No Big Deal With the iPhone 5s

For all the folks who are wondering what the iPhone 5s has to offer, here’s some scoop of what I know.

First, I know that this is an upgrade from the iPhone 5, and a long-awaited one. Unfortunately, aside from being run by iOS 7, I haven’t really seen much of an upgrade. It packs exactly the same screen size, resolutions, camera pixels, and almost all other things. Oh, sorry to forget about the color. That’s the only other new thing I know of. Instead of carrying the traditional black and white hues, the iPhone 5s welcomes the addition of gold, which in all fairness is really gorgeous. If you’re going to buy the 5s and want to make it obvious that you did, choose the gold.

The camera is also the same 8 megapixels. While I know that no one can put down a phone’s cam based on megapixels alone, I still think that it’s been far too long that Apple has been stuck to the 8-megapixel rear camera. And by the way, not everyone is informed that great photos don’t depend on megapixels all the time, so an unsuspecting buyer might simply pick a Lumia over the iPhone based on megapixels (no offense).

If we’re talking about flagship, we need to see a bang! Unfortunately, the 5s doesn’t seem to be packed with incredibly useful, or at the very least entertaining features. The fingerprint scanner was one of the most-talked about features of the new iPhone, which for me is a bit gimmicky. While it might be convenient to unlock your phone by simply having it read your fingerprint, or complete iTunes purchases by using your fingerprint as well, it’s not anything that I can’t live without. I also have worries about safety issues, such as if there’s a possibility that someone can steal my fingerprint and use it somewhere. Call me paranoid, but I’m very protective of my confidential details.

I don’t want to be hard on anyone who’s looking to buy the Apple’s flagship, of course. I’m just saying that it MIGHT not be a worthy upgrade if you’re still on the 5 or 4s. There hasn’t really been much difference with regards to specs and dimensions, so if I were you, I’ll just wait for the iPhone 6. But if you are on an older iPhone or another platform, then I’ve nothing to say against buying the iPhone 5s.

My First Impression of the HTC One Max

I told you before how I fell in love with the HTC One’s build and design, and now, seeing a giant version with the HTC One Max, I became curious, so I made a lot of readings.

I’ve nothing to take away from HTC, because the Max obviously has that same sophisticated and solid look. However, I felt like it was kind of futile attempt to get in with the phablet crowd. While a good device the Max is, I think it was created more of pressure, so as to steal a chunk from Note loyalists.

Physically speaking, both devices are great, but the Max definitely looks better. No one could resist the impression that metal makes, and this phone is really a stunner.

But when it comes to specs, it’s obviously still way behind the direct competitor which is the Note 3. Compared to the Note 3’s Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz, the Max is ran by Snapdragon 600 at 1.7GHz. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely not slow. But let’s face it, buyers look at specs before purchasing, and most will underestimate the device’s performance upon seeing a lesser figure.

The camera is the same 4-ultrapixels used in the HTC One. Without a doubt, it takes similarly great photos, especially in low light situations. Like the HTC One, in my opinion it is one of the great smartphone shooters today.

So there you go, specs wise, if I’m not already in love with my S4 and I have to choose between the One Max and the Note 3, I’d go for the latter. Samsung has gone a long way proving the worth of the Note series, and I think it might take a while for HTC to reach the same level of expertise in creating a phablet.

How I’m Seeing My Galaxy S4?

When I welcomed myself into the world of smartphones, I decided to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S4. I had a low-end feature phone before that lasted less than a year in my hands, so I was in a hurry to get a new mobile. It was my first time having a high-end gadget, because I really wasn’t into the expensive stuff before due to practicality issues. But I realized, there are actually a lot I could get in return for my money, so there I decided to take a plunge into the smartphone world.

It wasn’t an easy decision at first. I was kind of stingy when it comes to material things, but I realized it was better to splurge on one great gadget that I could be happy with for at least two years than switch phones from time to time because I wasn’t happy or they simply died.

Anyway, it came down to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. (If the Note 3 was already out by then, I would have probably settled for it, but it was a good three months before the launch.) I have pretty big hands and I wouldn’t mind having a massive phone, and besides, the idea of having a very huge screen thrilled me. On the other hand, I really fell in love with the HTC One’s design. After reading lots of reviews, I still couldn’t pick between the two, so I decided to head out and see for myself, and I landed on the S4.

Since having a phone this huge is new to me, I was very impressed with the screen. Not only was it large, but everything was spectacular, from colors to details. It might be hard to believe coming from someone who’s new to smartphones, but I’ve played around with my friends’ phones and I can see the slight advantage.

Of course, I was first very excited to test what the hype was all about. I explored the Smart Pause/Smart Stay features, as well as the Air Gestures. I also looked into the S Voice. While these features are pretty cool, I got bored a little. First, when I played a video, it was a bit slow to pause or play when I looked away or looked back. As for the S Voice, sometimes it was also slow to respond, and it sucked away my battery real fast.

Anyway, those are features I could live without, and I certainly didn’t buy the phone for them. The most important thing for me was camera and performance. As for the camera, I was all hands up. Although using the flash tends to oversaturate colors, it produced great results most of the time when lighting is adequate. As for performance, everything was swift.

Probably I can only complain about the heat and the fast battery drain, but I guess that’s not surprising with most phones nowadays. With some tweaks, I was able to get more life out of it. Another flaw is that you can only use about 8GB out of the 16GB internal memory, but the external storage pretty much makes up for that.

So, all I can say is that I am happy with my S4. In just a short while, I’m sure many better phones would still come out, but if you’ll ask me if it’s a worthy purchase, it definitely is.