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The Moto G promises to deliver a premium smartphone experience for a third of the price of current high-end phones. In India, it’s currently selling like hot cakes. Considering the hype surrounding this handset, the Moto G deserves a special review treatment. Unlike others, we don’t just run benchmarks on a phone and then write an article around it. In smartphones, performance and app count only tell you the ‘smart’ part. In this review, we will also tell you how well does the Moto G perform as a ‘phone’.

 

 

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Budget smartphones might not attract as much attention as their high-end counterparts, but there is no denying that these devices are in massive demand, especially in markets like India. Motorola’s Moto G is an attempt to grab buyers’ attention by offering a number of features at an extremely reasonable price.

After a brief sabbatical, Motorola has returned to the Indian market with its Moto G smartphone, which is an affordable device for cost-conscious consumers worldwide. This phone was designed as part of Google’s plan to focus on creating a distinctive lineup of devices for different markets. Now, with Lenovo recently acquiring Google’s stake in Motorola Mobility, we don’t know whether or not the company will stick with the same strategy.

Motorola underscored its plan to focus on emerging markets by unveiling the Moto G at a huge event in Sao Paulo, Brazil in November last year. The budget-friendly smartphone was supposed to have reached Indian shores by January 2014, and it’s here after only a short delay. As promised, it comes at a decent price.

We got our hands on the black version of the Moto G (single-SIM). Does this low price come at the cost of performance?

Look and feel
The first thing that struck us about the Motorola Moto G was its novel packaging. When it came to our doorstep, we didn’t realise that the sleek box hid a mobile phone inside. Amazingly everything from the device to the charger fits within this slim box.

The Moto G is a candybar phone. It doesn’t have any contours – the design is very basic yet modern. When we first looked at the Moto G, we mistook it for the company’s flagship Moto X.

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The G looks like a replica of the Moto X (except for its size), which is not really a bad thing considering the premium look of its elder sibling. However, the Moto G is different in a few ways. It’s definitely thicker, measuring 129.9×65.9×11.6mm compared to 129.3×65.3×10.4mm for the X. At 143 grams, the Moto G is also heavier than the Moto X (130 grams). However, we assume that for an average buyer in this price segment, thickness and weight of a smartphone are not the biggest concerns. The Moto G features curved edges that offer a good grip.

The Moto G’s front panel is dominated by a 4.5-inch screen, which is only marginally smaller than 4.7-inch display found on the Moto X. The front panel features a black strip of glass around the screen that visually differentiates the plastic front and rear panels. Notably, the Moto G does not have any logo or branding on the front.

There’s a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera which to the left of the chrome earpiece. There are no soft-touch capacitive buttons on the front panel, a design touch that is commonly seen on the Nexus range of devices. It’s worth pointing out that Google’s Nexus 7 (2013) tablet’s front panel also bears a lot of similarities to the Moto G. The new Nexus 7 features a glass strip around the screen, identical to the Moto G.

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It seems Google wanted to align the industrial design of its hardware products. The Nexus line and Motorola’s two recent phones do have a family resemblance that sets them apart from Samsung’s and HTC’s phones.

Motorola has also used a nano-coating on the Moto G that acts as light water repellent. This does not make the Moto water resistant, but it can protect the smartphone from light splashes of water, which is still an interesting touch for a smartphone at this price point.

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The curved rear panel is made of a soft-touch polycarbonate, and is comfortable to hold. Yes, it sometimes gets badly smudged by fingerprints, but this is nothing that cannot be cleaned. The panel is removable even though the battery isn’t. Motorola has announced that there will be accessories including rear shells and flip covers (both in seven colour options) and Grip Shells (in five colour options). This means that customers will have a choice of colours, something we generally see on Nokia’s Lumia range.

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The power and volume rocker buttons are placed on the right side of the Moto G, while the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top and the Micro-USB port is on the bottom panel. The placement of the physical buttons is fine and we had no problem reaching them even when we were not looking at the device. The Moto G’s back houses a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash with a speaker grille to its left. The Motorola logo is embossed just below the LED flash and is identical to the one found on the Moto X. Peel off the back panel and you can get to the SIM slot, which accepts a Micro-SIM. The unit we received was a single-SIM device, though Motorola has introduced a dual-SIM Moto G variant in India.

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The Motorola Moto G has an overall solid build, though it does feel bit plasticky. Yes, it follows a tried and tested design rather than a radically new one, but it certainly has its own identity and there’s no mistaking it for any other phone from any other company.

Screen
One of the biggest highlights of the Moto G is its 4.5-inch 720×1280-pixel IPS LCD, which works out to a density of 329 pixels per inch. Notably, the Moto G’s screen is a bit sharper than Apple’s iPhone 5s, which offers 326ppi.

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Motorola has also used Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the Moto G to protect it from scratches. It’s worth pointing out that Gorilla Glass is usually found on premium devices priced at Rs. 30,000 and above.

The IPS LCD screen doesn’t have the fullest colour reproduction like the HTC One and LG G2 or the deepest blacks like Samsung’s high-end Galaxy smartphones (Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3) with AMOLED screens do, but it is bright and colours are consistently vibrant. Thankfully the viewing angles are never a problem. The screen is not very reflective and visibility in bright sunlight was also acceptable. Further, the Moto G’s 4.5-inch screen is fine for video playback and gaming.

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Text on the Moto G is always crisp and clear.

There is no denying that many brands have launched smartphones with full-HD screens of late, but after using the Moto G for some time we felt that 329ppi is more than enough for a screen of this size. Motorola has definitely upped the ante for phones in this price bracket.

Camera
The Moto G sports a 5-megapixel rear camera accompanied by an LED flash, and also has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. At this price point, we didn’t expect a higher megapixel count. The camera delivers decent but uninspiring shots in good lighting conditions.

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We tested the Moto G’s rear camera both outdoors and indoors in a variety of lighting conditions and found that images taken outdoors during daylight came out well, though they were a little over-saturated and we could detect a little bit of noise at the edges. You can notice that detail is lacking if you zoom in to a photo taken with a Moto G. Other than that, we found the quality of images taken in sufficient light to be satisfactory. However, the same could not be said for indoor and low-light shots. Photos taken in artificial light (without using the LED flash) are not very impressive, as background noise does tend to creep in.

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The Moto G’s rear camera can be set to take 5-megapixel shots in the 4:3 aspect ratio, while 16:9 shots will come out at 3.8 megapixels.

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The Moto G’s camera app is not stock and adds a bit of flavour the otherwise vanilla OS. Motorola’s camera app has a circular control bar that pops out from the left of the screen when tapped. Additional features include 4X digital zoom, slow motion video, burst mode, auto HDR mode, Panorama and tap to focus. The Moto G’s burst mode allows users to take up to 99 shots at once; users just need to long-press the camera soft key on the screen to start shooting. Notably, there are no ISO and exposure control settings on the Moto G.

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The 1.3-megapixel front facing camera can be used for selfies and video chats. We found that videos and images captured indoors or even outdoors with this camera were a bit grainy.

We would have liked a physical button for the camera as one has to rely on the soft key on the screen to click images.

Software/ Interface
When the Moto G reached our office, the device was running Android 4.3 out of the box. However, we soon encountered an alert that said “Please update your Moto G to Android’s latest version (4.4.2).” Motorola had rolled out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Moto G ahead of schedule in December last year.

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The Moto G with Android 4.4.2 KitKat is most updated smartphone in its price segment and offers a stock Android experience.

The Nexus 5 was the platform lead for Android 4.4 (KitKat) and the Moto G bears a lot of similarities to it in terms of software. Android 4.4 has a number of visual changes compared to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), including a new launcher that makes the interface even more minimalistic. The Moto G also has flatter design elements, more muted colours in the status icons, more transparency, and smoother transition animations.

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We noticed a smooth flyaway animation on the Moto G, similar to the one seen on the Nexus 5, while moving between the app launcher and homescreen. The Moto G’s app launcher features app icons and widgets; now due to the icons being larger, you’ll see a grid of 4×5 instead of a 5×5.

The Moto G offers five customizable homescreens, and lots of widgets and apps classified into preloaded and downloadable categories. Notably, you cannot go beyond five homescreens, unlike with the Nexus 5.

Shortcuts for the dialler, Chrome browser, main menu, Messages and camera app remain visible when you swipe between homescreens. Notifications in the tray can be expanded with a two-finger pull gesture, and there are buttons for clearing all notifications and showing the quick settings shortcuts. These include toggles for Brightness, Settings, Wi-Fi, Network, Battery, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, and Location settings. Unlike the Nexus 5, the Moto G does not have a quick Alarm clock shortcut.

Long-pressing on the Moto G’s homescreen brings up options to change the wallpaper. A choice of still, live and custom wallpapers are now available under a single menu.

Another feature that gives the Moto G a clear advantage in the affordable smartphone segment is the voice guided search feature. This was also first seen on the Nexus 5. A user can initiate a voice search on the Moto G when it’s unlocked by simply saying, ‘OK Google.’ However, it is only available when the language is set to US English.

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The Moto G also includes a revamped Phone app that now automatically prioritises contacts based on who you talk to most often. The app includes a search bar, space for the most frequently called contacts and favourites, and shortcuts to the contact list, dialling pad, call history and settings.

The Moto G also features a new Photos app that allows viewing and editing of locally stored and Google+ images. The new Photos app features deeper integration with Google+ and can be used to tag photos.

The Email app on the Moto G has also been revamped, and it now displays pictures of contacts for emails. Navigation has been made identical to the Gmail app and you can swipe messages to delete them.

The Moto G also includes Google Drive, Keep, Play Games, Play Movies, Play Movies, Play Books, Play Newsstand and Quickoffice for creating and editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. You can print documents through the Google Cloud Print plugin, or apps made by printer manufacturers.

Motorola preloads two other major apps on the Moto G. Motorola Migrate can help move the contents of an old Android phone to your new Moto G. Motorola Assist allows users to silence the device while you’re sleeping or driving. We tried it out, and noted that the app automatically sent a text message to callers in the time we told it we were busy.

Performance/ Battery Life
The Moto G is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB of RAM onboard. The Moto G comes in two storage capacities: 8GB and 16GB, and does not support expandable storage. We received an 8GB unit, of which only 5.5GB was user-accessible.

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Even though the Moto G falls in the budget smartphone segment, the limited storage on the device is definitely a limiting factor. Google is offering 50GB of free Google Drive storage for two years for every Moto G buyer, which is additional to the standard 15GB available to every Google account user. However, cloud storage is no substitute for physical storage, especially since budget users won’t have very expensive data plans.

The Moto G definitely ups the ante in terms of innards. Brands such as Micromax and Xolo, which have come to dominate the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment, usually use MediaTek chipsets.

The overall experience of navigating through the Moto G’s interface was extremely impressive, thanks to all the power under its hood, and the fact that the UI is devoid of unnecessary bells and whistles such as transition effects. We did not experience any lag at all while launching apps, playing light games, scrolling through web pages and switching between apps on the Moto G.

With its quad-core processor running under the hood, the Moto G manages to chug along just fine. We multi-tasked all day, which included chatting via WhatsApp and Hangouts, browsing the Web and playing games like Temple Run 2 and Plants vs. Zombies 2 without any trouble. In day to day activities the Moto G worked smoothly and we were never left wanting for more power – that is until we tried a few heavy games like Shadow Gun and Dead Trigger.

The clarity of the Moto G’s loudspeaker is good, but isn’t too loud and breaks at its highest volume. Motorola does not supply any headphones in the Moto G box, which is a surprising omission.

The Moto G’s 4.5-inch IPS LCD HD screen is good for movies and videos. We were impressed with the colour reproduction and viewing angles on the Moto G.

Call quality on the Moto G was impressive and the device was able to latch on to cellular networks even in weak signal areas, which came in handy at times. Our tests were performed on a single-SIM model, although Motorola will be selling the dual-SIM version here.

The Moto G scored well in our benchmark tests. We recorded a score of 11,874 in AnTuTu, which was right behind the Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S III. Quadrant gave us a score of 8,569 which is ahead of HTC’s flagship smartphone from two years ago, the One X. On the graphics front, the Moto G remarkably reached 11 frames per second in the GFXbench test, and 5629 in the 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme run-through.

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The Moto G packs a 2070mAh battery which is non-removable and can deliver a mixed usage time of up to 24 hours, according to Motorola. We were able to get about a day (22 hours) of normal usage on the Moto G, which consisted of Web browsing and watching videos on YouTube, a few calls lasting for about an hour, with Wi-Fi switched on, the display set to auto brightness, and the usual notifications for the messages, emails, Facebook, Hike and WhatsApp enabled.

With heavy usage, which included calls lasting for about two hours, 3G turned on all the time, casual photography and watching a movie for around two hours, an hour of casual gaming (Temple Run 2 and Dead Trigger), and notifications enabled, the device lasted for about 12-13 hours, which was not bad.

In our video loop rundown test, the Moto G was able to able to deliver 8 hours and 30 minutes of battery life.

Verdict
What makes the Moto G special is the fact that it is one of a very small number of devices running the latest version of Android, and one of the only ones priced this low to be doing so.

The Moto G scores heavily in terms of style and substance, and our only major quibbles are the non-expandable storage and below-par camera performance. The 4.5-inch HD screen is wide, and yet the phone is small enough to hold in one hand and type easily with a thumb. Most of all, praise be, the Moto G is also extremely affordable.

This phone is definitely aimed at price-conscious Indian smartphone buyers, and its array of colourful back shells will attract the style-conscious as well. Yes, it isn’t perfect, but it isn’t meant to compete against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One or LG G2. At its price, we’re willing to overlook its faults.

The Moto G is available in two variants: 8GB for Rs. 12,499 and 16GB for Rs. 13,999. At this price point, no other phones offer an experience that is as good, so in that sense the Moto G is a game changer. If you have your eyes set on the Moto G, we recommend you spend the extra bucks and get the 16GB version, given the limited user accessible storage available in the 8GB version. Our only other complaint with the Moto G is the average camera, but the only phone that offers a better camera in the same price bracket is the Nokia Lumia 720, so the newest Motorola smartphone is a winner overall.

Pros: 
Crisp IPS screen; Excellent gaming performance; Latest Android Kitkat; Great music output; Good battery life.
Cons: 
Questionable call quality; Disappointing camera; Shoddy bundled accessories.

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Street Price: Rs 12,500 (8 GB), Rs 14,000 (16 GB version)

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Full Specifications:

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
CDMA 800 / 1900 – CDMA version
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – for T-Mobile, AT&T
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – CDMA version
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2013, November
Status Available. Released 2013, November
BODY Dimensions 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm (5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 in)
Weight 143 g (5.04 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 8/16 GB, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB Host
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, stereo sound rec., HDR, check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.3 MP
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black (front panel), 7 color options (back panel)
- SNS integration
- Google Drive (50 GB storage)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
- MP4/H.263/H.264 player
- Organizer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Document viewer
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2070 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time Up to 24 h
MISC SAR US 1.17 W/kg (head)     1.06 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.79 W/kg (head)
Price group Rs 12,500 (8 GB), Rs 14,000 (16 GB version)
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: 967:1 (nominal), 2.477 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 81dB / Noise 75dB / Ring 82dB
Audio quality Noise -92.1dB / Crosstalk -91.4dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 54h

Nokia X – A “Forked” Android phone

 

 

The Nokia X is a mid-tier smartphone developed by Nokia, unveiled as part of the new Nokia X family on February 24, 2014. The Nokia X runs a modified (forked) version of Android, referred as the Nokia X software platform. The device shipped on the same day as the unveiling, with Nokia targeting the product for emerging markets.

The X was previously under development known as Normandy, Project N, the Asha on Linux project and MView.

Nokia has launched its much-awaited Nokia X Android phone in India at a price tag of Rs 8600. The phone was one of the big announcements at the MWC in Barcelona, and it may end up being one of their most successful budget handset as well.

The Nokia X sports a 4-inch IPS screen with 480×800 pixels. It’s powered by a Snapdragon S4 chipset clocked at 1.0 GHz Dual Core processor. For photography, there’s a 3 megapixel camera. Other features include 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, micro SD card slot, and 1500 mAh battery.

On the software front, Nokia X series runs a highly modified version of Google’s Android OS. The Finns call it the Nokia X Software Platform. It will lack popular Google services such as Maps. Expect Hangouts to be replaced by Skype, Google Drive with OneDrive, Gmail with Outlook, and Google Maps with HERE. Users won’t have access to the Play Store either, but side-loading apps is possible. Recently, Nokia announced that 75 percent of all Android apps are already compatible with Nokia X.

 

 

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REVIEWS:

Yep, hybrid Nokia X runs Android — but not as you know it (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain — Take a moment to mentally collect all your visions of firing up a Nokia device to scan Google Now, launch Google Maps directions with your voice, and rent Google Play content. Now throw them all away.

The new Nokia X, X+, and XL smartphones that Nokia unveiled here at Mobile World Congress 2014technically do run on Android, just as the leaks and rumors promised — and that means you’ll be able to load up Android apps with ease. However, this X and family don’t turn in the full ‘Droid experience that you think. In fact, the software doesn’t look a thing like Android at all.

 Design & Interface:

The Nokia X is the Finnish brand’s big effort to make greater waves into the low, low end of the smartphone market – and it’s enlisted the help of Android to make that happen.

The Nokia X is a phone that comes with a fairly decent spec list for a phone that’s coming in at €89 before tax (around £75, $120, AU$135) – we’re talking a dual-core 1GHz processor from Qualcomm, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch WVGA screen and a 1500mAh battery.

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However, it’s important not to compare to this to the likes of the Moto G, as it’s not meant for the more developed regions in terms of smartphone use. This is for areas where Android devices are sold at a much lower average price, but still can do the basic things that others can.

With that in mind, the Nokia X is probably a little better than OK. The polycarbonate body is fairly chunky, but in the hand it dovetails well with the smaller screen, as it would be hard to hold something that small and thin.

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The screen doesn’t seem to suffer either – the contrast is strong, helped by the smorgasbord of colour on offer from the live tiles.

There’s not a lot else on offer here in terms of ports or anything – the mandatory headphone jack and camera (which is only a 3MP option with no flash) are the only other items in a sea of matte plastic.

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But this isn’t meant to be a phone that’s all about design – the Nokia X is supposed to offer a differentiated user experience from the rest of the identikit Android phones on the market.

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To that end, I actually rather liked what Finland’s top Microsoft subsidiary is doing – there’s a nice fusion of Android familiarity and Windows Phone functionality.

The live tiles idea is really cool – it’s essentially just a clever way of doing Android widgets, but while other launchers can make things look too complex, Nokia is doing things its own way and making it all seem a lot cooler.

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For instance, there’s no ‘Apps’ key that shows all the little bits of software you’ve downloaded – now it’s all in one long list that just endlessly scrolls. To that end, it can get a bit messy, so Nokia’s method of creating folders is needed and something that wasn’t possible on Windows Phone.

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It’s nothing special, and you can’t just drag and drop to create a folder, instead needing to tap an icon. But at least dragging the live tile icons for each app will allow you to move the order around automatically, and some, such as the gallery, will expand to show pictures in your album.

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There’s even the chance to change the colour of some apps to match your theme – although the fact you can’t do this to all of them means this feature is slightly negated.

You can also see more notifications on the lock screen than you might on other Nokia phones – it’s a little boring in terms of design, but works well enough.

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The other big change is Nokia’s Fast Lane – it’s an odd change from the notifications bar, as it’s essentially the same thing but one long scrolling page that can be accessed by swiping right or left.

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It’s cool in some respects, as it allows you to dynamically control things like the music player, and always keeps your most-used apps close at hand. However, there is still the same pull-down bar as on other Android handsets here, but it’s only for changing settings.

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Come on Nokia, you don’t have to change EVERYTHING.

Fast Lane isn’t the same as the multi-tasking menu you’ll get on the likes of most other Android phones – while long pressing the icon will shut it down, the app apparently still runs.

However, Fone Arena noted that the multi-tasking menu is still there, but you’ll need to install specific apps to get it to work – not hard, but its absence out of the box may irk some.

Power, Camera & Verdict:

CPU

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The dual-core processor seems perfectly able to handle all tasks – it stuttered a fair bit when opening some apps, and in the demo the mapping application didn’t like rendering 3D images at speed, but on the whole it was OK.

Then again, it feels like this should be a little cheaper as a device once you’ve dug a little more into it. It’s likely to be pretty kind to that 1500mAh battery, so at least you won’t be reaching for the charger every seven seconds.

Nokia X review

The Nokia X only features 4GB of on-board storage, and no microSD card expansion (unlike the Nokia X+, which has that option and 768MB of RAM to speed things up a little) which is a real worry when it comes to trying to add media as well as downloading apps – there’s not a lot of room for much else.

Update: So it turns out we were fed wrong information on the Nokia stand – there is a microSD slot here, as you can see, meaning the only difference between the X and X+ is the extra RAM…we’d always recommend paying more to get that speed boost, but in some countries a few pounds difference in the price is a huge thing.

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There’s also a removable battery in the mix too (like its brother) – I’m going to guess that Nokia will only release either the X or X+ in more developed markets, and it will likely be the latter to ensure greater app performance, given how close these models are.

Camera

Nokia’s 3MP effort without flash is just that: non-flashy. It’s a super-basic snapper, and it’s almost so basic that I feel the Finns should be making a bit more of an effort, even at this price point.

However, there are some tweaks: you can alter the white balance and exposure levels ( a fairly easy trick for most chips these days) so you can start to improve the brightness when the darkness begins to set in.

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The pictures you take also append to a Live Tile on the home screen in a similar way to Windows Phone – although only if you’ve sized up the window, given you can make the Live Tiles bigger and smaller as you wish in most cases.

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Nokia has been very careful to remove everything from Google here and make it all about Microsoft – there are lots of similarities between the UI on show here and Windows Phone.

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OneDrive is front and centre, and with 10GB of storage on offer that might seem enticing for those stuck using Android phones with no access to Google’s Drive.

However, there does seem to be a feeling this is forced into the phone – part of me keeps wishing that Nokia had just done this before signing itself away to Microsoft, as this could have been a really good addition to the Android game.

Early verdict

The Nokia X is a hard phone to work out – on the one hand, it’s a super cheap handset and as such has the budget specs you’d expect.

On the other, it seems to be not much better than the Lumia 520, which is a Windows Phone handset and supposed to sit above it in the product line – on current prices, it’s also cheaper.

There are some worries here even for the developing nations: that 4GB of storage could get eaten up quickly, and while Nokia is touting the ability to add third party apps through other stores, new phones can live and die by app availability and that could kill the Nokia Android project.

The Nokia X is constructed well enough, has a interesting new UI and is breaking new ground – but as a new phone, it seems a bit expensive for what’s on offer.

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 Specifications:

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
SIM Optional Dual SIM (Micro-SIM)
Announced 2014, February
Status Available. Released 2014, March
BODY Dimensions 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm, 73.2 cc (4.55 x 2.48 x 0.41 in)
Weight 128.7 g (4.52 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 2 fingers
- Nokia X platform 1.0 UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 4 GB, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Up to 85.6 kbps
EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, HS
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels, check quality
Features 1/5” sensor size, panorama, face detection
Video Yes, 480p@30fps
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5
GPU Adreno 203
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black, white
- SNS integration
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- Document viewer
- Photo editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery (BN-01)
Stand-by Up to 408 h
Talk time Up to 13 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 10 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 26 h
MISC Price group Rs. 8600/-

 

 

 

 

Nokia 108: ultra-affordable camera phone

 

 

Those on a tight budget, but yearn for a camera phone from a global brand, Nokia will soon come to your rescue. Before you jump the gun, no it’s not an ultra-cheap Lumia, but a feature phone instead. The ultra-affordable camera phone is the Nokia 108, which will also come in a dual SIM variant. The 2G-compliant phone does not come with 3G, EDGE, or Wi-Fi support, so the only way you can share images is via Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM, or a microSD card reader. Although India doesn’t feature in the local product listing pages, but rest assured, like all Nokia handsets, this $29 (Rs 1820) one will land in the local markets as well, by the end of the year.

The phone packs in a VGA snapper, and is being marketed as a secondary handset for people, thanks to its long battery life – 13.8 hours of claimed talk time, up to 45 hours music playback time, and 31 days standby. The handset will be available in red, black, and white, and the yellow and cyan variants will join the family later. For its price, it seems quite a decent deal.

  • 2G (GSM 900/1800); dual-SIM variant.
  • No EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi support.
  • Dimensions: 110.4 (l) x 47 (w) x 13.5 (d) mm; 70.2 grams.
  • 1.8″ TFT display with 65k colours.
  • 32GB microSD card support.
  • 2.0 mm charger connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio.
  • VGA Camera.
  • 900 mAh battery with 13.8 hours of claimed talk time; up to 45 hours music playback time; 31 days standby.

Specifications

 

Also available as Nokia 108 with single SIM card support.
GENERAL 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
SIM Dual SIM (Mini-SIM, dual stand-by)
Announced 2013, September
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2013, Q4
BODY Dimensions 110.4 x 47 x 13.5 mm, 70.1 cc (4.35 x 1.85 x 0.53 in)
Weight 70.2 g (2.47 oz)
- Flashlight
DISPLAY Type TFT, 65K colors
Size 128 x 160 pixels, 1.8 inches (~114 ppi pixel density)
SOUND Alert types Vibration, Polyphonic(32), MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Phonebook 500 contacts
Call records Yes
Internal 4 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE No
WLAN No
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0
USB Yes (charging only)
CAMERA Primary VGA, 640×480 pixels
Video Yes, QVGA@15fps
Secondary No
FEATURES Messaging SMS(threaded view), Email
Browser No
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes
GPS No
Java Yes
Colors Black, White, Red, Blue, Yellow
- WAV/MP3/AAC player
- MP4/H.263 player
- Digital clock
- Calculator
- Calendar
- Converter
BATTERY Li-Ion 950 mAh battery (BL-4C)
Stand-by Up to 600 h
Talk time Up to 13 h 40 min
Music play Up to 41 h
MISC Price group Rs. 2000/- ($29)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5S: The Key Differentiators

 

Apple iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5S: The Key Differentiators

After every iPhone launch, the new handset gets compared to its predecessor. However, this time around this has become a three way comparison since the company has unveiled a couple of iPhones at the same event. Now before throwing numbers and jargons, let me tell you that the iPhone 5C is a plasticky version of the original iPhone 5. From screen to processor, the innards are almost the same. The most significant difference is that the 5C is thicker, heavier, and less classy than the iPhone 5. On the other hand, the iPhone 5S looks almost identical to its predecessor, but packs in quite a few unique features. Apart from the faster chip and improved camera, the Touch ID feature is noteworthy. On the software front, the latest iPhones will ship with iOS 7. But since the iPhone 5 will also receive the latest version of the OS in coming weeks, it’s certainly not a differentiator.
So here’s what’s same and different in these three members of the iPhone family:

Screen
iPhone 5 - 4″ IPS screen with 640×1136 pixels, Scratch resistant.
iPhone 5C - 4″ IPS screen with 640×1136 pixels.
iPhone 5S - 4″ IPS screen with 640×1136 pixels, Scratch resistant.

Yes, the iPhone 5C is probably the only Rs 35,000+ phone to lack the scratch resistant layer.

Construction
iPhone 5 - Aluminium body.
iPhone 5C - Colourful polycarbonate.
iPhone 5S - Aluminium body.

While I love colours, the 5C seems like an iPhone trapped in a Lumia’s body. On the other hand, the iPhone 5 and 5S win you over with their elegance.


Processor
iPhone 5 - A6 chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz (dual-core).
iPhone 5C - A6 chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz (dual-core).
iPhone 5S - A7 chipset clocked at 1.7 GHz (dual-core).

According to Apple, the A7 chipset is twice as fast when compared to the A6. The A7 also has a companion processor, the M7, which is designed to free the primary processor from computing the motion data (coming from accelerometer, gyro, and compass).

Camera
iPhone 5 - 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, ƒ/2.4 aperture.
iPhone 5C - 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, ƒ/2.4 aperture.
iPhone 5S - 8 megapixel camera with dial-LED flash, ƒ/2.2 aperture.

The iPhone 5S sports a 15% larger camera sensor compared to its predecessor. Throw in an aperture of ƒ/2.2 in the mix, and you get a camera that should do better in low-light photography.

Battery
iPhone 5 - 1440 mAh Li-polymer.
iPhone 5C - 1510 mAh Li-polymer.
iPhone 5S - 1570 mAh Li-polymer.

The iPhone 5 had a marathon battery. And since the battery capacity has been slightly increased in the recently announced iPhones, expect it to get even better.
Battery details sourced from GSMArena.com

Unlock Method
iPhone 5 – Password.
iPhone 5C - Password.
iPhone 5S -  Touch ID.

Thanks to the fingerprint identity sensor, you can unlock your iPhone 5S by placing your thumb on the Home button. This feature is missing in the iPhone 5 and 5C.

For more details check out the comparison table below:

 

 

 

 

 

Source: techtree

 

 

Ever since the Finnish company decided to join forces with Microsoft, Nokia has been steadily releasing a slew of Windows Phones into the market covering various price points. We have seen devices like the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 in the past, which took care of the high-end of the market and phones such as the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 620, which are covering the low-end. 

Today we have the Lumia 720 with us, which sits bang in the middle of Nokia’s Lumia range and is a mid-range device with enough features to attract those who don’t want to spend too much but want something more than a budget device. Let’s see how well it performs.

Design

Nokia has history of making great looking and the Lumia 720 is no different. The phone takes on the appearance of the more expensive Lumia 920 and looks really good, particularly the red version pictured here. Unlike some of the other Lumia models, the 720 has a unibody construction and the polycarbonate on the back fuses effortlessly with the glass on the front.

 

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The front has the Gorilla Glass 2 stretching from top to bottom and housing the display roughly in the middle. As with the previous Lumia phones, there is a sizable bezel around the screen, particularly below with the three keys, and it does tend to make the display look smaller than it is. Above the display are the earpiece and the front facing camera.

 

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On the right, the phone has the volume control keys, power keys and two-step camera shutter key. Having the power key on the side instead of the top is convenient but having it on same side as the volume keys means you often end up pressing one when you want the other. Having it on the other side would have reduced the confusion.

On top is the 3.5mm headphone jack. Since the phone has a unibody design, the card slots are on the outside, with the micro SIM slot on top and microSD slot on the left, both operated using the provided tool. On the bottom is the micro USB port.

 

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On the back is the 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash. A secondary microphone can be seen just above the flash. Near the bottom are the connectors for the snap-on wireless charging cover and loudspeaker. The snap-on cover is a separately sold accessory and not part of the standard equipment. It adds extra size and bulk to the phone, not to mention makes it look worse, for the convenience of wireless charging.

The hardware has a nice feel and fits well in your hand. The matte red unit we received looked nice but was a tad slippery, which was exacerbated by the curvy body. The phone, however, feels rock solid despite the plastic construction and should be able to take a few drops without any issues.

Overall the design and build of the Lumia 720 are very impressive and although it is only a mid-range device it has a premium feel to it that surpasses that of many expensive phones.

Display

The Lumia 720 has a 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 resolution ClearBlack LCD. The ClearBlack technology improves outdoor visibility by employing a polarizing filter that makes the display easier to see even under direct sunlight.

The 720 also uses a couple of software tweaks to improve the visibility under bright light by changing the color and brightness of the panel. The image no longer looks natural but if you’re just trying to look at text or a map under sunlight then it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Lastly, the Lumia 720 also employs the super-sensitive touch that we first saw on the Lumia 920. Once enabled, this lets you use the touchscreen even through gloves or pretty much anything, for that matter.

Speaking of image quality, the display on the Lumia 720 is actually quite good. The colors, brightness, contrast, viewing angles and sunlight legibility are all impressive. Only issue is the WVGA resolution, which makes some of the fonts look rough, especially while scrolling. Still, for most parts the display on the Lumia 720 is quite satisfactory.

Hardware, Software and Performance

The Lumia 720 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8227 SoC with a 1GHz dual-core Krait CPU and Adreno 305 GPU. In terms if memory, it has 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage space, out of which only about 3GB is available to the user. You’ll be glad to know then that the phone also has a microSD card slot. In terms of connectivity, the phone has 3G/HSPA, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ab/g/n, NFC, A-GPS and GLONASS.

The software is the same old Windows Phone 8. Released over a year ago now, the OS is already starting to feel long in the tooth and Microsoft’s glacial pace at updating it isn’t helping matters. In its current version, Windows Phone would have been great four years ago but feels severely out of touch with what’s going on in the rest of the smartphone world. Whatever is the next version it couldn’t come soon enough.

Beyond the core operating system, Nokia has usual has installed its own range of apps and service. There is the excellent Nokia Here maps application, along with turn-by-turn voice navigation with Nokia Drive. Then there is the Nokia Music service for free streaming of Indian and international music, Cinemagraph for taking pictures with moving elements, Panorama for, well, panorama shots, Smart Shoot that takes multiple shots and lets you choose the best one, and a couple of others. Nokia has also installed a few third party apps, such as BIGFLIX, BookMyShow, Cosmopolitan, Hike, TripAdvisor and Zomato. As usual, you can choose to uninstall all of these, if you wish.

Nokia’s applications are what set their Windows Phone devices apart from everyone else’s (that and the fact that every else seems to have pretty much given up at this point). Nokia does a good job of making up for Microsoft’s inadequacies to quite an extent.

Unfortunately, Nokia can’t make up for everything and as before, Windows Phone still lags behind when it comes to third party apps. It’s disappointing that even after three years this is still an issue but that’s just how it is. If you’re not a big app or games person and only need the basic apps to get through your day, you should be fine. More demanding users would still be advised to look at iOS or Android.

In terms of performance, the Lumia 720 is in line with other Windows Phone devices. The UI is as smooth as ever, although occasionally it would hiccup in odd places. The menu in the camera app, for example, always lagged every time it was brought up.

As with other Lumia phones, the 720 comes with additional options in the Settings menu, such as for the display and network settings. These are not part of the core OS and added separately by Nokia through. Due to this, there is a distinct lag when you open them, complete with a loading screen. On surface, they look like any other settings item so the lag is likely to confuse an average user who doesn’t know what Nokia has been up to. It would be better if Nokia works on making the integration more seamless by getting rid of the loading screens.

The Lumia 720 comes with 512MB of RAM, which other than making a handful of apps incompatible with the device also makes it easy to run out of memory during multitasking. It’s not difficult to choke the phone by running a few apps in the background while web browsing. This usually results in the phone either closing the apps or closing browser tabs.

Performance in gaming is a mixed bag. In certain games such as Temple Run there was noticeable lag whereas Asphalt 7: Heat worked fine. It really depends upon the developers and how they optimize their apps. Unfortunately, most of them don’t really bother, which negatively affects the overall gaming performance.

Multimedia

The Lumia 720 has a 6.7 megapixel camera, which is a rather odd resolution to have. The main attraction is the camera aperture, which at f/1.9 is the widest on a mobile phone camera till date. What this should result in is some good low-light photography and shallow depth of field.

 

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In terms of image quality, the Lumia 720 acquits itself quite well. Nokia is one of the best around when it comes to camera quality but it’s good to see the expertise trickle down to mid-range offerings as well. The images from the 720 are fairly detailed and noise-free with natural colors and sharpness. The large aperture doesn’t really result in a particularly shallow depth of field compared to phones with smaller apertures but then that is expected from such a small lens.

In lowlight, the camera once again delivers impressive results, with genuinely usable images, helped no doubt by the wide aperture allowing more light in than on most camera phones. Of course, the aperture alone can’t do much, so it’s good that Nokia has paired the optics with a good sensor as well. Low light images look pretty decent and have a surprisingly low-amount of noise.

Videos were once again quite good. The phone records 720p videos, which, other than the usual wobble associated with a lack of stabilization of any kind, were sharp and smooth.

The audio video performance is on par with other Windows Phone devices. The music player still won’t let you play FLAC files and the video player cannot play anything other than MP3, that too without subtitle support. This barebones experience may have made sense back in 2007 when the iPhone was announced but not anymore. The fact that you don’t even have decent apps to make up for this functionality makes things worse.

The audio quality of the 720 is pretty good, both through the headphones as well as the loudspeaker. The single loudspeaker, despite its position is pretty loud even if you keep it on a surface. The headphone output can be altered as Nokia bundles an equalizer app within the main settings although it’s best to leave them disabled. Nokia also bundles a pair of earphones with the phone but they have to be perhaps the worse I’ve ever heard and don’t ever deserve to be taken out of the box.

Battery Life

The Lumia 720 has a non-removable 2,000mAh battery. The battery size is the same as the one in the Lumia 920 and even bigger than what HTC provides with the 8X. Considering the slower processor, this has a profound effect on battery life. With regular usage, the Lumia 720 could get about two days of battery life, which has become incredibly rare these days. Even with heavy usage you’d still get over a day of usage, which is still pretty awesome.

Verdict

There is a lot to like in the Lumia 720. The design is absolutely gorgeous and good enough to make you want to buy the phone on that merit alone. The display is also pretty good, despite the lower resolution. The camera is impressive, both indoors and outdoors and the battery life is outstanding.

It’s not without its flaws, however. The first is Windows Phone 8, which is no longer a competitive operating system. It lags behind iOS and Android in both features as well as third party applications. Unless Microsoft gets its game together and releases some significant updates it is bound to fade into obscurity.

Secondly, at Rs. 17,999, the Lumia 720 is quite expensive. You are paying nearly twice over the Lumia 520 and not getting a lot in return. Priced below Rs. 15,000, the Lumia 720 would have been easier to recommend but not so much at the current price.

All things considered, if you’re someone who doesn’t use a lot of apps and manage to find a good deal, the Lumia 720 is a fine device and one of the best mid-range smartphones on the market today. Others are advised to look elsewhere. 

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Quad-band 3G with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA support
  • 4.3″ 16M-color ClearBlack IPS LCD display of WVGA resolution
  • 6.1 megapixel autofocus camera with super-fast F/1.9 lens and LED flash, 720p@30fps video recording
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • 1 GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8227 chipset, 512MB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support
  • Free lifetime voice-guided navigation
  • 8GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via the microSD card slot
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
  • Built-in accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microUSB port
  • Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and EDR, file transfers
  • SNS integration
  • Xbox Live integration and Xbox management
  • NFC support
  • Digital compass
  • Nokia Music

Main disadvantages

  • A few prominent apps still missing, some apps incompatible due to 512MB RAM
  • No FM radio
  • No system-wide file manager
  • No lockscreen shortcuts
  • Voice navigation is limited to only a single country

 

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Also known as Nokia 720 RM-885.
GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2013, February
Status Available. Released 2013, April
BODY Dimensions 127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm, 78 cc (5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 in)
Weight 128 g (4.52 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  - ClearBlack display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  - Dolby headphone sound enhancement
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class B
EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
   
   
CAMERA Primary 6.1 MP, 2848 x 2144 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features 1/3.6” sensor size, geo-tagging
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.3 MP, 720p@30fps
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to WP8 Amber
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8227
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors White, Red, Yellow, Cyan/Black
  - SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- 7GB free SkyDrive storage
- Document viewer
- Video/photo editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
   
   
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BP-4GW)
Stand-by (2G) / Up to 520 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 23 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 13 h 20 min (3G)
Music play Up to 79 h
MISC SAR US 1.24 W/kg (head)    
SAR EU 0.76 W/kg (head)    
Price group Rs./- 16,000 to 18,000
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: 1172:1 (nominal) / 2.512:1 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 72dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 75dB
Audio quality Noise -83.1dB / Crosstalk -80.9dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 60h

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 launched in India

 

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Samsung has launched its Galaxy Mega large screen smartphones in the Indian market. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 will be available across the country within a week from today for a price of Rs. 25,100 while the Galaxy Mega 6.3 will be available in mid-June for a MRP of Rs. 31,490.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is a dual-SIM device that has a 5.8-inch screen with qHD(540×960 pixels) resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor alongside 1.5GB RAM and features an 8-megapixel rear camera, as well as a 2-megapixel front facing camera. The phone comes with 8GB expandable storage and has a 2,600mAh battery. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 sports a 6.3-inch 720×1280 display and features the same camera as that of Galaxy Mega 5.8. It is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The Galaxy Mega has 1.5GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and A-GPS. The phone comes with a 3,200 mAh battery and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone comes with 16GB internal storage capacity and has a microSD card for expanding the storage up to 64GB.

The GALAXY Mega smartphones will offer split screen capability for a variety of applications including email, messages, ‘MyFiles,’ ‘S Memo,’ ‘S Planner’, amongst others. The devices will also feature the much touted ‘Air View’ feature, that lets users preview information in emails, photos in Gallery, and speed dial contacts without opening them.

The phones are being launched with special offers from RCOM and Vodafone. RCOM customers buying the phone will get 2GB data per month free for 3 months and unlimited access to Big Movies library, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. Vodafone customers will get 2GB data download(2G+3G) per month for two months.

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 key specifications

  • 6.3-inch HD display of 720×1280 resolution
  • 1.7GHz dual-core processor
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, can be expanded by up to 64B
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v 4.0, GPS
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 3200 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 key specifications

  • 5.8-inch display with resolution of 540×960 pixels
  • 1.4GHz dual-core processor
  • 1.5GB RAM 8GB internal storage, can be expanded by up to 64B
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2-megapixel front camera 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v 4.0, GPS
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 2600 mAh battery

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 I9150

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – GT-I9150
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – GT-I9152 (SIM 1 & SIM 2)
3G Network HSDPA
SIM Optional Dual SIM (Micro-SIM)
Announced 2013, April
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2013, May
BODY Dimensions 162.6 x 82.4 x 9 mm (6.40 x 3.24 x 0.35 in)
Weight 182 g (6.42 oz)
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen
Size 540 x 960 pixels, 5.8 inches (~190 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
- TouchWiz UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB storage, 1.5 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
NFC No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes, 1.9 MP
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
CPU Dual-core 1.4 GHz
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors White, Black
- SNS integration
- MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document viewer
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time
MISC Price group Rs. 25100/-

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA
4G Network LTE – GT-I9205
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2013, April
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2013, May
BODY Dimensions 167.6 x 88 x 8 mm (6.60 x 3.46 x 0.31 in)
Weight 199g (7.02 oz)
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 6.3 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
- TouchWiz UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8/16 GB storage, 1.5 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
NFC Yes
Infrared port Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR
Video Yes
Secondary Yes, 1.9 MP
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
CPU Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors White, Black
- SNS integration
- MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document viewer
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time
MISC Price group Rs. 31,490/-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Speed of Innovation
Technology is getting savvier, smaller and sleeker by the day. What can be termed as wish today in the wishlist of gizmos and gadgets and before you know it some company has turned that into a product. Innovation is happening at such a mind boggling speed that sometimes you really need to pinch yourself to believe not in the wish but the reality is indeed in your hands.

https://www.samsungindiaestore.com/Common/SAM_STORE_ATIVVideo.aspx?VideoFlag=700

http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/pc-peripherals/smart-pc/smart-pc/XE500T1C-A02UK

 

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Samsung recommends Windows 8.

Specifications
OPERATING SYSTEM Operating System Windows 8 (64-bit)
PROCESSOR Processor Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 3317U (1.70 GHz, 3 MB L3 Cache)
DISPLAY LCDHDD 29.47cm (11.6″) FHD LED Display (1920 x 1080)
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATION Dimension (WxDxH) 304 x 189.4 x 11.9mm (11.97″ x 7.46″ x 0.47″)
Weight 0.888Kg (1.96lbs) [Wifi Model]
GRAPHIC Graphic Processor Intel® HD Graphics 4000
MEMORY System Memory 4GB DDR3 System Memory at 1600MHz (on BD 4GB)
STORAGE 128GB Solid state Drive
MAIN CHIPSET Main Chipset Intel HM76
MULTIMEDIA Sound Internal Dual Array Digital Mic
Sound Effect SoundAlive™
Speaker Stereo Speakers ( 1 W x 2 )
Integrated Camera 2.0 megapixel Webcam (front), 5.0 megapixel Webcam (rear)
COMMUNICATION Wired Ethernet LAN Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235, 2×2 802.11 abg/n (up to 300Mbps), Widi Support(Only for Core i CPU)
Bluetooth Bluetooth V4.0
I/O PORT HDMI 1 Micro HDMI
Headphone Out 1 Headphone out/Mic-in Combo
USB 1 USB3.0
Multi Card Slot MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader
Dock Port 1 Dock Port
DC-In (Power Port) 1 DC-in
INPUT Keyboard Keyboard Dock (Island-type Keyboard, Touchpad) / S Pen
Touch Pad, Touch Screen Touch screen
POWER AC Adaptor 40 W AC Adapter
Standard Battery 4 Cell (49Wh)
SOFTWARE Installed S/W S Note
S Player
S Gallery
S Camera
Evernote
Microsoft Office Trial
Settings
SW update
Recovery
Norton Internet Security (60 days Trial)
Norton Online Backup (30 days Trial)
PowerDVD
Software can be changed without notice.
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelarometer Sensor
Compass Sensor
Gyro Sensor

 

 

Smart PC
It can be tablet, it can be a laptop, it can be a PC. Imagine if a device could have the convenience of a tablet, the portability of a laptop and the computing power of a PC. Samsung’s ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro promise exactly that.  ATIV can easily transform from a traditional clamshell notebook PC to a tablet PC device with just the click of a button, maximizing both productivity and mobility. Designed for Windows 8.

The First Look
According to Samsung “Combining revolutionary design, the power of a notebook PC and the convenience of a tablet PC, the 11.6-inch Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart

PC Pro are Samsung’s next set of smart devices. These provide computing power with Windows 8 functionality as well as full Windows 7 compatibility. Each device features a detachable keyboard-docking system that allows users to easily switch between a clamshell notebook PC and a tablet PC form factor. These devices allow for great mobility with maximum productivity.”

An advanced 10-finger multi-touch screen provides a technological leap in interactivity, surpassing the traditional two-finger touch features. Its enhanced sensitivity allows users to pinch-to-zoom, rotate images and scroll through pages with ease to enjoy the full capabilities of the latest entertainment applications.

Both the ATIV models also have a S Pen, for delivering real writing and drawing experiences.  AT 1024 level pressure sensitivity the pen is great

There are also USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 slots alongwith mHDMI and miniSD. The battery life is 13.5 hours for ATIV and for ATIV its 8 hours.

The chassis is sleek and cool. Powered by Intel Core i5 processor the technology is updated and state of art. Display is 11.6 full HD.

Some of the other features are a 10 point touch screen, through which users can easily stay connected and productive from everywhere.

Pros and Cons
Samsung ATIV Pro is a machine that many may have wished for. Sleek, slim and technology upto date. The pricing for ATIV Smart PC Pro is Rs. 75,490/ , the ATIV Smart PC is priced at Rs. 53,990/-.  A cheaper pricing may have worked better.

Storage at 128 GB is good for a tablet but when you market a product as a tablet plus a laptop plus a PC, then 128 GB leaves more to be desired.Weighing at 0.88 makes it an easy option to carry around.

In terms of Samsung warranty and service, well that’s a story best divided between the satisfied and dissatisfied customers.

The Last Word
One the cheapest tablets in India with a keyboard and mouse from Zync is priced at Rs. 3666/- with a one year “pickup from your premises” warranty. There are tens of such players in the market now.  A high definition tablet is priced around Rs. 6000 in one of the e-commerce sites. They may not be a match for Samsung ATIV but for a price sensitive market like India where the demarcation between laptop consumers, PC consumers and tablet consumers is determined by more by affordability than choice, Samsung ATIV starting at Rs. 53,999 to Rs. 75,490 may just have some interesting competition from the Chinese tablets branded in India. Overall the machine is desirable and especially useful for those on the run.

Specifications

Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE

:: Processor: Intel Atom Z2760 1.8 GHz

:: Memory: 2048 MB, LPDDR2

:: Graphics adapter: PowerVR SGX545, Core: 533 MHz

:: Display: 11.6 inch 16:9, 1366×768 pixel, capacitive, multi-touch, Unknown, glossy: yes

:: Harddisk: 64 GB SSD, 64 GB

:: Connections: 3 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combo headphone/microphone, Card Reader: micro SD, Sensors: position, ambient light, TPM

:: Networking: Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n (abgn), 4.0 LE Bluetooth, 4G/LTE/3G

:: Size: height x width x depth (in mm): 20.5 x 304 x 189.4

:: Weight: 1.455 kg Power Supply: 0.272 kg

:: Battery: 30 Wh Lithium-Ion

Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 14:30 min

:: Price: 900 Euro

:: Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 32 Bit

:: Additional features: Webcam: Front 2MP, Rear 8MP, Speakers: 2 x stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, S-Note, S-Player, Photo Editor, Norton Internet Security (90 day), 24 Months Warranty
Active and Smart. Is this what Samsung hints with its ATIV branding?

The new device category is also called convertible, and implements the possibilities of Windows 8 into practice.
Traditional working on the Windows desktop and finger operation in tablet style on the new Metro interface.
Devices that control both worlds are currently flooding the market.
The technical implementation ranges from sliders over dual-screens up to 360 foldable displays.
The goal is always the same: Windows fans fearlessly mutate to tablet users.
They remain loyal to the group and can continue to use familiar programs.
The keyboard dock alongside its two additional USB ports is good for productivity.
Despite the weak Atom processor, Samsung does not rely on Windows RT “light” but uses a normal Windows 8 32bit.
The chassis is characterized by good stability – this applies only to the tablet itself.
The mount makes a solid and long-lasting impression.
The less stable and lightweight “base unit” cannot prevent some rocking and coiling.
Samsung installs an ambient light sensor beside the front-facing cam. It is more annoying than useful due to the permanent brightness flickering it induces.
The speakers are located here at the tablet’s edges and render good tablet-sound.
This button mechanically releases the “lid’s” lock.
The small PSU as a plug solution would have appealed to us more.
40 watts at a stress power consumption of 8.5 watts seem very oversized. Consequently, overheating is hardly ever an issue.
ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE: Keys feature a crisp pressure point but coil a bit.
ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE: Multi-touchscreen with high brightness but annoying reflections.
ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE: The keyboard dock featuring keys, touchpad and 2x USB extremely increases productivity with Windows.
ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE: The docking hinge is stable and solid. Unfortunately, it cannot prevent the lid from closing by itself.
ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE: Windows users can work either traditionally with a desktop or via finger gestures in tablet mode.
Similar Laptops

Laptops with the same GPUand/or Screen Size

HP Envy x2 11-g000eg Tablet: Atom Z2760, 1.41 kg

Notebooks from the same Manufacturer

Samsung Galaxy Camera: Mali-400 MP4, Exynos 4412 Quad, 4.8″, 0.303 kg

Samsung ATIV Tab GT-P8510 Tablet: Adreno 225, Snapdragon APQ8060A, 10.1″, 0.574 kg

Samsung 540U3C Ultrabook: HD Graphics 4000, Core i5 3317U, 13.3″, 1.644 kg

Samsung Series 7 700Z5C Notebook: GeForce GT 640M, Core i7 3615QM, 15.6″, 2.3 kg

Samsung Series 3 300E7A Notebook: GeForce GT 520MX, Pentium B960, 17.3″, 2.665 kg

Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 Smartphone: Mali-400 MP4, Exynos 4412 Quad, 5.55″, 0.182 kg

Pro
+ Good input devices keyboard dock
+ Many interfaces, also via dock
+ Long battery life even with dock
+ Silent operation
+ Low waste heat
+ Bright screen
+ Good contrast
Contra
- Not much power for Windows users
- No gaming power
- Annoying brightness sensor
- Loud touchpad buttons
- Slow and too small flash memory

Shortcut

What we like

The basic idea: Add keys and work productively.

What we’d like to see

Memory capacity. The 64 GB is almost completely full just with Windows 8 and the recovery partition.

What surprises us

The courage to install a standard Windows 8 (32 bit) on tablet hardware. However, this combination will not provide a satisfactory work speed in the long run.

The competition

Dell’s XPS 12Sony’s Vaio Duo 11Asus’ Taichi 21,Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 13 andMicrosoft’s Surface RT (Windows RT), Toshiba Satellite U920tLenovo Ideapad Yoga 11HP Envy X2Acer Iconia W510P

 Rating:

Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
 12/05/2012 v3
 Sebastian Jentsch
Workmanship
80%
Keyboard
84%
Mouse
87%
Connectivity
63%
Weight
92%
Battery
96%
Display
83%
Games Performance
16%
Application Performance
68%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Impression
80%
Average
79%
85% Convertible * Weighted Average

Review Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C Convertible

Wintablet. Tablet + keyboard dock = too little for an innovation? We are testing Intel’s tablet platform based on new hardware for the first time. Can the new Atom processor keep pace with a genuine 32 bit Windows 8?

Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE: A dream for Windows fanboys: A full-fledged Windows 8 on a tablet convertible. The perfect tool?
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE: A dream for Windows fanboys: A full-fledged Windows 8 on a tablet convertible. The perfect tool?

Editor’s Note (December 28, 2012): The following review has not yet been edited for grammatical errors. A final draft of the review will be released soon.

For the original German review, see here.

Tablet or Windows PC? Let’s simply do both! Samsung faces up to the convergence of tablets and Windows-clamshell laptops with a new series. The brand name ATIV includes smartphones (“S”, Windows Phone 8), tablets (“Tab”, Windows RT), Atom convertibles like our test device (Smart PC, Windows 8) and Intel Core convertibles (Smart PC Pro, Windows 8).

Our ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE is technically a netbook although Intel’s Atom Z2760 (Clover Trail) and the integrated PowerVR SGX545 consume much less power than the prior Pine Trail range. How will the SoC (system-on-a-chip), specially designed for tablets, fare with a normal version of Windows 8? Mind you, Windows RT is not the Smart PC’s brain like in Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

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Case

Samsung prioritizes tablet use and opts for the docking concept. This is only one option for turning a tablet into a subnotebook. Other possibilities are flip-frames (Dell XPS 12), slider mechanisms (Sony Vaio Duo 11, Toshiba Satellite U920t) and a 360 degree lid (Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga). Asus takes the mechanically easiest solution and inserts a second lid into its 11.6 inch Taichi 21 subnotebook. HP and Acer, like Samsung, rely on dock screens (HP Envy X2, Acer Iconia W510P).

Keyboard dock
Keyboard dock
Massive hinge
Massive hinge
Closed looks
Closed looks

The advantage of the docking solution is that you don’t have to carry around a bulky and heavy casing when you don’t need the keyboard. The drawback is that the tablet has to accommodate the battery andcomputing power. However, even much thinner tablets accomplish that too. The Clover Trail Atom does not need active cooling and is more energy-efficient than a Tegra 3 (Android tablets) in some cases. Consequently, a big 60 watt hour laptop battery is not at all needed.

Now a closer look at the 11.6 incher’s massive metal hinge. Two bolts secure the tablet firmly and the lock is released mechanically by pushing a big button in the center. The connection features a good mount and the tablet stops firmly in the widest opening angle. This is favorable because the device fits securely on the keyboard dock in laptop mode and touch inputs find a suitably fixed surface. However, the hinge cannot prevent the heavy “lid” from rocking.

We did not like the narrow opening angle of merely 120 degrees in laptop mode. However, we suspect that it is so narrow because the heavy tablet would otherwise lift up the fairly light keyboard dock. But what’s worse is that the “screen” falls back onto the keys by itself; except for the final stop, the hinge does not provide a hold point. This becomes aggravating when the ATIV is not only used on a table but is carried around in laptop mode. The “lid” constantly shuts itself and that is annoying. We cannot imagine what purpose this “loose” hinge might have. But it must be intentional because a slight resistance has to be overcome at approximately 5 degrees by using the second hand.

We really like the actual tablet’s stability and workmanship. The screen features a very good pressure resistance like known from premium non-Windows tablets. The sleek, clear coating on the back has the same feel as the front and is as usual soon covered with fingerprints. We deem theback as unsuitable because it is so slick that the tablet might slip out of the hands.

The keyboard’s base does not match to the tablet body’s stable impression. It can be warped with relatively little effort and you can see how the metal hinge tugs at the keys’ plastic base when opening it.

Connectivity

The combination of tablet and keyboard dock let the connectivity of Android devices look inferior.Three (full-size!) USB 2.0 ports, one of which is on the tablet, and a micro HDMI are the highlights. A SIM card slot for the integrated 4G/LTE modem is also available. Micro SD memory cards fit into the ATIV just as well as standard 3.5 mm jack plugs for microphones / headphones (headsets).

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Communication

The tablet’s connection to the network via draft-n Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n) and 4G/LTE modem is state-of-the-art. This is also appropriate because fast Internet access from the client’s side is standard for EUR 700 including a keyboard dock. Bluetooth 4.0 finishes off the mobility bundle.

Accessories

Samsung’s ATIV Smart PC is also available without the keyboard dock. Strangely, offers found without the dock are more expensive than with one (EUR 700). Regardless of that, the buyer should opt for the keyboard in any event since it is necessary for the tablet to mutate to a small Windows laptop.

stylus pen (passive, no battery) is inserted in the tablet’s chassis. Invisible yet present, the tablet sports an accelerometerposition sensor and gyroscope (stabilizing gyro, detects the tablets position e.g. in games; standard in modern tablets).

Software

Samsung restrains itself when it comes to software. Besides S-Note, S-Player, Photo Editor and Norton Internet Security (90 day trial) there is only the familiar Easy Settings tool. However, the user does not have much storage capacity for personal programs. Shockingly low 20 GB of the 64 GB flash memory are free. We recurrently found the limits and had to delete games/benchmarks right away. If you are planning to use the ATIV as a small work device, you will definitely need a micro SD memory card (64 GB approx. EUR 50).

The BIOS is more than Spartan. No settings can be made apart from the booting order and TPM module’s activity. The Smart PC sports such a module for uniquely authenticating the device. Larger IT infrastructures employ this technology.

Warranty

Samsung includes a 24 month warranty with a flexible service. This means an on-site repair service rather than pick-up service. An upgrade to a total of 48 months costs approximately EUR 139.

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Webcam

2.0 megapixels (front) and 8.0 megapixels (rear) transforms the ATIV to a gigantic camera. Unfortunately, the picture quality is anything but compelling because focused pictures with fairly natural colors should be possible even in overcast conditions. The Smart PC’s 8 MP rear-facing camera exhibits an absolutely satiated red and an imprecise focus. The front-facing camera reproduces more natural colors but the focus is also weak. The Vaio Duo 11′s 8 MP cam does a much better job.

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Input Devices

Keyboard

Using the keyboard and touchpad is logical when working in classic menu trees. The stylus pen is useful for triggering icons, markings, etc. more accurately, but recurrently picking up the pen while typing seems unreasonable.

The key bed regrettably does not fit as tight as we would have wanted for a crisp pressure point. The keys therefore produce a coiling stroke that vibrates in the center. That is too bad since the good key drop and clear pressure point alongside the clearly arranged layout would have created a very good keyboard. The 13 mm keys (desktop 19 mm) feature a big gap of 4 mm, which allows accurate typing.

Touchpad

The wrist rest features a pleasant size and allows incorporating a sufficiently sized touchpad for its dimensions. The 9.6 centimeter in diagonal field is a ClickPad with buttons incorporated beneath it. The pad’s just still sufficient key drop is not as agreeable when a mouse click is performed in the center. The right and left mouse button underneath the pad’s front feature a long, smooth drop and firm stop. The keys’ click noise is very loud and will soon get annoying in, for example, the library.

Touchscreen

The 10 finger multi-touchscreen can be used with either the fingers or stylus. In keeping with Samsung’s concept “The pen makes the difference”, as used in the Galaxy Note, a small plastic pen belongs to the tablet. It is extremely useful for navigating in the desktop environment or on websites. The cursor displays its position 10 millimeters before it touches the screen. That increases theaccuracy and enables handwritten inputs (tool: S-Note). The touch feature can also be disabled in Easy Settings.

Keyboard features clear pressure point
Keyboard features clear pressure point
Touchpad (ClickPad without keys)
Touchpad (ClickPad without keys)
Multi-touch for 10 fingers – can be disabled
Multi-touch for 10 fingers - can be disabled

Display

The 11.6 inch HD LC screen (liquid crystal, TFT) features a low resolution in comparison with other convertibles. Its identically sized Smart PC Pro brother supplies 1920 x 1080 pixels. Most convertibles use the latter resolution: Dell’s XPS 12, Vaio Duo 11, Asus Taichi 21.

We could not perform the contrast measurement due to a driver incompatibility (calibration failed; GMA driver does not support any adjustable gamma curves, so-called video LUTs). Consequently, we cannot provide a color gamut comparison. Subjectively, the colors looked a bit pale but not faded. It will likely be a midfield contrast between 350 and 700:1 (estimate).

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cd/m²
367
cd/m²
364
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
363
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2

Maximum: 367 cd/m²
Average: 348.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 293 cd/m²

Distribution of brightness

The brightness is automatically adapted to the lighting conditions via an ambient light sensor(beside the webcam, front). This results in an average brightness of 354 cd/m² in daylight (AC mode). The mobile user has a maximum of 293 cd/m² on battery power in bright daylight, which is more than most laptops have to offer.

Depending on the quality, tablets occasionally even achieve 350 to 450 cd/m². Most manufacturers deem a high brightness to be a waste of power and consequently limits the brightness on battery power. However, using a tablet on sunny days is pretty difficult due to the intensely reflective touch surface. Although this shortcoming, which applies to all tablets, can be lessened by a high brightness, it cannot be eliminated.

Frontal view, sunny
Frontal view, sunny
Lateral view, reflections
Lateral view, reflections
Frontal view, shade
Frontal view, shade

The screen’s viewing angles correspond to that of IPS (in plane switching; TFT screen model) displays. Large deviations from a central seating position are possible both vertically and horizontally. We could look at the screen at an angle of 85 degrees from the side and the top/bottom and did not observe ghosting or unwanted dimming.

Viewing angles: Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
Viewing angles: Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE

Performance

The system-on-a-chip (SoC) Atom Z2760 (Clover Trail) is Intel’s answer to the massive distribution of Nvidia’s Tegra SoCs found in Android tablets. The chip is to be as energy-efficient and scalable as a Tegra due to the 32 nm build. Moreover, Intel wants to benefit from Microsoft’s affinity to the x86 architecture and Windows fan community. The Clover Trail is also available for smartphones as theAtom Z2000 and Z2580. This is Intel’s attempt to prevail against the ARM and Tegra competition.

System info CPUZ CPUSystem info CPUZ CacheSystem info CPUZ MainboardSystem info CPUZ RAMSystem info GPUZSystem info HWinfoDPC Latency: Idle OKDPC Latency: Wi-Fi on/off latencies
System information: Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE

Processor

What does the computing performance look like in relation to the other Atom generations? We can relax: the 2008 N270 (Diamond Ville; Eee PC 1002HA) is 50% and the 2011 N2600 (Cedarview,Aspire One D270) is 9% slower. Seen on a low level, this is remarkable because the load power consumption is virtually halved (see stress test).

Before we engage ourselves in window-dressing, a look at both latter laptops shows that even weak low voltage Celeron/Pentium processors in budget laptops are 80 up to over 110% faster in multi-core calculations. We add another device with a Core i5 3317U (Z930-119) for comparison. The Smart PC Pro’s big sister (XE700T1C-A02DE) is one of many devices equipped with this ultrabook CPU and could calculate 327% faster with it (providing Turbo Boost similar Z930).

To prevent the impression that Intel has not made any progress with this Atom, we take a look at smartphones and tablets in Geekbench 2. The Z2760 can keep up with the currently fastest smartphones here.

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Storage Devices

                                                                                     

Fast storage device? We wanted to take a closer look at that. HDTune and CrystalDiskMark however clearly fail the normal level of current SSD storages with 52 and 80 MB/s respectively. We used slate and convertible PCs for comparison. The good access speed is achieved by the feasible 4K throughput. 7MB/s are not perfect, but much faster than the ~0.4 MB/s of a conventional HDD.

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Graphics Card

The PowerVR SGX545 (IGP) in the SoC lags very far behind in comparison with other integrated solutions from AMD or Intel. It can only excel the old GMA 950 and 3150 (see Cinebench R10 Shading 32 bit above). AMD netbooks (Aspire One 725) feature a much superior GPU performance.

Due to the lack of a HDMI adapter (executing 1280 x 1024 not possible), we compared 3DMark 05(1024 x 768) with the Atom, AMD, Pentium and Intel Core system used in CPU performance. The old Atom GPUs (GMA 3150 / 950) are clearly defeated, while AMD (E1-1200) wins.

HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) and HD 3000 calculate much faster and can thus even be used for gaming in low details. This is not the case with the PowerVR SGX545 due to the lack of DirectX 10 support. Even the undemanding Fifa 13 fails in low settings for the first time (including graphic errors FifaWorld in Conflict).

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Temperature

100% CPU load @ installation + 1080p video (jerky)
100% CPU load @ installation + 1080p video (jerky)
20% CPU load @ installation
20% CPU load @ installation
Stress test, stable 1.8 GHz
Stress test, stable 1.8 GHz

Like Tegra-based devices, the ATIV Smart PC does not sport a case fan. This is possible despite the Atom processor because Intel designed the Z2760 as an energy-efficient tablet CPU. As the power consumption shows us, the former Atom generations in netbooks were downright energy wasters. Thus, an active case fan was almost always installed. Though it was principally possible to passively cool the Atom since the second generation (N450, etc.), the manufacturers shied the weight and dimensions of larger heat sinks and preferred conventional fans.

Since a flash memory is used as the storage device, there are no other movable parts inside the tablet that could produce noise. Consequently, the ATIV always remains absolutely silent.

This is not a drawback for possible heat. The ATIV was always within an inconspicuous range during all operating states we tested. The user should not experience any restrictions in tablet mode with amaximum surface temperature of merely 32°C on the back and up to34°C on the screen. We recorded the temperatures on the tablet’s front and back. The keyboard dock remained at room temperature since it does not contain circuits or a battery.

The ATIV runs through the stress test (load: Furmark + Prime95) with a stable CPU clock of 1.8 GHz. Since we noticed that the mouse cursor recurrently jerked during simultaneous activities (parallel installations), we checked the CPU’s capacity. In cases like this, the Atom is constantly loaded to 100%.

Max. Load
Idle
31 °C 33.8 °C 27 °C
27.8 °C 27 °C 25.2 °C
27.2 °C 26.6 °C 27 °C
26.1 °C 32.2 °C 30.9 °C
26.6 °C 28 °C 29.3 °C
26.8 °C 28.5 °C 27.2 °C
Maximum: 33.8 °C
Average: 28.1 °C
Maximum: 32.2 °C
Average: 28.4 °C

Power Supply (max.)  28.2 °C | Room Temperature 22.1 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The built-in speakers at the tablet’s edges provide an acceptable sound for quiet background music or a movie when the volume is properly adjusted. The maximum volume lets the speakers overdrive slightly and the sound loses some of its quality. Low ranges and bass are disappointing since they simply do not exist (treble-heavy sound). A standard 3.5 millimeter combo audio jack is available for earphones and is the perfect solution for headsets.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption ranged between 1.6 – 4 watts in idle and good 6 watts during load via 3DMark 2006. This extremely low power consumption is on the level of 10 inch Tegra tablets and thus no longer comparable with the Windows convertibles we have previously tested. The Vaio Duo 11, featuring the same screen size but the i5 3317U ultrabook processor, consumes 5 – 11 watts in idle and 34 watts during load. The computing power of this genuine PC hardware is naturally much higher than our Intel Atom based ATIV Smart PC.

The 40 watt PSU is apparently oversized for this power consumption. However, recharging the battery consumes 23 watts. When added up, we have 31.5 watts during maximum load. A complete recharge takes almost three hours when the device is on.

Battery Runtime

Read test: 883 min
Read test: 883 min
Load (Classic): 270 min
Load (Classic): 270 min

We test three battery runtime scenarios: The minimum possible battery life (screen: maximum brightness, no timeout) and the maximum runtime in idle with disabled Wi-Fi module and minimum screen brightness. The third scenario is Wi-Fi surfing at a brightness of 150 cd/m² (brightness sensor is fully exposed) and a script opens various websites every 40 seconds. It also includes playing many video.

The ATIV lasted for 270 minutes before it was drained in the loadscenario. The read test ran for 883 minutes before the battery gave up. We could browse through websites for over seven hours (434 minutes, Wi-Fi test). That is a decent runtime for the 30 Wh battery.

However, Microsoft’s Surface RT (932/./516) lasted longer and most 10 inch Android tablets are online for up to three hours more in the relevant Wi-Fi test. Here a small list: Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD(883/312/417), Medion Lifetab S9714 (683/216/416), Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ (855/183/456),Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A (1182/223/494), Apple iPad 4 (1264/252/555), Google Nexus 10(1030/212/653).

The convertible contenders using an ultrabook platform cannot keep up with these figures: Sony Vaio Duo 11 (440/106/227), Dell XPS 12 (578/91/334), IdeaPad Yoga (385/119/269), Asus Taichi 21(308/77/195).

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Verdict

Samsung launched a versatile Windows tablet on the market with its ATIV Smart PC. It aims at Windows users who want to work just as productively as on a Windows subnotebook but without an App Store (Windows RT) and with a dockable tablet keyboard. Samsung won’t win over Android fans because those who simply need a keyboard will buy a tablet stand and a Bluetooth keyboard. Moreover, the Android hardware is much less expensive than the almost Rs. 75490/- ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C plus keyboard dock.

So we’ll stick to the Windows fan who wants to get comfortable with the Smart PC without a cloud printer and alternative software. However, a big hurdle has to be overcome: The 64 GB flash memory is definitely too small. We only had 20 GB available in state of delivery. A micro SD with additional 64 GB has to be inserted right away.

The Atom Z2760 naturally does not provide a speedy performance, but a comparison with laptop processors would be unfair for the tablet CPU. Unfortunately, this does not interest Windows 8 much. If you are used to jumping back and forth between several windows, you will still be able to work fast enough. However, even the cursor starts to jerk as soon as the processor is put under load (copying, program installations, etc.). Buyers should realize that they are purchasing netbook powerthat is far below the work speed of simple laptops (Pentium / Celeron). The flash memory improves the work speed a bit and makes non-power use quite pleasant.

Memory too small, processor too slow – why not buy the big Smart PC Pro (XE700T1C-A02DE) with a Core i5 and a 128 GB SSD right away? The answer could be yes if it were not for a small price difference. It costs Rs. 75490/-.

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