Hello nerds and nerdesses, welcome to The Osai Effect.
This week was a bit hectic and tiresome what with so many projects on hand. Nevertheless, we had you in mind throughout and here we are today 😉
Without further gist let’s get to it!
Choosing tracks for this week was really difficult as there were so many tracks we wanted to add and so many tracks we love. Well, at number 5 we have this spanking new Nigerian track which we must say surprised the living daylight out of us as the deviation from his regular style was really much. We present to you: Jasi by Banky W!
Download from dindindara: http://goo.gl/uPjLi7
At number 4 we have another beautiful Nigerian track albeit old. A great afrobeat song and wonderful lyrics and voice. We just couldn’t stop jamming to this track all week long and we know you will too. We give you: Repete by Blackmagic!
Watch on YouTube: http://goo.gl/UQYIfN
At number 3 we just happen to have another Nigerian track by our own (for now) favourite rapper! He is none other than Phyno the Ghost Mode crooner. At number 3 we have Man of the Year (Obago) – Phyno! (Did we mention that the video is awesome too?)
Watch on YouTube: http://goo.gl/mrYzUz
This track is epic. When we heard it on the radio we were already grooving to it haha. This wonderful Acid Jazz song by South African band Mi Casa is at number 2 on the Weekend Playlist! Jika – Mi Casa
Watch on YouTube: http://goo.gl/ni1Zvw
And finally at our number 1 spot, we have an old song that we’re pretty sure is pretty unknown. We have this wonderful House/Techno track from Canadian Producer Deadmau5 and Rob Swire (One of the top ten DJs in the world). We loved the Original and Album versions and this song has one of the most hilarious videos of all time 😀
We present to you: Ghosts N Stuff (Feat Rob Swire) (Album Version) – Deadmau5
Watch on YouTube: http://goo.gl/mUjFqA
And that’s it from us folks. Goodnight.
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Hello nerds and nerdesses, welcome to The Osai Effect!
This week we decided to have a lil fun with our apps. I mean life is too serious already, the internet should add colour to it don’t ya think?
This week, we have a funny lil app called Tune Me. Pretty sure you can guess what it does already 😀 Tune Me is an app that let’s you autotune your voice and add various effects. The Tuned Voice can be added to a default beat or any mp3 of choice once the Premium version is unlocked.
Tune Me provides a platform for you to have fun in a creative, not-too-restricted way and also to share with friends. We would have put up our project here but……….
And that’s it from us folks, goodnight!
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Hello nerds and nerdesses, welcome to The Osai Effect.
The Play Store has been really dry but luckily we have just the right thing to get you through the weekend. Games of the Week are not what we may call ‘engrossing’ games because they are all APKs under 100Mb and as a rule, the larger the game, the better it is. Games of the week are in the category of ‘engaging’ but we won’t give our word for it haha.
Well, without further gist, shall we proceed?
This week we have Trial Xtreme 3. A Trial bike stunts game. TX3 Is a very engaging game which tests your biking and obstacle dodging skills. Some of the courses were really difficult haha.
We like the graphics and the add-ons and the smooth intuitive gameplay. The fact that the rider and his bike are customizable and there is a wide array of tracks/courses to select from.
We dislike that you have to fork out several dollars to unlock a number of the tracks/courses and apparel.
But all in all, TX3 is a good game. We rate 7/10
Download from the Play Store: http://goo.gl/hDw0FF
And that’s it folks, Sara bada!
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Hello nerds and nerdesses, welcome to The Osai Effect!
We had a really exciting week and we live in anticipation for the general Android version of the Samsung Galaxy Gear ^_^. Oh and we hope to get a device that rocks Kit Kat ASAP.
Well, without further ado, let us launch into the Weekend Playlist (as that is probably why you are here haha).
At number 5 this week we have a rare Trance song from a phenomenal South African DJ. When we first saw this song on Mtv, we were positively wowed. We give you: Spin My World Around (Feat the Arrows) – DJ Kent.
Watch on YouTube! http://goo.gl/4bjv8x
Breaking into our number 4 spot this week, we have a collaboration between two great Nigerian acts, Efa and Praiz. The first time we heard Praiz (while listening to Epic – MI) we thought he was John Legend haha. Nevertheless a beautiful musician, we present this beautiful RnB song: Over You (Feat Praiz) – Efa
Watch on YouTube! http://goo.gl/0V9NB7
The Top Three 😀 Ok, this song should have been on our playlist last week but it is breaking in this week. We give you a track by a producer cum artiste who has produced for a number of stars; this beautiful song with a controversial video haha (trust Nigerians), *in the cowboy from Real Steel’s accent * we give y’all: La La La (Feat Sam Smith) by Naughty Boy
Watch on YouTube! http://goo.gl/lQRrvC
At number 2 we have one of our favourite artiste/DJ’s song. We discovered the video on YouTube and the audio was sure to follow. We give ya I Need Your Love (Feat Ellie Goulding) – Calvin Harris
Watch on YouTube! http://goo.gl/xl7dvv
And finally at the top of the list today *i should have bought you flowers…..* is a great RnB/Soul singer with a lovely song and Ol’ Skool video. This is Bruno Mars with Treasure!
Watch on YouTube! http://goo.gl/UPxb2b
And that’s it folks! Thanks for reading.
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Hello Nerds and Nerdesses, how are y’all doing?
Today we’re gonna drop a list of our top five apps of October (this doesnt mean the apps were released in October). The apps in this list came in handy most and we encourage every technophobe to download them! Without further ado, straight to the list!
Our number 5 app is One Mobile Market. OMM came in handy when we could not find some particular apps on Google Play or when Play was misbehaving. OMM is also a very wonderful app as it offers some apps we don’t see on Play and the ‘editor’s choise’ is divided into three sections which makes it fun as we have a lot of apps and games to select from. One Mobile Market at number 5!
Our number 4 app is Tube Mate YouTube downloader. Now this app is awesome! It is really annoying when all we can do is watch videos on YouTube and not download them (all these white folks don’t know that our data is expensive abi? I pray MTN should go there). TubeMate solves that problem as it can download the videos in three qualities that you can choose from (720p for super HD and 380p for regular HD). TubeMate at number 4!
Our number 3 app is VLC media player! Yes we know VLC is popular already but there are still a number of us who do not have it. VLC lets you play file types that stock video players cannot open like mkv, m4a, vob, mov, wmv etc. Here is VLC at number 4!
Our number 2 app is Quickteller! Quickteller is a financial app that lets you recharge, transfer funds, check balance and pay bills all from the comfort of your phone! It may be a bit tricky to use if one is not used to financial apps but once you get the hang of it, it sure is awesome. The trick is to activate your Verve card so as to remove restrictions and voila! NB: Quickteller does not work with MasterCard or VISA so GTB and Unity Bank users may want to get alternate cards.
Quickteller at number 2!
And finally our number 1 app is Flash Share! Flash Share is just awesome! When people were struggling to download BBM, we just sent it from a Samsung device through FS! We sent the World War Z file of 1Gb in a matter of seconds with FS! FS does not use any data and it is literally lightning fast! Flash Share works across brands viz Samsung to Tecno, Tecno to Infinix, Infinix to Sony etc. Oh and you can send files to multiple people simultaneously! Flash Share at number 1!
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is arguably the best phone in the world at the moment. Although it has been around for most of the year, sales are still very high and more people are getting their own ‘Life Companions’. The S4 boasts of an i3 2.2Ghz processor, multiple sensors, Gorilla Glass II Screen, Android 4.2 Jellybean OS, 13.0MP rear facing camera and 5MP front-facing camera, 3.8V Li-ion battery, 4G, EDGE, Wifi, Wifi Hotspot, NFC, S Beam, Wifi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0, 16Gb inbuilt memory which is expandable to 32Gb with an SD Card, and of course the various S-packages.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is built for ease-of-access and integration (something Windows Phones are trying to do and failing); it brings everything we need to one place and makes usage so easy that we can do so much without even touching our screen. The ‘Air Gestures’ features allow us to scroll through webpages or emails by just tilting the device up or down or simply looking at the sensor and then looking down or up as the case may be. We are able to view scenes of videos without actually fast-forwarding or rewinding them (useful if you are looking for that awesome fight scene in the Matrix :D), pick up calls by waving at the screen or simply bringing it close to our ears! (Pure awesomeness I tell you!) Air Gestures also allows us to check notifications (also without touching the screen) and the Google voice typing feature takes the S4 to a whole new level. Air Gestures was very useful when our hands were wet or when we finished Mama Ngozi’s Egusi Soup 😀 Needless to say, it makes the S4 so much more fun than anything we have ever handled and it gives simplicity a whole new dimension. The only downside of Air Gestures and using the various sensors is battery life; these features will suck your battery dry and you will have to charge it every now and again which is a buzz kill really.
The screen quality of the S4 is unrealistically crisp and clear (it makes Lumias look lame). Taking pictures, recording videos or playing games, the S4 delivers. The picture quality is excellent in all lighting conditions and the HD videos are awesome as well whether captured on the device or downloaded online. Gaming on the S4 is excellent as the RAM and graphics card make even basic games like Temple Run look and feel so awesome. The wide screen and the silky smooth way it feels under our fingers makes the gaming experience altogether wonderful. No sore thumbs or screen burns! NOTE: To take a screenshot, simply swipe the width of the screen with the side of your hand, making sure your fingers slide over the sensors.
The music player is also very good, with reasonable volume levels and various other packages. The music player has a sound adaptability feature for earphones; this feature fine-tunes music to suit the way your ears pick up sound. It also has the Music Square feature which arranges music to suit our moods (we really do not understand how this works but so far it has been good). The video player is also cool but there were no new features that freaked us out; of course VLC Media Player is installable and there are other options on the play store.
The Galaxy S4 is fast! It eats webpages up for breakfast and spits out their bones for lunch. The stock browser is faster than Chrome on most other devices and Chrome on the S4 offers the experience of surfing the web in a whole new way. Download speeds reached 500-600 kb/s with MTN 3G and was in the same vicinity when we used wifi. Opera and Skyfire also worked well and reached laudable speeds with the S4; while Chrome is still our favourite browser, Opera did exceed our expectations on this device. App sync speed is also lightning fast; our Instagram and Google+ Photos and Facebook pages refreshed very fast and the tweet refresh speed was also very neat. All these come at the cost of data though; the S4 eats data really fast and the only plan that could meet our needs for a month was the Etisalat 1.5Gb plan which is a tad expensive at N4, 000. The speed of sharing through Bluetooth and Flashshare was also very good and the S4 synced very well with all our unorthodox apps whose names shall not be named 😀 Flipboard and the weather forecast services and apps were also very accurate although they were not able to pinpoint our location accurately. Google Maps & Navigation and Earth and the general GPS are unreasonably accurate and we were able to see the buildings where people sent out tweets from when they used the Geotagging feature. Augmented Reality apps also did well on the S4 although we blame some of their faults on some networks everywhere you go who will not be named. Calling and reception quality with GSM was very good and we were able to conference and multitask reasonably well. Skyping and Line were also lovely and the image quality was really great.
The S4 comes with a load of other features which we have not found time to use or have not really enjoyed or are constrained by carrier issues. All in all, we love the S4 as it is a very well rounded phone. The S4 could do everything realistic that we thought of (and more) and did them very well. The feel of the phone, the awesome keyboard, the otherworldly camera quality, the speed and the special features all make the S4 the king of the mobile phone market for now, not to mention that at N94, 000 it is cheaper than a lot of devices in its class. It comes with a 12 month warranty and a special screen repair warranty which lets you take you device to the Samsung Service centre for fixing should your screen get broken (at no extra cost).
Although we love the S4 and feel it is a great buy when compared to other high-end devices, we feel that it is a bit over-priced at N94, 000. At N50, 000 – N70, 0000, we believe the S4 would be truly valued as we cannot see why we should pay so much for Air Gestures and a lot of other features we would never use or use nearly enough to warrant such prices. Economically, we do not believe it is wise to get the S4 at N94, 000, but strictly speaking it is a damn good device and one anyone would appreciate.
We do hope this review helped some of us out there to make a choice; we would love to know what you think about this article, holla at us in the comment box on what you think about the S4 and if there is a special device you would love us to review. See you next time, nerds and nerdesses!
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Hello nerds and nerdesses and potential gadget buyers, welcome to The Osai Effect. Tonight we are finally reviewing the Tecno Phantom Pad which has been in the market for just around six weeks.
The Tecno Phantom Pad runs on Android Jellybean OS (4.2) and boasts of a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with an 8 inch capacitive touchscreen. The Phantom Pad sits quite well on the hand although it may be a little slippery; however it comes with a smart case which makes up for the not-so-awesome grip.
It possesses a 5MP rear-facing camera (without a flash I must say) which produces just about basic pictures and was frankly disappointing; it has a 2MP front-facing camera which can be used to take ‘selfies’ and can be used with apps such as Skype and Line. The 8-inch screen makes for awesome quality high-res images and quite frankly exceeded our expectations.
Gaming on the Phantom Pad is smooth and fun although the graphics card is a bit poor and some games may look tacky or basic. Temple Run 2, Subway Surfer, Highway Rider, Spartan Wars, NFS: Shift and a few other games we tested ran superbly when we got over the not-so-awesome graphics.
Browsing on the Phantom Pad is first class! It blows through sites in a matter of microseconds with MTN 3G. The default browser is good enough for basic surfing and is really quite good generally. The speed further improved when we used Chrome and Skyfire although Opera was slower than the stock browser. Message delivery speed and connectivity are also lightning fast on Whatsapp, Line, Twitter and Facebook apps. Image refresh rate and general speed of loading were pretty neat on the Instagram and Google+ Images apps and websites. When tested with Wifi, the speed was totally unrealistic and we have to say the Phantom Pad is fast!
The music player is really wack though; there are no dedicated keys for skipping tracks and the search function was pretty difficult to find. This means that if you have 2,754 songs like we have on our memory card, you are in for a long thing. The headset equalizers are pretty nice but too focused on bass boost and certain songs sound really weird and uncool. There is no voice control in the music app and this is another turn-off for us. Some of these issues can be corrected by downloading and installing VLC media player which we are sure a number of us are familiar with.
The video player is considerably better than the music player. We can fast-forward, rewind, skip, and take screenshots from the comfort of the initial screen. VLC also helps with some of its flaws as well.
Bluetooth connectivity is pretty neat with Bluetooth 3.0; Flashshare also comes as an optional app which can be installed with the Assistant. Making and Receiving calls (which we did exclusively with the stock earbuds) are also simple and easy to use. The calls come across really clear on our MTN network and we are able to conference quite simply. The is no voice control here either which sucks 😦
The battery life of the Phantom Pad is also unrealistic as all Tecno devices are. We found out that we could use our Phantom Pad for 8-12 hours when fully charged and optimized for longer battery life. Tecno boasts of 800 hours standby time (we will take their word on that ha-ha) and 13 hours talk-time but we are yet to verify those stats for obvious reasons 😀
The Phantom Pad comes with the Android Keyboard set to default but there is also the option to install Go Keyboard (which is pretty neat) and to download SwiftKey from the Play Store or One Mobile Market. Voice Typing with the Android Keyboard is also pretty accurate (although it could not get my name right no matter how many times or how hard I tried 😦 ) and is a welcome relief from having to type with our fingers all the time. The Voice Search option is also pretty cool and fun to use as well.
Wifi Hotspot, Bluetooth and USB tethering worked reasonably well although we were expecting much more from the Pad. We really loved the sensor as it orients to any way you hold the device (even upside-down). The GPS is also first class; we were able to go from Challenge District, Ibadan to Apata Market, Ibadan (about 5km) without hitches and it was accurate up to the point of traffic and landmarks and there was very little lag when our connection acted up. This was of course using Google Navigation app which comes pre-installed on the Pad.
Synchronization with Google and other accounts is also first class on the Phantom Pad. The Pad has no screenshot button but screenshots can be taken by holding down the power and volume-down key simultaneously.
Downloading apps OTA (Over the Air) is quite bad as most sites were unable to read our device type and we ended up downloading incompatible apps with our precious ‘MB’. This problem can be solved by downloading all apps from Play Store and One Mobile Market and we are sure the situation will improve as more people pick up the pad.
Generally, the Phantom Pad is an awesome device and really is worth its price. At a retail price of N36, 000 we can more than say it gives absolute value for your money. We cannot vouch for the hardware as of yet as we have just been using ours for about 3 weeks but we will make updates to our reviews in time. We did find a huge glitch in the programming of the Pad and we can only hope our particular devices (yes, two) were defective. Your Pad may become unresponsive if you swipe your screen in any direction other than the down-direction when an alarm is blaring.
To be safe, we would advise us not to use the alarm function. We were only able to get another device because of the warranty which governs the usage of all Tecno phones. It would be wise therefore for us to get our Phantom Pads from only authorized dealers and outlets.
We do hope you were enlightened by this review. Do leave your comments in the comment box below.
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