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  1. Social distancing, working from home and self-isolating can be really hard and they can take a toll on your mental health. This pandemic is hitting everyone differently, but if there's one thing that's common to all, then it has got to be stress and anxiety. And therefore, we think it's the perfect time to develop the habit of taking some time off for mindfulness and meditation. In case you need some help with that, we have curated a list of the best meditation apps to help you stay calm and keep the anxiety away. Calm © App Store Calm is probably one of the most popular mindfulness and meditation app there is. It has a beautiful and easy-to-use interface, which is what we all want right now. From mindfulness exercises and guided meditations to stretching exercises, there's a lot to check out here. And in case you don't want to download the app on your phone, you can even head over to their dedicated page to get a glimpse of all the available resources. Download: iOS, Play Store Ten Percent © Play Store Ten Percent is an app that's great for both who are willing to pay a premium or simply use a free tier. Ten Percent has a lot of really good explanatory videos and guided sessions. We're talking about short sessions that are no longer than a minute or so, making them perfect for people who don't have a lot of time. They also have a dedicated COVID-19 section with daily live "sanity break" videos. Download: iOS, Play Store Smiling Mind © App Store Smiling Mind is a free app that's designed for kids and young adults. It has a ton of videos and sessions across a lot of modules that can be very useful during these tough times. This particular app is also very well designed and it's very simple to use. Also, Smiling Mind is one of the very few apps offering the premium tier membership for free for those who can't afford to pay, so be sure to check it out and give it a try. Download: iOS, Play Store Insight TimerThis is a free-to-use app with a library of over 30,000 guided meditations. This is a very basic app that's not going to offer you anything out of the ordinary. Just pick a meditation routine, set a timer and you're good to go. There's a premium tier with a very generous 30-day free trial, so it's a really good option. Download: iOS If meditation isn't for you and you just like to kill some time by playing games, then be sure to check our recommendations for the best relaxing games you can play. View the full article
  2. In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak all over the world, fashion brands are facing some major issues. The effects of the virus, that originated in China, has now gone beyond creating health crisis all over the world. The Chinese fashion market, also known as one of the fastest-growing markets for luxury brands with their plans to expand globally, has also faced the repercussions due to the Covid-19 outbreak. © Getty Images However, in order to do their best and contribute as much as they can, several global fashion brands stepped up and donated funds to fight this contagious virus. © Getty Images LVMH, the French luxury conglomerate that operates major luxury brands like Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior has gone beyond money and is now prepping to produce hand sanitiser instead of the usual perfumes and cosmetic products this week. As we all know that there's a shortage of hand sanitisers due to short supply and high demand. But brands like LVMH are taking an initiative to produce disinfectant gel in large quantities and donate the same to the French Health Authorities and the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris which is the largest hospital system in Europe. © Getty Images It is anticipated that LVMH will be making around 12 tons of hand sanitisers and would continue the same as long as it is required. The company made a statement and clearly said that this initiative will help address the lack of products available in the market currently and it shall enable a greater number of people to take right actions against Covid-19. Speaking of France's current position, around 3,600 cases of people getting affected by coronavirus have been registered. © Getty Images This global crisis seems to be escalating at a faster pace. To help mitigate the spread of this virus, an initiative like this one was much needed. Given how quickly it is escalating, it is affecting the health system and also the supply of essential items in the market. It is good to see that luxury fashion brands are invested in helping during such dreadful times. Not just LVMH, even other brands from the fashion industry are coming forward to combat the spread of this outbreak in whatever way they can. We are looking forward to more such great initiatives! View the full article
  3. The novel coronavirus has claimed over 4,000 lives globally, so far, and it is only getting worse. On a daily basis, we come across instances of shortage of face masks and hand sanitizers in the market. Unfortunately, many people, not caring about others, are hoarding masks and sanitizers, forgetting that other people need to be protected too in order to contain the virus outbreak. We have now seen the bad and good side of many people during this difficult time that we are all going through. Having said that, football superstar Christiano Ronaldo has turned out to be a real hero and is doing his bit to fight against the outbreak of Covid-19. View this post on InstagramOur best it's guaranteed ðªð» #finoallafine #forzajuveA post shared by (@cristiano) India Today reported, according to a Spanish newspaper MARCA, all the CR7 hotels are set to be converted into hospitals for the coronavirus patients. As per the report, the facility can be used free of charge during this time frame. Reportedly, the footballer will also pay the doctors and the workers at the facility. The virus has jolted the global sports calendar and many sports events have been postponed. Despite the report in a leading Spanish News Daily, a Portugal journalist, Filipe Caetano, said the information is ânot trueâ. View this post on InstagramAlways on my mind...see you tommorrow ðªð¼ #UCL #forzajuveA post shared by (@cristiano) Earlier, Ronaldo also took to his social media and posted an emotional message asking his fans to adhere to the guidelines of WHO when it comes to precautions against this deadly virus. He also said that he will support the "amazing" health professionals who are risking their lives to save others. He said, "I speak to you not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that is affecting the world.â View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@cristiano) "Protecting human life must come above any other interests, Ronaldo added in his post. I would like to send my thoughts to everyone who has lost someone close to them, my solidarity to those who are fighting the virus, like my teammate Daniele Rugani, and my continued support to the amazing health professionals putting their own lives at risk to help save others,â he added. At the moment he is quarantined in Madeira, after finding out that one of his teammates, Daniele Rugani tested positive for the virus. The members who came in contact with Rugani are in voluntary quarantine at the moment. © Reuters The novel coronavirus has led to the suspension of many global sporting events such as NBA, ATP and WTA tournaments, and many top-tier football tournaments across Europe and many major cricket sports events including Indian Premier League. View the full article
  4. The cases of novel coronavirus are dismally increasing in the country and the count of patients has reached 73, so far. Amid the chaos, there is a shortage of face masks, hand sanitizers and even toilet paper in our country. While people are trying to be extremely cautious about their sanitization, the shortage of these basic products has left everyone devastated. But, not anymore! © BCCL Recently, Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra shared a DIY (Do It Yourself) video of making facemasks at home and thatâs all we need today. He took to his Twitter handle and wrote, âNo more shortage of masks?? And I thought Indians were the masters of jugaad!â Checkout the video here- Voila. No more shortage of masks?? And I thought Indians were the masters of jugaad! pic.twitter.com/67mLgSo0Od â anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 11, 2020 In the video, a woman showcases how to make a mask on our own by using simple items that we have at home. The woman takes a piece of single tissue paper and folds it to achieve a paper made fan. She then uses two rubber-bands on both sides and staples them. Voila!! You now have a home-made mask which is very similar to the ones available in the market. Image 2 The video has already garnered around 1.6K views and 1.7K retweets. However, people have still found ways to leave funny comments on social media. Check out some of the reactions here pic.twitter.com/BoDUsyjVbb â Suraj (@Imsurajbl) March 11, 2020 Hahahaha Only available in Indian market 𤣠pic.twitter.com/L4dMWn7FBG â PAVITAR SINGHÂ©ï¸ *iptechtalks.com* (@PAVITARSINGH1A) March 11, 2020 OMG! Another way to do it pic.twitter.com/loxXyDUo36 â Armaan Younis (@armaanyounis) March 11, 2020 We were expecting this all along! U think u can beat us?? pic.twitter.com/Mrxb3aT4Cn â ChahalPahal (@ChahalPahal2) March 11, 2020 Agreed. pic.twitter.com/QBkVjVVvOq â Mogili Varun Kumar (@MogiliVarun) March 12, 2020 On point. @anandmahindra, sir kaisa hai "Made in India" Mask? pic.twitter.com/XHN90nfBvO â Gaurav Kumar (@GauravK11265888) March 11, 2020 Okay? Okay! pic.twitter.com/2GKl4smkWv â preeti dogra (@pdogra2001) March 11, 2020 The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has claimed more than 4,000 lives across the world, so far. The world scientists are still trying hard to find a cure. Meanwhile, we can take preventive measures to keep ourselves safe from the virus. View the full article
  5. Storage technology has come a long way from the bulky HDD (hard disk drive) we used to carry with us for storing all our data. Portable SSDs are the next big thing in storage technology as they are much smaller, lightweight and way faster in transferring data than traditional hard drives. Portable SSDs are considerably more expensive but they do tend to save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Portable SSDs are less susceptible to damages as they don't not use a rotating disk and some even have comprehensive security features to keep all of your data safe. Hereâs a list of the top portable SSDs you can buy in India: 1. Samsung T5 Portable SSD © BCCL Samsung makes some of the best SSDs in the world and the same can be said about their portable SSDs too. This particular model comes in storage options of up to 2TB and delivers data transfer speeds of 540 MB/s. It is at par with some internal SATA SSDs and is considerably faster than traditional HDDs. It also comes with added security where you can set your own password to access the contents of the SSD. 2. SanDisk Extreme © YouTube If you are always on the move or like to use an SSD in environments other than an office, this portable SSD by SanDisk is your best best. It has a shockproof housing and is also IP55 rated for water resistance In terms of data transfer speeds, it can reach speeds of up to 550MB/S and also comes with a ring so that you can attach it to your backpack. 3. Samsung T7 Touch © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Samsungâs latest portable SSD T7 Touch comes with an in-built fingerprint reader for better security and double the transfer speeds of the T5 portable. It is capable of reaching transfer speeds of 1GB/S and is thinner than the T5 SSD. It is also shock resistant where the internal frame lets the T7 Touch withstand falls from up to 2 meters. 4. ADATA SD600Q © ADATA The ADATA SD 600Q comes with a military-grade frame that protects the SSD from major drops higher than 2 meters. It weighs only 60g as the casing is made out of shock-absorbing silicone. It has transfer speeds of up to 440 MB/s and is perfect for photographers who are always out in the field. 5. Seagate Fast SSD © BCCL Seagateâs portable SSD doesnât really look much portable because of its size but it can deliver transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s. It comes in storage options of up to 2TB and comes with all the necessary cables in the box. The portable SSD also comes with a folder syncing software where it can mirror your files and folders onto your computer, provided you have an internet connection. View the full article
  6. Realme has been doing some amazing work behind the scenes to bring some of the phones in the market. Last year, the Realme 5 series was a hit for the company, and now they're back with the Realme 6 series, with major upgrades across the board. Today, I'll be talking about the Realme 6 Pro and tell you why I love this phone. I've been using the Realme 6 Pro as my primary phone for quite some time now and I think it's currently the best phone to buy in the market if your budget is under Rs. 20,000. 1. Design & Build Quality I've said this in the past and I'll say it again - Realme makes some of the most beautiful looking phones in the market right now. The Realme 6 Pro doesn't have a glass back, but it looks absolutely stunning. It's a mixture of glass and plastic. So it's not the most premium-feeling material in the world, but it'll definitely attract some eyeballs. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer As you can see, I've been using the "Lightning Blue" variant of the phone and it's got this crazy lighting design at the back. The orange variant also looks equally stunning in my opinion. The phone has got a decent weight to it and it has all the necessary features that you'd expect from a phone like a USB Type C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and more. There's a quad-camera setup at the back with minimal Realme branding. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the side of the phone, and I think it's a great move. The Realme 6 Pro has a single firing speaker at the bottom and it supports Dolby Atmos hi-res audio quality. You can also add a micro SD card to expand the storage, which is great. Overall, I have nothing but good things to say about the Realme 6 Pro's design and build quality. Good job, Realme! 2. Display The display is one of my favourite features of the Realme 6 Pro and I think that's what kept me from switching to a different device even after my testing period. You're looking at a 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS panel with support for a 90Hz refresh rate. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Yes, it's not an AMOLED panel like the one found on the Galaxy M31. So you're probably going to miss seeing deep blacks and punchy colors on the screen. That being said, the high-refresh rate, especially in this price range, will definitely make up for it. The display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and it also has a punch-hole cutout for the dual selfie cameras. The display looks modern thanks to the punch-hole cutout and low bezels, and the high refresh rate is just icing on the cake. During my usage, I found that the panel manages to hold a high refresh rate without any issues. It also gets decently bright to use outdoors. If you've never used a high-refresh-rate panel before, then you must check this out. It's a feature that we don't see often in mid-range phones, and it's a great way to make more people experience the 90Hz refresh rate. I am sure you'll love interacting with the phone using this display. 3. Performance The Realme 6 Pro is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 720G processor which is specifically built for phones in this price range. I am not going to throw in some crazy numbers and specs of the processor, but I'll just say that it's a great processor. The processor is coupled with up to 12GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. I've been using the high-end variant of the phone for testing and the performance is pretty impressive. You absolutely don't need to worry about the performance. This is one of those phones that can handle anything you throw at it. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Mid-range phones have gotten a lot better over the years and the Realme 6 Pro with the Snapdragon 720G is pushing it further at this point. This is currently the phone powered by this particular processor, so we'll have more comparisons when other phones drop in the market. Realme has also optimized the software on this phone very well. Together, both the hardware and the software manages to give you a solid performance while using the phone. The Realme 6 Pro runs Realme UI out of the box that's based on Android 10. This is the latest version of Andriod out there on the market, so it's good that you're getting the best in the business. I did notice some glitches from time to time while the phone though. For instance, the software would just freeze on me while using a particular, forcing me to close the app altogether and start over again. I think this is something that they can fix with future updates, but I think I should mention that in the review. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer As for gaming, I did play a couple of games of PUBG Mobile and Call OF Duty Mobile on the Realme 6 Pro and it was pretty good. The 90Hz display definitely helps with gaming on supported titles. But it's safe to say that the phone can handle almost all the titles without any stutters. 4. Camera The Realme 6 Pro sports a quad-camera setup at the back which includes a 64MP primary sensor made by Samsung. It's coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 12MP telephoto lens, and a 2MP macro lens. On the front, there are two cameras for selfies. One is a normal 16MP wide-angle lens, whereas the other one is an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens. As you can see, the phone has a pretty versatile set of cameras. So how's the performance? Well, here are some samples that I managed to shoot while testing the phone over a few days- I'd say the images shot during the day with enough light turned out pretty well. There's a lot of details to zoom into thanks to that 64MP sensor and the dynamic range is also good. You can also use the ultra-wide lens to get more of the scene into the frame, but it's not as good as the other sensors. Thanks to the new 2X and 5X zoom modes, you can close in on the subject like never before on a Realme phone. It comes handy but I won't recommend using the 5x zoom mode unless you have a tripod. As for the nigh mode pictures, they're pretty decent. The images will definitely come out better at night while using a tripod, but I managed to get some sweet shots even without one. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Overall, I think the Realme 6 Pro has really good cameras. Obviously, it's not competing with the flagships out there, but I think it's one of the best sets of cameras that you can get in this price range. 5. Battery Life The Realme 6 Pro packs a 4,300 mAh battery under the hood that keeps the lights on. The battery also comes with 30W Flash Charge support, which is great. During my usage, believe it or not, I was getting over 7 hours on screen-on time on a single charge, which insane. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Even if moderate to heavy usage, I think this phone will last easily for a day. And as I said, it comes with fast charge support, so you don't have to worry about charging times too. I was able to charge the phone for just an hour and get a lot of juice. 6. The Final Say The Realme 6 Pro starts at Rs 16,999 for the base variant and goes all the way up to Rs 18,999 for the high-end variant. So even if you're going for the high-end variant of the phone with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, you'll be shelling out less than Rs 20,000. At that price, you're essentially getting a beautiful-looking device with great features like a 90Hz panel, good performance (thanks to Snapdragon 720G SoC), impressive battery life, and a versatile set of cameras. It's crazy how you can get so many cool features on a phone that costs less than Rs. 20,000. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Realme 6 Pro is directly competing with the Poco X2. While there are a lot of good things to say about the Poco X2 as well, we like what Realme has done with the Realme 6 Pro to make a well-rounded phone. I am just going to wrap this up by saying that the Realme 6 Pro is one of the best mid-range phones I've used in a while, which is why I am not going to hesitate to recommend it to anybody who's looking to buy a phone under Rs. 20,000. View the full article
  7. While Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals in India, it brings with it a lot of the do's and don'ts especially contextually of what's relevant today. Holi is all about colours and fun as a festival but we should also be more conscious about a few things that come along with it, especially in the current climate. © Twitter Here are a few don'ts for Holi you should keep in mind, for health and safety of you and others around you and of course for some major environmental concerns as well. (1) Avoid Crowded AreasThe coronavirus scare is becoming more real than ever and it's best to avoid crowded areas as much as you possibly can. We're not saying it's openly prevalent yet but it's better to be safe than sorry! Maybe meet a few close friends and do a Holi celebration at home or someone's terrace but going to a big festival with a lot of people around could be a little doubtful right now. © Twitter (2) Avoid Putting Colours On PetsStreet dogs or pet dogs should not be exposed to colour at all, especially to colour that stays longer, or even wet colours for that matter. The colours contain chemicals that can harm their coat and skin, or even blind them temporarily. It's best to keep distance from any animal, pet or otherwise before deciding to play Holi. © Twitter (3) Avoid Forcefully Putting Colour On SomeoneConsent is important even here. Just because someone has joined in on the celebration does not mean they want to be forced to play Holi or have colour out on them. Respect their wishes and if they say no, adhere to their consent. © Eros International (4) Avoid Wasting WaterAccording to a NITI Aayog report, Delhi is among 21 major cities that will run out of groundwater by 2020. Another study by the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) from earlier this year found out that groundwater levels in the city are depleting at an astonishing rate of 10 cm per year. Which also means we do not have spare water to waste while playing Holi and if we can consciously remember that, it's going to be good for us. © TOI (5) Avoid Playing With FilthWhile most of us love splashing water balloons and water at each other, many also love muck, kerosene oil and eggs. Why don't we keep Holi simple, for what it actually stands for and how it's played? Ideally Gulal should be our favoured choice but a lot of people indulge in water colours and balloons too. Avoiding any sort of filth keeps the sanctity of the festival intact. © TOI These are some don'ts that should be applicable for the festival today. It's best to adhere to these to avoid health and environmental hazards! Happy Holi folks! View the full article
  8. Hollywood has MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), Bollywood has Rohit Shetty's 'Singham' cop universe. And Indian television has Naagin universe, one of the deadliest yet hottest universe that keeps growing and getting more poisonous with each passing season. We're talking about Ekta Kapoor's supernatural fantasy thriller about shape-shifting serpent women, whose only purpose in life is to fall in love with people they initially wanted to kill. Or so I felt after watching the first season. View the full article
  9. Thor: Ragnarok raised the bar for MCU films, no questions about it. Often making it to the top three in several ranked lists featuring all 22 films, Taika Waititiâs take on the superhero genre was witty, hilarious, engaging and at the same time, deeply emotional and heartfelt. Back in 2017, we saw a Thor who was at his lowest - ripped apart by his sister Hela, forced to fight without Mjolnir by his side, take on an old friend in The Hulk and prove to himself that he was capable of defending his people - while simultaneously getting a haircut. Three years later, Thor: Love And Thunder promises perhaps one of the most serious and crucial plot points in the post-Endgame era for MCU fans - how the ownership of Mjolnir and title of Thor moves on from Odinson to (at least in the comics) to Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman. With co-star Tessa Thompson revealing acting legend Christian Bale to be Fosterâs first major villain in the MCU, speculations are running high as to which character he will play. While the theorists are busy typing away, weâre taking a look at some of Baleâs best efforts in darker roles - chalking up why we think heâd do a superb job in the film, regardless of who heâs cast as. The Dark Knight Trilogy Straight up - these three films redefined not just Christian Baleâs career, they also changed the game when it came to superhero films in several different ways. Whatâs interesting, however, is that after 2012âs The Dark Knight Rises, Bale has admitted in interviews that he was extremely disinterested in working on superhero films with anyone other than director Christopher Nolan, even mentioning that a personal tragedy that occurred during the filming also left him unable to watch them again himself. Yet, heâs found himself as the main antagonist in Love And Thunder - so what gives? While we think a healthy contract might have had something to do about it, getting Bale on board likely has something to do with Taika Waititiâs excellent script and direction chops that could bridge the gap between Baleâs previous skepticism and his own experience as Batman. Heâs proved that he can handle the gravitas and psychological pressure required to pull the role off for three films - the action and stunt experiences from them will probably help Bale immensely when it comes to Love and Thunder, while the drama and dialogue might help him pull off a serious, no-bullshit villain. American Psycho Winding back the clock by a few years, we hit Baleâs first truly negative major role and one of cinemaâs best-ever performances as the detached, eerie yuppie persona of Patrick Bateman - a soulless investment banker by day who finds meaning in life through torture and murder by night. Needless to say, Bale is absolutely terrifying in this film - his manicured, ultra-perfect character breaks through to reveal horrifying bloodlust underneath, and thereâs fewer ways to make a villain memorable than to make him utterly terrifying. With the film putting the idea of Thor on a fresh, clean slate, thereâs a wealth of experience from this film that Bale can channel into his next role. The Prestige The first Bale film after Batman Begins happens to be yet another Nolan-helmed project - looks like those two really got along in the mid-late 2000s. The Prestige brings us a version of Bale thatâs deceitful, cunning and harbours a dark secret - a magician ready to oust his rival no matter the cost. Thereâs plenty of proof here that Bale can play the detached psychopath as well as the mysterious schemer. Apparently, Nolan has stated that it would be âunthinkableâ to cast anyone else, and it certainly shows. The Fighter A 2010 biographical sports drama isnât exactly where youâd expect to find a convincing villain, but given that itâs Bale, we may as well raise our expectations. Performing the same (yet not so extreme) weight loss regime he previously did for 2004âs The Machinist, Baleâs role takes him into the shoes of a boxer past his prime, hopped on cocaine while committing crimes to get his fix. While the star of the show here was undoubtedly Mark Wahlberg, Baleâs performance was top-notch in a role that swings from hopeful and optimistic to selfish and opportunistic with masterful skill. Weâre fairly certain that Marvel will continue with their one-off villain strategy here, similar to Cate Blanchettâs Hela and Michael Keatonâs Vulture - so a story arc that draws Bale from being Thorâs ally to her enemy might feature in the upcoming film. Terminator Salvation Finally, thereâs the elephant in the room - all MCU films are, at their core, action-dramas with healthy doses of CGI mixed in, and Bale hasnât exactly done a film like that⦠or has he? Terminator Salvation came out with a whole lottaâ weight riding on its shoulders - it was the first ever Terminator movie without Arnold Schwarzenegger in it, and had a lot to prove to the industry as well as fans. While the film did all-right by box office and critical standards, Baleâs performance and screen presence were praised, and meanwhile, the actor was given an important chance to work in studios filled with greenscreens - a great primer for what heâll expect at Fox Studios for the Thor film. View the full article
  10. 2019 was a pretty good year for smartphones. Particularly, the mid-range phones have got a lot better as they're getting buffed with features that are mostly found only in premium phones. Now, things are only getting better in 2020 and it's safe to say that if you're buying a phone for Rs. 25,000 today, you're not missing out on much. So, to help you buy the best phones out there, we've made a list mentioning all the phones you can buy if your budget is under Rs. 25,000. 1. Redmi K20 Pro © YouTube/ Mrwhosetheboss Xiaomi's Redmi K20 Pro has received a lot of price cuts over the months since its launch and therefore has now made it to our list of phones under Rs. 25,000. This one is a really good phone with a glass back, a FullHD+ AMOLED panel, a triple camera setup and more. It's also powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is a really good chipset for the price. You can also go with the non-pro version of the phone which is powered by Snapdragon 730G chipset. 2. Poco X2 © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Poco is finally back after the hiatus but we didn't get the flagship we were waiting for. Instead, we got the Poco X2 which is powered by Snapdragon 730G chipset. For the price, it has some really good features like a 120Hz panel, a 64MP camera and a 4,500 mAh battery with fast charging. You can read our review of the phone right here. 3. Realme X2 © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Realme has a ton of phones on sale right now but the Realme X2 is one that comes to our mind when you talk about the best phones under Rs. 25,000. It's powered by the Snapdragon 730G chipset and comes with things like a 64MP camera, great build quality, and amazing battery life. This phone is definitely worth considering and you can read our review of the Realme X2 here. Realme also has a lot of other phones, so be sure to check them out as well. 4. Samsung Galaxy M31 © YouTube/ Beebom Samsung's M Series of phones are really popular and the new in the series is the Galaxy M31. The Galaxy M31 is now the phone that's taking things forward for Samsung in this price segment and now it has an updated design and internals. The highlight of the phone is its 6,000 mAh battery with which you should be able to use the phone for 2 days straight, if you stretch. View the full article
  11. When it comes to noise cancellation headphones and earphones, Sony is second to none for providing the best performance you can expect. It beats its competitors by a huge margin and the WH-1000XM3 is still considered to be the best noise cancellation headphone out there. Now, Sony has managed to bring that same technology to one of its neckband Bluetooth earphones. The Japanese company has managed to include the same processor in the neckband design which nobody thought would have been possible until now. Itâs called the WI-1000XM2 Wireless neckband and weâve been using these earphones for the past two weeks for this review. DesignWhen looking to buy a noise cancellation headphone, you would normally look at the bulky over-the-head headphone like the WH-1000XM3. However, not everyone loves a bulky design, and canât use these cans for an extended period of time. For users who want something lightweight, the Sony WI-1000XM2 is perfect. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla One side of the neckband has all of your playback controls for music and a dedicated button for using your phoneâs digital voice assistant. The earbuds themselves have a classic design as most earphones where it is angled for a tighter seal. Sony gives a range of tips so that you can choose the right one that fits your ear canal perfectly. This ensures the best noise cancellation performance so that there is no sound leakage when using a smaller or bigger ear tip. You can also check if the tip is the right size for you from the Sony Headphones app on your phone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The neckband itself is very lightweight and can be used for long periods of time. It does not add any noticeable weight to the shoulders and is not too distracting due to its minimal design. Overall, the neckband may look like any generic neckband out there but thereâs more happening under the hood. Performance © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The WI-1000XM3 is capable of lasting for up to 10 hours, depending on your usage patterns. If you tend to listen to music at a higher volume and plan to use noise cancellation all the time, you can expect the battery life drop down to 8 hours. Thankfully, the neckband can be fast charged via the USB-C port as a 10-minute charge would give you 70 minutes of music playback. These earphones also use WH-1000XM3âs QN1 noise-cancelling processor which means it is capable of delivering the best noise cancellation possible. In our experience, we could easily block out all of the ambient noise in a room, however we could still faintly hear somebody if they were close enough to us. This is probably because of the design and expectedly would not work as well as the WH-1000XM3. Having said that, it is by far the most impressive form of noise cancellation weâve heard on earbuds. If you are wondering if these earphones can block out cabin noise of an aircraft, you can be assured it will get the job done. Sonyâs headphone app also puts the control of the noise cancellation effect into a userâs hand. Within the headphones app, you can control the strength of the noise cancellation according to your environment. You can adjust the level of noise cancellation from a slider in the noise cancellation section. The app can also figure out whether you are moving or staying put and adjust the level of ANC automatically. Sound Performance © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of sound quality, the Sony WI-1000XM2 is capable of delivering warm sounds with very accurate lows and mids. It offers crystal clear sound and enough bass to make the music come alive in your ear. You can even adjust the different frequencies according to your own liking through the headphones app. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla I found the bass to be a bit overbearing, something that is true for most Sony headphones but you can easily adjust the level of bass according to the type of songs you are listening to. Having said that, the ability to adjust the sound is not a common feature for Bluetooth earphones. For a neckband with noise cancellation, the Sony WI-1000XM2 is probably the best in its class. We compared it with the only other neckband noise cancellation available in India i.e. the 1MORE Bluetooth Dual Drive Neckband and it manages to blow the competition out of the water. The Final Say © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla After using the Sony WI-1000XM2 for two weeks we can say with confidence it is the best ANC neckband available in the market today. You can find these earphones online for Rs 20,990 which is a bit on the expensive side but you get the best ANC performance in return. While the battery life could be better, it will serve your everyday needs and perform industry-standard noise cancellation in aeroplanes. View the full article
  12. Every year, Vivo comes up with some crazy ideas to showcase its engineering prowess. Last year, we saw the Vivo Apex phone with no buttons on its body. This year, Vivo is teasing to showcase a new phone that has a built-in 'Gimbal camera'. The Vivo Apex 2020 concept phone was expected to be unveiled at MWC 2020. But since the expo was cancelled, Vivo will now be holding a standalone event to show the phone to the world. This new concept phone will be unveiled this Friday, but the teasers for the MWC event and a few other leaks tell us that the phone will have a 48MP 'Gimbal Camera'. Well, most smartphones, at least the high-end ones, come with optical image stabilisation (OIS) these days. OIS is basically like the miniature version of a gimbal, but it's nice to see someone taking the tech to the next level. Here, check it out - ããã¦åºã¦ããã¨åºå£ã¯ãã¹ã¦VIVO APEX 2020ããã«ã»ã­ãã«æ¥ã人ãã¡ã¯ããªãã ãã?ãã ãããªã pic.twitter.com/R0uRJCmqgE â Yasuhiro Yamane/å±±æ ¹åº·å® (@hkyamane) February 20, 2020 The ads, as you can see, also mention â5-7.5x optical zoomâ capabilities. The sensors certainly look very promising and we can't wait to check it out in hand. That being said, the Vivo Apex line-up is more like the company's concept series where we see a bunch of new features dumped into its phones. It's not necessary that all that tech seen in these phones will make its way to future phones. Most of the time, it's not practical to have such premium features on an average phone, so we won't be surprised to see this particular camera feature being exclusive to the Vivo concept. View the full article
  13. Amazon is going to be hosting a gaming themed sale until February 23rd and it will have some great deals for customers who are looking to build a gaming rig or want to purchase a console. Deals include accessories, GPUs, and other gaming-related products from companies like Logitech, Sony, Lenovo, ASUS, Microsoft and more. Some of the deals include accessories like monitors, gaming mouse, and discounts on both the Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 consoles. If you are looking for a preview, here are some awesome deals you can avail during the âGrand Gaming Daysâ sale. Xbox One S 1TB © Microsoft The digital-only console will be available to buy during the sale for Rs 20,990 where you can play digital games, stream 4K content and also take advantage of HDR gaming. If you are looking to play games at an affordable price, you can also subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass on the console and get access to numerous games for Rs 400 a month. Sony PS4 1TB Slim © Sony The console will be available for Rs 27,490 and sports a slimmer design than the first generation of PS4 consoles. It also supports HDR gaming and comes with additional storage for digital games. ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Super AMP © Zotac The new, powerful GeForce RTX 2060 takes advantage of the cutting-edge NVIDIA Turing architecture to provide high performance in the latest games. It comes with â2176 CUDA coresâ and operates across a 256-bit wide bus interface at speeds of 14Gbps. Customers can buy this powerful graphics card at a price of Rs 38,095. AMD Ryzen 3 2200G © AMD With a clock speed of 3.7ghz on a quad-core processor with zen+ architecture, the AMD Ryzen makes a solid case for itself. The processor is compatible with AM4 socket and supports DDR 4 memory. Customers can buy the processor at a price of Rs 7,150. Acer Full HD Curved LED Gaming MonitorWith a 75Hz refresh rate, this monitor does offer a seamless gaming experience. With display tech like Acer Flickerless and Acer ComfyView, the monitor offers a crisp viewing experience. It is available at a price of Rs 9,999 Logitech G304 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse: © Logitech G304 is a LIGHTSPEED wireless gaming mouse designed for serious performance with the latest technology, coupled with next-gen optical gaming sensor HERO from Logitech. HERO Sensor and LIGHTSPEED deliver extreme efficiency to let you enjoy your game for a straight 250 hours non-stop. The wireless gaming mouse is available at Rs 2,899. There are many other deals you can avail during the sale and get your gaming rig going. To check out more gaming deals, click here. View the full article
  14. The Academy Awards are always a visual delight and an adrenaline-pumping aesthetic exercise which keeps the entire planet glued irrespective of the various time zones one might be in. So while there were a few hits and misses like always, here are a few iconic moments which are going viral on social media and for reasons we know are true: 1. Brad Pittâs Dope Entry On The Red CarpetWith the amount of Brad weâre seeing on the internet lately, it feels like we are back in time when he and Jen were on every magazine cover. Jokes apart, the man won his first Oscar as an actor today, but was already all over social media when he made that casual yet dope entry with a vape in his hand. BRAD PITT vaping at OSCARS? #oscars. #bradpitt. #redcarpet pic.twitter.com/W6AKzAY8Bl â Thomas Lopez (@EXTREMEMINDD) February 10, 2020 2. Actress Natalie Portmanâs Statement OutfitWeâre giving her the âbest dressedâ award already because what a queen! The actress wore a custom made Dior gown which had the names of female directors who were not nominated. Rebel with a cause and how we love her for that! natalie portman has all the female directors who were snubbed embroidered on her cape. this legend #oscars pic.twitter.com/sUtYOmhvZz â courtney (@infamousmargot) February 10, 2020 3. Julia Butters Bringing Her Own Turkey Sandwich In Her PurseWell, turns out, Miss Butters not only has a delicious last name but her priorities in life are also equally deliciously good. The Once Upon A Time In Hollywood actress got her own home-made turkey sandwich in her purse and we are living for this content. Julia Butters brought a turkey sandwich in her purse because "I don't like some of the food here. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/sCDTr4GZYq â Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) February 9, 2020 4. Eminemâs Surprise PerformanceThe rap God had the entire world bowing down to his âsurpriseâ act and shook the planet. Here are all the audience reactions to Eminemâs surprise #Oscar performance... pic.twitter.com/zO4YFSGTkO â XXL Magazine (@XXL) February 10, 2020Just when I thought the #Oscars were getting boring THEY BRING OUT F-CKING EMINEM WITH LOSE YOURSELF!!!!#Oscars #Eminem standing O for the GOAT epic moment ð¼ pic.twitter.com/XDCJ2kMo5a â Hemanth Ramesh (@Hemanth_Ramesh1) February 10, 2020 5. Parasiteâs Big WinA movie that created history and not just ended up in a âforeign categoryâ mention but won the freaking âbest feature filmâ Oscar! Bong Joon Hoâs epic speech made us cheer louder. #Oscars Moment: Bong Joon Ho accepts the Oscar for Best Directing for @ParasiteMovie. pic.twitter.com/b7t6bYGdzw â The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 10, 2020 6. Joaquin Phoenixâs Winning SpeechHe made us fall in love with who he is as a human and not just as an actor. You rock, bro! #Oscars Moment: Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor for his work in @jokermovie. pic.twitter.com/M8ryZGKGHV â The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 10, 2020 View the full article
  15. Movie history was made at the Oscars Parasite won the best picture award at Oscars 2020
  16. Last year's Realme C2 marked Realme's solid arrival in the entry-level budget phone market. It has a lot going for it as it packs a lot of punch for the price. However, it didn't pose a challenge to Xiaomi's Redmi Note series. Well, it looks like this year Realme doesn't want to leave any stone unturned. The new Realme C3, the company's latest entry-level smartphone offering is a different beast altogether. Yes, budget phones and the terms "beast" don't really go hand-in-hand, but just hear me out. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer I've been using the Realme C3 for quite some time now to see what makes the phone tick. Here's my full review of the Realme C3. Design Looking at it from the front, the design of the Realme C3 comes across as a bit generic. Honestly, it looks like any other Realme phone to me, which is a good or a bad thing depending on what you think of Realme phones' design. I personally don't have any complaints about the design, because it doesn't look bad. I mean, it's a tall display with minimal bezels, so what's there to complain about? The back is where the real change is. Realme has decided to go with the same "sunrise" design that was seen on the Realme 5i. It looks something like this - © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Yeah, it has a really cool pattern on the top when seen from a certain angle. It also has a really nice texture that gives it a super-premium feel. It definitely doesn't look or feel like an entry-level phone that costs under Rs 7,000. The buttons on both sides of the phone feel nice and clicky, which is always good. The Realme C3 has a massive 5,000mAh battery. However, it doesn't feel heavy or bulky at all. You might not be able to use the phone with one-hand, but it's very comfortable to hold. That's great because that battery really helps. But just like any other phone, the Realme C3 isn't perfect. It still uses a Micro-USB port at the bottom. I understand that it's a budget phone so we shouldn't be nitpicking, but I think it's high time phone manufacturers started using a USB Type-C port. Also, the Realme C3 doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, much like the Redmi A series of phones that it's competing with. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Moving on, there's also a headphone jack on the Realme C3, so you'll still be able to use all your wired earphones. You'll also see the speaker grille at the bottom. The speaker quality, I'd say, is pretty good. But yes, it's an entry-level phone so it's always safe to keep your expectations in check here when it comes to these things. Overall, I'd say the Realme C3 is an eye-candy phone. It'll be available in two different color variants as seen in the images and both of them look pretty good. Yes, there are some shortcomings like the lack of the fingerprint scanner, but there really isn't much to complain about. I really like what Realme has done here. Display The Realme C3 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ panel on the front. It's got a "Mini-drop" notch on the top and minimal bezels surrounding the display. I really like the display on the Realme C3 despite the low resolution. Honestly, the tall display size makes up for it, so media consumption is not that bad at all. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer It's also a perfectly visible display outdoors, so that's great. I'd say the viewing angles are also good with no noticeable color shift. All good stuff, but it's worth pointing out that there's no Widevine L1 support here on the Realme C3. It means you can only stream standard quality content on platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. No, not even HD quality. Performance Well, the performance part is what makes the Realme C3 special. The biggest draw for the Realme C3 is the new MediaTek Helio G70 processor that's powering things inside here. This is the first phone to come with this processor and it's pretty good at handling everything. The processor is coupled with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. So, how's the performance of the Realme C3? Well, the Helio G70 is not meant to be a flagship killer, but it's no slouch either. It may have some trouble handling things if you throw a lot of tasks simultaneously. But in general, it's perfectly fine for day-to-day usage. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer So, here's the thing, I kind of dread using entry-level phones these days mainly because of the performance shortcomings. But the Realme C3 made me feel at home. Except for when I was setting up the phone for the first time, I am yet to notice a lag or stutter while using the phone. And I consider myself a heavy user with a constant need to browse social media or send text messages, and it managed to hold up pretty well. Gaming is not something that I particularly enjoy doing on anything less than a flagship phone. I take my games very seriously and I almost never compromise on the hardware for that. But I had to test out the gaming performance on the Realme C3 because it's dubbed the "the most powerful entry-level smartphone". © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Well, I enjoyed playing games on this phone so much that I ended up writing a gaming review too. So be sure to check out the Realme C3's quick gaming review in which I tested out a few titles like PUBG Mobile, Call Of Duty Mobile and more. Spoiler alert: The Realme C3 is the only phone in this price range that runs PUBG Mobile smoothly even at Ultra settings. I also like the fact the Realme C3 comes with the new Realme UI that's based on Android 10 out of the box. This is the first Realme phone to come with the new software out of the box and Realme told me that all the new phones going forward will also ship with this new UI. That's great, you don't have to wait for a software update to get the latest UI even on a budget phone. Camera © MensXP/Karthik Iyer Camera performance is something even some of the flagship phones struggle with, so it comes with no surprise that it's also a hit or miss in Realme C3's case. The Realme C3 sports s dual-camera setup at the back which includes a 12MP sensor and a 2MP sensor for portrait shots. On the front, there's a 5MP selfie camera. The images that I managed to take using the Realme C3 during my testing period turned out okay-ish. Look, it's not a phone that's meant to score big numbers on DxOMark, so it's average at best. It's not bad by any means, but it certainly falls short of wowing you. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer In good lighting conditions, I'd say, the images from the Realme C3's shooter are usable at best. The dynamic range is a little off and the skies, as you can see, appear a little blown out. The built-in mode will kick in and boost the colors a bit. It's clearly noticeable when you're shooting outdoors. Talk about low-light conditions, and there's hardly anything to go in detail. But like I said, the Realme C3 is an entry-level device so it'd be unfair to expect stellar shots here. If your goal is to take decent-looking images for your Instagram or Snapchat stories and if you don't care much about taking really good low-light images, the Realme C3 is perfectly fine. Here, check out the samples for yourself - Battery Life The Realme C3 packs a massive 5,000mAh battery inside and it's one of the USPs of the phone. This, by the way, isn't the first Realme phone to come with such a massive battery and I am sure it won't be the last either. I love how they manage to achieve a comfortable form factor even with a big battery inside. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer If I have to complain, then allow me to talk about the Micro-USB port at the bottom for charging. I mean, come on. It's 2020, so can we please be done with these? It really helps when you don't have to carry multiple cables for charging all your phones, especially when a lot of gadgets have now moved to USB Type C. As for the charging speed, well, it took me over two hours to fully charge the battery from below 5%. You get a 10W charger inside the box. The Realme C3 also supports reverse charging, so you can actually use the 5,000mAh battery as a power bank to charge other phones via a cable. Once fully charged, the phone will easily last for over a day. In fact, I was having a hard time to kill it in a day, so I'd say it'll last for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage and even more if you're not a heavy hitter. Battery Life has never been an issue with Realme phones and the Realme C3 is no different. The Final Say The Realme C3 has launched in India for a starting price of Rs 6,999 for the 3GB/ 32GB variant. At that price, this phone is simply a steal. Not only is it a massive upgrade over last year's Realme C2, but it also brings a ton of new things to the table that I've never seen in this price range. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The new MediaTek Helio G70 is a solid processor that adds great value to this phone. I also like the design and the build quality of the phone, which is usually not the case with entry-level phones. Add a massive 5,000mAh battery to that and you're looking at one heck of a phone for the price. Like I mentioned in my gaming review of the phone, there'll be a lot of other good entry-level phones on their way. But if you're hellbent on buying a phone right now and you're on a super tight budget, then look no further than the Realme C3. I am sure it'll make the wallet-conscious consumers happy. View the full article
  17. There's a reason why Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein was such a hit. Besides having such a heart-melting movie plot, this film also introduced us to Maddy aka R Madhavan, a heartthrob who still makes all the women go weak in their knees. View this post on InstagramDesign by Sarath krishnan and KD Styled by jasmine GeorgeA post shared by (@actormaddy) Even at the age of 49, Madhavan makes an impact and it's not just his charisma but also his fashion game that instantly catches the eye. The last instance made it clear that he is still the zaniest actor in the B-town industry and just when we thought, it couldn't get any better, he stunned us again with his recent sartorial eccentricity. © Viral Bhayani Usually, you would see celebrities wearing a striking ensemble for a birthday party or an event. Madhavan, on the other hand, was rather seen in a casual avatar which has been the most chill outfit we've seen till now. Take a look: © Viral Bhayani Firstly, let's take a moment and appreciate Madhavan's salt and pepper beard. Time and again we have been talking on how to grow a luscious beard and if you have silver fox strands, there's nothing like it. While Madhavan's fashion sense is spot on, even his grooming game is unmatched. It makes an uber style statement and it's perfect to add a bit of rebellious streak. © Viral Bhayani Coming to his outfit, the humble sportswear staple, the sweatshirt has the full potential to instantly up the street creds. Madhavan's outfit is a perfect way to show that comfort and style go hand-in-hand. If you are too lazy to dress up for an event, a sweatshirt will always save you! © Viral Bhayani The best part about wearing black pants is that it lets you dress up and down in super quirky ways. You can easily transcend from desk to dinner with this utility-style. The combination of a grey sweatshirt with black pants does an excellent job of adding that dash of leisure to the attire. His black sneakers epitomise the street style appearance even more with its versatility and comfort level. Truly, this is a fail-safe outfit and we've to give it to Maddy for schooling us on how to elevate the casual style, stat! View the full article
  18. Recently, Mahira shared son Azlan's thoughts about extraordinary moment in life on Instagram
  19. The only thing people can talk about today is Budget 2020, quite understandably. It was presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha today in a session that lasted about two and a half hours. Honestly, I don't understand it at all but basically here are the highlights. For people with an income between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7.5 lakh per annum, tax rates have been reduced to 10%, and for those earning between Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh per annum, the income tax rate has now been slashed to 15% from 20%. For people in the Rs 10 lakh and Rs 12.5 lakh slab, the tax rate is now 25% and for those earning up to Rs 5 lakh, no tax shall be levied. However, the main problem with the Budget 2020 presentation was that this information was revealed at the very end. People probably got tired of waiting and used the time in a productive way - making memes. Just like every year, Twitter is flooded with jokes about the Budget this time as well, since meme is the only language that anybody can understand. #Budget2020 Nobody: CAs today: pic.twitter.com/6CfKHDxhrf â Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 1, 2020 Oops. #Budget2020 Govt collecting tax from Middle Class: pic.twitter.com/qSZb2ui5FN â رÙÙاÙا (@RomanaRaza) February 1, 2020 I'm confused. You can benefit from the new tax slabs if you forego the existing deductions which help you save tax. #Budget2020 pic.twitter.com/mT5Nt9nsGT â Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) February 1, 2020 Hmm. Me calculating the income tax I have to pay without working. #Budget2020 pic.twitter.com/O2xxHLOD3j â Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 1, 2020 Poor guy. Cant blame him.. Anyone else struggling to keep awake ?#Budget2020 pic.twitter.com/UbofdMq4Wg â My Fellow Indians (@MyFellowIndians) February 1, 2020 Oh no. Farmers After Every Budget..#Budget2020 pic.twitter.com/Z6CBg4yAuo â Babu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) February 1, 2020 "It's been 84 years." Middle class waiting for income tax part of the budget speech.. #Budget2020 pic.twitter.com/DiOfpAE1G9 â The-Lying-Lama 2.0 (@KyaUkhaadLega) February 1, 2020 Good comparison. Budget is like new year resolution, new schemes announcements every year without fulfilling them#Budget2020 â DR. GILL 2.0 (@ikpsgill1) February 1, 2020 I was a commerce student and I understand nothing. Commerce students watching the budget. #Budget2020 pic.twitter.com/QatNZA0aZY â Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 1, 2020 Ouch. Benefits for middle class people.#Budget2020 #BudgetSession2020 pic.twitter.com/XF8KZDDpUm â 㤠㤠㤠(@theesmaarkhan) February 1, 2020 Good idea. #Budget2020 Chumma keep announcing schemes. Maybe they should start each budget with a small report card on the status of the schemes announced last year. â Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) February 1, 2020 Same. Middle class opinion on Tax cut after Budget 2020#Budget2020 pic.twitter.com/BHvXn4AMxL â Santosh Kamath (@BeingBewda) February 1, 2020 View the full article
  20. HP has been making some of the most incredible laptops lately and their new Spectre x360 is one of those notebooks that was designed to impress. The Spectre line up, for those of you who don't know, has a lot of premium notebooks and they're known for their performance and sleek design. HP recently updated its Spectre x360 for 2019 and it's arguably one of the best two-in-one notebooks we've used so far. Well, I've been using the new 2019 HP Spectre x360 for quite some time now, and here's my full review. 1. Design and Build Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP When it comes to the design of the Spectre x360, there's hardly anything to complain about. It's by far the most beautiful laptop I've ever used and I am coming from the Alienware m15 R2, which I touted to be amongst the most beautiful gaming laptops. It has a top-notch build quality and it screams premium from any and all angles you look at it from. I specifically like how the top left and right corners of the notebook are diagonal. There's a power button on the side whereas there's an additional USB Type-C port on the other, which I mostly use for charging. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Since this is a two-in-one notebook, it's furnished with a 360-degree hinge. You can rotate the screen and transform it into a tablet-like device or set it up in tent mode, which is great for watching media. Quite frankly, I wasn't expecting to use the X360 in the tablet mode, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't. In fact, using the x360 in the tablet mode is what I found myself doing the most. The touchscreen experience was great, at least better than forcing myself to touch the screen while using it in the normal mode. And since it's so lightweight (under 1.5Kg), it was super easy for me to carry it around. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP If you are looking for a premium laptop with the exceptional build quality, then I'd say look no further. The HP Spectre x360 is one of the most attractive laptops out there and the fact that it's so portable, makes it an easy sell. It simply looks astounding. 2. Display The variant which I got to review came with a 13.3-inch 4K AMOLED panel. All the HP Spectre x360 panels measure 13.3-inch and they all support multi-touch in order to be used in the tablet mode. Though the touch screen works without any issues with fingers, HP is giving a stylus at no extra cost with every purchase of the Spectre x360. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP That's great because it comes in handy at times and buying one can usually be quite expensive. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla glass, so you don't have to worry about any scratches or damages even while using it in the tablet mode. Regardless of the mode that I was using it in, the display was fantastic. And it's an AMOLED panel, it had deep blacks and punchy colours, which is how I like the displays. Watching Netflix, or simply browsing through different web pages looked great on this notebook. And it's a 4k panel, so everything was nice and crispy too. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It's also on-point when it comes to brightness and colour accuracy. The 4k model isn't available in all the market, but if it's available where you live and if your budget allows for it, then I'd say just go for this one. It's so worth the extra money. 3. Keyboard and Trackpad The HP Spectre has a chiclet-style keyboard with well-spaced keys and decent travel. As a writer, I completely enjoyed using the keyboard to churn out articles. I can always appreciate hefty clicks and satisfying responses, and that's exactly what I got from the Spectre. It's an attractive keyboard with a large and easy-to-read font. The keys also have two levels of backlighting, so you won't have any issues using it at night. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP As for the trackpad, well, I'd say it's pretty decent. I would've preferred a slightly larger trackpad, but given the fact that the Spectre x360 itself has a pretty small form factor, there's not much room to complain. But other than that, I think the trackpad is pretty solid. It has Windows Precision Drivers and it had absolutely no trouble keeping up with my rapid movements. Also, since the Spectre x360 has a touch panel, I found myself using it more often than using the trackpad itself for things like selecting an item, copy and paste, etc. There's also a fingerprint scanner on the keyboard deck to let you get in using Windows Hello. 4. Ports © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The HP Spectre x360 won't satisfy your hunger for ports, but I promise that it won't leave you hanging in search of a dongle. On the left side, you get a drop-down USB A port along with a headphone jack. On the right, you get two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a microSD card slot and a switch to kill the webcam. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Yeah, it doesn't have too many ports, but I think it's just enough to keep you going. I just wish one of the thunderbolt 3 ports was on the other side of the laptop, so I could charge it from either side. But that's just me and it's nothing to worry about. 5. Audio © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The Spectre x360's speakers are below the chassis, which is probably the worst place to put a speaker. There are no two ways about it. I mean, they're still good enough to fill a medium-sized room but imagine but there's still something missing. The speakers are tuned by Bang and Olufsen, but that doesn't really make up for the poor placement. It sounds nice and crispy, but don't expect anything that would make you want to get and dance. 6. Performance The variant which I reviewed was equipped with a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. During my usage, I'd say the laptop managed to hold up pretty well for my everyday use. I didn't encounter any snags while using it, which is always a good sign. This isn't a gaming laptop, so I obviously didn't use it to check off a couple of Fortnite matches. But it managed to handle a stress test by loading about 15 odd Google Chrome tabs, out of which many of them were playing videos. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The new 10nm chipset gives the Spectre x360 upgraded Iris Plus graphics. It managed to score well over 18,000 on Geekbench test surpassing some other competing laptops in this space. Honestly, I won't be surprised if you managed to load Fortnite and get a couple of "Victory Royale" as long as you're not cranking up the graphics. Overall, I'd say the HP Spectre x360 is a powerful machine that can take care of all your day-to-day tasks without any issues. The added versatility of having a touch panel and stylus makes it very useful in many scenarios. This is the kind of laptop that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a portable and powerful notebook for college or work. 7. Battery Life I am usually very sceptical about the battery life when it comes to super portable machines like this, but the HP Spectre x360 was beyond surprising. I was constantly getting around 10 to 11 hours of battery life with my workload on a daily basis and that's quite impressive. In fact, I never bothered carrying the charger to work with me knowing that I have enough juice to push through a regular day. It's that good. Obviously, it'll depend on the kind of work you're doing too, but I'd say it'll still give impressive battery performance. 8. The Final Say © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP So, the HP Spectre x360 starts at Rs. 1,24,990 in India. The variant which I got to review will cost you Rs. 1,74,990, which is a lot of money. However, I think the HP Spectre x360 is definitely worth it. Yes, there are a lot of other 2-in-1's in the market, but I doubt if any of them are nearly as premium as the Spectre x360. And the fact that it's fitted with the latest and the greatest hardware, makes it a really compelling option. A beautiful design, compact form factor, slim bezels around the display, and stellar battery life. Honestly, if it wasn't for the poorly placed speakers on this laptop, I would've given it a perfect score. If you're looking for an ultraportable laptop for your day-to-day work with great build quality and impressive performance, then I'd say just get the HP Spectre x360. You won't be disappointed with your purchase. View the full article
  21. Quirky, eccentric and yet subtle - perhaps this is the most appropriate way to describe the style statements that we have seen Aparshakti Khurana make. Now, even though he, like most of our Bollywood celebrities, are born with an innate sense of style, he is rarely the one who comes up with the ensembles that we have seen him wear. © Jay Samuel The stylist who is responsible for the drool-worthy sartorial sensibility that we have come to associate with Aparshakti, is Jay Samuel, a London-based stylist, who, apart from Aparshakti has closely worked with a number of style icons from across the Indian subcontinent. © Jay Samuel Here's what Jay had to say, when we sat down for a candid conversation over men's fashion in India, the icons of style in Bollywood, and all things fashion. Tell us about your journey, how did you start out? I've always had an eye for detail and a passion for fashion from a young age. Over the years, this passion grew even more, since I was styling family friends for various events. I also understood how to shop cleverly and work around things that I have. Gradually this habit led to a sense of recognition, which I pursued further. What is your creative process when you are working with Aparshakti Khurana? Being a stylist entails coming up with ideas for someone else to pursue. Aparshakti and I have worked together for many years now. We share the same energy when it comes to fashion. He is open to ideas and not afraid of setting trends, trying out new stuff, so that definitely helps. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio We have seen this new trend of celebs getting a shoot done before going out for public appearances, be it a red carpet event or for promotions. Why has this practice developed as the norm? We are living in a social media frenzy where everything is constantly being snapped - whether it is your gym outfit, or an airport look. Sometimes, the images are flattering. However, sometimes they are far from it. Therefore this new trends gives celebrities the opportunity to have those perfect images ready for posting online. Furthermore, it's a great way to credit to the designer and stylist. However, as a photographer, I don't always agree with this habit, as this diminishes the need for a proper and creative photoshoot. Does being a photographer allow you to visualise your styling projects in a better way? How does it work? Definitely yes. As a photographer, you envision the end result in your mind, way before the day arrives and you clicking the image. From a stylist's point of view, I will prepare everything else, keeping that image in mind. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio Virgil Abloh in a recent interview said that streetwear will be dead in the coming decade. Do you agree? Why or why not? Streetwear has stepped up, it's not just about being comfortable anymore. It's adding that quirkiness to give ensembles a certain look and feel. In my opinion, streetwear will always be there. We have seen a rise in multiple bags which started from the ramp and quickly could be seen on the streets. What is that one fashion trend that you don't like, or don't agree with? I didn't particularly like the trend of getting over the top, big hairstyles. I think they overpower the entire look. What are some must-have staples that men should hoard in their closets? A properly tailored white shirt, a smart jacket, a pair of brogues, a well fitted pair of jeans. Also, invest well in accessories, such as belts, watches and sunglasses. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio What are some basic and often repeated mistakes that people make when putting together a look? I've always noticed that people often dress ignoring the kind of occasion they are heading to. For example, you often see men wearing the wrong shirt collar, for the tie they have chosen. If you opt for a bow tie then go for the right collar. Also the trend of wearing oversized garments. Although this may seem cool and look super comfortable, it can be overbearing for some people. How would you describe the last decade in terms of fashion? What trends, according to you, were huge? It was the decade of the smart suits paired with sneakers - sophisticated and yet comfortable. Also the whole neon effect for both women and men worked well. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio And what trends do you see going big in 2020? Trench coats for both men and women will be a big thing. I do see people rocking more colours with spring emerging, particularly shades of yellow and orange. I also feel a comeback of the '80s trend of tailored blazer jackets with enunciated shoulder pads. What advice would you give to a budding stylist? The main thing is having that inner passion for fashion and style. Be creative and believe in your craft. Take inspiration from others but find your own style. Always work hard and remember to have fun. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio How would you define your signature style? Quirky. Your favourite place to shop or look for new pieces to work with. I love shopping and I'm a creative but selective shopper, so the place doesn't matter. Just show me the stuff! © Jay Samuel One historical era that you find extremely fashionable? I loved the '70s in terms of fashion, with their fitted shirts and well-tailored trousers. One celebrity who can teach everyone else a lesson or two on how to pull off the Indian aesthetic elegantly, when it comes to menswear. It's between the godfather of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachan and Shahid Kapoor. They both have everything on point, every time. © Jay Samuel One thing men should never do while dressing up in traditional Indian wear. Get the shoes wrong, for some reason the outfits whether its grand sherwanis or just a plain kurta are always paired with the wrong kind of shoes…. Please can we show the footwear the same kind of love! One traditional Indian menswear item you believe every Indian man should have in his wardrobe, and why. A white or black kurta. It oozes comfort, but also looks very stylish, whether you are pairing it with a traditional churidar or some trendy chinos. © Jay Samuel 3 International Celebrities that you would love to style. David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and David Gandy 3 Indian celebrities who have a natural flair for style. Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Ayushman Khurrana Ethereal, elysian, and sublime - these words can often be used to describe the ensembles and outfits that we have seen Bollywood celebrities wear. However, more often than not, there is an entire team of people, working behind the scenes to bring us some iconic and memorable statement ensembles. As a series, Style Pundits looks at the eccentric people behind these ensembles and celebrates the ever-changing notions that have come to define India's sartorial sensibilities and the fluidity of our style. View the full article
  22. OnePlus, as we all know, will launch its new phone for 2020 very soon. Although we don't know much about the phone just yet, we believe it's going to be a premium device with snappy performance, just like their current phones in the market. And now the CEO of OnePlus, Pete Lau, has just confirmed that their next phone will have a 120Hz display. Now, that's just awesome because we already love the 90Hz panel on the OnePlus 7T and the OnePlus 7T Pro. In fact, Pete believes that it'll be the best smartphone display in 2020. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla We're glad that OnePlus has decided to push the boundaries when it comes to display tech and come up with this new 120Hz panel for their next phone, which is believed to the OnePlus 8. As revealed by OnePlus, the new display feature the most rigorous hardware configuration in the industry and a handful of exciting technologies including MEMC technology for smoother video playback and a QHD+ resolution. The display also has the most accurate colour accuracy and 4096-level of automatic brightness control, four times of average android flagships. All that sounds super exciting, doesn't it? Well, now we just can't wait to check out the device in person and feel for it. © Reuters Pete Lau says, "We believe that the smoothest smartphone display must also be able to deliver a superior visual quality and viewing comfort. We're sure that OnePlus's new 120Hz Fluid Display will be the best you'll lay eyes on in 2020." As of now, we don't know when the company is planning to release its next phone. But they recently showcased a concept phone with a really cool feature, so be sure to check it out. View the full article
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