Archive | July, 2018

LG V35 ThinQ™ for AT&T Review

Posted on 30 July 2018

With beautiful OLED display, handy wide-angle camera, sleek design, and speedy software, LG has introduced v35 ThinQ. The design of the handset is quite similar to the company’s flagship V-series. However, its futuristic specifications are creating a buzz.

ThinQ sports all-glass design and an aluminum frame that makes it a bent and drop resistant device. It is IP60 rated which protects the handset against elements. The developers have opted for rare-mounted finger sensor this time. Some impression of LG’s popular V-series is still there in the device such as 3.5mm headphone jack, supported via a Quad DAC that provides top-notch sound which is nothing less than a treat for die-heart music fans.

V35 features Snapdragon 845 processor which makes it a speedy smartphone. It sports 6GB of RAM, Android 8.0 Oreo operating system along with swift apps launch. It seems like the developers have done significant work to enhance multitasking as the device can handle anything you throw at it.

The new version features a floating bar – the software to hide the traditional Android navigation bar. You can navigate the OS via it without using excess space. Plus, its presence is hidden on the screen. ThinQ comes with 64GB storage and offers MicroSD card slot to upgrade your storage up to 2TB. Moreover, the handset has 3,300mAH battery like its predecessor V30.

You will find various interesting features such as special Google Assistant commands, face unlock and Google Daydream VR which make V35 stand out. Camera quality has always been a crucial factor to look for while investing in a new smartphone. With ThinQ, you will get two 16-megapixel cameras on the rear with the wide-angle lens with a f/1.9 aperture, optical image stabilization, and with a f/1.6 aperture. And, there is a portrait mode also available to improve your photography experience with LG V35 ThinQ.

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​Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Review: Durable, Kid-Proof Case

Posted on 27 July 2018

Finding a reliable device for children can be a pain in the neck. You need something sturdy yet kid-friendly. Amazon has felt the need and finally launched a top-notch tablet – Amazon Fire 7 designed specifically for children. You will get fantastic features such as a FreeTime subscription for a year, two years warranty for accidental damage, a durable casing for your slate, and curated content.

The design of the tablet is similar to Black Fire 7. However, the new edition offers durable casing available in yellow, blue, and pink. The foam case is children-friendly and comfortable for their small hands. The slate weighs 13.8 oz with the case on and measures around 8.7 x 5.5 x 1 inches which is quite lighter than company’s flagship Fire HD 8 Kids version.

Moreover, the Fire 7 sports volume rocker, headset jack, power button, and micro-USB port on the left side of the tablet. The device comes with 16GB storage onboard and allows you to increase up to 256GB which is a smart addition. This way, you can download as many videos as you want to watch offline.

The Amazon Fire 7 comes with a 7-inch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution and it displays 75.4% color gamut, which is appropriate for kids use. The slate runs on Amazon’s Fire OS and has its separate apps store. You will find three buttons – a square open apps, triangular back, and round home button to manage or run your apps. Android users must be familiar with these buttons and functioning.

Additionally, there are three profile modes such as children, teen, and adult. Children and teen profiles are very much identical and include; books, apps, and videos whereas you will find an adult one similar to a regular kindle. This kid-friendly slate with splendid specs does not sound a bad deal at $99.

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Fitbit Versa™: Health and Fitness Smartwatch Review

Posted on 25 July 2018

Fitbit has launched the Versa with two useful features as the brand promised. The developers have already incorporated fantastic features in a tiny fitness device that has made it a must-have item for fitness junkies. With the debut of Fitbit Versa, you will be delighted to learn that the smartwatch now offers various health and fitness tracking for females and allows you to send quick replies.

Users have appreciated various fitness tracking features in previous devices. And health tracking is surely the best move made by the company. Now, women can get all the health related details such as pulse, calories, etc. on their wrists. The smartwatch will allow you to record and compare symptoms of the menstrual cycle. And you will get general information related to your health including weight, sleep, and other activity in the app.

This way, you can keep track of health and fitness patterns alike. It is worth mentioning that you can find general information about topics covering women health issues along with a community tab where you can also connect with other women and share experiences.

Moreover, it is kind of annoying when you miss out on something interesting due to a workout session. The developers have found a jaw-dropping solution for your problem. The latest version will let you send quick replies. It is a handy feature if you have a huge social circle and you cannot afford to be not in touch. Plus, quick replies are essential in case of an emergency. You will find default messages such as:

  • What’s up?
  • Sounds good!
  • Can’t talk now, will reply later
  • Yes and No

Apart from this, you can customize your messages too. The Fitbit Versa offers 60 characters or under message option. You can even find a few emojis in the device. Isn’t that cool? The smart-watch also works for text messages along with other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook.

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​OnePlus 6 Review: Fast and Smooth

Posted on 20 July 2018

It seems like the developers have ditched the metallic approach and launched OnePlus 6 made with glass. You will find enhanced features and top-notch functioning in the newly debuted smart-phone which company’s previous handsets 5T and 6 failed to provide. OnePlus feels comfortable in hands. The smart-phone weighs 6.2 ounces.

You can purchase OnePlus 6 in a glossy mirror black, matte silk white (with rose gold frame), and a matter midnight black. You will experience the signature curviness in the OnePlus 6 series as each smart-phone of the brand offers. There is no doubt that the developers have done significant work on the frames and design of the smart-phone.

The elegant looking handset comes with a 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. OnePlus 6 version sports 1080p AMOLED screen which is 6.28 inches wide and along with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The display covers around 84% of the body that means you will get a better game or Netflix experience. The smart-phone also offers 1,000-nit super bright mode on the G7ThinQ’s LCD. This is indeed a smart idea which is not available in various OLED-based displays.

It wouldn’t be wrong to claim that OnePlus sports clean interface. It provides a buttery-smooth response. The developers made sure that scrolling and transitions function without any hindrance. With OnePlus 6, you will also get navigation gestures. There is no navigation bar at the bottom this time. You need to swipe to reach apps or home. These navigation gestures are similar to iPhone X.

Not only screen but OnePlus offers splendid 3,300mAh battery as well. It lasts for 13 to 18 hours once you charged it 100%. You should feel free to use various apps, camera, or watch videos over LTE and you will still have some juice left. With 16-megapixel main sensor and secondary sensor around a 20-megapixel, OnePlus 6 isn’t a bad deal.

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Netgear Arlo Pro 2: Smart Home Security Camera

Posted on 16 July 2018

You cannot finish off the idea of smart-living without installing a top-notch security camera. It would not be wrong to claim that a home security camera has become a necessity to keep an eye on each activity happening around in your absence. You can find various options on the market. However, you need something reliable when it comes to security. That is where you should invest in Netgear Arlo Pro 2.

It is available in two and four camera-bundles allowing you to choose how many cameras are required to ensure your safety. Netgear is equipped with jaw-dropping features that make it stand out amongst competitors. The company offers a basic plan that includes free cloud backup for seven days. It sports a weatherproof design, wired or wireless functioning along with robust geofencing and scheduling capabilities.

The base station of Arlo Pro 2 contains two prominent advantages. First, it provides efficient wireless communication with the cameras. It connects with your router directly via Ethernet. Secondly, it’s fantastic battery life – the juice can last up to six months – depending on the amount of camera activity. You will get 100-plus decibel siren and two USB ports to connect external hard drives.

Moreover, Netgear retains your footage in the cloud. It stays secure in there for a week whereas most security camera offers only 24-hours basic plan. Despite two-way audio, night vision, sound and motion detection, Arlo Pro 2 offers a combination of scheduling and geofencing keeping you aware of your surrounding 24/7 with Full HD 1080p camera.

It offers simple brightness slider as well which works like an exposure compensation dial on the Netgear allowing you to set the brightness up or down to retrieve high-quality image. You will be pleasantly surprised to find that Arlo Pro 2 features Amazon Alexa supporting smart devices available at your home. You can watch the footage on an Amazon Fire-Connected TV or Amazon Echo Show.

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Tribit XFree Tune Bluetooth Headphones

Posted on 12 July 2018

If you are looking for a headphone that provides good clarity, natural sound, and well-defined bass, the Tribit XFree Tune Bluetooth Headphone is what you need. Now, you do not need to break your bank to invest in high-end headphones to experience surround sound specifically for a Bluetooth headphone.

It seems like the brand did not only work on the sound quality but they have put in significant efforts to make it a comfortable ear-piece as well. The designers have opted for leatherette cushioning to come with fantastic ear pads allowing you to enjoy music for hours.

The Tribit XFree headphones are easy-to-carry due the foldable design. You will find a 3.5mm port on the left side to use it via a wired connection. On the right side, there is an on/off button and the volume buttons that function smoothly. You can charge the headset for wireless use and there is also a Micro USB port located at the bottom of the right side for it.

XFree Bluetooth functions get along well with all Bluetooth enabled devices. To activate it, press the power button until it notifies “pairing” and you are good to go. Plus, the headset does not feature noise canceling but the high-quality leather of the ear cups seal out a decent amount of ambient-background-noise – which is nothing short of fantastic!

Not to mention, you will experience splendid sound with the Tribit. You will be pleasantly surprised after listening to the highs and mids of your favorite music with utmost clarity regardless of the volume setting.

That is what sets the Tribit XFree apart from the usual products. It is worth noting that the headset sports a 430mAh Li-Ion battery – and that means you will get a 24-hour playback. All in all, a budget-friendly, feature-packed alternative to its expensive and delicate counterparts!

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Motorola Moto X4

Posted on 11 July 2018

With a sharp glass-backed design, smooth performance, and crisp display, Motorola has introduced their very latest Moto X4. At first glance, you will find it quite small. It seems similar to the original size of Moto G5 at 148.4 x 73.4mm. The handset is sturdy and feels comfortable in your hands. Its sports a metal frame, glass body, and gently curved edges making it a fantastic device.

Moreover, the Moto X4 has an IP68 rating and is water and dust resistant. The company has retained the 3.5mm headphone jack like its previous flagship versions. The overall design is practical and you will find three physical buttons located on the right side. The volume buttons are small whereas the power button is quite large and textured heavily. However, the overall functioning of buttons is smoother than various high-end smartphones.

The X4 sports a fingerprint sensor that sits under the display and runs without any interruption. It comes with a 5.2 inch display with an LCD panel. Moto offers crisp screen at 1080p with rich and balanced colors along with the right amount of brightness. You should expect top-notch performance as the handset runs on Qualcomm’s newest mind-rang processor. Plus, it is safe to state that you will not encounter any stuttering during general navigation.

MotoX4 is equipped with Android 7.1.1. Plus, the camera seems an exciting feature as well. X4 comes with main 12 megapixels f/2.0 lens, which is paired with an 8 megapixel camera that has a 120-degree wide angle sensor. It allows you to capture sprawling landscape shots without waving your phone – especially in panorama mode. The company has opted for two cameras allowing you to get an enhanced bokeh effect. It will improve your photography experience as it takes detailed and well-balanced photos. With splendid features and 3000 mAh battery life, Motorola Moto X4 could become your next choice.

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