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To start off I would like to address a question that I’ve been asked countless times.  “Does the monitor get that nasty yellow tint?” As I’ve mentioned in my first impressions, I have had no problems with any yellow tinting. My brother’s iMac has a slight yellow tint problem so no worries guys (and girls ;D ) I know what I’m talking about here.  If I open a blank word document and maximize it, it looks white as snow. (Without that yellow stuff you find time to time!)

Samsung SyncMaster SA550 With brightness max

The monitor has a refresh rate of 2ms and to this day I have not noticed once any ghosting problems.  But I have noticed some pixilation lag which I mentioned below in the Macbook Section; it’s more likely to be a graphics card issue rather than a monitor one though.

The LED backlit display has a crisp resolution of 1920×1080 and it is simply a pleasure to work on. ( As cliché as that sounds!) In my first impressions I said that the colors aren’t as vibrant than glossy monitors, while that may be true, I’ve noticed I’ve been watching more movies on this monitor than my glossy Macbook Pro’s. Not just because of size but I have noticed that after a long period of watching movies or shows on any glossy monitor my eyes start to hurt a bit. (My friends HP monitor) But with the Samsung, while it isn’t the most vibrant, it is a great companion monitor to watch movies on.  And I do watch plenty of movies! And whether I’m watching DVDs or simply watching youtube videos the Samsung SA550 gets the job done right.

When it comes to doing work such as photo/video editing this monitor is A-MA-ZING.  I can’t go back to editing on my Macbook Pro’s glossy monitor after using the Samsung for so long– again not because of size—but rather the colors aren’t as accurate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Mac guy and I love the Macbook Pro but when it comes to work the Samsung attached to it just blows it out the water.  At first glance, there isn’t much about the Samsung that separates it from your typical glossy.  However, I do a lot of photo editing and I’ve edited the same picture on the Samsung, the Macbook Pro, and the iMac. Once I’ve actually printed out the photo, I can easily say that the Samsung had the much more accurate colors; hence my opinion that the Samsung was the best to edit photos on.

NOTE: I am using an HDMI cable with this monitor which is NOT included in the box. Definitely get an HDMI cable if you’re planning to get this monitor for the best results.

I understand that looks don’t change but I had to bring it up again. As with a lot of new products that you buy the first impressions are always, “This machine looks incredible”. However about a few weeks later the looks seem to lose its lust. And I usually fall victim to this of course. However when it comes to this monitor I must say that it has not lost its appeal. It just sits nice and sleek next to my Macbook Pro and I CONSTANTLY get reminded by friends and family of how “Pro” it looks.

Setting up the monitor is a breeze. It has a few pieces that pop together in place. (Pieces are pretty much self-explanatory) The entire feeling hallow argument that I stated in my first impressions actually no longer bother me at all. I go to electronic stores often and I can say that as of 2011 a lot, if not all Samsung monitors, have the same hallowed feel to it.

Keep in mind that the actual display is plastic. (Including the what looks like a glass border around the display)

I stated in my first impressions that I didn’t like how the touch sensitive buttons felt unresponsive. I’ve tried tampering with it daily JUST to see if my opinions on it would change: it hasn’t.  I really never need to use them but for the sake of having my final impressions of it I had to give it some time.  I like physical buttons like my friends HP monitor. It feel faster to navigate through menus on my friends HP monitor with the physical buttons. On my Samsung I feel as if I have to be gentle with it to get the touch sensitive buttons to register. While not a huge deal it does slow you down. And of course I’m sure a lot of us won’t be changing the monitors’ settings hourly so it wouldn’t be a big deal regardless.

I think this monitor is a great deal. While it is a tad bit pricey at about 250 dollars, you do get what you pay for.  I know you can find many monitors online for a great bargain but don’t stump this monitor out yet. It’s hard to explain but you won’t notice how nice this monitor really is until you’ve used it for a long period of time and then try out another.  You not only appreciate it more but you also  really get the sense just how nice and accurate colors are. Thumbs up to Samsung!

Note: When using it in mirrored mode I did notice the resolution didn’t fit the Samsung’s monitor well.  So I had to use it in clamshell mode. Simply close your Macbook and use a mouse or keyboard to wake the machine up. (While the lid is still closed) And there you have it; the Macbook Pro on your Samsung SA550 with the monitors crisp maxed out resolution.

For those curious about the actual performance of this monitor being attached to the baseline 2011 Macbook Pro 13” look no further.  A lot of people have asked me whether the Intel HD 3000 was capable enough to run an external monitor smoothly. And my answer?  It works PERFECETLY fine when doing your basic task.  No lag, no ghosting, nothing.  However, I have noticed when I am doing work in Adobe Illustrator the Samsung Monitor pixelates. When I hover over the dock, a simple task such as adding a watermark to our TechShift pictures will cause the monitor to pixelate for a moment, which gets pretty annoying quickly.  (ONLY THE DOCK GETS PIXELATED) And yes, without the monitor there is no lag or pixilation with any of my software.

If you’re not on a tight budget then this monitor is definitely worth considering.  There isn’t too much to complain about. It is able to connect to a computer or laptop just fine. It’s built, while it’s not the best,  isn’t too far behind from what other monitors have to offer. I have enjoyed watching movies and videos on this monitor but I’ve even more so enjoyed more editing on it. And, while the touch sensitive buttons aren’t my ideal, at the end of the day I must consider that this product is a monitor and it does exactly what it needs to do without any compromise to the actual display. So if you’re in the market, check out the Samsung SyncMaster SA550. The TechShift team and I definitely recommend it.

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Roundup: Iphone Xs And Xs Max First Impressions And Videos

It’s been less than 24 hours since Apple’s “Gather round” event. Already, we’ve seen a long list of first impression posts and videos arrive for two the biggest stars of the event, the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. Here’s a rundown at what folks are saying about the company’s newest flagship devices.

CNBC starts our roundup off with a look at the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs, which it calls a “gorgeous phone.” Nonetheless, “Holding it, though, it felt so much like the iPhone X that I already own that I’m not sure I’d upgrade. It will probably appeal to people who missed out on last year’s iPhone X, which Apple will stop selling, and it starts at the same price: $999.”

MKBHD offers a robust YouTube video about the two devices. Rather than offering a mini-review, however, it just offers a run through of its new hardware features. It’s definitely worth your time.

Of the 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max, which has the same internals as the smaller model, CNBC highlights the phone’s larger display and better battery life (versus the iPhone X).

The Wall Street Journal suggests Apple might have missed the boat by not offering “unique functionality” on the iPhone Xs Max because of its larger size. “But where Samsung gives big phones stylus support, split-screen view and software that lets them act like desktop computers, Apple still treats this as an iPhone. Just bigger,” it explains.

Over at Gizmodo, describes the iPhone Xs Max as “honking huge,” and not necessarily in a good way. It explains, “(we) tried it out, and we found that it was simply too big. Our thumb couldn’t actually make it from one side of the display to the other, and it feels a little unwieldy.”

In its post, Wired focuses on Apple’s new A12 bionic, which is the first 7-nanometer chip in a smartphone. It right explains, this “means your iPhone will feel faster, and app developers can harness the power to make all kinds of fun stuff.”

Engadget calls both new phones are “the new normal” and “technically impressive” sequels to the iPhone X. In the end, it calls the changes made on the phones “welcome and impressive but not overly dramatic.”

Finally, you should also take a look at the hands-on from Jonathan Morrison at TLD Today. It’s insightful, fun, and at just 3 1/2 minutes, won’t take too much of your time.

As a reminder, you can pre-order a new iPhone Xs/iPhone Xs Max beginning tomorrow, Sept. 14 in more than 30 countries and territories including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review: Premium Refinement

Our Verdict

The Galaxy S10 Plus is a very good smartphone despite not being a huge upgrade from the S9 Plus. The cut-out front cameras are no bother and the display is absolutely the best on the market. It’s packed with premium features. Samsung’s One UI skin is a huge improvement on anything it has done before and this phone is pretty much the most premium Android phone on the market. Unfortunately battery life on the Exynos model is poor and the new ultra-wide-angle camera won’t excite everyone.

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Let’s tune out all the noise around smartphones and look at the facts. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is a very good phone. It has the best display on the market, improved software and great build quality.

But also, it is a supremely expensive phone. This is not unusual, given the iPhone XS’ similarly high price and the introduction of the folding Galaxy Fold that costs almost double that. The S10 Plus also costs the same as Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro and if you spec it out retails at up to £1,600.

We can’t see why Samsung has put the price up so much compared to the quite similar S9 Plus, and in our view it suffers for it. Battery life is poor on the model we tested and you can get most of the same features, including the triple rear cameras, on the cheaper regular S10.

So, the S10 Plus is a very good phone, but battery life woes in the UK stop us from showering it with a perfect score. You might be tempted by the new  Galaxy S20 range as well as Samsung’s second foldable phone, the  Galaxy Z Flip.

Price and availability

The 8GB RAM Galaxy S10 Plus starts from £899 / $999, putting it in direct competition with the iPhone XS. We aren’t sure why the phone is more than last year’s £869 / $839 S9 Plus in the US, but the UK price hike is more reasonable when comparing year to year.

In the UK you can buy it from O2, Carphone Warehouse, EE, Three and Vodafone. In the US it’s on sale at Best Buy, among others. 

The special edition 12GB RAM ceramic black and white models start at £1,099 and have 512GB storage. A version with 1TB(!) costs £1,399. You don’t need that one, by the way – it’s very expensive and the base 128GB is more than enough storage for most people, particularly when it’s expandable via microSD up to 512GB more.

This review is of the pearl white 8GB RAM / 128GB storage model. You can also get this version in black and green.

Cut that out

The Galaxy S10 Plus is the first Galaxy S phone to have a screen interruption akin to a notch. Samsung has opted for a cut-out in the top right corner of the screen. It’s pill-shaped as it has two front-facing cameras compared to the single-lens circle on the Galaxy S10 and S10e.

The extra lens isn’t for wide angle like on the  Pixel 3, even though the camera app would have you believe that is the case when you tap to see a wider angle – that’s just a digital crop. The sensor is actually there for portrait mode selfies, not something everyone will want or need.

It also shifts the battery and network icons toward the centre of the screen. Check it out to see whether or not it bothers you. The cut-out also obscures video in full-screen mode much like a notch does.

The S10 Plus adds a higher-capacity 4100mAh battery than the S10 and a larger 6.4in display. These three things are the only differences. It has the same 8GB RAM, the same 128GB base storage, the same excellent display tech and the same triple-lens setup on the rear.

It means you don’t have to buy the larger phone to get the best rear camera setup, though this is the same for the iPhone XS and Pixel 3 so Samsung has made the right decision here.

Those triple cameras aren’t the upgrade they appear to be at first glance. It’s great to see three, but the 12Mp main- and 12Mp telephoto sensors are the same as on the S9 Plus. Samsung has added a 16Mp wide-angle lens, which is good but does distort at the edges in the fish-bowl way these lenses do.

Results are generally very good, but we don’t think the portrait mode is as good as the iPhone XS or Pixel 3 and it looks a bit artificial where the others are, to the untrained eye, often DSLR-esque. That said, the main- and telephoto sensors benefit massively from OIS, and photos are crystal clear in most situations – if saturated and processed in a way that makes them feel slightly less natural than on the iPhone or Pixel.

There are a couple of new optional features in scene optimiser and shot suggestions, the former there to decide which mode is best to shoot in and the latter to help you line up your subject and frame to get the best picture possible.

Video capture is good and can record in 4K 60fps with good granular control. But despite all these options the cameras on the S10 Plus are very good and you will not have any complaints. It’s great that it can be an outstanding point-and-shoot as well as giving pro options for enthusiasts, including shooting in RAW.

Let’s reiterate

The S10 Plus is the best-looking Galaxy S yet with its sliver of bezel and awesome colour combos, but the change to a cut-out camera helps Samsung mask the fact this isn’t actually a much different design from the S8 or S9. It’s gone back to the shiny metal rim with a curved-edge display and tiny bezels at the top and bottom, but this is still an evolution of the great design of the S8.

Build quality is unquestionably beautiful but you’d expect it for the price. We found it difficult not to keep picking it up, such is the premium feel here.

New for the S10 Plus is an in-screen fingerprint sensor and we are pleased to report it is better than those found in the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Those phones use an optical method which requires you to press down quite firmly, whereas the ultrasonic sensor on the S10 Plus requires an accurate but lighter tap. It’s great, and much better, even if you might miss the physical sensor on the back.

Since there’s no bezel to house the infra-red sensor, the S10 Plus lacks the iris recognition of the S8 and S9. If you don’t like the fingerprint sensor there’s 2D face unlock but it is less secure, and the phone will make you use the fingerprint sensor for secure access to apps or payments.

Perhaps for the last year there is a headphone jack here, proof that you can fit it in a phone with dual stereo speakers, wireless charging and full IP68 water resistance.

It’s a lovely looking phone but because of the size it’s also a two-handed phone.

Display of affection

The best thing about the S10 Plus is the display. It’s the best on the market on any phone with amazing colour reproduction, excellent viewing angles and top visibility in sunlight compared to any phone out there. It’s a 6.4in OLED with an insane 3040 x 1440 maximum resolution.

Samsung doesn’t set it to this out the box but you can scale it up if you’re watching 1440p content and it looks absolutely amazing. Putting it down a step saves battery life and you won’t notice the difference most of the time.

Samsung sets the display to ‘natural’ out the box too, but we prefer the ‘vivid’ setting.

Unfortunately, battery life is this phone’s Achilles’ Heel – it is not as good as we’d hoped. Sure, it’ll get you through a day’s use but we found at best it’d get to three and a half hours screen-on time before we were hitting 20% and reaching for a charger.

We reviewed the Exynos 9820 version which is on sale in Europe. Some American tech journalist peers have told us the Snapdragon 855 version they reviewed is pushing eight hours screen-on time no problem, even when roaming.

If it’s the case that the 855 model can get *double* the screen-on time then the Exynos is not fit for purpose. It spoiled our experience with the phone no doubt and is far worse than on the  Huawei Mate 20 Pro, a phone that costs the same and has outstanding stamina.

Samsung also annoyingly still ships the phone with a QuickCharge 2.0 charger which tops up faster than a 5W iPhone charger but much slower than the last phones from Huawei, OnePlus or even Motorola.

Benchmarks

When benchmarked against popular and similarly powerful phones, the S10 Plus performs as expected: higher than Snapdragon 845 phones like the OnePlus 6T, higher than the older Exynos S9 and higher than the Kirin 980 in the Mate 20 Pro. 

As usual in these synthetic benchmarks, the iPhone comes out on top. This is only raw speed, though, and we found the S10 Plus to stand up extremely well in comparison.

Show off

The S10 Plus has wireless charging but also wireless powershare, which lets you charge other products with the phone turned face-down. Samsung hopes this will be its Galaxy Buds but it can charge phones and some smartwatches too. The output is only 4.5W, though, so it’s very slow and obviously means you can’t use your phone at the same time.

But if you are charging your phone overnight it means you can charge your headphones or even another phone without the need to carry two chargers.

You’re the One UI want, ooh ooh ooh

One of the best things about the S10 Plus is the new software skin. Samsung’s version of Android 9 Pie is called One UI and boy is it an upgrade on ugly Samsung software of yore.

And with 8GB RAM it’s finally incredibly smooth to use with absolutely no stutter. This is, whisper it, iOS levels of fluidity, which we didn’t expect.

But timely updates are not guaranteed. Samsung is notoriously slow with OS upgrades and even security patches. The S10 Plus should be good enough hardware to run Android Q and then R, but you should not assume Samsung will support it that long, which is a shame.

If you really want your high-end phone to run three Android versions in its lifetime, the only way to ensure that is to buy a Pixel phone.

Verdict

The Galaxy S10 Plus is, as expected, one of the best phones you can buy. It has an industry-best display, dual stereo speakers, outstanding cameras, a headphone jack and wireless charging. It can even wirelessly charge other phones.

But the Exynos model we reviewed has just-fine battery life where the Snapdragon 855 version and rival phones are streets ahead. On a phone that demands a lot with the bright OLED and whip-fast performance we found that hitting 20% at 6pm on a phone that costs at least £899 / $999 is just not acceptable.

Despite this one flaw, the S10 Plus is one of the best phones going. Just pack your charger.

Related stories for further reading Specs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: Specs

Android 9.0 Pie with One UI

6.4in Wide Quad HD+ (3040×1440) 19:9 Dynamic AMOLED

Exynos 9820 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor

8/12GB RAM

128/512GB/1TB internal storage

microSD card slot (up to 512GB)

Dual pixel 12Mp, f/1.5-2.4, OIS rear camera + 16Mp Ultra Wide, f/2.2 + 12Mp Tele, f/2.4

Dual pixel 10Mp, f/1.9 front camera + 8Mp Depth, f/2.2

Pressure sensitive home button

Embedded Ultrasonic Fingerprint scanner

2D Face Recognition

Heart rate monitor

11ac dual-band Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX

GPS

NFC

4G LTE Cat 20

Headphone jack

USB-C

4100mAh non-removable battery

Fast Wireless Charging 2.0

Wireless Powershare

IP68 dust & waterproof rating

74.1×157.6×7.8mm

175g

How Good Is Bitdefender Total Security In 2023? (Full Review)

How good is Bitdefender Total Security in 2023? (Full Review)

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What makes the Best Antivirus in 2023?

Pricing

Talking about its plans,

Bitdefender offers a 30 days free trial.

Yearly plan for 10 Devices costs $99.99.

2-Year Plan for 5 Devices costs $149.99 (Makes no sense).

2-Year Plan for 10 Devices costs $169.99.

There are also 3-Year plans which you can check out here. If you are looking for a yearly plan, which will be the choice for most people, the best plan would be $44.99 for 5 Devices. It provides the most value for money. Let’s compare the plans of Bitdefender with some of its competitors for a better picture.

Norton Antivirus:

McAfee Total Protection:

In Norton Antivirus, Norton 360 Deluxe provides the best value for money i.e. $39.99 for 5 Devices instead of $44.99 in Bitdefender. However, McAfee Total Protection is even better. McAfee Total Protection’s Family Plan offers a subscription for 10 devices for $44.99 instead of 5 devices at the same price.

So, with the information given above, we can factually conclude that Bitdefender Antivirus isn’t the best and most cost-effective antivirus when it comes to pricing.

Malware Protection

Malware protection being the primary purpose for any antivirus software, it is important to have an outstanding malware protection. Though the antivirus system is not the only parameter to judge the performance, it certainly cannot be overlooked. To be the best Antivirus suite in the market, it should have second-to-none malware-protection.

Malware protection offered by Bitdefender doesn’t disappoint. In my 7-days usage of Bitdefender Total Protection, I tested it against most of the test malware websites, and it managed to detect and eliminate threats every single time.

To add to my judgement, I have brought some facts with me. There are many independent third-party labs that evaluate the performance of an antivirus software on different parameters. One such lab is AV-Test lab.

AV-Test lab conducted an evaluation in August 2023 where it tested Bitdefender Total Protection against a huge number of malwares. Let’s look at the results:

Though the test was conducted on Bitdefender Internet Security, we can use the results for Bitdefender Total Security reliably because both the software have similar malware protection.

In the test given above, AV-Test lab tested the Bitdefender with around 14,000 samples of malware and Bitdefender antivirus, outstandingly, was able to detect and eliminate each one of them. Bitdefender antivirus scored 100% in the test conducted by AV-Test. But these scores too don’t tell the full story. We have to compare the results with the results of other antiviruses too.

Norton Antivirus:

Kaspersky Antivirus:

As can be seen from the results given above, Kaspersky Antivirus and Norton Antivirus were also able to score a 100% in the test. Hence, though the 100% score hit by Bitdefender Antivirus is great, it isn’t the only one to do so.

Hence, in the race of being the best antivirus in 2023, Bitdefender is at par with a bunch of its competitors.

Effect on System Performance:

Antivirus suites these days can be heavy on your system’s CPU and RAM because of the sheer number of functionalities these suites offer. Antivirus Software isn’t just about malware-protection anymore. They often offer a whole load of other functions too. Not all devices are equipped enough to cope up with these Antivirus suites and hence, suffer a lag in performance.

In order to judge the overall functionality and effectiveness of an antivirus, it is crucial to comprehend their impact on the system performance. In my 7 days usage of Bitdefender Antivirus, I felt that the Bitdefender Antivirus impacted my device’s performance the least. When I say the least, I mean in comparison to other antiviruses like Norton, McAfee, and Kaspersky.

However, in the evaluations conducted by AV-Test lab, results don’t back my opinion. Results show that Bitdefender is no better than its competitors. Instead, it is even worse when we talk about surfing the internet. Let’s have a look at the results accumulated by AV-Test lab:

In the given results, Bitdefender performed lower than the industry average when it comes to opening websites online and in other cases it is at par with its competitors.

So, to sum it up, though the Bitdefender Antivirus affected the system’s performance, the major impact is on online surfing. Apart from websites, the performance hit is actually better than other antiviruses. In such cases where facts are contradictory, I will leave you with my opinion. According to my judgement, I felt Bitdefender Antivirus performed better than its competitors. Hence, in the quest of being the best antivirus, Bitdefender is one step ahead of its rivals.

Tools Offered with Bitdefender Total Security

Bitdefender claims to provide best in industry features. But if you have read our review of McAfee Total Protection, we have crowned McAfee to be the Antivirus with most tools. How is it going to work now? We will have to take it bit by bit.

Let’s start with Privacy, VPN is a very important tool in safeguarding the user’s personal identity and data.

Bitdefender VPN:

In short, Bitdefender VPN is far better than its competitors like McAfee. As we discussed while reviewing McAfee Total Protection, its VPN didn’t provide the enough protection and speed that was expected from a premium antivirus Solution. However, the case isn’t the same with Bitdefender VPN. Bitdefender VPN is one of the most effective VPN that comes bundled with any antivirus software in the market. Bitdefender VPN provides the required safety and protection from various cyber-threats.

However, it too suffers from a drawback. The Bitdefender VPN only provides 200MB/day data security with Bitdefender Total Security. It is a big blow on its online privacy front. Most of the competitors of Bitdefender VPN offer unlimited bandwidth.

Safe Online Banking:

In the safe online banking feature, Bitdefender Antivirus attempts to protect the vital financial information like bank account details and credit card numbers of the user. Now you can also program it to autofill credit card information wherever you find suitable.

Parental Control:

Bitdefender Total Security suite offers a parental control tool. Parental control consists of functionality to block the inadequate content on your child’s phone remotely and limit their device usage. It helps provide parents a genuine control over their child’s activity without hindering the personal life of their children.

Bitdefender Photon:

Bitdefender Photon helps the software to hinder the system performance the least by adapting to it. It adapts to your usage so as to change the features such as scanning time, etc. according to your usage so that you’d have a unhindered workflow.

Network Threat Protection:

Bitdefender Total Security helps stop the online attacks directed towards the user’s data and privacy. It helps block sophisticated malware and brute force attacks.

Anti-Phishing:

Phishing scams can be a serious blow to your online privacy and finances. Phishing scams involve creating a legitimate looking website that would interest a user to put his/her account information either in order to buy something or donate something. In both the cases, transactions are made fraudulently deducting more money than the user agreed to.

Anti-phishing features can be a blessing if you’re a new user or your teen kids like to make little purchases online.

Complete Real-time protection

Bitdefender Total Security provides real time protection to deal with the malware and ransomware attacks in real-time and not when the harm is done. It, in real time, scans the files and software to ignore any harm that can be caused by a malicious file.

So these are few of the tools offered by Bitdefender Total protection. When we compare these tools with that of other antiviruses such as McAfee and Norton, it totally shines. McAfee, the closest competitor, is at par with Bitdefender. However, if you are looking for an Antivirus with robust online privacy protection, you may want to go with Bitdefender. However, if you are more into accessing global content, you may want to stick with McAfee. In both the cases, Bitdefender doesn’t lag behind the McAfee antivirus in any way.

Verdict:

Bitdefender Antivirus is a marvelous tool to protect all your devices, Android, Windows, iOS, and MacOS. On the pricing front, Bitdefender loses to McAfee Antivirus with a good difference of 5 devices. However, it may not matter to a person with a small family.

On the Malware protection front, Bitdefender comes out to be at par with all the best antiviruses available in the market. Hence, it is the best antivirus for malware protection.

On the tools front, Bitdefender is absolutely the best antivirus available in the market. Though the Bitdefender VPN with limited data puts it in a bad place, it is really a matter of choice for someone to opt.

On the System impact front, with my personal opinion, Bitdefender Total Security has the least impact on systems performance.

Keeping all this in mind, I would say yes, the Bitdefender Total Security is the best antivirus software available in the market.

So, this was our Bitdefender Review. We hope we were able to help you decide whether you would want Bitdefender Total Security in your phone or not. Do let’s know what you think about Bitdefender Antivirus, we love hearing from you.

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Quartz, Anchor, Final Fantasy Ⅸ And More Apps To Checkout This Weekend

It’s been a long week of blurry Super Bowl photo talk and 4-inch iPhone rumors, but the wonderful weekend is here at last. And for those of you who find yourself looking for something to do on a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon, we’ve put together a great list of new apps and games to check out.

Folks in the market for a new and innovative news app will want to check out Quartz. Brought to you by the publication of the same name, Quartz keeps you up-to-date on current events using a method I’ve never seen before: texting. No, it doesn’t actually text you, but the app is designed to look like a messaging app. So you’re essentially sent “texts” of headlines or news snippets, and then given the option to respond for more details or a new story. You’ll also receive photos, GIFs, web links and push notifications. This all combines to make a news app that presents articles in an extremely digestible format. This app is available for free.

Anchor is an interesting new application that allows you to easily broadcast short audio clips to the world. I look at it as kind of like a Vine-type app for podcasts. Users can post an audio recording of up to 2-minutes, and others can post a one-minute response. All of this then gets stitched together for anyone to listen to, and the end result is something akin to public radio or a community podcast. While the idea of listening to you and your friends debate the latest Star Wars movie may not sound appealing, Anchor has organized its more learned users and topics to help you discover intelligent, educational and entertaining conversations. This app is available for free.

I included Fetch by Microsoft’s Garage division in this week’s roundup because it seemed like a fun/silly app to play around with on a Saturday afternoon. Its purpose is pretty straightforward: take a picture, or load in a previous photo, of a dog and this app will identify what breed it is. Obviously, accuracy will be hit-or-miss depending on photo quality and other factors, but for what it’s worth, it correctly identified my dog Jaxx as a labrador retriever. Don’t have a dog? That’s ok, use Fetch to take a photo of yourself or a friend, and laugh at the results. This app is available for free.

Bkstg

I imagine that Bkstg is what Apple was going for when it introduced Connect for Apple Music last summer. To be fair, I haven’t played with the app much, but it’s being marketed as a way to “get closer to the musicians you love.” Features include real time content, photos and videos from artists and their entourages; exclusive backstage content, merch, tickets, meet and greets, and more; and the ability to search nearby and trending hashtags to get in on the conversations with like-minded fans. This app is available for free.

This game really needs no introduction. Final Fantasy is easily one of the most popular gaming franchises in history, and episode IX is largely thought to be the series’ highpoint. The story follows a talented young thief named Zidane Tribal, who joins with others to defeat Queen Brahne of Alexandria, the one responsible for starting the great war. The mobile port includes “high-definition movies and character models,” autosave, achievements, and a collection of “game boosters” that let you cheat your way through the story. This game is available for $16.99 (for a limited time).

Prism is described as a “visually stunning journey through a microcosmic galaxy.” That’s a fancy way of saying this is space-themed geometric puzzler with gorgeous graphics. In the game, players are tasked with touching shapes and patterns to unfold sacred geometry and reach the ethereal soul. Each of the 13 levels is a push and pull of cinematic design, mythology, and intuitive touch exploration. And as an interesting side-note, all of the art, code, sound effects and the zen-like soundtrack were created by a single developer: Clint Siu. This game is available for $2.99.

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Samsung Galaxy S Iii Review: Your Next Android Phone

The Samsung Galaxy S III ($200 with a new two-year AT&T contract, price as of June 20, 2012) is one of the most hyped phones this year–and we’ve finally gotten a chance to spend some time with it. After Samsung’s splashy launch event, the lawsuit drama with Apple, and the announcement that this model would be coming to five U.S. carriers, we’ve had high expectations for this phone.

So is the Galaxy S III the next great Android phone? In terms of design, display performance, and features, I’d say yes. It isn’t perfect, however. S Voice doesn’t always work well, and some of the sharing features are useless if you don’t know other Galaxy S III owners.

Editor’s note: The Galaxy S III is coming to Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, as well. Other than the differences in networks, pricing, and storage capacities, the Galaxy S III is identical across the carriers. Although we received AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile review units, we did most of our testing on the AT&T version so that we could evaluate LTE speeds.

Design

The Galaxy S III feels very much like the Galaxy S II: light, but a bit plasticky. It doesn’t have the durable, solid feel of the HTC One S or One X. Still, it is Samsung’s most eye-catching phone to date. The S III comes in two colors, “marble white” and “pebble.” The white phone looks nice, but the “pebble” color, which is sort of a bluish-gray, is much more attractive in my opinion. I’m getting tired of all-black phones, to be honest, so the “pebble” Galaxy S III is refreshing. It has a cool, brushed look on the back and on the front bottom panel, too.

On the Galaxy S III are two touch-sensitive navigation keys, menu and back. The phone also has a physical home key, which is a bit of a throwback to older smartphones and a departure from the all-software keys on the Galaxy Nexus. Initially Samsung hinted that the U.S. versions wouldn’t have a physical button, but here we are. It really doesn’t affect the way I use the phone, but some people might have strong feelings about it. I do like having the navigation buttons built into the hardware as opposed to their solely showing up on the bottom of the display, as we saw with the Galaxy Nexus. I could never get used to a phone that omits hardware keys entirely.

Display

Back to the display: It is large, yes–but my, is it pretty. The S III has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280-by-720-pixel resolution. This is the same display technology as on the Galaxy Nexus; according to Samsung, however, the Galaxy S III’s display is “more refined” than that of the Galaxy Nexus.

Luckily, we happened to have a Galaxy Nexus in house to do a side-by-side comparison. I loaded the same gallery of photos on both phones. Colors on the S III looked brighter and more vivid than on the Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy S III displayed a greater range of colors than the Galaxy Nexus did in our color-bar test, too. Unfortunately, I could still see some bleeding between the colors, which is a sign of oversaturation.

Software and Features

The Galaxy S III runs Android 4.0.4 with Samsung’s TouchWiz 5.0 overlay. The latest version of TouchWiz looks and feels like the previous versions of the overlay: slightly cartoony, but easy enough to navigate. During the S III launch event, Samsung made a big deal about the Galaxy S III being “inspired by nature.” When you unlock the phone, you see an animation that mimics touching water, complete with a water sound effect. When you press one of the hardware keys, you hear a water drop. It feels very Zen–until it gets annoying. Thankfully, you can turn it off.

Samsung has added a few new gesture controls into the mix, such as tilt zooming (useful for Web browsing), shake to update, and flip to mute (useful for ignoring unwanted calls). One feature I really like–in theory, at least–is the ability to take a screenshot by swiping from right to left across the screen with the side of your hand. Whenever I tried to take screenshots, though, I ended up doing something else on accident. For example, I attempted to take a screenshot of a gallery image, and ended up enlarging the image instead.

I wasn’t really a fan of the Galaxy S II keyboard, and on this phone the keyboard seems not to have changed much. The keys are too narrow and small, and I made a lot of mistakes while typing a message. Swype is preinstalled, however, so that helps to make typing a bit less painful.

As you might recall, Samsung has released some strange marketing for the Galaxy S III, claiming that it “follows your every move.” Creepy? Maybe, but one of the phone’s features is its ability to track your eyes via the front-facing camera, which is pretty cool. When you have the phone in front of you, for instance, the screen stays lit and won’t lock after a few seconds. If you pull the phone away (or, say, fall asleep playing Angry Birds), the screen turns off. The feature works well, and is a useful tool for saving battery life.

Samsung has its own voice-activated assistant, called S Voice. The Vlingo-powered, voice-activated application works pretty similar to Apple’s Siri for iOS in that you can use it to look up answers (also via Wolphram Alpha), schedule appointments, call somebody, and more. You can also use S Voice to control some of the native apps on the Galaxy S III, such as the alarm clock, the Wi-Fi settings, the camera, and Maps. For example, you can say “Cheese” to snap a photo or “Snooze” when your alarm goes off.

I’m not fond of virtual assistants, mostly because I can never get them to work all that well for me. S Voice worked fine when I wanted to control the alarm or take a picture, but navigating with it was a pain. “Navigate to Umami Burger” translated to “Navigate to mommy burner” and “Navigate to Golden Gate Park” translated to “Navigate to Holden State.”

Sharing and Multimedia

The Galaxy S III has a slew of sharing features built into the operating system. GroupCast uses Samsung’s AllShare application to help you share content such as PowerPoint slides, photos, or PDFs between your Galaxy S III and a DLNA-enabled TV. You can also share with other phones, but only if those other phones are Galaxy S IIIs.

Share Shot is another cool sharing feature that works only with other Galaxy S III phones. You can share full photo galleries with your friends by way of Wi-Fi Direct technology. You access Share Shot directly from the camera mode and press the ‘on’ button, after which your friends have to connect to Wi-Fi Direct to see the photos. Your photos then appear in their galleries. We tested this function between two Galaxy S III phones, and it worked quite well. I was surprised to see how quickly the photos loaded from one phone to the other.

S Beam uses Android Beam, a feature of Android 4.0, for sharing between phones via near-field communication. You can tap one phone to another and share photos, app download links, URLs, contacts, and so on. This feature works best with Galaxy S III phones, but I successfully shared some content with other NFC phones. I could share Web pages with the Galaxy Nexus, but when I tried to share a photo, I got only a link to the Galaxy S III’s directory path instead of the actual photo.

The video player offers an interesting feature that lets you pop it out into a smaller window and continue to watch video as you are doing other tasks such as browsing the Web or answering an MMS. Once again, though, this is a cool idea that doesn’t quite follow through in execution. In my tests, I’d accidentally close the video window while panning through a site, or sometimes it would close on its own as I switched to another app.

Video does look excellent on the Galaxy S III’s display. All of my test videos played smoothly, and the sound was quite good. You’ll definitely want to watch movies on this phone–just don’t try to pop them out of the player.

Since the Galaxy S III has a MicroSD slot, you can tack on more storage. Depending on the carrier, some Galaxy S IIIs come with 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years (the Sprint and T-Mobile versions both do, at least, and all of the Canadian versions will).

Performance

While the global versions of the Galaxy S III have Samsung’s quad-core Exynos chip, the U.S. versions have a dual-core Qualcomm S4 chip. We tested a series of benchmarks on the Galaxy S III, and it performed very well against the competition. The Galaxy S III outperformed the HTC EVO 4G LTE, which has the same chipset, on the Geekbench, Andebench, and Sunspider JavaScript benchmarks. It lost out, however, to the LG Optimus 4X HD, which has a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

We also tested page-load time over Wi-Fi for the Galaxy S III, using a page custom-built by the PCWorld Labs. The page has multiple JPG images, as well as text and tables. The Galaxy S III loaded the page in 11.5 seconds, while the LG Optimus 4X HD loaded it in 10.3 seconds and the HTC EVO 4G LTE loaded it in 6.5 seconds.

Call quality over AT&T in San Francisco was quite good. My friends sounded clear and natural on the line, with no static or hissing. My friends offered similar praise for the call quality. I did not experience any dropped calls during my hands-on time.

We tested AT&T’s 4G LTE speeds using the FCC-approved Ookla app. In the South Park neighborhood of San Francisco, I got an average download speed of 23.28 megabits per second, and an average upload speed of 8.66 mbps. Those are ridiculously fast speeds, and I could see the power of AT&T’s network when downloading apps (which took seconds), browsing the Web, and watching streaming video.

In my hands-on time, I found the battery life to be satisfactory. The Galaxy S III lasted through a full day of heavy use (lots of Web browsing, picture taking, and game playing) before I needed to charge it again. We’ll update this review with the Labs’ formal battery-test results once we finish our testing.

Camera

Competing handset makers have made a big deal about the cameras on their phones, but Samsung hasn’t hyped up the Galaxy S III’s camera. Not that the company really needs to; in my experience using multiple Galaxy phones, I’ve always found the cameras to be good. The Galaxy S III’s 8-megapixel snapper is no exception.

Image quality was very good on the Galaxy S III. My outdoor photos looked gorgeous, and my indoor photos appeared sharp, though colors seemed a bit washed out. Details weren’t as clear as I would have liked, either. The macro mode worked well, but HDR looked strange and blurry. In my opinion, the iPhone 4S is currently the only phone that can get HDR mode to work well.

The TouchWiz camera interface is clean and simple. You get a nice variety of shooting modes, such as HDR, macro, and burst shot, the last of which lets you take up to 20 photos in succession. According to Samsung, the rate is almost three photos per second. Unlike HTC’s burst-shot feature, the mode on the Galaxy S III does not automatically choose the best photos for you.

Buddy Photo Share is a neat idea, but it didn’t work all that well for me. Theoretically, Buddy Photo Share can use facial recognition to match your photos with your contacts. It was able to match up a few of my friends, but most of the time it failed. I suspect that the more you use Buddy Photo Share, the smarter it will become.

Bottom Line

Is the Samsung Galaxy S III worth all of the hype? I think it is. The Galaxy S III has a certain appeal that makes you want to keep using it. A friend of mine noticed it on my desk, started playing with it, and couldn’t put it down. “I need this phone,” my friend declared after 5 minutes. The display is irresistible, and the quickness of the phone can’t be beat.

The problem with Samsung phones is that sometimes the company goes too far in trying to stand out from the rest of the pack. Some of the Galaxy S III’s features feel like gimmicks, especially the sharing ones that let you share only with other Galaxy S III phones. S Voice sort of seems like a me-too feature to compete with Apple’s Siri. Really, though, these are just extra frills. At its core, the Galaxy S III is an excellent phone, and Samsung did the right thing in making it uniform across the multiple carriers. And who knows–maybe your whole family and your entire circle of friends will buy the Galaxy S III, so those sharing features will actually be useful.

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