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An app which keeps tabs on you, a top-class budget phone and a PC-tablet convertible.
Nandagopal Rajan        Print Edition: Sep 15, 2013

Flexible Wonder
Lenovo ThinkPad Twist
Price: Rs 71,000 & above

A bit like last year's IdeaPad Yoga, Lenovo's new ThinkPad Twist has a screen that can be turned through 180 degrees, bent over backwards and folded back to become a tablet. This gives it a regular laptop mode, a stand mode where the screen is facing the user with the keyboard behind it, a tent mode suitable for presentations and, of course, the pure tablet mode as well. So too it has a touchscreen, and a trackpoint and unconventional touchpad with a scrolling button as well. The 13-inch Twist has a 20mm magnesium hybrid body weighing just 1.6 kg. It is basically an ultrabook, one of the fastest Intel Core i5 devices we have encountered. With a fan grill on the right edge, it manages to stay cool even while carrying out tough tasks. It also has most of the ports the targeted enterprise users will need. Ideal for business users, it is also highly customisable.

Nandagopal Rajan

Nokia Asha 501
Nokia Asha 501
Great Bargain
Nokia Asha 501
Price:
Rs  5,049
Small in size, solid in build and simple to use, the Nokia Asha 501 is everything a good feature phone should be. Running the new Nokia Asha software platform, it brings a lot of smart features to a sub-$100 phone, thus strengthening the smart feature phone category. The Asha 501 takes the Lumia design language forward, has vibrant colours and will fit easily in your palm. It is a dual SIM model, and also the first feature phone to use micro-SIMs. The three-inch touchscreen is really responsive. This is a 2G phone, but the Xpress browser compresses pages to load them quickly and with less data. The camera is not all that great, but at this price who can complain. It can be used for three consecutive days on a full charge.

Know Thyself

An app on your smartphone can track and quantify every one of your daily activities. Use Argus to keep tabs on how many hours you slept, the total number of steps you took through the day, the calories you consumed and how many of them you burnt up. It is easy to set up and provides exhaustive information. Some inputs such as your water or coffee intake need to be fed in manually. But the data at the end of the day will give you an accurate idea of how healthy (or not) your lifestyle is.
Cost: Free; iOS

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