The Samsung Galaxy name is ubiquitous in the world of Android. We saw the first Galaxy phone back in 2009 but it wasn’t until 2010 did the name mean anything. That was when Samsung launched the first Galaxy S phone, which quickly became the de facto Android phone for many. Over the years, the Galaxy S devices cemented Samsung’s position in the smartphone race, turning it into the market leader that it is today. Fast forward seven years, and the Galaxy S devices are the only ones that can hold their own against the juggernaut that is the iPhone in the market, with millions of devices sold worldwide and no signs of stopping.
Like clockwork, this year we got the Galaxy S8 and, as has now become tradition for Samsung, a larger Galaxy S8+. No doubt these phones will go on to sell in millions again, so it doesn’t really matter what I say here. Still, I have some thoughts to share after using the phone for a few weeks and regardless of whether you choose to buy one, I thought you might want to know more about what is undoubtedly one of the most important smartphones of the year.
In this first part, I will primarily talk about the design of the S8, with subsequent parts dedicated to other individual aspects. I think this way it will be easier and less overwhelming than being faced with several thousand words at once.
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2016 has been a rollercoaster ride. The sort where you go up once and then keep going down all the way until you hit the ground and several people die and there is blood everywhere and the screaming just doesn’t stop…
Anyway, 2016 has also been an interesting year for phones. Apple dropped the headphone jack. Samsung dropped a bomb. And BlackBerry dropped dead. But guess what? Nokia is coming back! Sort of.
Amidst all of this we got some pretty great phones this year. And a few duds. But let’s start with the good ones first before we get to the duds.
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It’s been just five months since OnePlus launched the OnePlus 3. In fact, until a few days ago, the review of that phone was still on the first page of this site. Why, then, is the company releasing an update so soon after the launch of the OnePlus 3? Well, because that’s what it is; an update. I’m sure there will be a proper successor next year but if they had to release a slightly updated version, now is the best time to do it.
Calling the OnePlus 3T a “slightly updated version” is not really doing it any disservice. The original OnePlus 3 was already a superb device so you can imagine how much better an updated version would be, even if the changes are minor.
So what has changed, really? Six things, to be precise: a new color, a faster processor, a larger storage option, a larger battery, a higher resolution front facing camera, and because I’m pedantic, a sapphire glass lens cover for the rear camera.
Now, because I already reviewed the OnePlus 3 in detail in the past, I won’t be diving too deep into it with the 3T, as for the most parts, the two phones are identical. This review will be a quick run-through of everything that’s common while mostly focusing on the things that are new.
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The proliferation of the internet is one of the best things to have happened during our time. But while it has proven to be a brilliantly useful tool, in the wrong hands it has also proven to be quite dangerous. With the increase in online accounts, we have also seen an increase in the number of black hat hacks, where nefarious members of the online community have taken hold of someone’s account for committing internet theft or just to write “haha gay1!!1 l0lz” on their Twitter.
All the online accounts come with a basic form of security, a password. A series of letters, numbers, and special characters that form the first line of defence against people who are not you trying to gain access to your account. This may have been enough a few years ago but with the advent of brute force cracking and social engineering, a password, no matter how complicated, can no longer be trusted to be your only security measure.
Unfortunately, a lot of websites still offer a password as the only security measure for your online account. However, a growing number of websites these days also provide a second, more robust line of defense against hackers, the two-step authentication. This is where you will learn what it is, and why you should have had it enabled even before you read this.
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I was reading this piece on Android Police about the slow demise of the Android tablet. While reading I realized that my own iPad Air has ben doing little more than sitting on my desk and gathering dust for the past year.
Back when the iPad first came out it made sense. It provided a larger canvas for things that the relatively small screens of smartphones back then weren’t suitable for and at the same time it was more portable and easier to use than a computer. This was pretty much Apple’s marketing pitch for the iPad, a device that sits in the gap between the iPhone and the MacBook.
With the passage of time, the displays on the smartphones kept getting bigger and laptops have gotten increasing smaller and lighter. Due to this, the gap that tablets once inhabited has turned into a slit.
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