iPad Mini 2

I’m sure everyone has heard of the iPad by now, some people may want a tablet but find it too big for them, well the iPad Mini 2 might be for you. With its light and thin design, it would not be much of a burden to carry it around and is also easy to keep.

It uses the iOS 9 which is the most recent and secure version of the operating system. There is a 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB models where you can choose from.

Don’t let the size of the iPad fool you, it is still able to perform basic tasks like surfing the internet or playing casual games. It is installed it with the A7 Chip which is quite responsive, powerful and power efficient, having a battery life of around 10 hours (may vary from users).

Using 802.11n with MIMO, it is able to provide a faster internet connection making streaming videos more enjoyable as the chance of it buffering is severely reduced. It also supports 4G which is small but makes a big significance as you’re able load things more quickly and stream videos on YouTube or any media sharing platform in high quality.

It comes with a 7.9-Inch Retina Display which are able to capture sharper and detailed photos. The screen is sharp and colourful so that it is enjoyable for viewing.

When you purchase the iPad Mini 2, it comes a Lighting to USB cable and a USB Power Adapter.

Overall, the iPad Mini 2 is good budget iPad if features aren’t a problem. Some who had used certain Apple Phones and Tablets may know that it comes with a TouchID Sensor which the iPad Mini 2 lacks. The iPad Mini is cheaper than most Apple products where it costs from S$398.00 to S$648.00. In conclusion, if you’re looking for a tablet to do basic functions like surfing the web, streaming videos or play casual games, this maybe a perfect tablet for you.

 

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Amazon Tap

The Amazon Tap, is a smaller, more portable and cheaper version of the Amazon Echo smart speaker. Of course it also has complete access to Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant. The Amazon Tap is completely different from the Amazon Echo, it is wireless and you can charge it by placing it on the cradle which comes with it and then you can take it to wherever you want to go to. It will stream up to nine hours of audio on a full charge, or last up to three weeks in standby mode. However, The Tap is not always on and you need to press the microphone button instead to wake it up and get access to all the tricks Alexa can do provided you are connected to the internet.

There are several things Alexa can do:

  • Streaming internet radio. (Like from TuneIn and iHeartRadio)
  • Streaming music. (Like from Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, and Spotify.)
  • You are able to do a lot of tricks like commanding Alexa to read audio books from Audible or the Kindle Store, or read the morning headlines.As for the sound, Tap promises to have the same quality as the Echo.

    In my opinion, i would definitely buy the Tap as it is cheaper and more portable and around the same quality as the Echo but at the same time better in its own ways too.

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    Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70

    The Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70 is a multi-touch tablet so the user can control the phone with up to 10 fingers at a single time. It has a dimension of 247 mm x 171 mm x 8.9 mm and a weight of 509 g which is heavier than average tablet which has a mass of 360 g. The tablet has a physical size of 10.1 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.

    It has a pixel density of 224 ppi. There are some features for display such as the light sensor and accelerometer. For the camera, it have autofocus and geo tagging. The tablet has a quad core processor and a system memory of 2048 MB RAM. It also have a built-in storage of 16 GB.

    The non-removable battery of this tablet has a capacity of 7000 mAh. However, the battery is not user replaceable though. There are some pros and cons. The pro is only the tablet has 4G but the con is that this tablet’s camera lacks flash. There should be another factor which users might want to consider and it is the colour of the phone. There are some colours such as Pearl White and Midnight Blue(shown in the image).

    In my opinion, this tablet is good and I would give it a rating of 7/10 since it does not have much disadvantages and it has a big screen which can be used to watch movies and shows. This tablet is suitable for casual use and not too suitable for those who would take photos using tablets. And lastly, many people might be wondering the price of this tablet. Now, I shall say the price group of this tablet. The tablet’s price group is within the lower range, 4/10 which is a little lower than the average smartphones.

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    LG G Pad X 8.3

    The LG G Pad X 8.3 is a multi-touch tablet. It has a dimension of 216.7 mm x 126.5 mm x 8.6 mm and weighs 369 g which is slightly heavier than the average tablet of 360 g. The difference in weight is around 9 g. The physical size for this tablet is 8.3 inches, so it is a small tablet and with an affordable price.

    It has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This tablet has a pixel density of 265 ppi. The tablet have a light sensor and accelerometer. The camera is 8 megapixels. The camera have many features such as face detection, digital zoom, voice activation, self-timer, autofocus, touch to focus and geo tagging. There are many different camera modes such as burst mode and high dynamic range mode. It has a sharp focus, though things get fuzzy in low-light situations and colors are on the dull side.

    It runs on 8 core processor and it has a system memory of 1800 MB RAM. The tablet has a built-in storage of 16 GB and a battery capacity of 4800 mAh. There are some pros and cons for this tablet. The pros are it have a 8-core processor and a fast mobile data support. The cons are the battery is not user replaceable, the camera lacks flash and the gaming performance is slow, for example if you play Nova 3, the phone will definitely lag. It applies to all large games. The good thing about the LG G Pad X8.3’s speakers is that there is two of them. The bad news is that they are located on the back, directing the sound away from your ears.

    Lastly, the tablet has a 4,800mAh battery.In my opinion, this is a great tablet because of the 8-core processor as it can run applications or the Internet very fast, hence I would give this tablet an overall rating of 8/10.

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    Asus ZenPad S 8.0

    The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is a multi-touch tablet. It has a dimension of 203.2 mm x 134.5 mm x 6.6 mm and a weight of 298 g which is lighter than the average tablet in the market. Average tablet weighs around 362 g. The physical size for this tablet is 8.0 inches and a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. It runs on 64-bit intel CPU(Central Processing Unit).

    It has a high pixel density of 320 ppi. There are some useful features such as light sensor and scratch-resistant glass. The camera is 8 megapixels and has a feature such as geo tagging. It runs on a quad-core processor and has a system memory of 4096 MB RAM.

    Nextly, this tablet runs on a quad core processor. There are a few colours you can choose for this tablet such as black and white which is shown on the image on top. It also has a built-in storage of 64 GB and it is released on 10th July 2015. There are some pros and cons for this tablet. The pros are it has a high pixel density screen, quad core processor, lots of RAM and a thin body. The cons are the camera lacks autofocus, flash and the front-facing speakers are weak.

    In my opinion, this is a good tablet. I would recommend it to people who would use the tablet casually and not those photo enthusiasts who loves to take photos with their phones or tablet. This tablet is not a tablet which specializes in photos, however, it has an affordable price which is quite reasonable since this is a good tablet as it has a lot of good functions which is useful in our daily lives such as the fast processor for this tablet. Hence, I shall give it a rating of 8.5/10.

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    Vector Smartwatch

    Although Vector is a fairly new company to most people, it promises a great smart watch and goes against Google and Apple by promising a battery life of at least 30 days.

    The displays of the Vector Smartwatch is digital but in monochrome. This is done to increase the contrast so that you are able to read what is on the watch even in bright lights.

    Of course, the Vector Smartwatch comes with all the functions you would expect from a typical smartwatch. It comes with a step, calorie and distance activity tracking and also sleep tracking. All this are linked to your android, IOS and the Windows Phones, providing incoming notifications, appointments that you have set or even read the news. The Look of the watch face is also customisable from the app you downloaded on your phone too.

    The Smartwatch does not come with a touchscreen and it has to be navigated with the buttons located at the side of the watch. This is a little of a hassle as it’s a little hard to navigate with if you’re in a rush.

    The watch faces are designed with simplicity and is easy to read. Notifications would come in but they’re not immediately displayed, instead if you would like to read the notification, you can flick the watch within 5 seconds to view it. Third-party app developers are also allowed to install their own software on the watch.

    In conclusion, it’s a huge risk for a small company like Vector to go against huge companies like Apple and Google but with the 30-day battery life and the simple and easy-to-use functions the watch has makes it very appealing. Its design also doesn’t affect the watch that much either. With the price of US$349.00, it’s a somewhat a worthy purchase if you are okay with the simple design and function. Thus, this smartwatch has potential and I would recommend this watch if you’re not worried about the price.

    photo courtesy of: http://www.cnet.com/pictures/check-out-the-vector-smart-watch-with-30-days-of-battery-life-pictures/

     

    Google Nexus 9

    A photo of the Google nexus 9

    The Google Nexus 9 is known to be one of the best tablets of 2014. Due to the fact that it came everyone needs. A HD display with incredible performance. It is also the first tablet to run Google’s latest OS, the Android 5.0 Lollipop

    Android 5.0 Lollipop offers a “pick up where you left off” function where you can access your songs, photos, applications and even recent searches from one android device to another.

    It also comes with longer battery life and it’s easier to manage your power usage as they show an estimate amount of time before it needs to be charged or how much time left before its fully charged.

    It also allows you to let your friends or relative use your phone with ease and not have the worry of them messing up anything as it comes with a guest user mode or you’re able to create multiple user accounts to let your friends log in onto your device.

    You’re able to interact with your lock screen notifications. An improved quick menu can be accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen and it displays notifications. Swiping down again would expand the menu and shows settings shortcuts like brightness levels.

    The Google Nexus 9 comes with up-to-date specs which is one of its greatest features. Specs that it comes with 64-bit version of the Nvidia Tegra K1 system-on-a-chip, 2.3GHz dual-core Denver CPU, 192-core Kepler DX1 GPU, Speedy 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, Bluetooth 4.1

    The performance of the Google Nexus is mind-blowing as it come with fast performance and it has a powerful chip, ready to be thrown with any type of tasks. Even with over 20 apps running, it is able to run large games without any large performance lost.

    It also has a solid Wi-Fi connection, for example, browsing through the web is very fast and app downloads are quick.

    However, the Google Nexus 9 would occasionally launch apps to a blank and unresponsive screen or would crash consistently. Due to the fact that Android 5.0 lollipop is still quite new and not all apps are still compatible with the new OS.

    In conclusion, the Google Nexus 9 is a good and fast performing tablet which are typically for people who does not need to travel a lot and is usually stationed at one area for some time. It has great new functions, however due to the fact that Android 5.0 Lollipop is still quite new and most apps still not compatible with it and has problem loading them or crashes consistently from time to time. It is believed to receive frequent updates, fixing bugs that the came with the phone. However the price of US$339 is still quite cheap for a tablet with great potential. Thus, I would recommend you getting this tablet if the price and current-soon-to-fix bugs don’t affect you.

     

     

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    LG G Flex 2

    The LG G Flex 2 is a smartphone. The average weight of smartphone is 137 grams, it is heavier than average smartphones by 15 grams. This phone has a dimensions of 149.1 mm x 75.3 mm x 9.4 mm. This phone has a physical size of 5.5 inches. The display resolution of this phone is 1080 x 1920 pixels. It has a thickness of 9.4mm.

    The pixel density of this phone is 401 ppi. There are some display features such as the light sensor, proximity sensor and scratch-resistant glass. The camera of this phone is 13 megapixels. The camera flash of this phone is LED. The camera have some features too such as the usual autofocus, AF Assist Beam, optical image stabilization, geo tagging.

    It has an 8-core processor. The system memory of this phone is 3072 MB RAM. The built-in storage of this phone is 32 GB. The battery is non-removable and it has a capacity of 3000 mAh. There are many advantages and one disadvantage for this phone. The advantages are the phone has a big display, high resolution display, 8-core processor, high pixel density screen, lots of RAM and a fast mobile data support. The disadvantage is the battery is not user replaceable. Lastly, this smartphone has a fast battery charging. It can charge till 60% within 30 minutes.

    Lastly, there is a variety of colours such as Platinum Silver and Flamenco Red. Many people must be wondering about the price group of the phone which is around 6/10. So is is slightly higher than the price of average smartphones. In my opinion, I will encourage people to buy this phone as there are many advantages. This is a good phone and very convenient. I will give it a rating of 8.7/10.

    Photo courtesy of: http://thefusejoplin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/LG-G-Flex-2.jpg

    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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