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Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review

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Asus recently announced its budget Android Device, the Zenfone 2 Laser at an attractive price of just Rs 9,999. The key aspect of this device is the 13 MP shooter at the back which is not at all new in this sub-10k price point, but the laser focus is making it one of the best smartphones to buy under the 10k price point. Other than that, does it stuck up against its competitors? Well, that’s what we are going to find out in this review.

Box Contents

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Box Contents of Zenfone 2 Laser

Sliding the box cover, we are presented to the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser itself Wraped in a plastic film. Keeping that to the side, and digging further in the box, we get our usual warranty and user guides in English. We also get an Asus branded power brick with the device which charges at 5.2V/1 A. Other than that we get the USB to microUSB cable but there is no presence of a pair of earphones in the box which is a bit disappointing.

Design

The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser has the exact same desgin that of its ancestor, the Zenfone 2. At the front their is a 5.5 Inch display with three touch type capacitive buttons at the bottom for the back, home and the multitasking tray. Just above the panel, we get the earpiece with the usual set of sensors alongside the 5MP selfie shooter and a tiny notification light.

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Back of Zenfone 2 Laser

On the bottom is a microphone along side the Micro USB slot that can be used for charging as well as data syncing. At the right we find an indent to open the back panel, other than that, both the left and right sides are completely clean. Asus has placed the power button at the top which is a pretty awkward position in my opinion but no one would bother it much because the Zenfone 2 Laser features double tap to wake up screen and put the phone to sleep. There is also a 3.5mm jack and a noise cancellation microphone. At the back of the device, Asus has included a laser focus alongside the 13 MP shooter with LED flash, below which we find our volume lockers. There also is the Asus logo, Zenfone logo as well as a wide speaker grill even though the speaker is just on the left side. Opening the back panel of the device, we are introduced to the huge 3000 mAh removable battery along with dual SIM card slots capable of 4G connectivity and a microSD card slot supporting cards upto 128 GB.

The back of the phone is made up of matte plastic and feels good to hold. The matte finish also has it’s disadvantage, the phone attracts fingerprints which destroys that classy look. The phone is thick at the center while just 3.5mm on the edges. This design also increases the grip of the phone making it more comfortable to hold.

Display

The Zenfone 2 laser features a 5.5 Inch panel which is still 720p. Although the resolution is not FHD, the viewing angles are decent and the color saturation is good as well. Comparing the display with the Moto g 3rd Gen, I really think that Zenfone 2 laser has better display, the blacks are more black, It has higher contrast and even the saturation is better. The display tweaks we can do is a cherry on the top.

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The display of the Zenfone 2 have always been decent and this one follows the regime. I mentioned in the Moto G3 review that if someone tries to look carefully, you may see the pixels but its not the case on Zenfone 2 Laser.

Performance

The device packs some impressive specs at the price point that it has to offer. It packs in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Processor (MSM8916) which is a quad core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz coupled with Adreno 306 GPU for handling the graphics department. This is not one of the chipsets which provides you with the best in class performance, but it surely handles Zen UI without any issues but lag may be faced by users during intensive gaming at the highest available settings. Coupled with the chipset we have 2 giga-bytes of DDR3 memory for snappy multitasking along with 16 GB of storage for installing your apps and games.

I tried playing heavy games like Asphalt 8, Real Racing 3 , Fifa 15 etc. and it worked well. I noticed a bit of lag in Asphalt 8 but other than that, the gaming performance is good. Talking about the multitasking capabilities, the phone starts to restart the apps with the fourth App which is really bad. The Moto G 2015 is able to handle 8 apps at once that is double os this phone. This is due to the Zen Ui which eats up the major part of the free RAM. But a casual user most of the time uses only around 3 apps at a moment so it should be fine. We also did some benchmarks with this guy and It really impressed us. It outperforms Moto G 2015, Redmi Note and even Yu Yureka.

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Camera

Now let’s get back to the main striking feature of this device by Asus, the camera. As I mentioned earlier, the Zenfone 2 Laser comes with a 13 mega-pixel shooter at the back of the device with LED flash and a laser auto focusing unit which is unique at this price.

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As the camera is the main factor, we would be doing a separate camera review, so check this space in 2-3 days and you will find the link of it.

Connectivity

The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is a dual SIM device and is capable of 4G connectivity. The device handled 4G without any issues. I am based in Delhi so I used Airtel 4G and with full bars I was able to get around 30MBps which is extremely good as on the same location with same SIM I was only getting around 20MBps on Motorola Moto G. The device supports 802.11 B/G/N Wi-Fi and has Bluetooth 4.0. The sound quality through the earpiece is also excellent and I had no problem what so ever.

Battery

Battery back-up is one area where Asus has definitely improved over the flagship Zenfone 2. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery unit. Zenfone 2 Laser manages to deliver a decent battery back-up. The smartphone lasted for 14 hours with heavy usage that includes a lot of reading, texting, music playback, social networking, a bit of gaming, calling, etc. With moderate usage, you can make it work for 16 – 18 hours on a single charge.

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UI

This new device by Asus still comes with the Zen UI, a skinned version of Android based on Android Lollipop, which has some really impressive features but it tends to slow down the device. ZenUI comes with Zillions of pre-installed apps and If you have a 512Kbps connection then you will have hard time updating them. I have used other UIs too and a lot of companies pre install several apps but they make sure that the phone doesn’t slow down. This is not the case with Zenfone 2 laser. It gave me several hiccups and lags which I really don’t like at all. Addition to that we also get a little customizablity but that animations and stuff eventually slow dowsn the phone and with mere 2GB of RAM, it may become worse.

Coming to the good part, we do get options like double tab to wake, smartgroup and One-handed mode which I really envy. Here are some screenshots of the UI-

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Conclusion

The Zenfone 2 laser is a great phone for Rs. 9,999, It has an awesome camera, Good battery life and equally good 720p Screen. Overall the Zenfone 2 laser is something we call bang for the buck. Zen UI is one the best customisable Android version in which you can change almost everything, One handed mode and double tab to wake is a cherry on the top.

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How to Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S10 [No Root]

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Samsung Galaxy S10 is the newest flagship Samsung has to offer. It comes with one of the fastest mobile processor even seen in the world, The Snapdragon 855 or even the Exynos 9820. This coupled with Adreno 640 brings out exceptional performance something that was unheard a few years ago. Along with the performance, Samsung has also put in the best display they had and this time with a punch hole at the top right corner. This has made the S10 even more unique as a cutout in the display was never launched by any other mainstream companies. Now we will see how to Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S10.

Today we are going to see how you can use this performance to your its maximum by creating video content on it. To do so you will need a screen recorder app to show the activity you are doing. Whether you are making a tutorial for an app or you want to record your PUBG or Fortnite gameplay, this tutorial will help you to record your screen in full HD on your Samsung Galaxy S10. I will be recording a video showing my use of  Wikipedia. First, we will show you the easiest method, then we will also show how you can access it and share it. Later we will also show you how you can edit the video you just made.

How to – Screen record on Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Methods

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Method 1

  1. Go to Playstore and search for AZ Screen recorder or just click here.
  2. Install it and open it on your Samsung Galaxy S10.
  3. It will ask for permission, grant it.
  4. Now you will get a floating circle on the left side of your screen of the Galaxy S10. Just press the Red button which has a Video Camera Icon. Refer to the image below-
    Screen Record on Galaxy S10 Plus
  5. Now once it has started, you can do all the stuff you want to show in your video and to stop it, You need to pull down the notification bar and press the stop icon on it.
  6. Now you will get a pullout with the video, to save it just simply touch the back button on your S10 and that’s it.

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How to View your Screen Recording on Samsung Galaxy S10

  1. Go to the gallery
  2. There should be a folder by name A-Z if not it could be inside the Collections folder.
  3. Now from here, You can either view it or share it across different platforms like Whatsapp or Youtube.

How to – Edit the Screen Record on Samsung Galaxy S10

  1. Go to Playstore and download this app called Quik.
  2. This app is made by GoPro and I feel like it is the best app to edit any type of video.
  3. Now select your video and start editing it!

Samsung Galaxy S10 plus is an excellent phone and Screen recording on S10 is very easy.

Were you able to record your screen of Samsung Galaxy S10? Let us know in the comment section below 😀

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How to – Screen Record on Pixel 3 or Pixel 3XL [No Root]

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Pixel 3 is a very powerful phone with a lot of capabilities. It is much cheaper than Samsung and Apple counterparts and the performance it offers is on par. The camera of the pixel 3 is still unmatched and what Google is able to do with just a single camera is phenomenal. Even though the notch of 3XL is something not many will like but after some time it gets okay. Pixel 3 is packed with great specs, the 845 coupled with Adreno 630 gives the pixel 3 the best performance one can get on a mobile phone. Such performance opens a lot of possibilities such as recording your PUBG gameplay or just making some sort of tutorial on your phone. So today we will be showing you how to Screen Record on Pixel 3 or record PUBG on Pixel 3.

Solved – Screen Record on Pixel 3 or Pixel 3XL

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Method 1

  1. Go to this link
  2. Install the app
  3. It will ask for permission, grant it.
  4. Now you will get a floating circle on the left side of your screen of the Google Pixel 3XL. Just press the Red button which has a Video Camera Icon. Refer to the image below-
    Screen Record on Pixel 3
  5. Now once it has started, you can do all the stuff you want to show in your video and to stop it, You need to pull down the notification bar and press the stop icon on it.
  6. Now you will get a pullout with the video, to save it just simply touch the back button on your Pixel 3 and that’s it.
  7. You have now successfully recorded your screen or PUBG.

How to – View Screen Record on Pixel 3 XL

  1. Go to gallery
  2. There should be a folder by name A-Z if not it could be inside the Collections folder.
  3. Now from here, You can either view it or share it across different platforms like Whatsapp or Instagram.

How to – Edit the Screen Record on Pixel 3 XL

  1. Go to Playstore and download this app.
  2. Now just select your video and start editing it!

Google Pixel 3XL Specs

GENERAL

Release dateOctober 2018
Launched in USAYes
Form factorTouchscreen
Body typeGlass
Dimensions (mm)158.00 x 76.70 x 7.90
Weight (g)184.00
IP ratingIP68
Battery capacity (mAh)3430
Removable batteryNo
Fast chargingProprietary
Wireless chargingYes
ColoursJust Black, Clearly White, Not Pink
SAR value1.31

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches)6.30
TouchscreenYes
Resolution1440×2960 pixels
Protection typeGorilla Glass
Aspect ratio18.5:9

HARDWARE

Processor2.5GHz octa-core (4×2.5GHz + 4×1.6GHz)
Processor makeSnapdragon 845
RAM4GB
Internal storage64GB
Expandable storageNo
Dedicated microSD slotNo

CAMERA

Rear camera12.2-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron)
Rear autofocusPhase detection autofocus
Rear flashYes
Front camera8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 8-megapixel (f/1.8)
Front autofocusYes

SOFTWARE

Operating systemAndroid 9.0

So were you able to record screen on your Pixel 3 XL by Google? Let us know in the comment section below! 😀

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Fix Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6 6t

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Yesterday I was checking comments on of our article on OnePlus 6t and ALmost every other comment was mentioning about the issue they were facing on their OnePlus 6t US version. So I researched a bit more about the same topic and what I found was that there does really exist some issues with the bluetooth on these new OnePlus phones. I was trying to find the solution for this bluetooth issue with OnePlus phones since then and I think finally I have the solution. So today we will see how you can fix the issue of Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6t. There can be different methods but I will be showing you the most robust yet the most simplest one.

How to – Fix Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6/ 6t

Method 1

OnePlus even though is growing at an exponential rate is still not even near to the software teams of Apple or Samsung. The Oxygen OS is one of the lightest ROM you can find on a phone and it works well most of the time, but sometimes it is not perfect as it should be. The OS itself has some bugs related to Bluetooth that can only be fixed by a system update that has to be done by OnePlus. The same is also discussed on its own forum here. So, does this means that we have to live like it is? well, not at all! There are a few workarounds which we will tell you here.

Most of the problems in Oxygen OS can be fixed with a simple restart and the same goes with this issue as well. A simple restart will most probably fix this issue. Yup, it does sound naive but go ahead and restart your phone. This will solve most of your problems on your phone.

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Now what I’ll suggest is to bookmark this page and if you still get the same issue in future then come back and read the method 2.

Fix Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6

Method 2 – Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6 /6t

So the restart didn’t help, well, no issues. Just empty your cache and the problem should no longer occur again for a while. So how to wipe your cache? There are two methods and I’ll suggest you to do both.

  1. Open Settings – Storage & memory and scroll down to find Cache data. Tap on it and press OK to clear the cached data.
  2. Now, wipe the cache partition from the recovery menu.
    • Turn off the OnePlus 6/6t, and then press and hold the Volume Up and Power button simultaneously.
    • Release the Power button when the OnePlus logo appears, but continue to hold the Volume Up
    • On the Android recovery screen, use the Volume Down button to navigate down to wipe cache partition and press the Power button to select it.
    • Use the Volume Down button to select Yes — delete all user data, and then press the Power button to confirm.
    • Wait for the reset to finish and press the Power button when prompted with the message to Reboot system now.

Now just use your phone and connect to bluetooth devices and it should not get disconnected at all.

The OnePlus 6T is the company’s most futuristic flagship till date with Screen Unlock on the immersive 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display, class-leading hardware and meticulous industrial design to create the industry’s fastest and smoothest smartphone experience. It features the latest, most powerful platform, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, with up to 8GB of RAM that creates an experience that continues to set the standard for performance.

If you are still facing the issue of Bluetooth getting disconnected on OnePlus 6 then let us know and we will forward it to OnePlus!

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