WALKS THE TALK

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nidhi sin­gal

The spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the Asus Max Pro M1 on pa­per seemed too good to be true – the right hard­ware run­ning stock An­droid at an un­be­liev­able price. Asus has ditched its Zen UI and in­cluded the lat­est ver­sion of An­droid OS, 8.1.0. Al­though stock An­droid leaves no room for bloat­ware and un­nec­es­sary apps, Asus has added some – cal­cu­la­tor, FM Ra­dio, sound recorder, Face­book, Face­book Mes­sen­ger and In­sta­gram. These won’t be a nui­sance as they are used quite of­ten.

My re­view unit was the base model which had 3 GB RAM with 32 GB on­board stor­age. Of this, 7.1 GB was con­sumed by the sys­tem and 2.2 GB by the apps, leav­ing close to 22 GB of on­board stor­age for use. There is also a ded­i­cated mem­ory card slot along with two nanoSIM slots. It is pow­ered by the lat­est Qual­comm’s Snap­dragon 636 chipset.

There is a 13-MP pri­mary cam­era and a 5-MP sec­ondary cam­era, which man­age to in­stantly fo­cus on the sub­ject while blur­ring the back­ground, re­sult­ing in su­perb bokeh im­ages. The only thing miss­ing is the op­tion to ad­just the back­ground blur while cap­tur­ing the im­age or while edit­ing it – a set­ting many smart­phones have these days. The cam­era app lay­out is pretty neat. There are dif­fer­ent modes to shoot with – HDR, Auto, Por­trait, Land­scape, etc. The sound out­put of the phone is im­pres­sive, which makes it ideal for mul­ti­me­dia con­sump­tion. The small card­board ac­ces­sory in the box can am­plify the sound fur­ther.

The 5.99-inch dis­play with 2,160x1,080p res­o­lu­tion is bright and of­fers good sun­light leg­i­bil­ity. The 18:9 as­pect ra­tio of the screen has re­sulted in slightly big­ger di­men­sions, but the curved edges make it easy to grip and use. The phone has a mi­cro USB port for charg­ing and a 5,000 mAh battery which lasts close to two days on a sin­gle charge. Apart from the fin­ger­print scan­ner at the rear, Asus also has the face un­lock fea­ture, which is noth­ing to write home about.

With the Zen­fone Max Pro M1, Asus has bro­ken into the big league. It packs in great fea­tures at a com­pelling price. ble is sturdy and easy to un­tan­gle. There is an in-line re­mote for an­swer­ing calls, con­trol­ling vol­ume and chang­ing tracks. It comes with a car­ry­ing pouch and five sets of ear tips. The an­gu­lar ear­buds fit in com­fort­ably and stayed there. Un­like what boAt claims, the ear­phones do not re­ally iso­late noise.

The 1More’s Triple Driver head­phone we re­viewed re­cently had im­pres­sive sound qual­ity. With boat Nir­vanaa, I ex­pected the same. The com­pany has added two 6-mm dy­namic HD drivers that act like woofers for pro­duc­ing low fre­quen­cies, and a bal­anced ar­ma­ture driver that act like a small tweeter for cre­at­ing sur­round sound.

I tested this ear­phone by play­ing dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic, tran­scrib­ing in­ter­views and an­swer­ing calls. Of the var­i­ous tracks I played – in­clud­ing ‘Some­thing Just Like This’ by The Chainsmok­ers and Cold­play, ‘Blue Eyes Cry­ing in The Rain’ by Wil­lie Nel­son and ‘Afreen Afreen’ by Nus­rat Fateh Ali Khan – ‘Blue Eyes’ sounded the best. The vo­cals were loud and pro­nounced. Over­all, the sound was clear but the tre­ble and bass were not de­fin­i­tive. Call clar­ity was clear and the other side could hear me prop­erly.

A pretty good ex­pe­ri­ence over­all with clear sound and no dis­tor­tion at high vol­umes.

Al­though the com­pany has priced this ear­phone at Rs 3,990, it is re­tail­ing for Rs 2,982 on Ama­zon In­dia. For the price it comes for, this is a good buy, es­pe­cially if you are into coun­try mu­sic. But if you en­joy lis­ten­ing to rock or heavy beats, then the Nir­vanaa Tres is not for you.

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