Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sony Ericsson Launches Xperia Arc On Gingerbread

Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA Arc is the new smartphone from XPERIA product line of the company. It is also the first in the new generation of XPERIA smartphones to be announced by Sony Ericsson in the year 2011. It is full of exciting features which are sure to be a hit among this generation of mobile enthusiasts.

XPERIA Arc sports stunning arc design with a wafer thin and light weight body, XPERIA Arc is just 8.7mm in the middle and weighs 117gms only. Sony Ericsson claims the body is made of premium material which makes it sleek yet strong and the design is perfectly ergonomical in shape.  XPERIA Arc is embedded with cutting edge Sony technology to deliver exceptional multimedia experience to the users. The most striking feature of the phone is its extra wide 4.2” multi-touch screen which Sony prefers to call the Reality Display. The screen provides exceptional visual quality and crystal clear image, thanks to Mobile BRAVIA Engine. XPERIA Arc boasts 8.1 megapixel back-facing camera with HD video recording capability and features good selection of settings to be tweaked, including auto focus, image stabilisation and face detection. Exmor R for mobile sensor, used in XPERIA Arc, is capable of capturing high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light, which can be shared in HD on TV via the built in HDMI-connector. With all the above smart features it can be rightly termed as a multimedia smartphone.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ArcSony Xperia Arc is powered by Andriod 2.3 Gingerbread and runs on 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU with 512 MB of memory. Sony Ericsson insists that the Arc will get an update to Andriod 3.0 Honeycomb too. The Arc provides access to Google Mobile Services like Calendar, Maps, Talk and a host of other Android applications. It comes with Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer. Other notable features included in the phone are Facebook application and scaled down versions of Sony Ericsson Timescape and Mediascape.  With added apps and widgets you have the freedom to choose to add or remove them.  It will also make the phone much easier to update when new versions of Android come out. The phone operates on 1500mAh battery and will be available in two colors: Midnight Blue and Misty Silver.

XPERIA Arc is definitely a perfect blend of art and technology.  The designers at Sony Ericsson were thoughtful enough to pay heed to most of the responses to the earlier release of XPERIA and have tried to incorporate the changes in the Arc. Features included in the phone make  XPERIA Arc a high end phone and Sony Ericsson plan to place the Arc in premium smartphone category.  Without commenting on price Sony Ericsson’s press release states “Xperia™ smartphones add best in class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as apps, maps, email and fast Internet to create the most entertaining smartphone experience.”

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is likely to be available in most markets from late Q1 to Q2 this year.

Blackberry Style 9670 – Review

Blackberry Style 9670, the new smartphone from RIM, is a bold step in a market chock-a-block with touch screen models. The Style 9670 smartphone is an extension of the BlackBerry product line – in a new form factor.  The device can be described as a combination of earlier BlackBerry features added with a full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad in a flip design, all packed in a trendy clamshell form factor. This design is claimed to be the best and a unique innovation from RIM. The most appealing aspect of this model is that you can further customize its looks and functions by installing the accessories of your choice.

Blackberry Style 9670 is a sleek clamshell phone that can be flipped opened and stands at 175.5 mm when opened.  It is approximately 96mm (L) x 60mm (W) x 18.5mm (H) when closed and weighs around 131g only. The smartphone comes with dual display screen which comprises of external screen and a main internal screen. The external screen is 2-inch wide with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and, most of the times, displays a large analogue clock. It pops up a preview of incoming e-mail or text message, before returning to the clock.  You discover a large 2.7-inch, 360 X 400 pixels TFT LCD internal screen on flipping open the Style.  The TFT screen supports around 65000 colors. Blackberry Style 9670 is unique in the sense that it is a touch free device.  Introduction of track pad replaces touch screen in Style which provides users with trackpad swipes instead of touch gestures on the screen. Once you flip open the phone, you will see a full QWERTY keyboard and a trackpad. The device comes with other great features including GPS, Wi-Fi, a 5 MP camera capable of video recording, internal memory of 512 megabytes and   8GB microSD card.

The Style 9670 is shipped with BlackBerry OS 6, making it the second handset after BlackBerry Torch, with RIM’s latest mobile OS. Only difference being that Style has a slower processor with 528 MHz speed when compared with 624 MHz of Torch.

The Style 9670 features integrated e-mail accounts (BBM, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, Windows Live, Google Talk and IM clients) into a single inbox. It also offers a choice to see messages in separate mailboxes. BlackBerry Style 9670 carries forward the legacy of strength in messaging as in earlier releases of BalckBerries.

On the social networking front, the Style comes pre-installed with official Facebook, MySpace and Twitter applications. You may customize the way the official apps integrate with BB6 using Apps available in BlackBerry App World.

BlackBerry 6 boasts of enhanced WebKit-based browser and also supports multiple open tabs at a time. The Style provides excellent speed over Wi-FI and is equally good when area is under good network coverage.

BlackBerry Style 9670 offers excellent battery life with its 1150 mAh Lithium ion battery pack. The fully charged battery can stay live upto 264 hours when kept on standby mode and offers the talk time of over 5 hours.   The complete charge of a battery can serve non-stop music entertainment for over 14 hours.

The Style comes in two vivid colors, Royal Purple and black with elegant dark chrome accents.

Here is a quick comparison of Style 9670 with other available models with similar features:

Model BlackBerry Style 9670 Samsung Epic 4G HTC EVO 4G RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650
Operating System: BlackBerry OS Android OS Android OS BlackBerry OS
Screen Size: 2.7 inches 4 inches 4.3 inches 2.4 inches
Screen Details: 2.7-inch, 65k-color 360×400 TFT LCD main screen; 2-inch, 320×240 TFT LCD external display 800×480, 16.7m-color Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen 800-by-480 TFT LCD capacitive touch screen 360×480, 262k-color TFT LCD screen
Camera: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Megapixels: 5 MP 5 MP 8 MP 3.2 MP
Camera Flash: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flash Memory Type: Micro SD
802.11x: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web Browser: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Form Factor: Flip Phone Slider Candy Bar Candy Bar
Bands: 850, 1900 850, 1900, 2600 850, 1900 850, 1900, 2100
High-Speed Data: 1xRTT, EVDO Rev 0, EVDO Rev A 1xRTT, EVDO Rev 0, EVDO Rev A, WiMAX 1xRTT, EVDO Rev 0, EVDO Rev A, WiMAX 1xRTT, UMTS, HSDPA, EVDO Rev 0, EVDO Rev A
Storage Capacity (as Tested): 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 331 MB
Processor Speed: 624 MHz 1 GHz 1 GHz 528 MHz
Keyboard: Yes Yes No Yes
Continuous Talk Time: 5 hours 17 minutes 7 hours 24 minutes 6 hours 16 minutes

Honeycomb : Google’s Android for tablets

After the recent launch of Android 2.3, codenamed Gingerbread, Google is now planning to begin the year 2011 with sweet experience of its latest Android 3.0, Honeycomb. There are several upcoming innovations in the class of smartphones as well as tablets that are expected to run on the latest Honeycomb version of Android. Google’s VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin, who is also in charge of Android development, previewed the Android 3.0 version through prototype Motorola tablet at the recently concluded CES 2011. The Honeycomb version of Android operating system is basically designed for mobiles and tablets. The upgrade version from Android operating system is determined to face the high end competition from iPad 2.

Earlier versions of Android operating system were designed to support mobile phones but, with the launch of Android 3.0, the traditional trend has been given a backseat as the Honeycomb is designed to efficiently support larger screens like tablet devices. This version offers even better resolution on a 10 inches screen. The user interface with Android 3.0 is seen to be reformed with much clear and user friendly experience as it displays shortcuts to specific applications. Even the home screen is perfectly reformed that gives sharp 3D effect.  The Honeycomb features refined soft keyboard that facilitates faster and error free input with repositioning of reshaped keys. The Gmail application interface offers the new look which is similar to iPad. The screen view is improved as it is split in several segments. The inbox is displayed towards right side of the screen and the message is viewed in the left three quarters when the device is switched on horizontal mode. The application gives completely different look in vertical mode. This mode will display the email list on the entire screen.

Along with this, Android 3.0 Honeycomb version offers voice and video calling features with Google Talk application. This allows you to use either of the front or rear mounted cameras. You can also mute your voice as well as mix videos. Along with this, Android Honeycomb is strongly expected to arrive with improvised VoIP features, music streaming, WebM feature along with WebP support. Android 3.0 supports various sensors such as magnetometer, accelerometer, light sensor as well as gyroscope due to which it can efficiently work on low density screens along with even better performance on tablets. It is also designed to feature latest innovations from Google such as Google Maps 5 which offers 3D interface. It is even reliable during offline status. Google Maps 5 for Android 3.0 Honeycomb features an improved caching mechanism over its earlier versions. In case your phone’s battery level is low and you’re connected to a WiFi network, Google Maps will still fetch maps and other details near to your current location. If the area in question has been cached in your phone, you can still get directions and view locations even in case of complete loss of access to mobile connectivity. Additionally, the Android 3.0 operating system is designed to offer access to more than 100,000 applications through Android market along will uninterrupted access to more than 3 million eBooks from Google.

As always, Google features this Android version with multi-tasking functionalities by providing a task switcher button towards the bottom taskbar. With this you can switch to your desired application in just a single click. These can just be taken as a primer of features bundled with Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system.   We can expect Google to unwrap many more features associated with Honeycomb version by March 2011.

ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Tablet Review

ViewSonic has launched its Android tablet, ViewPad 10, at the recently concluded CES 2011.  ViewSonic’s ViewPad 10 is bundled with the best available features to stand apart in the rough tablet market. The Tablet is claimed to be a bridge between a notebook and a mobile. But ViewPad 10 is more inclined towards notebook. The most appealing feature that makes it stand with pride is its dual boot ability that uses either Android 1.6 or Windows 7 operating system.
As the name reveals, the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 features 10.1 inches capacitive multi-touch LCD screen which offers the resolution of 1024 X 600 with LED backlight and supports 16 million colors. Though the resolution is not as high as HD resolution of high end tablets, it provides a reasonable viewing clarity that comes with standard tablets today. Its first appearance is most attractive with matt black edge integrated with 10.1 inches LCD screen and white metallic back. It features a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera which can be used for video chatting or video conferencing. The device with the dimensions of 275 X 170 X 16.5 is comparatively heavier weighing around 875 grams.  Though heavy, the 10.1 inches screen offers amazing visibility while watching videos.
ViewSonic ViewPad 10 comes with dual boot ability that provides the option to select Android or Windows 7 as operating system.  By default, it boots to Android OS if we fail to choose the operating system quickly. Since Windows 7 is not a preferred OS for Tablets so far, Android OS takes booting preference. With Android OS the accelerometer turns the keyboard in horizontal or vertical direction which is not possible in Windows 7 operating system. The use of Windows 7 operating system gives the feeling of handling a PC. ViewPad 10 gets its processing power through Intel Pine Trail N455 1.66 GHz processor and possesses DDR3 SDRAM capacity of 1 GB with additional storage facility of 16 GB SSD. The Chipset used in the tablet is Mobile NM10 Express. The tablet is furnished with microSD card slot to further enhance the storage capacity to 32 GB.
Android 1.6 operating system incorporated with ViewPad 10 doesn’t have direct access to Android market but the application store can be accessed using Wi-Fi connectivity. Bluetooth enabled ViewPad facilitates easy file transfers. With internet connectivity we can easily communicate via emails and instant messaging. The tablet is designed to use dongle for 3G connectivity which can be easily plugged into 2.0 USB port. The device is embedded with two 2.0 USB ports through with we can easily connect the keyboard and mouse for extended usage. Its mini-VGA port enables video output to the bigger screen of television or monitor. The ViewSonic ViewPad 10 is added with headphone jack and microphone socket.
ViewPad 10 can be efficiently used as an ebook reader as well as for playing games.  The tablet offers some cool new features, too. Family Accounts, is one such feature, which allows personalized login to every member of the family. It gives freedom to customise and personalise the look and feel of the device to multiple users without compromising the experience of others. ViewSonic ViewPad 10 offers average battery life as the device consumes power upto 6.5 watt. It is offered with affordable price tag compared to other tablets in its class.

Motorola announces XOOM over Verizon’s 4G LTE

Motorola Mobility finally announces its first tablet, XOOM, in association with Verizon Wireless. Motorola XOOM is one of its kind as it is built on Honeycomb, Google’s Android 3.0 OS, which has been optimized for tablets from scratch. The Honeycomb promises to enhance user experience on Android features such as browsing, multi-tasking, notification, widgets and also features Google’s latest mobile innovations.

The XOOM tops the current crop of tablets with features like a dual core processor each with 1GHz speed, delivering up to two GHz of massive processing power for most of the demanding applications, a 10.1 inch wide screen HD display supporting 1080p HD video and HDMI output. Users can experience rich HD contents on XOOM and can play video and web contents seamlessly with Flash Player. Motorola XOOM comes equipped with a front-facing 2MP camera for video chat and a rear-facing 5MP camera capable to capture video in 720p HD. You may mount the XOOM on a stand to make video calling much easier. Rich console-like gaming experience is delivered on the XOOM’s 1280X800 display. The tablet also features a built-in barometer, e-compass, gyroscope and adaptive lighting. Motorola ZOOM comes with the Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and is compatible with vast array of existing Android based applications.

Motorola ZOOM is expected to be launched as a 3G/WiFi-enabled device and is 4G LTE upgradable.

With all the above features, the device is said to be a serious competitor to iPad2 and all other tablets yet to be released. The race for tablets is worth watching !

Samsung plans to launch 4G capable Galaxy Tab over Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network

Samsung plans to launch Galaxy tab, supporting 4G, with Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.  4G LTE network promises data transfer rate 10 times faster than currently available 3G. Hence Samsung’s pre-announcement, at 2011 CES, to launch Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S smartphone and mobile hotspot creates a buzz among the smartphone and Android lovers. The hotspot will be able to provide multiple connectivity,  to Wi-Fi enabled devices over 4G LTE, at the same time.

The new version of Galaxy Tab with 4G LTE connectivity will still be powered by Android 2.2 and the processor is going to be 1.2GHz Samsung Hummingbird. Samsung plans to upgrades the rear-facing camera to 5 MP, keeping the same 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chat. The rest of the specifications remain same with the Tab including a 7-inch WSVGA capacitive multi-touch LCD (1024 x 600 resolution) and support to Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

Samsung has also pre-announced a WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Tab, sometimes ago. The company has, however, not yet disclosed its plan for dual-core tablet and smartphone, as well as tablets with Android 3.0 support.

Samsung GALAXY Tab GT-P1000

Samsung GALAXY Tab GT-P1000 Tablet Device can be described as a bundle of an internet device, a phone and a camera. The specification sheet of Samsung Galaxy boasts of the device as an alternative to Apple’s iPhone 4 and IPAD. Records suggest that various models of Samsung Galaxy S smart phones have already sold more than one million units in US itself and the company excepts they will sell around 10 million units of the Samsung Galaxy tab in the year 2011.
Samsung GALAXY Tab GT-P1000 Highlights
Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on Android Operating System v 2.2, also called FroYo. The tablet has 7-inch TFT LCD touch screen display with 1024×600 WSVGA pixel resolution, which support 1020p HD videos. However, it is disappointing that unlike Galaxy S, it doesn’t carry an AMOLED screen.
The Samsung GALAXY Tab is light weight at 380 grams and measures 190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98 mm. This makes it a perfectly portable device, along with its svelte dimensions making it easy to grip and use.
Thanks to the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 player support, the Samsung GALAXY Tab provides hassle free web browsing and supports fast, seamless viewing of every single page of the web.
The Samsung GALAXY Tab GT-P1000 Tablet Device offers an inbuilt application ‘Readers Hub,’ which is Samsung’s unique e-reading application and provides easy access to a vast array of digital library – which include classical literature, latest bestsellers, magazines, newspapers and reference materials.
Samsung GALAXY Tab GT-P1000 Tablet Device comes bundled with ‘Media Hub’ – providing access to a world of films and videos and ‘Music Hub’ – an application which gives access to a wide range of music tunes.
Users’ mobile communication experience takes on a completely new level with the GALAXY Tab GT-P1000 as it comes equipped with 3G HSUPA 5.76Mbps connectivity, 802.11b/g/N Wi-Fi LAN connectivity and also supports latest Bluetooth 3.0
On the performance front, the Samsung GALAXY Tab GT-P1000 is powered by a Cortex A8 1.0GHz application processor with PowerVR SGX540 graphics. To maximize the joy of visual entertainment, HD video content is supported by a wide range of multimedia formats (DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and more).
It’s worth noting that the Galaxy tab GT-P1000 is the first DivX certified web tablet. It is also the first tablet to support the latest Bluetooth 3.0 standard for faster data transfer. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is network ready for quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and tri-band 3G (900/1900/2100 MHz) connectivity. It is, therefore, expected to support most of the mobile networks.

The Tablet comes with 512 MB RAM and internal memory of 16GB/32GB which can be further expanded to 32GB with support through microsd card slot. It features a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for face-to-face video telephony over 3G network and also includes a rear-facing 3.0 megapixel AUTOFOCUS camera, with built-in flash, allowing users to capture still images and video. Interactive 3D gaming and video calling has also been enabled in this Android tablet.
Samsung has packed GALAXY Tab GT-P1000 with Swype, an interactive onscreen keyboard input app, for quick typing with the touch and ThinkFree Suite to take care of MS Office Documents. Powered with a Li-Po 4000 mAh battery, the android tablet can run full HD movie playback on its 7-inch screen for 7 hrs on a go.
Value Addition:
• Social networking integration
• Digital compass
• Full HD video playback
• TV-out
• Organizer
• Image/video editor
• Thinkfree Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
• Calendar, Google Search, Gmail, Google Talk, Maps, Picasa integration, YouTube,
• Readers/Media/Music Hub
• Voice memo/dial/commands
• Supports host of Android Apps
• Accelerometer , Geo-magnetic sensor, Gyroscope sensor, Light sensor

Coby Kyros MID7015 Internet Tablet Review

The unveiling of Coby Kyros MID7015 Internet Tablet into the market has helped to push the Coby brand name ahead in the industry. This product has helped the brand gain recognition for its offering of innovative and powerful Android tablets that were going to offer good value to consumers. The introduction of an Android tablet offered something that was a cross between a mobile device and PC wherein it offers both types of functionality. This particular Android tablet from Coby makes use of the Android 2.1 operating system that allows the user to connect with the rest of the world with a single touch. In addition, Coby Kyros MID7015 Internet Tablet also offers WiFi connectivity such that you can further boost the quality of entertainment you can enjoy up a notch. Provided that you have access to a wireless internet connection, then you will be able to take the device where you go and enjoy entertainment however you like it.

Coby Kyros MID7015 Internet Tablet is equipped with a 7-inch touch screen display that performs better than the iPad in terms of speed and also works well with a variety of mobile devices. It also utilizes a 3200 mA rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery to ensure longer battery life, which also translates to several hours of uninterrupted entertainment. There is a built-in 4GB memory available for Coby Kyros MID7015 Internet Tablet such that you can store a lot of files or data for later use. If ever you need more space, no need to worry since there is a microSD card slot available for this device such that you can expand the memory capacity up to 16GB.

There are also numerous applications supported by Coby Kyros MID7015 Internet Tablet such as the Aldiko E-book that enables you to access literally thousands of ebooks. You can also download several games onto this device such that you can play them during your idle time. If you are a movie buff, then you can enjoy HD-quality movies on this tablet. But if you ever wanted to switch onto a larger screen, you can always connect the device onto your television via the HDMI port. Aside from your television, you can also connect it with your computer since it is compatible with numerous operating systems such as Linux, Mac OS, Windows XP, Windows 7, or Vista.

There are also a load of practical applications available with Coby Kyros MID7015 Internet Tablet such that you can use it for practically anything you want. Some of the built-in applications available for use include email, internet browser, videos, calculator, music gallery, or alarm clock. You can therefore literally do anything with this tablet on hand such that you can enjoy entertainment however you like it. There is a virtual keyboard available for this device that allows you to perform numerous functions. In fact, you can attach your flash storage drive via the USB 2.0 port that is featured along with it.

Coby Kyros MID7015 Internet Tablet can therefore accomplish any task that you want it to do, such that it serves as your PC on the go. It is sold at an approximate price tag of $299.99, which is a good price knowing what it can do.