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​Nokia 8 Review

Posted on 12 October 2017

Millions were heartbroken when their former beloved Nokia announced an exit from the mobile industry; however, on 2017 nobody knew they would return with a bang. They introduced a whole new product. All Nokia phones now come with Android. With the release of Nokia 8, they have just added another phone to their “comeback” collection. Nokia is gradually making a successful comeback by coming up with premium as well as quality, budget-friendly phones and Nokia 8 is one of them.

Product Specifications

Following are the key specifications of Nokia 8.

  • Size: 5.3 inches
  • Screen: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (554 ppi)
  • OS: Android 7.1.1
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Kryo & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo) with 4gb Ram
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • Camera: Primary Dual 13 MP & Secondary 13 MP
  • Storage: 64 GB (Expandable by MicroSD card)
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 78h

Features

The smartphone’s screen quality is far better and has been integrated with an IPS LCD. The 554 ppi gives very sharp and accurate colors. Even in direct sunlight, the screen is able to produce well-lit images and comfortable viewing angles. Powered by a 3090 mAH battery, it has excellent capacity and has a quick charging 3.0 feature, which charges up the phone in relatively short time. With endurance rating of 78 hours, it does well when playing videos, music, games or browsing. It comes with single and dual SIM versions.

Nokia 8 runs on latest version of Android i.e. 7.1.1, it’s not customized and runs on a stock version, which ensures smooth Android experience and fast updates. With Snapdragon 835, an octa-core processor, Adreno 540 and 4 GB of RAM, everything seems really smooth. Opening multiple tabs, playing high-end games and switching apps does not cause any lag or slow down performance.

The sound quality of Nokia 8 is just average, may be due to the single speaker, but it is mostly distortion free, which is a good deal. The camera quality is something that really makes the phone outstanding, Carl Zeiss technology lives up to its name by giving excellent panoramic shots. You can expect light bokeh effects from dual 13 MP primary camera and really nice selfies from 13 MP front camera.

Verdict

Being a budget friendly, Nokia 8 is a better and smarter option; it has premium features that are enough to rival several other smartphones on the market.

Photo by: Nokia

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Pioneer Rayz Rally: Lightning Powered Pocket-Sized Speaker

Posted on 28 September 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 Stylo Review: Smartphone 5.7″ Display

Posted on 21 September 2017

Regarding smartphones this year, the market has seen newer features from several companies. Apple’s iPhone 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 are both yet again taking the lead as the most purchased smartphones. However, customers who do not prefer both brands or cannot afford them are still entitled to innovative ideas from other companies. These companies have to consider the price, design, features as well as the battery life when designing a smartphone for that percent of the population.

That is the case with the LG Stylo as it adds a stylus to its smartphone design. LG previously hasn’t focused much on styluses, but this time the new feature has opened several options for the company. First and foremost is the idea of the ‘idle hand’ which allows users to take notes uninterrupted even while their fingers are on the screen. The stylus has a simple design and fits into the silo on top of LG Stylo.

The phone itself has a 5.5-inch touch screen with 720 x 1280 display feature which allows for better video and image visibility. With a 300 mAh battery, you can use the phone for up to 24 hours before you need to charge it again. Battery lifetime has never been an issue with LG products. However, the style functionality has. The Android phone has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core processor with 1 GB of RAM.

This feature, therefore, is the answer to any query you have regarding the speed of the smartphone. You can also take a lot of good pictures as the LG Stylo has an 8 MP back camera and 5 MP front one. You can shoot as many videos as you want as the SD card slot can read up to 64 GB of memory. Regarding features, this smartphone surely has a lot which is why it is perfect for people who cannot afford higher priced smartphones.

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​Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Phone (Arctic Silver)

Posted on 21 August 2017

​Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was not really up to the customer standards. Many people debated online over the battery-burning smartphone that had no new features. Samsung faced stiff competition from the new iPhone and other smartphones, which is why the designers had to go back to the drawing board and find a way to meet customer demands.

The new Samsun Galaxy Note 8 brought with it just the amount of creativity that was needed. With curved shoulders and two rear cameras along with a glossy finish, the Note 8 stands a fighting chance. The 6.3-inch screen and the wireless charging make the phone one of the most advanced of its time. The wireless technology is still in the working and Samsung immediately showcasing a smart phone with the feature gives it the modern edge it needs in the market. The similarities include the same water resistance and stylus features. Except for a few new basic options, the stylus pretty much does the same work as the previous Samsun Galaxy Note editions.

The twin cameras are really what the fuss is about in online tech communities. Samsung’s new smart phone brings a new definition to the iPhone’s portrait mode with better quality pictures. Samsung also made sure that they do not repeat the mistake of last year and have added an efficient battery that lasts longer. Customers are amazed at how well the battery works considering it is a high-powered smart phone. In no time, Samsung’s leading smart phone will flock the market with millions of buyers. However, the only problem is the competition it faces. The Google pixel 2 and the LGV30 smart phones are in line with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and it would require some serious marketing efforts to get customers on either side.

Photo by: Samsung

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Huawei Honor 6A: Affordable Smartphone Option

Posted on 08 August 2017

We talk a lot about high end smartphones from Apple and Samsung, but flagship phones from these companies are too expensive for most. This has given rise to a trend where a lot of companies are introducing low end, budget-friendly smartphones that appeal to the masses. One of the trendiest phones in this category is the Huawei Honor 6, which not only provides you all the functions of a typical smartphone, but also puts a smile on your face when you read its price tag.

The 5.0 inch screen displays a resolution of 720×1280 pixels, which is pretty impressive considering its cost. Another attractive feature of the Honor 6A is its software. The mid-ranger incorporates the Android Nougat operating system, which is not bad considering the target market of the product.

The Huawei Honor 6A has 3GB of RAM (good enough) and an internal memory of 32 GB, which is very nice for a phone in its category; not enough to match flagship phones, of course, but it would be unfair to the Honor 6A if we were to compare it to the best phones in the world.

The 6a sports a 1.2 GHz quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, which makes it relatively fancier than other phones in its category because it incorporates one of the strongest processors there is, and we rarely see a mid-budget phone sport such a heavy processor.

The phone has a powerful 3020 mAh battery with an astounding talk time of 19 hours, and standby time of 363 hours, which is perfect for people who are in the operations department of an organization i.e. people who have jobs that include a lot of movement, which is why they are deprived of the use of a charger. I guess with a battery this large, you don’t nSeed a charger for quite a few hours.

It is surprising to see that even low end phones are incorporating some killer features, like the Huawei Honor 6A, which is an excellent choice if you have limited funds.

Photo courtesy: HiHonor.com the Honor Official Site

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Google Pixel 2 Rumors and News

Posted on 28 July 2017

The announcement of the Google Pixel 2 has been accompanied by extraordinary levels of hype among critics. Rumors suggest that the Google Pixel 2 will be the first phone to include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 chipset in its build, which according to experts, will make Pixel 2 one of the most powerful phones that has ever hit the market.

Google has only recently discontinued its flagship series, Nexus, after which they introduced the dynamic Google Pixel as their crown jewel, setting global markets ablaze with a much more premium device. With the introduction of the new and improved version Google’s flagship series, critics believe that record sales will be achieved.

A curved screen gives Pixel 2 the aesthetic design it needed to compete against other high-end phones that reign over the smartphone industry. The 4.97 inch screen can display an optimum resolution of 2560×1312. The Pixel 2 XL, however, is equipped with a much larger screen, for users who prefer size when choosing their smart phone.

The finger print sensor on the rear plays an essential role in the aesthetic design of the Pixel 2, keeping the front pain and elegant. Tiny bezels on the phone’s body give the Pixel 2 a more sophisticated outlook; however, their main purpose is to improve the grip and provide superior handling.

The Pixel 2 comes with 12MP rear and 7MP front cameras, which, according to Google, are an improvement over that their former flagship series, although the details have not yet been specified. I think it is safe to assume that Google will not disappoint when it comes cutting-edge camera technology.

Other notable features of the Pixel 2 include its waterproof design and “squeezability,” like that of the HTC U11. A major disappointment, however, is the absence of a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

The Pixel 2 cannot be classified as an original with the number of features it has adopted from other flagship phones. However, we can only wait and see whether it meets our expectations, or exceeds them.

Photo via Forbes: Pixel 2 XL render based on the latest leaks

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Motorola Moto Z2 Force: Available for Pre-Order

Posted on 27 July 2017

The Motorola Moto Z2 incorporates some desirable features. Strongly built, with a shatter-resistant glass screen, it guarantees durability, which is perfect for users who are careless with their phone. It also has a 360 degree camera and a number of additional Motomods, which are the hallmark of a Motorola product.

The Moto Z2 Force is an amalgamation of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. This makes it thinner and lighter than its predecessors, but hard-to-break at the same time.

Statistically speaking, the Moto Z2 Force is much more cosmetically sound than its previous versions, being 13% thinner and 12% lighter than the Moto Z.

The phone is available in a variety of colors, all of which come with a brushed metal finish; namely Super Black, Lunar Frey, and Fine Gold for its feminine users.

Despite the 5-layer protection that this phone incorporates, it does not provide effective water-resistance, a feature nearly all flagship phones of different companies have. There is a hydrophobic nanocoating, which provides some level of resilience towards water, particularly designed to safeguard the phone’s motherboard from rain, but I’m afraid it’s not one of those phones that you can take underwater, like the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Motorola has tried taking a leaf out of Apple’s book and removed the standard headphone jack from the Moto Z2 Force, which is the only phone in the Z2 collection to not have one.

Equipped with 4 GB RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, the Z2 Force is ultra fast, and provides a smartphone experience better than that of its high-rated predecessors.

The dual lens rear camera comes with laser autofocus and phase detection, ensures you commemorate important events the way you want; black and white, blurred background, 5 meter working distance in the dark are options that give you the choice of taking pictures the way you want, and not fret about picture quality in the dark.

The Moto Z2 is a good accessory to have. It’s priced at around $800, which is a setback however, because in this price range, you can choose from a variety of flagship phones from other companies, which are way more in demand that the Motorola Z2.

Photo by: Motorola

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