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Lenovo Phab Plus Reviewed

Lenovo‘s product diversity means pleasant surprises could come in all sizes. This time it’s not just a phone or a tablet. I am talking about their latest Phablet offering, Phab Plus. Lenovo had the tech-savvy millennial generation in mind with this device, seeing there’s a noticeable shift from making phone calls to staying socially connected. So if you’ve been stuck in the costly-phone-or-large-tablet dilemma then this one’s for you.

“It’s big”. That was my first reaction. “And it’s not so heavy” was the next. I expected to see a thick layer of protective padding all around the phone while opening the box, but no, that’s how big the phone is, all 6.98 inches of it.

With a pleasing Full HD screen canvas, I could not resist putting it to some creative good use with a quick-sketch test drive and here’s how that went.


Playing with it for the past couple of weeks I’ve grown quite used to it by now. People just assumed I was carrying an iPhone 6 Plus till they noticed otherwise.

You’d think for a phone this size navigation would be a problem, but not to worry, the one-hand use feature steps in to make your life a little easier. However, I did not find myself needing it much.

It’s got a good battery life lasting well over a day with moderate usage. Cameras are respectable (13 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras) but not the main draw for this device. I found the photos, especially low-light shots dark and lacking in visual detail. The Audio is fairly sharp and loud, but the rear-facing speakers take away from the aural experience. Its sturdy metal constructed body houses dual sims – one of them uses a Nano sim.

You’d expect the Phab to retail for higher but with a launch price tag of AED 999 at GITEX Shopper Dubai, it just adds to its appeal.

Add on all of the above and it’s easy to see why we really like the Phab. It’s just good value with a great performance. In the mean time I’ve done a good job to not drop or scratch it, seeing that the chances of finding a protective casing or fancy accessories for it any time soon are minimal.


– AG
Reviewed by @AshrafGhori

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With Samsung at IFA 2014 Berlin for #Unpacked

IFA, one of the leading consumer electronics exhibitions in the world, has debuted countless innovations since 1924. This year was no different with Samsung, IFA’s single biggest exhibitor, launching a slew of gadgets from VR headsets to bendable TVs that will leave many reeling in anticipation of their launch.

The world’s media gathered at the Tempodrom next to the Berlin Wall, for the highly anticipated ‘Unpacked 2014 Episode 2’ event eager to get their hands on Samsung’s latest, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Samsung Gear S, Samsung Gear VR, Bendable UHD TVs, Galaxy Tab Active and new smarthome appliances.

Samsung invited Xpanse’s Ashraf Ghori to Berlin to join their delegation and witness first-hand the launch of their most innovative products yet.


Here are our favorite Samsung IFA 2014 moments:


Samsung Gear VR

Gear VR

This is sure to be a ‘head-turner’ and more. Samsung’s Gear VR featuring Oculus technology is the most immersive VR experience money can buy (coupled with the Note 4). We did not want to step out of the virtual world once we were jacked in. This is on our hotly anticipated products list of course.


Samsung Unpacked Opening Music Performance


Home of the Future – Opening keynote speech by Samsung CEO BK Yoon

Samsung Chief BK Yoon took us to the future and back with his keynote speech. We saw what Samsung has in store for the home of the future and were thrilled at the technological possibilities of the near future. Interior design will never be the same again.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

In our humble opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is the most innovative smartphone of today. Clearly the crowd at IFA 2014 agreed unanimously and could not get enough of it.

World’s first bendable TV


Samsung Gear S


Panzer BMP Tank drive

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It wasn’t all about new technology during IFA 2014. We visited the Panzerkutcher Tank driving school to drive 40 year old German BMP tanks and got our official tank driving license too.

Thank you for having us at IFA 2014, Samsung.


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