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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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Kodak Extra: Professional-quality, photography-first smartphone

Posted on 17 July 2017

Kodak, the famous U.S. based company, ruled the camera industry for more than a century. The company is an industry pioneer. They came up with innovative cameras in the 1900s. However, over the years, their cameras have been losing ground to digital cameras.

After decades, the company has re-entered the market but with a surprising twist. Kodak, formerly a camera company, entered the smartphone industry and launched high-quality camera phones targeting mostly photographers. Surprisingly, with so many competitors already present in the market, the company has received quite a positive response.

The Kodak Extra Smartphone is the second smartphone from the company. The design of their Kodak Extra camera from 1941 serves as the inspiration for the design of the smartphone. This phone is ideal for people who love photography and being creative, which is why Kodak’s slogan for the phone is “Don’t just capture, create.”

The Kodak Extra Smart phone has to offer you a lot than just a great camera. It comes packed with some features that you will surely find quite attractive.

Features
o 21 mega pixel back camera
o 5mm f/2.0 6P lens
o Anti-reflective coated Corning Gorilla Glass 3
o Shoots 720P, Full HD, and 4K videos
o Sony ½.4inch sensor with (6-axis) Image Stabilization
o 5inch large Full HD display (1920×1080)
o Ultra fast deca-core processor
o 3GB RAM
o 32GB storage. Expandable up to 128GB
o Long lasting and non-removable 3000mAh battery
o USB-C for lighting fast charging
o Android Marshmallow (V6)
o Durable body
o Vintage camera look

The Kodak Extra has successfully delivered what it was created for as majority of the buyers have shown an overwhelming response. Sure some buyers were not quite impressed by the phone, but it is still has proven to be one of the best camera phones available in the market. You can get this phone for about $350-$400 with Kodak’s one year warranty.

Photo by: Kodak

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OnePlus 5 Phone with Dual Camera Review

Posted on 14 July 2017

The message that the OnePlus propagates is that of a phone that despite being less costly than its competitors, it provides all, if not more, of the services that other flagship phones provide. OnePlus implies special significance on its design and camera, two essential requirements in any phone that hopes to be a successful product and capture markets worldwide.

OnePlus, like other popular brands, uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which is also used in phones such as the S8, Sony Xperia ZX Premium, Motorola Moto Z2 and multiple other flagship phones from well-known companies. The finger print scanner is virtually the same as in other phones; its sensitivity and method of working have minute, negligible differences, which you won’t even feel unless you’re a complete tech junkie.

The OnePlus 5, their flagship phone, is one that is booming worldwide. The features it provides at its price are unbelievable- literally; most people wouldn’t believe you if you told them what the OnePlus 5 offers. When we talk about its screen resolution, we will find that it is 1080p. While other phones have a 2K display, the difference between the two kinds of resolutions is insignificant to say the least, although this only applies to screens of this size.

The design of the OnePlus 5 is, by and large, similar to the traditional smart phone approach i.e. rounded edges, a pill-shaped camera bump and a set of 2x cameras on the top left side of the back. OnePlus 5 operates on Oxygen OS, which is unique to the phone and has just enough differences from Android to justify its existence.

Other Features:
o 3300 mAh battery
o Dual-lens 16 MP and 20 MP rear camera
o 16 MP front camera
o 8 GB RAM
o Size= 5.5 inches

At a price of around 500 Euros, it is the cheapest phone amongst flagship phones of well-known brands, an original smartphone that provides the ultimate camera experience. No wonder it is giving major market-holders a run for their money.

Photo by: OnePlus

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The LG Q6 Review

Posted on 12 July 2017

Many smartphone companies were challenged when LG launched its most advanced, brilliantly engineered and designed smartphone, G6. With unparalleled performance and 18:9 display, G6 become one of the best selling phones of the year.
Now, LG has launched a new product, the Q6, which people are calling a mini G6. LG has brought its marvelous FullVision display to its lower-end and mid-range smartphones including the Q6 series.

This mini G6 lineup offers three different models: Q6, Q6 Plus and Q6a. LG Q6 comes packed with a number of features that are no less than a treat for robust users.

Features:
o 5.5″ Full High Definition + FullVision 18:9 display with 442ppi
o 3GB memory
o 32GB storage
o 13MP rear camera
o 5MP selfie camera with 1000 degree wide angle
o Non-removable 3000mAh battery
o USB 2.0
o Bluetooth 4.2
o NFC
o Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
o Android 7.1.1 Nougat
o Ice Platinum, Terra Gold, Astro Black and Mystic White colors

LG Q6 also offers some features that were debuted on the G6 like the Square Camera Mode. The price of the phone is not yet disclosed by LG. However, the phone is set to be released next month in Asia followed by launches in Europe and America.

While LG has designed Q6 to be one of the best mid-range phones, they have not included a fingerprint sensor. This may result in a major drawback as it is considered an essential part of a smartphone especially in 2017 and almost all mid-range smart phones nowadays offer a fingerprint sensor.

The Verdict
The nearly bezel-less display will offer you an amazing user experience as you would be able to view ultra high quality pictures and videos. Moreover, the speakers in the LG Q6 are also redesigned to enhance the sound quality. The 3000-mAh battery is another key feature of the Q6 as you would not have to look for the charger every now and then.

Photo by: LG

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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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