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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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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Reliance Jio SIM cards could soon work on 3G smartphones?


Introduction

Reliance Jio had disrupted Indian telecom space by offering free unlimited, high-speed 4G internet, unlimited voice calls and app ecosystem. It has been endorsing its all-IP network, and compatibility with 4G LTE and VoLTE-based smartphones. As per recent report from ZeeNews, Jio is working towards a new mobile app which will allow 3G smartphone users to enjoy high-speed 4G services without having to buy a new 4G compatible device.


Key Features of New Jio SIM

1) This SIM will provide boost to rural and tier-2, 3 cities where people own only 3G phones.

2) Currently if you own a 4G smartphone that doesn’t support VoLTE, you can only use it for internet access.

3) In order to make voice calls, Jio4GVoice app needs to be installed.

Also Read:  WhatSim - A free WhatsApp SIM for Worldwide roaming


4) The app will be launched in early Jan 2017 and 3G smartphones users may reap benefits of ‘Happy New Year’ offer.

5) Reliance Jio is technically an all-IP 4G service provider and hence it will be interesting to see how Jio could match the spectrum just by using an app.



6) Happy New year’ offers unlimited local and national voice and video calls, along with unlimited local and national SMS (daily cap of 100 messages) and an unlimited high-speed internet access with daily download capped at 1GB.

7) Reliance Jio currently offer users with unlimited access to its range of content services which includes JioTV to access live TV channels on the go, JioCinema to watch on-demand movies and JioMusic to stream songs on the go.

8) Jio also lets user to access JioMags to read the popular print magazines and JioCloud app to take complete backup of their music, videos and other documents.


Stay tuned to ReviewsToday for more updates on Telecom products, services and News. 

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

News Review - Rumored Xiaomi Mi 5, Mi 5 Plus Specifications leaked

Introduction


Xiaomi is already turning the heat of Southern Asian summers. As per the new details which has emerged via Weibo, Xiaomi is all set to launch the successor of Mi4 called the Mi 5 by July 2015. By far Xiaomi Mi 4 had been a huge success for the company and Mi 5 will further lead to more market share.


Getting to know about Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi Mi 5 larger sized cousin may also be also unveiled  is would be christened as Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus. Both the models will make debut together in month of July 2015.
Leads from Gizmochina via Weibo has some interesting specification of Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus which we shall look in detail below. As a caveat – these are just the leads & official confirmation from house of Xiaomi is yet to come.

Build & Quality

Processor & RAM:  Mi 5 will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor; 4GB of RAM

Display: 5.2-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels)

Camera:16-megapixel rear camera

Battery: 3,000mAh

Storage: 32 GB

OS: Android Lollipop

The Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus, on the other hand will sport a 6-inch 2K display with a design sporting nearly bezel-less display. Other specifications will be same as Mi 5.

General Observation & Verdict

These are initial leaks and it will be hard to ascertain the genuineness of these details which emerged from Chinese social media. The most important factor would be the price for the specifications if leaks are true. We are sure the new model in making will be a welcome enhancement of Mi 4 which made its maker proud around the world.

Stay tuned on ReviewsToday on more such insights.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Xiaomi Collection Center Special

Introduction

Xiaomi is 3rd largest distributor of smartphones in the world and is known for affordable & high quality consumer electronics products. In fact we have reviewed several of their gadgets in the past & one thing which clearly stood out was value for money. In 2014 and 2015 the company has launched some of the amazing smartphones, bands, power-banks, routers, led lamps etc. While Xiaomi has left no stones unturned to build it distributor & consumer base around the globe – one of the clear focus is to tap in online partners to promote their latest products in the key emerging market markets. In India, they have exclusively tied up with e-retailers such as Flipkart & Snapdeal to sell their products which turned out to be a huge success, the electronics giant has tied up with Gearbest in the US to reach out to millions of potential customers.


Getting to know about Xiaomi Collection Center

Xiaomi has tied up exclusively with Gearbest to offer some of the latest state of art electronics products including latest smartphones, power banks, routers etc. at hugely discounted price. The sheer varieties offered on this exclusive collection will give the end customers  ample choices which suits their pockets and need. And lastly the free shopping offered anywhere in the world by Gearbest adds cherry on the pie.

Deals available on Xiaomi Collection Center

Let us look what is available for you and us before the stocks lasts:

MI POWER BANKS & BATTERIES – You have multiple options to select from if you are in dire need of power bank (especially if you are avid traveller). A 10400 mAh power bank is available for as low as $20.04 (Rs 1300) and high end 16000 mAh is available for $29.08 (Rs 1800)

MI HOME AUTOMATION – There are variety of home electronics products like WiFi Routers starting at $3, WiFi camera for $37.08 & XiaoMi TV Box 4K Dual Band WiFi for $73.71 and XiaoMi TV Box 4K Dual Band WiFi just for $5.28

MI PHONES – As alluded earlier, Xiaomi is widely known for its smartphones. The collection center on Gearbest has latest smartphones like XIAOMI NOTE 4G available for just $527.60 & the most affordable one XIAOMI Redmi 2 which is available under $150. There are other models available as well, based on your budget.

MI HEADPHONES – This is an upcoming & popular offering from Xiaomi. MI headphones are gaining a lot of popularity around the globe. The headphones are available for as low as $7.53 (Rs 480) and can go upto $19.98 (Rs 1200).

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General Observation & Verdict

Xiaomi Collection Center has great deals on offer. If you are a smart customer, you will not miss a chance to grab some of these incredible deals. You may refer to our reviews of various Xiaomi products in our smartphone & gadgets section. 
For other reviews, stay tuned to RT.

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A Guide to buy right Head-Phones

Introduction

In modern era of Gadgets - especially with Tablets & Smart phones / Notebooks, they are half incomplete if they are not complemented by a decent Headphones/ Headphone with Mic. No matter what your budget is, everybody wants their listening experience - especially the quality of sound to be optimally best. For music lovers, headphones are inevitable as people tend to spend more of their lives on the go. The other true benefits of Headsphone with Mic is that you can chat with your friends, without actually holding your gadgets in your hands and talk/listen while you are mobile without disturbing others, whether they're roommates, neighbors, or fellow commuters. Head-phones with mic are great multi-taskers in today's time.



Getting to know about modern day Headphones (with Mic)

Most of the customers/buyers in South Asia especially in India , considers buying of a new smartphone/ tablet or notebook as an investment with an estimated lifespan of around three years, yet the question always strikes  which are the cheapest pair of headphones I can buy?
If you have soon-to-be-obsolete tablet, phone, or MP3 player, you can bring new lease of life to it for as low Rs 300 and can go up Rs 10,000 (in case you have a wider budget) by getting a high-quality pair of headphones and really begin to enjoy all the sweet-sounding audio.

Types & Build of Various Headphones (with Mic)

Ear-Buds - these are very popular, inexpensive source of sound accessory for your gadgets. Earbuds are not an ideal listening option, since they don't enter your ear canal and as a result don't create a true seal that destroys the balance of the audio mix— solid bass response is purely eliminated. If you are really pressed for budget, you can get one of these.

Earphone - They sit further in your ear canal resulting into a seal, providing comfort when worn. They are much better than Ear-buds in terms of sound quality. However for Bass lovers a reasonable quality starts to emerge in the Rs 1500 range. There are few models from Skullcandy which are good.

Headphones -These are over-the-head (or behind-the-head) speakers that don't enter your ear canals at all. Circumaural models create a seal with cups that surround/cover your entire ear, whereas open, or supra-aural headphones sit directly on your ears without forming a seal. Some listeners also find headphones more comfortable to wear, and easier to put on and take off, than they do earphones. When it comes to consumer headphones, several companies stand out, including Sennheiser, Yamaha, Beyerdynamic, and Grado.

Noise-Canceling Headphones - As the name sugests, the noise-canceling headphones helps you enjoy  audio at much lower volumes. Most of these head-phones offers good or better-than-good sound quality and excellent comfort for long-term wearing.
Some of these Headphone comes with mic and offer extremely good quality call sound. Plantronics offer such headphones which are Lync & Skype compatible that offers both noise cancellation features in mic as well as headset. These headphones from Plantronics usually starts at a range of Rs 8,000.

Wireless Headphones - Wireless headphones are the most advanced of all head-phones. They are mostly based on Bluetooth technology and  the data signal containing Bluetooth audio is compressed. Post which the enhancement of the signal takes place to compensate for its deficiencies in a way that makes them less audible than before.
Few famous wireless headphones are from house of Jabra called Move Wireless and the SuperTooth Freedom, both of which double as headsets to let you answer cell phone calls.

General Observation & Verdict

Selecting a right head-phone (with or without mic) is no less than an art. While we have explained some bit of science also behind different kinds of head-phones, at the end there will be factors like price, usability & quality which will decide what you really need & desire.

Stay tuned for more reviews & product guidance on ReviewsToday.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review: 'March Markdowns Shopping Festival' by Gearbest

Introduction

In recent times, the world of online shopping has picked up a lot of craze amongst the shoppers of western countries and gradually the trend has increasingly being picked up by developing nations like India and other South Asian countries which till recently had a very traditional shopping pattern – i.e. you visit a market, shop or a store and purchase the product. With companies like eBay, Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal & Bestbuy etc are some of the very established brands in the market. To take them on, one e-commerce company called Gearbest has come up with an e-shopping with a difference as it focuses on something which every youth loves –The Gadgets.


Getting to know about GearBest

GearBest  which was founded in 2007, is more than just a shopping site, it's designed for gadget lovers and by gadget lovers. This portal deals with all kinds of gadgets like smart phones, smart watches, car electronics, RC Quadcopters, LED flashlights, consumer electronics, etc. One of the major USPs of the GearBest is that it offers a large selection of the latest gadget at most affordable price, that too worldwide. The company further claims that if you find identical gadgets elsewhere which is cheaper than their free shipping prices, you can submit a price match request on the product page, and they will price match within 48 hours. Isn’t it a win-win deal for consumers and gadgets lovers.


MARCH MARKDOWNS – A Big Shopping Online Carnival

Recently we may have heard about GOSF – Google Online Shopping Festival in India, which was a huge success for all e-commerce/e-portals companies that participated in it and while dealers earned millions and the festival helped millions of customers get their best deals. If you were not able to take part and make best use of GOSF, you do not have to loose heart. The March Markdown from Gearbest is starting for next two weeks- that’s right , from March 16th -30th, where you can chose ample of gadgets at highly discounted price.

To find more details about MARCH MARKDOWNClick Here

There are couple of offers which ReviewsToday is exclusively revealing for its readers.

The March Markdown is going to be conducted in two parts :

Part 1: Win a free gift (The winning rate is 100%)

Part 2: Top 81 Flagship Deals

For Part 1, all you have to do is to rotate the discount wheel which has some free gadgets and discount coupons– the chances of winning are very high & if you are lucky – you win cellphone or even Sports LED Watch or a LED Flash light or a discount coupon.

Deal 1 - March Markdowns by Gearbest


The free gift include the following:

- ONEPLUS ONE 64GB Phablet x 1
- ZTE Blade S6 Android 5.0 4G Phablet x 2
- L12S OLED Bluetooth Bracelet x 30
- UltraFire Cree Q5 LED Flashlight x100
- 50 GB Points x 1000
- 10 GB Points (minimum prize)

For Part 2, there are about 81 exclusive flagship deals ranging from cellphones, to watches to computers, to mobile accessories and the list goes on and on. You can shop the Top 81 bestselling products personally hand-picked by Gearbest staff for the ultimate flagship deals.

Deal 2 - March Markdowns by Gearbest

Payments:

GearBest primarily uses PayPal to process secure payments. Through PayPal, they accept MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover, and bank transfer (debit card). For more on payment details– visit: http://www.gearbest.com/about/secure-shopping.html


Customer Protection

The purchases from Gearbest are highly safe and are protected by Norton Security and payments are protected by PayPal as stated above. There is a 45 days, 100% money-back guarantee to ensure customers are happy. For more on Moneyback you may visit - http://www.gearbest.com/about/warranty-and-return.html

Shipping of products

The products from Gearbest are shipped world wide for free. For more on shipping you may visit - http://www.gearbest.com/about/shipping-methods.html

General Observation & Verdict

ReviewsToday team is very pleased to review GearBest, which has so much to offer to its customers – The entire mission of the company is to focus on their customers. For them, the customer is always the king and sale is not complete when they ship the order, it is complete when their customer are totally satisfied. Go ahead and max out your shopping.

Stay tuned for more deals and exclusive reviews on RT



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Monday, February 2, 2015

Review: Raspberry Pi 2 Model B - A $35 Computer on Windows 10

Introduction

Imagine a $35 minicomputer that runs Windows 10? Unbelievable it may sound however a low-power Raspberry Pi development platform from Raspberry Pi Foundation has been leaked out by The Register. The new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, will come for same price but with an upgraded components.

Getting to know about Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

The model sports a Broadcom BCM2836 SoC that comes with four ARM Cortex A7 cores. It’s surely a significant improvement as earlier models were mostly single-core general-purpose application processor. We may assume that the performance will increase 6 folds but that’s on paper as most of applications will not put strain on system by utilizing all its core.


Build & Quality

Some of the USP of this model is as follows:
RAM: The Raspberry Pi 2 will arrive with 1GB of RAM

Ports: HDMI 1.4 output, 3.5mm composite video and stereo audio output, four USB 2.0 ports, microSD slot, 10/100 Ethernet port, Micro-USB power port, and 40-pin IO layout.
Storage: The microSD card has been integrated to make it sturdier

Power:  The amount of power you would be saving will be in the region of 0.5W to 1W, taking the board itself down to 3W.

OS: Microsoft have recently declared that the Raspberry Pi 2 will be able to run a version of Windows 10 along with associated services.This is in line with Microsoft's Windows Developer Program for IoT(Internet of Things) which targets to bring Windows to ultra-low-powered devices. Infact Windows 10 will be available for free for the Raspberry Pi.

Price: The Raspberry Pi 2 will be purchased from here

General Observation & Verdict

A computing device for $35 is a welcome launch. It could play a huge impact in field of education especially in poor African & Asian countries who do not have access to basic computing facilities. The prices can be reduced further if mass production of computing devices are done. We would be betting very high on this incredible launch. It’s clearly a winner here.

For more such interesting launches and reviews stay tuned to ReviewsToday™ 
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: WhatSim - A free WhatsApp SIM for Worldwide roaming

Introduction


With so many IM Apps & Messengers like Yahoo, Gtalk (now called as Hangouts) the open ended IM apps like Viber, Hike have changed the way we chat real time over our mobile device by simply using our mobile number, but one IM app which truly revolutionized the new mode of communication over SMS, was indeed WhatsApp with about 700 million monthly active users. This led to its acquisition by Facebook which has now world's largest base of active users collectively using IM & Social networking services. To inch further an Italian company had launched a unique product called WhatSim, a WhatsApp–only SIM which allows you to use messaging app for free while travelling across 150 countries, with a nominal subscription plan.
WhatSIM



Getting to know about WhatSIM

Zeromobile, the company founded by Manuel Zanella, alluded that "WhatsApp is the future of mobile communications. Its only "limit" is the data connection especially when you are traveling because the roaming charges are expensive and you can't always find Wi-Fi everywhere and it is not always free. As someone who appreciates and uses WhatsApp, I tried to figure out how to get around this problem. That's why WhatSim is an extraordinary opportunity for WhatsApp."

Also read about : Oppo U3, a 64-bit SOC with Octa Core processor


Build & Quality


The new SIM will come for EUR 10 (Rs. 714) with worldwide shipping of EUR 5 - Rs. 350 approximately) and that will allow an unlimited text messaging for an year. But there is a small caveat. The unlimited messaging (including location updates & contacts)  is free only for text messages and not for sharing multimedia / files etc and consumer will have to buy credits for sharing photos, videos, and voice messages.

To know about how buy and use, it directly depends on where you are travelling.
WhatSim for WhatsApp



Case Study to Use Credits:
With €5 you get 1000 credits that you can use, for instance, to exchange 50 photos or 10 videos in many countries around the world. There are no limits to sharing your position and contacts. This way we guarantee the utmost transparency. Buying a recharge is quick and easy: just go to our website even from your smartphone and soon even from a dedicated app.

General Observation & Verdict

WhatSim is a refreshing innovative product for WhatApps loyalists & in future we would expect many SIM makers to come up with multiple choices of IM apps on single SIM with these creative offers. For now if you want to by this SIM, it is only available the WhatSim website and will available with local distributors in 100 countries soon.

Stay tuned for more innovative reviews & recommendation on ReviewsToday

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review: Active Fall Protection System from Apple

Introduction


Apple is one company that believes in re-inventing itself with amazing products. Be it their MAC computers, iPODs, iPAD or iPhone, people around the world love Apple products. To add another feather to its bag, Apple is coming with a patented technology (Active Fall Protection) that help phone to rotate in mid-air when falling to save itself from damage. Looks like a SciFi thing but it is true.


Courtesy - UPSTO

Getting to know about “Active Fall Protection Technology”


Now how does this technology really works – at a broad level in layman’s language  the new system will recognize when a phone is dropped, which will then next calculate an estimated point of impact and shift its center of gravity to avoid striking sensitive components. Its developers  Nicholas V. King and Fletcher Rothkopf stated the system will depend on sensors to monitor physical device activity and positioning.

Build & Quality


As we all know all the latest iPad/iPhone models comes with inbuilt accelerometers, gyroscopes and GPS which so far were just used for gaming, & maps however now will be used extensively to save the phone.
The data from these sensors will go to phone’s CPU (central processing unit) while the phone is in free fall. System comes with a motor which in the next step shall apply appropriate force (Depending on the rate of spin, angular velocity, time to impact and other factors, the vibration motor may be powered at higher rotational speeds than normal, effectively controlling momentum and ultimately landing angle) inside the phone and make it to land on a preferred site, such as its side or back.
                                                          Courtesy - AppleInsider

The systems also comes with other components like sliding weights and miniature gas canisters and that move internally to save the phone from damage.

General Observation & Verdict


This new technology will surely bring paradigm shift in saving our portable electronics devices in future and for now since iPhones come at a premium price, it is going to be a smart move by Apple to bring this technology to its new phones soon aiming to increase span life of the phone.

Read Detailed Technical Description here

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Review: 5 Best Bluetooth speakers for Christmas under Rs 5000 or $80

INTRODUCTION


Looking for a new Bluetooth Speakers this Christmas? We believe this post will help you decide which one you should be opting and why. For everybody's ease, we will focus on budget/affordable speakers falling under Rs. 5,000 or $80. These BlueTooth speakers are easy to use, provides distortion free sounds and are extremely portable, which means you can carry them anywhere and work seamlessly even in noisy environment.

Getting to know about Bluetooth Speakers

For our readers, we are presenting 5 best-selling Bluetooth speakers from house of Creative, Logitech, JBL, Portronics & STK. These mostly vary in prices based on their features & output.

1) JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Speakers (Price  4, 950 or $80)
JBL Flip 2
JBL is known for its quality and hence it tops our chart. The Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker is a portable speaker for mobile phone and comes with a inbuilt microphone for calls which allows you to answer calls on the speaker itself while you are listening to music on it. The speaker sports a Li-ion rechargeable battery offering up to 5 hours of play back time which is really impressive. The sound quality is finest amongst all and is equipped with SoundClear® echo, smart noise cancellation and a state-of-the-art microphone system. The Sound output is about 86 dB.

You can buy it from Snapdeal
 
2) Logitech Mini BoomBox (Price 3, 999 or $66)

Mini BoomBox
After JBL, it’s the Logitech which stands tall at 2nd position in India and is treated as one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can find in the market. The device sports a red indication lights on the upper panel providing directions. The volume and songs can be controlled from speakers itself. It is an in-wall speaker system giving you tweeter support. The size may look annoying before hearing it, but the dual drivers of the Mini Boombox pack quite a kick. Speaker of this size is susceptible to distortion at high volumes, but the system still performs quite well, and pumps out more volume than you'd expect upon first glance. The sound output is about 75 dB.
You can buy it from Amazon

Also read - Best Premium Tablets to buy for this Christmas season


3) Creative D100 Speaker (Price  3, 670 or $60)

Creative D100
Third on our chart is portable speaker from house of Creative called D100 which comes with a Bluetooth sharing button on the front with the volume controls and the power button for the easy access. It sports a Bluetooth 2.1 and is complemented by a two channel speaker on the front offering you quartz clear sound. The D100 is powered by AAA size batteries good enough for super impressive 25 hours of music play back. We believe that’s a lot. From a range of up to 10 meters from the Creative D100 portable Bluetooth speaker, wirelessly stream music from any compatible stereo Bluetooth device such as your mobile phone, notebook, iPhone.

You can buy this product from Amazon


4) STK Bluetooth Stereo Speaker SMC 970 (Price  2,695 or $45)


STK SMC 970
STK is one of the unique Bluetooth speaker as it tops the chart when you want to enjoy music in crowded places. Speaker is comes with a sleek round design, powered by a 500mAh battery, rechargeable via micro  USB that can work upto 5 hours playtime with 2 hours to fully recharge. The multipoint feature allows two devices to be paired at the same time and it is possible to easily switch between the music on each phone. The built-in microphone allows the speaker to be used to make and receive calls via a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone at the press of one button. The sound output is about 75dB

You can buy this product from Flipkart


5) Portronics Pure Sound Bluetooth Speaker (Price   2,200 or $36)

Pure Sound
The most affordable Bluetooth Speaker comes from India based Portronics which has launched a portable Bluetooth speaker called the Pure Sound BT and can connect to any phone that supports Bluetooth. This portable speaker comes with a micro SD card and a USB slot to play the music . The speaker is powered by a 1080 mAh battery offers up to 9 to 10 hours of music time with a single charge. If your device does not support Bluetooth; Pure Sound BT will work by connecting through an Aux cable to the Mobile Phone or any device.

You can buy this product from Amazon

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Prynt - Print your photos on the go

Introduction

Who wondered almost 2 decades ago that a normal PSTN phone will become mobile and will come with special features like Camera for clicking still pictures & making videos. Today’s era is called ‘selfies revolution' with high end camera based phones in market. How about going an extra mile and print them out as well without connecting them to heavy printers & on the go? Well, looks like a Polaroid for mobile? You are right. You can do it with a device called Prynt.

Prynt Printing Case


Getting to know about Prynt

Prynt, a new Polaroid case designed for Android/ iPhone handsets, which is equipped with a compact printer that remind you of a point-and-shoot camera. Prynt can help you print photos from your Facebook, smartphone gallery, Snapchat and Instagram etc that to in 50 secs.

Shades of Prynt
 

Build & Quality



This device is Bluetooth or WiFi agnostic, which means you can connect your handset to the USB plug-in slot of the Polaroid case. At the moment, only one sheet of paper can fit in the case that takes around 50 seconds to print a single photo. Its developers are also trying to make the Prynt device more resourceful, by aiding it to hold around 30 sheets of heat-activated ink-paper.
When you snap a picture with the Prynt app, it captures a video of the moments before and after you took the picture. You’ll get your print-out, but showing that picture to the Prynt app will also bring up the short video, allowing you to better re-live the moment. Now that is really cool.

Pryant will be compatible with any smartphone that sports a 4.x-inch screen and there is an adaptor in the works for the bigger phones like the Apple’s  iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note series.

General Observation & Verdict


Prynt is expected to launch in January 2015 and it will be the only time we can really get our hands dirty on it. We think it’s a cool invention however couple of early thoughts, - how costly will be its cartridge, which paper will be compatible to print photos on, how much will it impact on the power source etc. RT will be keeping a close watch on this gadget.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Review: Moto 360 (Gold) - When technology meets craftsmanship

Introduction

Since the time of the launch, Moto 360 has caught attention of everybody especially in the developing nations. Rumors were running high that there soon shall be a gold variant of the Motorola Moto 360. Some of the leaked images of the gold Moto 360 gave more air to fire when it briefly appeared on Amazon.

Getting to know Moto 360 ( The Gold Variant)


Some of you would recall Motorola’s blog which made major announcement around new peripherals for it ambitious smart-watch that shall include swappable metal-faced bands in champagne gold & grey colors.

The company shall also provide regular upgrades and widespread customization aids to the Moto 360. This implies that the users will be allowed to create their own custom interface designs for their watch’s display with an app called My Design. To add cherry on pie Moto Body, a fitness tracking feature which helps users monitor steps, heart rate, calories burned etc will also be spotted.

Build & Quality


Moto 360 directly competes with Microsoft Band, the recently launched fitness band from the software power house. So let’s see what Moto 360 Gold has to offer:

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Compatibility: Works fine on smartphones running on Android 4.3 or higher

OS: Android Wear™ 

Display: 1.56” 320 x 290, 205ppi, Backlit LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Dimensions: 46mm diameter &11.5mm thin

Battery: 300mAh ( all day mixed use) including wireless charging dock

Processor: TI OMAP™ 3

Memory: 4GB internal storage + 512 MB RAM
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy

Sensors: Pedometer, Optical heart rare monitor (PPG)

Water Resistance: IP67

Other: Dual microphones, vibration motor

Till now this watch came only  with a leather strap but that is going to change soon as you will have gold & silver strap coming along and it could be treated more as jewellery. Another feature of these strap would be that it will come in all sizes to that it can fit any wrist size with easy.

General observation & verdict:


Moto 360 is great piece of gadget however Mircrosoft band takes a lead as it is OS agnostic while Moto is Android dependent. Standard Moto 360 costs $250 (Rs 17,999 Indian retail price). The company said that the aircraft-grade steel edition will cost $299, while the gold variant will cost a further $30 and should become available during upcoming Christmas season ahead.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Microsoft Band - A brilliant fitness multitasking gadget

Introduction

From being pioneers of world's largest OS company to makers of gaming consoles, smartphones & tablets, Microsoft is no mood to stop here, they are now entering into little explored smart wearable sector which is gaining a lot of traction these days - The Fitness Bands.

"Microsoft Health - actionable insights for healthier living"

Microsoft Bands

Getting to know about new Microsoft Band

We were expecting something new from MS and stakes were high that we may hear the announcement soon but not sure that it will make a sudden foray into fitness bands category. Though from an outsider's lens, fitness band market is already overwhelmed with players like Nike, Fitbit & Jawbone etc. pouncing on each other to gain a share of marketplace. With lots of smart apps & data analytics happening all the time with avent of big data etc, health & fitness gadgets markets is turning into a serious market offering and most of the Industry experts feel that it is the right time for Microsoft to make a leeway into the same.

Build & Quality

The external design is hugely borrowed from Samsung’s Gear Fit smart watch. It comes with a colored touch-enabled display and capable of displaying bright  text, email & call notifications. By the way the band can also be used as a watch, displaying date and time with Bluetooth 4 technology to connect with host devices.

Inside the hood, a pleasant surprise awaits - Microsoft Band is far more superior to any other fitness band currently available. An inbuilt GPS tracker ensure right monitoring of your body gestures & movements, the UV sensor tracks exposure to sunlight so that your body receives right amount of sunlight, a skin temperature monitor & a heart rate sensor uses an optical sensor rather than audio sensors (fitted inside most of the other bands) to give far more accurate information than the latter.
Inside the hood - Microsoft Band


And its not just a fitness band. Use it as a smartwatch or a social media gadget for Twitter & Facebook integration, weather, calendar, stock tracking and Cortana integration (for users of Windows 8.1 smartphone).

Connectivity is important for any device to succeed and Microsoft has taken a smart step making this device OS independent i.e. this band is compatible with all three major OS Android 4.3 and 4.4, iOS 7.1(or later), and Windows Phone 8.1. However we do not know if it will be compatible with Blackberry device or not.

To add cherry on the top, Microsoft has revealed a cloud-based health service called the Microsoft Health. The data collected from the Microsoft Band and other third-party devices/apps, is stored & analysed on cloud service to provide insightful personal data points & fitness goals.

General Observation & Verdict

The Microsoft Band will empty your pocket by mere $199 — which is ominously less than the entry price of $349 for the Apple Watch.  MS Band is all set to dent other players in the market with all the features and lucrative offers.
The notifications tab of Microsoft Band

We believe the coolest thing about this band is the agnostic nature that it can operate on any kind of OS and shall revolutionize personal fitness management market by storm.

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