Smart Phones, Technology

Essential Checklist For Mid-Range Smartphones

‘The more you get to know, the more you desire to know’- this has been the effect of advancing technology in our lives, the present generation is totally into a ‘smart-gadget-centric’ life. Rural or urban irrespective of the locale, mobile phones are spreading like a wild fire. The smartphones have almost washed off the traces of the landlines and even the older cell phones. The best part is that, the top brands are aiming at the markets with their affordable mid-range smart phones along with the high-end ones, thereby winning the mediocre crowds. Nevertheless, the premium range smartphones from companies like Apple, Google and Samsung never fail to dominate the smartphone markets across the globe.  

Must-haves in a mid-range smartphone 

There is a crowd which only understands the high range smartphones with certain brand labels. Yet again the mid-range smartphones are fetching pretty good revenue owing to their ‘affordable luxury’ content to the smartphone companies. Lenovo, LeECo, Panasonic, mid-range smartphones are pouring in from several brands, and if we go by the numerical figures, about 19 new smart phones are being launched in a couple of months. So, while you choose your mid-range smartphone, do keep a check on the following mandates. 

Operating system: Android, iOS or Windows- each offers a special set of features. And yes, all variants of iPhones are not as expensive as the newer versions- so you can check out the iOS features without fearing a cash crunch. Android is perhaps, the most common and popular one if you go by the mediocre crowd, yet people never fall out of love with the smoother user-interface of iPhones. Windows itself is a unique one, coming with its own cloud storage system. Owing to the pricing by various brands, you can opt for any of the operating system fitting into your mid-range budget. 

Display: The foremost thing for a smart phone to pass off as a good one is its display. A proper display obviously caters to convenient usage of your smartphone. Check for the display technology and picture resolution listed in the detailed features while deciding on your smartphone model. If not the pocket burning ‘retina display’ of iPhones, you can go for one with a minimum of 300ppi pixel density and a resolution as high as 1280 by 720, for the optimum picture clarity. 

Battery Life: Smartphones are nothing without the mobile applications. Gaming, texting, sharing photographs, videos and audios, video calling, storing presentations, spreadsheets, word documents and to top it all off the e-transactions – our smartphones serve us in numerous ways. But, what if the battery exhausts in the mid of a hectic day, wherein you have important documents saved in your smartphone? You cannot afford to wait for your phone to switch on in the middle of a meeting. So, while ticking the mobile apps off your checklist, do make sure you have the battery life at the top of your checklist. Look for 2000mAh battery feature for the least, so that you can rely on your smartphone for a day of moderate use. 

Storage: While deciding on your purchase of smartphone, storage should be atop your checklist. With apps like Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp, we do need a smartphone with a greater internal memory. Also, saving Word documents and Power Point presentations take up a lot of space. But all thanks to the cloud storage systems like Google Drive, Drop Box and Microsoft Sky Drive, relying on which we can go for the mid-range smartphones with a decent internal storage. Also, you can go for those smart phones that offer expandable memory. 

Out of all, the Android smartphones have commendably accommodated a good number of features within the mid-range budget. Newer brands like Lyf and Honor are peeping from amidst the popular brands where the mid-range smartphones are concerned. So, you need not always go with the popular expensive brands, go with greater set of features for smartphones instead.

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Smart Phones, Technology

Why the iPhone 7 meant zero to me?

A little bit about technology first

The fascination for technology has gripped even common men nowadays. They’re no longer restricted to mad scientists who know how to get glass and metal together to create a device that can voice out directions to a car driver. Nor is it interesting for rich, flamboyant Tony Stark admirers who have a lot of money to invest in gadgets of the future. It can be found in varying degrees in all spheres of life – transportation, accommodation, shopping, medical treatments, entertainment, laundry, banking, and even cooking!

Examples of technological advancements:

Proof of technology being so important can be found in several instances.

•  India switched to demonetization and cashless payment options swiftly enough thanks to the surprise move on the part of our PM, Narendra Modi. He wanted to ensure Indians embrace the world of technology and is known to be quite active on social media platforms himself in order to encourage the youth to follow his steps.

  There are several celebrities who have their own line of emojis to select from. So, what’s common between Ellen DeGeneres and Kim Kardashian? They’ve been immortalized via emojis, of course!

  Ask a bunch of friends what their next holiday destination is, and you’ll likely hear them mention a place about 300-400ksms away. Then ask them how they are planning to and from there? A long drive would be most likely be suggested by them. And then ask them if they know the route to the destination well enough to manage the drive, and you’ll be reminded of smart apps like GPS, Google Maps, and artificial intelligence aids such as Siri and Cortana!

•  There are several brands that have taken initiatives to support the women of the country in their fight against sexual abuse. One such brand in Sonata, the maker of some of the finest watches in India, and belong to the Titan Group. The technology in the watch is such that upon pressing one of the buttons on the side of its rim twice, a silent alarm is sent to the 10 contacts which would have been pre-filled by the watch owner. The SOS would be accompanied by a message and an indication of the location of the lady, so the contacts can reach her as quickly as possible and offer her help.

The very smart phones

Gone are the days when you had to root through your wallet or purse and find money to buy even small things such as paan and food items. With the help of e-Wallets such as Paytm and MobiQwik, one can make these payments using a smartphone. This has proven to be a real boon in these days of demonetization and scarcity of money in banks and ATMs. Smartphones are no longer just devices that can take good quality pictures, which can be used to answer and make phone calls, to send text messages, and to set your morning alarm. There is so much more to do with them. Which is perhaps why all smartphone manufacturing companies are in a fierce competition amongst themselves to find the latest innovation they can to make their phones the best in the market.

Forget the size of the screen and sound quality. People now want their phones to be able to multi-task flawlessly, handle a number of functions at any given time, and have a decent battery life. In this world of cut-throat competition, Apple Inc. has managed to retain its niche position, although it’s had its shares of a few downs in the recent past.

The iPhone hype

iPhone is, undoubtedly, one of the steeply priced phones you can find in the market. Many rival companies have seen their price tags and used them as benchmarks to price their own products, although they may not have cost that much to manufacture. But iPhones have a special edge to them and command such a high price even today, although the market is flooded with cheaper phones loaded with several features.

 iPhones look sleek and smart, right from its initially launched model. Even the other products of Apple (tabs, iPods, and accessories) have a polished look about them.

 There are several technologies invented by the Apple family in its formative years. They were known to design phones that looked not only great but also performed seamlessly a number of functions that could only be imagined by a number of competitor brands.

•   It was one of the first phones that efficiently helped people have a fully functional internet based device in their hand which could be used for anything – iTunes, emails, photographs, sharing videos and photos, and much, much more.

•   iPhones come with a number of apps that can be used for several purposes, all available in the App Store. But what most don’t know is that Apple introduced the App Store concept, which was later copied by non-Apple based phones. Now, no matter what the OS (operating system) of the phone may be, there is a collection of apps to select from (PlayStore, for example).

•   While it is true that Apple charges its customers a fee for the applications it had copyrights to, it helps customers keep away from virus attacks, spam, and malware very effectively. Most of the apps available are nominally charged and have some of the best performance ratings. For example – iTunes.

•   iPhones are known to have some of the best speaker and picture qualities.

•   Innovation has been the mantra at Apple for many years now. Many people agree that the company played it safe with the iPhone 7 and 7s release, which basically a slightly modified version of iPhone 6 and 6s. One of the most notable features of this phone is the absence of the headphone jack. Instead, Apple introduced AirPods that can transmit sounds from the device to a person wirelessly. One of the most important reasons for getting rid of the headphone jack was because Apple is currently working hard to make it phone sleeker and packed with more features.

So why not the iPhone 7?

By now, you would have realized that Apple and its devices hold a fascination for me. So, why did I choose to give the iPhone 7 and its sibling 7s a miss? The reason is simple – iPhone 8. After reading some of the facts made available in the market about it already, you’d probably agree with me.

1.   It will incorporate the OLED display that has already taken the world by storm and now, Apple is ready to thrill their customers even more with it.
2.   It will have a faster A11 processor.
3.   It most likely will have a curve-edged, super cool glass body, WITHOUT a home button.
4.   Forget about the bezels (rims that you find at the edge of many devices which have a display panel, such as watches and of course, smartphones). Apple has plans to instead integrate the camera and Touch ID technology in the display screen.
5.   Get ready to experience quicker and wireless charging.
6.   Improved biometric recognition software, such as iris and/or face scanning.
7.   The screen size is probably going to be 5.8”, but given the popularity iPhone SE enjoyed, there may be smaller 4.5” – 4.7” screens that may also be released along with the bigger screen version.
8.   This being the 10th year since iPhones were launched in the markets on one fine, September evening, the one released this year has been touted to be an innovation-stocked phone that will probably be priced at around $849.

All of the details given about pertinent to the upcoming iPhone this year are speculations. But they seem extremely promising. So, here’s to a new year, and a brand-new technology-rich iPhone to all of us!

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