Tag: Samsung

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.

Mount It!

While searching for a phone mount for your car, there are many important factors you should consider before making a purchase. Where will you be mounting it? How much are you willing to spend? What is the intended purpose? For those of you who are looking for something that is cheap and easy to use, there are many phone mounts that simply clip to any air vent, such as the WizGear magnetic phone mount. This sleek and low-budget phone mount uses a powerful magnet to hold your phone in place.

Most phone mounts use adhesive or a suction cup to attach to the windshield or the dashboard, such as the the Li-Kee universal phone mount. This mount uses a spring-loaded clamp to hold your phone in place, which I have found to be the most effective type of phone mount. The best part about it, is that the clamp does not block the charging port, camera, headphone jack, or side buttons. The springs seem to have enough force behind them to keep my phone in place, even around tight corners and bumpy roads. The suction cup has added adhesive which make the entire mount even sturdier. I highly recommend the Li-Kee universal phone mount.

The Li-Kee is a bit more expensive than some of the reproductions, but quality is important when it comes to choosing a phone mount. I initially purchased the FlyStone Clipper, which is essentially a knock-off of the Li-Kee. The FlyStone Clipper sells for $2.43 (plus free shipping), but the ABS plastic is not as “shatterproof” as it claims to be. While removing my phone from the mount, the plastic arm snapped in half. This is the result of owning the FlyStone Clipper for one week.

 

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The FlyStone Clipper definitely supplied me with $2.43 worth of enjoyment, but I highly recommend choosing the Li-Kee universal phone mount if you are looking for a good quality phone mount for your car that will last a long time. If you are looking for something less bulky, then the magnetic WizGear phone mount could be your phone holding solution.

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?

Future Updates?

Late summer 2016 Samsung released The Galaxy Note 7 and it was a fantastic device with a great update to Samsung’s user interface “Touchwiz”. Unfortunately, the Note 7 was destructive and had a massive call back and was removed from all stores shelves. Recently however, The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge just got an update that contained a lot of the features that the Note 7 had. The other big thing is that the Galaxy S line is now on Android’s latest operating system known as Nougat.

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The Galaxy S models usually come out every spring, while the Note line of phones come out close to the fall. These are supposed to be different phones, aimed at different people. However, Samsung likes to make the next phone always better than the last one no matter which line of phones they are working on next. So the people who just got one phone a few months ago usually get a little upset when it’s already inferior. The other thing that is usually strange is how the last phone that came out won’t get some of the updates or features that come with the new phone. That’s why it’s actually a relatively big deal that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge got an update that contained a lot of the things that the Note 7 came with. This begs a question though, will be continue to get these updates for the latest Galaxy S phones and the latest Galaxy Note phones?

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Are You Basic?

We carry these rectangular slabs of plastic and metal everyday and we get concerned about what’s going on with our social media apps when they run out of battery. If we carry these things around all the time wouldn’t you want it to be something that you can do a lot with or it be something unique, something that is different from what the person next to you has? With Android you get to pick from tons of different phones rather than sticking with basically one phone that Apple offers. Everything about Android allows you to make your phone, your phone.

With iPhones your pretty limited to what you can do and with what you get out of the box. If you want a new phone and you want to stay in Apple’s ecosystem your choice is between the normal sized phone, or the plus variant. That’s it, nothing else to choice from and both phones look identical with the only noticeable difference being the size of the device. When take out the phone from the box and turn it on you’re greeted with the same lock screen, and same home screen like always. You can’t really make your home screen look too different. Everyone is going to have the same looking phone as you in every way possible. Sure you can change the wallpaper and have your own ringtone, but it’s just not going to stand out from the crowd. What you really need is an Android phone!

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Android is a very unique operating system and you can do a lot with it. First off you got tons of phones to pick from. You have the expensive flagship phones that lots of companies have that most cell phone service companies promote. You also have cheaper phones you can choice from if you’re on a budget. There’s a smartphone out there that will fulfill your needs. Once you pick the phone that best fits your needs you can go ahead and customize the phone’s user interface! You can do whatever you want with the apps on your phone, you can make widgets on your home screens, have live wallpapers, and have different keyboards for texting. With android smartphones you can also do true multi-tasking which Apple doesn’t quite do. You can download different launchers on your phone from the google play store which in some ways turns it into a different phone all together. With all of this at your disposal, there is almost no way that you’d have a unique device on your hands and have people wondering what kind of phone you have! Having an Android phone in my opinion really expresses what kind of person you are and sometimes shows off our creativity.maxresdefault