Archive | November, 2016

Sony Xperia X: The new standard for smartphones

Posted on 28 November 2016

Released in May, earlier this year, the Sony Xperia X measures a 142.7 x 69.4 x 7.9 mm, weighing around 153g with a single or Dual Nano SIM and an IPS LCD capacitive screen, available in 16M colors.

Crafted with a seamless metal back and with curved glass display edges, the 5-inch size Sony Xperia X is without doubt a stunner and a pleasure to hold. The new design is user-friendly, and fits comfortably in your hand, taste and routine. The interface is more refined and intuitive than ever, and continues with its statement of simplicity. There are no flashy features.

You can get the phone in White, Graphite Black, Rose Gold and Lime Gold. The battery life goes up to 48 hours and has a comparatively longer lifespan as compared to other rival models, thanks to Sony’s Smart Battery Management. You can now use your phone to its full potential and explore more, connect more, and avoid the hassle of having to charge your phone every night.

Another impressive feature of the Sony Xperia X is its camera, which is equipped with Sony’s Smart Capture Technology. Using the camera on this phone, you can take clearer and crisper photos. Smart Capture facilitates you in choosing an object or a subject and automatically tracks it. Your subject can now stay in better focus, even when in motion, and you can click images with the sharpest details clear and vivid.

The 23-megapixel camera captures the fastest motions without any blur, that too in 0.6 seconds. With this fast speed and faster image processing, you can capture the most spontaneous moments. Furthermore, the front selfie camera also outshines the rest with its Sony’s well-known low-light sensors and 13 megapixels, making the phone’s camera well built for taking low-light selfies. You can also personalize your selfie with advanced AR effects, and that too without any major hassle or expertise.

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Capture Life in Motion: LG V20 Review

Posted on 25 November 2016

Released in October this year, the LG V20 is a 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm dimensioned phone, weighing around 174g coupled with a Nano SIM. The display includes an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, and is available in 16M colors. It has a 5.7-inch screen with a display resolution of 1440 x 2560 and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protective coat.

The LG V20 has an impressive camera quality that records smoother, clearer videos even when in motion. Steady Record 2.0 studies each frame and provides smoother playback for the videos recorded. Besides the camera quality, the phone’s sound system is also worth admiring. Capturing high quality audio with the help of 3 High AOP microphones, the result is crisp, lossless, clean sound that syncs with your video quality. The HD video recorder gives users the experience of studio quality recorded videos that can be taped over a separate track.

With LG V20, you can take better selfies since the front camera comes with a 120-degree broad angle lens that in turn captures bigger images, regardless of the subject. This 5MP camera facilitates in capturing photos and videos as more people can join in the fun. Furthermore, with a 135-degree perspective, the phone’s dual rear camera offer increased flexibility than before in order to take the perfect shot.

The LG V20 comes with advanced user experience and improved productivity with Android Nougat. Features like split-screen multi window, improvements to the performance of battery and streamlined notifications with direct reply are all impressive features currently brought in the market by Android Nougat. The phone efficiently immerses innovation on display with its beautiful and durable 5.7-inch Quad HD display that delivers enveloping gaming experience, video playback and vivid internet browsing with excellent colors and deep contrast.

All in all, the LG V20 is worth buying, considering the price at which it is available and the features it offers.

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Huawei Mate 8 Review: A Stunning Design

Posted on 23 November 2016

Announced and released in the November of 2015, the Huawei Mate is a 157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9mm dimensioned phone, weighing around 185 g with a Dual, Nano SIM. It is 6.0 inch in screen size and comes with an IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen, which is available in 16M colors. With a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920, this phone is multi-touch, protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

The Huawei Mate is a combination of a both striking design and great practicality. With its vivid 6 inch, 2.5D Diamond cut glass FHD display that is ultra slim and comprises of user-friendly fingerprint sensor that is more reliable and faster, this new phone takes the entire Mate series to the next level.

Equipped with a 4000 mAh high-capacity battery, the Huawei Mate offers users long periods of call time, movie-watching ad gaming sessions without the user having to worry about the phone dying. Owing to its extremely efficient Kirin 950 chip coupled with SmartPower technology, Huawei Mate 8 offers new and advanced standards for the phone’s battery life. Moreover, it only takes 2.5 hours for the phone to charge completely, and comes with other interesting features like a long standby time and heartbeat Agent.

Another highly loved feature that the Huawei Mate has is its excellent camera quality. Thanks to the powerful new 16 MP Sony sensor and smart camera features like Huawei’s new ISP (Image Sensor Process) and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), the Mate 8 offers clarity and sharpness in every image. Other useful camera features include a Stackable Image sensor and a Slow Motion and Continuous Capture Mode.

The overall performance of the Mate 8 is quite commendable owing to the al-new Kirin 950 chipset that requires low power utilization and still delivers powerful performance. The chipset makes all the daily phone operations much faster such as launching apps, gaming, web browsing and video watching.

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Acer Swift 7: Leading the Trend in Style

Posted on 21 November 2016

Acer Swift 7 Review is the thinnest, most lightweight and quite a visually appealing product to enter the market. 9.98mm sized, this laptop also offers a solid and long lasting battery life coupled with a vivid display and extremely eye-catching chassis.

Besides its good looks, the Acer Swift 7 delivers sufficient power to get the job done on the majority of fronts. The 0.39 inches thick laptop is available for users in color premium black-and-gold with a 13.3-inch, 1920×1080 display and sharp details. The panel’s vivacity comes from its remarkable 105% color reproduction on the sRGB gamut, which is more superior to Dell XPS 13’s 94% and Spectre’s 100%.

With Acer Swift 7, you can work unplugged whenever for up to 9 hours of battery life. Because the laptops come with MIMO technology, users can now enjoy 3x faster wireless performance than before. The device comes with a Windows 10 Home, with a 1.20 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, an 8 GB memory and a 265 GB Solid State Drive Capacity. Since the 13.3-inch screen is completely high definition and comes with IPS technology, users can experience full vividness of graphics and a clean and crisp picture, and for this reason, this model makes a great device for gamers, photo editors, and movie lovers. Besides the HD picture, the sound quality is also rather impressive. Acer Swift 7 comprises of an immersive sound system with Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby Audio Premium working together to provide users with a bold and clear virtual surround sound experience.

The Swift 7’s island-design keyboard is gorgeous to look at but it is a little mushy and not backlit that gives a shallower typing experience. Moreover, since the keyboard lacks a backlight, typing in darker environments becomes nearly impossible.

Conclusion
The laptop is an overall aesthetically pleasing but it is not as fast in performance as other competing laptops due to the i5 processor.

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Sol Republic Amps Air: Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Posted on 18 November 2016

Sol Republic’s Air Amps brings users complete wireless freedom. Finally relieving listeners from tangling wireless and uncomfortable neckbands, this high-edge technology only sits in your ears. The company takes performance and aesthetics very seriously and Amps Air is that perfect representation. Available in colors Rose Gold, Jet Black, Deep Blue and Rich Teal, the compact earphones offer super sized signature sound with deep impressive bass, detailed highs and precise clarity that one would typically hear in big, high end headphones.

Completely wireless in-ear headphones, Amps Air are a slam dunk in the sector. With built-in microphones that allow the ease of receiving and making calls, playing and pausing music, and activating Google Assist Control and Siri with a double tap, the earphones eliminate the need for users to interrupt their entertainment session and reach out for their phones in order to carry out the above mentioned tasks. Answering calls and controlling music have never been easier.

Furthermore, the earphones are resistant to rain and sweat, which makes them great for outdoor use. What is more is that the earphones are designed in a way to not fall out from the ears, as one might fear. Especially designed air grooves easily grip the ears like treads do on a tire for firm support while allowing air ventilation to minimize sweat build-up. No need to fumble around with ear hooks that can prove to be quite uncomfortable over time. The material is ultra light and features a silicone sleeve that allows you to use the earphones all day without any hassle.

With every charge, the Air Amps charger provides 3 hours of battery life. The earphones come with sleek power case with a built in battery that recharges them more than fifteen times for more than 45 hours of continuous playtime. Lastly, Sol Republic’s Air Amps come with a portable charger with 2200mh built in battery and USB port.

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Jaybird X3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review

Posted on 16 November 2016

The third generation earphones from the popular X-series now introduces itself as a much better, even smaller device with improved sound quality and extended battery life with the most secure-fit ever. Jaybird brings MySound App experience and full helmet compatibility to the X-series for the first time.

The company has finally addressed the complaints of too little or too much bass. Offering its users full customization of their XS’s sound, Jaybird now facilitates the saving of custom sound profiles to the ear buds, regardless of the paired device or music server the listener is using. Full control and customization of playlists is placed I the hands of users.

With double hydrophobic nano coating coupled with redesigned extremely tight seams, the earphones are now resistant to the elements of nature as well as your sweat and tears. These buds will take the blow and you can take them with you wherever you go.

Jaybird shrunk the size of the third X series and brings its users improved sound quality, redesigned fins and super ergo for maximum comfort and security: these buds will stick with you no matter how intense an activity you get involved in.

The earphones come with an 8-hour playtime. The ear buds are designed to charge faster and can give 1 hour of playtime with just a 15-minute of quick charge. Lastly, the signal strength of the redesigned Bluetooth antenna is also commendably improved. With the new X-series, users can now enjoy better and skip-free beats outdoors.

The Good:
o The Jaybird X3 wireless sports headphones are smaller as compared to the preceding series of X2, comes with an improved battery life and costs much less
o Excellent sound quality for an in-ear Bluetooth headphone
o Comes with a protective and compact carrying bag
o Sweat and Rain resistant

The Bad:
o In absence of the X3′ charging accessory, there will be no other way for users to charge the headphones.

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Denon AVR-S920W Bluetooth AV Receiver Review

Posted on 14 November 2016

Denon AVR-S920W is a new and improved way for users to immerse in a high quality surround-sound system that is similar to that played by premium movie theatres with the capacity to create an overhead surround sound field that significantly enlarges the sonic space.

The Denon AVR-S920W tops the company’s list of best S range products, offering a variety of useful and advanced features. The most admirable is the seven-channel amplifier which, when pressed, can be transformed to process DTS: X soundtracks and Dolby Atmos.

Simple to Set Up, Simple to Use:
With the company’s comprehensive user assistance guidebook, you can now configure and connect your home theatre system easily and rather fast. The assistance guide shows clear and vivid on-screen text and graphics that guides you through the setup procedure with ease, optimizing complex system settings for maximum quality.

Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Featuring dual band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the AVR S920W is designed to offer advanced double diversity antenna system for better and error-free streaming, even in stuffed environments. With the help of AirPlay, you can enjoy your favorite music tracks wirelessly from any iOS device.

Smart Connectivity
When connected with your smart TV, AVRS920W gives you the option of controlling is via the high definition TV’s remote control through which you can then select an input, adjust the sound mode and brightness.

Decant Design
The elegant front panel comprises of a fancy hairline metal finish besides two control knobs for input selection and volume control. The graphical representation features clear text that is easily comprehendible and lets you immediately see the selected source, level of volume and any other desired information.

Color Coded Terminal Speakers: To allow maximum ease of setup, the AVR S920W brings a flat row of premium, color coded loudspeaker connectors and a set of color coded loudspeaker cable labels that assist in making sure the loudspeaker cable is hooked properly.

Photo courtesy: Denon

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