Monday, April 29, 2013

HTC ONE - Simply brilliant

HTC One the flagship device of HTC has arrived to market. Its design has a unique style which looks elegant and feels premium while holding in hand. Handset comes with several HTCs premium features. Thickness of HTC One is only 9.3mm and weighs only 147 grams. Display of HTC One is 4.7” full HD (1080p) which is amazingly stunning and very impressive where all the text appears very sharp and crisp. The massive 468 ppi density screen provides vibrant colors and wide viewing angles. The 4.7” screen gives all the enjoyment of watching movies and videos. Capacitive touch is very responsive. For better and smooth operation, handset is flavored with the latest flavor of Android OS - JellyBean v4.1.2 and HTC claims that it can be upgraded to v4.2. The handset is powered by powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core CPU which is clocked at 1.7 GHz and packed with 2GB (DDR2) of Ram and HTC’s latest version of Sense UI.

The handset comes with Dual frontal speakers with boom sound and beats audio technology. The dual speakers deliver lively audio and video experience to user. The frontal speakers of HTC One deliver loudness equal to Portable Bluetooth Speakers. The most innovative work done by HTC is handset’s 4 Ultrapixel camera on backside. But quality wise it is beyond imagination. The camera has some features like Optical Image Stabilization, BSI Sensor, and Slow Motion video and we can shoot video and can capture photos simultaneously. This camera comes with HDR option as well. HTC Claims that Ultrapixel Sensor can capture 300% more light in low light conditions than any other camera in smartphones. Beside camera there is single Smart LED flash which can trigger up to 5 levels of flash. There is also a Front Facing Camera of 2.1MP. Both cameras can Shoot HD videos. The connectivity options are 2G, 3G, 4G LTE in Selected countries, NFC, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS with GLONASS , Micro USB with MHL and 3.5mm Audio Jack.

There are some debut features in this handset like Blink Feed, your favorites directly streamed on home screen and the Boom Sound Technology. The Capacity of the battery is 2300mAh and delivers the talk time of 9-10 hours. There are some basic sensors like Accelerometer Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, and Proximity Sensor. This Handset comes in two variants 32GB and 64GB and there are no slots to Expand Storage. Handset runs on single micro sim. Looking at above amazing HTC One specifications, it is clear its price will be good compared to other competitors.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Best iPhone games that test your IQ

Here are a few apps for the iPhone that will test your IQ. The hardest part about finding apps to test your IQ is that they are all pretty similar. The IQ test was developed by psychologists quite a while ago, and the way the tests are taken has hardly changed since that time. Basically, you answer a few questions that test the various (supposed) intelligence factors of a person. The answers are then used to determine a person’s intelligence.

Obviously, you should take IQ tests and tests that check your potential with a pinch of salt. They are based upon sound principles, but they are a very blunt tool for testing IQ and potential. No IQ testing device has ever been found to be 100% perfect, and human nature dictates that there will always be anomalous results when you test how people think (and their intelligence). Nevertheless, here are a few apps that are a bit of fun.

IQ Test - Original
For just 99c, this app gives you thirty three questions that you have to answer within thirty minutes. The app will then display your IQ, as per the classic intelligence test (the one people used before IQ tests were popular). The questions probe various different intelligence factors such as you knowledge retention, math skills, logical reasoning, spatial relations and language abilities. 

IQ Test Master
This IQ test has tried to turn IQ testing into a little bit of a game. It is a more fun version of the classical IQ test. Instead of having to answer different questions using different intellectual skills (like with the IQ Test - Original mentioned above), you can answer questions using just one of your intelligence skills. For example, you can answer questions that only test your logical skills or your language skills, etc. The app is well laid out, and has nice graphics to make playing with it a little less sterile.

You have to answer forty questions per test, and the questions appear in varying difficulties. Each test lasts for forty minutes and the questions appear randomly so that it is harder to memorize the answers or the sequence that they come in. The app is just 99c.

IQ Test - Calculate your IQ Now
Clearly the marketing department for this app does not have much respect for the people using it, since they explain the meaning of an IQ test within the name of their app. Nevertheless, the user will be able to prove their intelligence once they have used the app. For just 99c you may use one of their fifty items that test your mathematical, logical, memory and spatial intelligence. The tests may be completed within a few minutes, and you may then compare your score with other people who have used the app. 

The app brags that it was created under the supervision of psychologists, to be sure that the tests are fair and that they measure your supposed IQ correctly. However, many of the IQ apps are developed on the principals that have been around for years. Nevertheless, the app developers have employed psychologists to help them.

IQ test
This app is just 99c, and is supposed to help improve your IQ through testing. You are asked to answer a number of questions whilst being timed. Once the test is complete, you are given your IQ score. The app has a good user interface and as a few features that other tests do not. For example, you can pause the test and come back to it later. Other tests forget to install such features because you cannot pause a real test, but people on their iPhones are not taking the test in a quiet room. They are probably using the app during their lunch break or whilst waiting for a train.

Another good feature is that you can skip questions and come back to them later. This is something you would be able to do if you were sat in a quiet room and taking the test on paper, so the app developers have added it into the app to make the process a little more realistic. To help to keep you entertained, the app also has lively sound effects and a well animated user display.

Bio: Kate Funk is a passionate blogger and math tutor at Rushtutor.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Reviews: Seeing the future at present

The expected price that was shown before the launch of Samsung Galaxy S4 had created much turmoil in the mobile world. It was a matter of utmost curiosity for everyone to see if Samsung Mobile came to the level of its self set expectations. When the product was launched in the market, there was havoc. It was a matter of attraction of interest and curiosity for both the clients and the other rivaling enterprises. For a certain period of time Samsung Galaxy S4 was welcomed with the disparaging remarks of the rivals. This for some time intimidated the users holding their impatience for quite sometimes. But as soon as the fragrance of its features and qualities came to the fore, the rivals silenced their discrediting remarks and with the Samsung Galaxy S4 reviews appearing on the public domain and all other fronts, the clients took a sigh of relief and now Samsung Galaxy S4 rules the roost of the modern mobile market with its luxurious features and commendable qualities.

Which features does Samsung Galaxy S4 offer? How is it different form the other handsets of the identical segment? Why does Samsung Galaxy charge that high price? If you are person of twenty first century, you can imagine what it is to pay that much of amount. Yes, Samsung galaxy S4 offers you much more than what is available in the mobile phones of topmost categories. Along with the prevalent highly sophisticated features and qualities of mobile world it offers you such luxuries and comforts that you would never ever realize how much you paid for it.

Running on both 2G, 3G and 4G network with display of 4.99" 16M-color Super AMOLED HD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (441ppi) it is such a device that you would feel a wonder in your hands. The processor of 1.6 GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 / 1.9GHz Krait 300 and the operating system Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) make it a device to function with incredible smoothness.

Apart from the host of mobile apps, it has such multimedia features that you find the joy of whole world in your hands. The features like 13 mega pixels primary and 2 mega pixels secondary camera, numerous video and audio formats supports along with many other exquisite features make you feel the joy of future at present and you find much more than what you see in Samsung Galaxy S4 reviews.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Smartphone Wars - Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Earlier this year, Sony unveiled its latest flagship smartphone - the Xperia Z, becoming the first major manufacturer to show off its flagship smartphone. Now, Samsung has announced the launch of its new Android flagship - the Galaxy S4, with the promise of delivering the ultimate smartphone experience. In this article, we'll be looking at how these handsets stack up against each other.


The Xperia Z is arguably the better handset among the two in terms of looks and design. It has a stylish and elegant body measuring 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm and weighing 146 grams. Both sides - the front and back are covered with shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass which results in a fairly robust handset. The icing on the cake is that the phone is IP57 certified to provide protection against exposure to dust and water. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S4 looks a lot like the S3 due to its similar styling and polycarbonate body. It measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm and weighs 130, which makes it a bit more compact and lightweight than the Xperia Z. However, it lacks the robustness and the premium feel of the glass body.


Both the phone have a 5-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels but they use different panels. The Xperia Z is equipped with a LCD capacitive display with DragonTrail glass protection and Sony Mobile Bravia 2 engine, whereas the S4 has a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen unit with Corning's Gorillas Glass 3 protection.
On the image quality front, there's not much to choose between the two as they deliver sharp and crisp results. But, the S4's screen is slightly better thanks to its infinite contrast, great viewing angles and excellent outdoor visibility.


The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with a single LED flash and a front-facing 2 megapixel camera. Sony's flagship has a similar set of cameras with a 13.1 megapixel sensor on its back and a 2.2 megapixel sensor on its front. All of them are capable of full HD 1080 pixel video recording at 30 frames per second. In terms of megapixels and lens, both the handsets are evenly matched, but Samsung offers a far superior camera interface with features like dual shot, screen share, dual-video recording, dual video calls and much more, which the Xperia Z lacks.

Hardware Package

Samsung's flagship is slightly faster on the processing power front. It comes with either a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core 1.9 GHz processor or a Exynos 5 octa core 1.6 GHz processor. The Xperia Z ships out with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core 1.5 GHz processor which is a bit slower than both the variants of the former. However, in terms of performance, both the smartphones can process almost anything you throw at them with ease. Other hardware on the phones include 2 GB of RAM and a microSD card slot capable of supports cards of up to 64 GB. As far as the internal memory is concerned, the S4 is available in three versions - 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB, whereas the Xperia Z is available in only the 16 GB version. Clearly, Samsung's latest smartphone manages to win the hardware battle.


The Samsung Galaxy S4 ships out with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, while the Xperia Z comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean straight out of the box. Sony is also working towards an upgrade which will bring v4.2 to its flagship. Unfortunately for the Sony's flagship, Samsung provides a host of other software features like S-Translate, S-Voice with Drive, S Health, Smart Pause and much more, which it lacks. On the software front, the S4 is clearly the superior smartphone.


The Xperia Z comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 2330 battery whereas the S4 offers a removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery with wireless charging (market dependent). The option to replace the battery with a spare unit and charge the phone wirelessly along with the larger capacity of the primary unit again tilts the balance in the favor of the Samsung flagship.

Final Words

Undoubtedly, the Xperia Z and Galaxy S4 are among the best smartphones in the market. While Sony's flagship has a lot going for itself, it clearly lags behind the S4 in almost all areas except the design. By the looks of things, Samsung has an ace up its sleeves which could very well go on to become the best-selling handset of 2013.

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