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LG Optimus Pad Arrives in the UK

16 May

LG has launched the LG Optimus Pad electronic gadgets in the UK. The device runs the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system and has an 8.9 inch display. The processor running that tablet is an NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core.

A unique feature of the Optimus Pad is that it utilises dual cameras on the back which each can capture at 5 megapixels. By combining both cameras together, 3D video is capable of being captured on the device.

The 8.9 inch screen has a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. For connectivity, it has WiFi that is compatible with 802.11b/g/n networks as well as 3G connectivity. A webcam is also included on these electronic gadgets.

For pricing, which is probably the reason you are reading this, it costs £749.99 SIM free. Alternatively, you can get the new tablet subsidised on most of the UK networks which brings the price down a luttle to £299.99 on a 24 month contract costing £25/month. Before jumping in and buying, make sure you do the maths to work out what is the best option for you!

Full pricing details at the Carphone Warehouse can be found over here.

Samsung BX2431 Reviews

3 May

The BX2431 is a premium-priced monitor with the looks to match. It isn’t quite as flashy as the PX2370 electronic gadgets, but the slim profile, textured rear and dainty stand all look great.

The amazingly slim figure means Samsung has resorted to an external power supply, but it’s compact enough to hide out of the way. Otherwise, there’s nothing at the rear apart from two HDMI inputs plus one D-SUB, and a 3.5mm audio out for passing HDMI audio signals to speakers or headphones. The stand is slightly wobbly, and only tilts back and forth.

More disappointing is the electronic gadgets BX2431′s panel, which is TN rather than IPS. In isolation it doesn’t look bad. There’s enough brightness thanks to the LED backlighting and subjectively there’s very little wrong with the image quality. Colors are vibrant, with only a very slight yellow tinge to whites and skin tones. It’s also very efficient, with a power draw of only 16W.

But there are weaknesses. Mild backlight leakage spills from the panel’s edges, and in dark scenes it had a tendency to crush the darkest greys into black. X-Rite’s colorimeter also showed the BX2431 to be a little offs the pace. Both gamma and colour temperature were within a whisker of ideal, but the fine average Delta E of 3.6 was undermined by a considerable peak of 9.3 in the green region.

Were the Samsung BX2431 electronic gadgets cheaper, we may have been a little more forgiving of its performance. However, when superior IPS-based monitors such as the ViewSonic VP2365wb can be bought for similar money, it’s impossible to recommend.

iFixit Tears Apart The Nikon D5100, Warns Of “4 Billion Screws”

27 Apr

There are some electronics that are totally worth fixing yourself. Most modern electronics aren’t, though. But you still do it anyway for shits and giggles. Then there are DSLRs — or in this case, the new Nikon D5100 electronic gadgets. You’d have to be John Biggs-crazy to tear this thing apart.

Still, iFixit did just that for the good of the Internet and posted their traditional how-to guide. Before you grab your buddy’s camera to see what magic is inside, you might want to jump the last step and read notes: 2 out of 10 in the Repairability Score (the iPad 2 electronic gadgets scored a 4), there are wires that need to be desoldered, “4 billion screws”, and you need to discharge the flash capacitor. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like fun to me. It’s probably best to leave this one to the pros.

Source from CrunchGear

Dell Streak Tablet

26 Apr

Tine Dell Streak is a class apart from most tablets. Not only because of its size, but also its finish: it looks great, feels great, and is the best implementation of Android we’ve seen. That was already the case with Android 1.6, which you may find your Streak is shipped with. Check the system update screen, however, and you should find version 2.2 just a click and download away.

That’s excellent news. For a start, it brings support for Rash, helping deliver a web-browsing experience close to that of a desktop PC electronic gadgets. The 800 x 480 resolution inevitably means web pages look tight, but being able to watch embedded videos and use pinch and zoom makes it simple to skip around the full BBC site.

Dell’s update introduces its Stage interface as well. This groups together thumbnails of recent web pages so you can quickly visit favorites, and uses a similar trick for photos and music. It isn’t going to change the world, but it’s a welcome change from straightforward icons. Fortunately, Dell has retained the friendly homepage, with a Getting Started icon kept company by shortcuts for email, contacts and the Android Market among others. Calling down the list of installed applications is still as simple as pressing the downward arrow on the status bar, which is always in view. Combine that with responsive hardware controls, and the Streak becomes a very intuitive device.

The Streak can shoot video, but at 20fps and a 640 x 480 resolution, if s more of a feature tick than something we’d actually use. The 5-megapixel camera is more impressive, taking well-balanced shots in good light.

What really make the Streak more than just another tablet electronic gadgets are all the extras. Dell sells a car-kit version of the Streak for £382 exc VAT, for instance. With Google Maps coming complete with turn-by-tum navigation and looking beautifully clear on the crisp, bright Bin display, there’s a strong argument for buying this over a dedicated satnav device.

You also get unlimited texts as part of that deal, but the keyboard is one of the Streak’s weakest aspects. In portrait mode, keys are so small they’re tricky to hit. Things improve in landscape mode – especially as the Streak is the perfect size to be held in two hands and typed upon with thumbs – but we long for the Galaxy Tab’s Swype system.

Battery life is fine: the Streak still had 60% capacity left after our 24-hour test (this includes polling for email every 30 minutes, playing back audio for an hour, making a 30-minute phone call, and using the internet for an hour). That’s pretty good considering the 220g weight – and, what’s more, you can easily swap out the battery; extras cost £32 exc VAT.

This kind of flexibility is what we love about the Streak. It may sit in a no-man’s land between fully fledged tablets and smartphones, but with Android 2.2 In place Dell electronic gadgets have a winner on its hands.

Music Echo concept

25 Apr

If you would have noticed by now, there would be a bunch of product design students attached to the University of Dundee who have to come up with a final year project, and they are busy pinging electronic gadgets and design blogs all over the place to pimp their design, hoping to gain as much accolade and bouquets as possible. Jennifer Crossley has come up with a rather interesting Music Echo concept, where she intends for this device to help those out with hearing impairments.

The Music Echo intends to help hearing impaired folks enhance their enjoyment of music, where it is able to take just about any song, vibrating the music through a range of interactive beads to clarify it further. All you need to do then is wrap those beads around your hand, or place them in your pocket, and you will experience a new dimension in music. Since it is highly portable and stylish, you will be able to wear the Music Echo electronic gadgets in just about any situation without feeling out of place. Anyone wants to turn this into a real world product?

by Coolest Gadgets

Next 7in Media Tablet

25 Apr

Even if the iPad hasn’t quite changed the world, it has created an industry: the Android imitators. This tablet has nothing to do with clothes retailer Next electronic gadgets other than the logo stamped on its rear and on the Quick Start Guide. And that guide is probably the best thing about this tablet. It explains in clear detail how to use the home screen, set the date and time, and connect to a wireless network. There’s only one statement we disagree with: “Your new tablet is a great new way to experience the web”.

No, really, it isn’t. And the reason it isn’t boils down to a 300MHz processor that isn’t fast enough to do the job, further crippled by 128MB of RAM. Together they mean pages crawl into view, even when you’re on a fast Wi-Fi connection. The BBC homepage, for instance, takes 55 seconds to appear. Nor is the screen itself much to look at. We can live with an 800 x 480 resolutions, resistive technology and graininess. But the fact it’s so unresponsive just adds to the sense of infuriation when all you want to do is follow a link.

We might normally express our disappointment at the lack of Rash support – but frankly, this tablet isn’t fast enough to cope. Potential buyers should, however, note the lack of support for the Android Market. Instead you’ll see a link for “App Market” on the homepage. This bears a strong resemblance to the Android Market, except for the quality of the apps on show.

The only app we were taken with was the Magic Album. Despite its name, this is more like a bedside alarm, showing a weather forecast, the date and the time. Press “Light” and it rotates through different brightness settings, and there are shortcuts to email, music and the Android alarm clock too.

Should you decide to place the Next tablet beside your bed, make sure you plug it in. Battery life is appalling, lasting for 1hr 50mins in our light-use testing, due to the tiny two-cell battery you can see for yourself if you undo two screws located on one of the tablet’s edges. These screws are all that tie the electronic gadgets to the grey plastic chassis, which is why it has a tendency to creak whenever you press the single button adorning its front.

The button works differently to Apple’s too: really it’s a Back shortcut, not Home as you might expect. There are only three other physical buttons – two for volume, one for power – but because the status bar sits permanently atop the screen, that isn’t an issue: the Home, Back and Menu buttons are always available. In between those screws sit a micro-USB port and microSD slot, the latter of which supports cards up to 16GB in capacity.

There are some good things about the Next tablet electronic gadgets . For such a cheap device, the speakers are surprisingly respectable. It’s easy to navigate through Android thanks to the permanently viewable bar at the top; and, at a real push, we could just about see it replacing a bedside clock.

ViewSonic ViewPad 10

23 Apr

The ViewPad 10 not only runs Google Android but also Windows 7 Home Premium. ViewSonic sells this vision as “the best of both worlds”, and occasionally you get glimpses of just how good this idea could be. Android screams along, and this responsiveness extends to web browsing: the BBC homepage took a mere five seconds to appear, half the time of the Apple iPad electronic gadgets . Extra flexibility comes via two USB ports, so you can plug in a keyboard and mouse.

The 10in multitouch capacitive screen sports the usual 1,024 x 600 resolution. While we’ve seen sharper screens, at full brightness it looks suitably impressive, and we’ve no complaints about viewing angles or colors. The big problem for the ViewPad 10 is that it runs Android 1.6. That means no Flash support for starters, but it also means that the majority of new apps developed for Android 2 tablets won’t work. If and when Intel delivers on its promise to port Android 2.2 to Intel Atom processors, this should change – but even then, you’re relying on ViewSonic to roll it out to the ViewPad, and to do so more sensibly than it has Android 1.6,

We weren’t overly amazed by the ViewPad’s bundled apps. For example, we found audio lagged behind the video in the YouTube player. Of the apps that are bundled, a version of DataViz Documents to Go – able to create and edit Word- and Excel-compatible documents – is the best, but even that has bugs that meant it would quit unexpectedly.

We might be willing to overlook such niggles if ViewSonic electronic gadgets had made a better job of tying in the hardware with the software, but the three hardware buttons are unintuitive. The Home button is more like a Back button, while the button that looks like it should mean Back launches a context-sensitive menu. To confuse things further, there’s a SIM card slot at the top of the device – but this iteration of the ViewPad only supports Wi-Fi.

A dual-core Atom N455 processor helps keep Windows 7 flowing freely in use, but no amount of firepower can hide the fact that Microsoft’s desktop OS isn’t tuned to the needs of touch. For instance, it’s tricky to hit the small “X” to close a window.

Once again, though, adding a keyboard and mouse makes a huge difference, and (unlike Android) we added a Bluetooth mouse successfully. With both Bluetooth and an active Wi-Fi connection, our tests suggest you can expect just less than four hours of battery life; this extends to around five hours of continuous use in Android electronic gadgets.

We’d question the decision to include 16GB of NAN D flash. It keeps the price down, but that means there’s only 4.2GB of space left for any files you might want to store locally. Then again, it is possible to expand storage via the microSD slot.

Running Windows 7 highlights another issue with the ViewPad: the Atom processor results in fan noise and heat. This gnaws away at the ViewPad’s hopes of becoming a “lifestyle” device, and at 835g it’s the heaviest tablet we’ve seen. A depth of 14.5mm means it looks chunky too. At least it’s well built: the metal rear is rock solid and does an excellent job of protecting the components inside.

So ViewSonic electronic gadgets get some things right, but this first incarnation has too many flaws for a recommendation. The interface isn’t usable enough, hardware doesn’t tie to the software, and the feet its Android 1.6 – with no immediate prospect to upgrade to 2.2 – is yet another body blow.

iMac Refresh Expected Soon Due to Short Supplies

21 Apr

Some reports today are indicating that the latest generation Apple iMac models will soon be experiencing some shortages. What this normally means is that Apple is planning on a refresh. The same happened with the iPad when the iPad 2 electronic gadgets launched as well as the MacBook Pro back in February when the next gen model was being prepared for launch. It has also happened a number of times before.

So what can we expect from the new iMac range? What we hear is that Apple will likely keep the same design, same screen sizes and same keyboard etc… but will bump up the power of each model to include faster CPU’s, larger storage and we also expect to see the ThunderBolt (first seen in the MacBook Pro electronic gadgets refresh this year) port being included in the refresh.

You are probably wondering when you can expect to see the new range of iMac computers electronic gadgets. Sources at 9to5Mac are hinting that we could see them within the next 2 to 3 weeks, so if you are planning to get an iMac within the next few weeks we suggest holding off till the new models are announced.

When Apple updates the Apple Store and announces the refresh, we’ll have all the details along with technical specs and differences.

Elonex eTouch 1000ET

20 Apr

Available from Toys R Us and Asda, the eTouch seems designed to lure shoppers into thinking they’re getting something like an IPad for much less. Only once you get hands-on does the truth sink in. Silver plastic is no substitute for brushed aluminum, and there’s a worrying give on the corners of the front panel. At £1 BO inc VAT, this should be expected.

And it does have good points. It’s a fairly lightweight 695g and, unlike its fruity inspiration, connectivity is pretty good. On the bottom there’s a mini-USB port to transfer files between the device and a PC, plus a full-sized USB 2 port for connecting a keyboard, mouse or USB Memory Stick. On the right-hand side there’s a microSD slot, along with a proprietary network port that works with an optional Ethernet adapter.

The eTouch electronic gadgets can handle HD video playback, with our test 720p H.264 trailers running without a stutter. It can also be transformed into a kind of laptop, as the optional case incorporates a netbook-sized keyboard. While it runs on Android 2.1 with minimal customization, you do get access to the Android Market.

The doom and gloom starts with the screen. The 1,024 x 600 display is dim and fuzzy. More seriously, it’s resistive. Selecting apps and pressing keys is more prodding than tapping, and scrolling through web pages or selecting individual links is a challenge.

There’s more trouble with software. The operating system doesn’t seem stable on the hardware, and there are regular pauses, even if only for a second.

Finally, battery life of these electronic gadgets is miserable. A tablet should support hours of browsing, but it lasts for only around three hours of active use, and if left in standby will run out in about six. It seems a tempting impulse buy, but we advise you move along the aisle and don’t look back.

Sony Ericsson’s MW600 Stereo Bluetooth Headset, and a Radio too

19 Apr

Sony Ericsson introduces the MW600 Stereo Bluetooth Headset with both amazing sound quality and a built in FM Radio. You can access FM radio stations directly from the headset. It is quick and easy to tune in your favorite stations with the new integrated FM, which also features RDS to display radio station information like the artist and song names.

So, play music wirelessly from your compatible phone through the headset and premium earbuds, or enjoy using Bluetooth for your handsfree calling needs, answer calls, control your volume, redial, end calls and more, all wirelessly. Finally you can enjoy being free from long twisting headphone cables.

Premium earbuds are included with the tech gadgets to enjoy a comfortable fit for calls and FM listening. The earbuds are also detachable and include a 3.5mm connector so can use them on your other devices.

The MW600 tech gadgets offer a hands-free experience that is terrific for anyone who wants to stay connected to music and calls on the go… like if you’re on a run, at the gym, or on your way to work. The new headset features a crystal clear OLED display that displays the incoming phone number, FM radio with RDS and easy access controls. You can also wirelessly connect to two devices at the same time or use a different headset.