Sunday, 29 November 2015

NDTV Gadgets 360 to release Obi Worldphone SF1

NDTV Gadgets 360 to release Obi Worldphone SF1 Obi Worldphone has finally released its first flagship device, SF1 in India, through NDTV Gadgets 360. SF1 is named after the city San Francisco, the place where it was designed, and it is also the first in its series. Its sibling SJ1.5 is soon to follow. The much talked about design endeavour of the company sounds convincingly innovative when we take a look at the device. It is rich, dark, and handsome and is now available at an attractive price too. SF1 is available in two variants, 2GB RAM/16GB and 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage at INR 11,999 and INR 13,999 respectively. Both the variants offer expandable storage up to 64GB.

The San Francisco based design studio Ammunition Group partnered with Obi in designing the phones right from its unique UI called Lifespeed, to its every curve and detail. This is reflected in the raised floating glass 5” screen intended to give a distinct look and also a more engaged experience with the phone. Besides, the glass is further protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and metallic accents at both top and bottom. The Oleophobic coating also prevents from fingerprint smudges and marks. The high Young’s Module makes the device prone to bending and breaking. SF1 comes in the classic black hue which stands rich in contrast to its orange-pink UI.

SF1 comes as a unibody device where the battery is non-removable. The device measures 146x74x8.1mm and weighs 147g. The display is HD with in-cell JDI technology and has 1080x1920, 443ppi resolution. It runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, powered by Qualcomm MSM 8939 64-bit Snapdragon 615 with 1.5GHz Octa-core clock speed. It has 3000mAh battery power with the Quick charge feature. On the multimedia front, SF1 comes with Dolby Surround sound. The rear snapper is 13MP and has a Sony IMX214 sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The front snapper is 5MP and the camera is further supported with Ubi Focus, Opti Zoom and Chroma Flash.

The device is dual SIM and supports most of the connectivity options like WLAN direct Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual Band, Bluetooth (v4.0 A2DP) and GPS with GLONASS. Also one can use it right out of the box as it comes equipped with AVG Antivirus software. Also the design theme of the company extends to its custom designed see through packaging. Considering that Apple Alumni John Sculley and Robert Brunner have together envisioned Obi Worldphone, Indian consumers can surely expect something exceptional here.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Infocus M260, Another Entry Level Phone for Basic Use

These days, the smartphone world is witnessing high end gadget launches one after the other. Amidst all this frenzy, we still have many companies that are focusing on producing entry level budget phones. One such company is InFocus, which is known for giving high value for money. InFocus recently launched M260, which intends to attract the young students’ crowd with its vibrant colours. In this precise review, we will look into what more the device has in store for the young.

Overall, InFocus M260 has a neat and interesting look. It has a dual coloured body, where the main colour is black. Black is teemed with three other vibrant colours like orange, pristine white and fluorescent green. The phone cover is made of plastic, but has a matte finish which keeps the device relatively smudge proof. The device is certainly a little bulky and heavy, but overall it gives a firm grip with the curved edges in place.

M260 is not so satisfactory when it comes to display, but then at this price, can we expect more? However, InFocus could have probably given a smaller screen size with better resolution. The screen here also includes the navigation buttons that are usually found on the bezel. It is also difficult to read the phone under direct sunlight, as the viewing angle is not so good. However, the touch response of the screen works pretty well.

M260 allows you to do multiple tasks at the same time very smoothly. This sounds good for the youngsters who usually have multiple web pages, videos and applications running at the same time. The multiple cores come handy here, also, it has the most common and recent Android software with custom skin of InFocus. What is impressive is the battery and memory capacity that M260 gives at this price. As a few currencies up this segment also, most phones offer similar storage. The camera of the device delivers decent pics but lacks auto focus and is not useful in low light. While it offers most connectivity options, it misses out on 4G, the very pulse of the youngsters.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Vivo Y35 vs Obi Worldphone SF1: The winner is clear

While Vivo has been around for sometime, Obi Worldphone is a relatively new entry in the smartphone market. The teasers we have seen so far indicate that both Vivo and Obi Worldphone are targeting youth with their beautiful designs and high-end specifications in a reasonable price range. In this review we are particularly comparing Obi Worldphone SF1 with Vivo Y35 that fall in somewhat comparable price segment to see which one of the two still makes up for a better deal.

Vivo Y35 is elegant, but Obi SF1’s raised glass makes it look premium
Let us start with what strikes the eyes first, the color. Obi SF1 is available in standard black color, where as Vivo Y35 offers multiple options such as white, black and gold color range. In overall physical terms, Obi SF1 measures 146x74x8 mm (7.8 mm body with 0.2 mm floating display) and weighs 147 grams, where as Vivo Y35 measures 143.3x71x6.78 mm and weighs 153 grams. Even though SF1 has a bigger body, it is lighter in weight that Vivo. Obi SF1’s unibody with metallic accents and raised glass display gives it a quite distinctive and premium look, while its rounded edges make it even more comfortable to hold. Although Vivo Y35 looks elegant but apart from that it does not offer anything new in terms of design.

Obi’s SF1 takes a definite lead in display quality and glass protection
Both the devices come with a 5inch display screen, however there is a huge difference in the display quality. While Obi SF1 has an astonishing Full HD (1080x1920 pixels) display with 443 ppi, Vivo Y35 lags behind with HD (720x1280 pixels) with 294 ppi. No doubt Obi SF1 offers much better visual experience whether it is reading or watching graphics. When it comes to screen protection Obi SF1 again moves ahead with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass (CGG) 4 compared to Vivo’s CGG 3. Here it is imperative to note that CGG 4 comes with native damage resistance technology that makes it stronger than CGG3 in terms of resisting scratches and overall durability. Needless to say that Obi SF1 is a clear winner when it comes to display quality and protection.

Obi SF1 maintains the lead at the performance front too 
Obi SF1 is powered by 1.5 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) processor and Vivo Y35 runs on 1.2 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor, indicating that Obi SF1 has an edge over Vivo Y35 with faster processor as well higher clock speed. With its Operating System (OS) Android Lollipop 5.0.2, Obi SF1 retains the slight edge over Vivo Y35 which comes in slightly older version of Android Lollipop 5.0. Furthermore, Obi SF1 comes in two variants including 2GB RAM (16GB storage) and 3GB RAM(32 GB storage) which can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. On the other hand Vivo Y35 offers only 2GB RAM option with 16GB in-built memory but it can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.

Cameras are somewhat comparable, but SF1 comes with a better battery
Both Obi SF1 and Vivo Y35 offer 13 MP primary/rear cameras for an outstanding photography experience. However, Obi SF1 gives user more features with Ubi Focus, Chroma flash and Opti zoom. These features just take the overall camera experience to the next level. For selfies, both devices have a 5 MP secondary/front camera. But, in Obi SF1, there is a LED flash that enables capturing bright and clear selfies even in dark. At the battery front, Vivo Y35 has a 2300 mAh Li- Po battery which clearly lags behind Obi SF1 3000 mAh battery. Also, Obi SF1 supports quick charge 1.0 technology. While the cameras may be somewhat comparable, Obi SF1 jumps ahead in battery capacity too.
The winner is clear
We have noted that SF1 has a clear advantage in terms of resolution, pixel density, CGG4 protection, a slightly higher version of the OS, better processor and superior battery. On the other hand, in comparison, Vivo Y35 offers the singular advantage of higher expandable memory option, which is not all that critical as SF1 too offers the option to expand. If we add in price as a factor, we find out that while Vivo Y35 is available at around USD230, the equivalent Obi SF1 (2GB/16GB) variant is marked at USD199 (Obi’s 3GB/32GB variant costs USD 249), essentially indicating that Obi Worldphone has managed to offer better specifications and premium design at relatively lesser price than Vivo. It is obvious that Obi Worldphone SF1 has clearly established itself as a much better device than Vivo Y35.