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Huawei CEO confirms Android Wear smartwatch for 2015

Huawei CEO

At the moment the smartwatch market is becoming a who’s who of tech firms, with everyone except HTC launching their own wearable devices.

The latest addition being Huawei, which plans to launch its own Android Wear smartwatch in 2015.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu was chatting to Engadget at IFA 2014 and confirmed that a smartwatch is definitely on the cards.

While he was inevitably tight-lipped about what exactly is in the pipeline, the Huawei boss said that the wearable will “innovative and beautful.”

He even went as far to say that the upcoming device will be “more beautiful” than Samsung’s latest smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S.

A bold statement from the CEO as the curvacious Gear S really is a looker, so the folks ovet at Huawei must already have some good ideas being thrown about.

This will be Huawei’s first venture into smartwatches, although the company did recently launch its fitness trackin Talkband B1 smartband in the UK.

Huawei definitely has its work cut out as the Android Wear bandwagon is becoming increasingly full, with the likes of LG, Motorola, ASUS and Sony having already launched devices running Google’s OS.

At the moment there’s no clue when it will arrive in 2015 but we’ll keep you posted.

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Zync Quad 9.7 review

Zync Quad 9.7 review

While the market is flooded with 7-inch tablets, there’s still some space for good quality 10-inchers. The Zync Quad 9.7 tablet promises to bring a high resolution ‘Retina’ display to the Android world at an unbelievable price. But does it deliver on performance and usability? We try to find out.


Design/ Build
From the front, the Zync Quad 9.7 looks roughly similar to the Apple iPad except that there’s no hardware button. The front features a 9.7-inch screen surrounded by a black bezel. Interestingly, the iPad also features a 9.7-inch screen. The placement of the front facing camera is a little unconventional – it’s located at the top right corner (looking at the tablet in landscape mode).
The tablet has rounded corners and there’s a white plastic frame between the front and the back of the tablet. The back of the tablet has a brushed aluminium finish and while we’re not sure of the material that it’s made of, it does exude a feeling of durability. The tablet is solidly built and there are no creaks if you exert pressure.


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Holding the tablet in landscape mode, you’ll notice that there are two white plastic strips on both sides. The right side (looking at the tablet from the front) features a power/ screen lock and a back button, a flap that hides the microSD card slot, HDMI port and micro-USB port, and the 2.5mm charging port and 3.5mm headset jack port, in addition to a microphone. The flap is held by a flimsy piece of plastic and is a little cumbersome to close.
There are no ports or buttons on any other side.
The rear camera lens is located at the top left (looking at the back horizontally) along with a speaker outlet. There’s minimal Zync branding at the bottom.
Overall, the hardware appears to be durable and is tastefully done except for the flap that hides some ports.


Display
The 9.7-inch Super HD IPS display is the major USP of this tablet. Zync had touted the display of the tablet to be at par with that of the Retina display iPad. At 2048×1536 pixels the display packs 264 pixels per inch, making text and images appear super sharp. The screen is bright and vivid and although we found that it’s reflective to some extent, visibility under sunlight was not bad.
The display has an IPS panel that facilitates wider viewing angles, which essentially means that more than one person can view content playing on the screen properly, even from different angles. We found that this holds true in the case of the Zync Quad 9.7 tablet, and we were able to view media playing on the screen from different angles. However, the touch sensitivity is average. We’re not sure if it has to do with the screen digitiser or with the overall hardware performance.


Software/ Interface
The Zync Quad 9.7 tablet runs Android 4.1.1 – Jelly Bean, the latest iteration of the operating system, and doesn’t include any custom skin. However, the UI has been customised a bit to include soft keys for controlling volume levels and for taking a screenshot. Unlike the Nexus 7, which is Google’s flagship Android tablet, the tablet’s onscreen controls are on the bottom left instead of the centre, and the notification panel and quick access settings (for Wi-Fi, Screen rotation, brightness, sound and shortcut to settings) are located at the bottom right.


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The interface is close to the stock build of the OS bundled with a few third party apps including 4K Video Player, a file manager app, FireReader- a document viewer, and Hi-Q MP3 voice recorder. The company has also included a utility for updating the operating system of the tablet. We like the fact that there’s no bloatware.
Although Jelly Bean delivered a smoother experience compared to Ice Cream Sandwich, we felt that this tablet was unfortunately, an exception to the case. We noticed some lag while navigating through the menus, opening apps and browsing the web, during our use of the tablet.
The major feature that Jelly Bean brings is ‘Google Now’, a voice based information assistant and an extension of Google search. You can ask questions and the tool returns answers or search results. It uses ‘cards’ which are essentially small boxes that offer different sets of information ranging from weather forecast, directions, traffic information, scores, appointments, and currency conversion, among others. Google Now collects information based on the user’s behavior, location and even e-mail to offer information, automatically.
We’re not sure if the tablet will get updated to Jelly Bean 4.2, but if it does, features like multi-user accounts (different profiles and access for different users) and lock-screen widgets would also come to the tablet.


Camera
The Zync Quad 9.7 comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera. We found that the pictures taken with the rear camera were above average when taken in daylight but had a little noise when taken indoors in fluorescent light.


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The rear camera also features auto-focus. Though we’re not sure if someone will use the tablet as dedicated devices for clicking pictures, we found that it’s pretty good for casual clicks. We found the front camera to be pretty good. It does a decent job when used for making video calls or for taking your own photos.


Performance/ Battery Life
A 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, an eight core GPU and 2 GB of RAM power the tablet. For a tablet that packs in so much in terms of hardware, we found the performance on the Zync Quad 9.7 a little underwhelming. As we mentioned earlier, we noticed some lag while navigating through menus as well as while browsing the web and using apps. We also encountered some app crashes while working on this tablet. Also, the tablet failed to render the app menu at certain times. Perhaps the high-resolution screen is to be blamed for this as it might be eating up resources.


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Another major problem with the tablet is that it gets heated up after a few minutes of video playback, and it becomes difficult to hold the tablet. Heat dissipation could have been tackled in a better manner.
The tablet comes with the native Android browser and Chrome, and renders all webpages well. Adobe Flash is pre-installed allowing the browser to display Flash videos, banners and other elements. The speakers on the tablet deliver good quality sound at even high volume levels.
There’s no voice calling but the major omission again is Bluetooth connectivity. We’re not sure why Zync had to exclude it since all major Android devices offer this feature and consumers might use it for wireless file transfers or for connecting a wireless input device. However, we see a lot of budget tablets these days ship without Bluetooth and we’re not convinced it’s a good trend.
The tablet comes with an 8000mAh battery and we were satisfied with the backup that it offered. We were able to get around 6 hours of video playback, even with the display on full brightness levels. The standby time with push notifications and e-mails on was also decent. With intermediate usage during the day, we were able to get 1-1.5 days of backup. The tablet would easily give 7-8 hours of usage on a single charge. A major pain point is the 2.5mm charging port due to which you need to carry the tablet’s custom charger along, which is a bit inconvenient.


Verdict
The Zync Quad 9.7 aspires to be the poor man’s iPad with the ‘Retina’ like display. It’s built well but unfortunately even with top-end specifications, the tablet doesn’t perform that well when it comes to practical usage. We’re also not sure if you’ll find many Android apps that are optimised for high-resolution displays although the tablet does allow you to tinker display settings to make standard apps look good.


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At Rs. 13,990, the tablet is priced decently but we’d recommend the Spice Stellar Pad if you’re in the market for a 10-inch tablet which costs around a Rs.1000 less and runs Jelly Bean.
If you’re only looking for a tablet that sports a high-resolution display, we’d suggest you go for the iPad. Unfortunately, the Nexus 10, which is Google’s flagship 10-inch Android tablet and sports a 2560×1600 pixel display, isn’t yet available in India. With the Nexus 7 being introduced a few days back, there’s some hope now!


Pros

  • Runs Jelly Bean
  • High-resolution display with decent viewing angles

Cons

  • Underwhelming performance
  • Gets hot
  • No Bluetooth
  • Proprietary charging port

Ratings (Out of 5)
Design: 3.5
Display: 3
Performance: 2.5
Software: 3.5
Battery Life: 3
Value for Money: 3
Camera: 3
Ecosystem: 3.5
Overall: 3

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Motorola Moto G 2015 edition

Motorola Moto G 2015

Following on from Motorola’s bulletins of the new Moto X and Moto G handsets 2014 (and the Moto 360 smartwatch), the expectation has been that Motorola would be releasing an update to the Moto G 2014 version to address the need for 4G in a number of territories.

Watching on the Moto G 2d adaptation handset not too long ago right here on Forbes, I labelled it as being ‘the quantity one smartphone‘:

I’m not pronouncing that the Moto G is the superb smartphone – too many persons have their possess favourite function, so that’s anvirtually impossible target to hit. Neither am I announcing that the Moto G will win in every single round of ‘specification top Trumps’ on the grounds that there are naturally phones with hardware numbers which can be greater than the Moto G.

As an all-round handset, because the handset that is going to be rated as ‘above average’ and ‘exceeds expectations’ in almost each discipline, I cannot seem earlier the Moto G in the present crop of smartphones.

That’s why I’m calling it the quantity one smartphone for 2014.

Optimistically the number one smartphone is set to get a bit bit higher, with the inclusion of 4G and an up to date processor.

At the same time Motorola has but to announce the handset, online benchmarking outcome from Geekbench exhibit a handset called ‘Motorola TBD’ within the record with requirements that will match with an update to the 2014 Moto G. peculiarly this TBD handset has a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and 1 GB of RAM. Between them these supply a Geekbench score of 148, marginally larger than the first generation Moto G which clocks in with a ranking of 1142. It’s also worth nothing that the Snapdragon 410 is a sixty four-bit process.

In phrases of running approach, the handset reviews Android four.four.4, even though the expectation would be for the handset to ship, or to be upgraded over the air to Android 5.zero (Lollipop) after launch.

the first Moto G was released round seven months after the primary Moto X handset (and picked up a slight specs upgrade three months after that). If Motorola were to comply with that identical plan, then this variation of the Moto G wouldn’t be expected except late March 2015.

That feels somewhat too far away for me, and it misses a number of predominant events that would force awareness and adoption, akin to chinese language New yr.

on the grounds that benchmarks are appearing now, I’d expect the handset to exhibit up sooner as an alternative than later.

it might additionally signify the primary Lenovo backed handset from Motorola Mobility, and the chinese language enterprise will want to make a big have an impact on with its first handset.

The Moto G household is videoporteiros Motorola’s biggest selling smartphone, identifying up critical acclaim and public acceptance. If the brand new handsets can accumulate earnings to match the first handsets, with a view to furnish a transparent assertion of intent on the future direction of Motorola in the palms of Lenovo.

 

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Game of Thrones: The Lost Lords Review – Full of Suspense but Short on Resolution

Game of Thrones: The Lost Lords Review - Full of Suspense but Short on Resolution

The second episode of Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones series has released on iOS and now Android. To download it, you’ll need to buy the first episode, and then either unlock this episode as an in-app purchase, or buy a season pass that will unlock all the remaining five episodes for the price of four. Each episode costs Rs. 300 (Rs. 307 on Android) and it’s also worth pointing out that there is often a long gap between each episode – the first part came out two months ago, for instance.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, or just would like to experience some interactive fiction with a heavy dose of intrigue, betrayal and bloodshed, then you’re going to enjoy this game.

Telltale Games is a developer that lives up to its name – its games are simple narrative driven experiences that have very little to do by way of actual gameplay. The central mechanic in these games is just to choose what to say next from the options presented to you – there’s a time limit though, and if you don’t say something quickly, it’s taken as silence, which has its own consequences. This keeps you from overthinking the game, and lets you play the role of the characters you inhabit. You might sometimes have to tap an object on the screen, or swipe to avoid an attack. Fail one of these fights and the game ends and you start the scene over.

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In about two hours, we’d worked our way through the story once, and we replayed it a couple of times to second guess our decisions.

As we mentioned in our first review, the game looks good, but not great. Some of the characters – such as Tyrion Lannister – look really good, but others, particularly Margaery Tyrell, look terrible.

The game is voiced by some of the original cast of the TV show, and sounds spectacular. As is fairly typical for a Telltale game, there are moments where weird visual bugs show up, which can be distracting, and the animations are largely stiff and unconvincing.

The first episode picked up right after the events of the Red Wedding. This episode starts with the exiled son of House Forrester (the protagonists in Telltale’s game) in Yunkai, right after it has been liberated by Danaerys Targaryen. This episode continues to switch characters, between Asher Forrester in Essos, Margery’s lady in waiting Mira Forrester in King’s Landing, and Forrester squire Gared Tuttle at the Wall, where he meets everyone’s favourite ranger, Jon Snow.

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The decisions you made in the first episode seemed small and inconsequential then, but you’re already seeing their impact in this episode, and that’s something that will only continue as the series progresses. We’ve actually started a third save of the first episode to see how our choices affected things.

The game plays out as expected, but Telltale is a studio that is able to do both humour and horror in equal and convincing measure. The second episode doesn’t really have a moment that’s as explosive as the terrifying ending of the first one, where Ramsay Bolton got to be his deranged best, but despite that, it holds together pretty well.

The problem is that taken individually, the episodes don’t seem to be going anywhere yet. And we’ve got another long wait ahead of us before the next episode releases. It’s almost like being a fan of the books, waiting for George R R Martin to release the next one. We’ve been waiting for years though, so if you’re someone who follows only the TV series, don’t expect any sympathy.

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is available on iTunes and Android for Rs. 300 for the first episode. You can buy a season pass for the remaining episodes as an in-app purchase for Rs. 1,200, or you can buy each episode individually once it releases.

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Google Nexus 7 (2013) review

Google Nexus 7 (2013) review

When Google launched its first Nexus pill in 2012 with Asus because the OEM, the pill created lots of buzz worldwide and supplied customers the purest type of the Android OS on a 7-inch pill with respectable at a aggressive value.

Nonetheless, one yr is a very long time and relating to expertise; units are likely to get extra highly effective with every passing yr, whereas costs are anticipated to remain the identical and even drop.

We now evaluate the Google Nexus 7 (2013), Google and Asus’ second outing with a joint flagship gadget, the present pill platform lead.

Thought of by many to be the challenger to the Apple iPad within the pill section, the Nexus 7 (2013) lastly reached Indian shores just lately, and is an try to strike a golden stability between premium specs and value.

The Google’s newest Nexus 7 (2013) pill can also be a particular improve in comparison with its predecessor when it comes to and design, whereas the software program improve profit, as beforehand talked about, stays the identical.

In our evaluate, we see if that’s all of the Asus-manufactured Nexus 7 (2013) has to supply customers, particularly in opposition to some very stiff competitors from Samsung, Amazon Kindle, Lenovo and LG within the Indian pill section. We attempt to discover out in our evaluate.

Design/ Construct
We’d be mendacity if we stated that we didn’t discover the Nexus 7 (2013) pill engaging, however we might be deviating equally from the reality if we stated that its design was distinctive.

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The brand new Nexus 7 pill is each lighter and thinner than its predecessor and sports activities a narrower entrance bezel across the show. The newest mannequin comes with dimensions 200x114x8.65mm in comparison with 198.5x120x10.4mm of the Nexus 7 (2012) pill, whereas when it comes to weight the brand new Nexus 7 is mild at 299 grams (Nexus 7 2012 was 340 grams).

The entrance panel is dominated by the 7.02-inch show, which is negligibly larger than a 7-inch show discovered on the unique Nexus pill. The entrance panel of the brand new Nexus 7 pill incorporates a black strip of glass across the show, that blends with a slight seam to the again panel. Within the authentic Nexus 7, the entrance panel included a plastic gray rim alongside the edges of the show, which did give it a low-cost pill appears to be like. The entrance of the Nexus 7 additionally features a 1.2-megapixel front-facing digital camera on high of the show.

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The brand new Nexus 7’s rear panel incorporates a soft-touch coating which seems to be manufactured from polycarbonate materials, although is a bit prone to smudges. The rear panel of Nexus 7 (2013) is among the main adjustments in design elements, in comparison with the dotted again panel within the authentic Nexus pill. To be famous, is that the rear panel of the brand new Nexus 7 now provides much less grip when in comparison with the Nexus 7’s (2012) dotted again. One other new and essential addition to the Nexus 7 (2013) pill is the 5-megapixel rear digital camera. The brand new Nexus 7 now turns into the primary Nexus pill (7-inch and 10.1-inch) to function a rear digital camera.

Speaking in regards to the branding, very like the unique pill, the brand new Nexus 7 additionally doesn’t embody any branding on the entrance panel, whereas the again embeds the same old shiny Nexus branding and in addition the Asus mark in matte on the backside of the again panel.

The design is minimalistic with the left facet (in portrait mode) being naked; and the best facet that homes a big quantity rocker buttons and the small energy button. Additionally on the best facet is the SIM tray for Nexus 7’s 3G mannequin. Nonetheless, we wished that there was an illustration on the SIM slot that indicated the proper method of inserting the SIM into the pill – as we wasted fairly a little bit of time making an attempt to insert the SIM the best method into the Nexus 7 pill.

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The Nexus 7 (2013) comes with the same old variety of connectivity ports, the Micro-USB port is on the underside panel, whereas the three.5mm audio jack is on the high panel. The unique Nexus 7 included the audio jack on the backside panel, which was very uncommon for a pill.

The Nexus 7 comes with dual-stereo audio system positioned on each high and backside panels of the gadget, powered by Fraunhofer cellular audio expertise.

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There isn’t any doubt that each Google and Asus have addressed the design shortcomings of the unique Nexus 7 and have tried to enhance the brand new Nexus pill variant’s design in each method conceivable. The unique Nexus 7 was thought-about by many an all plastic affair with the rear dotted design giving it a foul look, although was very useful in gripping the gadget. The brand new Nexus 7 pill is wise sufficient and isn’t very heavy to lug round.

Show
The Nexus 7 (2013) comes with a 7.02-inch IPS (full-HD) show with a decision of 1920×1200 pixels, which interprets to a pixel density of 323ppi (pixels per inch). The Nexus 7’s show additionally options scratch-resistant Corning glass safety. Nonetheless, the Nexus 7 pill’s show is a fingerprint magnet, and we needed to often clear the show to maintain it clear.

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Essentially the most placing improve within the newest Nexus pill is its 7.02-inch show, which we will safely say is one of the best discovered on an Android pill within the value section.

The decision and pixel density of the Nexus 7 (2013) mannequin is greater than a few of its opponents within the 7-inch pill section just like the Amazon Kindle Hearth HD (1280×800 pixels); Samsung Galaxy Tab three (1024×600 pixels); Asus Fonepad 7 (1280×800 pixels) and the Apple iPad mini (1024×768 pixels). Nonetheless, the just lately launched Apple iPad mini with Retina show provides 2048×1536 pixels decision which is excess of the Nexus 7 (2013).

Notably, the brand new Nexus 7’s show is brighter, crisper and provides increased distinction in comparison with authentic Nexus 7 pill. In day by day use, the Nexus 7 (2013) show is a delight to make use of, it doesn’t matter what the pill is getting used for. The photographs and texts look crisp and sharp, and the 7.02-inch show is a deal with for e-book readers.

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Apart from display screen decision, the Nexus 7’s show is respectable by its color replica, which is correct. Fortunately, the Nexus 7’s show provides vivid colors and isn’t oversaturated, as often seen on an AMOLED panel.

We count on tablets to typically be seen by a number of folks without delay (when watching a video clip, for instance) and on this division, the Nexus 7 delivered nice viewing angles. We must always point out although, that the show was a little bit reflective and the display screen additionally seemed washed out at sure viewing angles. Whereas the daylight legibility was respectable, we want that the display screen brightness ranges may very well be higher. The contact sensitivity of the Nexus 7 pill is nice and we didn’t encounter any points whereas utilizing the pill.

Digicam
One of many largest criticisms that the unique Nexus 7 pill confronted was the absence of a rear digital camera. Nonetheless, Google and Asus have labored in virtually all departments of the Nexus 7 (2013) pill and have given the gadget an entire face-lift that features the digital camera as nicely.

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The Nexus 7 (2013) pill sports activities a 5-megapixel rear autofocus digital camera and in addition incorporates a 1.2-megapixel front-facing mounted focus digital camera. The digital camera on the Nexus 7’s pill doesn’t accompany a flash, not a shock contemplating solely few tablets comes with flash help.

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The brand new Nexus 7 pill’s default digital camera app options Android four.four KitKat goodies and provides 4 taking pictures choices – nonetheless, video, Panorama and Google’s much-touted Picture Sphere (360-degree), all of which have been first seen on the Nexus 5’s digital camera.

The Picture Sphere mode permits customers to click on 360-degree panoramas and wide-angle scenic pictures. The Picture Sphere mode is offered within the digital camera app on all Nexus units working Android four.2 Jelly Bean and above.

The digital camera app on the Nexus 7 pill provides choices for publicity, white stability settings, 4 scene modes and in addition a timer for clicking pictures. Asus has ditched the HDR possibility for the pill.

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We examined the Nexus 7’s rear digital camera in out of doors, dim and indoor circumstances, and located that pictures taken outside throughout daylight got here out nicely besides that colors have been a little bit over-saturated, and at instances we observed noise at edges; you too can see lacking particulars if zoomed in a clicked picture.

Aside from that, we discovered the standard of the photographs clicked by the Nexus 7 taken in adequate mild to be higher than the photographs clicked by Samsung’s Galaxy Tab three 211 and even Asus’s Fonepad 7. Nonetheless, the identical couldn’t be stated for indoor and dim mild circumstances, the standard of the photographs clicked by Nexus 7 did drop, and seemed gentle and never as crisp as these clicked in well-lit conditions.

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The Nexus 7 pill can report movies at full-HD (1080p) high quality with a gentle 30 frames per second indoors and outside. Nonetheless, the standard is noticeably higher in out of doors circumstances.

The Nexus 7 additionally incorporates a 1.2-megapixel entrance going through digital camera that can be utilized for selfies and for video chats. Nonetheless, we discovered the movies and pictures captured indoors and even outside via the front-camera have been a bit grainy and lacked particulars. We will count on it to be useful for video calls over Skype and Hangouts as nicely.

Software program/ Interface
There isn’t any doubt that the most important attraction of the Nexus units (smartphones and tablets) has not been their however the truth that, not like different Android units; Nexus sequence obtain the newest Android updates actually very quickly of Google releasing them.

Nonetheless, the identical can’t be stated for the Nexus 7 (2013) pill, because it obtained the Android four.four KitKat replace after virtually two weeks of the OS launch. It is value declaring that earlier than Google’s Android KitKat launch for Nexus units (excluding the Nexus 5) Motorola (Google owned) launched the newest Android replace for its flagship smartphone, the Moto X.

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The Nexus 7 (2013) pill was the platform lead gadget for Android four.three Jelly Bean, although that iteration just isn’t thought-about such a giant improve from Android four.2.

Just lately, Google launched the Android four.four KitKat replace for Nexus pill, and as with all Nexus units; the pill contains the inventory construct of the working system, with none extra UI skinning often seen on Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony units.

Nexus 5 smartphone was the platform lead gadget for Android four.four KitKat, and the Nexus 7 pill bears lots of similarities when it comes to options. The Android four.four KitKat options a lot of visible adjustments together with a brand new launcher, making the interface much more minimalistic. The Nexus 7 pill sports activities flatter design components, muted colors in standing icons, transparency, and smoother transition animations.

The Nexus 7 pill options the clear notification tray and Fast settings on the high, whereas the navigation key bar is on the backside, making the pill’s show look larger, cleaner and brighter. The Android four.four KitKat lock display screen on the Nexus 7 pill just like the Nexus 5 doesn’t function a small digital camera button, which helps in opening the digital camera app by way of the lock display screen widget instantly from the lock display screen.

There are 5 customisable default dwelling screens on the Nexus 7 pill on which customers can park widgets and shortcuts, and the fundamental Google apps. Nonetheless, with Android four.four KitKat customers can have as many dwelling display screen panes as wished by merely dragging an icon or putting a widget on a brand new one.

After enabling Nexus 7 pill’s Google Now, which is the search big’s sensible assistant that gives info and updates primarily based on the info and utilization behaviour. On our Nexus 7 (2013) pill, the left most dwelling display screen pane had the Google Now widget with info playing cards and a search bar. One can even launch Google Now from the lock display screen by simply swiping up the display screen from the Residence button. The Google search bar with the voice search icon is current on all dwelling screens and can’t be eliminated.

We wished that Google included the voice search, initially seen on Moto X and afterward the Nexus 5. The voice-guided new search function can provoke search from gadget’s unlocked state by merely saying, ‘Okay Google’. We searched the function on the Nexus 7 pill however couldn’t discover it.

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Nexus 7 (2013) pill’s standing bar icons and UI components within the notifications tray have been stripped off the blue color within the newest Android KitKat iteration, and now sport a muted white-grey shade. Notably we noticed a easy fly away animation whereas launching the KitKat app launcher or when going again to the house display screen. The app launcher on the Android four.four KitKat options app icons and widgets; now because of the bigger icons, you may see a 4×5 grid as an alternative of a 5×5 grid.

Lengthy urgent on the Nexus 7 pill’s dwelling display screen brings up the menu to vary the wallpapers. The selection of default nonetheless wallpapers, dwell wallpaper and customized wallpapers at the moment are out there underneath a single menu.

The Nexus 7’s notifications tray options notifications that may be expanded through the use of two finger pull, whereas the Fast settings provides toggles for brightness, settings, Wi-Fi, community, auto rotate, battery standing, airplane mode, Bluetooth, and placement settings.

The preloaded apps on the Nexus 7 options the brand new goodies from Android four.four KitKat together with the brand new Hangouts app, which mixes the chat service and the Messaging (SMS) app into one app; new Pictures app, which permits customers to view and edit native (saved on gadget) and Google+ pictures; Drive; Maintain; Play Video games; Play Motion pictures; Play Motion pictures; Play Books; Play Newsstand and Quickoffice for creating and enhancing paperwork, spreadsheets and displays.

The Nexus 7 pill additionally options the brand new e-mail app which has obtained an entire overhaul with KitKat, and the app shows the images of contacts for emails. Navigation has been made like the Gmail app and it additionally provides the swipe to delete gesture.

Efficiency/ Battery Life
The Nexus units have all the time include a good quantity of muscle and the Nexus 7 (2013) pill is not any slouch in that division. It’s powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Professional processor clocked at 1.5GHz with Adreno 320 GPU clocked at 400MHz and 2GB of RAM. Nonetheless, we nonetheless want that Google might have chosen the latest Snapdragon 800 chipset reasonably than the earlier era Snapdragon S4 Professional.

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The Nexus 7 (2013) mannequin undoubtedly ups the ante when it comes to specs as in comparison with the 1.2GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra three processor with 1GB of RAM discovered on the unique Nexus 7.

Our evaluate unit had 32GB built-in storage (a 16GB mannequin can also be out there); out of which about 27GB is user-accessible. The Nexus 7 (2013) doesn’t supply a microSD card slot for expandable storage, very like different Nexus units. Contemplating that the Nexus 7 comes at a mid-range value, the restricted storage on the gadget is certainly a deal breaker. Additional, the Nexus 7 pill provides 15GB free Google Drive cloud storage, just like different Android units, though we assume that the cloud storage doesn’t all the time come useful.

The general expertise of navigation via the Nexus 7 pill’s interface was extraordinarily spectacular, due to all the facility underneath the pill’s hood and the UI being devoid of pointless bells and whistles corresponding to transition results.

We didn’t expertise any lag in any respect whereas launching apps, enjoying video games (mild graphic video games), scrolling internet pages or switching between apps on the Nexus 7 pill. Nonetheless, we really feel that the most important draw back of the pill was it couldn’t deal with heavy graphics video games like Asphalt eight and Actual Soccer 2013. We encountered lags and even noticed the pill restarting by itself, after hanging for about 10 minutes.

Admittedly, the lag just isn’t that constant however contemplating quad-core processor backs the gadget, it was quiet disappointing. In each day actions the Nexus 7 (2013) tablets feels easy sufficient and you aren’t actually left wanting for extra energy till you might be caught with a heavy graphic sport.

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Sound readability on the Nexus 7 pill is sweet on each loudspeakers and headphones, though we might have most popular a barely increased most quantity. The pill options twin stereo audio system on the rear soft-touch panel that are respectable, although not similar to HTC’s BoomSound ones, that are backed by an amplifier.

The Nexus 7 (2013) pill’s full-HD decision show is nice to view movies and pictures on. The pill performed full-HD movies and supported common video codecs like .AVI, .MOV, .MKV and .MP4. Nonetheless, the most important compromise for taking part in movies for longer intervals on the pill is the battery backup. The Nexus 7 (2013) pill was in a position to play merely three to roughly 5 hours of steady video (full-HD high quality) with full cost and brightness set on auto, which we expect is beneath common for a pill with a 3950mAh battery.

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We obtained the Nexus 7 (2013) pill with SIM help and the gadget was in a position to latch on to mobile networks for knowledge even in weak sign areas which got here in useful at instances. Notably, the Nexus 7 (3G) pill mannequin doesn’t help calling performance.

The Google Play retailer itemizing claims that the Nexus 7 (2013) pill helps wi-fi charging (Qi appropriate), though we could not take a look at the performance with out such a charger.

The Nexus 7 (2013) pill packs a 3950mAh battery which the Play Retailer itemizing claims delivers as much as 9 hours of energetic use. In our rundown battery take a look at, the pill didn’t ship as per Google’s claims. We charged the pill within the morning, and with medium to heavy utilization, (together with a few hours of Web shopping; two e-mail accounts configured; listening to some music and enjoying movies; some informal pictures and even gaming for an hour) the pill lasted for under seven hours, earlier than reaching out for the charger.

It is value declaring that we had turned on the auto-brightness, and the pill was additionally hooked to a Wi-Fi community with regular shopping. Altering these settings could assist in growing the pill’s battery life, relying in your utilization sample.

Verdict
The Nexus 7 is among the greatest Android tablets out there within the Indian market when it comes to the general consumer expertise and construct high quality. Nonetheless, its graphical efficiency was mediocre, and we did expertise odd lags whereas enjoying heavy graphics video games. Aside from this, the Nexus 7 (2013) pill dealt with every part we threw at it with a level of ease.

If we needed to point out different downsides to Nexus 7’s full package deal, they might be that the gadget tended to gobble up battery life shortly, and the restricted storage (26GB consumer out there). Our recommendation for energy customers will likely be to remain not too removed from a charging level, because the Nexus 7 pill tends to get beneath 40 p.c battery inside a couple of hours, which is disheartening.

If you wish to take a look at different choices, we might advocate the Apple’s iPad mini with Retina show 16GB (Wi-Fi) which is priced at Rs. 28,900, whereas spending few extra thousand would get one to the 16GB mobile mannequin of the iPad mini with Retina show. If Android is your most popular ecosystem, then the Samsung Galaxy Tab three 311 (eight.zero) is an efficient possibility for you, at Rs. 25,500 (Wi-Fi + 3G).

 

Execs

  • Vivid, full-HD show
  • Newest model of Android

Cons

  • Non-expandable storage
  • Disappointing battery life
  • Show vulnerable to smudges
  • Lags throughout enjoying heavy graphics sport

Rankings (Out of 5)

  • Design: three.5
  • Show: four
  • Digicam: three
  • Efficiency: three.5
  • Software program: four
  • Battery Life: 2.5
  • Worth for Cash: three.5
  • Total: four

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