Thursday, December 14, 2017

Shopping for a Smartphone? – The Pros and Cons of iOS-Powered Smartphones

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iPhone 8 and X profile image

No doubt, iOS-powered smartphones are one of the best and most prestigious smartphones to own these days. Since its first introduction in 2007, these smartphones, produced by Apple, have grown by leaps and bounds and have become mainstay amongst the business and the social class.

The successes attained by the iPhone brand have primarily contributed to the substantial net profits posted by Apple over the years and will continue to remain that way until its rivals figure a way to usurp its leadership of the smartphone market.

The iPhone Followership

There is something that keeps and maintains the successes attained by any brand, and that is building an active followership of willing, enthusiastic and paying customers. That Apple has managed to secure using its iPhone range of customers. On the launch of any of its smartphone brand, you’d see many fans and customers jostling to be the first to own the latest iPhone smartphone irrespective of its prices.

They queue and form makeshift camps outside shopping malls to ensure they are one of the first to lay their hands on the latest iPhone gadget Apple has to offer. The iPhone 8 and iPhone X are currently the most recent smartphones from the stables of Apple taking the market by storm through its exceptional combination of state-of-art technology and styling.

Accessory prices are pricey

Mobile accessories enhance the effectiveness and functionality of smartphones, and the iPhone is no exception in this regard. To get the best of your lovely iPhone 8 and iPhone X, you’ll need some cool accessories such as the Selfie stick, wireless Bluetooth earbuds, iPhone cases, etc. However, as compared to Android smartphone accessories, iPhone accessories are quite a bit pricey, so you might just consider that when shopping for your next iPhone smartphone gadget. If you can shell out some good bucks to get iPhone X or iPhone 8, then the iPhone accessories prices shouldn’t be much of fuzz for a true iPhone fan.

Battery Life

iPhone battery

Battery life has been a significant bane and headache for most smartphone makers due to the power-hungry features they pack. Most smartphones struggle to handle basic operations throughout a day on a full charge, including iPhones and have been the focus of Smartphone manufacturers in recent times. The major challenge for iPhones is the sleek, compact design which has restricted the size of its battery as well as capacity. Many high-end Android smartphones can easily go through a day or more on full charge because their hardware designs are flexible enough to match their power needs, allowing for larger capacity batteries that have been optimized to handle extensive use and operation.

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Looking at battery life performances of previous models such as the iPhone 7, especially when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7, the LG G5 and the HTC 10, leaves a lot to be desired. Which, a United Kingdom organization, compared the performances of the iPhone 7 to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 and the results were quite staggering. While the Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 was able to go 24 hours and 31 hours on full charge respectively, the iPhone 7 did a miserly 12 hours which meant that users who need to be outside their homes for 12hours must to go along with their chargers to avoid running out of power. Despite the power challenge, the iPhone still remains a great smartphone and it’s left to be seen if their power problems are surmounted with the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X recent launch.

Availability of apps

iOS apps

When it comes to apps availability, iOS apps take the cake with its plethora of clean, crisps and fluid apps. Although android have a good cache of existing apps in their Playstore, most of these apps are bedeviled by freezes and lags, something that is virtually non-existent with iOS based apps.  If you want to get a feel of iOS app’s smoothness, check out Facebook paper and the Dark Sky.

The iPhones OS quality

This is one of the strongest selling points for the iPhone. The iOS is no doubt one of the very best smartphone operating systems. The iOS is updated more frequently than Android OS, which makes it safer and more efficient to operate than other mobile operating systems of its rivals.

Backups are comprehensive

iCloud backup

When it comes comprehensive backing up of data, the iCloud backup service is King! Unlike android’s partial backups with Google’s cloud services, the iCloud services is detailed and comprehensive, allowing you to carry out 100% backup of your iPhone, including its application data.

In conclusion, the iOS is a great mobile operating system. That can also be said about the Android OS, but then, these Mobile OS have features that fit the needs of different users. Some may prefer one over the other for specific reasons. The iOS has definitely come a long way since its introduction and will continue to improve and satisfy its teeming users for a long time to come.

 

How To Watch Free TV on Android Gadgets: 5 Cool Apps you’ll Need to Install

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Best Android mobile tv apps

Many smartphone owners are looking for apps to watch free TV on their Android smartphones. However, deciding which app to install that will provide quality access to free TV content isn’t an easy task for these smartphone geeks. These apps make it easy to catch exciting TV programs on the go, making them a valuable tool for entertainment purposes.

How To Watch Free TV on Android Gadgets: 5 Apps you can install

One of the best and safest online app store for Android gadgets and devices is the Google Playstore. There literally thousands of apps for virtually any type of task you can think of, and most of these apps can be downloaded free of charge. There are lots of Free Android TV apps you can download on the Playstore, and you can install them all at your convenience. Please, you must understand that for you to enjoy fast, seamless TV viewing, you must have fast internet as a prerequisite.

1.   SPB TV

SPB TV app

The SPB TV App is an amazing android mobile TV app you can use to watch TV content on your Android devices. This app will provide you instant access to the world of entertainment right on your android gadgets and devices, providing over 200 channels for you to make a choice and relieve your mobile TV viewing experience. The TV channels can be accessed through the free bundle or the subscription bundle. Both of which are impressive, with the Paid version providing more premium access to exciting channels. There are over forty million users who make use of this mobile TV app for Android.

2.   ABC App

ABC mobile TV App

The ABC app, funny as the name may sound, is yet another powerful mobile TV app you can use to watch your favorite TV content on your Android mobile device. This app lets you stream live events, watch TV on-the-go, including your favorite ABC shows. Some of the amazing shows you can watch using the ABC mobile TV app include Modern Family, Designated survivor, Grey’s Anatomy, Quantico and much more. You can also watch live events like the NBA finals as well as The Oscars and other popular annual events right on your mobile Android gadget using this app. To get the best of this app, ensure that your internet connection is fast and hitch free.

3.   Hulu

 

Hulu mobile Android TV appHulu is another mobile TV app that lets users watch their favorite TV programs right on their Android devices for free. Founded in 2007, Hulu has grown to become a household TV for Online TV content. To stand out from the crowd and provide its teeming viewers more access, the company made changes to their policy which now allows viewers to watch any channel featured on their website without a subscription right on their mobile Android gadgets. Some of the providers Hulu partners to bring amazing TV content to its viewers include ABC, PBS, Fox, NBC, and SyFy network. Users can watch their favorite TV episodes in full and for free, making Hulu one of the best free mobile TV apps for Android gadgets.

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4.   CBS

CBS mobile Android TV app

CBS also know as Columbia Broadcasting System launched a Subscription package known as CBS All access on Oct. 2014. This subscription package lets users watch all episodes of both its past and present shows. The CBS all access subscription package is broken into two pricing schemes, which include a subscription $9.99 per month (no advertisements) and $5.99 per month. The CBS free users can watch the latest TV episodes in High Definition during daytime, primetime and late-night programming. The CBS all Access lets its premium subscribers watch full seasons of hits like the Big Bang Theory, Survivor and NCIS as well as watch original series such as The Good Fight, Big Brother – Over The Top and Star Trek Discovery.

5.   Mobdro

Mobdro Android Mobile TV apps

Unlike most of the mobile TV apps for Android gadgets and devices listed above, the Mobdro app isn’t listed on the Google Playstore. So you’ll have to visit their website www.mobdro.ca. Mobdro is an amazing mobile app that you can use to stream online videos as well as well TV contents. Unlike other apps that crash when “the going gets tough,” the Mobdro app streams your favorite videos effortlessly, providing users a smooth, enjoyable TV viewing experience. This mobile TV app scours the internet continuously for free video, presents them in an organized manner, letting you decide which of them to watch. Like many other mobile TV apps, Mobdro comes with a free and paid version. The paid version offers a plethora of amazing features and capabilities like: use of sleep time, removal of all advertisements, streaming/connections to Chromecast and downloading video contents.

Conclusion

Mobile TV has become a mainstay in today’s digital environment. There are so many activities to keep with for the average businessman, entertainer or student. The fact that you are on-the-go most times of the day doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with your favorite TV programs. Most Android smartphone owners can watch their favorite TV shows on-the-go using the Mobile TV apps listed above. The world of TV entertainment is fast changing in recent times. We can follow the technological trends in this industry by installing any of the listed mobile TV apps on our Android devices.

Top 10 Aerial Photography and Videography Drones under $200

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Top 10 Aerial Photography and Videography Drones

Until recently,  aerial photography was reserved for the heavily invested movie producers, who pried the skies with hired choppers and expert skydivers. Today, however, advancements in drone technology have extensively opened up the scene. Everyone, from budget-strapped amateur photojournalists to deep-pocketed professional filmmakers, can experience the thrill of shooting and filming at bird’s eye view.

We spent hours on end scouring the market for the ten best reasonably-priced photography and videography drones, based on features, quality, expert reviews, and popularity. While the models in this guide don’t offer all the bells and whistles of high-end pro-grade drones, they have all an upcoming photographer needs to develop and sharpen their aerial shooting skills.

1. MJX Bugs 3

The Bugs 3 drone

The Bugs 3, one of the most popular entries from MJX, is arguably the best budget drone on the market. In addition to being among the cheapest brushless quadcopters you can find, its bulky body and sturdy frame make it insanely fun for beginners and enthusiasts. While the lack of a camera can be a drawback, the drone’s support for GoPro’s and virtually all other action camera models means you won’t get bound to a single shooter for the entire lifespan of your drone.

The specifications, are excellent to say the least, as you get a more than decent 19 minutes of flight time from its 1800mAh battery, 300+ meters of control distance, 3D stunts, and low voltage protection. You won’t find a movable gimbal, altitude hold or anything else that would deal with shakiness, but the drone is stable enough to counter distortions from typical aerial vibrations.

Drone shoppers that aren’t looking to spend extra for a camera may be tempted to steer away from the MJX Bugs 3, but if you already own a GoPro and would like a capable pocket-friendly drone to mount it onto, the Bugs 3 is a perfect choice.

2. Holy Stone HS300

. Holy Stone HS300

After a successful run with the HS170 Predator Mini, Holy Stone is back with the new HS300 drone, an impressive model with a decent set of features. Incorporating automatic altitude hold, emergency stop, one-key return, adjustable speed levels and controllable LED lights, the HS300 is a great option for beginners.

What wins the prize for the HS300, however, is its mounted 5MP camera, which offers high still-image quality and up to 1080p, 30 frames-per-second video shooting. And although its bulkiness has a few downsides – most notably the battery life –  it does help to keep the camera reasonably stable in the windy outdoors.

As for the flight time, the HS300’s 2000mAh can hold it in the air for about 8-12 minutes, depending on nearby interference. That, coupled with 200 meters of control distance range makes Holy Stone’s jewel an excellent purchase for the budget lovers.

3. Altair AA108

Altair AA108 drone

It’s hardly been more than a few months since the Altair AA108 hit the shelves, but it has already taken the drone market by storm. With a wide-angle HD camera, the aggressively priced drone can shoot decently pixelated pictures and high-quality videos. And, despite lacking hardware image stabilization, it produces remarkable imagery, with little shakiness.

Brushed motors are hardly as powerful or as durable as brushless motors, but the AA108’s motors will last quite a while if you operate them correctly, which means disarming the drone (setting throttle to 0) immediately after a crash.

The Altair AA108 is powered by a relatively small 1S LiPo battery, but because of its light weight, you get a decent 10 minutes of flight time. As for the range, the drone can barely go beyond 100 meters. On the upside, it comes with other pleasant surprises, including FPV (first person view) support, one-button take-off and landing, altitude hold and even an OOR (out of range) alarm system, all which make flying it an absolute joy.

4. AEE AP9

. AEE AP9 Drone

The AEE AP9 may not be nearly as popular as the top three drones on this list, but it offers pretty competitive quality all around along with some crucial additional features, at a decent price tag.

Like the MJX Bugs 3, the AEE AP9 doesn’t come with a camera but supports a myriad of action cameras, including GoPro’s and AEE’s S-series products. Nevertheless, if the lack of a mounted camera is a deal breaker, perhaps the detachable gimbal and GPS may tickle you enough to reconsider. The AP9 is also one of the few under-$200 drones that offer altitude hold and automatic return-to-home, in case of connectivity issues.

Inside the package is a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi transmitter, with which you can control the drone from up to 500 meters, and also incorporates a mount for FPV streams with your smartphone. To top it all, the AP9 features a high-performance 11.1V 5300mAh battery that offers a remarkable 22 minutes of flight time.

5. Force1 F100 Ghost

Force1 F100 Ghost

The Force1 F100’s specifications sheet may not seem like much, but if you’re a hobbyist photographer looking to take your exploits to the sky, it offers great value for the money.

For starters, the drone boasts brushless motors, which not only allow for precise control but also contribute to a smoother, quieter flight, improving the quality of your video and audio. Its nimble flight control also makes it an excellent beginner/intermediate drone for both still photography and aerial videography.

Arguably the Force1 F100’s most admirable traits are its 15-minute flight time and 500-meter control range, both which give it an edge over the competition when it comes to long, high-altitude filming. And if that’s not enough to seal the deal, the F100 supports a host of third-party cameras, including GoPro’s HERO series, along with useful accessories like gimbals and prop guards.

6. UDI U818A HD

UDI U818A HD Drone

Since its release two years ago, the U818A has made its mark in the drone scene as one of the sturdiest around. Its robust, lightweight build and integrated prop guards provide enough protection against unprecedented crashes, while surprisingly doing little to affect the drone’s stability in the air.

The newly upgraded U818A now features a forward-facing camera that can capture decent 720p, 30fps video. The LCD-fitted Wi-Fi transmitter lets you see what you’re filming in real time, and you also get the choice of incorporating VR headsets for a more immersive FPV experience.

Other impressive features are custom flight mapping and headless mode, the latter which negates the need to adjust the drone’s position before flying it. And while the 10 minutes of battery life is admittedly average, the copter comes with an extra battery and power bank to quadruple your flight time.

7. Force1 U45 Blue Jay

Force1 U45 Blue Jay Drone

Perfect for budding photographers, drone hobbyists, and beginner flyers, the U45 Blue Jay is pretty fun to fly. Its 6-axis gyroscope offers enough stability and wind resistance for 360-degree flips and rolls. Moreover, thanks to Altitude Hold, the drone can hover in the air to give you sufficient time to use the camera. And with Headless Mode, you won’t need to worry about setting your drone to proper orientation before lift-off.

The Blue Jay further simplifies the flying experience with automatic take-off and landing, and you can even use custom route mode to map your desired path before you fly it.

As for the camera, you get a 2MP shooter that can shoot HD images and videos from above. Filming at 30 frames per second helps to reduce shakiness, but the lack of a gimbal means the footage won’t be at all perfect. On the bright side, the camera comes with FPV support and with a high-end VR-friendly smartphone, you can enjoy seamless immersive VR FPV. The drone’s 10-minute flight time and 100-meter control range are also commendable for its price tag.

8. Hubsan X4 H502S

Hubsan X4 H502S

Coming right after Hubsan’s overwhelmingly popular H501S model, the H502S is a significantly smaller and more affordable version of its predecessor. Unsurprisingly, the H502S has traded several key punches for a cheaper price tag, most notably ditching brushless motors for brushed ones, and a lower 720p resolution camera. Nevertheless, the build quality remains impressive, as does the overall camera stabilization system.

Hubsan claims a decent 13 minutes of maximum flight time, and a 250+ meter control range, although FPV is limited to around 150 meters. You’ll probably not even be able to see it at that distance, but thanks to its inbuilt GPS, you won’t need to worry.

9. Cheerson CX-35

 Cheerson CX-35 Drone

Cheerson may be more famous for the CX-10W – one of the smallest Wi-Fi FPV flyers on the market – but the company’s newer CX-35 seems like the obvious choice for buyers looking to buy a large, feature-packed quadcopter. The CX-35 is one of the friendliest drones to fly on this list, primarily because of 6-axis gyro, which provides excellent stability. You also have altitude hold onboard to hover the drone at a desirable height, so you can best utilize the mounted 2MP HD camera.

While many camera-fitted drones in this price range come with manually adjusted or fixed front-facing cameras, the CX-35 lets you tilt its shooter remotely for different recording angles. And with an FPV monitor mounted on the transmitter, you can see through your camera in real time.

Admittedly neither the CX-35’s 7-minute flight time nor its 100-meter control range is remarkable. Nonetheless, the flyer’s low-voltage auto-landing, one-key return, and automatic landing/take-off features make it a decent purchase for any first-time drone owner.

10. Sky Viper V2450 HD

Sky Viper V2450 HD Drone

The Viper V2400 HD may be coming in last on this list, but it’s far from being the least. This little green guy is remarkably stable, and the build quality is robust enough to handle a few first-timer crashes. Altitude hold is a nice touch, as is the one-button launch and land feature, both which make the Viper exceptionally easy to fly. The controller also adds a sensitivity adjustment button to give the hovering a manual feel when desired.

The mini-drone comes with a 2MP camera, with which you can record decent 720p HD video. Furthermore, if you attach your smartphone to the controller – via the phone clip included in the package – and download the Sky Viper app, you can stream live footage straight from the camera. To add to the immersion, the V2450 also packs a pair of comfortable, adjustable FPV VR goggles.

However, the drone is not without downsides. One of them is the fixed camera, which you can’t adjust remotely or manually. The 10-minute of flight time may also be a deal-breaker for some demanding shoppers. Thankfully, the camera has a decently wide field of view, and the drone’s LiPo batteries are cheap enough for you to get a few extra pairs at no sweat.

Conclusion

And there you have it! The ten best aerial photography and videography drones under $200. Unsurprisingly, budget drones come with more than a few limitations, most significantly low-resolution cameras, limited smart features, finicky stability, and short flight times. While the drones above don’t come close to competing with professional-grade market leaders like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and the Yuneec Typhoon H Pro, they’re still ideal for anyone looking to dip their toes into aerial photography and nurture their flying skills.

So, are you thinking of getting yourself your first photography UAV? Let this list be a trusted guide to making the purchase that will perfectly suit your needs and your wallet.

 

 

Be Responsible: 10 Ways To Recycle Your Old Mobile Phone

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Old iPhone

People often fail to realize the impact their everyday decisions can have on the rest of the world. Simple things, such as throwing your old smartphone away, could result in big repercussions for both, nature and humanity when a lot of people do it.

E-waste is one of the biggest pollution problems in the world, and it just keeps growing. Between the start of 2017 and the end of August the same year, mankind has generated more than 26 million metric tons of e-waste, according to statistics from The World Counts. A lot of this will be recycled, but the majority will be taken to a third-world country to become a huge burning pile of electronics and plastic, spewing toxic fumes into the atmosphere and poisoning the soil.

If you want to make sure that your old smartphone doesn’t end up in those same toxic piles, there are a lot of ways to be responsible and recycle or reuse it. Here are ten great ideas to get you started.

Carrier recycling programs

Every major wireless carrier in the US, as well as most around the globe, have some sort of a buyback program for old devices. This is a great way for consumers to save some cash on a new smartphone, but it also helps with preserving the ecosystem.

In most cases, carriers make sure to dispose of electronics waste responsibly by recycling or refurbishing them. So, not only will you get a discount for your brand new handset, but you will also sleep calmly, knowing your old device won’t pollute the environment.

Donating old phones

Believe it or not, a lot of organizations will gladly accept your old electronics as a donation. In most cases, they will turn it in for recycling and use the money to aid their cause. This trend can be found all across the world of charity, from zoos, through soldier support organizations. You won’t be getting any money out of this, but you will have the chance of supporting organizations in need and responsibly recycling your phone at the same time.

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Keeping old phones as a backup

There are some cases in which having your $900 flagship smartphone with you is not the wisest decision. About 2 million smartphones are stolen in the US each year and there are certain situations when the chances of someone lifting your handset are somewhat higher.

So, instead of throwing your old phone away, why don’t you keep it as a backup device? Next time you go to the beach, just pop your SIM card in the old handset and leave your expensive flagship at home.

Give it to a family member

Let’s face it, your grandparents don’t care if their phone is brand spanking new. They just want a handset that works. So, when theirs starts to give in, consider giving them your used, but functioning phone.

Or maybe put a stop to the kids asking for your phone to play games? Transform your old device into a dedicated gaming smartphone for your children and you can keep yours to yourself.

Make a burner

Burner phones are not just for spies and criminals. Every time you sell something on Craigslist, you’re effectively giving your phone number to complete strangers on the Internet, and this is never a good idea. So, maybe you could transform your old handset into a burner phone.

Stick a cheap prepaid SIM card in it and you can now post it all over the Internet without worrying that you’re giving your personal phone number away. If the calls become overwhelming or someone who shouldn’t have your number gets to it, you can just switch the SIM card and you’re done.

DIY home surveillance

Why would you pay hundreds of dollars for a home surveillance camera, when an old smartphone, connected to your home Wi-Fi could do the same job? There are plenty of apps and tutorials that will allow you to do it, so just search around the Internet and you could have your own DIY home surveillance in a matter of minutes.

Car-dedicated smartphone

Are you tired of always having to hook up your phone to the car for music and navigation? This can easily be avoided if you just leave your old phone in the car. Hook it up once and just keep it there. You can now have multimedia and navigation at all times, while your primary handset sits comfortably in your pocket. Just make sure that the newly-installed phone isn’t visible from the outside when you’re not in the car. Not to mention that you will never forget your daily driver in the car ever again.

Dedicated jukebox

If you’re a fan of music and you like to use a phone and Spotify for the purpose, you could always dedicate your old phone to that. Just connect it to your stereo system, and you will have a functioning DIY jukebox (without the quarters, of course).

Not only will this allow everyone at the party to change the tunes, but it will also spare your primary handset from the battery drain, and you will be able to use it for everything else, such as taking calls, chatting, and so on.

Cheap e-book reader for the family

Why would you buy several copies of an e-book, or deal with the frustrating family account procedures of e-book stores, when you can just repurpose one handset to do it all. Just install the Kindle app and login with an account you created for the family library, and voila.

This will also allow you to let the kids read ebooks to their heart’s content, while you keep your business-related titles on your own account. This sure sounds like a win-win, doesn’t it?

Join a botnet

Botnets are not all bad. They certainly picked up some bad rep, thanks to hackers using them to initiate a variety of denial-of-service attacks, but the technology can be used for good too. An example is BOINC – UC Berkeley’s botnet.

If you choose to join BOINC, you can simply install its app on your old Android smartphone and keep it charged. The botnet will use its resources when idle for a variety of computational tasks. Berkeley has made BOINC work on curing diseases, looking for extraterrestrial life, and whatnot. You can even choose what you want your old phone to contribute to. Sounds pretty cool, right?

 


Abigail Smith is communications and PR specialist for CompareAndRecycle.co.uk, a mobile phone recycling comparison site that provides visitors with the best deal for their old phones and gadgets.

 

Top 10 Free Apps for Windows PC

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10 Best apps for Windows

After purchasing your favorite Windows PC, the next question that comes to mind is what are the best free apps for Windows? In order to maximize the performance of your PC, you’ll need to install apps and programs that are extremely valuable to both your work and social life. These apps enable you to listen to music, process documents, surf the internet as well as communicate effortlessly with friends and family. For simplicity, we’ve decided to divide the best free apps for Windows based PCs into the following categories: Antivirus/Security, Word processing/ document creation, Internet/communication, and Music/Movies.

Antivirus/ Security

1.   Avast Antivirus

avast antivirus

No Doubt, when you’re searching for the best free Anti-virus online, Avast antivirus usually comes out top on most list. In fact, it was once touted as one of the best antivirus on the market by many antivirus review sites. These days, Avast antivirus seems to have been relegated by other premium antivirus programs, which are usually paid, but its free version remains a good security program for any PC user.

2.   Avira Antivirus

Avira app

Avira is another powerful antivirus program that offers a free version for its users. It packs a good range of protective features that guarantees seamless operation of computers and smartphones and is regarded as one of the best in the industry. Although one will need to get a hang of its menu because it’s a little bit complicated to understand, but once you do, it becomes a powerful free program to defend your PC against viruses and malicious programs.

3.   Bitdefender Antivirus

bitdefender antivirus

Bitdefender, no doubt, is among the top dogs in the Antivirus industry and one of the best free apps for Windows. It offers both paid, and premium version to users and the quality of the free version is comparable to the first two mentioned above. Its free version looks very much basic in appearance and features, making it a little less complicated to operate and suitable for users with little to no Antivirus experience.

Word Processing / Document Creation

4.  Google Docs

Google docs

Google Doc is One of the most important suites for editing documents online and is owned by the largest search engine provider, Google Inc. For you to access the amazing features Google Docs has to offer; you’ll need to create a Gmail account. You can create, edit documents, spreadsheets and virtually any type of document you can conceive using this amazing program.

5.   Open Office

open office

Open office is one of the best, most reputable Office suites you can find on the market.  You can easily give presentations, creates spreadsheet, documents and perform a whole lot of word processing activities using this suite. It’s highly compatible with the world renowned Microsoft word format, which gives you the flexibility of working on systems not having the suite.

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6.   Adobe Reader DC

Adobe Reader Dc

There is no doubt that PDF readers are becoming indispensable in recent times owing to their global acceptance. The Adobe Reader DC is one the best PDF readers for Windows based PC and have become global standard when it comes to PDF file management. This software program is free, easy to install and use. You can use it to quickly read and modify PDF files that are editable as well as access PDF files on the web.

Internet and Communication

7.   Google Chrome

google chrome

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser you can find on the market. Roughly half of the world’s personal computers have Google Chrome installed because it offers amazing speed, security, and accessibility to other Google programs. One of Chrome’s best selling points is its security, which protects users from accessing harmful sites.

8.   Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla firefox

This internet browser is another stalwart in the ICT industry and one of the best free apps for Windows. It was one of the top browsers that challenged the dominance of the Internet Explorer in the early days. Today, millions of personal computers around the world have the Mozilla Firefox browser installed on them. This internet browser comes with lots of add-ons that help to optimize the browsing experience of users.

Music and Movies

9.   iTunes

iTunes app

When it comes to music, no other app does it better than iTunes, making it one of the best free apps for Windows based PCs. iTunes enables users to easily purchase and download their favorite songs as well as manage their music library. It’s free for users to download and not particularly restricted to Mac PCs.

10.   Spotify

Spotify App

Spotify is one of the best apps and programs for streaming music. It provides you easy access to lots of music stores online, and most of the times, it allows you stream them for free. Except for the occasional ad that the app may display to help them keep running cost low, you shouldn’t experience any financial difficulties managing an amazing app like this.

Conclusion

This list only provides a small dose of the amount of free apps and programs available for Windows PC. But we have taken time to highlight the core free apps and programs available for PC users to download. However, we should understand that most of these free apps and programs offer paid versions that contain premium features hidden from their basic apps. The basic features seen on these apps are just enough to satisfy the average PC user, but if you are looking for premium features to optimize your experience as well as enhance your PC Performance, then you’ll need to go paid. Do you feel we’ve left out other important free apps and program for windows PC, do feel free to mention them in the comment section and we might just update this list with the important apps and programs suggested by you.

Amazing Tips to free up Your Smartphone Storage Space

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Smartphone Storage Space

Smartphones are cool gadgets to own and carry about if you need to keep in touch with friends and family, stay entertained on-the-go, or perhaps complete jobs sent to you via email while working outside your office premises. Depending on your habits or how you use your smartphone, you might find out that you are quickly running out of your smartphone storage space, which is one of the most dreaded situations smartphone users face at some point in time.

Most times smart phones users often delete their precious pictures, apps, and interesting games, but then, they only seem to extend their internal storage space by some megabytes or gigabytes.  The major challenge for smartphone users, with regards to managing their smartphone storage space, is how to achieve long-lasting storage space increase without depriving themselves of the functionalities they enjoy or are used to.

Freeing Up Storage Space on Android Smartphones

android phone

Freeing up space on your android gadgets is a must especially if you want to enjoy flawless, smooth operation of your android devices. Android smartphones, as compared to iPhones, tend to slow down considerably when their storage space is being maxed out. They freeze most time and can become a pain to use if actions aren’t taken by their users to increase their internal storage space.  Start with erasing temporary files, because you won’t need to have them all the time and their removal have little or no adverse effect on the operation of your Android smartphone.

If you own smartphones with the options of moving these temporary files or cache to SD card, take advantage of that feature and free up your smartphone space. If your Android smartphone lacks the functionality that allows you shift the location of temporary files, don’t hesitate to delete or erase your temporary files or cache. You can also get an overview of how much all the apps and games installed on your Android smartphones consume in real time. This method will allow you make critical decisions that will see you achieve significant gains and free up storage space for your Android smartphone. To do this, simply go to your Smartphone’s settings and click on the storage tab or button. Then identify apps or games that occupy huge space and are of less importance to you and delete them.

Freeing Up Storage Space on iPhones

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One major advantage iPhones have over android phones is how it operates quite efficiently despite users maxing out its storage space or running multiple apps. On the other hand, Android Phones tend to lag behind when handling multiple apps or maxing out its internal memory space. However, the performance of your iPhones can be enhanced if its users free up its internal storage space. Just like Android Smartphones, you’ll need to access the storage features via settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage. This will provide you with an overview of all the apps and programs consuming that vital storage space you crave.

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Windows Phone

Windows Phone

Windows phone isn’t any different from the others mentioned above, just a little difference in how it names its phone apps and settings. To get an overview of all apps and programs taking up space on your Windows smartphone simply go to > Storage Sence > Phone or SD card.

Use SD card more often

There are certain smartphone features that take a toll on your smartphone’s memory especially when used more often. Some of those features include Videos, music, and photos. Try to ensure that the default storage settings for these media features are set to the memory card. You can also make use of streaming services such as Spotify to store and stream your favorite music etc.

Monitor Heavy Apps frequently

Apps such as Facebook and Instagram may require an initial storage space of 80 to 100 MB, but with time, they can take up space up to 600 MB each. These apps often cache images and web pages to make it easy for users to access these files quickly and efficiently. So it advisable to delete these caches if you feel you don’t need them, at least it will free up space for more important activities.

Conclusion

You can easily free up valuable storage space on your smartphone by following the tips provided above. However, there are still other personal tips you can apply to help you free up as well as maximize your smartphone’s storage space not mentioned above. One of which is curbing unnecessary downloads, which is one of the biggest eaters of smartphone memory space in recent times. Too many files you don’t need are available online. Freeing up your smartphone space is extremely helpful if you intend to optimize your user experience and satisfaction. It helps your smartphone respond quicker and process information faster. As technology progresses, there will be a point in time when our smartphone will possess unlimited memory capabilities. Until then, make this guide your daily companion

The Big Dilemma: What Kind of Screen to Pick for Your Home Theater

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Fixed Frame Projection Screen

Movie theater prices hit a record high in 2017, jumping to a whopping $8.84 per ticket (a massive increase from the $2.23 it cost our parents to watch Saturday Night Fever back in 1977!). As a result, more and more Americans are opting to set up their own ‘theaters’ right in their own homes, giving themselves that classic movie theater experience, without the hefty price tag to go along with it.

Setting up a home theater is actually easier than it sounds, but there are a number of factors to take into account to ensure you’re getting the best possible experience, including seating layouts, sound considerations and, perhaps most importantly of all, the type of screen. Although the cheapest option is, undoubtedly, a painted wall coupled with a low-cost projector, this simply isn’t going to give you the results you’re looking for as wall texture, paint texture, imperfections, and reflections can all affect overall quality. It really is important to select a dedicated screen for your home theater. However, with so many options it can be difficult to know where to begin! Here’s some guidance to get you on your way:

Type of Screen

There’s two main categories of screen to choose from (and a whole host of sub-categories, but we’ll get to them later!): projectors, and big screen TVs. Projectors are typically more cost effective, but really it all comes down to personal choice, as both options can work very well in a home movie theater setup.

If you’re in the market for a projector screen, then there’s two general types to choose from: fixed frame projectors and roll-away projectors. Fixed frame options are perfect for dedicated home theater rooms. They tend to be a little more affordable and are well known for staying stretched tightly which not only produces higher quality images but also helps to extend the life of your screen. Roll-away projectors, however, are good for multi-use rooms, where the screen may need to be stored discreetly or protected from damage, for instance, if you also have kids who make use of the room on a regular basis. Tension is a long-standing issue with roll-aways, so be sure to look for ‘tab tensioned’ screens which fare a bit better.

If you’re working on a tight budget, then a big screen TV can sometimes make you break out in a cold sweat; it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get a TV as big as you’d be able to pick up a projector for. However, if you’re happy to go with a more modestly-sized screen then you will find that there are a number of advantages to TVs over projectors: brightness, color accuracy, and contrast to name a few.

Screen Color

If you do decide on a projector and screen pairing for your home theater, then there’s something extra to take into consideration: color. Projector screens are typically available in either white or gray, so what’s best? Technically speaking, white is better in terms of quality, and it’s probably the most obvious choice for purpose-built home theaters where light can be adequately and accurately controlled at all times. Non-purpose built theaters with windows and doors which are subjected to varying degrees of light throughout the day may be better with high contrast gray, which absorbs and neutralize ambient light.

Screen Size

For many people, one of the most important factors when choosing a home theater screen is size… and rightly so. This is one area where size really does matter. Generally, 100 – 120 inches diagonal is the most popular choice, but it’s vital that you check for any restrictions before making a purchase. Especially consider window placement and sloping attic frames and remember that the most important thing in these circumstances is to select a screen that properly fits the space that you have available to you.

 

If you don’t have any physical sizing restrictions imposed by the room in question, how do you choose? One factor to think about is whether or not you have multiple rows of seating in your home theater, or just a single row. This is because a large screen that reaches all the way from the ceiling and down towards the floors could significantly affect visibility for those sitting in rows towards the rear of the room, essentially cutting off the view of the base of the screen, providing a sub-optimal experience.

Also be sure to consider viewing distances and viewing angle, and remember that even if you have all the space in the world available to you, you don’t need to use it all. In fact, it’s probably better for your viewers if you don’t. A good rule of thumb is to create a viewing angle that is somewhere around 30 degrees. Some say it should be a little less, while others say it should be a little bit more. The George Lucas-created THX movie theater company swears by a 36-degree angle for perfect viewing every time!

Definition

HDTV, with its impressive 1080p resolution, is pretty much the standard today for home theater screens. However, there’s a new kid on the block that you may want to think about: Ultra High Definition (also known as UHD or 4K). With a 2160p resolution, it’s sharper and offers greater clarity, but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Yes! The difference between HDTV and 4K is roughly equal to the difference between standard definition (SD) at 480p and HD, so there really is a massive difference between the two.

If you’re wondering whether or not you need 4K, then think about the size of the screen you want. As a general rule the larger the screen, the more pixels you’re going to need. Many experts now recommend 4K for any theater screen greater than 50 inches. The good news about 4K is that, although it’s still quite new, it has been around for a few years now and so the ‘early adoption’ price tag has gone. The bad news, on the other hand, is that availability of 4K content is still few and far between. Saying that Netflix and Amazon do have some 4K content (particularly original content), and 4K Blu-Ray is also available.

Aspect Ratio

There are really three main aspect ratios that you’ll want to familiarize yourself with: 4:3, 16:9, and 21:9. However, most of us can completely disregard the old, square-shaped 4:3 which largely became obsolete in the world of home theater with the introduction of widescreen (unless you really happen to enjoy those thick black lines on the top and bottom of your image, that is!). So we’re left with 16:9 and 21:9.

16:9 basically replaced 4:3 as the industry standard, and it’s probably the most obvious choice and certainly one you’d pick for watching HDTV in bed at night. However, for home theaters, it’s really a toss-up between this standard 16:9 and 21:9, which is associated with the old ‘Cinemascope’ films like Lady and the Tramp and Billy Liar. Although Cinemascope is now considered to be a thing of the past, and a little outdated, the aspect ratio has remained quite relevant in the movie world, giving movies a more ‘epic’ and more ‘film-like’ appearance, and many Hollywood blockbusters are still shot like this today.

Screen Shape

Curved or flat… that is the question. In all honestly, sticking to a more traditional flat screen will always be the better option for most people. This is especially true if you have a small home theater space with quite a cozy seating arrangement, as those sitting at the edges of the screen may experience distortion.

However, curved screens aren’t quite as much of a gimmick as they’re made out to be; in fact, they have been used in commercial cinema for decades. Yes, they can be a bit of a hassle to mount to the wall properly, but their advantage is that they’re great for increasing brightness as they focus light directly onto the viewer. If you’ve thought about it and you still can’t decide between a curved screen or a flat screen, then there’s always Samsung’s rather bizarre and somewhat futuristic flexible screem!

Additional Considerations

We’ve discussed everything from screen shape to size, and everything in between, but there’s more to think about when selecting a home theater screen. Here are a few additional things to think about:

  • Frame: Many people will prefer a black frame for their home theater screen and, believe it or not, it’s not all about aesthetics. A black screen not only looks sleek and sophisticated but also helps to increase contrast, making the colors on your screen appear sharper and more vibrant. It also helps to minimize distractions around the picture — from reflections or other external light sources — making your home theater that much more immersive for an authentic experience.
  • Room Design: Depending on the layout of the room you’ve selected to house your home theater, you may find that there are some issues with wiring up your projector or TV screen. With a projector, you will need to be able to mount the projector to the ceiling and run video cables to it, whereas with a TV you will need to be able to run video cables to the screen without causing any obstructive visual clutter which can prove to be a bit of an eyesore in your theater.
  • Future-Proofing: Although there may be more initial work needed to set up a projector and screen pairing, once installed it is in place forever (unless you decide to redesign/relocate your room, or if you choose to upgrade to a bigger screen, of course). Even if you decide to upgrade your projector from HD to 4K, and eventually to 8K or higher, you won’t need to change the screen unless you want to. A TV is different, and the entire unit will need to be replaced if you decide to upgrade. This could be a hassle if you have had any kind of treatment around the screen (new paint, for example), or if the new TV takes its inputs from the opposite side to the old one, meaning you would need to buy extenders for all of your nicely routed and fixed cables.
  • Maintenance: The great thing about TV screens is that they are essentially zero maintenance, which makes sense if you lead a very busy, very hectic life and simply want to get home, kick your shoes off, and relax with a movie. Projectors, on the other hand, can need a little bit more nurturing to keep them happy. Depending on the type of projector you choose, you will need to replace the bulb every 750 to 6000 hours, with an average HD projector bulb lifespan being around 2000 hours; that’s about 1000 movies. And remember that projector bulbs don’t suddenly die; instead, they’ll gradually grow dimmer, so your theater experience may suffer.

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Creating Your Perfect Home Theater

There’s no doubt that the sort of screen that you select for your home theater will have a massive impact on the viewing quality and the overall experience, so taking the time to choose the right screen is very important. However, as we can see from the comparisons and considerations above, there really is no right or wrong, and what works for one home theater may not work for another. Always be sure to consider your own circumstances, taking into account the size of your space, your seating layout, and any obstacles which may restrict or limit what type of screen you can accommodate, and where it can fit.

But don’t let all these considerations put you off. With just a little bit of planning and attention, you can easily narrow down your options and ensure you give yourself — along with your friends and family — the very best home theater experience. Why go out on a Saturday night, when you could stay in?

 

About the author

Katie Porter is an aspiring writer, movie lover, and part of the team at Seatup. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her home state Colorado and plays in women’s amateur rugby league.

 

Fans in Focus at Major E3 Video Game Trade Show

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Fans in Focus EA E3 Expo

One of the biggest Video Game Giants, Electronic Arts, stole the spotlight on Saturday by wetting the taste buds of its teeming fans with its popular video game “Star Wars Battlefront.” The major industry trade show, which is coming up in Los Angeles, is going to be a battleground for many video game giants as they look to consolidate their grip on the world’s video game market.

The Hollywood Palladium was filled with professional gamers and enthusiast alike along with EA executives, provided an appetizer of what is to be expected in the coming days. The “Fan Fest,” which is scheduled to last three days, was kick-started at the event and it’s expected to provide gaming enthusiasts a glimpse of what is to come. At the eve of the formal start of the trade-only Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), EA Live will come to an end, signaling the start of an exciting expo.

Shawn Layden, the chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, told AFP that the interest seen in the industry helped to communicate more directly with the average gamer. Unusually, E3 made thousand of tickets (15000 precisely) available for fans at $149 each, which is geared to enable them to attend panels and explore the show floor better. EA was one of the first in the lineup of console and game makers to hold the first series of press events leading up to E3.

Star Wars Battlefront, which was greeted with strong criticisms after its release two years ago, and blockbuster shooter Battlefield, were on display at the event to the amazement and excitement of fans and gaming enthusiast alike.

Andrew Wilson, EA Chief executive, made it known on stage that the company received a good number of positive and constructive feedbacks, which only meant that there was still room for improvement. I for one would prefer playing Star Wars Battlefront than other gamers, despite the flaws seen in its testing. Many gamers also love to play online games like Star Wars Battlefront. These type of gaming enthusiast aren’t obsessed with the perfection of Battlefield or Star Wars Battlefront gameplay, so they might not criticize as compared to professional EA gaming enthusiast.
Some of the glimpses provided by EA art include “Anthem” from Bioware, which is a new science fiction shooter work, and “A Way Out,” which is a buddy, character driven prison break game that fans will need to play cooperatively with their friends and acquaintances.

The major essence of EA’s fan-fest is not only to prepare the ground for its upcoming blockbuster games or build on the gains witnessed in the video game industry but help foster strong friendships and ongoing relationships among gamers in the online community.  Jon Peddie Research’s senior video game analyst, Ted Pollak, said that the E3 event was geared at bringing in people who are fans but not really involved in the in the industry.

Dueling consoles

As earlier stated in the opening paragraphs of this article, the E3 expo with provided a battle arena for major players in the video gaming industry such as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony to slug it out. Some of these video game consoles have had their fair share of successes with Nintendo captivating the enthusiasm of fans with its recently-launched Twitch and Sony dominating the market with its PlayStation 4 console. Microsoft, on the other hand, isn’t resting on their oars in a bid to establish its dominance in the video game industry. It is expected to unveil at the expo a muscular Xbox console, referred to in development as Scorpio.

Piscatella pointed out the successes of the major game makers with Nintendo making a strong comeback with “Switch,” while PS4 and Xbox have done better at the market compared to their predecessors. Nevertheless, these video game consoles are fast losing ground to their PC counterparts. Makers of computing ‘rigs’ and chips for graphics are expected to showcase their wares at E3. With the growing sophistication and technology witnessed in the industry, we can only be optimistic as to what the future holds for video gaming in the coming years.

5 Common Mistakes Gamers Make When Shopping for PC Gaming Hardware

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PC gaming has continued to witness massive surges in popularity and growth in recent years, thereby reducing the need for a dedicated video gaming console. The advantage of using a PC as your primary gaming console can’t be overemphasized because, asides gaming, the computer system can be used to perform a broad range of tasks useful for everyday formal and informal life. That’s why many passionate video gamers are opting for PC gaming these days because of the flexibility it affords. However, choosing the right gaming PC remains a daunting challenge for many players because many of them aren’t conversant with the requirements and specifications needed to run memory demanding games. Some just purchase gaming PCs without doing proper research and then they realize they’ve gotten the wrong hardware, which can be costly to replace. That’s why we are pointing out the common pitfalls to avoid when shopping for your favorite gaming PC.

1.   Choosing the wrong hard drive

A lot of gamers get this aspect wrong during the shopping process. Many gamers forget that modern PC games consume lots of hard drive storage space, living little for other nongaming programs to operate efficiently. These days it’s unsurprising to see lots of PC games exceeding 30GB in size, which means gamers will need to get hard drives of at least 1 Terabyte to start with. Anything less isn’t recommended, especially if you don’t intend to use your PC solely for gaming purposes. Besides, gamers will need to be futuristic when shopping for the right gaming PC because computer games are going to be more demanding than ever before. So choose the perfect hard drive size for your gaming PC that’s equipped to meet future storage needs easily.

2.   Shopping for a gaming PC based on aesthetics

While it’s cool to choose a PC that appears “badass” to your friends and acquaintances, you shouldn’t forget that quality of internal hardware components supersedes external aesthetics as far PC gaming is concerned.  Don’t be deceived by the shiny whistles and bells most PCs produced these days come packed with. Instead, look for gaming PCs with the right internal hardware components because that’s what matters most especially when it comes to playing powerful, memory-sapping, graphic demanding games. However, we aren’t saying you should get an ugly PC box or machine because of the components they possess. Nevertheless, there should be a perfect balance between aesthetics and hardware functionality.

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3.   Neglecting power supply

The importance of getting the right power supply for your PC can’t be overemphasized as ignoring it entirely could lead to dire consequences such hardware damage or starting a fire. Besides the damage that could materialize from using the wrong power supply components for your PC, gaming performance could be impaired because the GPU and CPU aren’t getting the much needed power. You should understand that gaming computers require more power to run efficiently than nongaming PCs and should, therefore, plan accordingly. You should check system specs to know your power needs and ensure you meet the minimum requirements. You may also want to make hardware upgrades in future, and these upgrades may make your PC power thirsty. So you’ll need to ensure that your power supply is sufficient to handle the hardware upgrades you may carry out in future.

4.   Lack of strategic foresight

Strategy has a lot to do with the future. Gaming technology isn’t static; it changes every day in terms of technical features and scope. As they evolve in technology, so does their hardware requirements. Many PC gamers get carried away by their current gaming systems specs. They often fail to take into consideration likely future upgrades they are likely to make when shopping for their favorite gaming PC. They often find themselves stranded or left behind when newer, more powerful games get released in future. Many gamers carry out expensive upgrades to keep up with the future technological changes. But those with strategic foresight when shopping for gaming PC make fewer hardware upgrades, saving them time and money, which they could use for other more important value-adding activities.

5.   Acquiring excess RAM capacity

Yes, we know how important a PC RAM size is to gamers. However, many gamers get infatuated by the amount of RAM their gaming PC possess. More isn’t necessarily better as most gaming PCs come with sufficient RAM to handle basic gaming needs. That doesn’t mean you should go for PCs with miserly RAM size, e.g. below 16GB. Instead, channel more efforts into acquiring better graphic cards with much-improved VRAM. This option will help you get better graphic performance, higher texture resolutions, thereby optimizing your PC gaming experience.

Conclusion

Getting the right PC for gaming hardware shouldn’t be herculean having read this guide. You should endeavor to know your current and future gaming requirements and plan accordingly. When shopping for gaming PC hardware, you should do so taking into consideration your future gaming needs. This will help you save some good bucks on costly upgrades and time as well. Don’t be fooled by the crazy aesthetics most PC gaming feature these days. It’s the internal hardware components that matter. However, there is a balance you must strike in regards to aesthetics and hardware components when it comes to shopping for the right PC gaming hardware. Feel free to ask questions from more experienced PC gamers so as to avoid making mistakes that could set you back some hundreds of dollars, if not thousands in future.

9 Best TVs to Buy if You are on A Tight Budget

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If you are looking for the best TV to buy online and you are on tight budget, you might want to keep this LED TV buying guide as your companion so you can always make informed decisions.  There are lots of LED TVs available at the market these days, which makes it difficult for buyers to make the right choices when it comes to looking for the best TVs to buy. Many LED TV manufacturers claim their products possess one form of functionality over the other, which in many cases are just mere hype designed to woo unsuspecting buyers into making uninformed choices. That’s why we have decided to come up with a list of TV products we have tested and are familiar with, so our readers can make informed choices.

The best TVs to buy aren’t actually the priciest or most expensive.  Although many pricey LED TVs produced these days are packed with amazing features, not all live up to expectation despite the high prices they command. We believe that you that don’t have to break the bank when looking for the best TVs to buy, however, we believe in value for money. That’s why we are recommending 9 Best TVs to buy if you are on a limited budget

9 Best TVs to Buy

1.   VIZIO E241i-B1 24-Inch 1080P 60Hz Smart LED HDTV

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The VIZIO E241i-B1 is a small, compact Smart TV that can effectively double as a monitor when the need arises. It comes with a Full 1080P HD display that churns out super-bright, beautiful pictures and videos. Unlike some bigger Smart TVs that feature 720P screen, the VIZIO E241-B1 comes with Full HD resolution, which offers users better value for money.

Also included in the VIZIO E241i-B1 is the Vizio Internet Apps Plus, a platform that provides you access to a world of entertainment apps. This Smart TV also comes with a built-in WiFi that offers unsurpassed internet speed for HD streaming. Some useful apps you find on the Vizio internet app plus platform includes Amazon instant video, Netflix, VUDU, HULU Plus, Pandora, Youtube, Facebook, iHeartRadio and much more.

The Vizio E241i-B1 offers more flexibility to users as it can be used as a computer Monitor. Most computers can deliver signals in 1080P, and the VIZIO E241i-B1 Smart TV offers more working room because of its 1080P compatibility. When it comes to streaming online contents, the VIZIO E241-B1 performed exceptionally well, especially when compared other Smart budget LED TVs in the same price range.

Essential Features and Specs of the VIZIO E241i-B1 Smart TV

  • Display: 24 inches, 1080P Full HD
  • Built-in WiFi: Provides clutter-free Internet access
  • VIZIO Internet Apps Plus: Grants users instant access to Music, television               shows, and hit movies
  • Razor LED backlight: Enables the production of brilliant pictures through the             efficient distribution of LEDs along the screen’s edge

2.   Samsung UNH5203 32-inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV


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The Samsung H5203 boasts of a Smart platform to boot and superior picture performance unrivaled by most competing Smart TVs within its price range. Although its 32-inches display isn’t exactly big, you can always make a switch to bigger and wider models when can afford to do so. The Samsung H5203 punches above its weight when it comes to picture quality.

It has significant deep black levels and excellent color accuracy, and with full 1080P HD, the Samsung H5203 resolution stands in a class of its own, especially when compared to other Smart TVs within its price range. Gamers and movie lovers looking for an entry level smart TV, equipped with a full 1080p display and impressive picture quality need not look any further.

Its styling is quite impressive, considering that the H5024 is entry level flat screen TV, but isn’t as classy as mid to high-end products. Looking at the back of this Smart TV, you will find component and composite ports, an Ethernet port, a digital audio port, two HDMI port, two USB ports and a coaxial connector.

Basic Features and Specs of the Samsung H5203

  • Display: 32-inch full 1080p display, Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes
  • Accessories Included: Universal Remote control
  • Refresh Rate: Clear Motion Rate 120 (Effective), 60Hz (Native)
  • Connections: a digital audio port, 2 X HDMI port, 2 X USB ports, Ethernet port

3.   Samsung UN40H5203 40-Inch 1080P 60Hz Smart LED TV

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Looking for a 40-inch 1080p equipped Smart LED TV? Look no further as the Samsung UN40H5203 fits the bill perfectly and is optimized to ramp-up your viewing experience to a whole new level. Using the Samsung UN40H5203 Smart LED TV, you will get to watch and play your favorite movies and videos games in 1080P 40-inch Full-HD.

This smart TV lets you witness a wider spectrum of colors on your screen using its Wide Color Enhancer Plus feature. Using a clear motion rate of 120, the Samsung UN40H5203 lets you view every single detail of action packed movies and sports easily. The Samsung UN40H5203 Smart TV functionality grants you access to a world of premium TV entertainment. You can get personalized movie and TV recommendations based on your preferences, what’s trending and what’s popular using S Recommendation.

The Samsung UN40H5203 Smart TV also comes with a full web browser that lets you enjoy everything from entertainment news, social media browsing to online shopping, YouTube videos making the rounds. Using the screen mirroring feature, you can wirelessly mirror your Smartphone as well as other devices having screen mirroring technology, onto the Smart TV screen.

Basic features and specs

  • Display: 40-inches, Backlight Technology: LED, Aspect Ratio: 16:9, Maximum             Resolution: 1920 X 1080
  • Sound System: DTS Studio Sound, DTS Premium Sound 5.1, Surround Sound,           Dolby MS10
  • Inputs: 2 USB, 2HDMI, 1 Composite in, 1 Component in
  • Refresh Rate: Clear Motion Rate 120 (Effective), 60Hz (Native)
  • Motion Interpolation Technology: Clear Motion Rate 120
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • Other features: Game Mode, Mirror, closed caption, Web Browser

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4.   VIZIO E43-C2 43-inch 1080P Smart LED HDTV

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The VIZIO E43-C2 1080p Smart LED HDTV comes with some of the best picture quality, smart features, and design. This Smart TV is extremely fast and easy to use, especially when compared to other competing products in its class. You don’t have to pay through your nose to enjoy top-class, premium HD entertainment, as the VIZIO E43-C2 is quite affordable, especially when you take into cognizance the price and some top-end features it possesses.

Get instant access to iHeartRadio, Netflix, Amazon Instant video, Spotify, Hulu Plus, YouTube and more, using the VIZIO E43-C2 built-in, high-speed WiFi. Using latest advanced technologies such as Active LED zones and full-array backlight, the E-series Smart LED TVs, from the stables of VIZIO, continues to deliver superior images with pure, deeper black levels.

The Vizio E43-C2 also features the Clear Action 240, which is a technology that combines the 120Hz effective refresh rate and powerful image processor to produce improved details of extreme action sports and movies.

Basic Features of the VIZIO E43-C2

  • 5 Active LED zones: Creates higher contrast, deeper, purer black levels by                 dynamically adjusting the LED backlights per Zone
  • Display: 43-inch, full-array Backlight, delivers superior picture performance and           light uniformity by distributing LEDs behind the entire screen
  • Clear Action 240: Enhances motion clarity in fast action scenes and sports, using       powerful image processing and 120Hz effective refresh rate
  • Built-in WiFi– Grants users speedy, unrestricted wireless access to VIZIO                   Internet App Plus
  • VIZIO Internet Apps Plus: Gives users access to latest TV shows, hit movies,           music, TV shows and premium apps straight from the Internet to their TVs

5.   TCL FS4610R 40-Inch 1080P Smart LED TV

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Are you looking for a 40-inch, mid-range priced Smart LED TV to take your viewing experience to the next level? Think Roku TV! Think TCL FS4610R!! This sleek, well-designed Smart TV offers some of the very best Smart features in the mid-range, Smart TV category. Roku TV offers some of the best LED smart TV deals in the market and online, and the FS4610R is certainly amongst the very best mid-range priced smart TVs you can get at the moment. The Roku stick is renowned for producing better-streaming functionalities and experience than products from popular giants such as Amazon, Apple, and Google.

Now combining its successful Roku box/stick with a fantastic LED TV unit, TCL FS4610R, TCL has succeeded in creating what we call “The Smart TV Monster.”  It still features the same simple remote, an unparalleled selection of apps and an interface that make competing products look inferior. The TCL FS4610R Smart LED TV features a full array 40-inch, edge-lit LCD with a 1080p resolution and churns out impressive graphics, designed to take your view experience to a whole new level.

Basic Features of the TCL FS4610R Smart LED TV

  • Display: 40-inch, full-array LED backlight LCD display, 1080p resolution
  • Refresh Rate: Clear Motion Rate 120 (Effective), 60Hz (Native)
  • USB Media: Video/Photo/Music
  • Inputs: 1 USB, 3 HDMI, Composite, RF, Optical Audio Out, Headphone Jack
  • Smart functionality: Roku integrated
  • Accessories: Detachable power cord, Remote W/batteries

6.   VIZIO E40-C2 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED HDTV

 VIZIO E40-C2

The Vizio E40-C2 Smart LED HDTV takes HD entertainment to a whole new level with its impressive array of start-of-the-art features. It comes with an ultra-modern design, easy-to-use smart system, and brilliant picture quality. The Vizio E40-C2 also comes with a built-in high-speed WiFi, which helps you stay connected with the people that matter to you using amazing apps such as Spotify, Hulu Plus, iHeartRadio, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Instant video. Using state-of-the-art technologies such as 5 Active LED Zones and Full-Array backlighting, the Vizio E40-C2 is capable of delivering amazing picture quality with pure, deeper black levels.

Fans of fast action scenes will find the Vizio E40-C2 simply incredible because the Vizio E-series TVs combine 120Hz effective refresh rate and Clear Action 240 for enhanced detail, especially when viewing extreme action sports or movie scenes. Using the Vizio Internet Apps Plus, you can instantly enjoy the latest music, TV shows, hit movies and premium apps directly from the internet to your Smart TV.

Basic Features of the Vizio E40-C2 LED TV
  • 5 Active LED Zones – gives users the ability to enjoy higher contrast, deeper, purer       black levels, by dynamically adjusting the LED backlight per zone
  • Built-in WiFi- gives users access to high-speed Vizio wireless Internet App Plus
  • Full-Array LED Backlight – Helps in delivering superior picture performance and           light uniformity by distributing LEDs behind the entire screen
  • Clear Action 240- uses 120Hz effective refresh rate to enhance motion clarity,               especially when watching sport and fast action scenes

7.   Sharp LC-48LE653U 48-Inch 1080P 60Hz Smart LED TV

Sharp LC-48LE653U 48-Inch 1080P 60Hz Smart LED TVThe Sharp LC-48LE653U 48-Inch Smart LED TV is a fantastic LED TV that comes with excellent black screen uniformity and impressive contrast ratio. The picture quality is quite impressive, especially when compared to other Smart LED TVs within its price range. However, the Sharp LC-48lE653U is a budget Smart TV and offers one of the Best LED TV deals with its features and pricing. It comes with a sleek modern and ultra-narrow bezel design that adds so much glamor to its appearance. You can access Vudu, YouTube, Netflix and CinemaNow easily and efficiently using its built-in WiFi. It features Flickr and Picasa for photos, Pandora and Rhapsody for music, and TV tweet and Facebook for social networking.

The Sharp LC-48lE653U Smart LED TV can play media from network or USB storage, and also comes with Miracast support and a web browser. The Sharp LC-48LE653U is energy efficient as it consumes 67watts of energy under normal viewing conditions, but its power consumption can be brought down to 51watts by using the standard picture setting that’s energy 5-star compliant.

Basic Features of the Sharp LC-48LE653U
  • Smart functionality using Smart Central apps
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native)
  • Accessories Included: Universal Remote
  • Inputs: 1 X USB, 1 X MML, 3 X HDMI
  • Displays any image using Wallpaper Mode display
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit)
  • Accurate performance with solid colors

8.   LG Electronics 42LF5600 42-inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV

LG Electronic LF5600

Are you a video game or movie Lover? Do love watching TV programs on widescreens? Look no further, as the LG Electronics 42LF5600 comes packed with fantastic features, designed to take your viewing experience to a whole new level. This budget LED TV comes with a well polished, pretty slim bezel that gives it its posh, ultra-modern look.

It also comes with an impressive viewing angle, which is better than those featured in other competing products within its price range. Unlike other LED TVs, the LG electronic 42LF5600 viewing quality isn’t compromised, especially when viewing programs from the sides.  The LG Electronics 42LF5600 TV stands require a little wider space than expected, but then it’s well designed and blends perfectly with the overall TV design.

The LG Electronics 42LF5600 comes with a full 1080P resolution, which provides high-quality, super-bright images and videos. This TV also comes with HDMI feature. The HDMI cable provides superior video and sound quality, which is necessary if you want to enjoy your video games and movies thoroughly. This product is “Energy Star” qualified, which makes this product energy efficient. This LG HD TV is guaranteed to make your favorite programs, movies, sporting events, and video games, come alive with its innovative and excellent features.

Basic Features of the LG Electronics 42LF5600

  • 42-inches (diagonal) perfect for medium-size living rooms
  • 1080P resolutions optimized to give you impressive graphics
  • Performs well in different lighting conditions
  • Impressive viewing angle

 9.   Samsung UN24H4500 24-Inch 60Hz Smart LED TV

samsung un24h4500

If you are looking for a small, compact, budget Smart LED TV, think Samsung, think Samsung UN24H4500. This Smart TV is perfect for guest rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and offices and much more, because of its ultra-portable design and build. Although it isn’t a full HD Tv, the Samsung UN24H4500 punches above its weight with its exciting, state-of-the-art features.

Unlike most entry level smart TVs, the UN24H4500 boast of an impressive collection of connection ports. They include -2 HDMI ports, a coaxial connector, 2 USB ports, a digital audio output, headphone shared component/composite inputs, Ethernet port, and RS-232.The Smart features of the UN24H4500 are quite average at best, considering its price and how it compares to high-end Smart TVs. It’s equipped with a Smart Hub, which is at the heart of the UN24H4500 Smart activities.

Some apps you’d find on this smart TV include Facebook, Netflix, HBO Hulu, which come preinstalled or are available for download. The picture quality of the Samsung UN24H4500 is quite good, as it’s able to deliver images with deep enough black level.

Basic Features of the Samsung UN24H4500

  • 24-inch Display
  • 120 Clear Motion Rate (Effective), Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Equipped with Samsung Smart Hub
  • LED (Edge-lit) Backlight
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports
  • Impressive picture and image quality

Conclusion

No doubt, this buying guide isn’t exhaustive when it comes to hunting for the best TVs to buy. You can do a little research before giving out your credit card details using the guide and format we have provided above. This strategy will save you the stress of purchasing the wrong TV set. Make sure you create a budget and ensure you keep to the allotted amount for your new TV set in your list. Make sure you list out the features you want so you can easily make comparisons before deciding on the best TVs to buy. Using the basic TV features we have outlined above, you get the best value for your money when shopping for the best TVs to buy.