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Galaxy A01 review: Bare-bones smart phone for the budget conscious

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The Galaxy A01 is a no-fuss, low-priced Android phone that is the cheapest member of Samsung’s A-series of budget phones. Priced at $150 (though we’ve seen it on sale for as low as $100 unlocked from Samsung), the phone’s bare-bones hardware and features — like its plain design and low-resolution display– aren’t much to get excited about. But the handset covers the basics well enough that, for its low price, it should be a decent device to snap photos, check email, watch videos and, of course, make calls.

Like

  • Affordable
  • Headphone jack
  • Decent camera

Don’t Like

  • Meager onboard memory
  • Camera’s Live Focus is inconsistent
  • Can be slow at times

Thanks to its better camera specs and updated OS, I prefer the Galaxy A01 over 2019’s Motorola Moto E6 and 2018’s Moto G6, which also can be found for $100 to $150 now. However, the A01 lasted just under 12 hours in our battery tests, so if you want something with more juice and can spend $100 more, consider the Moto G Power ($250 at Best Buy) instead. In addition to a triple rear camera system and a sharper display, the G Power lasted more than 24 hours during our battery tests.

Galaxy A01’s design and display

The A01 has a 5.7-inch LCD display. While watching videos is fine, the phone’s 720p resolution means I can’t watch videos at the sharper 1080p resolution, which many YouTube videos can be viewed in. Some on-screen icons (like the camera) also look fuzzy on closer inspection, and overall the LCD screen isn’t as vibrant and rich as, say, the Galaxy A51’s ($273 at Amazon) OLED display.

Thin and small enough to navigate with one hand, the A01 has a teardrop notch for its front-facing camera that keeps it looking modern. Up top is a headphone jack and on the backside of the phone are two small slits for the audio speaker grille. This is something to take note of; whenever you put the phone down to watch video, the audio will be slightly muffled against whatever surface it’s laying on. When I laid it on my desk I didn’t hear much of a difference compared to when I was holding the phone in my hand, but when I put the A01 on my bed to watch videos, the sound did dampen a tad more.

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The Galaxy A01’s teardrop notch.


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Galaxy A01’s camera struggles with portrait shots

The Galaxy A01’s camera takes clear, colorful photos in ample lighting, and red and green hues especially pop in some pictures. There were a few images where the sky was overexposed, and was blown out to white. Later in the evening, I was able to take a good shot of the blue sky, with the foreground and subject matter evenly exposed as well. The camera has an 8X digital zoom that is decent at getting more details from faraway objects, but image quality does get muddier and washed out the closer you zoom.

Live Focus for portrait photos was also really inconsistent. Though some pictures turned out OK, several others had the foreground or object blurred out instead of the background, even after I made sure that the effect was ready to use. Samsung said they are looking into the issue, and I’ll update the review when I hear back.

The camera can record 1080p video. Video quality is clear and sharp enough, but the phone doesn’t have optical image stabilization so footage won’t be super-smooth if you’re moving around a lot.

The flowers in this shot are vibrant, colorful and sharp.


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This picture of a rose garden is good, but the sky is blown out. 


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In this image, the sky and its clouds have been well captured, along with the foreground.


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An example of the Live Focus feature not working (left) and working (right).


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Galaxy A01’s internal storage woes 

Speaking of photos, you’ll likely need to use Google Photos cloud service to store your photos and videos or invest in a microSD card. The phone only has 16GB of internal storage, nearly half of which is taken up by the OS and apps. My review unit is from Verizon and came with many preloaded apps. When I first turned it on, having taken no photos or downloaded any apps of my own yet, it had only 4.9GB of usable memory. After uninstalling as much bloatware as I could (there were some apps I couldn’t delete including a bunch of Verizon apps), I got to about 6.8GB. Again, the phone does have expandable memory up to 512GB, so I recommend that route for onboard storage.

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If you want to take lots photos and videos with the A01, invest in more storage.


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Performance is decent with a Snapdragon 439 chipset

Equipped with a Snapdragon 439 processor, the A01 operates quickly enough for the most part. There were times when I noticed it was faster at quitting apps and launching the camera than even the Galaxy A51, which has a more advanced processor. But every so often I noticed that the A01 took a beat or two to do things too, like opening certain apps (Geekbench 4 especially took a while to launch). It wasn’t enough to throw the phone out the window, but if you want a lightning-speed user experience, this phone isn’t for you.

Benchmark results are also on par with my real life observations, with the Galaxy A01’s Geekbench 4 and 3DMark’s Slingshot Unlimited scores on par with G6 from two years ago. More recent budget phones, like the Galaxy A51 and Moto G Power comfortably beat the A01 with their more advanced processors. (Note that I could not download Geekbench 5 or 3DMark’s Ice Storm Unlimited tests on the phone.)

Geekbench v.4.0 single-core

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Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench v.4.0 multicore

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

3DMark Slingshot Unlimited

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Longer bars indicate better performance

Galaxy A01’s battery life

Powered by a 3,000-mAh battery, the phone can last all through the work day with mild usage. That includes watching videos, snapping photos and browsing the web for a few hours out of the day. During tests for continuous video playback on Airplane mode, the phone averaged 11 hours and 47 minutes. That’s a good time to clock in (and that’s longer than, say, the Pixel 4 from last year, which initially sold for $800, mind you, and lasted only 10 hours). But both the A01 and Pixel 4 have one of the shortest battery runs I’ve seen in the last two years. If you want something way longer, check out the Moto G Power, which lasted more than 24 hours for the same test. We’re also conducting streaming video battery tests, and I’ll update the review when I have those numbers.

Galaxy A01 spec comparison

Samsung Galaxy A01 Samsung Galaxy A51 (4G) Motorola Moto G Power Motorola Moto G6
Display size, resolution 5.7-inch LCD; 1,520×720 pixels 6.5-inch FHD AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels 6.4-inch; 2,300×1,080 pixels 5.7-inch LCD; 2,160×1,080 pixels (18:9 screen ratio)
Pixel density 295ppi 405ppi 399ppi 424ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.81 x 2.79 x 0.33 in. 6.24 x 2.90 x 0.31 in. 6.29 x 2.98 x 0.38 in. 6.1 x 2.8 x 0.3 in.
Dimensions (millimeters) 147.5 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm 158.5 x 73.6 x 7.9 mm 159.85 x 75.8 x 9.63 mm 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.32 oz.; 151g 6.07 oz.; 172g 7.01 oz.; 199g 5.9 oz.; 167g
Mobile software Android 10 Android 10 Android 10 Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera 13-megapixel (standard), 2-megapixel (depth sensing) 48-megapizel (standard), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 5-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth sensing) 16-megapixel (wide-angle), 2-megapixel (macro), 8-megapixel (ultra-wide angle) 12-megapixel (standard), 5-megapixel (depth sensing)
Front-facing camera 5-megapixel 32-megapixel 16-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video capture 1080p 4K 4K 1080p
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 2.3GHz octa-core processor Snapdragon 665 Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Storage 16GB 128GB 64GB 32GB, 64GB
RAM 2GB 6GB 4GB 3GB, 4GB
Expandable storage Up to 512GB Up to 512GB Up to 512GB Up to 128GB
Battery 3,000-mAh 4,000-mAh 5,000-mAh 3,000-mAh
Fingerprint sensor No In-screen Back Home button
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket – For Which One You Should Go For

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Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket - For Which One You Should Go For

Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket

Want to know the difference between these two shipping modes? With which shipping method you should go?

Out of Aliexpress Standard Shipping and ePacket, which is cheaper? Then no worries. We are here with a closer look at –Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket. We will help you out to figure these two available shipping ways.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping

Aliexpress Standard Shipping and the company is the top e-commerce site and property of Alibaba Group. Aliexpress Standard Shipping is not the cheapest delivery option but it is a reliable choice.

AliExpress offers shipping options for every taste and budget:

  • For those who are in a hurry.
  • For those who are not.
  • With extra fees.

With Aliexpress Standard Shipping, the parcels usually arrive within 15-45 days.

You will see the tracking number of the parcel on the product’s details page when the shipment is sent. You can track the location of your package also.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping follows different chain:

Seller-> Aliexpress Warehouse->Courier->Customer.

ePacket

As the name implies, the shipping service was designed for e-commerce. It helps the customers to receive parcels quickly from online stores and marketplaces that shipped out from China and Hong Kong.

Before ePacket, products were shipped to the US from China via sea. This was a long journey, and shipping took a long time.

However, ePacket has its own requirements. The maximum length of a package is 24 inches (60 cm) and the total length, height, and thickness of the package cannot be more than 36 inches (90 cm).

Additionally, the package cannot weigh more than 4.4 lbs (2kg). Through ePacket, the product can be delivered to 35 countries.

Shipping time may vary and depends on the destination of the package, customs, holidays, and other delays. On average a package takes 10-20 days to arrive from the United States.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket

The two shipping methods that we are going to explore are AliExpress Standard Shipping and ePacket. Compared to the other free shipping method, AliExpress Standard Shipping and ePacket can cut down shipping time for a few days.

To know which is the best shipping option, consider the advantages and disadvantages of each shipping method.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping- Advantages

  • It provides free shipping to some destination countries like the USA.
  • Products are packed in good quality packaging.
  • Packages usually arrived within 15 to 45 days.
  • Provides many shipping options according to your choice.

Disadvantages

  • Packages usually arrived within 15 to 45 days.
  • It is ideal for small packages.
  • Sometimes you need to pick up your parcels.

ePacket Shipping: Advantages

  • The estimated shipping time is 7 – 30 days.
  • It is cheaper than other shipping services.
  • ePacket is faster than other standard shipping methods being used in China.

Disadvantages

  • ePacket is not available worldwide. ePacket delivers the products only in 35 countries.
  • There is a limitation on the size and weight of parcels.

Which Shipping Method Should I Go With- Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket?

According to my choice, you should choose ePacket as it is faster and more reliable.

From our experience, AliExpress Standard Shipping generally has a slower delivery timeframe than ePacket. But if it isn’t, then AliExpress Standard Shipping should be your next best choice for affordable shipping and package delivery.

Summing it Up On :

Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket

This is all about Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket. Hope you are able to figure out which shipping method is best for you.

Give your feedback in the comment section below.

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Fauci says U.S. needs to ‘hunker down’ for fall and winter

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As the U.S. makes its way to the flu season, the citizens can’t go easy in their fight against this ongoing pandemic, mentioned Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday. Even though the total number of latest daily cases for the COVID-19 disease in the United States has been slowly yet steadily declining in the past two weeks straight, the numbers are still fairly close to 200,000 deaths pertaining to COVID-19 along with 6 million+ cases of confirmed infections.

Fauci also mentioned that we have to be cautious & work through the winter and fall season. This is because things are in no way going to be survivable with a plethora of other diseases lurking in the background.

Fauci is the director for the National Institute of Allergies & Infectious Diseases who spoke regarding the vaccine trials for COVID-19 as well as the chances of surges deemed to happen after Labor Day. He went on to note that when the United States manages to control the disease in a certain region, another one emerges as a hot spot.

This spike in the number inevitably appears whenever the states happen to lift their restrictions related to social distancing. As per Fauci, this transition from a controlled area to a hot spot is actually a depressing sight, given the fact that we already know what is responsible for the same.

One among the leading researchers for AIDS since the year 1980s, Fauci, also happened to warn about how dangerous it could be when people start undermining this virus. He also went on to compare this new pandemic to that of the initial days of the HIV virus that started with some gay men & decades later; there were 70 million+ infected individuals with millions dead of the disease.

He mentioned that the people have been through a pandemic of this intensity before, and underestimating its potential would only bring disastrous consequences. Fauci’s comments related to the requirement for scientists and doctors to approach this disease with complete seriousness came just after the President was heard saying that the pandemic seriousness has been minimized as per Sports Grind Entertainment.

President Donald Trump has been highly criticized for the response made by him with regard to this virus. According to the President, he was playing down the scenario, given the fact that there was no need to create panic.

Although Fauci didn’t actually mention these statements provided by the President, he surely reflected on the lessons learned from this mistake. He also added that we had no idea about the virus from the very first day. However, as we learn more about it, we need to be flexible and change the recommendations, policies, guidelines, as well as other mandates as per the information obtained.

Fauci also mentioned that these vaccine trials have been progressing particularly well. He repeated his caution and added it with optimism stating that a vaccine might be ready as we approach the end of 2020. However, he made no comment related to the vaccine trials being conducted at the University of Oxford that was paused for the week after one participant in the United Kingdom happened to develop an issue in the spinal cord area. When enquired about the possibility of a 2nd wave for the cases in the United States, Fauci mentioned that he isn’t debating about the 2nd surge given the fact that we haven’t yet overcome the first one. While the country is ridden with fear of the speculations of an influenza season that might start in the month of October, it might overwhelm the country’s health care protocol, which is overrun with COVID-19 patients.

Although there is some good news coming in from Australia, things are looking good for the United States. Australia experienced the lightest influenza cases due to the social distancing protocol in place for COVID-19 infection.

However, it isn’t clear whether the United States would experience a similar fate in this regard. To this, Fauci commented that he has no idea of the situation and its future, so he wouldn’t want to predict anything positive or negative related to the pandemic.

 

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IT ministry banned 118 more apps including PUBG: Here’s the full list

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The Indian government once again banned 118 Chinese applications. The name of PUBG is also included in these apps. 118 other mobile applications of China have been banned by the IT Ministry.

The Ministry of Information Technology had received several complaints from various sources, stating that users’ data is being stolen incorrectly through some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms. 

Here is the full list of apps banned by the government on September 2:

Other Apps which are banned by the Government are :

21.Tencent Weiyun

22.Pitu

23.WeChat Work

24.Cyber Hunter

25.Cyber Hunter Lite

26. Knives Out-No rules, just fight!

27.Super Mecha Champions

28.LifeAfter

29.Dawn of Isles

30.Ludo World-Ludo Superstar

31.Chess Rush

32.PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik

33.PUBG MOBILE LITE

34.Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade

35.Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon

36.Dank Tanks

37.Warpath

38.Game of Sultans

39.Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos

40.Smart AppLock (App Protect)

& 10 Bands Equalizer

 

61.Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer

62.Web Browser – Secure Explorer

63.Music Player – Audio Player

64.Video Player – All Format HD Video Player

65.Lamour Love All Over The World

66.Amour- video chat & call all over the world.

67.MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community

68.MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor

69.APUS Message Center-Intelligent management

70.LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers

91.Murderous Pursuits

92.Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology

93.Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese

94.HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream

95.Little Q Album

96.Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords

97.Hi Meitu

98.Mobile Legends: Pocket

99.VPN for TikTok

100.VPN for TikTok

101.Penguin E-sports Live assistant

102. Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices

103.iPick

104.Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie

105.Parallel Space Lite – Dual App

106.”Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC

107.MARVEL Super War NetEase Games

108.AFK Arena

109.Creative Destruction NetEase Games

110.Crusaders of Light NetEase Games

111.Mafia City Yotta Games

112.Onmyoji NetEase Games

113.Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games

114. Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded

115.Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games

116.Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games

117.Soul Hunters

118.Rules of Survival

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