Huawei P20 and P20 Pro Tip Toe into the Land of Maple Syrup

May 18, 2018  by Chenchen Wang

Motherís Day was last weekend, which may have left you with in shambles knowing that you missed out on giving her one of the flashiest gifts of the year. The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are two unique phones from the Asian manufacturer Huawei, a brand that has slowly meandered into Canadian territory and has posed as a cheaper alternative to Apple and Samsung products of the same caliber. The P20 Pro features some unique quirks, a highlight being its triple-camera setup that includes 40 MP rear camera with 3x optical zoom, meaning that the utmost quality is retained even after intense zooming on Snapchat; its front also includes a slightly weaker camera at 24 MP for facial recognition and unlocking, more than enough for your earnest selfies.

Like the iPhone, the Huawei P20 Pro is encased in sleek Gorilla Glass and a metal shell at a manageable size. Its frame is noticeably scratch resistant in comparison to the former and is reminiscent of a fancy sportscar in its colorway and design, albeit in exchange for being extremely prone to mucky fingerprints across the surface of its reflective material. Perhaps bundling the unit with hand sanitizer could be a plus for those sweaty consumers. The screen also pales in comparison to the highest display resolution on the market through its mere 408ppi, however when displayed on its 1080 x 2244 AMOLED screen, the difference is indistinguishable to the naked eye. Disturbingly, the phone further lacks a headphone jack, meaning that the user will require Bluetooth or use its clunky in-box USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor.

To make up for its flaws, the battery life lasts sufficiently longer than Samsung and Apple products in the long-haul, and can survive for hours of streaming or procrastinating on YouTube. The charger takes only 90 minutes to reach full charge. It borrows an eight-core chip from the previous year along with an inferior graphics setup that means only 540p streaming for Netflix and other things, but will ultimately lessen your GPU, CPU and data usage as a trade-off. In contrast, the downgraded P20 model has a largely weakened dual camera setup and a smaller body in its 5.8-inch Fullview LCD screen, with less zoom and lower quality when taking pictures, while its on-screen visuals and pixel count are still the same. The differences extend further into its performance, such as its 4 GB RAM in comparison to the P20 Proís 6 GB, and a slightly inferior battery life. Are the changes justified in its price difference? And is Huawei strong enough to compete with Apple and Samsung, or does it belong with the E.T. cartridges buried in New Mexico? Let us know your thoughts.

Visit Huawei's website for an in-depth run down of the P20 and the P20 pro.

Did Someone Say Free TV? LGís New Smartphone Pre-Order Bonus

May 17, 2018  by Chenchen Wang

Need a new monitor to watch Netflix and your favorite cartoons on? Christmas might have come early for those Canadians eager enough to pre-order LGís new G7 ThinQ smartphone. LG is offering a special deal that includes a 43Ē LG 4K UHD Smart TV as a bonus, a TV with a stunning 4K UHD resolution that displays pictures up to 4x of Full HD starting from today until the end of the month. Itís sleek and slim design, along with its cohesive software allows for the perfect Netflix and chill. The unit also includes a 60Hz refresh rate and is bundled with webOS 3.5 Smart, an operating system that cradles apps, on-screen recording, web-browsing and dozens of other features. And the best part? The TV retails for a whopping $799.97 on its own, meaning that even at worst, the bulk of the phone is paid for just from the bonus.

Maybe youíre still on the fence about the phone itself; the LG G7 ThinQ smartphone sports a unique AI cam, 7.1 channel surround sound and dual 16 MP cameras that capture wide scenes in crystal clear clarity. While not quite as powerful as newer phone models from the likes of Apple or Samsung, the phone itself does deliver more RAM through its 4 GB and 6 GB models as opposed to the 3 GB in the iPhone X. But for those of you who are concerned with getting a better phone, you can always consider yourself to be buying an elegant TV and getting the free phone on top instead.

Below is a list of qualifying carriers and retailers:
  • Bell
  • Bell MTS
  • Fido
  • Freedom
  • Koodo
  • Rogers
  • SaskTel
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Best Buy
  • Best Buy Mobile
  • Mobile Shop
  • Tbooth wireless
  • Visions Electronics
  • Walmart
  • Wireless Etc
  • WOW! mobile boutique

Visit LG's site for more information on their latest and greatest smartphone.

This Year's 9.7-inch iPad Supports Apple Pencil

March 28, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
9.7-inch 2018 Apple iPad

Almost exactly one year after the launch of the 2017 9.7" iPad, Apple is back with another 9.7-inch iPad for 2018. The 2018 model is almost identical to 2017's, with just a few differences.

The 2018 iPad has Apple's newest operating system; iOS 11. It is packed with Apple's A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture, and an embeddded M10 coprocessor - an upgrade from last years' A9 chip and M9 coprocessor. The most notable different this year however is the addition of Apple Pencil support. Apple Pencil compatibility was normally reserved for the higher-end iPad Pro until now. The newest iPad costs slightly less than last year's model, staring at $429 CAD (for the 32GB Wi-Fi version) and up to $719 CAD (for the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity model) at the Apple store.

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"Hands-on with Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad" by c-net

"Apple's new iPad and software are here to help educators and students" - by Mashable

About Apple: "Apple Inc. is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. The company's hardware products include the iPhone smartphone, the iPad tablet computer, the Mac personal computer, the iPod portable media player, the Apple Watch smartwatch, the Apple TV digital media player, and the HomePod smart speaker. Apple's consumer software includes the macOS and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, and the iLife and iWork creativity and productivity suites. Its online services include the iTunes Store, the iOS App Store and Mac App Store, Apple Music, and iCloud." - Wikipedia

Source & images credit: Apple

Samsung Galaxy A8 Now Available in Canada

March 23, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Samsung Galaxy A8

Samsung's Galaxy A8 (2018) was announced back in December 2017, and just launched in Canada today. It doesn't look as through the A8+ will be heading to Canada, but the A8 is available in Black and Orchid Grey (which is really more of a purple) variations.

Canadian Pricing and Availability:

Bell Mobility | Available now!
  • Full price: $659.99
  • With a 2-year term: $149.99

Rogers | Available now!
  • Full price: $699.00
  • With a 2-year Premium+ Tab: $0

Virgin Mobile | Available now!
  • Full price: $659.99
  • With a 2-year Platinum Plan: $149.99

About Samsung Electronics Inc:† Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives. The company is making incredible innovations in TVs, smartphones, virtual reality and wearable devices, tablets and digital appliances. In 2016, Samsung was ranked in the top 10 most reputable brands in Canada, based on a study by Leger. Dedicated to helping make a difference in the lives of Canadians, Samsung's award-winning Hope for Children corporate giving initiatives supports public education, sustainability and health-related issues in communities across the country. To discover more, please visit

Image Credit: Samsung

Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra Now at Videotron and Freedom Mobile

March 22, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Sony Xperia XA2 smartphone

Sony announced the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra back in January, and there has not been much information on prices or release dates since then. A few readers have emailed me asking for more information over the past couple months, but I've had nothing concrete to tell them... Until now! Both the XA2 and the XA2 Ultra are officially available in Canada as of today. (Still no word on the Xperia XZ2 or Xperia XZ2 Compact yet though...) Here's you go!

Canadian Pricing and Availability:

Freedom Mobile | Available now!
  • Full price: $400.00 for the Xperia XA2
  • With a My Tab Boost for 24 months: $0 down for the Xperia XA2
  • Full price: $520.00 for the Xperia XA2 Ultra
  • With a My Tab Boost for 24 months: $0 down for the Xperia XA2 Ultra

Videotron | Available now!
  • Full price: $419.95.00 for the Xperia XA2
  • With a 24 month agreement: Starting at $29.95 down for the Xperia XA2
  • Full price: $529.95 for the Xperia XA2 Ultra
  • With a 24 month agreement: Starting at $39.95 or the Xperia XA2 Ultra

About Sony Mobile: †Sony Mobile is a multinational telecommunications company founded on October 1, 2001 as a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and wholly owned by Sony. It was originally incorporated as Sony Ericsson, but Sony acquired Ericsson's share in the venture on February 16, 2012. Sony Mobile Communications has research and development facilities in Kenya, Africa; Chennai, India; Lund, Sweden; Beijing, China and Silicon Valley, USA. Sony Mobile was the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer by market share in the fourth quarter of 2012 with 9.8 million units shipped. - Wikipedia

Images Credit: Sony Mobile Canada

Canada's Alert Ready System is Coming April 6th

March 21, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Alert Ready Emergency System

What is Alert Ready?

"Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television and radio. The Alert Ready system is developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Pelmorex Corp. and the broadcast industry to ensure you receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep yourself and your family safe." - Alert Ready Canada

What types of devices will be compatible with the system?

  • You will need a 4G LTE-capable device such as a smartphone.
  • The device must be connected to an LTE cellular network at the time that the alert is issued.
  • The device must be Wireless Public Alerting (WPA)-compatible.

What types of alerts are broadcast?

  1. Fire
    • Urban fire: An urban fire threatens multiple residential and/or commercial properties.
    • Industrial fire: A large fire in an industrial building or complex that poses a threat to human health.
    • Wildfire: A wildfire involves natural combustibles, such as grass, brush and trees.
    • Forest fire: A Forest fire is a wildfire or prescribed fire that is burning in forested areas, grass or alpine/tundra vegetation and poses a threat to human safety.

  2. Natural
    • Tornado: A tornado is a vortex of a violently rotating winds, often forming a funnel shaped cloud that is capable of damaging property and injuring people.
    • Flash Flood: Often occurring from river ice jams and excessive unexpected rainfall, a flash flood is the sudden onset of water causing immediate flooding. This event presents a unique danger to life and safety as there is little or no warning that this event will occur.
    • Earthquake: An earthquake is a sudden release of energy in the Earthís crust that creates seismic waves that can cause substantial damage, especially in urban environments.
    • Hurricane: A hurricane is violent storm comprised of intense winds and, heavy rain, potentially causing a storm surge, floods, coastal erosion or landslides.

  3. Biological
    • Biological: A potentially dangerous and poisonous substance that is usually very unstable and can be easily transferred between living organisms.
    • Chemical: A chemical substance that, if misused or released, could result in serious injury or death.
    • Radiological: With sufficient concentration, a radiological substance.
    • Drinking Water Contamination: When water quality is negatively affected and a boil-water advisory may be raised, cautioning use by the public.

  4. Hazardous
    • Explosive: A potentially dangerous substance or device that may explode.

  5. Environmental
    • Air Quality: A decrease in air quality is caused by an elevated particulate count in the atmosphere that can negatively affect visibility or the health of individuals.
    • Falling Object: Natural or human-made materials at risk of falling, which may threaten people or property.

  6. Terrorist
    • Terrorist Threat: The use of violence or threats of violence by individuals or groups against civilians or infrastructure.

  7. Civil
    • Civil Emergency: A civil emergency occurs when humans cause a disruption of services or require varying levels of support, law enforcement or attention.
    • Animal Danger: When a wild or domesticated animal poses a threat to human life or property.
    • Amber Alert: An Amber Alert is issued by police services when a child has been abducted and it is believed that his/her life is in grave danger. An Amber Alert provides the public with immediate and up-to-date information about the abduction and solicits the publicís help in the safe and swift return of the child.
    • D911 Service: A 911 service alert happens when there is a disruption or outage of telecommunication services between the public and emergency responders.

  8. Admin
    • Test Message
: A test message may be issued for either public awareness or technical testing purposes.

More information and source: Alert Ready Canada

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