Nexus 6P Outshines its Competitors

Nexus6Google’s Nexus 6P is finally out. The phone is decent and is an improvement of its predecessor.


Nexus 6P is a large and heavy phone but thankfully, Nexus 6P is manageable. The screen size has drastically dropped from 5.96 to 5.7 inches. The handset’s dimension has reduced in both weight and thickness. This has finally allowed the new phone to sit comfortably in the hand. Through the round edges on the rear, it easily snuggles in your palm, yet it becomes tricky to reach everywhere on the screen with one hand. Surprisingly, the metal unibody has provided a premium appeal to the handset.


The smartphone boasts a screen size of 5.7 which is quite shiny, with a colorful band and extremely responsive under the touch. Everything seems exceptionally sharp on the screen with the QHD resolution while colors turn vibrant with the AMOLED technology. The screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 4 that helps it survive a number of knocks, and is coated in fingerprint and smudge resistance. The screen display runs at a 1440p resolution that translates to 518 pixels per inch. Design wise, the smartphone was made of “aeronautical-grade aluminum” and has come in three colors – graphite, frost, and aluminum, giving it a premium feel.


Nexus 6P features a rear camera of 12.3MP with laser autofocus that instantly focuses on objects. In also incorporates a slow-motion mode that captures 240 frames per second and 4K video recording. With regards to the front-facing selfie camera, it sports an 8MP camera with an f/2.4 aperture and HDR+ provided for HD selfies for your Instagram account.


Under the hood, the phablet features a Snapdragon 810 V2.1 processor with 3GB RAM which is another impressive specification in the Nexus 6P. The phone comes preinstalled with Google’s all new Android 6.0 Marshmallow, that brings along features including Doze mode, a battery saving mode called the ‘biggest breakthrough to date with regards to the battery life of smartphones’.

This is by far the best looking Nexus phone when it comes to the visual allure.

Intex Aqua Trend: An Unnoticeable Smartphone

Intex aqua

Budget 4G smartphones are pouring into the market these days and here is yet another one to add to the list. The Intex Aqua Trend is one the latest additions to the company’s Android lineup that comes at an affordable price.


The aesthetic look and feel of the smartphone is a bit of mixed bag. It is pretty decent from the front, but the back cover looks cheap. Thankfully, a bundled flip cover having white leather texture saves the dignity of the phone. Intex provides you with some internal sensors including accelerometers, proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor. The navigation buttons are placed at the bottom. The Aqua Trend screen size measures 5 inches with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels and weighs 152grams. You will not be satisfied with the color reproduction as banding is quite noticeable even in wallpaper images. However, brightness levels are good which helps in average visibility. The display has no scratch protection, nor is the touch that sensitive.

Most of the buttons are placed on the left side of the phone, but things would be simpler if they would have been placed on the right as they are blocked when you use the flip cover. The phone is available in black, grey, silver and champagne colors.


Intex Aqua Trend specifications are no different from the rest. The phone is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC and 2GB of RAM. There is 16GB of onboard storage that is expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. “Smart Wake” lets you open apps by simply tracing a predesignated letter when the screen is off.


Intex Aqua Trend handles most games and apps quite well. The call quality is considered average as no call drops are experienced during a conversation. Although the incoming notifications are clearly visible, the audio quality could have been comparatively better. Sadly, the earbuds don’t have a good fit and the sound quality is very poor. The 13MP camera clicks decent macro shots if given good lighting. Autofocus is quick in the daytime but not in dim light. The front camera sports 5MP and captures decent selfies. Picture quality is strictly average from both the front and rear-facing cameras. Intex Aqua Trend features were expected to make up for its shortcomings in the battery department, but sadly it didn’t happen as the 2000mAh cell lasted for just 11 hours, which is considered below average.


The Intex Aqua Trend doesn’t break any new ground hence is an unnoticeable smartphone. Considering the complete package, the phone is expensive as well. The flaws include an underwhelming display, average camera and poor battery life. Overall, this phone should be given a miss.

Keep it Big with Micromax Canvas Mega

Micromax Canvas

Micromax has launched yet another smartphone, Micromax Canvas Mega (E353)that falls well in the budget category. The phone comes with 5.5-inch screen size with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels. Now the phone has been listed on the top by the company. Micromax Canvas Mega is a dual sim device that successfully runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Micromax could have easily shipped the device to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, but it clearly chose not to.

At the back, it sports 13-megapixel autofocus camera that clicks decent pictures with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel rear camera that in also on board. On the connectivity front, The cell phone offers 3G, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB as well as Bluetooth options. It packs sensors such as accelerometer, magnetometer, ambient light sensor and proximity sensor. The not so beautifully curved phone is black in color. Sadly, the dual sim smartphone lacks 4G LTE and incorporates 2820 mAh battery that delivers 10 hours of talk time and up to 600 hours of standby time. Should it be a smartphone any first-time buyer could consider? The below-listed specifications will further clear all your doubts.

The basic specifications include:

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, 720 x 1,280 pixels, 267 pp
  • 13MP primary camera and 5MP secondary camera
  • 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, and microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Dual-SIM card slot, 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, microUSB v2.0 port, and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Ambient-Light Sensor, Accelerometer, e-Compass, Gyro-Sensor, and Proximity Sensor
  • 2,820 mAh battery

Though the smartphone is good when it comes to performance and value for money but experts aren’t recommending it because there are a lot of worthy alternatives in the market such as Xiomi Mi 4i, Lenovo K3 note, etc. and most importantly the company owns Yu Yureka.


Micromax Bolt Q332: Low Budget Average Phone

Micromax Smartphone

Micromax had earlier made waves by introducing its Canvas series and offered a capable smartphone at an affordable price with high-end  specifications. Now the company is back with a more powerful phone – the Micromax Bolt Q332. Having dominant processor and better performance, the Bolt Q332 is a “pocket home theater” that comes with inbuilt speakers and offers an aufio output of 96dB.

The phone is dual sim incorporated with a wide 5-inch (480×854) FWVGA IPS display. It sports Android 5.1 Lollipop powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM. You can enjoy an efficient and seamless smartphone experience with aesthetic design and notifications on the lock screen. It is also equipped with faster access by customizing app usage but limited access to apps for external users. In addition, there are some pre-loaded apps such as Amazon shopping, Quickr, and Snapdeal where you can shop till you drop.

The only drawback experienced is less than expected storage. It comes with only 2GB internal storage capacity which is further expandable up to 32GB. The camera too is not up to the mark. The 5MP camera clicks decent pictures, but pixel distortion is noticed when zoomed whereas the secondary camera is 2MP which doesn’t take brilliant selfies. The rear camera comes with some attractive features that include scene detection, face recognition, geotagging, panorama, best shot, smile shot and also HDR options.

On the connectivity front, the smartphone offers rapid 3G, GPRS/EDGE with an uploading speed of 11.2Mbps and downloading speed of 42Mbps. The Wi-Fi is 602.11 b/g/n and also Micro USB and Bluetooth options. Bolt Q332 is packed with an average battery of 2000mAh that can rate up to 6 hours of constant talk time and 225 hours of standby time. But the wide 12.7cm screen allows you to watch videos in stunning motion clarity at 16M color depth. Micromax has never been good with its battery life and this phone is no exception. It weighs 141 grams and measures 141.1x73x9.7mm. Unfortunately, there is no color range and the smartphone comes in black only.

If you are planning to buy a low budget smartphone with music clarity then there is nothing better than Micromax Bolt Q332. A smartphone with brilliant features at an affordable price. But if you think it will fulfill all your basic expectations then your expectations may not be met.

Acer Z630S: Not a Big Surprise


Acer is coming out with many announcements this year. One of them is the Acer Liquid Z630S which hit stores in September of 2015. The Acer Liquid Z630S price is within budget and helps you experience overall enjoyment with its specifications and features, especially the camera.


A comparatively lighter phone, weighing in at 165g, doesn’t have a great design and feel but is easy to handle and use. It supports dual sims and is a wide phone with 5.5-inch screen. Roughly the same design as that of the predecessor, the company has not made any new changes in its look.


Fortunately, the phone comprises an 8MP rear camera with 3264*2448-pixel autofocus and LED flash that gives crisp and clear pictures. There is good news for selfie lovers as the front camera is also 8MP with features such as geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, and HDR as well as panorama.


All the latest phones are expected to include a reliable, long-lasting battery and this smartphone is no exception. It sports a sizeable 4000mAh battery that lasts for a day and a half. Cell phones with good battery life are preferred these days so this phone is surely going to have an edge with its large battery feature.

Specifications and Performance

Few superlative features and specifications have been retained in the smartphone. Most significantly it has a 1.3GHz MediaTek processor. It runs the latest Android 5.1 OS with Wi-Fi standard connectivity of 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth v 4.00. Not even the operating system yields a great user experience as it seems to be like any other cheap cell phone.


The company has been doing well in selling laptops, but their smartphone hasn’t yet gained any popularity. It is still struggling in the smartphone market and the sole reason is that there are innumerable competitors. Although the specifications are average, the price is affordable and the phone is packed with a user-friendly UI, there is still not enough to push wireless subscribers to opt for the new Acer release.

Is IPhone 6s Worth the Upgrade?


In the fast moving world of innovation, the technology industry has become unpredictable. Every other year Apple adds an ‘S’ to the end of its current model, buffs it up with hefty features, calls it the New IPhone, and delivers it to spellbound applause.

IPhone 6s will be the phone of the year as the company has added some clever features, improved camera and of course a faster processor. This is another excellent phone from Apple.

Design and Display

All S phones look similar and this smartphone is no exception. Even the screen size has not been changed or upgraded. Although the colors look natural and 326 pixels per inch is sharp enough. However, it bears to be a successful design. The phone not only looks great but, it is comfortable too. Everything just fits in. But can you guess what is flashy and new? Well, the 3D touch is new. It is similar to Apple Watch’s Force Touch. This touch detects how hard you press the screen, opening interactions for the app developer. There are basically 3 pressure levels – the regular tap, harder tap and further beyond press. Each will trigger a different option altogether.


The 12MP camera delivers in spades. This year the figures have jumped up and the jump is for good. Crisp clear picture quality is obtained when you click pictures from the phone. There is a new option – the “Live Photo” which enables 1.5-second photo on either side of shot. However, this feels more like a gimmick rather than a needed option.


As always, Apple has come up with a chipset A9 and has brought a number of changes with it. Longer battery life is the most drastic and demanded feature which the company has offered in this new smartphone. All this is much better than what we have seen before. The 4-bit system is present but can’t be used properly because 4GB RAM isn’t present. Thankfully, it has 2GB of RAM this time providing a decent snap under the finger.


Of all the “S” Apple phones, this is the best yet. Though there are a few upgrades still to make, this one has come up with impressive features as well as performance. Fortunately, the new 3D touch, great camera, and longer battery life offer tangible benefits and is combined with a solid iOS upgrade. The new Apple phone is undoubtedly a decent one.

Huawei Honor 7 First Impression

Huawei is a rising company that is getting more popular by the day in the smartphone market. It has become comparatively easier to visit a street store and buy their products. The company has released a new smartphone, the Huawei Honor 7.

Huawei Honor 7


The elegant design is the very first thing that will strike you. The Honor7 has employed a metal design, but the rear cover isn’t removable. The sides of the cellphone are so nicely beveled giving it a good finish that it will make you fall in love with it. The phone weighs approximately 157 grams and is 8.5mm thick. Surprisingly, the Huawei Honor 7 price is quite nominal.


The phone rocks 5.2 inches of full HD display that seems to be pretty crisp. The Honor 7 comes with an IPS panel that ensures perfect viewing angles. Color and text appears sharp and vibrant. Similar to its predecessor, the phone houses a Kirin chipset. It incorporates the 5.0 Lollipop version of the Android OS and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. The performance is smooth without any lag and the Huawei Honor 7 reviews are quite good.

Camera and Battery

Most of the Honor phones have impressive cameras. The Honor 7 includes a 20MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and 8MP front camera for the selfie lovers. It also supports phase-detect auto focus for quick focusing. The user interface has been carried forward from its predecessor, the Huawei Honor 6 Plus, but there are two additional modes in this phone – the Good Food mode and Light Painting mode. The camera clicks of the phone are quite satisfying.

The Honor 7 has a non-removable 3100mAh battery that promises a day-long battery life. Just like other recently released phones, it also supports fast charging technology.


Huawei has managed to build a reputation in the smartphone market. The company is expecting to sell its new handset in bulk, but there are many other phones in the same price range which it has to compete with. However, pick up this phone if you need a wide screen and stylish design and want to stand out in the crowd.

Oppo Latest Smartphones Are Ambiguous Surprises

oppo smartphone

Oppo is a reliable brand in the smartphone market. Recently, it took the wraps off its two new phones, the R7 Plus and R7 Lite. The R7 Lite is the successor in the R7 series. The R7 smartphone is comparatively slimmer than the other phones previously launched. Moreover, the cost has also been reduced.

Both the phones are slim and lightweight, which makes them easy to hold. The R7 Lite feels absolutely sleek but fragile whereas the R7 Plus is bigger and wider which makes it difficult to hold and use single-handedly. The feel of the R7 Lite is pleasing over R7 Plus as it is slimmer and easy to hold. The only change Oppo made is that it incorporated a full metal unibody to both of the smartphones, but this didn’t manage to give it a classy feel.

Both of these Oppo smartphones have sensors, earpieces and front camera at the top of the front panel and a loudspeaker at the bottom. Due to the difference in their sizes, the R7 Lite has capacitive touch buttons and the R7 Plus has on screen buttons. On the inside, both the Oppo phones run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with the smart user interface. However, the notification pop up design makes it appear that Android 4.4 KitKat is being used. On the other hand, a bigger notification panel should have been added in the phone to make way for quick access.


The newest Oppo devices have a crisp and vibrant screen. Out of the two, the R7 Plus, is the clear winner because of its 6-inch full HD display screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Oppo R7 Lite has a 5 inch HD resolution screen which is one inch smaller from the R7 Plus, but the screen size doesn’t add an extra advantage over the other. Due to fast, lag free and responsive features these devices have become noticeable. While the R7 Lite sports 2GB of Ram, the R7 Plus has 3GB.


The camera of both the devices is quite impressive. However, plenty of camera modes are available in these smartphones including Panorama, HDR, Slow Shutter, Ultra HD etc. These phones indeed have an excellent 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 apertures and an 8MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture. Furthermore, R7 Plus has an autofocus property for quick capturing of photos. The only benefits the Oppo R7 Plus has over Oppo R7 Lite is a fingerprint sensor feature as it adds more security to the device.


The Oppo R7 Plus has a fair battery life of 4100mAh that lasts for a day and a half whereas the R7 Lite has a 2320mAh non-removable battery. These devices charge 75% of the battery within half an hour.

However, most of the features found in these Oppo phones are available in other devices at a much cheaper price but adopters of these devices can receive more RAM, decent selfie camera, metal body and more inbuilt storage. Therefore, the new Oppo phones have a nice design but are unable to compete with other phones with same specifications.

Sony Xperia M5: An Eyebrow Raising Affair

Sony is one of the most sought-after brands in the cellphone market. It is known for its efforts of improving and polishing its products with every new phone that it releases. Specifications of the Sony Xperia M5 is an eyebrow raising affair.

Sony Experia M5This mid-range phone seems to incorporate better specifications than any other phone in the same budget range, especially Sony Xperia Z+. Moreover, this mid-ranger is much cheaper than Sony’s top-tier smartphones but, is it really as good as it looks?


The smartphone has a normal 5 inch screen with a 1080×1920 LCD display and a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch. It strikes a perfect balance of size and resolution. The phablet is big enough to use comfortably and small enough to carry easily.

sony experiaA glass back coupled with stainless steel corners looks fairly high-end and attractive. With a stylish design, the phone is 7.6mm thick – quite slim.


It is irresistible to compare with others as its best feature is the camera that incorporates a 21.5 MP rear and a 13MP front shooter. When shot in bright conditions, the phone clicks classy and crystal clear pictures, though it is good at night too.

Sony Experia Camera

The megapixels have fulfilled the photographic expectations and also support 4K video and 5x digital zoom without loss of quality. You will definitely fall in love with the camera. In addition, there are plenty of camera modes available that will make it easy for the user to click impressive pictures with professional effects.

Power and Battery

Sony fell short by introducing a 64bit 2.0 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor with 3GB of RAM at the heart of the phone. The phone comprises a 2600mAh powerful battery which lasts for 2 long days with constant usage. The phone has a very good battery life indeed. There isn’t any shortage of connectivity options as well with Wi-Fi, 4G, and Bluetooth 4.1 support.


An absolutely promising phone with stylish design, high-end processor, great camera, water resistant quality and long battery life. Sony Xperia M5 reviews by users are quite satisfactory. The only feature where it lags behind it’s competition is its processor and that’s why it isn’t a flagship device. The MediaTek processor isn’t the best choice. Though this is a minor issue as this mid-range smartphone has a lot more features to overpower.

Motorola Moto X Play: Big Battery Big Budget

Motorola has launched another mid-range device offering a better display and more power. Moto G was adored by the audience, but Moto X Play may not get the same response. Last year Moto X was released which and was ignored, mostly due to its poor camera. moto x play

The phone has two selling points – a powerful battery and a 21 MP camera. These killer features will definitely help the Moto X Play stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Build and Design

The new Moto phone is stylish when compared to other phones. It is also quite traditional in design apart from the microSD tray that resides on the top edge. Moto X play comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display that looks amazing with perfect viewing angles.

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The only disappointment is the lack of the water resistance feature, especially when this feature was liked by everyone on the Moto 3rd Generation. The cellphone does come with a water repellent coating.

Battery life and performance

A smartphone within this price range is expected to run smoothly without any lag, and Play proves to fulfil this expectation. The phone sports an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM. No heating issues are experienced and it comes with a huge 3630mAh battery. Although, the battery will run down at the end of the day. Notably, it performs well while shooting videos and lasts for 12 hours.

excellent battery life

Software and Camera

The software of Moto X play is quite similar to Moto G 3 but there is one noticeable feature present in both, which is Moto Assist. Motorola offers virtual assistance to perform simple tasks such as changing notification settings.


Motorola has taken a keen interest in its camera quality this time and delivered a 21 MP rear camera that clicks commendable pictures in the daytime. But at night it fails to find focus and hence the images tend to have some amount of noise in them. The 5MP front camera is satisfactory as well as the videos captured by the cell phone.


Except for the camera, there isn’t any other feature that stands out. Despite the massive battery, it doesn’t compete with its peers and doesn’t make way to being an undisputed pick. Moto X Play lacks bells and whistles and didn’t fulfill all expectations. The Moto X Play review ends on a negative note as it incorporates a huge price. Motorola has a brilliant record when it comes to performance and specification but Moto X Play seems to be an exception.