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LG G4 – LG’s Highly Anticipated Smartphone

Posted on 29 May 2015

With the company’s biggest smartphone release in 2015 just around the corner, you definitely might be wondering what the LG G4 will bring to the table. What will it look like? How much will it cost? What features will it pack? Well, in this review, you will find everything there is to know about LG’s highly anticipated smartphone so far. So, read on to learn more:

Design
Over the last few months, LG has been hinting at a significant change in its design. How big the change is still remains a mystery but if the leaked dimensions and renders of an enigmatic LG smartphone are considered, the G4 will be a tad larger compared to its predecessor – the G3. According to the images, the phone seems to be a fusion of the G Flex 2 and the G3, having a subtly curved display and identical rear button configuration. At the top, it appears to be a stylus, while the back is gorgeously metal platted.

A 5.6-inch display is expected to rock the device, which would offer an impressive 3K 1,620 x 2,880 resolution. The phone’s display will be brighter and will have a higher contrast ratio, compared to that of the QHD LCD panels.

Features & Specifications
When it comes to features and specs, nothing yet is confirmed. However, as per speculations, the phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and will have 3GB of RAM. The touchscreen response of the LG G4 is also expected to have received an upgrade. The phone will feature Advanced In-Cell Touch, which is embedded in the LCD, resulting in a thinner built and enhanced sensitivity.

According to other reports, the smartphone will come equipped with a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera. It will also have an f/1.8 aperture and laser focus, so you can expect it to perform well even in low-light conditions.

All in all, the highly anticipated LG G4 (so far) seems to be LG’s best smartphone yet! However, that is something you will only get to know when the phone is finally released.

Photo courtesy: LG

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JVC HA RX900 – Smooth Performance at An Affordable Price

Posted on 26 May 2015

Looking for a pair of headphones which offer excellent sound but don’t cost too much? Look no further than the JVC HA RX900. The JVC HA RX900 is exactly what you are looking for. Apart from being a big boy in comparison to over-ear contenders like Panasonic and Sony, the $100 headphones are perfect for home or office use.

Design
What’s interesting about the headphone is that its headband works in two parts. You will find a thin wire structure above with a thick one below. The initial fitting is secured with a perforated leather pad and the ear cups are designed to cover your ears with a generous aesthetic. It’s safe to say these headphones have not been designed to be subtle.

There are plenty of small details that will catch your attention. The contrasting black and grey finishes go well with the silver hinges. The materials used for making the headphones are of high quality and look as though they have been inspired by the headsets usually worn by air traffic controllers. Considering its size, they do not weight as much. They weigh no more than 360g and are designed for home and work use only. They may not be the type of headphones that are suited for mobile use, especially because they do not come with a carry case.

Features and Specifications
What’s great about the headphones is that achieving a tight seal is not difficult. The successful design minimizes sound leaks and blocks out unwanted noise without any problems. It offers impressive sound but reaching the optimum volumes may prove to be difficult, unless you have hooked the headphones to an amp. The HA RX900 maintains a balance of emotion and contained movement. The quality remains the same across all sources. Moreover, it is easier to distinguish each sound and instrument, a feature which is quite rare in a pair of $100 headphones.

Conclusion
In conclusion, it is safe to say the best thing about the HA RX900 is its excellent sound quality at an affordable price. If you are shopping online, the headphones are available for as low as $70 which makes it a must buy for your listening needs.

Sources
o http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826262103
o http://www.cnet.com/products/jvc-ha-rx900/2/

Photo credit: JVC

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Asus Zenfone 2: the Smartphone Powered by Intel’s Atom Processor

Posted on 20 May 2015

Meet the Asus Zenfone 2, your cheapest ticket to enjoy Google’s latest Android software, Lollipop 5.0. Apart from the Software, Asus’ latest affordable smartphone has some amazing specs that will give other flagship phones a hard time in the market.

Specs
Released in January 2015, the Zenfone 2 will give you the best bang for your buck. The affordable priced handset will hand you an Intel Atom powered device clocked at a whopping 2.3 GHz. The guts also include 4GB of RAM, which is more than any other smartphone has had to offer. These two specs alone are enough to make it a powerhouse capable of handling almost every game and heavy demanding tasks.

There is a cheaper version of the phone as well with the same Intel Atom processor, but clocking at 1.8 GHZ and 2 GB of RAM. The more powerful version, however, has 64GB of storage space while its weaker model has 16GB. The Micro SD card slot hidden beneath the back cover, however, is great for expanding the storage space for those who feel 64GB is not sufficient for them

Display
The display is a now-common 5.5-inch LED screen with a 1920x1080p, which is Full HD and good enough to watch movies and browse your favorite pictures. The screen has a 403 pixel per inches density, which makes most things look crisp and clear on the device.

Software
As already mentioned, Asus Zenfone is your ticket to enjoying the Google’s latest mobile software, Android Lollipop 5.0. Since most Android phones have not received updates to the latest software, it will be a comfort for many to know that the affordable Asus Zenfone 2, priced at $299, comes equipped with Google’s latest. So if your phone hasn’t received the update yet and other flagship phone’s cost too much, and if you can’t wait any longer to taste Lollipop 5.0, Asus is your smartphone to have.

The software, however, is not a full-blown version of the latest iteration. It’s a slightly twisted version with Asus giving it a few tweaks here and there, which may fare well with some users, and may not with others.

Verdict
The Asus Zenfone is a dynamic smartphone with Intel’s Atom at the helm taking care of all the processing power. Priced fairly reasonably at $299 and offering a whopping 4GB RAM, the Zenfone 2 is one of the best phones you can get your hands on for a very cheap price.

Photo credit: Asus

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LG Logos: the Lowest-Priced Smartphone

Posted on 18 May 2015

LG Logos is one of those handsets which will confuse you when you look at the price and the specs of the device. Even though the hardware specs aren’t revolutionary, and may even be considered low for a device in 2015, they still manage to beat the expectations one can have from a smartphone priced $100.

Overview
Running the latest flagship version of Android (5.0, Lollipop), the LG Logos has a 4.7-inch attractive curved display. The curved display was one of the features on the LG’s flagship LG G Flex 2, but Logos brings that gorgeous curved feature on a smaller and far less pricey handset. With 312-Pixel density, the screen sits at a comfortable position among the competition and given the price range, is comfortably good enough for most works.

The backside of the device features a 5MP camera accompanied by a LED flash, and 1MP front camera which may not deliver the highest quality pictures, but give you good enough selfies. The device houses a 1.2GHz Quad core processor, enough to open up your apps and get going with most of your work, and 8GB of storage space that can be extended to at least 32GB using the MicroSD Card slot. The handset carries 1GB RAM which is enough to multitask swiftly through your apps.

While most people will find the specs worth complaining, LG Logos is a handset not meant for competing with the best players on the market, but provide enough utility to connect with your friends and family and access most apps on the market. The low-priced handset has LTE connectivity to help you browse the internet faster and stay connected with your peers. You can either use LTE, 3G or the Wi-Fi option to stay connected and navigate the internet.

Release Date
The handset was slated for a release in May 2015, that is, the current month, and with numerous connectivity options and above average specs for a $100 smartphone, it surely is going to be one of the most sought-after budget phones!

Photo courtesy: LG

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Preview: Dayton Audio B452

Posted on 14 May 2015

Are you looking to buy quality speakers at an affordable price? Then consider choosing the Audio B452 model offered by Dayton. Compared with the previous models offered by the company, the B452 is small. It is also compatible and can be easily placed at the location of your choice. Due to its compatibility features, this product has rapidly become an ideal choice for the average user. Here are some other specifications about the item:

Design
The B452 model measures in at 9.5″ by 5.5″ by 5.7″. The item has a sealed-box design and lacks a rear bass port. The model allows many unique placement possibilities when compared with other ported speakers. For e.g. the system can easily be placed against a wall, though it is recommended to keep it just a few inches away from the wall for better sound quality. Plus, The B452 utilizes a fully-wooden cabinet. This allows it to minimize resonance and also to enhance warmth without compromising on clarity. The system also has a built-in keyhole bracket as a wall hanger, this makes it very easy for anyone to wall-mount it in any desired location.

Features and Specifications
The B452 has an impedance rate of 8 ohm and consists of 4.5″ woofers along with a 0.6″ polycarbonate dome tweeter. Its power handling is of 30 watts and has a RMS of 60 watts max. Its frequency response is 85,000 to 20,000 Hz with the Sensitivity being 84 dB 1W/1m. The system’s black cloth grille can be easily removed thus making your cleaning efforts easier. The speakers can be easily paired with other subwoofers powered by Dayton Audio. It can also be used as a stand-alone stereo. And is great for parties.

Conclusion
Dayton Audio B452 will offer you a room-filling listening experience that comes with deeper bass. This can rival any other full-sized speakers that you will find in the market. So purchase the B452 system as it is highly unlikely that you will find any other device in the market that matches this much quality available at such an affordable price.

Photo credit: Dayton Audio

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Cambridge Audio TV5 Soundbase Review: Mega Upgrade to Your TV Speakers

Posted on 05 May 2015

If your extra slim TV has failed to impress you in the middle of a movie by providing sub-par sound, you are in need of a sound base. The Cambridge Audio TV5 is a mid-range soundbase that will lift your TV (literally and figuratively) and deliver solid sound to enhance your movie experience.

Sound Quality
A successor to the TV2, Cambridge TV5 is a solidly built device to accompany your TV. It can deliver a surprisingly amazing performance with bass heavy music when the volume is at max and comprehensible dialogue during a scene. The device performs better owing to a balanced audio profile, and for a device that costs £299.99, delivers a satisfying performance.

The AptX Bluetooth allows for connecting your devices wirelessly and stream your audio at high-resolution to give yourself the best experience. However, apart from the Bluetooth function, the device has few options for connectivity, something that is not expected of a device in this price range.

Design and Remote
In the design department, the package weighs about 23 pounds and according to the Cambridge Audio’s website, the device can support any TV that fits on it. A grille guards the LED indicator and a Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) on the façade. The LED indicator will light up according the task you are performing and flashes when you try to connect to a Bluetooth enabled device.

The IR remote included with the device will let you change the inputs, sync with Bluetooth devices and control the sound volume. You can even change between different presets and choose between TV, film, music or voice. Changing between the inputs can be a bit lagging and only the single indicator in the front can tell which preset you are on through different colors.

The Cambridge Audio TV5 has been designed with a beautiful matte black cabinet. The setup process is simple and the device can be up and running in no time. The Cambridge Audio TV5 manages to impress with its sound quality and overall design, but could have had more to offer in the given price range!

Photo courtesy: Camrbidge Audio

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Aukey Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Audio Receiver: Wireless Entertainment on the Go

Posted on 01 May 2015

The Aukey portable Bluetooth audio receiver will give your car speaker system a boost by adding wirelessly connectivity, if you lack it. If your car has an auxiliary input, you are all set to add this nifty device to your car and add wireless power. While most cars these days have wireless connectivity and you can pair your smartphone and receive calls and listen to music, older cars do not have the luxury of having many of those options.

People have to resort to using USBs or an auxiliary cable to connect their smartphone and other devices. However, with a device like the Aukey Bluetooth 4.0 audio receiver, you can easily add wireless connectivity to any car with a speaker and auxiliary connection.

Design
The device is small and circular in shape with a cord attached to it permanently that connects to the audio system as well as the power connection. Even though the device itself is simple, mind you, looks can be deceptive. The device has a button on its round face and the base of the Aukey can be twisted to give it multi-functionality. Between the button and the base is a ring which lights up to indicate the device is on.

The entire gadget is around 2 inches wide and an inch high, so you can determine the portability factor easily. The wire sticking from the device splits halfway to provide connection for audio and power. The back of the device is magnetic and can latch itself anywhere on the dashboard and can easily be removed when needed.

Functionality
Pairing your phone to the device is as simple as switching the device on, searching for Bluetooth in your device and pairing them. Aukey’s aux wire goes in to the car’s audio system, and you are ready to transmit your music and phone calls to the car speakers. After this, you can use the button on the device to play and pause the music, and as mentioned, the deceptively simple device can be twisted to give the current track a skip. Similarly, you can twist and hold the device to raise the volume or the other way round to bring the volume down.

The device works with both iOS and Android devices and can be used to receive calls as well. The Aukey Portable Bluetooth 4.0 audio receiver is overall a great companion for the musical needs in your car!

Photo credit: Aukey

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