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The Asus Zenpad Z170C: The poorly name tablet that is also cheap

Alright, after my review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 some of you reached out to me and demanded that I give your other test bench device a go. Fine! I’ll give this a shot.

The tablet is a product of ASUS Tek a leading conpany in Taiwan that deals with the manufucture of computers and electronics.It was launched into the market in June 2015. It has a 7 inch display and a screen resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels. The tablet is powered by a very large 1.8GHZ Dual Core processor and a full 1GB RAM. It has a 8GB SSD for internal storage. The price of the tablet will range between $140 to $180 which is relatively cheap when compared to other smartphones and tablets of the same class.

I’m sure that you’ll find this device useful, but personally I prefer the customer support I get when buying a Samsung device. Asus just hasn’t figured that out yet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite: Is it a bargain or a burden?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite: Is it a bargain or a burden?

I first learned about this inexpensive android tablet when I was searching for a tablet under $100. I have been finding all kinds of uses for a device like this (practically disposable with that price tag), and so I am going to give it my best shot with this article to convince you to buy one.

*Ahem*

Are you tired of carrying your laptop wherever you go in order to stay online? Are you blogger, student, or an executive looking for a classic tablet that suits your class? Are you tired of your old tablet and need a new one? Then you have come to the right place as this article will provide you with all the information about a classic tablet model ASUS ZENPAD Z170C.

Tablets present many benefits as compared to laptops or PCs. The first advantage of tablet is their cost as they are relatively cheaper as compared to computers. Secondly tablets are ideal for meetings as they can be used to take minutes or notes as the meeting is proceeding. They are great for sharing pictures and making one on one presentations. This article will give all information about the specifications, price and how to get this amazing tablet.

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Just look at how thin this tablet is!

The tablet is a product of ASUSTek a leading company in Taiwan that deals with the manufacture of computers and electronics. It was launched into the market in June 2015. It has a 7 inch display and a screen resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels. The tablet is powered by 1.8GHZ processor and 1GB RAM. It has a 8GB internal storage which can be enhanced with the help of MicroSD card to 64GB. It has a very clear camera with a resolution of 0.3 megapixels that produces clear photos even at night. This is an awesome tablet you cannot afford to miss as it can connect to the internet through Wi-fi sensors and bluetooth. It has a weight of 265 grams making it extremely light to carry and has a slim design so it easily fits in your pocket. The price of the tablet range between $140 to $180 which is relatively cheaper as compared to other smartphones of the same class. The tablet has an excellent battery life of around one week – far above other smartphones which have a life of only a day.

Customers who have bought this tablet have expressed their satisfaction about the experience they have had upon using it. Most of them have referred their friends to us to serve them. Some have been impressed by the slimness of the tablet while other because of diversity of colours. The only disadvantage is that it is not suited for more demanding tasks as opposed to personal computers. Many people today have adopted the tablet technology to carry out their office duties while not at work through them.

Overall, we give this device a solid 10/10 and you should be able to test and software that you are working on easily.

So what do you think? How are my skills as a tablet peddling salesman?

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Unboxing and Review

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Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Unboxing and Review

One of the hardest things for me to do is not to immediately share a new piece of tech. This is the iPhone 6s plus. I’m not dropping my full review of this guy on Day 1 but that is actually coming very soon. But in the mean time, this is my unboxing from a couple of days ago and my first impressions. At the end of the day there are three main differences you need to know about this iPhone 6s and 6s plus versus from last year’s iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

Emergent Labs - Unboxing and review of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

There’s the new camera, new specs and the new display. The new camera is simple enough, new 12 MP shooter. Now capable of crispier photos and 4k Video, which I first enabled first thing when I got it. With the iPhone 6s plus, you’ll also get optical image stabilization which will help the overall crispiness video and low light shooting a lot. My usual impressions of this camera are “wow this thing is fast and the photos it takes look very natural”, very true-to-life often with very a warm tone.

Not only will I cover this camera in depth, but once we get any Nexus I think we’re due for a best smartphone camera shoot out. This one seems a little bit right up there with the best. The new specs were already announced at the event but there’s a lingering question of how much RAM it had exactly. The new A9 chip did very well benchmark, try it itself if you care about that kind of thing. And Apple also verified that we do in fact have 2GB RAM on the new iPhone. Overall performance so far has been very snappy and you’d expect that with iOS, being a fresh install of iOS 9.

Emergent Labs - Unboxing and review of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

I’ve been getting used to some of its features most of which being forced touch or “3D touch”, the new pressure sensitive display. The Apple apps are really the ones that are really the best at taking advantage of this new feature but I fully expect third party developers to get on board quickly and start building in “3D touch” functionality into their own apps. So it’ll be a matter of time before everyone’s getting the new iPhones and everyone’s learning how and when to use forced touch or 3D touch over the next few weeks.

Now, you know, I’ve been using the new iPhone for the past couple of weeks and I’m nearly ready to post my full review. That’s coming soon. Be sure to subscribe to this blog if you are ready to be one of the first to see that. Also follow on Twitter. I’m now able to actually post day-to-day stuff like the battery life I’m getting and the photos I’m taking on this camera.

Emergent Labs - Unboxing and review of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

I can already tell that developing my latest apps and other projects on these phones will be a breeze. I have not, however, tested either of the new phones on common development platforms like GameSalad or Corona. But I imagine that will not cause any issues. If it does the admins will probably release a patch for it soon.

That’s pretty much it. Thanks for reading. I’ll talk to you guys the next one. Peace!

Emergent Labs - Unboxing and review of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

 

Google Nexus 5X Review!

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Google Nexus 5X Review!

What’s up guys! This is the Nexus 5X.  I didn’t forget about it, I just started testing it after I was done with Nexus 6P. I’m going to make this one really short and swift because essentially, this is the same exact software as Nexus 6P but different hardware. So in name and in person, the Nexus 5X is actually a successor to the beloved Nexus 5 from two years ago. It’s made by LG again too and it keeps a lot of a storm-trooper looks on that phone and brings them to the standards of 2015 specs. It is what a lot of people are looking for in the next Nexus.

Emergent Labs - Nexus 5X Review

I like it a lot, it keeps those flat sides for easy grip and soft touch finish everywhere this time and just over all pretty clean design even with the huge Nexus 5 on the back. So when comparing it to Nexus 5, I kind of like the new design a little bit better though with the exception of the slightly bigger camera hump which just means it will rock a bit if you try to text on the table.  But overall, this phone feels good to me.

It’s light-weight especially when comparing to some metal phones. Some have said that it feels cheap without any metal and I do tend to agree a bit but I had no problems with the actual built. It is put together very well. And the smaller design makes it easier to grip than the bigger and older model especially with that finger print reader which I realize might have been harder to reach on the back of the 6P for people with bigger hands.

Now, in this smaller body, you got a smaller display of 5-inch 1080p Panel but more importantly, it’s an LCD panel now instead of an AMOLED which means colors are a bit less saturated and definitely pops less but this isn’t something that most people would notice until I guess you hold it side by side with a much better screen. At 1080p at this size is still a high PPI so it’s still sharp. The one thing I noticed with LCD making a difference is when ambient display turns on especially at night when you can see the whole display light up even though it’s supposed to be black.

Emergent Labs - Nexus 5X Review

Interestingly though, I didn’t see this has much effect on battery life. And speaking of battery, that’s another thing that’s different with this phone. So smaller phone equals smaller battery. And the Nexus 5X is rocking a 2700mah so it’s actually not that small but it’s not 3400mah or anything impressive. It’s a decent size for what’s inside and battery life is pretty average. I have no problems getting through a day of what I consider normal use: plenty of Twitter, e-mails, and Feedly and stuff like that. But I pretty much never made it past a full day.

What’s nice though is Android 6.0 best new feature is Doze and I’ve noticed this with pretty much every Marshmallow phone I’ve tested. Standby time is excellent. Actually, while I was testing next to 6P, I had this 5X on my desk for literally a week. Still signed in and pulling notifications and everything. It was fine. So is you’re a lighter user and your phone spends more time in standby mode, you have no problem with battery life here. And this is a USB C type phone also as we expected with the new Nexus and thankfully there is rapid charging here. Even faster in terms of percentage than the 6P since the battery is smaller.

So we’re talking something like four-hours of use from 10 minutes of being plugged in. The larger difference between the Nexus 5X and 6P would just be what’s inside: the specs. And as a $400 phone, Nexus 5X kind of has what you would expect from an upper mid-tier device: Snapdragon 808 and 2GB of RAM. The performance is pretty good. Naturally there are some concerns that since it’s not super high-end there will be some lag or delay, but I really haven’t found that. And graphics performances pushes 1080p so it’s been just fine since it’s smooth running those frames. The 1GB less of RAM might be more of an important loss if you are multitasking a lot but even so apps open quickly and switching back and forth between them has been a breeze. If you want to see a more complete list of phone specs for this device check out GSM Arena for that.

Emergent Labs - Nexus 5X Review

The Nexus 5X handles gaming really well as well at 1080p. In fact the only place I saw lagging more than once or twice was the camera app but this is actually the same with the 6P after a while. You can double tap the power button to open it quickly. Sometimes it loaded up nice and quick and you can take the shot. Over time it hesitated big time and I actually missed the shot. So this is probably the one app in Marshmallow that I’ve had any sort of performance issues with but once you get used to it and use this phone with normal use, it’s pretty fun.

Oh! Speaking of the camera, this phone is rocking the exact same optics and sensor as the Nexus 6P so no difference in image quality there which is great because it is actually a pretty good camera. The only minor difference is the processor is capable of pushing 120 frames per second slow motion instead of the 240 that is possible with the 6P. This is a great camera for the price of a phone.

But I’m not sure it it’s the same finger print sensor as the one with the 6P but it doesn’t really matter because it is also really good. Set up was a breeze at less than 20 seconds and this finger print sensor is super quick and accurate every time.

Emergent Labs - Nexus 5X Review

Past all your hardware is just stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s a pure, clean, functional experience like the one we’ve used from previous Nexuses. It suits this phone really well: nice and clean hardware; nice and clean software.

Overall, it is a very well-rounded device and a really nice sequel to Nexus 5.

Overall, Nexus 5X: it isn’t the best phone in it’s budget or anything like that but it’s one of the best and really if you’re looking forward to Nexus or if you want to refresh of the Nexus 5, this is the phone you’re really looking forward to.