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Gadgets & Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos September 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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microsoft unveils dual-screen devices designed for mobile productivity

BRINGING productivity to smaller and more mobile form factors, Microsoft has unveiled two new dual-screen devices along with a wide range of Surface devices at its hardware event in New York. Referring to the new dual-screen devices as a new era of mobile creativity, the Surface Neo and Surface Duo will be optimised for multi-tasking. “What started as an effort to create the two-in-one evolved into a full line of products that are more versatile, more adaptable and more personal. These new products are about empowering you to be your most productive, and your most creative,” says Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer at Microsoft. The ethos behind Surface has been to remove the conflict between the tablet and the laptop. Comprising two nine-inch screens connected with a 360-degree full-friction hinge, the Surface…

8 min.
all about new iphones, ipad and services

APPLE HAS ANNOUNCED THE LAUNCH of its next-generation iPhones – iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro has been priced starting ₹99,900 and the 6.5-inch iPad Max Pro for ₹1,09,900 onwards. “iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are the most powerful and advanced smartphones we have ever made,” says Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 11 Pro has the first triple-camera system in iPhone … it provides our customers with great range of creative control and advanced photo and video editing features in iOS 13. The Super Retina XDR is the brightest and most advanced display in iPhone and the A13 Bionic chipsets a new bar for smartphone performance and power efficiency.” The phones have a textured matte glass back…

2 min.
a near-perfect companion

Smart speakers with built-in voice assistants could be a great way to fetch information and control compatible household appliances. Add to that a neat rectangular screen and affordable pricing, and you get Echo Show 5, a near-perfect household companion. The 5.5-inch display (with 960x480 resolution) propped at a slight angle, has the right form factor to be placed on a nightstand, television unit, study desk or a kitchen counter without being obtrusive. The mute mic button and the camera shutter take care of privacy issues while the display adjusts the brightness automatically. The two microphones on this entry-level device can pick up your voice from another room. Setting it up is easy; all you need is Amazon account login data and wireless connectivity. Swiping down from the top reveals the brightness…

2 min.
smart and adorable

Smart displays seem to be taking over our homes and Google launched one in India some time ago. An upgraded version of the device is already available in the US, but the Nest Hub sold in India is a well-engineered product with a host of features. Powered by the incredibly smart Google Assistant, the slightly tilted 7-inch touch display with rounded corners, thick bezels and a speaker at the rear (it is mounted on the speaker base) looks elegant and unobtrusive. In fact, one can easily confuse it for a 7-inch tablet. Nest Hub cannot be configured from the device itself and I had to use the Google Home app to set it up. The touch response was impressive and when I asked for the usual information – weather updates, latest…

2 min.
low-cost camera fest

Aquad-camera set-up in a smartphone is not a new concept, but it is a lucrative deal when a sub-₹15,000 device sports it, including a 48 MP Sony IMX586, an 8 MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2 MP macro lens and a 2 MP depth sensor besides a waterdrop-notch 16 MP front camera. But the camera app UI on Realme 5 Pro does not complement the hardware. For instance, just the video, photo and portrait modes are out there at the centre, but most other modes and options are hidden, and you can only access them after a few clicks. I had to scroll to the very top under the photo mode to activate the ultra-wide lens (119˚) for capturing landscapes and a large group of people. Similarly, the ultra-macro mode under ‘more…

2 min.
work buddy

For decades, the MS Office has been synonymous with work applications for handling documentation, numbers and presentations. But the office suite comes with a premium subscription attached, paving the way for free solutions. There are plenty of options in the market, but not many come close to the Microsoft product in terms of efficiency. However, China-based software developer Kingsoft’s WPS Office, a freemium offering, may turn out to be a game changer. This all-in-one office software suite is available for Android, macOS, Windows and Linux platforms. It features Writer, Spreadsheet and Presentation, alternatives for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, respectively. Plus, there are massive libraries of pre-built templates for all three. WPS Office has a tab-like user interface and I was able to switch between multiple word docs and spreadsheets from the…