It’s the most wonderful time of the year: not Christmas, not your birthday, but better than those two rolled into one. That’s right: COMEX 2016 is just around the corner. Starting this week, you’ll be able to get your mitts on the hottest tech deals of the year, all in one place at the Suntec City Convention Centre.
The debate rages on, as it has done for years now. It’s a debate even more intense than those of the days of PC versus Mac, or Nintendo versus Sega. And it’s no wonder why: it’s not just a simple question of brand loyalty. Your smartphone is as much a part of your everyday carry ensemble as your wallet and bag, so whatever you decide to drop a few hundred dollars on (or in the case of flagship phones, a thousand), you’d better like it. Your choice of smartphone can say an awful lot about you; typically Apple users prefer to sacrifice customisability for a rock-solid platform and flawlessly integrated ecosystem, while Android users have the luxury of choice, but face the threat of poor legacy support and compatibility issues.
Try as we might, we still haven’t quite gotten to a truly paperless workplace. Paper is just too handy to give up -- whether it’s passing out handouts at a meeting, or leafing through the latest quarterly finance report. Also, in spite of the rise of tablets and e-readers, there’s nothing quite like the feel of crisp paper underneath your hands.
2016 has been a good year for laptops. With the recent announcement that Nvidia’s latest desktop graphics cards would be placed in their laptops as well, laptops will now see unprecedented levels of graphical performance. Combine that with the low power consumption of Intel’s latest 6th generation Skylake processors, and the surge in popularity of fast and durable solid-state drives (SSDs), and we're suddenly in a new renaissance of the laptop computer. There’s no better time to upgrade.
It’s no secret that there are gamer girls among us. These are the girls who instantly know the difference between a Razer Deathadder Chroma and the Logitech G502 Proteus Core, and which suits their playstyle more. And what about the DSLR dames, who flock to IT fairs and PC shows and use terms like ISO and bokeh and aperture that would have the average guy on the street scratching his head?
Are you a student trying to make the most out of your allowance? With an iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7 each costing over a thousand dollars, it’s getting hard to keep up with the Joneses. But nowadays tech can be affordable, or even cheap. In fact, most of the time you just end up paying for the brand of “better” products, and not actually the quality. Want the best for yourself, but don’t want to break the bank? With this guide, you’re guaranteed the best bang for your buck.
2016 has been a wonderful, wonderful year for gaming. Whether you’re a Nintendo fan, an Xbox loyalist, a PlayStation diehard, or a member of the PC clan, you’re spoilt for choice. All major platforms have seen the release of some truly groundbreaking games that have both fans and critics beside themselves with praise.
It’s no secret that gaming laptops are often looked down upon by PC gaming purists. Mobile graphics cards tend to be less powerful than their desktop counterparts, since they have to generate less heat in the confines of a laptop chassis. Furthermore, a large part of the appeal of a gaming PC is its modularity. When parts become obsolete or damaged, they can easily be swapped out for newer ones. Since mobile components tend to be soldered onto the motherboard, replacing them tends to be harder.
Trying to capture that mountain vista, but your phone’s camera doesn’t quite capture that gorgeous sunburst? Or are you aspiring to be Instagram’s next Selena Gomez (86 million followers!) but tired of grainy, pixelated images every time you try to take an #ootd shot? Sounds like your smartphone camera needs an upgrade. Gone are the days of two-megapixel shots where you couldn’t tell your own face from that of your friend’s dog – although with Snapchat, there’s a definitely a filter for that.
Looks like you’re the proud new owner of a laptop! Whether it’s a powerful Aftershock S-15, or a slick new MacBook Air, or a paper-thin HP Spectre, you must think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. News flash: as much as you think your laptop can do, every machine has its shortcomings. Trackpads are awful at trying to do any kind of editing work, whether it’s audio, video, or digital; when running graphics- and processor-intensive programs, laptops can get uncomfortably hot.
Photography, for better or for worse, has become extremely accessible with the advent of digital technology. Anyone with a decent camera – even those with higher-end smartphones – can slap a watermark on a filtered picture and call themselves a photographer. But for every individual who thinks Instagram and Snapchat are the way of the future, there’s a purist who insists that film is still the only “true” medium, then scoffs and retreats to his darkroom.
Paradoxical as this may sound, TVs aren’t just for watching TV any more. The days are long gone where you had to fiddle with a pair of insectoid antennas, waiting for a friend or family member to give you the signal to stop. These days, a television set with external antennas is a thing to be marveled at. Even internal antennas may be a thing of the past; the advent of “smart” TVs means television shows can be streamed straight from the Internet to your TV screen.
Long live the king. With the rise of the Samsung Galaxy S7, Huawei Nexus 6P and other amazing Android flagships, Apple’s position at the top of the heap looks to be a precarious one. Companies like OnePlus, Xiaomi and Huawei have, over the past two years, consistently shown that premium quality doesn’t have to come solely from the United States or South Korea.
So you’ve got yourself a new iPhone 6s (or its bigger cousin the 6s Plus): top of the line, cream of the crop. It’s already apparent what your sleek new toy does better than the competition: it’s got an amazing camera, a gorgeous screen bursting with pixels, and the ultra-convenient Touch ID, to name a few. Plus, it comes in Rose Gold. Rose Gold.