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The Hot and Not So Happening

Print Edition: November 2012

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE II
Rs 37,900
FEATURES
>>Jelly Bean OS, Quad-core Exynos (1.6GHz)
>>5.5" screen, 16GB internal, 8 MP camera
The polycarbonate chassis ensures it's a solid, durable device (videos on Youtube.com). The design is similar to the Galaxy S III with the same rounded corners. The display is, for the lack of better word, different (and better). Samsung has also improved the feel and performance of the S Pen. As for the engine, it's rewriting the benchmark records, some by a distance. The battery life is stunning as well.

HTC Desire
HTC Desire VC
HTC DESIRE VC
Rs 21,999
FEATURES
>>1GHz cortex A5 Qualcomm, 480 x 800 pixel display
>>4GB internal storage, MicroSD slot, 1650mAh battery
The Desire VC is a dual-SIM smartphone that supports GSM and CDMA, a definite USP. But, it's single core and 512MB RAM is a bit underwhelming for the price. While simple taks such as browsing and media playback were seamless, multi-tasking was a bit jerky. The design is neat with a sleek body and is light at 118gms. The display is more than adequate, with decent viewing angles and visibility in sunlight. The 5MP camera, though, was disappointing as is the lack of Gorilla glass.

Yamaha Ray
Yamaha Ray
YAMAHA RAY
Rs 46,000
FEATURES
>>113cc, single cylinder, air cooled engine
>>CVT gearbox, 5 litre fuel tank
Yamaha's entrant in the scooter market holds well with competition. The maximum power (7bhp) and torque (8Nm) is at par with the segment. The engine is smooth but it won't be the fastest you will find in the market. It handles well in traffic and the brakes are impressive (with option of front disc). Styling is sharp and transcends the 'girly' image. In fact, its length and wheelbase are among the highest in the segment. Despite this, it's lightweight. The pricing is fair for the quality.

Fujifilm Finepix HS30EXR
Fujifilm Finepix HS30EXR
FUJIFILM FINEPIX HS30EXR
Rs 26,000 (approximate)
FEATURES
>>Focal length 4.2-126mm, 30x optical zoom, CMOS sensor
>>16 MP pixel count, 100-3,200 ISO, USB, miniHDMI
The FinePix HS30EXR is a solid superzoom. It keeps the innovative mechanical zoom ring and the same zoom ratio of the HS20, but has a new sensor. Unfortunately image quality is still mediocre. Poor white balancing ruins the camera's colour accuracy, which in itself is great. Noise reduction and sharpness also is also poor. The design feels a little cheap and durability is suspect. The menu system needs to be more efficient and professional.

Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
APPLE IPHONE 5
Rs 47,000 (expected)
FEATURES
>>Apple A6 chip, 64GB internal storage, supports LTE
>>iOS 6, Improved Safari browser, 8 MP camera
Apple A6 chip, 64GB internal storage , supports LTE iOS 6, Improved Safari browser, 8 MP camera The iPhone is only five years old but it continues to set the bar. The latest has a more powerful engine (twice as fast and better graphics), is 18% thinner, 20% lighter and has a bigger screen. The most troublesome change has been the 'lightning connector'-an eight pin digital connector that has replaced its 30-pin one. Existing accessories will now have to be connected using a special adapter. The camera has also been enhanced, meaning better low-light performance and less noise.

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