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The Moto Z by Motorola

Posted on 15 June 2017

Motorola once ruled the mobile phone industry when it launched the Razor, but lost a huge chunk of its customer base to other brands such as Nokia, iPhone and Samsung. However, almost a decade later, it has made a noticeable comeback to the industry by launching the most advanced and interesting smartphones.

The all new Moto Z is Motorola’s most advanced mobile phone and comes packed with a number of interesting features.

Features:
o 5.5 inch screen with Quad HD display
o 4GB RAM for ultrafast performance
o 32GB built-in storage. You can also expand the storage up to 128GB with a micro SD card
o Android 6.0.1
o Modular Moto Mods that allow you to be creative with your phone
o Only 5.19mm thick making it the thinnest phone in the world
o 13MP rear and 5MP from cameras for high quality pictures and 4K video recording
o Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
o 2,600 mAh long lasting battery so you would not have to look for a power source every now and then

Design:
Moto Z does not have a curved back like other Motorola phones. Instead, it has a flat back with huge and bulking out camera. Motorola designed it to be ergonomic but the extreme thinness makes it way to light and delicate to hold. Moreover, the rear picks up fingerprints easily. A major drawback of the design is the visible pogo pins used for Modular Moto Mods.

Pros:
o Lightening fast performance
o High quality display
o Latest version of Android
o Amazing camera results

Cons:
o Terrible battery life especially when Modular Moto Mods are attached
o Problems in auto-brightness
o No headphone jack

Conclusion:
The Moto Z offers you a new concept and ways of making your smart phone much smarter and fun to use. You can expand the battery life or turn your phone into a projector, loud speaker and what not. However, apart from the $500 price tag, the mods would cost you additional hundreds of dollars.

Photo by: Motorola

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BlackBerry Key One: Distictly Blackberry

Posted on 02 June 2017

There was a time when Blackberry used to rule the cell phone market, then came two strong contenders Samsung and Apple, making it very difficult for BlackBerry to compete. But there is still hope for BlackBerry fans yet. There is good news as the company is introducing its comeback phone, the Blackberry KeyOne. It is set to release at the end of May 2017.

Many speculate that Blackberry KeyOne may just recover the brand’s reputation. Blackberry has an opportunity to attract customers by providing something unique. It will face a lot of competition from popular smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6, but the deciding factor would be the design of Key One’s keyboard. It may just make or break the success of the phone.

The Blackberry KeyOne is packed up with a number of high-tech features. These include:
o 4.5-inch IPS display
o Android 7.1.1 Nougat Operating System
o Octa-core 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
o 32GB Storage and is expandable up to 2TB through a microSD card
o 3GB RAM
o 8mega-pixel front camera and 12mega-pixel back camera
o 3,505 mAh non-removable battery

The Blackberry KeyOne will be made available in White and Black. Weighing just 180 grams, the smartphone’s dimension measurements are 149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm. This makes it quite handy as it also has an appealing shape. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC.

It is reported that this is the most premium Blackberry phone. KeyOne will be the first phone to feature the firm’s new Boost charging technology and will charge your phone in less than an hour. There is a fingerprint reader integrated into the keyboard and is fast and accurate.

It also has a floating phone button, which helps to pop back to a call while switching screens. There is an option of programming 52 keyboard shortcuts and this customizable convenience opens a shortcut or an application.
The price at the time of release will be £275.

Photo by: Blackberry

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LG G6 Review: A Worthy Challenger

Posted on 03 May 2017

LG G6 is the latest flagship phone announced by LG in February during the Mobile World Conference held in 2017. It is a worthy contender amongst the smartphone flagship devices for the year and holds up to its expectations with its great design and exceptional performance.

Design and Build Quality

The design of the phone is a complete overhaul with what the G5 used to be. LG has ditched the modular design for this phone, which was one of the key selling points for its predecessor. The phone has a full aluminum body with a 5.7-inch HD display and an 18:9 aspect ratio to provide extra vertical room on screen. The front and back of the phone are both protected by Corning Gorilla Glass for extra protection for those thin bezels.

Features and Specifications

The G6 sports a Snapdragon 821 processor, which is surprising considering the latest Snapdragon 835 was already released and expected in all the flagship smartphones for 2017. The phone has 4GB RAM, a 3300mAh non-removable battery and comes in two storage variants of both 32 and 64 GB supporting expandable storage up to 256 GB.

Camera Quality

The G6 has two impressive 13MP rear cameras for both wide angle and standard shots. The standard version is equipped with optical image stabilization. The cameras can easily record 60 fps Full HD videos and 30 fps in Ultra HD and can capture beautiful shots with exceptional quality. LG has also focused on the build quality rather than aesthetics and therefore have got rid of the camera hump on the back of the phone.

Software

The G6 comes with Android Nougat 7.0 and a friendly LG user interface packed with great features. The G6 software is a complete revamp of the G5. All the custom apps have been updated for a better user experience since there is more room to use on the display.

The G6 is without doubt a worthy challenger amongst the top flagship phones for the year 2017 and has been released in March.

Photo by: LG

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Oppo R9s Plus Review: Top Notch Selfie Camera

Posted on 01 May 2017

The Oppo R9s Plus is a mid range phone announced by the company in October 2016 and later launched in December of the same year. With an initial glance it can easily be observed that the design of the phone is inspired by the Apple’s IPhone 6, which is more of a common sight these days in many smartphones manufactured. Although based on its 6 inch full HD display, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, it easily falls under the phablet category but since all the recent phones have increased their display size in general to cater additional specs and features, Oppo seems to follow the same pattern with this phone.

Built quality of the Oppo R9s Plus is premium as expected, the phone complements its predecessor the Oppo R9 plus with a same design philosophy and follows almost similar specs. It is a bigger version of Oppo R9s and runs on a mid-range Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor with 6GB RAM and Adreno 510 GPU. Internal memory of the phone goes up to 64GB and is expandable thanks to its 256GB external microSD support. Being the bigger version R9s the phone also has bigger battery which goes up to 4000mAh for long hour usage.

The phone has a 16MP main camera with optical image stabilization that gives decent results in daylight and is fully capable to record 4K resolution videos. Front camera of the phone is also a 16MP camera and is more focused for the selfie enthusiasts who are the target customers for this phone

The phone comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0 that runs its own user friendly interface providing additional custom features to the user. As for the midrange phone category the R9s Plus has a lot to offer under the price tag it is sold with good design and built quality, superior performance and beautiful camera result for your selfies.

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LG Harmony Android Smartphone Review

Posted on 21 April 2017

LG has introduced a new Android Smartphone, the LG Harmony, and it is quite similar to LG’s K-Series phones. The device has a beautiful 5.3-inch 720p touch screen display. It’s quite handy with a weight of 142g and the dimensions of the device are 149.9 x 76.2 x 7.6 mm.

It is packed up with high-tech features, which include
o 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.
o 2800mAh battery and a 1.4GHz quad-core processor
o 1080p video recording and LED flash
o 1.5GB RAM and 16GB Internal Storage(can be expanded by SD Card)
o Android Nougat 7.0 Operating System
o Cricket Wireless Carrier

The quality of the smartphone is durable and long-lasting with a stylish body and is lightweight. The battery timing is speculated to be really good, so it is perfect for extensive usage. The touch screen is also responsive, like all the other expensive smartphones. The device also has a customizable home button to make things easy for the user and it can be set accordingly.

There is a Wi-FI connectivity option and a hotspot as well so data connection can be shared with other devices easily. It can support all the Bluetooth files, which makes it easy to transfer data from one device to another. It also has USB Tethering, which makes the device compatible with other devices as well as computers.

To use this phone with ease, you must have a Cricket service. Additional charges may apply for the features that are available on the carrier program. When buying, the set includes a standard battery, a travel adapter and USB cable. You will also get a Bluetooth Stereo Headset with the phone.

The price set is $99. With so many features, the price is affordable and the people should buy this product. This phone will probably be the best phone produced by LG in 2017 and you will love it.

Photo by: LG

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Lenovo Yoga A12: Android Tablet Delivering Seamless Integration

Posted on 22 February 2017

Lenovo has launched the Yoga A12 convertible tablet which emerges as a stripped down version of the Yoga Book. According to Lenovo, the Yoga A12 is an affordable Android tablet, which is engineered for maximum productivity. In several ways, the Yoga A12 is a low-priced version of the Yoga Book, which is marketed to appeal to the mainstream masses. The A12 comes with a 12.2-inch screen, and an Intel Atom x5 chip, 32GB storage inside and a 2GB RAM. Unfortunately, there is no pen input and no option for Chrome OS or Windows 10.

However, the feature that makes the tablet stand apart is the halo keyboard initiated on the Yoga Book, and the much anticipated 360° hinge. The 12.2-inch screen will take care of the cramped space on the original Book. The device weighs just under a kilogram and portable with a 5.4mm thick edge. The tablet has two Dolby Atmos speakers with almost 13 hours of battery backup. It runs a modification of Android with a hybrid multi-tasking UI, consisting of three panes for apps. However, Lenovo has not yet announced the exact version of Android the A12 runs.

The tablet comes with breathtaking functionalities but there are some technical disappointments. The screen comes with a 1200 x 800 resolution and the components are aging. Tech-savvy enthusiasts who seek the greatest and latest hardware may be disappointed as the A12 runs an old chip from Intel, which has rolled back its development of Android. This poses many doubts about the frequency of OS updates. It comes with Intel’s Atom X5 tablet processor (or code-named as Cherry Trail) which has now been discontinued by the chip maker.

Lenovo has not made it clear whether the Yoga A12 will be upgraded to Android 7.1 Nougat. The Yoga A12 is available from 8 February in the United States in Rose Gold and Gunmetal Grey through Lenovo’s website at an incredibly modes price tag of $299.

Photo courtesy: Lenovo

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OnePlus 3 Review: Surprising Android Smartphone Upgrade

Posted on 12 January 2017

Considered as a high-end Android smartphone designed to near perfection, the OnePlus 3 is a surprising upgrade with 6 GB of RAM, a storage space of 64-124 GB and a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080. The smartphone has a premium design- a beautiful metal body with a 5.5 inch display that is vibrant and bright. The screen also features a fingerprint scanner, which is lightning fast.

Features:
o Snapdragon 821 CPU
o 3400mAh battery
o 16MP front camera
o 16MP rear camera
o 5.5 inch screen
o Operating System: Android Marshmallow
o Dimensions: 7.4 mm x 74.4 mm x 152.7 mm
o Weight: 158 grams

The OnePlus 3 has a number of commendable features including a high quality camera and a long battery life. With its high class metal look, the OnePlus 3 is in the lead with its predecessors. It has a similar look to that of HTC 10’s, which isn’t really a bad thing. If you are into sleek metal phone bodies, you are going to love the OnePlus 3.

Although the rear camera is of high quality, it bulges out from the back surface of the smartphone. However, this design is not damaging to the camera and many popular smartphones like the iPhone 6S have the same design.

The device features OxygenOS interface, which runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and is to be upgraded to Android Nougat in the near future. However, the phone comes with unneeded and potentially annoying built-in apps, and you can install and download anything you are missing from Google’s Play Store.

At $400, The OnePlus 3 is a fairly great deal for an Android phone on a budget, as it comes with a premium look and touch, and performance that are excellent enough to go hand-in-hand with any cutting-edge smartphone on the current market.

Photo by: OnePlus

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