Why I Bit Into The Apple Watch; Should You Invest In Apple’s Wearable Tech?

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It seems the fate of the Apple Watch is still up in the air, with a few months into its release. I remember the hype and anticipation building towards the launch of Apple’s “ground-breaking” device almost a year ago, and I even seriously considered getting my hands on one before the release date.

I’m thankful I waited. Not because the Apple Watch is a letdown, but because it’s better to wait for everything consumer tech nowadays. Motorola’s entry into wearable tech was my thermometer on the competition, and for a while the Moto 360 did wow with all its neat features. But everything’s clearer in hindsight, and I’m glad I waited this long to decide.

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So there’s this scuffle whether the Apple Watch has the legs to go the distance, with a considerably low sales performance upon release (according to analysts). Apple has a history of faulty launches, but that didn’t stop its solid market base from hopping into the bandwagon just the same.

The first iPod released for a steep $399, which was too expensive for me at the time, considering there are plenty of alternatives in mp3 players. Also, the iPod is paired exclusively with Mac, which severely cuts down possibilities. Now I consider the iPod a solid device with dependable features. It’s not the best feature-rich product on the market, but it’ll do, and it’s more than enough for the Apple crowd.

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For a first-generation release, the Apple Watch is feature-packed, elegant, and compact. It has good fitness software, and pairs well with the iPhone in sending and receiving calls. One of my pet peeves with Androids and iOS devices is the battery life, though. I know all that hardware demanded battery juice, but the manufacturers should’ve come up with a more efficient battery to cover for new tech by now. The Apple Watch battery barely lasts the day with heavy use.

The Apple Watch received one firmware update since its April release, improving performance and reliability. It irks me to know the device comes in mid-range to high-end variations, though. Three different models, two size options, and six different finishes offer hefty variety, considering the range of interchangeable bands. Price points ranging from the considerably measly ($349) to the outright decadent ($17,000) should also ruffle the feathers of those who want to flaunt the Apple Watch as a status symbol.

I can’t help but consider the device as a wearable iPod Nano, but packed with neat new features. Fitbit works great for my daily walks, also for basic notifications. It’s hardly a standalone device, though, with many features dependent on an iPhone pairing.

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Using the Apple Watch, I can say it’s not an essential device, at least not at the moment. I’m aware of the potential of wearable tech, but the Apple Watch is still a glorified smartphone accessory, one you can do without. It works best as a mobile assistant, designed to wean away users dependent on their iPhones, but when push comes to shove I’ll reach out for my iPhone just the same.

Note that these shortcomings may be overturned when the device receives a massive update in a few months, including a new version of the OS, new watch faces, features and apps. I’ll take a pot-shot at many third-party apps currently compatible with the Apple Watch, which frustrates use instead of improves it.

If you’re still on the fence whether you’ll buy in on wait it out, stay tuned to the PricePanda website for Apple Watch price while you’re undecided. Personally, I recommend you wait it out several more months, when Apple introduces its next wave of updates for its wearable tech.

Huawei Continues to Grow; Soon to Surpass Apple?

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and Ascend G7 presented at IFA 2014

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Huawei is moving like it’s running a race and is really craving for the win. As it enters the international mobile industry, more surprises and impressive mobile device released are expected from the Chinese brand. Will it manage to catch up or even surpass the mobile giant Apple? One thing is for sure, Huawei has a long race to run.

The mobile brand is indeed running and running fast as it heads to the IFA trade show in Berlin this coming September. It will launch a new handset but it would be unlikely the Mate 8 that has been rumored to be hitting the mobile market late this year.

Rumors of the possible release of the Mate 8 this coming IFA are already making the rounds for several weeks this year. Now, it seems that a revamped version of the current Mate 7 will be launched in this event instead.

The Mate 7’s price in the PH was considered as one of the most competitive ones in the market, making it a hit in the country. You can check out Huawei Mate 7 price in Philippines at the PricePanda website. The continuous improvement of the specifications of the Huawei phone line together with the pocket-friendly price tag attached to the unit may lead it to becoming one of the most preferred mobile brands in Asia.

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The new smartphone to be released in the IFA will be called the Mate 7 Plus or Mate 7 and will upgrade the specifications of the current version.

The Mate 7 Plus will feature the brand’s Kirin processor and is also expected to arrive with a Kirin 950 chip under its hood. But the chip may arrive by October making the Mate 8 the possible unit to take advantage of the wonders the Kirin 950 offers.

As for the sales performance of the brand, the China-based Huawei group had a healthy first half for 2015. Huawei caters both mobile devices and telecommunication equipment. It has managed to generate 175.9 billion Yuan or about $28.3 billion in revenue for the first six months of 2015. The amount soared 30% compared to the brand’s performance in the first 6 months of 2014. Its operating revenue, on the other hand stood, at 18 percent. The net income of the company was not revealed by Huawei.

The good thing about the Huawei brand is that it managed to emerge as a much preferred brand compared to Ericsson and Nokia, its notable contemporaries. It will not be a surprise if the brand becomes one of the top competitors of Apple as well.

More on Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7:

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 : A Second Opinion (androidcentral.com)

Ascend Mate 7 Update (androidpit.com)

Apple iPhone 5S vs the Samsung Galaxy S5: A Closer Look

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Several great smartphones are already dominating the market. There are really a lot of choices that would fit your budget and needs. However, with the great selection, finding the perfect one can be a real challenge.

Two of the most popular brands/models in the mobile market nowadays are the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy. Let us check out and compare the Apple iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

There are so many definitions when it comes to a great Smartphone. These two are just some of the best examples. One features a smaller screen (compared to today’s latest standards), premium-built, and a hardware and software that offer superb user experience. The other one is much bigger, features a spacious screen with a plastic finish and eye-catching aesthetics.

In the end, it would all go down to a phone that works better for you. So what will it be, the Apple iPhone 5S or the Samsung Galaxy S5?

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You can immediately see the difference between the Apple 5 16GB and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The later is longer by 15%, 24% wider, and 7% thicker than the iPhone 5S. The Apple iPhone 5S offers easy grip on the hand, while the S5 requires you to stretch a little bit to get a good grip on the body.

Apple has since been known as a design-driven company. This is what the iPhone 5S is all about. Appearance-wise, it looks almost identical with its predecessor, the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S, however, offers a phone that feels premium and high-end compared to the GS5. The plastic look that the Samsung Galaxy S5 makes it looks like the part — plastic. A less preferred model when you consider aesthetic as a major factor in choosing your mobile device.

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Nothing is wrong with having plastic parts. It just brings down the premium feel of the phone which happens to be in the premium category in the market. The iPhone looks like it was carefully and intricately crafted from a piece of aluminium. The Samsung Galaxy S5 also looks like that, from afar, but as you go closer, the plastic material becomes very evident.

Screen and display wise, the Galaxy S5’s display is big and beyond beautiful. Diagonally, it measures 5.1 inches with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The iPhone 5S on the other hand has a 4-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The iPhone gives you 62% as much screen as compared to the S5. If maximum screen and maximum crispness is your mission, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a clear choice.

Camera-wise, both phones feature great cameras. The S5 takes pictures in a higher resolution with its 16MP camera compared to the iPhone 5S’s 8MP. However, there is a slight pause when you open the S5’s camera from the lock screen. With the iPhone 5S, it will only take 2.5 seconds to access the camera application from the lock screen.

Camera, specs, design — these are just a few of the basic things we consider in picking a mobile device to satisfy our needs. Again, one size does not fit all. You may love the G5’s camera but hate its plastic finish. The iPhone 5S’s sleek look may give you a less impressive selfie. In the end, people have different taste, which makes choosing so exciting.

If you want to check out Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5, see up-to-date market prices via PricePanda.

You can read these for more info:

iPhone 5S Review: Faster, Improved Camera and a Clever Fingerprint Reader. But is it enough of an Upgrade? (techradar.com)

Apple iPhone 5S Review: Same Look, Small Screen, Big Potential (cnet.com)

The Battle of the Samsung Galaxy A5, A7, and A8: Which phone is the best for your needs?

The metallic and sleek looking A-series of Samsung has finally made its touchdown in the mobile industry. With the announcement of the Galaxy A8 against its slimmer and smaller Galaxy A7 as well as the smaller Galaxy A5 line in the A-series, fans of the Android giant can’t help but compare what these three new models offers.

Samsung really put into consideration the compact chassis featured in this trio. The Galaxy A7 was originally the most compact metal Android for its screen size but with the release of the Galaxy A8, the A7’s screen size is now shed by the 5.9mm body featured in the A8, this by far is the thinnest model Samsung has ever produced.

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The Galaxy A8 is also taller than the A7 allowing it to fit a 5.7-inch screen compared to the 5.5-inch screen that the A7 has. The A8 also comes with the unique fingerprint scanner in the home key just below the display. The A8 also features a 10 gram heavier weight over the other two mobile units and can be considered as the middle child in the Android trio.

On the other hand, the Galaxy A5 is the most manageable among the three Alpha series. It also the most affordable among the three but the specifications of the two other A-series are better. The A5 features a HD panel while the A7 and the A8 features 1080p screens. The Galaxy A5 runs of an octa-core Snapdragon 6156 chipset with multiband LTE connectivity. All the three phones posses 2GB of RAM, comes in 16/32 GB storage models and has a microSD slots for expansions. The A7 and the A5 features 13-megapixel rear cameras while the A8 is equipped with a 16MP ISOCELL shooter.

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The Samsung Galaxy A5 Malaysia may come as a lesser premium version compared to the A8 but the pocket-friendly price tag attached to the sleek unit makes it a great buy. Comparison shopping sites like PricePanda can give you an idea on how much this beauty is worth and if it work with your budgets accordingly.

But as expected, the A7 and A5 lack the 3050mAh battery featured in the sub-6mm chassis of the Galaxy A8. No official pricing for the A8 has been released yet but the leaks so far indicates that it may go along the $500 off-contract price or something below $600.

 A leaked video of the Samsung Galaxy A8 is featured below.

Related Articles for your reading:

Samsung Galaxy A8 Smartphone Review (mobilereview.com)

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I am Ashley and this is my blog, The Techie Advantage.

I have always considered technology and the gadgets that we have today as my partners in crime. They help me with my daily activities at home, at work, and provide me with the entertainment I need when life starts to get a little bit stressful. Technology, no matter if we accept it or not, has already touched our lives and it will continue to do so for a long time.

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