Archive | May, 2017

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom: Combined Smartphone-Camera Technologies

Posted on 31 May 2017

Asus has launched yet another smartphone, the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom. The smartphone was launched in February 2017. Like its predecessor, this phone also prioritizes optical zoom and mobile photography. The company states that they have joined the world’s best smartphone camera technologies to produce this master piece. The phone comes with a beautiful 5.5-inch screen display with high-resolution, 1080×1920 pixels. It is quite handy and lightweight (170 grams) with dimensions measuring at dimensions of 0x0x7.99.

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is packed up with high-tech features. These include:

o 13-megapixel front camera and 12-megapixel back camera
o 5000mAh non-removable Battery
o Android 6.0 Operating System
o 32GB Storage
o 2GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
o Corning Gorilla Glass 5

The smartphone has a dual SIM (nano) option. Moreover, you get the standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G and 4G connectivity options in the phone. One of the best things about this phone is the fact you can click some breathtakingly realistic photos and moments with just a single click. As you are aware of the fact smartphones produce artificial lightings, which influences the image snapped. However, this isn’t the case with the Asus ZenFone 3 as it integrated with RGB color correction technology, which helps to capture a much clearer and realistic essence of the object. You can say that this phone is no less than a DSLR.

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom has an amazing design and is durable and long-lasting. The battery timing is really good and can easily work up to 48 hours, which means that it fits best for extensive usage and professional photography.

The smartphone also has a Sonic Master and High-Resolution Audio certification. This means you will get high quality; bass-boosted sounds – maximizing your pleasure when listening to your favorite songs.

The price of this phone is $329. You should definitely buy this phone. With so many features, this isn’t a bad choice at this price. In addition, Asus is no stranger when it comes to receiving multiple awards for cutting-edge smartphone and tablet technologies.

Photo by: Asus

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Chromecast Audio Review: Chromecast for Speakers

Posted on 26 May 2017

Available for only $35, the Chromecast Audio allows you to stream your favorite music from your phone to speakers. It is a device that connects to the speakers for playing music via Wi-Fi. Once set up, it allows users to use Android tablet and phone, iPhone, Mac, iPad, Chromebook or Windows laptops to stream and play their favorite tracks to the best speakers in the house. It supports three speaker inputs of RCA, Optical and 3.5mm.

  • Easy music streaming without the need to pair device with speakers. All you need to do is tap the button on the Cast from music application to immediately send the music to the speakers while controlling the volume via your phone, regardless of where you are in the house.
  • Listen to your favorite playlists at anytime. With Chromecast Audio, you can enjoy 30 million plus songs from various music services such as Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Google Play Music. The cast is continuously upgraded with new apps, meaning there really is no end to searching new music, podcasts and radio stations.
  • Easily stream music from your laptop or Android phone. Apps that haven’t been made part of Cast yet can be enabled from any laptop or Android phone and connected to the speaker. Alternatively, you can also use your phone or laptop to stream music from music streaming websites via the Chrome browser.
  • High quality Sound. Chromecast Audio makes use of Wi-Fi to stream high quality music to speakers, so users can get a sound quality that is even better than that of a CD’s.
  • Seamless Listening. Wi-Fi streaming allows uninterruptible music jamming, even if you receive a text or get a phone call.
  • Complete Controls. Chromecast Audio streams audio over Wi-Fi, meaning you can control the music from anywhere in your house provided that it is within the reach of your Wi-Fi network.Photo by:

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Oakley Radar Pace: Synchronized Smart Eyewwear

Posted on 24 May 2017

Oakley Radar Pace is a synchronized, smart eyewear with a voice activated coaching system which creates a special training program, keeps track of your performance and trains you in the act. It does that by collecting and analyzing your individual performance data, which includes power output, heart rate, cadence, speed, time, and distance.

Furthermore, it monitors your performance as a constant trainer, adjusting your coaching zones as you progress, provides you with personalized coaching that precisely adapt to your capabilities. Another impressive feature of Oakley Radar Pace remains its ability to analyze information from internal sensors, and connect with your sensors that use Bluetooth or ANT+.


  • The device pairs to external sensors, such as distance, cadence, time, power output, etc, via Intel technology
    and sensor data integration.
  • Pairs to internal sensors, such as gyroscope, humidity, accelerometer, pressure, proximity.
  • Allows the use of microphones to enable voice commands.
  • Water/sweat resistant.
  • Lenses are interchangeable in order to enhance progress in any environment. Road visual acuity is sharpened
    with the help of Prizm Road lens.
  • Comes with protective gear, including Oakley’s Soft Vault, which also comes with extra capacity for additional
  • Can be recharged through a USB cable.
  • The whole package includes Clear lens for poor light conditions, two Ear Booms, eyewear case, a small bag,
    two Nose Pads, PRIZM Road lens, an Aero Clip, a quick user’s manual and a Micro USB cable.


  • Full UV Protection: The radar pace’s lens completely protects the eyes from harmful UVB, UVA, and UVC up to
  • Impact Protection: The device provides users with uncompromising security against high mass and high-
    velocity impact.
  • Top Quality Optics: Oakley eyewear is patented by HIGH DEFINITION OPTICS®, which allows the radar pace to
    not only meet but exceeds the quality standards of optical clarity, impact resistance and visual fidelity, offering
    great results.

Photo by: Oakley

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Oppo R9s Plus: The Selfie Expert

Posted on 22 May 2017

OPPO Electronics Corp., an electronics manufacturer based in China, is well known for producing decent smartphones. In addition, since its inception in 2004, the company produces a range of gadgets and devices, including MP3 Players, and TVs, as well as Blu-ray players. The Oppo R9s Plus smartphone was released in October 2016. The phone offers a 6-inch touchscreen 1920×1080-pixel display.

Powered by 1.95GHz octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor, the phone is available with 6GB RAM and a 64GB memory. The internal storage is expandable up to 128GB by means of a microSD card. It has a 16-megapixel camera manufactured by Sony, enabling you to take topnotch photos. The front camera sensor is also 16-megapixel strong, making it a great buy.

Similar to the midrange R9s, the Plus takes its design from the iPhone which is a common feature in most of the phones offered by Oppo. The design helps the company to sell more phones in its home country where the Chinese population views the iPhone to be expensive, only purchased by people who can afford it.

The Oppo R9s Plus comes with a dual SIM feature and connectivity options include NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS as well as 4G. Phone sensors include Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor and Ambient light sensor. Critics have argued over Oppo’s choice of designs for most of their phones. Similar to the R9s, the chamfered edges of the plus model are a bit sharp as compared to the round and smooth edges of the iPhone 7, which the R9s seeks to emulate.

Quick Specs:
o Dual-SIM (4G)
o 4,000mAh battery
o Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor
o 64GB internal storage
o 6-inch display (full-HD)

Overall, the R9s Plus impresses with its midrange specs and nice aluminum built. It is available in gold and rose gold but if you want it in black, you will have to wait until March 3, 2017.

Photo courtesy: Oppo

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JBL Cinema SB 450: Ultra HD Soundbar

Posted on 19 May 2017

The JBL Cinema SB 450 is an attractive looking sound-bar offering a number of excellent features for its $500 sticker price. The sound-bar allows 4K compatibility as it features 4 HDMI ports. It also has Bluetooth and auxiliary input ports, which makes connectivity much easier and simple.

What makes the JBL Cinema SB 450 a distinctive sound system is its huge external wireless sub-woofer with adjustable woofer volume control and it sits an eight-inch bass driver in the box. The system helps you experience a virtual surround sound while delivering up to 440W of power. The built-in Bluetooth allows you to play your music with any compatible tablet or smart phone.
The JBL sound shift allows you to instantly switch from your mobile phone to your TV or vice versa. This can also be used to make your gaming experience one of its kind. JBL’s booming bass and the immersive sound is surely the perfect combo for your home theatre experience.

Apart from this, the sound-bar can also be wall-mounted using the given brackets adding beauty to your room. The JBL Cinema SB 450 will smoothly work with 4K Ultra-HD displays and devices. The system comes with a remote control, which can be replaced with a universal one. Multiple JBL or other compatible speakers can also be connected at the same time for an even better surround sound.

Many sound enthusiasts find the JBL Cinema SB 450 a perfect package as per the given retail price. The play-bar can be kept under your high resolution TV with the sub-woofer anywhere in the room. However, the model comes in black color only so there might be a possibility it might not match your interior. However, as soon as the Cinema SB 450 starts, the rest wouldn’t matter.

You can hear the voices and the dialogues in your movies clearly, so you would not have to increase or decrease the volume every now and then.

Photo courtesy: JBL

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New Sonos Playbase: Available Soon

Posted on 17 May 2017

Wonder why Sonos took a long time to come up with a new speaker? The all-new Sonos Playbase is a speaker and home theatre audio system, which proves to be a piece of art and engineering combined. First of all the body of the Playbase is made so strong and firm that it can easily have a TV sit on top of it. The sleek and sharp design of the Sonos Playbase takes the beauty and uniqueness to a completely new level.

The immense amount of work that went into the Playbase can be understood by the fact that it has 43,000 individually drilled holes on the sides and a separate path inside for a stable airflow. The Sonos Playbase also allows you to connect to the compatible wireless speakers in your room for an amazing quality surround sound, which will literally make your movies sound more interesting.

The Sonos Playbase is powered by 3 tweeters, 10 amplified speakers, 6 midrange drivers and 1 woofer. All fully customized by Sonos. The Playbase is 38cm deep, 5.8cm tall and 72cm wide and weighs 8.6 kg with the top being a glass surface and the rest is plastic. Sonos Playbase comes in two colors – white and black which can be customized with different skins.

There are not much connectivity options; in fact, there are just three – a power cable, an Ethernet cable and one to connect to your TV. There is no Bluetooth but connecting to other wireless speakers is not an issue as the Playbase uses Wi-Fi for such purposes. You can use your iOS Sonos app to finely tune the surround sound in your room.

Sonos claims that the Playbase is far better than the previously launched Playbar as it is much better when it comes to sound quality and comfort.

The Sonos Playbase lets you do more than what most speakers would let you do. The Playbase is one of the best speakers you could get for $700.

Photo courtesy: Sonos

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: The All New Versatile Tab

Posted on 15 May 2017

The all new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is much more advanced than its predecessor – Tab 2. This new highly advanced tablet is the first one to offer you a very high quality display which is better than any other tablet available. Yes that is true. This is because the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes with HDR (High Dynamic Range) ready display which is much better than any HD display. The images are sharper, brighter and clearer than ever. The true-to-life display will make you pulled into the content. Once you experience the display of this tablet, you would never want to downgrade to HD.

The $600 Tablet also very stylish and has a very sharp and sophisticated look. Even though the front of the tablet resembles that of its predecessor a lot, the back is completely changed. It comes in black and silver glass back which is not only very eye-catching but is also very comfortable to hold.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 also comes with a quad-speaker system with motion sensors. This allows you to hear each and every beat of a song in high definition while holding the tablet vertical or horizontal would not make a difference. The sound will shift as you change the tablet’s position. Furthermore, the tablet also comes with an advanced battery which makes the battery last longer so you do not have to look for a power outlet every now and then.

The S-Pen Stylus in the S3 has also been given a noticeable change as it is larger than before and allows you a better grip so your creativity is not compromised. The Stylus allows you to be more creative and productive and helps you make your leisure time fun.

The experience can be made much better with the additional keyboard which is specially designed for the tablet. However, the keyboard is not included in the $600 package and will cost you $129 extra.

Photo courtesy: Samsung

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