Android? Or an iPhone? Seriously, do you really want to know?

Android? Or an iPhone? Seriously, do you really want to know?

In February next year it’ll be exactly 15 years since this website came into being. I was, for many months before that, writing all this stuff on another domain. A free stick of chewing gum if you remember that far back.

If I’m honest, after you’ve seen the insanity of the mobile market and the sometimes painfully short lifespan that brands, manufacturers and operating systems have, it sends you a bit crazy.

Well. It’s either that or it’s the 192 battery packs, Bluetooth speakers, headphones and random gadgets I’ve reviewed in the last year. Yes. Maybe that.

No, wait. I know what it is. It’s when people get to know you as “the guy that knows about phones” and they ask you that question. You know the question. The question. The only question..

“Which is better really? iPhone or Android?”

 

Android? Or an iPhone? Seriously, do you really want to know?

 

Pfff…  well.. late last night the video below was sent to me and, as I was mid-way through a review, it generally hit the spot and answered the question.

I don’t experience it a great deal personally, but there’s a definite air of fanboyism with the Android and iOS operating systems. Both have their strengths, both have their weaknesses, but for the majority of people – unless you’ve used and locked yourself into an ecosystem quite heavily – it really doesn’t matter which OS you go for.

So that brings me to the video. It’s by someone called Marc Rebillet and contains lots of swearing and a bit of vulgarity, but I think it’ll be my default response the next time someone asks me that question.

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  • AT&T Adds Private Content Management for Mobile Box Users

    DALLAS, Texas — Oct. 30, 2017 — AT&T* is collaborating with Box to provide an integrated private content management solution utilizing NetBond® for Cloud. This solution is an expansion of the alliance with Box, and now offers a highly secure, private connection for both wireless and wireline users. This means data can be accessed without ever touching the internet.

    The digital transformation and adoption of mobile is changing the way that people do business. AT&T’s integrated private management solution takes the complexity out of managing connectivity and security requirements necessary for a mobilized workforce. It provides highly secure, simple access to data regardless if the employee is in the field or working from a home office. AT&T manages the solution so users can more safely and easily collaborate practically anywhere — all on the AT&T network.

    AT&T is the only provider to offer end-to-end private connectivity solutions for wireless and wireline endpoints to Box users. The solution utilizes NetBond® for Cloud to automatically scale bandwidth to accommodate peak traffic loads. It also routes traffic from all devices and locations directly to Box’s secure infrastructure.

    “Today Box’s cloud content management platform is driving digital transformation for more than 75,000 businesses, accelerating collaboration and automating business processes in nearly every department and industry,” said Aaron Levie, cofounder and CEO of Box. “Through our new solution with AT&T we’re continuing to raise the bar for security and mobility, ensuring our enterprise customers can give their teams access to their content virtually anywhere, anytime.”

    Wireless and wireline users can access their Box data without connecting to the public internet. By remaining off internet, a customer’s traffic more efficiently flows between end points, improving the end user experience. This helps businesses simplify their connectivity options and enhances security of their assets.

    “Businesses today need…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    AMD's Ryzen Mobile Processors Supercharge Laptops

    AMD has officially unveiled its first Ryzen mobile processors (or APUs as the company calls these CPU plus GPU chips), complete with some impressive benchmarks showing them outpacing Intel’s latest 8th-gen offerings for laptops.

    The wraps were taken off the Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U, both of which are quad-core processors with eight-threads and integrated Radeon Vega Graphics.

    The 2700U has a base clock speed of 2.2GHz with boost to 3.8GHz, and 10 CUs (compute units). The 2500U drops things back a bit to a base clock of 2GHz with boost to 3.6GHz, along with 8 CUs. Both have a default TDP of 15W.

    Naturally, the focus is on powerful performance, but also on power-efficiency, which is always a major concern when it comes to notebooks and battery life.

    On the speed front, AMD provided a range of benchmarks to demonstrate the power of the new Ryzen chips.

    In Cinebench R15 nT (CPU multi-thread performance), the Ryzen 7 2700U hits a score of 719 compared to Intel’s Core i7-8550U (latest-gen) mobile processor (in an Acer Spin 5 notebook) which scores 498.

    The AMD chip also wins with the PCMark 10 Extended benchmark hitting 163% over and above the performance of the AMD FX-9800P (which is picked as a baseline measure), compared to 133% for Intel’s CPU. The 8550U, however, wins at PassMark 9 to the tune of 188% plays 176%.

    AMD further boasts that apps launch much faster with these new processors compared to the FX-9800P, with image editor GIMP, for example, starting around 40% faster with both the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 chips.

    Gaming Goodness

    So, what about gaming benchmarks — how much impact does the integrated Radeon Vega Graphics subsystem make? AMD performed the following benchmarks with an HP Envy x360 laptop with a Ryzen 7 2700U processor and 8GB of system RAM (using…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Apple Watch Can Be a Critically Helpful Medical Device

    I went into a test drive of the Apple Watch Series 3 thinking it could be a real game changer for diabetes management. Now I’m thinking it should be considered by anyone with a chronic illness.

    I’ll tell you why in a sec.

    First, the most important Series 3 feature for people with diabetes isn’t available yet, but it will be soon, maybe within the next few months, after the Food and Drug Administration gives its blessing.

    I have Type 1 diabetes — the autoimmune kind, not the more common Type 2 typically associated with obesity. Like many Type 1s, I wear a sensor on my abdomen called a continuous glucose monitor to measure my blood sugar level.

    This technology has been around for about a decade, but it’s only within the last few years that the accuracy of continuous glucose monitors has gotten good enough to count on.

    Here’s how it works: My sensor, made by San Diego’s Dexcom, sends my glucose numbers to my iPhone, which in turn transmits them to my Pebble smartwatch for easy viewing. Very convenient.

    Soon, however, the Series 3 will cut the iPhone out of the equation, allowing my sensor to interact directly with the watch via Bluetooth. That means if I leave my phone at home, or if I’m at the gym, I’ll still have ready access to my numbers.

    That may not sound like much to someone with a working pancreas. But for a person with diabetes, this is a very, very big deal.

    As with most chronic diseases, diabetes management is all about data. Having access to real-time data in the simplest way possible — in this case, a glance at your wrist, no phone required — represents a huge step forward.

    Apple and Dexcom tell me the FDA’s approval is imminent.

    In the meantime, I can report that the…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    RAVPower 10000mAh Power Bank – Review

    RAVPower 10000mAh Power Bank   Review
    WOoo!!! Another power bank for me to review. I LIVE TO REVIEW POWER BANKS!!!

    Guess what this one does. Go on, guess! Yes, this will power up from a wall charger or another USB input via the microUSB central “Input port”. You get two microUSB-to-USB cables in the rather swish packaging. One is shorter than the other.

    RAVPower 10000mAh Power Bank   Review

    Also in that box is a rather nice case for carrying the power bank and the necessary cables around. If you’ve got an iPhone then you’ll probably want to carry a Lightning cable (not supplied), or perhaps a USB-C cable if you’ve got a more modern Android handset.

    RAVPower 10000mAh Power Bank   Review

    The 10,000 mAh cell inside here is going to give you plenty of charges. Check how big your smartphone battery is and you’ll easily be able to tell just how many charges you can get out of this. As many of you will know, if you’ve got a 3000 mAh battery, then that means you’ll be able to recharge your phone – from completely flat – three times with change to spare.

    RAVPower 10000mAh Power Bank   Review

    The size of this is a good trade-off between the capacity / battery size and the portability aspect. It’s 363 g and, as you’ll see from these shots, it fits in the hand and thus in my pocket too. There’s rounded edges making it feel good in the hands and it appears to be made from tough plastic.

    RAVPower 10000mAh Power Bank   Review

    Push the button up top to check on remaining battery power

    Up front, there’s a small blue strip which shows how full the battery is. It’s just like the fuel gauge on your car and is easy to understand.

    The two DC 5V outputs will kick out 2.4A each or 3.4A total output.

    As with all good power packs, this has over-charge, over-discharge, over-heat, over-voltage and short-circuit protection so you can be fairly sure that it won’t got bang in your pocket. It’s also covered by an 18 momnth warranty.

    The best bit about this, at least for me, is the fact that it’s £13.99 on Amazon, and that’s really not much money at all.

    RAVPower 10000mAh Power Bank   Review

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  • Planning a break abroad? Check out Data Passport on Three

    Planning a break abroad? Check out Data Passport on Three

    With the summer well and truly over here in the UK, some people including myself still plan on a well earned break abroad.

    Roaming has been a big topic of discussion this year with networks scrapping their EU roaming rates. Three UK were one of the first to do this, even before the EU regulations came in. Their Feel at Home proposition allows customers to use their UK minutes, texts, and up to 12GB of data but, as we saw during our testing, with restrictions on VPN, streaming and tethering.

    However, it looks like another more ‘premium’ service is now available, and it’s called Three Data Passport.

    Planning a break abroad? Check out Data Passport on Three

    Data Passport works in the same countries the free service works in, however this allows unlimited data access for £5 a day. Even better – it includes tethering, streaming and VPN services.

    Customers will get a text once arriving and then given the option to purchase the daily pass if they wish, or just use the free one.

    Now all we need is 4G roaming and Three will be a major player in the roaming battle.

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  • OPPO Launches the F5, complete with Expert Selfie AI

    OPPO Launches the F5, complete with Expert Selfie AI

    Chinese phone manufacturer OPPO has unveiled the Oppo F5. This new device is turning mobile photography on its head, with a 16 MP shooter on the rear and a 20 MP shooter on the front. The F5 features what the company are calling “groundbreaking A.I. Beauty Recognition technology”. Yes, a technology apparently designed to personalise beautification for subjects on a selfie image (that’s me out then). The Beauty Recognition technology is said to take selfie photography to a “whole new level of quality”.

    According to OPPO’s vice president of international Mobile Business..

    A.I. Beauty Recognition technology gathers information and learns the specific facial features of different people from its global image database of human faces. Professional photographers and make-up artists were consulted during the R&D process, resulting in the A.I. technology having the ability to emulate those professional skills that can help selfies look more attractive.

    (there may be hope for me after all) 

    In addition, the A.I. would recognise the subjects’ skin tone and type, gender and age, match them against its database and subsequently make beautification enhancements that are personalised. With facial feature spots scanned, the A.I. is able to detect your face in detail and refine your selfie.

    The A.I. Beauty Recognition technology is simply emulating the abilities of a professional photographer, who would bring years and years of technical skills and experience when taking a portrait. An F5 user thus gains that similar ability to capture selfies that are of the highest quality.

    OPPO Launches the F5, complete with Expert Selfie AI

    The personalization is also important, because the blanket or one-style-for-all problem with today’s beautification software is also solved. For example, enhancements will not be soft or feminine for male subjects. Children or babies will not receive enhancements that make them look like adults.

    OPPO Launches the F5, complete with Expert Selfie AI

    The Oppo F5 features a 20MP front camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 16MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, the cameras can deliver Bokeh effects and the front HDR solves any over-exposure issues.

    The F5 will also feature a 6.0inch FHD+ display device, giving a high-resolution 2160 x 1080 screen with 18:9 aspect ratio.  The device has a sleek unibody, which does offer that slim appearance without any cut-outs.

    Face Unlock

    The F5 comes with Facial Unlock, the new face recognition technology that will recognise its user and unlock the phone. But unlike the iPhone X, if the user prefers to use the fingerprint unlock function, the fingerprint reader is available and now on the back of the phone.

    OPPO Launches the F5, complete with Expert Selfie AI

     

    The Oppo F5  has a 3200 mAh battery and is claimed to have 12 hours of continuous use (in a simulated test). This achieved by OPPO using optimising technology which manages the apps running on the device, The Do Not Disturb function for gaming will display an incoming call in the form of a banner. Your gameplay will not be interrupted, while ensuring you will not miss any important calls (or ruin that top score run).

    Priced at around $300, or £230 the Oppo F5 is launched now in the Philippines. Two other models will also be available later; the F5 6GB edition and the F5 Youth, to give OPPO fans more choices to suit their needs. The Oppo F5 will be unveiled in India, Russia and the Southeast Asian markets of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam in November. As of yet, we have no news if we will get one here in the UK, but we will reach out to try and get a review unit for the full review.

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  • Three receive criticism over £117 iPhone contract.

    Three receive criticism over £117 iPhone contract.

    Think about what you could actually buy for £117 per month. Well, I’ve had my eye on this Citroen C4 lease agreement. Sure, you’re not going to end up fully owning the thing unless you pay a big balloon payment later, but for this sort of money, you expect to get something pretty big, right?

    Three receive criticism over £117 iPhone contract.

    What you may not expect to get in return for £117 per month is…..a mobile phone.  Not on a contract anyway.  Mobile phone operator Three have come under fire for announcing a contract costing just this much. Their 256GB top-end plan for the iPhone X comes in at £117 per month.

    The two-year deal, which includes unlimited data and talk time, is for the largest version of the device. In comparison the same contract with an iPhone 8 costs £44 per month, plus a £99 upfront fee.

    If you were to buy just the phone from Apple it would cost £1,149, but under Three’s deal customers could end up paying more than £2,100,

    Three receive criticism over £117 iPhone contract.

    The company tells us that…

    There are a small amount of people that prefer not to pay an upfront cost yet want access to all-you-can eat data, minutes and texts and this is aimed at them.

    Other operators are offering the device on a monthly contract ranging between £80 and £88 but are also often charging an additional upfront payment.

    O2 is charging £86 per month plus a one-off £119.99 for a similar deal with 50GB data on the larger phone.

    Vodafone does not offer unlimited data either but its most expensive tariff is £80 per month plus a £100 charge for 60GB per month of data.

    Are you prepared to pay nearly £120 per month for Cupertino’s latest flagship ? Or would you rather have a car?

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  • Google Home Mini Review: Brilliant Little Assistant Speaker

    Google Home Mini is the company’s new smart speaker that shrinks down all the intelligence into a cheaper, smaller package. The Home Mini joins last year’s Home and the upcoming Home Max smart speakers housing the Google Assistant, the voice assistant housed in most Android smartphones that has access to your Google profile and its various bits of information.

    What Is It?

    Google Home Mini is a Wi-Fi-connected smart speaker that looks like a small fabric-covered pin cushion. It comes in a grey, black or coral with a color-matched plastic base and rubber foot to keep it from sliding about when you prod it.

    There is a row of four LEDs in the top that light up when you speak to it or adjust the volume. They’re simple and easy to understand, lighting up red when muted, but are difficult to see from across the room.

    What Does It Do?

    The Home Mini basically does everything the full-sized Google Home does, just in a smaller package with a much smaller speaker.

    It’ll answer questions, set timers and alarms, play music, read the news or information from the web, and control a relatively large collection of smart home devices such as Hue lights. It can also read out your next appointment if you’ve got your life plugged into Google services and give you traffic updates on your commute.

    How Does It Work?

    All you have to do once set up using the Google Home app on an Android or iOS device is say the wake words: ?EU?OK, Google?EU? or the easier to say ?EU?Hey Google.?EU? Assistant will then wait for your command or question.

    Google Assistant is better than any other voice assistant at recognizing what you’re trying to say, even if you’ve garbled the question.

    Home Mini is capable of hearing you over fairly loud noises, such…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Microsoft May Revive 'Courier' Tablet Concept

    Microsoft may once again be considering taking the term “digital tablet” a touch too seriously. A new report from Windows Central claims the company is experimenting with a foldable tablet it calls “Andromeda,” which you’d essentially use like a digital Moleskine.

    Not only would it be rather compact, but you’d use a stylus with it much as you’d use a fancy fountain pen or Blackwing pencil with Moleskine’s black-bound journals. You’d fold the tablet like a journal, and it’d likely incorporate Microsoft’s advances in digital ink technology. And, it’s possible you’ll see it as soon as “sometime in 2018.”

    Sound familiar? That’s because the project as described sounds a lot like the Courier “digital journal” Microsoft had toyed with making in the latter years of the last decade. Ultimately, it abandoned the project, in part because Bill Gates had an “allergic reaction” to the concept.

    If the new Andromeda device works as planned, that means we’ll have a digital device that’s more like a traditional pen-and-paper note-taking notebook than the touchscreen devices we’re so used to today.

    Much like the Amazon Kindle, the Andromeda appears to be a device that’s largely built for one purpose. In this case, it’s note-taking, so it’ll run on a new app that will sync with OneNote. You’ll also be able to run a few additional apps such as the Edge browser or Photos. If you’re really a fan of this sort of thing, it may even come with cellular support so it can serve as a smartphone replacement.

    Beyond that, we don’t really know much about the device. When it’s described as a “foldable” device, does that mean it has two screens? Does it mean you’ll open it and use it as one screen with a split down the middle? We’ll have to wait and see.

    Write and Wrong

    If I…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today