Upgrade your phone to iPhone 6? Here’s why or why not?

If you need advice about buying a new phone then this article maybe the one you are looking for, otherwise enjoy reading it.


 

Apple has always been well known for their successful product lines and the iPhone products happens to be a huge hit on the market today. The iPhone product line refreshes its top of the market status in the smartphone industry once a year as they release a newer flagship device. An iPhone is considered to be a high end smartphone with a world class performing specifications.

 

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C as of 2013/2014.



 

So where do the upgrading choices fall on?

Many mainstream smart device consumers can get trapped in a dilemma whether to upgrade their phones or not (e.g.

For the iPhone 5S users, it is probably not worth the upgrade to iPhone 6 since it probably has little more to offer just like the previous iPhone versions (for instance upgrading from a 4S to a 5). The iPhone 6 would only offer a few more superior features to the iPhone 5S; and the obvious one is the speed and the efficiency and for the second time in history the display will increase its size from 4 inches to 4.7 inches diagonally. Some users like to keep their phones small and that is fair. Sometimes a choice of smartphones is about comparing the quality of portability in regards to how it fits in your pocket. For a 4.7 inch iPhone; people will probably need a pair of pants to have the pockets large enough to fit the iPhone 6 in.

On the other hand – There is no doubt that non iPhone users would change their phone to an iPhone for instance some Android customers are a primary example who newly became an Apple customer. Old iPhone models over the past four years will be obsolete in terms of its iOS firmware not being supported. iOS 6 and older will no longer be supported so upgrading to a new phone this year would be about the right time for the old iPhone users to get their hands on to their new flagship device and give it a real spin.

iPhoneOS (first iOS) to iOS 7 as of 2013/14



 

The iPhone product line through out each cycle has widely been regarded as the number one Android killer of all time and WindowsPhone is about to pick up their momentum in the smartphone market. Apple has always been exceeding their records in sales every year but the answer remains to be seen as soon as the iPhone 6 is to be released world wide. ( (release date: 9.9/2014).

For those of you who are cautious about buying a new released phone, it is suggested that you would have to wait for at least a couple of weeks to hear the feed backs. New released phones may more likely to have bugs or tiny imperfections in a relation to its exact full specifications.

Why wearable techs for the future?

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iPhone first generation

2007 was the year when Apple introduced the first smartphone to the world “The original iPhone”. Since Apple had claimed the invention of a capacitive touch screen phone that made millions of peoples’ lives so much easier. This has been recognized as one of the most unprecedented eras in the history of the technology world today. Awarded “The invention of the year” in December 2007 issue.

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iPhone first generation and iPhone 5S Space Gray

The smartphone industry has reached in every corners of life and all walks of life where we never get to experience things like that before; many people for instance are able to surf through the net wirelessly and away from home, keeping up to date with friends and family and follow the news. People today cannot simply deny the fact that such a mobile device is more than an option to have it, but when you use it, it seems like you really need it where ever and whenever you go in other words a mobile device becomes second nature to you.



 

If you want to know more about google glass please do check out one of my earlier blog posts on my blog.


 

In this blog today, we are going to be discussing about wearable tech stuff. We may all know that google glass exists right despite heavy rumours about an array of smart watches heating up in the market like the upcoming Apple iWatch.

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Me wearing google glass.

Google glass seems to be the only computerized eyewear product line appearing in the spotlight coming into the market(at least for now). They are available through google as you register to become one of the explorers or developers and can be purchased on ebay. The google glass is currently in beta version and is being tested by 1000s of people worldwide.

Google glass as one of the wearable technologies today has stretched deeper into the areas of efficiency and productivity where it can be improvised mainly for people as they work and play. Google glass is a break through idea that changes a lot of things the way we approach our day to day activities. As you wear the google glass you will use them to guide where you want to go or how you want it to help you. (e.g. start by saying “Okay glass” then it will have the on screen prompt while it will start listening to you directly, next, say something like “start video recording” and the Google glass just does that for you. Easy!) Google glass can define how you interpret your ideas to other people with an improved clarity if you show them what you saw or experienced or what kind of information you want to give out. This eyewear also gives people a better sense of privacy since that there is no way a person can look over a person’s shoulder with google glass.

Some uses of the Google glass can be used for navigation, quick browsing the web, snap a photo or may even be an online magazine, you name it.


 

For the disabled

A few days ago I had a person who asked me about how useful could Google glass revolutionize the way it would guide the immobility people and I stopped and thought about it for a few moments. I thought it isn’t really a bad idea after all but a good one, but from what I can say about the computerized eyewear is that it minimizes the effort to utilize it as mainly as an internet browser, video recorder, camera and navigation. A smartphone may be one idea to get the information you might need but having a high tech glass lens on your eye and then the next second you get that information quickly.

Say if a person is paralysed then it does not limit too much for him or her to be able to use Google glass, since the person could only use voice or use the capacitive touch pad in glass for finger swipe to navigate when their arms are useable.

For the businessmen

Google glass would indeed be a useful accessory for the business people. It is mostly useful to keep them well organized and on track with their daily agendas. The information a person could be finding will get to them instantaneously; just right in front of their eye by talking to glass. Excellent device for presentations so a business person will be able to keep track at what message he/she is trying to deliver to the audience.

Wearing google glass for business in my opinion is deemed professional and therefore it improvises productivity as well as efficiency. It’s a useful tool that allows your hands to have more freedom.

For the fun

If the Google glass were for the other users like you then it offers you an exhilarating experience as you would use for a purpose or for some personal interest. You will get to experience the things around you like no other people has ever experienced before. You will use it at any part in life and it acts like a third eye for you. What we mean by third eye is that you can take pictures or video record from the very first person point of view and never have to worry about activating the camera but instead you just use your voice and say “start video recording” or even saying “take a picture”

This computerized eyewear is perfect for traveling, happy lifestyle, or may even be for demonstrating your talents or skills to other people. There are always people around you who are interested in your experience especially if it is just the normal google glass experience.


 

-Google glass requirements:

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  • Smartphone with a downloaded glass app (latest iOS firmware or the latest Anroid firmware)
  • Gmail account
  • Developers account (optional)

 

Conclusion

Google glass is both hardware and software combined together as a wearable accessory that offers easy guidance to get people around especially in work places. This particular device in a computerized eyewear industry will become less than an optional device just like how mobile devices have become a useful personal accessory to a person over the past two decades.

Blackphone vs iPhone

If you are looking  for a reliable smartphone from a high end range then this article may help you decide what you would mostly prefer.


 

Everyday more and more people buy smartphones for their basic neccesity of communicating to keep their lives moving forward. Some people buy their phones for the sake of basic communicating purposes while many of the other consumer buyers buy the high end mobile devices for various reasons. People want a cool phone to show off, some like it functional that suits their lifestyle while the rest just need it to keep their lives simple.

Today in this blog, I will discuss about the comparisons of the two high end smartphones:

BlackPhone vs. iPhone [iPhone 5S (2013/14)]

                                BlackPhone

Released on the market on June 30 2014, Only available in 16GB

 

 

A BlackPhone device is designed to keep your private details and your personal status safe. BlackPhone is a brandname for this device since the textured black colors and its industrial design appearence sets a clear representation to what this product is specifically made for. The people behind the BlackPhone product suggested that its for the people who prefers to roam around safely and therefore keeping their status more subtle looking and low profile. Hence allowing a person to have a better sense of security

 

 

Blackphone (manufactured by SGP Technologies, SA) is powered by a modified android version called PrivatOS with its cpu and processor: 2ghz quad core chip and the System on chip – Tegra 4i. It sports with a 4.7 inch IPS LCD display with a 5mp front facing camera and an 8mp back facing camera. Housed with a 16GB internal memory, 2gb of ram. It onlly weighs at 119 grams. 2000 mAH li-ion battery.

                                                                                iPhone (iPhone 5S)

"Forward Thinking" "You are more powerful than you think"

iPhone 5S available in 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB options and comes in 3 different colors of Silver white, Champagne Gold and Space Gray.

An iPhone is a device that is designed by Apple Inc. California and has been one of the biggest product lines for Apple (especially on the market) since the first iPhone unveiled in 2007. iPhones from Apple are designed and engineered to some precise measures in terms of a user using the simple user interface powered by its operating system that boasts efficiency with minimal clutter and the way it is built for ergonomics. Some do say that iOS devices is a safe device when it is used appropriately (unless jailbroken).

iPhone 5S as of 2013/14 period is the most updated version of the iPhone 5. It has a 4 inch retina display (at 1136 by 640 pixels at 326 pixels per inch) with an 8megapixel iSite camera with a true tone flash, a 1.2 mp front facing camera. A fingerprint touch ID on the tactile home button. Powered by 1.3 Ghz dual core A7 chip with an M7 Co-processor chip to increase energy efficeincy. It’s camera features contains a true tone flash (dual LED flash), panorama, burst mode, photos while video recording, slo mo 720p HD video at 120frames per second, 1080 p full HD video at 30fps, iPhone 5S is available in 3 internal memory storage options of 16gb, 32gb and 64gb and its colorways are available in Champagne Gold, Space Gray and Silver/White. Battery life from its predecessor has improved by 25 more hours that equates to a total of 250hrs on standby. Battery size: 1560 mAH Weight: 112 grams (still the lightest iphone for a very long time).

 


 

My personal opinion –

From what I’ve researched about these two phones. Its better to say that none of them is better than the other. They are built for its very different purposes and it is largely dependent on what a user really wants hence the personal preference.

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If you want a phone that fits closely within most of your criteria (or what you want in the phone) with high quality functional features that keeps you going, adequate level of security and portability then the iPhone may be the one for you, but not when it comes to price wise. Lighter and more pocketable than the BlackPhone.

Pros:

  • Snap high quality 8 mega pixel photos with the camera quality of a wider f/2.2 aperture
  •  Easy to use
  • Photo modes through three color ven-diagram icon on the camera app.
  • Twice as fast than its predecessor, up to 40 x faster than the first generation iPhone.
  •  Higher security (not jailbroken)

Cons:

  • Some applications from the app store may be highly priced
  • Price tag of an iPhone handset is high
  •  Some say that a 4 inch screen is relatively small compared to other high end smartphones
  • 1136 by 640 pixels is not full hd but is viewed at a quality of at least 720p (unless connected to a TV or computer then it will full hd)

BlackPhone

On the other the hand if you’d rather go for a cheaper option and not likely to exceed the memory flash storage of 16gb, decent camera (front and back) good screen size, security and serves your everyday life purposes then BlackPhone is probably your better option and better selfie pictures.

Pros:

  • Slightly cheaper than the latest iPhone.
  • Decent camera especially the front facing camera to take better selfie and full HD video chat
  •  Better sense of security
  • Screen resolution at is perfect for 1080p full HD or 720p HD

 

Cons:

  •  No other colorways for this type of product
  • Just entered the market as of June 2014 as it only targets only a relatively small portion of the whole audience on the smartphone market
  • 16GB storage as the only option for now.
  • No memory slot.

 


 

Conclusion

As I’ve stated about the features and functionalities of each phone; neither of the phones are better than the other, it is solely dependent on a persons’ personal preference. If you ask for my advice then I’d go for the iPhone because of the above statements I made earlier in this blog. At the end the day the choice is yours. So you pick, iPhone or BlackPhone.

I don’t own the pictures.

 

 

Screen Toughness comparisons vs. our Gravity.

Whether we are at home, work or at a college, there are touch screens everywhere. We take our phones or tablets with us where ever we go. The mobile devices are used for various reasons to efficiently communicate within the communications network. Only one thing that raises the issue of this topic is “broken screens” and how we go about rectifying these common everyday problems.

There are at least two kinds of smartphone users; those that are careless while the rest are cautious:
People that are not cautious about their phones are prone to dropping their smartphone devices and their chances of damaging the screen is pretty high depending on how it lands and how it falls from a certain height. The smartphones today without a protective case are exposed to grazes, chaffing, scratched and being chipped but the worse of all is having the screen shattered. Cracked screens have always been a nightmarish sensation for so many people worldwide especially if it has been bought straight off the shelf. This could be why people in common have not given themselves a time to think of solutions before any unattractive happening to their luxury hand set.

People who care for their phones usually add extra protections to their devices especially if it is an affordable mobile device. A good protective case ranges on an average price of US$10 to US$20. An expensive case is for people who are likely to be away from home and do vigorous activities or working in industrial work places. A common recommendation for an average user would be a case that protects the phone from having a shattered screen.
Most smartphone screens are either made of gorilla glass or plastic. Usually the high to mid end smartphones are made of gorilla glass:

Corning Gorilla Glass cover is made of some substrate layers of chemically strengthened glass which is 20 times harder than any standard glass and 30 times harder than plastic as well. It is known for its high levels of scratch resistance but usually won’t survive as it impacts the ground which causes the glass to shatter (or crack).

Plastic screen displays are made of substrate layers of hardened plastic. It is only considered durable when you throw the phone or drop it and it is still hard wearing despite being scratched or chipped. Some people are self-contented with plastic if they like basic features within the phone that does not break as easily as the phones with gorilla glass. Plastic screen phones are an ideal recommendation for basic mobile users hence the price tag on an affordable phone.

However the sapphire crystal glass has newly emerged into the mobile market since Apple Inc. is the first company to ever complete an acquisition for high quality glass. Research claims that sapphire crystal glass may have the similar durability in comparison to plastic screens and more hardwearing than the gorilla glass today. Sapphire crystal glass is a breakthrough concept for future smart devices including tablet computers.

Here are a couple of videos demonstrating about the uses of the gorilla glass and sapphire crystal glass. To see how you would conclude about what kind of smartphone you would have in the future.

Your next battery could live with you for weeks

Ryden Dual Carbon battery.

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Whether it’s your phone, your acomputer or your car then this is the right article for you to read about.

Japanese based company Power Japan Plus has recently unveiled an array of newly reengineered prototype batteries that charges up to 20 times faster and it’s battery life surpasses any other standard Lithium ion batteries. Lithium Ion batteries are found mostly in mobile computers and smartphones and sometimes found in battery powered cars.

(PJP)Power Japan Plus has tested the cars with their integrated innovation that enables the cars’ travelling distance for up to 480 km on a single charge.

The batteries are mostly made of carbon that is 100% recyclable, cheaper, and safer to use. Not only the batteries can be used for the car industry but having to extend further into other areas (for instance: smartphones, laptops) that would use carbon batteries could all be one of the possibilities. Carbon batteries are environmentally friendly since it’s 100% recyclable, safer to use, and inexpensive to mass produce.

An everyday problem in smartphones, tablets and laptops (regardless of the peoples knowledge) powered by Li-Ion batteries may no longer be the norm. A device that has Li-Ion batteries could be in the house, at work or at college. People should not be alarmed by its hazardous materials that it contains; a lot of people are already exposed to it so it may require some personal precautions when handling any mobile devices or laptops etc.

Ryden Dual Carbon batteries would be a killer solution to everyone’s everyday common problems. The battery will ultimately last longer and charge up almost in no time as the device is being plugged in to the wall. It will also have more charge cycles (therefore the battery quality will last longer) about 400 – 500 charge cycles.

Sources: http://www.iflscience.com/technology/new-dual-carbon-battery-charges-20x-faster-lithium-ion

Third eye (google glass) experience

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So I was at the Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek, New Zealand during mid June and I came across to the information stall held by the computer science staff from the University of Waikato. This is I where I tried putting the Google Glass on and it was a really nice device. You will get an irresistible feeling that you might want to use it more one day.

Talking to google glass is easy; you’ll start by saying “okay glass” and tell it what to do. I asked it to do video recording and it just does that, simple.

What you will see in google glass is that there will be a screen that is virtually about your arm length away from your eye as if it is a smartphone screen. Another feature you will experience is the touch pad on the right hand side to navigate between pages and interfaces.

The owner of the google glass said that I was one one of the first people in NZ to ever try google glass, so I felt lucky and proud.

My opinion about google glass and the future is that the computerized eyewear industry takes us to a whole new level in a way that it completely revolutionize the way we interpret other peoples point of view. I’d say it’s good for holidays, demonstrations (increased familiarity when learn something new or tell people how to etc.) and memories too.

One of the only places where you can purchase google glass (as of for now) is to become an explorer for google as you sign up or buy it off ebay. I recommend to try it on first if you know anyone who’s got google glass.

Estimated price: about US$1500