Thursday, November 5, 2015

Which Phone Will Make It In Your Pocket?

Ryan Walton
Staff Writer

During Apple’s most recent keynote that took place on September 9 they unveiled their newest iteration of the iPhone. The new iPhone 6s has brought many new and updated features from the iPhone 6.  Some of the new features include 3D touch, Live Photos feature, Apple A9 Chipset, wider LTE support and faster wifi which includes wifi assist which is where the device detects when the wifi is spotty and then uses mobile data, but there was a lawsuit that was suing over damages because the wifi assist is turned on by default and there is no clear sign that it is on and people had run up large phone bills because of this. They also  improved the camera, and not to forget, they now come in rose gold.
  The Live Photos Feature captures the moments that are just before and just after the picture is taken while also capturing movement and sound although it comes at a cost of storage it will take approximately twice a normal photo . The new 3D touch allows for the “peek and pop” in which you can preview emails by using just a light touch of the screen. Apple’s newest A9 Chipset now has the iPhone’s processor to run at 2.2 GHz. The improvements to the camera increasing the MP from 8 to 12 and allowing 4K filming at 30fps or 1080p at 30 or 60 fps. This means that photos and video will be better than ever.  While all of these upgrades take place the basic body of the phone is almost identical. The battery life is almost unchanged from the previous generation of iPhone.
 While Apple is introducing these new features, there are many other phones that are being introduced. Google has introduced their new Nexus phones the 5X and 6P, along with Microsoft introducing the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, and HTC revealed their new HTC One A9.  Google’s Nexus 5X is a 5.2 inch screen and has a 12.3 MP camera with a 5MP front facing camera, while the 6P is a 5.7 inch screen and a 8 MP front facing camera.The Nexus 5x has 2GB of ram while the 6P has 3GB of ram. Both of Google’s phones are capable to capture video in 4K, and they run Android Marshmallow. The Lumia 950  has a 5.2 inch screen and and the 950 XL has a 5.7 screen and both have 3 GB of RAM. Both the Lumia 950 and the 950 XL run windows 10 mobile, and have 20 MP cameras with ZEISS optics. The HTC One A9 has a 5 inch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and has a 13 Mp camera with a sapphire cover lens. The HTC has 3GB of ram and runs Android Marshmallow with HTC Sense™. HTC Sense™ is a redesign of Android  with an altered home screen and keyboard, and offers additional HTC supported apps.
 The new phones that have come out all are fast and efficient. Deciding on a new phone all depends on preference. While the specs and looks play a role in the decision, one of the larger parts of the decisions is the operating system. When considering Apple’s IOS Hannah Mui said that she liked it for the “simplicity, and the fact that it was easy to use,” but also mentioned that “Once you go Apple, you don’t go back” showing that once you have grown accustomed to the easy to use IOS interface Android is very difficult to use and navigate. Android user Richard Park said that he uses it for the “customization and having the capability to use different launchers and such.” IOS users use jailbreaking to be able to customize the Apple interface. Once the device is jailbroken the warranty is null and it is susceptible to many bugs and crashing that can result from the jailbreak.

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