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The Hot & the not so Happening

Sam Abraham     November 25, 2010
Rs 17,990

  • 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen,Wi-Fi
  • 7x optical zoom, 720p HD video, 14.2 MP
Samsung's innovation continues with the addition of a touchscreen and Wi-Fi to a digital camera. The ST5500's picture quality and colour reproduction are excellent, especially in ambient light, but its low-light performance is less than stellar. The price is also steep for a point-and-shoot machine.

i10 KAPPA 2
Rs 4-5.5 lakh

  • 1,197 cc engine, 80 bhp@6,000 rpm
  • USB port with iPod compatibility
Hyundai's successful i10 has been revamped to meet European emission norms. In the process, they have also added more features, claim to have increased its fuel efficiency and redesigned the body. The new, improved i10 Kappa 2 is worth a buy.

Rs 12,770 (16 GB)

  • 1.54-inch colour TFT display
  • 8 GB or 16 GB flash drive, FM radio
The iPod Nano, with its multi-touch option, is sleek and stylish. Almost all buttons have been replaced with a touchscreen that is as intuitive as the click wheel. The device offers great mobility as it can fit into the smallest of pockets and even comes with a built-in clip. But, as with all Apple products, you have to pay a high price for these features.

Rs 42,499 (32 GB)

  • 1,024 x 768p, 1 GHz Apple A4 processor,
  • 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB flash drive
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G (optional), 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
The iPad is finally in India. It is certainly for a technophile, especially with the improvement in applications since its global launch. However, without 3G and limited Wi-Fi, think twice before you buy it. The lack of these options will make it seem more like a toy than a replacement for a laptop.

Rs 22,000 upwards

  • 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Android 2.1 OS, 7-inch touch panel
  • 512 MB memory, slot for 16 GB SD card, 3G, Wi-Fi, 3 MP camera
The application-rich Android 2.1 gives the tablet great functionality and it comes with a pre-installed Web browser. Also, the 800 X 480 pixel display is adequate to browse the Net and watch videos. The most exciting part is the price, Rs 20,000 less than that of the Apple iPad. However, as with iPad, the lack of 3G and widespread Wi-Fi limits the use of the product.

Rs 2,499

  • Water-resistant, anti-bacterial coating
This heaphone has been designed for workout enthusiasts and claims to be water-resistant. So, sweat it out and just run it under a tap to clean it. It has a clip to keep it in place while jogging and is not a high-maintenance product. However, the audio quality is poor, especially the bass notes. This means heavy music will not be too effective on these. Overall, a good extra pair for rough use.

Rs 11,490

  • 6-inch screen (800 x 600p), Wi-Fi, GPRS,
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB 2.0
  • 2 GB memory, expandable to 16 GB
The Wink, the second Indian e-reader is no competition for the Amazon Kindle in terms of applications. However, it does have an edge because of the 15 Indian languages it supports. It also plays MP3 and AAC files. The company has the support of publishers such as HarperCollins, Oxford and Penguin.The disappointing factor is, again, the price. The Kindle 3G is cheaper at approximately Rs 8,500 (including duties).

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