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AdminSeptember 21, 2018
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Samsung has developed and marketed the Galaxy Note series in 2011, which is composed of high-end Android-based smartphones and tablets. Recently, the company released its latest product from the Galaxy Note series: the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Now, it may seem like there are no major changes done to the Note 9, but it is actually jam-packed with a lot of new features. As some people would say, it is a massive and extremely expensive device that is packed with virtually all high-end features found in every device on the market today.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Bright and vivid screen
  • Water-resistant
  • Great camera
  • Excellent overall performance
  • DeX without the dock
  • Wireless charging
  • Sizeable storage capacity
Cons
  • Extremely expensive
  • Bulky and wide
  • Least optimal placement of fingerprint scanner
  • Bixby is not good enough

Specifications

The Note 9 boasts a 6.4-inch quad HD+ AMOLED display and an octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 and octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It is powered by a 4,000mAh battery and weighs around 205g. As for the camera, the Note 9 has a dual camera, with the 12MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. It also comes with an option between 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 512GB of internal memory.

The Note 9 is possibly the best performing Android device on the market. Moreover, it is perfectly capable of maintaining a high-level performance for a long period without overheating, which was quite evident when playing Shadowgun Legends, for instance.

Design

When talking about design, the Note 9 doesn’t look much different than the Note 8. In fact, I’m sure most people will be hard-pressed to spot the difference between the two. The Note 9 sports a curved front and is sandwiched with metal rims, which particularly feels modern.

If there is a difference in terms of design, then that would be the placement of the fingerprint sensor: it is now located below the camera and not beside it, which is where it was placed for the Note 8.

Even though it isn’t exactly an optimal placement for the sensor, it appears to be an improvement because people no longer end up smearing the camera sensor when they unlock their phone.

The color scheme for the Note 9 is blue with a sharp-yellow S Pen. Other available colors are lavender purple, standard black, and copper.

Display

Compared with other smartphones on the market, the Note 9 perhaps has the best display, with its 2960 x 1440 panel and sloping “Infinity” edges. Furthermore, the Note 9 can fully support HDR content.

On top of that, the Note 9 uses an OLED panel instead of LCD, which is a good decision for Samsung because it uses less power and will only power the required pixels. As a result of that, the Note 9 can perfectly display black or dark scenes.

Camera

The camera for the Note 9 is exceptionally brilliant. It could capture a rich amount of detail, even when using the telephoto lens and under various lighting conditions. In fact, it could still capture excellent shots even under low light conditions.

Perhaps the only disappointment is with its AI element, which is said to optimize scenes for shots and spot blurry images and peoples with their eyes closed. Well, sometimes it works just fine; however, it often created oversaturated images that didn’t look natural. In addition to that, it is unable to spot people with their eyes closed most of the time, which is quite frustrating.

Overall Impression

Source: Techcrunch

If you’re looking for a phone that could do anything, then I would recommend the Note 9. It is a powerhouse phone that basically has everything.

It is bulky and a bit difficult to handle, but that is a compromise that I can make for having such an amazing phone. The camera is exceptional, the display is top-notch, and there are a number of features that just shouts excellence. Most importantly, the battery life is really good, which is further optimized by the OLED display.

The Note 9 is indeed one of this year’s best phones in the market. If you’re willing to spend a lot of money on a phone, then the Note 9 will prove to be worth every cent.


AdminSeptember 18, 2018
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People, regardless of age, love playing on the go. For most of us, having with us our mobile phones, every place seems like a gaming station. So, it is necessary to have mobile gaming compatibility. In simple words, it is important that your device has the right specs in order to run any mobile game efficiently.

Below you will find some of the best gaming phones on the market today. Here they are in no particular order:

1.Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which was released last month, is a very good choice for mobile gaming. It has a big and bright display, with the highest resolution that you could find in the market. It is also backed up by the newest Snapdragon and Exynos CPU: the Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, users will be able to play as many games as they’d like thanks to its massive storage capacity of 512GB, which can be extended up to 1TB using a microSD card.

The device is also powered by a 4,000mAh battery, so users can play for a long time without worries. Of course, this much power and beauty will obviously cost a lot, which I think is its only downer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

2.Apple iPhone X

Throughout the years, Apple has proven that their iPhones are one of the absolute best for games of all kinds. As you can see with the App Store, it is filled with different kinds of apps, which are mostly exclusive to Apple products. Most of the time, iPhone devices get the best games first nearly all the time.

In a nutshell, players can ensure to play as many mobile games and to have the best gaming experience by having the latest iPhone X.

Compared to previous versions, the iPhone X offers a slightly better battery life, having a 2,716mAh battery. Plus, it also has a vivid 5.8-inch OLED display that can offer ample screen space for games and a decent storage capacity of 256GB. Also, iPhones tend to be quite expensive, and that is especially true for the iPhone X.

Apple iPhone X

3.Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Released at the same time as the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 Plus shares the same internals, which makes it a contender for the title Best Gaming Phone in 2018.

The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1920, which is ideal for gaming. Plus, Apple’s A11 Bionic CPU and graphics enable the iPhone 8 Plus to provide a great gaming experience for its users.

The iPhone 8 Plus comes with an AR kit that offers augmented reality games to iPhones, which considerably adds to the gaming experience. If you’re looking for a great gaming phone that is less expensive than the iPhone X, then the iPhone 8 Plus is the one to buy.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

4.Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

The latest Samsung Galaxy duo, the Galaxy S9, and the Galaxy S9 Plus are a definite must-have. It offers an incredible gaming experience with its giant screens and high-resolution display. It is powered by Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810, pretty much like the Galaxy Note 9. Also, the Galaxy S9 Plus has a 6GB RAM to boot, which makes it an incredible performer both in the game and out.

However, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus aren’t all about the just powerful chipset. They have a sharp 1440 X 2960 massive display (5.8-inch for S9 and 6.2-inch for S9 Plus), which are super AMOLED and can support HDR10 for stunning visuals.

The new Galaxy duo also features Samsung’s Game Tools, which is very handy for taking screenshots, recording gameplay, and managing notifications. Still, it would have been amazing if Samsung had jacked up the battery life of these smartphones.

Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

5.Asus Zenfone 4 Pro

Since we’re talking about gaming, let’s not forget about Asus Zenfone 4 Pro. Even though it was released a year ago, it is still a very appealing gaming phone.

With its 5.5-inch Full HD and AMOLED display, the Zenfone 4 Pro is quite the performer and offers visuals that are top notch. It is running Snapdragon 835 chipset and performs admirably at Full HD. It has a lower resolution compared to other gaming phones on this list, but it just means that focus is put into ensuring a smooth gameplay and better graphics.

Asus Zenfone 4 Pro

Also, since it has a smaller display, its 3,600mAh battery can last for a long time. The Zenfone 4 Pro is available with 64GB and 128GB storage capacity, which means lots of room for games, movies, or anything else. It is indeed a great choice, especially with its very appealing price.


AdminSeptember 14, 2018
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If you’re planning on buying an iPhone X, I suggest that you read this article first. After almost a year that it was released, do you know how most people perceive the iPhone X, which Apple believes to be their best smartphone yet?

Well, to answer that question, the iPhone X isn’t all that bad but it isn’t all that good either. Yes, it certainly has all its good sides, but there are also some things that make some people shake their heads and wonder why they ever paid so much for the said device.

Apple believes to be their best smartphone

So, why do they think so?

The Face ID feature didn’t live up to expectations

Despite all the hype about the iPhone X’s face recognition technology, or what they call Face ID, it isn’t as great as what the California-based technology giant led us to believe.

Perhaps it’s because people have gotten so used to the old way that the iPhone works. Instead of creating a more magical user experience for its users, the iPhone X surprisingly ruined the user experience instead.

The thing that is most frustrating about the Face ID is the fact that when it doesn’t work, users have to key in their passcode, which is both startling and unpleasant. Even though it is mostly good, Face ID is still materially worse compared to Touch ID, which was the fingerprint system that Apple used in older versions of the iPhone.

Simply put, Touch ID was quicker and more consistent in virtually every situation as opposed to Face ID.

iPhone X’s face recognition technology

The iPhone X user experience is a major disappointment

Additionally, the user experience for the iPhone X is actually a major step backward and causes frustrations for many. In order to unlock the phone, you first have to raise the phone to your face (which is called “raise to wake”) so that the phone can recognize you and finally swipe up to reach the Home screen.

The process typically takes around 2 to 4 seconds if all is working properly; however, most of the time it doesn’t (because of notifications on the lock screen) and so you’d have to swipe 2 or 3 more times to get to the home screen.

When compared to the way we unlock the previous iPhone models, that is, pressing the iconic physical Home button, the new approach seems to be a lot slower, inefficient, and inconvenient. For people who check their phone multiple times a day, this definitely sounds like a hassle.

 iPhone X user experience is a major disappointment

It’s a lot more difficult to navigate through the device

It has become quite difficult and awkward to navigate around the iPhone X. Instead of swiping up from the bottom, users now need to swipe down from the top right edge, which honestly is hard to do with just one hand operating the device.

Also, the new navigation gesture of swiping up from the bottom in order to close an application is quite tricky, especially on applications where you need to do a lot of swiping. Instead of just swiping to make that turn, you might accidentally switch or close the application instead

One last thing that is disappointing about the iPhone X is its susceptibility to breakage. In fact, according to some sources, the device can easily break at a single three-foot drop, which is way worse than its predecessors. SquareTrade even called the iPhone X as the most breakable iPhone they’ve ever tested.

Overall, I think that the iPhone X is a pretty good phone, owing to its super nice camera and a sizeable battery life. However, for the price of $999, I think that most people were somehow expecting for more.


AdminSeptember 13, 2018
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Everyone wants a great phone that they could do various stuff with. Unfortunately, not all of us could afford iPhones or high-end Android phones. Not to worry because quality doesn’t always equate to expensive.

Below you will find the best phones you could buy that will ensure you get the best value for your money.

1.Moto G5

  • Part-metal body at a low price
  • Vivid HD display
  • Not the best chipset
  • No NFC feature

The Moto G5 is probably the best budget smartphone you could buy out of this bunch. It has a metal design and weighs exactly 145g and measures 144.3 x 73 x 9.5mm. It runs on Android 7 OS with Snapdragon 430 and 2,800mAh battery.

The Moto G5 is available with 2GB and 3GB RAM with 16GB and 32GB internal memory, respectively. It also offers a 1080 x 1920 5-inch display, fingerprint scanner, and decent 13MP and 5MP cameras.

The Moto G5 definitely doesn’t offer the fastest chipset or have an NFC feature, but it is proven to be a flexible phone that can serve its purpose.

Moto G5

2.Moto E5 Plus

  • Premium look
  • A long-lasting battery
  • Low screen resolution
  • Weak overall performance

The Moto E5 Plus offers its users a big screen, having a 720 x 1440 6-inch display. It weighs around 196.6g and has the dimensions 160.9 x 75.3 x 9.4mm. It runs on Android 8.0 OS with Snapdragon 425.

The Moto E5 Plus provides its users with 32GB internal memory and 3GB RAM. It also offers a long-lasting battery with its 5,000mAh and decent 12 MP and 5MP cameras.

Having a big screen and long-lasting battery for just $199 makes the Moto E5 Plus one of the best budget smartphones in the market.

Moto E5 Plus

3.Moto E4 Plus

  • Huge battery
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Limited power
  • Iffy camera

If you’re looking for a phone with top-performing battery, then the Moto E4 Plus is the phone for you. With its 5,000mAh battery, you are sure to get through two whole days, even without charging your phone. It runs on Android 7.1.1 and MediaTek MT6737 and is available with 16GB and 32GB internal memory.

The Moto E4 Plus weighs about 198g and measures 155 x 77.5 x 9.6mm. It offers a 720 x 1280 5.5-inch display, a fingerprint scanner, and decent 13MP and 5MP cameras.

If you’re looking for a cheap phone with great battery life, then the Moto E4 Plus will be perfect for you.

Moto E4 Plus and Moto E4

4.Nokia 6

  • Premium full metal design
  • Fingerprint scanner for extra security
  • Takes a while to charge
  • Doesn’t have the best battery life

After such a long while, we see the iconic Nokia back in the market. The Nokia 6 is one of their latest phones, which comes with a 1080 x 1920 5.5-inch display, fingerprint scanner, 3,000mAh battery, and Snapdragon 430.

The Nokia 6 weighs around 169g, having the dimensions 154 x 75.8 x 7.9mm, and operates with Android 7.1.1. For its price, it offers really decent cameras, with 16MP at the rear and 8MP in the front.

Nokia 6

These budget smartphones might not be stealing the headlines, but I’m confident that it has already stolen your (or someone else’s) attention and maybe now you’re wondering which of these devices you should buy soon.


AdminSeptember 12, 2018
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Prior to 2011, several developers have already applied the theme of “last man standing” or battle royale to numerous games, but it wasn’t until early April of 2012 when it became a worldwide phenomenon. Minecraft, which was inspired by the Hunger Games films, was the first known game to offer battle royale modes to its players.

Soon after that, many other games such as DayZ, Rust, PUBG, and Fortnite began popping out and growing quickly in popularity. This year, another battle Royale-themed mobile game entitled Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 has been released under SEGA Games Co., Ltd., a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2

Brief Game Introduction

Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 is a spinoff of Shin Megami Tensei, which is a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game developed and published by Atlus. The game is set in modern day Tokyo and appears to have an apocalyptic feel to it.

A player starts off as a “Liberator”, that is, someone who is capable of summoning demons using their phone and commanding them in battle in order to fight the dark forces that are bent on eliminating humankind. At the outset, players are given their very own collection of demons that they can freely use in battle.

Operating out of a hideout, players can then choose from a wide range of options for leveling up their demons. Aside from undertaking main story missions, players can also choose to complete event missions, which are worldwide events that are rolled out during certain dates.

Shin Megami Tensei

Storyline and Battle Modes

Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 stars some young people that are fighting off a demonic invasion, one of whom is a famous YouTube star who turns to social media in order to get some leads. As a player, you join the group as a newcomer and is immediately assigned to investigate demonic disturbances in Akihabara.

The game is a mix of dialogue-heavy storylines and series of battles. Now, the story is split into tiny chapters, which is ideal for a mobile game and can be considered both ridiculous and dark, which are characteristics that are present in every game in the series. Personally, I believe that the scenarios are extremely well-written, which is owing to the talents of Makoto Fukami, and I believe that will hook players to keep on playing the game.

The sequences mostly aren’t interactive, but they are detailed and look really great. The game also presents players with a diverse cast that they will surely come to love. Most of it, of course, is thanks to Tatsuro Iwamoto, who designed the characters and is well-known for his work on the Ace Attorney series.

Meanwhile, the battles themselves give the feeling of a classic SMT although it is streamlined for the mobile experience. Most monsters and moves are kind of familiar, as well as the trial-and-error element where you need to try and find the enemy’s weak point in order to succeed. In addition, the controls are great as it even lets you play with one hand in portrait mode.

In-app Purchases

Since the game is free-to-play, there are bound to be some in-app purchases offerings that will help generate some income for the developers, that is, aside from the ads that frequently pops on the screen.

great mobile game experience

 

Of course, you can always choose not to purchase anything. In case you do decide to purchase some gems, which is one of the game’s currencies, the rate for 90 gems is $3, which I think is a bit expensive. Also, you will notice that there are times when the game is obviously trying to get you to spend some money. For instance, it will offer some form of discounts or some limited edition grabs, which I think will appeal more to players who are extremely competitive and obviously rich.

Overall, the game has the two most important elements, which are story and combat, neatly in place. It offers great graphics and is easy to play, which I think is necessary for a great mobile game experience.


AdminSeptember 10, 2018
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The Xperia series, which features Sony’s flagship phones, usually have a short lifespan. Xperia XZ2 had just been released about six months ago, and now it already has a successor: the Xperia XZ3.

Sony definitely made the right choice for Xperia XZ2 when it scrapped the usual design for something more modern-looking, as well as improving the battery life and the software. Now, with the Xperia XZ3, it seems that Sony finally has something to compete against the Samsung Galaxy S series and Apple’s iPhone.

Xperia XZ3

First Impression

At first glance, Sony’s new Xperia XZ3 seems to be similar to the Xperia XZ2, but it has some subtle changes that will greatly improve the mobile experience for its users.

A stunning display can make a difference in the whole experience with any gadget. Sony seems to invest in that idea with their latest flagship and decided to concentrate on offering the best screen on any smartphone.

Xperia XZ3’s new screen technology, a 6-inch HDR OLED display, makes the smartphone even more appealing and takes it to a level ground with the best smartphones on the market today. Sony has definitely taken a big step forward with the Xperia XZ3 using this display technology.

Sony’s new Xperia XZ3

Pros

  • Vivid display technology
  • Improved design
  • Water and dust-resistant

Cons

  • Bad fingerprint scanner placement
  • No headphone jack

Xperia XZ3 Overall Mobile Review

  • Display

Compared with the other upgrades done on the Xperia XZ3, the screen is definitely the key highlight and the core upgrade. It replaces the tired IPS LCD display tech that we’ve seen on most Sony smartphones.

The 18:9 aspect ratio and no-notch design that we’ve seen on the Xperia XZ2 is featured here, but it also features a new tech that Sony is using for the first time on its phone range: the OLED technology, which is also used for Sony’s A1 TV range.

The display technology produces vivid video and images and makes a genuine impact; in fact, its QHD+ resolution alone is enough to make videos look great.

The Xperia XZ3 also features an ability called Side Sense, which allows its users to quickly open up apps on the phone by double tapping on the side of the display.

  • Design

The Xperia XZ3 showcases a 3mm aluminum frame around the external of the phone, which is sandwiched and protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The Xperia XZ3 comes in four different colors: white silver, black, forest green, and Bordeaux red.

The base portion of the Xperia XZ3 includes a USB-C port, which is used primarily for charging. Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on Xperia XZ3, so you’ll have to use USB Type-C earphones or Bluetooth headsets in order to privately listen to some audio. Alternatively, it also features the company’s impressive stereo speakers.

Interestingly enough, the Xperia XZ3 is also IP68 dust and water-resistant, and so you won’t have to worry when you accidentally drop your phone in the bath or in a puddle of water.

Xperia XZ3 Overall Mobile Review

  • OS and Specs

The Xperia XZ3 uses the Android 9 Pie OS, so you’ll easily get your hands on the latest Android OS with this phone. It also features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and a 4GB of RAM.

The phone offers no more than one storage variant, which is 64GB, but it is extendable up to 512GB by making use of its microSD support.

  • Battery and Camera

The Xperia XZ3 sports a 3,300mAh battery that will get you through the day owing to the OLED display, which is quite power-efficient compared to LCD. As for charging the Xperia XZ3, users have two options: using the USB-C slot or going wireless.

The phone has two cameras, the rear camera with a 19MP and the front camera with a 13MP. The cameras on the Xperia XZ3 comes with all the top-end features including super slow motion, which is a highlight of Sony phones and being able to film in 4K HDR. That is something that no other non-Sony phone can offer.

Price and Release Date

For those who are interested in the Sony Xperia XZ3, it will be available from October 5 in the UK. There is no release date yet for the US or Australia, but I imagine that it won’t belong.

Sony Xperia XZ3 Price and Release Date

The Sony Xperia XZ3 is priced at £699 in the UK. It will probably have similar pricing in the US to the Xperia XZ2, which was $799.



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