A Smartphone Dragnet – Just the Specs, Ma’am


The debate about which smartphone platform is the best could go on forever – and probably will. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages toSmartphones iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and all the others. There are also die-hard supporters of each OS that could spend hours explaining the minute details of why theirs is the best.

So instead, we’re just going to concentrate on the hardware available for the different platforms. We’ll be concentrating on the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, HTC One, Nexus 5 and Lumina 1020. These were picked because they represent the best phones on the market, and each of the 3 major platforms is represented.

  • Size – The iPhone is definitely the smallest of the phones we compared, coming in at a sleek 124mm x 59mm x 7.6mm, the rest we looked at were close in size, but slightly larger.

    Galaxy S4- 137mm x 70mm x 7.9 mm, Lumina 1020 – 130mm x 71mm x 10.4mm

    HTC One – 137mm x 68mm x 9.3mm, Nexus 5 -138mm x 69mm x 8.6mm

  • Weight – It’s not a big surprise that the smallest phone – the iPhone is also the lightest at 112g. The Galaxy S4 comes in at 130g, as does the Nexus 5. The HTC One is slightly heavier at 143g, while the Lumina 1020 checks in at a hefty 158g. This extra weight and thickness of the Lumina 1020 can most likely be attributed to its camera.

  • Material – Only the iPhone 5S and HTC One sport slick metal cases, the rest are a variety of plastics. The Lumina 1020 is a very sleek polycarbonate, while the Galaxy S4 feels more like a flimsy plastic. The Nexus 5 has a simple durable matte finish, which is neither cheap nor flashy.

  • Display – This is where the iPhone 5S falls short of the other models – or not – depending on your preference. The iPhone 5S is able to be a much smaller phone because it only has a 4 inch display. The Lumina 1020, on the other hand can’t blame its clunkiness on a huge display, though at 4.5 inches it is larger than the iPhone’s. The HTC One and Moto X both come in at 4.7 inches, while the Nexus 5 validates its larger size with a full 4.95 inch display.

    When it comes to resolution, they’re all excellent HD quality. The differences go beyond what most people could notice with the naked eye – ranging from seriously sharp to ridiculously sharp.

  • Storage – All of the models other than the Lumina 1020 come in multiple storage tiers. The Lumina does offer a worthwhile 32GB, while the iPhone 5S comes with 16, 32 and 64GB options. The Moto X offer 16 and 32GB handsets, while the HTC One just jumps to 32 and 64GB. The Galaxy S4 also comes in 16, 32 and 64GB options, with the additional feature of a microSD slot for further expansion.

  • Battery – The iPhone 5S holds the least juice at 1507mAh, followed by the Lumina 1020 at 2000mAh. The MotoX holds 2200mAh, while both the HTC One and Nexus 5 hold 2300mAh. Battery life is determined by other factors, however. For example, in streaming video tests, the iPhone outlasted the Galaxy by almost an hour.

  • Camera – This is where the Lumina 1020 shines. Its 41Mp back camera is the best smartphone camera you can buy. The iPhone 5S’s 8Mp with dual LED flash and strong low light abilities makes it a great camera as well. The HTC One offers great low-light quality, despite its 4Mp sensor. The Nexus 5 and MotoX both offer fine cameras for phone quality as well, coming in at 8Mp and 10Mp, respectively.

  • Processor/RAM – This is being added last because all of these phones have hardware capable of working at blistering speeds to satisfy any user. It should be noted, however, that Apple has made clear its intention of staying ahead of the game with the introduction of its A7 chip with 64-bit capabilities.

    This may not mean a lot to you now, but it is a big step in the next generation of smartphones, bringing them up to desktop capability. This really makes its processor unlike any of the competitions’, and makes it difficult to compare to the others.

    However, just to finish off the comparison, the iPhone runs a dual-core 1.3 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM. The Lumina 1020 has a dual 1.5GHz/2GB configuration. The MotoX runs a dual 1.7GHz/2GB, the HTC One a quad 1.7GHz/2GB, and the Nexus 5 sports a quad 2.3/2GB set-up.

Obviously, the hardware is getting to be very comparable in all of the top handsets; and each phone tends to lean more heavily on some features than others. You’ll have to decide which features are important to you, and which OS you prefer, but hopefully this will help narrow down your choices.

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In Your Pocket: Tips for Making Momentous iPhone Videos


There once was a time when to make a good quality video you had to have the very latest camcorder. However, nowadays you need nothing more than an iPhone to produce impressive footage, whether you are filming your child’s birthday party or a video testimonial for your business.

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The problem is that the quality of iPhone videos vary greatly, even though they are shot on the same device. So how can you make sure that your videos look professional? Here are some top tips to keep in mind.

Keep It Steady

The first thing to remember is to hold your iPhone steady when you are filming. You could do this by resting your hands on a hard surface, or even filling a sock with dried beans and using it as a support. Shaky footage is never good to watch, so keep your hands as steady as possible.

Hold It Horizontally

As well as holding your iPhone firmly, you should hold it horizontally. You may be tempted to hold it vertically because this is how you most often use your phone, but the resulting footage won’t look as good.

Make Sure You Have Good Sound and Light Conditions

You don’t need professional lighting and microphones to make a good video. However, good lighting will make a huge difference. For that reason, try to film your videos outside, or at least with a lot of lighting inside. Low lighting will look grainy and will be unpleasant to watch.

As for sound, try to avoid noisy areas near to roads or in public places like restaurants where the noise levels can distract from the main subject. iPhone microphones are very sensitive and will pick up all of the background noise, so try to shoot in quiet areas.

Focus First

Tap the screen before you start shooting video on your iPhone. This will allow you to properly focus on the main person in the shot. If you want to change the focus during the filming, simply tap the screen again.

Edit Your Footage

Do yourself a favour and buy some editing software that you can use to edit your iPhone videos on your computer. Alternatively, edit your footage right on your iPhone. Either way, make sure you do edit it because the resulting videos will look a lot better with a bit of care and attention.

Once the video is finished, upload it to YouTube to show your family and friends, or even the world. They can then download your video using software like that found at sites like http://www.youtubedownloadersite.com. If your footage is more professional and therefore more enjoyable to watch, more people are likely to download it.

Film Better Videos on Your iPhone

Follow these simple tips to make your iPhone videos much better. They are simple to follow, but they are all very effective and the overall result will be much more satisfying. iPhone videos are ideal because you may have your iPhone on you all the time, so you can capture those spontaneous moments. But follow the tips above and take a bit more time and care over your videos, and you can create iPhone videos that people will actually want to watch.

Make sure you remember to respect IP when downloading.

Steven Young is an iPhone enthusiast who makes many videos. He also enjoys teaching others how to make their own videos with their iPhones.

8 Ways to Retain and Attract Your Mobile Audience


Now that your video library is ready to launch, do you think your audience is ready to watch and interact with your content? Use the following tips to attract and hold your staff or customer’s attention and gain a positive ROI on your mobile video program.

1. Define learning personas. Before you create the content, it is important to determine what your audience needs to learn to be successful. By setting up criteria to meet the goals of the program, you will create content that is not only relevant but targeted too.

2. Create simple mobile video interactions. With mobile phone viewership, video presentation software should be simple and easy to use. Keep the video content short – no more than five minutes – and don’t use fancy or complicated navigation buttons.

3. Make sure your content loads fast. According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Akamai Technologies’ study, people don’t like viewing an online video if it does not load fast – as in two seconds or less. By the ten-second mark, if your video has not loaded, about 40 percent of Internet users will abandon the video, reports CNN.com.

4. Identify key staff to function as mentors and product champions. Choose enthusiastic and energetic early adopters who believe in the importance of the informal learning program. Encourage monthly meetings with the staff to facilitate the use of the mobile video library for new product pushes and offsite training opportunities.

5. Consider mobile bandwidth limitations. When viewing the content on a small screen, the end user may experience slow Internet connections or video downloading restrictions. A video library dependent on a high-speed Internet connection, or is graphic heavy, can affect the mobile video learning experience negatively.

It is also important to take advantage of the times mobile viewers have access to an Internet connection to synchronize with your video server and download large graphic elements and video files.

6. Think about context. It is important to know how, when and where the user will view the mobile content. For example, most users view tablet content and television content simultaneously. While people typically use their smartphones throughout the day to check social media sites, view text or email messages and watch videos. If you don’t know when and where your content is viewed, install an analytics program to measure user behavior and monitor video watching times.

7. Customize the experience for the small screen. Instead of reducing the size of your desktop video content for viewership on mobile screen, create new and relevant small-screen videos. In fact, when designing a mobile video program, you should strive to create a familiar and unique experience for the tablet and smartphone screen.

8. Be creative and make the experience fun. Make sure you choose video presentation software that allows for commenting and social media sharing. If you have a company-wide intranet, encourage users to create user-generated content to complement the video training experience. Encourage the staff to take pictures of each other watching the videos on their devices to show examples of engagement and people having fun learning.

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