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  • Sunday, 22 July 2012

    SONY XPERIA S REVIEW AND SPECIFICATIONS

    SONY XPERIA S REVIEW AND SPECIFICATIONS

    Sony Xperia S side
    Sony Xperia S









    Sony Xperia S has been a new talk of the market with a Quad - Core CPU and Sleek, Stylish Design.
    Sony has done a great job in launching this type of Smartphone in an affordable price. This phone or what we say these days, Smartphone has well accommodated in it very smart and reliable features. This phone 
    Supports ANDROID GINGERBREAD 2.3 And Can be Upgraded to Android Ice- Cream Sandwich.
    THIS PHONE HAS A SMART 720p resolution and Dual Core 1.5 GHz Scorpion CPU. 


    If We talk About its description or features we can note down these 
    amazing specifications of Sony Xperia S:-


    SONY XPERIA S SPECIFICATIONS

    Stylish Sony Xperia S



    1) 2G/3G SUPPORT - 850/900/1800/1900/2100


    2) RELEASED ON FEB 2012


    3)OPERATING SYSTEM - ANDROID GINGERBREAD(2.3.x), UP-GRADABLE TO 4.x


    4)CHIPSET - QUALCOMM MSM8260 SNAPDRAGON


    5)CPU - DUAL CORE 1.5 GHz SCORPION CPU


    6)GPU - ADRENO 200


    7)GPS - YES, A-GPS SUPPORT AND GLONASS


    8)EDGE - YES UP TO 230 KB/s


    9)3G SPEED - HSDPA-14.4 MBPS AND HSUPA-5.8 MBPS


    10)WLAN - YES, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA AND HOTSPOT


    11)BLUETOOTH - YES, v2.1 WITH A2DP, EDR


    12)USB - YES microUSB 2.0 AND USB ON THE GO


    13)TOUCH TYPE - CAPACITIVE LED TOUCHSCREEN WITH 16M 


    14)RESOLUTION - 720*1280 PIXELS, 4.3 INCHES


    15)CAMERA - 12 MEGAPIXEL, 4000*3000 PIXELS, 
     AUTOFOCUS, GEOTAGGING, LED-FLASH


    16)SECONDARY CAMERA - YES, 1.3 MP


    17)DIMENSIONS - 128*64*10.6 mm


    18)OTHER FEATURES - MicroSIM card support only
                                           - TV launcher
                                           - SNS integration
                                           - HDMI port
                                     - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
                                           - MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
                                           - MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
                                           - TrackID music recognition
                                           - Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
                                               YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
                                           - Document viewer
                                           - Voice memo/dial/commands
                                           - Predictive text input

    19)BATTERY LIFE:-

    Stand-by              Up to 450 h (2G) / Up to 420 h (3G)
    Talk time              Up to 7 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 30 min (3G)
    Music play           Up to 25 h


    PRICE - 400 EUROS

    Sony Xperia S Smartphone
    SO THIS WAS ALL ABOUT SONY XPERIA S ... HOPE YOU LIKE AND PURCHASE IT. PLEASE COMMENT.

    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    GOD OF WAR 4 TO BE RELEASED SOON

    SONY RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THE RELEASE OF GOD OF WAR 4 TITLED GOD OF WAR ASCENSION.


    With God of war 1,2,3 series being hit, Sony has decided to bring out God of War 4(Ascension) very soon in the market. To make the point clear Sony Has even released a small trailer of GOW 4 here

    According to the YouTube page description, the game will follow Krotos before he became the rage-filled god we all know and love. Players will get to uncover his origins as a Spartan captain, before he threw in his lot with the god of war, Ares. This change from jacked up Spartan wielding mystical blades to normal soldier begs one big question: how different will the game-play be?

    Todd Pappy, who was originally a Design Director on the third
    Installment in the God of War series, will be taking point as Game Director for Ascension. In his post on the PlayStation- Blog website he announced a live streaming event that will take place on Monday, April 30th at 8am PT (11am EST). That event is sure to shed more light on what’s in store for Kratos in this latest installment to the franchise.


    Currently, the game is rumored to be aiming for a Spring 2013 release date. We can therefore expect Sony to start an intensive, and probably very expensive marketing campaign for Ascension as soon as 2013 rolls around.

    SO AS WE CAN SEE THAT THE GAME IS SOMEWHAT NOT CLEAR AND WE DO NOT KNOW MANY SOME GAME-LEVELS.
    SO ALL WE CAN DO IS TO WAIT TILL THE GAME'S FEATURES ARE OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED. 

    Thursday, 19 July 2012

    HP ENVY 4 ULTRABOOK

    HP ENVY 4 - An ULTRABOOK FROM HP
    HP ENVY SLEEKBOOK 4


    HP ENVY SLEEKBOOK KEYPAD 4



    HP Envy 4 is an ultrabook from HP( Hewlett- Packard) which is a recent hit at the market. It is somewhat similar to other on-demand ultrabooks but it is more professional, More sleek and more reliable and faster to use ultrabook. These are termed as ultrabooks because they are ultraslim, ultra-fast and ultra- reliable. HP Envy Ultrabook 4 is a 2nd generation of notebooks. Every one is delighted to know about HP Envy Ultrabook 4. 

    HP ENVY 4 ULTRABOOKS
    SO WHAT IS THIS ULTRABOOK ALL ABOUT?

    Actually, HP Envy 4 is an ultrabook hosting Windows 7 Home Premium ( U can change it later) And that comes with an ultra-fast Intel CORE i5 Processor with a speed of 1.77 GHz. The graphics is Also very good with AMD Radeon HD 7670/ INTEL HD Graphics Card. It is also Game- supportive as i say and Has 8 G.B. Ram. 
    HP ENVY SLEEKBOOK BACK

    SO WHAT ARE THE SPECIFICATIONS OF HP ENVY ULTRABOOK 4?

    These are the Specifications of HP Envy 4 :-

    1) OPERATING SYSTEM - MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM

    2) PROCESSOR - INTEL CORE i5

    3) PROCESSOR SPEED - 1.77 GHz

    4) MOTHERBOARD - INTEL HM 77 MOTHERBOARD

    5) RAM ( RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY) - 8 G.B. DDR3

    6) GRAPHICS - AMD RADEON HD 7670M or INTEL HD GRAPHICS 4000

    7) RESOLUTION - 1366 * 768

    8) DIMENSIONS - 340 * 236 * 19.8 mm

    9) DIAGONAL DIMENSION - 14 INCH

    10) HARD DISK SPACE (HDD) - 500 G.B.

    11) WEIGHT - 1.8 K.G.

    12) DVD/CD WRITER - YES WITH 24/52x SPEED

    13) DATA - YES WITH USB 3.0 AND USB 2.0 AND SD CARD READER

    14) BLUETOOTH - YES WITH VERSION 4.0

    15) SPEAKER - YES WITH COMBO

    16) VIDEO - HDMI with WEBCAM

    17) ETHERNET POST - YES (GIGABIT)

    HP ENVY ULTRABOOK 4


    PRICE - AROUND $ 1, 299 or Rs. 52,000


    So, these were all abot HP Envy Ultrabook 4. HOPE YOU LIKE THIS POST.

    PLEASE COMMENT OR LIKE OR SUBSRCIBE

    Wednesday, 18 July 2012

    HOW TO ADD POPUP LIKE BOX IN BLOGGER OR WEBSITE?

    HOW TO ADD POP UP FACEBOOK LIKE BOX IN A SITE?

    STEP- By - STEP Explanation
    FACEBOOK LIKE BOX


    I have got many questions on how to add a pop up box with facebook like button on it.
    A facebook like box is a very professional means to popularize an official page of a website.
    It is some what tricky but not so Tricky as though.
    So I will give you steps on how to add a Pop up like box in blogger and a website.

    So here are the steps:-

    (FOR BLOGGER)

    Step 1 : Log In to Blogger

    Step 2 : Click on Your site in the dashboard.

    Step 3 : Click on "LAYOUT" option in the left hand side

    Step 4 : Click On " ADD MORE GADGETS" on right-hand side

    Step 5 : Search/Scroll for "HTML/JAVASCRIPT" And Click on "+" 'plus' button
    HTML/JAVASCRIPT

    Step 6: Then paste the following code in the empty box below the title:-


    <div style='display:none'>
    <div id='mdfb' style='padding:10px; background:#fff;'>
    <h3 class='mdbox-title'>Just Click the Like Button Below<center><p style='line-height:3px;'>&#9660;</p></center></h3>
    <center>
    <iframe allowtransparency='true' frameborder='0' scrolling='no' src='//www.facebook.com/plugins/likebox.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Floveforgadgets&amp;width=300&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;show_faces=true&amp;border_color=%23ffffff&amp;stream=false&amp;header=false&amp;height=258' style='border:none; overflow:hidden; width:300px; height:258px;'/>
    </center><p style=' float:right; margin-right:35px; font-size:9px;'>Powered By <a href='http://funandhumor.blogspot.com' style=' font-size:9px; color:#3B78CD; text-decoration:none;'>Fun And Humor</a></p>
    </div></div>

    JAVASCRIPT ADD THE SCRIPT


    Step 7: You change the Red marked text with your "Facebook Page" -
    AND the Blue Marked text According to your need.

    Step 8: Leave the title empty.

    Step 9: Click On "SAVE" 

    Step 10: Now click on Template Designer>Edit HTML>Proceed

    Step 11: Now search for "</head>", you can even type Ctrl+f and type "</head>" there.

    Step 12: Now Paste the following code above "</head>" tag and then Click Save And you are complete with your adding of a Facebook Popup Like box.


    <script src='http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.5/jquery.min.js'/>
    <script src='https://gj37765.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/html/[www.gj37765.blogspot.com]jquery.colorbox-min.js'/>
    <link href='https://gj37765.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/html/%5Bwww.gj37765.blogspot.com%5Dfbpopup.css' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'/>
    <script type='text/javascript'>
    jQuery(document).ready(function(){
    if (document.cookie.indexOf(&#39;visited=flase&#39;) == -1) {
    var fifteenDays = 1000*60*60*24*30;
    var expires = new Date((new Date()).valueOf() + fifteenDays);
    document.cookie = &quot;visited=true;expires=&quot; + expires.toUTCString();
    $.colorbox({width:&quot;400px&quot;, inline:true, href:&quot;#mdfb&quot;});
    }
    });
    </script>

    FOR CUSTOM EDITING OF HTML SCRIPT IN BLOGGER FOLLOW THE STEPS:

    Step 1: Log In to Blogger

    Step 2: Click on Your site in the dashboard.

    Step 3: Click on "Template" option in the left hand side

    Step 4: Then click on " Edit Html" And then Click on "Proceed"

    Step 5: Then find for the </body> end tag.

    Step 6: Above the </body> end tag paste the given code and change those settings as stated in "Step 7"
    of the previous section.

    Step 7: Then click on "Save Template" and you are done with custom editing.

    FOR WEBSITE OWNERS YOU CAN FOLLOW THESE STEPS:-

    1) Just paste the shown script Above </body> end tag and change those settings as stated in "Step 7" of the 1st section.

    HAPPY VIEWING "HOW TO ADD POPUP LIKE BOX IN BLOGGER OR WEBSITE?"

    PLEASE COMMENT OR SHARE OR LIKE IN FACEBOOK.

    Monday, 16 July 2012

    HOW TO GET RID OF CONNECTION ERROR IN SAMSUNG KIES?

    HOW DO WE GET RID OF CONNECTION ERROR IN SAMSUNG KIES? HOW TO RESOLVE THAT KIND OF ERROR?LETS SEE- 


    Whenever we connect a Samsung Device to Kies after installing or at some moment we get an error message stating that Kies has been Unable to retrieve information about the Device.

    If this happens we get so much disturbed that we somtimes end up re-installing kies instead of finding A solution.

    SO here i am to give you a free solution on how to get fixed that "device unable to connect" error. Just follow these steps:-

    1) After installing , when connecting the device, after the error is shown, Just wait and then click to " TROUBLESHOOT CONNECTION ERROR" on the home screen. 

    Kies Troubleshoot connection error

    2) If that button is not shown then you click on TOOLS> TROUBLESHOOT CONNECTION ERROR . 

    Kies Troubleshoot connection error












    Then a screen will pop - up Showing that "Kies" May take several minutes to update the driver. So after the update of driver is complete you again re-start the application and the problem is fixed.

    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    HOW TO ADD A SITE TO GOOGLE SEARCH ENGINE?? OR OTHER ENGINES

    HOW TO ADD A SITE TO GOOGLE SEARCH ENGINE?? OR OTHER ENGINES

    I have been hearing from everyone about how to add your site to google's web search. So i have written this post to inform you all that google or any search engine by itself faces much difficulty in adding pages to its engine. Even search engines need help of the site owners for this purpose. If your page is new or recent and you do not have that much patience to wait for your site being CRAWLED by Google or other search engines you can follow these steps.

    But first of all i want you all to know about these things:-

    1) CRAWLING or SPIDERING :- It is a process by which search programmes or engines get access to certain pages by means of good and unique content and proper heading.

    2) Sitemap :- It is like an atlas to a website. A sitemap contains a list of pages in a specific manner that can be crawled by search engines. It is very necessary to know how to add siutemap to web-site or a blog.


    So now lets move on to some practical things to make a website appear in google or other search engines.

    1) Firstly, improve your headings like page headings and site headings. Every page must have a proper heading and unique heading.

    2)Secondly, no copying of any content from other sites. It can harm the search results and may even be permanently deleted from the search results. Learn more about This here.

    3)Thirdly, every page must have atleast some contents in it. This makes the search results to improve.

    4)Participate in other's websites and blogs. And do not forget to comment there along with your website's URL. Active participation and much backlinks( Sites that link to your site) is what search engines want.

    THE BEST STEP ( USING GOOGLE WEBMASTERS)

    Use google as a source for search engine optimization.

    Google webmaster is the best option for that. Here are the steps to use GOOGLE WEBMASTER as a source to improve search results:-

    1) Go to GOOGLE WEBMASTERS AND LOGON THERE WITH YOUR GMAIL USERNAME AND PASSWORD.


    GOOGLE WEBMASTER

    2) Click the ADD A SITE button in the upper right hand corner.

    GOOGLE WEBMASTER: ADD A SITE

    3) Follow the desired steps and then add your site to the webmaster. These steps include some kind of editing work on your websites. No need for editing on blogs.

    4)Then click on your site which is appearing on your webmaster dashboard and click on Sitemap tab on the right-hand side.

    GOOGLE WEBMASTER: SITEMAP

    5)Then click on Add/Test Sitemap button on the upper righthand side and type there:-

    atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100

    You just change the max-results by putting 200,300,400,500,..... and so on as per the number of pages in your site.

    GOOGLE WEBMASTER: ADD A SITEMAP

    6) And then click on SUBMIT SITEMAP button.

    GOOGLE WEBMASTER: SUBMIT SITEMAP

    Here, you are done. You just have to wait for some days and it will be indexed on GOOGLE.



    For indexing on the whole web you need to add a site map using some free sitemap generator tools which may be fetched using Google Search. What you have to do is that you have to upload the file generated by the software to your website domain.
    Like:-

    http://yoursite.com/sitemapfile.xml


    After all these steps you may surely achieve success in adding your site to google search engine or on some other search engines.

    Thank you for viewing my post and if you like please share and do not forget to comment.

    Monday, 9 July 2012

    HTC CHACHA REVIEW (FACEBOOK PHONE)


    HTC CHACHA (FACEBOOK PHONE)


    HTC ChaCha

    HTC's new phone HTC ChaCha, referred to as the Facebook phone, is a recent hit in the market. As the name suggest, it's a phone that will make its users be fond of facebook. Its not actually facebook phone cause facebook has not produced it, but it is a phone born with facebook experience. It’s a QWERTY phone with a sleek and slim design.


    HTC ChaCha At its best


    HTC has taken its already winning Sense interface and remolded it with a big blue 'F' at the centre - something the notoriously quiet Facebook founder went on record as saying he's "very happy" with and, in a nod to the future, how they "look forward to a lot more to come".

    Rocking the latest Android iteration, Gingerbread 2.3.3 and fully capable of a dance-off with some other 3G-capable Android devices, it's due to hit stores any day now, with a SIM-free price tag around £250, and a contract offering of around £20 per month.

    That's probably HTC ChaCha is referred to a phone belonging to the age group 15-22.


    HTC CHACHA Facebook icon




    HTC ChaCha Sideways



    HTC CHACHA DESIGN


    Like its (bizarre choice of) name, the HTC ChaCha is no bore. Slim and well built, it feels like a quality device in the hand. It's not particularly light at 124g, but feels a lot heavier than the Incredible S for instance (despite being 13g lighter).
    The body is made of white plastic and brushed metal. The battery door is plastic, and if you plan on changing the battery or the SIM card often, you may find yourself uttering a few choice words.


    The ChaCha ships with a sticker on the screen warning about not pressing too hard on the screen, but we practically put our fingers through it trying to get the stubborn battery cover off.
    Thankfully, we can't see the Facebook generation seeing the need to swap SIM and memory cards too often, so this shouldn't be that much of a problem.
    For retro HTC fans, the chin is back. Introduced with HTC's first ever Android device (in fact, the world's first ever Android device), the G1, it became an odd design quirk we thought was being phased out. Evidently not.
    In fact, looking at the ChaCha next to the HTC Hero of a few years back, they look remarkably similar - as if they were designed at the same time. Same colors, same materials, same chin.
    But it does have a function here - as you hold the ChaCha to look at the screen, the keyboard is naturally tilted towards you. We can't work out if it's a nifty bit of designer genius or a coincidence but either way, the chin makes the phone bulge out if wearing tighter trousers, so beware!

    At the top is the standard 3.5mm headphone jack and a lock button, and the left hand side holds the volume rocker and micro USB charge/sync port, while the bottom holds nothing but a tiny hole for the microphone.
    There are two cameras - a 5MP autofocus job on the back complete with LED flash and a VGA camera on the front for self-portraits (or using the very handy Mirror app, which HTC bundles on Android devices and has saved our blushes on numerous occasions).
    There's also an ambient light sensor for putting the display brightness onto automatic.


    HTC ChaCha Front



    As handset manufacturers go for gold, piling in dual-core processors, Super AMOLED Plus screens and 4G capability, it's refreshing here to see that the ChaCha has some of the more old-school (and budget) specs.
    The touchscreen is just 2.6 inches, with a 480x320 resolution, and the processor sits at 800MHz (it was originally set at 600MHz, but HTC appears to have upped this closer to launch). Yet, for what this phone is designed to do, that's adequate and doesn't impinge on the experience too much.


    HTC CHACHA SOCIAL NETWORKING



    HTC ChaCha Chatscreen



    Of course, the main selling point of this phone is the 'F' word. Although it's not being marketed explicitly as the Facebook phone since there are already a few on the market, it is being pushed as the phone to buy if you're a Facebook aficionado. And fans will love it.
    We must admit, we were unsure what we were going to get here. We knew it'd be unlikely that the 'F' button would just fire up the Facebook website or application, and what we get is something that has been deeply integrated into the Sense skin.
    Push the Facebook button and you're invited to post a status update. You have to post one to get past the update screen, which can become a bit tiresome - especially if you want to just view other people's statuses.


    HTC ChaCha Post



    If you really don't want to write your umpteenth status update of the day, then you have to go out of the application back to the homescreen and tap on the Facebook widget to get in that way. It's a slight annoyance but nothing major.
    Once you're in, you can view All Feeds, Status Updates, Photos, Links, Lists, Locations and Notifications. You can also update other social network statuses should you wish, recommend apps, post photos or your own location. It's basically a variation of the Facebook for HTC Sense app that we've seen on other handsets from HTC in the past, but it just seems to work so much better on the ChaCha.

    Hold the Facebook button down for a long press and up pops Facebook locations, allowing you to check in at various places. It was quite effective using our GPS indoors and confirmed that we were where we thought we were.
    That Facebook button acts a little like a wise old seer as you navigate through the phone - advising you whenever there is something you can share.


    HTC ChaCha Messages/Statuses


    For example, just have a little scan through your photo album and it'll start to pulsate to let you know that you can share those pictures on Facebook. Listen to a song, then it'll glow quietly to let you know you can tell your friends on Facebook what you're listening if you press it.

    It becomes a bit like a greedy dog - always wanting to digest what you're doing and tell everybody. In fact, the little blue button even acts as a camera shutter button - taking the snap, and then preparing it for you to send to the big social network in the sky.
    One thing we noticed and instantly missed: no support for the YouTube applications. After photos, sharing videos is one of our favorite things to do on the network, so to not be able to pop them up too is a big oversight in our opinion.

    The ChaCha is not the phone to have if your boss is a Facebook friend, as he or she will think that you never get any work done due to the amount of status updates you'll be churning out on this thing.

    Facebook chat is integrated into the ChaCha and it works really well. This has been an element that various Facebook apps have struggled with across platforms, but it's built into the phone as what appears to be a separate Facebook Chat app.

    We were really impressed with the fact that it had its own dedicated widget. It meant that our contacts were listed on the homescreen with a green light if they were available to chat, and we just had to do a quick tap to start talking to them. This is what we mean about Facebook's fantastic integration into HTC Sense; it's like having a chat-room on your standby screen.
    One thing we didn't quite understand is why the ChaCha comes with all of this Facebook integration yet is also preloaded with the separate Facebook for Android app. It makes the whole thing confusing.
    For example, if we took a photo and decided to send it the old-fashioned way (rather than pressing the 'F' button, going into the 'share menu'), we're presented with the option of sharing with 'Facebook' or 'Facebook for HTC Sense'.
    We obviously know that it's the latter, but somebody using this phone for the first time may not well realize this and if they hit 'Facebook' (as most people probably will), then it will just do it via the standard Facebook app that you could use on any Android phone - rendering the ChaCha's main selling point useless.
    The main reason we can see for keeping the Android app on the phone as well is the other functionality - unlike other phones, there's no unified inbox on offer here, meaning you have to drop into the application to get your messages.
    It seems like a massively missed trick for HTC to not integrate that functionality, as we'd think it was brilliant to open a contact's name in the People tab, press the Facebook key and send them a personal message, but that's not to be at the moment.
    Another thing we noticed is that when you sign into Peep (HTC's Twitter viewer), the status updates widget that's automatically included on the homescreen seems to populate itself with tweets instead of Facebook notifications, with the less-frequent FB not available for some reasons and we couldn't work out how to get them back.
    You'd think there would be a drop down menu in the app to separate them out - but no such luck.
    Speaking of Twitter, we couldn't help wondering why it's not getting a more prominent position on the ChaCha, as it would be nice to be able to share websites, songs and photos via Twitter in the same deeply-integrated way - although we know there are several applications to get most of the functionality.


    HTC ChaCha back / HTC ChaCha Cover open


    HTC CHACHA VERDICT

    If you're bored of all the one-upmanship from manufacturers looking to outdo each other with specs and just want something fun, then the ChaCha is a serious contender. It takes what is a fairly stable HTC Sense/Android combination and builds on it to make a phone that looks fun, and does its primary Facebook job well while not scrimping on (most of) its other obligations.
    It's currently being marketed very heavily here in the UK - and will likely be on many a Christmas list at the end of the year. It'll be interesting to see what impact it has on BlackBerry's similar offerings.

               We liked

    HTC's Sense has become one of the big successes of the Android story, and the way they've integrated it here with Facebook is both intuitive and inventive.
    Tapping out your status or just an email or message is a piece of cake, because the keyboard is usable and doesn't present any real issues like some do.
    You'll also get more bangs for your buck here with the battery. While Androids are notorious battery hogs, we felt comfortable enough with the drainage to not have to check how much was left every five minutes.

               We disliked

    Seriously, HTC... the ChaCha? It's one thing having a cool name - but who on earth thought that one up? We actually felt embarrassed when our Facebook status updates revealed they were 'posted from a HTC ChaCha', and became a bit of a laughing-stock among friends.
    Although the shape does work well for the keyboard, the chin looks downright odd. We thought HTC's random design feature (delete as appropriate) had been consigned to the bin but evidently not. You'll notice the bulge this creates in your pockets, and people do comment on it, wondering why the phone is bent - although it does have some benefit for screen viewing angles.
    Finally, creating a phone on Android Gingerbread that can't cope with Flash is a terrible omission. OK, we get that the ChaCha is designed to have a lower price point, and as such needs to have compromises here and there, but it seems this phone would really benefit from a spot of Flash integration.


    HTC ChaCha on palm of hand


    VERDICT

    The ChaCha is not a revolutionary device. Yes, the Facebook button is new and a few of the elements in there are premiered here but ultimately, it's an evolution, not a revolution.
    Having said that, it's not necessarily a bad thing. You know what you're getting here - a stable OS with an extra skin on top that has proven to be more than competent. And for the 14-21 year-olds who have their eye on this 'Facebook phone', it'll be enough.
    The price certainly is closer to the budget end of the scale, which we really like, and the quirkiness of the phone makes it a real breath of fresh air in a sea of identikit black-slab touchscreens.
    However, with the cramped screen it feels like the HTC ChaCha is a one trick pony at times - get bored of the Facebook integration and you'll probably start casting envious glances at your friends' whizz-bang phones and thinking 'do I really love having a keyboard?'

    When you turn the ChaCha on, you're greeted with HTC's logo and slogan: "Quietly brilliant". There's certainly nothing quiet about the ChaCha - and while 'brilliant' may be pushing just a little, it's certainly not far off for the Facebook generation.

    Thank you! Hope you liked this post and would surely think upon purchasing this wonderful phone.

    Tuesday, 3 July 2012

    ACER ICONIA TAB A700 REVIEW


    ACER ICONIA TAB A700 REVIEW 




    Following the success of the New Apple iPad ($499, 4.5 stars) with its 2,048-by-1,536-pixel Retina display, Android tablet manufacturers are getting the picture—the high-definition picture, that is—and packing in the pixels. Much like Asus, with its Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 ($499, 4 stars), Acer's Iconia Tab A700 ($449.99 list, 32GB) is nearly identical to the existing Iconia Tab A510 ($449.99, 3 stars), but adds a high-resolution 1,920-by-1,200-pixel display. The A510 $419.99 at Amazon couldn't keep up with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 ($499, 4 stars), and the A700 $449.99 at TigerDirect.com falls short of the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700. And both tablets are playing catch-up with the new iPad and its vast selection of tablet-centric and Retina-display-optimized apps.
    Design and FeaturesThe Iconia Tab A700 is physically identical to the lower-resolution Iconia Tab A510, from its dimensions (6.9 by 10.2 by .4 inches, 1.47 pounds) to its button and port placement. While that was fine for the thin (0.33 inches) and light (1.31 pounds) aluminum-clad Infinity Pad TF700, which was nearly identical to the Transformer Prime TF201 $499.99 at P.C. Richard & Son, the Iconia Tab A700 remains as clunky and uninspiring as its plastic predecessor, the A510. At least the rubberized back is comfortable to hold. 

    One welcome holdover is the micro USB to full-sized USB adapter and USB host mode capability. The tablet supports FAT32-format external storage devices, as well as USB keyboards and mice. This is pretty useful, and I was able to use a USB splitter to connect both a mouse and keyboard to the A700. Asus's keyboard dock accessories for its Transformer tablets add the same capabilities, and they emulate a laptop form factor while adding extra battery life, but they are also more expensive than using the peripherals you already own. Flanking the micro USB port are two speaker grilles that get moderately loud, but lack low-end oomph.
    A Wi-Fi only tablet that connects to 802.11b/g/n networks, the A700 works on the 2.4GHz frequency band only. You also get Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and GPS, both of which worked fine in my tests. The A700 is available in black or silver, but only in a single 32GB configuration. A microSD card slot, hidden behind a plastic flap on the right panel, accepts cards up to 64GB. On the left side is a 3.5mm headphone jack, with a microHDMI port on the right for output to HDTVs.
    Display, Apps, and AndroidThe high-resolution display is the main draw here, and it's looking like 1,920-by-1,200 is the new standard for 10-inch Android tablets. The A700's 10.1-inch display matches the Infinity TF700 in terms of sharpness, but the Asus wins out with its ultra-bright Super IPS+ display. Viewing angle and color saturation are similar on the two displays. At 224 pixels per inch, they both look incredibly sharp and clear. Text and high-res images look fairly comparable between the A700, TF700, and the new iPad, which packs 264 pixels per inch. During testing, I noticed that applying mild pressure to the A700's screen caused some unusual rippling under the glass surface. It didn't affect responsiveness and was very difficult to see with the screen on, but it's worth noting. 
    The real difference is in the apps and even a lot of websites, where the iPad's dominance means developers are actually paying attention and optimizing specifically for that display. For example, article text in The New York Times looks comparable on the A700 and the new iPad, but some site graphics look sharper on the iPad's screen than they do on either of the two Android tablets'. The difference isn't in the hardware, it's that developers are writing their websites to detect the iPad and push higher resolution elements its way. That hasn't yet happened for Android.
    That same problem carries over to apps, where Android dominance still belongs to the smartphone market. Apps are written for smaller screens and, generally, look pretty bad on 10-inch screens, with a lot of wasted space and/or stretched-out elements. Text almost always looks better on the A700 than the A510, but don't expect graphics to suddenly look much clearer. Android app developers have yet to take advantage of the high screen resolution. The App Store over at Apple offers more than 200,000 apps written specifically for the iPad, many of which are written with the Retina display in mind. The Google Play store, on the other hand, has a small section for recommended tablet apps, and even some of those are made for smartphone screens. There are also alternative app portals, like the Tablified Market ($1.49, 4 stars) or Nvidia's Tegra Zone, that offer well curated, but relatively sparse, selections of tablet apps.
    The A700 runs Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Acer's Ring UI, which is a generally light skin, but further from stock Android than you'll find on Asus tablets. A virtual button at the bottom of the screen brings up the Acer Ring, which presents you with five customizable quick app shortcuts, Web bookmarks, and volume controls. The lock screen also features a ring of four customizable quick app shortcuts. You'll also find Acer Print, which lets you connect to Wi-Fi enabled printers, and the clear.fi DLNA media server for wirelessly pushing media to capable devices like HDTVs. Rounding out some of the more useful apps are Aupeo, an Internet radio app, McAfee Antivirus, and Polaris Office for Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
    Acer also tweaked the Android browser, adding the ability to display URLs as QR codes for sharing—though I don't know anyone who uses QR codes. One feature missing from the A700's browser, which can be found in the Asus tablets, is the ability to always request desktop sites. You can still check the 'Request Desktop Site' box in the browser's settings, but having to do that every time is pesky.
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    Hardware and PerformanceUsing the same quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor found in the A510, the A700 matches its speedy performance. 3D graphics showed slower frame rates on the A700 than the A510, but that simply indicates that the high-resolution display is matching the Tegra 3's pixel-pushing power. Expect equally smooth gameplay from both tablets. Compared with the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, however, the A700 feels slightly more sluggish. Apps, especially more demanding ones like Shadowgun THD, took longer to load on the A700, and scrolling through websites was also choppier.
    Media playback was fine in my tests. The A700 was able to play MP3, AAC, WMA, and OGG music files, as well as MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, Xvid, and WMV video files at resolutions up to 1080p. Video played smoothly and high-definition content looked sharp. With 1080p content, you won't really notice much of a difference between the A700 and A510 because of their relatively small screens. The A700 can mirror its screen to an HDTV at full 1080p resolution, which is an improvement over the A510's 720p max output.
    The 5-megapixel rear camera and 1-megapixel front camera are the same ones found on the A510. And the same problems that plague the A510 remain in the A700, including noisy indoor pictures and somewhat-washed-out images in bright outdoor light. The rear camera can shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second outdoors, but that frame rate drops to 16 fps indoors.
    The Iconia Tab A700 uses the same 9800mAh (36.36-watt) battery as the A510, which impressed us with its 9 hours, 34 minutes of continuous video playback. The A700 turned in a solid 8 hours in the same test (with Wi-Fi on and screen brightness set to max), while the TF700 lasted 7 hours, 17 minutes. What's interesting to see is that both the A700 and Infinity TF700 use the same batteries as their standard-definition predecessors, but still turn in relatively close battery numbers. The new iPad, on the other hand, needs a large 42.5-watt battery, and only lasted 5 hours, 33 minutes in the same test.
    ConclusionsAt $450, the Acer Iconia Tab A700 is $50 less expensive than the same-size, same-screen-resolution Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700. Currently, the two tablets are the only high-resolution Android models available. The Infinity TF700 is thinner, lighter, and includes some higher-end components like a faster processor, and a higher-quality camera. There's a glaring problem with both of these tablets, however. There just aren't enough apps that take full advantage of their high-resolution displays. The entry-level new iPad is the same price as the Infinity TF700, offers a much sharper screen, along with access to a broad selection of apps that were designed specifically for it. If you're sold on Android and can wait for more apps to take advantage of larger, higher-resolution screens, I'd recommend the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 over the Acer Iconia A700. Right now, though, the new iPad retains its status as the best large-screen tablet you can buy.
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    ACER ICONIA TAB A700

    Monday, 2 July 2012

    PANASONIC LUMIX DMC - TZ30 REVIEW




    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review


    A luxury 14MP travel compact with a 20x Leica lens and GPS



    Panasonic's flagship TZ camera series has always been about squeezing a big zoom into a small body. And the Panasonic TZ30 pushes the boat out.



    Last year's Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 featured a 16x zoom and a four step increase over the 12x zoom in thePanasonic Lumix TZ10.
    The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 follows suit, delivering a 20x optical zoom. This gives a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-480mm, a 25 per cent increase at the telephoto end.
    Not that you can tell from the camera's comparatively slim proportions, of 104.9 x 58.9 x 28.2mm.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    The substantial lens only barrels in and out of the body once the camera's switched on and off, thanks to some fancy folded optics. The rest of the time, you're left with a sleek-looking metal shell, the design of which has remained fairly consistent since the launch of the TZ-1 in 2006.
    Over the years, each update to the TZ superzoom has delivered incremental improvements to the big zoom formula. However, the Panasonic TZ20 was a significant upgrade over the TZ10, introducing an exhaustive feature set that included touchscreen controls, 1080i recording and integrated GPS.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    In terms of specifications, the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is less of an upgrade over its predecessor. It shares many of the same features as the TZ20, including the aforementioned touchscreen LCD display, Full HD video capture and GPS.
    Naturally, Panasonic has fine-tuned many of these functions for the new Lumix. HD video can be shot in 1080p at 50 frames per second rather than the TZ20's 1080 interlaced. The GPS has been updated to include an on-board map, too, and the camera now features a 3D shooting mode.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    The sensor size remains unchanged at 1/2.33-inch, as does the resolution of 14 megapixels.
    However, the new MOS sensor has been engineered to deliver an improved signal-to-noise ratio, promising cleaner images at all ISOs.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    The Panasonic Lumix TZ30's standard sensitivity range is increased by one full stop, peaking at ISO 3200 compared to the TZ20's ISO 1600.
    Last of the Panasonic Lumix TZ30's big additions is the overhauled autofocus system, borrowed from the Lumix G series of compact system cameras (CSCs) such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    Impressions during the test were good: it made light, precise work throughout the focal length range. To compensate for camera shake with the monster zoom, the image stabilisation system has been upgraded, too.
    But these upgrades don't come for free. Priced at £350 in the UK or $350 in the US - where it's called the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 - the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is more expensive than it's older brother. It sits in the same price bracket as the Samsung EX1 (TL500), Nikon Coolpix S1200pj and even the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review




    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review: Performance



    Pictures produced by the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 have a bright, dynamic look. Contrast levels are decent and saturation is strong, without detail being sacrificed for vividness.


    Where detail is lost, however, it's invariably down to noise and the smudging effects of noise reduction. Luminance noise is visible throughout the ISO range. Viewing images at actual size (or 100%), some mottling is noticeable in blue skies shot at ISO 100.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    Edges also start to look choppy from ISO 400, and at ISO 800, artefacts and colour noise become obvious.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    In other words, the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 puts in a typical performance for a 1/2.33-inch sensor that boasts a resolution of 14 million pixels.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    Despite there being some slight purple fringing around high-contrast subjects such as telegraph poles and trees against bright skies, the zoom delivered acceptable sharpness through the range.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    There's some drop-off towards the edges, and there's always the nagging feeling that the image processing is masking some of the potential of the Leica lens.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    The metering system produces generally well balanced exposures. It tended to bias readings towards mid-tone and shadow detail during the course of our test, meaning that delicate details in bright skies, pale flower petals and other highlights were sometimes lost to overexposure.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    The Panasonic Lumix TZ30's HD video recording is more than capable. A one-touch movie button enables you to start shooting instantly, and full-time zoom and autofocus are available while you record.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    The continuous autofocus can take a while to catch up, particularly at full zoom, but this function can be switched off.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    Video shot in low light is a little noisy, and the stereo mics mounted just above the lens pick up the grind of the zoom motors in quiet situations (our test camera was particularly creaky as it approached the tele end).


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

    The optical image stabilisation system is active when filming, though, which certainly helps when using the zoom at its maximum extension. Ultimately, the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is an excellent compact camera for HD capture.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review



    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review



    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review: Sample images




    The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is a fun camera to use. The GPS map feature is entertaining and works reasonably quickly. Pressing the DISP button while on the map screen enables you to view a stream of thumbnails that have been tagged with a certain location's data.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review


    The Panasonic Lumix TZ30's Creative Control exposure mode features 10 preset effects, including High Key, Retro and Miniature, as shown here. Creative Retouch can be used to apply six similar treatments to previously captured images.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review


    The success of any superzoom rests in the strength of the lens. The versatility of the 24-480mm equivalent on offer here is impressive. In macro mode, it can even get you within 3cm of a subject at the wide setting.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review


    The Quick Menu button enables you to change key camera settings quickly on the LCD using the four-way pad, without having to dive into the main menu. This can help you react faster to picture opportunities.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review


    The autofocus worked exceptionally well outdoors in good light during our test. When the camera was held at arm's length above the crowds at this spot, the AF system reacted quickly and enabled us to capture action that we couldn't see. There are four main AF modes on offer: Spot, 1-Area, 23-Area and Face Detection.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review


    The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 features a dedicated 3D mode. This is more suited to static subjects such as this scene, where the camera takes a series of frames once you press the shutter release, and combines the images that will produce the most pronounced effect.


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review


    The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 at 4.3mm (24mm equivalent)


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review


    The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 at 86mm (480mm equivalent)
    Overall, the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 leaves a good impression. The extensive zoom, excellent optical image stabilisation and spritely autofocus mean it's a responsive and easy to use camera.

    We liked
    The touchscreen won't be to everyone's taste, though, and the fact that you have to flick a small switch to shift from playback to record mode, rather than simply dabbing the shutter release, means that there can be a frustrating lag between reviewing shots and taking them.
    The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 offers a flexible zoom range and extensive range of creative options in a compact body.

    We disliked

    When it comes to dealing with noise, the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is still left a little wanting. Weak battery life and lack of raw capture are disappointing, too.


    The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is quite an expensive camera, although when you take into account the raft of functions it starts to appear good value.
    Final verdict

    Features are one thing, though - image quality is quite another. Although the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is capable of capturing good pictures, we don't feel the camera's images match the high levels of performance it delivers elsewhere.
    That said, it's a great all-rounder that gives you a versatile optical zoom, 1080p HD video capture and GPS in a robust body. Few compacts include such an efficient autofocus system, too. While it's a step up from the TZ20 in terms of performance and picture quality, it's possibly not a significant enough one to rush into upgrading.


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