Reviewing some of the fine products

I was fortunate to test the Samsung Galaxy A5 thoroughly and over a long period of time at work, which allowed me to get to the bottom line of this new mobile phone. Like always, this review will not be a dry, complicated technical review, rather I’ll just list out all the things I liked, didn’t like, and my general findings while using this device. Worth mention is that the Samsung Galaxy A5 comes to replace the old Galaxy Alpha.

The full technical details and other specifications of this device can be found here.
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HTC Middle East sent me one of their mid-range mobile phone; the HTC Desire 820, for a quick review. They lent it to me for only 15 days which was barely enough to try it out and come back with my findings. For a detailed list of specs, GSMArena has all the technical details of the HTC Desire 820 phone.

The TL;DR review;

HTC Desire 820 is a stylish plastic mobile phone with a 5.5″ screen, a looker, sleek, light, runs on a 64 bit CPU yet it’s not very fast, with a battery that needs less than three hours to be fully charged and costs under $300. Read more

The 2015 Honda CRV has not undergone a complete makeover. Yet this year’s refresh has been so significant that the CR-V has garnered rave reviews. The 2015 edition has been ranked Number One among Affordable Compact SUVs by US News and World Reports.

Motor Trend has chosen the Honda CRV 2015 to be their Number One SUV of the year as well. It had to be real tough to make it to the top of a list that includes 21 world-renowned competitors.

Why buy a Honda CRV 2015? What makes this one so special? Well, the new Honda CR-V offers a winning combination that adds up to a good buy, whether you opt for the well-equipped Base edition or the Touring trim.
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[Update in March 2015] After using the Lenovo Vibe Z for over a year now, I want to update the readers on what happened after this full year of usage. Battery wise, now it takes longer to charge the battery to 100%, 4+ hours and increasing. The phone used to last more than 2 days on full charge, now it can’t complete a day and a half of normal use. The screen is not as responsive as it used to be. The overall speed is less now, because of the updates that came out after its release. Still, this phone has served me well.

The Lenovo Vibe Z K910 is a smartphone (or cell phone for our American readers) from Chinese electronics giant Lenovo. The phone was released in late 2013 and at the time of writing those lines it lists for around $549.99 (or 1600 AED in Dubai, United Arab Emirates). It weighs 145.2 grams, or about 5 ounces, and is 149.1 mm (5.87 inches) in length, 77 mm (3.03 inches) in width, and 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) in height. Although it’s considered a BIG size phone, it uses 2 micro SIM cards.
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Lenovo S960 Vibe X, the latest mobile phone from Lenovo was sent to me for review. In the beginning, rest assured that I won’t write down a complicated technical review, rather I’ll just list all the things I liked, didn’t like, and those which I should mention in my review here.

If you want a quick review; Lenovo Vibe X S960 is a stylish mobile phone, looker, sleek, shiny, eye-catchy, light, not slow nor fast, with a battery that needs four hours to be fully charged, while 20 minutes of playing a single game brought down the power meter by 11%.
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Solid State Drive

It really doesn’t matter which SSD you’ll end up buying. By any means, they will all be better than the hard disk drive you are using today. Apart from quick boot times, the other most notable point is Windows responsiveness. Basically, everything is instant, it is a cheer joy to double click the Outlook  icon, and it pops up instantly in your face.

Having said that, you shall find endless articles discussing which SSD model or brand to buy, and you will get lost easily. If you trust Amazon’s Bestseller list, then go for Intel X25 line of SSDs. A good entry point is the Intel 80 GB X25M Mainstream SATA II Solid-State Drive Retail Package one. If you can afford it, then by all means grab the 160GB or above.
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