Echoes+

Neon coloured space enemies streaking across the screen, and a small circle, controlled by the user, shooting them down. Echoes+, a free game released by The Binary Zoo and The Game Creators on Steam. This beautiful yet simplistic game showcases how high quality games could be made on the App Game Kit 2. Simple yet engaging, this game entranced me and I spent a few hours on this game. Though simplistic, this game has an addictive feel to it.

This game has 6 different gamemodes, echoes, time attack, survivor, meteor storm, asteroid belt and classic. This game has 4 different gamemodes, and many levels, with global and local leaderboards, this game is well developed. It is an intense retro styled bullet hell shooter, there are pickups like score multipliers and bombs which will assist you in surviving. You start with 100 energy, which is used as your health. If it drops to 0, you lose. Depending on the gamemode chosen, the challenge would be different. But with the difficulty growing and the large onslaught, the odds of surviving drops. Meant for both casual and serious gamers, and only needing 23 megabytes to install, this game is an enjoyable one and should definitely be tried out.

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Monster 24k DJ

The Monster 24k DJ headphones are headphones with an extremely deep bass. It is also aggressive and loud and is easy to access. Though, it costs quite a bit and some might feel that it is too tight. It has a striking gold – painted design and relatively good sound. Although it looks like it weighs a lot, it actually isn’t that heavy at all and has padding underside of the headphones and a cushioning layer which can be worn around your neck as an accessory.

Similar to the other Monster headphones, its ear cups are made from plush memory foam. There is also ample space between your ears and the headphones so that it would be more comfortable. The cable connected to the left ear cup is detachable. Along with the headphones, there is also a coiled cable for DJs, a thinner cable, a remote control, microphone that is able to be used with your smartphone, a soft carrying pouch, an adapter of 1/4 inch that can be plugged into a mixer or a receiver.

Unlike other Monster headphones, however, some users are not able to get used to this relatively tight fit headphone while others are fine with it. The gold coverage does a relatively good job of hiding fingerprints and you would not be able to observe any unless you look very closely. The ear cups are also able to rotate backwards conveniently, which is great for DJs to cue easily.

The headphones does not have battery – assisted module to block out noise,which means that a noise cancelling function would not be available. With that said, the headphones are quite secure and tight but music would still be leaked at a loud volume. But at a loud volume, it will have lots of power in its sound. It also has extremely powerful and aggressive bass and are not suitable for jazz and classical music lovers at all.

The Monster 24k DJ would be a great choice especially because of their aggressive sound and is worth the weight too. It might however, be a little too costly for casual listeners.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a smartphone. It has a dimension of 132.4 mm x 65.5 mm x 6.7 mm. The average weight of smartphones in the market is 137 grams. This phone is lighter than average smartphones by 22 grams. The physical size of this phone is 4.7 inches.

The resolution of this phone is 720 x 1280 pixels. This phone has a pixel density of 312 ppi. The display features of this phone are light sensor, proximity sensor, scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4). The camera of this phone is 12 megapixels. The camera flash if LED. The camera focal length is 31 mm.

There are many camera features such as CMOS image sensor, autofocus, touch to focus, manual focus, digital image stabilization, face detection, smile detection, exposure compensation, ISO control, white balance presets, burst mode, digital zoom, geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), panorama, scenes and effects. This phone have lots of RAM(2048 MB). This phone has a built-in storage of 32 GB. It has a battery capacity of 1860 mAh. This phone also have other notifications such as the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, hall, fingerprint ID and gesture.

In my opinion, this is a great phone. It have many advantages such as big display (4.7 inches), high-resolution display (720 x 1280 pixels), high pixel density screen (312 ppi), 8-core processor, lots of RAM (2048 MB RAM), fast mobile data support (4G), small dimensions (5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches), thin body, measuring less than 7.5mm/0.3inches (0.26 inches). I encourage people to buy this phone. I will give it a rating of 9.1/10.

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Withings Activité Pop

The Withings Activité Pop looks like a typical wristwatch. However, there is actually a fitness tech hidden in it. By connecting it to any mobile devices, it works just like a smart fitness tracker, and an affordable one at that. It currently now only works with iPhones and has limited functions. This is still most probably as stylish and convenient a fitness tracker can get.

Besides the fitness tech in the watch, there is also an accelerometer for step – counting. The device is also waterproof and connecting it using a mobile device via Bluetooth is possible. It also has a battery which does not require charging and is replaceable within 8 months.

With a sharp, unique and great design, this watch has a lot to offer. It has a band made of silicon and a mineral glass – domed analog watchface. Available in blue, black and white, this is eye – catching watch has a steel body and its minute and hour hands are painted.

The device currently doesn’t support Android yet even though the app, Withing Health Mate, runs on Android. Once the application is opened, syncing will start immediately. Like any other pedometer, the step – counting function works the same way but users would be able to see their daily progress from a secondary dial on the watch which ranges from 0 to 100. A unit of that is equal to 1000 steps. The dial will also reset to zero at midnight.

Another function that the Withings Activité Pop has its sleep tracking. It works automatically and syncs data with a relatively well accuracy. It measures the level of sleep, which is classified under deep, awake and light. However, it does not measure heart rate and lacks some functions which more advanced sleep – trackers have.

This unique fitness tracker has a lot of potential and there definitely will be similar products on the market in the future. It has an amazing design and is able to work as a basic fitness tracker while looking stylish at the same time.

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Motorola DROID Turbo

The Motorola DROID Turbo is a smartphone. This phone weighs about 176 grams, it is heavier than the average smartphone in the market by 39 grams. This phone is quite good because it is splash-resistant. It has a dimension of 143.5 mm x 73.3 mm x 11.2 mm. The physical size of this phone is 5.2 inches.

This phone has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. It has a pixel density of 565 ppi. There are many display features such as the light sensor, proximity sensor, scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3). This phone has a high-resolution camera of 20.7 megapixels. The camera flash is Dual LED.

It have many camera features such as autofocus, touch to focus, face detection, smile detection, burst mode, digital zoom, geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR) and panorama. There are many advantages and some disadvantage. The advantages are the phone has a big display (5.2 inches), high-resolution display, extremely high pixel density screen, lots of RAM, quad core processor, high-resolution camera, fast mobile data support (4G) and splash-proof phone. The disadvantage is the phone lacks micro SD slot for storage expansion.

In my opinion, I think it is quite a great phone as it is splash-proof and can use it to play games and watch videos. I will recommend people to buy this product. I give it a rating of 9.6/10.

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Motorola Moto G

The Motorola Moto G is a smartphone. It has a weight of 143 grams. It is slightly heavier than the average smartphone in the market. This phone has a dimension of 129.9 mm x 65.9 mm x 11.6 mm. The physical size of this phone is 4.5 inches. The display resolution of this phone is 720 x 1280 pixels.

The pixel density of this phone 329 ppi. It is a multi-touch smartphone. It have many display features such as the light sensor, proximity sensor and the scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3). The camera of this phone is 5 megapixels. The camera flash is LED. The camera have many features such as autofocus, touch to focus, burst mode, digital zoom, geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR) and panorama.

It has a quad core processor and a built-in storage of 8 GB. It have a system memory of 1024 MB RAM which is quite low. The battery capacity of the phone is 2070 mAh. The phone have many notification such as the haptic feedback, music ringtones (MP3), polyphonic ringtones, vibration, flight mode, silent mode and speakerphone. There are some advantages and disadvantage. The advantages is that the phone have a high resolution display, high pixel density screen, a quad core processor and it have 4G. There are some disadvantages such as it have a low-resolution camera, too little RAM and it lacks Micro SD slot for storage expansion.

In my opinion, this is a good phone as it is good for watching movies or playing games because it have a high resolution display and high pixel density screen. I will give it a rating of 9/10.

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Seagate Seven Portable Drive

An extremely thin portable drive, the Seagate Seven has a helpful backup software and relatively fast performance. Despite being aesthetically pleasing, the only capacity available for the it is 500 GB. For a portable drive with that capacity, it can be considered as relatively expensive at a price of around S$137. For users who desire only a moderate amount of storage space, this device would be quite ideal to invest in, especially because it has quite an attractive design.

Being the thinnest portable drive currently available on the market, the Seagate Seven also has an eye – catching design. Besides its design, it delivers a performance which is quite satisfactory. It supports USB 3.0 and has a helpful backup software. The portable drive can also work on USB 2.0 at a speed of around 30MBps, which is the fastest speed a standard USB 2.0 can achieve. However, at its price, it is possible to get a portable drive with a capacity of 200 TB.

Its name, Seven, was taken from how thin it is, 7mm. It has a chassis made out of hardened aluminium. This will protect the drive inside from crush damages and shocks. According to the company, the device is able to function even after being run over by a small car. Users have also given feedback that the portable drive feels rugged and is almost impossible to bend.

The device also comes with a USB 3.0 cable which has a foot – long length. When it is connected, a small blue status light would light up and it would pulse lightly when data activities are taking place. The portable drive is preformatted by using exFAT file system. This would mean that both Windows and Mac would work with it without requiring a software installation or setup.

The device also comes with the Seagate Dashboard application. The application has three main backup functions, the PC, Social and Mobile Backup. Only available for Windows, users are able to back up a computer’s file and its folders to the portable drive by using the PC Backup. You are able to let the software pick what should be backed up or alternatively,  you are able to choose the files yourself. The Social Backup function will allow users to share your media to social – networking sites, and the other way around too. The Mobile Backup will allow you to store content on mobile devices by using the downloadable application, Seagate Mobile Backup.

Overall, this is not a portable drive with extremely stunning performances nor does it have a very huge capacity. It is though, extremely sleek, good looking and has a very helpful backup software. I personally would not pay for a portable drive at this price but it might be a more attractive choice if its price dropped.

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LG Lucid 3

 

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The LG Lucid 3 is a smartphone. The weight of this phone is 124 grams. It is slightly lighter than average smartphone by 14 grams. The dimensions of this phone is 132 mm x 66 mm x 10 mm. It has a physical size of 4,.7 inches. The display resolution is 540 x 960 pixels.

This phone has quite a low pixel density(234 ppi). It is a multi-touch smartphone. It have some features such as light sensor and proximity sensor. The camera of this phone is low resolution(5 megapixels). The camera flash if LED.

This phone have many camera features such as the autofocus, manual focus, face detection, smile detection, ISO control, white balance presets, burst mode, digital zoom, geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), panorama, effects, self-timer and voice activation. There are some advantages and disadvantage. The pros are that the phone has a big display, a quad core processor and it has a fast mobile data(4G). The cons are it have a low pixel density screen, too little RAM and low-resolution camera.

In my opinion, this is a good phone as it have a big display. I recommend people to buy this phone. I will give it a rating of 6.5/10.

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The Mi Note

Not to be confused with the RedMi Note, this is the Mi Note by XiaoMi. It is a Android powered 5.7 inches phablet. Borrowing a few ideas from other phones, this phablet does seems like great value for money and some has even compared it to the Galaxy Note.However, there is obviously some major difference between the two devices.

It has a curved front glass and rear but has rounded edges. Its rear curve is a little similar to the Samsaung Galaxy Note Edge but without a display. It has quite an eye – catching design. The company has also proved in a series of tests that the glass would not crack easily. It runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat and Xiaomi’s latest custom skin, the Miui 6, which allows you to shrink the onscreen display simply by swiping.

The phablet has a 13 – megapixel rear camera and a front camera of 4 -megapixels. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3000mAh battery, a 1,920 x 1,080 pixels display in full – HD, 16 or 64GB of internal storage  and two 4G SIM slots. However, no microSD card slot will be available.

Alongside with the phone, XiaoMi will also be releasing a new pair of headphones known as the Mi Headphones. It will have 50 mm beryllium diaphragm speakers which can be used either on – ear over – ear.

Despite the phablet’s great quality and build, getting it out of China will most probably be quite a big challenge and might take awhile. It does though seem like a phone which would be really worth the money.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a tablet. The weight of this tablet is 338 grams. It is lighter than average tablets by 66 grams. It has a dimension of 210.8 mm x 135.9 mm x 7.95 mm. It has a physical size of 8 inches. It has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Its pixel density is 189 ppi.

It have light sensor and proximity sensor. The camera is 5 megapixels. It have many kinds of features such as the autofocus, smile detection, ISO control, white balance presets, geo tagging and the panorama. It has a system memory of 2048 MB RAM. It has a built-in storage of 16 GB.

The battery capacity is 4600 mAh. It have some notification functions such as flight mode, silent mode and speakerphone. It also have some some sensors such as the accelerometer, compass, voice commands and voice recording. There are many advantages and some disadvantage for this phone. The advantages are it has lots of RAM, fast mobile data support and a quad core processor. The disadvantages are the camera lacks flash and battery is not user replaceable.

In my opinion, this is a good phone and i recommend people to buy it. The main reason that i recommend people to buy this tablet is it has lots of RAM. I will give it a rating of 9/10.

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