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7 Features You Need to Know Before Buying a Headphone

7 Features You Need to Know Before Buying a Headphone

Headphones are quite popular these days. The ease of handling and portable design of headphone is one of the major factors that make people choose it over other options. If you have a smart phone, then headphone is a must buy product because it will make your music listening experience more fun.

 If you want to listen to the music but you cannot access your music system then earphones will play best accommodating part in this situation. You can simply listen to the music from a smart phone or any other music device with it.

Having earbuds will not affect your fashion or style because they are highly compact and that is what makes them better choice for people who like to do less show off and enjoy the music freely. Earbud will not be too visible from the outside which is its biggest advantage for the listener.

Additionally, for conversational purposes, you can use bluetooth earphone that will help you to have a completely hands free conversation with your contacts on smart phone. You can simply connect your smart phone with earphone and then you would be able to receive and end calls directly with a click.

Bluetooth headphone is most common choice of music listener because when you have a headphone that supports Bluetooth then you get the capability of making or receiving calls. In fact, there are a lot more advantages of having Bluetooth in your headphone.

Basically, there are so many kinds of choices available in the market. If we talk about features then there is no end of the list. Therefore, it becomes hard to make the final selection for your purchase in this matter. Therefore, we have listed top seven things that you should check before making a purchase decision.

1. Features And Uses: There are so many different choices of features in headphones. Therefore, it is best that you analyze your own requirement before finalizing the features. You need to understand your own requirement in order to make the best purchase decision.

You need to analyze all different kind of utilization requirements or conditions so that you can assess when and where you plan to utilize the headphone. This will give you the proper image of your need and that is the best way to determine which features are useful for you the most.

2. Quality And Budget: Since there is no lack of choices in headphone market, you can easily make a selection of under budget headphone without quality compromise. If you will do proper research about this matter, then there is no doubt that you would be able to find many suitable options.

You should check the product build quality as well as sound quality of the headphone. This is the only way to make sure that you get the best music listening experience with the headphone that you are going to buy.

3. Style And Comfort: You need to make sure that the style and appearance of the headphone are perfectly suitable for your need. You need to make sure that the style of the headphone is best, not just from the perspectives of appearance but also comfort.

If you are visiting the store to choose the headphone, then you should feel the comfort of headphone personally. However, if you are purchasing it online then you should check material and features of the product. Also, you can check customer feedbacks to get a perfect idea of the product comfort.

4. Type: There are several types of headphone choices which include Over-ear, on-ear and in-ear. There are a lot more choices as well. Mainly, you need to choose the type that suits you the most. Therefore, in order to get best satisfaction from your purchase, it is better to know a little about all categories.

If you will research even a little about headphone categories, then it will help you a lot to explore the possibilities and use of it. When you will know about them, then it would be very easy to make a final decision about your headphone purchase.

5. Noise-Cancellation: If you want to enjoy without outside disturbance then it would be perfect to choose headphone that can offer you the noise cancellation feature in it. However, this might increase the budget of the purchase.

In order to experience the privilege of using the best noise cancellation feature, it is necessary to choose the best quality product because not all noise cancellation headphone or earphone will give you satisfaction of disturbance free music due to low quality noise cancellation.

6. Wireless Or Wired: There are two choices in headphone – wired and wireless. Both are good and there is no way you can compare them with each other. It just depends on your personal preferences and choices. You can simply make this decision solely on your fondness.

Wireless headphone will give you the privilege of cord free music listening experience. On the other side, wired headphone will give you amazing sound quality in comparatively low price range. You can get more in less investment with wired headphones.

7. Brand Or No-Brand: It is always best to choose branded headphone because brand will give you a guarantee of their product. Some people ignore the brand because they don’t give it much importance but that choice can be risky sometimes.

If you are choosing a headphone that does not belong to any reputed brand, then it is best that you do proper research on the fidelity and efficiency of the headphone so that you can reduce the risks of your purchase.

 

Bio:-Varun Kumar works for LatestOne.com as Digital Analyst. It is the e-tailer company known for bringing the earphones, headphones, earbuds, etc

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones Review

Bose QuietComfort 35

When the leading brand of noise-canceling headphones has chosen to come out with a wireless headphone, it is little wonder that everyone talks highly of Bose QuietComfort 35. Available in black or silver color, Bose QuietComfort 35 is a familiar design because it takes references from its wired predecessor.

 

Simple but Splendid Design

Although the design of Bose QuietComfort 35 looks simple, it is for a good reason. On each oval earcup, the Bose logo is well-placed in a way that does not draw too much attention. As the headband connecting the two earcups is well-padded, it allows for comfortable experience when you put on your head. Thanks to both cushion quality on the earcups and excellent weight distribution, you can wear this Bose headphones for hours without straining.

While the left earcup has a single 2.5mm jack for connecting the usual wired connection to your device, the right side contains a power slider, micro USB charging port, and volume buttons for a complete audio listening experience. Unlike its predecessor, Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones are compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

When you want to pair your Bose headphones, it works smoothly. All you need to do is just slide the power slider all the way to the right and it will put the headphones in pairing mode. Next, you can select them from your laptop or phone's Bluetooth menu. If your Android smartphone supports NFC pairing, you can connect your Bose headphones by putting them in pairing mode and tapping the back of your smartphone against them.  

Another appealing feature about this Bose headphones is that they excel at switching between multiple connections. When your Bose headphones are connected to both laptop and smartphone, they have no problem switching between the two as you play music alternately from them. They also come with a microphone which enables them to be used as headset for making phone calls. In the microphone, you will be delighted to find the signature noise-canceling technology that works well to eliminate background noise. It works effectively despite not being placed near your mouth like most wired headphones.  

 

Promising Performance

As you listen to your Bose headphones, their audio quality is best described as crisp and wonderful. They also do not sound flat like their other wireless headphones in the market. Talking about its soundstage, it is exceptionally broad. When you pair with a high-quality recording, the effect is simply marvelous; you can enjoy its immersive audio experience easily. In terms of bass quality, Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones roar with precision and power. They usually give appropriate amount of bass to the rhythm of the song.

The obvious standout feature of Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones is their noise-cancelling capability. Needless to say, they work so well, especially when cancelling out consistent low frequencies. From rumble and tussle of trains to high-pitch chatter, Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones can drown out them with ease; they even cancel out your own voice. They are superior to anything you can find in the market. For comparison purpose, they are as good as their wired predecessor, Bose QuietComfort 25.

However, it is essential to note that some people can be sensitive to the sensation of pressure that noise-cancellation applies on your eardrums. In other words, noise-cancelation headphones may not be suitable for them. If you are not familiar with the sensation, it is akin to being in a pressurized cabin. Once you get used to it, you will be able to focus on listening to your music instead of being distracted by the surroundings.

Incredible Staying Power

Bose QuietComfort 35 boasts battery life of 20 hours if used wirelessly. This is huge when you consider the fact that you will be using almost the entire day. Wherever you go, you do not have to worry about your headphones running out of power on halfway. If you plan to use as wired headphones, they will last about 40 hours. When you turn your Bose headphones on, they will give a short voice notification that tells how the devices are connected and how much battery is left. It is a useful information to have so that you can decide when to charge it.

If you still unsure why you need Bose QuietComfort 35, you must remember that they are the best result possible when merging noise-cancelling and wireless together. They offer the benefits of wireless headphones without their weaknesses.   

 

 

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This post was written by Aaron Tam from 
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Google Home - Smart Speaker & Home Assistant

Google Home - The Virtual Assistant You Never Knew You Needed

The release of Google Home marks Google's first foray into the smart home market. If there is one thing Google is good at, it is a powerful search engine. There are skeptics who question the ability of Google to inject its strength into a smart home device. Obviously, Google is not going to disappoint you by merely following the trend of jumping into the smart home bandwagon like some companies. Instead, the Google Home takes advantage of your Google account and search history to give you a unique experience. 

Its Google Home shows that it can take Google's strength and improve it significantly as a viable smart home device. For the first time ever, the Google Home provides a home hub device that enables you to leverage all Google products and services without having to click on a screen. 

The Design

At first glance, the Google Home bears some resemblance to an air refresher or a small vase. Thanks to its clean, crisp look, Google Home definitely does not look out of place with your modern interior design. It exudes minimalist vibes with its silhouette. 

Since the customizable bases can be easily snapped on and off, you can change the base color to suit your preference. As of now, Google offers two types bases: metallic and fabric bases. When you compare Google Home to its rival, Amazon Echo, the former certainly looks more gorgeous than the latter's all-black canister shape. At the same time, its shorter shape makes it easier to blend into its surroundings.

What Can Google Home Do For You

You will be surprised to find its upper area is highly responsive to touch. Simply move it clockwise or counterclockwise to change the volume. To start or stop the music, a tap will suffice. It is fascinating that you can long-press the Home button to execute commands without using the wake words such as "Hey Google" or "Ok, Google." 

Whenever you activate your Google Home through the top or using the wake word, its four multi-colored lights will twist and whirl to indicate that it has received your command. In addition, Google Home can serve your needs well with its built-in Google Cast and Chromecast feature. Set up a Chrome Cast and tell your Google Home to cast your favorite songs or videos to your sound speaker and television. 

Google Home comes with its two built-in microphones which are capable of picking up your voice command from across a room. After all, Google Home has been designed to champion the voice-based experience. Depending on where you stay, Google continues to improve its support for multiple languages as well as regional accents. 

Since some people voice out their concerns about the idea of Google always listening to you all the time, Google promises that it does not constantly recording it and incorporates a mute button which totally turns off Google Home's listening feature. Furthermore, Google even enables you to peek at all the dates Google Home sends back and forth. 

The Power of Voice Command

When it comes to listening to your voice command, Google Home can pick up your voice without any hassle. Among other voice commands you can instruct your Google Home are: 

Checking your calendar, setting an alarm or snooze it

Finding out the weather, perform a calculation

Hail a cab or Uber

Playing the news

Answering a question involving a quick Google search 

And others

In terms of creativity, Google Home is able to give creative answers/replies. Instead of talking mechanically to a machine, communicating with this Google device feels natural. For instance, the Australian version knows the right answer to give if you are asking for "the nearest servo". Knowing Google, it is no surprise that Google Home is packed full of humor and Easter eggs. If you are fan of pop cultures and others, Google Home can offer cheeky answers that leave you rolling on the floor laughing. 

One of the best things about its voice command is that it can customize answers for the entire family based on who is talking. First, each family member needs to download the Home app into his/her phone. Next, your family members need to train the Home to recognize their voices by repeating the magic wake works several times over. Amazingly, it offers individualized responses to questions about calendars and traffic. On request, it can also play personal playlists. 

If you love to cook or are learning to cook, Google Home can be used as a source of recipes. All you need to do is to search for a recipe on your smartphone and send any of the results to the Google Home. It can walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step directions. Google Home is a friend who patiently waits until you tell it that you are ready to proceed to next step. 

Hidden Smart Features 

Your Google Home device can even support iOS as well (Apple users can take advantage of Google connectivity). If you are a smart home enthusiast, Google Home allows you to interact with different brands of connected powerpoints, light globes, and others. So far, there are more than 70 home automation partners which let users control devices via Google Assistant on Google Home. Needless to say, the growing number of supported brands and products means that Google Home is going to be more versatile than ever. 

Google Home gives you a glimpse of what the current voice command technology can do. As it is likely to receive more updates from Google in the future, it is safe to say that Google Home will not be obsolete in a short time. With the combination of top-notch recognition and responsiveness, Google Home will an amazing virtual assistant you can get.

 

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This post was written by Aaron Tam from iPrice Group.

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BlackBerry Passport LTE Review

BlackBerry Passport LTE Review – Power-Packed Machine That Will Not Let You Down 

Once upon a time, BlackBerry was one of the most dominant forces in the arena of mobile phones. As a name that is synonymous with pleasures of productivity, most BlackBerry fans have fond memories of BlackBerry when they relish the iconic sound of physical keyboard clicks, and BBM as the influential messaging app in the mobile space. With the release of BlackBerry Passport LTE, Blackberry is poised to regain its dominance once more. The BlackBerry Passport LTE is a power-packed machine that reflects the ethos of BlackBerry's business-focused mindset. 

Simple Design that Takes Care of Hard Tasks

At 4.5 inch, the BlackBerry Passport LTE flaunts its distinctive square shape which is about the same size as a regular passport. Boasting a premium design, the BlackBerry Passport LTE comes with a lovely metal frame, high-grade polycarbonate backing, ultra-high-resolution display screen, and clever keyboard. The main highlights of BlackBerry Passport LTE are its keyboard and display screen. Both are well-made that every BlackBerry fan will count it as among the best BlackBerry models.

Since it weighs 196g, the BlackBerry Passport LTE is a lightweight design but it still offers excellent and solid grip. With its 3.5mm wide, this BlackBerry model is actually wider than other phablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. It is interesting to note that these phablets also offer larger display screens. Despite this, the amazing BlackBerry Passport LTE has been designed specifically to accommodate its physical keyboard. As a result, it adds more value and pleasantness when you are using its physical keyboard. 

Supremacy of Physical Keyboard

With the exception of certain BlackBerry models, it has been said that BlackBerry is nothing without its signature physical keyboard. In this BlackBerry Passport model, it uses the three-row physical keyboard instead of the four-row physical keyboard that you find in models such as BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Bold.

Impressively, this new physical keyboard presents the perfect blend of physical and virtual keyboard (the context-sensitive row sitting on the bottom edge of the display). Those who are hardcore BlackBerry physical keyboard purists may need some time to adjust to this keyboard. However, it does not take that long time to get acclimated. Once you get used to it, there will be a number of features and gestures which give this physical keyboard an extra edge.

Since the physical keyboard is touch-enabled, you can just swipe a finger upward underneath any of suggested words from predictive word and the entire world will fall into place. If you get the wrong word, all you need to do is just slide to the left on the keyboard and it will delete the last word you typed. If you crave for a tactile typing sensation, this BlackBerry Passport LTE can satisfy your craving.

Gorgeous Display Screen

Its 4.5-inch display screen (1440 x 1440 resolution) boasts 452 pixel density. This enables it to deliver sharper and more vivid display quality. While it has been the standard practice of normal smartphones to show about 40 characters per line, the BlackBerry Passport LTE can show about 60 characters on every line. Thanks to its width, reading tons of texts on its display screen has been an awesome experience. When it comes to quality of the texts, all of them look crisp and you can view them comfortably without having to zoom in or changing to wider landscape mode.  

The BlackBerry Passport LTE showcases gorgeous image and video quality. Furthermore, this BlackBerry smartphone offers accurate color on its display. With such incredible level of depth and detail, it helps you to enjoy an immersive viewing experience. It also features IPS LCD technology which is capable of ensuring the visibility of its content even in bright outdoor lighting or direct sunlight.

Mighty Performance

When you take a look at its hardware and specs, you will realize quickly that BlackBerry Passport LTE houses impressive gear that pushes its performance to the next level. The combination of both quad-core processors and 3GB of RAM allows you to cruise through most operations. As you marvel at its speed and responsiveness, everything just works out fine without a hitch. In terms of internal storage, the BlackBerry Passport LTE offers 32GB of storage space. It can support up to 128GB microSD card.

The Helpful BlackBerry Assistant

Now, BlackBerry has its own version of Siri, Cortana, and Google Now in the form of the BlackBerry Assistant. With this BlackBerry's virtual assistant, you can do almost everything. Just press the dedicated voice button and start talking. From making calls and sending text messages to dictate notes and create calendar events, the BlackBerry Assistant will assist you. If you do not like the idea of talking to your smartphone, you can always choose to type it instead. 

Verdict

The BlackBerry Passport LTE is a magnificent smartphone which is the perfect embodiment of power and productivity. Well-rounded and versatile, this remarkable BlackBerry smartphone is highly recommended for those that enjoy spacious typing experience.

 


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Author Bio: Aaron Tam is an editorial writer from 
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Sony Xperia XA1 Dual SIM

Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 is a Breath of Fresh Air that Changes Everything

In an oversaturated market of metal and glass smartphone models, Sony has brought its Sony Xperia XA! Dual G3116 as a real contender to defy the established rules. In short, it is a breath of fresh air that changes everything. Despite being a part of Sony's mid-range smartphone models, Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 aims to deliver something more refreshing to its users. While Sony Xperia XZs represents Sony's flagship offering in its current top-of-the-line inventory, one should not underestimate how Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 can hold its own.

Dare to Be Different

At first glance, Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 seems out of place with its good old polycarbonate block. Although the current trend emphasizes bezel minimalism these days, Sony has been brave enough to push its own signature style. In fact, it manages to exude its own majesty due to its pleasantly elegant and distinct. Since its 5 inch is framed between big top and bottom bezel areas, this arrangement actually makes it taller than it looks.

Despite its all-plastic construction, it still does not change the fact that Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 is solid and not as fragile as it looks. Yet, it is narrow enough for you to use it comfortably with just one hand. The metal home key of Sony is also strategically-placed so that you can feel and press without even having to look at it. As usual, there is a dedicated camera key for a quick snap. Like its name, Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 supports microSIM that gives the flexibility and freedom of using two SIM cards. If Sony wants to create a more intuitive interaction with its Sony Xperia XA1, it has succeeded spectacularly.  

Sharper Display Quality

To be honest, Sony Xperia XA1's 720 x 1280 resolution has nothing to wow about. However, its HD display screen is something worth talking about. It manages to excel in terms of color balance and outdoor visibility; these two qualities are somewhat lacking in most smartphones. At the same time, this HD screen works best at this diagonal because you can save a lot of power.  

Exhilarating Performance with Powerful Octa-Core Processor

On paper, its octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor may cast some doubts about its performance. However, it will surprise you because it is clocked at 4x 2.3GHz and 4 x 1.6Ghz. You can compare its power with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. Since it made with a 16nm process, it also emphasizes the essentials of frugality. Sony Xperia XA1 comes with 3GB of RAM that should be more than enough to handle any given challenges without noticeable hiccups. Sony Xperia XA1 also brings something to make your experience an exhilarating one.

Thanks to its Qnovo Adaptive Charging feature, it will monitor battery health and adjust charging current accordingly. If you battery hits low, you can trust Stamina mode to disable certain functions to preserve battery power. While it houses the humble 2300mAh battery, it is designed to ensure a long-lasting performance. Fascinatingly, it learns your charging patterns and adapts to them. As a result, you can even enjoy up to to twice the battery lifespan.

Simple & Steady Interface

When it comes to its interface, Sony Xperia XA1 boasts Android 7.0 Nougat with Sony UX on top. This combination adds a lot of value because you can enjoy the common apps from Google with Sony's own unique twist. These twists include plenty of options for theme and extra personalization. Sony also incorporates its signature Sketch and Movie Creator apps that present incredible video and image editing abilities. In short, it is simple, steady, and fluid experience as you navigate around with Sony Xperia XA1.

Superior 23MP Exmor RS Camera Sensor

When you talk about Sony, you will be familiar with its good track record with its smartphone camera technology. The biggest selling point about Sony Xperia XA1 is its 23MP rear camera with predictive hybrid autofocus. Its Exmor RS camera sensor enables you to get brighter photos even in low-light condition. With its 24mm-wide angle rear lens, you can fit every subject you need in one photo. If you have smaller subject, you can get five times close with its highly versatile 5x Clear Image Zoom.

As for its 8MP front camera, it offers equally impressive photo quality as well. Its 23mm-wide angle lens allows your front camera to capture all the action you want. This means that you can always enjoy a great wefie experience with Sony Xperia XA1. Overall, you can expect its rear and front cameras to boast sharp and vivid photo qualities.

Verdict

As mentioned earlier, Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 is a well-built mid-ranger model. Although it does not enjoy the benefits of higher-end features such as fingerprint sensor and water-resistant, its attractive price should sway you into making the best decision of your life. Geared to cater to needs of younger generation, Sony Xperia XA1 Dual G3116 brings impressive features at a modest price.

 

 

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Author Bio: Aaron Tam is an editorial writer from
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LG Watch Urbane – Where Luxury Design Watches Can Also Be Smart Watches

At Expansys Asia we took an unbox review of the LG urbane 3rd generation and the latest from LG Watches released since April 28th. To be honest the Smart Watch looks more like a luxury brand watch than a Smart Watch. A great feat by the LG manufactures in coming up with a better design and comfort feel; let’s take a look in detail.

 

 

 

Similar to its sibling LG G Watch R, LG Watch Urbane has a round body with 1.3 inch / 320x320 (~245 ppi) P-OLED circle display. Equipped with 410mAh battery, the watch will be functioning for the whole day at normal usage. The watch also comes with Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Cortax A7, 512 RAM and 4GB internal memory. It uses a 9-axis combination sensor of Gyro, Accelerometer and Compass. The watch also includes a 4.0 Bluetooth Low energy efficiency.

 

LG Watch Urbane is the first full metal body smart watch introduced by LG. With its classy and cleaner outlook, Urbane can be the best looking and most fashionable smart watch gear arguably. Available in two colours – Gold with brown leather band and Silver with black leather band, the Urbane would satisfy and suit most of its consumers with different preferences. Instead of Yellow Gold, Urbane uses Rose Gold

 

With the stitched leather band, the Urbane give a feel of high-end fashion item. The body of the watch is quite big though, especially for those consumers with a smaller wrist, but this is all you can choose as all Android Wear gears are with this “standard” size.

 

 

For internal spec, the Urbane is the first smart watch which runs the Android Wear 5.1.1, said to be more user friendly and functional with the hands-free gestures and other update features:

-       Flicking your wrist can scroll up and down through your Google Now cards, more convenient when your other hand is occupied.

-       With a tap or swipe to the left can now access the app list and contact list, instead of searching the app or using voice control.

-       Ability of WIFI connection leave Urbane operates on its own. Even if the smartphone is not around, with connection to the WIFI, Urbane can still receive all notifications whenever the smart phone is connected to data network.

-       With the Always-on display, the screen will turn into mono-tone when the Urbane is in stand-by mode while an app is operating. Save users’ the time to re-open the app.


-       The Draw Emoji function certainly adds functionality to the Urbane, but for those who has a “special” drawing sense would probably opt for typing.

In addition to the watch, you can connect it using Bluetooth with any of your Bluetooth enabled devices or Smartphone that runs on Andrioid.

 

What’s in the box? The package comes with the W150 LG Urbane, charging cradle and USDB cable, travel adapter and the manual.

 

 

Here we have identified the Pros and Cons for the LG Watch Urbane:

 

Pros:

-       Improved stylish design with metal frame and stitched leather strap.

-       22mm leather strap is swappable with any watch band with your preference.

-       Features the latest software of Android Wear 5.1.1 which brings better user experience with updated applications.

-       Equipped with IP67 dust/water resistant and PPG heart rate sensor

 

Cons:

-       Relatively big metal frame size which may not suit smaller wrists.

-       Does not support GPS functionality.

-       Quite an expensive smart watch compared to other Android wear in the market.

 

The big step forward took by LG in its smart wearable is moving to the right direction, with the evidence of the higher-end appearance and upgraded user-friendly software of the LG Watch Urbane. The LG Watch Urbane would arguably be the best smart watch in the current market. Consumers should still take note that the latest software of Android Wear 5.1.1 would possibly soon be rolling out to other smart watches, but it is always excited to get your hands on new-tech before others do.

 

The LG Watch Urbane is now available at EXPANSYS:

Gold with Brown Leather Band:

http://www.expansys.com.sg/lg-watch-urbane-gold-274671/

Silver with Black Leather Band:

http://www.expansys.com.sg/lg-watch-urbane-silver-274670/

 

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iPhone 6 Plus-Unboxing photos

The iPhone 6 Plus is dressed to the nines with a large 5.5” LED-Backlit IPS LCD Shatterproof Oleophobic Capacitive Touchscreen with Multitouch capabilities and Retina Display donning an enormous 401ppi. This screen is cased in stylish blushed aluminum; and for those environmentally conscientious, yes, it is recycled aluminum. The iPhone 6 Plus’ size is also manageable being only 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm and weighing in at a mere 172g.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Price and Specifications here!

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HTC Butterfly 2 - Unboxing album

HTC butterfly 2 comes with more or less the same look as the previous Butterfly model, but its spec is as good as the HTC's flagship HTC One M8. It supports the most LTE bands around the world. Let's look at its appearance now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Specifications and other details here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dohm Sound Conditioner

Living next to a busy road, means I’m right in the target market for the Marpac Dohm Sound Conditioner, so I was disappointed it did so little for me.

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On its face the Dohm Sound Conditioner is a simple device that generates white noise which in turn helps you tune out annoying background sounds like traffic or noisy neighbours. Many people swear by these devices as the only way they get a good night’s sleep. The Dohm Sound Conditioner particularly differentiates itself by making a mechanical sound, rather than a canned digital one, and by you being able to adjust the sound to one that suits you best. It does this simply and neatly.

The problem for me was that no matter what I did it reminded me of the fan on my computer and I found it more intrusive than the background traffic hum. While this appears to be a personal issue, given all of the overwhelmingly positive reviews this device gets on the Internet, I just could not come to love, or even tolerate, the Sound Conditioner. My conclusion was that it might be more use with noisy neighbours than with traffic noise.

The Sound Conditioner is a neat package which hides unobtrusively on the floor. Adjustment just involves rotating the upper cowl until you find a tone you like so it really could not be simpler. The device did, sort of inevitably, get slightly warm after a while but there was no discernible vibration from the constantly spinning fan.

For , this could be your answer to noisy neighbours or barking dogs but it probably depends very much on your personal reaction to noise.

We tried a review unit from the lovely folk at Expansys

 

Reviewed by GeekinSydney.com

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Martian Passport Smartwatch by Goondu Review

With all the buzz about futuristic smartwatches of late, I decided to buck the trend and take a look at a rather retro-looking gizmo recently.

When the folks from online retailer Expansys asked me what I’d like to review from their store, I pointed to the Martian Passport, a geeky smartwatch that actually does look like a watch. 

For starters, it tells time with the hour and minute hands taking up some two-thirds of the watch face. The remaining space is taken up by a digital screen fulfilling the smart functions.

If this seems like someone decided to slap a smart design onto a regular quartz watch, well, it does. Fortunately, the Passport doesn’t feel like a cheap toy – the stainless steel case and rubber strap certainly look like they can survive some outdoor activity.

Perhaps the designers has taken the tough part of the design too seriously as well. The buttons that let you control the digital features are a little hard to press. You actually get quite annoyed after a few presses to access the menu.

Charged through a USB port by the side, the watch is similar to many other similar wrist-worn smart devices today. It relies on a Bluetooth link to your smartphone to carry out most of its tasks. Plus, you have to download a Martian app on your smartphone.

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The difference is that the Passport works with both Apple iOS devices as well as Android devices, which can’t be said for, say, the Samsung Galaxy Gear series. In the past two weeks, I’ve managed to test the Passport with my Samsung Galaxy S4, and I can say they hook up without fuss.

The biggest selling point for me is the support for voice commands. Press one of the buttons on the watch and you are connected to your smartphone’s voice controls. In Apple phones, this is Siri. In Android phones, this is Google Now.

I managed to make a few calls like this, and finally, I can say I’m using some of my phone’s voice functions, which are pretty good. I managed to call a friend by speaking his nickname as saved in the contacts – “Alabert” – and the phone called through without problems.

The bigger surprise was the Passport’s voice quality. Using the built-in speakers and microphone, I could carry out a conversation, Dick Tracy-style, without the other party even knowing that. And I can hear clearly what the other person is saying.

Okay, that does seem a little dorky, especially in a crowded restaurant or a subway train. Yet, perhaps in future, we will be speaking to wearable devices more often, like in the movieHer, and devices like the Passport won’t be so weird.

What also helps is the ability to read out your text messages. For folks who drive, this is something pretty useful to have on the Passport.


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Yet another feature I like about the smartwatch is the fast charge. The Martian folks were not exaggerating when they said the watch could be juiced up in two hours. This means you don’t wait an entire morning to get your phone ready.

The other features in the smartwatch, however, are not as practical. There’s a feature to fire up your phone’s camera, for example. It actually turns on the self-facing camera by default, but it might only help with selfies if you manage to mount your phone somewhere secure.

At the same time, there are the usual notifications, say, for WhatsApp messages. But the one-line 96 x 16 pixel OLED screen, though bright and clear, will struggle to display long messages.

Yes, wearing a smartwatch makes you look more discrete than turning to your phone in a meeting, but if you stare at the small screen for too long, you still appear distracted.

Which kind of sums up the state of smartwatches right now. First unveiled in 2013, the Martian Passport certainly looked ahead of the curve then. It also looked classy.

Today, a lot of fancier technology has gone into the Samsung Galaxy Gear, for example, to track your fitness. Curved screens could also be the next big thing for wearable gadgets.

For me, it boils down to this – a smartwatch has to not just be packed with cool and practical functions, but look good as a watch as well.

Photos/Reviewed by Alfred Siew, Tech Goondu

May 2014