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This issue we review Samsung's answer camera to the iPad and the new Apple notebook

     Print Edition: December 26, 2010

No match for Ipad
Samsung's answer to the iPad, the Galaxy Tab, has a solid build and looks nifty. The Tab also has a higher pixel density than the iPad because of its smaller screen, and it offers a good viewing experience. The applications are impressive and have been designed to take advantage of its screen. Also, the Tab is a tad cheaper than the iPad.

Samsung Galaxy Tab
Android 2.2, 16GB/32GB
+ve:
Solid build, looks nifty and offers a good viewing experience
-ve: Does not have as many applications as iPad
Price: Rs 38,000
It is still not a match for the iPad, though, as it does not have the same number of applications. The battery life is impressive and a peek inside (do not try it at home) will tell you why. There is a humongous battery, which is surrounded by the logic board that manages everything else. It will last the day even if used heavily. But the performance is kind of sluggish when surfing the flash-enabled web sites and embedded videos. The Tab also has two cameras, in the front and the rear, to allow for video chats.

-Sam Abraham

Making the cut
MacBook Air
64GB Flash storage, 2GB RAM

+ve: Looks spiffy, glitch-free processors
-ve: Expensive
Price: Rs 60,900 (11 inch)
The Apple notebook, MacBook Air, is all about the essentials. It is thin, lightweight and looks spiffy. While the processors in both the 11-inch and 13-inch versions cannot be categorised as muscled, they are glitch-free. The repackaged slower version of Intel's Core 2 Duo processor is impressive on this ultraportable machine. The LED backlit screen saves power and manages to be bright and sharp. The battery life is stellar (five hours for the 11-inch version and seven hours for the 13-inch version) and the build quality is excellent. The flash drive also reduces boot time considerably and is quiet and more reliable as it has no moving parts. Unfortunately, the 2GB of RAM has been built into the motherboard, meaning you cannot upgrade it if you think it is inadequate. At over `60, 000, the Air is expensive, considering that it has limited space and cannot be used as a primary machine (you have to save a lot of your data in the cloud or use an external drive). Despite its portability, it will be a few price revisions before the Air replaces regular laptops.

Courtesy: Money Today 

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