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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-Inch – Taking Apple Head-On

Posted on 30 June 2014

Samsung has always tried taking Apple head-on. This is quite evident from their smart gadgets that have managed to outperform Apple in one way or another. This time, Samsung have taken matters into their own hands by unveiling the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. To learn more about this tablet, continue reading.

Design
The tablet has been designed as an alternative to the iPad and hence is both thinner and lighter. With its exceptionally large screen, the tablet is available at the same price as the iPad. With a wider screen format, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 weighs no more than 294 grams. The design elements are similar to those of the Samsung Galaxy S5. You will notice the dimpled back which is quite similar to the Samsung S5.

Performance and Specifications
The tablet runs on the latest Android operating system. It is a customized version of the Android 4.4 Kitkat. In addition, it is the first ever tablet to house a Super AMOLED display which makes it stand out from the rest. You will be able to enjoy a 2560 x 1600 screen resolution, which is double the average HD resolution.

With a battery life of 11 hours with continuous usage, it is relatively better than the iPad. This is made possible by its Exynos 5 Octa-core mobile processor. This is distributed between a 1.9-GHz and 1.3-GHz quad-core processor. It is highly effective in terms of multitasking and can be simultaneously connected to the Samsung S5 using SideSync 3.0. By doing so, not only can you transfer files but you can make calls from your tablet as well.

The tablet comes equipped with 16GB of built-in memory and 3GB RAM space. You can expand the memory according to your needs through the microSD card slot. This makes the expansion quite affordable. You can take fantastic pictures with the impressive 8-megapixel camera. Moreover, the Wi-Fi functions on a dual channel which ensures a fast browsing experience.

With a huge variety of options available, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is sure to match the iPad feature for feature and might even outdo it in some aspects.

Photo credit: Samsung

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The Lenovo Idea Tab A8-50 With Quad Core Processor!

Posted on 27 June 2014

The Lenovo Idea Tab A8-50 is the latest tablet PC by Lenovo. This product is a perfect fusion of opulence and functionality. Its USP is the 8-inch widescreen that projects images in high definition. The tablet also has Dolby Digital Plus audio speakers for enhancing your experience of watching movies, playing music and games. Here is a comprehensive overview of this new Lenovo gadget:

Design
The Lenovo Idea Tab A8-50 is slim and lightweight. It is only 0.35″ thick and weighs only 350g which means you can fit it in your pocket and you can easily use it on the go.

Display
The Lenovo Idea Tab A8-50 features an 8″ multi-touchscreen which produces sharp HD images. The tablet also integrates an in-plane switching (IPS) technology that makes it possible to view images on a wider angle. This helps you share big images and data with your friends without having to scroll down again and again.

Performance
The Lenovo Idea Tab A8-50 has a quad-core processor which means you can play your favorite games or watch your favorite movies without experiencing lag. The tablet also has a 16GB built-in storage with an additional 32GB microSD slot.

Camera
The Lenovo Idea Tab A8-50 is equipped with a dual camera. There is a camera on the rear panel, while there is another on the front panel. The rear 5-megapixel camera is for shooting videos, while the front 2-megapixel camera is meant for web chat.

Battery
The Lenovo Idea Tab A8-50 comes with a 4200mAh battery that can provide standby power for up to 8 hours. So, you can relax and do all your work without worrying about power shortage.

This tablet by Lenovo stands true to the idea of a quintessential tablet PC. The product scored well in majority of areas, except that it lacks a good camera.

Photo credit: Lenovo

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: Smartphone With a Powerful 10x Optical Zoom

Posted on 25 June 2014

Samsung has launched yet another smartphone and like always it offers something unique: Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. This latest model in the Samsung line is a treat for the users. Its 10x optical zoom camera gives users the leverage to capture the subtlest details in an image.

Design
The design of Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is typical of standard Samsung models. While it retains the same trademark sleek design of Samsung, the overall size of the smartphone might be too big for your pocket. The mobile is 20.2mm thick and weighs 200g which could make it difficult for you to carry it around. The lens is protruded at the rear of the phone which makes it appear more like a camera, while its front display panel gives it the typical look of a Samsung Galaxy model.

Camera
The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom features a 207-megapixel camera integrated with CMOS sensor which makes it more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S5. Its powerful 10x optical zoom gets up and close to the target object and produces a hi-definition image. Unlike conventional Galaxy camera phones, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom uses its rotating optical zoom to accentuate the subtle details of an image. Its 240mm telephoto lens is powerful enough to capture any object within a considerable distance.

Performance
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is without a doubt a much better option than the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. The phone uses a six-core processor and Android KitKat operating system. Its 720p display, however, is a little disappointing for the users.

Battery
The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom uses a 2430mAh battery which can provide uninterrupted standby power for up to 10 hours. This gives it an edge over its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. On a full charge, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom can supply backup power for up to 700 pictures.

Bottom-line
The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is definitely a smartphone for camera lovers. The 10x optical lens is the USP of this exclusive smartphone which makes it worthy of a purchase.

Photo credit: Samsung

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 – Compact 4K Technology

Posted on 23 June 2014

If you are one of those still debating whether you would like to invest in a DSLR or a compact camera with interchangeable zoom lenses, look no further. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a camera that has been designed considering your needs and preferences in mind.

Features & Specifications
Considering its size, the camera does not feel small at all. It provides a distinct feel in terms of size and handling. Even though the lens cannot be detached, it packs a whopping 2359k-dot resolution. Surprisingly, its lag time has been clocked at 0.001 seconds.

The lens’s design has been branded by Leica branding and contains five aspheric elements that control distortion effectively. Moreover, a one inch 20-megapixel MOS sensor is available for your photographic needs. Considering it is four times larger than any 1/ 2.3 inch sensors found in any long zoom camera, it manages to provide almost the same experience that you would benefit from using a DSLR.

The camera has been critically acclaimed for being one of the smallest cameras that is capable of recording video resolutions up to 4K. However, you still do have the option to record on the standard 1080p.

For effective results, you do have the ability to control the camera using manual modes, five axis optical image stabilization and a five-step speed control. This allows for smoother movements while zooming in during a recording.

Conclusion
With the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, you will be able to capture smooth and life-like images, considering the ability to capture videos in 4K technology, it is sure to grab the attention of photographers everywhere. You will also be a happy to know that the camera does provide various complex options including the cine like gamma setting, zebra patterns, hue adjustment and focus peaking for clear and flawless image quality.

Photo credit: Panasonic.com

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Dell Inspiron 14 7000: the Laptop With Backlit LED Touchscreen Display

Posted on 20 June 2014

Dell Inspiron 14 7000 is the latest addition to the Dell Inspiron series. The model features touchscreen technology which sets it apart from its predecessors. Its quintessential slim look is a trademark of Dell Inspiron series. Though the device is similar to Ultrabooks, it still retains the performance of a high-end laptop. Without wasting any more time, let’s see what the product has to offer its users:

Design
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 is designed in an aluminum-chassis along with a hard plastic hinge which can be bent to 180o. The laptop’s sleek design is further accentuated with chamfered edges. Its 14″ Gorilla-glass touchscreen and backlit keyboard add substance to the timeless beauty of this laptop.

Performance
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 is integrated with an Intel 4th generation CoreTM processor namely i7-4500U processor together with 4M Cache which can retrieve information at a speed of up to 3.0 GHz. The laptop has a beautiful interface and it is powered by the Windows 8 OS. The laptop has a quick response time attributable to its 8GB ram with Dual Channel (DDR3L) which operates at a speed of 1600MHz.

Display
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 has a crystal-clear display thanks to its FHD touchscreen which is made of Corning Gorilla Glass. This produces a sharp and clear picture result that brings out the minutest details in an image. The screen has a resolution of 1920×1080.

Battery
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 uses a 58WHr battery that can provide standby power for up to 8 hours. This means you can perform all your multimedia activities without any interruption for 8 hours. In fact, it is among the laptops with the longest battery life.

Verdict
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 is one laptop that is a whole package. It performs exceptionally well in almost all aspects. Although its performance sometimes turns off the users, it manages to satisfy users as a whole.

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Tvee One – Naturally Upgrade Your TV Sound

Posted on 17 June 2014

The list for HDTV audio slabs grows immensely on a daily basis. Boston Acoustics is one of the current manufacturers that has contributed to this rage. One of its latest innovations is the Tvee One.

Design
The design is not as complicated as you would normally expect from a normal audio slab. It is big and flat and can even double as an HDTV raiser! The plain black slab measures 2.6 by 2.36 inches while weighing just 9.5 pounds.

The front and sides are wrapped around by metal grilles. Meanwhile, the speaker system itself is divided into a pair of ½ inched tweeters. In addition, the device houses a pair of 2 by 5 inch mid/subwoofers. These woofers face the front and are located behind the grille for additional protection.

On the other hand, the controls are conveniently placed on the top. You can easily access options like power, TV source, Bluetooth source, Mute and listening mode. The selected buttons light up magnificently and bring about an attractive outlook to the whole device. These aside, Tvee One offers 3.5 mm optical, coaxial and analog audio inputs at the back.

Functionality
The sound system is quite clear and makes good use of the divided tweeters and woofers. Boston Acoustic’s Tvee One also offers sufficient force within a respectable range to provide an enjoyable listening experience. Unfortunately, the simulated sound is a bit lacking and does not provide the expansive feel that you would have expected from such strong speakers. The sound quality is, however, good and loud, easing the pain of having to pay $299 appearing on the speakers’ price tag.

The Verdict
The sound system is effective and functions variably. It is an affordable and convenient way of naturally upgrading your TV sound without having to fill your room or affecting visibility. However, it does have its shortcomings, so you should think long and hard before buying it.

Photo courtesy of Boston Acoustics

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Surface Pro 3 -Bigger Gets Better

Posted on 13 June 2014

Microsoft is looking to replace laptops and has taken mind-bending initiatives to prove that it is more than willing to do so. To meet this challenge, it has unveiled the Surface Pro 3, which is impressively slim and highly productive at the same time. The whole concept is to redefine portable computing technology without going too far away from existent laptops and tablet technologies.

Design and Features
The design is quite cutting edge as the Surface 3 Pro is shockingly slim with a 0.35 inch chassis. The design has been tweaked to incorporate effective hardware components within the tablet. Furthermore, the gadget comes equipped with a 12 inch screen that is more than enough to visually please your peripherals.

When it comes to hardware, the Surface Pro 3 is not in any way limited. A wide array of variations is able to choose from with better specs and hardware that can cater your needs effectively. The basic model starts with an Intel i3 Processor, 64 GB of storage and 4 GB RAM. This last variation houses an Intel Core i7 Processor, 512 GB of storage and 8 GB RAM. The basic model costs an interesting $799 and is not that costly in comparison to the other gadgets out there.

As for performance, the Surface Pro 3 claims to outperform any rival as it can provide a staggering nine hours of web browsing battery life. The screen makes use of a clear type display that can provide a resolution of 2160 by 1440 at a 3:2 screen ratio. It has considerably been applauded for providing the highest contrasts in the market today.

Conclusion
The Surface Pro 3 is indeed very slim and convenient in terms of portability. It also provides the user with a level of connectivity that will surpass your expectations beyond measures. In addition, the device provides an upscale that is difficult to come across. All in all, it will be worth your investment.

Photo courtesy of Microsoft

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