Tuesday, October 30, 2018

OnePlus 6T Launched. Is it an upgrade worth waiting for? Find Out.

OnePlus has officially announced OnePlus 6T that we have been waiting for. Many phones have been launched this month but OnePlus 6T was the most awaited one. OnePlus has again proved that it can launch a flagship device which is best in Android and also you don't have to sell your kidneys to buy one.


The OnePlus 6 comes with a notch display but 6T has a notch that has been reduced up to 75%. Talking about the design, OnePlus 6T has a water droplet style notch that is much smaller that gives screen-to-body ratio of 86%.


The showstopper feature of this phone is an in-display fingerprint scanner that OnePlus calls Screen Unlock. We have already seen this in Vivo V11 Pro. According to OnePlus, the user experience has been redefined. The fingerprint scanner is now more accurate and faster. It has an optical sensor and it reads a 3D image of your finger and as the company says, it can unlock the device in just 0.34 seconds.


Talking about the display, it comes with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The bezels have been reduced further to provide a more immersive experience.

It is powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC and comes with various RAM option. The base variant has a 6 GB of RAM.

Unfortunately, the 3.5mm jack is dead on this phone and to use wired headphones, you have to purchase a type C one.

Coming to the camera, on the rear, it has a dual camera setup consisting of a  16-megapixel primary shooter and a 20-megapixel secondary depth sensor. The front camera comes with a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. The rear camera has optical image stabilisation along with the electronic image stabilisation for smooth video shooting.

Like Google Pixel 3 Night Sight mode, OnePlus has also introduced Nightscape mode to improve low light photography. But Night sight mode of Pixel 3 is magical, we have to wait to see how OnePus Nightscape performs.

OnePlus is now giving a larger 3700mAh battery and the phone runs on Oxygen OS based on Android 9.0 Pie.


Coming to the variants, it comes in three variants, the 6GB+128GB variant costs US$ 549 (Rs 40,000), the 8GB+128GB variant costs US$ 579 (Rs 42,500), and finally the 8GB+256GB variant costs US$ 629 (Rs 46,200). Colour options are Midnight Black (matte finish) and Mirror Black (glass finish) options. Seven aftermarket cases are available for the phone along with the Wireless Bullets earphones as well.

Images credit: OnePlus

Monday, October 29, 2018

5 Tech Hacks to make your life easier.

Here are some tech hacks that you can use in your day to day life that makes your life easier.

1. People sometimes are in a hurry. They keep working on a browser and do not want to put the browser in the background. In case you want to note down something quickly and you don't want to leave the browser, just type “data:text/html, <html contenteditable>” in the address bar and your browser will become a temporary notepad.



Remember to bookmark and rename it as Notepad.

Jose Jesus Perez Aguinaga/coderwall

2. Search YouTube without going to YouTube - This trick makes searching on youtube easier. You don't need to land on the youtube page to search something. You just need to type the search phrase in the address bar and hit Enter and you are done. This trick works on chrome browser. Here is how you can do it. Type youtube.com in the address bar and hit Tab. Now enter the search phrase and you are done. This also works with amazon and flipkart.



3. Youtube TV - If you want to have an experience of distraction-free viewing experience then you would love to know that there is a TV version of youtube which you can use on your desktop.  All that junk that you see on normal youtube pages such as comments will disappear here. Click here to access it.


4. Windows GOD mode. To access any settings on Windows, you just need to create a folder and name it “Control Panel Shortcuts.{ed7ba470-8e54-465e-825c-99712043e01c}”. Access any control settings in the folder.

5. Edit an online image - Want to open and edit an online image in paint. Just  paste the image url directly into the paint to open it.




Thursday, October 25, 2018

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Launched in China with 10GB RAM and Full Screen Slider


Xiaomi has launched new Mi Mix series in China. This is the fourth smart phone in this series after Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2 and Mi Mix 2S. Mi Mix 3 comes with a sliding camera setup. This type of setup was present in Oppo Find X.

There are 3 variants available for Mi Mix 3.
  • 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. This will cost 3,299 yuan (Rs.34,700)
  • 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. This will cost 3,999 yuan (Rs.42,100)
  • 10 GB RAM and 256GB storage. This will cost 4,999 yuan (Rs.52,700)


The 10GB variant is a special edition called Forbidden City Palace Museum. The company is claiming it to be the first smart phone with 10GB RAM.

It has a 6.39-inch AMOLED display and has the screen to body ratio about 93.4%. It has a screen resolution of 2340x1080p.



Mi Mix 3 is powered by Snapdragon 845 processor and Xiaomi will also launch its 5G variant in European countries.


Talking about camera, this device has for cameras. There are two cameras in rear, 12-megapixel each. One wide angle and another telephoto. The front has a combination of 24-megapixel and 2-megapixel. Surprisingly, there is a fingerprint sensor on the back. However, the smartphones like Vivo V11 pro and OnePlue 6T are coming with under display fingerprint sensor.

This device supports wireless charging and comes with a 10W wireless charger. The smartphone also incorporates a dedicated AI button on the left side which on holding wakes up the Xiao AI voice assistant and can also be customised for different actions on single and double click.

Let me know in comments what you think about this in the comments.

  

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Vivo V9 - Selfie iPhone X



Buy Here (Flipkart)

This was launched in March 2018 and back then it was Vivo's flagship device. This device is selling at approx Rs.13,500 on Flipkart's Big Billion Day and I am going to review and find a conclusion whether you should go for this phone or not. As far as looks are concerned, this looks a premium device but as soon as you hold this you are completely wrong. The back looks like glass but it is made up of plastic. Talking about its screen, it has a stunning display with a notch. This makes it a beautiful phone. Vivo is marketing this phone as a camera and music phone. We will find that how good is its camera and how good it sounds. I have also made a list of its pros and cons which I will discuss later.

First of all here are the specifications.
Snapdragon 626 SOC Octa-core processor
4GB RAM
6.3" 19:9 Full HD+ LCD Screen
64 GB Internal Storage
Dual Nano Sim + Dedicated micro SD card support
Rear Camera 16MP + 5 MP
Front Camera 24 MP
3260 mAh Battery
Fingerprint scanner
Android 8.1 Oreo

Regarding its camera, I would say it is a good one. Because when I tried shooting some photos in daylight, it came out to be very nice. The photos clicked in artificial lighting are also good. In low light conditions the photos were decent and not bad. But they could have been better. The best part about its camera is its portrait mode. You can even adjust blur effect after clicking the photo. If we talk about it's 24 MP selfie camera, I would say it is a great camera. Just in case I missed a dedicated flash for the front camera. Though it has a screen flash which is good but not great I would say. There is portrait mode available for the front camera as well.
Since it is being marketed as a camera-centric phone I tried testing its video capabilities and surprisingly, it was as very bad. It does not have optical image stabilization or electronic image stabilization. So when you are shooting while walking the video came out to be very shaky and looked really bad. Here are some sample shots.











Now coming to the music part, I tried with both wired and wireless headphones and the sound output is decent I would say. It is not good enough for a music-centric phone. The sound is loud and crisp but it is very basic. There is no sound enhancement present like Dolby etc. Expectations are more when you are buying a phone that says camera and music phone.

Now lets see its pros and cons.

Pros
RAM managenet on this device is good.
Screen quality and display are good.
It looks like iPhone. This could be a con too.
The phone is lightweight.
Dual sim with dedicated micro SD card slot.
Cellular call quality is good. Tested this with JIO.
Notification light.
It has DLNA support.
No compromise in sensors department.
Face-unlock and fingerprint work quite fast.


Cons
Silly funtouch OS. It is very heavy skin over Android.
No sound enhancement like Dolby etc. since it is a music-centric phone.
Only one speaker at the bottom, a music-centric phone must have a stereo speaker setup.
No front facing LED flash for a 24 MP selfie shooter.
No battery graph where you can find battery consumption details.
No fast charging. You cannot even charge it fast with a fast charger.
No USB type C, still Micro USB charging port.
When using portrait mode, the processing speed is not fast.


Conclusion:
This phone is for a person for whom selfie is on the highest priority. Other it should look like an iPhone and can tolerate funtouch OS.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale: Great discounts on Amazon Echo, Fire TV, and Kindle

Amazon is giving heavy discounts on its products in this festival sale. The deal includes Fire TV Stick, Amazon Echo smart speakers to Amazon Kindles. If you ever thought of buying any one of these, this is the right time to do so. Discounts are going up to 50 percent, so hurry up!!

Amazon Fire TV Stick

This is the most amazing product from Amazon. This product converts your dumb TV into a smart one. You can watch hundreds of channels like color, sony, hotstar etc. You can also use Netflix, Prime videos and even listen to your favorite track on amazon music, gaana, youtube etc. This is usually priced at Rs.3,999, can be bought at Rs.2,799.

BUY HERE


Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon has just released the third generation of Echo Dot smart speakers. This time the speakers are much louder and deliver more bass and good sound quality. This speaker packs into four far-field microphones which improve its listening capabilities. The regular price for new Echo Dot is Rs. 4,499 but if you buy id right now, you can get it for just Rs. 2,999. That's a huge discount which makes it a great deal.

If you want something cheaper, the second generation Echo Dot is being sold at Rs. 2,499

BUY HERE.




Amazon Echo

If the echo dot looks and sounds smaller for you. You need something bigger with louder sound and bigger bass. Here comes Amazon Echo for you. The regular price for this is Rs.9,999 which is being sold on discount at a price of Rs.6,999.

BUY HERE.





Amazon Echo Spot

This speaker is for those who wanted a screen in their Alexa enabled speakers. With this speaker, both audio and video calls can be made. I also like that I can see Alexa responses on the screen and not just listen to them. Echo spot can be connected to external speakers via Bluetooth or 3.5mm audio cable which allows you to enhance its audio capabilities. Regular price for this speaker is Rs.12,999 and can be purchased in the sale at Rs.10,999.

BUY HERE



Amazon Kindle Deals

Amazon is offering huge discounts on its Kindle product range which goes up to 25%. The Kindles are the great devices for a reader and pack a good hardware. It is backed up by the world largest ebook library. If you love reading this must be in your bag anytime.



BUY AMAZON KINDLE HERE
BUY AMAZON KINDLE PAPERWHITE
BUY AMAZON KINDLE OASIS



As you can see Amazon is offering heavy discounts on its products, then what are you waiting for. Go and get one for yourself.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Laptop Buying Guide - Best Deals Inside

Hello guys!
Wanna buy a laptop? Flipkart is offering best-ever prices in their sale days. There are thousands of laptops to choose from. You might get confused and end up in selecting a one which might be not the right one for you. So I am here to help. I am sharing a list best laptops that I found which might help you in selecting the best one for you. So here goes the list.

JBL FEST ON AMAZON SALE

Amazon is back with the best offers in this festive season. There are gadgets on heavy discounts and never before offer. I am going to share my picks and also hope this going to help you guys in selecting your favorite gadgets. Here it goes:

JBL GO Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Mic - BUY HERE
This gives you a quality sound and the speakers are loud enough to solve the purpose in a large room. It has a battery life up to 5 hours and it comes with noise and echo cancellation. It is very portable and comes with AUX input also. It comes in eight different colors but black is my favorite. It comes with Bluetooth version 4.1 and weighs only 130g. It has the frequency response of 180-20kHz which is great for a speaker of this size.



Check it here.



Soundbars
TVs are getting slimmer day by day which has also resulted in degraded sound quality in them. Here comes the role of soundbars which improve the sound output and quality of your TV. If you really want to enjoy music or a movie, you must invest in one of these. My picks for soundbars are here.

JBL 2.0 Wireless Soundbar - BUY HERE
It has a minimalistic design with soundbar only without a subwoofer but it comes with a built-in Dual Bass Port design. It can't match the power of a sub-woofer but it throws better bass than your TV for sure. It has a surround sound output without the hassle of any wires or speakers. It also comes with Bluetooth version 4.2, you can stream your music wirelessly. This comes with a remote control, but this is designed to work with many of today's top TV remote controls.







JBL Cinema SB250 Wireless Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer - BUY HERE
This comes with a wireless subwoofer and provides a cinematic sound experience. The best part of this it comes with a wireless subwoofer so you can place it anywhere in the room without worrying about wiring hassle. There is only one cable connection which you need to connect TV with the soundbar. It comes with Dolby Digital and Harman Surround which gives an incredible cinematic experience. It has a feature called JBL sound shift in which it works with your TV and mobile phone at the same time to allow you to automatically switch between the sound from your TV and the sound from your phone or tablet. It keeps the volume level consistent with Harman Volume technology, so no more worries about the loud commercials.






JBL Cinema SB350 Premium Wireless Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer - BUY HERE
This has all the features of  JBL Cinema SB250, what makes this different from SB250 is its subwoofer. It comes with a 165mm subwoofer which gives you an immense cinematic experience with a rich bass. The sound quality is much better with a larger subwoofer. Music experience is incredible when you stream your favorite song from your mobile via Bluetooth.






Check it here.


JBL C100SI In-Ear Headphones with Mic - BUY HERE
This is something you will not regret buying. If you need an earphone for prolonged usage, this is it. It is lightweight and comfortable and got JBL signature sound. It comes with a mic and one button remote to accept and reject calls. It has a good frequency response of 20-20kHz whcih is decent for lows and mids.






JBL T450BT Extra Bass Wireless On-Ear Headphones with Mic - BUY HERE
It is wireless, lightweight and comfortable headphones. It has got call and music controls on earcups. It has a great battery life of 11 Hours. The main feature of this is JBL PURE BASS sound. It produces a crisp punching and powerful bass. For bass lovers, this is one of the best headphones out there.






JBL Flip 4 Portable Wireless Speaker with Powerful Bass & Mic - BUY HERE
Wirelessly connect two smartphones or tablets and take turns playing impressive stereo sound. Built-in 3000mAh rechargeable battery which gives it a 12 Hours play time. Take it for a swim as it is IPX7 waterproof. You can take crystal clear calls with a built-in noise and echo cancellation speakerphone. You can access Siri or Google assistant with a simple button touch. It is made up of durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing which means it will outlast all your adventures. 






So this is it guys, please leave your comments if you like it.
Thanks.





Saturday, October 6, 2018

BEST MOBILE DEALS FROM AMAZON AND FLIPKART

Friends, you must be aware of that Flipkart and Amazon are back with their sales, Big Billion Days and Great Indian Festival sale respectively. This is the best time to prepare your wishlist and start saving on the massive discounts provided by both these competitors.
Most of you might be looking to upgrade your mobile phones. So, here I am sharing you with some great smartphones which are also on great discounts. Also, I am concerned about only those phones which are worth buying, so here goes my list.

Samsung Galaxy S8: BUY HERE



This needs no introduction. This is one of the most beautiful phones produced by Samsung. It comes with:
4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 256 GB
14.73 cm (5.8 inch) Quad HD+ Display
f/1.7 12MP Rear Camera | 8MP Front Camera
3000 mAh Battery
Exynos 8895 Octa Core 2.3GHz Processor



Asus Zenfones

Asus is offering great discounts on Zenfone series. 

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: 3GB/32GB  BUY HERE

 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 2 TB
15.21 cm (5.99 inch) Full HD+ Display
13MP + 5MP | 8MP Front Camera
5000 mAh Battery
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core Processor
Brand Warranty of 1 Year Available for Handset and 6 Months for Accessories




Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: 6GB/64GB  BUY HERE

6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 2 TB
15.21 cm (5.99 inch) Full HD+ Display
16MP + 5MP | 16MP Front Camera
5000 mAh Battery
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core Processor
Brand Warranty of 1 Year Available for Handset and 6 Months for Accessories




Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: 4GB/64GB  BUY HERE

4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 2 TB
15.21 cm (5.99 inch) Full HD+ Display
13MP + 5MP | 8MP Front Camera
5000 mAh Battery
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core Processor 













ASUS ZENFONE 5Z: BUY HERE

 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 2 TB
15.75 cm (6.2 inch) Full HD+ Display
12MP + 8MP | 8MP Front Camera
3300 mAh Battery
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa Core Processor 
















HONOR 9N: BUY HERE

4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 256 GB
14.83 cm (5.84 inches) Display
13MP + 2MP | 16MP Front Camera
3000 mAh Battery
Kirin 659 Octa Core Processor
Full View Display with Notch




















MOTO Z2 FORCE: BUY HERE

6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 2 TB
13.97 cm (5.5 inch) Quad HD Display
12MP + 12MP | 5MP Front Camera
2730 mAh Battery
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor
















 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: BUY HERE


Camera: 12+12 MP Dual rear Camera with Autofocus, 2x Optical zoom | 8 MP front camera with Image recording, Touch focus and Face smile detection
Display: 16.05 centimeters (6.3-inch) QHD+ capacitive touchscreen display with 1440x2960 pixels, 521 ppi pixel density and 18.5:9 aspect ratio
Memory, Storage & SIM: 6GB RAM | 64GB storage expandable up to 256GB | Dual SIM with dual standby (4G+4G)
Operating System and Processor: Exyn operating system 8895 10nm octa core processor 2.3GHz + 1.7GHz. Mali-G71 MP20 GPU
Battery: 3300 mAH lithium ion battery providing talk-time of 22 hours
Warranty: 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase
Included in box: Travel adaptor, Data cable, Stereo headset, USB connector, Micro USB connector, S-Pen Acc and Clear cover


OnePlus 6: BUY HERE


Camera: 20+16 MP Dual rear camera with Optical image stabilization, Super slow motion, Portrait mode | 16 MP front camera
Display: 15.95 centimeters (6.28-inch) Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display with 2280x1080 pixels and 19:9 aspect ratio | 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Memory, Storage & SIM: 6GB RAM | 64GB storage | Dual nano SIM with dual standby (4G+4G)
Operating System and Processor: Android Oreo 8.1 Oxygen operating system based on with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa core processor
Battery: 3300 mAH lithium Polymer battery with Dash Charge technology
Warranty: 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase
Included in box: Screen protector (pre-applied), Translucent case, Dash Type-C cable, Dash power adaptor

Other features: Face Unlock, Fingerprint scanner, Water Resistant, Glass back and NFC enabled




Mi A2: BUY HERE

Camera: 12+20 MP Dual rear camera | 20 MP front camera
Display: 15.21 centimetres (5.99-inch) Full HD+ capacitive touchscreen display with 2160x1080 pixels and 403 ppi pixel density | 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Memory, Storage & SIM: 4GB RAM | 64GB storage | Dual nano SIM with dual-standby (4G+4G)
Operating System and Processor: Android v8.1 Oreo operating system with 2.2GHz Qualcomm snapdragon 660 octa core processor
Battery: 3010 mAH lithium Polymer battery
Warranty: 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase
Included in box: Type-C to Audio adapter, Power adapter, USB Cable, Clear soft case








I hope this information helps you in selecting the best smartphone of your choice.

Thank you.



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