Category Archives: Phones

iOS7 Turn On and Turn Off

iOS7

If you’re still one of those who have not updated your Apple handheld device with the new iOS7, this post will help you decide whether the update turns you on or turns you off.

12 Turn On Reasons

So what’s new with iOS7? What makes it different from previous operating systems, particularly iOS6? These will definitely turn you on!

  1. Control Center. This feature offers you access to controls and apps in seconds.
  2. AirDrop. It’s a smart way to share files and lets you drop all types of files easily. The gadget performs tasks needed to share the file including utilizing WiFi and Bluetooth. No setup required.
  3. Today. It’s a new feature of the Notification Center which provides a summary of everything you need to know today including the weather, birthdays, and more.
  4. All and Missed. This view (still on the Notification Center) reminds you of stuffs you haven’t attended to such as missed calls, shared files, and so on.
  5. Multitasking. It’s new and improved and empowers you to perform various tasks on your device all at the same time.
  6. Intelligent updates. Automatic updates are processed during power efficient moments so your device isn’t drained of battery.
  7. Graphic Rich. Check out the uber zooming capability which may literally make you feel sick, in a good way that is.
  8. iTunes Radio (US only). It plays radio stations based on your preferred music genre. Keep on listening to automatically tune the player according to your music preference.
  9. Find My iPhone. It won’t be your phones keeper but this will at least make it more difficult for anyone else other than you to use or sell your device.
  10. Coming soon – iCloud Keychain and iOS in the Car. The former saves login information while the latter keeps you focused when driving once the phone had been connected and integrated with your vehicle’s dashboard.
  11. Hidden Features. Scour the web for various hidden or secret features available on this OS.
  12. Improved features for camera, photos including iCloud photo sharing, Safari, Siri (now searches Wikipedia and Twitter), App Store (new kids section and the Apps Near Me feature that shows apps relevant to your location), and features for business and developers.

The iOS7 is compatible with the iPad 2, iPad retina display, iPad mini, iPod touch 5th gen, and the iPhone (4, 4s, 5, and the new models 5s and 5c).

Major Turn Offs

Despite amazing features, the iOS7 also comes with major turn offs. One of which include a very slow update, your phone might end up battery dead before it’s completed, not to mention error messages. Speaking of dead, some users in forums claim that the update had rendered their iPhone literally dead where it won’t hold a charge no matter what charger is used until the phone is completely drained of battery and powers off for good.

Among other complaints as featured on ZDNet includes lag time, lesser sensitivity to touch, inconsistent keyboard, Siri’s hoarse voice, unappealing color scheme, too enlarged notification panel, and more.

Turn On or Turn Off?

So based on the features and issues listed above, are you turned on or turned off by the iOS7?

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

iphone 5c

We’ve talked about the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c long before there were any. Last month, the rumors were confirmed as both phones have been announced by Apple.

Most speculations about these phones we’ve scoured all over the web as documented in this post iPhone 2013 Rumors: iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and More actually came true, especially when it comes to specs.

iPhone 5c

Some say “c” stands for “cheap” since the phone is the most affordable iPhone ever. Prices start at $99 for the 16GB version and $199 for the 32GB. The letter may also stand for chunky. The phone is bulkier than all other iPhones. But Apple says it pertains to colors because the 5c is available in colorful designs including white, pink, yellow, blue, and green. But in relation to being inexpensive, many also ridicule this model as being a poor man’s iPhone.

The rest of the specs can be found on the iPhone 5c page at the Apple website.

iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s on the other hand can be comparable to what happened last year when the iPhone 4s was announced instead of the highly anticipated iPhone 5. The 5s offers more exciting colors though including silver, space gray, and the highly celebrated and daring gold color.

The rest of the specifications are available on the iPhone 5s page at the Apple website.

Comparison

The 5c is relatively bigger and heavier than the 5s considering the fact that it’s made from plastic. But in terms of features, the 5s obviously offers better specs including the A7 processor and fingerprint or touch ID sensor which is something new and innovative.

The full comparison chart for the 5s and 5c is available on this page.

So what type of iPhone person are you? Are you the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 5s type?

Top 5 U.S. Mobile Phones for Christmas Gifts 2012

iphone-4s

Christmas Day 2012 is approaching. Are you looking for a Christmas gift or present for your girlfriend or boyfriend or for your boys or girls?

These are the best 5 mobile phones you can choose from.

Apple iPhone 4S

Apple iPhone 4S is an amazing mobile phone which looks similar to the iPhone 4 but it has upgraded features including Dual-core A5 chip with up to 2x faster performance and 7x faster graphics, iOS 5, an 8 megapixel sensor camera with all-new optics, 1080p HD video recording, iCloud, and Siri to make calls, send texts, set reminders ormore. The iPhone 4S is available at $199, $299, and $399 respectively for 16GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S2

Samsung Galaxy S2 is one of the slimmest cell phones and features dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm, just a little bigger than the iPhone 4S (whose is 11.5 x 58.6 x 9.3mm). It also offers a beautiful display with elegant looks. The Samsung Galaxy S II is available at $199, $299 and $399 respectively for 16GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models with two-year contracts.

 

HTC Rezound

As one of the fastest Android phones on Verizon, HTC Rezound is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with dual flash at the top (back), a 2-megapixel front-facing camera on the upper right, a 3.5mm audio jack, a 4.3-inch screen displaying 720p HD Video (1280 X 720 resolution), 1.5GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. With HTC Rezound, you can listen to music the way the artist intended. You get the Rezound from Verizon for $299 with a two-year contract.

 

Nokia Lumia 800

The Nokia Lumia 800 is a fantastic and slick smart phone with Windows phone software and features a stunning style, feature-packed software and great usability. With Nokia Lumia 800, you gain access to social networking, browsing the Internet, enjoying photos and videos, or more.

Samsung Galaxy Note

As an Android smartphone and tablet computer, Samsung Galaxy Note was introduced by Samsung in 2011 which bridged the gap between other Galaxy-series smartphones such as the Galaxy S II and tablets such as the Galaxy tab. It is a mobile phone and tablet. The Galaxy Note is equiped with a 1.4GHz processor, runs oon Android Gingerbread, and has 16GB internal storage.

*Note, the article was intended for 2012 but still works for this Christmas 2013.