February 2019 archive

Samsung Galaxy S10 Highlights and Disappointments.

Samsung Galaxy S10 phones were announced on Feb. 20th 2019. The key features of the Galaxy S10 that were announced live were indeed impressive, but the company did not provide much about the specs and details. Lucky for us, we do have the specs and some are impressive while others are not, at least when comparing to the Galaxy S9. We will not be going over the release of the Galaxy S10e since the price is too high and the specs are just not all that impressive.

The price is little higher than we expected but if you pre-order the Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10+ by 3/7/19 you will receive free Galaxy Buds. Does not apply to Galaxy S10e. You can order your New S10 or S10+ Unlocked from Amazon:

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ : https://amzn.to/2TddTPO
Samsung Galaxy Buds: https://amzn.to/2HLYos7
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To Get Samsung Galaxy S10+ LED Back Case : https://amzn.to/2EH8wiW

Samsung Galaxy S10 Factory Unlocked Phone with 128GB (U.S. Warranty), Prism Black

Key features that we really liked:

3 Main Cameras. UltraWide Angle , Wide and Telephoto lenses. 12MP and 16MP for the UltraWide.

10MP Selfie Camera

4K Video Recording 60FPS and 240 at 1080p similar to S9

8GB Ram – Yes Please

128GB-512GB internal Storage + up to 512GB SD Card

Under Display Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor

Headphone Jack – Some of us still use it.  I use it all the time to connect external Microphone when I am recording video in 4K

Bigger batteries in both S10 and S10+  3400mAh for S10 and 4100 for S10+

Not so impressive features but still worth Mentioning:

Faster charging with 25W USB-C but it will actual charging at 15W same as in S9

Reverse wireless charging – it is nice but you will probably not use it often.

FM Radio (US & CA Only)

USB C Charging Port

WI-Fi 6 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax – It is the first phone to have that but unfortunately most of us will not used it, the technology is just too new. By the time it is available to most folks we will be looking at Galaxy S11 and S12.

What we really Did Not like:

As you probably already guessed, the phone price tag: starting at $900 for the S10 and it goes up from there.

Galaxy S10 and S10+ are not 5G. Samsung will be coming out with 5G version later in 2019 but from the specs we were a little disappointed.

The 128GB and 512GB configuration, we would really like to see 256GB option. Looking at their website, it is possible that Samsung will introduce 256GB version later in 2019/2020

Adobe Rush still not available, but at least it should be later in the year.

Conclusion:

Wi-fi 6 is impressive but most of us will not be able to use it. 80211 ax is a new technology and having to spend more money to replace a router that can handle the faster speeds is not recommended until you at least have Fiber 1 Gigabit Internet connection. 5G will be exclusive to Verizon for now and not available to the rest of us probably till 2020. Most major carriers are testing 5G in selected cities but 5G will most likely not be available to consumers until 2020-2021.

We mentioned the 128GB configuration and that we don’t like it because 4k video might be filling it up fast. We can add a 512GB SD card but in our experience when you are recording in 4K, it saves the video to internal memory because the external SD card is not fast enough to capture so match data.

Am  I going to pre-order the Galaxy S10? No I am not, but I will be upgrading to S10 later on this year. Just because I really want to get my hands on it first to see if S10+ might be better for me and I am waiting for Adobe Rush to be available for Galaxy S10.  That does not mean you should wait. If you are thinking you will want to get it soon, then now is defiantly the time to pre-order and take advantage of the Free Galaxy Buds. But if you can wait then who knows, Samsung may offer little discounts later in time.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Factory Unlocked Phone with 128GB (U.S. Warranty), Prism Black

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Choosing Backup External Hard Drive

Choosing Best Backup External Hard Drive to meet your needs.

Hey guys, today we are going to talk about external backup hard drives. Yes, those boxes that get attached to your desktop or laptop, so which one is best for you.

If you start looking around then you will notice that there are lots of choices and you have to choose between things like capacity, size, speed, connection interface, brands, warranty and price.

I could say just go get Samsung Portable T5 SSD 1TB Drive for under $400 from Amazon or Newegg.  Problem Solved!!! But what if you don’t have that kind of money to burn? Well, if you don’t have that kind of money there are still lots of options on a budget.

Let’s go over few thing that people ask often when they are choosing external storage device.

  1. Q: Does physical size matters?

A: Yes and No. The only thing here is that you really need to know is that the 2.5” hard drive has a limit of 4TB but most commonly you will only see 2TB for external drive. Even larger drives are in the works but the are expensive. Where as 3.5” you can go as high as 14TB (14,000GB) Mind Blowing!! There are additional things you need to know about size but we will talk about it later in the article.

  • Q: Does Hard drive RPM matters?

A: In general; faster RPM drives are considered faster and better. However when it comes to external backup drives the RPM speed is not really important. I will explain little later on as too why.

  • Q:  Does Brand Name Matters?

A: Yes, try to stick with brand names like Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi (Hitachi is owned by WD). Your data is important and you want to keep it in a reliable drive.

  • Q: What connection interface should I get? USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, USB 3.1 (USB C).

A: Well the best would be thunderbolt or USB C but they tend to be expensive and rare at the moment. The most common would be USB 3.0 because it is popular, fairly available and fairly fast. You still can use USB 2.0 but it can make a huge difference if you are transferring large files and you are doing it on the fly. However it is still used but lots of people.

  • Q: What size drive should I get?

A: Well it really depends on what you are going to store on the Drive. In my opinion the sweet spot would be somewhere between 2TB and 4TB because it should be large enough to support your important files and with some room to grow. But you don’t want it too big because if it fails then you lose it all at once; I rather have 2 separate drives of 2tb than one 4TB Drive.  That is because If you buy one dive that is 4tb for let’s say for $100  which is little cheaper then two 2TB drives and it fails. You lose all your data and the $100. Where as if I have one of the 2TB drives fail I would only loose half of my data and only like $65. Do you see my point?

  • Q: Warranty?

A:  Warranty is only important to see how reliable the manufacturer things the hard drive is. Even though this is not a good indicator if a hard drive is reliable or not, but it is good to give you an idea. However because we are talking about external hard drives that are not in use it 24/7 , its not that important. You will most likely keep the drive way longer than the manufacturers’ warranty because you will not be using it all the time.

  • Q: Are there any external hard drives I should stay away from?

A: Yes, there are so called fat 2.5” portable drives. Its hard to be specific but they are typically small drives that the twice as thick as a regular 2.5” drives. The reason is that they typically include two drives stacked on top of each other to give you slightly better performance and larger capacity. The problem is that to make them appear as one drive they are connected internally to be in Raid 0 mode so that it looks like one drive. Raid 0 strips your data and splits it into two drives. The problem is that if one of those drives fails not only is your entire drive dead, and the data most likely would not be revocable even by a professional recovery company.

So which might be right for you?

I would suggest going with a 2.5” Backup Hard drive. Why? Because small 2.5” hard drive run on 5V witch can be supplied by a USB port which provide 5V and since you are connecting it already to a USB port That’s all you need to connect, USB cable and you are all set. Large 3.5” hard drives run on 12V so they need external power supply to supply the power. That means they are not that portable as a small ones.

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