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  1. New Mobile Devices for 2019: Rise of 5G?

    New Mobile Devices for 2019: Rise of 5G?

    New Mobile Devices for 2019: Rise of 5G?

    2019 may still be a couple weeks away but the internet is already buzzing with talk of new and exciting mobile devices! Adding even more excitement, is the increasing talk about the emergence of 5G, something ALL devices will benefit from in the near future.

    We’ve got a list here to help you see what is up for the next year!

     

    Let’s start first with the 5G!

     

    First off, let’s explain what 5G is: this newest data network will allow you to step up mobile internet connectivity with faster speeds on a more reliable network for your devices.

     

    Plus, with higher bandwidth, you’ll enjoy better video call quality and 360-degree video streaming to name a few. Its power will be evident once major carriers are also ready to go after their speed tests.

     

    Qualcomm will be taking on 5G with its Snapdragon X50 and Snapdragon 855, which will most likely be featured on several flagship devices net year.

    Which flagship phones might see 5G?

     

    Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus

     

    This is a big possibility for the South Korean company and Samsung may have given a sneak peak of what may be a prototype of the device. The ETA of the device (likely called the S10) will be around the Mobile World Congress just as in 2018 so it may be the first in the year!

     

    Samsung Galaxy Note 10

     

    The next Samsung device will follow suit with the level-up processor which was quite confirmed by by AT&T in its press release. If past years are any indication, you can expect a midsummer launch for this popular phablet.

     

    iPhone(s) (2019)

     

    Apple phones always have something under their sleeve! They’ll have the chance to deploy 5G, but will use Intel chips instead of Qualcomm because of their on-going feud.

    How many iPhones will be coming out, you may ask? We’ll help with that in upcoming blogs in 2019 as the rumor mill churns! ;)

     

    OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7T

     

    Yep, they will also be going with the 5G as its CEO Pete Lau confirmed it during the Mobile World Congress Shanghai. The goal for this new device is to compete with the Samsung phones.

     

    LG/Sprint 5G Phone

     

    LG will be releasing a Sprint exclusive 5G-ready smartphone coming early 2019. The fast speed will first be available in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington D.C. with the rest of the U.S. to follow.

     

    LG G8 ThinQ

     

    The newest G Series device from LG should be 5G ready too with Snapdragon 855, which will be out mid-2019. It is rumored the phone will adopt a 4K resolution LCD screen.

     

    Other phones coming out next year?

     

    There will certainly be phones coming out that won’t boast 5G compatibility, but can DEFINITELY still be a head-turner. Let’s check them out:

     

    Pixel 3 Lite and 3 XL

     

    Rumors about these devices have been a will they, won’t they kind of scenario. ETA (if it will come out) is either CES or MWC 2019. Both will be powered by Snapdragon 670 and will be made of plastic instead of glass.

     

    So far, those are the early previews for the 2019 mobile devices! But surely a lot more will be coming our way!

     

    We’ll keep an eye on them and help you out when the time comes by making sure they are protected from any kind of heartbreaking scenario! For now you can check out our website or Amazon Storefront Page to keep your current device intact at ALL costs!

     

    Sources:

    https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/146383-google-pixel-3-lite-release-date-features-news-specs

    https://www.expertreviews.co.uk/mobile-phones/1407273/lg-g8-release-date-rumours

    https://www.tomsguide.com/us/lg-sprint-first-5g-phone,news-27803.html

    https://www.t3.com/news/insanely-fast-5g-oneplus-7-smartphone-incoming-to-smoke-samsung-galaxy-s10

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/business/apple-vs-qualcomm-news/

    https://about.att.com/story/2018/5g_second_samsung_smartphone.html

    https://www.sammobile.com/2018/12/05/att-confirmed-galaxy-note-10-5g-variant/

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/samsung-5g-smartphone-impressions/

    https://www.techradar.com/news/the-first-5g-smartphones-are-coming-in-2019

    https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon-855-mobile-platform

    https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon-x50-5g-modem

    https://www.techradar.com/news/what-is-5g-everything-you-need-to-know

    https://www.pexels.com/photo/three-people-using-smartphones-1471752/

    https://www.pexels.com/photo/shallow-focus-photography-of-a-man-in-white-collared-dress-shirt-talking-to-the-phone-using-black-android-smartphone-804065/

    https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-holding-white-smartphone-with-black-case-1331970/

     

  2. Snap, charge, drive: The Tech Armor way! Introducing the new Wireless Car Charger and Phone Mount

    Snap, charge, drive: The Tech Armor way! Introducing the new Wireless Car Charger and Phone Mount

    Snap, charge, drive: The Tech Armor way!

    Introducing the new Wireless Car Charger and Phone Mount with fast Qi charging and a secure, one-touch cradle.   

     

    wireless car charger

    Yep, you read that right! Tech Armor is taking the extra step to keep you connected at all times with your device! You never know when the next important turn from Waze can happen!

     

    Charge and easily navigate WHILE driving

     

    Absolutely! This wireless car charger utilizes powerful Qi charging for ALL Qi-enabled devices! Charges can go as fast as 7.5W for iPhone Fast Charge and a blazing 10W for those powered by QC3.0 Fast Charge like many Samsung Devices. The charging speed will mostly depend too on your phone’s capacity and the amount of electricity coming from your car. For extra ease, there’s an LED indicator too if the charger is on standby status (red) and if it’s charging (blue).

     

    All the while, this wireless car charger is safely mounted while you view directions during your drive! No worries as your phone will attach easily and securely to any car vent or your dashboard with the included anti-scratch and anti-slip rubber base for strong and safe grip! Don't fumble around with clunky cradles and faulty release buttons, just set the phone onto the charger and it's locked in!!

    Plus: the swivel joint allows you to adjust easily from portrait to landscape mode when needed!

     

    How to place in my car?

     

    Installation is a breeze!

    1. Plug the Micro USB cable into charger and connect the USB-A side in your car’s power port.
    2. Then attach the vent mount fingers into the air vent slots (there are 2 finger openings for thin or thick vent blades). 
    3. From there, you simply place your phone on the bottom arm of the mount and let gravity work its magic! As the bottom arm drops, the side arms close around the sides of your phone to hold it in place. Charging begins as soon as the phone hits the cradle.
    4. When you reach your destination, just lift the phone up and out of the cradle. It's easy!

    Not a fan of placing in the air vent? We’ve got that covered too as we’ve added a base stand with 3M adhesive you can install on your dashboard (or desk or wherever you prefer for access)!

     

    Excellent! I want to get one now!

     

    Time to order your wireless car mount on Amazon now - CLICK HERE!  You can purchase here at TechArmor.com as well.

    Don’t forget to add other accessories for the ultimate Tech Armor experience---- screen protector, extra cables, and cleaning kits!

     

    You can check out our website too for other exclusives! ;)

    Get the latest on everything and anything for your devices! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

     

    Sources:

    https://www.amazon.com/Tech-Armor-Wireless-Charging-Compatible/dp/B07HGLYFL5

    https://pixabay.com/en/car-traffic-man-hurry-1149997/

     

  3. Travel Mode: Holiday Season Must-Do List!

    Travel Mode: Holiday Season Must-Do List!

    Travel Mode: Holiday Season Must-Do List!

    Packed and ready to go?

    Holiday travel and rush is among us, folks! Before the craziness reaches to the highest level, here’s a checklist to help you out:

     

    Download travel apps

    Our phones or tablets are a great companion when it comes to traveling thanks to apps that can help you search for updates on your flight like Dash Mobile. For road trips, you can get immediate road assistance with NAC Road Service.

     

    Know shortcuts and use them when possible

     

    Take advantage of online check-in and early screening programs like TSA PreCheck or CLEAR to avoid long lines. Not sure which one to sign up for? Forbes breaks down the pros/cons in their article HERE. It's also smart to keep an online copy of your boarding passes (on 2 devices if you want to be extra sure) and other files needed.

     

    Minimalist packing is a go! 

     

    If you can bring just a carry-on, the better! The Travel Channel suggests avoiding checked bags if possible to reduce travel time. You'll have no hassle with the conveyor belt or at worst: losing any of your bags. If you do have a checked bags, place all important and immediate documents / items with you in your carry-on at all times.

     

    Mail holiday gifts instead of packing it with you.

     

    Less to bring, less hassle when it comes to your bags on your trip. Security might also ask you to open them if you’ve wrapped it for security reasons. Did you know you can send gifts directly from Amazon to the doorstep of your friends? For example, you can easily send from our Storefront Page ;)

     

    Look at the bright side!

     

    Flight delayed? Long hour or two in the airport? Stuck in traffic? Take it in as newfound time to have fun! Spend time with the fam, enjoy the moment, play games, take photos and capture memories! (Just make sure your devices have enough power for it all!). Every moment is worthwhile :)

    Have a plan B-Z on your trips

     

    It's best to be a boy or girl scout most especially on these days. You never know when mishaps might happen like a delayed flight, highly congested traffic (for whatever reason) or your phone suddenly dying while navigating on the road (that last one we can help with!).

     

    Plan a long lead time on your travel days

     

    Less rush, less stress: that’s the dream when traveling! Take time going through security, checking the bags you brought and even go to a lounge. Relax and enjoy the trip, enjoy the ride… and probably more time to focus on calming and having fun with the kids! Also, know the best and worst days to travel during this season to hopefully avoid them :)

    Download entertainment on your devices

     

    Make sure there’s additional charge in your battery for movies or shows to watch on the plane (if the shows available in-flight are not your cup of tea). For those Also if you prefer a certain list of songs for road trips, download them all to your phone for a fun adventure! Don’t worry about anyone peeking with our privacy screen protectors!

     

    Hopefully our checklist will be able to help you out on your trips! Most tech-related needs for your devices are covered by Tech Armor! From screen protectors, power banks, USB car chargers, MFi-Certified lightning cables… we got them all!

    Check out our website and Tech Armor Amazon Storefront!

     

    Get the latest on everything and anything for your devices! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

    Sources:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbes-finds/2018/03/02/tsa-precheck-vs-clear-reduce-security-time-at-airports/#62ac9486242f

    https://ordinarytraveler.com/holiday-travel-tips

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dash-mobile-travel-transport/id459193747#?platform=iphone

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nac-road-service/id338581505?mt=8

    https://www.smartertravel.com/10-tips-holiday-travel/

    https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/holidays/articles/top-10-survival-tips-for-holiday-travel

    https://www.travelchannel.com/videos/lost-luggage-0192707

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_left_v4_sib?ie=UTF8&nodeId=201936750

    https://www.budgettravel.com/article/easy-holiday-travel-tips

    https://www.aarp.org/travel/travel-tips/transportation/info-11-2013/holiday-travel-tips.html

    https://theplanetd.com/holiday-travel-stress-tips/

    https://www.smartertravel.com/best-and-worst-days-for-holiday-travel-2018/

    https://www.pexels.com/photo/photography-of-airplane-during-sunrise-723240/

    https://www.pexels.com/photo/flying-people-sitting-public-transportation-2105/

    https://www.pexels.com/photo/photo-of-person-driving-1386649/

    https://www.pexels.com/photo/automobile-automotive-autumn-car-228094/

     

  4. iPhone XS, XS Max and XR: which is right for you?

    iPhone XS, XS Max and XR: which is right for you?

    iPhone XS, XS Max and XR: which is right for you?

    Learn the features that are important for YOU and choose!

    Apple finally released this year’s iPhones into the wild and all are ready to be purchased. Still in the gray area of which one to choose? We’re here to help you out!

    Let’s get an overview of the specs again:

    Check the table below or view Apple's comparative matrix on their website HERE.

     

    iPhone XS

    iPhone XS Max

    iPhone XR

    Display 5.8-in OLED Super Retina Display

    2436-by-1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi

    6.5-in Super Retina Display

    2688-by-1242-pixel resolution at 458 ppi

    6.1-in Liquid Retina Display

    1792-by-828-pixel resolution at 326 ppi

    Capacity 64GB

    258 GB

    512 GB

    64GB

    128GB

    256 GB

    Chip A12 Bionic Chip
    Headphones Earpods… with lightning connector
    Colors Gold, Space Gray, Silver Yellow, White, Coral, Black, Blue, Product Red
    Price Starts at $999 Starts at $1,099 Starts at $749

     

    Now how on Earth will you choose?… how about some recommendations from the experts?

     

    • The Verge’s Chris Welch suggests to mainly focus on features you need or want the most: display/screen preference, battery or camera, maybe? If you prefer the biggest screen possible with a dual camera, go for the iPhone XS Max. But if you want to have a dual camera that you can easily hold with one hand (especially for the quick photo shots) the iPhone XS is your best bet. However, if you're mostly in favor of a good balance of specs (with Apple’s newest tech), camera and battery power (with a great display too), then the iPhone XR is the way to go for you.
    • Macworld’s Michael Simon goes for the size of the phones plus the storage options in differentiating them. All of them display the now signature notches, so it mostly comes down to the physical size. The good news is these batch of iPhones are not as large as the iPhone 8 even with the larger screens thanks to the edge-to-edge designs. In regard to storage, all three have the same starting storage capacity but the second and third options are where they all differ with the XR having smaller options.
    • Forbes’ Gordon Kelly discusses the different finishes or materials these devices have for hardware. The XS and XS Max have a stainless steel chassis similar to the iPhone X. The iPhone XR has an aluminum finish similar to the iPhones that came before the iPhone X. The range of colors is a sure win for the iPhone XR with a whopping 6 colors to choose from unlike the XS and XS Max that are only limited to 3.
    • As for Tom’s Guide Henry Casey if you’re looking for a design that’s as Goldilocks would call “juuust right,” the iPhone XR is your best bet with a middle-ground size and an array of features from both Xs models. Plus, the price is right if budget is a consideration (hey, baseline $999 is a lot to cough up and we totally get it).
    • Digital Trends’ Andy Boxall gives the win to the iPhone XS and XS Max when it comes to another feature which may be important for some: 3D Touch. Unfortunately, the iPhone XR does not have this due to the LCD screen composition. Plus, the former devices have 5 options in Portrait Lighting unlike the 3 from the iPhone XR.

    Phew! A lot of info to take in… but hopefully quite helpful ;)

    Have you finally found “the one?” Or maybe need some deeper thought? We totally understand maybe a few more minutes of contemplating might help. Either way you look at it… prices are no joke (starting at $749...starting). Once you’ve decided, the next immediate step is getting all the protection needed for your new iPhone… the last thing anyone would want to see is a horrifying crack that might become a bigger problem on the inside!

     

    Not to worry as Tech Armor has your back!

    Check out our different screen protectors for all 3 devices on our website! Other than the screen, let’s go 360 degrees on what you need by adding a power bank, an ultra tough MFi-Certified Lightning Cable, Chargers and Car Mount. Browse the website and arm your new device today!

     

    We always take our slogan “You Play, We Protect” seriously!

     

    Get the latest on everything and anything iPhone! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

     

    Sources:

    https://www.apple.com/iphone-xs/display/

    https://www.apple.com/iphone-xr/display/

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/13/17853544/iphone-xs-max-vs-xr-features-best-comparison-price-buy-apple

    https://www.macworld.com/article/3305584/apple-phone/iphone-xr-vs-iphone-xs-max-specs.html

    https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-xs-specs-max-xr-compared-x-whats-new-and-different-all-features-2018-lcd/

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/10/18/apple-iphone-xr-vs-iphone-xs-max-whats-the-difference-upgrade/#3aa021d04d5e

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/23/iphone-xr-iphone-xs-and-iphone-xs-max-spec-comparison.html

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-iphone-xs-vs-iphone-xs-max-vs-iphone-xr/

    https://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-xs-vs-xs-max-vs-xr,news-28046.html

     

  5. Google Pixel 3 / 3XL: What’s the Verdict?

    Google Pixel 3 / 3XL: What’s the Verdict?

    Google Pixel 3 / 3XL: What’s the Verdict?

    Is this the Android device you’ll come to love? Still checking out the long list of devices which you’ll treat yourself with for the holidays? Did the new Google Pixel 3 or probably the 3 XL catch your eye?

    Quick Review of Specs:

     

    Pixel 3 Pixel 3XL
    Display 5.5-inch FHD+ flexible OLED at 443ppi 6.3-inch QHD+ OLED at 523ppi
    Memory & Storage 4GB LPDDR4x RAM; 64GB or 128GB storage
    Battery 2915 mAh battery 3430 mAh battery
    Materials Aluminum frame + hybrid coating
    Colors Clearly White, Just Black, Not Pink

     

    Now, let’s see how reviewers found the new devices:

     

    Pros

     

    Cons

    • TechRadar’s Matt Swider didn’t like the weaker battery life which he considers is the biggest con from the Pixel 3 which can definitely limit what you can do on just one full charge for a day.
    • Digital Trends’ Julian Chokkattu also feels the same way for the battery in the Pixel 3 XL describing it as mediocre which can be very problematic for heavy users that does quite a number of picture taking, browsing and gaming for most of the day.
    • Max Parker from Trusted Reviews recommends to get protective gear for the bigger sibling as with just a week’s use he noticed there were scratches and/or micro-abrasions on his white Pixel 3 XL. He noticed some too with others who were using the black version.


    That’s a wrap for the Pixel 3 and 3XL reviews! Did it help finalize your decision?

    Going with the one of the newest Pixels? Congrats! Let’s help you out by arming your device from the nasty drops and scratches life throws your way: visit this page here for the latest accessories available for the new Google Pixel 3 devices.

     

    Or will you be sticking to your current device? Let’s keep that investment protected at ALL costs! Check this page for everything and anything that you might need for your phone or tablet! Tech Armor will always have you covered!

     

    Get the latest on everything and anything iPhone! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

     

    Sources:

    https://store.google.com/us/product/pixel_3_specs?hl=en-US

    https://www.androidauthority.com/google-pixel-3-xl-review-911391/

    https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/15/google-pixel-3-pixel-3-xl-review-android-pie/

    https://www.wired.com/review/pixel-3-and-pixel-3-xl/

    https://9to5google.com/2018/10/15/google-pixel-3-pixel-3-xl-review/

    https://www.techradar.com/reviews/google-pixel-3-review

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/google-pixel-3-xl-review/

    https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/google-pixel-3-xl

    https://www.blog.google/products/pixel/google-pixel-3/

     

  6. Apple in the Big Apple: new iPad Pro and Macbook Air!

    Apple in the Big Apple: new iPad Pro and Macbook Air!

    Apple in the Big Apple: new iPad Pro and Macbook Air!

    New devices before the new year!

    The California tech-giant surprised us all with another Special Event just before the holiday season! A lot of speculation came in with what new devices will be up for grabs… Say hello to the new Macbook Air,  iPad Pro and Mac Mini for 2018!

     

    iPad Pro ... well, actually 2!

     

    We’ve got not 1 but 2 new iPad Pros! Apple stepped it up a notch (without a literal one) for the 2 new tablets ;) You can choose from an 11-in iPad Pro with Liquid Retina Display and 2388-by-1688-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch., or the 12.9-in at 2732-by-2048-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch.

     

    Both have Apple’s signature True Tone Display and 600 nits brightness. Without a home button, it's not surprising that this doesn’t have Touch ID, but Apple makes up for it with the addition of Face ID!! What shocked others may be that the tablets are now by powered by a USB-C port and the headphone jack has disappeared!

     

    One cool feature: the new iPad Pro pencil can magnetically connect and charge to the tablets (and it's 5.9mm thinner). But the price is not so slim at all: with the smaller starting at $799 while the larger sibling starts at $999 with Wi-Fi only specs. With such a high cost, it would be terrible if something were to damage your new investment. Larger screens mean more chances for scratches and cracks, so a premium screen protector is KEY!! Don't worry, we've go you covered with our signature ballistic glass!

    Pre-order your screen protector by 11/7 and you can get 30% OFF using the Amazon Coupon!

    ipad pro screen protector

    Interested in getting the newest tablet? You can order yours here!

     

    Macbook Air

     

    Air taken to another level. It’s lighter than its predecessor by 25% as this laptop is 2.75lb light and 15.6mm thin. Instead of Face ID, Apple made the surprising reveal that the Touch ID is placed on this laptop for additional security.

     

    This also sports a 13.3-inch Retina Display with 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch and a 16:10 aspect ratio. Its Force Touch Trackpad is also 20% larger for better control and navigation.

     

    Instead of a Lightning Cable, this will be connected with a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C). Price starts at $1199 and will be available by November 7. To get yours, you can check out Apple’s website now!

     

    Mac Mini

     

    After a long wait for most, we’ve got a new Mac Mini with a lot of new specs! It’s packed with the new eighth-generation quad-core and 6-core processors and can be connected with the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.

     

    Storage starts at 128GB and can be configured up to 2TB SSD. While price starts at $799. Same with the Macbook Air, it will be available by November 7. Order yours here!

     

    That’s for this event’s roundup! Have you decided which devices to get?

     

    Stay tuned on our website and Amazon Storefront Page as we might have something in store for the new iPad Pros and the new Macbook Air. Always better to be safe than sorry! Especially with something that’s as expensive as Apple products! ;)

     

    Get the latest on everything and anything iPhone! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

     

    Sources:

    https://www.apple.com/apple-events/october-2018/

    https://www.apple.com/macbook-air/specs/

    https://www.apple.com/ipad-pro/

    https://www.apple.com/mac-mini/

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/30/18037908/apple-macbook-air-retina-display-2018-hands-on-new-features

    https://9to5mac.com/2018/10/30/apple-event-recap-october/

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-ipad-pro-2018/?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-brief

    https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/30/the-new-ipad-pro-features-less-bezel-and-larger-screens/?utm_medium=TCnewsletter

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHVlMCcG_8Q

  7. Holiday Shopping: 2018 Edition

    Holiday Shopping: 2018 Edition

    Holiday Shopping: 2018 Edition

    7 tips and tricks to get you started!

     

    It’s that time of the year folks! Most might see this as a time for running from store to store, then getting home only to realize they forgot something. Plus, there’s that holiday rush and traffic and oh boy! Or maybe you go online for easy browsing through flash deals on various sites, but when you’re about to order...boom, sold out!

    We’re here to help you make the holiday shopping season as hassle-free as possible! Read on for more tips to help you out because Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner!

     

    1. Begin early… as early as now

    As early as you can, take a look at your target products. Bookmark them to check for great deals during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale bonanzas. Some sites have deals that are tough to pass up!!

     

    1. Social pages are your friends

     

    Like the Facebook pages of brands you're interested in and follow their Twitter and Instagram pages. ‘Tis the season of giving and they’re sure to post great deals that you would not want to miss! Follow us too! We’ve got a lot in store ;)

     

    1. Newsletters: gateway to exclusive discounts

     

    Another excellent way to get discounts is signing up for newsletters. Many brands give out flash sales or discounts just for their subscribers. Definitely worth checking out! Sign up for our newsletter too!

    1. Write down a list so nothing to miss

     

    Forgetting someone… forgetting their gift… that's the last thing we would EVER want to happen!!! It's an honest mistake, but it's conscience-eating! :( Double checking the holiday shopping list is a DEFINITE MUST, so there’s no mismatch. Make sure you have current addresses too (in case you're shipping directly).

    1. Your phone: your holiday sidekick

     

    When in doubt while outside, you can check prices (and even deals too) on your device! At this time of the year, bargain prices are everywhere and worth the effort. Many top retail brands / stores have dedicated apps, so it's worth downloading them to see if they have in-app deals or notifications that can ease the stress of holiday shopping.

     

    1. Order fast online

     

    Getting a "sold out" notification while ordering online is one of the most stressful events you can ever experience! Have all your info ready from credit or debit card to the discount codes you’ll use so all will be smooth sailing! 

    1. Keep receipts and order confirmations

     

    With lots of gifts you need to keep track of, it's excellent to have all the receipts and tracking numbers at hand! Plus, if you swiped with a credit card, you won’t be THAT surprised with your expenses ;)

     

    And that’s it for our tips and tricks to help out this crazy holiday shopping season! With all the rush, we’ve got your device/holiday sidekick covered! From power banks and cables to screen protectors, you name it!

     

    Check out our website and Amazon Storefront Page too for awesome deals too ;)

     

    Sources:

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

    https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/more-holidays/black-friday-cyber-monday-wait

    https://www.tomsguide.com/us/black-friday-shopping-tips,news-26046.html

    https://www.consumerreports.org/shopping-retail/top-10-black-friday-shopping-tips/

     

  8. iPhone XR: Saving the Best for Last?

    iPhone XR: Saving the Best for Last?

    iPhone XR: saving the best for last?

    One more iPhone is on its way to stores! The iPhone XR is ready to roll...

     

    During the Apple launch last month, the California tech-giant introduced 3 phones with the third, the iPhone XR, to be released at a later date. And that later date is fast approaching! With pre-orders underway on October 19 and a launch date of October 26, we're all set to try out the final installment of Apple's iPhone rollout this fall.

    Still wondering if the iPhone XR is the best model for your needs? Let’s get the rundown going!

    Here's how the 3 iPhone models stack up:

     

    Device iPhone XR iPhone XS iPhone XS Max
    Display 6.1-in Liquid Retina (LCD) HD display 5.8-in Super Retina (OLED) HD display 6.5-in Super Retina (OLED) HD display
    Pixel Resolution 1792x828 pixel resolution at 326 ppi 2436x1125 pixel resolution at 569 ppi 2688x1242 pixel resolution at 458 ppi
    True Tone Yes
    Chip A12 Bionic Chip
    Camera Rear: 12 MP

    Front: 7MP TrueDepth

    Rear: Dual 12 MP cameras

    Front: 7MP TrueDepth

    Notable Camera Features All-new Depth Control, Portrait Lighting
    Face ID Yes
    Colors Yellow, Coral, White, Black, Blue, (Product) Red Gold, Space Gray, Silver
    SIM Card Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM only)

     

    While the phone may not be here yet, some reviewers got their hands on one and offered some first impression notes on the device! Let’s check out some of their thoughts…

     

    • The Verge’s Nilay Patel first impression review predicts that the variety of colors will sell the iPhone XR over the XS with (Product) Red as the best and striking color. Plus, it has portrait mode even with just single lens unlike last year this mode was exclusive to those with dual lens or the iPhone X.

    • Engadget sees quite a full premium smartphone without shelling out a huge $1,000. The iPhone XR was somehow able to combine the perks of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone 10. Though some were sacrificed like the display or aluminum finish to keep the cost down.
    • CNET’s Scott Stein says the iPhone XR is still worth considering as it has the biggest LCD screen among the 3 for those who prefer that; it's powered by the same A2 Bionic processor chip as the 2 XS devices and it sports Face ID.
    • TechRadar’s Gareth Beavis initially feels this device is chunkier which can be quite a con for some. For camera fanatics, one rear camera may not be enough.

     

    Swayed to buy one?

     

    Awesome! You can check out Apple’s page on how to get the iPhone XR (if you haven't ordered one yet). Then you can browse our website or our Amazon Storefront to pre-order protection for your new device! As always, Tech Armor will always have you covered! ;)

     

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    Sources:

    https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-xr

    https://www.techradar.com/reviews/iphone-xr

    https://www.cnet.com/reviews/apple-iphone-xr-preview/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l8yHTPzEVU

    https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/09/apple-introduces-iphone-xr/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H0rpwBlO68

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m_K2Yg7wGQ

    https://www.apple.com/iphone-xs/specs/

    https://www.apple.com/iphone-xr/cameras/

     

  9. Google Pixel 3 / 3XL : ready to pre-order?

    Google Pixel 3 / 3XL : ready to pre-order?

    Google Pixel 3 / 3XL : ready to preorder?

    Officially announced at the #MadeByGoogle event

    Another tech-giant releases new devices! Yes folks we’ve got new Google Pixel 3 devices plus lots of other announcements too!

     

    Thinking of switching to one of the newest Pixel phones? We’ve got a rundown of the info you may need to decide on the swap. And a review or two to help you out ;)

     

    Let’s start with the specs:

    Display and phone size is what mostly sets these siblings apart. The Google Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch FHD+ flexible OLED display with 443ppi. While the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch QHD+ OLED display with 523ppi. Plus, different aspect ratios too with 18:9 and 18.5:9 respectively. Oh and notch-wise...only the XL has one!

     

    Both devices show full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors, true black level, 100,000:1 super contrast ratio and Always-on Display to name a few. As for their popular cameras, the rear camera is 12.2MP dual-pixel while their dual front cameras have 8MP wide-angle and normal FoV cameras for ultra-crips, wide selfies!

     

    The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip and have 4GB RAM. Colors available are Clearly White, Just Black and Not Pink.

     

    Their software also has tricks in their sleeve worth checking out! Their famous camera may have just gotten better with the help of AI which was highlighted during their eventNotable camera features are Top Shot where the AI will choose the best moment to take the picture, Night Sight where low-light will adjust to get that clear shot without flash and Super Res Zoom where you can say goodbye to pixelated photos even after zooming.

     

    It’ll be available with 64GB/128GB storage options and will cost $799/$899 and $899/$999 correspondingly. You can preorder now while it will arrive on October 18 in the US. Several other countries will get it November 1.

    Now for initial hands on reviews…

     

    YouTube Reviewer Marques Brownlee says the devices are a bit heavier as it’s all glass now but does feel premium on the hand. The notch in the XL is quite taller than other devices (for the 2 front facing cameras and speaker) and a chin (for another speaker too). The features are great but still have to check if it’s worth it.

    Engadget’s Chris Velazco thoughts on the new devices are quite similar even at the functional level and utilitarian design. Plus the tech giant pushed the levels to machine level and software features which showed surprisingly well photos. Plus has the best camera used all year round.

    Tech Radar’s Matt Swider has a bit of concern on the Pixel 3 for the 4GB RAM which is quite smaller than most phones we have today. (Tech Armor can help with that!) While colleague John McCann says a con for the bigger sibling is the design’s a bit old.

     

    Bonus: Made by Google also released 2 other new devices for that 360 degree experience. One is the Google Home Hub that is focused on managing your home with connected devices. The other is the Pixel Slate: a handy device fusing a tablet and laptop that you can use for work and play that has a Titan Security chip for data security and a massive 12.3 inch screen! Stay tuned as we're in development for a screen protector that covers the Pixel Slate very soon.

     

    That’s it for the #MadeByGoogle devices! Decided to go with Team Google?

    Tech Armor is here to make sure your new devices are protected so head over to Amazon and pre-order a Ballistic Glass screen protector today!!

    As for now, let’s keep your current device safe and sound for a fraction of its price! Head on to our website or Amazon Storefront page to arm your device ASAP!

     

    Get the latest on everything and anything Google! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

     

    Sources:

    https://9to5google.com/2018/10/09/pixel-3-made-by-google-2018-video-recap/

    https://www.techradar.com/reviews/google-pixel-3-xl-hands-on

    https://www.techradar.com/reviews/google-pixel-3

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQzXwWYvJ4E

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXogn99dOec

    https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/09/everything-announced-at-the-2018-made-by-google-event/

    https://www.cnet.com/news/pixel-3-xl-start-at-799-announced-bigger-screens-wide-angle-selfie-dual-camera/

    https://store.google.com/us/product/pixel_3_specs

  10. LG V40 ThinQ: your next phone?

    LG V40 ThinQ: your next phone?

    LG V40 ThinQ: your next phone?

    It’s officially here folks! With an interesting feature too!

    Yes folks, LG recently announced its new phone, the LG V40 ThinQ with one interesting twist: 5 cameras. You read that right... 5 cameras in one device!! Plus other upgrades were introduced too. Could this be the device you’ve been waiting for? Read on for more info!

     

    Let’s go first with the specs:

     

    First off, the LG V40 ThinQ has a 6.4” QHD+ OLED FullVision Display and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It’s got a notch too by the way. While the breakdown of the cameras are 3 at the back while 2 on the front.

    The 3 rear cameras shoot at the same time with the following photos: standard, telephoto zoom and super wide-angle.

     

    While the front shoots 2 selfie photos at the same time: standard and wide (mostly for a huge group photos)

     

    The audio is tuned with Meridian giving it a boombox speaker, Quad DAC and DTS:X 3D Surround Sound.  It’s also one of the few that still has a headphone jack!

     

    Available in Aurora Black and Moroccan Blue in the US.

     

    Release will be on October 18.

     

    There’s also initial reviews out! Let’s check them out:

     

    CNET’s Lynn La gave it a 8.8 over 10 as it gives out a number of photo options and still easy to hold even with the huge screen. Also one of the very few devices that has a headphone jack.

     

    Android Central’s Andrew Martonik gives it 4 out of 5 stars highlighting the perks of the wide-angle camera as a favorite perk to mix up different photos. Combination of the 3 cameras with LG’s software make the device a downright fun phone to shoot with.

     

    The Verge’s Dan Seifert gives the device a good 8 over 10 score highlighting fast performance and great camera system. While cons can be that LG is still quite slow with software updates.

     

    While Business Insider’s Antonio Villas-Boas says it has “the most versatile camera system on a smartphone to date” as he talks about the cameras of the LG device. Its DAC has better sounds compared to other premium smartphones which can be more evident with music better for it.

     

    Then BGR’s Chris Smith says maybe just hold your horses a bit as there may be a bit more upcoming surprises down the road...that might be worth your while.

     

    Android Authority’s David Imel says the battery of 3,300mAh is a bit small for their liking given the big screen (we can help solve that problem though ;) )

     

    TechRadar’s Matt Swider gives it a 3.5 over 5 stars  as it may have five fun cameras but may not be always the best and the battery’s a bit of a turnoff (we got that last one covered!)

     

    Ok folks, we haven’t forgotten about the price. It’ll range from $900-$980 and may also depend on your carrier:

     

    Verizon: $980

    AT&T: $950

    T-Mobile: $920

    Sprint: $960

    US Cellular: $900

     

    That’s it for the rundown of the new device and initial reviews! Have you decided to buy? That almost $1,000 price isn’t a walk in the park so it’s best to keep is safe at all cost!

     

    Stay tuned on our website and social media channels to be updated ;)

     

    For now you can head on to our website or Amazon Storefront page to get our signature Tech Armor Ballistic Glass Screen Protector and other mobile accessories like cables, chargers, power banks for your current device (you can use these with your other devices as well!)

    Get the latest on everything and anything Google! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

     

    Sources:

    https://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/v40-thinq

    https://www.techradar.com/reviews/lg-v40-thinq

    https://www.androidauthority.com/lg-v40-review-908112/

    https://bgr.com/2018/10/04/lg-v40-thinq-vs-android-pixel-3-and-huawei-mate-20-pro-coming-soon/

    https://www.businessinsider.com/lg-v40-thinq-with-5-cameras-review-2018-10#one-of-lgs-marquee-features-remains-in-the-lg-v40-the-hifi-quality-dac-that-makes-music-sound-better-than-most-other-android-phones-at-least-with-wired-headphones-16

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/3/17933558/lg-v40-thinq-review-cameras-5-features-battery-screen-photo-quality

    https://www.androidcentral.com/lg-v40-review

    https://www.cnet.com/reviews/lg-v40-thinq-review/

    https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/10/3/17932616/lg-v40-thinq-camera-5-oled-specs-price-release-date

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/lge/31212762688/

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/lge/43275913940/

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/lge/31212764848/

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