Sunday, 25 August 2013

Quick Review : Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

*There will be repetition as we are talking about the same Samsung Galaxy S4 with a design tweak.

Pros
+Sturdy design and ruberised on the top and bottom
+Smart add-ons to UI like Smart Stay, +Smart Pause, "Smarty Pants"...kiddin
+Hard keys are a great advantage and you won't be having accidental clicks like what we have in S4
+Camera is good and has Aqua mode for splashes I think...
+Battery life is good but still need to carry a spare battery
+Removable battery, this is a huge win and I use an additional battery during heavy usage.

Meh
÷TFT display is bright but feels washed out
÷Smart UI add-ons tries to be "over smart"
÷Takes more time to snap the back cover in place and still you will miss out something.
÷Hardware design is OK
÷Black Samsung Galaxy S4 is actually Gray which actually kinda sucks.

Cons
-Bloatware
-Buggy responsiveness
-Samsung UI needs help. Its that bad.

Bottom line
_The phone feels great on hand and is sturdy unlike the S4. Its slightly thicker but i can live with that. Design is a bit off but bearable. The phone is great on paper similar to the S4 and leverages the Android ecosystem which is a huge win but the amount of bloatware makes the overall experience bad. Its basically a S4 with Muscles.


Monday, 19 August 2013

Quick Review : Sony Xperia Z ultra

Pros
+Great Quality build
+Software seems like ICS even though its using Jelly Bean. Very less modification from stock UI.
+Camera is good
+Battery life is good but still need to carry a spare battery. Stamina mode is genius
+Great specs on paper and performance.

Meh
÷Using anything to write is just ok as it was buggy most of the times.
÷Screen is ok not great
÷The SIM / SD card slot need some work to close it completely.

Cons
-The size will turn you off
-Camera sucks and there is flash!
-Buggy responsiveness
-Notification short cuts are fixed unlike what other player are doing.

Bottom line
_The phone is great on paper and great on looks and feel. The big turn off was the size, I thought I would start  to fall in love with it but failed miserably. I couldn't carry may tablet with me as it felt weird to carry similar sized devices. If they are onna release a 5" version of this design, I am on it!


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Quick Review : Samsung Galaxy S4

Pros
+Great display
+Smart add-ons to UI like Smart Stay, +Smart Pause, "Smarty Pants"...kiddin
+Camera is good
+Battery life is good but still need to carry a spare battery
+Removable battery, this is a huge win and I use an additional battery during heavy usage.
Meh
÷Smart UI add-ons tries to be "over smart"
÷Hardware design is OK
÷Black Samsung Galaxy S4 is actually ÷Gray which actually kinda sucks.
Cons
-Capacitive buttons are a huge mess. You keep accidentally touching them and you gotta watch your YouTube clip all over again!
-Bloatware
-Buggy responsiveness
-Samsung UI needs help. Its that bad.
Bottom line
_The phone is great on paper and leverages the Android ecosystem which is a huge win but the lack of good design and the amount of bloatware makes the overall experience bad.

Quick Review : Nokia Lumia 925

Pros
+Great Camera
+Camera apps from Nokia
+Fast UI, Windows is the only OS that is hardware independent
+Great hardware, feels greats as well
+Keyboard is one of the best
Meh
÷Descent battery, needed to carry a battery pack
÷Internet explorer, its OK not great
÷Alternative apps for Instagram, Klout and so on. Its good not great.
÷Whatsapp notification is kinda buggy
÷Lack of Google services
÷Here Maps
÷Bing
Cons
-Lack of apps, but bearable
-Lack of customization. Changing live tile colors is not considered one of them
-Getting to the app you need takes time, a lot of scrolling and swiping. Wished if -Bing could double up for Universal search.
Bottom line
_Camera is one of the best features of this phone and can make up for all what Windows Phone is lacking. Hardware design is one of the best I've seen.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Will Plastic prevail over Metal?

Two Android titans are bound to release any time soon in the Month of April. Who will emerge the Victor and who will be the Victim?