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Stuck between the iPad Air 2020 and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra? Use this comparison piece to help yourself decide.

If you’re in the market for a tablet, the number of choices you have can be overwhelming. That’s why our experts have rounded down two of the latest tablets from technology powerhouses Apple and Samsung.

In this gadget A versus gadget B article, we’re going to compare Apple’s iPad Air 4 (2020) and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (2022). We’re breaking down which one fares better in terms of:

  • Specifications
  • Price
  • Design
  • Display
  • Performance
  • Camera
  • Battery life
  • Software

Specifications

Looking at the quick specifications for both products below, we can see significant differences in starting price, cameras, battery life, weight, and color choices. These differences might be the point where you pick either of the two. 

You might like the iPad Air 4 because it’s $500 cheaper and lighter, but you might also like the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for its better camera, bigger display, longer battery life, and higher storage capacity.

iPad Air 4Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Starting price$599$1,099.99
Display10.9 inches (1640 x 2360)14.6 inches (1848 x 2960)
CPUHexa-coreOcta-core
RAM4GB8GB
Storage64GB128GB
Rear camera12MP13MP + 6MP
Front camera7MP12MP + 12MP
Battery life7606 mAh11200 mAh
Size9.75 x 7.03 x 0.24 in12.85 x 8.21 x 0.22 in
Weight458 g726 g
ColorsSpace Gray, Silver, Rose Gold, Green, Sky BlueGraphite

Price

In the table above, you can see that the iPad Air 4 is half the price of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. The reason behind this is that the iPad Air 4 was released two years before the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. That’s a long time in the technology for the industry, long enough for both manufacturers to come up with better products.

Aside from the release date, you should also consider their differences. The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is more expensive, but that’s because it fares better than the iPad Air 4 in terms of tech specs.

Design

In the iPad Air 4, you can see Apple’s consistent design choices and wide color options. Granted it has thicker bezels than the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. But if you’re a fan of Apple’s design and what colors you can get from them, the iPad Air 4 is designed better, just 0.02 in thicker and roughly 300 g lighter than the S8 Ultra.

Display

The S8 Ultra has a bigger viewable area than the iPad Air 4. It also has a higher screen resolution, which makes for crisp viewing. However, that also means the S8 Ultra is heavier and requires more space for storage.

Performance

The iPad Air 4 has a 6-core CPU and the S8 Ultra has 8 cores. If you’re not into bench testing your tech, you won’t notice the difference 2 cores can make. But when it comes to RAM, the S8 Ultra will fare better because it has 4GB, compared to iPad Air 4’s 4GB.

Camera

If you look at the specs sheet on top of this article, the S8 Ultra has better (and more) cameras. But if you’re someone used to the quality of either brand, you’ll easily spot the difference between the camera quality. Samsung’s front cameras are known to underperform in low light settings, while Apple’s fare much better without much light on subjects.

Battery Life

It’s inarguable that the S8 Ultra has a better battery life because it’s much bigger than the battery pack the iPad Air 4 has. But with a slightly bigger display, more CPU cores, and more RAM, you should expect the S8 Ultra’s juice to run out faster if you’re a heavy user.

Software

In terms of Software, the iPad Air 4 fares a lot better because of the highly-integrated “Apple ecosystem.” You can connect all other Apple devices you have with ease. With the S8 Ultra, the chance to integrate with other Samsung devices as much as the iPad Air 4 can with other Apple devices is slim.

Sometimes, it’s mostly your phone’s software that has an issue and not the hardware itself. These problems range from minor to major in terms of how difficult they are to implement and the consequences of the fix.

Minor Fixes: Apps

If the problem with your phone is that it’s way too slow, then the way to fix this could start with just uninstalling some of the apps on your phone. You can do this by going into your app drawer, and then tapping and hold on any app you don’t really need. Then, you drag the app icon over to the uninstall option. Some apps aren’t the kind you can uninstall based on your phone. This is because some phones have what is called “bloatware.” This means that your phone company partnered with the maker of the phone and made it so that some apps will stay on the phone no matter what.

Depending on the phone, it may be possible to at least uninstall all the updates for the app, deactivate it, and remove it from the main screen, which will at least help a little.

Minor Fixes: Junk

It’s also important to wipe the browser of cookies from time to time. These files can really build up and cause a huge slowdown in your machine over the long run. You can usually wipe cookies through the browser settings option for the Android version of Chrome. This can also go a long way to clean up your phone’s operation since chances are good you’ll be using it to do browsing on the internet frequently if not as the primary function of the device.

Moderate Fixes: A/V

Another reason why the software on your phone is failing to work is because you have some issue with viruses. There are actually are plenty of mobile device viruses these days including for Android even if they are less numerous than those on PC. An example might include the Heartbleed bug. If you’ve exhausted other means of fixing software issues with your phone, then one useful option is to download an antivirus app from the app store.

You can then do a scan with the app which will take a few minutes, and finally remove any viruses causing problems with your phone’s operation. There are a number of different options including Norton, McAfee, and others. Just about any app that you can download on the  Google Play Store for apps that’s on your phone as a default should be acceptable, as long as it has good enough ratings. Even then, the app will likely just have efficacy problems without being actively dangerous, since Google Play does test for that ahead of time.

Phone Wipe

If nothing you do seems to work out, the best thing to do is call a professional. If you can’t, or if that still doesn’t work for whatever reason, then the last resort is to do a factory reset of your phone and start over.

The way to do this in Android is to hold down the power button and the Volume down button at the same time. Then, you’ll get a boot screen. At this screen, you have the option to do a “factory wipe.” You have to hit the volume down button until you get to this option and then you need to hit the power button in order to select it.

Before you do, however, it’s important to make sure that you have a plan your data. If possible, you should do a backup of the data first. If you don’t need to backup any of the data like phone numbers, contacts, or anything else because it’s saved on Google’s cloud, then you’re good, of course.

Other Options

It’s also worth noting that there are other things that you can do with the boot screen if you want to make sure you can correct some kind of software issue. Instead of a full factory reset, for example, you could load previous versions of the operating system your phone currently has. This can often be done from the bootloader when it comes to phones like a Nexus, but it could be done using a different approach with a different phone.

In general, you will also need software on a PC or laptop in order to load something onto the phone. This could be a previous version, which will generally be freely available online, or it could be an entirely different ROM. There are other versions of Android you can install if the one you have isn’t working for you. The famous one is called Cyanogen with its successor Lineage OS, and it’s often free to install. It is true that this could potentially cause problems with your warranty, however, so you should only do it if you’re not worried about this and if you are confident enough in figuring out a process which is often highly technical in nature.

Ultimately though, you’ll have to decide exactly how much speed is necessary for your phone to be fixed, because there are definitely baked in limitations to the natural android operating systems. Other ROMs like Cyanogen are designed to allow for things like faster transitions and speedier navigation in general for your phone, after all.

In the end, you’re probably going to have your best luck if you go to a professional who can help you figure out exactly what you want from your software.

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Dropping your phone accidentally into the ocean, or having it in your pocket when you get sprayed by a squirt gun, getting caught out in the rain, or any number of other water-based disasters can be a real downer when it comes to your phone’s functioning. Fortunately, there are some real solutions to fixing your phone available these days that could work depending on your situation.

Turn Off Phone Immediately

Electricity and water are not friends. If the phone was substantially dunked and doesn’t have any kind of water resistance rating that’s good enough for what happened to it, then you need to remove it from the water, power it down, and take it apart. This is largely because water could further damage the phone if you don’t. If you get the battery out and dry it, then you could prevent further damage. It’s good to start with a towel and to hold up the phone and let a lot of the water leak out of it first.

Dry with Compressed Air

Anything you can do to speed up the drying of the phone is going to be a great help. Every second it stays wet is a second where something can go wrong. So, run to your phone’s rescue and shoot it with a bunch of compressed air from a can of air like what you’d use to clear out dust from your computer.

You don’t want to use a hair dryer or anything else that uses heat because this could damage the phone all by itself. Instead, hold your phone parts level next to the compressed air, and really give it some air. Make sure you don’t tip it too much because this can often cause the compressed air to leak. You want to evaporate the water in your phone, and in the battery and cover, as quick as you can.

The Rice Trick

The idea with this one is that your phone may not be working because moisture got into the battery and it’s preventing it from functioning. So, if you take out the battery and put a pile of raw rice on top of it, then the hope is that the dry rice will soak up the moisture, even if there’s just a tiny amount of it.

Then, if moisture was the problem, you can replace the battery back in the phone and it will activate again, thus solving the problem. If it doesn’t, you may have to try something else, of course. And obviously, this is only going to apply to phones that have a removable battery. In other words, don’t try jamming rice into a phone that doesn’t work because you got it wet. You’ll likely only compound your problems. You can also use silicone packets for this as well. You’ll want to put it in a plastic bag or other container and completely cover the affected parts. It also helps to put the phone in the bag somewhere a bit warm. One common place to try this is the top of a refrigerator.

Then, you wait about 12 hours or so. A full day if you want to be thorough. At this point, put the phone back together, and if it works, well then good. If not, then you’ll have to try something else.

Freeze It Up

If the rice doesn’t do the trick, then it’s time to try and freeze the phone into submission.  First, make sure the battery is removed. Then, you get a couple sheets of paper towel and put the phone on top of it. You don’t want the bottom of the phone to become damaged from frost, after all. Next, set the timer for around 20 minutes, and then pop it in the freezer.

After your timer goes off, bring the phone out, put the battery back in, and see if it works. If you’re still striking out, you can wait about 10 minutes and then put it back in the freezer again for another attempt of about 20 minutes, removing the battery again first, of course. Electrical components are generally totally fine when it comes to the cold, but the screen can sometimes be an issue. You may want to double-check that your particular phone screen is tolerant to colder temperatures before trying this, certainly.

The idea here is that freezing the phone will make tiny bits of water inside the phone turn into ice. Then, when you turn the phone on, the ice won’t short out the phone the way liquid water did previously. The problem with this approach is that when the phone thaws, the water could become an issue again, depending on where it goes. It could cause a short, it could even cause further problems through melting and freezing due to the contracting and expanding properties of water during a freeze.

But, if your phone is totally dead anyway, it’s often worth a shot.

Other Options

There are also professional options for drying out the phone too, including special materials that are designed specifically for that purpose. Generally, you should buy these things ahead of time, though, if you’re at all worried about tripping and chucking your phone into your pool, or if you just know that your accident prone in this way.

Professional phone techs may have their own options as well. For more information about how to repair your phone in a number of different situations, you should contact us today.

So you’ve dropped your phone in the toilet, down a flight of stairs, or off the balcony. The phone has a cracked screen, water damage, or internal trauma, and you’re devastated. After calming down, you’ll have to make a choice between buying a new phone, trying to repair the phone yourself, or taking the phone into a professional repair service. While you could buy a new phone, you’ll want to make sure this isn’t more expensive than repairing your current phone. Only a professional has the insight to diagnose a phone and provide an accurate estimate for its repair. Here are nine more reasons why professional iPhone/Android phone repair is the way to go.

Trying DIY Voids Your Warranty

Smartphone manufacturers provide warranties to cover repair costs in the case of technical failures. In addition, carriers offer insurance to provide coverage for repair costs. Once a phone breaks, users often attempt to repair the phone on their own rather than take advantage of warranty and insurance to pay for professional repair. Perhaps they feel as though they don’t have the time to wait for a repair shop, or they’re overconfident about their technical skills. Unfortunately, if they open the phone and make the problem worse, they void the warranty. That’s why leaving the phone alone and taking it to a repair shop is better than a DIY attempt.

Finding Parts Often Proves Difficult

The average smartphone user isn’t as likely to find appropriate parts for their phone as a repair shop is. Repair shops have connections within the industry and can access unique parts to fix a certain smartphone. Sometimes users think they’re ordering the right part to fix a phone themselves, but the part ends up not working. They’ve now wasted their money on an inappropriate part plus shipping costs for that part.

You Could Make The Problem Worse

The innards of a smartphone are highly complex, and a repair person needs certain knowledge, skills, and experience to do the job right. The slightest mistake or oversight can worsen the damage and make the problem more complicated. This means higher repair costs when you do bring the phone to a shop, and now that you’ve voided the warranty, you’ll have to cover these costs.

You Risk Battery Damage

As technology has progressed, the removable cell phone battery has become a rarity. If a user has to remove a battery, that user has to buy a special kit for opening up the device. Even with the kit, the task is challenging and requires some technical skill. One wrong move can damage the battery or surrounding structures. When the battery is out, it also gathers dust particles, which transfer to the phone’s innards once replaced.

 

You Don’t Have The Right Tools

Opening up a smartphone requires tools that average smartphone users don’t have lying around the house. That’s why many smartphone users who attempt DIY repair use inappropriate tools. Tools such as eyeglass screwdrivers, butter knives, and guitar picks are too harsh on delicate smartphone structures. While you could buy professional tools, they’re costly, and you’ll probably just use them once. You might as well take the phone to someone who has not only the right tools but also the expertise to know what they’re doing.

You Don’t Have Insight From Experience

The odds are that an average smartphone user doesn’t have past experience of opening up hundreds of smartphones and making repairs to them. With experience comes insight to correctly diagnose and repair problems, and that’s what professionals have. Watching online tutorials isn’t the same thing as being experienced. The savvy person in the tutorial video probably makes the repair look a lot easier than it actually is.

You Might Choose Bogus Parts

In your quest to find replacement parts, you could end up purchasing a bogus version of a part. This happens when shady retailers sell cheap parts made of low-quality or inappropriate material. Professionals look at smartphone parts all day, and they can tell a bogus version of a part from the real deal. Repair shops wouldn’t damage their reputations by repairing phones with cheap parts. Instead, they buy real parts in large quantities to provide to their customers.

 

Losing Parts Is Easy

When you take a smartphone apart, you’ll have many screws and tiny pieces to keep track of. DIY smartphone repair people often lose these little parts. They roll off a table and under large structures or into the depths of carpet fibers. Finding them again is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Professionals have sophisticated ways of keeping track of these small pieces during a repair.

 

The Problem Isn’t Always Obvious

Smartphone innards connect in ways that aren’t obvious to the untrained eye. While a user may assume the problem lies in one part, it often actually exists in another. Smartphone repair professionals have appropriate knowledge, training, and experience to know which parts to evaluate and repair.

At Quik Fix Phone Repair, we have the tools and skills to repair iPhones and a variety of Android phones. We also work on tablets and iPods, and we offer a 1-year warranty on all of our repairs. We’ll give you a free quote for our services so you can make an informed choice. We perform all of our repairs the same day for your convenience. Please contact us to inquire further about our phone repair services.

Passwords are a notoriously poor way for people to get secure access to their accounts. It’s not actually passwords that are the problem, but people. Everybody likes to do things with the least amount of effort possible, and for a lot of us that includes choosing passwords. We’d like something we’ll be sure to remember, but that usually means something that’s easy for others to guess. Passwords like “password” and “123456” are so common that anyone who uses them might as well not have a password at all.

A large part of the problem is that we have so many passwords for different sites. Coming up with a different password for each site is a pain. Password managers help with this, but most phones don’t come with one already installed, so getting one and figuring out how to use it takes some effort too.

Biometrics: Better than passwords?

It’s just easy to fall into the habit of choosing bad passwords. We find it hard to imagine we’re important enough to go after. But when we find out we’re wrong, it’s bad news.

There are other phone technologies that can make security easier. The basic problem is to show that you, the person logging into an account, are the same person who opened the account. One was to do this is to examine some part of your body that doesn’t change much over time and is different for every person. This approach is called biometrics.

Fingerprinting yourself

Fingerprints are a popular choice. We have our hands on our phones all the time, so it’s not a big step to put a thumb on a sensor. Currently it’s mostly high-end phones that have these, but they’re gradually appearing in less expensive phones.

The biggest use for fingerprints is in unlocking phones. If you can keep strangers from using your phone, they can’t use it to get into your online accounts. PINs for unlocking phones have the same problem as passwords; it’s too easy to settle on obvious combinations like “1234.” Unlocking a phone with a fingerprint takes even less effort than entering a PIN, and it’s difficult to fake.

There are several different kinds of fingerprint scanners.

  • The optical scanner takes a photograph of your fingerprint. It can get very high resolution compared to other methods, but it’s easier to fool by putting a picture of a fingerprint in front of it.
  • The capacitive scanner works electrically. It can “see” the ridges of your fingerprint, which are in contact with the scanner, and the gaps, where your skin is a little farther away. It can recognize the difference between three-dimensional human flesh and a flat picture or even a cast.
  • The ultrasonic scanner uses high-frequency sound waves to take the fingerprint’s ultrasound picture. Like the capacitive scanner, it sees a three-dimensional image, so a picture won’t fool it. This is a fairly new technology for phones, but it could offer advantages. An ultrasonic scanner can operate through metal or glass, so it can be better protected than a capacitive scanner.

Facial recognition

Some phones and financial services are following a different biometric route: taking a picture of your face. One of its simpler forms is Face Unlock on Android phones. Android says it’s not a secure feature; it’s far too easy to fool it with a still picture of the owner. A good PIN is better security.

Others, though, have come up with more secure forms of facial recognition. Its use for making payments (often called “selfie pay”) is a growing niche. MasterCard’s Identity Check requires you to blink in order to prove you’re a live person and not a picture. Amazon has applied for a patent on a similar method, though it hasn’t brought it out for public use yet.

Scanning the eye

We’ve seen movie scenes where people walk into super-secure facilities and prove their identity by staring into a device. Scanning the retina of the eye really works. The pattern of veins in the back of your eye is as distinctive as your fingerprint. It’s not the most user-friendly form of authentication, though.

A less intimidating variant is scanning the iris of the eye. This doesn’t require bringing your phone up close and staring into it while getting a flash of light in the eye. A phone can take a picture of your iris from a distance. It’s reported to give fewer false matches than fingerprint scans by a wide margin.

How secure are they?

No method of identification is absolutely secure. We can imagine science-fiction technology that can imitate a person’s appearance, voice, fingerprints, and eyes well enough to fool any security system. The question is which is the best of the alternatives.

Security depends on how good the system is at catching spoofs. It’s not hard to get your fingerprint or picture. If a crook can duplicate it in a way that’s good enough to trick a phone, your security is completely broken. You can change your password and have a different one for each account, but you have only two eyes and ten fingerprints, and you can’t change them.

Passwords, used properly, are very secure. Used badly, they aren’t secure at all. Biometrics provide pretty good security for everyone, and saddle everyone with the same weaknesses.

Perhaps biometrics will improve to the point that they’re competitive on security with the strongest passwords, and more convenient. When that happens, they may replace passwords. For now the tradeoff is a complicated one, but in a few years just looking at your phone may be the standard way of showing that you’re you.

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