Sony Xperia Z3 Price Specification Features Review Camera Battery

Almost all big phone makers now offer compact versions of their flagship smartphones. While these phones share the premium name, most of them are mid-range offerings with much inferior hardware. So, if you longed for a flagship Android phone with compact form factor, there were hardly any options. Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact was one of the first aberrations and it won’t be wrong to say that it was in fact the first ‘real’ high-end compact Android phone.


The company is back with the Xperia Z3 Compact, as it aims to take the experience to the next level coinciding with the release of its new flagship, Xperia Z3. We’ve been using the phone for a couple of weeks and will help you in deciding if it’s a good buy.


Build & design

In terms of design, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is loyal to the company’s OmniBalance’ design philosophy which is minimalist, yet premium. The phone looks very similar to the Z1 Compact but is almost 1mm slimmer and weighs less (129gram vs 137gram). A major change visible change is that the phone’s frame is covered with translucent, silicon material. Just like the Xperia Z1 Compact, the Z3 Compact’s frame is also made of metal but the silicon material hides it and gives the phone a softer feel. The edges as well as corners are rounded.




Xperia Z3 Compact also features a glass panel at the back, just like some other premium Xperia phones. We found Sony Z3 Compact’s back prone to smudges and even scratches so you’d be better off with a protective guard or cover.


The Xperia Z3 Compact has a water and dust-resistant body (IP65 and IP68). Sony says that the phone can be kept under 1.5m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Sony has used protective flaps over all ports (barring the headphone jack) to achieve this. Some users may find it cumbersome, but the flaps offer a big utility.


The 3.5mm headset jack is placed at the top on the Xperia Z3 Compact, while the micro-USB and microSD card ports are placed at the left edge under a flap.Another flap on the same edge hides the nano-sim card slot. It also features a dock connector.


The typical watch crown-shaped, metallic power button is at the right edge along with the volume rocker key. The keys offer good tactile feedback although the volume rocker key could have been a little longer. Sony Z3 Compact sports a hardware button for the camera and is also located at the right edge. The key offers two-stage press similar to camera shutter keys to allow users to focus with soft press and shoot by pressing the key further.




The front of the phone is dominated by its 4.6-inch display. It’s interesting to see how Sony has managed to fit in a slightly bigger display and has still managed to retain the dimensions of the Xperia Z1 Compact. The Z3 Compact also comes with two front-facing speaker outlets. Thankfully, these are very subtle and you may not even realise that they’re present till you look carefully. The screen is slightly prone to smudges.


Barring the smudge prone front and back panels, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact exudes a premium feel and is also good to hold and use. The phone is available in red, green, black and white colour options.




Sony Xperia Z3 Compact sports a 4.6-inch TRILUMINOS display with a resolution of 720x1280p and pixel density of 320ppi.


While the phone doesn’t sport a full-HD display, the bright and vivid panel makes up for it. We would have to say the Z3 Compact’s display is a delight to look at with its extremely wide viewing angles, optimum brightness levels, and almost perfect colour rendering.


Text and graphics look really crisp and sharp and outdoor legibility was also good. It won’t be wrong to say that the Z3 Compact’s display is one of the best among the ones we’ve seen.



Xperia Z3 Compact runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Sony has skinned the user interface and has added its own apps for music, videos and gallery. The Indian edition of the phone also comes with additional content stores for downloading music and streaming TV shows.


Xperia Z3 Compact also has a separate Games Store and What’s New apps, which show curated content (such as apps, music, games) that users can buy.


Sony’s UI skin is not very heavy and doesn’t hog on system resources. The experience of navigating across the UI was very smooth.



The UI elements, including the notifications tray, app launcher and settings menu have been skinned and look good. The transition effects visible during launching and minimising apps are also pleasant to look at.


Xperia Z3 Compact features Sony’s Xperia keyboard which offers a fast typing experience and even offers a Swype-like mode for entering words by sliding fingers across keys. We found the typing experience to be swift and intuitive.


The app switcher button also gives access to small apps, which can float on top of other running apps. The phone ships with some small apps,including a browser, timer, calculator and screen grabber. One can download additional small apps from the Play Store, or even turn a widget into a small app.


While small apps are useful on large screens, they make the screen look crowded on small screen phones like the Z3 Compact. It’s good that Sony still offers an option to users.


We’ll have to say that we found Sony’s UI skin less intrusive and well-balanced. It is among our favourite Android skins.



Sony Xperia Z3 Compact sports the same 20.7MP rear camera with Sony’s G lens that the company offers on the Z3. While the megapixel count remains almost the same as that of Xperia Z1 Compact, the camera module has been enhanced. Sony has increased the maximum ISO sensitivity setting from 6400 to 12,800 for enhanced low-light images. The phone also has a new wide-angle, 25mm camera lens to capture more area.




The camera app offers a plethora of settings in addition to Sony’s Superior Auto mode that chooses the best settings as per the ambient light.


We recommend the Superior auto mode for taking pictures unless you want to control granular settings. In that case, you can use the Manual mode.




You also get different scene options and the ability to switch the resolution of the pictures. Scene modes also include night mode, anti-motion blur, high sensitivity and backlight correction HDR, among others.


The other modes that the app offers include Timeshift burst, Timeshift video, Sound Photo, Multi-camera, Sweep Panorama, AR Effect, Creative effect, Background defocus, Face in, Social Live and Picture Effect. The time shift video helps you create time-lapse videos while background defocus lets you take DSLR-like bokeh pictures with defocussed background. The Multi-camera mode lets you hook other Xperia devices (phones or tablets) or a Sony Wi-Fi/NFC camera and record the same scene with multiple cameras.




Sony Xperia Z3 Compact takes great pictures in daylight and good quality noisy pictures in low-light conditions. The Superior Auto mode has improved and is more consistent when it comes to focusing but low-light pictures still look over processed because of the noise reduction. By default, photos are taken in 8MP resolution.


Pictures show accurate colours, incredible amount of detail, great contrast and pretty good white balance.


The phone supports 4K video recording. The 4K (or movie hall-quality) recording gives you extremely high-resolution videos. No doubt, this makes the phone future proof (at least for some time!), but there are very few monitors or TVs that can support the playback of this video, at this time. We also found that the phone got a little warm while capturing videos in this mode.


The phone’s 2.2MP front camera takes good quality selfies and is good for video chats.




Overall, we feel the Xperia Z3 Compact has one of the best smartphone cameras available right now.



Sony has made no compromises with the Xperia Z3 Compact when it comes to hardware. The phone comes with a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB RAM. The phone comes with 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 128GB. The user gets 11.57GB of free space.


Thanks to all the power under the hood, we did not notice any stutter or lag while launching and switching between apps, editing photos, browsing the web, clicking pictures, watching high definition videos or playing graphics-heavy games.


In terms of synthetic benchmarks, it scored 18,182 in Quadrant Standard, 40,837 in AnTuTu, 2553 in Geekbench 3(Multi-core) and 58.5 in NenaMark 2. Some benchmark scores are comparable to that of HTC One (M8) and higher than Sony Xperia Z2. We don’t endorse benchmark tests and do not ​recommend a phone based solely on benchmarks as real world performance is different at times.




We were able to play videos of popular file formats without any hiccups. Additional file formats can be played through third party video player apps.


The sound output through the phone’s front-facing stereo speaker grills was also loud and clear, a much needed change from the less loud output of previous-generation Xperia phones. Thanks to the new positioning of the speaker outlets, sound doesn’t get muffled when the phone lies on its back.


Call quality was very good and the phone works well even in weak signal areas. We also observed that the phone catches signal even weak Wi-Fi signals. It also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which means it will work new routers capable of offering higher transfer speeds.


The phone comes with GPS and A-GPS for navigation and maps and was easily able to lock a signal. It also comes with NFC connectivity to initiate file transfers to other NFC-enabled phones and receive data from NFC tags. It worked as promised.


The phone comes with a 2600mAh battery with a claimed standby time of up to 920 hours and talk time of up to 14 hours on 3G. With moderate to high usage, including about one to two hours of making calls, playing games, checking Twitter and Facebook feeds, clicking some pictures, listening to music and browsing the web, the Xperia Z3 Compact will easily last you a full working day, even if you put the screen brightness at the highest level and keep 3G turned on. It delivered a total backup of about 13.5 hours with screen-on time of 3.5 hours on a typical work day.


You can boost the battery backup by using Sony’s Stamina mode that shuts down battery-draining apps and data transfer when the screen is turned off and starts them again when it is turned on.




We did not experience any lag whatsoever and were able to play graphics-intensive games like Riptide GP2 and Asphalt 8 without any frame drops or delays. The phone is a smooth performer when it comes to gaming.


Xperia Z3 Compact also supports PS 4 Remote Play, acting as a remote screen to connect to and control games on Sony PlayStation 4 gaming console. You’ll need to put both of the devices on the same Wi-Fi network. You can attach the phone with the PS4 controller through an adapter and make it a portable console.



Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is without doubt the best compact smartphone available at the moment. It comes with top-of-the-line hardware, a brilliant display, fluid user interface, an incredible camera and delivers punchy performance. Having said that, at Rs 44,990, we feel that the phone is overpriced, especially with some current and last generation premium phones available online at a much lower price.


So what are the other alternatives? If you’re open to a non-Android phone, Apple iPhone 5S is still one of the best smartphones available in the market. It has a great camera, impressive build quality and features like a fingerprint sensor but has a smaller (4-inch) display, and a battery that doesn’t last a full day. The phone is now available at prices close ti Rs 35,000, online.




You can also choose to wait for the iPhone 6 but we expect the phone to be priced about Rs 10,000 higher than the Xperia Z3 Compact.


If you don’t want to look beyond Android, the metal-bodied, Samsung Galaxy Alpha is also expected to be available soon.


Don’t want to spend a lot and still need a good compact smartphone? The Xperia Z1 Compact is still a great option.

Micromax Canvas A1 Android One Price Features Review Specification Analysis

Google has finally launched the first set of Android One smartphones that are powered by reference design hardware and closely integrated, standardized, stock-Android UI. While there’s not much differentiation in terms of the internals, the phones, made in collaboration with three Indian vendors - Spice, Karbonn and Micromax, look and feel slightly different.

Micromax Canvas A1, exclusively available on, is the most expensive of the lot, priced at Rs 6,499. Here’s what we feel about the phone…

Micromax Canvas A1 looks very similar to Android One phones made by Spice and Karbonn except for a few minor aesthetic differences. The basic design philosophy and build quality of the three phones is consistent.

Made of plastic, the phones bear a simple, utilitarian look and the focus is on making the device durable and good to hold with soft rounded corners and edges.

The front of the phone features black plastic bezel that sports a glossy finish and a 4.5-inch FWVGA(480x854p) IPS display. The Canvas A1 is the first Micromax Android phone to come without any hardware capacitive keys for navigation. The front panel also features a 2MP front camera and a round earpiece.

The soft, plastic keys for volume control and power are located at the right edge and offer good tactile feedback. The bottom edge sports the micro-USB port while the 3.5mm headset jack sits at the top.

The back features a removable plastic back cover that sports a soft touch, rubberised, matte finish. The phone feels good to hold and there were no squeaks and wobbles.

The back is also where Micromax differentiates the phone with its own branding and a protruding, circular, metallic ring that houses the phone’s 5MP rear camera and LED flash. The ring has a dark, brushed-metal finish though the finish could have been better. A small, round speaker opening and the Android One branding is also present at the back.

The back cover hides two micro-sim slots, a hot-swappable microSD card and a removable, 1700mAh battery.

The 4.5-inch display offers good viewing angles and decent sunlight legibility. However, we found it a little prone to smudges. Also, while the low display resolution doesn’t stick out due to the comparatively smaller screen size, the experience is not as good when compared to the 720p display of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, which is priced at Rs 5,999.

In terms of hardware, the phone is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, Mali-400MP graphics and 1GB RAM. The phone has 4GB internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports cards of up to 32GB capacity. Out of 4GB, 2.27GB is available to the user.

The phone runs a near-stock version of Android 4.4 KitKat with a few non-removable preloaded apps that include Amazon, Hike, M!Live, and AskMe. The phone comes with the Google Camera app and we could not take pictures as the app refused to activate the shutter without an external storage source. We’ll have a detailed look at the camera in our full review.

We’ll have to say the phone is one of the smoothest ones available at this price. Also, it won’t be wrong to say that it’s the best entry-level Micromax phone we’ve used ever. We’ll have to see how it fares with multiple apps running in the background and games.

Is the Micromax Canvas A1 Android One phone capable of usurping Xiaomi Redmi 1S from its throne? You’ll need to wait for our full review to find that out.

Apple iOS8 Features Reviews Analysis Specification


The biggest iOS release ever.

What’s new in iOS 8.

iOS 8 comes with big updates to apps you use every day, like Messages and Photos. A whole new way to share content with your family. And exciting new connections between apps and between devices. All that and more make iOS 8 the biggest iOS release ever.


What is iOS?

iOS is the foundation of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It comes with a collection of apps that let you do the everyday things, and the not-so-everyday things, in ways that are intuitive, simple and fun. And it’s loaded with useful features you’ll wonder how you ever did without.


New power for developers.

iOS 8 is the biggest release for developers since the introduction of the App Store. We’ve given them new tools to extend the reach of their apps and opened up new opportunities for them to take advantage of iCloud, Touch ID and more. Which means you’re seeing exciting new apps with capabilities that were never possible before.


iCloud and iOS 8.

iCloud is built into iOS. It makes sure your devices always have the latest versions of your documents, apps, contacts and more. It even helps you track lost devices.

Apple Iphone 6 Price In India GSM Mobile Phone Cellphone Information Info Specs Opinion Review

Apple has unveiled two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Along with larger screens and a completely new iPad-style design with an ultra thin body and rounded corners, the two new phones offer faster processors, better cameras, and Apple’s new ApplePay payment system.

Apple’s new iPhones are available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, and are available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities. The iPhone 6 pricing starts at $199, while the iPhone 6 Plus pricing starts at $299.

While both models include the same 64-bit A8 chip and the same general design, there are several differences between the two phones. The iPhone 6 measures in at 6.9mm, while the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly thicker at 7.1mm. Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus also has three major differentiating factors: optical image stabilization for the camera, and a longer battery life, and an iPad-style landscape mode that displays more content on the screen.

Though the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization, both phones got some major camera improvements in form of sensor upgrades, improved tone mapping, better noise reduction, and new “Focus Pixel” technology, which improves the phone’s ability to select autofocus points. For videos, there’s a new 240fps slo-mo option, along with support for shooting in 1080p at 60fps. The front-facing camera was also upgraded, with an f/2.2 aperture that lets in more light and new burst mode capabilities.

Both phones have an impressive new “Retina HD Display,” with the iPhone 6 featuring a resolution of 1334 x 750 (326 ppi) and the iPhone 6 Plus featuring a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi).

Design wise, the phones more closely resemble the iPad and the iPod touch than the iPhone 5s. Both models have soft, rounded corners and a curved glass screen that melds smoothly into the thin metal body of the device. The volume buttons on the left side of the device are now pill-shaped, and the power button is located on the right side of the device for easier one-handed use.

To further make its devices easier to use one-handed, Apple has added in a new double tap home button gesture called “Reachability,” which moves items from the top of the screen to the bottom of the screen for quick access.

Other new features in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include WiFi calling support, faster 802.11ac WiFi, and support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

How to Buy

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will launch on September 19 in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Singapore. Apple will be taking in-store pre-orders for the devices beginning at 8am local time on Friday, September 12.

Online orders kicked off at 12:01am Pacific Time on the 12th at Apple’s online store as well as individual carrier stores, such as Verizon and AT&T. The preorders suffered from technical difficulties due to the volume of pre-orders

Apple’s iPhone 6 will be available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities, priced at $199, $299, and $399, respectively, with a two-year contract. The iPhone 6 Plus will be available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities and will be priced $100 higher at $299, $399, and $499, respectively. Both the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus will be available in Space Gray, Gold, and Silver.

Hands on Impressions

Following Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 6 and its wearable device, members of the press were invited to go hands-on with the new devices, letting us get an early look at the larger-screened iPhones.

Reviews were largely positive, with several people pointing towards the display of the device. According to Jared Nelson from TouchArcade, the Retina Display HD screens look “absolutely incredible” in person. Engadget noted that despite the resolution difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the two displays looked almost identical.

The Verge said the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 “looks great” and feels like a “hybrid of the iPhone and iPod touch.” Multiple reviews said that even though the larger iPhone is big, it’s easier to hold than expected because of its rounded edges.

gizmodoiphonehandImage of iPhone 6 Plus courtesy of Gizmodo

Testers were also largely impressed with Apple’s one-handed “Reachability” mode, which shrinks anything on the phone’s screen into thumb’s reach with a double tap on the Touch ID home button. Gizmodo called Reachability a “smart solution.”

gizmodoshrunkImage of iPhone 6 Plus Reachability Mode courtesy of Gizmodo

Apple will also be sending out review devices to many sites, which means we’ll be getting some in-depth opinions of the iPhone 6 in the coming weeks, likely just ahead of its September 19 release.

Questions about the iPhone 6? Ask in our iPhone discussion forums

In More Detail


Measuring in at 4.7 and 5.5-inches, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus dwarf previous iPhone models, but at the same time, the two phones are Apple’s thinnest yet, measuring in at 6.9 and 7.1mm, respectively. For comparison’s sake, the iPhone 5s was 7.6mm thick.

According to Apple, the thinner profile was made possible by the company’s “thinnest display yet,” which is made of slightly curved glass designed to flow seamlessly into the body of the device to highlight the “Retina HD” screen of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.


Both devices include prominent antenna bands on the back enclosure, along with a protruding rear lens. The volume buttons are pill-shaped, much like the buttons on the iPad Air, and the power button has been relocated to the right side of the device.

The iPhone 6 measures in at 5.44 inches long and 2.64 inches wide, and weighs 4.55 ounces. The iPhone 6 measures in at 6.22 inches long and 3.06 wide, weighing 6.07 ounces. In comparison, the iPhone 5s is 4.87 inches long, 2.31 inches wide, and it weighs 3.95 ounces.



iPhone 6 rumors largely suggested Apple would use a sapphire display cover in the device, but that turned out to be false. Instead, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus use “ion-strengthened” glass with an improved polarizer (for better outdoor viewing), a photo aligned IPS liquid crystal display, and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.


The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display with a “2x” resolution of 1334 x 740 (326 ppi) while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch “3x” resolution of 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi). Both phones are said to offer higher contrast, better brightness, and improved white balance.

Apple has implemented several “Reachability” features to improve the viewing experience on its larger devices, including Display Zoom and landscape view (iPhone 6 Plus only). Display Zoom lets users zoom in to get a closer view at their apps, while standard zoom displays more content on the screen.

Landscape view on the iPhone 6 Plus is designed to make the most of the 5.5-inch screen and to help users be more productive. When in landscape mode, the device will display apps like Mail, Calendar, and Stocks in a wider view similar to the way they’re displayed on the iPad.



The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus both offer improved battery life, but due to the larger size of iPhone 6 Plus, it is able to accommodate a larger battery. While the capacities of the two batteries are unknown, previous rumors pointed towards 1,810 mAh capacity for the iPhone 6 and a 2,915 mAh capacity for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Because it has a bigger battery, the iPhone 6 Plus has a longer battery life than the smaller iPhone 6. 3G talk time for the iPhone 6 Plus is at 24 hours, compared to just 14 hours in the iPhone 6, for example, while HD video playback is at 14 hours for the iPhone 6 Plus and 11 hours for the iPhone 6.



Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have a new 64-bit A8 processor built on an advanced 20-nanometer process. Not only is the chip smaller than the A7 in the iPhone 5s, it’s also able to deliver 25 percent faster CPU performance while being 50 percent more energy efficient.

The A8 takes full advantage of Metal, Apple’s gaming technology that lets developers create console-style games on the iPhone. According to Apple, Metal is designed to let the GPU and CPU work together to provide detailed graphics and complex visual effects, which means gaming on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is going to be better than ever.

Alongside the A8, there’s also a new M8 motion coprocessor, which is the successor to the M7 motion coprocessor introduced in the iPhone 5s. The M8 measures data from the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope, along with a barometer, which is new to the iPhone 6.

With the addition of the barometer, the M8 motion coprocessor can measure elevation in addition to steps taken and distance traveled.


The iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus continue to sport an 8-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera, but the addition of several new features will result in vastly improved picture quality. Continuing to offer improved camera capabilities has always been a priority for Apple, with the company even opting to include a protruding lens design to avoid making image quality sacrifices for the sake of the thin design of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The first major new feature, “Focus Pixel,” is designed to speed up autofocusing by providing the sensor with more information about an image, while improved auto image stabilization will compensate for slight amounts of motion blur and hand shakiness.


Both phones also have improved face detection capabilities and more control over exposure, and the Panorama feature now supports high-resolution panoramic photos of up to 43 megapixels.

Video options have been improved in the two devices, and it’s now possible to capture 1080p HD video at 60fps. There’s also a new 240fps slo-mo mode, and time-lapse video, which was introduced with iOS 8.

The iPhone 6 Plus has one slight advantage when it comes to the camera, however, as it takes advantage of the M8 motion coprocessor to offer optical image stabilization. Optical image stabilization better compensates for hand shake and slight movements in low light than standard auto image stabilization techniques. As a result, it’s likely the iPhone 6 Plus will be able to deliver higher quality low-light photos than the iPhone 6.

Along with rear camera improvements, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have improved front-facing FaceTime HD cameras with a new sensor and an f/2.2 aperture. With these improvements, Apple says the front-facing camera can capture 81 percent more light, resulting in much better low-light photos. There’s also a new burst mode for the front-facing camera, which will let users take burst mode selfies for the first time.


Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both offer faster LTE with support for LTE Advanced networks, reaching speeds of up to 150 Mbps, and they offer 20 LTE bands for better connectivity when traveling.

The devices also include support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) which allows users to make higher-quality phone calls over LTE. VoLTE will also allow users on CDMA networks like Verizon to use voice and data simultaneously for the first time. VoLTE requires support from both Apple and carriers, and several carriers have pledged to roll out support for the service.

In addition to cellular improvements, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus are the first of Apple’s iOS devices to offer support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is able to offer connection speeds that are up to 3 times faster than existing 802.11n networks.

Finally, the iPhone 6 supports calls over Wi-Fi, which can result in higher-quality calls, especially in situations where a cellular connection is low. Calling over Wi-Fi is another feature that requires carrier support, but again, some carriers, like T-Mobile, have already pledged support.


Like the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to offer Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint-based security system. With iOS 8, which ships on the iPhone 6/6 Plus, Touch ID will become even more powerful, thanks to third-party Touch ID integration.


Touch ID is also an integral part of Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payments initiative, as is the Near Field Communication (NFC) antenna built into every iPhone 6. Apple Pay is designed to allow users to pay for purchases at thousands of retail stores with just a fingerprint.


The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will ship with iOS 8, Apple’s newest mobile operating system. iOS 8’s main goal is to improve integration between Apple devices, both mobile and desktop, through the use of “Continuity.”

With Continuity, users can seamlessly transition tasks between iPhones, iPads, Macs, and the Apple Watch. iOS 8 also includes features like interactive notifications, widgets in the Notification Center, third-party keyboards, and a new QuickType predictive keyboard. More information about iOS 8 can be found in our iOS 8 roundup.

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Apple Store Down Ahead of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Pre-Orders

Sep 11

Apple to Offer In-Store Pickup Option for iPhone 6 Pre-Orders

Sep 11

Sapphire Displays for iPhone 6 Missed by ‘Weeks’ Due to Yield Issues

Sep 11

iPhone 6 Pre-Orders to Kick off Tonight at 12:01 AM Pacific

Sep 11

First iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipments Reportedly Land on U.S. Soil

Sep 11

Apple Aiming to Ship 80 Million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Units By End of 2014

Sep 10

Apple Implementing ‘Reservation Pass’ System at Retail Stores for iPhone 6 Launch

Sep 9

Apple CEO Tim Cook: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Will Trigger ‘Mother of All Upgrades’

Sep 9

Hands-On First Impressions of Apple’s New Payment Initiative, Apple Pay

Sep 9

Hands-On First Impressions of the New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Sep 9

Apple Announces 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Plus, Launching September 19

Sep 9

Alleged iPhone 6 Geekbench Results Reveal 1.4 GHz Dual-Core A8 Chip, 1 GB of RAM

Sep 8

Apple’s Larger Phones May Be Called iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Sep 8

Both 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Models Reportedly Launching on September 19

Sep 8

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iOS Simulator Shows Possibility of iPad-Like Landscape Apps on 5.5-Inch iPhone 6

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Former GT Employee Appears to Confirm Apple’s Plans for Sapphire Display Covers

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Price Review Specification

In the Samsung Unpacked 2014 event on Wednesday at IFA, Samsung announced its new flagship products that left many people were unimpressed with the announcements. In fact, a number of the announcements from Samsung seem ‘inspired’ by the competition - and some, in fact, are made by a third party - which will give ammunition to people who see Samsung as lacking a unique vision of its own.

Going beyond the cringe inducing presentation that had overtones of misogyny casually thrown in, the actual product themselves were largely uninteresting. The creation of the Note family, and the subsequent rise of the phablet category is something that Samsung can genuinely take credit for - something that the company kept reminding us repeatedly during the event - but it’s been a long time since the original Samsung Galaxy Note was launched.

With the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung has ceded the chance to innovate and build something new that people would actually want to use - what we get instead is a change that serves to show off the technical prowess of the company, instead of looking at what users want or need.

In the past too, people have raised this point when talking about Samsung. The company has brought in so many “innovative” features in the past - remember the song and dance about Smart Scroll and Smart Pause at the Galaxy S4 launch? We don’t hear much about them these days and we fear many of the features announced on Wednesday will experience the same fate.

The two new Notes are essentially the same phone, but the Edge includes a curve along the right edge, as a scrollable panel for information, notifications, and utilities. Samsung already explored curved screens with the Galaxy Round, which it had released last year. Reviews at the time pointed out that this innovation was hardly transformative of the way we use smartphones, and the fact that Samsung has released two variants of the Note suggests that the company also realises this fact.


Unfortunately, the other announcements from Samsung aren’t exactly exciting either.

For one thing, in terms of design, the Note 4 has barely moved forward from the established style that Samsung has been using. This wouldn’t be an issue if design wasn’t one of the areas where Samsung has been hard pressed to stand out for a while now. The screen size remains the same as the Note 3, even though the display resolution has been bumped up significantly.

This increase in resolution will certainly help when the phone is used for VR, since each eye will see only around half the screen, but when it’s taken as a whole, it seems like overkill - 5.7-inches is huge for a phone, but in absolute terms, that’s still a pretty small display.

Then there’s the question of “inspiration”. Samsung has been accused of copying features from their competition in the past, and some of the things that were talked about on stage on Wednesday won’t do much to dispel this belief.

Amongst the accessories shown at Unpacked, Samsung included something that the company is calling an LED cover - which shows information on the cover of the phone, letting you see things like the time, missed calls, incoming calls and some other notifications. That sounds really useful, and might be more familiar under the name HTC Dot View case.

Another thing that Samsung showed off was the panorama selfie mode, where you can stitch together multiple pictures from the front-facing camera to take group selfies. It’s a really cool feature that will be fun to use - and Huawei got there first, when it launched the Huawei Ascend P7 earlier this year.

In fact, the coolest accessory shown on that stage was the one where Samsung’s role was minimal - the Gear VR virtual reality headset. The Gear VR looks and works a lot like the Oculus Rift, but it uses an actual Galaxy Note 4 as the display, which also runs the games and other VR apps.

This is a genuinely cool idea, and one that Oculus and Samsung have been working together on for nearly 12 months now. The extremely high resolution of the Galaxy Note 4 makes perfect sense in this combination, as a 1440p screen basically means that each eye gets to see a HD image.

It uses the phone’s processor and various sensors to carry out head tracking, though it can’t be as accurate as the IR camera based approach being used in the Rift DK 2. What’s really exciting about the Gear VR though is the software experience - it’s our first look at what a polished Oculus interface could look like, and the results are exciting.

There’s a VR store called Oculus Home, where you can discover, download and launch VR content. That means that users don’t have to go back and forth between VR and a normal display to get to their content. Another really exciting feature is called Oculus Cinema, a virtual movie hall where you can play 2D or 3D movies, in a variety of theatre environments.

This is genuinely exciting stuff, and not just for gamers, but it just highlights the fact that the best part of Samsung’s announcement was a product that was built in collaboration with another company. Whether the market rewards Samsung for its vision of going ahead with the partnership is another question altogether.

Yes, the Galaxy Note 4 itself comes with some interesting updates - the improvements to battery life and S-Pen the company talk about come to mind, even though they still need to be tested in the real world. The S-Pen is frankly the Note family’s killer feature albeit one that is not well understood by its users. Most Note 3 users we polled informally admitted to rarely, if ever, using the stylus.

But what these improvements tell us is that Samsung is great at refining, and tweaking existing products. Coming up with something new, that people will be excited by and want to use, is a bigger challenge. The company is showing great technical prowess, but in an increasingly challenging landscape, is that enough to win the hearts and minds of consumers? Guess we’ll find out when the new products hit the market.
Apple 32 GB iPad Mini with Retina Display and Wi-Fi (Silver, 32 GB, Wi-Fi)

Wi-Fi Enabled
5 MP Primary Camera
1.2 MP Secondary Camera
7.9-inch Touchscreen
A7 Chip with M7 Co-processor
iOS 7
Full HD Recording
Internal Memory: 32 GB

GENERALBrandAppleModel ID32 GB iPad Mini with Retina Display and Wi-FiPart NumberME280HN/AColorSilverProcessorA7 Chip with M7 Co-processorVoice CallNoIn The BoxLightning to USB Cable, iPad Mini, USB Power AdapterPLATFORMOperating SystemiOS 7SensorsDigital CompassSTORAGEInternal Storage32 GB (Available user memory of the device may be lower than the stated memory due to default pre-installed apps and device OS)DISPLAYDisplay Type7.9 inch 2048 x 1536 pixelsOther Display FeaturesRetina Display, LED Backlit, IPS Technology, 3.1 Million Pixels, Razor Sharp Text, Finger Print Resistant Oleophobic CoatingCAMERAPrimary Camera5 megapixelsSecondary Camera1.2 megapixelsVideo RecordingYes , Full HD Recording at 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)Other Camera FeaturesiSight Camera: Advanced Optics and Backside Illumination Sensor, Face Detection, Auto Focus, Five-element Lens, Hybrid IR Filter, f2.4 Aperture, HDR Photos, 5x Photo Zoom, Capture HDR and Square Photos, FaceTime HD Camera: Improved Sensor with Backside Illumination, Record 720p HD Video, Photo Booth, Face Detection
Video Recording: Tap to Focus while Recording, 3x Video Zoom and Video Stabilization, Face Detection, Backside Illumination
BATTERYInternet Browsing Time10 hrs (Wi-Fi)INTERNET CONNECTIVITYWi-FiYes, 802.11 a/b/g/n3GNoPre-Installed BrowserSafariMULTIMEDIAVideo PlaybackYes , Full HD PlaybackAudio Formats SupportedMP3CONNECTIVITYOther Connectivity FeaturesWi-Fi with MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out): Uses Two Antennas to Deliver upto Twice the Data Throughput for Streaming Video, AirDrop
Charging via Power Adapter or USB to Computer System
Bluetoothv4DIMENSIONSDimensions134.7 x 200 x 7.5 mmWeight331 gADDITIONAL FEATURES

Lightning Connector, FaceTime Video Calling, A7 Chip with 64-bit Architecture, Ultrafast Wireless, The M7 Co-processor Measures Motion Data, Video Streaming, AirDrop, iBooks Store, Photos, Dual Mic, Audio Recording, Siri, App Store: 475000 Apps, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Discover Literary Works, Multi-touch Books, iTunes Store, iCloud, Control Center, Flight Mode, Orientation Lock, Notification Center, Voice Messages, Reminders Read Less

WARRANTYWarranty Summary1 Year Warranty

Apple 32 GB iPad Mini with Retina Display and Wi-Fi (Silver, 32 GB, Wi-Fi)

  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • 5 MP Primary Camera
  • 1.2 MP Secondary Camera
  • 7.9-inch Touchscreen
  • A7 Chip with M7 Co-processor
  • iOS 7
  • Full HD Recording
  • Internal Memory: 32 GB
  • FaceTime


GENERALBrandAppleModel ID32 GB iPad Mini with Retina Display and Wi-FiPart NumberME280HN/AColorSilverProcessorA7 Chip with M7 Co-processorVoice CallNoIn The BoxLightning to USB Cable, iPad Mini, USB Power AdapterPLATFORMOperating SystemiOS 7SensorsDigital CompassSTORAGEInternal Storage32 GB (Available user memory of the device may be lower than the stated memory due to default pre-installed apps and device OS)DISPLAYDisplay Type7.9 inch 2048 x 1536 pixelsOther Display FeaturesRetina Display, LED Backlit, IPS Technology, 3.1 Million Pixels, Razor Sharp Text, Finger Print Resistant Oleophobic CoatingCAMERAPrimary Camera5 megapixelsSecondary Camera1.2 megapixelsVideo RecordingYes , Full HD Recording at 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)Other Camera FeaturesiSight Camera: Advanced Optics and Backside Illumination Sensor, Face Detection, Auto Focus, Five-element Lens, Hybrid IR Filter, f2.4 Aperture, HDR Photos, 5x Photo Zoom, Capture HDR and Square Photos, FaceTime HD Camera: Improved Sensor with Backside Illumination, Record 720p HD Video, Photo Booth, Face Detection

Video Recording: Tap to Focus while Recording, 3x Video Zoom and Video Stabilization, Face Detection, Backside Illumination

BATTERYInternet Browsing Time10 hrs (Wi-Fi)INTERNET CONNECTIVITYWi-FiYes, 802.11 a/b/g/n3GNoPre-Installed BrowserSafariMULTIMEDIAVideo PlaybackYes , Full HD PlaybackAudio Formats SupportedMP3CONNECTIVITYOther Connectivity FeaturesWi-Fi with MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out): Uses Two Antennas to Deliver upto Twice the Data Throughput for Streaming Video, AirDrop

Charging via Power Adapter or USB to Computer System

Bluetoothv4DIMENSIONSDimensions134.7 x 200 x 7.5 mmWeight331 gADDITIONAL FEATURES
WARRANTYWarranty Summary1 Year Warranty

Apple 16GB iPad Mini with Wi-Fi (White and Silver, 16 GB, Wi-Fi)


Indulge in the best tablet experience with the iPad Mini from Apple. Crafted with brilliance in every inch, this Tab is going to define your elite status.

-Display And Design

7.9 Inch




The iPad Mini is designed with a 7.9 inch IPS display with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. Experience enriched colours and incredible clarity of the images while you watch the videos come alive. The body of the Tab is designed in a sleek and compact form to fit comfortably in your palms.


Dual Core

A5 Processor

iOS 6

Operating System

With the power of a Dual Core A5 processor, the device performs at incredible speeds even during heavy graphics usage, while the iOS 6 provides a very smooth and fluid user-interface while multi-tasking.


1.2 MP


5 MP


Full HD

Video Recording

Integrated with 5 megapixel iSight and 1.2 megapixel FaceTime cameras, you can capture photographs with excellent quality and video chat with your dear ones. The camera also lets you record videos at Full HD with the options of tapping to focus and video stabilization.


16.3 Watts


Up To 10 hours


The iPad Mini is powered by a 16.3 Watts Lithium Polymer battery that provides up to 10 hours of web-surfing using the Wi-Fi.


16 GB


The Mini offers 16 GB of storage space to store all your personal content to take with you wherever you go.



Bluetooth v4


Integrated with the Wi-Fi connectivity feature, you can browse, chat and make video calls over the internet. The device also lets you share files effortlessly with other supported devices through the USB and Bluetooth options.



Light Sensor



With the accelerometer, three-axis gyro, ambient light sensor and digital compass integrated, this device is developed to be extremely easy and convenient to use.

Levi’s Men’s 511 Slim Fit Jean

  • 99% Cotton/1% Spandex (Rigid Dragon); 99% Cotton/1% Lyrca Spandex (Black Stretch, Rigid Grey); 98% Cotton/2% Spandex (Clean Dark, White - Bull Denim); 98.1% Cotton/1.9% Lycra Spandex (Rinsed Playa); 54% Cotton/46% Polyester (Light Poly); 98% Cotton/2% Lycra Spandex (Muse, Throttle, True Chino - Bull Denim); 98% Cotton/8% Elastane (Cash, Pumped Up, Express)
  • Imported
  • Button Fly closure
  • Machine Wash
  • Actual coloration may vary from garment to garment due to specific wash processes.
  • Zip fly with button closure
  • Five-pocket design