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iPhone 6 Plus vs OnePlus One quick look

Posted by wicked September - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

The iPhone 6 Plus is intruding into Android territory. Thing is, the large-screen segment is already crowded with competitors of large caliber. We’ve already looked at how the Note 3 and LG G3 compare to the new 5.5-inch iPhone, and now it’s time for the OnePlus One to show what it’s made of.

The OnePlus One delivers top specifications and an optimized Android experience at half the price of the iPhone 6 Plus. But who wins when price is no consideration? Let’s see how these devices stack up in our iPhone 6 Plus vs OnePlus One comparison!

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Design

There’s no way around it – the iPhone 6 Plus is basically a stretched out version of its 4.7-inch sibling. You get the same full metal unibody construction, rounded edges all around, and the signature home button, with integrated fingerprint scanner, up front, all in a larger body.

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Like other large Android devices, the OnePlus is more compact than Apple’s phablet, even if the screen’s the same size. There’s no metal here though, with the OPO coming in either a “baby skin” white version or a sandstone black version, which offer different textures as well.

While the OnePlus One is shorter and lighter, the iPhone 6 Plus is definitely thinner. At 7.1 mm, the 6 Plus is one of the thinnest smartphones you can get in this size category.

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Both devices feel great in hand (the OPO is helped by its tapered profile) and are fairly easy to use even with one hand, when the situation requires it. The iPhone may feel more luxurious and sturdy, thanks to its metallic build, but the OnePlus offers the advantage of an improved grip, at least when it comes to the sandstone version.

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Display

Apple giving into the trend of bigger smartphones means that the display comparison is a much more level playing field compared to past years.

The 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, while the OPO comes with a LTPS LCD screen of the same size. Both feature 1080p resolution, resulting in an identical pixel density of 401 ppi.

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The experience is largely the same on both devices. We have to mention that some units of the OnePlus exhibit a yellowish tinge, but when that’s not the case, you get bright colors, good brightness, and great viewing angles. The iPhone 6 Plus uses a tech called dual-pixel domains to improve color accuracy when the screen is viewed at an angle, and it works as advertised for the most part.

Hardware and performance

The iPhone 6 Plus packs a dual-core A8 processor, clocked at 1.4 GHz, along with 1 GB of RAM. The OPO on the other hand comes with a processing package that is the current standard in the Android world, with its Snapdragon 801 chip clocked at 2.5 GHz, backed by 3 GB of RAM.

While there is an obvious difference on paper, it isn’t very evident in real world performance. Regardless what you do on these phones, you will have a smooth, quick experience.

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The iPhone 6 Plus comes with 16, 64, 0r 128 GB of storage, while the OPO comes in 16 GB and 64 GB flavors. Neither offers the option of expandable storage, so you’ll want to plan ahead before opting for one configuration or the other. It’s probably worth investing in the 64GB model of the OnePlus, as it costs less than half the price of the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus, provided you can buy it in the first place.

Apple finally introduced NFC with their devices, even if the use is limited to just Apple Pay for now. Also worth noting is the return of the fingerprint scanner, which is convenient to use as an extra layer of security. Plus, starting with iOS 8, the fingerprint scanner can be used by third-party applications, opening the road for more interesting uses in the future.

Both phones feature non-removable batteries, but the OnePlus has a slight edge in capacity, thanks to its 3,100 mAh unit, compared to 2,915 mAh on the iPhone. We didn’t have time for proper battery tests, so the real world difference in longevity remains to be discussed.

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Camera

The iPhone 6 Plus keeps the 8 MP rear shooter from its predecessors, though it comes with a new sensor, an f /2.2 aperture lens, faster autofocus, and optical image stabilization (which isn’t available on the iPhone 6). Video gets a boost too, especially with the ability to capture slow motion video at 240 fps in 720p resolution.

The 13MP Sony Exmor RS sensor of the OnePlus is combined with a 6 parts lens with an f/2.0 aperture, dual LED flash, and a great software package with many useful features, that allows for a great camera experience. On the front, you get a 5MP camera with a wide lens that enables an 80 degrees field of view, which is great for all selfie lovers out there.

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Software

On the iPhone 6 Plus, the iOS8 UI remains largely the same with iOS7 in terms of appearance. But there are many new features, such as support for third-party keyboards, widgets in the notification dropdown, and the new Health app. Probably the most exciting new feature is Continuity, which will allow the iPhone to work in tandem with Macs or iPads, so you can start a task on one device and continue on the other.

You also get the new “Reachability” feature, that lets you bring down the entire interface of the device with a double tap on the home screen. The same feature is available on the smaller iPhone 6, but it doesn’t make as much sense there due to the smaller size.

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The OnePlus One runs CyanogenMod 11S, a release built specifically for the One to take advantage of all its hardware and features, and is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. You get a clean, minimalistic stock-like experience, with various customization options available easily from the device’s theme engine and store. Useful software features include voice commands that work even when the device is sleeping and the ability to launch favorite apps by drawing pre-set gestures on a sleeping screen.

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Wrap up

While price isn’t usually a factor in flagship comparisons, because they tend to fall in the same price range, that certainly isn’t the case here. In their basic configurations, the OnePlus One can be bought for less than half the price of the iPhone 6 Plus.

Put another way, you could enjoy an experience that is largely comparable to the 6 Plus and still have money left for another device, say, for your significant other. That’s probably the ultimate selling point for the OnePlus.

Even when price isn’t an issue, these two devices are very close in terms of features, though obviously their different software platforms will make for distinct experiences.

What’s your take?  OnePlus One or iPhone 6 Plus?

iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 3 quick look

Posted by wicked September - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Over the past hours, we’ve brought you comparisons between Apple’s new iPhones and the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), and the LG G3. Now it’s time for another quick look, and this time we have two heavyweights in the ring: the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 3.

While the Note 3 is a year old, it’s still the device to beat for Apple’s new-fangled large screen iPhone 6 Plus. The Note 4 is just around the corner, but until its release next month, the Note 3 remains the epitome of what a large phone should be.

Time to see who comes on top in our iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 3 quick look comparison!

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Design

The iconic design of our two contenders is recognizable around the world. The iPhone 6 Plus is just a larger rendition of a concept that has remain virtually unchanged for years – the circular home button, the rounded corners, the top and bottom antenna lines on the back, all make a return.

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Samsung has more experience in designing and building large phones, and that shows in the streamlined lines of the Note 3 and its large screen-to-footprint ratio. The iPhone 6 Plus falls short in this respect.

The large bezels at the top and bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus – while necessary to accommodate the Touch ID home button and to preserve the form factor – make the 6 Plus much larger than it needs to be. The 6 Plus is actually larger than the Note 3, even if its screen is 0.2 inches smaller. Even if it’s a bit thicker than the iPhone, the Note looks more compact, for the same reason.

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The Note 3 features a plastic build with a faux leather texture on the back. This mimicry, and especially the faux stitching going around the phone’s edges, is polarizing among users. However, the leathery texture does give the Note 3 an excellent grip in hand.

The metal body of the iPhone feels very premium, and makes for a durable device, as we’ve seen in our earlier drop test. The rounded edges are a nice departure from the rigid shape of past generations, and help the phone sit very comfortably in hand. The metal is a bit slippery though, while the protruding camera will cause the phone to wobble when used on flat surfaces like a desk top.

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To sum up, the iPhone 6 Plus may be more tastefully designed, but the Note 3 has a bigger screen in a smaller body, which is an important feature in this product category.

Display

The biggest difference in the display department is the technology underlying the screens of the two phones. Samsung uses a Full HD AMOLED screen with deep blacks and colors that just pop, while Apple has an LCD screen of the same resolution that is a bit more restrained in terms of saturation. It doesn’t take an expert to notice the difference – picking one approach over the other boils down to personal preference, though the Note 3 offers a way to tone down color saturation, so it’s more flexible in this regard.

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Both displays are crisp, viewing angles are great, and brightness is excellent, though we feel the Note 3 has a slight edge. Regardless, these truly are the best that LCD and AMOLED technologies have to offer, at least until the Note 4 comes along next month.

Performance and hardware

At a high level, the Note 3 has a more impressive spec sheet. We can’t forget though that we’re talking about very different platforms and ecosystems, so the difference in performance may not be as clear cut as spec sheets alone would indicate.

The 6 Plus comes with a dual-core A8 processor and 1GB of RAM, but that’s enough to make the device fly through the user interface and apps. The Note 3 is no slouch either, even if it’s already a year old – the Snapdragon 800 remains a top processor, which helped by the 3 GB of RAM, makes easy work out of most tasks. With that said, some optimization on the software side would probably make it run even smoother.

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You get 16, 64, or 128GB of storage on the iPhone 6 (though the top configuration will cost you a pretty penny). The Note 3 only hits 64GB, with the microSD card slot available to make up the difference.

While the Note series has had NFC for years, Apple just adopted it for its new iPhone, but there’s a catch – the chip is locked, so it’s only useful for the Apple Pay service for now.

Like the iPhone 5S, the 6 Plus incorporates a fingerprint scanner in its home button, which should make life easier if you’re concerned about security. Samsung only introduced a similar feature on the Galaxy S5, so you will need to wait for the Note 4 to enjoy it.

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When it comes to battery life, the Note 3 is one of the leading devices, and it will be interesting to see how the iPhone 6 Plus competes. The Note 3 has a 3oo mAh advantage in battery capacity, so it will probably outrace the iPhone in longevity. Plus, the battery is removable, so a spare unit could further extend usage.

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Camera

The Note 3 comes with a 13MP rear camera that does a great job in bright scenes, with crisp details and fine color reproduction. This camera is also known for its good macros, solid video, and a ton of software features and options.

It’s in low-light conditions that the Note 3 shows its limits, which is a problem that is common on many smartphones, especially when there’s no OIS to prevent noise.

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Apple stuck to 8MP for the rear camera of the iPhone 6 Plus, but the sensor is supposedly all new. Thanks to a tech called Focus Pixels, this camera should be able to focus almost instantly, which can be helpful in a variety of situations. Plus, there’s optical image stabilization, which you don’t get on the Note.

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8MP is at the low limit of smartphone camera technology today, so if larger, more detailed pics is something you want, the Note 3 is the way to go. If top notch image quality is what you’re after, you can’t go wrong with the iPhone 6 Plus.

Software

The Note 3’s software features revolve around the S Pen stylus – features like Air Command, S Note, floating apps, Scrapbook, S Finder, handwriting recognition are all made possible by the handy little stylus that hides in the Note 3’s slot.

Samsung is making good use of screen real estate with the Multi-Window feature, which lets you open up two apps at a time. Floating apps lets you pin small utility apps like calculator or S Note on the screen for easy access.

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But the S Pen can be useful across the operating system, whenever precision is important. Plus, it’s a great tool if you love to doodle or handwrite your notes.

The iPhone 6 Plus comes with the same colorful interface introduced last year, but with a bevy of new features that bring iOS closer to Android in terms of functionality. Features like widgets, custom keyboards, app extensions, and app battery usage breakdown are welcome additions. Continuity is something that you don’t get on Android out of the box – the ability to start a task on the iPhone and continue on a compatible Mac or iPad seems really cool, but of course, you need to be deep into Apple’s ecosystem to really enjoy it.

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Overall, the iPhone 6 Plus is a competent device, but the Note 3 is the better productivity device, with its powerful stylus and multitasking features. Samsung has figured out ways to use the large screen to its fullest, while the 6 Plus is mostly just a larger version of the iPhone 6.

Wrap up

We won’t issue a verdict after this quick look, but we’ll do list the features that we think tip the scale in favor of one device or the other. The Note 3 comes ahead thanks to its compact build and larger screen, larger, removable battery and microSD card slot (though not all users care about that), more hardware features, and especially the S Pen and all its software features. The iPhone 6 Plus has a premium build and a solid unibody construction, a fingerprint scanner, a great camera, and a fine-tuned operating system.

Who comes on top in your opinion? List your pros and cons in the comments!

iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8) quick look

Posted by wicked September - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

We’ve already taken a look at the latest Apple flagship compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5, and now, we to pit the iPhone 6 against a device that would be the closest in matching it, or surpassing it as some may consider, in terms of design and build quality. Here’s a quick look at the iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8)!

Design

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Metal, specifically aluminium, is the order of the day with both these smartphones. Both the iPhone 6 and the HTC One (M8) feature a premium build, with a design aesthetic that is a little similar, at least from the back. The iPhone 6 has more of a curve to it, akin to the first ever iPhone, and is a slight shift away from the angular design and rigid lines of its predecessors. On the other hand, the HTC One (M8) refines what was great about the One (M7), using a lot more metal this time around, along with more of a curve along the edges.

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Up front is where the differences are more obvious. Apple continues its signature style with the physical home button, with a fingerprint scanner integrated, and big bezels above and below the display. HTC does away with the capacitive keys, but a black bar below the display is still there, this time with just the HTC logo on it. Up front is where you’ll also find the now signature HTC BoomSound speakers, that also contribute to the HTC One (M8) being a little taller than it should be.

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The iPhone 6 is finally catching up to Android devices in terms of display size, and that translates to the overall dimensions as well. The One (M8) is still the obviously larger device, not only taller and slightly wider, but much thicker and heavier. The iPhone 6 is one of the thinnest devices you can find at this size, and is also surprisingly light, despite its metal unibody construction, which is certainly an appreciable feat.

Display

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Of course, the big news this year is about Apple finally giving in to bigger screens. The iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display, with a resolution of 1334 x 750, resulting in a pixel density of 326 ppi, which is identical to what was found on its predecessors. The One (M8) on the other hand boasts a SLCD 3 screen at 5-inches, with a 1080p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 441 ppi.

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Both displays are great performers, with good colors and contrast, and great viewing angles. While the advantages of having a pixel density above 300 ppi is still being debated, the difference between the two is somewhat noticeable with a closer look, but you should have a good time doing anything on either display.

Performance and Hardware

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As is always the case when comparing devices across these two ecosystems, a by the numbers look at the specifications isn’t really fair. But for the record, the iPhone 6 features an A8 chip, which comprises of a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, and is backed by 1 GB of RAM. On the other hand, the One M8 boasts a quad-core Snapdragon 801, clocked at 2.3 GHz, along with 2 GB of RAM. Regardless of the differences on paper, both handle their respective softwares really well, with no issues with lag across the board, along with both handling multi-tasking well.

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When it comes to other hardware, the iPhone 6 is the first iPhone to feature NFC, that will be used for Apple Pay. The HTC One (M8) also comes with its own take on NFC, that can be used with Google Wallet, and for some device-to-device sharing. The One M8 does have the additional benefit of expandable storage, on top of its 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. There’s no microSD expansion with the iPhone, but it does come in a 128 GB flavor for those concerned about storage, along with 16 GB or 64 GB options.

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We’d be remiss is we didn’t mention the front-facing BoomSound speakers found on the HTC One M8, which offer one of the best audio experiences available on a smartphone. While we haven’t really tested out the speaker of the iPhone 6 in detail, it’s hard to imagine the single speaker, placed at the bottom of the phone, will provide an identical performance.

Camera

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Apple stays away from the MP race that dominates the Android world, with the iPhone 6 features an 8 MP rear shooter, the same as its predecessor, but with some improvements across the board, a better sensor, an auto focus system called Focus Pixels, and a software-based image stabilization. Video gets a boost too, with the capability of capturing 240 fps slow motion video at 720p. The front-facing camera also with a f /2.2 lens, with a burst mode and HDR video.

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On the other hand, the One (M8) is even more megapixel shy, bringing back its 4 MP “UltraPixel” camera from the One (M7). Added is a secondary camera at the back for some depth photography. Low light photography is great, but the low MP count does cause its issues.

Software

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iOS 8 remains aesthetically similar to iOS 7, but introduces quite a few new features. Of course, there’s Apple Pay, to take advantage of the NFC chip, improvements to iCloud, a new Health app, improved notifications, and the ability to use third-party keyboards.  You also get a one-handed mode, which is probably more useful on the larger sibling. The Health app is actually really good, consolidating all the information from the various fitness-related apps you may have into one place. You also have the ability to add your vital information and emergency contact info, which could prove to be useful in an emergency situation.

The One (M8) runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, with HTC Sense 6 on top. This is the sleekest and smoothest version of Sense yet, and that really shines through in terms of performance. HTC signatures like BlinkFeed make a return, in an improved form. The One (M8) also has the added benefit of some gesture controls, such as tap to wake, and the ability to answer a call by just raising the phone to your ear.

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Conclusion at a glance

With the iPhone 6 and the HTC One (M8), it is essentially comes to down to which ecosystem you are a fan off, with both being the absolute best they can be in terms of design and build quality. The iPhone 6 may be thinner and lighter, but the One (M8) does feature a slightly bigger display, expandable storage, and a few more software features, like gesture controls. As always, the ultimate choice is with you.

Welcome, iPhone Users and iOS Developers, to Fragmentation.

Posted by Kellex September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Lulz. 

And I quit.

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Amazon, Apple makes family sharing easy, Google misses out

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

With almost everyone owning a smartphone or tablet these days, these mobile devices have become more than just individual, private experiences but sometimes even familial ones. Realizing that families would sometimes want to manage their mobile experience as, well, a family, Amazon and Apple have revealed features in their new operating systems that makes all that not only easy but even more engaging as well.

Yesterday, Amazon announced the arrival of new Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets, which came with an also brand new Fire OS 4, codenamed “Sangria”. Of the many new features that are arriving with this version, one is marked as still Coming Soon but is also probably the most interesting in this context. Amazon’s Family Library service does just what its name implies. It pools together the apps, games, audiobooks, books, and Prime Instant Video content that family members have purchased in order to make the available to each and every member of the family or device, without having to switch user accounts just to download them. It definitely makes sharing a lot easier, though Amazon has yet to detail the privacy features Family Library will, or should, have.

iOS 8′s new Family Sharing feature does the same but admittedly adds a few more touches that are definitely desirable for families. Aside from getting access to others’ music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps, you can also create a shared family album. But iOS 8 family sharing goes beyond media content. For example, you can have a shared family calendar. You can even locate each family member or their device, should the latter get lost, Of course, you can opt to remain hidden from that family map if you wish to (but better have a good excuse ready for Mom or Dad). And lastly, Apple might have finally solved the problem with “accidental” purchases made by kids. Family Sharing lets you set a single credit card for making iTunes purchases. It also lets you configure connected Apple IDs to ask permission before making a purchase, which you, as the parent, can allow or deny anywhere, any time.

Of course, here at Android Community, we root for Android naturally. Sadly, Google has been left out of the family party, at least for now. It has yet to implement any sort of family sharing feature in Google Play Store, much less curb in-app purchases beyond the simple password requirement. That said, there might still be hope. Android L, 5.0 or Lemon Meringue Pie, is expected to finally arrive next month. Google could very well be working on such a similar feature behind closed doors. Or hopefully it has been for some time now and isn’t just going to haphazardly slap on such a feature in such short a time just because its competitors have.

SOURCE: Amazon, Apple

iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 quick look

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Apple has finally given in to current trends, with the latest iPhone releases featuring display sizes that are comparable to Android flagships. That definitely makes the fight between Apple’s newest and Android’s finest most interesting this year.

Android Authority is in Hong Kong to compare the new iPhones with a slew of Android powerhouses. We’ve started off by pitting two of the biggest rivals in the smartphone world against each other.

Here’s our quick look at the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5!

Design

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Right of the bat, we’ve got two very different design philosophies at work here. At least until the Galaxy S6 comes around, Samsung is banking on plastic for its flagship device, switching out glossy plastic for a soft touch material with a dimpled design. It’s a controversial choice, but many people seem to like it, especially because the dimpled texture gives the back of the S5 a soft reassuring grip.

In the opposite corner, Apple delivers yet again in terms of build quality. The full metal unibody construction of the iPhone 6 features softly curved sides all around, instead of the more rigid design of its predecessor.

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With the iPhone 6 display getting bigger, the overall size of the two smartphones is actually comparable this time around. The Galaxy S5 is a tad taller and wider, which is fine considering its comparatively larger display, but the iPhone 6 remains one of the thinnest devices available at this size. It also manages to be lighter, despite its metal construction, which is definitely an appreciable feat.

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The front face of both smartphones can be described the same way: the signature home button returns, and on both phones the button integrates a fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy S5 home button is flanked by two capacitive keys though. One distinctive feature of the iPhone 6 is the glass with curved edges, which gives out an attractive sheen when looked at the right angles.

Display

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Gone are the days when the iPhone could be written off because it had a much smaller display compared to the latest and greatest in the Android world. That said, even if Apple has given into the bigger screen trend, it sticks resolutely to its idea that pixel densities over 300 ppi aren’t worth the trouble. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sticks to the 326 ppi density of the iPhone 5S, thanks to a resolution of 1334 x 750. The LCD display delivers as well as you’d expect, with some enhancements added that allow for brighter colours and fantastic viewing angles.

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On the other hand, the 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy S5, with its 1920 x 1080 resolution, and 432 ppi, has been heralded as one of the best smartphone displays ever. Everything we love about AMOLED screens is found here, with deep blacks, incredible brightness, and vibrant colours that really pop. The difference in the pixel density is noticeable at a close look, but you should have a great experience no matter which device you’re using.

Performance and hardware

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The iPhone 6 features the new in-house A8 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, along with 1 GB of RAM, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 packs a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, backed by 2 GB of RAM. Despite the difference on paper, performance is as smooth as you’d expect on either device, with both handling with ease day to day tasks and multi-tasking.

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The Galaxy S5 does offer expandable storage, on top of the 16 or 32 GB of built-in memory. The iPhone 6 comes in 16, 64, or 128 GB flavours, but there’s no microSD expansion, so if storage is a concern, one of the larger, but more expensive, storage options is the way to go. Apple finally introduced NFC, to be used with Apple Pay, while that is something that Samsung devices have had for a while. Both have a fingerprint scanners, with the difference being that the Galaxy S5 comes with a swipe scanner, while the iPhone 6 requires just a touch.

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One clear advantage the Galaxy S5 has is in the fact that it can brave the elements, courtesy of its IP 67 certification for protection against dust and water, a feature that is missing from the iPhone 6.

Camera

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The iPhone 6 retains an 8 MP rear shooter, but with a new sensor, with a f /2.2 aperture lens, faster autofocus, with Focus Pixels, and software-based image stabilization. Video got a boost too, with the capability to capture 240 fps slow motion video at 720p. The front-facing camera features a f 2.2 lens, with burst mode and HDR video.

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The 16 MP ISOCELL rear shooter of the Galaxy S5 is definitely no slouch, with some great detail, fantastic colour reproduction, and clear and crisp images. Samsung also packs its camera software with a ton of features so you get a bunch of modes and features to help you get the most out of this smartphone camera. The iPhone camera software continues to be more than functional, but not nearly as feature packed, which can be an advantage or disadvantage, depending on your point of view.

Software

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When it comes to software, iOS 8 isn’t an aesthetic overhaul the way iOS 7 was over its predecessor, but does add many new features, such as widgets in the notification down, a new Health app, and the ability to use third party keyboards. What the Health app does is consolidate all the information from the various health-related applications you may have, into one single app. I also liked is the ability to add your vital information and emergency contact info.

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The Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, with the latest version of TouchWiz on top. The latest iteration is the smoothest and sleekest yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s really toned down at all. Features such as multi-window, the new S Health app with heart rate monitoring, and MyMagazine are all available, along with a bunch of gesture controls. There are no really major UI changes, so as is always the case with TouchWiz, you’ll either love it or hate it. Also, you might just find yourself ignoring the numerous features after a while.

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Conclusion at a glance

So there you have it – a quick look at the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5! Apple is finally packing a bigger punch in terms of display size, and that does make the competition a lot more interesting. These smartphones cater to different ecosystems, and each have their own advantages and disadvantages, so the ultimate choice depends on your personal taste and requirements.

Android L to offer devices encryption as default out-of-the-box

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Just to set things straight, encryption of personal data has been available to Android users since 2011. It was one of those features that users rarely talk about and never get around to using. But with the spate of high-profile leaks of personal data – videos, pictures, and the like – a lot more people are now looking to security features in devices to protect sensitive and personal data. Enter Google’s announcement that the next Android operating system release – presently known as Android L and set to be launched pretty soon – will have encryption turned on by default for devices which will carry the new OS.

We can expect that on the newer devices that will run Android L, the activation procedures will now account for automatic encryption. This means that only someone with a password will be able to access all the personal data within the device. “For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement,” said Google spokesperson Niki Christoff. “As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won’t even have to think about turning it on.”

This seems to be a trend in device security these days, as Apple’s latest iOS 8 release also delivers encryption for its devices. Together, Android and iOS cover the large majority of operating systems that run on mobile devices and gadgets globally. The encryption in the new Android release will make it – at the very least – extremely difficult and close to impossible for law enforcement authorities to easily extract evidence from the said devices, even when they are carrying search warrants.

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It will take a while for Android L to proliferate the Android ecosystem globally – it hasn’t even launched officially yet. So in this situation, Android will have a much slower path to tread with making sure that the majority of devices globally will soon carry the encryption feature than Apple’s iOS, which doles out their software updates centrally. Watch out for the Android L launch which should be happening pretty soon.

VIA: Washington Post

Apple date decided for iPad Air 2

Posted by Tom September - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

iPhone 6? Done. iOS 8? Check. The next date for the Apple fanatic’s diary is October 21st, which is reported to be the launch date of the iPad Air 2.

The Daily Dot reports this’ll be the date for the new skinny slate, along with a revamped iPad Mini.

Via gizmodo

Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 4 coming in October

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

In the excitement leading up to Samsung’s official announcement of their new Galaxy Note 4, they released several videos hyping up the S-Pen capabilities of the phablet. And when it was finally announced two weeks ago right before IFA 2014, the next question was: when will it finally be available for purchase? Well, the OEM has now sort of answered that question through another video, and Note fans will have to wait a few more weeks to finally get their hands on the newest member of the family.

But first, in the video, Samsung reminisced about the fact that the Note 1, when it was released in 2011, was ahead of its time. They even cite specific early reviews that mocked the phablet (a term that would be coined later on due to the Note) for its size, including Mashable which called it an “unwieldy beast”. Of course, they mentioned that staunch competitor Apple has now adapted to the bigger is better philosophy (well, screen-wise) when they announced that the newest iPhones would have bigger screens.

The video however emphasised that the Note is more than just about having bigger screens, it’s about productivity, innovativeness, and fun. It cites its multi-tasking capability and the S-Pen and its handwriting features, two things that the iPhone still hasn’t applied to the new models. The video goes on to show several tweets, again, mocking the new iPhone for having something that Samsung has already done two years before.

The most important thing however is that “the next big thing” will be arriving in retail stores by October 2014. As to when exactly in October, there is still no specific date and release details. All we know from their IFA 2014 launch is that Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T will all be carrying the Galaxy Note 4, but there are no pricing details as of yet.

SwiftKey for iPhone and iPad launches on Wednesday

Posted by Tom September - 14 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Wednesday September 17 will see the release of the popular Android keyboard app, Swiftkey, on iOS devices.

Lauded as the best custom keyboard tool on the market, SwiftKey will make the transition to Apple iPhones and iPads, allowing a new degree of customisation – one Android users have already grown used to.

SwiftKey Cloud will also be available, allowing personal dictionaries and preferences to be saved across devices. It can also trawl your emails, tweets, etc. to find out how you write and customise autocorrects to your style and quirks.

Via slashgear

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