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Apr

Power Battery – Battery Saver: a feature (and ad) filled battery preserver. [Review]


Android’s battery life has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few iterations. Features like Doze and Android RunTime Compiler have reduced the battery draw of everyone’s favorite mobile OS significantly, and a combination of increased battery size and more efficient CPUs mean we’re getting some help from hardware, too. That said, though, you’ll still be lucky to get a full day’s use out of most modern flagships. Power Battery – Battery Saver aims to help make the most out of your mAhs by offering a suite of tools to reduce the drain on your battery.

Highlights

  • Four default battery saving profiles + custom profiles
  • Ability to schedule profile changes by time and/or battery level
  • Detailed battery drain statistics
  • Ad-supported

Features

Power Battery was a mixed bag in my experience; on the one hand, it is excellent at detecting apps that are draining battery quickly. On the other, those apps tend to be onscreen foreground apps that are (rather obviously) draining the battery. There are a number of helpful features baked into Power Battery, but for every beneficial one there is a potentially frustrating one to match.

Note: I tend to use a root-required battery saving app called Amplify for my battery saving needs, but for the purposes of this review, I uninstalled Amplify and relied only on Stock vs. Stock + Power Battery comparisons.

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The Good

Power Battery has some really great battery and use statistics built in – from real-time current charge left to actual mAh usage statistics, the guys at LIONMOBI love their numbers. The app features context-sensitive notifications that show up when certain conditions are met; for example, when my phone dropped from 50% to 40% in an amount of time that was inconsistent with the normal usage, I received a notification showing me the icons of the culprit apps.

In addition, Power Battery also provides a lockscreen that replaces your default one when your battery reaches a specific threshold. I found this to be a bit frustrating in practice when used in conjunction with my fingerprint security, but otherwise found it to be a solidly designed lockscreen meant to help make your battery last.

As for actually saving battery, I felt like Power Battery did its job admirably for not needing root-privileges. It reliably identified power-draining apps and extended my battery life when it was low, though I have to say that I did get more battery life with Amplify.

The Bad

I’m going to be frank; Power Battery has too many ads. There is at least one prominent ad on every page within the app – sometimes two or three. With so many ads, it can come across as a money-making application rather than an app that’s purpose is to provide a service. I understand that app developers need to make a living as well, but when I open an app and I see more ad than app, I feel that’s a bit much.

My second beef is with the notification and lockscreen features. Neither of these features is customizable and you can’t turn either of them off – in fact, you don’t even know they exist until they’re on your screen, which can make for some rather alarming confusion at first. The lockscreen conflicts mightily with my fingerprint security, resulting in having to unlock my phone twice to get it open.

While my battery life with Power Battery was definitely longer than on Stock Android Marshmallow, it was not dramatically improved, and it was not as effective as other, more robust apps.

Conclusion

Power Battery does what it advertises, but unfortunately also advertises when it should be doing what it does. This is an ad-heavy, free app that will extend your battery life on Stock Android, assuming you don’t have access to a stronger battery saver.

Power Battery – Battery Saver on the Google Play Store

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18
Apr

Spigen’s Nexus 6P Case Collection, Ranked!


Spigen is one of the best case makers around; it makes great cases at reasonable prices. I had the pleasure of testing out its Nexus 6P collection, and I was not disappointed – every one of the four cases on this list is well worth your money, from aesthetic to protection.

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4. Ultra Hybrid

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Clear material shows off the 6P’s aesthetic.

Of the four units I tested, this one was my least favorite. The clear bumper shows off the Nexus 6P’s aesthetic, but the heavy weight of the TPU material really undercuts the slim, clean design of the phone. That being said, the Ultra Hybrid feels soft and durable in the hand, the cutouts – as with all Spigen products – are precise and roomy, and the TPU buttons feel solid and springy. Though this is ranked at the bottom of the list, it’s still a step above the case I was using previously.

Price: $12.99 on Amazon

3. Neo Hybrid X

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Spigen’s two-piece form factor, the Neo Hybrid X, features a TPU soft-body case and a hard polycarbonate bumper to protect the corners, edges, and buttons. The soft-body case feels and looks a lot like the Ultra Hybrid, right down to the same drawbacks it faces in extra heft, bulk, and oddly soft feel. The bumper really adds a feel of durability to the Neo Hybrid X, with reinforced port cutouts and chromed buttons.

Price: $16.99 on Amazon

2. Thin Fit

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Fits like a glove. Great for tight pockets.

At first glance, a Nexus 6P wearing a Spigen Thin Fit case looks and feels as though it doesn’t have a case at all; the thinness of the 6P combined with the ridiculously low profile of the case itself. While the Thin Fit covers the entire back and sides, it only barely lips over the edges of the face, top and bottom of the phone. I’m a little hesitant to intentionally put my phone to a drop test to see if the lip is enough to protect my phone, but the design itself seems pretty sound as far as protecting the frame. The button cutouts make it a little tough to press them, but in all, this is one of, if not the, best slim-profile case I’ve seen.

Price: $10.99 on Amazon

1. Rugged Armor

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Notice the carbon fiber accents.

Of the four cases I tested, this one really blew me away. The look, the feel, the details – the peace of mind – all of it just felt right. The flexible TPU soft-case is slightly textured, giving it a premium feel. The cutouts for the ports – and especially the fingerprint sensor – are roomy enough to accommodate the fattest of cords – or fingers – and the glossy, carbon fiber aesthetic of the camera plate is gorgeous. Surprisingly, the case adds very little heft and bulk to the phone; this is due to a combination of the already-slim body of the 6P and the deceptively thin TPU material from which the Rugged Armor is made. I’d go as far to say as this is the best Nexus 6P case around – of any manufacturer, not just Spigen.

Price: $11.66 on Amazon

18
Apr

Tronsmart’s 5-port QC 3.0 power station can charge your Android smartphone from 0-80% in 30 minutes


I recently picked up an LG G5 to review, and one of the unique features it has is USB Type-C with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. Most of these charging technologies can be confusing, because they’re always advancing so quickly. I also picked up the Tronsmart 54W 5-Port USB Charger Charging Station from Amazon since it is one of the few accessory charging brands I trust. I wanted to see for myself just how good Quick Charge 3.0 really is made out to be.

What is Quick Charge 3.0?

According to Qualcomm –

Quick Charge 3.0 is engineered to refuel devices up to four times faster than conventional charging. It is designed to charge twice as fast as Quick Charge 1.0 and to be 38 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0. Now consumers can spend even less time charging, and can grab and go more quickly.

How does it work? Quick Charge 3.0 employs Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV), an algorithm which allows your portable device to determine what power level to request at any point in time, enabling optimum power transfer while maximizing efficiency. It also supports wider voltage options, allowing a mobile device to dynamically adjust to the ideal voltage level supported by that specific device. Specifically, Quick Charge 3.0 offers a more granular range of voltages: 200mV increments, from 3.6V to 20V. That way your phone can target one of dozens of power levels.

In a nutshell…

It can charge your compatible devices really quickly. It’s faster and more power efficient than anything you’ve used before to charge your smartphone.

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Tronsmart 54W 5-Port USB Charger Charging Station – link

Specs

  • Five port charger with VoltiQ
  • Ports 1-4 – 5V / 2.4A (Max)
  • Port 5 – (QC3.0 Port): 3.6-6.5V/3A, 6.5-9V/2A, and 9-12V/1.5A(Max)
  • Charge compatible devices to 80% in just 35 minutes
  • 27% faster charging speed compared with Quick Charge 2.0 Charger

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Usage

Being 100% honest, I am getting quite tired of all of the confusing charging features in Android devices these days. USB Type-C was left out of the latest Samsung Galaxy phones, which adds to the fragmentation issue with Android hardware. Also Qualcomm’s Quick Charge isn’t available on devices like the Nexus 6P, where it uses Fast Charging instead.

It’s downright confusing and nearly impossible to keep up with.

That’s where I turn to Tronsmart. I have been using its chargers for over a year now, and love the build quality, as well the engineering that go into each of its accessories. VoltiQ is the smart technology that it uses to manage the power output to all of my devices. I don’t have to worry about power output and frying batteries with VoltiQ. Tronsmart takes the time to get its chargers and cables certified through Qualcomm so its customers have another layer of protection for its customers.

The 5-port Quick Charge 3.0 power station from Tronsmart is a charger that has the technology built into it that will be compatible with all of my devices. Wireless headphones, speakers, and smartphones like my iPhone 6S+, LG V10, and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge can all be charged at fast speeds using the four VoltiQ charging ports. The fifth charging port which has Quick Charge 3.0 is designed for devices like my LG G5.

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I’ve been using this charger for about a month, and can tell you that it works as advertised. It charges my Samsung Galaxy S7 edge at 2.4A, while it charges my LG G5 at a faster 3A. That power difference results in my LG G5 going from 3% to 80% in about a half an hour. I don’t like to drain my batteries to 0%, but for the sake of this test I did drop it to 3%. I normally am used to getting about 50% in the same time on Quick Charge 2.0 devices, so getting that extra 30% in the same amount of time is quite nice.

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The build quality of Tronsmart chargers is near the top of third party manufacturers, and this charger lives up to that standard. It’s small – the five-port power station easily fits in the palm of my hand. It’s small enough to where it is my charger of choice for travelling as it helps keep things simple and organized.

Summary

Priced at $29.99, the Tronsmart 5-port Quick Charge 3.0 power station is fairly priced for the quality and technology built into this accessory. It’s small and compact, and most importantly is compatible with the latest charging standards as well as the older ones. You can’t go wrong with Tronsmart accessories. If you’re looking for a multi-port charger, I highly recommend the 5-port Quick Charge 3.0 power station from Tronsmart.

  • Get the 5-port power station from Amazon.com.
  • If you need cables, you can pick up six in varying lengths from Tronsmart for just $10.99.
  • USB C Car Charger,Tronsmart 30W Dual USB Car Charger with Quick Charge 3.0 Technology – $19.99
  • [Quick Charge 3.0] Tronsmart 42W 3-Port USB Wall Charger – $21.99
18
Apr

Hermit: Lite Apps Browser review


Overview

Hermit is a unique app that lets you create desktop shortcuts to you favorite websites. This helps eliminate rogue apps draining your battery, frees up storage space, and helps simplify permissions requests from other apps.

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Opening Screen where all you bookmarks live.

Developer: Chimbori

Cost: Free (in-app purchases allows you to create unlimited apps)

Highlights

  • Helps reduce battery consumption
  • Reduces permissions needed by other apps
  • Helps free up phone storage
  • Does not use background resources

Review

Creating a new bookmark.

I started using this app as a way to free myself from the hassles of the official Facebookapp. It was always running in the background draining my battery even further. As a heavy user, I need every percentage of battery I can get. I tried a few wrappers that all work pretty well, but then I ran across Hermit.

Hermit creates bookmarks and saves them to your home screen. There are a lot of pre-made bookmarks such as Facebook, Instagram, Time, and more that come with icons that look like the full app, but not all apps have an icon for them; instead, you get the generic Hermit icon. However, you can always change the icon with the numerous icon packs available in the Play Store. They also appear in your recent apps switcher so they close out just like other apps.

Hermit offers a plethora of customization options, including:

  • Theme Colors
  • Notifications
  • Data Saver
  • Full screen
  • Bookmarks for each app

However, there is one bug that is kind of a bother sometimes. When you have more than one app, Hermit sometimes gets confused as to which one you’re trying to open straight from your gallery but it’s worth the trade-off.

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Conclusion

Overall I really enjoy this app. I started off using it for Facebook but I have since used it for other items such as news and sports sites as well. While there are still bugs to be worked out it’s worth it even if it’s just for the two free apps you can set up; and who doesn’t love an ad-free experience?

Download Hermit: Lite Apps Browser in the Play Store

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SUMMARYThis is a great app for replacing storage hogging apps, especially Facebook. Highly Recommend. 3.8

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18
Apr

Bragi Dash review: The true wireless earphone


You know, when “wireless” earphones began to flood the headphone market, I was somewhat confused. They still had wires. Shouldn’t they be called semi-wireless? That fact kind of killed my interest in them all together. I wanted the real deal. Straight up earpieces, no cables.

Fortunately, a company came along that recognized that problem as well. Bragi envisioned a true wireless earphone design, called the Dash, but needed help to make it a reality. Therefore, like many startups, it utilized Kickstarter (the most popular crowd-funding site). After a couple years, the Dash finally made its way into the hands of fans. But was it all it was cracked up to be? Let’s find out.

Design

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The Dash are unlike any headphones you’ve seen before. The earpieces are rather bulky, actually, but this is because they’re the entire wireless headphone. Everything (the Bluetooth component, battery, audio driver, etc.) is stuffed in the little spaces.

The build is plastic, but it’s split almost evenly between a glossy and matte finish. The contrast is appealing to me, and the unit feels solidly put together. The glossy part does show fingerprint smudges, but I do like the shine that it gives off.

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Each earpiece has these unique-looking contact points on their underside. This is how the Dash charges. The packaging comes with a cradle that has a microUSB port on the side. Plop the earpieces in their respective slots (finding the correct orientation can be tricky at first) and you’ll feel the magnets lock them in place.

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Bragi includes a short microUSB-to-USB cable and no AC adapter, so you’ll either have to charge from your PC or just use your smartphone charger. The cradle also serves as a carrying case, so there’s a really nice cover that slides over it to keep the earpieces safe.

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Bragi cut out a slit so that you can still see the status LED on the earpieces. And speaking of which, the Dash indicates its battery status: green for plenty of battery, orange for medium battery, red for low battery, and blue for fully charged. I really like how Bragi implemented the light. It glows and pulses, appearing somewhat futuristic, which totally complements the earphone itself. This is the headphone of the future. If the Dash aren’t in the charger, just give ’em a shake and the light will glow for a couple seconds.

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Like most earphones, the packaging includes a variety of silicone ear tips. But unlike most earphones, three of those pairs are a sleeve/tip combo and one is the just ear tip.

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I was kind of confused when I laid them out. Although the sleeves are labeled small, medium, and large, they all look the same size to me. But the ear tip does go deep within the ear canal, so maybe there’s a very slight difference in size between them. If you don’t care for the protection, you can use the pair of just ear tips (I don’t know why we don’t have three sizes of these as well).

I have a slight rant with the silicone material/finish that Bragi used. It clings on to lent like no tomorrow. It’s almost impossible to keep them nice. And this doesn’t exclude the ear tip from collecting ear wax. Eww.

Usability

When you first get the Dash, it can be a little intimidating to get started. There’s no buttons on it like on typical wireless earphones. Bragi tries to make it simple with easy-to-follow directions (provided on the box or how-to’s on its website). Basically, the top surface of each earpiece is touch-enabled. For instance, to pair, you just hold your finger down on the right earpiece for five seconds and the Dash will become discoverable.

However, in my experience, it wasn’t as hassle-free as in theory. Something I found out the hard way is that the touch pad isn’t on the entire top surface. It’s only a small area towards the bottom. I naturally began touching the middle of the surface and got frustrated because nothing was happening.

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I eventually got it to be discoverable after a few tries (it nicely dings and a voice tells you that it’s ready to pair), then pairing through the phone’s Bluetooth settings is easy. Something I found out as I took the earpieces on and off is that it’s almost impossible to not give it a touch input while you’re adjusting the Dash in your ears. I would’ve much preferred if Bragi put the touch pad on the center of the surface. Usability of the touch controls also a mixed bag for me. Sometimes you have to swipe just right for it to work.

One time I went to adjust the right earpiece in my ear and the music paused. I tried doing a lot of things for it to resume playing and nothing worked (I had to just hit play from the phone). Then I went to see if I could make it pause again and I couldn’t. It’s supposed to be just one tap on the right earpiece to play/pause, but the tap response on my unit was just a mess. You have to hit it at just the right spot, and the taps don’t register 100% of the time.

Another issue I ran into is when a call interrupted my music, and I dismissed it, the music wouldn’t resume. It was still playing on my phone, but I heard nothing out of the Dash. I had to mess with it to finally get the music to come back. Bragi has more ironing out to do. These random issues make me feel like this is an unfinished device.

I know I started on a negative note, but functionality is not all bad. Once you do learn all that you can do with different touches, it is impressive. I like how Bragi gave each earpiece a separate set of controls.

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The fit is also impressive. Just looking at the design, I thought the Dash would easily be able to fall out of your ears. Not so. The earpieces are lightweight and somehow have a snug fit. Maybe it’s the shape that allows your ear to cradle it. I don’t know, but it works. I can move my head around all I want, they don’t go anywhere. This means that they’re excellent for exercising. I would say that it’s the best wireless earphone for exercising. Having no cable whatsoever is something special.

Something unfortunate (but not totally unexpected) is that the battery life of the Dash is sub-par. The 100mAh capacity gets you around 3 hours of playback (at max volume, I got exactly 2 hours). In comparison, the JayBird X2 (a popular wireless earphone) get about 8 hours. BUT, Bragi redeemed themselves with the included cradle. It’s not just a charger but a battery pack. It has enough capacity to get the Dash through five full charges. This was a very smart idea. Still, the fact of the matter is that you’ll run out of juice quite often (if you use them a lot), so that needs to be something you’re okay with. Charging them up from an empty battery takes an hour.

Features

So assuming that you can work through the iffy controls, the Dash does pack an impressive array of functionality. This area is also where Bragi’s ambition shows, and keeps my heart open to them despite my usability complaints.

First, as I’ve touched on before, the Dash is built with sport-use in mind. It sits surprisingly securely in our ears, but can also withstand the elements. The Dash isn’t just sweatproof but waterproof (up to a meter). Therefore, you can use it while swimming.

What’s more, the Dash is built with fitness tracking abilities. You’ll get live feedback about your steps, the duration of your activity, and even heart rate (there’s a heart rate sensor built in). Because of the versatility, the Dash can tune its fitness tracking for the activity that you’re doing. For instance, if you’re running, then it knows to monitor your steps. But if you’re cycling or swimming, you’ll get heart rate and duration information.

How is this information relayed, you say? Bragi developed an app.

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It’s pretty simple; the status of the Dash is shown up top (tap on them for a quick peek at their controls) and the features are along the bottom. Activity displays the fitness information.

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Macros is pretty neat. It’s essentially motion gestures for a quicker way to execute functions. Unfortunately, it’s not very expansive at the moment. All you can do is nod your head to accept a call or shake your head to reject it. Bragi says more will be added in future software updates.

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The Sound settings lets you adjust the volume or turn on/off Audio Transparency. You can do both of these things on the Dash (with the touch controls), but these are shortcuts if you’re already in the app. Audio Transparency is pretty cool. It amplifies the external sound around you. This is nice if you’re outdoors and there’s something going on that you need to hear, or if someone starts talking to you.

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But wait, there’s more! Bragi even managed to cramp 4GB of internal storage into the Dash. Yeah, you can dump mp3’s into the earpieces and play music directly from them. Simply dock them into the cradle and connect to a computer. You’ll see a folder reserved for the music. It’s organized by four playlist folders that you switch between on the Dash.

Sound

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much in regard to sound quality from the Dash. There’s so much technology packed into the tiny spaces and I figured that wouldn’t leave much room for competent acoustics. Bragi was fortunately smart about it and used Balanced Armature (BA) drivers. These drivers are tiny and used in many high-end earphones today, because it allows audio manufacturers to stuff several of them in a small space (for instance, the Shure SE846 has four BA drivers per earpiece).

I liked the sound quality for the most part. There’s more bass than I would have thought. I expected a thin sound, and that certainly wasn’t the case. It’s not a boomy Beats-like bass, thankfully. It’s impactful without being over-done. But don’t expect depth like wired in-ears at the same price.

The whole reproduction is satisfyingly balanced actually. The treble is crisp and plenty of detail comes through. The mid-range is also prominent (not recessed). Vocals and instruments sound natural and encompassing. Suffice to say, Bragi surprised me. The Dash should sonically satisfy most users.

It’s not a perfect picture, though. Unfortunately, the Dash picks up noticeable background hiss. I’m guessing that Bragi struggled with this; there must be a great deal of electrical interference to tame. Hopefully it gets addressed in the next version. Things like this happen with first gen devices.

Final Thoughts

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The Dash is a mixed bag, and I recommend that consumers give it a fair amount of thought before dropping $300. The price is high for a headphone that isn’t close to perfect, but you have to consider how ambitious this project was. Before the Dash, a true wireless earphone (no wires) was unheard of. It’s the headphone of the future, and it has to start somewhere.

That makes it a tough spot for a reviewer. I want this device to succeed, sooo bad, but can’t quite recommend it until all the usability issues are ironed out. I’m also looking at that steep price tag when I think about it. But at the same time, I want people to buy it, because then Bragi will eventually dish out a sequel that will be the true product.

The Dash does do some great things already, though. The fit is impeccable and the sound quality is solid. The battery case is also well-thought-out. If you can manage with the touch controls, there are functions galore. I applaud Bragi for being so ambitious and hope it can continue.

A shout out to my buddy, Miguel Calderon, for letting me borrow his Dash unit! He supported the Dash on Kickstarter from the beginning. Thanks man!

Bragi Dash product page

18
Apr

Get up to ₹16,000 when you exchange your old phone for a OnePlus


OnePlus is offering a trade-in program through which you can get up to ₹16,000 in cashback for exchanging your older phone for a OnePlus X or OnePlus 2 at Amazon India.

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From OnePlus:

  • Just choose from a range of OnePlus smartphones from Amazon (OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X) and purchase the device.
  • Once you place an order, make a note of the Order ID.
  • Head back to purchased mobile page on Amazon and click on the “Mobile Buyback” scheme. Once you agree with the T&Cs, click on “I AGREE” to be redirected to the ReGlobe page.
  • Enter the details of the smartphone you are exchanging and input your newly purchased OnePlus smartphone ORDER ID from Amazon.
  • Check Area Serviceability, Price and Buyback availability on your old smartphone.
  • Enter your contact information and await a call from ReGlobe to agree on a mutually convenient pick-up time.
  • Schedule the pick-up and get cash back on the spot.

The terms and conditions clearly state that the offer is valid only if you purchase a OnePlus phone:

Your Amazon Order ID will be validated to check for a OnePlus Device purchase. Upon inspection, if your smartphone’s condition is in-line with what was mentioned while taking the quote, your smartphone will be taken and you would be handed over the cash.

We went to ReGlobe and checked the buyback process to see how easy it is to avail the offer. We managed to get a quote of ₹18,150 for a year-old 32GB Galaxy S6 in good condition. That’s less than what you can get from sites like Quikr or Olx, but with ReGlobe you don’t have to go through the hassle of posting an ad and waiting to hear back from potential buyers.

If you’re in the market for a OnePlus One, OnePlus X or OnePlus 2 and have an older device in a decent condition, head down to Amazon from the link below to check out the buyback scheme.

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18
Apr

Galaxy S7 on Rogers updated with touchscreen fixes, shape correction feature


Canadian carrier Rogers is rolling out an update for the Galaxy S7 that brings stability improvements, touchscreen fixes, and a shape correction feature for the camera that automatically fixes skewed shots.

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The OTA update comes in at 243.23MB, and is now available to Rogers customers. The update has already made its way to Galaxy S7s in the U.S., U.K., and India.

Thanks Ivan Froese for the tip!

18
Apr

Yu Yureka Note with 6-inch Full HD display unveiled in India for ₹13,499


Yu Televentures has launched its latest handset in the Indian market, the Yureka Note. The phone is set to go on sale online as well as retail stores — a first for the brand — for ₹13,499.

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Designed to provide the “ultimate multimedia & gaming experience,” the Yureka Note offers a 6-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 370ppi, 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MTK6753T SoC with Mali T720 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory with microSD slot, 13MP camera with PDAF and f/2.2 lens, 8MP front shooter, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 4000mAh battery. There’s dual-SIM functionality, dual speakers, a fingerprint sensor at the back, and Cyanogen OS 12.1 atop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Nothing particularly jumps out when it comes to the specs, although with the 6.98-inch Lenovo Phab making its debut earlier this month and the Xiaomi Max rumored with a 6.4-inch display, it looks like we’ll see a bevy of large-screened phones entering the market shortly.

18
Apr

Which HTC 10 colors can you get in the UK?


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All three major color choices are coming to the UK market — but your options will depend on where you buy.

The newly announced HTC 10 launches in early May in three major color options. (Well, OK, four if you include the Japan-only “camellia red”.) In the UK, your choices are:

  • Glacial Silver: A silver back with a white front.
  • Topaz Gold: A gold back with a white front.
  • Carbon Gray: A dark grey back with a black front.

(The Glacial Silver variant you may have seen in photos with a black front is exclusive to North America.)

That’s a pretty straightforward selection. However as usual, various network operators and retailers have laid claim to different color options.

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Carphone Warehouse

The country’s biggest independent retailer has the HTC 10 in all three colors including gold, which it’s claimed as an exclusive. To sweeten the deal, the retailer is offering £50 cashback on the HTC 10 when you take out a new contract or upgrade.

See HTC 10 at Carphone Warehouse

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HTC.com

Notwithstanding Carphone’s exclusivity deal, HTC’s own online store also has all three HTC 10 colors — gold, silver and gray — available for purchase unlocked and SIM-free.

See HTC 10 at HTC.com

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EE

Although EE isn’t yet listing the HTC 10, a press release from the operator confirms that it’ll stock the carbon gray version of the phone.

See HTC phones at EE

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Three

Three has said that it’ll carry the HTC 10, but hasn’t confirmed color options just yet. The carrier’s sneak peek video shows the glacial silver version of the phone.

See Android phones at Three

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Amazon.co.uk

Amazon has the HTC 10 in glacial silver and carbon gray, available to buy SIM-free and unlocked.

See HTC 10 (gray) on Amazon
See HTC 10 (silver) on Amazon

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BuyMobiles.net

Carphone’s online-only arm also has the HTC 10 in glacial silver and carbon gray, available to buy on contract with EE, in addition to SIM-free and unlocked.

See HTC 10 (gray) on BuyMobiles
See HTC 10 (silver) on BuyMobiles

Vodafone

Vodafone UK has confirmed that it has no plans to range the HTC 10.

See Android phones at Vodafone

O2

O2 is saying it has nothing to announce on the HTC 10 at present, and is directing customers to its “coming soon” page.

See Android phones at O2

Are you picking up an HTC 10? Let us know which color you’re going for down in the comments!

HTC 10

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18
Apr

HBO Canada will stream Game of Thrones season 1 for free through TMN GO


If you live in Canada and want to get hyped again for the upcoming Game of Thrones season, you can now stream the whole first season for free. You’ll be able to watch it through TMN GO, via the on-demand platforms of TV providers across Canada. The free stream of season one begins April 18 and will be available for 30 days.

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Season six makes its debut on April 24, so this is a great way to get even more excited for it. Full details of the offer can be found below.

Press release:

GAMES OF THRONES Season 1 Now Streaming For Free on TMN GO

TORONTO (April 18, 2016) – In anticipation of the Season 6 premiere of Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning HBO Series GAME OF THRONES on Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET, HBO Canada is offering non-subscribers the opportunity to stream the entire first season, free-of-charge, on TMN GOand via the on-demand platforms of participating television providers across Canada. TV lovers who have missed the series and are wondering what all the fuss is about now have the opportunity to go back to where it all began, for free.

The Season 1 free sampling begins today and is available for 30 days on TMN GO, on demand, and with participating television providers, leading into the series’ Season 6 premiere on Sunday, April 24 on HBO Canada. Existing HBO Canada subscribers have unparalleled access to all HBO programming currently airing, including all five seasons of GAME OF THRONES.

The most-watched series in HBO history and a worldwide television phenomenon, GAME OF THRONES remains a huge runaway hit for the network. This year, following the shocking developments of the Season 5 finale, including Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei’s (Lena Headey) public humiliation in the streets of King’s Landing, survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north, and south.

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