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HTC Re Camera – a Simple Point and Shoot Camera

Posted on 30 November 2014

The HTC Re Camera doesn’t offer anything innovative. It is nothing more than a ready to shoot camera but it is waterproof nonetheless. If you wish to know more and are wondering what the device is all about, read on.

Design
The Re camera features an unusual design. It is a little periscope-shaped camera which looks quite similar to a right-handed flashlight. It has been designed for the convenience of users who wish to record via pointing and shooting rather than worrying about the framing. It is a bit pricey at $199 but the body is sturdy and compact. It houses a large lens and the tube which bends down is stable to hold on to. However, since it is made from plastic it can be quite slippery if you have been using it for some time. Regardless of how peculiar the design is, it still manages to work quite well.

Features and Specifications
As absurd as it seems, the camera is basic and simple and it does not even feature a power button. However, it has a huge button which can be used to record and capture images and videos with its impressive 16megapixel camera coupled with Sony’s CMOS sensor. You have the ability to record videos at 1080p and 720p resolutions at an amazing 30 frames per second.

What’s even more fascinating is the fact that it features another button besides the speaker which can be used to record videos in 720p in slow-motion. Keep in mind that videos recorded in slow motion have no audio.

Conclusion
The camera is impressive, especially considering the price range it is available in but it does not bring anything new to the table. The coolest thing about it is its only downfall as it does not have a power button. However, it can easily be paired with any smartphone via Wi-Fi or by turning on Bluetooth LE.

Photo courtesy: HTC

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LG Wine Smart – a Flip Phone That Is Cooler Than It Sounds

Posted on 24 November 2014

LG has improved on the original flip phone designs to come up with something unique and offer a phone people have been yearning for quite some time. Upon closer inspection, you will realize the LG Wine Smart is not your typical flip phone. If you wish to learn more about it, read on.

Design
Once you flip the phone open, you will find an Android phone with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display. It is offered in black and white colors with a gold racing stripe. LG has incorporated larger buttons with a responsive tactile direction control interface. A lot of effort was put into developing the LG Wine Smart as it is created with typical smartphone elements people enjoy the most.

It does prove to be an effective phone that delivers the familiar icon grid interface for people who are transitioning from non-touch phones. Additionally, you also have five dedicated hardware keys which allow you to do more without spending much time going through the apps to get what you want.

Features and Specifications
The phone is created using a heavily customized version of the Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. A number of simple options provided have toned down the functionality. However, you can still access the Google Play Store for apps and games. However, the gaming capabilities on the phone are limited and for obvious reasons. Looking at the specs, you have a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. It features 4GB of internal storage space which can be expanded with a microSD card. It also features an 8megapixel camera along with a VGA front-facing camera for video calls.

Conclusion
LG has done an excellent job with the Wine Smart flip phone by making it visually appealing for the consumers. Even though the phone seems large at first, you will be surprised to find it fits perfectly in your pocket. So, if you are looking for a flip phone, look no further than the LG Wine Smart.

Photo courtesy: LG

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Motorola Moto 360 – the First Round Android Wear Smartwatch

Posted on 21 November 2014

Almost every mobile gadget manufacturer is trying to create the perfect smartwatch. However, none of them have succeeded so far. Motorola is one of the few to introduce a jaw-dropping wearable concept watch.

Design
It is true that the Moto 360 is one of the coolest Android watches available on the market. Being the first Android smartwatch to hit the market, the watch’s design and build is quite elegant and sturdy. The watch is offered in natural stainless steel and black colors. It comprises of a brushed stainless steel body which sits on a Chicago leather watchstrap. You do have the option to change the bands if you are willing to spend a little extra. The body is thick in comparison to its strap and its display is considerably large. However, it sports a clean design and gives a lightweight feel with a little Home button on the side, making it look like a watch crown.

Features and Specifications
With a 1.56-inch display, the Moto 360 looks like something from the future. It comes equipped with several hardware distinctions. The Moto 360 includes contact-free inductive charging along with various other accessories, like a heart rate monitor and innovative noise-canceling microphone technology.
As far as performance is concerned, the Moto 360 offers 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. It also houses an OMAP 3 processor which is quite effective for performing everyday tasks. The purpose of the Moto 360 is to push Google Now to your wrist. Furthermore, your notifications are pushed from your Android phone via banners in a predictive fashion. It also offers information while you are on the go, including the weather and the current commute time.

Conclusion
The watch initially had a poor battery life and could last no more than twelve hours. However, a recent firmware update has fixed this problem to offer at least twenty hours on a single charge. As good looking as it may be, it does not offer the functionality you expect from a smartwatch, especially one that costs $300.

Photo via TechRader

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Samsung Chromebook 2 – Bringing Live Support for the New Chromebook

Posted on 19 November 2014

It goes without saying that the new 11-inch Chromebook 2 is quite difficult to tell apart from the original Chromebook 2 released last year. The only way you can differentiate between the two is by its signature silver lid.

Design
The new Chromebook has the same leather-like treatment as its predecessor. It does look better than the plastic lids of the previous Chromebooks. The latest edition has a larger 11-inch LCD display which is wider and features comfortable curved keys which are not backlit. Additionally, it does retain the big, responsive touchpad from the previous models. It is worth noting that the biggest changes have been made on the inside. The corners of the body and the display housing along with all the ports are reinforced with metal to make the tablet more durable.

Features and Specifications
The Chromebook 2 runs on the energy-efficient 2.58GHz Intel Celeron processor. This is one of the primary reasons why the new Chromebook 2 is able to deliver up to 9 hours of battery life. With a built-in Intel HD GPU and 2GB of RAM, it promises to deliver a superior performance. It comes equipped with 16GB of internal storage with Wi-Fi capabilities and Bluetooth 4.0.

The laptop makes extensive use of live video chat support which is specifically included in this model. It is also powered by Google Helpouts which aids in contacting Samsung Support through the Help menu on the laptop. Even though the service is in its beta stages, it will be available Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm EST. The live support seems to be the life of the product as it specifically targets users who are not tech-savvy.

Conclusion
The Chromebook 2 is a perfect laptop for any individual looking to make an easy transition from a Mac or Windows computer to a Chromebook. Moreover, the Chromebook is available for pre-order at Samsung’s website for no less than $250.

Photo courtesy: Samsung

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Toshiba Excite Go – Cheaper Is not Always Better

Posted on 17 November 2014

Nowadays, it is quite easy to find a cheap and affordable tablet on the market. However, you do have to keep in mind that the low price sometimes means you have to compromise on quality and features. Keeping this in mind, the Toshiba Excite Go is a perfect example of how cheaper is not always better.

Design
The tablet is narrow with a bright 7-inch display with a textured back which can feel slippery at times. Even though it is inexpensive, it does not appear cheap at all. The tablet has been designed with a sturdy plastic body. Moreover, it weighs no more than 0.75 pounds and features a slim silver trim around the bezel. You can find the volume rocker and the headset jack at the top while the speaker is located on the bottom edge.

Features and Specifications
The display supports a resolution of 1024×600 pixels which is quite low compared to devices in the same price range. However, the tablet is the cheapest you will find and runs on a 1.3GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor. It comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage space which can be expanded via a microSD card. Additionally, it features a primary VGA camera without a secondary camera which means you will not be able to making video calls. The tablet runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Toshiba has not baked any new apps for this device in particular but a lot of bloatware comes pre-installed and can be annoying as you cannot remove it.

Conclusion
Costing no more than $100, the tablet fails to provide anything out of the ordinary. It can prove to be an excellent option if you wish to gift it to a child who wishes to do nothing more than play casual games. But it is still a sturdy device and is arguably sufficient for basic tasks one performs on a tablet.

Photo courtesy: Toshiba

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Nabi Big Tab 20-Inch – a Supersized Android Tablet

Posted on 14 November 2014

There are various Windows all in one tablets that serve as both a desktop and a tabletop PC. However, the Nabi Big tab is the first of its kind. The tab is a big touchscreen Android tablet available in a 20-inch version. To learn more about the tablet, read on.

Design
The tablet is bulky, but sturdy at the same time. It also features a removable metal frame. The frame can be used as a carrying handle and can be folded into various angles. It can be used as a desktop or for reclining tabletop use. It weighs thirteen pounds and is nearly an inch thick. This can make it difficult to carry it around everywhere which is perfect since it is specifically designed for kids.

Features and Specifications
The tablet is produced solely to entertain and educated kids. It houses a 20-inch screen with a 1600×900 HD resolution. Since it is bigger than any other tablet on the market, it houses a 1650 mAh battery. The quad-core Nvidia Tegra chipset 4 may not be top of the line, but it delivers more than expected. Furthermore, it comes equipped with 16GB internal storage that can be used to modernize family time using various apps and games. With a 15-point capacitive touch screen, it offers much more than a conventional tablet.

The Blue Morpho software runs on top of the existing Android operating system. It offers a better and friendly user interface that is beneficial for parents and their kids. The software is perfect for parents looking to control the tablet and their kid’s activities through the password protected admin mode. It is also equipped with preinstalled free games and apps that are perfect for families looking to make the most of their weekend.

If you are looking to keep your kids safe without sacrificing their entertainment, Nabi Big Tab is the way to go. The 20-inch tablet is priced at $449.

Photo courtesy of Fuhu

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D-Link Wireless AC750 – Compact and Easy to Use

Posted on 12 November 2014

To stay connected to the internet wherever you are in your home, you need to invest in a good router. If you are looking for a router that will fulfill your requirements at home, you should consider buying the D-Link Wireless AC750. To learn more about it, read on.

Design
It is perfectly capable of being used as a portable router. The cylindrical shape has been carried forward from the predecessor. Surprisingly, it is a third of the size of its previous model. You have a wide array of colors to choose from including teal, orange and white. Its design enables you to mount it on the wall. Considering the variety of colors on offer, it is a perfect choice to mix and match the color scheme with your newly painted wall.

Specification & Performance
You will find four Gigabyte LAN ports on the back of the router. Apart from that, a Gigabyte WAN port is also offered to meet your internet needs. It is fully capable of hosting a storage device with its built-in USB 2.0 port. The web portal can be accessed to further customize the network preferences. Although the preferences are nothing out of the ordinary, it offers additional features which are normally not found in routers in the same price range.

The router also has an integrated cloud feature. With that being said, it is true to its claim as being a dual band router. It can support the 802.11ac Wi-Fi frequency which is a standard feature amongst all routers. While the router has a low band spectrum, it can still manage to offer download speeds of up to 433Mbps.

Considering the aforementioned factors, it is safe to assume that the router is not suitable for commercial use. It does prove to be a great router to use at home and offers a huge array of features while costing no more than $80.

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