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Gadget review: Samsung Galaxy camera, Fujitsu Lifebook U772, Sony Xperia Tipo

Gadget review: Samsung Galaxy camera, Fujitsu Lifebook U772, Sony Xperia Tipo

Sam Abraham introduces new products to help you zero in on those that offer value for money -

Sam Abraham introduces new products to help you zero in on those that offer value for money -

SPICE HORIZON MI-500
Rs 12,499
Rating: 3/5


FEATURES
>> Android 4.0 (ICS), 512 MB RAM, 2.5 GB internal
>> 800x480 (5 inch) screen, 5MP camera, Dual SIM

For the price and specifications, it's a decent buy. The design is simple but, even considering the screen size, it is on the heavier side. The dual-core processor can handle almost anything that is thrown at it, including seamless browsing and multi-tasking. The capacitive touchscreen is satisfactory but is not scratch proof. The phone also tends to attract a lot of dust. The camera is bit of a let-down.


SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA
NA ($500-US)
Rating: 2/5


FEATURES
>> 21x zoom, BSI CMOS sensor, ISO up to 3,200
>> 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor, MicroSD (up to 64GB)

The Galaxy Camera seems like an experiment, combining a point-and-shoot with the Android OS. It can do everything your smartphone can except, well, make a phone call (unless you use VOIP, there is a mike inside). What is jarring is the price, as it has so far been sold at a premium (abroad) but a lot of this goes for the display, processor and connectivity options. This leaves you with a very normal camera that is overpriced.


MICROMAX CANVAS A100
Rs 9,799
Rating: 3/5


FEATURES
>> 1GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB internal
>> Android 4.0, 5-inch display, 5 MP camera

The Mi-500's competition in the 'phablet' territory is slightly cheaper but runs on a single core. Again, it's value for money when considering price and specifications. It's better styled than the Mi-500, is lighter and has a slightly better display. But when it comes to processing speed, multi-tasking and browsing, the Mi-500 is the winner. The camera is let-down again and the photography software has a slight glitch.


FUJITSU LIFEBOOK U772
Rs 75,900
Rating: 3/5


FEATURES
>> Intel Core i7-3667U, 4 GB RAM,Windows 7
>> 14-inch 1366x768 display, 128 GB SSD

The U772 has an aluminum body and a magnesium alloy frame. It's a strong performer with enough core strength to take on difficult computing tasks but falls short when compared with quad-core peers. The USP would be the wide port selection, including optional 3G connection and Ethernet through a nonstandard slim port. The display is rich but the glass cover makes it difficult to read outdoors and in direct sunlight.


SONY XPERIA TIPO
Rs 9,499
Rating: 4/5


FEATURES
>> Android 4.0, 800MHz processor, 512 MB RAM
>> 3.2-inch display, 2 GB internal, 1500 mAh battery

This entry-level Android is small and a bit thick but not heavy. The plastic body is stylish and feels sturdy enough. The processor reflects the price at 800MHz but that doesn't affect the performance. It's reasonable on multi-tasking and smooth while browsing. Sony's TimeScape UI is stable but there's bloatware that takes away from the experience. The display and camera is worthy of the price of the phone.