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Smartphones and tablets have become an essential part of our lives and when they don't function properly, they surely make up for mood-spoilers. Following are some ways that can help you to keep your smart device always pepped up:
Wipe your backyard!
Go to settings then to apps and swipe to 'running' section. Here you will get to know, all the unnecessary apps that are always syncing with Internet or running but are of no substantial use in the present. Stop them or if you can't do that, uninstall them. Besides this, you can simply hover the respective app store of the OS in your smartphone and search for an 'advanced task killer'. This app will help you in turning down all the apps that are currently using too much of RAM space. Moreover, it is always helpful to double press your home button(iPhone) or tap on first button from right while on homescreen (Android Phone) to swipe and kill the apps that are running but aren't being used.
Save power for more Energy
If you like live wallpapers, then sorry but you'd have to do away with them to save battery. Widgets also must be cut down to a few and you must not let the smartphone fully discharge. Turn off the Wi-Fi, vibration, GPS, Bluetooth and 3G immediately after usage. Keep the brightness down enough so you can view and increase only when you enter into daylight and avoid using the camera flash as torch, often. The big move that comes in saving the power is installing a power saving app, Android's play store and iOS's App store are flooded with this kind of applications and choosing a better app isn't a big deal.
You have to go to cache room of your favorite apps and clean it, also, you have to disable the animations. With that said, you have focus on in-built storage of your device. Yes, if ROM is full, the device will slow down dramatically. So, if you are getting 16GB as internal storage and 13GB is available for use, then atleast 2-4GB must be spared to keep from slowdowns. If your smartphone provides you with provision of expansion of external memory via microSD card, then move all you stuff to microSD card. Not only music, videos and image files but you can also move applications to it. Those who can't avail this can simply resort to respective application store and download a very popular app called, 'Apps to SD card'.
Some updates do have bad effects but not all and certainly not the firmware updates. The thumb rule says that the new OS updates bring a number of optimizations and bug fixes. The new updates also have then and now, aimed at falling lighter on RAM space. The best way is to turn on the Wi-Fi and search for any over-the-air update. That goes for OS updates but it is a bit different in case of application updates. Do not keep a mindset same as 'buying these pants hoping one day I will fit in them'. Do not update apps thinking they shall come in future use, update only the apps you frequently use. This way resources will be used optimally rather than engaged again and again.
A re-boot a week keeps sudden shutdowns, away!
A smartphone is not smart enough to manage memory and data without exhausting and like a human it requires a fresh start. So make it a point, fix time in a week, close all applications and shut the smartphone. Why closing all the applications is required because if you don't do that and shut the smartphone, your device will save all the data prior to shutdown and then re-start will not bring required performance improvements. After a proper reboot, old apps will not start from their last place.
Follow these commandments and you will never have to have a dull face when your smartphone begins to act up.
You check on a number of factors before buying anything and purchasing smart devices is no exception. Following are eight essential factors that you must once consider before cashing out on a tablet device.
Stay disillusioned by the fact big screen doesn't mean better resolution. There are tablets that offer more resolution in 7-inch diagonally wide screen and less resolution in 8 or 9-inch wide screen. If you are able to get hands on a full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) thats great but even HD resolution with 1280 x 720 pixels will do enough for reading, chatting and watching videos. Pixels per inch, brightness, contrast ratio, wide-viewing anlge, etc are the basic keywords that you should make a check-list of, considering that 'higher the number, the better it is for you.' Fringerprint and protective coating are other basics. Compact tablets are a cut-down on weight and cost and allow more portability, big sized tablets shall make only slim line of difference in features other than just screen size which can even go up to 12-inch. Samsung Galaxy Note 800 sports a 10.10-inch screen while Xiaomi Mi Pad offers 7.9-inch screen.
Here is where your PC OS experience matters. Google, Apple and Microsoft dominate the mobile OS market and always aim at leveling a user's PC OS experience with that of mobile OS by bringing in similarity of usage, such that the user doesn't have to adapt to or learn many new things, or even if there is a need for the same, it should be easy and quick. If you are familiar with Mac Osx its better to go for Apple's iPad that runs the latest iOS 8.3 Beta, if you are attached with Microsoft Windows then you can grab a Microsoft Windows 8.1 or 10 Phone, if you are experienced with a Chromebook or simply demand freedom of use and high compatibility with other devices, go with Android Lollipop. ios and Windows 8 are indeed expensive with more paid subscriptions and applications than Android. Microsoft Surface Pro, Apple iPad Mini and Google Nexus 9 are some devices you can begin the hunt with.
Internal storage typically ranges from 8G to 16GB, again, keep in mind that you are not going to get these absolute numbers. A considerable fraction of internal storage will be consumed by already installed applications and you will get around 2-4GB less for your usage. If you have a lot to store, look for a tablet that allows external microSD card slot for expansion of external memory space by up to 32 or 64GB. It is easy to guess that you'd most probably leave using your laptop often by bringing most of your work and entertainment stuff to your new handy tablet and for that you have to have a good thought on storage. LG G Pad 8.0 lets you expand by up to 64GB and Xiaomi Mi Pad lets you expand by up to 128GB and both keep 16GB ROM. All tablets provide free and limited cloud storage as well (depending on varied OSs) but that will require speedy Internet too for keeping you from the frustration of uploading your extra stuff on cloud at snail's pace.
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, hotspot, USB tethering, Bluetooth v4.0 and tethering, microUSB, USB host, HDMi, 2G, 3G, 4G, GPS and audio jack, aren't some extra features. They are basic features that provide numerous options to stay online as you will be connected 24/7 with Internet Of Things. While these features are typically provided in every next tablet, leaving few exceptions, the catch comes when you look for calling facility as well. Most of the tablets have only started to show inclination towards that and few even provide dual-SIM support. iball Slide Brace X1 Octa Core houses dual-SIM (3G+3G) slot while Samsung Galaxy Note 800 backs single SIM support but Apple's iPad doesn't.
Due to big size, big battery and hence longer battery life is obvious but a screen size ranging from 7 to 9-inch and continuous Internet usage stand against that. Again, higher the Milli Ampere Hours, the better it is for you and preference should be of Lithium Polymer battery than Lithium-Ion battery. Notion Ink Cain 8 Tablet delivers a 4000mAh Li-Po battery and speaks of 8 hours of Internet and video playback, 17 hours of audio playback. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE sports a non-removable Li-Po 6000mAh capacity battery to provide 9.5 hours of usage with modes and features to improve battery life.
5MP at the rear side and 2MP or less at the front side are usually camera specifications to most tablets. The tablets shy on more camera megapixels are mostly affordable while tablets with advanced cameras can even exceed the cost of smartphone with even better camera standards. If you are too much into video calling, selfies and snaps and have limited budget, you might have to compromise a bit on megapixels count if not then at least on selfie camera. Xolo WIN Tablet offers just 2MP camera at the back with 1MP camera at the front while HP Slate 7 Voice Tab offers 5MP at the rear and 2MP at the back. HD video recording is not uncommon in tablets' rear cameras.
Tablets in today's market are following the similar trend as smartphones, running from the crease of quad-core processors to octa-core processors coupled with 2-4GB RAM and this chase is yet to fully take over the entire market. If you require speedy multi-tasking and fluidic gaming experience, quad-core processor paired with 2GB RAM is sufficient enough. Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet comes with 1.86 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and Acer Iconia W4-821 comes with 1.8 GHz quad-core processor with Intel Burst Technology and 2GB RAM.
This is the filter keyword that you'd probably apply first on any online retailer. Here, even hybrid of smartphone and tablets, called phablets may confuse you at times. Undoubtedly many tablets are present in range of Rs. 3,000 – Rs.10,000, some of them even fall true to 'value for money' phrase. Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 Tablet is arguably one of the nicest tablets and costs Rs. 9,999 while Digiflip Pro ET701 Tablet is a feature-rich tablet costing only Rs. 3,999.
That concludes you guide on 'how to buy a good tablet'. For guide on other devices too, keep checking on us.
With evolution of computing technology over-time, laptops are being categorized as per specific use and are being manufactured separately keeping that in mind. Gaming, home entertainment, business, etc are the categories that many new laptops fall in. Following describes and exemplifies the same.
These laptops are meant for gamers. They are fitted with advanced processors and graphic cards to exceed the gaming needs of players. Dedicated machine elements for sound, display and controls are designed so as to perfectly class these laptops into gamers' laptops. One such laptop that has proved its mettle is Dell Inspiron 15 5548. Belonging to new Inspiron 15 5000 series, this laptop clocks 2.7GHz with Intel Core i5, 5th generation processing engine coupled with 8GB RAM. Its 15.6-inch wide HD LED backside illuminated display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels is backed by AMD Radeon R7 M265 GPU with separate 2 GB DDR3 RAM. With Windows 8.1 operating system installed, the new laptop boasts of Stereo speakers powered by Waves MaxxAudio 4 technology. Dell Inspiron 15 5548 costs nearly Rs. 53,590.
Everyday Use Laptop
These laptops come in daily use. Any member of the family can use it for communication and studies. These laptops make sure everyday computing needs of the day or month are met with. No particular elements are emphasized upon but all the elements are designed and assembled keeping in mind that nothing is left from running businesses at home to watching movies or video-chatting with your sibling abroad. The best example of everyday laptop is Asus X555LA-XX688D. It sports Intel Core i5, 2.2GHz 5200U processing engine coupled with 4GB RAM. A 15.6 inches wide LED backside illuminated screen holds a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and is assisted by Intel HD Graphics 5500 card. Audio is driven by Sonic Master Maxx Audio and internal hard drive storage capacity is 1TB. Asus X555LA-XX688D costs nearly Rs. 39,400.
This genre of laptop is for those devices that have extraordinarily powerful engine and computing parts. These laptops are demanded purely for easy-to-use, lag-free computing experience. Lenovo Yoga S1 20CDA01 Ultrabook, holds such features that define the above experience. It offers a 12.5-inch wide HD 10 finger multitouch display. Driven by 1.6GHz Intel HM87 4200U Intel Core i5 processor with turbo boost up to 2.6GHz, the laptop holds a 4 GB DDR3 RAM. The graphics are seconded by Intel HD Graphics 4400. OS architecture is 64 bit and operating system is Windows 8. The connectivity options are HDMi, LAN, two USB 3.0 ports, 4-in-1 card reader and combo audio jack. Internal storage is 1 TB. This laptop weighs just 1.6Kgs and possesses stereo speakers for quality sound. The screen hinge allows rotating flexibility. Lenovo Yoga S1 20CDA01 Ultrabook costs nearly Rs. 1,12,499.
As the name itself suggests, laptop in this class are made for business purposes. With a bundle of good connectivity options these laptops also are good at managing power. Hp 250g3 Notebook L3h98pa is the business laptop that perfectly fits the description. Its 1.86GHz dual-core Celeron processor is paired with 4GB RAM. The laptop provides the user with a super multi DVD drive along with Windows 8.1 operating system set in a 64-bit architecture. The screen type is HD SVA Anti Glare Flat LED and its size is 15.6-inch with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The integrated graphics card is Intel HD Graphics 4400. With a 4-cell battery providing 4 hours of uninterrupted usage, connectivity options offered are, Wireless LAN, Bluetooth version 4.0, Mic In, USB port, HDMi and multi-card slot. There is a VGA camera right above the display and speakers below keyboard base for audio. The laptops costs nearly Rs. 21,302.
These laptops provide the privilege of touch sensitive display. Dell Inspiron 15 3543 suits well in in this regard. Powered by a 2.0GHz Intel Core i3 5005U processing engine with paired 4GB RAM, the laptop offers a 8x write/read speed optical drive. Operating system is Windows 8.1 and screen is 15.6-inch with Truelife LED Backlit technology and integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics cards. Besides a 500GB hard-drive the laptop also features an HD camera for video calling. For connectivity there are Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.0 port, Wi-Fi 802.11bgn and 3-in-1 card reader, options. Sound effects are handled by Waves MaxxAudio 4. With Kensington lock slot and 15 months Anti-virus McAfee security, laptop is completely secure. Dell Inspiron 15 3543 is priced nearly at Rs. 40,752.
These laptops can detached from their keyboards and be worked at solely like tablets. These are two in one laptops. Acer One S1001 exemplifies that. It is provided with multitouch display and a 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor coupled with 2GB DDR3L RAM. The hard drive capacity is 500GB. The size of the screen is 10 inches which is perfectly designed to be used as a tablet. For connectivity, there are 2USB ports, HDMi port, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth version 4. The battery used is 6000mAh which is enough to give a day's uninterrupted usage. Weighing just 1.2Kgs, that laptop's tablet surface can be easily hinged back since most users prefer a physical keyboard to type over touch sensitive one. Acer One S1001 costs Rs. 24,275.
This sums up types of laptops available in the market today. For news on the new laptops hitting Indian shores, stick with us.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 are the two biggest rivals in the smartphones world. They are indeed synonymous to future technologies. iPhone 6′s cost begins from Rs. and Samsung Galaxy S6′s cost begins from Rs.
. The competition is close not only in price but in other factors as well. Let’s check them out:
Display: S6 wins in numbers!
Adaptive to both indoor and outdoor environments, S6′s 5.1-inch quad HD Super AMOLED screen makes a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution surface above. It has advanced brightness levels over S5 and a superb pixel density of 577ppi. Apple’s child delivers a 4.7-inch LED backside illuminated IPS multitouch screen with famous Retina HD technology. Pixel density and pixel resolution are both comparatively lower (than S6) with 326ppi and 1334 x 750 pixels, respectively. Features including Full sRGB color pallet, 1400:1 contrast ratio, dual-domain pixels technology (for wide-angle viewing) and fingerprint resilient oleophobic coating come handy to iPhone 6′s display. iPhone 6 Plus differs with a 5.5-inch full HD display, 401ppi pixel density and contrast-ratio of 1300:1. S6 though wins in numbers here but iPhone 6′s reception quality has always been unbeatable.
Samsung says it has picked inspiration from metal smiths for seamless metal-and-glass fusion design of S6. Its surfaces and curved edges are indeed impressive. S6 can be availed in Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Blue Topaz colors and it weighs just 138 grams. S6′s 2550mAh non-removable battery can be swiftly charged with its new wireless charging pad accessory (optional). On full charge, video playback time limit is 13 hours, music playback time limit is 49 hours with 10 hours of 3G and 12 hours of Wi-Fi use. iPhone 6′s all new seamlessly curvy design can be availed in same old Space Grey, Gold and Silver colors and weighs just 9 grams lesser than S6. Its in-built rechargeable Li-ion battery doesn’t support wireless charging and you’d have to use a power adapter or USB. On full charge, you get the same hours (as of S6) on 3G, one extra on Wi-Fi plus 11 hours of video and 50 hours of audio.
Camera: S6, single step ahead
Press the home button twice and you will open S6′s 16MP CMOS rear camera that holds an f/1.9 aperture lens with flash, autofocus, optical image stabilization and HDR. The front snapper is 5MP. S6′s camera records 4K videos (3840 x 2160 pixels) at 30fps. iPhone 6′s camera department has some more features over S6′s. At the rear there is an 8MP iSight sensor camera holding 1.5µ pixels. The five-element lens is covered under sapphire crystal cover. Videos can be recorded in Full HD 30/60fps with stabilization and autofocus. You can geo-tag videos, use 3x zoom and take photos while you shoot. The FaceTime HD front camera catches a 1.2MP photos and records HD videos with auto HD photos and videos. Features common to the front and rear cameras of iPhone are Timer mode, Exposure control, face detection, Burst mode, Backside illumination sensor and ƒ/2.2 aperture lens.
System: Racing with same speed
Four 2.1GHz and four 1.5GHz add to make S6′s 64-bit octa-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM. The processor provides remarkable multi-tasking capabilities. Besides latest Android Lollipop OS, S6 also sports internal storage of 32GB. Array of sensors to this smartphone are Proximity, Light, HR, Hall, Geomagnetic, Gyro, Fingerprint, Barometer and Accelerometer. Options for connectivity are GPS, Glonass, Beidou, USB 2.0, ANT+, 3.5mm jack for audio, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth V4.1 and NFC. iPhone 6 houses a 16/64/128GB internal storage and runs on 64-bit A8 chip with M8 motion co-processor. The user interface is iOS 8, the biggest release ever in iOS family. Its bag of sensors include Ambient light, Proximity, Accelerometer, Three-axis gyro, Barometer and Touch ID while connectivity options include iBeacon micro-location, Mobile data, Wi Fi , Digital compass and Assisted GPS and GLONASS.
Apps: Cut-throat competition
Both the smartphones offer Touch ID sensor below the homebutton. While all-in-one NFC and Barcode compatible payment solution application is hosted by S6, iPhone 6 offers Apple Pay service of somewhat similar nature. With KNOX code transactions can be made easily and with one touch feature S6 can also mirror entire smartphone’s content on compatible HD TV. An application called smart manager takes care of battery, storage and RAM consumption. iPhone 6 packs in five free apps viz. Find My Friends, Find My iPhone, Remote, GarageBand, Pages, iMovie. Some of the other notable applications include; Stocks, Voice Memos, Weather, Game Center, iBooks, Passbook, FaceTime and Health.
To the point
Both the smartphones are quite close to each other in race of being called the BEST. With sale of iPhone 6, Apple has become world’s largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Samsung S6 and S6 Edge have just been released and they are to climb high on the sales charts. Choice of OS is point where people divert since legacy of the both flagship phones have always juxtaposed. Above all, S6 is yet to breaks records set by iPhone 6.
Sony Xperia Z4 tablet has been one of the most anticipated and awaited releases of the year. It has sparked a fierce competition in the market and has caused other tech giants to re-think their upcoming releases in the same genre. The tablet will soon be available in India where the Wi-Fi only model will nearly cost Rs. 38,700 while the 4G LTE variant will cost around Rs. 45,600. Following is its introduction:
A 10.1-inch diagonally wide TRILUMINOS 2K display of the tablet puts up 2560 x 1600 pixels for resolution. Covered under anti-fingerprint coating and scratch-resistant glass, the brilliant display is accompanied by Sony’s X-Reality and Live Color LED technology for delivering brightness which is 40 percent greater than the display of Xperia Z2 tablet. The color pallet is pretty vibrant with vivid and natural Reds, Blues and Whites. With IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology, the screen can be viewed from about any practical angle and under any light condition, without facing the problem of fading colors. Viewing experience of Sony Xperia Z4 tablet with high detail, less noise and sharp pictures, is breathtaking.
Unmatchable Processing Power
Driven by the latest 2GHz 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor coupled 3GB RAM and Adreno 430 GPU, the new tablet runs 50 percent faster than the previous processing engines. With asynchronous nature, the processor remains careful about the energy consumption by making sure the tablet uses power only when required and the charge doesn't drain when not intently consumed. You can easily run numerous applications at the same time and enjoy 'real-multitasking'. Even web-surfing experience has been advanced with blazingly fast load time and glitch-less video streaming. Internal flash storage is 32GB while via microSD card the external memory can be expanded by up to 128GB. Operating system is the latest Android Lollipop 5.0.
Numerous Connectivity Options
Wi-Fi and Hotspot speed delivered by Xperia Z4 Tablet is two times faster than that by the previous tablet of Z series and the credit goes to Wi-Fi MIMO support. The 4G/LTE supporting models house a Cat 6 4G/LTE modem that causes the tablet to attain fastest Internet connectivity ever with upload speeds of up to 50Mbps and download speeds of up to 300Mbps. Video and audio streaming and file transfers are smoother and speedier than before. What's more amazing is that you just have to simply touch your remote and tablet, and your compatible TV will mirror entire smart device's media content. For playing music on NFC-enabled headset and speaker, Z4 requires only one touch. Other connectivity features are; Native USB tethering, Bluetooth 4.1, aGPS, microUSB, USB High speed 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, Smart Connect and Sync via Exchange ActiveSync, SyncML, Google and Facebook.
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet sports a durable tempered glass (at the front side) along with smooth frame and super slimness. The Wi-Fi version weighs 389 grams while other with additional LTE support weighs 393 grams. It also flaunts the highest Ingress Protection ratings for a tablet with IP68 rating for being waterproof by submersion and splashes and IP65 rating for being dustproof. The tablet is actually resilient to smallest of dust particles and can be easily taken while swimming for up to 30 minutes and at a depth of 1.5 meters. If it gets dirty you can simply rinse it without even worrying of capless USB port. Dimensions of the gizmo measure 167mm x 254mm x 6.1mm.
Z4 packs in an 8.1MP sensor with Exmor RS (for mobile) technology that delivers great quality images with lessened noise levels. In almost any light condition, superior auto helps to take brilliant pictures with 8x digital zoom at dispense. Other features are, Geotagging, Image stabilization, high dynamic range for videos and photos and full HD movie recording. At the front side sits a 5.1MP camera with 25mm wide-angle lens for providing clean video conferencing privilege. Images are captured in JPEG format and videos are captured in Mp4 or 3GPP format. Live on YouTube option lets you share your recorded stuff instantly via YouTube and stay connected with responses and conversations in real-time.
Xperia Z4 when linked with a DNC-enabled headset, cuts down on exterior noise by 98 percent via its in-built Digital Noise Cancellation technology. What it does is that it removes low-frequency parts of noise, inturn eliminating its high-frequency parts from reaching ear. As a result, any noise from outside doesn't disturb you while you are listening to your music. Another technology called Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) upscales the low-resolution songs to almost high-quality songs by refining highly compressed AAC and MP3 files with audio of full range. What this simply means is reduction in noise and distortion at wide range of frequencies to regenerate the quality with which audio was actually recorded at first. You can also put on any headset and the tablet will recognize it by ear canal analyzation. Other sound technologies include; FM Radio with RDS, xLoud, Clear Audio Plus and Sony 3D (for surround sound).
Ultra Power Saver and Gamer
Xperia Z4 uses a 6,000mAh capacity battery. A powerful power optimization feature provided in the tablet is Extended Standby mode; switch it on when you are not using the display and except notifications of your choice everything will be turned off till you press power button. Another mode called STAMINA mode limits the mode above to calls and texts only. With more and more battery saving on-the-go, you can enjoy 17 hours of video playback without charging. For gaming, Z4 allows switching from console of Play Station 4 to it, simply connect the Xperia device with Wi-Fi and game via DUALSHOCK4 controller.
This ends the story on the most incredible tablet today. Stay updated with us to check out when it hits Indian shores.
Xiaomi is one of the most rapidly growing smart devices maker in the market. Its formula for growth is providing its products with quality features at relatively affordable price. Its popular products are said to combine user experience of both Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems. Some of its smart devices are seen as 'upcoming' in the recent times. There is a disclaimer that you must keep in mind while going through the discussion below is that these products are yet to touch the Indian shores though either globally announced or rumored otherwise. Specifications can vary as per region of launch. Xiaomi hates to disappoint its fans and thus has hinted on its upcoming smartphones. Let's bring in light, some of them.
This variant of Redmi 2 smartphone by Xiaomi sports a 4.7-inch IPS LCD touch-sensitive screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and pixel density of 312ppi. The operating system that lies inside is latest Android version Lollipop with Xiaomi's own MiUi 6.0 on top of it. A 1.5GHz quad-core processing engine drives the smartphone coupled with 1GB RAM and a Mali-T628 GPU. Internal storage is of 8GB with expandable storage by up to 32GB via microSD card. The gadget captures images and videos via 8MP rear side camera with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, LED flash and autofocus. For selfies there is a 2MP camera. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GLONASS, A-GPS, Beidou and microUSB v2.0 comprise connectivity options. With a 2200mAh Li-Ion battery, Redmi 2A costs nearly Rs. 6,000.
Redmi Note 2
Redmi Note 2 features a 5.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touch-sensitive screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and pixel density of 267ppi. It runs on dated Android v4.4.4 KitKat with an MiUi layer on top. Under the hood sits a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processing engine coupled with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB RAM. A 13MP camera at catches images of resolution 4128 x 3096 pixels aided by autofocus and LED flash. Other camera features include HDR, face/smile detection, touch focus and geo-tagging. For selfies there is a 5MP camera. Videos can be captured in Full HD resolution. Connectivity options are USB Host , microUSB v2.0, GLONASS, A-GPS, hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.0. Redmi Note 2 is priced nearly at Rs. 15,000.
Mi Note Pro
Mi Note Pro delivers a 5.7-inch IPS LCD touch-screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and a pixel density of 515 ppi. This multi-touch screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor processing engine coupled with Adreno 430GPU and a 4GB RAM is at the heart of Mi Note Pro. Internal memory is 64GB and there is no provision for microSD card. For selfies, there is a 4MP camera with 1/3-inch sensor and at the rear side there is a 13MP camera to capture images at 4128 x 3096 pixels accompanied by autofocus, dual-LED flash and optical image stabilization. A non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh capacity battery empowers the handset that retails for nearly Rs. 30,000.
Mi 4i AKA Mi Ferrari
Popular among public by alias Ferrari Mi 4i offers a 4.9-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. An octa-core Snapdragon 615 64-bit processing engine coupled with 2GB RAM keeps the handset in momentum. With a 16GB internal storage there will a 13MP camera at the rear side and a 5MP camera at the front side for selfies. Operating system is Android 5.0 Lollipop. Its global premiere is said to happen on April 23rd. It is priced lower than Mi 4 that retails for Rs. 17,999 for 16GB version and 64GB version for 21,999.
Mi Note Black Edition
Mi Note Black Edition has come up after Mi Note's Pink and Bamboo edition releases. Its first flash sale will occur on April 21 with a price-tag of nearly Rs. 25,000. The screen size is 5.7 inches and it sports a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with pixel density of 386ppi. A 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processing engine coupled with 3GB RAM drives the handset. At the back side there is a 13MP camera and at the front side there is 4MP camera. With MiUi layer on top, the dated Android 4.4 operating system lies as user interface. Connectivity options are Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared, Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack and micro-USB . Other specifications are same as that of Mi Note.
That closes on the smartphones that sooner or later will come to India. To keep yourself updated about new Xiaomi releases, stick with us.
Storage media in the digital world over the due course of time has experienced significant changes. It has gotten smaller, faster and portable. Not only this, but proportionately storage space has also increased. Now even a thumbnail sized pendrive can store up to 32GB of data. Transfer speed too has undergone improvement, now nearly every other such storage drive sports a transfer speed between 20 to 25Mbps. Let's take a look into kinds of pendrives available today.
These storage devices, as the class itself suggests can take any shape. Designs are inspired from pop culture of today. From cartoon characters to simple objects, from toy-like look to eerie forms these pen drive are open to developer's imagination. Though every player in digital market has stepped into devising designs for fancy pen drives, one brand has stood out over time. Microware creates some really funny looking pen drives for low cost purchase and more storage. Its multi-color Owl shaped fancy pendrive weighs 50 grams and can retain data safely for 10 years. This 16GB pendrive with solid and durable silicon casing and bold colors doesn't require any driver for playing and retails for nearly Rs. 700.
This is the oldest class of pendrives that has undergone impressive evolution. Utility pendrives have become simpler, smarter and smaller. You won't have to worry about their caps, hoods, covers or bumpers getting lost. Today they are made with seamless and robust build. One such example is HP V150w that looks elegant in its blue color. It is quite light and easy to carry. There is an in-built stripe hole for hanging the gadget onto usable thread. It offers easy storage of files, videos, photos, music and requires a DC 4.5 – 5.5 V power back-up when connected with a compatible device. The 8GB gizmo can be bought for nearly Rs. 300.
These pen-drives focus on security of the content that is to be stored. They come with special security features governed by locks and physical controls, often seen on them. iStorage is one renowned brand that manufactures security pendrives. Its military grade pendrive comes with AES 256-bit CBC hardware encryption. With storage of 16GB, DatAshur pendrive supports Symbian and Android. Cased in rubber this gadget has USB 3.0 port at its front and can read at 27Mb/s and write at 24Mb/s. Weighing just 25grams DatAshur may look like a very unusual storage device but sure is a companion for securely storing significant stuff.
These devices are really multi-purpose ones. At one end they have microUSB and at the other end they have a USB 3.0 port. The storage capacity of one such device by Sandisk is 32GB. One can easily transfer heavy videos, files, photos and music to smartphones that support on-the-air technology via microUSB. Using USB 3.0 port at the other end can be used to transfer data from Windows and Mac PCs, both. For using with smart device one has to download memory zone application from Google play. Sandisk Ultra Dual 32GB 3.0 On-The-Go drive can be bought for Rs. 1,149.
Flash drives are accountable for ultra-high speed transfers and with maximum security possible. An ultra USB drive by Sandisk typically owns a USB 3.0 port encased within a plastic sliding cover by default. The company provides a SecureAccess software so as to keep the files private and confidential. With support for MacOS, the flash drive can store of up to 16GB of data. Flash drives sometimes can be troublesome to use due to the casing frame that may mechanically break of from inside and cause difficulty in usage. But with provision of speedy transfers, many people opt for it. Sandisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB Flash Drive costs Rs. 500.
This closes the chapter of type pen-drives available in the market. For updates on them from time to time, stay with us.
A wave of smart wearables is coming to the digital world. Wearables developed today have to be somehow linked to smartphones or tablets for more convenience but soon enough, they will work as standalone devices, inkling of which is given by makers and their devices mentioned below. From keeping track of every activity you do to keeping you updated with essentials, here are top brands and their offerings:
The bitten apple brand has recently delved into the wearable devices but due to Apple's legacy and all-time hype, the only wearable called Watch, has gained enormous fame. Apple Watch is available in three versions viz. Sport, Watch and Edition. Watch Sport can be availed in 5 different colors, 'Watch' in 14 different forms and Edition in 6 designs. There are big(42mm) and small(38mm) versions to select builds only. Materials used commonly in designing these watches are stainless steel, aluminum and 18-carat gold. Messages, Phone, Mail, Calender, Workout, Maps, Passbook, Music, Remote, Photos, Alarm, etc. are some of the in-built apps for convenience. Price of the device begins from Rs. 34,241.
Xiaomi is headed towards becoming another Apple-like brand, the reason behind which is its high-end low-priced products that bring together user experience of Apple and Google products, into one place. Besides smartphones that disappear from flash sales within seconds, Xiaomi's other efforts also include a very popular wearable called Mi Band. This smart band requires Bluetooth connection and is compatible with both iOS and Android platforms. It can be availed in six colors. Weighing only 5 grams and bearing water and dust resistance, this 9mm thick band monitors your daily fitness level by steps taken, calories burned and sleep quality. It also buzzes you up for notifications. Mi Band can be bought for nearly Rs. 1,400.
Technology giant Lenovo is working out meticulously to expand its market share by following foot steps of Xiaomi. Recent flash sales of Lenovo A6000 and A7000 smartphones show that Lenovo is mugging up Xiaomi's formula for rapid expansion. In line with this, Lenovo has made official, Vibe Band VB10. This smartband can live for up to 7 days without charging. It sports a 1.43-inch E Ink display for alerting you for SMSes, calls and notifications. It even keeps a check upon your sleep time, calories, steps, etc. With IPX7 certification for waterproofing, the smartband offers phone-finding feature as well. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor costs nearly Rs. 5,500.
The South-Korean electronics maker was one of the firsts to step into wearable market and has since long innovated a number of gadgets like Gear S, Gear Fit, Gear 2 Neo, etc. Wearables comprise of smartwatches and smartbands mainly. One of the most exciting product is Gear Circle which actually looks like a hollow oval. Nevertheless, the device weighs just 28 grams and is only 160mm long. It requires Bluetooth version 3.0 to become active. Gear Circle has magnetic clasps so that it can be hung around the neck like a necklace. With in-the-ear earphones at both ends, this smart device can be used to listen to music and text-to-speech notifications (alarm, schedule, notes and messages). This device can be bought for Rs. 5,599.
Sony too is an old player in the arena of wearables with devices falling in both the popular classes, smartwatch and smartband of which some examples include SmartBand Talk SWR30 and SmartWatch 3 SWR50. SmartBand with ROXY SWR10 is another new and extraordinary band. It can be connected to a smart device by Bluetooth v4.0, NFC and microUSB. It has three indicators, is IP58 certified water-resistant, runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and allows for 5 days of uninterrupted usage. This smartwear from Sony, keeps a track of your steps, allows you to control music and videos being displayed on your smart device via it while holding a stylishly impressive design. SmartBand with ROXY SWR10 costs nearly Rs. 7,400.
With is punch-line remark, 'Life's Good', LG has been introducing smart wearables into the market for some time. LG has only expanded its line-up smartwatches. First release was LG G Watch and updating it G Watch R was released not too long ago. The new smartwatch sports a 1.3-inch full circle OLED screen, runs on Android Wear and makes use of Bluetooth v4.0 for connectivity. It weighs 62 grams and has Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass and Heart rate monitor as sensors. The waterproof smartwatch features 'Ok, Google' voice commands provision, alerts, navigation and fitness tracking plus you can sync audio with any other smart device as well. LG G Watch R costs nearly Rs. 18,000.
Brands have sparked into wearables and that time is not too far when wearables will be sold as fiercely as smartphones. We are all witnessing an evolution of this class. Keep yourself updated with us!