Samsung Galaxy A9 – The Gigantic Phablet with 6-Inch Display and Massive Battery!

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It is evident from the latest releases of smartphones that many flagship phones have stopped increasing the size of the smartphone at 5.5 inches. But here is one Samsung beast that manages to top that. Huge devices are trending as of now owing the advent of tablets and the crossover phablets everywhere. One should mention here that the smartphone market is actually veering the newest biggest device.

Enter Samsung’s new A series avatar. Samsung launched its latest smartphone in the Galaxy A series with the gigantic Galaxy A9 in China. The tech giant revealed one of the first 6-inch phablets that will sport a tremendous 4000 MaH battery to match its size. Galaxy A9 will feature support for Android 5.1.1 with powerful innards compared to any of the A-series phones.

The dual-SIM dual-standby phone sports a metal frame and a glass body design just like Galaxy Note 5. With its 6-inch full-HD Super Amoled display and a smart 2.5D curved glass, the phone features a pixel density of 367 ppi. The phone also sports a very thin 2.4-mm display bezel.

The Inside Out

  • The Galaxy A9 sports a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC which clocks 1.8GHz, along with Adreno 510.
  • Galaxy A9 also features a sizeable 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage that is scalable up to 128GB.
  • It does not have a hybrid dual-SIM slot.
  • On the camera front, it is loaded with a smart 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera which also includes LED flash, a powerful f/1.9 aperture, and an even rare optical image stabilisation (OIS). This allows the clickers to maintain a steady line of pictures.
  • The front facing cam has a 8-megapixel capability and even possesses varied modes such as wide selfie mode and self-portrait mode. The camera can be activated by double pressing the home button which also extends support to Samsung Pay. Now camera accessibility will not be a hassle in any way.

The Powerful Battery in a Slim Body

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Samsung Galaxy A9 has a powerful 4000mAh battery that supports a technology for charging called the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. Galaxy A7 on the other hand features a 3300mAh battery. Samsung A9 also includes Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi under the hood. In spite of all running applications, Samsung A9 is making the best use of optimum silence to recreate the new tomorrow.

Following its predecessor, which is the 5.7-inch Galaxy A8, Samsung A9 is a slim and elegant smartphone, with specifications that even match the Galaxy S line of devices.

Not one phone can actually be the best in all manners. It is important to make a lasting impression with the phone in hand.

Rollout

Despite Samsung A9 launched in China exclusive, it is expected to go on floors in other countries in the near future. It is coming in close competition to Google Nexus 6P and even the trendy bestselling Apple iPhone 6S Plus. The choices might be limited but its own Galaxy Note 5 is going to be in loggerheads for the largest smartphone.

Most of the smartphones are now featuring 5 to 5.5-inch screens, Samsung is hence hoping to grab the share for bigger phablets for which there is a strong crowd for, like the Galaxy A9. The important improvements have hence driven the phone amidst the hoopla around Samsung Galaxy S6, which is in itself going great guns.

The enormous 4,000mAh battery is a huge plus for the smartphone since it would extend the phone’s battery life beyond the regular day that most smartphones can.

Round-up of Specifications

  • Octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, incredible 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of scalable storage up to 128GB.
  • 13-megapixel camera and a 8-megapixel selfie cam.
  • Runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
  • Fingerprint scanner and Samsung Pay support.
  • Glass and metal case that’s is 0.29 inches thin.

The phone will be available in varied colours including White, Gold, and Pink colours. The product is expected to be kept in shelves until and unless it can infuse some energy on a positive note.

Our Verdict

Samsung’s latest A series phone is a slight departure than the extremely sleek A8, since this model features a tremendous screen and a smart monstrous battery capacity to match its credentials.

The massive 6-inch screen with curved 2.5D edges featuring a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor is great even by S6 standards. The 0.3 inch-thick aluminum frame is its best attribute though the monstrous 4,000 mAh battery will drive the phone for more than a day.

All in, here is a decent phone from Samsung that will need big pockets for safekeeping especially within cargos instead of jeans. No details on pricing and availability has been conveyed until now.

Author Bio

Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps. He is an iPhone Game Developer, with acute knowledge of Mobile App Design and User Experience Design. His vision is to become the best mobile development company, which can transform people’s idea into fully functional application at a very affordable price.

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Top 10 iPad Pro Features that Make it the best Tablet Ever!

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Apple’s new tablet – the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the biggest avatar of the revered iPad although the sale numbers have diminished year on year. Apple is expecting the new iPad Pro to actually push the tablet segment in the PC world with the introducing of some amazing features that many mobile workers and professionals will find useful.

Here are the top 10 iPad Pro Features that push the envelope in more ways than one:

#1. Biggest Screen Ever!

iPad Pro has an overly large display with 12.9″ screen. But while using it, one can assure anyone that it is highly recommended over the previous 9.7″ iPad and might in turn replace the Macbook in due course of time too.

#2. Amazing Resolution

Boasting of the most advanced display of all Apple products, iPad Pro packs a punch with its 12.9-inch Retina display that features a mind-boggling 2,732 x 2,048 pixels in display resolution and a modest 265 ppi pixel density. The Retina Macbooks might have more pixel density though.

#3. Multitasking Features

iPad Pro supports multitasking features similar to all other Apple devices that are run on iOS 9. But with the incredible screen, users have an advantage with the new Split View, and the beautiful Picture in Picture option. Also the Slide Over option gives users some room to work on with the space being optimized for productivity and multiple tasks to be done at a time.

#4. Apple Pencil

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Apple’s new iPad stylus, Apple Pencil, is tremendously feature-rich and the best among all styluses. It is great for writing notes and even useful for sketching and drawing. The Notes app, Procreate, and other apps support the fantastic pressure- and orientation-sensitive stylus as it has perfected the analogies of handwriting and use of other tools. Although it is not battery-rich, it is good enough.

The Pencil is packed with sensors that can sense on the pressure being exerted and how hard one pushes it. It even detects the angle in which users press the tip to the screen which is aimed for the artists and the creatives. Pressing the Pencil hard will result in much deeper, darker lines on the iPad Pro while gentler presses will create lighter strokes. It is charged an extra $99, on the top of the pricey entry-level iPad Pro.

#5. The Right Stand/Case

Holding the 12.9″ tablet might be a hassle especially for extended periods of time. With Just Mobile’s Encore, working with the iPad Pro is a breeze. Urban Armor Gear’s Composite Case is one of the best stands/ cases to carry the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil together. The tablet experience gets much better with the pairing. One can even get a Logitech Create Keyboard especially if you are concerned with long-form typing on the device.

#6. Getting Updated Apps

With multiple updated iPad Pro apps ready, users will be in for a ride since the experience with several tailored apps with the resolution support, and other features is hugely welcome. Some apps provide support to certain functionalities like the split-screen functionality too. Various third party apps along with updates are available for the iPad Pro including the Reeder 3 and Tweetbot 4. One can expect Facebook and YouTube updates soon with the required tweaks.

#7. Bigger But Lighter

It is the biggest iPad to date, but it is incredibly lighter and thinner than even the first iPad in 2010. The display takes up 78 percent of the real estate and that is much more than what it was on the 9.7-inch iPad. But being just 6.9 mm thick as the newest iPhones, it is a lightweight, portable mobile tablet that is set to rule.

#8. Smart Keyboard Option

iPad Pro also includes a Smart Keyboard that is a foldable keyboard that can be connected to the iPad Pro via the Smart Connector, a new technology that is proposed by Apple. The keyboard is similar to Surface line keyboards but this does not include a Bluetooth connection. It is available for $169 extra other than the iPad Pro.

#9. Excellent Sound Quality

Most electronics makers are not keen on making outstanding speakers and hence most gadgets do not pay heed to sound. Apple is diligent in its design and hence it does not overlook the audio quality in any way. Apple has fitted four front-facing speakers in the iPad Pro for magnificent sound results. The speakers can balance the sound from both directional speakers especially when the orientation of the tablet shifts from landscape to portrait mode and vice versa.

#10. Powerful Inbuilt Hardware

The iPad Pro is not only big on its exterior but also in its interior. It includes Apple’s newest chip, the 64-bit A9X, which is powerful in delivering performance reminiscent of a desktop and capable of providing double power than the A8X chip which was supported by iPad Air 2. With 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB / 128 GB storage, iPad Pro will not be able to push the PCs out of the competition but the future still holds promise.

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Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing android mobile app development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.

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CES 2016 : What can One Expect to Witness During the Event

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The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is expected to be a hotspot for introducing new technologies in the realm of robotics, wearables, and even IoT.

Several technologists descend to CES in January to check out meaningful breakthrough tech innovations. The event is produced by the Consumer Technology Association, and 20,000 new products are expected to appear at the 2016 show. More than 3,600 exhibitors lined up at the preview event held in New York recently.

The robotics exhibit space will have 22 exhibitors, while automotive exhibits have increased by 25% for the next year, with 100 companies and nine automakers exhibiting their innovations.

Here are some products that will take the floor at CES 2016 as per the latest updates:

1) LifeSite

LifeSite provides secure storage for personal information through its Vault. The Web-based tool and app will help users to store sensitive data including financial records, legal documents, contacts and passwords. The data will be protected by permission-based sharing and document encryption. It also has secure storage solutions and options for the enterprise.

2) Quell

Quell, from NeuroMetrix, is a wearable band that can provide drug-free pain relief with the help of a new technology called wearable intensive nerve stimulation (WINS). Those suffering from Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Sciatica will find the gadget useful.

The band helps in stimulating sensory nerves that carry pulses to the brain, triggering a natural response blocking all pain signals within the body. Therapy sessions are also provided on an hourly basis. The band can be connected to the smartphone for tracking therapy sessions, its control features, sleep quality monitoring, and to store data on HealthCloud.

3) IonVR

IonVR is a terrific mobile virtual reality headset that depends on the smartphone for its display. The screen size should exceed 4.5 inches and should be based on the iOS or Android platform only.

It runs on MotionSync Technology that addresses virtual reality sickness with a seamless virtual reality experience. It includes a modular system to connect to the phone and the modules can be replaced when connecting to new devices.

The gadget also has gaming, entertainment, and live sports options as part of its applications showcase. There are enterprise apps for medical, PR, and real estate too.

4) Adidas SmartRun

Adidas revealed its SmartRun watch along with its Smart Ball gadget. The SmartRun retails for $300, which helps runners with real-time coaching through its miCoach training plans. It also has a continuous heart rate monitor, efficient GPS for recording the running speed and distance, complete workout review, wireless music player, and the like. It boasts of about eight hours of battery life in normal use and four hours of battery life with the continuous coaching and music in the background.

The Smart Ball on the other hand is a soccer ball that includes integrated sensors that tracks the speed, spin, the shot trajectory, and its exact strike point. This gadget will be helpful for soccer coaches and players in the long run.

5) Sengled

Sengled uses “smart” light bulbs for making a connected home.

Every Sengled bulb has varying functionality within it. The Snap light bulb includes wireless HD camera for outdoor monitoring with ability to transfer videos to the cloud. The Boost bulb provides WiFi along with LED light to add connectivity. The Voice bulb on the other hand responds to your voice, notes appointments and sets reminders. One can send alerts if it detects smoke or a crying baby.

6) Skulpt

Skulpt creates fitness devices for monitoring muscle health through a technology called Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM). It measures electrical current flow in diverse directions and assesses muscle condition along with overall body fat percentage. One can view body “heat map” through the tool’s mobile app.

7) Oree

Oree is making tech tools that look natural. They are not like the average tech tools as it builds keyboards, useful wireless chargers, smartphone cases for different phones, and trackpads made of natural materials. It also makes other tech products, made of wood and leather.

8) Caseta

Caseta is a smart home devices company that lets users to remote control their smart homes with mobile devices. Its remote controls can be mounted on a wall or placed on a tabletop for controlling light intensity. The Pico remote has a “favorite” button for recording and storing a favorite light setting. There are dimmable LEDs and other light bulbs available from the company too.

9) Klaxoon

Klaxoon provides a new means of communications for several and diverse groups of people, in the workplace especially. The cross-platform tool is compatible with different mobile platforms too. It helps in making group communications more interactive. One can boost engagement through activities such as surveys, challenges, quizzes, or live messaging. One can even launch a survey to determine the message of the content and the number of people who agree with it.

It can control group activity of about 40 participants. One can access group content remotely without connecting to the web. With Klaxoon Cloud, nearly 1,000 participants can connect at a time.

Author Bio

Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing iPhone Mobile App Development Company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.

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Claymotion Ranks as Top 5 Mobile Ad Networks from India, basis survey

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Claymotion, a leading mobile advertising platform and now one of the fastest growing in India, has been ranked as one of the top five mobile ad networks in India, according to the latest ranking found within the world’s leading mobile app attribution platform, TUNE Marketing Console. Having climbed over 100 positions since its launch in 2012, Claymotion is the only startup to have been featured in the top five along with industry incumbents.

Commenting on the feat, Mr. Neel Juriasingani, Head of Business at Claymotion said, “The surge in rankings, as originated from TUNE data, is indeed a testament of our efforts toward offering the best mobile advertising experience to our customers in India and globally. Despite being a late entrant in a market with established players, we are thankful to our stakeholders for trusting us with their brands and giving us the opportunity to deliver on it. Going forward, our focus is to continue delivering value to our partners in India and the emerging world.”

According to reports, mobile advertising volume in India grew the fastest in the world—climbing a record 260% over 2 years since July 2013..“The lack of actual application on mobile’s promise of deep targeting was hindering its growth. That’s the primary motivation behind Claymotion—to deliver on this very promise,” added Neel.

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Fashion and Apparel company Iralzo marks its debut in Online Retail for the Indian market

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Fashion and Apparel company Iralzo is stepping into the e-commerce market with its exclusive designer collection ranging from scarves, dresses, jumpsuits, accessories and more for the chic and stylish women of today.

Iralzo comes from the house of IR Accessories that has been in the business of manufacturing and exporting apparel and accessories for over eight years now. The brand is now laying its foundation as a mainstream fashion brand to serve the customer better effortlessly with a wide range of clothing to make you feel like a fashionista. With the perfect blend of style and comfort, Iralzo showcases an optimum selection of apparels and accessories keeping in mind all of the latest trends in the world of fashion.

Speaking about the launch Mrs Ira Malhotra, Director, Iralzo said “Today’s consumer in India is highly evolved and is looking for high- class fashion at accessible prices. Been in the manufacturing and export business for long we understand the market and closely follow global trends. We planned to broaden our horizons by Iralzo as we received overwhelming response from the Indian customers and we are keen to set a new benchmark by reinforcing its presence in the market by offering high class fashion at pocket-friendly prices.  We believe that comfort is the key to look stylish and our each design resonates with our vision. To deliver remarkable experience to the customers, we have a motivated team of designers who understand the need of every style savvy person. Each design is bound to stand out in the market as it is made with sheer perfection while considering the comfort that every customer demands. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction with our designs that are flawlessly made”

Inspired by the international runways and the global street scene, the brand offers wide range of wearable fashion, hair accessories, garments, sarongs and scarves in a variety of colors. We innovate by combining the finest quality of fabric with the most unique designs to provide an unforgettable experience to the customers.

Iralzo is the brainchild of Mrs Ira Malhotra and Mr Rajesh Malhotra who have been a significant part of the industry for many years. The aim is to build Iralzo as a hotspot for all the recent trends in the fashion industry that every fashion savvy person craves for! The brand’s collection will be available on leading online fashion portals apart from www.iralzo.com

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Top 10 Tips to Avoid Mobile App Testing Mistakes

Top 10 Tips to Avoid Mobile App Testing Mistakes

If one studies multiple successful mobile apps and games, one can find that they are incredibly accessible with a navigation approach that is intuitive enough. For aligning a design and idea with established norms of different platforms, there is no substitute other than usability testing.

According to Localytics, nearly 20% of apps are never used after being used once. About 50% of the total downloaded apps are used more than five times on an average. The window for developers to impress users is shut pretty quickly. First impressions are important, especially to boost retention rates and get the edge over the huge competition of a million apps.

To extract actionable data from tests is highly pricey but here are some practical tips for successful mobile app testing:

#1. Create a Mock up

Starting with a user-centric design will always pay dividends and can save yourself a lot of time and money before the actual development begins. There’s no reason one can’t mock up a UI with simple screenshots and then design the same with an actual size smartphone. One can think about how potential users would expect to interact with the app and design the mock up likewise. The paper design can be changed too, easily.

#2. Examine How People Interact

With every usability test you conduct, for a functional app on a smartphone or just a prototype, one should provide minimal guidance so that you can detect genuine failure points. Recording what is on screen is not entirely important. Instead, one should observe people and their facial expressions and body language. Are they getting irritated or frustrated with the app or is it what they need. Close observation will always produce best insights.

#3. Test in the Real World

If you can conduct tests in real world in public then you might check on the usability of your app that cannot be replicated in a controlled environment. Conducting tests in real environments is a good idea to assess how intuitive the design really is. Testers from different demographics who will be using your app in real world conditions can deliver different insights than those who are living in relaxed atmosphere.

#4. Keep it Short and Simple

Every long test is complicated and the users will have a tough time to stay focused and interested in longer apps. If there are too many test parameters, they’re less representative of actual end users. This is important when surveys are held for reward or for free amongst the public on the usage of an app.

#5. Use of Varied Platforms and Devices

Try to let people use devices that they are comfortable with, wherever possible. Then the features of the device itself will not be a distraction and one can cover more variations and data. If the app is released on more than one platform, then make sure you get users for all such platforms too and check whether the app fulfils the differences in expectations especially in terms of navigation.

#6. Ask Right Questions

The right observation is the primary and the most essential source of data during usability tests. One should be careful on what to ask and always focus on getting actionable data. Let the users elaborate on their experience where possible, so that they can convey what they mean about using the app and you avoid misconstruing any answers.

#7. Assess and Act

Aggregate the data you collect and create a meaningful plan based on the results. Don’t let personal opinions and bias cloud the actions. Act on things that were mentioned by end users and do not give importance to particular testers only. Take your time and work on specific parts if it’s needed.

#8. Prepare App Functional Requirements List

Assuming that your test team detects app defects efficiently, it is important that one should plan based on functional requirements and different scenarios for the future. This process may sound tedious but is incredibly important.

#9. Create a Testing Team of Different Representatives

When creating a testing team, appoint professionals of different spheres with testing background. Involve representatives from other departments too so that they help in determining a solution for the problem through their field of expertise.

#10. Test Your App on Emulators and App GUI

All mobile application development platforms support different emulators and simulators for app testing on real devices. One can test app changes quickly and easily. Mobile users prefer using a GUI that is simple to operate. And if they are not clear on how your app functions, they will immediately uninstall the app too. So it is essential to have an app that boasts of a user-friendly interface.

Author Bio

Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing iOS app development services provider company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.

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Hyperlocal discovery and privileges app Crown-it targets a monthly GMV of $25 million

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Aiming to capitalise on the growth opportunities presented by the hyperlocal market segment, hyperlocal merchant discovery and privileges platform Crown-it has laid down its financial targets. The Gurgaon-based company is on its path to drive its monthly Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) to the tune of $25 million by March 2016. With a core focus on the tier-1 market, Crown-it is also looking at achieving an annual GMV of $1.2 billion by 2018.

Speaking on the targets, Sameer Grover, Founder and CEO Crown-it, commented, “Since our inception, we have grown leaps and bounds in terms of our monthly GMV. We had a GMV run rate of INR 12 lakh in the first three months of our operations, which has increased to $3 million monthly GMV at present. With our targets defined, we are eagerly looking forward to capitalise on the boom in the 020 market and establish ourselves as industry leaders in the segment.”

Crown-it, is currently operational in seven cities including Delhi-NCR and Mumbai, and drives a monthly GMV of $3 million at present. It is well on its path to achieve its target of a $300 million GMV annual run rate by March 2015. The organisation’s primary focus is on food and beverage category, which forms almost 95% of its current business, but strong emphasis is being laid on other categories like health and travel now.

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Ultimate Tips and Trends for Designing a Winning Contact Page

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Web forms on a contact page play a pretty important role to let prospects subscribe to newsletters, sign up for free entry to exclusive website content, or to exhort them to make an online purchase. Varied forms lay the foundation for multiple online interactions.

Every form has a purpose to serve, but contact forms are one of the most important ones for business. They conveniently help businesses to get in touch with different people and allows visitors to get in touch with the company. Not all contact forms are designed well.

Here are some dos and don’ts for designing better contact forms.

1. Do make it a personal form

A contact form helps the site visitors to contact your business representative implying that they are interested in reaching out to connect with you. They are looking for personal interaction and not merely looking at information through the site. By making the form personal, you create a sense of assurance about your genuine identity and you are keen to hearing from them.

A personal contact form is both very appealing and extremely inviting. Inviting a person with a likable and personal touch helps in attracting the prospects since it gives them importance. Also. Use of handwritten fonts makes it quite personal on the contact form.

2. Don’t make the form long and boring

The look and feel of the contact form says a lot about your company. Never keep a contact form in a neutral, dark, design as it might look impersonal and distant. Also, one should not make the contact form look boring and staid as it might scare visitors off.

Less contrast between background and content also robs the contact form of its presence. The sites become extremely one-note and not at all inviting.

3. Do keep it relevant

Before you venture to think about the colours and the font being used for contact forms, the purpose of the contact form needs to be spelled out. Start brainstorming about the intent and define form fields in a way that it is convenient for visitors to put in genuine information about themselves.

4. Don’t ask for any random information

Endless web forms are useless since they contain too much random information. The website should have a reason in garnering the information and what it is going to do with the data. Do not ask for info that one does not really need. Also, keep the contact form for those interested in your offerings not for people who just have some query about something.

Never ask visitors for information just so that they should be sharing it and you want to increase leads in a superficial manner.

5. Do keep it simple

Keeping the form simple is one way to go. All the visitors care about one thing and that is their own message. They would not like to shell out more information other than a name and an email id so that the company knows that they are talking to a genuine person. Making other fields obligatory is just a way to turn your visitors off.

The contact form should be a better alternative to email campaigns and should prompt the user to send in their message and punch in “Submit.”

6. Don’t ask for captcha codes

Yes captcha codes still happen. These codes are like irritating form filters that weed out unwanted automated submissions. But putting every genuine prospect to the same test is giving them a chance to hate you. Having them all over the place is the worst way to drive an interested visitor out.

Captchas never make forms secure and getting the codes from visitors is like asking them to decipher letters that appear in a random fashion.

7. Do say who will reply

Every contact page should present a representative of the company in the end and should allow visitors to know about the person who might get in line when you call. With a contact form, one should intimate the other person who is expected to reply to the message. Your contact form appears to be trustworthy if the visitor gets to know who will receive the message.

8. Don’t make people doubt the credibility of the company

Contact forms are like ‘online faces’ of the company. Due to time difference and geographic distance, some people will not be able to talk in real-time. Contact forms sets up a connection and is the form that makes a connection between the prospect and the company. Making a good first impression is important since that adds to the credibility of the company.

9. Do offer alternative details to contact on the site

Some people like forms while some do not. When designing the contact form, allow people to contact directly too especially if they are not too keen to fill in the contact form. Ask for the email address or a phone number or provide them the details too so that they can even engage with your users through social media channels.

Ending Note

Contact forms are the face of the site and the company. Designing a contact form efficiently goes a long way to boost your business credibility and profits in the long run.

Author Bio

Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps. Being an avid gamer himself, he has converted many game ideas into reality. He is an Android Game Developer, with acute knowledge of mobile game design and user experience design.

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How to Compare Web Hosting Services

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There are a great many different examples of hosting services out there, and finding the one you need is always going to be difficult. The Huffington Post has made it quite clear that choosing the wrong web host can easily cause a loss of revenue for your company. In order to make the comparison however, all you need to do is determine just what you need, in particular. Some of the considerations that you might make include:

  • Length of time you have been in business
  • The scope of your operation
  • What you need hosted
  • Your technical expertise

When it comes right down to it, there are some services that will work better for you than others, so let’s take a look at some of the most common features that you should come to expect when you compare web hosting services at Cloud Kompare.

Hardware

Web hosting, as you probably know, is handled remotely,which means you’re going to need hardware and lots of it. A web server needs to serve your site to customers and this can be very simple or very complex. Either way you need to make sure that the hardware is capable of running your site and receiving the traffic. Oftentimes it comes down to whether you wish to settle for a shared server, or perhaps put forth the money for a more robust dedicated server that is only occupied by you and your website. Ultimately you want to consider the following:

  • RAM – How much memory the server has; the more of this your server has, the mores simultaneous tasks your site will be able to perform. In the end this will help to accommodate more users.
  • Processor – A faster processor means a faster moving site on the customer end, though it will be more expensive.
  • Hard Drive Space – All web hosting services will be equipped with top of the line hard drives and space is expandable. Choosing the amount of space you need will be easy enough as you will simply need to determine whether you are just serving web content or going so far as to serve files.
  • Bandwidth – This is not a hardware matter, but rather one of the internet service provider. Bandwidth from a company like this one is mostly split into parts and provided on an as needed basis. As you pay for more bandwidth, your website will obviously be faster, but you should only expand this as needed.

 

Software

When you are in the process of comparing the different plans, make sure that the software meets your needs as well. Software will range from the operating system, the control panel for your website, and even the plugins installed. For example some servers will utilize WordPress, while others will run the less user friendly apache. This is a choice that you can often make when you are securing your web hosting services, though sometimes it becomes specific to the service in question. This is definitely something that you will want to consider when you are signing for any particular service as you will want to make sure it is not only equipped with quality software, but software that you know how to use. Remember, the one you choose, whether it be WordPress, Apache, or some other flavor will greatly influence the way you handle your programming. Choosing incorrectly can easily result in problems.

Other considerations will include the plugins as these will determine whether or not your website actually functions as needed. For example, Shockwave Flash is a great feature, but is the plugin supported server side? Do you want to run a phBB board? Wonderful idea, but once again, is it properly supported on the server side? These, among many others, will make a huge difference in how you conduct your business and how you present your page to your clients. Control over your server and website using cPanel is also an important service as outlined by Techno Skill Online. These are all important questions you need to ask when you are trying to make a comparison.

Making the Comparison

In order to make this comparison you will need to take a look at the Cloud Kompare website and glance over the partners list. There are several guidelines that you will want to follow, most of which we mentioned above. Overall, you need to compare your needs with the offerings of each service. How big is your company? How much do you plan to expand in the next few years? How quickly are you going to expand? Start looking into the different options today and make sure that your company is ready to move into the 21st century with the right web host. There is a lot of work to be done.

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Five Important Design Tips for Creating Mobile Apps

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Native app UI design does not allow designers enough room to play around. Designing for smaller screens is a tough ask since the users have short attention spans. The UI design needs to be worked around in an interface that’s easy enough for the newbies but should not put off the experienced users too.

#1. Use your Screen for Facilitating Interaction in the best Possible Manner

The rules of good interaction design are based on usable native app interfaces. Every dot, every word and every part of the screen lets the designer define margins and padding. Strokes define your work area.

Maintenance of consistent width and height is a must for better interaction design. User research helps designers to create effective personas for using the app. Specific goals based on the workflow are required to suit preferences. One needs to understand that every signifier should be implied on the basis of familiarity. For example, a blue link will indicate the hyperlink to the user that will redirect elsewhere. Use of signifiers guides the users to know the purpose of each UI element.

Familiar patterns attract new users and are strong enough to attract users. Feedback sections need to adhere to guidelines mentioned in the standards so that the user can send in their opinions any time.

#2. User Response Anticipation Based on Personas and Scenarios

Since the screen size is one of the constraints in mobile design, user interaction can be understood through guided anticipation of actions. Personas are good indicators of expected behaviour and they easily indicate the expected users’ decisions within the app. Scenarios on the other hand, provide insight on the actions of each of the user, while with the help of well-chalked out experience maps, possible options for single interaction can be drawn that can chart each step of every persona while using an app. The emotions and circumstances are taken into consideration too.

#3. User Flow, Colour Values and Navigation Ideas

  • User flows need to be sketched out so that the approach for design suits your intended audience. It can be just a visual reconstruction of impending actions too.
  • Colour value can be used to show purpose. For instance use of black and greyscale will help you to show the increasing importance based on shades. Colour defines their relationship with a brand and it should be used in multiple ways.
  • Do not keep the same colours on the app as it is on the site. Call to actions buttons in bright red should be avoided since it means stop in the US, and will deter users from clicking it.
  • A written outline helps users to explore content. Build your flows around content for a better assessment of pages required for your app.
  • The outline will also help you explore page flows and lay detail around the layout and the overall structure. One can test those ideas with users with a simple prototype too.

#4. The Right Orientation, Logos, Posture and Popularity of Design

A brand based on the mobile makes the client and the client chooses the brand. The logo is a part of a great business: and a poor logo will reflect very poorly on your stature even in the form of a mobile app.

Design is trendy, but a logo need to not stick to its origins. Brand design in mobiles do not revolve around logos since they are stuck in the age when they were first created.

Mobile design is specific to thumb placement, and revolves around right orientation and posture.

Popular interfaces revolve around

  • Common mobile patterns which are popular so that users “feel at home”.
  • Use of common UI patterns helps in increasing usability although every app needs to bask in its own creativity.
  • Ensure that your app design is aligned with user expectations and yet not boring.
  • All user actions revolve around gestures including the touch, swipe, taps, pinches and zoom which are actions that users prefer.
  • Animation on the other hand keeps the user interested, grounded and attached to the UI adding context in the process.
  • Popular mobile interaction patterns can help dictate the placement of interface elements too.

#5. Design in the Perfect Grid, Suitable for quick Responses to Gestures

Grids are the basis of mobile app design and fingers are the touchpoints. There’s an invisible grid that is important to mobile design. Every element determines the spacing.

  • The fingers are thicker than those pixel-precise cursors controlled by the mouse, so finger-friendly design is an important aspect for app designers.
  • Separate the text, the colours and the elements to create a hierarchy.
  • Allow space for users to tap with their fingertips. Buttons should not be too small or bunched closely since users will fail to tap them accurately.
  • Users expect their phones to respond quickly, and efficiently to interactions. Certain interactions take a longer time than usual. Competent design tells you how to fake it.
  • With every interaction, there should be feedback. Every user action is responded to with an animation that responds to user feedback stating that the process is being executed.

Author Bio

Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing iPhone development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lure him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.

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