Should you Switch from an Apple to Samsung Smartphone?

The much-anticipated Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was released in September, 2016.  All hail Apple.  Again.  I guess.  Well, maybe not.  Is it time to switch from an Apple to Samsung smartphone? The key changes announced by Apple were: An upgraded camera on both models.  The Apple iPhone 7 Plus gets a second camera for focus enhancements.  Better cameras are always good. An IP67 waterproof case which is said to protect the iPhone 7 up to one meter.  Nice in case I drop my phone in a puddle. A new home button.  It’s no longer mechanical but seems to … Read more…

How does Qi Wireless Charging Work and Why Do You Need It?

Qi wireless charging is just plain great.  What a terrific invention.  I hate having to plug my phone in every night.  You have to match up the plug with the little hole on the phone and plug it in.  It’s even worse with a thick case because the plug is somewhat recessed and you need to pull a flap out of the way. This is where Qi wireless charging comes into play.  What’s Qi wireless charging in a few sentences?  It’s a powered pad or disk.  You just lay your phone down on the Qi charging pad and that’s it. … Read more…

NFC: What is it and what can you do with it?

Let’s discuss NFC technology and how this fairly new technology can make your everyday life a little easier.  NFC has become quite popular with certain Android based smartphones and tablets manufactured over the past few years.  Not so much with Apple, although you might be surprised to know it’s used for Apple Pay. NFC stands for Near Field Communication. This technology allows devices to communicate with other devices.  Your device looks for what’s called an NFC tag.  A tag looks like a round or square adhesive disk with a small circuit board embedded into it.  You might be using this technology without even knowing … Read more…

Qi Enabled Smartphone Car Mounts and Holders

Samsung continues to be one of the leaders when it comes to smartphone hardware technology.  Qi charging technology is another innovation where Samsung is leading the way.  Having to plug that lightning cable into my Apple iPhone 6s Plus every night is annoying.  The fact that I have an Otterbox Defender case makes it all that much more difficult.  I have great appreciation for this new charging technology.  The technology has been embraced by Samsung and a few other companies.  Sadly, not by Apple. The premise of Qi is pretty simple.  Place your phone on a Qi charging pad and your … Read more…

NFC Car Mounts for Smartphones and Tablets

Today, we’re going to talk about NFC car mounts.  NFC is an acronym for Near Field Communication. NFC technology allows smartphones and tablets communicate with other devices containing an NFC tag.  An NFC tag looks like a round or square adhesive disk with a small circuit board embedded into it.  You might be using this technology without even knowing it.  For example, you know the bump thing that’s done between smartphones to swap contact information and photos?  That’s NFC. NFC has been aggressively embraced by Google with their Android operating system and supporting hardware vendors.  They have recently purchased the Bump application to make … Read more…

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung just upped Apple on smartphones.  The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is another giant step forward in performance and feature specifications.  Weatherproof casing, 12MP camera, 4GB or RAM and finally a battery life that may actually last a full day. To no surprise, the size of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 is a little different from prior generations.  With a 5.1 inch diagonal screen this phone is 5.61 inches tall by 2.74 inches wide by .31 inches deep.  The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a lot different.  Moving up to a 5.5 inch diagonal screen, the S7 Edge is 5.94 tall x … Read more…