Category Archives: Opinion

Addressing Battery Myths: The Best Way to Charge your Smartphone

There are many myths surrounding charging lithium-ion batteries, and it can be hard to decide what’s fact or fiction. And thankfully, as smartphone hardware and software becomes more energy efficient, this problem is becoming less of an issue for consumers. But with the advent of fast-charging tech and bigger batteries, the question remains, what’s the best way to charge?

Should I Buy the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C?

One of the first questions I received after today’s iPhone announcement was “Which new iPhone should I buy?” After all, this was the first time in Apple smartphone history that two new iPhones are being released at the same time. For most smartphone enthusiasts, the decision is easy. The iPhone 5S is the latest and greatest and offers the upgrade they have been salivating for since last October. But for the general consumer, the decision to spend $100 more for their smartphone might not be as straightforward. Let’s break down the differences of each phone and make a case for who should buy the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C.

Smartwatch Battle 2013: Sony, Samsung, Qualcomm, Apple and Nissan Fight for your Wrist

Remember that kid who had a Casio watch that could change the channel while you drooled with envy and imagined all the pranks you could pull? Years have passed since then and the tech world is on the cusp of another watch revolution: The Smartwatch Battle.  The usual suspects, Samsung and Apple, are all rumored to be developing a smartwatch that will work in conjunction with their upcoming line of phones.  But watch out for  Sony, Qualcomm, and surprisingly Nissan; all of which have thrown down the gauntlet in the smartwatch battle arena within the last week.

Samsung‘s entry to the smartwatch war is called the Samsung Galaxy Gear.  It sports a 1.63 inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 320 x 320, a pair of speakers and a mic for video recording, and a 1.9 megapixel camera.  You can now take selfies without pulling out your phone.  As comes it is the age of pedometers, it includes a gyroscope and accelerometer to track workout progress.  With the limited real estate from the 1.63 inch screen, don’t expect a home screen similar to ones found on your smartphone.  Samsung has opted to use swappable cards that you can swipe in order to get to various functions and apps similar to Windows Phone’s user interface.  The Galaxy Gear does have one physical button, which as some may guess, serves as a home button.

A limited hands-on review by Engadget below indicates that the watch performed sluggishly when it came to launching apps and taking pictures.  It comes to no surprise that there are kinks and performance issues as is the case with many first generation gadgets.  The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is scheduled to be released on September 25th with a handful of colors targeting different lifestyles.

Will iOS7 Be a Game Changer? Let’s Talk Features

Now that Apple has finally shown iOS7 to the world, there have been very mixed feelings from the media (See here, here and a poll here) about the future of Apple’s latest update to the “world’s most advanced mobile OS”. There have been tons of upgrades and enhancements and the entire OS was redesigned by Jony Ive. The OS is now lighter, faster and smarter.

But there will always be people who disagree with Apple’s update to iOS. After all, iOS isn’t for everyone. No mobile OS is. But with all that we have seen, and we haven’t yet secured developer access to an iOS7 beta, we think it would be pretty hard to say that the latest release of iOS7 is nothing short of amazing.

A Few Days with Google Hangouts Pt. I

With all of the announcements out of Google’s I/O developer conference this past week, the one that stands out the most for me personally is the introduction of Google Hangouts. No, this isn’t the video chat built-in to Google+ that we all know (and some love). This is the product, formerly referred to as “Babel,” that unites the old Hangouts with Google+ Messenger, Google Talk and very soon Google Voice and SMS.

Google has been developing the new Hangouts for the last two years, working with engineers across Google to bring the first truly “unified” experience to a cross-platform messaging service. Built to compete with the likes of BBM, WhatsApp and even Facebook Messenger, Hangouts allows users to communicate with their contacts from a Chrome, Android or iOS device. The old Talk within GMail is even upgraded to Hangouts so that conversations will always be synced across all of your devices.

Thoughts on Facebook Home

Now that I have actually laid my own hands on Facebook Home (via the HTC One), I feel that my “official” thoughts are ready for prime time. For avid Facebook users, I can see Home being a great addition to their smartphone. If you don’t want to read this entire piece, I can tell you that I won’t be using Home any time soon. For those with the time and patience to read the entire article, read on for my thoughts on Facebook Home.