Review

A personal trainer app, a shrinking HTC One and a Chromebook from HP
 Nidhi Singal        Print Edition: Dec 22, 2013
HP Chromebook 14
The HP Chromebook 14

Trainer-over-video
App: Wello;
Cost: $4.99; iOS


Is your workout routine affected by your need to constantly travel? Now you can take a personal trainer with you wherever you go. Wello offers individual and group workouts (one trainer teaches three to five clients) over live video chat. A group workout start at $10 per session. A one-on-one session costs $19. All you need is a room, a laptop and an Internet connection. The trainers teach yoga, CrossFit, bootcamps, Zumba, and more.


SMALLER, SLEEKER

HTC One Mini
Price: Rs 32,999


The HTC One was a beautiful device backed by amazing performance. But the big 4.7-inch display wasn't really comfortable to hold or slide into one's pocket. So HTC has introduced the One Mini. It is same as the HTC One with slightly smaller dimensions.

The display size has been reduced to 4.3 inch, which makes it convenient to type on and grip with a single hand. It has a neat uni-body design. The customised user interface with the BlinkFeed that refreshes content on the homescreen is a great feature.

Like its larger sibling, the Mini has a 4MP UltraPixel camera. But it lacks optical image stabilisation. Overall, the images captured were crisp and had natural colours. The low light images were good. The battery back-up is not very impressive. It died before the end of the day and needed recharging.

PLUS
>> Compact
>> Neat design

MINUS
>> Price
>> Heats up fast


NET-DEPENDENT

HP Chromebook 14
Price: Rs 26,990

The Chromebook's real strength is the Chrome Web browser and your Google account. You have to connect it to a Wi-Fi network and configure the account. Pre-installed apps including Google Drive, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, etc, and more can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store.

However, the Chromebook comes with limited onboard storage of just 16GB. But there is 100GB of storage on Google Drive free for the first two years. Connectivity options are many - two USB 3.0 ports along with one USB 2.0 and a full HDMI port. You can also connect a 3G modem.

The virus protection is in-built. It is best used connected to the Internet, but can be synced with Google Drive to offline mode for accessing documents on the go. This Chromebook has a tremendous display, great build and snappy performance, but its battery life does not match its claims. The company promises 9.5 hours of battery back-up, but we got close to eight hours only.

PLUS
>> Good looks
>> Easy to use

MINUS
>> Requires Internet
>> Price


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