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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.


Stay tuned to ReviewsToday for more updates on upcoming reviews and updates. 

*Article generated from Syndicated Feeds. 
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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. 

Stay tuned to ReviewsToday for more gadgets reviews. Written with inputs from IANS.

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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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Saturday, February 4, 2017

ZTE Blade A2 Plus Smartphone Decoded

Much awaited, ZTE Blade A2 Plus smartphone has now been launched in India at a price of Rs. 11,999 and can be bought exclusively via Flipkart.  ZTE Blade A2 Plus will be available in Gold and Silver color variants.


Also Read: Quick review of Lenovo Phab 2 Pro


10 Key Things To Know About ZTE Blade A2 Plus


1. ZTE Blade A2 Plus will feature 4GB RAM and is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek MT6750T Octa-core SoC (four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.5GHz and four at 1GHz) paired with Mali T860 GPU.

2. Smartphone sports a metal unibody, with a square shaped camera, flash and fingerprint scanner along with the volume and navigation buttons which are placed on the right edge.

3. Major USP of ZTE device is the massive 5000mAh battery that supports fast charging and gives 22 hours of talk time. 

4.  ZTE Blade A2 Plus is a 5.5-inch (1080x1920) pixels full-HD display smartphone. 

Also Read: Tips & Tricks to speed up your 3G connection


5. Phone also comes with the inbuilt storage of 32GB with an option to expand further via the microSD card (up to 128GB).

6. The hybrid dual-SIM ZTE smartphone operates on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Mifavor 3.5 OS.



7. In terms of Camera, Blade A2 Plus sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, dual-LED flash and 1080p video support while at the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor with screenflash. 

8. Connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. 

9. ZTE Blade A2 Plus measures at 155x76.2x9.8mm, and weighs just 189 grams.

10. Blade A2 can be purchased starting February 6, 2017. 

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro - India's first Google Tango-based smartphone decoded

Lenovo has finally launched much awaited Google-Tango based Lenovo Phab 2 Pro phablet in India. This is an augmented-reality-powered phablet priced at Rs 29,990 and will be exclusively available via Flipkart. The phablet comes in two color options - Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey, however, in India only Champagne Gold is available. The company first unveiled the Phab 2 Pro device in June 2016 at its Tech World Show event.



Also Read: 60 seconds review of HTC U Ultra, U Play With Sense Companion


Know 10 Things About Lenovo Phab 2 Pro


1. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro sports a metal unibody and provides augmented reality and virtual reality to consumers. 

2. Phablet comes loaded with multiple cameras placed on the back panel that work in tandem to bring improved augmented reality effect on the handset's display. 

3. To achieve this phablet also includes three basic sensors -- motion tracking, depth perception and area learning.



4. The handset identifies its location through area learning, while depth perception lets the phablet explore the shape of the objects in the area around it. 

5. Hence this device can be used for educational purposes, gaming, measuring spaces etc.

Also Read: Nokia 6 Android Phone - A Quick Review in 10 Key Points


6. Additionally with Tango technology, the PHAB2 Pro can even begin to change the way people think about mapping indoor spaces to create new experiences like future augmented reality museum tours, home improvement, interior decoration and more says the company.




7. In terms of specs, phone is powered loaded by Android 6.0 Marshmallow-and an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, clubbed with 4GB RAM, and 64GB of inbuilt storage. 

8. Phablet comes with a storage which can also be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.




9. Phablet has a total of four cameras - An 8MP front-facing camera, a 16MP RGB rear camera, a motion tracking rear camera and a depth tracking rear camera. 

10. The phablet features a 6.4-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution IPS display and is fueled by a 4050mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 15 hours of life on single charge. It also supports 2.4x fast charging tech.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tips & Tricks: How to speed up your 3G connection


In many South Asian countries like India, 3G Mobile connectivity is still catching up even when 4G services are being rolled out. However 3G speeds has always been a concern as it limits our ability browse and download our favourite content. However often times, the slow speed cannot be attributed to network only, but also on the way we use our mobile devices. Check out our quick note on improving the 3G Speeds.


Get the right browser

Google Chrome is one of the best browsers available for Android. Its ability to sync across multiple devices providing a seamless internet experience makes it niche. Chrome also remembers all your passwords and bookmarks. Hence on the downside, this browser occupies up a lot of space as well.  


Also Read: Reliance Jio SIM for 3G smartphones - An Insight



You can used Opera Max browser instead which comes with memory saving features with its third-party VPN service, you will be able to save data on social media browsing, video and audio playback, and other things. Additionally, Opera Max also monitors the apps –data, and manages your data consumption accordingly. There is also a lighter version called Opera Mini.


Disable images in browser


Another way to access content faster on 3G, keep the browser in text-only mode. Many browser apps may not support this functionality. In the Settings menu you can turn your browser to text-only mode, it will prevent the images from getting loaded. This will increase network speeds significantly.



Clear cache


Cache is also one of the major issues which makes mobile device slow. Thus for a better internet connectivity, just clear the cache. Go to your phone's Settings > Applications and select the app whose cache you want to clear. You can also install an app cache cleaner, which will clear the cache of all the apps at once. But do not forget to uninstall these cache cleaner app after use as these apps also consume significant cache too.


Uninstall memory hungry apps


There are many apps available which take up lot of space in your device and also run in the background, making the phone slothful. Some widgets also tend to be bigger reprobates when it comes to memory use. So, in order to have a better and faster internet experience, just get rid of those widgets and also uninstall the apps that you don't using actively.



Use Lighter Versions of Apps

Especially those of you who use iPhones of 8GB / 16 GB capacity, you run out of space in no time.  Especially, Twitter – Facebook – Instagram can occupy upto 800-900 MB as cache/data. You can use lighter version of these apps. For Facebook & Instagram you can use Friendly app available in App Store while for Twitter you can use Echofon. These apps are faster and use 1/10 of memory & cache. Also clear your Whatsapp Files /Video in received folders on weekly basis (best way is to uninstall and reinstall Whatsapp at least once in a month).


Also Read: Quick guide to SBI PAY (UPI App)


Your mailboxes also tend to eat up lot of space and makes your device slower – once in a month, delete all the mailboxes including your corporate mail-box and reinstall them. You will witness significant improvement in your device speed.

Stay tuned to ReviewsToday for more updates on Tips & Tricks.



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: HTC U Ultra, U Play With Sense Companion


HTC is known for its sturdy yet appealing smartphones. Many Nexus devices in the past were manufactured by HTC and it seems they have taken cues to build next gen. smartphone. HTC has unveiled much anticipated new smartphones in its new U series called the U Ultra and the U Play. The smartphones will feature HTC Sense Companion, which learns the user's daily patterns to provide usage recommendations and friendly advice such as suggesting you dress warm and leave for work earlier on a snowy day; reminding you to charge if it figures you need more power to last until you get home, and even recommending the perfect restaurant when you're away for the weekend. The smartphones will be available in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Blue, Cosmetic Pink, and Ice White.




Also Read: Nokia 6 Android Phone: A Quick Review in 10 KeyPoints


10 Key Things To Know About U Ultra and U Play:



1.      HTC U Ultra which runs on latest Android 7.0 will sport Dual Display of 5.7-inch Super LCD QHD (1440x2560 pixels) resolution, while the secondary 2-inch display will feature a 1040x160 pixels resolution.
2.      U Ultra will be powered by 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC processor with 4GB of RAM.
3.      U Ultra will bear 12-UltraPixel rear camera with 1.55-micron pixels, a BSI sensor, laser + phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, an f/2.8 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash and 16-megapixel front camera with an UltraPixel mode, and a BSI sensor.



4.      In terms of storage the U Ultra comes loaded with 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).
5.      From connectivity perspective, phone has 4G LTE with VoLTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, HTC Connect, and USB 3.1 Type-C capabilities.

Also Read: Moto M: Decoded in 10Points - Quick Review


6.      HTC Ultra is fueled by 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 which can deliver up to 26 hours of talk-time and up to 13 days of standby time.
7.      HTC U Play on other hand comes in 5.2-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Super LCD display with Gorilla Glass.
8.      U Play is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 SoC processor and will come in two variants - 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage.



9.      U Play sports a rear 16-megapixel camera comes with a BSI sensor, optical image stabilization, PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash while front camera has 16-megapixel sensor with an UltraPixel mode, a BSI sensor, an f/2.0 aperture with a 28mm focal length.
10.   U Play is fueled by a 2500mAh battery with fast charging support (5V/2A) and will deliver up to 15.21 hours of talk-time and up to 427.54 hours of standby time.

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