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  • 2019 iPhone Advanced Face ID and 2020 iPhone Upgraded Time of Flight 3D Modeling Back Camera by Kuo



    Renown analyst Ming-Chi Kuo together with TF International Securities has a fresh perspective for future iPhone 2019 and 2020 models for excited iPhone lovers. Trusted sources from AppleInsider, 9to5Mac and MacRumors report that the new 2019 iPhones feature major modifications in their flood illuminator strategically positioned in the front TrueDepth Camera thus a more precise facial recognition. For the 2020 iPhone, the major modification is on the back camera incorporating an improved time of flight 3D modeling technology.


    Improved Face ID on 2019 iPhone

    The TrueDepth camera for this version has really been a point of focus for the company hence achieving a spectacular 3D facial recognition mechanism. This can largely be attributed to the modified flood illuminator that has a greater power output now featuring a cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL). Kuo speculates the release of 2019 iPhone will be early September next year and even with the 2018 model the described iPhone has us antsy already. The face ID feature incorporated for current iPhones utilizes the infrared system technology which has been limited in function when in the presence of invisible sources of strong infrared light. For instance, the face ID is completely distorted when using your phone in direct sunlight. The 2019 iPhone works around this limitation by improving the laser power output hence making the sensor’s tolerance to other infrared sources around it. This makes the sensor more fast and sensitive with minimal chances of failing to unlock your smart device. Kuo analyzes the suppliers for the new iPhone will accrue favorable terms of business as the new iPhone will create a huge demand locally and internationally owing to its consistency and improved efficiency. iPhone users will, however, need assurances from Apple that the strong infrared light will not lead to eyesight complications in the long run.


    New Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Modeling Camera on 2020 iPhone

    The 2020 iPhone designed by Apple promises to use next-generation features on its rear camera hence elevating picture quality to a whole new level. The Time of Flight feature incorporates range imaging sensors on the back camera which will calculate overall time taken for its released laser to reflect from nearby objects back to the device in order to generate a 3D image of the immediate environment. This 3D application is also practical for the Face ID function of the phone as it utilizes the structured light mechanism which calculates how the 30000 infrared dots which are projected by the iPhone gets distorted in the calculation of the distance to generate a precise 3D image of your face for a more accurate authentication process. The face ID and the TOF are similar in the way they conduct depth mapping but the TOF has exceptional accuracy of 3D modeling and a range of other functions.

    Before the release of the modified iPhone, the TOF system will be introduced to the market using the iPads speculated to be released in the 2019 Christmas. This will grant everyone a chance to take the application for a dry run capturing objects of choice in 3D which can be edited easily by utilizing their pencil. The Time of Flight will also enhance the overall quality of images captured by the phone as well as elevating experiences of augmented reality.

    Previous predictions from reliable sources speculated that the 2H19 iPhone will not feature the TOF technology but for the 4Q19/1Q20 iPad, there is a 50% chance of it featuring this technology. This is a great achievement for all designers as the TOF modeling promises convenience in creating productivity in regards to design applications which is more simplified than that of computers with the aid of an Apple Pencil for editing. If the TOF does not feature in the 2H19 iPhone by any chance the technology will definitely not miss out for the 2H20 model. Chances are Apple will incorporate a strong VCSEL of more than 1,000nm in wavelength which will outdo any inconveniences to the user. The list of benefits from the TOF system is long including aspects like improved depth mapping, better rangefinder, premium image quality, a sharp focus on images, dramatic portraiture imaging, improved AR object placement, concise AR overlays, and complete 3D capture. Apple is really a visionary trendsetter in the industry always providing exciting applications to its valued clients all over the world.

  • Bigger Screens and Improved Cameras for New Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

    New Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL


    Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL features were recently disclosed by Google giving all lovers of Android something to look forward to. You really don’t need to break the bank for big smartphones to satisfy the need for capturing quality photos. Google Pixel 3 is a consummate smartphone for anyone who wants to fulfill the dream of having flawless photos. It is an advanced smartphone which has 12.2 Megapixel (MP), a rear camera with a single lens, a f/1.8 aperture on the back all advanced by the camera machine learning software. It is one of the best smaller sized smartphones with a screen size of 5.5 inches, which is wide enough to achieve the desired resolution. The Pixel 3 also features powerful dual front speakers with increased sound clarity. The pixel 3 and 3XL feature large screen sizes because of specific design used in their development which features notch in the case and slimmer bezels. The Google Pixel 3 comes in another improved model Google Pixel 3 XL which is larger in size and android pie powered. Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have extraordinary camera features only exclusive to the two models.

    The two phones come with two 8 Megapixel (MP) front cameras which are unique in their function. These front cameras have a second lens specifically designed for wide range selfies which provide you with full-sized group photos. Its HDR is also greatly advanced and its battery life falls short of the bigger smartphones at 2,915 mAh thus providing all-day power capacity. You can as well take one hundred snap photos within a span of two hours with the battery life capacity. It has a wide internal storage capacity ranging from 64 GB to 128 GB depending on your utility for capacity in your smartphone device. Google pixel 3 and the XL are ideal smartphones that can be specified to anyone who likes quality photos and is not satisfied with the current performance of their phones. It is also pocket-friendly and available to the local and international market.


    The Google pixel 3 clings to the previous Google Pixel 2 tone features but uses totally different materials. The entire phone dimension comprises 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm and weighs 148g. It has a soft touch shiny glass on its back positioned at the very top with 80% lower matte finish which uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The glass also enables a better LTE connection and wireless charging. It also stretches up to the front offering maximum protection. The Google Pixel 3 comes with a Pixel Stand wireless charger. The smartphone also comes with USB-C earbuds in the package. The entire smartphone is sandwiched by an aluminum frame that offers a hybrid coating. This is the only metal found on the external of the Google Pixel 3 and 3XL smartphone hence maintaining its good feel in the hand and overall lightness. The Google Pixel 3 is however offered in just a black finish but very stylish nonetheless. It has a porch, smooth and continuous texture with quite a high-quality appearance. Its smaller size enables the smartphone to perfectly fit on one hand and so offers you the ability to simply operate it using just one hand instead of two hands. For the Pixel 3XL, its screen size is big enough to offer a clearer resolution despite being one hand sized. Its appealing looks make it a preferential choice for many seeking a smartphone device that uniquely complements their style.

    Release date and price

    In October 2018, Google Pixel 3 was officially released in the United States (US). In the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia, it was released on November 1st, 2018. It is available in the following countries; France, Japan, Canada, India, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, and Germany. Pre-orders started just after the launch occasion on the October 9th, 2018. For the 64GB version Google Pixel 3, it costs about $799 (£739, AU$1,199) and $899 (£839, AU$1,349) for the 128GB version. However, in the United States, it is exclusive to Verizon, starting at $33.33 a month for 64GB or even $37.49 a month for 128GB for the duration of 24 months. You can also visit any Google store to purchase your Google Pixel 3 at full price.

  • Airmail for iOS: Meet the Email App Which Can Do Everything

    Airmail for iOS


    Still using Apple Mail on your iOS device? There’s a better way to do email, and it’s called “Airmail”. While a bevy of alternative iOS email apps have been available ever since Apple allowed third party email apps way back in 2011, the fact of the matter is that none of them come close to offering the simplicity and flexibility of Airmail — more on that later.


    Some of you might recognize the name Airmail from the award-winning OS X app which has been around for the better part of half a decade now. If so, then you’re spot on with your guess: Airmail for iOS is a mobile-optimized version of the very same app you might currently be using to handle your inbox on your desktop or laptop computer right now!


    Far from just a simple port of the desktop version, Airmail for iOS simply packs more options than just about any other mail app on the iOS App Store right now. Period. While it’s a bit pricier than some of its competitors at $4.99, we believe that this app more than pays for itself by allowing you to be more productive, reactive, and more communicative.


    Let's get down to the features, shall we? Airmail supports Gmail, Exchange, IMAP, and POP3. It also includes push notifications, Apple Watch integration, threaded and single message support, email 'snoozing', iCloud Sync with your Mac's Airmail client, Drafts, multiple signatures, a Unified Inbox, Aliases, 3D Touch, Google Drive & Dropbox integration, and so much more. We mean that last bit, too. There’s so many other features that it’s almost impossible to speak to each and every one of them — which is why we recommend that you head on over to Airmail’s website directly and check out all of the features that each version has brought to the app over time.


    Going back to specifics, we believe that the Gmail integration is probably the best that we’ve ever seen outside of Google’s own iOS Gmail app. We’ve never experienced any issues regarding syncing or importing settings from Gmail into the app itself.


    The other big thing to note is the inclusion of threaded message support. Gone are the days where you’ll have to search throughout your inbox for the 14 different messages which you might’ve sent someone during a given day. Instead, your messages are grouped together so that you can find all messages sent to a particular contact on the same day. Neat, huh?


    Now that we’ve covered most of the ‘under-the-hood’ features, let’s move on to the meat and potatoes of the app: design. Users who have been accustomed to using Apple Mail will delight in the fact that the design feels much more modern than the barely-been-touched-since-iOS-7 design which Apple’s default mail client has. Also important to mention is the fact that the app itself uses a series of left and right swipes in order to allow the user to accomplish certain tasks with a given message. For example, if you left just a little bit and let go, you can trash your message. On the other hand, if you swipe completely to the left, you can move it to an action list for later parsing. Conversely, if a short swipe right will let you archive a message, while a long swipe lets you ‘snooze’ it. Speaking of snoozing, it seems to be a unique feature of Airmail — as far as we can tell. Snoozing lets you temporarily archive a message and have it come back into your inbox after a pre-determined time period, a feature that’s quite useful for those of us who find ourselves having to deal with a larger-than-normal amount of email volume during a given day.


    Airmail for iOS is currently available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. If you’d like to find out more then head on over to the website here. Where you can read more about the app as well as new features which will be coming soon over the coming months.


    Have you used Airmail in the past? Let us know what you think in the comment section at the bottom of this post!

  • Complete Guide to Installing Android Pie based OxygenOS Open Beta for OnePlus 6

    Android Pie


    OpenPlus promised its valued clients consistency in releasing strategic updates for their devices and so far they have been true to their word. You can now be among the first people to experience the new features incorporated in the OxygenOS by upgrading your OnePlus 6 device with the new Android pie-based OxygenOS. Some of the dominant features for the pie-based beta are such as the newly developed UI that comes with a modified gesture navigation system, an improved Gaming Mode version 3.0 and the Do Not Disturb mode that offers you a wider range of granular controls.

    These improvements are open to all onePlus 6 users but for people who heavily rely on the Google Pay services offered by the devices they are advised to hold off from making this upgrade just yet. The system is a beta so you are liable to experience some technical crashes with some individual applications that are not compatible. Google pay integration, for instance, will be altered for your device with this beta upgrade hence its users are advised to wait for the release of a more Google Pay compatible beta upgrade. For all the other users, Android Pie based OxygenOS Open Beta will definitely enrich their smartphone experience.


    Step by Step procedure for Installing OxygenOS Open Beta for the OnePlus 6

    OnePlus has recently released OxygenOS Open Beta and Open Beta 2 upgrades back to back and both are available on the OxygenOS channel. Making the installations is a relatively short process that takes less than 10 minutes and you will not lose any data or application preinstalled on the phone. It is, however, plausible to back up any crucial information and data to be fully guaranteed from any inconveniences.

    The simplest and most effective way to install the upgrades is to download the OxygenOS Open Beta 2 to your phone’s memory then move it to a root folder. This is how you can do this:

    1. Navigate to Oneplus download page then locate the ROM downloads down the list in the OnePlus 6 category and choose OnePlus 6 OxygenOS Open Beta 2 to start the 1.49 GB download.

    2. When successfully downloaded, navigate to file manager located in the application drawer

    3. Tap on the downloads icon

    4. Locate your downloaded file and long press to highlight it. On the top right corner press on the three dots (action menu) to avail the file transfer option.

    5. Choose the copy option

    6. Choose internal storage for location

    7. Using the paste function copy the file in the directory

    8. Leave the file manager and navigate to settings

    9. Scroll to the bottom to find the system function and tap on it

    10. Select system updates

    11. Tap on the gear icon located at the top right end of the screen

    12. Select Local Upgrade

    13. You will be able to locate the file that you stored in the root directory here. Tap on the individual file to commence the installation of OxygenOS Open Beta 2. This process takes up to ten minutes to fully incorporate the new features in your OpenPlus 6.

    So far the build has been a success with no reported shortcomings and the release of a more stable pie-based OxygenOS build is anticipated in the coming months. For all OnePlus phones, the OxygenOS software is responsible for running all its operations and for users not subscribed to the Open Beta the software is still updated from time to time with modified features including safe bug fix programs. OnePlus is making preparations to launch the OnePlus 6T and different users will now be able to take advantage of the OnePlus switch app which is: -

    • More compatible with Android devices in the market today

    • Able to manually connect to different mobile hotspots

    • Able to effectively arrange applications, support wallpapers and the migrate launcher

    • Able to launch the backup application data

    Much of the personalized features from your old device will be transferable to your new device with the help of the OnePlus Switch. Such includes wallpapers, default launcher, home screen application layout, calls and SMS backups, downloads, contacts and application data. The widget data, however, is still complicated to back up even for the most exclusive launchers available in the market today.

  • Apple Finally Gets It Right with Series 4 Apple Watch

    Series 4 Apple Watch


    If you’re like most of our readers then you already know that Apple has recently launched a couple of smart devices whose quality features are simply breathtaking. Among this is the Apple Watch Series 4 with an advanced digital crown that comes with in-built ECG and Haptic feedback. The Series 4 has a larger display than the previous versions but significantly slimmer in its appearance. The keen focus on its development was improving its hardware components to achieve new levels of performance for your convenience. There is an electrocardiogram which is now fitted right on the Digital Crown and on the back crystal is the built-in heart rate sensor. Using these health-focused features are simple as you only have to press your finger on the digital crown’s side for thirty seconds in order to get it to start delivering a read. The smartwatch takes an articulate reading of your heart condition analyzing various aspects to determine your overall wellbeing. The parameters analyzed by the Series 4 are much more extensive than those of the previous heart rate sensors for other versions. Such include crucial information about your heart structure and the electrical conduction properties of your cardio system. The information obtained is stored in the health application and is retrievable inform of a PDF which you can readily mail to your physician. The ECG application works hand in hand with the modified electrical heart sensor and shares the reading with the app. These attributes have led to this version being branded as the intelligent guardian for your health.


    Another added feature to the design of the Series 4 is that its digital crown is now enabled to give haptic feedback. Operating the digital crown is more responsive on individual applications like calendar, podcast and it is easier to navigate through a list of items on the crown. The overall design of the Series 4 like other newly launched iDevices deviates from the previous versions which are exciting as it gives the watch a stylish and attractive appeal. The screen is 30 percent larger from 38 and 42 mm to 40 and 44 mm with curved edges thus more compact. This has been made possible by cutting on the dimensions of the bezels located around the edges. All these features make the watch slimmer than the initial series 3 and despite the screen being larger, it takes up the lesser volume. Apple has maintained the same dimensions for the watches’ straps hence they all can be shared across all new and old versions.


    For the Series 4, you get to choose between the aluminum and the stainless steel editions. Unfortunately for those who prefer the all-ceramic edition the company did not include it in the production of Series 4. Color aspects for the aluminum edition range from space grey, silver and gold. For the stainless steel edition, you have the discretion to choose from new gold, polished and the space black. The underside features the black ceramic which is convenient as radio waves pass through more easily hence better cellular reception. The elaborate modifications have also influenced the speaker and microphone design for the Series 4. The speaker has been amplified to be 50 percent louder while the microphone’s aperture has been relocated to be strategically away from the speaker which has greatly improved the quality of calls.


    The smartwatch is able to discern when you are falling by monitoring the motion of your hands. In the unfortunate instance you fall and stay still for an extended amount of time, the watch automatically contacts your emergency services as listed for the device giving them your physical location. This has been configured for the SOS feature on the smartwatch. The Series 4 is fitted with the S4 processor chip which has two times the execution speed of the previous versions. The device’s battery is able to comfortably handle all the upgrades with a constant battery life of up to 18 hours. The preinstalled watchOS 5 software supports a wide range of features as well as interphase modifications. This is upgradable like for all the previous versions giving all users a free access to the premium features. Additionally, the breathe application comes with its own face with an option of graphics to choose from. Such range from faces with vapor, fire and water which are all aesthetically pleasing. The Series 4 is now available for your order at a competitive price range.

  • Comparing Google’s Pixel 2 XL and iPhone XS Max

    Google’s Pixel 2 XL and iPhone XS Max


    When it comes to the best in either worlds, Google Pixel 2 XL has all the elite Android features in its category while the recently released iPhone XS Max offers elaborate features modified for a next-generation iPhone. There is so much that the two phones can do comfortably in terms of performance and offering convenience with a range of applications to choose from. The plausible question a smart buyer will ask is which of the two designs will bring them more value for their money. Your specific needs should guide you to make the most informed choice when buying the best smartphone from either brands.  This complete guide will present you with all the data you need to make such a choice.


    When it comes to android phones, you are spoilt of choice with many desirable phones on the market today.  The distinctive features for Google Pixel 2 XL entail its user-friendly and customizable interface that comes with an assortment of features.  Such include the elaborate Google assistant whose consistency remains standard over long periods of time.  The smartphone incorporates machine learning technology and has one of the strongest pocket cameras in the market.


    iPhone XS Max also has bold features with its elaborate 6.5 display being the most impressive. It stands out to be the largest iPhone ever developed and its True Tone super Retina display clearly outshines the pOLED panel for Pixel 2 XL.  The new iPhone is equipped with a powerful A12 Bionic chip which makes its performance fluid, increases camera potential and improves AR. iPhone XS Max uses the Face ID recognition feature for security. This has not appealed to everyone as a good number of customers prefer the good old fingerprint sensor as applied by the Pixel 2 XL. The iPhone is however compatible with wireless charging a feature that comes in handy when the charging port is ruined or wet.


    Features iPhone XS Max Google Pixel 2 XL
    RAM 4 GB 4 GB
    ROM 64 GB/ 256 GB/ 512 GB 64 GB / 128 GB
    Operating System iOS 12 Android 9 Pie
    Chip A12 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    Display properties 6.5 inch AMOLED 2688 X 1238, and 458 pixel per inch (ppi) 6 inch pOLED 2880x1440 and 441 pixel per inch (ppi)
    Battery Not specified 3520 mAh
    Charging System Wireless and Lightning USB-C
    1st Rear camera True Tone flash 12MP, 1.4μm, f/1.8 OIS Dual LED flash 12.2MP, 1.4μm, f/1.8 OIS
    2nd Rear camera 12MP, f/2.4 and 2X Optical Zoom Not applicable
    Front camera 7MP, f/2.2 8MP, 1.4μm, f/2.4
    Primary security Face ID for unlocking screen Finger print sensor for unlocking screen
    Water Resistance specification IP68 dust and water resistance IP67 dust and water resistance


    For a music enthusiast, the two devices have modified speakers that offer good sound quality.  The iPhone XS Max stereo speaker combines the lower speaker grill with the earpiece speaker.  For the Pixel 2 XL, however, comes with two front firing speakers that offer an amplified stereo effect.  When it comes to expansion of memory the two are rigid as the micro SD cannot be expanded. The provision of a 3.5 mm headphone jack for most phones is not featured in either design but can be connected manually using an adapter.  Traditionally Apple has always packaged an auxiliary and lightning adapter but for the new models the company is no longer providing the adapters.  Considering that the micro SD is not configured for expansion it is important to assess your storage utility before making a purchase.  The two models have a 64 GB capacity phone with only a price difference of $250 and the price is higher for the models with additional capacity.  At $949 you can accrue the 128GB pixel 2 XL but the iPhone XS offers you a greater capacity of up to 512GB at the cost of 1,449 dollars.  Both smartphones present you with a favorable payment plan which serves to avoid any financial inconveniences. It is clear that the two brands have a significant price gap with the iPhone on the higher end but it all depends on your preferred choice of operating system when choosing between the two. What remains certain however is the fact that the two brands incorporate top of the shelf technology and serve multiple functions hence making either of them a worthwhile investment.

  • iPhone XS and XS Max Prices

    XS - XS MAX


    The newly launched iPhones are must-haves for smartphone enthusiasts. With a brand new design as well as added performance and features, these devices may very well be considered unparalleled in the market right now.

    The phones are both now available in a variety of countries all over the world. These include nations such as Canada, China, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Mexico, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UAE, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, UK, and US Virgin Islands. Additionally, while not available during the initial launch date, the phone has come to the following countries as well:  Bahrain, Bulgaria, Andorra, Armenia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland,  Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Malta, Monaco, Oman, Georgia, Poland, Slovenia and South Africa. As time goes by other regions will have a direct access to the XS and XS Max. This coverage will meet the set objectives for Apple to avail the elite smart technology to a maximum number of people to make their lives easier with the individual applications from a guaranteed smartphone with a long lifespan.

    The $999 price range for the XS is basically for the 64 GB storage capacity iPhone. To get the 256 GB XS you will have to spend more as it costs $1,149 while the 512 GB XS has a market value of $1,349. Despite the storage capacity, the three have standard features. You will need to assess your storage requirement based on your overall phone utility. For the XS Max, the $1,099 price range will get you the 64 GB version but for the increased storage devices, you will also have to spend a little bit more. The 256 GB XS Max has the market value of $1,249 while the 512 GB version will set you back $1,449. From this iPhones, you have the option to choose from three fine finishes. Such include gold, silver and space grey all of which are sleek and stylish complementing all the next generation features within the phone. It is also important to note that the XS and XS Max have more or less similar features the only contrast being the display size XS Max as the name would suggest having a wider display. The two models also have stainless steel exteriors to add up to their list of premium features.

    The price ranges for the XS and the XS Max have created some debate especially in the online platforms but a thorough review of what the iPhones have to offer will Cleary show that a buyer will get their money’s worth in accruing either of this smartphones. The cut edge technology used to develop the new iPhones will provide you service for many years with a minimal chance of being made obsolete by alternative trends. The futuristic applications give you a more personalized service and the elaborate display makes you enjoy features like 4k videos, games and taking top quality pictures. Many of the attributes for the new iPhones are modifications and improvements from previous versions but the overall design is a technological leap. For iPhone lovers who feel that the prices for the XS series are on the higher end, there are multiple alternatives to choose from Apple. The new iPhone XR is quite desirable and makes its entry to the market at the price range of $749 for the 64 GB capacity device, $799 for the 128 GB storage capacity XR and lastly $899 for the 256 GB capacity XR. If you are in the market for a new smartphone, your timing is just perfect as now you can be a proud owner of the most advanced iPhones created by Apple.

  • Comparing attributes of iPhone XS and Galaxy S9 by Samsung

    XS - S9


    Looking past the fact that the two phones come from different developers, the iPhone XS and the Galaxy S9 share many common features. Both have a high screen to body ratio, IP68 resistance, high-quality stereo speakers, stylish metal/glass exterior designs, wireless charging and a ton of other next-generation features.  So where does the biggest difference lie? That would be in the phone’s price point. As you’d expect from an Apple device, the iPhone XS marketed as ‘higher end’ and will cost well over $1000, while Samsung’s offering will cost only $650. The important question here is which phone offers you more convenience despite its market value.


    Contrasting Features for The Two Devices

    Over the years iPhone has generated a huge customer base all over the world who are always excited at the prospect of a new product launch. While a large part of the hype can be attributed to the company’s exceptional marketing prowess, the fact of the matter is that Apple’s offerings tend to offer am ore cohesive experience than what you’d typically find on the Android side of things (Google Pixel excluded, of course). Samsung, on the other hand, has been able to stay viable in the phone market incorporating creative designs and offering quality products at a competitive price point. Carefully analyzing the specifications for the two phones can leave you confused on which model to choose as the two have very distinctive strong points. Basically, it all comes down to which operating system you prefer over the other. As well as the importance of having a top-of-the-line camera, in which case you’d be better off going for the iPhone XS.


    The software used to design Samsung S9 makes it easy for you to customize your Android phone but with a downside of leaving your phone cluttered. iOS 12, on the other hand, offers you less customizable experience but its interface is very user-friendly and may offer a much easier learning curve for people who are unfamiliar with Smart Phones or who have been playing into Apple’s ecosystem for a while now. The hardware components of the two phones are quite impressive both utilizing a 5.8 inch AMOLED display. The S9, however, has a notchless exterior where else Apple incorporates the notches with a face ID sensor fitted within them.  This feature has been modified to be more secure even than the facial recognition function employed by Samsung.  Samsung, however, present you with more than one security options including the traditional legacy fingerprint sensor and an additional iris scanner.


    Features iPhone XS Galaxy S9
    RAM 4 GB 4 GB
    ROM 64 GB 256 GB 512 GB 64 GB 128 GB 256 GB
    Operating System iOS 12 Android 8.0 Oreo
    Chips A12 Bionic Snapdragon 845
    Display properties AMOLED display 5.8 inch, 2436 x 1125 and 463 pixel per inch AMOLED display 5.8 inch 2960 x 1440 and 570 pixel per inch
    Front Camera f/2.2, 7MP f/1.7, 8MP
    1st Rear Camera True Tone flash, 12MP, 1.4μm, f/1.8, OIS LED flash, 12MP, 1.4μm, f/1.5-2.4, OIS
    2nd Rear Camera f/2.4, 12MP 2x telephoto Not applicable
    Security Face unlock Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, iris scanner
    Water resistance properties IP68 dust and water resistance IP68 dust and water resistance
    Battery 2716mAh 3000mAh
    Charging System Wireless charging, lightning Wireless charging, USB-C


    The quality of the camera is crucial for many smartphone users considering its wide applications in the modern world. The two devices greatly differ when it comes to camera properties. The iPhone XS comes with a dual rear camera with improved features such as an adjustable aperture featuring post and stereo audio properties when capturing videos.  For the Samsung Galaxy S9, it involves a single camera but with a dual aperture. These have been designed to offer you a wider range of manual controls as well as unique post-processing effects and filters.


    The iPhone XS has a greater storage capacity of up to 512 GB but has a steeper price range. As we mentioned previously, the price difference between the two devices is considerably big with the iPhone going for $400 more than the Samsung Galaxy S9 market value. For the Samsung S9 one can expand its storage with the aid of a Micro SD card but for the iPhone, you’ll have to contend with the fact that you’ll never be able to expand physical storage on the device.


    The bottom line, however, is that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the iPhone XS have been developed to perfection incorporating state-of-the-art technology that makes them trendsetters for other mobile brands in the industry.  Either way, you still get your money's worth on the purchase of any of the two smartphones.

  • Complete Guide to tracking all Workouts with New Google Fit



    Google fit have redesigned their application to offer a more personalized coaching that you can easily customize to better suit your workout routine in a healthy fashion. The app can now be your personal motivator by setting achievable milestones for you that comes with a simplified goal interface. Google Fit is not limited to a number of workouts but comes in handy for every physical activity that you may want to engage in. You can now be able to keep track of your progress and receive important tips analyzed from your activity and health reports. This is conveniently done from your Android device or the wear OS devices by Google.


    Tracking your Workout on your Phone  

    The procedure is quite user-friendly for anyone with a smartphone: -

    1. Launch the Google Fit app on your android device

    2. Press the plus icon located at the bottom right corner

    3. Choose the Track Workout option

    4. Google will automatically show a record of recently tracked workouts but you can select the drop-down menu option located at the top of the screen if you want to track a new work out.

    5. Select the type of activity you would want the app to track for you

    6. Select the start workout option to commence your exercise

    7. Select the pause button located at the bottom of the screen whenever you take a break

    8. Select the stop button located at the lower left end of the screen when done with the workout

    When activated successfully the app initiates a countdown from three at the start of every workout. The new Google Fit acts like your training partner helping you achieve new records each day which in the end results in the maximum burning of calories and desirable workout gains. Once you are done with the workout and you have stopped the application your data will automatically be saved and added in your journal.


    Tracking your Workout on your Smartwatch

    Google Fit is a very functional application to have on your smartwatch/wear OS as you can conveniently access it from your wrist.

    1. Launch the Google Fit application from your Wear OS

    2. Navigate to the bottom menu by swiping

    3. Select the workouts option in the list

    4. Google Fit will automatically display where you left off from the previous session. If you intend to start a new workout select the other workouts option.

    5. Select the type of activity you wish to engage in.

    6. Select the start workout option to start your physical routine. The application will countdown from three to signal monitoring is about to start.

    7. Select pause whenever you want to take a break

    8. Select the end workout option whenever you are done

    To get the most out of Google Fit we recommend a Wear OS watch as you keep track of your workout more readily. An example of an elite smartwatch is the Ticwatch pro which is fitted with a GPS to track your physical location, an NFC chip which enables you to access Google Pay services and a heart rate monitor.


    Google Fit Activity goals for Improved Health

    Google Fit has incorporated spectacular features to match or outdo competing brands such as Apple Health. The operation of the application is configured to work around two activity models based on AHA and WHO’s health recommendations. These are the Heart points and Move Minutes activity goals. Routine exercise is a well-advised habit to adopt as there multiple benefits that come out of it. Moving more is definitely more constructive that bumming on a chair when free. With the Google Fit, you can accumulate Move Minutes motivating you to make healthy alternatives in your day like walking a freight of stairs instead of using the elevator all the time. Making your cardiac rate go higher by increased physicality boosts the overall wellbeing of your heart. You can accumulate heart points with the Google Fit motivating you to engage in activities that keep you at your best. According to the recommendations brought forward by AHA and World Health Organization following a guided workout routine, like Google Fit for instance, significantly lowers the chances for a heart condition, improves your mental attitude and you get to enjoy sleep better.

  • Meet iPhone XR: Apple’s Lower Priced Offering Complete with an Amazing 6.1 Inch LCD Liquid Retina Display



    Another year, another iPhone and this time around, the hype is well justified. While other “S” years have seen more timid releases (the iPhone 6 -> 6S, 7 -> 7S coming to mind), this year Apple has decided to change the game by releasing a new, lower priced version of their best selling — and forward thinking —  iPhone X handset. We’re talking, of course, about the new iPhone XR, one of their lowest priced ‘new’ iPhone introductions to date.

    Unlike the XS series, the XR has an LCD 6.1-inch panel display otherwise which Apple is calling the ‘Liquid Retina Display’ as opposed to the ‘Super Retina Display’ found on the XS series phones. Even though it’s not enough to merit the ‘Super’ designation from Cupertino, it’s still one of the best displays to ever grace an iPhone, featuring high dimension, multi-touch and IPS technology.

    The iPhone XR’s display features a 1792 by 828 resolution of 326 pixels per inch (PPI). The true tone type display has a contrast ratio of 1400:1 and a P3 wide color display. The color control and brightness make the phone ideal for video playback and playing games with a 625 cd/m2 max brightness level. The phone has also been configured to adequately support a variety of languages as well as characters all at once — a benefit of the larger screen, undoubtedly.

    Another notable novelty is the XR’s slew of features that are all powered by the A12 Bionic chip. The newest generation chip to be included in this device expands on the previous-generation’s already snappy performance and will allow users to notice a quicker transition between applications and unlocking your phone with Face ID.

    While all this is well and good, perhaps the best feature of the iPhone XR is the six color choices that you’ll be able to take advantage of when you’re purchasing a new handset. These colors include white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and red. The colors adorn the all-new aerospace aluminum and glass covers which have been rated at IP67 for exceptional protection from dust and liquids.

    So how about the camera? Well, let’s just say that the XR series has nothing to envy when it comes to its photo-taking capabilities. This camera shares the same superior qualities as the XS iPhone series. The only real difference is that the rear camera, only has a single lens with a picture quality of 12MP and a reduced aperture of ƒ/1.8. New elaborate Bokeh effects as well as smart HDR features are included, however. When it comes to the front camera, this device has a picture quality of 7 megapixels with an aperture of ƒ/2.2. The digital zoom potential of its camera extends to 5x offering maximum optical stabilization, depth control, wide-angle coverage and portrait lighting including studio, natural and contour effects. The lens made out of crystal sapphire and boasts a fully functional Quad laser electronic display with a true tone flash for slow sync. It’s worth noting that the camera also offers a dynamic range for video coverage and supports slo-mo as well as video optical image stabilization. When it comes to video capabilities, it should be no surprise that the XR records 4k videos all at your choice of 24 fps, 30 fps and 60 fps. When it comes to shooting 1080p content, it’s capable of shooting in either 30 fps or 60 fps and 30 fps for 720p content.

    The XR offers you more than sufficient storage capacity of 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB, depending on how much you choose to spend. Any of these options should be more than enough to hold all of your media and files — if you’re an average user that is. Pro-users, on the other hand, may want to stay clear of the cheaper models.

    If battery life is a concern, you should know that Apple claims that you’ll be able to get an average of 16 hours for video playback, 65 hours when listening to music/podcasts offline, 15 hours with continued internet use and 25 hours when using the phone, you know, as a phone. This handset also boasts “fast charging” which means you get to juice up your phone from 0 to 50 percent in 30 minutes with the aid of a compatible charging device.

    As you’d expect, this iPhone comes standard with iOS 12, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy grouped notifications, Animoji options with tongue and wink detection, a smarter and more responsive Siri, and a group Face Time functionality which can support up to 32 participants continuously.

    What do you think about the new iPhone XR? Is this your next handset? Let us know in the comments below.

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