Samsung Galaxy J5 And J7: The Complete Lowdown

Budget buyers are always on the lookout for a smartphone that is high on specs but easy on the pocket. To meet these requirements of buyers, Samsung has launched two budget phones as part of its Galaxy J series in India. We take a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy J5 and Samsung Galaxy J7 and find out whether they are value for money or not.

j5First, the look

Look wise, both these are average. They come in three colors–gold, black and white. Made with anodized material and faux metallic bezels, they have a sturdy construction. Curves at the corners of these phones are passe. Instead, we would like to see Samsung evolve in terms of its sense of design. 

To test the grip of the phone, I tried to hold it in various positions. Sure, it is not slippery. In fact, both the phones are compact and work well for those who don’t like chunky phones.

Screen and size

Where the screen size of the Samsung Galaxy J5 is 5 inches, the J7 has a 5.5-inch screen. The Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 share a pixel resolution of 720×1280, which enhances the visual quality of these phones. However, the J5 looks sharper in terms of colors.

Performance wise, both the phones are swift. They may become sluggish later due to lack of storage capacity but the extendable memory option is always available.

Camera capabilities

We tried to see how the cameras function and this is the result. They have a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, which gave some cool shots. If you are really on the look out for a fine camera phones that are easy on the pocket, then the J5 and J7 can be good considerations.

Budget friendly

Part of their budget range of phones, the Galaxy J7 costs Rs. 14,999 and Samsung J5 costs Rs. 11,999. Both of these are dual SIM phones.

 

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US-Based Accessories Manufacturer Zagg Enters India With Brilyant

US-based mobile accessories manufacturer Zagg has entered the Indian market in association with Brilyant and Croma. Brilyant works with manufacturers to provide country-wide distribution of consumer electronics.

With the help of its new partners in India, Zagg will be introducing a host of products such as audio accessories, power banks, bases, keyboards and screen guards for buyers. These accessories will be available within a price range of Rs. 699 to Rs. 9999. Their products cover a number of phones and tablets.

Strong collaborations

As of now, the company will have 18,000 sale points and their products would be sold by Croma. This association has also come through Brilyant.

Zagg managing director Chris Ahern has great hopes from this venture and said that the company will make a constant endeavor to enhance and elevate the standard of mobile available in India.

Speaking about the success of the deal, Brilyant CEO Suresh Reddy said that they are confident of delivering Zagg products across the country so that it becomes a popular choice in a short span of time.

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Leaked Images of OnePlus Mini Suggest New Look

OnePlus had promised that they would be launching more than one smartphone this year. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei even hinted in August that they could be introducing a handset around Christmas. However, this could come true sooner than you thought. Recently leaked images of a purported OnePlus device have hit the Internet with two cameras at the back.

Leaked Images of OnePlus Mini Doing Rounds on the InternetBeing dubbed as the OnePlus Mini by experts, this phone seems to have a design different than the previous two models. The images were leaked on a Chinese site and they show only the front and back panels.

It is to be noted that leaked photographs of the speculated OnePlus One Mini smartphone were all over the Internet late last year. However, the OnePlus images revealed recently are different from those seen earlier.

This time round, we prominently see a dual-camera feature at the back of the alleged smartphone from OnePlus. The images earlier showed a front panel with fingerprint scanner, that doesn’t surface in the recent leaks.

With such foggy information, it would be difficult to determine what the rumored OnePlus Mini would really entail. However, it is expected that more information would be available as we near the launch date.… Read the rest

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Is Apple iPhone 6s Plus A Great Smartphone?

Two new Apple iPhones were launched at a grand event this week–the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. These handsets have introduced some improvements to existing features and seen little fresh changes. One of the most innovative changes introduced with the iPhone 6s is the much-hyped 3D Force touch technology. This make it a lot easier to handle the device, especially if you are pairing it with the Apple Watch.

Sure, the handsets have a host of improved features but they failed to impress many investors. To start with, the high price of these smartphones has disappointed buyers. Features of the phone also leave a lot to be desired. It is therefore important to compare this phone against other smartphones available in the market.

Is Apple iPhone 6s Plus the best choice for smartphone buyers?The iPhone 6s contemporaries

One of the major setbacks for the iPhone 6s is that it has a smaller screen size compared to the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. While these phones offer 5.7-inch displays, the Apple smartphone has a 5.5-inch display.

Pixel density on the Apple smartphone is also low compared to the other phablets. Even though Apple has worked on the camera yet again, iPhone 6s Plus only boasts of a 12MP camera, while Samsung’s smartphone has a 16MP camera, Motorola 21MP and Sony 23MP.

The storage capacity is also low compared to the other phones. However, the weight is more. Therefore, someone considering to buy a new phablet this fall is recommended to make a wise study of the choices available in the market before making the pick. … Read the rest

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Why Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Is A Must Buy?

Sony seems to be back in the smartphone market and this time the company is all set to give a tough competition to the other players of this field. The flagship smartphone of the company Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has already created a great hype in the market and there are obviously some reasons tp buy it.

 Why Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is a must buy?5 attractive features of Sony Xperia Z5 Premium at a glance

Screen-size- The 5.5-inch display of the smartphone paired with 4K screen is undoubtedly a major attraction.  With an excellent display, the phone provides a great platform for enjoying any small video clip to a large recording on YouTube. However, there are some speculations regarding the effectiveness of 4K content in a 5.5-inch screen.

Hand-print scanner- Security of the phone is always a priority and so Sony has introduced hand-print scanner for users. With it, you can be assured about the complete protection of confidential data.

Camera- With 23MP rear camera, Sony has undoubtedly become a leading name in the market. Apart from that, the camera also boasts of fastest autofocus in the world with just 0.03 seconds. That means, there is no disappointment with blurry shots.

 Long life- Sony is in no mood to compromise with the battery size or capacity and like the other Xperia handsets, this too comes with a 3430 battery, which can last up to 2 days. Apart from the long lasting battery, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium battery can last for 5.5 hours with charging as little as 10 minutes.

Water and dust resistant- The smartphone is truly meant for everyone, be a college student or a professional. There is no need to worry about your phone getting damaged from dust or water.

Sony has introduced some groundbreaking features in its offering and is expect to take over the market all over again.

 

 

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Nextbit’s Smartphone Robin Offers Cloud-Based Storage

Nextbit has unveiled its much-anticipated Robin, the first Android smartphone of the company. Boasting of team of experts from HTC, Google and Apple, the company has introduced some ground-breaking features in their flagship phone and aims to deal with some of the most annoying problems of these phones in an effective way.

 Nextbit Robin takes smartphone technology to an all new levelCloud-based storage

According to the reports, the company has promised to deal with the storage issues faced by the smartphone users in an effective way by going for cloud-based solution. It has also been reported that the data or photos that are stored in the device will be automatically uploaded to the cloud instead of cluttering the phone memory. This is not all. Each user will get 100 GB private storage box for a hassle free operation. Yet, proper Wi-Fi connectivity is necessary for the process. Though cloud-based storage option is available for all users, the phone is supported with 32GB internal storage option.

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 Specs at a glance

Apart from this innovative feature, Robin also flaunts a display of 5.2-inch full-HD with1080x1920 pixels and a fingerprint sensor. Like most of the modern smartphones, Robin too features Qualcomm hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor  along with a 3GB RAM. Available in Midnight and Mint color, the handset boasts of 13-megapixel rear camera along with 5-megapixel camera at the front. The device can be availed through Kickstarter. … Read the rest

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Top 7 Lifestyle Apps You Must Have On Your Smartphone

The right set of apps on your smartphone can make life a breeze. Here are some lifestyle apps that are a must have:

Have these apps to make your life simpleGroupon: If you are a social butterfly, then this app is best suited for you. Through this app, you can find exciting coupons and deals that you can encash at any given point. This app is free to download and is available for use on various online stores.

Mint.com: Manage your budget better and save expenses with this money-tracking app.

PayPal: If you do money transactions online, then this is an app is a must have. It is safe to use and easy to operate. International transactions are really easy with PayPal.

Flashlight: This app can save you when you are stuck without any light. It immediately gives you a flashlight to keep going. Midnight adventures are so easy now!

To Do List: If you keep forgetting things you need to do, then install this app on your phone. It will list down everything that needs to be done and keeps reminding you.

Fandango: This app is necessary for those who love watching movies. Through this app, you can check out the latest releases and make bookings.

Yelp: If you are unsure of which restaurant you want to visit, this app is a savior. Get this app installed and get information on restaurants based on their location and cuisine. The choices become smaller and choosing is easier!

The List Continues

Along with the fun suggestion above, you can also download the following apps on your smartphone:

  • Facebook for social media
  • Kindle for book lovers
  • Lookout Security for high-tech mobile security
  • Evernote to keep track of all your important notes
  • Pulse for attaining news from across the world
  • HassleMe for task reminders

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Snapdeal will be the exclusive partner for Meizu MX5 in India

The Chinese giant Meizu has made a name for itself in the smartphones market. Meizu currently has two variants available in the Indian market. Soon, we will be able to buy the Maizu MX5 in India. The Meizu MX5 India launch is scheduled for 26th August at Delhi.

Snapdeal will be the exclusive partner for MeizuSnapdeal will be the partner for Meizu

Going the Xiaomi way, Meizu has also chosen to go the e-commerce way to sell its phones. It has partnered with Snapdeal and they have already started the process of registrations for Meizu MX5 in India. from Meizu, which will be launched on August 26. Users can visit Snapdeal and register for the new Meizu MX5, which has a 5.5-inch screen and uses the OLED techology.

Meizu MX5 Features

MX5 was launched in Chine in June this year that comes with a MediaTek Helio X10 Turbo processor and uses the quick fast mCharge technology supporting a 3150 mAh battery. Additionally, it has a metal body for looks and it can be unlocked with a finger touch.

Loaded with a 2.2GHz Octa-core, it has a 3GB RAM.

A 20.7MP rear camera with 5MP front camera make it a good buy for those who enjoy good pictures. The MX5 also supports 4G connectivity.… Read the rest

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HTC Lays Off More Than 2,000 Jobs After Going Through The Hugest Quarterly Loss

HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer, has decided to sack more than 2,000 people, which is about 15% of its workforce. This was declared by the company on Thursday. This announcement was made within a week of the firm’s posting about its biggest quarterly loss ever. HTC said that they lost business worth TWD 8 billion in the second quarter of 2015 as compared to a net profit of $ 2.26 billion during the same period in 2014.

HTC Lays Off More than 2,000 Jobs After Going Through the Hugest Quarterly LossThis loss has also affected the closing share price of the company that sank to the lowest in the last decade. On Thursday, the price fell further, closing at TWD 50.7, which is down by 7.82%.

 

HTC had to suffer this fate due to the surge in demand and sale of Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo products. The firm said that slashing jobs is part of a “business realignment” to stimulate growth. The company also said that it was, “aiming for significant profitable growth with a leaner and more agile operating model. This realignment will also involve a streamlining of operations to result in an expected reduction in operating expenditure of 35 percent; this includes an expected 15 percent in headcount.”

 Though HTC spokeswoman was reluctant to divulge any details on the number of people the company was laying off but as per the global headcount at 15,000 employees, about 2,250 people would lose their job at HTC. As per the estimation of local media, the number would reach upto 2,300 people.

Poor sales in China and weaker-than-expected demand of its sophisticated and chic products may have affected the company but they are hopeful of getting expected results from the sale of their new line of products like HTC Vive headset and other products offering virtual reality experiences.

Cher Wang, the CEO of HTC said, “As we diversify beyond smartphones, we need a flexible and dynamic organization to ensure we can take advantage of all of the exciting opportunities in the connected lifestyle space.” … Read the rest

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Lenovo Launches Online-Only Phone Zuk Z1 in China with Powerful Features

Lenovo’s online-only phone brand Zuk has been launched in China and it is ready with its first ever handset in the country, the Z1. This smarthphone would be available at a price of CNY 1,799 with sales starting August 18.

Lenovo Launches Zuk ZiThis smartphone brand from Lenovo aims to compete with and bring down the sale of Xiaomi in China. Xiaomi also follows an online-only low-cost smartphone business model. Zuk was supposed to launch its first product in April in China. However, due to unavoidable circumstances it could only launch its first device last week.

Zuk Z1 comes with no branding from Lenovo but only a Zuk logo at the back. This phone has metal frames covering the handset. Lenovo is yet to discuss its plans to launch Zuk outside of China. However, it is expected to launch Zuk in other countries as well.

The Zuk Z1 comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD display and has a home button on the front panel. A fingerprint scanner is embedded with the home button itself. This smartphone features 3.0 USB Type-C port.

The flagship phone from Zuk runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5 GHz clock speed. Other features include Adreno 330 GPU, 3 GB RAM, 64 GB inbuilt storage space and dual Nano-SIM cards. The OS of Z1 is none other than Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

This smartphone has a 8-MP front camera and 13 MP rear camera with OIS and Sony sensor. Z1 would be available in grey and white colors with 4100 mAh battering weighing 175 grams.

This smartphone model supports both 4G LTE bands (TDD-LTE Band 40 2300MHz and FDD-LTE Band 3 1800MHz) and other connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac. Bluetooth 4.1 and Glonass. Features like digital compass, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor are also included in this phone.… Read the rest

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