A Phone with a Curved Edge Screen

Last week, I checked out the phone which Samsung is boasting about which is equipped with a curved display, named “Galaxy Note Edge”, and thought of sharing my views on the flagship device.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Figure : Samsung Galaxy Note Edge [1]

Design

Note Edge consists of a 5.6″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels and the edge of the screen is curved. This feature helps the user to view notifications without interruption and he/she will not miss them, even if the cover of the phone is closed.

Specifications The year 2014 became a year with selfies. The camera in Note Edge is ideal for these (even wide ones) as it has a front camera with a resolution of 3.7 MP and a rear camera with a resolution of 16 MP.

Figure 2 : Rear camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Figure 2 : Rear camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge [2]

To improve security, the software has a fingerprint scanner, so it is not necessary to remember the passcode to unlock the phone.

Figure 2 : Block diagram of the Snapdragon 805 processor

Figure 3 : Block diagram of the Snapdragon 805 processor [3]

Multitasking has just got better with the 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait 450 processor and 3 GB RAM. There is so much space for music and pictures as the phone consists of 32 GB of internal memory. Android 4.4 (KitKat) is the operating system of the phone but I think it would be possible to upgrade it to 5.0 (Lollipop). The phone is not that heavy and according to the official specifications, it only weighs 174g [4]. This incredible device has been powered by a 3000mAh battery which could be charged from 0 to 50% in about half an hour !

In conclusion, I would give this phone 8/10 overall. At first, I thought that the edge screen was pointless but then it does have a purpose.

References :

[1] Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.t-mobile.com/content/dam/tmo/en-g/PhotoStory/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-photo-story-blade-1.jpg. [Accessed 30 January 2015].

[2] Rear camera of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. 2015. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.androidcentral.com/sites/androidcentral.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/article_images/2014/11/galaxy-note-edge-review-45.jpg. [Accessed 16 March 2015].

[3] Snapdragon 805 Processor Specs and Details | Qualcomm. 2015. Snapdragon 805 Processor Specs and Details | Qualcomm. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/805. [Accessed 16 March 2015].

[4] Samsung GALAXY Note Edge – Specs. 2015. Samsung GALAXY Note Edge – Specs. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynoteedge/noteedge_specs.html. [Accessed 30 January 2015].

Sennheiser Urbanite : A Competitor for Beats

If you’re searching for a set of headphones that are ideal for hip-hop and dance tracks, there is a new player in town : Sennheiser joins the trend with Urbanite. I tried these today at Curry’s and thought of sharing my views.

Figure : Sennheiser Urbanite headphones

Figure : Sennheiser Urbanite headphones [1]

Design

The headband in Urbanite is made of comfortable but durable material, unlike Beats headphones, which have plastic headbands in most of their models. This pair of headphones can be considered as on-ear (Supra-aural) and a felt a bit painful after wearing it for a few minutes. The ear-cups can be folded, so it is quite portable.

Sound Quality

I tried listening to some hip-hop tracks and I was quite impressed with the bass these headphones can produce. The vocals were not muddy. Urbanite sounds better than Beats Solo2 but not as good as Beats Studio.

Price

Urbanite costs around £150.00, which is a bit expensive but not as expensive as Beats headphones.

I would definitely recommend this pair of headphones if you like urban genres of music such as hip-hop and progressive house.

References

[1] Sennheiser Urbanite headphones. 2015. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://cdn.head-fi.org/0/09/09ec814f_urbanitenationred.jpeg. [Accessed 23 January 2015].

Apple Mail App, you alright mate?

Four days ago, Apple Mail app in my MacBook Pro, started to group unrelated emails from different email accounts into conversations. These had totally different recipients and subjects. Terrible, right? Well, let me go through the steps I used to solve the issue as lot of people (who are using OS X Yosemite in their Macs) are experiencing this.

Figure : Apple Mail app [1]

Figure : Apple Mail app [1]

First, I tried to rebuild the mailbox by clicking on “Mailbox” menu and then selecting “Rebuild” in Apple Mail app. The problem got solved, but temporarily. Bummer ! My next step was to contact Apple Support and they asked me to perform a manual re-indexing of the mailbox by taking the steps mentioned below :

  1. Close Apple Mail app (if it is already open)
  2. Go to the following path : ~/Library/Mail/V2/MailData/
  3. Delete every file that begins with “Envelope Index”
  4. Restart the computer and empty the Trash.
  5. Start the Mail app.

The problem was not solved. I tried re-adding the email accounts by deleting the previous ones within the Mail App. That was not the solution either. Repairing disk permissions and performing a disk repair through Disk Utility were my next moves. After realising that was not helpful, I contacted Apple Support again. Their next step was to create a new user account and see whether the problem persists. Too much work, right? Then, they asked me to reinstall OS X and if that does not help, perform a clean install. I reinstalled Yosemite by downloading it from the Mac App Store. Those grouped emails were not separated. There was no way that I was going to do a clean install as I thought that there has to be another way. Then I took the following procedure (If your emails can be accessed using a web browser, there is no need to be afraid of doing this or backing up your emails) :

  1. Close Apple Mail app (if it is already open)
  2. Open System Preferences and double-click on Internet Accounts.
  3. Remove the accounts (including Mail, Contacts, reminders…..everything !) where the emails are getting grouped unnecessarily.
  4. Open the Mail app and add the email accounts, which were removed.

Voilà! No more grouped unrelated emails!! I restarted my laptop just too see whether the problem has been solved, and it was solved indeed. However, if the problem arises again, please follow the four steps mentioned above. Also note that there is a possibility that emails in the same account (Outlook in my case) with different subjects could get grouped as well and the solution would be the same. This could be a bug in the OS X Yosemite and let’s hope that the software team at Apple will fix it soon.

Follow the above procedure if you get duplicates in the sent items as well (particularly if you have an Outlook email address). This method could also be applied if emails do not get received in your Outlook inbox within the Mail app.

References :

[1] Apple Mail app. 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: http://cdn1.appleinsider.com/gallery/9517-1279-apps_mail_hero-l.png. [Accessed 02 January 2015].