6 January, 2013 10:04

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2013 by hilalcenter



A look at the new HTC Sensation 4G smartphone

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2011 by hilalcenter

I’ve long been a fan of HTC’s line of Android phones. Most have been slender, lightweight, speedy and – for Android phones, which aren’t always intuitive – easy to use. The Sensation, which is offered by T-Mobile, is no exception.

Like many of the latest Android phones, the Sensation has a large display, 4.3 inches diagonal. But unlike many of the first large-screen smartphones, the gadget doesn’t feel oversized.

At 5.2 ounces, the Sensation is only slightly heavier than Apple’s lightweight iPhone 4. The HTC phone is about 2 millimeters thicker than the iPhone 4, but thanks to the Sensation’s rounded back, it’s hard to notice the difference. Measurements aside, the Sensation feels better in the hand than its large-screen predecessors.

It’s also fun to use, in part because it’s quick and responsive.

HTC has packed the Sensation with a speedy new dual-core processor from Qualcomm. Unlike other dual-core Android devices I’ve tested, the Sensation seemed to benefit from its enhanced processing power. The device launches and switches between applications quickly. And the animations it uses when you scroll through app icons or move from one home page to another are generally smooth, not herky-jerky.

On top of the fast processor, the Sensation is one of a growing number of phones that can connect to T-Mobile’s new high-speed data network.

T-Mobile is the smallest and probably most overlooked of the four major U.S. wireless carriers. Its network coverage nationally is not as extensive as Verizon’s or AT&T’s, and its lineup of devices is often less compelling than those of the bigger carriers.

But if you’ve dismissed T-Mobile for these reasons, it deserves another look. Its service plans tend to be less expensive than those of its rivals, and its network is well-ranked in several regions.

What’s more, its new network is quite fast. At my desk, I saw download speeds of up to 8 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to more than 2 megabits per second in spot tests. That’s not as fast as what you might see on the new 4G phones from Verizon, but it’s significantly faster than what you’ll generally see on AT&T or Sprint. What it means is that Web pages, maps and other data load quickly, with few noticeable delays.

The other things to like about the Sensation are the features and apps that HTC has included. I’ve always liked the Sense interface that HTC has built to run on top of Android. I find it an accessible way to navigate the phone and find applications.

The latest version of Sense depicts the device’s multiple home screens as faces on a virtual carousel. You can access any one of them by spinning the carousel to the left or right or by holding down the home button to see thumbnails of all of them at once.

I also liked the collection of new features HTC has added to the notifications area. Within the notification bar you can now find icons for the five applications you’ve used most recently, and you can switch to any of those apps by just tapping on its icon. Additionally, the Sensation has a “quick settings” area within notifications that allows you to turn on and off such things as the device’s Wi-Fi or Bluetooth antennas without having to dig deep into its full settings menu.

It’s been traditionally much more difficult to obtain or load movies, music and the like on to Android devices, compared with the iPhone. But that’s starting to change. With the Sensation, you’ll find an app called HTC Watch that allows you to rent or buy many of the latest Hollywood movies and download them directly to the phone. You won’t find a huge selection, but it’s not bad.

You can also download music directly to the device from a built-in music store app or from Amazon.com’s MP3 store.

The Sensation isn’t perfect. Its biggest shortcoming is that it comes with only an 8-gigabyte flash memory card for storage. That doesn’t leave you a lot of space for movies, music or apps. But it’s a problem that can be easily corrected; for about $50 online, you can find a 32-gigabyte microSD card to replace the included one.

As much as I like the Sensation, I still prefer the iPhone 4 and would definitely recommend the latter over the Sensation to new smartphone users. The iPhone 4 remains a more accessible and easier-to-use device than any of its Android rivals, including the Sensation. And while there is a growing number of apps you can find for Android, there still are many that only exist on the iPhone.

That said, the Sensation just may be the best Android phone you can buy right now.


-Likes: Thin, lightweight design; easy-to-use interface; quick processor and speedy data connection; new multimedia apps

-Dislikes: Included memory card provides little storage space

-Specs: Dual-core 1.2GHz processor; 4.3-inch display; VGA front- and 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras; 8GB microSD storage card

-How much: $200 with two-year contract, after mail-in rebate

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2011 by hilalcenter

Review With Android steaming ahead of Apple in terms of sales, and Windows Phone 7 soon to launch on Nokia handsets, RIM has got its work cut out to make sure BlackBerry can stay relevant and desirable in these fast-paced times.

The slimmest BlackBerry yet: RIM’s Bold 9900
The company has just announced three new handsets, including a couple of full-screen Torch models. But the first out of the traps is the Bold 9900, which combines a touch screen with a hard Qwerty keyboard. Does it mark a bold new step for BlackBerry? Well, not really…

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 looks very similar to Qwerty-packing BBs of old, though it’s perhaps a little bigger, a little sleeker. It measures 115x66x10.5mm, weighs 130g and looks very classy with its glossy black plastic casing, tough carbon-fibre back cover and brushed aluminium trim. Beneath the screen the standard BlackBerry control buttons (call start and stop, menu and back) sit on either side of an optical trackpad and beneath those is a 35-key Qwerty keyboard.

The keys are angled so they’re easily defined under the thumbs and it’s easy to get up to impressive typing speeds. The numbers are arranged in keypad style rather than stretched across a single line, which also means you can get to them a little easier with one thumb. The keys are brightly backlit too, making it very easy to use in the dark.

RIM says the 9900 is its thinnest handset yet, and it looks even thinner thanks to its tapered back. Around the sides are a programmable ‘convenience key’ (which defaults to camera shutter button), volume buttons surrounding a mute key, plus a microUSB power/sync port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On top is a sleep/screen lock button.

There’s 5Mp snapper round the back but no front facing camera
The nicely sensitive 2.8in capacitive touch screen offers 640 x 480 pixels – a considerable leap from the Bold 9700’s 480 x 360. It also feels considerably bigger than the 2.6in of its Qwerty rival, the HTC ChaCha.

September launch for Intel Cedar Trail scrapped

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2011 by hilalcenter

(PhysOrg.com) — Intel has changed the launch date of its Cedar Trail-M platform that is targeted for netbooks from September to November. The reason for the delay is a problem with graphics drivers and failing certification for Windows 7. Cedar Trail is the code name being used for Intel’s next generation Atom chips built using the 32nm manufacturing node. A talking point over the Cedar Trail chipset has been that it represents the first netbook platform-based Intel 32nm technology. The platform is described as a unified architecture that packs the processing cores and the graphics processing unit on the same die. The graphics core includes support for DirectX 10.1 and hardware decoding capabilities for HD content, including MPEG2, VC1, AVC, H.264 and Blu-ray 2.0.

The battery life is said to exceed 10 hours. The new platform will carry Intel Wireless Music, Wireless Display, PC Synch and Fast Boot technologies.
So what is the specific problem causing the delay? LG Nilsson writing for VR-Zone says what is clear to him is that it is something fairly crucial, if Microsoft has determined that the drivers are not yet suitable for Windows 7. He said his best guess is that the glitch lies in media decoding.
Whatever the reasons, some best guesses and relevant insider insights will converge next month over what happened, what’s next and which dates to watch, at the Intel Developer Forum from September 13 to 15. One vendor that certainly cares about Cedar Trail is computer-maker Asus, a key brand name in netbooks. Asus has confirmed its support for Intel’s Cedar Trail platform. The company presented at Computex the Asus Eee PC 1025, its first Cedar Trail netbook. The machine features a 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) display and will be powered by a 32nm Atom CPU (N2600 or N2800). The Eee PC 1025C runs Windows 7.
Those familiar with the certification process reckon that submitting the drives for recertification, given the drivers’ complexity, will take some time.
© 2011 PhysOrg.com

HP Kills TouchPad, Puts WebOS in Hibernation

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2011 by hilalcenter

HP announced it will no longer produce hardware running its webOS mobile operating system, discontinuing operations on future TouchPad tablets and the Pre smartphone devices.

“HP plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones,” the company said in a statement. “HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.”

“Our WebOS devices have not gained enough traction in the marketplace with consumers,” said HP CEO Leo Apotheker in a conference call on Thursday. “Continuing to execute our current device approach in this space is no longer in the interest of HP or its shareholders.”
Continue reading

India’s Bharti unveils $220 tablet challenger to iPad

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2011 by hilalcenter

Bharti’s Beetel Magiq tablet is the latest entry as the so-called “tablet war” heats up in the nascent market where manufacturers are seeking to tap predicted strong demand in the country of 1.2 billion people.
Beetel Teletech, the phone-equipment arm of Bharti Enterprises, whose stable also includes Bharti Airtel, India’s top mobile phone firm by users, hailed the 9,999 rupee ($220) seven-inch (18-centimetre) tablet a “ground-breaking product”. Continue reading