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LG G3 and LG G4 smartphone comparison

Posted on 01 April 2017 by wisdom

In this article, we will compare the LG G4 and LG G3 smartphone. LG G4 is the upgraded edition of the LG G3 smartphone. Both the smartphone comes same 5.5 inches display, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and also comes with the same connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, Android beam, and Latest Wireless charging facility to charge your phone quickly and faster than another regular charger. It also supports a faster-charging technology and much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design and Display

The LG G3 and LG G4, both the smartphone comes with the same body design. But the LG G4 smartphone has square sharper edges, and it also comes with the various choices for the back panels including the real-leather made battery door.

The dimension of LG G4 is 148.9 x 76.1 x 8.9mm, On the Other hand, the G3 smartphone has simple and premium looking body design. The LG G4 smartphone comes with the Slim Arc body design that allows for the firm grip. Overall, The new LG G4 looks better than LG G3 and also comes with better handling.

The new LG G4 smartphone comes with the large 5.5 inches (13.97cm) QHD 2560 x 1440 screen resolution IPS Quantum display that supports  538PPI of Pixels density. Both the devices come with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection that protects the screen from scratches and dust.

On the other hand, LG G3 has 5.5 inches True Quad HD 2560 X 1440 screen resolution IPS LCD type display that also supports 534 ppi of pixels of density.

Performance and OS

The New LG G4 Smartphone comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa-Core 1.8Ghz 64 bit processor along with 3GB DDR3 RAM memory. The New Hexa Core 1.8Ghz Processor provides a smooth and stunning performance than LG G3, and It also opens an App and Games faster than LG G3 smartphone.

On the other hand, LG G3 smartphone has Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad Core 64 bit 2.5Ghz processor with same massive 3GB of DDR3 Type RAM memory. For rendering the HD Graphics, The LG G4 smartphone has Adreno 418 Graphics chipset, while the LG G3 comes with Adreno 330 chipset. Overall, The LG G4 is the best smartphone that delivers a smooth and fantastic performance.

The New LG G4 smartphone runs on LG v4.0 UI that based on Google’s Android v5.1 Lollipop Operating system with lots of new features like Android Beam, Quick Shot, Quick Circle, Knock On, QSlide and much more. On the other hand, the LG G3 runs Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop Operating system.

Camera and Storage

The LG G4 smartphone comes with the high quality 16.0 megapixels of  F1.8 OIS 2.0 Multi AF with Laser Auto Focus Primary camera with Dual Tone Dual LED flashlight. The Primary camera of LG G4 also supports the other features like Simple Mode, Auto Mode, Manual Mode, White Balance, Manual Focus, Exposure, ISO, Shutter Speed, AE-L, Gridlines, Timer, Cheese Shot, HDR+ and much more. It also has 8.0 megapixels of autofocus front-facing selfie camera.

On the other hand, the LG G3 smartphone has only 13.0 megapixels OIS Multi AF Laser Auto Focus primary camera with Dual Tone LED flashlight for low light conditions. It also has 2.1 megapixels of Full HD resolution fixed focus Front facing camera. The Primary camera of LG G3 also supports other Camera Modes like Dual, Panorama, Magic Focus, Auto and also supports a Geotagging feature.

For the Storage, The LG G4 and LG G3, both the smartphone comes with the same 32GB internal Onboard storage with expandable option to expand device storage via MicroSD Card slot. For the expandable storage, the LG G4 has the expandable option up to 2TB via MicroSD card, while the LG G3 comes with the expandable option up to 128GB via MicroSD card.

Battery and Connectivity

The new LG G4 and LG G3, both the smartphone comes with the same massive 3000mAh Li-ion removable battery pack that provides up to 10 hours of talk time on the 3G network. The LG G4 and LG G3 smartphone also come with the Wireless charging technology that helps to charge the device without any charger plug or USB.

For the connectivity, The LG G4 and LG G3, both the smartphone comes with the approx. same configuration including Latest 4G LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 or later, USB v2.0 HS (High Speed), Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, DLNA, HDMI, TV-Out, Miracast, Bluetooth Tethering, and 3.5mm Audio Jack. The Sensors on the both smartphone include Proximity, Ambient Light, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, and Gyroscope.

Verdict

The New LG G4 and LG G3, both the smartphone comes with the vast collection of features and configurations. But regarding the High-Speed performance, Good Battery backup, High-Quality Camera, and latest Connectivity features like 4G-LTE with supports of VoLTE, the LG G4 is the best smartphone than LG G3 smartphone.

 

Author Bio – Lucky Sharma is a writer and analyst at The Android Portal. He writes lot about android smartphones & other gadgets. Feel free to add him on Facebook | Twitter | Google+

 

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How to cancel your Reliance Jio Account

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How to cancel your Reliance Jio Account

Posted on 06 March 2017 by wisdom

Reliance-Joi-4G-PlansAfter long free data offer Reliance Jio goes paid from 1st April 2017, and now people have to make the decision, whether they want to continue their Jio account or cancel it, for those who want to stick with Jio, have no problem, but those who are planning to cancel their Jio account, do it by March 31. Now people are quite confusing how they discontinue Jio service if they don’t want it anymore. The process is simple but a little time-consuming.

In this post, we are going to describe how to cancel your Reliance Jio subscription.

Check Reliance Jio number is prepaid or postpaid?

Although every Jio user we’ve talked to has a prepaid SIM, we’ve seen people in the comments mention using postpaid SIMs. So, step one is to check which one you’re using. It’s easy to confirm.

  1. Open the MyJio app, and tap the Open button next to MyJio.
  2. Sign in with your Jio number and password, if you haven’t already.
  3. Swipe in from the left side to show the menu.
  4. Tap on My plans
  5. It’ll say Happy New Year Offer on top, and it’s followed by Prepaid recharge in our case. If you’re a postpaid user, it will say Postpaid. Now that you know which one applies to you, let’s move on to the next step.

How to cancel your Reliance Jio prepaid number

This is pretty straightforward. Take the SIM card out of your phone, and don’t touch it for three months. After 90 days of inactivity, with zero balance, prepaid SIMs are disconnected.

How to cancel your Reliance Jio postpaid number

The only way to end this connection is to call up customer care or to visit a Jio store, and ask for your number to be disconnected. They will ask for your reasons, and once the request has been accepted, the account should be closed within seven working days. This also works for prepaid Jio numbers if you don’t want to wait 90 days.

If you’re planning on doing this, make the call before April 1 so no charges are attached to your account.

That’s it now you have just unsubscribed your Jio account

 

 

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4 Smartphones with the Best Security

Posted on 10 January 2017 by wisdom

When purchasing a new smartphone, many people take into account the basics such as screen size, battery, and camera, but do a little research on the phone’s security. While most modern smartphones today offer features such as fingerprint scanning, remote locking, and wiping and encryption, many of these phones are still vulnerable to attacks. If you really want to keep your information safe, consider purchasing one of these smartphones.

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BlackBerry DTEK50

For years, the BlackBerry was the standard device for businesses. Since many companies have shifted to a BYOD (bring your own device) system BlackBerry has struggled to maintain its customer base. To make it more attractive, it has changed from their proprietary OS to Android. And while Android is notoriously insecure, BlackBerry has made some tweaks on what they call the most secure Android phone available – the DTEK50.

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While it isn’t the most original phone on the market, it does offer proprietary security you can’t find on other devices. This includes a firewall, modified full disk encryption, secure bootloader, and rapid updates and security fixes. What’s more, it will even notify you if the configuration of your network is insecure and provide an appropriate course of action. With that said, one of the best ways to keep your information safe when connecting to the Internet over public WiFi or LTE is by utilizing a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This adds an additional layer of security and encryption when browsing the web, keeping hackers from attacking your device, and it might still be necessary even when using a relatively secure phone.

Turing Phone 

If you’re someone who values security over just about everything else, then the Turing Phone is a perfect choice. Unlike other phones, Turing relies on their own Turing Imitation Key – a system that stores and protects security keys offline. This means that if someone tries to communicate with you, they go through a public key, which encrypts your connection. Only the private key stored on your phone can decrypt the message. While it’s hacker-proof for now, it’s unclear how well it will hold up to future generations of hacking tools.

Sadly, security is the only thing going for the phone. It uses an outdated processor and the battery couldn’t make it through a full work day. It also does not run any standard OS, instead

offering their own Sailfish OS. That means it does not have access to the Google Play Store. If you want the latest apps and games, you should probably just consider an Android phone.

iPhone 5s and above

 For the general public, the best security option is an iPhone. Unlike Android devices, you cannot normally sideload apps, making it harder for malicious code to find its way onto an iPhone. Additionally, since OS updates are controlled by Apple, not the phone carrier, all iPhones receive updates at the same time, unlike Android where many updates are rolled out at various times.

Apple also includes additional security features to keep it safe from prying eyes such as a six-digit pin, fingerprint scanning, and full-disk encryption. Even with all of this, however, it is still susceptible to attacks especially when connecting to the Internet via public WiFi or cellular networks. It’s high price also means it isn’t accessible to many around the world.

FreedomPop Privacy Phone

Nicknamed the Snowden phone, this revamped Samsung Galaxy S II offers some amazing security features that can keep your information private not only from hackers but from the government as well. While not necessarily the most powerful phone on the market, if you want to stay anonymous this is the way to go. And the company definitely takes anonymity seriously as they allow you to purchase the phone with Bitcoin.

Smartphones with the Best Security

So what can it do? It uses 128-bit encryption for your calls and text messages – the same encryption used by banks and government agencies. How does it do this? Instead of sending the information through cellular voice and text channels it uses VoIP (voice over IP) on WiFi or 3G connection. It also allows for private web browsing as it uses a VPN client to encrypt all traffic on the phone.

Besides this, it also offers fairly straightforward malware protection, firewall and calls blocking features to prevent potential attacks. If this sounds great to you, you should note the FreedomPop Phone is only available to people in a few areas.

Blackphone 2

If you’re looking for style and security and don’t mind shelling out a bit of money, then Blackphone 2 is one of the best options. Building on the framework of its first phone, this one has additional privacy and security features. The all new Security Center offers an all-in-one solution to set up control over your phone’s features and functionality. As well, there’s now a new Spaces feature that allows you to create safe areas to further personalize options for each app such as what networks they can connect to. And if you’re worried about any physical hacking, the Blackphone 2 has you covered. It automatically encrypts everything one the phone until you unlock it with the correct passcode.

Although it touts being one of the most secure smartphones on the market, the Blackphone 2 offers Google services such as Drive, Gmail, Photos and even the Play Store. That means you don’t need to sacrifice your favorite apps for security. With that said, apps still remain the biggest security issue for Android. Many apps request access to personal data even if it’s not necessary for it to function. Luckily, the Blackphone 2 intercepts these requests and blocks access until you choose whether to allow the app to access this data or not.

Although these phones can improve your security, none of them can provide 100 percent protection. The only way to actually make your phone safe is to limit the way you use your device such as not connecting to public WiFi, not storing personal information and, most importantly, not downloading apps that seem suspicious.

Would you consider purchasing one of these secure smartphones? Tell us in the comments below.

About the Author: Cassie is a freelance technology and security writer. While a secure smartphone can help reduce potential threats, she believes it’s up to people to protect themselves by being smart about the apps they download and sites they visit.

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Reliance Jio Phones List of VoLTE Mobiles that will work with Jio Network

Posted on 04 September 2016 by wisdom

jio sim 4g VoLTEAs Reliance already announce their Jio services will be open to everyone from Monday, and you can get a SIM and enjoy free usage until December 31, The Reliance Jio network runs on data, which means even voice calls are data-powered.
Most phones are 4G compatible, but do not support VoLTE, which ultimately means that you cannot make high-definition calls directly from your phone’s default dialer app. However, here’s a little workaround to combat your issues. If your phone is not VoLTE-ready, then download the JioJoin app right away and enjoy making high-definition voice and video calls to any number around the world.

Here are VoLTE-capable phones for the full Reliance Jio experience:

  • Apple iPhone 6
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  • Apple iPhone 6S
  • Apple iPhone 6S Plus
  • Apple iPhone SE
  • Asus ZenFone Pegasus 3
  • BlackBerry Priv
  • Coolpad Mega 2.5D
  • Coolpad Note 3
  • Coolpad Note 3 Lite
  • Gionee F103 Pro
  • Gionee Pioneer P5L (2016)
  • Gionee M5 Plus
  • Gionee S6
  • Honor 5A
  • HTC 10
  • HTC Desire 524
  • HTC Desire 526
  • HTC Desire EYE
  • HTC J butterfly
  • HTC One (M8)
  • HTC One M9
  • Huawei Ascend D2 LTE
  • Huawei Ascend P7
  • Huawei Google Nexus 6P
  • Infocus M370
  • Intex Aqua 4G Strong
  • Intex Aqua Power 4G
  • Intex Aqua Secure
  • Intex Aqua Shine 4G
  • Intex Cloud String HD
  • Karbonn Aura Power
  • Karbonn Quattro L55 HD
  • Lava A71 4G
  • Lava A88
  • Lava X38
  • Lava X46
  • LeEco Le 2
  • LeEco Le 2 Pro
  • Lenovo A6000 Plus
  • Lenovo A6600
  • LG G Flex
  • LG G Flex 2
  • LG G Pro
  • LG G2
  • LG G3
  • LG G4
  • LG Google Nexus 5X
  • LG isai VL
  • LG K10 LTE
  • LG K7 LTE
  • LG Optimus GX
  • LG Optimus LTE 2
  • LG Optimus LTE III
  • LG Optimus Vu II
  • LG Spirit LTE
  • LG Stylo/ LG Stylus
  • LG Stylus 2
  • LG X cam
  • Lumia 550
  • Lumia 640
  • Lumia 640XL
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 950
  • Lumia 950XL
  • Moto G (Gen. 3)
  • Moto G4
  • Moto G4 Plus
  • Motorola Google Nexus 6
  • Nextbit Robin
  • Oneplus 3
  • Oppo A59
  • Oppo F1
  • Oppo F1 Plus
  • Panasonic Eluga A2
  • Panasonic Eluga Arc
  • Panasonic Eluga Arc 2
  • Panasonic Eluga I2
  • Panasonic Eluga I3
  • Panasonic Eluga Note
  • QiKU Q Terra
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
  • Samsung Galaxy Avant
  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
  • Samsung Galaxy Golden
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand
  • Samsung Galaxy J Max tablet
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
  • Samsung Galaxy J5
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
  • Samsung Galaxy Light
  • Samsung Galaxy On5
  • Samsung Galaxy On7
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4




  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE
  • Samsung Galaxy Pop
  • Samsung Galaxy Round
  • Samsung Galaxy S III LTE
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini LTE
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy Win
  • Samsung Z2
  • Sony Xperia A4
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Dual
  • Sony Xperia SP
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z4
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Vivo Y21L
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
  • Xolo Era 4G
  • Xolo Era X
  • Yu Yuphoria
  • ZTE Blade A2

We have not tested this phones, it is only based on Specification provided by manufacturers.You are advised to verify functionality of respective phones with Reliance Jio customer care before making a purchase, and check Jio’s own list of VoLTE phones as well, though it doesn’t ook exhaustive by any means.

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Reliance Jio 4G internet tariff plan list

Posted on 01 September 2016 by wisdom

Reliance-Joi-4G-PlansReliance Jio 4G the wave in telecom industry is confirm to launch on 5 Sept. Jio tariff is the rule breaker and telecom industries are completely disturbed after Reliance jio reveal their plans.

The notable aspect of the new network service is that users will no longer have to pay for voice and roaming charges and they will have to pay just the internet bill. Thats not all, there are special offers for students and corporate as well.

How to get new Reliance Jio SIM card?

From Sept. 5,  consumer can directly head to local Reliance Digital/ Xpress outlets with Aadhar card, 2 passport size photos,  photo copies of valid proof of identity and residential address.  Fill the required KYC (Know Your Consumer) form and get the SIM. Follow the procedure as explained by the Reliance Jio agent and get the SIM activated.

As part of “Welcome Jio Plan,” new users will enjoy free trial offer till Dec. 31. This means consumers will be entitled to get unlimited HD Voice (VoLTE), video calling, unlimited SMS (9000) and unlimited high speed data.

Furthermore, they can also avail premium Jio applications – My Jio, Jio on Demand, Jio Beats – with unlimited options of latest movies, TV shows and songs across multiple languages till the end of 2016. Post the trial offer, users can enroll for data tariff plans of their choice.

To begin, Reliance Jio 4G data pack will cost Rs. 50 for 1GB, which translates to 5p/1MB, almost five times less than that of the cost offered by incumbent players. Currently, to avail the same internet benefit in other carrier networks, people have to shell out more than Rs.250

Jio Tariff plans S:Rs.149 M1: Rs.499 M2: Rs. 999 L: Rs.1,499 XL: Rs. 2,499 XXL:Rs.3,999 XXL: Rs.4,999
Free Voice (Local/STD/ no roaming charges in India) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
4G Data 0.3GB 4GB + unlimited 4G at night 10GB + unlimited 4G at night 20GB + unlimited 4G at night 35GB + unlimited 4G at night 60GB + unlimited 4G at night 75GB + unlimited 4G at night
Jio Apps subscriptions worth Worth Rs. 1,250 ( Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unlimited SMS 100 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Wi-Fi (JioNet HotSpot) —- 8GB 20GB 40GB 70GB 120GB 150GB
Validity Pack (Days) 28 days 28 days 28 days 28 days 28 days 28 days 28 days

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Things everyone should consider first before buying a Mobile Phone

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Things everyone should consider first before buying a Mobile Phone

Posted on 21 July 2016 by wisdom

Saving up and purchasing the first mobile phone is definitely a big step for anyone. Considering the hard work that has gone into earning the money, choosing the first mobile phone needs to be done after considering everything. Instead of getting carried away by the advertisements and the gimmicks, try to look into the specifications for each model before going for online mobile shopping.

Things everyone should consider first before buying a Mobile Phone

There are several brands of mobile phones that are available for online shopping. Each brand would have their own set of specifications that might be missing in the others. Here are some of the things to think about before buying a mobile phone.

Screen requirements:

The mobile screen forms the integral part of any mobile phone.People have the general notion that bigger and wider screens would be better. But the drawback is that, bigger screens consume more power. LCD and LED are two types of screens. LED is considered to be effective than LCD since they consume less power and have better wider angle. Hence it is wise to consider realistic benefits and choose the apt screen size.

Budget:

The first and foremost criteria that decides the type of phone is the budget. It is not given that the first ever phone to be purchased needs to be high priced or must have high end features. There are medium priced and lower priced phones too having the same features of the high end mobile phones. Choose from this list carefully and later upgrade to the next model when the time is right.

Keyboard setting:

Some of the phones have the physical thick keypad on the surface of the phone and the others have them on the screens. The QWERTY keypad is the common type and is similar to the keypad in the computer. This keypad is helpful if you are a person who sends lot of mails. However, since the technology of ‘Touch’ is in trend, majority of the players are launching their mobiles with touch keyboard instead of QWERTY.

Battery:

A mobile phone can never function without a proper and durable battery. Check out those phones that come with an extended battery life. This comes handy in cases of emergencies. Extended battery life ensures that you do not have to plug in the charger the minute the battery goes below critical. It is also not advisable to buy phones that have lesser battery life than the others since it seriously affects the performance of the phone.

Camera specification:

Choose a phone that has better pixel specifications for the camera. This is because one cannot simply carry the regular camera around the way they carry their mobile phones. Consult the people around with the same model mobile phone that you are looking for. Take a look at the pictures that they have captured using the phone. Compare the camera quality before choosing one

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Reliance LYF Earth 2

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Reliance has launched LYF Earth 2 smartphone in India at Rs 20,999

Posted on 29 June 2016 by wisdom

Reliance has launched LYF Earth 2 smartphone in India with the price tag of Rs 20,999. With aluminum alloy frame and fingerprint sensor the device comes with three color option Green, black,white and gold.

Reliance LYF Earth 2

Apart from all common feature LYF Earth 2 come with smart sense technology through that user can get 19 gestures and shortcuts. The voice command feature in the device allows a user to switch between the selfie camera mode and the primary camera mode using voice commands. Users can say ‘smile’ or ‘selfie’ or ‘capture ‘using the voice command feature to click pictures.

Users can also encrypt the photos and videos stored in the gallery, as well as encrypt various social media applications.

Reliance LYF Earth 2 Specifications:

Reliance Earth 2 has a 5-inch display with a pixel density of 445PPi. It features 2.5D glass in the front. Earth 2 is powered by  a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM. It packs a 2500mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, and Micro-USB.

Its weight is 140 grams and LYF Earth 2 includes an accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, and a digital compass.

You can purchase the device from Reliance Digital which also offering a free Jio 4G SIM card to buyers along with unlimited data and voice plan for a period of three months.

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Sony Xperia XA 2

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Sony Xperia XA Dual launched with price tag of Rs. 20,990

Posted on 26 June 2016 by wisdom

Sony had announced that Xperia XA Dual will be launched earlier this month in India and Now the third week of June it will be available. Sony Xperia XA Dual is now available on Amazon India with the price tag of Rs. 20,990. The headset will also be available to the authorized Sony retailers over the country.

Sony xperia XA Dual

Sony Xperia XA Dual smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with its own developed UI. It comes with a 5-inch HD screen supported by Mobile Bravia engine 2. It features a MediaTek MT6755 paired with 2GB RAM and boasts 16GB internal storage which can expandable up to 200GB via a microSD card.

Sony Xperia XA Dual smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with company’s UI on top. Sony Xperia XA features a 5-inch 720p HD display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels with Mobile Bravia engine 2 and is powered by a MediaTek MT6755 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. 16GB of built-in storage. Like the Xperia X, the Xperia XA Dual also supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 200GB).

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The Sony Xperia XA Dual sports a 13-megapixel camera with Exmor RS for mobile sensor, hybrid autofocus, and LED flash. It is an ideal selfie camera smartphone with the 8-megapixel front camera.

It is powered by a 2300mAh battery, measures 143.6×66.8×7.9mm, and weighs 138 grams.

With the lack of fingerprint scanner, Sony Xperia XA will be available in White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold color variants. Sony Xperia XA has a near borderless design and a fast-launch camera button.

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Creo Mark 1

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Creo Mark 1 Smartphone With 5.5-Inch QHD Screen, Fuel OS Launched For Rs 19,999

Posted on 30 May 2016 by wisdom

Previously known as Mango Man, Bengaluru based tech-start up Creo is pitting against the likes of Chinese as well as Indian smartphone makers. The company has unleashed its heavily spec’d mid-range smartphone Mark 1, and is boasting off a unique deal in the hardware dominated smartphone market. To recall, this is the same company that unveiled the HDMI TV Tongle- Teewe as a reliable Chromecast alternative at a reasonable price tag.

 

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As for smartphone experience, we haven’t seen much from Creo, but are expecting something a lot different from other kids on the block. Mark 1 aims on creating a majestic software ecosystem with monthly feature upgrades on its new and intuitive Fuel OS. It runs on the top of stock Android, has been priced at Rs. 19,999, taking a straight stab against the likes of Moto X Play, One Plus X, Lenovo Vibe X3 and other players.

 

Creo Mark 1

So the question is, does the smartphone truly stands out or it’s just another piece of junk with nothing more than on-paper specs. After seeing a slew of marketing gimmicks, we wish this one to be on our side! So, let’s find out.

Design and Build Quality

In the battle of creating a well optimized OS, Creo stopped giving attention to the details, especially on the design front. The company has followed the same design strategy that almost all sub-20k smartphones are offering today: a sandwich of metal and glass. It incorporates a grey aluminium frame with matte finish and features round power button and volume rockers adding a dash of class and style.

On whole, we like the look of Creo Mark 1, but when it comes to single handed usage and overall profile, it is not the phone you’d wish to have after spending 20k. It tips on the scale at 190 grams, and is definitely a big failure against players like Vibe X3 and OnePlus X.

Display and Visual Experience

Unlike most mid-range phones, Creo Mark 1 boasts a meticulously crafted 5.5-inch 2k display and endows vibrant and crisp visuals. It’s currently one of the most affordable smartphones with Quad-HD, and is taking a dig against all mid-range smartphones including Vibe X3, OnePlus X, and Moto X Play, and even Xiaomi Mi5 and OnePlus 2. Even the latest Nexus 5X ships with a full-HD display and not a highly detailed Quad-HD display.

Visual experience on Mark 1 is a real treat for gamers and movie-buffs. The handset makes up a great story altogether, and looks perfect to naked eyes with rich colours and enhanced brightness levels. When you’re outdoors, it will give you perfect viewing angles with good level brightness and when you’re indoors in dim light, it will adjust automatically retaining a strain-free reading or browsing experience.

Performance and Internals

Just like other mid-rangers, Creo Mark 1 makes use of MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core chipset, running at 1.95GHz. The device pairs up with 3GB of RAM and as per on paper specs, looks like a decent contender to take on the likes of OnePlus X and Vibe X3. It handles multiple applications easily, but the real world performance is not as impressive as we expect from a well-equipped mid-range device. Minors lags and delays in app-loading effects the everyday usage experience, and takes the bar below those smartphones that perform much better at a lower price tag.

Medium-level games are handled effectively, but switching towards graphic intensive games or apps directly leading to excessive heating. In our opinion, the overall performance of this phone is exactly what Helio X10 delivers on other smartphones. The performance is pretty much slick but occasional snags and heating troubles make it tough for heft users.

Software and UI

Running on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Fuel OS bundled with Creo Mark 1 packs a bunch of nifty tweaks alongside monthly feature upgrades on the basis of user suggestions. The OS looks pretty much inspired form vanilla Android, but things like Echo, Sense, Notification Manager, Retriever etc. add a lot into the package, and draw a clear line of difference.

The “Refuel” app brings in regular updates and offers, “Sense” enables you to locate anything on your phone by double tapping on the home-button from any screen, “Echo” serves as a built-in answering machine in your absence, and “notification manager” allows you to block or unblock notifications from apps with a single tap.

On whole, the software of this device delivers seamless performance and makes a great package with regular bug fixes and feature upgrades from the company. It continues to get better every month.

Camera Performance

Creo Mark 1 delivers stand out camera performance and tells the most precious story with a super-impressive 21-megapixel snapper bundled with a Sony IMX230 sensor with Phase Detection Auto-Focus. It endows lifelike images with fine details and natural colours, incorporates the power to shoot picture-perfect images and videos even conditions with dim light. We like the performance of this camera sensor that not just complements photography, but also shoots 4k as well as slow-mo videos in high-quality.

Even the front-facing shooter of this device looks good. It bears an 8-megapixel sensor, and is paired with a plethora of features such as, 3D selfies, beautify, and a lot more. It’s focus speed and low-light performance is also exemplary!

So, this is all about the new Creo Mark 1 mid-ranged smartphone. The device looks like a nice buy for 20k, but there’s still a lot room for improvement from the Bengaluru based start-up. No doubt, it’s an appreciable smartphone with a commendable design, hardware, and software, but if you’re shopping for a phone under 20k and you don’t want to experiment with something new and fancy, we’ll suggest you some other phone, maybe the popular OnePlus X, Lenovo Vibe X3, Moto X Play. As for Creo, the company is new today, but can definitely make it big in near future!

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Oppo F1: Selfie specialist for solo travelers

Posted on 26 March 2016 by wisdom

Selfies have become a very important part of modern life, especially for the young smartphone users. Some youngsters can’t think of a day (or even hours) when they are not clicking selfies and uploading them on social media platforms. Thus, the latest smartphone handsets are increasingly concentrating on heavy front cameras, while some even come with the same camera specs for both the rear and front ends to offer gorgeous selfies. While the premium smartphone models offer superior front facing cameras by default, now even the budget phones are increasingly offering powerful front facing cameras as well to offer stunning selfies and great video chat sessions.

oppo-f1-mobile-phone-large-1One such new affordable smartphone model which claims to be a selfie specialist is the new Oppo F1. The new F1 is an Android smartphone that is being marketed as the “Selfie Expert”. However, can the phone really live up to its promises? Let’s find out.

Oppo is not a very well established mobile phone maker as yet, but does have the potential to establish itself well if it can deliver some really capable handsets. The Oppo F1 is posed to be a boon for the selfie lovers. And though the smartphone can’t really compete with the high-end phones in terms of picture quality of the selfies, it can certainly please those selfie lovers who can’t afford or wish to invest a hefty amount on a premium phone just for the love of selfies.

The primary draw point of the new Oppo F1 is that is costs less than a quarter of the price of a premium phone, for example the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6, but is definitely much more worthy than its asking price. And this alone should be enough to seal the deal for many.

The Oppo F1 is also a superb phone for anyone who travels a lot and also travels solo. For someone who travels a great deal, say internationally without any companion, the Oppo F1 can be a great phone to carry around and serve much better than a fancy premium phone. This is because heavy travelers always tend to carry an affordable phone which might get lost or damaged. On the other hand, being the claimed selfie specialist the Oppo F1 can also click all the special moments at different spots.

The phone is also obviously superb for anyone who is in a long distance relationship, as one can easily always click and send selfies no matter doing what to one’s loved one. Not to mention the youngsters who are on tight budget, but wishes to flaunt a nice affordable phone that can satisfy their heavy selfie needs.

Cameras

oppo-f1-mobile-phone-large-2The Oppo F1 comes with an 8 MP front facing “selfie” camera, which should be the first thing to be discussed, as we are talking about a selfie expert phone here. The Oppo F1’s selfie camera is actually good. The selfies of this phone are really crisp, vibrant and detailed which makes the picture quality pretty close to those taken from a much more expensive premium phone’s front camera. It can be said that the Oppo F1 offers superior selfies which are almost as good as the selfies taken from the latest iPhone or equivalent. The camera with f2.0 aperture comes along with a selfie flash feature that utilizes the device’s display as a flash while clicking selfies in low light conditions. This is also a feature that can be compared to a high-end phone.

However, the Oppo F1 is a selfie expert indeed, as this budget model does not offer great photos from the 13 MP primary camera. However, the picture quality is not bad and is what any standard budget or mid-ranged device would offer, but nowhere close to the picture quality of a high-end phone. The primary camera will keep most of the average photo takers happy with it good quality images. It also offers multiple shooting modes such as ultra HD, beautify, panorama, HDR, filters, GIF, slow shutter, etc.

Additional modes can also be utilized after downloading them from the internet. This will offer access to more helpful shooting modes such as slow-mo, RAW, expert mode, and more to cater to some great photo shooting experience.

Having covered the camera part, let’s take a brief look at the overall smartphone:

Display & Design

The Oppo F1 smartphone flaunts a 5.0 inch touchscreen display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and 294 pixels per inch. The display is pretty decent and as per the standard of its price range.

Design wise, the phone is really a good looking one. It is stylish and sleek with a metal unibody construction which offers a premium look and feel and is very nice to hold. The good looks come with a touch of sophistication with its semi matte finishing. Its display come with really slim bezels to offer a clean and smart look on the front.

Specs

The Oppo F1 comes powered by a Snapdragon 616 processor that comes with the support of 3 GB of RAM. The device offers with an inbuilt storage space of 16 GB storage which can be extended to up to 128 GB via a microSD card. The phone comes with a hybrid Sim slot, which can be used either for a microSD card for a second SIM card depending on the user’s need.

The Oppo F1 runs on a heavily skinned version of the Android operating system, which is called the ColorOS. The ColorOS does have many plus points and offers a user friendly experience. The ColorOS also offers some very good and practical features as well. Nevertheless, Oppo could offer the phones with the stock Android version.

Price

The Oppo F1 which launched in January 2016 is tagged at Rs. 15,990, and is a pretty good buy at this attractive price point.

Conclusion

The Oppo F1 is a pretty impressive smartphone with an affordable price tag. While it offers some very good capabilities, it does not hurt your pocket much. And at this price point, it is certainly the best ‘Selfie Expert’ that you can bag.

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