Apple die-hards bristle at the notion that anything could possibly be better than the product they have all but sworn allegiance to. And die-hard Google fans crow about how they have been waiting for someone to come along and point out the 'Emperor has no clothes' when it comes to Apple products.
For many of us, it's a big shrug. But for those with a vested interest, well, this is the biggest debate since Coke or Pepsi. If you don't believe us, check out this video-and let the debate continue.
Researchers from the University of Lincoln and Lancaster University set themselves the task of working this out, having decided that since 90 percent of the population uses one type of phone or the other and that this might help to pigeonhole people.
There is good news if you are a young lady and use an iPhone, because that is what you are supposed to be doing. Likewise if you are an old man and use Android, because again, that is what science has decided might be right.
Of course just because 'science' tell us this is how the gender bias breaks down, doesn't mean you can't be an old man with an iPhone or a young girl with Samsung Galaxy. Rules were made to be broken, and nobody likes to conform. So use the phone you like best and don't worry what people think!
You can read more about the above mentioned study right here.
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Fresh from their exploding gadget debacle, Samsung seems poised to finally deliver on at least some of these promises:
The report in The Investor based in South Korea comes after the iMiD 2016 Display Exhibition that took place in Seoul last week. According to the report, Park Won-sang, an engineer for Samsung's display manufacturing unit, said that the front of next year's phone will be over 90 percent screen. The average display area ratio (which is the percentage of the front of the phone taken up by the screen) of current smartphones is around 80 percent, according to The Investor. If this rumor is true, it would mean that the S8 could feature even more screen than earlier versions of the device. It is unknown how Samsung's famous curved displays would count for this percentage.
But Samsung isn't planning on stopping at 90 percent. According to the same engineer, Samsung could aim for a device that is up to 99 percent screen.
You can click here for more details about the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Specifically, we're referring to the 'Bacon' emoji, but bacon in any form is worth it's weight in gold. The 'Bacon' emoji is just one of 72 different emojis which are coming as part of the next update.
Apple has released a developer preview of iOS 10.2, the next update to its iPhone operating system, and it includes one highly anticipated feature.
The next version of iOS will add the 72 new emoji that were approved by the Unicode Consortium back in June 2016, as part of the Unicode 9.0 update .
These include some emoji that iPhone users have wanted for a long time, such as the shrug, the facepalm, the "feeling sick" face and the "fingers crossed" emoji.
You can read more about the new emojis (including pictures!) coming soon, right here.
iPhone 7 buyers have been reporting vast disparities in processing speed when it comes to different versions of the iPhone 7. For example, the 32GB version (the lowest cost iPhone 7 on the market) is about 200Mbps slower than the 128GB version. This might not seem like much to some users, but when you need that extra bit of processing power, the 200Mbps really matters.
The 128GB iPhone model clocked impressive read speeds of 856Mbps, while the smaller capacity 32GB handset topped-out at 656Mbps.
You can read a more in-depth review here. In the meantime, choose carefully when picking your iPhone 7, especially if speed is of the essence to you.
Samsung has had a decidedly bad year. Expliding smartphones by one of the world's leading smartphone manufacturers is bound to have a negative effect on the manufacturer. And replacement phones that subsequently also exploded just added insult to injury.
However, all is not doom and gloom for Samsung. In fact, the company's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7 is still considered one of the best Android smartphones on the market today.
In fact, in a head-to-head match-up with the Apple iPhone 7, the Galaxy S7 often takes the lead:
There is only one choice for Trusted Reviews: the Galaxy S7 - and by quite a margin. "We weren’t expecting the Samsung Galaxy S7 to win this battle quite so comfortably" says the site, which argues the iPhone 7 can't keep up with the Galaxy S7's display. The Samsung phone is a little tougher too with its IP68 water and dustproof rating, it adds, and there's no fiddling around with adaptors if you want to use a headphone.
You can read the complete comparative review between the Apple iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 right here.
Everyone has been talking about the new features (or lack thereof) the iPhone 7 offers; comparing camera definition, texting speed, ability to Snapchat, etc., etc. But when you get right down to it, what really matters when it comes your smartphone are the technical specifications. These technical details are not always the liveliest reading, but they do make the difference. The devil is in the details, you know.
Now to be fair, it’s not as if the iPhone 7 outperformed every single smartphone out there across all categories. With respect to battery life, for example, the iPhone 7 Plus had some stiff competition. With respect to battery life while browsing the web on LTE, the iPhone 7 Plus came in fourth, ranking behind the Huawei Mate 8, the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy Note 7 (RIP).
That aside, AnandTech’s overall impression of the iPhone 7 was remarkably and persuasively positive. If you’re looking for a broad yet incredibly detailed look into how the iPhone 7 measures up in terms of performance, battery life, camera architecture, video performance and more, the review is well worth checking out in its entirety.
You can read more about the iPhone 7 technical breakdown here, and exactly what it means for users like you.
Not everyone is a fan of Apple or their iPhone devices. It's about an even split between iPhone users and those who prefer Android phones. The two camps enjoy some gentle teasing at times, but nothing so severe as attacks on the others well-being.
That might end now. At least for employees of one company in China whose CEO issued a memo telling employees that anyone who buys an iPhone 7 will be fired. Nobody has bought an iPhone 7, and nobody has been fired as a result of buying an iPhone, but the company did indeed confirm the memo was written and distributed company-wide.
The company, Nanyang Yongkang Medicine Company, says the memo reflected their interests in preserving the well-being of its employees, instead encouraging them to spend money on their family and futures. Not to spend the nearly $800 needed to enrich Apple for each iPhone 7 sold.
And apparently other companies have started to follow suit:
A hospital in China has also taken an anti-iPhone stance, and banned workers from buying the iPhone 7. While it’s not threatening anyone’s job, it does say Apple fans with an iPhone 7 in their hand won’t get a good appraisal in the future, may miss out on pay increases, and will be advised to return the device. It was a response to a member of the hospital’s team that had spent three months wages on an iPhone 7.
Apple has been working with iPhone 6 users to sort these problems out on a case by case basis, but the fact their iPhone 6 does indeed bend is like a bad penny that Apple executives keep tripping over.
Apple appears to be aware of faulty touchscreens on some iPhone 6 units, even if it isn't saying so publicly. And the two-year-old "bendgate" controversy is likely to blame. According to a report by Motherboard's Jason Koebler, Apple's technical support Genius staff at Apple stores have been told about the so-called "touch disease" issue that causes the iPhone 6 touchscreen to stop working.
You can read more about the issue haunting Apple Genius Bar workers right here. Or, you could just upgrade to the iPhone 7 like a true Apple fan.