Nokia Lumia 930 review like the Icon

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia is now bearing fruit, but as often happens when big companies merge, there aren’t enough jobs to go around. More than 10,000 former Nokia employees are due to be laid off by the end of the year, but their legacy will live on for a time in the Lumia 930: one of the last all-Nokia creations. If you live in the UK, then you already know where to get the flagship Windows Phone, but the more important question is whether you want one. We’ve already taken a deep dive on the 930 in our review of the Lumia Icon, which is essentially the same phone, just exclusive to Verizon in the US. Let’s revisit the good, the bad and the competition.

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SummaryThe Lumia 930 is arguably the best Windows Phone on the market, with a brilliant camera and top-end specs. It’s also an improvement over the US version, the Lumia Icon, thanks to broader LTE band support and a free wireless charger in the box.

The Lumia 930 won’t leave many wanting when it comes to raw specs, but it could leave the more design-focused buyer a tad underwhelmed. It’s a fairly inconspicuous marriage of Gorilla Glass 3, aluminum and polycarbonate, with the latter adding a dash of Lumia color to brighten up the proceedings. If you’re not a fan of Nokia’s more playful, plastic-clad models, then the 930’s utilitarian look might be right up your alley. The aluminum band spanning the perimeter of the phone is a nice reminder you’re dealing with a top-end device that deserves a dose of premium materials. A slight pillowing of the back panel makes the 930 comfortable to hold, and with a 5-inch display, it has much more agreeable dimensions than the 6-inch Lumia 1520. The smaller device is still relatively heavy at 167g (or sturdy, depending on how you look at it), but well within most people’s tolerances.

The Lumia 930 launched already running Windows Phone 8.1, but the Icon, its US doppelganger, was built before Microsoft eased up on design requirements with the release of 8.1. As a result, the 930 is probably the last phone you’ll see with capacitive navigation keys and a physical camera button alongside the standard power and volume rocker arrangement. Undoubtedly, one of the best bits of the external hardware is the 5-inch display: a 1080p AMOLED ClearBlack panel nestled under a sheet of Gorilla Glass 3. It’s hard to fault, what with its great sunlight readability, viewing angles and color saturation.

You can check out our Windows Phone 8.1 review if you’re unfamiliar with what the latest update to Microsoft’s mobile OS brings, but the biggest features to note are the addition of a notification center and virtual assistant Cortana. The latter is still in beta in the UK, but that in itself means we shouldn’t be far from a consumer-friendly release. Aside from the two main highlights that make for a much more competitive OS, the keyboard now supports swipe-based typing, and there are various other improvements to the core experience, like a new battery saver mode and redesigned calendar app, among others.

Being a Lumia, the 930 also reaps the benefits of Nokia’s Cyan update on top of Windows Phone 8.1, which includes enhanced Camera, Creative Studio and Storyteller apps. Packing the heaviest hardware in Nokia’s lineup, the 930/Icon and 1520 get some special treatment, like the Living Images photo feature that creates multi-frame moving pictures. Then there are the improvements to sound-recording quality when shooting video, as well as color temperature, low-light capture and autofocus when using the camera in general.

On the imaging front, the 930 has a more-than-capable 20-megapixel PureView camera with f/2.4 aperture. It’s not quite on the level of the Lumia 1020, but it’s also not as inferior as the raw specs would suggest. Low-light performance is especially good, and Nokia’s Camera app allows you to tweak deeper settings like white balance, ISO and shutter speed straight from the viewfinder — things you may actually find yourself doing on a mobile with such a large sensor. While picture quality may be impressive, video is of a slightly lower standard. The overly skittish autofocus noted in our Icon review is much improved with Windows Phone 8.1, but auto-exposure compensation is still somewhat overactive. The audio that accompanies the video is basically as good as it gets, thanks to four microphones that focus on the sound in front of the lens and while canceling out what’s behind it.

There’s nothing negative to be said about the overall user experience. Windows Phone is designed to run smoothly on super-cheap hardware configurations, so with a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM to work with, the 930 does it better than any. All that power isn’t at the expense of running time, though, and the 2,420mAh battery will keep the 930 chugging along happily for at least a full day, even with intensive use. You can also juice it up wirelessly thanks to an integrated Qi coil — every 930 comes with a wireless charger in the box, too, which isn’t the case with the Icon. Incidentally, the Icon also doesn’t support any form of LTE roaming, making it well and truly a Verizon-exclusive handset. The 930, on the other hand, works on bands 1, 3, 7, 8 and 20, which should take care of all needs, foreign and domestic.

For now, the Lumia 930 is simply the top of the pile when it comes to Windows Phone handsets, and with flagship status comes flagship pricing. Unlocked, you can currently pick up a 930 for £395 in the UK, but search around and you’ll find the Apple iPhone 5c, HTC One M8, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 all within roughly £50 of that price. As Verizon called dibs on the Icon, it’s unlikely we’ll see US carriers ranging the 930 any time soon. That said, if you’re keen on the 930’s wider LTE frequency support, unlocked models are available on Amazon from around $580.

Chances are you might not want to pay up front for the handset in the UK, and should you journey the contract route, there’s almost no delineation in prices across the top handsets. For around £30 per month, you’re free to pick your poison. And if your poison happens to be a top-spec Windows Phone with unmatched performance, a great display and a camera that’s practically as good as they get, well, prepare to get very sick indeed.


Panasonic Announces An Epic Cameraphone

Meet the Panasonic DMC-CM1 cameraphone. Inside is a massive image sensor on par with top-tier pocket cameras, yet the whole package is still rather svelte. With the DMC-CM1 Panasonic is returning to the smartphone market in an important way.

Two years ago Panasonic pulled the plug on its smartphones following disappointing sales of the Eluga handsets. Quite frankly, those handsets were not novel enough to sell in the crowded smartphone market. The just-announced DMC-CM1 plays nicely to Panasonic’s strengths as a leader in digital photography.

The DMC-CM1 packs a 20MP sensor attached to a f/2.8 Leica DC Elmarit lens that sports a mechanical shutter and a manual control ring. The 1-inch camera sensor dwarfs those found on traditional smartphones and is instead on par with the sensor found in traditional point-and-shoots like the Sony RX100 and Nikon 1 series.

The rest of the phone stacks nicely against top-tier smartphones with a 4.7-inch 1080p screen, 16GB of local memory, 2GB of RAM, 2,600mAh battery and Android 4.4 running on a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon platform. A micro-SD card slot provides more storage space.

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Similar in thought to the Samsung Galaxy Camera, the Panasonic DMC-CM1 attempts to address the waning sales of point-and-shoot cameras by offering a fantastic camera platform paired to a smartphone. As long as Panasonic doesn’t count on selling gobs of these units, the DMC-CM1 should be a safe bet for the company.

Panasonic is releasing the DMC-CM1 in France and Germany this year with a general roll-out not yet announced.

Apple reveals iPhone 6 Plus with 5.5-inch screen, starts at $299

For Apple, bigger is indeed better. On Tuesday, the company unveiled the iPhone 6 Plus at its media event, delivering a jumbo-size variant with a 5.5-inch screen in addition to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model.

The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for the 16GB version. There’s also a 64GB ($399) and a 128GB ($499) version. That’s a $100 premium over the standard iPhone 6. Those prices require a 2-year service contract. Off-contract pricing for T-Mobile in the US is listed as $749.76 (or 24 monthly payments of $31.24); $849.99 (or 24 monthly payments of $31.25 with $99.99 down); and $949.99 (or 24 monthly payments of $31.25 with $199.99 down) for the respective memory capacities. Click here for more information about the device’s US pricing.

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In the UK those prices are £619, £699, and £789 respectively, with all major networks set to offer it on various contract deals. In Australia, it’s AU$999 for 16GB, AU$1,129 for 64GB and AU$1,249 for the 128GB model, with carriers including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and others offering it too.

Apple’s phablet will be available in space gray, silver, and gold. Preorders for both new iPhones begin September 12, and they’ll hit stores in the US, UK and Australia on September 19.

Design

The bigger screen has a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution, which is higher than that of its 4.7-inch cousin. That’s a welcome upgrade but not as ultra-high-res as phones like the Quad HD Note 4. Apple is calling the new screen Retina HD, touting its extra sharpness.

As for what this bigger screen implies, historically, the gap between the old iPhone and the smallest 7.9-inch iPad used to be vast. With its 401ppi iPhone’s display amounts to higher pixel density than any previous iPhone or Apple device, so it could become the new Retina standard.

According to CNET’s Scott Stein, both phones feel good to hold and have excellent build quality. The metal design and curved lines feel, in a lot of ways, like previous iPod Touch models and a bit like the iPad. Because the new iPhones are thinner and flatter, they feel more waferlike in the hand, especially when compared with the HTC One M8, which is bulkier and denser. (For more on how the 6 Plus stacks up against its competitors, check out our spec chart.)

Core features

Bigger phones mean bigger batteries. The device is rated at 24 hours of talk time on a 3G connection, an extra 10 hours from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. That’s a great upgrade, although Samsung Galaxy fans will be quick to point out that they can always swap out the battery for a fresh one — Apple doesn’t offer hot-swappable batteries.

Another difference between the two new iPhones is in the camera. Both have an 8-megapixel camera with some key upgrades, including faster autofocus and slow-motion video up to 240 frames per second, double that of the iPhone 5S. The camera on the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization, unlike that of the iPhone 6. This appears on other phones, too, like the Galaxy Note 4, and helps steady a shaky hand.

Otherwise the handset has many of the same features as the 4.7-inch variant — including iOS 8 and the same 64-bit A8 chip. The new processor is said to allow 50 percent faster graphics and offer a 25 percent faster CPU. That’s less of a leap than the 5S provided, but should be more power efficient.

But even despite the new processor, reasons to upgrade to the new iPhone over last year are harder to find. The improved speed and graphics gains don’t seem as dramatic as last year’s A7 on paper. The camera has some upgrades (for example, a new sensor that could offer better focus and image quality), but the rear camera’s still 8 megapixels.

Upgrading to the iPhone 6 family would be tempting, however, with Apple Pay. This new iOS feature streamlines the retail and online purchasing experience and takes advantages of the built-in near-field communication (NFC) chips and the TouchID fingerprint scanner. You need one of the newest iPhone 6 models to take advantage of it, which works via Passbook and generates secure codes for transactions.

Storage size will be an another temptation: finally, mid- and high-end configurations will get double the storage over last year, up to 128GB.

Outlook

If you’ve been waiting since the 5, crave a larger screen, or want to try Apple Pay, the iPhone 6 handsets have it. Plus, you can’t beat that excellent design. But keep in mind that these new devices are more like evolutions from the previous generation, and not exactly major leaps in the phone landscape.

iPhone 6 Plus VS Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G3

The days of Android fanboys and fangirls mercilessly mocking the 4-inch Apple iPhone screen are over. The 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus (and to a lesser extent the 4.7-inch iPhone 6) smash the iPhone screen record, and in doing so, start competing toe-to-toe with today’s top big-screen phones.

LG’s 5.5-inch G3 and Samsung’s freshly unveiled Galaxy Note 4 (and kooky Note 4 Edge) rise to the top in terms of stature and specs. Here’s how Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus compares.

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Metal versus plastic

Apple’s iPhone continues to favor aluminum craftsmanship, while the Note 4 adds a metal frame. The LG G3, meanwhile, sticks with a lighter plastic construction for its phone housing.

Screen resolution

One of the major differences among these phones comes down to the screen resolution. The iPhone 6 Plus has the same 5.5-inch display size as the LG G3, but is the only one of the three to use a 1080p resolution display instead of the more pixel-packed Quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.

As a result, the iPhone 6 Plus’ pixel density is significantly lower than both those of the Note 4 and the G3. When we hold the screens side by side we expect to see that difference on content that supports ultrarich detail, like 4K videos and photos.

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Camera

The megapixel war rages on among most handset makers, pushing up the number of pixels captured to 13 and 16 megapixels. Apple (and separately, HTC) takes a different tack, keeping megapixels steady at 8 for the rear camera and 1.2 for the front.

Any camera buff will tell you that megapixels don’t matter nearly as much as other photo-processing elements, like how well a camera handles light, noise, and focus. Apple is certainly banking on this, though we’ll have to analyze image quality in a full-blown camera test.

Optical image stabilization, rather than digital, is another big deal, one that makes smartphone cameras a lot more like dSLRs. All three supersize phones use it (but not the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6.)

Price

It’s a little trickier to compare pricing without all the details (Samsung Galaxy Note 4), but it’s safe to say that it should cost about the same as last year’s Note 3 — about $250 or $300 on-contract in the US and $600 off; about £400 in the UK, and AU$1,000 in Australia.

The LG G3 is likely the most affordable of the bunch, offering some pretty enviable specs in the process.

More to come

We haven’t spent much time with the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Galaxy Note 4 is still weeks away from its own ship date, but check back with CNET for even more comparisons as we get our review units side by side.

Apple unveils the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 with Retina HD screen

Tim Cook took the stage at the start of today’s event and almost immediately announced the new iPhone 6. The Apple iPhone 6 is based on iPod touch looks and has a 4.7″ screen.

The screen is protected by “Ion-strengthened glass”, which is curved around the edges for a more seamless experience when swiping. The screen itself is an LCD with “Retina HD,” which translates to 750 x 1,334 pixels. This pushes the pixel density to 326ppi.

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Despite the new resolution, apps will “just work” thanks to a desktop-class scaler. This will only be needed until devs update their apps to support the new resolution.

The 8MP iSight camera is back for a fourth year in a row. Apple claims the camera has been improved now – it still has 1.5µ pixels, but features phase detection autofocus and sits behind an f/2.2 aperture. There’s no OIS though, it relies on digital stabilization. The camera can shoot panoramas up to 43MP.

The video resolution is kept at 1080p but the 60fps has now been promoted to the max FullHD resolution (up from 720p @ 60fps). Slo-mo video can shoot at 120fps and 240fps, but at a lower resolution.

The chassis is made of anodized aluminum with a stainless steel Apple logo. The body is just 6.9mm thick.

The Apple iPhone 6 is powered by a second-generation chipset, the Apple A8. It offers 25% more CPU power and 50% extra GPU oomph. The chipset is built on a power-efficient 20nm process, which also makes it 13% smaller physically than its A7 predecessor.

Apple promises the battery life for the new iPhone 6 will be equal or better than the 5s. It will do up to 14 hours of talk time. Aside from the regular GSM calling, it supports VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) and Wi-Fi calling (for T-Mobile in teh US and EE in the UK). LTE has been updated to support up to 150Mbps downlink (Cat. 4) and supports up to 20 bands.

Other connectivity upgrades include Wi-Fi 802.11ac for three times faster Wi-Fi speeds. Finally, there’s also NFC now, which enables Apple’s new Apple Pay service for wireless payments.

The M8 co-processor succeeds the M7 and is coupled with a barometer. The two accurately track changes in elevation and can even count the steps you’ve taken.

The Apple iPhone 6 will cost $199 for the base 16GB model (with two-year contract). There’s no 32GB model this year, $299 buys you 64GB instead and there’s a $399 128GB version. Pre-orders start on September 12, the phones will ship on the 19th.

Apple officially announces the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5″ display

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus is now official. It’s built around a 5.5″ IPS LCD display with an Retina HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels or, in other words 1080p). The pixel density is 400 ppi and iOS 8 has been tweaked to take full advantage of the larger display.

The back of the iPhone 6 Plus is made of anodized aluminum and the stainless steel frame of the phone ensures its rigidity.

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The user interface has been optimized to take advantage of the larger screen and offers split-screen mode in several apps like earlierleaks suggested.

The new 64-bit A8 chip that powers the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is built using the 20nm manufacturing process. Thanks to this it’s more power efficient, while still offering 25% more CPU power and 50% GPU boost.

The iPhone 6 Plus supports 20 LTE bands, but only 150Mbps cat4 LTE, rather than the latest 300Mbps Cat 6. On the positive side the phablet comes with VoLTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac, which promises 3x faster Wi-Fi compared to the iPhone 5s. Wi-Fi calling is also a new feature, which will work on T-Mobile in the US and EE in the UK.

Further on, the iPhone 6 Plus packs NFC, another first for the company. Thanks to it, you’ll be able to make payments by using Apple Pay – Apple’s own NFC payment system.

At the back, the iPhone 6 Plus uses a 8MP iSight camera with a True Tone dual LED flash. The pixel size is the same as on the iPhone 5s at 1.5μ and the aperture is unchanged at f/2.2. However the iPhone 6 Plus has an optical image stabilization – a first for the company.

There’s also phase-detection autofocus that should improve focusing speed twice. It is enabled by the A8 chip, which also includes powerful image signal processor designed by Apple.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera records 1080p video at 30 and 60fps. There’s a slow-mo shooting available, too, at 240fps, but its resolution hasn’t been specified.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus will start at $299 for the 16GB version, while the 64GB and 128GB will retail for $399 and $499, respectively.

 

Nokia Lumia 830 and 730 hands-on

Nokia kicked off the event by announcing a software boost for all Windows Phones, including the Lumia Camera, before bringing out the tangible goods in the Nokia Lumia 830 and Lumia 730. Both are midrange smartphones, the 830 touted as “the first affordable flagship”.

The Nokia Lumia 830 is the thinnest and lightest Lumia, says Nokia, including the thinnest Optical Image Stabilization module – it’s slim enough to allow overall depth of just 8.5mm. The camera itself boasts Zeiss optics and a 10MP sensor.

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The Lumia 730 slots in just below the 830 and puts a special spin on the front camera (the rear camera is interesting too). Nokia has developed a dedicated Lumia Selfie app that works best with the 5MP wide-angle camera on the face of the Lumia 730 but will also be available for all Lumias.

The Lumia 730 is a 3G dual-SIM device but a Lumia 735 version will offer 4G LTE connectivity. The Lumia 830 has LTE by default, all three new models will ship this month.

Both phones will ship with the new Lumia Denim release responsible for a lot of improvements to the software. This includes the new Lumia Camera and the Selfie Camera apps. The Lumia Camera app enables 2160p video recording and creative new ways to edit photos after the fact – including choosing whether the flash is enabled or not!

Nokia also unveiled a couple of new accessories – a notification-centric wireless charging plate and a Windows Phone alternative to the Chromecast.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now available in the UK

Right on schedule, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has become available to purchase in the UK. Although today is the official release date for the handset, not all retailers seem to have it in stock already.

There are exceptions, though. For example, if you’re willing to get the Alpha with a two-year contract, Carphone Warehouse is happy to oblige. It will give you the phone for free if you choose a plan that costs at least £33 per month.

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Over there the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is currently available in black and white, but on October 3 you’ll also get to choose from two additional hues: silver and blue (the latter being exclusive to Carphone Warehouse).

Speaking of exclusives, the gold Galaxy Alpha will only be sold in the UK by Phones 4u. Although you can currently order one from this retailer’s website, it’s unclear if it’s already in stock or not. To pay nothing upfront, you’ll need to choose a two-year plan that will set you back at least £34.50 per month.

If you’d rather go the SIM-free route, for now your only choice seems to be Unlocked Mobiles. This retailer is asking for £499.87 for a Samsung Galaxy Alpha sans any operator commitments. Clove and Expansys are also going to offer it in SIM-free form, but it’s still unclear when.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Blackberry Z30 – Comparison of Interface and Software Specifications

Samsung released the Galaxy S5 handset with a different approach with respect to the design and features of its flagship smartphone.

The handset does not come packed with a plethora of enthusiasm for the potential user. However, the Galaxy S5 is the product for the people, looking forward to have a delightful smartphone experience. The GS5 comes equipped with requisite features and specifications, which are meaningful and offer the user with an enhanced smartphone experience. The aim of the company is to provide the potential user with a decent smartphone experience, not to complicate it.

In comparison, the Blackberry comes equipped with a large screen, bigger battery and a superb processor, running the state of the art, BB 10.2 operating system. The Blackberry Z30 is the new flagship smartphone from the company, replacing its predecessor, the 4.2-inch Blackberry Z10 smartphone.

Let us compare the two handsets in terms of their interface and functionality.

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Interface and Functionality

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The Android version 4.4.2 KitKat powers the Galaxy S5’s TouchWiz user interface. The handset has been given simple visual enhancements; such as built-in widgets appear flat and simple looking, offering solid colors to the user. Overall, the UI has been improved to provide the potential user with a simple, cleaner and a more polished look. The introduction of tap effect and effective response timings offer a great UI experience.

Phonebook: The dark layout, user friendly and large buttons offer the potential user with great smartphone experience. The AMOLED displays offer darker colors while consuming less energy. The dialer comes equipped with numeric keys, which are spacious as in its earlier siblings. The contact list comes with similar options as that of its predecessors.

Messaging: The messaging application of the GS5 handset offers the user with flattened visuals and a helpful set of options. The built-in QWERTY keyboard works better in the landscape mode, providing the user with bigger letter keys.

Fingerprint Sensor: The fingerprint sensor is placed under the display of the GS5 handset. The user has to swipe the finger across the screen, for the sensor to recognize the fingerprint. However, the success rate of the sensor recognizing the fingerprint is very less as compared to that of the Apple iPhone 5S handset. It is better to register the index finger or any other finger onto the device, which can be placed perfectly in the position to provide a better success rate.

Heart Rate Monitor: The heart rate monitor is designed to track an array of parameters in relation to your health. A finger placed on the LED flash, located on the back panel, would calculate your pulse. The S Health offers the user with a plethora of other fitness applications.

Blackberry Z30

The BB 10 OS is snappy, fluid and polished, similar to any other modern day smartphone operating system should be. The new UI of the Blackberry Z30 offers the user with a smooth functioning of the smartphone along with giving its adversaries a run for their money. The Blackberry 10.2 offers the user with neat features, aiming to make the life easier for the potential user. The company has put in a lot of efforts, for the user to gain access to the notifications with ease.

Messaging: Blackberry handsets are renowned for their messaging dexterity. The user friendly QWERTY physical keyboard is a boon to have. However, the BB Z30 comes equipped with a touchscreen, with a different keyboard layout. Despite the touchscreen not being equipped with latest gimmicks, the on-screen keyboard does not fail to impress the potential user. The bigger display of the Blackberry Z30 comes equipped with large and responsive buttons.

Software: The BB Z30 handset comes equipped with a plethora of apps, approximately 70,000 apps in the Blackberry World. However, they are not complete in terms of features, as compared to similar apps on other platforms.

Overall, both the handsets offer the potential user with a great smartphone experience.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy Note 10.1 – Comparison of Dimensions, Screen Display and Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note tablets are among the major releases of Samsung’s Galaxy series of tablets.

They were released within a year of each other, with the Note 10.1 being the first to be launched in the market. Both the tablets can be used as smartphones as well because of their ability to provide phone functionality as well. The Galaxy Note tablets work equally well on 2G and 3G networks. The following article makes an interesting study of some noteworthy features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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Size and Weight

Samsung Galaxy’s Note 10.1 tablet is visibly much bigger than its Note 8 tablet. There is a marked difference between the two tablets in terms of length, width and thickness. With an overall increase in size, it is thus no wonder that Galaxy Note 10.1 is the heavier of the two tablets. This is quite obvious when you hold both the tablets in either hand. Thus, Samsung’s Note 8 tablet is classified under the small tablet category while the Note 10.1 tablet finds its place among the list of large tablets.

Verdict: The compact size and ease of holding it in hand makes the Galaxy Note 8 tablet worth considering. It is also an ideal choice because its relatively light weight tends to make your hand less tired.

Screen 

Without any doubt, the Note 10.1 portrays a bigger screen that its counterpart. True to their names, the screen size of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is larger than that of Note 8 by a couple of inches. Both tablets feature capacitive multi touch screens that are capable of rendering 16 million colors. However while Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 utilizes TFT LCD display technology, the Note 8 tablet incorporates PLS TFT LCD technology. The tablets encompass a low pixel resolution of 800×1280. But Note 8 depicts a concentrated and richer pixel density of almost 189ppi in contrast to the 149ppi pixel density of Note 10.1. Also, apart from the light sensor in both the Note tablets, there is an additional proximity sensor in Galaxy Note 8.

Verdict: Big is definitely an advantage in this case. Although the Note 8 tablet has a better pixel density, the screen size and display technology of the Note 10.1 tablet helps it win the battle as they result in producing about 58% brighter and sharper images, videos and texts.

Camera

The primary rear camera in both the Galaxy Note tablets is a 2592×1944 resolution 5MP camera with autofocus and geo tagging features. The Note 10.1 camera is also equipped with LED flash while Note 8 camera capabilities include smile detection, panorama and white balance presets. Apart from the primary camera, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Note 8 tablets have a 1.9MP and 1.3MP secondary front camera respectively which can be used for video calling and capturing selfies.

Verdict: The LED flash feature of Galaxy Note 10.1 gives it a cutting edge over Galaxy Note 8 as it helps in giving better clarity to images and videos that you shoot in dark or low lit areas. Moreover, Note 10.1 can capture videos of 720p resolution that has more clarity than the 1080p resolution videos of Note 8.