AKG K323i XS

AKG Acoustics is an Austrian manufacturer well-known for its line of professional microphones, headphones and other audio systems. AKG’s line of in-ear headphones have always been popular among consumers, and the high-end models often carry extremely high price tags with them, with professional-grade AKG K3003i in-ears, costing a whopping S$1700 for a pair of K3003i. Despite the high pricing, the AKG K3003i is still one of the most popular earphones, with a supreme audio quality that many consumers feel justifies the price.

AKG’s K323i XS in-ears which was released last year, has a pricing that is at the direct opposite of the spectrum, with a price of US$56, or S$70 for a pair of K323is. At such a low price range, most consumers can expect low audio quality from most of the common earphones in the market. However, there exists a budget group of in-ear headphones that have audio quality that punch way above their price range, and the AKG K323i XS is one of them.

The AKG K323i XS we tested is the white ‘A’ version, which has a mic and remote controls specifically for Android smartphones, but there is another model designed specifically for iOS users. A run through of the spec sheet reveals a frequency response range of 20-2000 Hz, impedance of 98 ohm as well as sensitivity of 98 db. These specifications are adequate for a mid-range earphone like the K323i, but consumers would probably understand how good the K323i’s audio quality is after personally listening to it.

The audio quality of the K323i are spectacularly impressive due to how it has very comfortable noise-isolating eartips. The noise isolation is great despite the lack of active noise-cancelling technologies on The highs and mids can be heard clearly on these earphones, and bass which is normally excessively boosted on cheap earphones of this price, is gentle yet adequate enough for bass-lovers. Being a fan of bass-heavy earphones myself, these is subjective and results will differ between users. However, one thing is certain – the K323i has great audio. The overall sound can be described as balanced, with high clarity and warmth.

The design and build quality of the AKG K323i XS is excellent, with small and lightweight earbuds that don’t place a strain on the ears even after long hours of usage, something which the K323i has a advantage over other in-ears, such as the Shure SE112. There remains a standard 3.5mm audio jack and eartips of different sizes packaged with the K323i. Despite the size, the AKG K323i XS’s build is still quite durable. Thus, the AKG K323i XS can be said as one of the best budget in-ear earphones on the market, and is highly recommended to consumers who do not wish to spend a lot on in-ears, but still demand good sound quality.

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Saygus V2

Would this be the next super smartphone? It certainly does seems like it has the potential to. This is the Saygus V2. It is not only waterproof, it also has a 21 – megapixel camera and has up to 256 GB of expendable space. It runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat, is 5 inches long, and has 1080p full – HD graphics on the Gorilla Glass 4. Powered by a 2.5 GHz quad – core snapdragon processor, it has a 3,100mAh battery that is able to be charged without a wire. The device has a storage of 3GB of RAM, 64GB and has two microSD card slots.

Besides the 21 – megapixel rear camera, it also has an optical image stabilization and a stunning 13 – megapixel front camera. It also meets IPX7 requirements when it comes to their waterproof features. This means that the phone is able to be submerged in 1m of water up to 30 minutes . On top of all of that, the Saygus V2 is lined with Kevlar fiber, an IR blaster, a 60GHz mobile transmitter, a built in Harman Kardon audio technology, and a fingerprint scanner. Another unique feature of the phone is that it is open with root access and dual booting between stock Android and any ROM is possible.

As for its price, the company has yet to release any information but with top class specs like this, it is expected to be extremely costly. This device definitely still has massive potential and other phone companies should really be wary of this big release

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is a tablet. The weight of this tablet is 376 grams. It is heavier than the average tablet’s weight. The average is 376 grams. It has a dimensions of 247.3 mm x 177.3 mm x 6.6 mm. The physical size of this tablet is 10.5 inches. It has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. Its pixel density is 288 ppi.

Its camera is 8 megapixels. It have many camera features such as the CMOS image sensor, auto focus, digital image stabilization, exposure compensation, ISO control, burst mode, digital zoom, geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), scenes, effects and the self-timer.

It has a built-in storage of 32 GB. This tablet has a battery capacity of 7900 mAh. It also have some other sensors such as accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, hall, fingerprint ID, voice commands and voice recording. This tablet have many advantages such as it has an 8-core processor, lots of RAM(3072 MB), 4G and thin body.

In my opinion, this is a good tablet. It have many advantages and features. I encourage people to buy this tablet as it is not too expensive. I will give it a rating of 8.5/10.

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus

Not long after the Huawei Honor 6 was released, Huawei is already launching its new smartphone model, the Huawei Honor 6 Plus. It is 5.5 – inches long and it improved on what the Apple iPhone 6 lacked. For example, it had a dual 8 – megapixel rear camera and a relatively big 3,600mAh battery. Similar to the HTC One M8, its dual camera system allows you to control the focus of the photo even after it is taken.

It has a black glass design and stripes which looks metallic on the side which is actually plastic. There is also a design at the back of the phone and on it is the “honor” logo. In design, the Honor 6 and the Honor 6 Plus is about the same except that the Honor 6 Plus is a little larger and has two cameras at the back.

The device has a Kirin 925 octa – core processor, four ARM Cortex – 47 and four Cortex – A15 processors. The display of the phone is 5.5  – inches and 1920 x 1080 pixels. It also supports dual – SIM cards and 4G. One of the most eye – catching features of this device, is definitely the dual – camera setup. However,  its setup still lacks some other key features like the optimal zoom. The Huawei Honor 6 also has a relatively good 8 – megapixel front camera.

It does not run on the latest Lollipop 5.0 but is running on the Android KitKat 4.4 .  With the Huawei Emotion UI overlay, the applications will always be on your home screen and the lock screen is also modified so that the user will be able to access applications such as the calculator and flashlight easily.

The Huawei Honor 6 Plus will first be released in China and Huawei has yet to announce when it would be released in other countries. With its unique dual – camera system, this phone definitely has the potential to beat other handsets.

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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is a smartphone with a weight of 172 grams. The average mass of smartphones in the market rate is 138 grams. It has a dimension of 165.2 mm x 83.8 mm x 7.65 mm. The physical size of this phone is 6 inches. This phone has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels.

The pixel density of this phone is 246 ppi. This phone have a light sensor and proximity sensor. The camera of this phone is 13 megapixels. The camera have many features such as the autofocus, face detection, smile detection, burst mode, digital zoom, geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), panorama, scenes, effects and the self-timer.

This phone has a quad core processor. It has a system memory of 1024 MB RAM. The battery capacity of this phone is 3000 mAh. This phone also has a built-in GPS. This phone have many advantages and 2 disadvantages. First of all, this phone has a big display, a high resolution display and a quad core processor. The disadvantages are it have a low pixel density screen and it has too little RAM as compared to other phones.

In my opinion, I recommend people to buy this phone as it have a big display and high resolution display so people can watch movies from their own phone. I will give it a rating of 8.5/10.

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W3D Gaming Smartphone

The W3D is an Android gaming smartphone created by Snail Games. It was revealed at the International CES trade show. It has gaming control and a 3D screen. It has 4 buttons and a analog stick on the right of the device. On the left,  a directional pad and another joystick can be found. The volume and power button is on the top of the device. A 3.5mm headphone jack and two MicroUSB ports at the bottom of the smartphone. Its screen resolution is 1,920 x 1,080 and 400 pixels per inch as its pixel density.

It uses 3D eye – tracking synchronization and is therefore, glasses – free. It has 2.2GHz octa – core MediaTek MT6595 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 13 – megapixel camera. The smartphone also has a MicroSD card slot and two SIM card slots. According to the company, its battery will last for about 6 hours of continuous gaming. The W3D is running on Android 4.4 KitKat and will feature a unique Snail launcher. According to tests, it felt relatively comfortable to hold but had a few issues with the 3D. However, this is just a prototype and it would most probably be improved.

The smartphone will firstly be released in China followed by the US later this year at an undetermined price. Overall, this is an extremely unique and creative idea, especially with its 3D design. I am personally quite excited for the launch of this device and what changes would be made in the final design.

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Apple Watch

 

The Apple Watch is estimated to be release on March 2015. The new Apple Watch has a Retina display on the primary surface. The high pixel density makes texts and number easy to read evening while you are moving. Graphics and images are displayed with remarkable sharpness and contrast, including finely detailed ones like the rotation of a hair-thin second hand on the watch face and it is also energy-efficient, critical for a device you wear throughout the day. For the Sport collection, the glass was protected by strengthened Ion-X glass. Apple Watch senses force, adding a new dimension to the user interface.Force touch uses tiny electrodes to sense different type of taps. The Taptic Engine is a linear actuator that is inside Apple Watch which produces haptic feedback. For the charging is completely different as it is charged from the watch caseback, and  it has MagSafe technology which means it is completely sealed from exposed contacts.

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AirDog

The AirDog is a is an extremely accurate drone. This drone does not have  a large remote control and has the AirLeash, which is an armband which has a control pad on it. The drone is wirelessly tethered to the AirLeash by using very long – range Bluetooth connection. The drone will fly around the AirLeash in order to keep up with the user’s movement.

Its turning is very smooth and keeps up with movement smartly. Tests have shown that when the user stopped, the drone stopped and hovered. During takeoff and landing, it is completely autonomous. Alternatively, you can fly it with a radio transmitter by using the directional buttons on the AirLeash. It can also be folded into a tidy package. The propellers are able to be folded into half to make the AirDog more portable and easier to carry around.

It has a GoPro camera and weighs 1.85kg including its removable battery. Its battery life depends on how fast it is travelling and is estimated to last between 10 – 20 minutes. It has a maximum speed of 64kph. There is also a downloadable app which the user can use to program the AirDog to perform actions like hovering and  adjusting the angle of the camera or to just stay on the subject. The AirDog also comes with the AirLeash, a gyro – stabilised gimbal to mount the camera on, a battery and a charger.

Overall, this is a very creative and unique drone at quite a costly price. It most probably will have more features and improvements and is a product worth to take your eyes on.

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HTC Butterfly 2

The HTC Butterfly 2 is a smartphone. This phone dimensions 145.4 mm  x 70.2 mm  x 9.99 mm and its weight is 151 grams. The physical size is 5.0 inches and its resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels. This phone is multi-touch and it have some features such as light sensor and proximity sensor.

The camera have many features such as the back-illuminated sensor  which is known as BSI, autofocus, face detection, digital zoom, geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR). The battery capacity is 2700 mAh. There is also a microSD card slot for this phone.

This phone have many advantages and one disadvantage. The advantages are that the phone is dust and water resistant, it also have a quad core processor, big display and lots of RAM and a fast mobile data support. This phone will survive underwater to a depth of 1 metre. You can do a quick wash for this phone to remove any unwanted dirts.

In my opinion, I recommend people to buy this phone as it have a variety of advantages. Many phones are not water and dust resistant but this phone is unique as it have both. I will give this phone a rating of 9/10.

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Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a very attractively designed speaker and has a unique voice controlled system which is anchored by “Alexa”, a clear and smooth – sounding voice.. It has a simple Wi – Fi setup and can be connected directly by Bluetooth. However, it does not sound really great when playing music and  distorts at high volume. A battery option is also not available for the Echo therefore, it must be plugged in at all times.

The voice behind Echo, Alexa, is Amazon’s new voice – activated, cloud – connected wireless speaker. It acts as a very helpful personal assistant. For a voice – controlled device, the Echo would be considered as one of the better ones and understands commands fairly well. Embedded of this sleek 23.5 cm tall speaker are seven microphones. When someone says “Alexa”, the volume ring on top of the speaker lights up and will then be able to receive other commands.

In order to connect the speaker to a Wi – Fi, an app is needed. Alternatively, connecting the speaker via Bluetooth is also possible. It does not have a speaker phone function yet  but that might be possible in the future. Alexa is capable of setting an alarm or timer, telling fun facts and even making a joke.

In Bluetooth mode, the speaker is able to connect to music services such as Spotify. However, a command to start playing a playlist does not exist yet which means that you have to do it through the Spotify app on your phone or tablet. The average time of setting it up on a new network is about 5 minutes.

A remote with a built – in microphone also comes along when you get the Echo. Therefore, when you are too far away from the speaker, you are still able to give it commands. For now, Echo only interacts with Wikipedia and not many other data respositories.

Overall, the Amazon Echo is definitely still a work in progress and will have more improvement and features in the future.

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