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The New Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

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Google just unveiled their new Nexus devices about a month ago or so and those devices just started shipping recently to early buyers. For years since the beginning of the Nexus program, there has only been one device introduced at a time yearly and now we get the pleasure of having two device’s introduced at the same time. Google is trying to make sure they cover all basis this year around. They want to make sure there is a reliable pure Google Android smartphone that will meet the needs of people who want a larger smartphone or a smartphone that is not so big in the hand. It’s all a matter of preference and having two options will appeal more to a larger group of consumer’s.

The Nexus 6P will be aimed at consumer’s in the market for a Phablet kind of phone. If you don’t know what a Phablet is, it’s the mix between a phone and a tablet. That’s where the name Phablet comes from. Phablets are essentially phone tablets. The Nexus 5X is being aimed at consumer’s who prefer a palm smartphone that typically contains a 5.3 inch display or smaller.

The Google Nexus 5X pricing is starting at $379 and it offers a 5.2 inch display which comes pre-installed with Google’s latest operating system. The Nexus 5X is made by LG and it has a plastic body and is considered the lower end of the two Nexus devices. The Nexus 6P pricing is starting at $499 and it offers a full HD 5.7 inch display. This is the higher end of the two devices and it offers a premium look and feel with an all aluminum body and Amoled display. Amoled displays are made by Samsung and these bright vibrant displays are comparable to the displays you see on some of the best looking high definition TVs in the world. Both Nexus devices will run the latest version of Android and get the updates first because they are running on a pure Android operating system. Receiving the updates first and very quickly is one of the biggest perks of owning a pure Google phone like the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the Nexus 6P personally. Physically, it is the most premium Nexus device ever released, since the beginning of the Nexus program. When I get mine, I’ll be sure to make the Nexus 6P my daily driver for at least a week or longer and I’ll submit my own personal review on the Nexus 6P on my blog right here. So stay tuned.

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The New iPhones and iPad Pro

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Recently Apple has unveiled some of their newest products coming out very soon and their live event sparked a lot of interest in the media and in the news all around the world. Apple unveiled a the new Apple TV, they unveiled some new colors to the iWatch, some new iWatch bands, they unveiled the new iPad Mini 4, the new iPad Pro, the new Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro, a smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro and they unveiled the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Now these are all great additions to Apples list of great products, however the products that generated the most buzz were the new iPhones and the new iPad Pro.

The new iPad Pro is the product that intrigued me the most during the Apple press event this year. This iPad Pro is the first iPad and first tablet in the world to come in at 12.9 inches on the display. The iPad Pro is very large for a tablet, however the display and raw power of the tablet seem to be very formidable with the A9X chipset running under the hood. The new iPad Pro will be released in November in the United States and the pricing starts at $799 for the 32 GB model and can up to $1079 for the 128 GB model with Wi-Fi & Cellular data equipped. The pricing structure is pretty expensive and won’t attract the average consumer with that size and price point.

The iPad Pro is weighing in at 1.5 pounds, so given its size with the 12.9 inch display it’s not that heavy at all. Apple made sure the screen resolution was very high on this iPad Pro. They upped their last iPad by incorporating the same screen technology found on the MAC Book Pro’s with Retina displays, right into their 12.9 inch iPad Pro. So visually the iPad Pro users will be in for a real treat. This new iPad Pro is sure to be a content consumption beast, weather you’re streaming content, browsing the web, or playing your favorite games and with 10 hours of battery life promised by Apple, you won’t be disappointed.

Now this is a great looking tablet with great performance, but who is the demographic of consumers that this will be aimed at? My best guess would be the power users. If you have any of the larger iPad, such as the iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, or iPad 2, and you can afford to purchase one of these new iPad Pro tablets without breaking the bank, I’d highly recommend purchasing the iPad Pro. And not just purchasing the 32 GB model, I’d recommend purchasing the 64 GB at the very least just so you have a decent amount of space for apps, video’s, pictures and other media. You are sure to be satisfied with the experience.

Apple also introduced the Apple Pencil and a smart keyboard for the iPad Pro which should make the experience much more fruitful. With 4 speakers on the iPad Pro (one in each corner), the sound quality should be just as good as the visually quality you will be getting out of this tablet. If you are an Android Tablet owner, is this the tablet for you? Well that depends on what you use your tablet for, if you are content with your tablet and tablet display size and how much money you are willing to spend to get another tablet to satisfy your needs and wants. With the Android Tablet market adding a lot more tablets at competitive prices, chances are you can get more for your money at a better price elsewhere. I personally own the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and while I may be intrigued by the iPad Pro’s larger display, the price point is a deal breaker for me.

Apple also unveiled their new iPhones. The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. The iPhone 6s Plus is the larger 5.5 inch iPhone that is geared towards the phablet category of phones to compete up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note series of phones and other big name phones in the larger phone categories. If you don’t know what a phablet means, it stands for Phone Tablet. It’s a mixture between a smartphone and a tablet. The iPhone 6s is geared to compete with the rest of the smart phone market and other big flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, Sony Xperia Z5 and more.

The new iPhone devices are identical as far as looks goes, however the changes were all made under the hood of these new devices. Apple finally upgraded the camera sensor and now it is sitting at 12 Megapixels respectfully. Apple also finally joined the rest of the Android world in having their devices include the capability to record 4K video. If you don’t know what 4K video is, it’s also known as Ultra High Definition. It’s 2 steps above High Definition. Android phones have had this capability for years and Apple has finally added this feature to their phones. I’m very curious to see how the camera performance will be up against the other top flagship phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the Samsung Galaxy S6, the LG G4, the Sony Xperia Z5 and other top of the line phones with exceptional camera performance. The first few samples I did get to see were very promising.

Apples new iPhone also have the new feature known as Force Touch that allows you to open up windows and access information based upon how much pressure you apply to the screen. Apple also included a new feature known as live photo, which is a built in animated picture like feature built into the camera which will record 1½ seconds before you take a picture and 1½ seconds after you take a picture. It reminds me of the GIF animated picture feature you can find already present on some Android phones for a while now.

Apple also added motion wallpapers, a stronger aluminum body to avoid any bending issues, faster performance, a new touch ID sensor which is twice as fast when it comes to unlocking your phone and Apple added an updated Siri that will always be on. With Siri always being on, you won’t have to press any buttons at all to activate Siri. Previously Siri only remained on always, only when the previous iPhone was being charged. Apple is also rolling out their newest version of iOS which is iOS 9 and it will be available September 16th in the United States.

All in all, if you’re an iPhone user, it doesn’t matter which iPhone you have, I think upgrading would be a good choice. You can’t go wrong with all the newly added features and the highly anticipated and improved 12 megapixel camera on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. I would like to note that if you are an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owner, upgrading could be something you could wait another year to do, for just due to the fact that the new iPhones are completely identical as far as the looks of the devices and it will be hard to tell who has an iPhone 6 series or and who has an iPhone 6s series. With the new version of iOS 9 rolling out in a week, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners could update their device and be content until the newly designed iPhone 7 is released next year.

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High End Tablets with Subpar Camera’s

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There’s a trend I’m starting to see with the tablet manufacturers that doesn’t make sense to me. Why aren’t manufacturers putting the same high end camera’s and high end camera features into their high end tablets as they do on their high end smartphones. Why shouldn’t tablets have the same camera features and same camera resolution as their current flagship phones? The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 have great camera’s. It seems to only make sense for Samsung to put the same high end camera’s and same high end camera features into their high end tablets. If consumers are going to pay top tier prices for tablets, why not give consumers what they pay for?

When I go to any kind of event or outing where lots of picture’s are taken, such as a car show, a wedding, a graduation, or the zoo for example, I see more and more people taking picture’s and recording video on their tablets. Only if those consumer’s could get the same quality out of their tablets as they do with their phones. I’d love to see a Sony Xperia Z Tablet with their new 23 megapixel camera they put into their new Sony Xperia Z5 smartphone. Even with Apple unveiling the new iPad Pro recently. It has the same old camera found on the older iPhones, but the newer iPhones are fitted with Apple’s new 12 megapixel iSight camera with a whole new list of features. If I’m going to pay $800 for an iPad Pro, at least give me the most up to date camera and the most up to date camera features as well.

It’s hard to justify the higher and higher prices manufacturers are placing on their high end offerings for tablets. If I were a manufacturer, I’d add all the same features you find in the smartphones, into the tablets. If your high end tablets are going to cost the same amount as a high end smartphone, at least give the tablets the same exact features and camera quality offered in the smartphones. This would definitely assist with persuading the consumer’s to shell out so much money just for a tablet.

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Smartphone Camera’s

What is your camera of choice? Most people reach for their smartphone to snap picture’s on the go and at the drop of a dime. I recently went to an 8th grade graduation and only saw about 3 or 4 people using dedicated camera’s to snap pictures. Everyone else that attended that graduation, took picture’s with their smartphones and tablets.

I saw Android smartphones, Android tablets, iPads and iPhones in full use during the graduation. With the camera technology constantly improving in our wireless electronics like our smartphones and tablets, there will soon be no need for digital camera’s. Smartphones take astounding pictures this day and age so the need to buy a dedicated camera is less likely to happen.

The best camera shooting smartphones are all high end phones. My top 10 best smartphone cameras from the list of the most recent available phones, are listed below.

1. Samsung Galaxy S6/ Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Same Camera Sensor)

2. LG G4

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 4/ Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (Same Camera Sensor)

4. iPhone 6 Plus

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

6. iPhone 6

7. Samsung Galaxy S5

8. Motorola Droid Turbo

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10. Nexus 6

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Smartphone Storage Space

Manufacturers advertise 16 GB of space (for example), but as a user you don’t get the full 16 GB of space for use of your choice. The packaging on smartphone boxes should only advertise the space you can use as a consumer and user of that specific device. In some instances, consumers have purchased devices that advertise 16 GB of space, but they only receive half of the advertised space. A perfect example of this instance is the Samsung Galaxy S4 for Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. With applications getting larger in space, camera’s on smartphones getting better and higher video quality being added to smartphones this day and age, it’s about time we phase out the 16 GB option and make 32 GB and 64 GB a staple moving forward. This is all in relation to Android phone’s of course. I am a current owner of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the 32 GB of space on the internal memory is more than enough for myself as a power user and avid user of hundreds of apps at a time. I previously had the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the 16 GB of space wasn’t enough. After the manufacturer and carrier have added their apps to the device,  you only get about 11 or 12 GB of space to use. I have a 32 GB micro SD card and even after moving all my apps to the SD card (the apps that allowed this option), I was left with limited space. Another problem with limited space is the performance decrease you experience with your phone. If I was a manufacturer in 2014 I would want the user to enjoy a nice,  fast, fluid experience as much as possible. Limiting the space alloted to the devices being sold is not the best way to go about it. It’s about time they offer 32 GB and 64 GB options only as I stated earlier. The expansion options offered on a lot of Android power phones give you more flexibility,  but until you can add all your space completely onto your micro SD card, it will never be the complete answer or fix for storage issues on smartphones.