Thursday, July 30

Samsung Galaxy A7 - surprisingly good

Galaxy A7 perspective view
Samsung Galaxy A7 : courtesy GSMarena
As a mid segment phone, I presumed Samsung Galaxy A7 to be a weak on performance though packed with all goodies. But an evening at Burj Khalifa changed the whole perspective.

First, seeing the Burj Khalifa upfront and close was a jaw dropping. With an elegant design disguising all its size, it appears like a needle piercing the sky. Many hobby photographers including my brother had gathered for the evening.

I too joined the click party and the Galaxy A7 camera performance was a pleasant surprise. The Burj turned out to be a good test subject as the ambient light available dropped along its height.

shots taken with Galaxy A7




That led to a relook pushing it to the limits. Summing up my user experience over the last 2 months, 

The good

  • Gorgeous 1080p screen
  • Better than expected camera performance. (to compare, Oneplus One camera was a disaster)
  • Great battery life & no overheating issues 
  • Light weight and the metal body has a premium feel
  • Has LTE, yet to try. 


The bad

  • Samsung apps and services eats up most of the 2GB RAM
  • Still running Kitkat 4.4.4
  • Touchwiz and basic apps feels cumbersome and outdated
  • rear speaker makes it muted when lying over soft surfaces


Galaxy A7 is a very capable performer and a vfm deal at INR 26,000.
And it comes in Gold too!

Burj Khalifa taken on a Samsung galaxy a7

Burj Khalifa at night shot on galaxy a7



Friday, July 24

Solar Palm: the next generation of solar powered street lamps


solar palm inside up view. the thin green LEDs are very capable in lighting up the floor
inside up view. the thin green LEDs are very capable in lighting up the floor 

Spotted an attractive life size replica of a Palm with glowing green LEDs at Jumeriah beach. On closer look, it was an aesthetically designed installation with solar panels disguised as leaves of a palm. In addition to lighting, this palm is also a wifi hotspot, mobile charging station, sports a selfie cam and can seat around 5 people with its circular base. 

Aptly named Solar Palm. The next generation of solar powered street lamps has arrived. Solar Palm is a right sized combo of utility and aesthetics. Hope Dubai will have more of them soon.

Green glow of the solar palm with an illuminated mosque in the background JUMERIAH BEACH, DUBAI
Green glow of the solar palm with an illuminated mosque in the background