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OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 – Which to buy?

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OnePlus now has launched the third variant of their lineup with OnePlus 3. Samsung no doubt has been the leader in Smartphone industry, and Samsung Galaxy S7 still is far better than the OnePlus 3. Now the Samsung Galaxy S6 is selling for around the same price as of OnePlus 3 i.e. $400 so I Samsung’s last year’s flagship better than the OnePlus 3? Let’s find out, OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 – Which one to buy?

Design – OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

The OnePlus 3 features a full metal built and is congruent to the HTC 10 while the Samsung Galaxy S6 looks like a metal slap placed between two thin glasses. I prefer the looks of the Galaxy S6 while the metal body on the OnePlus 3 is much sturdier. If your phone falls, The OnePlus 3 might take it easily while the glass on the S6 will easily chatter.

OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Design difference of both the phones

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a little bit thinner than the OnePlus 3, S6 being 6.8mm while the OnePlus 3 is 7.4mm. Both of these phones have a big camera hump which makes the phone unstable when on a table. Both these phones are slippery too, S6 being more.

Display – Samsung Galaxy S6 vs OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 3 features a 5.5″ full HD screen while S6 being the last generation phone features a much better 5.1″ 2K Super AMOLED display.

Camera – OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Both of these phones capture magnificent images. While the OnePlus 2 had an average camera, The OnePlus 3 creates some real competition among the two phones. The images from the Samsung Galaxy S6 comes to be a bit oversaturated while the color dynamics are right, The counterpart’s camera processing is also good with Decent images and good low light performance. On the video side, the onePlus 3 takes the lead with its Optical Image Stabilization much better than that of the S6. You can also view the camera review of OnePlus 3 here.

Performance – OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Now most of the people already know who is better in performance section but the thing is, performance is not equal to specs. It is not always necessary that the phone with better specs perform well too. I have used the OnePlus 3 for about a week, and I will say I am a bit disappointed by the performance. Sure, the phone is cheap, but the software implementation is a bit on the poorer side. But, even with that, the OnePlus 3 performs much better than the Samsung Galaxy S6.

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ANtutu scores of OnePlus 3 and Samsung Galaxy S6

OnePlus 3 Performance Issue

These are the Antutu benchmarks of both the phones, as you can see, OnePlus 3 has more than double Antutu score than the Samsung Galaxy S6. In the real time, though, everything is smooth as butter on both the phones and Amazingly S6 launches some apps faster than the OnePlus 3. Well, it can be fixed by some software updates but  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. There are still some bugs in the Oxygen Os 2.0 for the Op2; I used a friend’s OnePlus 2 yesterday, and I faced some minor bugs like camera app crashing, notification bar giving problem sometimes, etc. The thing is, phones can do a lot of work which PCs used to do but they can never replace them, I being a tech blogger usees his phone extensively and I still find the performance of the S6 adequate. All the apps open quick, it doesn’t lag/hangs so I don’t find any reason to give phones such internals.

Problem – OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6?

The thing is, phones can do a lot of work which PCs used to do but they can never replace them, I being a tech blogger usees his phone extensively and I still find the performance of the S6 adequate. All the apps open quick, it doesn’t lag/hangs so I don’t find any reason to give phones such internals like 6GB of RAM, It’s good that you have it but why do you need it? And the thing which disheartens me the most is that the software optimization of the phone is terrible. The Samsung Galaxy S7 has 4GB of RAM while the OnePlus 3 has six but still S7 outperforms it in every way. Watch this video

Do note that OnePlus 3 costs half of what S6 costs so it may look fine to you but I wonder what is the use of 6GB RAM when the RAM management is like this. Don’t take me as a hater but I am a bit disappointed with the OnePlus 3 performance even though it is better than S6:3. Coming back to the topic, Yes OnePlus 3 does perform better than the S6, but OnePlus has a lot of space for improvement.

Battery – OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 features a 2K 5.1″ display with a right number of pixels to power while at the same time the OnePlus 3 even though has a bigger screen(5.5 inches) has less number of pixels. S6 is known for its terrible battery life while in the OnePlus 3; the battery is mediocre. Neither best nor to the level of S6. S6 is really thin device and is very compact too, so the battery capacity, 2500mAh seems to be enough, the OnePlus 3 is a pretty big phone and has just 3000mAh a big bummer, I would not have minded the Oneplus 3 being a bit thicker with some extra battery. Even the OnePlus 2 had the larger battery than the Op3.

Charging

The OnePlus 3 comes with dash charging while the S6 comes with Quick charging 2.0. This means both these phones charge super fast but as OnePlus 3 being the latest device, it comes with better technology. OnePlus 3 charges from 0-100% in around 1hour while the Samsung Galaxy S6 takes 1 hour 25 minutes, So the OnePlus 3 wins here because of its new technology.

Battery Backup

Talking about the battery backup, surprisingly both these phones provide almost the same battery life. The OnePlus 3 provides me around 4 hours of screen on time with regular use on wifi while the Samsung Galaxy s6 gives a screen on time of 4 hours 30 minutes (With latest update)

Brand reliability/ After sales – OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Once you buy the phone, there is a great chance that you might break it, or it might get any problem internally, so a good service support is very essential. When I first bought a Chinese phone, I did not think about it and after a year, when the screen cracked, I came to know that after sales are crucial. OnePlus has terrible service centers in countries like USA, India, etc. So If you know, you will take care of the phone well, then only think of the Chinese manufacturers.

Conclusion – OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

If you are getting a Samsung Galaxy S6 on contract for a good deal, I will say go for it as You are having a great phone which will easily last you up to two to three years. If you are looking for an unlocked phone within $400 – $500 then I will say go for OnePlus 3, Why? Just for its specs.The phone performs well and has almost no competition.

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PlayFit Smart Band – The best Fitness Band in the market?

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Recently Play, an Indian brand which focuses primarily on wearable tech and accessories launched its two new products, The PlayGo which is a bluetooth headset and the PlayFit which is an activity tracker/smart band. So we got a chance to review the smart band and here it is. We will be discussing various aspects like design, build, software, accuracy, battery life etc.

PlayFit Smart Band Review

 

Design and build

A watch is as important as any other apparel one would wear. This one looks much better than any other smart band in this price range. Kudos to PlayFit design team for inculcating ritzy neon green stripes with a gentle grey accent. The rubber material used is flexible and fits nicely on hand. The belt has 15 slits which should be enough to suit most hands. It’s lite and compact form does favour a distraction-free workout session

Coming to the front, it has a Colored touchscreen display spanning 0.98-inches diagonally. This display felt small for our liking. Another pain point is the outdoor legibility, which is a major miss here. You have to hover your hand to view the screen contents, which is rather stone age-ish at this point. Even the display was hasty to go dark, which was always annoying. But on the flip side, this might aid a better battery life. We also appreciate the fact that the device is IP68 Dust and Waterproof certified.

UI & UX

Even though we would wish to have android wear in the smart bands someday, the PlayFit comes with its own custom UI. The UI makes the full use of the coloured display by having every item coloured differently. we really enjoyed the UI though sometimes navigating between the different screen was not easy. There are a limited number of watch faces, 4 to be exact with 2 of them being just a change in colour. The default watch face is the only one which we really liked. In the default screen, if you tap once you will get the heart rate, then the steps and then calories.

While if you swipe from the top, you will get a menu with different screens which include the notifications. Speaking of notification, PlayFit syncs your call and smartphone app notifications on its display along with vibration alert. These are some of the apps it support – SMS, WeChat, QQ, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, Messenger, LinkedIn, Email, Calendar, Skype, etc. In our testing, certain features like the remote camera access didn’t work as advertised. There is an option to control the music navigation from the wrist band itself. However, it works with selected apps like Google Play Music only. No support for Spotify, it seems! All that said, a fitness band will still get our approval if it does well where it’s supposed to. Here’s how it performs on fitness grounds. There is also an option of more options in which you have settings like lift-up display, camera, alarm etc.

Overall the UI is great and the UX is also very user-friendly. Even for people who are not really tech-savvy.

Connectivity

The device is compatible with android (4.4 & above) & iOS (9.0 & above) devices. It is equipped with Bluetooth version: 4.2. Sorry, No 5th gen here! The pairing is pretty easy using the PlayFit app downloadable from the Google or Apple app store.

Once you sign in to the app, you’ll be welcomed by a pleasing user interface. It presents real-time and progress on 14 activities (which will discuss in the next section), your sleep routine, and your heart’s health. It also exhibits periodic stats of your activities, sleep, and heart health on different useful metrics. There is even an activity logger to custom-meter any activity.

Features

This is where I think this device shines the most. It has more than 10 sport modes like Walking, Running, Cycling, Skipping, Badminton, Basketball, Football, etc. Now, you may already know that the fitness bands, for the most part, project guesstimates. But, we didn’t understand the lack of swimming mode, even though it has waterproof certification. Further, like many of its peers, it also fails to detect our erratic daytime naps. Similarly, PlayFit 53 confuses vehicle rides for walking, which is also something that cripples other bands. But in all due fairness, the fitness tracking functions accurate enough to be useful. And as aforementioned, it covers every major sports activity. The Sedentary Alert lets you know of your prolonged inactivity.

Battery Life

Play claims that this device would last for more than a week however in our usage, it lasted for little more than 4 days which is average is these bands. Do note that the bluetooth connection was always on and we get a lot more notifications than a standard user. So if you are intending to use it moderately, it might last you for about a week.

Final Verdict

Overall we are very impressed by the device, at this price, It has to compete with some of the veterans in the field like the Mi Band. If the brand continues to provide support and updates, it can easily make a fair share in the fitness bands market.

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EaseUS Data Recovery Software Review – The Best one!

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We all have been in this situation where we mistakenly or unknowingly delete important data. This can be files of some office work, old pictures of a trip you took with your girlfriend or just cute pictures of cats you downloaded from the internet, any data that you really want to keep and gets destroyed hurts a lot. A file once deleted is almost impossible to retrieve, this is something that we all used to think or at least I used to. Well not anymore. Recently while deleting some junk, I mistakenly deleted a photoshop template that took more than 10 hours to make. I was in no way in a mood to make it again so went on the journey of “Data Recovery”. If you search for data recovery software on Google, you will be bombarded by thousands of companies claiming to be the best and capable to retrieve any data. Well most of them were just a result of massive advertisement budgets and nothing else. So in my quest to find a reliable data recovery software that my Macbook supports, I came across EaseUS Data Recovery. They seem to have spent all their money on making the product work well instead of the advertisements. Hands down this is the best recovery software you can buy for your machine. Let’s dig a bit deeper-

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EaseUS Recovery Software Review

When you first open the software you are asked to select the drive you wish to perform the recovery on. On Macbook generally, there is only a single drive so select it. Once you select it, wait for a while so that the software can scan the drives for the data. The time it takes depends upon the type of drive and the size. Data recovery takes time and you should be patient enough and let the software do its job. Even if the scanning is midway you can navigate the files and select the folder which you wish to recover. Along with this, you can even navigate on the basis of the data type. You can filter down on the types whether its audio, picture, video etc.

EaseUS provides trial versions of its software, which can be used to recover up to 2GB of data on PCs and Macs. A trial run will help you determine if your lost data can be recovered prior to purchasing the software. The premium version which has no restriction costs 70USD which is value for money. After using the software for a week or two if you feel like it is not working as you expected you can get your money back! EaseUS recovery has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Once you have selected the folder or the files you wish to recover just press on “Recover Now”. This will pop up a dialogue box for selecting the location. It is recommended to select a different drive to save the data as recovering and saving data at the same time could be dangerous. So what will those people do who have just a single drive? Well, EaseUS has taken care of us by providing a feature of storing the recovered data on the cloud. This shows the amount of work they have done for the software.

Once the recovery process is complete you will be able to see all the files that you had deleted in the past.

Features at a Glance

  1. Quick Scan
  2. Deep Scan
  3. Sort by File Type
  4. Partition Recovery
  5. Store in Cloud
  6. USB/ External Drive recovery
  7. 24/7 Support
  8. 30 Day money-back guarantee

Final Verdict

If you are in a situation where you require to recover your lost data then EaseUS data Recovery would be an ideal option. With features like sort by file type, partition recovery, store in the cloud, great UI, the software has a lot of advantages when compared to the rest. With the sweat price of just 70$, Everyone who deals with important data should own a license of it be it photographers, designers or programmers.

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1MORE iBFree Bluetooth earphones review!

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There was a time when you would have to shell out 10-12 thousand rupees to get a good pair of Bluetooth earphones. It 2018 now and the scenario has changed. Now, you can get unbranded bluetooth earphones from 700rs and upwards. I have tested a lot of Bluetooth earphones and almost all of them have some problem, it could be the battery life, standby time, ergonomics or just the sound quality. 1MORE is a popular brand based out of Shenzhen which has its market all over the globe. 1MORE is also known for the piston earphones they make for Xiaomi.

I have been listening to iBFree from 1MORE. Apart from the name, How good actually are these earplugs? Well, we will find that in this review!

Box Contents
In the box, you get following things-

  • Earphones
  • USB A – Micro-USB
  • 2 extra tips
  • 2 extra hooks

The unboxing experience of these was great, The quality and the design of the box is well thought off. However, India is a competitive market and most of the bluetooth earphones here come with a solid case which these lacks. If not a case, 1MORE could have included a pouch at least. Anyway, moving forward.

The earphones are made up of solid metal and are very well built. You can throw these around, drop them and even step on them, They will continue working. The design is exceptionally good as well and gives a premium look.  There is a rubber tube to provide support to the wire. The wire is also thick enough and can easily handle the normal wear and tear. According to the 1MORE website, these aren’t officially sweat proof but in my usage, they haven’t given me any problem while using them at the gym or in the rain. If not deliberately destroyed, These can easily last long.

iBFree are sports earphones and to ensure that these don’t fall out, 1MORE has provided ear hooks as well. And believe me when I say this, Once they are inside your ear, they are not going anywhere. The ear hook is tilted which might be the reason for such snug fit.

Talking about sound leaking, The design of the ear tips is such that, very minimal amount of sound gets leaked so If you have to wear these in subways/metro then rest assured, Your co-passenger won’t be hearing your songs :p. Also, If you do gym, then these will also reduce the outside noise in the gym if your gym plays their own songs, It won’t be a problem.

Talking about the sound quality, These are downright the clearest sounding earphones. The highs on this are a bliss to listen. You might have to tune the equaliser to get the best out of these. If you are into bass, then you might dislike these initially. Let them run for 4-5hours and they will burn-in into something incredible. For the size of these, They produce excellent sound.

The audio controls are on a small remote attached to the wire. The middle button is used to play and pause as well as to turn on and off the earphones. the right and left switch can be used to increase or decrease the volume and Next and the Previous song if you hold them for two seconds. The earphones come with MEMS microphone which eliminates the noise while you are on a call.

These come with Qualcomm aptx technology which ensures that there is no latency while you are playing songs or watching movies. This feature is only available on Android phones with Qualcomm processor.

These charge in less than 2 hours on a 2A charger and last for about 5-6hours is medium volume. Do note, that these are very loud and you will end up listing on the low volume.

Conclusion

If you are looking for bluetooth earphones for the gym or normal commute than these are best earphones to go for under 4,000INR. You get great battery life, Awesome sound and durable body.

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