Tag: Technology

Xbox One X: Is It A Big Deal?

In just a couple months people will be able to pick up what Microsoft is calling, “The World’s most powerful console”. They aren’t lying, it is the most powerful console and hopefully that counts for a lot. Many critics are assuming this console won’t set the world on fire, and won’t even sell as well as the PS4 Pro.

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The Xbox One X went up for pre orders during Gamescom and it sold out in just a day. That’s really good news for Microsoft, but the console being sold out doesn’t mean much when consoles like the Wii U sold out when pre orders went live and ended up selling very poorly during it’s lifetime. This is a good start though, and plenty of Xbox fans will pick an X up since it is a giant improvement from the original Xbox One.

Along with Xbox fans, I do believe PS4 players are also going to hop back onto Xbox with the X.  When this generation first begun, Many gamers left Xbox due to the poor decisions they made, and it seemed like they were moving away from a lot of the great things the Xbox 360 provided. Xbox wasn’t all about the games anymore, and it wasn’t the place where gamers wanted to be.  I was very anti-xbox until Phil Spencer became the head of Xbox. Once Phil came around, xbox was starting to look like it’s old self.

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Microsoft was pushing out updates to the console that fixed lots of problems. They were making changes and decisions that benefited gamers. Phil did a lot to maintain and win back old Xbox fans, he even got me to finally purchase an Xbox One.

Xbox has backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games and now even with original Xbox games, the most reliable online service, the easiest way to find people to play games with, and one of the best controllers I’ve ever used in my life. However, that wasn’t enough to win people back from the terrible mess up they had during the reveal of the Xbox One and the first year it was available to purchase. Once Xbox fixed most of what was wrong with it, the power of the console became the new tagline for many people. Those who switched from Xbox to Playstation stayed because they were already playing on a console that was more powerful.

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The Xbox One S was a great improvement from the original Xbox and provided 4K streaming, HDR, and beautiful new form factor. This gave Xbox a much needed boost in sales.

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Sony didn’t market the PS4 Pro very great, and The Xbox One X is much more powerful. With the X, you’ll be able to see dramatic differences in games even without a 4K TV.

With all of the great features Xbox has and with the Xbox One X coming out shortly, I do believe Xbox will start to see a major jump in sales. Many critics will be surprised how well the Xbox One X will sell.

 

 

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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.

 

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.

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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The Year of The Budget Phone?

The company behind one of the greatest budget smartphones will be releasing their 2017 edition soon and I’ve been thinking about what to expect. I recently read an article talking about the rumored specs and it got me thinking again.

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This Phone really could be the one to get people to stop buying their phones that are connected through their cell phone service providers. The reason why anyone would be interested in the “One Plus” series of phones is because they are good quality phones and you’re paying more than half less of the price of a mainstream flagship phone. If you pick up a brand new iPhone you’re looking at close to $800, at least if you want a big screen. The One Plus 3 for instance, was $399 when it launched and the company as plenty of sales for their devices. The dilemma with this was that you weren’t always getting the top of the line specs since you weren’t paying for it. However, This year it all could be different.

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The next phone is said to have features that their rivals have had in their phones for some time now as well as features that haven’t been seen in many phones to date. It’s suppose to sport a 5.5 inch  Quad HD display, 6gb of ram, a huge 4,400 mAh battery, a curved screen, USB-C type slot for charging, and be waterproof. We’ve seen plenty of 5.5 inch screen phones within the last few years, Quad HD has been around for some years too. There has been rumors that Samsung was going to include 6gb of ram their flagship smartphones for some time now, but we still haven’t seen it. If the next One Plus device came equipped with that much ram than it would be among some of the first phones to have that much ram. This is a budget smartphone, so have all these features would truly be amazing! You would basically have all the great specs of a  high end phone, but paying half the price. You wouldn’t have to be on one of those payment plans or dish out a huge chunk of money at once.

Apple might not be too worried since the One Plus phones run on Android, and people like Apple for IOS. I don’t see many people running form IOS to Android to get their hands on this device, but Samsung, LG, and other companies who make devices for Android should be a little concerned. Samsung does make a wide variety of smartphones that range from $100-$900, but their cheaper phones have never been the greatest. It’ll be interesting to see ho well the One Plus 3 sells, and if it has any impact on Samsung’s sales or any other smartphone company.