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The Rock Clock Review: Dwayne Johnson's Official Alarm Clock

Dwayne Johnson, popularly known as ‘The Rock’ as his ring name is a professional wrestler and actor has introduced an alarm clock that is motivational to grab the schedule and get the task done. This clock will not only be motivational to the gym goers and for those who admire the Dwayne’s workout in gym but also helpful to achieve life goals.


As this clock app is interesting, I’ve decided to get my hands on it for a week and review it to the world. This is an app for the Dwayne fans, those who admire him at gym and out. Don’t miss any option in this review if you wanted to use this app.



Downloading and installing the app

You may download the pp from the Google Play Store on your phone or from the computer by logging into your Google account. Here is the link for The Rock Clock.


Using ‘The Rock Clock’

The Rock Clock has no unnecessary options nor the floating advertisements. All it allows you to set a new project, set an alarm and wakes you up everyday with a message from Dwayne Johnson.




Clicking on the ‘Let’s do this’ button will take you to the project goals setting screen where you can set your own customized project or use the example projects.


Proceed to the next screen after choosing a goal and set the end date for your goals. You may also set no end date for your daily goals.




You’d then be taken to the next ‘Wake up ass up at’ screen where you can set the morning alarm to chase the goals.




You can choose the different alarm tones from the library of 24 tones in which some are sung by The Rock Dwayne Johnson himself. If you are a ‘rock’ fan, set your alarm tone the rock song.




Set the time and ‘Save’ the alarm.


Wake up with Dwayne

You can follow up Dwayne’s alarm by syncing your alarm with his. A sweet warning showing ‘Dwayne is a morning person’ will bring smile on your face. You may set the ‘Rock Time’ on/off in the alarms panel anytime.


In the alarm panel, you would find another button ‘Sleep Mode’ which brings up a analog clock on the screen showing the time ticking off. You may set this alarm while sleeping.


This app is downloaded by 500,000 users so far and is rated 4.7/5 on Play Store. Do you still need a reason to use it? Share your ‘The Rock Clock’ experience in comments below.

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Coolpad Note 3 Plus Review: Specifications, Pros and Cons

We know Coolpad for its budget friendly smartphones with very good hardware specifications. Coolpad Note 3 was the first budget smartphone to release with fingerprint sensor. For consumers like Indians, having a smartphone with fingerprint sensor and 3GB RAM under Rs.10,000 is a great deal.

Coolpad has released the new version of the Note 3, Coolpad Note 3 Plus at the same price the previous Note 3 was released. It is known that the Coolpad Note 3 now is available for Rs.8,499 on Amazon.

Coolpad Note 3 Plus is as same as the Note 3 but got some few upgrades. Let's discuss about the upgrades one by one and see how better they are and see if they are worth spending another Rs.500 on the device.


Gold Variant

The gold variant is also ruling the budget market now. The recent craze for Redmi Note 3 Gold variant proves the same. This phone is for those who wanted a 3GB phone in gold variant.

Better Screen Resolution

Coolpad Note 3 was released with 720p display but the Note 3 Plus comes with 1080p display which delivers better sharpness of the graphics and on-screen experience.

Heavier and Thicker

The new Coolpad Note 3 Plus gains another 10gms weight and adds 1.6mm thickness to the whole device. 


This might be my shortest gadget review as there is nothing new to speak about Coolpad Note 3 Plus. Everything is as same as Coolpad Note 3 except the Gold variant and 1080p screen. It's now up to you to buy it or not as the colour choice always goes personal. 

You may buy the device from Amazon from this link.
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MobileGo Review: Android Device Manager & Toolkit Combo

Data on the mobile phones is to be secured, backed up and managed well. Otherwise, it might lead to the unrecoverable losses. We use mobile manger software generally to manage the smartphone data from our computers. In this article, I’ll be reviewing such mobile manager, Wondershare MobileGo, the android manager and a toolkit combo for managing the android phones.

MobileGo is a mobile manager software developed Wondershare Software for managing the Android and Apple iOS smartphones. I’ll be taking a walkthrough of the android device manager only in this article. The options would also be the same for iOS devices but the device itself differs in performance.

Features of MobileGo

Before we go in-depth review of this software, let’s see what features this program offers us. The following are the types of data this software can help you manage.

Music – Import and export music onto the device and from the device.

Photo – Photos from the devices can be imported and exported as well.

Video – Videos can also be saved onto the computer from the device or vice versa.

SMS – All the SMSs can be accessed from the computer and can be saved for later backup.

Contacts – Contacts are the most needed data to be backed up. MobileGo helps you manage the contacts data right from your computer.

Apps – Though they seem unimportant, some applications on the smartphones are needed to be backed up. Because one cannot afford to loose the current status of the apps that are being used.

Files – All types of document, PDF, excel sheets and any other types of files can also be added, removed and backed up using MobileGo.

MobileGo Toolkit

MobileGo offers the powerful tools to optimize, manage and maintain your smartphone to run well. The following are the main tools that are available in the MobileGo toolkit.

Phone to Phone Transfer – This tools helps to transfer the data on old phone to the new one without any loss. We can even transfer data between the different types of devices with different operating systems. For e.g., we can transfer data between Apple iOS devices and Android devices easily.

Backup & Restore – We can backup contacts, calendar entries, apps, music, photos, videos, call logs and text messages in just a few clicks. The backup process is easy and we can opt-out the unnecessary file types while creating a backup.

1-Click Root – Rooting brings freedom of choice to your Android devices. You can bypass the restrictions od app and other version of operating systems installations on the device. Rooting gives you full customization of the software on the devices hardware.

Note: However, rooting disables the official OTA updates. Do not opt this option if you are not an advanced user.

Recover – This recovery tool is the backup-recovery tool. This tools recovers the deleted files on the phone and restores them at most possibility (unless some other changes are made to the android file system).

Erase – Erase optimizes the phone by wiping off the unnecessary and temporary data thereby saving the enough space on the device. This function helps to gain a little bit extra memory while we are running out of it.

Capture Screenshot – Taking a screenshot on the mobile needs the enabling of some features or the access to the internal options. An idea mobile manager software must have the every handy feature available. MobileGo allows you to take the live screenshots of the phone or tablet.


Those are the features and tools available in MobileGo. Let’s get out hands on the software.

Downloading, Installing  & Connecting Mobile Phone

Step 1: Download the Wondershare MobileGo software from this link (both Windows and Mac versions available). An installer will be downloaded onto your computer.

Step 2: Run the installer and complete the MobileGo installation. Run the software after installation.

Step 3: Go to Settings > About > Build Number > Tap 7 times on your phone to enable the developer options. Then, toggle turn on the USB Debugging.

Step 4: Connect your android phone to Wi-Fi or through USB to computer.


Step 5: Let the software detect the phone and install the mobile version of the application on the phone.


Step 6: After the mobile version of the application installed on the phone, the connection will be established between the phone and computer.


Now that you have connected you android phone to the MobileGo. You can now navigate through the options on the left pane to browse the apps, contacts, SMSs, music, photos, videos and files.

Take a look at the following screenshots for better understanding.


Accessing the toolkit


MobileGo offers some powerful tools to manage and maintain the android phone and its data. The essential tools that MobileGo provides with this software are as follows,

One-Click Backup – This feature backs up the contacts, calendar entries, bookmarks, photos, music and videos on just one click. It offer an option to opt out some type of files. This function works great.

Restore – This is the reversal function of backup option. Backups can be restored on to the phone using this option. This tool automatically suggests the latest backup to restore when opened. We may browse for any other backup as well to restore.

About Device – This option as it sounds shows all the information of the phone and its hardware. If you have a phone and don’t know what it have, this option would be pretty useful at that time.


Install Apps – You may not have to go to Google Play in the browser again to install the apps, MobileGo will open the Google Play in a frame windows to install new apps on to the device.

De-Duplicate – This tool helps us clean the duplicate files on the phone which saves memory.

Send SMS – You can directly send the SMSs right from your desktop to your contacts.


Import from Outlook – This tools allows you import contacts from Outlook onto your phone in just a couple of clicks.

Export to Outlook – You can also export your existing contacts on the phone to Outlook.

Import from Live Mail – Can import from Live Mail as well.

Export to Live Mail – Can export to Live Mail as well.

Advanced tools

MobileGo provides some internal advanced tools that need to be downloaded once for all time usage. They are very useful tools and I recommend you to download and install those additional advanced tools also.

The following are the advanced tools that MobileGo offers.

Phone to Phone transfer – As we have discussed about this feature, MobileGo can help you transfer all the data and apps on one device to another (of same operating system) at a time. You can also transfer data between two different phones at a time but not apps.

Data Recovery – As we have talked about it before, we can recover the deleted files from the phone using this tool.

Data Eraser – Very useful tool while re-selling the device to wipe off the data on the phone.

Mirror Go – Displays the mirror of the phone screen on the computer and allows us to control it right from there with mouse, keyboard and touch as well.

One-Click Root – Grants freedom to take control of the hardware of the smartphone and allows you to choose the software of your choice without any restrictions.
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Asus Zenfone 3 Might Release on May 30th of 2016

Asus is moving pawns to release the next version of Zenfone by the end of May of this year. The chances of launching the Zenfone 3 are bigger according to the speculations of the tech experts online. If everything goes well according to the plan, Asus Zenfone 3 might release on May 30th of 2016 in Zenvolution event.

Asus releases an invite welcoming aspirants to join them on Monday of May 30th. The event is named 'Zenvolution' this time. There are no signs of last year's 'unleashing the incredible' tag lines on the poster that was released. The Zenfone 2 was released by now i.e., by April 23rd exactly in last year.
The association between the Asus and Intel is shown in the poster which says that the Zenfone 3 will be available with the intel processor as well. Although, the rumours spread that the ZF3 is expected to have Snapdragon 650 chipset on board that Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 had. 

Looking the number of Zenfone 2 versions that were released last year, we can consider both the Intel and Snapdragon versions back to back one after another into the market. 


Coming to the design of the Zenfone 3, the phone might come with glossy panel with two sided glass. It is also rumoured to be coming up with typc-c port and fingerprint sensor as well. We can also expect some other surprising feature like Gorilla Glass 4 on Zenfone 2 Laser from Asus this time. The cost of the device would be around 15,000 INR and this is just a speculation.

What do you think? Will Asus announce Zenfone 3 on 30th of May? Share your thoughts in comments below. Subscribe to us for more news on Zenfone 3.
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Xiaomi Launches Redmi 3 High; How Different is it from Redmi Note 3?


Xiaomi has launched another version of Redmi Note 3 for 899 CNY i.e., $139 USD yesterday. The new version of the Redmi Note 3 is named as ‘Redmi 3 High’ with some downgrades and upgrades to the features and hardware of the device.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 High has 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and is available at the same rate of previous Redmi Note 3. The hype for flash sale has not even come down yet and launching of another Note 3 version will impact the sales of 2GB/16GB version fro sure.

People are still using tricks to buy Redmi Note 3 in a flash sale. The 3GB/32GB version is the first preference of everyone and the 2GB/16GB as second. If Redmi 3 High comes into market a the same price, the stocks for 2GB/16GB will have to be sold at even cheaper prices.

What does Xiaomi Redmi 3 High have? How different is it from the normal Redmi Note 3? Here are the differences,
  1. Redmi 3 High is a 5 inch phone with 720p display whereas Redmi Note 3 is a 5.5 inch phone with 1080p display.
  2. Redmi Note 3 has Snapdragon 650 processor where as Redmi 3 High has Snapdragon 616 processor.
  3. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has 16MP camera where as Redmi 3 High has 13MP rear camera using same technologies. The front camera remain the same.
  4. Xiaomi Redmi 3 High comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0 whereas Redmi 3 comes with Android Lollipop 5.1.1 on board.
  5. Redmi 3 comes High comes with Quick Charge 3.0
This product is currently available in China and has not released in the international market. The MediaTek processor version of Chinese Redmi Note 3 may not clash with the Snapdragon version of the Redmi 3 High.

Let’s wait till it gets into the international market.
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Why Do You Need a Mobile Manager Software on Your Computer?

Android has been the most used operating system all over the world. The features, open source nature of the technology, availability of the number of applications for different purposes and the cost of development are the crucial factors of the Android’s popularity.


Apple iOS is no less to the popularity level of Android but a premium operating system and is exclusively available with the Apple devices. iOS is known for its stability, seamless performance and innovation. Apple would be the first operating system to get new application ideas most of the times which are later adapted into the Android by the developer.


What is this all about? What’s the need of a mobile manager?



I just started a post with a topic Android and iOS and the title seems different. Am I misleading you?




We live in a world where our lifestyles are dependent on the mobile phones. It is hard find a person having only single mobile phone these days or a person with a mobile phone that is aged more than 12 months.


I wonder if you had caught my point!


Yes! I am talking about the data integrity over the mobile phones. This article is about the mobile manager that is needed to take backups and manage the mobile content including the messages, contacts, music and files on the smartphone.


We switch mobile phones very easily. That is why smartphone market is in boom. What we actually don’t care before switching the SIM and memory cards is the data. We don’t actually worry about the crucial data like contacts, calendar entries and messages.


My phone syncs data with my Google account, should I still listen to you?

What Google backs up is the contacts that are associated with the Gmail account and that are saved to that particular Google account. What happens to your contacts saved onto your device?


This applies the same to the calendar entries too. Then what about the SMSs? You might have some registration details confirmation in them that has to be shown to the authorities in future.


The simple conclusion is, Google won’t synchronize all your data. Don’t be in a trans.


(Well! I guess you still wanna listen to me. Then, read on..)


I have backup apps on my device. Should I still…?

Backup application are the great innovational app ideas for mobile phones. Most of them work only when there is a data/Wi-Fi connection. Some mobile phones don’t even have the stable Google Play Services installed on them to reinstall those backup apps for restoring purposes.


Only a mobile manager can restore the stuff back on to the device irrespective of its version and state (You must have had taken backup using the same software in the past).


I recommend you to buy a premium version of the mobile manager to look after your smartphone data from time to time.


(You can the mobile manage software reviews from this link if you want to get one)

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5 Must Have Android Tools for App Developer

One cannot deny the fact that with the advent of mobile phones, application technology is moving rapidly ahead – gaining conformity from this dynamic and repulsive generation. As of July 2015, Android users were able to choose between 1.6 million apps.


This surely keep users yearning for more from android applications. There are high expectations for more innovative, intuitive and engaging mobile apps in android platform. For this to happen, there are many different tools available. But, there are plenty of challenges to face in choosing the right tools. Today, I shall talk to you about 5 android app development tools which no one told you about.



Let’s get it straight about Genymotion. It is fast, efficient and really cool third-party emulator that can replace default Android emulator. The ability to run on a virtual machine is something which differentiates Genymotion with another android emulator tools. For the default Android emulator, one is required to go the plug-n-play way, but imagine the same, in with better efficiency and better experiences – in less setup.


Well, that is Genymotion for you. It comes with an inbuilt multi-touch Appcelerometer which is resourceful in building apps that require parts of the SEK.

Titanium Appcelerator

The beauty of Titanium Appcelerator lies in its ability to develop cross-platform mobile applications. Even though, if you want to develop a dedicated android app, it gives a lot of flexibility in terms of rendering the UI using the platform’s native controls.


Talking about the scripting part, Titanium goes with Javascript. But, contradicting the PhoneGapp application interaction, instead of fiddling with the HTML DOM, the JavaScript interacts with Appcelerator Titanium’s API.




Titanium offers UI objects for buttons, text fields, lists, etc., while at the same time these are supported by the mobile platform’s authentic representation of the relevant native controls.


Well, this one is a multi-utility tool used for shrinking, optimizing, and obfuscating a simple Java application. PROGaurd works for removing unused code and renaming classes, fields and methods with semantically obscure names, and pre-verifies the processed code for Java 6 or for Java Micro’s faster class coding. The PROGaurd application tool utility lies in creating more compact code, for smaller code archives, cross-network rapid transfer, quicker loading, and smaller recall footprints.

Moreover it also lists dead codes, so it can be removed from the source code. The core advantage of PROGaurd lies in its compact template-based configuration.



If you are looking for any add-on apart from what is all overwhelmingly offered, then make a note – it also has an optional graphical user interface alone with plugins for Ant and for the JME Wireless Toolkit.


IBM Bluemix

IBM Bluemix is a cloud-based, multi-language-supported PaaS service. Generally, programmers go with Simplicite aPaaS for Bluemix for developing agile custom enterprise applications. It comes preloaded integrated DevOps deployed to build, run, and manage applications on the cloud.


Various programming languages supported by Bluemix include Java, Node.js, Go, PHP, Python, Ruby, Sinatra, Ruby on Rails and along with extended support to Scala with the help of build packs. Offering some of the high-end enterprise-level services that can easily integrate with cloud applications, Bluemix does not demand any installation and configuration know-hows.


Over and above supplementary frameworks and services, Bluemix comes equipped with a dashboard for creating, viewing, and managing the apps and services so as to monitor your application's resource usage.



Xamarin is one of the most widely used cross platform app development tool. The uniqueness of Xamarin is that it allows developers to create native Android applications using the same UI controls as one would use in Java.


But, the forte of Xamarin lies in offering flexibility and elegance of a modern language. This includes using C# blended with.NET BCL, and dual first-class IDEs - Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio. Even though, being a cross-platform tool, Xamarin tools is also used to write native Android apps with the UI.


Also, there is a provision to share the code across multiple platforms. Apart from the debugger, for code completion, Xamarin Studio incorporates C#, an interactive Android UI builder for creating user interfaces minus the XMLs.



These android app development tools come handy in developing an effective and efficient app. But due to the inevitable change which technology carries with itself, one cannot remain sure about its longevity.


Therefore, it is always recommended to stay updated especially when it comes to android app development tools. The Android app users all across the globe rest high expectations on developers to ensure smart and smooth apps for optimizing the utility of their devices.


But the root of all solutions lies in the code which a developer develops and the tools one incorporates for developing Android apps.


Author Bio:

Shahid Abbasi is a marketing consultant with Peerbits. The company is one of the top android app developer. Shahid likes to keep busy with his team, and to provide top-notch mobility solutions for enterprises and startups.

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Creo Mark 1 Full Technical Review: Made In India

The smartphone market has changed a lot in the recent times. Buyers have become liberal in choosing a device that has no brand value in the native place. Since the Xiaomi Mi3 to the Creo Mark 1, the new branded phones are set to make histories proving the peoples decision right.


Creo, the Indian based company has launched its first smartphone into the market with quite interesting specifications at the price point of ₹19,999. I insist you take a have a look at this device before you make any choices.





Creo Mark 1 looks more like an older Sony Xperia Z3 in the terms of design. It even reminds me of One Plus X. The phone is bigger than it looks if you are comparing with the Sony Xperia Z3 compact and One Plus X. It has 5.5 inch screen and is equipped with powerful hardware.


To be precise about the design, Mark 1 has power and volume buttons on the right side which look like buttons of Apple iPhone 5S. People who wanted iPhone 5S with Android operating system will enjoy these buttons shape and touch. On the left it has the SIM slot and micro SD card slot side-by-side. The top side have a 3.5mm audio jack and on the bottom side it has the micro USB slot and speakers.


On the front, the phone has a 5.5 inch screen with a 8MP camera on the top along with the call speaker and at the bottom, it has the capacitive touch buttons. The gun metal black back panel has a 21MP camera with dual tone flash and the Creo logo in the center.


The phone is 8.7mm thinner and weighs 190gms. You can feel some weight with this phone in hand.



The whole design looks good and stylish.



Mark 1 features a 5.5 inch QHD LTPS-LCD display that has pixel density of 534ppi and can render graphics of 1440x2560px resolution. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.0 giving it an added protection from scratches.


A phone with 534ppi and 2K display will give you beyond the HD experience. It is good to see an Android phone in mid-range category with 2K display. The first device I know with 2K display was Microsoft Lumia 950.



The display is great. If you wanted a phone with sharper and super HD display, you must look at the Creo Mark 1.



Powered with MediaTek Helio X10 A53 Octa-core processor that runs at 1.95GHz, supported by 3GB LPDDR3 RAM and PowerVR G6200 GPU, Creo Mark 1 is impressively good with the chipset configuration.


Mark1 runs on Android 5.1.1 based custom operating system called ‘Fuel OS’. This Lollipop version is a stable one compared to its previous 5.0. So, it should deliver seamless experience with that hardware configuration. Though it is a custom OS, the UI looks close to stock Android.


As the company promised, the performance is going to get update by May 13th in terms of system software.



Gaming and multitasking would be great with HelioX10 processor supported by 3GB RAM and G6200 GPU. But, when compared with the Le1S with the same chipset at better clocking speed, the price tag of Rs.19,999 seems too much.



Creo Mark 1 sports a 21MP rear camera that is powered with Sony IMX230 sensor. It can capture 4K video @30fps and slow motion @120fps in full HD with f/2.0 aperture. The camera has Dual Tone LED flash, Phase Detection Autofocus and Advanced Noise Reduction features.


The front camera is a 8MP shooter with the wide angle coverage ability of 86 degrees. It can also take pictures at f/2.0 and record videos of 1080p @30fps.


Creosense has announced the future updates of this phone’s camera. It is likely to get the screen flash for front camera and a photo editor by May 13th 2016.



Camera module is great on this phone. The specification should give the best picture quality and super slow motion video that Apple iPhones would have at 120fps.


You won’t get an mid-range Android phone with 120fps (iPhone like) slow motion. Get Creo Mark 1 from Flipkart now.



Creo Mark 1 comes with 32GB internal memory and can be expanded up to 128GB through a micro SD card.


The future update will bring automatic background data manager for Fuel OS by May 13th 2016.



32GB ROM is not a flagship killer memory at this price point nor even the worst. The expandability up to 128GB is good. It’s an ‘YES’ in terms of memory for me.



This is a dual SIM phone that supports LTE bands in both the slots. It supports 4G and 3G networks of all Indian bands. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, micro USB and OTG connectivity. You can see the wireless and GPS specifications as shown below:


WIFI - 802.11 n/ac/b/g Wireless Display (Miracast) Support

Bluetooth - BT4.0 (BLE supported)


GSM(2G) - Band 8 (900MHz), Band 3 (1800Mhz), Band 5 (850MHz), Band 2 (1900 MHz)

WCDMA(3G) - Band 8 (900MHz), Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 2 (1900MHz), Band 5 (850MHz)

TD-LTE(4G) - Band 40 (2300MHz)

FDD-LTE(4G) - Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 8 (900MHz)



Creo Mark 1 has all the connectivity features that are needed. In terms of connectivity, Creo Mark 1 is good to go with.


Sensors & Input

Mark 1 has all the basic sensor that a smartphone of today would need. It also has FM radio, fast charging and OTG support.



  • G-sensor (accelerometer)
  • L-sensor (Light sensor)
  • P-sensor (proximity sensor)
  • HALL sensor
  • Indicator light
  • Gyroscope
  • Ecompass
  • FM receiver
  • OTG
  • Aux
  • 3 Capacitive buttons
  • High Voltage Fast Charging
  • USB2.0


  • Travel adaptor
  • USB Data Cable
  • Ejector Pin


Good input and connectivity



Mark 1 sports a 3,100mAh Li-ion battery with that can long last a day on low usage. The 2K resolution screen can suck up the battery life quicker than estimated.



The battery won’t disappoint you but yet could have been much better for 2K screen and Helio X10 Octa-Core processor.



+ Good design

+ Very good display

+ Powerful chipset

+ Good camera with slow motion @120fps

+ Fast charging


Buy Creo Mark 1 from Flipkart before it goes out of stock



- Thicker & heavier

- Looks over priced when compared with other handsets


Final Verdict

Creo Mark 1 has a great hardware configuration, sharpest display and nice camera with the people’s favorite 120fps slow motion capturing. Though the battery isn’t that bigger, the phone puts on weight and looks bulky compared to other heavy battery phones. Le1S, with the same chipset configuration is available for Rs.10,999 but Creo Mark 1 tags the price of Rs.19,999.


In fact Creo Mark 1 has better camera and display compared to Le1S. Yet, it could have been priced in the range of Rs.15,000-18,000.


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Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus Review: Specifications, Pros & Cons

Lenovo seems like trying to make budget friendly phones under 10K INR with the success of K3 Note in the market. The release of Vibe K5 Plus proves so after P1M. The K4 Note which was released to be a biggie under 15K INR hadn’t go much into the public as expected. The only phone that rocked is the Vibe X3 which is worth buying for its price. 

The game of phones is calculated with the phone under 10K INR budget. Users don’t think much to buy the middle range phones because some models will be specifically benefitted over other models. There are a lot of budget phones under 10K at the same or similar price tags. It is a bit tough decision for an average mobile phone buyer to choose one among such phones.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is available in the market at the price of Rs.8,499. It gives a touch competition to those devices of same or near-same price tag. Let us see if this smartphone is to be considered into the competition and is worth buying for that price.

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What’s in the box?

We get the handset, screen guard, quick start guide, battery, USB cable and power adapter.


K5 Plus is not fully metallic but on the back. It feels lighter weighing 142gms on the whole. It has dual speakers on the bottom back of the phone and the top left of the back panel has a camera with LED flash. At the center, it has Lenovo logo and do not expect a finger print scanner at the price range it is available for. The whole back panel reminds me of the LeEco Le1S design.

On the top it has 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB port for charging and USB connections. It has the volume buttons and power button. On the bottom, it has microphone and the left side is left clean. The front side has a camera on the top along with the speaker and touch capacitive buttons on the bottom of it.

The device is built 8.2mm thin and fits good in hand. The metallic matte material on the back might slip the grip sometimes and it can be avoided by adding any back cover to it.

The phone is available in 3 colors, gold, black and silver which adds an option to choose one as per the taste.

Verdict: Design wise, Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is well built and looks good. If you are looking to buy a device with good design under Rs.9,000, this is it.


Lenovo packed a Full HD 1080p IPS display for K5 Plus. It can render graphics and display multimedia content beautifully. The Full HD display adds flair to the processing and GPU configuration while playing HD games.

The display is 450 nits 178 degree viewing angle display that can render 16M colors on the screen perfectly.

Verdict: Display is good and you don’t give a second thought if you are looking to buy a phone for a full HD display to run multimedia content like videos and games in this price point.


Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor supported by 2GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. The heating issue with the processor will be fixed with an software update that pops up right after the first boot of the device.

The 2GB RAM and 405 GPU are pretty decent at this price point. It can even play heavy games like dead trigger and mortal combat very well with a minor lags during the level loading time no frame drops while playing. It exhibits minor frame drops while playing games like Asphalt 8 with high graphics settings. That’s impressive being a budget device under 10K INR.

Verdict: Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus seems like don’t compromise in terms of performance and gaming. If you are looking out for a phone that performs well in multi-tasking and gaming, this is it.

Operating system

The K5 Plus runs on Android 5.1.1  based Vibe UI and might get an Marshmallow update in future (which is not yet promised by the company).

Verdict: This is better than many other budget handsets which are not able to provide the Lollipop 5.1 update so far.


Lenovo K5 Plus comes with 16GB internal memory on board and it can be expanded up to 32GB through a microSD card. The memory expandability is a bit disappointing but yet good enough.

Verdict: This phone is not for those who want more than 32GB expandable memory. Everything else is fair and beautiful.


K5 Plus comes with a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and has the auto focus, HDR, Omnivision OV13850, 5 Piece Lens. The front camera is a 5MP shooter with f/2.8 aperture and is good enough to take selfies.

Verdict: Both the cameras are good enough to take photos according the to on-paper specifications. The hands on tests are yet to be done.


Vibe K5 Plus is a dual SIM phone that supports 4G in one slot and 3G in another. It has the Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Tethering and micro USB and OTG connectivity options.

Verdict: The craving for the more memory than 32GB will be satisfied with the OTG support. It is not dual 4G and is little disappointing.


K5 Plus has the al basic sensors. They include Light Sensor, Orientation Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gravitation Sensor and eCompass.


The SAR values as mentioned in the quick start guide for the Indian version are as follows,

At head – 0.884 W/Kg
At body – 0.994 W/Kg

Verdict: The SAR values are little bit higher for Indian version of the phones. Compared to the last year’s A6000 Plus and A7000, it is low.


Lenovo K5 Plus comes with removable Li-ion 2,750 mAh battery. The battery can last long a day if data and Wi-Fi are not used. The 1080p screen might drain the battery quickly while playing videos and gaming.

Verdict: The battery might not not perform as it looks like. Better note this point if you are expecting more from battery on this device.


+ Good design
+ Good display
+ Good processing capability
+ Good graphics rendering capability


- No new design
- No dual 4G
- No NFC
- Little high SAR values
- Above average battery

Final verdict

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is one the best budget devices under 10K INR and is the best device in 8K and 8.5K INR category. If you don’t want to spend a rupee more on Rs.8,500 on a smartphone and still need a powerful phone at that price, you can go or Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus without any second thought.

Better buy Lenovo K5 Plus(gold) on Flipkart before it goes out of stock.
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How to Install Xamarin to Microsoft Visual Studio

The announcement of third-party mobile application development platform, Xamarin as open source is buzzing around the .NET developer forums and discussion boards now.

This mobile application development platform can be used integrating with the Visual Studio IDE of Microsoft for free now. There won’t be any trial period to expire or it won’t ask for commercial license to continue in any future. All you would need to have is the latest version of genuine licensed Visual Studio IDE software installed on your computer.

Installation of Xamarin will be executed in three phases. They are,

1. Installation of Java JDK
2. Installation of Android SDK
3. Installation of Xamarin libraries

1. Installation of Java JDK

In this phase the Xamarin installer will download and install the latest version of the Java JDK which is needed for the Android app development.

Java is platform independent and it will be installed with out any intermediator interpreters on Windows.

2. Installation of Android SDK

Installation of Android SDK is the 2nd phase of installing Xamarin to Visual Studio. Android development is all managed by this Android SDK from Google. To develop the android apps with Java, you would need to download and install complete android studio but as we are aiming to develop the android apps using .NET technologies like C# and F#, we only need the core layer, the Android SDK.


This android SDK will integrate into the Visual Studio allowing us to develop right from the VS IDE itself. This is another reason why Android SDK don’t need another IDE (android studio) for developer interface coding.

3. Installation of Xamarin libraries

Xamarin acts as intermediator interpreter for .NET technologies C#/F# and Java. The coding conventions of .NET will be translated into Java native coding using the Xamarin libraries. This is the third and last phase of installing Xamarin to Visual Studio IDE.

Let the Xamarin installer install the libraries needed for the integration with Visual Studio.

After installation, open Visual Studio > File > New Project. You would find the Android and iOS project options to continue. Go to Xamarin University and learn how to program with Xamarin on Visual Studio with .NET technologies.

That’s it! Enjoy Android and iOS app development from Visual Studio.
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Obi Worldphone SF1 Review: Can You Buy It in India?

Obi Worldphone SF1 is a different feather in the smartphones wing in looks and functionality. Though based on the Android, the custom OS looks far different than the other smartphone custom OS editions. The variety comes along with the packing itself. The Obi Worldphone comes packed in a wrist watch box like case which is larger than a normal phone’s package.

The former CEO of Apple Joh Sculley founded this company and looks to be implementing all the design aesthetics and usage principles that Apple is following in manufacturing its devices.

This US based mobile company have recently entered the Indian market with its budget version of phones having the moderate configurations that an average budget phone is having these days.

Let’s take a look Obi Worldphone SF1 specifications, pros and cons and see if India is a right place for its existence and if so what factors are helping and hindering this company in the country to survive.



Obi Worldphone has totally a new design. The company looks like focused to make this product a stunning gizmo in hand. With the matte black finish, and floating screen and rounded edges, the handset looks completely different and you may get reminded of the Xiaomi Mi3 from some perspectives. I got a picture of old Nokia Lumia’s with such designs when I saw this device for the first time.

The technicalities of the design bare 146x74x8mm measurements in which the popped up floating display alone takes 0.2mm from the 8mm thickness. This handset is a unibody metallic device weighing just 147gms. The built quality is very good and looks premium.

If you are looking out for a phone with whole new design and looks to standout in the crowd, Obi Worldphone SF1 can be your digital and style companion.


Obi Worldphone SF1 comes with 5 inch JDI In-Cell IPS Full HD display with 1080x1090 pixel resolution at 443ppi density. The display is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and Oleophobic coating and is fully-laminated One Glass Solution (OGS). The touch is 5-point multi-touch display for better interaction with the handset.

1080p resolution with 443ppi is a great deal on 5 display. Multimedia and gaming would be a great fun on this display.

Processor, RAM & Graphics

Obi SF1 is powered with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit Octa-core processor that runs at 1.5GHz clock speed. It is supported by 2GB and 3GB DDR3 RAM (versions based on price) which are great in handling smooth multitasking. The whole chipset is added with Adreno 405 GPU which is good enough to run high graphic games on the device to give better experience on 443ppi 1080p display display.


The phone comes in two internal eMMC memory variants, 16GB (with 2GB RAM) and 32 GB (with 3GB RAM). The both versions can be expanded up to 64GB through a micro SD card.

The memory expandability is not so bad but when compared with the other 128GB expandable phones in the same price segment, the question to have it or not raises. The better thing about OB SF1 is that it did not restrict the users with memory expandability like as the Apple admirer, Xiaomi did for their phones.

Operating System

Obi Worldphone SF1 runs on Android Lollipop v5.0.2 based custom OS with a different home screen apps alignment. It have no dedicated navigation buttons on the display but only have onscreen buttons. Air gestures are supported and it supports almost all the Indian regional languages.


Obi SF1 comes with 13MP AF rear camera with LED flash and Sony Exmor IMX214 Sensor; f/2.0 Aperture. The front camera is a 5MP shooter and also have the LED flash. Taking selfies in low lights would be better on this phone.

Though, the camera performance is found to be average according to the feedback on the internet. Even the other gadget reviewers also not satisfied with its camera performance.


  • Dual SIM (1 Micro + 1 Nano / MicroSD™ card expandable up to 64 GB)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-Band, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
  • MicroUSB v2.0


  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity
  • Magnetic
  • Gyro
  • ALS (Ambient Light Sensor)


Obi Worldphone SF1 is embedded with 3000mAh Li-Po battery with quick charge 1.0. The battery usage is maintained well on this Obi phone and you can get a full day charge on moderate usage.


+ Different and good design
+ Good built quality
+ Good color reproductive screen
+ Good battery
+ Dolby 7.1 surround sound


- Average camera
- Minor lags while gaming
- Floating screen vulnerable to break (though it is Gorilla Glass 4 protected)
- Snapdragon 615 processor heating issues

Reasons to buy Obi Worldphone SF1 in India

The Obi Worldphone SF1 is a totally out of jar version of budget android smartphones by its looks and design. If you are planning to buy a phone that stands out in the crowd with its looks and design, Obi is the one for you. Because the price it is available for is a worth buying to show off.

Reasons to not to buy Obi Worldphone SF1 in India

The Obi is new to India and it is not that it has no more enough service points available across the country but it might take little longer time to get the spares delivered and service done. If you live in major cities, the servicing might be done quicker. Go for it if you live in a major city in India.
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GWAT Session 2: Fan Fight Over Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Hello friends, welcome to the 2nd GWAT session, the second episode of blogger combo review series. We have Gadget-Woman Debshikha Banerjee with us (hope she won’t play sarcastic jokes on me this time). We are going to talk about Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 this time.


Read our GWAT Session 1 on LeTV LeEco Le1S


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a total next version of the Xiaomi phones with a new line of specifications to deliver outstanding performance under in budget phone category. Deb is a fan girl of Xiaomi smartphones and I expect more from Deb in this session.


I wonder if you have read her article on MIUI7 features.




Me: Hi deb! Good to see ya! I see that you have reviewed Redmi Note 3 on Gadget Woman. I don’t think we had any major differences mentioned if you check my review. Guess why?


Deb: Hello Sasi! It is great to be here again. And even greater to know that you stalk GW *wickedly smiling*. Speaking about similar views on the phone, I'd like to say "Great minds think ALIKE".


Me (inside): There she started again!


Me: Deb, your favorite Xiaomi handset is out in the market. I see a lot of metal on the phone. What do you think?


Deb: Yes. Extremely metallic. But look at the weight, only 165 gram. WOW!


Metallic body gives a really classy and elite look. On the other hand, if you happen to drop the device, the metal might come off in bits which will look really nasty. (I'll PM you my OnePlus 2 Broken Edition pic). And, speaking of dropping, no GORILLA GLASS (Why you do this Xiaomi!!)


Me: It is a way thinner and lighter though having such a huge battery, wow! What flair would you add up to this beautiful ergonomic design?


Deb: Not a biggie Sasi. I'm used to expecting the unexpected from Xiaomi, are you not? I'll stay 'comfortably numb' in this regard ;)


Me: Sunlight display is great on Mi4i and they are saying that it has been improved. This auto-brightness feature of Xiaomi’s amazes me. Do you think it would suck up more battery on Redmi Note 3?


Deb: You HAD to find a loophole, haan?


I have personally never used auto-brightness feature ‘cause they do suck up a lot of battery. What I do is slightly increase the brightness level just before stepping out. But if Xiaomi says that the Sunlight display has been 'improved' you can be pretty sure they have taken care to keep your battery from draining.


Me: Night display? Seriously? Is that what I heard in the new iOS update for iPhones? Xiaomi has always been a copier of Apple’s iPhone business. Stop giving me that look and agree with me.


Deb: NO! NO! NO! The term is ‘inspired’. Get it?


Xiaomi is bringing to us what Apple would bring to us at a costlier price. What can you Apple lover simple make peace with this and move on. *duh*


Me (inside): Whatever! Xiaomi is a copier...Xiaomi is a copier!


Me: Performance is great with Snapdragon 650. No heating up but still Android 5.1.1 based MIUI? It disappoints me a bit.


Deb: Xiaomi is giving you NO-HEAT and still you are shamelessly asking for latest Android. You can't have your own sweet will all the time. But if you still insist on being updated with technology, make sure you let me know so that I can pave the way with my affiliate links. Next question please.


Me (inside): Eh!


Me: The storage concept is purely unfair. If you want a second SIM, micro SD card won’t fit. Hybrid SIM slots are not that impressive. Xiaomi hitting back with no memory card concept is a great drawback. Don’t you think?


Deb: If you look at it from any average Indian customer's point of view, then yes this thing will definitely hamper the sales of the 16 GB variant. But for those who want to experience the Redmi Note 3 would go for the cheaper variant. On the other hand, the 32 GB variant isn't out-of-the-league. It is just ₹2,000 more, so the loss in sale for the 16 GB variant can be made up by the other variant.




Me: So, the two RAM versions are the trend now. Redmi Note 3 come in two versions, 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB with a price variance of ₹2,000. Is it fair? If I buy a 16GB version with 2GB RAM at ₹9,999 and buy a 16GB memory card for ₹500 (at an average), wouldn’t that save me ₹1,500? Does 1GB RAM alone costs that much? C’mon say something seriously.


Deb: Stop crying! What would you say about S7 and S7 edge then :D Or the variants of iPhones.


Me (inside): Somebody drag her out please. She’s comparing the beasts like S7 and iPhone with budget phone.


Me: The camera specification calms me down when I heard about Redmi Note 3. 16MP PDAF camera can do better but I’ve heard that it is underperforming in low lights. Is it?


Deb: I checked a couple of videos on the camera review, looks pretty decent to me. *facepalm*


Me (inside): Hehehe!


Me: What’s the actual screen protection that Xiaomi used on Redmi Note 3? I haven’t got a clue when I was writing a review.


Deb: It has no screen protection. But I read a comment in a famous blog where a guy says the phone was scratch tested and it passed successfully. Even I'm kind of confused in this regard.


Me (inside): Even my little niece would not like a phone without screen protection.


Me: The fingerprint scanner is very responsive. It is you right who told me first that it even takes the lip pattern as input. Later I watched a video Hugo Barra kissing the fingerprint sensor during demonstration. So what do we call it? Fingerprint sensor or lip-print sensor?


Deb: Yes <3 You name it, while I drool over it. Xiaomi have expanded the usage of a fingerprint scanner to a huge extent. Maybe (your) Apple can learn from it. (Ha Ha Ha... Funny Right?!?!)




Me (inside): I wish Apple come up with tongue pattern next time. Then I will show her what Apple means to people.


Me: Wait a second! You think something is missing in Redmi Note 3 right? What was that? Why do you think so? Is it worth missing?


Deb: NFC, Gorilla Glass, rough back and OIS. There are alternatives to these. So you can chill. And dude, stop stalking :D


Me (inside): Holy potato. She knew it!


Me: How about giving a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 to Donald Trump? What face would he make?


(Deb looking at me with her Chinese eyes)


Or else you could give it to me. That would be an official bribe to not pull your legs publicly :P


Me: Chinese face! That’s exactly what I was thinking. LOL!!


(Deb still watching at me with her Chinese eyes)


Me (inside): She will kill me if I drag this anymore. I better skip to another question.


Me: Okay! (hehehe) Let’s conclude this session. What’s your verdict? Should I buy it or go for another budget handset?


Deb: Go ahead, buy it if you like. And if you don't like it then also buy it and give it to me.


It was great to be over at Amfas Tech again. Be hospitable and make arrangement for snacks next time ;) Love GW (Deb)


Me (inside): Who gives snacks to such a sarcastic answers. I’ll eat her snacks while answering the questions next time also.


It seems like Deb invaded on me another time. That’s what we think about Xiaomi’s new feat, Redmi Note 3. See you in next GWAT session with another gadget. Hope you enjoyed reading it.


Thank you for bearing us! (Please share it and leave your comments under this post or else she would play another sarcastic joke on me about this session).

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Get All the Stunning Details About the Honor 5X

The smartphone industry and market is one that is facing one of the toughest battles in terms of price wars, market share and customer acquisition. With a host of players in the market each ready to outdo the other, companies keep coming up with newer offerings to lure more customers by offering smarter, faster and better phones. Entering the league is the Honor 5X which surely packs a punch and comes with some seriously stunning specifications.
Check out all the details you need to know about the Honor 5X:

Design and Built

The phone has a smart and futuristic feel with a metallic design that is made of a stunning aluminum alloy rendering it strength with a perfect polished finish worth showing off. The phone feels smooth to hold and feel and looks extremely elegant and stylish which is one of the major plus points of this budget friendly phone. The phone has a matte side finish with chamfer edges that give it the ultimate sophisticated and elegant look. Huawei surely has gone out of its way to make the phone a hit in terms of design.


The phone has a spectacular display giving you a 5.5 inch Full HD vivid screen with every color bubbling to life that will surely make you thrilled. The phone has 1980x1080 resolution along with 16.7 million colors that makes every activity on the phone highly addictive and visually engaging be it playing games, watching videos or reading. The phone has a well-balanced screen to body ratio and a 10 point touch responsive screen. The phone also has a good viewing angle and can handle a good amount of glare making it a great screen even under harsh sunlight.


The phone has some seriously amazing specs under the hood too which makes it an all-round achiever. It runs on a Qualcomm 64-bit Octa Core Processor that surely can handle any task thrown at it with ease giving smooth and a powerful output. With a 2GB RAM pairing, play games and multitask nonstop without a worry as you get seamless and lag free performance. It supports 16GB worth internal memory which can be expanded to a whopping 128GB for you to easily carry your data and media files wherever you go. The internals of the phone are quite powerful for the price.


The phone also harbors a beautifully constructed camera giving you a 13MP primary shooter with a 28mm wide lens to capture the perfect photograph every time. With a f/2.0 aperture, the lighting is easily adjusted and even dim lit photos come out with extreme clarity. The phone is equipped with a SmartImage Processor technology to make sure every photo is clear and crisp in high detail. You can also take slow motion videos, have fun with the time lapse mode and explore around its highly equipped technology. As for selfie lovers, the phone offers a 5MP front facing camera as well for the perfect shot every time.


The phone surely delivers in terms of performance and runs on a 3000mAh battery that surely gives the phone good juice. It offers a high tech fingerprint sensor as well for higher accuracy, privacy and protection. The phone also supports a 2A charger which helps it charge quicker giving you unending performance in a short span of time. The phone supports both a Nano SIM and a micro SIM for increased acceptability.
Be sure to get your hands on the stunning Honor 5X which is packed with highly engaging specs that will make you want to own it immediately!

Author Bio:

Riddhi Gupta has a penchant for writing and is also a tech expert. Gupta covers issues relating to technology and business and has created a reputation for writing articles and new about the latest technological trends and developments happening around the world.
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Get Nexus 5X for $199 with Project Fi Activation (Full Details)

Google’s Project Fi is catching more eye balls and ears from hour to hour since it was announced, not because of the latest technology that it adapts but for the discount it gives on the best of Google smartphones, Nexus 5X.

Project Fi is an wonderful carrier network coverage technology that comes with a simple hardware, a SIM card and an Android application for intelligent network switching. These two hardware-software combo only work when both are installed on the device. For now, the only devices that are compatible with project Fi technology are the Nexus beasts, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

To encourage the use of Fi network, Google is offering amazing discount of $150 on Nexus 5X, summing the final price to $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB if only bought through their Project Fi website with activation. If you are looking forward to buy a Nexus device, it is recommended to go with Project Fi network activated device with such a huge discount.


Before you add it to your cart, you might want to read these following facts about Nexus 5X with Project Fi activation:
  1. The offer will be active for limited time only, i.e., from March 7th 2016 to April 7th 2016.
  2. Discount price will be automatically be applied during the checkout process if Nexus 5X is bought from
  3. Payment should be made through Google Payments.
  4. You must activate the Fi network on the same account within the 30-days of the device shipment.
  5. If Fi network is not activated within 30-days of receiving, the extra $150 will be charged from Google Payments to match the full price of the device.
  6. You can also buy Nexus 5X with the same $150 discount from the Google Store also.
  7. If you buy Nexus 5X from Google Store, then signup to the Project Fi from the same account to get discount price refunded within two weeks of Fi network activation.
  8. This offer is only available for residents of U.S. of age 18 and older with Google Payments account until the supplies last.
  9. Only 1 discounted Nexus 5X can be brought from one Google Payments account. Any violations of this limitation found voids the offer.
  10. Nexus devices brought with Project Fi comes with 1 year manufacturer warranty. If any manufacturer defects are detected, Project Fi replaces the device with a new one without any cost.
Read Nexus 5X full technical review to know about the device specifications, pros and cons.

All the facts are derived from the FAQ section of the website. I recommend you to go though it for more detailed information about the Project Fi and supported devices.

The good thing is that you can activate Project Fi on your already-brought Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices but with no discount offer applicable.

The reason why Google limited the Fi network’s compatibility with these Nexus devices is that these devices support (receiving and responding) all type of radio frequencies of carrier networks all around the world which other devices lack.
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