Holiday Shopping Tips: getting ready for the rush!

Holiday Shopping Tips: getting ready for the rush!

Especially with Cyber Monday just around the corner too!

It’s that time of the season again folks for all the big sales and discounts! Are you geared up for the rush? Don’t worry, we’ve got tips here that can help you out!

 

1. Have your Christmas Shopping list ready before Cyber Monday arrives

  • Writing one now might be a good idea. So as soon as all the deals come rolling around, you already know what to buy to score great deals too!

2. Sign up as early as now to newsletters

  • Some companies give out exclusive deals to their mailing list (maybe like us 😉 ) that you might miss out on!

3. If shopping online: keep website open in multiple devices.

  • With lots of people browsing for deals, websites crashing may happen. But there’s a possibility it’s still available on other devices like on mobile or tablet.

4. Another online shopping tip: check online shops at different times

Tech Armor Amazon Storefront

Tech Armor Amazon Storefront

5. If you’re planning to go to the stores: compare prices to get the best deals

  • With several deals trying to get your attention and maybe a hundred people making things crazier in the mall, best to know where to go.

6. One more for store buying: call for availability of the item you want

  • Probably the last thing everyone wants is staring at empty shelves of what you were planning to buy. Some may even let you reserve the item.

7. Prioritize protecting your identity

  • Keep track of all your expenses anywhere and everywhere you go while shopping. Keep watch on any fraudulent charges or even identity theft. (A Privacy screen protector will help you out here)

8. Also, pay with a credit card

  • Should someone steal your credit card info and use it, you’d have zero liability on those charges… check the terms and conditions with your cardholder to keep you protected!

9. A little heads up for the Tech fans: this might be a great time to buy an iPhone or TV!

10. Track and save order confirmations

  • Save it online and offline if you can! It can help you track down with your expenses (especially when your credit card bill knocks on your door) plus for exchange purposes too.

 

There you have it! We hope all this info help you out at one of the busiest times of the year!

 

As always, Tech Armor will always have your back! Plus make sure your trusty sidekick for the holidays (aka your phone) is armed and ready!

BOOM! A few levels of stress removed from an otherwise crazy, stressful event! Always get the latest from Tech Armor! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

 

Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/smarter-living/black-friday-cyber-monday-shopping.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38090240

http://www.lifehack.org/504558/5-last-minute-holiday-shopping-tips-beat-the-holiday-rush

https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-christmas/5-early-holiday-shopping-tips2.htm

http://www.bestproducts.com/lifestyle/a118/shopping-tips-black-friday-and-cyber-monday/

http://freefrombroke.com/tips-shopping-black-friday-cyber-monday/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-friday-tips_us_5a0e2382e4b045cf43707caa

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/black-friday/0/13-black-friday-shopping-hacks-how-to-shop-online-like-a-pro/

https://www.bbb.org/northern-alabama/news-events/news-releases/2017/11/tips-to-consider-before-shopping-on-black-friday-and-cyber-monday/

https://www.moneycrashers.com/cyber-monday-shopping-tips/

Phone Showdown: iPhone X vs iPhone 8 Plus vs Pixel 2 XL

Phone Showdown: iPhone 8 Plus vs Pixel 2 XL vs iPhone X

Which is the best for you?

Google and Apple released great new phones just this past month! Are you going Android or iOS? Touch ID or Face ID? We’re here to help you out with a rundown of the pros and cons of each!

Display (Battle of the bezels…or slowly the lack of them)

The iPhone 8 Plus has minor screen improvements compared to the iPhone 7 Plus. The screen is a 5.5 inch, 1080p LCD panel, but now includes the iPad’s True Tone technology that changes colors based on the lighting in surrounding. Oh, and this model still has thick bezels around all sides.

iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8 Plus

 

Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL uses a Quad HD 2880×1440 panel, which has the OLED benefit of intense black levels. It’s mostly fantastic for this reviewer. Most progress is found on this phone with the smaller bezels like the iPhone X. The screen size is 6 inches compared with the 5.8 inches of the iPhone X…. and they are almost at identical weight.

Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2

Apple stepped up its game by using an OLED display with the iPhone X. Though not necessarily a larger display from previous iPhones, just an elongated 18.5:9  aspect ratio.

 

Where it does stand out is the contrast ratio, power savings combined with the True Tone Technology and it also strikes the best balance between realism and saturated colors. The display can be cropped out because of the cutout “notch” on the top sensor bar which may be a con for some.

 

Camera

In terms of DxOMark scores, the Pixel 2 XL gets above the rest by setting the new record. It may just have one camera at the back a 12.2MP f/1.8, but has both optical and electronic image stabilization (the front-facing camera is 8MP f/2.4).

 

This reviewer prefers the Pixel 2 XL as the device knows when to saturate colors and when not to.

 

The iPhone 8 Plus has a dual-lens camera at the back: 12MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera and 12MP f/2.8 telephoto camera ( no optical image stabilization for either cameras). The front camera is just 7MP f/2.2.

 

The iPhone X has the same 12MP wide angle camera as the iPhone 8 Plus but the second 12MP telephoto camera is faster and includes optical image stabilization. However, the highlight is on the front camera: the 7MP TrueDepth camera. This technology enables the new Face ID technology and the popular Animoji feature.

iPhone X

iPhone X

Both iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are capable of augmented reality, which is still in its infancy, but promises more to come in 2018.

 

Hardware/Repair Concerns

 

The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are made of glass front and back. And the latter is right now considered as the priciest to repair. It’ll cost you $279 for screen repair and $549 for other damages (like the glass back). The iPhone 8 Plus is not far behind with screen repair at $169 and $399 for other damages. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL’s screen repair is at $220 and for the small glass panel at the back, it’ll cost you around $160.

 

Drop Tests

 

The iPhone 8 Plus glass back shattered in just 1 drop. Yikes! While the Pixel 2 XL gets just a few scratches.

And in a face drop, the Pixel 2 XL gets the most damage, shattering the top portion and even missing some glass parts.

iPhone 8 Plus vs. Google Pixel 2 Drop Test

iPhone 8 Plus vs. Google Pixel 2 Drop Test

While in our previous blog, we got to check out how iPhone X will have practically the same result as the iPhone 8.

 

Expensive but great phones! Though that’s A LOT of cracks in a beautiful screen.

Not to worry as Tech Armor is here to make sure that doesn’t happen! Arm your Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone 8 Plus with us so you won’t worry about any part of the screen go missing!

And for your iPhone X, we’ve got the best screen protectors and cases to keep all your glass intact, while showcasing that new and awesome phone. 😉

 

Tech Armor: You Play, We Protect!

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Sources:

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2017/11/12/pixel-2-xl-vs-iphone-x-oled-display-winner-is/#e75bc7617ca8

http://www.businessinsider.com/google-pixel-2-vs-apple-iphone-x-2017-11/#5-i-can-work-faster-using-android-on-the-pixel-2-phones-than-ios-on-the-iphone-x-5

http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-iphone-8-plus-vs-google-pixel-2-xl-camera-comparison-2017-10/#in-this-shot-both-the-pixel-and-iphone-took-great-photos-1

https://www.stuff.tv/features/google-pixel-2-xl-vs-apple-iphone-8-plus-which-best

http://bgr.com/2017/10/24/pixel-2-xl-vs-iphone-8-plus-speed-test-performance-comparison/

http://www.techradar.com/news/google-pixel-2-xl-vs-apple-iphone-8-plus

http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/google-pixel-2-vs-iphone-x-3300522

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/10/01/iphone-x-vs-iphone-8-plus-whats-the-difference/#67859bec1543

https://www.macworld.com/article/3230926/apple-phone/iphone-8-plus-vs-iphone-x-spec-showdown.html

https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-x-vs-iphone-8-plus-is-the-camera-worth-the-money/

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/142229-apple-iphone-x-vs-iphone-8-plus-vs-iphone-8-what-s-the-difference

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-x-vs-iphone-8-plus,review-4789.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hygsdb8Gras

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT4ig34Olo4

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-iphone-x-is-almost-as-expensive-to-repair-as-it-is-to-buy-charts-2017-11

http://www.businessinsider.com/google-preferred-care-plan-pixel-2-explained-2017-10

 

iPhone X

iPhone X: worth the wait and the risk?

iPhone X: worth the wait and the risk?

After the [very] long wait, it’s finally here! And the reviews are in too!

One of the biggest risks Apple went with for their anniversary phone is switching to Face ID from Touch ID. Plus concerns were raised. Was it worth it though?

 

Is the new phone worth denting your wallet over? Not to worry as we’ve got more info to help you out!

 

Pros of the phone?

 

Going back to the Face ID…overall it has good reviews so far! It works well when this reviewer brought it to Disneyland for a test run. While another did several face cover-ups and experiments and got good results. We tried ours out in the office with different hats and sunglasses and (so far) no issues! For many, this has been considered as a fine and perfectly workable replacement to the Touch ID (even better for many others!).

 

Another new feature we see is the OLED Display. The 5.8-in screen shows great black levels and color. Its 2,436 x 1,125-pixel resolution is also razor sharp. The iPhone X is by far the best screen on an iPhone.

iPhone X

While it’s also comfortable in the hand compared to the iPhone Plus phones. Overall, quite a perfect size with edge to edge screen.

 

There’s also the popular Animojis! It uses the iPhone X 3D-mapping sensors and ARKit with surprising accuracy and they are super fun.

iPhone X animojis

As advertised, the cameras are also better as they let you do much more than previous versions  with the 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with an f./1.8 aperture and the 12-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture.

 

What’s not so great about the new phone?

 

With an ultra-fast processor and several new features and gestures, the battery does take a hit. On battery life, 1 charge would just last you around a single day. (TA Note: we’ve got powerbanks and chargers to help you out there!)

 

Some may find the notch on top where the True Depth, 3D-sensor cameras are found a bit distracting with the whole screen experience (especially when using non-native apps that haven’t been adjusted for the screen yet).

 

And yes… obviously, cost! The iPhone X is expensive in every sense possible. The 64GB capacity costs $999 while the 256GB is priced at $1,149. Plus, if you break it, Apple can charge you around $549 for repair!!

 

And folks the iPhone X can easily break.

 

This review mentioned the chrome frame seems destined to get scratched and dinged, while CNET’s first drop test already showed a VERY visible (and painfully expensive to repair) damages on the phone. That’s just from pocket height or 3 feet. SquareTrade rated it as the most breakable, highest-priced, most expensive to repair iPhone, ever. Their face down drop test at 6 feet showed OLED screen malfunction, shattered and loose glass in the phone. And that’s just 1 drop.

iPhone X drop

And to put the icing in the cake, many people have already broken theirs in less than a few hours of having it.

 

I think the iPhone X is for me but the possible damages are SCARY.

 

If you want to go with the iPhone X, you never have to worry about drops and scratches as Tech Armor has you covered! Sure, you might have put down a little extra money for Apple Care or another insurance plan, but if you break it you still have to be without your phone while it’s being repaired. Why not shield it from drops and scratches?

 

You’re all set with us as we rolled out our Ballistic Glass Screen Protector and FlexProtect case to keep your new phone safe!

 

Installation Hack!!

Last week when the phone was launched, we received feedback from many people about challenges installing our Ballistic Glass. We get it, there’s no speaker cutout AND no home button anymore, so how can you possibly line this up correctly?? Not to worry, we created a new instructional video with an easy tip that will have your iPhone X screen protector lined up perfectly.

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Sources:

https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/04/a-closer-look-at-the-capabilities-and-risks-of-iphone-x-face-mapping/?utm_medium=TCnewsletter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFHDtlmrXFs

https://www.cnet.com/products/apple-iphone-x/review/2/

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/31/16579748/apple-iphone-x-review

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/apple-iphone-x-review/#/4-2

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/iphone-x-review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_pCkfSzhvk

https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-x#00,12,31

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/31/how-much-does-it-cost-to-repair-the-iphone-x.html

https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-iphone-x-drop-test/

https://www.macrumors.com/2017/11/06/iphone-x-breakability-drop-tests/

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/iphone-x-release-apple-smash-screen-display-features-price-buy-store-shop-a8035701.html

Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 3 Reviews: best partner for your iPhone?

One of the highlights of the recent Apple Event was the new Apple Watch Series 3! Still wondering if it’s worth buying? Is it best to go for the GPS-only or one with cellular LTE connectivity?

Apple Watch

We’ve got some reviews that might help you out!

 

On the positive side…

 

Let’s kick it off with positive aspects for both GPS-only and LTE connectivity models!

 

A great pro is that the Series 3 Watch Screen uses OLED technology which gives clear, vivid and bright images based on Techradar’s review. This type of screen is also highly attractive in the mobile device market.

 

The iMore team’s review highlighted how great Apple continues to have the the 38mm option aside from the common 42mm wearable size. Consumers have the choice to go for the smaller option because they prefer it or it just fits better on them.

 

It’s also overall faster and more efficient (which is maybe expected from the new watch). This became more evident when compared side by side with Series 2. Let’s not forget about the water resistance either… that’s a huge plus that carried over from the previous model.

Apple Watch

Now going to the LTE connectivity perks…

 

It has an always-connected cellular functionality and for the US works on all major cellular carriers which is a nice perk for the folks at CNET. It’s also undeniably  cool to have the LTE network and use the same phone number in your smartwatch.

 

The Series 3 Watch independently works to connect with your phone: through bluetooth, wi-fi or LTE. And if you’re into fitness, you can stay connected to your phone without having it all the time, which can be quite freeing.

 

Fitness-wise, it continues to be on a quest to keep you motivated with its activity rings: giving you that notification nudge to help you hit that target.

Apple Watch

Now, for the less positive items…

For both models, there’s still no always-on display unlike other wearables, which can be a turnoff for some. Plus, the battery can drain faster (especially when using the data/LTE connectivity a lot). Speaking of LTE, it can be limited to certain networks and could be costly for some at around $10 for the US. Unfortunately folks, it doesn’t support roaming either.

Going back to connectivity, earlier reviews shared there’s an issue with the Series Watch 3 joining unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks. But the good news is that Apple has fixed the issue.

 

Sound like the new Apple Watch is a good deal for you?

Awesome! But don’t forget to make sure it’s protected for everyday wear and tear! Especially when you’re using it for exercise! Luckily, we got you covered with our Tech Armor Screen ProtectorsWe know there can really be NO TIME for scratches 😉

It’s a good idea to also pair your iPhone with the best screen protection too! We’ve got you covered for the iPhone 7/7 Plus and the iPhone 8/8Plus! We haven’t forgotten about the iPhone X too!

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Sources:

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/apple-watch-3-review

http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/apple-watch-3-display-lte-performance

https://www.imore.com/apple-watch-3

https://www.cnet.com/products/apple-watch-series-3/review/

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/30/apple-watch-series-3-review/

https://www.wareable.com/apple/apple-watch-series-3-review

https://www.macworld.co.uk/review/apple-watch/apple-watch-series-3-review-3663715/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKWjyDRW_Vc

https://www.imore.com/how-your-apple-watch-connects-wi-fi-networks-when-away-your-iphone

 

Galaxy Note 8

Galaxy Note 8 Reviews: the best device for you?

Galaxy Note 8 Reviews: the best device for you?

Was Samsung able to redeem themselves?

After the Galaxy Note 7 was practically synonymous with “explosion”, Samsung released their next-gen Galaxy Note 8. And not far along came the reviews. Are you eyeing on the Note 8 to be your next phone? We’ve got you covered!

Galaxy Note 8

Galaxy Note 8

What’s to love?

 

Even with a great 6.3-inch “Infinity Display” screen size the phone is easy to hold in one hand. Then you can use your other hand for the S-Pen and tap away on the device. It’s also not as big as the other chunky phones like the iPhone 7 Plus. This is so far the biggest screen ever placed in a Note too.

The Note 8 also has a great AMOLED display even in power saving mode. Plus even with the “always-on” display, there’s not much worry on battery drain as the display only uses power for colors other than black (smart design!).

Going back to the S-Pen, there’s been some great and helpful upgrades on it too! One very usable perk is writing a note even with the screen locked up to 100 pages and more!

Plus Live Message that can be made into a GIF and send in social media which is pretty neat for this reviewer.

Another relatively new trick in the device is hiding the screen navigation bar with a double tap which can be handy for times you want to maximize the screen for an app.

There’s also a headphone jack for those who still need to have it!

Galaxy Note 8

Galaxy Note 8

Samsung also joined the bandwagon by placing dual cameras on the Note 8. The Korean tech giant did not hold back in making sure image quality is amazing according to this review. You can also shoot bokeh-like images called “Live Focus.”

Galaxy Note 8

Galaxy Note 8

What’s NOT to love?

If you’re not much of a fan of Bixby and the dedicated Bixby key, sorry to say but it’s here to stay…and probably for keeps. This reviewer still quite hated the fact the fingerprint sensor is at the back near the camera like the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. And the alternatives don’t work as well either.

Repairing / replacing the display can be pretty difficult since you have to take out the glass case with its strong adhesive. So, it’s best to keep that display protected!!

With great perks, come great/expensive price. The starting price is at $930 for the unlocked version and can go for $960 through US carriers.

Galaxy Note 8

Galaxy Note 8

 

OK, I definitely want to buy the Note 8! But this is some hefty price!?

 

Shelling out almost $1,000 for an awesome device is definitely no laughing matter. That’s why we at Tech Armor want to make sure that you get to maximize your investment with no worries!

Our 3D-Edge Ballistic Glass Case-Friendly Screen Protector will keep your screen scratch and fingerprint-free! And those accidental drops? Our protectors will also take the brunt of the fall for your screen! 😉

Don’t worry about phone accessories for your new Note 8 like Powerbanks, Cables, Car Mounts & Car Chargers. Tech Armor’s got your back—always! 😉

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Sources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bensin/2017/09/28/samsung-galaxy-note-8-review-only-for-those-who-really-need-the-stylus/#4f353513351f

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gQ_VSxHydI

http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-note-8

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/05/samsung-galaxy-note-8-review/

https://www.cnet.com/products/samsung-galaxy-note-8/review/2/

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/samsung/1406170/samsung-galaxy-note-8-review-bigger-better-less-flammable

https://9to5google.com/2017/09/20/samsung-galaxy-note-8-review/

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-note-8-review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh2lM7LMKRk

https://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-note-8-review-795053/#conclusion

Google Launch 2017: New Google Pixel 2 phones and more!

Google Launch 2017: New Google Pixel 2 phones and more!

They had a lot under their sleeve to reveal! 😉

Google did not hold back with all the announcements it had October 4 at the San Francisco Jazz Center! After lots of leaks and speculations, they finally launched the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL! And there’s even more new tech you might wanna check out.

First up: the new Google Phones!

One of the immediate differences is seen in the screen structure:

 

  • The Google Pixel 2 has a 5.0-inch OLED display and a 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • The Pixel 2 XL has 6.0-inch P-OLED display with a 18:9 aspect ratio. The larger phone ironically has slimmer bezels around the screen compared to its small counterpart.

 

The Pixel 2 also is powered a 2,700 mAh battery, while the Pixel 2 XL boasts a 3,520 mAh cell. The available colors for the Pixel 2 are Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue and Black and White (the Pixel 2 XL is only Just Black and Black and White).

 

While most of the interior specs are the same for both phones. Some of which are:

The devices are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of Ram and the latest version of Android Oreo out of the box. They’re also DayDream/augmented reality Ready. You can also choose from either 64GB or 128GB of storage.

 

Sadly, no headphone jacks on this one folks. You’d have to choose between listening to music or charging the phone.

 

The bright side is the Google Pixel camera continues to be on top of the DxOMark scoring a 98, beating current Apple and Samsung flagships both scoring a 94. One of the newest features you can check out is squeezing the sides of the device to launch Google Assistant. The phone will also come with the Quick Switch Adapter to make transferring data easier from your old phone to your chosen Pixel 2. Oh and this is how they showed it in the event:

Pretty interesting, right? 😉

 

What else did Google announce?

 

Google announced a whole lot in its conference! Several of the other announcements are:

  • Google Pixelbook as a “four in one convertible”
  • Pixelbook Pen to complement the new Pixelbook
  • Google Home Max, the tech-giant’s answer to Apple’s Homepod,
  • Google Home Mini, smaller/donut-sized version of the Max
  • DayDream VR headset
  • Google Pixel Buds (notable feature is its live translation)
  • Google Clips

Awesome! But how much for the new Pixel phones again?

 

The price for the Pixel 2 starts at $649 while for the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849.

 

Almost $1,000?! That price is no joke.

 

Unfortunately, there seems to be no stopping the rising price for any new phone on the market! 🙁 Tech Armor totally understands how investing on a great phone is important nowadays. And just how much it can give a dent to your wallet.

 

That’s why we make sure that you get premium quality phone accessories at a fraction of your device’s price. A clear win-win! 😉

 

We are definitely protecting the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL! Stay tuned as we give more updates on our upcoming screen protectors for it!

 

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Sources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YGoxbeSzLc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D89C8T9yKpM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cjVj1ZyzyE&list=PLnKtcw5mIGUR9dJlAz281LouhEEjfFTWH

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https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/04/made-by-google-pixel-pixel-xl/

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https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/4/16405192/new-google-pixel-2-xl-phone-photos-video-hands-on

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https://techcrunch.com/gallery/heres-everything-google-announced-today/slide/1/

 

iPhone 8 / 8 Plus: Reviews are in!

iPhone 8 / 8 Plus: Reviews are in!

We look at the reviews and even drop tests on the new iPhones!

It’s been just a couple weeks since the release and lots of reviews for the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are out! Are you planning on getting one or waiting for the iPhone X ? We’ve got an overview of info to help you get started!

What’s great with the 8?

One of the immediately noticeable things is it’s cleaner looking thanks to a glass cover in the front and over the back – giving it a premium glossy look.

That’s about it for the exterior… the rest of the upgrades are mostly found internally. The iPhone 8 contains tweaks and improvements from the iPhone 7 and making it future proof. Same with the iPhone 8 Plus.

Trusted Reviews also comments how powerful the A11 Bionic chip is, which is more powerful than the current Qualcomm high-end Snapdragon chips out there. This is found both in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, positively affecting its performances.

Another awesome perk you get from both phones is found in the camera. Wired.com reviews that the new camera and chip combined made everything faster and more efficientIf you go for the iPhone 8 Plus, it boasts Portrait Lighting, so your photos are on point!

Both devices are also going big with Augmented Reality combined with iOS 11. But with PC Mag’s experience, better to go with the iPhone 8 Plus for this perk. Overall, this is a safe choice as it’s familiar compared to the upcoming iPhone X.

What’s not to like in these devices?

Most people agree that both phones look quite old fashioned especially since the design has been used for too long (4 generations already). This might be a deal breaker for some people.

Having glass in front and at the back has major cons too. TechAdvisor says it will probably slowly slide off if placed in an uneven surface. While Wired also reviews that just after few days use they already saw a few scratches while using it without any case or such. (Side note: who DOESN’T put a case on their phones these days???)

 

Drop tests on iPhone 8  and iPhone 8 Plus show in one way or another, the glass material (either front or back…or both really) may crack if the devices fall.

Both phones still do not have the headphone jack and both are considered expensive. The starting price is $699 for the iPhone 8 and $799 for the iPhone 8 Plus.

Speaking of expensive, the glass back is also more expensive to replace than the front one.

 

Sold with getting either of these devices? But those drop tests though…

 

It’s all cool as we’ve got your back! 😉 Our screen protectors and cases are good to go for either phone so you’ve got nothing to worry about. We’ve even been featured as one of the best screen protectors for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus! And also on 9to5toysGlass backs may be back on the iPhone but it never the cracks with Tech Armor! 😉

 

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Sources:

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16323570/apple-new-iphone-8-review-plus-2017

http://sea.pcmag.com/apple-iphone-8-plus/17430/review/apple-iphone-8-plus

https://www.wired.com/2017/09/review-apple-iphone-8-and-8-plus/

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/09/30/iphone-8-review

https://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-8/review

http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/iphone-8-battery-life-and-verdict

http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/iphone-8-plus

https://www.cnet.com/products/apple-iphone-8-review/

http://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/iphones/iphone-8-review-3664716/

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/02/iphone-8-plus-review-big-phablet-camera-battery-life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-Eg7US-G8s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wApMyDq9zE

https://www.imore.com/eight-great-iphone-8-plus-screen-protectors#tech

https://9to5toys.com/2017/09/25/glass-screen-protectors-iphone-8/

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-iphone-8-screen-protectors/

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/iphone-8-glass-back-costs-more-to-repair/

 

Fitbit Charge 2: great buy?

Fitbit Charge 2: great buy?

Best way to shoot for a healthier lifestyle?

With the rise of awesome smartphones, comes the cool wearables and smartwatches too. One of the greatest pros of having one is the health benefits it can give. Did the Fitbit Charge 2 catch your attention? Looking to get yours? Get more info below!

Pros

It’s definitely considered as an upgrade from its predecessor. The display is four times larger, which is a huge plus— you get to see more info in just one glance. You can also customize the comfier rubber straps from the following styles: Classic, Luxe leather and their Special Editions. Making it more fashionable.

And choose from 3 sizes: small, large and XL.

The device can also automatically track if you’re exercising so you’ll continue to be in the zone.

One great highlight for the Fitbit Charge 2 is the PurePulse Heart Rate tracking technology without having to wear a chest strap. US Consumer Reports backed up the device’s reasonable level of heart-rate accuracy.

 

While a great firstthe Guided Breathing feature helps improve your condition—releasing stress or for cooling down.

Another awesome new feature is the VO2 Max that measures your heart rate based on your age and gender.

All standard fitness tracking data are also present and considered correct in the app. The app is also in easy to read format. Overall a solid successor fitness tracker.

Cons

It’s water resistant but not waterproof folks. It’s not also recommended by Fitbit to use while in the shower.

Interacting with the OLED display may also mean jabbing or poking it since it uses the accelerometer to tell when you’re hitting it since it’s not touch screen.  

 

How much is it?

 

The price starts at $149.95, so are you totally sold on buying one? Great! With that bigger screen comes greater responsibility to protect it – with the poking included too. Good thing Tech Armor has your back! 😉 We’ve got the HD Clear Screen Protector in 2-pack! You could probably use the other one as spare or share with a fellow-Fitbit Charge 2 user!

 

Speaking of fitness, make sure to get moving too! Achieve a lifetime of movement with our friends from Motus EdgeStretch and warm-up with their Resistance Bands, while giving yourself extra protection with their Compression Sleeves!  

Decided to try Crossfit? They got a Starter Kit for that!

 

As always, Tech Armor has you covered! 😉

 

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Source:

https://www.fitbit.com/charge2

http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/fitbit-charge-2

https://www.wareable.com/fitbit/fitbit-charge-2-review

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/fitbit-charge-2-review

http://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/activity-trackers/fitbit-charge-2-review-3645665/

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/pictures/1405182/fitbit-charge-2-review-the-best-130-fitness-wearable#6

https://www.fitbit.com/shop/charge2

https://www.engadget.com/products/fitbit/charge/2/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg1CWvbA2Uo

OnePlus 5: worth buying?

OnePlus 5: worth buying?

Could this be your new phone?

Still checking the phone market to see which would be the best for you? If you’re not onboard with the latest Apple phones, then the OnePlus 5 might just be the one! We’ve got some reviews and info that might help you out!

Pros?

The OnePlus 5 is one speedy and minimalist phone. Jumping in and out of apps are lightning quick and efficient. It’s considered as the fastest phone this reviewer used. The company did not hold back as the phone is powered with the latest Snapdragon 835. Plus with the Ardeno 540 GPU for a great gaming experience.

Old-fashioned but not your typical 1080p 5.5-inch AMOLED panel with 16:9 resolution. It has vibrant colors and can get very bright that you can check your phone even under the sunlight.

It’s a first for the company to manufacture a phone that’s rocking the dual-lens camera. The main camera is 16MP with super-wide aperture of f/1.7. The other is the 20MP telephoto lens with aperture of f/2.6. These cameras are especially useful for Portrait Mode and shooting faraway subjects.

For gamers, the Gaming Do Not Disturb mode would be a great plus where you can turn off all notifications while playing. For everyone who’s missing the 3.5mm headphone jack on recent iPhones… this one has it!

While its Oxygen OS has lots of customizable perks like the notification shade easily customizable.

Cons?

No folks this phone is still not waterproof like other phones today. So best to keep it away from bodies of water.

The OnePlus 5 also has no expandable memory. So you might have to make a second check on which you’d choose: the 64GB or 128GB storage?

Hardware (and partly software) might kind of be reminiscent of other phones like Apple and Oppo, if this can be a deal breaker for you.

The price may be neutral ground starting at $479, which is still quite cheaper than Apple’s iPhones or Samsung’s Galaxy 8/8Plus or Note 8. Not a bad phone…for that price too! Looking to purchase one? Before it runs out in the wild, it”s best to keep the screen safe from drops and scratches!

Tech Armor has you covered with our Edge-to-Edge glass Ballistic Glass Screen Protector! 😉

And if you’re always on the go, we’ve got Universal Car Mounts and our Bike Mount to help you out!

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Sources:

https://oneplus.net/5

http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/oneplus-5-battery-life-and-verdict-page-4

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/oneplus-5/3

http://www.androidauthority.com/oneplus-5-review-780620/#performance

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/oneplus/oneplus-5

https://www.cnet.com/products/oneplus-5-review/

http://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/high-end-smartphones/oneplus-5-review-3660282/

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/20/15820802/oneplus-5-review-one-plus-phone

https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/20/oneplus-5-review/#/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=995M3VOGhYs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w5B1Ne-fy4

Apple Event 2017: 3 iPhones launched and more… Hello, iPhone X!

Apple Event 2017: 3 iPhones launched and more… Hello, iPhone X!

Apple lovers were in for a treat!


After months of speculation and rumor, the new iPhones are now launched! And we were in for a twist with the official names! Plus even more!

For months we’ve been circulating rumors and imagery about the new front face of the iPhone 8? Well, it’s officially called the iPhone X! What about the phones rumored to be called iPhone 7S and 7S Plus? That’s tofficially he iPhone 8 and 8 Plus!

Read on as we give you the rundown of the Apple Event!

First up are the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone 8 has a 4.7” widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with a 1334-by-750 pixel resolution at 326 ppi, while the iPhone 8 Plus sports a 5.5” widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display and a 1920-by-1080 resolution at 401 ppi.

Both phone displays have the Retina HD Display with True Tone Technology, they’re powered by the ultra powerful A11 Bionic Chip and they are calibrated for Augmented Reality. The iPhone 8 Plus has dual cameras, Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting (although still in beta)

And folks, these 2 phones still have Touch ID.

Both will be available at 64GB and 256GB capacities. Price for the iPhone 8 starts at $699. While the iPhone 8 Plus at $799. Preorder starts September 15 and will be available by September 22.

And now for the phone that has been widely rumored: the iPhone X (or called as the iPhone Ten)!

The phone boasts of a 5.8 inch all-screen OLED Multi-Touch Display and a 2436-by-1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi. Apple has coined this as the first to have the Super Retina Display. The device is powered by the A11 Bionic chip too.

Here we have to say goodbye to the Touch ID. The iPhone X now has a remarkable Face ID that is enabled by a sensor array called the TruDepth Camera for facial recognition. Other than unlocking your phone, this will be used for Apple Pay and stunning selfies! Like the iPhone 8 Plus, this also has the Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting.

Augmented Reality is also pushed for this phone. One notable new feature is the Animoji! Check the Apple website for the most detailed account of all specifications.

The iPhone X will be available at 64GB and 256GB capacities, while pricing starts at $999. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait awhile… preorder for the phone starts on October 27 and will be available by November 3.

So we have this current iPhone line:

And there’s more than JUST phones!

Apple Watch

What’s new for the Apple Watch is the capability of cellular built right in. You can connect your iPhone number to the watch and don’t have to bring your phone! Although the case for Series 3 is the same for Series 2, the new features are crazy! You can stream 40 million songs directly to your watch, monitor your health stats and elevate your workouts with a host of new fitness apps. Price starts at $329 for GPS enabled only and $399 for the one with both GPS and cellular built-in. Preorder starts Sept 15 while it’ll be available by September 22.

Apple TV

This has also been upgraded with combination of 4K and High Dynamic Range for a more lifelike view. Live sports, live news will now also be streamed in the TV App. It’ll be available at 32GB and 64GB capacities. Price starts at $179.

Ok, as rumored, these phones are seriously expensive!

We totally understand how this can put a dent on your wallet. (The $999 price for the iPhone X is quite huge.) That’s why we at Tech Armor want to make sure that your devices are as protected as possible!

For the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus our top-rated iPhone 7 and 7 Plus screen protectors are ready to protect your devices!

Not to worry about the iPhone X! We got this covered with screen protectors and an awesome case too!

Here at Tech Armor, we’ll always make sure your devices are protected so you can keep on playing! 😉

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Sources:
https://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2017/
https://www.apple.com/iphone-8/specs/
https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-8
https://www.apple.com/iphone-x/specs/
https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-watch/apple-watch
https://www.apple.com/apple-watch-series-3/