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Moto G Review

Posted on 31 December 2015

The third generation of Moto G is a little pricier than its predecessors, but the camera quality and performance of the mobile is top notch. The phone is also water resistant and has a fairly decent screen. However, the overall design of Moto G is rather bulky and it has a non-stereo front speaker. So let’s have a closer look at the phone.

Touch and Feel
The core design of Moto G is consistent throughout all generations. The third generation, however, uses a plastic cover that’s removable and under it you will find slots for the memory card and SIM card. The plastic cover makes it water resistant. The phone can stay 1m under the water for an impressive 30 minutes. The back of the phone is clean and simple, with a slim rubber that borders the phone to seal off slots.

While the water-resistant and customization features are attractive, the actual design of the phone is not so much. The Moto G is very heavy and chunky, especially for someone who is used to using lighter and more compact phones. However, the phone is well made and the sides are curved, so it doesn’t feel as thick.

The 5″ inch screen of Moto G is LCD and unfortunately it isn’t 1080p, even though a lot of Motorola fans were expecting it. But the screen resolution and size are sufficient for the basics such as playing games, browsing and displaying media.

Features
Moto G is 4G enabled but it’s not integrated with fancy features such as NFC or an IR transmitter. The phone is available in 8GB storage with 1GB RAM and in 16GB storage with 2GB RAM. The latter option is better, because with 8GB storage you will definitely need a micro SD card and the performance level of 1GB RAM is obviously not as good as the 2GB.

The Good and the Bad
The phone has an excellent quality camera for the price it comes in and the water resistance is well-implemented as well. Moreover, the performance is flawless in the 2GB phone and almost as good in the 1GB as well.

Though, the phone isn’t exactly competitive on price and most will find it too pricey for the features it offers.

Image: Motorola

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OnePlus X Review

Posted on 28 December 2015

OnePlus is certainly a brand that has made itself famous for offering its consumers phones that are available at lower prices. Well, the theme continues with the OnePlus X as this new phone is cheapest phone the firm has launched up to date. The stunning smartphone delivers both looks and performance.

Hardware
Compared to OnePlus 2, the OnePlus X is a mini version of the same phone however there are many downgrades, this explains why the OnePlus X is a cheaper option. One of the major difference between the two phones is the small display screen and over all small design. While the OnePlus 2 was bulkier, the OnePlus X offers a more compact design and is easy to carry.

However, in terms of resolution OnePlus X offers Full HD display which means that it has a higher pixel density compared to OnePlus 2.

Performance
OnePlus X offers a 2.3GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which is fairly out of date. The processes or accompanied with 3GB RAM, the combination, however, allows the device to run quite smoothly. In terms of overheating, the OnePlus X is a device that does not heat up quickly while web browsing. The device is accompanied by a 2525mAh battery that allows up to 4 hours and 57 minutes of screen time, which is not so bad.

Storage
With only 16GB internal storage available, you will have to make use of the Micro SD slot so that you can boost your storage to 128 GB more. However, keep in mind that the OnePlus X is a dual-sim phone so putting in a memory card would use up all its slots.

Camera
On the bright side, the OnePlus X has a 13Mp rear camera that comes with an LED flash along with an 8MP front camera. While the camera’s work great, the front camera fails to produce sharp and detailed images in low light conditions.

Bottom Line
For what it’s worth, the OnePlus X is a great phone for its modest price. However, the phone lacks in some major features such as WiFi and is also missing a finger print scanner. For its extremely low price, you get a phone with a great camera and a good battery life which is not bad.

Image: OnePlus

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Google Pixel C Review

Posted on 21 December 2015

Along with the launch of its new Nexus smartphones, Google in a rather surprising move announced that it will be releasing a new tablet, however, the Google Pixel C does not feature the Nexus branding rather it is an addition to the Google Pixel Series.

Design
Despite being an android device, Pixel C shares a lot of design similarities with its laptop counterpart. There’s nothing that’s not to love about its design. Like the Chromebook Pixel, the Pixel C features a light bar, which can be used to check the battery status. In addition, the ports are kept to a minimal as the rest of the design. Beautifully machined dual stereo speakers can be found at the opposite sides of the tablet. The power button and rocker button are made of button and show a good amount of tactile feedback.

The Pixel C may not be the lighted tablet in the world but its elegant and minimalist design makes it an eye catcher. One of the most important features of the tablet is the optional keyboard that is available. The sleek and elegant looking keyboard attaches itself to the tablet with the use of strong magnets. The keyboard however does not close like a laptop, rather it has to detach from the tablet and then placed face down.

Performance
The Pixel C offers quad-core NvidiaTegra X 1 processors with 3 GB RAM backed by Nvidia Maxwell GPU. The Pixel C offers an impressive processing package compared to any other tablet.

Camera
On the downside, the Pixel C features a 2.1 MP front camera so that you can make business calls along with an 8 MP rear camera. While the primary camera is able to do a good job in well-lit situations, the quality of pictures immediately starts to worsen in low light conditions.

Bottom Line
The Pixel C is a fun device when it comes to gaming and media consumption however for its price, it does not offer any more functionality than any other Android tablet.

Image: Google

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HP Star Wars Special Edition Notebook – “May the Force Be With You

Posted on 18 December 2015

For all those Star Wars fans out there, you will be pleased to know that HP has recently released a new Start Wars Special Edition Notebook, which takes you to the Dark Side, for less. This mean-machine perfectly describes the power of the evil force and is fully operational, featuring unique Star Wars design elements, which clearly set it apart from the competition. In fact, there is no other notebook like it in the galaxy, and this can be owed to its amazing Galactic Empire inspired design. For more information about the notebook, let’s take a look below:

Features and Design
The HP Star Wars Special Edition Notebook is definitely one of the most distinctive laptops available on the markets today. Almost every visible cue of the laptop is covered with graphics of Star Wars, making it a rare genus in the world of notebooks. The case is distinguishing and features a black-on-grey design with highlighting done in red.

Big monochromatic images of the leader of darkness, Darth Vader, have been added on the back of the lid. A battle-worn design is utilized on the keyboard tray with scratchy renditions of Imperial and Death Star logos in the background. Along the hinge, a line of Aurebesh writing (language of the Star Wars films) has been added that spells out “Galactic Empire”.

Even the backlit keyboard bears a Star Wars deep Empire-like red touch that shines through the translucent letter shapes of each key. However, apart from the fancy paint job and design, the system also provides access to the empire and the Star Wars universe via a huge collection of preloaded rare concept arts, wallpapers, original trilogy storyboards, and screen savers.
Subsequently, for a laptop that is priced at only $699, the Star Wars Special Edition Notebook definitely provides some good styling cues, design features and off-axis viewing angles.

Overall Performance
The surprisingly good design, combinations of colors, and dark inspired accessories doesn’t mean the notebook lacks on any important performance features. As a full-size 15-inch notebook, you get a generous collection of connections and ports. This includes a DVD drive, three USB ports, SD card slot, Ethernet Jack, and an HDMI port.

The display supports a native resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels and the laptop comes equipped with a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, and 128MB Intel HD Graphics 520 (upgradable to a basic Nvidia GeForce 940M Graphics card for $999). A large 1TB hard drive has also been added, which means storage definitely won’t be a problem.

Is it worth the buy? Well, battery life is a little on the short side, but apart from that the Notebook is absolutely perfect for its price. So, if you are a die-hard Star Wars fan looking for a notebook that perfectly marries the epic space opera franchise’s content into a reasonably priced 15-inch laptop, then the HP Star Wars Special Edition Notebook is definitely worth purchasing.

Photo credit: HP

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The Samsung 4K UHD JU7500 Series Curved Smart TV

Posted on 15 December 2015

The Samsung 4K UHD JU7500 Series Curved Smart TV with vibrant PurColor Technology is available in six size screens from 40 inches to 78 inches. “Get drawn into the action with an immersive curved screen, and a Smart TV experience that puts your favorite content at your fingertips.”

If you’re in the market for a new TV in the latest and greatest technology, you’re going to notice the difference among Samsung TV versus the rest of TVs. Samsung is unquestionably the leader in the market for quality televisions, and this curved, hi-def, TV isn’t an exception.

Specs: 

  • Curved 4K UHD TV with Full Array Backlighting
  • 3D
  • HDMI x4
  • UHD Dimming Technology
  • Smart TV with Apps, S-Recommendation and Full Web Browser
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Dolby MS11 Audio

The 4K UHD JU7500 Series Curved Smart TV is recognized as the 2015 Editor’s Choice from Reviewed.com. “This curved, 4K option is an excellent performer that won’t leave your wallet reeling,” according to the review.

For more information and a full preview of the 4K UHD JU7500 Series Curved Smart TV visit Samsung.

Photo credit: Samsung

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: a Step Up on Its Predecessors

Posted on 11 December 2015

The Sony Xperia X5 is a great improvement on the Xperia Z3+ with a better design, new security features and longer battery life. However, users may find it still heats up after prolonged use and it’s also on the pricey end. Let’s look at the phone more closely.

The Exterior
The Z5 is different from its predecessors, with a frosted glass back and more rounded edges. It’s available in green, black, gold, and white. Unlike other Xperia phones, the power button has been moved halfway along the edge on the right side. Also, the volume rocker has been moved under the power button which is inconvenient and you are likely to lose your grip on the phone if you adjust the volume with one hand. Everything else is more or less the same. The phone is also waterproof which makes it easier to clean as you could just run it under some hot water and also use it in the shower.

The Interior
The Xperia Z5 has a 5.2″ screen with a pixel resolution of 1080 x 1920. The screen has a scratch resistant glass with an oleophobic coating to protect it from damage and grease. The most outstanding feature of this phone is its fingerprint sensor which is the highest level of security a phone can offer. The sensor is sharp and it only takes one try to unlock. It is located under the power button on the right side and you wouldn’t really know it’s there. The Z5 is also able to hold a 200GB mircoSD card which is a rare feature to have in a phone.

What Works and What Doesn’t
The design of the Xperia Z5 can definitely be rated higher than Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6S with its rounded edges, frosted glass back and comfortable feel, in terms of weight and size. The fingerprint sensor has definitely made it safer to use for online purchases and the battery life is incredible.

The phone does get hot after half an hour of use, which is inexcusable for a smartphone. While the design is great, the specs are still the same as the Z3. Also, even though the 2K screen saves battery life, it is about time Sony upgraded it to a 4K.

All in all, this is the best phone Sony has come up with so far and if you are looking to buy a Sony phone then this is the one. It is definitely in line with other topnotch Android phones but a little on the pricey end.

Photo credit: Sony

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Motorola Droid Maxx 2: Great Battery Life but Poor Processing

Posted on 09 December 2015

The Motorola Droid Maxx 2 is a fairly well designed Android phone with a mid-range price tag. It offers incredible battery life which is great if you are always on-the-go. However, because of its large battery the phone is rather large and relatively heavier to carry around. It also has a poor processor which makes multitasking hard. Let’s take a closer look at the phone.

Exterior
This is definitely a heavy phone because of its heavy-duty battery and metal frame. The battery life is great at almost 8 hours which is double in comparison to other phones with the same screen resolution. It has a rather large screen, 5.5″, but still comfortable enough to use with one hand. It has a soft back cover but the battery is not removable. The microSD card can be inserted from the top, allowing it to expand to an additional 128GB of memory. It has a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution with 403 ppi. The brightness is fairly high, which makes it great for wide viewing angles.

Interior
The Droid Maxx uses Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and comes with 16GB storage space which can be further expanded with an SD card. The processor is of poor quality. If you perform heavy-duty tasks on your phone it will likely start to heat up within 30 minutes. Since the processor is slow, it’s not ideal for playing games or watching videos. Overall, the phone is user-friendly and easy to navigate.

The Pros and Cons
If you are on-the-go and commute a lot, this phone will be of great benefit as its battery can easily last you the entire day. It is also waterproof so you can wash it under the tap to clean it or take it with you in the shower.

The phone is pretty heavy and not really pocket-friendly. You also won’t be able to stack up all your application shortcuts on the home screen as it only allows up to five home screens. In comparison to other similar Android phones, such as Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X, the specs aren’t that great, except for its battery life. Lastly, if you are gamer, this phone will be a poor choice for you because the processor isn’t fast enough. But if all you need is a long-lasting, heavy-duty phone, the Motorola Droid Maxx 2 is the phone for you.

Photo credit: Motorola

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