The Old versus The New: Why the iPhone 8 is Still a Force

The launch of the iPhone X and the hype that it received showed the clarity of intentions from Apple. The company wants its customers to buy the iPhone X; all the new tech has been pumped into the new phone, including such revolutionary features as the new design, facial recognition software, animojis and so on. The older versions of the iPhone, however, have not received much in the way of upgrades or updates. In fact, with news breaking that the company progressively makes its phones slower, ostensibly to have battery life preserved, one might wonder why they should buy any of the older versions. Well, here are a few reasons why despite the hype that the iPhone X has received, it might just be a good decision to buy its predecessor, the older iPhone 8.

Cost

One of the biggest issues around the launch of the iPhone X was the price. Over the years, the price of newer versions have been relatively the same, except of course for the plus versions, which always retail at about $100 more. For the iPhone X, the basic version retailed at about $999, with larger storage options even more expensive. Such high costs for a smartphone that one will likely want to replace in a few years might not be such a sound financial decisions for many. At a starting cost of $649, the iPhone 8 is a much more realistic option.

Size and design

Granted, the iPhone X succeeded in fitting a lot of details in a relatively small display. However, it is still much bigger than the iPhone 8. Generally, phone displays are getting bigger, but not everyone is comfortable with having a phone display that huge. The success that iPhone had with the SE is evidence that there is a market for the smaller and better fitting options. The iPhone 8 is the perfect option for most people when it comes to this. Further, the design is of the new iPhone is one of the attractions it has. Still, for those looking for the superiority in functionality without all the flashy, the iPhone 8 might just be the ideal phone.

Touch

One of the big changes in iPhone design over the past few years has been the removal of the home button. IPhone X, however, goes a step further and gets rid of the TouchID, which has been one of the revolutionary successes of the iPhone, making such auxiliary services as Apple Pay easier to handle. Even the MacBook Pro adopted some of the fundamentals of the apple pay. For the iPhone X, the fingerprint scanning tech has been replaced with facial scans. Reports have been good, but issues with face ID have come up across the world, proving that it is not as innovative a technology as most people expected. IPhone 8 has no such issues because it still has the touch ID intact. The iPhone 8 feels familiar; it has a home button, which makes it easier for people to navigate, even those that are not necessarily used to iPhone interfaces.

Augmented Reality: The Technology Ushering a new wave Of Smartphones

The current smartphones are approaching the end. That is right! The application of Augmented Reality (AR) has ushered a new type of smartphone that will now be a partner. A closer look at the iPhone X and upcoming models reveal that AR is the way to go. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Snap, and Tencent among others promise to make smartphones that can learn about the user’s behavior.

Though AR is not new, it is the latest changes that have caught users’ attention. If you thought that Niantic’s Pokémon Go was the ultimate point, things are getting even more interesting. Here is a closer look at AR that points at the next generation of smartphones.

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality demystified

To understand how AR works, let us look at other closely related technologies. Augmented Reality is simply that – the reality getting augmented with digital graphics. However, Virtual Reality is entirely digital and takes place only on closed spaces. However, mixed reality brings together AR and VR to help make the overlays look real. Microsoft is keen on implementing MR by using advanced sensors and advanced computing power.

Interestingly, what is available out there is mixed reality and not indeed AR. Many people do not care about the distinction between objects floating in front and computer graphics. They get the same feeling; the scene is right here with me on the screen. However, we are going to stick with AR because specific phones and brands such as Apple and Google have ARkit and ARcore respectively.

Project Tango and advancing AR packages 

The initial serious drive for AR in smartphones came with the project referred as Tango. However, it took a lot of time before appropriate sensors, and entire kits were designed small enough to fit in phones.

Crafting an AR kit of the highest possible standard without foregoing the slim and attractive feeling has not been a walk in the park. ARkit idea by Apple is perhaps as old as the company’s first smartphone while Google’s ARcore is even older. The ARKit launched at WWDC in 2017 provides a completely new framework for creating unparalleled AR experience that enables developers to take 3D graphics right into the world.

When Apple launched iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the company pointed that their cameras were calibrated for the best AR experience. Now you can walk around your local city and get the thrill like you are a giant Chinese Panda. The trick at this point is ensuring that the camera is enabled to see in 3D. It is the best thrill that no one wants to miss in a new smartphone.

Things you can do with AR

Though AR technologies are not new, it is only recently that they have received greater publicity. Therefore, what can you do with AR?

  • While your target might be using AR app to roll a bus into a cliff, it will be possible to see the real world right in front.
  • It is the best gateway to play some of the latest games such as Pokemon Go.
  • Pulling classic or other music videos right on the screen.
  • Mapping constellations to the right positions in the sky.

The final take

Augmented Reality is the next big frontier in the smartphone world. It will make the smartphone the next generation computer that can bring the world into the screen in a special way. This is likely to move faster as phone companies are fast to release kits that developers can use to craft better apps faster.

 

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.