Wednesday, December 26, 2012
By Rushikesh Kamreja
The Sony Xperia U is the third installment in the Android powered phones manufactured by Sony. This smartphone is well built and with funky strip of flashing lights and interchangeable end caps, it is astonishingly stylish. The Sony Xperia U is regarded as a user friendly budget phone with impressive performance. It is run by a dual-core 1GHz processor and integrated with an Android 2.3 operating system with 3.5-inches display of 480 x 854 pixel resolution.
This handset may seem to feel and look economical in terms of design, but it does come with brilliant functions and features. The Sony Xperia U may be quite small, weighing only 110g with proportions of 112 x 54 x 12mm is snugs easily in the palm of your hand. In addition to the overall versatility of the handset comes a number of select buttons to navigate the phone easily. The screen of the handset may not be that big but it produces a stunning display that is easy to read even when exposed to direct light.
The Sony Xperia U is powered with a 1GHz dual-core processor. This concept has become more common in mid-level mobile phones, however it may be rare at this price range. The processor keeps the phone responsive and quick in almost of the common functions, like keeping up with the visually challenged internet sites and playing 3D games.
Like most of the latest android run handsets manufactured by Sony, the Xperia U is loaded with the 2.3 version of Android and may be upgraded to 4.0 since it is in the works. The upgrade will further enhance the device in relation to its performance and features.
This handset is stuffed with a 5-megapixel back camera and a 0.9-megapixel front camera. The back camera comes with a LED flash and an Autofocus great for taking pictures at any given time of the day. The option to modify the scenes and the shooting mode is readily available as well. The handset can provide a 720p HD video quality too.
The Sony Xperia U comes with a built-in memory of 8GB and 512MB RAM. The phone is set with a 1320mAh battery that claims to last up to 6 hours of talktime when the phone is working on a 2G network and can support up to 5 hours of talktime over 3G.
The internet connectivity on the Xperia U is impressive because the phone comes with 3G, EDGE and GPRS. Along with the Wi-Fi feature of this phone comes the Wi-Fi hotspot function which enables the unit to connect to be connected to a mobile network and can act as a Wireless router. You will have the option to make your own Wi-Fi hub wherever you are. The Xperia also has a micro USB port that can facilitate USB tethering. This feature enables you to share the internet connection of the phone with other devices such as laptops or computers.
This Android powered phone also features a variety of Google apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Sync, Twitter, Facebook, Android Market, YouTube, News and Weather and a lot more.
The Sony Xperia U overall is an amazing phone created with a number of relevant and user-friendly features. This is phone is among of the better mid-level gadgets that you can obtain now.
By Derek Yip
The new iPhone 5 sets to improve on the current model iPhone 4s. With 4G LTE speeds, a larger screen, free turn by turn navigation, a faster processor and also a sharper and slimmer design, there are some major changes that have been made with the iPhone 5.
The new iPhone 5 is probably one of the lightest smart phones available on the market. With the new construction as well as by slimming down the phone is absolutely amazing.
The retina display also adds amazing clarity to the screen. If you have never seen a retina display you'll be amazed at just how good video playback and regular use of the phone can look on a screen that has retina display.
With new LTE speeds you may be much more encouraged to use a pure data plan rather than use Wi-Fi. LTE runs anywhere from 10 to 20 MB per second, which is much faster than many home-based high-speed Internet connection speed rates. As a result with the iPhone 5 you may want to start using LTE more favorably than your Wi-Fi connection.
Perhaps one of the most shocking differences with the new iPhone 5 is that it has become much harder to unlock. This is because of the new technology known as a Nano Sim.
A Nano SIM is now the world's smallest SIM card and was approved for the new iPhone 5. In order to miniaturize the iPhone 5 even further they decided to go with this new nano SIM. Basically what this Sim card does is to trim off all of the excess plastic around the contacts leaving only the essential space without any extra plastic for you to easily remove the Sim card from your phone at any time. You will not be able to use this Sim card with any regular micro Sim card slot and will need to buy an adapter if you would like to consider using a different phone with the same Sim card. What this means for Apple iPhone 5 users that have existing Sim cards, is that you will need to trim your Sim card in order to fit or purchase an entirely new Sim card for your Apple iPhone 5. Currently this is the easiest way to do a standard Sim to nano SIM conversion.
Many people have taken to their Sim cards with scissors and utilizing this method you risk damaging the contacts which can lose all of your information that is stored on the Sim. Because the information that is stored on a Sim is extremely valuable, and replacing a Sim card can cost you a few dollars as well as all of your lost data, it may be wise to get a nano Sim cutter. This is how you can get a standard Sim to nano Sim conversion.
A nano Sim cutter can be purchased online and offers a guide that will make sure that all of your data is kept safe within the context of your Sim. For standard Sim to nano Sim conversion this is by far the safest way to easily cut your Sim to make it fit into your new iPhone 5 without risking your data or your cell phone plan.
While the iPhone 5 is a revolutionary new smart phone and it does come with a variety of new features that can be extremely helpful, it is important to protect your data and to consider a nano Sim Cutter if you are considering changing your cell phone over to an iPhone 5 and you would like to keep your existing plan and data.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
By Rushikesh Kamreja
The best Smartphone that RIM has created for its Blackberry enthusiasts is the Bold 9900. According to the company, they are happy that they were able to come up with this model which for them is the best as compared to the older Blackberry devices. It has a black steel-trimmed design with dimensions of 155 mm in height, 66 mm in width and thickness of 0.5 mm. This is yet to be the thinnest Qwerty Blackberry Smartphone ever created. It has a Liquid Graphic touch screen display, 1.2GHz processor with 768 MB of RAM, the latest OS7 and a camera with High Density. The user interface responds rapidly and it also loads applications surprisingly fast plus it supports HTML5 and runs Adobe Flash.
The Blackberry Bold 9900 is far more improved compared to the previous models. As always, it still has the iconic front-facing qwerty keyboard, but it is softer and a little bit larger. It now has a responsive and capacitive touch screen display of 2.8 inches with 16 M colors with 640 x 480 pixels VGA and 286 pixels per inch.
RIM has made a few modifications with the Blackberry Bold 9900. They eliminated the leatherette made back and replaced it with a carbon fiber panel which adds a nice touch to the phone. The old shiny chrome strip was replaced by a stainless steel band that doesn't loop around its front and back just like its predecessor which is the Bold 9780. The sides of the unit have also been tweaked and built with a soft matte black plastic finish.
The 9900 has a 4-megapixel camera which takes very and good and quick photos even though it only has fixed focus. The snapper records 720p video resolution with a good frame rate. The phone's snapper also has features like, Geo-tagging, image stabilization and face detection.
The phone is built with 8 GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card for memory expansion up to 32GB. It now supports NFC that allows users to share media files and make purchases and pay bills wirelessly. It has Bluetooth, dual band WI-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPRS, a magnetometer that works as a compass and a proximity sensor that disables the touch screen when you are on a call.
The Bold uses a 1230 mAh Lithium Ion battery that can give the phone life of up to 307 hours on both 2G and 3G on standby and a talk time up to 6.5 hours on 2G while it can last up to 6 hours on 3G and 50 hours of music playback.
In general, the Blackberry Bold 9900 is the ideal advancement for the Blackberry users today. With the existing competition in the mobile industry today, this by far is the best Smartphone that RIM has manufactured. The Bold 9900 delivers superior performance due to its 1.2GHz processor and Snapdragon chipset. Yes, it is definitely fast, but to have that stunning exterior and slim design and style, some features may have to be compromised on the inside. The battery life of the Bold 9900 had to be reduced and the camera's Autofocus component was dropped. However, some may just ignore these minor flaws and still choose the Blackberry Bold 9900.
By Asm Shir
The demand for Galaxy Tabs is one that has mushroomed during the last few years. These are now observed everywhere from classrooms to hospitals to offices. These tiny but great handy PCs are incomparably selling more than any other type of PC or cellphone and when you witness what they are having the ability to do something; it is simple to know why. Some of the most admired and adaptable brands of tabs available are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. This is simple to distinguish how these fashionable gadgets are making their huge slot in the market share and converting loyal consumers constantly.
If you consider versatility, compliance, and the aptitude to organize numerous features of Galaxy Samsung Tabs, Android might be an ideal operating system. Because of Android's superior authorization of its applications, users are effortlessly capable of changing the Galaxy Tabs into an extremely customized tablet exposure, and performing activities on it that they have no knowledge about how to carry out on an iOS machine. Let's look into some useful and important features of Galaxy Samsung Tabs one by one.
- Easy access to social networks and discussion forums e.g. Facebook and Twitter
- Excellent apps, calendar, web browsers and emailing
- They offer Heaps of games (free and paid)
- Tremendous apps for supplying online services e.g. Wikipedia, translators, dictionaries, maps, news, shopping, and the like
- A variety of "on the house" e-book readers, through simple downloads (paid or free e-books)
- Compatibility to watch free or paid movies and shows from online video collections such as Amazon, YouTube, Crackle, Hulu, Netflix, Vudu, and so on
- Apps and Input devices for capturing videos and snaps, voice and video callings, playing music and audio recording
Specs and Core Features
- Display 10.1-in. (diagram); 1280�800; 149 ppi; Gorilla Glass
- Dimensions 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.34 in (and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.38 in)
- Weights 19.9 oz (and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is 20.5 oz)
- Memory 1 GB RAM; 16/32 GB flash
- OS Android 4.0
- Models GT-P7510 (and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is GT-P5113) - both are WiFi only versions
- Cameras front 2MP; rear 3MP with 720p recording and LED flash (and front 0.3MP (640�480); rear 3MP with 720p recording in Galaxy Tab 2 10.1)
- Processor 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 with ARM Cortex 9 CPUs; GeForce GPU
- Video formats supported H.264, H.263, XviD, WMV7/8, VP8, MP43, VC-1 format: 3GP (MP4), WMV (asf), AVI
- Speakers are Super Stereo
- Audio formats supported MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, AMR, MID, IMY, WMA, Vorbis, RTTTL/RTX, OTA
- Wireless Wifi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1
- Location GPS
- I/O expansion Proprietary dock port (USB, sound, video, power); 3.5 mm audio I/O
- Battery 7000mAH 3.7V Li-polymer
Characteristics and Functions
Galaxy Samsung Tabs have many leads over other tablets in the market. One major lead is the facility to run flash content online. The delicate but dominant Galaxy Tabs have captivated the world's market completely and their countless characteristics are not only inspiring, they are convenient too.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Nokia Lumia 920 - Offering a Complete Package
By Ash Rock Khan
Nokia Lumia 920 is garnering a lot of attention these days. Weighing 185 grams, this phone is slightly heavier as compared to the other Lumia phones. The screen of this phone measure 4.5 inches and is backed by a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. The colours that are displayed on the screen are rich and the text is deep and sharp. The built of the device is quite sturdy and it has got 32 GB of storage space available in it apart from the 7 GB free space that is offered by SkyDrive.
The integration of Lumia 920 with SkyDrive is quite tight. You will be able to save the documents and attachments that you create on the device directly to SkyDrive and as part of setup, the phone also offers to save setting, texts as well as photos to the cloud.
The home screen consists of various tiles and you can change the colour as well as the background of the tiles as per your convenience. However, wallpapers and themes are absent from this device. The display of apps and information on the tile looks pretty clear and is much better than the useless icons that are found in case of other platforms. People Hub is a great feature of Windows Phone. Using this, you can sign in to your accounts on various social networking sites including Nokia Mail, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook etc. and all the contacts will show in People Hub. You also have the option of filtering the contacts. Nokia Lumia 920 also offers Kid's Corner, which is basically a space where you can add various content including video, music, games as well as apps.
It has got a powerful 8.7 MP camera that comes with a full HD video recording capability. The PureView technology is integrated in the camera of the phone and it helps in stabilizing the camera by housing it in a cage along with a gyroscope so that it helps to counteract wobbly hands, this implies that you can get a decent and non-wobbly pictures.
NFC is also a part of the package provided by Nokia Lumia 920. Using this technology, you can tap to exchange the contact cards with another person having a similar phone. The phone is capable of supporting 3G and 4G networks.
Indeed, Lumia 920 is a great handset. It truly looks like a high quality device due to its impressive screen and sturdy built.
Nokia Lumia 920 is a device that is full of power-packed features. In order to get a good mobile phone deal online, you need to ensure that do devote necessary time and effort in researching on various deals.
Friday, December 7, 2012
By Jayden Cooper
There's no denying that the Samsung line of Galaxy S phones are impressive devices with their solid specs and gorgeous Super AMOLED displays. The Epic 4G continues Samsung's tradition of releasing powerful and stylish hardware, but adds a little more muscle to the mix.
At the heart, the Epic has a 1GHZ Hummingbird Cortex A8 processor - an engine designed to handle multiple tasks like streaming video, updating social media contacts and pushing the display without bogging down.
What sets this phone apart from some of its Galaxy S brethren is the inclusion of a hardware keyboard and front-facing camera.
As mentioned, the Galaxy S line offers some of the slickest designs you'll find in the phone arena. The Epic is a sexy slab of glass with rounded corners and a glossy black finish. Yeah, it's a fingerprint magnet, but it's a beautiful fingerprint magnet.
As cell phones become more like mini computers, manufactures are starting to realize that in many cases, bigger is better. The Samsung Epic 4G comes with a 4-inch display, which seems to be the sweet spot - just big enough for better web browsing and video playback and still small enough to be pocketable.
In addition to the on-screen keyboard, the Epic comes with a hardware keyboard as well. The keyboard is one of the better ones you'll find with spacious keys and good tactile response.
Like most manufactures of Android powered devices, Samsung has added their own skin over stock Android. Dubbed TouchWiz, this interface is not as attractive as, say, HTC's Sense, but it's still a quick. customizable and intuitive interface.
If there is one drawback to the Epic then it has to be the high price tag. Clocking in at $249.99, it's one of the more expensive phones you can buy. But, Samsung and Sprint will argue that the 4G network combined with the power of the device itself, make it a worthwhile purchase.
The bottom line is that, while there are cheaper options available, if you're a Sprint customer and want a top-of-the-line device, the Samsung Epic 4G won't disappoint.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
By Matthew Abbott
Before you decide which Samsung tablet you want, you should read at least one good Samsung Galaxy review. When it comes to the world of tablets, there are few companies that have gotten a better reputation for delivering great goods than Samsung. However, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet, which has a 10.1 inch screen, doesn't come without a pretty hefty price tag. At around $500 on Amazon, the Samsung Galaxy review you read should explain why it's worth every penny, otherwise you might end up with a product that you don't really want.
One of the best perks to the Samsung Tablet is that it is designed to be speedy. Many tablets that are currently on the market don't have too much in terms of speed and storage, and as a result, lag. With a dual core processor, and 1 GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with around the same amount of power as a netbook, or a low end laptop. Most tablets on the market don't have that amount of power, and therefore cannot run most of the movies, music, and programs that the Samsung Galaxy is capable of running. Along with the speed that allows you to watch streaming videos online, the Samsung Galaxy also comes compatible with Flash player. Apple doesn't even have this capability.
It is often said, whether in a Galaxy review, or in an Apple iPad review, that no tablet PC is good without having WiFi capabilities. Currently, the Galaxy supports 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, and also is Bluetooth compatible. Surfing the net won't ever be a problem with the Galaxy. People who have used a Samsung Galaxy Tablet tend to be surprised at how rapid, how fluid surfing the net can be. Considering how powerful the processor is, it really shouldn't be that much of a surprise.
The Galaxy is an Android-powered tablet, and comes with full access to the Android market. As one of the best tablets on the market, the Galaxy comes fully compatible with Word, Excel, Access, and many other popular media formats. This OS is specifically designed with multitasking in mind, which means that you can surf the web while running music at the same time. The Android Apps market is massive - 200,000 different apps are available for purchase, so you will be able to find something that you enjoy without too much worry. 32 GB of storage also means that there will be more than enough space to store all of your apps without having to add a special SD card for more space.
The design is what usually is mentioned first in most Galaxy reviews, but it's usually a good idea to save the best for last. So far, the Galaxy has received many accolades for its sleek, lightweight design. It has even been compared to the iPad. It comes with a built in high definition camera which can record video, take photos, and be used in video chat. Along with a front facing camera, the Galaxy also comes with a back-facing camera, which is perfect for catching special moments.
Visuals are the best part of the Galaxy's design. The high resolution screen has drawn compliments from even the most picky of tablet owners. At a 1280 by 800 pixel per square inch resolution, this is one tablet that is very difficult to beat in terms of high definition pictures. The high resolution screen makes the 2 and 3 megapixel cameras even more useful. After all, being able to share the minute details of a photograph can only be done with high resolution screens. It is very hard to find a well-known Samsung Galaxy review, or any Samsung Galaxy reviews at all, which don't have something great to say about the screen's resolution.
Many people currently say that the Samsung is one of the best tablets on the market. Its great design, powerful processing, ample storage, and trendy Android operating system definitely suggest that the Samsung Galaxy reviews that say it's the best on the market might be right. Innovative and edgy, the Galaxy is one of the very few tablets on the market that doesn't seem to have any complaints about it. Take the advice from this Galaxy review - the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a must have!
We do the research, you make the choice!sincerely hope that the information provided on this site will help you to make an informed buying decision whether you are looking for. Samsung galaxy tab 10.1, Samsung galaxy. ii or an Samsung galaxy tab 7. With so many different models and styles of tablet available it is very confusing to know what is good and what is junk.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
By Siman Andy
The Microsoft surface tab is one of the most recently released tablets into the growing market that is causing significant ripples amongst tablet enthusiasts. This review will go through some of the major features of the tablet to give you an outlook on what to expect before you buy it.
Design of the Tablet
First and foremost, we have to take a look at the overall design of the tablet. The first thing that you will notice when you hold it is that it is comfortably thin and does not weigh a lot. It has a cover that has been attached with magnets which if you want to put into place you can quickly do so without any hassle.
The front looks good with its black glass and minimal branding which is not like most Microsoft products. All that you see is a tiny windows logo. To make matters better, the windows logo is not placed there just for brand identification, it has a purpose. Hit the Windows touch button and it quickly brings up the Windows start screen. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the whole 10.6" screen responds to touch so you do not have to eliminate it as not being a touchscreen.
Built in Stand
Unlike most of the other tablets in the market that you always have to hold in your hand unless you buy expensive accessories, the Microsoft surface tab has a built in stand to eliminate this problem. It can be flipped out when needed and when not needed, magnets hold it firmly in place so you don't have to worry about the stand just unfolding by itself. When you want to use it on your lap, the tablet has a touch cover that will make sure it sits firmly in place as you do your typing.
Features of the Microsoft Surface Tab
When it comes to the ports on this tablet, Microsoft did their best not to put in too many. They actually put in the bare minimum. You will find that it has the keyboard connector, dual speakers and microphones and a USB 2.0. If you cough up for the Microsoft surface pro then you will get a USB 3.0 instead. You also have a Micro HDMI port as well.
Interface Usability & Power
The next important thing we have to look at is how convenient the tablet actually is when using it. The tablet was built to run on Windows which it does with great style. You will enjoy the touch screen controls windows took a lot of time to create for its Metro-style apps. The tablet has a reasonably powerful Intel Core i5 that can easily crunch very challenging programs. The touchpad is also one that they did a great job on as the precision is not one to be ignored in the tablet industry. The tablet runs on Windows RT and if you liked Windows 8 then you will also like Windows RT.
How much the Microsoft Surface tablet will cost is yet to be revealed. One can be sure however that it will be in the same range as their biggest tablet computer competitor, the Apple iPad.
All in all, the Microsoft surface tab is not one to be cast aside like many other tablets emerging in this budding industry. Many tablet enthusiasts like what they see so far and can hardly wait for the release.
Siman Andy is a noted magazine writer and editor. He has been actively involved in various fields of life including environment, education and poverty. Being such a versatile personality his passion for writing reports, dissertation and business plans is natural. Currently he is serving as a project manager in a top-notch research firm.
By Ket Phin Wong
It's undeniable that Kindle Fire is quite the rage these days; it offers astounding features at half the price of other tablets, hence it's not uncommon to find a rave Kindle Fire review. This 7-inch tablet is an excellent gadget that boasts of myriad features and with its increasing popularity, you'll be amazed that it actually lives up to the hype. The Fire is Amazon's latest addition to its numerous Kindle gadgets, only that its features are not limited to that of an e-reader. The vibrant coloured touch screen of this tablet uses the latest technology that allows for high resolution; making it perfect to watch movies, play games, surf, or read with. Through an easily set up WI-Fi, you can download your favorite content in a touch. Undoubtedly, the simple and distinct interface of the Fire enables the user to utilize its features with an apparent ease. And you'll find many a Kindle Fire review that raves at just how excellent this tablet is.
The Fire is widely known for its many fun and exceptional features. And while a Kindle Fire review can discuss all of them; it would be more efficient to focus on its top five features. One of the best is its fast dual core processor; which basically ensures that the Fire works in a faster pace. This means you can read books, download web content or videos, and stream music at the same time without any sort of difficulty. Now that's truly amazing, right? The Fire also uses a cloud browser called Amazon silk; which makes surfing the web a breeze on the Fire. Add this perk with the built-in WI-Fi and you'll be surprised at what you can do on this gadget. If you're more inclined to watch TV shows or movies, you can easily do so using the Fire. Since you're given access to 100,000 titles, boredom will be kept at bay when you're using the Fire. You can either rent or purchase the digital content of the movies from Amazon. If you'd rather spend time using the plethora of the popular apps, you can do so on the Kindle Fire. Thousands of them are accesible through the Fire, including fun and exciting games from developers like PopCap, Zynga, Gameloft and a whole lot of others. Most importantly, with the Fire, you can access an entire library of books, newspapers or magazines. It's definitely awesome to store up to 6000 books in your Kindle Fire; and these piles of e-Books can add up to your seemingly endless reading list. Besides, you can read them in full color screen. Isn't that brilliant? Well,these are the most notable features that makes the Kindle Fire stand out from the rest.
Still, there are loads of other features that the Fire provides. Surely a clear indication that this awesome gadget will let you access innumerable perks and apps. Hence it's not surprising that more and more people are going for this cool and relatively affordable gadget. It's definitely worth it, don't you think?
Ket Phin Wong is a Kindle Fire enthusiast who owns http://www.kindle-market.com providing quality free information on Kindle Fire.
By Esmeralda Lundin
The Kindle Fire is an enhanced version of Amazon's original Kindle, which was released in 2007 and quickly became a popular bestseller worldwide. This Kindle Fire review will give you the run down on Amazon's latest product aimed at the tablet reader market. Some of the new enhancements added to the Kindle Fire include a color touch screen, increased processor speed, and an improved web browsing capability.
The Kindle Fire includes a 7" color touch screen, which incorporates In-Plane Switching technology panel (IPS). This technology includes small crystals which lie parallel to the IPS panel. Hitachi originally developed IPS technology in 1996 in order to broaden viewing angles. This means you do not have to be directly in front of the screen in order to see what is on the screen. This can come in handy when simultaneously viewing movies with other people. IPS technology also dramatically increases color quality by delivering 16 million colors in high resolution. Amazon has seamlessly incorporated IPS technology into the Kindle Fire, which is a huge improvement from the original Kindle product's ink display screen. Additionally, the multi-touch screens responds well.
Amazon has also added a dual-core processor to the Kindle Fire for faster response when surfing the web and viewing e-books, magazines, and movies. This is a significant improvement from Amazon's original Kindle's processing power. Users will definitely notice improved speed and efficiency when streaming online media, such as music and videos. This is perfect for those who like to watch videos on websites such as YouTube or listen to music on Pandora. For those who enjoy multitasking online, the dual-core processor will help those who like to stream music while reading books. Download speeds have also greatly increased.
Users will appreciate Kindle Fire's smart and easy-to-use interface design. You can easily browse through recently accessed reading material, movies, videos, and music directly from the home screen. You can easily access all types of media and content with a single touch. This can be quite useful for those who regularly perform Internet research.
Large Selection of Content from Amazon
One powerful advantage Amazon has over its competitors in the e-tablet market is the company's massive selection of content. The gadget can easily access Amazon's massive catalog of over 18 million titles of all types of electronic media with just a touch. This includes over 100,000 movies and television shows which users can stream, download, purchase or rent. Amazon Prime members may also stream over 10,000 select movies and television shows. This beats going to the movie theater or watching live television because Amazon has taken out all of the annoying movie previews and television commercials.
An Array of Games and Apps
No Kindle Fire review would be complete without mentioning the multitude of apps and games available. Amazon has tested thousands of the most popular apps and games to ensure proper compatibility. Fire users will also receive one paid app for free everyday. Most of the apps and games only cost between $0.99 to $1.49 on Amazon.
This is one of my favorite aspects of the gadget. I travel by plane regularly, which means that I have a lot of downtime waiting in airport terminals. Sometimes the airport terminal can be too noisy and distracting for reading a book, however a game, which requires me to be actively involved really helps to pass time quickly. One of my all-time favorites is the classic game of Solitaire, which is available on the Kindle Fire.
Amazon Silk Browser
The Kindle Fire features a new browser known as Amazon Silk. This new browser is cloud-accelerated, which means that it draws upon Amazon's Web Services cloud (AWS), also known as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This server contains extensive computational power, which is available to all Kindle Fire users. The EC2 server performs with a round-trip latency of 5 milliseconds or less, which is twenty times faster than most wireless connections.
The Amazon Silk browser delegates a portion of computational labor to the EC2 server, which connects more quickly to the Internet than the device's wifi connection. This conserves computational and battery power. The division of labor between the mobile hardware and the server is known as "split browser" architecture.
I personally have noticed that the Kindle Fire responds faster than the original Kindle when streaming video on websites such as YouTube. Download times are also faster than my original Kindle. Many other Kindle Fire reviews have expressed the same experience. If you bought the original Kindle and are looking for a mobile device that performs faster on the web, then upgrading to the Kindle Fire is a sure bet.
One aspect of the original Kindle which I did not particularly care for is the inability to view magazines in the same layout available in the print version. Part of the appeal of print magazines is the craftsmanship of the magazine layouts. The device addresses this issue with its "Page View" option, which offers hundreds of magazines in full-color layouts just like the print versions. In fact, the Kindle Fire offers even more than what the print version contains by including video, audio, and other interactive media.
However, I have noticed other Kindle Fire reviews claim that the tablet's screen can be too small to read an entire magazine page in the "Page View" mode. Although, this is not my experience, if you prefer to view just the text of the magazine, then you can choose the "Text View" option. Additionally, although I have not tried it out myself, another Kindle Fire review I read claims that the device works well with comic book layouts as well.
One aspect which I found to be lacking in the Amazon's latest gadget is the lack of built-in native social media apps. Although, overall I am happy about the device, I felt that a full Kindle Fire review should address this short-coming. Social media is such an important aspect of how we communicate today that it seems almost outdated not having some built-in native Facebook or Twitter apps. The supposed Facebook and Twitter "apps" are actually just links to the mobile sites. However, for some this may be preferable because the mobile sites do not take up storage space on the mobile device.
If you are looking to purchase a tablet reader, which offers more than just displaying simple text, then this gadget is a good choice. The Kindle Fire is also cheaper than its main competitor, the Apple iPad. Amazon's mobile device runs around $200, while the iPad can cost anywhere from $400 to $500.
This Kindle Fire review is based upon my experience using the device for approximately a month now. So far, I have had few complaints and the device has worked flawlessly. However, the device has only been on the market for a short time, therefore nobody has posted a Kindle Fire review based upon any prolonged use of the device.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The Samsung Galaxy Note Offers a PC Experience
By Dominic C Burn
The Samsung Galaxy Note offers a PC experience through a mobile handset as it has all the capabilities of a tablet device including a large display and allows you to both do work and social activity on the go. The device includes the powerful Android operating system and a dual core processor which together provide you with a fast and highly functional handset.
The phone has a large 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display with full touch capability along with the addition of an S Pen, smart pen for detailed drawing and input on the display itself. This allows you to have better control and move faster around the intuitive user interface offered, while the display size also means that you can see more and do more at the same time. The screen also has a full High Definition resolution offering along with the Super AMOLED technology, a truly stunning display. In addition to this, the handset offers an impressive 8 megapixel rear camera accompanied by an LED flash which is capable of capturing vivid video clips in full 1080 pixel High Definition too, as well as playback in HD respectively, at 30 frames per second. The camera can also capture impressive static shots of good moments, while the Android and added Google apps and other social networking features make it easy to share media with friends.
The Galaxy Note is powered by Android Gingerbread (2.3) alongside the hardware power of a 1.4 gigahertz dual core processor and includes 4G LTE network capabilities. Along with the rear camera a front 2 megapixel camera also exists for self portrait photos and video calling, while the handset features the usual Samsung touch keys on the front of the device also. The design is extremely slender and stylish, and compliments the large touch screen elegantly. Meanwhile, connectivity on the device is as impressive as everything else, with Bluetooth 3.0 alongside USB 2.0 and a range of WiFi compatibility. Memory for photos, videos and further apps form the Android Market feature is a healthy 16 gigabytes internally, while a microSD card lot provides for up to 32 gigabytes of swappable memory too. Other features include the accelerometer for you to switch the user interface between portrait and landscape, further making it easy to use the device and do more.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
How To Download Apps On The HTC Rhyme
By Chris Westley
If you own an Android smartphone like the HTC Rhyme, you are able to download applications in a similar way to the famous AppStore on phones like the iPhone 4S. This is thanks to Android Market, which is where owners of Android smartphones can browse thousands of apps from various categories which can be downloaded straight to the handset.
Android Market has recently received an update which has given it a new appearance and layout along with being much easier to use. In this article, I will walk you through the process of downloading an app on an Android powered smartphone like the HTC Rhyme.
The Android Market app is provided as standard on all compatible Android smartphones. The app can be found in the 'All Apps' menu which is located on the bottom left of the HTC Rhyme's homescreen. When you have scrolled through the apps to locate the Android Market shortcut (this can also be placed on the homescreen for convenience) simply tap it to open. When opened, the homescreen of the Android Market will appear, presenting promoted content like movies and premium games titles. There are also shortcuts to apps, books and movies, all of which can be downloaded to the handset.
Tap the apps shortcut, and you will be taken to the apps homepage where again, promoted apps will be displayed. You can then swipe your finger across the screen from right to left in order to browse the top paid apps. Repeat this action and you will be presented with the top free apps. From the home page you can also swipe from right to left where you will be taken to a categories menu, where you can browse apps by category. There are many to choose from and once one has been selected, you can swipe left or right to view the top paid, top free and top grossing apps within that category. You can scroll up or down to view them in order of popularity, or touch the magnifying glass icon on the top right to search for a specific app title or keyword, where you will then be presented with an on screen Qwerty keyboard to input the title of the app you are looking for.
Once you have found your desired app, simply tap the download button and the process will begin. To ensure the fastest download time, I recommend using a Wi-Fi connection, although a 3G connection will certainly suffice but data charges may apply depending on your tariff and data allowance.
Your app will begin downloading and installing in the background and you can check its progress on the notifications screen which can be accessed by sliding your finger down from the top of the touchscreen. Once successfully installed, you will be able to find the app in the 'All Apps' menu and you can choose to place it on one of the 7 homescreens supplied by the HTC Sense UI.
As you can see, downloading apps to Android smartphones like the HTC Rhyme is a relatively simple task. Simply follow the steps above if you are carrying out this task for the first time, and I'm sure it will become second nature in no time.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Review: Motorola DROID RAZR
By Rey M Baguio
Some say the Motorola DROID RAZR is the most exciting Android device that has been launched recently. And yet, some would say it is just all hype and that it doesn't deserve to get that iconic RAZR name. This 4G LTE device comes with a powerful processor and relatively high-resolution display; but should this already make it the phone Motorola has come up with since the first RAZR? Well, let us try to check this unit out and see if delivers.
Starting with the design, this handset really does have the look which is the perfect evolution of the droid category. The tough Gorilla glass and that metal chassis with Kevlar backing are combined to give the Droid RAZR the beautiful display. The angular edges of the RAZR are still surprisingly soft and that high gloss finishes is perfectly married to a matte case-back.
Don't be fooled, it's not all beauty and no specs to brag. The RAZR boasts of top-of-the-line specs and they are all stuffed into the thinnest and lightest smartphone cases to date. How can it not be? With its 7.1 millimeters, you can't find 4G LTE device that's as thin right now. This thin case houses a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage and a 16GB micro-SD card that's pre-installed. With these features, it won't be a surprise if this RAZR will smash and crush all other Android devices.
Yes, the features do sound amazing to have on a handset. But still you can notice some things that just don't measure up. The Super AMOLED screen might be impressive by itself but it seems like other competitors- like Samsung and its Super AMOLED Plus displays- got the better vivid and bright colors. But give it to Motorola, they thought of protecting the display and added the Gorilla Glass to make sure the device can hold up to heavy usage.
This review is not going to be complete if battery life is not mentioned. A powerful handset is kind of disappointing if won't let you use it for longer hours. It not convenient to always have your battery charger with you everywhere you go for fear of getting no power within the day. With moderate use, the device's battery would last for almost two days. Sad thing though, probably one of the drawbacks of this handset, is that the battery isn't removable. But it might not be a big deal for most.
In a nutshell, the DROID RAZR has got a beautiful design and an amazing display which comes in the thinnest case for Androids. The features and great specs are hard not to notice that you wouldn't mind some of its flaws.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Web Browsing And Connectivity On The New Samsung Galaxy R
By Matthew Bruen
Recently we have been taking a look at various aspects of the Samsung Galaxy R, a new mid range smartphone from the Korean manufacturers. This time we explore the web browser that is used on this model and we also take a look at the connectivity options that are available.
Android mobile phones have always boasted great web browsers and the Samsung Galaxy R is no exception. Tabbed browsing is supported by the device which means that you can have several web pages open at the same time and then simply select the page that you wish to view. You can access the tabbed browsing view via the menu bar located at the bottom of the screen or alternatively there has been a neat shortcut added to this model. When using the pinch to zoom facility if you reduce the page size below the minimum level the phone gives you a great overview of all the web pages that you currently have open. From this screen you can easily select the page that you want to view. Zoom mode can also be activated by a double tap on the phones display which is great if there are areas of text that you find to small to read easily. Users have the ability to set the brightness level of the browser independently from the overall level you set for the rest of the phone. This means that you can view internet sites at optimum quality without it having a negative effect on the battery life of your device.
The web browser on the Samsung Galaxy R includes Flash 11 support to help you achieve the best possible browsing experience. This feature means that you can view videos on sites such as YouTube without leaving the page. When we tested this facility it worked superbly even when playing back clips in 720P resolution. The inclusion of Flash facilities also means that user can play a variety of online games. In terms of connectivity the Galaxy R offers a wealth of different options to ensure that users can access the internet at all times. The phone can connect to a 3G network which offers extremely fast mobile data transfer speeds. If a 3G connection is not available then the phone also offers support for GPRS and EDGE networks. As you would expect the Galaxy R includes WiFi facilities meaning consumers can use Wireless LAN networks to achieve the ultimate online experience.
The Samsung Galaxy R is a superb phone with many great features. The web browser incorporated is really hard to beat and this is backed up by extensive connectivity options that ensure internet access is always available.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Blackberry Torch 9800 Review - My First Smart Phone
By Rick Gordon
This Blackberry Torch 9800 review will reveal my personal experience with this smart phone. Since this is my first smart phone, I cannot compare it to other models such as the Iphone and Evo 4G.
First, I would like to say that I really like this phone. I was really apprehensive about getting a smart phone because I didn't want to pay $30 for a data plan. After my contract expired, I was in the market for a new phone. AT&T recently started offering limited data plan for $15 that allows 200 MB/mo so I decided to go for it.
I discovered that the limited plan was all I needed. The Blackberry Torch 9800, like other phones allow you to connect to a WIFI connection. Since I have wireless internet in my house, I can connect my phone to my WIFI without using any data. The same is true if you go to a hotspot area designated by your provider or any place that offers free WIFI. Once you save a hotspot to your phone, it automatically connects when you enter that area.
I like the ability to browse the internet when I'm away from my PC for quick NBA scores or quick photo uploads to my Facebook page. Even if I'm near my laptop, I'll use the Blackberry Torch to check my email instead of waiting for my laptop to boot.
The apps are really cool on this device. I'm sure that I am not really using this phone up to its full potential yet. I like the Pandora music app in which you can stream your own personal radio station that plays songs of you favorite artists. You need an unlimited data plan or connect to a WIFI area as this uses a lot of data. Other apps I use regularly is The Weather Channel, Facebook, Movie Tickets.com, Bloomberg, and ATT's myWireless to monitor my usage.
I haven't used this phone extensively for business purposes yet by I can see the potential to do so. You can hook up your email to your Blackberry Torch 9800 to get emails away from your PC. There are other business apps that I have yet to explore.
This device comes with a headset that you can use for hands free talking. I never was a fan for hands free talking but since I've had this phone, I'm kind of addicted to it. The Blackberry Torch 9800 is big and bulky compared to other phones I've had. This is good for using the touch screen but can be uncomfortable for talking.
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