Apple unveiled the latest generation of Apple Watch, Series 3 in the fall of 2017. During its keynote, Apple shared all the new tech and features that makes it a great smartwatch. The biggest highlight was its cellular capability, which essentially makes it independent of an iPhone. However, there’s a catch, actually couple of them. Firstly, cellular connection on Apple Watch is supported in limited countries only. Secondly, you need to pay an extra subscription fee to utilize cellular services on your Apple Watch Series 3.


Highlights of Apple Watch Series 3

  • 1.65” AMOLED Screen (Max Brightness: 1000 nits)
  • Cellular model supports Electronic Sim (Apple e-Sim)
  • Up-to 16GB of Internal Storage (Cellular model)
  • Built-In GPS for Location Accuracy & Outdoor Workouts
  • Waterproofing till 50 Meters, water-ejection through speaker.
  • Up-to 20 hours of Battery time

Comparing Apple Watch Series 3 with Series 0  

Essentially, Apple Watch Series 3 looks the same as all its predecessors. It is a tad bit thicker than the original Apple Watch but considering all new elements packed inside its shell, that’s quite an achievement. Apple has also added an extra speaker on the side to eject the water out of the watch once it has taken a dip. Although the screen size haven’t changed but screen brightness has increased significantly. It is up from 450 Nits in the original Apple Watch to 1000 Nits in Series 3. It does make a visible difference especially in broad daylight.


How Good is its Cellular Connection?

Apple has once again found an innovative way of integrating the cellular connection to Apple Watch. For starters, you don’t need to insert a physical SIM inside the watch. Instead, it utilizes the same LTE connection as your iPhone through an e-sim. Which means, if you are away from your iPhone, you would receive all calls/texts directed to your iPhone’s SIM on your Apple Watch. It makes the entire process hassle-free and user friendly. However, Apple hasn’t perfected it yet. There were a lot of instances where the signal dropped or it took a lot of time to fetch social media updates.


 Is it good enough to upgrade?

 Apple Watch has seen quite a lot of improvements throughout its life cycle. While the first-gen watch showed the world Apple’s take on smart watches, it lacked the seamless delivery of performance. Speaking of performance, the boot speed comparison of Apple Watch Series 0 and Series 3 showed a massive difference of 2 minutes. Take a look at it below.

Although, Apple provided incremental updates in all its new generations of Apple Watches, but Series 3 actually delivers the user experience that users always longed for. This is partly due to the integration of new S3 Chipset and a little boost in its RAM to 768MB from 512MB (Series 2). These specs coupled with Watch OS 4 makes it one of the best smart watches in the market.

During WWDC, 2018, Apple showcased WatchOS 5 and it adds even more features than the current WatchOS. However, it would no longer support the First-gen Apple Watch, probably due to its outdated specs. Hence, it seems like a perfect time to grab the latest Apple Watch Series 3. It starts from $359 in the US and around 47,000 PKR in Pakistan.


Is Apple Watch for you?

To answer this question, it’s important to focus on your preferences. Since Apple Watch only works with an iPhone therefore, it’s important to have an iPhone (preferably 6s onwards). It integrates exceptionally well with iOS as all your notifications are available on your wrist. In essence, you don’t need to take your iPhone out to glimpse at your notifications.

Furthermore, Apple Watch serves as a great fitness tracker. From tracking your grueling workouts at the gym to swimming with your pals at the local pool. It will give you a pretty accurate picture of your workouts. With WatchOS 4, it can also tap you from time to time to remind you to take a breath. In essence, it is a great accessory for health-conscious people.

Lastly, with the introduction of Cellular version, Apple has taken portability to another level. You are no longer dependent on your iPhone to make or receive calls. LTE connectivity ensures great use of SIRI commands. Although the quality of Apple Watch’s microphone is pretty good but for clearer communication, it can seamlessly pair with Apple AirPods to provide better communication.


Verdict

During our extensive testing of Apple Watch Series 3, it has proved yet again that it is the best smart watch for an iPhone user. Although, it’s rectangular design is not liked by many, but with time, it’s impressive functionality has overshadowed its rather different design. Besides, you could always customize your watch face as per your liking.

As far as its performance goes, it provides an exceptionally well user experience. There are no occasional jerks or hiccups and WatchOS 4 is extremely fluid. Recently, Apple Watch Series 3 was also declared the Best Smartwatch for iPhone (reviews.com)

YTD recommends getting the Series 3 Apple Watch, however, it’s important to note that cellular connectivity is supported in limited countries for now. Check the full list of supported countries by clicking HERE before buying the cellular version. In case your country is not on that list, then you can go for the non-cellular version for around $70 less! The non-cellular version provides a better user experience as it does not suffer from LTE related issues.

Rating: ★★★★ Recommended


 

 


DJI recently launched their latest iteration of Mavic line-up. The newest member of Mavic family is called the Mavic Air. It is by far the most refined and intricate consumer level drone DJI has made. It’s folding mechanism is something that surprised us the most. The front legs extend like Mavic Pro but the rear legs actually hinge beneath the surface and then opens up. Thanks to this folding mechanism, Mavic Air becomes the most portable drone from DJI’s entire line-up . Portability is not only limited to the drone, but it carries on to Mavic Air’s controller as well. DJI has done that by including detachable joysticks. They can be taken out and placed securely under the controller. All these attributes make DJI Mavic Air a great drone for travelers. But is it really the best drone under $1000? Let’s dive in to see!


Inside the DJI Mavic Air Combo Package

  1. DJI Mavic Air
  2. Remote Controller with up to 4 km signal range
  3. 3 Batteries (2375 MAh)
  4. Propeller guards
  5. 2 sets of propellers (1 set for each side)
  6. 4-Slot battery charging dock (it only charges 1 Battery at a time L)
  7. USB-C charging cable
  8. Remote controller connecting cables (Micro-USB to Lightning, USB-C & Micro-USB)
  9. DJI branded carrying bag for controller and its accessories
  10. DJI branded case for carrying Mavic Air

Flying Experience of DJI Mavic Air

There are a couple of ways of flying Mavic Air, the first one is to control it using hand gestures. Although it looks nice but it could be a hassle to master the art of making accurate gestures. Hence, the better way is to fly it via remote controller. The process is fairly simple. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Turn on your controller
  2. Turn on Mavic Air
  3. Connect your Android or iOS device to the controller using the suitable connector
  4. Open DJI Go 4 app and Enter Live View

Thanks to the hard-wired connection, there is no noticeable lag in the live video feed. DJI claims that Mavic Air is capable of flying at a distance of up-to 4 KMs. During our test flights, we managed to fly it about 2 KMs away without any problem, however, we had to call it back due to low battery levels.


DJI Mavic Air’s Quick Shot Mode & More 

DJI Mavic Air supports a bunch of Quick Shots. Although most of them are available on DJI Spark as well but Mavic Air has got couple of exclusive quick shots, listed below:

  1. Asteroid: Adds drama to your world by first flying backwards from the subject and then coupling the captured video with a spherical photo. Pretty cool actually!
  2. Boomerang: Circles the subject to depict its surroundings in a cinematic way.

Needless to say, All these Quick Shots work great and offer some amazing effects. They are extremely easy to use as the user just needs to select the target and then choose their desired quick shot. Mavic Air takes care of rest of the stuff. There is even a progress meter on the right-side of the screen, which depicts the completion level of every quick shot. Overall, DJI’s companion app works great with Mavic Air!


Battery Life of DJI Mavic Air

There are a number of important factors to consider before determining the battery performance. The most important ones are:

  1. Wind Speed
  2. Temperature
  3. Extra weight (from accessories like propeller guards etc.)

In moderate wind of 15-20 Km/h, Mavic Air managed to maintain it’s stability without any issue and the battery life wasn’t effected much either. However, we flew Mavic Air at 43 degrees Celsius, and its internal fans were constantly on. DJI Mavic Air provided a battery time of 18 minutes with these conditions.

During our second flight, we also mounted propeller guards to see if they make any difference. To our surprise, the battery time remained the same as before. This was definitely not the case with DJI Spark, as its battery drained about a minute faster with propeller guards on!


Gimbal & Camera Quality of DJI Mavic Air

Dji Mavic Air is equipped with a 12 MP f/2.8 camera which is capable of recording 4K footage at 30 FPS. What’s more impressive is that it records this footage at 100Mbps, which is even better than Mavic Pro’s 60Mbps. Although it does not make a huge difference in quality but it’s the little details like these that collectively makes a difference.

As far as its stabilization is concerned, Mavic Air has a class leading, 3-axis gimbal which delivers a buttery smooth footage. There is no jitter while panning or tilting the camera and its overall performance is top-notch!


Is DJI Mavic Air the perfect drone?

Absolutely Not. Although it is a result of DJI’s evolution and extensive R&D but it still isn’t perfect. Here’s the list of things that needs to be improved.

  1. Charging dock only charges one battery at a time. It automatically detects the amount of juice left in each battery and only charges the one with the greatest level of battery percentage. It is a practical solution but far from ideal.
  2. You cannot charge Mavic Air by plugging it directly using it’s USB-C Port. It is only there for data transfer.
  3. It is extremely difficult to take the Micro-SD card out of its port. It resides pretty deep inside it’s shell and takes some serious effort and time to get it out!
  4. APAS (Advance Pilot Assistance System) is not accurate enough. It more of a hit and miss especially near tree branches.
  5. Although DJI was generous enough to provide a USB-C port on Mavic Air but for some reason they put a Micro-USB port on its controller. Means you have to carry 2 cables with your Mavic Air. Not cool!

Verdict

Mavic Air is by far DJI’s most refined consumer level drone under $1000. From its design to performance, everything is made to deliver a great user experience. DJI has certainly addressed most issues that their previous drones were criticized for. For instance, many Mavic Pro users had issues with its exposed gimbal, however, in Mavic Air, DJI has provided a very secure housing for its gimbal. Apart from its great design, Mavic Air also performs exceptionally well for its size. It’s not only safer to fly with its advance obstacle avoidance capabilities but also records a great quality footage!

Rating: ★★★★★ Highly Recommended


GoPro launched the Hero 6 Black in the fall of 2017 with some incremental upgrades to its flagship device. YourTechDose took a thorough look at the external hardware and there were hardly any noticeable differences between Hero 5 Black & Hero 6 Black on the outside. The only obvious difference is the Hero 6 branding next to the lens cover. Other than that, everything is identical (including all ports).

While GoPro completely overhauled their Hero 5 Black in 2016, they adopted a rather subtle strategy for 2017. GoPro Hero 6 Black features the same body but adds much more fluidity to its UI (User Experience).

However, GoPro has completely revamped its internals for sheer performance & superb image quality. Here’s what has changed from the inside of Hero 6 Black:

  • Custom GP1 Processor (Say Goodbye to touch-Lag)
  • 4K @ 60FPS (Bumped up from 30 FPS)
  • Amazing EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
  • Better Dynamic Range & Low Light Performance

Improvements in GoPro Hero 6 Black

Hero 6 features an entirely new processor called the GP1, which is custom-made for the camera itself. Needless to say, when it is used alongside the Hero 5, it is significantly more responsive. Not only the touch animations have improved but the “Voice Commands” takes much less time to execute. In essence, the user experience has vastly improved on the Hero 6 Black.

Moving on to other incremental bumps, Hero 6 is now capable of capturing 4K resolution videos at 60 FPS. This makes it a perfect go-to action-cam for some crisp videos. Similarly, it’s slow-motion capabilities have also improved, which means that it can now capture FHD videos at 240 FPS (up from 120FPS in its predecessor).

GoPro has also improved the Dynamic range in the Hero 6, which captures more details and vivid colors than before. Similarly, the Low-light picture quality has also improved, although it is still not comparable to latest smart-phone cameras.

Zoom Feature on GoPro Hero 6

 GoPro has also introduced the Zoom feature in their Hero 6 Black. Before you get all excited, know that It’s a digital zoom which means that the camera software crops the original image to achieve the required focal length.

For starters, Hero 5 & 6 uses the following focal lengths for each of its modes:

Wide FOV= 17.2mm | Medium FOV=21.9mm |Narrow FOV=34.4mm(Source)

Although the Zoom Feature is exclusive to Hero 6 but it is only available till a maximum resolution of 2.7K, not available at 4K! Is it good? Well, its far from ideal as it compromises the image quality but still good to have, especially when other FOVs are not working for you!

Electronic Image Stabilization: “Gimbal Like”?

GoPro showcased their latest EIS at their Keynote by saying that it is almost as good as using a gimbal. According to our tests, Hero 6 has improved a lot when it comes to EIS. There are 2 main aspects in which Hero 6 takes EIS to another level:

  1. In Hero 5 black, EIS only worked at the maximum resolution of 1080P at 30FPS, Hero 6 is capable of stabilizing 4K footage recorded at 30FPS as well as 1080P at up to 120FPS. That deserves an applause!
  2. EIS has improved exponentially as compared to Hero 5 Black, it is much more stable and utilizes the GoPro sensors in a much effective way.

However, when we put it aside the Hero 5 mounted on FieyuTech G5 stabilization gimbal, the stabilization on the gimbal was relatively better. Nonetheless, the stabilization on GoPro Hero 6 works really well and it’s a major improvement over the Hero 5 Black.

Battery Life of Hero 6 Black

Hero 6 Black utilizes the same battery as the Hero 5 Black. It’s a 1220MAH battery which lasts about 1 Hour & 30 minutes with GPS turned on and about 2 Hours with GPS off (Recording 1080P @ 30FPS). Recording at 4K drained the battery much faster, we managed to get about 50-minutes of recording time from a single battery (GPS off). It charges via USB-C port which was introduced with Hero 5 Black in 2016.

Reasons to Upgrade to Hero 6 Black

This is where the Cost-Benefit Analysis comes handy! GoPro Hero 6 is currently retailing for $399(Amazon).Whereas, the Hero 5 Black retails for $100 less. To justify the extra $100, you get an amazing 4K stabilized footage with better Slow-motion quality and a fluid user interface.

The Plus side of upgrading to Hero 6 from Hero 5 is that you can keep all your accessories, mounts and even extra batteries and just upgrade the camera itself. Here are the Top 5 GoPro accessories according to YourTechDose!

Let us know in the comments what you think?

Our Verdict

GoPro Hero 6 is undoubtedly one of the best action-cams available in the market. From it’s usability to specs, everything is class-leading. The camera performs like a 2018 flagship should! During our extensive tests, we thoroughly enjoyed shooting with it, although it got a bit too hot at times!

 

Final Score: ★★★★★ Highly Recommended by YourTechDose

 

 

 


What is a gimbal & Why do you need one?

Content creators are experimenting with their creativity and to showcase their creative side, they need better equipment. This is where gimbals come into play. The primary purpose of a gimbal is to stabilize images/videos. Many modern cameras are equipped with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) but still most of them don’t provide stable footage. Take GoPro’s flagship cameras for example, GoPro Hero 5 Black does support video stabilization but it is far from ideal. Then came the Hero 6 Black and it was said to have a “Gimbal-Like” stabilization. Although with Hero 6 Black GoPro did improve the stabilization a lot but comparing it with a gimbal was a far cry.

Back in 2016, GoPro also introduced their own iteration of 3-axis Gimbal called the Karma Grip. It was a part of their Karma Drone which had a modular design and could be used as a stand-alone gimbal. However, it came with a $300 price tag (Amazon). Hence, there was a need for cheaper alternatives. This is where FeiyuTech G5 comes into play.

FeiyuTech is a Chinese company which has been making camera accessories for quite a sometime and they launched G5 at a price of $199 (Amazon). G5 is not only $100 cheaper than the karma Grip but also has a splash-proof body, which means, it can endure harsh environments pretty well.


 First Impressions & Unboxing of FeiyuTech G5

G5 comes with a very premium packaging with a minimalist approach. The front of the box boasts a GoPro Hero 5 Black mounted on G5. The list of supported cameras is provided on the lower-left side as well.

Once unboxed, the gimbal is snuck inside its carrying pouch which has a soft-fabric material for its protection. There is a 3000MAH user-replaceable battery in one of the cut-outs inside the box. Lastly, there is some pretty standard paperwork. Overall, FeiyuTech G5 provides a top-notch unboxing experience!


How to Operate FeiyuTech G5?

 It has 3 buttons on the front which includes a joystick for controlling the direction along with another button on the back for easy rotation. Once the camera is securely loaded and battery is inserted, pressing the power button for 3 seconds would bring the gimbal to life. It’s always a good practice to calibrate the gimbal by placing it horizontally on a flat surface and then starting the calibration through its app.

Next step is to download FeiyuTech’s app on your smartphone. It’s fairly functional but the UI needs to be improved. During our testing, it crashed more than twice.

We tested G5 with the GoPro Hero 5 Black and the difference in stabilization was very apparent from the start. The gimbal performed adequately well while walking at a normal to fast pace. There is also a dedicated button which can be pressed to initiate the “Selfie Mode”. It comes in very handy while vlogging.


Key Features of FeiyuTech G5

  • The sensitivity of the Joystick can be adjusted through the app
  • Time-lapse mode allows to set the start and end points along with it’s movement intervals.
  • One-touch selfie mode for quick Vlogging.
  • 8-hours of battery time.
  • It can charge the GoPro whilst recording, although it reduced the battery time to 3-hours.
  • Rugged build quality with a sturdy grip.
  • Splash-Proof, can be used under light rain.
  • Micro-USB charging.

Verdict 

 FeiyuTech G5 is priced $100 less than the Karma grip yet it performs extremely well. The overall built quality is also top-notch. There are a few nuisances though, putting on the camera takes a bit of practice and patience, as you need to screw/unscrew the front plate manually. This has left some marks on the front display of our GoPro Hero 5 Black.

Secondly, it is charged via Micro-usb port which means that you would have to carry 2 separate cables i.e. Usb-c for your GoPro and Micro-Usb for G5. Lastly, FeiyuTech’s app definitely needs some attention as it needs to be more intuitive and crash-free.

Apart from all these nuances, FieyuTech G5 is a very capable competitor of GoPro Karma Grip and performs just as well, if not better.


Overall rating ★★★★ [Recommended by YourTechDose]


 



Apple recently launched its latest generation of the iPads with some serious spec bumps and a lot of power under its slim chassis. Your Tech Dose also provided the first impressions of the new iPad. After testing it for over a month, here’s the full review for the iPad Pro 10.5″.


Unboxing Experience of the iPad Pro 10.5

The new iPad comes with a familiar packaging, however, this time Apple has used the picture of the device itself on the top with one of the wallpapers that it ships with. On the side we have iPad Pro’s branding, with Apple’s iconic logo on the front and bottom of the lid. Upon opening the lid, we are greeted with the iPad itself covered in a translucent protector. The new iPad Pro 10.5″ comes with the following accessories in the box:

  • iPad Pro 10.5″
  • Instruction Booklets
  • Apple Stickers
  • Lightning Cable
  • 2.4A Charger

In case you are wondering about the missing Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard then it’s about time that you know that Apple does not ship iPad Pro with either of these accessories. Instead you would have to buy them separately. Apple Pencil costs $99, whereas Apple’s Smart Keyboard costs $159. So basically, adding these 2 accessories raises the price of the entry-level iPad Pro to over $900, which is definitely quite expensive for a Tablet.


Daily Performance of the iPad Pro 10.5

Despite being just a tablet, it packs enough computing power to compete with most notebooks. A10X Fusion Chip paired with 4GB of Ram, makes it blazing fast and super productive. The ProMotion display with 120Hz refresh rate adds cherry on top by making all the transitions ever so smooth. If that does not satisfy your inner geek, then have a look at the GeekBench comparison of iPad Pro 10.5” with other iOS devices.

iPad Pro 10.5 GeekBench Comparison
iPad Pro 10.5 GeekBench Comparison

It is undoubtedly the king of tablets currently. However, is this power too much for an iPad? Not with the upcoming iOS 11. Till now, critics were quite skeptical about the productivity of an iPad. But with the launch of iOS 11, it would most definitely take its productivity to the next level. It is not only a more demanding OS, but also takes full advantage of iPad Pro’s unprecedented power.


Is the iPad Pro 10.5” for you?

It depends on a lot of factors. If you are looking for a tablet to fulfill just your entertainment needs, like watching movies, scrolling the web and social media, then you should probably get the previous iPad Pro 9.7”. It is still a very fast tablet, with outstanding display and a slim form factor.

If you are a student and looking for a budget device to take notes and scroll the web, then you should consider other cheap alternatives.

If you are a designer, an art enthusiast or someone looking to get the best display in a portable device, then the new iPad Pro 10.5” is definitely for you. It won’t disappoint you no matter what. Just wait till iOS 11 comes out to fully take advantage of this amazing tablet.

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It’s that time of the year when the hype for the new iPhone is at its peak. Apple is likely to unveil its latest generation of iPhone in almost a month’s time. This year is special because, it marks the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone. Hence, it is expected that Apple is going to offer more than just a mere spec bump. Instead, this time Apple is expected to launch a special device, with a significant improvement over the current iPhone.


List of Expected Upgrades for iPhone 8

Your Tech Dose has compiled a list of Top 5 changes that are expected in the upcoming iPhone.

  • Improved Display: The new iPhone is expected to come with slimmer bezels, which would allow it to offer a bigger screen size in the same footprint. The Screen is also expected to be much brighter with improved anti reflective coating. Furthermore, iPhone 8 is also expected to finally get a 2K Display with 601 DPI, currently, it only comes with a 1080P Display with 401 DPI. (GsmArena)
  • Screen Integrated Touch ID: Due to the bigger screen size, the new iPhone will reportedly come with a digital home button, which would double as the Touch ID. This makes sense, as with the iPhone 7, Apple ditched the physical button by integrating a haptic sensor. Hence, the next step is to have It inside the display!
  • Wireless Charging: Apple is also reportedly working on finally ditching the plug-and-play charging. Apparently, the iPhone 8 will use wireless charging, however, there it’s still not clear if it’s going to use a charging pad like most of Samsung’s flagship devices.
  • A11 Chip with up to 4GB of Ram: One thing that Apple does the best is its hardware utilization. Although the Current iPhone 7 is quite fast, but Apple is reportedly going to take it to the next level by integrating a faster quad-core processor and up to 4GB of RAM in the iPhone 8 Plus. This would definitely make it one of the fastest devices by a long margin.
  • Iris Scanner: According to one source, iPhone 8 would reportedly come with an iris scanner for added security, which might eventually replace the Touch-ID altogether. The latter seems far-fetched but there is a chance of seeing an iPhone without a Touch-ID!

 Although, these are still rumors but like every year, a lot of rumors regarding the iPhone turn out to be true. Your Tech Dose will keep updating the necessary info regarding the highly anticipated iPhone 8. Till then, enjoy these amazing renderings of the upcoming iPhone!




Last year Apple introduced their latest generation of iPhone, named iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Although the aesthetics remained similar to its predecessor but there were some significant changes made in this generation of the iPhones. Two of the most unusual changes were the elimination of physical Home Button and the 3.5mm Headphone Jack. However, this time Apple had something unique to offer, which would most likely shape the future of its smart devices. Although Apple eliminated their iconic Home Button, but they replaced it with a software-backed haptic button with an in-built Touch ID. Similarly, Apple launched an alternative to the conventional headphone jack, called the AirPods. Although it sounds quite similar to their wired $30 EarPods, which comes free with an iPhone. However, AirPods are neither cheap nor comes free with an iPhone. At $159, these costs as much as some of the very capable headphones. However, in this Review, Your Tech Dose will test to see if AirPods are worth their hefty price tag!


Whats Included inside Airpod’s Packaging?

  • 2 Completely Wireless Earpieces (Airpods)
  • 1 Charging Dock with Magnetic Latch
  • 1 Lightning Cable (1-Meter)
  • Instruction booklets

First Impressions and User Experience

Well, the packaging and included accessories seems pretty standard for $159 headphones. However, things change pretty pleasantly once you see AirPods in person. Upon opening the latch of the charging case, you are greeted with both earpieces resting  inside the case. There is a charging status light in the middle which turns green once AirPods are fully charged. While we were having a good look at the AirPods, the iPhone 7 showed a Pop-up screen showing the battery status of AirPods and the charging case. Basically, everything was paired with just the opening of the latch, Pretty Impressive! Putting on the AirPods was as simple and comfortable as the pairing process. They are light-weight, ergonomic and sounds pretty impressive for their size. They won’t sound as good as some high-quality headphones, but still the sound quality is adequate.

Let’s talk about some of its highly interactive features. Before we begin, it’s important to know that AirPods don’t have any physical button on them, which means that it uses a combination of motion sensors to respond to user inputs.

For instance, if you are listening to music and for some reason you have to take one earpiece out, the music will automatically stop till you put it back on. This makes life much easier especially when you are amidst a bunch of people and want to talk to someone.

Secondly, you can double tap on either of the earpieces and it will activate Siri, and then you can easily give commands to Siri.


Shortfalls of AirPods

AirPods come with a few nuances, which needs attention from Apple. For instance, there is no way to perform basic functions like Volume Up/Down or Next/Previous Track from AirPods, instead one has to ask Siri to do so. It would be much appreciated if Apple could give these functionalities to AirPods with a software update.

Secondly, due to being completely wireless, they are very easy to lose. It’s highly recommended to get a neck strap if you intend to use it for long cardio sessions.


Final Verdict

AirPods are definitely quite expensive but their core value lies behind its outstanding user experience and convenience. It is definitely one of the best companions for an iPhone and also offers a great level of utility value to Apple’s ecosystem. If price is not a problem for you, then by all means, go for it and it won’t disappoint you!


 

 

 


At the WWDC 2017, Apple announced a number of new products. The major announcements included hardware tweaks to the MacBook Pro Lineup, The new iOS 11 and a highly anticipated iPad Pro with 10.5” screen. The new iPad coupled with the latest iOS 11 takes mobile productivity to a whole new level. Apple has always been keen on making subtle yet significant upgrades to its devices. However, this year’s iPad Pro 10.5” has seen some great improvements inside out. It’s important to mention here that the new iPad Pro 12.9” which was also launched alongside its smaller sibling, still shares the same outlook as its predecessor. So, let’s have a quick look at the upgraded hardware for the new iPad Pro lineup.


Specifications of the iPad Pro 10.5” & 12.9”

  • A10X Fusion Chipset with 4GB RAM
  • 12 Core GPU
  • Available in 64/256/512GB of Internal Storage
  • 12 MP f/1.8 Primary Camera and 7 MP f/2.2 Secondary Camera
  • 2nd Gen Touch ID with Physical Home Button
  • 4 Speakers (Top and Bottom for Stereo sound)
  • 120Hz Refresh Rate with Maximum Brightness at 600 Nits

These upgrades send a clear message that Apple is taking the Tablet game to new heights. They have literally added enough computing power to ensure that even the most demanding apps are dealt with precision. Apple has even doubled the memory options and now you can grab an iPad with a whopping 512GB of internal storage.


Most Notable Upgrades of the iPad Pro 10.5”

The most notable changes are made to the screen of the new iPad Pro. The iPad Pro 10.5” offer thinner bezels and more screen real estate in the same footprint as its predecessor (iPad Pro 9.7”). It definitely makes it aesthetically appealing. This also has the brightest screen of all the iPads ever made. According to Macworld, it is almost 90 Nits brighter than its predecessor, which was already one of the brightest tablets in the market. The screen upgrades do not stop there. In fact, one of the most important screen upgrades include the 120Hz Refresh Rate on the new iPad Pro 10.5”. This is up from 60Hz Refresh Rate in the 9.7” iPad Pro. Basically, a 120Hz panel makes the screen twice as responsive to the inputs as the 60Hz panel This is a significant improvement because it makes the User Interface much more smoother and better. It’s especially beneficial for folks who want to use Apple Pencil for graphical illustrations.

Other notable improvements include the upgraded cameras, which are now similar to that of the iPhone 7. Similarly, the Touch ID has also been upgraded to the latest gen system for a quicker finger print recognition.


Pricing and Value Proposition of iPad Pro 10.5″ & 12.9″

The New iPad Pro 10.5” starts at $649 for the 64GB Wi-Fi Only Model. If you go for the top-spec model then it will cost $1079. Similarly, the latest iPad Pro 12.9” starts at $799 for the Base Model and goes up to a crazy $1229 price tag. Not to mention that the Apple Pencil costs another $99 and the Keyboard Cover would add another $169 from Apple.

These prices make the new iPads the competitor for premium notebook PCs and even some mid to high-end laptops. Hence, Apple is trying to cater to the customers who are already in the market for some high-end productivity devices. There is no doubt that the new iPad Pro is a very potent device, however, it seems that the most practical decision would be to go for the entry-level iPad Pro, until you really want the extra memory or mobile Internet.


 

 


Not long ago, a Hong Kong based company DJI, made a lot of hype with their “flying toys”. Back in 2013 around the time when the DJI’s first iteration of Phantom lineup was launched, many people considered it a toy. However, with the passage of time, they started realizing the endless possibilities of this drone. Subsequently, with more awareness and demand, many other players also started offering quadcopters. The demand for drones saw a huge jump when DJI started providing camera gimbals in their model lineup. It gave a whole new perspective to the drone user. DJI added their own camera system with a 3-axis gimbal for enhanced stability during flight. It wasn’t long after that, they introduced their cheapest iteration of Phantom series with built-in camera, called the Phantom 3 (P3) Standard.

The Phantom 3 lineup had three different models with the P3 Standard being the entry level one.


Specs of DJI Phantom 3 Standard

  • 2.7K & 1080P Video Recording at 30 FPS
  • 2.4GHz Wireless Connection
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilization
  • Up to 25 Minutes of Flight Time on a Single Charge

The primary differences between the P3 Standard and its Bigger siblings included a better camera with 4K recording, greater flight range and a stable signal with a few extra positioning sensors. However, these improvements come at a steep price. Currently, the P3 Standard is available for under $450 on Amazon. Whereas the P3 Professional costs well over $700. Similarly, the latest DJI Phantom 4 will set you back around $850. Hence, for beginners the safest choice in terms of price is definitely the P3 Standard.


How Easy is it to Fly the DJI Phantom 3 Standard?

As per our experience, it takes about 5 minutes to set everything up for flight. The set of pre-flight checklist includes:

  • Checking the Battery Levels of Drone, Controller and Phone.
  • Calibrating the Remote and the Drone.
  • Checking the GPS Signal Strength and Location.

There is a DJI GO app for Android and iOS devices, which makes the flying experience very convenient. The Take-Off and Landing can be done with a few taps in the app. Furthermore, the First-Person Video (FPV) is also transmitted to the user via the DJI GO app. However, one consistent problem with the P3 Standard is the lack of signal stability. We have extensively tested the drone in multiple environments, and the Live View was getting stuck quite consistently. Hence, it is highly recommended not to break the line of sight during strong interference. However, the drone is capable of automatically returning back to its take off position in emergency situations like low battery levels or loss of signals.


Verdict on the DJI Phantom 3 Standard

Having tested the P3 Standard for over a month, it is safe to say that it is one of the best value-for-money drones in the market. However, if you are looking for something to travel with, then it is highly recommended to consider DJI’s portable line of drones like the DJI Mavic Pro ($999) and DJI Spark ($500). In essence, it all depends on the preferences, however, in case of overall value, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard certainly provides a lot of Bang for its Buck!