The Samsung S9 is here and it’s packed with new features that any Android user will love. In this blog post we will cover what’s new about the Galaxy S9, it’s most important features, and how it compares to the iPhone X.
Ultimately, not much has changed from the Galaxy S9 design. The look of the smartphone still draws strong commonalities with the previous S8, which is a let down, however, there are still other features included that are worth recognising. Some mat say the S9 is simply just an S8 in a slightly different case, regardless, let’s discuss the latest features and how they compare with the iPhone X.
As mentioned, the Galaxy S9 design follows closely with the SamsungS8 and S8 plus, with the only real stand out difference being the finger placement directly below the camera. The S9 weighs in at 163 grams at 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm which makes it larger than the iPhone X. However, the iPhone X is designed using a stainless-steel border and also uses aesthetically pleasing material on top of the paint which gives it a sleek look.
In terms of colour the Galaxy S9 does showcase a new lilac purple overlay and includes the Midnight Black option or the Coral Blue. Regarding resolution, the S9 has a screen resolution of 1440 x 2960p and is fitted with a QHD display. The iPhone X resolution falls short of the S9 with a resolution at 1125 x 2436p. With that being said, which phone is stronger? A huge advantage for the S9 is that it’s much more durable compared to the S8 and has 20% thicker glass. Watch how they perform when dropped at various heights below:
Dual Aperture Camera
Arguably the biggest change from the previous S8 is the dual aperture camera fitted on the back of the S9. This camera adjusts to the environment that you are in, for example, if you are using your camera in the dark it will open, and the aperture will adjust to a wider frame with a setting of 1.5. This allows the user to take high-quality photos in the dark which is something Android users have been craving over the years.
Are you still battling with storage issues on your S8? The S9 is designed with a DRAM chip that is built into the camera and allows users to store large files and with an impressive slow-motion feature that includes 1080p at 240 fps, where as the iPhone X can only do 960 fps.
For the first time ever on a Galaxy, users will be able to use stereo speakers that are tuned by AKG that features a speaker at the bottom of the phone and one in the ear piece. Samsung has opted to stay with the headphone jack at the bottom of the phone, something that the iPhone has removed which is highly convenient for those who prefer wired headphones.
Which one should you buy?
Usually the latest phone on the market tends to be slightly more advanced however compared to the iPhone X, there isn’t a significant difference. The iPhone X still has features on its side such as the more advanced looking display and its overall speed. It really depends what you prefer and what you intend to use the phone for. The S9 is cheaper starting at $719.00 and with the S9+ starting at $839.00 only $15 more than last years S8. As we know, the iPhone X can be purchased for a cool $999 so if price is a major factor for you it would be best to stick with Android.
It’s frustrating when you purchase a new iPhone and you start running into problems. Or maybe you’ve convinced Apple is deliberately slowing down your phone to get a new one. Usually, when we run into problems we might think we need a brand-new phone and our newly purchased smartphone is unrecoverable.
This is usually wrong. Sure, there are cases where you will need to completely get your iPhone repaired, however, it’s usually just minor problems that can be fixed with little effort. One of the worst things one can do is attempt to fix the problem themselves and make the situation worse. Therefore, as a mobile phone repair shop, we encourage people to first think wisely about what they need to do to fix a problem. Often the best choice is getting a professional too fix your iPhone. In this post, we will discuss common iPhone 8 problems and what to do about them.
Slow Phone Syndrome
Why is my screen lagging and why are apps working so slow? Is my phone drunk? If this is the case, your iPhone is most likely running out of storage. The best way to fix this is to go into Settings > General > Usage and here you will get a run down of how much storage is left on your phone and which are apps are overstaying their welcome. Apps can easily be deleted by holding down on the application on your home screen and pressing delete.
If you have never looked at your storage settings, you will be probably be in for a shock once you found out what is hiding in there. Usually, what’s taking up space are applications you would never expect so make sure to always keep an eye on your Usage and get rid of the applications you don’t need.
Wireless Connection is failing
Sometimes your iPhone may be working fine, but your wireless connection is down. ‘Safari cannot open the page because your iPhone is not connected to the internet’ is a common message all us iPhone users have seen.
Here are two ways to fix your wireless connection: First, try turning on aeroplane mode for thirty seconds and give your connection a quick break. All you have to do is swipe on from the bottom on your home screen and tap the aeroplane button. If you iPhone is still not connecting after you have switched aeroplane mode on and off, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Once this is done, you will have to enter your WiFi password and login to reconnect.
A frozen screen can be the result of several problems. There have been reports on this indicating that the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus becomes unresponsive and freezes on the lock or the home screen. Usually, the hardware and buttons still function but the screen remains frozen and unresponsive. How to fix this? Usually a reboot get’s the job done. If a reboot doesn’t work, it’s time to evoke the iPhone nerve pinch.
Here’s what to do: Hold down the sleep button and the home button at the same time until the iPhone reset, and you see the Apple logo. Your lock screen should appear after this and you should be able to now work your iPhone again. Thanks for reading our blog to 3 fixes for very common iPhone problems. Read our blog for other common phone problems as well as posts on laptops, computer, tablets, and more.
Do you own a Samsung S8 Smartphone? Whether you’ve just bought one or you’ve had one for a while, there may be one or two features you may be unaware of. With every smartphone, there are hidden features waiting to be uncovered through trial and error. Or maybe just error. Regardless of the case, every phone has certain features that can save you time, which is what we will be discussing in our latest post.
Enable fingerprint, face and iris recognition
Enabling face and finger resolution is a real time saver. You would be surprised by how often you’ll use the finger print sign in as it’s such an easy and convenient way to access your smartphone. In addition to setting your fingerprint, you can also set up facial recognition, here’s how:
Go to your settings and search for ‘Lock screen and security’. Tap on the option that says ‘Fingerprint scanner’ and touch the scanner with the finger you want to unlock your phone with (tip: your thumb and index finger are the easiest). Touch the scanner multiple times using various positions until you get 100 percent. To set up facial recognition, simple select ‘Face Recognition’ and place your face using the front camera inside the marked area. Yes, it is this easy. Iris security is activated by selecting the option that says, ‘iris scanner’ and then holding your device around 10 inches from your eyes.
Easily Adjust Your Screen Resolution
The Samsung 8 default resolution is set to 1080p resolution probably to save power. This can easily be adjusted through the Display menu by navigating toward the settings and then selecting ‘Screen Resolution’. For the sharpest display, select the WQHD+ option, but keep in mind that the higher the resolution, the harder the phone needs to work to display graphics.
Disable Screenshot Notifications
Tired of receiving notifications every time you take a screenshot? In case you were unaware your just took a photo of your screen, Samsung notifies you about it. This is easy to disable and can be done by going to Setting and then into App notifications. Simple switch Enable notifications off and you will no longer receive screenshot confirmations.
In addition to screen captures, you can turn off any other notifications from apps that you don’t want.
Customise Your Home Screen
Through this feature, you can decide what grid and layout you would like to use for your home screen. Simply Search within your settings for your home screen and select the setting that says ‘Home Screen Layout’. From here, you can decide whether you want a grid layout of 4 x 5, 4 x 6 or 5 x 5 for apps on the home screen. This is helpful especially for those that have multiple apps because it can neatly organise all your applications in one place making them easily accessible.
To set the app drawer, tap the Apps Screen Grid to select dimensions between 4 x 6 or 5 x 6 grid and see which size works better for your device and number of applications.
Set Your S8 for One Hand
Sometimes controlling your phone with one hand is just more convenient. Whether you trying to access your phone while jogging or on the treadmill, using only one hand makes it much easier. Samsung includes an easy-to-use, one-handed mode that can be configured for both left- and right-handed users.
Simply search in your settings for ‘one-handed mod’e and tap to turn the feature on. From here you can select between two different styles of activating one-handed mode. The first method is done by swiping up diagonally from either the bottom corner or you can activate this by tapping the virtual home button three times.
Using Always on Display
Similar to the S7, the S8’S On Display feature keeps the phone’s screen dimly lit even when it’s switched off. You can see whether you have received any notification and information on the time and date (if you set that up). In addition there will also be alerts for missed calls, text messages, and more. As you can imagine, an always on-display mode allows you to keep your phone inactive while still knowing whether you have received any notifications.
The default settings ensure the time is always displayed, however, this can be customised by going to Settings, finding Lock screen and security and then selecting Always On Display. The always on display feature can be entirely disabled through these setting if you don’t want the phone to display anything while inactive. You can customise your preferences as well for example deciding whether you want to a clock, digital clock, calendar or images.
As you can imagine, these are just some of the many features that can be implemented on a Samsung S8. Using these tips will save you time and you will also enjoy your smartphone more because it has been set to your preferences.
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