If you are following me on any social media, You would know that I have been searching for a good pair of Bluetooth earbuds. A lot of people recommended the Jaybird X2 but when I was trying to order it from Amazon.com I saw a big Price tag of more than $200 including customs. I really couldn’t afford $200 for a pair of earbuds so I checked the Indian market and still wasn’t able to find something good in my budget. I then checked Brainwavz which had recently launched and I also did an article on them here. Fortunately, I got access to their Bluetooth earphones the BLU-100 which really made me think sorry for those who bought those $200 earbuds. So let me tell you my opinion about these earbuds.
Brainwavz BLU-100 Review
If a pair of earphones does not have any accessories with it then it does not worth your money. Opening the box, we get a Hard case for the earphones. Inside the case on one side, we get the earphones itself and on the other there are 2 pairs of rubber ear tips and one pair of Comply Eartips. It also includes a velcro strap which can be used to tie the earbuds. You also get a single pair of ear fins which act as a hook for best placement in your ear. I would have liked to see something which could reduce the size of the wire as it is a little long and if someone wants to get the cable behind his head then it may seem to be a little too long. I also own a pair of Soundpeads QY7 and they cost lesser than these but includes a notch by which you can loop the wire.
The case is of high quality and will protect your earbuds well. Even if you step on the case, It will hardly affect the earbuds inside.
Design and Built
Whatever you say but the design of the earbuds matter. No one wants to look like he is wearing a 10 year old Bluetooth receiver. The Brainwavz BLU-100 is one of the best-looking earbuds I have ever seen. They are small, thin and looks damn good. The earphones have a cylindrical design with a bit of depth on the sides. The front face of the left earbud has Brainwavz logo while, on the right one, we get a rubber cover which secures the micro-USB port. The earbuds also have the marking of right and left.
These earphones are made of high-quality metal and won’t broke If by chance they fall, I have intentionally dropped them several times just to see how well they are made up and as you can see from the pictures, It hardly got any scratch.
This section may be a little long, but it is worth it. the Brianwavz BLU-100 can be as load as 100 decibels which eliminate the low sound factor These headphones can go as loud as you want and will suffice even people who find difficult to hear things :p. The BLU-100 has a small diaphragm which produces good quality sound.
I tested the music with several mods on my Music player and it ran all smooth. It worked amazingly on Rock, Jazz and Pop and on the other bands too it did perform Okish. The earphones are bass intensive and if you raise the bass you will actually feel that pumping effect. You can’t get the quality of maybe some over the ear headphones but for their size I would say they are pretty well.
As said the bass of these is pretty good. I played some EDMs and as an audiophile I would rank them as around 65%. My dad also likes music, but he isn’t that big lover so I he listen to some bass intensive songs and he voted 95% which is exceptional.
This is the part where I think the earphones did really well. The mids were crisp and clear with a gentle depth. Normally earphones in this range struggle lot in Mids.
The low end also was good and crisp but was surely not the best sound I ever heard.
Overall If you consider Price to Performance ratio, Adding in the fact that they are Bluetooth enabled, They sound outstandingly good. This was something which I normally don’t except for the Bluetooth earphones in this budget.
Normally when a person uses Bluetooth earbuds, He places the phone in his pocket but still I tested the Bluetooth range. I kept the phone at one room and went to the next to next room. I was able to get the range of about 8 meters. It started to struggle on 9 meters, but it was disconnected after 15 meters. Here disconnection doesn’t mean no sound but disconnected from the mobile. After disconnection, the music pauses and then you need to connect it from the Mobile phone. The BLU-100 has Bluetooth 4.0 so this range is acceptable.
The Blu-100 have 3 buttons in a separate remote attached near to the right earphone. The remote also has a Mic as well as a pin hole LED for the notification. The LED is hardly visible and Most of the times I struggle to find the little hole for the light which is really disappointing, but all the commands can b heard in the earphones so it might not be a big con for you.
If the button on either of the side is pressed, The volume increases or decreases. If the buttons are long pressed, the song changes. The button in the middle act as a power plus pairing switch. You can hold the Power button to Turn them on, Hold it to turn them off and keep on holding them while turning on to turn on the pairing mode.
The Brainwavz BLU-100 comes with a 60mAh battery which according to Brainwavz should last about 4 hours while in my usage I was able to get 4 and a half hour of usage in one charge. The battery of these earphones lies in one of the earphones which is pretty amazing as it also has the speakers in it. On the charging part, I was able to charge them to 100% within 2 hours which I won’t say is amazing but is not at all bad. My QY7 charges in about two and a half hour and plays for about 5 hours so I would say the battery is fair enough seeing the form factor.
Comply Ear Tips
You might have heard of these Eartips named Comply before. These are the ear tips made up of a foam kind of material. These are patent earbuds and only Comply makes them. If you have to buy them separately it may cost you about Rs1500 just for one pair while brainwavz have partnered with Comply to provide you with the earbuds for free which is really nice of them. These tips ensure that the earbuds do not drop from your ear when running or doing any physical work. If you are using the comply earbuds then you don’t need the ear fins as the Comply Ear tips do the work.
You get a single pair of Comply Eartips which can be a bummer for those with large or small ears. Thankfully Medium size fits me well so I had no problem wearing them. The Comply tips also have a great amount of noise isolation which I wasn’t expecting for a foam based ear tips. I have been using the comply Ear tips from the day one and I am not going to the rubber ones anytime soon.
Overall I would say that these are the best Bluetooth earphones you can buy under Rs.5000. The headphones sound great, have a great Design and built and will last you more than 4 hours which could have been better, but 4 hours is also good for some light to heavy users. If you want to get some good pair of earphones for your daily use including gym, You can go with brianwavz BLU-100 without thinking twice.
Technokick.com started in 2014 just as a hobby and in those years it has had its shares of highs and lows. The site was doing great till 2016 end but we were coming to a point of saturation in technology and my interest in phones was a bit fading away, I wasn’t active in 2017 and half of 2018. The site was still running but I just wasn’t that active. The thing is I never treated Technokick as my Job and because of which I was never that much interested in it.
Incoming September, We are re-launching the site and this time it is not just a hobby or side project. Technokick will now be under a brand owned by me. I myself am no more a blogger, rather an entrepreneur. I am running another company along with this one and will try to make Technokick a Brand. I will be testing and investing my next 6 months and after these 6 months, Either This site will be a media publishing house or a domain up for sale.
I will from now be putting my 100% on this site. The first step will be to give it a makeover and within a few days, you will see the site changing its colors. I will also be expanding my team, So people with better writing skills will be introduced.
BlueAir Classic 680i Air Purifier Review
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.
Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen Review : The Budget Beast!
Motorola was the first company to bring cellular mobiles. In 2011 when Google bought Motorola, It was said that Google may suffer loss from Motorola, but as we all know, Google completely reformed the company and launched their two phones, Moto G and Moto X. Both these phones were similar to the Google Nexus devices and they clearly made the consumers rethink about a budget phones. After the success of the new Devices, Lenovo, A chinese Giant bought Moto from Google. A lot of people including me thought that Lenovo won’t launch similar products but Lenovo proved it wrong. Moto is still following the same trend by which it grew.
That was a lot of History, Now lets talk about the present. After the success of Moto G 2nd Gen, Motorola launched the new Motorola Moto G 3rd gen two month back. So today I would be reviewing the Motorola Moto G 3rd Generation 2015 and will see whether it has the Same potential of what its predecessor had.
Moto G 3rd Gen Review
Motorola’s design concept is a little different from other companies. Motorola has a same shape of all there phones, Curvy on the sides, has small form factor, has a curve on the back etc. What they change is the minor aesthetics of their phones in every generation. This year Motorola has a layered design. When seeing from outside, we can see three layers of the phone, the screen, the frame and the back cover. The middle frame is a polished plastic lining which gives a kind of premium look to the phone and also gives further protection.
The Motorola Moto G has a Power button and a Volume rocker on the Right, a 3.5mm jack on the top and a micro USB port on the bottom. Personally I never had liked the quality of the buttons on the first and Second Gen. This time Motorola has done a fantastic job in refining the quality of the buttons. The power button has a kind of texture which distinguishes it from the volume rocker. The buttons feel hard enough and does not wobble at all. The button placement is also idle for a 5″ phone, with the power button above the volume rockers.
The Moto G 3rd Gen does not has a speaker on it’s back but rather the primary speaker is on the front, just below the Screen. The top speaker is just an earpiece and can’t be used with the primary speakers. This is something which Motorola should look at. Unlike the Moto G 2nd Gen, The Moto G3 has a textured back cover which makes the phone less slippery and also makes it look more premium. The back cover does not attracts any dust particles and the texture is fine enough that even if you get some dust. It can be easily removed.
Also Read – Zenfone 2 Review – The Best but not perfect
Overall the design of the Moto G 3rd Gen is elegant. Things like the power button and back cover are well designed which is often neglected by other such companies. The Ergonomics of the phone is also pleasant and is Ideal for single handed use.
Motorola phones as always have great built and the Moto G 3rd Gen also follows it it. I have dropped the phone 4 times till now from a hight of around 3.5/4 ft and it is still working like a charm, I can just see little scrath on the side of the frame which can’t be even felt. Personally I am really impressed with the build and is very much comparable to Mi4i. One thing which I didn’t like about the phone was its weight, I felt it a little heavy when compared to other phones in this range with weighing around 153 gm.
Coming to the display now. If we see phones at the same price range or even lower like Lenovo k3 Note, Yu Yureka plus, Mi4i, Mi4 etc, All these phones have a full HD 1080p display which is far better than a 720p display. Motorola has been providing a 720p display from the Moto G 1st gen and even after 2 generations you have the same 720p display. I would have liked it if we were in 2013 but we are not and this is 2015. Seeing the Indian competition, I don’t really think that 720p is enough. However the screen quality top mark, It has a great TFT panel with high contrast levels and good brightness levels too. The phone has a ppi density of around 294. The advantage of the 720p screen is that the battery will have to power up less pixels by which you are going to save around 20% battery.
The Screen is protected by corning gorilla Glass 3 which provides a good protection to the phone against scratches.
The viewing angles of the phone was excellent and had no problem. The thing I noticed was that on the upper right hand corner you can view the pixels more clearly than the other part of the screen. It is most probably with all the devices as I have two Moto G 2015(Black and white) and in both the phones I could see the pixels. Let me make it clear, you can’t see the pixels by just looking at it, If you concentrate a bit on the screen and see it from very near, You might see some. Let me know if you are also able to see some pixels on your device in the comment section below.
Another thing which is disappointing is the lowest brightness level. I have used all the Moto Gs but this one has the brightest lowest brightness. If you are using your phone in Dark than you might have to use some app to lower the brightness else it would strain your eyes. I always like phones with low brightness when lowered but I don’t understand why it remains bright enough which causes pain. Here is the picture of the lowest brightness level of Zenfone 2 laser and Moto G 3rd Gen 2015-
Overall I would rate 7 out of 10 to the display of Moto G. It has great viewing angles and the contrast and saturation is also up to the mark but the fact that it is just 720p is the downside.
The Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen is powered by a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with cores clocked at 1.4Ghz. There are two versions of the Moto G and I have the superior one, that is, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The Specs doesn’t seems a lot comparing to other phones in the market but specs is always not proportional to Performance. The Moto G is running stock android which is not at all power-hungry, So you get a well performing device overall.
Motorola has fine tuned the processor making it more capable. The Moto G can handle any game you throw at it which is not the case with either Redmi 2 or the Yu Yuphoria. I have played every intensive game like Asphalt 8, Real Racing 3, Nova 3, Modern Combat 5, Fifa 15 and even some small but graphic intensive games like Leo fortune. The Moto G runs them smoothly no questions asked. You may need to tune the settings further but after that you get a smooth and lag free experience. Performance without Benchmarks? Not Possible!
Geek Bench 3
As you can see from Geek Bench 3, the phone performs fair enough and is very similar to the Nexus 4. I don’t know whether I should take it as positive or as negative as the Nexus 4 is more than 3 Year old while the Moto G is for 2015 and most probably for 2016 too. Anyways If we see other benchmarks we see some great hope. If we see Antutu, we get a score of 22000+ which is a great score keeping the price of the phone in mind. I don’t want to stretch the performance sector too much as not even 20% of the mobile users are mobile gamers and this phone works like a charm for others.
I did a separate Camera Review of the phone where you can find the sample shots, UI, features and every other aspect of the camera. You can click here or on the button below this test.
An abstract from the Article –
The images above were all taken in ample of light. Even though it was taken in a bright sunlight, hats off to Moto G for delivering such a colour corrected image. The auto white balance does the job really well in close by shots.
Overall in the daylight the phone performs well, but you still get minor grains on the images. The crispness which phones now a days delivers is lacking. Now if we shift it to Landscapes, the picture comes out to be really wonderful. The colours are vibrant and there isn’t those gains which are there at other times. I would be having the full resolution pictures at the end of this article, you can check that out too.
I have been saying the term Stock Android for a lot of times in the article so first let me tell you what really it is, Android is an Open source Operating system that means that anyone can edit it and make it however they like it. If you have used a Xiaomi device, it has hundreds of customization options and is very colourful, It is because they modified the Android code. You can find similar skins on many phones. Stock Android is that un-modified Android which is provided by google and is straight away ported to the phone. Motorola has added a few apps but it makes the phone better and no worse. Having Stock android gives a lot of advantages like You don’t get any bloatware nor you get any skin. You also get the new released Android update in this case Marshmallow before the other phones do as the manufacturer doesn’t have to work that much on the new Android Update.
The Moto G is based upon Android 5.1 which is the latest Android version available. Here are some screenshots of the UI.
Chop-Chop is a feature introduced by Moto this year with the Moto E. You have to just have to shake your phone twice and the flashlight will turn on. To Turn the flash off, just shake the phone again! This Gif will help you :p –
This is another delightful feature of this phone, You just have to turn your phone twice and the camera will open, You can turn again for switching to the front camera and turn again to go back to primary camera. This Gif again will help you :p
The Moto G 3rd Gen does not have a notification light rather it has Active Display by which you can view your notifications by just holding the ring which comes on the screen. This was first introduced on the Moto X which had Amoled display. In Amoled display the black part doesn’t used to glow so it made complete sense as it saved a lot of your battery. In Moto G, No doubt the Active display is a great feature but you might have to compensate on battery a little as whenever there is any movement on the phone, the Active Display glows to show you the Notification. However you can always turn it off thanks to Motorola!
Phones with great battery life always impress me. The Moto G just Rocks the show with its battery life. On the launch day, I was asked by a Moto spokesperson that what was the thing I didn’t like about the Moto G 3rd Gen. I told him ” Everything is great but I am concerned about the battery” he replied ” I am sure you won’t be disappointed when you use the device” and well he was definitely right. The 2470mAh battery does not seems to be that big on paper but it really is badass when it comes to usage. I generally sleep for 6-7 hours and I have never noticed a battery fall more than 3% in the night. Day before yesterday the phone had 2% charge when I was about to sleep and when I woke up it was 1% with an Alarm enabled. That is something you never expect from a phone priced at 13,000. I always envy the battery life of Mi4 and OnePlus One but this phone has far better battery life then those two.
Though waterproof is also a feature and should have come in the Features section but it deserves a separate section :p. There is no phone under Rs. 15,000 which is waterproof except the Motorola Moto G. The phone is IP x7 certified that means that it can survive upto 3fts or 1 meter in water for around 30 minutes; That is around a size of a bucket.
The phone does not has any rubber flaps on the ports but there are a couple of flaps on the back over to prevent the water from going into the sim tray. I also noticed that the upper speaker has a kind of waterproof layer while I can’t see the similar layer on the bottom speaker. Overall in my testing the water proof feature has been great and has not given me any problem. Here is a video in which I check its waterproof feature.
Overall the Moto G has been a delight. The Motorola Moto G has an excellent Battery Life, Great software and an Awesome Camera. Overall I would recommend this phone to anyone looking to buy a phone under Rs. 15,000. I used to use a Mi4 and I am sure I am not getting back to it. If you need a phone which can do all your daily tasks seamlessly without any hassle than this the phone to buy! Don’t expect it to perform like a flagship but Moto G 2015 justifies the price you are paying.
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