Google and HTC Collaboration Unveils Nexus 9 – The First Taste of Lollipop

It seems like ages since Google unveiled its first Nexus device. Those who care know that the Nexus brand basically works as a platform used by Google to build devices that show off what Android is made of. While phones have dominated the Android market, the battle has now shifted to screen sizes and this is why Google teamed up with HTC to midwife the Nexus 9.

Because Nexus 7 and 10, the predecessors of Nexus 9 have literally been shuffled off their mortal coils, the Nexus 9 stands on its own pedestal as the sole tablet in the Nexus hardware lineup of Google. Instead of prematurely judging whether this tablet should be given a thumbs up or not, it is important to look at its features.

Hardware

In terms of design, HTC and Google had a deliberate aim to keep the Nexus 9 looking as familiar and as subtle as possible. Looking at the back side of the tablet, you can’t help it but admire the broad and gentle curving expanse of black matte plastic that is punctuated with the Nexus logo at its very center.

The tablet also has an 8 megapixel camera complete with an LED flash prominently positioned in the top left corner. The top and bottom of the 8.9 inch display is framed by a pair of horizontal bezels. The front camera is 1.6 megapixels.

Display and Sound

The screen of this device measures 2048 x 1536. The LCD that comes with Nexus 9 is an excellent screen and compares well with competition. HTCs BoomSound speakers and their impact on sound on this gadget are obviously noticeable. They have plenty of sound and still give you the quality to concentrate on whatever video you are watching.

Software

As the standard bearer of the Android tablet vision of Google, Nexus 9 is a software powerhouse. It is loaded with the new build of Android 5.0 Lollipop. The speed and responsiveness as you swipe through a number of home screens and open apps is amazing. Also, the software allows applications to launch very fast and run smoothly compared to similar devices. The noticeable app performances are courtesy of the Android Runtime abbreviated as ART. The ART replaced Dalvik Runtime which is now old school.

The Camera

Generally, tablet cameras are not seen as a perfect package because they always disappoint. However, Nexus 9 is out to prove its target audience wrong. It comes with an 8 megapixel main back camera and a 1.6 megapixel front camera hence making it selfie-friendly. This device can shoot 1080p footage and it gives quality videos. Sent pics to our professional painter using this and they turned out great.

Performance

Nexus 9 will handle almost anything you throw at it. It runs incredibly smoothly as you poke around to launch the apps. Thanks to the quad-core, Nexus 9 has its pixels pushed towards fluidity.

With a battery life of about 9.5 hours, this tablet is refreshing and its design welcoming.

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a phone whose screen is larger, but doesn’t feel much bigger in the hand thus fitting nicely. Its unique curvature design combined with its waterproof and microSD card slot functionalities make this model much envied compared to its predecessor the Galaxy S6. Need to research Brooklyn movers or a piano mover do it on this phone and it’s is a breeze.

Design

This phone is one that lives and dies by its appearance. The sides of the phone are curved nicely making the phone compact. The size of the screen is 5.5 inch and the dimensions of the phone itself are 150.9 x 72.6 mm. The rear of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge curves into a single metal rim which runs all-round the phones edge thanks to a process known as 3D Thermo Forming. The camera protrusion at the back has been minimized to just 0.42 mm which means it is strong enough to protect the lens, but barely noticeable when placing the phone down.

Screen

The 5.5 inch screen has a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 thus giving it an absolutely pin-sharp looks. This resolution also makes viewing photos and web pages an exceptional experience. The screen also has a side display which you can access by simply swiping your thumb along from the left or right hand side of your phone screen. The Super AMOLED technology makes the phone look premium and its color pop.

Always on Display

Instead of having to wake the phone so as to check notifications or see the time, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge never goes off. As opposed to the belief of many that this is a battery draining function, research has shown that this feature only takes about 0.8% of your power per hour. In this way, you can use your phone as the watch since it is always on.

Superfast Charging

Through Adaptive Fast Charging, this phone works out the best way to get charged as fast as possible. Within 30 minutes, the phone can charge between 35 and 40% of your battery. However, this makes the phone hot. To get the maximum charging, consider turning your phone off. Through wireless charging, the charging speed has also been enhanced. For optimal charging results, use the Samsung charger that comes with the phone.

Fingerprint Scan

To replace the swipe method used in Galaxy S5, this model comes with fingerprint reader. Through the scanner, you can sign stuff on the web. This adds a layer of security and convenience.

 

MicroSD Slot

Samsung has larger capacity of top performing UFS 2.0 internal structure which gives you faster internal storage. You can flick through galleries faster, take photos quicker, and install apps without interruptions. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge gives you over 24 GB of usable memory to play with.

There are two variants of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge; one using Exynos 8890 octa-core CPU and the other running on Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU. Both chips have 4 GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Review

Samsung and Apple have been busy innovating and churning out devices which to the layman look much alike. As a matter of fact, these two brands have been closely watching each other’s moves in order to remain relevant in the market. Apart from running Android, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has lots of things that set it apart from the likes of iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4. The design, weight, and software features are among the other things that endear this gadget to its target audience.

Design

Compared to the Galaxy Tab 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 feels much nicer to hold and it’s light enough to clutch comfortably in one hand. This tablet weighs just 389 grams and 265 grams for the 9.7 and 8 inch versions respectively.

Compared to Apple’s entire line of iPads, this device is noticeably lighter. In terms of dimensions, the 8 inch model measures 199 x 135 x 5.6 mm while the 9.7 inch version measures 237 x 169 x 5.6 mm. The reason why this tablet is lighter is because it’s backed by a soft plastic cover instead of the conventional aluminum shell.

Display

Among smartphones, Samsung arguably has the best displays and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 epitomizes that. Its bright Super AMOLED screen comes with lots of vivid colors complete with a 2048 versus 1536 resolution.

If you are looking for a gadget to enhance your web browsing, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the device to go for because it is relatively wider with a letter paper-sized aspect ratio of 4:3.

Performance

Running Android 5.0.2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 falls between Nexus 9 Tablet and iPad Air 2 with a tablet-defining benchmark score of 4077. Its clock speed makes it a snappy performer thanks to its advanced tablet chipsets.

Internal Storage

The internal storage specs of Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 give it an edge over Apple. While Apple devices begin with 16 GB, Samsung phones and tablets start at 32 GB. This is double the internal storage without coughing extra bucks.

For file-hoarding consumers with gigabits worth of photos, apps and music, this tablet is the absolute winner. Its processor performance is not compromised even under pressure.

Upgradable Operating System

As mentioned above, this tablet comes with Android 5.0.2 which you can easily upgrade to Android 5.1.1. This Android Lollipop version is among the latest releases only second to Android Marshmallow which is making its debut on Nexus 6P, 5X, and other older Nexus devices.

Camera and Battery

The battery capacity for the 9.7 and 8 inch models of this tablet are 5870 mAh and 4000 mAh respectively. The power saving CPU configuration makes this tablet last longer. It takes about 4 hours to charge it completely because sadly, it lacks the fast charging capability.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has an 8 megapixel and 2.1 megapixel back and front cameras respectively. For the money and functionality, this is a good deal.

Samsung Gear S2 Review

Previously, Samsung had some sort of a scattergun approach to wearable devices and it released numerous models that varied in form and functionality. This was a great idea for those who were looking for something that was just different from the lots of similar Android wear devices that had flooded the market.

Today, Samsung has a much better hindsight and its approach to wearable designs is much more cohesive and well thought. The Samsung Gear S2 looks the part and it clearly shows the company went back to the drawing board to craft a truly worth wearable.

The Samsung Gear S2 is an indication that the electronics giant has learnt both from its past successes and failures. The device is comfortable, looks good and its Tizen operating system is perfectly tailored to suit a smartwatch screen. Its interface is also exceptional and makes good use of the tactile rotating bezel.

Display

The Samsung Gear S2 comes with a circular sAMOLED touchscreen which measures 1.2 inches in diameter. Compared to Moto 360 and Huawei Watch, this is a bit smaller. However, its smaller screen does not compromise on its usability. Thanks to its small screen, the resolution of 360 x 360 pixels results into a pixel density of 302 ppi.

In terms of design, the circular displays look much more appealing compared to the square displays seen on Sony Smartwatch 3 and Apple Watch. Compared to the regular AMOLED display, sAMOLED reflects about a fifth as much sunlight thus giving you exceptional viewing even in direct sunlight. With an always on screen option, this wearable gives you an easy way to check time without the need to wake the screen.

Design and Comfort

The Samsung Gear S2 comes in two slightly different models; the classic and standard. While the standard model has a rubber strap complete with a sporty appeal, the classic model looks a bit traditional and comes with a leather strap. The standard model measures 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4 mm while the classic model which is slightly smaller measures 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4 mm. Despite having slightly larger dimensions compared to their closest rivals, these wearables are less bulky and feel much smaller. Its weight of 47 grams makes it comfortable to wear even for extended periods of time.

Battery Life

This wearable is paired with a 250 mAh battery which lasts for 2 to 3 days if the always on display option is turned off and 1.5 days when it is on. At about 5% to flat battery, the device will prompt you to either charge it or activate the battery saving mode that will stretch it a bit longer. It takes about an hour to charge the battery and it also supports the QI wireless charging.

Interface

Just like any other smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2 alerts you whenever you receive emails, texts, as well as other smartphone notifications which you can either interact with or dismiss.

With a one gigahertz processor, an impressive 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage; the Samsung Gear S2 is worth owning because its performance is impressive.

HTC 10 – A Top of the Range Android-Based Smartphone

HTC has been doing lots of innovations and fine tuning the designs of its phones to give them a competitive edge in the market. With every new HTC phone, there is something it can do better compared to previous versions. This is true even for the HTC 10 which according to pundits has a much polished design in addition to its enhanced functionality. This review looks at some of the notable hardware and software features that elevate this phone into a great one.

Design

HTC 10 boasts of aluminum construction coupled with angular edges that give it the industrial aesthetic HTC devices are commonly known for. The phone also has a unibody design which makes it feel solid and further adds to its refined appeal.

Previous HTC models had dual front-facing audio speakers, but this design was done away with in the HTC 10 as the phone comes with a single speaker grille on the top bezel with a home button on the bottom bezel. The home button also doubles as the fingerprint reader.

Software

The HTC 10 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The degree of integration HTC has gone with Google makes virtually every software feature this phone has to be a Google product. For instance, the web browser is Chrome, Play Music is the only music player, and Google photos, is the gallery the phone has.

The HTCs BlinkFeed gives you easy access to news and social network interactions while the playful theme option allows you to customize sections of your interface such as the wallpaper, layout, and app design. The beauty with some of the themes in HTC 10 is that their home screens are not grid line-restricted. This means you can place widgets and apps anywhere.

Sound and Audio

The audio quality of HTC 10 is one of its strongest features. Its dual speakers deliver great sound and when combined with its fancy software technology, its music and movies sound fantastic. Its compatibility with Apple’s AirPlay streaming means you can comfortably stream audio from your handset to an Apple TV as well as other devices that are compatible with Apple’s Wi Fi audio standard.

12 Ultrapixel Camera

The phone camera of HTC 10 takes clear shots and operates smoothly. Both the tap and autofocus work pretty fast and the interface has a brightness meter which allows you to adjust the lighting easily. The optical image stabilization both on the front and back cameras help you to smooth out any quick snapshots, bumpy videos, and rushed selfies.

Fast Processing Performance

Armed with a quad-core, Snapdragon 820 processor, HTC 10 has a much higher clock speed of 2.2 GHz which gives it amazing speed when launching apps, capturing photos, and scanning fingerprints.

The above features combined with its 11 hour 15 minutes 3,000mAh battery, puts the HTC 10 in the league of some of the top Android phones including Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Nexus 6P, and LG G5.