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Review of Xiaomi’s Flagship Mi 3

Xiaomi’s smartphones are now not available in America; however, you might want to know something about its smartphones as its devices have become so popular around China in shortly 3 years. And now Xiaomi’s making its way to Singapore.

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Xiaomi’s flagship phone, Mi 3, is an extremely slim and light device, measuring 5-inches with a thickness of a mere 8.1mm and weighing in at only 145g.

Software and Theme

The software design is where Xiaomi’s devices really shine though. Mi 3 comes with a customized version of Android OS. The Mi-3 runs on Android 4.3 optimized with MIUI version 5.

The UI is simple and easy to navigate, while you can easily customize the look of your phone via different themes. The themes are widely accepted by Xiaomi funs. In conjunction with its move into Singapore, Xiaomi released two new themes to commemorate the city, and there are many great-looking ones in the theme store available to download for free. They show up particularly well on the Mi 3 due to the high-resolution screen, and it’s a joy to be able to change the entire look and feel of your phone so easily when you get tired of its appearance.

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Hardware

l  Dimensions: 144 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm (5.67 x 2.90 x 0.32 inches), 145 grams (5.11 oz)

l  HSPA+ connectivity

l  5.0-inch full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) IPS Sharp/LG display that works even with gloves on

l  Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 300 CPU and Adreno 330 graphics

l  2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, no microSD card slot

l  13-megapixel rear-camera with Sony Exmor sensor, F2.2 aperture, wide angle 28mm lens, dual-LED flash

l  2-megapixel front-facing camera

l  Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/b, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS + GLONASS, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio

3040 Battery

l  TV out with MHL-enabled microUSB port and Miracast

Camera

Xiaomi takes great pains to tout the Mi3’s digital camera system. The company says it’s built from a Sony Exmor sensor that captures a top resolution of 13 megapixels. In addition, the camera uses a wide-angle 28mm format lens linked to a dual LED flash. Whether all this gear translates to a smartphone that snaps quality photos remains to be seen, but I admit that on paper, the Mi3’s imaging system sounds impressive.

For more Android phones, the post Best Android Phones for 2014 might give you a hit on which Android phone is the best for you.

5 Smart Use of Your Phone’s Camera that You don’t Know

Many Android phones are equipped with great cameras that allow you to take wonderful photos anywhere you want. However, your Android phone can do more than taking photos. In this post you’ll find five smart use of your Android phone’s camera that you haven’t used before.

An Excellent Translator: Translate Foreign Language Text

I believe that not many people have realized that our camera could be a good translator. When you are in a foreign country and faced with a bunch of texts which you have no clue what they mean, take out your camera. The Google Translate includes a function that applies optical character recognition (OCR) to automatically interpret the text and translate it for you. It will save you the trouble of typing the text which sometime you even don’t know how to type.

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Check and Scan Product Barcode and Buy Online

Many people like to check products in person before they buy. However most of the time products online are cheaper than those in store. Is there an app that helps you to check the online price when you check them in stores, so that you can compare prices?

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Amazon offers one such app — scan a barcode with the Price Check by Amazon app and you’ll be able to quickly locate the product on Amazon and purchase it online if it’s cheaper.

A Portable Scanner that Scan and OCR Documents

The camera on your Android phone can also be used as a small scanner that scans useful documents instantly. Moreover, some apps could even perform OCR to analyze the text on the picture and turn it into a PDF file that can be searched. Quite cool to have a scanner that you can carry with you, right?

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Scan QR Codes

These days QR codes are everywhere from business windows and advertisements all over the streets. Most QR codes are not that useful, however sometime it does make your life easier and more convenient. For instance, AirDroid uses QR codes to quickly authenticate with your phone without entering a password. Open Camera app on your Android phone, just scan the code on your screen and you’re good to go.

Pinpoint Nearby Locations

There are apps which can be used together with your Camera app to pinpoint nearby locations. For example, the Monocle feature in Yelp’s app can display markers for nearby businesses via augmented reality, pointing the direction to them and showing you exactly where they are without any need for a map. Other apps like Wikitude and Layar function similarly.

Augmented reality apps have struggled to find real-world use cases, although they do make all sorts of cool things possible.

Don’t ever underestimate your Android phone, and it’s smarter than you think. What’s more, you can even find lost Android phone with Android Device Manager.

Amazon’s New Kindle Fire with Stunning HD Display

Amazon will supposedly reveal later this month its new Kindle Fire with stunning HD display. There are leaked photos of Amazon’s new device from sources suggesting the all-new design of the Kindle Fire.

The most significant change is that the buttons have also been completely redesigned and reshuffled, and the stereo speakers are now located at the top-rear of the device.

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Tech Specs of the Amazon New Kindle Fire

The new Kindle Fire is with a brand-new design, and come with 2 versions: 8.9 inch and 7 inch. Both tablets will be more comfortable to hold and lighter than the previous generations. Before we detail features of the new Kindle Fire, let’s first take a look at the tech specs of it.

*  HD screen with a resolution of 1920×1200 (same quality as Google’s new Nexus 7)

*  2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (better than Google’s new Nexus 7)

*  2GB of RAM (same as New Nexus 7)

*  WiFi and cellular connectivity

*  Front-facing camera but no No rear camera

*  16GB, 32GB, or 64GB storage (64GB option is more than Google is offering on new Nexus 7)

*  Android 4.2.2 Jellybean with heavy Amazon customizations

The biggest feature of the new Amazon Kindle Fire is the 1920×1200 HD display which is capable of playing movies and TV shows in up to 1080p high definition. At 254 ppi, the display on Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is high enough quality that individual pixels are indistinguishable to the human eye.

Sources claim that Amazon may stagger the tablet launches like it did last year, releasing the 7 inch models first and then the 8.9 inch version in November. Amazon revealed the Kindle Fire HD devices on September 6, 2012 and made them both available for pre-purchasing. The 7 inch tablet didn’t become available until September 14 followed by the 8.9 inch model on November 20.

According to the screens, the volume buttons, power buttons and speakers appear to be mounted on the back, leaving the face of the tablet void of anything but the screen and the front-facing camera. So far this tablet design appears to be Amazon’s best yet, especially with the Qualcomm chip and double the RAM. We’re eager to see how these two tablets perform in benchmarks this fall.

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10 Google Nexus 4 Tips to Help You Get the Best of Your Phone

With Google Nexus 4, we could enjoy the brilliance of both Google and LG. From this little gadget we get a wealth of great software features and a ridiculously low price. As so many people choose Google Nexus, here in this post I’d like to give you some indispensable Google Nexus 4 tips.

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1. Access Quick Setting More Quickly

The new Quick Settings menu is something that Android 4.2 proud of, which can be accessed from the Notifications pane. By dragging the pane down with two fingers however, you jump straight to the Quick Settings option.

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2. Take a Screenshot

There are times when you just want to capture what’s on your phone’s screen, so you can keep a record of it or show it to others at a later date, and thankfully this functionality comes baked into Android these days. Simply hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time.

3. Share Things Instantly with Android Beam

Thanks to the inclusion of a NFC chip inside the Nexus 4, you can share data simply by holding your phone next to a compatible device. If you know someone else with a NFC-packing handset — such as the Nexus S or the Galaxy Nexus — you can use this feature to display things directly on their screen. If you’re viewing a Web page, for example, or a Google Play listing, you can show your friend by beaming the same page to their device, instantly.

4. Trace to Type

One of Android 4.2’s most significant new features is its trace-to-type keyboard. If you’ve used Swype in the past you’ll know what to expect. Instead of tapping on each key to write something, you merely draw a line over the letters in sequence and lift your finger from the screen to add a space and move onto the next word.

If you’re interested in this feature, go to Settings > Language and Input, and select the Android Keyboard option. Check “Enable Gesture Typing”.

5. Automatically Back Up Photos

Google+ may not have taken the social networking world by a storm, but the Android application has one fantastic use — it boasts an option, which allows you to automatically upload photos you’ve taken on your Nexus 4 to your Google+ account in the cloud. Even if you lose your device, you won’t lose all those valuable memories.

6. Make your Phone Silent Fast

For those moments when holding down the volume button just isn’t a quick enough way of shutting up your phone, you can hold down the Nexus 4’s power button briefly to bring up a separate menu. From here you can put your phone into silent or vibrate mode with a single tap, saving your blushes during important meetings.

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7. Lock Screen Widgets

Lock screen widgets is a new feature of Android 4.2. From your lock screen you can take photos, browse your emails and check calendar appointments — all without having to unlock your Nexus 4. This is especially handy if you use a gesture or password to secure you phone, as it saves you from having to input it every time you receive an email.

8. Secure Your Phone with Face Unlock

One of Android’s unique functions, Face Unlock allows you to access your device using nothing but your face. If you want to enable it, go to Settings > Security > Screen Lock and select ‘Face Unlock’.

9. Sync Bookmarks with Google Chrome

The default Android browser has officially been retired in 4.2, and Google’s Chrome browser now takes centre stage. If you use Chrome on your desktop (or any other device, for that matter) you can sync your web activity with Nexus 4.

10. Data Recovery for Google Nexus

Android phone allows you to back up data with devices like Google; however, so many people forgot to back up their phone regularly. In this case using Android Data Recovery may be a good choice as the software could restore your text messages, contacts, photos and more in just a few minutes.