Compare Oppo R9S and R9

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Oppo is a Chinese electronic company. A lot of you may be surprised to know that Oppo is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics that also has One Plus as one of it’s brands. The VIVO brand also falls under the same group.

It’s actually a brand that was established in 2004. They have sub divisions in a lot of Asian countries like Myanmar, Philippines and India.

Talking about OPPO’s 2016 releases. The R9 was OPPO’s giant killer.

Released in March 2016, it aimed at capturing those who wanted a flagship phone but at a price that was affordable. OPPO released the R9s which was an improvement on the R9. Or is it?

But is the Oppo R9s Singapore better? Let’s find out.

In terms of specifications the phones seem very similar.

Specifications and Difference

Screensize 

Both the phones boast a 5.5 inch screen although the R9s is slightly bigger by 2 millimeters. This does not make a big difference in the overall picture. But if you are counting millimeters and you like a bigger screen then the R9s wins, very slightly.

Battery Capacity

The battery capacity is also slightly different. With the R9s having 160mAh more. Again in the grander scheme of things, this does not make a difference. But for phones in this size, they are good batteries.
Processor, RAM and Internal Storage

The R9 runs on the MediaTek Mt6755 and the R9s runs on the Snapdragon 625. The Sanpdragon obviously is more popular out of both the processors. Both the phones run on a 2Ghz octa-core. Internal RAM of 4GB and Internal storage of 64GB being a default on both the phones. No winners here in terms of the processor.
Camera

The R9s has a slightly better camera by 3 pixels. The comparison between these phones is a match of margins. The R9S is marginally ahead in terms of features. 3 megapixels does not make a big difference at all.

OS

The R9s runs on Android 6.0 which is the Marshmallow and R9 runs on Android 5.1, Lollipop. Obviously in terms of the UI there will be changes that are expected and here again a more advanced OS wins.
Coming to the business end of this article. It is pretty clear that the R9s has a slight advantage in terms of features. It is the exact same car, but the interiors are slightly better. Now the major factor in a close competition such as this is the price.

Is it worth getting the R9s over the R9? What is the price difference?

The price difference is lesser than $40. Keeping this in consideration it’s an easy choice who the winner is. The later OPPO R9s is much better in terms of features and just slightly higher. It runs an upgraded OS and hands down is the winner in this mash up.

Considering for an Android phone these phones are in the premium category, it is more likely that the phone will not be replaced in a year and the user will look to keep the device for at least 2 years and in this department also it makes sense to go for the R9s.

How to Choose a Good Mobile Phone Shop When Looking to Buy a Phone

As the mobile phone becomes an absolute necessity for many people in society, more and more retailers are offering deals on phones to entice new business. From the customer’s perspective though, choosing from the myriad of rates, plans and add-ons can be an incredibly daunting affair. To ensure that you choose a good mobile phone shop, it is important to understand what you want and need in a mobile phone. This guide will offer some insights to help you get a better understanding of your needs and in turn help you to get the best deal for yourself.

 

Apple or Android – Pick Your Side

The biggest decision to make straight away- and one that we have covered previously (link to iOS vs Android OS article) – is whether to choose an Android device or an Apple device. Without delving too deeply into the specifics, Apple will give you a well-polished package that is quite limited in customisation. Conversely, Android phones are a little less refined but allow for a lot more customisation and individual set-up.

 

Forecast Your Usage

Knowing how you intend use your new device will help when deciding on the right deal for you. There are many factors to consider that can impact your decision, all based around your usage. Will you be making a lot of phone calls? If so, you might want to look at an unlimited talk plan. If text message is more for you, then opt for an unlimited text messaging plan. If you intend to use neither, then get a bare bones package to save you a little cash.

 

Data

One of the biggest things to think about when it comes to a mobile phone plan is how much data you will use. Your data is how much internet data you will consume while out-and-about and includes a lot of useful applications. GPS navigation and maps, internet browsing and media streaming can use a lot of data if you use it regularly. Try to get an idea of how much you will use so that you can incorporate a reasonable amount of data into your plan.

 

PrePaid or Postpaid?

A postpaid plan is a great option if you are looking to buy a phone through installments. Overall, expect to pay a little more for the handset though. Opting to go prepaid with your plan will grant you a lot more control over your expenditure, but you will either have to already have a handset that you can use or buy one outright. Ultimately, it depends on whether you are willing to pay the money for a new phone in one single payment.

LG V20 Singapore

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Every time a new phone is launched, we all think “How the hell did they manage to come-up with something better? I thought the possibilities ended with the previous version.”
The world of gadgets, especially cell phone handsets, is an ever-evolving one. Almost every month, some or the other company launches a handset that claims to do things in a better way than the already existing ones.
This time it is LG V20 Singapore. Let’s see whether the new kid on the block deserves your hard-earned money or not.

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Design
It is a slim, sleek looking phone at 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.7mm and weighs just 177 grams. This means that it is lighter and slimmer than its predecessor LG V10. There’s a fingerprint sensor-cum-power button at the back which works like the home button of iPhone. It is quite responsive but may take a while to get used to.
The phone has been given a smooth, military-grade aluminium casing with removable back panel. This translates to a swappable battery which is a great relief for people who travel a lot and like to keep a spare charged battery, in case their power bank, too, runs out of charge. The aluminium casing gives this phone a premium yet sturdy look.
The top and bottom of the phone are made of silicon polycarbonate, a hard material which is built to survive more than a few drops. The top has a couple of microphones that capture 24 bit audio at 48kHz. The bottom has a 3.5mm audio jack with a USB type C charging port. Volume buttons rest on the left side and are easy to access.
It is available in three colours: Titan Black, Silver and Pink.

Display(s)
For those who are still wondering why did we add that ‘s’ to the word ‘display’ here, it’s because LG added a secondary 2.1 inches wide screen to the primary 5.7 inch Gorilla Glass 4 screen with a QHD (2560×1400) resolution, in V20. This means you can view graphical information at 515 PPI, which is impressive.
The primary screen does everything, cell phones screens usually do and the additional, smaller, always-on secondary screen displays notifications, holds shortcuts for your frequently-used apps and shows you other information, like date and time. You can also use it to toggle between quick settings and display notes of up to 24 scrolling characters, like “Pick up kids at 6”.
Combined with multi-window feature of Android Nougat, the secondary screen is a delight for those who love multi-tasking. Now you can watch that video or play your favoutite game without being disturbed by the notifications.
Performance
With Snapdragon 820 and a 4 GB RAM, this is a future-ready device. Add to that, a good graphic processor like Adreno 530 and it is able to handle any futuristic, graphic and processing-intensive app or game smoothly.
There is an on-board storage of 64 GB and a slot for expanding the storage capabilities to make sure, there is enough space for all your apps and selfies. The device supports latest WiFi AC protocol, has Bluetooth v4.2 and NFC.
Overall, the performance is smooth and snappy as you’d like it to be.

Battery, Camera and Audio
Sometimes an age-old technique is way more reliable and useful than a new trend. Similar is the case with phone batteries. LG understood this well and presented V20 with swappable 3200 mAH battery. A swappable battery is any day better than the non-removable ones as you can stock an extra, in case one runs out of power.
Coming on to the camera, you will love it, if wide-angle shots are your favourite. V20 comes with 3 cameras and somehow manages to look good with them. The back panel has a 16 MP standard shooter and another 8MP wide-angle one which is capable of capturing up to 135 degrees of scenic beauty present in front of it. There is a 5 MP front camera which can toggle between the regular 83 degree mode and the wider 120 degree frame. This can come-in really handy when you need to click a groufie with your gang.
The pictures are clear and crisp but the colours look a bit toned-down. Low-light images are also just acceptable and nothing to boast about. The wide angle lens while capturing more information, distorts the images towards the corner giving them an unrealistic, fish-eye look.
The best feature of this phone is its audio. This is an audiophile’s phone. You can take it to a concert and record your favourite song with the utmost clarity and deep bass tones. You’d love listening to songs in your own voice after recording them on V20. This is because V20 records audio at 24 bit which is much more accurate than the usual 16 bit and has three microphones combined with four digital-to-analog converters which help a great deal in noise reduction. One can buy this phone just for its audio-abilities.

Conclusion
While this phone scores high in audio, display and performance departments, the camera, design and battery backup are modest at best. At the base price of $829, this phone is a decent purchase.

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Considering Trading in a New or Used Phone?

Our world is dominated by technology, gadgetry and hardware that is constantly being phased out by more advanced innovations. As a result, many people have a bad habit of stockpiling old gadgets that will never be used again. One of the most commonly kept retired pieces of hardware is the mobile phone, as it is quite standard now to get a new mobile phone annually. More often than not, the previous phone will either be handed down to someone else or tucked away in a drawer somewhere, never to be used again.

 

Thankfully, there are a number of services available that help you with remuneration for your old mobile phones. This can be great for helping you recycle old phones and earn some extra cash on the side. The main thing to consider is where to go to trade your phone in, because there are a plethora of channels to take. This post will look at some of the most commonly used channels for trade ins, as well as what to consider before making your choice.

 

Carousell, Gumtree and eBay

The three biggest names in online transactions are usually the most lucrative, however they come with a lot of additional work. By selling directly, you are keeping a lion’s share of the profits. However, you will also be tasked with sourcing buyers, communicating with them, displaying your product and finally delivering the sold item.

If you are looking to offload your mobile phone quickly, you can try to post it to Carousell. This is arguably the fastest option as it can end in a face-to-face interaction and saves on any shipping costs.

 

Used Electronic Retailers

One of the traditional methods of getting rid of your used hardware is to sell it to a second-hand retailer, such as Cash Converters. This lightens any of the burden associated with posting ads and meeting people from Carousell and Gumtree. All you need to do is walk into a store with your phone and listen to their offer. It is also in person, which makes the transaction as fast as can be.

The major downside to this option is that you will not get a good price for your phone. Even if it is in mint condition, you will get pennies on the dollar as these stores make profits from the resale.

 

Online Resellers

Online resellers are a great blend of the above options. You get a fair price for your product with no hassle of posting an ad. There is no impetus to meet anyone in person and it can all be done online. Do not expect a fortune back from them for your phone, but their prices are fairer than a used retailer.

iOS vs Andriod

It is nearing a decade since the first iPhone made its way onto the global market and into our respective pockets. Less than a year after this, Android’s first phone made an appearance and tried to loosen Apple’s grip on the mobile device market. As of now, we have hit the tenth iteration of Apple’s OS in iOS 10, and Android’s latest OS, Nougat, is their sixth version. There are a few main differences in how the two companies consider the user, though. This post offers the main differences between the two, as well as the inherent benefits and shortfalls of the two operating systems.

 

Features

Apple have always strived to create a neat and cozy package of features that anyone can use and benefit from. Built-in apps, such as Mail for email, Safari for web browsing and Maps for GPS navigation, all work fantastically well and offer a lot of usability.

As a direct contrast to this mentality, Android starts you off with a barebones selection of apps. Instead of providing a neat package for you, Google encourages you to go download the applications that you want. In short, you are expected to create your own mobile world with Android, whereas Apple confines you to what they want you to use.

 

Digital Assistants

One of the biggest innovations to reach mobile devices as of late is the rise in digital assistants. Using voice-control, you can tell your digital assistant to access apps and log events through your phone. Apple uses Siri on their operating systems, whereas Google use Google Now to be the standard digital assistant in their devices.

The biggest difference between the two assistants is in data privacy. Google Now trawls across multiple services and apps to get a better idea of what you are looking for and need. Siri, on the other hand, is more limited in what it can do but opts to keeps things more secure. As far as usability goes, Google Now seems to do a lot more without you asking it to.

 

Summary

Over the years, these two competing mobile operating systems have become much more closely aligned with one another. There are still a few differences, but by and large you can use an Android device just as well as an Apple device. Most applications are cross-platform, features are shared and even the cutting edge applications such as digital assistants are very similar. The big sticking points deal with are privacy and customisation – Apple want you to stay in their very pretty box, where they will keep you and your data safe. Conversely, Android let you go wild with customisation at the expense of less data privacy.

Andriod OS Hacks & Tips

Google’s mobile operating system, Android, has been around in one form or another for 8 years now. By providing the software as open source – meaning you can modify what it can do, if you know how – the community surrounding Android have dedicated a lot of hours to making it run better. Developers and hobbyists alike have found ways to make Android a better operating system, from streamlining certain background operations to making the appearance more user friendly. This post looks to outline some of the best hacks and tips available for the Android OS. These hacks are all perfectly safe and can seriously improve how you interact with Google’s mobile software.

 

Keep Your Smartphone Sharp With Maintenance App’s

One of the best tips that will ensure you get the most out of your device is to regularly perform maintenance that will clear RAM, cache and junk files. Now, even if these terms are foreign to you, worry not. There are some great apps available for free on the marketplace that will do all of the heavy lifting for you, such as the All-In-One-Toolbox or Memory Boost applications. It is recommended to run these apps when your device seems to be a little sluggish, and it can really improve your devices performance.

 

Customize Your Device However You Want

One of Apple’s biggest shortfalls is their need to control how you as a user experience their products. The iPhone’s software, iOS, is very pretty and works great, but there is no room for customization. Android, however, begs you to customize your device. From your lock and home screen to the overall appearance of your devices screen, there are a myriad of ways to change your device to meet your tastes. One of the best ways to get started with customizing your smartphone is to look at the Nova Launcher app, which opens the doors for bespoking how your phone looks, acts and responds to your commands.

 

Discover Developer Mode

Android’s developer mode would be pretty impossible to find on your own, which only adds to its allure. Go to your device settings, click on ‘about phone’, and tap on your build number seven times. If executed correctly, you should now be able to see the developer options in your system settings. There is a lot that you can do here that will make your device a little bit punchier, but one of the easiest and most noticeable for amateurs is to tweak your animation scale. This can reduce the time it takes for animations to run through on your device, making everything feel faster.