Sunday, August 7, 2016

LeEco Le2 User Review

Several reviews have been written about this phone from the time that it was released by several bloggers and tech reviewers alike. Each one talks about how the phone performs in the hand of a tech user. However, the average plain Joe user is just that. A lay man. He is not interested in how well the phone performs in the battery tests or how the phone behaves when it is subjected to extreme stress. An average user is more concerned about how the phone behaves when it is loaded with limited set of apps. How long the battery lasts when he kills time playing Pokemon Go or any such game while he waits for someone or is just looking for some fun. Or how well the phone performs when he decides to have music streaming on Wynk while he browses Facebook or engages in that marathon Whatsapp session with his friends.

Mandatory Specs:

  1. Big Screen (5.5 Inches)
  2. Lots of Memory to store your pics and Whatsapp Images (32 GB) but sadly, you cannot expand it.
  3. It supports Dual SIM (no it is not hybrid and yes, it is Nano SIM), both with 4G support.
  4. 3 GB of RAM (This makes it blazing fast).
  5. Has no 3.5mm jack but gives you an adapter to use your fave headphones nonetheless.
  6. USB Type C slot (This is new and will soon be the standard, replacing all microUSB cables that you have at home).
  7. The processor does not matter; it manages to keep the phone blazing fast without getting hot. That is all that really matters. If you still want to know, it runs on Snapdragon 652 Octacore processor. 
  8. 16 MP Rear and 8 MP front camera that allows those great pictures when you are out on a picnic or excellent selfies when you are out with your friends.
  9. Fingerprint recognition for that keep my data safe moments! That includes an App Lock as well so that your gallery can be locked and your BAE’s pics hidden safely away when you give the phone to someone to use.
  10. Quick Charge that comes courtesy the SnapDragon processor. Running out of the home in 15 mins and battery is without charge? No problem. Quick Charge would push your battery to last you around 6 hours on a 10 min charge. Keep your data off though, that will drain the battery out faster.


I had given the phone to my wife to use for the period that it was with me. I wanted to know what a non-technical regular layman user thought about it. She has the standard set of apps that most of them have. A few games, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, some taxi apps, some shopping apps, 2 mapping apps, Dropbox, skype and may be a few more. Exactly what a typical user would have. Her earlier phone was a Moto G, so she was used to the stock Android feel. Le 2 comes with LeUI that has been skinned to sit on Android Marshmallow. The skinning steers away from stock Android Experience and introduces several new features that are totally different. No more swipe down to access your setting tiles to quickly toggle your Wi-Fi or data. In its place instead would come only the notifications. Clicking the app switcher button brings up the list of recent apps and your quick settings. Similarly, no more display all contacts saved in your Google account. It displays a list that it curates on its own. Multiple clicks later you can finally see that elusive contact of yours that you were looking for.
Changes aside, the phone is fast and lasts almost 2 days on a single charge. Play Pokemon Go and it drops to 1.5 days. The supports all India 4G LTE bands and offers excellent speeds without any issues. I faced no network or call quality issues while I was using this phone. In case you are planning to use Reliance Jio, the phone supports VoLTE that would allow you to make calls on the LTE network and not fall back to 3G or 2G networks. This would mean that the other party and you would get to experience call quality in HD like clarity.
I have never been a big fan of Stock Launchers and generally resort to either Google Now or Nova Launcher. The reason has been that stock launchers have all gone the Apple way and have done away with the concept of App Drawer completely. I feel that this clutters up my desktop which I prefer to customize while keeping a majority of my apps hidden away safely inside the app drawer.
All in all, the phone is excellent in terms of battery and usability and would definitely succeed to keep its master happy. Just like a well-trained Pokemon! ;-)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Press Release: Power-packed Elite Note from Swipe for a Bigger, Bolder and Better experience only for Rs. 7,999/

India, 26th April 2016: Swipe Technologies, India's leading Mobile Internet Player, is all-set to change the rules of the game in India's mobile phones industry. Following months of anticipation, Swipe revealed Elite Note today - a bigger, bolder& better smartphone that promises to provide a genuinely enjoyable and powerful experience– without making a dent on pockets. Elite Note will be exclusively launched on Flipkart on 26thApril. Elite Note boasts of superior design, premium build quality and powerful hardware at a disruptive price point.
Launching the new smartphone, Mr. Shripal Gandhi, Founder & CEO of Swipe Technologies said "We've carefully listened to our users' feedback and incorporated suggestions in crafting Elite Note, not only in terms of hardware but software too. We chose premium materials, highest performing components, out of the box software features to make this an unparalleled & holistic user experience. With its compelling features, attractive styling and pricing, we are all-set to make a mark and disrupt India's mobile phone market. The #PowerOfBig is for user to see and feel with Elite Note. "
Mr. Anil Goteti, VP – Business, Flipkart said, "We are happy to announce the exclusive launch of Swipe Elite Note on Flipkart. The new-age features of this new device will be a big hit amongst the young smartphone users." 
The Elite Note is powered by high speed Quadcore processor and 3GB RAM that offers a fluid & lightening quick user experience. A 3000 mAh marathon battery powers the Elite Note for more than a full day of use.Today's premium devices deliver immersive experiences through high speed connectivity. Keeping that in mind, we have ensured that the Elite Note supports 4G LTE and advanced multimedia without compromising performance or battery life.
The all-new Elite Note comes with a vibrant 5.5" HD IPS display with Vi-Di technology that brings a brighter, bolder, bigger world right in front of your eyes. Elite Note has premium appeal as it has the finest sandstone back cover that ensures a comfortable touch in hands. A visually-stunning, incredibly tough Dragon trail Glass – a lightweight, flexible and scratch-resistant glass with extraordinary strength – comes as a protective cover glass for the very stylish Elite Note, which not only enhances the phone's style quotient, but also offers exceptional resistance to scratches and bumps of everyday use.
What gives Elite Note its wings is its incredible power. With its massive 3GB RAM and ample 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB) - matched perfectly with 1.3 Ghz 64-bit Quad-Core processor, Elite Note can move as quickly as user's imagination. With enhanced processing power, an Elite Note user can enjoy apps and games to their full potential. It supports the latest 4G LTE networks as well as Wi-Fi, so that the user can stay in touch with friends, family and the rest of the world in real-time.
Elite Note's Freedom OS, based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, gives it truly amazing power. Based on the enhanced version of Android 5.0 OS, it enjoys top-level speed and unwavering app execution. Due to a unique feature of changing android functions according to user's behavior and style, FreedomOS offers an extremely personalized experience
What good is a smartphone without an exception photo-taking experience? To capture special moments and create everlasting memories, Elite Note comes with a 13MP rear camera with f1/3.2 aperture with flash that can capture every moment easily in exceeding clarity. Its 5MP front camera comes with a wide 88 degree 4P lens which allows for more light to enter the camera to help the user take a clear Selfie even in less than ideal lighting conditions.
Elite Note also supports outstanding Remote Technology that is effortless to pick-up & use, due to inbuilt IR sensor. It gives a user complete and overall control for multiple electronic appliances like Air-conditioner, Television, Set-Top boxes,etc
The stunningly beautiful and incredibly powerful new Swipe Elite Note comes at attractive price point. A price tag of Rs 7,999 makes this object of desire truly affordable for the aspiring youth. Swipe's new offering will be available exclusively on Flipkart from 26thApril 2016.