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Three Reasons Which Make Lumia 730 A Terrific Mid-Range Smartphone

Three Reasons Which Make Lumia 730 A Terrific Mid-Range Smartphone

 

The ₹10,000-₹20,000 price band is the hottest smartphone segment in India. While the OEMs have the challenge of trading off features and specifications that go in their flagship devices, they have to squeeze in enough value additions than typical budget devices. Consumers, as diverse as college going students to young professionals to senior smartphone adopters, on the other hand, look for unique differentiators that add to the basic platform experience.

 

Lumia 730, one of the latest generation of Windows Phone 8.1 devices, is available for ₹15,299 and as I noted in our review few weeks back, it is a solid, affordable smartphone for a diverse audience. The successor to the very popular Nokia Lumia 720, the Lumia 730 fills in those big shoes very nicely, and impresses in the following departments.

 

Display

While camera and hardware specifications usually make for the sales pitch, a gorgeous display impresses right away. The Lumia 730 sports a 4.7-inch OLED screen with 720p resolution and a pixel density of 316ppi. It’s not HD, but the display looks great with vivid colors without any oversaturation. There’s also Gorilla Glass 3 for best in class protection.

 

The viewing angles are pretty solid, and only at extreme angle you’d notice a minor shift in the contrast. Nokia’s ClearBlack technology offers deep blacks and helps minimize reflectivity. The display is very bright, and even at low brightness setting the outdoor performance is great. Sunlight readability on the Lumia 730 is arguably amongst the best.

 

Hardware

The Lumia 730 is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM. Interestingly, the mid-range Lumia 730 shares the same internals as the more expensive ‘affordable flagship’ Lumia 830.

 

That’s good enough to have a breezy Windows Phone experience, especially since the operating system is definitely lighter on resources. It doesn’t top the charts in benchmark tests against Android smartphones at similar price point, but the real word performance is lag-free and pretty smooth.

 

You might see a few frame drops while playing graphic-intensive games or a few seconds of the loading/resume screen while switching between apps, but it’s not much significant and would work for most non-power users.

 

Camera

While the marketing folks for Lumia 730 prefer to flaunt the front camera, the rear camera on the 730 is pretty good as well. The phone boasts of a 6.7-megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics and the photos captured are pretty good, easily better than most other smartphones in this price range. It doesn’t match the brilliance of the PureView camera on the Lumia 830 or the Lumia 930 obviously, but the color reproduction is great and the photos are nicely saturated.

 

 

 

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Google Is Making A Porn-Proof Search And Other Kid-Friendly Products

Google Is Making A Porn-Proof Search And Other Kid-Friendly Products

 

As much as parents want to protect their kids, it’s damn near impossible today to totally block access to the internet. Google is moving forward with plans to create child-friendly versions of its most popular products to help kids under 12 go online safely.

 

Google’s VP Engineering Pavni Diwanji, who leads the project, talked about the plan today, discussing how her own children were motivators. “I don’t want them to feel like they’re going to the back room to use technology,” Diwanji explained. She didn’t mention a timeline or which specific features would get their ‘Lil Guy Kidz version, beyond showing screenshots of a child-friendly search un-creatively named Safe Search Kids, though it’s likely YouTube and Android will make the cut.

 

We’ll know more as soon as more details are revealed, but I suspect this will be incredibly difficult to implement. According to the children’s online privacy law COPPA, websites and services need to get consent from parents to legally be used by children under 13. Many services, like Facebook and Snapchat, formally do not allow people under the age limit to use their services. But there are tons of 12-and-unders using social media because getting around the age requirement is as easy as taking candy from a baby who is too busy posting to Tumblr to properly guard his lollipop. Kids just put in a different date of birth.

 

The primary way most of these services enforce the rule is by age-gating, a profoundly stupid and ineffectual policy. Google doesn’t even have an age gate though, so F for effort-an actual newborn could search “breastfeeding yum” and see some seriously freaky shit if they had substantially accelerated motor skills and access to the internet.

 

The challenge Google is up against is making services for children that are legitimately more appealing than their normal services in the eyes of children. Otherwise it’ll be hard to force kids to switch, especially when they’re in the 10-12 age range, which is primetime for your first “what is a rim job” Google experience.

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A Wallet That Charges Your Phones

A Wallet That Charges Your Phones

 

some smartphones, when it comes to battery, are not so smart. However, in this day and age, you would be a fool to cry about your smartphone’s battery.

 

There are a number of options available to charge your smartphone, even when you are not carrying your charger, and believe it or not, you can use your wallet to charge your smartphone’s battery.

 

The guys at WowThem have come up with Power Wallet, which is a slim, lightweight wallet with a rechargeable 3000mAh battery. It is crafted from Saffiano leather, is durable and scratch-resistant.

 

Along with an integrated charging cable and discreet port for re-charging, Power Wallet comes with a section to keep your notes, four slots for keeping your plastic money, and one compartment dedicated to keeping your coins.

 

Android and Blackberry devices can be charged directly while Apple users would have to buy an adapter for charging their iPhones. It can charge an average smartphone by upto one and a half time.

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“IPad Air Plus” Leak Supposedly Details Apple’s Upcoming Mega Tab

“IPad Air Plus” Leak Supposedly Details Apple’s Upcoming Mega Tab

This weekend, a leak from Japanese magazine Mac Fan (subsequently picked up by Macotakara) reveals what they believe to be schematics and specs surrounding Apple’s rumored 12.2-inch tablet, the same mega tablet that Bloomberg reported was coming back in August.

 

However, this leak shaves about 0.7 inches off the 12.9-inch tablet that Bloomberg was expecting. A few more details also say that the huge tablet will have the currently unannounced A9 processor and “four speakers to offer stereo sound in any orientation,” according to 9to5 Mac, who also points out that it’s near impossible to verify Mac Fan’s claims of legitimacy regarding these schematics, but the publication did provide accurate dimensions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus before its launch.

 

Many have pegged this new monster iPad with production starting this month, but the Wall Street Journal reported in October that delays due to high iPhone 6 demand had delayed Apple’s plans.

 

Regardless of Apple’s plan for production and distribution, I’m having trouble finding the point of making bigger iPads. Other than increased real estate, the iPad Air Plus-as described currently-seems like another spec bump in comparison to the current generation of tablets. I still have an iPad 3, and I’m still not seeing a reason to upgrade to anything new, mainly because iPads are forever.

 

Also, along with this report, Apple will supposedly launch an iPad mini 4, which will have a “design” similar to this year’s iPad Air 2. That kind of makes it sound like it’s the mini that should have launched this year, instead of the uninspired iPad mini 3 that only added TouchID and nothing else. In fact, this lackluster outing for the mini, coupled with Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus, made it seem that the mini was facing extinction. This rumor would suggest otherwise.

 

But that’s all it is, just a rumor. But regardless, would a A9-powered, 12.2-inch iPad Air Plus be just thing for you to finally upgrade your tablet?