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7 Features You Need to Know Before Buying a Headphone

7 Features You Need to Know Before Buying a Headphone

Headphones are quite popular these days. The ease of handling and portable design of headphone is one of the major factors that make people choose it over other options. If you have a smart phone, then headphone is a must buy product because it will make your music listening experience more fun.

 If you want to listen to the music but you cannot access your music system then earphones will play best accommodating part in this situation. You can simply listen to the music from a smart phone or any other music device with it.

Having earbuds will not affect your fashion or style because they are highly compact and that is what makes them better choice for people who like to do less show off and enjoy the music freely. Earbud will not be too visible from the outside which is its biggest advantage for the listener.

Additionally, for conversational purposes, you can use bluetooth earphone that will help you to have a completely hands free conversation with your contacts on smart phone. You can simply connect your smart phone with earphone and then you would be able to receive and end calls directly with a click.

Bluetooth headphone is most common choice of music listener because when you have a headphone that supports Bluetooth then you get the capability of making or receiving calls. In fact, there are a lot more advantages of having Bluetooth in your headphone.

Basically, there are so many kinds of choices available in the market. If we talk about features then there is no end of the list. Therefore, it becomes hard to make the final selection for your purchase in this matter. Therefore, we have listed top seven things that you should check before making a purchase decision.

1. Features And Uses: There are so many different choices of features in headphones. Therefore, it is best that you analyze your own requirement before finalizing the features. You need to understand your own requirement in order to make the best purchase decision.

You need to analyze all different kind of utilization requirements or conditions so that you can assess when and where you plan to utilize the headphone. This will give you the proper image of your need and that is the best way to determine which features are useful for you the most.

2. Quality And Budget: Since there is no lack of choices in headphone market, you can easily make a selection of under budget headphone without quality compromise. If you will do proper research about this matter, then there is no doubt that you would be able to find many suitable options.

You should check the product build quality as well as sound quality of the headphone. This is the only way to make sure that you get the best music listening experience with the headphone that you are going to buy.

3. Style And Comfort: You need to make sure that the style and appearance of the headphone are perfectly suitable for your need. You need to make sure that the style of the headphone is best, not just from the perspectives of appearance but also comfort.

If you are visiting the store to choose the headphone, then you should feel the comfort of headphone personally. However, if you are purchasing it online then you should check material and features of the product. Also, you can check customer feedbacks to get a perfect idea of the product comfort.

4. Type: There are several types of headphone choices which include Over-ear, on-ear and in-ear. There are a lot more choices as well. Mainly, you need to choose the type that suits you the most. Therefore, in order to get best satisfaction from your purchase, it is better to know a little about all categories.

If you will research even a little about headphone categories, then it will help you a lot to explore the possibilities and use of it. When you will know about them, then it would be very easy to make a final decision about your headphone purchase.

5. Noise-Cancellation: If you want to enjoy without outside disturbance then it would be perfect to choose headphone that can offer you the noise cancellation feature in it. However, this might increase the budget of the purchase.

In order to experience the privilege of using the best noise cancellation feature, it is necessary to choose the best quality product because not all noise cancellation headphone or earphone will give you satisfaction of disturbance free music due to low quality noise cancellation.

6. Wireless Or Wired: There are two choices in headphone – wired and wireless. Both are good and there is no way you can compare them with each other. It just depends on your personal preferences and choices. You can simply make this decision solely on your fondness.

Wireless headphone will give you the privilege of cord free music listening experience. On the other side, wired headphone will give you amazing sound quality in comparatively low price range. You can get more in less investment with wired headphones.

7. Brand Or No-Brand: It is always best to choose branded headphone because brand will give you a guarantee of their product. Some people ignore the brand because they don’t give it much importance but that choice can be risky sometimes.

If you are choosing a headphone that does not belong to any reputed brand, then it is best that you do proper research on the fidelity and efficiency of the headphone so that you can reduce the risks of your purchase.

 

Bio:-Varun Kumar works for LatestOne.com as Digital Analyst. It is the e-tailer company known for bringing the earphones, headphones, earbuds, etc

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Google Home - Smart Speaker & Home Assistant

Google Home - The Virtual Assistant You Never Knew You Needed

The release of Google Home marks Google's first foray into the smart home market. If there is one thing Google is good at, it is a powerful search engine. There are skeptics who question the ability of Google to inject its strength into a smart home device. Obviously, Google is not going to disappoint you by merely following the trend of jumping into the smart home bandwagon like some companies. Instead, the Google Home takes advantage of your Google account and search history to give you a unique experience. 

Its Google Home shows that it can take Google's strength and improve it significantly as a viable smart home device. For the first time ever, the Google Home provides a home hub device that enables you to leverage all Google products and services without having to click on a screen. 

The Design

At first glance, the Google Home bears some resemblance to an air refresher or a small vase. Thanks to its clean, crisp look, Google Home definitely does not look out of place with your modern interior design. It exudes minimalist vibes with its silhouette. 

Since the customizable bases can be easily snapped on and off, you can change the base color to suit your preference. As of now, Google offers two types bases: metallic and fabric bases. When you compare Google Home to its rival, Amazon Echo, the former certainly looks more gorgeous than the latter's all-black canister shape. At the same time, its shorter shape makes it easier to blend into its surroundings.

What Can Google Home Do For You

You will be surprised to find its upper area is highly responsive to touch. Simply move it clockwise or counterclockwise to change the volume. To start or stop the music, a tap will suffice. It is fascinating that you can long-press the Home button to execute commands without using the wake words such as "Hey Google" or "Ok, Google." 

Whenever you activate your Google Home through the top or using the wake word, its four multi-colored lights will twist and whirl to indicate that it has received your command. In addition, Google Home can serve your needs well with its built-in Google Cast and Chromecast feature. Set up a Chrome Cast and tell your Google Home to cast your favorite songs or videos to your sound speaker and television. 

Google Home comes with its two built-in microphones which are capable of picking up your voice command from across a room. After all, Google Home has been designed to champion the voice-based experience. Depending on where you stay, Google continues to improve its support for multiple languages as well as regional accents. 

Since some people voice out their concerns about the idea of Google always listening to you all the time, Google promises that it does not constantly recording it and incorporates a mute button which totally turns off Google Home's listening feature. Furthermore, Google even enables you to peek at all the dates Google Home sends back and forth. 

The Power of Voice Command

When it comes to listening to your voice command, Google Home can pick up your voice without any hassle. Among other voice commands you can instruct your Google Home are: 

Checking your calendar, setting an alarm or snooze it

Finding out the weather, perform a calculation

Hail a cab or Uber

Playing the news

Answering a question involving a quick Google search 

And others

In terms of creativity, Google Home is able to give creative answers/replies. Instead of talking mechanically to a machine, communicating with this Google device feels natural. For instance, the Australian version knows the right answer to give if you are asking for "the nearest servo". Knowing Google, it is no surprise that Google Home is packed full of humor and Easter eggs. If you are fan of pop cultures and others, Google Home can offer cheeky answers that leave you rolling on the floor laughing. 

One of the best things about its voice command is that it can customize answers for the entire family based on who is talking. First, each family member needs to download the Home app into his/her phone. Next, your family members need to train the Home to recognize their voices by repeating the magic wake works several times over. Amazingly, it offers individualized responses to questions about calendars and traffic. On request, it can also play personal playlists. 

If you love to cook or are learning to cook, Google Home can be used as a source of recipes. All you need to do is to search for a recipe on your smartphone and send any of the results to the Google Home. It can walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step directions. Google Home is a friend who patiently waits until you tell it that you are ready to proceed to next step. 

Hidden Smart Features 

Your Google Home device can even support iOS as well (Apple users can take advantage of Google connectivity). If you are a smart home enthusiast, Google Home allows you to interact with different brands of connected powerpoints, light globes, and others. So far, there are more than 70 home automation partners which let users control devices via Google Assistant on Google Home. Needless to say, the growing number of supported brands and products means that Google Home is going to be more versatile than ever. 

Google Home gives you a glimpse of what the current voice command technology can do. As it is likely to receive more updates from Google in the future, it is safe to say that Google Home will not be obsolete in a short time. With the combination of top-notch recognition and responsiveness, Google Home will an amazing virtual assistant you can get.

 

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This post was written by Aaron Tam from iPrice Group.

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Moto G 動手玩,相對小巧的低價手機(影片)


自從被 Google 收購後,Motorola 總算比以前進取了 -- 繼 Moto X 和 MotoMaker 之後,這次就殺入低價市場,推出了 Moto G。簡單點說,Moto G 可以說是紅米手機的國際版,同樣而較低的價格為賣點(當然,Moto G 要貴一些),而內裏的規格方面,Moto G 用的也是國際品牌:處理器使用了 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz,而 RAM 則有 1GB。其他規格還有 4.5 吋螢幕、500 萬像素相機、Android 4.3 和只有 8GB 的儲存等等。之餘動手玩感想和影片就請跳轉後觀看吧。

圖集: Moto G 動手玩


 


動手玩影片(廣東話)

也許是習慣了使用 5 吋或以上螢幕手機的關係,當我們拿起 4.5 吋螢幕的 Moto G,竟然生出了一種「噢,很小巧!」的感覺 @@,而實際上使用 Moto G 也被以往的手機輕鬆,我們可以輕易地將手機抓住。即使其使用的是霧面背蓋,也不會讓人有很容易摔機的感覺,而外觀雖然不算出衆,但也可以看出其和 Moto X 是一脈相承的。Moto G 的背蓋被設計成可以更換,但除了更換不同顏色背蓋和 SIM 卡外,我們是不可以自行更換電池和加入 microSD 的。


動手玩影片(國語)

軟體方面,Moto G 而低階手機來說使用了很新的系統,運行 Android 4.3 的它保留了大量原生 Android 的元素,當中包括了只限五版主頁的介面和使用小工具頁籤的清晰列表等等。要說自家元素也不是沒有,將其內建了由 RAZR 系列傳承下來,功能相近的 Assist 軟體,可以設定在不同時間手機的狀態,而設定裏也可以看到有 Motorola 帳號的選項。簡單動手玩下來,我們對 Moto G 的印象是不錯的,整體操作並沒有顯得很慢,而這部 Moto G 的水貨售價大約也是在 HK$1,699(約 NT$6,500)左右,而當其正式登陸香港時,我們也希望可以更詳細的報道啊。
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SmartDevice Z Watch review by Expansys

Competition in the Smart Watch World - SmartQ Z Watch


 
The SmartQ Z Watch connects you to your Android device so you can always stay in touch.   It’s waterproof, offers 4 GB storage and offers an alternative to the competition on the market.  With so many brands now offering Smart watches from Pebble, Samsung and Sony it is good to see a more affordable option in the market:

 

 


 

It comes with an impressive specification list and apps for the price:


  

Specifications:

·         Processor: Ingenic JZ4775 low-power processor 1.0 GHz

·         Memory: Storage: 4GB eMMC / RAM: 512MB

·         Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 LE

·         WLAN: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

·         Connection: 3.5 mm audio jack (with waterproof audio jack stopper)

·         Acceleration Sensor: Three-axis accelerometer

·         Microphone: Built-in high sensitive Microphone

·         Screen: 1.54-inch TFT LCD / Resolution: 240x240 / Capacitive multi-touch tempered glass touch screen

·         For use with: Smartphones using Android 4.0 and later

·         Water resistant: IP-X7 water resistant*

·         Battery: 300 mAh Li-poly

·         Size of Case: 49.9mm(L) x 38.5mm(W) × 12.2mm(H)

·         Size of strap: 22mm(W) length: 24.5cm (including case)

·         Weight: approx 42.5 g

 

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The most affordable Action Camera- XBase SJ1000 Sports HD DV (White)

 

The Xbase SJ100 sports HD camera is truly a value for money if you are looking for something that is reasonably priced and can be used in  moving Action. Even more so is the amazing features you can use. Unboxing the item will reveal a lot of components but if you are a person that loves adventures and capturing videos in motion than assembling the Camera is worth every bit of your time.


  

Here are 8 great reasons to use Xbase SJ100 Sports DV

  1. Housing Case mounting clip - You can have the camera strapped to your arm while in motion, simply take the bandage clip No.11  and hooking it to the back of the case and insert the strap No.10      

  2. Helmet housing - For bicycle travellers you can take the helmet and mount on the camera using No.14, and straps No. 11.


 

  1. Helmet mounted - For even crazier bikers, instead of hosting the camera on the helmet, you can host the camera up vertical so that its vertically mounted on the helmet. Fee free to try it out using nos 14, 5 & 1.

                 *Note you will need a bind strap no 3 to host it onto the helmet not provided in the pack


 

  1. Clip mounting - A more easier way to handle the camera is using the clip No.10. Simply stick it to the back of the HD camera without the Waterproof case, and camera can be clipped to your buckle, pocket or to a strap No 11.


 

  1. Housing Case installation -  The housing case installation No.1  which is the waterproof case is probably the best piece of the HD Camera. As it allows the camera to be waterproof up to 30 meters depth.


 

  1. Bike Rack mounted - Similar to the GoPro yet more economical version is the bike rack ability. Using nos 12, 17, or 6 and tools of No.15 fix and mount it to the handrail of any bicycle. Once the support is mounted, you can leave it on and just remove the camera for convenience.


 

  1. Car recorder install - Using Nos 6,5 and 2  with the tiny screw driver No.15 in the above image, to mount it on the windscreen of the car. For the electric supply you can plug it into the cigarette lighter receptacle for the camera to be fully functional 


 

  1. Home Security -As this camera is a multipurpose one, you can also used it not just for motion shots but having it in a stationary position. What that means is you have it installed as a security camera in your own living space. To do so you will need to use nos 6, 7 & 3, including the sticky pad next to nos 9 & 10 .The XBase SJ10 Sports HD DV camera needs to be plugged in to AC supply to continually capture video.


 
 

Useful Features of the Xbase SJ100 Sporst HD XBase SJ1000 Sports HD DV (White)


  • Waterproof to a depth of 30 meters a great choice for watersports and diving

  • The video camera is HD built in at 1.5 inch display

  • 140 degrees high resolution wide-angle lens gives a panoramic effect that is great for outdoor video footages

  • Max storage between 2GB to 32GB storage card

  • Standard parts are removable and easily assemble

  • Serves as a Webcam so you can connect it to your PC

  • HDMI and HDTV output


To view the product in detail check out this youtube video created.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QppW_0_DuiE

 

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Great Features of the Sony SBH2

 


 

One -touch (NFC) connect and go - this feature uses the Smart Bluetooth® where you simply just touch the back of the smartphone to the back of any android device in some cases you will need to enable NFC for the smartphone or normally Bluetooth Pairing.


 
 

Music experience

While not answering to calls on the SBH52, I downloaded a few songs to check the sound quality and for a small device its quite decent. It has a deep bass and clean clear treble. On the display window of the SBH52 you can see the current song track , artist name and track info.  You can simply click the >> next function button or previous << function button to skip tracks similar to a traditional cassette recorder.


 
 
 

Smart app-enabled

In addition to using the Sony SBH52, you can download the application for android from Google Play Sony smart app extension. Search for Sony SBH52 and you will find the extension app on Google Play for android devices.


 

 

The window app allows you to view calls and call lists under the New events section of your phone display.  


 

In addition you can read text notifications and messages in a clear OLED display.


 
 

FM radio

Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52 has a built-in stand alone FM radio with RDS. Save your favourite radio stations and enjoy real time entertainment wherever you are.


Multi-compatible. Multipoint



You can use Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52 with any device that supports standard Bluetooth® audio streaming (A2DP) including the most popular laptops, smartphones and tablets. This wireless headset will also connect to two smartphones or other devices at the same time.


Other Specifications of the Sony SBH52


“Anywhere - Anytime “


The Sony SBH52 Smart Bluetooth handset is splash proof so it can stand drops of rain. It is not waterproof however, so just be careful not to drop it into a pool of water assuming that splash proof is same as water proof.


To summarize Sony SBH52 comes with

 

  • Bluetooth 3.0

  • Multipoint connectivity

  • NFC

  • FM radio with RDS

  • HD Voice ready
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抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!

講到 12 月的一個重頭戲,除了在 12 月 12 日開賣的紅米之外,就是大家期待的平價四核手機 Motorola Moto G 了吧!因為發佈時講到香港成為首發地區,所以不少 Moto 的粉絲都相當興奮,版主睇過外國的 Hands-on 試玩都覺得好吸引,而今日終於可以在香港買到了!想知道入手方法同埋睇跑分、機身就即刻 Click 入黎睇睇啦!

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
 

Espansys 引入英國水貨 ! 有全球保養賣 $1,699!

今日可以在香港玩到 Google 和 Motorola 合作推出的 Moto G,可以說是 12 月的一個驚喜。因為版主知道代理方面要 12 月至尾先正式引入這部機,而版主玩到的是購物網站 Expansys 從英國引入的水貨。話雖如此,版主留意到說明書入面有全球保養的條款,而 Expansys 都保證買貨後 14 日包換,算是可以放心入手的一個途徑。

價錢方面 Espansys 的網站 8GB 版本定價 $1,699 就比起美國接近 $1,388 的定價貴 $300 ,與英國方面的價錢接近,比較可惜的就是沒有引入 16GB 版本了。因為 Moto G 是不支援外置插卡的,所以 8GB 的容量對於用家來說是有點緊張,等埋等埋行貨出現就自己諗了。

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲現時在網上已經有得賣 Motorola Moto G ,但只有 8GB 版本,定價在 $1,699

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ Moto G 有著全球保養,當然是不包人為損壞(所以是 Limited Warranty)
 

Motorola Moto G 開箱上手試!平價但不廉價

有真機到港版主當然先來一個開箱吧,之前對於 Motorola Moto G 的外國評測其實也不少,先跟網友們複習一次它的規格吧!以一部賣價低於 $2,000 的機種來說,有著 4.5 吋的 720p 屏幕和 Qualcomm S400 四核心 1.2GHz 處理器+ 1GB RAM 是它的亮點,而 500 萬像素主鏡頭和 130 萬像素前鏡頭算是比較入門的規格,看在價錢上也不能要求太多,而 2070mAh 電池和中階機種差不多大,配合原生 Android 系統的表現還是值得期待的。

一開箱, Moto G 的包裝很簡單,就是手機、說明書和 USB 連接線,跟 Nexus 5 同樣是沒有耳機的,算是便宜下的小小代價吧。初次拿上手的感覺比想像中好,雖說是入門級價錢的手機,在造工、質感方面都沒有一種廉價的感覺。可能是習慣使用大屏幕的手機吧,版主覺得 Moto G 的 4.5 吋屏幕相當好拿,是單手可以操作的大小,重量在 143g 也是合適的程度,就是沒有超窄邊框的有型設計了。要說不好的地方,就是機身略為厚了一點,和機背太易沾指紋了吧!icon

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ Moto G 的包裝相當簡約,用上了白色和淺綠的配色,不算搶眼。

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ Moto G 裡面的配件不多,就是 USB 連接線和手機,還有說明書+保養書了

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲開機了!是 Motorola 的開機畫面,和發佈會時的那個地球一樣,動畫美感十足!

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲Moto G 機身還算小巧,版主 Eddie 手是比較小的,也可以輕鬆單手操控,就是機身厚了一點

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲把玩了一下, Moto G 的機背相當易沾指紋的,也不容易抹去,這是磨沙機背的缺點啊icon(還好可以換機殼)

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分! 抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ Moto G 採用可拆殼式設計,可惜電池是內置式,所以不可以換電,也沒有 Micro SD 插卡槽

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分! 抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ USB 連接埠在機底,而音量和解鎖鍵都在機身右側, 3.5mm 就在機頂

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲720p 解像度在 4.5 吋屏幕上面有著 326 PPI ,屏幕無論是亮度和顏色都很不錯
 

運行原生 Andorid ! Qualcomm S400 四核測試

開機試玩了一會,版主認為原生 Android 系統在 Moto G 上面運行得實在相當順暢,對於那麼「乾淨」的一部機來說其實不用太快的處理器也有很不錯的流暢度了,可惜的它不是運行最新的 Android 4.4 KitKat ,要等到明年一月才有更新,玩不到「 Ok Google」 的功能。內置比較特別的功能就是一個叫 Motorola Assist 的 App ,只是一個簡單的場景模式,不太佔空間也不食 RAM ,算是一個輕量的客制化。

版主今次試到的是 8GB 版本,機身入面有著接近 5GB 的空間,對於重度用家來說未必夠用,相片/影片也實在不能夠放太多,能否接受就看個人使用習慣了。而機身上面採用著的 Qualcomm S400 四核心 1.2GHz 四核心配合 1GB RAM 的效能如何?即刻比大家睇睇跑分:

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲內置的Motorola Assist ,說穿了就是場景模式,不算太特別的功能,其餘就是運行原生 Android 了

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分! 抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲在安兔兔的跑分 Motorola Moto G 有著 17552 分,比起採用 Qualcomm APQ8064 的 Nexus 4 還要快,亦比起很多 MTK 四核機種快上不少,證明 Qualcomm S400 四核心運作上的速度還不錯

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分! 抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲Quadrant Standard 的分數有著 8400 分,雖然及不上 Qualcomm S600 機款過萬的分數,但已經比上一代的 Qualcomm APQ8064 系列快了,大家可以留意到處理器的型號是 Qualcomm MSM 8226

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分! 抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ Vellamo 在 HTML 5 的跑分接近 2,000 分,證明這部機運行起大型網頁的時侯表現不會輸給 Qualcomm S600 機種如 HTC One  等,不過硬件上面就只有 517 分的成績,跟 Nexus 4 等舊一代機核機種差不多;大家亦可以留意內置容量大約 5.52GB 左右,扣除應用程式大約只有 5GB 空間可以用

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲Moto G 在 Nenamark 2 達不到 60fps 的滿分,在 3D 圖像處理方面還是及不上新一代的四核機款,如果不是用來運行大型遊戲的話其實也夠用。
 

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Upgrading to Apple's 5th Generation iPad Air - A LIGHTER CHOICE

The new Apple iPad Air released in Asia around early November 2013 and is much lighter than the previous versions.


Currently Apple is not so vocal about the release compared to the iPad 2, iPad 3 and  iPad 4 but from the looks of the tablet it is much lighter and incorporates the latest  Apple iOS 7 with Siri.


Dimension wise it stands at  height of 23.88 cm X  width 16.76 cm and thinness of merely 0.73 cm


One of the main factors for choosing an iPad Air is the lightness compared to the iPad 4 and earlier versions. The iPad Air weighs in at only 469 grams (less than half a Kilogram) compared to the iPad 4 which weighs 662 grams, thats a 30% decrease in weight.


As for the pixel resolution size you will not be disappointed if you are wanting a bigger screen because the size remains at 9.7 inches with a display resolution remaining at 2048 x 1536 with 264 pixels per inch.


In addition the memory remains at 1024 or 1GB RAM.  


4 Extra giveaways of the iPad Air

 

  1. Faster processor - by far the fastest for an Apple tablet with the new A7 serious (64bit, with M7 motion coprocessor at 1.4GHZ)

  2. Better graphics - The iPad Air has a Multi-core Power VR G6430 Graphics Processing Unit giving a great look and feel together with the latest iOS 7 user interface.

  3. Wifi performance - 802.11a/b/g/n) MIMO multiple antennas  also referred to multiple input and multiple output or smart antenna as its commonly known, provides a better WIFI coverage performance than its predecessors.

  4. Longer battery life - Product specifications state that it is around 11hrs (32.4Wh) compared to the Ipad 4 of 10 hrs (42.5 Wh)



The new iPad Air by Apple is currently available in Space Gray and silver at a competitive price.

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The third and latest handset by Blackberry – BB Z30 unlocked (sim free)

Blackberry Z30 is the third product to be released from the BlackBerry flagship. It comes ready built for 4G compatibility and a total 25 hours battery life. Price wise is not so much of a difference compared to many of the slick features it offers.

The Z30 design is a mixture of both the Z10 and Q10 which has a similar glass weave back panel, button -less keyboard and all screen design ethos of the Z10. The display screen is strongly built Super Amoled with 720p unit a much better improvement user experience of multi touch screen.

As for the icon colors they look are beautifully design with serious user experience in mind. The back panel can be removed however the battery is quite difficult.

You can see the big difference here compared to the iPhone 5.

The Blackberry Z30 contains a 1.7GHz processor with Quad Core graphics and only weighs 170 grams. As

for the resolution for a 5 inch display stands at 1280 x 720.

The smart phone camera has a 2 mega pixel front camera and a 8 mega pixel back camera allowing for a significant zoom and ability to record HD video ranging from 1080p to 720p.


Handy features

Battery Life

 

As claimed by Blackberry the Li-Ion 2880 mAh battery runs at 25 hours, 18 hours mixture of data and talktime and a total of 10 hours of talk time and for 3G up to 384 hours standby . 

 

Great speaker Quality

Many review critics claim that the quality of sound is much clearer and louder than the previous versions.

 

Blackberry 10.2 OS

 

The latest 10.2 version comes loaded with the new features of BBM ( Blackberry messaging) that allows for message notification to be displayed as a pop up on the screen when a new email, or message comes through.

 

This is quite useful if the user is accessing many applications without closing them to read those messages. A feature called priority inbox helps for messages to be sorted automatically or through user settings as a result gives a great experience for users that are always swamped with emails or notifications from other applications such as facebook.

 

Security features of Blackberry 10 using Trend Micro

For mobile users that are concerned about their data security of their smartphones, Blackberry 10 OS built in Trend Micro allows for several features that help protect from threats like password, data, web browsing, app permission settings and app screening.

 

The feature of password protection allows you to securely store all of your online passwords. Anti theft protection lets you remotely locate a device and wipe the data without having to touch the phone. In addition the mobile web feature helps stop mobile URL phishing by blocking pop ups where as the app permission feature lets users choose which data apps can be accessed on their Blackberry phones.

 

Blackberry Z30 also comes with evernote app freely installed and multilingual settings.

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How to cut a SIM card to use in Apple iPhone 5 nano-SIM tray

This afternoon Expansys Hong Kong received our first shipments of iPhone 5. One of our main concerns regarding the new iPhone 5 was whether regular SIMs could be cut down to work with Apple’s nano-SIM format. Although Apple has previously indicated that users would be required to purchase or trade-in their SIM cards for Apple’s new nano-SIM format, Expansys has found that this is not necessarily the case.

Before beginning to explain this process, Expansys would like to state that this process has not been tested with all SIM cards, and that users who cut down their SIM cards do so at their own risk. Expansys in no way accepts responsibility for any damage caused by this process.

Step-By-Step Guide

Items Needed
1.    1 XBase nano-SIM cutter
2.    1 sheet of extra-fine sandpaper
3.    1 standard SIM card (or micro-SIM)
4.    1 Apple iPhone 5

XBase nano-SIM cutter

Cut-down nano-SIM

Begin by placing your SIM card into the slot at the base of the nano-SIM cutter, (use the included micro-SIM adapter if you aren’t using a standard SIM card). Make sure that the metal contacts align with the hole at the bottom of the cutter. Press down hard on the lever to cut the SIM card. When you remove the outer portions of your SIM card from the cutter, you will notice that part of the metal on the SIM card itself has also been cut, but this is not essential to the functioning of the card.

After cutting the SIM card, we were able to insert the SIM card into Apple’s nano-SIM tray. However, the fit was quite snug and the edges of the SIM card weren’t quite flush with the tray, and we were worried that if we pushed the SIM in all the way, it might become stuck. So instead we rubbed the back of our new nano-SIM against some fine-grained sandpaper to take that extra 0.09 mm off the top. Once we sanded it down for a minute or two, we placed the cut-down SIM back into the tray and made sure the edges were flush with the tray height. After that, we inserted the nano-SIM tray, booted up our new iPhone 5, and after a minute or so it recognized the signal and we were able to dial away!

Sanding down the nano-SIM

Ensure SIM card is flush with nano-SIM tray

Insert nano-SIM tray

Cut-down nano-SIM has a strong signal.