Archive | June, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0: the Most Popular Saga of Android Tablets

Posted on 29 June 2015

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 has an 8-inch screen with 1280×800 pixel resolution, a dual-core processor at 1.5GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, expandable microSD memory and 3G and LTE versions, while running on Android 4.2.2 Jellybean. This one is an attractive tablet with an intermediate size, a great design, average performance and some software features already seen in the Samsung Galaxy S4. In short, it is a midrange tablet with a few standout features and specs.

The Samsung Galaxy A 8.0 has a suitable size and is lightweight (316 grams), making the tablet extremely portable. Moreover, the finish of the body is great and this is the reason the tablet looks visually appealing. Admittedly, this is a Samsung tablet and this means there are plastic stands on all sides. The tablet resembles a large, phone. This can be seen in the front. At the top, you can see a speaker. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 3G allows you to make calls, a feature which that seems strange and unnecessary. Next to the speaker, you can see the front camera and proximity sensor, that stand out as the tablet is white.
Below the volume buttons, you can find the infrared port for controlling your TV through the WatchON application. However, the position of the infrared port requires you to use the tablet horizontally (in fact it never gets WatchON vertical) even though the physical buttons tablet are designed for mainly vertical use.

At the top, you have the headphone jack, and at the bottom, the microUSB port for charging and connecting the tablet to a computer and two speakers for multimedia sound, which look great but lack somewhat in terms of audio quality. The camera is located at the back of the tablet, along with the Samsung logo. As mentioned earlier, the tablet is easy to hold and you can operate it with one hand without hassle.

Photo courtesy: Samsung

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ZTE Overture 2: the $50 Smartphone

Posted on 24 June 2015

The ZTE Overture 2 is the second generation version of the ZTE Overture and comes two years after the first model, but the wait was worth it. This is because the ZTE Overture 2 features several improvements and better features as compared to its predecessor. Powered by Lollipop, the ZTE Overture 2 costs just $50 with a two-year contract, but you can refund the contract amount to get out of the deal.

The Overture 2 is not a high-end phone, but has good features for people looking for a useful phone that is not loaded with features they may never use. Its 4.5-inch screen (better than its predecessor and bigger than the average smartphone on the market) has a resolution of 854×840 pixels and comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor, a 2100 mAh battery, 8GB of internal storage and a slot for a microSD card that can expand the memory up to 32 GB. Its quadcore processor and 4G LTE speeds allow you to send, receive, view, listen, watch and play anything you want without lag or disruption.

Unfortunately, the Overture 2 has limited battery life as compared to its earlier version. It has a below average battery time which gives only 10 hours of use on a full charge. Still, it is an impressive smartphone, if you do not use your phone nonstop. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera (which will not capture crisp photos), a front 0.3-megapixel cameras and speakers that output Dolby Digital Plus sound. In the US market, the new ZTE Overture 2 will cost only $50, although it is expected a similar version will reach other regions.

Currently, the ZTE Overture 2 is positioned as an entry-level affordable smartphone. In terms of features and design, it gets the job done if all you need a phone for is sending texts and making calls. Priced $50, you won’t find a cheaper smartphone.

Photo courtesy: ZTE

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Samsung Galaxy S6: Shedding Stereotypes

Posted on 19 June 2015

In the name of slimness, the Samsung Galaxy S6 makes many compromises than its predecessors, for instance:
o No MicroSD card
o Fixed battery

These adjustments are common in the smartphone verse. With a metal chassis, it addresses the cheap plastic feeling of its predecessor. The Galaxy S6 falls squarely between intense competition from Apple and low-end rivals such as Huawei, Xiaomi, and Lenovo. It definitely beats the metallic HTC One M9 in terms of battery life, features and camera quality. Seeking inspiration from Samsung Pay, it has now its own Samsung Pay whilst using an Exynos processor (used Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 previously). It has wireless charging, which no smartphone offers as yet.

Camera
The rear camera features 16 megapixels with LED flash. It also fires IR beams, working as a TV remote.
Drawbacks
o The camera protrudes from the back
o The glass easily surface gets smudged with fingerprints
o The camera isn’t waterproof

Exterior Jacket
The exterior jacket comes in three colors:
o Platinum gold
o Sapphire black
o White pearl
The rear is reflective which can get irritating after a while.

Screen

The phone features a 5.1-inch screen with AMOLED display of 2560*1440p. Currently, it beats every smartphone on the market.

Physical Features
In reality, it’s as thin as a razor blade, with only the S6 Edge beating it in terms of slimness. Apart from this, its design is similar to that of iPhone 6. Here are some examples:
o Speaker grille
o Volume button
o Headphone jack
o White jacket (iPhone 6 and S6) and matte silver trim

It is made from matte aluminum alloy with Gorilla Glass 4 (rear/ front). Samsung finally paid heed to the fans’ outcry about cheap plastic bodies for years.
Moreover, there are three buttons for namely:
o Home
o Recent Apps
o Back

Add-on
Double tap the home button to activate the camera (a bit late), even when locked.
All in all, the Galaxy S6 epitomizes Samsung’s attempt to break away from its mold and compete on even footing with the iPhone.

Photo courtesy: Samsung

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: the iPhone Gets Bigger

Posted on 17 June 2015

While the iPhone 6 carried a 4.7-inch screen, the iPhone 6 Plus will satisfy customers seeking a bigger display, which is common in Android phones. It carries Apple’s newest OS, iOS 8.2, including Apple Pay. The iPhone 6 Plus has a fantastic camera, user-friendly OS and a beautiful design.

Price
The price of the iPhone 6 Plus depends on the storage capacity you opt for. Here are the three options you can select from:
o $299 for 16 GB
o $349 for 64 GB
o $449 for 128 GB

Physical Features
o The phone sports a 5.5-inch screen, which is a significant increase in length on the iPhone 6
o The phone weighs 172 grams, slightly less Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
o The iPhone 6 Plus feels better to use as it slides in the hand comfortably compared to the industrial feel of the iPhone 5.
o Like its predecessors, it’s made from matte aluminum. It lacks the charm and uniqueness of the previous models and features certain elements reminiscent of HTC One and Nokia Lumia.
o Existing iPhone users will have to adjust get used to the lock/ power button on the right. The sound control buttons are on the left while the 3.5mm headphone slot is at the bottom.
o The iPhone 6 Plus is unlocked by Touch ID, which is faster as compared to face and fingerprint detection features on other handsets. You can use fingerprints on iTunes and any other apps.

Landscape Mode
A software add-on exclusively for the iPhone 6 Plus is the landscape mode. When you hold the phone sideways, the messages appear in one column and the content in the other.

Camera
The iPhone 6 Plus boasts an 8MP rear camera with image stabilization. Images are as sharp as a razor. Videos remain crystal-clear, regardless of shaking and moving. Videos and photos are shot at 1080p. Autofocus comes into play in both cases of video and camera. Photos are colorful and sharp.

Photo courtesy: Apple

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Kazam Thunder 450 L Review

Posted on 12 June 2015

The Kazam Thunder 450L supports 4G LTE internet connectivity. Now on the Kazam Thunder 450L you have the fastest connection available on smartphones. It allows for maximum efficiency in surfing with more ease, streaming music and videos without a problem.

The Kazam 450 L has a more mature design with corners rounded out and a smooth base, which is very comfortable to run your fingers over. The hardware technology includes a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with Random Access Memory of 1 GB. It has 8 GB worth of storage space out of only a little is used by the phone and the remaining you can enjoy downloading apps, music , movies and images. There is an additional space of 32 GB that can be created by putting in a micro SD card. The phone has all the standard perks including an FM radio.

The Kazam Thunder 450 L has high definition 720p 5 inch screen, which provides sufficient detail in imagery to play games or watch movies. The camera has an 8 megapixel autofocus and has video capability of 1080p in high definition. In the front there is a 2 megapixel camera and the phone comes with Skype. The Kazam Thunder 450 L has a talk time of over 6 hours; however, the battery is built in and cannot be removed.

The Kazan Thunder 450 L is uses Windows 8.1 OS. It has tiles representing various phone functions that one can tap. The application developers list Windows phones as their third priority while creating new apps. So, you will have to make sure that the App is available on a Windows version. However, windows phones claim that they are faster in use then Android phones.Something worth testing.

Do make sure that your mobile service provider caters to the window phone functionality to make sure it is worth the money. This phone has all the perks and the latest technology as far hardware and ergonomics are concerned. However, finding Windows based Applications require more effort.

Photo credit: WindowsCentral

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Kyocera DuraXV Review: a Military-Style, Rugged Smartphone for Rough and Tough Use

Posted on 03 June 2015

Most people are not interested in the dozens of features a smartphone offers. They are good with the feature phone but then the makers have gone too far that there aren’t many good quality phones in the market. This is why Kyocera came forward with an exclusively rugged phone that can withstand anything. Rather than the features, which many people, especially seniors, don’t even use, the phone’s focus has been on durability and simple functions like making calls and texting.

It is a military style phone that can withstand anything. If you are engaged in the manual labor or spend a lot of your time outdoors, this is the phone for you. It is launched with the collaboration of Verizon, offering simple and affordable billing plans. It’s like a wireless landline phone with a rough and tough design and performance.

One of the most talked about specifications of this phone is it perfectly meets the ruggedness of military standards. It is designed keeping particular military standards in view, which include 810G and IP68, both of which certify that the phone can survive any kind of shock, extreme climatic changes, water immersion, and prevent the dust from getting inside the phone’s body, which can affect the battery life. One of the tests has shown remarkable results where it was proved that the phone can resist water immersion up to half an hour, resting six feet deep under water.

There are two versions of the Kyocera DuraXV, one for moderate home usage while the other is strictly designed for the harsh work environment. The latter version doesn’t support a camera, which means it is for people who don’t need a camera at work as some sites don’t allow employees to take photos. Some other specifications of the phone include integration with mobile web, GPS and VZ navigator.

You can get the phone with a 2-year contract from Verizon at the price of $100 or on Edge for monthly $8.33.

Photo credit: Kyocera

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