Archive | December, 2014

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – a Unique Design With a Built-in Projector

Posted on 31 December 2014

Looking for a stand out tablet is not as difficult as it was before. The range of tablets available in the market makes it impossible for an individual to choose the right one. However, Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro promises to be one of the most innovative tablets released this year. It is one of the very first tablets to incorporate its very own built-in projector.

Design
The tablet is quite similar to its predecessors. However, it may seem a bit odd due to the rounded spine that houses its built-in projector. It also has its own rear kickstand to make it stand upright. The device is quite sturdy and is easier to use than the previous models. What’s interesting is that the tablet can also be hung thanks to a square hole located in the middle.

The power button is located on the left edge, along with the micro-USB port, headphone jack and volume rocker. The projector is located on the opposite end, along with its own power button. Considering its build and design, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is quite heavy and can get tiring to hold onto.

Features and Specifications
The tablet runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 and is equipped with various pre-installed apps. Its custom UI is better than the one found in previous Yoga tablets. It houses an Intel Atom 1.86 GHz quad-core processor along with 2 GB of RAM.

Even though it comes with 32 GB of internal storage space, you do have the option to expand its storage capabilities with a microSD card. The tablet’s specifications allow it to perform exceptionally well and allow you to take advantage of its multi-window function. Its 13 inch screen boasts a bright and sharp screen resolution and its battery life is just as effective as the tablet itself.

The projector performs relatively well even though it’s not as bright as it should be. You do not have access to a variety of options and thus may find it difficult to get the focus right. The few projector settings that have been provided only allow you to adjust brightness or fix distortions.

Conclusion
Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is unique and does deliver on its promises. The hybrid does bring something new to the table and will inspire others to do the same as well. Until then, it is your best option for an all-in-one experience and is perfect for home use.

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Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless – It Doesn’t Miss a Beat

Posted on 29 December 2014

The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earphone is unlike anything you may have seen before. Even though you will have a lot of options to choose from, nothing comes close to Sport Pulse. Costing no more than $200, the set comes equipped with an integrated heart-rate monitor as well. This does not necessarily mean that it does not have its shortcomings, but if you wish to learn more about it, read on.

Design
They have been designed in Denmark. What’s interesting is that it comes with various silicon tips and wings for a customized fit. It is by far better than its predecessor, the ‘Rox.’ Most in-ear earphones aren’t as exciting as they should be but the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless begs to differ. With its unique design, it conforms to your ear better than you may have imagined.

They have been designed in such a way that the heart rate monitor rests easy at the bottom of the inside rim of your ear. They might be a bit bigger than the competition, but they lighter than most.

Features and Specifications
The earphone comes equipped with a variety of features and specifications. For starters, you can instantly synchronize your device with it using NFC technology. It also has its very own microphone and in-line remote.

While purchasing one of these, you get a nice carry case. In case you lose the cord, you can use the extra one provided. What’s interesting is that you can adjust the cord length as well. Additionally, you do have the option to upgrade the firmware. This can be done with ease without having to connect the earphone to you computer via USB.

The sound quality is pretty impressive, but unless you have a tight seal between your ear and the earpiece, you may end up losing quite a bit of bass. However, the Jabra sport pulse wireless does have its drawbacks when it comes to playing complicated songs with a lot of frequencies and instruments. But they do a pretty good job if you’re working out.

The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless offers a battery life of around 4 to 4.5 hours at max. Even though it isn’t great, it still falls within expectations since most Bluetooth earphones max 5 hours.

Conclusion
It is safe to say that the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless is better than most sports earphones out there. Its fit and features make it worth looking into especially with its heart rate monitor. However, with a little work the earphones could’ve sounded a lot better considering its price.

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus – Innovation Guaranteed

Posted on 26 December 2014

If you’re thinking about getting the iPhone 6 Plus, think again. There are quite a few smartphones that come close to the iPhone and the features that it has to offer. However, the Huawei Honor 6 Plus seems to be one of the very first smartphones to have outdone the latest iPhone.

A month after the launch of the Honor 6, the Chinese smartphone maker decided to up its game with the Honor 6 Plus. If you wish to learn more about it, read on.

Design
There is more to the Honor 6 Plus than a couple of hardware upgrades. It does share its glass design with the Honor 6, but it outdoes its predecessor at the same time. With a metallic strip running down the sides, it is considerably larger and is equipped with two cameras on the back. However, same may argue that it does look incredibly similar to the iPhone 5S. This is not necessarily a bad thing as most Chinese manufacturers gladly pay homage to the iPhone to target a larger market audience than ever before.

Features and Specifications
The Honor 6 Plus is bundled with impressive features and specifications. After buying one of these babies, it is highly unlikely that you’ll have any performance issues whatsoever. It comes equipped with an incredible octa-core processor that is power efficient at the same time.

Similar to the iPhone 6 Plus, it comes with a 5.5 inch display that offers a stunning 1920 x 1080 resolution. With 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, it offers an incredible and smooth experience. Additionally, you also have the option to expand its memory capabilities with a microSD card.

Even though its dual camera setup is quite similar to the HTC One M8, it lacks some key features including optical zoom. You may be taking pictures at 8 megapixels, but they turn out incredibly detailed. Moreover, the front-facing camera is an 8 megapixel shooter as well, which is quite rare to come across.

The best thing about this smartphone is its incredible battery life. It is powered by a 3600mAh battery and runs on Android KitKat 4.4. Even though it does not make use of the latest Lollipop update, Huawei’s overlay offers an incredible experience that is similar to the iPhone.

Conclusion
The smartphone is expected to be released soon and will be available in three different colors including gold, white and black. The phone has a lot of potential and to some extent does outperform the iPhone. Many people may consider it to be nothing more than a cheap knock off, but it has all the makings of an iPhone killer.

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Alienware Alpha – Thinks Like a Gaming Console

Posted on 24 December 2014

If you’ve desperately been waiting for one of the steam machine prototypes, you do not have to wait any more. The Alienware Alphas promises to outperform almost any gaming console and is one of the most intriguing computer devices to be released this year. Even though it looks like a gaming console, it offers much more than what you would normally expect from an Xbox or a Playstation.

Design
In comparison to the Xbox One or the Playstation 4, the Alienware Alpha is relatively smaller. With a square body shape, it is just as big as any Roku-style device. One of the best things about the Alpha is that it does not look out of place. The output audio and HDMI ports are located on the back for neat wiring regardless of where you plan to place it. Upon powering the system, the attractive Alienware logo lights up, giving it a distinct look unlike anything you may have seen before.

Features and Specifications
Costing no more than $549, the Alpha has a lot to offer. The basic model comes equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive to fulfill your storage needs. What’s interesting about the Alpha is that it utilizes a custom Nvidia GeForce GPU that is quite similar to the GeForce 860M. Rather than building your own gaming desktop, it seems to be a better alternative and is quite affordable at the same time.

The best thing about the Alpha is that it works exactly the way it’s been advertised. It can play almost any next-gen game and runs them at 1920 x 1080 resolutions flawlessly. Navigating the custom UI can be tough and may require a mouse in some instances.

However, it outperforms next-gen consoles regardless of how limited its hardware may seem. The Alpha is not restricted by its hardware capabilities, as you have the option to upgrade each component, apart from the GPU.

Conclusion
In conclusion, it is safe to say that the Alpha will certainly exceed your expectations. The custom UI may be limited, but its specs will push the limits of next-gen consoles to a whole new level. The device is relatively affordable and fulfills its promise of delivering a console like experience on a PC.

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The YotaPhone 2: E-Reader and Smartphone Rolled Into One

Posted on 22 December 2014

Have you ever had to decide between buying an e-Reader or a smartphone due to limited budget? If you have, then you don’t need to worry about letting one go if you buy the other. The YotaPhone 2 is a curiously interesting phone that brings the functionality of a smartphone, and the easy-on-eye, battery saving benefit of an e-Reader both in one device.

Having a touch screen smartphone on the front and an e-ink screen on the back is definitely an engineering feat, one achieved last year when the YotaPhone was released, but the upgrade of the device, YotaPhone 2 has managed to increase the performance of the device and make it far more usable than its predecessor.
Previously, on the original concept, the use of the low power e-ink reader was limited, but now users can utilize the battery friendly screen in more ways than before. There’s nothing revolutionary about the design of the YotaPhone, it is simply a long pebble shaped device with soft round corners.

It is the guts of the device that manages to impress however. With a 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD screen, it provides a good enough display for everyday use. The phone houses an 8-megapixel camera at the back, right on top of the e-ink display. The front has a 2-megapixel camera which is a necessity for selfie-crazed people and runs an older version of Android OS, KitKat.

The device runs a Quad-core processor at 2.3GHz, and is complemented by 2GB of RAM to make up the solid insides of the device. These specs are so good it makes one wonder how the engineers of the YotaPhone managed to cram such high-end specs and the 2500 mAh battery sandwiched between not one, but two displays. It offers storage space of 32GB internally which is more than what most companies offer in their top tier smartphones.

The YotaPhone may not have a mass market appeal till now, but its predecessor has definitely made a stir in the market with added features and improved functionality. It remains to be seen, however, if the concept will stand the test of time or will fade away into nothingness in a matter of months.

Photo courtesy: YotaPhone

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Acer Chromebook 13: Your Window to Chrome OS

Posted on 19 December 2014

Acer is no stranger to bringing quality laptops to their consumers but this time around they have taken a different approach to make them stand out. Acer has increased the processing power and hardware capabilities of Chromebooks like never before. With a 13-inch HD display and 2GB RAM, this Chromebook from Acer is raising the bar as far as performance is concerned.

You will get 16GB SSD to store your files. The Chrome runs smooth as silk on this Chromebook thanks to the superior processing power. The K1 processor used in this Chromebook instead of Intel Core i3 chips has its advantages and disadvantages. When you use a processor like K1 that is built for tablets in Chromebooks you get more battery life per charge. On the other hand, it may cause some compatibility issues. Acer Chromebook 13 is not an exception to both these issues.

Watching videos on the 13-inch HD display is a visual treat. The larger screen size makes it easy for you to make the most of Google’s productivity apps. Acer has combined a full-size keyboard with a touchpad that does not have any buttons. A full-size keyboard makes typing easier. On the connectivity front, 2 USB-3.0 ports, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi connectivity and an HDMI output port ensure you have sufficient slots and means to connect the Chromebook to different devices.

You might come across some apps from the Chrome Store that refuse to run or cause problems but you also get a significantly longer battery life. During the testing phase, Acer Chromebook 13’s battery lasted for eight hours, which is longer than other Chromebooks. The lightweight and slim design makes it easy to carry around.

Priced at around $300, you get a powerful Chromebook that could match a low profile laptop as far as performance is concerned. It is best suited for web based service and a brilliant online companion.

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Typo 2 for IPhone 6: a Physical Keyboard for the IPhone

Posted on 16 December 2014

iPhone owners, who covet a physical keyboard to accompany their powerful device, can finally breathe an air of joy. The Typo 2 for iPhone6 is a case for the smartphone that adds a physical keyboard to the touch screen device. The keyboard suspiciously resembles the one found on BlackBerry devices, but it nevertheless makes typing long messages and e-mails on your iPhone a tad easier.

The case is a successor to the Typo keyboard, and improves the functionality of the phone but has some trade-offs that iPhone users will have to face. The case renders the TouchID of the iPhone 6 useless by hiding it behind the face of the keyboard. Users who are prone to accessing their devices using the TouchID on their Home Buttons won’t be too happy about this, but it’s a trade-off they will have to make should they choose the Typo 2.

The case charges separately from the iPhone via a MicroUSB port provided on the left side of the casing, and a full charge can give your casing almost 7 to 10 days of use. It is in no way connected to the phone except via Bluetooth, which enables the use of the physical keyboard instead of the virtual keyboard the iPhone offers. Users will just need to slide their iPhones into the case and once locked in, it adds a slight thickness to the slim body of the smartphone, as is expected of any case you strap to your iPhone.

Having four extra rows of keys to your iPhone also adds an inch to the length of the device and puts in at par with its bigger brother, the iPhone 6 Plus. Access to the earphone jack and charging port are allowed through the holes provided in the case.

The Typo 2 keyboard case for iPhone 6 is no doubt a brilliant accessory for your phone but its success solely depends on users who crave a physical keyboard for their otherwise brilliant phone. The case will cost $99 but adds a solid keyboard to increase your productivity. However, many users will be disappointed about losing the TouchID feature and may have to forego the nifty case.

Photo courtesy: TypoKeyboards

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