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OnePlus is a sub-brand that's owned by Oppo, but the parent company does not exactly interfere in many of its operations. As a result, the online only OEM has made a name for its self in the recent years for delivering "flagship killer" smartphones that have astounding price-to-performance ratio. Although they are not as "cheap" anymore as they once were (unless you consider $439 to be cheap of course), the OnePlus 3T was still launched at almost half the price of the Galaxy S7 Edge, with arguably better hardware in some areas!
It looks like the OnePlus 5 is all set to continue its dominance over Android smartphones just like the OnePlus 3T did last year, when it comes to fast performance and high benchmark scores. Check out the benchmarks score above to see what we are talking about. Not to anyone's surprise, the iPhone 7 Plus continues to remain the undisputed king of single-core performance on Geekbench, but the upcoming OnePlus 5 has actually beaten the Galaxy S8+ quite convincingly in terms of multi-core performance! The S8+ did manage to hold the second position just after the iPhone 7 Plus though, beating the OnePlus 5 with just 15 points.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
So far, the year 2019 has some amazing phones. The Samsung introduced Galaxy Note 10 plus, the Galaxy Fold, but the most important phone of the year was $399 - Google Pixel 3A. Right now, the trend is shifting towards budget smartphones like Apple and Samsung finding it hard to justify their $1000 tag prices. The phones which cost around $500 or under are becoming faster, stylish, and have a premium quality camera. Expensive phones are great but they have been almost the same every year. Thanks to Google, Moto, and OnePlus the technology is becoming more affordable.
Google Pixel 3A looks slick, fast enough and has comparable photos from a recent Samsung smartphone. The Pixel3A doesn't sacrifice the picture quality at all. It doesn't have 10x zoom, like Oppo's or an ultrawide lens on the P30 phones but the camera on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3A is still highly remarkable. Even though dual or tri camera is in trend these days, Google uses only one camera and still the picture quality is amazing due to its software. It has 8MP front camera with a 12MP rear camera. The phone's rear camera has autofocus and phase detection. It comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box.
Between the astonishing camera and its pleasant user interface, the3A is a much better to phone than Android smartphones that cost nearly three times as much. The Google Pixel 3A has a Qualcomm's snapdragon 855 chips, while the iPhone XR and XS are powered by Apple's own A12 Bionic chip. These processors are powerful. They shoot to the top of every benchmark test. The Pixel3A can run 3D games like PUBG on high settings just fine. It has a 3000mAh battery that helps it offer a good all day long battery experience. It also includes an 18W Type-C charger that charges the phone very quickly. With the Pixel 3a, Google promises 3 years of guaranteed software support. The smartphone offers a good user experience without any lag or stutter during usage.
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.
Today, Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft will make an investment in, the Android ROM developer company, Cyanogen Inc. The Redmond giant is expected to become a minority investor in a $70 million round of equity financing.
The latest round of funding is said to value Cyanogen Inc. in the high hundreds of millions. Spokespeople from both Microsoft and Cyanogen Inc. declined to comment on the matter.
Cyanogen made quite a splash a few days ago when the company's CEO Kirt McMaster told an audience in San Francisco that the company wants to take Android away from Google. The ambitious startup plans to create a version of Android, which isn't dependent on Google Play apps and services.
According to a report by Korea Herald, Samsung is all set to release a new batch of "explosion proof batteries" by the end of roughly two years at most. Yes, the irony of Samsung trying to make batteries that don't explode is not lost on us and let the Note 7 jokes rain! However, it's exactly that blunder which led Samsung to try and develop this solid state, stable battery in the first place.
The batteries are being researched and developed at Samsung's own Samsung SDI division and if they do manage to churn these batteries out like they are hoping to, you can rest assured that Samsung will be the first company to sport them. However, one point to be noted is that an executive at the SDI told Korea Herald that there's no guarantee that those non-explosive batteries will be used in future smartphones. He mentioned that is a call which will be made by Samsung electronics. On a side note, LG Chem is probably on the same track as well and it wouldn't be surprising to see both the companies come up with these safer batteries at nearly the same time.
Via: Korea Herald
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In case you have not heard about the Infinity-O display before, then let us explain what it is first. Apparently, Samsung is skipping the notch altogether and instead, the Korean giant will release smartphones with just a punch-hole on the display to house the front camera sensor. As you can see in the image, the hole looks similar to an O and that's where the name Infinity-O originated from. While there have been much speculation about which would be the first smartphone to sport it, it looks like we finally have an answer in the Galaxy A8s.
The Galaxy A8s will likely be a mid-range device, touting a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC (or an Exynos equivalent for international variants), 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage with an expandable micro-SD card slot. The latest reports indicate that Samsung will wait until January, 2019 to launch it.
The standard 52-card deck is a versatile tool that has led to hundreds of card game variations worldwide. From humble games played at home with friends and family, to high-stake game tournaments played on the casino floor, card games provide a thrilling experience that are enjoyed by novice and veteran players alike.
With that said, most players are familiar with card game staples such as Poker and Blackjack. Yet over time, the growth of the entertainment industry has encouraged casinos to be more innovative and intriguing with their card game offerings.
Nowadays, lesser known card games can be found in brick-and-mortar as well as online casinos. So we've collaborated with the folks at bgo to bring you a list of card games you might have seen before, but haven't played yet. Take a look at our infographic to learn the objectives of each game and try them out on your next casino visit!
With all that's going on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's exploding batteries and the iPhone 7's somewhat disappointing unveiling, there is a perfect market for LG to introduce its flagship V20 smartphone to the consumers now. The chances of LG seeing a much better sales number with the V20 than it did with the V10 or the G5 is pretty high because at least a portion of the consumers looking to buy a new flagship device would be tempted to try out a premium device from a reputed company that has kept the 3.5mm jack and doesn't blow up while charging (hopefully!). Unfortunately, there is no definite news about the smartphone's availability, except the fact that it is expected to be released near the end of 2016.
This has been confirmed that the LG V20 will be the first smartphone in the world to be shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. Have a look at some of its other prominent features and decide for yourself if you should hold on from upgrading for just a little while longer.
Display: 5.7-inch QHD IPS panel
Dual rear cameras: 16mp sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 8mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/2.4 aperture.
Front camera: 5mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/1.9 aperture
Audio: Quad DAC technology for enhanced audio output via the speakers and the bundled Bang & Olufsen headphones
Battery: 3200 mAh Li-ion battery that's removable
Chipset and RAM: Qualcomm MSM8996 (SD 820) with 4GB of RAM
The only two things we did not like about the V20 so far are the 3200mAh battery which could have been slightly larger and the lack of water-resistance that both the Note 7 and the iPhone 7 has. Other than that, the LG V20 looks to be a solid smartphone and it might be a smart move if the Korean OEM pushed the device a little earlier than rumoured.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)