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Gadgets & Gizmos

April 2019

From the Internet to the iPod, from cell phones to laptops, technology rules the lives of urban Indians. Gadgets and Gizmos, a monthly magazine, cuts through the techno-babble by simplifying complicated technology into easy to understand information bytes that readers can use in buying and planning their technology. It uses its state-of-the-art test lab to put the latest gadgets through the toughest drills and then pronounces its verdict for readers. Because technology should make life simpler, not more complex.

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India
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Living Media India Limited
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samsung galaxy a2 core

SAMSUNG HAS launched its Android Go smartphone called Samsung Galaxy A2 Core to take on Xiaomi’s Redmi Go. The Galaxy A2 Core runs on Android Pie (Go Edition) and is the successor to Samsung Galaxy J2 Core, which was codenamed as SM-J260. The Galaxy A2 Core is priced higher than the Xiaomi Redmi Go at ₹5,290. Xiaomi’s Redmi Go is priced at ₹4,499."We are going to ship out Galaxy A2 core this week at ₹5,290. This is going to be a tremendous boost to people who want to switch from feature phones to smartphones. This is going to be huge in terms of volume," Ranjivjit Singh, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Samsung India said.As far as specifications are concerned, Galaxy A2 Core has a 5-inch LCD with a…

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vivo s1

Vivo has launched its mid-range nonotch smartphone Vivo S1 with a popup selfie camera in China to take on the likes of Realme and Xiaomi. The pop-up camera design was first introduced by Vivo in its Vivo V15 and Vivo V15 Pro smartphones.Vivo S1 is company’s first smartphone under the S series lineup and packs 6GB RAM memory and 128GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. The S1 boasts of a 6.53-inch full-HD+ IPS display with screen resolution of 1080x2340 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 90.95 per cent screen-to-body ratio. On the hardware front, the Vivo S1 is powered by like octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 SoC with Mali-G72 GPU.As far as the optics are concerned, Vivo S1 includes a triple camera arrangement at…

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foldables have miles to go

SMARTPHONES have become exciting again. At least the folding ones, ever since Samsung and Huawei unveiled their latest creations, giving rise to speculation that a folding iPhone is bound to happen by 2020. Motorola is gearing up to launch its device and Xiaomi has posted a futuristic, double-folding prototype on a social media site. A new patent that has surfaced online suggests Google may come out with a phone similar to Motorola Razr 2019.We are not yet sure what specific purpose these ‘luxury’ phones are going to serve (Galaxy Fold starts at $1,980 for the 4G version while Huawei Mate X will cost $2,600, undoubtedly premium pricing), but one can understand why the buzz around foldable phones is not going to fizzle out. Here is a path-breaking innovation, a never-before…

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tuning up

MUSIC LOVERS in India never had it so good. Now there is no need to visit a music store or purchase it online or download it clandestinely (yes, we call it piracy) as nearly a dozen music streaming services, both homegrown and global, are operating in the country. YouTube Music is the latest to join the league that has global leader Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime Music (part of the Prime offering in India) and a bunch of heavily funded Indian players such as JioSaavn, Gaana and Wynk in the fray. All of them offer millions of songs across genres, provide curated playlists and feature Internet radio shows. Add to that the growing number of smartphone users, cheaper data and improved bandwidths (3G and 4G coverage), and one can easily…

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go for it

Talk about entry-level smartphone category, primarily under ₹5,000, and there aren’t many good options to choose from. Even though there is a huge market for these smartphones, the segment mostly has got low-quality hardware that struggles to support the custom Android software. Load applications and content and the device start slowing down. Thankfully, Google has acknowledged the need for having a lighter version of the Android operating system for low-specification devices to run smoothly. And the Redmi Go runs on just that - Android Oreo (Go Edition).Design: Even though it has been made of plastic, it doesn’t look cheap either. Xiaomi has added a 5inch HD display at the front, which seems to be pretty bright with decent sunlight legibility. The touch response is pretty good and there are three…

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an expensive upgrade

A display at the front, physical buttons for volume control at the top and a trapezium-shaped rear, housing the speaker and the power cable (the lumpy rear looks like the back of a CRT TV) – the design part of the second-generation Amazon Echo Show may not wow you, especially as it is quite expensive by Indian standards. But it features an Alexa-powered smart speaker with a 10.1-inch HD touch display, eight microphones to pick up commands even when music is playing and comes with a refined software programme, all of which make it bigger and better.Smart speakers are a great way to communicate and adding a screen further enhances user experience. The Echo Show can be placed anywhere at home or in your office cabin depending on where you…

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