Huawei Mate 10

Huawei Mate 10: A HUGE screen on a cool phone.

The Huawei Mate 10 is a smartphone that is HUGE and has a few features up it’s sleeve which separate it from the rest of the pack. Firstly, the Huawei Mate 10 has a FULL HDR display, in glorious 16:9 aspect ratio, making it perfect to watch movies on. It has an almost bezel less design, and a robust glass casing. On both the front and the back of this glorious phone! It’s Android based so all of your favourite apps are capable with it too.

Huawei Mate 10: Battery

As Gadgets Jon discussed in his episode with is the Huawei Mate 10 has a very impressive battery. On the show Gadgets Jon stated that the Huawei Mate 10 could last up to two days from an average user. Rightly so with a HUGE 4000mah battery and optimized with Huawei’s own internal software. The Smart Power Management system helps to optimize the use of the phones power and thus make your phone stay alive for longer.

Huawei Mate 10: Camera

The Huawei Mate 10 has an incredible camera, that unlike other cameras with two lenses. Uses software driven capabilities to recoreate the Bokeh effect. While it also boasts a 1.6 F stop aperture and ‘Real Time Recognition’ Which basically means the phone’s camera will easily be able to recognise the scene that it’s in (Low Light/Day time) and objetcs that are in the shot.

Despite all these super cool features, unfortunately it doesn’t have wireless charging built in. Though that is a minor compared to all the really cool features that it has. Most notably the vivid and crystal clear screen that the smartphone has is one of the best we’ve seen here at How To Kill An Hour!

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Apple slows down iPhones

In what wasn’t a surprise to anyone Apple slows down iPhones. Old iPhones specifically.

The reason that Apple disclosed to the public is because the batteries in old iphones are “less capable of delivering peak energy loads.”  If they let it run at full capacity it would run hotter and cause damage to other components to the phone. To help ease the anger from the public Apple launched a year long $29 in-store battery replacement service. This would bring your iPhone back to life.

What’s Affected?

  • Longer app launch times
  • Lower frame rates while scrolling
  • Backlight dimming (which can be overridden in Control Center)
  • Lower speaker volume by up to -3 decibels
  • Gradual frame-rate reductions in some apps
  • During the most extreme cases, the camera flash will be disabled as visible in the camera UI
  • Apps refreshing in background may require reloading upon launch

There are also a range of things that Apple’s throttling do not affect:

  • Cellular call quality and networking throughput performance
  • Captured photo and video quality
  • GPS performance
  • Location accuracy
  • Sensors like gyroscope, accelerometer, barometer
  • Apple Pay

(Business Insider)

Do I need to replace?

Apple are working on an app to show you the health of your battery.
But until then, (and before you go needlessly buying a battery you don’t need) it’s best to run a test.
Download Geekbench and test the processor speed. The result that follows will determine if you need to get a new battery. According to the folks over at Digital Trends a score 500 or less means that you require a new battery.

Below are the results of what you should be receiving. Prior to when slows down your phone.

  • iPhone 6/6 Plus — 1400
  • iPhone 6S/6S Plus — 2300
  • iPhone SE — 2400
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus — 3400

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Forever Charged!

Credit: From the Grapevine

Credit: From the Grapevine

Keep those Tinder sessions going boys, our batteries are going to last forever!

No matter what we do to preserve our battery, low brightness, vibrate, turning off apps, nothing can be done to really make your battery last just that little bit extra!

BUT! Researchers from Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea have designed a special fuel cell that could replace that fast draining battery in your phone.

Its the first fuel cell that will contain special thin electrodes and electrolytes – that are of “Minimal heat capacity” The result!?

A phone battery that can last A WEEK! *Potentially*