iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus introduces an all‑new glass design, the fantastic dual-lens camera shoots better than ever with improved portrait mode. The world’s most popular camera, now even better. The most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone. Wireless charging that’s truly effortless. And augmented reality experiences never before possible. iPhone 8. A new generation of iPhone.

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Though it a step below the iPhone X, but its powerful performance, still-excellent cameras, and roomy, standard-shaped screen which maximizes all existing iPhone apps and includes a few iPad-like features not available on the X. The iPhone 8 Plus also have  True Tone screen and that same superfast A11 Bionic processor you’ll find in the X. True Tone is in most of Apple’s iPad and it works a lot like the white-balance-compensating system found in the iPhone’s camera flash, allowing the iPad or iPhone screen to determine just the right percentage and intensity and temperature of white light you need. The idea behind the whole concept is that whites tend to look different under different light, but with True Tone enabled, the iPad can shift how the display looks no matter the lighting. With this, i can say that Apple’s iPhone is upgrading with iPad’s functions, giving Apple users a better experience with iPhone.

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Why 8 Plus and not 8? The 8 Plus is worth the premium over the 8 to get the dual cameras, larger display, and a battery life that still beats out the iPhone X. Though looking old-fashioned as Apple’s model of iPhones still look alike, the iPhone 8 Plus is really powerful with a fast running processor and even, perhaps, it is one that people would prefer over iPhone X.

In my opinion:

The iPhone 8 Plus has all of the same basic features as the new iPhone 8, except for its larger size, slightly better battery life (in our everyday real-life use) and better cameras. I would also prefer a more hand-friendly iPhone X as of my palm size to carry the phone around. I would say iPhone 8 Plus  would be a phone for people that would carry and use their phone around all the time or photographers who would want a light and portable good camera.

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Design:

For iPhone 8 Plus, Apple used stronger aluminum body accents, steel reinforcement inside and metal highlights around the camera lens. There are only three colors this time: white with silver highlights, glossy black and space gray, and a blush pink-like gold.

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LG V30

The LG V30, a phone that made everything possible. It has the best-sounding smartphone that’s ever been made, and it also has LG’s finest industrial design to date. The LG V30 is distinctive, modern, and stacked with desirable features, a phone seemingly destined for inevitable stardom. A awesome device with great performance, long battery life, an amazing camera and a headphone jack. And is also has water resistance, wireless charging, micro SD expandable storage and support for any cellular carrier too, awesome right?

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Until now, i really thought that the above can only be possible by Samsung’s Note 8 and s8 but the LG V30 surprise me by having all these functions, and so Samsung might just have another rival. Though it is not cheap, it has a sleek, durable handset, a new OLED screen, thinner build, improved dual cameras and a quad digital-to-analog audio converter built into the headphone jack, LG’s has just made it as both a luxury phone and a content creator’s dream, with particular focus on videographers (who can shoot pro-style Log format video) and so i think its worth the price. Just like the s8, it too, has an unusually tall screen that extends practically all the way to the top and bottom edges and a smooth glass back and a shiny aluminum band like the note 8.

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The LG V30’s dual cameras take killer photos. They’re crisp, full of life, and as often as not better than ones took side by side with a Samsung Galaxy s8 Plus, with more detail and less splotchy noise if you zoom in. You can thank the additional megapixels, 16 mega pixel compared to 12 mega pixel and slightly larger lens aperture, f/1.6 compared to  f/1.7 for that. In the daytime, the LG’s second wide-angle camera is a special treat, letting you capture more of your surroundings in every frame. You just can’t get these photos with any other phone camera

Overall, i would recommend you to buy LG V30, its worth your money and a real shocker once you get to hold it in your hands.

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Standoff 2

The legendary “Standoff” is back in the form of a dynamic first-person shooter!
New maps, new types of weapons, new game modes are waiting for you in this incredible action game, where terrorists and special forces going to engage the battle not for life, but to death. This game, made with the same developers as “Standoff”, and the game “Standoff 2” is a mobile version of Counter Strike Global Offensive, a well loved multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. Standoff 2 is about  two teams against each other: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Both sides are tasked with eliminating the other while also completing separate objectives, the Terrorists, depending on the game mode, must plant the bomb, while the Counter-Terrorists must either prevent the bomb from being planted, defuse the bomb. Defuse is a fast paced game mode with only 1 minute 30 seconds per round for terrorist to get to bomb sites or counter terrorist to defend the bomb sites, prevent bomb to be planted or defuse the bomb. If either of the teams eliminate the other, the eliminated team loses while the one alive would win the round. $800 will be given to each player at the first round and the currency will increase on whether you win or lose, you will need to use the currency to purchase guns.

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Deathmatch is another game mode in Standoff 2 where you get any game you want and there are still 2 teams of counter terrorist and terrorist but this time you get to go wherever and kill the opponent. You will respawn every time you die. There is a timer of 10 minutes, with 1 kill points will be added to the scoreboard. By the end of 10 minutes, points will be compared between the players, top 3 players will be shown as “winners”. With stunning frames of more than 60 fps(frames per second), its runs with a sexy and smooth graphics.

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With a control setting containing shooting/crouching/jumping/scoping layout settings like changing the x and y sensitivity and where the shoot button will be and sound, graphics settings that allows you to get comfortable with the game. Being a fast-paced fps, it test your reflexes and tactical skill. Example of knowing when to peek enemies, rotate to other bomb sites, faking plants/defuse with the bomb to bait out enemies and even prefiring the spots that are commonly used. All this requires game sense, or even Intelligence quotient to predict movements of enemy and counter them. 

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Overall  i would say that Standoff 2 is a really good game to try out, it is not pay to win and can relax minds. Killing opponents might help you to relieve stress, being a fast pace game helps out with some of your boredom.

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Free Fire – Battlegrounds

Free Fire

Free fire, a third person shooter about survival in the form of battle royale. The name Free Fire – Battleground, comes where you can freely fight and fire in the battleground. This game is just like the movie Hunger Games, where you get sent to a island where you would not know whats going to happen.

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The meaning of battle royale refers to a fight involving many combatants that is fought until only one fighter remains standing. Free Fire is a game like H1Z1 Player Unknown Battleground which puts you in a island where you wait for a plane that travels you to another bigger island where you drop at a certain area to get items to survive and fight till you are the last man standing.

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Some of the items in the game are : Med kit(used to heal yourself), Guns(AK, M4A1, M14, AWM with scopes for each gun) . This items are used for you to survive through 50 plus people that are sent to the battleground. To make the game even more interesting the battleground shrinks as time goes on, forcing players to engage each other in a tactical and diverse environment. The blue circle that shrinks as time goes on does 7 damage to you per second if you outside. But do not worry, the circle shrinks very slowly and so you can catch up to it.

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Overall, Free Fire is a great game with realistic graphics and easy-to-use controls. The map and items in the game are really easy and simple to use.

The only bad thing about this game is that the guns recoil and aim assistance. The aim assistance is simply too much that it is too easy to kill opponent or what i can say that it is a soft aim lock where your cross hair locks onto opponents. The recoil is just too less and too easy to control unlike other battle royale games. Also in my opinion Free Fire should come out with a custom head-up displays and cross hair and so allows players to be more comfortable with their settings. To end it off, i would say Free Fire is a good game and you should check it out yourself !

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Critical Ops (FPS game)

 

I will be talking about Critical Ops, a first person shooter. A game with good graphics and nice gun/skins. Critical Ops is a fast-paced FPS that will test your reflexes and tactical skill. There are 18 weapons excluding the knife.

There are 2 game mode, Defuse and Death match. Defuse is a game mode where there are 2 different team, counter terrorist and terrorist, 2 different bomb sites A and B. A game mode where terrorist will have a bomb to plant while the counter terrorist needs to defend bomb sites and kill each other.$800 will be given to each player at first and the money will increase on whether you win or lose, you will need to use the money to purchase guns.

There is a timer of 1 minute 40 seconds, if time runs out without terrorist planting the bomb, counter terrorist wins. If terrorist plants bomb at a site and after 35-40 seconds counter terrorist does not defuse it, bomb will explode and terrorist will win. If you are near the bomb, you will take a lot of damage and might die. if teams kill each other and if all of the teammates dies, the team who survives win.

Death match is a game mode where you get any game you want and there are still 2 teams of counter terrorist and terrorist but this time you get to go wherever and kill the opponent. You will respawn every time you die. There is a timer of 8 minutes, 1 kill 1 point added to the scoreboard. 

The graphics are stunning with a maximum of 60 fps(frames per second) here are some pictures of the maps in-game. Requires Android 4.1, iOS 8.4 or later. Works best with a IPhone 6 or Samsung S6 or up

There is a control setting containing shooting/crouching/jumping/scoping layout settings like changing the x and y sensitivity and where the shoot button will be. There is also missions, complete missions and get around 20-30 credits. You will need 200 credits to buy a case. You can get skins for cases, skins are ranked from tier 1-7 . Tier 1 are commons while tier 5 are the maximum/legendary tier for normal guns, tier 6 are different type of knives without skin while 7 are knives with skins. In-app purchase are:

-240 credits for $2.98

-400 credits for $4.48

-1400 credits for $14.98

-3000 credits for $28.98

-10000 credits for $68.98

Overall i think that Critical Ops is a really good game to try out, it is not pay to win and can relax minds. Killing opponents allows you to relieve stress and have fun. Critical Ops a no-nonsense, action packed first person shooter, playing it can allow you to be amazed.  

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Motorola Moto G4

The Motorola Moto G4 is a budget phone that is claimed by many to also be good. Certain key features that might seem interesting is that the phone is able to survive being dunked into water and will not turn off immediately after it comes in contact with water. This is really useful for those who have tendencies of spilling or are generally much clumsier.

The Motorola Moto G4 is also pretty thin which is handy if you want to keep and take out of your pocket easily. The Motorola Moto G4 has a 14cm screen with a HD display with 1080p resolution. The colours are well saturated which is ideal for usage.

The Motorola Moto G4 comes with a battery life of around 13 hours which is quite a long usage time for an average user and is really useful if you’re unable to charge the phone. There’s also a fingerprint scanner at the front which is a nifty function as it is more convenient for those who finds typing in the passcode repeatedly to get into their phone a burden. Do note that this is not a home button and some long time apple or android users may mistake the fingerprint scanner for it.

The Motorola Moto G4 comes with octa-core processors which are adequate for video streaming or playing casual games. However, if you’re planning on using this phone for gaming, this phone isn’t ideal for it.

The camera of the Motorola Moto G4 is a 13-megapixel camera which produces generally satisfying images that are acceptable by society’s standards. Even in bright lights, it will still produce really decent images.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a cheap yet decent phone to use for your everyday social media needs and have a battery that lasts for a long period of time. The phone can be bought at around S$269.99 at retail price. However, do not expect much from it if you’re using it for gaming.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 active

The Samsung Galaxy S7 active is a multi-touch smartphone. The fine main body is made of plastic with a design of fingerprint touch ID. It has a dimension of 5.86 x 2.95 x 0.39 inches and a slightly heavier weight of 185 g compared to an average smartphone which has a weight of 150 g. The smartphone is also quite rugged as it is water, dust, shock and temperature resistant.

There is also a variety of colours to choose from such as camo green, titanium grey and sandy gold. It has a physical size of 5.1 inches and a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The smartphone also has a pixel density of 576 ppi and a screen-to-body ratio of 64.29 %. It has a couple of display feature such as scratch-resistant glass, light sensor and proximity sensor. The camera of this smartphone is 12 megapixels with a LED flash.

The camera have multiple features consisting of hardware and software. The hardware features are optical image stabilization and autofocus while the software features are object tracking, smile detection, self-timer and geo tagging. The smartphone has a quad core processor and a system memory of 4 GB RAM. The phone has a built-in storage of 32 GB. Lastly, the battery capacity is 4000 mAh and it is non-removable.

All in all, the Samsung Galaxy S7 active is a well made product with lots on pros and positive reviews on it. Most users like this product due to 4 main reasons. First of all, it is because of the phone’s large pixel size. Second of all, the extremely high pixel density screen. Thirdly, it has lots of RAM. Lastly, it is due to the phone being water resistant. This smartphone is growing in popularity and many users tend to have positive remarks and impression on it, therefore I would definitely recommend it to the many readers who had read my review on this product.

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LG K10

The LG K10 is a multi-touch smartphone with a dimension of 146 mm x 74.8 mm x 8.8 mm. It has a physical size of 5.3 inches with a 720 x 1280 HD resolution. It has a pixel density of 277 ppi and a screen-to-body ratio of 71%. There are also additional features such as ambient light sensor and proximity sensor. The LG K10 unlike other LG phones, it have smooth and curved edges.

The LTE version of the phone is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz CPU. There are three choices of RAM to choose from: 2GB of RAM, 1.5GB of RAM and 1GB of RAM. It has a camera of 13 megapixels and a front-facing camera of 8 megapixels.

The phone has an octa-core processor so it should be able to run apps quite fast and it has a graphic processor. It has a built-in storage of 16 GB. The 2300mAh battery keeps the phone lights on and the phone will be offered in white, indigo and gold colour. In addition, there are other sensors such as accelerometer, compass, voice dialing, voice commands, voice recording. Unfortunately, the company has not released any pricing or availability information yet. The issue with this smartphone is its battery performance as it would run out quite fast when turned on.

In conclusion, I would say that this is a great smartphone for gaming as it can run the apps very quickly unless it is a large game then it will load slower. By the way, this phone is meant to cater to a younger audience and many people likes the smooth, curved edges. Overall, I would give this phone a rating of 8/10.

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Assassin’s Creed:Pirates

 

When someone think about Assassin’s Creed in general, one will visualise  a hooded figure doing parkour in a famous time era, brutally assassinating enemies. However, taking out the naval combat of Black Flag and Rogue, the basic formula for Pirates is made.

In basic, there is no land combat at all, thus putting this game in the Everyone and Teens section of ESRB. The main focus is its naval combat. The story in brief is that, you play as Alonzo Batilla, a budding pirate who just so happen to rescued by other pirates and together, they hunt down a Piece of Eden(some holy artifact that had special powers, the Sword of Eden in Unity can shoot arc bolts everywhere, for example) with some famous people then, like Blackbeard. The storyline may however inter-twine with Black Flag mainly die to Blackbeard’s appearance(I have not completed the game yet).

The gameplay was spectacular as they kept the main weapons from Rogue and Black Flag naval conflicts. The missions were usually a hunting mission, although some times it will be different. Sadly, the missions had a steep difficulty slope, meaning it would be hard to catch up after doing a mission , thus having a feeling that you have to do long grinding game time or simply pay to win(you can buy currencies and material). The sidequests and missions are pretty enjoyable to play, but the assassination mission in the pain in the neck.As you have to drag your ship through guards from a birds eye view, your finger size does matters heavily. The Mayan temple escapes are ridiculously difficult as the controls just simply does not work.The only sheer thing that makes me still want to play this game is the ‘love’ for the Assassin’s Creed franchise and missing out Black Flag. The graphics are outstanding too. Adding to the immersive gameplay to its naval only gameplay.

All in all, if you really love Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and Rogue’s gameplay, and just could not get enough, just download Assassin’s Creed Pirates. It is free to play anyways. It is available to download from Google Play or Appstore.

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HTC One A9

 

The HTC One A9 was confirmed by HTC themself on September 2015 and expected release date is November 2015. HTC claims that the HTC One A9 is a design worth imitating. Photos the professionals will admire. And offers a high resolution audio. Making the HTC One A9 the smartphone which gets all the important elements right.

The HTC One A9 offers a sleek metal frame with a touch of perfection. It has a SD Card slot and comes in many different colours.

With the HTC One A9 you can take blur free photos and any photo with a blurry person will most probably be some supernatural being. Capture RAW images with Pro mode and speed up your video by 12 times with Hyperlapse.

With a 1080p and energy efficient screen, and a 40% increase in colour compared to a normal LCD screen you’ll surely get the best graphics and gaming experience.

With a built-in DAC, all your 16 bit audio will turn into 24 bit high resolution sound for the best listening experience.

Design your own phone with the HTC One 9 it offers you the choice the personalize your smartphone.

For the price of US$399.99, the HTC One 9 is a phone that has quite a lot to offer. It has a great user interface, a great battery life and the other important elements of a smartphone are all perfect. A great choice for consumers looking for a new different smartphone.

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