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Top 10 Smartphones In The World

Top 10 Smartphones In The World

Meandering into 2015, if you’re looking to buy a smart phone, here is a one-stop view of all the best smartphones that made news in 2014. With cell phone makers improving their hardware, updates to software becoming better every day, prices coming lower every month, read on to see the top 10 smartphones.

10. LG G3

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    LG G2 was a great device. G3 has just taken it up one level higher. With a display, which comes with a larger body, G3 looks good at first sight. G3 doesn’t offer the same build quality as that of HTC One. But it’s a good looking phone with an easy grip though it has a large frame. Battery life is not the best. Nevertheless LG has packed plenty of good functionalities in this device. Gestures and shortcuts make your life easier, as well as a range of functions to make use of all the display space, like dual app. A smartphone with a big screen in a manageable package. LG G3 is priced between $99 and $599.

    Pros:

    • High resolution pictures
    • NFC equipped
    • Display size

    Cons:

    • Bulky design
    • Short Battery life

    9. Motorola Moto G 4G

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      Motorola’s latest boom, the Moto G has been updated with microSD card support and 4G, making for a cracking device compared to its predecessor. The newer version is larger and loses some of the charm of the Moto G 4G. Still: Take the price out of the equation and you won’t feel disappointed. The design is great, the display is excellent and there’s plenty of power, too. Motorola Moto G 4G provides the best Android experience in a budget handset. The 8GB handset is available for $199 on Amazon.

      Pros:

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      • Optimized to work on 4G LTE
      • Robust quad-core processor
      • Good battery life

      Cons:

      • Average camera

      8. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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        Sony did it with Z1 and Z1 Compact. It is now trying to repeat the same with Z3 and Z3 Compact. Z3 Compact aims to offer the same power and performance as its predecessor Z3. The device is smart and will feel comfortable in your hand thanks to its pocket-sized nature. The glass front and back panels feel very comfortable and give a premium look. Sony gives its highest resolution through Z3 Compact but it’s still just not enough for the display screen size. The long battery life beats every other feature and outweighs the negatives about the Z3 Compact. A good interface, a water proof device, multiple options, and a great camera make this a very good smartphone. It is priced at $339.99 on Amazon.

        Pros:

        • Good waterproof camera
        • Powerful processor

        Cons:

        • Resolution doesn’t match the screen size

        7. Motorola Moto X

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          The Motorola Moto X has found some fresh air in its second generation device. Moto X gains its key strengths from its Android experience. Moto X’s 5.2-inch display design sits nicely in the hand, but most appealing of all are the options to customize the phone, including adding a leather back. Moto X’s battery life is very good and plenty of power is offered at a price that undercuts most rivals. The weakness is its camera, which isn’t a consistent performer. There’s also no microSD card which most Android rivals offer. Moto X with a decent storage capacity is priced at $240 and can extend up to $699.

          Pros:

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          • Sharp display resolution
          • Good battery life
          • Customizable design options

          Cons:

          • Non-expandable memory
          • Minimalist camera

          6. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

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            Other platforms got bigger and faster. Apple got criticized for sticking to smaller displays. In comparison to the iPhone 6, Apple has changed with the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus. iPhone 6 Plus offers a high-quality design, with an all metal body and a great display. There hasn’t been much done to take advantage of the large display though. The Samsung Galaxy Note handsets offer more features – but the 6 Plus offers a full HD display. And there is a lot of power, too. iPhone 6 Plus renders the big screen gaming and entertainment experience – the Apple way. The 5.5 inch display starts at a price of $299.

            Pros:

            • Good battery life
            • Brilliant display
            • Good call quality

            Cons:

            • Rear camera design
            • High pricing

            5. HTC One (M8)

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              HTC one (M8) looks to be a premium device topping the Android set of phones. The makers seem to have leveraged a lot from HTC One, enhancing M8’s design and user experience. The premium metal body offers a great feel in the hand. The kind of visuals will make you wonder for a 5-inch full HD display device. You can easily say that this is one of the few phones that could compete with iPhone with the looks and the features that you would expect of a smart phone. HTC has gone ‘better’ on every feature – screen, metal, camera, battery, power. The device is priced at $349.

              Pros:

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              • Powerful quad-core processor
              • Depth-sensing camera
              • Elegant design

              Cons:

              • Built-in battery
              • Picture sharpness is low

              4. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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                Samsung has been carrying the tag of a big phone. With Galaxy Note 4, it continues to boast the tag. Samsung continues to differentiate itself by packing its big screen and hardware with multiple features and making it useful, too. Many people might not be interested in Samsung’s S-pen. Though the stylus might not be used, it still opens up features that others don’t offer. Note 4’s hardware compliments the features that is loaded into the device. Its amazing display, power and endurance packed in the device gives an edge over other competitors. The gadget is priced around $249 and the top line model costs around $825.

                Pros:

                • Brilliant high resolution screen
                • 16 MP camera
                • Robust performance

                Cons:

                • Indoor shots aren’t great

                3. Sony Xperia Z3

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                  Sony has made multiple attempts to get to a flagship device. It seems like Xperia Z3 is where they all come together. The body design has been refined. The slim body takes it to a new level where it feels very comfortable in one’s palm. Xperia’s 5.2-inch display is carried by a powerful hardware that’s pretty fast. Sony has run a number of customizations similar to Android through, but has avoided the worst of duplications. As always with Sony, there’s a great pair of cameras. The rear camera offers a great quality, options and good results. Sony Xperia Z3 offers a powerful, waterproof phone, with sharp shooting options, and an Android handset. It is slightly overpriced at around $530.

                  Pros:

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                  • Beautiful design
                  • Good battery life
                  • Brilliant display

                  Cons:

                  • Quirky camera features
                  • Average user interface

                  2. Samsung Galaxy S5

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                    Samsung has been refining its flagship model for years now. In the competitive market, it’s the minor and smaller aspects that separate one smartphone from the other. Galaxy phones are known for its big size, software and deals. S5 doesn’t disappoint you. Don’t get hooked on just by S5’s aesthetics. Samsung’s form has IP67 waterproofing. Just make sure the back panel and port covers are properly fitted. The 2014 superphone is big, has a bright screen, a lot of power and an amazing camera that will blow you away. The top line model is priced around $749.

                    Pros:

                    • Powerful processor
                    • Excellent display
                    • Custom interface

                    Cons:

                    • Cost is significantly higher than competitors

                    1. Apple iPhone 6

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                      Besides the brand name, iPhones have never topped the list of smartphones. But with iPhone 6, Apple has given the much needed screen space. Resolution might not be the best but you’ll notice a great quality display. TouchID is gaining momentum. With Apple Pay being talked out widely, Apple could give you much more than just a phone. Apple, for long has been trying to catch up with Android. But with iOS 8, Apple seems to have come up with consistency in user experience. With no wireless charging, no waterproofing, iPhone 6 still has a few points going against it. But the design and build outweighs them. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 seems to be the best iPhone ever. iPhone 6 is available starting at $199 and goes up to $699

                      Pros:

                      • Improved wireless speed
                      • Crisp camera
                      • Good storage capacity

                      Cons:

                      • Battery life
                      • Waterproofing

                      Featured photo credit: Closeup on a man’s hands as he is sitting on a sofa and using a smartphone via shutterstock.com

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                      Published on September 20, 2018

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                      Minimizing Tabs

                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                      Incognito Mode

                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                      Play Media Files

                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                      Stay Focus(e)d

                      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                      Grammarly for Editing

                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                      Loom

                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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