Since OnePlus has started to create smartphones, it has been loved by Android users all around the world. Its rapid growth is a clear sign of its positive impact on the industry. With time, it is getting even better and manufacturing phones after listening to the feedback of its customers. With OnePlus 7 Pro, company has entered into the true hyper-premium category. It is bigger, faster, and more expensive than any other OnePlus devices before. The company has put everything they could, added extra features, create an astonishing design and it also shows in the price tag. The OnePlus 7 Pro feels like competing directly with Samsung and Huawei.
It is an edge-to-edge Samsung's infinity-like display that has ditched the notch for a mechanical pop-up selfie camera. The new high resolution display looks amazing. But the key selling feature for this device isn't camera - it is battery. The device comes with a 30W charger which isn't as fast as Huawei but does close to it. It can charge your device really fast, and it keeps the phone from getting too hot by converting the voltage to 5V in the charger itself, rather than handled by the device. The phone also comes with a clear case.
The camera comes out really silent and fast. You can even use it for face unlock. OnePlus claims that it takes 0.53 seconds for the camera to emerge from the casing and 0.65 seconds to take a picture, match, and compare your face for unlocking the device. The camera body is made of soft touch glass as the OnePlus 6T. Although it feels more like metal than glass. The phone has come in three colors: Nebula Blue, Mirror Grey, and Almond Red. For connectivity it uses USB-C port. There is no micro-SD card expansion slot or headphone jack in the device though. The device has a 6.67-inch display that is great for watching movies or if you want to play games on it. The resolution is 3120 x 1440 Quad HD+ with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 516 ppi pixel density and 90Hz AMOLED display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core and Adreno 640 GPU. The memory is 8GB or 12GB of RAM with 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.0 Storage.
We use them to keep connected with friends and family, to navigate the world, find a date, take photos, watch videos, and play games at one of the high-end pay by phone bill casino sites, all at the swipe of a finger. Reports now show that more people use their mobile devices to have a bet or wager online, and because these online sites are operated under strict rules and regulations, and have to be licenced to run, increasing numbers are turning to online sites in preference to going out, for instance, to a bricks and mortar casino.
There is no doubt that the Smartphone has changed our lives yet we are still only starting to understand the full impact that this new technology is having on our lives, our relationships and the lives of our children.
Infact, there has been a great deal of research carried out on Smartphone usage, but we are still only scraping at the surface of how this use interfaces with our relationships. Questions like: Is the smartphone helping us be better connected, or is it taking us away from our relationships, and does using the smartphone help us to take a few minutes out from our busy lives, or is it distracting us from real problems, need to be addressed.
What should always be remembered is that the Smartphone is not the real problem as it is actually a pretty impressive tool, what is the issues is how we use that tool, how we use the computer we can carry about in our pocket or bag that is the real issue.
If you ask most adolescents if they could live without their phone, the answer would be a resounding no, but that answer is not just limited to adolescents as many adults would give the same reply.
Take Australia as an example, almost 85% own a smartphone, that is around 16 million people just in one country, and Australia is only the fourth biggest nation of smartphone users in the world, our love affair with the smartphone is well and truly established, so much so that it is the 'must have' fashion accessory to have, and there is even phubbing to contend with.
'Phubbing' (for those who do not know) is the act of snubbing your partner in favour of being on your smartphone and we have all witnessed it (as well as doing it.) How many times can we go into a restaurant and see a couple hardly speaking to each other over the table whilst they are texting away or taking pics of the superb meal, they are out enjoying on Instagram?
Knowing when and when not to use a smartphone, or where is appropriate to take pictures is one thing, but being able to put down that mobile device is a completely different matter.
Even if Black Friday is already over, there is still a bit of time left to take care of some last-minute shopping. And if you are like yours truly - having little to no inspiration when it comes to choosing Christmas gifts - you might find it hard to decide what to surprise your friends and family with this Holiday season. Luckily, smartphones are the perfect gift, so choosing one for Christmas is an almost obvious option. Here are some models released this year that anyone would love to see under the Christmas tree.
The Razer phone is the perfect choice for anyone in love with Android games. Its screen is amazing, capable of displaying the graphics of anything between mobile real money gambling casino games available at at Wild Jack and even the most demanding and action-packed titles available today. It also comes with a massive battery to ensure long-term gaming action and a high-quality sound system with front-facing stereo speakers for the best experience altogether.
Released: November 2017. Price: $699
Nokia was once the best name on the mobile phone market and the manufacturer of the world's first true smartphones. Over the years, especially after the brand was sold to Microsoft, its value for smartphone users declined. This year, though, it has once again released some amazing handsets, one for every pocket. And Nokia 8 is its best, a phone worthy of the Finnish brand's former glory.
With Nokia 8 under the Christmas three, you cannot fail. The phone has hardware fit for a flagship, an amazing screen, 6GB of RAM, a dual 13 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and 128GB of internal storage.
Released: October 2017. Price: ~$670
Xiaomi Mi A1
If your pockets are not that deep but you still want to offer a smartphone that's special as a present, you might want to consider Xiaomi's first Android One smartphone, the Mi A1. While its specs are not exactly on par with this year's flagship phones, they are more than decent: it has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM, it has a dual 12MP camera, FM radio, and a 3080mAh battery. What makes it special is its operating system: it is an Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) Android One on it (the plain stock version of the operating system) planned to be upgraded to a similar version of Android 8.0
Released: September 2017. Price: ~$260
Samsung Galaxy Fold was one of the foldable and had some doubts in the consumer's mind about the whole foldable thing. Despite the device went for sale and the figures were okay, there was something about the phone that people didn't like. It could be its weight, fragile screen, or big screen that made some people uncomfortable while making calls. The Galaxy Z flip is different though. It becomes a normal size phone when folds and expands into a mini-tablet. The Z flip is compact and fits perfectly in a pocket. At the same time, Samsung introduced a screen covering that is much more resistant to damage while using daily, with hinge improvements that seem more durable than its predecessor's design.
Samsung seems to be proud of its latest display design on the Galaxy Z flip, or display covering to be accurate. The device screen is covered with glass and not with plastic. After using the fold some people didn't like its display, so Samsung decided to improve the screen this time. The only problem here is that the display covering is more fragile than the Gorilla Glass 6 on a Galaxy S10. But this screen covering can also fold in half. If you can't handle a phone that is still in the experimental phase and has some fragile aspects, you should consider buying a Galaxy S20 instead.
Samsung also experimented with the software and Android 10 One UI 2. It's just a Galaxy S10 feeling when opened. Samsung did some interesting things by using the multi-window interface on the Fold. The flex model view options on the Z flip allow you to bend the phone to a roughly 90-degree angle and have a split view on the vertical and horizontal space. Flex mode works with only a few apps lie the camera, gallery app, Duo video calls, and the always-on display clock mode. The z flip has had YouTube working in flex mode, but that wasn't on my retail unit.
You have probably used a magnetic air vent car mount before, but the chances are pretty high that you have never used one quite like the Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount. What sets the cheap yet useful hands-free device apart from most of the others is the fact that it doesn't need magnetic stickers for it to attach to the smartphone. The ones we have used before, usually have the included magnetic stickers which you must apply at the back of your phone for the setup to work, but not with this one. The Spigen car mount simply uses the magnets that are already present inside the compatible smartphones to attach itself to them.
The system is simple to work with and of course offers more flexibility than magnetic sticker-based car mounts and it doesn't let go of your phone during bumpy rides either. Considering that it costs about $6.99 on Amazon right now, we would say that this is an excellent buy, or even a MUST buy! As of now, the Spigen Magnetic Car Mount is compatible with the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
It is estimated there are now approximately 2.5 billion active Android users in the world. That is a lot of smartphones or tablets and a lot of people who enjoy using them in their daily life. One major thing all Android users love to do is play online games. An illustration of this is online casino real money games which many use their mobile devices to access. It is easy to see why these types of games are so popular as they give people the chance to win real money with little effort.
The popularity of these types of online games is shown by how much they have caused mobile gaming revenues to rise. In 2019, it is thought that mobile gaming generated $68.5bn in global revenue, which made up a significant portion of the entire gaming revenue. With total global games revenue predicted to hit $196bn by 2022, we could well see online games played via mobile devices make even more money. But why do we love gaming in this way so much?
They are fun!
This may sound a little simplistic but it does cut to the core of why online gaming is so popular. Humans are hardwired to seek out excitement and fun, especially if we have some free time or are feeling bored. Playing games over the internet helps us to satisfy this need for thrills and in turn makes us feel good. The feelings of satisfaction and happiness is what draws us back time and again to play online games. Of course, game developers know this and use immersive storylines, bright designs and cute characters to draw us in.
Another major reason that online gaming has caught on so much is the social interaction between players that it offers. Perhaps the easiest way to understand this is looking at how games such as Clash of Clans or PUBG mobile are so widely played. By allowing players all over the world to compete and interact online in games, it makes gaming itself a much more inclusive experience. It is certainly better than sitting on your own in front of a PC or console to play by yourself. Online games allow you to connect with others digitally wherever they are on the planet and to get more entertainment from playing games. That is not only true for mobile video gaming - Live Casino games on mobile casino sites now use online gaming tech to help players interact socially while playing.
Great range to choose from
From slots to card games, role-playing games, puzzle games, sports titles or action games, there is a great choice when it comes to online play. This means there is something for everyone, and that has helped us all fall in love with playing games over the internet. Most online mobile games are free to download, which makes it a cheaper way to play. If you get bored with the game you have been playing, and fancy trying something new, app stores, online casinos and internet gaming sites all make finding something new very easy.
Convenient and portable
Android smartphones, like the Google Pixel 4a, took off originally because they made our lives easier and also fitted in with how we now live. This is also one reason why online gaming has become so popular around the world. They are the perfect way to quickly fill in any spare time you have on your way to work, during your lunch break or when bored at home. As online games can be picked up and put down instantly, they are a very convenient way to entertain yourself. Of course, portability is crucial for our modern lifestyles and online games you can play via your mobile tick the box here, too. Wherever you are, you can enjoy a fun game as long as you have your Android device with you and Wi-Fi access.
Online gaming is here to stay
Anyone who owns an Android device knows what great fun online gaming is and just what makes this way of staying busy so loved. This is not actually limited to mobile gaming either. Playing online games has also taken off in the home computing market where many people connect globally through their PCs or consoles to battle it out. When you consider all the reasons above for the growth internet gaming has seen recently, it is no surprise to find it has quickly become a major part of many people's lives.
Sony is one of the most popular and first company that makes its whole flagship series water and dirt proof, while we are all amazed with that sort of protection that Sony gave to its flagship smartphones Z series (Xperia Z2, Xperis Z3, Xperia Z4... etc), the question that has never been asked is why making it waterproof ?
Making a smartphone device fully operational under water is a big deal, especially in the japanese market, the feature is not just used for just protection or premium-look but to Sony it has a whole different reason !
Apparently, the exclusive waterproof smartphone's existence is rooted in a peculiar user habit of Japan's female population! ...young japanese teenager girls, to be more precise. According to Panasonic executive "Taro Itakura", 90 to 95% of smartphones sold in Japan are waterproof because young Japanese women prefer to use their smartphones even while they are taking their showers! That's right your Sony Xperia or Sharp AQUOS smartphone are considered as a "must products" in Japan, possibly right next to soap, shampoo, and a trusty sponge all because that young japanese girls like to shower with them.
Can you really take a proper bath when your attention is preoccupied with the latest notifications and updates? We don't know, but we certainly cannot underestimate Japanese women!