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Bose Headphones 700: Ups the Ante in Noise Cancellation (Tech Review)

Those looking for a pair of new ANC headphones should spend money on this complete package

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Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones. (Representational image). Pixabay

BY KRISHNA SINHACHAUDHURY 

Bose was once the undisputed king of active noise cancellation (ANC) headphones and its famed ‘QuietComfort’ series was known to be the best for muffling airplane engine noise.

Now, it is attempting to up the ante with its new Headphones 700 as competition from Sony’s 1000X series has toughened.

The company’s ‘QuietComfort35 II’ headphones had set quite a high benchmark for ANC lovers. The Bose Headphones 700, however, isn’t a successor to the QC35 II.

The new model, launched for Rs 34,500 in India, is a blend of a chic looking headphones with a modern design, better noise cancellation and easier touch controls.We used the headphones for few days and let us see if it is worth your buck.

Take a look at the Headphones 700 and you’ll know it is radically different from QuietComfort’s design language. This one sports a slimmed down headband made out of stainless steel with almost no visible screws, seams and joints.

The headband meets the cans on the outside to snugly adjust the fit.

However, the folding hinge is absent this time which can be uncomfortable for long-haul travel.This pair looked and felt more durable than the QC35 II. Given the metal headband, the device is slightly heavier than QC35 II.There’s an option to rotate the cans flat for easy storage.

Bose provides a sturdy carry case with a leather finish along with the headphones that make sure the headphones, when packed, remain handy and sleek.

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US-based audio equipment maker Bose launched Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 that deliver up to 20 hours of music, for Rs 34,500. Pixabay

Talking about comfort, there’s foam cushioning between your head and the headband. This element makes sure that the headphones are comfortable to wear even for long metro commutes or airplane travel.

The earcups are also padded and are comfortable for prolonged use. The cans can be slightly swivelled for a better fit and this pair should fit both large and small heads equally well.

The cans are made out of plastic which can be a bummer for some.Bose has done away with physical buttons for music control. Instead, the front half of the right earcup has a touchpad and has the capacity to detect your index finger’s taps for better control that gets easier with time. Thankfully, there’s a Type-C port to charge the headphones.

The headphones has the power/Bluetooth keys that work as intended. There’s a dedicated voice assistant button that activates Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri as well.

When it comes to sound quality, the Bose Headphones 700 is impressive. What this pair offers is among the best active noise cancellation headphones. Both instruments and vocals sounded excellent.

However, the quality may not be enough for serious audiophiles.The device sounds significantly better than the Bose QC 35 II, thanks to new drivers.The headphones’ noise cancellation also has a nifty addition that lets you manually adjust the level of cancellation from zero to 1.

This comes in handy for those who despise absolute noise cancellation and this addition gives control.The device supports up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge which is fairly good considering the sound quality.Then there’s the Bose mobile app where you can fiddle through the settings while managing the device.

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One of the high points of the device is making voice calls. The snug fitting and more number of microphones let the 700 work better at isolating voice from background noise while making calls.

Conclusion: The Bose Headphones 700 is a gem when it comes to active noise cancellation. The ability to pair the headphones with two devices at a time is what we appreciate it for.

Those looking for a pair of new ANC headphones should spend money on this complete package. (IANS)

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AirPods Studio May Have Head and Neck Detection Feature: Report

The feature will be similar to the ear detection feature in AirPods and AirPods Pro

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AirPods Studio will reportedly come with head and neck detection feature. Pixabay

Apple’s upcoming pair of wireless over-ear headphones AirPods Studio may reportedly come with head and neck detection feature similar to the ear detection feature in the AirPods and AirPods Pro.

The AirPods true wireless earphones series have sensors which can detect when the earphones have been removed or put back, to automatically play or pause music or videos on compatible devices.

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AirPods Studio will have similar sensors that will detect whether the headphones are on the head or the neck. Pixabay

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According to 9to5Mac, AirPods Studio will have similar sensors that will detect whether the headphones are on the head or the neck, presumably playing or pausing content when the headphones are worn on the head.

The headphones will have sensors to detect the left and right ears, which means that there may not be fixed left and right channels. It might be possible to wear the headphones any way. (IANS)

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Latest Samsung Smartwatch “Galaxy Watch Active 2” is a Perfect Blend of Fitness and Style (Tech Review)

The smartwatch comes with an updated 'Running Coach' that provides access to seven different running programs and lets users monitor their running pace in real time

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The smartwatch comes with e-SIM connectivity, helping consumers stay connected and allows them to make and take calls freely from the watch itself without having to keep their phone around. IANS

With a strong millennial base and rising disposable income, India now offers immense growth potential for the smartwatch players like Apple, Samsung, Huawei and more.

In order to expand its presence in the wearable market, the South Korean tech giant Samsung has launched its latest smartwatch Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G for Rs 35,990, which makes it one of the most expensive smartwatches in the country.

The leather strap makes the smartwatch more visually appealing and comfortable to wear it for long hours. The smartwatch is available in 44mm steel dial along with silver, black, and gold finishes. It sports a 1.4-inch Super-AMOLED ‘Always On Display’ with maximum resolution of 360×360 pixels.

As expected, the touchscreen worked extremely fast. In terms of brightness, the display performed well in various light conditions.

The Super-AMOLED display covers the screen edge to edge and comes with a touch bezel that ensures a smooth experience while navigating through apps.

Underneath the hood, the smartwatch is equipped the Galaxy Watch Active 2 LTE with an Exynos 9110 dual-core processor ticking along at 1.15 GHz. The chipset has been paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G runs Tizen OS 4.0 with ‘One UI’ 1.5 on top. Samsung claims that this watch is IP68 rated, which means it should be water-resistant up to 5ATM or 50 metres. Just like the Galaxy Watch 4G, the Watch Active 2 4G uses an eSIM for uninterrupted flow of data as well as receiving calls directly from the smartwatch.

Once connected to your phone, Galaxy Watch Active2 4G allows users to easily take photos, start recording a video, preview video clips, switch between front and rear lenses, set a timer and then check the final photo or video – all from the wrist. Users can also charge their Galaxy Watch Active2 4G in an easy and intuitive way using Wireless PowerShare on their Galaxy smartphones.

The smartwatch comes with e-SIM connectivity, helping consumers stay connected and allows them to make and take calls freely from the watch itself without having to keep their phone around. Due to carrier limitations, only Jio and Airtel users can make use of the e-SIM functionality in the country to date. The LTE support works pretty much exactly the same way like the Galaxy Watch 4G.

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In order to expand its presence in the wearable market, the South Korean tech giant Samsung has launched its latest smartwatch Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G for Rs 35,990, which makes it one of the most expensive smartwatches in the country. Wikimedia Commons

Users can access social media apps, especially WhatsApp with just the tap of the finger, even while away from the smartphone. The smartwatch comes with advanced sensors which track up to 39 distinct activities with auto tracking for popular activities such as walking, running, cycling, rowing and more.

The smartwatch comes with an updated ‘Running Coach’ that provides access to seven different running programs and lets users monitor their running pace in real time. In terms of battery backup, the watch performed quite good with around two days usage in a single charge.

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Conclusion: The smartwatch has distinctive qualities in terms of design and performance and will appeal the young buyers but will face some competition from Huawei Watch GT 2 as well as Honor MagicWatch 2. (IANS)

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Realme 5i: Good Budget Smartphone with Great Battery (Tech Review)

With 5000mAh battery, quad-camera rear setup, reverse charging and new design, the new Realmi 5i looks promising and the overall experience was good in the affordable segment

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According to the firm, few people have been selling counterfeit of Realme products such as Realme buds, connectors, wires and so forth. Wikimedia Commons

BY BHARAT UPADHYAY

Chinese handset maker Realme, which is growing exponentially in the Indian smartphone market, recently launched the ‘5i’ smartphone with quad-camera rear setup that gives some tough competition to rival brands in the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment.

The Realme 5i comes in a single 4GB RAM/64GB configuration variant for Rs 8,999 in Aqua Blue and Forest Green colours.

Packed with a 5,000mAh battery, the smartphone houses Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE octa-core chipset.

After trying the Forest Green variant, let’s see how it fared.

The first obvious thing to notice is the design. The overall look and feel is good.

The device packs an AI quad-camera setup with 119-degree, ultra-wide-angle lens (8MP), main camera (12MP), portrait sensor (2MP) and ultra-macro lens (2MP), as well as an AI-driven selfie camera (8MP).

The quad-camera at the rear alongside the LED flash adds an extra charm to the device.

The images came out well — both indoor and outdoor — but lacked sharpness, which is the only disappointing part.

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If one smartphone maker has stood out for its rapid growth in the Indian Tech market this year, it has to be realme. Set up less than two years ago by its founder Sky Li and Madhav Sheth in India, realme is today India’s fourth largest smartphone brand. IANS

The smartphone comes with 4K video and 240 fps slow-motion shooting with electronic image stabilisation (EIS) that supports wide-angle and ultra-wide angle shots. We took some videos and the smartphone fared well.

On the lower-left corner at the back, the Realme logo is placed vertically in style. The fingerprint sensor also worked decently.

While the right edge of the smartphone has the power button, the left one has volume rocker keys and hosts a dual-SIM slot.

You can expand the storage by up to 256 GB by using the dedicated microSD card slot.

On the front, the device has an 8MP camera, with a 6.52-inch drop-notch display with HD+ resolution. The front panel is protected by Corning Gorilla glass shield.

On full brightness, the display worked well. However, in direct sunlight, it wasn’t up to the mark.

One interesting feature is that the smartphone offers reverse charging, which essentially means that it can be used to charge other devices. The lower edge of the phone has dual speakers, micro-USB port and 3.5-mm standard audio jack.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, the smartphone runs Android 9.0 with ColorOS 6.1 operating system (OS).

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The 5,000mAh battery helps the smartphone last for over a day. While using multiple applications, we didn’t find any problem.

Basic daily tasks like switching between apps and using multiple social media applications were smooth. Playing games like PUBG Lite (lighter version) was also smooth.

Conclusion: With 5000mAh battery, quad-camera rear setup, reverse charging and new design, the new Realmi 5i looks promising and the overall experience was good in the affordable segment. (IANS)