More Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Woes
You must have heard about the issues facing Samsung by now. The South Korean tech giant has been forced to recall nearly 1 million of the otherwise highly regarded Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones. This is due to the high number of these devices smoking, popping and/or actually catching fire.
The affected devices were sold prior to 15th September mainly in the USA and Canada, although a few pre-order customers in the UK managed to get their hands on some early.
Samsung started to issue replacement devices to people, but have since stopped this as well due to a supposedly safe replacement device also caught fire. According to Android Central the problem is caused by “Low-quality battery cells…” and “…an error in production that placed pressure on plates contained within battery cells. That in turn brought negative and positive poles into contact, triggering excessive heat.” Yup, that’ll do it every time!
To my untrained eye that looks like cost cutting and a design flaw combined to make a potentially deadly and unsafe device.
Apple Release a new iPhone to the Masses
I’m sure that if you are an Apple fan you are looking at Samsung’s woes and gloating just a little right about now! Although some are not happy with the decision Apple made to remove the headphone socket on their new model. The iPhone has a fairly impressive specification, but the lack of headphone socket has angered many.
A spoof video was released onto YouTube purporting to reveal the “hidden” headphone socket. Which you got to by drilling a hole into the bottom of your new £600 iPhone…
A surprising number of people were foolish enough to try this. Most reporting that their iPhone 7 stopped working pretty much immediately after. That’s what happens when you introduce a drill bit to the inner workings of an electronic device I guess!
Low Budget VR Headsets Available Now
If you have been following the latest craze of VR (Virtual Reality) or AR (Augmented Reality) but cannot afford either an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, then don’t dispair. Approx have taken the idea of Google Cardboard and have produced a surprisingly effective alternative. You pop in a fairly high-level mobile phone up to 6″ screen size, download a VR app and away you go!
The better your mobile phone, the smoother your experience will be. We have tested a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and have found the experience to be okay. Not as good as that of an Oculus Rift, but at less than £300 for the two items it is a reasonable experience. Especially when you take into account an Oculus Rift will cost you $599 plus a decent PC to run it properly.