April 22, 2015

Settled with OnePlus One

The irony is OnePlus One's tagline is #neversettle. Hi, I'm Mayank (in pic: left one). And this is the story of my transformation from being a guy who never used to carry his phone with him to being a guy whose daily driver now is OnePlus One. My earlier smartphones were from Mircomax. Even though the devices were crappy, I would still like to give credits to local manufacturers for being able to bring the smartphones into the lives of students and experimentalists by reducing the cost drastically.

Every time I used to use any of my previous phones, I used to feel "Shit! How could the developers not think about such a basic thing." or "If only this feature were there." Even though I had a smartphone, but I was never able to use it with ease. This was one of the main reasons why I preferred to leave the device at home rather than having false hopes from it at the time of need.

Soon everywhere people started talking about a brand new device which offered high-end specs and performance at affordable price. I suddenly got interested in this gadget. Reviews after reviews, posts after posts, I watched and read them all. And with every passing second I fell in love with OnePlus One more and more. I just wanted that device somehow. Anyhow.

My dream came true within next 2 months. I ordered the device from amazon.in. Hats off to the timely and quality service these people provided.

You can't deny that the packaging is beyond beautiful. You feel like you have ordered a device as costly as at least 2 iPhones together. And when you open the pack and behold this beauty, man! no words can describeThe ergonomics of the device is so wonderful. The baby skin back which is amazing to touch and feel. The placement of hardware buttons. The sharp yet rounded corners. The camera placement. The mics and speakers. You name it! Everything's perfect!

The feel of holding OnePlus One is Royal. The fluidity of touch and animation is insane. Graphic intensive gameplay experience is heaven (Must try NFSMW). NFS was one of the early games that I used to love. When I compare now, OnePlus One runs the game better than my previous PC. Realizing that you have such a beast in your hand is crazily good! 

Screen is crystal clear and bulged screen reading feels like real world paper. Speaker volume is loud and clear. Music experience via earbuds is magic. The 64GB memory enables to download almost unlimited apps and the device practically never slows down or become unresponsive.

You might have experienced "OK Google" feature. But if you've not witnessed the same in OnePlus One, you're missing out big time! Google fit works brilliantly. Google keyboard works like breeze too. The attention you get because of the device is crazy, especially the front camera.

CyanogenModOS on top is absolutely mind blowing. Its custom camera + editing + galary + parallax effects + power button shutter + choice between on-screen and physical buttons + double tap to wake and sleep are a few cutting edge features of this ROM. Level of customization and various option available are impeccable. It feels so good to belong to this community of OnePlus One and CyanogenMod.

 It's a really really good product! They actually never settled for mediocrity and fine tuned every detail. The phone is their words in action. For instance they knew the big bold beautiful Full HD display of OnePlus One is going to consume power. They gave massive 3100mAh battery. And they also gave 5A adapter which full charges the phone in an hour!

4G, 3GB RAM, just 162grams, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 6 lenses 13MP Sony sensor camera, f/2.0 aperture with dual LED flash, 4K resolution video with stereo recording Slow Motion: 720p video at 120fps, 5MP front camera, NFC,  LED notification light are a few other exciting features of OnePlus One. All of this in just ₹21999/-. Basically it boils down to that. More than value for money. Actually priceless!

On interacting with various OnePlus One users I found out there are a total of 3 downsides of this phone. The device heats up once in a while, which is ok for a smartphone with this spec sheet, but then some users don't like it. There is no FM. And any other adapter/ USB charging will not give you same charging speed.

VERDICT: I would totally suggest you close your eyes and go for it! If you are still in dilemma, feel free to contact me personally via my facebook id fb.com/mumayank7 or my email id mumayank@gmail.com and clear the roadblocks. And if you've already purchased this beauty and the beast, welcome to the family :)

July 13, 2014

Add HTML editor plugin for Eclipse in 6 steps

Hi guys,

Those developers who deal with web page editing while making a project in eclipse face problems as there is no html editor. Eclipse has all your answers provided you find the right plugins. So here's how in 6 steps you can solve your problem:

  • Open Eclipse. Go to Help> Install New Software.
  • Select 'Juno' repository from the 'Work with' dropdown menu.
  • Just below the dropdown is a searchbox. Type 'web' , hit enter.
  • Select 'Web Page Editor'. Click Next and then Finish.
  • After it installs, click OK for any message dialog box that turns up.
  • Restart Eclipse.

Tadaa! Additionally, you can go to Eclipse> Window> Preferences> General> Editors> File Associations> File types> select *.html and *.htm > Associated editors> HTML editor> Click Default and OK. Easy, no?

June 24, 2014

16 Amazing websites you must see!

1. Help your friends who're feeling too lazy to do even a google search. This site is just WOW as it animates the whole process and shows results to your friends

2. Want to know what the internet thinks about a name/ place/ animal /thing ?

3. Send a secret message. Self-destroys after being read and notifies you.

4. Want to use an email id for some online forms just for registrations? Create an email id for just 10 minutes. Receive mails. Self- destroyed after that.

5. Create, upload and edit pdfs online.

6. Restrict your online time with this online count down timer or set reminders.

7. Life size message broadcasting.

8. This amazing site shows all stats since you were born!

9. Speak. He'll listen. He'll reply. One of its kind.

10. Someone's always pointing at your cursor.

11. If moon were only 1 pixel. Helps us realize how big our solar system really is!

12. know if a site is down for everyone or just for you.

13. Tells you when you should sleep to get a perfect sleep according to your wake up time.

14. How many people are in space right now, and who they are?

15. Make someone feel you're pro-hacker!

16. Whale behind your cursor.

June 3, 2014

Learn how to use Twitter in 5 mins!

Hi guys. Its amazing to know that over 500 million users have account on twitter. This proves it is really a very popular social networking site. But only 140 million use it on a regular basis, which shows its learning curve is rather confusing to people.

So today I'll try to give you the basics of twitter. See the picture above. I've numbered all the elements of twitter upto 20 and I'll explain you their meaning one by one below:

What is twitter?
It is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read short 140-character text messages, called tweets

  1. Photo: this photo is your identity on twitter and appears with your tweets.
  2. Your name and below that @xyz is your username on twitter.
  3. Number of tweets you've done so far.
  4. Number of people you're following.
  5. Number of people following you.
  6. Create your new tweet right from here.
  7. The current trending topics.
  8. This section show you tweets/retweets from the person you're following.
  9. Bases on popularity and your interests, this section suggests you whom to follow.
  10. This is the footer of this webpage showing you quick links of twitter. Normally we never use them.
  11. Just like facebook, this section shows you new notifications related to you.
  12. What's happening now, tailored for you. The current happenings which you might be interested in based on your curiosity over time which twitter observed.
  13. Your account page, your tweets, people you follow. Everything related to just you.
  14. Search on twitter from here.
  15. Send a private message from here.
  16. View all settings that you can regulate from here.
  17. Compose a new tweet from here.
  18. Reply: this is same as facebook's comment feature. You can write you own view on the tweet.
  19. Retweet: this is same as facebook's share feature. When you retweet, people following you will see this tweet on their twitter home page.
  20. Favorite: this is same as facebook's like feature. People following you will see this tweet as marked as favorite by you on their twitter home page.
That's all friends! Hope now you'll not feel alienated on tweeter. Happy tweeting :)

May 31, 2014

Mother Bird: Live on Windows Phone Store!!

Mother Bird for Windows Phone is here!!
Just click on the link to go to Windows Phone Store and play my first game for windows phone :)