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Sunday, September 16, 2018

iPhone XS vs. Note 9: Which $1,000 phone should you buy


The new iPhone of 2018 is out. And with it’s launch, the comparison to other maker especially with Samsung is out in open. This happens each year and users always want to know who takes the crown this year. For many of us a $1,000 phone may not be as flabbergasting when iPhone first broke the barrier with 2017's iPhone X. But one would wonder, if it is worth spending so much of money when all you need phone in 80% of cases to make calls (voice/video), take picture and surf internet & associated apps. The newly announced iPhone XS and Galaxy Note 9 both start at niche price range but do these phones have to justify the $1,000 price tag? Let’s spill some beans around it.

Key Things To Know About iPhone XS vs Samsung Note 9

a) Display: Note 9 has the larger OLED screen is a clear winner. The iPhone XS and even larger iPhone XS Max are Apple's second and third phones sports OLED display (the iPhone XR still uses an LCD screen). OLED technology known for delivering vibrant contrast and color, which gives phones using the display some premium cache. Note 9’s offers larger curved 6.4-inch display rather than the iPhone XS' 5.8-inch screen. 


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b) Camera: Surprisingly iPhone XS camera look the same as the iPhone X on paper, but Apple says it's enhanced the phone's dual 12-megapixel setup with software smarts that can automatically fix red-eye and pump up shadows and detail for improved HDR that Apple calls Smart HDR. In addition to that Apple has also supplemented more portrait lighting effects to the iPhone XS, and thus portrait selfies gives a greater depth. In addition a new slider adjustment that lets you edit the amount of blur you put on a Bokeh selfie after it's taken, a similar feature which Samsung already had for the last two years.



While Note 9's comes with a dual 12-megapixel camera setup and has an automatic scene recognition tool that utilizes AI to automatically select the "best" settings for your photos. The main camera's dual-aperture lens automatically changes to bring you better, brighter low-light shots, but the nature of the technology means that if subjects move, the picture may blur.

Hence camera wise, iPhone still leads the way. 

In terms of video shooting, the Note 9 is loaded with super-slow motion video as well as slow motion (the latter is higher quality), while the iPhone XS has slow-motion video only -- this is a minor feature for most.
c) Hardware & Built: Apple's new A12 Bionic chip offers stiff competition to the Galaxy Note 9's Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The chipset is the phone's powerhouse and is made up of range of processors -- including the CPU, GPU for graphics and coprocessors such as the image signal processor for photography thus everything from loading apps and running daily tasks, to photo processing and power efficiency is handled with such an ease. 



Apple promises apps will load up to 30 percent faster than they did on the iPhone X and that the entire phone will be 15 percent faster. Thus the iPhone is going to be more battery efficient and AR capabilities are top notch. Apple's new A12 chip uses a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, which helps in reducing space inside the phone to make place for a larger battery. 



On other hand, the Snapdragon 845 processor performed extremely well since this chip is also made with the same 7nm process, and will also be ready to support 5G data connection speeds, something that Apple never mentioned in its presentation. We still feel, iPhone with its hardware offers better package in performance. 

d) Battery: Note 9 is clear winner here.  Apple doesn't share battery capacity figures like the rest of the industry instead states that iPhone XS is expected to last 30 minutes per day longer than the iPhone X  i.e. about 11.5 hours, a work day. The Galaxy Note 9, meanwhile, run over 19 hours on a single charge with it’s 4,000mAh battery with so much ease. 



e) Storage: Note 9 offer mores storage for the price. For $1,000, you get 64GB of iPhone XS storage and 128GB of storage on the Galaxy Note 9. That's double the space for photos and videos on Samsung's phone. 


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f) OS & Security updates, aka Android versus iOS 12: iPhones have always beaten Android in security updates and software upgrades in general. Apple updates all it phones at the same time. For example, iPhones receive their iOS 12 upgrade on Sept. 17. Google  makes its software available for new phones or its nexus series only. The Note 9 shipped with Android 8.1 Oreo and its upgrade to Android Pie may take a while. 



General Observation & Verdict:

The tussle between loyalists of iPhone and Note devices is always on. Since iPhone comes with a brand value it is still perceived as rich man’s phone where as Android is perceived for masses. Most of the corporates & firms prefers iOS ecosystem over Android (after Blackberry disappeared). So Android still has to catch-up. At the end, its your pocket & utility what should determine a choice. 




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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

SUV Inspired Tata Tiago NRG Cross-over Launched: Price starts at Rs 5.5 Lakhs - A Quick Preview

Tata Motors is on a roll. Less than a week from launch of new Tata Hexon Kraz edition, Tata motors have now launched all new cross-over with stunning suv-look alike Tata Tiago NRG at an introductory price tag of Rs 5,49,995 for the petrol model and Rs 6,31,995 for the diesel model (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The Tiago NRG is basically a Tiago with a raised ground clearance and with a body cladding and is powered by the same 1.2-litre (85PS/114Nm) petrol and 1.05-litre (70PS/140Nm) diesel engines.

Also Read: Quick Review Of Tata Nexon Kraz




10 Key Things To Know About Tata Tigor NRG


1. Tiago NRG (to be read as energy) is inspired by a regular Tata Tiago and receives exterior and interior updates that give it an SUV-like look.

2. The crossover will be available with both petrol and diesel engine options and will be offered in three colour options - Malabar Silver, Canyon Orange and Fuji White.



3. Interestingly Tiago NRG version is Tata’s first production cross-hatch, comes with a new design 14-inch alloy wheels and a darker theme. The drivetrain of the car remains the same i.e. its still a 84 hp-making 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 69hp-making 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel unit.

Also Read: This is India most safest compact SUV under Rs. 10 Lakhs


4. There is quite a bit of body cladding all around the front and the rear bumper, along with a use of faux skid plates and wheel arches get the body cladding in order to give the car a tougher look.



5. The front grille no longer adorns chrome and instead sports a dark strip running on top of it giving the front-end of the car some contrast.

Also Read: Should you buy a new Suzuki Ciaz 2018 - Check out


6. The door handles, the B-pillar and the outside rear view mirrors have been blacked too to sync well with overall cross-over design.



7. The smoked projector headlamp unit has been copied directly from Tigor.

8. The roof of the Tiago NRG has been blacked too along with blacked-out roof rails. 

9. Tiago NRG edition comes with an impressive ground clearance of 180mm.

10. In terms of interiors the contrasting black bits can be seen surrounding the AC vents on the centre console and the NRG edition of the Tiago will come fitted with a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which doubles up as a display for the rear parking camera.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Edition Preview: Features, Price & Launch Dates



The Wagon R is one of the most popular family car from house of Maruti Suzuki in India. It sells close to 14000 units each month. There is a new reason for joy - the new next generation Maruti Suzuki Wagon R in a new avatar will be launched in India in early 2019. The new variant has already been launched in Japan and is available there with a small 660 cc engine under the Kei Car category. 

10 Key Things To Know About New Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Edition:


1. The new car will be the 6th Generation of the Wagon R.

2. The 2019 Wagon R may come in 1-litre K10 engine like the existing one - hence no change in engine category. 



3. It's unconfirmed whether the new version of the car will come in CNG variant. 

4. We also do not expect car to come in Diesel variant either.


Also Read: Should you buy a new Suzuki Ciaz 2018 - Check out


5. Wagon R celebrated its 25th birthday last week and is quite popular option in parts of Western Europe and Japan. 




6. The new Wagon R will sport an all-electric version, which may make its debut in mid 2020. 

7. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 eidition will compete with upcoming Hyundai Santro or Hyundai AH2 and will also take on rivals like the Tata Tiago. 


Also Read: This is India most safest compact SUV under Rs. 10 Lakhs


8. 2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R will come with an ABS and airbags as standard along with a new platform to meet crash regulations. 




9. The new car will also get refreshed infotainment setup with potential features like a touchscreen infotainment system. 

10. One can also anticipate that top spec models to come loaded with LED projector headlamps and daytime running lights (DRLs) and prices could be marginally higher than existing models.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Tata Nexon Kraz Edition Launched - Specifications, Price & Review

Tata Motors is riding high on success of it's passenger segment vehicles in recent times such as Tiago, Tigor, Hexa and Nexon. Just ahead of the festive season, the Tata Motors has launched all new Kraz and Kraz+ variants of its popular compact SUV Nexon. The new variants have been introduced to celebrate the first year anniversary of its subcompact SUV. Let's dig deeper to see how these variants differs from existing Nexon variants.



 New Nexon Kraz


Know 10 Key Highlights of Tata Nexon Kraz Edition


1) Nexon Kraz edition version will sport green highlights on the ORVMs, grille and wheel cover. 

2) The "Kraz" moniker will appear on the boot lid of the model.


Also Read: Tata Hexa SUV Review 


3) Neo-green treatment will appear in the cabin as well with highlights on the AC vents and contrast green stitching on the seats. 




4) The model foregoes the touchscreen infotainment system that is seen on the XZ versions.

5) Tata Nexon Kraz Edition won't get any mechanical changes and will continued to powered from the 1.2-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine options. 




6) Both engines produce 108 bhp, and 170 Nm torque for Petrol and 260 Nm torque for Diesel. 

7) Transmission options include the 6-speed manual and AMT unit.


Also Read: Detailed Review of Mahindra Marazzo


8) Prices for the Tata Nexon starts currently at ₹ 6.15 lakh for the XE petrol, and goes up to ₹ 10.59 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi) for the range-topping XZA dual-tone diesel. 

9) Kraz editions starts at INR 7,14,951 for Petrol version while INR 8,07,566 for Diesel version.


Variant
Petrol
Diesel
Nexon KRAZ
Rs 7.15 Lakh
Rs 8.07 Lakh
Nexon KRAZ+
Rs 7.76 Lakh
Rs 8.64 Lakh

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Mahindra Marazzo MPV Review - Pros & Cons

Mahindra has launched all new Marazzo MPV in the Indian market on September 3, 2018. The MPV sports a 1.5-litre diesel-manual combination and seven and eight-seater options; automatic gearbox to be introduced later. The dealerships across the nation have started receiving opening stocks and demo vehicles, with bookings being accepted at Rs 10,000. Range starts from ₹ 9.9 Lakh onwards. 





Let’s give you a quick glimpse on various variants of this MPV.


5 Key Things To Know About Mahindra Marazzo MPV

1.       Mahindra Marazzo MPV will be available in four trim levels, starting from the base-spec M2, moving to the top-spec M8, with the M4 and M6 as the mid-spec variants.

2.       Marazzo MPV will be fitted with a single engine option at launch, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel good for 130hp and 300Nm of torque.



3.       Transmission will be a six-speed manual, with an automatic expected to launch later. 

4.       Marazzo MPV comes with host of safety features such as standard dual front airbags, a passenger airbag off-switch, a speed sensitive door lock/unlock feature, ABS with EBD and brake assist and Isofix child seat mounts as standard equipment on all variants.

5.       Mahindra Marazzo primarily take on the likes of the Maruti Ertiga, Tata Hexa, Honda Mobilio and Toyota Innova Crysta.



Also Read: Upcoming Kia Carnival MPV Review


Mahindra Marazzo variant breakup:

Mahindra Marazzo M2


  • Engine immobilizer
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Fabric seat upholstery
  • Power windows
  • Central locking
  • 12V power outlet
  • USB charging point for rear passenger
  • Digital clock
  • Manual HVAC control
  • Roof-mounted rear AC vents
  • Manually adjustable wing mirrors

Also Read: Quick review of Suzuki Ciaz 2018

Mahindra Marazzo M4


  • Full wheel caps
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Driver’s seat height adjust
  • USB socket for front row
  • USB and AUX for rear passenger
  • Rear wiper and washer
  • Voice messaging system
  • Electrically adjustable wing mirrors
  • Mahindra Marazzo M6
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Front and rear fog lamps
  • Projector headlamps with follow me home feature
  • Cornering lamps
  • Premium fabric upholstery
  • Adjustable lumbar support for front seats
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Conversation mirror
  • Illuminated passenger-side vanity mirror
  • Sunglass holder
  • Centre console with Tambor door
  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  •  Navigation
  •  Personal reminder (anniversary, birthday etc)
  •  Steering mounted controls for audio and other functions
  •  Rear parking sensors
  •  Emergency call feature




Mahindra Marazzo M8


  •  17-inch machined alloy wheels
  •   LED daytime running lamps
  •   Leatherette seating upholstery
  •   Dual USB sockets for front and rear passengers
  •   Puddle lamps
  •   Cooled glovebox with illumination
  •    Infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility
  •    Cruise control
  •    Reverse camera with display
  •    Automatic climate control
  •    Power folding and adjustable wing mirrors         

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Exclusive Review: Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac | Quick Tips

Introduction

Are you contemplating about documenting video footage precisely from your screen, here’s the inimitable franchise: the Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac . This announces its ubiquity with its exclusive effervescent. It endows the final screen capture software package with an all –encompassing attributed video editor; a moderator of an export franchise. It is an exemplary contrivance for an aid to veracious transcript their computer screens and enumerates effects such as an audio commentary.

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Getting to know more about Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac


Movavi is moreover 2-IN-1 Recording software for Mac: A Screen recorder and video editor. This is master key for all panorama lineaments like capturing screenshots, video calls, taping screencasts, and video alteration. It equips the audience with its immense delectable regime. It is an enormous way to contrive the visual tutorials with description and voiceover, seize video talks with acquaintances as it seizes the audio channel comprising of speaker and microphone, capture screenshots and cementing them into different apps.

Key Features & Offerings

Prominent features addressing theorem are as follows:

1. Apt of mounting the screen capture region to seize the integral screen.



2. Culling the audio source inclusive of the system audio or audio from third-party input devices such as microphones or MIDI devices.

3. Dexterity to seize the keyboard and mouse behaviour by starring the mouse cursor and exhibiting keystrokes on the screen.

4. Video editing contrivances to augment the video peculiarity as well as trim, join, and reorient video segments.

5. Stylish transmutation that can be infused between scenes to jazz up your videos.

6. Embed text elements and epitomize them to conceive cordial subtitles, captions or watermarks.

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7. Chats on Skype and viewing video online without alteration.

8. The enhanced recording codec facilitates one to seize screens at 60 fps.

9. Screencasts may be excised the way one want: merge, split, rotate, and transform video files.

10. Microphone adjustments, webcam editing, etc.

11. Enumerate background music and voiceovers by summating tracks to the video.

12. Distillate audio track from captured video into isolated mp3 files.

13. Adequate of an inscription of desktop screencasts and in-game footage.

14. Protrusive with video excising tools and endeavour to amplify overall video quality.

15. Memoir reviews and demo videos.

16. Bounteous franchises to create video blog posts, tutorials, and even movies using the built-in video editor settings.

17. Ameliorated capture space selection: enlargement, regulations, and automatic choice.

Effective Tips for Users

1. Extricate the results in MOV, AVI, and MP4 form.

2. Confiscate webinars, live streaming, speed painting from your computer’s pedantry.

3. Simultaneously record the screen and consolidate footage of webcam.

4. Elucidate screenshots: highlight vital components, frames, and wordings.

5. Procreate video blog posts.

6. Conceive an exquisite slideshow from your pictures or affix images with fades.

7. Increment the peculiarity of the videos and plight colloquial concerns like blurry and interweave footage.

8. Ambiance the speed of video processing on AMD or Intel multi-core processors as well as accelerated file processing.

9. Liberate music and online streams in HD.

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2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100: Price, Specifications, Launch Date & Quick Review


After a much awaited wait, some good news for bike lovers of India. Ducati has finally launched the Scrambler 1100 in India at starting price Rs 10.91 lakh. The bike is also available in two higher-spec variants viz. the Sport (Rs 11.42 lakh) and the Special (Rs 11.12 lakh). Let's dig deeper to see what this bike has to offer.

10 Key Things To Know About Ducati Scrambler


1. Ducati unveiled the Scrambler 1100 at its World Premiere 2018 event. 

2. It is powered by a 1,079cc, L-twin motor engine that produces 86hp at 7,500rpm and 88Nm of torque at 4,750rpm

3. This motor is further paired to a 6-speed transmission and also features ride-by-wire.



Also read - Guide on Buying Bike Accessories in Delhi 


4. The 1100 is loaded with electronics and features a comprehensive technology package that includes ABS, cornering ABS and a four-level traction control system. 

5. The bike offers three riding modes – Active, Journey and City. 

6. The new bike also offers a new headlight with a prominent ‘X’ pattern housed within, as well as an LED ring around the circular daytime running lamp. 



7. The digital instrument cluster helps display all the additional read-outs that come with the new electronics. 

8. The bike also sports twin exhaust mufflers that sit under the pillion seat.

9. The standard model comes in two colours – yellow and black. 

10. With a starting price of Rs 10.91 lakhs it competes with Triumph Street Triple RS (Rs 11.13 lakh) or the retro Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster (Rs 11.11 lakh).

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New Suzuki Ciaz 2018 Launched - A Quick Review



"Little Things Make The Biggest Impact” - Suzuki India is basking in glory these days with new looks on its cars, refreshing face-lifts and even changes to existing engine line-ups. All new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift 2018 has been finally launched. Let's quickly decode and give you a glimpse on what to expect.

Also Read: Kia Carnival MPV - A Preview



Know 10 Key Things About New Suzuki Ciaz 2018


1. The updated Ciaz model comes with pleasant upgrades to both exterior and interior.

2. The fascia is comprehensively reworked, i.e. it is now more angular front as opposed to the chrome-induced styling on the current model.



3. Facelifted Ciaz looks more sportier with the wide front grille with a gloss black finished mesh, thanks to chrome lining at the top and bottom.

4. All new grille prefectly gels into the revised headlamp unit, which comes with new LED daytime running lights and projector lens and possibly LED treatment.


5. The rework on bumpers is clearly visible and this sedan sports new chrome surrounds around the fog lamps at the front and rear.

6. The rear offers minimalist changes i.e. just a revision to the taillight assembly which now gets LEDs.



7. Under the hood, the new Ciaz greets you with faux wood inlays on the dashboard, while the instrument cluster has been updated i.e. touchscreen infotainment system remains the same but is likely to get upgrades, while continuing to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

8. In terms of engine power - a new 1.5-litre K-Series petrol engine that produces 103 bhp and 130 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions and thus the new unit replaces the 1.4-litre motor which was first introduced.



9. In terms of competition, there are quite a few in this segment viz. Honda City, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Verna etc.


10. Price varies from Rs 8.19 Lakh upto Rs. 10.97 Lakhs.



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