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OnePlus 5: What Experts Say About This Phone


OnePlus devices have always created a lot of hype around it, however these devices have had their share of problems too. Recently the Chinese smartphone maker brought out its latest installment, the OnePlus 5.

Let’s see what experts of the industry think about this phone.

Almost all the experts are united in their opinion that OnePlus 5 looks like iPhone 7, however that doesn’t take away from the fact that the device looks premium and does get some of the traits unique to OnePlus.

Gizbot comments “While we cannot rule out the fact that the handset does resemble the Apple’s last year flagship, especially the matte-black iPhone 7 Plus when seen from the rear, it also maintains certain design characteristics of previous OnePlus devices”. CNet is not impressed either, it comments “its design isn’t anything special”.

In the design department it seems to get a mixed response, but as users we think you will not be really bothered as it will give you premium feel and good to hold device. For some it might be even an iPhone on a budget.

Build Quality
For build quality reports JerryRigEverything, is the go to person, His report for OnePlus 5 in one line is “durable but not invincible”. In his youtube video he is seen scratching the phone with a coin and key which initially left a mark but were easy to get rid of. In the video, the OnePlus 5 was however seen having severe scratches at the back with sharp objects like knife and razor. While his fire test did cause some damage, device passed the bend test with flying colors. Overall One Plus 5 looks like a pretty durable device.

In the performance area Engadget has very flattery things to say.

“Not once did I see the phone flinch, stutter or even drop a frame — it was almost weird how effortlessly the OnePlus 5 seemed to handle everything I threw at it”. It goes on to add “Based on my experience and the big, big numbers the phone put up in our suite of synthetic benchmarks, I have no doubt that this more expensive version of the OnePlus 5 will be overkill for most people”.

The Verge seems to be equally impressed. They write “This phone’s responsiveness is so impressive that I’m looking for an explanation beyond simple software optimizations. Other phones with the same Snapdragon 835 processor, like the Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium, don’t scream speed and swiftness in the same way.”

In the performance department the phone seems to have impressed everyone. So no worries for buyers here. Even though the phone is on the expensive side you will get performance similar to even more expensive phones.

Camera is the main highlight of this phone and therefore needs special attention. Going though the reviews in International press, we get mixed reactions. Engadget writes “OnePlus should be proud of its work. It’s not perfect, but the dual camera here is well executed and raises the bar for a company that has struggled to get photography right”.

CNET was all praise for the camera and wrote “Many of the OnePlus’ photos were clearer and sharper (with less digital artifacting) than the Pixel. White balance was also more accurate. The OnePlus 5 has a superb camera (and its 16-megapixel front-facing shooter takes sharp selfies as well), if not one of the best camera phones around.”

Verge however has a very different take, it writes “On paper and in OnePlus’ marketing materials, this dual camera is the OnePlus 5’s big differentiator. In reality, it’s a major letdown”. However it does talk about its high expectation from the camera and also praises the speed of the camera.

All in all looking at various reviews, our feeling is that of a good camera with some niftly touches but one that requires more work to be perfected. Thankfully mostly the work required is in software department which can be done though software upgrades.

Camera is definatley feature rich with features a histogram for adjusting ISO levels and white balance, and a leveler, time-lapse, slow-motion and panoramic shooting. It also gets electronic image stabilization for video only and 2x telephoto zoom and 8X digital zoom.

Battery Life
According to Engadget, in their test OnePlus 5 stuck around for fifteen hours and three minutes, which they say “is better than any other flagship phone I’ve tested this year”.

In CNET test phones battery clocked an excellent 17 hours, 50 minutes on average. Others also mostly praised the battery back up of the phone. Dash charger which is a fast charger was able to completly charge the phone in 1.5 hours which is good and at par with most fast chargers in the market.

User Interface
OnePlus follows minimalist approach in operating system and this phone is no different. Engadget calls it “Think of it as “stock Android plus” — it’s built atop a clean version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat and loaded with a host of helpful tweaks and options to give power users more control”.

CNET commented “One of my favorite things about OnePlus phones is how simple the software and interface looks. Except for its Community forum app, which keeps you updated on OnePlus news and can be uninstalled, there’s no excess bloatware. It runs a relatively clean version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat that’s easy to use and navigate, too”.

There are many nifty features in the phone and most reviewers liked them and found it easy to use and helpful. One of the highlights of these tweaks is the ‘Reading mode’ about which Verge writes “This can be enabled per app or via a quick toggle. It de-saturates the screen and adjusts the sharpness and brightness to your environment so it essentially emulates a Kindle (which in itself tries to emulate real paper). It’s a huge relief from eye strain and really makes reading much easier”.

Overall verdict of the tech community seems to be in favor of OnePlus 5. Almost all have praised the performance as top notch, user interface as simple yet easy to use and helpful and have also praised battery back up and build quality.

However OnePlus 5 does get fair share of criticism though, most have talked about slightly higher price (only because company has a history of lower price), camera has got mixed response and some have not liked it at all as a flagship phone camera. Lack of water resistance is another area which has been criticized.

But overall we have a feeling that the phone is good and most of the criticism are because of the high expectations from the device and does not necessarily indicate failure of the same.

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Hike messenger connects with Flipkart, Amazon, Uber, Zomato for wallet solutions

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Messaging app Hike, backed by Tencent and Foxconn, has been updated to Hike 5.0 and now includes a wallet service. Using UPI, Hike Wallet users can perform instant bank to bank transfers. This works for those recipients who are not on Hike. For those without a bank account, money transfers can be performed within the wallet itself. The company has roped in YES Bank as its banking partner.

Company is also in talks with major e-commerce players and leading apps including Flipkart, Amazon, Ola, Uber, Zomato and others, for integrating Hike’s just launched wallet solution as a payment option, even as the company sets an aim for becoming the leading messaging and payment app in the country, overtaking competitors Whatsapp and Paytm.

The wallet service launched by Hike Tuesday, will also be available for making offline payments or payments to brick-and-mortar stores through the app, probably next year once the government-backed infrastructure for accepting
payments is ready.

“Banks would start putting QR (quick response) codes with merchants towards the end of the year, when the unique payment interface (UPI)-ready QR codes will be live, then Hike will directly work with the merchants… that’s the direction we want to take with offline payments,” Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and CEO of Hike Messenger.

Mittal referred to the country-wide proliferation of BharatQR, a common QR code developed by major card network companies MasterCard and Visa, and National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), which once deployed, will allow users with debit or credit cards to pay directly from their phone, through just a scan. The government’s move with the private sector is aimed at increasing digital transactions in the country.

Hike is also working towards making the app a common platform for digital transactions of all kinds, a model that is similar to China’s WeChat messaging app, owned by Hike’s investor Tencent. Introducing a wallet service appears to be the first step in that direction.

“We’re in talks with everyone all the time, the likes of Flipkart, Amazon, Ola, Uber, Zomato, BookMyShow… We’ve laid down the foundation of payments and we’re definitely having those discussions,” Kavin Mittal, founder and CEO of Hike Messenger.
The wallet will be available for use across all Android and iOS users by June 25 and July end, respectively, as part of an update to the existing app called Hike 5.0. The update would allow its users to send digital “blue packets” or envelopes containing money to their friends within the app and pay mobile phone bills.

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Coolpad Note 3S : First Impressions And Some Images

                                                                    The Coolpad Note 3S

Coolpad today launched two new smartphones, the Mega 3 and Note 3S and the smartphones are priced at Rs 6,999 and Rs 9,999 respectively. Both the devices will be available at Amazon India retail portal from 7 December.

Here we are bringing for you the first look of the Coolpad Note 3S.


It has a 13 megapixel camera with LED flash and finger print sensor at the back side


coolpad-mega3-boxCoolpad Mega 3

The Coolpad Mega 3 comes in 5.5 inch screen size with 1280×720 pixel resolution and is powered by 1.25 quad-core processor. It has 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and runs on Android Marshmallow OS. The storage capacity can be expanded upto 64 GB using microSD cards.

Coolpad Mega 3 has 8 megapixel camera, both at the front as well as rear

The smartphone comes with 8 megapixel camera at the back as well as at the front and features LED flash. The Coolpad Mega 3 deploys a 3050 mAh battery. Other features include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, proximity sensor are there in the device.

The Coolpad Mega 3 is a dual-SIM 4G smartphone with VoLTE support.

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