Over the weekend, Acer India announced the launch of its compact and lightweight 7-inch tablet, the Acer ICONIA A1-713 with voice-calling facility. Continue reading Acer launches ICONIA A1-713, their latest 7-inch Android tablet with voice calling
HGST, a Western Digital company, recently launched a new line of Touro S external hard drives. The colorful, stylish hard drives delivers two levels of data protection – local backup and cloud storage. Continue reading HGST Touro S is a Stylish and High-performance USB 3.0 Hard Drive
During the FIFA World Cup few weeks back, I tried the latest Epson home projector – Epson EH-TW5200 – adding a fun highlight to my football parties. Epson claims it to be world’s most affordable full HD, 3D home theatre projector that delivers the brightest and sharpest 3D images. Continue reading Review: Epson EH-TW5200 Projector
In a press event in New Delhi today, Panasonic launched its new Eluga series of smartphones, and unveiled the Eluga U, the first smartphone in the series. Continue reading Panasonic Eluga U launched in India for ₹18,990
If you are headed to a music festival, it’s time to start checking off that all-important list of essential items to help you survive a mud-filled weekend away. Continue reading [Sponsored] Top Five Gadgets for Music Festivals
Sony India today introduced Xperia T3, a slim and stylish Android smartphone. Packed in a stainless steel frame with a matte back cover, the Xperia T3 is exquisitely designed and stands out in a crowd and weighs just 144 grams. Continue reading Sony launches the Xperia T3 in India for ₹27,990; available from next week
In a press event at AndroidLand in Noida today, Spice Retail announced two new Android KitKat smartphones, the Spice Stellar 526 and the Spice Stellar 520.
Spice Stellar 526
Spice Stellar 526 is the company’s first smartphone powered by a true 1.5GHz Hexa-Core processor. The 12.7cm IPS display is packed in an 8.3mm slim chassis.
The dual SIM Stellar 526 packs in 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB. The Stellar 526 features an 8 MP rear camera with autofocus and a 3.2 MP front camera. The camera features advanced modes like Object Tracking, Live Photo Mode, Voice & Gesture Capture, HDR, and Zero Shutter Delay.
The Spice Stellar 526 is available in retail stores and online right away, at an MOP of ₹11,499.
Spice Stellar 526 Specifications
- 12.7cm On-Cell IPS display
- Resolution: 1280 X 720
- 1.5 GHz Hexa Core Processor
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 8MP rear camera | 3.2MP front camera
- 8GB ROM + 1GB RAM
- 8.3 mm slim
- 2500 mAh Battery
Spice Stellar 520
Along with the Spice Stellar 526, Spice also announced the Stellar 520 featuring a 12.7cm HD IPS display. Powered by a 1.3GHz Quad-core processor, the Stellar 520 packs in 1GB of RAM, but a measly 4GB of internal storage though expandable up to 32GB.
The dual SIM Stellar 520 comes with two bright cover panels – yellow and red – and is just 8.4mm thin. There’s an 8MP AF rear camera with LED flash and a front-facing 2MP camera.
Spice Stellar 520 is available in stores and online right away at an MOP of ₹8,999. The Stellar 520 comes with a free Flip Cover worth ₹500 included in the box.
Spice Stellar 520 Specifications
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 12.7 cm IPS display
- HD OGS Full Lamination
- 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor
- 2000 mAh Battery
- 8.4 mm slim
- 8MP AF Rear Camera | 2MP Front Camera
- 4 GB ROM + 1 GB RAM
LG has finally launched their latest flagship smartphone, the LG G3, at a grand press event in Mumbai today. The smartphone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with LG’s new flatter UI. Continue reading LG G3 launched in India at a starting price of ₹47,990
Obi Mobiles today announced the launch of its first flagship smartphone in India, the Octopus S520. The smartphone will be initially available for purchase through Snapdeal.com for ₹11,990.
Obi Mobiles is headquartered in Singapore and promoted by Toronto-based Inflexionpoint, a company co-founded by John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Inc.
The Dual SIM flagship smartphone boasts of a sleek metallic design (maximum thickness of 8.4mm) and is powered by a 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek processor with 1GB RAM. The phone features a 12.7 cm HD IPS display and sports the latest Android Kit Kat 4.4 version.
The Obi Octopus S520 box packs in a Flip Cover, a Screen Protector, a USB Charger, and in-ear headphones. The company claims that the phones will be supported by a country-wide network of over 95 service centres for after-sales support.
“S520 is a beautifully designed product. It is engineered to highest quality specifications to reliably deliver a superior performance. This flagship device is an affirmation of our stated commitment to extend the best in class smartphone experience. From hardware specifications to the quality of accessories there are no compromises whatsoever, because we know our young customers conduct their lives around their smartphones.”
– Ajay Sharma, CEO, Obi Mobiles
Obi Octopus S520 Specifications
- Size: 145.0 mm X 75.0 mm X 8.4 mm
- Display: 12.7 cm HD IPS
- Processor: MediaTek 1.7 GHz Octa Core
- Operating System: Android KitKat 4.4
- RAM: 1 GB
- Camera: Rear Camera: 8MP | Front Camera: 2 MP
- Memory: 8 GB, expandable up to 32GB
- Battery Capacity: 1800 mAh
- Standby Time: Up to 180 Hours
- Talktime: Up to 240 Minutes
Announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, the Sony Xperia Z2 has recently arrived in India. Sony’s flagship smartphones have always pushed the envelope further in terms of design and features, but a few mishits here and there have let them down.
If you have seen the Xperia Z1, you have seen the Xperia Z2. In terms of design, there are not many differences you will be able to notice at a glance. But that’s a good thing. Sony’s OmniBalance design with a combination of glass and metal looks very premium, and stands out from the crowd. It picks up fingerprints like crazy though. There are three color options like with the Z1 – white, black, and purple.
The latest iteration is tougher and the company claims that the glass panel on the back is scratch-resistant now. The design’s top notch, and the Z2 is dust-proof as well as water-proof. Sony’s distinctive round power button is in its now-familiar spot in the middle of the right edge and flaps lined with rubber protect the microSD card slot, the microUSB charging port, and the SIM card slot.
The Xperia Z1 suffered from a poor display with bad viewing angles. That changes now, and the Xperia Z2 boasts of IPS LCD which makes the 5.2-inch 1080p display pretty crisp with great viewing angles. It’s not perfect, and is quite reflective especially in direct sunlight.
The Xperia Z2 checks all the boxes on the specifications sheet for a flagship smartphone. Powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3GHz, the Z2 packs in a mammoth 3GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage, expandable by up to 128GB.
There’s not much you need to talk about the performance. The UI and navigation is as smooth as it gets, while multitasking and app startups are a breeze. There’s no lag in the overall user experience, and no stuttering while playing graphic-intensive games. I noticed it getting hot sometimes when pushed harder though.
One of the understated highlights of the phone is its battery backup. The 3,200mAh battery lasts for the entire day with several calls, and continuous 3G or Wi-Fi use with GPS turned on. That’s pretty impressive, and arguably the best performance in the current crop of flagship Android smartphones.
The Sony Xperia Z2 prides itself on its 20.7-megapixel camera. You’d only get that resolution in the manual mode though as the auto-mode defaults to 8MP. The photos in good light conditions are brilliant and vivid, with good color reproduction. In low light though, there’s considerable noise. There’s not optical image stabilization, which is a bummer.
Again, the camera is not perfect, but it’s no downer as well. If you know your way around manual settings, you’d be able to click pretty good photos. There’s also the ability to shoot 4K videos, pretty much a nice novelty on the list.
Among several effects that Sony packs in, background defocus is an interesting one allowing photos with a subject in focus and background blurred. Although, it’s pretty much a trick. The camera doesn’t sense the depth, but takes two photographs and then blurs everything except the subject. While you can select the intensity and pattern of the blur, it’s not a smooth process and the option has to be selected before clicking the photo, and not added after it has been clicked.
Powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, the user experience it pretty much stock Android with some UI customizations. In most cases, that’s not a bad thing, but you’d miss the more functional implementations in notifications or settings like in Samsung or LG flagships.
There’s of course too many Sony apps, some of which like Jive for unlimited music downloads are good to have but are too, for the lack of a better phrase, in the face. There’s also Sony Liv that offers a number shows from Sony’s television channels. The ‘What’s New’ widget throws up updates about Sony content and services, and pretty much annoys and eats up data. It’s the first one you should get rid of.
Sony Xperia Z2 is a significant improvement over the Z1, and the water-proof feature is a terrific addition to the feature list. Sony has also almost got the display right this time, and offers a terrific battery life.
While Sony covers all bases for a flagship smartphone, there’s no standout, marketing pitch like the fitness features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the dual-camera system of the HTC One (M8). If that doesn’t bother you, and in most cases, it shouldn’t, Xperia Z2 is a good buy if you are looking for a top-end Android smartphone. Launched at ₹49,990, the price has dipped a little since then.