Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Samsung Galaxy A7 - Quick Look

Samsung has made something of a shift in its design ethos with its Alpha and A range of smartphones. Instead of the plastic chassis of the Samsung Galaxy S5, an all-metal unibody design has been used. This design is a major hint at what to expect when the Samsung Galaxy S6 eventually arrives. 

The A range is sleeker and a whole lot more stylish than the S5 - and suits phablets too, as the Samsung Galaxy A7 proves.

For some unknown reason, the Samsung Galaxy A7 wasn't shown off at CES 2015. But TechRadar managed to get hands on with the device at the company's European Forum in Monaco this week.

It will come as no surprise the Samsung Galaxy A7 offers many of the same specs as the Samsung Galaxy A3 and the Samsung Galaxy A5, albeit in a larger frame. But it does improve somewhat on both screen quality and chipset power.

The A7's screen measures 5.5 inches, just shy of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4's 5.7 inches. In contrast the A5's screen measures 5 inches and the A3's 4.5 inches. It's not hard to spot the pattern here.
Samsung Galaxy A7 review
There's a big reason the Galaxy Alpha A7 has a 5.5 inch screen, and that is the iPhone 6 Plus. This has definitely been released to rival Apple's bigger handset and, hopefully, take a slice of the market share that Apple is currently getting.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, a phone which sparked off Samsung's new all-metal look but came with no expandable memory, you will be pleased to know that the A7 has a microSD card slot. This is situated on the right side of the device, next to the SIM card slot. Both of these can be opened with a special pin.
Samsung Galaxy A7 review
Samsung has made sure that its A range of smartphones are the skinniest yet - the chassis measures a mere 6.3mm. It's beautifully slim, which means it sits well in the hand - despite the large screen size - and it is Samsung's thinnest handset to date.

Another way the Samsung Galaxy A7 differs from the others in the range is screen quality. While the A5 and A3 were given 720p screens, this one comes with a 1080p Super AMOLED.
Samsung Galaxy A7 review
The European Forum was ablaze with light when I tried out the A7 but it still managed to look bright, with colours both vivid and crisp. The 401ppi pixel density made sure that I was impressed with the look of the screen. 

To make sure there is sufficient power in the A7, Samsung is using the Snapdragon 615 chipset. This is definitely a marked improvement on the Snapdragon 410 chip that's found in the A5.
Samsung Galaxy A7 review
Also inside is 2GB of memory and a rather paltry 16GB of built-in storage. Thankfully this can also be expanded by 64GB, courtesy of the SD slot.

In the hand, the phone feels perfectly premium. The metal chassis doesn't extend to the back of the device, though, but I have a feeling that this is something that Samsung is holding back for the Galaxy S6.
Samsung Galaxy A7 review
Camera-wise, Samsung has decided that 13MP should be the norm for this series but that's not something you can argue with. It means there's plenty of megapixel power to make sure the shots you take on the A7 match that of a compact camera. 

Granted it's not the 20.7MP sensor that is found in the Sony Xperia Z3, but you won't have too much to complain about here.
Samsung Galaxy A7 review
If you are into the dreaded selfie, then this will also come out crisp and clear as there is a 5MP sensor on the front of the Galaxy A7. To help you with your picture-taking narcissism, there's two selfie-infused features on board: ultra wide shot and auto selfie.

Other camera functions include, touch to focus, face detection and geo tagging. The back camera is one thing that let's the design of the phone down - it does protrude, much like the camera on the Galaxy S5 but it is flanked by the LED flash and the speaker grill.

Early Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A7 is a great-looking device but I will have to wait until our full review to see if it has the chipset power to help raise it above its mid-range leanings.

If you don't fancy wielding an S Pen, however, and want a big-screen phone then the A7 does fit this category. 

While it doesn't match Samsung's current flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5, on specs - except for a better front-facing camera - this design will no doubt carry on in the Samsung Galaxy S6. And that is definitely something to get excited about.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Top 5 smartphones of 2014

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As the technology is advancing day by day, even the mobile phones are becoming more and more high end. Mobile industry in 2014 has given us some of the greatest hi-tech smartphones ever. Every giant smartphone company launched its finest phones to compete in the market. According to the features, sales and style here we list Top 5 smartphones of 2014.

1. iPhone 6
Apple's most awaiting launch IPhone 6 is sleek, smart and a power packed phone. The device comes with 4.7 inch HD display and 64 bit A8 Chip along with the M8 motion coprocessor. This phone is just 6.9 mm thin and is curved with seamless design. IPhone 6 is innovated to give more power backup with its 1810 mAh battery even on driving bigger display.

2. Moto X (2014) 2nd Generation
With no doubt Motorola launched this smartphone with even better features than the previous ones. This 4G iconic phone has 5.2 inches Full HD AMOLED display, 2 GB RAM and 2.5 GHz QUALCOMM snapdragon 801 quad core processor, 13 MP primary camera with quick capture and dual LED’s ring flash. This phone is carved in a metal frame and is made customizable with metal, leather and wooden finish. This device gives a pure android experience.

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Note 4 is the latest premium phone of Samsung note series, this big boom device comes with 5.7 inches Super AMOLED Screen and to support this with a bigger battery of 3220 mAh for better backup. This edition has latest features like a fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensors, S-Pen and stylus software. This device is power packed with 3 GB RAM, Quad core 1.3 GHz cortex-A53 and & Quad core 1.9 GHz processor. It has 32GB internal memory and android jelly bean.

4. HTC One M8
This smartphone from HTC offers 5 inches capacitive display and has brushed metal body design crafted with a curve to fit in hand easily. The phone offers 2GB Ram and has 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. It has 16GB internal memory and an SD card slot to make it expandable up to 128 GB. The new generation 4-ultra pixel rear camera and 5 MP front camera gives an outstanding photo capture experience.

5. Sony Xperia Z3
The Sony Xperia Z3 is an excellent high-end smartphone by Sony Z series. This phone is the only one smartphone to have IP68 certification. Z3 is made to give an incredible performance with its higher waterproof rating, integration to play games with PS4 remote controller and high battery life. The phone is packed with 5.2 inches Full HD bright display, snapdragon 2.5 GHz quad core processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. The phone gives ultimate photography experience with its 20.7 MP rear and 2.2 MP front camera. This phone also features Sony 3D surround sound technology.

The above written are the best premium phones ranked according to their performance, specification, features and demand by the public. There are plenty more Smartphones in the market gives close competition to these.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Microsoft HoloLens Release Set this Year? Price Not Exceeding $500

Microsoft's HoloLens
The most ambitious windows device ever to be made: HoloLens; it is a holographic headset that blends real world with the digital world that is expected to launch its developer units later this year within the same time frame as Windows 10  according to Windows tech team. Experts believe it will be sold for less than $500.

Microsoft HoloLens aims to rival, if not exceed the most advanced virtual reality devices out in the market. Its ambition to transform your world with holograms is something definitely promising. It does not only focus in gaming aspects and features, unlike the Oculus Rift, but also offers new ways to teach and learn, collaborate and explore, create and imagine, and visualize your work.

One key feature of the Microsoft HoloLens is that it makes your world into your own canvas. It can intelligently map the room you're in and blend holograms with the environment around you. It also has transparent lens and advanced sensors to allow you to see the real world and confidently move in it. Additionally, it has built-in spatial sound lets you hear holograms wherever they are in the room with pinpoint precision.  Moreover it is Lightweight and adjustable to fit any adult head size to ensure comfortable playing and working. It has no cords, wires, nor tethers as well.  It definitely offers a new way to see your world as their tagline goes: "Change the way you see the world, you can change the world you see"

This is just the beginning, Windows developers said. There are no official release dates yet for the commercial units, but you can expect developer units around July this year. As they have barely scratched the surface of what is possible, they are offering sign-ups for the latest news and updates on the Microsoft HoloLens.

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