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Coolpad Mega 5A review: Low price but that is all

first_imgCoolpad may not be a brand as recognised as Xiaomi but it’s also not a newbie. The China-based smartphone maker entered India a few years ago and it already has a bunch of decent pocket-friendly phones in its product lineup. Most Coolpad phones are priced under Rs 10,000 tag and the latest addition to the list is the Coolpad Mega 5A. Coolpad launched the Mega 5A in September this year at a price of Rs 6,999. The Mega 5A comes in only one variant, which has 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.With the Mega 5A, Coolpad takes an aim at offline buyers. This is smart. Most of the good phones in this price range — the Redmi 5A, the Redmi 6A, the Honor 7S — are only available online and that too rarely, because of low stock issues. To succeed, all that the Mega 5A has to do is be a decent phone. But is it?Unfortunately not. I used the Coolpad Mega 5A for a few weeks and found in some areas is a decent phone, but in most of the crucial aspects it disappoints. But more on that later, for now a quick look at the phone and its feature set:– The Mega 5A comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display that has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.– The Mega 5A uses Spreadtrum SC9850K quad-core processor that runs at 1.3GHz.– It runs Android 8.1 Oreo software and comes with features like split screen, which allows two apps to be run side by side.advertisement– The Mega 5A sports a dual-camera setup on the rear and single cam on the front. The dual-cameras setup is definitely the first in this price range. The primary camera uses 8-megapixel sensor, paired with a separate lens that has a 0.3-megapixel sensor. On the front there is a 5-megapixel camera.– The phone comes with a 2500mAh battery, which Coolpad claims can deliver one day of battery backup.Looks good, bright displaySo, more about the phone now. Coolpad does a good job with the design of the Mega 5A. In fact, I feel it is one of the best looking smartphones available in the market at this price point, thanks to the metal used in it. The mid-frame of the smartphone is made of metal, and that enhances the looks, even as it also makes the phone slightly heavier relative to its size. The back cover is made of plastic and is thin and fragile. I often feared breaking it in the process of removing it to insert SIM cards and battery. But, keeping aside some of these bits, overall, I feel the Mega 5A is a compact phone and usable with one hand, looks good, and has build quality that is neither worse than what you get otherwise in phone in this price range nor better. One of the things that Coolpad highlights about the phone is its display. It calls the Mega 5A screen “great”. That is hyperbole, but if not great I do find it good. It is bright enough to display text legibly under blazing sunlight. Keeping brightness level around 40 per cent inside a room works perfectly fine for me. Under bright sunlight, around 70 to 80 per cent works best. It’s same when you want to watch a nice video or play something like Subway Surfer, bump up the brightness a little. The Mega 5A isn’t one of the best phones to watch videos or play games though, but it’s not bad either. It gets the work done. The viewing angles could have been better. I also like that the touch response of the Mega 5A screen is smooth and there doesn’t seem to be any discernible touch lag.Not for the gamers or multitaskersThe screen is where the good bits end. It’s the performance where the Mega 5A struggles. Not that I expect a powerhouse of a phone at this price bracket, but even for basic tasks the Mega 5A struggles. There is lag when you switch between open apps. It takes some time when moving from one app to another. If you have too many apps open, the phone becomes sluggish. Scrolling in apps like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp shows lags.Even for basic tasks the Mega 5A strugglesThe poor performance is a problem even when you want to play some games on the device. Forget the graphics-heavy games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, the Mega 5A struggles with Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2. Clearly, if you game a lot there are better phones like the Redmi 5A and the Honor 7S in the market for you.advertisement The Mega 5A comes with both face unlock support and fingerprint sensor, which is placed right under the rear camera setup. These are features that are rarely seen on phones under Rs 7,000. We should credit Coolpad for putting them in Mega 5A but I wish they were fast. Both the face unlock and fingerprint sensor are extremely slow at unlocking the phone. I mostly had to rely on unlocking the phone by entering the PIN or using the pattern.Battery life is decent with this phone. The Mega 5A lasts around 10 hours, which is pretty decent for a phone that comes with a smallish 2500mAh battery. There is no fast charging in this phone, but then at this price point you shouldn’t also expect it.Cameras mostly missThere is lots of hardware. There is not enough good performance to justify it. Coolpad has put a dual-camera setup on the Mega 5A. But I wish it had one single, but decent, camera. Both the front and rear cameras of the Coolpad Mega 5A failed to impress me. Whether it is daylight or tricky lighting scene — for example dusk — the cameras of Mega 5A click uninspiring and bland photos that lack details and have dull colours. It was rare that the Mega 5A clicked picture I felt like sharing on Instagram or Facebook.IMAGE SAMPLESBoth the rear and front cameras take a lot of time to focus on the object. It gets frustrating at times. Most pictures clicked with the Coolpad Mega 5A, including selfies, looked washed out. Both the front and back cameras come with portrait mode support, but they that is mostly on paper because in practice the results are poor. Pictures clicked in the portrait mode don’t have a background that you can call “blurred”. There is almost no bokeh. The Mega 5A allows users to adjust the amount of bokeh after the picture has been clicked — the iPhone Xs too has this feature — but it doesn’t work properly in this phone. It hardly changes anything about the photo. The Mega 5A camera comes packed with several features like manual mode that lets users control exposure, ISO, white balance, contrast, saturation, and brightness as per their need. The selfie camera comes with a beautify mode which smoothens the skin and makes it look unnatural. But just like other features, these are features mostly to check boxes. They don’t work all that well.Should you buy the Coolpad Mega 5A?Design is okay, screen more than okay and camera performance of the Mega 5A is something I can forgive and forget. The software too is good, as it is based on Android 8 and battery life is decent. But the performance issues mean the Mega 5A is not a phone that can be recommended.The Coolpad Mega 5A comes with a price tag of Rs 6,999. At this price point there are better options available. May be you can try your luck and attempt buying the Redmi 6A. Or get the Honor 7A. Or may be pick a phone like 10.or E or 10.or G. The Mega 5A could have been a decent phone but unfortunately lets down by its performance.advertisementCoolpad Mega 5A review6/10ProsDesignBatterySoftwareConsPerformanceCameraslast_img read more

Melanie Hansche Takes Over Organic Life as EditorinChief

first_imgThe short search for Rodale’s Organic Life’s new editor-in-chief is over. Melanie Hansche has been promoted to the role, effective immediately. Hansche joined Rodale in 2014 as its executive director of food content and strategy. Under her guidance the company reimagined several of its food products, including the Rodale Recipe Finder and the Rodale Test Kitchen. Before Rodale, Hanche’s career highlights include: serving as editor at donna hay magazine in Australia; editing several bestselling cookbooks for Donna Hay; and serving as a food critic and writer for several publications. “Melanie is a strong leader with a keen eye for vibrant design and compelling content,” says Chairman and CEO Maria Rodale in a statement shared with min. “Having worked very closely with her on my upcoming cookbook, Scratch, I am confident her inspiring vision and understanding of theRodale’s Organic Life audience will enable her to take this brand to new heights.”  The promotion doesn’t come as a surprise since Hanche was serving as interim editor-in-chief after James Oseland left the company back in March to pursue a book and other endeavors. Oseland led the relaunch of ROL last year, after it rebranded from the original company flagship, Organic Gardening. Hansche indicates in a statement that, for now, her objective is to focus on the brand’s existing strengths. “I’m looking forward to working with the team to bring our audience compelling, clever and sassy content in the organic space that’s practical, fun and a little forgiving—meeting them at whatever stage of their organic journey they might be on—fat, sugar and bacon included!”last_img read more

India Pins Hopes on Budget 2015 Will it be the Harbinger of

first_imgThe year 2015 will see the Narendra Modi government bring in major reforms in micro- and macro-economic sectors, which would reflect in the Sensex and the GDP growth numbers.Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2015/16 would address the reforms needed.In 2014, the Sensex rallied 30%, even as overall economic growth remained rather subdued. A woman speaks on her phone as she walks past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai.ReutersThe reform push and investments in infrastructure will give a massive fillip to the valuations of companies — ranging from construction, cement and steel to those dealing with housing and finance.Modi emerged onto the national scene in 2014 with a promise to deliver collective growth and has been instrumental in structuring the necessary reforms to act as a base for further reforms.India and the world are looking at Budget 2015 as the harbinger of growth. India has perennially been promising, but has rarely had the chance to deliver on those promises. The budget would also act as an indicator of future growth planning.However, alongside the focus on reforms, another crucial area that needs immediate attention is revenue leak. India struggles to achieve direct and indirect tax targets. The fall in collection of projected revenue exerts severe pressure on the fiscal deficit.Even as Modi government gears up for an improved retail spending, it needs to concentrate on bringing in the section of the population that has historically paid an un-proportionately lower tax.Jaitley has reinforced his commitment to working towards a non-adversarial tax regime, for the corporate sector. Experts expect the bourses to go up by about 15-20%, as the fundamentals get stronger. Since October, the government has gone ahead with reforms on incremental basis; the diesel price deregulation, the auction of coal blocks, etc, with the economic growth remaining muted.The quarters October to December 2014 and current quarter January to March 2015 would see tepid growth numbers, with the momentum unlikely to gain pace on the back of stalled investments, keeping resources locked up. However, the momentum is expected to receive a boost post-Budget, says an HSBC report. ReutersThe bank expects growth to pick up in 2015-16 and 2016-17, fuelled by the revival in investment and increased reforms. It expects the economy to expand by 5.9% in the current quarter.In 2015, the Goods and Services Tax Bill, Land Acquisition Bill, Insurance Bill and the Coal Ordinance will be tabled in the Parliament. The passage of the Bills is critical for the Indian economy. The Winter Session of the Parliament was a complete washout, with the Opposition managing to scuttle the entire session over the reconversion issue.UBS head of India research Gautam Chhaochharia expects 2015 to also be the year where macro- and micro-economic data matters more for the markets. He expects the reforms to be rolled out over the next three- to six-month period, with at least the major ones the market has been banking on, read Economic Times.The Market index acts as an indicator of economic growth, reflecting the economic growth in positive returns, and therefore the stock constituting the index.last_img read more

Primary school head teacher found dead

first_imgThe head teacher of a Government Primary School was found dead in Dumuria village of Adamdighi upazila of Bogura district on Friday morning.The deceased is Abdur Rashid, 50, head teacher of Dumuria Government Primary School and a resident of the village.Local people found the body of Abdur Rashid one kilometre away from his residence around 8:00am and informed police.On Information, police recovered the body and sent it to a local hospital morgue for an autopsy.Police said the body bore several stabbing marks.Quoting his family members, police said Abdur Rashid came out of his house around 10:00pm on Thursday for feeding fish at his pond and went missing.last_img read more

Sleeping beside your baby can cause cot death

first_imgNew-born babies should be put to bed in the same bedroom as their parents but not on the same bed for the first year of their life. They should be laid on a separate surface or a crib as this may help avoid cot death among infants, researchers have suggested.“Parents should never place the baby on a sofa, couch, or cushioned chair, either alone or sleeping with another person. These surfaces are extremely hazardous,” said lead author Rachel Moon from the University of Virginia in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death or crib death, is the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age. “We know that parents may be overwhelmed with a new baby in the home, and we want to provide them with clear and simple guidance on how and where to put their infant to sleep,” Moon added, in a new policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.Explaining how to create a safe sleep environment for babies, child health experts recommended skin-to-skin care regardless of feeding or delivery method, immediately following birth for at least an hour as soon as the mother is medically stable and awake. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile infants are at heightened risk for SIDS between the ages one and four months, new evidence shows that soft bedding continues to pose hazards to babies who are four months and older.Thus, after feeding, parents should move the baby to his or her separate sleeping space, preferably a crib or bassinet in the parents’ bedroom. “There should be no pillows, sheets, blankets or other items that could obstruct the infant’s breathing or cause overheating,” noted Lori Feldman-Winter, Professor at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey, US. “If you are feeding your baby and think that there’s even the slightest possibility that you may fall asleep, feed your baby on your bed, rather than a sofa or cushioned chair,” Feldman-Winter suggested in the report published online in the journal Pediatrics.last_img read more

The Good the Bad and the Careless Insider Behaviors That Cause Data

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Data leaks by insiders are a growing threat to confidential customer and employee records, financial files and intellectual property. So what are the three employee behavior patterns around data security to watch out for? How much will it cost to clear up the damage of a leak? Will your business survive it? We’ve put together the answers at-a-glance in this infographic.Related: 5 Ways Your Employees Are Unintentionally Sabotaging Your Data SecurityRelated Offer: Save 25 percent on ESET multi-device pack and enjoy security and privacy online. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now December 10, 2016last_img read more

Adult video shared on Baton Rouge Instagram horrible mistake

first_img BATON ROUGE — A tourism official on business in Baton Rouge says she had no intention of sharing an adult video with nudity on the Instagram account of her employer, the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.The video with nudity went live on the tourism bureau’s public Instagram account Monday night, and sent notifications to followers. The video lasted about 30 minutes.“It was a horrible, honest mistake,” Lynn Dorsey, executive director of convention and visitors bureau, told the newspaper. “I am mortified. I would never send that type of content out intentionally.”Dorsey had intended to send “a very private message” to her husband, she said. But she’s a new Instagram user and pressed the wrong button, she added.Dorsey posted the video using a Bureau-purchased iPhone 7 from a Baton Rouge hotel room while on a business trip, the newspaper reported.Instagram Live is a new feature, similar to that of Facebook Live, which allows users to stream live video footage via the social media platform, the Press-Herald reported. When a user “goes live,” the followers of the account may receive a notification announcing the live feed. Once a live video has ended, it is no longer visible on the platform. Share Posted by The Canadian Press Adult video shared on Baton Rouge Instagram ‘horrible’ mistake Friday, December 23, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more