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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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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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Lumia 640 Full Review: The Affordable Jack of All Trades

Lumia 640 was introduced earlier this year, along with Lumia 640 XL, its bigger brother. Their introduction shows Microsoft’s strategy in focusing on the budget phone market. After pushing so many low end devices into the market, Is there any space left for the new Lumia 640 and how does it compare to the rest of the pack? Or is it “just another Lumia”? I have used the Lumia 640 for 2 weeks and here are my thoughts on it.

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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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Microsoft Lumia 535 Full Review: Another Cheap Lumia That Is Not Bad At All

Lumia 535 was launched at the end of last year and it was the first Lumia to carry Microsoft’s brand name after Microsoft completed the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division. Despite having an affordable price tag, it came with respectable specifications, at least on paper. So how does it perform in real life and can it live up to the high expectation of being the first Microsoft Lumia?

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Microsoft Surface 3 is a tablet running full Windows 8.1 with a price like an iPad

The Surface Pro 3 is one of my favourite tablets launched in 2014. With a powerful chipset and a more appealing form factor, the Surface Pro 3 is closer to a full-fledged laptop than a tablet and its high price definitely reflects that. So here comes the Surface 3, the new member in the Surface family with lesser power and a smaller body, but with much more affordable price tag. More importantly, it runs full Windows 8.1 and it has an interesting price tag.

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8 New Developments About Windows 10 Right Now

Last week Microsoft held the second event for Windows 10 and more details about the new operating system has been unveiled. This previous unveiling of the Windows 10 OS was more to a technical preview while this event was closer to a consumer point of view. In case you missed the previous preview, you can read it here. So, what else did Microsoft reveal? Here are 8 of the most notable things that we learned from the event:

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Windows 10 is Upgradable for Free

The most important announcements of the event was that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for a year for anyone who already owns Windows 7 and Windows 8. This means that you have one year to upgrade your devices after the new Windows is launched, free of charge. This is a great move by Microsoft in convincing more people to try out their new operating system (OS). To be more specific, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10. However, Windows RT will not receive the upgrade and will instead receive  parts of the new features only.

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Microsoft lets you control your Lumia during phone calls without touching the screen

Microsoft has released Gesture Beta, an app that enables the users to control their Lumia phones without touching the screen at all. Sounds futuristic and complicated? Using it is much simpler than you’ll ever imagine.

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All WP8 Lumias will get Windows 10 update, confirms Microsoft

Good news for all Lumia with Windows Phone 8 users! Microsoft has confirmed that all Lumias running Windows Phone 8 (and of course 8.1) will receive the Windows 10 update. Windows 10 is the new universal OS update for computers, tablets, phones, wearables and others. However, not any details of the update for Windows Phone have been unveiled.

We have been worrying for the availability of the update for current Lumia phones as Microsoft had a bad record in the past. In the transition from Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8, the kernel had been changed so older devices are not compatible with the new update. You can imagine how upset the users will be when the phones are left forgotten. So it is great considering older devices like Lumia 920 will be getting the update too even though it will be more than 2 years old when Windows 10 is available.

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Of course, they did not share the time frame for the update as it is not officially launched yet. It will be available sometime in 2015 and Microsoft promises that new devices will be coming along. For other OEMs like HTC and Samsung, there is not word from them yet and we can only hope for the best.

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Budget Lumia 535 announced, the first Lumia to bear Microsoft’s name

It has been some time since Microsoft completed the acquisition of Nokia’s mobile devices business and they have launched a couple of Lumia phones. However, those phones like the Lumia 830 and Lumia 735 are still bearing Nokia’s name. Now, Microsoft finally has announced the Microsoft branded Lumia 535, a budget phone with respectable specifications.

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At first glance you will still be able to tell this is a Lumia phone. The colourful polycarbonate back with the black front has become the “standard” Lumia design. Lumia 535 is available in green, orange, white, grey, black and cyan. Microsoft definitely spoils us with so many colour varieties. However, you will notice that the branding is different. Nokia’s brand name is gone and it is replaced by Microsoft in front and at the back.

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Lumia 535 has a 5″ qHD IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3. The display size will be adequate for most people but the resolution of 960×540 and pixel density of 220 pixels per inch are less than ideal. However, the sacrifice is totally understandable for such budget friendly device. In fact, the display is among the best for devices in the same price spectrum.

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Microsoft has packed in two 5 megapixels camera in this phone, which is a surprise to me. The 5MP rear camera has autofocus and LED flash while the front facing camera has a wide angle lens and the same pixel count as its counterpart on the back. The front camera will be one of the best, if not the best, among all budget phones. I guess selfie lovers will like to have a cheaper option. We can hardly see a 5MP selfie camera on  a phone with such cheap price. However, the physical camera shutter has been omitted.

Lumia 535 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad core 1.2 GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and it is running Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update. While this combination might be less than ideal for Android devices, it is sufficient to run Windows Phone smoothly. In fact, 1GB of RAM will allow Lumia 535 to run all kinds of applications in the store. Microsoft promises that the replaceable 1905mAh battery will provide 6.5 hours of video playback and 13 hours of 3G talk time. So it should be able to last for one day easily.

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Microsoft also provides 8GB of internal storage and you can easily insert microSD card to expand the storage up to 128GB. There 15GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for you too. Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS and up to 3G connection are supported. Unlike the Lumia 630 and Lumia 530, Lumia 535 has proximity sensor and ambient light sensor. This means that the screen can be turned off during phone calls automatically and auto brightness is present. While this might seem minor, it will come in handy in everyday use. Double tap to wake is supported too.

There will be single SIM and dual SIM variant for this phone and the availability will vary across different regions. It is priced around 110 Euros (around RM460). We have no idea when will it come to Malaysia and how much will it cost officially. So stay tuned for the update. You can learn more about Lumia 535 here.

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Thanks to the fierce competition in the smartphone business, we have a lot of good choices, even we have a tight budget nowadays. So how does Lumia 535 compare with other competitors? Quite well, I would say. With the 5″ display with still acceptable pixel density, quad core processor with 1GB of RAM, two 5MP cameras in front and at the back, there are not much more you can ask for, given that it only cost you less than RM500. Microsoft also provides free services and applications such as Microsoft Office, Here worldwide offline navigation, OneDrive, OneNote and Cortana, every penny you spend for it will worth it.

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I feel that the Lumia 535 is the most balanced (less sacrifice here and there) budget Windows Phone. For me, its even better than the Lumia 630 and it will be a very suitable phone for you if you want to try Windows Phone. It can provide complete Windows Phone experience to you with a low cost. If you want to compare it to other Android phone, Lumia 535 will be able to stand out with the 5MP front facing camera, the free services, the performance, and more importantly, the price. I think that Microsoft has pretty much nailed it and with proper marketing, I am not surprised if this phone will sell well.

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