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Acer B1~810 (Iconia One 8) 3D Benchmarks ~ Ice Storm Tests December 22, 2014

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Just done the 3D Benchmarks on the latest Acer B1~810 tablet and the final result is: this is one of the most powerful devices around…

No wonder when I played the Asphalt 8 car racing game on this tablet, the game fires up fast and runs smoothly.

Other games that I tried on this device are, Riptide GP2, TempleRun 2, Dead Trigger 2, etc. No problem at all.

Acer B1~810 runs on Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core chip set.
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Acer should be commended for a very well executed hardware and software optimization on a budget tablet.

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Supercharged Acer Iconia One 8 With Intel + MIUI December 20, 2014

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Reviewed by:  Tablet Crony

Budget Pricing But Supercharged With Intel Inside

Before my review of this latest Acer ‘budget’ tablet, I wasn’t very excited about it.

After my brief hangs in, I am completely speechless! How could a budget tablet (not from Apple or Nexus) performs so well?! It is nothing but the truth.

Here’s the spec and benchmark scores,

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Quadrant benchmark:
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What makes this tablet a better buy than the Nexus 7 (2013)? Other than the Nexus 7 having a higher screen resolution. And the Acer still comes with a HD screen.
The Acer Iconia One 8 is more superior on,
~ CPU performance
~ camera performance (rear). Speed is fast and it comes with simple but effective settings. Captured images are sharp and well balanced in color tones.

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~ UI performance (Using the Xiaomi MIUI Home)
~ screen size (8″)
~ battery
~ superior user experience in web browsing (thanks to Intel Inside)
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~ equally convenient to rest on one hand
~ fluid in actual gaming experience (including Dead Trigger2, Riptide Gp2, TempleRun2, Subway Suffers and Asphalt 8 etc.)
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~ Google Play plus Mi Market download (if you are on MIUI)
~ it comes with native app Flaot Gadget which is a convenient tool for some degree of multi-windows.

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Overall, the tablet’s performance seems to be even better if it is running on MIUI as i discovered. Antutu benchmark scores above 30,000.  MIUI is rich in customisability that gives users plenty of choices to customize home screen, lock screen, icons, etc.
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Though the Google Now Launcher is equally good and fluid, but once I hook on to the MiHome I am sort of reluctant to go back to it.  Currently I am using the latest version of MiHome 3.8.0 and its updates are done very regularly.

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Summary ~
I believe that this budget Acer tablet has got one major thing done right – excellent hardware and software optimization. It proves that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to acquire a very good functionality 8″ tablet.

Just one more thing to note: the speaker isn’t loud enough, so you need to plug in a earpiece to truly enjoy its decent sound quality. Not bad at all.

Acer’s Highly Efficient B1~810 Iconia One 8 Tablet Review December 11, 2014

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Priced at the budget category (approximately USD158), the Acer B1~810 (Acer Iconia One 8) is not ‘budget’ in terms of its capability!

The latest One 8 is called Acer Iconia B1-810, with the specs shows an 8-inch Android 4.4.4 tablet with a resolution of 1280 x 800. IPS screen.

Other specs are a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor with a 1.83GHz burst frequency. Other than that, there’s only 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of memory, a tiny 0.3MP VGA front camera, while there’s a 5MP camera with Full HD video recording on the back of the tablet.

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Based on the CPU~Z app, the Iconia One 8 was embedded with a big battery (4980mAH) as well as the latest Silvermont Intel processor. Silvermont is Intel’s first low power core designed for 22nm. It is accompanied by a modern SoC fabric and will form the basis of products in smartphones and tablets.
Silvermont retains some similiarities to Saltwell, as both are dual-issue designs, but nearly every aspect has been fundamentally changed to enhance architectural efficiency.
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The device runs on Android version 4.4.4 KitKat.
Both Quadrant and Antutu benchmark tests showed that this device is definitely a strong mid range contender.

Antutu benchmark:
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Quadrant Standard benchmark:
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Intel processors are known to be highly proficient in web browsing. Sunspider score below again shows the strong capability of Iconia One 8 in the territory of web browsing. Actual user experience further confirmed this.

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Many would be interested to know if this stuff can handle some serious gaming?
The answer is a responding Yes.
I have tested some of the moderate and intensive games such as, Riptide GP2, Temple Run2, Ninjump, Dead Trigger2 and some popular Chinese based games. This device has no problem of running popular games from Play Store.
In particular, when I was playing the Dead Trigger2, I was also downloading some other heavy files in the background. The game phased along smoothly. I’m impressed.

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In conclusion,
~ the device’s strong selling point is superior web browsing and very fast webpage uploading speed, in real life experience.
~ battery life is average but decent, enough for a full day’s moderate use. No heat generation issue even with intensive web browsing and gaming.
~ audio speaker quality is soft. Once you plug in a pair of good earpiece, the sound quality for music is really good and enjoyable.
~ camera is average but decent, much improved over the Acer A1~810 tablet. See result below.
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Video streaming quality is good.
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~ the quad~core Intel processor handles most of the tasks with fluidity including but not limited to UI, app open/close, internet, gaming, etc. etc.
~ value for money tablet that performs double than the Acer A1~810 launched last year, yet costs less.
~ it comes with lots of cloud applications by Acer. Including doc, music, photo, etc.
~ it has a separate Other User account (Guest account) for increased privacy.
~ floating widget on any screen.
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~ more importantly, software-hardware good optimization on this device is well achieved.

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Material Design YouTube Is Here! Download The APK December 6, 2014

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The latest Android Material Design (5.0 Lollipop) YouTube is here for your first taste.
Go to the web and type in “Material Design YouTube APK” you will find the APK download websites.
This latest version of YouTube is not yet released on the Play Store.

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Enjoy the new YouTube app this Christmas.

Xiaomi REDMI NOTE 4G (FDD-LTE) Down To Earth Review December 3, 2014

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* Special update: Dec 30th 2014
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By:  Xiaomi User

This Thanksgiving and Christmas many Xiaomi fans in India, China, Singapore and Malaysia will see their wish come true, on condition that they are able to secure the latest Xiaomi device being launched – the Redmi Note 4G LTE.

I placed my booking last week through a cellphone shop and was promised to get it in 3 days. On the Black Friday evening I received my package promptly.

First thing first, I checked to make sure that the item delivered to me is the right stuff, I.e. it has to be the FDD-LTE version for global network instead of the China version. TDD version can only be used in China.

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Next, upon boot-up, I used the app CPU Z to counter check and further confirmed that this is the correct item I ordered. Caution:  there are fake Xiaomi products out there!

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The new Redmi Note 4G uses the Snapdragon 400 quad-core (8928) processor clocked at 1.6GHz. It is the same version used in the HTC Desire 816 (5.5″ phablet).

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I specially checked on the Browser benchmarks as this is the main reason many people who are going for this Redmi Note 4G version. The benchmark scores are better than the Octa-core Redmi Note original (3G).
The results are very decent indeed. Hands on user experience is much much better in terms of browsing, download and upload speed. Impressive.

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Antutu and Quadrant benchmarks are as follows:

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Here again the actual hands on experience remains highly satisfactory and much better than some branded mid-rangers such as Sony, Asus, Samsung, HTC and Huawei etc. In particular it does not generate high level of heat after extensive use.

Here are some key questions answered,
1. How long it takes to fully charged the large battery?
Ans: about 3.5 hours from 14% to 100%.

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2. How lasting the battery (3100mAh)?
Ans:  for moderate use it can last for up to 2 days. Heavy use it can safely last till the end of the day.

3. How’s the music/sound effect?
Ans:  speaker sound is decent at best. But, once you plug in a very good earpiece and OMG the quality of audio for listening to music is fantastic! So don’t save on budget for a good earpiece.

4. How about playing HD games?
Ans:  it is smooth in playing most of the games, e.g. Dead Triggers, Temple Run2, Subway Surfers, Riptide2, Angry Birds etc. If you really in for very resource intensive games then it is best to go for Xiaomi Mi3 or Mi4.
3D benchmark test scores between the Redmi Note original (MediaTek Chip 8 cores) and Redmi Note 4G (Snapdragon quad-core) are quite close within 5% variant.
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5. Network connectivity?
Ans:  it is better than the original Redmi Note (3G) for sure.
Redmi Note 4G has more advanced WiFi network 802.11ac plus 4G LTE.
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6. Developer Options?
Ans:  as it is on Snapdragon chip set instead of its predecessor’s MediaTek, more 3rd party developer support will be available. Root method for this phone is already out there.

7. Future system update?
Ans:  looks like there may not be further update for the Redmi Note original (3G) to the MIUI 6 Kitkat rom. And it is highly unlikely that the 3G version will be updated to Android Lollipop.
As for this Redmi Note 4G, the developer ROM on MIUI 6 is already posted on Xiaomi official blog. It is likely to receive system update to Lollipop too.

8. Overall UI and applications feel?
Ans:  very fluid, no sign of lag at all, on the MIUI as well as the Google Now launchers.

9. Is it Gorilla Glass 3 on the front screen?
Ans:  no. So it is best to get the latest tempered glass strong protective layer on top, in case you drop the phone.

10. Browser performance?
Ans: fantastic. Advanced dual bands wifi ac and 4G network connectivity contribute to its excellent performance on web browsing and data download/upload. Very fast!

11. What else?
a.  You can download the latest Google Now Launcher (OK Google on every homepage) on it and it works very well, if you don’t quite fancy about the MIUI launcher.

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b.  The camera images and video playing are excellent for both the rear (13MP) and front (5MP) cameras. But if you want more advanced camera modules/settings, go for the Lenovo Supercamera download from the web.

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Conclusion:  for those who cannot decide on whether which version (3G or 4G) of Redmi Note to get, consider the above detailed information before you proceed.
Either one, it is still a great device to have. But if you place emphasis on future updates and network connectivity, then the Redmi Note 4G is the obvious choice.

After note:

After more than two months owning the phone, I updated it to the developer ROM version 5.2.6 (MIUI 6) last Friday and still happily using it as my daily device…
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And, I am surprised that MIUI 6 has very well refined UI and lots of added functionality. Just love to stay with the developer Roms and looking forward to its weekly update.