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The Galaxy S8 Plus

I’ve only had Samsung’s new handset for a day or so, but it’s awesome. The Galaxy S8 Plus is a big phone with a 6.2 inch display, but it’s only slightly taller than the iPhone 7 Plus. The phone has very thin bezels, the smallest we’ve seen on a premium device. There isn’t any physical home button this time around, but instead there are on screen buttons at the bottom of the screen.

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The phone might take some time getting use to for people who aren’t familiar with large phones. The phone is pretty tall, but it’s not as wide as most phones. This makes the phone easier to hold in the hand. The UI is much cleaner than previous Galaxy phones and very enjoyable. I haven’t tested much features out yet, but what I have has been great!

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Is this a perfect phone? No of course not, but it is close to it. Not everyone is going to like this phone, but I think a lot of people are going to. I’m sure there will be few people who jump from an iPhone to this new device. Check out Grouvy Today’s review of the Galaxy S8 if you want more information on the device, and check out Phone Unboxing’s unboxing of the Galaxy S8.

Do You NEED A Computer?

We have seen plenty of tablet’s come out over the years that claimed they were  2 in 1 computers. Two in one computers are typically tablets that are also computers. None of these have been as great as dedicated computers, but some have come close. Microsoft’s Surface Pro’s have done a fairly good job, but they cost an arm and a leg if you want the higher end versions.

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Not everyone really needs a computer and can get by with just their phone. Things can get a little difficult to do like properly scaling powerpoints, or printing things out from your phone. Thankfully Samsung has an easy solution for this and it’s called Dex. Samsung revealed their new smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus a few weeks ago. With these new phones you can convert your phone into a desktop computer by docking it into the Dex. The docking device allows you to charge your phone, and connect it to a monitor via HDMI. This also lets you plug up to 2 devices into it through USB 2.0. Once connected you can use the phone as a computer, but also use it as your phone. You still get your notifications, and can call people. The thing is, you can only use apps that Samsung has for you and not all of them are properly optimized for a desktop version just yet.

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So can you survive this world without a computer? Well, sort of. Sure you can get by and only use your phone or maybe a tablet, but you won’t be able to do things that require a  lot of power or be able to do some serious multi tasking. I’m sure eventually we’ll live a world where everything we need lives in one place.

 

Are Budget Priced Smartphones Taking Over?

Smartphones are getting more pricey and cheaper at the same time. The big popular phones like Apple iPhones, and Samsung Galaxy phones are expensive and they go up in price all the time. Many foreign companies make cheap smartphones, so if someone didn’t want to spend $600 – $1,000 on a phone than they could spend a fraction of the cost. Yes, you do get a slightly less powerful device, but  you’re still able to do most of the things you’d want to do on a smartphone.

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The big question is whether these budget phones are really taking off. Samsung, Apple, and LG are still selling plenty of phones and don’t seem to be really hurting, at least not from these Chinese smartphones. Luckily for Apple you can can’t get budget phones that run the same operating system that iPhones run on. So if you want the iOS experience, you only have a few options and they are only sold by Apple. These new budget phones are in direct competition with companies making Android devices such as LG, Samsung, Google, and other companies. Google used to make inexpensive smartphones, but now they’ve been trying to complete with the likes of Samsung and Apple with a more premium device and premium price.

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The budget smartphones seem to be a bigger deal in China than the U.S. Luckily for Samsung they make all kinds of phones. They make premium devices, and budget ones. Even if their sales numbers for their premium devices went down, their budget priced devices would probably go up.

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I wouldn’t say that budget priced smartphones are taking over, at least not yet. These big Tech companies push innovation, and that costs money. Consumers want the latest and greatest, and as long as they want that these pricey phones will remain here. However, with innovation companies are learning how to spend less making devices that are powerful. I think more and more people will start buying cheaper smartphones, but it won’t take over the market any time soon.

Will This Be Samsung’s Biggest Phone Yet?

Samsung revealed their new flagships smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus during their Unpacked 2017 event. These devices are spectacular, and are absolutely breath taking. The new devices feature the new infinity screen which has curved edges and almost no bezels on the screen. The entire front of the phone is one piece of glass. The smaller of the two phones is 5.8 inches and the bigger one is a whopping 6.2 inches. These are gigantic displays fit into the size of a normal smartphone. The S8 Plus which has a 6.2 inch screen is roughly the size of the iPhone 7 Plus which features a much smaller 5.5 inch display.

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The phone does similar things that last years models did but has additional features that the killed off Note 7 had. It comes with the expected things like water and dust resistant, micro SD expansion, a beautiful Super Amoled display, a decent battery, fast charging, and much more. Apple and other companies have moved away from the headphone jack, but Samsung has kept on their phones.

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I think Samsung has a bright future, but they’ll have to ensure potential customers that the battery won’t blow up like the Note 7. The design itself is nice enough to get people running into stores and trading in their old Samsung phones, but will it get iPhone users to switch over?

Technology at Its Finest

Here are 4 articles I think all of you will enjoy!

Mr. Panda’s Video Game Reviews gives us a review of the newly released Mario game that is available on all Android, and IOS devices. The game came out in December for iPhones, and recently made its debut on the Android platform. This game isn’t like the typical free apps you would find on your smartphone, and some might be scared off by the $10 price tag.

Phone Unboxing has a full unboxing and hands on with LG’s new smartphone, the Lg G6. This phone looks incredible and very promising. This phone has lots of new features along with a new body style when compared to last years model, the Lg G5.

Graphicwheeler has an article talking about Apple cleaning up the app store on iOS. There are plenty of free apps out there that are not compatible with the newer versions of iOS. This is something that Apple has been talking about for a while.

Adam Goswick talks about the Nintendo Switch and what the future of Nintendo looks like in his article. The Nintendo Switch seems to be selling very well according to various retailers. If the console continues selling this well, it could end up selling as well as the PS4 which has sold over 53 million units.

Huawei’s Next Big Thing

The Tech company, Huawei has slowly made a name for itself with their android based devices in the last few years. The Chinese company has done very well with pricing their phones at a good price for good quality. I wouldn’t consider them to be budget prices, but not as pricey as an iPhone or a flagship Samsung device. They are getting things ready to release their P10 and P10 Plus devices.

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The Huawei P10 has 5.1 inch display that has a 1080p resolution, while the Plus variant comes with a 5.5 inch display and a 1440p resolution. The slightly bigger version is very similar to the 5.1 inch model with the exception of a bigger display, a bigger battery, a f/1.8 summilux lens and the resolution. It seems like a lot of differences, but for the most part you’ll still have roughly the same experience with either device.

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Along all these specs, the device also comes sporting a 64-bit octa-core processor, 4gb of ram, and 64gb of storage. Out of the box this sleek device is running Android 7.0 and you can get it a ton of different colors. The P10’s camera is one of the best on the market with a 20mp lens, and a 8mp front facing camera. The Plus variant comes with a whopping 3,750 mAh battery.

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Samsung, for some time now has been one of the biggest Android based smartphones, being sold. I have strong feeling that Huawei will give Samsung a run for their money, literally. The P10 looks super promising, and Huawei has managed to cram all of this tech into an extremely slim phone, with it coming in at just 6.98 mm. The only bad thing I can think of about the phone is the fact that it isn’t dust and water resistant like the many phones out in the market are.

The Problem With The Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch has been out for about a week now, and it is selling very well so far. However, there have been some problems coming in from people all over the place. On top of that the console has been getting very mixed reviews from critics. Some praising the console, while others seriously criticizing it for the lack of features built in (like apps, or other basic things) and unable to perform as well as a dedicated mobile device or dedicated home console. Some people think that the $299.99 price tag is too steep for what it offers at the moment, with myself being one of those people.

Check out IGN or CNET’s review to see good honest opinions about the Switch. A lot of what they talk about is true, and they aren’t bashing the console. The console is experiencing issues with some users. For instance, for some the game start to flicker on the screen whether its docked to the TV or if you’re simply playing on the actual tablet itself. For some the controllers are having trouble connecting to the system. It seems like something is interfering the signal to the Switch. The controllers also feel like they are going to fall off when they are connected to the system itself, when playing in portable mode. The system will randomly stop working and and making a loud noise until you power down the console. When you go to insert the game you want to play sometimes the game won’t pop up and you can’t play the game.

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All of these problems are pretty bad, but this is the first batch of consoles and this isn’t happening to everyone. This is actually happening to a small percent of people. None of this stuff has happened to me and I’m having a blast with my Switch. However, there is one issue that is actually very important for people to be aware of. When you have the joycon controllers separated and you put on the strap that comes in the box, you need to be very careful when putting it on and off. I put the strap on the wrong way my first time and when I went to slide it off I had to put some extreme force. While doing so, I very close to slicing my finger open. This seems to be a serious design flaw especially knowing that lots of children will be using this device.

With all of this being said, it is a solid device. It has problems just like every new piece of technology. If any of these things have scared you off from purchasing one, I’d advise you to maybe wait a few months until Nintendo irons out these things. I think the Switch has a bright future ahead of itself and that Nintendo really has made the console many of us have wanted.