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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs. iPhone 11

Let’s quickly undertake a full comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 plus vs. the new Apple iPhone 11. These phones are from two of the biggest rivals in the Smartphone industry.


If you have the intention of buying any of these phones, then this review will help you to decide which one you’ll go for. Both handsets share similarities in terms of physical size, durability, build quality and video quality, yet, these two phones are vastly different.

A lot of people have been asking questions such as “Is the Apple iPhone 11 a better Smartphone than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 plus or vice versa?”


Well, right off the bat, here is our detailed review of notable differences and similarities between Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Apple iPhone 11.
Key Differences and Similarities in Body & Design Between Apple iPhone 11 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The Apple iPhone 11 boasts a moderate 6.1 inch OLED display, while the Samsung galaxy note 10 plus has a much bigger 6.8-inch dynamic AMOLED display.


They are both pretty thin, although the note 10 plus is thinner at 7.9mm, while the iPhone is 8.9mm thin. In terms of weight, the Samsung galaxy note 10 is a lot heavier at 196g, while the weight of the iPhone 11 stands at 194g.


The Note 10 plus has super slim bezels around the edges with the display covering almost the entire front screen.


Both Smartphones have improved water resistance ratings. They can both deal with a rainy day or an accidental drop in water.


Pros for Galaxy Note 10+
● Up to 1TB of internal storage
● Up to 1TB of microSD expandable storage
● Three powerful cameras
● Multipurpose S Pen tool
● Great edge-to-edge display
● Battery life is awesome with fast charging
● Amazing 6.8-inch display
● Beautiful design
● Live Focus effects for video


Cons for Galaxy Note 10+
● No headphone jack
● Quite expensive
● Low-light camera quality is poor.


Pros for Apple iPhone 11
● Amazing ultra-wide camera
● New Night mode is great
● Long battery life
● Superfast A13 Bionic processor
● Affordable price
● Tougher glass located at both front and back
● Durable design
● Available in six beautiful colour options.


Cons for Apple iPhone 11
● Fast charging not included
● Low 64GB storage
● LTE is slightly slow

Now you know what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Apple iPhone 11. Whichever one you decide would ultimately depend on your budget.


Overall, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Apple iPhone 11 ranks among the top Smartphones you can buy. So, if you feel that anyone of them is right for you, simply go for it.

About the author
Mary Hunter is a well-known American freelance blogger with advanced writing skills. Currently, she works as a translator at TheWordPoint translation service. Mary has experience in editing, marketing, and her works have appeared in numerous publications and website articles. From 2015 til the present, she has been studying at William Paterson University as a philosophy major.

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Should I Upgrade My iPhone?

With new iPhone devices launched by Apple every fall, trying to figure out when the right time to get a new iPhone – or even just a new iPhone case – can be really confusing.

Some folks wait at least two or three new iPhones before they jump on board, other people grab the latest and greatest iPhone as soon as it comes out, and some folks (some might call them crazy) are even using iPhones that came out five or six years ago.

To help you figure out when you should consider upgrading your iPhone we’ve put together this quick guide.

Hopefully the inside information below helps you better determine when the time is right to own the trigger on a new phone from Apple, taking advantage of the latest and greatest technology without feeling like you are upgrading just for the sake of upgrading.

Let’s dig right in!

How is Your Battery Life?

The number one reason to upgrade your iPhone is because your older iPhone simply isn’t holding a charge as long as it used to – spending a lot more time on the charger than off of it.

Like anything else man-made, the batteries inside of iPhones are going to degrade over time. They aren’t going to be able to hold as much juice on a single charge as they use to when they were brand-new.

Now, you might not notice any real difference in battery life between a brand-new iPhone and a-year-old iPhone. But the odds are pretty good that you’ll notice some serious differences between a two-year-old, three-year-old, or even four-year-old iPhone and one just launched this year.

Not only are the new iPhone batteries bigger and capable of holding a charge longer than ever before, but they also use next-generation lithium-ion battery technology. This helps them last a lot longer than previous iPhone batteries could – a great reason to get your hands on a new one.

How is Your Camera?

The folks at Apple are always looking for new ways to push iPhone photography further and further into the future.

Almost every new iPhone comes with a radically new set of cameras, brand-new camera sensor technology, and all kinds of improvements to the way that photos and videos are handled and captured through iOS and apps.

This latest version of the iPhone is such a revolutionary new leap forward (whether you go with the dual or triple camera configuration) that folks are having to buy entirely different iPhone cases because the new camera set up is so completely different.

If you feel like your iPhone isn’t taking photos or videos in high definition any longer, or if you feel like you could be getting a lot more out of your smart phone pictures with next-generation technology, it may be time to get your hands on a brand-new iPhone.

As we highlighted just a second ago, the latest iPhone offers the best camera experience of ANY phone – ever.

How is iOS Working?

Apple gets a little bit of heat every now and again when people with older iPhones learn that they aren’t going to be able to update to the latest iOS (with the new iOS version launching almost every September alongside new iPhone devices).

But the truth the matter is that iOS has grown by leaps and bounds ever since it was first unveiled more than a decade ago. Older devices just don’t have the power, performance, or horsepower necessary to use the latest iOS features designed for much more robust iPhone devices – and modern applications may be programmed to take advantage of hardware features not available in the first few iPhones, too.

At the end of the day, the reason that Apple doesn’t allow every single iPhone (or iPad, for that matter) to update to the latest iOS – dropping support for some devices over time – is because those devices can’t run the iOS any longer.

It isn’t some sort of planned obsolescence but is instead just a reality of the technology landscape we live in today.

If you have an older iPhone that either cannot update to the latest iOS version (and cannot access new applications because of it) or have an older phone that just isn’t run the latest iOS all that smoothly, it’s probably time to shell out for a new iPhone that will be good for at least five years (if you don’t upgrade again in the meantime).

Wireless carriers are confronting increased competition

Wireless carriers are confronting increased competition for device sales from third-party ecommerce sites, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Wireless Purchase Experience Full-Service Performance StudySM—Volume 2 and the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Wireless Purchase Experience Non-Contract Performance StudySM—Volume 2.

Specifically, the percentage of device purchases made via carriers’ websites and overall level of customer satisfaction with those purchases has declined since the Volume 1 study, released in January 2019. Meanwhile, the total percentage of wireless purchases made via Amazon has increased by 3 percentage points during the same period, and customers who purchase via amazon.com are much more satisfied with their purchase experience than with their carrier website (884 vs. 851, on a 1,000-point scale).

“Wireless carriers have made meaningful investments in their digital channels, and while those investments are positively influencing customer care, there is still room for improvement when it comes to optimizing purchase experience,” said Ian Greenblatt, Managing Director at J.D. Power. “Carriers need to be positioned to satisfy their customers’ shopping preferences as the industry gets closer to 5G and the introduction of new phone models.”

Study Results

For full-service carriers, T-Mobile ranks highest with a score of 864. Verizon Wireless (837) ranks second and AT&T (836) ranks third.

For non-contract full-service carriers, Cricket ranks highest with a score of 862. Metro by T-Mobile (851) ranks second and Boost Mobile (850) ranks third.

For non-contract value carriers, Consumer Cellular ranks highest with a score of 876. TracFone (834) ranks second and Straight Talk (832) ranks third.

Now in the 16th year of publication, the U.S. Wireless Purchase Experience Full-Service Performance Study and U.S. Wireless Purchase Experience Non-Contract Performance Study evaluate the wireless purchase experience of customers who use any one of three purchase channels: phone calls with sales representatives; visits to a retail wireless store; or online/website. Overall purchase experience satisfaction with both full-service and non-contract carriers is measured in six factors (in order of importance): store sales representative; website; phone sales representative; offerings and promotions; store facility; and cost of service. The studies were fielded from January through June 2019.

Casely Pioneers Monthly Subscription Box for IPhone Cases

Casely is an online tech-accessories retailer and operates the first and only phone case subscription club on the market. Casely strives to bring customers unique cases that reflect trends before they happen.

They aim to inspire the next generation of young style-istas to be the best version of themselves, and to be confident in everything they do–with or without a Casely in hand. Casely is your one-stop-shop for cases inspired by the latest fashions with that Brooklyn spunk.

Mark Cuban x Dallas Mavericks x Lympo

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, together with Tony G., co-founder of Lympo, have announced the official launch of Lympo, the nation’’s first blockchain fitness app, that rewards users with crypto tokens holding real monetary value that can be exchanged for premium products within its own in-app Lympo Shop. The free application pioneers a revolutionary new concept in wellness and personal technology.

Speaking today from the Lympo Practice Facility for the Dallas Mavericks, the heads of both partnering organizations introduced the newly launched app, as the first of its kind to use blockchain technology combined with fitness gamification to reward users for walking and running towards a healthier way of life. Those who subscribe to an active lifestyle and are ready to Walk. Run. Earn with Lympo, are invited to download the free app and learn more at http://Lympo.com.

With the help of blockchain technology and fitness gamification, users are rewarded with LYMcrypto tokens through the Lympo app for completing simple walking and running challenges. These tokens have monetary value and can be used to purchase sports and fitness products by today’s leading brands in the Lympo Shop – the first online store to accept fitness token payments. Lympo is developing the option to sync data with various fitness and health tracking apps and wearables to help analyze and evaluate activities while offering personalized health and fitness advice and bespoke services to the user.

Lympo is a seamless tool for motivating people to become healthy and adopt an active lifestyle,” says Tony G., co-founder  of Lympo. “By improving the well-being of people around the world and providing tangible incentives through our unique technology, we aim to unite fitness and wellness communities everywhere. Lympo will utilize the data we track on our phones and wearables to reward users for the lifestyle goals they achieve.  We are very excited to debut Lympo in partnership with the Dallas Mavericks, a true custodian in the health and fitness arena.”

The Lympo app offers challenges both by Lympo and its partners – coaches, wellness brands, various health, sports and fitness industry associations or influencers for example. Users can join these challenges, track their walking or running activities and get rewarded with LYM tokens upon completion. A challenge is completed when the required distance is covered. Users can also see the amount of LYM they have in their in-app wallet, including all transactions and the monetary LYM equivalent in dollars or euros. After saving a certain amount of LYM, the user is able to purchase exclusive sporting goods in the in-app store, providing an incentive to complete additional challenges. 

“Lympo is all about making positive changes by taking small steps towards a more active lifestyle,” says Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “Lympo doesn’t require you to drastically change your daily habits, but it’s a great incentive to gain real rewards, like Mavs tickets and gear, for fitness efforts. Lympo offers a great opportunity for partnering businesses by increasing brand awareness through sponsored challenges, while opening a direct channel of communication with niche sports, health and fitness enthusiasts.” The Dallas Mavericks are Lympo’s founding U.S. partner and will engage fans through unique challenges and rewards through the app.

While the compelling benefits of Lympo’s reward-based platform are self-evident for the user, the application also presents a unique appeal for small, medium and large corporations that are looking to improve customer loyalty. Lympo brand partners are able to attract new and existing customers through the ownership of specific challenges; tailor rewards to encourage specific behavior; access tech-savvy health and fitness enthusiasts within Lympo’s user base, or interact directly with Lympo’s clientele by hosting a series of community-based events, using Lympo as a launchpad.

LYM is a crypto (utility) token, a central part of the Lympo ecosystem, used to reward users for their fitness efforts. The LYM token is also a revolutionary means of payment, allowing its users to monetize their fitness efforts and data. LYM is based on the Ethereum blockchain platform, which ensures the security and the technical stability of the token. Within the Lympo environment, LYM acts as any other traditional currency. The price of LYM is determined by market forces and is constantly changing in relation to other crypto and traditional currencies. LYM tokens currently serve as utility tokens on the platform to buy products on the in-app store. A broader range of healthy lifestyle products and services from Lympo partners will become available, such as personal training sessions or gym memberships, diet and exercise plans and the latest workout accessories. User-generated and user-controlled data will be the driver for the app’s functionality.

Lympo has been actively forming partnerships with elite athletes, including current World Champion discus thrower, Andrius Gudžius, as well as with the top-ranked female tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki, both of whom are Lympo brand ambassadors.

Download the app, select your challenge, and start being rewarded for your fitness goals at http://Lympo.com.

iPhone 8 (PRODUCT)RED

Introducing iPhone 8 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition, in a stunning red glass finish. Each purchase contributes directly to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs. And brings us one step closer to an AIDS-free generation. Buy it online or visit an Apple store today.

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Learn about iPhone 8

Learn about (RED)

Features:

Portrait Mode with Portrait Lighting

Dual 12MP cameras on iPhone 8 Plus let you take studio-quality portraits right on your phone

Water Resistant

Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are precision-engineered to resist water and dust

Wireless Charging

An all-glass back lets you simply set iPhone 8 down on any Qi-certified wireless charging mat to power up- no cables necessary

DREAMer of the Day

TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for undocumented immigrant youth, has launched a “DREAMer of the Day” feature – a daily profile of a TheDream.US-affiliated Scholar whose story offers a powerful example why Congress passing legislation resolving the crisis facing DREAMers and TPS holders will be good for America.

Today’s DREAMer of the Day is Axel Galeas of California’s De Anza College:

“My American Dream, I have come to realize, involves much more than new clothes, iPhones, and materialistic things.

At De Anza College, I want to pursue a degree in either bioengineering or environmental engineering. After graduation, I hope to obtain a creative job that helps tackle climate change and helps shine light on the lack of funding that it is receiving. I want to become financially stable; I want to be able to travel and teach and learn everything there is to learn. I also want to become a United States citizen. While it still feels so crazy to me that a piece of paper determines citizenship, I want to fully participate in this, the country I now call home. I want to better my home, and a piece of paper could stand in the way of that.

Growing up and going to school as an immigrant wasn’t easy; I remember being in the first grade, right after arriving in this country, and beginning to learn English. It was all so foreign to me, having lived in Honduras my whole life. It felt strange even knowing there were other languages other than Spanish and realizing that Spanish was just one of many languages spoken across the world. Beyond learning the language, I remember struggling with the price comparison of items and clothes I had compared to my peers.

In high school, I became almost obsessed with luxury and clothes.  Every student seemed to be dressed their best and to have the most expensive things. I wanted these things and I’d envy them. This persisted for the first couple years of high school until I attended a life changing leadership symposium. This experience forced me to truly dig deep and re-evaluate my values and beliefs. Since then, even though I am still adjusting and confronting many challenges in life, I have become more self-aware and less focused on chasing material highs and competing with anyone on this level. I have adapted a mindset that focuses more on being mindful of the people around me as well as myself and my feelings as a person, in other words I’ve become more proficient in emotional intelligence.

I do have to remind myself of this sometimes and also of how far I’ve come living here. I need to stop, take a deep breath, appreciate everything I have, and continue with this headspace.  I would be living a completely different life had I stayed in Honduras – a life with significantly less opportunity. A life where many grow up to be murderers and drug dealers. I look back on myself as a freshman in high school, sitting in my English class where the majority of the class was Caucasian. I was one of two non-white students, out of the thirty students in my class. This made me feel inferior, looked down on, and, at times, discriminated against. Some of it was in my head, while some of it was also evident in the way I was treated in respect to my peers by my peers.

Then, during my senior year, I was in an AP Literature class with that same teacher who taught that freshman year English class. We built a strong connection throughout my high school years, and he witnessed me mature and grow into a secure, self-loving man.  He saw firsthand that I no longer felt intimidated by my classmates and that I took initiative in conversation in the classroom. It felt like a lot had come full circle for me in a short period of time, and it makes me proud to reflect on this growth.

As high school neared its end, I had no idea how I was going to pay for college, better yet how I’d survive in the real world while being undocumented. I knew that I would somehow, even if that meant taking out loans. I didn’t realize this would be nearly impossible to finance, but I made up my mind that I would be college educated. When I learned about TheDream.US scholarship from one of my teachers, I was amazed at the amount that this offered and the extent to which this could help fund my college dreams. After putting effort into my studies, I realized that I had been surviving the real world all along, only now it has been formerly addressed as an issue.

I am a DACA student, one out of the 800,000 in this country who are just as lost as I am. Who struggle with self-identification, and have to constantly look over their shoulder. Because we do not trust easy. We want the best for this country and the people in it. I am American, and a piece of paper does not define me. Being American is the epitome of culture. We are culturally driven, so why are we not embracing these aspiring, beautiful, young American Immigrants?

I truly believe the most important experience for a human being is to have the ability to learn. Educational learning as well as keeping a growth mindset are catalysts to bridging the gap between cultures. This way, we can understand each other better. I never want to stop learning, and one day I will never want to stop teaching.”

TheDream.US, which has provided more than 3,000 scholarships to students with DACA and TPS at more than 75 partner colleges in 15 states and Washington, DC, believes that all young people, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, gain an education, and fully participate in the country that they call home. To date, the organization has committed more than $103 million in scholarship money for DREAMers.

Read through a story bank of TheDream.US Scholars here  

Find out more about TheDream.US here

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▪ ORIGINAL: Washington, DC – TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for undocumented immigrant youth, has launched a “DREAMer of the Day” feature – a daily profile of a TheDream.US-affiliated Scholar whose story offers a powerful example why Congress passing legislation resolving the crisis facing DREAMers and TPS holders will be good for America.

▪ AMENDED: – TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for undocumented immigrant youth, has launched a “DREAMer of the Day” feature – a daily profile of a TheDream.US-affiliated Scholar whose story offers a powerful example why Congress passing legislation resolving the crisis facing DREAMers and TPS holders will be good for America.

HER

HER RELEASE VIDEO FOR “WE CHOOSE”
WATCH HERE

SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT 3/30 – NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

“Its opening uses a lone voice above sustained keyboard chords; by the end, horns and a choir have joined in without disturbing the dignified farewell.” – The New York Times

Her has shared the music video for their new single “We Choose”, directed by Antoine Poulet and Giorgio Martinoli. “We Choose” is the Her’s first release since the untimely passing of co-founder Simon Carpentier following a long bout with cancer. On “We Choose,” Victor Solf carries haunting verses into a hypnotic refrain with an airy sonic palette and classic soul style punctuated by Carpentier’s final vocal performance. The new song and video also herald the arrival of their anxiously awaited self-titled full-length debut, Her [Republic Records] — out March 30, 2018 and available now for pre-order, here.

WATCH THE NEW VIDEO FOR “WE CHOOSE” HERE

PRE-ORDER THE SELF-TITLED DEBUT LP FROM HER HERE

The video for “We Choose” was shot in Paris, in the prestigious Palais d’Iéna and was directed by Giorgio Martinoli (Creative Director at l’Optimum and l’Officiel) and Antoine Poulet (who has worked with Louis Vuitton, Yves St Laurent, and on videos for Lana Del Rey, Woodkid and The Shoes). On the song and video, Her’s Victor Solf explains,

‘We Choose’ was the first Her song we wrote after our previous band ended. We wrote it overnight. It was a statement about why we were continuing and about this strong faith we had into our music because we couldn’t do anything else. It’s the song with which we were opening all of our live shows for the past 18 months, and it felt like the right moment to release it now—as a reason why Her needs to pursue this quest for hope and life.”

“The video tries to illustrate the impossible: the absence of Simon, half of Her and my closest collaborator for 10 years. There is a sort of beautiful melancholia to the video. The basic premise was ‘what would we do if Simon was still here?’ So everything is framed for two and meant for Simon to have a place of expression.”

LISTEN AND SHARE THE NEW SINGLE FROM HER, “WE CHOOSE” HERE

““In the grander scheme, it’s a bridge between Her’s humble beginnings and their uncertain future where the question of moving forward continues to present itself. However, Solf approaches this challenge with the same determination as on Her’s first day.” – Billboard.com

HER LINKS: FACEBOOK TWITTER INSTAGRAM

While still in school, the half-German Victor and the French Simon met in 2007, bonded like long lost brothers, started making music together equally informed by old school soul a la Otis Redding and post-Yeezus hip-hop, and formed Her in 2015. Success followed as the breakout “Five Minutes” soundtracked Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign and eventually generated over 6.7 million Spotify streams. The duo released a pair of EPs Her Tape #1 and Her Tape #2, spawning fan favorites such as “Quite Like,” “Union,” and “Her” and amassing over 20 million cumulative Spotify streams. Merging artfully seductive and provocative visuals and dreamy newer wave pop with a jazz undercurrent, the boys crisscrossed the globe in support of the EPs, including making waves stateside. In the middle of it all, unbeknownst to anyone but those closest to him, Simon lost a long, quiet, and arduous battle with cancer in August 2017. With his friend’s spirit always close by, Victor worked on what would become the duo’s 2018 major label full-length debut, Her [Republic Records].
 

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

4XCAMERA App for iOS 

Roland Announces 4XCAMERA App for iOS


Easily create split screen music video performances on iPhone or iPad


Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Booth# 17544) announces 4XCAMERA, a unique new video capture app for iOS devices. 4XCAMERA makes it easy for musicians to create music videos with up to four performances split on the screen. Aspect ratios of 1:1 and 16:9 are supported, and 10 split-screen patterns are available for each. The app is a free download and allows users to capture up to two performances. Full functionality is available via an in-app purchase of $3.99.

With 4XCAMERA and an iPhone or iPad, it’s quick and simple for one person to create split screen performance videos of original music, cover songs, or karaoke tracks. And by sharing 4XCAMERA video projects through cloud-based storage, multiple musicians can use the app to contribute performances from anywhere in the world. 

The user starts by capturing one video performance to the 4XCAMERA app. Using this video as a guide, they can capture three more performances, adding new parts on each pass. Sound can be recorded via the device’s built-in mic or through a connected audio capture device.

All videos for a song are stored within the app’s library. To complete a split screen music video, the user applies a split screen pattern, adjusts volumes for each video, and then renders a final file for sharing on YouTube and other social media sites.

To learn more about the 4XCAMERA app, visit Roland.com.

APPLE × SAMSUNG

OF SMARTPHONES AND SUPREMACY —THE NEVER ENDING RACE BETWEEN APPLE AND SAMSUNG

Written by: Amardeep Singh

2016 and 2017 have been strange years for smartphone giants that seem to show no signs of backing out on every front. From Samsung‘s gadgets being seen as potential explosive bombs to Apple admitting its dirty tactics in slowing down its older phones for better sales, from Nokia making a valiant return with the 3310 to Google releasing Pixel. But before techies and phone savants declare their opinions on the best phone for the year as 2017 comes to an end, it’s important to review two of the most happening smartphones that had gripped everyone in hype.

IT’S ALL IN THE SPECIFICATIONS

The iPhone X debuted with a staggering size of 43.6 × 70.9 × 7.7 mm (5.65 × 2.79 × 0.30 inches) showing an absent home screen button when compared to the Note 8’s size of 162.5 × 74.8 × 8.6 mm (6.40 × 2.95 × 0.34 inches).

Initial advertisements by Apple boasted several of the phone’s  features such as a stunning 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display that shows a beautiful 2,436 × 1,125 pixels (458 ppi) home screen. Apple wasn’t just betting on visual appeal to be the main selling point but it seems that the new animated emoji( called animoji) clearly took the stage at the keynote speech.

The phone runs on an A11 Bionic  64-bit architecture with a 2716 mAh battery that Apple promises to power 12 hours of internet, 13 hours of video playback, 21 hours of talk time and up to 60 hours of audio playback. Cameras have seen a vast improvement in the latest release with a M10 motion co-processor being coupled with a dual 12MP rear (both with OIS) and a 7MP True Depth front that captures images up to 4K at 60fps. Video making too has been augmented with users now being able to shoot 1080p at 240fps. Beneath the silver or space Gray exterior the, the provides up to 64GB or 256GB of storage space and the newest iOS 11 framework.

All this for a standard price of nearly a $1000 which is likely to increase in the coming months as Apple hints the possible release of more color variants and even a rumored iPhone 9.

The Note 8 too isn’t much far in that regard when it comes to technology. While slightly heavier than its counterpart, the phone still takes the lead with a 162.5 × 74.8 × 8.6 mm (6.40 × 2.95 × 0.34 inches) size with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display and a 2,960 × 1,440 (522 ppi) resolution. While the rear camera is no different than the iPhone ‘s12 MP feature, the front has an 8 MP capability. Early reviews stated that the phone hosts features to create videos at 4K at 30fps and 720p at 240fps. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (U.S.)/Samsung Exynos 8895 (international) processor allows for 22 hours of talk time, 13 hours of internet, 16 hours of video playback, and up to 74 hours of audio playback.

Available at three storage spaces of 64GB (U.S.) 128, 256GB (International) and two colors of midnight black and orchid gray, the phone will cost buyers $ 930.

VERDICT— WHAT THE PUBLIC HAS TO SAY

The iPhone X launch brought some radical changes to its generation of smartphones which were welcomed by some but ridiculed and criticized by most. Despite showing some amazing sales figures when compared to the iPhone 7 which was considered to be no less than disastrous on the public front, the Note 8 still holds a competitive edge against the former.

Buyers are specifically amazed at the uses for Google Assistant and the S pen along with several other features such as Bixy, peripheral ports and its special lock-in procedures.

However, newer versions of the Note 8 have attracted some hindrance after users reported that they were unable to charge even on plugging after using them for the first time. Users are also dissatisfied with facial detection, screen burning and short battery lives on the latest iPhone. And the company too seems to be on thin ice as it revealed details about slowing down ageing phones which took a big crunch at its stock prices.

But only time will tell if either company can maintain a stronghold of their investors and consumers as the year comes to another end.

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