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Gadgets & Gizmos October 2018

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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first take

ONEPLUS TOOK the wraps off its mid-year refresh model. Coming just six months after the launch of OnePlus 6, the 6T features some incremental updates such as in-display fingerprint sensor, bigger display, smaller notch, smart boost and more. The base configuration for 6T starts with 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage, and the phone continues to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.Having a 86 per cent screen-to-body ratio, the 6T features 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display with 19:5:9 aspect ratio. With the 2340x1080p resolution, the screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The minimal notch houses three-in-one ambient/distance/RGB sensor and front-facing camera. OnePlus claims that the screen is optimised for notch-based design, providing a larger viewable area and superior. Made of all glass, the OnePlus 6T weighs 185 grams…

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seamless sync

IN AN IDEAL WORLD, gadgets should be completely integrated for seamless access and control. Quite often, you may feel the need to access your phone data when typing away at your computer. It could be an important presentation stored on your phone, a crucial text message or just a peek at the recent vacation snapshots. Fortunately, all that content locked in your smartphone need not be transferred to your PC before it can be accessed. You can easily find a number of apps which not only mirror your phone’s display right on your desktop or laptop, but also enable you to back up the phone content on your PC. In most cases, the phone and the PC connect wirelessly. Here are a few options worth trying out.Windows Connect: A convenient…

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steal the deal

OF THE THREE IPHONES announced recently, the iPhone XR is the most affordable. The basic 64 GB variant costs `76,900, about `23,000 less than the new flagship XS, again the 64 GB version (we refrain from discussing the XS Max as it is the bigger version of the XS). Both the XR and the XS share many core features, namely, the iOS 12, a seven-nanometre A12 bionic chip, wireless charging, FaceID, selfie camera and the upcoming dual-SIM support. But there are a few differences.The XR sports a glass front and rear with an aerospace-grade aluminium band and comes in six attractive hues – the classic white and black, funky blue, coral, yellow and elegant red. The 6.1-inch liquid crystal display – Apple calls it Liquid Retina – with 326 ppi…

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best in business

WITH THE SPIKE in air pollution outside, many of us turn to indoor air purifiers for succour and the Mi Air Purifier 2S, from the house of Xiaomi, can be considered a great buy for its smart functionality and competitive pricing. The third-generation air purifier in white sports a compact, squarish tower design, stands 20 inches tall and does not occupy much space. A total of 943 intake holes are spread across its three sides to draw the impure air, pass it through the 360-degree three-layer circular air filter and push the clean air from the top. Unlike the previous model, this one has a circular OLED display that shows real-time PM 2.5 level along with temperature, humidity level, Wi-Fi status and mode. A light sensor helps adjust the screen’s…

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looks good, sound better!

THE ECHO DOT (3rd Gen) priced at `4,999 is a good buy. The festive special price of `2,999 makes the deal even better.Amazon’s Echo Dot has been the most affordable smart speaker from the Echo family, which has focused on smart functionally first and audio later. It has never been a great speaker. However, with the 3rd generation Dot, Amazon has managed to bridge a balance between the two.DESIGN: The new Echo Dot has received a significant design update. It is slightly bigger and heavier. Making it look premium, Amazon has used a mesh cloth on the circumference of the speaker, that hides multiple speakers to broadcast 360 degrees sound. My review unit in black looked good but the mesh cloth attracts dust. There are four far-field microphones (pin-holes next…

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smart and pragmatic

MUCH-AWAITED SMARTPHONE, Google’s Pixel 3 XL is a software marvel, and the hardware does not take a backseat either. This one does not come with a fancy in-display fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, triple/quad-core cameras or an insane spec sheet, but it continues to do what it has mastered and then some more.To start with, it looks identical to last year’s Pixel 2 XL with a two-tone rear but this time uses glass with a metallic finish to support wireless charging. Google has also managed to squeeze in a bigger screen – a 6.3-inch OLED display with a notch – without making the phone bigger. The display feels rich with bright colours, and unlike last year, we did not experience any colour shift or screen burn-in. Carried forward from the 2…