The Hot & the not so Happening

Sam Abraham introduces new products and services to help you zero in on those that offer value for money
Print Edition: June 2013

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

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>> 2MP front & 8MP back camera, 16GB internal memory

The BlackBerry Q10 is probably the best phone with a keyboard, but you are paying for this. Sporting the same specs as the Z10, it's meant for people averse to touchscreens. The OS is an update, the BB 10.1. A great addition is 'Instant Actions', which enables you to type, say, 'email X' to send an email to X. Other commands include call, text and BBM. The 3.1-inch 720x720 Super AMOLED screen looks great. The dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, with 2GB RAM, is fluent, with apps loading quick and great responsiveness overall.

Rs 7-8 lakh (estimate)

>> 1,498cc diesel engine, 5-speed gearbox

The aluminium 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine outputs 100bhp and 200Nm of peak torque in a car that weighs only 1,085kg. The AutoBild India review says you can cruise at 40kmph in fourth gear and accelerate fast due to the torque available. A stiff suspension and light steering makes handling easy. The design is reminiscent of the Brio. The Amaze has a longer wheelbase and 400 litres of boot space. The interior, too, resembles the Brio with different upholstery design and more cushion. Honda is claiming a mileage of 25.8kmpl but it's still unconfirmed.

Rs 71,000 onwards

>> Windows 8, 8GB RAM, Ivy Bridge processors

The Twist has a familiar design; a mix of plastic, soft-touch matte material and magnesium alloy frame. The 12.5-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen is bright and has great viewing angles, but the 1,366x768 pixel count is less than impressive. Audio quality is adequate for a convertible. The Twist has hybrid storage (320/500GB plus 128GB SSD), which means it won't be as fast as other ultrabooks, and processors can range from Intel Core i5 to Core i7. But, the battery performance has been reported to be poorer than expected.

Rs 10,499

>> Dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, 512MB RAM
>> 8GB memory, expandable to 64GB

The design is keeping with Lumia series but doesn't have the same finish as the 620. The 4-inch 800x480 LCD display is crisp enough but, again, noticeably poorer than its peer. Windows 8 OS feels fine on the phone (still lacking in apps though) and tests have shown that processor performance is comparable to the 620 and the 720, but battery life, despite increased capacity, is poorer. The 5MP camera is not fancy, lacking a focus assist light and has a slow shutter speed.

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>> Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 Asph Power lens
>> 7 fps continuous shooting, 16MP Live MOS sensor

The Panasonic G6 has a resolution of 16MP and ISO sensitivity of 12,800, extendable to 25,600. The OLED electronic viewfinder has 800x600 pixel resolution and the touch-sensitive rear display 1.04 million dot resolution. It supports Wi-Fi and NFC. So, content can be transferred wirelessly or the G6 controlled remotely using a smartphone. A 'Focus Peaking' feature gives you a magnified view of the scene, highlighting the focussed portion in blue. A guideline also shows you how far you are focusing.

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