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Apple Myths Debunked 0

Similar to the majority of successful companies, Apple is a magnet for myths and legends. The majority of these myths surface and survive simply because people don’t bother to check for facts. We’re going to debunk 5 Apple myths for you.

Apple Products Only Work With Apple Accessories

A fairly common myth is that Apple phones are only compatible with Apple accessories. Luckily for their users, this is just a myth. It’s true that Apple diverted their attention from selling individual products to selling users an “Apple experience” by releasing several products that cover various needs, however, you can easily use other branded accessories, such as headphones or chargers,  with Apple products without having to worry about compatibility issues.

Apple iPhone is the Most Popular Smartphone

A lot of people like and want to think that the Apple iPhone is the best selling and most popular smartphone on the market. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Although the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have sold approximately 220 million units combined, Apple’s sales still fall short of Samsung’s by roughly 80 million units. According to 2016 reports, Apple only holds 14.4% of the smartphone market share.

Viruses Don’t Target MacBooks

Although this used to be a true statement in the early days of Apple, it was not because of their superior software design, but due to their lack of popularity. The Mac operating system was launched two years prior to Windows, but it wasn’t as successful. Since viruses are meant to spread between terminals, attacking MacBooks was simply not a profitable business. Today, MacBooks are indeed targeted by viruses. Switching from a Windows PC to a MacBook won’t fully protect you.

Jailbreak is Illegal With Apple Phones

Similar to the claim about viruses, this one is also partially true due to its history. Initially, jailbreaking an Apple iPhone was illegal. However, in 2012, the Library of Congress ruled that it was legal for someone to jailbreak their phone, including those which were branded by Apple. A further examination led to legalising the jailbreak of tablets, and even smart TVs. Do be aware though that jailbreaking voids your Apple warranty.

Apple Invented Apps

It’s safe to assume that just because “Apps” is similar to “Apple” it doesn’t mean that the company invented them. Nobody is holding the title as being the “inventor of apps” but according to historic data, the first apps appeared circa the 1980s, with the launch of the first PDA (personal digital assistant) - the predecessor of mobile computing. Moreover, in 2011, Apple filed a lawsuit against Amazon for launching a service similar to their iTunes service. However, the case was later dismissed in court.

  • Diana Cox
  • Tags: Apple

5 Android Myths Debunked 0

Phone myths are there to scare customers into buying products - it's a fact. Whether you’re looking to buy a new smartphone, a car or a new house, you’re going to want to do some research. Unless you’re searching for your information on trustworthy websites, chances are you’re going to be reading more myths than facts. The same goes for Android smartphones.

Android is Complicated to Use

This myth has been around since the birth of Android itself, back in 2008. However, the operating system is far from complicated. The biggest proof is that it’s by far the most used mobile operating system in the world, with Android smartphones accounting for more than 80% of the market share. Studies have shown that there is, in fact, no major difference in usability between any of the popular mobile operating systems.

A Task Killer is Required

Many people believe that killing apps that run in the background can improve your phone’s performance and battery life. That’s probably why task killer apps are so popular on Google Play. However, according to a recent study, task killer apps may actually cause more harm than good to your Android smartphone.

Android is Susceptible to Malware

Malware can infect any tech device, from PCs to smartphones, and even smart cars. If it’s running software, chances are it can be infected by malware. However, this doesn’t mean that it will. With every new update and hotfix, Android developers are making their operating system more secure than ever. If you’re really concerned about malware and viruses, there are plenty of powerful anti-virus apps that you can install. However, at the end of the day, Android’s weakest link against malware is the user himself.

The Operating System Is the Same on All Smartphones

It’s not. Android is currently at its 7th instalment, the Nougat, and most Android smartphones don’t even have it yet. Why? Because Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, and other developers receive a clean version of Android which they can modify to a certain extent to create their own graphical user interface and improve the experience of their users. There are many differences between Samsung’s TouchWiz, Sony’s Xperia UI or HTC’s Sense. Some phones, including the newest Google Pixel run the stock Android operating system.

Android Performs Poorly

It absolutely does not. However, performance can be a huge setback with any type of phone, especially if you’re going to use it for more than just making a phone call. Crashing apps and low-end hardware can easily lead to poor performance. When it comes to software, you should know that every device, be it Apple, Microsoft or Android, can experience crashes. Neither is more stable than the next. However, when it comes to hardware, Android smartphones are so diverse that it’s nearly impossible to find performance issues, especially in the newer and more powerful ones.

  • Diana Cox
  • Tags: Android

5 New Smartphone Gadgets You Need For 2017 0

2017 is well underway and it’s time to get some new gadgets for your smartphone. There is a wide variety of gadgets that you can choose from, and it’s almost certain that you will find something that suits you and your smartphone. Here’s our list of 5 new smartphone gadgets that you absolutely need for 2017.

Power Banks & Portable Chargers

A battery that’s running out is one of your biggest nightmares. It doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone, a Samsung or a Sony phone - your battery will eventually run out of juice. If you’re at home, you can plug the phone charger and you’re done. However, in situations where that’s not an option, you have to be smart. Investing in a power bank or a portable charger is the top solution. There are a lot of options to choose from, but we recommend a power bank that has a capacity at least equal to that of your phone’s battery.

VR Headsets

You can’t say you’re part of the 2017 tech-generation if you don’t have a VR set for your phone. VR has been rapidly increasing in popularity in the past few years. Computers, consoles, and not smartphones are VR-compatible. It doesn’t matter if you have the 4.7” iPhone 6S or the giant Sony Xperia XA Ultra - your phone will be a perfect fit with a phone VR set. Before buying a new VR set, make sure it’s compatible with the size of your phone.

Wireless Headphones

Did someone say remote-controlled wireless headphones? Yes, we did. With the launch of the iPhone 7 and its controversial lack of a headphone jack, more people have diverted their interest towards wireless headphones. In many cases, they’re easier to store and more comfortable to wear. Opt for over-ear headphones of in-ear ones that have noise cancellation for the best sound quality.   

Stylus Pens

You don’t have to own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to be able to use a stylus pen. Nowadays, thanks to software advancements, you can use a stylus on pretty much any smartphone. There are a few dedicated phones, such as the LG Stylus 2 or the Galaxy Note series, which are great, but don’t be intimidated. Just make sure that your phone has a capacitive touch screen.

Phone Stands

Whether you’re at home, at your office or in your car, sometimes you just want to let go of your phone. If you want to use it comfortably without having to wear yourself out by holding it in awkward positions, you should consider buying a phone stand. There is a wide variety of phone stands that can cover all your needs: charging, selfies, watching videos, and so on.

Check out the rest of the website to find the right accessory for you!

 

  • Diana Cox
  • Tags: 2017

Top Cases for Your Apple MacBook 0

Apple MacBooks are some of the thinnest and lightest laptops available on the market. One thing’s certain: they’re not meant to be dropped. Brutal shocks can damage the case and the components and might render the laptop unusable. Although if you’re careful you may not need a protective case, we recommend buying one just to be 100%. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your new Apple MacBook. 

UAG Case

Urban Armor Gear (UAG) are well known for their protective cases. They’re one of the few companies that design military-grade cases for a wide variety of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Their latest design is specifically aimed at three Apple models: the 13” MacBook Air, the 13” MacBook Pro Retina (3rd generation only), and the generic 12” MacBook.

The military drop-test standards that the UAG cases comply with, ensures that you can take your laptop anywhere in the world and not worry about damaging it. The composite material offers excellent protection against drops and other types of impact that could cause shock. Moreover, the sides of the case are fitted with impact-resistant bumpers that are specifically designed to absorb incoming shocks.

But shock protection isn’t everything offered by the UAG cases. Each case also comes equipped with a rubberized screen surround that protects the screen of your MacBook from any potential abrasions or scratches. Furthermore, each case is designed with proper cooling in mind, so that none of the vents are covered.

The UAG cases come in two different colours: Ash Black and Clear (which also has an “Ice” colour variation). 

iCarer Case - Available in coffee or tan

iCarer is all about style. Their cases are made from genuine cowhide leather. Staying true to their Italian-based ideals, all cases are hand-made by professionals. Although they may not be as sturdy and durable as the composite cases offered by UAG, the iCarer cases are designed to impress, thanks to the high-quality materials and attention to details.

The exterior of each case is made from cowhide leather, ensuring a natural look that ages gently with the passing of time. To ensure the best protection for your MacBook Air, the inside of the case is made from durable microfiber leather. It’s softer than natural leather and is can easily protect the laptop from scratches and other such damage.

The edges are manually stitched together to provide extra durability and protection. The lightweight design provides an extra sense of comfortability. Moreover, thanks to the embossed iCarer logo on the front, the case has a more professional and classy look.

The iCarer case comes in two colour variants: Coffee and Tan.

STM Case

STM has been established in 1998 in Australia and is known for providing some of the best cases for laptops and tablets alike. They offer a wide variety of products, cases to bags and even sleeves. Their choices on materials and design are what makes them one of the most sought-after case designers in the world.

The Dux case designed by STM is a hybrid case that is made from a very durable polycarbonate. In addition to the polycarbonate, there are TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) brackets that offer solid protection against the majority of accidental drops. The case has a thin, translucent design that doesn’t take away anything from Apple’s design.

Once you’ve installed the case over your laptop, you will barely notice it. The design offers access to all ports and cooling vents, ensuring that the user experience is not hindered in any way. Moreover, due to the high-quality materials used, the case is both light and resistant to shocks. If you mostly use your laptop on a desk, the case also comes fitted with small rubber feet that will prevent sliding.

The Lumia 950: Is It the Best Smartphone Released by Microsoft? 0

It may seem like an obvious statement, but Microsoft smartphones are nowhere near the market share of Apple or Android smartphones. This is mostly caused by the lack of apps on the Windows store and not necessarily on the bad hardware. On the contrary, the latest Microsoft Lumia 950 has excellent hardware specs, making it the best smartphone to ever be released by Microsoft.

Hardware

There’s really nothing we can complain about when it comes to the smartphone’s hardware. It has a generous 5.2” screen with a QHD display (1440 x 2560 pixels with a pixel density of  approximately 564 ppi).

There’s a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU from Qualcomm inside the durable plastic body, which can handle everything you throw at it with ease. The 3GB of RAM also plays an important role in this. Overall, it’s a very snappy smartphone.

We absolutely love the fact that all Lumia 950 smartphones come with 32GB of internal storage. Although it was launched at the end of 2015, 32GB has become the gold standard for 2017. Moreover, there’s a dedicated microSD slot that can handle up to 256GB of extra storage.

Although the storage is very useful when it comes to documents and photos, it really shows its use when you’re using the phone’s video capabilities. Thanks to its 20MP PureView camera you can record in 4K at 30FPS and in FullHD at 60FPS.

We feel like the 3000mAh is not enough, with the QHD screen and powerful hardware taking their toll. However, you can expect up to 8 hours of continuous web browsing and over 9 hours of video playback before it will need a recharge. The battery also comes with wireless charging capabilities.

Software

The Lumia 950 comes with the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile straight out of the box. It is the first Microsoft phone to do so and we think it was about time this happened. Thanks to Microsoft’s continuous dedication to improve upon its operating systems, we can expect a seamless transition between the desktop, Xbox, and smartphone operating systems.

The Glance Screen is back on Windows 10 Mobile as well and the AMOLED screen really brings out the best of it. There’s a monochrome clock, accompanied by the date and it shows you the number of missed notifications next to an icon of the related application.

Windows Hello now has integrated iris recognition software that works closely with the phone’s dedicated camera sensor. According to our test, the iris recognition software works excellent, even in low-light conditions.

LG Stylus 2 One-Year-Later Review 0

The LG Stylus 2 is one of the most affordable phablets currently available on the market. Depending on your chosen reseller, you can find the Stylus 2 at anywhere between £199 and £290. Unfortunately, the lower price also means that LG has taken a few steps back in terms of quality. The overall quality is good, but many of us expected more from the Stylus 2.

Performance

The 5.7” display features a 720*1280 resolution that gives users a reasonable pixel density for all purposes. The resolution and pixel density is more than sufficient for everyday use. The screen, paired with the 1.5GB or 2GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 offer a snappy interface that doesn’t lag while browsing the home screen, Chrome or when playing games on lower settings.

In terms of storage, all Stylus 2 phablets come with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. You can insert cards of up to 256GB so storage will never be a problem with the Stylus 2. To help you fill up a part of the storage space is a 13MP rear-facing camera that can capture video in 1080p at 30 frames per second. You’ll also be able to snap good-quality pictures with it.

The 3000mAh battery is one of the best of its kind. According to online tests, it offers more than 11 hours of continuous video playback before needing to be recharged. If you’re a normal user like us, you’ll find out that you’ll only need to charge your Stylus 2 every two or three days.

Best Features

Despite its low price and mid-range hardware, the Stylus 2 still has some excellent features.

  • Great Stylus - it’s a little over 10 cm long and it feels great to hold and use. You won’t even know it’s there until you want to use it. What’s even better is that every time you remove the stylus pen you will automatically activate LG’s Pen Pop. This is an overlay that gives you quick access to software that allows you to write down notes and reminders or edit images.
  • DAB+ Radio - is an unexpected feature. The DAB+ is quickly becoming the new standard for broadcasting digital radio, and more than 30 countries from Europe and Asia are already using DAB+ for their transmissions. If you plug in your headphones, you’ll be able to listen to radio stations without having to worry about using your data service.

A Look At The Popular iPad Pro 12.9" 0

We know that it was two years ago, bu in November 2015, Apple launched its biggest tablet ever - the 12.9” iPad Pro. The world was overly excited at the time, especially since there had been rumours of the launch since 2013. After more than two years in the making, Apple decided it was time to showcase their most powerful tablets to date. The price starts at £729 for the base Wi-Fi model and £939 for the Wi-Fi + LTE model.

Tech Specs

Naturally, everyone expects a product with the word “Pro” in its name to be better than anything seen before, and Apple did not disappoint:

  • 2732*2048 (264ppi) screen resolution - roughly halfway between a Full HD and a 4K resolution. That should be more than enough for daily tasks such as planning meetings, browsing the internet or watching videos
  • 713 or 723 grams, depending on whether you buy the Wi-Fi or the LTE version. It’s not a light tablet, but considering its size and the fact that it has a metal unibody, we’d say Apple did the best they could in terms of weight
  • 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB are the only available storage options. We’re not really sure why Apple chose to skip the 64GB version, as that would have been quite easily the best option for such a tablet.
  • 10,307mAh battery which will easily get you more than 10 hours of continuous web browsing. Unfortunately, when it comes to video playback, the battery life falls short of 8 hours. Naturally, almost nobody will use the tablet for 10 hours straight, no matter what, so overall, it has a great battery life.

Apple Accessories

The new iPad Pro came with two new announced accessories: the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. Both of these items used to work exclusively with the iPad Pro 12.9, but the Apple Pencil is now also compatible with the smaller 9.7” tablet as well.

Apple Pencil - it weighs around 20 grams and connects to the tablet via Bluetooth. According to Apple, it has a pressure sensitive tip and a tilt sensitive body. The combination of these two sensors allows for better control over the thickness of your lines, while also allowing you to add shades and other artistic effects

Smart Keyboard - since the tablet is quite large you may want to rely on a fully-functional keyboard when you have a typing job. For this, Apple has launched the Smart Keyboard. It has all the features of a normal keyboard, minus the numeric keypad (which we don’t often use anyway). Moreover, after you’re done typing, you can transform it into a cover for your tablet.

Let us know what you think of the ever popular iPad Pro 12,9"!

Wireless Charging Accessories 0

Wireless charging is becoming more and more popular - and it’s not surprising as it marks an excellent advancement in technology.

Wireless charging is a convenient way of keeping your smartphone topped up on juice no matter where you are. However, something to keep in mind before buying a form of wireless charging as that it can take longer than wired charging - so shop around for the best.

At Gadget Wear, we love to help you find the best accessories for your handset, so read on to find out more.

No Fiddling with Cords 

One of the best benefits of a wireless charger is the fact that you don't need to worry about getting caught up in cords. Additionally, they're great on the go as they are compact and easy to carry around. 

At Gadget Wear, we have a number of wireless charging accessories available, and you can check them all out here.

What We Know So Far: Samsung Galaxy S8 0

Yes, for many, the Samsung Galaxy S7 was everything they hoped for and more. However, there is always room for improvement, which is where the Samsung Galaxy S8 will hopefully break through.

Samsung's next flagship smartphone is set to be released in the first half of 2017 since the beginning of the year is typically when Samsung rolls out its new flagships. It’s rumoured to cost roughly around £655 – the standard price for new Samsung releases.

Rumours and More!

While there aren’t any solid facts when it comes to the new Samsung Galaxy handset, we’ve collated and put together the rumours thus far.

So far, it seems like the S8 will feature a 4K screen in 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch sizes, or 5.7 and 6.2-inch sizes, a Snapdragon 830 processor, 6GB of RAM and a massively improved camera (could the camera even get any better!?). There's even talk that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have an iris scanner - that would be cool. While it has been mentioned by some sources that the handset will have a foldable screen, we think this is highly unlikely at this stage.

Camera and Battery

It has also been reported by some industry that the S8 may make two versions, but both are set to come with curved screens. Whether Samsung releases one or two handsets this year in the Galaxy S range, we believe that it'll feature a dual-lens camera, a 30MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing snapper. in addition, it's rumoured to come with a whopping 4200mAh battery.If you’re excited to see what Samsung will be releasing come March or April, the wait is almost over!

If you’re excited to see what Samsung will be releasing come March or April, the wait is almost over!

Phone Releases of 2017 0

The start of the year is always an exciting time; resolutions are fully underway, the next season of our favourite TV show is just around the corner, and we get to find out what mobile phone releases to expect within the coming months!

If you're due an upgrade, don't do it just yet! In 2017, there are some real treats in store for both Android and iPhone lovers, so let's take a look...

Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

We, of course, couldn't talk about new phone releases without mentioning the much-anticipated iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. 

What we know so far:

Release date - September 2017 (Apple's 10th Anniversary).
Features - wireless charging, facial and/or iris recognition, and much more. 
Changes - no home button (touch screen instead).

HTC 11

In the past, HTC has launched new phones at MWC in, skipping it in 2016. We expect the HTC 10's successor to be unveiled at MWC this year.

What we know so far:

Release date - it's rumoured to be unveiled in February and available from March. 
Features -  faster processor than previous models, and more RAM.
Changes - longer battery life and faster charging (hopefully).

LG G6

It's rumoured that LG will be getting rid of the common modular appearance - we can't wait to see!

What we know so far:

Release date - unveiled in February and due to be available for sale in March.
Features - iris scanner.
Changes - a new, sleeker design, and improved camera. 

Samsung Galaxy S8

The best has been saved until last (for the android lovers in particular!). We just can't wait to see what the next flagship beholds!

What we know so far:

Release date - February or March of 2017.
Features - A 4K screen and SD830 chip
Changes - while very little has been revealed, there have been many rumours stating that the S8 will feature some new design change - Oooh!

Whatever handset you're looking to get your hands on this year, keep your ear to the floor as more rumours begin to emerge!