With schools mostly shut due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents have a really hard time deciding on whether to buy a tablet or a laptop for their kids’ online classes. It’s a difficult decision to take, but as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 shows, there are options out there.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 price in India: Rs 17,999 (Wi-Fi only)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7: Design and build
The Galaxy Tab A7’s design feels familiar, and that’s not a bad thing. It measures 7mm in terms of thickness, weighs in at 476 gram, and comes in grey, silver or gold colour options. Its back has a smooth metal finish, while the 10.4-inch screen is surrounded by sizable bezels. The bezels are dramatically smaller compared to huge bezels seen on Apple’s eight-generation iPad and Tab A7 looks nice.
For some reason, I found the Tab A7 perfect for reading e-books and e-edition of newspapers. It’s light and comfortable to hold for extended periods. I can read news articles, watch videos, play games or attend conference calls. In terms of portability and ease of use, tablets will always have an upper hand over laptops any day.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7: Display and speaker
The Tab A7 has a roomy 10.4-inch 2000 x 1200 display that isn’t an AMOLED panel. Instead, Samsung uses a regular LCD panel that gets bright enough but lacks sharpness. The Galaxy Tab A7 is clearly aimed at offering a cheaper option against entry-level Windows laptops, and given the cost of the tablet, the screen seems to be fine. I just finished watching season one of Utopia on Amazon Prime Video, and I never felt the LCD screen of the Tab A7 any less superior.
For me, though, the biggest feature of the Tab A7 is its quad speakers. You will find four speaker grilles on the top and bottom vertically, left and right when horizontal. They get so loud that I can hear the sound coming from the speakers in another room. I haven’t found a single tablet or a Windows 10 laptop that offer quad speakers in this price range. Though quad speakers sound amazing on the tablet, the headphone jack is gone. This surprised me since the Tab A7 will be mostly used by kids. It just seems strange on the part of Samsung of not including the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Tab A7.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7: Performance and battery
Powering the Galaxy Tab A7 is a Snapdragon 662 processor. On paper, it’s a mid-range processor but for routine tasks like editing an assignment on Google Doc, browsing the web, chatting on WhatsWeb or watching YouTube, the Snapdragon 662 should be powerful enough. In my testing, I haven’t found the Tab A7 struggle to open commonly used apps or run not-so graphically intensive games. It’s really fast for my workflow activities like editing and proofreading stories, checking emails, editing photos on Pixlr, and occasionally tweeting my stories. The Galaxy Tab A7 doesn’t match the lightning-fast speeds of the Galaxy Tab S7+, but for most people, that ain’t going to matter much.
But I am a bit concerned about the storage on the Galaxy Tab A7. The tablet will be made available with only a 32GB storage option in India — there is no 64GB storage option. The 32GB storage is not enough in today’s time. Yes, you can expand the storage via microSD, but that’s an additional cost.
The cameras, an 8MP snapper on the rear and a 5MP camera on the front, are there. I haven’t tried the back camera but I did use the front-facing camera for a Zoom call and it’s okay. The Galaxy Tab A7 has a large 7040mAh battery capacity with 15W fast charging support. I got roughly 8 to 9 hours of battery back, which is longer than more laptops.
The Galaxy Tab A7 runs OneUI 2.1, which is based on top of Android 10. It’s a well-designed interface, but you won’t have the same level of customisations and features that you will find on the Galaxy Tab S7+. It’s a straightforward interface that works well for a tablet like the Galaxy Tab A7.
The Galaxy Tab A7 isn’t designed to be a productivity-centric tablet as it lacks the S Pen support, DeX mode, and a snap-on magnetic keyboard. That said, the Tab A7 can be used for writing and editing home assignments on Google Docs or making a presentation. You can split the screen between various applications or have multiple user accounts on the Galaxy Tab A7. This way the whole family can use the Tab A7 and customise the tablet the way they wanted it to be.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7: Should you buy it?
Even though the Galaxy Tab A7 is marketed as a multimedia tablet, it can be a terrific device for everyday work, too. In my case, I paired a Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard to the Tab A7 and used the tablet for writing stories and attended most product launch briefings. I won’t say this tablet can replace a computer, but if your child’s purpose is limited to attending online classes or writing assignments on Google Doc, the Galaxy Tab A7 fits the bill. And yes, the tablet can be used by any member in the family for consuming multimedia content, thanks to a 10.4-inch screen and the quad speakers. After all, the Galaxy Tab A7 is not restricted just for educational purposes. I think that’s the purpose behind the Galaxy Tab A7. It can be your child’s first device, or your mother’s cooking classes companion.
Apple iPhone 12 Vs iPhone 12 Mini: What’s Different?
Apple has launched the Apple iPhone 12 Mini smartphone recently. The Apple iPhone 12 Mini is priced starting at Rs.69900 for the base model and comes in different variants. In the same segment, Apple also recently launched the Apple iPhone 12 smartphone recently. The Apple iPhone 12 is priced starting at Rs.79900 for the base model and comes in different variants. Check out our head-to-head comparison between the Apple iPhone 12 Mini and Apple iPhone 12 across design, display, internal specifications, camera performance and price to determine what phone is the best for you. Also Read – India bans 43 more Chinese apps over security concerns.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 mini: Price in India
The iPhone 12 carries a starting price of Rs. 79,900 in India or $799 in the US for the 64GB storage variant, while its 128GB variant is priced at Rs. 84,900 or $849, and the 256GB storage option is at Rs. 94,900 or $949. In contrast, the iPhone 12 mini comes at Rs. 69,900 or $699 for the 64GB variant, whereas its 128GB and 256GB storage models are priced at Rs. 74,900 or $749 and Rs. 84,900 or $849, respectively.
On the availability front, the iPhone 12 will be available for pre-orders from October 16, while its availability is scheduled for October 23. The iPhone 12 mini, on the other hand, will go on pre-orders from November 6, with its sale beginning from November 12. India availability has only been detailed for the iPhone 12, and that’s October 30.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 mini: Specifications
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both run on iOS 14 and come with the A14 Bionic SoC, paired with a fourth-generation Neural Engine and a new four-core graphics architecture. Both iPhone models also come with a notch that houses the True Depth Camera system for Face ID support. However, on the part of a major difference, the iPhone 12 carries a 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina display (1170×2532 pixels), while the iPhone 12 mini features a smaller, 5.4-inch OLED Super Retina display (1080×2340 pixels).
For photos and videos, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both have a dual rear camera setup that houses a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.6 lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter with an f/2.4 aperture as well as 120-degree field of view. Both new models also retain optical image stabilization (OIS) support that has been a part of the iPhone family for some time. The rear camera setup is also capable of recording 4K videos. For selfies, video chats, and FaceTime calls, there is a 12-megapixel camera sensor at the front of both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, with an f/2.2 lens.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both have storage options going from 64GB to 256GB. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a Lightning port. The iPhones also come with an Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip that debuted on the iPhone 11 models last year. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light, barometer, three-axis gyro, and a proximity sensor.
Apple has provided a rechargeable lithium-ion battery on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini that supports fast as well as wireless charging (MagSafe up to 15W and Qi up to 7.5W). The new iPhone models also include magnets at the back to support the newly launched MagSafe charging accessories. The iPhone 12 battery is rated to deliver up to 17 hours of video playback, and the iPhone 12 mini battery is said to deliver up to 15 hours of video playback.
The iPhone 12 measures has a height of 146.7mm and width of 71.5mm (2.82-inches), while the iPhone 12 mini measures 131.5mm (5.18-inches) in height and 64.2mm width (2.53-inches). Both phones are 7.4mm (0.29-inches) in depth. Besides, the iPhone 12 weighs 164 grams. This is heavier than the iPhone 12 mini that is 135 grams in weight.
Apple unveiled the much-anticipated iPhone 12 series on Tuesday. The new series comprises four new iPhone models, namely the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Max. However, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are likely to grab the most attention — thanks to their cheaper pricing over the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both new iPhone models come in four different colour options and are powered by the same A14 Bionic SoC. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini also included dual rear cameras. Nevertheless, there are some major differences between the two that you should consider while making your buying decision.
With this we compared, iPhone 12 price in India and specifications with those of the iPhone 12 mini to help you decide the best option for you.
Samsung Galaxy S21 (2021) Redefine Concept Introduction
Samsung Galaxy S21, the next flagship series from the South Korean tech major, is expected to launch in January next year, and the phones could go on sale by the end of the month. In the latest leak, tipster Jon Prosser has revealed the launch, sale, and pre-order dates of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 phones on Twitter. The Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra launch will take place on January 14, 2021 and pre-orders will start on the same day. The tipster also claims that the devices will go on sale on January 29.
Samsung’s flagship lineup sees the S series launch in the first half of the year, while the Note series comes in the second half. While some reports are claiming the brand will launch the phones with Samsung Galaxy S30 name label, others are saying Galaxy S21 will be the official name.
Prosser in his tweet also revealed the colour variants of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. These are black, white, grey, silver, violet, and pink. While the features of the devices are yet to be revealed, several leaks have already suggested what could be the possible specifications of the new phones. Here’s everything we know so far.
Samsung Galaxy S21 price (expected)
The Samsung Galaxy S21 price is expected to start from $999, which is around Rs 74,640 in India. The Galaxy S21 Plus could cost $1,199 (around Rs 89,580), whereas the Galaxy S21 Ultra $1,399 (approximately Rs 104,529).
Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Specifications
As per the leaks, the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30 phones will sport a punch-hole display design. The cutout will be placed on the upper right side of the display. The handsets will also have slim bezels. The design of the phones will be almost similar to the Samsung Galaxy S20 series.
The leaked renders showed that the volume rockers and power button will be located on the right edge. The standard version is expected to come with a compact 6.2-inch flat display. The screen of the Galaxy S21 Ultra could measure between 6.7 and 6.9 inches. It is expected to come with a slightly curved display and could include support for the S Pen, which would be a first in the S series. However, the device might lack any slot for the brand’s signature stylus.
The phones will likely be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 processor in some markets. Samsung is expected to announce its own Exynos 1080 processor on November 12. This chip is based on the 5nm process. But this is not going to power the S21 series, according to a report on Sam Mobile. The devices will run the Exynos 2100 chipset, depending on the region.
The most premium version in the series is rumoured to pack a 108-megapixel primary camera and a 40-megapixel snapper for selfies. The Galaxy S21 series could also see the introduction of a new under-display selfie camera. Again, Samsung could limit this new technology to the most premium flagship in the series, which would be the S21 Ultra.
On the software side, the Galaxy S21 will ship with One UI 3.0, which will be based on Android 11. The Samsung Galaxy S21 series was recently spotted on 3C certification. The site hinted that the standard version will offer a 4,000mAh battery, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S21+ is tipped to feature a 4,660mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will reportedly have a 5,000mAh battery. All three phones are expected to ship with a 25W fast charger.
WhatsApp New Exciting Features (2020) November
New features on WhatsApp
WhatsApp the messaging platform is at the helm of social media applications. Run by Facebook one of the four Big Tech companies, its features complement those of its sister platforms like Instagram and Facebook. So if any feature exists on one of these platforms, expect it to show up on all eventually. For instance Stories. By imitating the Snapchat model of quick short-lived stories, Instagram mastered it, further emulating it on Facebook and WhatsApp.
In a big to keep the app updated and fresh, new features are introduced every once in awhile. Take a look at what to expect!
WhatsApp regularly updates the app with new features. It also tests unreleased features on its beta app for Android and iPhone. Recently, WhatsApp has been focusing on privacy and control of spam on the platform. It has rolled out features to help curb these issues on WhatsApp.
In terms of UI change, the app will soon roll our dark mode on Android and iPhone. WhatsApp dark mode is expected to arrive with iOS 13 and Android Q update. While we wait for that, there are other features available now on WhatsApp. If you’re a frequent WhatsApp user, these are some features you can use right now. WhatsApp has confirmed its new exciting disappearing messages feature which, once enabled, will make new messages sent in individual or group chats disappear after seven days.
As per the information provided on the support page, enabling the settings will not affect the messages previously sent or received in chat. While the users can themselves turn disappearing messages on and off for individual chats, in a group chat, only the admins will get to use the feature. With this, if a user does not open WhatsApp in the seven-day period, the message will disappear, but its preview might still be displayed in notifications until the App is opened. The feature, as per the App, will not work if the disappearing message is forwarded, and in case the user creates a backup, however, when the user restores from a backup.
As per the settings for media download, if auto-download is turned on the receiving phone the images, videos will be automatically saved on the device. There, however, is no option of customizing the time frame after which the messages will be deleted.
WhatsApp is hard at work making its hugely-popular app even better. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the launch of disappearing messages which, as the name suggests, makes text messages self-destruct after a week, coupled with the introduction of a new storage setting designed to allow users to quickly find and remove content filling up their precious memory.
And now, it seems WhatsApp is working on two more updates – one aimed at Android users, and another designed for those with an iPhone.
The first change that’s coming to Android looks set to allow users of this Google-powered operating system to access more exciting wallpapers than what’s currently available.
As spotted by the team at WABetainfo it appears that there will be a total of 32 bright wallpapers and another 29 designed for dark mode. It seems you’ll even be able to set unique background patterns for different chats and adjust exactly how they look to suit your tastes.
This upgrade is currently in the beta phase of testing but a launch could come soon.
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