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Moto X Play Vs OnePlus Two: Which one to buy?

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It’s been a wonderful year so far, with many flagship devices and budget-friendly devices announced through out the year and at IFA. Where Motorola unveiled their Moto X Play, which has just been announced in India. Around the same price range, OnePlus Two is also available. So, which one should YOU buy? Let’s break it down spec-per-spec and feature-per-feature.

Moto X Play Vs OnePlus Two

Design & Hardware

The Moto X Play comes in at a hefty 170g (Grams), with the dimensions coming in at 150 x 75mm, with the thickest part of the phone (center) at 10.9mm and the slimmest part of the phone (edges) at 8.9mm. The phone has a curve on the back for a more comfortable grip.

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The OnePlus Two weighs in at a slightly heavier 175g with the dimensions being 152 x 75 x 10mm. The OnePlus two is a little bigger, and a little heavier, and slightly thinner than the Moto X Play.

Both the OnePlus Two and the Moto X Play look great in terms of the design, but the OnePlus Two is a more premium looking and manufactured with premium materials as well, which is not a huge surprise given the price of the phone compared to the Play. The Moto X Play carried over the Motorola’s famous Dimple inside a bar on the back, which also contains the Camera lens and the LED flash.

The OnePlus Two has an Aluminum ally frame with brushed steel accents, which adds to the look of the phone. The OnePlus Two does offer one customization feature, StyleSwap, which will give option to change out the back with different material and texture backs available directly from OnePlus. Motorola also offers Moto Maker, which enables unlimited customization options; But, unfortunately it’s not yet available in India as of now.

Taking a physical overview of the OnePlus Two, it has a Home Button, which also acts a fingerprint reader for security features like locking the device, making payments, etc. Additionally the OnePlus Two also adds the all new reversible USB-C connector port for charging and data transfer.

So, who is the winner? Strictly speaking one-to-one, without any personal opinion, OnePlus Two wins this round for sure.

Display: Comparable

The Moto X Play has a 5.5″ display, which is an ever so slight improvement from the previous Moto X. The resolution is however, is 1080p, at 403ppi.

The OnePlus Two also has a 5.5″ FHD IPS LCD Unit, with a 401PPI, however, with this being an IPS display, it has great viewing angles and very good direct sunlight visibility.

Both the displays are very similar in spec, so to ultimately decide, you have to try it out personally. We have to conclude this round a draw.

Cameras: Pixel perfect

The OnePlus Two has a 5MP Front Facing camera, and a 13MP rear facing camera. OnePlus has added Optical Image Stabilization, and laser autofocus which could focus on a subject in just 0.3ms. The camera module also has larger pixels, which makes it better in low light.

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Even with all the additional bling the OnePlus Two doesn’t even come close to the Moto X Play’s 21MP camera and a 5MP front camera, with front facing flash.

The Moto X Play wins this round out-right. However, you have to keep in mind that there are only a handful sets which have 21MP camera modules or even a front facing flash.

Winner : Moto X Play

Specs: Flagship with problems?

The Moto X Play sports the SnapDragon 615 64-Bit SOC from Qualcomm which has 2GB RAM, and 16/32GB internal storage. There is also a Micro-SD expansion slot which accepts upto 128GB SD Cards and there is also support for Dual-SIM on the Moto X Play. All of this is backed by a 3,630mAh battery.

On the other hand, the OnePlus two takes the center stage with it’s 64-Bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, a flagship processor, with the Adreno 430 Graphics chip, and 4GB RAM. All of this is backed by a huge 3,300mAh battery. The OnePlus Two is available in 16 and 64GB variants, with the 16GB version with only 3GB RAM and the 64GB model with 4GB RAM. The OnePlus Two also sports Dual-SIM.

OnePlus Two is a clear-cut winner for this round. However, the Snapdragon 810 has been known to have heating issues, which we have to test out when we have both the devices with us.

Software: Pure vs Functionality

Motorola ships every phone with Stock Android, which is an awesome thing. There are only a few Motorola specific apps installed like Motorola Migrate etc, which only add to the over-all experience. The Moto X Play will ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, with only a handful of Motorola’s apps like the new Moto App, which will allow you to send voice commands and more. Other apps like Motorola Migrate, Moto Camera etc will also be installed. However, as mentioned, these apps only add to the over all experience.

OnePlus, while providing specs which give flagship phones a run for their money, doesn’t follow the traditional path of Stock Android. The OnePlus Two runs the company’s own OxygenOS which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. OxygenOS doesn’t change the whole UI like some UI’s such as MIUI etc, it adds to the stock android experience, with features like off-screen gestures, theme support, switch between on-screen and off-screen buttons etc. OxygenOS will also be filled with its own custom apps like Camera, Audio Tuner and File Manager.

Since both Stock Android and OxygenOS have their own tricks up the sleeve, we have to make this round a draw.

Conclusion: It all comes down to this

Just based on the Specs on Paper, the OnePlus Two clearly has an upper hand over the Moto X Play. It also beats the X Play in design and Build, while the X Play leaves the OnePlus Two in the dust in terms of camera. Both the phone have a comparable display and software UI’s.

The Moto X Play does make a lot of improvements over its predecissor, and leaves the Moto G in the dust. But it all comes down to price. The Moto X Play costs a INR 21,000, but it has support for MicroSD which the OnePlus Two doesn’t. The OnePlus Two on the other hand has a Fingerprint scanner and USB-C, and the 64GB version with 4GB RAM costs a slightly higher INR 26,000.

The question you should be asking is, whether you want a flagship smartphone, with or without spending more. While both the devices are affordable and only slightly differ in cost, we think that the OnePlus Two will deliver a more ‘flagship’ like experience, for the price.

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BlueAir Classic 680i Air Purifier Review

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What are you breathing now a days? Oxygen or the air full of dirt. Its obviously the dirt lol. In India, air pollution is a very serious issue. Youre no more breathing Oxygen, its all chemicals out there! There are many health issues and various breathing problems caused by air pollution.
BlueAir is one of the best air purifier manufacturing company you can find in India. It has a lot of different types of air purifiers available for you to purchase! According to the BlueAir website, “ Indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outside. Studies show that breathing clean air cancontribute to your health and well-being. Using a Blueair air purifier that removes airborne pollutants can go a long way towards helping you breathe healthier. ”

The Blueair 680i is a huge air purifier with a very huge price tag. The air purifier is an ideal for large rooms like your living room, office meeting halls and other such places.

Why BlueAir Classic 680i?

The BlueAir Classic 680i has a flap on the front that opens to reveal a Wi-Fi link, fan speed, auto mode and other buttons. The BlueAir 680i uses the HEPASilent technology to purify the air youre breathing. The polluted air enters from one side and passes through the ionizer and a very reliable filter which forwards it to the fan and then to you! Time to change the filter? Dont worry, the purifier will indicate you when to change the filter.

According to the company, BlueAir Classic 680i air purifiers remove 99.97% of harmful particles from the air, down to 0.1 micron in size. THATS INDEED IMPRESSIVE!

The BlueAir app gives you all data from the device, along with AQI data for your locality.

The whole purifier can be controlled using the BlueAir app! You can compare the air quality inside your home vs the air quality outside. You can change between different mode the purifier offers. The device will do its best to get down the air pollution indoor.You can also schedule night mode and adjust the LED brightness.

You won’t notice much of an increase in your electric bill as they wont eat much of your electricity. The device is said to get the PM2.5 to good levels within half an hour, which may differ on the room size too.
If youre thinking to get it for a small sized room, i’d prefer not to. The device is designed to be used only in large spaces and big rooms.

The BlueAir Classic 680i costs Rs. 78,999 in India. Yeah, its a huge amount but worth every penny of it. You may consider it as the best air purifier out in the market.

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Best Tempered Glass for the OnePlus 5

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Many people tend to skip the tempered glass and think only a proper case is enough. A case only protects the body of the device but not the display which is the most important part of the phone. Its better to use a tempered glass because obviously no one will like to use a phone with shattered display if you unfortunately drop you phone.

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Have you recently bought the OnePlus 5 and wondering which tempered glass to get to keep your screen safe from dust and scratches? Lets have a look at the Best Tempered Glass for the OnePlus 5

Best Tempered Glass for the OnePlus 5

1. Original OnePlus 5 3D Tempered Glass

This is the official Tempered Glass from the company itself, and its always recommended to use official stuff for better performance. Being the best tempered glass available on the market obviously itll be a bit costlier.

The OnePlus 5 3D Tempered Glass costs Rs.999 is only available on the Official OnePlus India Store. We highly recommend you to use this glass for better protection. The glass perfectly contours with the OnePlus 5’s curved edges. Its hard enough and has anti-scratch material which prevents scratches and protects the screen from drop damage.

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2. CaseU Tempered Glass Screen Protector

This one’s almost similar to the Original OnePlus 5 3D Tempered Glass and cheaper too!

The CaseU Tempered Glass Screen Protector costs Rs.699 on Amazon.in You can consider this as a cheaper version of the Original OnePlus Tempered Glass.

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3. Nillikin Tempered Glass for OnePlus 5

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4. Orzly Tempered Glass for OnePlus 5

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5. Others

There are a lot more options available online. People mainly buy tempered glass offline which are too cheap but at the same time they are made of cheap plastic which wont last long and will break easily. Though you can get good tempered glass offline from reputed stores and theyll cost almost the same as the online one’s. Spending 30-40grands on a device and messing up the display just because of a cheap tempered glass isnt worth.

 

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Custom ROM for Moto G 3rd Gen 2015 : PacMan

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Moto G3 is one of the most affordable devices with great specifications that your money can buy. It comes with stock Android Lollipop 5.1.1, but some extra customization and features stay in the wishlist of the customers as always. Therefore, we are here talking about a themed version of CyanogenMod, based on the latest 5.1.1 Android by a recognized developer on XDA Developers named Shreps.

The name of the ROM is Pacman and you are free to flash it if you are owning a Moto G 2015 edition.

Note: Neither the developers, nor the authors at Technokick will be responsible if anything happens to your device during this process so try this at your own risk. Your warranty will also be void and all of your data will get erased in this process as well.

Before we go through the process of installing the ROM on the Moto G3, you will need to have a custom recovery installed on your device along with an unlocked bootloader

Steps to Install

Fresh Installation

Follow the following steps if you haven’t installed this ROM and this is your first time reading this article

  1. Download the ROM and the GApps Package ( Download links given below) The GApps package is optional but it is an important package if you want all of your Google Apps to be installed after the fresh install of the ROM
  2. Turn Off your device
  3. Hold “Volume Up+Power” button to boot into your custom recovery (TWRP is recommended)
  4. Wipe your data or do a factory reset
  5. Wipe System
  6. Flash the ROM through TWRP
  7. Flash the GApps Package through TWRP (optional)
  8. Reboot your device (First boot takes a while. Don’t panic)
  9. Welcome to Pacman ROM! Enjoy 🙂

Update

Follow the following steps if you had read this article before and flashed the ROM but are updating to a newer version of the ROM (Your data will not be erased in this case)

  1. Download the latest ROM Package
  2. Turn Off your device
  3. Hold “Volume Up+Power” button to boot into your custom recovery (TWRP is recommended)
  4. Flash the recently downloaded ROM
  5. Wipe both the dalvik cache and cache from the recovery
  6. Reboot your deviice
  7. Welcome to the latest version of Pacman ROM for Moto G 2015! Enjoy 🙂

Download Links

GApps

Pacman ROM for Moto G3

Extra Information regarding ROM

The ROM is based on Lollipop 5.1.1 with a Linux Kernel, and is based on Cyanogen. It is a dark themed ROM as well.

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