What do you sаy we unleash the unbridled powers of our collective imagination, and try to envision how that rulebreaker of a phone - the Galaxy S8 - will look and behave compared to last year's darling flagship of Samsung, the Galaxy S7? Why not throw the S7 edge in the mix, too, since the S8 is tipped to come with two versions in different display diagonals, but no flat-screen option. Actually, the imagination needn't be that unbridled, as there is plenty of insider info tipped as leaks to various publications already, so we can make a pretty good educated guess as to how the Galaxy S8/Plus will pan out compared to the its S7/edge predecessor.TL;DRDrastically improved screen-to-body ratios, no flat screen version, better battery life, omnipotent Bixby virtual assistant, and a similar camera setup are most likely in store with the Galaxy S8 models that are said to be released in April, compared to their S7 and S7 edge predecessors.DesignWhen it comes to chassis materials, it's … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S8/Plus vs S7/edge specs and design: preliminary comparison
Pennzoil platinum vs castrol edge
Dialer and MessagesThe phone apps definitely show heavy Material Design influence – borders and lines have been erased, and have given way to simplistic separation and bright colors. Combined with a slight reordering and resizing of objects, the user gets the feeling of less clutter on the screen.The Messages app has received a round “New message” button on the bottom right – a feature that's slowly becoming signature for apps that follow Google's Material Design. Dialer and Messages KitKat (left) vs Lollipop (right) Dialer and Messages KitKat (left) vs Lollipop (right) SettingsThe great wiping of borders has made its way into the settings menu as well – there is not a line to be seen, besides the one, which shows what tab the user is on. As a result, you can see below, the different sub-menus take much less room.The power saving menu's graphic offers us a prediction of how long the battery will last us for, though, how accurate those predictions … [Read more...] about Note Edge with Lollipop vs Note Edge with KitKat: UI comparison
Aesthetics have never been the strong suit of Samsung's TouchWiz UI -- features are. For a very long time, we've been rather displeased with the looks of the custom interface, and we suspect many would agree, especially now that essentially every major manufacturer on the planet has moved towards flatter looks, making older interfaces feel... well, dated.One of the most popular Samsung smartphones that is a prisoner of its own time is the otherwise amazing Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The UI just looks bland in comparison with what the competition now has to offer, and even when put side-by-side with the newer Galaxy S5. Unfortunately, while the Note 3 has moved onto Android 4.4 KitKat, it does not seem like Samsung is planning on updating the Note 3 with the new visuals. As it turns out however, that's not specific to the Note line, but rather -- the Note 3 itself. Proof for that are the refreshed, more vibrant UIs of the newly-announced Note 4 and Note Edge.Indeed, while some would argue … [Read more...] about Note 3 vs Note 4 vs Note Edge UI comparison: what changed and what’s different?
The Sun is some 92.9 million miles (149.6 million km) away, or about 75 years worth of non-stop driving at 140 miles per hour (230 km/h). Even if you get a really fast car and set off today, chances are you won't get there on time. The point is, the thing's pretty damn far, yet the vast space of nothing between our lovely star and us doesn't seem to stop it from making our smartphone screens look pathetically dim on clear days. We've all been there – it's summer, the Sun's burning hot, you take your smartphone out of your pocket with a flick of a sweaty wrist, and start staring and squinting to painful degrees just to read an email.And while we're not saying phone makers aren't trying, progress in the area hasn't been particularly intense in the last few years. The displays of top smartphone models usually hover around the 450 – 550 nits mark, which tends to be OK in cloudy conditions at least, but definitely not ideal. With this in mind, we were interested to see if the … [Read more...] about Outdoor display comparison: iPhone 6s vs S7 edge vs 10 vs G5
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are like to siblings: they look pretty much the same, but they have some important differences.What are those? Let's find out.Design and DisplayIf the Galaxy S7 Edge did not have that screen curving towards both edges, we'd say that Samsung just took a magic wand and enlarged the 5.1" Galaxy S7 to make the 5.5" S7 Edge. Yes, they really are that similar (as a matter of fact, both look akin last year's Galaxy S6 as well).The size contrast is the key difference here: the S7 Edge is noticeably taller (150.9mm vs 142.4mm) and slightly wider (72.6mm vs 69.6mm) than the S7, but curiously enough it's a hair thinner (7.7mm vs 7.9mm).The little details matter, Samsung claims, and it's the little details that are taken care of on both phones: both have similarly curved back glass towards the edge as it flows into the side and fits comfortably in the hand. Still, given that they are both made of glass they catch quite a bit of fingerprints as well.The … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S7 vs S7 Edge: first look