A Comparison of the IPhone X and the Note 8

Now that Apple and Samsung have released all their best phones this year, it mandatory to make a comprehensive comparison. It is no secret that the two are rivals and are constantly striving to outdo each other. While their vicious competition makes for good entertainment, we are also able to watch them create the best phones ever seen by mankind.

Design

First, we consider the design of the two phones. Both phones are built to be just like glass houses. They both have edge to edge screens and a glass backs.  Apple having finally joined the bandwagon of the bezel-less phones which its Android counterparts embraced a while ago.

The only difference in their edge to edge screen is while the iPhone X’s screen fills the entire screen, the Samsung’s leaves about a centimetre above and below its screen.  Samsung however, makes up for this with a screen that almost curves making the phone look edge-less. The iPhone X on the other hand plays it safe and leaves out this design element and remains with a conspicuously visible edge neatly around the phone.

Despite this, the designs are minimalistic, modern and simply beautiful

Display

Both phones have adopted the much more advantageous OLED screens. These screens are said to be more power efficient and to produce more vibrant images than their LED counterparts. This is the first time Apple is using them on their phones, explaining this, they have said their late adoption of the screen was due to not finding OLED screens that met their high standards. Nevertheless, it is no doubt a welcome introduction, bound to boost the iPhone’s superiority. Samsung on the other hand has been using the OLED screen for ages now so it’s not something really noteworthy for them. But it remains a laudable decision.

Screen Size

To accompany their incredible displays are gigantic screens.  The iPhone X has a screen size of 5.8 inches while the Note 8 of 6.3 inches. These massive screens are very useful when watching videos and so are a welcome inclusion.

Camera

Both the iPhone X and the Note 8 have superb cameras with almost similar specifications. For instance they both have dual cameras that enable them to achieve a 2X optical zoom. This capability allows a user to blur the background and make the subject pop out more. Similarly they both have two 12-megapixel sensors, autofocus, optical image stabilization and LED dual tone flash.

Despite being very similar, they are a little differences. Samsung’s front facing camera is 8 MP unlike the iPhone’s which is 7 MP. However, the iPhone’s front-facing camera has a true depth camera which is very handy in facial recognition. It also has portrait lighting which is excellent for giving photos studio lighting effects.

Wireless Charging

This ingenious feature is available in both Note 8 and the iPhone X. However, Apple has not yet released its charging mat understandably due to the iPhone X marking their introduction to this field of technology. They have however made their phones compatible with 7W Qi wireless charging. Unfortunately one of the drawbacks of wireless charging being its slow speed, Samsung having been in the field longer than Apple, it has developed 15W charging pad which is almost as fast as standard charging. It has also in cooperated the 15W version of Qi into the Note 8 making the Note charge tenfold faster.

From the analysis in this article, it is clear to see that the Note 8 and the iPhone X are worthy competitors.

 

iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy S8: Which Is Better For You?

2017 is perhaps the most interesting in the mobile world. The Samsung and Apple are not leaving anything to chance with their flagship phones; the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 series. The two phones are no doubt the best today. Over the last one year, Samsung has held the lead in popularity followed closely by Apple, Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo. For a person looking forward to upgrading to the latest and best model, the main objective is picking the best. Here is a close comparison of the two models to pinpoint which is better for you.

The major specs

Samsung Galaxy S8 features

  • Phone Display: 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches with (2960×1440) Super AMOLED display
  • RAM and CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 4GB or RAM
  • Storage capacity: Internal capacity of 64GB and expandable 256GB
  • Cameras: Rear camera of 12 MP with auto image stabilization and 4k video recording capability. The front camera is 8MP with auto-focus.
  • Iris scanner

iPhone 8 features

  • Display: 5.8 inches, 5.5 inches, and 4.7 inches display with 1920×1310 Curved OLED
  • The storage capacity: 256GB, 128GB, and 32GB
  • RAM and CPU: The smartphone will feature A11 processor and 4GB of RAM
  • Cameras: The front camera is 8MP while the rear one is a 12MP dual lens with dual-OIs and 4k video recording capability.
  • Iris scanner

Apple’s Silicon office has been on an overdrive and ensured that the new model is 41% faster compared to the S8. It also features more than 58% improvements that give iPhone 8 a better edge on the market. The transition to the 10-nanometer chipset allows Apple to pack more features and make the smartphone even more enjoyable.

S8, on the other hand, has perfected the benchmarking capabilities. Using the 10-nanometer Exynos 8895 processor, the S8 performance is very smooth and more ideal for multitasking.

Comparing Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 Display

iPhone S8 comesin three different display sizes; 5.8 inches, 5.5 inches, and 4.7 inches. The display features a wrap-around and bezeless outlook that has the inspiration of the previous iPhone 4S. The display also comes with a dual-OIS dual lens camera and a finger-print as well as Home Key well embedded below the glass.

Samsung, on the other hand, is doing away with most of the flat displays featured in previous models. Both versions of the S8 are well curved with AMOLED displays featuring resolutions of 2960×1440 or more. Notably, Samsung did away with the home button in the S8 model. This gives room for additional features and an enjoyable interface.

Comparing the two phones, Samsung display is stunning while iPhone outlook very authentic.

The camera review

Though the front camera of Galaxy S8 is only 8MP, it comes with a very strong autofocus. This makes the images better because of a wide f/1.7 aperture. On the other hand, the iPhone 8 front camera is also 8MP with software enhancement to make the images sharper even in poorly lit conditions.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 rear camera is a single lens model with 12MP featuring OIS. It also has a double-pixel model for more effective autofocusing and an f/1.7 aperture. Starting from Galaxy S6 model, every user has reported great satisfaction with the images. Apple, on the other hand, is taking its camera and photography in the iPhone model to the next level by upgrading from dual-sensor in the previous iPhone 7 Plus model to dual-OIS. To make the images clearer and camera easier to control, the camera also features special software enhancement.

A comparison of virtual assistants

Though Apple has indicated that it will include a unique virtual assistant, the details have been scanty. However, Samsung remains a step ahead with its Bixby virtual assistant. Since Samsung acquired Siri, it anticipates including virtual assistants in all the newer models. The virtual assistants are meant to make the Galaxy S8 take competition not just to the smartphone market, but further to the other niches of artificial intelligence such as Alexa and Google Assistants.

 

Myths about smartphones that You Need to Bury

As smartphones get increasingly popular, all sorts of information about their use and effect are passed around. Most of this information is completely false, lacking any scientific or technological evidence. Beware of the facts to avoid being fed all sorts of lies. The most common myths about smartphones that have actually been widely believed are:

Drain your battery before recharging

Completely draining your phone’s charge can cause internal damage.  Always have some charge in your phone at all times since smartphones use lithium-ion batteries that last longer if kept charged.

Overnight charging could damage your phone

This was true of older batteries which could be destroyed by overcharging. Modern phones monitor charging and power is cut off once charging is complete.

 

Use only the original battery

This is obviously a marketing strategy by the phone manufacturers to get more profit! As long you buy a charger from a reputable company as a replacement, you are good to go.

Closing background apps boosts performance

Performance and battery use is not affected by the number of apps running in the background. This is true about both Apple and Android devices.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drain battery

This was true of older models but modern devices are not affected by these transmitters if not in active use. You can put them on or off at your own will without much effect.

Automatic brightness saves battery power

The process of a phone adjusting its brightness actually consumes unnecessary power. Dim and brighten your screen manually whenever necessary.

People want smaller phones

The first models of mobile phones were very large and bulky. People wanted smaller and lighter phones but with the appearance of smartphones, the bigger it, the better!

The more the megapixels, the better the camera

The quality of photos taken doesn’t just depend on megapixels. Factors such as quality of the sensor and the image processing software play a major role.

Smartphones Give People Cancer

Scientists, backed by WHO, have never really confirmed that there’s an association between the use of mobile phones and increased risk of cancer.

Smartphones Make Us Dumber

Studies have actually suggested the exact opposite- smartphones make us smarter. They help people stay in intellectually demanding jobs for longer.

Smartphones Make Us Antisocial

On the contrary, they enable us to speak even more to friends and family than ever before and even meet new people.

Switching your phone to airplane mode keeps you from getting tracked.

Enabling airplane mode only disables Wi-Fi and network service but the phone can still be tracked via satellite.

Android phones are vulnerable

Android phones unlike Apple devices are allowed to download from anywhere but this does not mean that they are vulnerable. Their operating system is actually very secure.

Next time you hear someone make a claim about smartphones, be curious and verify whether it is true. Do not just believe everything you hear. It may be information that is a downright strategy to market certain products or a claim stemming from utter ignorance!

Top Brands Show Up For Mobile World Congress 2017

Several of the world’s biggest mobile technology brands gathered together to showcase their latest gear at the Mobile World Congress 2017. After the disappointing lack of smartphone-related announcements at the first big tech event of the year – the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – the Mobile World Congress comes as a great venue for catching up on the latest in smartphones, smartwatches, and other devices.

Being one of the biggest conferences and exhibitions for the mobile industry, the Mobile World Congress is quickly building up quite the anticipation not only from consumers, but also from mobile operators, device manufacturers, and technology providers from across the globe.

 

About The Mobile World Congress

The Mobile World Congress is an annual mobile conference, exhibition, and trade show organized and run by the GSMA, or the GSM Association, a trade body that represents the interests of mobile operators all around the globe. The event took place in different locations, but for the past three years it has been held in Barcelona, Spain, which has been chosen as the GSMA Mobile World Capital. The Mobile World Congress will be the site of future Mobile World Congress events through 2023.

As one of the most prominent mobile technology launch platforms in the world, the Mobile World Congress has brought on some of the best and most popular smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and other devices in history. Aside from bringing in the industry’s heavyweights, it also draws in futurists and idealists, those who think about innovations such as 5G and virtual reality, and decide which direction mobile technology is heading.

 

Mobile World Congress Schedule

First held in 1987 as the GSM World Congress, the Mobile World Congress has generally been held in the first quarter of the year. The 2017 edition of the tech trade show will be no different, running from February 27 to March 3. During that week, the show will feature some of the latest mobile technology innovations by the biggest names in the mobile industry, such as Nokia, Huawei, Apple, Samsung, and more. Scheduled announcements and press briefings will be held prior to the opening of the exhibit.

BlackBerry at the 2017 Mobile World Congress

One surprising participant at the Mobile World Congress 2017 is BlackBerry. The company has held off on producing their own line of mobile phones and has instead handed down that task, and the manufacturing licenses, to TCL. However, the company has uncharacteristically unveiled a prototype of a new handset – codenamed Mercury – which is rumored to have a 2017 release date. Chances are, it will be launched at the Mobile World Congress.

According to first-hand accounts from those who have seen the Mercury in person, BlackBerry’s new touch and type candybar handset brings back the traditional BlackBerry keyboard integrated into its Android OS. It seems to have some pretty solid specs, although any final assessments won’t happen until the Mercury – or the DTEK70 as it is sometimes referred to – is officially released.