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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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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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Why Apple is keeping the same iPhone design for two years?

Since 2008, Apple kept the design of its iPhones for two years before making a huge change. The iPhone 3GS looks like the iPhone 3G while the iPhone 4s looks like the iPhone 4. The iPhone 5s is a little different from iPhone 5 due to the introduction of Touch ID and new colours, but the overall design is being kept the same. This year’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus also inherit the same design from last year’s models. In fact, only the design of the first iPhone and iPhone 5c are not used twice. Have you ever wondered why Apple is doing this?

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Refining the Design, Correcting the Wrongs

It is hard to get perfect results with your first try. This is common knowledge and it applies to the industrial design of a phone too. While iPhones’ design has been praised over the years, almost every iPhone will have some issues when a new design is  introduced. However, a lot of the problems were fixed on the following year with a new model of similar design.

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iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus Impression: Still the same iPhone with improved camera & new dimension of Touch

It’s September again so it’s time for another iPhone. The successors to last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, without much surprise, are the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. The new iPhones certainly look the same as their predecessors, like all iPhones carrying the ‘s’ in their names. But under the similar bodies pack refinements made by Apple. So let’s find out what has been improved!

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Looks the Same

As mentioned earlier, the new iPhones look very similar to last year’s model, except with the addition of a new colour option: rose gold. The rose gold model looks like pale pink for me and I guess women will find it very appealing. I am not a big fan of the design ever since iPhone 6 was launched, especially with the antenna lines on the back which are thick and ugly. However, changes are not expected at the first place so I am not truly disappointed over here.

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Know The Tech 005: Understanding Apple’s 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

There’s a new feature called 3D Touch on the new iPhone 6s. What exactly is this? 3D Touch, or previously known as Force Touch, is the technology which allows the display to detect how much pressure is applied on it. It first debuted on MacBook and Apple Watch and it makes sense for Apple to carry the feature over to their main product. This technology simply means that the screen is pressure sensitive. By measuring the pressure your fingers applied to the glass, it can differentiate between a usual tap, a lighter press and a harder press. So there’s 3 levels of pressure which can be detected here.

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First of all, you need to keep in mind that normal taps still works like they use to be. For normal or so-called traditional tap, there will be no physical feedback from the phone. For 3D Touch, there’s a Taptic engine to “tap” you (a more gentle vibration) to notify you that you have performed a 3D Touch.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 & S6 Edge + Impression: Still the best phablet, again

Last year Apple had introduced the iPhone 6 Plus and their very first phablet was selling like hotcake. Conversely, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was not as popular among consumers, even though it was well-received among tech journalists. Given that Samsung’s Note series is one which started the phablet category, the Korean giant certainly won’t be too happy about it. So this year they decided to launch their flagship phablets before the new iPhone is announced.

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Windows 10: To wait or not to wait? That is the question.

With Windows 10 release date drawing closer on July 29th, we have a look at the top reasons you might want to get this immediately or just let the early adopters iron out any bugs while you are safely in your Windows 7 or 8.1 machine. Note that the July 29th release date is only for Windows Insiders, people who are already beta testing Windows 10. Everyone else has to wait for Microsoft to make it available to them via the Windows 10 reservation system. So when the option is available for you to upgrade to Windows 10, do the benefits outweigh the risks?

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Xiaomi Mi Note available soon in Malaysia, 2015 Flagship with 2014 Specifications

Finally the wait is over. Xiaomi’s flagship phablet, the Mi Note, will be available in Malaysia starting on 28th of July. However, there is still no news for the availability for higher-end Mi Note Pro. Both phablets were launched in January 2015 and it took Xiaomi 6 months to bring the Mi Note to Malaysia. It is not hard to imagine why the consumers and the MiFans in Malaysia are getting impatient.

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Huawei P8 and P8max First Impression: Great promises shown, true test awaits

Huawei has been doing quite well with its Honor line-up, which is only available for sale online. The Ascend line-up looks pale in comparison as the phones are typically more expensive. However, it seems that Huawei is not going to change that. This year, Huawei is making the flagship phone more premium than ever instead of dropping the price to meet the fierce competition. Meet Huawei P8 and the larger P8max, the 2015 flagship phones from Huawei.

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