Should You Go For The Galaxy Or The Apple?

The holiday season is always the best time to buy something special for you or a loved one.  With the release of the two most awaited smart phones, there’s no doubt that you are seriously thinking about getting one. Hence, you are probably in a quandary as to which one to go for. Should you go for the Galaxy S4 or the Apple iphone 5s?

John V. takes a look at all the “dreamy specs” of both the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5. This should help you decide.

Design: Go Galactic Or Iconic?

John V. starts off his comparative review with the Design of both smart phones.

“… the iPhone 5s employs the same design as its predecessor … so it has this iconic iPhone look. If you think about the high end flagship smart phone, it’s the iPhone 5s that exudes all the qualities that you would want to find in the device.”

Here are some facts on the Design:

IPhone 5s 7.6mm, aluminium rear
Samsung Galaxy S4 7.7mm, plastic rear

A More Pleasing Design

But that’s just the start. Let’s take a look at what John V. has to say about the Display of each phone

“They have their pleasing elements but overall we going to give it to the Galaxy S4 just because of the larger display, high resolution, and then of course, that showroom wow-factor with its saturated colors.”

Here are some facts on the Display:

Physical Size

IPhone 5s 4.0 inches
Samsung Galaxy S4 5.0 inches

Resolution

IPhone 5s 640 x1136 pixels
Samsung Galaxy S4 1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel Density  

IPhone 5s 326 ppi
Samsung Galaxy S4 441 ppi

Technology  

IPhone 5s IPS LCD
Samsung Galaxy S4 Super AMOLED

Features    

IPhone 5s Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Oleophobic coating
Samsung Galaxy S4 Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Choosing The Better Camera

The camera on the Galaxy S4 is described as “beefier” than that of the camera on the iPhone 5s.

“On the Galaxy S4, it’s a beefier 13 megapixels auto focus camera with an LED flash and it features also 1080p high definition video recording quality an F2.2 lens and a back-illuminated sensor.”

Nothing Beats A Cooler Interface

In terms of interface, iPhone gets thumbs up.

“… we’re gonna give the iPhone 5s for having the more visually pleasing user-interface … there’s just a lot more cool animations and visual effects that give a lot of eye candy to the new iOS7 experience.”

Personally, that shouldn’t be surprising. After all, Apple’s sister company is Pixar Animation Studios.

A Quick Review Of The IPad Mini And The IPad Air

You maybe at the crossroads as to which one to go for. Should you go for the IPad Mini with Retina Display or the IPad Air? These two tablets are almost too similar. But of course you’d want to get your money’s worth so it makes sense to look into these two tablets to see which one suits you the best.

A Look Into The Hardware Specs

The first thing you’d really want to compare the specifications of the two tablets. TechSmartt has a comprehensive comparison of the hardware specifications.

“The IPad Mini with Retina display features a 7.9-inch retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and pixels per inch of 326. As the IPad Air features a 9.7-inch retina display…again with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and the pixels per inch of 264.”

The PPI of the IPad Mini with Retina Display is pretty high for a tablet. But given the 9.7-inch display of the IPad Air, you might still want to go for the bigger screen.

Now take a look at the inside of these two tablets. They both run on the Apple A7 ARM chip.

“So in terms of processing power here, they both feature the A7 chip which features the 64-bit architecture in there followed by M7 coprocessor.”

In terms of weight, the IPad Air is just a little heavier than the IPad Mini.

“The IPad Mini weighs in at 12 ounces as the IPad Air comes in at 17 ounces. So definitely a weight difference there and if that’s a big thing for you, that’s something worth to consider.”

They are both incredibly thin at 7.5 m. For those who love to take “selfie” shots, take at good look at the camera on both tablets. These two tablets feature the iSight camera. It’s a rear-located camera and it comes with 1080p HD video recording. There’s also a front-facing camera that is packed with I.2 mega pixel with 720p HD video quality.

The Software Specs

Again both tablets boast of the state-of-the-art mobile operating system, the iOs 7. Basically, there’s nothing to compare there. They are both incredible.

“So this is a completely new design. It’s skinless, nice. It feels good. It’s sleek.”

The display on both of the tablets is just awesome. TechSmartt describes it vividly.

“Content flies off the page, text is super clear and crisp and it’s just a treat to go and watch movies, play games, browse the web, edit if you wanna edit with iMovie. Just do normal day-to-day functions and this tablet can even do higher grade stuff and that’s why I love the iPad … The displays on these things are some of the highest that I have ever seen in any type of tablet.”

The differences between the two tablets are hardly noticeable. Maybe you’d want to think about the weight but other than that, the overall performance of both tablets is amazing. They can definitely give you the most wonderful experience.There’s no doubt that you’ll get your money’s worth and that’s because you can’t go wrong with either one.

iPhone 5S: Is It Cool or What?

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The iPhone 5S has some cool new features that will make every gadget lover want it. (Photo courtesy of bgr.com)

The iPhone 5S is one of the most sought after mobile phones in the market today. However, compared to some of the top models from other mobile phone manufacturers such as the Xperia Z1, Galaxy S4, or HTC One, the new iPhone 5S looks rather small. Apple obviously thought that their strategy is good enough because the iPhone 5S design and shape remained identical to last year’s iPhone 5. From the looks of it, this might probably change next year since there are rumors circulating that imply Apple is working on designing devices with curved 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens.

With the new iPhone 5S, Apple decided to put more emphasis on improving what is hidden under the hood, and that is primarily related to the fingerprint sensor, 64-bit processor, and camera. Obviously, these small changes are enough for people to eagerly buy the 5S as sales speak for themselves. In the first three days of sales in September 2013, Apple sold over 9 million new iPhones 5S’s and 5C’s.

Touch ID Home Button

The new TouchID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S is certainly one of the features that is most talked about, and it works extremely well. The sensor is located right below the Home button, and it allows you to register five different fingerprints which can be used to unlock the device or to make ​​a purchase on the App Store. Setup is extremely simple, and once you have saved the entire fingerprint, the your finger will be able to unlock the device even if it isn’t perfectly laid straight. This is probably the coolest feature that came out with the new 5S, and it will surely intrigue many iPhone users.

Nothing Much New With the Design

In terms of design, the iPhone 5S offers nothing new. The dimensions of 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and 112 grams of weight are identical with the previous iPhone 5. The only visible difference is in the design of the new Home button which no longer has a square icon, but instead comes with a fingerprint sensor. There is also a change in the appearance of the flash on the back of the device.

In terms of colors, one of the biggest obvious differences is the wide availability of various new colors. By far, the most popular iPhone 5S color seems to be gold, which has proven to be extremely desirable among many customers.

The screen basically remains the same as its predecessor, with the exact same Retina display, resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels and display density of 326 dots per inch.

A More Dynamic Camera

The new 5S seem to have kept the same camera resolution as the 2 year old 4S model. However, if you compare night photos in the gallery, there seems to be some enhanced features to the camera. The sensor is now 15 % higher, and with the aperture of ƒ/2.2, this device receives much more light. The new True Tone flash has white and yellow LEDs that work fine to adjust the intensity and color temperature for better pictures in lower light.

The video-camera has a new cool feature that enables shooting slow-motion videos in 720p resolution, which looks extremely well, and many users found this to be a very exciting and fun new feature. Depending on your knowledge, you could get some really interesting shots.

Faster Performance

This is the first phone with 64-bit A7 processor (dual-core at 1.3 GHz). Moving through the iOS 7 menus on the 4S can sometimes be a bit slow, but 5S fixes that. Everything runs very fast and smoothly. Opening the applications, returning to the previous menus, playing games, or using apps transitions very smoothly with no hitches.

The main difference between the current 32-bit and new 64-bit processors in the iPhone 5S is the amount of information that can be processed any time as 64-bit processors support more than 4 GB of memory. By switching iPhone to a 64-bit architecture, Apple opens up various possibilities in the future such as the merger of iOS and Mac OS system wherein we might be able to run the same applications on any device such as the mobile phone, laptop, or desktop computer.

Apps load and work without a hitch with the iPhone 5S. Some of the cool apps which we tried worked really well. Specifically, we tried using the Carbonite online backup app, which worked smoothly. Incidentally, if you are interested in getting Carbonite, this site features the latest coupon offer on Carbonite (if you want to backup all your home computer files) or business promotion offer for Carbonite (which you can use for unlimited number of business computers).

The iPhone 5S brings several important and exciting upgrades, but at a relatively high price (without a contract). The question that you have to ask yourself is whether the upgrade features warrant that you replace your old phone or simply wait for the next iteration of the iPhone next year.

Samsung Galaxy S4: Was It Worth The Wait?

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 pretty much has everything you wish for in terms of features, looks, and functionalities.

Who wasn’t looking forward to the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4? It seemed like everybody was excited to see the latest features of this much anticipated smart phone. But was it worth the wait? Is it really the next big thing?

Let’s take a look at now. Joshua Vergara gives us an in depth look at this newest smart phone to hit the market.

“The Samsung Galaxy S4 follows up the tremendously popular, the Galaxy S3. And helps to not only please those loyal to the line but also to entice anyone who has held out til now.”

I would have to agree with him there. A couple of my friends own a Galaxy S3 and they’re pretty happy with it.  I’m close to being a fan of it, if not for the keyboard. I just find the keyboard too “hard”. For example, when I press on the letter “s” the letter “a” comes out instead. Maybe my fingers are too big for the keyboard or I need to be more careful with pressing the right letters on the keyboard, I can’t really tell. But aside from that, I’m close to being a fan of the Samsung smart phone line.

Let’s take a look at the design of the Samsung Galaxy S4. At a glance, it does look like the previous model.

“The design of the S4 is largely derivative of its older counterpart. Especially in the white model, you have the white bezel shrunken down to accommodate the five-inch screen, flatter sides, and a different layout for the camera and speaker.”

Aside from those features, everything looks the same. At a glance it would really be hard to distinguish the S4 from the S3. Sure, the S4 is narrower, but it would really be hard to tell especially if it is not beside the S3. I guess, the best way to decipher the  S4 from the S3 is to check the camera and the speaker layout right away. But of course, that’s taking it at a glance.

Let’s get the feel of the S4 now. According to Joshua, the S4 is smaller and lighter.

“The Samsung Galaxy S4 feels pretty much like its predecessor. While the general aesthetic might be getting a little played out…there is so much improvement every where else and yet it is actually smaller than the S3.”

The compact size of the S4 makes it easy for anybody to hold and to secure it in just hand. It’s just not as bulky as before. As a matter of fact. Joshua describes the S4 “feather-like”.

“With the same height that S4 sheds a fraction of the S3’s thickness and is even a little but narrower. Most important here, however, that the S4 is even lighter. Though it might only be three grams lighter, there’s a balancing to the Galaxy S4 that makes it feel like a feather.”

According to Joshua, that is a “victory in the design department”. He then concludes that the S4 is the best five-inch device in terms of handling.

Another highly enhanced feature of the S4 is the display. Joshua gives this a high rating as well.

“Samsung brought their super AMOLED tech up to a five-inch screen, capable of 10 adp resolution and 441 ppi. The result is one of the best displays on a smart phone.”

In terms of performance, Joshua says that the “the Galaxy S4 is among the fastest phones around.”

But what really excites me about the S4 is its array of new sensors that have amazing functions. Below are nine exciting sensors, also called the Hidden Innovation of the Galaxy S4:

  • Gesture Sensor: This recognizes the user’s hand movements using   the infrared rays.
  • Proximity Sensor: Recognizes whether the mobile phone is located near the user by using infrared rays.
  • Gyro Sensor: Detects the mobile phone rotation state based on three axes.
  • Accelerometer: Detects the mobile phone movement state based on three axes.
  • Geomagnetic Sensor: Detects the magnetic field intensity based on three axes.
  • Temperature Humidity Sensor: Checks temperature and humidity levels.
  • Barometer: Identifies the atmospheric pressure at the user’s current location.
  • Hall Sensor: Recognizes whether the cover is open or closed.
  • RGB Light Sensor: Measures the red, green, blue, and white intensity od the light source.

The battery life gets a thumbs up from Joshua.

“It is definitely among the longest lasting five-inch screen devices available and with the ability to replace the battery when it finally runs out of juice. You really shouldn’t have any power issues on the Galaxy S4.”

The camera of the S4 seems to have upstaged its previous predecessor. As described by a review, the S4 is able to capture “impressively large panoramas pictures that are approximately 22,000 pixels wide, a massive improvement from the S3′s 6,000 pixel width”.

According to www.R-Fate.com, when it comes to apps, there is no shortage of great and cool apps for the S4.

There’s just no doubt that the features of the S4 are all enhanced with the latest cutting edge technology that we can ever think of.

So given all that, was the Samsung Galaxy S4 worth the wait?  Well, Joshua couldn’t have said it any better.

“Just like Samsung … it’s all there for you.”