A Rugged SAPPHIRE Covered Smartphone? – Durability Test!

Kyocera, a name I haven't heard of in a while,
has released a new phone. An extremely rugged smartphone called the
Dura Force Pro 2. Kyocera claims this phone has a full sapphire
display, but there's only one way to find out for sure. At only $450, this should be interesting. On the back of the phone it says 'Class 1
Division 2' which means this phone can be used in hazardous locations without causing
explosions. Gotta love that. Let's get started. [Intro] Right out of the box the phone feels smooth,
plastic, almost fluffy compared to the dense glass and metal phones we're used to seeing. It definitely still has that rugged, durable
look to it. Let's get started with the scratch test. A phone with real sapphire on the display
doesn't come around very often. As we know, these Mohs hardness picks tell
the difference between different materials.

Plastic would leave marks at a level 3. Normal glass would scratch at a 6. And sapphire should only start to scratch
at level 8. Sapphire has a totally different composition
than glass. It's a crystal structure that's actually grown
in a lab, and it's hardness level is up there with precious gems and diamonds. An incredibly impressive, expensive and premium
material. Taking a look at the level 6 and 7 pick locations
where glass normally starts to scratch, we see no marks. The screen of this Dura Force Pro 2 is still
flawless. Let's take it up to a level 8. Finally, at a level 8 we start to see some
damage. This is exactly where we would expect sapphire
to be. It's what we saw on the HTC U Ultra Sapphire
edition, as well as the sapphire covered Tissot watches that I've used to explain sapphire
in the past.

Kyocera says the camera lens on the back of
the phone is sapphire as well. We'll be verifying that in just a second. A level 9 pick, of course, also leaves marks
on the crystal, as would diamonds at a level 10, but I'm kind of fresh out of those at
the moment. The earpiece up at the top is covered in plastic
and can be scratched. The whole phone is designed to handle abuse
though and keep working. So superficial damage is kind of irrelevant. There is a 5 megapixel selfie camera under
that same sapphire display, so it's definitely protected from scratches.

The thick knobby corners of this phone are
made from a softer, slightly grippy plastic. Under the large flap on the side we have our
SIM and SD expandable memory slot, and a dedicated camera button below that. This can be programmed to be a Google assistant
or another app instead. It's super nice of Kyocera to let us choose
how to use our own buttons. Phenomenal idea. I hope Samsung is watching. The bottom of the phone has a huge, watertight
ip68 plastic flap covering the USB-C charging port. We have even more plastic along the sides,
with another large programmable button on the left side. This button is supposed to be 'push-to-talk',
a radio style button, but can also be remapped to literally anything else. I'm a fan. The volume rocker is also made from plastic. And look what we have up here. A headphone jack – instant thumbs up. It's protected with the same watertight flaps
that cover the SD card and charging port. This durable smartphone's turning out to be
a winner. The power button doubles as a fingerprint
scanner. I'll scratch that up to simulate a guy on
YouTube who scratches stuff.

But while adding my fingerprint I would get
constant 'fingerprint is dirty' messages. Even when it finally did accept my fingerprint,
the dirty little fingerprint scanner was not efficient at recognizing my finger, nor would
it unlock the screen every time. There are always other ways to unlock your
phone of course, but the weaker fingerprint scanner is just something to keep in mind. The back of the Kyocera Dura Force Pro 2 has
4 smooth hard rubber pads on each of the corners. Definitely an added perk for drop protection. Now back to the sapphire. It's a pretty incredible substance. The optically clear stuff used in technology
and like on phone screens and camera lenses is lab grown, fabricated in a lab over weeks
into a large clear cylinder called a boule.

This massive chunk of sapphire is then bored
out and cut up to make watch faces, or smaller bores to make camera lenses. Or sawed into rectangular chunks and polished
to make smartphone displays like the one here on the Kyocera. It's a fascinating process that I'd love to
show off in real life if anyone over there at Kyocera is watching. The back panel covering the wireless charging
pad is plastic. Not all sapphire is created equal. One company, who shall remain nameless, uses
an impure version of sapphire…Just kidding, it's Apple.

Apple is using junk sapphire on their camera
lenses. You can see here with the piece of sapphire
that's covering the normal 13 megapixel camera, and the 8 megapixel wide angle lens (great
combo by the way), it does not scratch with a level 6 or 7 Mohs pick. It's only when we reach levels 8 and 9 that
the surface of the lens starts to get damaged. This is the good quality sapphire. Apple, on the other hand, has sub-par sapphire
lenses on every single one of their iPhones. Those get scratched starting at levels 6 and
7, just like glass would. There's a definite difference in quality. I'm impressed with Kyocera. Their product is behaving as advertised. Imagine that. Like any rugged smartphone, this guy is supposed
to work in extreme heat, which might just give us another reason for this burn test. I've been struggling for years trying to justify
this one…I mostly just like fire. The 1080p IPS LCD underneath the 5 inch slab
of sapphire on the Kyocera Dura Force Pro 2 lasted 30 seconds under the heat from my
direct flame. Watch how fast I recovers though.

It's ready for round 2 with zero damage done
to the display underneath. Impressive. Now for the bend test. A rugged smartphone with no structure would
be rather dumb. Independent third party testing though is
really the only way to tell. This rock solid Dura Force Pro 2 has zero
flex and passes my durability test. Kyocera has managed to make a durable, rugged
phone out of premium materials, and I'm very impressed. It might even very well be the most durable
phone of this year. Apple should be reaching out to Kyocera to
find a quality sapphire supplier. Should we be putting sapphire on all cell
phone screens? If you enjoyed this video and want to see
other phones tested in the future, hit that subscribe button.

And come hang out with me over on Twitter
and Instagram. Thanks a ton for watching. I'll see you around..

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Apple announces the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, AirPods, and a new Apple Watch

Today Apple unveiled the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as well as their new Apple Watch and wireless earbuds. If you missed the livestream of the presentation, here’s a quick wrap-up video posted by Apple showcasing all the new products in 107 seconds.

 

 

The phones themselves are confirmed to have upgraded storage options in relation to the previous iPhones; starting at 32GB of internal storage, and then jumping up to the 128GB and 256GB options. The phones also come in two ‘new’ darker colours; a sort of anodized Black and a new glossy option that Apple is calling Jet Black. The devices are also all IP67 rated, which is a welcome addition, making them the first ever iPhones to be water resistant.

If you would like to watch the full keynote in it’s entirety, here’s a link to their past broadcast: http://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2016/

The phones are slated to be available September 16th. If you have any questions, you can always contact us by calling (780) 998-9551, or come into our store. We will update when more news becomes available.




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Fort Saskatchewan Cellular Telephones: The Evolution of the iPhone

Fort Saskatchewan Cellular Telephones: The Evolution of the iPhone

Touch-screen interfaces and a computer-like operating system might have become the standards of a modern mobile device these days, but back in 2007, a mobile phone offering all these in one device is almost unheard of. This made the iPhone among the most sought-after cellular telephones in Fort Saskatchewan and in other parts of the globe, and had, as the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs said upon the iPhone’s introduction, “reinvent[ed] the phone.”

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Iphone Tricks You Would Never Have Thought On Your Own

Iphone Tricks You Would Never Have Thought On Your Own

 

Figuring out how to use your new iphone can be tough. Even though you have an instruction manual, and have been instructed how to use it you might feel a bit confused still. Therefore you should have a look through the contents of this article and see what you can learn about the iphone about how to use the most common applications on the device.

If you accidently get your iPhone wet, there is hope! First, do not push the power button; this may cause additional damage. Dry off the phone as much as possible and then put it in a bowl with uncooked rice. Allow it to sit for at least 12 hours. This should help the phone dry out and allow you to use it again.

Otter boxes or other heavy-duty cases are highly recommended for your iphone, especially if you have children. These cases are shockproof in case that you drop it, or it gets tossed around. It can also protect the screen if you use a screen protector, from scratches, dirt and dust doing damage to it.

Did you just drop your brand-new iPhone in the sink or a pond? Don’t worry! Make sure you don’t turn the phone on. Instead, lightly towel dry it as much as you can. Don’t use a blow dryer. Then, put the phone in a small bag filled with white rice and leave it sit overnight. The rice will absorb any water left in it.

Is your iPhone frozen? Hold down the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time. Wait until it gives you the option to shut it down. Swipe the screen to shut your phone down. Once it powers down, turn it back on. This will reset the phone and generally fixes any problem you may have with your freezing.

Save a wet iPhone with white rice! If you are unfortunate enough to drop your beloved iPhone in the toilet or a puddle, all is not lost. Do not turn the phone on. Dry it with a towel. Then, place the phone inside a zippered freezer bag filled with uncooked white rice. The next morning, there is a good chance your previously wet iPhone will work again.

You can use your iphone to store all sorts of files. The only way to do this, however, is to purchase the iphone drive app, but once you do you can store almost anything on your phone. This enables your phone to function almost completely as a mini portable computer.

Save the battery life on your Iphone by turning off Notifications and Location Services until you need to use them. Your Iphone will automatically reach out and update these functions regularly and use battery power in the process. Be aware of the power your Iphone is using, and you will have it when you need it.

You can snap a photo using your headphone cord. Begin by framing the picture you want to capture. When you are ready, press the button that is on the cord. This will then take the photo. Saving the picture in your iPhone is done just like you do with any other picture.

You can increase your messaging speed using this method. If you prefer not to insert the word suggested by the dictionary while texting, tap your finger anywhere on your iPhone’s screen; this dismisses the suggestion. You do not have to press the tiny X that shows up on the word.

When typing a URL in your iPhone’s Safari browser, you can hold down the “.com” button at the bottom of the keyboard to bring up a list that contains other domain suffixes. To choose one, just glide your finger over them and release when the appropriate suffix is highlighted.

A new feature the iPhone has that many people do not know about is its built-in dictionary. This can even be used as you are writing an email or text message. If there is a word that you are unsure about, just tap on it and you will see “define” pop u p–tap on it!

For those who interact often on social-networking sites, the iPhone makes it easy to stay up to speed with them . It is simple to comment, download photos and connect with your friends. Many college students find having an iPhone is a convenient way to stay connected to the internet away from home.

Capture those fleeting on-screen moments by using the screenshot function. To take a screenshot with your iPhone, simply hold down the “Home” button while simultaneously depressing the “Sleep” button one time. You should see a flash of white on the screen, and the image should be archived in your camera roll right away.

Sometimes the AutoCorrect suggestion feature can become a nuisance. When you’re writing and it keeps popping up, don’t hit “X” to get rid of it. All you have to do is tap anywhere on the screen and the box will disappear.

The Safari browser on the iPhone allows you to do virtually everything you can do on a large computer, and that includes bringing images down from websites. Just press on and hold any images you wish to save. A menu will appear, asking if you wish to save the image to your Camera Roll. From this menu, you can also send the picture in a text or iMessage!

If you see a word in any email or note that you are unfamiliar with, just press and hold on it. Your iPhone should bring it up in the newer dictionary feature so that you can know what the word means. This function works in iBooks as well as generally online.

It should be a bit easier for you to use your new iphone device now. Just keep in mind that it does take a little time to get used to the feel of the phone. But in time you can master the different applications, and ways to use the phone. Then you can just worry about enjoying yourself with this highly advance piece of technology.

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With new technology comes the opportunity and necessity to learn new skills. An iPhone can make your life much easier and a little more fun, but only if you know how to use it. Below are some tips and advice compiled to help you become the master of your iPhone.

Take photos with your iPhone headphone cord. The volume buttons, both up and down can now be used on many iPhones to snap photos. This way, you can steady your hand and press the cord button to snap the photo. Doing it this way means you do not shake the camera and frame for a crisper picture.

A great tip if you’re thinking about purchasing an iphone is to shop around and do your research before you decide on a plan or even the iphone itself. It might not be the best idea to walk into the apple store and pick one up impulsively because you’ll pay more.

Stream your favorite movies and games through your iphone now. Iphones now hold contracts with the premier streaming companies, so you can watch Netflix and Hulu right on your iphone. This is a great feature to have if you are sitting in the back of a vehicle on a long road trip, or a have a long bus ride ahead of you.

There are a lot of applications on your iphone that allow you to look up movie show times. Instead of heading to the theatre in disappointment, or having to go all the way home to a computer, you can just use your iphone. This will save you a lot of time and can help you prepare for the day.

Although experts in child care do not recommend you use electronic devices to entertain your children, iPhone apps can help keep your child occupied during a long automobile trip. Some of these apps are also educational and will help your child learn at the same time they are being entertained.

Before putting your iPhone to sleep, press the home button. This ensures that all apps are turned off, and it saves you battery life in the process. If you simply put the phone to sleep without pressing home, you may have some apps running in the background and reduce your battery life.

You can quickly erase text without even touching your iPhone screen. Using a quick flick of the wrist, shake the phone one time to your left and back. A window will pop up to request confirmation to delete the recently typed text. Click it and the most-recent text will be immediately erased.

You can use your iphone to store all sorts of files. The only way to do this, however, is to purchase the iphone drive app, but once you do you can store almost anything on your phone. This enables your phone to function almost completely as a mini portable computer.

If you often download your new iOS apps to multiple devices, try turning on automatic downloads in your setting area on these devices. Then, when any new app is purchased, the app will automatically be downloaded to these devices. No need for you to do anything! It will simply be there the next time you log onto the device.

There are many myths about how you are supposed to handle an iPhone falling into water. The largest one is using a hairdryer to dry the phone. Instead of drying out all the water that has gotten on the phone, doing this will only serve to push water further into the phone.

When typing on your iPhone, tip it horizontally. The keyboard should be displayed horizontally and become bigger. When browsing the internet, use the Safari app: this is the only one that will rotate when you move your phone. This should help you avoid typos and type much faster than before.

Sometimes your iPhone gets flummoxed by the position you’re holding it in and switches back and forth from portrait to landscape over and over. You don’t have to shift position to counteract this problem. You can easily lock your iPhone into portrait-only mode. Just open the Home menu and swipe the recent app list from left to right. This gets you to the music controls, but the last icon in the list is the screen orientation lock.

Only use a micro-fiber cloth to clean the screen on your iphone. Anything other than this is likely too abrasive and can actually cause damage, even though a screen protector. Remember to always keep a micro-fiber cloth on hand to ensure that you are not tempted to use anything else to clean your phone.

Use rice to help your wet iPhone. If you have found that your phone has gotten water all over it, the best solution is to set it in a bag full of rice. Rice will draw out the water and absorb it, hopefully allowing water to leave your phone in a way that you can still use it.

Would you like to have a quicker way to get to your search bar on your iPhone? You can do this by first tapping on your home key. Then tap again right away. This will load the Spotlight search bar. That is a universal search bar for your whole iPhone.

Do you need to send a link to a webpage or a picture to a friend? Open the page, touch the address bar, and you should be able to send this link as an email. Send emails to yourself if you want to access a specific link on another device.

A new feature the iPhone has that many people do not know about is its built-in dictionary. This can even be used as you are writing an email or text message. If there is a word that you are unsure about, just tap on it and you will see “define” pop up–tap on it!

As it was stated in the introduction of this article, owning an iPhone can change your daily life for the better once you know how to use it to its fullest possibilities. Use the advice and tips in the article above to get the most out of your iPhone.

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How To Get The Most Of Your Iphone | iPhone 5 Fort Saskatchewan

You may think you know about how to use your iPhone, but the truth is that it can do even more than you think it can. There are a lot of things you can do to make sure that you make the most of your phone, you just need the right information. This article has some tricks for you; keep reading.

A great tip if you’re new to using the iphone is to switch the display to however you want it. Some people don’t like having the black lettering on the white background. You can actually flip it around and have white lettering on a black background. This makes it easier on the eyes.

If you are searching the internet on your iPhone, click the forward arrow on the middle bottom to forward the link to the page that you are on to your email address. This can be very useful if you are searching your iPhone for important articles and do not have enough space to store them all.

If you are typing in a letter on your keyboard and wish to use that letter with some alternate character, such as would be used in a foreign language, it is easy to do. Simply tap and hold the letter and you will see several variations of that letter come up. Tap the one you want and it will appear in your document.

Do you need to mark an important email for later? Tap it and choose ‘mark as unread’. This email will then appear as a new message. This is a good way to remind yourself to check an email again, for instance, if you need to download an attached file or call a phone number later.

If you own an iphone, you should purchase a phone case immediately. The last thing that you want to happen is for your phone to explode into pieces because you did not protect it properly. Landing on concrete from just a few feet high can mean the demise of your phone, so protect it the best that you can.

If you are trying to clean up your iPhone screens by placing apps in folders, try placing the folder you are working on in your bottom app bar. This way, the folder stays with you no matter what page you are on. You no longer have to drag that folder from page to page as you clean up your apps.

If you have been longing for a convenient, accurate and user-friendly way to track your workouts and your fitness progress, the iPhone has the answer you have been seeking. By downloading one of the many highly-rated exercise-focused applications, you can kick-start your weight loss program and keep yourself accountable along the way.

There is a quick way to take a picture with your iPhone even if the screen is locked. Tap the home button twice, and a camera icon appears beside the unlock bar. Tap the camera, and you can take a picture immediately without the need to take the time to unlock the screen first.

Reduce your energy usage to extend the life of your iphone battery. Eliminate apps you don’t use. Turn off wireless signals you aren’t using. Reduce screen brightness, unless it is necessary. Always remember to lock it before you put it away. You will need to charge your battery far less.

Do you want to extend your battery life? There are a few different things you can do to get the most out of your battery life. One thing you can do is turn down the brightness. Also, turn off any wireless radios when you are not using them. This can give you more battery life.

To disable your edge connection or 3G GRPS connection, press the setting button. Then tap general, network, and cellular data network. When you get to the field that asks for your APN username and password, put in a few words that will prevent your iPhone from giving providers the right values. Then restart your phone.

Try talking your data entry instead of typing it. iPhones with the newest operating system give you the ability to do this. When you see the virtual keyboard, look for the small mic rophone button to the left of the space bar. When you click that, you can speak what you want to type. You’ll be surprised at how well, and how quickly, it works!

Did you know that you can replace the default icons with others that you would prefer? All you have to do is choose an icon that you do not use very often, then click on it to bring it up. Click on “edit” and you will see your options. Pick an icon you prefer and hold it down, or click and drag.

Avoid putting too many apps on your phone. While it can be tempting to load up your device, remember that most users wind up deleting the majority of the apps they add. It can be a costly addiction and it may also slow down your device, particularly when the apps start updating.

Surf the web at all time with the iphone. Now you can always have access to the internet when you upgrade to an iphone. You do not have to leave a question unanswered any longer. You have access to the world wide web and the answer to all your questions at all times.

You can use your iPhone to store files instead of buying a thumb drive separately. The best way to do this is to buy an inexpensive program called iPhoneDrive. Using this program, you can save files to your phone and then transfer the to your Mac at a later time.

When you get an iPhone, it can be overwhelming to know how to use all the features. Luckily, this article has given you some great tips for using your iPhone so you can be a pro. Use everything this article has taught you, and keep exploring your phone. Have fun!

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Things You Can Do With Your Ipad

Things You Can Do With Your Ipad

iPad’s are truly amazing devices. What makes the iPad so great is its amazing technology. This can, however, also make operating the iPad somewhat intimidating for new users who are not techno-geeks. Don’t worry, learning to use an iPad is really not that hard. This article contains a number of iPad usage tips to help get you on your way.

Want to connect to your iPad via VPN connection? If so, this feature is now possible. Navigate to Settings, General, and Network. Find the VPN slider and move it to the On position. Once you do this, add the configuration for the VPN onto your server and account. It’s really easy!

Make use of folders. To do this, simply tap and hold onto an app until the app shakes. Once you do this, drag this app over an icon and release. Doing this will create a folder that contains both your apps. The name of your folder will depend on the apps’ category. However, if you don’t like this name, you can change it.

The new iPad and iPad 2 can be connected to an HD television. This can be done with an Apple Digital AV Adapter that is connected from the 30-pin Dock adapter to the HDMI port or even a regular Apple VGA Adaptor. Both of these iPads support video mirroring, which allows your whole Home screen to appear on the television, not just your videos.

If you are using your iPad to type up documents and emails often, and want to speed up your process, try the following tip. After you complete a sentence, tap the space bar twice in a row. This will place the period for you to complete a sentence, and a space after the sentence.

Change your iPad password so it is complicated, hard for someone else to guess and easy for you to remember. Go under ‘PassCode Lock” in the general settings, and click on “Simple Passcode” to enable you to make a new and better password that is longer than 4 digits.

Do you need some help with organizing your busy schedule? Install a Google calendar on your iPad. Tap on the mail section of your settings and select calendars. Choose add a calendar, select Google as your server and enter your Google account information. Your Google calendar will then be exported to your iPad calendar.

Start Private Browsing. If you don’t want the Safari on your iPad to remember what you’re surfing, simply use private browsing. Go to Settings>Safari, find the choice for “private browsing,” and you will have a private browsing session. Just remember, though, that you will have to manually enter any passwords.

Choose between Orientation Lock and Mute. Older versions of the iPad featured an “Orientation Lock” button on the side of the device. The button remained on later versions, but its function was switched to “Mute.” If you preferred the older function, you can access a setting in the General Settings menu to set it back to its original function.

Video calls are an excellent feature of the iPad. Did you know that you can move the picture-in-picture around to a better location? First, start a video call on the iPad. Then just tap the window and drag it around the screen with your finger. This will help you get a better view of your subject.

While you may be tempted to hack your device to add extra applications to it, you should really think twice. The official store has thousands of legit applications, and once you unlock your device you may lose support from the official Apple store. Think carefully about doing something like this!

The iPad is a great tool for taking and emailing pictures. Once you have a picture that you want to share on your iPad, sending it via email is simple. Just open the photo on your iPad and look for the rectangle in the upper right-hand corner. Click on that and you will be given an opportunity to share via email. Simply choose that option and type in your recipients to send.

When you want an iPad accessory you can trust, the Kensington brand is an exceptional choice. Their bluetooth keyboards and cases truly are the best available on the market. These items go on sale frequently on sites like Amazon, so keep an eye on the models you like and you’ll find them at an affordable price in no time.

If you are going to carry your iPad around with you, it is worthwhile to invest in a cover for your tablet. This will greatly extend the life of the device and keep it looking sleek. The cover need not be expensive, just durable and slightly hard to avoid damage.

Use the hidden apostrophe on the virtual keyboard’s first screen instead of navigating to the second screen. Simply hold down on the exclamation mark key. A hidden apostrophe option then appears. Slide your finger up to select it. This shortcut comes in handy for typing emails and other messages.

Password protect your device. This can be a great way to keep prying eyes away from your information and your iPad. Think of a password you can remember, and make sure that it is not the same password as the one you use everywhere else. Write it down so that you can retrieve it if you forget.

Many iPad games and apps have a feature that notifies you whenever some action is performed. For example, you may receive a notification from Words With Friends that it is your turn to play, or you might have a Twitter alert that tells you someone has re-tweet something. Disable these notifications unless they are absolutely necessary. These frequent updates can shorten the life of your iPad’s battery.

As was stated in the opening paragraph of this article, iPads really are amazing devices. The technological advances that make the iPad so great, however, can make learning how to use the device just a tad bit challenging. Luckily, by studying this article carefully you should be able to learn how to operate your iPad to its full potential. Good luck!