Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Microphone And Camera in the Next iPod Touch

The importance of this news is more than believed because of course if we combine the new iPod Touch with a microphone with a VoIP service like Skype or fringe, this is an entertainment gadget communication wherever connection WiFi. And, most importantly, the operators have no power over the iPod touch as to block this capability (it is also recalled that recently it was rumored that the next iPod Touch will have a much bigger screen).

After the appearance of the new iPhone 3GS many expected that Apple will also update iPod Touch but those hopes a little watered down when we found out that unlike the old iPhone 3G users, people who have an iPod touch should pay about 10 dollars to have the OS 3.0 … that was not a good sign by the people from Apple with respect to the device.

Wired But now a source reveals that “well connected” he assured them would be to get a new iPod Touch with a microphone and camera. Factories in China and Apple would be manufacturing the device and is expected to arrive in two or three months.

The truth would be a good move for Apple (especially competing in the segment of the tablets) because we would be talking about an iPod touch would be extremely useful to navigate with ease and know that the iPhone, take photos and enjoy free calls .
Monday, August 30, 2010

Sony Ericsson W890i Review

Bigger is really better with the Sony Ericsson W890i. Its got a pumped-up camera 3.2MP and is also 7 grams heavier and slightly wider about 2.5mm but disappears when you slip into your pocket.

The Good: Gorgeous brushed silver finish fit for a Terminator. Smooth and improved keypad. 2GB stick included. 3G. Decent sound recorder. Decent earbuds. Solid battery life. MusicDJ app lets you compose original ringtones on-the-go. A paused track holds its place, even after phone shuts down.

The Bad: Phone can’t take calls and won’t display caller ID during mass storage transfer or while connected via USB. The result: beaucoup missed calls! Camera needs a flash (yesterday!). Memory slot can’t be accessed without removing battery cover. No 3.5 mm jack. No wi-fi. Despite a near-perfect keypad, the tiny menu buttons can feel a little cramped. Radio only plays with headphones (i.e., no boombox’d NPR).

The Bottomline: The best improvement to the W890i is that it can swallow a 4GB stick, delivering twice the tuneage of the W880i.

Nokia E66 Slider Review

Nokia E66 - the latest email-optimized device from the Nokia Eseries product range. Slide-to-open Nokia E66 easily mobilize a broad range of personal or professional messaging needs, including Microsoft Exchange, the world's most widely adopted corporate email solution. 
The Nokia E66 is a slim but luxurious GSM slider smartphone running Symbian S60, with Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G and a 3.2MP camera, to name a few of its many features.

The Good: Calls on the phone are loud and clear both directions. Thin form factor and grippy textured back make it enjoyable to hold. Got a decent flash camera that takes sharp pictures and video.Wi-Fi and 3G load fast in the browser.

The Bad: Symbian doesn’t feel very fast. Apps and options are buried deep in menus. Displaysn non-optimized pages in actual size so it’s hard to navigate the screen

The Bottomline: It’s good, but it’s not $500 good, especially without a qwerty.
Sunday, August 29, 2010

Toshiba Satellite T215D-S1140RD Review

The good: Better-than-Netbook performance; solid keyboard; good selection of ports for its size.

The bad: Unimpressive battery life; for a nearly $500, may not offer the CPU horsepower one might expect.

The bottom line: An update to last year's T115, the Toshiba Satellite T215D-S1140RD performs like a slightly larger, faster Netbook with better specs and ports. It's definitely a step up, but it may not be enough computer for those with higher expectations.
Weighing less than four pounds, and measuring just an inch thin, this easy traveler is a cinch to carry. Yet it offers an 11.6" diagonal HD TruBrite® widescreen LED backlit display — well-sized for multitasking, work or play. Plus, it has the horsepower to handle the day’s tasks or evening’s entertainment, along with a great communications package to keep you effective and in touch. The AMD® Athlon II Neo K125 processor offers tremendous multimedia capabilities.
  • Box Contents - Toshiba T215D-S1140RD Notebook PC, 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery, 45W AC Adapter
  • AMD Athlon II Neo K125 1.7GHz Processor
  • 1MB L2 Cache, 1.6GT/s
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM (8GB max)
  • 250GB (5400 RPM) SATA Hard Drive with Impact Sensor (3D sensor)
Toshiba Satellite T215D-S1140RD Review

    Canon PowerShot SD3500 Review

    The good: Nice design; large touch-screen LCD; Eye-Fi memory card support.
    The bad: Slow shooting performance.

    The bottom line: The Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS offers up decent photos, touch-screen controls, and an ultrawide-angle lens, but that's pretty much where the excitement ends.

    Product Features
    • 3.5-inch LCD with Touch Panel Technology; customization of touch screen icons and touch AF/AE
    • 14.1-megapixel resolution for high-quality prints up to 16.5 x 23.4 inches
    • 24mm ultra wide-angle lens; 5x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
    • 720p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
    • Smart AUTO will intelligently selecting from 22 predefined settings; scene modes such as Miniature Effect and Fisheye Effect 
    Technical Details
    • Brand Name: Canon
    • Model: SD3500IS Black
    • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.1 MP
    • Optical zoom: 5 x
    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    Amazon Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device – Latest Generation

    Amazon Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 9.7" Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally – Latest Generation.
    Among leading e-book readers, a 6-inch screen--which approximates the size of a paperback book--is standard: it's what you'll find on the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and at least one version of the Sony Reader. But for those who prefer the more spacious pages of a magazine or newspaper, that size can be a bit cramped. With that in mind, Amazon released the Kindle DX in the summer of 2009, supersizing the Kindle experience with a 9.7-inch e-ink screen.

    With the subsequent arrival of the Apple iPad in April 2010, many tech pundits wrote off Amazon's similarly sized--and identically priced--Kindle DX as a nonviable product. But just a few months after Apple launched its much-hyped tablet, Amazon is making efforts to resuscitate the DX with a price cut to $379, a new graphite finish, and a screen that offers higher contrast and darker fonts. The device still has "free" integrated 3G wireless connectivity from AT&T, and aside from the new "high-contrast e-ink screen" doesn't add any additional hardware enhancements.

    The good: Large-screen e-book reader with improved, higher contrast e-ink screen; large library of hundreds of thousands of e-books, newspapers, and blogs via Amazon's familiar online store; free 3G wireless access; can store up to 3,500 books; 8 fonts available, including two new extra large sizes; decent battery life; displays image files, PDFs, and plays MP3 and AAC audio.

    The bad: Though it's more affordable than the previous DX model, the price is still within spitting distance of the more versatile iPad; heavier weight (than smaller Kindle) could make long reading sessions tiresome; doesn't support ePub files; no protective carrying case included; battery is sealed into the device and isn't removable; no Wi-Fi option.

    The bottom line: Though it has a hard time competing with Apple's iPad in terms of functionality, the less expensive 2010 Kindle DX will appeal to those looking for a large, dedicated e-reader with an e-ink display.

    Friday, August 27, 2010

    Apple iPod touch 32 GB (3rd Generation)

    The good: The third generation of Apple's iPod Touch is still the king of the hill when it comes to portable, Wi-Fi-wielding media players. New additions such as Voice Control, graphics enhancements, improved accessibility, higher capacity, and a faster processor help to refine an already excellent product.

    The bad: The video cameras found on the iPhone 3GS and iPod Nano remain conspicuously absent. The lack of refinements to its audio quality, hardware design, and video playback leave us feeling just a little uninspired.

    The bottom line: Though the updates are subtle, the third-generation iPod Touch leaves its competitors in the dust.

    IMPORTANT: To get started using your iPod, charge your player using the USB cable for at least 2 hours
    • 32 GB capacity for 7,000 songs, 40,000 photos, or 40 hours of video
    • Up to 30 hours of music playback or 6 hours of video playback when fully charged
    • 3.5-inch widescreen Multi-Touch display with 480 x 320 pixel resolution
    • Supports AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV audio formats; H.264 and MPEG-4 video formats; JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF
    • NOTE: The iPod touch comes with the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic; to activate Voice Control using the headphones, just press and hold the center area of the Apple headphone remote
    • One-year limited warranty with single incident of complimentary telephone technical support

    LG Crystal Review

    LG are known for their original and creative phone ideas and the LG Crystal is another unique design. This is the first mobile to have a completely transparent keyboard. The phone, not being too dissimilar to the Samsung Tocco Ultra, consists of a touch screen user interface combined with a slide down keypad. The main difference from the Samsung though is that the crystal has a completely touch sensitive keypad as well. There are no separate keys with just a flat, see-through surface with numbers etched in.

    The main display, as well as being touch screen has a very high resolution 800 x 480 pixels and 16 million colours as well as the actual size of the screen is quite impressive also being 3” diagonal. The features on this phone are also pretty cool such as the ability to draw a character on the screen to access your music, inbox, etc even if they are a slight bit gimmicky. But you can’t help but feel that with a price of up to £350 SIM-free LG could have given you something a little more special. 

    One problem that I have found after a couple of weeks of use is that when texting, you have the option of an on-screen QWERTY keyboard which is good and easily accessible but sometimes it locks up and you have to exit your text to unfreeze the phone

    Although the transparent keypad looks snazzy and is a great show off at the pub the original and cool design took all of 10 seconds for the novelty to wear off and for the £350 phone to slip into my pocket to be used just as I used my old, reasonably priced one. 

    To conclude, the new LG Crystal is a cool new design that could definitely be developed and the features are all quite neat concepts with a pretty good camera. The only drawback with this original mobile is the massive price tag associated with a phone that doesn’t quite give me all I wanted for the money I splashed out.
    Battery – Standard battery, Li-Ion

    Camera – 8 megapixel camera (3264×2448 pixels) with LED flash, autofocus and night mode, this mobile phone also has video and a secondary video-call camera

    Data Features – GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots, 32 – 48 kbps), EDGE Class 10 (236.8 kbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, USB and 3G (HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps)

    Display – 3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen (16-million colours/480 x 800 pixels) featuring S-Class Touch UI, Multi-touch input method, Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Transparent touch-sensitive keypad, Gesture Shortcut and Handwriting recognition

    Size and Weight – 105 x 52.5 x 13.4mm

    Networks – 2G Network GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and 3G Network HSDPA 2100

    Memory Features – Phonebook and photo-call memory, plus Call records at 40 dialled, 40 received, 40 missed calls, also comes with a microSD (TransFlash) card slot up to 16GB

    Sound – Vibration alert, MP3 ringtones, Speakerphone, Downloadable polyphonic and Dolby Mobile
    Other Features

    • Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS
    • SMS, EMS & MMS Messaging  
    • Instant Messaging
    • Java MIDP 2.0
    • TV-out
    • HTML, WAP 2.0/xHTML Browser
    • FM radio
    • FM transmitter
    • Games
    • DivX, XviD, MPEG4 player
    • MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA player
    • Document viewer (DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF)
    • Voice memo
    • Organizer
    • Alarm
    • Calendar
    • Notepad
    • Calculator
    • Clock
    • To-do
    • T9

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Digicam

    Here is yet another boy Micro Four Thirds camera from the consumer electronics giant, Panasonic Japan. We are talking about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 here, where he claims to be the lightest digital camera with interchangeable lens viewfinder in the world. Make no mistake though – even if it is lighter, it does not mean all of its features have been stripped – No, sir, the Lumix DMC-G10 comes with a host of advanced digital camera that have been specially designed to be easy to use for users who are new to the system cameras.
    The removal of these achieves its status as the lightest system camera in the world and will feature the new Lumix G VARIO announced 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH / MEGA OIS lens, which enjoys a versatile zoom range of 14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-84mm) makes it a snap to draw on a wide range of scenes, dynamic landscape to portrait.

    Other features include iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, MEGA OIS which helps prevent blurring from hand-shake, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Exposure, Intelligent Scene Selector, recording 1280 x 720 HD video Motion JPEG QVGA, VGA and WVGA format, an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), face recognition function, a Live View Finder 202.000-dot resolution, 12.1 megapixel MOS sensor Live and the new Venus Engine HD II.
    No idea on when it will hit the market, but both price and availability will be announced one month before it is ready to arrive in store shelves near you.

    Toshiba Mini NB305 Review

    Toshiba UK announces two new 10.1″ (25.7cm) additions to its netbook line up – the Mini NB300 and NB305. Both models offer a sleek design and an array of advanced functions for use at home, at work or on the move. Building on the award-winning Mini NB200, the Mini NB300 and NB305 offer an improved battery life, slimmer design and more powerful processors for a superior computing experience.

    Compact design
    Available with either Windows 7 Starter or Windows XP Home operating systems, the Mini NB300/NB305 features a 6-cell high capacity battery, enabling the netbook to run for up to 11 hours. The lengthy battery life is perfect for workers who require a portable computer without being tied to a power point, providing a full day’s work on a single charge. The battery pack is neatly hidden under the casing of the netbook to preserve the sleek, ergonomic design of both models.
    Thanks to a more advanced architecture using Intel’s Pine Trail, the 1.66GHz Intel® Atom N450 processor helps to boost the NB300/NB305′s efficiency. By integrating the system’s graphics card and memory controller with the processor, the netbook is able to run with an improved performance whilst consuming less energy.

    Both models house near full size keyboards to make typing more comfortable, without compromising on the design. Multi-Touch Control has also been added to the larger touchpad, allowing users to navigate documents, web pages and images more easily. Its diminutive form and simple ergonomics also make it an affordable choice for families requiring a lightweight computer for accessing the internet or working on basic programs.

    Versatile, connected computing
    The Mini NB300/NB305 features up to 250GB HDD of storage space, allowing users to save a higher number of videos, music and pictures than ever before. All the data saved on the hard disk is protected using an integrated 3D impact sensor which detects freefalls, shocks and vibrations. Another premium feature, Sleep-and-Charge, allows external USB devices such as mobile phones and personal media players to charge from the Mini NB300/305, even when it is turned off.

    All models running the Windows 7 operating system also come equipped with the LifeSpace application suite. The Bulletin Board aspect helps to organise everyday projects and activities in a personalised way. LifeSpace, developed by Toshiba, also provides a unique way to easily find and access stored files from the desktop through the ReelTime feature.

    The Mini NB300/NB305 also feature an extended selection of wireless connectivity options. Integrated Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) connectivity allows users to access the internet whilst on the move and Bluetooth 2.1® connectivity[1] allows simple wireless data transfer from the latest compatible devices.

    The NB305 is available in Mocha Brown and Snow White colour schemes, featuring a matt-finish textured cover and contemporary tiled keyboard. The NB300 is available in Cosmic Black, featuring a stylish, glossy finish, decorated with a diagonal striped pattern, black flat keyboard and black palm rest.

    In November 2009 Squaretrade[2], the leading direct-to-consumer warranty company in the US, honoured Toshiba laptops and netbooks as being amongst the most reliable in the market.
    The NB300 and NB305 netbooks are available from the end of January 2010.

    [1] Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity available on certain models
    [2] Squaretrade Laptop Reliability Survey, November 2009

    Product Specifications
    • 10.1” (25.7 cm) TruBrite LED backlight display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels
    • Measures: 266 mm x 192.3 mm x 24.2 mm (front)
    • Up to 11 hour battery life with a 6 cell battery.
    • Weight: 1.33 kg
    • Wireless connectivity: WLAN (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR, Mobile Broadband ready
    • Interfaces: 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 2.0 with Sleep-and-Charge, headphone, microphone, Fast Ethernet, RGB, 2-in-1 Bridge Media Slot
    • Integrated stereo speakers
    • Up to 250 GB HDD with 3D impact sensor for HDD protection
    • Intel® Atom N450 (1.66GHz, 667MHz)
    • OS: Windows 7 Starter or Windows XP Home

    Blackberry Gemini 8520 Review

    Blackberry Gemini 8520 Unlocked Cell Phone is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Not all carrier features may be supported. It will not work with CDMA carriers like Verizon Wireless, Alltel and Sprint. 

    Blackberry Gemini 8520  Unlocked Quad Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and GPRS capabilities.

    Blackberry Gemini 8520 comes with 2.0MP Digital Camera, High-resolution display with 320 x 240 65.000 colors TFT and 2.46 inches, 35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard, Trackpad, Intuitive icons and menus, Bluetooth® enabled with Stereo Profile (A2DP), Wi-Fi® 802.11b/g enabled.

    Blackberry Gemini 8520 supports Video format : MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3, Audio format support: AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 PRO/WMA 10, AAC-LC with 3.5mm Headset Support. Blackberry Gemini 8520 offers Talk time up to 5 hours – Standby up to 17 days.

    Samsung Captivate Android Phone

    The Captivate also has a 1GHz processor and ultra-fast 7.2 Mbps 3G connectivity. The Captivate has a large 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display that provides brighter, thinner, and higher-resolution than tradition screens. Messaging is made simple and easy with the Captivate’s virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology, which allows you to input text faster and in more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard. It is only 0.039 inches thin so it makes the Captivate the thinnest Android smartphone on the market and it packs in a 16GB internal memory plus 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with auto-focus and HD video recording. This phone is packed with options and is at a great price so be sure to get yours today.
    Samsung Captivate features:

    * Super AMOLED 4-inch touchscreen – Consumes much less power than OLED or LED displays.
    * 1 GHz Cortex A8 Samsung application processor
    * Six-axis motion sensor
    * 3D Graphics engine
    * Surround-sound audio
    * 5-megapixel camera
    * 720p video capture
    * Samsung Social Hub – A similar service to MotoBlur that syncs your social networks together in one screen.
    * Swype
    * 16GB internal memory, Expandable memory up to 32GB
    * Android Market

    Evidence that AT&T is finally trying to incorporate more Android smartphones into its network, the Samsung Captivate will be sure to grab some attention when it is released. Currently, AT&T has yet to disclose pricing or availability.

    Blackberry Bold 9650 Review

    BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a global smartphone for CDMA customers who want to stay connected, productive and entertained. Whether at work or at play, the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 offers a truly impressive communications, multimedia and connectivity experience.

    The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone supports 3G (EVDO) networks in North America and (HSPA/UMTS) abroad and has a full-QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g), which makes it possible to talk on the phone while browsing the web or sending and receiving email. The BlackBerry Bold 9650 also includes 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB microSDHC cards, with a 2 GB card included.

    The BlackBerry Bold 9650 fuses form and function in a striking design and, in addition to providing premium phone and multimedia features, it of course delivers the industry’s leading mobile solution for email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and social networking.

    Other key features of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone include:
    • Stylish design (4.4” x 2.4” x .56” and 4.8 oz.) with glossy black finish and chrome highlights
    • Large (2.44”) high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi), able to display pictures, videos and web pages with impressive contrast and detail
    • 3.2 MP camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording
    • Advanced media player for videos, pictures and music, a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and support for the Bluetooth® Stereo Audio Profile (A2DP/AVCRP)
    • BlackBerry® Media Sync for easily syncing photos as well as  iTunes® and Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone*
    • Easy mobile access to Facebook®, MySpace and Flickr®, as well as popular instant messaging services including BlackBerry® Messenger
    • Support for BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones
    • Full HTML web browser, streaming audio and video via RTSP
    • Built-in GPS with support for geotagging, BlackBerry® Maps and other mapping applications
    • Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.1).
    • Support for high-speed EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America, as well as UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad
    • Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for 5 hours of CDMA talk time

    Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT25

    The good: Superior black-level performance and excellent shadow detail; accurate primary colors in THX mode; great color saturation; effective antireflective screen; reproduces 1080p/24 cadence properly; VieraCast provides access to select Internet services and improved customization; solid 3D picture quality; includes 3D glasses.

    The bad: Relatively expensive; last year's Panasonic plasmas lost black-level performance over relatively short periods of time; nonadjustable grayscale in THX mode; some artifacts in 1080p/24 mode; fewer streaming services and apps than the competition; uses more power than LCDs and newer plasmas.
    The bottom line: With both 2D and 3D sources, Panasonic's flagship TC-PVT20/25 series plasma TV delivers outstanding overall picture quality.

    There's plenty of hype surrounding 3D TV, much of it promulgated by the people at Panasonic, but the main reasons we like the TC-PVT20/25 series so much are contained by the traditional two dimensions. Yes, it beats the one other first-generation 3D-compatible TV we've tested, and yes, it actually includes 3D glasses, but with the scarcity of 3D content available today, the need to buy additional, expensive glasses for every family member, and the basic fact that 3D TV isn't for everyone, we think this TV's 2D prowess is the main reason to buy it.

    Of course, there are plenty of reasons not to as well, chief being the company's black-level loss issue with 2009 models. Until the results of our long-term test of the VT25 are in we can't speak definitively to that, but in the meantime nay-sayers could also point to its hungry power use, some issues with 1080p/24 playback or the imperfection of its grayscale. But weighed against its excellent general color accuracy in THX, its improved antireflective screen and especially those inky black levels, the knocks against the initial 2D picture quality of the Panasonic TC-PVT20/25 series seem minor. Standard exceptions aside, it's the best 2D TV we've ever tested, although we'll reserve final judgment until we can examine the competitors' best 2010 HDTVs.

    Editors' note, August 19, 2010: After about 920 hours, which at the average rate of 5.2 hours of on-time per day works out to about 177 days of average life, the black level performance of our TC-P50VT25 review sample has not changed. Our long-term test of Panasonic's 2010 plasma TVs will continue throughout the year, and any changes will be reported here.
    Series information: We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 50-inch Panasonic TC-P50VT25, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series. All models in the series have identical specs and according to the manufacturer should provide very similar picture quality. The same goes for the 50-inch TC-P50VT20, a 50-inch model exclusive to Best Buy. Aside from its bezel color and the fact that it lacks an RS-232 connection.
     Reviewed by: David Katzmaier