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Jazz up Your Motorola Moto G5S 0

If you bagged yourself the affordable Motorola Moto G5S back in September then you’ll know all about its solid and reliable build. With its strong battery life, good camera and excellent build quality, you’d think you had a premium smartphone on your hands! At £219, the latest range of smartphones (including the G5S Plus) doesn’t really differ too much from previous models, but it does certainly offer enough for those willing to spend a little extra. 

While the metal body is a nice new touch, it’s important that you look after your handset. With this in mind, we, at GadgetWear, have brought you a selection of the best Motorola Moto G5S phone cases to keep it protected at all times.

Fuse™ Tactical Hybrid Tough Rugged Rear Case

Fuse™ always provides reliable and durable phone cases that will protect your handset over and over again and this is no different for the Moto G5S. This particular case is made with quality materials that are specially designed to protect your phone. Its unique dust-proof design and cushioned corners are only two of the many features this case has to offer. If you’re in need of a case that protects, find out more.

Peapod® Matte Rubberised Slim Hard Rear Cover Case

If you’re into a more simple design that doesn’t look too obvious and still does the job, the Peapod® matte rubberised slim hard rear cover case will work wonders for your Moto G5S. It comes in a range of colours. It’s made of hard PolyCarbonate material and rubber coating that improves grip and makes it a durable contender.

DUX DUCIS Pro Skin Faux Leather Flip Case Cover

If you prefer full coverage and are looking for a flip case cover, DUX has you covered. Also available in a range of colours, the DUX DUCIS pro skin series cover is made of high-quality PU leather with delicate texture while it fits comfortably in your hand. It features a convenient stand function to let you enjoy hands-free reading and video watching. Click here to find out more.

These are only some of the cases we have available at GadgetWear, to shop the full range for your Motorola Moto G5S, head to our website.

 

Is the iPhone X the Most Fragile Phone Ever!? 0

With the continued introduction of glass-fronted screens over the past few years, many of us have experienced a crack screen (some more than others). However, we all know that feeling when to our horror, we drop our phone, and much to our disbelief it hasn’t suffered even a minor scratch. Thanks to the smartphone Gods!

However, some people who have recently paid a LOT of cash for the much-anticipated iPhone X are clutching it close to them and not letting go since it’s been dubbed the most breakable iPhone in history. Warranty service provider, SquareTrade, rated the ‘high-risk’ handset a 90 out of 100 when it comes to breakage, beating the Samsung S8 (granted, not a good victory) which received a score of 77 out of 100 when it was first released.

Bad News for iPhone X Owners

Most smartphones are at a risk of breaking when dropped – it’s just the way it goes. But for you to fully understand just how breakable the iPhone X is, check out the video below which sees the handset being put through a number of rigorous durability tests.

In the video, each drop renders the phone mostly unusable, with damage caused to the device's display and Face ID camera making the mere act of unlocking the phone very difficult.

In SquareTrade's final verdict, the company stated that the iPhone X is the "most breakable, highest-priced, most expensive to repair iPhone, ever".

Where Does this Leave iPhone X Owners?

The smartest thing to do as an iPhone user would be to purchase a protective case to ensure you don't end up forking out hundreds for a new screen replacement. There are loads to choose from at GadgetWear from durable rubber cases to colourful and stylish ones

 

 

Introducing the VUTU London Collection 0

There’s a new kid on the block (well, phone case provider) and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re delighted to announce that you can now officially purchase from the revolutionary and eclectic VUTU London collection right here at GadgetWear!

What’s the Lowdown?

VUTU is so much more than a brand.

All phone cases created by VUTU London are original, UK based designs that you won’t find anywhere else. This innovative company loves putting the sparkle and colour on your iPhone to ensure it stands out from the crowd. Each and every one of the cases by VUTU is dynamic and created so that they will maintain the original look and shape of your phone while showing it off.

However, here is where it gets cool… this particular company is pretty revolutionary because all of their cases are made to fit the iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and 8! This changes the ball game completely and means that you can switch up your style even if you decide to switch up your phone.

Diverse and Protective

Despite the fact that the VUTU cases are made of a combination of thin PC and TPU which means that all of the cases are easily interchangeable, they are also 100% durable, and offer scratch and drop protection. This is partially down to some of the nifty technology used - inside every case there is a micro fiber lining to make sure you phone is protected inside and out at all times.

Bright and Colourful

At GadgetWear, we have an extensive range of VUTU phone cases to suit your iPhone. The range is bright, colourful, and sure to be the envy of your friends. There are a selection of colours and patterns depending on what mood you’re in or style you fancy.

 

 

Googling Great: what’s the difference between the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL? 0

 

Google launching the Pixel and Pixel XL devices a year ago was ground-breaking for the mobile industry; and now the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is here, things are set to get exciting all over again. How different are these devices from the last, and what are the differences between them? Gadgetwear investigates…

Speed, memory and processing

Featuring the fastest and best processor available, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the functionality is second-to-none and performance easily the best yet. Both devices are available in 64GB or 128GB with 4GB RAM. There’s no expandable storage on either, as you’d expect with Google smartphones.

Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with Android 8.0 Oreo as standard but Google guarantee three years of software updates. This will mean users can install Android P next year, Android Q in 2019 and Android R in 2020!

Appearance

Both of the new devices are sleek like their predecessors but for the first time, look quite different – and not just because of the size! The Pixel 2 XL is 6-inches big with an 18:9 aspect ratio, similar to the LG V30 device. The more compact version is an inch smaller.

Both are available in Just Black, but the Pixel 2 is available in Clearly White and Kinda Blue, and the Pixel 2 XL in Black and White.

The two-tone back panel remains as it did on the Pixel and Pixel XL, but the fingerprint scanner sits below glass, and it all looks a little more tidy. The Pixel 2 XL seems more modern in appearance, with a full-screen front and rounded corners.

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Camera

Unlike most other devices on the market, the new Pixel smartphones don’t have a dual-camera system. Instead, the camera that is present is 12-megapixels with OIS and a wide f/1.7 aperture. A new ‘Dual Pixels’ feature allows for a simulated bokeh effect, and the camera is, quite frankly, stunning. Even in the dark, and low-light, the photographs have fantastic quality that can’t be matched by anything else on the market. The Pixel 2’s display is more popular with customers so far despite being smaller, so if you’re unsure on which to buy, perhaps try that out too.

Despite the Pixel 2 having a smaller screen and display, the battery life in the two models isn’t altogether that different and is still considerably better than Apple’s counterparts.

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Both the new Google Pixel models are fantastic devices and you won’t be disappointed in either. When you have made your new purchase, visit the Gadgetwear site to buy all the accessories you need!

 

 

Meet the new additions to the Sony Xperia family: the XZ1 and the XZ1 Compact 0

The ever-growing Sony Xperia family of smartphones has welcomed two new members: the Xperia XZ1 and its baby brother, the Xperia XZ1 Compact.

Both models offer outstanding functionality and are the first ever Android smartphones to come with the Android Oreo 8.0 interface pre-installed on as standard. The XZ1 Compact offers almost all of the same functionality as its larger counterpart but is just 4.6-inches large and is easily usable on one hand. It’s also more battery-efficient, so if you’re on the go a lot may be your ideal digital companion. Compared to other Sony compact models, the XZ1 Compact gives fantastic value for money without compromising on performance.

The XZ1 has a 5.2-inch display and 7.4mm thick, making it a couple of millimetres thinner than its compact counterpart; but is 15g heavier. This is largely down to the materials used to create its exterior. The XZ1 is made of metal but the XZ1 Compact is primarily made of plastic with a metal finish. The classic Sony ‘loop surface’ is present on both designs but is a little curvier than their predecessors. Both models are IP68 certified for dust and water resistant, and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

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Security on both the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact models comes in the form of a fingerprint sensor, and the camera and button layouts are identical on both. On the camera, there is one big differences: the 13-megapixel front camera on the XZ1 overshadows the XZ1 Compact’s 8-megapixel. However, the Compact comes with the ability to take ‘super-wide’ selfies to make up for, extending the field of vision to 120 degrees. Both models benefit from Sony’s auto-burst photo option, a super-slow-motion tool and ‘smile capture’ mode. Video quality differs more, though both phones use Sony’s Triluminos display to reinforce colours and provide high quality. The XZ1 is HDR compliant, but the XZ1 Compact is not.

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Both new models have an interesting new feature not seen before on Sony devices: 3D Scanning. This allows the primary camera to scan real-life objects and use them as background photos or stickers on other imagery and in conversations. Those who have access to a 3D printer will even be able to re-print these scans in real life!

Sony have installed the best processor on the market into both models, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 for fantastic speed and performance. Backed up with 4GB of RAM and a 2,700mAh battery, the pair make for impressive mobile devices, but the Compact model’s battery life is better due to its lower resolution display.

Whichever model you opt for with the new Xperia range, you can rest assured that it’ll make a welcome contribution to your digital life. Gadgetwear stock a great range of Xperia accessories for your every digital want and need!

What We Know So Far: iPhone X 0

Is the iPhone X the Sexiest Handset Yet?

The iPhone X may be sleek and sexy looking but it does it live up to its looks? The huge price tag is leaving Apple fans excited at the prospect of a sensational iPhone but it’s also intriguing to learn why it’s so much more expensive than previous models.

Let’s take a look at what it offers and what eager Apple fans can expect with its release this November.

Big, Beautiful Screen

On first glance, the pros are that the screen and interface are excellent, and really fair up well against current competitor models. The stylish glass design is featured throughout with glass on the on front and back. A stainless steel frame offers good grip and possible durability while being water-resistant means that you don’t need to worry too much about playing with your new phone near water.

The huge screen comes in at 5.8-inch and offers an OLED edge-to-edge display. It also boasts a 2436 x 1125 pixel resolution (458ppi) providing users with crystal clear displays for interactive use. The attractively large screen allows users to engage with their handset on a new level, enabling them to enjoy iOS features and app engagement on a higher level than is possible on previous models. What’s even better is that if you are willing to spend the money on a special cable, your new iPhone X is capable of fast charging. A bezel-less 5.8-inch screen comes across as rich and smooth in colour as it extends right down to the bottom of the device – something that we’ve really only seen on Samsung Galaxy devices thus far.

High-End Price Tag for a High-End Device

The fact that this handset it the most radically designed iPhone to date is incredibly exciting. However, the dramatic change in design (first big overhaul in ten years!) doesn’t come cheap at around a whopping £999 – the most expensive iPhone handset ever made. On the outset, it’s clear to see that this device isn’t one for those who like continuity with their products; something which Apple users have grown accustomed to. It’s been revived, modernised, and is truly ready to compete with its competitors.

Great for Snap Happy Users

To many, it may not seem like much has changed in terms of camera specs as the new handset still offers a 12-megapixel, f/1.8 aperture for the main rear camera, there are important advancements to the main camera, meaning that it should take better photos than ever before. For a start, Apple promises 83% more light in the photos and 36% more light for the second rear sensor – something which we haven’t seen before on an iPhone.

Possibly, what's more important, is the second rear camera, which allows both optical zoom in photos and Portrait Mode, now has Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). Watch This Space Due to be released on 3rd November, die-hard fans of Apple iPhone devices must wait just a little while longer before being introduced as what’s being described as the most luxurious iPhone handset ever.

Security on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8: How it Works 0

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 follows on from the S8 model in having enhanced security built in with facial recognition software. This allows your face to unlock your phone rather than a PIN code or thumb print, and is widely expected to be the future of security for devices.

Both phones have three-part unlocking security in place: an iris scanner, facial recognition software and finger print scanning, alongside a ‘Secure Folder’ for private material.

An iris scanner scans and maps out the unique patterns across your irises. These patterns are different for every person and almost impossible to replicate. Coloured contact lenses just won’t cut it! This means that relying on iris pattern scanning makes for one of the most secure measures possible, as only the user should be able to gain access. With both the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the S8, you hold up your phone’s front-facing camera and align your eyes with twin circles on the screen. The camera software then focuses in on these and scans across them to identify the eye patterns present.

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Facial recognition works in a similar way, but with slightly less detailed focus. Holding up the phone as though to take a selfie, the specialist software maps the face for elements that can’t be easily changed – such as jawline, nose and eye spacing. The user should ensure hair is out of their face and any glasses are removed, so that the software can map it as quickly as possible. If the face shape matches, the phone will unlock. However, this method of security has proved quite controversial as there is evidence online of it being fooled by selfies of the original user.

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Finger print scanning is more common, and has been found on several smartphones previously. On the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, however, the finger naturally moves onto the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone and unlocks it in one move without having to wake the phone first.

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All of these three options rely on the phone having a stock file for the user, to compare against when scanning. This original file can be added to the device during its initial set-up.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 includes an additional level of security for files which need extra privacy. A ‘Secure Folder’ is available within the phone and is protected by the Samsung Knox system, allowing it to be only visible to the original user of the phone during usage. Samsung Knox has been approved for use by 29 governments worldwide, with chip-levels security working through layers of both software and hardware. The newest version, Knox 2.8, is built into the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as standard and is the most comprehensive encryption security system of its type yet.

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What is it like to attend an Apple Launch Event? 0

Images of Steve Jobs and Tim Cook strutting across a stage making announcements on technological advancements to a rapturous crowd are iconic – and it’s this almost evangelical approach to products and their launches that has long differentiated Apple from its competitors in whipping consumers into a frenzy. The latest iPhone announcement is testament to this. Whilst millions watch the events and keynotes online, few actually get to attend. But who does, and what’s it like to be there? Gadgetwear explains all!

Apple Launch Events don’t just unveil new products, but also upgrades, announcements and re-designs. Held in California, US, it’s not easy to get an invite – and the invite often includes next to no real information on it. Only the crème de le crème of mainstream and tech press and media are invited, and often only one or two staff from each outlet. Apple’s invites normally include only a date, time, venue and tagline. The most recent event invite (for September 12th) simply said “See you at our place”, paying homage to the fact that this would be the first press conference to take place in Apple Park, the company’s HQ in Cupertino.

All of Apple’s Launch Events are streamed live on their website, but it seems while you occasionally see the odd sweep of a crowd watching enthralled, the streams rarely give away how many people are actually in attendance. Previous events have taken place in auditoriums homing up to 8,500 guests! This is, however, all set to change. Apple’s own auditorium, the Steve Jobs Theater, hosts up to only 1,000 people – so invites are going to be harder to get hold of and considerably more exclusive than previously!

While sitting and watching the Apple senior management present and announce, it’s encouraged that attendees share their experience and the news live on social media… from their Apple smartphone or tablet, of course! However, it’s a misconception that everyone in the audience is gifted all of the products for free. Whilst some press attendees have access to the products before full general release, in order to publish previews and reviews of them, lots of journalists find themselves queuing in the early hours of the morning alongside everyone else outside their local Apple store to make their purchases before they can publish anything.

If you’d like to attend an Apple Launch Event, you’ll need to bag yourself a job either high up within Apple itself, or at a leading tech media outlet. But if just visiting the place where it all takes place is enough to satisfy your curiosity, you’re in luck: Apple Park in California now has a visitor’s centre! There’s a café, observation deck overlooking the HQ in its entirety, and an Apple Store. Where better to get advice on your device?!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 7: What's the Difference? 0

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be on sale soon, and is one of the most hyped smartphone releases… well, ever. After the marketing disaster of mass recalls of the previous model, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, sales across the board at Samsung suffered badly. However, before the issues with the battery of the Note 7 became apparent, the phone was popular and favoured by the public for its feature list. However, this has meant that Samsung needed to really ‘up their game’ with the latest model release. So, what’s changed?

Design

Whilst the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a visually stunning phone, the Note 8 has moved away somewhat from the classical Note-range style of design, instead taking its aesthetic cues from the Samsung S range instead.

The front of the phone is almost entirely screen space, again with a dual-edge display and a metal and glass sandwich design. However, there are significantly less bezels around the display and this larger screen makes the Note 8 thicker and taller than its predecessor. The screen increases to 6.3-inches and the infinity display is the same is the newer S range models.

Finally, the fingerprint sensor has moved, but it is still on the back of the phone; this time to the right of the dual-camera.

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Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung smartphone to feature a dual-rear camera, with two 12-megapixel lenses. One has a wide-angle lens and the other a telephoto with optical zoom. Image stabilisation works on both. Of course, a front-facing selfie camera is still a feature, with a slight upgrade from the resolution of the Note 7.

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Hardware and Software

You’ll find 6GB of RAM within the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which runs either on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895. Internal storage options to purchase include 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, with a microSD slot for expansion. These are slight upgrades from the Galaxy Note 7. The iris-scanning capability has been upgraded.

Interestingly, the battery capacity is 3300mAh, which is smaller than the Galaxy Note 7, although it is still compatible with fast charging.

The Galaxy Note 7 launched on Android Marshmallow with the Samsung TouchWiz interface working within it. Similarly, the Galaxy Note 8 will launch on Android Nougat with TouchWiz also. There are several software upgrades in place however, including the new App Pair feature (allowing two apps to be open at the same time on a split screen) and Live Message (a GIF creator). Voice assistant Bixby is present on the new device, as on the S8 and S8+, and the new S Pen present offers a whopping 4096 levels of pressure!

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This all investigated, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is set to retail for about £200 more than its predecessor, making it the most expensive phone Samsung have ever launched. If you decide to invest in the new model, shop the full accessories range on Gadgetwear now!

Which of the rumoured iPhone 8 features are likely to actually happen? 0

The iPhone 8 is expected to be announced and released to mark Apple’s 10-year anniversary of creating smart phones, and needless to say, rumours about its release are rife. At the moment, Apple have yet to comment at all on the release of the iPhone 8 so everything is speculation. It’s expected that the ‘big reveal’ will take place on September 12th and that the phone will be similar, but souped up, to previous models. Various media outlets and discussion forums are making predictions as to the phone’s features and specifications left right and centre… but how realistic are these predictions? Can we really expect them? Gadgetwear investigates!

The Name

We are assuming that the new phone will be called the iPhone 8, following in the footsteps of the numerical order the phones have taken thus far. But, this is the first big anniversary for Apple and so it may be they change things up – we could be looking at the iPhone X, iPhone D (for decade!), iPhone Pro, or iPhone 10!

3D Facial Recognition

Following on from the popular fingerprint sensor to unlock the more recent models of iPhone, this could be taken to the next level in line with other manufacturers. If Touch ID is removed, it seems a backward step to revert just to a PIN code, so we could more likely expect iris or facial scanning. It seems that there are security concerns no matter how phone manufacturers choose to unlock their models, but with a decent front-facing camera, iris or facial recognition seems quite likely.

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No Home Button

The single home button has been the domain of iPhones since the very first incarnation of it, but as screens have grown in size, the button has decreased. The iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen and if the new iPhone is to be the same, the home button may need to be removed to stop the model overall becoming too bulky. Could this be the end of the home button?

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OLED Screen

Perhaps the most likely of all of the rumoured features, an OLED screen being introduced has been discussed by a number of credible tech media sources. This could be a huge benefit to battery life, as OLED screens produce their own light and don’t require backlighting. This also allows for truer and brighter colours, and a deeper black, as each individual pixel can be turned off.

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No matter what is or isn’t announced for the new iPhone, we’ll be sure to stock the perfect accessories to accompany it. Shop the iPhone 8 range on Gadgetwear now!