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Mi4 Review – After 2 months of Usage

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From the time Xiaomi has entered the Indian market, The name “Budget Series” got a new meaning. They have been releasing phones with great price to performance ratio. THey have bought phones like Mi3 and Redmi 1S which were one of the biggest hit and used to get of the shelves in merely 2 or 3 secs. Coming to the present, Xiaomi launched their Flagship, Mi4. People bought Xiaomi phones for two reasons, reason number one being that it has great specs on paper, reason number two being, Their phones were limited, they had flash sales, which eventually created more hype. I bought my Mi3 and Redmi 1S seeing the specs. When a person buys a phone, he never touches it,never see how it look. He would at most see some reviews on Internet about it but still couldn’t touch and feel the phone. The sale used to be always xiaomi’s side as they made great spec phone. Today when I write this article, I write as a proud Mi4 owner. Mi4 is one phenomenal phone which can not be compared to anyone. This Xiaomi phone has a lot more than just specs. Mi4 has a solid metal frame. It has endless numbers of features and many other things. SO what are we waiting for? lets start

Display

Mi4 has a full HD 1920 x 1080p Reolution 5inch display. It has a great ppi of 441. The colours are sharp and clear. It is a IPS panel and supports 10 point multi-touch. Whenever xiaomi does something, they do it the cool way, Mi4 has a Super thin (0.55) OGS Gorilla Glass. OGS is a new protective display from Corning, It is One Glass Solution. It has similar protection to Gorilla CLass class 3 but is thrice thinner than it. Mi4 Review specification

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It has a contrast ratio of 1000:1 which makes it stand out of the crowd. The saturation of colours is high and the display is just perfect. After using it more than 3 weeks, I would say, Xiaomi has done pretty neat work in display.

Built

On the back, Mi4 has a noice cancellation Microphone, 13MP Camera and a flash. In the bottom it has Mi branding and some info on the model and manufacturing.

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Ont the right it has the volume rocker and the power button. On the left it has the sim tray. On top a IR blaster and 3.5mm jack and on bottom it has Micro-USB port and speakers.

Build of the phone is most exciting part, As I stated above, Mi4 is one of the best craftsmanship work seen on any smart phone. It has a full metal frame, which is extremely sturdy. Belive me or not, I had dropped it from a height of 9 feet 4 times and it was as good as a new phone.

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Mi4 has Gorilla glass on front and a textured plastic back. The plastic can often get scratches but you can recognize it only at some specific angles. The buttons are tactile and seems solid.

Hardware

Mi4 is powered by a Snapdragon 801 (Qualcomm MSM8974AC) processor clocked at 2.5 GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM. This combination makes Mi4 a power house which can handle Everything you put on it. It has Adreno 330 which helps it to play massive games like Nova 3 as smoothly as possible.

A full HD display on the front with thin bezels on the sides is such a bliss to look at. The device has got a 13MP camera on the rear and 8MP camera on the front. Both the cameras sport a fast f/1.8 lens.

On the storage front, Mi4 comes with an inbuilt 16GB/64GB memory without any external memory card slot. The 64Gb one is a better buy as you a hell lot of storage for just few bucks.

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Also, Mi4 Indian variant doesn’t come with LTE support though the Chinese version has it. We can still explain that There are very few cities which have 4G connect but Xiaomi seriously? 4G will be soon coming to more cities and by it if you would like to upgrade to 4G, you will have no choice. That’s one of the major con of Mi4.

Performance

Mi4 Performs really well in every sector. We did some gaming on Mi4 and it was playing every game on high settings well. There were no frame drops neither were any lags. We did some benchmark tests and the results are really impressive.

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So that would definitely give you an idea on how it performs. It performs well. It sometimes not able to handle multitasking when we are switching between may be 4 apps but other than that, it performs smooth.

Software

Mi4 is running MIUI 6 which is a custom skin made by Xiaomi. MIUI 6 carries a flatter design and developed on top of Android 4.4.4 aka Kitkat. Xiaomi has added all those beautiful features which we saw on Mi3 with MIUI 5 in this version as well. However, few of the handy shortcuts like swipe up on music app to open quick music player window are missing.

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Also, MIUI 6 consumes 1.4GB of RAM, which is almost half of device RAM capacity. So the users will have to manage with the other half. This RAM consumption of MIUI OS is one of the negative points which company has to look into. We have seen same in its previous versions as well. Xiaomi has bundled Mi4 with SwiftKey and Fleksy along with Google Keyboard, to give you the option to choose your favorite keypad app.  As said, MIUI has a lot of features and one of them is Security app, you have a cleaner, Data checker, Blocklist, Battery manager, permission manager and a anti virus.

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Camera

The camera of Mi4 is one of the best part in it. The pictures are sharp and vivid. Sometimes due to its high dynamic range, the picture comes over exposed but other than that the camera is just perfect. Every camera now days can click a good picture in outdoors so we went to our studio and clicked some pictures of Redmi 2 in low light.

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Without Flash without HDR

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Without flash, With HDR

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With Flash No HDR

As you can see the picture with HDR comes sharp. The picture which was clicked without HDR was also not that bad but was underexposed. The picture with flash has some grains and suffers with ISO mismatch. Overall the camera works great and we will soon be posting some pictures shot with it in outdoors.

Mi Remote

Mi Remote  is another feature of MI4, it has a IR Blaster on the top which makes your phone a portable Remote controller. You can control many things, but right now in INDIA, it is only compatible with TV and Ac’s.

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Final Verdict- If you have a budget of around 20,000 – 25,000 then Mi4 is the best buy. It has a great screen, great build and an awesome UI.

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Fix – OnePlus 7T not charging

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The OnePlus 7t is one of the best phones available in the sub 600$ range. It provides great build quality, awesome display, and best specs at a decent enough price. With this, it improves upon the OnePlus 7 with a 90Hz refresh rate screen, some camera improvements, and faster charging. There are tons of other minor improvements, and it all makes up for a more refined and reliable overall smartphone. The 7T is an excellent low-cost flagship. However, some users suggested that they were facing charging issues on their OnePlus 7T. So we are going to have a look at how to fix OnePlus 7T not charging.

Solution – Fix OnePlus 7T not charging

Method 1 – Restarting your 7T

One of the best solutions for your device not charging is to just restart it. Even with OnePlus sometimes the software can become buggy, it can hang and just not accept any charge. The first solution is to restart your 7T by pressing and holding the power button for 5 seconds and press on shut down. Once it restarts, chances are, your phone will charge as usual.

Method – 2 – Installing any Pending Updates on OnePlus 7t

As said above, charging issues often occur because of the software. If your phone is still turned on, check if your phone has any pending updates. If yes, then update it. These are the basic options that one must go through if their phone is not charging.

Method 3 – Changing the Cable | OnePlus 7T not charging

OnePlus 7T not charging

OnePlus is another apple in a lot of terms and After Apple, OnePlus is known for week charging cables. The USB C cable can often fry at the ends and can cause the cable to dis-function. A bad cable can also short circuit the phone’s USB C port so it is best to use the cable in its best condition and replace whenever necessary. If your OnePlus 7T not charging, try charging it with another cable or another adapter. To be honest, the quality of the OnePlus cables is not that great. Mine got frayed within two years of us so there is a high possibility that your adapter or the cable is the root cause of your phone not charging. Here is the link to a good USB – C cable which is compatible with your phone.

Also Read: Asus ROG Phone Review

Method 4 – Turning on USB Debugging on the OnePlus 7T

If the restarting of the phone has not worked and It is not the cable then you should try the third method. This works only if your phone is turned on. Go to about phone in settings. Tab build number seven times until you see the dialog saying you are now a developer. After that go back to settings and now you will see developer options. Go to developer options and check the option saying USB Debugging. This will force the phone to accept everything from the USB port. This even though is used by app developers but can fix your issue.

Method 5 – Clean the USB – C port

Phones are often kept in our pockets and a lot of times pockets have lint in them. The lint can then build up in the speakers, mic jack or the USB port. Before going to a service center or doing an experiment yourself, just take a toothpick or a paper clip and try to get all your lint out. This will take some patience but there is a high chance it might work. This is because when lint is present inside the port, the cable is not able to get inside completely and proper contact between the pins is not made. So it is suggested to clean the port thoroughly.

Method 4 – Replacing USB C Port | OnePlus 7T not charging

OnePlus 7T not charging

If your phone is still not charging then its the port on your phone that has gone bad. If you are not comfortable opening your phone then it is best to visit the service center. You can find the nearest service center from here. If you don’t mind tinkering with your phone then here is the link for the USB port of OnePlus 7T. Buy it and replace it on your 7T. You can consult this guide for disassembly of your phone.

 

Were you able to fix your phone? Let us know in the comment section below 😀

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How to – Screen Record on OnePlus 8

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The OnePlus 8 is no more an affordable flagship in 2020. It is though cheaper than the main flagships, it still costs a lot. While its design refinements borrow elements from other flagships, it’s an undeniably sleek phone, with waterfall display edges and a punch-hole for the front-facing camera. It comes with a Snapdragon 865 and up to 12GB of RAM, the phone is high-performance despite costing notably less than most flagships, making it the cheapest 5G phone in many markets. Today we will show you the best way by which you can Screen record OnePlus 8. There are a couple of methods to Record Screen on OnePlus 8. One Uses OnePlus’s own screen recorder other uses an app. With Screen recording you can record gameplay eg recording PUBG, CNN, you can also record other videos you find on social media as well as you will be able to record stories of other people on WhatsApp/Facebook or Instagram. Having a way to Screen Record on your phone gives you a lot of opportunities to use it. Here are the methods by which you can Screen Record on OnePlus 8-

How to – Screen Record on OnePlus 8

Method 1 – Using Oxygen OS’s screen recorder

Notice: You will need an Updated OnePlus 8 to do this as Old version’s of Oxygen OS does not support this. If you have older Oxygen OS, try the method 2

Steps

  1. Open you quick settings from the notification bar
  2. You will find a pencil icon with which you can edit it
  3. Find the Screen Recorder option
  4. drag it to your Active Quick Settings box
  5. Press Back to Save the settings
  6. Not Press the Screen Recording Icon and you should be able to record your Screen on OnePlus 8.

Hopefully, Screen Record on OnePlus 8 should now be possible, if not follow the method 2 below-

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Method 2 – Using 3rd Part App

  1. Click here to download the recommended app for your OnePlus 8. This is a screen recording app which is supported by your phone.
  2. Now after installing the app, you will get a screen like this.
  3. Click on the Small Circle which has appeared on your Left side of the screen. Now what you’ll get is this.
  4. Click on the Center circle with the camera icon.
  5. Now click on Start on your phone.
  6. The video should start recording.
  7. To stop the recording, Go to your navigation bar and click on Stop.

Also Read: Best Bluetooth Speaker in budget

View the video you just recorded – Screen Record on op 8

Go to the gallery.

  1. In Albums, Go to the folder named Collection.
  2. Now you can share your video from here itself.

How to edit your Video you just recorded – Screen Record on OnePlus 8

  1. Go to Playstore and download Quik by GoPro.
  2. Now just select your video and start editing it!
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Fix Charging issues on Galaxy A50

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Galaxy A50 is one of the best mid-rangers out there. With a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It comes with Android 9.0 out of the box though it can be upgraded to Android 10. Samsung always fits the phone with the best hardware available on smartphones. When we reviewed the A50, we termed it as the Best Samsung midranger you can get. Recently, our A50 was starting to get some troubles charging and today it completely stopped charging. When searched online we found that many other users were also facing the same issue. We were able to get a solution and today we will be sharing how to fix the Charging issues on Galaxy A50.

There is no simple solution that works for all. You would have to go through all the solutions to see which one works for you.

Method 1 – Restart the phone – Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Well, this might sound simple but the One UI of Samsung could have a couple of bugs. I have gone through many situations where things like camera stopped working and with just a restart it starts working again. So one of the best options you have is to just go ahead and do a restart. When you restart your A50, it will first stop all the running operations including the ones stopping you from charging. When the phone is again turned on, all the tasks start from the startup position which hence clears the error that might be coming.

Note: If your phone is not responding, you have to do a hard reset. This can be done by holding the Power Button for 7 seconds or until your phone switches off. This, however, will delete any of unsaved data that you might be working on at that time.

Method 2 – Update the phone – Charging issues on Galaxy A50

As said above, charging issues often occur because of the software. If your phone is still turned on, check if your phone has any pending update. If yes, then update it. This is the basic options that one must go through if their phone is not charging.

Method 3 – Charge while switched off

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

If your phone is not getting charged while it is on, try to charge it while it is switched off. This actually worked for a lot of people and could work for you as well. Sometimes the wall charger is not able to provide sufficient voltage to charge. As the phone requires energy to run, If the voltage is not enough, It will just not accept the charge. The best way to check this is by charging while the phone is switched off. If it is able to charge, then maybe try using a different wall outlet. You can also wait for some time as it is possible that the grid is doing some technical work because of which the voltage is low. By this time, you should have a reason as to why your phone was not charging. If not then continue reading below 🙂

Method 4 – Change the Adapter/ Cable

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

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This may sound obvious but the culprit could be your adapter or the cable. To be honest, the quality of the Samsung cables is not that great. Mine got frayed within two years of us so there is a high possibility that your adapter or the cable is the root cause of your phone not charging. Here is the link to a good USB – C cable which is compatible with your phone.

Method 5 – The USB – C Port

With time often the USB – C port gets a lot of lint stored up in it. As the phone is always kept in our pocket, it pickups up little garbage from our pockets. To clean this, you can try blowing air onto your USB C port. If you are certain that the port is clean but it is still not working, it might just be that the port is damaged. For this, you can either go to Samsung service centre. You can locate a nearby store from here or if you are someone who likes to tinker with stuff, maybe try to replace it by yourself. You can get a full daughterboard for less than 5$ from Aliexpress.

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