When it comes to choosing a smartphone, there are a few things you need to take into account. First, what operating system do you prefer? Android or iOS? Then, what brand do you prefer? Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, or Google? Finally, what model of phone do you like best? The iPhone 13 Pro Max, the Galaxy S22 Plus, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro 5G, or the Google Pixel 6 Pro?
To help you choose the perfect phone for you, we’ve put together a quick guide to the top features of each phone. First, let’s take a look at operating systems. iOS is known for its ease of use and attractive design while Android offers more customization options and a wider range of apps. Next, let’s take a look at brands. Apple is known for its high-quality hardware and cutting-edge software while Samsung is loved for its powerful specs and expansive features. Huawei is known for its long-lasting batteries and impressive camera quality while Xiaomi offers high-end features at an affordable price. Finally, let’s take a look at models. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is Apple’s newest and most advanced phone with a huge screen.
There was 5.11 billion unique mobile users worldwide in 2019, and 2.71 billion of them used smartphones. 100 million people have started using smartphones in the past year. 52% of the world’s population are mobile internet users. With more than 20% of global smartphone sales, Samsung tops the list of smartphone companies.
Key Mobile App Statistics for 2022
- Mobile apps are expected to generate over $935 billion in revenue by 2023.
- The Apple App Store has 1.96 million apps available for download.
- There are 2.87 million apps available for download on the Google Play Store.
- 21% of Millennials open an app 50+ times per day.
- 49% of people open an app 11+ times each day.
- 70% of all US digital media time comes from mobile apps.
- The average smartphone owner uses 10 apps per day and 30 apps each month.
Number of Smartphone & Mobile Phone Users Worldwide (Billions)
|Number of smartphones||Number of mobile phones|
|2022||5 billions||6 billions|
Are smartphone specs actually a good representation of the smartphone? Any modern smartphone has a list of required parts: a battery, CPU (central processing unit – the brains of the computer), storage (think of it as a filing cabinet or bookshelf where information is stored, just a lot smaller), RAM (random access memory – think of this as a desk where you put books/information you pull from storage to keep handy), camera, screen, and more… There’s also the software which isn’t a physical part, but can be wildly different from one phone to another. When you buy a phone, specifications must be one of the last aspects you should worry about. Every phone has enough specs to go about our daily tasks(casual browsing, Facebook, email etc) smoothly. So unless you are a heavy gamer( a person playing Candy Crush Saga or Subway Surfers 24 hrs a day isn’t one!!!) 3gb or 2gb RAM won’t matter!
The specs of any device is a mere representation of it computational and other capabilities. It might not necessarily translate into the best possible experience for the user.
There are other factors like the OS used along with the hardware. The combination of represent the device properly.
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra / S22 plus
- Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus / S21
- iPhone 13 PRO Max
- iPhone 12 PRO Max
- iPhone 12
- Samsung Galaxy 20 Ultra
- iPhone 12 Pro
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- iPhone SE 2020
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition
- Samsung Galaxy Note S20 Ultra
- Google Pixel 6
- Huawei P40 Pro
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (Cheapest)
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
Best mid-range phone on a budget: OnePlus 8T,
Best performance on a budget: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE,
Best camera for cheap: Google Pixel 5,
Best for cheap 5G: Moto Edge 5G,
Best for Dual Screen: LG Velvet,
Best for Apple: iPhone SE 2,
Best screen on a budget: TCL 10 Pro,
Best for megapixels on a budget: Xiaomi Mi Note 10,
Typically, a modern phone battery‘s (lithium-ion) lifespan is 2 – 3 years, which is about 300 – 500 charge cycles as rated by manufacturers. After that, the battery capacity will drop by roughly 20%.
Batteries provide power to all the different components of the phone, the biggest draws generally being the screen and the processor. Depending on the other components in the phone, they will require different amounts of power. For example, the Snapdragon 625 processor (CPU) doesn’t need much power to work, but doesn’t provide the best performance either. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 845 processor requires quite a bit more power, but it also provides a lot more performance.
Usually the standard for a flagship phone is about 4 hours screen on time, maybe 8 hours average., but today’s smartphones have gotten much more power efficient and are lasting 8–9 hours screen on time or 2 days worth of battery depending on how you use it.. but phones today should last all day on average.
With moderate use a 5000 mAh battery is expected to last typically a day and a half!
- Moto G Power: 16:10
- Moto G7 Power: 15:35
- Asus ZenFone 6: 15:01
- Samsung Galaxy A20: 13:46
- LG V60 ThinQ 5G: 12:46
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 12:35
- Moto G Fast: 12:17
- Moto G Stylus: 12:13
- Motorola Edge: 12:12
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 11:58
- iPhone 11 Pro Max: 11:54
- LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen: 11:46
- Moto Z4: 11:31
- iPhone 11: 11:16
- OnePlus 8 Pro: 11:05
Smartphones all use rechargeable batteries that are charged by plugging your phone into a wall charger.
How to make your smartphone battery last longer
It’s best for your smartphone if you charge it before the battery runs out completely. You should also unplug it once it’s fully charged, but once every now and again it’s good for your phone to let the battery run out completely.
The CPU inside your phone is responsible for running all the logic and operations required by the Android operating system as well as your apps. The CPU is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a phone. If you want to get something done on a phone, it needs to go through the CPU.
Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are by far the most common. Qualcomm is the company that makes them, and Snapdragon is their branding. Snapdragon CPUs have a number-based naming scheme, the first number indicating what family of processors it’s in (8 being high power, 6 being somewhere in the middle, and 4 being budget friendly), and the second number is which generation chip (higher numbers mean it’s newer). The last number isn’t as important. Note: this isn’t exactly true, as sometimes generation numbers are skipped or repeated, but generally this method will give you an idea of what processor you’re looking at.
So, for example the Snapdragon 855 is a high power processor (indicated from the 8 in front), 5th generation (indicated by the 5 in the middle) processor. The Snapdragon 625 is a midrange processor (indicated by the 6 in front) from the 2nd generation (indicated by the 2 in the middle). Likewise, the Snapdragon 808 was a high power processor from a few generations back.
Check out Qualcomm’s website if you’re looking for more info.
Huawei Kirin processors are made in-house by Huawei, and (as far as I know) used exclusively in their phones. While traditionally they offered weak gaming performance, these days they’re in the same ballpark as Snapdragon processors. The Kirin 980 is currently the latest and greatest.
Samsung’s Exynos processors are (as far as I know) exclusively used in Samsung phones, generally in the global versions (they tend to use Snapdragon processors for American phones because of LTE bands). They are also very high end, and comparable to the best from Qualcomm.
MediaTek processors are more budget friendly (and lower performance) from the rest mentioned above. MediaTek doesn’t always provide proper documentation for their processors, and as such sometimes it’s a limitation as to why they stop receiving Android updates or why the manufacturer’s software may be poorly optimized. Personally I tend to steer clear of MediaTek processors, but if you’re on a tight budget they can still be a viable option.
GPU vs CPU: What’s the difference? While CPUs are designed to handle a bit of everything, GPUs are built with a very specific purpose in mind – parallel data crunching for 3D graphics processing. They’re designed to be much faster and more power-efficient at this task, but as a trade-off, aren’t as flexible in their range of workloads.
To test and rank processors, Tech Centurion has developed Centurion Mark which evaluates the performance of a processor. Centurion Mark evaluates the CPU performance, Gaming Performance, and battery efficiency of a chip based on real-world usage and we combine all that data to assign a score to every SOC.
|Rank||Processor Name||Phone||Centurion Mark|
|#1||Apple A14 Bionic||Apple iPhone 12 Pro||165*|
|#2||Apple A14 Bionic||Apple iPhone 12||165|
|#3||Snapdragon 865+||Asus ROG Phone 3||150|
|#4||Snapdragon 865||OnePlus 8||149|
|#5||Dimensity 1000+||Xiaomi Redmi Note 10||146|
|#6||Apple A12 Bionic||iPhone XS Max||146|
|#7||Dimensity 1000||Xiaomi Redmi K30||146*|
|#8||Snapdragon 855+||Asus ROG Phone II||145|
|#9||Exynos 990||Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra||144|
The iPhone 12’s A14 Bionic chip wins the competition as it has the highest performing CPU (Both in Single-Core and Multi-Core tasks) and the fastest GPU. It is also the most power-efficient chip because it is the first mainstream product to be fabricated on TSMC’s 5 nm Process.
Mobile GPU Rankings
|Rank||GPU Name||SOCs||Centurion Mark|
|#1||A13 Bionic’s GPU||Apple A13 Bionic||126.1|
|#2||Adreno 650||Snapdragon 865 & 865+||122.3|
|#3||A12 Bionic’s GPU||Apple A12 Bionic||119.3|
|#4||Adreno 640||Snapdragon 855 & 855+||117.7|
|#5||Adreno 630||Snapdragon 845||114.8|
|#6||Mali G77 MP11||Exynos 990||114.7|
|#7||Mali-G77 MC9||MediaTek Dimensity 1000 and 1000+||112.2|
|#8||Mali-G76 MP16||Kirin 990||110.7|
|#9||Mali-G77 MC7||MediaTek Dimensity 1000L||109.9|
|#10||Mali-G76 MP12||Exynos 9820 & 9825||108.9|
RAM (Random Access Memory) is storage used for a place to hold data. If your mobile device or tablet has a small amount of RAM, you may find that it will start to slow down when you have opened and used lots of different applications at the same time.
RAM is basically really fast storage. Your phone pulls information from the storage (think of filing cabinets) into RAM (think of a desk). There’s only so much room in RAM (the desk) before you have to start putting things back into storage. More RAM means that you’ll have to re-load apps less (they’re already loaded in the background in a suspended state), which saves on processing power and therefore uses less battery power.
4GB has become common for most phones, with some going as high as 8 and even 10gb. 2gb has become outdated at this point.
- Xiaomi Black Shark 3 256GB. When it comes to the best smartphone, the Xiaomi Black Shark allows you to operate multiple functions simultaneously – thanks to its 12 GB RAM. …
- OnePlus 8 iN2010 256GB 12GB RAM
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G SM-N986B/DS Dual Hybrid Sim 12GB+256GB
- OPPO R17 Pro.
- Asus ROG Phone 3 5G
If your mobile device or tablet has a small amount of RAM, you may find that it will start to slow down when you have opened and used lots of different applications at the same time. This is one of the reasons why some devices are more costly – more expensive devices will usually have a larger amount of RAM, and will be able to run more applications at the same time without slowing down as much.
Clearing the RAM will close and reset all running applications to speed up your mobile device or tablet. You will notice improved performance on your device – until there are too many apps open and running in the background again. It is good practice to close down applications regularly.
RAM in any device, be it handheld or a PC, is a piece of hardware where the current application data is kept for instant access to the processor. This serves as the main memory for devices and is faster than HDD, SSD or Optical drives.
A device’s performance is not just dependent on the processor but also the amount of memory (RAM) it carries. If a user has opened multiple apps then their current state is logged onto the RAM, which helps the user access the app in its current state after finishing work on another app. More RAM ensures more data and multiple apps running in the memory for a seamless user experience.
There are multiple reasons for it, but the major one will be their approach towards memory management. Unlike Android, iOS doesn’t rely on Java Virtual machine to execute its codes and the app codes are directly executed on the hardware thus limiting the need for RAM to run virtual machines on iOS.
Android is built for various devices with varying hardware specifications, hence, it needs more memory to execute the right code for the right device. Also, apps on Android are allowed to use as much of RAM that is required, so, they end up collecting more data on the RAM and when it is not used the data is cleaned.
If you’re someone who uses your phone primarily to talk, text, read email and browse online, 32 GB is likely enough storage, especially if your phone has a microSD card slot, which you can use to cheaply expand your storage. For more active phone users, a 64 GB phone is a good option.
The total amount of internal storage cannot be increased or decreased by the user, so if your phone has only 16GB of internal storage and no expansion slot, this is all the storage space you will ever have. And remember, some of this will already be used up by the system software.
Storage is fairly simple: the more you have the better. 64GB is fairly standard these days, with 128GB having become the standard for higher end phones. Typically more than 128gb of storage is only found on very high end phones. If you find yourself running out of storage, there are some ways to manage (like clearing cache, uninstalling some apps, moving photos to your computer/upload them to a service like Google Photos or Facebook so you can remove them from your phone).
Micro SD cards can be found on some phones (they’re more rare now, but some are still available), and can allow you to add additional storage after you’ve already bought a phone. It’s going to be slower than the built-in storage, so movies, music, or files are best stored on SD cards (apps and especially games aren’t recommended).
- Best overall: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
- Great for one-handed use: Samsung Galaxy S20.
- Dual screens: LG G8X ThinQ.
- Best budget phone: Nokia 7.2.
If your mobile device or tablet has a small amount of RAM, you may find that it will start to slow down when you have opened and used lots of different applications at the same time. This is one of the reasons why some devices are more costly – more expensive devices will usually have a larger amount of RAM, and will be able to run more applications at the same time without slowing down as much.
Clearing the RAM will close and reset all running applications to speed up your mobile device or tablet. You will notice improved performance on your device – until there are too many apps open and running in the background again. It is good practice to close down applications regularly.
USE ANDROID’S “FREE UP SPACE” TOOL
Android has a built-in tool to help you increase the amount of useable storage on your phone. It’s easy to find:
- Go to your phone’s settings, and select “Storage.” Among other things, you’ll see information on how much space is in use, a link to a tool called “Smart Storage” (more on that later), and a list of app categories.
- Tap on the blue “Free up space” button
- You’ll be given the choice of using Google’s Files app (if it’s installed) or the built-in “Remove items” feature. The latter gives you the opportunity to clean out your photos and videos (if they’re backed up), your downloaded files, and your infrequently used apps.
When you open the camera app, you can usually swap between the cameras by tapping a face or camera icon surrounded by arrows.
The camera on the back of the phone is usually much better, so unless you’re taking a selfie, stick to the back camera. Usually tapping on the screen controls the camera, but most smartphones also allow you to use the volume button to take photos. Smartphone cameras are generally the only camera that people own these days, so they tend to be pretty important. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to directly compare them. There are benchmarks like DxOMark that try, however these aren’t always accurate and a single number can’t possibly identify all the conditions a camera can be put through (lowlight, HDR, megapixels, focal length, aperture size, pixel size, plus all the video aspects…). Generally speaking, you get what you pay for in a camera – that is more expensive phones almost always have better cameras. Don’t both looking at megapixel count – a 20MP Sony smartphone won’t take pictures as good as the 12MP Pixel 4 or iPhone 11. If you’re looking for the best of the best in terms of cameras, the modern Pixel phone is about as good as you can get.
- Sony Xperia 1 II.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Top imaging, plus an editing Pen that’s also a remote shutter.
- Google Pixel 4A. Computational photography on a budget.
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10. The camera phone with the record breaking pixel count.
Smartphones all use touchscreens. You may have heard the term ‘resolution’, this refers to the amount of pixels on the screen.
A pixel is, more or less, a little light that can change colors. The more of them you have in your screen, the better quality (or higher definition) it is.
A resolution of 1080p means that there are 1920×1080 pixels, which is equal to 2,073,600 pixels. This has long been the standard for full HD televisions, but its not unusual to see this resolution (or higher) on a smartphone as well.
Screens are backlit by lights. You can turn these lights up or down to make the screen brighter or dimmer.
Size Recently, screens (aka displays) have been getting bigger. 5.5-6″ isn’t uncommon for a “regular” phone, especially the ones with small-to-no bezel. “Plus” or “XL” or “Pro” models can exceed 6″ in some cases. If you have smaller hands, generally it’s a good idea to stick with a smaller phone…however that isn’t always the case. A larger screen allows you to fit more on it than a smaller phone (obviously), and oftentimes you’ll be able to get used to a bigger screen fairly easily after using it for a few weeks. It’s also important to take into account the physical size of the phone, as some devices have bezels so large that even with smaller screen sizes, the full package will be larger than a phone with a larger screen but less bezel.
Resolution isn’t something that generally needs to be considered unless you’re looking at budget phones. 1080p is pretty standard, and is the minimum I’d suggest for almost all phone buyers (720p is generally considered to be outdated). 1440p has become standard for higher end phones, but even the jump from 1080p to 1440p isn’t really that big most of the time (unless you’re looking at a pentile pixel sub-matrix…then it’ll make a difference). If you want to use your phone for VR though (note: I firmly believe Google DayDream and Samsung Gear VR are the only phone VR holders worth buying if you want to do any more than just look at things), 1440p is a must and we’ll start seeing more 4K smartphones soon too I’d imagine. 4K will be much better for VR.
Technology (OLED vs LCD) There used to be a big debate between OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) screens (including Samsung’s AMOLED (Active Matrix OLED)), but OLED seems to be winning out. OLED panels provide superior saturation and true black levels, and the burn-in issues aren’t nearly as bad as what they used to be. LCD displays (of which IPS is a division) are cheaper to manufacture, and as such are still very commonly found in modern phones. LCD (and by inclusion IPS) displays are also immune to burn-in, although can suffer from temporary ‘ghosting’ and ‘backlight bleed’. Either way you go, generally you can’t go wrong unless you manage to find a phone with a TN panel – then you should run away quickly (although I’d be surprised if you managed to find one).
For most people, the ideal weight of a phone is between 140g and 170g. We were surprised to see how many people commented on our poll that “lighter is better”. There’s a sort of stigma around light phones – the heavier handsets just feel more durable.
Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max is perhaps the heaviest phone you can buy today. Maybe ever. It weighs 7.97 ounces, or half a pound.
A contract is a service agreement between you and a carrier (ex. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint) that states that you will be a customer for a certain period of time, usually 1 or 2 years. During this time frame, you’ll be bound to that particular carrier unless you cancel your contract (at the cost of Early Termination Fees “ETFs”, usually several hundreds of dollars).
So why get a contract? It all comes down to price… I’ll use the iPhone as an example. The TRUE cost of an iPhone Pro is $999. When you buy an iPhone, regardless of how much YOU pay out-of-pocket, Apple is getting $999. Many people can’t just drop $999 on a pocket-sized device, so there’s an issue… unless you get a contract. If you get a 2-year contract on AT&T/Verizon/Sprint, you’d only pay $42/month, and be locked to that carrier for 2 years in exchange for the subsidy that the carrier paid (in this case, $999). The main benefit of phone contracts is the lower upfront cost.
But there are several disadvantages to contracts. I’ll run through the top three I find:
Monthly price: In order to recoup some of the phone subsidy, carriers will often charge more per-month on plans with a contract. For example, AT&T charges $15 more per month per line that you bought on-contract (versus off-contract). Furthermore, since unlocked phones can be used on a variety of carriers, competition tends to drive the price down.
Carrier exclusivity: When you buy a Sprint phone, it’s very unlikely that it’ll work easily on other carriers. Unlocked phones tend to work on all GSM carriers, though there are CDMA versions available on some phones. (Check out a description on CDMA vs. GSM for more information)
- Mint Mobile: Best value phone plan—$30/mo. *
- T-Mobile Essentials: Best unlimited plan plan—$60/mo. *
- Verizon Do More Unlimited: Best coverage—$90/mo. *
- Visible Wireless: Best family plan—$100/mo. *, 4 lines.
- Metro by T-Mobile $50 Unlimited Plan: Best prepaid family plan—$90/mo.
- Koodo 6GB Plan for best smartphone plan: $50/month.
- Rogers Infinite +30 Promo for best unlimited data plan: $85/month.
- Public Mobile Prepaid 1GB Talk and Text for cheap prepaid/pay-as-you-go plan: $25/month.
- Fido iPhone XS for best $0 iPhone deal: $19.99/mth for 24 mths.
Guide on choosing the perfect smartphone
Features you should be looking for in general
One of the most important things in your phone is it’s longevity, and I’m not talking about battery capacity. I think most of us want our phone to perform as good as if it were new, even if it is 2-3 years old. On iOS it is pretty simple, because there is only one version of it on every device but on Android we have many third party skins. A Google Pixel looks and feels incredibly different from a Xiaomi Mi Mix or a Samsung handset, yet they might be running the same android version deep down.
The longevity depends on multiple things. First of all, how you handle it. You don’t want to install 3 antivirus and 200 apps , because it will slow it down significantly. But let’s assume you keep things pretty clean. The next thing: Stock Android (Stock = What Google makes. An OS without many modifications.). In general, the closer you are to stock, the smoother and faster your device will be. I recently installed a custom OS on my old LG G3 and the OS size was 300 MB while an OEM OS like Samsung’s UX can take up to 3-4 GB. The bigger OS size results in more unused junk, that overall makes your phone slower overtime.
Memory: You don’t need 8 GB. If you have 3-4 gigs your device should rarely reload apps. You shouldn’t pay extra for that much memory.
Processor: The rule here is to get something from Qualcomm. MediaTek processor tend to be cheaper but they are much worse. You want to look for phones with current gen processors. The Snapdragon 660 is almost as good as a SD (SD = Snapdragon) 821, which is a 2 year old flagship processor, but it is much more efficient. Mid-range chips have come a long way and they are much much better than a few years ago.
With that said, if you want nice performance you should be looking at the new SD 400 series at least and nothing less.
Screen: This is important too. If you like a phone try to look up a review where outdoor visibility is mentioned. Trust me, a bright screen worth so much more that anything in a display. And btw 1080p is still enough.
IP rating: It doesn’t really matter what IP rating it has, it will survive a splash. Don’t base your decision on this. IP 67 is basically the same as 68 and even 58 is not far behind.
Reputable brand: If you want to save yourself from a lot of trouble, pick a phone from a reputable brand with decent customer support. If you buy some janky Chinese crap, you might not be able to get a repair or a replacement. Just to name a few brands with good customer support: Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus but the best is Sony. They repaired my brother’s phone for free, out of warranty.
Most important attributes for every budget
Now that we have seen what are the most important things, take a look at each price range, and what you could expect in them. Keep in mind, I’ll be talking about new, off-the-shelf phones. You can always get used phones for crazy low prices and I would recommend picking up a 2 year old flagship new as opposed to a brand new cheap phone. Remember, that phone used to be the top end.
Low-end (0 – 200$): You shouldn’t expect anything fancy. Try to go for the basics, a decent processor, close to stock android and sufficiently bright screen. Forget about an amazing camera. Recommended phones: Nokia phones, Xiaomi Mi A1
Mid-range (200 – 400$): You have much more flexibility here. You should still be focusing on the basics but you can go and look into some extras, like a better camera or water resistance or a nice build. Recommended phones: Still Nokia, if you can find older, but still new Sony or OnePlus phones.
Upper-mid-range (400 – 600$): This is OnePlus territory. You can get almost everything in the high-end market. Processors are reaching the SD 8XX range, which means amazing performance. These phones are the sweet spot on the price to value chart. Recommended phones: , Pixel 4
The best smartphone for under $500
High-end and Premium (600$ + ): You get the idea. The more you pay, the more wiggle room you have for you needs. These phones have the best cameras and build and will probably last the longest. Recommended phones: One Plus 8, Samsung S20, iPhone 12 (bright display), iPhone 13 Pro Max
Xiaomi Mi A2: Well this is a really basic phone, but it gets the job done. Has stock android and decent battery life, plus the modding community is pretty great for it. Recommend it as a really low end option or a secondary device.
Nokia 5, 5.1, 6, 6.1, 7.2: They are better in many aspects than the Mi A1 and offer a better overall experience. Would recommend to budget users as a solid option.
Nokia 7+: If the OnePlus 6 did not exist, this would be the perfect mid-range phone. Everything is just really solid about this phone. Recommended.
OnePlus: Yes, they copy the iPhones but they are also really good. The SD 845 is a beast and you get an amazing package. Best bang for the buck
Sony phones: They are underrated so much. They run close to stock and they have an amazing battery saver feature. They only charge the battery to 90% overnight and reach 100% by the time you wake up, and this preserves the heath of the battery. They are also fast and reliable and get fast Android updates.
Samsung: From my experience you should only get the high-end ones. The skin they have is so bloated that it will slow down on lower-end ones but the flagships are amazing. Their screens are magically beautiful and the build is amazing. The cameras are decent too.
Smartphones on a budget
- Best mid-range phone: OnePlus 8T
- Best performance: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
- Best camera: Pixel 5
- Best for cheap 5G: Moto Edge
- Best for Dual Screen: LG Velvet
- Best for Apple: iPhone SE 2
- Best screen on a budget: TCL 10 Pro
- Best for megapixels: Xiaomi Mi Note 10
So what is a mid-range phone anyway? For us, it’s phones that are mid-priced, found neither at the premium and of the market nor in the budget ranges. Created by the sheer volume of competition between modern phone manufacturers, this appealing mid-range space offers impressive bang for your buck from established brands, with models that encompass a range of uses. Xiaomi is legendary in the budget and midrange phone space.
The small but mighty wonder is as feature-filled as the iPhone 12. Like the iPhone 12, there’s two lenses on the back— a wide and ultrawide — with the ability to capture Night Mode and Portrait Mode shots. It’s powered by the A14 Bionic chip and lets you experience iOS 14 to the fullest. All that despite being smaller than the iPhone SE, falling somewhere between the size of the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 8.
We’ve spent the last week with the iPhone 12 Mini and, quite frankly, think it’s the answer for an affordable flagship device that’s actually full-featured.
Smartphone and tablets Apps
A mobile application, also referred to as a mobile app or simply an app, is a computer program or software application designed to run on a mobile device such as a phone, tablet, or watch. Apps were originally intended for productivity assistance such as email, calendar, and contact databases, but the public demand for apps caused rapid expansion into other areas such as mobile games, factory automation, GPS and location-based services, order-tracking, and ticket purchases, so that there are now millions of apps available. Apps are generally downloaded from application distribution platforms which are operated by the owner of the mobile operating system, such as the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store. Some apps are free, and others have a price, with the profit being split between the application’s creator and the distribution platform.
- Mobile apps are expected to generate $189 billion in revenue by 2020.
- The Apple App Store has 2.2 million apps available for download.
- There are 2.8 million apps available for download on the Google Play Store.
- 21% of Millennials open an app 50+ times per day.
- 49% of people open an app 11+ times each day.
- 57% of all digital media usage comes from mobile apps.
- The average smartphone owner uses 30 apps each month.
Most popular Apps for Android:
- Facebook (social media)
- Read Aloud For Me
- Messenger (messaging)
- Instagram (images sharing)
- Whatsapp (chat)
- Twitter (where things happen)
- Quora (knowledge sharing)
- Amazon (shopping)
- Flipkart (shopping)
- Snapdeal (shopping)
- Myntra (for fashion products)
- Swift Keyboard (best keyboard)
- Poweramp Music Player (best music player)
- VLC Media Player (audio and video player)
- Way2/Newshunt (news)
- Gmail /Inbox (emails)
- YouTube (entertainment)
- UC Browser (browser)
- Google Chrome (browser)
- Google Drive (cloud storage)
- PicsArt Photo Studio (best photo editing app)
- Ganaa /Saavn (online songs streaming)
- Dictionary from Innovative Software
- Google Play Store (for books, apps, games, movies)
- Adobe Reader (pdf viewer)
- BookMyShow ( movies, show bookings)
- Paytm (recharge, cinema, shopping..)
- Free charge (recharge)
- Google Maps (directions)
- Google Translator (language)
- Share it / Xender (to transfer files from one device to another)
- Hotstar (watching cricket, movies, serial)
- Jio TV (live TV)
- Uber /Ola (online taxi booking)
- CrickBuzz (live cricket score)
- Parallel Space (creating second account for any app)
- IRCTC (booking rail ticket)
- Skype (video call)
- Snapchat (video clip sharing)
- MakeMyTrip (flight, hotel booking)
- Amazon Prime Video (to watch movies)
- Es File Explorer (best file explorer)
- Tubemate/Vidmate/KeepVid (To download video from YouTube)
- Foodpanda/Swiggy (food delivery)
- WPS office (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
- Your Banking App
- Call of Duty
- Facebook Messenger
- Read Aloud For Me
Honorable mentions (Cloud Education Apps):
This little plane means that you have airplane mode activated.
These icons of a clock generally indicate that an alarm has been set to go off in the future.
This shows you how much battery life you have left. When your device is charging, the battery symbol will change to show you so.
This feature enables your device to communicate with other technology nearby and is often used to connect to hands-free headsets or car stereos. Whilst not in use, it will use a lot of battery, click here to find out how to turn it off.
Do not disturb
The Do not disturb setting, when switched on, won’t notify you of any alerts, which is handy if you are in a meeting or for uninterrupted sleep. However, you can still allow calls from your favourite contacts.
These icons all indicate that GPS is currently in use, if you see these icons a lot but don’t use any apps that you believe require your location, it might be worth turning GPS off.
This phone symbol that has an arrow bouncing off it means that you have missed a call. Other variations of the phone icon may mean that a call is in progress, on hold or that call forwarding is activated.
These icons show that you are currently using internet data.
Network or signal strength
These icons show you that you are connected to a mobile network and will often appear next to the name of your carrier, the more bars or dots, the stronger your connection. When you are not connected, ‘No Service’ will typically appear in its place, meaning you will be unable to make or receive calls/texts.
Your device’s digital screen is currently set to remain in portrait mode, even if the device is rotated to landscape orientation.
Your device is currently sharing its mobile data network over wifi. You can learn more about this feature here.
Your device is currently syncing its data with another device or service, typically with your computer or the cloud.
This symbol means you are connected to wifi, and the more bars shown, the stronger your connection.
Smartphone PIN Locks
You can set up a screen lock to help secure your Android phone or tablet. Each time you turn on your device or wake up the screen, you’ll be asked to unlock your device, usually with a PIN, pattern, or password. On some devices, you can unlock with your fingerprint.
- Open Settings. You can find Settings in the app drawer or by tapping the cog icon in the upper-right corner of the notification shade.
- Select Security.
- Tap Screen Lock.
- Select None.
- After you’ve tried to unlock your phone multiple times, you’ll see “Forgot pattern.” Tap Forgot pattern.
- Enter the Google Account username and password you previously added to your phone.
- Reset your screen lock. Learn how to set a screen lock.
- Passcode. Passcodes are the most common security smartphone methods around. They range from the standard 4-digit numerical code to complex multi-character passwords.
- Pattern unlock: If you are an Android phone owner, you might be using the Pattern Lock system instead of a PIN code or password to secure it. It’s the popular system where you draw a pre-selected pattern on a grid of dots to unlock your phone. The reason this system is popular is due to its convenience and ease of use. It’s simply a quicker way to unlock your phone.
- Fingerprint: Since the introduction of Apple’s Touch ID, fingerprint scanners are considered as more secure than passcodes. Apple claims that there’s only a one in 50,000 chance that someone else’s fingerprint can fool Touch ID.
- Facial unlock: Facial recognition is now a common feature in most smartphones. This allows the user to unlock the phone by merely looking at it. The method is designed to be faster than fingerprint or iris unlocking without skimping on security.
- Face ID: Apple’s Face ID is the next level of facial recognition technology. It’s a more elaborate system and unlike Samsung’s system, Face ID senses depth and it tracks faces in 3-D.
Crammed within the small upper notch of the iPhone X’s display are multiple new sensors – an infrared camera, a dot projector and a flood illuminator used for facial depth scanning.
- Iris scan: Speaking of the Samsung’s Galaxy phones, it is recommended that S8 users rely on the iris scanner for phone security instead. Samsung said that the iris scanner is secure as ever, more secure than fingerprint scanning or 2-D facial recognition.
That’s because patterns in your irises are unique to you and are virtually impossible to replicate, meaning iris authentication is one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked.
The future of phone unlocking
Beyond the current biometric security systems in use today, we might see more unique identifiers like cardiac scans based on sensors that detect individual heart rates, heart shapes and heart motions.
Based on early prototypes of this technology, cardiac biometric systems can be used for “continuous authentication” that logs in users automatically to their devices.
I don’t think it’s ‘without battery’ But when your cell is ‘turned off & charging’ I guess this is another case. You see something flickering on your computer while charging? These are programmes operating when the computer recognizes a connector.
All cellular phones track your location all of the time, because they connect to the closest cellular tower on a constant basis while turned on. The iPhone doesn’t use a magical alternative method for connection, and can’t defy the laws of physics.
It has been well established that the telecommunications industry cooperates with the NSA as part of the Patriot Act to monitor all telecommunications, which includes metadata like your current location, among other things.
So yes, the cellular companies and the government keeps track of every cellular phone’s location and that information is always monitored and stored by someone in the government.
But that’s likely not what you are actually asking about. You’re probably asking whether Apple secretly tracks and monitors your location or whether some stranger or even someone you know can secretly track your location without you knowing.
And the answer to that question is no.
Apple values your privacy more than most of its competitors. As a software developer and systems architect with decades of exposure to all of the above mainstream platforms I know that Apple does more to protect the privacy and security of their customers than most of their competitors. It shows in their hardware and software designs. It shows in the frameworks and APIs they make available to developers. And it shows in their public statements and policies. Unlike their competitors those aren’t just empty words.
There are viruses, and hacker attacks, written for the Mac, iPhones and iPads, they do exist but Apple is successful at deflecting them because Apple expends a huge effort in keeping their customers safe, protecting customer privacy via an effective multi layer defense system built into many layers of the operating system (which deflects viruses, hackers and other malware). There is no other OS with anywhere near the protection level that Apple provides. That is why you don’t see any active viruses or other hacks on Mac, iPhones or iPads, regardless of how many new strains are made.
Former FBI Director Comey testified before United States Congress that the FBI, with the help of the other government agencies, cannot hack into iPhones, which also means that there is no way to bypass the Activation Lock/iCloud Lock, at all. He also testified that the FBI can hack all other operating systems and products, regardless of marketing claims.
Companies like Cellebrite make false claims about being able to break into iPhones, the fact is that they cannot hack any iPhone that has the Secure Enclave chip, the same is true of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office who has a million dollar hacking lab, they also can only hack (All) Androids they cannot hack any iPhone that has the Secure Enclave chip in it.
This is why the FBI is continuously harassing Apple to install a backdoor in to iPhones, which Apple always refuses because Apple is the only high tech company that is actually dedicated to protecting your privacy.
Apple responds very quickly to new virus threats, automatically updating all Mac, iPhone and iPad users around the world immediately and invisibly. If you have Automatic Updates” turned on (which is the normal setting for all users), then you will receive updated virus protection, invisibly, the same day that Apple releases it. This is why there is no *Active* virus/malware in the Apple community, so there is nothing to worry about.
Apple protects iCloud since has been offering online services since 1986, so Apple has many decades of experience securing online accounts.
Apple also avoids hardware exploits in Intel’s CPU (which have multiple security flaws) with the implementation of Apple’s own Secure Enclave, T1, T2, etc. chips that boot completely securely, regardless of all the flaws in Intel’s CPUs.
Apple expends a great deal of effort to make its operating systems (macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, audioOS, etc.) secure, safe and private by implementing defenses in many layers of its core OS, which includes but is not limited to:
- Yara (so you can even add your own rules)
- System Integrity Protection (SIP)
- Malware Removal Tool (MRT)
- Core Suggestions
- Incompatible Kernel Extensions (KEXT Exclusions)
- Application Firewall (cannot be disabled)
- pf Firewall (BSD firewall, optional)
- FileVault (high grade encryption of all your data)
- Chinese Word List (SCIM)
- Core LSKD (kdrl)
- Flask Security Architecture for flexible mandatory access control
- File quarantine
- Deactivation of TPM (where applicable) on a hardware level
- Safari Fraudulent Sites protection
- Messages (the only text app that is actually secure)
- iCloud Lock (in addition to Passcode Lock)
- Protection against “Juice Jacking”
- T2 Onwards
- Passwords are hashed then the hash is stored in an inaccessible hardware encryption chip (T2 and Secure Enclave chip onwards)
- Cryptographic Boot
- Secure Enclave (T2, etc.) chip
- Is isolated so even if a host device is compromised the Secure Enclave remains secure
- Provides hardware control of FaceTime camera
- FIPS 140-2/-3 Conformance Validation Certificate
- 2018 onwards FIPS 140-2 Security Level 1
- 2019 onwards FIPS 140-2 Security Level 2
- FIPS 140-2/-3 Security Level 3 in newer products
- macOS Mojave onward
- Camera or microphone access requires user consent prompt (all but the oldest Macs have the webcam hard wired to the green indicator light so the camera cannot be on unless the green light is on); there is also a, physical disconnect that cuts the physical connection when the lid is lowered
- Moving or reading files in the Trash (by an app) require user consent
- Plug-in unapproved list, Safari extension unapproved list
- macOS Catalina onward
- Mandatory app code signing
- System Extensions (replacing kernel extensions)
- System files are stored in a separate read-only partition
- Endpoint Security framework
- Gatekeeper enhanced with random validation checks
- Gatekeeper now requires a User Prompt and approval for changes (anti-ransomware protection)
- Camera access, microphone access, screen recording or keyboard input monitoring requires user consent prompt (all but the oldest Macs have the webcam hard wired to the green indicator light so the ca cannot be on unless the green light is on)
- Downloads require user consent prompting for each domain
- Locked out ROOT account (not even Admin has access to ROOT)
- Security & Privacy preference panel
- Access control settings permissions for functions like Screen Recording, accessing Files and Folders, Input Monitoring, and Speech Recognition.
- Activation Lock (like on iPad and iPhone)
- T2 Security Chip-enabled Macs become nothing more than a brick until the proper credentials are verified, to unlock it
- Apple led the industry to require that Safari only accept digital certificates that are not more than 13 months old
- Address space layout randomization (ASLR)
- Apple statement on privacy/security: “Every Apple device combines hardware, software, and services designed to work together for maximum security and a transparent user experience in service of the ultimate goal of keeping personal information safe … Apple is committed to helping protect customers with leading privacy and security technologies— designed to safeguard personal information—and comprehensive methods—to help protect corporate data in an enterprise environment. Apple rewards researchers for the work they do to uncover vulnerabilities by offering the Apple Security Bounty.”
- Device management built into Intel CPUs is blocked and is completely inoperative
- Root keys for all Messages/iMessage/FaceTime communications were destroyed in front of witness, many years ago, so no backdoor can ever exist
- macOS – Security
- Apple Platform security Fall 2019 PDF https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1902/en_US/apple-platform-security-guide.pdf
- Apple App security overview App security overview
- Ability to deactivate hostile apps worldwide, immediately
- Apple A12 Bionic and onwards corrects an unexploited hardware exploit in earlier Secure Enclave chips
- Sign in with Apple
- iOS 14 forward
- Generalized location in Maps App
- Private translate App
- Recording Indicators for Mic and Camera
- Limited Photos Library Access for Selected App
- Apps forced to Request to Track
- Privacy Information in the App Store
- Safari Password Monitoring and Privacy Report
- Upgrade to Sign in with Apple capability
- Enable WiFi Private Address
- Enable Local Network Privacy Access
- Sign-in with Apple (on apps)
- Status bar indicator when app uses the microphone and camera
- App Store self-reported privacy practices
- All apps required to obtain user permission before tracking
- Password Monitor & Compromised Password Alert
- Random MAC address for each WiFi connection
- Privacy Warning if actual MAC address is visible to a WiFi hotspot
- “Weak Security” warning when Wi-Fi is using vulnerable technologies. ex: WPA or TKIP
- Apple Silicon onwards
- Write XOR execute (W^X)
- Kernel Integrity Protection
- Pointer authentication
- Device isolation
- Explore the new system architecture of Apple Silicon Macs – WWDC 2020 – Videos – Apple Developer
- Macs Only
- Selectable security level for each instance of macOS that is installed (Full Security makes the Mac just as secure as an iPhone)
- Secure Hibernation
- Full At-Rest protection
- Integrity and At-Rest protection
- Low battery protection
- APFS encrypted drive support iPhone/iPad enter password to access the content
- Safari 14; Privacy Report
- iPad Pro 2020 and newer disconnects hardware microphones when the lid of the device is physically closed
Smartphone Device Rooting
Rooting is the process of allowing users of smartphones, tablets and other devices running the Android mobile operating system to attain privileged control
Rooting your phone or tablet gives you complete control over the system, and that power can be misused if you’re not careful. The security model of Android is also compromised when you have root. Some malware specifically looks for root access, which allows it to really run amok.
- Tinker away: OnePlus 7T.
- The 5G option: OnePlus 8.
- Pixel for less: Google Pixel 4a.
- The flagship choice: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
- Power packed: POCO F2 Pro.
- Rooting can go wrong and turn your phone into a useless brick. Thoroughly research how to root your phone.
- You will void your warranty.
- Your phone is more vulnerable to malware and hacking.
- Some rooting apps are malicious.
- You might lose access to high security apps.
Smartphone Network (4G – 5G)
5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users. Higher performance and improved efficiency empower new user experiences and connects new industries.
5G up to 100 times faster than 4G
With 5G reaching 10 gigabits per second – up to 100 times faster than 4G – 5G networks can deliver the level of performance needed for an increasingly connected society. Connectivity requirements vary based on what the network is being used for.
5G is next generation wireless network technology that’s expected to change the way people live and work. It will be faster and able to handle more connected devices than the existing 4G LTE network, improvements that will enable a wave of new kinds of tech products. 5G networks began rolling out in the United States and around the world in 2018 and are still in their early days, but experts say the potential is huge.
Companies are racing to have the fastest or largest 5G networks. And countries are competing to be the first to deploy fully functional, nationwide 5G. That’s because the benefits of the new technology are expected to fuel transformative new technologies, not just for consumers but also for businesses, infrastructure and defense applications.
Benefits of 5G?
Much of the hype around 5G has to do with speed. But there are other perks, too. 5G will have greater bandwidth, meaning it can handle many more connected devices than previous networks. That means no more spotty service when you’re in a crowded area. And it will enable even more connected devices like smart toothbrushes and self-driving cars.
5G will also reduce latency — the time it takes for a cell phone (or other connected device) to make a request from a server and get a response — to virtually zero. And it will make communication with cloud platforms (think Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure) faster and easier.
How does it work?
With 5G, signals run over new radio frequencies, which requires updating radios and other equipment on cell towers. There are three different methods for building a 5G network, depending on the type of assets a wireless carrier has: low-band network (wide coverage area but only about 20% faster than 4G), high-band network (superfast speeds but signals don’t travel well and struggle to move through hard surfaces) and mid-band network (balances speed and coverage).
Carriers building superfast 5G networks must install tons of small cell sites — about the size of pizza boxes — to light poles, walls or towers, often in relatively small proximity to one another. For that reason, superfast networks are mostly being deployed city by city. Eventually, most US carriers will have a mix of the different network types that will enable both broad coverage and fast speeds.
The fastest 5G networks are expected to be at least 10 times faster than 4G LTE, according to wireless industry trade group GSMA. Some experts say they could eventually be 100 times faster. That’s fast enough to download a two hour movie in fewer than 10 seconds, versus around 7 minutes with 4G. Actual download speeds will depend on a number of factors, including location and network traffic.
How can you use it?
In order to connect to and get the benefits of a 5G network, consumers have to have 5G-enabled devices. Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, LG, OnePlus and several other device makers have released 5G phones. Apple is widely expected to release a 5G iPhone later in fall 2020. Some companies — including manufacturers and the NFL — are also working with carriers to install personal 5G networks so they can reap the benefits without waiting for the nationwide rollout.
Are there drawbacks?
Significant adoption of 5G is going to take years — industry trade group GSMA estimates that by 2025, around half of mobile connections will be 5G (the rest will be older tech, like 4G and 3G). There are also concerns among regulators and others about the security of 5G, especially since crucial technologies such as self-driving cars and healthcare systems will be built on top of the network.
How to determine if a phone is 5G-enabled
We’ve put together a few tips on how to know if your smartphone is 5G capable.
- Look for the 5G logo
One of the easiest ways to know if your phone is 5G capable is to look for a 5G logo at the back of the phone. It’s important to note that the more recently released flagships for 2020 may no longer carry the 5G logo on their backs. In that case, you can verify the model of the phone and identify the specs online to know if it is 5G capable.
- Download speed test on your device
You can also find out if your smartphone is 5G enabled by downloading the Speed Test app by Ookla on Google Play or Apple Store. After the download, disconnect the WiFi and enable mobile data. If the phone is 5G compatible, you’ll record rapid speeds.
Note that 5G is hardware and not software. Therefore, it cannot be installed through an OTA. However, Motorola does have the Motorola Moto Mods, a 5G accessory that is affixed to the back of the phone to access the 5G frequency.
5G phones are costlier
Another factor is that 5G phones are at the highest end of the smartphone market. Most 5G variants of flagship phones are significantly costlier than the standard models. A 5G Samsung S10 is more expensive than the standard version. If you are paying more than a thousand dollars, there’s a chance you’re paying for 5G capabilities.
Gadget enthusiasts do need to be wary of carriers who try to deceive people with a “5G E” logo, which isn’t 5G but an improved version of 4GLTE. Also ensure you live in a location with 5G infrastructure because you can’t test a 5G phone in an area with no 5G connectivity.
Most phones with 5G capability run on Gigabit WiFi but also support the longer-range but slower speed 2.4GHz band. A 5G phone should be able to switch between 4G and 5G.
- Check for 802.11ac Certification
If you’re still finding it difficult to know if your phone is 5G compatible, look at the wireless connectivity column and search for “WiFi 5” “WiFi 5G” or “802.11ac.”
Smartphone Comparison Tool (High End Smartphones)
|Model||OS||Display size||Camera||Processor (CPU)||Storage||Network||Cost ($ US)|
|Samsung Galaxy Note21 Ultra
|Android||6.9″||108+ MP||3 GHz||128/512 GB||4G Yes
|$989 Get it now|
|Apple iPhone 12||ios||6.1″||12+ MP||3.1 GHz||64/128 256 GB||4G Yes
|$879 Get it Now|
|Google Pixel 6
|android||6″||12+ MP||2.4 GHz||128 GB||4G Yes
|$959 Get it Now|
|Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2||android||7.6″||12+ MP||3.1 GHz||256 GB||4G Yes
|$2999 Get it Now|
|Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
|ios||6.7″||12+ MP||Hexa-core (2×3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4×1.8 GHz Icestorm)||128/256 512 GB||4G Yes
|$1099 Get it Now|
|Samsung Galaxy S21+||android||6.7″||12MP+12MP+64MP+TOF/10MP||Quad HD+ (3200×1440) Dynamic AMOLED 120Hz||Dual SIM 128GB
|$1198 Get it Now|
Pick the Best smartphone For Me:
– Best smartphone for Apple: iPhone 13 iPhone 12
– Best smartphone for Android: Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
– Best smartphone for camera performance: Google Pixel 6 Pro
– Best smartphone for Apple on a budget: iPhone SE
– Best smartphone high-end performance on a budget: OnePlus 8
– Most powerful smartphone : Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra / iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 mini review from The Verge: “It’s not the best iPhone for most people, but it’s going to be a favorite for many”. The iPhone 12 Mini is what all small phones should be: tiny and mighty
Gorgeous hardware design with IP68 and durable Gorilla Glass Victus all over
Excellent display with 120Hz and great sunlight legibility
Beautiful UI with fun and colorful elements; 5 years of Android updates; newly enabled Voice Typing and on-device voice to text processing are excellent
Google Tensor chip offers great all-around performance and excellent graphics performance
Pixel camera sees much needed improvements in still images and video; excellent shots from 4X periscope camera
Google Hardware finally lives up to its potential
Battery life misses expectations
No charger included in the box
30W charging is not the quickest
HDR+ is too aggressive in still images and could use some tweaks
Color tuning inconsistent between main and ultrawide cameras
Google Tensor chip throttles under sustained peak performance
Pixel 6 Pro power behavior, same LFD ambient brightness crap as on the S21 Ultra, however with just utterly absurd power figures. 60Hz also uses more power than 120Hz in brighter environments – it’s a big fail. If you’re using the phone in dark environments, skip it.
- Outstanding design – sturdy and water-proof.
- Brightest OLED screen we’ve seen, super accurate, Dolby Vision, sort of 120Hz.
- Class-leading battery life (with 60Hz caveats).
- Loud stereo speakers, excellent output.
- Unmatched performance.
- Great all-round photo and video quality across all four cameras.
- Stale looks, the notch should have been gone by now.
- An absolute unit of a phone, 240g is a lot and a case doesn’t make it smaller or lighter.
- 120Hz refresh rate barely functional at phone’s launch date.
- The chipset is prone to heavy throttling under max load.
- The fast charging isn’t very fast.
- iOS (with its limitations) remains a love it or leave it affair.
- The camera bump is so large on the Pro that my wireless charger plate in my car no longer works, as the distance between the charger and iphone is too big.
- My normal wireless charging puck still works, but is less efficient due to the gap.
“In video playback, the iPhone 13 Pro Max was good for 24 hours of looping our test sample while offline – 9 hours more than the 12 Pro Max, and 6 on top of the S21 Ultra’s figure. Here we couldn’t be entirely certain what the refresh rate was, but it’s only natural that it wasn’t the full 120Hz, with 60Hz being a much safer bet. Again, that’s an imposing result regardless of the refresh rate it was achieved at.
On a voice call, the 13 Pro Max also showed significant improvement over its predecessor, though that’s somewhat of a low bar to clear, considering our experience with call longevity on iPhones. Having said that, the 27:26h result is, for a change, not one to be ashamed of in general, not just for an iPhone.
Dialing in all of these numbers in our formula, alongside the also surprisingly decent standby result, we’re getting an Endurance rating of 121h for the iPhone 13 Pro Max – the longest ever for an iPhone.”
I think most of this community has been saying give me a heavier/thicker phone for better battery. Apple finally does it and now it’s too heavy? There’s just no winning with some reviewers.
I used to love the max/plus phones, and the features of this one look amazing, but for some reason the square edges and weight are making it physically impossible for me to enjoy the last couple releases.
I have a 13 now, it’s mostly comfortable and I enjoy it but I’m starting to get cramps from the way I hold my phone, so I’m returning it for a mini. My 12 pro max used to leave deep indentations on my palm where the phone sits near my thumb. I’m using an 8+ now while I wait for my refund and it’s somehow way more comfortable than a smaller and lighter 13. I don’t understand if I just have short fingers that can’t find a proper grip with the squared off edges, but my hands cannot reach around the phones to grip it properly. I have such loving nostalgia when I think of the xs/11 max form factor – I wish the pro max was still the same shape as those with the upgraded camera tech
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GPS, accelerometer and compass
GPS uses satellites to determine the location of your phone and is free to use.
The accelerometer is a small device inside your smartphone that can tell the angle you are holding your device. This is how it knows to rotate the screen when you hold it sideways.
There’s a small compass inside your smartphone which, combined with the previous two components, makes your smartphone a handy tool for navigation.
This is the company that manufactured your smartphone. iPhone’s are all manufactured by Apple, but Android devices come from a number of different manufacturers, such as Google, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Sony and more.
Your smartphone has a microphone at the bottom that is used when you’re talking on the phone. If you have headphones plugged into your smartphone, there is usually a microphone on them that allows you to talk hands-free on the phone.
Smartphone Operating System (OS)
This is the software on which your device operates. Apple iPhones run on ‘iOS’, of which the most recent version is iOS 9, Apple releases iOS updates simultaneously to everyone.
Android devices run on the Android OS, of which the most recent version is 6 (Marshmallow). Phone providers release Android updates independently, so your phone may be several versions behind.
Ports are where you can plug things into your smartphone. Smartphones typically have a charging/data transfer port at the bottom of the device, and a 3.5mm headphone port at the top (or bottom).
What is C port in Mobile?
Called USB Type-C, it is faster than the commonly used USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 standards that personal computers, laptops and smartphones all use this at the moment. … The two advantages that it offers are faster data transfer speeds and also quicker charging capabilities.
USB Type–C is available on Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, Z Flip, Note10, Note10+, Fold, S10e, S10, S10+, Fold, Note9, S9, S9+, Note8, S8, and S8+.
Smartphones also rely on open ports to receive certain types of information. But because of the way mobile networks are structured, phones‘ IP addresses can change as they move through the world.
Vivo has already introduced its concept smartphone under the NEX series that comes without any button and ports. Going forward more phones may adopt buttonless and portless design. With wireless charging gaining prominence, the charging/data port may slowly disappear from phones some years down the line.
The Best Smartphones That Still Have a Headphone Jack
Google killed the headphone jack in its Pixel line, only to resurrect it on its budget-friendly Pixel 3A and 3A XL models last year (9/10, WIRED Recommends). For $400, the Pixel 3A gets you almost anything you’d expect from a phone that’s twice the price: fast charging, a brilliant camera with a game-changing Night Sight mode for low-light shots, and an OLED display.
LG is one of the only manufacturers to have preserved the headphone jack in all of its flagship phones, and that hasn’t changed with the new V60 ThinQ. But the company goes above and beyond the jack.
Sony phones haven’t left a lasting impression for a long time, but the new Xperia 1 II (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is different. It excels in almost every way, with a great camera system, reliable battery life, and a sharp OLED screen. And after removing the headphone jack from its predecessor, the Xperia 1, Sony walked back and returned the 3.5-mm port to its rightful place in this update.
Phones on the more affordable end of the market are more likely to sport headphone jacks than their pricier counterparts. (Though that’s not always the case, e.g. the OnePlus 7T.) TCL’s first branded phones in the US—the TCL 10 Pro and the 10L—have headphone jacks, plenty of power to run most everyday tasks, and they cost $450 and $250, respectively. You also get a pair of modern-looking screens, a MicroSD card slot for more storage, solid battery life, and NFC for contactless payments. It helps that they look and feel nice.
Smartphones have a few different types of technology which allow for wireless communication such as:
– network or cellular data – allows you to make phone calls, send SMS messages and access the internet
– wifi – allows you to connect to the internet wirelessly
– Bluetooth – allows for short range connectivity – often used for connecting to a car audio system or wireless headphones
– Near Field Communication (NFC) – included in some recent smartphones, NFC allows for very close range data transfer and is similar to the technology used for contactless payments.
When trying to choose a smartphone, it is important to consider what features are most important to you. For example, if you are looking for a phone with a large display, the Samsung Galaxy and the Apple iPhone both offer options with large screens. If you are interested in a phone with a good camera, the Google Pixel and the Huawei both offer excellent cameras. Ultimately, the best way to choose a smartphone is to read reviews and compare the features of each phone to find the one that best meets your needs.
Android is more customizable, but iOS is more user-friendly. Second, what brand do you want? Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, or Google? Again, each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Apple is known for its quality, but Samsung is more affordable. Huawei phones are rising in popularity, but Xiaomi phones are a great budget option. And finally, what size do you want? Bigger screens are great for watching movies and browsing the web, but smaller phones are easier to carry around. Once you’ve considered all of these factors, you should be able to choose the perfect smartphone for you.
Latest Greatest iPhone to Date
It is the iPhone 13 PRO MAX
1- How often does the average person check their phone? 96 times a day.
Americans now check their phones 96 times a day – that’s once every 10 minutes, according to new research by global tech care company Asurion. That’s a 20 percent daily increase from a similar survey conducted by Asurion two years ago.
The simple answer is Yes. The “How” is what will might give you some sweat. I noticed that this can be done, as some people have given successful feedback and there are a big number of services out there and a pretty good bunch of them need a payment, however I will share this among what I find to seem legit, this post at techtimes highlights 3 nice ones, but nonetheless there’s an android app (Phone Track by Number) too that does the play. However please note that some services may not give very accurate locations. Also note that this service is widely used by intelligence bodies and so it’s usage is critical, sensitive and so priced! Hope that’s helpful.
The answer is no, once someone sends a text message to someone else, it cannot be altered in anyway. Example, if someone texts me saying “I like your dog” then thats what ill be seeing on my end, why because it cannot be changed once its sent, it just doesn’t work that way.
I think Google photos automatically backs up the photos so you may be able to do it that way. And I think I will save them by things like location or it can use an AI to place simaler pictures together like.
Android widgets basically display data on your smartphone home screen of the application of which they are part of. Generally speaking, they are neither shortcut icons nor separately installed applications. They just provide a quick view of the data of the application which they are related to on your phone home screen.
Does MusicKit or any other framework allow you to copy music from user’s music library on the phone to another location? I want to copy music off my phone but iTunes doesn’t let me and I think it might be easier to write an app if it is allowed.
How do I use my back-end Java code in making an iOS app? I have written a fill-in-the-blanks game in Java, but would like it to be compatible on an iOS device. How to I take this code and make it into an app?
Why is my iPhone battery decreasing even if I’m not using it? I slept last night and it was fully charged and when i woke up it’s already 87% my phone’s battery health is at 100% and my phone is iphone 6s and is updated to the latest version
How do you stop background apps from closing when you enter another app, for example I want to use a VPN for Spotify but when I go into the VPN its still running at the top but when I open Spotify it closes down the VPN?
Is it safe to give storage permission to an app? I’ve downloaded “Girls Frontline” which Is a gacha game, but it wants storage permission to “store game assets” should I give It permission or just uninstall it?
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Where can I find a minimalist YouTube app? By that I don’t mean the looks of the UI but the UX. I’m tired of seeing recommendations and suggestions on the side. I want to see only what I subscribed to or searched for. Nothing more. Any 3rd party app?
I disabled Google play services and all Google apps to enhance privacy. Problem is, about half of the apps in my phone won’t work without it. Even apps downloaded from other APK sites like apkmirror, apkpure, etc require it. Is there an alternative?
*Help* Can IG randomly hide/show my name on posts? Because my girlfriend think I remove like from photo (because my name wasnt there) bud it was there. When she looks again it was there, and she thinks I lied to her about removing likes. Please help?
Is the Kajimoto app safe? It makes me seem real lonely but we’re in quarantine ok! I’m looking at it and wanna know whether its malware/ a virus? Does anybody have it or have any knowledge on it? Thanks
How can I default the end to end encryption on my watsap.. It’s disturbing me I can’t recurve calls, videos and now I’m even close on changing my number but what about the people I chat with business?
How can I default the end to end encryption on my watsap.. It’s disturbing me I can’t recurve calls, videos and now I’m even close on changing my number but what about the people I chat with business?
I’m worried about being hacked. what’s the best protection for my android?
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I bought a new DooGee smartphone with with Android 10 and have been really impressed with it. My previous phone was a Note 3.
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I had the pleasure of daily driving the 22+ for the last week. I work for a mobile software development company, so I get to test drive the coolest hardware. However the S21+ is my ride or die daily driver. It was largely the same with the S10 and S20, the Galaxy S line is just consistently my favorite Android Phones. I say that so you’ll understand just how excited I was for my turn with Sammy’s latest and greatest. So I thought I’d weigh in on the upgrade question.
Subjectively, the camera and image processing are maybe a 10-15% increase in quality, on par or surpassing anything from Cupertino or Palo Alto. Screen quality is largely the same, though the increased brightness on the S22+ meant that in full daylight my display still looked beautiful. Running some high demand apps simultaneously, I noticed a surprising increase in computing power from the S22’s Snapdragons 8 Gen 1. Its fast folks. Like really FAST. It ran through Genshin Impact without so much as a stutter. It must be said though that the S21’s 888 tore through the workload at a pace that wouldn’t leave anyone reasonably wanting more. I also noticed an increase in battery life by about 4-6 hours, from a smaller battery no less. Most likely, this is attributable to the new chip’s efficiency and a more variable refresh rate on the screen.
Here’s the Bottom Line: Samsung didn’t take a huge generational leap with the S22, so there’s no big risk feature to focus on. As such, the S22 is a little boring, but for all the right reasons. Samsung took what was already the best Android phone experience and just dialed up what we already loved. Put more simply, it just works. It’s hard to complain about a phone that doesn’t deliver a perfect 10 in every category, but never let’s any area drop below a 9. If you love the S21, you’re going to love S22, but you won’t be surprised by any massive advancement in capability. It’s still a Sammy though, so you know you’re still guaranteed to get the best tech.
I won’t be trading in my S21+ anytime soon, but I wouldn’t blame anyone who buys the S22 to get just a little bit more of what you already love.
As of today: TOP Android Smartphone of the month: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Contour Cut Camera Design
Introducing a bold new camera design in a category of its own. Its ultra-sized with a contour-cut camera that seamlessly houses cutting-edge lenses.
The 108-megapixel camera captures so much detail, you can pinch in and reveal even more shots within.2 This camera quality expresses rich colour data for true-to-life details and hues — that don’t get washed out in the sun.
The breakthrough Dual Zoom system now zooms in faster, smoother and sharper than any zoom in the Galaxy series.3 And when paired with the all-new Zoom Lock, shots are now more stable.
8K Video is the highest resolution video available in a Galaxy smartphone — that’s four times as many pixels as 4K. Record in 8K 24fps and get crisp footage that looks better than the cinema, then upload and watch right on YouTube.4
Galaxy’s first 5nm processor packs epic power and speed. This outstanding upgrade means faster learning and more intelligence in every aspect of Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.5
Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G’s Intelligent Battery outlasts the day — even on 5G. Maxing out at a massive 5000mAh (typical), it combines with the new power-efficient display and processor to live on beyond the 24-hour mark.6,7
Our smoothest scrolling screen that keeps up with all your feeds. Incredibly responsive, this display delivers seamless transitions with every touch and optimizes the refresh rate based on what you view — saving battery for more of what you love.
It’s the most vivid and brightest display in a Galaxy smartphone. Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G delivers our most stunning experience at 1500 nits, with 100% colour volume for accurate and realistic colour — even in sunlight.8
- Pro Grade Camera: Zoom in close, take photos and videos like a pro, and capture incredible share-ready moments with our easy-to-use, multi lens camera
- Sharp 8K Video: Capture your life’s best moments in head-turning, super-smooth 8K video that gives your movies that cinema-style quality
- Multiple Ways to Record: Create share-ready videos and GIFs on the spot with multi-cam recording and automatic professional-style effects
- 100x Zoom: Get amazing clarity with a dual lens combo of 3x and 10x optical zoom, or go even further with our revolutionary 100x Space Zoom
- Highest Smartphone Resolution: Crystal clear 108MP allows you to pinch, crop and zoom in on your photos to see tiny, unexpected details, while lightning-fast Laser Focus keeps your focal point clear
- All Day Intelligent Battery: Intuitively manages your cellphone’s usage to conserve energy, so you can go all day without charging (based on average battery life under typical usage conditions)
- Power of 5G: Get next-level power for everything you love to do with Galaxy 5G; More sharing, more gaming, more experiences and never miss a beat
Screen is brighter on 21+ according to specs/reviews, but the same resolution as what I’m running the S20+ while using 120 hz, which is a huge disappointment that the higher resolution is exclusive to the Ultra. I also prefer the flat screen, I’ve never really liked the curved screen of the S20+.
New faster processor on s21+ obviously a good thing, supposedly about 20-25% faster performance and more graphics performance. I watch a lot of media and games on my phone so this sounds nice but I’m doubting if it will actually be noticeable, particularly with less ram on the system.
12 GB downgrading to 8 GB, seems like a deal breaker since I like to have multiple Chrome tabs up and run lots of processes at same time, but supposedly I’ve heard conflicting reports that the 8GB in the S21+ might be faster RAM . Also think I’ve heard something about how the new Snapdragon processor can use RAM more efficiently and doesn’t need as much, but I’m highly skeptical of that claim also. Seems like a downgrade overall to me.
SD Card slot
I don’t currently use a SD Card, so this is a non-factor for me. I like the idea of having it but it’s not a deal breaker like I know it is for others.
Camera seems fundamentally about the same hardware. I’ve read there are some software changes, but those will likely be updated on S20+ in future downloads. Doesn’t seem like an upgrade, that’s more a selling point for the Ultra obviously.
Slightly bigger battery on S21+. Better processor and adaptive refresh supposedly will get better battery life also. S20+ is a battery hog, especially since I like to keep performance settings at maximum.
Even after trade-in it will cost me about $300. Sure I’ll get about $260+ in accessories credit, but I already have Galaxy Buds+ from last year, already have a Galaxy Watch Active 2, I don’t use or want a Samsung case; so I’m struggling to even figure out what I’d use the credit to purchase.
It seems like I’d be paying for a minor update to most features and not really a upgrade, and a downgrade on the RAM.
1- iPhone 12 Pro Max 2020
The battery. Feels absolutely insane. I have about 2h screen on-time since charging today, and the battery is at 79% at the moment. Downloaded loads of apps and thousands of spotify songs yesterday, battery was at 60% ish when plugging it into the charger. Such a MASSIVE upgrade from my X which never lasted an entire day for me in the end.
The size. It’s pretty much perfect I would say. I have average-sized hands and haven’t noticed any problems with one-handed usage. It fits pretty good in my pocket, nothing more to say there really. Also the new design just feels sooo good in my hands.
The RAM. My old X couldn’t handle more than 3-4 apps sometimes before killing a background process. It happened waaay too many times that I browsed youtube, opened up snapchat and reddit, then when going back to youtube it reloaded the app. Haven’t happened yet on my PM, despite opening way more apps.
The cameras. I am not a photographer and I did not buy this phone for the cameras. Most of my camera roll is just saved memes from Reddit. However, after comparing photos from both my X and my 12 PM, the differences are noticeable, but not major in any way. It feels better in low-light, though. Will probably do some more testing when the weather is not 1000% rain.
The price. Let’s be real, most people buying this phone is not on a budget. You buy this if you want the best. Phones these days are expensive. I think the argument “how can a phone cost 1k that’s insane” is ridiculous. It’s not for you then. Just get a cheaper one.
I have to say the weight. This is expected from such a big phone obviously, however, especially when lying in bed and watching youtube or whatever, my hand gets really tired after a while. I find it hard to use the phone one-handed for longer periods.
3D touch. I have to add this. It was such a nice feature on my X to just press hard anywhere on the keyboard to move the cursor. Now I have to press long on the spacebar, takes some time getting used to.
My LG V20 finally pissed me off so much that I couldn’t live with it any more, so I got myself a phone that has caused some discussion here recently – the Mi 10T Pro.
I’ve had it for 4 days now, so these are my first impressions so far:
The screen is really good. There’s been quite a lot of discussion about it and some people accused XDA of being impartial, but the truth is that it’s a bloody good LCD. 144hz is really something, coming from 60hz, though probably I would be happy also with 120hz. The screen itself is bright, the colors are strong and vibrant and the viewing angles are also superb. AMOLED would have had some advantages (always-on display, better blacks), but in reality the screen is really good and I can’t say that I’m missing out on something.
The variable refresh rate is also working spot-on. I was a bit worried about this, but in reality you can’t really notice the refresh rate changing. Thumbs up for that.
The battery life is great. I’ve only had it for a couple of days, so I’m still tinkering with it more than I normally would, but I’m getting 8h SOT, which is not bad. The 33w charger fills the 5000mAh battery up in roughly an hour.
The main reason I preferred this to the S20 FE is the CPU, as in Europe the S20 is sold with the Exynos CPU. The SD865 in the 10T Pro is, like you would expect, a good combination with the 144hz screen and I haven’t seen any slowdowns yet.
I haven’t had the opportunity to test the cameras a lot yet, but so far they seem pretty good, especially considering the price. The 108mp main camera makes great pictures and combined with OIS and EIS, it’s very usable also in dark settings. The ultra-wide angle makes good photos in daylight, but when it gets dark, it doesn’t hold up as well as the main camera. I would say it’s on level with my old V20 wide-angle. There’s also a 5MP macro lens, but I haven’t tested it enough yet.
Build quality is great, it feels very solid in hand. It’s a large phone, keep that in mind, and with the 5000mAh battery, it’s also quite heavy, but at least the weight is balances so that it doesn’t feel like it’s falling out of your hand all the time.
MIUI – was expecting a lot of ads, a lot of bloatware, but so far I haven’t seen a single ad and there was hardly any bloatware. Maybe it’s due to the fact that they don’t add all that crap to phones sold in Europe. In fact, it came with Google Dialer and Google Contacts pre-installed, so they have swapped most of their own apps with Google ones.
So far I’m really happy with it! Even though I was worried that I would miss some of the features of the V20, other things such as a great screen, great battery life and solid performance make up for it. Read more and follow discussion here
3- Xperia 5 II
Xperia 5 II thoughts from a 10+ years iPhone user
A little background first. My first smartphone was an iPhone 3G, and I’ve owned the majority of the iPhones released since then. My main reasons for switching were wanting a fingerprint reader over FaceID, which even before masks I’ve always hated, and the lack of a headphone jack, which despite me mostly using wireless headphones I’ve really missed being able to connect to my Hi-Fi and the latency free audio of wired ones.
I’ve been using the 5 II for a little over a month now. I actually received it a week before it’s official launch day. Since it’s what I think most are interested in I’ll start with the main negative.
Yes, despite what reviewers say, in real-world usage I’ve found the camera to be by far the worst part of the phone. My usage mostly encompasses indoor photos of pets, and as you’ll see in the example photos it fails at that. The first problem is that autofocus is terrible. Often times I’ll have to tap on the subject multiple times to get it to focus, and even then it sometimes still appears fuzzy. Sometimes it will say the object is too close to focus when it isn’t, and then a few seconds later forget that was a problem at all. But the worst part is the amount of time it takes to take photos. On my iPhone XS I would always take two in a second in case one was blurry, with this that is impossible. It takes at least two seconds, and sometimes longer between shots when indoors. This means that a lot of my shots I’ve started moving the phone as I thought it was done already, and then the photo is ruined. Or my dog has completely moved positions, resulting in a blurry mess. This is worst on the tele-photo lens, but true on all of them. I don’t feel like reviewers spent enough time using the camera indoors, or in anything but perfect lighting to see how bad it is in this situation.
I’ve included some good and some bad photos. Bare in mind that for the good ones I often had to take multiple photos to get it right. My main problem is how inconsistent and slow it is: Album.
The front camera, as many have noted, is even worse. When a face is in frame the words “Soft snap” appear, and a beautification effect that even when turned off in settings is applied. I’ve tested this by quickly moving the frame away and back to my face, and for the split-second before it realises it’s a face there is much more detail. I hope in a future update this is fixed.
Aside from that it annoys me that when the battery is low the camera app will not open, simply saying I need to charge. I’d rather at least get the chance to take a photo before it dies. I haven’t used it much for video but it seems very good. The stabilisation is fine and focus is actually faster than when using the camera. colours also look great. I do like having the camera button, but the force needed to press it sometimes blurs images.
The phone feels solid. Even though it is aluminium (perhaps 7000 series as I think either the 1 or 1 II was quoted as being it) it feels no less strong than my XS’ stainless steel. I don’t find the glass too slippery, but I think when people say this about new phones they forget just how much more slippy a fresh oleophobic coating is to one that has worn off. I don’t feel the need to use a case and with the phone completely bare there aren’t any scratches to the frame or either side of glass. When pocketed the height of the phone is annoying when kneeling to put on shoes, but the narrow frame means it isn’t as bad as some other large phones.
I appreciate the higher refresh-rate screen, although it doesn’t make as much impact as on my iPad Pro. One thing people have complained about is brightness. Unfortunately, the area in Britain I live in has not seen a day of sunshine since I got it, so so far at least I haven’t been able to see if it’s a problem. One thing that annoys me is that text smoothing seems to be pretty bad. It is a lot easier to see individual pixels in text than on my XS, despite the PPI being almost identical. I enjoy the overall height of the screen, and how narrow it is. I have small hands and could only just reach my thumb to the side of my XS when holding it securely. With this that is easy.
Everything elseBattery life has been great. I get one and a half to two days from it.
The front-firing speakers are a revelation. I love how I can hold the phone properly without blocking the bottom one.
The notification light is surprisingly useful. I feel like all phones should have one.
You don’t need to press the fingerprint reader to unlock the screen, meaning sometimes when I pocket it my thumb brushes against and unlocks it. Sometimes it unlocks with a finger I haven’t registered, which is… concerning. These are annoying but not dealbreakers for me. Apart from that it’s perfect and far better than FaceID.
If you live in the UK this thing is extremely cheap on contract. My 24 month plan has 54GB of 5G data per month, and after selling the preorder bonus headphones actually costs the same overall as if I’d bought it outright.
Forget it if you want to use the flash as a torch. It’s the weakest I’ve ever had in a phone.
The Google Assistant button is useless and can’t be customised, although hopefully in the future button reassinging apps will be able to change it.
Overall I’m not sure if I’d recommend the phone if you intend to take many photos indoors or in imperfect lighting. Outdoors photos are great, but for those situations I have a mirrorless camera. I don’t miss iOS too much and I don’t regret buying the phone. The ability to have multiple apps open at once and Facebook chat bubbles is amazing. Apple Music also works just as well as on iOS.
If you have any questions feel free.
TLDR: Cameras bad. Basically everything else good.
TL;DR: won’t miss much. Not even 90 Hz, wide angle or tele photo lenses. Great battery, build, screen, haptics, size, camera and speakers.
So after 1,5 years enjoying a OnePlus 7 Pro, I switched to a Google Pixel 4a primarily because of the smaller size. 1,5 years is the longest I’ve ever had a phone. Was really enjoying the OnePlus experience.
Here is my review after a week of usage of the Google Pixel 4a.
My use case is phone, teams, messenger, sms, camera, YouTube and browsing.
Size: obviously the difference in size is a primary objective. The 4a for surfing and reading news in one hand usage is a joy. Also the weight of the 4a makes it a fantastic daily tool. It’s so comfortable small that a thin cover doesn’t ruin the overall size. Also it’s not so small that two finger writing is cramped like on my wife’s 2020 iPhone SE.
Build quality: at first glance I was surprised, that it’s made of plastic. It’s so well made, that it feels like an aluminium phone covered in a soft touch material. It’s also sturdy, it seems, now that Sack gave it some love. The in hand feel is what I have been paying Dbrand for, when mounting skins on my multitude of glass sandwich phones in the past like S6, S7 Edge, S8, S9, S10e, OP7pro etc. The power button and volume same is placed exactly where my right thumb easily reaches.
Screen: a very well made AMOLED supporting HDR. I’m so happy to get a flat screen again, after so many year’s of edge type displays.. the punch hole camera cutout is what it is. Fast brightness adaptation for once. Good brightness in sunlight and sufficiently low brightness in darkness. Good support for cheap screen protectors.
The performance of the screen is so good, that after a few hours of usage, I don’t notice the downgrade in refresh rate. I’m serious. When tapping on the screen the feedback does not feel like a hollow phone feeling.
Haptics: great vibration motor that feels somewhat like a linear actuator, rather than the circular motor it actually is. I don’t feel a difference from an iPhone to be honest. But it’s so strong that even setting the keyboard vibration in Gboard to 1 ms is too much. Turned it off.
Speakers: this is one important subject to me. And I’m happy to report that they are great. Greater than on an iPhone SE with better balance and stereo separation, although the 4a amplification could be better. I’ve modified the max loudness via the Wavelet app, so that the lows and highs and a little boost in the mid ranges easily compensates. Comparing to a iPhone Xr speakers the 4a speakers with my mods, sounds even more bassy and with great highs in direct comparison. It’s that good.
Battery: writing this at 9 PM after unplugging 6.30 AM (16 hours) off charger and 4 hours of screen on time, I have 46% battery left. A true all day phone with lots to spare.
Performance: this is funny. Until now I didn’t think of any difference in daily tasks. Only the Google Camera HDR process takes a few seconds to complete. But only noticeable when takin pictures in sequence going to check the results directly. Again my use case doesn’t demand much CPU.
Fingerprint sensor: really fast, precise and doesn’t even need to cover the whole sensor. The tip of a finger is enough to unlock the phone.
Charging: I think the first charge took 1,5 hours with a USB-PD 18 watt charger. I charge overnight with an old 1 amp charger. I wish it had wireless charging, as my phone holder in our car supports it. Other than that, I don’t really miss it, because of the great battery life without the need of topping up when not using the phone.
Network: good WiFi strength and good LTE signal. I was surprised and happy to see, that my local network TDC in Denmark supports VoLTE and VoWiFi, even without it being officially on their list of phones, as the Pixel is not officially sold in Denmark. Also eSIM works like a charm. Running with my private number as eSIM and company number as traditional SIM. Bluetooth connectivity without issues.
Camera: it’s a Pixel.. As good as Gcam on the OnePlus 7 Pro in comparison.
Software: it’s a Pixel.
This is my first time writing a review, so feel free to add a comment or question, supporting me in perspectives I might have overlooked in the process.
Please also accept that English is not my primary language.
Thanks for reading. And be safe everybody. Read more and join the discussion here…
Depending on what you want from a device and which one you are using currently. You will be opting for a new phone. The Note 20 Ultra is a very powerful phone without any doubt, however the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 price is high. But, considering the Samsung galaxy Note 20 Ultra specifications, the prices seem justified.
What sets the phone apart?
The thing that makes the phone different from all others is the S-Pen. So, anyone who sees value in that, the phone is definitely for them. Other than that, anyone who already has the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, they may consider keeping their old phones because the upgrades aren’t a lot comparatively.
The size of the phone is massive, which is a good thing for those who prefer using phones instead of a laptop or tablet for their work. But once again, preference counts in this as well. Bigger is a lot better when it comes to playing games and watching videos. The only drawback is that it doesn’t fit into your pocket very easily, which is really not that big of a problem. You can always carry the phone in your hands.
So, if the size isn’t an issue for you and you love the S-Pen. This is definitely the right phone for you. Moreover, anyone who prefers a smaller phone can opt for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.
What do experts have to say about the phone?
Experts had a lot of good things to say about the phone and the performance as well.
· The S-Pen was also given a thumbs up for doing all the tricks without any problem.
· The solid display, the camera and the casting of your screen to a TV monitor are also commendable upgrades.
· In addition to that, there are three major android updates, guaranteed.
I recently switched from the Moto G6 to the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, after the former device started to slow down a lot and drop cell signal, resulting in missed calls. Here in the US, we don’t have much in the way of midrange devices, and real-world reviews of the A52 5G are rare. So I thought I’d share how I’ve found it after a few weeks.
Note: only the A52 5G is available in the US. Elsewhere, there is a 5G and 4G variant. Please note that whenever I talk about the “A52” without specifying, I am talking about the 5G model.
Why I chose the A52 5G:
I wanted a phone with a long software support timeline, a good battery, and water resistance, but I didn’t care about wireless charging or the greatest cameras. This meant the A52 5G took priority for me over comparable devices like the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G, Motorola’s lineup, and the iPhone SE. I also got a good sale on it, paying ~$390 on Samsung’s website, or $110 off the usual price of $500.
Verizon info that I couldn’t find elsewhere online:
Verizon, one of the biggest carriers in the US and the one I use, does not sell the A52 5G. It does sell the A42 5G, a slightly downgraded model that has mmWave 5G (the A52 only has sub-6 Ghz 5G), but lacks water resistance, a high refresh rate screen, worse cameras, and only gets 2 years of OS updates to the A52’s 3 years (both get 4 years of security updates). It normally retails at $400, so actually more than I paid for the A52 5G with that sale.
You can buy an A52 unlocked and switch your SIM card to it, which is what I did. One thing I worried about was that, when doing research beforehand, I was warned that the A52 lacked support for Verizon’s band 13, their main LTE band. However, I am pretty clearly getting band 13 support; I have downloaded multiple signal tracking apps that show I am connected to band 13 at times. Samsung’s website doesn’t show band 13 for the A52 but does show it for the A42 5G. However, Sprint says their variant supports band 13, as does info for the US model on PhoneScoop. If I had to guess, Samsung didn’t put it up on their website because they didn’t expect Verizon customers to buy the A52 and not the A42.
I’m going to divide this into the good, the not-so-good (things I don’t care for, but didn’t mind all that much), and the ugly.
- Performance: I’m able to play a mobile game while Youtube is running Picture-in-picture and I’m scrolling Reddit in a pop-up view window (One UI is cool like that) without a hiccup. For my use case, this is as demanding as it gets, so I’m fine with the 750G chipset and 6 gigs of RAM.
- Cameras: Of the quad camera setup, the 64 megapixel OIS main sensor is amazing, and the ultrawide is great for landscapes. The depth camera might be useful for portrait shots, and I’m sure I’ll never find a case for the macro camera where getting in close with the main camera doesn’t produce a better shot, so the smaller two are all but useless, but still nice to have. Supersteady stabilization on video is a neat trick, too. It’s not a Pixel, but still pretty nice.
- One UI: Aside from some cool gestures that were genuinely useful and the ability to swipe on the front fingerprint sensor, Motorola had all the downsides of Stock Android (less customizability) and none of the benefits (fast updates, Pixel-like AI experience). As a result, I’m loving OneUI, from the vast array of settings to Good Lock (One Handed Operation+ is amazing). Heck, you can even customize your call background! In addition, it’ll get OS updates up to Android 14 and security updates a year thereafter.
- 5G: Varies from 30 to 100 Mbps, so not nearly as fast as some of the claims for sub-6 5G (let alone mmwave) but still plenty fast.
- Fingerprint sensor: I’ve heard complaints it’s not as fast or as accurate as flagship devices, but monkey brain still thinks in-screen sensors are cool. It’s faster than the Moto G6 reader, that’s for sure.
- Battery life: Pretty good, even with 120 hertz enabled. 7 to 10 hours SOT depending on how hard I push it.
- Headphone jack and microSD card: need I say more? I occasionally used the jack on my Moto G6, though I’ve mostly switched to wireless, and I never used that microSD slot, even with a paltry 32 GB on the Moto, so I doubt I’ll need it for the 128 GB A52, but good to have just in case.
- Speakers: They’re stereo, with a bottom firing speaker and an amplified under-screen earpiece. They’re plenty loud, but you can easily muffle the bottom one if you hold it the wrong way. This is probably a side effect of me coming from the G6, which used only its earpiece as a front-firing speaker; I don’t think most people will be bothered by this. I mainly use headphones anyway.
- Grip: Using it without a case is harder than with the G6. This is mainly because it’s wider, but also because it’s boxier. Though only slightly thicker, it feels a lot more so because the edges of the Moto G6 are curved, while the A52’s are basically straight lines. Even with both of them in a Spigen case, this is somewhat noticeable.
- RCS: I switched to Google Messages over Samsung Messages because chat features never showed up on the Samsung messages app. I prefer Google’s in most ways anyways, but I did like how the Samsung app blended with the aesthetic of One UI.
- Accidental Touch Protection: Way too many false positives when I used my phone in low light conditions, had to turn it off.
- Charging: The included 15 watt charger takes a long time to get to 100 (1:40 according to GSMArena, though longer if you use it while charging). In addition, if you do use it while charging on the 15 watt charger, it gets uncomfortably hot on one spot on the back. I’ve also used a USB-C laptop charger from HP (a first party one with USB-PD support, maybe don’t try this with crappy Amazon ones that can’t tell the difference between a phone and a laptop) and it seemed to charge at the same speed. The A52 does support 25 watt charging, and I plan to buy one.
- Bluetooth bug: Occasionally my earbuds will randomly lose connection. This may be the fault of the frankly crappy earbuds (cheap Amazon seller earbuds, these are actually my second pair the company sent to me under warranty after my originals physically broke), and it doesn’t happen a lot (once or twice a day), but it’s still super annoying.
Overall, I think the A52 5G is a great phone for the value in the US, and a worthy update to my G6 that should last 4 years or more. It is, in some ways, a flagship killer, with high end features like a 120 hertz screen, OIS on the main camera, and an underscreen fingerprint reader, but for far less. Depending on your priorities, do look at the other phones I mentioned earlier, as well as the upcoming Pixel 5a and S21 FE, if you’re looking for something roughly around the $500 mark. And be on the lookout for sales!
Outside of the US, I know you have a lot more options in the midrange, including from brands not as common here like Xiaomi and Nokia, so it might not be the best value, but also keep the 4G variant in mind. It costs ~$100 less, though it lacks 5G (duh), has a 90 hertz screen instead of 120 hertz, and a 720G chipset. Source
iPhone 12 Pro vs. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Speed Test
Iphone 12 pro vs Xiaomi mi10 ultra thermal throttling test
I bought Pixel 4 XL on release date last year and have been happy with the phone since.
Note – I have hard hearing so I heavily use the Live Transcribe and Live Captions daily.
My work phone needed an upgrade and Pixel 5 happened to release at perfect timing so I pre-ordered one and it arrived 2 days ago.
GAP? Yes the Pixel 5 has a gap, however, the gap is less than 1mm and uniform around the entire phone. Defect or not, on the unit I received it is not an issue. Some specks of dust does get in though.
SCREEN? Ok the screen is 6 inches vs 6.3 inches, small difference right? Not exactly. The difference is bigger than I expected, mainly because of the top of the Pixel 5 screen is unusable due to hole punch camera(which is a big circle, much bigger than Galaxy S10 hole punch). When I use apps or anything, the entire area the camera hole covers is not useable! On Pixel 4 XL the digital time on top left would appear and disappear and you can use the full screen. On Pixel 5 it’s just a blank if you want the clock gone.
BUILD QUALITY? Pixel 4 XL is better. This isn’t hard to compare as the phone was priced more premium as well. In actual in hand feel, Pixel 4 XL feels much more ‘solid’. A weird comparison of this is, have you ever tapped or slapped a hard plastic container of hair gel? Well I have, it has a slight tingle when you do… Pixel 5 has such tingle as well when I tap or slap the phone. Pixel 4 XL in comparison feels like a marble slab, much more solid. I’m sure you all already know how the texture of Pixel 4 XL feels in hand by now. Pixel 5 feels different, it can be good or bad. It’s a preference thing. Curious? Go to the kitchen and touch your Anodized frying pan. Feels like that but instead of metal surface… It feels more like textured adhesive wrap applied to plastic. I dropped my Pixel 5 onto wooden floors yesterday, not a scratch or mark on it. Maybe plasticky isn’t so bad. Phone most certainly doesn’t feel like a $700 device and I doubt I’ll put a case on it. It’s not glass or pretty metal.
HAPTIC FEEDBACK? It’s good enough but not amazing. I think it has something to do with how light and tingly the Pixel 5 is. Remember I compared is to a container of hair gel. Haptics not such a big deal to me though, long as it’s there then that’s good enough. Phone just feels hollow.
PERFORMANCE? Not much difference as far as I can tell. Sorry, I can’t really test the speakers anyway.
BATTERY LIFE? Pixel 5 battery is nothing short of phenomenal. There’s no comparison compared to Pixel 4 XL. If you’re having battery issues on Pixel 4 XL then switching to Pixel 5 would be more than worth it.
Ok I think so far, I kept making the Pixel 5 sound bad but it’s really not! People keep comparing the Pixel 5 to Pixel 4 XL but that’s not a fair comparison. Pixel 4 XL cost $200 more in US at release.
So if you have a Pixel 4 XL and wondering if you should upgrade, consider 3 things: battery life, physical size of the phone and Fingerprint sensor. Battery is amazing, not much to say about that. Physical size of Pixel 5 is really good, very easily one handed, similar size to iPhone 8 with a slim case. I mention this because Pixel 4 XL with a case is a gigantic monster of a phone. Fingerprint sensor doesn’t need much of an explanation with this pandemic. Read more and join the discussion here…
Initially, the P40 Pro looks and feels whimsical with a first-class design and curvilinear screen carrying an authentic touch of elegance! This quad-curve “Overflow Display” bends graciously around the boundaries of the case meaning you get an outstanding finish but likewise a device that’s unbelievably comfortable to grip. Whirl the P40 around, you’ll find a huge quad Leica-branded back camera. It comes in a sleek black color which means you get a prominent gleaming finish. If you love a tad of shine this reflected look has quite the charm! Notwithstanding its large 6.5-inch screen, the P40 Pro doesn’t really feel that gigantic in your hands though it’s an entire glass design.
The Huawei p40 pro camera result can merely be labeled as extraordinary. With four rear lenses and some ingenious software, you’ll get a classic shot of nearly anything you shoot. Huawei has crammed a giant 50-megapixel sensor in conjunction with a wide-angle and depth-sensing camera into its modern device and above there’s also a remarkable 12-megapixel telephoto camera which presents 5X optical and 50X digital zoom. Utilizing this lens permits you to get much nearby to what you are photographing without dropping any sorts of fine detail.
According to Huawei p40 pro reviews, camera and screen are totally topnotch, but there’s heaps of additional bonus aspects tucked inside the P40 Pro counting the super quick Kirin 990 processor and 5G technology denoting that you’ll have fiber-like broadband speeds even when you’re not at home. A bigger entrenched fingerprint scanner increases the rapidity and accurateness when attempting to unlock the phone and the rapid charging 4,200mAh battery delivers more than sufficient power to last throughout the day.
The Huawei p40 pro price in UAE and Huawei p40 pro price in Dubai would be around AED 3499 but it’s worth every penny because of its huge array of amazing features.
The Motorola Edge is a lot of things. It’s a handsome phone, one that looks good enough to pass for something much more expensive. It’s the more modest sibling of Motorola’s first flagship device in years. And for now, at least, it’s a very good deal in the US — Motorola will sell the Edge for $500 instead of the usual $700 for a “limited time.”
Maybe more than anything, though, the Edge is one of Motorola’s first attempts at making a new kind of device: An affordable 5G smartphone. It’s not alone, either. We’re already starting to see a glut of 5G-friendly phones that cost far less than the flagships that first embraced these next-gen networks. There’s the LG Velvet, for one, along with Samsung’s Galaxy A71 5G, the OnePlus Nord, the TCL 10 5G, and plenty more that aren’t being sold in the US. Point is, smartphone makers are already competing hard to win this new slice of the market, and Motorola is in the thick of this fight. So, how does the Edge stack up? Read more here…
Which phone is better, the Samsung A21 or the A80? I’m looking for high processing power and especially memory.
The more expensive A80 has the better chipset with the Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 and more internal memory at 128GB 8GB RAM but with no SD card slot. The A21,s 32GB 3GB RAM can be expanded but not the RAM. The A80 has the better display but being released May last year I personally would not buy it just for that reason alone as you get the 3 years software and security support for 3 years from when the phone was released not from when you buy it so the A80 will only get 18 months of support.
For less money, there is the Asus Zenfone 6 with Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 a more powerful processer, internal memory options are 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM and it has an SD card slot and a headphone jack something the A80 lacks. The rotating camera wins hands down over the one of the Galaxy A80 – it can do automated panoramas, can be used at any angle, and doesn’t impose any limitations in selfie mode not that the camera was one of your wants but worth mentioning. Read more here…
Really, the benefits depend. The camera and battery life are going to be the biggest, most obvious benefits as both are significantly better, especially with features like Night Mode, Ultrawide lens, and better chips for handling photos. Battery life is hugely better, seeing results of more than 50% better (i.e. the iPhone X gets 2/3 of the battery life of the iPhone 11). Just how much better it is depends on which iPhone 11 you get, but you’re going to see a jump of 3–5 hours no matter what. Check out this following graph:
The other jump you’ll see is in the processors, with two years of improvements between the two and that’s pretty huge in performance. This is just one of the many graphs that show this but the results are pretty consistent across multiple tests:
As an interesting side note, the two year old iPhone X is still worlds ahead of the competition. As AnandTech states, and I quote:
Overall, in terms of performance, the A13 and the Lightning cores are extremely fast. In the mobile space, there’s really no competition as the A13 posts almost double the performance of the next best non-Apple SoC. The difference is a little bit less in the floating-point suite, but again we’re not expecting any proper competition for at least another 2-3 years, and Apple isn’t standing still either.
The same is true for the GPU, which AnandTech calls “best in class”. So you’re going to see better graphics performance and speed. Apple’s machine learning, which handles a lot of backend processes that you don’t see, also improve. The iPhone 11 also has next generation wifi included.
Still this is all very technical and beyond the obvious like the camera and battery life, where does one get the obvious benefits. The answer is outside of those two (and a faster Face ID), you probably won’t today. However, if you’re one of those people who keeps their iPhone for 3+ years, that’s when you’ll really notice it. Apple is working on projects that will tap into the hardware of the iPhone 11 that are likely a year or so out, like AR glasses possibly, and other features. In two years, when you’re running iOS 15 on your still good iPhone X or an iPhone 11, you’re going to notice a difference in how those new features work. Because Apple needs mass market appeal for their new, groundbreaking features, they need to have a hardware base out there for it, so putting out hardware that can support a feature that they’re planning on releasing in two years or so means that they’ll have literally hundreds of millions of devices that can support it. That’s when you’ll notice.
If you want to see more differences and get into a deep (and very technical) dive of the iPhone 11, I highly suggest reading the AnandTech review (source of the graphs above) for more details. Whenever someone claims that Apple isn’t innovative anymore are isn’t far ahead of the competition in terms of hardware, I point them at this review.
Choose your new Android phone
Turn off iMessage
Turn off iMessage on your iPhone or deregister it on Apple’s website. The website also demonstrates how to turn iMessage off.
Set up your new Android phone
This will depend on your manufacturer and the skin but all phones with Google Services will have the option of transferring data from your iPhone to your new Android phone. You can also check the Android website and follow the instructions there. A few manufacturer specific links have also been provided below.
Google Pixel phones come with an adapter to transfer data from your iPhone to your new Pixel. They also have a website that will help you make the switch.
Samsung have a tool called Smart Switch.
LG have a guide on their website.
Sony’s Xperia Transfer Mobile app.
OnePlus have instructions on their website for their tool called OnePlus Switch that seems to be working for iOS.
Huawei and Honor have an app called PhoneClone.
Oppo have a guide on their website
Most apps on iOS can also be found on the Google Play Store.
Get to know Android
Here’s a couple of links that showcase what Android 11 can do and provide a list of features.
Before you begin
- On your Android device, make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on.
- Plug your new iOS device and your Android device into power.
- Make sure that the content you’re moving, including what’s on your external Micro SD card, will fit on your new iOS device
- If you want to transfer your Chrome bookmarks, update to the latest version of Chrome on your Android device.
Tap Move Data from Android
While you set up your new iOS device, look for the Apps & Data screen. Then tap Move Data from Android. (If you already finished setup, you need to erase your iOS device and start over. If you don’t want to erase, just transfer your content manually.)
Open the Move to iOS app
On your Android device, open the Move to iOS app and tap Continue. Read the terms and conditions that appear. To continue, tap Agree, then tap Next in the top-right corner of the Find Your Code screen.
Wait for a code
On your iOS device, tap Continue on the screen called Move from Android. Then wait for a ten-digit or six-digit code to appear. If your Android device shows an alert that you have a weak Internet connection, you can ignore the alert.
Use the code
Enter the code on your Android device. Then wait for the Transfer Data screen to appear.
Choose your content and wait
On your Android device, select the content that you want to transfer and tap Next. Then — even if your Android indicates that the process is complete — leave both devices alone until the loading bar that appears on your iOS device finishes. The whole transfer can take a while, depending on how much content you’re moving.
Here’s what gets transferred: contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, and calendars. If they’re available on both Google Play and the App Store, some of your free apps will also transfer. After the transfer completes, you can download any free apps that were matched from the App Store.
Set up your iOS device
After the loading bar finishes on your iOS device, tap Done on your Android device. Then tap Continue on your iOS device and follow the onscreen steps to finish setup for your iOS device.
Make sure that all of your content transferred. Music, Books, and PDFs need to be moved over manually.
Need to get the apps that were on your Android device? Go to the App Store on your iOS device to download them.
If you need help with the transfer
If you have issues moving your content, there are a couple of things that you can check:
- Make sure that you leave both devices alone until the transfer finishes. For example, on your Android device, the Move to iOS app should stay onscreen the whole time. If you use another app or get a phone call on your Android before the transfer finishes, your content won’t transfer.
- On your Android device, turn off apps or settings that might affect your Wi-Fi connection, like the Sprint Connections Optimizer or the Smart Network Switch. Then find Wi-Fi in Settings, touch and hold each known network, and forget the network. Then try the transfer again.
- Restart both of your devices and try again.
- On your Android device, turn off your cellular data connection. Then try the transfer again.
If you need help after the transfer
- If Messages doesn’t work as expected after you transfer your content, get help.
- If you don’t see apps from your Android device on your new iOS device, find and download them in the App Store on your new device.
- You might find that only some content transferred and your iOS device ran out of space, or your iOS device might appear full even though the transfer didn’t finish. If so, erase your iOS device and start the transfer again. Make sure that your Android content doesn’t exceed the available space on your iOS device.
It seems like everyday you see some cool new feature that’s only available for rooted users.
For those new to the world of rooting, acquiring root access essentially grants you elevated permissions. With root access, you are able to access and modify files that would normally be inaccessible, such as files stored on the /data and /system partitions. Having root access also allows you to run an entirely different class of third-party applications and apply deep, system-level modifications. And by proxy, you may also be able to access certain device features that would otherwise be inaccessible or use existing features in new ways.
Having root access isn’t the end all-be all of device modification–that title is usually reserved for fully unlocked bootloaders and S-Off. That said, root access is generally the first step on your journey to device modification. As such, root access is often used to install custom recoveries, which then can be used to flash custom ROMs, kernels, and other device modifications. Root access also enables users to install the powerful and versatile Xposed Framework, which itself acts as a gateway to easy, non-destructive device modification.
Due to its inherent power, having root access is often dangerous. Thankfully, there are root brokering applications such as SuperSU that only grant root access to applications of your choosing. There are also various root-enabled utilities available to help you restore in the event that something goes wrong. For starters, you can use any number of root-enabled application backup tools to backup your applications and their data to your local storage, your PC, and even online cloud storage. And in conjunction with a custom recovery, rooted users are able to perform a full, system-wide android backup that essentially takes a snapshot of your current smartphone or tablet at any particular time.
PLEASE NOTE: Rooting a device may void the warranty on the device. It may also make the device unstable or if not done properly, may completely brick the device. Some methods may install additional apps/software on your device.
Please don’t use random root customization apps from the app store (Play Store), most of them are dodgy, work only for specific apps or device or just plain don’t work. In general, for installing apps on Android, always always check the last updated date – avoid anything which hasn’t been updated in over an year, as it will most likely not work as expected – and in terms of root apps this can be very dangerous as Android changes a LOT behind the scenes between each new version. So old root apps which used to work perfectly two years ago, could potentially brick your phone if the dev hasn’t updated it. Unfortunately Google does nothing about old apps and just lets them remain on the Play Store… The Play Store in general is trash. If you want to know which apps you can trust, check out androidpolice.com (for general apps) and xda-developers.com (for root apps) for reviews and recommendations
Notable Android features not present on iPhones
Macroddroid, Sideloading, Split screen, Vanced, Tachiyomi, and Samsung GoodLock apps, VoD, Blockada (Blocks ads system wide. Does it more securely than the DNS route others mentioned by setting up a local VPN to route all traffic to the app to do filtering.), Newpipe – ad-free lightweight YouTube client, Ability to use a system-wide EQ. There is no turning back from using auto EQ with wavelet, truecaller, Youtube pip etc..
Use macrodroid to reject calls that aren’t in your contacts
- Freedom. I can do almost anything I want with an android device, talking about functions and customization. Let alone a rooted device… The potential is unlimited.
- iPhone doesn’t have: Text message scheduling, the ability to choose a default navigation app, split screen, ability to change dialer or custom messaging app, a comprehensive file browser, ability to download music straight into a music player from a browser, ability to change default photo app. The ability to change dictation software/text to speech without a loophole. No solid integration with any other Assistant like Google Assistant.
- On Samsung you can set volume separately for all apps and play sound from two apps simultaneously.
- I use Tasker for automation, but I use the Youmail app for call filtering. It has a setting that will only let calls from your contacts through, like you mentioned, but it will also transcribe any voicemail that someone who was blocked leaves. I then get that transcript on my watch. That way I don’t have the phone ring, but I can see with a glance whether it’s someone that I need to call back or not.
- I use a Samsung S21+ and an iPhone 11 so my experience is based on these two devices
- Things I love about my S21+ :-
- CALL RECORDING: In my S21+, Call recording is natively supported and it’s a feature that I can’t live without
- YOUTUBE VANCED: I absolutely love vanced
- I can place apps anywhere on the home screen
- I can put PDF’s as widget on my home screen
- I can download any mp3 from the internet and set it as my ringtone
- I can have two instances of the same app on my phone for example two WhatsApp accounts, two telegram accounts on 1 phone, each with different phone number
- I can sideload apps
- Google apps work better on Android
- Ability to copy on my S21+ and paste on my Samsung Tablet
- Ability to copy and paste images system wide
- Ability to insert two physical SIM cards
- My phone supports playing MKV format videos natively which the iPhone doesn’t
- Ability to go the website from where a screenshot was taken directly from the screenshot
- An actual FILE MANAGER
- Ability to plug my phone into my Windows PC and use it as a regular USB device
- Vastly superior Notifications
- Vastly superior Samsung Keyboard which has YouTube and Spotify built- in so that I can send YouTube videos link or Spotify music track directly from the keyboard without opening up their apps
- Samsung phones come in built with McAfee Security
- These are SOME of the reasons I love android and can never switch fully to iOS
- Ps2 emulation
- Android can customize Lock Screen while iPhone can’t.
- Android can move app icons to anywhere on home screen while iPhone can’t.
- Android can select custom ringtone for various apps from your own folder while iPhone can’t.
- Android has universal back button while iPhone’s back swipe/button isn’t consistent everywhere.
- Long scrolling screenshot on any screen as an image file (Android) versus long screenshot only on Safari app and screenshot in PDF format only (iPhone, iOS/iPadOS)
- Physical programmable buttons
- Always on display
- Android recognize who u wanna call by typing the person name on the dial pad. Ios can’t.
- Easter Egg
- iPhones don’t have third party browser support like android. Also only safari supports extensions on iOS.
- Multi apps in pop up size like in windows pc. Opens calculator, gallery, notes, email etc. at once
- Android has separate volume sliders for media, phone, and alarm
- Calculator app on iPhone lacks a cursor and a backspace key (it looks like the functionality hasn’t changed at all since the original iOS)
- Iphone doesn’t have ability to prevent notifications from waking the display up without completely disabling Lock Screen notifications for each individual app
- Dialer on iphone is not good: The contacts app separately has no point in existence, all of it is a tab in the phone app (maybe on an ipod touch? but even on that you have skype / discord etc calls) Tapping on contacts doesn’t show all the calls I had with them in the past (see next item). The call history seems to be limited to only X elements, instead of forever (both on android and windows phone I could scroll back years). The call history has no search / filter besides “missed”
- Play store has a far better range of smaller apps that are free
- Always on display isn’t on iPhone Easy ways to use NFC aren’t on iPhone Customization isn’t there on iPhone Gaming if you like emulators is missing on iPhones
- One last gripe I have with iPhones is notifications. I still can’t add YouTube videos to watch later from my notifications and things like that. Android does notifications much better.
- Custom Launchers on Android
- CALL RECORDING: In S21+, Call recording is natively supported
- Place apps anywhere on the home screen
- Put PDF’s as widget on Home screen
- Download any mp3 from the internet and set it as my ringtone
- You can have two instances of the same app on my phone for example two WhatsApp accounts, two telegram accounts on 1 phone, each with different phone number
- 3 Finger screenshot
- Ability to copy and paste images system wide
- Ability to insert two physical SIM cards
- Samsung Galaxy supports playing MKV format videos natively which the iPhone doesn’t
- Wide range of Audio Codec support (aptX, LDAC, aptX HD)
- An actual FILE MANAGER
- Samsung Internet Browser is amazing. It supports extensions and Iyou can have extensions installed. (Example: Translator, Ad-blocker, Safe search, Amazon shopping tool, Image search)
- Ability to plug android phone into my Windows PC and use it as a regular USB device
- Vastly superior Notifications
- Vastly superior Samsung Keyboard which has YouTube and Spotify built- in so that you can send YouTube videos link or Spotify music track directly from the keyboard without opening up their apps
- T9 Dialing on Samsung Notes
- Android has much more choices and customization, there is so much more you can do in android like torrent, multitasking, use it as mass storage, etc. Iphone does less things but does them better.
- Keyboards. You can install Gboard, Swiftkey etc with loads of functionalities in Android.
- Android has a much better keyboard, assistant, and home screen management
- On my android I can easily play music files; on iPhone, I have to have apple music and an Internet connection to play my own files.
- The first one is a system wide back gesture like on Android. With phones getting bigger the fact that on many apps the only way to go back is to reach to the top left of the screen is really annoying especially on Max models.
- In the same vein the ability to bring down the notification center/control center without having to reach all the way up on the screen is really at odds with Apple’s easy to use philosophy.
- There’s also apple’s stubbornness on using lightning. I guess I do understand that one but it’s still annoying as hell.
- Texting from any computer:
Texting from your computer. But not just from a Macbook or other apple device, ANY computer.
I want a web-based equivalent of messages.google.com. Then I’d switch back.
It’s been about 4 years since I owned an iPhone. I loved iMessage for the desktop. But when my Macbook broke down and couldn’t afford a new one I switched to a Chromebook… then switched to a Pixel… then messages.google.com came out and it was game over. I’ve thought about how it would be fun to own an iPhone again, but as someone who works from a computer all day, I’m not sure I want to pick my phone up to text people back each time. Hands-on keyboard, texting screenshots from my computer, etc. This ONE feature is holding me back from switching.
I wonder if it’s ever going to happen. I wonder if any other iPhone users who use Chrome OS or Windows hurt the same.
Notable iPhones features not present on android phones
- Native screen recording (Galaxy Note 20 ultra has it though)
- Local CSAM scanning
- Copy/paste media into apps
- (Browser) Reading Mode
- Chat bubbles
- Ringer switch
clean OS (some Android manufacturers have some heavy skins applied out of the box)
stability (we’ve all experienced irregularities and weird behaviors while using an Android handheld)
consistency (when you buy an iPhone you know exactly what you’re gonna get, while when buying an Android smartphone, from Samsung, to OnePlus, to Xiaomi, to Pixels, the experience is never quite the same)
THE ECOSYSTEM (iMessage, airdrop, continuity, AirPlay, while one might argue that you could emulate the same features on Android, it’s never as seamless and you’ll always encounter hiccups and glitches when using third party solutions)
- Android doesn’t lower or mute your audio just to make notification sounds. Very annoying when listening to music.
- What I miss from IPhone– when you’re at the bottom of a page and want to scroll to the top, just tap the top of the screen. Can’t do that on Android.
- One of the best things about iPhones is the trade in/resale value. Most android phones are nearly worthless after a year or two, but iPhones have a substantial value as trades or in selling price. Some of this is tied to the availability of software updates for years after manufacture, but the quality of construction is probably the major factor.
- Privacy & Security: Android phones can be hacked but iPhone is Unhackable
- Family integration and screen time monitoring on IOS
- Accessibility. Apple’s screen zoom is SO much more robust than android’s. Like they’re superficially the same but the android one feels clunky when you actually hardcore use it like i do, and apple’s onscreen controller has come a long way to feeling incredibly natural intuitive and fast, which makes looking at things almost as easy for me as it is for people with normal eyes
- I love how with Apple stuff in general all their products just work flawlessly together. I can cast my screen from phone or macbook to my tv, use my tv as a second computer monitor wirelessly, and although I’m going to stop using it very soon, iCloud was pretty cool for saving pictures and messages from one device from another. I’ll probably still use it for files though.
- Security is a wee bit lacking on Android Ecosystems unless you use pixel devices
- Better security & privacy, iMessage & Hassle free file sharing these are the features android phones don’t have
- Widget Stacking: in iPhone Yes, in Android No
- iphone can use exposure and focus lock during pano shots.
|Always On Display (AOD)||Yes||No|
|Copy/Paste text into other apps²||Yes||Yes|
|Different OEM software skins(One UI, MiUi, Oxygen OS, EMUi etc)||Yes||No|
|A charger included for some devices⁴||Yes||No|
|No of Years of software support⁶||2-3||5+|
|An advanced file manger||Yes||No|
|Sharing features⁷||Nearby Share||Airdrop|
|Default Navigation App||Yes||No|
|Default Mall App||Yes||Yes|
|Default Assistant App||Yes||No|
|Default Music App||Yes||No|
|Default Browser App||Yes||Yes|
|All apps are optimized for devices||No||Yes|
|Download music straight to device storage||Yes||No|
|An excellent Music App||No||Yes(Apple Music App is pretty good)|
|An excellent file transfer app||No||Yes(iTunes)|
|Google RCS Messaging⁹||Yes||No|
Some features have a superscript number, below points clarifies it
- ¹Android 12 Beta 3 offers screen recording natively
- ²A Google Pixel exclusive feature
- ³Android devices running 7.0 or higher
- ⁴Mid rangers/Entry level and some flagship devices come with a charger (Example Xiaomi’s flagships have a charger)
- ⁵Can be done on Android without a computer, whereas Apple devices need Cydia Impactor or Sideloady to sideload apps
- ⁶Android software support can be extended by the installation of Custom roms [Custom rom distributors]
- ⁷Nearby Share needs Android 4.0 or higher, offered with Google Play Services
- ⁸Unnecessary features added by the OEM
- ⁹Requires latest version of Google Messages App
26 iOS Features that Many Android Users Want that Only iPhone Users Get [Source]
1. Integrated ecosystem
The integrated ecosystem across phones, tablets, computers, and watches is better on iOS. This is a very big advantage of iOS. It’s much easier to use the different devices inside the walled garden. Apple is the only company that offers a complete device ecosystem. While you can accomplish most of the same tasks with Android and Windows, it’s a lot more trouble to do so. The selection of Android tablets is limited and the higher end Android tablets with 5G can only be purchased directly from a cellular carrier.
2. Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is far superior to any Android watches and you can only use the Apple Watch with an iPhone. Android watches have a long way to go to catch up with the Apple Watch, both in hardware and software. It’s now possible to get cellular service on your Apple Watch even if your MVNO doesn’t support the Apple Watch. See Apple Watch Cellular Plans for Your Family, however according to Apple the following watch features will not be available: “irregular heart rhythm notifications, ECG, Cycle Tracking, Sleep, Blood Oxygen, Podcasts, Remote, News, Home, and Shortcuts.”
3. Longer OS Updates
Longer support of operating system upgrades for older devices. On flagship Android devices you’ll probably get two years of Android operating system upgrades (Google Pixel promises three OS upgrades), after that you’ll only get security updates. With the iPhone you’re likely to get five years of operating system upgrades.
4. Battery replacement
Battery replacement on iPhones is priced well ($49-$69) and is easily available at Apple Stores. This is not the case for Android devices. Also, since iPhones sell in such huge quantities, Apple is able to order fresh batteries for battery replacements so you’re not getting a battery that has sat around for a few years losing capacity. See iPhone Battery Replacement – Official Apple Support.
5. Walled Garden prevents malware
Rogue apps are not possible since all apps must be installed from the Apple app store; side-loading of apps is not possible except on jailbroken iPhones. While this limits the available apps, it helps to prevent malware.
If your friends and relatives are really into Facetime then you must use an iOS device. Facetime works in China, while WhatsApp won’t work without a VPN that can get around the Great Firewall (in China most people use WeChat).
Note: Beginning with iOS 15 (tentatively scheduled for September 2021) Android and Windows users will be able to use Facetime, at least if they’re invited to a Facetime call, via the web; see With iOS 15, FaceTime between Android and iPhone is easier. Here’s how to do it now. This is a significant concession by Apple and was done to stem the tide of users moving to multi-platform providers like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Facebook Messenger Rooms.
iMessage is only available on iOS devices. iMessage is not banned in China. There may be a workaround to this issue for Android and Windows users if the Beeper platform is successful, but it won’t be a free service (https://www.beeper.com/). Some iOS users don’t like seeing blue messages, which indicates that they are from a non-iOS user.
8. Microphone and camera indicator¹
Indicator for when microphone and camera are being used by an app (there’s an Android app that does this but it’s not part of the operating system yet). The orange dot indicates that the microphone is active and the green dot indicates that the camera is active.
9. No bloatware
Android manufacturers often add their own proprietary, non-removable apps, that are of little use. For example, Samsung includes their Bixby personal assistant. While it’s possible to remove bloatware from Android phones, it’s beyond the capability of most users to do so, see Samsung Bloatware List (2020) | Remove Samsung Bloatware Safely.
10. Easier backup and restore
iCloud makes it easier to do backup and restore.
Apple’s business model is not dependent on selling your personal information to other companies. They don’t read your email! Apple has taken a stand against apps using your personal information without consent. This is probably the number one reason to choose an iPhone over an Android phone. However Android 12 actually has some better privacy features than iOS, see Android 12 privacy features catch up to iOS, except for ad tracking.
12. Support and help from Apple Stores
If you need help with your iPhone you can head to the Genius Bar at an Apple Store. The Apple Store can also do repairs like battery replacement. If you need help with an Android phone you’re not likely to get that kind of assistance. While Samsung operates a small network of stores, it’s nothing like what Apple has done with the Apple Stores. Most Android phones will have to be shipped back to the manufacturer for most repairs.
13. Ease of Use
The look and feel of iOS has changed very little over the years. iOS has a more intuitive user interface. The lack of some capabilities that are available on Android actually make the iPhone easier to use.
14. Faster processors in non-flagship models¹
The Apple Bionic processors, while not quite as fast as the latest Qualcomm processors, are nearly as high performance and new iPhones, even non-flagship new phones like the SE2020, get the latest processor. With Android there are many different processors, from many different companies, and lower-cost phones typically get low-performance, less costly processors.
AirDrop is a seamless way of transferring files between iOS devices and Macs. While there are similar apps for Android, and cross-platform apps like Instashare and Send Anywhere, AirDrop is built into iOS devices and is very convenient. Android’s version of AirDrop is called “Nearby Share” and works only on Android devices and Chromebooks.
16. Family Sharing
Purchases of apps, music, and books can be shared between up to six family (or non-family) members
17. Apple News
When Apple purchased Texture, and turned it into Apple News+, they dropped support for Android and iOS (Apple leaves Android users with few alternatives as Texture is earmarked for May 28 shutdown). Apple News+ is a very good deal for electronic subscriptions to a large number of magazines and newspapers (Apple News+ – All Publications). Since Apple News+ is a paid subscription it’s a little odd why Apple would not want to continue to sell the service to Android and Windows users as well, like they do with Apple Music and iTunes, especially since Texture was willing to sell the service to users of all platforms.
There is no equivalent service like Apple News+ for Android or Windows that provides access to the large number of publications like Apple News+ does. Hopefully it will be available on other platforms in the future.
18. Accessory Selection
While technically not an iOS feature, one advantage of the iPhone is that there are a lot more phone-specific accessories available. As Tom’s Guide stated “The selection and availability of iPhone cases, screen protectors, car mounts and other goodies is simply far greater than you’ll find for any other phone, and that’s more important than most people realize.”
While Android phones as a whole far outsell the iPhone, no one Android phone model has anywhere near the volume of sales of any iPhone model. Accessory manufacturers tool up for iPhone accessories before they do for Android accessories. Some iPhone-specific accessories never have an equivalent accessory made available for Android phones, especially custom-fit cases. For example, my iPhone 6s Plus lacks built-in wireless charging, but I bought a custom-fit case for it that adds wireless charging capability while retaining wired-charging capability. I could not buy a similar case for my old Android phones. There are thin Qi receivers with a USB plug that you can stick inside an Android phone case, but you loose the wired charging capability.
All current iPhone models support one physical SIM and one eSIM. Only a few Android phones have eSIM support, though many Android phones sold in Europe and Asia offer dual physical SIM clots.
In the United States having a phone with dual SIM capability, whether an eSIM plus a physical SIM or two physical SIMs, is especially useful if your main carrier has poor rural coverage. You can sign up for a prepaid provider that uses AT&T or Verizon and only use the prepaid service when you’re in areas where your main carrier has no coverage.
Some prepaid global SIM cards are now moving to eSIMs, and charging a lot less for calling plans when you use their eSIM.
Apple sells iPhones with two physical SIM slots only in China, Using Dual SIM with two nano-SIM cards.
20. Friend Bar, 24 Hour Friend Line, and Personal iStore X
Building on the success of the Apple Store Genius Bar, Apple rolled out Friend Bars inside Apple Stores. The Friend Bar is available for Apple aficionados, without any technical questions, to speak with Apple employees about Apple or non-Apple related topics. For when the Apple Store is closed, Apple has also rolled out a 24 Hour Friend Line. Finally, they are also rolling out personal Apple Stores for your home. See https://youtu.be/q9ZnwvyAk8k. Note, this video is a joke.
21. iPhones have greater resale value
If you sell your old iPhone, rather than trade it in, a used iPhone sells for a higher percentage of the original street price than an Android phone. See here
22. Face Recognition
The iPhone’s face recognition system is much better than what is available on Android phones. While face recognition is less secure than 3D ultrasonic fingerprint readers it has some advantages. Face recognition isn’t affected by someone wearing gloves (though it doesn’t work when someone is wearing a face mask which has become a big issue during Covid).
23. Compatibility with Visible by Verizon
Nearly all iPhones, back to the iPhone 6, are compatible with Visible by Verizon prepaid service (the versions of old iPhones that didn’t support Verizon are the exception). On Android, only a very limited subset of phones work on Visible. Visible is a very good deal for service on the Verizon network, as low as $25/month for unlimited everything, see https://www.visible.com.
24. Integrated reminder app with location based reminders
The Reminders app in iOS allows you to set reminders based on leaving or arriving at a specific location. Google’s reminder app, Google Keep, doesn’t have this capability so you need to use an app like Tick Tick, TickTick: ToDo List Planner, Reminder & Calendar – Apps on Google Play (also available for iOS TickTick:To-Do List & Calendar on the App Store).
25. Apple Credit Card with 3% discount and 0% financing on purchases direct from Apple
The Apple credit card offers a 3% cash rebate and 0% financing on purchases from Apple stores and Apple’s e-commerce site. It’s not a great credit card in other respects, with no extended warranty protection, no car rental CDW, and no mobile phone protection coverage. See https://tinyurl.com/applecardfacts for details.
26. Native hearing aid support
iPhones have native support for hearing aids. On Android, hearing aids require a separate app (see Using Your Hearing Aids with a Smartphone)
1. Expected on future Android phones or future version of Android OS
101 Android Features that Many iPhone Users Want that Only (some) Android Users Get
(Note: Some of these features are available on Jailbroken iPhones and are noted in the list)
1. MST and Samsung Pay
Samsung Pay with Samsung’s MST (Magnetic Secure Technology) can be used in a lot more retail locations than Apple Pay. This is a Samsung-only feature and is patented, so even if Apple, or other Android phone makers wanted to use it they’d have to license it. It’s a big plus if your credit card gives higher cash-back for mobile-wallet purchases.
Unfortunately, Samsung removed MST from their S21 line, but it is still available in their newer mid-range phones. MST is really only useful in the United States and a few other countries where NFC has not yet been fully deployed by merchants, and in a few more years MST will no longer be needed.
2. Active styli²
Android phones with active styluses are available. This is likely coming on a future iPhone in the form of a smaller Apple Pencil. Note that there are after-market active styli that do work with both Android phones and iPhones, but they aren’t stored and charged in the phone
3. Headphone jacks
Android phones with 3.5mm (⅛”) headphone jacks are available (The best phones with a headphone jack: Samsung, OnePlus, Google…). Unlikely to ever return to iPhone, Apple decommissioned the standard headphone jack beginning with the iPhone 7. Many Android phones have also decommissioned the headphone jack, but many still have it. Ironically, it’s the mid-range models, not the flagship models, of Android phones that have retained the headphone jack. The removal of the headphone jack was done in an effort to sell Bluetooth earbuds, and it worked.
4. MicroSD Card Slots available on many Android phones
Android phones with MicroSD Card slots are available (Phones with expandable memory — what are your best options?). A memory card slit is unlikely to ever be included on an iPhone. Many Android phones have decontented the MicroSD card slot and as internal memory sizes have increased so the benefit of a MicroSD card is diminished, though it’s still very useful in other ways. For example, if you’re using a real camera instead of the phone’s camera, and want to send photos using e-mail or Facebook, or other programs, you can stick the memory card from the camera into your phone to transfer photos. If you’re using an offline mapping program the maps can take vast amounts of storage space and can be stored on the MicroSD card.
5. Apps (or “There’s an App for That”)
There are many extremely useful Android apps for which there is no iOS equivalent, either because Apple won’t allow the equivalent app, the hardware needed for the app isn’t present, or because the hardware to support the app is present but isn’t accessible to the developer. This is odd. It would only require adding drivers and allowing developers access to existing hardware. For example, iOS does not allow developers to access the raw NMEA GPS data so apps that require this information are not possible on iOS devices. iOS doesn’t support the Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP) so many devices, both consumer and industrial, cannot be used with iOS devices. This would be an easy fix if they chose to do it. See 7 Awesome Apps Available Only on Android. Available on Jailbroken iPhones
6. App stores
There are a huge number of app stores distributing Android apps, you’re not limited to the Google Play store (The Ultimate List of Mobile App Stores (2021)). With Apple, you must get all your apps from Apple; this increases security but it means that more esoteric apps are only available on Android (which is why Android does so well in China even though the Google Play Store is banned). It’s unlikely that Apple would ever allow other App stores because of both revenue and security issues.Available on Jailbroken iPhones.
An Android phone without access to the Google Play Store still has access to nearly every app in existence, though it’s a bit of a chore to download the apks of the Google Play Store apps and side-load them, and you have to be careful about the source of the apks. The reality is that an android phone without a Google account can still install huge numbers of apps so the phone is not crippled by losing access to Google Play. In fact in China the Google Play store is banned yet Android is the dominant OS. And were not talking about just sketchy providers of apks, but reputable companies distributing apps that have been vetted for malware.
7. 3D Fingerprint sensors² [predicted for iPhone 14]
Flagship Android phones with 3D ultrasonic fingerprint sensors are available. This is likely coming on a future iPhone. This has been a big deal during the pandemic since Apple’s FaceID doesn’t work if the user is wearing a mask, but it was an issue even pre-pandemic in countries where face-mask wearing is common for other reasons. Most of us have been in stores where an iPhone user is struggling to unlock their iPhone in order to use Apple Pay.
Another benefit of 3D ultrasonic fingerprint sensors is that all the security experts agree that they are far more secure than face recognition. Apple has a patent for their own under-screen optical 3D fingerprint reader or they can use one of the existing underscreen fingerprint sensors, or they can integrate the fingerprint reader into the power button like they did on some of the iPad models.
Note that Apple is fond of comparing the security of FaceID to TouchID; TouchID is a 2D capacitive sensor which is indeed less secure than FaceID, though in some cases FaceID can be fooled by siblings or children that look alike. Remember, Apple only claimed that FaceID was more secure than the 2D TouchID fingerprint sensor that they used up until the iPhone 8 (and the new SE). This was at least a partially, though not totally, accurate statement, and included some weasel words, see:
Nearly 80% of iPhone users want TouchID back, see Almost 80% Of iPhone Users Want Touch ID To Come Back and Report: 79% of iPhone users want Touch ID to make a comeback in the future iPhones.
74% said that they have had trouble with Face ID in a public setting.
84% were frustrated with FaceID not working with masks.
33% admitted removing their mask to get FaceID to work.
39% were not buying the iPhone 12 because of the lack of a fingerprint scanner.
79% want Touch ID to come back.
56% said that the most desired new security feature was “in-display fingerprint reader.”
23% said that they would switch to an Android phone with a fingerprint scanner the next time they upgrade. ✓
8. Reverse wireless charging² (now partially enabled on iPhone 12)
This has been available on many Android phones for years. It’s taken on new importance due to smart watches and wireless Bluetooth earbuds. The iPhone 12 has the hardware for reverse-wireless charging built into the phone but you cannot charge AirPods or an Apple Watch, it is not enabled except to charge the Apple MagSafe battery, see: Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack Unlocks Long Rumored Reverse Charging Feature and (Hidden iPhone 12 Hardware Feature Could Still be Unlocked.
USB-C has multiple advantages over Lightning (USB-C vs. Lightning: Which is the Future?). This may be coming on a future iPhone, since they already did this upgrade on iPad, but recent predictions from an industry expert said that Apple will not move to USB-C because they would lose Mfi (Made for iPhone) royalties that they get on Lightning and MagSafe devices. Apple is reportedly planning to add a MagSafe Charging Port for iPhone to a future iPhone based on a patent disclosed on March 2nd 2020. As ZDNet stated: “USB-C is the future, while Lightning represents an increasingly awkward past.” Interestingly enough, Apple even touts USB-C in their “Beats Highlights,” stating “USB-C universal charging.” One big advantage of USB-C is that it supports much higher wattage charging.
10. USB 3.0 Speed²
Most new Android phones support USB 3.0 which has speeds up to 5 Gb/s, and USB 3.2 goes up to 20Gb/s. The iPhone 12 only runs at USB 2.0 speeds, up to 480 Mb/s. This is an issue when transferring large amounts of data or tethering a computer to a 5G phone’s hotspot. The iPhone 12 has a maximum Wi-Fi speed of 1.2Gb/s which is sufficient for 4G LTE hotspots but not for mmWave 5G. Hopefully the next iPhone will address this issue. If Apple can find a way to make the Lightning port compatible with USB 3.0 it will address this issue. See 5 Reasons Why USB-C is Better than Lightning –.
11. Separate audio volume controls for different functions (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
On Android phones you can set different volumes for ringtone, notifications, media, system sounds, and on Samsung phones for Bixby (Samsung’s personal assistant). This is an odd omission from iOS since it’s a heavily requested feature that would not cost anything (in terms of hardware) to implement; it’s possible that it is a patented Android feature.
Hopefully Apple will add it to iOS soon. It’s especially amusing to see inquiries from users that switched from Android to iPhone on how to set different volumes since they often refuse to believe that such basic functionality is missing (separate ringer and notification volumes – Apple Community). Genius Bar employees have stated that this is one of the most-asked questions asked by iPhone users that have switched from Android. It may be the case that Google or Samsung has a patent on this functionality and that Apple is not able to add it to iOS. However if you Jailbreak your iPhone there are apps you can install that will allow separate volume settings. Available on Jailbroken iPhones, see https://ioshacker.com/cydia/smartvolumemixer2-tweak-supercharges-volume-controls-on-your-iphon or http://apt.thebigboss.org/onepackage.php?bundleid=com.brend0n.volumemixer.
12. Better Security²
Security is better on flagship Android devices than on iOS devices. According to Cellebrite, the Israeli company whose Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) is a favorite of police departments and the FBI, the higher-end Android phones were not hackable but they could hack into every iPhone model, see Forensics detective says Android phones are now harder to crack than iPhones and , and Android Phones Might Be More Secure Than iPhones Now and FROM FORBES: No, Your iPhone Is Not More Secure Than Android, Warns Cyber BillionaireBy.
Android users do have the ability to make their phones less secure by installing apps from “Unknown Sources” and by rooting, but that’s not something you can do without expressly ignoring the security risks. Older Android phones, using older versions of the operating system, are less secure.
13. Split screen²
Split Screen². Not yet available on iOS except on iPad. This is an extremely useful feature on large-screen phones. Apple has already added to iOS for the iPad and hopefully it will make it to the iPhone soon. There is an iPhone App that at least provides some limited split screen functionality (Split Screen Multitasking View on the App Store), but not like Android.
14. Content transfer to a PC (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
Transferring content between a computer and a phone is much easier on an Android phone. Unlike with an iPhone, iTunes is not required to be installed. This is especially an issue when transferring photos or videos between an iPhone and a Windows machine and the dreaded “Device is unreachable” error occurs during large transfers (this problem can be solved with the non-free CopyTrans software, see A device attached to the system is not functioning error. ), also see Top 6 Ways to Fix Device Is Unreachable Error for iPhone on Windows 10. Available on Jailbroken iPhones, see Copying · Cydia.
15. Choice of app launchers (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
A very nice feature of Android that Apple is highly unlikely to copy, Best Android launchers 2021. Available on Jailbroken iPhones, see [Question] What are your favorite app launchers?: jailbreak .
16. FM radio
Most Android phones with headphone jacks also have an FM radio. This is not a heavily used feature because data is now cheap enough that most people stream music or stream radio stations, but some Android users do appreciate having this capability, especially if they are in an area with no cellular coverage. See The list of 2021 best Smartphones that have FM Radio – Technology.
17. Better cameras²
While the award for best camera goes back and forth, for now, several of the flagship Android phones have better camera systems than the flagship iPhones, especially when it comes to two key features: night mode and optical zoom, see https://www.techradar.com/news/best-camerapho. What’s especially disappointing about the latest iPhones is that Apple dropped the telephoto lens on all iPhone 12 models except the most expensive iPhone 12 Pro.
18. Better displays² [confirmed for iPhone 13]
Flagship Android phones now offer Samsung LTPO 120 Hz displays. This was expected on the iPhone 12 but has now been pushed out to the iPhone 13 (iPhone 13 Pro 120Hz display now looks like a lock — thanks to Samsung) .
19. Better hardware² [confirmed for iPhone 13]
While Apple’s Bionic processors win in terms of raw CPU performance, Apple can’t yet duplicate what Qualcomm has done in terms of integrating the modem into the processor like they did on their flagship Snapdragon 888 chip set (and on the mid-range Snapdragon 765 and 775 chipsets). The advantages of an integrated modem include, lower power, less heat, longer battery life, and higher data rates. Apple is reportedly designing their own 5G modem to integrate into a future Bionic SOC (System On a Chip), but it’s much more difficult to design a modem than a CPU. It’s likely that Apple will have an integrated modem not later than the iPhone 15 in 2023. See Apple’s (AAPL) Greatest Chip Challenge Yet: Replacing Qualcomm (QCOM) Modems.
However it is true that there are many low-to mid-range, inexpensive, Android phones available, with low-performance processors, very small amounts of RAM and ROM, and with low-end screens. Those low to mid-range phones have hardware not nearly as good as iPhone flagship phones.
While all the iPhone 12 models are 5G, and use a Qualcomm X55 modem, and a 4×4 MIMO antenna configuration, that isn’t the case on Apple’s iPhone SE 2020 which uses an Intel modem and a 2×2 MIMO antenna. There have been numerous complaints about the cellular reception of the iPhone 2020SE.
20. Ability to set a default music app (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
There was speculation that iOS 14.5 had this capability, but Apple has clarified that this is not the case. However Apple has been allowing some default apps to be set to non-Apple apps (browser and email) so iOS users may eventually get this capability. On Android, one of the music player apps I like is Music Folder Play (Music Folder Player Free – Apps on Google Play). For iPadOS you can use Documents (How to play mp3 on iPhone | The best iPhone music player) in a similar manner, but it isn’t available for iOS, where you’re stuck with iTunes. Available on Jailbroken iPhones
21. Faster charging² [confirmed for iPhone 13]
While Apple has made some positive strides in terms of charging, there are Android devices available with much faster charging, both wired and wireless. There are Android phones with 65 watt wireless, and 125 watt wired, charging, The problem that Apple has is that the Lightning port is not capable of such high charge rates but they have not yet made the move to USB-C What Is Fast Charging?.
While Apple is predicted to eventually come out with their own foldable design they are at a disadvantage compared to Samsung because they don’t manufacture their own screens. Without a foldable, larger screens are impractical, but a larger iPhone screen could cannibalize iPad sales. See The best foldable phones you can buy right now. A foldable iPhone is predicted to launch in 2023, see iPhone Flip: Everything we know about Apple’s foldable phone plans
23. LTPO (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) displays² [confirmed for iPhone 13]
LTPO screens allow the refuresh rate to be changed on-the-fly which reduces power consumption. The latest Android phones have these power-saving displays. LTPO will probably be available on the iPhone 13, see iPhone 13 rumored to use LPTO displays from Samsung with 120Hz support.
24. Faster data speeds on both 4G and 5G² [confirmed for iPhone 13]
Android phones have much higher 5G speeds than iPhones. Even mid-range Android phones beat flagship iPhones. Part of the problem is that the iPhone 12 uses the Qualcomm X55 modem, which was the latest 5G modem when the iPhone 12 was designed, but is no longer the fastest 5G modem offered by Qualcomm. The iPhone 13 will use Qualcomm’s X60 modem which is the same modem that is integrated into the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor the 888. But the lack of integration into the chipset means that the iPhone is still not likely to be as fast (unless Apple has licensed the X60 modem cell and will integrate it into the A15 Bionic). See iPhone 12 Series 5G/4G Speed Is Slower Than Samsung, OnePlus, Google, LG in US: Opensignal | Technology News.
25. ANT+ available on some Android phones. This was surprising, I just assumed that the iPhone would support ANT+. ANT+ is widely used in the cycling world for sensors (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ANT_(network)). There is a list of ANT+ compatible devices at https://www.thisisant.com/consumer/ant-101/ant-in-phones/. There is a very kludgy workaround to get ANT+ on an iPhone: 1) buy an Mfi certified Lightning to 30 Pin old iPhone connector, then 2) buy the Wahoo ANT+ key (which works with a limited number of ANT+ devices and applications. You can also buy a Viiiiva heart rate monitor that can act as a ANT+-to-Bluetooth bridge
26. Contact groups (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
Ability to create groups in Contacts and use that group name as an address, much like email (Android: How to Create Contact Groups). There may be third-party apps (Contact Groups – Text & Email on the App Store) for iPhone that allow this, but it is not part of the operating system. This is an odd omission from iOS since it’s a heavily requested feature that would not cost anything (in terms of hardware) to implement; it’s possible that it is a patented Android feature. May be available on Jailbroken iPhones
27. GPS location spoofing (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
This is buried in Developer Options on Android. It’s useful if you want to view content in a location other than the one you’re currently at. For example, if you have a U.S. Hulu account but are in another country, U.S. only content would not be available, even with a VPN, because Hulu looks at your physical location using the GPS location. By spoofing the GPS location you’re able to view the content that you’re paying for. See How to spoof your Android phone’s location to get around media blackouts. Available on Jailbroken iPhones, see Location Faker makes it easy to spoof your location on iOS 13.
28. Better ad blocking (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
This is because on Android you can edit the hosts file in the device, see How to modify the hosts file on your Android device. You cannot modify the hosts file on a non-jail broken iOS device. Available on Jailbroken iPhones
29. USB OTG
USB-OTG (on the go) turns your Android phone into a USB host. Not only can you connect many USB peripherals to the USB-C port (or Micro USB port on older phones) you can also power those USB peripherals up to 500mA (or higher). While there are adapters available to connect USB devices to iPhones, the types of devices you can connect are very limited. See What Is USB OTG and What Does It Do?.
30. iTunes not required for wired hotspot
Sometimes you want to connect a computer to your phone to use your phone as a hotspot; this is done with a USB cable (to USB-C, Micro USB, or Lightning). To accomplish this with an iPhone you must first install iTunes on the computer. With Android you simply plug in the cable and turn on USB Tethering. Actually, there is apparently a way to download iTunes but not install it and then only install the iOS USB tethering driver, see Next Post Getting iPhone USB tethering on Windows without iTunes.
31. No false warnings when using after-market chargers
Beginning with iOS 14, iPhone users have been getting warnings of “Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector” when using non-Apple chargers and cables, even when there is no liquid present. It’s not clear why this false positive is occurring, but one theory is that the iPhone looks at the impedance between the pins on the Lightning connector and extrapolates that a lower than expected impedance is being caused by moisture when in fact it’s just differences in the charger or cable that are the cause. See Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector Bug (iPhone Not Wet).
32. Hole Punch cameras instead of a large notch2 [predicted for iPhone 14]
As BGR wrote here: “Every noteworthy Android phone company has now moved past the notch that Apple made famous on the iPhone X, and they have developed numerous exciting new all-screen designs that are much better. Apple’s iPhones, however, still look exactly the same thanks to the company’s new three-year design cycle.” Hopefully the iPhone 13, will combine more advanced displays with a hole punch instead of a notch. The large notch on the iPhone negatively affects the screen to body ratio.
33. Removable Batteries
While the number of Android phones with removable batteries has greatly decreased, there are still a few available. See The best phones with a removable battery and alternative solutions!.
34. Parental Control Apps²
Android has superior parental control apps to iOS. See The best parental control apps for Android and iPhone 2021. There is a case pending in court by Kaspersky, against Apple, because Apple forced Kaspersky to remove features from its SafeKids app. Depending on the outcome of this case, iOS may get better parental control apps. Apple was fined $12 million in Russia, but of course this will likely drag on with appeals, and the final outcome remains to be seen, see Apple fined $12M by Russian regulator over App Store monopoly abuse and Apple Fined £8.7m By Russian Competition Authority
35. Wide Selection of Devices
Because Android devices are manufactured and marketed by a large number of companies there are phones and tablets available at many different price points and with many different features; you can buy a basic unlocked 4G LTE Android phone for under $40 or you can opt for the Sony Xperia Pro 5G phone at nearly $2500.
36. Better Biometric Authentication²
With the current iPhones, you can choose between a 2D capacitive fingerprint sensor (TouchID) or facial recognition (FaceID) depending on the model. With flagship Android phones you often get three choices of biometrics on the same phone: 3D ultrasonic fingerprint, facial recognition, or iris scanning.
37. File System (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
Plug your Android phone into your PC and the phone looks like a drive in the Windows file system. You can copy files over in both directions, delete files from your phone, and use the phone as a USB disk drive. While Apple did finally add the “Files” app to iOS, it has much less functionality than what you can do on Android. Available on Jailbroken iPhones
38. Rooting is Easy, when Necessary
With Android devices, it’s usually not necessary to root the device (rooting an Android device is the equivalent of jailbreaking an iOS device). However most Android device manufacturers provide a way to root their devices, with caveats that doing so will void the warranty.
39. SMS Forwarding (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
This is a useful feature if you’re traveling and using a prepaid foreign SIM card. Due to security concerns, native SMS forwarding on Google Voice is being discontinued by Google in July 2022. See Forward text messages or voicemail – Android – Google Voice Help. However SMS forwarding apps are still available on the Play store. The security concern is that someone could gain access to your device and set up SMS forwarding for nefarious purposes. There are apps on the Play Store that offer SMS forwarding, i.e. SMS Forwarder: Auto forward SMS to PC or Phone – Apps on Google Play.
One workaround that I use is that I ported my main mobile number to Google Voice. I can now receive SMS in my email, which is very useful, not only when traveling, but in general.
Available on Jailbroken iPhones, see SmartVolumeMixer2 Tweak Supercharges Volume Controls On Your iPhone.
40. Browser Extensions²
Android allows browser extensions. iOS does not allow browser extensions. In iOS 15, coming out in the third or fourth quarter of 2021, there will be a limited number of extensions only on Safari Safari’s getting mobile browser extensions before Chrome, and that’s a big deal . Note that even on Jailbroken iPhones there is no browser that allows extensions.
41. eBook Readers
The best eBook reading app is Prestigio eReader Prestigio: Book Reader – Apps on Google Play. Prestigio supports epub, epub3, fb2, fb2.zip, mobi, pdf, html, doc, rtf, txt, and Adobe DRM. The eBook readers available for iOS all have limitations in terms of the formats they can read when used on iOS, however for iPadOS the situation is much better. Some people might insist that you would never want to read a book on an iPhone anyway, because the screen is too small. It’s true that you might not want to read a novel on an iPhone, but for books like travel guides they are useful to have on your phone. Kobo (Kobo Books on the App Store) seems to be the best option for iPhone, and supports epub, epub3, pdf, FlePub and mobi.
42. NMEA Data
Android allows applications to use raw GPS NMEA data .For whatever reason, iOS does not. This enables many useful applications for Android that are not available on iOS without the use of an external GPS and jailbreaking. See Reading NMEA data from iPhone GPS receiver and iPad and GPS.
43. Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP)
iOS doesn’t support one of the most common Bluetooth profiles, the Serial Port Profile (SPP) (see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204387). The issue with this is that the low-cost OBD-II dongles (ELM-327) all use SPP to communicate with the host. You can buy higher-priced OBD-II dongles that use either Wi-Fi or BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy). The best app for OBD-II is TorquePro which only works with SPP and is only available for Android.
44. Always on Display² [confirmed for iPhone 13, some models]
On Android devices with OLED screens the “Always On” display can display things like the time, battery status, and notifications. The iPhone 13 and iOS 15 is predicted to add this feature, see here
45. Multiple Users²
Both Android phones and Android tablets can have multiple users. No such feature exists on iOS or iPadOS except for some educational models of the iPad. Obviously Apple wants everyone to buy their own devices and not share! Even for phones, it sometimes is useful to have multiple users on the same phone. Reportedly, Apple is working on bringing multi-user support to iPhone, and presumably to iPad, see Apple is apparently working on bringing multiple user support to iPhones.
46. Ability to close all open apps at once
With Android you can close all of your open apps with single action. With iOS you have to close each open app individually, see here. This is an odd omission from iOS since it’s a heavily requested feature that would not cost anything (in terms of hardware) to implement; it’s possible that it is a patented Android feature.
47. Ability to set default apps
On Android you can choose the default app for things like SMS, calls, and web browsing. See How to change default apps in Android. This is not possible on iOS. This is an odd omission from iOS since it’s a heavily requested feature that would not cost anything (in terms of hardware) to implement; it’s possible that it is a patented Android feature.
On Android nearly everything is customizable without any need to root the device.
49. File exchange via Bluetooth
This is limited to Android devices, see How to share files via Bluetooth on Android 9 or 10.Still, Airdrop on iOS is much better and one of the advantages of iOS.
50. Getting to settings
On Android, swipe down from the top of the screen. No such swipe action is available on iPhone. See How to go to Settings on Android: 19 Methods.
51. Create icons that give direct access to specific websites, documents, or photos
Are you about to get on a plane and are frantically searching for your boarding pass that is either in some pdf file, a JPG,l or is in some e-mail? On Android you can create an icon that links directly to that document and place that icon on your home screen. See How to Create a Shortcut File on Android Home Screen — Max Dalton Tutorials. This is an odd omission from iOS since it’s a heavily requested feature that would not cost anything (in terms of hardware) to implement; it’s possible that it is a patented Android feature.
52. Clipboard History
A very nice Android feature is that it includes clipboard history. On iOS this feature requires a separate app. From The 8 things I want to see in iOS 15 : “With iOS, you can’t view your clipboard history without some kind of third-party app. Apple could add better clipboard management in iOS 15 to make life easier for everyone.”
53. Android Earthquake Alert System
What’s a better new feature for an operating system than 200+ new emojis? How about an Android based earthquake alert system that turns every Android phone into a seismometer? First launched in California, Google is now expanding the system to other countries. See Android Earthquake Alerts to widely launch next year. Earthquake alerts is not an app, it’s part of the Android operating system.
54. Android Auto is Better than Apple CarPlay
Part of the reason for this is that Google Assistant is more capable than Siri, but thre are other advantages as well. See The Things Android Auto Does Better than Apple’s CarPlay.
55. Android ELS (Emergency Locator Service)
Launched in 2016, Android ELS provides accurate location information to emergency service providers and also now shares your phone’s language setting and some emergency personnel can route your call to a responder that speaks your language, or can have a translator available. See How it works | Android Emergency Location Service | Google.
56. Superior Computational Photography2
The iPhone used to be the leader in the field of computational photography but has let Android, for some phone models, surpass the it. The incredible computational photography of Google’s own Pixel brand of phones has become a major selling point. See Apple finally stole my heart from the Google Pixel with this iPhone camera feature and Google roasts Apple on computational photography: ‘It’s not mad science’.
The Fuji mirrorless X-Pro series has added computational photography to “real” cameras with its “HDR” function, see next post: Fujifilm X-Pro3: First Step into Fuji’s 3 Year Computational Photography Masterplan.
57. Battery Percentage Indicator
Android has an indicator on the lock screen that shows the percentage of battery remaining. Inexplicably, this was present on the iPhone home screen until the iPhone X; you didn’t have to swipe to find it. The suggested workaround on the iPhone’s that lack this feature is to create a widget with the battery percentage and place it on the home screen, but you still need to unlock your phone to see it. Why Apple removed this essential feature is unknown and perhaps it will return in a future version of iOS. The only somewhat plausible reason anyone has come up with is that the iPhone 12 is the first 5G phone and the 5G modem drains the battery faster and displaying the battery percentage would highlight how fast the battery was draining. See How to show battery percentage on iPhone 12 series models.
Android devices can do true multitasking. iPhones can only do task switching except for a few specific apps, music, location, AirPlay, VoIP (Voice Over IP), push notifications, Apple News, Bluetooth, and background updates. See What are the differences between Android and iOS in multitasking? Conventional wisdom says Android has ‘real’ multitasking and iOS does not. What does that mean? What are the pros and cons of Android vs. iOS multitasking? and How to Use Multitasking on the iPhone. Note that true multitasking is available in iPadOS.
59. Installing old versions of Apps
Sometimes an app will be removed from the Google Play Store completely, or there will be a new version that changes the app for the worse. When you get a new phone you may want to get the old version of the app, not the one currently available. If you plan ahead, and save the apk file of the app, you can reinstall the old app on a new device. Sometimes you can find old versions of the app elsewhere and sideload the app using the apk file, though you need to be cautious since sideloading can also load malware onto the phone. With iOS, if an old version of an app is no longer hosted on the App Store then you can’t get the old version unless your iPhone is jailbroken and the old version of the app is still hosted on the App Store. Read How to Download an APK File from the Google Play Store to learn how to download and save apks from the Play store.
60. App development infrastructure and cost
One reason that Android has so many more apps than iOS is that it’s much easier and less costly to develop an Android app than an iOS app. The Android development environment is free and can be run on any computer, no Mac required. That said, it’s probably worth paying for a development environment that generates code for both Android and iOS apps simultaneously. On iOS you’re also more likely to be able to sell an app rather than rely on advertising to make money.
61. USB-C PD and Wired Charging Wattage
Since USB-C can handle up to 100 watts via wired charging Apple has chosen USB-C for the charging port on the iPad Pro and on some MacBooks. Lightning is limited to about 12 watts. The big difference is that Lightning operates only at 5 volts so the maximum wattage is very limited because wattage is limited by the maximum current that a Lightning cable and connector can handle. USB-C PD operates at up to 20 volts so the maximum wattage is much higher. Interestingly enough, Apple even touts USB-C in their “Beats Highlights,” stating “USB-C universal charging.”✓
62. Choice of file managers
While iOS finally has a file manager, after years of iPhone users asking for one, Android gives you a choice of many different file managers, with different feature levels depending on your needs. See 10 best Android file explorer apps, file browsers, and file managers!.
63. Less censoring of content
Google doesn’t censor content as much as Apple. The big problem with this censorship is that you aren’t provided with a detailed reason as to what content was unacceptable so you can surgically remove only the content that has been deemed unacceptable. See 1 and 2 and 3 and 4.
64. Phone cost
Android phone models with comparable cost and features to iPhone phone models have lower street prices, even when the MSRPs are comparable. Android phone makers, especially Samsung, heavily discount even their latest flagship models; Apple rarely discounts their current models.
65. Cloud integration and Storage Pricing
66. Dual Physical SIM slots
67. Professional-level phones
68. Language support (Internationalization)
69. High-refresh rate phones²
70. Higher screen to body ratio²
71. Built-in IR Blaster (Consumer Infrared)
72. Place icons anywhere on the screen
73. Sideloading of Apps
74. Innovation comes to Android first
75. Faster mobile wallet payments
76. No throttling
77. Android emulation on Windows
78. Custom ROMs
79. Home screen rotation (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
80. Backup and restore apps using APK (Android Package Kit) (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
81. On Android Netflix now lets you start watching unfinished downloads.²
82. Digital COVID-19 vaccination cards
83. Front LED flashes for front camera
84. Front camera with optical image stabilization
85. Better battery life
86. Signal information
87. Better Field test mode
88. Home Screen Shortcuts
89. Repairability by third-party repair shops
90. Alternate Android-based operating systems
91. Google Play Protect
92. Better thermal design
93. Custom keyboards
94. 5G available even on non-flagship phones
95. Market share
96. Phones with secondary rear displays
97. Phones with very large displays
98. New features come to Android first
99. Rugged phones
100. RCS (Rich Communication Services) support
101. No on-device scanning of photos
2. Expected on a future iPhone or future version of iOS
Things I wish Android would copy from iOS (and vice versa)
I’m a longtime Android user (11 years) who recently switched to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. I did this mainly because I just love tech and trying new things (in 2021 I’ve used the S21, Z Fold3, and S21 Ultra), but also because my Pixel 6 was annoying me with lots of random bugs lately.
While I still think Android is the better OS for me, there are a few things that make me enjoy using the iPhone 13 that I wish Android would copy.
Things I wish Android would Copy from iOS:
- Smoother Animations: So this might not seem like a big deal to some people, but I noticed it immediately. iOS generally feels smoother because of the animations. It’s like someone sat down and key-framed every subtle movement. It just feels “natural”. It was super jarring when I picked up my S21 Ultra to compare. Not saying the S21 Ultra is slow by any means, but the animations just seem…sharp; even after going into the developer options and slowing them down a bit. While the Pixel 6 is a little better, it’s still not close to how it feels on iOS.
- Spotlight Search On iOS, a quick swipe down from the home screen will bring up a Spotlight search which will search everything. App Store, the Web, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Reminders, Apple Photos, Google Photos, etc. You can sort of do this on Android devices. However, it doesn’t bring up the same amount of information as it does on iOS. Also, iOS will give you a nicely formatted quick summary if you search for something like a well-known person or event.
- Widget Stacks iOS has this concept of widget stacks or smart widgets. Basically, a widget can change what it displays based on your daily activities and location context. I’ve actually found it super helpful. For example, my weather widget will change to the Apple Maps widget when I’m leaving the store and tell me how long it will take to get home. Or switch to the battery widget when my Apple Watch or phone are getting low. Then back to the weather widget when I wake up in the morning.
- Integration between Apps Apple apps integrate really well into other Apple apps. For example, I can set a reminder that will show up when I message someone using iMessage. Apple Notes, Reminders, iMessage, Calendar, and Facetime all work really well with each other. It would be great if Google can do this with their services. They always try then forget that the service exists and makes a new one instead.
- Vibration Haptics This one is dependent on Android manufacturers. But the vibration haptics on the iPhone are very good. It’s hard to describe without just feeling it in person.
- Battery Life The iPhone 13 Pro max has given me the best battery life in any phone that I’ve had, at least since the old Moto Z Play.
- Apple Watch I’m still waiting for Google to release a Pixel watch. I have the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, and compared to the Apple Watch, it needs some more refinement. The Apple Watch has better haptics, doesn’t lag, and a better UI IMO.
Things that annoy me about iOS:
- The lack of Notification Channels: I’m so used to Android where we can customize notifications down to the individual channel and mute certain notification channels per app. You can’t do that on iOS. You have either two options “Will this app make a sound” or will it “Not make a sound” I basically have to keep my phone on silent. For example, I can’t turn off the “swoosh” sound on iMessage that happens whenever I send a message. The only option is to have my phone on silent with the option of “allow vibrations on silent.” Likewise, I can’t turn off the camera noise on Snapchat unless I have my phone on silent.
- No work mode: Android has a great work mode feature. During work hours, you can have all the designated work apps be active, then “freeze” them once it’s over. IOS 15 introduced a new focus mode, but it literally works in the opposite way. You have to “opt-in” apps that you want available rather an “opt out”. Completely useless as a work mode replacement.
- You must do things the Apple Way: I think we all know this. But there are lots of UX design choices that seem odd to me. And unfortunately, there just isn’t a setting to change them. On Android, (especially Samsung Galaxy phones with GoodLock app), you can change almost anything that you don’t like.
- No Universal Back gesture Some apps support it, while others don’t.
- No quick actions on notifications: I was disappointed when I found out that I couldn’t just tap a “thumbs up” button on the YouTube music notification like I do on Android.
- Misc Features: No Scrolling screenshot No USB-C No Reverse Wireless Charging No PIP mode. Really miss this for Maps
I ask bc the XS display doesn’t support 4K, so is playing 4K content better than others?
Firstly, and most obviously is that the Xs screen has more pixels than a standard 1080p display (~ 2.74 million pixels for the Xs versus 2.07 million on a standard 1920x1080p display), so when viewing 4K content, you’re able to fill the display completely without upscaling. Also, in downscaling from 4K to the Xs display, you’re able to more accurately display each pixel, whereas upscaling from 1080p to the Xs it has to “guess” what the missing detail would be, or simply display a lower resolution all together.
Secondly, on a lot of video streaming services (which is where I assume you will be viewing this 4K content), offers a higher bitrate for 4K content vs 1080p. YouTube for example offers a bitrate of up to 85 Mbps for 4K, but only 15 Mbps for 1080p. So even if the display of the Xs was only 1080p, you’d still be able to stream it in a higher bitrate (I.e. you can stream at 4K on a 1080p display and get the full 85Mbps, but if you stream it in 1080p you’re only getting 15 Mbps).
Keeping your iPhone and iPad Wi-Fi connected while at home reduces cellular data usage and ensures a fast internet connection. It’s best to turn Wi-Fi off when you leave home, though, to avoid connecting to unsafe networks and to reduce the battery-drain that happens when your iPhone searches for available Wi-Fi networks. If doing this manually seems tedious and difficult to remember, the Shortcuts app is here to help. With this handy app, you can set up your devices to automatically disable Wi-Fi when you leave home. Here’s how to use Shortcuts to automatically turn off Wi-Fi when you leave home, and automatically turn Wi-Fi back on again when you return. Source
9-year Android user that switched to iPhone. The years leading up to the iPhone and my impressions of my iPhone after the first year.
Okay, this is going to be a long one which I will do in two parts. The first part will be some backstory with my first smartphone leading up to my current one and beyond, and why I was willing to make the switch after so many years. The second part will have my impressions of the OS, design, and hardware compared to Android phones. I also should mention that I am a sales rep for a big wireless carrier, so I have quite a bit of experience with current phones on the market and others’ opinions of them which has helped influence my own opinions.
First off, a little back story and my smartphone history. I got my first smartphone back in the spring of 2012 and it was an LG Optimus Slider which was a budget Android phone at the time on Virgin Mobile; a carrier that is no longer offered in the US. I also had an iPod touch 4th generation at the time which I loved so I would have possibly considered an iPhone if it was offered by the carrier at the time.
Fast forward to the fall of 2013 and I switched to Verizon and was ready for an upgrade. This was the golden age of smartphones and there were many more players in the market back then with compelling options and Apple’s offerings the iPhone 5S and 5C just were not. I hated the small size of my LG Optimus Slider and Apple’s new ‘big’ 4-inch screens just were not going to cut it. I ended up getting the Motorola Droid Ultra which is one of my favorite phones I’ve owned to date. Lightning and Touch ID would have been nice to have, but a 5-inch higher resolution display, the Android OS (IOS was way too limited back then), the design of Droid, and the battery life among other things greatly outweighed those two features.
Jump ahead to the fall of 2015 and I am ready to upgrade my phone again. I am in love with the Android operating system and am wanting to upgrade to the biggest and best Android phone I can find. That phone was the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Apple had refreshed their new larger phone designs with the 6S and 6S Plus, but they still weren’t compelling enough for me. The Note 5 had a significantly better display, was more durable (not that either was a tank), had an S-Pen, fast charging, wireless charging, and was more customizable.
Two more years go by, it’s the fall of 2017 and I am ready to upgrade my phone again. The iPhone X had just launched and had some impressive features, but also some things I just could not live with or in the case of the headphone jack, without. I ended up getting another Galaxy Note; the Galaxy Note 8. Compared to the iPhone X the Note 8 had a USB-C port, a headphone jack (this was BIG for me back then and my least favorite Apple decision ever), a larger display (the X just wasn’t big enough), a micro-SD card slot, and some OS features like widgets that I wanted.
Skip ahead to the Spring of 2019 which was my junior year of college and while I didn’t get a new phone, I got my first Apple device since the iPod Touch 4th generation which was a used mid-2012 13″ unibody MacBook Pro. It fit the bill for me as a second laptop that was easier to take to class (I had a nearly 4-year-old 15” MSI gaming laptop I upgraded it with an SSD and 16GB of ram. I had always wanted to try out a Mac and I was impressed with my almost 7-year-old MacBook’s build quality, longevity, and optimization. This MacBook piqued my interest in iPhones for the first time since the 4S as I was interested in the integration between IOS and Mac OS. The iPhone XS Max, which was out at the time, was the most compelling iPhone to me in years, but I still held onto my Note 8.
It is now Spring of 2021 and it is past time for a new phone. My Note 8 had a cracked screen, bad OLED burn-in, an outdated OS, poor battery life (it was not great to begin with) and had become quite glitchy. I was primarily looking at the Note 20 Ultra (the last competent Samsung phone until the 22 Ultra IMO) and the iPhone 12 Pro Max the latter of which I chose. iPhones finally had almost everything I wanted some of which I’ll dive further into below. Compared to the Note 20 Ultra the iPhone 12 Pro Max I preferred the Face ID on the iPhone to the in-screen fingerprint sensor of the Note. The 12 Pro Max was a better value at $1,200 for the 256GB, the Note 20 Ultra did not have a 256GB option so I would have to buy the $1300 128GB and a micro-SD card or the $1450 512GB model if I wanted more than 128GB of storage. The battery life, processor, cameras (IMO) and durability were better with the 12 Pro Max. Beyond that a business app that I used was no longer offered on Android so that helped push my decision a bit.
About 6 months go by and in the Fall of 2021, I am loving my iPhone 12 Pro Max so far. I get a job at a big wireless carrier and get to experience all kinds of different phones on a day-to-day basis and still prefer my iPhone 12 Pro Max to any other phone on the market besides the 13 Pro Max, however I did not feel that it was worth the upgrade. I got an iPhone 12 as a work phone which I love as well, but a big screen is one of the primary features I like in a phone, and I would trade it for the Pixel 6 Pro, S22 Ultra, Z Flip 3, or Z Fold 3.
Over the next six or seven months, I bought more into the Apple ecosystem as I was loving my iPhones, and MacBook Pro (though it is starting to get a little long in the tooth) and their integration. I bought the Airpods Pro which have exceeded my expectations tremendously. Airtags which have been a wonderful way to track my keys and wallet. A cellular Apple Watch SE which has pushed me to be more active and has become a major convenience in my everyday life. Most recently I got a cellular 11″ iPad Pro which has been fantastic for content consumption and drawing with the Apple Pencil. I even further locked myself in by getting the Apple Card. It’s only a matter of time before I can justify getting a new MacBook.
Now we get on to part two where I will compare iOS and Android and the design and hardware of the modern iPhones to other flagship Android Phones.
1. **Design |**The iPhone 12 Pro Max and 13 Pro/Pro Max are in my opinion the best-looking phones on the market. I love the big cameras, stainless steel finish, thin bezels, and boxy design. I would rather not have the notch, but it does not bother me as much as I thought it would. I didn’t particularly care for the design of the 21 Ultra, but I do like the design of the 22 Ultra, though I prefer the modern iPhone design.
2. **Build Quality and Construction |** The build quality of the current iPhones is excellent. Apple used to make some of the most fragile phones on the market (iPhone 6 anyone?) and now they make some of the most durable. The materials that they use are very high quality too and you don’t see many other phones using stainless steel. Even Apple’s cheapest iPhone the SE uses better materials than anything else at its price point. Because of the materials, Apple uses most of their phones hold up better over the years than their rivals.
3. **Screens |** iPhones now have high-resolution OLED displays with Pro-Motion and beautiful curved edges but have notches and slightly fewer pixels than some rivals. The iPhone makes up for this in a HUGE way which doesn’t get talked about often enough and that’s resistance to OLED burn-in. In my 7 months working as a phone sales rep, I have seen a lot of OLED burn-in on many different phones, none of which were iPhones. I’m sure burn-in happens on iPhones, I just have yet to see it. I will see iPhone X’s getting traded in without a trace of burn-in while a Note 8 from the same era is almost guaranteed to have some burn-in. Even an iPhone 11 Pro we had on display at work for 2 and half years didn’t have any sign of burn-in.
4. **Battery Life |** Battery life is not something that Apple has always done well, but that has changed. The 13 Pro Max has the best battery life of any flagship phone on the market save for a couple of gaming phones. I was never impressed with the battery life on my Galaxy Note phones as they were par out of the box and went to crap from there. My iPhone 12 Pro Max had excellent battery life out of the box, and it is still great today at 93% capacity after almost a year exactly. My iPhone 12 is still at 100% after over 6 months of ownership, but I use it less and run the battery down less.
5. **Ports |**Part of me will always hate Apple for removing the headphone jack, but it’s gone across the board, and I don’t see it ever coming back. What the iPhone doesn’t have that rivals do is USB-C. 10 years ago lightning was the port to have as it was reversible and far more durable than Micro-USB. Today it is slow and ridiculous that it is still used on a phone that records Pro-res 4K video. I am really hoping that the iPhone 14 or at least the 14 Pro and Pro Max adopt USB-C as I miss the USB-C port that my Note 8 had.
6. **Chips |** Not only do the current iPhones boast the best CPUs and GPUs out of the box but they last longer than rivals due to the excellent optimization of IOS. I remember experiencing a slight slowdown after a year of Note 8 ownership, but my 12 Pro Max feels as good now as the day I bought it.
7. **Cameras |** Pretty much every manufacturer has some great cameras these days so this one is pretty subjective. The camera is obviously better on my 12 Pro Max than my Note 8 as it is significantly newer, and I don’t have a whole lot of experience with the cameras on more current Android phones to make any real close comparisons. I will say that iOS has in my opinion the best camera software available, and I prefer the camera bump design of the current pro iPhones to any other phone on the market other than maybe the Xperia Pro-I.
8. **Software Updates |** Apple wins this one hands down and it’s not even close. I was lucky to get just ONE software update on the android phones I had over the years, and they were often long after the software was first released to newer phones. Google and Samsung are getting by offering 3 and 4 years respectfully, but that still pales in comparison to the iPhone 6S’ seven years of support. I do not understand why anyone would want to keep a phone that long, but it is nice that the hardware is at least still supported.
9. **Customization |** Android wins when it comes to customization, and it always will. I didn’t use a lot of the customization features of Android and IOS now with the inclusion of widgets has the minimum of customization options that I can live with, but still leaves a little to be desired. I would trade some customization for the next point which is optimization.
10. **Optimization |** The UI on iOS is clean and simple and runs like butter. Glitches are incredibly minor and rare on both of my iPhones I recall having more glitches across the board when it came to the android phones I owned. I have confidence that my 12 Pro Max will last and run well for years to come. I am probably still going to upgrade to the 14 Pro Max though.
11. **First-Party Apps |** I think I am going to give this one to the iPhone as well since you can get most Google apps on iOS and the Samsung apps you can’t get you don’t want anyway. Find My is a great, first-party streaming services are great, iCloud is a fantastic way to keep all of your information backed up, and Facetime is all but the gold standard of video calling.
12. **Other Features |** iOS and iPhones lag behind rivals when it comes to overall features and the iPhone would be better with things like reverse wireless charging, Apple Pencil Support, Multitasking, third-party apps, and better file management.
13. **Contactless Payments and Wallets |** Apple Pay and the Apple Wallet offer more, but Samsung Pay is accepted more, while Google Pay comes in last as it’s slightly less versatile. I love being able to pay using either my iPhone or Apple Watch and keep my payment information securely saved on my iPad and Mac as well.
14. **Smart Assistants |** They have all gotten close, but the Google Assistant is the best overall in my opinion. The Google Assistant is the most likely to be able to answer your question whatever it may be. With that being said I have used Siri more than I ever used the Google Assistant on all of my Android phones and I had one of the first phones to have the feature which was then called Google Now (Droid Ultra). This increased use is primarily due to the Airpod and Apple Watch integration as it’s just so convenient. Homekit isn’t compatible with many of my smart home products though so Alexa is primary smart assistant throughout my home.
In conclusion, I am loving my iPhone 12 Pro Max as well as the other Apple products that I currently have the pleasure of using. From Apple Pay to the build quality I am loving my 12 Pro Max more than any other phone I’ve had before. I am planning on getting an iPhone 14 Pro Max in the fall provided it has some notable updates, the most important of which being USB-C. Thank you, if you made it this far, and please feel free to ask any questions you may have down in the comments.
I downloaded TikTok yesterday just to see someone’s profile and my device started to lag randomly. While scrolling in every app and even on the homescreen.
I looked through open processes to see if I had gotten a virus or if it was caused by some system application. I then saw 2 TikTok processes open and got suspicious. I instantly uninstalled TikTok and my device was just as smooth as before. I would have never guessed that it was caused by an app I downloaded.
I wouldn’t be surprised if it has malware hidden in it because of how it lagged my phone with only opening it once and after a restart will run in the background without opening it.
It is so badly coded when using it in a browser. Then they ask you every moment they can to download their app. App doesn’t have bugs and has other features that browser edition doesn’t have. This is a great way of getting malware into millions of phones.
My device is Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
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I got the phone in late 2018, when it had Google Play Services on it. This phone was advertised as the latest cutting edge phone from Huawei.
As of right now, it’s still running Android 10. But I must say it’s a real shame Huawei was banned because this is legitimately the best phone I’ve ever used. It’s been close to 4 years now. During this time, my friends and acquaintances have had different Samsung, One Plus, and Pixel phones break, lag, or have other issues… Whereas this Mate 20 Pro has been consistently good. It has no lag, the battery is still amazing (4200mAh lasts an entire day), it’s convenient in the hand, no scratches and breaks, camera quality is on-par with modern 2022 smartphones, night mode is stellar.
I think had it not been for the sanctions, and if Huawei still made phones, they’d surpass Samsung at some point. The build quality and the overall long-lasting performance is unparalleled. I recently changed the cover and background, and it feels like a new 2020-2021 phone. It has 40W fast charging. Compared to S22 Ultra’s 45W… It’s all the same tbh. It has NFC for contactless payments, a quad HD display, and everything else a modern phone has.
It’s absolutely a 9/10 phone. The only drawbacks are: Lack of 5G (which isn’t a deal breaker, because we don’t even have 5G coverage here), the camera shutter sometimes is delayed when clicking, and when receiving security updates it defaults to Huawei’s shitty launcher, no Android updates, the in-display fingerprint scanner sometimes struggles if my hands are wet or clammy.
So I made this post as a PSA: If you’re looking to buy a second-hand phone – go for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It really stood the test of time for me. I plan on keeping mine for at least a couple more years. In part because I want to be environmentally friendly and not replace my phone unless I really need to replace it, and in part because there’s no guarantee my next phone would be so durable.
TL;DR If you’re looking to buy a second-hand phone. Buy the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It’s a great phone.
I am a very long term iPhone user, I got the iPhone 4 when it finally came to version. But lately I have been wondering why there is not a close all apps button when you go to close open apps? It seems like such a pain to have to swipe over and over again to close multiple open apps. I searched the subreddit and could not find anything so I just wanted to hear some opinions on the topic.
Answer: IIRC, Apple themselves have said you aren’t supposed to close apps, they go into some sort of hibernation mode when in the background. Probably because of that, they don’t see a reason to make it easier to close apps that aren’t actually causing issues.
Somehow, it has become a part of mainstream culture for iPhone and iPad users to quit all their apps in multitasking as some kind of regular tech maintenance ritual to improve battery life or speed up the hardware. An understanding of how iOS multitasking works however, shows that this is completely unnecessary to close every app in the multitasking view frequently. A 9to5Mac reader decided to ask Tim Cook for an official stance on whether he quits all his apps and if it’s necessary. Although Cook didn’t answer, Apple iOS chief Craig Federighi did with an unambiguous answer ‘no and no’
Solved IOS 15.5 slow loading Safari and also battery drain
iPhone 13 pro. So after latest IOS update to 15.5 the loading of sites in safari has been so slow and sometimes times out. No issue with Chrome. Also my battery seemed to drain twice to three times as fast (in general, not specifically related to safari).
After some research seems there is an issue with having on both private relay and limit IP address tracking. Something to do with where traffic goes and some congestion or technology snafus. Not sure. But fix is to turn off both limit ip address tracking (found under cellular and then cellular data options) and also turn off private relay found under ICloud. Obviously I would prefer to leave these on for privacy but not at expense of these issues.
Two days and safari back to normal and battery seems way better too. The fix I read about was for slow safari loading (not battery performance) but it seems to have helped/fixed both. Just an FYI.
Tip: Easy fix when your iPhone’s ear speaker fails.
Problem: My iPhone 12 Pro did not play music in stereo anymore and it was really hard to hear the person on the other side of the line when the phone was on your ear.
It turned out it was dust that had penetrated the mesh cover and put pressure (or made it air tight) on the speaker so it could not vibrate freely anymore.
Cleaned it without opening the case: All you need is 98% alcohol, a small firm brush, sticky clay. Spray, brush, clay & repeat for 2 minutes.
Maybe if you have a small suction device in stead of clay it will work even better.
I hope it can help others with the same problem. 2minute & free solution.
I got into this predicament earlier today and want to save everyone the trouble I went through.
I broke the screen on my old phone. I went to the mobile store and got a new one no problem. But when I tried to login, it kept trying to do 2FA with my old phone with no other option. The poor guy at the store was no help.
After Googling and even calling into Google One, I was told I’d need to “recover my account” by sending documents proving my identity to Google. I told them I didn’t need to recover the account, I just needed to login to a new phone. After an hour of texting with the guy I found a workaround.
On your initial sign in with the new phone, make up an entirely new (and temporary) Google account. That will let you go through the main setup.
Then go into Manage Accounts and add back your old Google account and now 2FA can text you properly and you can get through security.
Hope this helps someone else.
I phone TIP: You can reduce the brightness to less than the lowest
Setting > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Reduce white point
// Try it when u read manga in a dark room.
// Don’t forget to turn it off when you’re done.
The best iOS 16 feature is how much quicker and more responsive the text selection menu is.
This has been a massive complaint of mine for years, and I completely gave up hope they would ever fix it. But lo and behold with iOS 16 the animations are way faster and the delay is almost completely gone. This small change makes a massive difference to the user experience.
I’ll get right to it – I’ve started traveling again post-COVID. Right now I’m in Turkey. I’m from NYC in the US, and I use a Galaxy S22 Ultra (American model, Unlocked).
This doesn’t strictly apply to Samsung devices, but in the US, Samsung devices are dominant on the Android side of things. Even though they are physically capable, Samsung devices will limit what 2G/3G/LTE/5G bands you can connect to when using the device outside of its sales region.
For example, in the US, my phone will aggregate LTE Bands 2 + 5 + 29 +30, providing me with great speeds even in congested areas. However, here in Turkey, the phone will not aggregate multiple LTE bands even though the device is physically capable.
Why? Samsung has a setting/file in the phone called “LTE Prune Cap” (and also one for NR 5G). What this does is tell the modem/firmware what it is allowed to do as far as capabilities. Why am I complaining?
Wifi here sucks, but data is cheap. I bought a Turkish SIM card and sometimes the speed is great, while other times it’s crap; it depends on where you are
This is my device. MSRP was like $1500 (I didn’t pay this much, but still), but the principle remains the same regardless of the cost
Not all devices/OEMs do this. The easy example is Apple’s iPhone
I also have to mention that you used to be able to use dialer codes to enter a debug menu and remove the restriction. But with every major Android update, Samsung alters or disables the codes. For example, here is the code that shows you what bands your device has enabled / is capable of (*#2263#):
As you can see, the phone supports a lot of bands (more than even the international models). But it’s wasted because the phone will only aggregate US bands by default. So here in Turkey, my phone is using one LTE band at a time, whereas with a US SIM, it’ll aggregate 5 or even 6. My friends with iPhones are pulling double or triple digit speeds, just like the locals, while my S22 Ultra is pulling single digit speeds. The phone actually knows when you’re using a foreign SIM and will enable ALL supported bands, but will still restrict you to one at a time.
This has really made me think twice about getting another Android phone as my primary device. I travel a lot and rely on my phone as my primary device posting my content online and also things like video calls when abroad. As I mentioned, iPhones don’t do this, regardless of where they’re purchased and used.
I don’t like iOS itself, but I find it ironic that the more restrictive device is open in terms of connectivity. This is 100% an artificial restriction, and is controlled by nothing more than a text file/software switch. And I understand why Samsung does it — they don’t want grey market imports and exports of their devices. But it’s completely ridiculous to screw customers over like this. Samsung could easily push a software update to stop this from happening.
To further illustrate this, VoLTE and Wifi Calling now work even with a foreign SIM even though this is a US device. But they want you to have bare minimum functionality otherwise:
We need to talk about this; it’s not a niche issue or “nerd problem”. For example, I’m a content creator and rely on mobile data when abroad.
Tl;Dr: OEMs are actively restricting your phone’s data capabilities based on where it’s sold. It’s not new, but it needs to be put in the spotlight given it’s now 2022.
Edit: Here’s a screenshot of what I’m talking about. The menu options don’t do anything anymore, but you can see one setting for 5G limiting and one for LTE limiting:
You will get a phone that improves on every single thing compared to the iPhone you have and for a very good price, remember that the iPhone 8 costed 699$ and now for 429$ you can get a phone with the best chip in the world, a very good battery life that lasts about the same as the iPhone 11,a camera that can record at 4K 60fps with Portrait Mode and Deep Fusion, wireless charging,5G,True Tone, improved stereo speakers, toughest glass ever in a smartphone,6-7 more years of software updates and on the same old body that you know and love.
After the news that Apple will stop the software support for iPhone 6s and iPhone 7,for me it’s the best thing you can do, just sell your older iPhone for 50-100$ and buy the SE 2022,it will actually cost you just 329-379$.
n late 2020, Kimberly McCabe, an executive at a consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. area, upgraded from an iPhone 10 to an iPhone 12 Pro. Quarantine had prompted McCabe, a mother of two, to invest more effort into documenting family life. She figured that the new smartphone, which had been released the month before and featured an enhanced camera, would improve the quality of her amateur snapshots. But the 12 Pro has been a disappointment, she told me recently, adding, “I feel a little duped.” Every image seems to come out far too bright, with warm colors desaturated into grays and yellows. Some of the photos that McCabe takes of her daughter at gymnastics practice turn out strangely blurry. In one image that she showed me, the girl’s upraised feet smear together like a messy watercolor. McCabe said that, when she uses her older digital single-lens-reflex camera (D.S.L.R.), “what I see in real life is what I see on the camera and in the picture.” The new iPhone promises “next level” photography with push-button ease. But the results look odd and uncanny. “Make it less smart—I’m serious,” she said. Lately she’s taken to carrying a Pixel, from Google’s line of smartphones, for the sole purpose of taking pictures.
Apple has reportedly sold more than a hundred million units of the iPhone 12 Pro, and more than forty million of the iPhone 13 Pro since it débuted, in September of last year. Both models are among the most popular consumer cameras ever made, and also among the most powerful. The lenses on our smartphones are tiny apertures, no bigger than a shirt button. Until recently, they had little chance of imitating the function of full-size professional camera lenses. Phone cameras achieved the standards of a basic digital point-and-shoot; many of us didn’t expect anything more. With the latest iPhone models, though, Apple is attempting to make its minuscule phone cameras perform as much like traditional cameras as possible, and to make every photo they take look like the work of a seasoned professional. (Hence the names 12 and 13 “Pro,” which are distinguished from the earlier iPhone 12 and 13 models mainly by their fancier cameras.) The iPhone 13 Pro takes twelve-megapixel images, includes three separate lenses, and uses machine learning to automatically adjust lighting and focus. Yet, for some users, all of those optimizing features have had an unwanted effect. Halide, a developer of camera apps, recently published a careful examination of the 13 Pro that noted visual glitches caused by the device’s intelligent photography, including the erasure of bridge cables in a landscape shot. “Its complex, interwoven set of ‘smart’ software components don’t fit together quite right,” the report stated.
Thoughts on Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
After having been on the lookout for a longwhile, I finally settled on the midranger Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. I was able to snag a student discount for 389EUR, which offered free Galaxy Buds Live, 50 EUR reimbursed, and 50EUR Play Store credits. One of the primary reasons to go for this, rather than the slightly faster A52s 5G.
Here are my thoughts after having spent a few days on the device.
Display (800 nits, 120Hz or 60Hz, sAMOLED)
4 years of OS updates (up to Android 16), 5 years of security updates
Decent camera system with OIS for the primary lens
IP67 (dust/water resistant up to 1 meter for 30 mins)
Bloatware (not just Samsung, even Office app cannot be uninstalled – though I plan on using it)
No headphone jack
No charger in box
Quite a thick phone (although not heavy due to plastic usage)
In display fingerprint reader is not as snappy as the side-mounted ones.
Supported lifespan of Apple and Google phones
Apple recently announced that the iPhone 6S, 6S+, 7, 7+ and SE (2016) will not be supported by iOS 16, which will presumably be fully released in September. This limits those phones to roughly 6 or 7 years of being supported by the latest iOS version. This is the first time since 2019 that Apple have EOL’ed devices.
So it’s time to check in on how the time Apple support iPhones compares to the time Google support Google-developed phones. It looks like it continues to be the case that, at any given point in time, Apple support devices for about twice as long as Google.
I’ve drawn dotted lines next to Apple’s 2017 phones, even though it’s reasonable to guess that Apple will end support for these at the six year mark, because they haven’t officially announced anything yet.
I’ve projected Pixel 5a and 6’s bars into the future, because Google have announced that these devices will get three years of support, and they’ve shown with the Pixel 3, 3a and 4 that their statements can be trusted.
The last two times Apple ended support for devices, it was for technical reasons: in 2019, they ceased support on the latest version of iOS for all iDevices that had only 1GB RAM; and in 2017, when iOS went 64-bit-only, they ceased support for devices whose CPUs were 32-bit-only.
Data from Wikipedia articles on each device and/or operating system, with occasional reference to Wikipedia’s sources.
Chart created with LibreOffice Calc and KolourPaint.
End of life is shown as the last update for that device with the latest major version number — security-only fixes for phones not on the latest version number are not shown.
This chart is an update from my previous effort here.
Did you know Android has not one but two hidden ways to downgrade apps? One method can even restore the app+data to the way it was before an app update! While these rollback methods aren’t user-facing, you can use them with shell commands detailed here: – Mishaal Rahman (thread)
- Download the APK file for the version that you want to downgrade to
- Move the APK file to your device
- Enter the shell of your device (via either ADB from a PC or on-device)
- Send the “pm install” command with the “-d” flag and the path to the APK file
How iPhones are professionally cleaned.
I work for a large mobile service provider in the UK, and I thought you guys would be interested in how the average customer purchases Android phones (and some lil insights to other things here and there).
Our store is large and our main demographics are middle age and elderly, although we get customers of all ages and backgrounds. Note that these aren’t official statistics, just my own notes. Employees don’t get commission, so phones are recommended based on the customer’s needs only
- Our most popular phone by far is the Samsung Galaxy A13, although a lot of this is down to Motorola’s shitty stock. The most requested is the Motorola E20, next to the E30
- Android phone sales outnumber iPhones by about 6:1
- Our least popular brand is Xiaomi, and then OPPO
- Alcatel receives the most complaints (no surprise there) , but Samsung have the highest exchange rate due to manufacturer fault
- Samsung’s most popular premium phone is the Z Flip 3. The most popular S22 is the Ultra. We’ve never sold an S22+ in-store to my knowledge
- The most common ‘issue’ we get on Android is customers accidently turning on Do Not Disturb and/or turning mobile data off
- The most common reason for upgrading is due to app support, whether that’s because of Go or being on an older version of Android
- A surprising amount of people choose Android over Apple because of Fortnite being unavailable on iOS
- The majority of the older generation absolutely fuckin hate Google Assistant and we generally get 1-2 people asking us how to disable it every day
- There have been countless people that refuse to upgrade their phones when they learn that the majority of companies no longer supply power adapters
- Requests for MicroSD card slots are still super high, although that’s usually down to customers being used to low storage
Cheap vs expensive Android phones
I have an Samsung Galaxy S10+ that cost $1200 (my last day of using it was last night) when it was new and my mom has the latest Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Now I just got the Xiaomi 11T for $200 and tbh I really don’t see a reason to buy an expensive phone again.
Xiaomi has 67-watt charger so it charges in almost 1/3 of the time my S10+ did. I know it can ruin the battery to charge this fast, but seeing as it was only $200 I rather charge fast for a year or two, and then when I start to see battery problems I can just buy a new cheap phone. Xiaomi does not have wireless charging though, but at least for me charging fast is more important than having the possibility to charge wireless.
I also tried to take an app starting test
In 10 tests (7 apps, 3 games):
Xiaomi 11t won 5
S22 ultra won 4
S10+ won 1.
So the speed of a new premium phone isn’t even faster than a budget phone, and I also tried gaming a little bit on both and I couldn’t tell any difference seeing as both played without any lag.
I also did a camera test and I will say it’s like this:
- S22 Ultra
- Xiaomi 11T
But even though Xiaomi had the worst camera, I wouldn’t call it bad and unless you need an almost perfect camera Xiaomi is more than good enough and from reviews I’ve read it doesn’t even have the best budget phone camera on the market.
The battery is also just as good on Xiaomi as S22 Ultra. Actually, it’s even a little bit better if you look at nanoreviews.com ” Xiaomi shows 7% longer battery life (35:12 vs 32:55 hours)”
Samsung (both phones) do have a little bit better screen, but Xiaomi OLED screen is REALLY good for the price. Where S22 Ultra was better though was in sunlight though but that’s to be expected seeing as S22 ultra have around 500 nits more, but it wasn’t like Xiaomi was unusable in sunlight though, with sunglasses on it was more than useable.
Both also have 120 Hz screens and I couldn’t feel any different when using them.
S22 Ultra feels and looks more premium, but both I and my mom thought Xiaomi was a lot better to hold in our hands even though they are almost the same size.
Nothing Phone Review by MKBHD
A Full Breakdown of what Low Power mode Actually does with Data
(iPhone 13 Pro Max, Geek edition)
Applies conservative auto brightness curve
Automatically puts your iPhone to sleep after 30 seconds of screen inactivity.
Limits ProMotion to 60 FPS rather than 120 FPS, but keeps dynamic refresh-rate scaling on
Disables the two performance cores entirely
Downclocks 4 efficiency cores from 1.8 GHz to 1.38 GHz
Disables up to 2 GPU Cores OR downclocks all 5 cores. (Uncertain about this since there isn’t any real way to know, more info in the data collection section)
Optimizes App Background refresh to reduce memory consumption.
Reduces background animations (Wallpaper perspective etc.)
Changes Cellular usage policy to optimize for lower power consumption instead of faster speeds (if 5G Auto is enabled in Cellular options, LTE will often be favored rather than some mmWave “5G+” towers.)
Increases Charging speed curve (Though marginal)
Data of Low power mode vs. without it (some testing done on my own 13 Pro Max while some taken from online):
Geekbench 5 (Cred wccftech.com):
LPM Off: Single-Core score: 1732 Multi-Core score: 4685
LPM On: Single-Core score: 727 Multi-Core score: 3497
Resulting calculations: (58% Slower SC, 25% Slower MC)
All 4 efficiency cores are still active which means less of an MC performance hit, but since they’re downclocked heavily the SC performance takes a huge hit.
3DMark Wildlife Extreme:
LPM Off: 3119
LPM On: 1990
This test was done at 80% battery with similar thermal envelopes, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Cellular on. There’s a 37% reduction in GPU performance here. Probably two of the GPU cores got disabled, or the entire thing was just heavily downclocked. We don’t know, but performance results will be similar either way.
I collected data for a graph and listed them out accordingly. I’ll just list landmarks at separate percentages from a dead battery to 75%.
LPM Off: Boot up at 1 minute after plug in. 10% at 5 minutes after plug in. 19% at 10 minutes after plug in. 29% at 15 minutes after plug in. 54% at 30 minutes after plug in. 72% at 45 minutes after plug in. 83% at 1 hour after plug in.
LPM On: Boot up at 1 minute after plug in. 11% at 5 minutes after plug in. 21% at 10 minutes after plug in. 30% at 15 minutes after plug in. 55% at 30 minutes after plug in. 72% at 45 minutes after plug in. 82% at 1 hour after plug in.
It could very well be margin of error, but LPM did charge my phone faster by 1-2% in the first half an hour or so. In both tests the phone was cooled using a Ziploc bag filled with ice water that was placed on the phone every 5 or so minutes to keep it cool and avoid heat saturation.
Information about clock speeds and stuff is from an App called CPU Dasher from the app store. It tells you loads of other stuff about your iPhone too at the obligatory cost of some annoying ads.
My conclusion stands that this is indeed an incredibly powerful phone, even when handicapped by Low Power Mode.
source: r/iphone u/gatormaniac
I seriously can’t figure it out. Is there a way to transfer my music from Windows 11 PC to my iPhone 13 PM and be able to play them with a music player app? I remember it was pretty easy on Android, but no idea what I’m doing wrong on iOS.
I personally use CopyTrans Manager to put my MP3s.
Can do it with Spotify as well
Use Syncios Manager. It’s free and let’s you transfer music and movies to the phone. I’ve been using it for years.
How do Iphones take pictures and video in a nightclub?
I’ve used my 13PM in environments with even lower light than a nightclub and have seen wonderful results. At the end of the day though, a baller dedicated camera is the only way to get really crispy footage in the dark.
Anything older than a 11 series. The 11 series introduced support for night mode photography, so those iPhones should work great.
[MKBHD] The World’s Largest Smartphone Camera: Xiaomi 12S Ultra!
Xiaomi 12S Ultra vs Pixel 6 Pro: Camera Shootout
If Google were to implement a new gesture for Android what would be the best action for it? r/android
Two Finger Swipe Up
Long Press Nav Bar
Long press bottom corner (left or right) of nav bar
Swipe from bottom and top at same time (excessive i know lol)
Double tap (or triple tap to avoid accidents) nav bar
Left and Right swipe down different actions ( like iOS)
Hold corner of gesture bar and swipe with other finger (2 actions)
- Turning on the flashlight as an option for tapping the back of the device.
- Shaking the phone to turn on the light. The best feature of Motorola phones
- I really like the idea behind Zenfone 9 fingerprint sensor scrolling, i always wondered why i just can’t use that sensor to scroll content on the screen
Surprised we don’t have long press volume up/down for next/previous track.There are 3rd party solutions but it should be default in Android
- They should copy HTC and allow customization for squeezing the side of the phone. They had short and long squeeze and let you choose basically any action or app. I loved being able to long squeeze for flashlight and short squeeze to bring up the camera. On my previous Pixel I think it just brought up Google assistant maybe
- Like…having a fully transparent navigation bar. It’s been almost 5 years, and it is 2022. I need to explain to my iPhone friends, this ugly back navigation bar is not a bug, but a feature
no swipe, just detect when im flipping my phone the bird, and then
add caller to blocklist for an hour
Categorization of smartphones based on Pricing (and Features).
Flagships : $1000 and above
These are the absolute top tier, cutting edge phones from a brand.
Examples : Galaxy S22 Ultra, Oppo Find X5 Pro, iPhone 13 Pros
Sub-flagships : $800-$1000
These phones usually belong to the flagship series of a brand, but are not the highest end phone in the series.
Examples: vanilla S22 / S22+ , iPhone 13/ 13 mini, Oneplus 10 Pro
Premium : $600-$800
When you move down to this category you see phones deviate from being a flagship. They still may have several flagship features, but imo they can’t be called flagships whatsoever.
Examples : Goggle Pixel 6, Galaxy S21 FE
Upper-midrange : $450-$600
These phones are, obviously midrangers with juicy specs.
Examples: One plus Nord 2T, Google Pixel 5a, Galaxy A52/A72
Lower-midrange : $300-$450
These phones have less beefier specs than upper midrangers. However, they are still not the cheapest or worst phones you can buy.
Examples : Galaxy A33, Nord CE 2
Budget : $300 and below
These phones are very affordable, lack premium features and qualitatively at the bottom rung.
Examples : Galaxy A03, Galaxy A12, Nord N200
Note: Flagship killers and most value oriented Chinese phones ( Poco, Redmi, Real men etc..) cannot be strictly put into categories considering only their price, due to their high ratio of specs-price.
The Pixel 6 Pro has the worst connectivity and reception of any phone I’ve used (with reviewer data! Has dBm signal comparisons Pixel 6 Pro vs Pixel 5 / Galaxy S22 / OnePlus 9 / OnePlus 7 Pro)
I’m in Spain. When I first got the Pixel 6 I had the same issues as the author, with the phone only being able to pick up HSPA connectivity. Now, it’s either 4G or 3G.
When going out of my apartment, the Pixel 6 Pro takes several minutes to realize it’s no longer able to connect to a Wi-Fi network and has to switch to an LTE signal.
They made it an extra step to get to the wifi and LTE to switch them on and off so it resets now too. I miss when they were separate on the drop down menu.
The Pixel designers have delusions of grandeur like they are all the next Steve Jobs. So they get feedback and ignore it.
My personal pet peeve is they broke Bluetooth in version 12 to be more Apple like. Pixel Bluetooth auto switches to any nearby paired device with no override. So if you have earbuds in and get close to a Bluetooth speaker that’s you paired in the past, the Pixel will switch to it without any way to switch back. (Other than deleting all previously paired devices.)
Internet data speed difference by phone level, Budget/Midrange/Flagship
I had thought that there would not be much difference in data speed with phone brand/level/price.. Not always true.
I had been using budget and midrange phones, Moto G Power, OnePlus 8, etc.
Speeds at my house (semi-rural) are pretty low (LTE), average about 10 Mbps. on T-Mobile MVNOs and T-Mobile prepaid . 5g is not much better (30-40 Mbps), with only a couple of towers a mile or two away.
T-Mobile has the best speed, Verizon poor, ATT a little slower than T-Mobile but varied more.
I did not see much variation between phones and models, other than the time of day.
I bought a Samsung Z Flip 3, it seemed like an interesting phone.
Speeds are about 50% faster with the Z Flip, using the same tests— Speedtest, Measurementlab, and FCC test. That was a surprise to me.
High end phones have better antennas that connect across more frequency bands. I upgraded from a Moto G power to a Pixel 6 and the biggest difference for me is the speeds I can achieve on the same networks. Even wifi is faster.
Network & location depending, I think.This isn’t an argument; I’m wanting to add my experience.
I also left from the G Power (2020). Tried the S21 FE, Pixel 6, then settled on the Pixel 5a. On AT&T prepaid, each device was capping around 80-100Mbps down; with variation from 10-55Mbps upstream. (Oh, I’m only paying for LTE, no 5G service.)
(EDIT: I kept swapping phones because I hate Samsung’s UI. The Pixel 6 was all-glass, which I hate, heavy as hell, and the fingerprint issue, even after the March update. The 5a was the best all-around device. LTE connection wasn’t a factor in switching devices.)
My wife is still using the G Power. Yesterday, funny enough, she was having issues staying connected to our home WIFI. Through various settings on the phone & in my network equipment, she now seems stable. (🤞 it stays that way.) But she’s constantly at 455Mbps on the 5GHz band, while my 5a floats between 250-381Mbps. (FWIW, I’m using Unifi APs & Gateways for all my home networking.) I’m not sure what cellular speeds she’s getting; I haven’t tested her device on LTE.
My old G Power, I gave to my son. I set him up with Mint Mobile. Where before I was getting 80-100Mbps on AT&T, that phone is now only getting tops of 20Mbps on Mint, which piggybacks T-Mobiles network.
All devices were purchased direct from the manufacturer, so no carrier bloatware or network optimizations. We’re in Montana as well, so North American versions of all the devices.
Connectivity is one of the things that gets neglected if people fixate on specs alone. Band support and coverage, the number and placement of antennae, the chassis materials, band aggregation or DSS, and the RF components of the chipset, are all things that you only tend to realize the importance of when you’re in a pinch and trying to get signal reception.
There’s a lot that affects the 4G(LTE) speed! But it is true that the 4G speed can change depending on device capabilities. A lot’s already been covered.
“A download speed of up to 150Mbps/Category 4”. Such a phone has 2 antennas(75Mbps per antenna), the signals can use any of 64 shapes for downloading, and only 1 4G network can be used at a time*
With 1 full sized 4G network (20MHz for downloading + 20MHz for uploading, think of “20MHz” like a 20MHz wifi network), the signal quality being perfect, being the only user, tower’s internet connection being perfect, the data plan not restricting the speed … a speed of 150Mbps is achieved. In reality the 4G network is not necessary full-sized, it depends on the radiowave licenses owned by the carrier.
or … (total 150Mbps worth of resources available)
Phone 1: 75Mbps. 65Mbps error correction, 10Mbps real data. (bad signal so there’s more error correction)
Phone 2: 75Mbps. 10Mbps error correction, 65Mbps real data. (better signal)
though this is somewhat simplified and it’s not necessary split that way (a phone may be ‘favored’, etc).
*Certain early phones supported half sized network 1 + half sized network 2 = 150Mbps. Today, 150Mbps heavily implies that the phone can only download from 1 4G network at a time.
“A download speed of up to 300Mbps/Category 6.” Such a phone is heavily implied to have only 2 antennas, the signals can use any of 64 shapes for downloading, and 2 4G networks can be downloaded from at the same time.
It’s 300 instead of 150 because while connected to a tower, a tower may describe a secondary 4G network to use. The secondary may be activated later, such as during a long download.
Imagine connecting to 2 wifi networks at the same time and downloading from both (but with cellular instead). The channels are separate so interference isn’t an issue. It doubles the speed (or whatever else).
The secondary is almost always on the same side of the tower, i.e. normally not for the use of multiple towers at the same time.
10+10+20 would be 40MHz, but with 3 networks. Such a device can only do 2 networks.
“A download speed of up to 400Mbps”. Such a phone is heavily implied to have only 2 antennas, the signals can use any of 256 shapes for downloading, and 2 4G networks can be downloaded from at the same time.
4G, instead, uses 4(25Mbps), 16(50Mbps), 64(75Mbps), or 256(100Mbps) shapes for downloading user data. So, 256 only works with good signal, and the signal should be ~100x better than the interference. If the signal is bad it’ll automatically switch to 64, 16, or 4.
256 only works if enabled in the tower (quite common today)
“A download speed of up to 450Mbps”. Such a phone is heavily implied to have only 2 antennas, the signals can use any of 64 shapes for downloading, and 3 4G networks can be downloaded from at the same time.
And so on.
A phone may have 2 or 4 antennas inside for the purpose of cellular. 4 antennas are normally only available for high capacity short range kinds of signal (excluding mmwave), other kinds get 2
Previously, only high end phones had 4 antennas. 5G raised device requirements. If a phone supports 5G on a certain kind of signal, the phone must have 4 Rx antenna ports… and those 4 antennas are quite commonly also used for 4G. A lot more low end/midrange phones have 4 antennas for 4G now.
Antennas may be separated (e.g. 1 4G network with 256 and 4 antennas, 100×4=~400Mbps), or antennas may be combined to boost the signal. Separating antennas also requires that there be 4 antennas at the tower.
Antennas are not connected directly to the modem. There are other components in between and those differ depending on the phone. For example, one LNA may create more noise than another.
Capabilities may differ from hardware depending on how the device’s software is configured. Improvements to the config may be made later.
Even if a modem supports something, other components (e.g. multiplexers) must support it too before it can work.
Support of kinds of signal that can be downloaded from at the same time / uploaded from at the same time varies.
Each phone supports a finite number of spatial streams. 3 networks (4 antennas + 4 antennas + 2 antennas) is 10 spatial streams, for example.
Upload speed… 50Mbps=16 shapes, 1 antenna. 75=64 shapes, 1 antenna. 150=64 shapes, 1 antenna, 2 networks. And so on.
There are other capabilities that vary too. e.g. certain phones may be able to turn the ‘volume’ up even further (HPUE) if a certain kind of signal is used.
And then there’s 5G.
Typically higher end phones have better speeds. The modem tends to be better as well as the supported bands the device can take advantage of. And then there is the higher quality hardware that can actually handle all of that data throughput.
T-Mobile 5G in my area is superb. Mid-day, I got near Gigabit speeds on my Pixel 6 Pro. I would totally get T-Mobile home Internet if it came to my area.
Is there a way to open a QR Code from camera roll or off your phone screen?
- Yep! Just screenshot the QR code, crop it down so it’s only the QR code, then tap the “live text” button on the bottom right, and then tap the QR code 🙂
- Also, Once you’ve screenshot the QR code and view it in photos app, you can just press and hold on the QR code to bring up a list of options of what you can do for that code (visit website, call number, send text, etc.)
- With Google Photos app, touch the “lens” button. Same for extracting text, identifying objects (e.g. what kind of dog is this), etc.
Has anyone here ever had their phone exploited because it wasn’t getting current security updates?
For all the emphasis people put on security updates, I don’t think I’ve ever met a single person who has been victimized because their phone is no longer receiving active updates. I mean a large portion of the global population are using budget android devices, some of which never get security updates.
There have been plenty of threads about this on here in the past. Usually it devolves into an argument about IOS versus android and I’m trying to avoid that. Outside of theoretical concerns, has anyone actually been victimized because they had an old and/or android phone that wasn’t getting security updates?
Obviously there are security risks on current devices as well — even if they have the latest security patches. Security patches are not going to be a catch-all solution for risky browsing . So i am trying to isolate problems that were caused cause directly due to the lack of updates.
I’m trying to gauge how serious of a risk this is versus how much of it is overstated to push people into upgrading their phones more frequently.
I think it goes without saying we should demand lengthy updates and current updates on our phones and no one wants to defend the manufacturers here. I think it would be interesting to actually hear from people that have been exploited. And, most important, were exploited in a scenario where if they had the latest security patch and a new or phone they would have been safe.
Think a lot of people would have no idea if they were compromised. Obviously the risk is going to depend on the bug(s) in question and the usage patterns of the user. For some vulnerabilities there’s a huge difference between only using a phone on a private network vs. connecting to open Wifi, etc.
Also note that people that have the money for those hacks are not really targeting average users:
Same nation-state has targeted before some of the richest people in the world:
The hacks that are likely to hit among average users are mass hacks trying for instance to get credit cards or banking accounts:
This is the best answer here. Phone exploits aren’t going to be used to heavily target random users. There is more value selling or using them to target nation states and VIPs (political and economical). Apps can more easily get the info they want from random users through malicious apps and permissions abuse.
You’re FAR more likely to get compromised through some sort of social engineering, data leak, or other mistake then through someone specifically targeting you with an unpatched vulnerability. Unless you’re a very important person who has a legit reason to be targeted, you don’t have any reason to worry about that.
Think of it this way: someone looking to get into accounts isn’t going to put in extra effort to get into yours, they’ll just move onto the next million accounts.
Use 2 factor, don’t use the same passwords on everything, change your passwords every now and then (password managers help a lot here), don’t click or download shady things, etc.
Yep, my phone was 1 version short of latest, but I use Bluetooth all the time and back in Oreo, there was a Bluetooth exploit that gave the hacker remote install access. My phone was spying on me and collecting password/login data on me for God knows how long before they took control of my Google account and locked me out. I was dealing with fall out from that for almost a year and a half.
They got ahold of 2 of my credit cards and one bank card. The bank card reversed charges after I filed a fraud report, but even though it was a legitimate fraudulent back charge, Google locked my Google wallet and pay accounts. Unfortunately I didn’t have control of my account at that time, so I didn’t know they wanted a picture of my debit card.
After a fraud charge, all banks lock the card and issue a new one. Standard operating practice is to destroy the old one. Due to Google’s new customer service bots, I wasn’t able to get this resolved until I was doing spring cleaning the next year and found a backup card I forgot about.
So it is called sniffing for Bluetooth and I think snarfing for NFC. Essentially they set a device to intercept the 2 way handshake. You certainly are not a liar, and there is plenty of info available online about most exploits (though the Bluetooth and NFC should be closed off now, or at least safer).
Back in the day where everyones Bluetooth was on and discoverable we had Bluejacking and Bluesnarfing, one was delivering messages via contacts, the other was pulling data from the target device.
I would say the bigger risk is still with hardware access for the hacker, as they can install malware onto it, but so can the consumer and it is a dead end by that. I feel more than phones being hacked, the average user might face scams or phishing attacks and not as much ofa hacker remotely hacing into a phone, coz it is too much work, and isnt as efficient as a scam, which can benefit them with the sheer number as well
As someone who used to work in retail selling all sorts of electronics from laptops to phones or VR headsets, you will be surprised the number of times I had customers come in with an issue on their device, and when I further inspect it, I get fludded with ads, spammy notifications, and strange popups (in the home screen of the device!). I would say that older people (50+ maybe) tend to experience those issues more, although I had lots of middle aged individuals too. Usually some think it is part of the experience, while others simply accept the ads because they don’t know what to do.
When I inspect Androids on what causes the spam to occur, it is usually some third party apk like cracked spotify, or a malicious “safe brower” that they found on the Google Play store. I have no interest in promoting any mobile platofrm, but my general rule is: if they have no idea what they are doing, or if they don’t want to be overwhelmed with options, than I recommend iOS. If they are young, tech savvy, and they understand what an apk is, than I usually offer both iOS and Android. Platform wars aside, ‘The Walled Garden’, a.k.a iOS, does do more to prevent users from downloading malicious apps, but also does a lot to contain them even if they were downloaded. A proof of this is that in my four years in retail, I have never ever seen an iPhone with spam.
So all my rambling aside, there are definitely individuals out there with comprised phones, some of whom can visually see it manifested via ads, while in other phones there may never even be a visual indicator. That is why, I do strongly believe that maintaining you phone by updating to the latest version is important. It may not be for yourself, but it will at least give you a piece of mind if your parents or grandparents were a bit more secured.
Following up, I have some thoughts on the article:
First, the number itself is not normalized for population distribution. The article cites the FTC Sentinel Data: “44 percent of people ages 20 to 29 losing money to fraud, more than double the 20 percent of people ages 70 to 79.” But that’s the raw count and people aged 20-29 are ~13% of the population while 70-79 are ~6%. Perhaps the reason that young people get scammed twice as often is there are twice as many?
Second, losing $20 to a bad purchase on eBay counts the same as losing a $2000 social security check in this dataset. I.e., both are one additional scam report. If my father sent $10,000 to a Nigerian Prince and then I bought a $50 blender from eBay that never showed up and he said, “SEE, YOU GOT SCAMMED, TOO!” I would be a little irritated because while he’s technically right, something about it feels different.
I will concede this bit, though: “… according to the bureau’s data, 83 percent of young adults who were exposed to such [online purchase] scams fell for them, more than any other age group.” That’s an indicator of susceptibility and does play to your point, op, even if it doesn’t normalize for targeting frequency. (The FTC data reports that younger people are targeted more often since 2020 for student loan repayment and other assorted cold calls because the pandemic has made for a perfect storm of different relief services that are hard to track, coupled with desperation and fear.)
To Recycle, Trade it in or Trash it? What do you do with your old device when it’s finally time to upgrade?
Do most people trust the “Erase All Data” function under Settings?
Why would you not trust Erase all Content and Settings?
Imagine this scenario… iOS stores data in two drawers. In drawer A, it houses the operating system and all the default settings etc. this drawer is locked and you do not have a key.
In drawer B is your stuff and any and all modifications you make to settings etc on the phone.
Erase all Content and Settings literally takes out drawer B and eradicates it leaving you only with the contents of drawer A, a default and original iOS.
Drawer A is behind protective glass. You can see it, but you cannot change it.
Drawer B is locked with a key. The key lies on top of the drawer. Erasing data is like destroying the key. The data is still there, but there is no way to access it without very very expensive data recovery equipment (and luck).
When you’re having a customer erase all the data on their phone so they can sell it or trade it in, it’s infinitely easier to just let them know it’s gone.
Your average consumer doesn’t need to know the intricacies of data recovery, or the nuances of data erasure on flash storage.
Do not trash the phone. At a minimum recycle it with the appropriate program (not your curbside recycling program where you toss plastics and paper). Many US states and other countries consider mobile phones hazardous waste and the last thing any of us need to be doing is further contaminate the planet with more hazardous materials! https://www.treehugger.com/why-recycle-cell-phones-1204065
Apple stores and Best Buy will typically give you a gift card for your old device. Worst case they will recycle it for free.
I trade in my iPhones to Apple, and pass iPads down to relatives.
Erase all data can be trusted for the average person. People won’t go through the effort for a stranger’s data.
So far, with iPads, I hand them down to my grandkids. With phones I erase all data and trade it in.
Apple released its newest MacBook Air on Friday, and the redesigned device is generating buzz. The biggest change: It includes Apple’s new M2 processor. The new laptop is an important step for Apple, according to Engadget, as its more-portable exterior is built around the new chip. CNBC calls it the most significant MacBook redesign since 2010, noting that it comes at a crucial time: Apple’s Mac revenue was up 15% in the second quarter, and the new laptop could make or break that momentum as back-to-school season begins.
Lots of reviewers seem to be saying so.
“Apple’s near-perfect Mac,” says Engadget.
“This is the new standard bearer, the computer that will.. most likely end up being the definitive Mac of this decade,” says Six Colors.
“Remarkably thin” and “extremely portable,” says The Verge.
This will be million seller for Apple, this is the new default recommendation for almost anyone that’s not doing video, 3D, or heavy duty animation & graphics.
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