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?
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 efficient. If 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?
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???)
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 9to5toys! Glass backs may be back on the iPhone but it never the cracks with Tech Armor! ;)
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!
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 first, the 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.
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!
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Decided to try Crossfit? They got a Starter Kit for that!
As always, Tech Armor has you covered! ;)
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!
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.
No folks this phone is still not waterproof like other phones today. So best to keep it away from bodies of water.
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! ;)
Here are some must haves for that stress free and fun road trip!
Whether it’s one last hurrah before going back to school or you and your friends and family just want to hit the road, it’s always better to be prepared for any kind of scenario!
Here’s a checklist of what to bring during a road trip!
- Check up and maintenance (getting the car you’ll use in tip top condition should always be a must!)
- License and registration
- Car Manual
- Spare Tire
- Emergency Road Assistance Kit (definitely better to have a Plan B right?)
- Spare Keys!
Basic need for your overall use:
(folks, you can never go wrong with food! Preferably the healthy options especially if you have kids on the trip)
(staying hydrated is important especially for the driver)
- Spare Money
(spare change can be a big help in toll fees!)
(safety should always be a priority)
(for when the sun’s just too strong)
(so no worries about those painful sunburns!)
(specifically for the driver to fight against the sun’s glare!)
- Hand sanitizer
- Lip balm
- Mini hairbrush
Must haves for your gadgets and devices (here Tech Armor can definitely help out!):
(so no getting lost in the middle of nowhere!)
(phone gets to stay in place plus using the navigation apps just got easier!)
(in this case the driver and the one who called shotgun gets to charge their devices!)
(Device use may be at all time high! Plus with the selfies and all ;) )
(Germs and adventure are never a match!)
There you have it folks! Do you have some Road Trip Essentials or tips you want to add? Share them with us!
Special thanks go directly to Apple for this latest iPhone 8 rumor! ;)
Bad news is someone or maybe a whole team in Apple is in hot water after the web exploded with the leaks coming from them. Good news is: we benefit from confirmed information! Read on to learn more. ;)
Apple leaked iPhone 8 data?
Well, Apple pushed out the firmware for the $349 HomePod surprisingly way ahead of its release in December. (Fun fact: it’ll run on iOS 11.0.2, currently two patches ahead of what’s available for the public.)
So far 2 developers took the opportunity to check out the code. Little did they know, they’ll be discovering gold nuggets on the iPhone 8.
What did they discover? “Pearl and D22”
Face Recognition may certainly be a go for the iPhone 8. Steve Troughton-Smith discovered code name “Pearl” along with the lines of: BKFaceDetectOperation, settooCloseToCamera and setTooFarFromCamera to name a few. With all of the rumored trouble Apple was having with integrating Touch ID into the iPhone 8 screen, it appears that face recognition will take its place.
While Guilherme Rambo found code name “D22” and rendered the phone icon available for it:
No new leaks on the price?
Unfortunately, none coming from the horse’s mouth on that, although rumors are still at $1,000 to $1,400.
No going back with the $1,000 price range?
Seems that way folks. But look at the bright side! Tech Armor promises to keep your huge device investments safe from drops and scratches!
We'll have an awesome case too so you definitely get the best from signature Tech Armor Protection! ;)
Will you be needing additional accessories for your phone? We’ve got just what you need ;) We’ve got cables for at home and on the go needs and awesome ActivePower Power banks when you’re always moving about!
LG released a G6+ version too! Is it the one for you?
Now deciding which to get? Let Tech Armor help you out! Read on to know more! ;)
What’s on LG G6 again?
Let’s take a recap on LG’s 2017 flagship phone.
The device was revealed in this year’s Mobile World Congress. It attracted a lot with the less-bezel screen sporting a 18:9 aspect ratio---a first for a smartphone. It also has a Quad HD+ display with a 2,880 x 1,400 resolution. And powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.
Another notable feature is that LG went back to basics compared to its riskier predecessor. It exhibits a simple unibody metal design--- which means we had to say goodbye to the removable battery. Oh, and the phone supports Netflix HDR too.
Other specs include 3,300 mAh non removable battery and Full Vision Display.
How will the LG G6 Plus (LG G6+) be different?
Off the bat, one of the popular said upgrades in the new device is the 128GB storage compared to the 32GB in the LG G6. Also, folks will get to enjoy hi-res audio as LG included a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC headphone port.
Plus you’ll have more color options: Optical Astro Black, Marine Blue and Terra Gold. These color options will have a lenticular film on the back of the phone for an optical effect. But other than that, hardware specs is still quite the same with the LG G6: the 5.7-inch QHD display with rounded corners, the Snapdragon 821 processor and the 3,300 mAh battery.
Next 2 questions you might have in mind are: when will it be available and for how much?
Rumored price for the LG G6 Plus so far is around $890. And still no word/rumors when the phone will be globally available.
Now here’s a quick rundown of the specs for both:
Hold on. There’s more! Both the LG G6 and the LG G6+ versions will be getting:
- “Face Print” Software where you can unlock your phone using facial recognition
- “Low Power Consumption” to help manage the 3300mAh power
- “Covered Lens Warning” so you’ll know if you’re blocking the dual lens camera
Seems like both are sweet phones!
They sure are! Here at Tech Armor, we want to make sure that all your gadgets are safe for any kind of scenario! The great news is we’ve got the LG G6 covered too! ;) Since the screen size/shape didn't change from the original LG G6 model, our current Ballistic Glass Screen Protector fits both models!
Our flagship screen, the Ballistic Glass Screen Protector will secure your screen from drops and scratches! And if 3,300mAh power, even with the Low Power Consumption software, is not enough for you… our ActivePower Power banks should do the trick!
Not a fan of germs on your device? We’ve got cleaning kits for you too!
Even if your phone looks clean, trust us, it's NOT. Read below to learn more about the dangers that lie on your device and how to keep a clean phone screen.
In the last decade alone, thanks to a vast increase in mobile data speed and availability coupled with an explosion of apps and programs, the smartphone has evolved beyond simple conversation and web browsing. Our business and personal culture has shifted into a multi-task environment with the smartphone at its core. From work emails to social media and online shopping, the need to be connected has vaulted the smartphone to a digital personal assistant- one that is accessed thousands of times daily.
One study suggests that we touch our phones 2600+ times per day, while another has this number MUCH higher at 5400. Either way you slice it, anywhere we go, the phone is not far away. Every new location and each of the thousands of daily touches add another opportunity to increase the amount of bacteria and germs on your phone. It is no surprise that research indicates our phone screens are 10x dirtier than a toilet seat. So, how can we change/reduce this?
Limit the germs on your phone
- Maintain a clean environment for your phone at home by regularly cleaning your counters/tables/surfaces with antibacterial cleaner. If your phone is constantly tossed into a purse or bag, make sure the interior is emptied weekly, quickly sprayed with Lysol (or equivalent) and wiped down.
- Avoid using your phone in the bathroom and don’t place it on a sink or other bathroom surface while you’re in there.
- It sounds obvious to wash your hands regularly, but honestly how often do we really wash our hands unless we need to? By sticking to a regular schedule of hand-washing throughout the day, you can reduce the amount of germs you transmit to your phone.
- Absolutely clean your phone regularly, especially after letting your children use it. A wet tissue or towel is a good start, but using a formulated solution or wet wipe is best. The Tech Armor Cleaning Kit provides a variety of tools to make sure you keep your phone cleaned at home and on the go.
Limit the exposure to your phone
Anytime you touch your phone, whether to your face (while talking) or simply touching the screen, you are allowing germs and bacteria to access your system. However, recent technology makes it possible for us to access and use our devices with limited tactile input.
Unlocking your phone
Obviously it’s important to keep your phone locked to keep sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands. However, each time you unlock it with a long, complicated code you pick up the germs on its surface. Using Face Unlock on certain Android phones or Iris scanner on the new Samsung Galaxy S8 will eliminate this exchange. Even Touch ID on Apple iPhones/iPads reduce the contact to one, simple touch.
Talking/texting on your phone
Using headphones or a bluetooth headset to talk on your phone will eliminate direct exposure to your face, while the latest voice recognition apps can easily create texts/emails with limited touches.
Using inherent software like Siri on the Apple iPhone or the newly-launched Bixby on the Samsung Galaxy S8, we can also access a wealth of information without a single touch.
More about the Tech Armor Complete Cleaning Kit
The Tech Armor Cleaning Kit uses TechClean Purify Go products for maximum care of laptops, tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices! The Purify Go formula cleans your screen, while providing a lasting, clear coat finish that makes your device screen smoother to the touch.
Both Alcohol and Ammonia Free, our formula is safe for all high-tech device screens and works with all Tech Armor Screen Protectors. TechClean Device Cleaning Wipes are pre-moistened tissues designed for people on the go. The Tech Armor Cleaning Kit washes away harmful germs and bacteria to keep your devices as safe as possible. In addition to keeping your personal phone germ-free, this kit is excellent for:
- Children's tablets / readers
- Portable gaming devices (like the new Nintendo Switch)
- Laptop screens, keyboards and trackpads
- and MANY more!
WWDC 2017: New Apple releases!
All Apple lovers and fans are in for a treat!
The California tech-giant made waves for its 6 major announcements in the WWDC. We’ve got them all covered here! Read on for the rundown!
Say hello to iPad Pro 10.5-inch! The previous rumors were quite right on the screen and tablet size. Screen size is 20% larger with less bezels. Plus the tablet has a new feature called ProMotion which can double refresh rate up to 120 Hz.
For those who love the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, don’t worry it was not left behind. They also gave updated internal specs which makes it on par with the 10.5-inch. The best news: you can already order both today.
New MacBook Pro and MacBook specs
All MacBooks are getting a refresh by upgrading the entire line to the Kaby Lake or 7th-gen Intel Core plus up to 50% faster SSDs. They’re all available for purchase today!
New iMac and iMac Pro
Everyone was in for a treat with the newest device from Apple: the HomePod. It’s competing with the Amazon Echo but has stronger privacy protection claimed by Apple. It will be available in two colors: White and Grey. It will start shipping in the US this December.
The iMac will also have an upgrade with the High Sierra. One new feature is the Top Hits in Mail, which puts most relevant emails on top of the list. Another is being able to add tables to Notes.
Apple Watch users are also in for a treat with the announcement of the watchOS. Free upgrade will be given for all this coming Fall.
So many new (and expensive) gadgets....
We at Tech Armor totally understand where you’re coming from on that. So we’ll make sure that your devices are always good to go and ready for any kind of scenario!
Still thinking which of the new iPad Pro to get? Whichever you choose, we’ve got screen protectors for you!
Planning to buy one of the refreshed Macbook Pros? Keep your data safe with our easy to install privacy screen protectors! ;)
Need spare cables to connect your gadgets with? Not to worry, we got those for you too!
Definitely no time for scratches Take your pick between our Ballistic Glass and High Definition Screen Protectors!
LG G6: does it have what it takes?
Can LG’s flagship phone compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S8/S8+?
LG also released its new flagship phone this year: the LG G6.
So what’s new on the LG G6?
Read on to find out more!
How’s the reviews?
The step up in the display style was not amiss in this review. It showed very little bezels and creating the screen more vertical which is helpful for viewing lists like Facebook and other apps. Plus the narrow body is easier to hold.
Trusted Reviews also talked about how the LG G6 went back to basics for the design--compared with the G5. This year’s flagship has a sleek look plus a fingerprint scanner that’s not awkwardly placed like of its rival the Galaxy S8/S8+.
Performance-wise, it features the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset though there’s not lag evident or concerns when playing high-powered games like Asphalt.
While this review agrees that no problem with the older CPU. It’s also quite easy to use since the phone is thinner that it seems. The software also took advantage of the 18:9 ratio making 2 equal squares for split views.
LG’s Always On Display is a great feature said in this review-- one of the best in the mobile industry.
LG vs Samsung
The two Korean Giants continue to compete as the best Android phone around.
LG right now is in a good shape by reaching an all time high US market share, slimming the gap between them Samsung. So what updates are there between the two?
Both phones have single speakers at the bottom which can easily be covered by the hand. But sound quality goes to the LG G6 as it has much fuller and better sound speaker compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8.
If you’re using lots of Google services, you’re in luck with the LG G6 since it has the Google Assistant natively. Major pro in this is it’s easier to search what you’re looking for in the web. Compared to Bixby which helps out more in controlling your phone.
Easier location of the fingerprint unlocker and wide angle option photos also gives a win to the LG G6 compared to the Galaxy S8.
Speaking of photos, after using both this review says macromode is better on the G6 with more features and details. Stabilization is better too. While the Galaxy S8’s photos are more realistic, takes better selfies and has better colors. The overall image is also smoother.
Despite the awesome display the LG G6 has, we can’t ignore the Infinity Display in the Galaxy S8. And in this reviewer's perception, Samsung is overall more stunning with just a little cost gap. One feature is for the full screen extension function on the Galaxy S8.
Digital Trends agrees on this when they compared the phones on the following topics: Specs, Design, Display, Software and additional perks.
For the specs, Galaxy S8 is quite better--like having latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 for the US on paper. The software also has the capability of making your phone a mini-CPU with the DeX. And includes AKG earphones just to name a few.
The LG G6 doesn’t even come with earphones in the box. But both use the 3.5mm headjack so at least that’s a win!!!
One of the other important questions is the price: so just how much are they?
LG G6 at $650-$720
Galaxy S8 at $720-$750
Galaxy S8+ at $840-$850
Wow, they’re all so expensive…
We understand your sentiments on that (especially with the larger glass screens) so as always, we’ve got you covered!
If you decided to go with the LG G6, you can arm it with our flagship screen: our Premium Ballistic Glass Screen Protector!
Chose the Galaxy S8+ among the three? No worries as we have that covered as well! We’ve got 3D Curved Ballistic Glass Full-Coverage for the phone!
Bonus! Need an extra charger for the phone? We also have Type C Chargers you can choose from!
And if you think you might run out of battery charge while out on the field, bring one of our Powerbanks with you! ;)
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And the leaks continue!
September may still be quite far away but the leaks just keep on coming! To find out what’s new, just read on! ;)
What’s new from the web?
Trending the most are leaked photos relating to Apple’s upcoming phones: iPhone 7S/7S Plus and the iPhone 8. But for this post, let’s focus on the latter.
From molds we go to a real thing! Exclusive photos from BGR show a mockup phone which reportedly features the final design. This also shows the same camera placement. Although it’s believed not all buttons or markings are featured on this yet.
Where will the Touch ID be placed? There’s no consensus around so there are still several ideas floating where the fated Touch ID will be:
- Below the Apple logo at the back (quite similar to the Galaxy S8),
- Embedded to the OLED display in front (fingers crossed!)
- New theory of incorporating the sensor in the power button at the side
New perks might be found in the 10th year anniversary phone. Augmented reality functions may be found in the new device. As the new device will use glass in the front and back, wireless charging may also be possible.
Is there a final launch date? No announcement from the California tech-giant so far. Though the investment bank Morgan Stanley says high chance Apple will launch in September.
150% more expensive? Yikes!
There’s no way to go but up for price tags these days…
Not to worry! Tech Armor’s here to keep your devices protected and safe from the drops, scratches and even the daily wear and tear! ;)
Screen Protectors? No problem! You’ll be able to choose from various Tech Armor Screen Protector options such as the Edge-to-Edge Glass, Matte-Antiglare and Prime Screen Protector made with Accessory Glass 2 by Corning®!
If you’re always on the go, our ActivePower power banks will be there to help you out too!
You Play, We Protect! ;)
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