4 things nobody tells you about blogging

A lot of people don’t recognize and hardly understand the intricacies of blogging. Some go as far as dismissing it as some kind of hobby, rather than recognizing it as the business it is. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 4 things nobody tells you about blogging.

Blogging is Not Some Get Rich Quick Scheme

It’s nice to hear about blogs that charge thousands and hundreds of thousands for publicity or adverts of any kind. But what most people don’t get is that blogging is hard and it takes a lot of time and patience to be read widely enough to get noticed by firms, corporations and companies for publicity and advertisements. Most of the widely read blogs today took months, even years of consistent and tireless effort to get to where they are today and have the kind of recognition they have. Blogging is hardly a get rich quick scheme.

Blogging is Not That Easy
There is a general belief that running a blog is what you do when you either don’t have a job or don’t have anything better to do. Many believe it’s easy and requires little or no effort. That’s inaccurate. Aside having to constantly come up with interesting and engaging content for your blog (almost every hour of the day if yours is a news blog), you also have to consider the mails, questions and comments that you always have to attend to, to help drive engagement on your blog. Eventually, as your blog grows, you’ll realize it’s hardly something you can do on your own.

A Blogger is Not Only a Blogger

As a blogger, especially when starting out, in order to grow your readership you are going to feel the need to be a web designer (trying to find the right web layout that will be attractive and user friendly), a social media strategist (ensuring you use social media to get as much publicity for your blog as you can), an SEO specialist, a web marketing guru and an amateur photographer all at the same time! It’s a lot. You might not exactly be a professional in all the above mentioned areas, but you have to be able to handle them well enough not to suck at it and to help grow your blog’s readership.

The Business Side

Many people tend to underestimate or don’t understand the business side of blogging. They either start demanding for money too soon or are completely clueless about how sponsored content works around the policies of the corresponding firms, corporations and companies. A good number of people don’t realize that some brands or companies have payment terms of ninety days; meaning even after doing publicity for them, you might not get your payment until after three months. Some brands also have you working on sponsored content and you will have to send them draft upon draft till they like what they see. Since you’ve likely already signed a contract with them, you really don’t have much of choice. It is important to recognize the business side of blogging and try to understand it before going into it.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 India Launch Date, Flipkart's iPhone Deals

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Redmi Note 5 leaked even before Redmi Note 4 launches in India
  • MumbaiWiFi offers 500 hotspots for unlimited free use till end of January
  • Yahoo to be renamed to Altaba after Verizon acquisition

Monday was the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone and Apple’s VP of World Wide Marketing Phil Schiller gave an interview where he talked about the glorious last 10 years for the company. Today, we’re back to the average day in consumer technology – which like most days, is full of launches, announcements, and other breaking news. Here are your top stories for the day.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 India Launch Date, Flipkart's iPhone Deals, and More: Your 360 Daily

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 leaked, before the Redmi Note 4 India launch
The Redmi Note 4 has been out since August 2016, and on Tuesday it got a date of arrival in India, but rumours of a Redmi Note 5 have already begun surfacing on the Internet. A phone by that name has apparently passed the US FCC certification and could come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, Quick Charge 3.0, and MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Samsung Gear S3 models launched in India
Electronics giant Samsung at an event in New Delhi launched a successor to Gear series of smartwatches – the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier. The new watches run on the company’s homemade Tizen OS, with 4G connectivity on the Frontier for an untethered experience. Read more about the rest of the features and pricing in our launch story.

Razer is offering $25,000 for information on stolen laptop
You may have read about Razer’s Project Valerie, a laptop with three screens that was shown during CES 2017. Apparently, two of the three demo units were stolen. The company is working with law enforcement authorities to get to the bottom of the crime, and will offer $25,000 to those who can offer credible information regarding the theft.

Mumbai: 500 public Wi-Fi hotspots, toilet finder app launched
In what will be India’s biggest public Wi-Fi network, phase 1 of MumbaiWiFi was launched that enables 500 hotspots across the city. On May 1st, another 700 hotspots are said to be added to the initial offering. The offering is said to be free for an unlimited amount of data till the end of January. In related news, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will finalise its views on public WiFi networks in the next 20-25 days, with focus on low-cost WiFi networks that cost 10 percent of today’s data costs.

In another tech news related to Mumbai, the local authorities have launched an Android app that helps people find pay-and-use toilets in the city. Over 800 public restrooms have been tagged, and more will follow.

Flipkart offers discounts on Apple products
Dubbed ‘Apple Fest’, ecommerce platform Flipkart is offering a flat Rs. 5,000 discount on products like the iPhone 7 among others. Also on offer is an additional Rs. 3,000 if you exchange an old phone, for which you may fetch up to Rs. 23,000. Finally, there are interest-free EMIs on select credit cards as well. Check out offer details on all products here.

In other news, Flipkart promoted its top-tier person Kalyan Krishnamurthy to the company CEO position, and elevate current CEO Binny Bansal as the CEO of Flipkart Group organisation.

Housing and PropTiger to merge
Real-estate catalogue companies PropTiger and Housing are merging and are raising $55 million dollars in fresh investment in the joint entity. Dhruv Agarwala, CEO of PropTiger, will take over the numero uno position in this JV, while Housing CEO Jason Kothari will move to other opportunities. Housing’s estimated valuation was pegged at $70-75 million (roughly Rs. 476-510 crores), which is a downfall from the $120 million it had raised during its peak.

ZTE to cut 3,000 jobs
ZTE, the China based telecom multinational, is said to be cutting 3,000 jobs as its handset business struggles in its home market. The job cuts attribute to 5 percent of its 60,000 workforce. ZTE is the fourth-largest vendor of of smartphones in the United States, with a 10 percent market share. Its CEO had said that the company had “encountered its biggest crisis in its 31 year history” a few days ago at a New Year speech to the staff.

Yahoo to be renamed to ‘Altaba’, Marissa Mayer to leave board
After its sale to Verizon, the iconic name of the internet company ‘Yahoo’ is being changed to Altaba. The company also confirmed that CEO Marissa Mayer will quit the company’s board after the acquisition is complete. Yahoo co-founder David Filo will also be resigning from the board. Mayer is said to continue working for the new company.

Nokia 6 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime vs Vivo V5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 6 will be available exclusively through Amazon in India
  • The smartphone will be up for registrations from July 14
  • It has been priced at Rs. 14,999

Nokia 6, priced in India at Rs. 14,999, has been launched in India and you can register for the first sale on Amazon India starting July 14. The smartphone has several factors in its favour, such as the stock Android Nougat experience, big screen, metal body, elegant design and the Nokia brand. However, in the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment, the new Nokia 6 will find some tough competition, such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB + 64GB), Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, and Vivo V5. The aforementioned smartphones are currently available at Rs. 12,999, Rs. 15,050, and Rs. 15,299 respectively in India.

Nokia 6 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime vs Vivo V5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Vivo V5 smartphones offer more RAM than the Nokia 6, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime comes with same memory but larger battery. If you are confused regarding if Nokia 6 is the right smartphone for you or whether you should pick another model, we will help you figure out if it has other the features to match its competition.

Nokia 6

Nokia 6, the best-specced of the Nokia Android phones released so far, runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor right below the display. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.

The new Nokia Android phone comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB. Nokia 6 houses a 3000mAh battery, features a 6000 series aluminium body, and has inbuilt dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

In this price segment, it would be unfair to start with any other smartphone for comparison than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. The Xiaomi smartphone is currently available in India in three variants, 2GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage, 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage. As the 4GB RAM variant is closest to Nokia 6 in terms of pricing, available at Rs. 12,999, we will be considering it for the comparison with new Nokia offering.

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. Its rear camera bears a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor equipped with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash. The Redmi Note 4 front camera sports a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Expandable storage is available on the Redmi Note 4 via a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration, supporting microSD cards (up 128GB). The connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G.

 

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

Moving to the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime smartphone, the dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by an octa-core 1.6GHz processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Galaxy J7 Prime features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB (with OTG), and a 3.5mm audio jack. It houses a 3300mAh battery and measures 151.5×74.9×8.1mm.

Vivo V5

Vivo V5 is a selfie-focused smartphone, and its highlight is its 20-megapixel front camera that is accompanied by a ‘Moonlight Glow’ light meant to improve low-light photography. It bears an f/2.0 aperture, a Sony IMX376 sensor, and a 5P lens. It also bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with a single-LED flash and PDAF.

The dual-SIM (hybrid dual-SIM configuration) Vivo V5 smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with 32GB of built-in storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. The connectivity options on the V5 include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G. It houses a 3000mAh battery.

Now that you know more about Nokia 6 and its competition, it is fairly clear that the competition offers some powerful specs in comparison to the smartphone. However, the real choice you will have to make is whether you are ready to compromise on specs offered on sheets for the nostalgia factor. We will learn more about Nokia 6 and its performance in the coming days and let you know in our review if the smartphone is worth the wait or not

NOKIA 6 VS VIVO V5 VS SAMSUNG GALAXY J7 PRIME VS XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4 COMPARISON

Nokia 6
Vivo V5
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Rs. 14,999Buy Now Rs. 15,600Buy Now Rs. 15,050Buy Now
Rs. 16,990Buy Now Rs. 15,490Buy Now
Rs. 16,990Buy Now Rs. 15,490Buy Now Rs. 10,999Buy Now
Compare Nokia 6 Compare Vivo V5 Compare Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Compare Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
RATINGS
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for money Rating
GENERAL
Alternate names Six
Release date January 2017 November 2016 September 2016 August 2016
Dimensions (mm) 154.00 x 75.80 x 7.85 153.80 x 75.50 x 7.55 151.50 x 74.90 x 8.10 151.00 x 76.00 x 8.30
Weight (g) 167.00 154.00 167.00 175.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000 3000 3300 4100
Removable battery No No No No
Colours Arte Black, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver, Copper Crown Gold, Grey Gold, Black Gold, Grey, Matte Black
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.50 5.50 5.50 5.50
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels 720×1280 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403 401 401
HARDWARE
Processor 1.1GHz octa-core 1.5GHz octa-core 1.6GHz octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor MediaTek MT6750 Exynos 7870 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB 4GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 32GB 32GB 16GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128 128 256 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 16-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel 20-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 7.0 Android 6.0.1 Android 6.0 Android 6.0
Skin FunTouch 2.6 MIUI 8
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.00 Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.10
NFC Yes No No No
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
SIM1
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM2
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes No No
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes No Yes
Gyroscope Yes No No Yes
Barometer No No No No
Temperature sensor No No No No

Nokia 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Oppo A37 vs Lenovo K6 Power: Price in India, Specifications Compared

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 3 is priced at Rs. 9,499
  • The smartphone will be available offline only
  • The Nokia 3 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat

The Nokia 3, priced in India at Rs. 9,499, has finally been launched in the country and will be available to purchase starting this Friday from offline stores. It is the cheapest of the three Nokia Android phones launched todayin the country, and has its work cut out in the budget segment of the Indian smartphone market. With the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment overcrowded in India, Nokia 3 is up for tough competition from brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, and even Lenovo. We pit the Nokia 3 against the Xiaomi Redmi 4, Oppo A37 and Lenovo K6 Power to see if it stands tall amidst the competition or not, and how it fares compared to other budget smartphones in India.

Nokia 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Oppo A37 vs Lenovo K6 Power: Price in India, Specifications Compared

Nokia 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Oppo A37 vs Lenovo K6 Power price in India

Starting with the price in India, Nokia 3 has been launched at Rs. 9,499, and will be available offline only. To compare, the Redmi 4 model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage is priced at Rs. 8,999. This variant is up for grabs on Mi.com and Amazon India exclusively via flash sales. The Oppo A37 is currently available on Amazon India for Rs. 9,848, and Lenovo K6 Power is up for grabs for Rs. 9,999 on Flipkart.

Nokia 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Oppo A37 vs Lenovo K6 specifications

While the full comparison of specifications is in the table below, the big difference seen is that Nokia 3 runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat software. However, Nokia 3 sports a MediaTek processor, while the others pack different Snapdragon SoCs. Battery capacity on the Nokia 3 is also less when compared to the 4000mAh plus batteries on Lenovo and Xiaomi variants.

While the Nokia 3 seems to lack in a few specifications, especially when compared to the Redmi 4, its offline availability will be welcome, as will be latest version of Android (with promise for regular updates). Xiaomi Redmi 4 is still going out of stock within minutes in flash sales, and the Nokia 3 could be a good alternative, though we will hold our judgement until we’d had a chance to review the phone.

Check out the full Nokia 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Oppo A37 vs Lenovo K6 Power comparison:

NOKIA 3 VS XIAOMI REDMI 4 VS LENOVO K6 POWER VS OPPO A37 COMPARISON

Nokia 3
Xiaomi Redmi 4
Lenovo K6 Power
Oppo A37
Rs. 9,499Buy Now Rs. 6,999Buy Now Rs. 9,200Buy Now
Rs. 11,199Buy Now Rs. 9,080Buy Now
Rs. 9,999Buy Now Rs. 9,848Buy Now
Compare Nokia 3 Compare Xiaomi Redmi 4 Compare Lenovo K6 Power Compare Oppo A37
RATINGS
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for money Rating
GENERAL
Release date February 2017 November 2016 September 2016 June 2016
Dimensions (mm) 143.40 x 71.40 x 8.48 139.30 x 69.90 x 8.65 141.90 x 70.30 x 9.30 143.10 x 71.00 x 7.68
Weight (g) 150.00 145.00 136.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2650 4100 4000 2630
Removable battery No No No No
Colours Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Copper White Gold, Black Gold, Dark Grey, Silver Gold, Grey
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
Resolution 720×1280 pixels 720×1280 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 720×1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 296 441 293
HARDWARE
Processor 1.3GHz quad-core 1.4GHz octa-core 1.4GHz octa-core 1.2GHz quad-core
Processor make MediaTek 6737 Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
RAM 2GB 3GB 3GB 2GB
Internal storage 16GB 32GB 32GB 16GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128 128 128 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 8-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 8-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 7.0 Android 6.0.1 Android 6.0.1 Android 5.1
Skin MIUI 8 Vibe Pure UI ColorOS 3.0
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 4.00
NFC Yes No No No
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
SIM1
SIM Type Micro-SIM Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM2
SIM Type Micro-SIM Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes No
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometer No No No No
Temperature sensor No No No No
Nokia 3

Nokia 3

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz quad-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery Capacity

2650mAh

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Xiaomi Redmi 4

Xiaomi Redmi 4

Rs. 6,999
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good build quality
  • Compact body
  • Solid battery performance
  • Excellent value for money
  • Bad
  • Average camera performance
  • Hybrid dual-SIM
  • Limited availability
BUY AT
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Gold, 16GB, 2GB RAM) –
    Rs. 6,999
Lenovo K6 Power

Lenovo K6 Power

Rs. 11,199
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good looks and build quality
  • Decent display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Bad
  • No fast charging support
  • Cameras could have been better
  • No dedicated microSD card slot
BUY AT
  • Lenovo K6 Power (Gold, 32GB)
    Rs. 11,199
  • Lenovo K6 Power (Silver, 32GB, 3GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs. 9,999
Oppo A37

Oppo A37

Rs. 9,080
Buy
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.2GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery Capacity

2630mAh

BUY AT
  • Oppo A37 (Gold, 16GB)
    Rs. 9,080
  • Oppo A37 (Gold, 16GB) –
    Rs. 9,200
  • Oppo A37 (Grey, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 9,848

Nokia 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Nokia 5 is priced at Rs. 12,899
  • The smartphone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • The Nokia 5 will go on pre order from July 7

The Nokia 5, launched alongside the Nokia 3 and Nokia 6, is heading to the Indian market in July. Priced at Rs. 12,899, Nokia 5 is set to compete in the heavily crowded mid-range segment in India. At this price range, Nokia 5 is going to face heavy competition especially from the Redmi Note 4, Vivo Y55s and the Moto G5 smartphones in India. All four smartphones feature specifications and features rather similar to each other’s, but there are a few differences that give one or the other a leg up in the race to pique the buyers’ interest. We pit the Nokia 5 against Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (3GB + 32GB), Vivo V5, and Motorola’s Moto G5 to ascertain which is the right device for you.

Nokia 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

Nokia 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5 price in India

As mentioned above, Nokia 5 is priced in India at Rs. 12,899, and will be available for pre-booking starting July 7 through offline channels. In comparison, the Redmi Note 4 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999 and is made available on Flipkart and Mi.com through flash sales. The Moto G5 is priced at Rs. 11,999 making it the cheapest of the lot, and is available on Amazon India and offline channels as well. Lastly, the Vivo Y55s smartphone is priced at Rs. 12,490 in India, and is available across the country through online and offline channels.

Nokia 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5 specifications

The Nokia 5 shines on the software front with the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat, while the Moto G5 also sports the Android 7.0 Nougat version, not lagging behind. The other two offer Android Marshmallow with their own skins on top. The only smartphone that does not have a fingerprint sensor in this lot is the Vivo Y55s smartphone. In all the other specification comparisons, the four smartphones fight neck to neck, with Nokia 5 lagging behind slightly in screen resolution, and RAM. It’s worth noting that the Nokia 5 has an 8-megapixel front camera, while the others sport a 5-megapixel front sensor.

Nokia 5 fights well on paper, but offers only 16GB of internal storage, while the Redmi Note 4 offers 64GB in the same price range. The big pain point for the Xiaomi phone is its availability, and if you can’t get your hands on one till July 7, you could consider pre-ordering the Nokia 5 instead, though we suggest you stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for detailed review of the Nokia 5 before you make a decision.

Check out the full comparison of the Nokia 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5 below:

VIVO Y55S VS NOKIA 5 VS MOTOROLA MOTO G5 VS XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4 COMPARISON

Vivo Y55s
Nokia 5
Motorola Moto G5
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Rs. 11,140Buy Now
Rs. 11,200Buy Now Rs. 12,899Buy Now Rs. 11,999Buy Now
Rs. 11,990Buy Now Rs. 10,999Buy Now
Compare Vivo Y55s Compare Nokia 5 Compare Motorola Moto G5 Compare Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
RATINGS
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for money Rating
GENERAL
Release date February 2017 February 2017 February 2017 August 2016
Dimensions (mm) 147.90 x 72.90 x 7.50 149.70 x 72.50 x 8.05 144.30 x 73.00 x 9.50 151.00 x 76.00 x 8.30
Weight (g) 142.00 145.00 175.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2730 3000 2800 4100
Removable battery No No Yes No
Colours Gold, Space Grey Tempered Blue, Copper, Matte Black, Silver Lunar Grey, Fine Gold Gold, Grey, Matte Black
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.20 5.20 5.00 5.50
Resolution 1280×720 pixels 720×1280 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 441 401
HARDWARE
Processor 1.4GHz quad-core octa-core 1.4GHz octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB 2GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 16GB 16GB 16GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256 128 128 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 6.0 Android 7.1.1 Android 7.0 Android 6.0
Skin Funtouch OS 3.0 MIUI 8
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 4.10
NFC No No No No
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
SIM1
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM2
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer No Yes No No
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometer No No No No
Temperature sensor No No No No
Nokia 5

Nokia 5

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.20-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.1.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

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Motorola Moto G5

Motorola Moto G5

Rs. 11,999
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Light and easy to grip
  • Stock Android Nougat
  • Decent camera
  • Image backups via Google Photos for two years
  • Bad
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TBI Blogs: More and More Indians Are Travelling Overseas to Study, and These 4 Mythbusters Explain Why

As per Open Doors Statistics, 2016 recorded a 25 % rise in the number of Indian students studying in the US. Despite current immigration policies, Indian students who aspire to study at top colleges abroad are working diligently to gain admission at their dream universities. Apart from students, executives and professionals are opting for an international programme either to further their qualifications or to enhance job-related skills. The Indian Government also facilitates many opportunities for students to study in various countries on scholarships.

We are indeed setting our eyes more than ever on an international academic opportunity for holistic learning, diverse networking, and global exposure. Let’s take a closer look to understand the reasons behind changes in our mindsets towards study abroad.

X “It’s beneficial only if you are not coming back to India”

There are a broad range of opportunities to maximize back home

The number of successful entrepreneurial ventures in India helmed by graduates from top-tier business schools will tell you a different story. Snapdeal co-founder Kunal Bahl is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania. Saurabh Kumar and Albinder Dhindsa, founders of Grofers, are graduates of eminent foreign institutions. Saurabh is an alumnus of the University of Texas in Austin and Dhindsa completed his MBA from Columbia University.

In fact, there is a growing surge among Indians to only study abroad to gain holistic learning, then return home and implement their education to make the most of the opportunities in our country and leave a mark in their field of choice. The international platform offers several unique opportunities that allow you to not only build on your academic base but also your soft skills, a pre-requisite in a leader and a team player.

  • Diversity: You’ll be studying with an eclectic group of learners coming from different professional and academic backgrounds like musicians, educators, actors, athletes, and many more. You’ll be collaborating with your peers on various projects. It will enable you to learn a variety of working styles and align your methods to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Global network: You’ll have an extensive list of international contacts. Your network will be a steady source of opportunities in the future.

You can tap into your network for guidance, pooling in foreign investments, liaising with stakeholders, reaching out to prospective co-founders and forming partnerships for innovative enterprises, start-ups etc.

  • Cross-cultural awareness: Your world view will change as you’ll interact with people from different countries, communities, and cultures. You’ll appreciate and understand different viewpoints, and encourage a similar culture in your own team or organisation back home.
  • Soft Skills: The curriculum abroad focuses on collaborative and interactive models of learning. There is also great emphasis on engagement outside the classroom. The extensive group work, peer-to-peer collaboration, presentations, and event organisation will help you polish your soft skills and communication, a relevant skill set in any field.

An international education prepares you to succeed as an individual by allowing more scope for self-discovery and personal growth. You’ll develop new-found appreciation for your own traditions and culture and be driven by the urge to help it flourish.

X “It’s only for the toppers”

✔ There’s something for everyone

It was believed that only top scorers were accepted into reputed foreign universities. Though you do need to secure good grades in academics, many institutions also evaluate your overall performance in both scholastic and non-scholastic areas. Colleges want to know your other capabilities and interests. They are looking for an all-round performer. Here are some achievements that would add value to your credentials:

  • You have actively volunteered for organisations
  • Represented your school/college
  • Led a group, steered a campaign, and/or headed a club
  • Have participated in exchange programmes/internships
  • Contribute write-ups to magazines, and/or write blogs
  • You are a talented artist, an ace sportsperson, etc.

This is one of the reasons that schools are encouraging children to become more versatile by participating in various extra-curricular activities. Furthermore, we no longer consider studying abroad the prerogative of a selected few. The rising interest among students and the increasing number of enrolments of Indians in colleges across the globe prove that we have moved away from our pre-conceived notions.

X “It’s expensive and unaffordable”

✔ There are a number of resources you can tap to increase affordability

Financial concerns are there, but not as roadblocks. Due to a large number of programme options, applicants can choose what fits their need and financial eligibility. Students are conducting considerable research on the various facilities and benefits available and then deciding on the course and the school.

Secondly, most foreign universities like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc. offer financial aid to international students. There are also a number of external resources students can tap. The Fulbright Scholarship offered by the US and the Rhodes Scholarship by the UK are two prestigious awards granted to highly talented international students.

Merit-based scholarships can be fully funded, covering expenses like tuition, boarding, travel, etc. You also have countries like Canada, Australia, Germany, and Singapore offering exclusive financial benefits to foreign candidates along with easy availability of work visa. Here’s a list of resources that students are resorting to for funds:

  • Scholarships provided by Universities, Governments, and private organisations
  • Pooling from personal connections like family, relatives, and friends
  • Bank loans
  • Working part-time as research associate, library/lab assistant, assistant teacher, etc.

Indians on scholarships can save a considerable amount of their stipend. If you stay on a budget, restrain from spending unnecessarily, and adopt a humble lifestyle, you can avoid a run for cash. Records show that alumni of eminent universities have secured good jobs or started their own businesses within and outside India. Today parents want their children to receive an education abroad from premier institutions because of a promising future and ROI.

X “It’s not safe”

✔ Student safety is priority no. 1

Parents were concerned about the safety of their children while they were in a foreign country. Today, with innumerable modes of communication, you can always remain connected with each other. Parents are now leveraging different apps and messenger services to keep a tab on their children. Students are regularly in touch with their family over Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.

Furthermore, the Indian Government has installed MADAD, the online Consular Services Management System, to help Indian students studying in different geographies. There is greater awareness about various sources of help and contact points. Parents and students are adopting concrete and effective measures to ensure security and safety before leaving home.

The more we understand the implications of international exposure, the more our views change. It’s imperative that in a global era, we approach education with an open mind. We must integrate all our learning to transform ourselves as well as society at large.

 

Doom VFR and Fallout 4 VR Announced at Bethesda E3 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Doom VR is announced as Doom VFR
  • Fallout 4 VR will be out in October
  • No release date for Doom VFR has been given

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Doom is getting a VR version. Called Doom VFR it was announced by Bethesda at its E3 2017 conference. In addition to this, the company also revealed Fallout 4 in VR, dubbed as the first open-world game completely made in VR.

Doom VFR will be available on PS VR and HTC Vive. Fallout 4 VR will be available for HTC Vive in October. No date for Doom VFR has been given just yet.

This marks Bethesda first attempt at bringing its IPs to VR. With Fallout and Doom, it seems that VR will get a shot in the arm it so drastically needs.

For what its worth we found Doom to be one of the better games of 2016. Bethesda had the right idea in mind when it brought back Wolfenstein, and reviving Doom back after a prolonged spell in development hell is just as welcome. The game offers more than enough for fans to sink their teeth into, while it injects some purely-optional new ideas to keep in-step with modern games.

How Fallout 4’s dystopia translates to VR would be interesting. With an immersive world, open-ended gameplay options, and so much to do, Fallout 4 is well worth the price of entry. Chances are, you’ll be spending a lot of time in Boston. We know we have and will be in the months to come.