I’ve been a frequent user of beats solo for a very long time. Though it provides a “certain” desired quality of music, I was still unsure of what would Real music sounded like. With Apple Music providing a streaming of 256kbps, it isn’t quite effective in replicating actual music quality. Moreover, you need very good quality earphones to extract quality from this music streaming service. Even though wynk music, saavn, gaana promise to provide 320kbps I don’t think it’s actually true, but definitely a tad better than Apple Music. So being a music freak, I was looking for the best earphone in the ₹10,000 range to experience music at a more exquisite level. That is when I started to check for earphones in Headphone Zone (probably the best place to order headphones), and that is where I found RHA MA750i.
It’s priced exactly at ₹10,000 and based on the extremely positive reviews both on Amazon as well as on headphone zone I thought of giving it a try. The earphones were delivered the second day from the order as promised. I was forced to use it that whole night to kill time as I had to travel to my hometown in a boring 14-hour bus journey.
Premium – the word which struck me right from viewing the package to unwinding the earphones to exploring the various earbuds (10 pairs of them!! 😳👌🏻). Loved the hard and tough feel of the earphone cables. I’ve seen a lot of reviewers saying that if you don’t pick the right pair of earbuds for your ears, the sound quality is gonna be abysmal. So I spent about 20 minutes in figuring out which had the best fit for my ears.
This device is a musical treat plus beast. I’ve never experienced music at this quality and at this price range.
As the reviews suggested, I just burnt the earphones through continuous use. Which started as a good musical affair, just started getting better and better. It almost felt like the earphones started to get the better out of my musical taste. The Bass and effects produced (based on the equalizer) are top notch. I could even hear musical instruments that I’ve never heard before on a very frequently listened to track. These earphones felt like recreating music with an extremely new magical touch. Ever since I started using these earphones, I’ve never gone back to the apple AirPods or beats solo headphones. In this price range, I’m pretty sure this is the best musical experience you can ask for.
Check this link to purchase RHA MA750i from headphone zone.
I’ve been using the Apple Watch for more than 2 weeks now and I find the following apps as the best apps for my daily use.
These Apps help you get a cab with just a click. These are very useful travel apps which help you book a cab with just a few taps in your watch instead of pulling your iPhone from your pocket. Yes, it saves few seconds but is definitely worth using!
UpWord is a free note application which helps you save notes as well as create separate folders for the to-do list. Save the list to your mobile. And find it in your Apple Watch. This App is of great use when you go shopping and just need to look at your watch to guide your purchase.
To view your Instagram and Twitter feed on the go, these apps serve the purpose. All you can do in Instagram is view the Feed and activity. Yeah, you’ve got the photos application in your Watch, but can’t be used for uploading pictures to Instagram.
In the Twitter App, you will have access to two screens – The Recent Tweets and the Trending ones. This is very much similar to Instagram, where you can like, retweet or comment. It serves the purpose of an app in your smart watch. Cool to use!
iTranslate helps you translate words to almost any language you want. Serves the purpose of having a dictionary in your hand.
FotMob keeps you updated on the live updates of any football match. All you need to do is create notification alerts for selective matches/leagues as per your preference.I found it very useful when I was traveling. All I had to do was raise my wrist to view the latest updates on matches I prefer. With so many happening news about the club transfers, this App helps keep you updated.
If you are an ardent cricket fan and want to see notifications for every over, every 5 overs, wicket or milestones, this is the App to go for! You can also have notifications for happening cricket news or the squad before a match begins. Everything in your wrist!
These are few of the many best apps I use for my daily needs. Leave your comments on the comment section below and light me up with Apps that you love to use!
Check my first-week usage experience of the Apple Watch Series 1 here.
Smartphones keep evolving each and every year. The benchmark to define which mobile out-shines the others varies from person to person. But here are few smartphones that were hugely acclaimed in 2016, and still remains a good bet in 2017! Let’s have a brief look at the best smartphones 2016 with just the key features highlighted.
Samsung Galaxy S7
The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a 5.1 inch super AMOLED screen, 4 GB RAM, Octa core Snapdragon 820 processor,12 MP Primary Camera and a 5 MP Front Facing Camera. In addition to this, this comes with a 3000mAh battery and a fully Dust & water resistant IP68 certification. This smartphone’s look and feel are so premium, with the camera being one among the best in the lot. Low light photography is, in fact, the best in S7. The battery life isn’t that good but is far better than the abysmal previous flagship device of Samsung – Galaxy S6. It supports fast charging and wireless charging which makes it match the slightly below par performance of the battery. The phone is fast and streaming video content is a treat because of its super AMOLED screen supporting a 577-pixel density.
It runs on Android OS but has its Samsung Software TouchWiz over shadowing the stock Android feel. At the end of the day, it comes to personal preference as to which software feel suits you more.
With an external memory card slot expandable up to 256 GB, the base 32/64 GB version isn’t really going to bother you if you are a hardcore multimedia user. The music quality through the in box headphones is okay, but not up to the mark. A better pair of headphones would definitely enhance your experience.The main issue which I’ve personally faced with Samsung Models (S3 and S6 in particular) is its late roll out Android Software updates to different devices according to their location. And Samsung mobiles have long been known for their gradual speed degradation as years pass by.
At the end of the day, it comes to personal preference as to which software feel suits you more. With an external memory card slot expandable up to 256 GB, the base 32/64 GB version isn’t really going to bother you if you are a hardcore multimedia user. The music quality through the in box headphones is okay, but not up to the mark. A better pair of headphones would definitely enhance your experience.The main issue which I’ve personally faced with Samsung Models (S3 and S6 in particular) is its late roll out Android Software updates to different devices according to their location. And Samsung mobiles have long been known for their gradual speed degradation as years pass by.
Apple iPhone 7
The iPhone 7 comes with a 4.7 inch IPS LED display with a pixel density of 326ppi. It comes with 2 GB RAM, Apple A10 Processor, 1960mAh, 12MP Primary camera and 7MP Secondary camera. It also comes with an IP67 certification as well. The main Pros of this Device are its software, the enormous list of AppStore Apps, front facing speakers (good to an extent) and its camera. The iPhone 7 Plus comes with a better dual sensor camera with certain additional features, but I am more concerned about the single hand usage factor. This being the main reason I opted for the 7 instead of the 7 plus.
The 3D Touch feature is good but I find myself using it just at times. For example, making calls to people in the favorite list, switching to different camera modes or when I have to quickly take notes in the note App. The camera produces excellent pictures and I would rate it equal to the Samsung Galaxy S7. But the low light performance is something where the S7 kills the iPhone 7 with lots of details. The audio experience is good but with a better pair of earphones like the RHA MA 750i (which I currently use), the experience is great. Yes, the iPhone 7 is costly, but with the iPhone 8 releasing next month, prices are going to fall. This makes it an even better deal.
The Touch ID feature is good but I find myself using it just at times. For example, making calls to people in the favorite list, switching to different camera modes or when I have to quickly take notes in the note App. The camera produces excellent pictures and I would rate it equal to the Samsung Galaxy S7. But the low light performance is something where the S7 kills the iPhone 7 with lots of details. The audio experience is good but with a better pair of earphones like the RHA MA 750i (which I currently use), the experience is great. Yes, the iPhone 7 is costly, but with the iPhone 8 releasing next month, prices are going to fall. This makes it an even better deal.
The OnePlus 3T is one of the best budget high-end smartphones of 2016. With the recently released OnePlus 5 opening to mixed reviews, this seems a safe bet for its striking top end features at a very good price. The OnePlus 3T comes with a 5.5-inch screen, 6 GB RAM, and 3400mAh battery. The phone runs on Android OS over its OxygenOS. The software experience is far better than TouchWiz and provides a breezy performance thanks to its Snapdragon 821 processor. The 16 MP Front and Back cameras click good images, but not the best. But the front camera is far better than the one on OnePlus 3. Dash charging is a great feature, you can charge your mobile from 0% to 100% in less than an hour. The touch sensor unlocks the phone in a flash. Overall, this phone is a premium device at a budget price.
Other Best Smartphones 2016
In addition to these premium devices, there are two other devices worth mentioning- The HTC 10 and The Google Pixel.
The Google Pixel is the highest rated smartphone camera by DxO rating, and HTC 10 being a great multimedia streaming device with an excellent pair of built-in earphones are close competitors to those phones I have discussed in detail upon. But the HTC 10’s camera isn’t up to the mark and its battery is something that disappoints very much. The Google Pixel has the advantage of stock Android experience and excellent camera. The design looks a bit odd but comes to personal preference. Battery and music quality are below par.
At the end of the day, with the prices of all the above-mentioned smartphones dropping down, it provides you with great value for money. All you need to check is your personal performance!
Have you seen people bargaining in a mobile shop for the price of an iPhone?
They just ask the price of the product, check for extra offers and straightaway make the payment.
Have you seen people bargain with a rickshaw driver for Rupees 50 extra that he’s charged but are ready to pay extra Rs.500 for a mobile case in a retail store?
Seen people bargain in a fish market for the fresh fish that is being sold but remain silent when the same fish is bought in a supermarket in cold storage for double or triple its original price?
Have you seen people bargain with road side boys for a door mat that costs Rs.60 but are ready to pay Rs. 600 for the same door mat kept in a richly set up shop in a mall without asking any questions?
So what is this tendency that people have developed among themselves? And why?
If you sell a product road side, people bargain with you. But if the same product is sold in a big showroom which has a rich look, people just look at the price board and straight away get it with their credit or debit cards swiped without raising any questions.
The perception that people have developed among themselves is: You can negotiate with a poor guy but not with a rich guy. This is even worse than racism. Treat people equally! To be frank, the roadside buckets, flower pots, banana tray, sunglasses, t shirts really last longer than the ones purchased in an air conditioned showroom.
Stop bargaining with these poor people! They are innocent! There may be cheaters but not like those professionals you see in big retail stores. If a road side guy cheats you for Rs. 20, a big retail shop guy would cheat you for Rs. 500 and even more depending on your level of stupidity and inclination to artificiality.
Encourage these poor people. They need your support! That money you bargain for might leave them struggling to feed their children. Never bargain with poor people. Show your bargaining skills with big marketers rather than people who sell their own hand made “genuine” products.
There are certain religions that say you’ve got a life after death. And there are other religions that say you’ll go to heaven or hell based on your deeds. So what’s really gonna happen?
The “real” answer is “no one knows”. “Life after Death” is the only question that cannot and will never be answerable.
In order to ensure people follow a set rules and regulations or to make the people belonging to a particular section abide by the rules and regulations of a particular religion, each and every religion come up with a powerful weapon known as “Life After Death”.
How many of you are ready to follow “your” religion with no idea of what it’s gonna take you to in the future? I would say “none”.
This is the reason your religion says “Be good. Do good. Provide offertory to the concerned establishment.(God knows where it goes) As if God is gonna merry with this money, and then shower his blessings on you. Satisfying God is not what a so called superior Holy power wants (if so it exists). A superior power(if so it exists) would want its people to be good for his/her own self. But religious heads are well aware that there exists no superior power and that’s the reason you hear a lot of news regarding religious heads being involved in scandals, drinks, drugs, parties, etc. But they need the imaginary religion to have real followers. And to make sure the followers stay real till the end, they show you a very beautiful unreal beyond imagination place.
Science has a term for it -“mirage”.
It’s something that appears so beautiful at a distance. But as you near it, it slowly disappears and when you are at the exact spot where it initially appeared, it’s totally gone. “Mirage” can refer to heaven, seven lives, paradise, golden plateau or whatever depending on your religion.
Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.
It’s been a week since I purchased the Apple Watch Series 1 from Amazon, the 42mm model. Just wanted to share my experience with you all as a user in India.
Apple Watch Series 1 is a device that works complementing the Apple iPhones (models after iPhone 5), and has its own pros and cons. The design is cool as any other Apple product. I was more interested in the 42mm model as the 38mm looked very small on my wrist. Let me quickly drive through the specifications of the product. The 42.5 x 36.4 x 10.5 mm Apple Watch Series 1 comes with an AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen with a body mass of 30g and IPX7 certification. It currently runs on WatchOS 3.2.3.
The Apple iPhone and the Apple Watch pair in no time with simple steps to follow. It is indeed fun to work with the various options provided. You can also choose the Apps that you want to mirror on your watch from your phone. So, in case you miss a notification on one device, you can always check it in your Smartwatch. The “Raise to wake” option is cool but refuses to work at times for no reason.
So in my initial one week of usage, I found it helpful in certain situations. For instance, answering phone calls right from my Watch when my phone was in charge in another room. Checking Whatsapp messages, texts, football, cricket scores from my watch. The scribble option helps you type and send messages in addition to the already existing default messages. The activity tracking and breathe app are cool. You no longer need to swipe through music from your phone, because your watch serves as a remote control for your iPhone’s Music App. This helps when you are traveling in a crowded bus and find it difficult to take the phone out of your pocket and switch songs.
Flipping to the negative side, this smartwatch doesn’t really replace your iPhone. The camera app in the watch doesn’t really mean much because it just switches on the camera app on your iPhone, but slightly finds meaning when you need to click a groupie. The Map application in India doesn’t provide you with navigation. Just helps you view places. With no support for Google Maps as well, the main functionality of an Apple Watch is itself missing.
To sum up, it’s been a mixed feeling for me about the Apple Watch Series 1. But let’s see if the Apple Watch Series 1 really changes my views on it with upcoming updates. With more applications added, customizability enhanced, map navigation enabled, I would definitely recommend this to any iPhone user.
When I first started clicking pictures using my Nokia (some model which I really am not able to recollect now), it was just pictures of my friends, parents, birthday parties, movie posters, scenic places and yeah some beautiful girls I was in touch with at that time (yup with their permission indeed).
As time passed by and I slowly crept into the world of social media, I started to get startled witnessing certain “appealing” pictures that were posted in Facebook pages. I then joined Instagram after seeing a lot of my friends tagging their Instagram pics in Facebook. The moment I joined Instagram, I was then that I felt a spark of love for photography. I loved photography to the extent that I got an iPhone 5s in 2014 to use it as a handy camera. It was just mobile cameras that crept into my mind when I thought about photography. I got my first DSLR Nikon D3300 recently and it is after that that I actually felt the real bliss because its me playing with the manual settings to click pictures.
Photography – The Transition
It is after this that I learnt that “smartphone photography” isn’t really true and DSLR is what “real photography” stands for. So what does this transition really mean to me?
The joy of clicking a appealing((according to me :D) picture is a joy second to none. It gives you a sense of satisfaction that none can provide. A shrill of happiness that wants me to explore more in photography. For people clicking pictures in automatic mode or in Smartphones, this joy isn’t really possible. ever.
My main learning from photography is that “There is no picture that is really perfect”. It depends on your taste and its synchronisation with the settings that the photographer has opted to go for that particular scene. Manual settings gives the photographer full freedom to showcase a particular scene in whatever way he wishes to portray it. And with the likes of the aperture, ISO and shutter speed being chosen differently based on the taste of the photographer, there really isn’t a perfect click. A scene that is in front of you, will be seen in an entirely aspect depending upon the photographer. But a perfect picture is the one that makes you feel happy inside and enhance your outlook to explore more. It gives a sense of joy that equates to a personalised creation of a masterpiece.
People usually make pictures more appealing by adding automated filters to it. (it is more evident in mobile photography, and with the enormous number of photoshop and editing tools). So people new to photography, never get to this artificial tool based photography. You will find no joy in automated photography. Real joy clicks when you set everything manually according to what your heart says and tap on the click button!
Photography – The Ever learning Phase
Yes, I am indeed clicking pictures of my friends, parents, scenic places and parties, but now its more under my control than what it was initially where the machine took the upper hand. Photography helps take off stress and bring out that hidden “creativity” factor out from deep inside your mind and heart. So if you haven’t started “real photography”, then better start it straightaway.
There isn’t really a proper way to learn the art of clicking pictures. All you need to know is the basics, which I learnt from viewing Youtube videos. So start exploring this and make it as your hobby! You will certainly notice a great contrast to your otherwise normal life!
Take a look at My Photography Page to check pictures I’ve posted starting from my HTC M7, iPhone 5s/6/6s to Nikon D3300 now. Also check me out in Instagram : Neeb Praveen (Username: n.e.e.b)
Few clicks from my shelf!
Stone temples of Mahabalipuram
2. Panaroma click of Kanyakumari Beach with Thiruvalluvar Statue
3. Focussed shot of iPhone (with manual lighting)
4. Flowers from my Mom’s garden in Nagercoil (Kanyakumari)
Taking great photos with your smartphone depends purely on the way you look at the piece of art in front of you. Your laptop, earphones, pet or even a cup of coffee can be used as objects for photography. It just depends on the way you look at it. A straight linear way of clicking photos isn’t attractive always.
I started developing interests in smartphone photography right from my HTC M7. It wasn’t a great smartphone camera but its Ultra-pixel camera feature wasn’t that crummy. When I then shifted to iPhone 5s, it felt like a huge leap in photography right from the simple interface to the quality images that it produced. It was just a 8 MP camera but was definitely the best amongst other even higher megapixel camera phones. Apple’s software that goes in image processing is definitely well ahead of many similarly priced smartphones. It creates a true to life colour image and doesn’t create that artificially over saturated images which many smartphone companies call “outstanding pictures”.
The best part of iPhone 5s is that its really handy and helps click pictures much at ease. I started clicking photos of objects inside my home and then tried macrophotography with flowers in my garden. Tried clicking flowers with the backdrop of sun rays, and tried exploring the apt lighting conditions that would yield the best out of an image.
Though I missed the handiness of 5s, upgrading to iPhone 6 was impactful in terms of the image quality and the larger screen size. Majority of my skills in photography, I’ve explored through my iPhone 6 camera.
The tips I usually follow while taking pics in my smartphone are :
I make sure I don’t take pictures in a straight linear “angle” (unless I feel its really good or gives that creative feel). Giving that slight tilt or getting down or a tad higher can result in much better images.
I shoot pictures with HDR mode on auto as iPhone’s software image processing is truer to life and eye pleasing. Never use your flash unless its really necessary. Mobile photography is all about keeping things simple.
It actually depends on your personal taste. Exposure depends on the lighting conditioning and your own take on the level of light you want “in” a picture. Its better not to change these settings unless needed. Better to lock your focus on objects which you want to completely focus, which gives that slightly blurry background vision, especially when you click image of a single flower in a large garden.
Keep experimenting. Try clicking photos at various angles and lightings. Experimentation leads to better images. Click images of your daily meal, objects that are in front you, your dog and anything and everything that you don’t even think of.
Try avoid using filters, unless it is really necessary. Necessary in the sense if you need to add brightness, exposure or contrast, and not those prismatic kind of feel. Natural images are always the true indicators of your mobile photography skills.
Try using your apple earphones for clicking selfies. It gives a handsfree mode of clicking photos. It also helps at times when you need to cover much wider field.
So, in general, a smartphone camera plays 50% role in creating a good image, and the rest depends on your level of creativity. Start experimenting and innovating mobile photography! Cheers!
Check my Instagram profile if you want to see more of my clicks. There are pictures which I’ve clicked with my Nikon D3300, do check them and let me know your comments on them as well.
It was on January 1, 2016 evening that my girl friend “Alisha” decided we need to get a puppy. Never have I seen her so enthusiastic before that. It was then that I knew that she was a dog lover right from her childhood. And we decided in minutes as to what puppy and from where we’ll be getting it from OLX. “Fluffy” “Pomeranian” age : 45 days was the new addition to our family.
I’ve always seen a lot of status updates , videos, pictures and sayings of “dog” being portrayed as the most loyal and truthful friend of any human being. I’ve also heard stories of dogs not eating when their owner is out of town. These were the other reasons that actually triggered me to get a puppy.
I had a very tough time initially adjusting to its lifestyle. It gets scared of darkness and cries often for no reason. It used to wake me up at 3am. Try biting my nose with its milky teeth. Shit right where I keep my leg down from bed. Piss on my slippers.
Discovery of the Dog Lover in me! 🙂
But it was a blessing. A friend . A good listener . I used to talk a lot to Ms.Fluffy 🙂 It listens so carefully as though it’s gonna provide me solutions. But it gave me peace of mind. Inner peace. Licks me once I finish my speech as though it’s acknowledged my speech. Turned me into an ardent dog lover.
Now it’s 5 months old, bold, understanding, with the same love and affection it had on me the moment it started to know me . It understands me, Alisha and “us” very well. Waits at 7pm near the door waiting for me to ring the bell. Then hugs me. Licks me. Cuddles me. Such a blessed feeling.
Key Learnings being a Dog Lover
Unconditional love is very rare in this unreal world . People do things expecting returns. But for the first time, I see a puppy teaching me a lot of lessons about life without even uttering a single word. If you are too stressed about life and need some sort of change in your life, get a puppy. Love it. It’ll love you back like no one else.
“The transition to a Dog lover has been really fruitful according to my personal experiences” ❤️
Smartphone photography just like DSLR photography requires certain levels of software edits to make it more beautiful, pleasing and at times to give it a different “meaning”. Here are few of my “Go To” Apps that I use for photo editing.
I’ve used almost all photo editing apps in AppStore. Most of them have their own benefits and flaws, but snapseed has surpassed my expectations. It’s easy accessibility and plenty of editing options makes it a great tool for photo editing. Filters are limited but to the mark. Manual editing is where snapseed scores high. Sliding your fingers on the screen to adjust various features such as brightness, contrast, Saturation, shadows is so simple. It’s auto edit option for specific options is another noteworthy feature. Adobe Lightroom is a closely competing photo editor but requires payment to unlock more features.
2. Aviary Photo Editing
If you are less interested in adding filters but more inclined towards memes, adding texts, comments, mark up on images, then Aviary should be the way to go. It’s filter options aren’t noteworthy, it’s like any other average photo editing application.
3. Layouts Photo Editing
If you are the one who creates collages more often, this is an amazing option. Collage of various “layouts” is available. Background image editing and default options are great.
4. Lens Distortions
This is that type of application that embeds a very unique and picturesque look to an image. Try all the type of filters that comes with this app, each and every filter will give it a different feel. An interesting and worthy photo editor that definitely should find a space on your phone’s memory.
Prisma is last in my list because I just don’t use it much and recommend the least to anyone who loves photo to look “real”. It is indeed interesting but shifts the image to a more cartoonistic look.