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Apple iPads : An Overview

Apple first announced its iPad series of tablets in January 2010. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made the announcement at a press conference in San Francisco. All iPads run on the iOS operating system that Apple also uses in its iPhone series. Since then we have seen eight versions of the iPad so far, the last being the iPad introduced in 2018. Besides the iPad, Apple also launched the iPad Mini and the iPad Pro series of tablets. Apple has discontinued production of some versions of the iPad although they are still available in the market, while others are current versions that are under production. Of course, the recent variants will cost you more than the ones that have been discontinued. Looking up all this information could be time-consuming. In order to simplify the whole researching process for prospective iPad owners, we take a comparative look at the features, specifications, and prices of the various iPad variants available in the market today.

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Current Variants of the iPad

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The variants of the iPad covered below belong to the in production category, that is, Apple is still producing these variants.

iPad Pro – 12.9”:

The iPad Pro 12.9” variant belongs to the second generation of the iPad Pro series, the first generation devices having been discontinued by Apple. It has a 12.9” retina LED-backlit display with multi-touch and a screen resolution of 264ppi. Overlaying the display is a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating as well as an anti-reflective coating. The iPad Pro 12.9” variant runs on the iOS 10.3.2 operating system that can be updated to the iOS 11.2.6 version. Its primary camera is a 12MP one with autofocus while the front camera comes with 7MP. The iPad Pro also provides for video recording in 4K HD through its primary camera, while the secondary camera offers video recording in 1080p HD. The Pro is compatible with the Apple’s Pencil, Smart Keyboard, and Bluetooth Keyboards. The iPad Pro comes with 4GB RAM. It is available in three colours, silver, space grey, and gold. You have a choice of two connectivity modes, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus Cellular as well as a choice of three storage capacities, 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The various combinations are available at different prices.

The iPad Pro that comes with cellular connectivity only supports LTE advanced cellular connectivity and does not support cellular voice calling services. You can only use your cellular connectivity for your data connection. It comes with an embedded Apple nano-SIM card. The iPad Pro comes with the lightning connector, which is an 8-pin Apple proprietary connector. With a battery backup of up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi and 9 hours on cellular data, you can work uninterrupted over longer periods.

iPad Pro 10.5”:

The iPad Pro 10.5” variant has features that overlap with the 12.9” variant, but with significant differences in pricing. This variant has a retina display that is the same as the 12.9” variant except in its size, which measures 10.5”. With the 10.5” variant of the iPad Pro, you have four colours to choose from, silver, space grey, gold, and rose gold. Its operating system too is the iOS 10 that is upgradable to the iOS 11 with an A10X fusion chip just like the 12.9” variant. It has a 12MP primary and 7MP front camera and 4K HD video recording. It too comes with 4GB RAM and a choice of Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi plus cellular connectivity. Various storage capacities are available.

The rest of the specs for the iPad Pro 10.5” tablet are the same as those of the 12.9” variant.

iPad (2018):

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Apple released the iPad (2018) on 27 March 2018, which was the date on which it discontinued the iPad (2017). The iPad (2018) runs on the iOS 11.3 operating system with an A10 fusion chip. It comes with a 9.7” retina, scratch resistant, oleophobic coated, backlit, LED display. It has an 8MP primary camera with 1080p HD video recording. The secondary camera is of 1.2MP with 720p HD video recording. The iPad (2018) is compatible with the Apple Pencil and Bluetooth keyboards. It comes with 2GB RAM and a choice of 32GB and 128GB internal memory. For connectivity, you have a choice of Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi plus cellular.

The iPad (2018) uses Apple’s 8 pin lightning connector for charging or connecting it to other devices. For cellular data, it is compatible with a nano SIM and supports 4G LTE connectivity. The iPad (2018) is available in three colours, silver, space grey, and gold.

iPad Mini 4:

Initially, Apple released the iPad Mini 4 with the iOS 9 operating system for which an iOS 11.3 update is available. It comes with a 7.9” backlit, LED, oleophobic coated, anti-reflective coated, retina display. Its processor comes with the Apple A8 chip. It has an 8MP primary camera with 1080p HD video recording and a 1.2MP secondary camera with 720p HD video recording. It is compatible with Bluetooth keyboards but not with the Apple Pencil. It has a 2GB RAM with 128GB internal memory. With the iPad Mini 4, you have a choice of Wi-Fi only connectivity or Wi-Fi plus Cellular based connectivity.

The iPad Mini 4 supports 4G LTE and you need to use a nano-SIM card for your cellular connection. The connector supplied with the iPad Mini 4 is the 8 pin lightning connector.

Supported Variants of the iPad

Apple has discontinued the variants of the iPad mentioned below, that is, Apple no longer produces these. However, Apple still provides support for these devices in the form of software updates and you can still purchase these devices. Besides, you can buy these devices at discounted prices if you know where to look.

iPad Air:

At the time of its release, the iPad Air came configured with the iOS 7 operating system. However, you can update it to latest iOS 11.3. It comes with a 9.7”, LED-backlit, oleophobic coated display. The glass is scratch resistant. Its processor comes with the Apple A7 chip. It has a 1GB RAM and comes with a choice of internal storage capacities, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. It uses the 8 pin lightning connector. For connectivity, you have a choice of Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus cellular connectivity using a nano-SIM card. It supports 4G LTE technology. It has a 5MP primary camera and a 1080p HD video recording while the secondary camera is a 1.2MP camera with 720p HD video recording. It is available in silver and space grey colours.

iPad Air 2:

The iPad Air 2 came out with the iOS 8.1 operating system. You can update it to the iOS 11.3. It comes with a 9.7” retina display that is fully laminated, scratch resistant, LED backlit, oleophobic coated, and anti-reflective coated. Its processor comes with Apple’s A8X chip. It comes with internal storage capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, with a 2GB RAM. The connector used with this device is the 8 pin lightning connector. For your connectivity needs, you have a choice of Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi plus cellular connectivity using a nano SIM. It supports LTE technology. The primary camera is an 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording while the secondary camera is a 1.2MP camera with 720p HD video recording. The iPad Air 2 is available in three colours, silver, space grey, and gold.

iPad (2017):

The iPad (2017) was released with the iOS 10.2.1 operating system on 24 March 2017. This can be updated to the iOS 11.3. It has a 9.7”, LED-backlit, scratch resistant, oleophobic coated, retina display. Its processor comes with the Apple A9 chip. In internal storage, you have a choice of 32GB or 128GB with a 2GB RAM. Its connector uses Apple’s 8 pin lightning connector. For connectivity, you have a choice of Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi plus Cellular using a nano-SIM card. It supports LTE technology. The primary camera is of *MP while the secondary one is 1.2MP. For video recording, the primary camera provides you with 1080p HD video recording while the second one has 720p HD video recording. The iPad (2017) is available in three colours, silver, space grey, and gold.

iPad Mini 2

The iPad Mini 2 was initially available with either the iOS 7.0.3 or the iOS 7.1 operating system. This can be updated to the iOS 11.3. Its display is a 7.9” LED-backlit Retina display. Its processor uses the Apple’s A7 chip. Storage options are 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB with a 1GB RAM. It uses the 8 pin lightning connector. For connectivity, you have Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi with Cellular LTE technology with a nano-SIM card. Its primary camera is of 5MP with 1080p HD video recording and its secondary camera is of 1.2MP with 720p HD video recording. You have a choice of two colours with the iPad Mini 2, silver and space grey.

iPad Mini 3

The iPad Mini 3 was initially available with either the iOS 8.0 or the iOS 8.1 operating system. This can be updated to the iOS 11.3. Its display is the same as the iPad Mini 2. Its processor too uses the Apple’s A7 chip like the Mini 2. Its storage options are 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB with a 1GB RAM. It uses the 8 pin lightning connector. For connectivity, you have Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi with Cellular LTE technology with a nano-SIM card. Its primary and secondary camera features are the same as those of the Mini 2. With this device, you have a choice of three colours silver, space grey, and gold.

iPad Pro 12.9” (first generation)

The iPad Pro 12.9” (first generation) comes preinstalled with the iOS 9.1 operating system. This can be updated to the iOS 11.3. Its display is a 12.9”, LED-backlit, oleophobic and anti-reflective coated retina display. Its processor uses the Apple’s A9X chip. Storage options are  32GB, 128GB, and 256GB with a 4GB RAM. It uses the 8 pin lightning connector or the smart connector. For connectivity, you have Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi with Cellular LTE technology with a nano-SIM card. Its primary camera is of 8MP with 1080p HD video recording and its secondary camera is of 1.2MP with 720p HD video recording. You have a choice of three colours with the iPad Pro 12.9” (first generation), silver, space grey, and gold.

iPad Pro 9.7”(first generation)

The iPad Pro 9.7” (first generation) comes preinstalled with the iOS 9.3 operating system. This can be updated to the iOS 11.3. Its display is a 9.7” LED-backlit Retina display with an oleophobic and anti-reflective coating. Its processor uses the Apple’s A9X chip. Storage options are 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB with a 2GB RAM. Apple has made available the 8 pin lightning connector and a smart connector for this device. For connectivity, you have Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi with Cellular LTE Advanced technology with a nano-SIM card. Its primary camera is of 12MP with 4K HD video recording and its secondary camera is of 5MP with 720p HD video recording. You have a choice of four colours with the iPad Pro 9.7” (first generation), silver, space grey, gold, and rose gold.

Finally, when it comes to quality, Apple is a brand you can trust and is a world leader in the field of technological innovations. This makes the iPad an intelligent choice in if you are looking to buy a tablet. All of Apple’s iPad devices are priced differentially to suit every pocket and almost all of those discussed above can be bought online at discounted prices. Do check them out!

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Amazon Kindle; The World’s Best-Selling Reading Device!

For all you avid readers out there for whom a book is a need rather than a want and is the companion, you’d rather spend your every free moment with, Amazon’s Kindle is the answer to your prayers! Kindle is a great reading device that ensures that you are never without a book at hand, or rather in your pocket as Kindle is compact enough to fit into your pocket. Amazon has made Kindle available in a few variants in order to cater to the diverse needs of bookworms world over. However, a few standout features are common to all Kindle e-readers. These are,

Reads like a Book:

Reading a book on the Kindle reader is a joy as the pages look and read like actual printed pages. In order to ensure maximum comfort when reading, especially to the eyes, all the fonts on the reader have been tweaked and fine-tuned.

All readers support a notes feature in the margins. You can edit or delete these notes, or even export them to your computer. Besides, you can also highlight sections of text, share them as quotes on Twitter, Facebook, etc., and even see what other readers have highlighted on their readers.

Page flip is a new additional feature available on the Kindle readers that enables flipping through a book much like you would an actual book. You could skim through the book, scan it chapter wise or even have a peek at the end, all without losing your pace in the book.

All Kindle readers are lighter than most paperbacks and are comfortable even when held in one hand for extra-long reading sessions.

Being a dedicated e-reader Kindle ensures that you read without distractions in the form of e-mail alerts and push notifications, which would keep popping up on your screen in the case of tablets and smartphones.

Does More Than a Book:

All Kindle e-readers possess additional features that let you do more than you would with a book. Every reader helps you multi-task while staying with the book that you are reading. Hence, you could look up definitions, different characters, the settings in a story etc. all without leaving the page you were reading. Besides, Kindle also gives you a personalized estimate of how long you would take to complete reading a book or a chapter with its Time to Read feature. With Kindle’s Vocabulary Builder, you can expand your vocabulary based on the words you look up in the dictionary. The Word Wise feature even provides definitions for difficult words within the book itself as pop-up cards that appear when you tap on a difficult word. The X-Ray feature enables exploring the ‘bones of a book’ including passages with important ideas, characters, historical references etc. In addition, an About the Book section helps you learn more about the book you are currently reading and its author. Kindle’s bookmarking feature using Whispersync technology, notes, highlight, sharing parts of a text, search feature including a search from Goodreads and the Kindle store, adjustable font size, type, adjustable brightness, etc are features that are available on all Kindle e-readers.

Holds Thousands of Books:

Each Kindle, irrespective of the variant is capable of holding thousands of books, magazines, journals, newspapers, etc., much like your own personal library. Books are available in audiobook form as well.

Long Battery Life:

The Kindle reader, unlike tablets and smartphones, comes with a long battery life lasting weeks and not just a few hours on a single charge. That, therefore, means that you have unimpeded reading for weeks, especially when travelling in remote areas where access to electricity is restricted.

Glare-free Reading:

The Kindle e-reader comes with an anti-glare touch screen making it a comfortable reading device even in bright sunlight.

Reading Without Distractions:

With Kindle, your reading sessions remain focused on the book with no disturbance from incoming messages, notifications, or calls.

Below, we discuss the Kindle variants currently available on Amazon.

Kindle E-Reader

This Kindle e-reader is the basic version of the device and the most affordable of the lot with a price tag of approximately $79.99. Like every Kindle variant, this one too possesses the features described above that are common to all Kindle readers. This variant is available in black or white and is supposedly a thinner lighter version making it comfortable enough for one hand read. It weighs 161g with dimensions of 160×115×9.1mm. The All-New Kindle comes with a 6” glare-free display with a screen resolution of 167ppi, ensuring that your eyes are not strained and that your reading experience is the same as when you read from an actual paper and print book. Unlike smartphone and tablet displays that are backlit and emit a blue light that is believed to disrupt sleep patterns, the All-New Kindle display has no such backlight and can be read only in well-lit surroundings just like with an actual book. You would need a Wi-Fi connection to connect to the internet and download your books on to the device. The device comes with 4GB storage and is not waterproof so be careful with it around water.

Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Although the Kindle Paperwhite comes with the same 6” sized screen as the Kindle e-reader, it does possess an improved higher screen resolution of 300ppi ensuring crisp, clear text. The new version of Kindle Paperwhite introduces a new font Bookerly, which is the closest in appearance to actual print and enhances reading comfort, especially over a longer duration. Besides, Kindle’s typography comes with improvements in character spacing, hyphenation, kerning, justification, support for drop-caps, and ligatures, all of this ensuring a smoother, quicker read with fewer page turns. The Kindle Paperwhite display has a built-in front light that enables you to read in the dark without any strain on your eyes. The Kindle Paperwhite is slimmer than a pencil and lighter than a paperback making it easy to hold up when you read even over longer reading sessions. Kindle Paperwhite is available in black or white and with connectivity options of Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi plus Free 3G. With the Free 3G option, Amazon pays for the 3G wireless connectivity for downloading your books, and you would only need to pay for the Wi-Fi services that you use. The Kindle Paperwhite is not waterproof, comes with 4GB storage capacity, and is priced from $119.99 upward.

Kindle Voyage E-Reader

The Kindle Voyage comes with a 6” screen just like the basic reader and the Paperwhite version. However, it has a few additional features that justify the enhanced pricing, which starts at $199.99. It comes with a glass screen that is micro-etched giving it the feel of paper and a high screen resolution display of 300ppi. It comes with a front-lit screen like the Paperwhite making it readable in the dark. However, its most prominent feature is the Adaptive light sensor, which enables it to adjust the light on the screen based on the light in your surroundings, so that you are provided with an ideal level of brightness on your screen at all times. It also comes with the PagePress feature that ensures you do not have to lift a finger to turn a page. Just apply pressure on the bezel of the screen to turn the page. The Kindle Voyage is just 7.6mm thick making it even more lightweight in hand. Like the Paperwhite, it comes with either Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi plus 3G connectivity and is not waterproof. It has an inbuilt storage capacity of 4GB.

All-New Kindle Oasis E-Reader

Kindle Oasis is the most expensive of the Kindle e-readers currently available in the market with prices beginning from $249.99. While the Paperwhite and Voyage come with a 6” display this variant comes with a 7″ high-resolution 300ppi display. This means that a single page will hold over 30% more words thus ensuring fewer page turns. Its ergonomic design that tapers to a mere 3.4mm in width makes it extremely lightweight. It comes with a sturdy, and sleek anodized aluminium back casing. This is the only waterproof Kindle available so far. The Kindle Oasis has dedicated page turn buttons in addition to the touch display. The page orientation too automatically rotates to match the hand that you use to hold the device. The Kindle Oasis is available with a higher storage capacity in an 8GB version with Wi-Fi connectivity and a 32 GB version with Wi-Fi plus free 3G connectivity. The Oasis also comes with an adaptive front light. It also comes with additional personalization settings such as font sizes, alignment of text, adjustable boldness levels, and so on.

Conclusion:

Kindle has become more of a necessity rather than a luxury for all book lovers. With the various models of Kindle available on Amazon today, all of them priced differently, there is a Kindle available to suit every pocket. One does tend to be spoilt for choice and a bit confused about which one to opt for. However, after going through the specs detailed above and based on your own reading needs it would not be hard for you to identify your very own Kindle. Happy reading!

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Here’s exactly the reason to buy the Mi LED Smart TV

The tech buzz in the market is all about the happening March 13 sale of the newly launched most affordable Mi LED Smart TV 4. Xiaomi has introduced the world’s slimmest LED TV and at an unbeatable price of Rs. 39,999.

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Hold your breath! The Mi Smart TV operates using the Android-based PatchWall OS, which has been exclusively customized for Indians. Furthermore, they have grabbed the attention of customers by declaring over 500,000 hours of free content of around 12 Indic languages. So, choose and watch your favourites. What more, transform your mobile into a remote, as well.

A large living room, and if you are looking for the supreme ruler on the wall, this is it. The seamless design of the product has already won the hearts of millions — it has a 55-inch edge-to-edge HDR screen and can easily be mounted on the wall or it can be placed on a tabletop, too. The display panel is as thin as 4.9 mm and, it is rightly described as ‘frameless’ display. The Mi Smart TV uses the latest 4K + HDR technology onboard making the image quality unique and a world-class experience in watching the high-resolution videos.

How can one afford this? Xiaomi launches the Mi LED TV at the most affordable price of Rs. 39,999. The Mi LED TV offers 3 HDMI ports, two USB ports, a dual-band Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. In addition, it is seen to support screen mirroring and is built with DOLBY audio DTS.

Let’s peep into the Mi TV powerful memory system. The Xiaomi has 64-bit Quad core processor with a 2GB RAM and 8GB built-in storage.

The 11-button control of Mi LED— the remote control — might seem to be similar to the Amazon Fire TV Stick, however, it comes without the voice button. And, talking about the design — that’s very basic with only the essential elements glued to it.

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Xiaomi, which emerged as a leader among the existing megacorps in the nation, had already established partnerships with the giant regional content producing platforms such as Hotstar, Voot, SonyLiv, Hungama Play, Zee5, and the list continues. Infinite scrolling options than wait for a single click right at the home page. The user interface (UI) is another exclusive feature of the Mi Smart TV. There’s lots more about the Xiaomi Mi LED TV. The DTH is integrated with the set-top-box with universal search options. So, head on to watch your favourite sports and the TV show with the same remote. Xiaomi has said to support more than 3500 top DTH/cable providers in India. There can be no other sweet way to bid a goodbye to the complicated separate remotes for TV and STB.

Xiaomi has taken a giant leap toward technology and set new standards to truly innovate the traditional way of watching television programs.

Why wait? Grab the initial exciting offers that include free on-site installation, free monthly subscription, free Mi IR cable that combines the Smart TV and the STB.

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MI Band HRX edition; An in-depth review.

MI Band HRX edition

The people in our country tend to be more health conscious and fitness oriented nowadays. In addition to that, the dominant percentage of the Tech Giants are launching so many health devices to our market.Fitness band is one such health device. Xiaomi has launched a fitness band called Xiaomi Mi Band HRX Edition with Android 4.4 which has syncing feature along with a battery.

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Display

OLED display has been used in Mi Band HRX Edition with which you can see a lot at a single glance. You can just lift your wrist to have a look at the time and just tap the button for counting the steps and calculate the calories burnt. All these will be available if the features are turned on in the settings.

Improved pedometer algorithm

You can quickly calculate the spring in your steps with the help of improved Pedometer algorithm in Mi Band HRX Edition. It helps to filter out unnecessary movements and measures the steps taken and exercises more accurately.

Alerts

If you are sitting constantly without doing anything for a long time, Mi Band will send an alert with a gentle nudge to remind you to take a short walk or to take a water break.

Daily Run

To keep fit and stay healthy daily runs can do a great job. You can now sync your Mi Band HRX Edition with the Mi-Fit app to monitor the distance covered and the calories burnt during the exercise time.

Sleep Tracking

Good sleep can make you with better choices. Mi Band HRX Edition can automatically track the length and depth of your sleep. You can review and see the sleep trend in the MI fit app later.

Easy to Unlock

Mi Band HRX Edition will give you a Unique Identity. If you have your Android phone close to the device, it will help you to unlock your smartphone instantly. For this, it will not be asked for the phone’s password or fingerprint sensor.

Call and notification alerts

You can have the notification alerts send straight to the rest so you will not be missing any call message or notification. This is very helpful especially when your phone is tucked away in a bag or pocket.

Splash/Water-resistant

You can rinse your hands or take a shower with Mi Band HRX Edition on your wrist without any worries. This device is durable and resistance against water splashes, sweat, cosmetics, dust, and more.

Physical features

Mi Band HRX Edition is having a glossy black display with UV coating and is resistant to scratches and fingerprints. It is textured for better touch.It has an anodized button which has 0.05mm ripples etched across the surface, in a similar pattern to that on the CDs. With the OLED display, you can just tap the button to check your latest stats using less power.

Connectivity

You can connect with the second generation low-energy Bluetooth 4.2 chipset which provides fast, stable connections consuming less power. It will be ensuring a Long battery life and a stable data transmission.

Battery life

An astounding 23 days of battery life can be obtained on Mi Band HRX Edition. The extremely extended lasting 70mAh battery is made up of high-density Lithium polymer which is small and light.

Perfect fit

The MI band will be entirely fitting on your wrist placing the sensor tightly and makes it sit snugly on the wrist even in the most vigorous exercises. The band is very smooth to touch and is comfortable even for the people with sensitive skin. It is tested to be more stringent and has passed the heat test, cold test, drop test, and corrosion resistant test. Mi Band HRX Edition is available in black and blue colours.

In-the-box

Fitness band charging Cable warranty card user manual is the box contents.The band weighs 7.0 grams, and a total length of 235 mm and the band material is thermoplastic elastomer and aluminium alloy.

 

 

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Amazon Fire TV stick; Detailed review.

Amazon Fire TV stick

You can directly connect the Amazon Fire TV Stick to your HDTV and start to stream on movies, TV shows, and songs from amazon prime video, Hotstar, Netflix Gaana and many more services.

 

Amazon fire TV stick is available for the price that starts at $39.99.

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What is Amazon fire TV stick?

It is a tiny stick which can be connected to your HDTV to explore a world of online entertainment. From this, you can have a massive selection of Bollywood, Hollywood, and regional language, movies, TV episodes, and voice search. What’s the easiest way to enjoy Amazon Prime video, Hotstar, Netflix, YouTube, Eros Now, Gaana, music, games and more?

Instant Access

You can instantly access your favourite subscription and streaming services like Amazon Prime video, Hotsatr and more with Amazon Fire TV stick. In addition to that, you can watch live TV channels including sports and news. Subscription fees may be applied for this services.

Prime Services

If you are an authorized Amazon Prime member, this will instantly unlock you with thousands of Bollywood and regional blockbusters, Hollywood movies, US TV shows, kids’ shows and original shows created by Amazon. You can instantly access award-winning Amazon original shows like Mozart in the jungle, fantastic shows for kids like Tumble leaf and creative Galaxy being an Amazon Prime member.

Firefox and Silk web browser

With the Firefox and Silk web browser on Firetv, you can access the entire world wide web. All your favourite web contents can be now accessed on the big screen including Sports, news, TV shows, movies, social news and web videos. YouTube can be accessed by downloading the Firefox or Silk full web browsers which is free for downloading. Fire TV stick remote buttons can be used for easy search, navigate, play and pause, and even fast-forwarding the web videos. You can simply search for “Firefox” or “Silk” using your remote to download one of these apps.

Features and details

Amazon fire TV stick can be connected to your HDTV to start streaming all type of entertainments. It is very easy to build up and use. If you are free to register for your Amazon account, you can just plug it into your HDTV and enjoy the favourite titles. You can have a massive selection of Bollywood, Hollywood and regional language movies and more entertainment shows. Prime members are having an advantage of getting unlimited access to all the features provided by Amazon TV stick without additional cost. The stick comes with a voice remote which can be pressed merely and command the name of the so we want to watch. You can bring your favourite shows and movies with you when you travel by plugging the fire TV stick into any HDTV after connecting to Wi-Fi.

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Amazon echo dot in India!

Amazon has made available its series of echo speakers to everyone in India after four months of launching of the speakers in the country on an invite-only basis. Android police spotted that customers in India can now purchase the echo and echo dot, even though both the speakers are notably much more expensive than their versions sold in the US.

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The Echo speakers have also received the support for English(India) to go along with the English(Australia), English(Canada), English(UK) and English(US), German and Japanese. But they do not support Hindi so far which will limit the potential audience for the Echo in India.

Amazon Echo Dot is a Smart home speaker with a voice assistant has finally reached the Indian market. Amazon is taking the lead in this move for the future with it Alexa echo Jugalbandi. Amazon’s move to Google and Apple are not too far behind.

We may have seen many voice assistant devices in movies. Even the voice assistance or not new to us, such voice assistant devices like Echo and Google home seen in the films, are now coming to our houses.

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Amazon echo dot the most affordable version of its Echo range pairing with Alexa. Echo dot is a hands-free voice-controlled smart device with an inbuilt speaker. An option to manually control Echo Dot is also available. Dot can be connected to the Alexa voice service, which is built in the cloud to adapt to the speech patterns and vocabulary, for playing music, making calls, answering the questions, providing information about news, sports scores, weather and much more instantly. It’s a lot of rumours, Amazon finally released Alexa for the Indian market.

Amazon stated that the Indian version of Alexa would be different from its American counterpart. Parag Gupta, Head Product Management, Amazon devices, India, stated “We wanted our devices to talk, walk and feel Indian. Alexa is not a visiting American; she has a very Indian personality.”

Alexa via Echo Dot can respond, understand your queries, but still, the integration of Alexa in India is limited only to a few apps. Alexa can’t guide you through the traffic updates, but surely she can help you to order the groceries via Amazon pantry service. Most of the services have to be enabled in the Amazon Alexa app manually which is available only for Android and IOS. This appears to be little clumsy, but when the users are getting the choice to nitpick the skills, it is the right way to go.

You can now use your Echo device to call or message anyone who has an Echo device or the Alexa app which helps you to be with your family and friends always. You can ask Alexa to place a call or send a quick voice message to a friend when you are busy or engaged in something.

Alexa app has now enabled the “Drop in” service with which you can instantly connect with other echo devices in your home or your closest family and friends. This calling and messaging app are available in India for free.

How to set up Echo?
    • You have to download the Alexa app on your phone.
    • Keep the power on for echo dot via the adaptor given in the box.
    • Now sign in with your Amazon ID.
    • Then you have to pair the app with echo dot via Wi-Fi.
    • Then connect to local Wi-Fi linked to your Eco device.
    • You can then start to use Alexa on Echo and add skills to make sure about its features.

 

How does Echo work?

Echo dot is the simplest among the Echo family. It is a cylindrical device which offers volume up or down button, microphone button, and the power to record the conversations whenever needed. You have to make sure that you are turning off the microphone on the Echo service especially if you are not using Alexa.It is stated that Amazon is storing the conversations on a cloud server to improve the service quality that Alexa can offer you. Recorded and Alexa will be a casual fitting in your living room without drawing too much attention. Works are still in progress to improve the Alexa skills with most of the features yet to be integrated into the ecosystem.

Price details

Having good quality external speakers lying around echo dot is the best option in the budget. The price rate is starting from Rs.3,149. Alexa having increased role, you can connect echo to your speaker via Bluetooth or audio jack. Echo dot might be fit for a small sized room.

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What makes Microsoft Surface Pro 4 different?

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a lightweight laptop which can also serve as a Tablet. The design is meticulously crafted which is made to be incredibly versatile and ultra thin. It can also be used as an excellent tablet that can stand on its own. Surface Pro 4 can transform into three configurations which can adapt to the way you work and the places you create. The premium devices can be used for small and medium businesses. The device can also be used for exploring the education and also for your industry.

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Physical and Technical features

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is running on 6th Generation Intel Core processor. It is powered by Windows 10 Pro and Office 30-day trial which helped the device to turn into a fully powered laptop from a tablet. TPM chip for enterprise security, enterprise great protection with Windows hello face sign in are the security options for Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

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Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope are the sensors detected in the device. The exterior casing is done with magnesium with silver colour and the physical buttons for volume and power are provided.

Display & Dimension

 Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is having a display of 12.3 inches with display features 267 PPI resolution with 10 point multi-touch and 3:2 aspect ratio. It is having the dimensions of 11.50″ × 7.93″ × 0.33″ (height × width × thickness).

Camera and speakers

 A Windows Hello face sign-in front facing camera is having 5 megapixels and is with 1080 p HD video. The rear-facing 8-megapixel camera is with autofocusing feature and 1080 p HD video. It claimed to have a 9-hour video playback battery life. Stereo microphones and stereo speakers with Dolby audio premium is spotted in Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

Memory capacity

It has a RAM of 4 GB, 8GB or 16GB with internal storage of 128 GB, 256GB or 512GB respectively. There is a rear camera with 8 megapixels. 802.11 ac Wi-Fi Wireless networking along with Bluetooth 4.0 Technology is the wireless options in the device.

Price and Inside the box!

In the box, it is provided with Surface Pro 4, surface pen, the power supply, quick start guide, and also safety and warranty documents. It has a one-year Limited hardware warranty. The device is having just 766 grams of weight. The price rate starts from $749.

What else?

Surface Pro 4 can be the one device for everything. To add to that experience, there are plenty of accessories that work perfectly with Surface, designed by Microsoft like Surface Pro signature type cover, surface pen tip kit, surface pen, pen and mice, keyboards, adapters, Surface Mini display port, etc.

 

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL; A deep review!

Google launched two flagship smartphones last year in November. Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL. Let’s have a detailed look at these devices.

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Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2 was seemed to be a “neglected child” since the launch. But when we have a closer look, Pixel 2 can fix most of the immune issues through its software.

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The device officially launched in November last year by Google company.

Physical and Technical features

Android v8.0 Oreo with octa-core processor and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset powered in Pixel 2. A 4GB RAM with internal memory of 64GB sported in the device. There is no expandable memory and USB OTG support. Pixel 2 have the dimensions 145.7mm ×69.7mm ×7.8mm (height×width×thickness) with a weight of 143 gms. A rear fingerprint sensor along with other sensors like light, proximity, accelerometer, barometer, compass, and gyroscope included in the device. The build material is aluminum in the case and back which is water-resistant and dustproof and is available in colors like Kinda Blue, Just Black, and White. A magnificent display with 5.0 full HD screen with 1080×1920 pixels resolution having AMOLED Display along with Corning Gorilla Glass v5 protection. A perfect Li-ion 2700mAh non-replaceable battery with Quick charging feature is available. A single nano SIM with 4G/3G/2G support can insert.Connectivity options including Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth v5.0, and A-GPS used.

Camera

12.2MP primary camera is with CMOS image sensor and phase detection/dual pixel/laser autofocus. Dual LED flash and continuous shooting, HDR mode is there. 8MP secondary camera has fixed focus but no autofocus feature.

Price

Pixel 2 might be a better choice than Pixel 2XL and costs a reasonable premium at Rs.61,000, putting its head on the Apple iPhone 8 and counterparts more like Samsung Galaxy S8.

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google company also launched a device just after Google Pixel 2 last year.

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Physical and Technical features

Google Pixel 2XL also powered by Android v8.0 Oreo and Octa-core 2.45GHz processor along with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. It sported 4GB RAM and internal storage of 64GB without expandable memory and USB OTG support. The device is having the dimensions as 157.9mm × 76.7mm ×7.9mm (height × width × thickness) and weighing about 175g. Pixel XL 2 is having an aluminum case as build material with variants in colors like Black, Black, and White. This device has 6.0inches screen size with a resolution of 1440 × 2880 pixels and pixel density of 537ppi. P-OLED display type with Corning Gorilla Glass v5 Protection sported in the device. An excellent Li-ion 3520mAh non-replaceable battery with Quick and fast charging feature is available. A single nano SIM with 4G/3G/2G support can insert.

Camera

The camera specifications and the connectivity options along with the sensors included are the same as in Google Pixel 2. 12.2MP primary camera is with CMOS image sensor and phase detection/dual pixel/laser autofocus. Dual LED flash and continuous shooting, HDR mode is there. 8MP secondary camera has fixed focus but no autofocus feature.

Price

The price rate starts from Rs.56,999 for Google Pixel 2XL.

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Honor 9 Lite- A smart budget phone!

It’s hard to find a good smartphone with elegant features to come by in the budget. Huawei’ s Honor brand launched its new Honor 9 Lite which is to be a reasonably priced quad-camera smartphone, in December 2017. It not only relies on the camera features but also with some really good standing out features.

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Design and build quality

Honor 9 Lite is much similar to the company’s flagship phone of 2016, Honor 8. A good-looking curved glass back gives a mirror finish but is limited only to Sapphire Blue and Glacier grey versions.

The front glass is also curved which gives a comfortable grip. The frame along with volume and power button is plastic gives a lightweight to the phone and also helped for the low cost. It has a dimensional measurement of 151 × 71.9 × 7.6 mm(5.94 × 2.83 × 0.30 in). The weight is 149 g (5.26oz).

Display

A very good display with Full-HD + IPS panel measuring 5.65inches with 18:9 ratio and having 1080 × 2160 pixels resolution. The panel has good brightness and colour reproduction.

Platform

Honor 9 Lite is powered by Android 8.0 Oreo through Honor’s custom skin called EMUI 8 alongside HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset. It is also powered with Octa-core processor.

Storage

The RAM is either 4GB or 3GB with an internal storage of either 64GB or 32GB respectively. A microSD card is supported in the device which can be expanded up to 256GB.

Camera Specifications

Honor boasts about the quad-camera setups. Both in the front and back of the device, there is 13MP primary camera with only the rear supporting PDAF.

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Both cameras have an additional camera (secondary) of 2MP sensors. The cameras have a quick autofocus and distinct landscape detail.

Connectivity

Connectivities like single band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, FM Radio and micro USB 2.0 and also USB on-the-go are available.

Sensors

The device has a circular fingerprint sensor at the back which can be used for unlocking the screen and to secure the apps and files. The sensor can also be used for gestures such as taking photos, answering calls and snooze alarms. The device also has the accelerometer, proximity sensors and compass.

Battery, Price and Colour Variants

The device has a non-removable Li-Powered 3000mAh battery. Colours like Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Glacier Gray, Navy, Seagull Gray, Magic Nightfall and Pearl White are available in the Honor 9 Lite. The device is priced at Rs.10,999.

Honor 9 Lite is a smartphone with striking looks and low weight with vivid display and competent front cameras. But still, the battery life could have been better. The rear cameras are just average and the UI is not very snappy.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro started its first sale in India!

Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro are made available for purchase on Thursday in Indian markets. These smartphones will be sold in a flash sale which began at 12 pm on Xiaomi’ s official website  (mi.com) and Flipkart.com. It is expected that Redmi Note 4 will be replaced by the new Redmi Note 5 as an all-rounder mid-range smartphone whereas Redmi Note 5 Pro considered as a spiritual successor to Redmi Note 3.

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Redmi Note 5

Redmi Note 5 has received upgrades in design, camera, and quality areas when compared with Redmi Note 4. Redmi Note 5 features a 5.99-inch display with 18:9 ratio and with a resolution of 2160 × 1080 pixels. The display is having a Gorilla Glass Protection in the similar form factor of the display. Note 5 has a premium finish metal body with tapered back.

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The device is having a thickness of 8.05mm and has a 4,000 mAh battery.
When talking about the camera department, Redmi Note 5 has a 12MP rear camera. It has got an upgraded sensor which can capture better photos even in low light. The front cam having 5MP is sported with LED selfie light and beautify 3.0. Xiaomi is using dual pyrolytic graphite sheet that decreases the temperature by 2 degree Celsius to improvise the hardware quality in Redmi Note 5. A customised power adaptor for India is also featured in Note 5 which can withstand surges up to 380V. It continues to have with the Snapdragon 625 processor paired with either 3GB RAM and 32GB storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Redmi Note 5 Pro

It is the first phone to feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. This processor claims to offer up to 50 percent higher and sustained performance and up to 40 percent more power efficiency using Kyro 260 CPU. MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat is running in Redmi Note 5 Pro. The device sports a 5.99 inch, 18:9 display with Gorilla Glass Protection.  A vertical dual camera setup at the rear has been added by Xiaomi, featuring a 12MP Sony IMX 486 sensor as the primary shooter and a 5MP Samsung sensor for capturing depth information.

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Xiaomi added an electronic image stabilisation for video recording in Redmi Note 5 Pro. AI-based computing for capturing portrait selfies are used with the front camera. The secondary snapper is a 20MP Sony IMX 376 sensor with LED selfie light for capturing better selfies in the low-light. Xiaomi is expected to add a Face Unlock feature to Redmi Note 5 Pro in the over-the-air update during March.

Price and Colour Details

Both devices have been priced competitively with all the specifications and features that are currently the best in the range cost. The company offers a cashback offer of Rs. 2,200 in the partnership with Reliance Jio where the telecom giant is expected to give free data up to 4.5TB to both Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro buyers.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has been priced at Rs.9,999 for the 3GB/32GB variant and Rs.11,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant. The 4GB/64GB variant of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro will be priced at Rs.13,999 and the 6GB/64GB variant to be sold at Rs.16,999. Both these smartphones will be available in four colour options namely Black, Lake Blue, Gold, and Rose Gold.

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