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Xiaomi is one of the leading smart phone makers in China. The company has launched Xiaomi Mi4 smart phone which runs on new MIUI 6 skin. The company has copy MIUI 6 skin from iOS 7 as they look same alike. Let’s have a look at some of the designs and apps which are copied from iOS 7.

Xiaomi MI3

Copied notification and Apple’s control center features

Xiaomi has made this Smart phone a complete replica of iOS7. The notification panel is copied as the user will see same notification popup on the top of smart phone. Apple’s control centre, which includes phone settings like brightness, sounds, connectivity and flashlight are also copied by Xiaomi as user can have access to all of these by swiping up.

Similar app icons

In Android phones the app icons are all square with no rounded corners, but in this smart phone the app icons are much different as all the app icons are square with rounded corners, similar of iOS 7. Not only the app icons the company also copied some Apple apps.

Lock and home screen design is totally copied

The company has totally copied the design of home and lock screen. The smart phone asks the user to unlock the screen in the same manner like iOS 7 do. Moreover the company also copied the same white text, which invites users to unlock the screen. After you unlock the screen, a home screen with flat UI app icons appears, same as of iOS 7. The company has also added the same ellipses in the smart phone which shows how many screen users have to swipe.

Same calendar and calculator app

Some of the pre installed apps in Xiaomi Mi4 are similar to apps which Apple has installed on iOS 7. Calendar and calculator app in Mi4 look similar to iOS 7, not even a minor change have been made. The company has selected the same orange and white colour palette for the calculator and gray and brick red for the calendar app.

Xiaomi Mi4 is a 5 inch screen smart phone with 2.5 GHZ quad core Snapdragon processor with 3GB RAM. It has 13 mega pixel rear camera and 8 mega pixel front camera. User has to pay almost half the price of iOS 7 in order to avail all the services of it. This smart phone can be bought for $320 only whereas user has to pay $690 to avail services of iOS 7. Xiaomi also known as “Chinese Apple” company will be a tough competitor for Apple.

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Whatsapp messenger is an amazing SMS replacement application. It is a cross-platform instant messaging application service for Smartphones. The term “online” is now referred as the users presence or availability on whatsapp for Smartphone users. It is one of the most downloaded application. It allows to exchange SMS without having to pay for it. It is available for iPhone, Android , Blackberry, Windows Phone and Nokia and those mobiles that can message each other. WhatsApp Messenger uses 2G or 3G or WiFi (when available) to exchange million messages with family and friends. So switching from SMS to whatsapp to send and receive text message, audio notes, picture and video message is a smart choice for Smartphone users and also it is free subscription for first one year! Later it is available for a few bucks on different operating system. It allows group conversation with contacts store in the phone book. Whatsapp is always on and connected so there is no need to log in/out .

WhatsApp Messenger

The updates are important changes made to any application. It can be bug fixing or adding new language or introducing any new change. As the software is updated its version changes. Whatsapp messenger has got its iOS 7 makeover. As it’s a iOS 7 makeover it has got a new look. It took a long time to join the party but major update was necessary for iPhone users. The new version syncs with new operating system. It has a flat design. The developers for app have been working for a long time to give a new OS feel. This new version adds broadcast contact list. For bulk messaging users can create their own lists. The new version improves location sharing , supports for 3D maps and OS 7 ringtones, text size . It’s now easier to manage block contacts and able to crop images before sending and can also see larger thumbnails.

So now chatty iPhone users can update their whatsapp for free from the App Store and can go online crazy with their buddies with sporty new is look.

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This time Pinterest has an interesting piece of news. This news is seriously a sort of breaking news. This time the new is concerned with behind the scene activity. When you hear something like ‘behind-the-scene’, people like me become more curious to know and get to the root of the topic. Let me end up building a wall of suspense. Recently with a blog, Pinterest revealed their future steps for their developments. The Pinterest’s engineering posted a very interesting blog about the development process for its iOS 7 app redesign. It’s like a team of three-to-four engineers collaborated with the design team to rebuild the Pinterest iOS app with easier navigation, different transition and several ways to discover pins through swiping or gestures.

Pinterset

While developing this and working on this update. The engineer of Pinterest worked on a simple and faster way to develop and built these new changes. The main challenge they overcame was to re-imaging things of the app while to maintain the aesthetic of our brand. The three main keys-areas they focused on:

  • Migrating UICollectionView and dropping iOS 5 support
  • To build gestural interface
  • Making use of iOS 7 with transitions, Background fetching, UIKit Dynamics and  many more.

Steven Ramkumar , a software engineer came with this plan to drop iOS 5 and make use of iOS 7. With the use of iOS 7 operating system a new gestural interface for the app is developed.The foundation of this re-architecture app has proceeded to development stage which will show more innovation on mobile. There are more interesting things to reveal by them, let’s wait, the Pinterest team will surely impress us in coming days.

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Introduction:
Apple unveiled their latest flagship a while ago namely the iPhone 5S. Apple have stayed true to their policy of always introducing a ‘S’ phone after the original phone within the year just like they introduced the 3GS, 4S and now this, the 5S. The thing that baffles us the most is that the new phone actually doesn’t seem all that different from the original version. But we will see all that in complete details in some. But for now, Apple actually both did a good as well as a disappointing job of making the iPhone 5S. Now let’s review the phone is detail and check it out if it is really that great a phone as Apple claims it to be.

Body & Design:
If you put the iPhone 5 and the 5S side by side backwards and ask people to guess which is which, they will be completely baffled and will never know in a million years which phone is which. This is because Apple have absolutely not worked on the body and designing of the phone. The phone measures and weighs exactly the same as the iPhone 5 and also sports the same 4” screen which is again not an HD display for that matter. Also every button, every port, even the charging pin is located at exactly the same position and you will fell absolutely no difference while holding and using the iPhone 5S. it does though in new metallic colours other than the usual black and white. This time it is Silver, Grey and Golden which was the most sought after and popular model of them all.

iPhone 5S

Display:
Again Apple missed out on a trick here by not introducing a HD display yet again but it has introduced a sort of Retina Display which is a sharper display than the iPhone 5. The display is the same 4” LED backlit LCD display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels at 326 ppi and maximum brightness of 500 nits and contrast ratio of 800:1. Now that is actually a good display but still if we compare this to other Android and latest Windows 8 devices, then it still falters compared to them. Also the screen of the phone is a bit odd sized being taller and not equivalently thicker, hence also maybe fitting in a HD display within this size could be difficult and tricky. Guess we will have to wait for the next iPhone for that.

Hardware:
Here the iPhone 5S is newer than the iPhone 5. For starters Apple has jumped one up on this device by introducing the Apple A7 processor from the A6 processor on the iPhone 5. Also for the first time ever Apple has introduced the M7 coprocessor which takes care of all the motion sensing data. This takes away a lot of load from the processor this increasing the efficiency of the processor and thus allowing for faster processing. So you can be sure that you will never experience any sort of lag on the device now or anytime in the future and also since the iOS is a very light OS, hence the processor also does not require much to handle it.

iPhone 5s

OS:
Apple has introduced a new OS with the iPhone 5S, the iOS 7. This is a 64 bit supported OS as the new processor in the 5S is the first 64 bit architecture model, hence the new OS is made to support the 64 bit architecture and also the previous versions as well. This OS is a new variant where the layout is not much different from the previous versions but there is a refreshed new colour scheme to it other than the usual metallic grey colours. And now there is an introduction of some really lively and bold colours with transparent menus giving it a new glassy and classy look and feel to the overall OS. Also there are some new tweaks to the OS. Now along with a drop down notification panel, there is also a pull up control section which you can call by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Here in this menu you can control the music menu, the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other connectivity toggles and some more. This is actually the control center if u can say so. So that is something new here.

Camera:
On the camera front, Apple has introduced a new 8 MP camera with OIS. This allows for better images and also the BSI sensor gives some awesome low light images compared to the previous iPhone versions. Also Apple has this time around provided with a dual LED flash, so photos now have more light in them. Also the videos are now sharper and crystal clear with Full HD 1080p video shooting capability of the device. Of course you cannot compare these cameras with the Nokia powerhouses but is still the best ever by Apple. Also the iPhone 5S has a 1.3 MP front FaceTime camera with HD video capabilities. So you can use FaceTime and that too enjoy the HD experience on it.

iPhone 5s front

Memory & Battery:
The phone has 1 GB of RAM which is a big upgrade from the 512 MB on the previous versions. So there is double the RAM now which is always better and yet is it good enough to run the device smoothly because iOS actually does not require much RAM, 512 MB is enough to run the device smoothly and lag free, but the presence of more RAM never hurts. Also on the battery front Apple has provided more battery than the iPhone 5. The battery of the 5S is a 1580 mAh battery which is more than the 1440 mAh of the iPhone 5. This battery is enough to power the device for a good 10 hours on 3G networks and 11 hours on Wi-Fi and 7 hours of video playback on 250 nits of brightness. So it is not at all bad. On the memory front, Apple as usual keeps disappointing us with not providing an expandable memory slot but provides the phone on 3 memory variants, 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB variants. So you can choose which one you want depending on your memory requirements.

Features:
iPhones are known for their features and even this device does not disappoint. Apple is the first to introduce a fingerprint scanner in a cell phone which is present on the home button. The home button of the device has been given a fingerprint scanner where you can you can your finger and lock your device. As a security feature, the fingerprint is stored on the device itself and not on the web, so you can be sure your fingerprints are safe. Also with the new OS Apple is now offering their own office suit known as iWork to complete with Microsoft and also there are many new features on the multitasking toggle where you can quit apps by just swiping on the screen. This is a nicely loaded phone with a great OS and amazing features and also now with improved iCloud services, it just got better.

Conclusion:
So overall the iPhone 5S is a good device with great features, entertainment and productivity. It rides on the biggest factor which is exclusivity but then after all the overall market competition for the phone is really high from the Android and Windows Phone devices and also the very stiff price for this phone means it is still aloof for the lower middle class crowd. Plus the smaller screen is also not much of an attraction; hence competition is a big factor for this device. But overall this is a good phone and the fingerprint scanner another cherry on top of the cake. So you can get this device enjoy the new Apple experience.

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Today the entire mobile world is ruled by smartphones. The earlier feature phones have now become a thing of the past and touch is the new in. 98% of the global phone manufacturing id dominated by smartphones and touchscreen phones. So you know how much they are in demand. Even now most of you must be having a smartphone which you all are using. These smartphones run on various operating systems (OS) which have also come a long way since the first touchscreen phone.

Currently the market is ruled by three OS namely Android which is the most dominant of all. Second is iOS from Apple and third Windows Phone 8 from Microsoft. All three OS have their own advantages and disadvantages and this is exactly what we are going to see as to the advantages and disadvantages of Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8.

Android:

Android 4.4 Kit Kat 

Advantages: Android has like way too many advantages. Well, every OS has, but with Android there is just so much you can do. First of all is the huge App base of the OS which has the highest number of apps available and that too most of them are free of cost. So that is amazing. Secondly there are so many customization options like making different custom home screens and placing the apps on the different home screens as per your liking also being able to move. Plus Android is a lot sophisticated, colourful, graphics with animations and hence is very pleasing to the eye. But the biggest advantage of Android is that it is open source software. So many developers have come up with their own versions of Android which you can install by simply rooting your Android devices which is not possible on any other OS. Plus since the OS is free, many low cost devices are now available running Android.

Disadvantages: As such there are not much disadvantages to Android, but the biggest one is the requirement of high specs to run Android devices. Android is a very detailed OS which needs a huge memory for storage and lots of RAM for smooth functioning. Hence devices with low specs do not function as fluently and hence it becomes a lot tedious. Also Android lacks some creativity where all the updates come on the notification panel which is the same since the first version. So something new is expected now.

iOS:

iOS 7

Advantages: This is an amazing fast, light and zippy OS and you will rarely encounter any lags in this device. This OS is exclusive only for Apple products and hence cannot be found on any other devices. It also has a very large App base with almost all the popular titles present here. Plus multitasking on this phone is a breeze and it is very smooth and does not require very powerful specs to run smoothly. Its latest version, the iOS 7 has now more colours to it and provides a much better interface and aesthetic appeal to it. Then there is also the voice service exclusive to iOS called “Siri”.

Disadvantages: This is actually a huge problem with iOS and that is exclusivity. This OS does not support Plug & Play feature, so for any content or data transfer you need iTunes. Secondly the newest iOS 7 has got most of the features similar to Android, so again no originality. And finally the device does not require huge powerful specs but yet these devices cost way more than Android or Windows phones having better specs which is a huge issue.

Windows Phone 8:

Windows Phone 8

Advantages: The main advantage of Windows Phone 8 is the fresh and new look of the OS. This OS is one really unique and original OS with a complete new idea and framework for a fresh outlook for mobiles. The unique concept of live tiles which show their notifications on them itself is amazing so there is no need for a notification panel specifically for it. Any app can be easily pinned to the Homescreen as a live tile thus allowing for quicker access. Also you can change the sizes of live tiles and hence control how much information you want displayed on them. The user interface is lively and simple. Plus Microsoft does not allow for any tweaks by manufacturers, hence the same feel of the OS is present on the cheapest to the most expensive Windows Phone 8 devices so will never be missing out on anything.

Disadvantages: The disadvantages of the OS are actually a matter of time until they are polished off since this OS is a newest in the market. It will be only a matter of time till it establishes as a wonderful OS and all the latest and popular titles come to the App Store. Still one small disadvantage is the absence of greater personalization and greater variety of colours, the colours are present but are still less. Also it is a paid OS and not open source, so that’s why the cost of the devices is also a bit high and the Apps are hard to come by since it is not open source software.

We checked out the advantages and disadvantages of the top 3 OS in the mobile market right now and it is very clear that Android is the undisputed champion among the three and iOS enjoys its exclusivity but it will only be a matter of time until Windows Phone 8 with its fresh look might come up and surprise both of them as it has already started to make inroads to the market, especially Android’s share. Do comment down below what you feel about these 3 OS and which one will you prefer buying among the three.

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Apple held an event recently on October 22, 2013 to unveil some new products in the market. The product namely was the next generation iPad and the iPad mini as well. We had expected this to be the usual iPad 4, but Apple for the first time in so many years surprised us by using a new name this time around and the new iPad is named the iPad Air. What is more interesting about this event is that Apple held this event at the very same day when Nokia held their World Event where they also launched a tablet in the market to compete with the like of Samsung and the other including the iPad. Well, the rivalry has heated up but that is for some other day. We are here to review the iPad Air from Apple.

When we look at the iPad Air for the first time, you really don’t see much difference in that and the other earlier versions. But when you hold it in your hand you will realize that it is lighter and thinner than before. It still has the same 9.7” Retina Display screen which was a bit of a disappointment because we were expecting a bigger screen, maybe a 10”+ one and about 4k resolution considering that Retina display was already there on the previous iPad. But still it is not at all bad. Also the current iPad Air does stand true to its name as it is pretty light and thin as well. If sources at Apple are to be believed, the current iPad is even thinner than your average pencil. Now that is something isn’t it?

On the hardware front also we were expecting Apple to come up with something more than the usual iPhone specs. It has the same A7 processor coupled with the M7 coprocessor to handle the graphics which makes it equivalent to holding a larger version of the iPhone 5S. But even that can be accepted considering that the iOS 7 which runs on the iPad does not need much heavy horsepower to handle the tasks. On the memory front too Apple disappoints with the absence of expandable memory. It does come with big internal memory options, but still and expandable slot is much preferred.

Apple iPad Air

The iPad Air does come in 16/32/64/128 GB versions, but I guess the reason they are not providing the expandable memory is because it does not have the option for simple plug and play to any device. To move or transfer files you always require their iTunes software which frankly speaking is a huge hassle and a lot frustrating. Apple makes great products and then also makes sure they annoy you with small things like this. But I think if you need loads of memory you can always opt for the 128 GB option.

Coming to the camera, the tablet sports a 5MP iSight camera which uses the feature of larger pixels. This technology works in a way that since the pixels are large, so a single pixel captures more details and light than the default or original pixel would capture. This allows for a small MP count camera to capture great images which are equivalent to say a 12 MP camera. It is capable of capturing some amazing stills and also record Full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps. It also has a 1.3 MP FaceTime camera on the front that is capable of 720p HD videos for video chatting. Now that is cool.

Now coming to the features, we were actually expecting a lot from the new iPad it seems. Why can’t Apple listen for a change? Anyways, Apple did not put in the fingerprint scanner in the iPad like in the iPhone 5S. iOS 7 is not going to win the race for them all the time. But still, the iOS 7 is a pretty good, light and zippy operating system and it works on the 64 bit architecture that Apple has moved on to with the A7 processor. This means the efficiency and processing power has increased, but that is still useless unless more apps arrive with the 64 bit base; Apple we tell you!

Apple also has reduced the bezel of the tablet, which means gone are the thick borders from the screen, thus reducing the overall size of the iPad as well. Actually that is great, but we really could not have minded at all if Apple would have used the extra space for a better battery in the device. The current 32.4 Watt-hour battery lasts for about 10 hours of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi and 9 hours over Cellular network. This is not at all bad by any standards, but we would have loved some more juice in there as it no one really likes to stay hooked to the power outlets.

Lastly the iOS 7 running on the iPad Air provides some amazing features on the tablet. For starters it lets you access you iCloud with much more ease now. Also now there are new features like AirDrop, AirPlay, AirPrint, Facebook and Twitter integration and also our very own ‘Siri’. There are Apple maps as well, but we all know how great they had turned out to be, so I guess users are going to end up using Google maps since even that is available on this device.

The iPad Air comes in 2 variants, the Wi-Fi only and cellular. The cellular version supports all bands of LTE which is really great. So all in all the iPad Air with its minor stuff here and there still is an impressive tablet. So if you are looking for a good tablet then this could be it. But with the non-expandable memory, you might want to think hard as to which version you want to get depending on your usage. The full detailed specs are given below.

Specifications:

  • Display: 9.7” Retina Display
  • Resolution: 2048×1536
  • Processor: Apple A7 Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone
  • GPU: Quad core PowerVR G6430
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 16/32/64/128 GB
  • Battery: 32.4 Watt-hour
  • Camera: 5 MP rear, 1.3 MP front
  • OS: iOS 7

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Introduction:

With the merger of Nokia and Microsoft on the cards soon, it really comes as a surprise if this is to help Microsoft’s surface or is Nokia trying to pull a fast one on them? But why should we care about that when we are getting an amazing tablet from Nokia. This is the first ever tablet introduced by Nokia in the market, though we do see their partnership with Microsoft having a huge influence on the tablet design. Maybe it must be a try from Microsoft to push their surface tablets under the branding of Nokia for the last time hoping that it works. Apple on the other hand on the very same day of the launch of Nokia’s tablets, also launched their 4th generation iPads. This time though the tablet is not called the iPad 4 which was expected, but it is called the iPad Air. Now considering that they have been launched on the same day, so they are the tablets of today, it seems only fair to pitch them against one another.

Design and Looks:

The design of the Lumia 2520 tablet is a pretty simple yet elegant one. It is pretty clean and does not have absolutely any cluster whatsoever. This is just the one capacitive home button at the centre to open the home screen, but other than that there is absolutely nothing. On the right side top of the tablet there is the only power button and the volume rocker while the rest of the sides of the tablets are filled with ports and connectors for accessories and SIM and memory cards.
The iPad Air in the other hand has become a lot thinner and lighter and if the Apple’s sources are to be believed, it has become even thinner than a pencil. Now that is a first. But overall, Apple has been in the tablet business for quite a long now and they have mastered it pretty well, so considering the aesthetics of the device, it is a pretty close call since Apple has only the white, black and grey options while Nokia offers, well, myriad of bright colourful options.

Nokia Lumia 2520

Display:

This is where Apple has a clear advantage over Nokia. The iPad Air still has the same 9.7” Retina display from the previous iPad which is a 2048×1536 pixels resolution at 264 ppi. Apple has perfectly this technology quite some time ago now and are putting it in good use. Nokia on the other hand does have a bigger 10.1” IPS LCD display with 1920×1080 Full HD display at 224 ppi. But again the display has a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. Add to it Nokia’s Clear Black technology and this display does become an awesome one; but again not quite as good as Apple.

Performance:

In terms of performance, iPad Air uses the same A7 processor coupled with the M7 coprocessor with a 64 bit architecture which is used in the iPhone 5S. The advantage of using this is that it has faster processing and also this iPad Apple claims is 8 times faster than the previous versions. But this 64 bit advantage is not really going to come to use much until many 64 bit apps are made.
On the other hand the Lumia 2520 tablet comes loaded with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz. This is coupled with the Adreno 320 GPU making it a true powerhouse that can blow the iPad’s specs away.

Operating System:

This is the most important point when comparing these two tablets. Apple iPad Air runs on iOS 7 which is a very light and zippy OS. It is great with amazing features, colourful and has got loads of amazing apps which run on it. On the other hand the Lumia 2520 runs on Windows 8.1 RT which is kind of like a stripped down version of the original Windows 8.1. Microsoft claims that this OS is made especially for the devices that run on ARM based systems and it is lighter than the original Windows 8.1. But the main problem that lies here is that the availability of apps for RT is not that many as that of iOS. I mean Windows have got Instagram just now after so many years of gruelling wait.

Storage capacity and Main memory:

Apple iPad Air has just 1 GB RAM and comes in 16/32/64/128 GB variants but does not have a memory expansion option. This is a bit of a let-down because the previous versions of the iPads also did not have an expandable memory option and we were hopeful that this time around Apple might have some sense knocked into them. The Nokia Lumia 2520 on the other hand comes with only a 32 GB variant and has 2 GB RAM. It does have a memory expansion slot using Micro SD slot cards upto 64 GB.

Apple iPad Air

Camera:

This is where Nokia always gets the A game on and it is just impossible to beat them on this front. Though cameras on tablets are not quite widely used, but then it does not hurt to have a good camera on right? The Lumia 2520 has a 6.7 MP camera capable of 1080p Full HD videos and some amazing low light photography. This is a pretty good camera compared to the 5 MP camera available on the iPad Air. Though the camera does use Apple’s iSight camera technology, it still does not stand any competition to the Nokia. Well, no one actually does yet, so that is not that big a deal. Anyways cameras on tablets are not quite widely used, so this really won’t matter much as a deciding factor.

Features:

Features wise the Lumia 2520 is quite well set with supporting LTE, all bands of Wi-Fi and the works. Add to that the expandable memory option and the entire Office Suite available from Microsoft free of cost makes this is amazing device. Also the option of adding accessories to the tablet like the power saving keyboard which is available externally can be hooked to the device which promises to increase the run time of the tablet by 5 more hours which is amazing.

In case of iPad Air, it is a bit disappointing that the fingerprint scanner has not been provided on the iPad as on the iPhone 5S. It was one of the most expected feature on the iPad but Apple managed to let us down in this case. Secondly Apple is also providing an alternate Office suite which is their own known as iWork. So this takes the edge off which the Lumia 2520 had. Also the iPad is loaded with all the Apple features like iTunes, App Store and all the latest new updates to the apps. We all know how well developed the App Store for iOS is. Also the iPad cellular version supports all the LTE bands which make it the perfect companion for the future as well.

Battery:

The iPad Air has a 32.4 Watt-hour battery which lasts for 10 hours of web surfing on Wi-Fi networks and 9 hours on cellular network. On the other hand the Lumia 2520 has an 8000 mAh battery which powers the device for upto 12 hours of web surfing on both Cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The added advantage of the Lumia 2520 is the power saving external keyboard which guarantees to increase the backup upto 5 hours.

Conclusion:

So to sum it all up, the iPad Air is a veteran in the market whereas the Nokia Lumia 2520 is the newest. So it would be unfair to say that Nokia had not done a good job. In fact for a first timer, Nokia has created a miracle coming out with such an amazing tablet in the market. But still here we will have to go with the iPad Air only because it is a lot more seasoned and much better tablet compared to the Nokia Lumia 2520.

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Introduction:

The tablets are back to battle with the newcomers locking horns. And we are not talking about any tablet; they are the cleanest, meanest and most amazing tablets to hit the market. Yes, we are talking about the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 2014 Edition and the most recently revealed, about to be released Apple iPad Air. Apple did use some creativity here though to give them credit. The 4th generation iPad are not called the iPad 4 anymore, it is now the iPad Air. Let’s get on with the comparison then.

Apple iPad Air

Design and Looks:

The body of the iPad Air is pretty compact and sleek. The bezel on the front size is also less than ever and the overall shape and design is pretty usual compared to the previous iPad. What is interesting is that the current one is much thinner, about 0.6” thinner than its predecessor and weighs in much lighter. The overall weight of the iPad Air is 478 grams for the cellular version and 469 grams for the Wi-Fi version. On the other hand the Note 10.1 is bigger in size than the iPad Air and is bulkier as well. Considering that it has a bigger screen, more hardware inside and all, it is pretty fair for it, but is still quite heavy to hold comfortably. It weighs in at 547 grams for the cellular version and 540 grams for the Wi-Fi version.

Display:

As for the screen, the iPad Air has a 9.7” Multi-touch IPS LED screen with Apple’s own Retina Display. It has a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels at 264 ppi. It is a great display with crystal clear visibility and good visibility even in bright sunlight. On the other hand the Note 10.1 has an Ultra HD display of 2560×1600 pixels at 298 ppi which is way more than iPad Air’s display considering that iPad has a smaller screen. The Note 10.1 has a 10.1” TFT display which is amazing with very high pixel density. I guess the rest is to be understood.

Performance & Connectivity:

Coming to the hardware, the iPad Air runs on the A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor. The architecture is one of a kind on tablets which is famous in PCs. With this overall efficiency is much better and the M7 coprocessor does a more than good job with handling the graphics. The Note 10.1 runs on a Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa-core chipset with 1.9 GHz Quad & 1.3 GHz Quad processor and Adreno 330 GPU to handle the graphical needs. Being an Octa-core processor, it has much greater ease with handling multitasking and the heavy applications and games on Android. Both the tablets come in both Cellular and Wi-Fi versions where the Cellular versions are capable of 2G, 3G as well as almost all LTE (4G) bands.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Camera and Photos:

The camera on the iPad Air is a 5MP iSight Camera from Apple which uses the big pixel technology. This way it can capture more details and greater clarity of videos and images than a normal 5MP camera. This camera is capable of 1080p Full HD videos at 30 fps. It also had a 1.3MP FaceTime camera capable of 720p HD videos. The Note 10.1 has an 8MP camera with LED flash capable of Full HD videos as well. But the difference here is that the 8MP camera has a bigger sensor, hence greater detail capturing. There is no surprise that even with everything the camera on the Note 10.1 is better than the iSight from Apple. Note 10.1 also has a 2 MP front facing camera also capable of 1080p Full HD video recording. Now match that Apple!

Main Memory, Storage & Battery:

On the memory front Apple will always lack behind. Not because it is bad, but because it does not provide the expandable memory option. It sure does come in 16/32/64/128 GB versions, but still the absence of expandable memory is still a let-down considering that now this is a 4th generation iPad. It has 1 GB RAM. On the other hand Note 10.1 also comes in 16/32/64 GB versions, but the added advantage of this is the expandable memory slot which allows expansion of memory using SD cards upto 64 GB. That is a huge amount of memory which provides a huge advantage to the Note 10.1 over the iPad Air. Also the Note 10.1 has 3 GB of RAM which is 3 times more than the iPad Air. On the battery front, iPad Air has a new and improved battery of 32.4 watt-hour which gives upto 10 hours of surfing on Wi-Fi and 9 hours of surfing on cellular network which is pretty sufficient. The Note 10.1 has an 8220 mAh battery which is really huge compared to other tablets and is good enough for upto 12 hours of usage on a full charge.

Features:

Coming to the features, the iPad Air runs on iOS 7 which is nice, zippy and colourful. With its improved and added features, this tablet is amazing. Apple has introduced loads of inbuilt apps and features in this tablet, though a fingerprint scanner which was expected is absent. But still it is no less a bad tablet. It also features a full integration of the App Store, iTunes and many other apps along with its personal voice assistant “Siri”. Also it is equipped with Apple maps with an option to use Google Maps as well which is a much better mapping service compared to Apple Maps.
On the other hand Note 10.1 runs on Android 10.1 JellyBean out of the box with the Samsung UI overlay on top of it. And when it comes to Android, there is no more need to say. Android just has it all, and if you want anything extra, you can just simply download it from the Google Play store and get it on your Android device. Also there is the presence of Google Now which is Google’s own personal voice assistant.

Conclusion:

Our comparison of the Apple iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition yielded some pretty surprising and amazing results. For starters the iPad Air is an amazing device with great specs and design and the extra added features, but still it does not quite feel that great compared to the Note 10.1 which has amazing features, has got Android 4.3 running and got a much better screen, camera, expandable memory and the works. So if asked us, the Note 10.1 seems to be the better among the two. Now the question is how the iPad Air features against the recently released Lumia 2520? Well! That we will have to wait and see.

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Now the third party app store Cydia can run on iOS 7. Somehow the developers made this possible to run the app store on the latest iOS 7. There are some screen shots shared by Redmond Pie. With the help of this, users will be able to download and install any third party application software on their devices running iOS and you will not have to go to Apple’s App Store. Cjori, the iOS developer told that currently this is only working on iPhone 4 and making use of the jailbroken version of this software. As the software is jailbroken, so it is also facing some stability issues.

 

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There are some of the key features added with this and these key features are like quick settings menus, multitasking, and updates to the general look and feel. These new features are only available with the iOS 7. Other than this, developers get more access to the system hardware as well as features. Jail breaking opens the devices and it leads the users to install and use new software which are not from the Apple store. These apps can be from android or other mobile plat-forms. As we all know that the number of useful application support turns a smartphone into a perfect smartphone and with this support, there is no doubt that number of Apple users will be increased.

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As the number of clicks increases it becomes difficult to remember that when any particular photo was taken or where it was taken. To solve this problem, Memoir is developed. This is a photo storage application and it makes use of album-like approach to arrange the photos. It takes the pictures from the phone and social networks. This is available for free. They launched the Memoir on the day when the day of iOS 7 release. Every day, it will get you the latest pictures. If you want then you can search for the pics with the search key like “Aug 2012” or some names. The best part about this application is that, it is totally free and there is no restriction on number of photos that can be stored on Memoir’s cloud.

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When you start the application then it will pull the photos from your smartphones camera roll and if you allow then it will take photos from the social networks as well. When it is completed,your Memoir is ready, you will be able to view the photos. All the photos will come in the main Memoir feed. Most recent photos at the top and older after that in ascending order. There are many ways that you can share your photos with your friends. One of them is that, you just select the photo or more than one photo and directly share it with any other Memoir user or some friend through email. If the pictures are exchanged then the pictures will also be displayed on other persons feed. Or you can directly blast it on social network so that non Memoir users can also view the photos. Its a fun application and very useful at the same time.

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