Monster Hands: Comparing iPhone 6 Plus & Other Phablets

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Devices that are part phone, part tablet, and bigger than your normal smartphone are often called phablets. These devices have been a hot category for other phone manufacturers. Recently launched, the iPhone 6 Plus goes head-to-head with similar-sized devices in the market, including the latest products from Samsung and Google. So the big question is which phablet is the best?

 

We broke down the specs of each device to help you decide which phablet better suits your needs.

 

1. Display

galaxy note 4 screen

The iPhone 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, resolution at 1080p with a pixel density of 400ppi. The Galaxy Note 4 has a sharper 5.7-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED display, offering vivid colors with a 515ppi. The Nexus 6 has a quad-HD AMOLED panel, but it is slightly larger at 5.96-inches and 493ppi. The Galaxy Note 4 screen obviously has the edge with the highest resolution.  Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

 

2. Camera

iphone 6 camera

The Galaxy Note 4 packs a 16-megapixel snapper with a single LED flash; the Nexus 6 has a 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, and the iPhone 6 Plus has a 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.  They all include optical image stabilization software. Although the Note 4 camera has the highest resolution, the iPhone 6 Plus should not be considered as inferior because of its lower resolution. The ISP on the A8 chip has proven superior compared to Android phones in terms of camera clarity, we defer to the iPhone 6 Plus as the smartphone as the better shooter.  Winner: Apple iPhone 6

 

3. Internal Components

galaxy note 4 pda

The Galaxy Note 4 CPU is powered by the Exynos 5433 and GPU by the ARM Mali-T760. The Nexus 6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU and the Adreno 420 GPU. Both phones are faster compared to other Android smartphones. The iPhone 6 Plus on the other hand uses Apple’s own dual-core A8 chip which has a 64-bit architecture. In terms of raw performance, the Apple’s processor is noticeably faster. Both the Galaxy Note 4 and the Nexus 6 have 3GB of RAM while the iPhone 6 Plus only has 1GB RAM. In terms of multitasking for you frequently multi-tabbing users, the smartphones with 3GB RAM may offer a better experience. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

 

4. Software

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The Nexus 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus offer its users a less complex software experience. The Nexus 6 is powered by Android Lollipop, and the iPhone has iOs 8. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs on an outdated OS in the form of Android KitKat, but is soon to get an upgrade.  This category is too hard to determine a winner since every user has different needs.  Winner: TIE

 

5. Other Special Features

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offers accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, gesture, UV, heart rate, SpO2, fingerprint scanner, fast charging feature, S Pen – pressure sensitivity has been doubled and has a new calligraphy mode, Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus has Apple Pay via new NFC chip, new Health app, Touch ID for security, Siri, barometer, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor. The Nexus 6 has a longer lasting battery, USB and extended memory support, sharing (guest) mode, and full app control. All in all the Nexus 6 gives you the most control during a time when privacy and sharing is key as well as battery life. Winner: Google Nexus 6

 

With the ongoing tough competition in phablet market, it’s a tough to decide which model is right for you. We hope this brief comparison of the latest phablets can help you determine if one smartphone has a decisive advantage over the others. From what we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gives you the most for the money.

 


 

 

All data sourced from PhoneArena

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National iPod Day: Ode to the Original MP3 Player

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Today, October 23rd is National iPod Day. In late 2001, the very first iPod was made public. Apple cleverly spotted the rise of digital music and the lack of a suitable piece of hardware. For this reason alone, they developed a hard drive based MP3 player. As with their recent computer models, Apple was strategic in the way they designed and marketed their product. From the very start, the iPod was given a sleek, sexy look and its target market was the young, style continuous, and music enthusiasts. Apple created a superb brand with an all-white look, with the white earphones being featured prominently in advertisements.

 

The real outbreak for the iPod happened when Apple launched the 3rd generation iPod in 2003. These units came bundled with Apple’s own iTunes software that was compatible on both Macs and Windows PCs. This opened up a whole new market as they could now tap into the Windows users. To this day, Apple has a an impressive 90% market share of the hard drive based Mp3 player market, and 70% share of the MP3 player market as a whole.

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Apple has managed to keep their grip on the mp3 player market by releasing various versions of the iPod. The main iPod is now in its 5th generation and although the design is quite similar to the original, it has been made more compact and available with much larger storage capacities. The latest models can display color photos, even movies.

 

iPod Mini

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Apple’s first iPod spin off was the iPod mini. This mp3 player was fairly similar to the original although smaller in size. It was the first iPod to be available in different colors and was designed to target a slightly different market.

 

iPod Nano

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Apple decided to discontinue the mini in 2005, to replace it with the ultra-small iPod nano. These units are 62% smaller than the mini players and feature colored screens.

 

iPod Shuffle

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This is another ultra-small iPod and was the first flash drive based iPod. They only have a limited capacity of 512MB or 1GB and do not have a display screen. Users can either listen to the songs on the player in a random order or set a playlist in iTunes.

 

iPod Touch

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Apple unveiled the fifth generation on September 12, 2012. Improvements include a IPS display, 4-inch screen similar to the iPhone 5, Apple’s A5 chip, support for recording 1080p video and panoramic still photos via the rear camera, an LED flash, and support for Apple’s Siri since the iPhone 4S. Unlike older models though, this generation does not have an ambient light sensor.

 

The dominance of the iPod in the mp3 player market can be seen in other industries. In fact, cars are now being designed with docking ports to make it easier to integrate iPods to the in car system. Even clothes manufacturers are designing clothes with special pockets just to hold iPods. All manner of other iPod accessories are being created by various electronics companies.

 

So for National iPod day, let’s also take a moment to remember Steve Jobs, co–founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Thanks to him, we have our favorite tunes at the touch of our fingers right in our pocket.

 


 

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Technology Time Machine [Infographic]

 

Ever wonder what life was like before the advent of modern communications and consumer technology?  So have we.  We put together an infographic of all the popular devices that have advanced modern technology from 1876 to today.

 

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Mobile Security: The Scariest Things About Your Smartphone

 

phone malwareSmartphones are more than just mobile phones. A smartphone is a device with built-in functions of a personal digital assistant – a miniature personal computer. They have revolutionized our on the go lives. However with the prevalence of smartphones and all the benefits they bring, there is also a dark side to these devices. In spirit of the Halloween season, here are 3 of the scariest things about your smartphone:

 

Privacy is Thin

The scariest part of owning a smartphone is that very little information contained in its memory is actually kept private. Though the policies of the internet and service providers often differ, most of them comprise a provision for accessing the information of their users from any corner of the world. Over the years, the news has been full of stories about smartphones loaded with secret software that follows our every move and can easily track keystrokes.

 

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If you own a smartphone, you should know that you’ve basically given up a good chunk of your privacy. Your cellular carrier already has a record of every number you’ve dialed, every SMS you’ve sent, every website you’ve visited, and every place you’ve ever been too. 99% of the apps available on the market access your data for various reasons – make sure the app is worthwhile before approving unnecessary access to your data.

 

Viruses & Malware

Although viruses and malware on smartphones are less prevalent than that of a personal computer, smartphone viruses do in fact exist. However, the vast number of smartphone viruses usually attack jail-broken or modified devices. According to Craig Rosewarne, MD at Wolfpack and founder and chairman at Information Security Group of Africa, “The latest mobile malware statistics are alarmingly high, especially for Android, because it is an open platform.”

 

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Rosewarne also states that while Android has the global market share, the platform is also responsible for 97% of mobile threats detected in 2013. Referencing the latest mobile threat report from online security company F-Secure, he says more than 100,000 variants of malware were found on Android during 2013. “No new malware was found for BlackBerry, iOS or Window.” Rosewarne also warns the public of some “seriously scary” malware out there, this includes strains that can compromise sensitive information, like bank information.

 

Mobile Payment Systems mobile payment banking

We have seen a rise in financial transactions from mobile devices. Whether it is something as simple as sending funds via PayPal, or something more elaborate like scanning checks via your smartphone for bank deposits, never before has money so freely been transferred digitally. That is a scary thing. Just one wrong decimal place, one bug in some software could clear out your account.

 

Is your mobile payment system secure? Banks invest a lot of money into their security to prevent such potential hacking and cellular encryption technologies have made it far more difficult for casual criminals to hacks passwords or information by listening to radio traffic. But as the saying goes, there is no system that is foolproof. When money is “only digital”, that is a definite risk. If you go with digital, you are placing yourself firmly on “the grid”, with the ability to be monitored, tracked, and even hacked.

 

nfc payment

With the advent of Apple’s mobile payment system known as Apple Pay, digital payments will surge in 2015. It utilizes the NFC transmission system, which has been proven to be vulnerable in the past. Apple’s iCloud was recently hacked, which means it is only a matter of time before hackers target Apple Pay.

 

Protect Your Bubble specializes in safe guarding everything in your life, including your smartphone and identity with our protection plans.  We also offer Snap Secure, a free mobile security app, free with our Identity Theft protection plan.

 


 

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Hooray! New Apple iPads and Macs Announced

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Finally, the wait is over. Apple just released everything you wanted and need to know about the new iPad, iPad mini, and iMac.

 

apple truhtAll I’ve been hearing this whole time is iPad 6 this, and iPad Air 2014 that, but finally Apple has confirmed the name iPad Air 2, a 6.1mm thin tablet—the world’s thinnest tablet yet! Apple said it best, “You can stack two iPad Air 2’s, and it’s still thinner than the original iPad.” Now that’s ingenuity for ya! Not to brag or anything…ahem…all you Android users out there, but Apple has sold 225 million iPads around the world and is rated #1 in customer satisfaction, and has 675,000 apps in its iPad app store, which is a huge advantage over their competition. Not to mention Apple announced that its line-up of tablets have the lowest price point on the market, with a reduced price point of $100 across the board. Pre-orders begin today, with the 16GB model starting at $499.

 

1. iPad Air 2

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Display

  • Single component with no air gaps.
  • Reduced internal reflection with anti-reflective coating, which reduces reflections by 56%. Lowest reflectivity of any tablet.
  • Improved retina display.

System

You wanted Indy 500 fast, well Apple delivered with 40% faster CPU performance, which is 12x faster than the original iPad! Apple also built-in an A8X chip specifically for iPad Air 2 with 3B transistors. Calling All Gamers, I repeat, Calling All Gamers, Apple didn’t forget about you, they upped the ante with 10 hours of battery life for non-stop marathon playing and 180x faster graphic performance, bringing engines from desktop gaming to iPad Air 2.

 

Camera

Everything looks sexier in slo-mo. Just imagine Betty White in a bikini running on the beach (there’s a nice visual for ya). Moments like these are made possible with Apple’s addition of slo-mo capabilities for capturing videos at 120 frames per second along with REPLAY a video editing app, which lets users add in motion graphics and music using their iPad. Available for free at the end of October.

  • Edit photos on the device.
  • 8MP camera with 1.12 pixels, ƒ/2.4 aperture.
  • Burst Mode photos to do time laps and high speed action photos.
  • Facetime camera on the front side lets in 80% more light for burst selfies,
  • Improved face detection.

Price & Availability

$499 16GB

$599 64GB

$699 128 GB

+$130 for WIFI + Cellular

 

Bonus: Touch ID

touch id

I am happy to report that one of the most requested features for the next generation of Apple iPad tablets—TouchID, is a go. TouchID on this device lets you to quickly unlock your iPad, it works with iOS 8 developer apps, and it lets you purchase using Apple Pay. Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 will tout this feature.

 

2. iPad Mini 3

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The Lowdown

It’s exactly the same as the iPad Mini 2.  Seriously. What. The only added feature is the Touch ID. Big disappointment. Move along Apple fan boys.

 

Price & Availability: iPad mini 3

16GB $399

$64 GB $499

128 GB $599

 

3. iMac Retina 5K

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Display

Apple’s iMac with Retina display is a force to be reckoned. You have two options to choose from a 21.5 inch or a 27 inch display, but our hearts are with the mammoth 27 incher. This work of art has a 27 in. 5120×2880 display with 14.7 million pixels, making it the world’s highest resolution 5k retina display. It has 7x more pixels than an HD TV, and it’s only 5mm thin! The iMac has 4x more bandwidth, it uses oxide TFT to charge pixels quicker and longer, organic passivation…say that 5x fast… to increase image quality, new backlight technology, and it uses 30% less energy.

 

System

3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon R9 chip M29OX, 8GB memory, 45% faster than previous version, 1TB Fusion Drive, Energy Star 6.1 ratings.

 

Price & Availability

Ships today!

21.5inch $1099

27 inch $1799

 

4. Mac Mini

mac mini Mac Mini has been updated with a faster processor 4th generation Intel Core Processors, graphics Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000, storage, WIFI 802.11ac, 2 thunderbolt 2 ports. Starts at $499, and ships today!

 

Ah, Yosemite OS, if it performs anything like the images suggest then we will all be in Apple heaven. Yosemite and OS8 work together better than ever. All of your documents are synced with iCloud photo library, taking full advantage of Wi-Fi to airdrop files. Apple stressed Continuity of their devices, which makes them aware of each other. It all starts with with a swipe across the screen to transfer files to another. There is also the ability to send and receive text message to any device. During the live cast Apple demo’d what they called “the world of continuity” when using Yosemite. The user can pick up where they left off on the other device by swiping up, and the system knows right where you were in the other document.

 

We were all on the edge of our seats when Apple mentioned the word iCloud, especially with all the flack it received after the incidents with Hollywood’s hottest stars nude picture reportedly being hacked from their iCloud accounts, but Apple put us at ease again flashing all its upgrades including:

  • Vibrant icons
  • Rich Typography
  • Spotlight-taps into sources on the internet, like Wikipedia, which provides answer to your questions without finishing typing
  • Safari is Fast-6x faster than other browsers [3+hours longer!]
  • Maildrop send to up to 5GB files, which are protected on iCloud
  • iWork- productivity suite, a new design, functional update to numbers ability to transpose tables, along with text effects. Available Monday and it’s free.
  • iOS 8.1 free, available Monday
  • iCloud Drive- Access to files across all devices.

 

Apple has officially made it even easier to become a couch potato. As if I need another reason to live a sedentary life. Their new Apple Watch, which is slated for release in early 2015, can be used as a remote. Yes people, a remote! But according to Apple’s “Chief of Secrecy”, Stephen Colbert, Apple needs to hurry up and release the iWatch. Colbert famously said, “You know what I see when I look at my wrist? My wrist! Get to Work!” Our sentiments exactly.

 

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