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Best Waterproof Cellphones (Part I)

You won’t have to worry about getting these phones wet.

The best waterproof cellphone in the market today is the Samsung Galaxy S10. It unites topnotch display with lots of power and a versatile camera suite, all in a waterproof, IP68-rated package that can endure a dunk in water up to 1.5 meters in depth for up to 30 minutes without getting any damage. If you desire an iPhone or want something more rugged, we have other phones below.

Apple iPhone 8 or 8 Plus

While they may not have the Face ID and the space-age design of the iPhone XS, last year’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus still have lots of processing power, as well as the same smart iOS and IP67 rating. If you can’t do the $999 for the iPhone XS, then the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are also excellent choices.

Apple’s exceptional record on smartphone photography continues blemish-free. The iPhone XS has two 12-megapixel lenses with one zoom lens and one wide-angle lens. It sounds the same as last year’s iPhone X on paper, but the image sensor is bigger, which means the iPhone XS is even sturdier with low-light photography. 

Also, you get Apple’s Portrait Mode, which selectively blurs the background around your subject, offering your images a DSLR-style effect that gives your pics a professional look. Then there’s Portrait Lighting, which provides you the choice of different lighting effects to truly make your images pop.

Apple’s newest A12 Bionic chip is efficient and fast, beating out all the competitors. Though Touch ID is not coming back, Face ID has been enhanced, so it’s a little faster. There’s no headphone jack, but the iPhone XS has Bluetooth 5.0 for a stable and strong connection to your Bluetooth headphones.

The iPhone X was IP67 rated, which makes it less water-resistant than the Samsung Galaxy S10, but the iPhone XS equals the S10’s IP68 rating.



Best Waterproof Cameras (Part III)

Fujifilm FinePix XP130 is great for taking pictures on family vacations. 

Fujifilm FinePix XP130

Cheerful and cheap waterproof compact

Paralleled to ultra-rugged competition, the FinePix XP130 doesn’t possess the same credentials. That means that it may not be quite up to some of the more energetic users, but still more than up to the job of a skiing or family beach holiday. There are plenty of fun filters included, and Wi-Fi connectivity, but no GPS. Easy to use, this is a great choice if you want a durable point-and-shoot compact camera for family use, though don’t expect too much from it. 

Ricoh WG-60

A rugged waterproof compact with built-in LED lights

The WG-60 from Ricoh has some very strong credentials. It’s waterproof and shockproof from a fall of up to 5 ft, while it should resist a force of up to 220lbs. Also, it’s dust-proof and can function in temps down to -10°C. 

The 5x optical zoom has a very broad focal zoom range while there are six LED macro lights dotted around the front of the lens barrel to give bright and uniformed lighting round your subject, perfect when shooting underwater subjects. Also, the macro lights provide other useful functions like the LED Lighting mode, which uses the lights for attaching the light to portraits in poor light. It should offer a more flattering look than the WG-60’s flash. 

GoPro Hero7 Black

The best action camera out there

Action cameras have overshadowed committed waterproof cameras a little over the last couple of years, but it’s based on what you need to shoot. If a video’s your chief priority, then GoPro’s Hero7 Black is an excellent choice. It’s the top pick of the action cams and can shoot super-smooth 4K video at up to 60fps and has an incredible image stabilization system. Not only can it also take a really decent 12MP still photo, but it can also even shoot raw files too. 

 



Best Waterproof Cameras (Part II)

 

Olympus Tough TG-6

Not just durable but with a spec sheet that goes way past the waterproof norm

Olympus’s Tough line of waterproof cameras has no doubt the strongest reputation here, and the business has kitted its most recent TG-6 model with features definitely towards the premium end of the scale. GPS? Hell yes. Raw shooting? Check. 4K video? Yep.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 can get you some stunning underwater images. 

Nikon Coolpix W300

The perfect choice if you desire to go deep underwater

The Coolpix W300 is completely loaded with a lot of features. There’s 4K video, a great GPS system, an interactive world map, and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as an underwater depth gauge. Also, the W300 gives a high resolution, 921k dot OLED monitor, but maybe most impressive of all is that the W300 can operate at a depth of 30 meters. 

Panasonic Lumix FT7 / TS7

Possesses a built-in viewfinder

Panasonic’s new Lumix TS7 (referred to as the Lumix FT7 outside the US) is the latest waterproof camera here. As opposed to Olympus, which decreased the resolution of its TG-5, Panasonic has gone in the other direction, raising the pixel count from 16.1MP to 20.4MP. Lens coverage stayed the same as its predecessor, with a 4.6x zoom range that covers 28-128mm, but fascinatingly, the lens loses its Leica branding. 

The Lumix TS7 / FT7 does have something distinct feature for a waterproof camera that is in today’s market: a built-in electronic viewfinder. The 1,170k-dot, 0.2-inch display may not be the biggest out there, but it does provide a useful alternative to shooting with the rear display, particularly in bright light, which can make composition problematic. There’s plenty to like about the Lumix TS7 / FT7 such as its exceptional tough credentials but is let down by a sensor that stuffs too many pixels onto a somewhat little area.

 



Best Waterproof Cameras (Part I)

Water is no match for these cameras.

Regardless if you’re going to the beach, hiking, or diving, we’ve got a camera for you. If you’re going on holiday, the odds are you’ll get near the water, it doesn’t matter if it’s the deep ocean or the hotel pool.

Also, it’s likely you’ll desire to capture some pics of your aquatic adventures. Though, most cameras won’t thank you for carrying them anywhere near water.

Regarding their rugged qualifications, this bunch of waterproof beauties are right at home getting subaquatic scenes and will allow you to dive as deep as 30 meters to get the perfect shot. They’re all freeze-proof, shock-proof and some cameras are also crush-proof.

The fun doesn’t end there. Also, you’ll find several rugged, waterproof cameras come filled with features like Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS location tagging, and even action-orientated extras such as altimeter or a compass.

Choose the right waterproof camera and image quality will give the standard land-loving compact a run for its money. The only compromise you’ll have to make in exchange for the chance to shoot during some tumble and rough is a below-average zoom range.

If you desire a camera for a vacation with a longer zoom range, take a look at our pick of travel zoom compacts. Likewise, the video may be your key priority, which in that case, take a peek at a listing of the best action cameras and best GoPro cameras available (you can find the info on the web).

Therefore, don’t let your camera hold you back. All these waterproof and rugged cameras are created for wet and wildlife.

Best waterproof cameras at a glance

  • Olympus Tough TG-6
  • Nikon Coolpix W300
  • Panasonic Lumix FT7 / TS7
  • Fujifilm FinePix XP130
  • Ricoh WG-60

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to own a solid all-weather camera that takes high-quality, impressive photos. 



The iPhone 11 – The Phone You Should Get (Part II)

 

Apple’s states of enhanced battery life over the earlier phone aren’t really based on those tests. Instead, the business takes a big dataset of real-world iPhone usage and operates it against a model of the new phone that accounts for the different chipset, processor, display, and OS power improvements and the bigger battery capacity. One thing Apple phones and Apple products, in general, are known for being top dog at is having a fabulous battery life. 

It’s smart, but there’s no way for folks to repeat and authenticate that test. But consumer companies have run tests and the iPhone 11 easily went a full day and then some. It’s possible you can manage to destroy this battery in less than a day, but you’d have to truly try. The battery life is good just like the iPhone XR’s battery life was good.

The iPhone is great, but their charger’s need an upgrade.

Not So Good

What’s not so good is that Apple is still putting its old 5W charger in the box, even though the iPhone 11 Pro has an 18W USB-C quicker charger. If Apple doesn’t want to update the whole line to a quicker charger, it should just do the earth a favor and don’t put the 5W charger in the box. There are practically millions of them in the world. Chances are, you have one or more in your possession. 

Last year, the iPhone XR consistently beat out the XS models in battery life. Though this year, that gap has closed a bit with the iPhone 11 Pro models. The iPhone 11 is still on par as the best, but it didn’t get as huge of a jump in battery life as the Pro models did. This year, other models came out with batteries that gave Apple phones a run for their money (Samsung Galaxy phones). 

 



The iPhone 11 – The Phone You Should Get (Part I)

Apple has always had some great phone’s but the iPhone 11 takes the cake.

The iPhone 11 is the phone most folks who are upgrading to a new iPhone this year should buy. It’s a great phone with one of the top cameras available on a smartphone and a solid battery life.

None of this connotates the iPhone 11 is the perfect phone or that it possesses all the top features and specs you can get. It doesn’t. But it’s excellent where it counts, and it’s completely fine everywhere else. If you want to live on the edge of tech, you can splurge over $300 and get an iPhone 11 Pro. Or, you can take a look at one of the numerous high-end Android choices available. But most folks don’t need to over-process it. They will buy an iPhone 11.

The iPhone 11 is practically an S update to last year’s quite popular iPhone XR. From the front, it appears precisely the same. It possesses the same design, the same 6.1-inch 720p LCD with fancy rounded corners, the same big bezels, and the same aluminum body.

The Differences

However, that design has been created just a little better: the water resistance is somewhat better, and Apple states the glass on the back and front is a bit stronger. The camera bump on the back is now milled directly into the glass, which is sort of neat, but it’s a camera bump. The complete design is a tad surfboard-y, and it’s not little. If you’re wanting to upgrade from an iPhone SE, this thing will feel huge to you.

Apple states the iPhone 11 will last for 60 minutes or longer on its battery than the iPhone XR, which already got a fabulous battery life. But the only concrete battery life numbers Apple publishes now are tests of single actions, such as audio and video playback on a loop. 

 



Have an Android Phone and a Laptop with a Mirabook

The Mirabook combines your phone and laptop making for a whole new mobile experience.

Use your Android phone as a personal computer!

Today, our cell phones have taken the place of every device we used before including cameras, GPS, music players much more thanks to numerous apps available on the Play Store.

Smartphones have changed significantly, powering each facet of our digital life. There isn’t an obstacle any longer in letting it serve as our personal computer.

The only missing items to change phones into a personal computer:

  • A larger screen
  • A similar desktop interface
  • A mouse
  • A keyboard

It is now doable to connect a keyboard and dock your smartphone, a mouse on a PC monitor or a TV.
Docking your smartphone lets you finally use Android OS as you would with Linux, Windows, or macOS.

Boost your Android desktop experience with the Mirabook Laptop dock

The mobile convergence revolution is an amazing opportunity to create sustainable products to respond ideally to the new use cases of Superphones.

Miraxess’s aim is to bring productivity to mobile phones and keeping a pleasant mobility.

This is where the Mirabook comes in. Change your superphone into a laptop and be mobile and productive at the same time. No more data synchronization between your numerous devices, no more drained battery. The Mirabook is the ideal laptop dock extension for your smartphone.

Make the most of its vast battery life and perform with your smartphone all day long while charging it. Get a neatly designed laptop for half the cost of normal notebook price tag. Take advantage of the Mirabook as the perfect mirror and external display for your Android phone.

Mirabook specifications

  • 10 hours of battery life (20 hours on its own)
  • 1x USB C for device
  • Black aluminum body
  • 13,3-inch 1080p screen
  • Feather weight 1.2KG / 2.6 Pounds
  • DisplayPort over USB C
  • 1x USB C for charging

 



What Makes AirPods So Great (Part I)?

Air Pods have become a hit at Apple, but what makes them so popular?

Debuted in 2016, Apple’s AirPods are highly regarded as one of the company’s best products in recent years. The AirPods provides portability, excellent battery life, simple charging, easy connectivity, and unparalleled Bluetooth range.

AirPods are so popular that Apple still has difficulty keeping them in stock at times. Even now, it’s not unusual to see AirPods everywhere, including in films, on the street, in TV shows, and everywhere else you look.

If you’re new to AirPods, thinking about buying a pair, or just want to pick up some new tips, this article is for you.

What are AirPods?

AirPods are Apple’s totally wire-free headphones, which look a bit like the Apple EarPods from older devices, but cable-free. AirPods have Apple-designed tech inside such as a special wireless chip called the W1 or H1 (based on the version), an accelerometer for gestures, dual optical sensors, dual beamforming microphones for Siri and phone calls, as well as a second accelerometer for speech detection.

AirPods come with the AirPods charging case, which is used for both storage and charging purposes so the AirPods don’t get lost. The charging case is around the size of a pack of dental floss, so it fits easily into a pocket. A lightning port at the bottom lets the AirPods and the case is charged with the lightning cables you already own. Also, the wireless charging case lets you charge with a Qi wireless charger.

How many versions of AirPods are there?

The AirPods were first up for sale in December 2016 and were refreshed in March 2019, so there are two versions of the AirPods: the original AirPods and the second-generation AirPods. Though both versions are referred to as “AirPods,” but there are some obvious differences between them.

The second-generation AirPods, or AirPods 2, have an enhanced H1 chip instead of a W1 chip. The H1 lets the AirPods switch between your devices twice as fast and connecting a phone call is 1.5x faster. The new AirPods have the same typical battery life, however three hours of talk time instead of two. You won’t see any design differences between AirPods 1 and AirPods 2 since they’re identical.



What’s New at Apple

Apple has some impressive products and you’ve come to the right place to discover what’s new.

In a typical year, Apple has around four events. There’s usually a spring event in March, the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, a September event that’s concerning the Apple Watch and iPhone, and sometimes an October event if there are new Macs or iPads debuting in the fall.

2019 iPhones

In 2019, you can expect three new iPhones, similar to the 2018 lineup. Rumors state there will be one LED model (XR successor) and two OLED models (XS and XS Max successors) with no serious design changes. However, there might be new colors and a new frosted glass back for the next-generation iPhone XR.

The iPhone XS and XS Max successors will have a new triple-lens camera that could provide ultra-wide-angle shots for the first time, while the iPhone XR will use a new dual-lens camera system. There are some rumors indicating Apple may use USB-C for the new iPhones, but it’s looking like the company plans to stick with lightning.

Also, you can expect an A13 chip along with quicker WiFi and LTE, bigger batteries, and a cute new bilateral wireless charging feature that will let the 2019 iPhones wirelessly charge other devices such as the AirPods with wireless charging case.

There is no information on what Apple is planning to call its 2019 iPhone lineup. Yet, given that there’s no clear follow-up to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR names, most rumors refer to these devices as the “2019 iPhones.”

Apple Watch Series 5

Rumors suggest the Apple Watch Series 5 will have a new ceramic casing design, indicating a return of the Apple Watch Edition alongside the typical stainless steel and aluminum casing options. Besides this, we don’t have a good amount of information about what to expect from the Apple Watch in 2019.

Also, new health features have been talked about for years like non-invasive blood glucose monitoring. A micro-LED display is a possibility along with solid-state buttons.



The Best Bluetooth on the Market Today (Part IV)

If you like to talk, then you need a Bluetooth headset.

Plantronics M70

Big features, a small price

The Plantronics M70 is the successor to the popular M55, and similar its forbear, it is an affordable headset, but you get plenty for your money. While it doesn’t have a maximum build it’s quite comfy to wear, it supports voice commands for real hands-free use and the sound quality is excellent, especially when aided by the built-in noise-canceling tech. Also, the M70 has a DeepSleep mode which activates when it’s detached from a paired smartphone for 90 minutes and leaves it with up to five months of battery life, but just bring your phone within range and it will swiftly wake up again.

Jabra Wave

The top Bluetooth for chatterboxes

With a talk time of over eight hours, the Jabra Wave is a Bluetooth headset that just keeps going and going, making it the perfect choice if you’re going to be away from a charger for a long period of time. The fairly large size means it’s not the most discreet of headsets, but it’s a worthy trade-off for all that battery life. Also, it has strong audio quality and is good at muffling noise, especially wind. Add to that easy pairing and the capability to connect it to two devices at once and the Jabra Wave is a solid choice.

The era of the traditional Bluetooth headset is coming to an end. If you look at Amazon or any other big retailer, you see that the single-ear headsets of 10 years ago have quickly evolved into stereo Bluetooth headphones, practically all of which include microphones for you to make calls with. While there are still mono headsets on the market, many of them are either no-name products, several years old or no quality.




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