Now we have the Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. the Apple iPhone 6s. The first thing that comes to mind is the “s” in the iPhone 6s which to me just tells me that is but a minor change from the 6 at first glance but come to find out the 6s is just what the 6 should have been from the start (gotta know to read between the lines). So first let us start with what is different with the 6s vs the 6.
Screen: Same screen but with 3D Touch
Design: .2 mm thicker, 14g heavier, another color option of Rose Gold, and 7000 anodized aluminum as opposed to 6300. So the design is worse actually but for a worthwhile reason if anyone remembers the “bend-gate” scandal of the iPhone 6.
Performance: Apple A9 64bit dual core 1.84GHz (CPU), PowerVR GT7600 (GPU), 2GB RAM. What this means is the 6s has a newer CPU and GPU which is faster and the phone has more memory than 1GB (finally an iphone with more than 1GB) More memory translates into more you can do at once and more webpages opened. Oh also any review you read about the Apple CPU do not be impressed by how much more percent the CPU is faster cause all that matters is how that CPU can handle the Operating System period.
Camera: 4MP higher camera with all the same features while adding 4K video and 5MP front camera instead of the 1.2 the 6 had. Oh and they added a Live Photo feature.
Battery: It is a smaller battery than the 6 but supposedly the newer iOS in the 6s is more power efficient.
So now that you know the differences between the iPhone 6 vs the 6s (it is relevant…..trust me as I will go into more info on that later) let’s get into business. I am not going to go into a long review of these phones but instead show you a spec comparison and then explain it.
OS : Android 6.0
Dimensions : 5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches (142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm)
Weight : 152g
Size : 5.1 inches
Resolution : 1440×2560 pixels
Pixel Density: 576 ppi
Type : Super AMOLED
Features : Light & Proximity Sensor
Flash : LED
Aperture : F1.7
Camcorder : 3840×2160 (4K)
Front-facing camera : 5MP
System Chip : Exynos 8 Octa 8890 / Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Processor : Octa-core, 2300 MHz (2.3GHZ), Exynos M1 and ARM Cortex-A53 , 64-bit / Quad-core with a
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
Graphics Processor : Mali-T880 MP12 / Adreno 530
Memory : 4096MB (4GB)
Storage expansion : microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 200 GB
Capacity : 3000 mAh
User replaceable : no
Wireless Charging : Optional
MSRP : $650 – $795 (Edge version costs $100 more)
The Galaxy S7 screen is better by far with more pixels resulting in a much better look. Quite frankly nothing beats out a Samsung AMOLED display. The Iphone has 3D Touch an all which sounds cool if you use it. 3DTouch is a feature that allows the screen detect pressure which you can use to preview emails and websites. Let us not forget the Edge version of this cool display with its curve edge which adds more features to the phone.
OLED technology is the future where future phone can be flexible and foldable. These displays are lighter, thinner, faster in response time, have more vibrant colors, better viewing angles, high color accuracy, and like you see in the new line of Samsung phones an always-on display mode.Performance:
The S7 is the winner here while both perform great with their respective operating systems. The S7 no matter which variant you get whether the Exnyos or Snapdragon (US versions) you are still getting more cores for your buck along with more memory. Double the amount of memory (think like your home PC or laptop) translates into faster performance and more multitasking. You can basically do more with 4GB and you can with 2GB. More open apps and more opened webpages. Now some will say the Apple is better here and I ask…. Based on what test? These 2 phones are very different while using different operating systems and frankly there is no true way to compare them performance-wise. If there was some way to test these phone on equal grounds while using the same OS then maybe as performance depends greatly on software. So when you see performance benchmarking reviews take them with a grain of salt cause what matters is if it runs good for what you use that phone for.Software:
Which OS being better depends largely on what you like and want. Which one actually being better won’t matter to most if not all people. iOS and Android are both great but here we run into that age old battle of windows verses Mac OS, though not same per say but definitely is the same battle based on the same pros and cons. Apple’s closed management of iOS makes it better as far as upgrades are concerned as long as your device can run it which Apple also dictates. Android is more open by far with an app store that offers a lot more at the price of zero. Updates take longer and if you are a techy person you can do a lot more with your phone by installing customized versions of android on your phone by going to certain sites like xda-developers. This option is what can largely increase the life of your phone as I have mentioned latter in my reference to the Note 3. Not to mention those movie apps people find like Showbox or Moviebox.Camera:
The camera is something you have to test out no matter what the specs are and a lot of reviews are stating the S7 camera is better. We use our phone to take selfies and capture those special moments which are usually in low light environments. Samsung has focused on this and the S7 has proven to be better in low light. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews, of course, but most of them praise the S7 on its low light performance. Even an Apple fan site, iMore, says the S7 won in their comparison of the cameras. Anyone reading this can look this up and you will find these camera shootouts going on, on websites. Other sites to check are Yahoo and CNET.Battery:
The S7 has a bigger battery but at the same time needs it and still has not beaten Apple yet on battery life.
- Removal of the headphone jack
- Faster LTE modem made by Intel instead of Qualcomm
- Wraparound screen using OLED technology (I doubt this very much. Maybe later down the road in like 2018 or something as Apple is always behind.)
- Copying of some S7 specs like the dual-lens camera.
- A new chassis that allows radio signals through it or just redesigning the antenna lines. (Hmmm great for signal increases but bad if you one of those people that are into the effects these signals can cause on people.)
So if you have an upgrade up and are looking to upgrade you probably should wait till around September/October time to see what this new iPhone 7 will be then decide what to upgrade to then. Oh will add that the Note 6 will also be a choice then too as I hear Samsung will be bringing back the SDCard. When it comes to the Note series of phones even if you do not use the S-Pen they are great phones and from what I hear the Note 6 may sport 6GB of memory, 4000mAh battery, and the same water and dust resistant features as the Galaxy S7. Yeah another feature the S7 has. Check out this video.
If you want to read more on the S7 you can checkout the S7 rumors post.
Floating on the web I find an article on the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation website (Not sure how I got there. So don’t ask.) whose headline catches my attention, The feasibility of a brain-computer interface functional electrical stimulation system for the restoration of overground walking after paraplegia. So I think the article is basically saying how feasible would it be to make a paralyzed man walk using a computer. As I read on I find that has become very feasible.
Well the University of California has been researching this question and has made it possible. How was it done? The scientists used a computer to link 28-year-old Adam Fritz’s brain to his legs over, get this, a Bluetooth connection. The idea here is bypass the severed region of his spinal cord to in effect complete the missing connection by using an EEG to pick up the signals from his brain which were sent by a B.C.I. (brain control interface) computer to electrodes on his knee(s). I found a youtube video of it and the guy was supported and did walk about maybe 13 feet. Even so this is like a very cool thing. What comes to mind is stuff I have seen in movies, you know, and how movie theory is literally coming true. From what I read paralyzed patients have only been able to walk through the use of some sort of bionic suit. (The Million Dollar Man)
The article mentions alot of training involved and if I read it right (which took awhile to make sense of…lol) the participant had to go through hours of training before and after final testing. So Fritz basically had to go through alot of physical rehab to strengthen his muscles and learn how to use the BCI device. The article talks about a “decoded model” which translates to me as some sort of virtual figure of maybe a person, an avatar of sorts. (Cool he was playing a game with his head.) Here check out the video:
I would again say this is getting more and more feasible because today I found another article that says that Case Western Reserve University has attempted the same thing and have been able to allow a patient the use of his arms using the same idea. You can read more on this if you click here. Yeah I was geeking out today.
You ever perform your search on Google and see how the logo changes? Ever wonder how or where those images may or may not come from? How about a little history first…
How did the idea for doodles originate?
In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. They placed a stick figure drawing behind the 2nd “o” in the word, Google, and the revised logo was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office.”. While the first doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was born.
Two years later in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked current webmaster Dennis Hwang, an intern at the time, to produce a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so well received by our users that Dennis was appointed Google’s chief doodler and doodles started showing up more and more regularly on the Google homepage. In the beginning, the doodles mostly celebrated familiar holidays; nowadays, they highlight a wide array of events and anniversaries from the Birthday of John James Audubon to the Ice Cream Sundae.
Over time, the demand for doodles has risen in the U.S. and internationally. Creating doodles is now the responsibility of a team of talented illlustrators (we call them doodlers) and engineers. For them, creating doodles has become a group effort to enliven the Google homepage and bring smiles to the faces of Google users around the world.
How many doodles has Google done over the years?
The team has created over 2000 doodles for our homepages around the world.
Who chooses what doodles will be created and how do you decide which events will receive doodles?
A group of Googlers get together regularly to brainstorm and decide which events will be celebrated with a doodle. The ideas for the doodles come from numerous sources including Googlers and Google users. The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries that reflect Google’s personality and love for innovation.
Who designs the doodles?
There is a team of illustrators (we call them doodlers) and engineers that are behind each and every doodle you see.
(Taken from Google.com)
So… If you visit google often and you are familiar with Google Doodles (You probably are now after reading the latter.) which is Google’s collection of art based on it’s logo that may celebrate a date or a person. Google has opened up its homepage to a lucky kid starting today with its “Doodle for Google” competition. The competitiion is accepting entries from students in the U.S.A. from K-12 for the chance to win a scholarship for $30,000. The subject is, “What makes me…me.” If you want to acquire some tuition assistance for the future high school graduate then get that creativeness going from inside and let it flow. What I am told is that you can use any material you want and you can use a medium to showcase your design. Entries are to be submitted by December 7th, 2015 and click here to get started.
Okay now for you all you sneaker freaks who are losing closet space because of all the pairs of sneakers you just have to have. Technology of today now can help you stack up on pairs even more now. You can have your next new pair of ‘kicks’ 3D printed. How about that Kanye West? In case you missed the memo, Kanye West seems to think that 3D printers will destroy the fashion industry. Sneaker companies are now embracing the concept and are making their own 3D printed sneakers. Let’s start with Adidas shall we?
The idea from Adidas is something we all know and run into eventually in our lives. You ever want the best and most expensive sneakers and yet when you buy them… Your feet hurt in time and you begin to think why you bought them in the first place. Yet those things look good on your feet so you tell yourself you are okay with them. Well no foot made is created equal. Funny thing is even your own feet are not identical to each other. Adidas has announced today the Futurecraft 3D, its first 3D printed shoe.
The Futurecraft 3D looks to me like a running shoe but the shoe has a midsole which can be customized to anyone’s foot “matching exact contours and pressure points,” as Adidas is saying. Adidas is involved with Materialise who is a leading 3D printing software provider. I looked into Materialise and they did some work with some fashion designer named Melinda Looi back in 2013. I don’t really know how that is but apparently that is a big thing.
Now this trend has been in the heads of companies for some time now. Nike was the frontrunner by being the first to release a shoe with 3D-printed compoents. The Vapor Laser Talon had a 3D printed plate. If you don’t believe me just ask Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson. After that Nike released the Vapor Carbon Elite. You know I’m not one to throw a lot of letters at you so just scroll down to watch the videos.
So it is coming people… The day where you will be able to buy your ‘kicks’ and have the midsole talored to your unequally sized feet. This can be huge though really especially for anyone with foot problems. If you have flat feet you will possibly be able to buy that casual shoe, like the Nike Cortez or the Air Force Ones and just simply have the midsole made for your feet and you will be good to go. Now so far Adidas is talking this game and Nike started it but as we all know, others will follow suit to compete.
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