Monthly Archives: September 2014

Understanding 4G

What is 4G

Developments in technology seem to occur everyday, this can make it really difficult for those outside the techie world to keep up. And creates a big problem; How can you know what’s best for you if you’re un-aware of your options? Luckily, that’s where we come in. We are going to talk you through 4G, one step at a time.

First off, what was 3G?

We’ve all heard of ‘3G’ but do we truly understand its meaning? Well, here’s a little geek note for you: 3G is the term commonly used in telephone technology in reference to third-generation. A device with 3G communications technology means it’s more advanced than the earlier 1G and 2G. The 3G technology uses high-speed broadband to sustain your internet access and multimedia applications. Sounds simple enough, right? 

Introducing 3G’s Older Brother – 4G

4G is therefore the fourth-generation and 3G’s successor – offering mobile ultra-broadband. 4G enables devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers to access the internet through a card that is already connected to the device. This is beneficial because there is no longer a need for a computer modem and your connection is even better than before.

Finally, is it worth purchasing a 4G enabled phone?

Yes. The 4G journey has begun and UK-wide 4G coverage may be a lot closer than we think. Although Ofcom’s target is 98% coverage by the end of 2017, big networks such as O2 and Vodafone, are aiming to cover 98% of the UK by the end of 2015. We are not advising you throw out your 3G phone in a hurry, but when it’s time to upgrade or replace your existing model, why not get on board the 4G train and give yourself the benefit of a better connection. The latest 4G ready models include the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Motorola Moto G, Nokia Lumia 930 and the HTC One M8.

Which operating system is best for business?

Which operating system is best for business?

Your OS guide:

With so many models on the market, choosing the right smartphone for your employees can prove a difficult, and somewhat overwhelming task. To narrow down the choice, we recommend firstly finding out which operating system is best for your business.

Apple

Apple’s iPhone’s run on iOS, the mobile operating system developed specifically by Apple. The Apple iOS is known to be a very ‘closed’ operating system. For example, if an app is developed and Apple doesn’t like it, it won’t be getting onto the iPhone. In principle, this makes the Apple operating system one of the most secure, and thus beneficial to your business’s mobile security. However the high level of control in the Apple environment can also mean a lack of freedom, as the operating system locks you into the Apple world – from iTunes for your music to iCloud for your back-ups. The Apple devices also come at a premium price, however those running iOS 5 or later carry the benefit of ‘iMessages’, a way to message between iPhones without any SMS charge, giving your business a cost-effective way to communicate.

Apple iOS, Which operating system is best for business

Android

Android comes from the search engine giant Google. Unlike Apple, Google has allowed many phone companies to license it’s operating system, so you’ll find the Android OS in brands such as HTC, Samsung and Sony, amongst many others. This carries both a benefit and a weakness – the openness has meant that many of the large phone companies have tweaked the basic system, so you may experience a slightly different version dependent on the brand you choose. The openness has also heightened the level of competition. With so many android phones to compete against one another, most android models will come at a cheaper price tag than the Apple devices, or pack some stand-out features such as the waterproof Sony Xperia Z1, ideal for a plumbing company, or the big and beautiful screens from Samsung, great for those in creative industries. The android home-screens are typically made up of app icons and widgets that automatically update – highly useful for your business calender and emails.  The home-screens are also often made up of several pages allowing the user to fully customise the applications they prioritise for quick access on the go.

Google Android OS, Which operating system is best for business

Blackberry

Although Blackberry hasn’t been in the limelight recently, it’s models are extremely useful for business users. For example, features include ‘work-life balance’. Work-life balance lets you securely separate any of your work content from your personal content, almost giving you two devices in one and removing worry for your IT department and your private employees. The BB devices also provide their own email and messaging infrastructure – removing another pressure from your business. Beyond nifty features, the Blackberry models carry security and reliability as their biggest selling points – which quite rightly is crucial for business. However, the Blackberry apps are lacking in variety, and when compared to the app stores in Android and Apple models, there isn’t much competition.

Blackberry OS, Which operating system is best for business

Windows Phone

Finally, we have the Windows operating system from Microsoft. Windows 8 offers a personal experience. For example, the ‘live tiles’ feature lets you customise your home screen, pinning the apps you choose to Start. You can even set the size for each app, making it twice the width of a standard tile, or a tiny quarter-size tile – useful for example if you wanted to see the full details of your next appointment. The Windows 8 operating system also includes nifty contact features, showing the latest social interactions for each individual. So you could see your employees/customers/prospects latest tweets, Facebook posts and LinkedIn announcements in one place, with the push of a button. Another large benefit has to be the built-in Office apps, allowing your employees to work on the go with familiar applications such as Word or Excel. However, the Windows operating system does have a unique look and may not be to everyone’s taste, and it’s safe to say it’s not yet as established as Android or Apple’s iOS.

Windows OS, Which operating system is best for business

The Apple event, what can you expect?

It’s just one day until the event many Apple fans have been waiting on the edge of their seats for. So what can you expect?

Rumour has it, history will repeat itself with the release of two iPhones. This year, speculations surround the release of an iPhone 6, at around 4.7”, and either an iPhone 6L or iPhone Air, at around 5.5” – likely to be taking the place of the rumoured Apple ‘Phablet’.

New iPhone features will supposedly include:

  • Sapphire glass – a material stronger than Gorilla glass – used on the previous Apple iPhones;
  • a power button on the side of the iPhone
  • an upgrade to the voice command system Siri
  • curved glass edges on the body
  • faster Wi-Fi chip
  • improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • A8 processor
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • and digital payments

Availability and price

 If Apple follows it’s past history it’s likely the new iPhones will be available within 2 weeks of the announcement. When it comes to price, it’s rumoured the new iPhones will be around £90 more than last years 5S due to the new Sapphire glass.

But that’s not all…

Alongside the two new iPhones, it’s also rumoured that Apple will step into wearable technology with it’s very own smartwatch – the ‘iWatch’ or ‘iBand’ as some say.  The Apple smartwatch may also be released in different versions, with rumours suggesting there will be different watches for men and women, and different size variants.

Rumoured features include:

  • NFC payment technology
  • sapphire crystal glass
  • AMOLED display technology
  • iOS 8 and third party apps
  • 8GB storage and 512MB ram
  • sweat detectors, motion sensor and pulse reader
  • Siri
  • voice messages
  • wireless charging capabilities
  • curved display
  • solar panels
  • and Health ID via your heartbeat

Watch the Apple announcement live on their website tomorrow:

http://www.apple.com/live/