Archive | June 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung are really taking tablets seriously these days. They already have three offerings this year. And while the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will probably attract the most attention, no one should underestimate the sleek powerhouse that is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The largest of the company’s tablets offers more screen estate and larger battery, while at the same time maintaining the impressively slim waistline. There’s a Tegra 2 chipset ticking under the hood so you get the latest and greatest in mobile chipset technology.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G at a glance:

  • General: GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz , UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
  • Form factor: Tablet
  • Dimensions: 256.6 x 172.9 x 8.6 mm, 565 g
  • Display: 10.1″ 16M-color WXGA (1280 x 800 pixels) PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • CPU: Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 chipset
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 3.1 Honeycomb
  • Memory: 16/32/64 GB storage
  • Camera: 3.15 megapixel auto-focus camera with 720p video recording; LED flash, 2 megapixel front facing camera, video-calls
  • Battery: 7000 mAh
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, HDMI TV-out (through an adapter), USB host (adapter required)
  • Misc: TouchWiz customization, DivX/XviD codec support, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor

As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is nothing else, but a slightly larger 8.9 so the only question remaining is which one would suit your style better. And while we find the 8.9″ size more versatile, it was the the 9.7-inch iPad that made the tablet class mainstream so it’s a good guess the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will probably have a wider reach.

Plus Samsung introduced some last minute touches to its largest slate, which should help it fare even better. At the eleventh hour the company announced that it will come with an even larger battery (7000mAh) and 30 grams lower weight than initially announced and that it will be getting DivX and XviD support. It seems like a good way to give an already competitive device an even bigger edge over its competitors (though in the case of the Tab 10.1 the edge is slimmer).

But those are all mostly guesses based on what the specs sheet of the device tells us. It’s about time that we checked out its real-life performance and see if it will swing our opinion in another direction.

As we move to the hardware part of this preview, here’s hoping that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 won’t disappoint as it’s about time the iPad 2 got a worthy competitor.


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Nokia X3-02

Nokia X3-02 Touch, Slim and Sharp

Nokia is trying really hard to build back some lost trust. The new Symbian^3 smartphones are just one weapon in their armory. The other is the touch-enabled lineup of feature phones called Touch and Type. S40 has never before been into the touch business, but the X3-02 is here to change all that.

You have the right to remain skeptical. In fact a healthy does of skepticism is welcome – this market just might not have enough room for yet another touchscreen feature phone. And it’s a S40 phone at that. But you know what – the Nokia X3-02 will not listen to doubters. It’s a phone whose glass is always half full. Half full with touchscreen and half full with keys.

The Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type doesn’t rely on its touchscreen only but on good looks and charm too. It comes in four different colors and has a redesigned keypad. That’s right, Nokia refuses to give up on the good old numeric keypad and it will be an essential companion on the X3-02.

So, you have the touch, and you have the type. There’s the right measure of style too. But that’s not always enough for a classy phone. People want features as well. So, let’s take a closer look at them

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Quad-band 3G with 10Mbps HSDPA and 2Mbps HSUPA
  • Neat and well built, slim and lightweight, metal on the body
  • 2.4″ 256K-color resistive TFT QVGA touchscreen
  • S40 6th edition UI
  • 5 megapixel fixed-focus camera
  • VGA video recording at 15fps
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS, Visual radio
  • Bluetooth v2.1 (with A2DP)
  • Standard microUSB port (charging enabled)
  • USB On-The-Go
  • microSD card slot (32 GB supported, 2GB included)
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Innovative vibrating touch feedback

Main disadvantages

  • Small screen (for a touch phone)
  • No multitasking
  • No GPS
  • Fixed-focus camera
  • No document viewer
  • No smart dialing
  • No video-call camera
  • No accelerometer sensor

There are quite a few things left off of this S40 handset, but it’s the first with a touchscreen on board. Wi-Fi is a rarity on this platform too. In fact we’ll admit quite ahead of our conclusion – we do like the Nokia X3-02 already. But it’ll take more than that. You’ll have to simply love it. You’ll have to not notice the bad. One thing the Nokia X3-02 won’t give you is multitasking. Another important absentee is GPS and navigation. We just can’t have everything, can we? That might be quite an omission for some, but we hope the performance and ergonomics will make up for that. Let’s see how those shape up right after the jump.

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Nokia X3

Nokia X3 is a new cousin in the X series phone from Nokia. It is a device which is loaded with many cool features and the price is also very cheap. The music package offered with the Nokia X3 is complete, but you can’t expect many high end features as it is a mobile phone of middle range. The Nokia X3 gives dimensions of 96 x 49.3 x 14.1 mm and weighs 103 g. Its Li-Ion 860 mAh battery is quite good as it gives 7 hours 30 minutes talk time, 26 hours of music play and 200 hours of standby time.

Nokia mobile phones are trusted for their reliability and superior quality and hence Nokia X3 is no exception. The Nokia X3 comes with a tiny 2.2″ TFT screen with a screen resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Even though the screen can flash 256K colors, the size of the screen is much smaller in comparison to the size of the device. A D pad and other soft keys are placed just below the screen. As you slide open the gadget, you will come across an alphanumeric keypad made out of plastic along with brushed metal finish.

A 3.2MP camera with a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels is placed on the back of the Nokia X3. Considering the fact that the Nokia X3 is a cheap priced gadget, it is not acceptable to anticipate high end camera settings functions. The camera is able to shoot videos in QVGA resolution at 10 fps. These videos are just good for MMS. The music player in this phone is the main attraction. It looks cool and assists a great list of formats. Its stereo speakers are loud, clear and good. This gadget uses the Symbian S40 6th edition UI and it also gives you a taste of multitasking. Its interface is fundamentally responsive and quick along with a speedy access to applications.

The phonebook on this device is renewed and it helps in searching the contacts easier. Videos and ring tones can be appointed to contacts. Voice dialing is an addition advantage. The find on map option allows you to search for the location of the contacts through the Ovi Maps application. The phonebook is incorporated with Ovi contacts app and it assists GTalk.

A user can send all types of messages like SMS, MMS, and emails, audio and flash messages on the Nokia X3. The conversations view allows a user to easily follow the previous messages in the thread. A devoted IM application is also there for the Ovi contacts. The email client is also improved and the integration with various types of protocols is now possible. Overall, this is a great handset and one can attain it with many good contract deals in the market.