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HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM Price Slashed in India

HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM Price Slashed in India

Following its launch of the HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM on Friday, HTC has dropped the price by Rs. 1,000 on Tuesday. The smartphone, which was launched Rs. 14,990, will now be available at Rs. 13,990.

As before, the HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM will be in Blue Lagoon and White Birch colour variants with major retailers in the coming weeks. The Taiwanese smartphone maker on Tuesday also dropped the price of the HTC Desire 728 Dual SIM in India, by the same amount – Rs. 1,000. Launched at Rs. 17,990 in January, the Desire 728 Dual SIM is now available at Rs. 16,990.

To recall, the dual-SIM (Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM) supporting HTC Desire 626 comes with HTC Sense UI on top of Android. While the company has not detailed the Android version (or for that matter, the Sense UI version), we can expect the HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM to run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) HD display and is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor that’s coupled with 2GB of RAM.

The Desire 626 Dual SIM bears 16GB of built-in storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB). It features a 13-megapixel rear camera with a BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 28mm lens, and LED flash, apart from a 5-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera with a BSI sensor. The rear camera features scene detection, panaroma, geo-tagging, best shot, smile shot, and HDR options.

Apart from 4G LTE, the HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM supports 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, DLNA, GLONASS, and FM radio connectivity options. It is powered by a 2000mAh battery and includes accelerometer, ambient light, and magnetic sensor. The Desire 626 Dual SIM measures 146.9×70.9×8.19mm and weighs 135 grams. The connectivity options included are Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB 2.0, and GPS.

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HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM

HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM

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Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.7GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

2000mAh See full HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM specifications

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10 Big Technology Trends Likely to Emerge in 2016

10 Big Technology Trends Likely to Emerge in 2016

Predicting the future is a dangerous game. It’s easy to speculate and easier still to hope, but what we have to do is carefully look at all the promising developments we’ve seen in the recent past and then evaluate how we think they’ll keep going, and what else they’ll lead to. Some companies are kind enough to provide roadmaps and projections, but surprises can pop up out of anywhere, anytime.

We’ve looked at the state of tech and of the world at large to bring you our list of ten things we think will be significant in the world of personal technology in 2016. From global-scale trends that will shape politics and policy to the individual features of our next smartphones, there’s a lot to think about.

1) The death of the traditional desktop OS
With Microsoft taking full control of Windows 10 updates and doing whatever it can to push users to its latest OS, the traditional notion of the OS is dead in 2016. From forced updates to a dependency on being completely online and licenses tied to specific hardware, we’re heading into a world of subscriptions and service fees that can’t be avoided.

Google already pushes ChromeOS as a gateway to its own services, which are barely usable offline. A steady stream of minor updates will mean there’s no concept of a version number anymore – and your rapidly depleting data cap will make you wish Internet connectivity was better.

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2) Broadband becomes our lifeblood
You’re only as good as your Internet connection. The music and gaming industries have been quick to adopt streaming as a revenue model, and that means more pressure on your bandwidth limit. This year saw a plethora of music streaming services and 2016 could see the launch of even more – there is also some serious speculation that both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will arrive in India. It doesn’t stop here.

Both Sony and Nvidia have made their intentions to stream video games to every device on the planet clear as well. Almost every game on PC, PS4, and Xbox One ships in an unfinished state on disc and requires massive updates before you even start playing. What this means is that you need to start upgrading your broadband connection before you upgrade your gadgets.

3) Hardware evolves and improves
Possibly the safest bet to make – 2016 is set to bring about some big changes on the hardware side of things – from televisions to smartphones to home Internet. Most televisions today use LED-backlit LCD panels, but LG brought OLED to the market in 2015 and more manufacturers, including Samsung, Haier and TCL, have announced plans to follow suit in 2016. OLED TVs use a thin, electrically charged organic film to emit light, and each pixel generates its own light. OLED TVs have many advantages, including lighter and thinner panels, deeper blacks, and wider viewing angles.

USB Type-C ports are also expected to become commonplace on smartphones and PCs, and will finally make it easier to plug your phone into its data cable or charger. On the connectivity front, 4G network capabilities will grow, and more operators will be available for to users in India to choose from, and 5G will begin trials in some parts of the world.

More phones will have high-resolution screens, and more flagship smartphones will have to step up to at least Quad-HD or 4K resolution. Finally, we hope to see e-SIM cards also make an appearance. This would mean that it would no longer be necessary to insert a different SIM card into your phone for different operators; all you’d have to do is select the network of your choosing.

4) Devices may take on fresh new shapes
Smartphones, tablets and computers in 2016 will adopt new form factors. Samsung is expected to finally bring its foldable screens to market, which will allow devices to be truly flexible. It may be possible to fold your huge smartphone and put it away in your pocket, or bend it just as much as you like. Curved screens are also expected to become more common. This will allow for more variety in the designs and form factors of our devices.

We can expect smartphones in 2016 to keep getting slimmer. Reports have already emerged that the iPhone 7 will be 1mm slimmer by ditching the 3.5mm socket, and Android manufacturers will surely follow suit. There is an increasing demand for slimmer phones, and manufacturers will do all they can to cater to it.

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5) Virtual reality and augmented reality will still be just around the corner
Virtual and augmented reality experiences are closer than ever, but as far as mainstream acceptance is concerned, they’re still going to be just beyond the reach of most of us. Ever since the Oculus Rift first burst onto the scene with its blockbuster Kickstarter fundraiser, we’ve tried out a number of different headsets, and the frontrunners today are essentially down to the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and the PlayStation VR.

These are all supposed to launch in 2016, though the requirements in terms of space, compatible hardware, and high pricing means that none of them are going to be accessible to most people. Augmented reality, in the form of Microsoft’s Hololens for example, is a different kind of experience – instead of immersing yourself in the virtual world, augmented reality is about bringing virtual elements into the real world. Google Glass is another example.

Hololens will be expensive, and like the leading VR solutions, it will not be relevant to the majority of people in 2016. Both VR and AR are very exciting technologies that are making huge strides forward, but there’s still going to be a little wait before they become truly mainstream.

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6) The ‘Make in India’ initiative will gain momentum
The Indian government’s initiative to make this country a global manufacturing hub is going to really explode on a big scale next year. The wheels are already in motion as over the past few months, smartphone makers including Xiaomi, Asus and Gionee have announced plans to assemble phones at Foxconn’s Sri City facility in Andhra Pradesh. Qualcomm too, recently put forward its program to encourage product and ecosystem creation for smartphones and the Internet of Things (IoT) across sectors like banking, healthcare, agriculture, wearables and smart cities. The initiative has also been noticed by the likes of Twitter, which has recently launched a special emoji to symbolise it.

There’s a mega event being scheduled by the government of India in Mumbai from February 13 to 18 called ‘Make in India Week’, which will highlight the people, policies and partnerships which are paving the way forward for a digital India.

7) The Internet of Things (IoT) is only going to get bigger
The Internet of Things (IoT) concept has been just that, a concept, but 2016 could be the year it goes mainstream. Chances are, you won’t even notice it. Gartner estimates nearly 6.4 billion connected devices in use globally, which would be a 30 percent jump from this year. These might not be actual devices that you have on your person, but still gather information about your habits in order to give you personalised experiences. For instance, the next time you step out to buy a train ticket, the automated ticket teller could already know your daily travel route and dispense the appropriate ticket without you having to do anything.

Smart devices have already started percolating into the Indian market. Cube 26’s Smart Bulb and Philips’ Hue are two such examples, and we expect many more to arrive next year. The policy framework for IoT is still being laid out and India is aiming for a six percent share in this $300 billion global industry. In addition, Amazon Web Services has launched a cloud platform for IoT which helps devices with limited memory or battery life communicate with each other. Global bigwigs including Google, Intel, Qualcomm, Cisco, Vodafone and Samsung, to name a few, are all heavily invested in IoT and believe this is where the future of personal technology is heading.

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8) Privacy and security become political weapons against Internet freedom
As incidents of terrorism and violence occur, security and early detection become the topics that politicians most love to harp on. Right at this moment, multiple agencies in countries around the world are trying to force manufacturers to add backdoors to their hardware and software, reduce the strength of commonly used encryption standards (or ban them outright), spy on all kinds of communications, and bump up surveillance using the best technology available.

As private citizens, our lives will be impacted heavily by whatever results from these efforts. We might begin to see a world in which devices track you all the time whether you like it or not. It’s already tough enough to buy a SIM card, but France is trying to ban the Tor network, Kazakhstan wants to force all users to allow remote access to their devices, several countries want to restrict Internet access, and the upcoming US presidential election is already full of rhetoric about the Internet and what Silicon Valley should do.

9) Devices gain cognitive capabilities
Cognitive computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and neural networks: all overlapping terms for the kind of advanced device behaviour we’re going to start seeing in 2016. Pretty soon, we’ll be able to expect our gadgets and accessories to learn about us and our environments in order to make specific, subjective decisions. Qualcomm will start shipping its flagship Snapdragon 820 processor, which it touts will be able to identify subjects in photographs along with lighting and composition in order to quickly adjust settings, amongst other things. There are even applications in security, such as malware pattern detection, and in natural user interfaces, such as speech and handwriting processing.

Over time, developers will be able to create all kinds of new experiences, and assistants like Siri will be able to interact naturally and deliver results to us depending on our schedules and preferences. This is not only going to be the next huge smartphone feature, it’s going to change all kinds of digital devices, starting in 2016.

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10) The sharing economy’s troubles are far from over
By now, we’ve come to be familiar with Uber, Airbnb, and various other platforms that let us turn our skills, possessions and time into money. On the flipside, there are those which want to make our lives easier by outsourcing errands such as grocery shopping and food delivery. The two concepts work together, since there are people willing to pay for such conveniences, and people willing to earn by providing them. Sitting pretty in the middle, platforms take a cut and have very little to do other than manage supply and demand.

The second half of this year has seen an explosion of such hyperlocal startups, focusing on specific tasks or pain points that they can help people overcome. We haven’t yet seen how well they will work and how long they will all last – but it stands to reason that 2016 will see a lot of consolidation as not all platforms which duplicate each-others’ functionality can hope to survive.

Customers who try these services and become used to them should be prepared to have them wind up in short order – especially if they’re providing unsustainable discounts. On the other hand, those which have built up their user bases will ease up on promotions and then you’ll have to decide whether they’re worth the expense.

What do you think will change the world of tech in 2016? Let us know via the comments section below.

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Alcatel Flash 2 Review

Alcatel Flash 2 Review

Alcatel Onetouch, the three way partnership between France’s Alcatel and China’s TCL, has been a background participant within the Indian marketplace for some time now. A number of different Chinese language firms have entered and made huge splashes – not all have sustained their momentum, however Alcatel has popped up now and again with a brand new launch, reminding us that it is right here.

The brand new Alcatel Flash 2 may elevate the corporate’s profile in India. It has an affordable worth and a few fascinating seems to be and options that set it aside in a really crowded house. We’re wanting to see what this gadget has in retailer for us.

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Feel and appear
The Alcatel Flash 2 has a reasonably daring look which most different producers appear to shrink back from. At first look it looks as if a premium cellphone, however on nearer inspection the shiny chrome body which cradles the black entrance face and wraps across the sides is definitely plastic. The entrance face is black and is bordered by refined plastic strips which just about make it look as if the entrance glass wraps across the sides.

The earpiece grille up prime is flanked by the front-facing digicam and its flash, which provides this cellphone its identify. On the underside is a big inexperienced circle representing the Residence button. The Again and Recents buttons on both aspect of it aren’t instantly seen, however their equally massive labels gentle up in white when touched.

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You are both going to like or hate the rear – it has the identical tough, sandpapery end because the OnePlus One, which we discovered ourselves sad with over a protracted interval of utilization. It is nice for grip, however it’s actually uncomfortable within the hand, and tends to select up mud and scuffs very simply. Fortunately, Alcatal bundles a snap-on flip cowl which replaces this panel. This one has a faux leather-based end – full with faux stitching. Should you select to make use of the flip cowl, you’ll work together with the cellphone’s touchscreen by a small clear window.

The metallic digicam bump protrudes just a little and has one other inexperienced ring, which actually pops. All in a line beneath it are the dual-tone digicam flash, an enormous Flash emblem in working script, a refined Alcatel Onetouch emblem, and the cellphone’s loudspeaker. There are two Micro-SIM slots and a microSD slot beneath the rear cowl. The battery is seen, however is not detachable.

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The Micro-USB port is on the underside and the three.5mm audio socket is on prime. The left is completely clean, whereas the facility and quantity buttons are on the precise. There’s additionally a digicam shutter button on the decrease proper – not one thing generally seen on Android telephones as of late. Unusually, you may’t use this button to launch the digicam app from standby; it’s important to use the on-screen shortcut.

Specs and software program
We weren’t anticipating fireworks at this worth level, and positive sufficient, the Alcatel Flash 2 is constructed out of typical workhorse-class elements. There is a Mediatek MT6753 processor with eight CPU cores working at 1.3GHz and built-in Mali-T720 graphics. There’s additionally 2GB of RAM. 16GB of storage is fairly commonplace, however microSD card help goes all the way in which as much as 128GB and USB-OTG works as properly.

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The 5-inch display screen has a predictable HD 720×1280 decision. The rear digicam has a 13-megapixel sensor and the one in entrance has a 5-megapixel one. Video recording tops out at 1080p, 30fps. There’s Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth four.zero, A-GPS, and 4G on Indian networks. The battery has a powerful 3000mAh capability.

The cellphone runs Android 5.1 with only a few seen customisations – not even a brand new icon set – which is a big reduction. A shortcut known as Audio Profiles permits you to shortly swap between regular, silent, assembly and out of doors modes, and one other known as Click on Clear which is not documented however appears to terminate background apps to liberate RAM. The default system keyboard has been changed with one known as TouchPal, which we discovered a bit crude.

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Alcatel is pushing the Flash 2 as a photography-centric cellphone, and as such the digicam app has rather a lot occurring. There are shortcuts for the flash, timer and smile detection proper inside the viewfinder. A settings menu reveals all of the scene modes together with Face Magnificence, HDR, Tremendous Nice, Multi Angle, and Reside Photograph.

Whatsapp, Twitter, Fb and AVG Antivirus come presinstalled. There are additionally two small utilities known as Auto Begin Supervisor and Backup & Restore which each do just about what their names counsel. Lastly, there is a third-party app retailer known as zApp, which we actually do not see any want for.

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Efficiency
We discovered no main issues with the efficiency of the Alcatel Flash 2 by way of day-to-day utilization. The display screen is not extraordinarily sharp and hues are just a little muted, however it does have good viewing angles and is not exhausting to take care of beneath harsh daylight. The loudspeaker is tinny and harsh, however surprisingly loud. The rear did get a bit heat when utilizing the digicam for lengthy durations.

The cellphone did not all the time latch on to 4G networks, and wanted a fast toggle of the airplane mode shortcut to pressure it. Voice name high quality was wonderful. The bundled equipment aren’t of very top quality, particularly the headset. The cellphone additionally appeared to take a extremely very long time to cost.

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Benchmark scores had been fairly good for a sub-Rs. 10,000 cellphone. We acquired 34,759 factors in AnTuTu and 18,137 total in Quadrant. Graphics exams had been a blended bag, with 20fps in GFXbench, defined by the low-res display screen, and three,763 in 3DMark Ice Storm Excessive. The battery lasted for eight hours, 31 minutes in our video loop take a look at and simply lasted by a day of heavy utilization, together with gaming and Internet browsing over 4G.

Picture high quality appeared good on the cellphone, however after we zoomed in to full measurement, it was clear that particulars had been simply misplaced. It doesn’t matter what the subject material was, textures had been messy and there appeared to be extreme compression. Focus additionally typically appeared to be off. Photographs taken at night time had been poor, with a number of noise and little or no definition of topics. A lot of our pattern pictures had been merely not price utilizing. We had been fairly dissatisfied total, and we have seen significantly better from telephones that price even lower than this. The front-facing digicam did an affordable job and its flash wasn’t overpowering as we’ve got typically seen. It is a good addition, however the total digicam efficiency is weak, particularly for a cellphone marketed for that motive.

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Verdict
The Alcatel Flash 2 is an fascinating cellphone with a number of character. Its daring styling will attraction to those that do not desire a cookie-cutter cellphone. Efficiency is sweet, however should you’re on the lookout for disruptive options equivalent to a fingerprint reader or full-HD display screen, you will need to look elsewhere. Whereas these issues is likely to be good to have, the Flash 2 covers all of the necessities and you will not be left wanting. Digicam high quality won’t be the perfect, however battery life is sweet. You may need to determine which options are a very powerful for you.

Black Friday Deals: Our Picks for Shopping From India

Black Friday Deals: Our Picks for Shopping From India

Black Friday, which follows Thanksgiving, marks the beginning of the shopping season in the US, with most retail chains offering massive discounts to entice customers. While it may not have much of a cultural presence outside of the western hemisphere, anyone on the Internet can get in on the action, and grab some truly amazing deals.

For one thing, most software firms are going to jump on the bandwagon and offer big deals. There are big discounts on games for the Xbox One, and other platforms like the App Store and Steam also have short sales during this period.

Massive discounts on games and apps are par for the course, while discounts on hardware purchases can be accessed from one of the many package forwarding companies that cover the global market. Sometimes the discounts are hefty enough to cover than the cost of shipping and customs duty. Read our nifty guide to these services to understand how they work.

Some sites like Amazon US even ship products directly to India, billing you at once for shipping as well as the expected duties during checkout, and once the product is delivered they issue you a refund, if any, adjusted against the actual custom duties that were levied on the product. It’s the most hassle-free international shopping we’ve experienced. Keep in mind the duty that various products carry.

Amazon’s Black Friday deals started on November 20th, and will continue till the 27th. There are a bunch of other options you should check out as well, but for now, we’ve lined up a bunch of compelling buys, distilled through hours of browsing and research on international shopping sites like Amazon, Ali Express, Newegg, DX.com, and more. The best bet is to find someone who can bring it back for you, so you can save on the shipping at least – customs duty of course still has to be paid.

1) Optoma HD141X 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector
This home theater projector beams at a 1920×1080 pixel resolution at 3000 ANSI Lumens, and is capable of throwing a 107-inches wide projection from a distance of 12 feet. It works in 3D with Blu-ray 3D players and the latest consoles, and is rated at 6500 hours of lamp life. Amazon is offering a hefty discount on the projector along with free shipping – even after adding import fees, this works out to be a good deal.

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Buy Optoma HD141X at $757.2

2) Anker Classic Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
With free shipping on top of a 23 percent discount, Anker’s Classic Bluetooth speaker is worth adding to your cart, if you’re looking for a set of portable speakers that also double up as a speaker phone. The speaker has a 4-watt, 2-inch driver and a bass port, and boasts 15-20 hours of playtime and a two foot range for the microphone, and a 33-foot connection range for the speakers.

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Buy Anker Classic Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker at $26.99

3) SoundPal F2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
For those looking for a larger set of portable speakers, the F2 is fitted with two 3.5 watt speaker drivers, and is capable of eight to 12 hours playtime. Add a few more items to your shopping cart to take your shopping bill above $35 or more to qualify for free shipping on Amazon, which really makes this deal a steal, at a 77 percent discount.

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Buy SoundPal F2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker at $26.66

4) Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Gamepad
Xiaomi’s game controller was launched earlier this year, but hasn’t made it to India yet. If you can’t wait anymore, a top-rated seller on Alixpress is offering a 40 percent discount on it. Sporting a D-pad, analogue sticks, Y, X, A, and B buttons, and two shoulder buttons on either side, this Bluetooth controller is powered by AA batteries, and can be paired with most devices.

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Buy Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Gamepad at $22.79 (roughly Rs. 1,506, free shipping, custom duty excluded)

5) PylePro PDMICKT80 Set of 3 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphones with Clips

An great deal for a podcaster or musician, this set of three microphones are bundled with an carrying case, along with three mic clips. It’s going for a hefty 72 percent discount on Amazon, which more than makes up for the shipping and import fees.

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Buy PylePro PDMICKT80 at $74.12

6) Sonos Play: 1 wireless multiroom speakers
Best buy has a deal on the Sonos Play: 1, selling a pair of the wireless, multiroom speakers, for $349, or around Rs. 23,000. That’s a pretty amazing deal considering that you’re paying around Rs. 24,000 for a single Sonos Play: 1 if you buy it in India, so even with shipping and other costs in mind, you should be able to save some money with this deal.

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Buy Sonos Play: 1 two speakers at $349

7) Fitbit Flex wristband fitness tracker
The Fitbit Flex wristband is a fitness tracker that can help track your exercise and sleep, and pairs with your smartphone to show you all the data you need in an easy to understand app. We liked the Flex most amongst the company’s lower-end offerings but thought it was a little on the expensive side. Thanks to this Black Friday deal from Walmart, you can get the Flex for around half the price, so if someone you know is traveling right now, then there’s a nice deal to be had.

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Buy Fitbit Flex Wristband at $59

8) Vizio 2.0 Soundbar
Vizio isn’t a big name in audio, but it makes fairly competent products, and this 29-inch soundbar is a good companion for a medium sized television. It’s also incredibly cheap thanks to a Black Friday deal – normally, the soundbar retails for $79.99 or approximately Rs. 5,200, but according to an ad by Target, it will be available for nearly half the price.

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Buy Vizio 2.0 soundbar at $79.99

9) Guitar Hero Live for consoles
This new console game isn’t all that affordable in India because you need an expensive peripheral to play it. The game is typically $99.99 or around Rs. 6,600, but Target put out an ad saying that on it’s going to be available for the typical $60 price that most games are sold for, with a bundled guitar controller.

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Buy Guitar Hero Live at $60 (roughly Rs. 3,971, shipping and custom duty excluded).

These were our top finds for great looking Black Friday deals. Circle back to Amazon.com’s Black Friday page to get access to over 150 lightning deals over the course of the week, until November 27th. Amazon has announced that it will offer deals on the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader and Fire tablet and TV stick, 45 percent discounts on Samsung and LG TVs, a 50 percent price cut on the Jawbone UP3 fitness band, and a $100 price cut on VIZIO’s 38-inch 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar, retailing for just $79.99. Not all of these deals are likely to be available for shoppers outside of the US, and some deals will be app only.

What did you find, and what will you buy? Tell us via the comments.

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Kindle Fire HD review

Kindle Fire HD review

Amazon launched the Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader and Kindle Fireplace HD vary of tablets in India not too long ago. Kindle Fireplace HD, a 7-inch pill, and Kindle Fireplace HD eight.9, its eight.9-inch avatar, sport very related appears, although they differ beneath the hood. We spent over every week with the smaller sibling and have been fairly impressed. Learn on for the total overview.

Construct/ Design

Kindle Fireplace HD is a 7-inch pill, however appears even smaller while you see it at first. It matches effectively in your hand, and feels simply the proper weight as effectively. The top quality plastic that the pill is fabricated from offers it a premium end.

The Kindle Fireplace HD appears fairly plain from the entrance, with the display screen surrounded by a thick bezel on all 4 sides. There are not any buttons or sensors on the entrance of the pill, with solely the presence of the digital camera module on the prime breaking the monotony. The again is naked as effectively aside from a strip that runs throughout the size of the pill about two-thirds from the highest. The strip sports activities Kindle branding and likewise homes the 2 audio system hidden behind a fantastically accomplished grill alongside each edges. There’s some Amazon and FCC branding in direction of the underside.

The left fringe of the Kindle Fireplace HD is totally naked, whereas the highest options the microphone, positioned precisely above the digital camera. The underside homes the Micro-USB and Micro-HDMI ports. The proper edge has the headphone jack, quantity rocker and the facility button. The facility and quantity buttons are fully flush with the physique, which suggests they could be a little arduous to find if you find yourself utilizing the pill. Even after spending 10 days with our Kindle Fireplace HD, we discovered ourselves turning the pill over to search out the facility button, as a substitute of instinctively reaching for the controls like one tends to do after spending a while with a tool. This was our largest gripe with an in any other case very effectively designed pill.

Show

Kindle Fireplace HD comes with a 7-inch 1280×800 LCD show. The show is amongst the very best we have seen on a pill this measurement. The textual content seems crisp, the colors are sharp and correct, and the viewing angles are wonderful. Open air visibility will not be an issue both.

Software program/ UI Kindle Fireplace HD runs a personalized model of Android four.zero Ice Cream Sandwich, although it appears nothing like different Android units you might have come throughout. As a substitute of a number of house screens with small icons you possibly can click on to launch functions, you might be greeted by a carousel with large icons that take up the whole display screen. The carousel homes every thing that is put in in your Fireplace HD, from Books and Apps to Motion pictures and Music. It begins off trying fairly naked however it will possibly get relatively cumbersome to navigate utilizing simply the carousel when you begin accumulating stuff.

Fortunately, you possibly can change to viewing simply your Apps or Music or every other kind of content material, by deciding on the class from the highest of the display screen. Gadgets inside a selected class are listed as a grid of icons, with an possibility to change to record view if desired. You can too use the favourites function to shortly get to your most often accessed apps, books, motion pictures, or different sorts of content material. Nonetheless, there is not any app-switcher as seen in Android or iOS.

Although the Kindle Fireplace HD runs a variant of Android four.zero, you do not need the choice to put in apps from Google Play. As a substitute, you get entry to Amazon’s personal Appstore that encompasses a curated set of apps. In contrast to Google Play, that may resemble Wild West at occasions, apps should be authorized by Amazon earlier than they get into Appstore, much like the coverage that Apple follows with its App Retailer, so discovering high quality apps is slightly bit simpler.

Nonetheless, in contrast to Apple, which doesn’t formally assist jailbreaking your iOS units, Amazon permits you to set up apps from different sources (additionally referred to as aspect loading) by merely enabling the related choice. This allows you to set up apps like Dropbox and Firefox that aren’t out there in Amazon’s Appstore by visiting the respective web sites, or by getting the APK file from different sources.

Constructed-in apps just like the Silk browser and the E mail consumer are fairly primary, however get the job accomplished. Silk options Amazon’s compression strategies which can be supposed to hurry up searching beneath low bandwidth situations. Nonetheless, given the Kindle Fireplace launched in India is a Wi-Fi solely pill, you might be in all probability higher off disabling compression.

Kindle Fireplace HD comes with a notification centre and the highest left nook of your display screen shows the variety of pending notifications, adjoining to the title of your gadget. Nonetheless, there are not any pop-up notifications to offer, for instance, a preview of the e-mail you simply acquired. What you get as a substitute is an indicator that you’ve got acquired a number of new emails. You possibly can pull down the notifications drawer, and even then, you may simply get to see the variety of new emails in every account, however no details about the emails themselves. This generally is a little bit of an issue if you happen to want to keep on prime of your emails whereas, say, studying a ebook.

The pull-down notification centre additionally offers fast entry to settings like orientation lock, quantity, brightness, wi-fi and extra.

You should purchase books from Amazon’s large library of books and skim them on the pill. The general expertise, together with the navigation, is kind of much like that of the Kindle e-reader. You possibly can faucet in direction of the underside proper to show the following web page or backside left to return to the earlier web page, designed to reflect the actions of turning the web page ahead/ again in an actual ebook. The books are displayed in full display screen, so if you must show the menu to look throughout the ebook, change font measurement, or simply return to house display screen, you must faucet the highest a part of the display screen. This, too, is much like the Kindle e-reader interface, so skilled customers will really feel proper at house. Nonetheless, it’s not probably the most intuitive manner for brand spanking new customers and generally is a bit complicated at first.

Efficiency/ Digital camera/ Battery life

Kindle Fireplace HD is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor alongside 1GB RAM, and whereas they might not sound spectacular on this period of quad- and octa-core processors, the pill performs admirably in all departments. We didn’t expertise any lag within the appreciable period of time we spent utilizing the Kindle Fireplace HD. Informal video games like Temple Run work with none hiccups and different video games like Useless Set off run flawlessly. Nonetheless, some fashionable video games and apps should not out there on Amazon’s Appstore and you might have to resort to aspect loading to accumulate them.

As talked about earlier, customers should buy books from Amazon’s on-line retailer. Nonetheless, motion pictures, music and TV exhibits should not out there for buy in India but. In an setting the place Apple now presents music and films in India through its iTunes Retailer customers have the choice to purchase music from Google Play as effectively, Amazon must be sure that its content material story is in place on the earliest.

Kindle Fireplace HD comes with dual-speakers which can be fairly loud and the sound high quality is nice, even at excessive volumes, which makes watching movies and listening to music fairly pleasurable.

You possibly can, after all, switch your (non-DRM protected) content material obtained from different sources to the Kindle Fireplace HD by connecting it to your laptop. The pill seems as a mass-storage gadget on Home windows machines, with a sub-directory for each kind of content material. Mac customers might want to use a utility referred to as Android File Switch for a similar end result, much like different Android units.

The pill’s lock display screen shows Particular Provides (adverts) when the display screen is switched on. You possibly can ignore the adverts and easily unlock your pill or swipe to view extra particulars in regards to the provide. The adverts sometimes function ongoing offers on Amazon’s varied shops, and we did not thoughts them one bit. Nonetheless, if you happen to want to decide out of those particular presents, you are able to do so by spending an additional 15 .

Kindle Fireplace HD comes with only a entrance digital camera that’s ok for video conferencing and grainy-looking self-portraits, however nothing extra.

Battery life on the pill is fairly spectacular and we received over 6 hours of steady video playback on full brightness and the amount turned all the best way up. Auto-brightness, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have been all turned off; your mileage might differ by toggling a number of of these settings. Even with heavy utilization, that includes a mixture of searching the Net, emails, studying, and watching movies, the pill ought to final you a full day, and extra, on a single cost.

That brings us to our different large grievance with the Kindle Fireplace HD – the dearth of 3G connectivity. In a rustic the place Wi-Fi availability is proscribed, a Wi-Fi-only pill will solely get you thus far, particularly if you find yourself on the transfer. Sure, you possibly can allow hotspot in your telephone or use a transportable router, however we’re large fan of built-in options, and we want Amazon had bundled 3G assist on the pill. It is price noting that Amazon sells a 4G LTE variant of the larger Kindle Fireplace HD eight.9 pill in US and different markets, however there is not any Kindle Fireplace HD 7-inch variant with mobile connectivity.

Verdict

Amazon has priced the Kindle Fireplace HD at Rs. 15,999 that places it straight in competitors with the likes of Google’s Nexus 7 and Asus’s FonePad that carry equivalent value tags. All three tablets sport related specs, however deliver one thing totally different to the pill.

Whereas Google’s pill presents you the core Android expertise and guarantees fast software program updates due to its ‘Nexus’ standing, the FonePad comes with assist for voice calling and 3G connectivity, in addition to a Three-megapixel rear digital camera. Amazon has taken a totally totally different method, placing person expertise on the forefront and choosing a radically totally different interface, that’s more likely to attraction to the non-tech savvy customers. Skilled Android customers might scoff at what Amazon’s accomplished to their beloved working system they usually’ll maybe be higher off choosing both the Nexus 7 or the FonePad on the value.

With that out of the best way, let’s discuss in regards to the Kindle Fireplace HD. Whereas the position of the facility button is irksome and the dearth of mobile connectivity is a downer, the pill ticks lots of different bins. It comes with a pleasant show, has wonderful construct high quality, boasts good efficiency and is nice for consuming every kind of media in addition to studying. In case you are on the lookout for your first pill and do not need the price range to purchase the iPad mini (Rs. 21,900), which stays our prime choose on this section, we suggest you give the Kindle Fireplace HD a glance.


Kindle Fireplace HD in photos

 

Professionals

  • Nice construct high quality
  • Good show
  • Stable efficiency
  • Above common battery life

Cons

  • No mobile connectivity
  • Awkward placement of energy button

Scores (Out of 5)

  • Design: Three.5
  • Show: four
  • Efficiency: Three.5
  • Software program: Three.5
  • Battery Life: four
  • Worth for Cash: Three.5
  • Digital camera: 2.5
  • General: Three.5

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