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Waiting for the Iphone 6SE

In the world of mobile devices and technology, having plenty of businesses and companies worldwide, fighting each other on selling their products, trying to convince more and more people they sell the best devices, with greater quality, design and functionality, however, there is Apple, as one apart from the others for many reasons, waiting to release its next Iphone 6SE, shortly.

But, before start speaking about this new release, and all changes brought with it, when even the name is having controversy, and showing a change of ways from Apple, to explain the historical background of these device would be valid, which changed the way people perceive a mobile phone, influencing every one of them existing later, even until now, setting a design paradigm.

Before the Iphone

In the older days, starting in the 90´s, mobile phone became affordable, because before that time these devices were too expensive, not being for everyone, however, in this decade that changed, giving people the chance to buy one, in order to stay in touch with love ones through distance. At this stage, Nokia and Motorola were the absolute leaders in this sector of technology and phones.

Before the Iphone

Later on, with Nokia and Motorola always ahead other competitors, new technologies appeared, giving chance manufacturers to add more functions to mobile phones, such as cameras, colored displays, memory expansion, MP3 player, and even internet and email connectivity, transforming these devices into several things at once, giving it versatility and uses never imagined before.

Designs were quite different from one to the other, existing candy bar, clam shell shaped, with slider keyboard, PDA type, and with resistive touch screen (quite bad, by the way), and others, where buyers could pick their favorite design from a great variety, may be a good thing.

Nevertheless, all this change with an unexpected competitor on mobile device´s field and its first released phone, it was Apple, and the Iphone. It is said unexpected, because this company was known by building and selling the Ipod, and MAC computers, but not phones.

Steve Jobs introduced the first Iphone in 2007, showing a whole different perspective and approach on mobile phones, presenting a huge (for that time) multi-touch 3´5 inch display with great response, no physical keyboard, no external antenna, aluminum anodized design, and most importantly, the introduction of apps, changing completely the world of mobile software.

From not selling phones to become first

The impact of this release was massive, showing unseen behavior of costumers around the world, waiting in lines for days to buy the Iphone, so, the expectations on this device were unprecedented, in relation to users, enthusiasts, journalists, magazines, and the whole world of technology worldwide, showing Apple arrived to stay and influence phone business, for good.

From not selling phones to become first

In the same way, the influence was so high, other companies started design phones imitating the looks of Apple´s phone, establishing an unprecedented paradigm existing until today, where all phones have a front multi-touch screen, no keyboard, and buttons on the side, only differing on screen size, which the tendency was for making them bigger, reaching the 6´0 inches sometimes.

But the rest of the design was non-negotiable, for companies around the world was the path to follow, even Samsung, the greatest Apple competitor adopted this line of design, resulting sometimes on suits, and other legal problems. On the other hand, Steve also claimed Android was a IOS ripped off, but it was never proved in court, being the direct competitor on software terms.

As it is seen, the influence of the Iphone was so huge that it established a current paradigm, regarding to mobile devices, helping this phone being year after year, as the one generating more expectation with every release, having as result to be the most sold phone, and making Apple the first company in terms of manufacturing, and selling mobile devices, above Samsung and Huawei.

Expectations and rumors on Iphone 7 model

Expectations, filtrations and rumors about Apple´s new models happen every time, when September of every year is coming, related news and images of the new device, specification, price, and even new functionalities are shown, resulting sometimes true, or false, the point is that is just an example on the expectations, and news these devices generate, every year and model.

So, with this latest model it is not going to be different, when plenty of rumors and photos are circulating the web. In first place, there is a certainty the name is no going to be Iphone 7, following the line on naming every device with the next number, and the next one adding an S, so, being called the previous one Iphone 6S, it was believed next one was going to be called Iphone 7.

But, it results the name of the new device is going to be Iphone 6SE, following the line of the Iphone SE, a 4.0 inch phone with powerful hardware. In terms of design, it is going to be similar to the 6S, same screen size, but using AMOLED technology, increasing quality, and color. Also, back lines of antenna will be removed, leaving a clear back, differentiating one model to the other.

Expectations and rumors on Iphone 7 model

Nonetheless, the greatest changes are going to be in the camera, allegedly is going to have a double lens, in order to get more light and clear shots, and the 3.5 headphone jack will be removed, exchange it for the lightening port directly, claiming Apple that sound quality will be increased by far with this change, causing some criticism and hesitation among future users.

The future of Apple

Rumors about the Iphone 6SE, or Iphone 7, it is not certain yet, will affect the future of this company, due to the success is having Samsung with the S7 and S7 Edge, even some say the strange change of naming the next device is related to it, with the intention not repeating the 7 on the nomenclature.

The future of Apple

On the other hand, Apple is waiting new features of the so called Iphone 6SE rises up total sales. Nevertheless, users will decide, if such changes justify switch previous devices, with the new one, waiting for the first decade anniversary of first Iphone, the product that changed the whole mobile phone business.

The return of Nokia

A few years ago, Nokia represented the most successful cell phone business in the whole world, manufacturing and selling millions of devices, being known for their durability, strength and versatility of use, therefore, they were the kings of the featured phones, making reference to a relation between devices existing back in the day, and the ones existing now.

At that time, cell phones as personal devices were only that, portable phones with other minimum capabilities, like calendar, calculator, one or two games, and in the best of cases a camera, which was included at the last stage, before the existing of cell phones with internet connection, app markets, and processors similar on computer, making them called smart phones.

When Nokia was the king of business

To begin with, Nokia is a Finnish company with two approaches of business, one that was focused on the manufacturing and cell phone distribution, being the most influential enterprise in this sector globally, and the one, still existing nowadays; it focuses on network and communication technologies, where Nokia is still standing as one of the leaders, due to its solutions on this sector.

In the same way, from 1998 to 2011, Nokia was the absolute leader and a reference for other companies, in relation to the mobile phone sector, being known for their quality, durability, and innovation at that time, selling over a billion units during those ages where Nokia was king.

When Nokia was the king of business

For example, in 1988 Nokia released the 232 model, as the first affordable phone at that time, later on, the 8110 model as an innovation, including a slider design. A few years later, in 1998 it was released the Nokia 5110, which could be remembered by many readers, because there are big chances they owned one back in the day, with exchangeable cases, selling over 125 million units.

Nokia and the pre smart phone era

In the new millennium, Nokia was still being the reference in phones, taking advantage of the advance in technology, and the affordability brought with it, adding new and useful features to phones, which could not be imagined just a few years back, with the insertion of cameras, radios, mp3 players, video recorders, internet capabilities, and other great functions added through years.

In this scenario, Nokia also had great sales, with great phones released to the market, with almost no real competition (only Blackberry), where Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and other markets had a small influence, and Nokia on the top of it, innovating with every model, and every series released, generating great expectations on the world of communication and technology.

To help achieving all this success and influence, at this stage of the game, Nokia released two phone series, the N and E series, with similar characteristics, regarding functions, construction and quality, with big screens, high resolution cameras with flash (not very common at the time), mp3 players, integrated browsers, and others, only different on general, and business approach.

Nokia and the pre smart phone era

 

The birth of a new device

It was the year 2007, and a great event was taking place, Steve Jobs introduced the first Iphone model to the world, with IOS operating system created by Apple, changing without a doubt, the whole world of phone business, for consumers and sellers, with great advantages provided by use of a large multi-touch screen, no physical keyboard, and the chance to download some apps.

On the other hand, by the year of 2008, HTC was releasing its latest model, the HTC Dream, as the first phone with the Android operating system in its guts. So, with the release of this phone the Android era began, introducing a Linux based operating system with plenty of smart functionalities, personalization options and the chance for using the app market to get software.

In direct relation, these two events were stand out, because they marked the path for the new age, regarding to mobile devices and phones, being born the smart phone. So, this type of device was the combination of a phone, an mp3 player, a camera with recording capabilities, a web browser, a GPS, a completely new gaming platform, and the use of apps for specific purposes.

Falling a kingdom and the entry of Microsoft

With the birth of smart phone, Nokia seemed to stay behind, due to the success of the Iphone, and Android phones manufactured by plenty of companies, where Samsung is the absolute leader, to present day. In the same way, the problem of Nokia were not manufacturers, its problem was staying behind, regarding to platform development, and operating systems.

Symbian was the operating system used by Nokia on their devices, becoming less and less used by consumers, because the existence, and advantages offered by IOS and Android, resulting disappeared. In this way, Nokia begin losing its perpetual success, falling until one of the less used brand, after being on the top for years.

Falling a kingdom and the entry of Microsoft

Nevertheless, on a strategic move, Nokia decide selling its mobile device department to Microsoft, as union of their technology, Windows Phone Mobile as operating system, and infrastructure. However, the decision results no being the best, due to the very low market share of Lumia devices, and the operating system they work with, not being influential to people, at all.

Nokia and Android as rebirth

As it is seen, the problem of Nokia was always the software, therefore, taking advantage on Microsoft´ move on selling rights to use of the name, the brand is going to come back, from the hand of a new company founded by former directors of Microsoft, it is called HDM Global, with a 500 million dollars investment, because Nokia is still valued by consumers, according to surveys.

So, the plan is brining Nokia back, with the release of two new devices using Android, and with ultimate hardware, to ensure the best performance and a great user experience, involving also a great design, and all the characteristics and good things Nokia was known for, in first place.

These two phones will be released in October, featuring a high quality metallic design, 2k screen resolution (2160×1440 pixels, or double of Full HD), using Android latest version Nougat 7.0, top of the line 4 cores Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 running at 2.8 GHZ, IPS Protection against dust and water (submersible), a great 22.6 Megapixel camera, costing between 500 to 600 dollars.

Due to many failures and mistakes made by Nokia were from software nature, and not hardware, this new strategy seems to give hope to the company, with the move of adding their excellent hardware and quality, a great operating system as Android, having over 1.4 billion users across the world.

Nokia and Android as rebirth

The affordable Samsung Galaxy J 2 Pro

There are companies around the world that are having a great impact, and influence on the economy, culture, and expectations on people, not only users, but resellers, journalists, news portals, and of course, the rest of companies, always using them as reference. One of these companies is Samsung, which in July released Samsung Galaxy J 2 Pro, as a Galaxy line product.

This phone resulting having interesting and innovative features, in direct relation to its predecessor, and on the specific line of product, and range it belongs to. However, before getting deep into expectations, and technical specifications, it would be worthy to explain a little bit, how this company became in what it is today, the second phone manufacturer on the planet.

A little bit of history

Since 1938, the year Samsung was founded in South Korea; it has been an important company in technology, with great lines of product, building and selling devices from any types, like radios, televisions, appliances, and others, offering all the time good quality, guarantee, and technical support, becoming a known and recognized brand by users, in relation to good functioning.

A little bit of history

However, with the arrival of the mobile phone, and the massification of this technology, getting used by millions of people starting in the year of 1990, Samsung found its mobile division, but been overshadowed by other companies in the sector with more experience, like Nokia, Motorola, Siemens, and Ericsson, leaving the Korean company several steps below in this specific business.

The beginning of success in mobile business

So, Samsung was a successful company, being present in most of the product lines referring to technology. Nevertheless, in the mobile phone business, was overcome for other more specialized enterprises, by far, releasing phones with very little expectation, regular sales, and always several steps behind Nokia and Motorola, leaders in field, selling millions releasing innovative products.

The beginning of success in mobile business

However, all of this was about to change, in 2007 with the birth the of smart phone, as it is known today, by the hand of Apple and Steve Jobs, with the Iphone and IOS operating system, and a year later, the released of Android as an operating system, in the HTC Dream. Therefore, this is the beginning of Samsung as company to stomp on mobile business, and start having influence on it.

But, why it was the beginning? For a simple reason, Samsung was the company that saw the real potential on Android, and devices with big screen size, multi-touch, and no keyboard, to face Apple and the Iphone in a competitive way, always betting on this alternative operating system, that will become the most used on mobile devices today, thanks to this big company, too.

In the same way, in order to compete with Apple, Samsung decided to visualize and apply its business on a completely opposite way and approach, releasing several line products with all ranges, qualities, and prices, addressed to all kinds of users, unlike Apple, selling only just one phone model a year, belonging to high range category, being expensive and not for everyone.

Arrival of the Galaxy line products

In the year of 2009, to compete with Apple, Samsung designs a general line of products called Galaxy, with several types of models with different approaches regarding users, range, specifications, and price. Nowadays, over 70 phones have been released belonging to Samsung Galaxy series, without counting tablets, smart watches and other devices.

In the same order of ideas, the first Galaxy model was the Samsung Galaxy or i7500, with high end features for that time. Then, in 2010 it was released the first Samsung Galaxy S, as a premium sub-line of products, being released once a year, as flag ship of the company, still existing today.

Arrival of the Galaxy line products

Over the years, according to range and price, Samsung has released sub-lines of products in the general Galaxy line, like the Note as powerful and big screen phones, the Mini as cut versions of flag ships, the A line addressed to business men, with metal luxurious phones, Duos with double SIM, and the J line as a mix, offering low, mid and high end phones, with innovative features.

The latest Samsung Galaxy J 2 Pro

Specifically, the latest release of Samsung in relation to the J sub-line of products is the Galaxy J 2 Pro, a low end device with interesting and innovative features for the price, being a great option for young people, who want to stay connected, and shared content over social media, and others.

This model has a 5.0 inch display, with a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 and Super Amoled technology, giving sharp images and oversaturated colors, it has 2 GB of ram (previous model had only 1.5 GB), 16 GB storage capacity (8 GB on previous J 2), SD card slot until 32 GB, a Quad core processor running at 1.5 GHZ, a 2.600 mAH battery, double SIM, and Android Marshmallow 6.0.

The latest Samsung Galaxy J 2 Pro

On other features, the Samsung Galaxy J 2 Pro has 4g capabilities, with LTE, Wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and it has 8 mm thickness, being very thin and light in the hand. However, the most interesting feature of this phone is the use of Smart Glow, a surrounded light on the flash functioning as smart notification, with different colors, depending on the phone state.

Availability date and price

The Samsung Galaxy J 2 Pro can be bought since July 2016, on colors that are tendency in the industry now, like black, silver and gold. Regarding to price, it costs 142 dollars, being a low end device, but having more that interesting features in relation to performance, screen size, software, hardware, and other features on the latest device on the J line of Galaxy products.

In conclusion, this phone represents a great opportunity, to buy a more than capable device, affordable, and with enough power and connectivity options to be connected, watch movies and videos, take photos and selfies, internet browsing and email, and occasional games to kill time, that is why, the Samsung Galaxy J Pro 2 stands out as an affordable option to have a smart phone.

 

Knowing the astonishing Samsung Galaxy Note 7

There is no doubt of the great influence mobile devices are having in the society, at present time, influencing every aspect of human culture, in terms of communication, interconnection, sharing, work, studies, information, knowledge and every other, making possible things a few years later could not be imagined. So, with the astonishing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 more will be possible.

Nonetheless, none of this would be possible, without the use and possibilities brought by the internet, being the main technology the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and others devices have, in order to make all their functions possible, being connected and receiving data to update different useful information and others, giving phones the exact label of “smart” could not be possible without it.

The arrival of the intelligent phone

On the years of 2007 and 2008, the Iphone by Apple, with IOS operating system, and the HTC Dream as the first phone with Android were released, giving birth to a new era of mobile devices. In the same way, phones become multifunction handhelds, with plenty of functionalities starting from internet capabilities, apps, all of that seen on big screens, with multi-touch and no keyboard.

 

On the three years that followed, the tendency worldwide of people using this devices was simply unbelievable, giving great benefits to the biggest companies on the planet regarding this sector of business, Samsung and Apple, selling devices by millions per month, with the consequence release of new devices, more capable, faster, with better cameras, connections and others.

But, the biggest revolution of this type of devices, other than having combined functions, being completely portable, with multi-touch screens, and no keyboard, it results on the functioning of apps, like small software with specific use that transforms the phone into a mini PC, or a gaming console, because all possibilities given by large screens, and great computing power inside.

The Galaxy Note family

In the same order of ideas, as the phone market was growing, and the influence of these devices rise up every week, a Korean technology company realized about a tendency of use manufacturers and users were having, in direct relation to the screen size of smart phones, being bigger and bigger on every release, and they thought about a new line of product, an none existing one, yet.

Given the tendency of people on using bigger devices, with larger and better screen, to take photos, consume multimedia files like movies, series, videos, and also the possibilities on the productive approach, Samsung invented a new device, massive for that time, with a screen size of 5.3 inches in diagonal, being the biggest mobile screen put on a device on the entire planet.

The Galaxy Note family

In this way, the Samsung Galaxy Note family, or “phablet” was born, as an innovative and powerful device and product, with a large screen of 5.3 inches, great hardware and quality, big battery life, and the inclusion of an special tool called “S Pen”, to take advantage of that screen in relation to productivity. With this product, Samsung invented a product between a tablet and a smart phone.

Of course, as it always happens with a new product, the first Samsung Galaxy Note was criticized by plenty of reviewers and analysts, claiming this phone were too big for the hand, and confused between two different products. Nevertheless, by the release time the phone became an absolute success, selling over ten million units in matter of weeks, proving Samsung right.

Details of these devices

Continuing, devices belonging to the Samsung Galaxy Note family are very specific, and unique in their type, almost having exclusive design and features, which users know they are going to find for sure with this phones, and not on any other existing, giving an exceptionality air to this line of product, with power, luxury, functionality, productivity, and most of all, a big screen size.

But in detail, the main characteristics of these devices are: having a big screen; being from 5.3 inches to 5.7 in diagonal with HD, Full HD, and 2K resolutions, top of the line processors; for every model at the time of its release, having four and eight cores some models, powerful GPUs, high storage capacity; going from 16 GB to 64 GB plus SD slots, high resolution cameras; from 8 to 16.

In the same way, due to this powerful hardware, Galaxy Note devices always are equipped with large batteries, going from 2.500 mAH, to 3.500 mAH, and ultimate technologies regarding connectivity, like 4g network or LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and security with fingerprint scanners. However, a disadvantage for some people may result on total size, and general weight.

The future is here with Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Regarding to this family of great devices, its last member is about to be released, not passing unseen by anyone, that for sure. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is going to be the most advance of this brand, yet. In fact, the previous one was the Note5, but Samsung decided to move name model straight to Note 7, matching it with the every year flag ship along, the Samsung Galaxy 7.

The future is here with Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Among the features of this new phone, all of them conclude in an impressive device, thought as a work and business cell phone, with a double curve on the sides, giving extra functionalities and a more than beautiful look, a 5.7 inches screen size, water resistant, and the inclusion, as always of the special pen attached to the phone.

It has a 2K resolution screen, perfect for multimedia content, a 12 dual lenses camera with Dual Pixel, 64 GB basic storage plus SD until 256 GB, 4 GB of RAM along with the 820 Qualcomm processor assuring speed, wireless fast charging with a 3.500 mAH smart battery.

Also, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has innovative features that look from the future, like having an Iris Scanner, opening the device with just look at it, and virtual reality capabilities, due to its powerful hardware, and the use of Gear VR, for an immersive and future experience in games.

Release date of Galaxy Note 7

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is going to be released on August 19th, with great expectations about the new technologies this device has, like the Iris Scanner and the virtual reality capabilities.

Release date of Galaxy Note 7

The great phablet Honor 8

It is not a secret the great influence mobile devices have on daily life of people, in different matter like work, studies, recreation, social lives, and others, that is why, most of them would not conceive life without these handhelds, paying sometimes big amounts of money to obtain the best. However, a great device with excellent value for money is available, being the Honor 8.

The world of mobile devices is crowded, with countless brands and companies offering their cell phones with different designs, functions, aspects, colors, and built with different materials, from the basic plastic, to the fancy anodized aluminum, and even ceramic. In the same way, prices are very diverse, but finding an excellent device with value for the money may be harder than it looks.

Huawei subsidiary

But before entering fully into this device, talk about its specific brand would be great. So, Honor stands out as subsidiary from Huawei, designing phones that are economic, but great in performance and functionality. In the same way, the final objective of Huawei is to concentrate on high end, and flag ships and innovative phone, leaving middle and low end phones to Honor.

Huawei subsidiary

Of course, this does not mean the quality of Honor products are bad, on the contraire, devices from this brand have helped Huawei to become the third biggest phone manufacturer in the world, only behind Samsung, and Apple, which is not bad, at all. In fact, this company has the goal to be, at least, the second biggest manufacturer, only in the lapse time of five years.

It may sound a little audacious, but at the rhythm this technology enterprise is growing, and with the help of Honor, building great devices with excellent prices, it would not be surprising a lot to see Huawei as one of world leader brand o phones manufacturer, although all brands existing on China, where there are plenty of successful and innovative companies, like Xiaomi or Oppo.

The Honor 8 as main character

The latest release of the Honor brand corresponds to a mobile phone, which belongs to the top series of this subsidiary company. It is the Honor 8, a high end model device by half of the price, in comparison to other high end models from other companies, having everything the average user may need, and more, thanks to all its functions, and power inside this big, and great device.

To begin with, the Honor 8 stands out as a massive phone, with a screen size of 6.6 inches, which could be consider more a tablet device than a mobile phone. In the same order of ideas, the resolution of this screen is 2K or 2160×1440 in diagonal, providing this device of an astonishing display, sharp and colored, perfect for watching a movie, reading, and play 3D games in comfort.

The Honor 8 as main character

Although, this is a very big phone, which some may called huge, but in terms of thickness is unbelievable, being only 7.1 mm thick, thinner than a pen, in fact, almost half of that size. This phone is completely built in metal, giving a very fancy finish, from a high end device only.

Regarding technical specifications, the Honor 8 has an eight core processor called Kirin 955, which is built and designed by Huawei itself, along with the Mali T880 GPU, giving great power to the phone, needed to fill up that 2K screen, the system running, and all the resources different apps are going to request, for them to open smoothly and fast, like heavy software and mobile games.

 

General specifications

 

General specifications

Along with processor and GPU, the Honor 8 has 4 GB of RAM memory, in order to have enough capacity to handle heavy work and multitasking, making the device able to run several apps without crashing, stop them, or get the general function of the device slow, something that is not going to happen with this Honor model.

Regarding storage capacity, the Honor 8 comes in 32, 64, and 128 GB, defining the total cost, also offering the chance to use a SD card, in order to have enough space for multimedia content, and the amazing pictures taken by the 13 MP camera with dual tone flash, for more natural colors, and the 8 MP front-facing camera, in order to shoot the corresponding selfies with great quality.

On other general functions, the Honor 8 has a fast fingerprint sensor for security, Bluetooth 4.2 for sharing files, GPS for positioning, NFC to purchase products with the phone, a reversible USB Type C, and a 4.500 mAH battery with fast charge, so it never runs out of power. Finally, the Honor 8 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with a secured upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat, later on.

Comparison with previous model

Behind the Honor 8 it is the Honor 7, a device released last year, with similarities, and a plenty of differences. So, the Honor 7 is thicker by almost 1.2 mm, it has a smaller screen with 5.2 inches, the previous version of processor and GPU, a smaller battery, only 3 GB of RAM, and no NFC. Although, a disadvantage could be Honor 8 does not have IR port and FM, like Honor 7 does.

Comparison with previous model

Other information about Honor 8

This great mobile phone will be introduced in stores on August 9th, with the chance to reserve it before that date, being colors available gold, silver and gray, costing 310 dollars from the basic 32 GB model, to 380 dollars the 128 GB model, having an excellent value for money, in direct comparison to other competitors, and the same line of product, costing a lot more than Honor 8.

In conclusion, the Honor 8 results a great option to buy a more than capable phone, with a high end finish and functionality, for half of the price of other devices from competitors, sometimes, inferior in quality, and performance. So, if there are users with certain taste on mobile phone, requiring performance, style and value for money, this may be the ultimate choice for them.