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Nokia X Plus Review – The Windows Take on Android

What? Nokia is making an android device? Yeah! Check out Review of Nokia’s first Android Phone “Nokia X Plus.

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Nokia X Plus Review

What? Nokia is making an android device? This is how most people responded when they came to know that Nokia is working on an android device. Everyone had high hopes as they expected things would heat up in the android smartphone market now. Even when Nokia is not the market leader at the moment, they are a threat to the leaders. We are very sure that people at Samsung and Sony lost their sleep when this news came out. Who knows what bomb they might drop?

Nokia X Plus Review

Nokia X Plus

The devices were showcased at the mobile world congress 2014 and turned out they were very underpowered and targeted at the low end smartphone segment. The Nokia X Plus is very much similar to the Nokia X except for the amount of RAM it has. They have transformed the android as we know it for this device and made it to look and feel like windows. Apparently what they are trying to do here is push more Nokia devices in the market so that we see more of Nokia hardwares around. We take a look at what this bumped up Nokia X is like.

Design

The device looks very much like the Nokia X which in turn looks a lot like the Lumia 520. Well it is because of similar material usage and same display size. The device has got exactly the same dimensions as the Nokia X and weighs 128 Gms, which is exactly the same as well. You won’t have any trouble holding the device in your hand. You can thank its small dimensions for that. One handed operations are a breeze. The build quality is decent, for the price, and it is available in multiple colours just like many other Nokia devices.

Nokia X Plus

They have kept the front face of this device very simple with just a single capacitive key right below the display. There is no three button arrangement like Google recommends and this button indicates back. This key is smart and changes its roles according to the content on the screen. It would take you back to the previous screen in most cases but on home screen, it takes you to another screen, and back. The design is simple as we already said and there is not much except the camera on the back. There is a Nokia logo sitting in landscape on the back.

Display

This device has got the same display as on the X. it is a 4 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800. This resolution gives it a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch which is pretty decent. You can easily read even small text and the content isn’t blocky. The display is an IPS LCD so contrast and colours are rich. Obviously the contrast ratio isn’t as good as an AMOLED but still it is pretty decent for a low end device. Increase the display brightness and you can easily use it in bright sunlight without much trouble.

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Software

The home screen would be familiar to a lot of people and we are not talking about android users here. It is very much similar to the tiled interface as seen on the windows devices. All the icons are arranged in a tile like array and can be resized & configured. The widgets also find place here only. They have done a very good job here and it is way better than what other android device manufacturers do. And when we say ‘other manufacturers’, we are counting Samsung and Sony in.

The android running underneath is 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Apart from the app launcher, there are a lot of other changes to be seen here. They have got rid of all the Google services and Microsoft dominates here. Unlike other android devices, you don’t need to sign into your Google account as soon as you start using the device. They have removed the Googleplay store and instead you get a home brewed app store. It provides you with a good number of apps and even if you don’t find your favourite app here, you can download it from somewhere else and side load using the apk file. They have also replaced the Google apps like maps and mail with their own versions.

The notifications are displayed on the lock screen as you might have seen on many other Nokia devices. The drawer is still there but you need it just to access the settings quickly. Everything is available in the ‘fast lane’ which can be accessed by swiping left or right on the screen. When on home screen, the back key takes you to a list of recently opened applications. Everywhere else it does what it is supposed to do.

Hardware

Just like its younger sibling, it runs a Qualcomm S4 play chipset. It has a dual core processor with a maximum clock speed of 1 GHz. The graphics are handled by a relatively old Adreno 203 GPU. The interface is smooth as compared to Nokia X, thanks to the 768 MB of RAM against the 512 MB on X. the apps take a while to launch because of the low end hardware but it would handle your basic smartphone jobs well.

Connectivity

The connectivity options are what you would expect on a low end smartphone. It has got HSDPA support with speeds up to 7.2 Mbps. It has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. The on-board storage is low at just 4 GB but there is an option to add micro SD cards up to 32 GB. The camera is disappointing being a 3 megapixel fixed focus camera.

Verdict

This is pretty much the same device as the Nokia X but they have taken care of the minor lags by slightly increasing the amount of RAM. It would not click good pictures but if you are a basic user, this device can be a good buy for you with its simple interface and small size.

Quick Specification

Device SmartPhone
OS Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Dimensions 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm, 73.2 cc (4.55 x 2.48 x 0.41 in)
Weight 128.7 g (4.52 oz)
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Physical size 4.0 inches
Pixel Density ~233 ppi pixel density
Multitouch Yes, up to 2 fingers
Protection Nokia X platform 1.0 UI
System chip Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play
Processor Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5
Graphics processor Adreno 203
System memory 512 MB RAM
Built-in storage microSD, up to 32 GB
Card slot Yes
Battery Capacity Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery (BN-01)
Primary Camera 3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels
Camera Features 1/5'' sensor size, panorama, face detection
Video Yes, 480p@30fps
Secondary Camera No
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Vivo Strengthens its V Series Portfolio with V7 Launch

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  • Pre-Booking starts exclusively on Flipkart from 20th November
  • FullView™ Forever offer is applicable on the all new Vivo V7


New Delhi, November 20th, 2017:
Vivo, the global premium smartphone brand, announced the addition of V7 to its successful V series at an event in New Delhi today. With the launch of V7, Vivo extends its strong focus on camera and music with the revolutionary 24MP selfie and 16MP rear camera.

Vivo V7 Specifications

·       24 MP Front Camera and 16 MP Rear Camera

·       5.7 HD FullViewTM display

·       4 GB RAM/32 GB ROM

·       3000mAh battery

·       Moonlight Glow and Face Access

Priced at INR 18,990, Vivo V7 will be available in two colours such as Champagne Gold and Matte Black across all retail stores from November 25th, 2017 and can be pre-booked on Flipkart exclusively from November 20th, 2017 onwards. An additional 5% cashback offer is available for customers using HDFC Credit & Debit cards to pre-book  V7. They can also avail Rs.2000 off on exchange of their old smartphone.

The V7 extends the lineage of exceptional photography and features with a 24MP selfie and 16 MP rear camera. Besides a powerful camera, V7 also features a sharp 5.7HD FullViewTM display

with minimalistic bezels to provide users with a more immersive smartphone experience.

Commenting on the launch, Mr Kent Cheng, CEO, Vivo India, said, “Vivo has always endeavoured to provide the best-in-class performance, especially when it comes to selfie camera capabilities. With the

launch of V7, we are offering consumers another compelling proposition featuring an excellent camera and powerful performance at a competitive price point.”

For more details, please visit: Flipkart.com/Vivo-v7 

About Vivo India:

Vivo, a premium global smartphone brand, entered India in late 2014. With a strong focus on "Camera and Music", Vivo has established itself as one of the top smartphone brands in India. Manufacturing in Greater Noida, the company has a robust distribution network across the country both online and offline, catering the best in class quality services to over 400 cities, in 22 states backed by 400 service centres in India. Dedicated to the youth, Vivo became the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for 2016 & 2017 and recently bagged the title sponsorship for the next five years. Also have bagged the title sponsorship of Pro Kabaddi in 2017 for five years. Conquering the global stage, Vivo became the official sponsor of 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.

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iPhone 8 Review: Features, Specification and Pricing

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Apple’s representatives took the stage in a mega event on September 12 where they made all the important announcements on everything that Apple has launched. And among those announcements, the most important was that of new iPhone line that Apple has introduced. Yes, Apple has introduced three new iPhones namely iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. The news of three latest iPhone models might not be too surprising for many as it’s come after months of speculations and rumors. However, what might have surprised iPhone enthusiasts is the fact that Apple skipped not just iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models but also iPhone 9 as well. Apple called two of the low-end iPhone models as iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus while the high-end release was said as iPhone X – in relevance to the fact that it’s iPhone’s 10th anniversary release.

Coming back to the iPhone 8 models, there are still plenty of features that are worth talking about this new iPhone models despite the fact that it is the low-end iPhone to come this year. So, let’s dig a bit deeper into iPhone 8 features and find out what exactly does this new iPhone comes equipped with.

[wpsm_numhead num="1" style="3" heading="2"]New Glass Design[/wpsm_numhead]

The first new thing that anyone buying the iPhone 8 will notice is the fact that new iPhone features a glass design. There is reinforced glass used both the front and the back of the new iPhone and, as said and heard, this change is basically for introducing the new wireless charging feature in the new iPhones. So, Apple has chosen to introduce glass into all three of its new iPhones. And, it’s for the first time after iPhone 4 that glass is used in the body of an iPhone. However, this time it is far sturdier than what we had years ago.

[wpsm_numhead num="2" style="3" heading="2"]True Tone Display[/wpsm_numhead]

As for the display of new iPhone 8, we have Retina HD True Tone display in both the standard and Plus models. This True Tone thing is the same that Apple first introduced in its iPad Pro 9.7” models. What it actually does is that it manages white balance of your iPhone display according to the lighting in your surroundings. As far as display size is concerned, we have 4.7” display in iPhone 8 and the Plus model gets 5.5” display.

[wpsm_numhead num="3" style="3" heading="2"]Dual Camera[/wpsm_numhead]

The new iPhone 8 comes equipped with a dual lens 12MP rear camera with autofocus and OIS capabilities. There are quite a few interesting capabilities that your new iPhone camera has to offer and on top of them all is the simultaneous 8MP image and 4K video recording. Both the front and the rear cam also have face detection capabilities as well.

Besides, the camera supports deeper pixels and an all-new color filter to offer best photos. There is also a Portrait Lightning mode introduced in the camera app. It will, basically, help iPhone users to capture photos in which the images actually stand out from their background.

[wpsm_numhead num="4" style="3" heading="2"]Wireless Charging[/wpsm_numhead]

Wireless charging capabilities now come to iPhones as well with new iPhones following Qi wireless charging standard. With wireless charging now available on iPhones, you will just have to put your device on a charging pad in order to charge it. There are no wires or cables involved at all. There are charging pads available from Mophie and Belkin already in the market. So, if your iPhone is just about to arrive, get one of these third-party charging pad for your device.

[wpsm_numhead num="5" style="3" heading="2"]New A11 SoC[/wpsm_numhead]

New iPhones are really going to be amongst the most powerful devices Apple has ever introduced. All the three new iPhones come equipped with an all-new A11 SoC chip. It is basically the incremental upgrade from A10 that we had in previous iPhone 7 models. The chip gives your new iPhone all the power that it needs for processing heavier graphics and opens it up lots of new features.

[wpsm_numhead num="6" style="3" heading="2"]Augmented Reality[/wpsm_numhead]

As Apple has long been working on VR and AR, it has finally decided to hand you over an AR-capable new iPhone. In fact, the A11 chip that new iPhones feature is considered the standard for iPhones to support AR with all its powerful capabilities. These custom-calibrated iPhones extend support for immersive graphics @ 60fps. Also, the new iOS 11 comes in to support AR apps on the new iPhone 8 models.

[wpsm_numhead num="7" style="3" heading="2"]Home Button Still Exists[/wpsm_numhead]

Yes, you’ve heard it right! New iPhone 8 still comes with an iPhone 7-style Home button. The rumors about Home button going away are true as well but that’s for iPhone X model only. So, iPhone 8 still has a home button and uses Touch ID as its security feature as well.

[wpsm_numhead num="8" style="3" heading="2"]Face ID Is Not There[/wpsm_numhead]

You’d say it was Apple’s breakthrough feature that had long been expected but, just hold on, Apple promised to introduce Face ID in its next high-end iPhone release and it has done that as well. Face ID comes to iPhone X and it’s just that it has changed the naming scheme for iPhones this time around which is causing all the confusion. So, in iPhone 8 we still have the same unlocking mechanism as we had in iPhone 7 and Touch ID does a fine job there.

[wpsm_numhead num="9" style="3" heading="2"]iPhone 8 Colors[/wpsm_numhead]

The new iPhone 8 will be available in three different colors. There will be silver, space gray and gold models. And, this time we have somewhat different gold finish as well.

[wpsm_numhead num="10" style="3" heading="2"]iPhone 8 Price[/wpsm_numhead]

iPhone 8 is available for $699 and has already started shipping. It’s quite a cheap alternative to the expensive, high-end, iPhone X release from Apple. We must say you really get what you pay for and iPhone 8 doesn’t lag behind too much either.

So, that’s all we have got for you on the latest iPhone 8 release from Apple. The new iPhone is already out there and we must say it’s worth a buy with all its new features and unique offerings. Go grab one for yourself!

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Top LED TVs Under 30,000 INR in India

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Over the last few years, TVs have evolved from being big boxes to sleek LEDs, from simple to Smart TV's and now even 3D and curved TVs. From viewing entertainment to accessing your social media apps, to watching sports and playing games, we're here to help you pick out the best one under Rs 30000, in India:

[wpsm_numhead num="1" style="3" heading="2"]Micromax Canvas-S Full HD Smart LED TV: Rs 29,290[/wpsm_numhead]

Micromax Canvas-S Full HD Smart LED TVThis Micromax product features an HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) with a 178 degree viewing angle and a 40-inch screen. This Smart TV with its sleek design and built in Wi-Fi and Miracast technology enables users to browse the internet on the big screen. The 3HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, and MHL enable super-fast sharing of media while the 4GB flash memory helps with storage. This LED TV is android friendly which helps in synchronizing user's smartphone with it and accessing it as a remote. The built in games provide great entertainment while the Digital Surround Sound technology provides crystal clear sound.
Overall, with its high-end features and complete package of entertainment, this TV is the best one under the Rs 30000 price range.

[wpsm_numhead num="2" style="3" heading="2"]LG 32LH604T Full HD Smart LED TV: Rs 30,000[/wpsm_numhead]

This LG product features an HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) along with blur free clarity. Life like picture quality is provided by the triple XD engine, whereas enhanced quality is offered by the IPS panel. This 32-inch LED TV comes in a sleek design, giving the viewer a perfect TV experience even from different angles. Other features include 2 USB ports and 3 HDMI ports, built in WI- FI and recording feature making it an ultimate entertainment package. This smart TV also features voice recognition, app store and built in games and sound technology, providing a unique 3D-like sound experience.
Overall, with its smart features and perfect sound make it a reliable buy. If you are looking for more choices, there is also a comprehensive list with specifications on Review Station: Best LED TVs under 30000 Rupees in India.

[wpsm_numhead num="3" style="3" heading="2"]Sony Bravia KLV-32W512D HD Smart LED TV: Rs 29,990[/wpsm_numhead]

This 32-inch LED TV features HD (1366 x 768 pixels) resolution with technology that scales up each pixel while maintaining the contrast and color brilliantly. With a sleek, classic design, this Sony product fits perfectly even in a small space. Surfing the web and social media sites is made possible with the built in Wi-Fi and sharing videos and photos can be done using the Photo Sharing Plus feature. The screen mirroring feature allows the user to supersize their smartphone screen and the 2 HDMI and USB ports enhance connectivity. Clear phase technology provides balanced and pure audio while the built in subwoofer adds rich bass to the songs played.
Overall, this TV offers decent quality which is worth the money.

[wpsm_numhead num="4" style="3" heading="2"]Samsung 32K4300 HD Smart LED TV: Rs 29,999[/wpsm_numhead]

This Samsung Smart LED HD TV features (1366 x 768 pixels) resolution and color enhancer technology with enhanced image quality and display. The sleek look with metallic legs is designed to fit into built in holes easily and can also be reversed in seconds. The triple protection feature protects the TV from up to 15KV of lightning shock. The pre-installed browsers and built in WI-FI enables internet access, and sharing is made easy with the 2 USB and HDMI ports provided. The Dolby Digital Technology produces a surreal sound experience while the Bluetooth feature enables the user to connect their phone and play music.
Overall, this Samsung product is a great package of HD entertainment and smart features.

[wpsm_numhead num="5" style="3" heading="2"]Vu H40D321 Full HD LED TV: Rs 23,999[/wpsm_numhead]

This VU product is an effective combo of crisp sound and clear visuals and features an achromatic display that provides detailed and perfect picture quality, all in one of the thinnest TV sizes available (39 inches). The Digital Noise Reduction feature and box type design of the stereo enable crackle free clear sound. Whereas, the Digital Media Player feature allows the user to connect an external drive and watch movies. The HDMI or VGA ports allow the user to connect laptops or computers to it and view content. The TV also features moisture and dust resistance which makes it easy to mount on a wall or table with the help of the mounting brackets that come with it. So, overall this HD TV provides good quality at a good budget.
Choosing an LED TV has never been easier under a budget of Rs 30000! Select the features you'd want in yours and pick one that you know will give you the best entertainment package.

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