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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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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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Macrodroid: Makes your smartphone even smarter

With the advancement of technology, current smartphones easily boast of multiple cores in their CPU, armed with multiple sensors **cough** Samsung **cough** and equipped with few GB of RAMS. However, many of us are still manually doing tasks on our smartphones that are perfectly capable of being automated for the sake of simplicity. Take for example the daily act of turning on mobile data to use Waze for navigating the horrendous traffic jam to your workplace, silencing your phone when you step into your office and turning on WiFi to use your company’s WiFi. Every morning we are doing the same set of actions. What if all those actions can be done without you even touching your smartphone?

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Welcome to the world of automation apps ladies and gentlemen. Today I would like to introduce an automation app called Macrodroid developed by ArloSoft. The main feature of the app is that you can create macros to automate certain tasks in your smartphone with the limit being as far as your creativity can traverse. It certainly is an exciting app, do grab a coffee while I give you a tour of the app.

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ASUS ZenFone 2 Review: Budget Friendly Power Phone

Since 2014 we have a lot of devices which are affordable, yet capable enough to give the flagship phones a run for their money. ASUS is one of the player you simply couldn’t ignore in the so-called flagship killers with the introduction of their ZenFone 2. While the low price is one of the attractions, being the first phone to carry 4GB of RAM allows the ZenFone to steal a fair share of spotlight from other devices launched earlier this year. It has been months since the ZenFone 2 was launched but is it still good enough? Well, we are here to answer that question.

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There are a few phones which carry the “ZenFone 2” name to we would like to clarify that the unit we are reviewing is the ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML, which packs 32GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. There are a lot of variants of ZenFone 2 out there with different processors, display and memory size. I really think that the weird naming scheme will bring a lot of confusions to average consumers and I still don’t get the reason behind it.

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Comparison: ASUS 9600mAh ZenPower VS Xiaomi 10400mAh Mi Power Bank

With faster processors and ever-growing display resolution, the battery life for smartphones remained the same even though all manufacturers have put in effort to improve the power efficiency of our devices. As more and more phones are using non-removable batteries, a power bank seems to become a necessity, whether you like it or not.

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Luckily, there are some affordable options in the market from manufacturers like ASUS and Xiaomi. We have just reviewed ASUS’s 9600mAh ZenPower and the review of Xiaomi’s 10400mAh Mi Power Bank was done back in 2014. So why not compare the two most affordable power banks we have in the market?

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ASUS 9600mAh ZenPower Review: Fast-charging power bank made compact & affordable

The ASUS 9600mAH ZenPower is the portable power bank sold by ASUS. It was announced earlier this year and it has just reached Malaysia recently. Like the smartphones and tablets offered by the Taiwanese company, the ZenPower is relatively cheap. But is there any catch using cheap power banks like this? Does the low price bring any compromises and will it be harmful to your expensive electronic gadgets? Well, this review will clear your doubts.

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