Asus ZenFone AR

Asus ZenFone AR looks Daydreamy

Lets talk about the Asus ZenFone AR, a phone that amazes many. The first ever first phone that lets you use Google Tango AR and Google Daydream VR. Tango lets you see more of your world. Just hold up your phone and watch as virtual objects and information appear on top of your surroundings and also allow us to measure the distance between the chair and the coffee table by overlaying line segments in real time on the phone’s display. While the Google Daydream takes you on incredible adventures in virtual reality.

Daydream View

The phone also has a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and 6 or 8GB of RAM and this allows more apps to be kept running at the same time. Faster speed to run games, allowing smooth gameplay and able to enjoy your time. Its screen is a 5.7-inch screen that’s just a bit taller than the iPhone 7 Plus and also with a “Tri-Cam” systems that combines motion, able to sense depth and a 23-megapixel camera. The camera can take 23-megapixel photos and 4K videos which is pretty impressive. 

Now lets talk about its appearance and materials. With a glass front and a soft leather back with a ugly-like rear camera which made the phone looks like something out of a mad scientist’s laboratory.

With a affordable price of  $599 seems worthy and a much better offer than a Apple phone in my opinion.With a raised home button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor makes it look like a more modern, advance  andriod phone.

In my opinion, purchasing the Asus ZenFone AR is a good choice out of all phones. Although the Asus ZenFone AR  is lightly skinned with the version of Android Nougat 7.0, setting up Tango and Daydream will be easy and straightforward taking only a few minutes.

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Pokemon GO

The newest game, Pokemon GO has made a huge impact on not just gamers, but others who did not like games at first. To those, whose childhood are with pokemon, then this is the game that you would probable love for the rest of your life. Using the AR ( Augmented Reality) and GPS, the game requires you to move about in the world to catch pokemon. When one appears, it shows up in the real world and you would have to point your phone’s camera towards it and catch it through your phone. There are also PokeStops along the way that allows you to collect things that will help you in your journey to catch more pokemon.

While the game being a global hit, it has some minor server issues. During its publish, it had to stop as its server was overloading after it being released only at 4 countries.

Pokemon Go uses players GPS to play the game and catch Pokemon around their area and access PokeStops. Another game that uses the players GPS to play the game is Ingress which is also by Niantic.

Pokemon Go also has another thing besides PokeStops and Pokemon which are Gyms. It resembles the original gyms from the old Pokemon games. Once a player reaches level 5, he/she can join a team (Valor,Mystic or Instinct). Once a players joins a team he/she can battle gyms for their team and take them over. To battle a gym, one has to simply go within the range of it and tap on it.

You can power-up some of the Pokemon by using Stardust which can be obtained by capturing, evolving and hatching Pokemon from eggs and the type of Pokemon Candy for the certain type of its original evolution (Pidgy Candy for Pidgy, Pideotto, and Pidgeot). By powering up the Pokemon, it will raise its CP which stands for Combat Point. For evolving Pokemon, it requires Pokemon Candy to evolve it which will give you XP (needed to level up)  for each evolution a player did.

If the team currently occupying the gym is not the player’s one the the player can battle it using 6 of its Pokemon. When a player defeats a gym which is not his/her own by lowering its prestige to 0, it becomes neutral (white) then anybody can place his/her Pokemon in it to take it over for their team. There are some people who like to wait for others to take down the gym for them and then “steal” it by placing his/her Pokemon in it. When gym’s prestige is lowered down by 1 level, the lowest CP Pokemon in the gym gets “kicked” out which means that it returns to its trainer and will no longer be in the gym.

If it is a friendly gym (players’s own team) then the player can place his/her own Pokemon in it to help defend the gym. Players also can train the gym to raise its prestige. Players can only place the same amount of Pokemon in the gym as the gym level. Therefore by raising its prestige, a player can level up the gym and place his/her Pokemon in it. If a player were to place a Pokemon in the gym, he/she can claim the Defender Bonus once every 21 hours but the Defender Bonus cannot be claimed if your Pokemon got “kicked” out of the gym. The more amount of Pokemon a player places in the gym, the more amount of Defender Bonus one can claim (1 Pokemon in a gym grants 10 Pokecoins and 500 Stardust). However one cannot place more than 1 Pokemon in the same gym meaning that one has to travel to several friendly gyms and place their Pokemon in it.

There are several items in the game to help you advance (Lure Modules, Incense , More Egg Incubators, and Lucky Eggs).

Lucky Eggs

Lucky Eggs can be used whenever a player wishes to do so. However it is advised to use it only when one wants to evolve a lot of Pokemon at once as it doubles the XP one gets for 30 minutes.

Egg Incubators

Egg Incubators allows a player to incubate a egg as the name suggests. To hatch the egg, players must walk the required distance to hatch it. The further the player has to walk, the better the Pokemon the player gets. Having more Egg Incubators mean that a player can hatch multiple eggs at once, thus being more efficient. However, extra incubators that a player gets can only be used to hatch 3 eggs.

Lure Modules

Lure Modules can be used on PokeStops and benefits everyone around it. It lures Pokemon to its area and lasts for 30 minutes.

Incense

Incense benefits the only player who uses it and can be used anywhere. It lures Pokemon to the player and a Pokemon appears every 200m a player moves or every 5 minutes. It also lasts for 30 minutes. However, some players have altered the time on their device to reset the timer or get more time using the Incense and Lucky Egg as it depends on the time on your device.

With the new update, Niantic added the second generation of Pokemon into the game and a few new features like being able to see which Pokestop is the nearest to a certain Pokemon on your nearby list just by clicking on the Pokemon you want to ‘track’.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is Samsung’s latest phone that was released on 11 March. It is a a significant upgrade of the S6 in many ways, mainly the battery life and water resistance. Other than that, this is just a way better Galaxy than its older counterparts.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a comfortable curved back and sides which is quite resistant, falling a few feet wont crack or dent it, just don’t expect it to be the next Nokia. It is also water resistant and can survive 5 feet underwater, without any protective case. These feature already made a durable smartphone more durable. Aesthetics wise, the curves and build is better than previous Galaxies, the S7 is no doubt built better than its older counterparts. The drawback is that the glass and metal backing is a smudge magnet. There will always be fingerprints on the phone, making it annoying to clean all the time and sort of forcing you to buy a case to prevent this problem.

Phones nowadays are used for taking beautiful shots while on holidays or just selfies. This phone has a really good rear camera, with 12 megapixels  with dual pixel
CMOS 5MP front camera. The rear camera is a  low-light camera, whatever photos taken will come out crisp. Though the low light photos have better quality now, digital noise was still there, those small speckles of color that infiltrate the picture are an inevitability in low-light digital camera shots. The auto-focus is really fast and good , grabbing clear shots from moving objects. This is good news to those taking normal landscape photos, but the selfies camera, armed with 5 megapixels, was not really good. It has even more ‘beautification’ filters, making the skin look youthful, but it does it too much. It makes the skin look plastic. The selfies comes out either too fake or too harsh. The flash used for the front camera is quite good, considering it whites out the screen, so your next selfie in a dark location will not be really muffled, but the flash in unbelievably blinding.

The S7 has lesser bloatware, unlike the S6, which leaves the S& with tons of customisation for you to do. Samsung also added a Game Launcher which has a set off quick action tools for you to use, like screenshots and recording. It can be use to turn off all alerts except for calls. The call notification takes up a big bulk of space, which would be better if it were to be toned down. It has an always on feature that shows either the clock, calendar or an image. It is useful a you need not to wake your phone up to check the time, battery levels or date.

The battery life is astronomically long lasting, even better than the iphone 6S. I mean if 16 hours of heavy use(still dependent on what the use is) is not enough for you, there is the S7 Edge anyways.  The amount of storage has been increased too, with a microSD card slot to use, that is an extra 64GB or more extra storage.

Here are some specifications that you might need to know. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, has 4GB or RAM and capture videos in 4K

Though it is pricey, I think it is worth buying it if you have no phone or have the money to buy this high-end phone. It costs 905SGD to buy the S7.

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Huawei Nexus 6P

 

The Huawei Nexus 6P is basically the elder brother of LG Nexus 5X. The difference between Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P is the Nexus 6P is bigger in size(5.7-inch screen) compare to Nexus 5X(5.2-inch screen). For the display, Nexus 6P has a resolution of 2560 x 1440(515ppi) and the Nexus 6P has a AMOLED display.

Nexus 6P has a 12 megapixels and a 8 megapixels front-facing camera. The camera has a Face detection, Autofocus (Laser), Touch to focus and Geo tagging features. The phone features Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2GHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, a Adreno 430 and 3 GB of RAM.

It has 128GB of built-in storage and a battery capacity of 3450 mAh. It has Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB Type-C for fast charging. It also features a fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone, which users usually prefer to use their index finger for the fingerprint.

I think that Huawei Nexus 6P is a great flagship phone for 2015 as it features pure google marshmallow and a strong aluminum body compare to LG Nexus 5x which is made out plastic. It has a good camera, a great display and great performance. Overall I would recommend this phone to friend who loves android and high-end phones.

 

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LG V10

The LG V10 is a multi-touch smartphone, which is made of stainless steel. It has a dimension of 159.6 mm x 79.3 mm x 8.6 mm and a weight of 192 g which is heavier than the average(146 g). The LG V10 is shock and vibration resistant so it should be able to withstand some impacts such as 26 drops from a height of 4 feet into a plywood board placed on top of concrete. The drop test is performed by a few different people and based on reliable sources, they said that the phone is very durable so this phone should be able to counter some shock if you accidentally drop it on the floor.

It has a big display of 5.7 inches and a high-resolution display of 1440 x 2560 pixels. It has an extremely high pixel density screen of over 430ppi (515 ppi). There are also some features such as light sensor, proximity sensor and scratch-resistant glass. In addition, the phone has a high-resolution 16-megapixel rear camera. The camera has a dual LED flash. The phone also has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera which is suitable for people who like to take selfies.

It runs on a hexa-core processor, hence it can load applications very fast. The phone has lots of RAM(4096 MB RAM) and a built-in storage of 64 GB. It has a 3000mAh removable battery which keeps the generator humming. Next, I will tell you the pros for this phone. The pros are it has a big display, a high-resolution display, an extremely high pixel density screen, a high-resolution camera, lots of RAM, 4G and a fingerprint sensor which can allow the user easy access to the phone.

In my opinion, this is a great phone since it has many pros and there are 3 resistance and its quite difficult to find smartphones with similar feature. Next I will give you information on the pricing of the LG V10 and the endurance rating of the phone. The LG V10 pricing group is estimated to be 9/10 and the endurance rating of it is 56 h. Hence, I would give this phone an overall rating of 8.5/10.

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LG G4

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The LG G4 is a multi-touch smartphone, its main body is made up of plastic. It has a dimension of 148.9 mm x 76.1 mm x 9.8 mm, with a weight of 155 g and it is slightly heavier than the average(146 g) among other smartphones in the market.

The LG G4 has a big display of 5.5 inches and a high resolution of 1440 pixels x 2560 pixels . It also has an extremely high pixel density screen of 538 ppi. There are some display features such as the light sensor, proximity sensor and scratch-resistant glass. Nextly, the camera is 16 megapixels and it has an LED flash. There are 5 different shooting modes such as burst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), panorama, RAW image capture and macro mode. It also has a front-facing camera of 8 megapixels.

It runs on an hexa-core processor and it has a system memory of 3072 MB RAM, with a built-in storage of 32 GB. Lastly, you might have wondered about the battery life of this phone. Here’s the solution to your question. The battery capacity of this phone is 3000 mAh with a stand-by time of 15 days and the endurance rating of this phone is an estimated amount of 54 h. Not to mention that there are a few colours to choose from. It is available in metallic gray and ceramic white with genuine Leather.

In conclusion, this is a phone worth to buy since it have many good functions and many pros. For example, the pros are big display (5.5 inches), high-resolution display (1440 x 2560 pixels), extremely high pixel density screen, over 430ppi (538 ppi), high-resolution camera (16 megapixels), lots of RAM (3072 MB RAM) and fast mobile data support (4G). Lastly, lots of people must be wondering the pricing of this phone. Now, I shall say the price group for this phone, it is 8/10. This means that the price of this phone is above the average among other smartphones. I will give it an overall rating of 9/10.

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Lumia 640 XL LTE

The Lumia 640 XL LTE is a budget phone. Usually the camera of most budget smartphones are not that great and it is not cost-effective to get better lenses for it. However, Microsoft has managed to get a quality camera in this big screen phone without making it really expensive.

The phone comes with 4G connectivity and has a 3,000mAh battery inside to ensure a long lasting battery life. The battery life can last up to 10 hours of  web browsing time.

There are variations of the Lumia 640 XL LTE like one with a single SIM slot and an LTE 4G modem. You can also get it in different colours such as black, white or cyan. The colour cyan stands out most among most other smartphones that usually come in either black or white making it quite unique.

The Lumia 640 XL LTE does feel like plastic but it is quite solid and the casing adds a small amount of texture so it doesn’t slip off your hand that easily. It weighs around 171g and thus it is not much of a burden to hold on to as it is not that heavy.

It has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and the colours are rich and bright with great contrast so it is easy to read it under bright sunlight. It runs on Windows Phone 8.1 and comes with 1GB of RAM.

It has quite smooth and great performance for basic use and the only time when it is usually slow is when it is turning on as it takes around 25 seconds from pressing the power on button. However it is not going to break any records.

In conclusion if you’re looking for a great budget smartphone that has not only long battery life but also comes with a great camera that is able to take photos with solid detail and great colours then the Lumia 640 XL LTE is great choice for you. Although the 720p resolution makes the pixel density lower and the performance is not great if you’re a power user, it is priced at around S$322.88 and might vary from different retail stores. I really recommend this phone for people who are wanting a cheap yet great phone.

 

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Iluv neon sound iep336 earphones

 

The Iluv neon sound iep336 earphones is an all rounder earphones that is compatible withall iphones , ipods , ipads , Samsung Galaxy Series , Galaxy Note series , Galaxy Tab series , LG , HTC and other smartphones , tablets and other 3.5mm Audio Devices. Being so all rounded , there is no reason why people should not buy it. It has durable designs , in-line volume control which is unused on computers and non-apple devices. It has tangle resistant cables which is useful if the earphones that you are using now are always have thier cords being tangled. Having a comfortable in-ear fit with small, medium and large ear tips, you can modify which ear tips fit your ear holes.

The noise cancellation is stellar and it fits into ears perfectly that running will not shake it off. If you use voice calls with it, you will be stunned how great the quality of the speaker you are listening to. However, you would also have to cope with you hearing your own voice when you speak , though. the microphone is just under the jaw, so the person on the other end can hear you loud and clear too. Unfortunately for music lovers, the thing that the earphones lack is that there is not enough contrast in the sounds being delivered and the bass is not low enough.

All in all, this pair of earphones is worth using when in a voice call and listening to music while exercising is where it excels. However, if you buy this to just listen to music, it might not be the best of all choices.With such a good piece of earphones at the cost of 27 SGD is totally worth it.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung is a company that almost everyone have heard about regardless of where you’re from.Samsung has just recently released the Samsung Galaxy S6.But the Samsung Galaxy S6 is very different from the rest of the smartphones from the Samsung Galaxy S Series.

Samsung has decided to leave much of the Galaxy S5 traits behind and make a more different smartphone.And boom that’s how they made the Galaxy S6.A few difference that the Galaxy S6 has when compared to the Galaxy S5,is that the Galaxy S6 has a unremoveable battery and does not have a microSD card slot resulting in the Galaxy S6 being slimmer.

The dimension of the Galaxy S6 is 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm and it weighs 138g.I think that it is good that Samsung kept the S6’s size at check as you don’t really want to have a phone that is too big or too small.Even though the Galaxy S6 is 0.1mm thinner than the Iphone 6,I does not bend like the Iphone 6 which is great as you don’t one to worry about whether your phone which you pay S$998 for will bend or not.

Samsung also improved it’s fingerprint reader,and it’s not only for unlocking your home screen, it now allows you to make mobile payment using Samsung Pay.Which in my opinion might change how business will work in the future, maybe 10 to 20 years later people will no longer bring their wallets and they’ll use their smartphone choose the credit card of their choice and pay.

The Galaxy S6 uses a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen,16M colours.The size of the screen is 5.1 inches.It has a screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 pixel density) It also has Multitouch which is something you should expect from the S6.In my opinion I think that the screen resolution is wonderful.When you compare the Galaxy S6 screen resolution to the Iphone 6, the Galaxy S6 is clearly the winner as the Iphone 6 has a screen resolution of 1334 x 750 (326 pixel density)

The Galaxy S6 runs on Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop) it’s CPU is a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57.Since it has a Quad-core, it is able to run smoothly and process things very quickly.For the GPU it uses a Mali-T760MP8 which is a energy efficient GPU but still produces best quality graphics.And with such good performance, it makes the Galaxy S6 even more worth it.

One of the biggest diffrence from the Galaxy S6 has when compared to the Galaxy S5 is that it does not have a microSD card slot which I mentioned just now already.Well, in my opinion I even though the Galaxy S6 does not have a microSD card slot I think it just gives user slight inconvenience.The Galaxy S6 internal memory is enough for me so I think it would not be much of a problem.The Galaxy S6 comes with internal of 32/64/128 GB and has a 3GB RAM

The Galaxy S6 front camera has 16 MP, 2988 x 5312 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus,and LED flash.The front camera has video quality of 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps.It’s rear camera has 5 MP.The rear camera has video quality of 1440p@30fps

Another one of the Galaxy S6’s feature is that it now can be charged without wires using inductive charging which uses a electromagnetic field to transfer energy from the charger to the Galaxy S6.Well with this method perhaps when wireless charging will become the way people charges things in the future and in a family that uses smartphone of different brand no longer need to worry about a clump of different charging cable everywhere.

The Galaxy S6 has a 2,550 mAh battery and in a standard video loop test it took 12.4 hours to run down.The battery last nearly a day when I use it like how I would normally use a smartphone daily.I surfed the net,played Clash of Clans occasionally and listened to music and the battery lasted for almost a day.So I think the battery life is good but it’s not like crazy long like some smartphone which has 3 day battery life.And with ultra power saving mode on you can charge your Galaxy S6 battery to a 100% very quickly.

The Galaxy S6 is also not waterproof but I don’t really think it will be a huge problem.

So overall in my opinion, the Galaxy S6 is the best android phone out on the market right now.So far the only android smartphone which might be better is the S6 Edge which has not been out yet.Based on it’s performance I think this smartphone is worth it.It cost S$998 and I think I would not mind paying even more for a phone which is this good.And I think that this is a warning to other companies like Apple,HTC and many more as this shows how capable Samsung is at when it comes to producing smartphones of top-notch quality.

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Latest Corning Gorilla Glass is twice as stronger

The company recently unveiled the latest version of their glass made for smartphones and tablets. It is said that the newest glass is twice as stronger as compared to the Gorilla Glass 3, which is a top quality cover glass used by leading smartphone and tablet manufacturers of today such as Apple and Samsung. This new version of glass should be able to prevent cracked screens better if the Gorilla Glass 3 was not doing it’s job well enough. The latest version of the Gorilla Glass will be able to survive falls from 1m most of the time, and in addition to that, it is able to survive 80 percent of the time when falling screen first onto rougher surfaces. This advancement will help many users as even the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 tend to break after falling onto rougher and harder surfaces. Depending on the manufacturer, the latest version of the glass can be made 25 percent thinner to enable to smartphone to be slimmer, however, the glass will only be as stronger as a thicker version of the Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

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