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Infinix Hot 11S Review: Power-Packed Device For Budget-Conscious Consumers

Infinix Hot 11S Review: Plastic Back With Glossy Finish

Infinix Hot 11S Review: Plastic Back With Glossy Finish

It clearly shows that Infinix is working on a design of the smartphone as the newly launched Hot 11S is a quite different and good-looking smartphone. Although it is a bit heavy and cannot be operated with a single hand, but still looks good in hands.

The Infinix Hot 11S comes with a plastic back along with a glossy finish that does not attract fingerprint smudges. The back panel also features an AI triple rear camera set up, a fingerprint sensor, and an Infinix branding at the bottom.

On the right side of the device, you will find the volume rocker and power button, whereas the SIM card tray is on the left side. Then, you’ll see a 3.5 mm audio jack, a Type- C charging port, and a speaker grille at the bottom of the device. The Infinix Hot 11S has a punch-hole display and slim bezels.

Even though the smartphone is heavy, it looks different from other Infinix smartphones in the market. The back panel is smudge and scratch-free, which is again a good thing as a budget smartphone rarely provides such a panel. But still, the smartphone comes with a transparent case.

On the display front, the Infinix Hot 11S supports a 6.78-inch full HD display along with a 90Hz refresh rate. It comes with a punch display, 90.5 percent aspect ratio, and 500 nits brightness support. Overall, the big display seems perfect for gamers, watching movies, and content on the OTT platforms. In addition, the smartphone offers bright colours and good viewing angles. In fact, it provides decent brightness in the sunlight.

Infinix Hot 11S Review:  MediaTek G88 Chipset and 5,000 mAh Battery

Infinix Hot 11S Review: MediaTek G88 Chipset and 5,000 mAh Battery

The Infinix Hot 11S comes with a MediaTek G88 Chipset. The Hot 11S is the second smartphone in India after Xiaomi Redmi 10 Prime, which has been launched on the same processors. The Xiaomi Redmi 10 Prime price starts from Rs. 12,499, which is higher than the Infinix Hot 11S.

However, the Xiaomi Redmi 10 Prime has two variants, such as 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/ 128GB of storage, while Infinix Hot 11S comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which can be increased up to 256GB through a dedicated microSD card slot.

The smartphone performs very well during multitasking and there were no lags while playing high-end games and watching videos. In fact, the smartphone took less than five minutes to download high-end games like Call of Duty, but we found some heating issues after using the device for one hour.

The Infinix Hot 11S packs a 5,000 mAh battery unit along with a Type-C 18W support charge. The large battery takes one hour to charge completely and it is capable of providing two days of backup with a single charge and normal usage, while it can last 24 hours with heavy usage.

The device also has Ultra Power and Power Boost features that are designed to save battery. The Infinix Hot 11S is not going to disappoint you on this front. Additionally, the smartphone automatically disconnects power after 100 percent of charging.

Moving to the connectivity options, you will find that the Infinix Hot 11S supports Bluetooth v5, USB Type, -C, USB OTG, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Infinix Hot 11S Review: Triple Rear Camera Setup

Infinix Hot 11S Review: Triple Rear Camera Setup

The smartphone features a circular triple rear camera set up at the back that supports 50MP primary sensor along with an f/1.6 aperture lens, a 2MP secondary camera, an AI-powered lens, and an LED flashlight. This is the first time when Infinix has launched a device with 50MP back camera.

However, the Realme 8i comes with a 50MP primary sensor at Rs. 13,999, which is again higher than the Infinix Hot 11S device. The rear camera of the Hot 11S has several modes like AI Camera, Beauty, Super night, Short Video, and HDR.

If we talk about the performance of the back camera, then the smartphone company has done a great job as it produces decent images at night with the Super night mode, whereas shots taken in during the daytime are sharp and full of details. In short, the rear camera provides good colours and clear images.

Coming to the upfront, you’ll get only an 8MP camera for selfies, which seems ok, but lack details in the low light conditions. However, it is a bit disappointing that smartphone does not provide good selfies at such price point this is why we believe that the company should work on the front camera. The front camera also features few modes like AR Shot, Portrait, Beauty, AI Cam, and Short Video.

 Infinix Hot 11S Review: Android 11 OS And Benchmark

Infinix Hot 11S Review: Android 11 OS And Benchmark

The newly launched smartphone run Android 11 based XOS 7.6 skin on top. However, the interface of the smartphone is not clear as it comes with several third-party apps, which you can remove in case you don’t need them, but still, these pre-installed apps are the major drawbacks of the Infinix smartphones as you keep getting notifications every day.

The smartphone features third-party apps like PhoneCloner, Hi Translate, Welife, WeZone, XClub, X Theme, XShare, Yo Party, Phone Master, Boomplay, Calcare, AHA Games, Beez, and Palm Store.

The smartphone also comes with some useful modes like WhatsApp, which provides data to only Whatsapp messenger and stops to others. Apart from that, you will find game mode, screencast, and more.

On the benchmark, the smartphone scores decent. The Infinix Hot 11S scored 368 points on the Single Core and 1336 points on the Multi-Core. Besides, the smartphone manages to get 8076 points on the Work 3.0 performance score. Furthermore, the smartphone scored 714 points on the slingshot benchmark.

Should You Purchase Infinix Hot 11S Smartphone Or Not?

Should You Purchase Infinix Hot 11S Smartphone Or Not?

Infinix has launched a power-packed device at Rs. 10,499, which is less than Realme 8i and the Redmi 10 Prime. The smartphone is likely to face tough competition with Redmi 10 Prime as the latter comes with two storage options, a 6,000 mAh battery, 512GB expandable memory, and four rear cameras.

On the other hand, the Infinix Hot 11S comes with a 5,000 mAh battery, 256GB expandable memory, and a triple camera setup. But still, if we compare the pricing, then Infinix Hot 11S is affordable and can be considered as a good smartphone that also has several plus points like a big battery, good looks, and a 50MP camera.

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Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G First Impressions: Sleekest Xiaomi Phone Is Now Future-Proof

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True to its name, the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G feels feathery light in hands. The handset weighs just 158g and has a thickness of 6.81 mm. The weight and dimensions are in stark contrast to what most mid-range smartphones offer making the 11 Lite NE 5G extremely handy and easy to use. The smooth anti-glare matte-finish frosted glass black feels good to touch and isn’t quite a smudge magnet.

All-Plastic Construction

All-Plastic Construction

As far as the build quality is concerned, the phone feels sturdy but it lacks that premium touch. The all-plastic construction (to keep the weight in check) takes away that premium feel. Xiaomi mentions that the 11 Lite NE 5G is splash-proof. You can buy the smartphone in four color variants- Diamond Dazzle, Tuscany Coral, Jazz Blue, and Vinyl Black.

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The 5G variant also gets the impressive 10-bit OLED screen, one of the finest displays on a sub-30K smartphone for media playback. The 10-bit screen can show up to 1 billion colors and ensures excellent brightness. The 6.55″ FHD AMOLED screen has a 90Hz refresh rate, which isn’t best-in-class but ensures a fluid user experience. You will enjoy streaming HDR videos and playing games on this panel since the 10-bit screen has Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support.

For protection, the screen gets the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layer. In comparison, most sub-30K devices feature the conventional 8-bit panels that fail to match the color vibrancy of a 10-bit display. Videos and games look more vivid on a 10-bit screen. The video playback experience is enhanced by a dual stereo setup with Hi-res audio support that produces loud and clear audio.

Capable Camera System

Capable Camera System

There’s no hardware change in the camera department. The 5G variant also gets the triple-lens setup featuring a 64MP f/1.79 primary camera (PDAF), complemented by an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle and 5MP f/2.4 tele-macro sensor. For selfies, the handset offers a 20MP sensor with a narrower f/2.24 aperture. The handset can record 4K 30fps, 1080p 30/60fps and 720p 30fps videos. For some reason, the 720p 60fps isn’t offered.

Picture Quality

Picture Quality

Pictures shot in daylight from the main camera represent vivid colors and excellent dynamic range. The HDR performance is also pretty good. My personal favorite is the 5MP macro sensor. It captures extreme close-up shots with plenty of details and good color science. The portrait sensor gave us some average-looking shots. We are still evaluating the camera so stay tuned for our final verdict on the overall camera performance.

There’s plenty to experiment with the software side of camera features. The MIUI 12.5 camera app has 50+ director modes for creative video shooting. Besides, you also get the usual MIUI camera features such as time-lapse, documents mode, Night mode, slow-motion, short video, vlog mode, and a feature-rich native photo editor.

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The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC and comes with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.2 storage. You can buy the handset in two configurations- 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB. We are testing the 8GB variant and it runs MIUI 12.5.1 out-of-the-box. The smartphone feels very responsive with general usage, UI navigation, and multitasking. It is also running games without any glitches. The SD778 is a very capable SoC and the new MIUI iteration is very well optimized.

3-Years Of Android Updates

3-Years Of Android Updates

Most importantly, the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G comes with a promise of three years of Android updates and four years of security updates. This is a big improvement and we expect more Xiaomi phones to get on-baord with the new software upgrade scheme. The smartphone has a 4,250 mAh battery cell and comes with 33W fast charging support. More on the gaming, software, and battery performance in our comprehensive review.

Should You Consider Buying The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G?

Should You Consider Buying The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G?

The sleek and lightweight 11 Lite is now future-proof with 12-band 5G support making it worth your money. This is a stylish and handy phone with an excellent display and promising hardware. The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G will be available from 2nd October 2021 starting 12:00 midnight across Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio, and authorized retail partners.

And while it is priced at Rs. 26,999 (6GB/128GB) and Rs. 28,999 (8GB/128GB), you can manage to get the device at Rs. 23,499 and Rs. 25,499 respectively with some bank offers and Diwali discounts.

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Vivo X70 Pro+ First Impressions: Finally A Full-Blown Vivo Flagship Smartphone

What’s New In The X70 Pro+?

What’s New In The X70 Pro+?

The X70 Pro+ flaunts a revamped camera setup with upgraded gimbal stabilization and some notable additions from camera expert ZEISS. It is also the first Vivo handset to come with an official IP rating for protection against water and dust. Besides, there’s a big WQHD+ curved display with a 120Hz refresh rate, slightly tweaked user interface, and Qualcomm’s 2021 flagship SoC to run the show. The handset flaunts a ceramic body on glass with a premium AG finish.

All of this comes at a hefty price tag of Rs. 79,990 making the X70 Pro+ the company’s most premium smartphone to date. The X70 Pro+ only comes in a single variant offering 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. Should you spend a fortune on a Vivo flagship camera-centric smartphone? Let’s find out.

Vivo X70 Pro+ Design

Vivo X70 Pro+ Design

The X70 Pro+ is Vivo’s best-looking smartphone to date. In fact, it is a better-looking handset than most of its rivals including the OnePlus 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, and Samsung’s current top-end Galaxy handsets. The phablet-sized phone is essentially a thick slab of metal and glass giving it a premium fit and finish and some noticeable weight (213g). The gigantic two-step camera module at the back panel is instantly noticeable with its huge lenses and ZEISS branding.

The soft matte finish back doesn’t attract fingerprints and feels good to touch. It also gives the handset a very luxurious feel, something you won’t find in OnePlus and Xiaomi’s flagships of 2021. Vivo even offers a faux leather case in the box that adds a good grip without affecting the style quotient.

Finally A Vivo Flagship With IP68 Water-Dust Rating

Finally A Vivo Flagship With IP68 Water-Dust Rating

Most importantly, the X70 Pro+ is IP68 rated for water-dust resistance. You can finally make good use of Vivo’s X-series powerful camera hardware on a rainy day or for some interesting underwater shots. The phone has a Type-C charging port at the bottom and comes with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, which is very snappy and consistent. The flagship handset comes sans a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Overall, Vivo has up the ante with the X70 Pro+ design and craftsmanship. A slight bummer is the big form factor that makes the X70 Pro+ difficult to use with one hand. This isn’t the device for users who prefer handy devices. It’s big and hefty and should be used carefully.

Display & Audio

Display & Audio

The big form factor allows for a gigantic 6.78-inch 10-bit curved AMOLED display that excels in almost all aspects. It’s a WQHD+ panel offering 1440 x 3200p resolution and an excellent 517 PPI pixel density, first on a Vivo handset. The refresh rate is set to 120Hz allowing for smooth navigation. I also did not face any content visibility issues using the handset under harsh sunlight as the OLED panel has adequate brightness for outdoor visibility.

You can enjoy primetime shows in HDR with up to 1500 nits brightness (local peak brightness). Videos and games look extremely immersive on the big 10-bit display of the X70 Pro+. The video playback and gaming experience are enhanced by a dual speaker setup. The speaker setup produces stereo sound with good overall clarity and decent loudness. Vivo also offers Type-C earphones in the box but the sound quality isn’t quite impressive.

Excellent Haptics

Excellent Haptics

It is also worth mentioning that the haptic feedback on the X70 Pro+ is by far the best we have experienced on a Vivo handset. It’s very consistent and offers excellent vibrations. As per Vivo, the X70 Pro+ has a Large-volume X-Axis Haptic engine that can stimulate virtual vibration feedback for more than 200 scenarios.

Vivo X70 Pro+ Camera Hardware

Vivo X70 Pro+ Camera Hardware

Let’s address the elephant in the room- the quad-lens camera setup featuring four sensors- 50MP OIS-enabled primary camera with Samsung GN1 sensor, 48MP ultra-wide camera with gimbal module, 12MP OIS enabled 5X portrait sensor, and lastly, an 8MP OIS-enabled periscope camera capable of reaching 5X optical zoom and 60x digital zoom.

This interesting camera hardware is backed by an imaging chip V1 and has a high-transmittance glass lens and ‘ZEISS T Coating’ lens to enables a better transmission rate of the visible light to improve the image quality and color reproduction. The ZEISS coating lens also theoretically cuts down the unnecessary light flares by reducing light reflectivity in complex light scenes.

ZEISS Powered Portrait Modes

ZEISS Powered Portrait Modes

Additionally, the camera has ZIESS styles portrait modes (Biotar, Distagon, Planar, and Sonnar), Night video mode, Pro cinematic mode, built-in beautification mode, numerous filters, and most required modes such as Pro mode, time-lapse, slow-motion, etc.

Vivo X70 Pro+ Camera User-Experience

Vivo X70 Pro+ Camera User-Experience

Pictures shot on the 50MP primary lens come out crisp and vivid. There’s plenty of resolved details, correct exposure, and a wide dynamic range. The big sensor creates a very pleasing natural bokeh effect, thanks to the large sensor with a wide aperture. What impressed us most is the camera’s portrait taking capabilities. The X70 Pro+ captures some of the best-looking close-up shots with excellent edge detection and pleasing natural bokeh. Besides, the night-time results are also pretty impressive.

We faced some issues while taking close-up shots. The camera constantly switches between the primary and ultra-wide-angle lens and it becomes impossible to take a shot. Vivo should tone down the algorithm as it hampers the photo-capturing experience. We will write a detailed review of the camera performance on the X70 Pro+; however, we can already tell that this is the handset to buy in 2021 if you keep photography in your highest regard.

Hardware & Software

Hardware & Software

There’s no compromise in the underlying hardware. The X70 Pro+ is powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage. You also get 4GB of virtual RAM to further speed up the performance.

As expected, the handset runs without a glitch and is very much capable of running the most demanding games and apps without any hardware-centric performance issues.

On the software side, you get the newer iteration of Vivo’s FunTouch OS, which is better than before but is still marred by some bugs and bloatware. For instance, the in-screen fingerprint scanner sometimes hides under the notification tray.

You have to manually unlock the device by swiping up the tray and entering the PIN code. Otherwise, press the power button to put the screen into sleep, and then press it again to use the in-screen fingerprint scanner. Vivo should address these bugs via an OTA update.

Battery Life & Connectivity

Battery Life & Connectivity

I am surprised to see the 4,500mAh giving a day’s battery life on the X70 Pro+ even with the screen set to run at 120Hz. The battery life is significantly better than what I have experienced on the OnePlus 9 Pro. The phone supports 50W wireless charging and ships with a 55W wired fast-charger in the box. The bundled charger is capable of refueling the modest-sized battery in around 47-minutes.

Should You Consider Buying The Vivo X70 Pro+?

Should You Consider Buying The Vivo X70 Pro+?

The X70 Pro+ seems like a promising flagship smartphone. It offers a premium design, excellent display, the latest hardware, and a camera setup that can even give a tough time to the latest Apple iPhones. With its premium price (Rs. 79,990), the X70 Pro+ competes with the OnePlus 9 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S21+, and the Apple iPhones- 12/13.

It is no doubt a better overall handset than the OnePlus 9 Pro and also beats the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra in camera performance. However, the software on the Vivo flagship still needs some refinements. We will spend some more time testing the device’s camera and its software to give our final verdict; however, this is a worthy contender in the ultra-premium category and is worth your attention.

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro First Impressions: This Could Be A Game-Changer

Class-Leading 144Hz Refresh Rate Display

Class-Leading 144Hz Refresh Rate Display

The Edge 20 Pro is the first handset in its respective price segment to flaunt a 10-bit 144Hz AMOLED display. The screen also gets the class-leading low latency of 576Hz, another first in its category. I have been using 120Hz refresh rate panels for a while and I can tell a slight difference in the overall responsiveness. The display is extremely fluid and snappy. The 6.7″ AMOLED FHD+ display, 20 supports HDR10+ and DCI-P3 color space.

Looks Premium & Feels Sturdy

Looks Premium & Feels Sturdy

The Edge 20 Pro looks premium and feels sturdy. The subtle design with a smooth matte textured glass back feels good to touch. The aluminum alloy gives the device the required strength and both front and back get a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Edge 20 Pro is not an ideal one-hand fit but rests comfortably in the palm, thanks to its curved back offering good ergonomics.

The 108MP triple-lens camera module stands out on the minimally designed back panel. The phone is available in two colors- Midnight Sky & Iridescent Cloud. We are testing the former and it looks pretty stylish. The handset has a Type-C charging port at the bottom, volume rockers and power button (doubles up as a biometric scanner) on the right, and a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left side. The device is IP52 water-repellent.

108MP Triple-Lens Camera With 50X Digital Zoom

108MP Triple-Lens Camera With 50X Digital Zoom

The Edge 20 Pro boasts a pretty impressive camera system featuring a 108MP 1/1.52″ primary lens with an f/1.9 aperture. It is accompanied by an OIS-enabled 8MP 5X periscope telephoto lens and a 16MP ultra-wide angle f/2.2 lens that doubles up as a macro sensor. The setup can record 8K (24fps), 4k (60/30fps), and FHD (60/30fps) videos. The camera setup can even shoot 4K videos (30fps) in the macro mode, which delivers some interesting results.

For selfies, the Edge 20 Pro offers a 32MP, f/2.25 aperture sensor. The camera on the Edge 20 Pro captures crisp pictures in daylight with a wide dynamic range. The portraits also revealed natural blur and the wide-angle lens delivers detailed macros; however, we noticed some focusing issues with the camera system. The 5x shots captured on the periscope lens appeared soft and lacked fine detailing.

Feature-Packed Camera App

Feature-Packed Camera App

The camera app is quite feature-packed but isn’t very intuitive to use. You have to dig in a lot to find all the useful modes and settings. More on the camera performance in our detailed review where we will talk about the picture/video quality in various lighting conditions.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Hardware & Software

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Hardware & Software

We played some games and used the device for all basic and high-end tasks including 8K video recording, video editing, and multitasking, and didn’t notice any lags or performance issues. The SD870 is no slouch and can perform as well as the SD888 with well-optimized software, something the Edge 20 Pro offers out-of-the-box. Additionally, the handset has 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage but no higher variant, why Moto?

Needless to say, the stock Android on the handset feels very much at home and has been tweaked with some good Moto goodies. These extra Moto tweaks include- Moto Gestures (quick capture, fast torch, power touch, lift to unlock, etc.), Peek display, attentive display, and some interesting utilities such as swipe to split display for running two apps at once, volume rockers backed media controls, custom audio profiles, etc.

As far as the software is concerned, the Edge 20 Pro is eligible for an assured update to Android 12 and 13 and two-plus years of security updates. The smartphone is backed by a modest 4,500 mAh battery cell and ships with a 30W fast-charger in the box. For connectivity, the handset has Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, Carrier Aggregation, and MIMO technology support.

Should You Consider Buying The Motorola Edge 20 Pro?

Should You Consider Buying The Motorola Edge 20 Pro?

The Edge 20 Pro is a well-packed sub-40K smartphone that brings some segment-first features and a near-stock Android software experience. It seems to be a better deal than the OnePlus 9R but the real test will happen when we pit both the handsets in the coming week.

The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is available in a single variant at Rs. 36,999 and can be bought at an effective price of just Rs. 35,499 with a card discount of 10% on ICICI and Axis bank cards.

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Vivo X70 Pro+ Review: Beats The Competition Handsdown

Vivo X70 Pro+ Camera Specifications

Vivo X70 Pro+ Camera Specifications

Let’s start with the highlight feature of the handset- the mighty quad-lens camera setup featuring four sensors- 50MP OIS-enabled camera with Samsung GN1 sensor, 48MP ultra-wide camera with gimbal module, 12MP OIS enabled 5X portrait sensor, and lastly, an 8MP OIS-enabled periscope camera capable of reaching 5X optical zoom and 60x digital zoom.

ZEISS contribution comes in the form of a high-transmittance glass lens and a ‘ZEISS T Coating’ lens to offer a better transmission rate of the visible light, which theoretically improves the overall image quality by enhancing the color reproduction and sharpness. Additionally, you get ZEISS-styled portrait modes such as Biotar, Distagon, Planar, and Sonnar.

Besides, you get all required modes including the Night video mode, Pro cinematic mode, built-in beautification feature, numerous filters, Pro mode, time-lapse, slow-motion, etc.

Picture/Video Quality

Picture/Video Quality

  • The X70 Pro+ captures images with impressive details and spot-on colors. Unlike the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, images captured on the X70 Pro+ look somewhat more realistic and do not show unwanted saturation or artificial color tones.
  • The same goes for the videos as the footage shot on the X70 Pro+ is closer to reality offering natural colors and excellent sharpness.
  • The wide-angle lens delivers equally good outdoor shots but the pictures have noticeable distortion around the corners. Try capturing in the full-frame aspect ratio to cut some distortion.
Decent Wide-Angle Shots & Good Macro Results

Decent Wide-Angle Shots & Good Macro Results

  • The wide-angle lens also doubles up as a capable macro shooter and captures crisp close-up shots. Check out the above macro image with water crystals looking beautiful on the leaf. On the contrary, the 5x zoom shots (8MP sensor) come out pretty average.
  • The ZEISS-backed camera shines in the low-light scenarios. The big sensor lets in an ample amount of light and delivers crisp pictures with plenty of details and clarity. The colors are also represented well in low-light and images do not appear washed out. Check out the green leaves on the tree and the grass. The sky in the background also shows a decent amount of details.
  • The night mode also works in the wide-angle mode but the results aren’t quite inspiring.
  • Importantly, the ZEISS T coating lens does reduce the unwanted glares that often spoil the low-light shots in case there’s artificial lighting in the frame. No other handset gets this feature even at a higher price point.
Excellent Portraits & Various Style Formats

Excellent Portraits & Various Style Formats

  • The X70 Pro+ captures pleasing-looking portraits of subjects at close range with the 50MP GN1 sensor.
  • The big sensor creates a very pleasing natural bokeh effect, thanks to the large sensor with a wide aperture. Shift to a 12MP OIS-enable portrait sensor and you will find the handset creating magic with its portrait-taking capabilities.
  • The bokeh looks very pleasing and the close-up shots represent excellent edge detection. You can also choose the portrait style from the nine different types, including the four ZEISS modes, which offer some of the best portraits on a mobile phone.
  • And while the portraits turn out crisp and natural, the sensor seems to struggle with the 2x and 5x zoom. You need to make some efforts to lock the subject in the zoom mode to get the desired results.
How Good Is The Digital Zoom?

How Good Is The Digital Zoom?

  • Good enough to capture zoom but not the distant subjects/objects on the planet Earth. It is a pretty standard implementation of the far-field zoom that only impresses till 10x or 15x at max.
  • You push the zoom further and the pictures start losing details and colors. But the supermoon mode yields good results.
  • The handset also offers an Astro mode that can deliver some amazing results, provided that the sky is clear and you have a tripod handy.
Gimbal Stabilization Performance?

Gimbal Stabilization Performance?

  • The gimbal stabilization is offered on the 48MP ultra-wide angle lens. You can choose among the three different levels of stabilization- Standard, Ultra, and the Horizontal Line being the one that delivers the most stable results but also demands a well-lit environment.
  • It effectively cuts down the unwanted shakes in both horizontal and vertical planes and delivers steady videos.
  • Sadly, the horizontal line mode of stabilization only works with a very tight field-of-view and records videos in only 1080p 30fps.
  • If you want to shoot with the ultra-wide-angle lens or in higher fps or resolution, you have to rely on the standard stabilization, which isn’t the most effective mode in the lot. It’s disappointing that the most effective stabilization cannot shoot videos in the 60fps.
Vivo X70 Pro+ Design- As Premium As It Can Get

Vivo X70 Pro+ Design- As Premium As It Can Get

While the design is quite subjective, we like what Vivo has done to the X70 Pro+. The vegan leather finish offered on the X60 Pro+ is now replaced with a frosted glass back with a very fine texture that feels good to touch and stays free of fingerprints and smudges. The curved screen, metal frame, and a head-turner two-step camera setup with a Chrome module add a further premium touch to the overall design of the handset.

All Metal & Glass

All Metal & Glass

The volume rockers and the power button are positioned on the right side and offer very satisfying clicky feedback. Overall, Vivo has designed a stunning-looking phone that manages to look premium and more attractive than most of its rivals including the OnePlus 9 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G, and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Ergonomics & Durability Standards

Ergonomics & Durability Standards

The X70 Pro+ aces the look and feel but isn’t the most ideal handset for one-hand use. The phablet has a noticeable weight (213g) and the big screen makes one-hand usage more difficult. However, I found the device a bit more ergonomic than the Mi 11 Ultra, thanks to better weight distribution. What’s worth mentioning is the handset’s durability specs. The X70 Pro+ is IP68 rated for water-dust resistance making it more functional in challenging conditions.

No 3.5mm Audio Jack & No microSD Card Expansion

No 3.5mm Audio Jack & No microSD Card Expansion

The Type-C charging port is positioned at the bottom and the in-screen fingerprint scanner is very snappy and consistent. Even the face unlock is pretty consistent and unlocks the device in a jiffy. The flagship handset comes sans a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Type-C Earphones, Fast-Charger, Premium Faux Leather Case In Box

Type-C Earphones, Fast-Charger, Premium Faux Leather Case In Box

Vivo’s premium packaging with required accessories deserves a special mention. You get a pair of Type-C earbuds, Type-A to Type-C cable, and a fast charger in the box along with a premium faux leather finish case. No other rival flagship offers such a complete package at this cost.

For instance, Samsung and Apple only ship their flagships with a Type-C cable in the box. OnePlus does offer a fast charger and a Type-C cable but you won’t find earphones in the box.

Display Performance

Display Performance

There’s little to complain about the phone’s display as the gigantic 6.78-inch 10-bit curved AMOLED panel checks most boxes. Vivo has used a WQHD+ panel offering 1440 x 3200p resolution and an excellent 517 PPI pixel density. The panel is crisp, offers excellent viewing angles, and produces deep blacks making the X70 Pro+ a great handset for video consumption, gaming, and most day-to-day tasks such as reading, web browsing, and multitasking.

Fluid & Crisp

Fluid & Crisp

The refresh rate is set to 120Hz allowing for smooth navigation. Importantly, the 300Hz touch sampling rate ensures smoother display interactions while playing intense games such as BGMI. Moving on, the display also gets adequate brightness for comfortable outdoor visibility. You can also enjoy primetime shows in HDR with up to 1500 nits brightness (local peak brightness).

Audio Performance & Haptics

Audio Performance & Haptics

The video playback and gameplay experience are enhanced by a dual speaker setup. The overall clarity is good and the speakers are adequately loud. Vivo also offers Type-C earphones in the box but the sound quality isn’t quite impressive. The haptic feedback on the X70 Pro+ is pretty consistent and offers mild but accurate vibrations, thanks to a new X-Axis Haptic engine that as per Vivo stimulates virtual vibration feedback for more than 200 scenarios.

Hardware Performance

Hardware Performance

The X70 Pro+ is the first handset in India to be powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC. The chipset is accompanied by 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage along with 4GB of virtual RAM to further speed up the performance. This is a lot of firepower that delivers the kind of performance one expects from a flagship phone. The phone never felt underpowered even while running the most demanding apps and games.

And unlike the OnePlus 9 Pro’s equally sized battery, the 4,500mAh on the X70 Pro+ is very well optimized. I always used the handset with the screen set to run at 120Hz and the device managed to last a day even with heavy usage.

Good Battery Optimizations

Good Battery Optimizations

The battery life is significantly better than what I have experienced on the OnePlus 9 Pro but is slightly inferior to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. The X70 Pro+ supports 50W wireless charging and ships with a 55W wired fast-charger in the box that can refuel the modest-sized battery in around 47-minutes.

Software Performance

Software Performance

If there’s anything that holds back the X70 Pro+, it is the software performance. The newer iteration of Vivo’s FunTouch OS is now slightly better than the previous iterations in terms of visual appeal and utilities; however, it is marred by some consistent bugs. I thought the brand will push an OTA update to rectify the in-screen fingerprint scanner issue that I have been facing since I did the first impressions of the handset.

It keeps hiding under the notification tray and you are left with manually unlocking the device by swiping up the tray and entering the PIN code. Otherwise, press the power button to put the screen into sleep, and then press it again to use the in-screen fingerprint scanner.

Some Bloatware & Some Nifty Features

Some Bloatware & Some Nifty Features

Moving on, the auto-brightness also has some inconsistencies and the handset has a pretty share of bloatware but thankfully, you can uninstall these apps. Some good things about the software- smooth visual interactions, nifty widgets, and smooth functionality. Overall, the improvements are good but there’s still a big room for improvement.

Verdict

Verdict

If you want the best videography experience on an Android platform, the X70 Pro+ is the handset. The video stabilization is unparalleled and the handset has a good overall camera performance. Vivo should have extended the gimbal stabilization functions to higher frame rates and resolution to add more versatility to the camera setup. A better telephoto sensor could have made things more interesting.

However, despite some of these limitations, we are fairly impressed with the camera performance of the X70 Pro+. It’s any day a better overall camera phone than the OnePlus 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, and most of its closest rivals. Other features including the display, battery life, design, and performance also justify the price-point.

With its premium price (Rs. 79,990), the X70 Pro+ competes with the OnePlus 9 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S21+, and the Apple iPhones- 12/13. If you want the best premium handset in the Android ecosystem, the Vivo X70 Pro+ is worth every consideration.

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Easyfone Shield Rugged Phone Review | Easyfone Shield Feature Phone

Easyfone Shield Design

Easyfone Shield Design

At the first look, the Easyfone Shield looked impressive with an unparalleled robust look. The rear panel showed that it is a tough offering that cannot be broken easily. The device comes in a black and orange color combination and features a plastic and rubber build that gives a robust and durable look. There are rubber coatings on the edges, which make it withstand shocks even when it falls from a specific height.

The battery compartment, charging dock, and headphone jack among other aspects are coated and sealed to make it waterproof. What’s interesting is that the battery can be replaced. Underneath the battery, the device has the provision to house two SIM cards and a microSD card. At the top, we can see the powerful flashlight and a 3.5mm headphone jack. At the right edge of the Easyfone Shield, there is a dedicated SoS button, which will be handy at times of emergencies. To summarize, the overall design is impressive and I like it. While using it, the device was an attention grabber and made heads turn towards it.

At the front, the Easyfone Shield bestows a 2.8-inch IPS display with a functional keyboard and shortcuts as well. There is IP68 certification to make it waterproof, dustproof and shockproof. The device is suitable for senior people and defense personnel who use it under extreme weather conditions. Also, it will be ideal for adventurists, hikers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, cyclists, hikers and more. It is a rugged companion and an affordable alternative to Caterpillar phones that are also rugged.

Easyfone Shield Features

Easyfone Shield Features

One of the major highlights of the Easyfone Shield is the whitelist feature. When it is enabled, you can limit the digital footprint at any specific time. With this feature, you can let only select contacts send messages and make calls to you with the maximum number of contacts being 20. While you can call or message to any contact, you will be able to receive messages and calls only from the preset numbers under the whitelist feature.

Apart from this, the Easyfone offering features a dedicated SoS button that lets users get help at times of an emergency. Besides senior people, this feature phone will also be ideal for those who go out on trekking, biking, and hiking among others.

The other notable aspects of this feature phone include a basic camera, which is highly unsatisfactory with pixelated photos and I felt like it took me back over a decade in time. However, it is a rugged feature phone that does not give any importance to photography and this should be acceptable.

Easyfone Shield Performance

Easyfone Shield Performance

During the review, I used this device and it did deliver an impressive performance as a standard feature phone. Also, I used the SoS and whitelist features and these turned out to be really impressive. On clicking the SoS button, the device starts making a sound and alerts are sent to the preset contacts on the SoS list. The only downside is that the device missed out on WhatsApp and other apps that are becoming a part of feature phones but as the device is meant for a digital detox, this makes sense.

In terms of battery life, the Easyfone Shield gets the power from a 2500mAh battery, which is touted to last for a week. In my use, I could use it for a little over six days on a single charge. Notably, I used the phone only for calling purposes. The interesting aspect is that the Easyfone offering comes with reverse charging and can be used to power up earbuds and smartwatches on the go.

Verdict

Verdict

To summarize, the Easyfone Shield is an impressive offering for elderly people and those who embark on an adventure. It carries the credit of being the first rugged smartphone to be launched with IP68 certification. Also, there is a powerful torch aka flashlight that will be of use in many cases. So, if you want a rugged phone that can be carried anywhere you want to, then the Easyfone Shield is a good buy. You can get it at a discount during the festive season via Flipkart.

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Color OS 12 Hands-On Review: What’s Coming To Your Oppo & OnePlus Smartphones?

Color OS 12 Visual Aesthetics & Ease Of Use

Color OS 12 Visual Aesthetics & Ease Of Use

The Color OS has always felt more intuitive and visually pleasing in comparison to other Android-based custom skins in the market. The new update makes it a bit more welcoming and seamless to use. There are subtle refinements in the user interface that makes the new skin more user-friendly and pleasing to the eyes. You might not always notice them but they do make the skin lightweight, clean and customizable.

For instance, the better test rendering, updated typography and iconography, good use of white space across the UI (Settings panels, App interfaces, home screens, etc.) and the right amount of customizability makes the new Color OS fun to use. The default font is easy on the eyes and the updated icons have a bit of a 3D feel that makes them more relatable to real-life objects. The battery section in the settings menu is now more informative.

Smoother Animations & Better Language Support

Smoother Animations & Better Language Support

The infinite design concept also improves the animations across the UI and gives Oxygen OS feels. The animations simulate real-life experiences such as elasticity, inertia and rebound, thus establishing a link between the software and the physical attributes of using physical objects. You will feel them while opening/closing apps, unlocking the device, switching from one app to another, etc. That said, the OnePlus users will feel right at home in this particular aspect while using the upcoming unified OS in 2022.

The Color OS 12 also puts a lot of emphasis on inclusivity. Since it is a global beta update, the new skin will support 67 languages including 13 major Indian languages.

Touch Of Material You By Google

Touch Of Material You By Google

Oppo has tried to preserve some stock elements of the Android 12. The Color OS 12 has the wallpaper-based ‘Theming system’ in Material You that changes the UI colors by picking shades from the wallpaper applied on the home screen. The customizability feature is only available in Google Pixels and might come to other custom Android skins.

You will also find traces of stock Android 12 in Google app widgets such as Google Keep and Drive. Lastly, the Material-style icon pack is also a nice touch to the overall package. I wish to see more Material You touches in the final build of the Color OS 12 but I doubt it will happen. Nevertheless, the Color OS 12 tries to give you that Stock Android 12 feels and does it well.

Color OS 12 Utilities

Color OS 12 Utilities

Coming on to the utilities, the Color OS 12 has a fair share of them to help you make the full out of the Android software ecosystem. My personal favourite is the Icon pull-down gesture that makes it easy to fire up any app on any home screen in a jiffy. It is a handy tool for users with smaller fingers who face difficulty in reaching the top corners of the big screen handsets.

Moving on, there’s a list of useful features in the ‘Special Features’ section in the settings menu. These include- Quick launch (Opens apps while unlocking the phone), Floating windows for better multitasking, Smart sidebar (Opens selected apps and functions instantly), Retouch appearance for video calling, 3-finger screenshot and translate, Background stream and more. Besides, there’s a dedicated Kids space and Games app (Oxygen OS) for a better gaming experience.

The games mode now shows FPS in real-time and you also get a redesigned battery section with nifty tips such as recommendations to optimize apps that are taking a toll on the battery life. You can also recover uninstalled system apps with just one touch in the Apps section in the settings menu.

Color OS 12 Privacy Features

Color OS 12 Privacy Features

The Color OS 12 also focuses on enhancing privacy features for users. You get the Android 12’s Privacy Dashboards feature, which is a very handy tool to inform you about individual apps accessing your handset’s hardware. You can set apps to have ‘Approximate Location’ that makes them functional but keep your exact location hidden. Safety & emergency is another handy tool to help you get in touch with friends and family in case of a mishap. You can add emergency contacts, medical information, enable auto-send SMS with the location for quick assistance.

Oppo also mentions that the user data (saved in a non-plain text format) stays in the nearby servers and is transmitted using a proprietary protocol. Besides, the Color OS 12 features daily privacy utilities such as App lock, Private safe, System cloner and Hide apps app.

Overall, Oppo has done some good things with the privacy aspect of the Color OS. It gives more control in the users’ hands, exactly how it should be in the first place.

Some Hiccups With The Beta Build

Some Hiccups With The Beta Build

Since Oppo has only released a beta build, we faced some issues with the software. If you plan to upgrade any Oppo/OnePlus device, you might face such issues. These include- microphone issues on voice calls, delayed/no notifications (Twitter, WhatsApp, etc.), inconsistent windows animations and blank white spacing in the control centre (notifications area).

I also faced a bug where the phone kept showing a disconnected voice call for three and half hours. The timer kept ticking although the call was cut within ten minutes. A quick phone restart solved the persistent bug. We expect Oppo to fix all these issues in the final build to be rolled out in the coming months for the Oppo devices.

Eligible Devices & Timeline

Eligible Devices & Timeline

The Color OS 12 will roll out in the Indian market from November 2021 starting with the Reno series – Reno6 Pro 5G, Reno6 Pro Diwali Edition, Find X2, and Reno6 5G. The F-series and A-series devices will start receiving the beta build by December 2021. More Oppo devices will join the list in the coming months.

If you have installed the latest beta build of the Color OS 12, let us know about your feedback in the comments.

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Realme GT Neo 2 Review: Raw Performance Over Everything Else

Realme GT Neo 2 Design & Ergonomics

Realme GT Neo 2 Design & Ergonomics

Realme is known for making some bold choices when it comes to designing its smartphones. Some work and some just come across as too loud for anyone’s taste. The GT Neo 2 largely belongs to the second category if you choose to buy the Neo Green variant we got for testing. The color choice is extremely bold and helps the device stand out but it can also come across as extremely gaudy for some.

Thankfully, the frosted glass back resists fingerprints and is touted to be scratch-resistant. However, the GT Neo 2 comes sans any official IP rating for protection against water and dust.

Dare To Take The Leap?

Dare To Take The Leap?

And it’s not just the choice of colors, the loud branding is another aspect that makes this particular color variant a bit too loud for my taste. Overall, if you like subtlety, just steer away from the Neo green color variant.

The smartphone is also available in Blue and Black shade that comes and the bold branding and dual-color tone. Since the design is subjective, I recommend you check all three variants of the handset before making a purchase.

Thick & Hefty, No 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Thick & Hefty, No 3.5mm Headphone Jack

The Realme GT Neo 2 feels hefty in hands. You will feel the weight (200g) while using the handset for the camera, gaming, and other day-to-day tasks. Moreover, despite its notable 8.6mm thick body, the handset lacks a 3.5mm audio jack, which is a bummer since the device is aimed at gamers. The phone has a Type-C charging port at the bottom along with a microphone and a speaker unit. The earpiece at the top also serves as a speaker unit crating a stereo setup.

Realme GT Neo 2 Performance

Realme GT Neo 2 Performance

The Realme GT Neo 2 performed extremely well in our tests. The phone feels very responsive and handles demanding games and heavy apps without breaking a sweat. The credit goes to the snappy 120Hz Samsung-made E4 AMOLED display and the Qualcomm SD870 5G SoC mated with ample RAM and fine-tuned software. The combination delivers a balanced performance all day long.

Our 8GB RAM variant swiftly ran multiple apps and never felt low on the firepower. The handset also benefits from Dynamic Ram Expansion (DRE) that provides up to 7GB additional RAM for smooth multitasking performance.

The GT Neo 2 also offers one of the best haptic feedbacks in its respective price-point. The X-axis linear motor installed in the device generates effective vibrations that match the likes of flagship OnePlus and Samsung Galaxy devices. We have never experienced such accurate haptics on a Realme device earlier.

Multimedia Performance

Multimedia Performance

The 6.62-inch Samsung-made E4 AMOLED display serves well for video playback and gaming. It’s an HDR 10+ enabled panel with excellent viewing angles and vibrant color reproduction. Games like Asphalt 9 and animated movies come alive on this display. The screen is also adequately bright (800 nits) for outdoor usage and can even touch an impressive 1300 nits peak brightness with HDR content.

That said, we played some HDR videos on YouTube and experienced stunning visuals. But for some reason, Prime Videos couldn’t stream the content in HDR format. Moving on, the stereo speakers complement the vivid OLED panel and produce crisp and loud audio.

These speakers support both Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res. audio. However, I wish Realme had provided a 3.5mm audio jack for gaming enthusiasts who like to stream the game sessions. Now you have to make peace with either stereo speaker output or wireless audio streaming.

Smooth Gaming Response

Smooth Gaming Response

And while there are no extra bells and whistles like gaming triggers or RGB lights, the core performance is what impressed us the most. The GT Neo 2 is very consistent at delivering a lag-free gaming and multitasking performance. The 120Hz refresh rate and the segment-leading 600Hz touch-sampling rate make sure that even the slightest touch input is registered while playing games like Battleground Mobile India and COD Mobile.

The phone never struggled to register finger inputs with high-intensity games. The handset’s gyroscope response is also good and we didn’t experience any major frame drop issues. The performance is as good as we expect from a high-end flagship device in 2021.

Moving on, there’s a dedicated software suite- Game Space that offers some required settings to help you make the most out of the powerful hardware. You can customize the touch and swipe sensitivity, select performance modes (Pro Gamer mode, Balanced mode, Low power mode), and block notifications for an uninterrupted gaming experience.

Does It Heat Up?

Does It Heat Up?

Yes, like any smartphone or any electronic device for that matter. The device heats up within 20-25 minutes of continuous gaming (in both Balanced and Pro Gamer mode) but the heating effect didn’t quite hamper the gaming performance, which is impressive. The heating effect is most notable on the frame and the back strip that goes from top to the bottom on the Neo green variant.

Also, the temperature never reached an alarming state even when the phone’s battery was being recharged while playing games. That said, the newly designed stainless steel vapor cooling chamber with Diamond thermal gel seems to be doing a decent job. It helps the handset maintain a sustained performance even though the heating effect is felt on the outside with continuous gaming sessions.

Realme GT Neo 2 Benchmark Scores

Realme GT Neo 2 Benchmark Scores

The GT Neo 2 scored well in our benchmarks test. The handset logged 7,19,205 in the Antutu test and recorded a score of 14,868 in the PC Mark’s Work 3.0 Performance test. In the Geekbench test, the device scored 1,012 in the single-core test and recorded 2,911 in the multi-core test.

Lastly, the handset logged an impressive 99.7% stability in the 3D Mark’s wild-life extreme stress test that runs for straight 20-minutes and tests the device’s performance in heavy load. The GT Neo 2 scored 1,237 in the best loop score and 1,233 in the lowest loop score in the same test.

Camera Hardware

Camera Hardware

Realme doesn’t shy away from experimenting with the camera features but the execution isn’t quite satisfactory. Like most Realme handsets, the GT Neo 2 also packs a feature-rich camera setup that sounds good on paper but struggles to deliver good results in real-life scenarios. The handset boasts a triple-lens setup featuring a familiar 64MP primary sensor + 8MP wide-angle + 2MP macro camera. For selfies, the handset has a 16MP front-facing camera.

The camera can shoot 4K 60/30 fps and 1080p 60/30fps videos but there’s no OIS. You also get the Realme GT ME-inspired street photography features. Let’s find out how the camera performs in the real-life.

Picture Quality- Not A Camera Enthusiasts Phone

Picture Quality- Not A Camera Enthusiasts Phone

  • The 64MP sensor captures crisp shots in daylight. The contrast is spot on and details look just fine; however, color tones appear slightly dull.
  • The camera seems to struggle with preserving color tones in complex light scenarios. The dynamic range is too narrow and the shadow areas are handled poorly.
  • The camera software also goes overboard with sharpness. Images tend to appear sharper than required, both in the pixel-binned mode and the 64MP high-resolution mode.
  • Some images just turn our flat and look extremely dull.
  • Night time pictures lack details and colors aren’t represented well.
Useful Software Features

Useful Software Features

Since the default camera tuning isn’t ideal, you must use the freebies in the camera app to customize the output as per your taste. Below are some pointers to help you make the most out of the Realme GT Neo 2’s camera hardware.

  • Enable AI toggle & apply filters to spice up things.
  • The AI toggle boosts up colors, and make pictures a bit lively, recommended for those punchy-looking shots.
  • Sadly, the filters don’t work with the AI mode. You can either add some vibrancy in the default photo mode or apply filters to add a specific color tone to your images.
Inconsistent Portraits & Average Wide-Angle Shots

Inconsistent Portraits & Average Wide-Angle Shots

  • The Realme GT Neo 2 mostly fails to capture good portraits. The lack of a dedicated portrait sensor is noticeable. The subject isolation is so bad at times that the jarring lining around the corners is visible. Check out the above sample to see what I am talking about.
  • You will need to put some effort to get the bokeh right as the portrait effect is entirely software-driven. When it works, you can capture some decent-looking portraits.
  • The 8MP wide-angle shots only come out decent when you feed ample lighting to the camera system. The distortion is handled very well.
  • The 2MP macro lens only delivers average looking macros.
Street Mode- The Ace Feature

Street Mode- The Ace Feature

  • The ‘Street Mode’ is my favorite feature on the Realme GT 2 Neo’s camera. It offers some useful features and interesting filters to let you capture the essence of street photography.
  • You can also shoot in RAW to tweak the output in the post-processing.
  • You can also use focus peaking to highlight peak contrast areas in the frame.
  • You have the option to shoot in four focal lengths (16mm, 24mm, 50mm, and 120mm) as per the frame you are trying to capture.
  • Filters also work in the street mode to add some versatility to your pictures.

Overall, the GT Neo 2 has a feature-packed camera but it isn’t an ideal shooter in most conditions. You need to put some extra effort to capture good shots on the handset.

Battery Life & Connectivity

Battery Life & Connectivity

Thanks to its notable thickness, the GT Neo 2 packs in a beefier 5,000mAh battery cell that easily survives a hectic day. I tested the device with the screen refresh rate set to 120Hz and it still managed to last one full day of stress testing. Moreover, the 65W bundled fast-charger was able to refuel the big battery cell in about 37 minutes. This is quite an impressive battery and charging package at this price point.

As far as the connectivity is concerned, you can use two nano-SIM cards simultaneously. The phone supports Wi-Fi 6 and eight 5G bands. The handset also features Smart 5G technology that as per Realme analyzes the environment signals and intelligently switch between 4G to 5G to offer better network coverage while saving some battery life.

Verdict

Verdict

The Realme GT Neo 2 puts performance at the center and doesn’t disappoint with the results. It is a true GT-lineup device that impresses us with its raw performance. Be it gaming, multitasking, or usual day-to-day tasks, the handset has got you covered. The fluid 120Hz AMOLED display and long-lasting battery life are some other highlight features of the handset. The camera is the weak point of this value flagship offering.

If you aren’t devoted to photography, the GT Neo 2 is worth considering. The smartphone is available on realme.com, Flipkart & mainline channels in two variants- 8GB+128GB at Rs. 31,999 and 12GB+256GB at Rs. 35,999.

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Apple iPhone 13 Review From A Long-Term Android User: Should You Make The Switch?

Apple iPhone 13 Design- Construction & Ergonomics

Apple iPhone 13 Design- Construction & Ergonomics

Apple leaves us with no complaints on the quality part so I am going to focus primarily on the ergonomics and usability. Right out-of-the-box you will feel that the iPhone 13 is very sleek (7.7mm) and lightweight (174g). It has just the right amount of heft to it and a display size and proportions that serve wonderfully for most smartphone-related tasks. Unlike most Android devices, the iPhone 13’s 6.1-inch screen is a tad wider.

The flat display comes with some extra millimeters of width reminded me of the Google Pixel 3XL’s front fascia. It seems both Google and Apple have a somewhat similar sense of aesthetics when it comes to designing the handsets. To be honest, this particular display size is more suitable and handy than those taller aspect ratio handsets. You will have to put less effort into reaching the extreme corners of the screen thus reducing hand fatigue in daily use.

Easier To Use With One Hand

Easier To Use With One Hand

That said, the iPhone 13 rests comfortably in the palm and offers an excellent grip. The flat frame and the flat front work in the favor of the handset. The buttons are also thoughtfully placed for added convenience. If you still find a 6.1-inch screen bigger for your liking, the 13 Mini will serve you better.

iPhone 12 Vs iPhone 13 Design- Cosmetic Changes

iPhone 12 Vs iPhone 13 Design- Cosmetic Changes

If you are wondering what’s new in the iPhone 13’s design, the notch is now smaller and the phone is a bit heavier (by 10g) than its predecessor. The camera placement has also been tweaked slightly with new and bigger sensors placed diagonally.

And there’s a new color- the Pink that we got to review flaunting a very light shade of pink that looks very elegant. Even the aluminum frame has a pink hue but with a premium matte finish. The overall design is very minimal and beautiful.

And while I liked the flat and wider display form factor, Apple should do something about the thick black bezels. They are very much noticeable and give a dated feel to the gorgeous front fascia of the new iPhones.

Durability Standards

Durability Standards

Coming on to the durability, the iPhone 13 is IP68 dust/water-resistant. As per Apple, the handset can survive for 30 minutes in up to 6m water depth. The phone boasts Corning’s Gorilla Glass layer at both front (Ceramic shield) and back and the frame is made out of aluminum that gives the required strength to the chassis. Overall, the phone feels sturdy and long-lasting.

Apple iPhone 13 Display

Apple iPhone 13 Display

The flat front fascia houses a 6.1-inch Full HD (1,170 x 2,532 pixels) Super Retina XDR OLED display offering 460ppi. It’s a very fine OLED panel capable of producing brilliant colors and excellent clarity. Text and icons appear super crisp, both indoors and outdoors as the OLED touches ~800nits of typical maximum brightness and go up to 1,200 nits of peak brightness while streaming HDR content.

Importantly, the screen also gets dim to the point (1.7 nits) that you can comfortably consume multimedia content in a dark room without stressing your eyes. I watched an entire season of ‘See’ on Apple TV on the iPhone 13 and experienced immersive visuals. The colors pop well and the panel produces deep blacks. The bright OLED screen also supports leading viewing formats such as HDR 10 and Dolby Vision.

Good Color Tuning & Adequately Bright

Good Color Tuning & Adequately Bright

Overall, it’s a very pleasing overall screen user experience, thanks to adequate brightness, fine color tuning, and True Tone adjustments. It’s the most color-accurate OLED in its respective price-point and the difference is noticeable when you compare the screen to any other device side by side.

Dated 60Hz Refresh Rate But Fine-Tuning Makes All The Difference

Dated 60Hz Refresh Rate But Fine-Tuning Makes All The Difference

I was quite disappointed to see that the 120Hz ProMotion is only reserved for the Pro models. The iPhone 13 and the 13 Mini still gets the dated 60Hz refresh rate and you can’t do much about it. Since I have been using the most premium Android devices with 120Hz refresh rate panels, I was able to notice the difference in the fluidity while navigating throughout the UI and scrolling my Twitter/Instagram timelines.

However, I can confidently say that the standard 60Hz refresh rate on the iPhone 13 isn’t a deal-breaker by any margin. It feels just like a 90Hz panel, thanks to Apple’s mind-blowing animations and fine-tuned adjustments. The only thing that bugged me is the notch at the top. For someone like me coming from an Android ecosystem full of bezel-less screens, that ugly notch is a bummer.

Notch Still Haunts

Notch Still Haunts

Watching videos with notch staring at you is not pleasing at all and takes you back to the past. Apple iPhone 11 or any previous generation iPhone users would find it slightly less obtrusive. The audio performance is excellent though. The speaker setup is impressive and enhances the overall multimedia viewing and gaming experience.

A15 Bionic Performance

A15 Bionic Performance

My performance analysis of the iPhone 13 is based on my usage of an iPhone 11 and the current flagship Android devices. The list includes- the Vivo X70 Pro+ (SD888 Plus), Galaxy Fold 3 devices (SD 888) Realme GT (SD 888), Realme GT Neo 2 (SD870), and most top-tier Android flagships that were launched in the last year. On the other hand, the iPhone 13 is powered by a 5nm A15 Bionic chip.

Making use of 15 billion transistors, it is touted as the fastest mobile chip in the world. The A15 Bionic is a Hexa-core SoC with a 3,230 MHz clock speed. The SoC has a 4-core GPU (5-core for Pro models), two performance cores, and four power-efficiency cores. All this tech mumbo jumbo translates to a lag-free performance in the real-life. The handset feels blazing fast in all aspects of mobile usage and computing.

Runs Games Without Getting Hot

Runs Games Without Getting Hot

Be it multitasking, camera usage, video calling, running the heaviest of games, or performing a function as simple as opening a web page in Safari, everything feels buttery smooth. And mind you, the iPhone 13 has just 4GB of RAM and it still runs as fast (even better) than Android rivals boasting up to 12GB of RAM.

Games like NFS No Limits, BGMI, Marvel Revolution runs without a glitch and most importantly, unlike most Android devices, the iPhone 13 doesn’t heat up. A major contributing factor to the smooth overall performance of the iPhone 13 is the well-optimized iOS 15. Here’s what you need to know about iOS 15.

iOS 15 User Experience

iOS 15 User Experience

If you haven’t experienced iOS before, you are in for some surprises and some major disappointments. For starters, iOS feels very refined and fluid as compared to Google’s Android. Only a handful of Android handsets come close such as the flagship OnePlus and Google Pixel handsets. The App Store has a rich library of apps and the most useful apps are available free of cost.

Visual Art On OLED Display

Visual Art On OLED Display

The minor yet meaningful UI/UX differences between the apps in the Android and iOS world will start growing on you. Apple’s very own utilities such as voice memos, measure tools, Reminders, Notes apps are a treat to use. Apps populate the home screens with the extreme left and right spots taken by Today’s Page and App Library respectively. You can’t disable these two fixed home screens, Why Apple?

Good Set Of Widgets But Lacks Customizability

Good Set Of Widgets But Lacks Customizability

Visually pleasing widgets can be added to the home screens; however, their size isn’t freely customizable. You can stack different widgets and flip through them, which is super fun to use and let you better optimize the real estate on different home screens. Android misses out on this useful feature.

Control Centre Offers Easy Access To Utilities

Control Centre Offers Easy Access To Utilities

The control center is easily accessible with a pull-down gesture from the right corner. It is customizable and even supports haptic touch to offer extended controls of listed features and utilities. You can enable/disable the system-wide dark mode with just one tap and access the most needed controls on the panel. A swipe down from the left corner shows the notification center.

Some Extremely Useful Features/Utilities In iOS 15 & Some Painpoints

Some Extremely Useful Features/Utilities In iOS 15 & Some Painpoints

I found the below-mentioned features/utilities extremely useful.

  • FaceTime Link- You can FaceTime with non-iPhone users by simply creating FaceTime links from the app. It works on Android and Windows devices. All you need is a web browser.
  • Live Text In Photos- This is another useful feature in iOS that allows you to select, copy, search for text in the pictures. The feature also works in real-time camera usage.
  • Focus Modes- You can customize modes depending upon your requirement. For instance, you can create a mode for movie watching and let only selected apps send notifications when enabled. By default, you get DND, Personal, Sleep and Work modes.
  • The keyboard still doesn’t support haptics.
  • Interacting with notifications in the notification center is still a tedious task and made me appreciate Android’s way of handling it.
  • Free sizing widgets aren’t supported.

Overall, the iOS will come across as very refreshing, fun to use, and feature-rich but you will still miss the convenience of the Android ecosystem at times.

Apple iPhone 13 Benchmarks Scores

Apple iPhone 13 Benchmarks Scores

The blazing-fast real-life performance is matched by the corresponding benchmark results. The iPhone 13 scored a staggering 8,15,614 in Antutu and logged 1,720 in Geekbench 5 single-core and 4,642 in the multi-core test. The handset recorded 3,900 in the 3D Mark Slingshot extreme and 2,494 in the 3D Mark Wildlife extreme test. These results are better than the rival Android devices powered by the industry-best Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC.

Apple iPhone 13 Camera Hardware

Apple iPhone 13 Camera Hardware

Apple has made some notable upgrades to the camera hardware. The iPhone 13 has a dual-lens rear camera featuring a new 12MP Sony sensor (26mm) with larger pixels using a seven-element lens (f/1.6 aperture) and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor (14mm, ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view) making use of a five-element lens. The setup offers 2x optical zoom and up to 5x digital zoom. It has Smart HDR 4, advanced red-eye correction, and auto image stabilization.

Feature-Packed Camera App

Feature-Packed Camera App

The sensor-shift OIS borrowed from the iPhone 12 Pro Max is offered on the primary sensor. Both the sensors have sapphire crystal lenses. On the software side, the iPhone 13 is quite feature-packed and offers a range of modes and filters. The camera app has a portrait mode with bokeh and depth control and six portrait lighting effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono). The night mode works on all three sensors.

Importantly, you can choose between different photographic styles to customize the image output. The list includes- Standard, Rich Contrast, Vibrant, Warm, and Cool. Interestingly, these modes are customizable, works across the sensors, and are easily accessible with just one tap. For selfies, the iPhone 13 boasts another 12MP camera (23mm) using an f/2.2 lens.

Excellent Video Recording Hardware

Excellent Video Recording Hardware

Coming onto the video recording, the iPhone 13 offers 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, and 720p HD video recording at 30 fps. All three cameras can shoot in 4K at 60fps.

The most sought-after feature- the Cinematic mode with shallow depth of field works on both primary and selfie cameras and records videos in 1080p at 30 fps. The HDR video recording with Dolby Vision is supported up to 4K at 60 fps.

Picture Quality- Aces The White Balance & Color Tones

Picture Quality- Aces The White Balance & Color Tones

  • The iPhone 13 camera strength lies in its consistency in delivering natural-looking shots with rich contrast and low noise levels. The large aperture on the primary sensor lets in an ample amount of light and captures crisp pictures with fine details.
  • The color accuracy, exposure value, and vibrancy are maintained across the sensors; which is extremely hard to find on the Android flagships.
  • The iPhone 13 nails the white balance with every shot and no Android handset can come close, thanks to Smart HDR 4.
  • Portraits look natural with excellent sharpness and realistic color tones. The subject isolation is quite effective and you can experiment with a range of portrait modes.
Consistency & Level Of Control Is Unparalleled

Consistency & Level Of Control Is Unparalleled

  • The dynamic range and color vibrancy might not impress you if you are switching from an Android flagship from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21, OnePlus 9 Pro, Vivo X-series, etc. However, I would call it balanced and not very aggressive.
  • At any point in time, you can set a new photographic style, Vibrant or Rich Contrast, and can even customize it if you prefer rich colors and contrast images. That said, the consistency and level of control on the output are unparalleled.
  • The wide-angle sensor captures a very wide frame and good details in ample lighting. The details tend to lose and noise creeps in low-light but color accuracy and contrast are maintained.
  • The same is true for the front camera. It also preserves all the features and the performance aspects of the rear primary camera.
Low-Light Camera Performance

Low-Light Camera Performance

  • The iPhone 13 continues to impress in the low-light scenarios. The night mode kicks in automatically and sets the exposure time depending upon the available lighting.
  • Pictures come out clean and show rich color tones and good contrast levels. Images tend to lose details and noise creeps in when there’s no or very little artificial lighting or you are shooting in the wide-angle mode.
Video Recording Performance

Video Recording Performance

  • Some Android devices can still outshine the iPhone 13 but none comes close to the video-taking capabilities. The video footage recorded on the iPhone 13 is superior in terms of steadiness, white balance, and skin color tones if you are shooting human subjects.
  • Video footages, even the 4K 60fps ones show impressive dynamic range.
  • The iPhone 13 can also shoot HDR videos in Dolby Vision and even allows on-device editing and uploading to YouTube. The Dolby Vision videos look like any ordinary video on the device and will display vibrant colors and details on a compatible screen.
  • The Cinematic videos are super impressive. I find Apple’s video bokeh implementation better than the real-time portrait mode on Android devices’ cameras. It is more realistic and delivers natural-looking results. The camera is smart enough to change the focus automatically (Rack Focus technique) but you can also do it by simply tapping on different subjects in the frame. The cinematic videos are shot in Dolby Vision HDR.
Apple iPhone 13 Battery Life & Connectivity

Apple iPhone 13 Battery Life & Connectivity

The iPhone 13 lasts longer than the OnePlus 9 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G, and its predecessor. I easily logged 6 hours and 30-35 minutes of screen-on time on one full charge. The standby time is also very impressive. What doesn’t impress is the slow charging speeds. It took me around 75 minutes to recharge the iPhone 13’s modest 3,240mAh battery cell from flat to 100%.

I used the AMX XP 60 PD charger that offers 45W fast-charging speeds on its USB-C port. It must be supplying current at 23W speeds to the iPhone 13. I experienced no connectivity issues on the iPhone 13 with Vodafone-Idea in the Delhi NCR. The handset also maintained rock-solid Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections with the paired devices.

Verdict

Verdict

The iPhone 13 hasn’t disappointed me at all. In fact, I would easily recommend it to anyone willing to invest in a premium Android device for its consistent performance. Both the iPhone 13 and the 13 Mini could work as the gateway to Apple’s ecosystem of apps, services, and associated gadgets.

You are bound to get at least five years of software upgrades if you purchase the iPhone 13, which is something no Android phone can match. For iPhone users, the iPhone 13 is worth upgrading if you are using an older generation iPhone but makes less sense for Apple iPhone 12 users.

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इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स का रिव्यू

इंटेक्स भारत की सबसे बड़ी स्मार्टफोन निर्माता कंपनियों में से एक है। इंटेक्स स्मार्टफोन की कीमतें भी स्मार्टफोन बाजार में कंपनी की सफलता की एक बड़ी वजह हैं। कंपनी अक्सर अपने प्रोडक्ट के लिए बेहतरीन सर्विस नेटवर्क देने का दावा करती रहती है। आज हम इंटेक्स के मौजूदा सबसे महंगे स्मार्टफोन इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स का रिव्यू करेंगे। इस स्मार्टफोन को कंपनी ने 13,299 रुपये की कीमत पर लॉन्च किया था। जेनएक्स फिलहाल 12,000 रुपये की कीमत पर उपलब्ध है। जेनएक्स स्मार्टफोन के जरिए इंटेक्स ने प्रीमियम स्मार्टफोन देने की कोशिश की है और फोन कंपनी द्वारा पिछले लॉन्च किए स्मार्टफोन से कहीं ज्यादा शानदार है। यहां पढ़ें इस इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स का रिव्यू।

लुक एंड डिजाइन
दूसरे प्रीमियम स्मार्टफोन की तरह ही इंटेक्स ने अपने इस स्मार्टफोन में सॉलिड कोल्ड मेटल बॉडी दी है। हालांकि ऊपर और नीचे की तरफ प्लास्टिक स्ट्रिप है। रियर पैनल मेटेलिक यूनिबॉडी का बना है। जिसका मतलब है कि बैटरी रिमूवेबल नहीं है। फोन का लुक ठीकठाक है।
 

फोन का अगला हिस्सा स्क्रैच रेजिस्टेंट है जिससे फोन को नुकसान पहुंचने का खतरा नहीं है। दायीं तरफ पॉवर और वॉल्यूम बटन हैं। हालांकि पॉवर बटन को इस तरह डिजाइन किया गया है कि यह एक बार टच करने पर ही काम करे। नीचे की तरफ माइक्रो-यूएसबी पोर्ट जबकि 3.5 एमएम ऑडियो जैक ऊपर की तरफ दिया गया है। फोन में फिंगरप्रिंट सेंसर की कमी महसूस होती है। इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स से कम कीमत के कई फोन में अब यह फीचर उपलब्ध है, तो कई ग्राहकों को मायूसी मिलेगी।

फोन के दाहिने तरफ सिम ट्रे और कस्टमाइजेबल ‘क्यू’ बटन है। पहले सिम में 4जी और दूसरे में 3जी सपोर्ट के साथ फोन डुअल सिम सपोर्ट करता है। फोन में हाइब्रिड सिम स्लॉट है जिसका मतलब है कि आपको दूसरी सिम या एक्सपेंडेबल स्टोरेज में से किसी एक का चुनाव करना पड़ेग। ‘क्यू’ बटन उसी तरह कस्टमाइज किया जा सकता है जैसे कि ऑनर 7 स्मार्टफोन में।
 

इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स में 5.5 इंच का फुल एचडी आईपीएस डिस्प्ले है। स्क्रीन की डेनसिटी 401 पीपीआई है। स्क्रीन शार्प और डिटेलयुक्त के साथ-साथ चमकदार भी है। फोन के डिस्प्ले को सूरज की रोशनी में भी आसानी से देखा जा सकता है। बड़े स्क्रीन साइज़ की वजह से फोन में मीडिया व्यू और गेम का मजा मिलता है।

स्पेसिफिकेशन और सॉफ्टेवेयर
स्पेसिफिकेशन के अलावा इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स में बहुत कुछ ऐसा खास है जो इसे दूसरे बजट स्मार्टफोन से अलग बनाता है। फोन में 1.3 गीगाहर्ट्ज़ पर चलने वाला आठ कोर मीडियाटेक एमटी6753 प्रोसेसर है। रैम 2 जीबी और इंटरनल स्टोरेज 16 जीबी है। स्टोरेज को माइक्रोएसडी कार्ड की मदद से (128 जीबी तक) बढ़ाया जा सकता है। बैटरी 2850 एमएएच है। इंटरनल स्टोरेज में सिर्फ लगभग 11 जीबी ही यूजर के इस्तेमाल की है। सिम स्लॉट में 4 जी कनेक्टिविटी पर टीडीडी बैंड 40 और एफडीडी बैंड 3 सपोर्ट करेगा।
 

फोन के साथ आपको 7.5 वाट का चार्जर, माइक्रोफोन के साथ हेडसेट, इन-लाइन रिमोट, स्क्रीन प्रोटेक्टर और एक सिम इजेक्टर टूल मिलेगा।

इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स एंडआॉयड 5.1 पर चलता है जिसके ऊपर सिंगल लेयर कस्टम स्किन है। यूजर इंटरफेस का डिजाइन अच्छा और इस्तेमाल करने में आसान है। लॉक स्क्रीन, नोटिफिकेशन शेड और आईकन डॉक सभी जाने पहचाने से लगते हैं और चलाने में आसान है। लेकिन सिर्फ एक चीज जिसने अच्छी तरह से काम नहीं किया वो हैं होम स्क्रीन पर दिये गए ऐप आइकन और फोल्डर।
 

सेटिंग ऐप में कई सारे विकल्प की मदद से आप चीजों को अपने अनुसार बदल सकते हैं।

कैमरा
इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स का कैमरा 13 मेगापिक्सल है जिससे फुल एचडी वीडियो रिकॉर्ड की जा सकती है। लेकिन 5 मेगापिक्सल के फ्रंट कैमरे से सिर्फ 640×480 पिक्सल रिजॉल्यूशन की वीडियो ही रिकॉर्ड कर सकते हैं। रियर कैमरे के साथ सिंगल-टोन एलईडी फ्लैश दिया गया है। दोनों कैमरा एचडीआर इमेज कैप्चर सपोर्ट के साथ आते हैं।
 

कैमरा ऐप पहली नजर में थोड़ा सा जटिल और कठिन लगता है लेकिन असल में इससे सबकुछ आसानी से कर सकते हैं। एक सिंगल टैप से वीडियो रिकॉर्ड की जा सकती है और स्लो-मोशन वीडियो, एचडीआर जैसे मोड जल्दी एक्टिव कर सकते हैं। लाइव फोटो, मोशन ट्रैक, पैनोरमा और मल्टी-एंगल जैसे फीटर भी काम के हैं। विकल्प मेन्यू में जाकर आप तस्वीरें और वीडियो रिजॉल्यूशन जैसी कई चीजों की मैनुअली सैटिंग कर सकते हैं।
 

कलर और लाइट की बात करें तो कैमरा शानदार है। तस्वीरें चमकदार और रिएलिस्टिक हैं। तस्वीरों की डिटेल ठीकठाक है और बिना ज़ूम किये ही तस्वीरों में शार्पनेस की कमी साफ दिखती है।
 

वीडियो अच्छी रिकॉर्ड होती है लेकिन डिटेल की कमी उसमें भी दिखती है। डिटेलिंग को छोड़ दें तो तस्वीरें और वीडियो फोन से शानदार रिकॉर्ड की जा सकती हैं।

परफॉर्मेंस
इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स में 1.3 गीगाहर्ट्ज़ ऑक्टा-कोर मीडियाटेक एमटी6753 प्रोसेसर और ग्राफिक्स के लिए माली टी720 जीपीयू है। रैम 2 जीबी है। फोन बिना किसी समस्या के ठीकठाक चलता है और भरोसेमंद भी दिखता है।
 

फोन के बेंचमार्क आंकड़े ठीकठाक रहे और सामान्यतौर पर इसने काम भी ठीकठाक किया। लेकिन डेड ट्रिगर 2 गेम और हेवी एनकोडेड वीडियो के दौरान फोन में दिक्कत होती है। गेम खेलने के दौरान फोन गर्म होने के साथ बैटरी की भी काफी खपत करता है। हालांकि इन कुछ बातों को छोड़ दें तो हमें एक्वा जेनएक्स की परफॉर्मेंस ठीकठाक लगी।

फोन 4जी सपोर्ट करता है और नेटवर्क पर जल्द काम करने लगताहै। वाई-फाई नेटवर्क में भी कोई दिक्कत नहीं होती है सिवाय इसके कमजोर एंटीना के। पीछे की तरफ दिया गया सिंगल स्पीकर तेज और साफ आवाज करता है लेकिन मूवी और वीडियो देखने के लिए इसकी जगह थोड़ी असुविधाजनक लगती है। हालांकि, हेडफोन साउंड शानदार है पर इसके साथ आए हेडफोन का साउंड कम लगता है।
 

बैटरी लाइफ औसत है और हमारे वीडियो लूप टेस्ट के दौरान फोन 9 घंटे 16 मिनट तक चला। वहीं साधारण इस्तेमाल के दौरान स्मार्टफोन की बैटरी लगभग पूर दिन चलती है लेकिन हमारे टेस्ट में बैटरी एक दिन से पहले ही खत्म हो गई।

हमारा फैसला
इंटेक्स को महंगे और खूबसूरत स्मार्टफोन बनाने के लिए नहीं जाना जाता इसलिए भारतीय कपनी का यह पहला प्रीमियम स्मार्टफोन सुखद अहसास देता है। इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स इसकी कीमत और फीचर के साथ एक अच्छा स्मार्टफोन है। फोन में कैमरे की शार्पनेस, डिटेल के अलावा फिंगरप्रिंट सेंसर का ना होने जैसी कुछ कमियां भी हैं।

इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स एक शानदार डिवाइस है लेकिन हाल ही में लॉन्च हुए शाओमी रेडमी नोट 3 (रिव्यू) और एलईईको एलई 1एस (रिव्यू) ने इसे पूरी तरह से पीछे छोड़ दिया है। इन स्मार्टफोन में इंटेक्स के इस प्रीमियम स्मार्टफोन में कम कीमत में ज्यादा शानदार स्पेसिफिकेशन मिलते हैं। इंटेक्स एक्वा जेनएक्स को सिर्फ तभी खरीदा जा सकता है जब आपको किसी स्मार्टफोन की बहुत ज्यादा जरूरत हो और आप दूसरे फोन ऑनलाइन ना खरीद पा रहे हों। इंटेक्स का बड़ा सर्विस नेटवर्क भी इस फोन को खरीदने की एक वजह तो हो ही सकती है।

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