Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet

Published by Chitiz, on December 11th, 2013, in the categories: touch screen displays

The new Microsoft Surface 2 is a 10.6-inches ARM enabled tablet blessed with Windows RT, an Operating System which consists of all Windows 8 features other than the desktop.

Design
When it comes to design and build of the new Surface 2 Windows RT tablet, all the credit goes to Microsoft for designing such a high-quality device with unique features. It recognizes ARM-based slate consisting of black and silver glass. Rear side of the tablet is entirely different from all its predecessor models and features sliver-grey back panel. From the front, it appears to be an entirely black surfaced tablet, carrying a white-out-of-black Windows logo, which gives it a magnificent look. Silver edges of the Surface 2 contain keyboard dock, USB 3.0 port, on/off switch, HD video out 3.5mm jack, volume rocker and a power connector. The camera is located on the front side above the display along with two side-facing speakers. In short, we can say that this well designed Windows RT tablet will match your personality and will accompany you in a much better way.
 

Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet


Specifications
When it comes to performance, sleek and stylish design is overlooked by the specifications. The new Microsoft Surface 2 features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7 GHz Quad processor, paired with 2GB, so as to provide fast processing speed. For delivering an unforgettable gaming experience, the Egypt HD 2.5 graphics card is used. As far as battery life is concerned, the Surface 2 can perform its operations up to 9 hours on a single charge.

Connectivity and Storage
The Microsoft Surface 2 comes with two different internal storage capacities: 32GB and 64GB. In case of additional storage, a MicroSD card slot has been installed. You can connect additional devices including mouse, keyboard via USB 3.0 port. The wireless connectivity feature is however covered by Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n.

Audio and Display
With 10.6-inch display, the new Surface 2 tablet's display is bigger than other tablets available. Also, the resolution of 1920x1080 along with aspect ratio of 16:9 allows you to enjoy movies and other contents, displayed on the screen. Pixel density of 207ppi is sufficient enough to provide decent detailing. The side-mounted dual speakers delivers Dolby stereo, which is rare to find in any other tablet. In case you don't want to disturb others, plug-in your headphone in the available 3.5mm jack and enjoy the movie alone.

Camera
The front side of the Surface 2 features a 3.5MP camera, suitable enough to make video calls. However, the rear side facing camera is of 5.0 MP and is capable enough to capture your awesome moments in HD mode. With no flash support, clicking pictures at night would not be a good idea.

As the new Surface 2 tablet is ARM enabled, you would not be able to install x86 software, which makes it more of a consumption device and not a productivity tool. The launch of the new Apple's iPad Air would not affect the sale of the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, due to their price difference. Let's see how the new Microsoft Surface 2 will create its space in the tablet industry and the minds of the tablet users.

Apple iPad Air Review

Published by Chitiz, on December 10th, 2013, in the categories: touch screen displays

After launching the iPhone 5S and 5C smartphone, Apple is all set to amaze you with the launch of much awaited "iPad Air".

Apple has redesigned its exterior completely, turning it into a much lighter and thinner tablet. In the previously launched tablets, better display and faster chips were introduced. This time however, Apple gives a new look to the good ol‘ iPad series.

If we compare the newly launched iPad Air to the last year's iPad Mini, prior has up to 20% scaled-up features of the Mini, making it a "wow" moment for you while holding it. The more rounded edges give it a modern presence, whereas the new design provides easy access to the buttons and toggle switch located on the upper-right corner. Stereo speakers are located on the bottom side and are able to deliver high quality audio. It would had more convincing if Apple had positioned left channel speaker on the top side, so as to allow proper stereo separation, which could had made the movie watching experience even more promising.
 

Apple iPad Air


The only missing feature, which Apple could have used, is the Touch ID. It's a fingerprint scanner used in the iPhone 5S for unlocking the smartphone without typing any numeric code. Talking about the speed, the new iPad Air is faster than the latest iPhone 5S. Even though both of them have the same amount of RAM (1GB), the iPad Air has a 1.39GHz processor speed in comparison to the iPhone 5S that limits at 1.29GHz. With such high processing speed, the iPad Air does get warm sometimes but its cooler ensures that it doesn't last for long.

The new iPad Air comes with 10 hours of battery life, which means that you will be able to use the tablet off the charger for a very long time. So users who ideally involved in long hours of web surfing will have no issues while using the iPad Air for days. We don't buy tablet mainly for photography purpose right? There are many DSLR and high end Cameras available for that. That is why; Apple didn't find this category worth enough to be focussed on. As a result, the new iPad Air uses the same 5-MP camera, used by its predecessors. However, the front facing 1.2MP HD camera has been upgraded. It has got new sensor, which provides bigger pixels, resulting into far better picture clicks during low-light.

For the first time, Apple has stepped in for a MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) Wi-Fi, which uses dual-antenna configuration and doubles the speed up to 300Mbps, when used with a compatible router. The presence of Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity allows you to connect additional peripherals including speakers, keyboard, mouse etc. However, the 802.11ac will be missing in the new iPad Air, which may be disappointing for some of us.

The new iPad Air has no new features, when compared to its predecessors. But it is worth getting excited because of its solid battery life and performance increase. Blessed with superb exterior design, the new iPad Air is lighter, thinner and deserves to be well appreciated. So in case, if you are looking for a highly featured tablet and if money is not your primary concern, the new iPad Air tablet should be your ultimate choice.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 Review

Published by Chitiz, on December 9th, 2013, in the categories: touch screen displays

"Lenovo is back!" This time with a new slate: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10. It's a 16:10 ratio display tablet that is not completely flat.

For the first time in the entire tablet history, there is a round bulky edge provided with the tablet, which gives a stand to the tablet to make it stand itself, mostly helpful while watching videos.

Hardware
The new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 features faux-metal finishing which makes it look nice appearance wise. Even the glass display and the entire body design give you a decent feel. The power button and the headset jack are located opposite to each other at the bottom end. Above the power button, a volume button and a small microphone are located. When placed in a landscape position, you will notice two front facing speakers that offers Dolby Digital Plus feature, clearly indicating that the kind of sound you will experience in this tablet will be entirely different from others (tablets). Upon flipping the backside, you will find a nicely textured back having a smooth panel bottom. MicroSD card slot could be found only if you open the kickstand. The new Yoga Tablet 10 supports up to 64GB MicroSD card, thereby allowing you to carry tons of media files whenever, wherever. This tablet comes with the default memory options of 16GB or 32GB. Also, for smooth functioning, a 1GB RAM is installed. Like other tablets, the Yoga Tablet 10 too features a 1.6MP HD front facing camera, which will let you make personal as well as professional video calls. The rear side of the tablet features a 5MP shooter, sufficient enough to click HD pictures.
 

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10


Software
As far as software is concerned, you will not find anything latest and greatest here. The new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is common in most of the tablets nowadays. The customized User Interface works really well. Overall, there are three home screens. The main screen shows a time and weather widget, the Google search bar and a video widget. The bottom side of the screen has Lenovo's browser, Google Play Music, email, gallery and the Play Store. Upon swiping the screen to the right side, you will find a home screen loaded with lots of apps including Power Manager, Google Hangout etc. However, there is a back, home and application switcher buttons available at the bottom side along with a menu button, which allows you to adjust the settings as per your requirements. In order to see the notification tray, you need to swipe downwards from the upper-left corner of the screen. Here you can see missed messages, calls, notifications and other features such as brightness level, auto-rotation, turning Wi-Fi on/off etc.

At its first glimpse, you may find this new tablet appealing as the way it stands using the kickstand is superb. But other than this, there is nothing new to be found in terms of hardware and software. You will find a Dolby Digital logo on the tablet but when it comes to test the speaker, you will not be impressed.

Adding a kickstand and making the tablet stand will not convince users to buy this tablet. Lenovo has to really come up with some new updates in terms of hardware and software, both!

YotaPhone Dual Screen Smartphone

Published by Chitiz, on December 9th, 2013, in the categories: touch screen displays

It seems that every year the Smartphone industry will keep amazing us by introducing unique features one after another. Samsung continues to launch its S series Smartphones, Nokia came up with Lumia series and Apple's iPhone series launched 5S and 5C Smartphones.

But there is a Russian firm, which has come up with a new concept of introducing dual-screen Smartphone to market. Named as the YotaPhone, it is expected to be available in the market during the first quarter of the year 2014.

The YotaPhone comes with an e-ink display that has a lot to do other than simply displaying text on screen. It's kind of an e-reader that acts as a hub for all your important information. It provides quick access for Twitter and Facebook feeds via RSS and also display notifications. In addition to this, there is a more standard 4.3-inch HD screen that comes with 342ppi and is located on the front side. This Smartphone is blessed with a dual-core 1.7GHz processor along with a 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. However, MicroSD card slot will not be seen in this Smartphone.
 

YotaPhone Dual Screen Smartphone


The new YotaPhone is blessed to have a customized version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, thereby replacing the concept of hard and soft buttons and making the display look clean and uninterrupted. Swiping right side will take you to the home screen, swiping left takes you back and swiping two fingers downside takes a screen shot and send it to the other screen on the rear side. This OS also features certain apps for reading books, dictionaries etc. Just below the rear screen, a 13MP camera has been installed. Even the front side has a 1MP camera with facing sensor, which will help you in clicking a clear picture of yours.

With two screens, the YotaPhone Smartphone has to be well connected to the internet. With interesting connectivity options including 4G, NFC, Bluetooth, GLONASS, GPS and Wi-Fi, the e-ink display will always contain latest updates for sure. As the new YotaPhone features dual screen, both the sides are made up of glass, fitted into a chassis weighing 146g, making it larger in size. Other than volume rocker button located on the side, there are no other buttons located on the Smartphone, which gives it a clean and complete look appearance wise.

Having a dual screen may look fancy and cool feature to have in a Smartphone, but the amount of battery it will consume is far more than any other Smartphone available. The YotaPhone features an 1800mAh battery that luckily gives power to the front screen and not the rear screen. If turned into the reading mode, the new YotaPhone's battery life gets 7 times more than its competitors.

Whether or not the battery life is going to stay for a day long is yet to be explored. Till then we have to wait for its launch in the year 2014. If such kind of innovative Smartphones is lined up for the next year, there will be much more expectations top Smartphone players such as Apple iPhone, Samsung and HTC etc.

Optoma ML550 Portable Projector

Published by Chitiz, on December 9th, 2013, in the categories: Projectors

How small and easy to carry a project might be, its portability will be of no use if the projector has to compromise on the brightness and resolution level. In the absence of these two features, your presentation may look unprepared, leaving you ill-performed.

The new Optoma ML550 projector belongs to the same genre (small size), who weighs 380 grams having 39x105x106mm dimensions, leaving D-SLR camera far behind in terms of portability. However, we can't deny the fact that; it's the brightness that makes a projector worth to be purchased. The new ML550 consist of ANSI Lumens, delivered by an LED lamp up to 20,000 hours, provides 5 times brightness than any other projectors. It has got a pixel resolution of 1,280 x 800 and its 4:3 shape is more suited when used with older laptops. One of its key features is its built-in 1.5GB flash drive that can store all your presentations and play them, whenever required.
 

Optoma ML550 Portable Projector


Talking about the connectivity ports, there is a single HDMI input that provides a feed from a gaming console, Smartphone, Blu-ray player, tablet etc. Along with this, there is a USB 2.0 port for flash drives, I/O slot for audio connectivity and a MicroSD card slot for displaying pictures clicked directly from a DSLR or an HD camera. There is an adjustable drop-down foot located on the undercarriage that allows you to project the lens easily on the screen. Also, whatever flash-based source we plug into it, the new ML550 supports almost all the formats (audio, video, photos) one can think of. Sometimes it happens that some file takes longer than expected time to load. Luckily the ML550 features media player software that makes navigation of files and folders easy, simple and precise. In short, without using your laptop, you can still run pictures, videos on this projector, which is cool.

One of the highlighting features of ML550 is: its brightness level. When tested on a 90-inch test screen, the kind of brightness experts had experienced was impressive. Even if you increase the screen size, you will still find the brightness level up to your expectation. There are three modes available: Photo, PC and Bright mode. Out of these three, PC mode will work out in most of the scenarios. Features, which most of us will like for sure includes its ability to set up easily, its ability to project crisp images on the screen, its brightness level and its compatibility with different audio, video and image formats. There are some disliking factors as well. The new ML550 has no Wi-Fi connectivity. Instead, a separate add-on Wi-Fi dongle will be required available using which; you can connect Smartphone and tablets to this projector and can project images, videos on the screen. But for that, you need to install EZ-view on your mobile devices.

When compared with competitors, irrespective of its small size, the new Optoma ML550 is brighter and well connected. Also, its portability allows you to set it up and use it, wherever required. Purchasing an additional Wi-Fi dongle for providing connectivity to Smartphone and tablet would be an extra expense, if you buy one. Overall, it's great to experience technology at portable size and the new Optoma ML550 is a perfect example of it.
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