Streaming Music Apps

I think as we approach the holidays, it’s a good time to break way from the phone comparisons for a bit and examine the best streaming music apps out there.

It’s no secret if you follow  my blog, I am  sold on the Iphone versus Android operating systems.  But whereas screen size, picture count, camera technology, processor, and so much more are usually what we reference, in terms of streaming music it’s just a decent external speaker and a good set of headphone that will allow your experience to be incredible.

The top five list of streaming applications usually involves Spotify, Pandora, Itunes Radio, Google Play, and Songza.  Depending on whether you are looking for free, or a subscription model you can find a great algorithm guiding you to a station, playlist, or set of music built around your own preferences.  The technology is really amazing when it comes to the customizing aspect of music.

Best Over the Ear Headphones, sony

The second thing to make your music experience is a good set of external speakers or headphones. Personally, I prefer headphones for a superior experience.

The Sony MDR 7506 has been around 20 years, but still today provides one of the top rated over the ear headphones and it comes at a great value!


Google Nexus 6- Giving iPhone 6 a run for it’s money

Moto X had already won the hearts of millions of customers around the world, and the Nexus 6 is an improved version of the Moto X. It’s supersized, it has better features, better display and a much sturdier system, too.

0.15 in. (3.8mm), the thicker hump is 0.39 in. (10.1mm). The height and width are a normal 6.27 in. (159.3mm) x 3.15 in. (83.0mm).

So, what’s so good about the Nexus 6? Let’s take a look at the specs, shall we?

  • Curved back, aluminum metal frame that is pleasing to look at and sturdy.
  • The phone’s dimensions are 6.27 in x 3.15 in (159.3 mm x 83.00 mm)
  • At 0.15 in (3.8mm), the thickness of the phone is just right. It’s thin enough to be sleek, and it’s easy to hold.
  • The phone runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
  • The 6-inch multi- touch AMOLED display is extremely rich (1440 x 2560 pixels). The phone makes use of the much-awaited Gorilla Glass 3 technology, which makes it break and scratch resistant.
  • The phone uses a quadcore 2700 MHz processor.
  • The built-in storage is 64GB.
  • The 13 MP back camera takes crisp pictures that are rich in colour and detail. The front facing camera is only 2 MP but that is enough for taking video calls and self photos.

Nexus 6

Nexus 6 is a direct competitor of Apple iPhone 6. Both the devices are priced similarly too (the 32GB variant of the Nexus 6 costs $869, while the 64 GB variant costs $929; the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is currently priced at $999). The Nexus 6 can be considered serious competition to the newest iPhone.

iPhone 4S vs 5

Someone just recently told me that I’m “old-fashioned” because I still carry around an iPhone 4S, and that I should move ahead with life or get left behind. I thought to myself, “maybe she’s right”. So, I went to the store to buy the newer model of the same phone in my hand……….. And I walked out of the store with my same ol’ buddy in my hand!

iPhone 4S vs 5 Comparison
Size Comparison

Here’s why:

  • My iPhone 4S is updated to iOS 7, so the home screen and all that come with an iPhone 5 is already happening on my “old” iPhone 4S.
  • There has to be some MAJOR improvements in the new model that would compel me to transfer all these 2,500+ contacts over to the new phone (if there is a trick to doing this in a single day, please do share it in a comment to this post).
  • I have always used screen guards and phone covers, so my iPhone 4S is still in mint condition.
  • I have come to realize that the iPhone 3 is more durable than my iPhone 4, and that my iPhone 4 is MUCH more durable than the new iPhone 5. Here’s why: a) my sister’s kids play with her iPhone 3 day and night and have dropped it a hundred times without a single damage done to it; b) I have dropped my iPhone 4 quite a few times (it even jumped out of the car once!), and still nothing happened; and c) My friend Danny’s iPhone 5 jumped out of his pocket onto a mushy carpet and its loudspeakers stopped working! He’d be okay if there was a safe way to repair it without further damage, with which iPhones are popular.

But, I’m not trying to convince you to not move on with the world around you here. I’m trying to convince you to move forward using common sense and not simply because your “friends are doing it” or because it’s in “style” or the “new thing to do”.

People wear shorts and T-shirt in the winter and no one laughs at them, so why laugh at my iPhone 4???

I hope this post has helped you make a decision on whether to move on to the newer iPhone 5 model. If you know of anyone else in my position, please do share this post on your Facebook and other social media outlets so that they can also benefit from my post. And don’t forget to like!


Samsung Galaxy S4 vs S5

My brother recently made a decision to move over to the modern world and buy a smartphone. He asked me whether he should purchase a Samsung S4 or Samsung S5 and why. I personally don’t use Samsung. I’m an iPhone guy. So, I Googled up the specs on both versions and, to my shock, they’re very similar. When I told him this, he said “but everybody is buying the S5!”. I finally convinced him to buy the S4 and I’ll tell you why.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs S5
S4 and S5 side-by-side

Here are the “differences” in the specs between the two models:

  • Dimensions (mm): the S4 is 136.6×69.8×7.9 and S5 is 142×72.5×8.1. The difference is that the S5 is 5.4mm taller, 2.7mm wider, and 0.2mm fatter than the S4.
  • Weight (g): 130 vs 145, so the S5 is a bit heavier.
  • Battery capacity (mAh): 2600 vs 2800, okay the battery lasts a few seconds longer.
  • Screen size (inches): 5 vs 5.1, a 0.1 inch bigger screen. WOW!
  • Colours: Black Mist and White Frost vs White and Black. I think the Mist and Frost looks cooler.
  • Resolution: The same for both.
  • Pixels per inch (PPI): 441 vs 432. Isn’t 441 PPI better?
  • The Processor: 1.6GHz vs 1.9GHz. How much of a difference is that in use?
  • RAM and internal storages: The same for both models.
  • Rear Camera: 13-megapixels vs 16 mp. Can you tell the difference?
  • Front Camera: 2 vs 2.1-megapixels. Is this really a “difference”?
  • Operating System: Android 4.2 vs 4.4.2. They’re both Android 4!

I simply told him to review the specs and then decide if the very miniscule differences between the two models were worth the couple of hundred dollars in price. What do you think? Are these differences worth paying $200-$300 more for the Samsung Galaxy S5? It may be better to ask if whether you’re buying it for the “trend” or “style”, or because you really need the improvements in the newer model.

I hope this helps some of you in making a wiser decision for the sake of your pockets. If it does, please don’t forget to like, comment and share it with your friends on your favorite social media platforms.