Monthly Archives: July 2011

Blackberry PlayBook – A Powerful Tablet.

Blackberry PlayBook – One the powerful tablet I seen after Apple iPad. And the very first thought in mind was – “yes, here is the option for Apple iPad”.

Running on 1GHz Dual core Processor and 1 GB RAM, Blackberry Playbook gives you powerful performance with support of New BlackBerry Tablet OS. It has 7” WSVGA Display, with 1024×600 resolution. This delivers some sharp display content. For me, display is vibrant and bright with good contrast. Virtual QWERTY Keyboard gives you almost same experience of typing on your favorites Blackberry mobiles. As the device is just 7” in size, I feel it easy to type on keyboard as you can easily use your thumbs to type as compare to typing on 10” screen of iPad. I think Touch screen is one of the important part when it comes to tablet computers. And Blackberry Playbook definitely gives you more than expected.

PlayBook has a Micro USB port, so you can connect it to your personal computer for data transfer. Or you can also connect it to HD device using micro HDMI port. It also has 3.5mm headset Jack to tune into your favorite music. Being smaller in size has made the device comfortable to hold, through its not possible to put it inside your pocket.

I will say browser is the best feature I found in PlayBook. You can access windows based services just like MS-Office by pointing your device at Windows Live Skydrive, this gives you the option to use the tools online. And if you are a net savvy person then PlayBook got a browser which you will definitely get addict to. PlayBook definitely gives you almost the same desktop environment. JavaScript and Flash performance on PlayBook are awesome. You can watch videos and play your favorite flash games easily.

Smaller size of device also helps when it comes to camera. You can comfortably shoot for longer time with this light-weight device. Playbook has 5MP rear-facing and 3MP front-facing cameras, both capable of shooting at 1080p HD. Whether you are using it for images or video both the functions actually performs well.

The only area where Playbook lacks is applications. Smart phones and Tablets are famous for their supporting software’s where range crosses thousands. But same is not the case with Playbook. So I hope Blackberry will come up with solution for this soon, or else device will be limited for certain use only. Another drawback is, currently only Wi-Fi version is available. For 3G supportable device, you need to wait at least later 2011. One more fact is that, Playbook has a Lithium-ion 5400 mAh battery, which is not that good as you expect a tablet might have.

Playbook is available with price ranges from $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. Which is I think affordable to buy with some of the effective features included in device.

Device is mainly targeted for enterprise use. Yes, it lacks when it comes to applications, but applications are being developed and you will soon get them in AppWorld. Device is at affordable price, its light weight and even lot easier to carry around. So, at the end I will say Blackberry PlayBook is definitely worth of buy.


Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc – Beauty to have.

One of the stylish mobile handset I even seen, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a powerful Android smartphone with impressive 4.2” LED capacitive touchscreen. Having such a big screen, Sony Ericson Xperia Arc is unbelievably thin and light. This stylish smart-phone comes with dimension of 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm and overall weight around 117 gm. There are buttons on the side for volume control and camera, and it has three standard buttons on the front. The back panel of the Xperia Arc looks simple and with its curved case making it looks awesome.

The 4.5” LED 480 x 854 pixels display gives you bright and sharp results. It supports 16M colors and phone is enabled with Multi-touch input method. It also has Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine which gives you quality output. Most impressive thing is, the screen is very usable in direct sunlight as compare to other smart-phones available in market. So, whether you are browsing the web or watching video it will always give you the best viewing experience. And a mini HDMI socket on the side gives you the connectivity option to flat-panel TVs for watching pictures and video.

Xperia Arc has the second generation 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon and Operates on Android OS v 2.3 Gingerbird. Phone has many pre-installed software’s and having Android gives you power of choose from thousands supportable ones.

Another impressive feature of Xperia Arc is the camera. It has a good-quality 8.1-megapixel camera, which is optimized for taking pictures in low-light. It beats Sony’s award-winning Exmor R sensor that, coupled with the f/2.4 lens, enables the capture of high-quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light situations. Arc can capture images with resolution of 3264×2448 pixels and has the various features like Autofocus, Image Stabilization, Geo Tagging, Face and Smile Detection etc. It can record a HD Videos with 720p@30fp with continuous autofocus and video light.

Battery life of Arc seems very good. On Stand-by mode it gives you power Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 400h (3G), and on talk time mode it runs Up to 7 h (2G) / Up to 7 h(3G). While it will give you MusicPlay Upto 31 h.

Overall Sony Experia Arc is a beauty to have. Phone is available with price range of around Rs 30000/- to Rs 35000/- . There are many smart-phones available in market with the cheaper price range, but you can’t compare them with this beautifully made device. It has everything you need, and with so many features you can mark this one as a flagship device from Sony Ericsson.

FujiFilm FinePix S4000 Digital Camera

FinePix S400 from Fujifilm, New one in S-Series long zoom Bridge Camera range of Fujifilm.

An excellent 14 MP resolution feature of S400 gives you the finest detail possible. Images are very sharp and clear. S400 has 30x Zoom W/Wide-Angle 24-720mm Lens which is the high precision optic lens used in many fields, which gives you the best wide angle. Camera has the EVF/LCD button which allows switching between the electronic viewfinder and the LCD screen. Electronic view finder definitely allows you to capture images with steady arm position which reduces blurring of images. Camera feel in hands is actually good and comfortable.

Fujifilm S400 has high sensitivity of ISO 6400, which allows you to take pictures at dusk and other low-light situations. Automatic scene recognition feature of camera automatically adjust when you are shooting a portrait, a landscape, a night portrait, a macro mode, and it makes the right adjustments to give you the perfect picture you want.

S400 also has Dual Image Stabilization, the combination of high sensitivity and CCD shift image stabilization. Dual Image feature allows you to take one picture with natural lighting and one with flash, so you can actually choose the better picture.

Fujifilm Finepix S400 allows you to capture both images and videos in High-Definition 16:9 format. S400 capture images in 4,288 x 2,416 pixels, 3,072 x 1,728 pixels, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels format, and 720p HD Movie Capture.

S400 also has a face detection feature which detects faces and adjust focus, exposure, ensure light which gives you clear result. Feature can recognize up to 10 faces in one shot. Red-eye removal automatically detects and corrects flash reflection for a perfect end result. Blink detection will warn you when people in the image frame are blinking, also gives you the option to capture the images again. Smile and shoot mode automatically releases the shutter when people in the frame actually smiles. This feature works very well so, you won’t missing out your smiling moment again.

Motion Panorama allows you to take 3 consecutive shots, with simple in-frame guidance to ensure the images are aligned. The resulting images I saved as an impressive panorama.
The Tracking auto focus function keeps fast moving objects in frame and in focus, even with 5x zoom extended.

With price tag of around $280, Fujifilm Finepix S400 is worth trying your hands-on. It has many useful features which are really good with such a price range. Picture quality is very good and you can definitely capture some best shots with it.

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