Square Off: Kik Messenger vs. WhatsApp vs. TinyChat vs. SnapChat

Square Off: Kik Messenger vs. WhatsApp vs. TinyChat vs. SnapChat

WhatsAppThere are an infinite number of communication methods available on iPhone, ranging from a few standard offerings to countless third-party apps. This list could go on forever: iMessage, FaceTime, Kik Messenger, WhatsApp, TinyChat, SnapChat and even BlackBerry Messenger in the near future — just to name a few.

While each of these platforms share a common goal of providing avenues for users to communicate — be it by text, images, videos or a combination of the three — the ones that are most successful are those with the most users. So, which of the pack is trending these days? Which do you use? Sound off in the comments.

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Square Off: What is Your Cellular Provider?

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With T-Mobile finally getting the iPhone next month, we must once again raise the question: What is your preference when it comes to cellular providers? Your decision in this case of course considers many different factors such as signal strength, price, grandfathered plans, and features that are unique to each carrier. But which carries the most importance for you?

iFans forum member Zyiros has created a poll asking exactly this question, and I think it may be interesting to see everyone’s latest preferences considering T-Mobile is now an officially supported option. I personally use AT&T with my iPhone 5 mostly just due to the fact that I’ve always used AT&T. Which do you prefer?

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Square Off: Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One vs. BlackBerry Z10

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While there was a lack of noteworthy smartphone launches in the months following the iPhone 5 release in late September, three competitors have recently unveiled brand new smartphones that give the Apple handset a run for its money. But, if you could only choose one, which would it be? Read on for a complete overview of each smartphone ahead.  (more…)

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Square Off: iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S4

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This edition of Square Off was inevitable. The latest flagship Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone goes head-to-head with the iPhone 5. Based on design, hardware specifications, software, and other features, which smartphone do you think comes out on top? Basic summaries of each handset follow in case you need a refresher.

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 smartphone packs a 1.9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 GB RAM, tri-core PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, 4G LTE, NFC, up to 64 GB of internal storage, and a 2,600 mAh battery. The handset has a polycarbonate enclosure and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Ships in April.

Comparatively, the iPhone 5 has a custom 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple A6 processor, 4-inch Retina display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1 GB RAM, PowerVR SGX543MP3 GPU, 4G LTE, up to 64GB of internal storage, and a 1,440 mAh battery. The iPhone 5 has an anodized aluminum unibody, runs iOS 6, and has been available since late September.

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Square Off: A Jailbroken iPhone, or an Android Phone?

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If you’re someone who absolutely must be able to tinker with your devices, you probably won’t be satisfied with stock iOS.  People like you are one of the main reasons jailbreaking has become so popular; with a jailbroken iPhone, you can modify iOS as much or as little as you want!

Now that the iOS jailbreak has been here for a while, maybe you’ve decided that you’d rather have a jailbroken iPhone than stock Android. Or maybe you’re still loyal to the green robot. There are definitely ups and downs to both; you get stellar-quality hardware with Apple devices, but you don’t really have to modify the operating system to do your tinkering if you go with Android. Which do you prefer? Vote in the comments!

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Square Off: Galaxy S III vs. iPhone 5

Smaller-Square-Off-LogoYou would think this would have been one of the more obvious square off posts, as the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 are probably the two of the most popular of this generation’s smartphones. But please don’t worry, we didn’t forget the Nexus 4 — that debate can be found here.

iFans forum member An Outright Nihilist started a thread last Thursday asking which phone he should buy: the Galaxy S III or the iPhone 5. It goes without saying that this discussion blew up. Follow after the break for the full specs of both devices, and hit the comments to let us know what you think! (more…)

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Square Off: Google Maps or Apple Maps?

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Late yesterday we reported about the surprise release of Google Maps for iOS. Apple’s own crowd-sourced maps application was released with iOS 6 and replaced Google’s maps — the reliable, trusted alternative. After much speculation regarding if Google would release their own maps application, and further if Apple would approve it, the app is availablenow available on the App store. However, Apple maps — although it will undoubtedly remain on your home screen, whether you like it or not — did introduce features that Google’s offerings never had.

Which of the two options do you prefer? Do you like the overall reliability of Google’s maps? Or do you like to have the ability to soar over certain major world cities in Flyover? Feel free to read our “closer look” if you need help making up your mind.

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Square Off: Best iOS Twitter Client

iOS has a strong showing of Twitter clients, even if Twitter isn’t keen on keeping them around. First, there is the stock Twitter client. While the design is functional (it was recently completely redesigned to focus on what Twitter considers to be the most essential aspects of a client), it is also barebones: from the feature set to the UI, nothing feels inspiring or interesting about the app. But hey, that’s exactly what some people like. Plus, it has the advantage of being advertised inside of iOS’ settings app.

The next in line is Twitterrific, which just yesterday was updated to version 5. My full review is here, but I’ll sum it up in one sentence: beautiful, fast, and my choice. The design is fresh and interesting, and the app itself is much faster than previous versions of Twitterrific. The feature set is admirable, though somewhat lacking when compared to the next choice due to it being a complete rewrite of the program.

Tweetbot. It’s a classic, and the Tapbots have maintained it admirably. Tweetbot is probably the most feature-rich client, having various settings and customizability options that are lacking on other clients. The design of Tweetbot is interesting, and fairly divisive: some love it, while others find it heavy-handed and over the top. Still, the client has found a place on many a homescreen.

As mentioned, iOS has no shortage of Twitter clients. There are literally hundreds, and each offers something unique and interesting. So, dear reader, which is the best? Is it Tweetbot, with its plethora of features? Twitterrific, with its smooth and fluid design? Or maybe its the traditional, first-party Twitter app, which is the simplest? Or perhaps it’s something else entirely – sound off in the comments!

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Square Off: Nexus 4 vs. iPhone 5

We’re back with another installment of Square Off, this time pitting Google’s new Nexus 4 smartphone against the iPhone 5 to see which prevails. Apple introduced the iPhone 5 back in late September alongside the fifth-generation iPod touch, while the Nexus 4 was first made available just over a week ago. A brief rundown of each smartphone follows.

Nexus 4:

  • Design and Manufacturing: Google / LG Electronics
  • Release date: November 13, 2012, Price: $199 (subsidized), $299 (unsubsidized)
  • Operating system: Android 4.2 (“Jelly Bean”)
  • Screen size: 4.7-inches (measured diagonally)
  • Mobile processor: 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • App Ecosystem: Google Play / 700,000 apps

iPhone 5

  • Design and Manufacturing: Apple / Foxconn
  • Release date: September 21, 2012, Price: $199 (subsidized), $649.99 (unsubsidized)
  • Operating system: iOS 6.0.1
  • Screen size: 4-inches (measured diagonally)
  • Mobile processor: 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • App Ecosystem: App Store / 700,000 – 1,000,000 apps

Based on the hardware specifications, affordability, app ecosystem, features, ease of use and other factors, do you prefer the iPhone 5 or Nexus 4 smartphone? Let us know which smartphone you would rather have in the comments. While your opinion is certainly welcomed, we’ll be closely monitoring the comments to ensure that it’s a healthy debate and that things don’t get out of hand. Please make sure you remain respectful of other people’s opinions and do not leave distasteful or personal remarks about others based on their responses.

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Square Off: Small vs. Large Smartphones

Following the release of Apple’s first iPhone with a larger display, measuring 4-inches diagonally, Square Off has returned to plot smaller versus larger smartphones against each other and see which comes out on top.

In a recent advertisement campaign, Samsung promoted the Galaxy S III’s larger display as a benefit over Apple’s new iPhone 5. Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch display, while the new iPhone has a 4-inch display.

Then there is the Galaxy Note II, which has an ever larger 5.55-inch screen. So, iFans community, do you prefer a small or large display on your smartphone? What is the ideal smartphone display size? We’ll see you in the comments.

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