Are 4k TV’s Really Worth The Upgrade?

Is now good time to buy a 4k TV? That depends. 4k TV’s have become more affordable recently and are being pushed as the hd standard. 1080p TV’s aren’t being produced as much as they were. Some are still made but they are budget, smaller sized TV’s. If you need a new TV then a 4k TV makes sense however if you’re thinking about upgrading to 4k from a decent 1080p TV may not be worth it.

4k has four times as many pixels then 1080p. 4k is known as 2160p. A 4k TV has 2160 rows and 3840 columns of pixels. 1080p is 1080 rows and 1920 columns of pixels. In order to view content in 4k you need a device that’s 4k compatible such as a PS4 pro or a 4k Blu-Ray player. Otherwise it won’t be in 4k such as a Blu-Ray player or PS3. However, Netflix and other services have started to stream content in 4k which is a plus. A 1080p tv is already HD. You also need to be sitting close enough to notice the difference. If you are sitting from more then about 7 feet away, which is the normal viewing distance then you probably won’t notice much of a difference.

So the decision is up to you. It all depends on what you already have and if you think it is worth it. You can take this advice or also use judgement. In the end it’s your choice. Since they don’t make many 720p or 1080p TV’s anymore and they price isn’t that high for 4k then it might be worth it. Just know that if your sitting close to the TV you won’t notice a big difference which is the reason why you would need a relatively large TV so that you can be within the proper viewing range to notice the 4k difference.

PS4 vs Xbox one – Differences Compared

PS4 and Xbox One have been the new generation consoles for a few years now. They can both do a lot of the same like watch movies, play games, use apps like Netflix, and play online. Both systems are similar in what they do however sometimes one can have the advantage over the other. We are going to look at the differences and how each system compares to one another. We’re going to be comparing the original PS4 and Xbox One along with the newer PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. The main update is hardware and graphics with everything else relatively staying the same.

Graphics

Video game graphics have gotten pretty advanced. With the latest generation consoles, game developers are able to display high definition graphics with a lot happening at once. Here we’re going to compare the original PS4 and Xbox One and then the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X since the newer models have updated hardware and graphic specifications

PS4 vs Xbox One – The PS4 and the Xbox One Both have similar graphics just like the PS3 and Xbox 360. PS4 has more games in 1080p then Xbox One does. The PS4 is significantly more powerful than the Xbox One in terms of hardware and graphics giving it the slight edge in graphics. However side by side both systems look great.

PS4 Pro vs Xbox One – Microsoft out did themselves with the Xbox One X due to competition with the PS4 Pro. The Xbox One X plays games closer to native 4k resolution then the PS4 Pro. For example the evil within 2 is 1800p on the Xbox One X and 1280p on the PS4 Pro. PS4 does a good job at up scaling and comes close to 4k but the Xbox One X displays the highest resolution. You won’t be able to notice a huge difference overall but certain games do look better on the Xbox One X. Also because of the stronger hardware, game developers can push the graphics and do more with the Xbox One X than the PS4 Pro currently and in the future.

Hardware

The hardware between the updated higher resolution consoles and the original consoles is significantly different so both versions are going to be reviewed.

PS4 vs Xbox One – The original PS4 outperforms the Xbox One in terms of hardware. The PS4 uses an AMD CPU processor clocked at 1.6 Ghz. The GPU is 1.84 teraflops and has 18 compute units at 800 MHz. The Xbox One uses the same processor clocked at 1.75 GHz. The GPU has 1.3 teraflops and 12 compute units clocked at 853 MHz making the PS4s GPU about 50 percent stronger then the Xbox One. Both have standard Blu-Ray drives.

PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X – This time it’s the other way around and the Xbox One X significantly outperforms the PS4 in terms of hardware which is why it’s more expensive. Xbox One X has a memory bandwidth of 326 Gbps while the PS4 pro has 218 Gbps. Both have hefty one terabyte hard drives. The GPU of the Xbox One X has 6 teraflops while the PS4 Pro has 4.12. The Xbox One X has 12 GB gddr5 ram. The PS4 Pro has 8GB of gddr5. The Xbox One X has a CPU speed of 2.3 GHz. The PS4 Pro has a speed of 2.1 GHz. Both use custom 8 core processors. Xbox One X has a drive for 4k movies while the PS4 Pro only has a Blu-Ray drive.

Online

The price for both online memberships is around the same. The price may have changed after this article was posted. You need online to play any online multiplayer mode. Both online memberships have perks like receiving two free games per month. Don’t expect anything crazy, the games are usually older and not expensive.

Price

The original Xbox One is cheaper than the original PS4, however due to the competition between Sony and the PS4 Pro, Microsoft made the Xbox One X more powerful which set the price tag at about 100 dollars more than the PS4 Pro. At the time of this article the PS4 Pro is $399.00 and the Xbox One X is $499.00

Games

In most peoples opinion the PS4 has the better game selection. This doesn’t mean Xbox One doesn’t have good games. It simply just means that PS4 has more exclusive titles and remastered titles from PS3. The Xbox One uses an emulator to play 360 games. Most popular titles for the 360 are available.

Controllers

The PS4 controller doesn’t need batteries. The Xbox One X controller needs batteries unless you buy a $25 battery pack.

Features

The virtual reality for the PS4 takes the lead for extra features and innovation. The connect for the Xbox isn’t as successful. The Xbox One can integrate your cable box signal to easily switch between games and TV.

Xbox One S

Xbox One S can stream video in 4k. It can also play 4k blu rays. It upscales games to a higher resolution like the PS4 Pro.

So which system should you choose? Well it’s all about preference. PS4 does have the better games but that is still just an opinion. In the end both consoles can pretty much do the same with the main difference being games and features like virtual reality. The decision is up to you. I would recommend the PS4 based on games and because without batteries the Xbox One X controller needs a $25 dollar charging kit.

Android VS IPhone – Which is the Better Device?

When it comes to smartphones you most likely ether have an android or an iphone. Each smartphone has its differences which sets it apart from one another. At the end of the day each smartphone can accomplish the same task. Preference is the main factor as to why people use ether android or iOS also because it’s the smartphone they got used to first.

User friendly and customization

This plays a key role in deciding which phone is best for you. The iphone is known to be easy to use and a bit more simple than android. That may be true however this makes the iphone less customizable then android. The iphone does not allow you to set default apps forcing you to use the safari browser by default. Chrome or other browsers won’t run as fast as safari on ios devices because they aren’t allowed to access safaris javascript library. Notifications are easier to edit and clear on android. You can prioritize your notifications. Android allows you to move around apps on the home screen to your preference and hide apps in the app drawer which you don’t use. Widgets are better and more usefull on android. Android also has 3rd party launchers allowing you to change your home screen completely. Android is open platform meaning developers can customize and personalize a lot of android devices. People may not use such as a fancy new home screen which actually runs down your battery and device performance slightly. However android still wins the argument for being the most customizable. ios wins the argument for being the more simple and easy to use phone.

Voice assistant

Siri on the iPhone gets the vote. Siri has a funner personality and understands language better. It can also do more. Androids voice assistance isn’t bad but is still a little behind siri in terms of capability.

System updates and security

Apple updates its devices more frequently then android making it the slightly more secure device. Since only apple makes ios devices they have a lot more control over the updates. Apple is also better as supporting older devices than android. Google nexus or pixel devices are the only android devices that update regularly because they are directly overseen by google. A lot more malware is written for android because of the amount of users and because it’s an easier target.

Application’s

Apps are almost always launched on ios before android. Periscope was available for two months on ios before it was available on android. This may be a plus for iphone users but shouldn’t be a huge factor since almost all apps are available for both devices in the end.

Device performance and hardware

Even though apple devices tend to have slower processors, the user interface still feels a bit more fluid than android. However, a well built android device will also run pretty smoothly. The iOS UI (user interface) is the slightly more smooth and fluid choice. With that said well built android devices will still outperform ios devices in terms of hardware.

Screen resolution and quality

Iphones use a retina display which first appeared on the iphone 4. The resolution of the latest android devices is greater then that of the iphone. Both devices look great however the screen of a high end android device will look a little more detailed and vivid then an iphone scree. If you want the best looking screen out there for watching your YouTube videos and other content go with one of the high end android devices.

Camera

Inexpensive lower end android devices can have lower quality cameras. However if you compare a well built up to date android device against a up to date iphone, both smartphones will take very high quality pictures. However the iphone seems to take more natural looking photos. It is important to know that the iphone doesn’t have unlimited storage like android does, making android the superior choice for photo storage.

Charging

It depends on the device but usually android wins this argument. A lot of android devices now come with fast charging capability allowing them to charge faster then iphones. With that said it still doesn’t take that much longer to charge an iphone, however it can be a factor for a lot of people deciding which smartphone to use.

Conclussion

So which phone is superior? Honestly I’m an android user and I still don’t think android is superior it’s just what I prefer. I really can’t say, you have to decide which is better for you.