Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. HTC U Ultra – Which one is the best?

samsung galaxy s8 vs htc u ultra

Samsung announces the Galaxy S8 on March 29. This adds yet another flagship in the market, which is confusing for buyers as they do not know which phone to buy and why to buy it.

For instance, the HTC U Ultra is also new in the market and has some tongues wagging. It is a high quality phone, but so is the Galaxy S8. Are there, however, any differences or similarities between the two handsets that would cause the buyer to buy one over the other?

Design and display

When it comes to the design, the HTC is 5.7 inches with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution and 513 ppi pixel density. This yields sharper images and viewing capabilities. The Samsung Galaxy S8 on the other hand, comes in at 5.8 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution and pixel density of 506 ppi.

On the sharpness of the display to the naked human eye, the HTC U Ultra has an upper hand although the S8 is the bigger phone. The S8 however, blows the HTC U Ultra out of the water with its super AMOLED display in comparison to the HTC’s S-LCD display

Software and hardware

While the U Ultra runs on Android 7.0 Operating System, the S8 runs on Android Nougat 7.1. While the HTC uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, the S8 comes in with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 which is a step up. The former uses Quad core 2150 MHz, Kyro, 64 bit while the latter uses the Octa Core 2450 MHz, Kyro 280, 64 bit. It is these slight differences that make all the difference when customers are buying a new phone.

Both models show each other up when it comes to the hardware and software. While the HTC U Ultra has Optical image stabilization and a back illuminated sensor, the S8 has modes that allow the user to save images in RAW alongside the JPEG format, optical image stabilization and autofocus as well.

Storage, Camera and Battery

The HTC U Ultra is very similar to the Galaxy S8 when it comes to storage. Both have 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. They also have expandable external memory options for the users.

The cameras are also slightly similar in that they are both 12 MP, with both having Dual LED Flash. The aperture does differ with the HTC at f/1.8 and the S8 at f/1.7.

While the HTC has 3000mAh battery capacity, the S8 is pegged at either the same or 3250mAh which is still in the same neighborhood. The common factor is that they are both non-removable batteries.


These two phones have some subtle differences such as the fact that they are from different manufacturers. However, they are also extensively similar which allows the user to buy either one without necessarily missing out on a lot from the other model.

At the end of the day, brand loyalty and budget will be one of the main determinants in picking one phone between the HTC U Ultra and the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. HTC U Ultra – Which one is the best?

iPhone 7 – Missing features

iphone 7 camera and flash

iPhone 7 is set for release in September alongside the iPhone 7 Plus variant which is much larger and considered more of a phablet. There have been different rumors circulating purporting to know exactly what the iPhone 7 is going to look like and how well it is expected to function.

While some of the sources are reliable, the specifications will be known for sure once the phone is released by the manufacturer. Aspects of the pone such as design have all but been confirmed by the availability of different accessories such as screen protectors and cases.

There are a number of missing features in the iPhone 7:

Iris scanner

The iris scanner is not present in the iPhone 7 but it is expected in the iPhone 8. Samsung moved to the iris sensor in the 2016 flagships. Including a fingerprint scanner would have placed the iPhone 7 a step above other flagships as the use of this technology provides for more secure communication and transaction via devices.

The fingerprint scanner has been used in phones for some time now and while it is also a way of securing mobile phone transactions and access, the iris scanner is the next step up in securing these transactions further.

Headphone Jack

It is highly likely that Apple has done away with the 3.5 mm jack that was present in previous models. Instead, there has been a leak about a lightning charger which further confirms the speculation.

The rumor about this led to up to 300,000 users signing an online petition to have the jack kept. However, this opens up more use of wireless and Bluetooth headsets for music lovers which could be a step in the right direction.

It is speculated that the lack of the headphone jack is one of the ways to better make the phone waterproof. It is also a way to create more space for bigger batteries and even possibly increase the capacity of the phones without having to forego some important features to achieve this.

Home screen button

The traditional home screen button has been omitted in the iPhone 7. This has had a positive welcome because it has been replaced by Touch ID and a haptic response that gives the feel of pressing a button although the physical button has been removed.


iPhone 7 – Missing features

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Saving Tips

samsung galaxy note 7 battery saving

One of the most annoying things is having a smart device that keeps running out of juice. No one wants to keep charging their device.

Luckily, the Galaxy Note 7 has a pretty big battery capacity, of 3500 mAh which, is more than sufficient to last the user a day. But there are some tips that one should keep in mind in order to have a longer-lasting battery life. These include:

1. Turning off applications that are not in use

Mobile applications use up a chunk of the battery life. Turning off every app that is not in use is a guaranteed way to conserve on the charge available in the Note 7.

2. Reducing the brightness of the screen

Another tip is to reduce the brightness of the screen to one that you are comfortable with. While this will help to save on some juice, it also helps to protect one’s eyes from extremely bright settings which are detrimental.

3. Turning off data while not in use

Unnecessary connectivity could be one of the main battery draining tools in the Note 7. Turn off data while not in use to save on battery.

4. Use Power Saving Mode

Samsung has been kind enough to introduce the power saving mode in its phones. This feature slows down the CPU, turns off touch key lights and lowers the frame rate. This helps to conserve a significant amount of your battery. The good thing about this mode is that it is very efficient especially when travelling.

5. Shorter Screen Time Out

A shorter screen time out means less time for the screen to be on. This translates into less of the battery charge being allocated to screen lighting and brightness as well as pop-up notifications.

Reducing the screen time out will therefore have an impact on the battery life although it may not be as significant as desired. But who doesn’t want to make the best use of their battery especially when it is low?

6. Make use of wireless charging and other perks in the Note 7

As with other Samsung phones, the Note 7 comes with its own specifications that make charging easier including wireless charging. Instead of waiting to get to a port, make use of wireless charging stations as they boost on the Note 7’s juice even if it is connected for a while. Quick Charge is another great feature that allows the Note 7 to charge considerable even over short periods of time.

7. Turn off Samsung features

Samsung is known to have a number of features that are always on. These use up the battery on your phone. Turning off these features is a guaranteed way of saving on your battery.


While losing battery charge is an occupational hazard when it comes to smart phones as there are so many processes running at any given point in time, it is possible to maximize on the Note 7’s battery capacity be using the above tips to make sure the battery lasts longer through the day.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Saving Tips

HTC 10 prices – Everything you need to know

htc 10

For those who have considerable amounts as pocket change, it will not come as a disappointment that the HTC 10 will be going for a whopping $700. This is pretty close to the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge. I guess this means that the phone is competing in the big leagues. However, for those who are not able to buy the phone upfront from the manufacturer, you can opt to buy the handset from a carrier such as Verizon or even Sprint. There are different plans available through these carriers.


AT&T has not been on board with subsidizing the HTC flagship. So in place of this, buyers have been encouraged to buy the unlocked phone on although one would have to pay the full amount, $700 to purchase it.

On the other hand, with a promotion code then one would be able to get it at $100 cheaper. This locks out buyers from the next payment plans from AT&T which is the second largest wireless network in the USA.


T-Mobile has also not officially released the plans and payment arrangement that will be available for users who buy the handset through the carrier. In the past though, T-Mobile plans have been convenient and quite affordable. For the time being though, buyers will be able to access the T-Mobile carrier and their provider of choice once they buy the unlocked version from

The carrier is ready to have the handset in stores as soon as possible, judging from the epic unboxing 10,000 feet of the ground as a parallel to the underwater unboxing that they did with the S7.


Sprint has also not yet released the price list for the HTC 10. However, after covering switching fees of up to $650, the carrier promises to offer up to 50% savings on off what AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have to offer in terms of pricing and payment plans.


Verizon will be the first carrier to have the HTC 10. The carrier has not yet announced prices as well. However, the new phone is expected to start shipping in early May although buyers can already pre-order from the HTC site for the full price.


While carriers offer some good plans which allow buyers to experience the phone while at the same time paying a fee monthly to cover the purchase, sometimes it is better to pay upfront if your pocket allows you to. For those who are able to fork out the $700 full price or the $600 with the use of a coupon, it would be much better because you get the phone before others and you are able to use the handset with whichever carrier that you would like.

The purchase of a phone through a plan may spread out the payments but it also locks the phone to a specific network, which bars you from switching to another carrier unless the purchase plan is transferred to the new carrier. This can be somewhat of a hustle.

HTC 10 prices – Everything you need to know

Why is the Samsung Galaxy S7 carrier locked?

samsung galaxy s7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is here and it is a beauty. It has some great features and also a few shortcomings. Generally, it has reached the expectations of techies although, as is with everything else in life, it could have been better. Some of the great features are:

A great display

The 5.1 inch-screen has more pixels per inch which means that colors are richer and clearer. This is important for gamers and movie watchers as the image quality is quite high. It has a 1440 by 2560 pixels resolution and uses super AMOLED technology. The screen is big enough but not too big and is the perfect size for those who don’t like hauling around tablet-like handsets.


The camera is a step down from the S6’s, sporting 12 Megapixels. The sensor is 1.4 um and it features optical image stabilization. The great thing about the camera even though the pixels are less is its cunning ability to take great photos in low light environments. This is usually the biggest problem with most phone cameras and Samsung has nailed it! The front-facing camera is 5 MP.


Samsung has stepped up by including the 2300 MHz Octa 8890 Exynos 8 processor. This makes the transition easier and the ability to multitask is to the tee. It also helps because of the unique cooling system Samsung introduced which ensures that the phone does not overheat.

Why carrier lock?

Samsung has provided the option for an unlocked factory-bought phone with the S7. However, the phones will lock to the first SIM card that the user inserts. But for those that are bought from the carriers, why lock them to these specific carriers?

1. Customer support

Carriers provide support for customers when it comes to a number of things such as software updates. This is a faster way to get help when your device is acting up.

2. Carrier applications

Some carriers have applications that are specific to them. They are not available on other carriers. Therefore, customers who would like to get access to these apps have to be connected to the carriers to enjoy the services.

3. Subsidized purchases

Most flagships are expensive and the S7 is no exception. In order to get the phones through monthly payments which are cheaper in the short term, one has to have a contract with a carrier which usually

includes locking the handset to the carrier.

How to unlock the S7

1. Use of a code

You can unlock by means of code. For this, you buy an unlock code online and the code is sent to your email along with the instructions. It does not require any technical knowledge and is fast and effective.

2. Use of applications

There are applications that one can download onto the phone to unlock the S7. Helroz has one available for download. You install it, launch and let it do the rest. The final step is to reboot once it is done unlocking your phone and voila!

Why is the Samsung Galaxy S7 carrier locked?

10 Most Interesting Apps for Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a decent phone. Even with the release of its successors, the S5 and the S6, the handset is still pretty nice. The function of the phone is great, running on a quad core processor. There are a number of apps that you can have on your Samsung Galaxy S4. The top most include:



Galaxy S4 Sensors

The app is available on Google Play for free. It senses the different elements, allowing the user to sense light, temperature and humidity among other elements. This helps one to get the perfect light settings for photographs or even predict the weather such as rain and dress accordingly.




Morecast is a great weather app that is available for Android phones. It has a great user interface and provides a clear and sensible layout. This app is free and features side by side weather comparisons for two cities. It is a must-have as it helps to know what weather is likely to be experienced wherever you are.

7 minute workout



This app helps in health and fitness. The 7 minute workout deals with short routines that are high in intensity to aid in loss of weight and improvement of cardiovascular function. This lifestyle app is one to have on your S4.

Action Launcher 3



Action Launcher 3 is a launcher app for android phones such as the S4. The launcher allows you to make changes and customize icons, home screen folders and app layout.

CSR Racing



CSR Racing is a super real racing game, running on the 1080 pixel resolution on the Galaxy S4. It provides the user with an experience that is available on gaming consoles. It is available on Google Play for free.

Magisto Video Editor and maker



It combines video clips and photos on your phone, pairs them with themes and background music to create some nice videos on your phone. You can download it on Google play free of charge.

Universal Remote



The universal remote app turns your S4 into a universal remote with compatibility with over 300, 000 devices. It can work on your TV and your set top box and is much cheaper than a normal universal remote. It is available at 2.49 Euros on Google Play.



For about $8 a month, you can stream your favorite shows and movies through the Netflix app. Entertainment is at the tip of your fingers through the app on your Galaxy S4.

Everything Home



Everything Home is an app that is available for free on Google Play. It guides you. All you do is speak into the app and it finds what you want or something related locally and online.

Floating browser



The floating browser is a free app from Google Play designed for the S4 and other android devices. It allows you to open web windows while still using some of the other screens for other tasks.

10 Most Interesting Apps for Samsung Galaxy S4

How To Recover Deleted Files On Android

It is very often observed that data is lost from the Android phones by some or the other means. The data can be deleted intentionally or accidentally, however, the impacts of the data deleted are same. One must understand that the range of deleted data can be even more from collapse to the virus attack. The general conception is that once the data is deleted, the data cannot be restored. However, this is not the case. The deleted files can be recovered from Android with multiple methods. Here is how you can recover the deleted data.


Android Data Recovery


Android Data Recovery is one of the most popular, trusted and effective methods of recovering the data from the Android. All you have to do is to download the software on your PC. The Android Data Recovery tool is a free tool that can be used for any android device.

How to recover the deleted data files


You can simply connect your Android Device to your PC to use the features. The connection can be established by the USB. Once you have installed the Android Data Recovery and connected the device with your PC, you can run the software. It will automatically search for all the deleted files for your Android Device. The intelligent system lists all the deleted files from the device from different category. The lost data list can be anything doc, multimedia or any other data. Once you have got the list, you simply need to select the data files you want to recover and select the data recover button. The Android Data Recovery would restore the deleted Data Files in your Android device. The most interesting part of the tool is that, it can even search the SD card in the Android device as well.


How it works


The tool basically scans all the deleted files and displays the list of all the files. This is one of the most effective methods of recovering data files from your Android Device. You can also create the data backup for the android device in case you want to avoid such circumstances in the future.


Other methods for recovery


There are scores of other methods available to recover data files. You can download the app or the tool in order to recover the lost files. However, the procedure of recovering and restoring the files in every case remain the same. The scanning of the deleted files and displaying the list feature is almost unique in all the methods. Basically, the tools work on the same principle to ensure that no data is lost due to intentional or unintentional mistakes. There are paid and free softwares as well. These softwares also offer different data backup features a well. One can use the backup plans to ensure the data is protected and no data is lost during any circumstances.


Data recovery is considered as one of the most important features and the Android Data Recovery and other tools can help to recover the deleted files and restore them with ease.

How To Recover Deleted Files On Android