On paper, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ seems to have it all. It is definitely an impressive smartphone featuring a beautiful punch-hole Infinity-O display, oodles of RAM and storage, a versatile camera, and more. But every Samsung smartphone in the past has been equally impressive on paper. How does the Galaxy S10 actually fare in real-life use?
In an ideal world, of course, there would be more than two contenders for any major buying decision. In smartphones, Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile have been left to wither by Microsoft, Blackberry OS 10 got canned a few years ago, and the mass of ‘alternative’ phone operating systems comprise a fraction of one percent of all phone sales and can be ignored completely. But I do find the opposing worlds of iOS and Android fascinating. In some ways similar – both have app launchers and support all modern apps – but in other ways worlds apart, in terms of flexibility and openness. Can there be an overall winner?
Mophie has been making after-market battery add-ons for the iPhone for years, of course, but recent experiences here with the iPhone 6s Plus, 7 Plus and 8 Plus have led me to investigate the latest Juice Pack Air designs. These ‘Plus’ iPhones have largish batteries and should give a day’s full use, but in practice iOS 11 can suck even these dry on a big day out and which of us hasn’t had issues eking out the last few percent battery on the train home from a concert? The Juice Pack Air is a premium all-in-one solution, with some obvious advantages… and disadvantages.
Timing isn’t everything. At least, not for Apple. It’s trying to prove that again with its first smart speaker, the HomePod. The question is, will it work this time around?
You can see why Apple went for the ‘X’ name for the flagship 2017 iPhone – it represents a whole new generation of hardware design and is completely worthy of the ‘X’ (or ‘Ten’) moniker, released for the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. This isn’t just rhetoric, either. Having used the iPhone X full time for a number of days, it’s a genuinely jaw-dropping piece of high tech – there’s almost nothing it can’t do and it’s stunningly beautiful as well. With only a couple of caveats along the way, here’s why you might want to dip so deeply into your wallet after all.
Back in 2007, the Apple iPhone was a triumph of futuristic UI over actual functionality, but year on year the iPhone has caught up and largely surpassed the competition. In the early days, Symbian-based Nokias, latterly Android-based flagships from a dozen manufacturers. And the iPhone 8 Plus, in terms of imaging, internals, and fit and finish, knocks just about everything into a cocked hat, at least until the iPhone X is available in a month or two.
HomeKit-enabled devices and accessories are so convenient and flexible, but a major downside is usually the price. That even includes smart bulbs – Philips Hue bulbs are often $50 per bulb, which adds up quickly. Koogeek thinks it has a solution to this problem.
Despite being a new toy for all of us involved in tech to play with, Snap Spectacles have become quite well known through the mainstream. It’s not because they’re popular just yet, but because of how bewildering they are. I admit when I first heard the plans for this product, I didn’t have much faith in them. Now that they’re widely available, I’ve gotten a chance to play with them a little bit.
Opera recently released one of the most unique desktop browsers we’ve seen in many years. Opera Neon is a proposed glimpse in the future — it’s where Opera sees web browsers eventually heading. It has an entirely different user interface with some unique multitasking features and the overall experience is quite intriguing.
The Jaybird X3 wireless headphones ultimately deliver excellent sound quality with a fun companion app, a snug and customizable fit, and great battery life. Plus, at only $129.99, they’re $50 less than when the X2 came out — and those didn’t even include the comply foam ear tips. For this price, the value here truly shines. All of these factors combined elevate Jaybird X3 to the top choice wireless headphones for athletes.