But does age warrant a new set of guidelines?
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE) is a smartphone specifically designed for fans, according to the South Korean tech giant. Samsung claims it listened to its consumers and made the most affordable version of the S20 possible while still offering high-end features, including stellar battery life and solid camera experience.
In some ways, the S20 FE reminds me of OnePlus because it designed its smartphones specifically with its consumers in mind. It wasn’t always about selling the best smartphone on the market, but the company would listen to complaints made with other devices and fix those issues with their handset.
While the S20 FE was not made with my personal taste in mind (I’ll touch on that a bit later), I understand what Samsung had in mind when it created this piece of hardware.
I can definitively say that Samsung’s Galaxy S20+ is my favourite smartphone I’ve used this year so far, and the S20 FE does a lot of the same things as that device, which makes it a worthwhile purchase.
To say the least, this phone isn’t perfect, and I came across a couple of concerns, but for the most part, I think Samsung actually made a pretty good device for its fans.
From a design standpoint, the S20 FE looks like the company’s Galaxy A71 mid-range smartphone with slightly thicker bezels. This isn’t particularly pretty from my perspective, given I loved the design of the S20+ and its slightly curved screen edges that create an almost bezel-less design. Even the A71’s smaller black bars make for a better aesthetic than the S20 FE.
Despite the slightly thicker bezels, the handset still looks sleek. And The camera cutout on the ‘Infinity-O’ display is actually smaller than the S20 series and the A71, which I thought was a nice touch.
On the bottom of the phone, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, which I expected and don’t mind since I often use Bluetooth headphones. Unlike the other S20 smartphones, the FE doesn’t come with USB-C wired earbuds. It’s worth noting that Samsung’s Galaxy Note series also lacked wired earbuds. On the right side of the device, there’s a volume rocker and power/Bixby button.
When you flip the handset over to its back, you’re greeted with the now-familiar feeling of plastic, similar to the Galaxy Note 20. I don’t know which fans wanted this plastic material, but I wasn’t one of them. What’s nice about this plastic rear is that it comes in tons of cool colours, including ‘Cloud Lavender,’ ‘Cloud Red,’ ‘Cloud Orange,’ and more.
However, there’s a $450 price difference between the Galaxy Note 20 and the S20 FE that makes the plastic on the rear of the S20 FE a lot more acceptable than it was on the Note 20.
Additionally, despite the plastic, I like the way the back feels, and it doesn’t attract fingerprints or smudges, which is always a plus.
2There’s also a triple camera setup in the top right corner that looks similar to the Note 20’s.
Smooth as the other S20s
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE also has a lower resolution than the S20 handsets with a 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution, compared to the 1440 x 3200 resolution available on the other S20 series devices.
Side by side, you can tell the quality difference between the S20 FE and the S20+ or Pixel 4 XL, but it’s not that noticeable. To most people, the S20 FE’s display will still look impressive and vibrant.
Additionally, the S20 FE sports a 120Hz refresh rate that makes on-screen animations look especially fluid. A higher refresh rate results in smoother motion when scrolling, swiping and gaming.
The S20 FE doesn’t have the same issue as the Note 20 or other S20 series, where it’s unable to switch to a 120Hz refresh rate with the display set to WQHD+ considering its screen only feature an FHD+ resolution.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the same variable display available on the Note 20, which changes the refresh rate depending on what you’re doing with the phone.
Take a snap for the fans.
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE’s main camera sports a 12-megapixel primary shooter, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and a 12-megapixel ultrawide shooter. This S20 device lacks a depth sensor, but it still takes great pictures.
You can definitely see some of Samsung’s scene optimization at work when taking pictures, making each shot more vibrant and slightly oversaturated, but I don’t mind it anymore.
I thought photos were detailed, clear, crisp and offered a great range of colour as well as superb contrast. With the world on shutdown due to the ongoing pandemic, I actually didn’t take any photos of other people, since I haven’t seen my friends or family in quite some time, which means that I haven’t been able to test out the portrait mode or how the S20 FE handles pictures of faces with beards or long hair.
The S20 FE’s camera is excellent and good enough for everything the average smartphone users will need to put it clearly.
Moreover, the quality of its Night mode pictures is great. I found that the S20+’ were a bit brighter, but the difference is negligible, and anyone taking pictures at night with the S20 FE will be satisfied.
Samsung’s Night mode pictures aren’t as sharp as Huawei’s, and some detail is lost, but for the most part, these images are good. Similar to Huawei’s low-light mode, Samsung’s S20+ requires users to hold their phone still while taking shots, and if your hands shake, it can result in a somewhat blurry picture.
That said, I experienced unexpected issues with the S20 FE’s camera. I find when you turn on the S20 FE in ultrawide mode at night, it sometimes causes the camera app to crash immediately, and when it doesn’t, it’s pretty slow. When using the ultrawide camera at night, the quality isn’t that great either, and the pictures are very dark. This is only an issue when using the ultrawide shooter at night.
The phone also sports an 8-megapixel telephoto camera capable of taking 3x zoom pictures that look great. Again, Huawei’s P40 Pro does a better job, but the S20 FE’s images are clear and detailed.
Phone selfie shooters aren’t always that great as a black man because these cameras are, to put it simply, not made for me. I found that the FE’s shooters made my skin look a bit brighter, but the colour isn’t that far off from my actual skin tone. In fact, the colour was better than it was with the S20+, and I thought that the phone did a pretty good job of almost reproducing my actual skin tone, so that’s saying something.
Not crazy strong, but still works
The S20 FE features 6GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 865 processor. It’s important to note that this is half as much RAM as the other S20 smartphones, and sometimes, this is surprisingly noticeable.
The S20 FE can handle about 10 apps open at once; whereas, the S20+ could handle about 15 apps and runs them at a speedier pace. With the S20 FE, everything but the camera app seems to be really quick, though sometimes I’ve noticed that re-launching some apps takes a moment longer than I expected. That said, I might only be noticing this because I used the S20+ for several weeks.
What’s important to note is how great the S20 FE’s battery life is. I consistently get more than a day and a half of usage out of the phone, and I only ever used the device with a 120Hz refresh rate. I could get anywhere from seven to nine and a half hours of screen time depending on whether I was watching a lot of YouTube and Netflix, or if it was more of a chill day and spent it scrolling through Instagram, Twitter and reading the news.
The $949 S20 FE will likely offer stiff competition to the $799 Pixel 5, but the S20 FE’s battery is bigger, it has a 120Hz refresh rate and a faster processor. Without having yet touched the Pixel 5, I can’t say either smartphone is better than the other, but the S20 FE is definitely a viable option if you’re looking for a new smartphone.
The S20 FE is a great device despite its design, camera issue and display; it has an exemplary battery, a speedy processor, and a 120Hz refresh rate. I would recommend this smartphone to anyone who wants a high-end device but doesn’t want to spend a lot of money since it is $949 outright. $949 does still seem like a lot of money, but if you compare to other flagships on-the-market from 2020 like the Note 20, S20, LG V60 ThinQ 5G, Moto Edge+ and Huawei P40 Pro (all with 5G), $949 is a steal.
I would recommend this smartphone to anyone who wants a high-end device but doesn’t want to spend a lot of money since the device is $949 outright. $
Fitness: Exercise is a golden opportunity for older adults – Sarnia and Lambton County This Week
It used to be that the golden years were all about putting your feet up and taking it easy. But that was before exercise was linked to a reduced risk of chronic disease and increased longevity. Being physically active is now considered a vital component of a long and healthy life, and is especially important for older adults, including those who have yet to jump on the exercise bandwagon.
But there’s no clear consensus as to what type of physical activity is best suited for older populations looking to take advantage of all that exercise has to offer. Is the non-age-specific recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week the best option? Or are there workout routines that offer better results for older exercisers?
A team of researchers set out to get answers by comparing the long- and short-term results of three exercise routines on a large group of Norwegians aged 70 to 77, divided into three groups. The control group (780 people) was asked to follow the national guidelines for physical activity, which in Norway call for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. The second group (387 people) swapped out two days of the general 30-minute workouts for 50 continuous minutes of exercise performed at an intensity equivalent to 70 per cent of their maximum heart rate. The third group (400 people) was also asked to swap out two days a week of the 30-minute workouts, but their routine consisted of four high-intensity intervals of four minutes performed at 90 per cent of their maximum heart rate. Fitness and health data for all three groups, whose average age was 72.8, was collected at the start of the study and again one, three and five years later.
To ensure the two non-control groups stayed on target, they met regularly with professionals who supervised workouts designed to ensure participants exercised in the appropriate training zone, with intensity measured by heart rate monitors and ratings of perceived exertion. Adherence to the exercise routine was analyzed through self-reporting, with anyone who participated in less than 50 per cent of the workouts considered to be non-compliant. At the end of the study, two physicians analyzed the medical data of all three groups, including any deaths, without knowing which exercise routine they followed.
The researchers anticipated that the two groups that exceeded the national recommendations for physical activity would realize an added boost of longevity, but there were no differences in the mortality rate between those who followed the 30-minute general routine and those who didn’t. There was, however, a slight boost in longevity among the high-intensity interval group when compared to the exercisers who performed 50 minutes of continuous moderate-intensity exercise.
The researchers aren’t sure why their hypothesis wasn’t realized, but suspect it had something to do with the overall good health of the study subjects. A whopping 80 per cent reported a medium or high level of physical activity at the start of the study, which suggests that exercise was already contributing to their overall health and longevity. Another finding to consider is that 47 per cent of the exercisers doing the high-intensity interval training stuck with it to the end of the study, compared to the 69 per cent of the controls who kept up their routine for the full five years.
“Participants in the control group did not receive supervised exercise, yet exercised at relatively high levels throughout the five years,” said the researchers.
Another unexpected finding is that peak oxygen uptake, a measure of cardiovascular fitness, showed no age-related decline over the course of the study. This is good news for older exercisers, as a decline in peak oxygen uptake is typical in this age group and is associated with an increased risk of premature death and coronary heart disease.
The bottom line is that there are a number of options for older adults who want to reap all the health benefits physical activity has to offer. It’s also clear that for active older adults, judging the effectiveness of a workout by its length or intensity isn’t a good practice.
“The central implication is that either shorter-duration vigorous physical activity or longer-duration moderate physical activity or a combination of the two, that amount to the same amount of work each week, will have the same favourable health outcomes, with vigorous physical activity being the time-efficient alternative,” stated the researchers.
So go ahead and pick the workout of your choice — or better yet, mix it up between all three routines featured in this study. For older adults, not only does exercise have the potential to mitigate several of the negative health conditions associated with aging, it can truly make the latter decades of life golden.
Apple warns of new iPhone 12 upgrade – The Queens County Citizen
Newly Support document Marked by Macroomers, Apple has quietly warned consumers that there are some significant pitfalls to its innovative new MagSafe wireless charging system, which extends beyond concerns Its weak magnets.
In the range of bullet points at the end of the document, Apple’s Magazine’s warning buyers of iPhone 12 series phones:
- If your iPhone’s battery is “too warm”, say that charging is limited to 80% capacity, increase the heat and limit charging.
- Magnetic strips and RFID chips on credit cards, security badges, passports and key fobs can damage the back of your iPhone and between the MagSafe charger. Apple a Mag Safe Wallet, So be very careful.
- Damages leather cases used with chargers by leaving “circular seals”. There is a similar damage to silicon cases Also reported A few days later, questions should also be asked as to what this does to the glassbacks of the case-less iPhone 12 models over time.
The most obvious fear of accidentally wiping out your credit cards is that the last point (which Apple writes in small gray at the end of the support document) seems to be pressed evenly.
Replacing the damaged iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro rear windows will cost 9,449 (up to $ 50 on the iPhone 11) and 99,549, respectively. Yes you can buy Apple’s AppleCarePlus insurance policy (iPhone 12 – $ 7.99pm / $ 149 upfront; from $ 50.
And the costs continue to rise from here. The same support document says “Your iPhone will charge less quickly [with MagSafe] When using a power adapter that delivers less than 20W ”. Apple never sold the 20W charger with the previous iPhone and the chargers are now removed (Ear pods). So it will be Another $ 20.
Yes, there is a lot to like about MagSafe and as third party tools grow, its potential will be huge. Apple’s warnings around it are important and no one yet knows whether to upgrade to the iPhone 12 model, the second generation Magsafe may want to see if it launches with the iPhone 13 next year.
And, what Apple has About iPhone 13 has already been confirmed, Which is a very wise move.
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Apple Issues New iPhone 12 Upgrade Warning – Forbes
In a new support document spotted by MacRumors, Apple has quietly warned users that there are some significant downsides to its innovative new MagSafe wireless charging system, that extend beyond concerns about its weak magnets.
In a series of bullet points at the end of the document, Apple warns buyers of iPhone 12 series phones that MagSafe can:
- Increase heat build up and restrict charging, saying if your iPhone battery gets “too warm” charging will be limited to 80% capacity.
- Damage the magnetic strips and RFID chips in credit cards, security badges, passports and key fobs if they come between the back of your iPhone and the MagSafe charger. Apple sells a MagSafe Wallet, so be very careful.
- Damage leather cases used with the charger by leaving “circular imprints”. Similar damage to silicon cases has also been reported after just a few days, so questions must also be asked about what this will do to the glass backs of case-less iPhone 12 models over time.
While accidentally wiping your credit cards is clearly the standout fear for many, the last point (which Apple leaves to the very end of the support document and writes in smaller gray text) seems equally pressing.
Replacing damaged iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro rear glass costs $449 (up $50 on the iPhone 11) and $549 respectively. Yes you can buy Apple’s AppleCarePlus insurance policy (iPhone 12 – $7.99pm / $149 upfront; iPhone 12 Pro – $11.49pm / $219 upfront), but wear and tear won’t be covered, making a MagSafe-compatible case essential and Apple prices them from $50.
And the costs keep mounting from here. The same support document notes that “your iPhone charges less quickly [with MagSafe] when using a power adapter that provides less than 20W”. Apple has never sold a 20W charger with any previous iPhone and chargers are now removed (ditto EarPods). So that’ll be a further $20.
Yes, there’s a lot to like about MagSafe and, as third party accessories increase, its potential is massive. That said, Apple’s warnings around it are significant and anyone still unsure of whether to upgrade to an iPhone 12 model, may just want to see if a second generation of MagSafe launches with the iPhone 13 next year.
And, given what Apple has already confirmed about the iPhone 13, that could be a very smart move indeed.
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