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adminSeptember 25, 2018
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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.


adminAugust 1, 2018
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Samsung has announced that it has updated its Augmented Reality (AR) Emoji creator tool with better facial tracking as well as a few new options for customization, which would enable the AR Emoji to capture each user’s individuality.

The latest update on Samsung’s AR Emoji tool will make it possible for users to tweak various features of the creepy avatar; from the shape of its soulless eyes to the size of its disconcerting grin.

Samsung’s AR Emoji

Galaxy S9’s Augmented Reality Emoji

The feature works by generating a digital version of your face that can then be used to log your facial expressions. In a nutshell, the feature creates an avatar of the user and allows him or her to modify elements like hair, complexion, clothes, and so on.

Galaxy S9 will use the avatars to create a set of 18 animated stickers that can eventually be used in other messaging applications like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, which would allow users to share the AR Emoji with friends that don’t have the AR Emoji feature on their gadgets.

Interestingly enough, users who don’t want to use their own face can opt to use the face of Disney characters instead. Samsung has collaborated with Disney in order to let you use the feature with characters like Mickey Mouse and The Incredibles, for instance.

Galaxy S9’s Augmented Reality Emoji

How to Create and Use Galaxy S9 AR Emoji

In order to start the process of creating an AR Emoji, you would have to launch the camera application on your mobile phone and then tap on the AR Emoji mode, which can be found on top.

Then, you take a photo of your face, just as you would when you are taking a selfie. The AR Emoji feature will then automatically spot key data points, such as your eyes and nose, to create a digital version of you.

Just as a warning though, the digital version that the feature creates may not initially look like you. This is where the abovementioned options come into the picture as they can be used to fine-tune your avatar to perfection. The hair, eyes, nose, cheeks, ears, complexion, and other features can be adjusted with the use of sliders.

Once you’re satisfied with the avatar you’ve created, you can then use the front camera on the Galaxy S9 to record your voice and facial expression. After that, you may send the animation you’ve created to your family and friends.

AR Emoji feature

How Samsung S9 AR Emoji Compares with Apple’s Memoji

When compared to Apple’s Memoji feature, one can say that Apple did a lot better job of creating a feature that most people would want to use. From the beginning, Apple offered a variety of options for customization, which gave users more control over what they look like.

Additionally, when it was examined, it became clear that Samsung’s AR Emoji relied only on software, as opposed to Apple’s Memoji, and so that maybe the reason for the quality gap.

Samsung S9 AR Emoji Compares with Apple’s Memoji

However, Samsung actually did something right, in one aspect at least, by giving users sliders that allows them to hone specific elements. Now that is something that Apple may want to consider incorporating in their Memoji feature.

Overall, I think that the Samsung S9 AR Emoji is worth a try. Although I have to admit that there is still more room for improvement and that it is still a tad creepy, the new update could make the experience more interesting and fun.



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