Starting with Samsung Note series, mobile devices are on steroids to grow larger with every upcoming device. Since then, large sized devices emerged to rule the mobile segment and claim to be more powerful. Every Smartphone brand seems to comply with the trend and is releasing bigger phones – the bigger the device, the more power and innovations they come packed in. Well, until Sony threw its latest smallish, sharp and power-packed device to the bandwagon of phablets on steroids: Sony Xperia Z1. If you still believe that your handset must fit in your mitt, then here it comes for you.
Body and design
Sony kept a keen eye on customers who yearn impressive spec-sheet, awesome power and premium feel larger handsets have, in compact size. Hence, Sony has shunned the trend of 5-inch (and even larger) screens of its rivals with strictly compact, palm-friendly 4.3-inches hood which exudes premium look and feel with metallic sides in a splash of four different colors. And yes, it is water-friendly for belonging to the Xperia lineage. As this handset is designed to resist freshwater to the 1.5 meter depth for as long as half an hour, you can capture some underwater shots and that the device can resist accidental dip in water that not many larger counterparts are capable of.
Display, processor, and power
A slightly larger than iPhone 5s, Sony Xperia Z1 packs in all the goodies of phablets including a sharp 4.3 screen with vibrant 1,280x720p resolution and 342ppi pixel density. The handset is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system; however, no news of upgrade to 4.4 KitKat version on this device is heard so far. The handset is powered by quad-core 2.2GHz processor and decent 2GB of RAM which made it notably faster than its Xperia Z predecessor. When iYogi reviews Sony Xperia Z1, it has shown no sign of lag or hang while playing high-definition racing games and apps. Not only games from Google Play, you can also play those heavyweight games from the PlayStation Mobile store. Apart from its excellent processor and RAM, the performance of the handset is backed up by a 2,300mAh battery which can elongate its stamina for up to two days after one-time charge. That’s not all; Sony Xperia Z1 comes with this special ‘Stamina’ mode which is made to work longer by cutting down some power and screen usage.
Sony Xperia Z1 comes packed in an onboard standard 16GB memory which can be further expanded with a microSD card up to 64GB.
The camera features of Sony Xperia Z1 are just as impressive as other features. The camera boasts of a whopping 20.7 megapixels lens with different modes to match your moods, theme and ambience of photography, including panorama, HDR, Timeshift burst, smile shutter, red eye reduction, face detection. Additionally, its Superior Auto setting enhances all your photos. Thus, picture quality of Sony Xperia Z1 is turned out to be sharp, detailed and vibrant with life-like colors.
So, if you were waiting for a pocket-friendly handset with excellent spec-sheet, battery life, imaging and superb performance, wait no longer – Sony Xperia Z1 is here.
Full list of specifications of Sony Xperia Z1
Dimensions: 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm
Screen size: 4.3 inches
Screen resolution: 1,280 x 720, 340-ppi
Screen type: Triluminos LCD with 16 million colors
Onboard storage: 16GB (12GB free)
External memory: up to 64GB with microSDXC
Rear camera: 20.7MP (1/2.3-inch sensor, f/2.0 lens with 27mm equiv. focal length)
Front-facing camera: 2MP stills, 1080p video
Video capture: 1080p, video stabilization, HDR
Speed: HSPA+ (850/900/1700/1900/2100); GSM GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
CPU: 2.2GHz quad-core Krait 400
GPU: Adreno 330
WiFi: Dual-band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, MHL, Miracast, WiFi Direct, DLNA
Operating system: Android 4.3 (Sony-specific UI)
Are you longing for a tablet that can exhibit killer performance in a reasonably portable package? Well, put an end to your search. You can get the best gaming experience with the Razer Edge Pro Tablet. Launched recently this terrific gaming tablet is not very affordable but it is definitely portable with built in Windows 8 Operating System. As per iYogi reviews team observation, Razer Edge gives an experience of PC games and it even comes with an optional controller accessory to handle game console and gives an experience of PC gaming.
The makers of Edge Pro are marketing their device as multi-purpose machine that can replace desktop, laptop, Xbox, PS3, and tablet. It has Core i7 processor and discrete Nvidia graphics, which allows the users to even run gaming utilities like stream, uPlay, World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2 very easily.
The device weights around 2.25 pounds and measures 20 mm and 10.6-inch height. Its 1366-by-768 pixel screen is good for playing games but if you are considering watching any movie then you might not be satisfied with its resolution. iYogi reviews team also noticed that the screen of Edge Pro is big enough for playing games, browsing web, but it looks cramped if you try to manage multiple desktop applications on it.
In spite of having so many features, there is one thing that can upset the users, Razer Edge Pro generates a lot of heat and sometimes it becomes too hot to even handle during gaming sessions. It’s not a deal-breaker though but Edge Pro is uncomfortably warm while running PC games. Coming to the performance of Edge Pro, iYogi reviews team strongly feels that the device renders great performance, thanks to its features like 128GB SSD, Windows 8 OS, Nvisia GPU, Core i7 processor, etc.
There is no doubt about the efficiency of Edge Pro, it is an amazing piece of kit but if you are looking for something more reasonable than Edge is not what you want to buy. Razer Edge will cost you around $1450, which can be quite expensive on your pocket.
iYogi reviews HP Slate 7, launched recently with some amazing features and specifications. The sleek and stylish HP Slate 7 is priced at $140, which is quite cheap as compared to other Android tablets. While the tablet contains some bonuses like Beats Audio sound, it too has few faults. Let’s have a look at the features of HP Slate 7.
iYogireviews team finds that HP Slate 7 has a basic 1,024 x 600-pixel resolution, which is same as 7-inch Samsung Tab 2. Also, the display of HP Slate 7 is covered with a fine layer of silver dust, which gives a look of the older-generation LCD panels. Other thing that iYogi reviews team noticed that the screen of HP Slate 7 is not ideal for reading things that appeared on display and the user had to struggle while reading online content.
Further examining the features of HP Slate 7, iYogi reviews team finds that the tablet runs Jelly Bean Android 4.1.1 and include 1GB of RAM, 3-megapixel rear camera, and a VGA front camera that’s more like a webcam. Also, the brain of HP Slate 7 contains dual-core 1.6GHz processor with 3,500 mAh cell, which is less than Samsung Tab2’s mAh battery.
Other thing that attracted iYogi reviews team was HP Slate 7’s design, which is a bit thicker around the edges and looks great while one holds it in hand. Apart from this, the on-off switch in Slate is located at on the top, together with the headphone jack and microSD card slot, while the front facing camera is centered. Also, one of the most striking physical features of HP Slate 7 is its bright red rubberized rear, which makes it easier to spot.
Exploring the camera, battery and sound features of HP Slate 7, iYogi reviews team noticed that slate doesn’t give a great shot but you might end up with some good pictures if it is being clicked outdoor. Coming to the battery of HP Slate 7, well the battery life of Slate is too not very great, however, you can easily spend few uninterrupted hours of streaming or gaming and do a little bit of surfing too.
iYogi reviews team finds that the sound is one of the best features in HP Slate 7. It has Beats Audio, which can subtly enhance the listening experience of the users. In a final verdict, iYogi reviews team wants to add that with minor hits and flops, HP Slate 7 gives you an average performance and you can consider buying it, in case your budget is to not more than $150.
Wondering what is Dragon Mobile Assistance app all about? Well, Nuance’s Dragon Mobile Assistant app for Android automatically starts listening for voice commands and it also read notifications when the user is behind the wheel. This amazing app, functions with the help of Driver Mode and it prevents the user from ever having to touch the phone in the car.
iYogireviews team finds that the app simply works when you say “Hello Dragon” and you need not have to fiddle with buttons to begin a voice command. The Driver Mode automatically connects to the car’s Bluetooth system, docking station, by audio cable, and begins to follow the voice command of the user. The Dragon Mobile Assistant app is amazing for one more reason and that is, it automatically turns on the Driver Mode when the car starts moving by detecting the phone’s GPS location.
Many cars don’t have built in Bluetooth or a docking station for Android phones, in such a case the motion detection feature can help the user a lot. However, at time the Dragon’s setting for Driver Mode proves to be confusing because the background voices keep on engaging the application. iYogi reviews team also noticed that, under the Driver Mode settings, the user can easily turn on the “background voice detection” and “read aloud notifications”. The users also have options to permanently turn on these features, whether driving or not.
After closely determining the features of Dragon Mobile Assistant app, iYogi reviews team finds that the turning on voice detection and read aloud notification can drain out your phone’s battery completely. It can even make your phone hot. However, the good thing is that the Dragon’s Driver Mode method works reliably and its new update feature can make you listen to your Facebook notifications and entire e-mails while driving comfortably.
iYogi reviews team finds that the Dragon’s new Driver Mode feature can easily let you enjoy your mobile features without disturbing your drive.
If you are looking for a mobile phone that is both reasonable and good for image capturing, then Nokia Lumia 928 can serve your purpose. Available for $100, the Lumia 928 offers specification similar to those of the Lumia 920. iYogireviews team gives you a complete assessment of the Nokia Lumia 928. Here’s a look.
The Lumia 928, like many other Nokia phones is available in just two colors, white and black and that too, only the back of the handset’s chassis is colored, rest of the body is in complete black tone. The phone’s face and sides have the simple assortment of buttons and ports and the phone is slimmer and lighter than the Lumia 920. iYogi reviews team found that the Lumia 928 is easier to hold and it is even comfortable to hold in pockets.
The 2000mAh batter of the Lumia 928 is non-removable and it also lacks a MicroSD card slot, enabling the user to add extra storage. The phone’s battery lasts for 6 to 7 hours, after you use it to play games, stream music, and update Facebook and Twitter status. Also, Lumia 928 supports wireless charging, however, you will need to buy the charging pad separately. iYogi reviews team inspected that the Lumia 928 is packed with high-performance loudspeaker that blows out sound at a much higher volume.
If you are gamer, then Lumia 928 might not excite you much. The phone’s gaming capabilities are disappointing, however, the phone can run smoothly while browsing the web or switching between the apps. Also, the iYogi reviews team noticed that its Windows Phone app store is by no means equal or better than Apple or Google’s digital storefronts. There are few apps that might attract you but you would find very limited options in the App store or Play store of Lumia 928.
iYogi reviews team finds that the camera of Lumia 928 is best for taking low-light photos, and it gives really good and clear images as compared to other phones in the same category. The images taken by Lumia 928, reflects vibrant and beautiful colors with minimal noise around the subject. After a thorough inspection of Lumia 928, the iYogi reviews team finds that the phone’s easy-on-pocket price tag and lower-light photography capabilities are the main reasons why anyone would buy this phone.
iYogi reviews the latest ChillTab 2, a high-quality tablet stand that can provide a reliable and sturdy feel to your tablet. The ChillTab 2 is a muscular little stand, which is roughly 4.8-inches wide and 6.5-inches tall with attractive looking tablet stand, designed for home or office use. iYogi reviews team found that the ChillTab 2 tablet stand has stylish exteriors with two heavily padded brackets to hold your tablet in place. The bracket used in the device has enough of spacing to accommodate limited range of tablet models, some smartphones, and few tablet cases and coverings.
iYogireviews team also notices that the ChillTab 2 tablet stand offers both portraits and landscape orientation to let you view your tablet screen from two different angles. The ChillTab 2 bends to a limited single angle and that is 60 degrees, however this angle is perfect for video conferencing, watching videos, reading, or recipe-viewing use in the kitchen.
As per iYogi reviews team examination, the ChillTab 2 tablet stand is ideal for your home as it allows you to have a sturdy and steady interface with your tablet at any part of your home. The ChillTab 2 is a handy device for using an External Bluetooth Keyboard and onscreen typing and it has got a stylish black, powder-coated finish that looks attractive on your desk or around the house. The added convenience of the ChillTab 2 tablet stand is that the brackets used in the device leave most of the bottom edge of your tablet open and allows you to connect your charger/sync cable very easily.
iYogi reviews team notices that the circular cutout used on the front of the stand and just below the brackets, allows you to run the cable to a power source or computer in a clutter free environment. However, the drawback of using ChillTab 2 is that it doesn’t fold up, because of which you cannot carry the stand comfortably in your suitcase or travel bag. According to iYogi reviews team, the bottom line is the limited angles of the ChillTab 2 tablet stand are disappointing. However, for home or office, the ChillTab 2 is an ideal choice. It is quite affordable given that it has a reliable and sturdy feel.
If you are looking for a stellar designed high-performance mobile phone devise then HTC One X is probably what you are looking for. iYogi reviews the stylish HTC One X and give you insights of the smartphone. HTC is good at creating stylish hardware and it has put in the same creativity in HTC One X. The phone is carved in white ceramic body with rounded edges and its size is 5.4 by 2.7 by 0.4-inches, which is larger than Apple’s iPhone 5 but smaller than HTC’s previous handset, the Droid DNA. HTC One cuts a pretty picture and you are definitely going to love its design and style.
Close look at the features
iYogi reviews team feels that the aluminum body and gentle curves of HTC One is definitely going to remind you of Samsung Galaxy SIII’s primarily plastic body. It has got sleek exteriors with 1920-by-1080-pixel display packs 468 pixels per inch, which makes viewing HD content a feast for the eyes. HTC One has two large, front-facing stereo speakers, which blow surprisingly loud and clear. You can definitely enjoy some good music with HTC One when you are out with your friends.
HTC One has a built-in IR blaster, which can let you use the phone as a universal remote control. iYogi reviews team notices that the device also has a TV app with a setup wizard that shortened the task of programming with your TV, cable box, and home theater. Another cool bit of software that HTC One offers is BlinkFeed, which helps in keeping up-to-date with your social networks and news feeds. It’s a glorified RSS reader that lives on the home screen of the phone to get connected with Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts to show you updates from your friends.
iYogi reviews team found that the next best feature of HTC One is its camera. HTC One has opted 4-megapixels, which is comparatively less to what other smartphones use these days yet it successfully gives the best quality of images even in low-light environments.
Coming to the processing power, well, HTC One offers good processing power to the users. HTC One has Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, which delivers superior graphics and battery life. You can enjoy games, stream music and videos all by using HTC One without compromising with the short battery life.
As per the verdict of iYogi reviews team, HTC One has handful of quirks like its sleek design sometimes makes the phone buttons difficult to press. Also, the 2300mAh battery of HTC One is non- removable and the phone lacks a microSD card slot which means you just have 32GB (or 62GB, if you buy the larger model), of on-board memory to store your photos, apps, music and movies.
Even with its handful of problems, HTC One X is surely among the best Android phones you can buy. Equipped with superb design, beautiful screen and extra IR blaster, HTC One surely deserves a thumb up.
HTC One is rated at $200.0
iYogi reviews the high-end smartphone ‘Sony Xperia ZL’. Xperia ZL answers the user query with its amazing features that include full-HD display, a camera that’s chock full of megapixels, a beefy quad-core snapdragon processor, and speedy LTE- connectivity. Here we talk about the features, functions, looks, and usability of the product.
Appearance and style
The 5-inch 1080p display of Sony Xperia ZL is stylish and we can almost bet that you might not need any phone accessory to further revamp it. The phone’s display is yet another success of Sony Xperia ZL, the screen’s bezel is quite thin and the 443 ppi pixel density offers clear, crisp text on the display. The user can enjoy viewing photos, and watching videos on the bright and vivid display of Sony Xperia ZL. However, if you are not satisfied with screen quality, Sony Xperia Zl offers white balance settings that can tweak the color temperature of the phone according to your taste.
The other style features of Sony Xperia ZL, like curved corners, textured backplate, microUSB charging port, volume bar, silver power button, and the shutter button for the 13-megapixel camera, gives Sony Xperia ZL a look of an average high-end smartphone. It is only 5.35 ounces, and is less than half an inch thick.
Tune and videos
Coming to the tune and video features, the Sony Xperia ZL has single speaker, which is placed on the back of the set, adjacent to 13-megapixel camera. The voice quality of the speaker is not something you would watch out but you might enjoy the sound depending on your mood and interest. Moving to the camera, the 13-megapixels sounds like a lot, and guys it actually is. You can enjoy capturing your beloved one in Sony Xperia ZL as it gives you a fine photo quality, and if you can put lots of lighting at the photo session, you may end up capturing a great shot.
Sony Xperia ZL has autofocus settings that can further help you enjoy the photo clicking experience with your friends. The Xperia ZL again offers 1080p video recording facility but this too doesn’t come without fault. While the audio recording of Sony Xperia ZL provides a great experience, on the other hand the camera’s image stabilization can occasionally make your videos jittery.
Battery power of Xperia ZL
The Xperia ZL has 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. The phone is quite powerful and you may have no trouble tackling any of the apps or games. Even the call quality on AT&T’s network can give you a satisfactory experience in Xperia ZL. The 16GB capacity of the phone is great as it easily supports 32GB micro SD cards, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios. Xperia ZL can never disappoint you with its battery as you can easily spend few hours watching videos, and playing games without using the phone charger.
Some other attractive features
Sony Xperia ZL has few unique features up its sleeves. First, it can be used as faux remote control if you own Sony television. Second, Sony Xperia ZL offers a unique feature called ‘Stamina Mode’, which when turned on, automatically disable mobile data and Wi-Fi every time screen turns off. In addition it continues to receive calls and text messages, complete downloads and uploads, and run certain apps (including music) in the background.
iYogi suggests that Sony Xperia ZL is not at all a bad deal until you are ready to compromise with few screen, audio, video, and app flaws. What you feel about the product? Share your views with iYogi.
Microsoft has released its next big thing in January: Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Office 365. These two latest editions are optimized to mobile devices and online sharing. And they are Windows 8 ready too. Both these editions bundle core Office applications and some additional applications including Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. iYogi reviews this new version of Microsoft PowerPoint to help you find and use new set of tools, features and functions of this Office application.
First thing First, the Start screen
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 opens with a Modern-style interface including an improved Start screen. When iYogi reviews, it points out new theme-centric templates users can start with. These new range of templates is ready with the design and formatting users require in their presentation. Hence, they start with inserting data and object without having to focus on design. The Start screen also features a link to SkyDrive account or SharePoint online to enable users to access current list of PowerPoint files.
New formatting tools
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 has many improved and new set of formatting features which are found accessible from the task pane at the right side of the screen. To access these formatting tools, users need to right click on the object to be formatted to see the right task pane changing and fetching the new set of formatting tools for an object, for example a chart, diagram, or a picture.
iYogi points out that Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 unfurls a revamped PowerPoint Presenter View. Unlike earlier version, users can access this improved Presentation View on a computer with single monitor by pressing Alt + F5. As the view opens, Presenter View will allow users to alternate between the Presenter View and the Slide Show View as and when required. The Presenter View will also features thumbnail views of all slides and new Zoom option which will let users highlight an area of presentation when required.
In addition to these, Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 enables cloud integration and seamless online sharing. Users can ask other team mates to add comments, show comments, incorporate and update the presentation in the real-time, by sharing the file via SharePoint Online and using SkyDrive account.
Yes, that’s what Razer Edge is found out to be. iYogi reviews Razer Edge tablet which has garnered loads of accolades and awards at the CES 2013, Las Vegas. The PC peripheral maker Razer has first unveiled this Windows 8-based which packs in a powerful…