Monthly Archives: June 2014

Xolo Launched Q1000 Opus 2 At Rs 9,780

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Xolo has been trying to compete with the Motorola Moto G and it has been launching a lot of new devices in the same price range. A new budget quad-core smartphone named Xolo Q1000 Opus 2 has started selling at a price of Rs 9,780.

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Specifications

5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels
1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, Adreno 302 GPU
1GB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
8MP rear camera with a LED Flash and a 2MP front camera
3G (HSPA+), Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Dual SIM connectivity
2000 mAh battery
Black and White colours
The device has been listed on Snapdeal and it seems to be the place where Xolo usually launches its devices ahead of others. Xolo Q1000 Opus, which has already been updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat looks like a better product in comparison and the Opus 2 name doesn’t look like it does justice to its predecess


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Intex Launched Aqua 3G Android Smartphone Ar Ra 3,555

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Indian smartphone vendor Intex has released a new budget Android phone in the country. Dubbed as Aqua 3G, the phone has been priced at just INR 3,555 and packs entry-level specifications.

“We at Intex are at the forefront to innovate and offer products which promises the customers seamless functioning and unbeatable browsing experience at a rock bottom price. Aqua 3G is a marvel from Intex basket which will enable users to stay connected with the world all the time,” said Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head at Intex Mobiles.

According to Intex, Aqua 3G comes with 4-inch WVGA IPS display, Android 4.2.2, dual-SIM support and 1GHz dual-core processor. The phone also packs 256MB of RAM, 2MP rear camera and VGA front shooter. In addition, Intex has included 512MB of RAM, 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 1400 mAH battery in the smartphone.

The company is targeting the consumers in tier 2 and tier 3 cities with the Aqua 3G, which will be competing with the likes of Lava IRIS 350m, Karbonn A50S, and Celkon Campus A35K.Specifications

5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels
1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, Adreno 302 GPU
1GB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
8MP rear camera with a LED Flash and a 2MP front camera
3G (HSPA+), Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Dual SIM connectivity
2000 mAh battery
Black and White colours
The device has been listed on Snapdeal and it seems to be the place where Xolo usually launches its devices ahead of others. Xolo Q1000 Opus, which has already been updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat looks like a better product in comparison and the Opus 2 name doesn’t look like it does justice to its predecess


Amazon Announced Amazon Fire First Android Smartphone

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After years of rumours, Amazon’s first smartphone is official. Dubbed as Fire Phone, the phone was unveiled by the e-retail giant at a press event in Seattle, US on Wednesday. It will be released in partnership with US telecom operator AT&T starting $199 with the usual two-year contract.

Apparently in development since 2009, Amazon smartphone is an impressive device with interesting combination of hardware and software.

Talking about the internals first, made of a rubber frame, the Fire Phone sports Gorilla Glass on both front and the back of the smartphone. It features a 4.7-inch HD IPS display and is powered by 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera with OIS and a 2.4MP front camera.

According to Amazon, the company has also included a physical camera button, which gives direct access to the camera app (and Firefly feature, more on this later). Among other specifications, the phone packs NFC, 32/ 64GB of on-board storage, 2400 mAh battery, and 4G LTE support.

On the software front, Amazon Fire Phone runs Fire OS 3.5, which is based on Android 4.2.2 but the company is promising to release an update with Android 4.4-based Fire OS in the future. The company has also introduced two new features with Fire Phone – Dynamic Perspective and Firefly – which are an integral part of the Fire Phone experience.

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Starting with Dynamic Perspective, which is a USP of Fire Phone, the feature uses the four specialized cameras and four infrared LEDs built on the front of the phone and the included special software to enhance your smartphone experience and provide you with cool little utilities.  The four cameras and IR LEDs track user head movements and shift perspectives depending on a user’s activity. Users can scroll through screens by tilting or swivelling the phone.


Karbonn A99i Now Available At Rs 4,880

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The Karbonn A99i is an entry-level smartphone with 3G support”

In addition to the Karbonn Titanium S9 Lite, another Android smartphone from the company, the Karbonn A99i is available to buy on online retailers. It is a dual-SIM device that is selling for Rs 4,880, while its MRP is listed at Rs 6,999. There has been no official announcement from the company regarding launch of the new devices.

According to the listings online, the Karbonn A99i features a 3.97-inch display of unspecified resolution, and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor of unknown make, further supported by 512MB of RAM and a 1,200mAh battery. There is 4GB of internal storage, which is expandable via a microSD card. Connectivity features on board are 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and GPS. It sports a 5MP rear shooter and a VGA front camera for video chatting.


Angry Birds Epic RPG Game Review

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After countless releases and iterations of the known saga of cute-but-pissed-off birds against the sneaky pigs, the developers at Rovio are trying their hand at a different kind of genre, although they still make use of their world-renown characters.

For starters, Angry Birds Epic is a new kind of game that might come as a surprise to fans of the popular slingshot madness games released before it. Contrary to those games, Angry Birds Epic is a RPG (which stands for Role Playing Game), and this means it is paced slower and that it requires far more strategy than any of the company’s previous offerings.

Cool Tip: Don’t forget to check out our review of two of the best RPG games for iOS.

Story and Gameplay

As in previous games, Angry Birds Epic starts with the same premise: The pigs have stolen the birds’ eggs and the birds (very angry birds by now, of course) go out on a quest to try to recover them.

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Once you take control in the game, you start as the classic red bird and you have to make your way through a map following the pigs until you reach different locations. The path is pretty linear and encounters happen every time you reach a destination. Personally, I didn’t like this aspect of the game, since it completely removes the exploration element, which is one of the main aspects RPG fans look for when playing.One of the things the game does right though, is making combat easy and accessible. You have to fight a pig (or group of pigs) at every location in turn-based combat, and Angry Birds Epic makes very good use of taps and gestures to make combat a frictionless experience for novice users. Simply drag your finger from an ‘origin’ character to the ‘target’ character. If the target is a friend, you will heal them or give them some kind of boost, while if the target is an enemy, you will unleash a series of deadly attacks upon them.

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As expected from any RPG, Angry Birds Epic also sports a strategy element that goes beyond merely planning your fights. In the game you collect items as you win battles and you use them to create new weapons, spells or other kinds of items.

All of these elements however, highlight a few major flaws that I think keep Angry Birds Epic from being a great RPG.

Too Many Flaws

To start, in trying to make the game more accessible for users new to the genre, Angry Birds Epic makes things too easy. Step by step tutorials are a good thing, but when you don’t even have to think to defeat your enemies, you risk boring gamers, which is what happens in this case.

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In addition to that, another element that will surely tire most users is the complete lack of originality story-wise. RPGs, perhaps more than any other game genre, are known for having rich, deep stories that engage players, but Angry Birds Epic adds just nothing in this respect, which causes a lack of motivation for players to keep playing.

Conclusion

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All in all, if you are a fan of RPGs and like deep gameplay and stories, then Angry Birds Epic sadly doesn’t deliver on any of those fronts. If, however, you are new to the genre and just can’t get enough of Rovio’s iconic characters, then by all means try the game, as you are bound to find quite a few novelties in it.

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