iPhone 6S vs Nexus 5 2015: you can only choose one
Apple finally announced their new iPhone line-up for 2015, the iPhone 6S family, comprised of the iPhone 6S and its Plus version. Google is also expected to launch their new Nexus line-up with LG and Huawei on September 29, so this month is quite the time for cellphone upgrades. The iPhone 6S shipping is supposed to be commencing on September 25 and people are already looking up future releases to see if it’s worth waiting a bit more or just buying the iPhone 6S and waiting for that to arrive. That’s why we thought that since one of the most anticipated devices of the year is the Nexus 5 2015, that’s what the iPhone 6S has to compete against once it starts shipping and being available in stores.
The Nexus 5 2015 is still a mystery, even though quite a few leaks had introduced those interested to concept renders, leaked photos, benchmark results and specs comparisons. Google and LG, who are making the new Nexus 5, haven’t spoken about their plans for the phone nor have detailed what kind of features the handset would tout. What we do know, however, is that the new flagship will be positioned as the example of how Android 6.0 Marshmallow should look and feel like. It is supposed to be affordable and very powerful, thus a very appealing option for the year.
That brings us to the iPhone 6S, the premium smartphone that is always said to be overpriced. There’s a lot of prejudice against Apple for positioning their hardware in the premium market, especially since it’s easy to find out how much profit they make per phone or per device. For the iPhone 6S, Apple is expected to make an average of about $600 profit per iPhone 6S, which is staggeringly high and that makes people wonder whether they’re really overpaying or if the value of the phone is actually worth it.
While the iPhone 6S does bring new features to the table, like more RAM and 3D Touch, the hardware and software have not received such a significant upgrade. That means that less and less people express interest towards upgrading from the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus because the extra features they’re getting are not worth the extra cash they would be spending. That won’t be the case with the Nexus 5 2015, or at least that’s what insiders close to the development process are telling the community.
The Nexus 5 2015 will be an upgraded, revamped variant of the previous Nexus 5, released originally in 2013 but discontinued this year. Apparently, the Nexus 5 2015 price will be between $350 and $450, which is significantly more appealing to everyone. Google will keep the price down but the specs high, so that it can pull in more people who feel disappointed in Apple or who are bored by what they have to offer. The Mountain View search engine giant is targeting iOS users because with the last launch of the iPhone 6 last year, Apple made headways and grew their profit margins quite a bit by growing their user base.
The iPhone 6S comes with a 4.7-inch IPS LED-backlit display with a 750 x 1334 resolution, which is ideal. Although people expect QHD to be the norm, it’s really not just yet because we still can’t discern ppi so high. There are advantages to QHD displays, but we can’t make as much of use of them right now, the future is more interesting for QHD. The Nexus 5 2015 on the other hand, will have a larger display that will measure about 5.2 inches and will have a FHD resolution of 1080 x 1920, which is just as good if not better than what the iPhone 6S has to offer.
Under the hood, Apple used the new Apple A9 processor and 2 GB RAM for the iPhone 6S, which made the phone a bit faster than last year’s model. iOS 9 contributes quite a bit with performance improvements, battery life optimization and new software features that use the pressure sensitive 3D touch that Apple implemented in a smartphone for the first time. We’ve seen 3D touch on the Apple Watch, but it was clumsily called force touch back then. Now, 3D touch is becoming more popular since the MacBook’s trackpad made it better known and people are enjoying the features it has to offer.
The Nexus 5 2015 won’t have a 3D touch feature, but it might still use some new gestures and implement some new palm rejection parameters into Android so that using the display will be made easier. At the same time, Google is going to use a fingerprint sensor, on the back of the phone, to add biometric security to Android Pay. Front-facing stereo speakers will also be part of the design of the Nexus device. As usual, Google will be focusing on performance, which is why the company will most likely choose the Snapdragon 810 CPU, although there have been rumors about the Snapdragon 808 making the cut instead. 3 GB RAM and a minimum of 32 GB internal storage will accompany Qualcomm’s chip, equipped with Quick Charge 2.0 and wireless charging.
The iPhone 6S prides itself with an improved camera, which is one of the few reasons why the new handset is a better investment than its predecessor. So for someone coming from an iPhone 5 or an Android phone, the iPhone 6S is definitely a better choice than the iPhone 6. In the case of iPhone 6 users, the migration might not be necessary unless you really love your smartphone photography or vlogging experience, which is greatly improved on the iPhone 6S. There’s a 12 MP iSight camera on the rear, which still lacks optical image stabilization, but features dual-tone flash and autofocus. Apple improved the front camera, too, slapping a 5 MP FaceTime camera with HDR.
The Nexus 5 2015 is expected to sport the same 12 MP camera, but with added optical image stabilization and laser autofocus. The front camera will also be a similar 5 MP sensor, although some people add a flash to that configuration. We’ll have to wait and see about that until the phone is official, but it’s not a bad idea at all, in my opinion. While some don’t even use their front cameras and see a flash as a useless investment, others would really like the possibilit of better lighting for their group selfies. Each to their own, I suppose.
Battery life is one of the issues raised with the iPhone 6S, since its battery is a bit smaller than last year’s iPhone 6. This year’s model comes with a 1715 mAh battery while last year’s had a 1850 mAh one, which didn’t fare well. Unless Apple improved battery optimization and power saving on the iPhone 6S, we wouldn’t expect the phone’s autonomy to go past the one day and a half mark. The Nexus 5 2015 should be a champion in this category, as it is rumored to come with a massive 3300 mAh battery inside. That would give it at least two full days of autonomy according to our calculations, but until the phone is ready to be tested, we wouldn’t be on that.
These are the main features that we know the Nexus 5 2015 will have and how they compare to the features that Tim Cook added to the iPhone 6S. You can judge by yourself, but based on these, we would say it would be the best idea to wait until the Nexus flagship is official to find out whether it’s truly worth the wait or if getting that iPhone 6S order in already is a better choice. Considering pricing, the Nexus 5 2015 will definitely be cheaper, so for those of you on a budget who still want a capable, powerful and up to date phone, waiting a bit more is once again a good idea. Unless you choose to save up a bit and invest in the iPhone 6S. It’s not an entirely bad idea, since the phone has obvious benefits, but it all depends on your own preference.
2013’s Tomb Raider Released for Free to Google Stadia Subscribers
Google are rolling out the big guns to try and quickly entice as many new subscribers as possible to Stadia, its cloud-based gaming service. From the start of December, Stadia Pro members are able to access the definitive edition of 2013’s Tomb Raider for free, with this game being significant as the first title of a rebooted Lara Croft trilogy.
Google will be hoping that the allure of the Tomb Raider name proves influential in attracting more gamers to the service. The Verge makes note of key information about Stadia Pro; currently, all Stadia users are classed as Pro, but an official Pro subscription will be launched next year alongside a free tier of membership.
The launch of Tomb Raider as a free game for Stadia users frustrated those who had already splashed out on the Lara Croft adventure, although Google adopted the generous position of refunding those users. The arrival of the Tomb Raider franchise on Stadia, particularly as a flagship free game, is testament to its status as one of the great gaming series.
Wherever Croft goes from here, she will do so on all of the cutting-edge consoles – from Stadia to the eventual PS5. However, the Tomb Raider brand has also shown a versatility that has seen Croft appear in different forms on an eclectic range of platforms.
Tomb Raider: The Action Adventure – DVD
Remember interactive DVD games? This may seem like an alien concept to modern gamers, but in 2006 it was a viable alternative for those without a console. The Action Adventure was tailored for those who had never owned a PlayStation and were therefore unfamiliar with the Croft character.
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Players use their remote control to navigate through the action, which follows a similar plot to 2003’s The Angel of Darkness. The game also incorporated rudimentary ways to save the game or to earn bonus points. You can even still purchase the DVD via Amazon if you’re keen to try out a one-of-a-kind Croft experience.
Tomb Raider – Online slot
Microgaming’s Tomb Raider is one of the slots that are eligible for the jackpot city pokies welcome offer for new players, with users being able to access the game through the casino’s browser site as well as on iOS and Android. The slot has the typical level of quality that is synonymous with the Microgaming name, with this 15-payline video slot using Croft and the Tomb Raider logo as key symbols.
While it may not operate in the same first-person way as traditional Tomb Raider games, the overall design of the slot ensures that there is the classic Croft sense of adventure to the gameplay. This is arguably the most successful slot based on a video game character, largely because of Croft’s universal appeal.
Lara Croft: Reflections – iOS
This game is not necessarily novel because it was only released on iOS, with many Tomb Raider games also available on this platform. However, it definitely deserves a mention because of its card-battle nature. The standard adventure themes of the Tomb Raider series were converted into a card-playing format, where players simulated battling enemies and discovering artifacts.
The servers for Reflections shut down in 2014, but the game is further proof of the versatility of the Croft character. It seems inevitable that 2013’s Tomb Raider will receive a third sequel, one that will be available on all the major consoles. Croft will also surely continue to branch out from PlayStation and Stadia to appear in a variety of games that offer a twist on the classic Tomb Raider formula.
RISE OF AZSHARA: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Since the implementation of Patch 8.2 was made in World of Warcraft last June 25, 2019, the long-running MMORPG has been riding a wave of fan hysteria, culminating in the official release of the much-awaited Rise of Azshara. It’s a massive addition to the game—containing two new never-before-seen zones to earn WoW gold, a new raid, a massive dungeon to explore, and many more. Players are now able to fly around the Battle of Azeroth zones, collect exclusive pets to the two new areas, and collect essences. Truly, the time has come for the dawn of a new Azerothian age. The Rise of Azshara update is perceived as a godsend by many players for the failed expansion Battle of Azeroth expansion. We’ll be talking about everything you need to know about this update and more concerning the added features. With this patch already released, it’s only a matter of time before the WoW Classic update will be up next!
What is Rise of Azshara?
The Rise of Azshara update is part of the Battle of Azeroth expansion and is the patch following Tides of Vengeance. The expansion has been problematic for players due to the overarching lore down to the Warfronts and Azerith system. The update promises the address these issues. Some of the major highlights include the Heart of Azeroth Essence system, faction questlines for Taurens and Gnomes, as well as new mounts to collect.
What Are the Two New Zones?
There are two outdoor zones to explore: Nazjatar and Mechagon. Nazjatar is the captal city of the naga that is a large zone where there are a lot of new story quests, allies to meet, and rewards to earn. In Nazjatar, you can have a Bodyguard to accompany you, unlock and participate in Mrrl’s Trading Game to get unique rewards, participate in zone events, and many more. There’s also a new form of Gear exclusive in Nazjaar called the Benthic Gear. The Benthic Gear is similar to that of the Legion’s Relinquished Gear and Mist of Pandaria’s Timeless Gear. All Benthic Gear will have predetermined stats and provides additional bonus effects while on Nazjatar.
The Mechagon, on the other hand, is a level 120 outdoor zone filled with junk-covered hills where you can meet or make all kinds of mechanical-like toys, minions, and equipment via the junkyard tinkering feature. A city that’s inhabited by gnomes and mechas, the Mechagon island zone is an idyllic place for smaller than average World of Warcraft characters. Here, you can try your hand at the new eight-boss dungeon on advanced or Mythic difficulty. You can also collect blueprints in order to make trinkets.
Protection for the Big and Itty Bitty Boys and Girls
Due to the success of Patch 8.1 where the Dwarf and Blood Elf armor was released, Blizzard has decided to add more for different races, this time for Gnomes and Tauren. If you have a character that’s one of these races, now’s the time! To unlock the armor, you’ll have to complete a questline with these following requirements:
- Gnomes and Taurens must be level 120
- Gnomes must be exalted with Gnomeregan
- Taurens must be exalted with Thunder Bluff
- Complete the Stay of Execution scenario
Is There Something For My Pets?
Today’s your lucky day because there’s a new Pet Dungeon that’s available! Stratholme is a pet dungeon that is similar to the ones that came before it—namely the Wailing Caverns, Deadmines, and Gnomeregan. You can do the dungeons in either Normal or Challenge mode, which will give out different rewards in turn. For the Challenge version, you’ll be rewarded with the Evil Wizard Hat which summons Minimancer. For the normal version, you’ll be given an Ultimate Battle Training Stone that will unlock a Manapoof Link to Stratholme.
Rise of Azshara will not just be competing with its other MMORPG competitor’s expansions (ex. Shadowbringers expansion for Final Fantasy 14), but with its own as well, that being WoW Classic. Overall, it’s a great redeemer for what’sotherwise known as one of the worst expansions that Blizzard ever released. There is a whole slew of things you can do to farm WoW gold and explore to the point that your head will spin just trying to figure out what to do first.
Games That Will Shape The Industry in 2019
As a gamer, it would be hard to deny that there are always exciting things happening in the gaming world. Whether it is a live stream hitting 10,000 followers or a game-breaking new grounds, there is always something going on in the gaming world. The year might already be half over, but there are still a lot of exciting things going on. Just look at the lineup of games that are still set to be released in the coming months. And, this is not to even mention everything that is going on with virtual reality, the Final Fantasy remake, or even Google’s new gaming platform.
Needless to say, there is so much going on in the gaming world it can make it hard to keep up. This is especially true is you are a cross-platform player trying to hold down a full-time job as well. Whatever your circumstances are, there are just some games that you can’t afford to miss. These are the games that you will learn about below.
Halo Infinite Brings Back Split-Scree Gaming
Do you remember when split-screen gaming used to be a thing? This was back on the Super Nintendo systems as well as the original PlayStations. Well, there is no denying that this long-time platform died and things changed greatly. However, it looks like this very platform is about to get a reboot. Not only is it about to get a reboot, but it is going to do so with one of the most popular and fanatical series of all time.
This would be Halo of course. The split-screen co-op was a platform that the Halo game built itself on, but as time went by it strayed. To see it come back into fruition will not only be reminiscent, but it will bring new, refreshing gameplay to the first-person genre that fans have grown to love over the years.
The Last Of Us: Part II Introduces Animation System & In-Game Storytelling
The original edition of this game was released over six years ago and it is still one of the most beloved games of all time. This is really easy to understand why, but the second edition of this game could turn the whole gaming industry upside down. The trailer for the game alone was impressive and certainly lived up to what fans have come to expect from this series, but what’s even more interesting and intriguing is what the director of the game had to say.
The director of this game said that they wanted to take very complicated systems that are random and make them deterministic. They want to show gamers specific things, but they also want them to experience them throughout the entirety of the gameplay. If the story, animation, and throat-slitting are anything like the trailer then fans are going to be in for more than a treat when the game hits shelves.
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Death Stranding Introduces Indie Mentality
It was a huge blow for both Konami and fans when Hideo Kojima announced that he was leaving the company. His beloved Metal Gear Solid series had been keeping fans entertained and drawn to their screen for years. This is probably why his first featured release was so highly sought after. Even though Death Stranding wasn’t the Silent Hill game that fans had been longing for it certainly made its mark on the industry.
You combine this with the fact that both Norman Reedus and Benicio del Toro are on board and you are looking at a game that could make massive waves in the industry while helping Kojima make a name for himself as a video game producer.
Biomutant Lets Character Aesthetics Directly Influence Combat
It would be hard for any gamer to say that combat isn’t one of the best parts of any action game. And, this is why Biomutant could change the industry forever. Sure, the game doesn’t really offer anything that you haven’t seen before in terms of graphics and story, but it is the combat that will excel. Players can now alter everything from the main character’s weight to his fangs, all of which will affect the way the fight scenes play out.
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