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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Things to Know About Redmi 4A - Cheapest VoLTE Smartphone from Xiaomi

With advent of Reliance Jio and other 4G players in Indian market, the race for affordable VoLTE smartphone have been on rise. VoLTE smartphones segment is majorly dominated by TCL, LYF, Spice, Intex and Lava etc at an entry level. However, the status quo is being challenged by very new, powerful brand – Xiaomi and will be launching Redmi 4A for just Rs. 5,999 and will be available through Amazon starting March 23, 2017. However, the larger question – should you buy Redmi 4A. Let’s check it out:


10 Key Things to Know about Redmi 4A

1. Redmi 4A is the most affordable VoLTE smartphone from house of Xiaomi.

2. The smartphone sports a 5-inch HD display with the pixel density of 294ppi.

3. 4A is powered by 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM.



4. The phone runs on MIUI 8 version over Android Marshmallow OS out of the box.

5. Redmi 4A comes with excellent camera capabilities – i.e. 13MP primary camera with an LED flash and in the back it flaunts 5MP camera and can record videos of 1,920 x 1,080 resolution @ 30fps.

6. The phone comes with an internal storage of 16 GB expandable up to 128 GB.

7. Smartphone also come with massive non-removable battery of 3100 mAh.



8. In terms of connectivity phone is loaded with dual SIM, 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS with A-GPS, Glonass and microUSB 2.0.

9. The phone is available in two color options viz. Dark Grey and Gold version.  The exclusive ‘Rose Gold’ aka pink phone will be launched on April 3.

10. At Rs. 5999,  the smartphone has no fast-charging, fingerprint scanner and the phone doesn’t ship with headphones in the box.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Honda WR-V: Decoded in 60 Seconds | Price | Verdict


Honda WR-V is a newest compact crossover in India that is scheduled to launch on 16th of March. It is built on the Jazz platform, but comes with new fashioning, features, ground clearance etc. This car from Honda will compete directly with likes of Hyundai i20 elite, Ford Ecosport, Mahindra KUV, Fiat Avventura and Suzuki S-cross. Prices starts from 7.75 lakhs upto 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). But the major question, should you buy it. Check out our quick analysis…

Also Read: Honda Jazz Decoded in 10 Points



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Key 10 Things to Know About Honda WRV


1. WRV is the new crossover from Honda which will be priced INR 65,000 more than the Jazz and will offers better ground clearance, body cladding and even roof rails and comes with six colour options i.e. Premium Amber, White Orchid, Golden Brown, Carmelian Red, Alabaster Silver and Modern Steel.

2. WRV sports a muscular looks and hence it resembles more like an SUV than a crossover.

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3. The interiors of WRV is plush and showcases the dashboard which is similar to the Jazz and is sporty. It comes with two colour options: a) black and silver b) bluish grey.

Also Read: Complete Review of Honda - Mobilio


4. Instrument cluster features three dials, one for speedometer, tachometer and driver information system along with keyless entry, push start and stop, touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, dual airbags and even ABS.


5. The cruise control and push start and stop features will be available only on the diesel top-end model, VX.

6. The infotainment system comes loaded with HDMI, MirrorLink, 2 USB and SD card slots.

7. In term of spacing, WRV will not disappoint you – ample boot space of 360 litres and amazing knee room and head room for the rear passengers.



8. However only down side – it does not have rear AC vent, which can be an issue in summer.

9. The WRV comes in two engine variants - 1.2-litre petrol/ 1.5-litre diesel offering 87bhp/100bhp and 115Nm/200Nm respectively by 5-speed/6-speed manual gearbox which suits both city and highway drives. Also note diesel engine even gets a lambda sensor – that checks emission.




10. The mileage of WRV Petrol is 13 KMPL in city / 17 KMPL on highways while Diesel variant will offer 18 KMPL in city and 25 KMPL on highways.


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Gen Maruti Suzuki Swift (2018 Launch) - 10 Key Things To Know

The next generation Suzuki Swift has finally made its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The 2017 Swift brags a completely new charm taking the sporty and younger design. The new-generation Suzuki Swift is established on the all-new HEARTECT platform, which is lighter and more rigid than the current platforms.


10 Key Things About New Maruti Suzuki Swift


a) The new Suzuki Swift is lighter and agile.
b) The new HEARTECT platform has no similarities to the platforms used by the Baleno or Ignis and thus making them safer than the current models, thereby complying with global and also proposed Indian safety norms.
c) With new styling the A-pillar accentuates the Swift's trademark styling, while the new sweptback headlamp looks lustrous and incorporates LED DRLs.

Also Read: Complete Review of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT - World cheapest gearless car





d) There is no visible change to the side profile but now hatch gets a floating roof.
e) The carved out boot-lid with united spoiler and new diamond cut alloy wheels provides the classy look.
f) Interiors of the car is lot sportier – and comes with a race-inspired twin-pod instrument cluster and infotainment unit.



g) A touchscreen display elegances the central console and it may come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
h) Dual airbags and ABS may also be standard on the new Swift.

Also Read: Best Entry-Level CNG Cars In India of 2017-18


i) The new gen swift may be powered by 1.0 litre turbocharged BoosterJet petrol, updated 1.2 litre K-Series petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engine along with SHVS - or Suzuki's mild hybrid option in few upper variants.



j) Transmission options will include the 5-speed manual and automatic units as usual.
k) The India launch of this Swift, has been pushed ahead and is now scheduled around March 2018.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

2017 Best Entry-Level CNG Cars In India


For an entry level car buyer in India, fuel economy is the most important consideration while making a choice to buy a car. While other features such as luxury and performance cannot be undermined however for most the fuel efficiency is still a major defining factor. While diesel cars are preferred over petrol but high maintenance and car pricing makes it an expensive affair at an entry-level. This spot is now conquered by  CNG-powered cars.

Also Read: Detailed review of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT - World cheapest gearless car


CNG Cars are powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), making them the most fuel-efficient models in country. There has been a huge surge for CNG-powered cars among Indian buyers now since few carmakers have started offering company fitted CNG cars. Unfortunately there are only three brands which offers CNG cars at an entry level – Tata, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. Let’s find those models out.

1. Tata Nano eMax  [Price: ₹ 2.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]


The cheapest of all CNG cars is  the TATA Nano eMax which comes at a price of  ₹ 2.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).  Tata Nano eMax is showcases same 624 cc, 2-cylinder petrol engine as the regular Nano, but this one comes combined with a CNG kit. While running on CNG, the engine generates 32.5 bhp and 45 Nm of peak torque. The motor comes with a 4-speed manual gearbox as standard. The Nano eMax is based on the XM variant and provides a whooping fuel efficiency of 36 km/kg.

2. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 CNG [Price: ₹ 3.67 lakh to ₹ 3.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]


Maruti Suzuki Alto is entry level hatch loved by everybody in India. Now Alto is also available in CNG variant and comes with 799 cc, three-cylinder petrol engine that generates 30.1 bhp and 60 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. Alto offers the CNG option only with the LXI variant, which also gets optional driver side airbag. This car provides a fuel efficiency of 33.44 km/kg.

3. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 CNG [Price: ₹ 4.06 lakh to ₹ 4.16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]


One of the most popular models of  Marti Suzuki, the Alto K10 also comes with a CNG option. Alto CNG features a 1.0-litre K-Series engine paired with the CNG kit that generates out 58.5 bhp and 78 Nm of peak torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard and comes only in the LXI variant. The CNG-powered Alto K10 returns a mileage of 32.26 km/kg.

4. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R CNG [Price: 4.65 lakh to ₹ 4.88 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]


One of the top selling CNG hatchbacks in the country is the CNG variant of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon because of surging demand in the fleet (Uber, Ola, Meru etc.) segment. Wagon R provides tall boy physique and spacious cabin thus making it so popular with buyers. The WagonR comes loaded with 1.0-litre K-Series petrol engine paired with the CNG kit that churns 58 bhp and develops 77 Nm of peak torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard and is offered with the LXI variants only offering a fuel efficiency of 26.6 km/kg.

5. Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG [Price: ₹ 5.0 lakh to ₹ 5.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]


Maruti Suzuki Celerio Green, is the most expensive CNG-powered in the list. Celerio Green comes in the VXI model showcasing 1.0-litre K10B engine which churns 58 bhp and 78 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard and offers notable fuel efficiency of 31.79 km/kg.

6. Tata Indica emax CNG [Price: Rs 4.04 lakh  to 4.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]


Tata’s very popular model in fleet segment is the petrol Indica eV2 which comes with a factory-fitted CNG kit, known as Indica emax. The emax is available in two variants priced at Rs 4.04 lakh and Rs 4.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and comes powered by a 1.2-litre engine. For the price the Indica offers a spacious interior, although quality is not up to standard.

7. Hyundai Grand i10 CNG [‎ Rs 4.62 lakh onwards plus Rs 68,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)]


The Grand i10 can be had with a factory-fitted CNG kit for Rs 68,000 over the base ex-showroom price of the Asta trim level. The addition of the kit now keeps the warranty of the car intact unlike earlier models. Hatch is powered by the 1.2-litre Kappa 2 petrol engine seen on the standard car.


8. Hyundai Xcent CNG [ Rs 5.42 onwards plus Rs 68,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)]


Hyundai also offers the Xcent compact sedan with a CNG option at an additional cost of Rs 68,000 over the ex-showroom price. The car is again powered by 1.2-litre Kappa 2 petrol motor as its hatchback cousin.


9. Maruti Eeco Green CNG [ Rs 3.83 lakh and Rs 4.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]


The modified version of old Maruti Van – OMNI now christened as the Eeco, also comes in CNG variant. Eco Green is available with five or seven seats options and is priced at Rs 3.83 lakh and Rs 4.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. It is very popular as school vans and delivery vehicle.


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tips & Tricks: 10 things to consider while buying a new laptop

We all know that latest smartphones are capable of performing many computing activities however laptops are never out of work. You still need a laptop for more 'serious' computing capabilities at work, gaming or for leisure.



In case you are planning to buy or upgrade to a new Laptop, below are some key things you should consider.

Also Read: Detailed review on Xiaomi Laptop - Macbook Air look alike with Intel processor, 16GB RAM for $480


10 Key Things To Know When You Upgrade Your Laptop/Notebook

 

1) Screen Size:


This is one of the major selection criteria if you are planning to buy any laptop. Screen sizes may vary from lightweight 12 to 14-inch and even 15.6 / 17 inches. However with designs do come some trade-offs like – with smaller screen, the keyboard might be smaller or battery life and performance may be impacted. Most popular screen sized laptops are 15.6-inch which are suitable for graphics video editing, gaming and designing. The powerful laptops are typically of 15.6-inch or 17-inch sizes. For frequent travelers or mobile users, 12-14 inch laptop fits the bill due to light weight.


2) Design: Conventional or Hybrid


Many modern days laptops comes with flex mode, tablet convertibles/ hybrids, 360 rotatable and keyboard detachable (touch enabled). However these new laptops comes at a price tag – again if you need laptop for generic need – conventional laptops are good, however if you are too much into travel and presentations, reading on the go – than convertible laptop can be used.

3) Connectivity Options:


Many older laptops models comes with several ports like S-video, VGA, Firewire, multiple audio jacks, USB ports and so on. However, modern day laptops are so much smaller, you mostly get a very less USB ports, limited HDMI and a card reader slots. Some ultra-thin designs have even fewer USB ports and collapsible Ethernet ports. The latest tech fad is to dump Ethernet and video out entirely and go for USB type C ports (which will be universal and multipurpose).

Hence if you have connectivity issues at home or work and would need LAN cables, you may go for conventional Laptops. However if your home/ work place is fully WiFi enabled, 4G or Bluetooth compliant, you can go for ultra-thin laptops.

Also Read: Review of Lenovo Air 13 Pro

4) Drives:


Optical drives are bulky, so they've been dropped away within most models today. However, you'll still find 15.6-inch laptops with optical drives if you need one. The major trend is a shift to flash-based storage (SSDs) as compared to hard drives (HDDs). Flash storage is more costly but can be much smaller, lighter and offers better speed.

5) Touch Enabled Laptop:


These devices does reflect a lot of benefits especially for digital users who are more touch-savy, it will be easier to scroll through webpages, reading eBooks, large folders, photos and long documents. Windows 10 interface is optimized for touch and you can download many touch-optimized apps. However for traditional users, you can still opt for keyboard and mouse, you'll save money by dropping the touchscreen.

6) Battery Life:


This is one of the serious selection criteria. Old school Laptops had a battery life of 2 to 3 hours. However in today’s world, bare minimum battery life of 5 to 6 hours is desirable however for a full-workday without plugging in, you need 8 to 10 hours of battery life, for which you still have to pay a premium. Specially in India, where 24 hours electricity is still an issue, long battery life is always key consideration.

7) Graphic Cards:


Laptops can come with 3 kinds of graphics cards viz. Cohesive graphics chips, discrete graphics cards and some which have switchable graphics (to auto switch between internal and discrete graphics).

For regular use of documents, web, multimedia and basic games, integrated (cohesive)graphics are going to do just fine. If your main purpose is gaming or professional graphics video editing, then you should get a notebook with dedicated graphics card. Switchable graphics will conserve power if you're only doing basic use.

Also Read: Exclusive Review of  Hybrid Notebook - HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2


8) Operating System: 


The OS impacts the overall cost of any laptop – You can buy a laptop without an operating system as it is a major cost saving – and run it on Linux or other open-source alternatives if you are familiar – Xubuntu, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Puppy Linux are few to name.

However for easy usage, Windows is still the most popular OS used by Corporate and Home users and is cheaper to buy a laptop bundled with an operating system rather than buying a standalone operating system later.

For niche users, you have an option to select Mac OS which comes at a premium and runs only on Mac Devices. These laptops are most expensive in today’s market.

10) Configuration (Processor - RAM - HDD):


Today, users can select from two processors – Intel and AMD. Intel still rules 90% of laptop world. For conventional users, they should go for Intel Core i5 or i7 processor (Dual or Quad core), with minimum 4GB/8GB RAM and 500 GB HDD. These laptops starts from Rs. 35,000 upto Rs. 1.5 Lacs.

We would not recommend, Intel Celeron M; i3 as they are slowly fading out.

However if you want very basic version, you can get a laptop on Atom Processor, 2/4 GB RAM and 256/500 GB HDD and is available from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000. You also have an option to buy a Chrome Laptop - which runs on Google's Chrome OS ( Cloudbased ) and is available for as little as Rs. 15,000.

Even Macbooks come in similar configuration but are very expensive due to hardware durability and UI. Macbooks are lightest of all laptops and comes with very long battery life.


Hope our post intrigued some questions and made you better informed today. Feel free to reach out should you have any questions and feedback on ReviewsToday.




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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

India Makes History - 104 Satellites Launched In One Go: 10 Things To Know



India's space agency ISRO launched a record 104 satellites on a single rocket from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh (India) today making India become the first country to successfully carry so many satellites in a single mission. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 is the star of what has been described as an incredible step for the country's space programme. It tore into the sky at 9.28 am, breaking free of the earth's gravitational pull with a growl. 

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10 Key Things to Know about ISRO's 39th Mission of PSLV-C37: Launch of 104 Satellites:


1. In just 18 minutes, all 101 satellites were released into space, each travelling at the speed of over 27,000 km/ hour - 40 times the speed of an average passenger aeroplane.      
   
2. India's workhorse rocket PSLV-C37 is on its 39th mission. Many of the 104 satellites belongs to international clients.

3. This is the heaviest version of the PSLV, weighing about 320 tonnes at lift-off and standing tall at 44.4 meters.

4. The main passenger is the Earth-mapping Cartosat 2 series satellite, which weighs 714 kg.

5. The smaller satellites belonged to the US, Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates while 96 of the satellites belonged to the US.

6. Close to 90 small satellites named 'Doves' belong to one San Francisco-based company, Planet Inc. The Dove constellation will be used to image the earth at low cost.   

7. Two ISRO-made Nano satellites belonging to international customers were also launched. They weigh about 1,378 kg. The PSLV first launched the Cartosat-2 and then its 103 co-passengers into the polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 520 km from the Earth.

8. PM Narendra Modi congratulated the scientists for successful launch, saying "this remarkable feat has made India proud".

9. In 2014, the Russian Space Agency has launched 37 satellites in one go.

10. This is ISRO's second successful attempt after the launch of 23 satellites in a single rocket in June 2015.


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Friday, February 10, 2017

BeatsX Wireless Earphones - A Quick Review

Apple recently announced that BeatsX wireless earbuds will be available at price of $149.95 (roughly Rs. 10,000), via Apple Stores and the Apple site. Theyare available in Black and White colour variants. However is it worth to buy Rs 10,000 earbuds? Let’s check it out…

Also Read: Top 6 free iOS apps in 2017 that you probably don’t know about




10 Key Things To Know About BeatsX


1. BeatsX wireless earphones will deliver up to 8 hours of battery life.

2. It comes with "Fast Fuel" features which implies a five-minute charge gives you two hours of playback.



3. Headphones can be charged using the Lightning to USB Type-A cable, and feature magnetic earbuds that can be joined together when not being used. 

4. BeatX earphones comes in 4 different-sized eartips in a pocket-sized carrying case.

5. The earbuds come with unique flex-form cable that provides all-day comfort and easy pocket portability, while eartip options provide a personalized fit and secure-fit wingtips offer added stability.

6. BeatsX wireless earphones sports an optimized noise isolation.



7. RemoteTalk feature of earphone allows one to take calls with a built-in mic, play music, adjust volume and activate Siri.

8. BeatsX headphones are powered by the same W1 chip that powers the AirPods. 

9.  This new headphone pair quickly and easily with the new iPhones and are Bluetooth-enabled, so they work with other media sources as well.

10. Our verdict is to go with Bose at this price than BeatX. We believe the headphone is way too expensive. The wireless headphone you can consider at lower prices are from Plantronics, Skull Candy and JBL. 

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Tips & Tricks: 6 free iOS apps in 2017 that you probably don’t know about

Apple’s iOS is home to most niche smartphone and tablet on the earth and it is easily one of the most leading computing platforms on the planet. It also boasts to have vibrant developer communities around. In this post we shall quickly discuss top 6 amazing apps about which people don’t even know about.

Top 6 free iOS apps:


1. Spark – It is a third party email app developed by Readdle which comes with a Smart Inbox which automatically determines the type of emails and catalogues them into appropriate folders. Spark also sports a feature that lets users sign-off an email by different preset signature styles.






2. Documents 5 – This app is used to manage files and downloads on iOS which features a file manager, PDF reader and a browser in itself. The Documents 5 app opens almost any type of document including iWork, Microsoft Office, ZIP and even plays music or videos through a built-in media player. It also allows you to access cloud storage and also transfer files between any computer and the Apple device.


3. Microsoft Pix – It is best camera app for iOS and has built-in smart settings that automatically adjust settings according to the frame and captures 10 frames. It then seletcs the best frame from those 10 frames, enhances the image by reducing noise, tweaks the exposure and deletes the rest of the shots and one can also use a filter from the list of 10 presets.



4. Buffer – This app allows users to schedule posts to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest accounts (maximum 4 accounts and 10 posts for scheduling per account).




5. Dolphin Browser – This internet browser sports a plain and simple UI along with full screen page view capabilities. Browser also features Gesture inputs that one can use to create symbols or letters for an accompanying function. The browser has a built-in voice assistant Sonar, that lets users browse and navigate easily along with customizations that can be done through themes.



6. SoundHound – This app is essentially a music recognition platform which lets users identify a particular music from its database and show lyrics as well.



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