Traffline: Your personal traffic alerts assistant. [REVIEW]

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Heya Guys!

Everyday we travel, from home to the office, market, gym or vice-versa. All this while we face a major obstacle that we unwillingly fall a prey to; Traffic! Indian cities where people ignore traffic rules, like it’s the missing fundamental right in the constitution of the nation, we direly need an assistant to save us from the fury of the ever ending traffic jams. Is there any such app or service available, that is wholeheartedly dedicated to only one thing; giving alerts about traffic in the city?

The answer is, Yes!

Traffline is  one such application, designed specially to cater to the needs of people seeking quick and real time updates about the traffic conditions city-wide.

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Recommended by a friend, I have been using Traffline for almost 2.5 months now. And I was so astonished by the purpose of this application, that I decided to write a REVIEW for this. So that more and more people can avail the ease it provides, while you are in-transit.

Head Up: Video review at the end. CLICK HERE TO JUMP

Sign-up/Login

Signing up or Login is pretty easy, You can use email or use any of the given Social media services to Sign-up/Login.

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Features

Find the quickest route.

This app features a default landing screen displaying controls to find the quickest route. To start finding route, its pretty simple. Enter current and destination location in the fields and hit search. Then search results screen appears where, routes to choose from appear as cards, displaying the ETA and traffic information.

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Next screen is pretty much what Google-Maps looks like and, when you choose any route you get the Map view with colored overlays drawn all over the city roads!  Yes, those are the traffic volume indicators! A scale ranging from Red to Green measures the severity of traffic in that region.

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News Feed

News feed actually an amazing section of this whole application that completely shatters the initial opinion about the app, if made; Traffline is like Google maps! Here users get complete liberty to share the live traffic updates (Bye Bye FM channel traffic alerts..). The team also keeps a watch of traffic updates and notifies user via twitter feed ( Thank you so much) and also rekindles the spirit of being a responsible rider/driver by sharing inspiring feeds about road safety/rules, time to time.

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As you also get to share the posts in the feed timeline, while posting an update you can set the mood, select the relevant sticker and upload pictures as well! Niche, I must say!

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The Blog

Team Traffline also have a news section where the latest news about the traffic world are updated frequently.

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Account Settings

Personalization is something that has still not been overlooked, you can update your social profile as well. Change password and chose your landing screen. Also can you opt out of push notifications that appear few times a day.

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Come and Get Me

This feature although is already in WhatsApp but having it here actually gives it a real purpose. You can share your location to your loved ones via SMS,WhatsApp and Google+, on click of a button.

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Notifications

The most illuminating feature of the app I realized is, updates of important events/accidents and detouring alert by the medium of notifications. And for user’s ease, those notifications arrive either once or twice a day, some days even none. So, naturally not disturbing the user with piles of notifications like most apps.

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UI/UX

From UI perspective, this app nicely exhibits the Android design guidelines, that makes it look even more niche in design. User’s interaction has been very well taken care of, and transition from one screen to the other are really smooth.

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Video Review

 

 

Breakdown

Every app has some Pros and cons. I will lay them out briefly.

Pros:

  • Displays route guidance pretty nicely.
  • Color overlays are well laid down over map, and are available in free-to-look mode, unlike GoogleMaps.
  • Updates from real people in real time.
  • Posting a feed is well ornamented with relevant stickers and emoticons.
  • Location sharing via multiple modes of communication is a nice add-on.

Cons:

  • Need for feed filtering, certain posts contain tangential shared media.
  • Yellow color was a turn off (personal opinion previously used to be green)
  • Couldn’t synchronize favorites on different devices.

Rating

I will undoubtedly flash a score of 8.5 stars. It has a specific purpose and is an amalgamation of various features scattered across different applications, fused in one single application.

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Verdict

Overall this application deserves a place in the list of relevant apps installed on your phone. It has specifically been designed keeping in mind the Indian subcontinent and its users. Most amazing part that I love is that Map view is also a free to look version with all the traffic info available as overlays all the time, that Google Map fails to show. I will quote Traffline as a Social Media of people in-transit. Since, it’s not just an intelligent server giving you updates but a network of real people; sharing, updating, and liking the relevant information. It is a must have application for those who love to be smart, at least while bending the great Indian traffic to it’s toes.

You can download Traffline HERE.

Thanks for reading the review. I hope you like it.

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GadgetShieldz Skin for Nexus 6 [REVIEW]

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Heya guys!

Fall 2013 fuss developed about the Android Silver replacing the mighty Nexus series. News got so strong about it that, even device images were viral in the rumor mill. But finally, Nexus 6 emerged from the rumor clouds, it was so relieving!

So I recently pre-ordered and received the mighty android phablet/phone Google Nexus 6 by Motorola. It was heavenly awesome feeling as I was waiting for the year 2014’s flagship Google Nexus, desperately. Even before it was delivered I was quite skeptical about the screen protectors and the available quality. one big name, quite famous is DBRAND. But in India, shipping a product from them really costs almost double and even took thrice the normal time!

Can’t wait!

The Quest

The quest was to find a similar quality product, here in India. Cost was alright but, I really wanted it delivered in my hands as soon as possible. Then my friend Amit told me about GadgetShieldz and I was really taken aback by the range and available flexibility in choosing the product. Most importantly, they have Indian version of the website and fast delivery time.

yoohoo…

Since I ordered a simple and cheaper version of the Nexus 6’s Screen guard from Amazon, now I was more keen about getting a skin to flaunt on the huge back of the N6. If the quality goes well, than GS will be my destination for buying more in future. I liked the one, which looked like aluminium finish. But unfortunately my love (I have a cute girlfriend, yes!) chose a skin named Silver Carbon Fiber which, was 2nd on my list.

Sometimes you ought to sacrifice in love, LOL

The delivery and the product.

Finally item got shipped in 5 days, weekend inclusive. The packaging was really nice. As I opened it, I was first shocked, not to find the Skin but a screen guard!

Damn! Wrong order or a wrong delivery, I was spur into questions!
Worried I, called Amit and asked him about the situation and he burst into laughter, a joy that revealed clearly that he already had been in such a nonplussed situation. Then he asked me to notice a big-yet-obscurely placed pocket on the top where, the precious skin rested.
I struggled to take the skin out, and then it finally landed on my table. As I picked it Damn…it felt so full and complete in hand. The quality was really amazing, better then the ones I have seen.
*checkout images and videos below [click to open in full size]
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Wet Application based Screen protector [below]

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The secret pocket…..whooosh!

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My Precious….

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The complete package.

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The Skinning

Nexus 6 has a NEXUS logo on the back, and it looks shiny and wondrously amazing. Since the engraving was cut out in the skin as well, applying the skin on the phone with perfection, seemed arduous task! It took me 5 attempts (4 partial and 1 full , stick and takeoff cycle), to precisely apply the Skin. The adhesive was really impressive, it supported my patience to apply the skin,lol.
Suggestion: If you owe any device with such a design complexity, try paying few bucks to a professional, to do that for you rather than you end up spoiling the skin.

The Final Result:

Whoa!

Nexus 6 looked really gorgeous from the back. But front one I only applied to see how it looks after complete application.

Some Images:
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Here is the complete video:

 

Final Verdict

I really liked the product, and it surely has made my Nexus 6 look, even more gorgeous. I can sum the Skin from GadgetShieldz in few points.

Quick catch about the skins:
I liked:
  • Sturdy material 3M product.
  • Good adhesive, I mean really good.
  • Niche product, exact cutouts for logos.
  • Sharp designs, feels in hand.

I didn’t like:

  • Edges were not smooth.
  • Original grip was lost from the back. (probably because mine was a metallic finish).

Rest went really well. I really liked the Skin. Surely will go for more products from them here

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