OnePlus X: Great Outside, Ok Inside

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OnePlus One has previously proved to be a royal champion amongst its peers. On the contrary, OnePlus Two did not do that well in the market. But the look and feel of the OnePlus X might help the company make its way into the pocket of people outside its little mobile bubble of influence.

Most importantly, it is one of-a-kind in the list of reasonable smartphones. OnePlus X tries to tick all the boxes regarding the aspects that include being affordable with good performance.

Display

The remarkable thing about the handset is the way it looks. If you are considering the feel, it is one of the top reasons why most people are opting for the handset. The cell phone is specifically crafted to appeal to everyone’s personal taste. It has followed the Xperia design approach and has the waxed bubble app display of the iPhone 6 making the phone look absolutely perfect. Despite all the premium features the phone sports a 5-inche screen which is incredibly refreshing. It is held comfortably and easily fits in the pocket.

Software and Performance

The smartphone runs OnePlus’ Oxygen OS 2.1.2 on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. For those unaware of the OnePlus tweaks to Android, Oxygen OS has a stock-like ROM but provides plenty of customization options. These further include off-screen gestures where patterns can be drawn to launch the camera quickly or control music. The cell phone also supports double tap to wake.

The phone is usually sold because of its high performance and this phone was specifically built to appeal to different sensibilities and seek raw power. OnePlus X isn’t a sluggish phone as it sports a quad-core 32-bit Snapdragon 801 CPU, which is the last widely acclaimed processor before the era of problematic 64-bit chipsets and other overheating issues.

Specifications

  • Processor: Snapdragon 801
  • Screen size: 5-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 16GB Internal and up to 128GB expandable memory
  • Camera: 13MP Rear and 8MP front
  • Battery: 2525mAh
  • Weight: 4.86 ounces

Should you go for it?

The phone is quite interesting while considering factors such as display, processor, and operating system. There are no noticeable lags to be found. The only problem is it cuts out a lot of hardware that might be useful. Customers will dislike that it doesn’t have fingerprint a sensor that helps quickly lock the screen.

Despite all this, the smartphone is average and looks good for the price. OnePlus X isn’t a miracle phone but is very compelling.

Unboxing Intex Cloud Zest

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Intex has recently expanded its offerings by introducing another cloud range smartphone, the Intex Cloud Zest. Though there hasn’t been any official announcement regarding the launch of the handset.

The major highlight of the phone is its large 4000mAh battery that is capable of delivering up to 15 hours of talk time and 500 hours of standby time. This particular smartphone has to survive cut throat competition as it has to compete against various Android smartphones in the same price range and a gigantic battery that includes the Lava Iris Fuel F1 and Micromax Canvas Juice 3.

Also, the dual sim handset runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and supports 2G on one SIM and 3G on another. Intex Cloud Zest comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display and the phone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum processor coupled with 1GB RAM.

Intex Cloud Zest reviews are average when compared to its predecessor, the Intex Cloud M6. The smartphone sports an inbuilt storage of 8GB that is expandable up to 32GB with the help of a microSD card. Decent pictures can be clicked during the nighttime with the 5MP rear camera having an LED flash while there is a 2MP front camera onboard that clicks noisy selfies. On the connectivity front, the smartphone offers 3G, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB and Bluetooth options.

Last month Intex had launched the AQUA Air which is a little pricier than this one and now it is planning to introduce the new phone with more specifications and features.

Gionee Marathon M5: A Big Battery Phone

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Battery life wasn’t an issue in the previous era, but ever since we have become touchscreen slaves, it has been a major concern. The most obvious way to get more battery life is to increase the battery size and that is exactly what Gionee has done in its next smartphone – Gionee Marathon M5.

Look and feel

The smartphone features a combination of plastic and metal that feels sturdy and durable. Gionee has somehow trimmed the thickness down to 8.6mm. However, the larger battery has resulted in a heavier phone weighing 211g.

The 5.5-inch display has disappointing low HD resolution since the pixel density is poor and images aren’t as sharp as expected. Sometimes, the colors get oversaturated and jarring. Sadly, there isn’t an option of calibrating the screen as well.

Features and Specifications

The Gionee Marathon M5 uses a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC processor, incorporated with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. You can also enjoy support for Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, GPS and USB. On the software front, the phone runs the Amigo 3.1 UI that is a version of Android Lollipop 5.1. Because the interface is single layered, all the apps are spread randomly on multiple screens.

Performance

The overall performance is above average and no lags are being noticed during usage. The smartphone handles demanding games surprisingly well and the call quality is also satisfactory. If you keenly look at the benchmarks, the numbers aren’t good when you compare other phones in the same price segment. The volume level is sufficiently loud for a small room, but the silicon tips provide decent isolation from ambient noise.

Camera

The 13MP camera does a pretty good job with landscapes in daylight. The level of detail is above expectations even when zoomed and colors are crisp and clear. Pictures clicked indoors tend to be a bit noisy. Night shots exhibit noise and even the flash isn’t so powerful. The 5MP front camera lacks an autofocus feature. Video recording maxes out at 1080p, but the quality is decent in daylight.

Verdict

The Gionee marathon M5 is in a league by itself if battery life is a concern and the company has made some decent efforts in refining the device. The phone is slimmer than its predecessor having a vivid display and decent camera. But some work could have been done on the HD screen and low-light camera performance.

BLU Released Specific User Feature Smartphone

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Did you ever turn off features of your phone to save battery to get through the day? Well, BLU has introduced another smartphone to solve this issue, the BLU Energy X Plus. The company has included a 4000mAh battery which is comparatively more compact than the one found in the BLU Studio Energy that was released at the beginning of 2015.

As far as the screen is concerned, it is 5.5-inch, 720p, IPS display with MediaTek’s MT6582 processor that will surely help make the battery last for a longer duration. BLU Energy X Plus incorporates a comfortable feel and a look-good display. Even the build of the Energy X Plus is astonishing as it is a plastic body that looks like a metal one. Due to the 4000mAh battery, the smartphone weighs a little more than its peers. It supports a dual sim card slot and microSD card for expandable memory. Which is great as it comes with just 8GB of onboard storage. However, 5.27GB of storage is available out of the box.

BLU Energy X Plus has a vanilla android approach. Significantly, the icons have changed and have become themed. Additionally, themed icons are also present in settings. After installing a third-party launcher, all of this could likely be fixed. With this minimal skin, the app drawer is absent and instead all of the apps are located on the screen. Manufacturers love changing the display, but the audience comes up with mixed reviews regarding this characteristic. Unfortunately, there isn’t any 4G LTE but 4G HSPA+ is present in the BLU smartphone.

Verdict

The BLU Energy X Plus is an absolutely amazing smartphone that incorporates few great features. It is hard to find any real negatives at this price point.

Samsung Unveils Two New Galaxy Smartphones

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Samsung has recently unveiled its brand new Galaxy series smartphones, the Galaxy On5 and On7. With this release, the company has declared these two models as value for the money devices and planned to target the young consumers. Priced aggressively, the new Galaxy series smartphones pack features including Ultra Data Saving (UDS) and MixRadio.

Look and Feel

The South Korean company released these budget handsets after months of analyzing customer needs and working on the new model. Both the smartphones have identical front and back panels. Apart from the screen size, there is not any noticeable difference between the devices. The use of metal frames has given the handset a sturdy feel. The signature physical Home button is just below the screen on both the phones. The volume rocker is located on the left while the power button is on the right. When compared, Galaxy On5 is easier to hold using a single hand.

Specifications and feel

The Galaxy On5 proudly features a 5-inch HD 720x1280p TFT display that is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. It sports an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera having decent picture quality. It holds 8GB of built-in storage that is expandable up to 128GB. Various connectivity options on the Galaxy On5 include 4G LTE, Micro-USB, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi b/g/n. The phone weighs 149 grams and owns a 2600 mAh battery.

On the other hand, the Galaxy On7 features nearly identical specifications to Galaxy On5, except for the larger screen size, display, different processor, high-resolution camera sensor, and larger battery. Galaxy On7 sports a 5.5 inch HD TFT display and runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 1.5GB RAM. It clicks brilliant pictures with a 13MP rear auto focus camera and a 5MP front selfie camera. Galaxy On7 is similar to the Galaxy On5 in terms of built-in expandable storage. The battery size is 3000 mAh, which is larger than On5 and measures 151.8×8.2mm, weighing 172 grams. Running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, both the handsets are skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

Verdict

While browsing through the default apps and menu, one of the major takeaways is that there is a lot less of Samsung’s bloatware than present in other models. Both smartphones have very few pre-loaded apps but there are no Microsoft apps present. Moving towards the camera, it is quickly launched within a few seconds of touching the icon. The camera is uncluttered and switching between the cameras is quick and easy. Images taken with the Galaxy On7 were crisp while those with On5 were quite blurry when zoomed. Both the devices are facing stiff competition, but they are worth their costs.

Nexus 6P Outshines its Competitors

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

Design

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.

Display

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.

Camera

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.

Specifications

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

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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.

Design

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.

Specifications

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.

Performance

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.

Verdict

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

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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

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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

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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.

Display

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.

Camera

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.

Battery

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.

Verdict

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.