPhone 6S Plus

The iPhone 6S Plus is a pretty solid phone. Even though it has been two years since it was first introduced, it still has strong features and performs really well. In addition, you will have support for key Apple technologies such as the Apple Pay, Touch ID, the Apple Watch, 3D Touch, and Retina Display, to name a few. Also, if you want an iPhone with the customary headphone jack, then whichever of the two models in the 6S series will be the one for you since they are the last ones to have it.

Since it has been two years since it was introduced in the market, it doesn’t give off a “new” vibe and is starting to look a little outdated. Plus, it has lower storage capacity and slower processors than succeeding iPhone models, as well as lacking the wide-angle, telephoto, and depth-of-field camera features of the 7 Plus.

iPhone 6S Plus

iPhone 6S

If you’re planning on getting the iPhone 6S, then the price is probably your major reason to consider it. At $449, it nearly has the same features as the 6S Plus. Except for the camera, all the other hardware features that are present on the 6S Plus that make it a great phone are also seen on the 6S.

Considering that it has the same hardware features as the 6S Plus, it also has the same drawbacks; for instance, having slower processors than the other iPhone models on this list. Moreover, it also has lesser camera capabilities and lacks features like optical image stabilization.

iPhone 6S

Putting it simply, when making a phone purchase, the most important thing to think about is if you can afford it. That is also true when choosing which iPhone model to buy. If you can buy the most expensive model, get it since it will provide the best performance and features, last the longest, and hold its value the longest if you’re planning to resell it in the future. If not, settle with the previous versions since they will be cheaper.



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