REVIEW ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 (Z370CG)

Welcome to Editors Delight’s review of ASUS Zenpad 7.0 (Z370CG).

ASUS India has finally hit the market with their tablet ZEDPAD 7.0 (Z370CG). The Taiwanese manufacturer who once ruled the market of 7.0 inch tablet with their niche products i.e. NEXUS 7 series have again delivered a quality product at the right price available in three different colour options of White, Black & Aurora Metallic.1

2The package Box contains 2 individual boxes out of which 1st one contains the tablet itself along with a charger and micro USB cable with user manuals.4

The second one has the speaker back cover which sports Dolby 5.1 channel DTS surround sound.5

The tablet is currently being sold at approx Rs. 11,999/- in market with the speaker cover sold separately at another Rs. 3,000/-. Asus Zenpad 7.0 (Z370CG) is the first tablet to have interchangeable back cover, allowing users to add longer battery life and integrated speaker in the back cover.

a) Physical Detailing:6

Having a sturdy built body with changeable back covers ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 (Z370CG) becomes a real bliss to use. Having dimensions 189×110.9×8.7mm and weighing just 272 GM makes it handy for single handed use.7

Casing is solidly built with a leather type finish at the back panel giving it a textured and premium feel. The power On/off button and the volume rockers are placed on the right hand side apart from which there is no other physical buttons, Top contains 3.5mm audio jack and bottom has a micro-USB and microphone slot giving the tablet the calling functionality. The speaker is placed at the front along with the headpiece giving rich sound experience.8

The back panel is removable and replaceable where as the battery is sealed and non replaceable. Slots for the micro SD card expandable up to 128 GB and a micro SIM card are located underneath the back cover itself.

b) Display:

The screen has been powered up with 7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive display having 800 x 1280 pixels having 216 ppi pixel density and 72% screen to body ratio. Viewing angles are also good at 179 degrees.9

With TRU2LIFE technology, which claims to bring the same high end TV HDR technology to the tablet one can notice improved sharpness, contrast and better outdoor visibility.

Asus has made the display out of two layers rather than four thus reducing the conventional air gap. Touch panel layer and cover glass have been placed as such to achieve higher (>94%) optical transparency. It also supports the multi touch function up to 10 touch points giving users a better gaming and drawing experience.

Asus has also fitted in a Bluelight filter which reduces blue light emission by 30% and that too without disturbing the other color balance, providing more comfortable viewing experience and more happy eyes.

Also the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and Oleophobic coating.

c) Platform/Processor:

Powered by 64 bits Intel Atom, Quad Core X3-C3230 Processor clocked at 1.2 GHz having 2GB RAM the tablet does all the routine tasks thrown at it with ease.

Internal storage capacity is 16.0 GB out of which 11.0 GB is available for user. GPU supports 3D graphics and is having ARM MALI-450 MP4. The device is operating on Android v5. 0 (Lollipop) out of the box. It easily works through all the daily needs with ease and give a good user experience.

d) Camera:

Asus tablet sports a dual camera with a rear autofocus camera of 8MP with a large aperture of f/2.0 and front camera of 2MP having a similar aperture along with 140 degrees selfie Panorama capabilities.10 clicked using zenpad 7.0 HDR Mode

(Clicked using Zenpad 7.0, HDR mode)

The rear camera is equipped with 15 effects mode and front camera with 8 including Low Light Mode, HDR, Beautification, Time Lapse, time Rewind & Smart Remove modes with deletes the moving object from the background of your shots.

Zenpad also has an ability to merge 4 pixels into 1 super pixel, thus making images 400% brighter at night. This feature reduces the noise levels and increase the contrast levels by 200%, making it a perfect click.

Captured videos can also be edited using Mini Movie application, making your memories into slides in a couple of easy steps. Videos can be played at 1080p @ 30 frames per seconds, making it free from all kinds of flutters.

The camera performs way better than its some of the competitors available in the market and captures some of the best shots with negligible shutter lag. Selfies also comes out to be more natural and realistic with wider capturing angles.

e) Sound:

With 1x dts HD Premium Sound speaker placement in front along with the earpiece the tablet gives a good experience to its users.11

Additional 5.1 surround sound through changeable back cover it creates a cinema style experience with a viewing device in the landscape mode. The dialogue seems to be crisp and clear and with the ability to enhance Bass and Treble levels to almost double, Zedpad allows users to experience the volume increase up to 300%.

The single strip of speaker embedded in cover consists of four main speakers, one Centre and one Subwoofer. Cover is also chargeable having 2300 mAh battery and a single time battery charge life of 6 hrs.

f) Battery:12

With boasting such features the lifeline of the device i.e. battery is hefty 3450 mAh Li-polymer battery giving it a decent one time charge strength of 8 hrs which can be increased to 14 hrs with the usage of the Asus protective cover.

g) Connectivity:

Tablet consists of Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth with A2DP, 3G and it also supports Mira cast.

h) Supporting Features:

  • The Asus tablet is enabled with calling functionality, making tablet fit to replace a phone.
  • Touch gestures are supported like drawing ‘C’ opens camera and ‘W’ opens the browser, double tap on screen wakes the tab from sleep and Flip makes the device silent.
  • Kids’ mode app opens a safe area for kids while using the tab preventing access to sites which needs to be kept out of reach for them.

FINAL VERDICT:

With loads of features Asus Zenpad 7.0 is one of the above average device in the mid range tablet segment. The standout feature is the audio functionality which it bundles with the audio cover.

The Intel Atom x3 chipset is not the fastest one around and the performance was bit sluggish thanks to the heavy ZenUI skin. Casual gaming is possible with ease, but with heavy games we did notice lag and frame loss. Internal storage expansion comes in handy and good HD screen makes it a good candidate for Movie lovers or for people who want to use the device to watch content on the go.

Priced at Rs. 11,999/- for the tablet and another Rs. 3,000/- for the Audio cover, Asus gives an option to enhance the audio experience bundled with the flip cover at a decent amount.

People looking for a tablet with calling functionality with good HD screen and feature rich device will not be disappointed with Asus Zenpad 7.0. We at Editors Delight gives a thumbs up to the device and would recommend it for the casual tablet users.

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Let the music play by your fingers – the Piano King, Aman Bathla!

Who knew that the kid who was just playing around touching every musical instrument in his childhood will grow up to be a Piano King…IMG_0381

Aman Bathla, who was very fond of touching and playing with musical instruments in his childhood, is conferred with the awarding entry in the great books like Golden Book of World Records, Unique World Records and Incredible Books of Records in the year 2015. When asked about his feelings for the awards, Aman says, “These certificates added feathers to my cap. Now I have 8 World record certificates and of course, it feels so good.”

Aman believes that music is one of the best mediums of meditation. He says that music has made him more subtle in life and hence has helped him develop a direct connection with his inner-self. With the knowledge of another 26 music instruments, together with Piano, Aman always found Piano attractive as he got fascinated with the fact of both the hands ding different tasks at the same time. He felt the sound of the piano as the angelic bells from the heaven.IMG_117642545471387

Coming from a well-established business family of Gurgaon, Aman was though never forced to continue with the established business, but yes was expected to do so being the part of the family. But he heard his heart, saying to play piano instead. Aman goes by the phrase, “Practice makes a man perfect”, and thus, with the regularity of doing his Riyaz every day at-least for 3-4 hours, he makes sure that he can maintain his quality of playing.

Aman has two great idols to follow in his life – the coveted Santoor player PT. Shiv Kumar Sharma, for his wonderful soul and none other than A. R. Rehman for his bone chilling music. Aman also gives free piano training to selected kids with the aim to make the today’s generation relate to piano popularise piano as a mainstream instrument like it has been in good old times. He selects the students for free training who are sincerely passionate about learning piano and cannot afford steep fees that are charged in a market otherwise.IMG_9128

When asked about his favourite students and how does they differ from the crowd, he said, I am proud of all my bachas. Some are teachers now and some are performers, but yes 3 of my stars are shining apart. Gauri Mishra, 9 year old pianist who is the youngest pianist of our nation, Tanvi Gupta is also emerging as a promising pianist and Satyam Upadhyay, my young singing sensation.

With the special dedicated piano set-up in Ambiance Mall, Gurgaon, Aman Bathla is earning his name and respect with the lovely instrument where fingers play the music of the heart!

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Book Review: Chanakya in You!

India is one of the famous countries to have spiritual & historical heritage. With a history of leaders like Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Chanakya, India are a country the world learns from!

Love for reading something non-fiction pushed me to get hold of this book to make it my next read. The book is well written by the famous author Radhakrishnan Pillai, making the journey through the book easier for the reader. As the name suggests what the book is about, the book talks about Chanakya and his teachings of Arthashastra.

When you get hold of the book, you take it with the mind-set of learning the Chanakya’s philosophies which you can use in your life, but unfortunately, this book doesn’t provide you with any of these. To my disappointment, the book nowhere talks about giving learning’s to the reader, but is actually talking about how the author became rich.

The style of writing used in the book is quite simple and easily readable. The intention to create such a book is to spread the knowledge to his readers. The thought of being an Indian and being proud about the same is what is kept in mind. The book has a few learnings but those are spread over the huge number of pages as 250 pages and is not justified as per the length of the book. Author is only able to say the reasons why someone shall study Arthshastra but doesn’t talk about what is there in the same much.

Calling it an autobiography will be very much wrong as the whole content is molded around the self-eulogy as the book talks about how the author saw Arthashastra. Rather, the book talks about how an aimless young fellow starts his journey of self – realization and becomes the richest man in the world. The author talks about himself and how he was led by his grandfather to follow the principles of Arthashastra to attain the success.

The book seems to be a little unclear as to what it is targeting to talk about making the facet lost. The book somehow loses the practicality of the life and seems to be like a cakewalk the author crosses to become the richest person. The book starts well with introducing about Chanakya and Arthashastra but somehow looses it’s track moving ahead.

One biggest lesson that I learnt from the book was that we should carry a positive attitude. Going for a job only for salary is not a good thought, but we should rather take it like an experience gaining activity we will be doing, which ultimately will be helping us later in our life.

Another remarkable learning from the book has been to become a king-maker rather than striving to become a king.

Although with expectations of reading a non-fiction book, I was disappointed to see that the book turned out to be a fictional one. The story that the author mentions seems to be real, but the omission of facts, names and other important characteristics, it ends up sounding more like a fictional book. It is good for the beginners though, as it gives them learning together with patience to read 250 pages with small chapters.

Let’s shop with Jabong.com

Getting the best products at your doorstep is what you must have been dreaming of since long!

1The moment you type in www.jabong.com, within a fraction of seconds, you land up on a wonderful looking attractive website. With the images and offers flashing on the home page banner, you feel so happy to know that you can get up to 70% off on your favourite brands, only at Jabong.

Jabong provides you the best possible products delivered at your doorsteps, that too at a highly discounted prices. From fashion apparels, to accessories, to home furnishings to premium designer stuffs, jabong has everything for all your needs. From lovely sales and offers, it makes sure that they keep you delighted always!

With the sections like Women, Men, Kids, Home, Premium, Brands, Sports along with one of our favorite sections of SALE, Jabong makes sure the website is easy to browse and to find whatever you are looking for. Along with the products, Jabong also offers you an option of reading the News & Style to learn what is in fashion and what you should buy.The side panel as their blog with quick and wonderful DIY techniques is an add-on feature which we are in love with.

The special sections on the website are:2

  • DO NOT MISS: this section is about the special discounts and offers you should never miss to avail
  • THE BUZZ: it is the place where all the happenings and favorite of the website are listed
  • RECOMMENDED FOR YOU: A place where Jabong keeps in mind your previous account searches and recommends the best products to suit your choice and liking.

To help you get the best look, they also have a section where they update “Look for the Day”. This section helps you learn about what is in trend and what all things and accessories can be clubbed together to give you the best possible look!

Our experience:

10 years back from now, no-one would have thought that the e-commerce and internet will become so big to the shopping freaks can now get their products at their doorsteps. I did my shopping with Jabong and came out really happy with my stuff from them.

  • I logged on to the website using my Facebook login, with the idea of selecting something that is really good and worth. As I was on a look for a good sports, walking shoes, I opted to search for those. Liked one picture and description of Puma Gray and Pink. Ordered it and was waiting eagerly for the pair.j
  • To my surprise, I got it in 2 days to the contrary of 5-6 days as written on the website. Now I understand, that they mention the maximum possible time at the time you are ordering, so that they never disappoint you but impress you with their swift and speedy delivery.
  • Opened my packet, but I got a little disappointed with the quality of the pair of shoe delivered. To which I decided to return it to Jabong. Just requested for the reversal/exchange on the website and the very next day got the guy to do a pickup of the packet.
  • Within 4-5 days I got my credit back in my account worth INR 1135 which was applicable to any purchases I make and that too was valid for a period of 6 months.
  • I took a break and then after good 10-15 days I ordered Philips Keratin Air Straightener worth INR 1598 from Jabong. Got this order again in 3-4 days.jj

I am very happy to be given a chance to shop and review the Jabong website. And trust me, since the day I got it, I am in love with it! I use it once for 2-3 minutes after my every wash and my hairs just go so straight with a lovely shine. As a result, I am getting so many compliments for my hair that I just love it!71e8f-9strL._SL1500_

Thank you Jabong for making my hair go WOW with your quick and easy shopping interface with the easy facility of exchanges as well.

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Celebrating the textile treasure of India – Threads in Heritage– Silhouettes 2015

May 3th 2015,

It was indeed a celebratory revival of our rich handloom and handicrafts at Silhouette 2015 – a dynamic fashion presentation of the graduating batch of B.D.Somani institute of Fashion technology.

The Graduating design students enthralled the industry stalwarts and fashion connoisseurs like Fashion critic – Ms. Meher Castellino & celebrity brigade of designers from Archana Kochhar, Monica & Karishma of Jade, Shymal of designer dua Shyamal & Bhumika, Digvijay Singh,Payal Singhal. They were all enthralled with their innovative design skills and imaginative creativity.

Chief Guest, Hon’ Ms. Kiran Gupta-IAS- Textile Commissioner Ministry of Textiles and celebrity designer and stylist, Ms.Anju Modi along with political figures like activist Mrs.Shaina NC and Mrs. Sharmila Raj Thackeray graced the event, cheering the new wave of graduating young designers

Also, respected Industrial figures from crucial fashion business bodies like Mr. Naren Mukhi , Exec. Comm. Member – CIAE Mr. Aneel Murarka, MD & CEO- Mirachem Industries along with international fashion buyers like Ms. Premal Badiani,(USA) also attended the event to support the fresh talent of fashion.

Renowned Celebrities like Television actor Sharadh Kelkar closed the show for Alumni designer Satyam Waghela and the reigning beauty queen MRS.INDIA 2015, Mrs. Priyanka Khurana Goyal dazzled as the as the Showstopper for designer Shraddha Vora.

Top Runway faces like Sucheta Sharma, Parvathy Omanakuttam, Sanghya Lakhanpal, along with Taheer Ali, Raj, etc strutted the student’s dynamic creations.

The sharp black and white Ikat resort wear – “Monochrome mischief” created the maximum buzz and stole most of the awards amongst the basic first year category. In the second year segment, the graphic geometric prints of “Pop Madhubani” won many accolades along with earthy resort line entitled “Cruise Kalamkari” Also, the elaborated section of stylish kids wear created the maximum buzz.

The BTEC graduating batch of 3rd year created magic with two collections – “Peshwai Panache” which redefined saris from Maharashtra and “Noma-DIVA” – an funky line of hilly resort wear crafted from shawls of north east India.

The first ever batch recognized by BTEC qualification from Pearson stole the show with enigmatic collections of refined professional finesse reflecting the premium vocational standards learned with their global learning program. Mr. Kevin John and Smita Chaudry from Pearson India were felicitated for their valuable presence and constant support for this integral association.

Under the star Alumni category, rising emerging talent namely – Harshal Gala, Anish Bhargav, Satyam Waghela & Seema Mehta. Showcased their premium debut line. Also, showcased were collection by our fashion partners – C Singh and Manish Reshamwala.

On this occasion, taking forward their fashion for a cause initiative, the The Alumni designers pledged to auctioned their show stopper garments to curate relief funds for the recently affected Nepal-Earthquake. Aishwarya design studio whole heartedly came forward to donate the whole sale proceeding of their sponsored student’s collection – “Jute Jazba” for the relief fund campaign.

It was another proud moment for the institute’s charming director Mrs.Aradhana Somani on yet another successful silhouettes edition. The dynamic runway presentation was directed by Ace choreographer Utsav Dholakia.

Online Media Partners for the event was Editor’s Delight. It was indeed a mesmerizing fashion journey captivating the audience with sheer hard work and amazing creativity from the future of our fashion industry!

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SILHOUETTES 2015 presents ‘Threads In Heritage’

Invite 2015

The Legacy of 18 years of great fashion continues this summer at Silhouettes 2015 – the Annual Graduating Fashion Show of B. D. Somani Institute of Art & Fashion Technology.

Event    : Silhouettes 2015 ‘Threads In Heritage’ Date      : May 3rd 2015 Time      : 7.30 p.m. Venue  : Shri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Auditorium,                Comrade Harbanslal Marg, Sion East, Mumbai.

Honorary Fashion dignitaries and celebrity designers would grace the event

CHIEF GUEST

Ms. Kiran Gupta                        IAS- Textile Commissioner Ministry of Textiles

Ms. Anju Modi                           Designer

GUEST OF HONOUR

Ms. Archana Kochhar              Designer

Ms. Meher Castelino              Fashion Columnist

Ms. Shaina N.C.                         Designer

Mr. Dipesh Shah                       Director – Vishal Prints

Mr. Naren Mukhi                      Exec. Comm. Member – CIAE

Mr. Premal Udani                     Chairman – AEPC

Mr. Rahul Mehta                      President, Member Board of Trustees – CMAI

Mr. Ulhas Nimkar                     Hon. Chairman – SDC (India)

CELEBRATED PANEL OF JUDGES

Ms. Bhamini Subramanium   Designer

Ms. Monica & Ms.Karishma    Designers

Ms. Payal Singhal                      Designer

Mr. Ashley Rebello                  Costume Designer

Mr. Digvijay Singh                      Designer

Mr. Shyamal & Ms.Bhumika  Designers

CELEBRITY GUESTS

Mr. Karan Tacker                       Actor

Ms. Priyanka Khurana Goyal   Mrs. India 2015

Ms. Premal Badiani                   Designer – Poshaac (USA)

Mr. Sharad Kelkar                       Actor

The Runway choreography would be directed by fashion choreographer Utsav Dholakia . The show scripted and presented on stage by Hugo D’souza. All the designer collections would be showcased by leading fashion super models like Parvathy Omnakuttam, Sucheta Sharma, Sangya Lakhanpal, Pooja Bhamra, Surbhi Rao, etc.

DETAILS OF OUR SPONSORS FOR THE EVENT Supporting Partner

Supporting Partner                         Hindustan Unilever Ltd.

Knowledge Partner                         BTEC (Pearson UK)

Fashion Partners                              Aishwarya Design Studio                                                  

                                                                Netflex India Pvt. Ltd.                                                               

                                                                 C Singh Fine Design                                                               

                                                                 Saakshi

                                                                 Fashion Studio

Official Magazine                             CMAI Apparel

Event Promotion                              Mystique Promotions Pvt. Ltd

Fashion Jewellery                            Tip Top Point

Accessory Sponsor                          Espelho

Outdoor Sponsors                           Creation Publicity Pvt. Ltd

Event Support                                 Indzyn -Fashion & Lifestyle

Online Media Partner                    Editors Delight

 

Time to celebrate and re-define the rich grandeur of our textile heritage and dexterous crafts of our nation. Let’s recreate the magic of hand-spun treasures in fresh perspective of youthful zest. Each collection would be a sincere tribute to significant craft sector across India. Keeping the authenticity of the textile, young designers have re-phrased some of the dying gems of our decorative crafts & loom legacy.

The show would also witness an exclusive presentation by our 4 homegrown alumni Harshal Gala, Anish Bhargav, Satyam Waghela & Seema Mehta. Mrs. India 2015 – Mrs. Priyanka Khurana Goyal would strut the runway as Showstopper for designer Shraddha Vora.

B. D. Somani has always supported thriving desire of budding talent to reform new rules of fashion. Every pupil is trained towards perfection by understanding their personal skills and interest. The belief is to create fashion entrepreneurs and not just design generators.

Now, with international certification by Pearson’s group, we deliver vocational driven modules of global standards with international approach and universal expertise. BTEC is an international qualification from Pearson, recognized by leading universities, professional bodies and international employers, and accepted by 200 prestigious universities across the US, UK and Australia for direct entry into degree courses. We proudly present our first batch of the BTEC students strutting their graduating finale collections this evening.

Thank You! Raju Bhatia (H.O.D.) Fashion Technology

Contact: B. D. Somani Institute of Art & Fashion Technology

Telephone : 22188818 extn 733.

Mobile : 9820056669

http://www.bdsomani.com   E-mail: raju@bdsomani.com

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LECHAL – World’s first interactive haptic based footwear

“A revolution in wearable technology pioneered by Indian techies”

Krispian Lawrence and Anirudh Sharma, two tinkerers and founders of Ducere Technologies, whose passions to contribute to this world and particularly to their own nation, has resulted into the world’s first interactive haptic footwear, innovated in India and designed for EVERY ONE.

Ducere Technologies announced the launch of the world’s first interactive haptic footwear under their wearable technology brand ‘LECHAL’ (pronounced lay-ch-al, meaning “take me there” in Hindi). The techies envision to deliver ‘The Ultimate User Experience, one crazy product after another’. It aims to offer products that are intuitive and unobtrusive, facilitating every user to evolve to higher lifestyles, reaping the benefits of making technology work for them.Insole Pair

Initially designed to help visually impaired with mobility through unobtrusive means; the duo soon realized that this innovation can be useful for everyone. This thought was further developed to launch stylish footwear with interactive haptic based navigational system guiding the user towards their destination through simple vibrations in the footwear. The footwear that vibrates is the way to go.  

Another well meaning thought behind launching lifestyle tech enabled footwear, was to subsidize the cost of the footwear for the visually impaired. Higher sales of the stylish LECHAL shoes would substantially reduce the cost of footwear meant for the visually impaired, which will have additional non obtrusive technology aids to assist them in navigating their way on their own. 

Some of the unique features of LECHAL is that it offers a Hands free experience – one can give a voice command of direction to the application, user can Tag locations – with landmarks. It also helps you stay Connected with other LECHAL users – where you can share routes as well. 

LECHAL product pack will include a pair of footwear (insoles or shoes), a Charger, an Application which can be downloaded on a smartphone (Android/IOS/Windows compatible). Pre-bookings for LECHAL can be made on www.lechal.com 

Today, Ducere and its brand LECHAL, is recognized globally as an innovative brand in wearable technology, winning several awards & recognitions, including being presented at the world renowned TED conference in 2013. 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCE27-bJRO4\

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