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BlackBerry Z3 launched in India; available on pre-order now for Rs 14,990

BlackBerry Z3 launched in India; available on pre-order now for Rs 14,990

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BlackBerry just launched the Z3 at an ongoing press conference in New Delhi today. The new budget smartphone is priced at Rs 15,990 but will be available for a special pre-order price of Rs 14,990.

 

Customers will be able to make the bookings from The Mobile Store, Flipkart and all BlackBerry Exclusive stores from June 25 to July 2.

 

The addition of the Z3 also marks the entry of BlackBerry Maps in India, a feature that’s long been missing from the BB10 platform here. Maps features 3D, voice guided, Turn-by-turn navigation as well.

 

The Z3, which is designed for Indonesia, is the first new BlackBerry phone since chief executive John Chen took the helm of the crisis-hit company in November.

 

The handset is also the first to be produced from the Canadian firm’s partnership with Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn, which makes gadgets for Apple, and is a key test of whether the new strategy will work.

 

BlackBerry India MD Sunil Lalvani started by talking about the recent financial results which saw BlackBerry turning in a surprising profit. Clearly money in the bank gives you the greatest adrenalin rush. Lalwani also highlighted recent gains, including 33K BES 10 servers within a year of launch, cash up to $3.1 billion, 16 out if 20 G20 governments use BlackBerry and 7 out of 8 G8 governments.

 

Lalvani even showed off global media quotes after the results which have been markedly different from the negativity some time ago. Underlined that BlackBerry is not exiting handsets — said there was no reason to do a 5 year deal with Foxconn otherwise.
‎Battery was the first thing highlighted and rightly so as our review attests — one of the highlights of the Z3, followed by the build quality.
Android ‎apps compatibility that BlackBerry executives never spoke about publicly earlier is also being openly touted. So is the recent Amazon App Store announcement though details are not available on the specifics — if the BlackBerry store will have curated content and apps, etc, or just the same Amazon app store that can also be side loaded today.

 

The phone has a 5-inch touchscreen, like most of BlackBerry’s newest handsets which do not have the physical keyboards of the older devices. While the resolution is lower than the Z10, the panel still manages good colour reproduction. Other features include a dual-core, 1.2GHz CPU from Qualcomm, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, expandable memory up to 32GB as well as connectivity options like NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB 2.0.

 

The Z3 also manages to pack in a relatively large battery of 2500mAh capacity, which gives it really good battery life.

 

However, though the BlackBerry Z3 retails for the equivalent of Rs 12000 in Indonesia, there is a subsidy element there by local telcos. In India, telcos don’t subsidise smartphones and BlackBerry also faces duties, taxes and forex uncertainty. For instance, in the past couple of days the Indian rupee has seen its biggest fall in nearly four-and-a-half months thanks to the ongoing Iraq crisis and worries on oil imports. While BlackBerry executives were tight-lipped, retail sources said that they were receiving indicators of the Z3 being priced around Rs 14,000 or slightly higher depending on these issues.

India is among the seven countries where the Z3 will be alunched, BlackBerry had told Tech2 at the official launch in Jakarta. But the exact launch dates were not disclosed as the company wanted to see the response in Indonesia, before formulating marketing strategies for other regions.

 

The BlackBerry Z3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC which has a dual-core processor along with 1.5GB of RAM. It is a mid-range handset, featuring a 5-inch full touch display with a 540×960 resolution and running the latest version of BlackBerry 10 OS. Apart from that you have a 5MP rear camera and a 1.1MP front-facing camera.

 

The BlackBerry Z3 is expected to compete with the likes of the Moto G and Lumia 630, and also against the newest range of Windows Phone handsets by Micromax

 

Review:

A durable, full-featured device built for BlackBerry’s biggest fans.

The BlackBerry Z3 is the latest BlackBerry 10 device and was built exclusively for Indonesia. This is the first product of the Foxconn / BlackBerry partnership worked up by John Chen. The time from inception to production on this device was just a matter of months, so it already looks like the deal is paying off.

BlackBerry Z3

At launch, the BlackBerry Z3 smartphone will be available in a limited edition model — the BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition — featuring the inscription “Jakarta” on the back of the phone to commemorate the launch of the first BlackBerry smartphone built specifically for the Indonesian market. BlackBerry is all about the people, so the Z3 invites these users to “Be part of We.”

Indonesians are “ultra” BlackBerry users, and as such, BlackBerry is giving a bit back in the form of an exclusive device, just for them. The Z3 Jakarta Edition doesn’t have the latest or greatest specs, but it holds down what BlackBerry users do most — communicate. The Z3 makes the latest hardware accessible to the masses of people that just want to stay connected. It won’t turn out to be a mainstream device by any means, but it will provide those in Indonesia and similar regions the ability to have an awesome BlackBerry 10 phone at a great price with no big compromises.

Z3 Video Walk through:

 

 

BlackBerry Z3 Specs and features

Low end, but not low performance

The BlackBerry Z3 doesn’t have the newest hardware inside, but it has what it needs to keep the BlackBerry 10 OS running smoothly. Behind the 5” glass LCD screen lies a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, 8GB of flash memory and 1.5GB of RAM. A big 2500mAh battery powers it all — and it does so in grand fashion. I was able to stretch over a full day on the Z3, though I wish I had more time to test it out for the long haul. Also good to note is that there is no LTE in this model. The Z3 is being targeted toward Indonesia and other parts of Asia (hence the Jakarta name) and LTE isn’t available in most areas where this particular variation of the device is to be sold.

BlackBerry Z3 camera

All the standard fare is here — Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and even Miracast support. The back camera is a mediocre 5MP, while the front-facing lens is just 1.1MP. It’s not the worst camera we’ve seen in a BlackBerry (yes, Bold 9900, that’s you) but it still not great. It did however take some decent shots providing the lighting was good.

It’s not the worst camera we’ve seen in a BlackBerry (yes, Bold 9900, that’s you) but it’s still not great.

To me it feels like the Z3 is a good amount lighter than the BlackBerry Z30 (to which we’ll be making plenty of comparisons), though that’s not the case. At 164g, the Z3 comes in at just a touch lighter than the Z30’s 170g. It’s smooth all around and actually feels really good in the hand. It’s not slippery at all thanks to the textured back, and it’s not too slim to lose hold of. In fact, it may even prove a bit too wide for those with smaller hands. The Z3 slides right in and out of my pockets, but it does have a bad habit of showing off screen smudges in all their glory.

BlackBerry Z3 buttonsBlackBerry Z3 bottomBlackBerry Z3 card slotBlackBerry Z3 bottom bezel

The Z3 also has BlackBerry Natural Sound, just like we saw (or heard) on the Z30 to give a much more realistic listening experience in things like BBM Voice. A built-in FM radio tuner also allows for radio without having to use a network connection.

I also had a bit of trouble at times using the swipe gestures from the top and bottom bezels. It wasn’t often, but when it happened it was certainly frustrating. Lots of swiping with no reaction. I assume it’s just due to the way the display is designed and all flow together, but I’ll see how much it happens and/or annoys me going forward.

Overall the Z3 feels extremely solid. It’s essentially one big piece from head to toe, and it doesn’t feel at all “cheap” or that it won’t last. It’s made with durable materials and it in for the long-haul.

BlackBerry Z3

2.87 in

72.8 mm

0.36 in9.26 mm

5.51 in

140.0 mm

5.78 oz (164 g)
5.0″ qHD540x960220ppi24-bit color
2500 mAhTalk: 15.5 hrs 

Standby: 388 hrs

 

  • Rear: 5MP, auto focus, 5x digital zoom, 1080p HD videoFront: 1.1MP, 720p HD video
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8230Dual-core processor1.2Ghz
  • 1.5GB RAM8GB internal storagemicro SD
  • Tri-band UMTS/HSPA+Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGEWi-Fi 802.11b/g/nBluetooth 4.0 LE + EDR
  • BlackBerry OS 10.2.1BlackBerry Natural Sound

 

BlackBerry Z3 hardware

Sleek, durable and definitely BlackBerry

The Z3 fits right in line with other BlackBerry 10 devices. The big 5” glass screen looks great on the front, and the flying B logo sits in the middle of the textured back. There’s no removable battery door on the Z3, so that gives it smoother lines and just feels like it flows better all around. The hardware looks basic (which it is) but it still looks good. It’s not too flashy, but it’s got a great look to it at the same time — though it’s not meant to be a high-end device with a high-end look.

Without a removable back, that leaves the SIM and SD card slots on the right side of the device, under a flimsy little door. I’m not a fan of these type of flaps, but there isn’t really much choice on this one. On the left are the power and volume buttons. I’m not a big fan of the power button placement and would have rather it been on the right side or top of the device, but it’s just something to get used to.

BlackBerry Z3 buttons

On the top is the lone 3.5mm headphone jack, on the bottom the microUSB port. I like this placement because it means that we could see a dock of some sort for the Z3, though it’s unlikely and we’ll probably just be stuck with standard chargers for a while. Also note that there’s not microHDMI port as on some other BB10 devices — but again, not a deal breaker.

The BlackBerry Z3 is of a “what you see is what you get” design.

The Z3 really does feature a plain and simple design. The Z30, Z10 and Q10 all have various design elements to make them more appealing, but much like the Q5, the Z3 is more of a “what you see is what you get” design — but one that I happen to like. It’s also very durable and will stand up to constant use. It’s not “plastic” or cheaply made — it’s a solid device that will last for years to come.

Display

BlackBerry Z3

Overall the Z3 has a nice display. the LCD screen lights up bright on all 5” and I don’t really have any complaints. The only issue I ran into was using the device in direct sunlight, but that’s something you’ll run into on a lot of devices. Colors are sharp, whites are bright and everything looks good. The pixel based resolution of the Z3 is 540×960 but through the magic of upscaling, the scaled resolution is the exact same of that of the BlackBerry Z30 which is 720×1280. The glass also stretches from edge to edge thanks to the design of the Z3, giving you more screen and less bezel.

Battery Life

BlackBerry Z3 battery

I wish I would have had more time to run the Z3 through a good battery test (I only had about 4 days) but overall the 2500mAh battery did a great job. I was able to get through a day with no hiccups, and I’m sure I could stretch to near two should the need arise. The battery is more than enough to keep things going on the Z3, so I don’t foresee any issues on that front. Of course, part of that comes from the fact there’s no LTE on this model, though a version with LTE is planned for future release.

Camera

BlackBerry Z3 taking a photo

One place where the Z3 falls short is the camera. It’s obviously not built as a photo-taking machine, but it still could stand to be a bit better. The 5MP rear camera does an okay job of getting decent images providing the settings are right, but the 1.1MP front camera really isn’t good for too much — especially taking good photos. Both will serve their purpose of snapping quick images or using video chat however, but sadly you won’t be getting any masterpieces from the Z3 camera. The camera does have Time Shift mode and some great filters though, so that definitely adds some points — and hey, at least it’s got auto-focus.

A quick shot from the Z3 and Z30 for comparison (Z3 of the left, Z30 on the right):

BlackBerry Z3 sample photoBlackBerry Z30 sample photo

BlackBerry Z3 software

The same BlackBerry 10 you know and love

The Z3 is running OS 10.2.1 out of the box, so that means it’s on par with the current BB10 devices. All the latest updates are there — BBM stickers, quick settings, Priority Hub and the ability to install Android apps OTA (over the air). The BlackBerry OS 10.3 update will be along soon, which will also bring even more new features to the Z3 as well as other BlackBerry 10 devices.

We won’t dive too much into the OS itself, but you can check out every bit and piece of OS 10.2.1 in our recent BlackBerry 10 review – 2014 edition..

BlackBerry Hub & Sharing

BlackBerry 10 Hub on the BlackBerry Z3

The BlackBerry Hub is the centralized location for all of your notifications on the Z3, and it’s accessible anywhere, anytime. A simple swipe to the right from the homescreen and you’ll see the Hub where you can view your email, text messages, phone calls, social notifications, BBM chats and more. New features like BlackBerry Priority Hub and pinch gestures allow for even deeper use of the Hub as well. The Hub is really one of the big selling points of BlackBerry 10 and proves to be extremely useful and powerful for multitasking.

Sharp Sharing makes it faster and easier for you to share nearly anything on your device. When choosing to share an item, BB10 will offer suggestions on who and how to share pictures, files, links, and documents based on your past activity. It adapts automatically to learn where and what you share most, so as you share more and more, the options you want are right there when you open the share menu.

Typing

Being a device for Indonesia, Bahasa Indonesia is ready to roll on the Z3 keyboard. Thankfully the BB10 keyboard is awesome so you can easily add in English (or any other language) and seamlessly switch between them while typing. The Z3 is also equipped with local dialects as part of the language, i.e. Basa Jawa and Basa Sunda, which enable the keyboard to understand the words in those two local dialects. As a result, you will be able to type in multiple languages such as English, Bahasa Indonesia and Basa Jawa or Basa Sunda simultaneously.

The BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard on the BlackBerry Z3

The virtual keyboard on BlackBerry 10 is still one of the best on mobile. Here you’ll find plenty of options for auto-correct and word prediction, and you can take full advantage of the swipe features that we’ve loved since we first saw them.

Apps

The good thing about the Z3 is that there are already loads of apps available. Any app with a Z30 variant will be fitted to the Z3 and ready to roll. So that means thousands of apps can be used right off the bat. BlackBerry World has all of the latest apps that Z3 users will be looking for. Apps for travel, lifestyle, music, video, games and news are all there.

Thanks to BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 there is now an even greater set of apps available for the Z3. Android apps can be installed OTA (over the air) directly to the device, eliminating the need to hook up to a PC to sideload. That means popular apps like Instagram, Path or other that aren’t available in BlackBerry World can be used on the BlackBerry Z3 with no noticeable differences. You’ll still have to seek out the APK files for these apps, but there are some great resourcesavailable as well as third-party apps stores like Snap that help out in that area.

BBM

The Z3 is rocking the latest version of BBM, so that means BBM Channels & stickers are ready to go. Indonesian users love stickers, so having them ready to roll out of the box will be a huge benefit. The users that will be buying the Z3 are doing so for the communication factor (more so than gaming, apps, photos etc) and having so many communication features within BBM will be a huge bonus. Out of the box the Z3 has BBM chat, voice, video with screen sharing, groups, BBM Channels and stickers. An exclusive Indonesia sticker pack will also be available at launch for a limited time from local artist Susiyo Saptoadi representing Punakawan Characters.

BBM on the BlackBerry Z3BB10 browser on the BlackBerry Z3

Browser

The BlackBerry 10 browser is still one of the best there is, and browsing on the Z3 is awesome. The big 5” screen leaves plenty of room to check out your favorite pages. Browsing is fast and smooth and extremely intuitive. Share features are always just a few taps away, and of course you can access the Hub from within the browser for quick reference. The BB10 browser still features Adobe Flash as well.

Instant Previews

Instant Previews are new to OS 10.2 and really add a lot to the notification experience. Rather than just having an audible alert and LED, Instant Previews allow for some notifications to show a short dropdown banner across the OS, letting you know just what message has come in. These previews work for email, Twitter, SMS, Facebook and BBM. Messages like even allow for quick replies right from the notification, without having to leave whatever app you’re currently using.

 

BlackBerry Z3: The Bottom Line

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A low-end device that wins high praises

  • The BlackBerry Z3 has a solid and durable design, great battery life, and a simply great price point.
  • Low hardware specs, a crappy camera, and that it’s only available in certain regions will hold the BlackBerry Z3 back.
  • When it comes down to it, the BlackBerry Z3 is a good — not great — device. The specs are on the lower end, but it still performs extremely well. It’s not a powerhouse like the BlackBerry Z30, but it’s geared toward those that are looking for pure communication, which is what BlackBerry is all about. It’s durable, has amazing battery life, and will certainly find a place amongst BlackBerry fans.

Overall I really do like the BlackBerry Z3. It’s not sporting the highest specs, but it doesn’t have to be. For the markets in which it will be available, the Z3 will be a great upgrade for many users. OS 10.2.1 runs great with no slowness or lag, and the battery life is more than enough to stay powered through even the longest of days. The biggest drawbacks I found are the low-resolution cameras (both front and back). Some may not like the plain design of the Z3, but the fact that it’s so durable and not “cheap” (which could be said about the Q5) should outweigh the design choices.

The target customers are communicators and pride themselves on having the latest tech, and the Z3 covers those bases quite well.

Z10 users should welcome the upgrade, but I can’t say that those using a Z30 will want to change things up to a Z3. The Z3 doesn’t have the internal specs of the Z30, but it’s still got a great look and feel. You’d be trading off a bit of speed (though not really noticeable) and camera quality. Long story short, it’s a great upgrade from BBOS andmaybe the Z10, but if you’re already using a Z30, the Z3 probably won’t phase you at all.

I think the Z3 will be a big seller in Indonesia. Those users are big communicators and pride themselves on having the latest tech, and the Z3 will cover those bases well. We’re still not sure if we’ll see an LTE version land in North America or other areas, but for now I don’t think it matters much with other devices already on the roadmap. Many people won’t see the Z3 as a good upgrade or even a good move for BlackBerry having those lower specs, but considering the market and the quickness from inception to finished product, the Z3 is a very well-rounded device overall. The Z3 is available starting this week in Indonesia, and should be arriving in other regions of Asia soon as well.

 

 

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2014, February
Status Available. Released 2014, May
BODY Dimensions 140 x 72.8 x 9.3 mm (5.51 x 2.87 x 0.37 in)
Weight 164 g (5.78 oz)
DISPLAY Type Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 540 x 960 pixels, 5.0 inches (~220 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 8 GB, 1.5 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSPA+
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, 1080p
Secondary Yes, 1.1 MP, 720p
FEATURES OS BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon 400
CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz Krait 200
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
Colors Black
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– SNS integration
– BlackBerry maps
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Video editor
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC/WMA player
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 384 h
Talk time Up to 15 h 30 min
Music play Up to 84 h
MISC Price group Rs. 15990/-

Nokia X – A “Forked” Android phone

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.

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review
Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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.

Nokia X review

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/-

 

 

 

 

Samsung ATIV Smart PC: Review

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).

340
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).

9

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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Nokia Lumia Series 4: Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia and Microsoft introduce their flagship phone, but is it enough to get back in the game?

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The HSPA+ variant of Nokia’s Lumia 900 was made for Europe and the rest of the world in mind. The Lumia 900 includes a 1.4GHz CPU with 512MB RAM, an 8-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, and a 4.3-inch AMOLED display.

It occurred to me that the Lumia 900 review would be one of the more important critiques of a product that I write this year. For those of you who don’t know the backstory here, the new LTE-equipped, AT&T-bound smartphone represents what could be the beginning of a new era for both Microsoft and its partner Nokia in the mobile race — at least in the US. The 900 is a culmination of all of Microsoft’s work with Windows Phone 7 (now 7.5), and Nokia’s hardware design and execution, packaged in the hopes that the American consumer will suddenly notice that not only does Windows Phone exist, but it’s worth buying into.

Even AT&T has gotten into the spirit, claiming launch expectations that seem to far exceed the warranted excitement over this phone. But it is an attractive offering in many ways. Stylistically the Lumia 900 looks like nothing on the market. It offers LTE service that — where you can get it — is shockingly fast. And most importantly, the top-tier, flagship device is being offered at a wildly discounted price: just $99.99 for new subscribers.

So does the phone have what it takes to court buyers away from Android and iOS, and establish a beachhead for Microsoft and Nokia? I’ll unravel those questions in the review below.

Video Review

Hardware / design

THIS IS THE NOKIA I GREW UP WITH!

The Lumia 900 is a gorgeous device. It’s beautiful. It may be the best looking phone on the market right now. It’s a monolithic device — a slab of high-test polycarbonate with little more than a display and a handful of slit-like, silver buttons. Its smooth, matte plastic is shaped to appear rather rectangular from the front, but has subtle curves around the edges which give it a satisfying feel in your hands. The design is nearly identical to the Meego-based N9, and its predecessor Lumia 800, so even though it will be new to many, it’s not the first of its kind. Still, in a world dominated by lookalike Android phones and a single iPhone, it’s definitely a breath of fresh air.

THE LUMIA LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE NOTHING ELSE ON THE MARKET

Not only is the physical design of the phone different, but so is its coloring. I tested a bright cyan version of the phone (it comes in white and black as well), and I found the stark color extremely pleasing. In fact, it reminded me of how stale and lacking in playfulness industrial design has become in this industry.

The Lumia measures 2.7 inches across by 5.03 inches up and down, and is 0.45 inches thick (comparatively, the iPhone 4S is 0.37 inches in thickness). It’s not the smallest or thinnest device on the market, but it never comes off as oversized or chubby. There’s a small speaker along the very flat bottom of the phone, and a headphone jack, Micro USB port, and SIM door at the top. Along the right side are the device’s volume, power / sleep, and camera buttons.

I really like the design and materials on the 900, and for once I have very little to complain about. I will say that the door which needs to be popped open to insert a SIM does settle back into the top of the phone a little shakily at first, but it does eventually seem to go back to a flush line.

In all, it’s a fantastic piece of technology. It just looks and feels like nothing else on the market. It hits all the right notes for me. A little bit retro, a little bit futuristic, with just a touch of quirky humanity in its otherwise very machined design. This is the Nokia I grew up with, and it’s clear the company hasn’t lost its ability to enchant through hardware.

Internals and display

THE SPECS DON’T EXACTLY MAKE THIS DEVICE FUTURE-PROOF

Inside, the Lumia 900 packs a single-core Snapdragon system-on-a-chip clocked to 1.4GHz, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage (which is not upgradable). The device has the requisite LTE and GSM radios onboard, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

The display on the front of the device is a 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 AMOLED “ClearBlack” screen, fronted by Corning’s now-famous Gorilla Glass. Unlike the Lumia 800 and N9, the display is slightly raised on the phone instead of flush with the surface. There’s also a 1-megapixel camera embedded above the display, as well as an 8-megapixel shooter with a dual LED flash and Carl Zeiss optics on the back of the phone.

The specs are unremarkable, but performance on the phone was not. Just as with other Windows Phones I’ve tested, the Lumia was snappy and responsive, with few (if any) hiccups or pauses — but more on that later.

On the other hand, I’m disappointed by the display on the Lumia. Besides being lower in resolution than competitive devices (new Android phones at 1280 x 720 and the iPhone at 960 x 640), I felt colors were far too saturated. This is a pretty common problem with AMOLED screens, but the issue seems pronounced on the Lumia 900 thanks to the starkness of the Windows Phone interface. Combined with the lower resolution display (which is particularly notable with white text against that black background), the effect is jarring.

I’m not saying that the Lumia 900 is underpowered, but a single-core processor, lower resolution display, and half the RAM of its nearest competition doesn’t exactly make this device future-proof.

Camera

IT’S NOT THAT THE IMAGES WERE PARTICULARLY BAD — THEY JUST WEREN’T PARTICULARLY GOOD

Nokia has a long history of packing terrific optics into its devices, so you would expect that the Lumia would excel in this area. I’m sad to report that it does not.

On the device I tested, the rear camera was capable of producing fine photos, though generally the 900 shot somewhat grainy and very washed out images. It’s not that those images were particularly bad — they just weren’t particularly good. Though the company touts Carl Zeiss optics, I didn’t see anything in my results that belied fairly standard smartphone picture-taking capabilities. In fact, the camera software seemed to have real trouble in some settings, with white balance and exposure out of whack compared to my expectations.

Additionally, the Lumia 900 produces those dreaded, faint pink spots in the center of the display — particularly visible on bright white surfaces — that we’ve seen on countless phones. It’s not the kind of thing you’d notice in most photos, but you can definitely see a discoloration that shouldn’t be there.

Now keep in mind, my daily driver is a Galaxy Nexus, which has a relatively poor camera — so this is significant. I went into the Lumia 900 expecting an excellent photo experience, but it’s really simply mediocre. That’s too bad, because there aren’t many phones on the market that can snap great looking photos, and given Microsoft’s insistence that Windows Phone is a pro at quickly capturing important moments, this is a place where this phone could have shined.

Battery life, data, phone, and performance

THE LUMIA IS MORE THAN CAPABLE OF HANDLING ANYTHING YOU THROW AT IT

I was very pleasantly surprised by the battery life of the Lumia. Going into an LTE phone review, I tend to have fairly low expectations for battery performance, but the 900 proved itself as a viable option for a full day’s work. According to Nokia, you can expect about 7 hours of talk time on the phone. Now, I don’t really spend that much time talking, but I was happy to report that getting through a typical day of calls, lots of email, Twitter, and web browsing was no problem — even on a fairly constant LTE connection. Furthermore, in our brute force rundown test (continuous YouTube while connected to both Wi-Fi and LTE, max screen brightness, and max volume) I got 4 hours and 43 minutes. Compared to the HSPA+ One X’s 4:22, I’d say that’s pretty good.

Data performance was pretty awesome on the Lumia 900 — when I was in range of LTE, of course. I’ve been over the moon about Verizon’s LTE service (see the ridiculous speeds I got while testing the iPad), and AT&T’s early showing suggests a match for its rival. In good coverage areas, I saw download speeds as high as 19Mbps, with upstream hovering around 3 or 4Mbps. Of course, those did fluctuate wildly, and AT&T’s network still has yet to be built out to full capacity. It probably also doesn’t hurt that almost no one is using the company’s “real” 4G network.

Phone calls were crisp and clear on the handset. I’m happy to say that during my testing, I didn’t have a single dropped call. That could be luck, but I’m hoping it’s not. The speakerphone worked well on the Lumia 900, though I thought it sounded a bit sharp for my ears, and not quite as loud as I would have liked. Compared to my annoyingly quiet Galaxy Nexus, however, it might as well have been a PA system.

As far as general performance is concerned, as I said in the hardware section, the Lumia is more than capable of handling anything you throw at it. Of course, what you throw at it is tightly bound by the Windows Phone way of doing things, which all but ensures that there’s never too much going on at once. If I had to speculate, I would say it’s the stringent methodology of this OS that allows it to seem smooth and stable during the majority of use. Quite simply, Microsoft isn’t letting these phones bite off more than they can chew.

That comes with a price, however, and it brings me to…

Software

I THINK IT’S TIME TO STOP GIVING WINDOWS PHONE A PASS

Let me just put this bluntly: I think it’s time to stop giving Windows Phone a pass. I think it’s time to stop talking about how beautifully designed it is, and what a departure it’s been for Microsoft, and how hard the company is working to add features. I am very aware of the hard work and dedication Microsoft has put into this platform, but at the end of the day, Windows Phone is just not as competitive with iOS and Android as it should be right now.

Before you cry foul, keep in mind that I went into this review wanting to fall madly in love with this phone. But like a book with a beautiful jacket and a plot full of holes, I found myself wanting more. A lot more.

The problems with Windows Phone are myriad, many small. But it’s a death by a thousand cuts. And all those little problems were once again immediately apparent to me the moment I started using the Lumia 900.

DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS

The most glaring issues also happen to be some of the oldest issues — things you think at this point would have been dealt with. Scrolling in third party apps, for instance, is still completely erratic. I would blame this on developers, but given that this platform has been around for nearly two years, I think that’s a cop out. In new Twitter apps like Carbon, lists of messages will sometimes disappear or skip weirdly when scrolling. I first complained about this in version 1 of Windows Phone, and I thought it had been squashed — it has not.

Elsewhere there are missteps. Though Microsoft has added some form of multitasking to the OS, there is nearly never a feeling that apps in the “background” are actually still waiting for you. In fact, many apps still deliver a splash screen to you when you reenter them — if this is a developer issue, then I guess most of the hardworking coders on this platform never got the memo. In short, it kind of sucks to use. Where iOS and Android at least feel responsive in packing and unpacking background apps, Windows Phone often comes across as broken and limp.

Other issues nag me. In the browser, webpages are often displayed incorrectly as IE seems incapable of rendering certain web elements properly. The Verge, for instance, lacks its colored panels in the top stories section, and TypeKit fonts aren’t properly displayed. Neither iOS nor the new Chrome browser for Android have this issue. Then there are menus to consider — in many applications, options to navigate are often hidden beneath long presses, meaning that most users will never know how to do simple things like delete a single text message from their inbox.

Microsoft offers Twitter integration, but it’s so clunky, it would almost be better to not include it at all. The phone will show you that you’ve been Tweeted at, but in order to view the actual Tweet you have to tap into your “Me” tile, swipe to your notification list, then tap on each individual message to see it. How anyone at Microsoft thought this would help you get “in, out, and back to life” is a mystery to me.

And all of this is to say nothing of the third party app offerings on the platform. Besides the fact that there is a serious dearth of good software for the OS, even in places where you would expect Windows Phone to excel, it lags. Gaming for instance.

At this point, one would think that the Xbox Live offerings would hold their own against game titles for Android or iOS, but even the most advanced games seem at least a generation behind other platforms in terms of complexity. Furthermore, there’s still slim pickings when it comes to titles, with launch offerings from October of 2010 still topping the charts in the Marketplace.

Elsewhere, software is largely a mishmash of fair-to-middling offerings. The design language of Windows Phone seems to present a real problem to developers on the platform, and most third party titles go off the rails badly. Additionally, there’s little in the way of familiar apps, though there are bright spots, like the Rdio app which now thankfully is capable of playing audio in the background (which wasn’t possible before the recent Mango update), and is actually quite a beautiful piece of software.

There’s also a new Twitter app called Rowi which is probably the best experience you can have on Windows Phone with the social networking service — it’s a really well thought out and well made application.

And it’s glimmers like that here which frustrate me. Because there is some really great DNA in this operating system, and it’s obviously possible to produce great software and great user experiences. It’s just too few and far between to have impact at this point.

Don’t misunderstand me, Windows Phone offers some very good experiences in its core apps, and it’s probably the most gorgeous and cohesive piece of software Microsoft has ever released. But after nearly two years on the market, I struggled to find a single thing this platform could do better than Android 4.0 or iOS 5.1.

The sheen has worn off of Windows Phone for me. When I put something in my pocket, it needs to be able to quickly and efficiently get things done. It needs to trump other devices in its class. It needs to be the best — and Windows Phone is far from it at this point.

I REALLY WANTED TO LOVE THIS PHONE, BUT WHILE THE HARDWARE DELIVERS, THE DEVICE AS A WHOLE DOES NOT

I’ve already said this, but it bears repeating. I really wanted to love this phone. From a design standpoint, the Lumia 900 was immediately enticing. I’d already been salivating over Nokia’s N9 and Lumia 800, so knowing that a slightly larger (but more feature packed) version of that device was headed our way was fairly encouraging. But while the hardware — at least externally — delivers, the phone as a whole does not.

I think Nokia made a lot of the right decisions, but it’s almost impossible to move beyond some of Windows Phone’s shortcomings this late in the game. Try as I might to envision the Lumia 900 as my daily driver, the math never added up. There’s just too much missing, or too much that feels unfulfilling.

I used to get upset that Android didn’t have a cohesive design language, and iOS was lacking basic functionality like copy and paste or multitasking — but most of those complaints have been put to bed. Today I might complain about a lack of widgets or a skin I don’t like, but I’m not griping about fundamental pieces of an OS. And I think that’s what’s so trying about Windows Phone.

These aren’t minor gripes I have — they speak to the foundations of this OS. My annoyances aren’t just about the color choices in the calendar, they’re about whether or not scrolling in apps functions as it should, or if I’ll get important updates in the background. Can I use IRC without breaking my connection every time I leave the app? How many steps does it take to get to the information I need? Do webpages display properly? Will the apps I need or want to use make it to this platform, and will they be any good when they get there?

In some ways, I feel like I’m reviewing a webOS device again (but with much, much nicer hardware). There are all these wonderful ideas at play, but it’s impossible to look past the nagging bugs and missing features.

Of course, there are users out there that will embrace this phone. It is generally easy and pleasant to use, and the low price point, coupled with the beautiful hardware and solid LTE service could be persuasive. But for me and most of the people I know, there’s still something missing here, and until Microsoft and Nokia figure out what that is, Windows Phone will continue to struggle upstream.

GOOD 

  • Incredible hardware design
  • OS is snappy and responsive
  • LTE data is speedy
  • Great entry price

BAD 

  • Windows Phone still has lots of issues
  • Third-party app offerings are weak
  • Specs feel last generation
  • Camera underwhelming

Specifications:

Also known as Nokia Lumia 900 RM-823

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2012, February
Status Available. Released 2012, May
BODY Dimensions 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm, 90 cc (5.03 x 2.70 x 0.45 in)
Weight 160 g (5.64 oz)
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
– Nokia ClearBlack display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 16GB storage, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 33
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, video stabilization, check quality
Secondary Yes, 1 MP, VGA@15fps
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Chipset Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon
CPU 1.4 GHz Scorpion
GPU Adreno 205
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Black, cyan, white, magenta
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer/editor
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1830 mAh (BP-6EW)
Stand-by Up to 300 h (2G) / Up to 300 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 7 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
Music play Up to 60 h
MISC SAR US 1.29 W/kg (head)     0.95 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 1.33 W/kg (head)
Price group About Rs. 31,000/-
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal) / 2.562:1 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 70dB / Noise 68dB / Ring 75dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 38h

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510: Review

Short Review:

The Nikon Coolpix P510 superzoom heads up the the brand’s refreshed range for 2012 and is the successor to the Nikon Coolpix P500, increasing the zoom from 36x to 42x.

We went along for an early look at Nikon’s new cam, although the unit that we saw wasn’t powered up, as it wasn’t the final model.

But even without any juice, the P510 still looks set to be a strong contender in the superzoom sector. Naturally, we’ll update our review with more information and a rating as soon as we can get a mitts on a full working version.

Nikon Coolpix P510: Build

The chassis of the Nikon Coolpix P510 certainly feels sturdy, as you’d expect for a camera costing just under £400. Weighing in at 555g, it’s obviously not as hefty as an SLR, but it’s significantly heavier than a compact so that you’re unlikely to forget that you’re carting it around in your bag.

The grip is suitably comfy while the textured finish provides enough grip to keep the camera safely in your hand. What’s more, the textured thumb rest on the back of the unit is placed in a natural spot that most should find comfy and intuitive.

Nikon Coolpix P510: Controls

The most notable difference when compared with its predecessor is that the effects mode on the P510 has been given its own dedicated spot on the top dial, so that you no longer have to navigate your way through a series of menu screens to find it. This is a nice touch for those who want to add a few arty touches to their pics, although possibly not so interesting to serious snappers.

Nikon Coolpix P510: Screen

The P510’s packs a decent-sized 3-inch, 921k dot LCD screen that can be tilted 80 degrees downwards and 90 degrees upwards. This is a very handy feature for shooting in awkward places, such as over the top of a crowd, or shooting very low down on the ground.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to see the screen powered up, but the tilting mechanism certainly felt reassuringly sturdy and smooth to operate.

Nikon Coolpix P510: Battery

The Nikon Coolpix P510 sports an EN-EL5 rechargable Li-ion battery, and offers a quoted battery life of approximately 240 shots per full charge.

We weren’t able to test out the battery life as we were only had a short time with the camera, and more importantly, there was no battery in it, but naturally we’ll be giving it a thorough test once we get a full review unit in.

Nikon Coolpix P510: Picture quality

While we can’t comment on the P510’s picture quality just yet, we can tell you that the camera sports a 16.1 megapixel sensor, along with a focal length of 4.3 – 180mm and a f/3 – 5.9 aperture.

The 510 can also record video up to full HD (1920×1080 pixels) and offers a 3D shooting mode for creating 3D images for viewing on compatible TVs and computers.

It also sports a vibration reduction mode to minimise pesky image blur caused by shaky hands.

There’s also a range of filter effects including a nifty selective colour mode that converts your image to monochrome then adds a splash of colour, after you’ve chosen your specified hue using the dial on the back of the camera and an onscreen colour guage.

Nikon Coolpix P510: Verdict

While we’ve yet to see the final working version of the Nikon Coolpix P510, our first impressions were certainly good. The sturdy chassis is comfortable to hold and didn’t feel too heavy (although it’s worth noting that the unit we saw didn’t contain the added weight of a battery).

The screen’s tilting mechanism also looks like a good selling point for those shooting in tricky situations, while the arty filters will give the beginners something to play around with.

The 42x zoom is the star of the show here, although we didn’t get to try that out for ourselves. Obvisouly we’ll bring you a full review as soon as we have our hands on a test sample.

Brief Review:

Introduction:

Ease of Use

Weighing in at 555 grams, the Nikon Coolpix P510 is slightly heavier than the previous P500 model, but its design is only minimally different. Like most high-end superzooms, the Nikon P510 has the typical bridge camera look, with a chunky hand-grip, large lens barrel, pop-up flash and an eye-level electronic viewfinder. The deep grip is moulded to fit comfortably into your right hand, and is rubberised in a textured material for added comfort.

The other dominant part of the P510 is the 42x zoom lens, which goes from an ultra-wide 24mm to a frankly incredible 1000mm in 35mm terms. Considering that with an SLR, you would need at least 3-4 lenses to cover the same focal range, the single, fixed-mount lens of the Nikon P510 can be described as remarkably compact, even if it does extend quite a bit when zoomed to full telephoto. Superzooms have always had a reputation for having a high “fun factor”, and the P510 is no different. The ability to quickly go from wide angle to ultra-telephoto is something that has to be experienced in order to be fully appreciated. It certainly gives you a kind of freedom you do not feel with any other type of camera.

For its size, the P510’s lens is also respectably fast, with maximum apertures of f/3 at 24mm and f/5.9 at 1000mm. Note that the lens cap has to be removed before turning on the camera – failing to do so will result in an error message being displayed, and you’ll have to turn off the camera before you can turn it on again, which is a bit annoying. Although if you only want to review what’s already on the card, you can also power on the P510 by holding down the Playback button, in which case the lens won’t extend.

Thankfully Nikon has included Vibration Reduction (VR) to help prevent camera-shake, an essential feature on a camera like this. Interestingly, while VR is lens based in the Nikon SLR system, it is of the sensor-shift variety in the P510. Vibration Reduction makes a noticeable difference to the sharpness of the images, as shown in the examples on the Image Quality page, offering a claimed 4 stops of compensation.

Nikon Coolpix P510 Nikon Coolpix P510
Front Rear

You can hear a slight mechanical whirring noise when it is turned on, but otherwise you don’t really notice it, except that that you can use slower shutter speeds than normal and still take sharp photos. Sadly, there isn’t a dedicated button to turn VR on and off – but at least leaving it on did not seem to negatively affect the battery life, with the camera managing around 240 shots using the supplied Li-ion battery. It’s still a good idea to turn VR off (via the menu) when the camera is mounted on a tripod, lest the system itself cause blurring by trying to counter camera shake that isn’t there.

Zooming is done by way of a conventional zoom lever that encircles the shutter release button sitting atop the right-hand grip. It is of the dual-speed variety: rotating it all the way in either direction will adjust the focal length quickly, while rotating it partially will cause the lens elements to move more slowly, enabling you to set the desired focal length more precisely. You can alternatively zoom using the innovative side zoom control on the lens barrel, which is a vertical rocker switch activated with your left hand. It has a slower action than the main zoom lever, and is therefore ideally suited to shooting video when you require a more sedate zoom with less mechanical noise.

There are two different ways of composing images with the Nikon Coolpix P510: you can use either the eye-level electronic viewfinder (EVF) or the rear screen. Unfortunately, there are no eye proximity sensors that would allow the camera to toggle between the two automatically – you need to press a button every time you want that to happen. The EVF is a bog standard affair with 201,000 dots and average magnification; nothing to write home about, especially in 2012. The three-inch rear LCD screen is much nicer to look at, thanks to its high resolution of 921,000 dots. Even more importantly, it’s articulated and able to tilt up or down, giving you some added flexibility in composing your shots. A truly free-angle LCD, which can also be rotated out to the side, would have been even nicer though.

The layout and number of external controls haven’t changed much from the P500. You still get a traditional, top-mounted mode dial with P, A, S and M shooting modes – perfect for the photographer who wants to take full control – as well as full auto, Scene Auto Selector, Night Landscape, Landscape and Backlighting modes. The new Effects mode allows you to apply one of nine different special effects as you shoot with the Nikon Coolpix P510, with a live preview on the LCD screen showing exactly what the final image will look like. There is also a User (U) setting you can use to quickly retrieve a combination of your most frequently used settings. The shutter release, zoom lever and power button are essentially in the same locations as on the P510, joined by a new customisable Function button which replaces the P500’s continuous shooting button.

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Top Pop-up Flash

In the Backlighting mode, the P510 captures three consecutive shots at varying exposures and combines them into a single photo with a broader range of tones. Three different HDR settings are available for selection. When the Night Landscape scene mode is selected, the P510 takes several shots at a fast shutter speed and then combines them to create a single optimized photo, allowing you to shoot after dark without having to use a tripod. The Easy Panorama scene mode allows you to take vertical or horizontal panorama photos simply by moving the camera in the direction of the on-screen guides. Multiple shots are then combined into a single panorama photo. The angle of view can be selected from 180° (normal) and 360° (wide).

The rear controls are also laid out very similarly to those of the preceding model. There is a well-positioned control wheel in the top-right corner (when viewed from the back), which makes it easy to change the aperture and shutter speed in A and S modes respectively, but there’s still no second dial on the hand-grip which would have made operating Manual mode much easier. The familiar multi-selector with its centred OK button is similar to the P500, with the same individual functions that are mapped onto the Up, Down, Left and Right buttons. These include the flash and focus modes, the self-timer and exposure compensation, respectively. The multi-selector is now a much nicer rotating wheel with an audible click and a textured surface to aid operation. There is still no obvious shortcut key to ISO speed, which is only accessible from the menu (as is white balance) or by assigning it to the Function button.

The P510’s focus modes include AF, Macro, Infinity and Manual. AF can be centre-spot, user selectable from 99 focus points or camera selectable from 9 points. In Face Priority AF mode, the camera can detect up to 12 human faces and will focus on the one closest to the camera. We found that regardless of AF area mode, auto-focus speed was satisfactory for still subjects, but a little too slow for fast-moving ones. Manual focusing is also possible, though a bit awkward: you get a rudimentary distance scale on the right-hand side of the screen, and can adjust focus via the Up and Down buttons. The centre of the picture is enlarged to aid you with checking focus, but unfortunately this is achieved by  way of interpolation rather than real magnification. The whole process is pretty slow, but can still be a godsend when the auto-focus system starts acting up.

The flash of the Nikon P510 has to be popped up manually, using the button on the side of the mock pentaprism housing. You can set the flash mode to auto, auto with red-eye reduction, fill, slow sync and rear-curtain sync via the Up button on the multi-controller, but only when the flash is raised. As there is no hot-shoe or sync terminal on the Nikon Coolpix P510, and it does not offer wireless TTL flash control either, the only way to sync up an external flashgun with the camera is to optically slave it to the built-in unit.

The P510 has a built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) that records the exact location (latitude and longitude) where a picture was taken, recording it in the image’s EXIF data. You can also use it to record your route even if you don’t take any taking pictures. The GPS does take a while to lock onto a sattellite in city centres and it doesn tend to drain the battery if left on all the time. Note that strangely the system isn’t as sophisticated as on the all-weather AW100 model, which additionally can set the camera’s clock, plot points of interest and has a built-in electronic compass. The 3D shooting mode creates a 3D image which can be played back on any 3D-capable TVs and computers. The P510 automatically combines two images taken from different positions to create the 3D effect, with the second shot cleverly taken automatically when the camera detects that you are in the right position.

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Front Side

The P510 has the ability to shoot full-resolution stills at up to 7 frames per second (fps), slightly slower than it predecessor. Alas, the camera cannot keep up this speed for long, as the buffer fills up after just 5 shots. In other words, you can only shoot for a bit more than half a second in the Continuous H mode. Thankfully, there is also a slower burst mode, called Continuous L, in which the frame rate drops to 1fps, but you can capture up to 100 full-resolution photos at the Normal quality setting. Note that you cannot use the flash in any of the continuous shooting modes. Disappointingly the P510 doesn’t support the RAW file format, something that all of its main competitors offer, and a prosumer feature that frankly we’d expect on this class of camera.

The P510 can shoot Full HD (1920×1080-pixel) movies at 30 frames per second, with stereo sound and full use of the optical zoom. It also offers a 720p mode at 1280×720 pixels (30 fps) and VGA mode at 640×480 pixels (30 fps). Nikon’s smart designers put the stereo microphone on the top of the camera right behind the flash. A Wind Noise Reduction function is available in the Movie menu. Serving to minimise the noise of wind blowing on the microphone, it is recommended to be turned on in strong wind only, as it may also make other sounds difficult to hear. Sensor-shift VR is not available during movie recording, but you may opt to turn on electronic image stabilisation.

The P510 is also capable of high-speed (HS) movie recording, albeit not at Full HD resolution. VGA videos can be shot at 120fps, VGA movies at 120fps or 60fps, HD (720p) clips at 60fps or 15fps, and HD (1080p) movies at 15fps. When these videos are played back at 30fps, they become slow-motion or super-fast movies. The maximum recording time per clip is limited to 10 seconds in the HS video modes. Sound is not recorded and no form of VR is available. Given the high frame rates, these videos require fast shutter speeds, which effectively means that you need very bright conditions, especially when shooting at 120 frames per second. The P500’s ingenious movie mode switch around the Movie Record button has sadly been removed.

Recording movie clips is very easy on the Nikon P510 via the one-touch Movie Record button on the rear of the camera. By pressing this button, you can start recording a clip no matter what shooting mode you are in. You can use the optical zoom while filming, and full-time AF is also available. In use, we found that zooming in or out sometimes caused the image to go temporarily out of focus, but the AF system usually adjusted itself very quickly in these cases. The maximum clip length is limited to 29 minutes. The Creative Slider and Special Effects can also be used when shooting movies, and they can be played back on a HDTV via the built-in HDMI connector, although as usual there’s no suitable cable supplied in the box. The P510 supports the CEC feature for HDMI which enables playback control using your TV’s remote control.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

The Nikon Coolpix P510’s familiar Menu button accesses the usual Nikon menu system, which is clear and easy to navigate. Press this when in any of the shooting modes and there are three menus, Shooting, Movie, GPS and Setup, with two menus, Playback and Settings, available when you’re reviewing an image. A big oversight is the almost constant need to use the menu system for setting the ISO speed, white balance, metering, and AF mode, with at least 4 button presses required to change these often-used features. The P510 is sorely missing some kind of quick menu system, accessible via an external control, to help speed up its general operation.

In playback mode, pressing the same Menu button affords access to rudimentary image editing, including Nikon’s exposure adjusting D-Lighting function, Skin Softening and Filter Effects, image slide shows, and the automatic Quick Retouch. A button to the right features the familiar trashcan icon for deleting images on the fly and completes the rear of the P510.

On the right flank of the camera – still viewing it from the rear – there’s a metal eyelet for attaching the supplied shoulder strap and a plastic cover protecting the HDMI port and A/V out / USB port. On the left hand flank is another eyelet. There’s a centrally positioned, metal tripod mount on the bottom of the camera. The P510 is powered by a 1100 mAh lithium ion battery, good for around 240 shots, that slots into the base alongside the SD / SDHC / SDXC card slot. There is a small internal memory too, but it will only hold a few photos at full resolution, so you’ll definitely need a memory card. Note that recharging the P510 is a somewhat convoluted affair, with the battery remaining in camera and requiring the battery cover to be closed.

The performance of the Nikon P510 is mostly satisfactory. It starts up in under two seconds and zooms pretty quickly yet accurately for a power zoom. As noted earlier, its autofocus speed is not the greatest despite the inclusion of a subject tracking mode, but you’ll only notice that when trying to capture fast action. We found the high-speed continuous shooting mode brilliant but sadly limited by a small buffer. The only truly frustrating design flaw is the lack of direct access to ISO speed and white balance. We’d really like to see dedicated buttons for these functions, although the Function button goes some way to rectifying this. In Playback mode, the only notable quirk is the inability to magnify into the image from Histogram view – this is something that ought to be easy to address via a firmware upgrade, although that never happened for the P500.

That concludes our look at the Nikon Coolpix P510’s ease-of-use, now let’s move on to its image quality…

All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5.5Mb.

The Nikon Coolpix P510’s image quality is good for a compact camera with a small image sensor. The Nikon Coolpix P510’s dealt fairly well with noise, which becomes obvious at ISO 400 along with some colour loss. The noise, colour desaturation and loss of detail gets progressively worse as you go from ISO 400 to ISO 1600 and finally the unusable 3200 and 6400 settings. The Nikon Coolpix P510 handled chromatic aberrations excellently with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The 16 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpen setting and either require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you should increase the in-camera sharpening level.

The Nikon Coolpix P510’s maximum shutter speed is 8 seconds, which is fairly good news for night photography enthusiasts. Macro performance is excellent, allowing you to focus as close as 1cm away from the subject. Vibration reduction is a compulsory feature on a camera like this and one that that works very well when hand-holding the P510 in low-light conditions or using the telephoto end of the amazing zoom range. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The backlighting feature increases detail in both the shadows and highlights, although at the expense of some additional noise and loss of fine detail, while the Picture Controls, Special Effects during shooting and Filter Effects during playback offer a lot of creative control over your images.

Noise

The Nikon Coolpix P510 has 7 sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 6400 at full resolution.

ISO 100 (100% Crop) ISO 200 (100% Crop)
ISO 400 (100% Crop) ISO 800 (100% Crop)
ISO 1600 (100% Crop) ISO 3200 (100% Crop)
ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

Focal Range

The Nikon Coolpix P510’s 42x zoom lens provides an astonishing focal range of 24-1000mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

24mm 1000mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops – the right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images from the Nikon Coolpix P510 are slightly soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can alternatively change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes.

Original (100% Crop) Sharpened (100% Crop)

File Quality

At full resolution, there are three JPEG quality settings availableon the Nikon Coolpix P510 – Fine, Normal and Basic.

Fine (5.01Mb) (100% Crop) Normal (2.94Mb) (100% Crop)
Basic (1.72Mb) (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

Given the range of the zoom lens, the Nikon Coolpix P510 shows remarkably little purple fringing, with limited effects in areas of high contrast as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop) Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Nikon Coolpix P510 allows you to get as close as 1cm to your subject, in this case a Compact Flash card.

Macro Shot 100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Nikon Coolpix P510 are Auto, Auto with Red-eye reduction, Fill Flash, Manual (Full, 1/2, 1/4 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 and 1/64), Slow Sync, Rear-curtain Sync and Flash Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m. Some vignetting and barrel distortion is apparent at the 24mm wide-angle setting, irrespective of whether you use the flash or not.

Flash Off – Wide Angle (24mm) Flash On – Wide Angle (24mm)
ISO 64 ISO 64
Flash Off – Telephoto (1000mm) Flash On – Telephoto (1000mm)
ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Fill Flash or the Auto with Red-eye reduction options caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On Flash On (100% Crop)
Red Eye Reduction Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Nikon Coolpix P510’s maximum shutter speed is 8 seconds in the Manual mode, which is fairly good news if you’re seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 8 seconds at ISO 100.

Night Shot Night Shot (100% Crop)

Vibration Reduction

The Nikon Coolpix P510 has a vibration reduction mechanism, which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, I took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the lens set to the same focal length and ISO speed. The first shot was taken with vibration reduction turned off, the second with it turned on. As you can see, with vibration reduction turned on, the images are definitely sharper than with vibration reduction turned off. Here is a 100% crop of the images to show the results.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length Anti Shake Off (100% Crop) Anti Shake On (100% Crop)
1/20th sec / 24mm
1/15th sec / 1000mm

Backlighting

The Nikon Coolpix P510’s Baclighting mode captures three consecutive shots at varying exposures and combines them into a single photo with a broader range of tones. Three different HDR settings are available for selection.

Off HDR 1
HDR 2 HDR 3

Picture Controls

The Nikon Coolpix P510 has four different Picture Controls, which can be individually tweaked (sharpening, contrast and saturation) to suit your taste.

Standard Neutral
Vivid Monochrome

Special Effects

You can apply nine different special effects as you shoot with the Nikon Coolpix P510, with a live preview on the LCD screen showing exactly what the final image will look like.

Off Soft
Nostalgic Sepia High-contrast Monochrome
High Key Low Key
Selective Colour Painting
High ISO Monochrome Silhouette

Filter Effects

You can apply five different filter effects in-camera to photos that you have already taken with the Nikon Coolpix P510.

Selective Color Cross Screen
Fisheye Miniature Effect
Painting

Easy Panorama

The Nikon Coolpix P510’s Easy Panorama mode allows you to take vertical or horizontal panorama photos simply by moving the camera in the direction of the on-screen guides. Multiple shots are then combined into a single panorama photo. The angle of view can be selected from 180° (normal) and 360° (wide).

Easy Panorama – 180°
Full-size Image
Easy Panorama – 360°
Full-size Image

Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Nikon Coolpix P510 camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample Image1/1600 sec
f/3.7 | 24mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/1000 sec
f/4.5 | 170mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/1000 sec
f/3.7 | 24mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/1000 sec
f/4.1 | 90mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/800 sec
f/4.9 | 30mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/800 sec
f/4.8 | 135mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/400 sec
f/5.1 | 200mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/30 sec
f/4.7 | 24mm | ISO 110
Sample Image1/2000 sec
f/3.2 | 33mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/125 sec
f/3 | 24mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/60 sec
f/4 | 85mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/40 sec
f/4.2 | 24mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/200 sec
f/5.9 | 24mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/250 sec
f/5.3 | 120mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/30 sec
f/5.3 | 24mm | ISO 200
Sample Image1/800 sec
f/5.3 | 24mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/1000 sec
f/5.9 | 1000mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/400 sec
f/5 | 85mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/2000 sec
f/3 | 24mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/500 sec
f/5.9 | 1000mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/320 sec
f/4.2 | 24mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/160 sec
f/4.9 | 435mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/800 sec
f/4.4 | 75mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/400 sec
f/5.9 | 1000mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/80 sec
f/4.2 | 24mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/160 sec
f/4.1 | 90mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/400 sec
f/4.1 | 100mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/1000 sec
f/4.3 | 70mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/160 sec
f/4.1 | 100mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/160 sec
f/4.8 | 325mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/640 sec
f/4.9 | 550mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/1000 sec
f/4.4 | 47mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/250 sec
f/7.6 | 28mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/500 sec
f/4.3 | 135mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/200 sec
f/5.9 | 1000mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/200 sec
f/4.9 | 550mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/400 sec
f/5.9 | 1000mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/500 sec
f/4.9 | 435mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/30 sec
f/3 | 24mm | ISO 250
Sample Image1/200 sec
f/3 | 24mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/400 sec
f/4.4 | 155mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/250 sec
f/3.7 | 55mm
Sample Image1/125 sec
f/3.7 | 55mm | ISO 3200
Sample Image1/60 sec
f/3.7 | 55mm | ISO 1600
Sample Image1/30 sec
f/3.7 | 55mm | ISO 800
Sample Image1/30 sec
f/4.2 | 120mm | ISO 220
Sample Image1/400 sec
f/4.9 | 500mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/320 sec
f/5.5 | 900mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/1000 sec
f/3.1 | 28mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/80 sec
f/3.6 | 50mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/400 sec
f/4.2 | 105mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/1600 sec
f/3.4 | 43mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/800 sec
f/3 | 24mm | ISO 100
Sample Image1/1600 sec
f/3 | 24mm | ISO 100

Sample Movie

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920×1280 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 22 second movie is 51.9Mb in size.

View the sample movie.

Product Images

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Front of the Camera
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Front of the Camera / Turned On
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Front of the Camera / Pop-up Flash
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Isometric View
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Isometric View
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Rear of the Camera
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Rear of the Camera / Image Displayed
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Rear of the Camera / Turned On
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Rear of the Camera / Shooting Menu
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Rear of the Camera / Function Menu
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Fold-out LCD Screen
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Fold-out LCD Screen
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Fold-out LCD Screen
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Top of the Camera
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Bottom of the Camera
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Side of the Camera
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Side of the Camera
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Front of the Camera
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Front of the Camera
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Memory Card Slot
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Battery Compartment

Specifications

*The aperture value is f/8.3.**Based on CIPA Standards for measuring life of batteries.

***When recording a single movie.

Effective pixels 16.1 million
Image sensor 1/2.3-in. type CMOS; approx. 16.79 million total pixels
Lens 42x optical zoom, NIKKOR lens
Focal length 4.3-180mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-1000 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
f/-number f/3-5.9
Construction 14 elements in 10 groups (4 ED lens elements)
Digital zoom Up to 2x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2000 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration reduction advanced lens-shift VR
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect AF
Focus range (from lens) [W]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 1.5 m (5 ft) to infinity Macro close-up mode: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) (at a wide-angle zoom position beyond the triangle mark) to infinity
Focus-area selection Face priority, auto (9-area automatic selection), center, manual with 99 focus areas, subject tracking, target finding AF
Viewfinder Electronic viewfinder, 0.5-cm (0.2-in.) approx. 201k-dot equivalent LCD with the diopter adjustment function (-4 to +4 m-1)
Frame coverage (shooting mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Monitor 7.5-cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment, tiltable approx. 82° downward, approx. 90° upward
Frame coverage (shooting mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Media Internal memory (approx. 90 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
File system DCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF, and MPF compliant
File formats Still pictures: JPEG 3D pictures: MPO Sound files (voice memo): WAV Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
Image size (pixels) 16 M 4608×3456 8 M 3264×2448 4 M 2272×1704 2 M 1600×1200 VGA 640×480 16:9 12M 4608×2592 16:9 2M 1920×1080 3:2 4608×3072 1:1 3456×3456
Shooting Modes Auto, Scene (Scene auto selector, Close-up, Portrait, Food, Sports, Museum, Night portrait, Fireworks show, Party/indoor, Black and white copy, Beach, Panorama, Snow, Pet portrait, Sunset, 3D photography, Dusk/dawn, Night landscape, Landscape, Backlighting), Special effects, P, S, A, M, User settings
Continuous Shooting Single (default setting), Continuous H (Pictures are continuously shot at about 7 fps), Continuous L (Up to about 30 frames at about 1 fps), Pre-shooting cache (Up to 20 frames at up to 15 fps), Continuous H: 120 fps (60 frames at about 1/125 s or faster), Continuous H: 60 fps (60 frames at about 1/60 s or faster), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Multi-shot 16, Intvl timer shooting
Movie HD 1080p(fine) (default setting): 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, HD 1080p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, HD 720p: 1280 x 720/approx. 30 fps, iFrame 540: 960 x 540/approx. 30 fps, VGA: 640 x 480/approx. 30 fps, HS 120 fps: 640 x 480/approx. 120 fps, HS 60 fps: 1280 x 720/approx. 60 fps, HS 15 fps: 1920 x 1080/approx. 15 fps
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity) ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Hi 1 (equivalent to 6400) Auto (auto gain from ISO 100 to 1600) Fixed range auto (ISO 100 to 400, 100 to 800) Hi 2 (equivalent to 12800) (High ISO monochrome in special effects mode)
Metering 224-segment matrix, center-weighted, spot
Exposure control Programmed auto exposure with flexible program, shutter priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, exposure bracketing, motion detection, exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Shutter Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Speed Auto mode, scene mode, special effects mode 1/4000* to 1 s 1/4000* to 2 s (Tripod in Night landscape scene mode) 4 s (Fireworks show scene mode) P, S, A, and M modes 1/4000* to 8 s (when ISO sensitivity is set to 100 in M mode: including when set to Auto or Fixed range auto) 1/4000* to 4 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 100, 200, or 400 in P, S, or A mode, and when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 200 or 400 in M mode) 1/4000* to 2 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 800) 1/4000* to 1 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 1600, and when set to Auto or Fixed range auto in P, S, or A mode) 1/4000* to 1/2 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at 3200 or Hi 1) 1/4000 to 1/125 s (Continuous H: 120 fps) 1/4000 to 1/60 s (Continuous H: 60 fps)
Aperture Electronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm
Range 10 steps of 1/3 EV (W) (A, M mode)
Self-timer Can be selected from 10 s and 2 s
Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto) [W]: 0.5 to 8.0 m (1 ft 8 in. to 26 ft) [T]: 1.5 to 4.5 m (5 ft to 14 ft)
Flash control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Protocol MTP, PTP
Video output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
HDMI output Can be selected from Auto, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
I/O terminal Audio/video output; digital I/O (USB); HDMI Mini Connector (Type C) (HDMI output)
GPS Receiver frequency 1575.42 MHz (C/A code), geodetic system WGS 84
Supported languages Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power sources One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (included) AC Adapter EH-62A (available separately)
Charging time Approx. 4 hours and 30 minutes (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-69P and when no charge remains)
Battery life (EN-EL5) Still pictures**: Approx. 240 shots Movies***: Approx. 1 h 10 min (HD 1080p(fine) (1920×1080))
Tripod socket 1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 119.8 x 82.9 x 102.2 mm (4.8 x 3.3 x 4.1 in.) (excluding projections)
Weight Approx. 555 g (1 lb 3.6 oz) (including battery and SD memory card)
Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories Camera Strap, Lens Cap LC-CP24 (with cord), Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (with terminal cover), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 Installer CD, Reference Manual CD
Optional accessories Battery Charger MH-61, AC Adapter EH-62A, H

Conclusion:

The Nikon Coolpix P510 ups the ante in the ultra-zoom camera stakes by offering an incredible telephoto zoom setting of 1000mm. Remarkably it’s still possible to hand-hold the camera in good light and achieve sharp pictures thanks to the excellent vibration reduction system, although you really need to use a tripod or other support for consistent results. The move to a 16 megapixel sensor hasn’t spoiled the image quality, but it hasn’t improved it either, being merely good, and the P510 still struggles to keep up with fast-moving subjects and lacks support for the raw file format.

The main attraction of the P510 is of course that 24-1000mm equivalent zoom lens, which covers the focal range of at least 4 SLR lenses, but there is a lot more to the Nikon P510 than just an insanely long zoom. It also offers SLR-like handling, manual exposure and focus, an eye-level viewfinder, an articulated and high-resolution LCD screen, built-in GPS and full HD movies with stereo sound, full-time AF and optical zoom as well. The P510 is a very well rounded package that is surprisingly compact and lightweight and which will more than satisfy the needs of many users.

In terms of handling, the P510 unfortunately suffers from some of the same issues as its predecessor. These include a lack of direct access to the ISO speed and white balance (although you can assign one of those to the new Function button), a missing second control wheel and the inability to attach an external flashgun. Generally speaking, however, the Nikon Coolpix 510 offers better handling and ease-of-use than the P500 and some of its competitors, with the inclusion of the side zoom control on the lens barrel a very welcome one, especially for videographers.

Image quality remains something of a mixed bag. It’s not bad for a compact camera, but the ambitious move to a 16 megapixel sensor, despite it still being a back-illuminated CMOS one, hasn’t done the P510 many favours. There is a little too much smearing of fine detail in the full-resolution images, even at the lower ISO speeds, with things starting to fall apart at ISO 400 and getting progressively worse as you go up the range. The P510’s overall image quality is pleasing enough in good light, but simply not as good as its rivals as you move up the ISO range.

Despite retaining similar flaws that also afflicted the P510’s predecessor – namely the so-so image quality, lack of RAW mode, slightly sluggish auto-focusing and some handling issues, this new ultra-zoom is still well worth a look if want the all-in-one convenience of a superzoom that can shoot everything from wide-angle landscapes to close-ups of birds and other small subjects. That 1000mm telephoto setting may sound a little ridiculous on paper, but in reality it is actually a usable setting in good lighting conditions. The Nikon Coolpix P510 may not produce the best photos at higher ISO speeds or focus quickly enough for fast-moving subjects, but it’s a lot more portable and convenient than an SLR with a bag full of lenses and also doubles up as an effective video camera thanks to its excellent movie mode, making it worthy of our Highly Recommended award.

4.5 stars

RATINGS (OUT OF 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4
Image Quality 3.5
Value for money 4

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon Coolpix P510.

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

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The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS super-zoom camera has a remarkable 35x lens with an incredibly versatile focal range of 24-840mm. The SX40 also offers a 12 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, full manual controls and full 1080p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX40 HS review to discover if it’s the only camera you need.

Casio EX-FH25

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The Casio EX-FH25 is a super-zoom camera with a difference – its high-speed capabilities mean that it can take 30 still photos every second and even shoot 1,000fps video footage. The 10 megapixel EX-FH25 has a 20x lens with a focal range of 26-520mm, large 3 inch LCD screen and a wealth of automatic shooting modes to make your life easier. Read our comprehensive Casio EX-FH25 review to find out if this is the right high-zoom camera for you…

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

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The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR is a brand new bridge-style camera with a massive 30x zoom lens and a long list of stand-out features. The HS20EXR boasts a 24-720mm focal range, full 1080p movies with stereo sound, a 3 inch tilting LCD screen, 8fps burst shooting and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated EXR sensor with JPEG and RAW support. Is this the only camera you’ll ever need? Read our Fujifilm FinePix HS20 review to find out…

Kodak EasyShare Z990

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The Kodak Z990 is a new ultra-zoom digital camera sporting a 28-840mm, 30x optical lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and optical image stabilization. Other stand-out features of the Z990 include a 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, ISO range of 125-6400, PASM shooting modes, RAW support, and a 3 inch LCD screen. Read the world’s first in-depth Kodak EasyShare Z990 Review.

Nikon Coolpix P500

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The Coolpix P500 is Nikon’s new super-zoom compact camera for 2011, offering a massive 36x zoom lens with a focal range of 22.5-810mm. The 12 megapixel bridge-style Nikon P500 can capture full 1080p high-definition movies in stereo sound, has a back illuminated CMOS sensor, 3-inch 921K-dot tiltable LCD screen, electronic viewfinder and fast 8fps burst shooting. Priced at £399.99 / $399.99, read our Nikon Coolpix P500 review to find out if it can challenge the likes of the Fujifilm HS10, Canon SX30 IS and Panasonic DMC-FZ100.

Olympus SP-810UZ

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The Olympus SP-810UZ is a brand new bridge-style compact camera that boasts a 36x zoom lens with an incredible focal range of 24-864mm. The 14 megapixel Olympus SP-810UZ also offers a 3 inch, 16:9 ratio LCD screen, 720p movie recording and 3D shooting mode. Matt Grayson goes zoom-crazy in our in-depth Olympus SP-810UZ review.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

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The super-zoom compact camera market is a hotly-contested one, with offerings from all the big manufacturers. Panasonic have updated their range for 2010 with the introduction of the DMC-FZ100, an all-singing, all-dancing successor to the popular FZ38 model. Key highlights include a 24x zoom, large free-angle LCD, full HD movies, 11fps burst shooting, fast RAW mode and a 14 megapixel sensor. Read the world’s first online Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Review to find out if it can beat its rivals.

Pentax Optio X90

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The Pentax Optio X90 is a brand new super-zoom compact camera featuring a 26x image-stabilized zoom lens with a focal range of 26-676mm. Successor to the X70 model, the X90 has a 12 megapixel sensor, 2.7 inch screen, full range of creative shooting modes and can record 720p HD movies. Retailing for £329.99 / $399.95, does the Pentax Optio X90 offer enough to match its super-zoom rivals? Gavin Stoker finds out in our Pentax Optio X90 review.

Samsung WB5000

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The WB5000 / HZ25W is Samsung’s first entry into the big boy world of all-in-one super-zoom cameras. Offering a 24x zoom lens with 26mm wide-angle setting, the WB5000 literally has most photographic subjects covered, for both 12 megapixel stills and 720p movies. Throw in a range of hand-holding smart modes for beginners and RAW format and Manual mode for advanced users, and Samsung could be onto a winner at their very first attempt. Read our expert Samsung WB5000 / HZ25W review to find out if Panasonic, Olympus et al have anything to fear…

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is a super-zoom camera with some rather unique features up its proverbial sleeve. These include a 20x zoom lens and 9 megapixel CMOS sensor, both of which utilise Sony’s DSLR technology, 3 inch tiltable LCD screen, and fast 10fps burst shooting mode. Going up against the likes of the Canon Powershot SX20 IS, Panasonic FZ38 and Olympus SP-590UZ, we find out if the £480 / $500 Sony HX1 hits the right spot…


iTwin

Chennai-born Lux Ananthraman has created iTwin, a pair of identical USB drives that share data exclusively between them over any connection. The procedure is insert the USB drive you are carrying in any computer and you can access all your files securely and without the need for any third-party software. For iTwin, all you need is internet access. And it costs just about Rs 5,000

Singapore invention iTwin sweeps up awards

The latest accolade won by the device is the “Best of What’s New Award” by Popular Science Magazine in their computing category last month.

iTwin came out the winner among the top 100 new tech products selected from technologies from all over the world reviewed by the editors of the magazine.

Before that, iTwin picked up the Red Dot Product Design Award in July, and Frost & Sullivan’s New Product Innovation Award in 2010, The Straits Times reported.

In 2009, iTwin was the first Singapore start-up to be selected for participation in the prestigious Silicon Valley TechCrunch 50 start-up event.

iTwin is a two part device that can transfer data safely between any two online computers.

By plugging in one part into a computer, and the other detachable part into a second computer, users can upload, download or edit any file on the two computers.

As iTwin does not store data and the device can be remotely disabled, users are spared the worry of compromising sensitive information should the device be misplaced or stolen.

iTwin was developed in the laboratories of the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

The idea for iTwin was born when co-founder and chief executive officer Lux Anantharaman wanted to check personal investments and finances stored on his home computer.

To achieve this, he thought of a simple yet secure remote file access solution, which was brought to life when he was a scientist at I2R.

Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd, the commercial arm of A*STAR, provided funding for a marketable prototype.

In 2009, the prototype made its debut at he International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the US.

Mr Anantharaman said he believes that iTwin may ultimately replace the portable storage market, which currently comprises flash drives, portable hard disks and memory cards.

SINGAPORE STARTUP iTwin AWARDED IDA / AMAZON WEB SERVICES CREDITS
SINGAPORE, 8 November 2010 – iTwin is delighted to announce that it has been awarded
IDA / Amazon Web Services credits.
Under the “Open Call for Cloud Computing Proposals”, iTwin has been selected by the
Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore, and awarded free AWS credits. iTwin
will use these credits to route some of its encrypted traffic through the reliable infrastructure
of Amazon Web Services. iTwin is a pioneering user of AWS in Singapore. All iTwin data is
encrypted in transit and only the two halves of iTwin know the encryption key.
“These welcome and useful credits add to the honours garnered by iTwin. We believe iTwin
is going to be very successful because it makes secure remote file access really easy. As we
ready for our US launch, it’s great to have this support and recognition. It adds further support
to our belief that iTwin will be hugely appreciated by computer users that dislike the messy
configuration, logins and passwords of current remote access solutions, or are concerned about
losing confidential data when they lose a portable file storage device, like a USB flash drive”,
said iTwin’s CEO Lux Anantharaman.
Lux, together with Chief Operating Officer Kal Takru, founded the company, which is a spin-off
from Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
iTwin adds this award to several previous merits including being selected for the prestigious
TechCrunch50 event in Silicon Valley; TechCrunch TokyoCamp in Japan; a Singapore Design
Award (merit, product category); a Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award, and
selection for e27 unConference and LaunchPad. iTwin was also selected to participate at
TechVentures 2010, at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
High resolution images are available at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/icon_newsroom/sets/72157624966129795/

General

  • What is an iTwin?
  • Is iTwin a USB flash drive?
  • How does it work?
  • Does iTwin use bluetooth, Wi-Fi?
  • Is one computer the master and the other the slave?
  • What are the plus points of iTwin over other file access services?
  • Does iTwin store data?
  • Can I put the computer to sleep or lock it so as to prevent unauthorized access to my local computer while I am away?

Getting Started

  • Why do I need two halves of iTwin?
  • How do I access my files while I’m on-the-go?
  • What if my home computer falls asleep while I’m out, on-the-go?
  • If I were to ask someone at home to drag and drop more files while I’m at work, would I be able to access the newly dragged and dropped files? Or can files only be shared when both halves of iTwin are ‘paired’ together in my home machine and then dragged and dropped?

Remote Editing

  • What software application gets used when I remotely edit a file?
  • Can you even edit video or image files remotely?
  • Can it be edited on both sides like google docs?

Popularity

  • What has the press said?
  • What recognition has iTwin received?

Safety & Security

  • Just how secure is it?
  • But what about passwords?
  • What if I lose one half?
  • What if I lose both halves of iTwin?
  • Where do I enter the disable code, to disconnect the two halves of my iTwin?
  • What about firewalls?
  • Can I use it in a public computer?
  • Does the data go through some offsite iTwin server?
  • What about Malware?

Supported Configuration

  • What operating systems are currently supported?
  • I own multiple iTwins. Can I pair any two halves?
  • Am I able to pair two halves of differently colored iTwins?
  • Once disabled, can I reconnect the two halves of iTwin?
  • Can iTwin do one-to-many connections?
  • What if I have multiple user accounts on my computer?
  • Does iTwin work through all firewalls?
  • If I have a Mac with a Windows OS installed on a virtual machine, will iTwin work on that?

Troubleshooting Corner Cases

  • Does it work on an intranet setting without internet?
  • I am getting a message about iTwinTrust server and the time zone. What should I do?
  • Why can’t i open one of my remote files?
  • Why is iTwin not installing itself?

Question Not Answered Here?

  • Contact us here or email us directly at helpdesk@iTwin.com.

What is an iTwin?

iTwin is a revolutionary new file sharing and remote access device brought to you by a company called iTwin. It’s like two ends of a cable, without the cable. It’s as simple to use as a flash drive. It’s literally plug and play.iTwin can connect any two online computers anywhere in the world. iTwin enables you to have access to any or all of your home computer’s files and folders while you’re on-the-go. Similarly, you can also use iTwin to access to any or all of your office computer’s files and folders while on-the-go. There’s no in-built limit to the amount of storage you can access with iTwin while you’re on-the-go. The only limit is the size of your hard drives. The only other “limit” is the speed of your Internet connection. The faster it is, the better your experience.

You can select files for accessing later on-the-go, or you can edit them remotely, without the files leaving your computer. You can also back-up files to your home or office computer while you’re out on-the-go. It’s so easy, it’s unbelievable.

How does it work?

When you connect iTwin, you’ll see a regular window pop-up, just as you would if you plugged in a regular USB flash drive. Drag and drop files and folders into this window to share them – as many as you want. Leave your computer with one half of iTwin connected to it. Detach the other half of iTwin and take it with you. Wherever you go, you can remotely access the shared files, simply by plugging the half you are carrying into any online Windows computer, anywhere. iTwin allows you to transfer files to – or from – your home computer. Or your office computer. Or your friend’s, or your colleague’s! iTwin also allows you to edit the shared files on a remote computer, while keeping them on that remote computer, (no need to transfer those files before you edit them).For more details, see the iTwin user manual.

Is one computer the master and the other the slave?

No – iTwin comprises two exactly identical halves and information transfer goes from A to B or from B to A, whichever you prefer. The two halves are completely identical and this “twin” symmetry reflects the useful access and transfer capabilities of iTwin.

Just how secure is it?

When you connect iTwin to your computer, the two halves “pair” and create a secure key that only these two halves know. No one else knows this key – including the iTwin company. This means your data is completely secure. iTwin uses 256-bit AES encryption. This standard is comparable to that of the military or online banking services. On top of that, iTwin uses hardware crypto, not software, which makes iTwin’s encryption even more difficult to crack!

What are the plus points of iTwin over other file access services?

iTwin does not impose any storage limits or monthly fees. iTwin uses hardware-based access and security instead of just software. Software can be cumbersome. For remote file access, you would need to explicitly download software, install it, create accounts and worst of all, remember & type logins and passwords. We are not designed to remember more than a few passwords, and we are already overloaded with them. We reuse passwords, we use simple passwords. However, there is a simpler way to connect devices: using iTwin. iTwin makes secure connections very simple, removing all complexity.

But what about passwords?

You can set an optional password, for additional security. This is done during the “pairing” or initialization process. With the two halves connected and plugged into a USB port on your computer, proceed through the pairing process and then right-click the iTwin icon in your system tray. Select “Security Options” and then select “Set Password” from the menu. You can then enter a password which will be required each time you plug one half of your iTwin into a computer. This provides you with additional security, in case you lose one half of your iTwin and an unauthorized person attempts to use it.By default though, there’s no requirement to set a password.

Does iTwin store data?

iTwin is like two ends of a cable, without the cable. Just as a cable doesn’t store data, neither does iTwin. iTwin just gives you easy, highly secure access to your data. No data is stored on the device itself. So if you lose one half of iTwin, you don’t lose your data. You can share as much data as you choose. There’s no limit, except the speed of your broadband connection.

Can I put the computer to sleep or lock it so as to prevent unauthorized access to my local computer while I am away?

When iTwin is plugged into your computer, iTwin software will prevent your computer from entering sleep mode. This enables you to access your files remotely. You can definitely lock your computer screen by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del and selecting “Lock Computer” option. You will still be able to access files remotely. You can also switch off your monitor, iTwin will still work. In fact, iTwin software will automatically switch the monitor according to your existing power setting.

What if I lose one half?

You can break the connection between the two halves of your iTwin by clicking on a disconnect link (a URL that we email you immediately when you pair the device). You can do this from anywhere with an Internet connection. You can also disconnect by entering a unique disconnect code into our website (we email you this disconnect code when you pair the two halves of iTwin).A very simple way to break the connection after losing one half, is that you can simply unplug the half that you didn’t lose. That way, no-one can access your data. (Don’t re-plug that half until you’ve found the missing half or until you’ve disconnected the two halves using our website or our disconnect link.)

If you still have one half of iTwin, you can buy a single half of iTwin from our website. Simply “pair” your old half with the new one, to create a new iTwin.

What if I lose both halves of iTwin?

Your data is completely safe, since iTwin doesn’t store any data on itself. (iTwin just gives you access to data that’s stored on one of your computers elsewhere). You can easily order a new iTwin from iTwin.com.

 

What about firewalls?

There should be nothing to configure. iTwin uses the same ports as your Internet browser. So long as you can shop at Amazon or access “https” websites, you can use iTwin without any firewall issues. (A “https” website is a website that allows you to enter passwords or other secure information.)

Why do I need two halves of iTwin?

The high-grade security of iTwin is created by the random and very secure unique crypto key that’s generated each time you pair the two halves. Only the two halves of iTwin know the key. You only need to carry one half with you, on-the-go. Both halves of iTwin must be plugged into two online computers at the same time, for iTwin to act like a connecting cable.

How do I access my files while I’m on-the-go?

Plug iTwin into your online computer (say, the one at your home). Install and launch it with one click. Drag and drop files and folders into the iTwin window to share them, just like you would with a flash drive. Drag as many files as you want. If you can’t decide which files or folders to select, just drag the whole hard drive (seriously)! Then, detach one half of iTwin and take it with you. (Leave your home computer powered on). While you’re on-the-go and you want access to those files, simply plug the half of iTwin you are carrying into any other online computer. You’ll see all your shared files. Click the iTwin icon in the Windows Tray to “switch” iTwin and share files from the computer you’re sitting at, to be accessed from your home computer.

What if my home computer falls asleep while I’m out, on-the-go?

If you leave one half of iTwin connected to your computer at home, iTwin won’t let your computer fall asleep. The monitor may power off after a while (depending on how you’ve computer’s power management settings). But the operating system of your computer will continue to function. This ensures that you have access to your files and folders. So if the computer you use for iTwin at home is a notebook or laptop, ensure that you leave it connected to the power supply before leaving home.

Can iTwin do one-to-many connections?

iTwin enables a simple and secure, one-to-one connection between any two computers running Microsoft Windows 7, XP or Vista (32-bit or 64-bit). Interested in a one-to-many feature? Please email us at feedback@iTwin.com.

What operating systems are currently supported?

iTwin currently supports Microsoft Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista, (32-bit & 64-bit). The two computers connected to each other via iTwin can be running two different operating systems.

I own multiple iTwins. Can I pair any two halves?

Yes. You can connect any two halves and plug them into an online computer to “pair” those two halves. Any previous association that either of those two halves had with another iTwin will be instantly disabled.

What has the press said?

iTwin has received a lot of praise in the tech and popular press, from Financial Times to Engadget and Gizmodo. Praise for iTwin is shown on our Press Page.

Where do I enter the disable code, to disconnect the two halves of my iTwin?

When you pair the two halves of your iTwin, we’ll ask for your email address so that we can send you a special email. The subject line of this email will be: [iTwin] Your Device Disable Code.In case this important email gets filtered, check your spam folder. In this email, we’ll send you a disable URL. Click on the URL to disable the connection between the two halves of iTwin. We’ll also send you a unique disable code. You can also enter this unique disable code here.

Once disabled, can I reconnect the two halves of iTwin?

To re-enable your iTwin device, simply “pair” the two halves of an iTwin and you are ready to go.You can “pair” the two halves by connecting them together and plugging them into your computer. (Internet connection required).

What software application gets used when I remotely edit a file?

To use iTwin to edit a file that is stored on a remote computer, you can double-click on it in the iTwin ‘remote files’ window. If you double-click, the software application that gets used to open the file from your local computer depends on the default application preferences of your local computer. Alternatively, you can right-click on the file and choose among the available software applications installed on your local computer.

Can you even edit video or image files remotely?

Yes you can. Using iTwin, you can remotely edit any type of file on the remote computer if the appropriate application is installed on that remote computer. For example, you can share a Photoshop image file (that’s a .psd file), and you can then remotely edit this file.

Can it be edited on both sides like google docs?

Currently, iTwin only allows you to edit a file on one computer at any given moment of time. You can edit a local file and save it. Then you can open a remote file to edit and save it. Once done, the local files can be opened and re-edited. In the event where a single file is being edited by two separate computers at once, iTwin will ask you to choose to save one of the two edited copies.

Can I use it in a public computer?

Yes, you can use iTwin on a public computer. You might not wish to save any files on that public computer – in this case, simply use iTwin to remotely edit or view files located on your home or office computer. When you unplug the half of iTwin from the public computer, any temp files created by the viewing or remote editing process are purged.

Does the data go through some offsite iTwin server?

If the two halves of iTwin are plugged into a remote and local computer in the same network, then the data is transferred directly between the computers. If the remote and local computers are on different networks, then the data goes through our relay server. Since all the data which is relayed is encrypted and the encryption key is only stored on the two halves of iTwin, your data is completely safe.

What about Malware?

iTwin does not facilitate malware distribution. Malware spreads through regular USB drives, when a malicious program executes and writes itself to the USB drive automatically (without your permission or without you even realizing it). When the infected USB drive is plugged into another computer, the software may be able to automatically run. There are two necessary conditions for malware spread.

  • 1) Infected File should be copied to a new computer.
  • 2) Infected File should executed on the new computer.

With iTwin, you explicitly select the files that needs to be copied. And the iTwin device does not store any unauthorized files on itself – it only stores iTwin application files. Malicious files cannot trick iTwin into copying files automatically. However, if you use iTwin (or any file transfer system) to knowingly copy suspicious files on to your computer and you execute them (by clicking on them) you might be opening malware.

Does it work on an intranet setting without internet?

No. iTwin does not work within the intranet setting without any Internet access. iTwin requires the computers it’s plugged into to be connected to the Internet.

I am getting a message about iTwinTrust server and the time zone. What should I do?

Make sure that your Windows clock is set to the correct time for your location. Make sure that the Windows clock (on the system tray) is set to the correct timezone for your location. Setting these correctly is a security measure, and helps iTwin synchronise your files.

Why can’t I open one of my remote files ?

You cannot remotely edit or copy some types of remote files (including .doc and .xls files) if they are already open on the remote machine. This is an extension of a Windows restriction.

Why is iTwin not installing itself?

If autorun is not enabled on your computer, right click on the CD Drive: iTwin, and choose ‘Open’, then click on iTwin.exe.

Am I able to pair two halves of differently colored iTwins?

Yes. You can pair two halves of differently colored iTwins.

What if I have multiple user accounts on my computer?

You must remain logged in on the computer in order to use iTwin to access the files on that computer. So if you share the computer, for example with family members, you should make sure they do not log you out, as this will make your iTwin files inaccessible. If you are using iTwin to access files on another person’s computer, that person must remain logged in for the files to be accessible. In other words, the person that dragged files into the iTwin Local Folder must remain logged in, in order for those files to be accessible.

What recognition has iTwin received?

iTwin was shortlisted in TechCrunch50, in September 2009 in Silicon Valley. The iTwin team received a special invitation to TechCrunch’s tokyoCamp in Japan. iTwin has won a Singapore Design Merit Award. iTwin was selected as one of the one of the top 4 technologies at Asia’s biggest ICT conference, Communic’Asia 2010. Stay tuned!

Is iTwin a USB flash drive?

No, iTwin does not store any data on itself. Instead, it provides a secure encrypted connection to a remote computer, allowing the users to access their data. Unlike a flash drive, there is no storage limit, except the size of the hard disk of the remote computer.

Does iTwin use bluetooth, Wi-Fi?

iTwin uses the Internet connection of the local computer to connect to the remote computer. If the local computer is on Wi-Fi, then iTwin will make use of the Wi-Fi. It does not utilise bluetooth for communication.

Does iTwin work through all firewalls?

iTwin works through firewalls except when they are setup to allow traffic only to pre-defined, white-listed sites and services. In such a case, iTwin would not work, until the Administrator of the network white-lists iTwin’s server. This is typically done for commonly used services such as Skype etc.

If I have a Mac with a Windows OS installed on a virtual machine, will iTwin work on that?

Yes, iTwin will work in such a configuration. And, of course, iTwin will also work on Boot Camp on a Mac.

If I were to ask someone at home to drag and drop more files while I’m at work, would I be able to access the newly dragged and dropped files? Or can files only be shared when both halves of iTwin are ‘paired’ together in my home machine and then dragged and dropped?

You will be able to access the newly dragged files, as these are now available for on-the-go access. They’ll be visible to you when you refresh the ‘remote’ folder.

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