My New Companion – ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG


You don’t experience excellence in everything ~ Aziz.Ampanwala

For me solace while writing article is : good sitting arrangement, cup of tea/coffee and laptop/desktop at night, however all the leisure are not always available and sometimes you have to find healthy alternative while you are on the go or maybe not close to all your coziness.

It was a hard time  thinking of any alternative, like, can anything replace a laptop with all the power and screen size it has, I am talking about 15.6 inch here, however somehow I managed to convince myself. I was in search of something which could just fit right on budget and had similar capabilities to a laptop however I wanted something more portable  with data connectivity both WIFI and 3G, now you would think that’s not a laptop feature right, yes, I wanted a tablet ! OK, so now I am also considering getting rid of keyboard, well YES if it’s ultra portable and on-the-move I had to shred that off too.

Before I jump right away and reveal which TAB I purchased, let me just quickly tell you that I was always a desktop/laptop person, and till the day I purchased the TAB, I had not use it before, yes I am serious.

Ok, so I did some rough research before buying the TAB, my parameters were on the basis of:

  • Processor
  • Resolution
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • WIFI and 3G
  • Look and Feel
  • Battery Life
  • Weight
  • Screen Size (Portable)
  • Reasonable Price

So, after busting out quality time (burning the midnight oil) on research for decent TAB, I narrowed down to 3 contenders and out of those 3 the victorious one was ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG, want to know why? I have it covered for you don’t worry.

Considering the list mentioned above as my parameters while searching the TAB, the ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG was hands down the best in the parameters I wanted and at a reasonable cost too.IMG_20160107_135757.jpg

Let me share some of the unique features of ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG – THE PERKS you don’t find in other TABs

Power and Memory: The ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) is a beast when we talk about power, with a quad core Intel Atom X3-C3230 system on a chip. Its clock speed is 1.3 GHz, with a quad core processor, this tablet sis more effective at multitasking compared to tablets with single core CPUs.

Lasting Battery: Unconventional as it may sound, the ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG is the world’s first tablet to have interchangeable rear elements allowing you to add a longer lasting battery. So, if you opt for an add-on battery then you will get 14 hours battery life instead of 8 hours which is preinstalled with the device.

Crisp Sound Experience: Again a first in the segment, the rear elements back of the device allows user to connect with integrated speaker within a protective tablet cover, it’s a special Asus made cover and really packs a punch when it comes to music. It’s not just loud as it has balance and element of 5.1 surround capabilities, apart from that it features the world’s first integration of DTS-HD Premium Sound, so watching movies on the tab is like a mini theatre experience, I also liked the smooth transactions and details of low key frequencies.

Wide Screen: Yes, the ZENTAB has a 72% wide screen-to-body ratio that’s bigger than most of the TAB in the market, which means a much better viewing experience at up-to 178 degree viewing angle.

Display: Pixels matter, how? WXGA 1280×800 high definition IPS panel display with anti-fingerprint coating. Why should you bother knowing about it? Well, it means you get very fine and smooth picture quality especially when you watch movies and while zooming photos for detail 😉

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Back Panel: I am impressed by the back panel, I have a Leather Black finish and I like the texture and feel of the same, it gives a better grip as well and look classy.

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ASUS Audio Cover: It’s basically a sound bar attached to a cover, so you don’t need extra sound bar to carry, saves space and looks sleek, as it’s all in the cover, so it does a dual job, smart isn’t it ! Asus Soundbar Back Cover.jpg

COMING BACK TO OTHER SPECIFICATIONS:

OPERATION SYSTEM
Android™ 5.0 Lollipop

CPU
Intel® Atom™ x3-C3230 processor (Quad-Core, 64-bit),
support 3D graphics

MEMORY
32bit single Channel LPDDR3 / 1GB/2GB RAM

STORAGE
• 8GB/16GB
• 5GB of ASUS WebStorage space for life; with an additional 11GB for the 1st year
• 100GB Google Drive space for 2 years

CAMERA
• Front Camera: 2MP, Large Aperture f/2.0, with 140 degree Selfie Panorama
• Rear Camera: 8MP/5MP Auto-Focus, Large Aperture f/2.0
• PixelMaster for up to 400% brighter photos & videos with Low Light mode, zero shutter lag (rear), IR filter, beautification, panorama, HDR, ZSL

DIMENSION
189 x 110.9 x 8.7 mm (LxHWxH)

WEIGHT
272g

USER INTERFACE
ASUS ZenUI 2.0 with over 1000+ software enhancement (What’s Next, ZenLink, Kids mode, ASUS Splendid, etc)

VIDEO
Playback: 1080P@ 30fps
Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, MKV, WEBM

NETWORK STANDARD
• WCDMA HSPA+
• 3G: WCDMA: 900/2100/850/1900
• 2G: EDGE/GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

Asus ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG Specification

Afterthought – Using it for a while:
I am quite happy and content with the performance of ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG, finally I found an alternative power packed with features and has the capability of true multitask besides being a TAB. I also got a portable keyboard to go along with the TAB, so now I don’t have issues about typing long draft/post on screen. Yes, finally a portable companion while I am on the go.

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Dont just Pay – PING PAY – Go Social By Axis Bank


What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of transferring some funds to your family, relatives, friends or office colleagues?

1) Go to bank and deposit cash/cheque transfer

2) Use Net banking, add beneficiary wait for a day for approval, and then transfer through NEFT

Anyways the above options works but not that effective when it comes to instant transfer, so to make things and life more simpler and fun Axis bank recently came up with a unique app named PING PAY, which is very social in nature and functionality, it gets connected with all your social accounts such as Facebook, whatsapp, twitter, google+ and many more and have them in your app list. Now you would ask yourself how it functions. How can i transfer or receive funds? SO on and forth, let me just share you some of the highlights of the app and how it does function:

 Before I start and explain you about the app, let me just tell you that this app “PING PAY” can be downloaded by anyone may it be Axis Bank Customers or non Axis Bank Customers, you will find out how it works in my briefs, to send and receive money, recharge both need to have the app on their respective devices to complete the process, mutual understanding I say :), though you shall require a Axis Bank account to send money and recharge or check your account balance. To receive funds you shall require linking your account with PING PAY app which is a simple process of providing your banks details, you can always add multiple accounts to it of different banks, so much for the versatile options in PING PAY.

 Let’s start off with registration process, it’s a simple 2 stage process in which:

1) You have to enter your mobile no. and accordingly you shall receive a confirmation code

2) Enter the confirmation code which you have received through SMS/Call and bingo you are good to start.

 After you are registration is done, the app will prompt to select social connects you want to activate and add in your list, some options of social connects will include: Whatsapp facebook, Twitter, email, SMS. Once you have activated the desired accounts a screen comes up prompting “Money”.

 So, what next? After the registration is done you can send money, receive money, send and receive recharges or simply know your Axis account details.

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A quick guide on how to send money through the Ping Pay interface,so once the registration is done you will get a while screen with a vivid pink button saying “Money”

1) All you have to do is press hold the button and drag it upwards towards the screen and you will see options popping up asking add friend and showing your recently sent connect details.

2) You can choose either of the options, if you select the add friend option, a side bar slides and show from which social account  you want to  choose the receiver of amount,

3) Once that is done you will see a screen that asks you to fill in the amount and confirms to whom you are sending the amount, to give it a social and fun twist you can add in dialogs pre feeded or type in with photos and voice record options as well,

4) Once all that jazz is done now the critical part, you have to set a PIN so that its secure and once you set the PIN you can either SMS or call the person and share that PIN, so that he can successfully do the transaction once he receives your LINK through PING PAY app, Ola money has been sent to the concern person, isn’t it simple!!

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 How to link your Axis Bank account with PING PAY app?

 Provide Internet Banking or Debt card details and you are ready to go, do those transactions!

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 How Receive Money through PING PAY:

1) As mentioned above the sender shall send you a link of the transaction and PIN code.

2) Once you open the link, you will be redirected to the app, if you have not downloaded the app it will prompt you to download it.

3) Then, once the app is open, in the notification panel you will have the feed of amount received and pending for approval (you must be thinking who will not accept money coming in right? But what if the amount is not satisfactory or over satisfactory, then you can proudly reject it).

4) Once you open the message, details of the transaction will be shown, after you approve the transaction, the app prompts you to select in which account you want the transfer to be deposited, isn’t that so convenient, I bet it is for me.

5) After you select the account, you have to enter the PIN (remember when the sender was completing his transaction he had to encrypt a secure PIN) and transaction completed.

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How to Ask Money through PING PAY, sounds interesting already!

1) All you have to do is press hold the button and drag it downwards towards the screen and you will see options popping up asking add friend and showing you’re recently sent connect details.

Note**: All the other options after point no.1 one is to be followed as per sending money details which is mention above, there won’t be any secure PIN option as no transaction is made and it is just a request.

Now if you are a NON Axis Bank customer using the app and you want to contact Axis Bank to open a account, then you can avail the option of sending a request for the same, just press hold the pink Money button and drag it upwards, a message will pop up saying you need to have a Axis Bank account to avail the services, and to open a account you have to press OK, a form comes up with basic details requires and they shall contact you with more details about the Bank.

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This post is about Digital Axis meet conducted by Axis Bank in association with BlogAdda.com 

Sony Mobile Xperia phones – Class Apart


When it comes to design, stability, usability, durability in mobile phones the first choice has to be Sony, Sony was amongst the first few manufacturers who started the mobile saga rage in the world! It has always been consistent with one aspect of ideology and that is customer satisfaction and to demostrate they have always come up with innovative and amazing design and built concepts, which have been game changer in the world of mobile spectrum manufacturing and design concept!

The recent Sony mobile range just proves the point, with a wide range of phones in the series, starting from budget phones with most loaded features in its segment to high end cutting edge technology phones which are class apart in the design and functional features!

Sharing a list of HOT buy phones from the Sony Xperia range:

BUDGET RANGE                 : Sony Xperia E, M and L Series

MID RANGE                        : Sony Xperia L and SP Series

HIGH RANGE                      : Sony Xperia Z Series

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Let me classify these phones series for better understanding:

Products Series Sony Xperia Z Series Sony Xperia L and SP Series E, M and L Series
Camera 13 MP Rear and 5 MP Front facing 8 MP Rear and 2 MP Front facing 5 MP Rear and VGA Front facing
Screen Range of 5 INCH to 5.5 INCH Full HD Range of 4.5 INCH to 5 INCH Full HD Range of 3.5 INCH  to 4.3 INCH
Processor Generally Quad Core Snap Dragon Processor Generally Dual Core Snap Dragon Processor Snap Dragon Processor with lower GHz slot
Memory Varies in the range of 16/32 GB internal storage capacity 8 GB internal storage capacity 4 GB internal storage capacity
Battery Range of around 3500 mAh battery Range Between 1750 to 2500 mAh battery Range Between 1500 to 1750 mAh battery
Features Sony Media Apps, Water proof, Dust resistant Sony Media Apps, LED Illusion Bar, Glove mode in some models Walkman, Xloud, Data Management

Redefining the Smart Phone – Zenfone 2


Life is moving at a very fast pace and we are experiencing a amazing galaxy of technology, specially mobile technology which is getting better and better, smarter, more efficient than ever before and what’s amazing is it keeps on evolving from time to time, innovation and a better consumer experience is what every mobile company competing for and it this list Asus is a major player in providing affordable, feature rich and stylish smart phones, in its current armor Asus has revealed the Asus Zenfone 2, which is comparatively with other phone it its segment a top notch, feature rich, stylish and user friendly experience.

Sharing my top 5 reasons why i feel Asus Zenfone 2 will redefine my smart phone experience:

1) Super RAM and processor – with a 64 BIT Quad Core processor of Intel Atom processor series and super 4 GB RAM DDR3 of dual channel inbuilt, web browsing, playing high configuration games like racing, fighting, strategic heavy multi player games shall be a super smooth experience, which in many smart phones we see these days have the tendency of lagging due to lower inbuilt RAM.

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2) Camera – Front and Rare: Considering the price range Asus is offering a 13 mega pixel rare with aperture of f/2.0 Camera Zenfone 2which is amazing with 4128 x 3096 pixels and 5 mega pixels front camera, auto focus and dual LED flash, that’s almost as good as a high end phone camera feature, compressed in this Asus Zenfone 2. So, now clicking pictures will be bliss with its 16 million colors 5 inch screen and 13 MP camera, one more cool feature is night photography, the camera has a booster to brighter the image by almost 400% at night with its pixel enhancing technology for capturing those amazing night clicks.

3) Design and Controls : The design if you see is a big curved, suiting a fair fit in the palm for that comfort of holding it for a longer time while we read, browse, play games, or simply text, besides that there is a key at the rare of the Asus Zenfone 2, which is perfect to take selfies, works as a volume rocker, i am totally loving this design factor because of the concept to keep the key in the center, that way it’s easy to navigate for both left handed or right handed person and it feels more natural fitting just right in the center!

Selfie Button on Zenfone 2

4) Super booster battery: Now, this is a revolution in mobile history, you can get the phone charged by 60% in 39 mins, that like a life savior when you are traveling and you want to watch movies, listen to music, check emails and browse the net, specially you have some important calls to make or maybe you require to have VoIP call on 3g which consumes lots of battery, the battery is comparatively more capable of charging faster with its BoostMaster technology.

5) A Unique feel of style with Color and design infuse patterns by the name of transfuse and illusion series:

WE know that these days phone are no longer bringing on the style statement really, same old solid colors, square body and a pretty flat 5 to 7 inch screen, so to change a vibe and get a classy yet stylish look Asus Zenfone 2 introduced the transfuse and illusion series, the color combination and those multi carat design is such form factor and a appealing design, you can check the image below and decide it for yourself!

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So these were my 5 reasons, which is convincing enough to change the smart phone experience in such a perky price range!

Image Courtesy: Asus

India’s E-Governance Dream with Digital India


India is a vast and developing country, it has the largest and fastest growing urban population in the world, it has never looked back or slowed down its urge to become a DEVELOPED country, there are many aspects to becoming a developed country, one of the major and ground breaking aspect in this age is E-Governance, providing government services, information and data accessible to every citizen of the country on cloud/in a click of a button through the form of Internet.

India is never far behind when it comes to Information Technology, we have some power pack organizations, institutes and individuals who have soar the skies with their vision and dedication to consistently mark India amongst world leaders in Information Technology.

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Talking about governance and making #DigitalIndia, recently our present Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi announced the vision of E-governance through its initiative “DIGITAL INDIA”. Thou it’s a mammoth task but if we have proper guidelines, a strong blue print of implementation this can are possible in the next 5 to 10 years to say the least.

Recently, Indiblogger in association Intel initiated a topic on E-governance and Digital India, as part of the initiative they told us to join in and voice our thoughts and opinion on how e-governance through technology can accelerate this vision of digital India. So as the prompt goes I am sharing my pointers and views on the same:

Let’s first understand what is E-governance?e_governance_icon

  • The processes and formation that includes all forms of electronic interaction and communication between the Government and the citizen.
  • It is a platform to provide electronic services to the public both public and Companies/enterprises.
  • Providing information about government plans and process, government level services, thou it is not just about information but also allowing citizens to actively participate, represent, encourage, suggest and consult with government electronically in a systematic way.

The government as we see hear and read about, clearly lacks:

  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Efficiently
  • And above all, the ever growing corruption at many administrative government levels.

Why the four pointers are in existence is due to weak vigilance team/Hawk-eye to track the insufficiency and curb the corrupt on a consistent level. Clearly E-governance will change many aspects if it surfaces in the coming times.

Let’s see how E-Governance will impact the citizen and enterprises in a better way:egovt-icon

  • There shall be more transparency in the system while delivering data, service and procedures of Govt policies.
  • Makes communication traceable and traceable between govt and citizen.
  • Greater access to information.
  • Creates a healthy competition between dept.
  • Get more precise and accurate answers to queries due to automation.
  • Enables unbiased audits for citizens and enterprises.

Why were we not thinking about E-Governance in the last decade or so?

  • We lacked framework.
  • We earlier didn’t have any citizen database across states and central government.
  • No standard of secure E-governance structure.
  • Lack high end data structures to fulfill the required free flow of data and storage for collaboration, interactions.
  • Due to majority of illiteracy in rural India and lack of awareness means very limited interactions is observed.
  • As a result no output/suggestion received to better the system.

How can E-Governance / #digitalIndia be implemented in INDIA?456498

  • Analysis within govt dept, outsourcing software and layout structure, easy stage wise training programs.
  • A sound, clear political leadership and detail oriented management.
  • Simplify process by setting clear goals.
  • Stage wise progress, starting implementing in phase to know flaws and redesign accordingly to achieve desired results.

Some initial Projects for E-governance:

  • The digitalized Gujarat Module which includes “Tax collection State Border Check Posts”
  • Aadhaar Card.
  • A digital governance service called Twitter Samvad under Digital India initiative that sends curated tweets from government agencies and accounts of leaders to users through SMS who registered for the services.

BANNER INTEL DIGITALINDIA

Companies like Intel India are committed to help initiate programs like apps launch for digital literacy and off-line learning programs which shall enable a custom made gen next brigade of IT literates from rural and urban part of India an Initiative named Digital Skills of India which shall harness the culture and man power required in the near future to make #DigitalIndia initiative a reality.