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.

Conclusion

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.

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Saving Tips

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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.

Conclusion

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

Why is the Samsung Galaxy S7 carrier locked?

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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.

Camera

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.

Processor

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:

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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

 

 

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.

Netflix

 

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

The Coolest VR Gadgets – Virtual Reality Is Within Our Reach

Virtual Reality is considered as the most important innovation in the field of consumer technology. Virtual reality gadgets are no longer a mere concept and has quickly managed to capture the imagination of mainstream technology buyers from all over the world. There are several gadgets available for gamers, designers, and developers that offers new platforms to enjoy a multitude of games, videos, and a wide variety of other entertainment media in a never-seen-before experience.

According to current industry trends, smartphone and tablet users rarely shop around for virtual reality gadgets, but all of that is set to change with the intervention of large multi-national corporations, who have started adopting several gadgets into their marketing strategies. Companies and major publishing houses are also using virtual reality gadgets as part of their services portfolio, and are enticing their customers to adopt this vibrant technology moving forward.

The market is inundated with several virtual reality gadgets for several devices, but there are few outstanding devices that are really worth investing in. Some of these virtual reality gadgets include Oculus Rift VR, Samsung VR Headset, Microsoft Hololens, Google Cardboard, and FOVE, among many others. Let us take a close look at the most popular VR gadgets available right now.

Oculus Rift VR

Oculus-Rift

Oculus Rift is a virtual reality gadgets designed for dedicated gaming on a Windows PC. Oculus Rift is one of the leading VR gadgets that is considered to be the best among the current crop of gadgets available in the market right now. With an immersive virtual reality experience and a great set of useful and responsive controllers, the Oculus Rift VR has all the makings of being the next big thing in Virtual Reality. Oculus VR was designed and developed by a team of highly capable designers, who believe in constant innovation and incorporation of media feedback to ensure that they launch the best virtual reality gadget in the marketplace. The painstaking attention to detail and the quality of materials used is a testimony to the fact that Oculus Rift and GEAR VR has garnered much hype and attention to become a popular tool in the entertainment industry.

Samsung VR Headset

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Samsung VR Headset is Samsung’s own attempt at creating a dedicated virtual reality gadget for their range of smartphones that include the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S 6 and S6 Edge. It is designed and developed in conjunction with Oculus as a GEAR VR, and comes as a strap on headset into which you can you strap your smartphone for a virtual reality experience. The only drawback is that the Samsung VR Headset is only compatible with the latest range of smartphones, therefore, previous generation Samsung smartphone users will not be able to enjoy the virtual reality experience.

Microsoft Hololens

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Microsoft Hololens takes a different approach to virtual reality, and instead of designing a support gadget for an existing device, Microsoft has developed an entirely new concept that acts as a self-sustaining Windows 10 computer integrated into a cordless smart-glass headset. It is capable of a simulating a wide range of movements and hand gestures by using multiple sensors and controllers. Microsoft Hololens is by far the most expensive virtual reality gadget in the market.

Things are looking bright for the virtual reality concept. With time and future development, virtual reality gadgets are guaranteed to become more utilitarian as well as affordable for the common man.

The Coolest VR Gadgets – Virtual Reality Is Within Our Reach