[REVIEW]Mi Power Bank

Hello readers! It is a long time since a blog post was posted here, so I decided to revive this place by reviewing a Mi Power Bank that I acquired recently through here. For only S$14($11 USD / €8), I get a 10400 mAh power bank. For reference, a iPhone 5s has a 1540 mAh battery, a Galaxy S5 has a 2800 mAh battery 2300 mAh, Nexus 7(2013) has a 3950 mAh battery. Read more

[Rumor roundup] HTC M8: What do we know about it?

So the launch of the HTC M8(the all new One) is on March 25, and I think all of us mobile geeks are very excited about what it will turn out to be.
So I write this article to round-up all the leaked information about the M8. Feel free to correct me if you see any mistakes. 🙂

The Display: according to rumors we shall receive a 5″ 1080P SLCD3 display, so a kinda stretched out version of the One (2013)’s phenomenal display. The phone will feature on-screen buttons, something that many geeks have been asking HTC for so long and HTC decided to make it happen (kudos to them for that). I do hope that there will be at least some sort of customization of the keys though it will not be a deal-breaker feature for me. It is also said that you can wake your phone with a double-tap on the screen (similar to “Knock On” from LG G2 or Lumia phones) and when you swipe up on the screen while it is turned off you will get straight to BlinkFeed (kinda need idea if you ask me, just like on BB10 devices).

Performance: It is rumored to be a Snapdragon 800 or 801 clocked @2.3GHZ. Top of the line SoC without any doubt (a major upgrade over the older HTC One). The SoC is backed up by 2GB of RAM. The phone will have Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat with Sense v6 preinstalled, which should deliver stellar performance.

Cameras: Now if you ask me, this is the most interesting part about the One. According to leaked pictures, videos and sales guides’, the phone will have 2(yes, two!) rear cameras. It isn’t fully clear for what they are good yet, though one should be able to refocus a picture taken with the rear cameras after it is taken (awesome feature present on Lumia devices). There is no word on resolution although at least one of both cameras will be UltraPixel (no word on the second camera).
The front-facing camera will have a resolution of 5MP so if you are a Selfie-maniac then you will probably love it!

Build quality and speakers will be practically the same with the only difference that they won’t be powered by Beats. But one thing for sure, they will keep the awesome quality we have come to love from the original One.

So, this was the rumor roundup for the HTC One (all new One, M8, One 2014, call it what you want). If you think that I have missed anything feel free to comment!

S5 unpack event,revisited

Samsung unpack event was just over! Just in case someone missed the live event, here is a timeline of the event.Note that this review will be different from others as I will be discussing what happened exactly during the event.

The event started off with a musical orchestra.(boring!)

Look at the amount of audience!No doubt they are either reporters or camera crewman or Samsung ethusaist.

Samsung Electronics President and CEO coming on stage.
“Our consumers don’t want the most high-tech … they want beautiful design and performance.” 

How the Galaxy S series had changed over the years. Starting with the original Galaxy S all the way to Galaxy S4.

Number of Galaxy S series sold over the years is 200000000! Though Samsung had been heavily criticized for it’s “plasticky” feel of the phone, consumers still have not stopped supporting Samsung.

When designing the Galaxy S5, Samsung had 5 main objectives.
1. Better design
2. Better Camera
3. Better connectivity
4. Designing for the health conscious
5. Designing to suit the lifestyle of user

Official first look at the S5.

The S5 comes with a fast connectivity modem.

A LTE Cat 4,which is more commonly known as LTE Advanced.It can achieve up to 150Mbps in theory.

WiFi MIMO. This is an old technology actually. This technology allows the device to achiveve higher performance by more aggressively transmitting and receiving data over Wi-Fi channels

                                                                            The download booster will allow you to split a download over WiFi and LTE when both are available to speed up the arrival of whatever you’re seeking on the phone.


With a new and improved camera, the S5 has the fastest 16-megapixel smartphone camera which focuses in 0.3 seconds and 

the video camera shoots at 4K.
The S5 will water and dust resistance with IP67 certification.Water resistance means that the charging socket has a flap to keep it dry.
With a new Touchwiz, comes with more features. One of this is “Ultra Power Saving Mode”.This option will turn off colors, and switches to a black and white mode, while at the same time flipping the switch on most connectivity options. With such a draconian measure, the  2800mAh battery will last longer(duh). J K Shim claims that “If my Galaxy S5 is down to only 10% battery, it can still last up to 24 hours in standby.”


The colours of the back plate will be(from left to right)  charcoal black,electric blue,copper gold and shimmery white.






       

The pair of wearables comes as a surprise as Samsung had just announced a pair of smartwatches running Tizen a day before the event.

The new settings menu has gone way too far away from AOSP. Ever since the Galaxy S4, Touchwiz settings menu has differentiated itself from AOSP.

I don’t understand Samsung. When Google started using blue accent in the Operating System, Samsung insists on sticking to Gingerbread green. Now that Google started to move away from blue accent and starting to use white, Samsung has (finally) started to use blue accent in the OS. Those flat icons also reminds me of iOS.

Demo of the new camera.

Paypal has decided to work with Samsung with mobile payment. Swiping your finger print will act as your “pin” for your account now.

With private mode, nobody else can access your photos(except yourself, of course).The fingerprint will act as an authentication to open the private gallery.

With Kids Mode, your kids have no access to your usual apps except apps that Samsung deemed child-friendly.

The fitness band will have the first curved super AMOLDED display on a watch.

Changing the strap is easy as popping out of it’s holder. The strap can now be changeable to suit your attire and occasion.

Accessories that Samsung will be selling together with the S5.

That’s all. What do you think about the S5? Will you be buying it? Let us know in the comment below!






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Hi there, this is my first post writing for Droid Agency(DA). A short introduction of myself. I am Daniel Quah,currently 17 this year. I love tech and of course I am a tech geek. Although I am new to this tech scene , like everyone else I am still learning about wonderful tech daily. Alright enough about me, time to go back to topic.
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[Weekly poll] Bigger but not removable battery vs small but removable battery

As you may have noticed, there is a new trend in the Android world, namely almost all OEMs besides Samsung have moved to not-removable batteries. Some of them have good battery life, some of them don’t. So here is quick poll to know whether you guys like to have small removable or big but not removable batteries in your smartphones.

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