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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Review: Third Time’s the Charm

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series has always been a great choice if you are looking for a budget friendly phablet. How Xiaomi kept the Redmi Note standing out in the extremely congested market is quite simple: delivering more while keeping the price down. But the original Redmi Note and the Redmi Note 2 are not without their flaws. The Redmi Note 3 is Xiaomi’s third attempt so we are going to find out if the Redmi Note series has finally matured or not.

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Huawei Honor 5X Review: Solid Midrange Phone with Premium Features

Honor 5X is a midrange phablet offered by Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor. Priced at RM899, I actually wonder if it is fair to call it a midrange device, given that the price is not high as compared to other midrange devices from other major manufacturers. The longer I used it, the better I understood that this phone is not a typical budget device which comes with a lot of compromises to keep the price down.

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Huawei Honor 5X Unboxing and First Impression

Huawei Honor 5X is the new kid in the budget smartphone market. Honor 5X has a lot of rivals to beat and we really want to know how does it compete against the rest of the pack. So we got ourselves a trial unit. Before we got into the real review, which will be coming up real soon, here’s the unboxing experience and our first thought after some real hands-on time.

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Surface 3 On Windows 10 Review: The Tablet for Every Situation

The Surface 3 was launched in May 2015 by Microsoft and is the successor for the Surface 2.  It is a 2-in-1 tablet still designed for portability. It does well with lightweight work but its not really something to consider if you need to do graphics intensive work on it. It is smaller and less powerful than its Surface Pro brothers but still marketed by Microsoft as a tablet that can replace your laptop. So the big question is it a worthy alternative to many other tablet choices out in the market such as the iPad? Or even in general laptops for that matter?

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For this review, we’ll be using the full experience available for the Surface 3 minus the dock, which is using the type cover and Surface 3 Pen. The Surface 3 we received is running Windows 10 which was upgraded from Windows 8.1. This marks that Microsoft is giving priority to the desktop experience while maintaining the mobile features available. This is reflected in Windows 10’s Continuum, where Tablet Mode is the replacement for Windows 8.1’s mobile style of user interface design.

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Alcatel OneTouch Flash 2 Review: Not flashy, but not a bad deal either.

The Flash 2 is a new phone from Alcatel OneTouch. With the price tag of RM549, the market segment is geared towards people with lower budget. It’s undeniable that the smartphone market has been flooded with a lot of affordable phones. So naturally this review is going to answer a big question: Is there any space for the Flash 2 in the market?

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The Affordable Redmi Note 2 Looks to be a Powerhouse

After waiting for months, finally Xiaomi Malaysia is bringing their Redmi Note 2 to our shores. As the name suggested, it is the successor of the popular Redmi Note. It is priced at RM649, which is quite a fair price considering our weak currency exchange at this moment.

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OnePlus X: First Impression

Within a span of 3 months, the relatively young but ambitious OnePlus has released their 2nd and 3rd smartphone. The OnePlus Two, successor to the highly popular OnePlus One debuted some way back in July with a tagline of “2016 Flagship Killer”. Regardless of whether it managed to live up to the billing is another story but OnePlus has recently announced their first ever mid-range smartphone: OnePlus X. Catchy name indeed but let us see what this new smartphone offers in our impression of the OnePlus X.

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Spec sheet of OnePlus X

Display 5.0 inch AMOLED with 1920×1080 resolution
Chipset Snapdragon 801 @ 2.3Ghz + Adreno 330
RAM 3GB
Storage 16GB, expandable
Camera Rear: 13 megapixel. Front: 8 megapixel
Connectivity Dual Sim, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB
Battery 2525mAh
OS Oxygen 2.1.0 based on Lollipop 5.1.1
Weight 138g
Price $249USD(Onyx), $359USD(Ceramic)

 

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Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book: First Impressions

It’s that time of the year where Microsoft and Apple unveil their latest products and innovations, which really sparked a lot of interest and hype for the new upcoming devices. Today we will be focusing on Microsoft’s Surface Series which definitely made many people’s mouths water. I am talking about the Surface Pro 4 and its laptop counterpart, the Surface Book. Now if you haven’t heard of these devices definitely check them out as they offer many new features which are very impressive. Note that both of these devices run Windows 10 and have all the features you would expect from this OS namely Cortana, Continuum and Microsoft Edge.

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When the Surface series started it didn’t really do very well as compared to Apple’s iPad series although they were different category of devices. Surface was designed to be a mobile replacement for a computer while the iPad was primarily a tablet mobile device. But since then, it has steadily gained ground in the “replacement for a desktop department” and performed quite well with the Surface Pro 3. Now, the Surface Pro 4 looks to be a worthy upgrade (with a bigger price too!)

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Android App Hunt V1

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Introduction

Ever since the inception of Google Play Store in 2008 (back then it was called Android Market); it has been going from strength to strength. Now with over one and a half million apps published; we can find practically any kind of apps in there. Some being so essential that we cannot live without  them and some that are just…. well…. useless.

In this new series, I am going to share some less well-known apps which I think will be quite useful in your daily smartphone usage. These gems are mostly free and lack the attention that I think they deserve.  In fact, I think some of them should be baked into the next version of Android for better user experience! Lets find out if you agree with me.

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Nexus 6P & Nexus 5X Impression: Getting back to what Nexus phones should be

Last year’s Nexus 6 is definitely a great phone. However, its size is way too big for most of the people and its high price is not helping the case at all. We knew that it was destined to be a niche product right after it was announced. Nexus 4 for 2012, Nexus 5 for 2013, Nexus 6 for 2014, so Nexus 7 for 2015? Well, you know that is not going to happen as Nexus 7 is the tablet from Google. This year, Google announced a pair of Nexus phones, namely the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X. Can the two Nexus devices avoid the fate of the Nexus 6? I think the answer is yes.

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