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Lenovo A6000 Review : A Low Budget smartphone

Lenovo entered the smartphone market in 2012, and have built some phones with amazing features. At the start of this year, Lenovo launched a low budget smartphone A6000. There is quite a competition in this low budget segment from other companies like Huawei, Xiaomi and Micromax Yu Series. Lets get a closer look at Lenovo A6000 by doing a full review, and find out how it performs.

Lenovo A6000 Review :

Design

The first thing you notice when you get hands on the phone is the weight. The phone feels very light in hand (Weight – 128 g) and is compact in size. The back has a plastic matte finish with a Lenovo logo. One can easily operate the phone with one hand due to the firm grip of the phone. The volume rockers and the power button are on the right, along with 3.5 mm audio jack and micro USB port at the top. On the back we have dual speakers with secondary noise cancellation microphone and camera (with flash).

Screen

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Lenovo A6000 has a 5 inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (294 ppi). The display is bright, colourful and touch is also responsive. The viewing angles on this phone are great offering 180 degrees of freedom. The phone has no screen protection as such, so you can either use a scratch guard or tampered glass. I would say the phone has a nice display despite of being a budget phone.

Performance

The device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset which is a quadcore processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. It has 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. Out of 8 GB, only 4.67 GB is user available. So you need to increase the memory using external micro SD card(up to 32 GB). For graphics we have Adreno 306 GPU which works fine while playing games like subway surfers, dead trigger 2, Asphalt 8 (low graphics), Daddy was a thief etc. Antutu Benchmark test got us a score of 20353.

On the software side, the phone has Android 4.4.4 Kitkat running out of the box. There is still no news of any future upgrades to the Android version. Lenovo has their own VIBE UI running on the phone with some themes available for download. The UI is clean and looks decent. There are many bloatware apps like Security, SYNCit, SHAREit, Guvera Music and a few games.

Camera, Sound, & Connectivity

The device has a 8 MP rear camera with flash that can take pictures of 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution. The picture quality is. The front camera is of 2 MP (1600 x 1200 pixels) and can take great selfies in good light conditions.

The phone has dual Dolby speakers which can deliver good volume level, and the quality is great when you connect headphones. You can enjoy unlimited music with the Guvera Music app pre-installed in the phone. Other than that, its a GSM dual sim phone with 4G LTE support. The GPS works great even when you don’t have internet connection. Other connectivity options like Bluetooth and Wifi are also supported on the device. The device has a battery of 2300mAh which can last for one day with average use.

The phone is priced at Rs.6999 and is available exclusively on Flipkart. Overall the phone has a very nice display with average camera.  If you pay Rs.500 extra you can get 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory on Lenovo A6000 Plus which is a successor to this device. Other recent competitors include Micromax Yuphoria, Redmi 2 and Dazen One. If you have any doubts you can post them in the comment section below.

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Huawei Honor 4X Full Review

Huawei Honor 4X is a low budget device announced last year which has some great specifications. One of the most astonishing feature of Honor 4X is the back camera. It is capable of taking some very nice HD shots. Lets take a full review and see the specs in detail.

Design

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Honor 4X comes in two color white and black with a textured back. This texture gives a nice grip of phone and makes it feel sturdy. At the back we have a Honor Logo printed neatly along with camera on the top left corner. On the right there is power button with volume rockers which i feel is the best position for easy access. 3.5 mm audio jack is on the top with noise cancellation microphone. Speaker grill, microphone and micro USB port are present at the bottom. The three navigation keys does not have backlight support, which can be a issue when you operate the device in dark. The device feels light (weight-170 g) with respect to the size and the weight is uniformly distributed.

Screen

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Honor 4X has a 5.5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 which is about 267 ppi pixel density. The screen looks decent in terms of pixel density. The touch on this device is fairly responsive, you can try a matte finish screen guard to improve it. There is no Gorilla glass protection so that’s an alarming sign, you better get a anti-fingerprint screen guard on to avoid scratches and fingerprint marks. The screen supports a 10 point multi-touch. Huawei has done average work on the screen but again introducing a decent 5.5 inch phone in this budget is a challenge.

Performance

Honor 4X comes with a Quad-core MSM8916 64 bit processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. It has 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB internal storage out of which around 4 GB is user available. It supports up to 32 GB of external storage via memory card. We faced no issues while multitasking and heavy usage due to the huge amount of RAM available. The gaming performance on this device was also great with Adreno 306 GPU processor. We tried playing several games like temple run 2, My daddy was a thief, Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2, Marvel contest of champions, and Modern combat 5 which all worked with no lag even at high graphics. But when we tried playing N.O.V.A. 3, the device failed to run it properly. So you can play most of the games except a very few high end games. The Antutu benchmark score on this device was 20304, while Nenamark 2 calculated a score of 51.9 fps.

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Honor 4X comes with Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) running out of the box. There is no news of Lollipop update yet. Huawei has their own Emoticon UI 3.0 (EMUI 3.0) based on KitKat. One thing that I liked about Honor 4x is that, it comes with almost no bloatware (pre-installed apps) that gives you the freedom. Some other features include smart assistance like motion control, One-hand UI, smart cover etc. You can also restrict the data usage for each app separately by going in settings -> Networked Apps.

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Below are some screenshots of the Emoticon UI 3.0 giving a whole overview.

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Camera

The device has a 13 MP rear camera that comes with Sony 2nd generation BSI/OV sensor. With this sensor, the device is able to take some nice snaps even in low light condition. The resolution of the photo is 4208 x 3120 pixels, and auto focusing is quite accurate. The quality of image captured with the camera is quite impressive and you can count on it. The camera app has some additional features like panorama, HDR, Audio note, Best Photo, All-Focus, and Watermark. Coming to video recording, it can record HD videos at 720P.

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The front camera is of 5 MP(2592 x 1944) which can be used to capture great selfies. While taking a selfie, the camera app shows a cropped image of face on the top-right corner so that your eyes are on the lens. The only bug that i encountered in Honor 4X camera is that, in certain conditions the auto white balance turned the image yellowish. To solve this problem you can change the white balance from auto to incandescent.  Below are some of the shots captured using Honor 4X camera.

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Connectivity and Sound

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Honor 4X supports dual SIM and that too both LTE (4G + 4G) so you can enjoy high speed internet. Apart from that you have some common connectivity options like WIFI, Bluetooth v4.0, and GPS. Unfortunately the device does not support USB OTG feature so you cannot connect a USB drive. This is one disappointing thing in Honor 4X as it has low internal storage.

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The speakers on the device are located at the bottom with 6 neatly drilled wholes. The Sound on Honor 4X is decent i.e. not too high or too low but the clarity is good. This will enhance your gaming and movie watching experience.

Battery

The device has a 3000 mAh non-removable battery which is quite sufficient for a 5.5 inch phone. The battery can last for half day with heavy usage and more than a day with normal usage. You can also use power saving options to conserve battery power. It supports LTE on both SIM and may consume more battery on 4G which is still to be tested.

Warranty and Availability

The device is exclusively available through Flipkart in white and black color variant for Rs. 10,499. The manufacturer warranty for device is 15 months, for battery it is 6 months and for accessories its 3 months. You also get various attractive offers while buying the phone.

Overall the phone is worth a buy at this price range. For the people who want a phone with good camera quality this can be an amazing choice. For others who need more performance you can try other alternatives like MI 4i which is a little higher in terms of price. Let me know if you have any doubts or feedback regarding the review through the comment section below.

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ASUS MeMO Pad 8 ME581CL in-depth review

The new ASUS MeMO Pad 8(ME581CL) was launched in last year, which is a successor to the previous model ME180A. The new MeMO Pad 8 has some amazing upgrades as compared to its predecessor. Let’s take a in-depth review and find out if this device is worth your money.

Design

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ASUS MeMO Pad 8 has a glossy back consisting of multiple layers made up using NVCM(Non-Conductive Vacuum Metalizing) technology. The MeMO Pad weighs only 299g and is 7.5mm in thickness. You can easily use the device for hours without any troubles as it is light in weight and easy to hold. On the front it has simple look with a ASUS logo at the bottom of the screen. It comes in three colors white, pink and blue. On the right you have the volume rockers ,power button, SIM card slot and a microphone may be secondary. On the top you have the headphone jack with Micro SD card slot on the left. The micro USB port is at the bottom of the MeMO pad and speaker grill on the back. Along with it you have ASUS logo with a NFC label just below it. In all the design is decent and the device doesn’t feel cheap in your hands.

Display

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Asus MeMO Pad comes with an 8 inch IPS display having screen resolution of 1200×1920 pixels which counts upto 283ppi. This is an upgrade if we compare it to the previous model which had a resolution of 800×1280 pixels. The device has highly sensitive fluid display which makes it possible to write using any pen or pencil with a tip radius of 0.75mm or above.The screen is protected by corning gorilla glass 3 which avoids any fine scratches and screen damage. The touch is very smooth and the screen is covered with a anti-fingerprint coating that prevents fingerprint marks. The viewing angles are just great which makes it a good device to watch movie together with your friends and family. It has a 10 point multi-touch display. ASUS has done a great job in terms of screen so you can consider it a heads up in this feature.

Performance

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The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 has a 64 bit Intel Atom Z3580 quad core processor clocked at 1.83 Ghz. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16/32 GB variants in internal storage. We faced no lag while multitasking and heavy usage due to the amazing hardware present on the device. Coming to the graphics it has PowerVR G6430 GPU which does an amazing job of running high-end games on the device. The device heats up from the back while playing high graphic games. But overall the device performs great in terms of gaming and heavy usage. The tablet has Android 4.4.2 Kitkat installed out of the box and currently there is no news of lollipop update. On the operating side, it has Zen UI installed and there are some pre-installed applications which comes along with the tablet. The Antutu Benchmark score for MeMO Pad 8 was 40837 which was above MI3 and below S5 and other high end devices.

Camera, Sound and Connectivity

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ASUS MeMO pad 8 has 5MP rear camera with a resolution of 2592×1944 pixels. The auto and touch to focus works really fast and accurate in this tablet. Front camera is of 1.2MP which is capable of clicking decent selfie. With good light conditions you can click some nice snaps. Coming to the video recording, you can record full HD video with this device. The camera App for ASUS has many features that you can use to enhance your picture quality according to the condition.

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The MeMO Pad 8 has dual stereo speakers at the back side of the tablet. The sound from these speakers is loud and clear that would make your movie watching experience even better.

Coming to connectivity, ASUS MeMO Pad 8 has 4G LTE support and it has a GSM SIM card tray at the right side. Along with that we have GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Wifi and NFC so that you can stay connected all the time. The device supports USB OTG feature and we tried connecting a USB drive to it which worked fine.

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The device has a non-removable Li-Po battery which can last up to 9 hours according to ASUS. We tested and found that it lasted for the same with above normal usage. You also get some nice features like the dual Apps and reading mode with MeMO Pad 8. The dual Apps was a bit laggy when used with Apps that require internet connection, but its a very useful feature. You can also use Miracast to stream videos and other content directly to your TV.

Pricing and availability

It all comes down to the pricing where the tablet is a bit over priced. It would be launched for Rs.19,999 and would be exclusively through Flipkart. The device comes with 1 year manufacturer warranty. We are getting in touch with Asus to find out when the device will be available, till then stay tuned.

Do let us know if you would go for this high-end device or not through the comment section below.

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Asus Fonepad 7 FE170CG (2014) review

Tablets are still preferred by the people who love to watch movies and play games. They have perfect screen size to enjoy movies and carry them around. Choosing a lost cost tablet with a nice brand name can be difficult. The Asus Fonepad 7 FE170CG which was launched in 2014 as a upgrade to the previous model, is a perfect fit for low cost tablets. Lets see what it has to offer and find out if its worth your money.

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Body and Design

The new Asus Fonepad 7 has a texture on the back with plastic case which looks very firm in the hands. The build is quite good and it will do good with rough and tough use. The front looks better with a slightly thin bezel and sturdy finish. The tablet doesn’t looks cheap in terms of build and design. Though the power button and volume rockers are a bit difficult to reach as they are not exactly on the side.

Screen

The Fonepad 7 has a 7 inch display with a resolution of 600 x 1024 (~170 dpi). The screen is average and not too much attractive due to the resolution. The touch is smooth and it supports 10 point touch.

Hardware and software

Fonepad 7 is a dual sim tablet which supports 3G, so you can enjoy high speed internet connection. It runs on Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2Ghz. Though its a dual core processor, Intel’s hyper threading makes it perform like a quad-core. It has 1 GB of RAM which is enough if you don’t go for high end games. Multitasking works great with Fonepad 7 and there is no lag experienced while usage. From my review, I can assure you that performance is quite good and you will have no complaints while playing games, watching videos, or multitasking. You get different storage capacity according to the money you spend, we have 4 GB and 8  GB internal with an expansion capacity upto 64 GB.

On the software side, we have Android 4.3 Jelly bean pre-installed, which can be upgraded to 4.4 Kitkat. There is no news of lollipop update. We have the Asus ZenUI running on this tablet, which have some very nice mods installed. I prefer ZenUI over the stock UI of android.

Camera and Sound

On the back we have a 2MP camera which can click a photo of 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution. Now this is one of the negative points of this tablet, as its a below average camera. The front camera is of 0.3 MP again not of much use. Though you can turn on HDR and click photos in daylight to get some good results. Asus has some nice camera modes to enhance your photography performance. It can record 720p videos, again with a average quality.

Audio quality is quite good on this device. We have the speakers in front-top of the screen. They are not too loud, but gives clear sound.

Along with 3G we have Wifi, bluetooth connectivity. and GPS. Fonepad 7 also has a support for USB OTG, so you can directly attach pen drive to read write files.

Battery

We have a non-removable li-po battery of 15 Wh (Watt-hr) which gives a very nice battery backup. The charging of the battery takes time, but once fully charge the battery can last a day with heavy usage too. So one important factor i.e. the battery backup is one of the strong points of Fonepad 7.

The Fonepad 7 8GB model is available in Rs.7999 on Flipkart. There are many offers going on Flipkart, so you can probably get a nice discount on this amazing tablet.

My verdict

At this price range, this tablet is just perfect and I recommend it to you. Apart from camera, all other features are good. You will face no problem in multitasking and playing normal games. Games like Asphalt 8 and dead trigger were running smoothly at low graphics.

If you have any doubts regarding this product, do mention it in the comment section below. Need help in buying new electronic gadget, contact me anytime.

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Asus Fonepad 7 Review

Asus Fonepad 7 is a 7 inch tablet which supports voice calling and is a successor of the previous Fonepad. It is much better in specifications from the original Fonepad. It comes with 4G LTE facility, and is a worthy tablet in its price range. We got hands-on Asus Fonepad 7, used it for some days and below is the review.

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Design

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Back panel

Fonepad 7 has a glossy plastic body, with a fingerprint like texture on the back. It comes in two color variants white and black. At the front we have two speakers on the top and bottom of the screen. The 7 inch screen may look little small in size due to the thick bezel. The overall build quality of the tablet is quite good. One disadvantage is that, the front and the back both are fingerprint magnets though it can be easily cleaned. One advantage of using the plastic cover is that, it makes the tablet light-weight and easy to hold with one hand.

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At the left we have micro SIM tray followed by the volume rockers, power button and microSD slot on the right. At the top we have headphone jack, with micro-usb port and microphone at the bottom. At the back we have a rear camera with Asus Logo embedded. So the tablet was easy to hold and use for a prolonged period due to its light weight. The tablet has a thickness of 10.5mm and weighs 328 g.

Display

Asus Fonepad 7 has a 7 inch IPS display with a screen resolution of 1200 x 800 pixels. The display is vibrant and looks attractive with a pixel density of 216ppi. In the front we have 2 speakers on the top and bottom of the screen which can be used while watching movies and playing games. We also have proximity sensor and light sensor at the front above the screen. The tablet can be set for auto-brightness which works pretty good, and is effective in different light conditions. Other than that the display is highly reflective. The touchscreen was very responsive and there was no issues using it. It supports 10 point multi-touch, which will enhance the gaming and typing experience. Fonepad 7 has a much better display and color reproduction,than its competitors like Samsung Galaxy tab 3. Also the viewing angles were quite good while watching videos.

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Performance

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Gaming

Asus Fonepad 7 has an Intel Atom Z2560 Dual core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz. Along with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU it provides amazing graphics while playing high-end games. It comes with 1 GB ram and has 8/16/32 GB internal storage variants. The processing power of tablet is excellent, and there was no lag in multi-tasking or while playing games. The storage can be extended upto 32 GB through microSD card. Though it has only a Dual core processor, the device performs surprisingly well and consumes less amount of battery too. The gaming performance was pretty good with some high end games like Dead Trigger, Asphalt 8 etc. There were no issues in performance point of view, and the benchmark test turned out to be good.

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Camera

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5Mp rear camera

Asus Fonepad 7 has a 5 Mp rear camera with a picture resolution of 2592 х 1944 pixels. The camera has autofocus with absence of LED flash which is quite common in most tablets. Interface of the camera is simple and easy to use. You can take upto 100 shots at once, and it has various modes like HDR, Beautification, Panorama, night, Smart Remove, all smiles and gif animation. So you can do various editing part in the default camera settings.

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Camera modes

The front camera is of 1.2Mp and is quite impressive. You can use it to do video calling and take selfies as the camera quality is good. Fonepad 7 has a mirror app which shows your image by using front camera. You may experience some noise in the image when camera is used in low light conditions. So overall the picture quality of Asus Fonepad 7 is pretty nice in daylight.

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Asus Fonepad 7 records full HD video(1080p) at 30fps which is quite impressive. But the autofocusing while recording video was bit slow, so you may have to manually do it. In good light conditions the video quality was good.

Software Specs

Asus Fonepad 7 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jellybean, while you can upgrade to 4.3 Jellybean. The User Interface of the fonepad is customized by Asus, and given a nice touch and feel. We have 4 on-screen buttons which includes back, home, app switching, and a newly introduced floating app button. Floating apps are similar to Samsung’s multi-window as we can simultaneously run multiple apps on the screen. Floating apps include calculator, audio wizard, Dictionary, video player, countdown, converter etc. The tablet supports voice calling with no problem except the sound is soft.

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The notification bar is also customized with some toggle buttons like reading mode, smart saving, instant dictionary along with the regular wifi, bluetooth, mobile data, wifi hotspot etc. Reading mode optimizes screen brightness, so that one can read for a prolonged period of time without any strain on the eyes. On the main screen we have the option of setting 5 homescreen containing apps and widgets. The keyboard is not stock android keyboard, but is made to reduce errors while typing and has a clean layout of buttons. Fonepad 7 comes with some default apps like amazon kindle, aolink, flipboard, mirror, mybitcast, supernote, zinio etc. Some of the apps were quite useful, but all these default apps will take up the space as they cannot be removed.

Battery

Asus Fonepad 7 has a battery capacity of 3950mAh which may seem low, but the tablet can easily last for more than 1 day with a medium usage. We also have a smart saving option to save battery life. So the tablet is made to last long in terms of battery backup.

Pricing

The 16Gb version was priced at Rs. 17,499 and the current price may be somewhat less.

The only thing that bugged me was the sound, it was not loud enough, and also the sound breaks when used at full volume. In voice call too the sound was soft. Though the speakers were useful while watching movies and playing games, still it can be improved. Performance wise the tablet showed some amazing features. In this price range you can definitely go for Asus Fonepad 7 over other competitors.

We would like to know your views about the tablet whether you would go for it? Also if you have any doubts regarding the tablet, do mention it in the comment section below.

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