Apr 18, 2017
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Last year was the first time that I left my iPhone for more than a month and switch to Android. I used the Galaxy S7 for around 5 Months until the iPhone 7 came out. I've always liked Android but until a couple years ago it just wasn't as good as iOS and when I say good I mean the apps available on the OS were not as good as those on iOS.

Switching from iPhone 7 to Galaxy S8


 

I believe 2017 is the first year that it doesn't really matter what phone you choose because all of them are going to be pretty much the same. The iPhone 8 will look and function very similarly to the Galaxy S8 and both devices have lots of features which end up accomplishing the same thing. I sold my iPhone 7 a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the Galaxy S8 because it is the best smartphone ever made. The combination of materials, features, software, and design of the phone make it the most comfortable smartphone I have held and it sports the most beautiful screen I have seen. The iPhone 8 will most like match all this but we are still months away from an announcement this means it's currently Samsung's turn to shine.


 

I ended up purchasing the Silver since I have had a black phone for the past couple of years and Samsung has given all the S8 colors black fronts which is perfect. If you have yet to see one in person, I highly reccomend going to a store and checking it out. This is what phones will look like for the next couple of years until the foldable displays become more affordable. I’ll be making some videos on the S8 this coming weekend so stay tuned for those!

Goodbye iPhone 7, Hello Galaxy S8!

Last year was the first time that I left my iPhone for more than a month and switch to Android. I used the Galaxy S7 for around 5 Months until the iPhone 7 came out. I’ve always liked Android but until a couple years ago it just wasn’t as good as iOS and when I say good I mean the apps available on the OS were not as good as those on iOS.

Switching from iPhone 7 to Galaxy S8

 

I believe 2017 is the first year that it doesn’t really matter what phone you choose because all of them are going to be pretty much the same. The iPhone 8 will look and function very similarly to the Galaxy S8 and both devices have lots of features which end up accomplishing the same thing. I sold my iPhone 7 a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the Galaxy S8 because it is the best smartphone ever made. The combination of materials, features, software, and design of the phone make it the most comfortable smartphone I have held and it sports the most beautiful screen I have seen. The iPhone 8 will most like match all this but we are still months away from an announcement this means it’s currently Samsung’s turn to shine.

 

I ended up purchasing the Silver since I have had a black phone for the past couple of years and Samsung has given all the S8 colors black fronts which is perfect. If you have yet to see one in person, I highly reccomend going to a store and checking it out. This is what phones will look like for the next couple of years until the foldable displays become more affordable. I’ll be making some videos on the S8 this coming weekend so stay tuned for those!

Four of The Best Samsung Galaxy S7 Cases

It’s been a couple of months since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 so there are now hundreds of different cases out there but today we are checking out four great cases that should satisfy your phone protection needs. All of these cases will protect your phone from an average drop but differ vastly in grip and overall feel. The great thing about all four of these cases is that they will add little-to-no weight to your S7 while still providing great protection.


Spigen Slim Armor

First off we have the Spigen Slim Armor in Gunmetal which is a go-to case for many smartphone buyers as it offers the best of all worlds. This case is half plastic and half rubber which allows for great drop protection while keeping phone sleek. All of the buttons are covered with rubber which makes them less clicky yet easier to press. This case doesn’t let much heat through so it’s great if you play lots of games and your device tends to get uncomfortable from the heat. The back of the case is plastic which allows the case to easily slide out of a pocker or purse.This one also has a little kickstand which works perfectly if you want to watch a movie on a plane or just prop it up around your home.

The Spigen Slim Armor for the Galaxy S7 is available at Mobilefun for £19.99 ($24.49).


Caseology Parallax Case

Next up we have the Caseology Parallax Series case in black which is my favorite of the bunch because of how solid it feels in the hand. Unlike the plastic back from the Spigen Slim Armor, this one has a rubber back with a nice texture that makes it feel more rugged and secure in the hand. This one has buttons on top of the original buttons which keep that nice clicky feel you get with the S7’s buttons. The lip on the front of the case is enough to protect the phone yet isn’t obstrusive when you slide past the screen onto the case, it’s been designed perfecly for the phone.

The Caseology Parallax Series case for the Galaxy S7 is available at Mobilefun for £19.99 ($24.49).


Olixar Ultra-Thin and FlexiShield

Lastly we have the Olixar Ultra-Thin and the Olixar FlexiShield, both of which are silicone cases. The Ultra-Thin case is very thin while the FlexiShield is a little thicker and feels a bit more plasticky than just gel/silicone. I love keeping my devices minimal so my choice here is the Ultra-Thin. If you tend to like gel cases then you will like both of these. I’ve always prefered plastic/rubber cases like the Caseology or Spigen since I like the more slippery material so it slides in and out of my pocket. The FlexiShield feels more like a case since the buttons are reinforced and there’s more material than the Ultra-Thin. I definitely don’t reccomend the Ultra-Thin if you tend to drop your phone a lot since this one will protect it but your device could still get damaged since it’s very thin.

The Olixar Ultra-Thin retails for £7.99 ($9.99) while the Olixar FlexiShield is £5.99 ($7.49), both are available on Mobilefun.


We do want to thank the folks from http://www.mobilefun.co.uk for providing us with these cases to review. We also want to note that any of these types products purchased through mobilefun will have a 1-year warranty.

OLO Turns Your Smartphone Into a 3D Printer

3D printing has recently become quite a big trend among hobbyists and tech-lovers. Where it hasn’t reached yet is the consumer market, and the company OLO wants to change that. How? Make it cost only $99 and use one of the user’s already-existing devices.So how does this work? Well, OLO used a method similar to how current SLA (stereolithography) printers work. Essentially, a base comes down into a pool of liquid resin less than a millimeter from the bottom, uses a light to harden the resin, lifts up a small amount and repeats. This slowly builds up the object layer by layer. The main difference between a current SLA printer and OLO is that OLO uses visible light rather than UV light to cure/harden the resin. By doing so, the light source doesn’t have to be a special projector or laser, but instead use something as simple as a phone.3D printers have had a difficult time making it big in the consumer market, and by harnessing the technology we already have, OLO was able to reduce the cost of SLA printing from thousands of dollars to just $99. Additionally, people are resistant to learning the operations of 3D printing, but OLO requires just pouring in the required amount of liquid (told to you through the app), placing your phone in the device, and letting it do its thing! Come back a few hours later, and your object will be done.Controlling the device is also supposed to be quite simple, just finding thing object to print on the app, and pressing go. OLO says their device can be used with any phone up to 5.5 inches screen size. The device runs on four AA batteries, making it entirely wireless, a very nice feature for a 3D printer. Additionally, the company says the device is virtually silent, with no fans on projectors, and the lack of loud motors.The OLO can be used with many different resins the company offers. These include different colors, clear, hard, flexible, and even castable, meaning you could turn your creations into jewelry. 3D printing with OLO can allow you to create tons of different types of objects. Check out some of the picture below for an idea of the quality of prints and different ideas of objects!All in all, OLO is quite an awesome idea that could have the ability to revolutionize the market, making 3D printers completely accessible to consumers. So far, the company has raised over $1M on Kickstarter in just five days. Check out the campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/olo3d/olo-the-first-ever-smartphone-3d-printer.OLO 2 OLO 3OLO 4 OLO 5 OLO 6

Apple Announces the iPhone SE, A Powerful 4-inch iPhone

Today Apple announce the iPhone SE which is basically an updated iPhone 5s with matte-chamfered edges, a color-matched stainless steel Apple logo, and four metallic finishes, including rose gold. iPhone SE sports the same 64-bit A9 chip from the iPhone 6s for fast speeds and it also has a longer battery life, faster wireless, a 12-megapixel camera featuring with Live Photos and 4K video, and Touch ID with Apple Pay.


The Most Powerful Phone with a Four-inch Display

iPhone SE takes a beloved iPhone design and reinvents it from the inside out, giving customers a powerful, full-featured iPhone no matter which model they choose. The 64-bit A9 chip, introduced in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, offers iPhone SE customers two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU performance compared to iPhone 5s, all with gains in energy efficiency for improved battery life. M9, Apple’s next-generation motion coprocessor, is integrated into A9 allowing more features to run all the time at lower power, including “Hey Siri” without having to pick up your iPhone, and a range of fitness tracking capabilities like measuring your steps and distance. iPhone SE users can browse, download and stream content even faster with Wi-Fi up to three times and LTE up to 50 percent faster than iPhone 5s.* iPhone SE also includes more LTE bands for better worldwide roaming and supports Voice over LTE and Wi-Fi calling for high-quality wideband calls.

With an easy-to-use interface, amazing features, and security at its core, iOS 9 is the foundation of iPhone SE and brings powerful built-in apps like Messages, FaceTime®, Photos, Music and Maps to iPhone users. iOS 9 also brings more intelligence to iPhone SE with proactive assistance, powerful search, improved Siri® features, and a new Night Shift™ feature that uses your iPhone SE’s clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colors in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark and may even help you get a better night’s sleep.

All of these innovations are packed into a light and compact phone designed to fit comfortably in your hand, crafted from bead-blasted aluminum for a satin-like finish, refined matte-chamfered edges, a new color-matched stainless steel inset Apple logo and a brilliant four-inch Retina® display.

 

The World’s Most Popular Camera

iPhone SE has an advanced 12-megapixel iSight camera featuring Focus Pixel technology for fast focusing, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and better face detection, all resulting in sharper, more detailed photos like the ones shot on iPhone 6s. With Live Photos on iPhone SE, customers can go beyond snapshots to capture moments in motion and relive unforgettable memories with sound. Live Photos are beautiful 12-megapixel photos that, with just a touch, reveal the moments immediately before and after the shot was taken, so users can enjoy a living memory rather than an instant frozen in time.

 

Additional camera advancements include:

The ability to shoot HD video with support for 4K at a resolution of 3840 x 2160. After capturing 4K video, customers can edit on a Mac®, PC or iPad®, and with the latest version of iMovie® on iPhone, can even edit two simultaneous streams of 4K on iPhone SE.
Retina Flash, which momentarily makes the display three times brighter with True Tone® lighting technology, for wonderfully bright selfies in low light with the FaceTime HD camera.
Features introduced with iPhone 6s, including up to 63-megapixel panorama photos, video capture up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, time-lapse with video stabilization and cinematic video stabilization.

Pricing & Availability

iPhone SE will be available in space gray, silver, gold and rose gold metallic finishes in 16GB and 64GB models starting at $399 (US) from Apple’s retail stores, Apple.com, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers, or for 24 monthly payments starting at $17 (US) exclusively at Apple’s retail stores in the US.** As part of the newly-announced Trade Up with Installments program at Apple stores in the US, customers can also purchase iPhone SE for as low as $10/month for 24 months.***
Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US will be able to order iPhone SE beginning Thursday, March 24, with availability beginning Thursday, March 31.
iPhone SE will be available in early April in Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Guernsey, Jersey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and UAE.
Apple-designed accessories including leather cases in black and midnight blue will be available for $39 (US), and Lightning® Docks in color-matched metallic finishes are currently available from Apple’s retail stores and Apple.com for $49 (US).
Every customer who buys iPhone SE from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online, to help them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store® and more.
Anyone who wants to learn more about iPhone SE or iOS 9 can register for the free workshops offered at every Apple Store®.

Source: Apple

Apple Announces a 9.7-inch iPad Pro

As expected, Apple introduced a 9.7-inch iPad Pro that has a pro Retina display with greater brightness, wider color gamut, lower reflectivity, and a True Tone feature that dynamically adjusts white balance. It also sports the same camera found on the iPhone 6s and even has the same rear flash and selfie flash feature. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available for pre-order on the 24th and in stores on the 31st.


Pro display
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro features advanced display technologies, including a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience. The advanced Retina display is 25 percent brighter and 40 percent less reflective than iPad Air® 2, making content even easier to see indoors and out. It uses the same wider color gamut as the iMac® with Retina 5K display, delivering 25 percent greater color saturation¹ for more vivid colors. A custom timing controller, photo alignment and oxide TFT deliver incredible color, contrast and clarity. Night Shift in iOS 9.3 uses iPad Pro’s clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colors in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark and may even help you get a better night’s sleep.

Pro performance
The new iPad Pro is just 6.1mm thin and weighs just under one pound, yet delivers groundbreaking performance, connectivity and versatility so you can tackle the most demanding tasks wherever you go. The powerful A9X chip with third-generation 64-bit architecture provides performance that rivals many laptops and console-class graphics, while also delivering all-day battery life.² Ultrafast wireless connectivity keeps you connected wherever you go with 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology, support for even faster LTE Advanced with up to 50 percent faster cellular connectivity³ and the most LTE bands supported by any tablet.⁴ Now with Apple SIM embedded directly in the new iPad Pro, it’s even easier to connect to wireless data plans right from your device when traveling in more than 100 countries and territories.5

iPad Pro has an advanced 12-megapixel iSight camera sensor featuring Focus Pixels for fast focusing, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and better face detection, all resulting in sharp, detailed images, 63-megapixel panoramas and Live Photos. A True Tone flash improves low light shots and document scanning. The new iSight camera shoots 4K video, making the new iPad Pro the perfect device to shoot, edit and share pro-quality video. The improved 5-megapixel, front-facing FaceTime HD camera makes the new iPad Pro perfect for videoconferencing or connecting with loved ones.

Pro audio
The four-speaker audio system provides powerful, clear and rich stereo sound for more than twice the audio output.¹ Built-in sensors automatically adjust and optimize the audio no matter which way you’re using it. iOS 9.3 also adds support for playing video encoded with Dolby Digital Plus audio streams with support for multichannel output using the Apple Lightning® Digital AV Adapter.

 

Pro accessories
Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, available for purchase separately, bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro. Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for a natural drawing, annotating and note-taking experience. A new Smart Keyboard is custom-designed for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, offering a thin yet durable keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired over Bluetooth and is easily foldable into a protective Smart Cover®. The new Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader and Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter make it easy to download photos and videos from a digital camera to iPad Pro, while a new Lightning to USB-C Cable and Apple’s 29W USB-C Power Adapter enable faster charging.

 

Pricing & Availability
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at $599 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $729 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32GB, 128GB and a new 256GB capacity, the highest of any iOS device. For more information, please visit www.apple.com/ipad.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available to order beginning Thursday, March 24, from Apple.com, and in Apple’s retail stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers on Thursday, March 31, in Australia, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available in early April in Albania, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand (Wi-Fi models only), Turkey and UAE.
Apple Pencil is available for $99 (US) and Smart Keyboard in charcoal gray for $149 (US). The Polyurethane iPad Pro Smart Cover and Silicone Cases for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro are available for $49 (US) and $69 (US), respectively, in a range of new vibrant colors.
The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader is available for $29 (US), Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter for $39 (US), Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter for $49 (US), Lightning to USB-C Cable (1 m.) for $25 (US) and Lightning to USB-C Cable (2 m.) for $35 (US).
Every customer who buys an iPad Pro from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online, to help them customize their iPad Pro by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store® and more.
Anyone who wants to learn more about the new iPad Pro or iOS 9 can register for the free workshops offered at every Apple Store®.
¹Over iPad Air 2.
²Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results may vary.
³Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.
⁴Data plan required. LTE is available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds vary based on site conditions. For details on LTE support, contact your carrier and see www.apple.com/ipad/LTE.
5Embedded Apple SIM in iPad Pro (9.7-inch) may be disabled when purchased from some carriers. See your carrier for details. Apple SIM and embedded Apple SIM not available in China.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Source: Apple

Top 5 Features of the Samsung Galaxy S7!

The Samsung Galaxy S7 doesn’t officially ship until next week but that didn’t keep T-Mobile from shipping out some pre-orders early to customers. Jacob Zacks already has his unit on hand and has made a quick video talking about the Galaxy S7’s best features and the differences to the Galaxy S6. Check out the video below…

More info on the GS7 Here

Samsung Introduces the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge [Video]

During a press conference at MWC 2016 Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Both devices are very similar to the S6 and S6 Edge but have improvements that immediately make the S7’s worth considering as your next phone purchase. The devices have improved ergonomics, expandable storage, and they are now back to being water resistant like the Galaxy S5. Check out this introduction video from Samsung which details all of the info of their two new devices:

 

 

Samsung Mobile is defying barriers once again with premium Galaxy smartphones that redefine the ways we imagine our technology. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will make you rethink what a phone can do.

Design
Streamlined curves offer perfect grip and a slimmer feel without compromising a big immersive screen. It’s a powerhouse inside with expandable memory (SD-card slot), a Vulkan API for amazing gaming graphics, and a longer lasting battery. Take it in the rain, the shower, or the pool because it’s water resistant too.

Camera
Featuring a Dual Pixel 12MP phone camera with sub pixel technology found in professional cameras that activates just like your eyes for split-second autofocus. Shoot in the dark and own the night with larger pixels that capture more light for brighter photos.

Samsung Pay
Leave your wallet at home because Samsung Pay is now available virtually anywhere you can swipe or tap your card. It’s easy to use and secured by Knox Security.

Gear 360
Now you can truly break the boundaries of what a phone can do with the Gear 360 and Gear VR. Record your life with the 360 camera, preview it on the S7, and experience your memories like never before with the Gear VR headset.

Source: Samsung

Canon Announces the EOS-1D X Mark II, A 4K Capable Flagship DSLR

Last year Sony stole the spotlight with their Sony A7r II and A7s II but it seems that Canon and Nikon want to take some of the spotlight back this year. Canon has been rapidly loosing users as they switch to Sony’s mirrorless cameras but with their announcement of the EOS-1D X Mark II it looks like Canon is back on the game. This camera isn’t very consumer oriented since the body-only will retail for $6,000. The great thing is that this might lead to more of their consumer-grade DSLR’s getting 4K support. Here is a video from B&H detailing the new features of the 1D X Mark II:

 

Here is a full overview of the camera by Canon:

Immense power. Phenomenal speed. A remarkable combination of innovation and refinement. The new EOS-1D X Mark II camera is nothing but legendary every step of the way. Building on a heritage of sophisticated innovation, the EOS-1D X Mark II is blazingly fast. Up to 14 fps* (up to 16 fps* in Live View mode) can be captured at a burst rate of up to 170 RAWs with a CFast™ card, and an improved 61-point AF system helps deliver clean, sharp images quickly, even in dim light. This remarkable speed means faster recording too: 4K video can be recorded at up to 60 fps with smooth AF and strikingly clear detail. Combined with superb low-light performance thanks to its powerful sensor and expandable ISO range, the EOS-1D X Mark II performs brilliantly, swiftly and stunningly no matter when or where the photographer is shooting. From the stadium, safari or studio to virtually everywhere in between, the EOS-1D X Mark II maintains and enhances all the hallmarks of what Canon has to offer, marking a new page in the legacy of the EOS series of cameras.

 

EOS-1D X Mark II (What’s In the Box?)

  • EOS-1D X Mark II Camera Body
  • Battery Pack LP-E19
  • Battery Charger LC-E19
  • Wide StrapEyecup Eg (Not Shown)
  • Cable Protector
  • Interface Cable IFC-150U II
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk (Not Shown)

Source: Canon,B&H

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