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The Nokia 6.1 Plus is official and it’s the first Nokia phone with a notch. The phone comes in at a price of Rs. 15,999 and is obviously competing against phones like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and the Mi A2. Nokia has opted to go with a dual 16MP + 5MP shooter on the back, along with a 16MP selfie camera with the phone, and that sounds good on paper, but does it stack up against the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2?

Nokia 6.1 Plus Camera Test: Specifications

Before we take a look at how the Nokia 6.1 Plus performs in real life, let’s take a quick look at the hardware the phone packs. The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a dual 16MP f/2.0 + 5MP f/2.4 rear camera with support for 4K videos, EIS, and Portrait Mode. On the front, the phone comes with a single 16MP shooter. There’s a Portrait Mode on the front as well, and the phone also brings in Nokia’s very own Animoji-clone, although there’s currently only one in the phone. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a look at what the Nokia 6.1 Plus is capable of.

Rear Camera Performance

First let’s talk about how the phone’s primary camera set up fares in real world usage. Since the major competition here is the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2, I’m also comparing the camera performance of the Nokia 6.1 Plus against the performance of those two phones.

Good Lighting Conditions

In good lighting situations, the Nokia 6.1 Plus’ camera performs decently good enough and personally, it looks a tad better than the Nokia X6 with the China ROM in it. Photos come out with a good amount of detail, and a nice overall color balance.

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Low Light Conditions

In low light things don’t look so good for the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The phone tries to capture more light, and for the most part it succeeds, but it also ends up losing focus most of the time, and photos turn out really soft and noisy.

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The Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 definitely fare better in low-light conditions. Keep in mind that these phones are nothing magical in low-light, but they are a lot better than the Nokia 6.1 Plus and definitely impress with the way they handle focus, noise, and capturing enough light in a shot.

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I was particularly happy with the Mi A2 in low light since it performs at par with the Redmi Note 5 Pro in most situations, and sometimes fares even better.

Portrait Mode

The rear portrait mode on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is decent. It’s nothing special, but it’s not bad for sure. The background blur here is adjustable, and I personally find it to work best when set to around 50% blur. I mean, you could go higher, but then things start to look really unnatural; that 50% blur point usually turns out more like a DSLR-shot than any other blur-settings on the phone.

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Front Camera Performance Good Lighting Conditions

Moving on to the front camera, the story remains pretty much the same. The 16MP shooter on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a decently good enough camera in good lighting situations and pictures turn out nice, with great color balance. However, the front cameras on the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 are simply better. There’s no other way to put it, both the Xiaomi phones end up overshadowing the Nokia 6.1 Plus’ front camera in good lighting conditions. The photos have more light, more detail, better exposure, and are just overall much better than the selfies you’ll get from the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

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Low Light Conditions

In low light, the front camera on the Nokia 6.1 Plus suffers from issues similar to the ones we’ve seen with the rear camera in similar lighting. While the phone does try to capture light, it simply can’t handle low light all that well. Photos turn out dark (usually), with weird lighting, and details are all but gone here. Also, there’s quite a bit of noise in the shot. Both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 once again fare better than the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The photos from these phones are not exceptional by any means, but they are definitely a lot better than what you’ll get from the Nokia 6.1 Plus. They capture more detail, more light, and usually balance the highlights and the shadows pretty well.

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Portrait Mode

The front portrait mode on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is, once again, decent enough until you start comparing it to the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2. If you do that, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is definitely the runt of the litter. Photos from the Nokia 6.1 Plus look decent enough, but the portrait shots from the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 are quite obviously better.

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Videos

The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with support for shooting 4K videos, something that the Redmi Note 5 Pro is incapable of. The phone also comes with EIS for stabilisation and in my usage I found that the EIS on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is good, but it can be pretty aggressive at times. Simply put, if there’s a lot of shake in the video, the EIS kicks in really hard and the entire video looks like it’s vibrating.. that’s like an extreme case of the weird stutter issues that EIS stabilised videos suffer in fast panning shots.

Animojis

The Nokia 6.1 Plus also brings along Nokia’s very own implementation (read ‘clone’) of Animojis that we first saw in the iPhone X. The 6.1 Plus currently has only one Animoji in the camera app and it’s a dragon, I think. To be honest, Nokia’s implementation here is way better than what we’ve seen from companies like Samsung with their AR Emojis. It’s nowhere near as good as the Animojis on the iPhone X, obviously, but at Rs. 15,999, I’m not complaining about this.

Nokia 6.1 Plus Camera Review: Nothing Special

Over all, the cameras on the Nokia 6.1 Plus (Rs. 15,999) are nothing special and while I wouldn’t go as far as to call them all bad, they definitely don’t even come close to the competition in situations like low light. The Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 both have cameras that perform far better than the Nokia 6.1 Plus’ cameras. Basically, if camera quality is an important metric to you, I’d not recommend the Nokia 6.1 Plus. That said, I do hope that HMD Global can improve the cameras with software updates. Fingers crossed.

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Vegas Pro Review: Is This Video Editor Any Good In 2023?

VEGAS Pro

Aleco Pors

Effectiveness: Has all tools you need to make professional videos

Price: $11.99 per month (subscription), $360 (one-time purchase)

Ease of Use: Won’t take you long before getting used to its intuitive UI

Support: Lots of support materials, & active community forum

VEGAS Creative Software offers three versions for you to choose from. Each version has a different price and number of features, as you can see from the product comparison page.

Here’s a brief summary of each version:

Yes, 100%. The VEGAS Creative Software brand is one of the most trusted on the planet, and the MAGIX team, which acquired VEGAS Pro in 2024, has given me no reason to believe the software is unsafe. A scan of the video editor with Avast Antivirus came up clean.

No, it’s not free software but you can try it out for free for 30 days.

While not on sale, the standard version costs $11.99/month. The cheaper version VEGAS Edit costs $7.79/month, and the more expensive version VEGAS Post is priced at $17.99/month.

Unfortunately for Mac users, the software is NOT natively supported on macOS. To use VEGAS Pro on Mac, you’ll have to either install a dual boot or rely on a virtual machine to run it.

Why Trust Me for This Review

My name is Aleco Pors. It’s been quite a while since I started to take video editing seriously, so I understand what it means to pick up a new video editor and learn it from scratch. I’ve used competing programs such as Final Cut Pro, PowerDirector, and Nero Video to create videos for both personal and commercial use and have a good sense of both the quality and the features you should expect from a video editing software.

I’m not going to pull any punches with you: I really like VEGAS Pro. It’s the video editor I’ve planted my flag in after trying out a decent number of them. That said, you can trust that I won’t misrepresent anything about the program to you in this Vegas Pro review. It’s the right program for me, but I’m well aware of the fact that it’s not the right program for everyone. I hope that you can walk away from this review with a good sense of whether or not you are the kind of user who will benefit from purchasing the program, and feel as though you were not being “sold” anything while reading this.

Disclaimer: I have not received any payment or requests from MAGIX (who acquired multiple VEGAS product lines in 2024) to create this article, and aim only to deliver my complete, honest opinions about the product. My goal is to highlight the program’s strengths and weaknesses, and outline exactly which kinds of users the software is best suited to with no strings attached.

Quick Review of VEGAS Pro

Please note the screenshots below are taken from an older version of VEGAS Pro. If you’re using the latest version, minor UI differences are expected.

The basic elements of the program should appear familiar to anyone who has used a video editor before:

Cutting your video and audio clips together is just as easy. You can use your mouse to select one end of the clip, then drag the clip to your desired length; or you can move the timeline’s cursor to the frame you desire, hit the “S” key to split the track, then select the section of the clip you no longer want and delete it.

One tool where you can expect to spend a good deal of your time is the Event Pan/Crop window. Every video in the timeline has a button which will take you to its Event Pan/Crop window.

This window allows you to do most of the editing which goes into each individual clip. You can adjust which portions of the clip should be zoomed in on, add event markers to the clip to adjust when different portions of the clip should be magnified, and use the pen tool to cut out portions of your video for a process known as “masking”.

With that said, the greatest selling point of this video editing program is not that it is capable of doing lots of stuff you’ll never need, but that it performs the most essential and important functions of a video editor in a powerful and intuitive way.

Who Should Get VEGAS Pro

The software is best suited for people who want to purchase their first video editor or are looking to upgrade their current one. To reflect this, I’ve organized the meat of this review into four major sections:

Why you may not buy it if you’re new to video editing

Why you should buy it if you’re new to video editing

Why you may not switch to it if you already own a competing video editor

Why you should switch to it if you already own a competing video editor

Just like you, I was faced with the decision of choosing a video editor seven months ago. As an aspiring YouTuber, I felt that Vegas Pro was my best option, but what made it so? And is it the best option for you?

I chose the program because I needed a video editor which was capable of creating the same quality of videos that my fellow YouTubers were. The best YouTubers out there are professionals, so a cheap or overly user-friendly video editor simply wasn’t going to get the job done for me. I started to research which video editors my favorite YouTubers were using and found that almost all of them were using one of three programs: Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, or Vegas Pro.

In truth, these three programs are highly interchangeable. Each program offers a complete suite of tools and is capable of doing a great job. Personal preferences and familiarity play a large part in why you should choose one program over the other, though cost and learning curve play into the equation as well.

If you’re a Windows user like I am, Final Cut Pro is off the table. This leaves Adobe Premiere Pro and Vegas Pro as your two best options for a high-quality video editor unless you’re willing to go for Avid Media Composer.

Why You May NOT Buy It

If you’re new to video editing in good conscience, I can’t recommend the program to people who already have a high degree of familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite. Though there is a good deal of overlap between the UIs in both programs, if you’ve already spent time with Photoshop or Illustrator you’ll pick up Adobe Premiere Pro.

Adobe Premiere is also more widely used and is considered to be more of an industry standard. If a full-time job in the world of video editing is what you’re after, experience with Adobe Premiere Pro is likely to get you further than experience with any video editing software.

For me, the most important factor when it came to choosing a video editor was the quality of the videos it could produce. If your target audience is friends and family, then you probably don’t need a program as powerful as Vegas Pro.

There are many more user- and wallet-friendly options out there, and I would recommend Cyberlink PowerDirector to anyone whose primary concerns when it comes to video editing are time and money. See my PowerDirector review here at SoftwareHow.

Why You Should Buy It If You’re New to Video Editing

If you haven’t used anything in the Adobe Creative Suite before, I think you’ll find yourself making high-quality videos faster with VEGAS than you would with Adobe Premiere Pro. Both programs come with everything you need to make high-quality videos, but Premiere Pro offers a bit more than everything you need. Between the two programs, Vegas Pro is a bit more intuitive and easy to learn.

The program also gets the edge over Adobe Premiere in the special effects department. The built-in effects are top-notch and feel much more “plug-and-play” than Adobe Premiere’s. You could make the case that with additional time and training you’ll be able to create the same special effects in Adobe Premiere, but there really is something to be said for the quality of effects you get right out of the gate with VEGAS. They’re impressive.

Feel free to check out this demo video I made for the video editor’s effects in just 5 minutes:

(Demo video created for this VEGAS Pro review)

The final benefit is that VEGAS Pro is more affordable than Adobe Premiere Pro, though both software offer a subscription service.

My bottom line for people who are purchasing a video editor for the first time:

Pick up Adobe Premiere Pro if you’re already familiar with the Adobe Suite or are aiming to one day be a professional video editor.

Pick up VEGAS Pro if you’d like a cheaper, slightly easier-to-use alternative to Adobe Premiere.

If you’re more concerned with ease of use and price than you are overall video quality, pick up PowerDirector.

Why You Should Switch to It If You Already Own a Competing Video Editor

Why You May NOT Switch to It If You Already Own a Competing Video Editor

The biggest reason not to switch to VEGAS Pro from Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro (for Mac) is how similar all three programs are. Each program is capable of making high-quality videos, each one has its own learning curve, and none of them are cheap. If you’ve already invested lots of time or money into any of these programs I think you’re probably better off sticking with what you got.

If you’re a user of Adobe Premiere Pro, there are reasons you may not want to switch to VEGAS. For example, it doesn’t have quite as many features as Adobe Premiere and doesn’t seamlessly integrate with other programs in the Adobe Creative Suite. It’s also not as widely used as Adobe Premiere, which means you’ll have a harder time collaborating with other people if all your projects are in the program.

If you’re a user of Final Cut Pro, the only reason not to switch is that the program doesn’t run natively on macOS.

Reasons Behind My Review Ratings

Effectiveness: 4.5/5

It’s one of the most fully-featured video editors on the market, it comes equipped with all the tools you’ll ever need to make professional-quality videos. The reason it gets 4.5 stars instead of 5 in this review is that it is only fair to judge against competing programs, and VEGAS Pro doesn’t offer as many features as Adobe Premiere. It does a bit more than Final Cut Pro does, but it only runs on Windows while Final Cut Pro only runs on Mac.

Price: 4/5

It is priced in between its two main competitors (Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro), and the Edit version is cheaper than its competition. The standard version is neither cheap nor expensive when compared to its competitors.

Ease of Use: 4/5

Though it might feel a bit overwhelming out of the gate, it won’t take you long before you’re making high-quality movies with its intuitive UI. Once again, VEGAS Pro finds the middle ground between Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. When judged against its direct competitors, it is neither the hardest nor simplest to use. When judged against cheaper alternatives, it has a slightly steeper learning curve.

Support: 4/5

The official channels provide an underwhelming amount of support, but the online community for this program is massive and more than capable of providing you with everything you’ll need. If you ever have a problem, chances are extremely good that someone else has had the same problem as you in the past. There is an official forum that is highly active, but the YouTube community has shouldered the burden of supporting the software and has created thousands upon thousands of video tutorials to teach you everything you need to know. VEGAS users have also created a very healthy number of plugins, visual effects, and templates for you to download for free. All the support you need for it is a Google search away.

Conclusion

VEGAS Pro squarely belongs in the higher tier of video editors, along with Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro (Mac only). The main reasons to select VEGAS as your weapon of choice over its competitors are your operating system (Windows), its price, and the learning curve (it’s easier to learn than Adobe Premiere).

Though the price of the program is likely to scare off many hobbyists, you get what you pay for. Cheaper alternatives simply won’t touch the quality of this powerful video editor. If you endeavor to create top-notch videos for commercial or professional use, you can feel confident that the program will provide you with all the tools you need to get the job done.

An Apple Credit Card Review: Is It A Good Deal?

Apple has created a credit card. For people who mainly think of Apple as a computer (or phone) company, this might be a surprise. However, Apple isn’t so much a technology company as it is a brand that sells a particular viewpoint on how things should look, feel and work. So, in principle, an Apple credit card isn’t all that strange. Apple believes they’ve reinvented the traditional credit card but is it a good deal in real life?

We took a hard look at what the Apple credit card offers on paper and scoured sites like Reddit and social media to get a feel for the day-to-day troubles people have run into using this Titanium card. 

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So if you’re tempted to get in on the shiny new (card-shaped) thing from Apple, read this first to make sure you know what you’re in for.

Apple Credit Card: What’s the Deal?

Why should anyone want to have an Apple credit card instead of a traditional card from established banking institutions? There are a few core value propositions the Apple credit card brings to the table that can be summarized as follow:

Total integration and dependence on iPhone

Integration with Apple Pay

Clear and intuitive dashboard for payments and interest

Very favorable interest rates (if you can get them)

Cashback (with higher rates for Apple and partners)

Interest-free terms on Apple devices

Apart from that, the physical card itself is a typical Apple piece of engineering. Minimalist and made from titanium, the card is unlikely to ever wear out. However, in this article, we don’t care about the physical card, but rather the deal as a whole. So let’s discuss these value propositions in more detail.

iPhone Integration (For Better or Worse)

One unique aspect of the Apple credit card is its reliance on the iPhone. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can’t get an Apple credit card.

The card itself is just an extension of a digital wallet system that exists on your phone. It has no credit card number on it and is virtually blank. The physical card essentially gives you a way to pay if Apple Pay is not available. This means getting 1% cash back instead of 2%. Sure, the titanium card is gorgeous and cool, but it’s not the point at all.

The Interest Advantage of the Apple Credit Card

Apple says that their card is different since it incentivizes you to pay less interest. This seems a little counterintuitive because credit card companies make money from the interest you pay on your borrowed credit.

Apple has gone out of its way to show you exactly when and how to pay to avoid interest on your outstanding balance. You also only pay for the portion of the balance you elect not to pay. This isn’t all that different from how most credit cards work. If you borrow money from a credit card over short periods and pay it back within a certain time frame you don’t accrue any interest.

The main difference here is Apple shows you the numbers that let you minimize interest payments, rather than keeping those hidden out of sight.

The Apple credit card is notable for more than just how transparent it makes interest calculations. Apple is also offering some of the lowest interest rates in the market for a cashback credit card. 

While your potential interest rates are pretty low overall, how close you get to the lowest possible interest rate will depend on your credit rating and the algorithm that Apple uses to determine card limits and interest rates.

Cashback Rewards

Speaking of cashback rewards, Apple has a rather unbalanced solution in place. If you buy Apple products or make Apple Pay purchases from partners, the cashback rewards are substantial. If you buy things outside of this partner network, there are cards out there that offer better returns on average. 

So whether the Apple credit card is a good deal strongly depends on whether you’re a frequent Apple customer, use Apple Pay regularly, or shop at retailers who are part of their partner network.

The Apple Gadget Advantage

If we’re being honest, one of the main reasons that Apple likely came up with their credit card is so that they can sell more Apple stuff to people. Since you need to own an iPhone to have the card, only people who are already in their ecosystem will qualify. 

Apple offers to sell you Apple products using their card at no interest at all. In other words, you’re getting your Apple gadgets at the cash price, but on a payment plan. Not all products are eligible and the maximum repayment period varies, with 24 months being the longest possible.

The Goldman Sachs Connection

While the card is boldly emblazoned with the iconic Apple logo, you’re probably not surprised to hear that Apple hasn’t become a completely independent financial institution. Their card is backed by Goldman Sachs. 

While there’s nothing wrong in principle with this move, anyone who is considering applying for their card should know who they are doing business with. There have been stories in the media raising privacy concerns and potential issues of discrimination by algorithms when it comes to determining interest rates. 

If you aren’t happy with how Goldman Sachs does business, then you won’t be happy to own an Apple credit card.

Who Is The Apple Credit Card Good For?

Let’s get the main issue out of the way first. If you aren’t already an iPhone user or someone who’s going to be sticking with the iPhone and the Apple ecosystem over the long term, the Apple card simply isn’t worth it. Sure, it has no annual fee, but in reality, the cheapest iPhone costs $400. So make of that what you will.

Since you’d have to first invest in an iPhone, which isn’t cheap, the rewards don’t justify it. If you’re looking for a way to get your Apple fix for the best prices, the card becomes much more attractive. The interest-free payment plans on Apple gadgets are an amazing offer. You also get a further 3% cashback on repayments towards the device.

The same goes for Apple Pay purchases. If you’re already using Apple Pay in your daily life, then the card offers great benefits. If no one in your usual selection of retailers offers it, there’s little reason to use the Apple card.

Another issue that might be a problem for many people is the fact that Apple does not allow for more than one person to be authorized to use the card. So if you wanted a second card for a spouse or child, you’re out of luck without that person buying their own iPhone and applying for their own Apple credit card.

How Good Wps Office Is? (Wps Office Review)

How Good WPS Office Is? (WPS Office Review)

WPS Office, on the other hand, isn’t among those suites. WPS Office has been in the market since 1988 but only took a solid stand in 2000. WPS Office comes loaded with features to simplify your daily office activities. In this WPS Office review, we will dig deeper into each and every aspect of this software and evaluate how good WPS Office really is and if it is a worthy Microsoft Office Alternative.

Before we dive into it, here is a small guide to help you choose a suitable office suite for yourself.

Evaluating WPS Office: 1. Pricing:

Pricing is our first basis of evaluation for WPS Office. In this part of WPS Office review, we will be looking at the price at which the WPS Office is offered and will also compare it with its worthy counterpart.

WPS Office is available in three different packages:

WPS License (Windows Only): $89.25 for Lifetime

WPS Premium (Windows, Android, iOS, or MacOS):

1 Year: $29.99 (1 Person)

6 Months: $18.99 (1 Person)

1 Year: $39.99 (5 Persons)

Note: Offers a 7-Day Free Trial.

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To compare if WPS Office is worth the price, let’s compare it with it biggest competitor, Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office also comes in multiple variants.

Microsoft Office Free (For Android only)

Microsoft Office Lifetime License (Windows, MacOS)

Microsoft Office Home & Student: $149.99

Microsoft Office Professional: $499.99

Microsoft Office Subscription (Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android)

Microsoft 365 Personal: $69.99/year (1 Person)

Microsoft 365 Family: $99.99/year (Up to 6 Persons)

In the price evaluation above, we saw that WPS Office has a free version available for all the platforms be it Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. On the other hand, Microsoft only has the free Office for Android mobiles. Here WPS Office seem to be ahead in the game.

While the yearly subscription of WPS Office comes at $29.99/year for 1 user, Microsoft Office 365 is priced at $69.99/year for 1 user. Though WPS Office is cheaper, if you want a family version for more than 1 person or device, WPS Office has a plan for 5 devices at just $39.99/year instead of $99.99/year for 6 persons in MS Office, the price difference is considerable.

In one time licensing, WPS Office is priced way cheaper than what Microsoft Office is priced at. Where one-time licensing of WPS Office is available at $89.99, Microsoft Office begins at $149.99 and goes to a whopping $499.99. (Features available with the Microsoft Office Home & Student are available in WPS Office Free Version)

Looking at the figures above, WPS Office is a really cheap and worthy solution for the price it is offered at. If you are an average user and want an Office suite to take you through your daily tasks, you don’t have to spend a dime on neither the WPS Office nor on anything else. Even if you are looking for an office suite for the whole family, WPS Office suite won’t disappoint you because Free x 5 = Free. Also, the family plan is $60 cheaper in WPS Office.

2. Tools and Features Offered by WPS Office:

In this section of WPS Office Review, we will evaluate the tools offered by WPS Office and are they enough to get you through.

Free Version WPS Premium WPS License

Word Processor Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Presentation Yes Yes Yes

PDF Reader Yes Yes Yes

Edit Text in PDF No Yes Yes

PDF to Word/Excel/PPT No Yes Yes

Export PDF in Batch No Yes Yes

Picture to PDF No Yes Yes

Picture to Text (OCR) No No Yes

File Split/File Merge No Yes Yes

Cloud Storage 1 GB No 20 GB

Insert/Extract Pages from PDF No Yes Yes

Insert and Remove Watermark in PDF No Yes Yes

Change PDF Page Order No Yes Yes

Add Color or Picture in PDF No Yes Yes

Files Repair No No Yes

Automatic Document Backup No Yes Yes

Price FREE $18.99 – $29.99 $89.99

There are a number of templates available which can be used to easily create Resumes, Write letters, create posters, brochures, checklists, project reports, invoices, annual reports, work reports, albums, infographics, etc. (WPS Office has a premium subscription named Templates that users have to subscribe to in order to gain access to these templates for the users who are professional designers and often design things for others or for blogs.)

But what kind of tool review would it be if we don’t compare the tools available with WPS Office with the tools available with its competitor.

Tools Offered by WPS Office vs Tools Offered by Microsoft Office

wps office free WPS Office license WPS Premium Ms office license ms office 365

price FREE $89.99 for Lifetime $29.99/Year $149.99 $69.99/year & $99.99/year

word processor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

presentations Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

pdf reader Yes Yes Yes No No

pdf to word/xls/ppt No Yes Yes No No

Edit pdf text/sign pdf No Yes Yes No No

cloud storage 1 GB No 20 GB No 1 TB

extract text from word No No Yes No No

file repair No No Yes No No

Mailing app No No No No Outlook

Publishing No No No No Publisher(PC Only)

Database management No No No No Yes

3. File Compatibility:

In WPS Office review, it’s time to check its compatibility with the files created on the other suites. I may sound like a WPS Office Fanboy, but when it comes to File Compatibility, WPS Office is second to none. WPS Office is compatible with files created on Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Adobe PDF, and Open Office.

Formats supported by WPS Office: doc, docx, dotm, docm, xls, xlsx, xlt, xltx, ppt, pptx, rtf, csv, xml, wpt, dot, dotx, et, ett, pot, dps, dpt, potx, ppsx, and pdf.

LibreOffice Suite supports even more file formats than what WPS Office supports. On the other hand, other competitors like Microsoft Office stand nowhere in file compatibility.

Hence, if you are looking for an Office Suite with wide range of compatiblity with other Office suites, WPS Office is a great tool to have as it supports most of the commonly used Office suites like MS Office, G-Suite, Open Office, and more.

4. User-Interface:

As we discussed earlier, the interface offered by WPS Office is heavily inspired by its famous counterpart. As a result, the learning curve isn’t too steep and new users would have an easy time getting a hold of WPS Office interface. The layout and the place where features are listed is fairly simple to access. The ribbon style is pretty familiar too.

Its competitors like LibreOffice have a bit outdated interface which may not be fun to use for many users. However, Microsoft office is the best in the game in this field and WPS Office can’t beat it either. But WPS Office’s interface is the closest you can get to MS Office’s interface.

To sum it up, User-Interface offered by WPS Office is second to none and the best you can get in this price and hence, user-interface shouldn’t be a concern to anyone thinking of buying WPS Office.

5. Collaboration:

Collaboration features haven’t gone unnoticed from WPS Office too. For Collaboration, WPS office features WPS Cloud and WPS Online document creator where you can simply head to the WPS website and login to create online document. Also, you can share the file in real-time to collaborate of any number of people you like to get the desired result.

Although the online suite doesn’t offer as much features and function as the offline suite, you can always download the file to your PC to customize it better after all, its free.

Competitors like Google Suite also offer a similar feature to create online documents and collaborate in real-time. However, Google Suite doesn’t have any option to download the file to PC to customize it for better because of the absence of any offline suite.

VERDICT:

In the end of our WPS Office review, by taking all the aspects of WPS Office into account, we can surely say that WPS Office is an amazing tool and is worth every penny you are charged for it i.e. if you go for the premium version. It isn’t just another Microsoft Office alternative but a worthy tool in itself. The clean and minimalistic design doesn’t fail to impress at any point in time. Users have the access to all the features they would require for free. Looking at the tools, file compatibility, User-interface, ease of collaboration, and pricing, I would suggest everyone to give it a try for a week or two if you are going to buy a complete suite anyways, the chances are you will like it. If you don’t, No regrets, you don’t lose a penny.

So, this was my WPS Office review. Do let us know how did you like WPS Office if you tried it, we love hearing from you.

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Orbot is a nifty security/privacy application that can keep your mobile communications private while you’re online.

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Orbot is a nifty security/privacy application that can keep your mobile communications private while you’re online. It’s based on Tor, but it’s only available for Android phones.

As you probably figured it out already, you can’t exactly use it on Windows 10. Tor and its browser are enough protection and basically offer the same thing for your Windows 10 PC.

Many take Orbot for a dedicated VPN service, which is not exactly true. While Orbot does offer some VPN features, it functions after a somewhat different set of rules.

Did we mention that it’s entirely free to use?

Is Orbot a VPN?

Long story short, no, Orbot is not a VPN for your Android phone. What this project manages to do instead is bring Tor functionality to Android phones. It’s optimized for these devices, so you can rest assured that it’s not just some port.

Orbot lets you connect to the Internet in a secure, private manner. You’re maybe thinking: right, but that’s the same thing a VPN does, so how is Orbot any different? Well, the truth is that this app has the best of both proxy servers and VPNs.

Proxy vs. VPN

Proxy servers let you access certain websites and services on the Internet by offering you a gateway. A VPN establishes a secure tunnel to any server in its network.

Both proxies and VPNs mask your IP address, but proxy servers are generally less secure due to a lack of encryption. A VPN encrypts your traffic, but it can be a bit slower than a proxy.

Orbot uses Tor to encrypt your traffic by redirecting it through various nodes around the world. The nodes are usually other Tor users, but there’s also a chance you can bounce through an exit relay hosted on a dedicated machine.

Long story short, Orbot can be rather deemed as Tor for Android phones with added VPN functionality (includes a VPN mode).

What is VPN mode in Orbot?

As we’ve briefly mentioned above, this app encompasses a VPN mode. Upon closer inspection, you may notice that it acts exactly like a VPN.

It even asks you for permission to manage your connection, just like any other Android VPN service does.

However, Orbot has a bunch of extra features that regular VPNs may lack. For instance, it’s widely known that many websites have VPN filters, which are used to detect and block VPN traffic. One such website is the US version of Netflix.

How good is Orbot VPN?

Considering that it’s based on Tor, Orbot’s VPN can’t be blocked by websites as easily. Your connection will bounce through several nodes until finally reaching the website, which makes it harder to detect and block.

Furthermore, your traffic will be both encrypted and dispersed throughout all the nodes on your connection. This makes it tenfold harder to decrypt traffic, given that it’s not all in the same place.

Last, but not least, Orbot’s VPN feature lets you enable it only for certain apps on your phone. It kind of works like split tunneling, letting you choose which apps’ traffic will be encrypted.

How to use Orbot VPN

1. Install it on your device

Visit the product page on Google Play

Hit the Install button

Wait for the installation to come to an end

Hit the Open button to launch the app

2. Launch Orbot

3. Connect to a server

4. Toggle VPN mode

It’s worth mentioning that you can select the apps for which Orbot will encrypt traffic. Selecting no apps (by default, no apps are selected) will enable a system-wide VPN.

Additionally, we’ve found some hints that the system-wide VPN only works on rooted phones. However, we’ve tested it on a non-rooted phone and it seems to work just fine.

5. Configure Orbot

Note that from an accessibility standpoint, Orbot can be easily configured, as most of the customization options work on a disable/enable model.

However, you should refrain from bringing any changes to the default configuration unless you really know what you’re doing. Otherwise, you may break Orbot’s security and even its functionality.

6. Bonus: for Samsung devices

Reportedly, there’s an app running on Samsung devices that listens to port 9050, which Orbot uses by default. You can either locate the apps that are listening on that port (use third-party apps such as Netstat), force stop them and disable them.

However, it’s far easier to just change Orbot’s default Tor SOCKS port from the app.

How to use Orbot VPN on Windows 10

As we’ve clearly mentioned above, Orbot is Android-exclusive. Thus, not only is the app only available for Android, but it’s also optimized for these devices alone.

In conclusion, you can’t run Orbot on your Windows 10 PC natively, so you’ll have to improvise.

Although you can either use a regular VPN or Tor on Windows to the same effect as Orbot, if you’re stubborn you’ll need an Android emulator such as BlueStacks or NoxPlayer.

Once you have the emulator installed on your PC, deploy the app on it as we’ve described above.

Apparently, the app works without any major issues on Android emulators. However, it won’t be able to hide any traffic from outside the emulator. Furthermore, it may not be as secure as installing and running it on an Android device.

Final thoughts on using Orbot as a VPN

All things considered, if you want a private, secure VPN on your Android device, Orbot is a good place to start. It basically brings all of Tor’s functionality on your Android phone, with added capabilities.

If you plan on using Orbot on your Windows 10 PC, it might be too much hassle. Since the app is Android-exclusive, you’ll need an emulator to get things running, and you might even notice certain bugs during the app’s runtime.

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Free Id Theft Protection Offers Grow: Are They Any Good?

If you use the Internet or own a credit card, the threat of having your identity stolen is omnipresent. Now, leading Internet service providers, financial institutions, and companies such as Sony are offering customers peace of mind with free identity theft protection. Other companies such as Debix are offering a free bare-bones version of ID theft protection to anyone online.

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At its core, an identity theft protection service should monitor all three credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) constantly to see if anything fishy is going on, and it should send you an immediate alert if it spots any red flags, says Jay Foley, executive director of the Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit ID theft protection resource.

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Among free ID theft protection services, you’ll rarely get both monitoring of your credit reports and immediate alerts about suspicious activity. Protection isn’t worth much if your name, Social Security number, and financial data are in the wrong hands and the service doesn’t let you know, Foley says.

While some of the services we spotted offer robust ID theft protection, most lack recommended safeguards. The aim of those lesser ID theft protection services is to monitor the Internet for any hint that your identity might be for sale on the black market, and to help victims close compromised accounts, place fraud alerts, and minimize damage.

Who Offers What?

Internet Service Providers

The service doesn’t monitor credit bureaus or give you automatic alerts. Instead it offers basic protections that it calls “lost-wallet protection” for your personal data. That is, if your credit card info is stolen–physically or digitally–the service will help with replacing your cards, by contacting your credit companies. Comcast also provides access to identity theft protection experts who can give counseling on how to repair a stolen identity.

Comcast’s suite of ID theft protection tools serves more as marketing for its full, premium ID theft plans, which range between $8 and $13 a month.

Last year AOL began offering paying dial-up customers (those who pay $26 a month) free identity fraud protection from LifeLock. For those still subscribing to AOL dial-up service, the protection service is a great deal, providing credit bureau monitoring and alerts along with lost-wallet protection, cybermonitoring, and million-dollar identity theft insurance.

Many smaller banks and credit unions offer free ID theft protection as a way to stand out from the pack. Plans vary, but programs such as the one from Canandaigua National Bank and Trust in New York offer surprisingly strong protection to customers. Open a checking account at Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, and you’ll receive both credit bureau checks and alerts (as security experts recommend) at no additional cost.

In 2007 nearly 130 banks and credit unions in the United States offered free ID theft protection. Four years later it’s worth asking your bank about ID theft protection. The programs we spotted won’t cost you anything, but do require you to explicitly sign up for the services.

Sony

Sony offers its ID theft protection through a company called Debix and its AllClear ID Plus plan. The offer meets security experts’ recommendations, supplying both credit bureau monitoring and alerts should a red flag pop up.

Sony has promised free protection for every PSN and SOE user, and Debix has an easy-to-follow registration process on its website. The downside is that Sony will cover the cost of the AllClear ID Plus plan for only one year; after that you’ll have to pay for the service yourself.

Free, but Are They Worth It?

Not eligible for any of the above offers? Two identity protection companies offer free bare-bones identity protection plans for any consumer.

Debix has a free service called AllClearID that gives you some of the same basic protections provided to Sony customers. It doesn’t monitor credit bureaus, but it will watch the Web for your identity on black markets; AllClearID also gives lost-wallet protection.

Tricks and Traps

Both IDSafe and AllClearID exist as marketing tools to get you to upgrade to the companies’ respective paid services. Although no-cost protection is better than nothing, it’s important not to have an inflated sense of how secure these services make you. In addition, you should be clear about the terms of service for any free or free-trial services: Will a free service turn fee overnight? Will a one-year free service automatically roll into a fee service unless you opt out?

Free protection services from ISPs Cox, EarthLink, and Time Warner Road Runner sound as if they offer ID theft protection. It may be splitting hairs, but what these companies really offer are typically just antivirus packages: The antivirus software’s protection features are simply programmed to deliver a pop-up warning in a browser window when you submit personal information at a website.

Paid ID theft protection can cost between $10 and $15 a month. If you’re wondering whether such services are worth the investment to you, consider this: According to the Better Business Bureau, if you become a victim, the out-of-pocket costs to reclaim your identity come to an average of $400, and the average cost of damages amounts to $6400. Your odds of being a victim? In 2010 an estimated 11.1 million people in the United States were identity theft victims, losing a total of $54 billion, according to a study by Javelin Strategy and Research.

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