Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Acer Iconia W3 Review

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Although late to the game of tablets in comparison to Android and iPad, Microsoft’s touch-centric Windows 8 OS is now being seen on a lot of devices. Microsoft’s hardware partners such as Lenovo, Acer, etc. are launching tablets with various form factors. The latest to hit the market is Acer Iconia W3 which claims of being the first 8 inches Windows 8 Tablet. But, does it really have anything else apart from this record? Let’s find out with our review-

Physical Attributes: Design and Display


At the outset, Acer Iconia W3 looks like a great device with a two-tone Black and White color on front. It measures 8.62" x 5.21" x 0.44" with a weight of 1.1 pounds, which is on a higher side in contrast to Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 or iPad Mini. The front is largely covered by display, and has a front-facing camera at the top, while a Start button at the center is beneath the display. Talking about sides, left is completely devoid of any buttons, while right side has volume controls and a microSD card slot. The top houses power button, microUSB port and a microHDMI port, whereas at the bottom, there’s dual speakers, charging port and 3.5 mm headphone jack. The back has a silver color with curved finish providing good grip. It has a primary camera.

The tablet has an 8.1 inch display bearing a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, translating to average pixel density of 186 ppi. It’s a 5 point multi-touch display allowing users to make full use of gestures on Windows 8. The display is glossy and offers good viewing angles and colors, however is looks very grainy.



The Inside: Hardware and Software


The tablet is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor Z2760 clocked at 1.8 GHz. It also comes with integrated graphics powering graphics for games, etc. The processor is complemented by a 2 GB RAM. In terms of memory, it has a flash storage of 32 GB/ 64 GB variants, which can be further expanded up to 64 GB externally. It has a Li-ion battery of 3500 mAh giving it backup of almost 8 hours, which is really commendable.

The hardware is decent and ensures smooth running of applications. However, since it runs on a full-blown Windows 8 OS, it takes toll on hardware and there are some lags during some tasks. Also, the processor works great in metro interface since those apps are optimized for touch and draw low processing power. There are several Metro apps already installed viz. Kindle, Evernote, Netflix, etc., though the Windows Market place has limited number of apps and hence one has to use desktop mode. But, as soon as one switches to desktop mode, there are several delays. It’s a great device for those who are accustomed to Windows interface and thus even want to install legacy apps in it, which is just not possible in Android or iPad. This way one can even watch flash videos thanks to the ability to install flash player plugin. However, let us warn you that to install software, it sometimes takes almost four times the time it will take to install on computer. Acer has pre-installed Microsoft Office 2013 for Student edition on the tablet, thus users can easily view and edit documents, spreadsheets or presentations.



Others: Camera and Connectivity


The device sports a 2 MP camera both at the front and the back. They have average quality and there’s nothing special in them to talk about.

In connectivity department, device surely gets full marks. It has Bluetooth for file transfer or connecting to compatible devices, Wi-Fi for connecting to internet, microHDMI port to connect to large displays and most important microUSB port allowing to use Iconia W3 with any USB 2.0 device ranging from a mouse or keyboard to Internet dongle to even DVD drive.



Accessories: Keyboard Dock and Cover


Acer Iconia W3 with Keyboard Dock


To gain the actual advantage of the tablet, we would suggest to go with the 70 $ keyboard dock which serves dual purpose of keyboard and dock/ cover as well. The keyboard connects to Acer Iconia W3 via Bluetooth and is self-powered using AAA batteries. It holds the device in a sturdy way and kept on a surface allows faster and more accurate typing. The keyboard is actually larger than the tablet, giving a feeling that one is using 10 or 11” keyboard. What’s interesting is the back of the keyboard dock which has a slot for inserting the keyboard and locks it safely.

There’s also a soft leather cover for the tablet available ensuring that the device is protect from scratches and external damages. It also doubles up as a dock for the tablet.



Conclusion


Acer Iconia W3 is an interesting device with a compact form-factor running the most loved Windows OS. However, unless and until one badly needs to use full Microsoft Office as well as other apps on Windows, there’s no other reason to buy the device. At similar price, Samsung’s Tab 3 8.0, Galaxy Note 8.0 offers better features or going on a little higher side, iPad Mini is also a great buy.

Author-


The Guest Author of this post is Julia. She wrote several tech posts for 91mobiles.com. Her passion for upgrading her knowledge puts her to research on topics relevant to her industry. Besides, she also likes to share her findings by writing about them in her free time.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Apple Airplay vs Google Chromecast!

Apple’s AirPlay and Google's ChromeCast promise to change the way you operate electronic devices in your house. These two technologies have been designed to wirelessly connect different electronic devices to each other. Here is a quick look at the features that Apple and Google promise.

AirPlay


AirPlay allows you to wirelessly connect with your iDevices, your PC, and your speakers. It is compatible with both iOS and Windows. AirPlay works through the Apple TV and is dependent on Wi-Fi, so it is important to get a speedy and stable connection.


Let’s look at some of AirPlay’s great features.


Streaming


AirPlay, in partnership with Apple TV, allows you to wire stream audio, video, and photos with the tap of a button. You have the freedom to stream your music from one source onto multiple speakers that are placed in different locations as long as everything is connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This system is also applicable to AV receivers.


Similarly, you can stream videos from your iDevices or your computer to your television display panel. Furthermore, you can use a source device like your iPhone, iPad or iPod, as a remote control.


Unlike Bluetooth streaming, which compresses the music, AirPlay does no such thing. If you are using good quality speakers, rest assured that there will be no loss of sound quality.

Mirroring


AirPlay has the ability to mirror everything that you see on your iPhone, iPad or iPod or the desktop onto your TV’s display. Mirroring allows many people to simultaneously watch the content.


Apps


AirPlay comes with a few built-in apps, with more being introduced at the Apple App Store. You can use the free Vevo app to play music videos or use the TED app to view your favorite lectures directly on your TV screen. Similarly, the Facebook app lets you stream Facebook videos to your television. By downloading Apple's free Remote app, your handheld iDevice can be used to select iTunes songs, set playlists, and control volume levels of speakers in different rooms.


Price


The AirPlay is priced at around INR 6,700.


ChromeCast


Google has developed a simple and inexpensive way for you to transfer your small screen content onto the big screen. The small HDMI dongle is compatible with all your Android, Apple, and Windows devices. The setup process is simple, and it can be done by using an app or via internet services.


The Chrome Cast uses Wi-Fi for connectivity, but the source device doesn’t stream content directly. It simply tells the dongle the specific video it has to stream from the cloud in order to display it on the TV. Google’s innovative device can also stream web content from your computer’sChrome browser, as long as it has a special Chrome extension installed.



Streaming


ChromeCast is an excellent device for YouTube and Netflix viewing. Even if you send the app to the background on your mobile device, or switch tabs on your computer, the content will continue to play on your TV screen. This gives you the freedom to use these devices while watching TV, with your source gadget also functioning as a remote.


ChromeCast has been designed to automatically turn on television sets that support HDMI-CEC. It can even change the HDMI input, which means that you can switch from live TV to whichever video you have selected on your handheld.


Perhaps the best feature of Google’s tech gadget is that it is not locked to a specific device or account. Your guests can connect wirelessly to your dongle, and they can stream media content from their own accounts and devices.


Mirroring


When using the ChromeCast, press the cast button on your source device, and the current tab will show up on your TV screen. Known as tab casting, this technology is great for browsing the web. You can even send an entire array of tabs from the Chrome browser on your computing device to the TV screen.


Apps


ChromeCast supports apps like YouTube, Google Play Music, Movies and TV, and Netflix. HBO and Hulu have recently announced that they will soon develop apps for Google Cast. Moreover, many independent developers are working on apps that will allow Chromecasting offline data.


Price


The ChromeCast is priced at INR 2,300.


Verdict


AirPlay has been around for much longer than ChromeCast, and therefore gives you a wide range of options in terms of content. It also allows you to access the iTunes Store. ChromeCast, on the other hand does not support a lot of apps yet.


Furthermore, AirPlay streams from device to device, but ChromeCast is only cloud based and there also seems to be a lag in mirroring on Google’s device. On the bright side, Google’s dongle is tiny and easy to set-up, and is priced much lower than AirPlay.


The bottom line is, if you have a house full of iDevices, then going for AirPlay certainly makes sense. On the other hand, if you own cross-platform devices, the ChromeCast is a better option.

How To Be Couples of the Internet Age

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We live in a hyper-connected world. There are more services to keep in touch with somebody than you can count on your fingers. Thus, keeping a track of your special someone is getting harder as the world makes your phone beep with notifications every other minute. But there are ways which can keep you and your loved one in the loop. Here are a few suggestions:

* Subscribe to their Notifications on Social Networks

If your partner is active on social networks, you don't want to miss out on their status updates, shares or retweets in the constantly changing activity stream. In Facebook, simply go to his or her profile and click 'Get Notifications' in the drop-down menu titled 'Friends'. Now, whenever he or she posts on Facebook, you'll be alerted.

Similarly, the official Twitter apps for Smartphones allow to 'Turn on Notifications' for a particular user. Once done, whenever that user tweets, you get a notification right away.

* Share Locations While Travelling to meet each other

If you're in a relationship, you know the uncountable number of times when you are typing out your location to the other person, especially when you're keeping him or her waiting. Apps like Glympse allow temporary sharing of your current location with others. That way, a simple view of the map will exactly show how far you are from your dear one. It supports most of the popular Smartphone Operating Systems like iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry

* Use Apps That Are Made for Two

Avocado is an app made for the two of you. You can have one-one-one instant messaging conversations. The good thing about this is, when you get a notification from Avocado, you'll know who it is from. You can also have to-do lists just between you two, which is great when shopping for groceries and more. The Calendar function can show what he or she is up to. You can also have private photo albums and other cutesy stuff using Avocado. If you don't like Avocado, there are alternative apps like 'Between' or 'Couple'.

* Self-Destructing Photo Apps

Certain photos are worthy of creating a picture frame. Certain others, maybe not. Interesting apps like SnapChat allow you to send photos to other SnapChat users and in the famous Mission-Impossible movie style, those photos get self-destructed in a few seconds. So get creative with this interesting app, if you catch my drift!

This is a Guest post by Rohan Naravane who works at Pricebaba.com

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Nokia Lumia 925 Vs Nokia Lumia 928

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The flagship Smartphone from Nokia, the Lumia 928 was released a little earlier, after which came the Lumia 925 with some minor amendments. The big question is how are both the phones different? What separates both the phones and how are they similar to one another? A quick view will help you recognize their differences:


Design:


With regards to the design of the phones, Lumia 928 looks almost like its original design by featuring a full-fledge polycarbonate body and a similar look like the 920. But the design of 925 is more like a departure from the 928. With a blend aluminum material on the sides and polycarbonate on the rear side, the phone looks strikingly amazing in person rather than in pictures. The introduction of the new material is surely a welcoming change for Lumia version. It gives 925, a premium feel with a nice texture and matte polycarbonate rear side. All in all, the 928 carries the conservative look of Lumia 920 and the Lumia 925 carries a refreshing body change, but in limited shades.


Talking about the small designing decision taken while making the phone, Lumia 928 has the benefit of not needing pin to open the SIM card tray, which the users find helpful in constrained conditions. But, Nokia failed to include a similar arrangement in its recent launch, the Lumia 925.


Dimension:


Nokia Lumia925 is a little short from 928 by a few millimeters, but it is the thickness of the phone that steals the limelight. The Lumia 925 sports an impressive sleeker build and is just 8.5mm thick while the Lumia 928 is reportedly 10.7mm thick.


With regards to the weight of both the phones, the 925 will impress the mass users with its classic light weight. Nokia Lumia 925 has been called Catwalk lately, even during its developmental phase for the right reasons. With a sleek body of 8.5mm, the Smartphone is extremely light weighing just 139 gms, even after lodging a complete PureView 8.7 MP rear camera with multi-axis optical image stabilization technique. On the other hand, the Lumia 928 is around 162 gms.


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Display:


In terms of the display of both the phones, Lumia 928 and 925 have AMOLED screen along with Pentile pixel arrangement. Lumia 925 has better color reproduction due to its perfect built-in color profile settings, while the Lumia 928 looks warm, saturated and lavish. Both the phones have a screen size of 4.5 inches with light sensor, proximity sensor and Corning Gorilla scratch resistant glass.


Camera:


Speaking about the camera, both the phones are different in specs. The Lumia 928 features Xenon flash which works amazingly well in capturing and stabilizing moving substances while the newer version of Nokia, the Lumia 925 sports an additional lens elements along with its Zeiss lens to enhance the sharpness and clearness of the images. During the daylight, you cannot address minor difference, but while going for acute angles, 928 leads to a defocusing blurring of the image, but Lumia 925 handles it exceptionally well with perfect clarity and sharpness evenly.


Both the phones feature 8.7MP camera that support Back-illuminated sensor, auto focus, exposure compensation, geo-tagging, optical image stabilization but Lumia 925 goes a step ahead and features touch to focus, face detection, Panorama scenes and white balance presets. The front camera of both the device is 1.2MP that allows video capturing 720p HD @30fps.


Hardware:


Now moving to the hardware of the devices, talking about their internals, both the phones carry the same chips, boards leaving the wireless charging feature that goes missing from 925. Both the devices come compacted with Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 Dual-Core processor clocked at 1500MHz with a graphic processor of Adreno 225.The internal storage is changed, but the external storage is same. However, none of them features a removable storage option.


Operating System:


Coming to the software system of the devices, Lumia 925 segregates itself with its startling new Amber update. Though both the devices run on Windows Phone 8 but the Amber update of 925 gives it a competitive edge over the Lumia 928.


Connectivity:


Discussing the connectivity of both the phones, Lumia 928 and Lumia 025 offer same connectivity almost. Both allow Bluetooth v3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ b/g/ n, USB 2.0, MicroUSB, USB charging, NFC, DLNA, OTA Sync, Tethering and more.


Battery Life:


Talking about the battery life and price of both the phones, Nokia Lumia 928 features Li-Polymer battery of 2000mAh that offers a talk time of 16.20 hours and a standby of 606 hours. It renders a music playback of 80 hours and video streaming duration of 6 hours 30 minutes. The device comes decked with an inbuilt wireless charging facility. However, the Lumia 925 comes with a 2000mAh battery that gives a talk time of 18 hours 0 minutes which larger than 928 but a lesser standby period. It offers a music playback of 55 houses and video playback of 6 hours 6o minutes.


Price:


Lastly, speak to you about the pricing of both the phone. Launched under the same flagship, Nokia Lumia 925 price in India has been tagged at INR 31,999/- while Nokia Lumia 928 has been labeled at 33,773/-


Conclusion:


To conclude, Lumia 925 is a phone with substantial enhancement in built and overall design. Even in other aspects like the internal hardware, the phone features better performance. The camera of the phone is the most sought after feature of the Lumia 925. But, it failure of wireless charging takes the phone a step back. The additional camera lens, better receptions, lighter weight will surely attract more takers for 925.But, what adds to its disadvantage is its limited color choice and 16GB internal storage.


While talking about Lumia 928, it features an improved battery life, Xenon Flash, 3 HACC microphone, wireless charging and two colour choices. So, with such a clear differentiation, users can easily make their selection and opt for the device which they really desire to purchase with respect to design, utility, battery, build, camera specs and battery. All in all both the Lumia sets offer cut throat competition to one another.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Laptop Vs Tablet: Which to buy for your child?

In the present era, technology has become an integral part of education. We have seen a tremendous increase in the use of computing devices by school students to complete their homework and also to keep themselves entertained. As a parent, you need to understand which device is best suited for your children’s needs. The choice usually comes down to either a laptop or a tablet. Here is a breakdown of both these gadgets in order to help you make the right choice.

Laptops

Laptops have today become necessary student tools. To what do laptops owe their popularity, and is it really the best computing gadget you could buy for your children?

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Pros

A laptop is an intellectual laboratory that comes with great functionality, powerful processors, and a physical keyboard. Associate professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan, Scott Campbell, says that keyboards provide a greater amount of functionality when writing, and flexibility when it comes to creativity.

According to Rebecca Levey, co-founder of KidzVuz and editor of Mom Blog Magazine, laptops help kids to develop computing skills that will be required in their professional careers. Therefore, parents prefer laptops over tablets so that children can learn to use programs and tools that will be of use in their workplace in the future.

The popularity of laptops in the education sector has resulted in manufacturers selling these devices on huge student discounts. In fact, many companies offer discounted software along with the hardware. As a parent, you may wish to make the most of such offers. You may check this list of Laptops for Students if you are interested to buy one for yourself.

Cons

Carrying around a bulky laptop is certainly not pleasant! One of the lightest laptops in the world, the 13-inch Macbook Air, weighs about 1.35 kgs. On an average, a tablet weighs somewhere between 0.4 kg to 0.9kg. When it comes to children, a lighter computing device definitely makes more sense.

In addition, a parent must remember that laptops have many moving components. If children are going to be handling such devices, you will surely face problems like broken hinges and food particles stuck under the keys. Since tablets are more compactly built, they come with a significantly lesser risk of things going wrong.

Tablets

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Tablets are slowly eating into the desktop and laptops markets. As a parent, it is essential to understand the reasons as to why a tablet may or may not be the best educational tool for your kids.

Pros

Tablets can be used to do homework, create art, play games, and a lot more. Tablets are handy devices that can also be used for doing research, writing essays, taking notes in class, and even recording lecture sessions.

Roslyn Public Schools in New York recently handed out iPads to its students and teachers. Instructors now email assignments to their pupils, who then complete them on the tablet, and mail them back. The teachers correct these on the iPad itself, and return them to the students. No paper is exchanged between the two parties. This helps reduce paper consumption, and also eliminates any confusion about assignment submissions and corrections.

Since physical keyboards maybe better suited to do some tasks, companies like Logitech are designing keyboards that can be paired with a touchscreen device via Bluetooth. Further, software designers are increasingly coming up with PC programs that run on mobile devices as well, such as Microsoft Office and Skype. Another advantage of using a tablet is the availability of thousands of fun productivity and study apps.

Cons

The functionality of a laptop is superior to a tablet. If you think your child will be interested in programming or film-making, then a touchscreen device will not be of much help. In fact, Apple’s iPad does not even run Scratch, a free multimedia authoring software used by millions of kids.

Verdict

Tech experts say that a laptop is the way to go for students of all ages. As a parent, you are probably looking for a long-term investment. A laptop can be upgraded with higher RAM and larger capacity hard drives, but a tablet does not come with such flexibility. Furthermore, a tablet does not have all the functionalities of a laptop. Until better technological advancements take place in the world of handhelds, a laptop is certainly a better study tool for your children.

How to get the most of Sony Xperia Z: Tips and Tricks

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Sony’s flagship smartphone Xperia Z was launched almost six months back, but it’s still one of the most powerful smartphones available in the market. Coupled with robustness due to waterproof and dustproof capability and reduced Sony Xperia Z price, it becomes an attractive purchase. But, the device has more than what meets the eye, there are several hidden features which when enabled can work wonders for users. We compile those tips and tricks for you to make the most of your Xperia Z.



Small Wonder: Small Apps


Small Apps as the name signifies are the apps which open in small form on top of any application/ task user might be performing. What this means is that the user doesn’t need to exit from the task they are doing and simply open the small app for doing something quickly. This saves a lot of time and effort and gives multitasking a new meaning.


To open a small app- Click Multitasking button and open any apps at the bottom of the screen.


By default, Sony has installed Calculator, Voice Recorder, Timer, etc. as Small Apps. However, one can hit the Play Store to find more such apps. One app which we will recommend is Camera, which means that you can continue doing your work and click images and video by just a click.



Battery Saver: STAMINA Mode


Biggest grouse users have with their smartphones is low battery life. Sony has taken an interesting approach to solve this problem. It has added a mode called STAMINA which elongates the battery life by automatically shutting down Mobile data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. whenever screen is off. Users can also whitelist the settings and apps which shouldn’t be closed in this mode.


To enable STAMINA Mode- Go to Settings > Power Management > Check STAMINA Mode.


If this doesn’t suit user’s needs, Sony has also provided Low Power Management Mode which closes apps only when the battery level reaches below 20%.



Imaging Prowess: Camera Settings


Sony has packed an impressive 13.1 MP camera with Exmor RS optics in Xperia Z. The true power of the lens can be unleashed when it’s used with right settings at right condition.





  • If you’re shooting outdoors, then select Superior Auto Mode which automatically selects the best settings for the situation.




  • In case of abundant lighting conditions, Normal Mode will be just fine for taking the images.




  • Users can also make use of Burst Mode which clicks several images at once, so that even if user’s hand is shaking, there would be few pictures which wouldn’t be blurry.




  • If you’d like to take an image while recording video, then go to Quick Launch > Launch and Capture.




Enhancing Sound Output: Clear Phase and xLoud


Clear Phase is a Sony’s proprietary technology which automatically adjusts the sound output from speakers resulting in a cleaner and natural sound. On the other hand, xLOUD is an audio filter technology from Sony which improves the speaker volume without sacrificing quality. This results in more dynamic sound.


To enable Clear Phase- Go to Settings > Sound > Check Clear Phase


To activate xLOUD- Go to Settings > Sound > Check xLOUD



Intelligent suggestions when an accessory is added: Smart Connect


Smart Connect provides suggestions which can be used with the attached accessory to the Xperia Z. What’s more that this app can also bring certain actions at predefined times of the day. For example- When earphones is connected to Xperia Z between 7 am and 9 am, which is the time when user is going to work, music starts playing and browser opens the morning news. Also, the sound profile is set to vibrate only.


To start Smart Connect app- Open the app from Application Drawer and create an event by following the given instructions.



Large Screen Experience: Screen Mirroring


With the help of Wi-Fi Direct, Xperia Z can create a wireless link between the device and compatible TV. Thus the photos, music, videos, etc. can be streamed directly from the device to TV.


After activating screen mirroring in TV, you’ve to enable the same in Xperia Z by going to Settings > Display > Screen Mirroring > Tap Turn on Screen Mirroring and select the TV.


If you’re having a DLNA compatible TV, then you can use Throw feature in Xperia Z. Enable it by going to Settings > Throw.


There you’re try these wonderful settings and enjoy the Xperia Z. If you want to tinker a little more, get NFC Tags and use them to initiate actions through Xperia Smart Tags app.

iPhone 5S: What Apple's Smartphone will have to beat the Android domination

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Mobile geeks in the world have been judging smartphones for its positives and negatives to rank their favourite OS to occupy the top ranks in the smartphone world. The latest IDC numbers have been revealed and the Google’s android OS seems to be the champion of the current smartphone world.


Sales:It is also true that irrespective of its grandiose nature and highly exceptional software, the sales of iPhones have probably been a little depressed, solely beckoning on its features that are little less than Android devices.


On the Contrast, Android has been compared to metro rails that would stop at no stopping. It has been performing extremely well and has enhanced its smart phone sales in one quarter to an extent comparable to the entire year sales of other smartphone giants.


What the press has to say about Android’s success:


Smartphone market has indeed doubled and the sole responsible player in this growth is Google and its android operating system. Android would also drive the growth of smartphones to an attractive 38% by the year 2016. It has also been anticipated that Apple would own only 17% of the market share in the same period. – Research led by Ovum


Shipments and the entire market of smartphone have been anticipated to get doubled in the near future and it is undoubtedly true that android would be the captain of the ship and would emerge as a strong and dominant platform for the future. – Independent telecom analyst


Reasons for the shift from IOS to Android phones:


The IPhone 5S has apparently ruled everybody’s heart. It has also been made very clear that it is impossible to make such a grand device that is light and thin without making serious sacrifices on performance and features.


It has been accomplished as a perfect synchronisation of design and engineering. It’s every detail and design has been appreciated by mobile geeks all over the world with the best precision anybody would expect from a smartphone.


Though it has been meticulously designed with the best precision anybody, except from a smartphone, it is somehow not working as well as android powered phones.


Android has become a common man’s OS and the market share the search engine giant has accumulated with its mobile OS has been tremendous compared with luxury phone makers such as Apple. Is it because of the price? The integrities?Smart functioning or the easy usability of the phone? What is the reason for the fall of Apple devices to android? Let’s explore here and what should Apple do to outperform android devices? Let us deal this concept in detail here.


What should Apple do to outnumber Android devices?


Notifications:


Android has the ease of clearing all its notifications by simply pulling the notifications drawer. The ease of the system is tremendous and is easy to draw from the status bar at the top of the screen. Each icon is powered by a status bar to offer reminders when the drawers are closed. They are arranged over a completely customized layout and there are possibilities to combine notifications.


iPhones on the other had required to tap the X button to close every app. Though it has a notifications drawer but is crowded with an app and the notifications that are important may not get visible at all. Clearing the drawer is quite impossible and requires repeated taps every time with a good amount of effort.


It is true that notifications are disturbing and disruptive by nature but Apple should look for ways to minimize the disruption. Apple should also power its status bar with clear icons to indicate notifications.


Light:


Android devices notify the emergence of notifications via blinking light. Its apps are sensible enough to control their colour and frequency to ensure that users do not miss important notifications. Apple sets the light alarm pretty bright and its users are forced to keep their devices upside down at important meetings. Apple needs to think of subtle ways to notify happenings.


Integration with the cloud:


Many users feel that Apple is not that good with the cloud and its Mobile Me app to integrate with the internet is plagued with a series of problems. Sync between apple devices through Wi-Fi is poor as well.


Apple needs to consider ways to get its cloudyappearance improved and better. Many users feel android is the best OS for internet connected handsets.


Operations in the background:


Multitasking has been a cake walk for android devices as its apps could run efficiently in the background without drying its battery. Android is also managing its apps constantly to keep the usage of resources low.


Apple needs to concentrate on its iOS, which is quite difficult for novice developers. It needs to develop software that lets apps run on its background and adapts itself to location changes. There has been a widespread notion that the limitation of android breaks the fundamental cloud integration.


Integration with the OS:


Though both the android and the iOS platform allow use of apps that are a part of their OS itself, android seems to offer greater access than that of iOS. Android apps are efficient to receive notifications and have its own messaging service that requests users to sign up for the account.


IOS users have to create their own messaging service and ask users to sign up for the accounts. Sign up is required with Apple OS in contrary to android OS.


Back Button:


Back buttons are beautiful options of any smartphone. It helps users to retrace their steps in any OS. Android devices have integrated this feature as permanent hardware integrity in the OS. It has a universal back button at the base of the screen.


In IOS the users have to double tap the home button to reverse their functionality, its back button is not really back, but it’s an up button. It is highly recommended that Apple iOS improves its navigation system across all its functionalities to beat the competition against android phones.


Conclusion:


It is definitely true that android wins the race in offering a responsive clear and a usable product experience. IOS on the other hand is catching up to do so and needs to improve both its hardware and software credentials to beat the competition in the market.


Author-


The Guest Author of this post is Julia. She wrote several tech posts for 91mobiles.com. Also check out apple iphone 5s price in india. Her passion for upgrading her knowledge puts her to research on topics relevant to her industry. Besides, she also likes to share her findings by writing about them in her free time.