Monday, July 9, 2012

Nokia Oro

The Nokia Oro isn’t advised for the brand of you or I, it’s a play-thing for the cash-rich, for those who like the abstraction of owning a smartphone but abandoned if it’s decrepit in gold and jewels. Costing alert the amount of a Nokia C7, on which it’s based, is this smartphone a ‘bad boy’ or just ‘bad taste’? Acquisition out with our Nokia Oro smartphone review. The Nokia Oro is attenuate in the aforementioned way that Lady Gaga is understated. The box it ships in affectionate of reminds us of that behemothic egg Gaga presented herself in a abbreviate while back, it that it’s all theatre, all about authoritative an entrance. Okay, so the box isn’t egg-shaped but the gold and atramentous architecture and absorption to detail makes the aforementioned impact, bark aback the layers and you’re presented with a adored Nokia C7 and a analogous white and gold-plated Bluetooth headset.

There are two versions of the Nokia Oro available, Dark and Light Editions, of which we were beatific the closing to analysis out. Nokia has taken the basal mid-level Nokia C7 and instead of advancement the tech-spec, it’s absitively that a makeover is in order. So we get 18-carat gold plating on the bezel, camera apartment and action buttons, with a azure on the Menu button and the covering from some absolute Scottish cow on the aback plate. Lil Jon would be all over this.

All about physique image

All this added trim makes it hardly fatter than the aboriginal adaptation (132g compared to 130g) but the Nokia Oro is still nice and abbreviate and feels appealing acceptable in the hand. The covering aback awning we may not visually like but it but does beggarly the Oro doesn’t blooper in your hands, a declining the Nokia N8 and Nokia E7 accept both suffered from of late.

The 3.5-inch AMOLED awning has the accepted 360 x 640-pixel resolution and images attending ablaze and clear. There is a screenlock on the side, gold-plated of course, or you can artlessly columnist the Azure pimped Menu button and again columnist the onscreen Unlock icon. To admonish you you’re application an absolute phone, there is a appropriate Light Gold affair backpack installed that changes the icons to a compatible gold colour, which we like. Such a benevolence again that any apps you install are still in colour, which boodle the aftereffect Nokia is acutely aggravating to get over.

Symbian Anna

Nokia has been apathetic to get with smartphone affairs and while Windows Buzz is advancing down the band after this year, for now we accept to argue with the aforementioned old Symbian platform. Things are hardly better, as the latest Symbian Anna amend comes preloaded on the Nokia Oro. The buzz feels faster and slicker than the aboriginal Nokia C7, for example, but it’s still boilerplate abreast analogous the latest Android phones, or iOS. While the UI feels added abiding and accessible than afore (though the abstract arrangement of settings for Wi-Fi, rather than On/Off, will leave a lot of of the Russian popstars acceptable to buy this buzz abrading their heads), we’re still larboard with the aforementioned under-pinning OS, which is bulky and out-dated and acutely seems to be on its endure legs.

Of the new features, the web browser is the a lot of impressive, as it in fact agency you can seek and cream after throwing the buzz abroad in annoyance and blemishing that “veautiful” finish. Again there’s the Pportrait QWERTY onscreen keyboard, which works able-bodied enough, but reminds you that it should accept been there from the start!

Feature set

When it comes to features, you’ll acquisition Nokia plays for the boilerplate market. The 8-megapixel camera is adequately accepted these canicule and getting EDoF based delivers appropriate snaps, already you get acclimated to the rather awkward anchored lens attributes of it all, and the disability to nab appropriate macro shots. Multimedia aspects of the Nokia Oro assume to be appealing abundant what you’d expect: they plan able-bodied already you’ve got them loaded but with too abounding curtains bare to cull up your music or videos in the aboriginal place, if feels like a chore. Like the Nokia C7, you’ll aswell acquisition NFC built-in, which hasn’t absolutely gone boilerplate abundant for humans owning the Oro to accede using. Plus if you can allow this phone, you can apparently accept asssistans buy being for you anyway. On top of this you accept WiFi, HSDPA and Bluetooth, so connectivity and blockage in blow is able-bodied catered for.


If you’re searching for something technologically avant-garde you can buy two Nokia N8s for the amount of the Nokia Oro but that’s not what this smartphone is about. It’s aimed at humans who don’t see the amount tag, just the affairs and while aftertaste is a arbitrary barbarian it may advertise able-bodied on looks alone.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

iPod Touch Apps

The Best Chargeless iPod Blow Apps

Nearly bristles years aback Apple's aboriginal iPod blow hit the market, its amount mission charcoal intact: iPhone after the phone. It's absolute if you don't demand the aerial annual costs of a cellular articulation and abstracts plan, but still demand a best pocket-size music and cine machine—that has the adeptness to run about a half-million third-party apps. It turns out that's boss acute for your wallet. Compared with the same-price ($199) iPhone 4S, you don't lose all that abundant by activity with a current-generation iPod touch. The iPhone 4S has a bigger camera, GPS, sends and receives SMS argument and MMS annual messages, and makes calls. That's appealing abundant it. The iPod blow runs about all of the above 500,000+ apps in the App Store, plays music, videos, games, annal high-definition video, and handles Web browsing, email, and added Internet-based tasks with aggressiveness aback affiliated to a Wi-Fi network.

So what are the best apps to get appropriate away? Here's a assembly of 15 great, chargeless programs that we accede must-haves. In this roundup, we'll pay authentic absorption to things an iPod blow buyer ability be absorbed in, such as Wi-Fi calling apps, added music and video options, and apps with affluence of offline functionality for those moments aback you're boilerplate abreast a wireless hotspot.

A few caveats: The iPod blow is a analgesic adaptable gaming machine, but amateur costs money. Best of the best titles aren't absolutely free, although abounding of them are accessible in no-cost "lite" versions that either action aloof a few levels of bold play, or are authentic by advertisements. We didn't accommodate amateur here, but there are tens of bags of them in Apple's App Store. Finally, to accumulate this annual as advantageous as possible, we additionally larboard out some absolutely accessible apps that you apparently already have, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Apple's iBooks.

Perhaps the ideal iPod blow app for synchronizing your abstracts and examination them offline, Dropbox lets you admission book versions that are consistently up to date. You get 2GB of chargeless online storage, which is affluence for aloof about any contempo set of projects abbreviate of music and video editing. View, play, or allotment any of your files with a distinct button tap, alike if you're boilerplate abreast your desktop or laptop PC.

There are abounding compound apps accessible for iOS, but Epicurious is the abandoned absolutely acceptable one that's additionally free. For burning advice in the kitchen, it offers admission to over 30,000 recipes from such awful admired sources as Bon Appetit, Self, and Gourmet, amid others. We accept agitation aloof browsing through this app after anon absent to run to the kitchen and try something, as the photos abandoned are abundant to set our stomachs rumbling.

Evernote has congenital up absolutely a following, acknowledgment to its all-in admittance of text, audio, photos, and added notes. Anything you anticipate of or acquisition on the Web, you can "jot it down" by abacus it to Evernote. The app additionally lets you configure which notebooks are accessible offline, aloft which they're downloaded appropriate assimilate your iPod touch. Once you reconnect to the Web, the app will accompany any changes you fabricated on the iPod blow aback to the online version.

RSS clairvoyant admirers can be actual particular, but if you aloof charge a fast one that syncs calmly with Google Reader, Feeddler is a abundant choice. It offers able-bodied offline support, which agency it's absolute for iPod blow users; artlessly ability it up, and you'll see all of your annual accessible for offline reading. From there, you can save, share, or brilliant articles, aloft which aggregate is synced the moment you acknowledge the Internet.

Google Voice
Sign up for a chargeless Google Articulation account, and you can accelerate argument letters to U.S. phones, and accomplish VoIP calls with your distinctively assigned (and, often, breadth code-relevant) Google Articulation number—all for free. You can additionally admission voicemail, including Google Voice's badly advantageous (and oftentimes not absolutely accurate) argument transcriptions. It's not consistently the best reliable app, and there's apparent cessation during audio calls, but its pros far outweigh its cons.—Next: 6-10 >

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Last month, the Motorola Xoom was the alone clearly accustomed Android 3.0 book accessible in the United States. Now there are four -- the T-Mobile G-Slate accustomed aftermost week, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 this week, and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is on auction today, bold you can acquisition one. All accept the aforementioned basal silicon inside, but oh-so-slightly altered approaches to shape, such that bulk ability candidly be the chief agency these days. That's area we anticipation this WiFi-only Acer Iconia Tab had an edge, ablution at $450, but now that ASUS has annoyed the money timberline with a $400 bulk for the Eee Pad Transformer, we agnosticism added bulk tags will stick. It could be the atomic of differentiators that accouterment your assessment in favor of a accurate slate. What's a -to-be book applicant to do? Join us on a bout of the Acer Iconia Tab A500's accurate allowances and quibbles afterwards the break, and we'll acquaint you.


We aboriginal saw Acer's 10-inch Android book bristles months ago -- aback it didn't accept so abundant as a name -- but by golly, it doesn't attending like the accouterments has age-old a distinct day. In some ways, that's a admirable thing, as we're big admirers of the admirable brushed aluminum case, which plays off of the iPad artful afterwards attractive like a arrant clone. On the added hand, we were aghast to acquisition that a few of the capricious architecture decisions we noticed in beforehand prototypes accept agitated over to the final anatomy -- that aluminum sandwich has actual arresting seams (one snagged an armhair) and the aback sometimes creaks aback squeezed. At 1.69 pounds and 13.3mm thick, the A500's best absolutely portable, but still hardly heftier than the Xoom, and of advance it feels absolutely ample beside an iPad 2. The angled edges accomplish single-handed account possible, but the weight agency you won't demand to authority it over your bed. Abundant of that 

Like best Android Honeycomb tablets, the Iconia Tab's advanced is all bezel and awning (and a tiny front-facing cam), carefully advised afterwards any buttons to let you authority and use the slate in any orientation. However, clashing best of its competitors the Iconia Tab has an acclimatization lock about-face (on its "top" edge) to save you the agitation of digging through a software menu. There's additionally a aggregate rocker up top, which performs a accurate acclimatization ambush of its own -- it's contextual, acceptation the about-face changes aggregate up or bottomward depending on how the book is held. Sadly, both of these buttons are fabricated of bargain plastic, sunk into the aluminum frame, and rather difficult to press, which somewhat detracts from the about chic activity of the Iconia Tab. There's additionally a artificial accessory appropriate abutting to the buttons, area you can admit a microSD agenda (yes, they assignment out of the box) and a bare amplitude area we apprehend the AT&T archetypal (or perhaps, the Verizon LTE adaptation that abolished into the ether) would abundance its SIM slot.

Moving assimilate the larboard side, we accept the clear-cut ability button, which doubles as the charging light, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a mini-HDMI port. We're hardly afflicted that Acer couldn't charge a full-size HDMI atrium in the copious amplitude here, or at atomic accommodate a mini-HDMI cable in the box. Regardless, the video affiliation works adequately well, bold full, acknowledging affectation apery at 720p resolution, admitting adversity from a bit of overscan. (Acer says 1080p video-out will be accurate in a Q2 update.) On the bottom, there's aloof a advancing adapter for the alternative charging berth with bittersweet remote, and on the appropriate ancillary you'll acquisition the committed ability jack and a brace of USB slots: one micro-USB to alteration abstracts to the tablet, and one full-size USB anchorage which connects with both your accumulator drives and keyboards appropriate out of the box. (Again, you'll charge to delay for an Acer amend to accredit USB abrasion support.) Aftermost but not least, the aback has the Iconia Tab's blah bristles megapixel camera with a distinct LED beam in the upper-right-hand bend -- added on that in a bit -- and a brace of ablaze stereo speakers forth the basal edge.

We'll be aboveboard actuality -- Speakers accept been an reconsideration on best every book we've seen, and they usually ambit the area from "you'll demand headphones" to "what are you accomplishing to my ears?" That's not absolutely the case here. Acer's tiny speakers -- aggrandized by some Dolby Mobile diabolism -- complete acceptable abundant to share. They're still appealing tinny, apperception you, and abridgement any allusive bulk of bass, but the complete acreage they aftermath was affluent and abounding abundant to accompany movies and games, and articulate acceptable whether the book was captivated in our ample easily or lying collapsed adjoin a adamantine surface.


And acknowledgment to the adequately arch examination angles of Acer's 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 TFT LCD display, administration such multimedia ability absolutely accomplish sense. It's no IPS screen, to be sure, and we won't accomplish any excuses for the absurd bulk of bonfire and raw fingerprint grease admiring to its mirror-like finish, but for a plain-jane LCD panel, it's decidedly good. Text is crisp, colors pop, whites get blindingly ablaze and blacks adequately dim, and those appearance alone ablution out hardly aback beheld at angled angles. 

Acer's capacitive digitizer is additionally acquiescently acknowledging -- Honeycomb struggles to accumulate up -- and advance ten abounding credibility of acquaintance accompanying (we checked) for whatever multi-finger gestures app developers ability eventually cycle out. Weaknesses accommodate pixels arresting with the naked eye and the near-uncertainty of actuality able to see annihilation on the awning outdoors, but we've apparent affluence of sub-$1,000 laptops that ambition they had the awning Acer brings to the table here.

Performance and array life

We've said abundant about the almighty achievement of the dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 system-on-chip, and as abundant as we ragged on NVIDIA's appearing disability to bear the processor aftermost year, it's at the affection of some of our admired accessories today -- including the T-Mobile G2x and the Motorola Atrix, not to acknowledgment every Honeycomb slate. However, Acer oh-so-slightly bucks the trend actuality by accouterment the A500's Tegra 2 with 1GB of DDR3 RAM -- acceptable faster than the DDR2 chips acclimated in its abutting competitors.
Sure enough, the slate seemed hardly speedier in our criterion suite, as area the Xoom pulled bottomward 1,801 in the general-purpose Quadrant analysis (and the T-Mobile G-Slate did 1,879) the Iconia Tab pulled advanced of the backpack with a account of 2,228 and pushed 2,300 several times. The A500 additionally consistently delivered over 42 MFLOPS in Linpack -- anamnesis that it took a overclocked 1.5GHz Xoom to bonfire through 47 MFLOPS. The A500 alike pulled hardly advanced in the SunSpider Javascript benchmark, commutual a run in aloof 1,988ms, area the Xoom took 2,042ms. Still, those aren't awfully cogent differences, and in real-world testing we didn't see a noticible appulse -- in fact, if anything, the graphical achievement had a brace niggles on our Acer analysis unit. The A500 plays 720p (H.264) video like a agreeableness (though not 1080p) and does able-bodied in Android 3.0's scattering of graphically accelerated games, but on attenuate occasions we noticed some graphical bribery aback arena assertive videos in RockPlayer or scrolling Android menus, the brand of which never circumscribed up in our Xoom testing.

No, our only genuine disappointment with the Acer Iconia Tab A500 was its sustained battery life.

Battery Life
Acer Iconia Tab A5006:55
Apple iPad 210:26
Apple iPad9:33
Motorola Xoom8:20
T-Mobile G-Slate8:18
Archos 1017:20
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook7:01
Samsung Galaxy Tab6:09
Dell Streak 73:26

Acer includes a brace of 3260mAh batteries beneath that agleam rear cover, and for the best allotment they formed aloof fine. The array beat still apprehend 80 percent afterwards a day of idling, and had alone biconcave to 53 percent by the time we woke up the abutting morning -- with two advance email accounts consistently active over WiFi the accomplished while. Afterwards charging up already again, and with abstinent use of email, web, a smidgen of video and gaming, and affluence of music playback during a added day, we hit the pillow with 32 percent of array activity remaining. However, aback it came time for our accepted array cesspool analysis (where we bend the aforementioned standard-definition video with the awning at about 65 percent brightness, and WiFi on) the A500's lithium-ion beef gave us alone 6 hours and 55 account of playback, a acceptable afterimage worse than any 10-inch Honeycomb book we've activated appropriately far. Apperception you, that's still abundant action to aftermost you a transcontinental flight, but it's a little anemic compared to the alternatives here, and that's hasty because both the basal silicon and batteries actuality are allegedly identical to the actual Android competition.


We're not abiding what we can say about Honeycomb that you haven't heard before, but we'll try anyhow: Android 3.0 is a beautiful, anatomic operating arrangement that lacks austere software abutment and has absolutely a few quirks to boot. Bold abundant of us buy Android tablets, the minds of developers about the apple are absolutely accountable to change, but for now, you can apprehend a admirable browser, Gmail client, music player, calendar, photo browser, babble and maps application, forth with whatever added Android buzz software you can get to appropriately run on the thing. Acer absolutely includes its own acclaim of applications to get you started, but they aching added than they advice -- laughably, about every one duplicates the functionality of an absolute Honeycomb app, best of them accomplish worse, but Acer sticks them appropriate beneath your adenoids about by accession them to a set of adored app drawers.

Here's the basal rundown:

LumiRead is a simple e-book clairvoyant that redirects you to the web browser to absolutely grab any books, an odd accession aback Google's own Books is a tap away; SocialJogger is a Twitter and Facebook cachet amend browser with colossal fonts and a acutely apathetic UI that could be replaced with the brand of TweetDeck in an instant. There's additionally NemoPlayer, an animal (but speedy) photo, video and music navigator that pales in allegory to Honeycomb's fast and admirable Gallery and Music apps; Clear.Fi, addition multimedia browser that's hardly slower but prettier; and MusicA, a Shazam-alike that somehow had adversity acquainted a cardinal of pop hits. The two absolute additions actuality are Acer's Media Server, which lets the A500 beck agreeable to networked computers and DLNA-capable rigs, and Photo Browser 3D, which uses the tablet's inertial sensors to cast through graphically adorable agenda scrapbooks of your camera images.


It's aloof a abashment Acer didn't put a little added accomplishment in to accomplish the slate's cameras worthwhile. There are two photo-taking accouterments on the Iconia Tab A500 -- one 2 megapixel webcam up front, and a 5 megapixel imager in aback -- and we're apologetic to say that neither is absolutely account your effort. Color reproduction absolutely isn't bisected bad on the rear camera, and it can absolutely booty adequately appealing macro shots in ablaze light, but we couldn't get the lens to focus on capacity added than a few anxiety abroad -- which resulted in endless of bleared images, causeless to say. We're still not awash on the abstraction of demography photos application a ten-inch slab of glass, regardless, but we accept aggrandized absoluteness developers (and video babble engineers) with acknowledge Acer for their inclusion.

As you can see in our sample video above, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is technically able of 720p recording, but we'd be hard-pressed to alarm it high-definition actuality -- alone in a baby window on a webpage and with the book captivated altogether still does it alike attending alike passable. Compression artifacting crops up aback authoritative any accelerated motion, and the abbreviate focus rears its arch again, abashing aggregate added than a few anxiety abroad from the slate's sensor. Audio is additionally problematic. Alike the wind generated by artlessly walking outdoors deadened best aggregate else.


All in all, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is a solid allotment of hardware, if you accept to accept an Android book appropriate now, but we don't apperceive if we could acclaim it in acceptable censor over some of the competitors on offer. Honestly, we're still hardly capricious about Honeycomb itself, and the constancy of the Tegra 2 processor, accustomed the abridgement of Android 3.0 apps and acceleration at which OEMs are adopting faster and added able silicon respectively. At present, ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer seems the accessible best if you can't allow a G-Slate -- bold prices break the aforementioned -- but at the aforementioned time, we don't anticipate you'll be wholly affronted with Acer's book if brushed aluminum's your thing. Aloof accumulate that AC adapter handy.

Acer Iconia Tab A101

Acer Iconia Tab A101 Review. Acer Iconia Tab A101, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 2011, February, Available. Released 2011, May, Android OS, v3.2 (Honeycomb), Nvidia Tegra 2 T20, Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9, ULP GeForce, Accelerometer, gyro, compass, Email, Push Email, IM, HTML, Adobe Flash, No, Yes, with A-GPS support, Yes, via Java MIDP emulator, Black/Red, Black/Blue, SNS integration, HDMI port, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration, MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player, XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263 player, Organizer, Document eyewitness (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Predictive argument input.

Acer Iconia Tab A101 Review. Acer Iconia Tab A101 is the Honeycomb Android Book that can be acclimated for SMS but can not for the phone, accept microHDMI anchorage that can be affiliated to HD TV so I could have a good timethe pictures and videos on a bigger screen. Acer Iconia Tab A101 comes with a 7 inch advanced screen, the ambit of admeasurement 195 x 117 x 13.1 mm. Using the Bifold Amount CPU 1 GHz, a abstracted GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB of centralized user accumulator with 5GB available, up to 32GB microSD slot, 5 MP capital camera has a beam with 720p HD video recording capability, 2 MP accessory camera, 3G connectivity, WiFi and Bluetooth.

 Acer Iconia Tab A101 Specification Details
2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced2011, February
StatusAvailable. Released 2011, May
TypeLCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches (~170 ppi pixel density)
 - Acer UI
SpeedHSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USBYes, microUSB v2.0
OSAndroid OS, v3.2 (Honeycomb)
ChipsetNvidia Tegra 2 T20
CPUDual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, compass
MessagingEmail, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML, Adobe Flash
GPSYes, with A-GPS support
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsBlack/Red, Black/Blue

- SNS integration- HDMI port- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
- XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263 player
Alert typesN/A
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackYes
 - Dolby mobile sound enhancement
Dimensions        195 x 117 x 13.1 mm
Weight470 g
Primary5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
FeaturesGeo-tagging, image stabilization
VideoYes, 720p@30fps, VGA@60fps
SecondaryYes, 2 MP
Card slotmicroSD, up to 32GB
Internal8/16 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
 Standard battery, Li-Po 1530 mAh
Talk time
Price group
Acer Iconia Tab A101 Review. Acer Iconia Tab A101 is the latest Android book from Acer Android operating arrangement Honeycomb 3.2. The architecture is beautiful in a ambit of 195 x 117 x 13.1 mm, authoritative Iconia Tab A101 added acceptable to use that supports user advancement and affairs gadgets. Similar to the Iconia Tab A100, Iconia A101 additionally has a 7 inch awning with 1024 x 600 pixels, 5MP camera, advanced camera 2MP, HDMI, and added adapted connectivity blueprint is accurate by a 1GHz bifold amount processor. But the A101 has a wireless connectivity and GPS, while the A100 alone WiFi only.

Acer Iconia Tab A100

Acer Iconia Tab A100 (8GB)

Life is all about choices and trade-offs. With the Acer Iconia Tab A100, the capital accommodation is in size. This 417g tablet, the aboriginal to run the Android 3.2 operating system, is too big to be a smartphone and too baby – at a 7-inch awning admeasurement – to watch movies on. It fills a baby alcove for those who demand an ebook clairvoyant that additionally runs apps.

For some, the anatomy agency ability be aloof about right. While the HTC Flyer is now assuming signs of age, both tablets fit into the aforementioned mould: both action a bunched 7-inch screen, the Tegra 2 processor active at 1GHz and 1GB RAM. The Acer Iconia Tab A100 is absolutely 3g lighter, but you won't notice.

However, there are a few differences amid the two pocket-sized tabs. We say pocket-sized with a beam – you absolutely charge appealing ample pockets for that to work.
The Acer Iconia Tab A100 runs Android 3.2 out of the box, admitting best HTC Flyers accept to be adapted to 3.2.

This adaptation of the operating system, alleged Honeycomb, supports awning ascent to run apps fabricated for smartphones. However, on the 7-inch awning the resizing for smartphone apps isn't that noticeable.

The Acer Iconia Tab A100 additionally provides a few absorbing apps. One is alleged Planner and it presents a accessible all-in-one appearance of contempo news, your email, agenda and notes. Like the Acer Iconia Tab A500, the A100 uses an app categorisation arrangement for alignment apps into bins for amusing networking, ebooks, amateur and so on. Sure, it's annihilation added than an added home awning system, and doesn't attending that great, but at atomic we're not talking about apparent boilerplate Android here.
  • The Acer Iconia Tab A100 additionally provides a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing babble camera. The HTC Flyer's babble camera is alone 1.3MP.
  •  Most critically, the HTC Flyer uses a single-core CPU while the Acer Iconia Tab A100 stays accepted with contempo 10-inch tabs by alms the Tegra 2 dual-core chip.
In truth, best of the added differences compared to the HTC Flyer are cosmetic, or accompanying to account and the awning technology acclimated on the two tablets. However, the Acer Iconia Tab A100 gets the nod over the HTC Flyer if alone for including a new adaptation of Android.

We should acknowledgment the BlackBerry PlayBook, alike admitting abounding book users accept abandoned it exists. There are still no able apps on it to allege about, but the PlayBook additionally has a 7-inch screen. We can't acclaim it unless you absolutely charge the business aegis appearance or already use a BlackBerry smartphone. Both the HTC Flyer and the Acer Iconia Tab A100 are bigger buys because of the boatload of Android apps available.

Oh, and there's still the first-gen 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, which shares some affinity in admeasurement but uses the earlier Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. It enables you to hire movies, but contrarily its apps are all advised for smartphones.

The Acer Iconia Tab A100 8GB archetypal we activated costs alone $330 in the US, and £299.99 in the UK. The HTC Flyer is priced at £480. That makes the A100 the bigger buy. But the absoluteness is that 10-inch tabs aren't that abundant added expensive, not that abundant added – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is alone 148g added than the A100 – and bigger ill-fitted to watching movies and arena games.

And there's a acute fold-open case for the Acer Iconia Tab A100 area you can set it about vertical on a desk.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Acer Allegro WP7 Phone

Acer Allegro with Windows Phone 7.5
The Acer Allegro can now be bought in the UK, in SIM-free and apart form, for aloof £139.99. That’s amazingly bargain for a smartphone active Windows Phone 7.5 (codenamed Mango), abnormally back the Allegro initially went for about €300 (which is £240-ish).

If you’re absorbed in an affordable Windows Phone, you should apperceive that we haven’t apparent one cheaper than this yet. And while the Nokia Lumia 610 may be marketed as such, in actuality it is added expensive. And it has aloof 256 MB of RAM, which agency that some apps and amateur don’t assignment on it (most notable at the moment: Skype and Angry Birds). The Acer Allegro has 512 MB of RAM, which has been the minimum appropriate bulk for Windows Phones anytime back WP7 shipped, so you’re safe in that regard.

The Allegro’s processor is clocked at 1 GHz, which is 200 MHz added than the 800 MHz assemblage in the Lumia 610. So on a authentic specsheet basis, the Allegro should acutely win out. And back it’s additionally cheaper, this is apparently a no-brainer.

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