ASUS Zenfone 5 Features and Review-Supports OTG


Asus Zenfone 5 is latest and hot release this year. It has a wide variety of features with android version 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and upgradable to 4.4 (KitKat) version. I've tested with many applications along with different games and found performance is pretty decent. So start reading review of this phone.

This is my 30 days of experience with the phone about different pros and cons.

Display/Screen 

Pros:
Screen look is superb with capacitive 5 inch IPS Display and HD (1280x720 pixels) screen resolution and 294 PPI (Pixels per Inch).

It is using Asus TruVivid Technology. And one interesting thing is Gorilla Glass 3, protects from scratches.

Brightness is good and at satisfied level. 16M colors.

You can drag and drop all apps on the home screen. You can also make apps as different groups. See the side image Asus, Google icons.

Cons:
It would be good if it supports FULL HD display (1920x1080 pixels). But at this price it is acceptable.

Conclusion: It is not recommended if you want higher screen resolution or size.

Hardware

It has very rich set of hardware specifications, Processor giving unbeatable performance with Hyper Threading Technology.

PROCESSOR: 1.6 GHz Intel atom Dual core (No need of quad core unless you are a high end gamer)

RAM: 2GB (Both 8GB and 16GB versions have same 2 GB RAM).

INTERNAL STORAGE: 8GB

EXPANDABLE STORAGE: up to 64GB (MicroSD).

Camera:

The camera quality is pretty good with tons of options.

Rear Camera: 8 Mega Pixel with Flash support

Front Camera: 2 Mega Pixel.

Possible types of settings before capturing photos
Auto Mode
Time Rewind       -Multiple shots in 2 seconds.
HDR                   - High Definition Images with good brightness.
Panorama
Night                  - The power of flash works here.
Low Light           - Excellent picture quality in Low light mode.
Selfie                 - Take your own pictures from Rear camera.
Miniature
Depth of Field     - Blurs the back ground and highlight object.
Smart Remove     - remove background persons.
All smiles             - Finds multiple faces.
Beautification      - Beautify your image.
GIF Animation     - Can capture GIF images.

It has many settings for photo capturing like White Balance, ISO from 50 to 800, Exposure value from -2 to +2,  Camera Resolution 3 4 6 and 8 Megapixel Setting, Anti Shake Enhancement, Image Quality Settings, Self Timer, Burst, Focus Mode, Face Detection.

It supports FULL HD (1920x1080P) video recording with white balance, Exposure value, Video quality (TV, HD, 2M and FULL HD) and video stabilization.

Other features are also interesting like Smart Brightness, Guidelines, Review Duration Settings, Shutter Animation, Camera sound on/off, Location Services, Anti Flicker (50Hz/60Hz), Power Saving mode and Save to MIcro SD card options.

It has many more other features, so that I said it has tons of options in settings, more than like a point and shoot camera. Sample pictures taken from this mobile in HDR Mode.




Conclusion: It is definitely the best choice. You can compare this camera with higher priced mobiles.

User Interface and Connectivity

Asus custom user interface called ZENUI gives you a high range of satisfaction. You almost addict to this mobile if you are good social and an internet user, with this multitasking user interface.

Connectivity :  It supports all most all wireless technologies like GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi Direct, FM, Meeracast, Mobile Data Connect (2G or 3G) and USB Connectivity.

Note: Only one SIM can connect to 3G at a time and other in 2G mode. You can switch 2G and 3G between those two sims.

 Asus Zenfone 5 is now supporting OTG Connectivity from    recent updates.

I connected 16 GB pendrive, 1TB External Hard Disk(External power is required, my transcend drive already have extra cable attached to it), Mouse and Keyborad. Everything working fine.

Conclusion:  Overall, it is an excellent buy. It has OTG support also, so it is unbeatable in the complete connectivity.

AUDIO/VIDEO

It can play all types of resolutions up to FULL HD. It is excellent in playing of videos till FULL HD (1920x1080) Pixels. I tried in VLC and MX players.

The audio quality is pretty decent. But Loud Speaker is not so loud, it is enough for noise less room. If you are a headset lover to hear the music, it would be a great festival to you. It has decent call quality and excellent audio recording facility. So don't worry  about the audio system. Keep aside all your fears.

Conclusion: Loudspeaker volume should be higher, If you don't want a loud speaker much, proceed blindly.

Battery Life:

It has 2110 mAH Lithium non removable battery.

I've heard many complaints on battery. But I am getting 7-8 hours of continuous Wi-Fi usage with a single charge. Based on the game types it is giving 3 to 6 hours at a stretch. One complete day for just Normal calls and music for few hours. Battery is draining faster in 3G mode.

But finally it has pretty decent battery life in this price range.

QUICK PROS and CONS

PROS
1. Best Display
2. Good Sound Quality
3. Above Average battery life.
4. Good Camera
5. ZEN UI is excellent added advantage
6. Wireless direct connectivity.
7. Dual SIM is working nicely by setting one default SIM for calls.
8. Video playing is nice till FULL HD.
9. No lags found till now.
10. Excellent Processing power with 2GB RAM.
11. Less Charging Time.
12. Frequent automatic update of device software.
13. Builtin call recording option.
14. Builtin power saving modes.
15. OTG Cable Support

CONS
1. Loud Speaker should be improved.
2. No Manual settings for 2G/3G Data Connectivity.
3. Battery life is above average/average.
4. Doubt in ASUS Service Centers and Servicing.
5. No specific quality accessories for the device like Flip Cover and Bluetooth Headset, etc..


Overall ASUS ZENFONE 5 is the best buy.

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How to Recover Deleted Files with Free Software


You intentionally or accidentally deleted your files from your Hard Disk. It would be good, if those files were available in Recycle Bin and you can go for quick restoration. Sometimes we permanently delete the files from disk by pressing SHIFT+DEL or by emptying the Recycle Bin.

Badly, you need those files after some time. So what to do? Don't worry, still we have a chance to get them back.


What is happening in the Deletion process?
When you delete any file or movie from hard disk, your operating system will just mark that space as available for further writing. So when you want to save a new file or a new movie, the Operaing System may save that new file in the previously marked space or in a new space. You're lucky if it is in free space, your chances of getting that data are poor when it overwrites in the marked space with your new file.

Don't panic, take a long breath and try this procedure without worrying.

Step 1: Download a free software called Recuva and Start installation process.

Step 2: During the installation process, you will find a screen with install options. Make sure to keep tick mark on the third checkbox. And click on Install button as shown in below figure.




Step 3: Your installation process will finish in a moment and you will get a new welcome screen. Just click on Next button.

Step 4: The next window comes with a list of possible file recovery options. Make sure "All Files" radio button is active.


Step 5: Select the file location, where you deleted your files. If you don't know, keep the default option as usual, such as "I'm not sure" and proceed with "Next" button.


Step 6: Click on "Start" in next screen to start the scanning process. That's it. You're done! All your files were back.

Note: You can Right click and select "Scan for Deleted Files" option on any folder or drive.


How to Surf Anonymously and Visit Blocked Websites


You can surf the internet without knowing your traces. Yes, what I said is true, you can browse any website anonymously and hide your identity, along with that you can also access any blocked websites or country wise restricted websites over the internet. 

But you require two things to do this, Mozilla Firefox Web browser and AnonymoX Plugin.

Advantages: Changes your IP Address, Changes your country name, Visiting of Blocked Websites, Turn On/Off with a single click at any time, etc.

Step 1: Download and install the Mozilla Firefox Browser. (Most probably, many users were already installed on their PC's).

Step 2: Go this AnonymoX Firefox Plugin web page to download and add to your Firefox Browser.


Step 3: Click on Download Now Button. You will get a new popup asking for permission to allow installation.


Step 4: Your add-on will download and ask for installation. Click on Install Now button.


Step 5: Now Restart your Browser to complete installation. You're Done! With installation. Just keep that Active or Inactive.


Step 6: Enable the Checkbox to keep that active. Happy Anonymous Surfing :-)



Step 7: Do you want to know, whether it is working or not?

Open "www.google.com" type "What is my IP" in the search box. You will get your IP Address. Do this before and after this procedure. I've been using this for past few months, and I did't face any problems.


How to Recover Installed Product Keys in Your Windows OS


If you are working in windows operating system and if you want to find out the Microsoft operating system product keys already installed in your system, then this how to guide is for you. You need a free software to recover your serial keys. I would suggest Magical jelly Bean Key Finder or Enchanted Keyfinder.

Magical Jelly Bean loads very quick and finds the product keys for you. You can find my screenshot below. I installed in my system, loading with Windows 7 Home premium. It was listed my Operating System key, Ms Office key and my IDM serial keys. 

Without this software, it is really hard to find your installed serial keys.



Some of the important features:

It scans Bootable and Non Bootable Hard Disk

Works well with 64 bit system

Recover Serials of Office 2010, Office 2007, Vista, & Windows 7 and Windows 8.

300+ supported programs.

Just take a try to load and save your serial keys for future use.

How to Download Entire YouTube Playlist



YouTube is the most popular website for videos. Daily we watch different categories of videos like movies, serials, fun videos, amazing videos, and others on YouTube. There are many possible ways to download any video that you found interesting for further watch.

 In the previous how to guide, you can see how to download YouTube videos to your system.  In this post, we can see how to download the entire playlist of videos in YouTube channel. You may get a doubt that how many videos can download at a time? I say most probably hundred's of videos at a time. I have more than 20 videos in my channel. So let us start downloading all those videos with a single click.

If you are running windows operating system, you can download a free software called FREE MAKE VIDEO DOWNLOADER. 

Step 1: Download the Software for your system and install by clicking simple next buttons.

Step 2: Open the software, now it looks like the below picture.


Step 3: Now open the YouTube playlist or channel or single video. See the step 1 in the image.


Step 4: Copy the URL as shown in the step 2 in above figure. Try to avoid Http or Https.

Step 5: Now open Free Make Video Downloader Window and click on Paste Url Button Step 3 in image.

Step 6: you will get a new popup window to show the download properties.


Step 7: Select the quality of the video to download as shown in step 4 in the image. It has mobile, CD, DVD, HD, FULL HD formats. Download size will increase if more quality.

Step 8: Select the destination to save your videos, see the step 5 in the image. 

Step 9: Click on the Download Button. You're done!

Now all the videos will be in your system in a moment. If you have faster internet, it would be great fetch to download quickly. 

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How to Save Any Web Page as a PDF Document in Google Chrome


We daily watch many web pages on the internet, but sometimes some pages look interesting and you really wanted to download these pages. Perhaps you can go with "save page as" option in the menu bar. It is not so efficient method to save any web page, so here is a simple procedure of saving your document as PDF (Portable Document Format). This process is easy to do in 4 simple clicks. 

Step 1: Open the web  page that you want to save to your computer in google chrome.

Step 2: press Ctrl + P on the keyboard or you can go to Settings --> Print at the top right side of the screen.


Step 3: You will get a new window with print options. Select Save as PDF option after clicking on Change Button


Step 4: Now Click on Save button, and specify a destination on your computer to save that page.

How to Record Your Computer Screen and Voice to Make a Video


Everyday we watch recorded videos in YouTube and many other video sharing websites. In this how-to guide I would like to share about a very basic open source application called CamStudio Free Screen Recorder to record your own video. You can also do experiments by recording your own desktop screen, some experts could generally choose TechSmith Camtasia Studio for recording their tutorials and how to guides, but that was quite expensive to buy. So in this article we will discuss how to record a computer screen with help of CamStudio free screen recorder.

Step 1: Download the software from Sourceforge.

Step 2: Install it like all other normal software by clicking a sequence of next buttons.

Step 3: Open the application. Now you can see many menu options like File, Region, Options, Tools, Effects, View and Help along with 3 important buttons.


Step 4: You can explore all the menu options and try in different ways of recording.

Step 5: Click on the RED button to record the video, BLACK button to pause the video and BLUE button to stop the recording.

Step 6: But before clicking the RED button you need select the region of your screen to record, so go to "Region" menu option

Step 7: In the Region menu, you can find "Region, Fixed Region, Window and Full Screen" selection options. Choose any option you want before starting the recording process.

Step 8: And one more important thing is audio settings. You can choose your microphone to record your voice. To activate this feature go to "Options" in the menu bar and click on  " Record audio from microphone" option.

Step 9: Now you finished your preparations to record Video and Audio. Now click on the "RED FILLED CIRCLE" Button under "File" menu to start the recording process and click on the Stop button to stop recording.

Step 10: You are done! your video recorded and automatically saved in your videos folder in documents.

Try to start your first experiment of recording your computer screen if you are a newbie. Please share it if you like it.

Best Free Cloud Storage Services 2014



The cloud is a simple term for the online space wherein GB's of data is being stored and shared worldwide. There are some popular websites that offer cloud storage service online to keep our files safe and stay forever. It's just like an on line pen drive, you can directly share files with your family and friends.




So let's get start using some popular free cloud storage services today

1. Dropbox
2. Google Drive
3. Microsoft OneDrive
4. Box

Dropbox:

Dropbox is extremely user-friendly and most widely used cloud storage service due to its simplicity. They will provide a small software associated with website directly and can download and install in your system. If you do this, it would generate a new folder in your documents directory in c drive. You can do all operations like copy, paste, delete, modify, move,etc. directly in that folder. It behaves like a normal folder in your system, but it sync all files to online storage. So you can access all your files anywhere and anytime if you have an internet facility.

Note:
- Free Space : 2GB/With Referrals up to 16GB
- Operating Systems   : Windows/Linux/Max/Android/Iphone
- Website: www.dropbox.com

Google Drive:

The User Interface is very simple and integrated with google apps. Simply everything is same like a dropbox, but you can open and edit all your documents directly from drive using Google Docs. It is directly associated with Gmail and Google+.

Note: 
- Supports to view up to 30 file types
- Free Space : 15GB
- Website: drive.google.com

Microsoft OneDrive:

OneDrive was recently launched by the Microsoft. It is extremely well designed application. It has the user interface like Windows 8 Operating system. It also has all most all the functionalities provided by the Google Drive like document editing, directly in your browser.

Note: 
- Directly publish your videos to Facebook.
- You can add new items to previously shared items.
- Free Space : 7GB
- Extra Space : 8GB extra is possible with Referrals / By Activating Camera Roll Backup
- Website : https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-gb/

Box:

Last but not least, Box is also similar to DropBox. Box has some nice features like feed about document changes, integration with google docs, more collaborative features.

Note:
Free Space : 10 GB
Website: www.box.com

How to Change Desktop Background to a Solid or plain Colour


The video guide explains the procedure for setting the desktop back ground to a plain or solid colour. This procedure is valid for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating Systems. This process does not require any extra widgets or soft wares. So lets take a look into this.


Video guide to Show or Hide Recycle Bin from Windows 7 or Windows 8 Desktop


See the video guide for hiding or displaying some of the needed icons on the desktop. The procedure were also written in my earlier post.


How to Show or Hide Recycle Bin from Windows 7 or Windows 8 Desktop


We are quite familiar with windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems in these days.  Perhaps, It is essential to know all possible tips and tricks to get advanced level of understanding the operating Systems. So let us know simple tip of hiding Recycle Bin and other main icons on those desktops. So let us start the procedure for the same.

How to Show or Hide Recycle Bin.

STEP 1: Right click on desktop and select "Personalize" option from the menu.

STEP 2: In the personalization window, find "Change Desktop Icons" at top left side and click that option.


STEP 3: You will get a new popup window titled "Desktop Icon Settings" with many Check Boxes.


STEP 4: There are Five Desktop Icons with their check boxes are available in that window. See the tick mark in the above picture for clear understanding. Just enable the check box to display that icon on the desktop and disable the box to hide from display on desktop.

You can see the video reference for the same procedure. 

How to Delete Messages in Facebook


In my earlier post I've written about stopping of Facebook annoying messages. I was received many requests on the deletion process of messages in the Facebook. The answer is quite simple but many Facebook users are getting struggle with this. So I decided to write a small post with screen shots. The procedure is quite simple and can finish in three simple steps.

Step 1:
Go to messages on the left side to your Facebook wall. This is simply under your profile image at the top left corner of the page. You can find that in below image.

Step 2:
You can find all the user names on the left side of the screen. Select the person from the list to delete your conversation or specific messages in the conversation.

Step 3: 
Now we are almost over. On the top right corner of the screen, you will see actions button. Simply click on that button and click on "Delete conversation" option. See mark 3 in below image. 


That's it. You deleted your entire conversation with that person. You can also delete specific messages by selecting another option "Delete Messages..."  you can see mark 4 in the above screen shot.