Packing for a 3D and 2N travel within the country can be challenging itself, what more for abroad?
For most travelers, traveling to a place or two within the month helped them get through the headache of choosing their essentials to pack. It allowed them to experience just the right amount of trial-and-error, from the trouble of looking for the right jeans to choosing between a book and an e-book reader.
Today, a lot of travelers travel with lesser luggage. How so? Technology served them right. Documents became accessible on all devices, and there’s always an e-book reader to go to for all the right books. The lesser the luggage, the lesser the charges – the more fun it is. As a result, more and more wanderers are opting for these travel technology solutions in order to make their venturing seamless and hassle-free.
For travelers like Aleah, Berylle, Kev, Kisty, Aris, Nick and Dariece, Rica, and Trisha, it’s particularly important to know your own tech essentials kit. This way, it will be easier for you to travel smoothly and enjoy the most part of the adventure.
In this article, the above mentioned travel bloggers have shared their very own choices when it comes to packing their go-to gadgets. Find out and see for yourself what could help you best when packing your tech essentials for your first travel abroad!
Aleah Taboclaon is the travel blogger behind SolitaryWanderer.com. She loves being location independent and funds her travels with freelance editing and writing work. Aleah has been to 29 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Facebook.
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“As a travel blogger, there are some gadgets that I just can’t leave home when I travel. First, I need my camera. I had a DSLR for almost 10 years, but I finally decided that it was too bulky for me. I bought a mirrorless from Fuji and am loving it. I also have the Supremo action camera. I use it whenever I’m doing something that could pose a danger to my Fuji, whether it’s river rafting or rappelling. I also bring my iPhone with me. It takes great photos as well, and keeps me connected with friends and family. In relation to being connected, I also bring a mobile Wifi device so that I can share photos and check emails whenever I need to. I never leave home as well without my Kindle. I used to bring real books, but when I’m traveling for months, I need more than 1 or 2 books with me. Are all these gadgets absolutely necessary for my adventures? Of course not. I can travel without them and still enjoy myself. However, I always bring these to enhance my experience, because with these five gadgets, I can write about my experiences and share them with my audience.”
Berylle Kaye Hong
Berylle is a food, lifestyle, and travel blogger at It’sBeryllicious. As a passionate food lover, It’sBeryllicious mainly features food and restaurants around the Metro. She enjoys discovering new places, and trying out new products, while meeting new friends in between.
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“My smartphone is probably the most important gadget I bring during my travels. I can call my family anytime with just a press of a button, and share to them my personal experiences and stories matched with photos and videos.”
“For best quality photos, I make sure to bring a camera, so that I can share nice pictures on my blog. I always bring my Fujifilm XA2 camera which is very light and convenient to carry around.”
“A power bank to make sure I have a backup just in case my battery dies. Wouldn’t want to miss out on great memories and adventures.”
“I also make sure to rent out a pocket wifi when traveling abroad. It’s relatively cheaper and can even be shared among your friends/group.”
“Lastly, my headphones/earphones so I can listen to my favorite music without disturbing other people around me.”
The Awesome Kev
Kev Hernandez (aka The Awesome Kev) is a Travel Influencer and an IT Business Analyst based in Manila, Philippines.
Kev’s interest in traveling started when he was sent by his school to Tokyo at the age of 15 as a reward for performing well in a 3-year Japanese course. This ignited his passion to continue traveling the world at a young age. Kev loves to try new things as often as he can, eat (Instagram-worthy) food, go on different adventures, and share those escapades to the world through his travel blog. Kev aspires to see 100 of the best places on earth by 2030.
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“As a travel influencer, my camera is the first item I make sure I won’t forget when going for an adventure. When travelling, I recommend using a mirrorless camera. It takes good professional photos but it’s also compact and not as bulky as a DSLR. I use Fujifilm XT10 35mm for my Instagram photos.”
“In today’s world, smartphones have become an integral part of any travel experience especially now that there is wifi available almost everywhere. I particularly use an iPhone 7 Plus as it also serves as my secondary camera in case my mirrorless cam dies or goes on full memory. Apart from being able to document and post about my trip on Instagram as it happens, my phone has always been my trusted companion to help me get to my destination quickly and safely.”
“My portable charger/power bank has always been a lifesaver for most of my trips. Because I use my phone often for navigation, photos, videos, and posting on my social media accounts, my phone’s battery would run down quickly. Having a power bank with you lets you use your gadgets without having to worry that it won’t be able to serve you all day long (since power sockets are not always available). Choose a power bank that lets you charge your phone 1-3 full cycles; it’s a good investment.”
“Packing a universal travel adapter is a must. It’s small and helps you charge your gadgets across the globe without having to worry if the charger fits the power socket. They are perfect for those going to multiple countries on a single trip or even those involving a layover for a quick charge at the airport.”
“Travel apps make travelling a lot easier and hassle-free. Installing apps that would help you on your trip lets you enjoy and take out the worrying part of going on an adventure. Some of my favorite travel apps include XE Currency (to convert currencies), App in the Air (to track flight status), and Klook (to book discounted tickets of tours and attractions).”
Kisty Mea is a 20-something traveling creative based in Southeast Asia. Born with messy curly/wavy hair, this illustrator/designer has an affinity for pastel colors, minimalist design, and a cup of vanilla ice cream.
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“Just like any other traveler, I can’t leave without a smartphone (with travel apps installed and pre-downloaded content), a digital camera, and a laptop because I consider these three gadgets a necessity to navigate, document, and share my adventures with family, friends, and readers. Aside from that, I also bring a power strip with a travel adapter and a power bank with at least 10,000 mAh because electric outlets can be limited—hostels, for example, usually provide one per bunk—or inaccessible when I need it the most.
And if I were to pick a favorite, I’d say it would be the power strip because all of my gadgets are fully recharged for the next day’s adventure!”
Aris Mape is a travel blogger based in Cebu. His blog has received awards as Best Travel Blog and Best Photo Blog among others in the Philippine Blogging Awards, Best Cebu Blogs, and BlogEx Manila. Now, he envisions his blog to be a service-based website connecting tour companies, organizers, and local guides to travelers. Aris loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint.
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“My kind of travel is more of the comfy vacation type and very rarely do I go backpacking or hiking. So, when it comes to gadgets, I don’t have many. I used to carry an SLR, but realizing that my mobile phone–I have a Huawei Mate 9–is almost as powerful as the bulky cam, I now bank on my phone for anything photography. Great resolution, cool functionalities. It’s always fun to experiment, just stretch your creativity and look beyond your phone as a point and shoot camera.
Of course, I bring a mini tripod and a power bank. They’re my essentials. With those, I can already accomplish my travel goals–to capture great photos of the scenery, the hotel or resort, and the food, and record my interviews with the people I meet.
While on travel, I also take a lot of notes in Evernote, just so I have all the details when I need to write my stories. I also post a lot of photos on social media real-time. Photo editing apps like Lightroom Mobile and Snapseed are reliable for that task.”
Nick and Dariece
Goats on the Road
Nick & Dariece, the couple behind the blog, went on one big trip that changed their lives forever. They realized that they didn’t want their trips to have an end date! From then on they researched and tried various jobs all over the world so that they could keep traveling. On the blog ‘Goats on the Road,’ they share the very best jobs that can earn people money on the road, plus their expert tips and advice, so that people can travel for as long as they want!
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Nick and Dariece’s Pick
“Choosing our top 5 gadgets is easy. Because we’re digital nomads who are travelling or living abroad full-time, there are a few things that we must have with us. Firstly, our MacBook Pro laptops are our livelihood, followed by our iPhones! We also travel with the new DJI Spark drone, which captures great footage for our YouTube channel. Our camera is also very important for photos, but mostly videos. We have a Canon G7X MarkII. Something that we travel with but isn’t an electronic gadget is our Handpresso portable espresso machine (I’m serious!). It’s so handy for when we’re staying in apartments or hotels. All we need is hot water and some coffee grounds. After a few hand pumps, voila, espresso!”
Rica of Rica’s Rucksack is the author of “The 3rd World Traveler: A Guide to Fulfilling Your Travel Dreams on a Shoestring Budget”. She is the first documented Filipino to travel to a different country without bringing a bag.
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- iPhone – Because it has everything I need such as camera for the photos (I can’t say I’m a travel photographer so I’m usually fine with the photo results), music for the long bus rides, alarm clock for my schedule and the notes app, which now serves as my “journal”.
- My old but still working Sony Cybershot DSC-W610 – My backup in case someone steals my iPhone. And it produces good photos too!
- Power bank – Always comes in handy when you’re out the whole day. Also, I cannot live without music during those long bus rides so my iPhone has to be fully charged all the time.
- My old Samsung E1086 – again, in case someone steals my iPhone. It has an alarm clock and a working number that automatically switches to roaming mode so I can still get text messages.
- USB Flash drive – for storing photos and other important files as I don’t like bringing my laptop with me.
P.S. I’m On My Way
Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She’d like to believe she’s not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. Trisha also loves extremely spicy food, pineapples, plants and symmetry. In no particular order, her favourite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv.
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“As a writer, it has become a habit to read. Traveling or not, I dedicate 2 hours per day to read. It helps me “organise” my mind.”
“In my line of work, bringing the camera is always a must!”
“In the same way as reading can balance the mind, so does music. I really like listening to music especially when I am about to fly in a country. My favourites are the Balkans, Yemenite and Ethiopian music.”
“Wherever I go (even to the supermarket!), I always have a pocket notebook where I can write down all my random thoughts. For me, in order to be a good writer, you must live it. I’m not the best yet but I am trying my best to make it a practice, not just a hobby.”
“I was about to tell you I only have 4 but I decided to add my mobile phone to the list even if I hate it so much. Unfortunately, it’s a necessity but I’ve deleted it in my list of habits.”
Wrapping It Up
Traveling is definitely among the best things that you can do in life. Not only does it make you feel thrilled and excited from time to time, but also, it helps you collect memories and make your journey in life as memorable as possible.
In order to have the best time of your life for every destination, it’s important to make sure that you have your essential gadgets packed. Aside from helping you take the best pictures of all time, it also helps you to keep your luggage as light and as minimal as possible. A perfect way to worry less and enjoy more of your next big adventure.
Pack your very own tech essentials kit now!
Alcatel has moved their own standard when it comes to quality smartphones. With its aim to impress the market with its up-to-date technologies, this newly launched smartphone phablet is continuing the brand’s legacy when it comes to quality and affordable devices.
Display and Design
The Alcatel A30 Fierce was released earlier this year. It is a good looking 2017 phablet considering its body structure and curvy edges that allow a good grip on the device. The unit weighs a decent 157g and measures up to 5.98 x 3.04 x 0.33in, making it ideal for everyday use.
Definitely, the handset has provided smart detail allocation considering its placement of camera, sensors, and buttons. Going into front view, the speaker, front camera, and sensor take the upper part of the panel. The bottom part, on the other hand, looks seamless given that Alcatel has integrated the in-cell navigation buttons into the display. The phone also instills the usual volume rocker and power button setup on the right side. Flipping the phone, a surprising circular shaped fingerprint sensor with metal outline comes along with the LED flash and rear camera. Plus, of course, the Alcatel logo not far below.
Moving forward to its display, much can be said that A30 Fierce is not your typical phablet. Along with a good 5.5-inch 720p display, it also includes a 2.5D Dragontrail Glass screen panel that is capable of 16M colors at 267ppi pixel density, great for HD viewing.
Alcatel has stepped up their game when it comes to its camera. The handset is then equipped with a great 13MP rear camera that is capable of autofocus, panorama, and other special features that allow the unit to produce vibrant, HD photos that consumers can share on their social media accounts. Moreover, the unit is also capable of shooting videos at 30fps – and at 1080p max.
Not leaving the front-facing camera far behind, the A30 Fierce is also equipped with a 5MP front camera – which is best for taking the perfect selfies at any time of the day.
Connectivity and Network Performance
The Alcatel A30 Fierce phablet is serving consumers great connectivity protocols along with its carrier, MetroPCS. The unit supports both 3G and 4G LTE network connections – ideal for fast, reliable network performance.
More so, the unit is also capable of Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, and Micro USB 2.0 connectivity. All necessary for usual phone activities such as sharing files, searching locations, and connecting to the internet.
Power and Battery
The A30 Fierce aims to cater to the need of consumers of a long lasting battery life, thus, the 3000mAh capacity of the unit’s non-removable battery. It is a particularly smart move given that the unit is also equipped with a Mediatek MT6738 processor along with a quad-core Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.5GHz. Thus, enabling a smooth turn-around of several tasks.
Memory and Software
With great battery life and processor, what more can Alcatel offer on its A30 Fierce? The answer is a good 2GB of RAM along with a 32GB built-in storage and a Micro SD slot in the event that the user wishes to extend the unit’s storage capacity.
Additionally, the Alcatel A30 Fierce thankfully runs in Android 7.0 Nougat and can still be upgraded to a newer version of the Android operating system.
What’s New with Alcatel A30 FIERCE
The new Alcatel A30 FIERCE flaunts great specs such as 2.5D Dragontail Glass screen panel, huge memory storage capacity, 13MP rear camera, and of course, the fingerprint sensor – thus, keeping up to date with the latest technology trends.
Aside from those, the new Alcatel unit is also impressing the market with its 3000mAh capacity that is well-complemented by MiraVision, a technology by Mediatek that helps enhance images and videos without compromising your battery life. More so, it also includes a night mode for a dimmer display at night.
The Alcatel A30 Fierce is also equipped with the cloud-based assistant developed by Amazon, Alexa. It aims to provide users convenience when looking for great items when shopping, keeping updated with the news and the weather, and even controlling your items at home. What’s more interesting is the fun fact that it’s learning while you are using it!
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How much do we know about Samsung Galaxy Note 8?
- The official announcement about the newest flagship phablet will be on August 23, while the release may be on September 15 for a few countries, and on October for most regions.
- It is expected that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will inherit the iris scanner, the water and dust resistant feature that’s rated IP68, the wireless, fast charging via USB-C, and an improved Bixby AI.
- For upgrades, the newest Note unit may be expected to include a 4K screen, dual lens camera, 3,300mAh, a 64GB internal storage, an Exynos 8895 chipset along with a 6GB of RAM, and an upgraded S Pen.
It’s been a while since the grand launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in the market. Naturally, people are anticipating the company’s official announcement when Note 8 is going to be released.
Truly, it would mark another era in the Note series, and people planning to purchase it will definitely go for the option to unlock their phone. For those who want to learn more about this phone, here are some details we know so far:
When is the official release?
As per TechRadar’s current update, Samsung is going to be releasing more news on their newest flagship phablet on August 23. Many sources are saying that there is a high possibility for the company to release Note 8 on September 15 in the market. However, they also noted that some countries will have to wait until October before getting the said phone.
Among the first few countries that will get the newest Note 8 are the US, Australia, and the UK.
How will it look like?
A variety of leaks have been appearing online, and while these are mainly rumors – a number of individuals are acknowledging that there is some truth in them. Hence, they believe that the leaks could be showing how Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 will look like.
Display and Design
Samsung is particularly known for its high-quality display. With the recent leaks showcasing the unit’s display, it was found that consumers will not only be looking forward to the usual infinity display that is common among the latest Samsung units. Rather, a pixel-dense 4K screen, measuring up to 6.3 inches and is equipped with a Super AMOLED display capable of a 1440 by 2960p resolution – which will perfectly make a great viewing experience for consumers.
With regards to Note 8’s possible design, some renders have shown a large, glass-metal molded unit with Samsung’s signature bezel-free, infinity display. It also showed a dual-lens camera and the LED flash beside the fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. While these renders may seem like mere rumors, it’s confirmed that the new Note 8 will include a dual-lens camera.
With the current trend of dual-lens camera technology, it’s possible that Samsung will integrate it in Note 8. As far as Samsung is considered, some leaks showed that the newest Note unit will have a 12MP wide-angle lens along with a 13-MP telephoto to pair it with. Through this combination, a 3x optical zoom may be expected from the camera’s capability in capturing vivid, high-resolution images.
However, some leaks also showed that the Note 8 will be featuring two 12MP camera lenses, wherein the other is a f/2.4 aperture telephoto that is capable of 2x optical zoom.
Whichever it may be, analysts and consumers alike are expecting the Samsung to integrate a dual lens camera on its newest Note unit.
Power and Battery
Battery is a sensitive subject for Samsung, given the Galaxy Note 7’s previous issue. While it may be tempting to jump on along with ASUS’s recent battery upgrade of 5,000mAh – it may be better for the South Korean brand to play it safe.
According to leaks, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be powered up by 3,300mAh battery capacity. Indeed, this is an adequate battery capacity that consumers can be satisfied about.
Furthermore, an Exynos 8895 chipset may be expected from the Note 8 along with a 6GB of RAM. Though the size is pretty much too good to be true, an infinity display deserves a good amount of RAM for multitasking purposes.
Software and Memory
Consumers may expect Note 8 to run in Android 7.1.1 Nougat along with the upgraded Samsung software, the Samsung Experience (formerly known as TouchWiz).
More so, the Note 8 is also expected to feature a 64GB internal storage. It is also equipped with a microSD card slot.
Ready to get more excited? Well, for the special features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, it’s believed that there’s a lot to look forward to, especially with the integration of Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus’s fingerprint scanner. Though this time, it will be farther away from the camera so that you won’t smudge it in case you miss the scanner.
With the signature S Pen of Note units, the Note 8 has been rumored to come in with a built-in speaker, though the purpose of the said feature is yet to be concluded.
Moving forward, it is said that the new Note unit will be inheriting the iris scanner from Note 7, the water and dust resistant feature that’s rated IP68, the wireless, fast charging via USB-C, and an improved Bixby AI.
With how these leaks and rumors are going, there’s definitely a lot to look forward to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. Just be sure to get ready your pockets because all those upgrades will sure cost quite a sum.
Kyocera has been known to produce waterproof smartphones; great waterproof smartphones at that. Today, it did not only produce one waterproof smartphone, but one that every user will find very different from its Hydro series. It has moved the bar with its new and improved features, living up to its name Kyocera Hydro Elite.
The Kyocera Hydro Elite comes in a simple, (though a bit bulk) black-colored plastic over-all design measuring up to 4.82 by 2.38 by 0.43 inches and weighing up to 4.52 ounces. However, unlike its predecessors, the Elite is more minimalistic and modern. More so, the edges were much more premium and sleek this time. The rear part also comes off as rubberized, thus, it is easier to hold the device.
The placement up front is pretty common, apart from the non-inclusion of the in-ear speaker. The selfie-camera is located beside the sensor for notifications at the upper half, and then the brand’s logo at the bottom. Going to the sides, the power button along with the 3.5mm audio jack is placed at the top, the volume rocker at the left, and the Micro USB port on the right. This makes it easier for the user to reach the necessary buttons whenever needed.
Similar to common placements, the rear camera is located at the back of the unit. It also has the speaker and the LED flash at the sides, creating a minimal yet not too distracting setup at the rear’s polished top half. However, the bottom half of the unit was differently designed given that it has a matte, dimpled texture that helps prevent the handset from slipping from the user’s grip. It makes sense as the bottom half is removable for the user to access the battery and the Micro SD and SIM card slots.
What makes the Kyocera Hydro Elite much better than its predecessors is that it is now designed with the standard display panel for mid-range phones, a good impact-resistant 4.3-inch LCD display with 1280 by 720-pixel resolution. The said specs allow a clear viewing over the display of the phone, both images and text, and a bright viewing for outdoor use.
More so, the brand shifts from the usual capacitive home, back, and recent app buttons to the standard mid-range on-screen buttons display.
Going further with its optimized specs, the handset flaunts an 8MP rear camera equipped with LED flash and impressive features such as autofocus, digital zoom, and extra modes and effects for better shots. The selfie camera, on the other hand, has toned-down the camera effects and can only take photos in three particular sizes.
Of course, along with the camera feature, the handset is also capable of shooting good videos with a quality mounting up to 1080 pixels for the rear camera and 720 pixels for the selfie camera, and are equipped with particular video options such as audio muting, white balance, brightness, exposure, color effects and others. However, unlike the selfie camera, the rear camera’s capability is much more advanced especially that it allows digital zoom, auto and touch focus, time lapse, contrast meter, flash, and a number of video qualities that the users can choose from.
Connectivity and Network Performance
What maybe the best thing about the new Kyocera unit is that it is capable of 4G/LTE signal reception. It even performed a good 22Mbps download and 8Mbps upload on a speed test conducted by Phone Arena.
More so, it also supports a handful of great connectivity protocols such as Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, dual-band capable Wi-Fi 802.11, and NFC.
Power and Battery
Giving life to the handset is a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Plus processor along with a 1.5GB of RAM. Now, the great thing about this is that it operates beyond the figures, allowing a number of apps to run – hence, avoiding lags upon usage.
With regards to the battery, Kyocera has equipped the Elite with a 2000mAh capacity battery to support a good 13 hours of talk time and/or almost 9 days of standby time.
Software and Memory
The Kyocera Hydro Elite operates on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and unlike LG, Samsung, and other smartphone brands, it is not topped with any custom UI layer made by the brand. Regardless, it is equipped with a starter and standard mode – wherein the starter mode allows first-time Android users to use the unit in an even more user-friendly interface given that it has larger icons and simpler access to menus and settings.
In order to meet the global standard of mid-range smartphones, the brand has increased the storage size to a built-in 16GB internal memory plus a Micro SD slot capable of expanding up to 32GB.
What’s New with Kyocera Hydro ELITE (C6740 & C6740N)
Truly, Kyocera has moved the bar of their waterproof smartphones’ specs to another level. One instance of which is the increase on the camera specs from 5MP to a good 8MP camera that is capable of vibrant snapshots and quality videos. Along with this is the 4G LTE capability of the handset that allows faster streaming on cellular data.
Now, with regards to improved technology, the unit flaunts a Smart Sonic Receiver technology that enables the unit to transmit audio through the hard tissue inside the ear from the ceramic transducer incorporated within the device. This is also the reason why the handset did not display an in-ear speaker up front. Just put the phone near your ear and you can easily hear from the device given that this technology actually converts the phone’s display panel to a speaker.
As expected, the Kyocera unit is also equipped with an improved waterproof protection from blowing rain and water immersion that could increase up to 1 meter within 30 minutes. However, the brand also notes that this is limited to fresh water and as much as possible, avoid dipping the phone in the pool or ocean water.
Lastly, what Kyocera Hydro Elite offers its users when it comes to connectivity is its NFC capability which allows touch-and-send sharing of contacts, videos, pictures, and others. This phone also features wireless charging through its Qi-enabled wireless charging pad.
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In August 2016, the well-known phone manufacturer Alcatel has released another unit that is not only of quality but also an affordable phone for regular phone users. Designed to attend to consumers’ day to day needs, the new Alcatel unit has more to show than its cheap pricing.
Seemingly a rebadge of Alcatel’s Pop 3 released in 2015, the new Alcatel TRU comes off with a 5-inch scratch-resistant LCD display panel with a resolution of 480 x 854-pixel. It measures to a good 5.55 by 2.81 by 0.39 inches and weighs up to 5.89 ounces. This new unit features soft keys that users will definitely love.
Along with a compact body, the handset displays a minimal front display – with only a circular capacitive home button at the bottom, and the speaker and the selfie camera occupying the upper part of the screen. Going to the sides, Alcatel chose to retain the usual setup of the volume rocker and the power button at the right side of the device. More so for the main camera which is integrated at the rear of the unit with LED flash following it and the brand’s logo.
The Alcatel’s TRU unit comes with 2MP for the selfie camera and 5MP for the main camera at the back of the unit that is definitely suitable for beginners. The camera also features autofocus and geo tagging, and a LED flash that can be of use, especially for night shots. With regards to video recording, the camera’s capable of shooting a 720-pixel video at 30f/ps.
Connectivity and Network Performance
Aimed to meet the needs of a regular customer, Alcatel TRU has integrated just the right connectivity protocols for a better connection experience. The unit’s equipped with Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11, A-GPS and a USB 2.0 port for transferring files between a computer and a phone.
Going further, the MetroPCS device is also capable of quick downloads and uploads due to its 4G/LTE network capability.
Power and Battery
Powered by a quad-core 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 along with 1GB of RAM, the entry-level handset is very much capable of allowing smooth multitasking on particular apps such as utility, games, and messaging apps.
It is also capable of lasting a day’s use with its 2000 mAh battery capacity, proving to be sufficient for an everyday use.
Software and Memory
Running on Android, the handset’s equipped with a Lollipop version of the operating system, whereby it contains the complete suite of features of the said Android version. Going further, it includes an 8GB built-in storage and a Micro SD card slot for additional storage, even mounting up to 32GB.
What’s New with Alcatel TRU (OT-5065N)
What can be expected from the new Alcatel unit depends on which type of consumer a user is. Having that said, Alcatel TRU is yet another efficient entry-level smartphone that can cater to any regular users’ needs. It is equipped with the right specs such as a 2000mAh battery capacity that can withstand a day’s use, a quad-core Snapdragon processor along with 1 GB of RAM that allows particular multitasking on apps, a camera equipped with great Polaroid filters, and of course, the blazing fast 4G/LTE data connection. The unit also flaunts a good looking and leather-ish feel on its back panel as it features a soft noir faux leather rear.
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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.
How does the weather affect your cellular connection?
- Air does not directly affect your cellular connection. However, changes in humidity levels do.
- Water conducts electricity, and as it does, it reflects radio waves. The water vapor then absorbs the energy from the radio waves and converts it into heat. As a result, it blocks the signal between the cell site and the device.
“I did unlock my phone but why is my connection still bad?” – Most people would look for solutions over a bad cellular connection, but at times, it is better to understand the situation first.
Typically, your connection weakens when you are out in the woods or most especially when the weather is not good. However, how does the weather affect your cellular connection? More so, is it true that a rainy weather is truly bad for your connection?
Here is a brief discussion to help you with.
What is Cellular Connection?
Cellular connection (or cellular signal) is what helps your phone transmit text, photos, and calls to another phone. Basically your device, either it be a smartphone or a basic phone, communicates with a cell site through radio waves. The frequencies may range from 700 to 2,600 MHz and are commonly designated in the ultra-high frequency (UHF) band given that it fits in the band’s range of 300 MHz to 3 GHz. More so, this can be identified by through the five bars that are indicated in the upper part of your screen.
Commonly, UHF radio waves travel directly from the source to the receiver, also known as line-of-sight propagation. It is one characteristic that radio waves possess in the process of transmitting data from a device to the receiver. However, as the waves travel in a straight path towards the receiver, often, they are blocked by obstacles such as hills and large infrastructures. This then may cause diffraction, reflection, refraction, or absorption of the radio waves to the materials or atmosphere that it travels to.
Given that there are several radio frequencies available, cell providers are most likely to resolve the issue of obstacles. These cell providers just have to make sure that they do not interfere any of those that are emitted by another cell site.
Most likely, radio waves can travel for about 45 miles away, given that there is a clear line-of-sight – meaning no obstacles, a powered-up cell site, and a great atmosphere condition. However, in reality, the maximum traveling capability of these radio waves is just about 22 miles or less.
Just remember that the farther you are from a cell site, the weaker your cellular connection or signal is.
How Air Affects Your Cellular Connection?
Technically, air does not directly affect your cellular connection. However, changes in humidity levels do.
As you may have known in the above discussion, UHF frequencies’ line-of-sight propagation may only be affected when and if there are obstacles along the path. The air is a simple matter, only when it is not associated with water. However, in cases when rain and lightning strikes, the UHF frequencies may bounce and travel over longer distances. This then may extend the reach of transmission that can cause a weaker cellular connection.
How Water Affects Your Cellular Connection?
Unfortunately, water isn’t good for cellular connections. This is due to the fact that water conducts electricity which may reflect waves. As it does, the water vapor then absorbs the energy from the radio waves and converts it into heat. This blocks the radio waves from traveling between your device and the cell site, which results in a weak cellular connection.
What to Do About It?
Knowing about how weather affects your cellular connection can help you in your daily encounters. An example of which is when traveling. If you know that you are going to a place where there is most likely weaker connection or signal, you can try Googling about the cell sites that are near it. So in case you have an emergency, you’ll know what to do.
More so, you can try switching from an LTE to a 3G connection in situations that you really need to send a quick message to someone. As often times, lower frequency radio waves can travel better in atmospheric conditions that higher frequency radio waves could not work into.
Cellular connections travel through radio waves in a straight path. With this in mind, it can be concluded that a rainy weather can cause those frequencies to bounce and cause weaker connections.
HTC has built a reputation over the years for its high-quality, premium looking smartphones. With that said, it won’t be a surprise if the brand will continue to add yet another impressive and affordable unit to continue the Desire lineup, which goes by the model name: HTC Desire 626s.
Similar to the previous Desire units, HTC Desire 626s sports a premium look with the polycarbonate material that covers its body. More so, it allows a variety of dual tone color options that customers can choose from.
With regards to the handset’s details, the device’s sides include the volume rocker and the power button on the right, and the flap that shelters the MicroSD and SIM card slots on the left. At the upper part of the device is the headphone jack and at the bottom is the micro USB port. As usual, the front displays the speakers both at the upper and bottom part of the panel, and the front camera is located at the upper left corner just beside the speaker. Looking at the back of the device, there’s nothing new but the usual placement of the rear camera at the right corner with the LED flash just below it and the brand’s logo at the middle. The design’s pretty much similar to its predecessor and is proven to be user-friendly as well.
When it comes to the display panel, the HTC Desire 626s features a good 5-inch LCD display with 1280 by 720-pixel resolution. While the handset’s body allows the user a good grip given that it only measures up to 5.78 by 2.79 by 0.32 inches and weighs to 4.90 ounces. Given these specs, the design’s definitely one reason to go for the Desire 626s.
Being an entry-level unit, the HTC Desire 626s offers a rear camera at 8MP which features autofocus setting and LED flash. It also includes a 5MP front camera that takes good selfies. Beyond these specs, the unit also allows a bit of tweaking with its camera settings including ISO, white balance and exposure.
Both cameras can also shoot quality videos with a resolution of 720-p at maximum. Favorably, HTC promotes quality over price on this one.
Connectivity and Network Performance
It is particularly impressive that HTC Desire 626s’ connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi at 2.4 GHz, and A-GPS with GLONASS, retaining its predecessor’s good points
Additionally, given that MetroPCS is its carrier, the handset supports both GSM and LTE bands, hence, a fast connection can be expected that shall allow quick downloads and uploads.
It also does great when it comes to the call quality, as it is especially free from unnecessary crackling and background noise. Much can be expected from its connectivity and network specs despite it being an entry-level smartphone.
Power and Battery
The HTC Desire 626s flaunts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor which is clocked at 1.1GHz and a good 1GB of RAM. It allows multitasking though at a limited manner. Furthermore, the device is backed up with a 2000mAh battery that can last a day with up to 22 hours of calls made and 720 hours if it’s in standby mode.
Software and Memory
HTC has a well-known reputation when it comes to quality software experience and the Desire 626s can attest to that statement. The unit runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop along with the brand’s custom UI – the HTC Sense 7.0 skin. It allows an amount of difference when it comes to the icons, the notification area, and the settings menu that customers will surely appreciate. Furthermore, it includes HTC’s BlinkFeed feature which displays news, sports and weather updates, and a lot more information that may be relevant to the user’s interest.
Aside from HTC’s custom features, the unit also includes pre-installed apps that are user-friendly, and will surely ease the users’ effort on installing particular apps given that these are already installed by the brand.
What’s New with HTC Desire 626s
HTC has introduced yet another desirable unit to the world – given that it’s premium looking, has good camera specs, and is very affordable in terms of pricing. More so, it provides users a great software experience that is lacking from its rival units.
Going further, it gives users the freedom to be themselves with the varying dual tone color schemes that they can choose from. This unit definitely aims the youth in the market.
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How did technology change the way people travel?
- It made quick travel bookings possible.
- It helped people travel without much paper (i.e. paper maps, travel guides, books, etc.)
- It enabled people to take photos in the comfort of their phones.
- It helped people communicate with people easily and inexpensively.
- It made communicating with the locals (of the place they traveled to) easier through language translation apps.
Have you tried to unlock your SIM network through pin codes so you can connect to people while you are on tour? How about booking a hotel online to spend the week with?
Over the years, technology has continuously changed the way we travel. It definitely helped make traveling easier, cost-efficient, and much more enjoyable. However, were you aware of these changes?
No worries, here is a list of how technology changed the way we travel and which you can look into. Who knows, you might agree with us!
Quick travel bookings
What made traveling easier today is the birth of travel websites over the internet. It minimized the hassle of purchasing tickets that normally takes a lot of time and patience.
Today, people can freely choose their desired destination and travel package in the comfort of their home or even at the office, right on their own devices. More so, it enables them to quickly book flights, hotels, transfers and many others that they would need for their newest escapade.
No more papers!
Before, people would stack papers on their backpacks, which may include travel guides, hotel flyers, paper maps, flight papers, and books (especially on holiday trips). This eventually causes a heavy load that can contribute to extra load charges.
Now, traveling is almost paperless as people can find travel guides through apps, book hotels online, switch on Google Maps for directions, and include their favorite books on their Kindle library. Definitely, there’s no more reason to carry a bulky backpack whenever you travel.
Taking photos is easier
Of course, among the most important contributions of technology to the way people travel today is the use of smartphones. Back then, it could be pretty difficult to capture every moment you wanted due to the limitations on your film supply.
Today, people can take various photos for each and every moment through their own smartphones, which they can also share on their own social media accounts or save in the Cloud to maximize their storage.
Stay connected anytime
Way back in the old times, one would still need to write letters and send pretty postcards to their families back home to know that they are okay and they are doing just fine. Furthermore, staying connected wasn’t cheap and easy, hence, some families will only expect to hear from them whenever there’s an emergency.
Today, staying connected to people isn’t costly nor difficult. It would only take a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection to send e-mails or private messages on Facebook Messenger or other chat messaging platform. You can even start a video call via Skype to keep in touch with your family on a real-time basis!
Ciao? Ni Hao? No more phrasebooks needed!
What most people find difficult before is communicating with the locals. Thus, the need for phrasebooks to be able to ask for directions, or just about anything, is essential.
At present, thanks to apps like iTranslate and Google Translate, expressing yourself wouldn’t be so hard.
Do you agree with our list? Indeed, technology has changed how people travel through time. There are smartphones, apps, and online travel websites that definitely made traveling fast, easy, and cost-efficient. Moreover, you wouldn’t need to worry about the simple things such as maps and phrasebooks, thus, all you need to do is enjoy the trip and have fun as much as you can!
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!