Friday, June 29, 2018

OnePlus 6 - Detailed Review

It's been a month since I got the OnePlus 6 and having it used quite extensively, exploring all features I have written a quick review of the phone , listing its advantages and disadvantages.

oneplus 6 detailed review

RAM : With 6GB /8GB of RAM (mine is the 6GB variant), the phone functions smoothly even when many applications are running in parallel.

OnePlus Gallery App : Thankfully many stock android phone manufacturers offer only the Google Photos as an inbuilt photo editing/viewing app. But the OnePlus 6 comes with a nice gallery app with easy editing options. Yes, you always have Google Snapseed to edit your photos in an advanced level, but I feel a simple gallery/edit photo app should be provided by manufacturers.

oneplus 6 gallery app

Face Unlock : The face unlock is pretty fast and unlocks in a split second. Even in a dark environment or a low light setting, the face unlock works without an issue .

Gaming : I tried PUBG, Asphalt and a very other less memory intensive games. The phone doesn't lag even for a bit, even in a high graphic mode setting. Yes, the phone slightly tends to heat a bit in gaming (but that's normal for any phone) and nothing of a concern in the least.

Camera : I wasn't initially too convinced about the camera ( given the Pixel 2/S8/Iphone X) are way ahead in camera quality. But I seem to have changed my opinion on the same and totally vouch for the OnePlus 6 camera quality. The lowlight photography is probably one of the best in the industry, portrait pictures are coming out quite beautifully and the 6.2' AMOLED screen just makes it a whole better while viewing the photos.

oneplus 6 photography review

Yet to try the "Manual" mode in detail which involves changing the ISO, White Balance, Shutter Speed modes among other things.

oneplus 6 photography review
Shot at 8.45PM in Besant Nagar Beach with no Flash in Auto Mode

oneplus 6 photography review

Slider Button : Sourced from the iPhone, OnePlus has a mini slider in the top right corner to change from Vibrate - Silent - Ring modes . This comes in super handy when you want to change to a silent mode in a flash without unlocking the phone and navigating to the menu bar and changing it.

Display (Size and Clarity):  I was skeptical about the 6.2' size and if it would be too big for my hands. But it turned out to be good and I am able to hand the phone with ease . The phone is however slippery without a cover and you could go in for a good shockproof case which can protect the phone.
The no notch display is pretty amazing . Do try out IGTV in Instagram to see its full potential.

igtv app review

Battery : The battery though only 3200+ mah , lasts easily a day with a lot of usage
(Whatsapp/Instagram/Facebook/Payment apps etc). The fast charger ensures a full charge in roughly 30-40 mins. Esp when you are heading out somewhere, all you need is 5-10 mins of charge to push it upto 40% in a jiffy.

Things that could have been better in the OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6 ,though retaining the 3.5mm headphone jack unlike other brands has fumbled on the placement of the port. The socket is right next to the USB-C charging port and at the exact position where you hold the phone. So while listening to music, it's almost impossible to message quickly and you need to hold the phone in both hands.

oneplus 6 headphone jack review

The call answering options have been reversed. Almost all phones have a "swipe up" to accept and "swipe down" to reject. But the options have been reversed in the OnePlus. So basically you need to swipe down to accept a call.

The OS though running a close stock android version still has a few buggy issues which needs a bit of fine tuning (Can always be easily fixed by future updates).

Lack of IR : I am not sure how many times I actually used the IR option in my previous phone, but it certainly comes in handy when you want to change the channel (while searching for the remote).

On a whole, would I recommend it : Definitely yes. Great value for money , good camera, excellent display and hopefully longer lasting than other brands.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Indian Fantasy Cricket League

If you are a huge fan of cricket , know each and every player very well and might be able to reasonably guess which player can perform on any given day, this is exactly for you. A fantasy cricket league that rewards you with a huge sum of money, if you form a dream team that performs better than other set of teams. Sounds unbelievable? Read on...

Dream11 Fantasy Cricket League

Almost a decade back , during the Cricket world cup of 2007, I was introduced to the concept of Cricket fantasy leagues. Each player was given a specific score based on his role , team , form , experience and popularity. With a fixed budget spend, you had to pick around 11 players as your dream team each day for every match. You couldn't pick all the top sportsmen because then you'll run out of budget and won't have money to spend on other players. Similarly if you end up spending on low priced cricketers, they may not end up performing well and hence you might miss out on rankings. At the end of the match, each players performance was tabulated and the dream team that picked the right set of players, won a small prize money.

I used to remember how I secretly wished how only my players should perform well , while the other players get out for a low score or give away a lot of runs if they are a bowler. Mind you, this was not a game, based out of luck or lottery. It was played with a lot of skill, talent and knowledge on how a player might perform in any given condition.  If the player happened to be dropped on that day’s match, you could lose heavily than someone who was actually picked. Though there were a huge participation and interest in fantasy leagues , it  didn’t gain any traction back then
Several years later, I now discovered a Fantasy sports platform called Dream11, after seeing an ad on television during the recently concluded IPL event. I had a chance to experiment with the fantasy cricket league and it turned out to be a challenging exercise.

How to Play?

Once you signup in, you’ll be shown a list of upcoming matches in a variety of team sports including Cricket, Football among others.  Pick any one game that is of maximum interest to you and you have a decent knowledge of the game and the players.

You are now given 100 credits. A player might range from 0-10 credits and you need to pick 11 of them based on the game.

Once you form a dream team in this Fantasy cricket league , with a fine mix of players (say 1 wicketkeeper, four batsmen, four bowlers, 2 all rounders) , you need to join any contest. The contest can be either a practice one or a real cash contest.

You can choose one among the 10-20 cash contests based on your budget. Suppose you want to spend only 50 Rs, you can join 1-2 contests which has lower entry fee of 20-30 Rs each.  The lower the entry fees, more no of teams can participate in that particular cash contest. So naturally the higher the entry fee, your chances of ranking higher for that game will be much higher.

Points System

Here’s how the points systems are scored for a cricket match

The short trick here is not only picking the right team who can deliver a lot of points for that day, but also picking the right contest. Pick a contest with a decent entry fee and a high winning fee with very few teams participating in it. This brightens your prospects immediately and you may end up on the winning side.

Note : The contest entry ends one hour before the games begin. So be quick , be informed and pick the right team