iPhone XS Max vs. Galaxy Note 9: They Both Want to Know What’s In Your Wallet September 24, 2018

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As the dust settles from all that new flagship phone buzz, for those of us in the “the bigger, the better” camp, you’re probably wondering which “plus-size” phone you should get, the Galaxy Note 9 or the iPhone XS Max? While you might think the choice is obvious, hang on a minute. After you start stacking these two powerhouses up against each other, you might find yourself on the receiving end of a plus-size surprise.

 

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 Body Language

First, the broad strokes: The Note 9 is slightly thicker and slightly taller, while the Max is slightly wider. They each almost weigh ½ lb. and are both definitely two-handed devices. Their displays are very comparable—6.4” for the Note 9 and 6.5” for the XS Max– however, on the Max we find the infamous iPhone notch, which pilfers some of the phone’s real estate. Both displays are incredible, though, utilizing the latest OLED technology (deep blacks, high contrast ratios, vibrant colors).

The Note 9 and XS Max are also both made with premium-quality materials: the Note 9’s got a solid metal frame with curved glass panels on the front and back. The Max has a stainless steel frame, also with glass panels fore and aft. Both models are IPX68 water and dust resistant, which basically means they can be dropped in a deeper commode than other models, for an hour and a half.

 

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Not Just Another Pretty Face

Both mother ship phones come with extremely stunning resolution–  2960×1440 pixels for the Note 9, 2688×1242 pixels  for the Max. When you get into dimensions that high, it really doesn’t make a difference to the naked eye. In fact, you’d probably need to have them right next to each other and look very, very carefully to see any differences at all. Suffice it to say, both displays are as good as you’ll ever need.

The Max utilizes Apple’s 3D Touch, which is one of those features you either use or you don’t. The Samsung flagship, meanwhile, has managed to hang on to its Home button (which seems to have sustained the rest of the smartphone world up ‘til now).

 

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Guts

The Note 9 and the XS Max both also pack the latest and greatest muscle under the hood. Note 9 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, one of the fastest out there. The Max comes with the Apple A12 Bionic, which is supposed to be a significant improvement on the A11. As far as which is the “smokin’est,” this is something we’ll actually need to wait to see when the Max is delivered, but rest assured that both of these are among the fastest phones currently offered on the market. The XS Max’s out-of-the-box operating system is the iOS 12, while the Note 9 has the Android Oreo 8.1. For this, it’ll probably all boil down to personal preference, but rest assured, both are very, very strong systems.

 

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But Wait, There’s More

Now on to storage. This is an area where the Note 9 definitely has the advantage. Its base model comes with 128G, or you can upgrade to 512G. But, where it really kicks into overdrive is its Micro SD card slot where an additional 512G can be added– basically giving you the potential of a monster ONE TERABYTE smartphone, which is totally nuts. The iPhone XS Max base model comes with 64G as well as 256 or 512G models, but expandability on any of these models is not an option.

 

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Every Picture Tells a Story, Don’t It

Moving on to the cameras, both the Galaxy Note 9 and the iPhone XS Max have rear dual-camera setups: a primary and a telephoto camera. The Note 9’s primary lens also has a dual-aperture feature (f/1.5 to f/2.4) and does really well with low-light images. The secondary lens on the Note 9 has a f/2.4 aperture and offers an optical zoom option. The XS Max telephoto camera also has optical zoom and a f/2.4 aperture, but the primary camera only has a single aperture at f/1.8. That said, both phones do have a Portrait mode where you can edit the background’s blur. Also, the Note 9’s front-facing camera has 8MP with f/1.7, while the XS Max’s front-facing camera has 7MP with f/2.2. Both front-facing cameras support the Portrait mode, too, however only the XS Max has the Portrait-mode blur adjustment like on the rear camera. Again, we won’t know if one phone’s camera system is superior to the other until we actually have the Max in hand.

When it comes to the video feature, both devices come with 4K at 60fps, but the Samsung Note 9 also added a Super Slo Mo 720p at 960fps.

 

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You Keep ‘a Knockin’, But You Can’t Come In

Regarding security, the XS Max has an improved version of its Face ID, probably the best smartphone facial recognition software on the market. The Note 9 also has a facial recognition program (albeit not as advanced), plus it has an iris scanner and a fingerprint sensor, all of which you could use if you wanted. So, basically, it’s a choice of the most advanced face recognition or three security options .

Both Samsung and Apple smartphones come with stereo speakers, however only the Note 9 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, and although technology has moved on so we don’t have to have the jack anymore, it’s still a feature near and dear to many people’s hearts. Both smartphones also come with stereo audio recording.

 

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S Pen

The one feature that the Note has– which pretty much no other smartphone does– is the S Pen, a stylus that introduces some additional advanced features. This year’s model also comes with connectivity, so you can remotely operate the Note 9 with it, including using it as a clicker during presentations. Most folks probably won’t explore the full spectrum of the S Pen, but for you button-down types, this gizmo could be just the ticket.

 

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The Juice

Another welcome upgrade on the new Note 9 is its very large 4000mAh battery. The folks at Apple weren’t very specific about the XS Max’s battery size, only that the phone can run 1-1/2 hours longer than last year’s iPhone X– and if you’re like me, you hate story problems.

The Note 9 and the XS Max both support wireless charging and fast charging, although only the Note 9 actually comes with the charger. You’ll have to go out and get your own fast charger with the XS Max, which can be pretty pricey.

 

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Cha-ching!

And speaking of price, the Note 9’s base model w/128G comes in at $999 ($1,249 for the 512G). The XS Max’s base w/64G is $1,099 ($1,249 for the 256G and $1,449 for the 512G—and don’t forget the fast charger).

Chances are, you already feel strongly about either the Apple or Android format. Once thing’s for certain, you will definitely be happy with either one of these amazing, powerful phones. And whichever you choose, keep Hypercel bookmarked for all of your Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS Max accessories!

 

 

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2018 Apple iPhone News, Rumors and Other Mysteries Unleashed! September 10, 2018

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Amid all the questions concerning Apple’s new iPhone(s?) scheduled for unveiling this Wednesday, September 12 (and subsequent pre-order date of September 14), multiple leaks are also springing forth, giving us a better look at the fabled Next Big Thing– as well as answers to a lot of revealed truths… or at the very least, very educated guesses.

Right off the bat, several rumors suggests it’s more than just one phone. Some say two, others three. First on deck, the iPhone XS, a calculated name and dubbed such because Apple has a habit of dropping S’s at the tail ends of their improved models. It would stand to reason then, that the second one, slightly bigger and released at the same time, would be the XS Plus, but such is not the case. Reports tumbling in are calling it the iPhone XS Max. As both the XS and XS Max will probably break the sound barrier of pricing, it makes sense that there’s also talk of a kinder, gentler model, the iPhone 9 (or 11?). Now, the 9 (or 11) won’t exactly be cheap, but compared to the other two, it’ll look like the “responsible choice.”

Anyway, without further ado, here is a breakdown of the three new fabled iPhones and the rumors associated with them.

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iPhone XS

The 5.8” OLED iPhone XS (or, maybe the  X2… the XI—aren’t rumors fun?) base price is estimated at $1,100, about a benjamin more than the X. All photo leaks depict Apple’s new smartphone in a (clandestinely) celebrated new gold, which isn’t such a gotcha surprise ‘cause a gold iPhone X was briefly in the works last year before it was canceled. We’re actually expecting three color options for the iPhone XS: gold, black and white. No surprise there, either.

Sources indicate the XS will be about the same size as the iPhone X, however it may be thicker due to a larger rear camera sensor and lens, so we can expect some camera improvements (more on this later).  Apparently the top and bottom bezels will finally be removed, as has the home button, so the difference of screen size with previous models is a bit “Apple and oranges.” Or, to look at it another way, the 6.5” Max won’t be as monstrous to lug around as you might think

The iPhone XS—as well as the XS Max and 9—are predicted to house A12 chips, upgraded from last year’s A11 Bionic. Apple analysts suggest the XS will probably have faster mobile data speeds and come equipped with a dual-SIM card slot. Lines of code in the forthcoming iOS 12 software update (included with the XS and XS Plus out of the box) conspicuously point to that dual-SIM promise, which means iPhone owners can finally enjoy the benefits of two SIM cards in one phone. It’s also believed the XS may be coming with 4G of RAM and a 2.49GHz chipset (dare to dream). Apple may also be adding to the existing storage sizes, including a 512GB model—bigger than most laptop solid state hard drives! Of course, if it does happen, that unit won’t be going for $1,100.

As for the camera, not a lot’s been learned. There will likely be a dual-lens rear camera on the XS and XS Max, able to shoot 12MP photos, with a telephoto lens and one normal lens, both with optical image stabilization. Also, because of the absence of a Touch ID home button, the front camera will no doubt come with Apple’s TrueDepth feature. Other new technology might be introduced on the cameras, but for the time being, we’ll leave it at that.

Expect a longer battery life with your new iPhones as well. The XS is predicted to be 10% bigger than the X, coming in at 3,000mAh. Charging the phone will be easier, too, as it’s snuck out that Apple will be including a fast charger this time.

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iPhone XS Max

Larger and brawnier, the 6.5” OLED XS Max has most of the same features as the iPhone X, plus some other tablet-like powers that just might make it easy for you to step it up to Apple’s flagship. For example, there will be some large screen app interfaces usually reserved for the iPad, such as mail and Messages, with more information on the screen, such as threads.

The Max will most likely be priced $100-200 higher than the XS, putting it around $1,200-1,300. Like the XS, it will also be available in gold, black and white.

The Max’s battery will have greater battery life, too. Reports suggest the battery in this phone will be 25% bigger than last year’s iPhone X, sporting up to 3,400mAh. And, like the XS, it will have the dual-SIM card slot.

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iPhone 9

While iPhones XS and XS Max reportedly both have OLED screens, the budget-minded 6.1” iPhone 9 is purportedly coming with an LCD screen. It will also feature an aluminum body (the XS and XS Max are stainless steel) and Face ID. The color lineup is still up in the air, though: One report lists gray, white and red, while another predicts pastel yellow, pink and blue. Also, it’s equipped with one rear camera lens to the others’ two, a single SIM card to the others’ duals, 3GB of RAM and a max storage of 256GB. Its demure starting $699 still gets a lot of bang for the buck, though (for example, you still get the A12 chip) and iPhone’s legendary photo-taking skillz). Reports indicate that if you’re holding out for this least expensive 2018 iPhone, you may have to wait a little longer. Due to certain assembly issues, the iPhone 9 is scheduled to come out four weeks later, in October. A small price to pay for a small price.

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On a related note, there are also spicy predictions about the new iPad Pro being released this week, including the Lightning connection getting switched out with a USB-C port, and the usual 12-watt power adapter being replaced with an 18-watt. Other rumors about the Apple tablet include, two models– an 11″ and a 12.9″, no Home button, slimmer bezels, rounded corners and a bigger display. There’s also chatter about the headphone jack going away.

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To get the most out of your new iPhone XS, XS Max or 11—or whatever they’re called—check out Hypercel’s vast selection of smartphone accessories, from wireless chargers to USB-C PD power sources. Also, stay tuned for our rollout of iPhone XS and XS Max screen covers! Whatever your needs, you’re sure to find them at the highest quality and lowest prices.

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Naztech Sponsors Avenues Supported Living Services at Cornhole Tournament September 7, 2018

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Naztech is proudly sponsoring Avenues Supported Living Services at their 2018 Cornhole Tournament, a fundraising event at the Wolf Creek Brewery in Santa Clarita, California this Saturday, September 8.

Avenues, a non-profit, supports adults with Intellectual and developmental disabilities. This event, which is open to the public, will raise money for SLS adults with I/DD and the coaching that is provided to help them become active individuals in the community. Avenues helps them to live on their own, find jobs and live a normal life with their disability which ranges from Autism and Cerebral Palsy to Intellectual Disability and OCD types.

Naztech will be contributing over $1,600 in products to be auctioned off for this worthy cause.

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