VIDEO- Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7: Things to consider before choosing No matter how many exciting and interesting Android smartphones I test, my SIM keeps finding its way back into the Apple iPhone 7 Plus on a regular basis. For the first time in a while, the Apple iPhone fell off the top of my biannual best 10 smartphones list, but later this year Apple may come out with its 10th anniversay edition iPhone and again claim the top spot. Yesterday I posted 11 reasons the Galaxy S8 is better than the Apple iPhone 7 for business. In order to offer both sides of the story, I offer this converse list why you may want to consider the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Operating system updates: While Samsung has done a great job over the past year in getting out timely monthly Android security updates, the Android 7.0 Nougat update didn't arrive for most S7 devices until the S8 was available to pre-order. With Samsung leading all others on the Android platform, I'm surprised it still can't update … [Read more...] about Eight reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 7 Plus over the Galaxy S8 Plus for business
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Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet.In case you missed it, Samsung’s big Unpacked Episode 2 event was held at the IFA in Berlin. One of the three devices featured at Unpacked was the Galaxy Note 3, its latest phablet, or device that’s somewhere in size between a large smartphone and a small tablet. Since we’ve finally used the Note 3, we’ve put together all the facts you need to know about the Note 3.A brief overviewSamsung’s flagship phablet continues to be an absolutely massive smartphone with borderline tablet functionality. Compared to its predecessor, the Note 3 is offering up a faster processor, larger screen, and a bunch of new TouchWiz features. It’s also thinner and lighter.Customization is also a big focus for the Note 3, suggesting Samsung’s focus on offering the Note 3 to more audiences than simply those who look for bigger screen sizes. The Note 3 itself will have a choice of three different colors … [Read more...] about Galaxy Note 3: What You Need to Know about Samsung’s new phablet
I have a confession: I'm a switcher. My long journey with Windows, which began even before Windows with MS-DOS, ended with Windows Vista. While so many others navigated the Vista debacle by sticking with Windows XP, I gave Vista a try -- and gave up. I leapt to the Mac OS. [ For complete coverage on Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system -- including hands-on reviews, video tutorials and advice on enterprise rollouts-- see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible. ]Could Windows 7 lure me back?Windows 7 was built to fix the problems that plagued Vista, and it unquestionably succeeds in doing that. It's a bit less bloated, and it runs a bit faster. The annoying security alerts from User Account Control have been quieted. And the compatibility issues with third-party software and hardware device drivers have largely been ironed away; after all, it's been two and a half years since Vista debuted. Windows 7 even includes a virtual "XP mode" for running legacy programs.Slideshow: Snow Leopard Versus … [Read more...] about PC Vs. Mac Deathmatch: Snow Leopard Beats Windows 7
With OS X 10.10 Yosemite now shipping and Windows 8.1 done with its 2014 update cycle, how do the two flagship PC operating systems compare?Windows 8.1 and some of its 2014 updates let users avoid most of the Windows 8 experience, so they can return to a Windows 7-like state of comfort. In contrast, Yosemite moves the Mac into new collaborative territory with iPads and iPhones, and it adopts iOS's visual conventions. In short, Windows has essentially languished this year as Microsoft turns its attention to the next version to debut next year, and Apple has continued its steady pace of evolving OS X into iOS territory.My colleague Woody Leonhard has reviewed 2013's Windows 8.1 in depth, as well as the Update 1 improvements from 2014, and I encourage you to read his take to understand the nuances of Microsoft's tablet/desktop hybrid OS. I've previously detailed the intriguing new capabilities in OS X Yosemite, which I also urge you to check out. Here, I highlight the key differences, … [Read more...] about Deathmatch Review: Windows 8.1 vs. OS X Yosemite
Pocket notebooks used to be ubiquitous. Novel indexing systems were devised, miniature pens and pencils perfect for pockets were developed, and a variety of small notebooks proliferated. But that was then. Today the notebook has been replaced by another accessory pretty much everyone has in their pocket: A smartphone.Most people take their notes digitally in the modern age, and the reasons are obvious: No more messy handwriting, runny ink, lost notebooks, flipping through pages, or poor organization (of which I'm guilty). With the right app the modern digital note is available wherever you go and whenever you need it. Like with Evernote.Evernote is a note-taking app for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. It stores your notes in the cloud, giving you access to all of them no matter what kind of machine you're on. TechRepublic's smart person's guide about Evernote is a quick introduction to this note-taking platform, as well as a "living" guide that will be … [Read more...] about Evernote: The smart person’s guide
When it comes to mobile devices, business users must strike a balance between portability and power. Small tablets may appear to be fine-tuned for casual consumer use, but small business owners can also benefit from their compact designs and more affordable price points. On Tuesday (Nov. 12), Apple announced that its new iPad mini with Retina display is finally available for purchase through its online store. It's up against Google's flagship tablet, the second-generation Nexus 7, which launched in July. Both tablets boast capable hardware, freshly updated operating systems and supersharp screens that measure between 7 and 8 inches. If you're a small business owner longing for an ultraportable business companion, read on for a head-to-head comparison of these two tablets. The small size of these tablets could be either a bonus or a deal breaker for business users who rely on a mobile device to do real work. iPad mini with Retina display: The 7.9-inch display on the new iPad mini puts … [Read more...] about iPad Mini with Retina Display vs. Nexus 7: Tiny Tablets with Big Business Potential
Want to conduct business on a smaller tablet? Dell's newest offering is a strong contender for the job. Despite its small size, the Dell Venue 8 Pro boasts most of the functionality of its bigger brother, the Venue 11 Pro. In addition to a sharp, 8-inch display, the Venue 8 Pro features a snappy, quad-core processor and runs the full version of Windows 8.1, so it's compatible with all the Windows applications you already use to run your business. This holiday season, the Venue 8 is up against Apple's refreshed iPad mini with Retina display, the most portable iPad ever, which also comes with a new, sharper display. Both tablets are powerful and compact, with loads of productivity-boosting features for business users. Read on for a head-to-head comparison of the Venue 8 Pro and the iPad mini with Retina display. Venue 8 Pro: Dell's tablet is undeniably the heftier device in this matchup. It features an 8-inch display that's just a bit bigger than the iPad mini's screen, and is notably … [Read more...] about Dell Venue 8 Pro vs. iPad Mini with Retina Display: 8-Inch Tablets for Business
The best business smartphones have sharp displays, high-quality builds and long battery life. But there's a lot more to a smartphone than hardware. Ultimately, what makes a phone great for business is the software it runs on. There are three major operating systems available on smartphones today: iOS from Apple, Android from Google and Windows Phone from Microsoft. Each offers a distinctive spin on the smartphone experience – but which one will make you most productive in the long run? When it comes to smartphone satisfaction, ultimately it's all about the apps. All three major mobile operating systems can cover your basic productivity needs, but there are big differences when it comes to the number and variety of apps available. Android: In terms of sheer scope, the Android app store – dubbed the Google Play store – rivals the iOS App Store, with more than 1 million apps available. That includes everything a business user needs for taking notes, balancing a budget or … [Read more...] about Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone: Which is Best for Business?
Apple's big new iPhone gives business users tons of screen space to work on. The iPhone 6 Plus boasts a huge 5.5-inch screen that dwarfs all other iPhone models, including the iPhone 6, which sports a 4.7-inch display. iPhone 6 Plus also includes a few killer features, including a new mobile wallet platform and the latest version of iOS, Apple's mobile operating system. But is it the best phablet for business? Samsung's new Android-powered Galaxy Note 4 has a strong claim for that title, with an even larger screen and a built-in stylus. Read on for a feature-for-feature matchup to see how these two work phones compare. iPhone 6 Plus: The iPhone 6 Plus boasts a huge 5.5-inch display that's by far the largest on any iPhone yet. Compared to the cramped 4-inch screen on previous iPhone models, the big new iPhone screen gives you a lot more real estate for serious productivity tasks. It's extremely sharp, too, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's a plus for business users, since … [Read more...] about Galaxy Note 4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Which Is Better for Business?
Apple's upcoming smartwatch might help you be more productive – but it's not the only new smartwatch in town. The new Pebble Time smartwatch offers 10 times the battery life of the Apple Watch, and costs a lot less. And it improves upon the original Pebble smartwatch in a few key ways, by adding a color display and support for voice commands. But can the Pebble Time (coming in July) compete with the Apple Watch, which offers a slicker, more colorful touch screen, features like Siri and Apple Pay, and an earlier April 24 launch date? While we wait to get our hands on both devices for review, here's an early feature-for-feature comparison of both watches, with a focus on how they might help you do your job. Keep in mind that our conclusions are based on early details, and therefore preliminary. A smartwatch's design doesn't really determine its usefulness, but business users will probably want something that looks at home in an office or a conference room. Fortunately, premium … [Read more...] about Apple Watch vs. Pebble Time: Which Is Better for Business?