Archive | August, 2015

Polaroid Zip: a Petite Printer for Your Pocket

Posted on 12 August 2015

Resembling a portable hard drive and slightly bigger than a deck of playing cards comes a package for your pocket that will turn your digital photos in your smartphone into printed pictures you can actually hold on to. The Polaroid Zip, weighing at a meager 186 grams, is a portable printer that you can fit in your pocket and take out to print pictures when the need arises.

The pocket-printer can connect to any iOS or Android device through Bluetooth and start printing pictures using a free app available on respective app stores. Connecting the Polaroid Zip to your smartphone or tablet is pretty easy and is a simple task of going into your iOS Bluetooth settings and selecting the printer. You can take advantage of NFC on your Android device as well and simply tap device with your NFC-activated Android device and get printing.

The device sports one button on its plastic body and one micro-USB port for charging purposes. The design is pretty attractive, although the Polaroid’s body can be prone to scratches and smudgy fingerprints, so it is advisable to carry the device in a pouch or a case. The product can print 25 pictures on one charge, after which you can easily take the top off and load the device with more paper.

With Polaroid’s zero-ink technology, there’s no need for ink to print the photos, since the special Zink paper takes care of the business side of the things. Since there is no ink involved, the prints are dry and smudge-proof. The lack of the use of ink also makes the device a not-so-expensive device after it has been purchased, and the only cost you will have to worry about is the Zink papers, which cost about $25 for a 100-sheet pack.

For a price of $129.99, the Polaroid Zip is a cheap printer for your pocket that will turn your favorite pictures into 2×3 inch colorful prints. And although the resulting pictures may not be of the highest quality, the simple to use and low-costing Polaroid Zip is a fun device that will take the load of your smartphone by giving your physical pictures in your hands!

Photo courtesy: Polaroid

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LG G4 Beat: Offers Great Value for Money

Posted on 10 August 2015

The cheaper variant of LG’s flagship phone, the G4, the LG G4 Beat offers a similar style and features minus the performance. It is available in select regions. The price is currently in the $400 to $450 region. You can purchase the phone in one of several colors, including Metallic Silver, Ceramic White, and Shiny Gold.

Compared to the original G4, the design of the G4 Beat is more compact with a less high-res 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel LCD display (which is still comparable to the iPhone 6). Just like the G4, its camera is also one of its plus points. The rear camera is a decent 8 MP and for some inexplicit reason, 13 MP exclusively in Latin America. Both variants come with laser auto focus and a color Spectrum Sensor. You also have the ability to record in full HD. The front is a standard 5 MP.

The hardware specs are appreciable, enough to run the day to day functions and applications smoothly but are not in the same league as the original G4. It runs on an 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, with 1.5 GB RAM, a mere 8 GB of storage and a 2,300mAh battery that has just enough juice to run the phone for more than a day without the need to charge it again. It comes with Android Lollipop (5.1.1) installed as the standard OS.

In the connectivity department, it offers plenty of features, like 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and NFC. Other notable features include GPS/ A-GPS and microSD slots (supports up to 64 GB of storage)

Overall, the phone promises to be a great buy, offering the features of a high-end phone with the specs and price of a mid-ranged one. The LG G4 Beat is highly recommended for the more budget conscious smartphone buyers who don’t have the money for an iPhone or one of Samsung’s offerings.

Photo courtesy: LG

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Xiaomi Yi Action Cam – a Camera Well above Others in Its Class

Posted on 07 August 2015

Offering more camera features, as well as a better photo and video quality than several other cameras in its price range, the Xiaomi Yi Action Cam surely does impress. To learn more, read on:

Design
The camera comes with three buttons. The shutter release button rests on the top. You can turn the camera’s wireless on and off using the button on the left, while the button for power and switching between video and stills is on the front of the camera. The battery compartment hides behind a door on the back and another covers the Micro-HDMI output, microSDXC card slot and Micro-USB port. For charging and transfers, a short Micro-USB cable and battery is also included.

However, there is no waterproof housing, which means the camera is not waterproof. When it comes to storage, cards up to 128GB are supported, but you have to add one on your own. If you are wondering what the reason for the surprisingly low price is, the lack of accessories is one.

Features & Specifications
Featuring a 16-megapixel camera, the Xiaomi Yi captures 1080p video at 24, 30, 48, or 60 fps, 960p at 48 or 60 fps, 720p at 48, 60, or 120 fps, and 480p at 240 fps. In addition, pictures can be snapped at different resolutions, one at a time, in bursts at 7, 5, or 3 fps over 2 seconds, or at time intervals stretching between 0.5 to 60 seconds.

For quick social sharing, the Snapshot feature allows users to capture VGA-quality video for up to 10 seconds. Other cameras in this price range hardly offer a fraction of the video recording or image capturing options that are provided by the Xiaomi Yi.

However, the Yi’s small battery does not provide long hours of recording time, therefore continuous recording is limited to just under an hour. The photo and video quality though, is smooth, sharp, and clear.

Conclusion
All factors considered, we have concluded that the Xiaomi Yi Action Cam offers options that are well above other cameras in this price range. However, you will need to buy your own accessories, as none are provided.

Photo courtesy: Xaomiworld.com

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Flir FX: Good but not Good Enough

Posted on 06 August 2015

The Flir FX looks to challenge the likes of Nest Cam and SmartCam HD Pro, relying on its extreme adaptability to gain a slice of the market share. It is currently priced at $195, placing it in the high-end category of DIY security cameras.

The Flir FX offers plenty of options to make it a worthy contender. It offers amazing HD video streaming and recording, time-lapse video feature, detection zones and with the use of optional accessories, one can convert their Flir FX for outdoor purposes and even use it as an action cam.

It offers 2-day free cloud storage which can be upgraded to 7 days storage for $100 a year or 30 days storage for $200 a year. It also comes with a micro SD card slot (supports up to 64 GB of memory). It is powered by an adapter but since it also has a 4-hour backup, you can go mobile with it. Other features include night vision, two-way audio, motion and sound alerts, and lastly, temperature and humidity sensors.

A distinguishable feature is the Rapid Recap which allows you to view a condensed time-stamped time-lapse video of all the activity that took place at a particular time. This adaptability, however, offers nothing to compensate for its large number of drawbacks. The device does not feature third party integration, like IFTTT and SmartThings. Apps are often prone to glitches and the activity log lags from time to time. Add to this, the device is plagued with frequent phantom alerts.

If the Flir FX can get rid of the quirks and performance issues that severely limits its function, then it has the potential to be one of the best in the business but in its current state, unless its portability might be of importance to you, the camera cannot be recommended as a worthy purchase, as you can get many other cameras at a lower price that are just as good.

Photo courtesy: Flir

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Philips A5 Pro DJ Headphones: an Impressive Offering From Philips’ Flagship Series

Posted on 03 August 2015

The durably designed and impressively performing headphones, Philip’s flagship over the head A5 Pro is just as great for listening to music in your home as it is in the club, being priced at $479. The design is heavy and robust. It weighs 14.3 ounces and the frame is mostly made of aluminum and alloy steel and the headband is cushioned.

It comes with 3 changeable pairs of comfortable ear pads of varying sizes, nylon carrying case, an ¼-inch adapter, and two detachable cables (one coiled and the other featuring mic with Smartphone controls). A nifty feature of the headphone is that the open ports are located on both sides. The ear cups are able to swivel 90o and the headphone can be folded down for greater portability and convenience while travelling. Its powerful 50mm drivers can bring out the best of the source, even at high volumes.

While they are being marketed as headphones for DJs, the sound is balanced and detailed without overemphasizing the bass and is such that any person can enjoy the listening experience. The midrange as well as the treble is terrific and detailed. The soundstage is excellent and open. The passive noise cancellation is good. Overall, the sound has clarity, is smooth, warm and goes along great with almost all music genres.

The heaviness of the headphone might be unpleasant for some and even with a foldable design. It is still a bulky headphone to travel with. The headphone is like a tank with a Ferrari engine, it neither compromises on durability nor performance. If you want a solid headphone which sounds great and has the sturdiness to withstand Thor’s hammer (we might have exaggerated a bit here) than look no further than the Philips A5 Pro. It offers great value for money.

Ratings
o Design: 8.5
o Features: 8
o Performance: 8
o Value: 9
o Overall: 8.5

Photo courtesy: Philips

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