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  1. Super Bowl LII Party Tips

    Super Bowl LII Party Tips

    Super Bowl LII Party Tips

    It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year for NFL fans… Super Bowl!!! Will Tom Brady and the New England Patriots continue their NFL dominance or can the Philadelphia Eagles FINALLY get that elusive ring? This is sure to be exciting.

    Finalizing your party plans or gearing up for your trip to Minnesota for the game (lucky you by the way!)? None of the above cause you have to go to work? :(

    We have that all covered below!

    Getting Ready

    Having a Checklist helps! You can see this one for ideas. Or create your own to make sure everything is set! (Special shoutout to those going to the game)

    Food (and drinks) at the party are as important as the game! Whip up amazing and easy to prepare food like Cool Ranch Snack Mix or Mini Nacho Pizzas! Chicken wings are definitely a must and here’s a useful life hack: you can evenly coat them using a salad spinner!

     

    Or to have a more football vibe feeling, you can make some Frozen Footballs or Turkey and Avocado Onigiri Footballs! You can view the recipes on your iPad while cooking to keep track. It’s best to protect the screen from smudges while cooking with our Ballistic Glass Screen Protector- the oleophobic coating helps prevent greasy fingerprints. Here’s another useful tip: the Suction Cup Universal Magnetic Car Mount can also stick right to your countertop to prop up your phone or laptop. This will give you an excellent hands-free view of any recipes or a great stand for streaming the game live!

     

    For the drinks, Costco is a great place to save some money, plus maybe get lots of variety for the party. You may be able to buy even without a membership.

     

    Game On

    Where to watch? Lots of online TV streaming services in the US offer NBC Sports so you can start there.  NBC will also have a live streaming on their website and on their Sports App for free.

     

    For those at work, the app can really be helpful! Arm your smartphone with a privacy screen protector so you can watch discreetly (we suggest the 4-way Privacy for maximum invisibility)… just try to keep the cheers to a minimum. Want to watch on a bigger screen at work? We have privacy screen protectors for the Macbooks too. ;)

     

    The game can get intense so it’ll be great to have party games as a stress-buster! You can play Charades… on your phone! It’s easy to play and even make your own list. A case and screen protector for your phone may come in handy especially how the game’s played.

    After The Verdict

    When it’s time for your guests to leave, make sure your Designated Driver is sober for the ride. To keep them company, they can have some tunes while driving. A Tech Armor car charger and car mount can help them out here.

     

    For those in Minnesota, you can eat their popular Juicy Lucy or have some Walleye… great for celebratory or maybe comfort food… Then get a beer or two and chicken wings from one of their Sports Bars like Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room or Iron Door Pub. It’s best to keep a power bank with you so your phone doesn’t die out!

     

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    Sources

    https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/entertaining/food-drink/super-bowl-party-checklist

    https://thejoysofboys.com/football-games-charades/

    http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/party-ideas/g477/football-superbowl-snacks/?thumbnails&slide=17

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/31-genius-super-bowl-party-hacks-that-will-make-your-life-ea?utm_term=.cfLJKv2AO#.wsAKQEl93

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/cute-football-snacks-for-your-super-bowl-party?utm_term=.swN7gMJyr#.ggZ8RoEpx

    http://www.delish.com/entertaining/a51193/hacks-super-bowl-party/

    https://20somethingfinance.com/shop-costco-without-membership/

    http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-stream-super-bowl-2018-live-online

    https://www.thebalance.com/super-bowl-party-games-1357353

    https://www.minneapolis.org/blog/foods-minneapolis-is-known-for/

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/charades/id653967729?mt=8

    http://www.pajcic.com/9-tips-hosting-safe-super-bowl-party/

    https://www.minneapolis.org/blog/where-to-watch-the-game/

    http://www.nbcsports.com/super-bowl

  2. CES 2018 Highlights

    CES 2018 Highlights

    CES 2018: New tech on the rise

    We got lots of surprises (plus a blackout) this year!

    After the holidays we're treated to the annual tech convention in Los Vegas. The bright, shining glimpse into the future of tech that is CES 2018! Big and small game players gathered for another interesting year! Let’s see… what happened?

    Smartphone announcements at CES 2018

    To start things off, Samsung debuted their mid-range A series. It’s a budget-friendly version of the Galaxy S8 with its infinity display but lower specs. The fingerprint scanner is adjusted to below the camera (hopefully avoiding camera smudges). The series is for worldwide release but no official date yet.

    Sony came into CES 2018 full force announcing 3 smartphones during the event. Unveiled were Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2. New feature that all 3 would have is the fingerprint sensor.  

    Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Pro Porsche Design versions are coming to the US! Pre-orders will start on February 4. We also caught a glimpse of the new Alcatel 5, 3 and 1 series. More info on that would be released hopefully by the Mobile World Congress.

    Blackberry announced that we’ll get to see the Blackberry Motion in the US, while Asus revealed lots of new tech including the Asus ZenFone Max Plus; a first for the Zenfone line to have the Face Unlock feature. (Price off-contract is $229).

    The greatest highlight for the mobile industry was the under-glass fingerprint sensor. The tech comes from Synaptics and was placed on a Vivo phone. Synaptics announced that they are now manufacturing it for public use , so we can expect to see this tech in a lot of future phones that use the OLED display.

    Upgrade to laptops and TVs

     

    Could your smartphone double as your laptop’s touchpad? Now there’s a huge possibility. Razer’s Project Linda showed just that by connecting the phone to a laptop shell with USB Type-C. Then Acer put in its bid to win the “world’s thinnest laptop” at 8.98 mm thin with its Swift 7.

    From thinnest, now going to the largest. Samsung’s “The Wall” is a 146-in diagonal display TV that definitely attracted lots of attention and LG did not hold back in the TV game with its rollable (yes, like paper rollable) 65-inch 4K OLED television.

     

    Other events

    CES trended for a lot of notable reasons. And maybe one-not-so-good reason: #CESblackout. It got dark real fast and real quick and took a few hours to get everything back on track. CES released a statement that the electronic outage was due to heavy rainfall that short circuited one of the event’s transformers.

     

    Google also went all out in pushing its Google Assistant in this year’s CES. Safe to say it was literally everywhere: partnering with third party hardware to a big booth on the event grounds.

    It’s just the start of the year and loads of announcements have been made!

     

    Tech Armor will always have your back as new tech arises! We’ll keep you on track with all the reveals… plus keep them protected too. ;) Head on over to our Amazon Store Front Page or to our website main page to get you started!

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    Sources:

    http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/ces-2018-best-highlights-news-3350586

    http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-a8/specs/

    http://www.ibtimes.sg/top-smartphones-presented-ces-2018-check-price-availability-23120

    https://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-xa2/

    https://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-xa2-ultra/

    https://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-l2/

    http://www.ibtimes.sg/huawei-mate-10-pro-heads-us-february-799-22912

    http://consumer.huawei.com/us/press/news/2018/huawei-ces-2018-press-release/

    http://www.techradar.com/news/alcatel-5-series-announced-with-flagship-features-at-a-lower-price

    https://www.cnet.com/news/alcatel-5-3-1-series-phones-ces-2018/

    https://www.cnet.com/news/all-the-smartphone-news-from-ces-2018/

    https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/1/9/16867152/blackberry-motion-keyone-bronze-edition-us-availability-ces-2018

    https://www.cnet.com/news/asus-zenfone-max-plus-ces-2018/

    https://www.asus.com/us/Phone/ZenFone-Max-Plus-M1/Features/

    https://www.cnet.com/news/ces-2018-the-final-word/

    https://www.androidauthority.com/ces/

    https://qz.com/1179116/best-of-ces-2018-nvidias-chips-googles-thirst-razers-project-linda-riding-modobag/

    http://time.com/5102127/best-laptops-ces-2018-dell-lenovo/

    https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-microled-makes-massive-modular-tv-a-reality/

    https://www.cnet.com/news/lg-display-crazy-65-inch-oled-tv-can-roll-up-like-a-poster-ces-2018/

    https://www.ces.tech/News/Press-Releases/CES-Press-Release.aspx?NodeID=413c31cf-1575-462b-a958-d24d8a2d3685

    http://stocknewspress.com/2018/01/13/power-goes-out-at-ces.html

    http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/10/technology/ces-2018-blackout/index.html?sr=twtech011018ces-2018-blackout0934PMVODtopLink&linkId=46816850

    https://9to5google.com/2018/01/16/google-ces-booth-assistant/

    http://www.techradar.com/news/google-takes-on-amazon-echo-show-with-display-equipped-google-assistant-smart-speakers

    http://www.techradar.com/news/ces-2018/2#article-body

    https://9to5google.com/2018/01/14/hands-on-clear-id-fingerprint/

     

  3. Rumored Mobile Devices for 2018

    Rumored Mobile Devices for 2018

    Rumored Mobile Devices for 2018

    Lots to expect this year folks!

    2018 has just begun but rumors are starting to pile up from top mobile device manufacturers! What awesome gadgets can we expect this year? Read on for the rundown!

    Apple

     

    iPhone

     

    The iPhone X was most probably the design refresh everyone was waiting for from the tech giant. This year, we might be seeing 3 versions of that.  Aside from the 5.8-inch screen we’ve seen. There’ll be an iPhone X Plus that can be 6.2-6.5-inches. The third will be a refresh of the iPhone SE with 6.1-inches. Speaking of the iPhone SE2, it may also have wireless charging feature.

    iPad

     

    The iPad Pros may have less bezels this year with the Touch ID removed in favor of the Face ID. And we might get to see it this summer. There will also be a next gen to the budget-friendly “iPad”... and could become even cheaper at $259 from last year’s $329. Expected release is first half of this year.

     

    Apple Watch

    We can also say hello to a different version of the Apple Watch with its design upgrade.  Its launch will be alongside the iPhone in September.

    Samsung

     

    Galaxy S9 and S9+

     

    It's safe to say 2017 was the year of redemption for Samsung after the whole Note 7 debacle. And it delivered! What will they have in store this year? So far one of the good news rumors for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is the fingerprint scanner is moved to the center, to avoid smudging the camera. Another is it’ll have a super slow-motion video feature.

    The new devices could launch either February or March. Rumors suggest we may get to see the smartphones for the first time at the Mobile World Congress or on Samsung’s own event just like last year’s “Unpacked”.

     

    Note 9

     

    The Galaxy Note 9 may just have what the iPhone X doesn’t--- in-screen fingerprint scanner. Other than that it’ll also have it’s own version of facial scanning. This device is rumored to be launched either on August or September.

    Google

    The company is currently working on 3 phones this year with code names Crosshatch, Albacore and Blueline. One of the three-phones will be a budget-friendly version one similar to the old Nexus phones. While it’s high-end is targeted to compete with the iPhone X. Despite having different screen sizes, it’ll all be powered with the Snapdragon 845.

    These devices will reportedly be launched in October.

    LG

     

    LG G7 will be released with a different name as LG is rumored to let go of the G branding. A new feature reportedly coming to the device is its own version of the iris scanner.  The new flagship device is rumored to launch this February

     

    OnePlus

     

    The OnePlus 6 will reportedly go for a better facial recognition feature. Similar to the iPhone X. While it will most likely have the same design of edge-to-edge screen as its predecessors. The new flagship phone will reportedly be out on June.

    Bonus: Honor 7X and Honor View 10

     

    Both the Honor 7X and Honor View 10 are confirmed to be released in the USA sometime this year. The Honor 7X has an 18:9 aspect ratio and a headphone jack to name a few specs.

    The Honor View 10 has a 16MP camera and 3750mAh battery. You can get the Honor 7X for $199 while Honor View 10 will cost under $500. Honor is a brand under Huawei.

    Whoa... Lots in store for 2018!

     

    And that may be just the tip of the iceberg folks! Don’t worry as we’ll always have you updated! Of course your devices will be protected too! Head on to the Tech Armor website or our Amazon Storefront for the latest!

     

    We promise you can keep on playing, while we protect! ;)

     

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    Sources:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/01/02/apple-iphone-x2-iphone-x-plus-iphone-se2/#6d7bd98074c8

    https://www.macworld.com/article/3236255/iphone-ipad/iphone-2018-rumors.html

    https://www.slashgear.com/iphone-se-2-glass-back-and-wireless-charging-tipped-plus-early-2018-launch-08514271/

    http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-iphone-ipad-mac-watch-2018-release-date-preview-2018-1/#three-new-iphones-1

    http://www.techradar.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s9-wasnt-at-ces-2018-but-new-rumors-make-it-seem-imminent

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/samsung-galaxy-s9-release-date-11768475

    http://www.alphr.com/samsung/1007273/samsung-galaxy-note-9-rumours-release-date-and-specs

    https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/898533/Samsung-Galaxy-S9-Note-9-Google-Pixel-3-Release-Date-UK-Leak

    https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/new-product/mobile-phone/google-pixel-3-3669066/

    https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/new-product/mobile-phone/lg-g7-3660763/

    http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/lg/1405983/lg-g7-uk-price-release-date-and-specs-rumours-will-the-new-lg-smartphone-in-2018

    http://www.alphr.com/mobile-phones/1006451/oneplus-6-release-date-specs-price

    http://www.knowyourmobile.com/mobile-phones/honor-7x/24834/honor-7x-and-honor-view-10-finally-coming-usa

    https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/1/7/16860892/huawei-honor-7x-v10-specs-price-us-release-ces-2018

    https://www.cnet.com/news/red-honor-7x-honor-view-10-coming-to-us-ces-2018/

  4. Holiday Shopping Tips: getting ready for the rush!

    Holiday Shopping Tips: getting ready for the rush!

    Holiday Shopping Tips: getting ready for the rush!

    Especially with Cyber Monday just around the corner too!

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

     

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

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

    2. Sign up as early as now to newsletters

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

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

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

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

    Tech Armor Amazon Storefront Tech Armor Amazon Storefront

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

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

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

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

    7. Prioritize protecting your identity

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

    8. Also, pay with a credit card

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

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

    10. Track and save order confirmations

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

    Sources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Which is the best for you?

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

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

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

    iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 8 Plus

     

    Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL uses a Quad HD 2880x1440 panel, which has the OLED benefit of intense black levels. It’s mostly fantastic for this reviewer. Most progress is found on this phone with the smaller bezels like the iPhone X. The screen size is 6 inches compared with the 5.8 inches of the iPhone X…. and they are almost at identical weight.

    Google Pixel 2 Google Pixel 2

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

     

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

     

    Camera

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

    iPhone X iPhone X

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

     

    Hardware/Repair Concerns

     

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

     

    Drop Tests

     

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

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

    iPhone 8 Plus vs. Google Pixel 2 Drop Test iPhone 8 Plus vs. Google Pixel 2 Drop Test

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

     

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

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

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

     

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    Sources:

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

  6. iPhone X: worth the wait and the risk?

    iPhone X: worth the wait and the risk?

    iPhone X: worth the wait and the risk?

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

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

     

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

     

    Pros of the phone?

     

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

     

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

    iPhone X

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

     

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

    iPhone X animojis

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

     

    What’s not so great about the new phone?

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    And folks the iPhone X can easily break.

     

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

    iPhone X drop

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Installation Hack!!

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

    Get the latest on all tech-related updates! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

     

    Sources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Apple Watch

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

     

    On the positive side...

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

    Apple Watch

    Now going to the LTE connectivity perks...

     

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

     

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

     

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

    Apple Watch

    Now, for the less positive items...

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

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

     

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

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

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

    Get the latest on all tech-related updates! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

     

    Sources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

  8. Galaxy Note 8 Reviews: the best device for you?

    Galaxy Note 8 Reviews: the best device for you?

    Galaxy Note 8 Reviews: the best device for you?

    Was Samsung able to redeem themselves?

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

    Galaxy Note 8 Galaxy Note 8

    What’s to love?

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Galaxy Note 8 Galaxy Note 8

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

    Galaxy Note 8 Galaxy Note 8

    What’s NOT to love?

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

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

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

    Galaxy Note 8 Galaxy Note 8

     

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

     

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

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

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

    Get the latest on all tech-related updates! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

     

    Sources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    They had a lot under their sleeve to reveal! ;)

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

    First up: the new Google Phones!

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

    Pretty interesting, right? ;)

     

    What else did Google announce?

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Get the latest on all tech-related updates! Join our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ accounts to stay in the know! Join the TA Nation too!

     

    Sources:

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

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

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

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

    http://www.androidauthority.com/google-pixel-2-xl-804237/

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

    https://gizmodo.com/pixel-2-what-you-need-to-know-about-googles-new-top-an-1819121718

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

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

    http://www.androidauthority.com/google-pixel-2-best-smartphone-camera-dxomark-804794/

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

     

  10. iPhone 8 / 8 Plus: Reviews are in!

    iPhone 8 / 8 Plus: Reviews are in!

    iPhone 8 / 8 Plus: Reviews are in!

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

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

    What’s great with the 8?

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

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

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

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

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

    What’s not to like in these devices?

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Sources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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