Thanko just introduced an 80-port USB hub to charge all of your gadgets from a single location at once. Priced at 14,800 Yen or about $165, the device seems to charge your devices only. You can’t transfer data using this USB hub. Measuring 200mm x 200mm x 19mm, the Thanko 80-port USB hub needs to be plugged into a wall socket to work (100V).
SKNET of Japan will launch the Portable CD/DVD Station that allows you to burn just about any compact discs or any DVD without the need for a computer. The gadget is easy to use. You just insert the original disc, copy its contents to the buffer, remove the disc and insert a corresponding blank disc.
The Wild Planet Spy Video TRAKR is a new spy-gadget that comes equipped with a video camera, a built-in speaker and microphone. You can even program this toy via a computer. Priced at $120 each, this spy gadget won’t be available until October 2010.
Amazon has started selling the JVC Kaboom Boombox that comes with an iPod dock and a USB port. The Kaboom RV-NB50 also features CD player (MP3, WMA, Audio CD), an FM tuner, a front audio input and a remote control. Available in black-and-silver and full black, the JVC Kaboom Boombox retails for $287.
Still remember the Nokia X6 32GB Come with Music? Nokia today introduced the 16GB model of this handset. Known as the Nokia X6 16GB, the cell phone features a 3.2-inch full touchscreen display in 16:9 ratio (360 x 640 pixels) and 16 million colors. The 16GB model also boasts a 5-megapixel camera with dual flash LED for low light photography, a 433.9MHz processor, Bluetooth 2.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack, A-GPS and WLAN. Available in all black, all white, white with pink highlights and white with yellow highlights colors, the Nokia X6 16GB will be sold without the Come with Music service but will come with the latest Symbian S60 5th edition. Its battery provides up to 11.5 hours of talk time, up to 18 days of standby time, up to 35 hours of music playback time, or up to 4 hours of video playback time.
Here is a video of the new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg. The Hybrid model is powered by a combination between a V6 TSI petrol direct injection engine and a 34 kW / 47 PS E-Motor electric motor. This SUV is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 240 km/h.
Hyundai today rolled out a restyled version of the Azera sedan at the Chicago Auto Show. Both the 3.3-liter and 3.8-liter V6 engines of the 2011 Azera have been enhanced with the use of Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) for better fuel economy and lower emissions. The 3.3-liter V6 model now produces an estimated 250 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 233lbs.-ft. at 4,500rpm of torque, up from 234hp and 226lb-ft in the 2010 model. Meanwhile, the 3.8-liter V6 version now boasts 272 horsepower at 6,000rpm and 262lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,500rpm, while returning 18mpg city / 28mpg highway. The restyled version of Hyundai Azera will go on sale in Spring 2010.
Japanese company Sharp will soon submit to the Chinese market a new line of mobile phones in the seventh series, with photographs which we suggest you read. All new items are made in a clamshell form factor, have a 5 megapixel camera, and some of them - solar battery.
Toyota has recently showcased the all new 2011 Toyota Avalon at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. The car features a wider front grille, newly designed headlamps, a trapezoidal front bumpers, redesigned rocker panels, dual-exhaust pipes and new rear light clusters. Meanwhile, power comes from a 24-valve, dual-overhead cam 3.5-liter V6 engine coupled to a multi-mode six-speed automatic transmission that generates 268 hp at 6,200 rpm. Not to mention, the engine is also equipped with the latest dual VVT-i electronic valve-control mechanism for providing a broader powerband.
Philips has introduced the car multimedia system standard mounting dimensions 1DIN Philips SED750. The new model is equipped with a touch widescreen color LCD monitor size 7 inches, through which you can view videos and photos. Support for Bluetooth wireless technology enables you to watch movies and listen to music of different sources, while remaining in touch.
New features like music playback, and video files. Built-in amplifier 50 watts x4, as well as the mode of dynamic amplification of low frequencies (DBB) provides clear sound with deep bass. Log in AV-IN allows you to connect portable external sources of video and audio, as well as the rearview camera. Philips SED750 plays the most popular formats: DVD, DVD + /-R and DVD + /-RW, (S) VCD, DivX and MPEG4. Thanks to the USB interface and a slot for SD memory card access to music files, videos and photos is easy and convenient.
Acer E110 - a smartphone based on the platform Android. Judging by the image, it besklaviaturnogo piece with a touch screen and touch the same buttons underneath. Among the characteristics mentioned cellular networks UMTS / HSDPA and GSM / GPRS / EGPRS, support A-GPS and, of course, Bluetooth.
The second device - a communicator running Windows Mobile. Acer P300 - is probably too tachfon without the keyboard (at least in the picture is not visible). The device supports cellular networks GSM / GPRS / EDGE, WCDMA / HSDPA / HSUPA, wireless Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g, as well as the interface is USB 2.0. While nothing is known about when the Acer E110 and Acer P300 will go on sale as well as target regions
As a partner of NVIDIA, ASUS has introduced the technology NVIDIA Optimus, realized in the new laptops ASUS - multimedia series of N, some of the thinnest and lightest models in the series U / UL and universal models of series K.
Nissan is stepping up its promotional efforts for its 2011 LEAF electric vehicle, which the automaker plans to launch this December. The compact hatch was first revealed last August and since then has been doing the rounds of public fairs and small scale drive days across the country as part of the Nissan LEAF Zero-Emission Tour, which ended in New York today.
Now, Nissan is ramping up for the start of the vehicle-purchase process. Nissan has confirmed that the LEAF will be available to consumers via lease or sale, in a single transaction that includes the battery. The automaker hopes to eventually build up to 150,000 LEAF electric vehicles at its plant in Smyrna, Tennessee but initially numbers will be limited so if you're hoping to be amongst the first to purchase one you will need to register at www.NissanUSA.com. Registrants will be given first priority to reserve a Nissan LEAF and already more than 50,000 people have signed up.
The next step will be the reservation process, which kicks off in April along with the release of pricing details. Upon paying a fully refundable $100 reservation fee, registrants will be among the first in line able to order a Nissan LEAF.
Nissan will finally begin taking firm orders in August, for deliveries when sales begin in the buyer’s particular market. Most cars are expected to roll-out in December, with vehicles available in all major launch markets quickly thereafter.
The 2011 Nissan Leaf is tipped to cost around $25,000 to $30,000 and according to the automaker it guarantees a range of over 100 miles on a single charge. Additionally, the zero-emission vehicle should provide reasonable performance, on par with other cars in the economy hatchback class, and its electric battery pack can generate output of up to 120 horsepower while its electric motor delivers 107 horsepower of output and 206 pound-feet of torque--figures typical of many smaller and medium-sized cars.
The new ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) G73Jh is like no other gaming notebook. Eschewing the flash and gimmicks typical of gaming notebooks, the G73Jh instead boasts an understated, subtly aggressive design inspired by a stealth fighter. At its heart lies the most powerful components available today, including the latest Intel Core i7 processor, DirectX 11-capable ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics, and up to 8 GB of DDR3 system memory.
The G73Jh sports a striking angular design inspired by the iconic F-117 Nighthawk. Far from being merely cosmetic, every facet of the G73Jh's design reflects a conscious effort to improve the user experience. For example, the placement of all the heat and noise-generating components at the rear of the notebook and the implementation of a unique twin rear venting system keep the heat and noise as far away from the user as possible. The innovative placement of components also allows the palm rest to be exceptionally thin, just like a desktop keyboard. Furthermore, the keyboard plane is inclined 5 degrees, improving ergonomics and thus ensuring optimal comfort while gaming and typing.
Acer is planning to release ultra-thin notebook this year. The model has not yet received the title, is positioned as a direct competitor to the ultra-thin product Apple - laptop MacBook Air, and will also have a processor with low energoptorebleniem. However, unlike the rest CULV notebooks, Acer model will be built on the platform Intel Calpella, allowing it to have a capacity of classical laptop. The thickness of the model will be 1.9 cm, ie be exactly the same as a MacBook Air.
The Android meter is ticking. Acer want a piece of the pie. We all add two and two together. Yesterday, Acer didn't know the first thing about phones (if you can say that for a household name in notebooks), today they're betting on two horses in the mobile OS race. After their neoTouch running on Windows Mobile 6.5, Acer decided to dip their toe into another kind of water - the free and open source world of Android. This time attention goes to the Liquid - the company's second Snapdragon powered device.
We have to admit we weren't as impressed as we wished by the neoTouch and its almost naked Windows Mobile OS. It was less the price and more the really strong competition that drew our attention away from it.
We're certain it's not how Acer planned it to be and their answer was immediate - the sexy Liquid powered by Android 1.6. Just like the neoTouch, a Snapdragon core is ticking inside the Liquid and does all it can to run the OS flawlessly despite the slightly lower clock rates.
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
3G with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps
Android OS v1.6 with Acer UI 3.0
3.5" capacitive touchscreen of WVGA resolution
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 768 MHz CPU, 256 MB RAM
5 megapixel autofocus camera with video recording
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and GPS receiver
Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and turn-to-mute
Standard miniUSB port for charging and data
Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
microSD card slot with support for up to 16GB cards (2GB one included)
Standard 3.5mm audio jack
Direct access to the official Android Market
Camera lacks flash or lens cover, has outdated features
No smart dialing, no voice dialing, no video calling
No web Flash support
Acer UI 3.0 offers only minor changes to the original interface
Somewhat limited 3rd party software availability
No DivX or XviD video support or a third-party application to play that
Poor MP4 playback performance - any videos over QVGA res are barely watchable
No proper file manager out of the box
No TV-out port
No FM radio
Computer Lenovo C315 is optimized for touch, including multi-touch. Special applications PowerCinema and AutoCollage (automatically create collages from selected images) will work with multimedia files with multitouch control. And with the help of the program VeriTouch, which "can" recognize faces, the user can access the system. Computer "all in one" Lenovo C315 will go on sale in the U.S. in April, it will cost $ 649.
Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field Specifications:
- Operating System 7 or Windows XP Tablet
- Processor Intel Atom Z540 (1,86 GHz)
- 2 GB RAM
- 64 GB SSD
- 10.4-inch touch screen with XGA resolution
- Wireless - Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WWAN (chipset Gobi2000 to support EV-DO and HSPA, optional)
- Barcode scanning
- 2-megapixel camera
- RFID Reader
- Contactless smart card reader
- Fingerprint sensor
- Autonomy time - 6 hours
- Dimensions - 269.2 h264, 2h33-58, 4 mm
- Weight - 1,5 kg
Here is an unboxing video of the ASUS Eee Box 1501 (EB1501) that comes with a DVD burner. Priced at $465 at Amazon, this Windows 7-powered nettop adopts an Intel Atom 330 processor with an nVidia ION graphics, a 2GB RAM, a 250GB HDD, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI, and a total of six USB 2.0 ports. Watch the video after the jump to get more details.
Company BenQ announced a 12 megapixel digital camera E1240. This compact model is just 18 mm thick can shoot high-definition video 720p. 2.7-inch display, camera modules with two LED backlight shows bright and clear images even in sunlight.
BenQ E1240 Characteristics:
* 12 megapixel 1 / 2 ,3-inch CCD sensor
* 2.7-inch LCD display
* 3 x optical zoom
* 5/8-kratny digital zoom (preview / playback)
* Focal length 6.2 - 18.6 mm (35 - 105 mm equivalent 35 mm)
* Focus range - normally from 40 cm to infinity in macro mode from 5 to 40 cm
* Extract from 1 / 2000 to 1 / 8 seconds
* Exposure Compensation + / - 2EV in increments of 0,3 EV
* Sensitivity - ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600/3200 (3 megapixel)
* Built-in Memory 8 MB
* Support memory cards format SD / SDHC
* Record video with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels at 20 frames per second
* Dimensions - 96x60x18 mm
* Weight - 110 grams
With support for wireless local area networks (WLAN), web camera, microphone and optional support of mobile broadband 3G user will be able to stay in touch via e-mail, instant messaging, Skype and Web conferencing.
Mionix is a relatively unknown brand among gamers, which is a shame since they sport a full line-up of interesting gaming peripherals. Quite recently they launched a brand new gaming mouse dubbed the Naos 5000 which is based around an Avago 9500-series laser sensor, much like the recently reviewed SteelSeries Xai laser mouse. Priced at a whooping € 70 this mouse is an expensive piece of kit just like the SteelSeries Xai.
Mionix have adopted a right hand only design for the Naos, and it features a multitude of features like the CoolerMaster Storm Sentinel mouse.
The Dell Inspiron 14z is a fairly lightweight, 14" portable notebook computer that's geared toward users that want battery life over top-of-the-class performance. Unlike other similar notebooks, the 14z comes with an optical drive and a larger 14-inch widescreen display.
The Insprion 14z from Dell is very similar to the Studio 14z, but this model includes an optical drive and Intel integrated graphics. Because of this, the 14z is slightly larger and a little heavier too, weighing in at 4.4 pounds. The added weight is just another thing to keep in mind as this can limit portability to a certain degree as similar models are sub-4.0 pounds. Its total thickness is 1" with the 4-cell battery installed. However, we feel that the inclusion of the DVD+-R dual-layer optical drive is well worth it if you think you'll often use and need it. The other possible downside to the optical drive is that Dell needed to make the chassis out of plastic instead of metal, which has become the "hot trend" in ultra-thin notebooks. Dell offers two fingerprint magnet finishes, Obsidian Black (standard) & Cherry Red ($40 extra).
One other difference between this model and a few others by both Dell and other manufacturers is the 14-inch widescreen HD WVGA display. The added one inch makes a really big difference if you ask us and our advice is if you feel you want the extra screen real estate, go for it. The resolution on this model is the usual 1366 x 768 despite the slightly larger display. The keyboard is the other difference between the 14z and Studio 14z, where the 14z doesn't have the Studio 14z's back-lit keyboard, which is a downside. Other than that, the keyboard is excellent, both in layout and comfort. The keys are large, which is rare in an ultra-portable notebook. The trackpad is also extremely user-friendly and the buttons are both extremely usable and responsive as well.
The Dell Inspiron 14z's array of connections include three USB 2.0 ports, VGA-out, HDMI-out, Ethernet, audio jacks, and a 7-in-1 multimedia card reader as well. There's also wireless connectivity built-in for 802.11 a/b/g/draft-N and an optional Bluetooth 2.0 is also available. A 1.3-megapixel webcam is also standard on the 14z. Some of the more meaty specifications include 4 GB of DDR3 RAM (supports up to 6 GB), a 320 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.3 GHz CPU, and the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD. There is an option available to upgrade to a 512 MB dedicated ATi Mobility Radeon HD4330 graphics card.
In terms of performance, the Dell Inspiron 14z can be rather disappointing, especially with tasks like video encoding and benchmark tests. This notebook feel well-behind other similar systems when it came to video encoding tests and other similar benchmarks. While using Adobe Photoshop CS4, it became sluggish when editing large files. The Intel integrated graphics card was no match for any 3D gaming, so this is definitely not the computer to use with any modern 3D games. With all that said, however, it performed beautifully while performing easy and moderate tasks, like Web browsing and productivity use. This is an excellent notebook for a college student or a business person looking to have a computer at the ready while away from home.
While using the 6-cell battery 60Wh battery, the 14z's battery life was extremely good at up to around 8 hours on a full charge.
These days with large file sizes and HD video a simple flash drive isn’t going to cut it when you are on the road or working off-location. Although who wants to carry around a large external hard drive and the power adapter that comes with it? This is where portable hard drives come in and we have one from LaCie today. The Rikiki portable USB drive is very small, requires only USB power, and has a very sleek aluminum exterior. Let’s see if it’s the perfect portable hard drive for you.
The LightCap 300 is not your ordinary water bottle since it has four extremely bright solar-powered white LEDs to turn the water bottle into a nice little lantern. The company claims that the bottle has an unbreakable cap. The LightCap 300 is ideal for those who like outdoor activities such as hill walking, hiking, hunting, camping, etc. $29.99 is all you need to bring home this solar-powered lantern.
The new USB 3.0 standard is backward compatible with USB 2.0. So just about every desktop you run into will be able to read USB 3.0 devices, but will be limited to USB 2.0 speeds. But with the use of an expansion card, it can get the full speed of USB 3.0. Laptops have also been limited to USB 2.0 speeds. We are sure that newer models will adopt USB 3.0. But if you are like us, a laptop is a significant investment. And we aren't looking to buy an expensive new laptop just to get USB 3.0.
At CES 2010, Seagate showed us the BlackArmor PS110 USB 3.0 External Drive and we couldn't wait to get our hands one. Why would we what USB 3.0 on a laptop? Well for one thing, it's theoretically up to 10x faster than USB 2.0. Backing up to USB 2.0 on the lab's laptop was a "Start the backup and go to sleep." affair. Our only other option was to pull the 2.5 inch Sata drive out, connect it to a desktop, and backup or clone it from there. Which is what we had been doing.
The inherent problem with cloning, is that it's a one to one drive operation. So for every backup on the 9 or 10 machines we have around, we have to have an extra drive to spare, per rig. The included software, BlackArmor Backup (Powered by Acronis), backs up the entire drive, operating system included, to a single file. In other words we can use the blazing speed of the Seagate BlackArmor and the BlackArmor Backup software to fit as many hard drive backups on one drive, as space will allow. The drive also provides blazing fast storage for any type file you want to store.
For the E-tail Price of $179.99, you get blazing speed and a lots of storage. It can be used for laptops with ExpressCard slots, or for desktop operation through USB 2.0 or USB 3.0. It's capable of backing up multiple hard drive operating systems on one drive. And It's a relatively inexpensive backup method for multiple machines. Don't forget, that your also upgrading a laptop from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0. And you know USB 3.0 capable laptops are going to command a premium price.
Just how much faster is the drive than our previous USB 2.0 backup method? Well, on USB 2.0 it took 6 to 7 hours to back up the lab's laptop. Needless to say, backups weren't getting done in a timely manner. The first time we backed-up with the Seagate BlackArmor, it took 33 minutes flat. In that amount of time, we can take a short lunch break and have a complete backup of the most vital laptop we use in our day to day operation. That's piece of mind and an increase in productivity. You can't put a price on that. We recently had laptop issues and it took more than two full days to get back up to a reasonable level of operation. As a result, there was a gap in our email communications, with valued vendors. This wouldn't have happened had we owned the BlackArmor PS110. A 30 minute burp in daily operations is all it would have taken to avoid this. That's the speed and advantage the Seagate BlackArmor gives us. And you can have that speed and advantage too.
Both devices obviously have lots of features in common (it's the same amount of memory - both RAM and ROM, and the same CPU) but there are - possibly - enough improvements to make the XPERIA X2 a strong successor and a valuable upgrade. And by telling you that, we don't only mean the more recent version of WinMo. 6.5 was never officially compatible with the original.
Anyway, the upgraded imaging is the greatest asset of the XPERIA X2 hardware and we're about to see how much it works in its favor.
Before we kick off though, a bit of family tree stuff. The XPERIA X2 is only the second PocketPC in the series after the X1. The X10 runs Android and so does the rumored Robyn, while the Pureness isn't even a smartphone. The XPERIA lineup comes in different shapes and sizes but it all started with Windows Mobile. The X2 is perfectly aware of that and comes to offer some all-round PocketPC skills and the aggressive styling of its forerunner.
Quad-band GSM support
Tri-band 3G with HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps
Four-row slide-and-tilt QWERTY keyboard
Landscape and portrait virtual QWERTY keyboards
3.2" 65K-color TFT LCD resistive touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional
XPERIA panels user interface
Qualcomm MSM 7200 528 MHz CPU, 256 MB of RAM memory
8.1 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
WVGA video recording at 30fps
Support for DivX/XviD files out of the box
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA
Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support
Bluetooth and USB (standard microUSB connector) v2.0
3.5mm standard audio jack
Flash video support
TV out port, TV out cable supplied in the retail box
Display still on the small side, inadequate touch sensitivity and sunlight legibility
Almost no screen auto-rotation throughout the UI
Disappointing video recording
Basic music player
No FM radio (should be enabled with upcoming firmware update)
No video calling (should be enabled with upcoming firmware update)
As we said in the preview a few months back, there aren't many groundbreaking features to see, but the XPERIA X2 is definitely worth a look to check what it can actually do.
Well, if you're looking for Snapdragon speed, you won't find it here. There's no capacitive touchscreen either. And the X2 also skips an FM radio and its camera has no Xenon flash. But you get all the business benefits you would expect in a phone in this class, with some nice media too.
Sony Ericsson is an alliance of two tech giants and with phones like the Vivaz it shows. It’s a gadget all the way, one that will galvanize geeks and charm the regular user.
A whole bunch of point-and-shoot cameras today boast 720p video recording, but are they not an endangered species feeling enormous pressure on both sides? For one, there are compact video recording DSLRs pushing down with competitive price tags, and then cameraphones are eating into compact camera territory with comparable still image resolution and video capture.
Eight megapixel still images and 720p video with continuous auto focus make the Sony Ericsson Vivaz a predator of point-and-shoot cameras. The Vivaz is not just a cameraphone though, it’s a smartphone as well – a tricked out Symbian running on a 720MHz CPU with a 3.2” nHD display to show it all off. That’s all in a package more compact than any combination of a stand-alone camera and a phone you can think of.
High-end smartphones have a long history of trading compact size for cramming in one feature more than the competition. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz strikes a perfect balance between being compact and feature-full – great news for anyone who doesn’t appreciate the recent craze of smartphones the size of a table… umm… tablet.
3.2" 16M-color resistive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution
8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, face and smile detection, geotagging and touch focus
HD 720p video recording @ 24fps with continuous auto focus
Symbian OS 9.4 S60 5th, topped with a custom-brewed homescreen and media menu
720 MHz CPU, PowerVR SGX dedicated graphics accelerator
Quad-band GSM support
3G with HSDPA 10.2Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps support
Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS
microSD card slot (up to 16GB, 8GB card in the box)
Stereo FM Radio
microUSB and stereo Bluetooth v2.0
Web browser has full Flash support
Preinstalled Wisepilot navigation software
Office document viewer
Decent audio quality
No camera lens protection
No auto mode for the flash/video light
LED flash not powerful enough
The S60 5th edition UI isn't to the best in class standards
No proximity sensor sensor to lock the screen during a call
No DivX or XviD support out-of-the-box
No smart or voice dialing
No office document editing (without a paid upgrade)
No stereo speakers
No digital compass (magnetometer)
Videocalling uses only the main camera
The Nokia 2730 classic is part of a trio of dirty-cheap phones headed to emerging markets. It’s an economy pack that tries to provide value for money. The Nokia 2730 classic boasts the most advanced features of the bunch of cheap handsets (some of which dip down to 25 euro a piece). The 2730 classic is actually trying to stay a cut above the typical low-end phone, with a QVGA screen, 3G data speeds and a 1GB microSD card in the box.
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
2.0" 262K-color QVGA display
2 megapixel fixed-focus camera
S40 user interface, 5th edition
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Standard 3.5mm audio jack
Bluetooth (with A2DP) and microUSB port
Hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 2GB cards supported, 1GB card included)
Ovi Store, Nokia Maps for S40 and Ovi Share
Smallish display with poor viewing angles and poor sunlight legibility
S40 interface feels clunky and out of date
Stiff clicking controls and keypad
Questionable build quality
No smart dialing
No document viewer
Nokia 2730 classic at our office
The 2730 classic is an entry-level offer, which is likely to enjoy robust demand. This handset seems the right thing to get us to try out a new format of reviews – crisp and short, all on one page. So, let’s not waste any more time and space and head straight to unboxing.
360 degree spin and unboxing
The Nokia 2730 classic comes in a tiny box and it actually has all the essentials – a BL-5C Li-Ion battery (1020mAh), a charger, one-piece headset and a microUSB cable. There’s a complimentary 1GB microSD card in the box and the handset supports up to 2GB.
A small box has it all
Design and construction
The Nokia 2730 classic is obviously modeled after the Nokia 6700 classic, which is one of our favorite phones for looks and feel. That’s an out-and-out compliment to the 2730 classic, but upon close inspection, you’ll spot the inevitable differences.
The 2730 classic screen is a QVGA two-incher. That sounds reasonable given the pricetag, but in reality the viewing angles are surprisingly limited and the sunlight legibility is quite poor.
The Nokia 2730 has a classic button layout • The display is not the best we’ve seen
The flatbed keypad is made from one piece of faux brushed metal. Keys are somewhat hard to press and give a pretty loud click. Spacing is OK though but touch orientation on the individual rows is appalling.
The stiff keypad is not too comfortable
The sides of the Nokia 2730 classic are pretty plain – the top side is the busiest with a charger plug and a 3.5mm audio jack. On the left, there’s the microSD card slot (readily accessible upon lifting the cap). On the right there's the microUSB port, covered with a plastic flap. The bottom holds just the mouthpiece.
The back of the phone is made out of matt plastic that does a pretty good job of hiding fingerprints. The 2 megapixel camera lens is centrally placed at the top. The loudspeaker grill is at the bottom.
The back houses a 2MP camera and a loudspeaker grill • SIM compartment under the battery
As for the build quality – the Nokia 2730 classic is quite solid but it still seems hastily put together. The black plastic of the soft keys looks like it’s been glued on top of the keypad, which leaves an unattractive edge between the keypad and softkeys and worse still – it looks like it might come off. There’s a noticeable crevice between the display and the soft keys too.
The Nokia 2730 classic has rounded corners and feels very light in the hand. It’s a bit on the thick side though at 14.4mm.
If you are looking for a high-end LCD TV, then the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 10-46 might be the best answer for you. The 46-inch LCD TV is the big brother to the 40-inch version of BeoVision 10 but features the same technical specifications such as a LED backlight and 200Hz refresh rate. The BeoVision 10-46 will hit selected markets in April 2010. Too bad, there is no info on pricing so far. As a comparison, the 40-inch model retails for sub-$10,000, so you can draw your own conclusions.
Director Sam Rami and stars Tobey Maguire and Kristen Dunst have barely left the franchise, but Sony Pictures is wasting no time getting things up and running for their new incarnation of "Spider-Man."
Currently untitled, the project already has a new director on board -- Marc Webb of "500 Days of Summer" fame -- and a screenwriter -- James Vanderbilt -- best known for David Fincher's "Zodiac" and the upcoming "The Losers." While casting for the pivotal role of Peter Parker is still underway, Sony Pictures announced today that the film be released in 3-D and will hit theaters on July 2, 2012.
Blake said in a statement, “Spider-Man is the ultimate summer movie-going experience, and we’re thrilled the filmmakers are presenting the next installment in 3D. Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the world, and we know audiences are eager and excited to discover Marc’s fantastic vision for Peter Parker and the franchise.”
Much more intriguing is the fact the new date will pit "Spider-Man" versus Paramount Pictures' currently untitled "Star Trek" sequel. The highly-anticipated second installment of J.J. Abrams global blockbuster is currently scheduled to open on June 29, 2012. That's only three days before the new "Spider-Man" hits theaters.
Studios usually attempt to avoid other potential blockbusters that are going after the same demo, even in the highly competitive summer months. History has not been kind to such battles. Most noteworthy was in 2000 when Warner Bros. "The Perfect Storm" severly hampered the box office of Mel Gibson's "The Patriot" over the July 4th weekend. Whether Paramount will blink under this scenario and move "Star Trek 2" or see if Sony backs off is unclear.
Look for more news on the "Spider-Man" reboot and "Star Trek" sequel as it breaks on HitFix. In the meantime, check out some possible candidates to play the Web-slinger here.
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