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AKG N60NC Wireless: On-Ear Headphones with Noise Cancellation

Posted on 30 June 2017

The AKG N60NC Wireless Headphones are compact and convenient, even more so than the extremely popular Sony MDR-1000X. They may be smaller than the latter, but that doesn’t mean they lack the power or quality that other top class headphones offer. For their price, they are probably the best set of cans competing in the market.

Build:
The wired and wireless headphones have minor differences, cosmetically. Wireless ones have a metal connection between the housings and the headband to provide security and durability to the set, not to mention makes them look much more stylish. A 10 mm wider headband and extra padding on the ear pieces prevent the classy design from compromising on comfort, because of which the N60NC is preferred even by people who sit in offices the entire day, wearing headphones for a considerable amount of time.

The right housing consists of a connection switch, which can be flipped to turn the set on, or held down to enter pairing mode. Below this is the playback button, which can also be used to answer calls.

Design:
As the name, suggests the AKG N60NC Wireless work on the principle of Bluetooth Connectivity, which adds them to the long list of intuitively designed wireless headphones. The option for a wired connection is also available. A headphone jack is provided on the left housing, to be used with an Aux wire which is also given in the box for people who prefer a more physical connection.

Sound:
The set gives a good bass-full punch when listening to trippy music, still having enough clarity in its calibration to retain the sound of the drum. When it comes to smooth, soft music, delivery is precise and extensive. The noise-cancellation feature is highly efficient, effective blocking sounds from surrounding traffic or office members.

The Bad:
These headphones are not cheap. They are in the $300 range. Sound quality on call is not as high as it should be for a set of its caliber and price.

They cannot compare to the quality that major market holders like Sony and Bose provide, but in the compact category, the N60NC are by far the best wireless, noise-cancelling headphones.

Photo by: AKG

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Pioneer Rayz Rally: Lightning Powered Pocket-Sized Speaker

Posted on 28 June 2017

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re attending a meeting in a conference room and you’re required to play an audio file on your mobile phone or make a conference call, but you find that your device is just not loud enough for everyone to listen to? I’m sure some of us have been in that situation and we know it can be frustrating and embarrassing at the same time. With the new Pioneer Rayz Rally, you will never be caught off-guard.

Power Efficient:
The Rayz Rally is an ultra compact, pocket-sized conference speaker, which can be plugged into the lightning port of your Macbook, iPhone or any other iOS device. This feature of the Rayz Rally saves you from the hassle of having to charge it. No charging or batteries required. Just plug and play.

Loudness:
The Rayz Rally is small, no doubt, but it packs a serious punch. Some people compare the clarity of the Rayz Rally to that of a conference system. It is undoubtedly louder than it looks and it does not sacrifice sound quality for volume.

Convenience:
Rally has a smart button, yes, just one smart button, which can be used to mute/un-mute and play/pause.

Talk and Charge:
Talk while charging your phone using Rally’s integrated charging port.

The Good:
Rally is highly portable, does not require charging and can prove an effective alternative for a complex conference system. It is easy to use and works on a simple plug and play principle. The box includes the speaker itself, a carry bag and a user manual. The speaker comes with a warranty of up to 12 months.

The Bad:
For something small and only slightly more efficient than its counterparts, Rally is pretty expensive, tagged at $99.95. Rally might also, to some users, look “odd” plugged into your phone. Bluetooth speakers slightly larger than Rally are available at a lower price, which, in most cases, have better sound quality than Rally.

I think the conclusion we can come to is simply how Rally can be useful for executives who need to be brand-conscious when it comes to their office accessories. For other, more casual users, normal Bluetooth speakers would do the job.

Photo by: Pioneer Rayz

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LG Exalt LTE: A New Flip Phone Review

Posted on 23 June 2017

LG recently released a new LTE phone. No, it isn’t a smart phone. LG have introduced 4G LTE in a feature phone, a basic flip phone with very minimal of the commotion of the contemporary world! LG has launched the Exalt LTE, which is the first 4G LTE feature phone. We can recall a time when only the most elite smart phones used to have LTE and now we are looking at a feature phone, which cannot even incorporate most social media applications, being launched with the ability to connect to LTE networks.

Features
o 3-inch internal display
o 240 x 400 pixel resolution
o Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
o Wi-Fi
o Bluetooth
o 5 megapixel camera
o 720p video recording
o 8 GB internal memory
o Micro SD card slot (Can support cards up to 32 GB)
o 1470 mAh battery. (Stand by time of 10 days)
o Can be made a Wi-Fi Hotspot for other phones

The LG Exalt is Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone and it is surprising that they would introduce it in a feature phone despite the fact that they have quite a few smart phones to their name as well. Moreover, Verizon is one of the biggest CDMA supporters in the United States. The fact that the LG Exalt will function purely on GSM and does not even possess the option of working on a CDMA network is confusing, to say the least.

It’s safe to assume what the intended target market for this particular phone is. LG has targeted old-fashioned people who would prefer physical buttons to a touch mechanism, a flip screen over a touch screen. Sometimes, people just want to cut the call on someone’s face by closing the phone flap to give that dramatic effect. This purpose is served as well. Chris Pine, the famous Hollywood star, also uses a flip phone, by the way.

It’s not as glamorous as a smart phone, but some people do prefer phones like the LG Exalt. Things are so much less complicated.

Photo by: LG

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Huawei Honor 9 Review

Posted on 22 June 2017

Second in its series, the Huawei Honor 9 adds some vital features to its predecessor, the Huawei Honor 8: a battery with a longer duration, more RAM, larger storage and more camera sensors. Simply put, the Honor 9 is the “new and improved” version of the Honor 8.

Features
o Dual-SIM (Nano SIM)
o 5.15-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels
o Android 7.0 (Nougat)
o Kirin 960 with Octa core processor
o Internal memory of 64 GB with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB 6 GB RAM
o Primary camera: 20 Mega Pixels+12 Mega Pixels. Secondary camera: 8 MP
o An impressive battery time of 3200 mAh
o Fingerprint scanner.

Design
The fingerprint scanner in the Honor 8 was at the back, however, in the Honor 9, it has moved to the front. Unlike the Honor 8, the Honor 9 has a curved built with a glass back that adds more beauty to the phone. Available in gold, blue and grey colors that sound less interesting than they look, the Huawei Honor 9 will look to amalgamate beauty with functionality. Granted that the Honor 9 is just a new and improved version of Honor 8, you have to admit the advancements are significant and the new version can compete with any phone on the market.

For example, 6 GB RAM will turn any phone into a beast, a term that is fit for the Honor 9, which has double the amount of RAM than its predecessor. Huawei, being the world’s third largest smart phone selling company after Apple and Samsung, plans to exponentially increase their sales with their flagship phone. Huawei proved that you don’t have to spend thousands if you want a good phone when it introduced its Honor series, which is a hard-hitting phone and, rare as it may be, does not have a strain on your pockets.

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HTC U11 Review: With Edge Sense Techonology

Posted on 19 June 2017

HTC was unable to cope with the likes of Apple and Samsung, which now control the smart phone market and compete against each other only. However, there are a few phones from companies other than the two tycoons which are worth mentioning. The HTC U11 is one such phone, which is HTC’s attempt to storm the market and come back with a bang. We can’t really comment on the bang but we can tell you this: HTC’s new, “squeezable” phone definitely stood out.

Features
o 5.5-inch large screen with outstanding 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution
o An Octacore processor, coupled with 6 GB RAM ensures that your phone is ultra fast.
o 3000 mAh battery with a talk time of over 24 hours, which will make you forget where you kept the charger.
o Android 7.1 (Nougat)
o Internal memory of 64GB with 4GB RAM and 128GB with 6GB RAM.
o Snapdragon 835
o Single SIM and Dual SIM both are available (Nano SIM)
o A 12 Mega Pixel camera allows you to capture all your moments in HD
o Dust and water resistant ( up to 1 meter and 30 minutes)

Design
The developers of this phone introduced a new feature that is unique to this one only. Referred to as the “squeezable” phone, the HTC U11 has an extra feature in its design. Sensors in the corners of the phone are used to detect the application and amount of pressure, which can be used to carry out a variety of functions like open an application or turn the flashlight on in the dark. The first time we have seen this technology in a smart phone.

The “art of glass” design of the U11 displays innovative beauty. The company has moved away from its traditional aluminum designs and has adopted a new, more fragile design, one in which the back of the phone is made of glass, which gives it a watery look. It is absolutely beautiful!

HTC has also tried to focus on music with top of the line speakers and a headphone jack (a rare commodity, if you know what I mean). All in all, the HTC U11 is a good phone, slightly less sturdy than its predecessors because of the glass, but what it lacks in strength, it makes up for in design and functionality. The new innovative “squeezability” attracts more users due to its novelty but we will have to wait and see how that works out. This phone is recommended for you if you’re a media junkie and if you don’t mind trying new things, because the HTC U11 definitely is original.

Photo by: HTC

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The Pixel: Made By Google with Brilliant Camera

Posted on 16 June 2017

The all new Google Pixel is the most advanced phone that Google has ever developed. Pixel maintains the perfect balance between performance, speed, ergonomics, and beauty. It is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and is lightening fast.
Pixel comes packed with a number of features that will make you wonder why you went for an over-priced iPhone or S7 by Samsung. This phone comes with a camera that gives you the results better than any Android phone. Pixel is currently the most advanced version of Android available in the market.

Features:
o Snapdragon 821
o Android 7.1
o 12 MP back and 8 MP front camera
o USB-C port for ultrafast charging
o 2,770 mAh battery that allows you to use the phone for a whole day before you run looking for the charger
o 5-inch screen
o 1080p crystal clear and high definition display
o 32 GB storage. You can expand the storage up to 128 GB and store all your data safely in one place
o Headphone jack – something you do not get in all “smartphones”
o Daydream VR ready – VR compatibility allows you to take enjoy all the perks of a highly advanced VR box
o Warranty by Google

Design:
When it comes to the style and design, Google Pixel can easily be considered as one of the best-looking smartphones of 2017. Like all the phones these days, it is designed with a metal and glass body. The back camera is placed on the top right corner and does not have any unnecessary bumps. The fingerprint sensor is at the back of the phone as well. Pixel is designed to be very ergonomic.

Pixel, however, has some design flaws too. The back panel is prone to scratches so it is very important that you take care handling the phone.

Bottom Line:
If you are looking for a decent, eye-catching and sophisticated-looking phone that comes with a super fast processor and allows you to take the best pictures, you should consider buying the Google Pixel. If you want to go for a bigger screen, you must check out the Google Pixel XL. While Pixel would cost you somewhere around $600, it is still a lot less than other phones with the same or fewer features.

Photo by: Google

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LG Sport Watch with Android 2.0

Posted on 16 June 2017

A smart watch has become an ultimate accessory to a smartphone. The times when people used to wear a wrist watch just to check the time and date are nearing an end. After the excessive use of smartphones, smart watches have been introduced and life has been made much easier. A number of brands including the leading ones like Apple and Samsung have launched their respective products in this category and have pretty much taken the hold of the market. To re-enter the market and expand its customer base, LG has introduced its Sport Watch, which is a lot better than most smart watches out there.

Features and Performance:
The Sport Watch by LG comes packed with a number of amazing features. The watch is powered by Android 2.0 and is super fast. It allows you to do whatever you can do with a smartphone. Unlike some famous and over-priced smart watches, the LG Sport Watch allows you to make phone calls even when your phone is not anywhere near you. What makes it sporty are the gym related features it offers you. The highly advanced and accurate processor and sensors allow you to keep a proper track of your gym workouts. Moreover, the infotainment system makes it easier for you to chill while doing intense workouts.

The 1.38-inch OLED display stays on all the time so you would not have to press a button every time you need to check the time. However, this drains the battery faster. The brightness also automatically adjusts with the sunlight for clear visibility.

Design:
When it comes to the design and style, it is no less appealing than any smart watch. In fact, it is far more decent and sophisticated-looking than most smart watches. The watch measures 51.2 by 45.4mm and is amazingly lightweight. You can buy it in two different colors: dark blue or titanium. Both the colors are specially chosen by LG to make the watch look slimmer than it actually is.

Bottom Line:
If you are looking for the best smart watch available in the market, you should definitely go for the LG Sport Watch as it is has the best specs of any Google watch so far and comes with an affordable price tag of about $330.

Photo by: LG

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