REALME 9 PRO PLUS: EVERYTHING TO KNOW
The Realme 9 Pro Plus is a solid all-around mid-ranger that distinguishes itself with one stand-out component: an unusually accomplished main camera. Add in fast charging, adequate performance, and a good screen, and you have a stand-out option in the £350 smartphone category.
* Excellent main camera for the money
* Solid performance
* Fast 60W charging
* Drab design in two of three colors
* Realme UI isn’t a slick Android skin
* Availability: UK RRP: £349 ; USA: unavailable ; Europe: unavailable ; Canada: unavailable ; Australia: unavailable
Sony IMX766 main camera sensorThe lead camera sensor here is flagship-tier, being the same one you’ll see on the Find X5 Pro
60W fast-charging found that the charger brought us from zero to full in just 50 minutes
5G connectivity this device supports the latest generation of mobile data speeds
REALME 9 PRO Plus: All you need to know
The Realme 9 Pro Plus might have a ridiculously convoluted name, but it certainly earns the ‘Plus’ moniker with a significantly improved camera offering compared to last year’s Realme 8 Pro, and indeed the Realme 9 Pro.
For £349 for the one and only UK model, which comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, you’re getting a solid mid-range phone with the main camera sensor that’s practically part of the flagship aristocracy.
Elsewhere, solid-but-unspectacular specs like a 90Hz OLED display, a capable MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G processor, and speedy 60W charging make for an all-around accomplished smartphone with few obvious drawbacks at a very competitive price.
Design and Screen
Sunrise Blue offers color-changing pizzazz
90Hz Super AMOLED display
Realme has laid on a fairly generic design with the 9 Pro Plus, but there’s one element that stands out from some of the other best mid-range phones. Opt for the Sunrise Blue model, and you’ll get a tricksy finish that shifts from blue to pink in direct sunlight.
Uneven color choices aside, this is a normal mid-range Android phone with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front, glass back, and plastic body. Its dimensions are similarly (and reassuringly) unremarkable at 160.2 x 73.3 x 8mm, and it weighs a just-so 182g.
The Realme 9 Pro Plus display is a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. Again, that’s very similar to the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G. Given that this was arguably the latter phone’s most impressive asset, we have no complaints here, even for £50 more.
Colors are accurate, with a measured sRGB gamut coverage of 99.9%, while the FHD+ (1080 x 2400) resolution proves sharp enough. This screen doesn’t get massively bright, with Realme claiming 430 nits in typical conditions and 600 nits in high brightness mode. I recorded a maximum brightness of 397 nits with auto-brightness switched off, which is sufficient if unremarkable.
Flagship-level Sony IMX766 wide sensor
Impressive wide shots in all lighting conditions
The other two cameras are pretty bog-standard
Now, to the main course of our Realme 9 Pro Plus. Color-changing finish aside, this is a fairly unremarkable phone until you reach that triple camera system.
The phone’s 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro provisions are bog-standard for a smartphone of this price and can be quickly ticked off and dismissed. It’s the 50MP wide sensor that makes a statement here.
The Sony IMX766 sensor at the heart of this camera system is the very same one that fronts the new Oppo Find X5 Pro, one of the best phones for 2022. It’s not unheard of to find it in a mid-range phone – the OnePlus Nord 2 packed in this very sensor late last year. It was very noteworthy at the time, however, and the Nord 2 also costs £50 more than the Realme 9 Pro Plus.
This 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor is notably large at 1/1.56”, particularly for a phone of this price. Together with an f/1.8 aperture and OIS, it’s several grades better than most lower-mid-range phones at scooping up light and taking detailed, vibrant images.
Realme 9 Pro Plus: Main Camera
While the Oppo got the nod overall in terms of sharp detail and tone, much of the difference seems to have been a matter of the particular decisions both manufacturers have made on color science and image processing, alongside a more advanced stabilization system and a custom image processing chip.
For example, the Realme 9 Pro Plus tends to over brighten its Night time shots, though the level of detail and clarity remains impressive. Again, the fact that I’m even comparing it with a phone that costs three times the price speaks volumes for it.
Realme 9 Pro Plus: Main Camera, Night Mode
Shots taken with the Realme 9 Pro Plus are better balanced and more vibrant in good lighting, and far clearer and crisper in low light.
Realme 9 Pro Plus: Ultrawide Camera
While the Realme 9 Pro Plus punches above its weight with its wide sensor, its ultra-wide sensor is decidedly bog standard. Detail is lacking, and highlights tend to be blown out. The general tone isn’t a million miles apart, which is something. As ever, if you want a high-quality ultra-wide camera, you’ll need to spend considerably more money.
The 2MP macro sensor is a mere space filler and does not deserving of much discussion.
Realme 9 Pro Plus: Selfie Camera, Portrait Mode
The phone’s 16MP selfie camera is no great shake either, with a general lack of punch and dynamic range. Shots look a little flat, and skin tones aren’t the most convincing.
MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G offers sufficient power
Middle-of-the-road Realme UI 3.0
The Realme 9 Pro Plus runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G, a relatively new 6nm chip with a purported 9% boost in gaming performance over the Density 900 that powers the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G.
On the GPU front, a 3DMark Wild Life score of 2284 beats the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G’s 2015 by a similar margin. In the same tool’s Slingshot Extreme test, the Realme 9 Pro Plus scored 3900 compared to the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G’s 3725.
There’s a clear advantage for the Realme 9 Pro Plus, but it’s not a massive one. Now bring in the Poco F3, which soundly beats it in all of the above benchmarks, and the Realme finds itself in the middle of the mid-range pack.
In practical terms, the Realme 9 Pro Plus is nice and smooth, with no discernible stuttering in general navigation. Gaming performance is on point too, with Genshin Impact running in a playable state on Medium settings, though it defaults to Low.
The UK model of the Pro Plus comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage, though it seems there is a lower 6GB/128GB model out there in some regions.
You get Android 12 out of the box, though this is heavily layered with Realme UI 3.0. Realme has played around with what it places to the left of the home screen in recent times, but thankfully the Realme 9 Pro Plus goes with the default Google Feed provision.
More generally, this is a pretty middle-of-the-road take on Android. The custom icons aren’t too in-your-face, while the default app provision includes plenty of Google apps alongside Realme’s Videos, Games, My Files, Music, and Phone Manager apps, to name just a few.
You also get some third-party apps like Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Booking.com. I’d rather there were none whatsoever, but this is far from the most egregious bloatware offender.
Solid 4500mAh battery
Fast 60W wireless charging
No wireless charging
Realme has packed its latest phone with a 4500 mAh battery, which is a match for the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G and the Poco F3.
It’s good for a full day of moderate to heavy usage without making you sweat on recharging. A long 16 hour day, with a little over 3 hours of screen on time (what I’d call light-to-moderate usage) left me with just under 60% in the tank.
An hour of Netflix streaming sapped just 5% of a charge, while an hour of music streaming drained an impressive 1%. That’s pretty good going, and certainly competitive with its mid-range competitors.
Also impressive is the provision of a 60W wired charger, which Realme claims can get you to 100% in 44 minutes. This seems to be broadly accurate, as I recorded it going from empty to 100% within 50 minutes.
Most people won’t charge the phone in this way, of course. It took 18 minutes to get from 0 to 50%, which falls short of the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G and its 67W charger but is still good going.
One hour of continuously running the 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test sapped 13% of the Pro Plus’s battery, which falls short of the slightly more expensive OnePlus Nord 2 (on 10%), but just pips the likes of the Nokia X20 (with 14%).
Should you buy Realme 9 Pro Plus?
If you want great pictures for £350 and an eye-catching mid-range design. There is no current phone that shoots as good images for this amount of money, and the Sunrise Blue model has snazzy looks too.
You want to maximize performance and a smooth display. The Realme 9 Pro Plus isn’t slow by any means, but the Poco P£ will give you much better performance and a smooth 120Hz display.
The Realme 9 Pro Plus offers a genuine top-grade option for anyone willing to pay up to £350 for their next smartphone – especially if photography is a priority.
It might not be as powerful as the Poco F3, and its display isn’t quite as fluid, but its 50MP main camera punches way above its weight. For sheer image quality and low light poise, it fills the mid-range spot vacated by the Pixel 4a.
It’s also simply a very well-balanced phone, with perfectly adequate performance and an appealing 6.4-inch OLED display. Fast charging completes a remarkably well-judged mid-range package.
How to Disable Driving Mode on iPhone
How to Disable Driving Mode on iPhone
Driving Mode on your iPhone is a useful safety feature that helps minimize distractions while you’re behind the wheel. However, there may be times when you need to disable it temporarily or permanently. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to disable driving mode on your iPhone while ensuring your safety on the road.
Step 1: Access Your iPhone Settings
1. Unlock your iPhone using Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode.
2. Locate and tap the “Settings” app on your home screen. It looks like a gear icon.
Step 2: Navigate to the “Do Not Disturb” Settings
3. Scroll down in the Settings menu and tap “Do Not Disturb.”
Step 3: Disable Driving Mode
4. In the Do Not Disturb settings, you’ll see the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” section.
5. Tap “Activate” to access the driving mode settings.
Step 4: Choose How to Disable Driving Mode
6. You have several options:
a. “Automatically“: This will allow your iPhone to enable driving mode when it detects you’re in a moving vehicle. You can turn this off by selecting “Manually.”
c. “Manually“: If you prefer to enable and disable driving mode manually, choose this option. This gives you full control.
Step 5: Confirm Your Selection
7. Once you’ve made your choice, tap “Back” to return to the previous screen.
8. Your selection will be saved automatically.
Step 6: Disable Driving Mode Manually
9. If you’ve chosen to disable driving mode manually, you can do so by:
a. Swiping down from the upper-right corner of the screen to open the Control Center.
b. Tap the car icon with the crossed-out phone to turn off driving mode.
Disable Driving Mode on iPhone
Disabling driving mode on your iPhone is a straightforward process that ensures your safety while driving. Whether you prefer to disable it manually or customize the settings, following these steps will help you stay focused on the road.
Remember, safety should always be a priority when using your iPhone while driving. If you must use your phone, consider using hands-free options like Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay to minimize distractions and keep both your hands on the wheel.
How to use Apple logo as button
How to use Apple logo as button
I’m pretty sure most people don’t know this, but that highly-revered Apple logo situated at the back of your iPhones actually has a hidden superpower. Turns out, you can use the Apple logo to execute a few basic tasks on your iPhone devices.
It was first reported by the Daily Record, the “Back Tap” feature was introduced in iOS 14, the pilot version of which was unveiled in September last year.
By tapping the back of your iPhone screen twice or thrice, the Apple logo can be used as a button (kind of) to perform actions allocated by the user in settings.
The Apple logo may be used to perform various basic functions using “Back Tap” – controlling the volume of your iPhone, taking screenshots, going back to the home screen, or simply switching between different apps running on your iPhone.
There are a number of clever features built into Apple’s iOS software – some of which you will find in our iPhone tips and tricks – but a feature called Back Tap is one of our absolute favorites.
Back Tap turns the Apple logo on the back of your iPhone into a secret button. Yes really. You can program the logo to take a screenshot when you double-tap it and launch Shazam when you triple-tap it for example, or you can set up a Siri Shortcut to use as the double and triple tap, such as call your partner.
Back Tap is not on by default though. Here’s what you can make the Apple logo secret button do and how to set up Back Tap.
How to use the iPhone Apple logo as a secret button
The feature that turns the Apple logo on the back of your iPhone into a secret button is called Back Tap. It is hidden within the Accessibility settings of your iPhone and it is switched off by default.
If you turn it on, you can choose several options to happen when you double-tap or triple-tap the logo on the back of your iPhone.
The standard options available for both double tap and triple tap are:
There is also Siri Shortcuts at the bottom of the list of options. If you have created Siri Shortcuts, they will appear here.
If you haven’t, you can create a Siri Shortcut, such as Sending a WhatsApp message to your partner, showing your News Today feed, or calling your bestie for example.
You’ll then be able to use any of the Shortcuts you create as an option for double-tapping or triple-tapping the Apple logo.
How to set up the Apple logo as a secret button
To turn the Apple logo on the back of your iPhone into a secret button when you double-tap or triple-tap it, follow the steps below:
- Open Settings on your iPhone
- Tap on Accessibility
- Tap on Touch
- Tap on Back Tap at the bottom
- Tap on Double Tap
- Select the shortcut you want to happen when you double-tap the Apple logo
- Tap on Back Tap at the top of your screen
- Tap on Triple Tap
- Select the shortcut you want to happen when you triple-tap the Apple logo
What can you do using Back Tap on iPhones?
There’s more customization on the cards for users who have found the “Back Tap” feature. You can define what you want your phone to do with a double or triple tap.
You can quickly draw Accessibility Shortcuts to access features like Magnifier, Voice Over, Assistive Touch, Siri Shortcuts, and Reachability.
If you have an iPhone 8 and a device that was released after it, you may use the feature. Of course, you need to have an updated OS to be able to access “Back Tap.”
Once you’re here, there will be options to customize tap based on double or triple touch… or both!
For those who are constantly on their iPhones for work purposes, this feature may help save a lot of time. However, if your iPhone’s back cover is very thick, the feature may not work as expected.
Once you have set up Back Tap, using the feature is very easy. You just double-tap or triple-tap the back of your iPhone around where the Apple logo is.
It works even when you have a case on in our experience, though we haven’t tried it with all cases of course.
You don’t need to push the logo, just double or triple tap the logo with your finger and the shortcut you have selected for that action will happen straight away, whether a call or a screenshot.
Know this: If you have a case, you may just need to note where the Apple logo is on your device. For the iPhone 11, 12 models, and iPhone 13 models, it is in the middle of the rear for example, while on the iPhone XR, it is above the middle in the top third.
10 Bad Phone Habits That Destroys Your Smartphones
10 Bad Phone Habits That Destroy Your Smartphones
Over the years, we’ve developed an attachment to our smartphones, so much so that they’ve become one of our greatest and most trusted allies. They serve as our own schedule planner, communication device, and task organizer all in one. It is a gadget that has become so important in our daily lives that we cannot leave our homes without it. We will be looking at Bad Phone Habits to avoid.
Smartphones can be used for hours and hours on a daily basis. Like any item, continuous use without much care can definitely result in wear and tear. Over time, some of its features and functionalities may slowly deteriorate.
However, do not immediately think that the only answer is to sell your cell phone in order to buy a new one. Proper care can extend the gadget’s life. Damage can be prevented if the item will be handled with the utmost care from the day it was purchased.
Bad Phone Habits
1) Handle Your Phone With Care
There are a lot of reasons why gadgets like smartphones break by accident. The owner’s simple habits such as throwing and tossing it instead of handling it carefully are one. Smartphones may connect us to the other side of the world in an instant, but remember that they can also end up broken just as fast. It is still a delicate item.
Consider buying your smartphone a durable case for extra protection. Also, do not underestimate the power of a good screen protector or tempered glass. This way, even if you accidentally drop your phone, it has lesser chances of getting its screen shattered.
2) Your Doesn’t Go With Just Any Charger
Using fake chargers and USB cables also put your smartphones at risk. It can cause permanent damage and can even cause fire or electrocution. You are not helping yourself save money with cheap brands.
Now, if you have already invested in a good charger from a reliable brand—ideally the same brand as your phone—one thing to remember is not to overcharge your battery.
Most people are guilty of leaving their gadgets charging overnight, using the wrong charger, or frequently charging their phones even though there’s no need to charge them.
Avoid doing this because as your gadget charges, lithium ions in its battery go from one end to the other. The more frequent these ions travel, the bigger the chances that the battery’s lifespan will shorten.
Bad SmartPhone Habits
3) Such a large number of Underwater Selfies
There’s no such thing as a genuinely “waterproof” device, regardless of what some promoting could say. (Recall the Sony Xperia disaster?) Specific gadgets might be more water-safe than others.
Yet, there’s always opportunity water can track down its direction inside, and the more you open your gadget to water, the more you debase its opposition.
So regardless of whether your gadget appraises IP67 or IP68, use in water sparingly. It may not harm your telephone immediately; however, you’re simply requesting inconvenience over the long haul and rehashed openness.
4) Purchasing Cheap Cables (and Treating Them Poorly)
We should begin with the most explosive way you can obliterate your telephone: modest, off-brand charging links. I’m not discussing believed makers like Anker or those that convey the Made For iPhone certificate.
However, the unheard-of USB links you found for $1 at the corner store. A significant number of these links can, for all time, harm your gadget or, more awful, put you in danger of fire or electric shock. So it does not merit the momentary reserve funds: Buy your chargers from a known brand.
Then, at that point, when you have quality links, treat them with care. Assuming you misuse them, you can cause the wires inside to shred, which all by itself is a fire risk.
So quit wrapping your links so firmly, and try not to yank them out of the divider from the string and haul them out from the actual fitting. Instead, you would not end up on the evening news as a casualty of another battery blast.
5) Not Using a phone Case
What number of individuals do you know with a broken or broken screen? We as a whole might suspect it will not occur to us until it does. You might incline toward the cleaner look of a caseless telephone.
However, it simply does not merit the gamble. Even minor chips and breaks can demolish the primary respectability and make enormous scope harm more probable. That, yet those tiny chips and cracks can obliterate the telephone’s resale esteem when you need to overhaul down the line.
Assuming that you totally should go stripped, be prepared to pay for fixes assuming that mishaps occur. What’s more, considering you observe those mishaps happening more regularly than you expect-say when a year-then you’re a superb contender for a protection plan like AppleCare+, SquareTrade, or Zagg Protect.
They’re expensive (and even with those protection plans, fixes aren’t free); however, if you’re incredibly awkward and don’t utilize a case, they might be worth the effort.
Bad Phone Habits
6) Depleting Your Battery Too Often
Telephone batteries corrupt after some time; after a couple of years, the most extreme battery duration will not be high as it seemed to be at the point at which the gadgets were pristine.
These things are unavoidable; however, vices can accelerate that debasement and kill your battery sooner. To keep away from this, you ought to perform customary, shallow releases and re-energize your telephone before it bites the dust.
You would instead not get it down to 0% constantly. Try not to stress over charging it short-term or placing it in the cooler (how did that fantasy begin?).
Instead, attempt to keep the battery above 30% or somewhere in the vicinity, allowing it to release at times to adjust the sensors, and you’ll keep your battery solid to the extent that this would be possible.
7) Not Practicing Good Security
Be cautious with the applications and changes you introduce on the more outrageous finish of things. If you’re attempting to privateer paid applications utilizing a questionable application store, you will make some awful memories.
So please don’t make it happen: The $3 reserve funds are certainly not worth the expanded gamble of getting malware. Instead, adhere to the authority App Store or Google Play customer-facing facade on your telephone.
8) Sitting on a Phone
Even when some phones are built with shock resistance in mind, they are not made to withstand pressure well. Screens and batteries may bend or crack easily with the average adult’s weight put on top of them. A solution? Try not to put your phone in your back pocket.
Bad Phone Habits
9) Dropping Your Phone
Even when after a fall your phone seems fine, it could be what damages your phone. Damage caused by a fall, even from a seemingly small height, may compromise your phone’s inner structure; for instance, loosening or breaking your screen, camera, or charging port.
10) Charging till 100% – Bad Phone Habits
It’s satisfying to see your phone jump from 99% to 100% while charging right? Sorry but we’re here to burst that happy bubble! Charging your phone fully stresses the lithium-ion batteries due to the high voltage.
So, the best is to charge it to 80% and unplug it after. Furthermore, draining your battery to 0 also stresses it out. Hence, don’t overcharge your phone or wait until it dries completely.
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