2019: Return of the Apple iPod?
Retro is in and a lot of things have returned (like the Jedi) and Apple has their own ideas to follow suit.
And yes... you read the title right: the Apple iPod may be having a comeback!
Macotakara got wind (from Apple suppliers that were in CES 2019) of info that a 7th generation Apple iPod touch is currently in the works. A revamp of the looks/hardware might be in store too.
This just got more solidified as Apple applied for the device’s trademark that would expand its abilities to units for electronic games and handheld game consoles
What’s in the new Apple iPod?
Quite little is known about the device (Apple and their surprises, right?) but we’ve got some info going to help paint a picture of the iPod! This new device most likely will use the A12 Bionic chip found in the 2018 iPhone models.
Another source indicates that (so far) this will not have Face ID nor Touch ID. Apple may have another interesting surprise for its security picture other than the usual passcode. As for the overall look, it’s still quite unknown if the iPods will be slimmer with a 4-in display or go larger (similar to the iPhone XR).
One more thing: we might see it by March according to EverythingApplePro!
Bonus: It’s not only the iPod we’ll keep an eye on: new iPads may also be on the way. It may be a 9.7-in iPad entry level and an iPad Mini, both with cellular + Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi option only. Which all may be released together in March. Check out our future blogs for more info! ;)
Suddenly feeling nostalgic? We totally understand. Hope your current iPod screen is still intact! From then until now, our promise of “You Play We Protect” is just as strong as our products are!
Super Bowl LIII: Ready for the game?
Ok folks, time for the game of the season!
Atlanta is pumping as the Rams and Patriots will clash once again for the Lombardi trophy! We’ve got everyone covered with a few more tips and reminders before the big day!
Got tickets to the game?
Not heading to Atlanta but planning a watch party?
It also ain’t a Super Bowl party without awesome food that’s worth it’s own touchdown moments! We’ve found these excellent recipes you can serve out! Buffalo Wings are always a must during the game, but watch out for greasy fingers on your phone or tablet! Not to worry, our top-rated Cleaning Kit will keep everyone’s screen crystal clear.
Plus various drinks too! From orange juice for the kids to beer and wine for the adults! Oh and hold on, you guys should have a designated driver for safety. Our Wireless Car Charger and Mount will help them through their task of getting everyone home safely!
While the adults are watching, let the kids have their fun too! Some play time ideas you can have are Football Word Search or DIY Foam Fingers. Capture the moments on your phone!
Stuck working during the game?
That’s brutal… we’ve got a privacy screen protector to help you stay on the loop and secretly watch the game ;) (We totally understand, it’s the Superbowl!)
Even though Tech Armor is based in Los Angeles, we can be good sports and say “Good luck to both teams!” (*wink.. fingers crossed)
CES 2019: what happened?
New tech, a lot of surprises and more!
They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas… well, not this one at least!
The Consumer Electronics Show 2019 is all wrapped up!
There has been a lot of buzz from different tech companies (about 4,500 companies) that came to show awesome new gadgets and open another chapter of innovation at CES 2019.
What new tech? We’ve got a glimpse below to help you catch up!
In regard to smartphones, the talk of the town was the bendable phone called Flexpai from Royole. It’s out in the market for a colossal price of $1,588. (That price definitely reminds us of the recent iPhones, really).
Unfortunately, while it sounds impressive, the first impressions are not really that good --- reviewed as having poor user experience and rushed to be released by TrustedReviews. Still, there is a LOT of talk surrounding this technology, so we’re sure to hear more in 2019.
Another new device released is the Honor View 20. The bad news is there’s no certainty if it’ll be available in the US, but it’s said to be a glimpse into how the Galaxy S10 notch will look like.
Speaking of Samsung…
CES 2019 showed no sight of the Galaxy S10, but spec hints were pretty much there: Snapdragon 855 chipset in several countries like the US and Exynos 9820 for the rest of the world. And of course, the much-discussed topic during the event: 5G.
The Korean giant shared that it’s the first company to get FCC approval for commercial 5G approval. It’s likely that 5G will be available for the device straight out of the box.
Other tech announcements:
While Apple is known for not joining in the CES fun, its presence was still definitely felt. They got air time when Samsung, LG and Vizio announced that AirPlay 2 compatibility will be available on their smart TVs. It didn’t stop there: Samsung TVs will also get iTunes. All a first for the different companies.
New phones are out from Alcatel too! There are 2 new available devices namely the 1X (2019) and the Alcatel 1C (2019) which will go on sale in selected markets like North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
As always, Google made its way to dominate the event! Same as last year the Google Assistant got great new specs to share with the world: to start off, it can translate to 27 languages so travelling can be easier in 2019. Google also teamed-up with Lenovo for a smart clock focused to really wake you up, check the weather and know your daily commute ETA.
That’s it for CES 2019! We’ll keep on the watch to hook you up with the latest tech info out there!
For now, let’s keep your current device safe and sound while waiting for your next. Keeps the value of your smartphone or tablet high should you decide to sell it.
Testimonial: Tech Armor Screen Protector + iPhone 8 Plus vs. Freeway at 65mph!
We love reading stories about the abuse some people put their phones and tablets through (hey, we've all been there).
Your mobile devices are with you every day, so it stands to reason that things go a little haywire from time to time. Over the years, our customer service team has received emails from the TA Nation that detail seemingly horrific events. Crazy things that should have destroyed their screen (remember the riding lawnmower incident???), yet after the smoke cleared, the device lived!
Well, recently Joe accidentally left his iPhone 8 Plus on top of his car and hit the freeway! Normally, that spells death for any device, but he was armed with Ballistic Glass from Tech Armor... we'll let Mr. Daniels explain:
I have used your ballistic glass and cases for years. Your products are unequalled by far. Recently, I accidentally left my phone on top of my car and it fell off at 65 MPH on the freeway. It somehow got trapped under my car because I thought I had hit something in the road.
Hours later when I discovered my phone was missing, I pieced together what had happened and what the noise I heard must have been. I tried calling my phone and to my surprise it rang four times before going to voicemail. I then used the Find my phone app and located it. I could not believe it was still on and transmitting. I went looking for it and found it damaged, but still working! Unbelievable!!
It flew off on the freeway, got tangled up with my car and God knows how many others, it was more than 100 feet from the freeway laying on the side of the road and still working. I attached some photos.
OK... so, is this iPhone 8 Plus pretty?
No, not really... but thanks to premium gear from Tech Armor, it lives to fight another day! The iPhone 8 Plus has a pretty massive screen, so the fact that this was able to take a fall from a moving car on the freeway at 65 mph and still function is a testament to our Ballistic Glass and case technology.
Imagine NFL football players or extreme sports athletes without a helmet or padding... At Tech Armor, we take the hit, so your phone or tablet can play on! Is your device ready for tomorrow?
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Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus Coming Soon: and one more?
Are we all in for a treat this coming February?
With CES in full swing and World Mobile Congress 2019 just around the corner, so are the new Samsung Galaxy devices! One of the newest surprises we may be seeing is not just 2 but 3 phones from the Galaxy S line this year!
Get Ready for Galaxy S10!
It looks like we’re getting even slimmer bezels from last year’s S9 release. As for the displays, the Galaxy S10 will have a 6.1-in screen with one front facing camera. The larger Galaxy S10 Plus boasts a 6.4-inch display with 2 front facing cam and 4 rear cameras (yes… FOUR). Additionally, it looks like the newest in the gang: the Galaxy S10 Lite will carry a 5.8-inch display (think of it as the iPhone XR of the launch in regard to it’s scaled back approach).
Like all other phones, will these have a notch? Well, they’ll have a “punch hole”, which is called “Infinity-O” display looking dot (or two) in front on the top right display for the selfie camera (quite similar to the Galaxy A8s).
All 3 devices will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 chip (for the US Market) or Exynos 9820 (for the rest of the world). Samsung might be bringing their A-game as we might now get to see an in-fingerprint scanner using an ultrasonic scanner from Qualcomm.
Ok, the million dollar question (and may be literally) are the prices. Expected prices for the 128GB storage are:
- Galaxy S10 Lite: $850
- Galaxy S10- $1,000
- Galaxy S10+ : $1,130
The S10 will have a model with 512GB of storage, which will cost around $1,250, while the S10+ will have 512GB and 1TB that will sell for around $1,390 and $1,760 respectively. (yes… 1760!!.. dollars)
When will we probably see the new phones? Estimated unveiling is February 20, while preorder will likely open on the same day and the official launch will be on March 8.
Which device will you be getting? Or are you more excited to see what surprise Samsung has in store for us on the of the launch? Same here!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
- Plug the Micro USB cable into charger and connect the USB-A side in your car’s power port.
- Then attach the vent mount fingers into the air vent slots (there are 2 finger openings for thin or thick vent blades).
- 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.
- 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! ;)
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:
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.
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 ;)
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 :)
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 :)
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!
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.
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
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!
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?
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:
- Android Authority’s Kris Carlon dubbed both devices as the Android iPhone as it combined the good parts of both devices. It’s got an amazing camera which the Pixel devices has always been known for. Plus a contemporary hardware design which is the best-looking Google devices that’s been made.
- While Engadget’s Cherlynn Low gave the Google Pixel 3 a score of 90 and the Pixel 3XL an 89. For the smaller sibling, she loves the display that makes photos, videos and games look great. While for the bigger sibling, she loves its performance and Clever Assistant features to name a few. Low also liked the new color option: Not Pink.
- Lauren Goode from the Wired gave the new Google devices a score of 9 out of 10 expressing these have the most optimized version of Android on a smartphone. Another pro is the bigger and brighter display thanks to Edge-to-Edge to keep the sizes the same with the Pixel 2 devices.
- 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall considers the devices “third time is indeed the charm” production of the tech-giant. Displays of both devices are identical and enjoyable to the naked eye. Another great feature of the Google Pixel 3 and 3XL is the Always-On display which some of the wallpapers shipping with the devices also maximize that not much competitors have done so far.
- 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.
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