The power of smart phone hardware improves each generation, some of the benefits are obvious. Screen sizes become larger and sharper, improving view-ability. Batteries become bigger, making your phone last longer between charges. Then there is is the CPU, or rather the plural, CPUs. Since the number of cores present in phone CPU has now jumped to 4 cores.
Many critics of quad-core phone do not see the benefits, often citing a number of drawbacks that outweigh any benefits. Critics state that the main reason for quad-cores phones is for playing games, especially complex 3D titles that take advantage of multiple cores, but the multiple cores would also suck out the battery life.
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Wondering if you should buy an iPhone 5? Obviously as we are not apple fan boys, so we do not automatically accept that the new phone is the best in its class. However, if you owned Apple hardware in the past, and are sold on their eco-system then there are many reasons to upgrade to the new iphone5. The main ones being
- Bigger screen
- Improved screen colours
- Faster CPU
- Better battery
- 5th icon row
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Android is a versatile OS that lets you hack and tweak your phone in many ways. One of the more useful changes you could make is replace the virtual keyboard with one that suits your typing better.
There are many keyboard replacements available on the android market, but if you happen to own a tablet as well, the Thumb keyboard stands out, as it offers a number of different layout options, that makes typing on a tablet a lot easier with just your thumbs.
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Create gradient filled buttons with rounded corners
Android has a standard set of buttons for user interaction, and the latest ICS guidelines recommends how your application should look and behave. For the majority of applications you would want to stick to the guidelines, but there are some cases when more striking buttons are more preferable.
For example, applications aimed at children need be more colourful with bolder text, to grab their attention. You could use image buttons, with the ImageButton class, where the buttons are created as an image. However, you will need to create multiple image buttons at various resolutions, i.e. ldpi, mdpi, hdpi, etc.
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