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    Friday, 22 June 2012

    WINDOWS PHONE 8 Vs. ANDROID 4.0 Vs. iOS






    Windows Phone 8 vs Android 4.0 vs iOS







    Windows Phone 8 vs Android 4.0 vs iOS 6
    What does each OS offer?


    When you look at the smartphone market today compared to just a few years ago, you'd be surprised at just how different it is. Today's smartphones are slowly taking on more features of PCs than phones – and none more so than the recent release of Windows Phone 8.
    You could put this down to hardware, with high end phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X both powered by quad core processors, but the software is also continually evolving to support it.

    iOS 6, Android 4.0 and now Windows Phone 8 are moving quicker than ever, constantly trying to out-do the others to gain more customers, but also to stay at the forefront of an ever-changing market.

    Interface

    Windows Phone 8Windows Phone 8 builds upon the easy to recognise system of "Live Tiles". To those unfamiliar, these are squares placed on the home screen that represent different apps, such as a music player or for messaging, that are interactive.
    Whilst remaining fundamentally the same, updates from the Windows Phone 7 interface now bring more customisable tiles, to allow you to squeeze even more onto your screen. Another major update sees the company bringing in data management via DataSmart, which perfect for those on limited contracts.
    Android, however, provides interactivity through widgets that can be placed on varying home screens. Standard Android 4.0 defaults to five such screens, but customised overlays can boost this to seven. Android is also highly customisable, with different manufacturers offering their own take with skins atop the standard UI from Google.
    Apple uses a tried and trusted formula, based upon simplicity. No widgets, no tiles, just a grid of app icons that you scroll through from the home page. Each iteration has added greater functionality, with iOS 6 strengthening Siri and even locking children out of certain areas.

    Maps

    Windows Phone 8 surprisingly ditches Microsoft's proprietary Bing Maps. On the other hand, its new system is hardly shocking. Windows Phone 8 now brings in the Nokia mapping system, bringing 3D street navigation, and Nokia's Navteq Traffic Service.


    iOS 6

    Android, somewhat unsurprisingly, bases its mapping system on the well known Google Maps, bringing Street View, 3D and indoor mapping. It provides the sat-nav experience for both pedestrians and motorists through the Navigation app, as well as details of local restaurants, caf├ęs and attractions.
    iOS has traditionally also based their mapping on Google's offering. This all changes with iOS 6, with Apple's new proprietary system providing turn by turn navigation, integration with Yelp for business listings, and Siri for voice control. Like the others, there are also 3D maps, a traffic service and a satellite view.
    Traffic data is prevalent through all three, although Apple has taken this one step further by allowing anonymised croud-sourced data at the sites of traffic congestion to help you understand what's going on.

    Camera

    Microsoft hasn't skimped on Windows Phone 8's Camera app, getting a new simple, clean look, with a small menu button that accesses the camera's various settings. Nokia branded handsets are also set to bring over the PureView technology that was made famous in the Nokia 808 PureView.
    Android 4.0's camera system brought in minor yet noticeable changes. It packs in varying scene modes, customisable levels white balance and exposure, all helping you to create your ideal shot. A panoramic mode and photo editing are also thrown in, alongside the impressive zero shutter lag.


    Google Android

    iOS 6 builds upon the work from iOS 5, debuted on the iPhone 4S. Continuing the simplicity theme, settings are all sorted automatically, including whether the flash is used or not. Focus is also automatic, unless you specify a certain area by touching the screen. For those who require a physical shutter button, iOS also allows the use of the up volume button as well as the on screen option.

    NFC

    Windows Phone 8 packs in Microsoft Wallet, making use of any NFC technology packed into handsets. This is all set to tie in to varying applications installed on the phone, allowing payment via services such as Paypal. Other applications, such as instant pairing of Bluetooth accessories will also be supported.

    Google also seems keen to use NFC, using services such as Android Beam and Google Wallet (currently only available in the US). The premier service allows for the instantaneous sharing of contacts, media and apps between two enabled phones, whilst the latter stores your card details to allow instant payment in stores.


    NFC

    iOS 6 brings in Passbook. Whilst not entirely a NFC based app, it does provide a lot of the same features, keeping varying tickets to sports, the theatre, airlines or store cards all in one easy to access, and constantly updated place.
    We're expecting Apple to announce NFC capabilities in the iPhone 5 – given the fact rivals are all over the contactless technology,

    Browser

    Windows Phone 8 takes internet browsing very seriously, bringing the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE10. This will help keep WP8 at the forefront of the mobile internet browsing, but also keeps you safe whilst you do. IE10 comes with a phishing filter and SmartScreen service to make it harder for you to be tracked by malicious websites.
    Internet browsing on Android is a different affair. The standard browser packs in some very cool security features, as well as the ability to save pages for offline reading and tabbed browsing. Also available is Google Chrome, which ports over many of the desktop features, as well syncing history and bookmarks as well as a slicker experience for Android 4.0 devices.


    Android 4.0

    Safari on the original iPhone changed the level of acceptability from mobile browsing, and iOS 6 brings over more features such as offline reading and integration to iCloud allowing for tab syncing. Plus there are also Smart App Banners which help sites promote their apps, bringing a richer cohesion to the whole iOS platform.

    Media

    One area that Windows has suffered from before is microSD card support. Thankfully this is rectified in Windows Phone 8, as now Windows Phone 8 allows for media to be easily stored and accessed via a microSD card, as well as supporting the installation of apps onto it. Elsewhere is the support for 1280 x 768 and 1280 x 720 resolutions on top of the current 800 x 480.
    Windows Phone 8
    Since Android 2.2, Apps to microSD has been a standard feature, as well as supporting stored media. Android 4.0 also offers a standard, clean-looking music player, and a basic video player that ties in deeply with downloads from the Google Play Store.
    Google Music also gives a decent option for storing and accessing your music, and the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 build on the OS to support a fantastic range of video and audio formats too.
    Believe it or not… the company that brought us the iPod also has media prevalent on its OS. It doesn't provide microSD support, but Apple has a habit of making devices with large internal storage to compensate.
    Media is handled via both wired and wireless access via iCloud to the iTunes store, which has long provided music and films.
    However, the screen size of the iPhone is still too small for extended movie watching, although the on-board audio support is among the best around for a music marathon on the way to work, be it on the iPad, iPod touch or iPhone.

    Tablet support

    Microsoft went out of its way to show off the new Microsoft Surface tablet, but this is running Windows 8. Whilst there is no word from Microsoft as to whether we will see a Windows Phone 8 Tablet, we would bet that it ties in strongly to Windows 8, as they are both based upon the same kernel to allow easy development on both.
    As mentioned, Windows Phone 8 also now supports the 1280x768 resolution, so seeing a tablet running the mobile OS is not as far-fetched as it might once have been.
    Android 4.0 was billed as the operating system that united both smartphone technology with tablet PCs. It took the best of 2.3 (Gingerbread) and combined it with 3.2 (Honeycomb) to provide a seamless experience that has been shown off well on the likes of the Asus Transformer Prime and there are even rumours of a Google Nexus tablet.


    Microsoft Surface

    iOS also has a tablet…you may have heard of it… the iPad. Taking the world by storm since its release, the iPad has grown in popularity and is boosted by iOS 6 bringing Siri over from the iPhone 4S to the new iPad.
    iOS 6 is scalable, but also basic in some people's eyes, as well as being too similar to the iPhone experience – se Windows Phone 8's compatibility with 'big' Windows could be a big selling point for those looking for a genuine, but compatible, difference between their tablet and smartphone.

    Verdict

    Windows Phone 8 builds upon the impressive foundations that its predecessor laid. Bringing over the much loved Live Tiles system, as well as supporting the next generation software, Microsoft has moved its ecosystem to the next level.
    Android 4.0 was also a superb refresh of a now established mobile OS. It brings some impressive features, including the multitasking options prevalent on Android 3.2. However with iOS devices selling in record numbers, it's hard to see that dominance being shaken too dramatically any time soon.
    Building Android 4.0 from the ground up means that Google has that chance, especially by targeting the budget end of the market, but one factor key to Apple's success is its business market. Tight integration of Windows Phone 8 with Windows 8 could provide a strong platform for Microsoft to continue to stay competitive in a computing market that has seemingly begun to leave it behind.

    Friday, 15 June 2012

    iPAD 3 NEW LAUNCHED ( 24K GOLD)


    24K Gold iPad 3 launched


    Bored of the generic black and white iPad? Say hello to one that Goldmember would be proud of thanks to Gold & Co

    Gold & Co, a London/Dubai based company, has produced the worlds first 24KT gold plated new iPad.
    The first one will be displayed at the biggest shopping mall in Dubai before being auctioned off – all profits going to charity.
    Only 250 of these iPads will be made so you will have to be quick if you want to get in on the act.
    Obviously the price is ramped up a bit. A ‘standard’ 64gb 4G WIFI iPad will set you back £659. The 24KT version will cost a whopping $4,599 (£3453).
    One advantage from the gold is that it would offer better cooling than the current casing of the iPad, potentially eradicate the overheating problems that have been reported.
    Would you want a 24KT gold iPad? Let us know via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.



    • Pros
      Breathtaking display. The best app selection of any tablet. Excellent 3G and 4G network compatibility.
    • Cons
      No camera settings. 4G data usage is difficult to monitor. Apps are starting to strain the processor.
    • Bottom Line
      With a gorgeous ultra-high-resolution display and the widest selection of apps you can get, the new iPad is the best large-screen tablet around.

    Spec Data
    CPU Apple A5X Dual-Core
    Processor Speed 1 GHz
    Operating System Apple iOS
    Screen Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels
    Screen Size 9.7 inches
    Battery Type Supported Rechargeable
    Storage Capacity (as Tested) 16 GB
    Dimensions 9.5 x 7.31 x 0.37 inches
    Weight 1.46 lb
    Networking Options 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 4G
    Service Provider Verizon Wireless
    Email Access Dedicated email app
    Web Browser Yes
    Flash support No
    GPS Yes
    Camera(s) 1 front-facing and 1 rear-facing
    Video Chat Yes
    Music Playback Formats AAC, Apple Lossless, MP3
    Photo Formats BMP, JPEG, PNG, GIF
    Video Formats MPEG4, QuickTime



    Wednesday, 13 June 2012

    APPLE MACBOOK PRO RETINA ( UNVEALED)


    Apple unveils new MacBook Pro with Retina display!!


    Apple says its newest MacBook Pro laptop computer will be about 

    as thin as its already-slim MacBook Air. It will also have a sharper 

    display, akin to what the iPhone and the iPad now have. The MacBook Pro, with what Apple calls a 'Retina display', comes with a relatively high price tag of $2,199 or $2,799, depending on the configuration.


    Spec Data
    Type General Purpose, Media, Business
    Processor Name Intel Core i7-3615QM
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.7
    Processor Speed 2.3 GHz
    RAM 8 GB
    Weight 4.46 lb
    Screen Size 15.4 inches
    Screen Size Type Widescreen
    Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GT 650M
    Graphics Memory 1024
    Storage Capacity (as Tested) 256 GB
    Rotation Speed SSD
    Networking Options 802.11n
    Primary Optical Drive External
    Battery Type 95 Whr (Watt hours)



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