Friday, 25 December 2015


A new survey by an independent survey company shows just 3% of Apple Watch users are dissatisfied with their watches and 97 percent of the Apple Watch users are satisfied. The statistics shows great success of Apple in smart watch market.
We’re still a day away from knowing how many people bought the Apple Watch (or maybe more, if Apple neglects that data in Tuesday’s quarterly earnings report), but we now have a measure of satisfaction from 800 people who say they bought the company’s first wearable device.
And they like it — they really like it.

Wristly, an independent research company devoted to Apple Watch insights, surveyed more than 800 Apple Watch owners between July 14 and 19 who reported a 97% customer satisfaction rate (that combines 66% who were very satisfied and 31% who were somewhat satisfied). Only 3% reported being somewhat dissatisfied.

The company also found, among their respondents, that 53% described themselves as “non-tech users” and 34% said they were “tech insiders,” according to Wristly’s survey data.
Inside the user groups, Apple Watch satisfaction was highest among the non-tech user set; 73% said they were very satisfied with the watch.

“Given the current customer satisfaction of the iPhone is at 99%, the first version of the Apple Watch ranks closer to the current generation iPhone than the first generation iPhone or iPad in terms of satisfaction,” said Ben Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies who also collaborated with Wristly on the survey.

It’s good news for Apple. But it should also be noted that Wristly is surveying early adopters; the watch has only been on the market for four months. It’s unlikely that those who spent from $349 to $1,000-plus would be willing to admit they made a mistake. Furthermore, by not comparing satisfaction to other wearables in the market — like Pebble, Samsung Galaxy Gear and LG G, you really can’t compare satisfaction across the wearable markets. Who’s to say that Samsung’s wearable line doesn’t achieve similar satisfaction among its users? I also happen to own a Pebble Steel and would certainly report my own satisfaction as high.

This survey data aligns with other reviews and my own personal experience with the Apple Watch, which I’ve been wearing almost every day for four months. (I would fall inside Wristly’s “tech insider” user set.)
When asked about the survey results, an Apple spokesperson offered this comment, “Every day we hear from customers who love their Apple Watch and are finding new ways to use it.”

Regardless of how much Apple Watch owners love their wearables, the key to future success is — without question — sales. Some insist the wearable is a “flop” and, in recent weeks, projections for sales numbers have fallen precipitously, while Apple has remained mum.
If Apple defies expectations in Tuesday’s earnings call, it could position the Apple Watch as a rare wearable success.

OnePlus 2 by Chinese

Chinese regulator – TENAA – has revealed four pictures of OnePlus 2 (OP2cellphone. China’s TENAA certification shows us some specifications of the phone too.
So far, OnePlus has done a fairly good job of keeping its next smartphone under wraps ahead of the July 27th launch. However, as shown in pictures of , clear shots of the OnePlus 2 has been revealed by Chinese wireless regulator Tenaa. We already knew that the OnePlus 2 would have a fingerprint reader, and that’s visible in the (badly lit) image. Its camera setup looks an awful lot like the LG G4’s, meaning it may have laser focusing and not dual cameras, as had been rumored. Unusually, the camera is mounted very low on the back.

OnePlus has already let most of the rest of the specs out of the bag, including the Snapdragon 810 CPU, 4 GB RAM, a 3,300 mAh battery, 13-megapixel back camera and dual SIMs. It’s clearly clad in the OnePlus One’s “multi-material” back and is expected to have a metal frame. All of that sounds swell, but at what price? The original model sold like (invitation-only) hotcakes thanks to its $300 sticker, but the 2 is expected to cost a bit more — luckily, we’ll find out in less than a week.

OnePlus 2 specifications

Dimensions: 153 * 76 * 9 mm
Weight: 166 g
* Dual SIM
* Fingerprint sensor
Display: 5.5 inches LTPS LCD – 1440 * 2560 pixels – Corning Gorilla Glass 4
CPU: Snapdragon 810 – Quad-core 1.5 GHz & Quad-core 2 GHz
GPU: Adreno 430
Memory: 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM – memory card is not supported.
Main Cam: 16 MP
Front Cam: 5 MP
USB: Type-C microUSB 2
Battery: 3,300mAh

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL: 10 Highlights of the First Windows 10 Flagship Phone [First Impressions]

The all new Windows 10 phones are here, and they are more powerful, interactive and productive than ever, as per the company claims. After all the company's smartphone future depends on the new range of device and the Windows 10 software. Microsoft promotes the first Windows 10 powered Lumia phones, namely the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL as smartphones that have are mobile but work like PC.

The company today launched its flagship range of Windows 10 phone running devices including the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL in India for Rs 43,699, and Rs 49,399 respectively, which are quite high considering the competition in the market and Windows' small market share against Android OS.

However the company is confident about the newly launched flagship phones and justifies the high price by saying that these phones have premium software features like deep Cortana integration and Continuum, with best supporting hardware, which give this device more weight over others.

The company also emphasized that Windows 10 software is developed to offer a similar experience across devices, be it a phone, tablet, laptop or PC, which make them connected and more productive. Hence, it allows a user to do the same on a smartphone what they can do on a PC. While the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are mostly about software, you cannot ignore its hardware as well. Microsoft's new Lumia phones do pack in some interesting specifications and features like an iris scanner and a 20MP snapper with triple LED, OIS, 4K video recording and more to beat its rivals.

However, the question here is that whether the new software will be able to lift the sales of the Lumia smartphones, considering that Android tops the chart with a major share and iOS is gaining popularity in the market.

We went hands on with the Lumia 950 XL at its launch event in Delhi, and tried to check out its new features. Here are our first impressions of the phone in the form of 10 highlights.

The new Lumia smartphone is thinner and lighter, but does not have a metal body which we see on most phones in this price category. You get the same old polycarbonate chassis that has been seen on previously launched Lumia smartphones. However, we are not complaining about the design or form factor here, as the phone does feel premium and good on hand. It is comfortable to be used, even single handedly, but you must be accustomed to using bigger display smartphones.

The front has a selfie camera and Microsoft branding at top, followed by display with thin bezels, and three soft keys as part of the screen. The right hand side of the device is where all the hard buttons are placed. So you get chrome power key, volume rocker and dedicated camera key on the right. The left has been kept plain. The top is home to 3.5mm audio jack, whereas the bottom has the microUSB connector.

The good part is that the back panel is removable, which means you can easily change the battery of the phone in case needed.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, as its name suggests, is a bigger variant amongst both the new Lumia 950s. It flaunts a 5.7inch WQHD display carrying 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution, with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Speaking of the display quality, we quite liked the display as it was immersive and vivid, and offered good viewing angles.

Camera has been one of the highlights of most premium range Lumia smartphones, and the latest Lumia smartphones are not different. The Lumia 950 XL phone adorns a 20MP rear snapper with support of triple LED flash, 5th gen OIS, 1/2.4 sensor, f/1.9 aperture, and 4K video recording capabilities. During the brief time we got to test the phone, we found its camera performance pretty impressive. Sample shots taken were sharp, detailed and had good colours, but we will keep our final take on the camera performance for detailed review of the phone.