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iOS 10 Review: What’s New for iPad

Apple continues adding new features and tweaking old ones with iOS 10. There were a great many changes in iOS 9 for iPad, but the follow up has more to offer iPhone. Still, there definitely are enhancements to benefit those with an iPad Pro1 or iPad mini2. We extensively tested iOS 10, and here are the new or updated features that will mean the most to tablet users. We also catalogued some much needed enhancements that are notably absent.

Split View Safari Tabs

iOS 9 brought much needed support for side-by-side multitasking the ability to display two applications on-screen at the same time. While that was all very well, each app was still limited to a single window. This was especially burdensome in Safari, as people frequently want to display two web pages simultaneously. This limitation began changing with iOS 10. Apple s web browser can now show a pair of sites, with each taking up half the screen. Arranging the two pages on the display is simple go to the list of open browser tabs and drag one to the side of the screen to open it in a second window but this split-view feature is limited only to landscape mode.

IOS 10 Review: What's New For IPad

Split View Safari Tabs in iOS 10

Ending split view is just as easy, but not as intuitive as it could be: Touch and hold on one of the Tabs icons and choose Merge All Tabs. This is a welcome step in the right direction, but now this functionality needs to be extended even further. iOS 11 should give third-party app developers the same feature. iPad users need to be able to work with two Word documents at the same time, for example.

Notification Center

iOS 10 changes the look of the Notification Center, and makes it more functional too. Dragging from the top of the screen brings down a list of recent notifications that now appear in grey boxes with rounded corners. Dragging each of these to the left allows the user to either clear the notification or jump to the application that sent it. A small X button can be used to clear all notifications at once.

From the Recent Notifications page, dragging the screen to the right brings up two columns of widgets. These can be a thumbnail view of the calendar, weather reports, and similar snippets of information.

IOS 10 Review: What's New For IPad

iOS 10 Widgets

An Edit button at the bottom of the left column opens the controls of which settings are displayed, and in which column, and in what order.

Lock Screen

Apple made significant changes to the way people use their tablets before they are even unlocked. First off, Slide to Open has been removed, and just pressing the Home button has taken its place. This simplifies the process considerably, especially as everyone should already be touching this button so their fingerprint can be scanned to unlock the computer.

IOS 10 Review: What's New For IPad

iOS 10 Lock Screen

Before the iPad is unlocked, iOS 10 can show users their newest notifications. They can also respond to these, by dragging the notification to the right. A whole conversation can take place in Messages without ever unlocking the tablet. Dragging down from the top of the Lock Screen brings up a list of other recent notifications. Dragging to the right on the Lock Screen gives quick access to the same widgets displayed in the Notification Center. Anyone who wants to keep private their notifications and the information displayed by these widgets should turn this feature off by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. This is especially important because otherwise anyone can respond to incoming text messages without unlocking the tablet.

Bad news: No current iPad has the motion-sensing chip necessary for Raise To Wake, so it s only users of recent iPhone models that don t have push the Power button to activate their devices.

Control Center

Dragging a finger up from the bottom of the screen still opens a set of controls for toggling WiFi, Bluetooth, etc., but this has received a facelift with iOS 10. It s now split over two screens so everything is less crowded.

IOS 10 Review: What's New For IPad

iOS 10 Control Center

The main screen has the controls for various wireless functions, the backlight, as well as links to the camera and Clock app. Sweeping the finger to the left moves to a second screen that s focused on audio.

Notes Collaboration

The Notes application has been gradually improving in recent iOS versions, and has now acquired collaboration capabilities. Users can notify another person that a note has been shared with them, and then they can both see and make changes. Apple suggests using this for simple jobs, like a family sharing a grocery list, not for a team collaborating on a patent filing.

iMessages

Possibly the most important change in iOS 10 for iPhone users is the improvements to the Messages app. Although instant messaging is done primarily on a phone, that doesn t mean tablet users should overlook it. By turning on Settings > iMessage, conversations happening on a iPhone can also be displayed on an iPad. The larger screen and keyboard make longer conversations easier.

IOS 10 Review: What's New For IPad

iOS 10 iMessage on iPad

Apple added all kinds of fun features to iMessage, like bubble effects which cause texts to swell up, fall onto the screen with a bang, and more. Messages can be handwritten, or moving images can be inserted into conversations like really big emojis. These look better on a tablet than they do on a phone, even an iPhone 7 Plus.

What s Missing

Apple has tried to keep iOS simple, even to the point of leaving out features it doesn t consider necessary. This is why this operating system debuted on the original iPhone without a central file system accessible to users. But what was the right decision in 2007 has since become a serious limitation. iOS 10 is intended to be used by businesspeople on tablets as powerful as laptops, and they need to be able to easily view and manage their files. Last year s iCloud Drive was a step in the right direction, but iOS 10 should have taken it much further. There s another missing feature that s forcing buyers toward Windows-based alternatives: the new iPad Pro series is being positioned as laptop alternatives, and most people aren t yet accustomed to controlling this type of computer with a just a touchscreen. Apple recognized this when it released its Smart Keyboard3, and it s time to take the next step and add a trackpad to this accessory, as well as support for it to iOS. It would be a step backward a touchscreen is better than a mouse but it would increase iPad sales. Plenty of people have been asking for a removable memory card slot in iPad and iPhone for almost a decade, and at this point it s clear Apple isn t ever going to add one. Fortunately, many accessory makers offer very good alternatives, allowing iOS tablets to access microSD cards and flash drives. There are very good alternatives from SanDisk4, Lexar5, Leef6, and more.

Install Now

Split-screen support in Safari is probably the best feature for iPad users, but just about all of the new features in iOS 10 are useful, and others are fun. Some oft requested changes are still missing, though. even so, people are wondering when they should install this onto their tablet. We have been testing the official release version on an iPad Pro7 since it debuted, and so far have encountered no significant problems. Apple s new strategy of allowing anyone who s curious to install iOS betas appears to have resulted in a final release version that s more stable than iOS 9 was when it debuted. That said, there have been a few small bobbles. Anyone feeling very cautious might wait for Apple to introduce iOS 10.1.

References

  1. ^ iPad Pro (www.tabletpcreview.com)
  2. ^ iPad mini (www.tabletpcreview.com)
  3. ^ Smart Keyboard (www.tabletpcreview.com)
  4. ^ SanDisk (www.tabletpcreview.com)
  5. ^ Lexar (www.tabletpcreview.com)
  6. ^ Leef (www.tabletpcreview.com)
  7. ^ iPad Pro (www.tabletpcreview.com)

The Note 7 Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance

Every year we notice the same pattern: new Galaxy device comes out, it gets positive reviews (excluding, perhaps, the Galaxy S5), and among one of the positive points, you usually find performance somehow.

This is something that, of course, varies from publication to publication. But in general, the story is the same year after year: we see the breakdowns from the more-mainstream publications speak positively about these devices performance, somehow suspending the otherwise year-long notion that Samsung s software is in dire need of a serious rework. It s not uncommon to see the same publications, or even the same reviewers, then admit that the devices had slowed down since their review was printed, often in such tremendous ways that make us forget that advancements like project TRIM ever happened. The Galaxy Note 7 has just come out, and with Grace UX Samsung s thorough redesign of TouchWiz coupled with top-of-the-line components, we would hope this trend would be reversed on both fronts coverage and reality.

But Grace UX is not a lighter version of TouchWiz, no matter how refined and more appealing its new aesthetics are, and certainly not after the honeymoon phase flies by. Grace UX packs just as many features as before, and it has its hooks tearing the fabric of Android apart similarly to previous devices. That coupled with the bloatware from both Samsung and carriers notably add to the heft that many new users are experiencing on their Note 7 s. Before we go further, we must also point out that not every user will experience the performance issues equally, many of these problems are localized or limited to certain apps or actions, and the severity also varies depending on your SKU due to software and hardware. This article is confined to Snapdragon 820 versions of the Note 7 purchased in the United States. Finally, it s also true that the internal components themselves are subject to variability, but for the most part, this does not look to be an issue with the processor, the RAM, or the storage. Samsung s components are still top-notch, but we see the same problems which at XDA we are all too familiar with.

The Note 7 Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance OnePlus 3 Cold
The Note 7 Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance HTC 10 Cold
The Note 7 Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance Note 7 Cold

The Note 7 Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World PerformanceWe have four units within our staff, and every one of our new Notes suffer clear performance issues, sometimes consistently and other times infrequently. The worst hiccups and stutters or delays happen only every now and then, but the phone itself is simply slower than its competitors at nearly every action. We have tested the application launch times, both hot and cold, of the Note 7 under the same conditions as our other devices and found it trailing behind not just other Snapdragon 820 phones like the OnePlus 31 and HTC 102, but also the year-old Nexus 6P3 running on Android s latest preview. Considering that Samsung packs the cream of today s processing power with its UFS 2.0 storage, LPDDR4 RAM and the Snapdragon 820, we can begin to entertain the notion that something went wrong with Samsung s implementation.

Coming from the OnePlus 3 to the Note 7 has been an adjustment. By now we all know TouchWiz or Grace UX is going to be a far more feature-filled and a heavier experience compared to stock Android or lighter ROMs. For instance, after pressing clear all on both devices my Note 7 is running 96 processes, compared to the 50 processes the OnePlus 3 with the same (non-built-in TouchWiz) applications installed. Chrome performance, too, is significantly worse on both benchmarks and the real world, with frequent stutters and hiccups.

The Note 7 Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World PerformanceThe same lag carries onto scrolling performance in many applications, and infrequently in every application after heavy continuous usage. The phone does not get too hot, mind you, but we do notice that after continuous sessions, it progressively begins misbehaving. Scrolling behavior in particular is behind what you d expect out of an £850 device, especially after this has been one of Samsung s weak points for years.

When compared to the OnePlus 3, we find that the Note 7 often neglects using its four cores as opposed to the OnePlus 3, which efficiently mixes up its core utilization when handling the same task. GPU profiling on the Note 7 makes it extremely clear that the phone leaks frames on several actions, even minor animations throughout the UI such as a WiFi network spinning circle animation. In some instances, we found outright damning displays of the Note 7 s occasionally-pitiful fluidity accompanied by the walls of green bars denoting serious difficulties pushing the frames through.

But this is not just a matter of opening or returning to your application sooner than on other devices, Samsung s software is noticeably slower than that of competing devices in almost every action.

The Note 7 Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World PerformanceThe stock keyboard still sees issues with split-second lockups, and the sharing menu on the Note 7 often leaves you waiting for options to load. The notorious TouchWiz Launcher has earned itself a reputation for slow speed and stutters throughout the years, and while it is not as bad as it used to be, it can still miss clear frames while switching through homescreens, and despite years of integration, Flipboard still remains the most jerky leftmost homescreen panel ever introduced by an OEM.

Perhaps one of the worst performing applications on the Galaxy Note 7 is Hangouts, which is often criticized for sub-par performance, but we ve experience a whole new level of lag with hangouts on our units. The clips presented should speak for themselves, and they come from different devices with different accounts and setups.

Not only have we found issues in real-world performance, but some of our writers also came across uncomfortable heat (close to 40 Celsius) while doing mundane tasks such as listening to music or watching YouTube videos on LTE. When setting up long-running benchmarks to measure performance over time, we found that the Note 7 throttles earlier and much harder than the much-cheaper OnePlus 3, even when both are set on equal footing at 1080p resolution. We are only getting our feet wet into the in-depth performance part of our review, though, but we are pointing this out because as you can see the drop is humongous and from one test to the next, similar to what we experience after very long periods of usage.

The Note 7 Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance Note 7 (1080p) Manhattan Endurance
The Note 7 Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance OnePlus 3- Manhattan Endurance

And to be honest, we don t think this is merely a matter of Samsung s software being too heavy or bloated . As we have previously said, much cheaper devices with the same chipset manage faster app-opening speed and much more fluid scrolling and system UI navigation. But the OnePlus 3 and the HTC 10 have clearly-lighter skins. Even then, though, the Honor 84 with its extremely-heavy EMUI manages to outperform the Galaxy Note 7 in every single test, and offers some of the best performance today.


We are bringing this to light because we see that, once again, Samsung s flagships are getting generally-positive reviews for their performance, while users often disagree. We talked about this issue in an article earlier this year where we mentioned TouchWiz lag5, how present it was in 2015 devices, and how we wished for it to change.

At XDA, we take performance very seriously, and it s often one of our paramount priorities. So much in fact, that many of the Galaxy phone users in our forums have preferred AOSP ROMs over TouchWiz for years, sacrificing the stellar camera and often-useful features that Samsung packs into its ROM, just to get rid of infamous lag that the Galaxy phones traditionally ship with. And we ve noticed that despite the media outlets comments about Samsung s above-average performance year after year like we often see, those comments might change a month or two down the line, and what s considered fluid and smooth 6 in one review can then slow down to a crawl after a matter of days7. Not out of malice nor ineptitude, but short review periods often don t allow journalists to uncover the true face of Samsung s software.

This is important to us because we are also enthusiasts, and we ve seen reviews ignore, year after year, clear, delimited, replicable and often universal performance issues with Samsung phones, such as the infamous home button delay of the Galaxy Note 3, the always-delayed multi-tasking menu of the Galaxy Note 4, or the terrible memory management of the Galaxy Note 5 (which is still an issue on the Note 7, by the way). It s important that we recognize that these issues exist so that consumers can make educated choices. We are putting this out there not to shame Samsung, or any particular media outlet, but so that people know that despite 6 years worth of releases, Samsung still has horrendous issues with software.

Most importantly, we don t think the lack of reports on these issues come due to malice, nor from cronyism. But many of these problems can be fixed they probably will be, as we ve noted multiple times throughout8 the past year that Samsung updates have done a good job at improving performance or battery life. And to make ourselves heard and ensure they do, we must acknowledge they exist and put Samsung on the spot as well, because when phones that are half the price run laps around Samsung s latest big thing, we can seriously ask for more for our buck.

Thanks to Daniel, Madina and Mario for contributing to this article through discussion on our common experience. Special thanks to Mario for heavily contributing to this article as well.

References

  1. ^ OnePlus 3 (forum.xda-developers.com)
  2. ^ HTC 10 (forum.xda-developers.com)
  3. ^ Nexus 6P (forum.xda-developers.com)
  4. ^ Honor 8 (forum.xda-developers.com)
  5. ^ we mentioned TouchWiz lag (www.xda-developers.com)
  6. ^ fluid and smooth (www.youtube.com)
  7. ^ after a matter of days (twitter.com)
  8. ^ multiple times throughout (www.xda-developers.com)

How to use Reliance Jio JioFi 2 portable Wi-Fi hotspot as a wireless pen drive

You can use Reliance Jio’s JioFi 2 portable Wi-Fi hotspot to stream content and files across multiple devices like a mini wireless NAS drive. We tell you how.

How To Use Reliance Jio JioFi 2 Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot As A Wireless Pen Drive

Earlier this week, Reliance Jio started selling the JioFi 2 MiFi portable hotspot for Rs 2,899. The device can be purchased from Reliance Digital and Digital Xpress Mini stores by submitting a photo copy of Aadhar Card and one passport size photograph. The JioFi 2 comes with Jio Preview offer where you get unlimited internet access, HD voice calling and unlimited access to Jio apps for 90 days. Using the device you can connect up to 31 devices at once and also make HD voice calls using JioJoin app on your smartphone. But one little known feature of the portable Wi-Fi hotspot is you can also use it as a NAS drive to share content and files across multiple devices wirelessly. Here s how you can use the JioFi 2 as a wireless pen drive.1

Well, most of our smartphones include microSD card slots, and the data stored on these cards can be shared with other users via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi direct. The JioFi 2 also comes with a microSD card slot up support for up to 32GB. You can store and share data on the microSD card wirelessly with other devices connected to the JioFi 2 s Wi-Fi network. There are three modes local mode, Wi-Fi mode and internet mode. While the local mode will allow you to transfer data from PC to microSD card and vice-versa using a USB data cable, the Wi-Fi mode and internet modes allow you to wirelessly share photos, music and documents stored in your microSD card, with connected users.

ALSO READ: Reliance Jio: Hands-on and first impressions of the JioFi 2 MiFi portable hotspot2

How to configure JioFi 2 for wireless content sharing

Step One: Connect the JioFi 2 with your PC using Wi-Fi.

Step Two: Open the internet browser and visit jiofi.local.html

Step Three: Enter the login credentials by default username and password are both administrator .

How To Use Reliance Jio JioFi 2 Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot As A Wireless Pen Drive

Step Four: After entering the login credentials, you will see five tabs on the top click on Settings (on top) and click on Storage on the left pane. Under this setting, enable storage account and in storage mode, select Wi-Fi. You will also get the storage username and password, which you can keep it of your choice. Once done, click on apply and you re done.

Step Five: To access and upload files on the microSD card, connect your smartphone to JioFi 2 using Wi-Fi. Next, open the web browser and head over to jiofi.local.html/sdcard.html

How To Use Reliance Jio JioFi 2 Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot As A Wireless Pen Drive

Step Six: Enter the login credentials of storage username and password that you had set in step four and the microSD card folder should open.

How To Use Reliance Jio JioFi 2 Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot As A Wireless Pen Drive

The interface is quite dull and boring, but it does work as expected. On the top, you have Home button on the left corner and Upload on the right corner. At the bottom right corner, you have the + button, tapping on which, you get four tabs select category (audio, video, image, document), create new folder, search and format microSD card.

How To Use Reliance Jio JioFi 2 Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot As A Wireless Pen Drive

When the content becomes visible, you can stream music and videos right within the browser or you can download them to your device if you want. I tried streaming music files and a full HD movie weighting 2GB in size, and the playback was flawless. I also tried uploading files from one smartphone, and was able to view and download them on a laptop as well as on the other connected smartphone. The best thing is that it seems to transfer data over Wi-Fi Direct, which means no Internet data is consumed for wirelessly transferring the files stored in the microSD card. But even if it uses data, Reliance Jio is not charging anything for it at the moment, so that works too.

References

  1. ^ Reliance Jio (www.bgr.in)
  2. ^ Reliance Jio: Hands-on and first impressions of the JioFi 2 MiFi portable hotspot (www.bgr.in)

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