DJI Spark: The Best Portable Drone?


Recently YTD got hands on the DJI Spark Combo package. The combo package comes with a lot of extras and a $200 premium over the simple Spark. The first things we noticed was the absolutely minimal size of Spark. If you think Mavic Pro was small, then you need to check out the Spark in person. The weight and dimensions of Spark makes it a perfect go-to drone for beginners. Despite its tiny foot print, it packs a lot of tech and sensors. From tracking movements to avoiding obstacles, it has covered all the latest features. After spending a month with the device and testing it both indoors and outdoors, we noticed a number of impressive and not-so-impressive things about this little drone.


Inside the DJI Spark Combo Package

  1. DJI Spark
  2. Remote Controller with up to 2 km signal range
  3. 2 Batteries (1480 mAh)
  4. Propeller guards
  5. 2 sets of propellers
  6. 3-Slot battery charging dock
  7. Micro-USB charging cable
  8. Battery charger adapter
  9. DJI branded carrying bag for controller and its accessories
  10. DJI branded Styrofoam case for the Spark, Propellers and 2 extra batteries

Flying Experience of Spark

There are a number of ways to fly the Spark. Since the basic Spark does not come up with the remote controller, therefore, it can be launched right from the palm and controlled through hand gestures. Another way of controlling spark is through the DJI GO 4 app on an iOS or Android device. However, the flying distance would be limited to 100 meters and height to 50 meters. In order to take full advantage of Spark’s capabilities and to experience a more stable signal quality, Your Tech Dose highly recommends getting the Spark controller. It not only extends the range up to 2 KM but also ensures a steady signal. Not to mention, having a physical controller is much more intuitive than using virtual sticks on the DJI GO 4 app.


Using DJI Spark indoors

Although Spark is not marketed as an indoor drone, however, in our indoor flights, it performed flawlessly. Most of the times it was getting between 10-13 GPS signals under the roof, surprisingly , the stability was hardly compromised whilst flying without the GPS. Thanks to its advance sensors and obstacle avoidance features, DJI Spark exceeded all our expectations in the indoor flights. However, it is highly recommended to use propeller guards and maintain a safe distance from the device while flying indoors.


Battery Life of Spark

There are a number of factors that influence the battery performance of Spark. While flying outdoors, it is important to keep a check on wind speed and heat levels. From our experience, in moderate wind speed of 15-20 Km/h, Spark did a pretty good job of maintaining its position and capturing stable footage. However, it resulted in a battery loss of about 60 to 80 seconds. As far as the heat levels go, Spark provided the best battery time during the sunset when it wasn’t as hot as mid-day. Lastly, using propeller guards also reduced the flying time by 60-70 seconds.

On average, DJI Spark gave a flying time of 13 minutes on a single charge. 2 new batteries were used to test the above mentioned flying time.


Gimbal & Camera Quality of the DJI Spark

The camera of Spark is more of a mixed bag. DJI makes a lot of consumer drones with 3-axis gimbal for stabilization, however, due to the minimal size of the DJI Spark, they could only fit 2-axis gimbal. It performs pretty well most of the times, however, there have been a few instances, where a significant jerk was felt while panning it from left to right.

Furthermore, Spark has the 1/2.3” CMOS image sensor capable of taking 12MP stills, and the video resolution of up to 1080P at 30 FPS. It would have been much appreciated if DJI would have managed to provide 60 FPS video.

By today’s standards, the video quality is just average, however, one thing that Spark really excels at, is its remarkable image quality. The 4K sensor certainly provides a much crispier photo with a nice level of photo saturation.


Verdict on Spark’s performance

Spark offers a lot of amazing features in a small package. Although the video quality is not as good as some other drones, however, the portability and overall user experience makes it the best drone in its price.


 

Apple TV Finally Offers 4K HDR

Apple has just unveiled the latest Apple TV which finally supports 4K and HDR and provides an extensive coverage of various TV apps like Netflix and Amazon. Furthermore, it would also bring new features like integration of live sports and reminders of upcoming sport events.

Apple TV A10X Chip
Apple TV A10X Chip

Upgrades in the New Apple TV

  • 4K & HDR Support
  • A10X chip, same as the latest iPad Pro 10.5″ or the iPad Pro 12.9″
  • Free upgrade of existing HD users to 4K content
  • Buy 4K content at the price of HD
  • New gaming capabilities and a plethora of new TV apps
  • Completely redesigned User Interface & User Experience

More updates coming soon…

Samsung all set to launch Galaxy Note 8!


Samsung has sent invites for the exclusive event to be held on August 23, in which they will unveil the all new Galaxy Note 8. After last year’s devastating battery issue with the Note 7, Samsung did not only halt the production but also had to Call-back the existing units. Many skeptics believed that was the end of the Note lineup, but apparently, Samsung wants to continue the Note series.


Expect Big from Galaxy Note 8?

Starting with the aesthetics, a number of rumors have already pointed towards slimmer bezels and a bigger display. According to Gsmarena, The Note 8 would most probably have a 6.4” QHD Screen with 6GB of Ram and Snapdragon 835 chipset. These promising specs would definitely ensure that the Note 8 would be able to handle pretty much all the apps with ease. Hopefully, it would also have a bigger battery to power the beast.

According to the current rumors, it will be the first Samsung flagship phone to have dual lens camera system. Furthermore, it will probably be a combination of 12 and 8MP lenses, however, there are no details on the aperture and camera sensor.


Geekbench Comparison of Note 8 with iPhone 7 Plus

Your Tech Dose has also managed to get the Geekbench scores of alleged Note 8 (SM-N9500) (Courtesy: Gsmarena). It definitely performed great on the both Single and Multi-Core tests. We also took the liberty to compare it to the score of its arch rival, iPhone 7 Plus. iPhone 7 outperforms pretty much any current phone on the Single Core, however, Note 8 took the lead on the Multi-Core test!

iPhone 7 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 8 geekbench score
iPhone 7 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 8

Your Tech Dose will update the review once the phone is officially launched next week on August 23. Mark your calenders!


 

iPad Pro 10.5: Blurring the Lines Between a Tablet and Notebook



Apple recently launched its latest generation of the iPads with some serious spec bumps and a lot of power under its slim chassis. Your Tech Dose also provided the first impressions of the new iPad. After testing it for over a month, here’s the full review for the iPad Pro 10.5″.


Unboxing Experience of the iPad Pro 10.5

The new iPad comes with a familiar packaging, however, this time Apple has used the picture of the device itself on the top with one of the wallpapers that it ships with. On the side we have iPad Pro’s branding, with Apple’s iconic logo on the front and bottom of the lid. Upon opening the lid, we are greeted with the iPad itself covered in a translucent protector. The new iPad Pro 10.5″ comes with the following accessories in the box:

  • iPad Pro 10.5″
  • Instruction Booklets
  • Apple Stickers
  • Lightning Cable
  • 2.4A Charger

In case you are wondering about the missing Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard then it’s about time that you know that Apple does not ship iPad Pro with either of these accessories. Instead you would have to buy them separately. Apple Pencil costs $99, whereas Apple’s Smart Keyboard costs $159. So basically, adding these 2 accessories raises the price of the entry-level iPad Pro to over $900, which is definitely quite expensive for a Tablet.


Daily Performance of the iPad Pro 10.5

Despite being just a tablet, it packs enough computing power to compete with most notebooks. A10X Fusion Chip paired with 4GB of Ram, makes it blazing fast and super productive. The ProMotion display with 120Hz refresh rate adds cherry on top by making all the transitions ever so smooth. If that does not satisfy your inner geek, then have a look at the GeekBench comparison of iPad Pro 10.5” with other iOS devices.

iPad Pro 10.5 GeekBench Comparison
iPad Pro 10.5 GeekBench Comparison

It is undoubtedly the king of tablets currently. However, is this power too much for an iPad? Not with the upcoming iOS 11. Till now, critics were quite skeptical about the productivity of an iPad. But with the launch of iOS 11, it would most definitely take its productivity to the next level. It is not only a more demanding OS, but also takes full advantage of iPad Pro’s unprecedented power.


Is the iPad Pro 10.5” for you?

It depends on a lot of factors. If you are looking for a tablet to fulfill just your entertainment needs, like watching movies, scrolling the web and social media, then you should probably get the previous iPad Pro 9.7”. It is still a very fast tablet, with outstanding display and a slim form factor.

If you are a student and looking for a budget device to take notes and scroll the web, then you should consider other cheap alternatives.

If you are a designer, an art enthusiast or someone looking to get the best display in a portable device, then the new iPad Pro 10.5” is definitely for you. It won’t disappoint you no matter what. Just wait till iOS 11 comes out to fully take advantage of this amazing tablet.


Apple iPhone 8: What to Expect?


It’s that time of the year when the hype for the new iPhone is at its peak. Apple is likely to unveil its latest generation of iPhone in almost a month’s time. This year is special because, it marks the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone. Hence, it is expected that Apple is going to offer more than just a mere spec bump. Instead, this time Apple is expected to launch a special device, with a significant improvement over the current iPhone.


List of Expected Upgrades for iPhone 8

Your Tech Dose has compiled a list of Top 5 changes that are expected in the upcoming iPhone.

  • Improved Display: The new iPhone is expected to come with slimmer bezels, which would allow it to offer a bigger screen size in the same footprint. The Screen is also expected to be much brighter with improved anti reflective coating. Furthermore, iPhone 8 is also expected to finally get a 2K Display with 601 DPI, currently, it only comes with a 1080P Display with 401 DPI. (GsmArena)
  • Screen Integrated Touch ID: Due to the bigger screen size, the new iPhone will reportedly come with a digital home button, which would double as the Touch ID. This makes sense, as with the iPhone 7, Apple ditched the physical button by integrating a haptic sensor. Hence, the next step is to have It inside the display!
  • Wireless Charging: Apple is also reportedly working on finally ditching the plug-and-play charging. Apparently, the iPhone 8 will use wireless charging, however, there it’s still not clear if it’s going to use a charging pad like most of Samsung’s flagship devices.
  • A11 Chip with up to 4GB of Ram: One thing that Apple does the best is its hardware utilization. Although the Current iPhone 7 is quite fast, but Apple is reportedly going to take it to the next level by integrating a faster quad-core processor and up to 4GB of RAM in the iPhone 8 Plus. This would definitely make it one of the fastest devices by a long margin.
  • Iris Scanner: According to one source, iPhone 8 would reportedly come with an iris scanner for added security, which might eventually replace the Touch-ID altogether. The latter seems far-fetched but there is a chance of seeing an iPhone without a Touch-ID!

 Although, these are still rumors but like every year, a lot of rumors regarding the iPhone turn out to be true. Your Tech Dose will keep updating the necessary info regarding the highly anticipated iPhone 8. Till then, enjoy these amazing renderings of the upcoming iPhone!



Best Accessories for GoPro in 2017



GoPro has been around for many years and they have been known as the pioneers of the action cam industry. One of the primary reasons behind GoPro’s success is the portability of its cameras. These action cams can be held in the palm of your hand and yet they manage to offer class leading video quality. Quite Impressive! However, what’s more impressive is the fact that they can be used to make videos from virtually any angle. This is where the magic of GoPro accessories start. There are numerous accessories available for GoPro cameras to enhance their productivity. Interestingly, these accessories are not just made by GoPro, but there is a huge market for third party accessory makers. If you are searching for the latest GoPro action cam, then check out the exclusive review of GoPro Hero5 Black by Your Tech Dose.


List of Best GoPro Accessories

Before further ado, let us present you the list of Top 5 accessories of GoPro. Please note that these are based on personal use of over 1 month. Needless to say, the link for each accessory is also provided. You just need to click on the name of your desired accessory and you will be redirected to its amazon listing.

  1. JOBY Suction Cup with Locking Arms: This is ideal for capturing videos on the go. Whether you are taking a flight or going for a drive, this mount is strong enough to keep up will all sorts of turbulence! Currently it’s under $20, which makes it a great deal!
  2. Manfrotto Pixi Extreme Tripod: If you are into photography then chances are that you would be familiar with the brand, Manfrotto. Basically, they make some outstanding camera stands and tripods. This mini Tripod is no exception. It is portable, versatile and helps you capture steady videos on your GoPro. It’s just under $30 for now, must check it out before the price goes up!
  3. Wasabi Dual Battery Charger: If you are travelling often with your GoPro, then chances are that you would want to keep a few extra GoPro batteries with you as well. This is where this charger kicks in. It can charge up to 2 GoPro batteries simultaneously so that you never have to worry about running out of juice. Plus, It’s super economical at just $7.50.
  4. GoPro 3-Way Grip and TriPod: This is one of the best official accessories offered by GoPro. This Grip can be adjusted in 3 different angles for flexibility. Furthermore, it also comes with a detachable tripod stand which can be adjusted from the bottom. It is definitely one of the most functional accessories available. It can be yours for $69.
  5. GoPro Karma Grip: Last year, GoPro announced their first Drone, called Karma. Basically, it has a modular design, which means that it uses a combination of the GoPro Hero 5 camera, a 3-Axis camera stabilizer, and the quadcopter itself. The Karma Grip is basically the GoPro stabilizer, which could be the remedy for the shaky videos. Whether you are climbing a mountain or going for a sprint, this grip would ensure that all your footage stays perfectly balanced and jerk-free. It is available for $299.

What about the GoPro Karma Drone?

Your Tech Dose would have definitely recommended the drone as it provides a perfect combination of steady aerial and ground footage. However, the consumer reports are not in the favor of GoPro Karma. There are way too many complaints and dissatisfied customers to recommend one at the moment. Hopefully GoPro can resolve the issues soon and then we can add it to the list of recommended accessories!


 

 

OnePlus 5: The Best Flagship Phone?


OnePlus is one of the few tech companies which entered the smart phone industry at a very competitive period, and still managed to gain the market share. Part of the reason behind their success is their superior value of smartphones. It’s important to understand that OnePlus does not offer ground breaking innovations like some other industry giants like Apple and Samsung, instead they rely on high performance phones with minimal latency and a snappy User Interface (UI). They somehow manage to offer all these things at a very nominal price. For instance, the latest OnePlus 5 packs class leading specs and is still priced just over $500. In comparison, most of the other flagships, starts way above the $650 price mark.


Does OnePlus 5 look like a cheap iPhone?

Ever since the launch of OnePlus 5, everyone has been going crazy over the similarities between iPhone 7 Plus and the OnePlus 5. Yes, they do look a lot similar, but they are not! After thoroughly testing OnePlus 5’s capabilities and putting it up against iPhone 7 Plus, it’s quite apparent that OnePlus wanted to target iPhone users.

These phones have a striking resemblance. However, despite sharing a similar design and structure, they feel entirely different. To begin with, OnePlus 5 seems lighter and much easier to hold than the iPhone 7 Plus. This is primarily due to its curved back panel as compared with iPhone’s flatter back. Similarly, the side bezels on the OnePlus 5 are thinner, which allows it to offer a similar sized screen (5.5 Inch) but with a slightly narrow body. However, rest of the design language is quite similar to the iPhone and from a distance one can easily take it as an iPhone.


Camera and Display quality of OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5 comes with a 5.5 inch AMOLED display with a Full-HD resolution. It is definitely not as bright and high-res as other flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6, but still its good enough for everyday tasks. The screen can be recalibrated by adjusting the contrast and saturation, which is a nice touch.

Talking about the camera, it comes with a dual lens camera system providing 2 fixed focal lengths i.e. 24mm and 36mm. The 24mm lens capture 16 MP photos at f/1.7, whereas the 36mm lens has a 20MP resolution with a higher aperture at f/2.6. These two lenses are also capable of working coherently to take portraits which digitally blur the image background to provide a shallow depth of field. The overall functionality of the camera is very similar to that of iPhone 7 Plus. Although, OnePlus 5 has a slender advantage with its “Pro Mode” which allows the user to adjust the camera settings manually.

OnePlus 5 camera is also capable of recording videos of 4K Resolution at 30 Frames Per Second (FPS), and 720P videos at 120 FPS. However, one major let down of the camera comes from the lack of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which could result in shaky photos and videos. Overall the camera of iPhone 7 Plus is more capable than OnePlus 5.


Battery Life of OnePlus 5

This is one area where OnePlus 5 shines the most. During the tests and daily use, it easily lasted more than a day. This is partly due to its moderate screen resolution and also due to the overall UI of the Oxygen OS. The software is extremely snappy and there was not a single instance when the phone failed to keep up with user inputs.

Another important aspect of the battery is the “Dash Charger”. Due to its industry leading fast charging capability, it took just 1 hour and 30 minutes to fully charge the device. In comparison, iPhone 7 Plus takes about 3 hours to fully charge itself. The Dash Charger definitely makes life much easier!


Verdict

With all these impressive qualities, OnePlus 5 is certainly one of the best flagships in the market. If you are looking for a device with minimal lag and maximum performance, then OnePlus 5 is definitely for you. At the price point of $500, it offers great value for money with outstanding performance. Hence, Your Tech Dose gives it a rating of 4/5 stars!