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​Apple iPhone X Review: Jaw-Dropping Features

Posted on 02 November 2017

The Apple X or the Apple iPhone 10 is here! What a fantastic and mind boggling way to commemorate ten year of Apple’s ingenuity and innovation in the tech industry. With jaw-dropping features including face-recognition, it is safe to say that the iPhone X is Apple’s greatest creation so far.

Bezel-less Display

Apple has been focusing on designing a “bezel-less” display for quite some time. The idea behind a designing bezel-less smartphone is to reduce edges and let the user enjoy an all-screen experience immersing yourself in true HD quality.

Introducing OLED technology for the first time in any Apple smartphone, the iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen with 2,436 x 1,125-pixel resolution (458 pixels per inch) with true color.

Exceptional camera

The camera is no doubt amazing, but the design and features is somewhat similar to another flagship Apple phone – the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone X features a wide-angle lens, 12-MP camera with f/1.8 aperture. But its telephoto 12 MP lens is designed to produce f/2.4 aperture as compared to f/2.8, which is what the iPhone 8 Plus has. The camera also has optical image stabilization similar to the 8 Plus. The feature will help you take more stable and motionless pictures when you zoom into your object.

Face ID – hallmark

The Face ID feature was making headlines since the day it was announced. It serves as a hallmark for the iPhone X. It could be troublesome as it has replaced Touch ID entirely. You are now only required to look at the phone and it unlocks.

Face ID is indeed an innovative and futuristic feature; however, it is not as reliable and quick as Touch ID. For example, it may fail to recognize your face at first then force to try again or enter a PIN code. The function does not stop here as even after face recognition, you still have to swipe up from the bottom to access the home screen – while it was supposed to take you there after face recognition.

Final Verdict

With an assortment of powerful features, there is no doubt the iPhone X will set a new benchmark when it comes to smartphone development. However, it is important to realize that the phone costs about a $1,000.

Photo by: Apple

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New 4 Inch Apple iPhone SE

Posted on 25 March 2016

Apple is extending its iPhone brand series by releasing a 4-inch iPhone SE model. This time Apple isn’t focusing on being futuristic and developing topnotch smartphones with advanced features. In fact, Apple is aiming for the bottom-line by releasing the iPhone SE to boost their mid cycle sales. The iPhone SE is similar to the old iPhone models but with impressive hardware. This move by Apple is quite like how they launched the iPhone 5C.

Specifications
As all iPhones are known for their hardware, this phone is equipped with a 4-inch LED IPS display with 640 x 1136 pixels resolution and supports multi-touch, powered by Dual Core 1.84 GHz twister processor with Apple A9 chipset, armed with powerVR GT7600 six core graphics GPU, internal storage capacity of 16/64 GB and runs on 2 GB RAM. The camera on this little device is immaculate with 12MP f/2.2 dual led camera, video quality of 2160p and secondary camera of 1.2 MP 720p, with a long-lasting Li-Po 1642 mAh battery.

Design and Features
The design of the phone is similar to the 6 series with thick rectangle shape with curved edges and shiny front and back surface with many cool colors to choose from. This mini iPhone has tons of features Apple fans would expect and hope for. Core features include 4K video playback, Apple Pay, M9 motion coprocessor, and 64 bit A9 chip, which is an impressive fit inside a small casing. It also comes with the flagship features all iPhones have but for a phone this size, the iPhone SE has faster LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, retina flash, 63 MP panoramas, and 240 fps slo-mo and focus pixels.

Verdict
The 4-inch iPhone SE is set to be released this month with a price tag of $399. The reason why it’s a must buy product is because it’s packed with awesome hardware power but with a small screen it still is attractive. Apple will succeed in gaining massive sales yet again.

Photo courtesy: Apple

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Apple Announces New iPhone 6s

Posted on 10 September 2015

In Apple’s latest keynote event, the company announced the upcoming release of the new iPhone 6s and “the only thing that’s changed is everything.” The single press, 3D Touch, is the newest innovation claiming to allow you to do more than ever before.

3D Touch is the next generation of multi-touch, changing the way we experience technology forever. “It senses how deeply you press the display, letting you do all kinds of essential things more quickly and simply. And it gives you real-time feedback in the form of subtle taps from the all-new Taptic Engine,” according to Apple’s description.

The latest edition iPhone 6s features a 12MP camera with “Live Photos” bringing your photos to life, as well as 4K video, up to 4 times the resolution of 1080p HD video. The device will operation on iOS 9, “iOS 9 is a big reason you won’t find anything else like iPhone. It brings together an elegant and intuitive interface, powerful features, and robust security,” says Apple.

You can view more information about the new iPhone 6s and compare models at Apple, and pre-order your device which will be available September 25 in Apple stores.

Photo credit: Apple

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: the iPhone Gets Bigger

Posted on 17 June 2015

While the iPhone 6 carried a 4.7-inch screen, the iPhone 6 Plus will satisfy customers seeking a bigger display, which is common in Android phones. It carries Apple’s newest OS, iOS 8.2, including Apple Pay. The iPhone 6 Plus has a fantastic camera, user-friendly OS and a beautiful design.

Price
The price of the iPhone 6 Plus depends on the storage capacity you opt for. Here are the three options you can select from:
o $299 for 16 GB
o $349 for 64 GB
o $449 for 128 GB

Physical Features
o The phone sports a 5.5-inch screen, which is a significant increase in length on the iPhone 6
o The phone weighs 172 grams, slightly less Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
o The iPhone 6 Plus feels better to use as it slides in the hand comfortably compared to the industrial feel of the iPhone 5.
o Like its predecessors, it’s made from matte aluminum. It lacks the charm and uniqueness of the previous models and features certain elements reminiscent of HTC One and Nokia Lumia.
o Existing iPhone users will have to adjust get used to the lock/ power button on the right. The sound control buttons are on the left while the 3.5mm headphone slot is at the bottom.
o The iPhone 6 Plus is unlocked by Touch ID, which is faster as compared to face and fingerprint detection features on other handsets. You can use fingerprints on iTunes and any other apps.

Landscape Mode
A software add-on exclusively for the iPhone 6 Plus is the landscape mode. When you hold the phone sideways, the messages appear in one column and the content in the other.

Camera
The iPhone 6 Plus boasts an 8MP rear camera with image stabilization. Images are as sharp as a razor. Videos remain crystal-clear, regardless of shaking and moving. Videos and photos are shot at 1080p. Autofocus comes into play in both cases of video and camera. Photos are colorful and sharp.

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Typo 2 for IPhone 6: a Physical Keyboard for the IPhone

Posted on 16 December 2014

iPhone owners, who covet a physical keyboard to accompany their powerful device, can finally breathe an air of joy. The Typo 2 for iPhone6 is a case for the smartphone that adds a physical keyboard to the touch screen device. The keyboard suspiciously resembles the one found on BlackBerry devices, but it nevertheless makes typing long messages and e-mails on your iPhone a tad easier.

The case is a successor to the Typo keyboard, and improves the functionality of the phone but has some trade-offs that iPhone users will have to face. The case renders the TouchID of the iPhone 6 useless by hiding it behind the face of the keyboard. Users who are prone to accessing their devices using the TouchID on their Home Buttons won’t be too happy about this, but it’s a trade-off they will have to make should they choose the Typo 2.

The case charges separately from the iPhone via a MicroUSB port provided on the left side of the casing, and a full charge can give your casing almost 7 to 10 days of use. It is in no way connected to the phone except via Bluetooth, which enables the use of the physical keyboard instead of the virtual keyboard the iPhone offers. Users will just need to slide their iPhones into the case and once locked in, it adds a slight thickness to the slim body of the smartphone, as is expected of any case you strap to your iPhone.

Having four extra rows of keys to your iPhone also adds an inch to the length of the device and puts in at par with its bigger brother, the iPhone 6 Plus. Access to the earphone jack and charging port are allowed through the holes provided in the case.

The Typo 2 keyboard case for iPhone 6 is no doubt a brilliant accessory for your phone but its success solely depends on users who crave a physical keyboard for their otherwise brilliant phone. The case will cost $99 but adds a solid keyboard to increase your productivity. However, many users will be disappointed about losing the TouchID feature and may have to forego the nifty case.

Photo courtesy: TypoKeyboards

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Top 5 Tech Gifts for the Holidays 2014

Posted on 15 December 2014

With 10 days until Christmas, that means there are only 9 shopping days left! Having trouble shopping ideas for the tech lover on your list? Here are GadgetCrunch’s top 5 tech gifts for the holidays 2014.

Tech Accessories: This will cross off any small gifts you made need on your list because there are so many tech-cessories to choose from. Cases for laptops, phones and tablets, chargers, or tech gloves are all great ideas.

Smartphones: Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want the latest mobile device to stay in touch with their family and friends?

Headphones: Music lovers or travelers will certainly appreciate a new pair of headphones, and there are so many options. There are wireless BlueTooth headphones, Beats by Dre, or even a comfortable pair of ear buds.

Tablets: Tablets are a luxury that a lot of people would love to have. It’s bigger than a smartphone, but easier to tote around than a laptop. The good thing is there are a lot of options out there in many different price ranges.

TV: TVs will always be one of the best holiday gifts. You can update your HD TV to a smart TV or a 3D TV if you really feel like splurging.

There you have it. The top 5 tech gifts for the holidays 2014. We hope this list has helped cross off some of the last minute items on your shopping list. If you plan on doing your shopping online, make sure you place your order soon so it’ll arrive in time for the holiday. Happy Holidays!

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Peri Duo for iPhone: Portable Speakers and Battery Charger in One Small Package

Posted on 12 December 2014

If you are a forgetful person who always manages to leave behind their speakers when going to a party, then Peri Duo will solve your problem once and for all. Carrying speakers with your iPhone was never your dream anyways, and it mostly made you look stupid and awkward, having to carry your 5.1-channel speakers and hooking it to a small phone.

Peri Duo is a smartphone case cum speaker which will leave you not bothered about carrying your portable speakers with you since these provide you with the most portability one can ask for when it comes to iPhone speakers. Not only that, but the case also provides you with a battery charger, all combined in one crafty case. Having a battery case that charges your phone and doubles as your speaker is something iPhone users are going to love.

It may sound like an over the top concept that is doomed to fail, but the creators of Peri Duo argue that the case provides some of the best speakers in the size range. They are high power speakers that will perform audibly even in rooms that are full of people and bustling with random sounds and noises. The case can also be used separately from the iPhone via the AirPlay function on iPhone for almost 4 hours without needing to be recharged.

The battery will provide more than 100% of battery power to different versions of the iPhone. For example, the iPhone 5/5s can be charged almost 160% more than its original battery. The Peri Duo can also let you stream music to other cases who are in proximity of 100 feet on a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi without the need of a local network.

Peri Duo is definitely a case you may consider buying when it is released in April of 2015 if you keep running out of battery occasionally, and if you are a fan of loud music. You won’t have to a buy a battery case and portable speakers separately, so spending $139 seems like a bargain.

Photo courtesy: MyPeri.com

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