Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Apple iPhone 6S : Which one is the Best ?

Each year, Apple releases an iPhone and Samsung releases its Galaxy S-series flagship. Most will argue that they normally represent the best phones available, and this year, it’s no different.

Apple last year did come out with two models of their newer iPhones the 6s and the 6s plus, the latter suited for users choosing a bigger display as per comforts. The process was the same as in 2014 where there were two iPhone variants too. Meanwhile on the Android side, the Korean giants also followed a similar pattern by coming out with two of their flagships for 2015 with the galaxy S7 and S7 EDGE. Let's take a look at both of the devices the 6s and the S7 EDGE.

Design

Samsung certainly raised its game with the Galaxy S6 with an all-new design. The front had a familiar look and feel to it, but the metal frame with the shiny bezel, and glass back panel instead of cheap plastic that it has always been criticized for, made them the most visually stunning devices Samsung has ever made. So you can’t fault Samsung for not making any major changes in the design with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Instead Samsung added IP68 dust-proof and water resistant capabilities and an SD Card slot. The IP68 rating without the use of any port covers is quite a feat of engineering.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

iPhone 6s comes with a unibody aluminum chassis and glass front panel that is curved around the edges of the display. Apple has used 7000 series aluminium for iPhone 6s’ chassis, which makes it stronger and less slippery than its predecessor.

It is difficult to pick between the iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 when it comes to design, they’re probably the most good looking smartphones that are available in the market. I would give the Galaxy S7 an edge as I don’t like the ugly antenna bands at the back of the iPhone 6s.

Features

The main selling point of the iPhone 6S is the 3D Touch screen, where poking it harder will open new features on the phone - this was something Samsung was rumored to be doing, but it never materialised on the S7.

Samsung's big push this year is the Always On Display, which is just a permanent clock or calendar on the standby that bops around the display when your phone is left quietly on the table. It consumes less than 1% per hour but will have an impact on battery life as a result - something to be wary of if Samsung hasn't managed to sort out its power management.

The other 'big' features from the Galaxy S7 is the Game Launcher, a sandboxed area where you can stick your games and get access to in game tools, letting you record your game play or disable notifications to stay immersed in the world.

Oh, and Samsung's gone back to adding in a microSD card slot, claiming that it's fixed the performance issues that forced its removal in the S6 as the company sought to offer a clean and new design - something that's sure to please a lot of expandable memory fans, and is another real point of differentiation over the iPhone, which only comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB internal storage choices.

The iPhone 6S doesn't really build on the extra functionality it baked into the phone on the iPhone 6, and as a result doesn't have a great deal to add in terms of headline features beyond the aforementioned providable screen.

Camera

iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 both ship with terrific smartphone cameras. Galaxy S6’s camera got rave reviews, and according to some experts, it was better than the iPhone 6s especially in low-light conditions. Samsung has upped the ante even further with the Galaxy S7. It comes with a 12.7-megapixel camera, which is a downgrade in terms of resolution compared to Galaxy S6’s 16MP camera but with larger 1.4µ pixels. Galaxy S7 also features a large f/1.7 aperture and OIS, which when combined with the large 1.4u pixels should make the Galaxy S7’s camera even better for low-light shooting.

S7’s camera sensor comes with a bigger aperture so it has an edge over the iPhone 6s (f/2.2) when it comes to taking photos in low-light. It also has Optical Image Stabalization (OIS), which is available only on the iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple iPhone 6S

Samsung has also included a breakthrough ‘dual pixel’ technology, which allows the Galaxy S7 camera to focus almost instantly. No, we are not even talking about 0.25 seconds focus time here, we are talking about almost instantaneous focus, irrespective of the lighting condition. ‘Dual pixel’ sensor technology is usually seen in DSLRs, and this is the first time that this technology has been employed in a smartphone camera sensor.A dual pixel sensor uses 100 percent of the pixels for phase-detection

A dual pixel sensor uses 100 percent of the pixels for phase-detection autofocus, while a traditional camera sensor with PDAF uses less than 5 percent of the pixels for this. The light being absorbed by the sensor is sent to two pixels — instead of one — which then allows the ISP to process it better and focus quickly.

iPhone 6s comes with a 12-megapixel camera with 1.22µ pixels. Apple has been renowned for the quality of its smartphone camera for years. The camera alone was a reason to recommend the iPhone over Android smartphones. However, things have changed in the last couple of years as Android OEMs have managed to catch up, and in some scenarios even outshine the iPhone.

Apple had introduced a new feature with the iPhone 6s called Live Photos, a way to bring photos to life, which is quite cool. It may seem gimmicky to some people, but people with children will immediately realize the value of the feature. Not surprisingly, Samsung has introduced its own take on the feature called Motion Photos.

Performance and Battery

When it comes to overall performance, reliability and battery life, there’s very little to separate the S7 Edge from the 6s Plus. At least, when it comes to the Exynos-powered, carrier-unlocked version of Samsung’s latest phone. Your experience, sadly, might differ once a US carrier gets hold of it, especially if it’s a Snapdragon-equipped model.

Still, with the phone I’ve been using, loading apps and games is really fast. Loading times are quick and animations are as smooth as you could hope for from a device with a high-end octa-core chip and 4GB RAM. Likewise, the A9 processor in the 6s Plus deals with every day tasks without stuttering. Both are equally capable of loading intense graphics, so whether you love watching movies or gaming on your device, you’ll have a great time with either.

The same can be said of battery life.Spec wise, the S7 Edge has a capacious 3,600mAh cell whereas the 6s Plus has 2,750mAh. On most days, with my typically moderate use, I can pull either phone off charge at 7:30am and get it to midnight with between 40-50% charge left. If I happen to spend time gaming during the day, that might be as low as 20-30%.

Conclusion

The Galaxy S7 is an absolute beast of a smartphone that aces the smartphone holy trinity of design, performance, and camera. As such, it's a more than worthy rival to the iPhone 6S.

iPhone 6s Pros

  • 3D Touch
  • Tight software and hardware integration
  • App Ecosystem
  • Support

Samsung Galaxy S6 Pros

  • Low-light photos and OIS
  • Wireless Charging
  • Fast Charging
  • Waterproof


Some of the key advantages of the iPhone 6s over the Samsung Galaxy S7 are 3D Touch, ease of use due to the tight integration of hardware, software and services, the quality of apps, and support, which is probably one of the most underrated aspects that people consider while buying a device. On the flip side, Android is a lot more tweakable, which makes it a compelling option for power users.

In case of the Galaxy S7, it comes with a better camera when it comes to taking photos in low-light, and comes with innovative features that are not available on the iPhone like Wireless Charging and Fast Charging, which allows you to charge your device without needing a chord, and allows the Galaxy S7 to be charged from 0-50% in just over 30 minutes, and to 100% in just over 100 minutes (iPhone 6s takes 3 hours or 180 minutes to charge). The fact that it is dust and water resistance is another advantage. Samsung is also giving its Gear VR virtual reality headset to those who pre-order Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.  Taking everything into consideration, Samsung Galaxy S7 seems like the better smartphone, however, it remains to be seen if people will leave the ease of use of the iPhone 6s and the app ecosystem to switch to an Android smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Features, Specifications and Updates

The Samsung Galaxy Note series is one of the most popular Android phone series on the market. People are on the edge of their seats waiting for the Note 6 entry in the Galaxy family. Unfortunately, much of the information available about the phone is only rumor. Samsung has remained tight-lipped about the phone. Despite this, the tech community has gathered information on the device. From that information and Samsung’s upgrade tendencies, we can create a rough estimate of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6.

According to details emerging on April 11, the Galaxy Note 6 will feature water and dust proofing with IP68 certification. This is great new for Galaxy Note fans and a first for the phablet series. In some ways though, it's not entirely surprising, the Galaxy Note series often keeps step with changes made to the Galaxy S falgship series and uses a similar design language - essentially, it is likely to be a bigger, super-powered version of the Galaxy S7 with extra bells and whistles, and as we all know, the Galaxy S7 series restored waterproofing to the flagship line along with a metal and glass bodyshell. The word comes via SamMobile, a reputable source for Samsung rumours, and to be extra specific the IP68 certification means up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes is covered.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Features
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Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Specifications

  • 6-inch flexible display 
  • Android Marshmallow 
  • 4K Resolution 
  • 16-Core processor 
  • Snapdragon 823 SoC 
  • 6 GB RAM 
  • 64 GB / 128 GB Internal Storage 
  • Micro SD card support 
  • 20 MP Primary camera 
  • 4000 mAh Battery
Samsung tends to use a split strategy for its smartphone processors; different chips will feature in different markets.

It’s rumoured that the Galaxy Note 6 will run on a custom-built Exynos 8890 in the East Asia market. However, western markets are rumoured to get a Galaxy Note 6 that boasts Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 823 SoC.

There’s also talk that Samsung will opt for a huge 6GB RAM module in the Galaxy Note 6. That’s an impressive amount of memory for a smartphone, but it’s sure to appeal to the Note’s power-user niche.

In terms of storage, we’re expecting at least three options: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. However, we’ve heard that Samsung might also include its UFS 2.0 memory chips in the Galaxy Note 6. That would put 256GB of hyper-fast storage at the disposal of Note users. Not bad, eh?

Finally, there’s talk of a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera on the Galaxy Note 6. That doesn’t tell us much, since image resolution is only a small part of a camera’s functionality. However, previous Galaxy Note handsets have offered impressive photography performance, so we’d be surprised if the Galaxy Note 6 was any different. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any rumours about the front-facing camera thus far, but stay tuned.
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Conclusion

Whilst the rumours have started to circulate for the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, they are few and far between at the moment so there is currently a lot of guess work happening.

Based on what we have heard so far, we'd expect the Note 6 to arrive in August 2016 with a similar design to the Note 5 including S Pen functionality.

Hardware specs are likely to improve over the Note 5 including a faster processor, possibly more RAM and an improved camera experience. We will update this feature as more leaks appear so hang tight for now.

How to Build Google Cardboard to Experience VR on Android Smartphone

One of the biggest surprises at this year's Google I/O press event was the reveal of Cardboard, a simple virtual reality headset that uses your Android phone. Now you can make one at home.

Have you ever wished for an immersive addictive 3D experience while using an app? Now you can make it a reality with Google Cardboard, the best virtual reality app viewer. Get Google Cardboard attached with your mobile and experience a dream come true with your smartphone.

Google Cardboard functions just like a stereoscope does, albeit with a phone as opposed to two static images operating as the object to be viewed. Essentially, taking two identical (neglecting distortion and slight angular differences) images and projecting them into the human eye will create the illusion of a 3-dimensional image, since our binocular vision gives us the ability to perceive depth.

Cardboard is powered by an Android phone, which, with the proper app, will divide the phone’s screen in half and output two images; one to be projected into each eye. “Cardboard is great because it puts virtual, and augmented, reality into people’s hands for little cost. It’s just like the View-Master I had when I was a child except Google Cardboard takes it to the extreme,” said Nicholas Sischka, Vision Engineer at Edmund Optics.

Build Google Cardboard to Experience VR
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Requirements


  • CARDBOARD - Corrugated cardboard sheet, preferably E Flute (corrugated cardboard comes in a variety of thicknesses called "flutes"), available at many art supply stores and online . For best results, you should look for strong, thin cardboard (sturdy shoe box rather than moving box). Minimum size: 8.75in (22cm) by 22in (56cm), and 0.06in (1.5mm) thickness.



  • LENSES - This is the trickiest component. Lenses that have a 45mm focal distance might work. Biconvex lenses work best because they prevent distortion around the edges. We used the Durovis OpenDive Lens Kit available on Amazon.com



  • MAGNETS - One neodymium ring magnet and one ceramic disk magnet - like this or this. Approximate size: 0.75in (19mm) diameter and 0.12in (3mm) thickness.



  • VELCRO - Two strips of regular strength adhesive-backed velcro. Approximate size: 0.75in (20mm) by 1.25in (30mm).



  •  RUBBER BAND - One rubber band, to prevent the phone from sliding out. Minimum length of 3.2in (8cm).



  • NFC TAG (OPTIONAL) - One sticker NFC tag. Program it with the URL cardboard://v1.0.0



  • You'll also need a ruler, glue, and scissors, an X-acto knife, or access to a laser cutter.

Now download the manufacturers kit from Google by following this link (.zip) and follow instructions.

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Google Cardboard is fun, entertaining, and very inexpensive. Moreover, it can be used with any iOS or Android device. However, extremely simplistic experience will not match up to top notch virtual reality goggles. Without any doubt, the device surely acts as a brand ambassador promoting the use of virtual reality apps and devices on smartphone.

Fusion Informatics has been favoring such devices long since the inception and will continue to make apps for such devices promoting technological shifts with every passing year.

Top 5 Best Video Editing Software for Windows

Video editing has become more and more popular due to the popularity of camcorders and convenience of online video sharing. To save money, you can use some video editing tools which are free of charge to edit videos. But it may be difficult to find such good program for Windows since nowadays there are too many free video editing programs available on the market. What’s the best choice among them? Let's have a look at the top 5 best free video editing software for Windows below.

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is supremely easy to use. Just drag and drop a few clips onto the program (most formats are supported) and immediately they're assembled into order; transitions and special effects are just a click away.

It's just as simple to add a soundtrack, captions and credits, and you can save the results as a video file, or upload them directly to YouTube, Facebook and many other sites.
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You can take a little more control when you need it, for instance trimming clips and applying a few other basic options. The program's main focus is on making it very simple to produce quality movies, though, and for the most part it's a great success.

Best Video Editing Software for Windows

BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite

It's hard to believe that BlackMagic has made Resolve Lite (version 11) completely free. It's widely used for colour correction in Hollywood movies because of it's power. And yet, despite this being the Lite version, there are hardly any features missing compared to the Studio version which costs around £600. Ok, so it can't do multi-camera editing (that's in version 12), nor can it do 3D. You also lose some minor features such as noise removal, but other than that, this is the same stuff the big boys use.

That's a bit of an issue when it comes to learning curves as this is not something you can pick up in an afternoon and end up with a masterpiece. But it's worth investing time as you really can create one when you've learned how to use all that power. Obviously its strength is colour correction but as well as the video editing tools you'd expect from major packages, you can also edit audio, plus sync (manually or automatically) audio and video recorded separately. There's also text capabilties, such as rolling credits, lower thirds and so on. You can import graphics, too.

CyberLink PowerDirector 14 Deluxe

PowerDirector 14 - best video editing softwareIts an Easy-to-use home video editing software with 500+ editing tools and effects. You will be able to create amazing videos in minutes!

It has creation modes that ensure you spend less time learning and more time creating.

Effects like – Transition, Animated titles, PiP objects, Particle Effects, Color presets and much more to help make your videos quickly.

Supported formats and codecs include MOV, MKV, H.264 and FLAC, PowerDirector 14 has significantly improved video performance when working with the popular WMV format, as well as adding FLAC audio editing support.
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Avidemux

Avidemux is a free, open source video editor also available for Linux and Mac OS X. The software was originally released several years ago and has been updated consistently, with the latest coming about six months prior to this article’s publication.

This program represents a half-step between very serious software, like Lightworks, and a basic video editor like Movie Maker. Non-linear editing is supported, subtitles can be added, and the software’s file format lets users save all the settings associated with a project, which can be re-applied to another project. Scripting is available through the GUI or directly through a command line. Virtually all major video and audio formats are supported for input and most are supported for output, though WMV and QuickTime are absent.

Lightworks

Prior to the release of HitFilm 3 Express, Lightworks used to be my #1 pick in the category of free video editing software. It’s a professional non-linear video editing application which became open source in 2011. Lightworks is not the easiest video editor to learn, but it’s definitely worth investing some time into. I mean, some of my favorite movies were edited on Lightworks (even some Oscar award-winning titles like Mission Impossible, The Departed, Pulp Fiction, and more)! Sadly, the free version of the software has some significant limitations, such as the maximum export resolution of only 720p.

Top 5 Best Anti Virus Software for Windows PC

We all are aware that like its predecessor Windows 7, Windows 10 doesn’t make it a must for you to install an antivirus on your system for you to use it efficiently. The Microsoft Windows 10 comes preinstalled with a built-in antivirus software known as the Windows Defender. The question that come to the top at this moment is that is the software really good enough, so that you could rely entirely on it for protecting your system?

For those who are unaware of the Windows Defender, it is basically the latest version of the Microsoft Security Essentials, which was a free antivirus program that was offered in Windows 7 operating system. This software is now built-in and guarantees baseline protection in the system running Window 10 operating system.

Windows Defender along with the Windows SmartScreen that was first launched in the Windows 8 should be enough for protecting your computer if you combine a bit of common sense along with certain well-known security practices.

But, if you are more into downloading unknown content from the web along with pirated software then you must go for other third party antivirus apps.

Best Anti Virus Software for Windows

Bitdefender

Bitdefender is one of the best Antivirus program that offers both free and paid solutions for the users. If you just need good malware protection on your PC, then Bitdefender’s free edition will do a great job of protecting you against the latest threats. However, if you want full protection including online protection and encrypted data transmission, then you will have to pay for it.

In the latest test results from AV-TEST, Bitdefender has a perfect score and they have stayed above 98% average in all the tests since 2010. Bitdefender is also known for having a very simple setup process and being light on the resources. Bitdefender is the go to solution for everyone who need a simple antivirus program that offers optimum protection.
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McAfee

Although it does not claim it to be a complete online protection package, McAfee does include a generous set of features. In a test conducted by AV-security, the software got exposed to a hundred and thirty-eight trials of zero-day vulnerabilities; McAfee stopped all of them. But that’s not all; it also discovered some nineteen thousand additional viruses lurking on the web. As with any antivirus, McAfee gives its users full control over scanning and one can also choose real-time protection of everything, or you can simply set its limit to programs and individual files. However, by adding the full protection suite, or as they call it the “total protection” plan, one can gain the means to guard your identity and block spam and dangerous emails.

360 Total Security

Qihoo 360 Technology is a leading Chinese security company with hundreds of millions of users for its desktop and antivirus products. Install the free, feature-packed 360 Total Security and you'll soon understand why.

The program offers no less than four antivirus engines, for example: Bitdefender, Avira, and two of the company's own. Perhaps inevitably this slows down scanning, with 360 Total Security taking twice as long to check our system as some of the competition.

It's also prone to false positives, but the independent testing labs show 360 Total Security is merciless with malware, and one of the market leaders in detecting and removing threats.

You also get capable antiphishing, network threat blocking, online shopping protection, a Windows update checker, USB drive tools and more. Bonus modules include a boot optimiser which highlights unnecessary Windows startup programs, and a clean-up tool which wipes away junk files.

The 360 Total Security interface isn't always straightforward, and there's no real documentation to explain how things work. The extras vary considerably in quality (CCleaner found more than twice the amount of junk files on our test PC), and it's not very configurable, either.

Still, 360 Total Security's excellent malware detection is what really matters here, and that alone makes the package well worth a closer look.

AVG Antivirus

Definitely, AVG antivirus is one of the most popular best Free Antivirus software, AVG needs no reckoning. Furthermore, the 2016 version has been revamped to provide a better user interface, a cloud-based scanning system and the ability to block infected links besides the usual detection and eradication of viruses. It is also one of the smallest Antiviruses and also provides script malware protection. Besides, protection against the malware, it also provides website ratings which make makes it easier for a user to decide if the website is safer to access or not.

The excess of advertisements may prove to be irksome. Phishing protection could be improved as well.
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Kaspersky Anti-Virus

Newly released, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2016 is fully functional with Windows 10 and ranks at the top of the list among the best anti-virus programs available. Renowned for rapid scan times, intuitive user interface and top-notch malware protection, the 2016 edition of Kaspersky packs a slightly revamped layout and is easily installed. It costs $39.99 to $59.98 for one to three years of protection for one to three PCs, as of this writing.

In addition to malware detection and virus removal, Kaspersky also provides phishing protection that not only prevents you from inadvertently downloading malware but also steers you away from websites that can steal your personal and banking information. A feature called On-Screen Keyboard that disables any undetected keyloggers from capturing passwords and login information. Additional tools include remote management tools and the ability to create a bootable rescue disk.

Top 5 Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

Windows 10 is now installed on more than 200 million gadgets worldwide. That's quite a feat in the tech world since its official release was on July 29, 2015. If your computer is one of those gadgets, you've probably found Windows 10 has its share of sheer winning features and, unfortunately, very frustrating steps.

Of course, getting used to a new operating system always takes time and effort. You have to relearn tricks, find where familiar items have moved or change things around to suit your style of computing. Let me help you along with a few insider tips on taking control of the new Start menu, improving privacy, finding the traditional Control Panel, cutting down on annoying notifications and more.

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5 Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

Start Menu Customisation

The return of the Start Menu is a pretty big deal in Windows 10 and that's because you're likely to spend quite a bit of time with it. Whether it's using it in the more traditional Windows way or using Cortana to search for content on your PC or the web, it's a welcome addition.

Pulling in the tiled user interface from Windows' tablet mode means you get to access Live Tiles all without exiting the desktop mode. If you're not a fan of how these tiles look or how they are arranged, this is something you can fix.

Simply hover the mouse cursor over a tile and right click on your mouse or the right side of your touchpad. Now you'll see options to resize tiles to make them smaller or even wider. You can also pin programs to the task bar at the bottom of the screen or remove (Unpin) from the Start menu altogether – holding down on the tile does the same thing on a touchscreen.

If you're not a fan of the Live Tiles, which are basically constantly updating widgets like the ones you get on your phone, select 'Turn the live tile off' and it's all done. You can always add them back later simply by dragging the app back to its vacated space.

Save maps for offline use

This is a tip that’s more useful on smartphones, but tablets and laptops can benefit from it as well: Windows 10 lets you save maps to your device in case you should lose a Wi-Fi or data connection while you’re trying to scout out the nearby area. Head to the Settings app then choose System and Offline maps to choose which maps to download (each region comes with an estimate of how much storage space will be taken up). You can then launch and use the Maps app whether or not you can get online.

Enable/Disable Transparency

It has already been stated that Windows 10 packs in the best of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. To prove it once more Windwos 10 brings back the Aero transparency which is enabled by default but just in case you liked the flat Metro theme from 8, you can switch the transparency off. Go to Settings -> Personalization -> Colors and uncheck Make Start, taskbar and action center transparent. Now when you open start you would get the Windows 8.1 style flat UI.

Create Virtual Desktop

Windows 10 lets you create multiple desktops for different purposes. For instance, you can create separate desktops for work, image editing, games and leisure. You can easily switch between desktops whenever required, create as many desktops you want to and kill those not required.

For creating a virtual desktop, press Windows + CTRL + D key combinations together and for closing a virtual desktop. press Windows + Ctrl + F4 together. For switching between desktops, click Windows + CTRL + Left or Right arrow button.
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New and fresh keyboard shortcuts to save time

Windows 10 packs a fistful of fresh and latest handy keyboard shortcuts, all included in the revamped operating system.
  • Snapping window: Windows key + Left or Right – the new Snap view mode that pins apps to the four quarters of the screen.
  • Switch to recent window: ALT + Tab –Hold shows new Task View window view, let go and switches to app.
  • Task view: Windows + Tab – New Task view opens up and stays clear.
  • Create new virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + D
  • Close current virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + F4
  • Switch virtual desktop : Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right

Top 5 Best Android Smartphones in 2016 with Great Features

Big, small, stock, or skinned, if you're in the market for a new smartphone, chances are there's an Android option to fit your fancy. And unlike Apple's rigid yearly release cycle, Google's hardware partners release a seemingly endless stream of new devices year-round. But therein lies the problem: With so many options out there, how do you settle on the right one? Lucky for you, we test and review nearly every smartphone available on all the major U.S. carriers. Read on for our top picks for Android phones.

If you’re a seasoned smartphone owner, picking out an upgrade is a simple process. But, for some folks, the idea of purchasing a new handset makes them nervous.

Which is the newest phone? What is the best phone? Which is the one that’s going to give me exactly what I need? There’s a lot to consider, sure. We’re here to help you dig through the clutter.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Both of these phones are among the best that Android has to offer, and they share a number of core components and features.

While the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the more eye-catching and long-lasting, however, we'd give the slightest of edges to the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

It's simply a more usable phone on a day to day basis, thanks to its slightly more manageable display. We also found the Galaxy S7 Edge's curve display to be more of a gimmicky distraction than a killer feature.

If you are the heaviest of power users, or you tend to watch an inordinate amount of video content on your phone, then the Galaxy S7 Edge might be the best bet. For most people, though, the Galaxy S7 is the one to opt for.

The S7 and S7 edge are incredibly well-rounded (no pun intended) smartphones, and the best hardware Samsung’s shipped yet. If you’re worried about the big, bad TouchWiz monster so many people love to demonize, just don’t: it really isn’t anything to get caught up on. If you want strictly stock Android, that’s perfectly fine! But you aren’t in Samsung’s user demographic for these phones. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will serve the many millions of people that buy them quite well, at least based on my first week using them.

Galaxy Note 5

It's no surprise that Samsung launches new Note devices at the end of every summer, but I honestly wasn't really considering buying one this year.

While one of these other phones would satisfy me, regular readers know I tend to purchase the best smartphones and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is currently the best note smartphone.

Galaxy Note 5

Processor: Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core 64-bit
Display: 5.7 inch Super AMOLED at 2560x1440 pixels resolution
Operating system: Android 5.1.1
RAM: 4GB (LPDDR4)
Wireless connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, ANT+, NFC, GPS, MST
Storage: 64GB UFS 2.0 internal
Cameras: Rear 16 megapixel with f/1.9 aperture and 5 megapixel front facing camera
Battery: 3000 mAh non-removable with fast charging and fast wireless charging technology
Dimensions: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm and 171 grams

As you can see, there is nothing missing from the Galaxy Note 5. Actually, Samsung leads with the fastest available RAM, fastest internal storage, new fast wireless charging technology, and magnetic secure transmission (MST) wireless payment technology. Combined with the other leading specifications, there is nothing else out there that beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Both phones are beautiful, but besides the curved display of the Edge there is very little difference between them. So should you go curved or not? From a design perspective the Edge is the more beautiful phone. The curved display just looks too good. But from a practicality standpoint, the curved display really doesn’t add any compelling features.

Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge have same features such as 5.1 inch same display size with Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and both the smartphones build with glass and metal. The S6 series traits 16 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera. Duo runs on same platform, i.e. v5.0.2 Lollipop OS and 1.5 GHz Quad-core processor. Both phones are equipped with equal internal memory options such as 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB with no expandable memory and 3 GB RAM. The other common features are fingerprint sensor and TouchWiz UI. The difference is that Samsung S6 is flat panel screen and S6 edge is curved panel. And the S6 Edge is a light weight phone compared the S6; the battery capacity is also dissimilar 2600 mAh and 2550 mAh, respectively. 

Sony Xperia Z5

The same boxy design with post-20MP camera has been seen countless times, and while it gets slightly refined with each iteration it's largely the same as the previous model. I'm not saying brands should have to upgrade every little thing just for the sake of it, but in the same time since Sony launched the Xperia Z every other brand has completely overhauled the look of their brand to keep things fresh.

Sony fans will really enjoy the Xperia Z5, without doubt. The camera seems genuinely innovative and if the brand can uphold its battery promise, combined with a premium design, it's got the right formula for a decent smartphone - it's just whether it can make enough of noise about it to get consumers interested.

Sony Xperia Z5

RAM : 3 GB
Display : 5.2 inch screen and 1080P Resolution
Processor : Snapdragon Qualcomm 810 octa-core processor
Primary Camera : 23 MP with Hybrid Autofocus
Front cameras : 8 MP with
Internal Storage Capacity : 64 GB
Battery : 3500 mAh battery with fast charging

You’ll probably need it, too, as the Xperia Z5 packs a whopping 23Mp maximum resolution on its primary camera that captures 5520 x 4120-pixel stills, or video at 2160p/30fps, 1080p/60fps, 720p/120fps. Other camera features include phase-detection autofocus with touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, HDR, and panorama stitch. The secondary camera is a notably lower 5.1Mp resolution option, but that’ll be fine for the odd “selfie,” and it also records video at a respectable 1080p.

Moto X Pure Edition

Motorola is taking a different approach with the sales of the Moto X this year. Instead of partnering with carriers, Motorola is selling the phone direct to consumers through Motorola’s website, Amazon, and Best Buy for a base price of $400 unlocked, which is an absolute bargain for a smartphone of this caliber. If you’re upgrading from a previous generation Moto X, the Pure Edition is a no-brainer.

moto x pure edition

The Moto X line is a smartphone that's always been dancing around greatness. The first one was a lovely, underpowered experiment in smartphone customization and thoughtfulness. The second added some much-needed Moto Maker style and some more powerful silicon. In other words, it's a serious contender for the "Best Smartphone Out There" crown, at least on paper. The thing is, the market for cheap unlocked smartphones has exploded in popularity this year, and it'll take something really special for it to capture the title. So, how does Motorola's new flagship fare? Spoiler alert: really damned well.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Specifications, Features with Fingerprint Sensor & 4050mAh Battery

The Most awaited smartphone of the year Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is finally launched in India and Guess what, the Smartphone is Amazon India exclusive. If you want to buy the Redmi Note 3, first you have to register for the Flash Sale. Please note that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Flash Sale on 16th March will be Amazon Exclusive which means you can buy it at Amazon India only, the smartphone will not be available at any other e-commerce websites and offline stores.

The phone is 8.7-mm thin , and tips the scale at 164 grams. The phone is powered by a 1.4 GHz Hexa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor and it comes with 2 GB of RAM. What this means is the processor has Hexa cores in the CPU and 2 GB of RAM ensures the phone runs smoothly with multiple applications open simultaneously. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 also packs in a graphics processor, and 16 GB of internal storage and does not support expandable storage.
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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 runs Android 5.1 OS and is powered by a 4050 mAh battery. Its a Dual SIM Smartphone, and connectivity options on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 include , GPS, HotSpot,Wifi,Bluetooth.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Specifications

The main camera on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a 16 MP shooter with Auto Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Video Recording. The smartphone also has a Front Facing Camera capable of shooting 5 MP selfies.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is an affordable smartphone and is a  bigger and better version of its predecessor Redmi Note 4G. This Dual SIM Dual Standby phone runs on MIUI 7 OS which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has a full aluminum unibody design with curved edges and despite a hefty 4000 mAh battery, its thickness at the maximum is 8.65mm. It features a 5.5 inch Full HD fully laminated Sunlight Multi touch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, 403 ppi pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from scratches. This device comes with inbuilt PowerVR G6200 graphics and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor where many cores facilitate that numerous tasks can run parallel to each other without any strain to the phone.

 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 will be available in 2 variants:- one with 16GB internal storage and 2GB RAM and another with 32GB internal storage and 3GB RAM.An important highlight of this phone is that it comes with a fingerprint sensor which the company claims can unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds . To capture memorable moments of your life, this device is equipped with a 13 MP Rear camera and a 5MP Front Facing Camera for selfies and video calling. The main camera has features like  phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR and panorama.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a host of connectivity options like 4G, 3G, GPRS/EDGE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, GPS, Bluetooth and Micro USB. The 4G connectivity gives the user more download speed and a faster internet experience. Apart from the fingerprint sensor, other inbuilt sensors are accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and Light. The smartphone will come in 3 colour options: Gold, Silver, and Dark Grey.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Features
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Special Features

Even with more features, its weight has only risen by 4 g. This is quite minimal, considering the increase in battery capacity and the new metal finish. Better ergonomics, the smooth metallic texture and an overall sense of ruggedness have given the Redmi range an overall feeling of quality.

Fingerprint Sensor

The fingerprint sensor may not be that special a feature in high-end devices, but it is for a device of this price. The Redmi Note 3's fingerprint sensor works great, but unfortunately its role is limited. It does not include the release function trackpad as seen in the Huawei Mate S, for example.

Infrared sensor

The device also has an infrared sensor at the top, but the international version does not come pre-installed with an application to control devices through this port, and the Chinese ROM only supports Chinese and English.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 3 is a budget smartphone that successfully manages to not just get the basics right but offers some high-end features at a very affordable price. The phone’s closest competition is the LeEco 1s (Rs.10,199) which offers full metal finish, a brilliant design, a great display, good camera, flawless performance and also the future-ready USB Type-C port.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Special Tips and Tricks

Samsung’s first sexy smartphone was the Galaxy S6 Edge – one look, and you simply had to have it. Nobody cared that its glass back picked up too many fingerprints, or that it was slippery and desperately fragile. Even Samsung haters who’d scorned the brand in the past lusted after the phone.

The S7 Edge holds the same magnetic power over you from the moment you first lay eyes on it. It looked so damn good pirouetting in a glass case at the press event that I almost forgot why I hate glass-backed phones.

But then I touched it. Its silky glass back was soon marred by a mass of fingerprints, and the spell was broken. If you don’t like fingerprints, you’re going to need to pop a case on it, or carry around a tiny bottle of Windex everywhere. It’s also slippery, so we’d recommend the case, though it’s a crying shame to cover up this gorgeous phone.

S7 and S7 Edge Special Tips and Tricks

Turn off Always on Display

The first method is very simple. Just pull down on the drop down menu twice to access the extended toggle menu (or tap the downward arrow on the top right of the screen after pulling down the first drop menu) and find the Always On Display toggle. Deselect the option to turn it off.
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For the second method, access the Settings panels by selecting the cog in the drop down menu. Then access Display and Wallpaper under the Phone list, then select Always On Display. Deselect the On option to turn it off. Long pressing the Always On Display toggle in the drop down menu will also bring users to this place.

Those who like the Always On Display can also customize the feature from this settings panel. Users can decide what type of content they would like permanently displayed on their Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge screen; choose a style to display that content and a background image. Using only an image for Always On Display appears like a screen saver.

Customise Home Screen and Display

Arranging apps on the Home Screen is nothing new for Android phones but once again let us go over it. Go to the home screen settings by long pressing an empty part of that screen, tap screen grid, and select the 5 x 5 option. Confirm by hitting Apply, and there's more space available for apps and widgets. It is only the space in between that is reduced, not the size of the icons or text in widgets. You can also like always long press on apps to shift them where you want on the home screen and also from the grid menu.

Additionally, you can use Samsung's adaptive display mode which by default comes with vibrant colours, but if you think it is too straining for your eyes and you want a display of calm, natural looking colours then go to Settings>Display option. Then scroll down to find 'Screen Mode', where the AMOLED-photo or Basic settings will give you the best colour reproduction.

Customize Quick Settings 

The top nav bar and the drop down alternatives are not settled and can simply be redone. To do this draw down, the warning shade, tap on the triangle symbol to demonstrate every quick setting. At that point tap on Edit. You can now handicap (or empower) the Quick associate catch.

The top line is the settings and the second column is those that you can swipe to, on a level plane. So for those components which you need direct access to like the light, put your finger on its symbol and drag it to the top columns. Continue rehashing until your quick settings mirror your modified inclination.
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Disable Flipboard Briefing

This is only for the countries that have the feature as Samsung has done away with the Flipboard Briefing screen that clogged up TouchWiz on previous Galaxy phones. For those where the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge come equipped with a Flipboard Briefing screen it can be disabled. To do this, place your finger on an empty bit of home screen to enter its settings. Swipe to the Flipboard screen and hit the switch to the top right to disable the entire section.


Samsung has revealed its new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, at this year's Mobile World Congress. While on the outside it looks very similar to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7 is packed full of cool new features - making this a very exciting new smartphone.

If you're eager to get hold of the Samsung Galaxy S7 then you don't have too long to wait, with the handset going on sale on March 11.

Reduce Data Usage on Android to Cut Down Bill

Mobile data plans are becoming increasingly expensive and a lot of people do not always have access to a Wi-Fi network so how can we combat our insatiable lust to get on the internet and stay within our data allocation? We have made this list of useful tips that can help you save money on mobile data and maximise your internet use on your android smartphone or tablet.

We are still living in a world where all of us are tied up with restricted data usage of 1 GB or to the max 2 GB per month. The data plan we apply will be vanished in no time.

Many of us won’t know how and where it goes and most of us want to restrict / reduce the data using on Android, but don’t know how to reduce it and it this post we will showcase how to reduce the mobile data usage to almost half in just few steps.

Reduce Data Usage on Android
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Shrink Browsing Data Usage

If you are more into browsing than chit-chatting in apps with friends and if you are using Google Chrome for all your web browsing then this tips will help you to save your data up to 30%.

The Data Saver option compresses web pages before loading them in your Chrome browser, significantly reducing the download size. Using Data Saver will slow the things a little bit, but that little bit delay is worth it as you get a much longer data life.

Open your Chrome browser -> click on three dots icon -> then tap on “ Settings “ -> next tap on “ Data Saver “ option -> now “ On “ data saver. That’s it you done.

Opera Max

Google’s data compression feature is awesome and all, but it only works within Chrome. What about all the other apps? They sure are spending a lot of precious internet juice. Those who want system-wide compression can have it with Opera Max, a data management app which comes from a major Chrome competitor – Opera.

This application is pretty awesome, as it essentially does the same as Chrome’s data compression, but for every single app in your smartphone. As a result, the user can save about 50% data on everything they do with their devices.

It is also possible to micro manage consumption by blocking specific apps from accessing data through mobile access (or WiFi, though I don’t see the point in that). The Opera Max home page will then show you a detailed description of how much data you have been saving. Those megabytes sure add up quickly!

Turn off Mobile Data when not in Use

This one is pretty self explanatory. Once you’re not using the Internet actively such as when you’re on the road or sleeping, turn off your data connection. Unless you are expecting an urgent message or email, there’s no reason to keep your data connection on at all times if you’re looking to stay within your data allowance.

Restrict Background Data

The easiest way to save data is to tell your apps (or the Android system itself) to restrict background data. Background data is all that internet traffic that goes on when you're not actually using an app: email syncing, feeds updating, weather widgets and so on.

You can also tell the Android system to restrict background data in Settings > Data usage > Restrict Background Data or for individual apps in Settings > Apps (depending on which version of Android you have). You can also change your sync settings for Google services in Settings > Accounts > Google > select the account and then un-check the services you don't want to sync automatically.
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Use Greenify, if you don't have Android M

App Standby, a new feature only available on Android Marshmallow devices prevents seldom used apps from using your network data, sending you push notifications and draining your battery. This setting is enabled by default on Android M devices, those on an earlier version can install Greenify, which lets you send misbehaving apps on hibernation. 

Stop Videos Auto Play & Auto Download

We know all android users use these two free messaging apps Facebook and Whatsapp- If you have facebook & Whatsapp in your phone, you may be using more data then you realize. If someone on your facebook friends list uploads a video on facebook timeline, you may notice it sometime plays automatically when you scroll past it. So turn off this auto play function to reduce data usage by going to… Facebook Setting > Change Video Auto Play to Off. You can set it to Wi-Fi only. Read Full article

WhatsApp default set auto download media by going to WhatsApp > Setting > Chat Setting > Media Auto download. You will see three options (When using cellular data, when connected on WI-Fi and when roaming. Tick on when connected on WI-Fi to stop download Image, Audio and video auto download on using cellular data.