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Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 vs Meizu M2 Note – The ultimate spec battle

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So yesterday Xiaomi has launched their awaited Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, and while I was thinking that after the failure of Mi4i, Xiaomi is losing the pace, they really freaked me out with their beast. Looking at the price to spec ratio, I would say Redmi Note 2 is rather a flagship killer, but hold on, we also have one of the highly anticipated phone launched just couple of months back, Meizu M2 Note. So today we would be comparing both of the phones in respect to their specifications as well as would be giving our initial thoughts.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 vs Meizu M2 Note

Design

Redmi Note 2 as well as Meizu m2 Note has very similar design. Both of them has a shiny back while have a black front. Both of these have a curved design which in my opinion is good as it helps in making the grip for holding. As i have used the m2 note, I can say that the m2 Note feels very compact and comfortable with the slim bezels, while the Redmi Note 2 also has almost the same dimension, it would also be very comfortable. Both of the phones have a round camera at the top with a round flash on the Redmi Note 2 while the meizu m2 note has a dual coloured flash making it bit of an oval size. The volume and the power button are on right of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 while are on the left in Meizu m2 note. I feel the button placement on the right is better than on the left. The Redmi Note 2 has 2 capacitive touch buttons which are back-lit while the M2 note has a single button and in which the light press performs back and hard press performs as a home key. I would be a little inclined towards the M2 Note this time as it is something different and unique.

Build

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Meizu m2 Note has all plastic body similar to Redmi Note 2 but the Meizu M2 note is much lighter as compared to Redmi Note 2. We can’t really say about the build of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 but clearly, the Meizu m2 has a fair quality in its price range. The back cover of Meizu m2 note can’t be replaced but the Redmi Note 2’s cover is easily replaceable.

Display

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 as well as the Meizu m2 note has a full HD 1920 x 1080 display which ensures that the users get a crispy experience. As both of these phones have a 5.5″ display, they get a same ppi of around ~402. Both of these phones support multitouch as well as have the Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The display on the Xiaomi Redmi note 2 is a IPS LCD display while the Meizu M2 Note has a IGZO capacitive touchscreen. Overall both the phones have the same display with the same size.

Performance

Well here is not much to tell here, the Helio x10 is a Antutu killer and can shut the mouth of the MTK6753 easily. The Mediatek MT6795 is a octacore processor with Cortex-A53 cores clocked at hefty 2.2Ghz that’s like something I can’t describe. Its Awesome! The last phone I saw with Helio x10 was HTC m9+ and belive me, this processor is hell of a beast. I am pretty sure even with 2GB of RAM the Redmi Note 2 will score more than 40K on Antutu. Well now talking about some other stuff, The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 has PowerVR G6200 GPU while the Meizu m2 Note has a Mali-T720MP3. Both of these phones have 2GB of RAM. According to me the processor may be an overkill for Redmi Note 2 but lets see.

Camera

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In terms of the camera, both the Redmi Note 2 and the Meizu M2 Note have a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. While the Redmi Note 2 has a 13-MP Samsung sensor on the back with a 5-element lens at f/2.2, the M2 Note has an un-known sensor with the same f/2.2 aperture, and both the phones boast a dual-LED flash on the back. Both cameras can record 1080P at 30fps, and there are more software features like touch to focus, smile detection, HDR, and panorama. The front facing cameras on the both phones can shoot 5-MP stills; while the M2 note can record 1080P at 30FPS, Redmi Note 2 only records 720P ar 30FPS on the front facing camera.

OS

This is where things get interesting and confusing. Chinese manufacturers are vicious when it comes to the OS and the skin they use. Virtually every OEM based in Mainland China has their own UI on top of android. In regards to the Redmi Note 2, and M2 Note, both the phones ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of box. However, Xiaomi has their own MIUI 7, and Meizu has their Flyme 4.5 on top of Lollipop. If you are hoping to get the Andorid M update when it comes out, you will be waiting for a long time. Xiaomi took close to a year to release MIUI based on Lollipop. You must be asking, ‘If they have their own skin on Android, what would get an upgrade on day-one gonna change anything?’ and it’s a valid question. No, the UI might not change, but you will get the latest features of Android. Take lollipop for example, it has better power management than Kitkat, so, that would be an upgrade.

UI & UX

As mentioned before Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2 ships with MIUI 7, and Meizu’s M2 Note ships with Flyme 4.5. What are the major differences? Let’s get the similarities out the way first. Both the UI’s have no App drawer, which is not a huge surprise. MIUI has a lot of customization options out of the box, along with a lot of useful features. While Flyme does have most of these, it’s still a relatively young UI. MIUI is more mature, user-driven, and has overall more features than Flyme.

Conclusion

Both the Redmi Note 2, and the M2 Note are excellent devices, spec wise if not cost wise. However there is only one winner. So, purely going by the specs, and the research and feedback we’ve accumulated from users who already used either one if not both the devices in person, and taking into consideration the price, and how readily the device would be available, we would have to give Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2 the crown in this battle.

What do you guys think? Do you agree with our decision, or do you think otherwise? Let’s continue this conversation in the comments below.

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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.

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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

Galaxy A50 Picture

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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