How to choose your next smartphone?
- Consider the operating system whether it’s iOS, Android, or Windows.
- Look into the phone’s specifications to determine which suits your needs best.
- Filter your choices through the phone’s features and choose what’s useful for you.
- Determine which of your options fits best in your budget range.
The competition in the smartphone industry is getting a lot tougher, with the variety of options from locked to unlocked devices courtesy of T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and smartphone manufacturers who made these magnificent units possible in the market.
However, along with the variety of options that these carriers and brands have offered in the market, the difficulty in choosing the best smartphone for you might be harder than you thought. Hence, we are offering you four effective tips in choosing your next smartphone, which will definitely lead you to your perfect match!
Consider the Operating System
To better choose what you want for your next smartphone, you may consider the three main types of operating system that’s out in the market.
Out of all these three, iOS and Android remains to be the majority’s favorites. Mainly because iOS offers convenience, security, and simplicity of its products. Android, on contrary, offers a variety of options for customization. Of course, Windows remains available on your options, in case you prefer a smartphone that is highly integrated with Microsoft products and high-quality camera lenses.
To be able to check on the operating systems further, we recommend that you try a demo device at their stores.
Look into the Specs
For tech savvy people, phone specifications or specs matters most. Practically, this helps them determine which smartphone is best fitted for their lifestyle: whether they are a gamer, a camera enthusiast, or an artist.
Initially, you can assess a smartphone’s specs from these five key factors: processor, RAM, internal storage, battery life, and the camera quality.
- Processor. Basically, a smartphone’s processor is stated based on the number of cores and the speed in gigahertz (GHz). These numbers indicate how powerful and fast the smartphone will be able to run the games and apps that you prefer to install.
- Random-access memory (RAM). RAM is measured in gigabytes (GB) and refers to the overall amount of storage the device is capable of multitasking apps. When it comes to RAM, it is true that the higher is better. This comes most necessary if you’re the gamer type of smartphone user as games require more RAM than any other apps.
- Internal storage. A device’s internal storage, or memory as some would call it, also plays a huge part in preventing app crashes. This also comes in handy if you are the type of user who loves storing music, videos, photos, and other files.
- Battery life. Today, the maximum battery life of smartphones has increased to 5000mAh, providing a longer time for users to play and chat on their phones
- Camera quality. Camera quality isn’t an issue today, given that more and more smartphone brands tend to commercialize better, competitive camera lenses. Typically, camera quality is measured in megapixels (MP), and as long as cameras are concerned, the higher the MP, the better. However, if you are keen on the camera details, you may also go further into the specifics such as the aperture, shutter speed, zoom lens, and others.
However, it would be best not to rely on what is written on the paper. In assessing specs, it is still better to try a demo device or go through phone reviews online for real-world assessment.
Filter via Special Features
Once you have narrowed down your preferred units based on their specs, you can also filter them with what particular features they offer. In the first place, this is where these smartphones remain distinct from each other. It may be the phone’s display, screen size, or the body of the handset.
Today, color also matters to consumers including old rose, gold, and matte black variations to name a few. However, given the tough competition when it comes to features, most well-known brands prefer going for functionality over aesthetics. Thus, the rise of waterproof and shock resistant smartphones – from the 2, 2.5, and 3D glass panel displays, wireless charging, Micro SD slots, removable battery, in-cell navigation buttons display, to the continuously innovating fingerprint technologies that people are looking forward to for a while now.
Determine Which Fits Your Budget Range
Of course, you will need to consider the price range in choosing your smartphone as well. Typically, iOS phones are much more expensive than Android phones. This includes Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy Edge units at the top of the list. If you prefer, however, a lower cost yet phones that run on Android, you may opt for a HTC, Huawei, LG, or Motorola product.
Don’t rush though, since there are a lot of brands to choose from. In addition, a variety of deals from carriers that you can take into your advantage.
As highlighted in these tips, it is truly important that you choose a smartphone that fits your preference, lifestyle, and budget perfectly. Through this, you will be able to find satisfaction on your next smartphone.
It cannot be denied that today’s generation is particularly all about technology – from the “unlock my phone” era that enables phones to use preferred networks to the newest fingerprint scanning technologies that made accessing phones possible through a tap of your fingertips. Truly, there is a lot to look forward on smartphones.
However, what are they in particular? Here is a list of 2017’s newest smartphones you shouldn’t miss and should think about if you are looking for a new phone!
Despite having been released at the market on April 21, Samsung is still worth the overview. With the grand launch of the said brand’s most awaited smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, new impressive features have come in addition to Samsung’s renowned ‘edge’ series. Its sleek design and curved edged body further emphasized the handset’s infinite display that measures to 5.8 and 6.2 inches respectively. In addition, given the infinite space at the front, Samsung chose to move the fingerprint scanner at its rear just beside the 30MP camera.
More so, the units also feature Samsung’s very own digital assistant, Bixby, which served as its newest star-feature.
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Xiaomi’s popularity over time has extended far and wide, hence, it is pretty much one of the most anticipated brands of 2017. On April 19, Xiaomi Mi 6 has moved the bar to another level with its impressive specifications, more so, on the expected launch of Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus in the latter half of 2017. To date, Xiaomi Mi 6 features a metal chrome that supports its glass back and refined stainless steel structure which is available in blue, black, and silver color. Furthermore, it is sold in 64GB and 128GB and in regular and premium ceramic models. What is great about this brand is it has high-end specs yet is still affordable.
LG has been exciting its loyal customers and the world with its newest premium unit, the LG G6. LG G6 was first launched in South Korea but was not available for the rest of the world until April of 2017. The unit features a 5.7-inch FullVision 9:18 display that showcases a larger display given its compact body which is designed with shock and water resistance. In addition, it is running on a Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of RAM storage allowing maximum usage on the device.
Being the lead in technology today, Google launches yet another duo that will surely hit the market flawlessly. Aside from its predecessors’ great camera and software experience, Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 lineup boasts a pure android experience given the brand’s newest version of AI-based Google Assistant. However, Google admits the flaws that appeared in the previous Pixel units – which hopefully, will be addressed upon its launch this year.
Apple has just launched iPhone 7 last year, but the anticipation over iPhone 8 (or whichever it may be called) has been going on for about a while now. Having this mentioned, there were leaks upon the design of Apple’s newest unit in which according to CNet – will include “…a huge redesign on its OLED display, wireless charging, and of course, its operating system that are expected to feature some high-end AR capabilities.” However, given the latest updates on fingerprint technology, Apple seems to be redesigning their flagship on touch ID as well.
With the progress that the recent discoveries in technology have contributed to the world, it is no doubt that there are more to come for smartphones today, tomorrow, and the incoming days. So keep your eyes open for the next smartphone updates and be ready to experience them at its fullest!
Over the years, one can say that Motorola definitely knows how to market good phones at a budget price. The latest Moto E unit, Moto E 4th generation (also Moto E4), has ignited the curiosity of most consumers given the success of Motorola’s previous Moto E units. Though this handset may not level to a Moto G5, it surely provides for those who are looking for a budget phone that can offer satisfactory user experience. It is a great budget phone that is worth a second look!
Design and Display
Released in June 2017, the Moto E displayed a similar look from its predecessors. From the usual oval fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the screen to the huge and round rear camera section. However, what sets it apart from the previous Moto E units is that its frame is made of plastic material instead of aluminum. In addition, it is relatively smaller in size measuring only up to 5.70 by 2.85 by 0.37 inches.
The phone looked more solid than expected despite being covered with plastic material. More so, it gives a good grip with the texture of its back panel – preventing the device from slipping off from your hold.
Consequently, it projects a 5-inch IPS LCD display panel with a 720 by 1280-pixel resolution, boasting a clear, good-for-outdoors viewing experience. It is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that simply adds to the quality of the unit.
On navigating the handset, one can find all the right details on the right places. The fingerprint sensor at the lower part of the front frame, the selfie camera and earpiece at the upper front, the 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom, and the volume rocker and power button at the right – definitely, the Moto E’s designed to be smooth and user-friendly.
Additionally, the unit sports an on-screen navigation button, thus, setting the bar for budget phones.
With today’s market, it becomes harder to buy a budget phone with a good camera. But Moto E provides a good one compared to its competitors given its price range.
It flaunts an autofocus 8MP main camera that enables users to capture significant moments in crisp and beautiful photos. More so, with its 5MP front camera that goes hand-in-hand with an LED flash, which equips the user to snap their best selfies for sharing on their social media accounts. Furthermore, the device is also capable of shooting better videos with 720-pixels at 30fps.
Connectivity and Network Performance
With MetroPCS as its carrier, the new Moto E is equipped with just the right connectivity protocols including Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS with GLONASS, and an on-the-go micro USB 2.0.
Regarding its network performance, users would not need to worry as it is also LTE-capable.
Power and Battery
Going further, the Moto E’s powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz Mediatek MT6737 and 2GB of RAM. It is equipped enough for daily multitasking and a day or so of usage, especially that Motorola has provided a 2800mAh battery capacity to the said unit.
Software and Memory
Since the Lenovo acquisition, there were fewer custom features that the Moto X has showcased in the Moto E series. However, what makes the unit simply impressive is that it is running on the latest Android operating system, the Nougat. It is a great deal for a budget price phone such as the Moto E.
Furthermore, the handset also includes a 16GB of built-in storage, extending its efficiency and a good micro SD card slot that can accommodate up to a good 128GB of additional storage.
What’s New with Moto E (4th Generation)
What Motorola offers the market is not just a cheap phone, but a budget-friendly phone that can accommodate a user’s daily needs.
With the Moto E’s vibrant 5-inch LCD display that is coated with water-repellent, it is already too much for a phone of its price. The water-repellent nano coat prevents damage on the phone from a little rain, spills, and even splashes.
It does not only showcase a great compact design, but also a user experience that one shouldn’t miss. For a budget phone like this unit, one cannot expect a fingerprint sensor included. But Moto E is sure to serve its customer’s convenience over price, hence, a fingerprint sensor equipped home button.
A 5-inch LCD phone with 16GB of built-in storage and a fingerprint sensor included, what’s not to like?
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What’s new with under-screen fingerprint solutions?
- It is integrated under a phone’s display, specifically OLED displays that are at least 1200 micrometers thick, but does not work on LCDs.
- It is capable of scanning through the phone’s display panel, detecting blood flow and heartbeat regardless if it is on or off, and is working underwater or with wet hands.
- It takes in the form of Vivo phones, however, its availability in the market is yet to be announced.
Smartphones today is not just about SIM network unlock pin codes and touch screens – rather, it revolves around new technologies that brands can offer to the market. With regards to the latest offerings of prominent smartphone brands, each has something new to offer. However, the newest fingerprint technology, courtesy of Qualcomm and Vivo, is just stellar to not notice.
Qualcomm’s Newest Suite of Fingerprint Solutions
During the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2017, Qualcomm has informed the public officially about the Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors, which as they claimed it, as the next-generation ultrasonic fingerprint solutions. This is in continuation of the success of Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology generation – but with new, optimized, and improved features to boast. Going further to their latest technology, Qualcomm writes that this suite features sensors “…for display, glass, and metal, detection of directional gestures, and underwater fingerprint match and device wake-up.”
In simple terms, this means that this technology is capable of scanning through the phone’s display panel (as long as the display is made of an OLED panel and is 1200 micrometers thick). However, it does not end there – as their newest technology is also capable of detecting blood flow and heartbeat regardless if it is on or off and is working underwater or with wet hands. With these features stated, not only did Qualcomm increased the standard of fingerprint scanners, rather, they made it easier and convenient for people who are doing work on mobile.
Additionally, along with the under screen fingerprint solution, Qualcomm offers two basic scanner schemes that are also cohesive of their ultrasonic technology and is applicable to both metal and glass displays – except under display. These particular scanners may appear on the market sooner than their premium solutions (as these are expected to be available around summer of 2018).
Qualcomm and Vivo: The Ultimate Duo
Of course, this technology wouldn’t be made of use to the market without physical integration – hence, Vivo, the Chinese phone maker who are well-known for its quality yet affordable smartphones. In a video going viral today, Vivo has shown people the latest under display fingerprint technology in action. However, the public was much more impressed by the demonstration of the technology in action during the MWC 2017 – where Qualcomm and Vivo showcased the Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor integrated modified version of Vivo XPlay 6.
In a later demonstration of this technology at the same event, Engadget shares that Vivo has also integrated the solution at the phone’s rear. The spot, when tapped, allows the phone to unlock, capture photos, and shoot videos underwater. Though this may have been evident in previous models of Sony and HTC, the application of the technology still makes it easier for people to use phones whenever, wherever.
While it is true that the market was expecting more from Apple, Qualcomm and Vivo may have changed the phase. Given its latest applications of the newest fingerprint solutions, there is particularly much more to technologies that are coming in the form of smartphones. But the question is, is the market ready?
In June 2017, the stellar-performing Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Coolpad, has released their newest budget-friendly unit that will defy all odds in the smartphone industry – the Coolpad Defiant. Given the growing popularity of the brand in China, it’s no surprise that it is able to extend its market to India and in the United States. With that achievement alone, what can customers look forward to in this entry-level device?
The newest Coolpad unit, Coolpad Defiant, sets the bar of most entry-level phones with its professional design. It’s 5.71 by 2.801 by 0.39-inch body is molded with durable material, and weighs up to 6.5 ounces allowing a comfortable grip for the users. The unit also flaunts a 5-inch TFT display with 854 by 480 resolution, with curved edges that frame its black colored borders.
With regards to the details of Defiant’s structure, it sure displays a user-friendly button navigation. Its volume rocker and power button are both well integrated at the right side of the unit while the capacitive home, back, and recent apps buttons fill the bottom space. Furthermore, it also has the speaker, the selfie camera, and the sensor up front, and the main camera at the removable matte back panel of the unit. Coolpad definitely knows what consumers need.
The Coolpad Defiant reveals a 2MP selfie camera and a 5MP rear camera that is equipped with autofocus and LED flash features, allowing a good shot for outdoor photos. Additionally, the handset’s capable of shooting 720-pixel video recordings – is definitely a perfect device for casual occasions.
Connectivity and Network Performance
Arguably Coolpad knows what the market wants, hence, integrating great connectivity protocols on the handset. It includes Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11, and A-GPS that regular consumers can use in their daily routines.
With regards to network performance, one can attest that Defiant is capable of quick downloads and uploads given that it’s 3G and 4G capable and has MetroPCS as its carrier.
Power and Battery
The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917 processor which is clocked at 1.4 GHz and runs with 1GB of RAM, thereby allowing enough space for users who loves to multitask apps. More so, the unit’s backed up with a 2450 mAh removable battery which does not require high maintenance and can efficiently last a day’s use.
Software and Memory
As expected, being a 2017 smartphone, the handset runs on Android Nougat 7.0 – which can still be upgraded to the latest version of Android. This is alongside the fixed 8GB of internal memory and a MicroSD slot for additional storage extending up to 32GB.
What’s New with Coolpad Defiant
Coolpad revs up its game when it comes to producing smartphones. Despite being new to the global market, the China-based smartphone company introduces yet another smartphone favorite for smartphone lovers.
Equipped with a fast processor, a 2450mAh battery capacity, and the latest Android version – the unit also flaunts its capability of band 12 LTE and the newest feature to date on smartphones, Rich Communications Services (RCS) messaging.
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What are the new features on Android Nougat?
- Multi-window viewing
- Direct reply from notifications
- Bundled notifications
- Battery life saver
- Upgraded quick settings menu
- Nougat’s overall performance and emoji
With your Android phone finally free from restrictions, thanks to SIM network unlock pin codes, what’s next to look forward to? If you are still using Marshmallow, well, you definitely need to move to the newest Android update and enjoy its latest perks.
Marshmallow may have turned the Android world upside down with its cool features, but Nougat will have you feeling cyber-secured with its update. However, what do these updates really mean? How does it help you further enjoy your device? Here are a few things to help you with.
Multi-window viewing has been long incorporated on other custom UI layers, especially LG and Samsung. Hence, it is great to know that Google has now applied this very function onto Nougat. This function allows you to run two apps at the same time – be it watching a movie and taking notes. Going into details, multi-window viewing can be accessed through a long press on the recent tasks button (when you have already opened one app), and it will let you choose another app to open. Furthermore, this feature includes a drag-and-drop functionality which can help you move items like files from an app to another app.
Direct Reply from Notifications
Before, notifications are notifications. But with the new Android update, you can now compose replies right on your notification – without leaving your current app! What’s great about this feature? It is not limited to Google’s very own Hangouts, but to every app that is on your device. Convenience at its finest!
Notifications on a Bundle
For this feature, all messaging app notifications are bundled according to their respective apps. However, you can also expand these notifications individually by tapping the all-new expansion button or using a two-finger gesture. In addition, you now have control over your notifications, like you can either silence future notifications or turn them off.
Battery Life Saver
Doze Mode, the battery life saver which started in Android Marshmallow, continues to function in Nougat. This time, Google expanded the feature to thoroughly clean background tasks whenever the phone is turned off.
Upgraded Quick Settings Menu
Unlike before, where you still need to pull the notification bar down to access the quick settings menu, Nougat will just need you to make a downward gesture once to reveal the notifications and quick settings. What’s great about this option is that you can now sort the icons according to your needs and priority.
The Nougat Overall Performance and Emoji
Nougat did not only focus on things, rather, relevant things that create an impact on the device’s performance. First, you can see where your downloaded app came from especially if it’s not from Google Play Store. Second, updates are guaranteed to be more seamless, where security updates are downloaded automatically and the common pop-up “Android is updating” when restarting after an update is now removed. Last, Nougat brings support for Unicode 9 which meant the introduction of 72 new emoji – good news for all users who loves using emojis!
Given these impressive functions and features, the Nougat is definitely the best Android version, yet. Functionality wise, it allows users to conveniently use their devices in a quicker and easier way. However, make sure to check if Nougat is already available on your device in order for you to enjoy the perks of the newest Android version today!
It is without a doubt that Samsung has released another unit to continue their Galaxy J series. With Samsung Galaxy J3’s success, the opportunity to make another bigger and better unit is undeniable – hence, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime. For some, J7 may look a bit like Galaxy S7, however, the unit has its own features to flaunt which users would definitely love – yet again.
With its launch last September 2016, Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime has definitely made a good impression with its undeniably great design that is oozing with elegance. As some would say, it indeed looked like that of Galaxy S7 only that it had a more square-shaped body. The unit is boasting a good 5.5 inch full HD TFT display with a 1920×1080 resolution and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 further proving Samsung’s capability in producing quality display panels. Its overall slim metallic body isn’t everything as the unit also features smooth curved edges that make the phone comfortable to use.
Moreover, the buttons are well within reach, where the volume rocker is placed on the left and the power button on the right – hence, no need to worry about its size. Surprisingly, the top spot of the device was left blank, while the bottom sported the micro-USB, microphone, and 3.5mm headphone jack. Furthermore, the micro SD and SIM card slots were moved to the left side along with the volume rocker, whereby the micro SD capacity extends to a maximum of 256GB storage for users to enjoy.
Samsung indeed gave J7 Prime the premium feel as the camera’s flushed to the panel perfectly displaying the ultra slim body that the unit offers. Furthermore, the camera remains of quality as J7 Prime ensures its users a 13MP rear camera that is equipped with an f/1.9 aperture to capture great photos regardless of the low-light setting and an 8-MP front camera that is also equipped with an f/1.9 aperture for better, brighter selfies. Additionally, the camera’s capable of shooting 1080-pixel videos which make it more appealing to users and soon-to-be Samsung customers.
Connectivity and Network Performance
With MetroPCS as its carrier, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is capable of a blazing fast LTE connection allowing more downloads and uploads. It also comes with great connectivity protocols including Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS with GLONASS, and NFC making it possible to users to pay via their phones. In addition, to make it possible for users to share files from their phone to their laptops or personal computers, the device allows a USB OTG connection.
Power and Battery
Powered by an Exynos 7870 chipset that is clocked at 1.6 GHz and a 3GB of RAM as its company – the J7 Prime works like a boss. Multitasking wise, the device performs beyond what it is expected. Navigating was smooth, hence, apps are launched easily without any hiccups. Furthermore, Samsung gave away a 3300 mAh further allowing users to enjoy watching movies, listening to music, and of course, keeping in the game without interruptions. Definitely, this device will get you through the day smoothly with its astounding battery life.
Software and Memory
The J7 Prime runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow along with the usual Samsung’s custom layer which is the TouchWiz UI which users are already familiar of. In addition, the device has a built-in 32GB internal storage and allows you to extend the storage to a maximum of 256GB via a micro SD slot.
What’s New with Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
Moving on to the fun part, what does the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime has to offer? For starters, the J7 Prime was a definite upgrade from its siblings. With its premium design that is oozing with elegance – from the ultra slim body that does not let bumps get in the way, the enlarged screen that allows optimal viewing, and the smooth curved edges – makes it more comfortable to hold. Furthermore, J7 Prime flaunts its 13MP main camera that is armed with a F1.9 lens to help users capture better, brighter, and crispier photos regardless of a low-light setting. Additionally, the device also features a Wide Selfie function on its 8MP front camera allowing users to capture great groupies and beautiful selfie backgrounds with the use of your palm.
Want more? The J7 Prime also comes with a fingerprint scanner for a faster, and more secure accessing of your own device!
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After the success of the LG Stylo 2 Plus, LG has surprised users with another version of the stylus-embedded phablet: the LG Stylo 3 Plus. However, LG did not opt for a different version of the phablet, rather, an upgraded version of it that the customers will definitely love. Yet another unit to join the Stylo lineage, LG’s Stylo 3 still lives to its fundamentals while keeping abreast with the latest technology trend.
Similar to the LG Stylo 2 Plus, Stylo 3’s design comes in with a polycarbonate body with round edges and brushed metal finish. The phone weighs just 5.3 ounces and measures at 6.1 by 3.1 by 0.3 inches, which was impressively lighter than Stylo 2. Still, the phone is a bit too large to handle with one hand hence the Mini View mode has been retained so as to shrink the home screen for easier navigation.
This time, however, LG has placed the embedded stylus a bit nearer to the phone’s right edge hence an even smoother integration of the stylus with the handset’s body. Along with this, the volume button has also been moved to the left side.
Of course, LG would not disappoint its avid fans. With a 5.7-inch full HD IPS display and a 1920×1080 pixels resolution, the unit aims to provide users to see a bigger picture with intense clarity that is vibrant enough to put artists and professionals alike into the zone and make great ideas happen.
Proving Stylo 3’s identical similarities with Stylo 2, the handset also has a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera. It allows users to capture breathtakingly 4160 x 3120 resolution-photos outdoors with its autofocus capable rear camera and LED flash for its front camera that is great for capturing night setting selfies. It also allows a 1080p video recording in 30fps that provides full HD videos right on your screen.
Connectivity and Network Performance
Given that Metro PCS is its carrier, the service is figuratively identical with the Stylo 2. It supports a 4G LTE network, hence, a reliable and impressive network performance. Additionally, it has some remarkable connectivity specs which include Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi Direct and USB tethering further allowing connectivity between the phone, the internet, and other relevant devices notably laptops, personal computers, and SMART TVs. Maintaining the same connectivity protocols, LG also serves Stylo 3 with Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and A-GPS for better mobile experience.
Power and Battery
Stepping up their game, LG has upgraded to a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor for Stylo 3. Topping its rival models, the unit definitely had it faster in overall system performance allowing users to enjoy the newest features in the Stylo lineup. Furthermore, the phone has a RAM capacity of 2GB, therefore allowing a good amount of multitasking, even with games like GTA: San Andreas.
Battery wise, LG provided a maximum 3080 mAh battery life for Stylo 3 – supported by a fast charging capability to further enjoy the special features installed in the handset. However, that does not end there. LG also allows a swapping of batteries as the handset comes with a removable battery for a longer use.
Software and Memory
LG Stylo 3 Plus runs Android 7.0 Nougat along with LG’s very own custom user interface where LG removed the normal app drawer thereby allowing direct access from the home screen – which users could change in Settings should they not prefer apps splashed across their home screens.
Moving on to the memory, Stylo 3 doubles the internal storage of its predecessor, making it 32GB. It also comes with a microSD slot that could extend to 256GB for maximum storage. Who wouldn’t love LG for its generosity towards the Stylo series?
What’s New with LG Stylo 3 Plus
Having been launched only in May 2017, Stylo 3 keeps up to the trend of fingerprint technology. With a clickable circular home button at the back, Stylo 3 boasts the double-purpose of this technology. Basically, the button supports multiple gestures such as swiping down to take a screenshot, swiping left or right to shrink the screen, and of course, using the user’s fingerprint to access the phone.
Likewise, Stylo 3 remains a stylus-embedded phablet where pulling out the stylus automatically launches a menu of apps which is the Pen Pop. It allows getting access to features like Pop Memo which allows taking notes, Capture+ which allows capturing screenshots, Pop Scanner which allows marking or editing of captured photos be it from the rear or front camera, and the Quick Memo feature which allows users to jot down and draw in a full-screen mode. Favorably, LG Stylo 3 allows faster jotting down of notes without starting up the whole system through its Screen-Off Memo feature. In addition, the architecture of the stylus remains impressive and useful to most users allowing comfort to take over be it when taking notes or drawing on the screen.
Additionally, Stylo 3 offers users access on a quick and easy GIF capture by recording at least a 15-second video and zooming in on any image through Pop Lens regardless of the resolution – further boasting a vivid and bright imagery on the screen.
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- Check your phone if it is SIM network locked.
- Ask your carrier for SIM network unlock.
- If your carrier is unable to provide a SIM network unlock, you can manually unlock your phone through IMEI information, or
- Unlock your phone through unlocking service.
Traveling overseas has been a trend today, and more often than not, generating SIM network unlock PIN codes is still an issue for most travelers. Some spend way higher on it than buying unlocked basic phones, or unfamiliar carrier phones may not be available to service in particular countries. With that said, it is only important to be aware of how to unlock your phone – should you need to do so.
But first, we will start with the basics.
Is Your SIM Network Locked?
In most cases, certain mobile phone makers such as ASUS and Alcatel do not sell their phones as locked. Hence, it is only important to start off with the question: how to determine if your phone’s SIM network is locked?
To be able to identify if your phone is locked, you can check its documentation. It can most likely be stated in the invoice or receipt if your phone is unlocked or locked.
Another way to determine if it is locked is through contacting the carrier or inserting another SIM card, which is the easiest way possible. If you tried a different SIM and it didn’t work, then it can most certainly be locked on the original SIM’s network.
You can also note that most likely, phones bought directly from third-party retailers and manufacturers such as Huawei, Samsung, Motorola, or Amazon are unlocked. On the other hand, carriers such as T-Mobile and AT&T are usually selling SIM-locked phones to their respective networks.
Now, if your phone is SIM locked to a specific network, read on to know how to unlock it.
Ask Your Carrier for SIM Network Unlock
Given that you cannot use your preferred SIM network on your phone, ask your carrier for help.
You can call them, tell them you need to unlock your phone for a network change, and eventually, they will give you a code that will help unlock your phone. This code should be entered once the phone asks you for one when you insert a different SIM card on your device. Your phone should be unlocked after the code is entered or after a reboot (if prompted by the device).
However, in most cases, especially those phones that are under a financial contract or “plan,” carriers will not unlock your phone unless it qualifies on the terms that are specified in their unlocking policy. But don’t worry, there is an alternative route around it.
How to Manually Unlock Your Phone
If you can’t get through a carrier service, then you can do it on your own. You’ll just need to perform a few tricks or use an unlocking service to help you with. Refer to the following information below:
- Unlocking Through IMEI Information
For Android phones, you will need to confirm the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number first. This number serves as a unique distinction between phones and appears as an identification code of your phone on any given network.
To confirm your IMEI number, you can dial *#06# or directly head on to your Settings, select About Phone, scroll to Status and look for your IMEI information (though in some phones, you can immediately see the IMEI information when you open the About Phone page). By handing over the 15-digit IMEI information, your network should be able to provide you with the PIN code needed to unlock your phone.
It should also be noted that the process may vary from across networks and your newly inserted SIM network may require you to input a particular code to enable its use on that specific carrier.
Additionally, carriers may charge you an additional administrative fee for unlocking your SIM network (except for American carriers as per the law).
- Unlocking Through Unlocking Service
If the above option doesn’t work for you, then you may proceed with finding a reliable phone unlocking service on the web – which may be difficult.
One way to walk your way through this is to visit forums to get reliable information regarding unlocking services, and at the very least, get some advice from people who have been in the same case as you.
An example of a reputable service that you can go to is Unlock Base’s Unlock My Phone feature, as aside from their expertise on the niche, there is also a variety of phone brands that they unlock – hence, a higher possibility that yours is included.
Beware: Unlocking Phone App Scamming!
In the process of choosing an unlocking service, you may probably encounter apps that may also do so. Beware! As this does not guarantee an unlocked phone, moreover, it may get your phone in trouble. In particular, cracked apps from download sites or Torrent networks may possibly infect your phone with Trojans and other malicious software. Yikes!
Unlocking your phone for easier communication is possible if you choose the safe and legal way. You may spend a bit, but that would be for the good of your phone plus, you get to enjoy the convenience an unlocked device can provide you in your most exciting trips overseas.
If you’ve been a loyal customer of Samsung, you’d know very well how they work on their products. They have been among the fastest producers of smartphones as of today, and undeniably a trusted brand for quality products. Continuing their Galaxy series, Samsung has released the grand and prime unit to watch out for – the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime.
Samsung has launched Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime on September 2014. Recognizably a Galaxy unit, the handset displays a simple yet professional design, which casual users probably loved about the series’ lineup. Being budget-friendly, it appears to be made out of plastic, where the rear cover could be removed to gain access to the battery, microSD, and SIM card slots. Along with this, the unit also features the same ports and buttons that most Galaxy units have, and of course, the home button framed with metallic border, the capacitive recent apps, and the back buttons.
Even with a 5-inch 540×960 TFT display, the unit still delivers a good, normal viewing distance. Likewise, it offers a handy overall design measuring up to 5.70 by 2.84 by 0.34 inches, and weighing 5.5 ounces given that it is made of plastic. Truly, this unit is fit for casual everyday use.
Given Samsung’s reputation when it comes to camera specs, one can expect that Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime offers a natural, auto focus 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Like the royal units offered by the brand, this handset comes with a camera experience that satisfies its aimed users. Of course, it also offers a high definition video recording quality largely at 1080p.
Connectivity and Network Performance
Connectivity isn’t much of an issue here, because Samsung does not want to disappoint. With MetroPCS as its carrier, the unit offers a blazing fast 4G LTE connection, even speeding up to 42Mbps at maximum. In addition to this, the phone also comes with impressive connectivity features such as Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, a GPS with GLONASS, and of course, NFC – making tap-and-go payments possible for users.
Power and Battery
Designed with a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (64-bit) and 1GB RAM while sporting a 2600mAh battery, the handset can be capable for daily usage. Also, it runs with an Adreno 360 GPU, which is considerable for basic games.
Software and Memory
True to the fact that this phone’s favorably for casual users, it comes with an 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot that’s good for up to 64GB. And what better way to enjoy this handy phone than through Samsung’s signature TouchWiz UI experience, which is undeniably impressive for an affordable smartphone like it is.
Additionally, it is running on an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop version, which adds to the excitement of the handset’s user experience.
What’s New with Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime flaunts a 5MP wide-angle front camera, specially designed to capture “groupfies,” and a good 8MP rear camera with LED flash that works best for photo enthusiasts out there.
What may be the aim of the company for this above-the-price unit? Well, our theory is that, Samsung wanted to focus on group selfies that most people would love to capture conveniently – and of course, shoot videos of the moments people would want to cherish along with their loved ones through its 1080 video recording without spending too much.
Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime with UnlockBase
It wouldn’t be especially convenient to use a Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime when you can’t access your preferred network on your unit. Our solution? Try our unlocking service. With our reputation in the unlocking industry, you’ll definitely find an easy service from our Device Unlock APP. From there, you’ll just request and apply for device unlocking (directly from your phone!) – without any manual codes needed. Plus, it comes with a huge database of different smartphone brands and units.