New Year, New Smartphone – Chinese New Year Edition

As the lunar calendar brings another year to a close, everyone is gearing up to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This time of the year is all about renewal, bringing in new life and, of course, treating yourself a little. There is no better way to start off a new year than with a renewed outlook to life – and a brand new smartphone might be exactly what you need.

Deciding on a new smartphone can be quite challenging, thanks largely to all of the choices available. This post hopes to offer up some suggestions that feature the latest and greatest models of smartphone on the market today. If you are looking out for a new phone and are unsure about what to get, read on!

iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus is a smartphone powerhouse in every sense. With a 5.5-inch screen, an A10 Fusion processor that keeps the smartphone incredibly responsive, two perfectly engineered 12 megapixel cameras and the latest version of iOS tailored for this model, the iPhone 7 Plus has a lot to brag about. This particular model is even water resistant, a feature that is often omitted from iPhones. All of this luxury comes at a price though – literally. This model of the iPhone is the most expensive as of yet, and can cost anywhere from $800-1000.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung have been nipping at Apple’s heels for years now in the smartphone wars, but have yet to exceed their U.S rival in the global market. The S7 Edge has been the closest Samsung have got to making an iPhone-killing smartphone. With its dual curved display, decent battery life, fantastic camera and the latest Android OS available, the S7 Edge is an all-round gem of a smartphone.

Google Pixel XL

Google’s foray into smartphones has been spotty at best, with a lot of failed models that never caught on. However, the tech giant threw everything they had at the Google Pixel XL, and as a result it is close to a gadget masterpiece. With a beautifully sleek and ergonomic design, the Pixel XL blends glass into the phone’s metal casing to make for a gorgeous piece of kit. It also boasts a hefty Snapdragon processor and a fantastic camera, too.

OnePlus 3T

If you are wanting something a little different, then look no further than the OnePlus 3T smartphone. The 3T is a great alternative to the big guys, and features a wide range of bespoke features. A HD screen, top notch camera, fingerprint sensor and blistering hot microprocessor makes this smartphone an incredibly versatile gadget. Better yet, thanks to the lack of brand inflation, the 3T costs a lot less than some of the other smartphones mentioned here.

Gadgets to Look Out for in 2017

With 2016 behind us, it is time to look ahead and see what is on the horizon for gadgets. There is already huge anticipation for all sorts of new and emerging technology, such as virtual reality tech, new smartphones and new smart wear. This post is going to showcase some of the most innovative and hotly anticipated pieces of technology that will be hitting the markets this year. This is far from an exhaustive list, but the gadgets discussed here are some of the most likely to hit stores this year, as well as the most exciting.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung’s eighth iteration of their flagship smartphone, the Galaxy, is expected to launch in springtime this year. Although the company has remained relatively tight-lipped about new features, you can expect notable updates and upgrades in both software and hardware. Something we do know, though, is that Samsung will integrate a new digital assistant into the S8 – Viv. This new artificial intelligence has been created by the same team that were involved with Siri, so it should be a solid addition to the Galaxy S8.

iPhone 8

It’s hard to think of a world before the iPhone, thanks to its flawless integration into everyday living. With that said, this has made it difficult for Apple to break the mould with the iPhone. Their latest model, the iPhone 8, looks to bring in a little innovation to their smartphone. With an all-glass design, organic LED displays and removal of the home button, the iPhone is growing into an entirely new beast. Moreover, 2017 is the ten-year anniversary of the iPhone, so expect some big things to come from Apple in the coming months.

Google’s Smartwatch

Tech giant Google has been trying to integrate their own smartwatch into the market over the past year or so. As of yet, they have seen little uptake for their Android Wear watches, but that is all expected to change in 2017. Google intends to beef up current software for their own smartwatch, which could launch any time this year.

Windows 10 Virtual Reality

Windows’ current operating system is expected to receive a substantial update early this year, geared towards virtual reality headset compatibility. This update opens new doors for VR headset usage – at the moment your only realistic choice is the Oculus rift, which costs $600. With this update, headsets from companies like Dell and Lenovo will be available on the market for as little as $300.

Helpful Android Apps For 2017

The Android ecosystem is big. Nearly 90% of all smartphones in the world run Android, and with more than 1.4 billion active devices there’s a huge and ever hungry market for the latest and greatest in apps. They’ve got more than enough choice; more than 2.2 million apps are available for download, so now the question is how do you sort out the best from the rest? Read on to learn a bit about a few of our favourites.

All the info you need on the go

With so many sources of information competing for our attention, it can be useful to have a way to remember those articles and videos you didn’t initially have time for. Enter Pocket. Available in both a free version and with a paid subscription, Pocket allows you to download an offline copy of nearly any article on the web – images included. All of your articles are held in your own private library and are converted for maximum readability, allowing you to grab all of your long reads at once at home on your wireless and read them without touching your mobile data on the train.

Also seemingly designed for Singapore’s private transport-centred lifestyle, BeyondPod is the number one podcasting app on Android. With a simple, easy to use interface and capabilities for both in-app subscription to all of your favourite feeds and reading of local audio files, it’s got everything you need to power through those episodes of Serial or This American Life you’ve been meaning to get to for months.

Tracking what’s important in your life

One of the most sadly underused services from internet giant Google, Keep is a notetaking app designed and built for the Android infrastructure. Add text, image, audio and video notes from anywhere within the operating system and let the app intelligently pull content from other apps. Ideal for everything from shopping lists to ideabooking, notes can even be shared with other Google users enabling full real-time collaboration. Perfect for ensuring you both don’t buy milk!

Extremely useful for individuals who have to absorb huge quantities of data each day, gReader is the RSS reader of choice on the Android platform. A bit unknown outside of tech circles, RSS feeds are a simple way to stay up to the minute on any website. Best of all, the websites you read probably already have them. Download the free version today and start subscribing to feeds.

Those are just a few of our favourite apps for the Android platform. What are yours?

The Hottest, Most Useful Apps For Your New iPhone

It’s that time of year again, when thousands of people across Singapore find out Santa left them a new iPhone. If you’ve just unwrapped a brand-new handset, you’ll be in need of some new apps. But where to start? Fortunately, RedWhite Mobile is here to help you sift through the billions (yes, billions!) of apps on the App Store and find just the nuggets of gold. Read on to learn more!

Out and about

Never be at a loss for where to head next, or how to get there! Apart from the pre-installed and tried-and-tested Maps app, you’ll want to grab a few more pieces of software to ensure that your next trip – whether it’s down the street or across the world – is a complete success.

Planning an overseas holiday or travelling for work? Skyscanner allows you to find, compare and reserve flights, hotel rooms and hire cars all from one convenient app. See all of your options filtered by travel date, number of passengers and transit class clearly ordered by price, so you’ll always get the best deal, whether it’s a casual getaway or a red-eye business flight.

For the gourmets among us (and who doesn’t love a good meal!), Zomato has everything you need to sort the best from the rest. A socially-powered restaurant rating and review app, it’s invaluable in a city as packed with hip new restaurants and delicious food courts as Singapore. Sort by rating or popularity and know exactly where to take your date, friends or boss if you really want to impress! What’s more, it works in nearly two dozen countries, so when you grab a flight with Skyscanner, make sure you grab a bite with Zomato when you land!

Making work a breeze

Your new handset is a powerful business tool, helping any executive and professional accomplish the tasks that make up their day to day. Despite the prevalence of digital data and technology in our lives, sometimes nothing makes an impact like putting a beautiful business card in a potential client’s or business partner’s hand. Network like a pro and use Foxcard to back up each card to your phone. The app automatically scrapes names, titles and contact details from the card and saves them in your phone, so you don’t have to enter them manually. If you walk away from a conference with 50 cards, don’t worry, Foxcard is there for you.

Evernote is the gold standard in digital note taking, offering a range of options for text and multimedia including photos, video, voice and more. Organise your information into notebooks, tag each note so you’ll always be able to find it, and access your notebooks on any number of devices. For added security, save your Foxcard snaps to your Evernote account, so even if you end up losing your phone, you don’t lose all that precious networking.

There are more apps than you could ever use in a lifetime on the App Store, so take a look today and find something to make your life easier, more delicious, or more fun!

Are You Paying a Higher Price Tag for Your New Phone?

For a long time now people have accepted the fact that a new phone is going to be rather expensive, but should it really have to be? We have gotten used to the fact that a new iPhone or Galaxy is going to cost somewhere over the $500 mark, and this is normal.

We have been convinced through advertising from both technology producers and our service providers that new smartphones are still a cheap and viable option for purchasing a new phone. But do we really need to fork out well over a week’s pay for a gadget that really shouldn’t be that expensive?

It used to be that when a new phone came on the market, you would only need to pay somewhere around $100 for it. But now that smartphones have so much more to offer (apps, online shopping, music) than the standard call, text, and Snake Nokia “brick”. However, when those phones came out they were at the forefront of technology for the time. So why then should you have to pay somewhere nearing the thousand-dollar mark for a new phone?
Especially now, when more people are quick to hand in their phone for a new model, making those older models (which are still incredibly relevant) second-hand. Today, with new technology being released at a rapid rate, and when advancements are becoming fewer for new smartphones, it is a great idea to purchase a second-hand model of a slightly older phone (given the phone is still in good condition).

You can easily find models of iPhones, Samsung Galaxies Androids etc. that are in great working order and are more than half the price of when they were purchased only a short time before. And not only this, there are a raft of technology producers coming through that are happy to provide their product for a far greater price than those of their big-name competitors.

Just because a new model has been released that boasts a better processor, advancements in camera technology, and improved interface, it does not mean that your (slightly) older model has become obsolete. And if you are really in the market for a new model of smartphone, you can find them second-hand online and in store for a much greater price than when it was purchased only a few weeks/moths before. It is simply unnecessary to have to pay an unreasonably high amount for a new smartphone.

Best Gadget Gifts to Give this Christmas

The Christmas tree is well and truly up and the jolly, fat man we’ve all come to love is ready to dive into our chimneys once more. But with the excitement of the holiday season comes the stress of knowing what to buy friends and family for the big day. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our tech favourites to give you some inspiration.

Fitness bands

Still an iconic product across the tech industry, wearable devices like fitness bands are still a perfect fit for anyone that’s constantly on the move. Even if you’re not solely an athlete, these gadgets are great for better understanding how you’re tracking with your daily activity. The Xiaomi MiBand2 is a great example, allowing you to track heart rate, vital stats and other sports-related numbers.

Bluetooth headsets

Not everyone is so good at multi-tasking. For those that are constantly on-the-go and lead a hectic social or professional life, Bluetooth headsets cut out the hassle of having to talk as well as be on the move. Spanning from smaller budgets through to more expensive options, there’s a number of options to choose from, including the Plantronics range from Red White Mobile.

Used phones

If you’re on a tight budget but have someone in mind who desperately needs a smartphone upgrade, Red White still stocks a number of a used phones in excellent condition. Ranging from the ever-popular Apple, through to Samsung and other renowned brands, there’s a variety of models, makes and sizes to choose from. Prices start from just $200, so it’s hip-pocket friendly.

Phone cases

If you’re after a stocking stuffer or something to give for Kris Kringle, phone cases are always ideal. With a number of items to choose from in this field—including Urban Armor and Ringke—there’s a number of styles and designs to take your pick from.

Not sure where to get started?

If you’re still stuck and can’t make a decision, we encourage you to browse our website for more ideas. Alternatively, get in touch with our friendly team if you require further assistance.

Choosing Where to Buy your Apple or Samsung Mobile Phone in Singapore

It’s going to be something you carry around with you all hours of the day, completing everything from checking work emails and messaging friends, to keeping up with the latest happenings around the world and on your Facebook news feed. Therefore, choosing the right phone at the right place is going to make a big difference. So, here are some things you need to consider when choosing where to buy a mobile phone in Singapore.

Trade-in or sell

Wouldn’t you love to be able to get some cash for that old phone while at the same time getting a pretty new one? Well that is possible when you choose a shop that also offers a trade in and sell option. This is great for those looking to minimise the cost of their new device, and means that drawer of old phones can actually go to good use. Extra tip: make sure you have all the extras like the original box, charger and cable to get the best price.

Used options available

Not all of us need a sparkling new phone fresh from the box. Often buying a used mobile will give you great value for money and no one will be able to tell the difference. If you are looking to save some money, or are simply happy with a model down from the newest release from Apple or Samsung, choosing a shop that offers both new and used phones can be a great way to help you compare and find the right solution for your needs and budget.

Getting everything in the one place

We all know a phone is your lifeline; the thing you carry everywhere and depend on for photos, music, social media and more. So you’ll want to deck it out with all the best accessories to ensure you are getting the most out of it. Choosing a store that stocks all the best gadgets and accessories as well as phones means you can set yourself up easier without the hassle. Get those essentials like a protective case, travel adaptors and more and leave the same day with everything you need to enjoy your phone to the max.

Competitive prices

With phones becoming increasingly pricey, you’ll want to find a store that regularly updates prices to ensure you are getting the best deal. Some stores can help lighten the burden even further by offering installment plans for eligible buyers.

Giving the Gift of Tech for Christmas

Choose a present your friends and family will love and use all year-round. Giving technology or accessories for Christmas is a great way to ensure they get a present that’s both fun and functional. But what to get?

Fortunately, 2016 was a banner year for consumer technology, so there are thousands of options suiting every price point. Whether you want to help your friend get more done or just help them make the most of their downtime, we’ve got something to suit.

Make it the best year yet

We could all use a little help from time to time. Whether it’s keeping our phones running during long business days, staying on top of your agenda during hectic periods, or protecting our mobile devices from knocks and bumps, there’s a piece of tech to help your friend achieve their goals. Our portable batteries are the perfect gift for that friend who never seems to stop, ensuring their phone, tablet and smartwatch keeps going for as long as they do. Available in up to 20,000mAh, many models provide multiple charges, giving your friend all the juice they need.  Want the perfect stocking stuffer? Sneakily find out what model your friend has and get them a tough phone case from Urban Armour Gear, delivering ultimate protection for their most precious devices.

If you’ve got a bit of money to spend, you can’t walk past the range of laptops, tablets, phablets and hybrid devices released this year. Help them work smarter, not harder, with the all new Google Pixel, powered by the intelligent Google Assistant. Give them the ultimate in portable computing with the Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft powered by Intel’s latest i7 chip, a true replacement for their laptop and desktop clocking in at under 800 grams.

Or just have a little fun

But sometimes you just want to give something a bit more enjoyable. The Gear S3 family of smartwatches from Samsung tightly integrates with the Android operating system, stylishly presenting crucial information and helping your friend breeze through their day with intelligent notifications and a fun, friendly UI. The range of designs offers something for every lifestyle, from the hiker to the corporate warrior.

Also perfect is their collection of fitness trackers, the ideal workout partner for anyone. The Gear Fit2 marries a medical-grade heart rate monitor with highly-accurate GPS to give your friend all the information they need on the track, in the gym, or at the pool.

Whatever you choose to give, do your shopping with Red White Mobile and find out how easy it can be to create smiles at Christmas.

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.

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.

iOS hacks and tips

The iOS comes with amazing features and benefits that continue to attract more users each year. But did you know there is more to the iOS than meets the eye? We’ve found a few of the best iOS hacks and tips that can make your iOS experience even better.

Charge Your Phone Faster

Tired of waiting for your phone to recharge? Before you plug it in to charge, switch your phone to Flight Mode. This simple swap over to flight mode will disengage your battery draining Wi-Fi searches and data communicating services and allow your phone to charge much faster.

Your iPhone Can Act as a Lever

Need to check if the shelf you are mounting is level but don’t have a lever? Your iPhone can do the trick! Go into your settings and find the Compass app. Open the app and swipe left to enable the digital version of a real life lever. And the great thing is, it’s just as accurate as the bubble gauge found in many garages.

Fine Tuned Focus for Your Camera

When you tap the screen while taking a picture, it will focus for your snapshot. But usually, it disappears right after the picture is done. If you need that focus for longer, simple hold the screen for one or two seconds until ‘AF Locked’ box pops up. Now you can hold your camera at any angle and move it around as much as you want all while keeping that focused locked.

Customizing Vibrations

If you have ever wished you could set your phone to different vibrations to tell who is calling, your wish is about to come true. Go to Contacts and select the person and hit Edit. There you will see a vibration option. Select this option to open Create New Vibrations tool. From here you can create a beat of your choice by tapping the screen.

Close 3 Apps in One Go

Got lots of apps open and bogging down your phone? You can close three at a time by dragging three fingers across the multitasking menu to get rid of the clutter fast.

Taking a Pic Without Touching Your Phone

Many people already know you can enable the volume buttons to take a picture without having to touch the screen. But if you have a pair of compatible and connected headphones, you can take a picture by adjusting the volume on the headphones making the picture taking experience hands free.

Improving the Battery Life

Spotlight is a popular feature for nearly all Apple customers. But many times it drains precious battery life. To get more out of your battery- especially in times of 10% battery life or less, go to settings-general-spotlight search and you can limit what is pulling in data.

Pros and Cons in the Era of Smartphones

We are living in a day and age where nearly every single person has a smartphone. With everything you could want in a phone all wrapped up in elegant looking package, it’s not hard to see why those with a smartphone have it within reach at all times. For those of us that are a part of the older generations, we can look back on our childhoods with fond memories of a tech free world. But what does this mean for the millennials?

There are definitely benefits and even disadvantages of having a smartphone. Let’s take a closer look to see how the era of the smartphone is affecting the youth of today.

PROS

  1. Smartphones Allow Parents to Rest Easy

 f you are a parent worried about the whereabouts of their children, just give them a smartphone. You are able to text or call them no matter where they are. Not to mention, many smartphones come with locator apps and GPS which allow you to pin point exactly where the smartphone is- meaning your child is not too far.

 

  1. Schools Using More Tech

In today’s school curriculum, many times they are including the use of a tablet or computer to complete the assignments at school or the homework. Students are required to research a topic or complete online modules for their courses. With the constant use of a smartphone, students are able to more easily use the tech required for their school work.

 

  1. The Infinite Online World

The curiosity of a child can seem endless, yet with the tool as a great as the internet, they are able to find answers to their questions. Whether they have questions about the universe, how to make a cake, or they are interested in tracing their family lineage—they can find the answers online. With the use of a smartphone, the answers to their questions lie in the palm of their hand.

 

  1. Access to More Music

Previous generations were typically exposed to music choices of their parents or what was available on the radio or record store. Today, kids can explore any and all genres of music through a variety of apps available on smartphones.

 

  1. Social Learning and Socialization

Apps such as Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter are all examples of how a smartphone can keep you in touch with all the latest updates from your friends and family. You can easily send messages or reach out to a friend or family member in an instant which allows you to be as social as you want to be.

 

CONS

  1. Associated Health Risks

Constant use of a smartphone can have associated health risks. This can include loss of sleep or problems with posture due to looking down at the phone all the time. Even still, youth who lead a sedentary lifestyle by staying on their phone nearly all of their waking hours are more prone to suffering from obesity.

 

  1. Risk of Exposure to Inappropriate Materials and/or Online Predators

The Internet can be a wonderful place, but there is always danger around the corner. Whether it be inappropriate materials or online chat rooms, there can always be a risk of your child being exposed to something they shouldn’t be. Make sure to talk to your child about the risks associated with being online and you can even take measures to block certain sites or content.

 

  1. Once it’s Online, it’s Always Online

One thing that children seem to misunderstand is that any actions they take online are permanent. Whether it be a post- comment, photo, or video, or downloading content- anything they do is permanent. Another caution parents should take is discussing the issues of illegally downloading and/or cyber bullying.

 

  1. Mind Numbing Distractions from Reality

While plenty of children use their smartphone for research or playing games, there is always a child or teenager who never puts down their phone. This can take away from their quality of life since they will be more at risk for health issues, as well as taking away from nature and play or interaction with peers.

Xiao Mi Phones

Xiao Mi? What? You haven’t heard of them either? That comes as no surprise—especially if you are a part of the Western world. However, this privately owned mobile phone company is becoming one of the leaders in smartphones across Asia and this popularity only continues to grow.

Xiao Mi focuses on speed and luxury, without breaking the bank. This allows their customers to have all the great features of a high quality smartphone without going broke. While its name is only just gaining popularity, with each happy customer, their fan base grows.

One of the latest phones from Xiao Mi is their Redmi Note 2 listed at an affordable price of SGD$250. While the price itself is more than attractive, the features included in the Redmi Note 2 are as well. The large screen, at 5.5 inches, is reactive and very clear. The Redmi Note 2 runs an operating system that is quite similar to Android, except it is called MIUI. This operating system keeps the apps all on the home screen- similar to iOS. So if you are searching for a phone that has minimalism, the Redmi Note 2 is a great option.

The 13 mega pixel camera is not the best, especially when it is compared to brand name competitors, but it can take a clear and decent photo as long as the light is good. Despite lacking slightly with its picture taking capabilities, the ease of use, operating system, and dual sim slots make it attractive for those who travel frequently within Asia. While the Xiao Mi brands are only seen in Asian countries now, they are slowly starting to make their way to Australia, India, and South America- with plans to target the North American consumers in the coming years.

In the end Xiao Mi smartphones are a great option if you are looking for high quality smartphones that don’t break the bank. If you want to make a switch from iOS, you will feel comfortable with the MIUI OS on the Redmi Note 2. Just so long as you are in Asia, you can readily buy a Xiao Mi smartphone in nearly any IT center or smartphone retailer. Any way about it, the smartphones provided by Xiao Mi are sure to bring more competition to the market with their price and features. For those in the Western World, they will have to patiently wait for extremely affordable smartphones to breach their markets.

Review of iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 is the latest gadget from Apple and it is making a splash on the tech scene. With an upgrade in software and hot new features, we had to see what all the fuss was about.

If you want a water resistant device, the device can deliver. Whether it is dropped in a puddle or accidently falls into a pool, the iPhone 7 can take a literal dive and be fully submerged in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Once removed and dried off, the iPhone 7 can snap right back to normal, as if the recent swim never happened. This water resistant iPhone is especially attractive for those with children or who work on or near water.

Another hot new feature is the much debated headphone jack. One of the main reasons the headphone jack was removed was to improve the water resistance of the entire phone. Apple is moving towards a wireless future and the new Lightning headphones are proof of this effort. The great thing about these new headphones, is they fit well into the ears and provide great sound. The downside being, you cannot listen to music or make a call when they are charging—that is, unless you implement the use of a bulky adapter.

There is a noticeable change to the home button as well. The home button is merely an illusion of a button- it’s not really there and does not move like a normal button would. Instead of the satisfying click sound of the older versions of iPhone, the iPhone 7’s home button will vibrate slightly to indicate it has been pushed. The reason behind the switch from ‘real button’ to a touch censored one? If you said ‘water resistance’, you’ve guessed it right. Removing the actual button also removes cracks where water could sneak in.

Overall, the launch of the iPhone 7 will prove to be a success as many iPhone users upgrade every two years or so to the newest device. It looks like the features of water resistance and wireless headphones are here to stay and will likely only get better. Why do we say that? Well my friends, the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone is right around the corner and we all know Apple is hiding something up their sleeves that we can look forward to. And with the solid upgrades of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, there is only more great tech waiting.

Red White Mobile – The Most Reliable Phone Store In Singapore

Singapore is world-renowned for its booming tech retail stores, with bargain-priced electronics attracting people from far and wide. There are a lot of places that offer up incredible offers on all sorts of gadgetry, from smart TVs to smartphones. With that said, there are many shady establishments in and around Singapore that are known to trick, scam and swindle their customers with fake merchandise and shady business tactics.

This guide will look at the many advantages Red White Mobile offers customers as a leading store in Singapore.

Cost-efficiency

Thanks to our efforts to harness quality business relationships from the get-go, Red White has become the go to for cheap mobiles that are still A grade. We’ve worked hard to create a consistent, stable and strong network with other providers across Singapore, meaning we’re able to offer great deals on a full range of devices and accessories.

Our value for customer service

You’ve heard it all before, we know, but we’re proud to say that our attitude towards our customers means we provide an unsurpassed level of support. We treat each objective and requitements of our clients differently and separately, allowing for transparency and reliability the moment they walk in the door.

Give or take

Whilst we provide typical products via our retail model, we also offer customers the opportunity to trade in their old devices or sell them in return for cash. Instead of keeping those handsets inside drawers to gather dust, our clients can walk out with an updated model or some extra dollars. Throughout this process, we keep a transparent business model that’s based on market estimations and valuations, all in conjunction with onsite inspections. This means we’re able to offer customers who want to buy used models the peace of mind that they’re investing in a quality product.

A little bit extra

For those after something outside the immediate scope of mobile devices, we also offer a variety of accessories and gadgets at affordable rates. This range includes items like the selfie stick, notebooks, fitness bands and the like.

Not sure where to start? Get in touch with our friendly team to find out what product suits your needs best.

iPhone 7 Vs Samsung Note 7

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The biggest battle in the mobile world as of late has been that of Android versus Apple. Both operating systems make up the majority of the smartphone industry, with Samsung leading the Android pack. With Samsung and Apple both recently releasing new flagship devices – the Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7 family respectively – customers in the market for a new phone have a lot to think about. If you are considering an upgrade, this guide will take a look at how the two new devices are stacking up against one another.

Design

Apple have always taken the lead when it comes to style and aesthetics. As a brand, the iPhone has always maintained an ethos of solid hardware built beautifully. The iPhone 7 makes not effort to change this. An evolution – rather than a revolution – of 2015’s iPhone 6S, the new model ditches the 3.5mm headphone jack and adjusts the lines of the antenna. The colours have also received a shake-up – goodbye Space Grey, and welcome back to black, available in both glossy and matte finishes. The iPhone 7 Plus Singapore also receives a unique, enhanced 12MP dual-lens camera, providing enhanced optical zoom.
Samsung have followed a similar path in their design by keeping things, by and large, untouched. Expect a style similar to the Note 5, but with a more slim and refined look. The new model will also feature a dual edged display, similar to their other flagship device, the S6 Edge.

Performance

Samsung have really beefed up the software and hardware in the Note 7. The biggest draw will be a new chipset, dubbed Snapdragon 821. Without getting into the nitty-gritty, this new chip will make everything much faster and more efficient on the battery. All of this leads to a much more reliable, stable and versatile smartphone.
Apple have disappointed users looking for screens to match the ludicrous pixel density of some 4K-enabled phones on the market, using the same panels as last year’s models. The new A10 chip standard across the family delivers a 30 per cent increase in performance over the 6S family’s A9, putting it near the very top of the mobile performance ladder

Multimedia

One of the biggest surprises for Apple fans was not the addition of a second lens for the iPhone 7 Plus. Rather, it was the removal of the 3.5mm jack, instead opting to route media output through the Lightning connector. This small change not only slims the phone down; it opens the door to new possibilities for audiophiles. Noise cancelling headphones can now draw power directly from the device, doing away with clumsy internal batteries. What’s more, moving the digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) from the device to the headphones means manufacturers are no longer constrained by underpowered, space-conscious circuitry inside the phone.

Samsung are reportedly going to keep their standard, single rear camera at a very reasonable 12MP. However, rumours are also pointing to the introduction of Super OIS Plus, which could revolutionise how the Note 7 will take pictures.

What To Look Out For When You Get A Second Hand Phone

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The average price of a phone has skyrocketed over the past few years, thanks to jam-packed smartphones full of expensive tech. For many, getting tied into a two year contract or shelling out hundreds of dollars on a new phone is just too much to justify. Thankfully, the second hand phone market is massive and can cater for any mobile need or want.

When you enter the arena of used and second hand phones, though, be prepared for scammers, tricksters and fraudsters at every corner. This guide will give you some pointers on what to look out for when buying your second hand phone, so that you don’t get burnt.

Perform Due Diligence

It is important that you know what you are looking for when buying a second hand phone. It could be good value that you are looking for, or a specific model of smartphone. Regardless, it always help to do some due diligence on average prices for the phone you are looking for, or set yourself a budget and a technical specification minimum for the phone. Remember, a mint condition smartphone will cost a small fortune, whereas a scratched up model will cost a lot less.

Know Where To Look

There is a huge variety of online and in-store retailers for used smartphones, so consider your situation. If you need a phone quickly, an in-store purchase makes sense. If you can wait, though, you can save a little cash and consider one of these online methods:

  • Carousell – A friendly app and website that all-but-guarantees a top quality used smartphone. Expect to pay a little more for the phones, though.
  • Gumtree.com – The traditional option to buy used phones is Gumtree. If you are lucky, you can snap up a deal at an affordable price.
  • Social media – Speak with friends, colleagues and look at groups for selling phone devices. There is usually someone trying to get a little extra cash for their old phone, and you can snap up a deal.

Inspect Your New Phone

When you finally get your new(ish) phone, it is important that you inspect it thoroughly for any unmentioned damages. Start with a visual examination of the device, as well as any auxiliary ports, the speakers and microphone. Check the camera and screen too, just in case there are cracks. Finally, try switching on the phone and trying out the screen. If all looks okay, congratulations! You have just landed a great, second hand phone.

iPhone 7 Release

With Apple just weeks away from releasing their new iteration of their revolutionary line of smartphones – the iPhone 7 – information about the new phone is slowly starting to trickle out. The iPhone 7 is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2016, and the tech world is abuzz with rumours and speculations about the new piece of tech. This post will sift through the trash and run through what you are most likely going to see from the new iPhone 7.

Aesthetics

Unofficial, leaked photos and videos have shown some moderate changes to the looks and aesthetics of the iPhone. The biggest rumour still up for debate is whether or not there will be multiple models of new iPhone made available. It is speculated that Apple are looking to release a standard iPhone 7, as well as an iPhone 7 Plus and an executive iPhone 7 Pro. Whether we will see one, two or three new iPhones has yet to be disclosed by Apple.

Another large aesthetic move that looks to be true is the removal of a standard 3.5mm audio headphone jack. Leaked photos have shown an iPhone with no viewable port for your headphones. Apple are known for removing what seems like essential hardware for some time, from removing optical drives on their laptops to removing USB ports.

Camera

The quality of the camera on the iPhone has improved with each model, and it is speculated to be no different this time around. New features have also been heavily speculated, such as dual-camera modules and optical stabilization. Whatever the case, expect a better camera than before with the new iPhone 7.

Battery

The battery life on the iPhone 7 is expected to be much better than previous models, thanks to an upgraded battery. Rumours are circulating that new users should expect a 14 per cent increase in battery life in their new iPhone 7 – that equates to around an hour and a half more video playback time.

iOS 10

Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS10, has already pointed to a lot of new upgrades to be expected on the iPhone 7. These include an upgraded Siri, better maps, improved photo cataloguing and a greatly improved messaging system.

With the iPhone 7 expected to drop some time in September, now is the time to keep your ears to the ground for new rumours. Apple appear to be keeping their new upgrades closely guarded secrets, so for most of us we will have to wait until release to see all of the new changes.

The Best of Both Worlds with The ASUS Zenfone 3

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Put it all at your fingertips. That is ASUS’ mission with the latest iteration of the ASUS Zenfone. The flagship line of the venerable Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, this latest family of devices comes pre-installed with the latest version of the Android operating system, Marshmallow. Launching in August with a secure, convenient instant-read fingerprint scanner and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, this is one of the year’s most eagerly awaited devices.

Big, bigger, biggest

Available in three sizes, the ASUS Zenfone 3 continues the company’s strong tradition of offering customers real choice in their next handset. The flagship model, simply referred to as the Zenfone 3, is a masterpiece in metal and glass. Designed around a concentric circle motif that continues into the software, the 5.5 inch screen delivers a full high-definition experience with the added security of the super-tough 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass used in the manufacturing.
The Zenfone 3 Deluxe is a true luxury item. The 6GB of RAM is double that of the Zenfone 3, enabling faster performance across the board in browsing, productivity software and gaming. While it doesn’t sound like much on paper, the extra 0.2 inches that go into the screen make a huge difference during every day use, ensuring that you never feel crowded and can always read or watch comfortably.
For those who prize screen real estate more than anything, there is the ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra. With a massive 6.8 inches of full HD screen, this is the one for movie nuts and TV junkies. Watch all the video you want in vivid colour and fantastic sharpness, and game with the best of them on this enormous screen, backed up by an equally humungous 4600 mAh battery.

The shutterbug’s phablet

What sets this device apart from the crowd is ASUS’ dedication to creating a true photographer’s phone. All three versions of the ASUS Zenfone 3 are equipped with beautiful cameras designed to take the best, most precise images. Boasting an auto-focus time of just 0.03 seconds and carrying either a 16MP (Asus Zenfone 3) or a 23MP camera (Deluxe and Ultra), each model delivers fantastic shooting in all light conditions. The front-mounted 8MP camera standard across the family means better selfies than ever before and clearer, more realistic video calls.
For more information on getting your own ASUS Zenfone 3 in any model in Singapore, get in touch with Red White Mobile today.

What’s In-store when Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is Released?

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The announcement of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 has the tech world excited. The phone – a cross between a standard smartphone and a larger tablet – affords possibilities that previous versions of the Galaxy series haven’t. With a wealth of new features, a stunning design and some brand new hardware on offer, everyone’s itching to buy it. So let’s take a look at what Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 has in store.
While Samsung has remained tight-lipped on many of the phone’s features, we’re excited about the ones they have announced. For one, the phone will be completely waterproof and even more durable than before. For people prone to knocking their phone off high places, and dropping it in the bathtub, this will come as welcome news.

Speedy charging

The phone will also come with fast charging capabilities. No longer will we need to wait hours for our mobiles to be done charging; it will be at 100% within 30 minutes. Here’s hoping the battery life lasts longer than at the moment – a couple hours longer could be a lifesaver for some! As well as this, the device offers wireless charging, meaning you’ll be able to charge while on-the-go, without impinging on your phone use.
In terms of cables, the Note7 is set to make a change. The phone’s USB Type-C port uses the Gen 3.1 standard, however this cable will have to be purchased separately. While they are set to change the cable, don’t throw out your old ones just yet; in the Note7 box you will find an adapter that will ensure you can still use the ones you have too.

What else?

The phone will include responsive fingerprint scanner and an eye scanner, to ensure maximum security. Samsung has long been promoting the iris scanner which, in combination with its fingerprint counterpart, could spell great things in the fight against hackers.
It will also integrate Android Pay, bringing it up to speed with the new wave of mobile payments – when released, paying in-store will be made even quicker.
Importantly, Samsung will act to revolutionise the phone’s display. As well as maximising on the flat surface in order to allocate for the S Pen, the Note7 features slight curves on both the front and back of the phone. With the curves now closer to the edge and on all sides, the phone is now slimline and easier to grip than other models – with a gorgeous display to add to the benefits.

Release

Slated to be released to the public on the 20th of August for pre-ordering, there’s not long to wait to get your hands on this revolutionary phone. For keen shoppers looking to get their hands on it as soon as possible, you’ll be happy to know that we offer them right here.

What to Look Out for When You Get a New Phone

The unfortunate truth about technology is that it quickly becomes outdated; that smartphone you bought 18 months ago is probably already out of storage and struggling to cope with the latest apps.

If you are in the market for a new phone, there are many different options available depending on your budget – as such, it can often be overwhelming trying to make decisions! Here, Red White Mobile breaks it down for you, making it easier to select a phone that meets your needs.

System specifications.

Essentially the brain of the device, it’s important to understand what you are getting in terms of the processor. There are two things you need to take into account when assessing a processor: the number of cores and the clock speed.

Most of the better phones feature multiple cores; if the phone you are looking at only has one, it’s probably a cheaper, lower-end device. Go for multiple cores if your budget allows.

The clock speed relates to how quickly each core can process information. Look for a device that has the clock speed listed in GHz – if it’s listed in MHz, it’s probably an older device that will struggle to keep up with today’s standards.

To determine the maximum processing speed of the device, you can multiply the clock speed by the number of cores – this is the best way to compare processing systems across a number of devices.

RAM.

Random Access Memory (RAM) is where information is stored on your phone; in particular, it stores data on programs currently running or that the device thinks you will be using soon.

RAM is measured in GB – and generally it’s a case of the more RAM a device has, the better.

Camera.

Camera quality has come a long way in recent years – but at the end of the day it really only matters if you like to take a lot of pictures or don’t have another camera that you can use for special occasions.

There are two things you have to consider: megapixels (MP) and microns. The higher end smartphones generally have cameras that are close to 12MP, while 1.4 microns (size of the actual pixels) is the figure attached to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – which is largely considered to be the best smartphone camera on the market.

If you want a great camera, the higher the MP and micron figures, the better!

Size and display.

Screen and device size really depends on what you use your phone for.

While we all prefer a smaller phone in our pocket, larger phones (and subsequently larger screens) are better for those who are using you phone to access the internet on a constant basis. Remember, larger screens (such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7) generally drain batteries quicker – however small screens can be very frustrating to use if you are trying to compose emails and conduct online research!

If you are looking to buy a new phone, the most important thing is to find one that meets your needs. While it’s great to have a phone with all the latest bells and whistles, if you’re not going to use them then it’s not worth paying for them!

Samsung S7 vs Note 7: How Do They Compare?

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After months of speculation, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has finally arrived. It certainly looks the part; a sleek blend of glass and aluminium makes for an attractive finish.

Confused as to what’s happened to the Note 6? No, you didn’t miss it – Samsung simply chose to jump from the Note 5 to the Note 7 in order to unify numbering across the Galaxy S and Note ranges.

Does this device actually live up to the hype? And more importantly, how does it compare to Samsung’s incredibly popular Galaxy S7?

Here, Red White Mobile breaks it down for consumers – helping you to choose the phone the best suits your needs

The size.
As you would expect, the Note 7 is a larger phone than the S7 – however the gap is certainly closer when compared to the older models. The gap has closed 16 grams since the previous models, with the Note 7 dropping 2 grams and the S7 gaining weight due to a bigger battery.

Display.
As hinted by the size, the Note 7’s display is much larger than that of the S7. Although the S7 features a slightly higher ‘pixels per inch’, there is little difference in terms of display quality – both are impressive and support Samsung’s ‘Always-on Display’.

Design.
There’s no second guessing where these two phones have come from – they both feature similar design traits. Made from the same glass and aluminium construction, they are both classy handsets that appear very similar apart from size.

Performance.
Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 share the same internal specifications: Exynos 8890 (quad-core 2.3 GHz + quad-core 1.6 GHz CPUs, Mali-T880 MP12 GPU) and a 4GB RAM.

Considering the Note 7 comes to the market 6 months later than the S7 and was expected to feature increased RAM, this is a little disappointing.

Security.
White the S7 uses a fingerprint sensor, the Note 7 uses an innovative iris scanner – that’s right, it scans your eye in order to unlock the phone. Samsung claims that this technology is 100 x more secure than the fingerprint sensor – or any other smartphone security system for that matter.

Whether it’s a useful feature or a potentially annoying gimmick remains to be seen.

Software.
The Note 7 can essentially do everything the S7 can – plus expanded S Pen support. The S Pen stylus has been given an upgrade since the Note 5, and is now closer to using an actual pen than ever before.

Camera.
Samsung created an industry-leading smartphone camera when it released the S7 – and consequently the same camera has been used for the Note 7. This camera features Duel Pixel technology, making it the fastest focusing camera on the market.

Battery.
The S7 features a 3000mAh battery, while the Note 7’s battery is 3500mAh. While the numbers place the Note 7 in front, the battery needs to power a larger display – thus placing the S7 slightly in front when it comes to battery life.

Price.
It’s no secret that the Note 7 is one of the more expensive phones on the market. Coming in at S$1168 (64GB), the Note 7 is a little pricier than the S7 – which was released at S$998. Considering the S7 has been out for a number of months already, you may be able to find this phone at a lower price – especially now the Note 7 is about to hit the market.

Which one?
Ultimately, it depends on your budget and needs. Although a very good phone, the Note 7 is slightly disappointing in the eyes of some. If you are keen on making use of the S Pen and prefer a larger display, the Note 7 could be for you – otherwise, the S7 should suffice!