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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.

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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

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                      20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                      20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                      Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                      There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                      This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                      What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                      Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                      • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                      • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                      • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                      1. Todoist

                        Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                        Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                        If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                        Download: Todoist

                        2. 1Password

                          You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                          1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                          You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                          Download: 1Password

                          3. Bear

                            Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                            It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                            Download: Bear

                            4. Hazel

                              Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                              For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                              Download: noodlesoft

                              5. Alfred

                                Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                Download: Alfred

                                6. TextExpander

                                  TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                  For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                  An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                  Download: TextExpander

                                  7. Backblaze

                                    If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                    Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                    Download: Backblaze

                                    8. Keyboard Maestro

                                      Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                      Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                      9. Snagit

                                        There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                        Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                        10. Bartender

                                          Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                          If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                          Download: Bartender

                                          11. Otter

                                          Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                          Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                          Download: Otter

                                          12. Flux

                                            Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                            Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                            Download: Flux

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                                            13. PDFpen

                                            If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                            PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                            Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                            14. OmniFocus

                                              OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                              It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                              A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                              Download: OmniFocus

                                              15. Franz

                                                It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                Download: Franz

                                                16. MindNode

                                                  If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                  The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                  Download: MindNode

                                                  17. Focus

                                                    The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                                    This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                    Download: Focus

                                                    18. CleanMyMac

                                                      Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                      Download: CleanMyMac

                                                      19. Grammarly

                                                        A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                        This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                        A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                        Download: Grammarly

                                                        Focus To Do

                                                          Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                          There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                          Download: Focus To Do

                                                          The Bottom Line

                                                          These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                          Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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