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Galaxy Note 5 : A Sleek Phone with A Handy S Pen Stylus

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 may not be any bigger than its predecessor, but it has been severely pumped up in the inside. Powered with 4GB RAM, Exynos 7420 octa-core processor and 3,000mAh battery, this is one of the most powerful phablet the company has ever made.

Samsung’s Note line of phones has always been revolving around three key features: a huge screen, outsized performance, and a stylus. In the new Note 5, the company has bumped up the design and build quality by several notches. Gone were the days of a phone in cheap, textured plastic, the new Samsung Note 5 features a lovely combination of glass and metal, similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S6.

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Galaxy Note 5 : The Specifications

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Solid Design and Build Quality

Samsung has applied the design features used in the Galaxy S6 to the new Note 5. Like the Galaxy S6, the Note 5 has straight sides and a flat face, however, it also took the curved edges on the S6 Edge and placed them along the back. Getting the best of both worlds the Note 5 has made a real leap forward here in terms of design quality and turned out to be more ergonomic and comfortable to hold.

Note 5 - Design

Unlike its predecessor, the Note 5 spotted both glass on the front and back and a silver anodised aluminium metal trim. The bezels surrounding the 5.7-inch, Quad HD, Super AMOLED screen display are extremely narrow, particularly next to those curved edges, and they make the Note 5 looks stunning. The glass-and-metal shell also fully seals the internals, therefore users are not able to replace the battery of the Note 5 or expand the built-in memory with a microSD card.

The Signature Handy S Pen Stylus

The S Pen is one the key feature of the Note that fans love. It has been continually improved year after year in terms of functionality and design since the release of the first Samsung Galaxy Note. The new Note 5 brings along a completely redesigned S Pen stylus, which is made of polycarbonate plastic. This new stylus audibly clicks into place inside the Note 5’s chute like the crown of a retractable pen and allows easy access by simply pressing down on the Pen.

Note 5 - Pen

The new S Pen feels more solid and balanced in the user’s hand and offers better-writing capabilities through a variety of tools available on the Note 5. With the introduction of Note 5, Samsung also implements a new functionality that allows users to write on the display even when it is still in a black screen, without the need to unlock the phone. This function comes in handy when there is a need to jot down notes or random thoughts, and unlocking the phone seems like a hassle.

Note 5 - Pen 2

The S-Pen is a great tool for Note users who love writing physically instead of typing. It makes life easier as writing the Note feels more natural and intuitive, compared to typing on the qwerty keyboard on the screen. One S Pen feature that I use quite often is the ability to grab screenshots of the entire screen, after which I can draw on them. This function is very handy for users (like me), who often need to show clients on the UI/UX of websites or explain on certain graphic design works. Most of the time, I just simply take a screenshot and draw on them, and send to my client without the need to use my desktop or laptop.

Super Performance as Always

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is powered by Samsung Exynos octa-core processor and 4GB RAM, which is 1GB more than the S6 – meaning it can handle even more tasks at once. Operating the new Note 5 was one of the smoothest experiences yet, with creamy performance on every operation. There are no issues of lag whatsoever; everything is silky smooth, even when switching between resource-intensive apps.

The Note 5 is also a solid performer when it comes to games, and graphically rich titles like Dead Trigger 2 ran smoothly for hours.

Live Broadcast

The Note 5 features Live Broadcast, which streams live videos in Full HD directly from the users’ cameras, allowing them to share moments with their loved ones in real time. Here is a short video on this new feature:

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Key Features

Metal and Glass Bodywork – Note 5 adopts the S6’s lovely combination of glass and metal in its design, giving the new Note 5 a premium look and feel.

Octa-core processor with 4GB RAM – From swiping through home-screens, switching between apps and handling more intensive tasks like gaming, the Note 5 is up there with the best.

S Pen Stylus – The Note 5’s signature S Pen Stylus is more responsive than ever. And a must have for fans who like to draw or scribble notes.

3,000 mAh Battery – Enough juice to get the phone through a full day with support to QuickCharge 2.0 that can go from 0-60 in a short period.

‘Live’ Video Broadcast – Share special moments with your loved ones in real time.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Verdict

Samsung has yet another world-class performer, the Note 5 – providing both a premium-looking phone and a solid powerhouse. The phone delivers on almost every aspect, in terms of looks, feel, quality, features, and performance. The only trade-off is that there is no microSD card slot or removable battery, which is quite a big turn-off for me. I would love if it could allow me to add a few GBs to the external storage for my huge archives of photos and videos.

Nevertheless, as long as you are fine without those two features, the Note 5 is still worthy for your upgrade. My love for its premium design, 5.7-inch screen size and quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels display, S Pen Stylus, and its power-packed performance clearly outweigh the missing features, making it one of the best phone in 2015.

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5 Things You’ll Love about The New Microsoft Surface Pro

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5 Things You'll Love about The New Microsoft Surface Pro

Many big brands have been eyeing on the title of the “best enterprise hybrid tablet” since the launch of Apple iPad Pro and Samsung TabPro S. However; no one has managed to live up to the Surface Pro, which was hailed as one of the fastest adopted enterprise tablets soon after its release.

If you are looking for a detachable PC, or simply a 2-in-1 device that can allow you to work on the go like a tablet while running on Windows Operating System (OS), Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro may be your best bet. At a starting price of S$1,188 (US$799), this Microsoft tablet offers a sophisticated design, a near flawless display and solid performance across the board.

There’s a lot to love about the new Surface Pro, and it’s not just about its new processor or a few upgrades. Here are a few things that you should take away when considering the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Windows OS

Surface Pro - Microsoft Office

Microsoft has been creating OS for PCs for the longest time, and it is no surprise that the Surface Pro is adopting Windows 10 as its Operating System. The Surface Pro is designed for the full Windows 10 and Office experience, allowing you to run programs easily just like any desktops and laptops on the market. The ability to run Microsoft Office on Windows is also a critical winning factor over other tablets running on Android and iOS.

Superior PixelSense Display

The display is a work of art and a thing of beauty. The Surface Pro comes with brilliant color and razor-sharp resolution on the 12.3in, 3:2 screen with 2736 x 1824 pixels (267ppi). That’s even better than the iPad Pro (264ppi for 13-inch) and also the MacBook Air (128ppi). This stunning display also responds well to the new Surface Pen and touch.

Versatility and Power

The Surface Pro can operate in 3 modes – Laptop, Studio, and Tablet.

Surface Pro - Modes
In the Laptop Mode, you can transform Surface Pro into a working laptop by opening the built-in Kickstand and adding on the Surface Pro Type Cover allowing full keyboard experience.

In the Studio Mode, you can lower the Kickstand further, placing the Surface Pro at a perfect angle for the writing and drawing with the new Surface Pen.

In the Tablet Mode, you can close the Kickstand, and remove or fold Surface Pro Type Cover back for a powerful, stand-alone tablet.

Thanks to a powerful Intel® Core™ processor with up to 50% more battery life than its predecessor and 2.5x more performance than Surface Pro 3, the new Surface Pro delivers exceptional power and performance.

Amazing Pen-and-Ink Experience

With the new Surface Pro, Microsoft has a brand-new processor that dramatically cuts down inking latency (the “lag” between the pen tip movement and visible digital ink), and it raised the levels of pressure from 1,024 to 4,096.

Also, a new tilt feature has been introduced which allows you to shade on the Surface Pro. These features allow the Surface Pro to compete with drawing tablets like Wacom and serve as an alternative for creatives.

Lightweight and Ultraportable

Surface Pro - Portable

If you always find yourself to be on the road for business, whether you are traveling by car, plane or train, and you want something that isn’t going to weigh you down or take up a lot of space to carry along. The Surface Pro is the right device for you. At about 8.5mm (0.33”) of thickness with a 770g (1.70 lbs) weight, it throws the stereotype of “cumbersome business laptop” out the window.

Despite its compact build, the Surface Pro is not sacrificing any of its power, allowing you to say productive, but at the same time, it offers all the entertainment features you’ll want in your leisure time.

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Microsoft Surface Pro (2017): Small, Yet Powerful 2-in-1

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Microsoft has been creating working frameworks for PCs for the longest time. However, it was just in 2012 that it started making PCs that it can consider its own. The PC, known as the Surface, denoted Microsoft’s entrance into the tablet market, and this 2-in-1 gadget has been refined and enhanced throughout the years. The Surface family has always represented the organization’s vision for the future of personal computing.

Despite its current popularity, the early Surface gadgets weren’t especially generally welcomed. They were heavy, bulky, costly, and didn’t work that well at all. In any case, that changed when Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 3 in May 2014. The improvements, however slight, are well considered and greatly enhanced the ease of use of the Surface Pro 3. Furthermore, in late 2015, Microsoft refreshed the Surface Pro lineup with the Surface Pro 4, which accompanied huge enhancements over the Surface Pro 3. Even with all the competitions, the Surface Pro 4 remained one of the top favorite Windows 10 detachable tablets and emerged as one of the best-selling Surface products. Since then, the Surface family has taken the business world by storm and becoming the market leader in its category.

Now, after slightly more than 18 months in the market, Microsoft has finally rolled out the fifth generation in the Surface family – not Surface Pro 5, but simply Surface Pro.

Solid Specifications and Impressive Performance


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The first upgrade from its predecessor includes adding Intel’s Kaby Lake processor, with the top-end model sporting the Core i7 along with the 16GB RAM to significantly increase its performance. (Available CPU model options are Core m3-7Y30, Core i5-7300U and Core i7-7660U processors.) This tweak racks up its benchmark score, beating the majority of its rivals hands down, including the Dell XPS 13, the Surface Laptop and even the HP Elitebook X360. (Click here for full specifications)

This upgrade also drives better power efficiency, which equals to longer battery life. The new Surface Pro also comes with a slightly larger 45Wh battery as compared to the Surface Pro 4 at only 39Wh. And, based on my regular usage, I can use it all day without plugging in power. In this aspect, Microsoft has made a real all-day machine here, which is excellent for frequent travelers or usage on-the-go.

Crisp Display and 10 Point Multi-touch

Surface Pro 2017 - Display

The touchscreen function has also been an essential part of the Surface family, and you can expect the New Surface Pro to come with a new display technology that will improve the accuracy of the touchscreen both for fingers and for the Surface Pen.

Adding on, the Surface Pro features a 12.3in, 3:2 display with 2736 x 1824 pixels. It equates to 267ppi, and it’s plenty enough to make everything look nice and crisp. Brightness is blazing, and the deep contrast levels make it as great for both office work as well as entertainment. Colour accuracy is also superb, with no particular weaknesses. This tablet is great for graphic designers!

Sleek Design

The Surface Pro enjoys the same outstanding attention to detail as every other tablet gadgets in the market, and Microsoft’s ability to produce extremely well-built machines is as apparent as always. Simply put, the Surface Pro is solid as a rock and exudes a certain futuristic quality.

Comparing the Surface Pro with its predecessors, it is not that hard to spot the differences. For starters, the new Surface Pro is much less angular and soften with more rounded corners. The exhaust vents along the edges are also less pronounced as compared to the previous models.

The newly redesigned hinge allows the Surface Pro to tilt up to 165 degrees, allowing it to lie almost entirely flat, which Microsoft calls it the “Studio Mode.” The hinge no longer snaps (for safety) if you push it too far, and Microsoft claims that the hinge would not break if you lean on it too much. The “Studio Mode” comes very handy for illustrators and designers to sketch and design with ease.

Another feature of the Surface Pro is its fan-less design (for the Core m3 and Core i5 models). This feature enables for quieter operations. The i7 model, on the other hand, has an enhanced cooling system that is even quieter and less intrusive under load.

Ports remain unchanged, so you get a USB 3.0, a mini-DP video output and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The microSDXC card reader is embedded hidden under the kickstand.

In general, the Surface Pro (i5 model) comes in at the about 8.5mm of thickness with a 770g weight. Considering that Microsoft accomplished this while packing inside a 20% larger battery, and other upgrades, it’s an impressive feat.

Improved Typing Experience with Signature Type Cover

Surface Pro 2017 - Type Cover

Surface Pro 2017 - Type Cover 2

The Signature Alcantara® Type Cover is a marked improvement in comfort over the previous version, and worth the slight price upgrade. The Alcantara® material provides a perfect blend of sophisticated style, comfort, and technology. It has full-sized keys, LED backlighting, and a large glass trackpad. Available in three colors: Platinum, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue.

Surface Pen With a Big Boost

Surface Pro 2017 - Pen

Unlike the Surface Pro 4, the new Surface Pro doesn’t include the Surface Pen. Pressure sensitivity has been quadrupled from 1,024 to 4,096, a new tilt feature has been included which allows creatives to shade on their Surface Pro, and latency has been reduced drastically to 21ms on the Surface Pro. The combination makes the Surface Pro one of the best inking experiences on the market, and an excellent tool for digital drawing and handwriting.

Final Verdict

I’ve used many tablets (including Asus Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, etc) but there’s no doubt this Surface Pro is the best one yet. It is a superb 2-in-1, beautifully built and performs well. It’s expensive, but worth it for its excellent design, build quality, and features. It comes as a useful business and design device.

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Gamevice – Making Your Phone A Portable Gaming Powerhouse

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The mobile gaming market is growing and will expect to grow even further. With the improvement in technology, mobile devices are one of the most powerful handheld game systems you can buy today. They are capable of displaying rich details and bringing world-class gaming experience that outstrips what you can find on a Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita.

With the growth of mobile gaming market, publishers are increasingly willing to develop more game titles for the eager players. Along with this, players are also progressively hungrier and more demanding for a better gaming experience. And they want the mobile gaming market to bridge the gap between them and the mainstream gaming market. But mobile devices are missing a critical aspect that a lot of gamers still crave: a physical gamepad with buttons and joysticks.

Gamevice is a holster that the mobile device snaps into, covering the left and right sides of its chassis. It is the next big thing that can easily transform your mobile devices into handheld gaming consoles. Rather than sliding your fingers across a glass surface, or swinging your phone around to steer a vehicle, you get a D-pad, buttons, analog sticks, and triggers, just like any controller on a gaming console.

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