[#Review] Marshmallow on Sony Xperia Z2

A couple a weeks ago, they pushed another update for their newest flagship: The Z5 family and it is Android Marshmallow (6.0). Few days later it’s the Z3+ and Z4 tablet are getting the update;

Feeling bad for Z2 and Z3 users, Sony decided to push another beta update for the Z2 and Z3 owners and it wasn’t the 6.0 Marshmallow but the 6.0.1 version. There was a small downside to this update: it was restricted to only owners in Italy, Netherlands and Spain, but thanks to the super team of XDA almost anyone who have a Z2 or a Z3 can enjoy the update. So today I’m going to make a review of this update;

Since my device was rooted and had Dual Recovery installed, I didn’t hesitate to update my phone. I did a backup of my old ROM (the 5.1.1) and flashed the latest one 6.0.1, (Link to the thread are at the end).

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After booting, you notice the same user interface as the 5.1.1. too bad, I was expecting a new UI just like the Xperia X UI .

First of all, let’s talk about the launcher, now it can support icon packs. The app drawer will open on the last page you were in not at the begging, you can choose a transition between the paged of your home screen and most of all the gap between status bar icon is gone \o/

Plugging your phone to PC, will give you a selection menu: you can choose between charging only, Transfer files (MTP), Mass storage mode (MSC) and MIDI. You may choose MTP if you want to access to the internal storage of your device.

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The camera app got a new UI, it ain’t that new because it was first pushed to the Z5 Family as an update through “What’s New” app. Still no RAW mode but it still takes some decent/awesome pictures.

A new feature of Marshmallow, is being able to set permission to your apps, you can find it in the app menu in settings.

Let’s talk about the battery life: packing a 3200mAh, a decent battery, the Z2 was able to last almost 48h when running Lollipop with Mobile Data, Wi-Fi, Playing Music, using social apps and some gaming time. On Marshmallow, it can’t last more than 24h when running the same tasks as on Lollipop. Do you wanna know why? Cuz there is no STAMINA mode on Marshmallow there is only the Android embedded DOSE mode that ain’t as powerful as the STAMINA mode, Sony says that it will be back within a couple of weeks which means it probably will be around April.

Don’t forget that this a beta version which mean that there are some bugs, the one I suffer from is the double-tap to wake it works 1 out of 3 or 4 times T_T. Some users are saying that there are bugs related to weak Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, didn’t notice it.

I thing that sums it up, it you want to know other things about this update, let me know in the comment section. ‘Till next time!

I’M NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU BRICK YOUR PHONE,  DON’T BLAME ME IF YOU’RE NOT USE TO TWEAK YOU’RE PHONE, VOID WARRANTY!

Link for the Z2

Link for the Z3 Compact

Link for the Z3 Dual

Link for the Z3

for root check this

 

 

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[#Reviews] Sony SmartBand Talk

Hi, how have you been guys? I know it has been a while since last update but I’m back and I’m gonna rock this place and today I’m gonna review the Sony SmartBand Talk, how exited is it *_*

A month ago, I purchased a Sony SmartBand Talk and I’ve been using it since then;

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First let’s talk about the box: a transparent cubic box so you can see the device; inside the box you’ll find, obviously the SmartBand that comes with a smart wrist strap, a user guide, a micro USB cable and a large wrist strap and it comes in different colors black, white, yellow etc…

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The SmartBand has a 70mAh battery which charges from 0 to 100 in less than an hour and allows you a use of almost 2 days; it also has voice, tap and gesture input so you can do some crazy stuff like dialing or making a web search… and it is water resistant so you don’t have to take it off any time you hit water

Once juiced up, connect it to any Android phone, running KitKat 4.4 or above, using Bluetooth or NFC then you need to download Sony SmartBand Talk app to customized it and LifeLog app to keep track of you do during the day;

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Once connected and synced up, you can select the face watch that you want, add apps enable some settings like sleep tracking, notifications and smart waking up;

I recommend adding two apps so you can enjoy the full experience: Clocki and Music Control for SmartBand both available in the Play Store; the first will give you more choices while selecting a watch face and the second one, like its name suggest will allow you to control your music player (Tested it with Sony’s default music player)

I’ve mostly used the SmartBand for its tracking activity feature (walking, running and sleeping) and the notifications indicator since I don’t want to pull out my phone at every notification I got; I’ve once used it for a call and the sound quality ain’t that bad!

To end this review, the only thing that bothers me is: the autonomy. I know 2 days ain’t that bad but I wish it was like Xiaomi’s band (more than 40 days *_*)

 

Well this ends this review, I hope that you have found it useful, don’t forget to share and subscriber, till next time peace!

 

 

[Test] #CMStorm Reaper

Today, we received the CM Storm Reaper, and boy its beautiful.

She got 8 programmables buttons: three on the side, right and left click, a DPI+ and DPI- and the Scrolling wheel which is a 2D scrolling only 😦

She can go from 200 to 8200DPI

And most of all she got 3 led lights: 2 on the front and 1 just behind the clicking buttons.

The Scrolling wheel is made of aluminum and also the palm plat which is also removable so you can “Customized it”

Price at the time of buying: 58€