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Around the Web: Android Phones to Suit Your Pocket

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Considering the number of Android phones out in the market now, deciding on one to get would mean a lot of research based on individual preferences which include size, added features, brand names….and for a great number of people, price.
It is important to note that not all Android phones are Google certified. The difference being that the Google certified Android devices have passed certain Google device tests and have “official permission” from Google to carry the Google brand, basically one could say the certified devices have the Android operating system running on them and also Google apps which include gmail, google+, youtube, Hangouts(Gtalk), Google Now, Maps, Google Translate and most importantly the Play Store, where you purchase and download apps. Brands in this category include Samsung, LG, Motorola, Acer, Benq, Sony Xperia, HTC, Techno, Infinix, Huawei e.t.c

While the “uncertified” devices only carry the Android operating system and preinstalled/Factory installed applications, It is not impossible to find some “uncertified devices with the Google apps installed on them, nor is it impossible to actually buy an uncertified device and modify the installation oneself, but that would take some technical know-how and most times the applications are unstable because the hardware on the device does not meet certain requirements to run those apps. Most “China” Android phones fall in this category other newly sprouting brand is ‘Be-Social’.
That being said, we don’t have the luxury to walk in a store and pick up a contract line that comes with a high end smartphone making it “affordable” so we end up having to break the bank to purchase the smartphone at its retail price. This makes it extremely difficult to get the phones we “want” and eventually, we end up with the phones we can “afford”.
Based on that here’s a list of “affordable” devices that aren’t exactly at par with the high end devices, but would give any of those said devices a run for their money and also have the same or seemingly close to the generic functionality of the high end devices.
  • Techno Q1 – price ranges from N15,500 to N19,000
Tecno Q1 is an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Dual SIM smartphone with complete Qwerty keyboard, 2.6-inch capacitive touch screen, speedy 3.5G connections and a 5 mega-pixel camera with LED flash. The Q1 also comes pre-loaded with Whatsapp, GMail and over 600,000 apps available for download at the Google Play Store.
The Tecno Q1 features a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM, which will offer a decent performance considering the price. It is loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich, which is great considering that the older Gingerbread appears to be the standard for most Android phones in its price point.
Tecno Q1 has a rear 5 megapixels camera with flash and a 0.3 megapixels front facing camera.
  • Techno N7 – price ranges from N27,500 to N31,000
Tecno N7 is a dual-SIM Android 4.0 OS powered smartphone with a large and responsive 5.0″ capacitive touch screen display with 1.2GHz Dual-core Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon S4 Processor and 512MB RAM. A 5-Mega pixel main back camera with flash. It supports MicroSD up to 32GB comes supplied with a 8GB card.
  • Techno Phantom A (F7) –  price ranges from N34,500 to N36,500
The Tecno Phantom A, also known as Tecno F7, is a stylish 5.0 HD touchscreen and dual-SIM smartphone. It features a 1.0 GHz dual-core Processor and 1GB RAM, 9.1MM super Slim Body, expandable microSD (up to 32GB), 8.0 megapixel Back camera with flash, 1.2 megapixel front camera and has the Android 4.1 OS Jelly Bean operating system upgradable to 4.2.2.
  • Infinix Race Bolt – price ranges from N26,000 to N28,000
Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream, this device features a 4.0” high resolution display, 1.2GHZ Dual Core CPU and also 512MB of RAM, a 8.0MP back camera with flash and 0.3MP front facing camera, the standard connectivity options Wifi, Wifi hotspot, GPS, AGPS, USB and Bluetooth. Its a dual sim phone like all the others where one sim serves for data and the other is just for voice calls.
  • Infinix Race Eagle – price ranges from N31,000 to N34,000
The sides of the Infinix Race Eagle are lined with a glossy silver strip with a flat front. The back is mostly flat but slightly curved at the edges, with the camera bulging out slightly. The Infinix Race Eagle has a 5.0” capacitative touch screen with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels.
It has the usual connectivity options WiFi, WiFi hotspot, GPS, and Bluetooth, It also has built-in sensors (G-sensor, proximity sensor, and light sensor).
The phone is preloaded with Google Maps, an FM radio, Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo, and other applications for everyday use. With a 1.3MP front facing camera and 8MP rear facing camera, this phone easily tops the list performance ad feature wise, one draw back though, its not entirely easy to handle for people with small hands.
  • LG Optimus L5 II Dual –  price ranges from N18,000 to N22,000
Smaller than the previously mentioned phones, the LG Optimus L3 II Dual has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3.15MP camera, dual-SIM, and fast 3G Internet data service enabled on one sim. Also running Android 4.0, It features a 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM, standard connectivity options –  WiFi, WiFi hotspot, GPS, and Bluetooth.  A single 5MP rear facing camera without flash.
  • HTC Desire C – price ranges from N24,500 to N26,500
With a 600MHz processor and 512MB RAM the HTC Desire C does not stand out performance wise, but what it lacks in performance it makes up for in application storage space much larger than other devices in the same category and also sporting authentic sounds brought to you by Beats Audio™. Running Android 4.0 on a 3.5” inch screen with HTC Sense 4, the HTC Desire C is relatively smaller but quite catching to the eye almost feminine. Expandable storage with the MicroSD up to 32GB and 4GB  internal storage the HTC Desire C sits strongly as a favourite in the “Affordable” bracket.

There you have it, the top most popular “affordable” Android phones in the market, now its up to you to decide which suits you the most.

By Ayoola Ilesanmi 30. July. 2013
Via @9jeducation  WWW.blog.9jeducation.org
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Weekend Playlist

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Hello nerds and nerdesses, welcome to The Osai Effect.

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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

 

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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

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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And that’s it from us folks. Goodnight.

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App of the Week

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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?

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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.

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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……….

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And that’s it from us folks, goodnight!

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Game of the Week

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Hello nerds and nerdesses, welcome to The Osai Effect.

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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.

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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.

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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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Weekend Playlist

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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).
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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And that’s it folks! Thanks for reading.
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5 Must Have Android Apps

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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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The Osai Effect Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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