Friday, January 27, 2012

The Blackberry Porsche P9981

Porsche met Blackberry back in October with their P 9981 concept, an interesting looking device that is essentially just a standard Blackberry that has been beautified with Porsche styling. For many, you will find that there is little reason to own this model, either because of price, or just because you can get a better phone for even less.
While I will never own one, we did manage to get a look thanks to the folks at Techno Buffalo, who was sent a working unit for review.  Judging by the video, it seems to have pretty good build quality, but probably not enough to warrant the $2400 USD price tag.
For those that aren’t familiar with it, the P 9981 is essentially just a Blackberry Bold 9900, and features a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB storage, NFC support, micro SD, 2.8” display, and 5MP camera. For those that like style and have the money to burn, it certainly is an attractive looking unit.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

India-Made 5.3″ Dual-Sim Android Phone: BLU Studio 5.3

But not all is blue for BLU’s India Android phone; it has dual SIM and saves you about half a grand.
This smart phone is available today from the popular online retailer Expansys-USA and will run you only $259 with free shipping. It’s a GSM unlocked smart phone with support for dual-sim cards. This smart phone tablet hybrid runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but that is all we know. The press images seem to show some HTC Sense UI style icons but that is about it. Head down to the source link if this interests you but proceed with caution as we don’t know much about this India-made smart phone.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Concept of Tablet XO-3

We’ve already told you about electronically magazine Infinite Book. The project OLPC (One Laptop per Child) created something similar – tablet XO-3. This computer is about the size of envelope but have a lot of modern features. It has a webcam on the back side and ability to shoot video with intuitive control. Main substrate of LCD-display is made from plastic that will protect it from damage. Ring in the corner of a tablet is made to hold it with comfort or hang up when it’s not in use. There will be used the display Pixel Qi, it is suitable for reading at bright sun and is equipped with a power saving mode. XO-3 will be equipped with processor ARM, the device will be waterproof, but its thickness will be 0.65 cm. This unusual tablet should appear in 2012 and its value will be just $75. 
At the core of the new tablet will be an 8-inch standard or Pixel Qi sunlight-readable display with a resolution of 1024 x 768, and 500MB of RAM. It will come with Android and Linux operating system support although the model we played with was running Linux. Our time was brief with the device, however enough to determine that it won't be that fast, but that's not the point here. The point is all about empowering children and adults from developing countries and giving them the tools to allow them to use the Internet to learn. With that in mind one of the key apps the organization was keen to show us was a Wikipedia app that made accessing the online encyclopedia very easy. Although no official date has been given as yet as to when we can expect to see the XO-3 in the wild, a spokesman for the company has told Pocket-lint that the tablet could be put into full production with the product in people's hands in less than 5 months once they get orders. Although no official price has been decided yet, the XO-3 is expected to cost just $100.

Samsung Galaxy S2 vs. I Phone 4S

For several months the Samsung Galaxy S2 has been known as the best smart phone leading most of the lists of top smart phones. Many other manufacturers tried to create devices able to compete with it, but none succeeded – even Apples I 4, according to most geeks I know, yielded to it in many aspects. Perhaps Samsung thought its Galaxy S2 was unreachable, but not so long ago Apple released the new I Phone 4S with a number of updated specs and features… and we all understood that the Galaxy S2’s position is now shaken.
So which phone is cooler – the Samsung Galaxy S2 or the Apple I Phone 4S? Which has better features? Which is worthy of your money? I’ll try to find this out in my comparison of these two smart phones.

I think we all understand that design is a matter of taste. Some like huge, heavy and rugged devices; others prefer light and tiny ones. So in this case we can’t say which phone is better – the Samsung Galaxy S2 or the new I Phone 4S – we can only note the obvious: you can’t say the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a tiny phone (it has a 4.3-inch display, after all), but it’s slim (only 8.49mm – much less than all the phones I can think of) and light – it’s plastic body together with the battery weighs only 116g. The I Phone 4S, on the other hand, isn’t much different from its predecessor in term of size and design (same cases can go for both); it’s smaller than the Galaxy S2, since its display is smaller (3.5 inches), but it’s not as thin as it.
There was a time when many people believed that the Samsung Galaxy S2 had the best screen ever, but now its 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen with 800 x 480 resolution doesn’t sound that cool any longer… The resolution of the I Phone 4S’s screen is higher – 960 x 640. Of course, it doesn’t mean the Galaxy S2 is outdated now or not that good any more – its screen is very bright, all the colors are eye-popping and very beautiful, and they don’t darkle or fade when you look at the screen at an angle. It’s great for watching movies and even for playing HD games (there are plenty of them in Android Market).
However, the display of I Phone 4S due to its higher resolution is even brighter and isn’t afraid of sunlight, too (though it actually fades a bit under direct sunlight). The only bad thing is – old icons and apps look grainy on such a clear display, so unless the developers update them and adjust for high-res screens, you won’t enjoy using them on the I Phone 4S… at all. So… here the winner is the I Phone 4S with its super screen, though I personally like the display of the Samsung Galaxy S2, too.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 boasts a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor that provides really fast performance without any delay. Web browsing is very quick even via Wi-Fi networks, and you won’t face any problem with loading and playing even the most “heavy” games on Samsung’s flagship.
The I Phone 4S has a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, which is also very fast (much faster than the single-core processor of the original I Phone 4 at least), but, though it provides great graphical acceleration, it yields to the CPU of the Galaxy S2 in terms of performance, so here the winner is Samsung’s smart phone.

Samsung Galaxy S2 has a cool 8MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash that takes 3264 x 2448 photos and 1080p videos at 30fps. If you remember, the original I Phone 4S had a 5MP sensor, and many geeks thought it was a big shortcoming, even though the number of megapixels doesn’t really matter. Anyway, now those geeks have received what they wanted – the new I Phone 4S has an 8MP camera able to take 3264 x 2448 pictures just like the Galaxy S2 and many other modern smart phones. Plus it has a CMOS illuminated sensor, which is 73 percent more effective and about 30 percent faster than before. And of course, it shoots 1080p HD videos, too. However, the secondary 2MP camera of the Samsung Galaxy S2 is better than the VGA camera of the new I Phone 4S. But anyway, secondary cameras don’t play a big role here, and as for the rear-facing ones, they’re both equally good, so we have a draw here.

Just like in case of design, I don’t think it’s a good idea to compare two operating systems, especially if they’re both good – each in its own way. Android the Samsung Galaxy S2 runs is the most popular platform at the moment, famous for being easy to customize and for having a huge number of apps in Android Market, too. However, the Gingerbread it runs isn’t the newest version of Google’s OS any longer, since the Ice Cream Sandwich update is already on its way, so we can’t say the Galaxy S2 runs the best software ever.
On the other hand, Apple’s I OS is really easy to use (even if the I Phone is your first smart phone ever, you won’t face any problem dealing with it – the user interface of I OS is intuitively understandable for everybody), but of course it’s not what makes the new I Phone 4S special. You’ve probably already heard about Siri – the special program designed to help the user give commands to the phone, ask questions and even send text messages. Siri is new, smart and funny, too (it came out that the developers had hidden many interesting Easter eggs, funny jokes and witty responses to strange questions in it), and I guess many people will buy the I Phone 4S especially for Siri. Since you can’t surprise anyone with Android now, especially with its Gingerbread version, so in this case I think the prize should go to I Phone 4S and its Siri.

The unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S2 costs £397.99 on Amazon, while the 16GB I Phone 4S is more expensive – £593.15. However, we shouldn’t forget that the Galaxy S2 was released several months ago, and the 4S is only about a month old, so it will most likely be discounted after a while. Anyway, you can find much better deals at Right Mobile Phone offering both smart phones for free with contracts, so perhaps it’s better to choose one of them instead of paying much more for a SIM-free device.

Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Apple I Phone 4S are both very good smart phones, no doubt, and both have their stronger and weaker sides. The Galaxy S2 is a bit faster thanks to its processor, while I Phone 4S has a better display and Siri that has caught so much attention. I think the Galaxy S2 has been the best smart phone for too long, and now a new device should come to replace it. Apple’s latest “child” can be this new device, so… I Phone 4S is my choice.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Motorola MILESTONE 3 – Android OS

The new Motorola phone, Motorola MILESTONE 3 is an interesting phone that many should consider using because it runs on the latest Android Operating System, Gingerbread (v2.3.4) with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, TI OMAP4430 chip set, Power VR SGX540 GPU. Motorola MILESTONE 3 comes with Gorilla Glass display, Adobe Flash support, 4.0 inches capacitive touch screen, 1080p video recording. The smart phone features a 8 MP Camera with LED flash capability. Motorola MILESTONE 3 is available in India and its price can be found below and it’s other specs.

Features and Functions

Android OS, version 2.3.4 gingerbread
1 GHz dual core CPU and a 512MB RAM memory
Gorilla Glass display
1080p video recording
GPS, WiFi, 3.5G support and micro SD slot for additional disks


2G Network, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network, HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100


TFT capacitive touch screen that comes with 16M colors
4.0 inches Display of 540 x 960 pixels
Gorilla Glass display
Multi-touch input method
QWERTY keyboard
Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Touch sensitive controls
Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate


Email, Instant Messenger, Push Email


Internal – 16 GB system storage; 512MB RAM
Card slot – micro SD up to 32GB


GPRS – Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE – Class 12
3G – HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth – Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB – Yes, micro USB v2.0


Primary – 8 MP Camera of 3264×2448 pixels
Auto focus and LED flash
Features – Geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus
Video – Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary – Yes, VGA Camera


Standard battery, Li-Ion 1540 mAh
Stand by up to 240 h
Talk time up to 9 h 20 min

However the price of the device hasn’t be announced yet in India.

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