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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.
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.
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.
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.
BlackBerry (formerly known as “Research in Motion” or “RIM”) is trying to make a comeback with BlackBerry 10 and its first two flagship devices: The Z10 and Q10. The hardware keyboard-packing Q10 is expected to be released in the U.S. in the couple months, but the all-touch Z10 will be released on all major carriers (except for Sprint) later this week.
AT&T was kind enough to send us a retail version of the BlackBerry Z10 a week ahead of its launch and so far, we are pretty impressed with the work BlackBerry has put in to refine the operating system and bring the BlackBerry brand back into the foreground of consumers’ minds.
We will have a more in-depth review in the next week or so, but in the meantime, here are some of our findings after spending a weekend with the BlackBerry Z10: