Product Reviews: The Hot and the not so Happening

Namrata Dadwal reviews new products and services to help you zero in on those that offer value for money.

Namrata Dadwal | Print Edition: September 2010

Samsung Galaxy S, Rs 29,999

-  4-inch LED touchscreen
- Android 2.1 operating system, 1 GHz processor
 - 5 MP camera with autofocus, 720p high-definition video recording
 - 8 GB memory, WiFi and GPS

Armed with the Android platform, the Galaxy S mobile phone has emerged as a powerful contender. Its feature-rich applications include Swype, an alternative keyboard that allows you to write much faster by running your fingers over it. The Layar reality browser uses the handset's GPS and camera to search for places. The Internet access is fast, and good sound and video quality make it great media player too. Worth every rupee you dole out for it!

Logitech Speaker, Lapdesk N700, Rs 4,495
-  USB connectivity
-  2-inch neodymium drivers with
-  maximum 2 watt power
-   Stereo and bass reflex
-  Automatic fan speed control
-   For laptops up to 16 inches

Balancing a netbook on your lap can be a painful chore. Enter the Lapdesk N700, which can make the experience cool and comfortable. The icing on the cake is the two speakers, which, for their size, are surprisingly loud and powerful, and create no distortion. However, the lapdesk isn't portable because of its size and weight (1.8 kg). Also, the high price and lack of mouse space are a bit disappointing.

Philips Gogear Muse, Rs 9,400
-   3.2-inch touchscreen
-  8 GB internal memory, expandable
-  to 40 GB via a microSD card slot
-   HDMI output, FM radio

This sleek media player bowls you over with its looks, responsive touchscreen and sound quality, but the video leaves much to be desired. However, the HDMI output helps overcome this flaw as you can use it to hook up the player to an LCD TV and watch high-definition videos. The sound isolation earphones are a good addition as they help reduce ambient noises.

Acer Aspire Timelinex 4820T, Rs 38,999
-  Intel Core i3-330M 2.13 GHz processor
-  3 GB DDR3 RAM, 320 GB hard disk drive
-   4-inch, glossy, LED-backlit display, 1366x768 resolution

Acer's latest line, TimelineX, has the iCore processor and comes in three versions. Despite its thin frame (1 inch), the laptop manages to squeeze in a DVD writer and ample connectivity ports. Its performance makes it a good choice, the only drawbacks being the mediocre build and sound quality. However, given the attractive price, one is tempted to overlook these.

Sony DPF-X95, Digital Photo Frame, Rs 11,990
-   9-inch LCD screen
-  2 GB memory with an
-  expandable memory card slot
-   Auto image rotation
-   Remote control

It's fun to relive memories through photos, but if you have stored them digitally, accessing them through a laptop can be cumbersome. The solution: store and display them on Sony's digital photo frame. The price may seem daunting, but the clarity and dazzling display are worth it. You can display the photos as single images for full-screen viewing, as thumbnails for easy searching or as a slide show.

MTNL's rent-a-PC Scheme, Rs 4,999 (one time), Rs 249 (monthly)
-  Console, USB keyboard and mouse
MTNL and IT firm Novatium Solutions have deployed the cloud computing technology to do away with local storage. It's useful to access the Net and everyday computing applications, but you pay extra to store data on the server or use broadband.

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