[REVIEW] AUDIOMAX EM-7A Headphones Earphones, Noise Isolating, Bass Driven, HD In Ear, Tangle free, Replaceable Earbuds (Black with Mic and Vol. Control)

I have received the Audiomax EM-7A headphones about 2 weeks ago, so I’ve had plenty of time to use and abuse them :).

When they arrived I was pleasantly surprised about the presentation, the headphones being nicely packaged in the usual Avantek/Audiomax box made out of recycled materials.

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Opening the main box I found a very nice travel/carry box that houses the headphones, the instruction manual, a couple of extra ear buds (small and large) and a clip to use with the headphones.

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The headphones are very easy to use, just plug them in your chosen audio device and you are good to go. I first tried them with my Xiaomi Redmi 2 and have to admit, these are the best sounding ÂŁ10.00 I have ever tried. The Redmi 2 does have a pretty good audio chip, but the sound from these headphones is astounding. I have tried them with my work phone, a Samsung S6 edge and the results were just as good, if not better. I even got to use the built in microphone for a couple of calls, and the sound during was clear and crisp with no distortion.

The treble is crisp, the middles quite balanced and the bass is punchy 🙂 🙂 🙂

These are not the most expensive headphones I ever bought, they might actually be one of the cheapest, but the design and the quality of the build and of the sound makes them a recommended buy.

They look like a cross between the Beats audio headphones and the Soundmagic ones.

Oh, and they are made of some sort of aluminium grade material, which means that they will last.

You can check them out here, courtesy of Audiomax.

China’s Xiaomi makes strides in smartphone race

China’s low-cost smartphone maker Xiaomi is making great strides in the global smartphone race with two of its models ranking in a list of the world’s top 10 bestselling smartphones for the first time.

Xiaomi’s Hongmi Redrice and Mi3 smartphones were the 7th and 10th top selling models globally in February, according to a new report from Counterpoint Technology Market Research.

Apple’s iPhone 5s remained the bestselling phone in the world – a position it has held for six straight months. The iPhone 5c, meanwhile, came in at second place, mostly due to the big clearance discounts in Western markets, Counterpoint said. Rival Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 tied for 3rd place.

“At the global level there has been little brand diversity over recent months. However the appearance of Xiaomi on the best sellers list highlights an increasing trend – local brands moving up the sales rankings in their respective countries,” said Peter Richardson, research director at Counterpoint.

Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi

ChinaFotoPress | Getty Images                  Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi

“It’s a consequence of commoditization of hardware and software. Provided the price is sufficiently attractive, consumers are willing to try local brands over the higher profile global brands,” he said.

Xiaomi handsets are mainly sold in China, where the company is getting a cult-like following through its affordable yet sleek offerings.

It recently started shipping to neighboring countries including Singapore, selling 5,000 smartphones within eight minutes of going on sale earlier this year.

Xiaomi’s low-price strategy has been a key driver of its success in the fiercely competitive Chinese market. Xiaomi’s Android-powered 5-inch Mi3 sells for around $330, much lower than the $720 price tag for the least expensive Apple iPhone 5C model.

“This shows you don’t have always to be big to win the game, the smart and fast wins in the mobile market. It always has been and always will be,” Counterpoint said.

Xiaomi, which sold 11 million phones in the first quarter of the year, recently upped its annual sales projection to 60 million from a previously predicted 40 million. It plans to sell 100 million in 2015.

Counterpoint expects a further shake up in the best seller’s list in March and April, as Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 becomes available and the iPhone 5c discounts have ceased.

“We are also seeing good performances from the Motorola G and Huawei LTE models so there might be some volatility in the best seller’s list,” the firm said.

Via : CNBC

Oppo Find 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Oppo Find 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 quick look

 The Oppo Find 7 has officially been unveiled, and as was the case with the Find 5 and the N1 before it, Oppo has aimed to push the boundaries once again with its latest flagship smartphone, with the premier version featuring a Quad HD display. Competing in the phablet segment, it’ll be very interesting to see how the Find 7 compares to the Samsung device that currently dominates this market. Here’s a quick look at the Oppo Find 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3!
Design

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There are two very different design philosophies at work here, with the smooth and rounded lines of the Galaxy Note 3 contrasting with the more angular design of the Find 7. Like it’s predecessor, the Oppo Find 5, the Find 7 features a minimalist look with a premium feel, without too many embellishments. The premium version of this device comes with a carbon fiber back panel with a woven pattern, reminiscent of the Motorola Droid line, while the Galaxy Note 3 offers an equally nice feel in the hand, with the welcome move away from glossy plastic to the faux leather plastic material.

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The front of the Find 7 is all black and distraction free, with no logos or physical buttons to draw attention away from the beautiful display. While the display of the Galaxy Note 3 shines through as well, you do get the signature button layout at the front, with a physical home button flanked by two capacitive keys. On its flat sides, the Find 7 features two sleek faux chrome rings, while the Note 3 uses the same material to mimic the pages of a notebook.

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Even though the Galaxy Note 3 features a display that is slightly larger, the dimensions of both devices are quite similar. the Oppo Find 7 is a millimeter taller, but is noticeably narrower, making the latter a little easier to hold. The Galaxy Note 3 is almost a millimeter thinner though, with the 3 grams difference in weight negligible.

Display

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The premium version of the Find 7 takes the lead in a display comparison, at least, if pixel density is of paramount importance to you. The 5.5-inch screen features a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD), resulting in a whopping pixel density of 538 ppi. On the other hand is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, that comes with a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of “just” 1080p, translating to a pixel density of 386 ppi.

While not many will care or particularly notice the contrast in sharpness, the difference certainly exists.

As for the technologies underlying the screens of the two contenders, we have a beautiful IPS LCD (Low Temperature Polysilicone) display on the Find 7, with the Galaxy Note 3 featuring a vivid Super AMOLED screen.

Performance and Hardware

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The Oppo Find 7 has a slight advantage over the Galaxy Note 3 with its upgraded quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz. This is the same processor that powers the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2, so the Find 7 is certainly in elite company. Along with the Adreno 330 and 3 GB of RAM, the processing package of the Find 7 is the best that is currently available.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also comes with 3 GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU, with the SoC being the older 2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. In theory, the biggest difference between the two processing packages is the slightly higher speeds of the CPU, GPU, and memory interface. Either way, performance is going to be lightning fast, with both smartphones ably handling anything you can throw at it.

Both devices come with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a current high-end Android smartphone. The Find 7 does come with expandable memory, an option not available with the Find 5 or the N1, and can accommodate the newly launched 128 GB microSD cards, as opposed to the 64 GB max of the Galaxy Note 3.

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Both phones have large batteries that are also removable, but even without needing to replace the battery, you should be still be able to get more than a full day of usage from both. The Find 7 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, while the Galaxy Note 3 manages to squeeze in a larger 3,200 mAh unit into a sleeker body. That being said, the Oppo Find 7 comes with a special fast-charging technology that, according to Oppo, makes it best-in-class. You should be able to charge the Find 7 from zero to 75 percent in just 30 minutes, with a 5 minute charge giving you almost 2 hours of talk time, which is absolutely amazing in a pinch.

Camera

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The 13 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor of the Find 7 is combined with a 6 part lens and powerful software features,  one of which is called Super Zoom, which combines 10 images taken at the same time to create one 50 MP image with a lot of detail. On the front, you get a 5 MP camera with a wide lens, that allows for an 80 degree field of view. Both cameras have 2.0 aperture lenses, which is great for low-light photography for obtaining the blurred background effect that we all love. It’s a very promising setup that we’re looking forward to putting through its paces.

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 holds its own in this department, with its great 13 MP rear shooter, which also coupled with tons of software features.

Software

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The Find 7 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is somewhat disappointing as we’d have expected a current Android smartphone release to feature Android 4.4 Kitkat. You get Oppo’s Color OS on top, with a similar implementation to what is found on the N1, as opposed to uber cheerful version of the Find 5. Additions include support for various gestures, as well as a range of widgets, and other small enhancements.

You get the well-known TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Samsung is rolling out Android 4.4 to the Note 3 currently, which will introduce small design changes, along with some Kitkat specific functionality.

Specs Comparison
Oppo Find 7
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Display 5.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD, Quad HD (2560 x 1440), 538 ppi 5.7-inch Super AMOLED, 1080p (1920 x 1080), 386 ppi
Processor Snapdragon 801 – Quad-core Krait 400 2.5GHz Adreno 330 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
Storage 32 GB, expandable 16/32/64 GB, expandable
Battery 3,000 mAh 3,200 mAh
Cameras 13 MP rear LED flash, Sony Exmor RS sensor, 6p lens, f 2.0, 4K, HDR
5MP front, f 2.0, 80 degrees field of view
13 MP rear camera, LED flash
2 MP front
Network GSM/WCDMA/FDD-LTE/TD-LTE GSM/WCDMA/FDD-LTE/TD-LTE
Connectivity GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Dimensions 152.6Ă—75Ă—9.2 mm,
171 grams
151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
168 grams

Via (Android Authority)