The newest Samsung flagship release should not be any news for an Apple user like me, but the newest Android superstar has me doubting my Mac loyalty. I have lived my life with one limb permanently attached to my iPhone, and I’ve never really considered changing my ways, until now.
I am a one-man woman and in so many ways, the iPhone has been that man in my life — a constant companion, useful and accommodating my every need, and aesthetically pleasing (i.e., very sexy!).
Surely, I had it all, but the newest Samsung Galaxy S8 has me doubting my unfettered love.
What could possibly make a girl doubt the longest tech relationship she has ever had? Well…
The Galaxy S8 is a beautiful piece of machine
It’s sleek and classy. To my mind, Android phones have always been a step down from Apple’s simple, elegant designs, but Samsung has outdone itself this time.
There is no border on the screen, meaning more display space
While tech people call this a “bezel-less design,” Samsung calls it “infinity display.” The curved screen means there are no borders, no edges, no limits — as it should be in love and life. (Let this phone be an example of how one should transcend norms!)
It fits perfectly in the palm of my hand
Now, I’ve written extensively about how my tiny girly hands have clashed with the general movement towards bigger smartphones, but even with a bigger screen size compared to the Galaxy S7, this phone fits in my hand perfectly and comfortably.
And it has the prettiest cases!
These custom-built “bikini bumpers” have different “tops” and “bottoms” that you can mix and match. It attaches on both ends of the S8 for protection without having to sacrifice showing off the infinity display.
The S8 is not only pretty…
As with men, looks help but substance is definitely important. I don’t want just a phone, I want a smart phone (again, also applicable to men).
The Galaxy S8 delivers.
The camera is more than just a camera
Samsung’s newest Vision Interface allows you to access instant information from sights you capture. It’s instant information at the tip of your fingers.
Wine nights will never be the same! A quick scan of the label gives you information on the bottle to dazzle your date with.
Vision Interface also allows you to do a quick scan for landmark places, shopping items, or even foreign language translation.
And speaking of cameras…
It has built-in stickers!
Because it is imperative that one looks cute, always.
One look is all it takes
The phone’s iris scanner unlocks the phone just like that. Finally, eye contact that has results!
It has dual bluetooth audio capabilities
You know, to make space for a real man in my life (but I had to content myself with a girl friend for this photo purpose).
It’s also water-resistant
But, really, that doesn’t matter because this phone will never make you cry.
The S8 can be your phone in desktop form
The Samsung DeX transforms your smartphone into a desktop setup. Simply plug it into the optional dock and voila!
Do anything you can do on your phone with a physical keyboard and a bigger screen — because sometimes, size does matter.
It has fast wireless charging
Because in 2017, everything should be fast and unattached.
Samsung may have finally created the iPhone killer in the S8, but only time can tell if this newest release would live up to expectations.
One thing is for sure, though: The Samsung Galaxy S8 is on fire — but not literally.
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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on: Best phone of 2018?
Huawei outdoes itself again
In an industry where incremental updates are the new norm, Huawei manages to wow us again — barely a year after the release of the P20 Pro. The Chinese company is back with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro which might just be the best among the best this year.
In this video, we go over the phones’ new designs, updated cameras, and new memory card format. We also go through the differences between the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.
Huawei Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Pro: What are the differences?
Price isn’t the only factor
Huawei has once again launched two flagships phones at the same time; one comes with a Pro moniker, while the other does not. Like before, there are some significant differences between the Mate 20 pair to take note of.
One obvious difference is in their displays. While the Mate 20 Pro goes for a notched 6.39-inch 1440p curved HDR OLED display — certainly a mouthful — the regular Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch 1080p RGBW HDR LCD with a much smaller notch.
The Pro model justifies the larger notch by housing a more complex camera system for secured facial recognition, but if that doesn’t matter to you, the regular variant’s Dew Drop notch may be more appealing — and definitely less intrusive.
In addition, the Mate 20 Pro’s OLED tech allows it to curve the edges and equip an in-display fingerprint scanner. It’s essentially the more modern-looking design of the pair.
Since both models have Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset installed, pure performance is virtually identical. The Pro and non-Pro also share the same memory and storage configuration of 6GB and 128GB, respectively, although the plain Mate 20 has a more affordable 4GB memory variant available, too.
Another minor difference: The 4200mAh capacity of the Mate 20 Pro, along with the more energy-efficient OLED, provides it with potentially longer battery life than what the Mate 20’s 4000mAh capacity and LCD panel offer.
A more significant advantage for the Mate 20 Pro is its inclusion of a 40W SuperCharge adapter in the package — noticeably better than the 22.5W output of the Mate 20’s. Plus, the Pro version can charge other phones wirelessly using wireless reverse charging tech.
Perhaps, you’ll care most about the difference in camera quality and performance. While it’s too early to make photo and video comparisons, an initial look at specs shows that the Mate 20 Pro may have an edge.
There are three modules in place for the Pro: One is a 40-megapixel main camera, another has 20 megapixels and an ultra-wide lens, and the final unit offers 8 megapixels with 3x optical zoom
As for the Mate 20, its main camera has only 12 megapixels, the ultra-wide shooter settles for 16 megapixels, and the 8-megapixel telephoto camera goes up to only 2x optical zoom.
Despite the larger notch of the Mate 20 Pro, they share the same 24-megapixel selfie camera.
Pricing and colors
This part largely depends on where you reside, but in an ideal setting, all five colors — Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, and Black — should be available for both models.
Pricing is another matter, and it again depends per region. In Europe, the Mate 20’s 4GB+128GB configuration retails for EUR 799 and its 6GB+128GB model goes for EUR 849. The Mate 20 Pro’s sole 6GB+128GB variant costs EUR 1,049, making it more expensive by EUR 250 and EUR 200, respectively.
In Singapore, the Mate 20’s 6GB+128GB setup retails for SG$ 998, while the Mate 20 Pro is at SG$ 1,348 — a difference of SG$ 350.
Huawei Mate 20 series first to have Nano Memory Card
Could this become a trend?
Aside from introducing a host of flagship features to the freshly minted Mate 20 series, Huawei also introduced a new memory card standard, simply named Nano Memory Card.
It’s available on both the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, and it effectively replaces the microSD slot we’ve become so accustomed to. The question is: What’s so special about it?
The simplest answer is that it has the same size as the nano-SIM card inside any smartphone today. Because of the identical dimensions, the secondary card slot doesn’t have to be designed differently, like what has been done for microSD cards.
In the case of the Mate 20 series, the removable card tray has back-to-back slots: one for the nano-SIM, and the other for either another nano-SIM or separate Nano Memory Card.
As of writing, Huawei will be offering 128GB and 256GB NM Cards, with speeds of up to 90MB/s. They’re hoping it’ll become the new standard, and are producing adapters for additional compatibility.
It’s certainly a more efficient way of adding physical storage to a handset, and allows manufactures like Huawei to use the saved space for other features, like a large battery.
Looking ahead, it seems only logical for other smartphone brands to follow suit, but that would mean consumers would have to buy into a whole new standard and let go of their microSD cards.
The same thing happened with the introduction of the USB-C port, wherein users had to replace their micro-USB cables for the newer, more intuitive system. It’s been a gradual process, but definitely rewarding.
It’ll take a while before we find out if this will become a trend, but for now, we should appreciate Huawei’s courage in taking the first, big step.
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