If you asked me to explain the new iPad in one word it would be fast. This tablet has one of the most powerful arm processors along with 2 gb of ram (thank you) and updated cameras and screen as well as the ubiquitous design and thinness Apple is known for.
The front camera has been updated with the iPhone 6 camera for those high-res selfies and video calls. The rear camera is the same 8 Mph sensor and very similar optics to the iPhone 5S. I have nothing against tablet photographers and some apps like coaches eye and word lens take advantage of this new camera for some cool new uses of Apple’s new slate. The iPad also gets the burst mode for action shots as well as slo mo and lime lapse which work well.
The screen on the new iPad is great. It isn’t the most high res tablet in the market but still is one of the best. It is laminated which means everything looks closer to your face when using the tablet. The glass also has an anti reflective coating which does reduce glare pretty well. The color accurate and viewing angles are very good as expected with iPads.
Other features like Touch ID make purchasing apps and unlocking the device much easier but I wish I could set up multiple users and have each user sign in with their fingerprint. Also, I think Apple should take better advantage of the larger screen instead of just enlarging the iPhone UI. Another thing worth mentioning is battery life. Now, I know Apple could have made a beast of a tablet for battery life if they kept last years thickness and added the more power efficient a8x but at least you can still count on this iPad lasting an entire day of heavy use. It is late in the day as I am typing this and I am sitting at 45 percent and I have been using is a lot and the brightness has been up quite a bit the whole day.
The iPad Air 2 is a great tablet with a few missed opportunities for it to be even better. The iPad’s high end specs combined with the wealth of tablet optimized apps in the App Store make this one of the best tablets on the market.
The new iPhone 6, like other iPhones, is in huge demand because people love it. Are you considering switching from Android and want to know more about Apple’s new flagship or do you already live in Apple’s ecosystem and are wanting to upgrade? Whichever your case may be, if you want to know more about the talk of the town in terms of tech, read on.
There is actually two models of this year’s iPhone much like last year’s models. The new iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch 1334 x 750 IPS screen which translates to about 326 ppi. That is bigger and also higher resolution than previous iPhones which had 4 inch displays with less than HD resolutions. If you want an even bigger screen, the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 display which is 401 ppi.
While watching the keynote the most memorable thing about the new iPhone’s hardware was the camera. The rear camera is 8 MP with phase detection autofocus and a dual LED (dual tone) flash. The iPhone 6 Plus uses optical image stabilization instead of phase detection which means the camera can move side to side and communicate with the gyroscope to stabilize the image depending on your movements. Both new iPhones have geo-tagging, touch focus, simultaneous HD video and image recording, blink/face/smile detection, panorama and HDR. Both iPhones can also record 1080p video at 60 fps, 720p at up to 240 fps. The front camera is 1.2 MP with burst and HDR and can record 720p video.
Other Features and Upgrades
The new iPhones have the new A8 processor with M8 motion co-processor and PowerVR GX6650 hexa core graphics. This will be much faster than previous generation iPhones, according to Apple. The new iPhones also have 1 GB of ram and are available in 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB storage capacities. The new iPhones also have an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and a barometer.
Yesterday at the LG press conference LG introduced the LG G3. The LG G3 is LG’s newest flagship device, just ahead of the G2. LG introduced a plethora of new features including a “Quad HD Display”, Laser Auto Focus, Smart Notice, and Smart Keyboard. LG also redesigned their “Knock Code” unlock system in the G3.
The device has a curved edge and rounded back to create a more ergonomic feel. LG is sticking with its large screen by upgrading the G3 to a 5.5″ display, bigger compared to the G2’s 5.2″ display. The G3’s Quad-HD screen boasts a 2,560×1,440 display and 538 ppi.
The G3 includes a 13 megapixel camera with the exclusive “Laser Autofocus feature. The laser autofocus is designed to create a speedier and more reliable autofocus using a laser to determine the distance to the object from the phone. The phone has a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera that includes a feature known as selfie mode. You simply activate selfie mode by showing your first to the camera to activate a countdown. Useful? I dont know, but in todays selfie ridden universe it could be an advantage over Apple.
Power wise the G3 has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with a clock speed of up to 2.5GHz. Which is more than enough power for todays leading apps. LG is using Android 4.4.2, but with some minor tweaks for easier keyboard usage, cleaner home screens and a more organized and helpful phone. LG is attacking Apple and Google with their own AI like assistant. LG’s feature known as “Smart notice” can inform you on a conversational basis about things anywhere from weather in your area to the amount of junk slowing down your device.