OnePlus released its first smartphone in 2014, the OnePlus One. The company is focusing on budget flagship smartphones since then. As the years pass and the company established its presence, the smartphones from OnePlus is getting better, and the price also got increased for the upcoming smartphones. This year the company launched OnePlus 7 Pro which is considered most powerful device OnePlus has launched ever, and it cost $100 more than its predecessor. However, the company is always looking to improve its hardware and software to improve its sales and ranking.
Recently, the OnePlus 7 Pro got the new OxygenOS 9.5.10 update. OnePlus 7 also received a new OxygenOS update. The OnePlus 7 Pro was supposed to updated with the latest OS but the company decided to halt the update due to a bug in tap-to-wake feature. The OxygenOS 9.4.10 update has been just rolled out with the bug fixed as well. At the same time, the OxygenOS 9.5.7 update comes to the OnePlus 7 not even a month after Oxygen 9.5.6 release. Due to this update, the phone will get many enhancements such as tune-up camera feature.
The image quality in the Pro has been improved significantly as well as the phone stitching in the Panorama mode. In addition to this, the autofocus got better and the mode switching has been sped up by OnePlus in the camera UI. When the screen is off the GPS's accuracy is better, the auto-brightness sensitivity has been improved, the wireless connectivity got faster. The OS just works amazing, the biometrics are fast and unobtrusive. The whole package of hardware and software come very nicely together. Sure the OnePlus 7 Pro has the gadgets and the polish but the OnePlus 7 is the all-rounder that is more than good in every feature. The update has been rolled out in batches so if you haven't got your update, you may have to wait for few days.
One of the most undervalued facts of 4G is that E in 4G LTE stands for evolution. Not all 4G devices are the same, though if you compare the network speed on these devices, you will find a surprising fact. Huawei phones are among the slowest available stateside compared to the other LTE enabled devices, with iPhones are underperforming despite of their huge price tag. Network performance depends heavily on the capabilities and and prioritization of the network, though older smartphones and budget-oriented models are less likely to feature Cat16, or gigabit-class, LTE.
According to the Opensignal's Mobile Network Experience report, published Monday OnePlus phones allows you to experience the fastest LTE speeds on US mobile networks among the gigabit-class smartphones. The average speed of OnePlus phones was 35.7 Mbps, while Samsung placed second at 33.9 Mbps, followed by LG in third, at 33.1 Mbps. Razer, Sony, and Google phones averaged around 31 Mbps, while Apple was in seventh at 25.4 Mbps, among models capable of LTE Cat16. Huawei was last, in eleventh, at 22.4 Mbps.
For mid-range smartphones - defined by Opensignal as LTE Cat5 (300 Mbps) to LTE Cat15 (750 Mbps)-the winner was HTC at 31.8 Mbps, with Google in second at 29.1 Mbps, and Samsung in third at 27.5 Mbps. Apple ranked twelfth, at 19.5 Mbps. Huawei followed at 18.5 Mbps. For low-tier smartphones-LTE Cat4 (150 Mbps) or lower-Apple was dead last in 15th, at 12.0 Mbps.
Apple's long-lived support for iPhone models is likely working against them in these statistics, as 2013's iPhone 5S-still supported in iOS 12-enables users to hold on to their phones for far longer than is practicable with Android. Using an iPhone 5S in 2019 is not likely to be the most pleasant experience, granted, though it should still be head and shoulders above using any of the Android phones on ZDNet's Top 10 smartphones of 2013. Huawei's underperformance isn't necessarily related to their hardware. It is most likely because these phones are not sold by any major US carrier so there is less incentive for vendors and US carriers to optimize their network to support Huawei smartphones.
OnePlus has a reputation for mid-range smartphones but after years of keeping its budget-conscious consumers happy, the company is now moving to premium high-end flagships. OnePlus 8 Pro is its latest premium flagship smartphone starting at $899. It is one of the most expensive phones in the market right now even though it hasn't crossed the $1000 price line yet. OnePlus has been keen on its design, visual changes, and material choices. It even unveiled a concept phone that aims to showcase their evolving proficiency in colors, material, and final look and feel. With the OnePlus 8 Pro, the company decided to finally go for wireless charging, implementing its new 30-watt wireless warp charge, and finally adding rationality to their decision of using the fragile backing material.
Last year's model, the OnePlus 7 was considerably larger than what any user would consider comfortable. The OnePlus 8 Pro has similar weight and dimensions, but it's slightly narrow and taller. However, the display area is 6.67" diagonally to 6.68". The company opted for a punch hole at the top of the screen at its front side. This is interesting as compared to the last generation when OnePlus 7 Pro has a true full-screen display, free of instructions. Some users might find teardrop cutout in the top-center of the screen less intrusive than any hole punch.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also has new display features such as motion processing, adaptive display white balance, and SDR-to-HDR up-mapping. OnePlus partnered with a company called Pixelworks for these features, and there is a dedicated display processor in the OnePlus 8 Pro that handles them. You can read more about these features (as well as with a few others) in our separate OnePlus 8 display tech preview.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 12MP camera that results in very sharp edges, and the image processing favors aggressively high contrast and saturation. The front-facing camera is really good even in low-light conditions. However, the result may not come as the best as compared to the other rival's cameras. The handset comes with the latest OxygenOS addition with a new dark mode.
Smartphone brands like Xiaomi and Redmi has pushed affordability to the next level. Xiaomi has been working in India for five years now and it has radically transformed the consumer's trend towards budget-friendly phones. Despite many big and expensive brands like iPhone and Samsung it has managed to not just survive but to convince people that there is no need of paying extra money for the specs they can have it a less amount of the money. The Poco F1 by Xiaomi was just another great phone. Although it couldn't make a huge stir in the industry, it was a starting point for the upcoming smartphones.
The new POCO X2 is designed for youth and equip with great features and entertainment capabilities. The phone comes in 8GB/256GB variant of the POCO X2. You may feel it a slightly heavy and not for people with small hands. If you go through the specs, it is essentially the same device as the Redmi K30 4G. Maybe the reason behind the similarity is the collaboration between Redmi and Xiaomi teams. POCO X2 is limited to the Indian market now and may extend to other countries in the future. The display is 6.67-inches and has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels with an aspect ratio of 20:9.
The POCO X2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 730G processor and belongs to budget-category smartphones. In real life, it's a decent processor and fast enough to handle videos or games pretty easily. The device comes with a quad-camera setup on the rear side. The main camera lens is 64MP, the second camera is 2MP wide-angle lens, and 2MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor. The POCO X2 runs on Android 10 out of the box. The phone is powered with a large 4,500mAh battery and comes with a 27W fast charger.
Virtually everyone owns a smartphone and uses it daily. In fact, it has been shown that within the first 15 minutes of waking up in the morning to just before falling asleep at night people habitually check their phones. From email to photos, calls to SMS messages, apps to games, there are an inexhaustive number of activities that mobile phones offer. As a result, phones get cluttered. What once worked with impressive speed when purchased half a year ago, now starts to slow. This can be a major annoyance as well as hindering the performance of your device. Fortunately, most big brand smartphones like Apple or Samsung allow users to run a diagnostic check to identify what applications or folders are taking up the most space and causing the phone to slow. Even worse that a slow speed is when the smartphone freezes and can even crash. There is nothing worse than needing to make a call or compose a message and not being able to because of the inefficiency of your phone. While instructions vary per mobile device, running a diagnostic usually requires accessing settings then device care. From here, there is a layout of how much storage and memory is available and also which apps are in disuse (also called ‘Sleeping apps'). Most phones then allow the Optimize to free up space. By doing this, the phone not only runs faster and more efficient but also increases the battery life to keep the device running longer after charges.
Probably the biggest culprit of gobbling space is photos, and especially videos. Having a portable camera is extremely convenient and so many users are guilty of taking multiple selfies to scroll through. In the digital era, most of these photos remain on the phone and never get deleted or transferred to computer or hard drive. It is useful to backup photos on an account, like cloud, on a laptop or external hard drive as this frees up substantial space on the storage as well as protects your photos in case your phone is lost or damaged. An external SD card that can be placed into most phones is also very handy as this can add many more Gigabytes of space and, if ever the card fills up through the years, it can be simply removed and replaced with a fresh one or transferred to a laptop. Again, an external SD card also saves your photos or video if the phone crashes or breaks. Even when users do a sweep of their phone, deleting any goofy photos and blurry images or lengthy space eating videos, the deleted items can be sent to the ‘trash folder'. Most times anything in the trash gets automatically deleted after around 15 days, but sometimes this setting is not enabled and photos or documents remain there forever - unknown to the user who thought they have cleared out their phone. Therefore, double check and erase all documents in the trash to not waste space. Deleting any stored cache or browsing history can also free up space, especially when it has been collected over a long period of time. Once all the photos, videos, and documents have been secured via transfer to another device or platform like Google Photos or iCloud, then some users may opt for a hard reset of their phone. This returns the smartphone to its factory settings, that is how the phone appeared brand new.
Another area that takes up a lot of phone storage are certain elaborate apps and games. Furthermore, these apps can also continually update and add more features and visual settings that consume additional space over time. For many people it is not only the size of the app or game that can cause their phone to slow, but the quantity that they have downloaded - and most often rarely use. The fact that a majority of apps or games are free to download gives into the temptation to create a database, with even the smaller size apps adding up to take up considerable size. One way to prevent this is to analyze and rank which apps that you use most every day to a few times a week and those that are inessential, and you rarely use. Delete or uninstall these unused apps. Smartphones are also great at providing a visual breakdown of how much space each app or game users and further the last time you have opened that particular app. If the last time is over a month ago and it takes up around 1GB of space, it is best to junk it. Another technique, particular for gaming on smartphone, is to play online games more than those that require downloading. As most places offer wifi, this option is feasible since downloaded multi-level games can be notorious for slowing phone speed and performance. For instance, online casino sites have particularly proven themselves experts at focusing on mobile gameplay for slot games - accessible via internet. Mobile slots have simple and straightforward controls, with a grid of 5 reels, about 3 or 4 rows, a number of paylines, and features and bonus rounds that can award thrilling payouts of real money. Further, as these mobile slots are online, they do not eat up any space on the smartphone as an actual device. A few great mobile slots are Eyecon's classic ‘Fluffy Favourites', Yggdrasil's visually stunning ‘Ahoha!' for a trip to Hawaii, and Playtech's cheerful ‘Irish Luck' online, as well as many more with different themes and rewards on offer.
As with photos and videos occupying lots of space on a phone, music is another area that can bite a chunk of space from the device. While it is a convenience downloading songs on the smartphone, when a user has a collection of thousands that is when the problems can start. Investing in an ipod is useful to designate songs to a device and save space on the phone. Otherwise, consider installing and subscribing to a music listen app such as Spotify that is designed to download songs offline with as little space as possible.
These tips and tricks should free up most space on any smartphone and increase the device speed and performance. Of course, conserving mobile space also requires mindfulness. Pay closer attention to the apps and games that you value and are essential and those that you can do without. Also, sift through and narrow down the countless selfies and transfer those long videos of a squirrel in the park. Then you can rest assured that you will be able to capture something important when it does happen rather than miss an opportunity because of a weighted down phone.
iPhones are awesome smartphones for more reasons than one, but compared to Android devices, they are somewhat limited in what they can offer to the user unfortunately. Perhaps two of the biggest gripes against iOS devices is the OEM's complete omission of the expandable storage slot and how complex, as well as limited iTunes feels while trying to transfer iPhone files or restore them.
As iPhones do not support external storage devices via USB OTG either, Apple makes sure that we are not left with too many other options either!
Why is It Important to Free Up iPhone Storage?
All iPhone users need to transfer iPhone files on a regular basis because there are multiple advantages in doing so. Some of them can be highlighted as follows.
• Media, contacts, messages, etc. would never be lost, even in case the phone crashes, gets stolen/lost or is damaged somehow
• As there is no way to expand the storage, backups allow users to free up space on iPhone
• The closer you get towards filling up the maximum storage capacity of your device, the slower it will become
Isn't iTunes Good Enough to Backup iPhone Data?
iTunes is not bad at what it does really, but the problem is once again in how limited Apple's software is in the features that it offers to iPhone users.
Even for completing tasks that iTunes is supposed to, there is no guarantee that the dreaded iTunes Error 54 won't show up. When that happens, your phone and your computer will stop syncing with each other, unless the issue is resolved.
On the other hand, iCloud's free storage caps out at only 5GB, at which point, you can pay to get more, though it's still not completely safe. Apple will essentially delete the data on its servers, if the account holder misses payments. There is a better alternative to paying for iPhone storage through your nose though, which is what we are going to discuss next.
How DearMob iPhone Manager is a Faster, Easier and Better Alternative to iTunes
DearMob iPhone Manager offers a fast, easy way for users to backup iPhone data seamlessly and free up iPhone storage in the process. The software does so while boosting data safety with encoding, making DearMob possibly the best iTunes alternative for Windows and MacOS available right now.
Interestingly, the iPhone manager brings so much more to the table that iTunes simply cannot. To understand what we are talking about here, let's discuss some of its unique features next.
DearMob iPhone Manager protects your data by securing it against any unauthorized use. Even if any of the backed up information is stolen or lost, no one but you will be able to decrypt the password protected files.
Faster and Easier
It is possible to create a backup of all your iPhone (any iOS device) data, with the click of a single onscreen button on DearMob. The same is true if you decide to restore the data back onto your new iPhone, or even the old one for that matter!
Selective data backup and restore between an iPhone and Mac/PC is also more intuitive, less complex and faster than it is with iTunes. While iTunes frequently freezes while handling transfer of regular media, DearMob can transfer iPhone files at a superfast speed of 2.5GB per second!
If you just switched to a new iPhone from an old one, the iPhone manager can easily be used to directly transfer everything from iPhone to iPhone, making the backup and restore process an even faster process than it usually is.
DearMob Makes the iPhone a More Accessible Device for the User
Other than letting users backup and transfer a very limited number of supported file types, iTunes doesn't allow us to do much of anything really. On the flipside of things, DearMob comes with all of the following and then some.
• It supports any and all media formats that iTunes doesn't
• The iPhone manager can be used to change the file format of any media file (including 4K & 8K videos), so that iOS can recognize it
• DearMob also allows seamless conversion and both-way transfer of podcasts, apps, eBooks, messages, music, ringtones, voice recordings, calendar data and just about everything else
• Supports Drag and drop transfer; a huge bonus for iOS users!
• DearMob can compress large media files to save space on your limited storage
Consider the fact that this isn't even the complete list of functions that the DearMob iPhone Manager can help you with, but iTunes can't. Combined with the extra security, easy-to-use interface and fast transfers, these additional features really does make the DearMob iPhone Manager a significantly better alternative to iTunes for both Windows and MacOS.
We reported before that Google is working on a major update to its Google Chrome browser for Desktop. Now, Google has released Chrome 45 for desktop, which is now available to download on PC, Mac, and Linux. The biggest change in this update is improved RAM management, which reduces the memory usage of idle tabs in the background.
Chrome can now check on tabs in the background and can tell if there is no activity on them for a while. It will then aggressively clear unused memory to reduce the memory footprint of those tabs. Google claims it can free up about 10% memory on an average and as much as a quarter for sites like Gmail, which will get you to notice a major performance improvements.
However, You won't lose your current status, Chrome will also intelligently restore your tabs upon relaunch, if you use that feature. Chrome for Desktop v45 is now available to download using the link below.
Samsung's latest flagships devices, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge offers quite an amazing camera quality but lacks in terms of functionality as it surprisingly doesn't support RAW capture, which is a must for any photography enthusiast.
The upcoming Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the S6 and S6 Edge will bring RAW support and will also allow users to use the full potential of the phones class-leading 16 MP OIS camera, but should also bring about a lot more manual control over the camera.
Actually, RAW photo capture is not an entirely novice feature on the Galaxy S6 and its edged sibling. In fact, is we look back at some info from MWC 2015, in turns out the devices did have the functionality. But after the pair hit mass markets, it mysteriously disappeared. Perhaps Samsung wasn't quite ready to roll out the feature and there is really no reason for it to be absent, seeing how RAW support has been present in Google's own camera2 API ever since Android 5.0 Lollipop came out.
There is still no official information about Samsung's update schedule, but rumors have it that the Android 5.1.1 OTA update will start seeding as early as next month.
HMD has decided to redesign its whale series of smartphones and came up with three lines of phone - the C series which is the entry level series, the G series which is targeted towards budget-conscious audience, and the X series which is premium series. Despite X series being the most expensive one, it is still affordable compared to many other flagship smartphones with similar specs.
The latest smartphones introduced in the series are X10 and X20. If you are wondering what is the difference and which one you should buy, keep reading on and together we find the answer.Let's talk about the design first. To my surprise, there isn't any difference in the design of Nokia X10 and X20 and has come with the same display. Both devices share the same IPS LCD panel of 6.67-inches, full HD+ resolution with 1080x2400 pixels.
Both phones are powered by the Snapdragon 480 processor that comes with 5G connectivity. The processor might be the same but the memory and storage configurations aren't. The Nokia X10 is available in three variations - 6/64 GB, 4/128 GB, and 6/128 GB. Nokia X20 comes with 6/128 GB and 8/128GB configurations of RAM and internal storage. Both phones share the same 4,470mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. The battery life isn't bad and can last for more than a day with a moderate usage.
Perhaps the biggest difference between these two cameras lies within the photography department. The Nokia X20 has a 48MP primary camera sensor while the Nokia X20 has a 64MP primary camera. Both phones use the Car Zeiss optics that allow these phones to deliver great picture quality. The front camera of Nokia X10 shoots selfie with 8MP camera while X20 comes with an amazing 32MP selfie camera sensor. X10 has 48MP+5MP+2MP+2MP camera specs whereas X20 features a quad camera system consisting of 64MP+5MP+2MP+2MP camera sensors. The Nokia X10 is available in Forest and Snow hues, while the Nokia X20 was launched in two different color variants: Midnight Sun and Nordic Blue.
HTC continues its winning streak in the 3rd Quarter. HTC's financial report for the Q3,2014 states the company made a profit of $19 million (NT$0.6 billion). Revenue for the period is $1.38 billion (NT$41.9 billion), which is down from $2.17 billion from the previous quarter.
The company is content with how the HTC One M8 held its ground for the period and continued to sell well despite growing competition. The mid-range Desire line-up is also profitable for HTC, but it didn't specify exact shipment figures for any device.
In the last quarter, the HTC One M8 was the main culprit for the company's $92 million profit turnout. HTC is looking up for a similar to Q3 last quarter of the year with a revenue of $1.38 billion - $1.55 billion.
It was just yesterday that we brought to you images of a leaked case which provided us with multiple alleged external details of the upcoming Galaxy S8. Take a look at another one today coming in from Ghostek, featuring one of their Atomic Shock resistant cases for the S8. Before we delve into the details, keep in mind that this is just a render and nothing is guaranteed to be right at all.
We can see a single rear camera, which is consistent with all the recent rumors, but the cut-out on the case itself is suspiciously big enough for a dual camera module. No fingerprint scanners on the back and a lacking Home button in front indicates that Samsung is opting for an optical fingerprint sensor which will be placed under the glass. Just like the render by Slashgear had suggested, both the volume keys and the Power button can be seen on the left side.
Do you like what you see? Or do you think it's a complete hogwash? Let us know in the comments section below. In the meanwhile, we will have to wait a little while longer to see what is what as Samsung prepares the S8 for a mid-April launch (or is it going to be a February launch?).
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Exynos 8895 SoC which will power the upcoming Galaxy S8 has now been made official by Samsung. This is what Ben Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics had to say regarding the next Exynos chip.
"In addition to being built on the most advanced 10nm FinFET process technology, the new Exynos 9 Series 8895 incorporates Samsung's cutting-edge technologies including a 2nd generation custom CPU, gigabit LTE modem, and more. With industry leading technologies like VPU, the Exynos 8895 will drive the innovation of next generation smartphones, VR headsets, and automotive infotainment system."
Also check the official image which details the chip's capabilities and specifications.
The Exynos 8890 is still one of the most powerful mobile chips in the market at the moment, but the octa-coreExynos 8895 will provide 27% better performance at 40% better power-efficiency. The Mali-G71 GPU which will accompany the octa-core processor will be powerful enough to handle VR at 4K resolution, along with a multi-format codec for 4K video recording at 120fps support.
We have to admit, that sounds amazing and we can't wait to see the Exynos 8895 in action when the Galaxy S8 comes out in April.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you just took a look at the fake Galaxy S8 smartphones which have recently started selling online, then rest assured that this is not what you are seeing here. This leak is brought to you by SlashLeaks and from the looks of it, this is the real deal. The photos are high resolution and give us a clear look at both the S8 and the S8+, leaving nothing to the imagination for the official March 29 unboxng event.
On the front, the virtual Home button can be seen in the middle, which is now a part of the Always On display it seems. On the upper bezel, there's the iris scanner, the front camera, the LED notifications light, the ambient light sensor, the earpiece and a few other sensors as well. The Black Pearl color which is what we are seeing here seamlessly blends the curved display with the thin bezels making it look even more beautiful. At the bottom we get to look at the USB Type-C port, the 3.5mm jack and a speaker grill. On the top, there is of course the SIM tray and a secondary microphone. In my personal opinion, the S8 looks slightly more scrumptious this year. What do you think?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After everything that's been said and done, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are two of the best smartphones of 2017 yet and any upcoming smartphone from Samsung itself or other manufacturers will have a hard time beating it. Even then, there's definitely room for improvement on the S8 line-up and on that note, let's check out what Samsung can and should do to improve the Note 8 sufficiently before its final release in the second half of the year.
Better Location for the Fingerprint Scanner
Let's get the obvious one out of the way first; Samsung needs to place the fingerprint scanner in the middle of the Note 8's back or go with an under-the-display ultrasonic scanner. I am pretty sure that Samsung knows that as well and it will happen.
We really need better speakers on the Note 8 because the S8 series features speakers that are simply not fit for a flagship handset to be honest. Especially with Harman under their wing now, it shouldn't be too difficult.
Dual Camera at the Back
It's not about the gimmick, but about better photos and lossless optical zoom. A tele lens could be a great addition to the upcoming Note.
This one is the least likely to happen as Samsung will be extra careful with the battery in light of the Note 7 disaster which happened last year. Nevertheless, it would be great to see the massive display of the Galaxy Note 8 being supported by at least a 4,000mAh battery.
Do you have some suggestions of your own? Let us know in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The title of this article is probably one of the most searched keywords in the world right now and there's good reason for it. While it is impossible to compare the two without stretching this article well beyond its limits, it is possible to tell you all about the most significant things that matter more than the others.
In short, the Galaxy S8's 12-mp rear shooter is a better camera and that's just something you have to deal with if you are an OnePlus fan. That is not to say that the 16-mp + 20-mp camera can't stand up to Samsung's single 12-mp sensor in broad daylight, because it can in most cases. However, when the lights dim down, the S8 mops the floor with the OnePlus 5 on account of better image processing, excellent OIS and an overall better sensor. The front camera is neck and neck though, but the higher (16-mp) resolution on the OnePlus 5 might just give you a bit of an edge but that's only when you zoom in. Also, the Samsung selfie shooter has a wider angle lens which enables you to include more people in your group selfies.
Check out the full comparison at Android Authority
In spite of what rumors and reports have been saying for a while, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 is selling better than the Galaxy S7 did at this point of time last year. In fact, DJ Koh (President of Samsung Mobiles) has even put a number on it by stating that the Galaxy S8 is outselling the S7 by 15% so far. This is a fair comparison actually, given that it only takes into account the sales figure reached by the S7 last year after its release in the same number of days as the Galaxy S8 has seen so far. This piece of info was revealed by Koh last week during his visit to Taiwan.
The Samsung Mobile President further predicts that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are likely to see success for the rest of the year as well, without any significant stall in sales. Although this prediction is more likely optimism than estimation to be honest, the sales number is of course, authentic as it comes straight from the horse's mouth. Things now make more sense really, because it was surprising to hear that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were falling behind their predecessors after getting off to such a record-breaking start with the pre-orders.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy Note 8 was launched yesterday as expected and it's also available for pre-order from various carriers and the Samsung web store. However, is there any advantage that the Note 8 offers to its customers that the S8+ doesn't? I mean, should you choose the more expensive and newer stylus wielding Note or the less expensive S8+ with a bigger battery?
There are four main differences in between the two behemoths from Samsung and they are as follows.
The rear camera will still need to be tested and seen in comparison before a conclusion can be drawn, but there is no doubt that the Note 8's dual module will beat the S8+'s single but impressive camera in the end; at least in certain aspects like optical zoom, wider angles, true bokeh effect, etc.
The stylus is an impressive add-on which will be useful for people who actually use it, especially the digital artists among us. However, for the majority of the people, it's just something that you will use less and less of within just a few weeks or less.
The 0.1 inch increase in size is nigh-insignificant according to me and everything else about the two displays are identical.
The Galaxy S8+ sports a 3,500mAh battery, while the Galaxy Note 8 sports a smaller 3,300mAh battery, in spite of sporting a bigger display than the S8+. It doesn't make sense to me, but for brevity's sake let's just say that the S8+ is a clear winner here.
Finally, you should know that the newly announced Gear VR headset is the only one which will work with the new Note 8, while all previous gen, VR-compatible smartphones from Samsung will work fine with the new headset. This means that the S8+ will work with both, but if you have plans to use VR with the Note 8, your older Gear VR headset will become junk! All things considered, I would say, stick with the Galaxy S8+ for now, unless you REALLY need the better camera and the stylus.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Ever since the Galaxy S21 ultra was revealed, Samsung fans were eager to get their hands on it mainly because of the awesome camera features and adaptive display refresh rate. Usually, Samsung smartphones aren't good with their battery life, and consume batery life much faster but this isn't the case with the Galaxy S21 ultra. Most users are reporting more than 5 hours of on-screen time. The Galaxy Note 20 ultra is the first Galaxy phone with a variable rows refresh rate which allows the device to adapt and drop the refresh rate to 10Hz depending on the activity you are performing. It seems all very seamless while keeping the battery last longer.
The device has an ultra-wide camera that has dual pixel autofocus, and Samsung has enabled users to shot videos at 60 frames per second. The result is a more dynamic and sharper video that is better than anything you can get with its predecessors. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is priced at $1,199, which is $200 less costly than the S20 ultra. The new phone comes in a sleek design and offers a much faster-processing speed with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 chip. The in-screen fingerprint sensor is now bigger and it should be a bit easier for anyone to unlock this device.
Samsung didn't put the charger or microSD card slot to expand the storage but overall the S21 ultra looks like the most versatile Galaxy phone ever. The phone has a dual telephoto camera lens with 3x and 10x optical zoom that can get you very close to the subject. The S-Pen works in the same way as its predecessor. With a price tag of over $1,000, the S21 ultra isn't a cheap phone but it's a great phone with premium features. Samsung has already started its pre-order starting January 14. The phone will be released on January 29. The phone is available in Phantom Silver and Phantom Black colors but the matte finish looks sophisticated and expensive. Samsung will offer Phantom Navy, Phantom Titanium, and Phantom Brown colors as well.
Reading a book on a small screen is not easy. Digital books can scale text according to screen size to ease the problem, but in case of PDF files and comic books which have fixed page size it won't be possible to scale according to screen size without having negative impact on the content.
Google recently announced an update to its Play Books app specifically designed to address this issue. Now Comic book lovers will have better reading experience in their favourite smartphone and tablets.
It focuses on better navigation by implementing a new vertical scrolling feature for comic books in landscape layout. All you need to do is flip the device on its side and scroll through the complete story using vertical swipes. Apart from this Google has also made it easy to search and discover new comics. The redesigned app now organizes series' by the editions, volumes and issues. You will be able to see all the individual issues and synopsis simply by tapping on a series. According to a senior product manager from Google, there would be personalized recommendations for new comics and series to the users.
On this occasion, for a limited period of time Google is offering some digital issues for free. In total they are giving away 44 comics including some of the all-time favourites like Batman and Spawn. According to Google, every Thursday there will be additional deals. Click on the link given below to grab the freebies:
Pixel 4 is the next smartphone by Google coming out this year. To save everything from curiosity, Google took the initiative and talks about some specs even before the time. A new video posted by Google shows off some of the new features packed in the Pixel 4: Motion control and face unlock.
According to Google, the new motion sensor is based on soli, a radar-based fine motion detection technology. It will detect waves of your hand and translate these into software. Soli can detect very fine movements, including fingers pinched together to mimic a watch-winding motion. It has already got approval from the FCC in January. Pixel 4 is the first device to have anything like soli and Google says, that it will available in selected countries.
Google has also add face unlock. This feature isn't new to Android smartphones but Google is doing it in a different way with the Pixel 4 than it was handled before in the past. Once again, Soli is part of the implementation, turning on the face unlock sensor in the device as it detects your hand reaching to pick up the phone. This mean by the time you take the device near to your face, the device is already ready to be use it, which fasten the whole unlock process.
Face unlock will be supported by other third party Android apps, as well, and all of the face unlock is going to happen at the phone which is similar to how iPhone handles the face unlock ID. This will make Pixel 4 as secure as iPhone when it comes to paying with your smartphone. Based on the leak, we can expect that Google may come up with some update on the device before its launch.
Usually, new Android flagship smartphones prefer not to opt for the latest processing chip which is going to change for Pixel 5. The latest and most powerful processor by Qualcomm this year is Snapdragon 865. Samsung has installed the latest processing chip in its Galaxy S20 range for the U.S version and some Chinese manufacturers choose the do the same. But if rumors are to be believed, Google is going to use an older chip for its mid-range smartphone.
The Snapdragon 865 is certainly the fastest processor right now, but the chip is expensive and it also lacks an onboard modem. Qualcomm insists it is used in concert with the X55 modem to provide 5G connectivity. That means a more complicated internal design, which requires more physical space than an SoC that is integrated.
While sub-6 support comes as standard, the 5G network support is optional. These are the two leading 5G technologies right now. Despite having mmWave support for the plus and ultra models, Samsung decided to go without mmWave in the standard Galaxy S20. Google is using the next fastest chip - the Snapdragon 765G in Pixel 5. It is not fast as the latest chip but it does boast an integrated 5G modem. It's Qualcomm's first Soc with an integrated 5G modem that also supports sub-6 and mmWave. That means it requires far less space inside the device and has built-in support for 5G network connectivity. With the extra space left on the phone, Google may be able to fit a bigger battery in there or might tweak the sensor array to make the motion sensor more useful.
As the chip isn't expensive as the latest processor - you don't have to pay anything extra in the name of the small addition of speed. With the optimized software and UI, there isn't much need for the extra speed. Google has never been a hardware company and relies mostly on software to do its tricks. The pixel 3a is the perfect example of its capabilities that might be a beat or two slower than the flagship smartphones but can do clever things that other phones can't.
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They say it's not the camera that makes a good photograph-it's the photographer. If you've got some skills when it comes to taking a photo, you'll be able to produce some truly amazing shots with any type of camera.
Even if you were to use the camera on your humble smartphone, you would still get good results.
Cameras on smartphones-particularly the Android smartphones-get better with every new model. Because of this, it really isn't all that difficult to produce some great photos. But while a smartphone camera's capabilities are sufficient enough for your photography needs, having a few extra tools and gadgets at your disposal certainly wouldn't hurt.
Here are a few apps and accessories for your Android smartphone that can help improve your photography:
If you want a camera and photo editing app that gives you a suite of professional features along with some awesome effects and filters for your next Instagram selfie, then this app is for you. A heavy favorite among Android users, this app gets you pretty close to having a smartphone that can work like a DSLR, thanks to powerful features such as full manual controls; RAW capture on supported devices; the option to adjust your ISO, exposure, shutter speed, and focus distance; powerful HD post-processing; and more.
2. Ztylus RV-1 Revolver Lens Attachment and Case
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With DSLR cameras, it's important to use the right lens for your needs-the kit lens can only take you so far. Interchangeable lenses play a crucial role in achieving your desired shot, especially if you're trying to shoot close-ups with very fine detail (macro) or a panoramic landscape shot (wide-angle).
The same principle applies to your smartphone. If you want to achieve better results and get more variety out of your smartphone camera, using attachable lenses is the way to go. For Android phones, the Ztyler RV-1 revolver lens is a great, inexpensive option, as it gives you three lenses in one: a wide angle, a super macro, and an extreme fisheye. It also comes with a polarizer for when you're shooting outdoors in sunny weather.
If you want a simple, no-frills app that offers impressive, full manual camera controls, this is the app for you. It has no cutesy effects, no artsy filters, and none of the other fun add-on features from other camera apps on the market. It simply allows you to take full advantage of Android Lollipop's Camera2 API.
With this app, you'll be able to manually adjust your shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus distance, and exposure compensation. It also allows you to shoot in RAW format, which is preferred by photographers to make post-processing much easier.
Make sure to run the compatibility test first to see if it will work for you and your device.
Whether you are a professional photographer or a casual user, Snap Camera HD is an extremely useful app for creating great images and videos. In addition to the usual manual controls and the RAW support, it also offers 4K video recording, HDR mode, fast picture mode, and miscellaneous (but pretty useful) features such as the ability to use your phone's Torch mode while recording video in low-light situations.
5. FLY-X3 Plus 3-Axis Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer
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When you're shooting with a smartphone, you're not exactly going to be carrying a tripod everywhere you go. The better solution, therefore, is to use a handheld gimbal stabilizer. This simple, portable, and highly useful device uses a motorized 3-axis powered gimbal to eliminate camera shake and give you the smoothest, most stable video footage and images. This is perfect for action shots or for images that require slower shutter speeds.
Just as the name suggests, the DSLR Camera Pro is an app that lets you turn your smartphone into a DSLR-or as close as it can get to a DSLR, anyway. Just like Manual Camera, this app keeps it fairly simple by doing away with fancy filters, frames, stickers, and other extra camera effects. It just sticks to manual camera settings. The features include a moveable viewfinder, live histogram, exposure compensation, light metering mode, ISO and white balance adjustment, and more.
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Luxi is a great addition to your photography tools and accessories because it turns your smartphone into a professional-quality light meter. Much like the integrated light meter in a DSLR camera, Luxi will help you determine the optimal manual settings to achieve the perfect exposure for your images.
With this device, you take most of the guesswork out of adjusting your smartphone camera's manual settings.
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When it comes to photography, lighting is key. But what happens when the lighting is virtually nonexistent?
Instead of using your phone's built-in flash to add some light to your images, use an external lighting device like Photojojo's Pocket Spotlight.
Compatible with both iPhone and Android smartphones, this portable device is a continuous light source that plugs into your phone's headphone jack. It produces beautifully even, soft light in three modes: full strength, half strength, and strobe-tastic.
Apart from these apps and accessories, there are many other ways to make the best out of your smartphone's camera. Give them a try and experiment with various apps and add-on accessories to see which ones work best for you and your phone when it comes to creating amazing, professional-quality images!
Apple just released its latest iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max featuring new cameras, improved screens, faster processer, and one hour longer battery life. The new iPhone feature similar design as its predecessor with slim bezels and the faceID notch at the top. The iPhone is available in two sizes - 5.8 inch or 6.5-inch screen. The improved super retina OLED displays a higher resolution and sharper colors. The big addition is a big lump on the back of the camera. The three 12MP cameras system works similar to its previous phones, combining an ultra-wide angle, a main, and a telephoto camera for zooming from 0.5x to 2x.
Apple also upgraded the selfie camera to 12MP, and 4k video shooting. The selfie camera can also now shoot slow-motion video. Tim cook said: For those that want something wants that truly pushes the limits, this is iPhone 11 Pro. The 6.1-inch iPhone 11 - the direct replacement for the iPhone XR - gains a dual-camera version of Apple's new system, supplanting the single camera from last year and adding a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera to the traditional 12-megapixel camera.
Apple has improved its Face ID facial recognition system, implemented the new WiFi 6 standard and faster wireless charging. The iPhone 11 has the same 6.1-inch LCD as the iPhone XR and the same aluminum and glass body but now with the tougher glass. All the iPhones have the new, faster A13 Bionic chip, which Apple says is both the fastest CPU and GPU in the smartphone ever. Apple's iPhone battery will stay one hour longer than its previous iPhone. Both iPhone 11 Pros come with a faster 18W charger in the box, something others have been doing for years.
It's not quite an age-old battle - because the iPhone and Android devices have been in competition for just 10 years. But it's a battle that stirs up strong loyalties on both sides, with the disciples of the late Steve Jobs on one side and Android advocates on the other. While Apple is on course to become the world's first trillion dollar company with reported sales of nearly $230 billion in 2017, it's an Android device that you'll find in most people's hands, at a ratio of around 2:1.
From the figures alone, you could well be led to assume that the sheer number of users means that Android is the undisputed champion when it comes to mobile gaming. But, as will soon emerge, it's a rather more complex situation than that.
First, though, a little about the amazing growth of mobile gaming itself. Since 2015 it has overtaken PC and console gaming in terms of revenue generated - and this continues to rise at an exponential rate. For example between 2014 and 2017 it grew from $25 billion to $46.2 billion. The number of users is also growing faster than other platforms with an estimated 200 million people worldwide using their mobiles for gaming in 2017, a 50 million increase since 2014 and a figure that leaves PC and console players in its wake.
Similarly, the number of games released for mobiles truly dwarfs the latter. 2017 figures show that over 152,000 new titles became available via app stores in 2017 compared with under 4,000 PC and console games.
Apple games are often the first to be launched...
It's a fact that most mobile games that are launched are designed for Apple devices. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that, at any one time there are probably only five or six different versions of the iPhone that they need to work on, while Android devices (with the various makes and models that run the Android system) run into the thousands. So obviously, this makes the developer's task that much more challenging for Android.
It's also a matter of economics. Developing any game is costly, so money needs to be made back as quickly as possible. It just so happens that users of Apple's App Store seem keener to pay for games than visitors to the Google Play store do. So it's always made sense to concentrate on games for Apple first and then adapt them to be played on Android devices.
This possibly has some big advantages for Android players as, while they may have to wait a little while longer for a game, it could have been improved and developed from the original by the time it's ready for the Android platform.
...but which is the better for players?
Android users are generally harsher critics of games
What do players themselves think about the differences between Apple and Android versions of games?
Well, it appears that Android users are generally harsher critics of games than Apple fans. Over at the App Store you're likely to see plenty of 4.5 star + reviews, while in the Android Play Store a game's doing well if it gets a 4 star rating at best. So you can be confident that a high rating Android game really is good.
Plus the most complex games out there need big chunks of memory to play well - and this is one of a few areas where the Android system is very strong. Unlike the sealed-system approach of Apple, it's fairly easy to give an Android device an upgrade by installing a custom ROM to boost performance. But having said this, Apple devices, and particularly those with larger memories, can handle even the most dazzlingly designed of games.
The power to play without breaks
Apple's limited battery life has proved frustrating for many users
A frequent bugbear - even among the most dedicated fans of Apple products - is the fact that a battery charge doesn't last as long as it could. While this is a nuisance when you're nowhere near a charger and the juice runs out, it's extra annoying when it happens in the middle of a game.
Thanks to the design of iPhones, the size of the battery they can put in their devices is limited. On the other hand, makers of Android devices can fit larger, more powerful batteries which can run for longer on a single charge, even up to nearly 17 hours on a single charge. So when it comes to having a mobile device that you can be sure will have the power you need to play, the Android system is a clear winner in this respect.
Mobile gaming rules the roost
Over 80% of traffic to slots website Roseslots comes from mobile
Being easy and satisfying to play is very important for all kinds of mobile games. It's equally vital for businesses like online gaming sites, too - particularly gambling operators offering slots games. Websites like this are finding that more and more of their traffic comes from mobile devices - as greater users realise the perks of playing their favourite slots games from the comfort of their own home, or if they're on the move.
One of the newest slots operators is Roseslots.com, which currently sees over 80% of player traffic on mobile. As a response to this, slots designers have sought to optimise the gameplay experience for mobile users - with high-quality graphics and immersive, engaging plots and themes. To see this for yourself, check out Starburst Touch - a glorious slot game developed by Swedish developers NeTent - which strikes the perfect balance between vibrant design and straightforward gameplay.
So armed with all this information, can we say for sure whether iOS or Android is best for gaming? Well, there are plenty of arguments for both. If you always want to be first with the new games then it's got to be Apple but if you're happy to wait a little longer for a game to appear on Android then you could even find that it's an improvement on the original. In terms of performance, both Android and Apple have their own particular strengths so, in the final analysis, it's probably not so important which kind of device you use.
The most important thing? Make sure you enjoy the game.
We are living in a time when smartphones and tablets have become almost as fast and capable as entry level desktops and laptops, with some of them like the iPad Pro even outperforming certain fully fledged models with ease! This brings us to the question, are smartphones really better than laptops and desktops for online gambling in 2020?
The Answer is Yes, for the Most Part
When it comes to traditional gaming, the PC is still unmatched, but that's only because those are games that are designed to maximize every ounce of power inside those massive CPUs and GPUs. As far as casino games are concerned though, it really doesn't matter at this point.
If you have a high end or flagship smartphone, then you can have just as good an experience on it while playing card games, slot games and trying your luck at any other online casino game, as you would on a high-end gaming laptop or desktop. Online casino websites, apps and HD software installations neither need, nor can take advantage of the graphical advantage which gaming PCs have over even the most powerful smartphone in existence today, so the difference in smoothness or overall experience is non-existent.
Casino Game Developers have Started Putting the Mobile Platforms Ahead of Windows
It's true that today, there are actually more options for mobile slot gaming than there is on any of the desktop platforms. Not only are popular online casinos making mobile or app versions of their casinos, but game developers themselves are making more dedicated mobile slots than exclusive browser slots. As a matter of fact, you will be hard pressed to find too many desktop gaming slots that are not available for Android and/or iOS devices as well, but you will find plenty of exclusive mobile slot gaming options for iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and Android tablets quite easily.
Do Smartphones Really Have Any Advantages Over Laptops and Desktops?
So far, we have only discussed the similarities and compatibilities, but what about advantages? There has to be a reason why developers have now made mobile phones their priority. Of course there is, or it simply wouldn't make any business sense whatsoever! As to what those advantages are exactly, let's take a look.
Everyone has a Smartphone
Almost everyone in the civilized world has access to a smartphone these days, and almost 100% of the online casino industry's target audience has one or more smartphones and tablets that they use regularly. However, the same can be said about laptops, because smartphones and tablets are not yet in a position to replace laptops and desktops for work.
If you are someone who works in this digital age and gambles online, it would be very unlikely for you to not at least have a laptop. Therein also lies one of the main reasons why mobile phones are winning over their larger, more powerful counterparts, as ideal companions for online gamblers.
A smartphone is by mental association, something that people use for leisure mostly, while laptops and desktops are workhorses. Playing slot games on smartphones just feel more intuitive than it does on laptops or desktops, because the former is associated with leisure more, while the latter is now only used by most people for actual work.
Mobile phones are designed to bring mobility to everything digital. The fact that you can play PUBG, Fortnite, blackjack, poker, slots, live casino games and everything in between, while traveling to another part of the globe on an aeroplane, or while sitting on the john is an advantage that puts the smartphone leagues ahead of traditional computers.
Perhaps the only advantage which big computers have over their smaller brethren is that of screen size. Smartphones have huge 6 - 7 inch screens these days, but even at that size, they should ideally pale in front of a 15.6 inch laptop display, or a gigantic wide screen monitor at 38-inches! However, tablets offer a more feasible solution to this disadvantage, while keeping the costs down. Nobody spends thousands of dollars on building a gaming and editing PC, couples it with a 1440p, 10-bit panel with 240hz refresh rate, just to play casino games! Playing gorgeous casino games on the 120hz display of the iPad Pro or the Super AMOLED display of the Tab S6 however, makes natural sense and the mobile slots look absolutely stunning and feels natural on those perfectly sized screens.
The fourth iteration of Smart Game Booster from PCGameBoost could be a surprisingly effective solution for PC gamers with older machines that they cannot upgrade right now. Not only is the software promising to be an effective tool for boosting gaming performance in any Windows PC, it's actually free to download and try. That's a lucrative offer right there, so feel free to downloadd it right now and orm your own opiion. Howver, if you actually want to know what it can really do for your PC gaming needs, stick around as we discuss the features and their effectiveness in brief.
Consider it to be an All Purpose Gaming Companion for Your PC
If you have ever used Nvidia GeForce Experience or AMD's Adrenalin, you will find Smart Game Booster to be quite similar to them in many ways. However, there are two main differences between the GPU giants' proprietary software packages and Smart Game Booster.
Unlike Geforce Experience or Adrenalin, which are each tied only to their own manufacture cards, Smart Game Booster supports all GPUs
Smart Game Booster offers a number of additional features that none of the software optimizers from Nvidia or AMD can boast of
However, the similarity exists because they are all PC tuning software packages, meant to keep your GPU always updated with the latest drivers, tune up games to boost performance or graphical quality, and even overclock the graphics card to support better graphics. It's just that Smart Game Booster is not proprietary, works with all PCs and has a lot more to offer than anything which GeForce Experience or AMD Adrenalin can.
The Features: How Useful are They?
Smart Game Booster 4 offers everything that you can possibly expect from a PC tuning and gaming assistance software, if not more. As to what they are exactly and how they work, let's find out.
Game Booster: Boost Your Average fps with a Singe Click
In online games, how many frame you can see per second makes a lot of difference, especially if you are playing a shooter or any game that requires fast reaction times. When you click on the Game Booster icon, Smart Game Booster Makes It Happen for You by taking a number of steps after that single click.
- Cleans the RAM
- Ends all background processes unnecessary for playing the game
- Disables the autostart apps, so that they cannot hog you PC's limited resources
- Frees up all possible resoures of the PC, so that they can all be directed to boost gaming performance
Naturally, when your PC can direct all its available sources towards that single game you are playing, you will see a boost in fps, frequent freezing will be less of an issue, and your CPU/GPU temperatures will alo stay low, as they don't have to multitask so much anymore. If your GPU does begin to overheat, which is likely if you overclock it too hgh, Smart Game Booster will warn you about the rise in temperature, well before that can become a serious issue.
Overclocking is Easy with Smart Game Booster
Overclocking is not exactly tough work for anyone familiar with the concept, but not everyone is used to overclocking their GPUs and CPUs manually. It can take up quite some time to learn, and even more time to perfect. The Super Boost button in Smart Game Booster however, flattens the learning curve like a pro. Not only does it instantly overclock your GPU to its optimum performance level, the software also keeps adjusting the clock speeds to maintain the GPU's OC temperatures within the safety zone. That is really a huge advantage to have by on one's side.
Although Super Boost does work pretty well, the only thing to keep in mind is that it doesn't work with some of the older cards. Nevertheless, Smart Game Booster supports most Nvidia and AMD cards released in the last few years and you can always check their site for more clarity regarding whether or not your GPU is supported. If it is supported though, expect Smart Game Booster to turn your old graphics card into an upgraded version of itself, forcing out higher fps and facilitating smoother gameplay.
Fine Tunes Your PC to Perform Better Inside and Outside Gaming Sessions
Smart Game Booster is a companion software for gamers primarily, but its features can also benefit your PC as a whole.
Disk Defragmentation - Disk Defragmentation is supposed to make your HDD or SSD load everything faster, including video games, and it's most noticeable when you enter a new in-game map, launch a new game or any other software. Movies stored onto the hard disk will play without freezing, skipping or slowing down, while essential programs will load instantly.
Automatic Diver Updates - Smart Game Booster automatically downloads and installs the necessary drivers for your specific GPU. This doesn't just improve in-game performance, but also keeps your PC's visuals crisp during media consumption, photo editing and video editing.
Game recording is Pretty Smooth - Admittedly, fps will take a toll while recording gaming sessions, but that's unavoidable, no matter what software is used to record while playing. Even then, Smart Game Booster tries to maintain a balance between the recorded footage's quality and the in-game performance, as best as the hardware would allow. If there's enough juice in your hardware to power both rendering and recording simultaneously though, just press CTRL + ALT + V and get ready to watch your exploits in high definition later on.
Organize All Your Games into a Single Library - With Uplay, Origin, Steam, GOG and a host of other online libraries and stores, it's a pain to launch games from each of individually. Smart Game Booster has its own library which lets the user optimize, boost and launch all games from all separate vendors, right from the menu. We found this feature to be very convenient and timesaving to say the least!
This list wouldn't have made much sense, had the features been half baked to be honest, which is fortunately, not what we saw. Apparently, there were a few bugs in the earlier versions, but with Smart Game Booster v4.3 onwards, those bugs have mostly been taken care of. As it turned out, all the advertised features do work as mentioned. Even if you have a PC with the latest hardware in it, we recommend giving Smart Game Boost a try. It's possible that you might be able to lower the average GPU temperatures and make your PC run faster than before, even when you are not gaming on it. Older PCs will experience the best effects of Smart Game Booster though, as it has the potential and capabilities to make your old hardware feel significantly faster, both inside and outside games.
A lot of issues may arise that will warrant you to convert your image to PDF files. For example, you receive an image file which contains some very confidential information which requires editing, then instead of saving it as an image file, you may decide to convert to PDF which offers you the opportunity to edit the document as well as enhance its security. In this case, you will have to use the "Image to PDF" function which will help you do the conversion.
Why is PDF better than Image?
There is no doubt that the PDF is a better file format than an image one and this is due to some clear advantages. Firstly, the PDF offers sophisticated security systems that can restrict usage in the form of set access passwords. Do not forget that today's business needs requires greater emphasis on document security and the PDF offers that feature. Secondly, PDF is more accessible, for example, PDF document structure will enable the proper usage of some assistive technologies like the screen readers. When you deal with images, you maybe meet all kinds of formats, such as JPG/JPEG, TIF/TIFF, GIF, BMP, PNG among other formats. Perhaps this is something image files do not support. It is also important to note that PDF is better than image due to its quality of presentation especially in terms of printing and viewing.
Wondershare PDFelement is a top PDF editor every professional should have. It is designed to help you edit, combine, transform PDF files as well as other important functions with relative ease. It is important we look at some very key features of this great software which will help you make some strategic decisions in the way you handle PDF issues.
First, one key feature of the PDFelement is the "Convert and Create". This gives you the tool to convert PDF documents to and from other popular file formats. Apart from that, you can convert image to PDF by using the "Create PDF" button where you upload the image required for conversion. In case of converting multiple batches to one PDF, the combine PDF on the home window can be enabled where you can add the multiple files for conversion.
The PDFelement in reality is not just only for creation and conversion, there are much more. For example, your converted image to PDF can be edited by changing texts, images or even making some modifications entirely. In addition, there is an OCR technology that would let you convert scanned PDF into something searchable and editable.
Other great features of the PDFelement include password protection, annotation, digital signature, merge and split PDF, Insert and Replace, Redact and many more.
The reality remains that PDF is better than image especially in the interest of securing documents. Though image files still has the role in document storage, the PDF offer better functionality that is required according to business needs. Wondershare PDFelement boasts of a superb image to PDF converter that you can always rely on to convert images to PDF without stress
Are you wondering how to take a good picture from cheap phones? Gone are the days when you had to take cameras with you to take pictures. In today's advanced world, you just need your phone to take great pictures. Camera phones have improved impressively, but still, they are not great for taking quality photos in the first attempt. However, a good photographer can take beautiful pictures with any device that can capture photos. In this article, we have talked about how to take better pictures using your android phone.
Take a look at the tips for taking great pictures using best android phones.
Avoid Using Digital Zoom
In recent times, all the phones feature digital zoom function. It is great if you pretend that it doesn't exist. You can see for yourself, your image degrades the moment you start to zoom. The zoom lens in your cheap android phones is missing. This is why your phone just enlarges the image digitally. As a result of this, it decreases the detail resolution of the picture. Instead of taking a picture using digital zoom, you can move closer by a few steps.
Clean The Lens
Another great tip for you to follow is by cleaning the lens of yourphone. In order to take great pictures, you must have a clean camera lens. Your best android phones spend a lot of time in your pocket or purse. In there a lot of dust and dirt can get on your lens. It is recommended to clean the lens of your camera with a cleaning cloth. You can use the cleaning cloth from optician to clean the camera lens without damaging it.
Change Camera Settings
Next tip that you should keep in mind is that there are various camera settings. The settings vary depending on your phone. You can change the settings before taking a picture. Find out more about the settings and get ready to take bright and better pictures.
It is advised to use flash in emergencies only. Using a flash is not a good option as it destroys a quality picture. The color of the picture suffers as the background is nearly disappeared and the forefront is brightened.
Moreover, the flash of cheap android phones will offer you great pictures only if the appropriate light is missing. However, the result is not very good as the subject will be overexposed. The flash will cause hard shadows that takeout the natural element from the pictures.
You can use a semi-translucent white tape and stick it over the flash of your Android phone. This will decrease the hardness of the lightning and will give a smooth light. It will provide beautiful and natural pictures.
One of the most important things to get a great picture is to have the subject well lit. This is why you should look for light sources. A neon sign or rays of sunshine are a good example. You will have to pay attention to the subject, whether you can see it clearly or not. If not, you can change your angle, reposition the subject or look for a little shady place. The most common mistake that most of the people make is thehaving a strong light behind your subjects. This is a good choice if you want to have a silhouette effect.
A picture doesn't have to be straight on. You can try a different angle, it is necessary for having a great picture. You can get down on your knees for taking a picture or you can go on ahigh surface and take a picture downward. This technique gives you interesting photos. The picture from below often gives you double chin so you should be very careful when taking pictures from below.
Another tip is to play with reflections, this is because our eyes are attracted to reflections. Everyone loves a picture in which sky is reflected in thewater. It is pleasant to see a picture like this. This is why you must try to play with them in a picture. There are many places where you can find the reflections. For example, vast bodies of water like lake, puddles, mirror, metallic surfaces and drinking glasses.
Have a Steady Support
To take an amazing picture, you must have a steady support for your best android phones. Having a steady support is crucial especially when there is low light. You will already be struggling with your phone to get appropriate light. You can always use a tripod, but that means you will have to carry one more thing around with you. There are many options that can give you the support for asteady hand. You can use a table, a wall or mantelpiece.
You should not be afraid to edit the photos you took with your Android phone. Composing and taking the photos is the first step, the next step is to edit your photos. It helps in making your photos compelling. With the help of filters, you can make your photos better. You can make everything better, from facial photos to food photos. There are plenty of photo editing apps that you can use. Try and find out which you like the most and produce fantastic photos.
In the end, it all comes down to you, your skill, knowledge, and eye. All these things will make the pictures worth looking at. Take best pictures using your phone and share it with the rest of theworld. You can take great pictures with the help of these tips. However, not all these tips can work in all the situation. You will have to practice and do experiments to find what works best for you. You can even use different camera apps to take great pictures. What tips do you have for taking a great picture from the camera of your cheap phones? Let us know in the comments below.
You are probably familiar with the newly introduced Always On displays already, so let's get into the battle of the flagships right away. However, keep in mind that the LG G5 used while comparing the two was a pre-production unit.
Visibility or clarity
If you are outdoors and the weather isn't too sunny then you would be hard pressed to see a difference between the two Always On displays as they are both perfectly visible, even from a distance. If however, the condition outside is quite sunny and you are trying to check out the time, date and notifications, the LG G5 loses by a huge margin to the S7. The S7's AMOLED display is simply brighter, more defined and clear compared to the IPS-LCD screen of the G5. In fact, you will need to look at the G5 at almost a 90-degree angle under bright conditions to even make out what's on the secondary display, while the S7 offers much better viewing angles.
Samsung has added a lot more customizability to its secondary screen when compared to its South Korean competitor. The S7's Always On display supports stock pictures and skins for clocks as well as the calendar. The notifications change their place of appearance on their own as well to prevent screen burn-ins (a result of static images being shown on a particular space for too long a time at a single stretch). The only significant customization that LG offers is the ability to add a personal signature that can replace the traditional time display.
Although we love LG's equal treatment of all apps installed on it, credit must be given to Samsung for making better hardware and adding more customization. The S7 would win this hands down if only it supported third party apps like the G5, but as it stands now, the better Always On display among the two must be decided by the user and his/her priorities. So, which of these features are more important to you?
Have you ever struggled with writing an essay? Probably every student has problems with this type of assignment at least once in a lifetime. No matter whether it is a 12-page research paper, a dissertation, or a lab report, it can be equally difficult for a freshman as well as an experienced student. Usually, the biggest problems occur with the smallest assignments - essays.
The art of writing an essay is not an easy one. It is quite hard to fit everything you want to discuss on the topic into a limited number of words (400-500). But it won't be a problem if you know how to do those assignments properly. And we're not talking about format and style only. It is about the way you organize the writing process and the steps you follow. Interested in becoming a better writer? You have two options - to ask a professional Australian writing service to do my assignment for me if you live in Australia, or to read this article and apply new knowledge in practice. The decision is up to you.
So, let's have a look at our best recommendations on writing a winning essay.
How to Write Essays
It doesn't matter what type of essay you have. The following recommendations can be applied even for writing a dissertation or a research paper.
- Planning. Don't start working on your essay if you don't have a clear plan on how to do it. Sit down, analyze the topic, and think what materials you might need to compose a profound paper. What kind of books? What type of online sources? Are you going to quote famous people? Where are you planning to get all of those materials?
- Then, start brainstorming. We don't recommend going to the library immediately after writing a plan. Before searching for the books, figure out what you already know about the topic. Brainstorming is the easiest way to do this. Just write down your thoughts and ideas on the given topic. Then, filter them and pick only the most interesting or unique one.
- Go to the library. It is hard to avoid visit to the library if you want to create a qualitative content. Or you can search for digital versions of the books online instead of getting the printed ones in the library. Keep in mind that not all books are available on the Internet. And don't rely on Wikipedia only. It is definitely not a great source for an essay with an academic level. Do a profound research.
- Since you have all the materials, you can start organizing them in the logical order. Create a plan for your future essay. For example, introduction, body, conclusion. Or make it more detailed if you want. For this, you can use a five-paragraph strategy of writing an essay.
- Write introduction first. We don't recommend working on your essay in a chaotic way when you write body part, conclusion, and introduction in a random order. Always start with the introduction. It will help you to see the course of writing clearly. Don't forget about a thesis statement, which comes at the end of the introduction and informs the main point of your work in one sentence. Your thesis statement and introduction, in general, should tell the reader what your essay is going to be about.
- Then, work on the body part and conclusion. If a body paragraph is not a big problem for most students, a concluding part is a confusing one. Remember that you shouldn't include any new information in the conclusion. The concluding part should put together everything that has been said in the essay. It is like a rewritten introduction.
- And the last but not the least is proofreading/editing. Those two processes are a part of writing too. The most effective way to revise your paper is by proofreading and editing for a couple of times on different days. For example, write it today and proofread tomorrow. Then, leave it for a day. And come back to proofread one more time. Why do you need this? It gives a clearer image of what you've written before. Every time you read your paper, you notice something that can or should be improved or added. You can also ask your friend or family members to read your essay aloud. What do they think about it? And what do you think about it? Does it sound great?
If you follow all of these recommendations step by step, your writing skills will become more professional. Thus, your papers will be more qualitative, allowing you to expect higher grades than you've ever got. So try these tips in practice if you want to avoid stress while doing your next writing assignment.
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