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September 21 2012 6 21 /09 /September /2012 18:32

HTC has not long announced its two flagship Windows Phone 8 devices. The 8X and the 8S smartphones are now available for pre-order here in the UK.

The HTC 8S is the cheaper of the two handsets retailing at £224.98. Powered by Windows Phone 8, the handset features a three dimensional unibody design which is said to be inspired by the Windows Phone live tiles. The display is 4.0-inch with a 800×480 resolution. It also comes packed with Beats Audio, and a 5MP camera which supports 720P recording.

The HTC 8X is definitely the higher end Windows Phone 8 device. Similarly to the 8S this one has a three dimensional unibody design, but has a 4.3-inch display with a 1280×720 resolution, Beats Audio integration, 2.1MP front facing camera, and an 8MP rear camera. The 8X is available for pre-order at £398.98 from retailer Unlocked Mobiles.

Both handsets are due to ship in November.

Article Source: http://www.tekcore.co.uk/2012/09/20/htc-windows-phone-8x-and-8s-are-available-for-pre-order/

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September 21 2012 6 21 /09 /September /2012 03:10

There are many smartphones being unveiled this month, like Motorola DROID RAZR M / HD / i, Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5. And now (Sep, 19, 2012), two  exciting all-new Windows Phone 8 smartphones named Windows Phone 8X and 8S have been introduced by HTC.

 

The announcements come straight from HTC’s media event in New York City where HTC CEO Peter Chou and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage to unveil the two phones.

 

Like Nokia before it, HTC seems content on attracting users to the Windows Phone platform using bold colors and a thin, tapered shape. The 8X is available in purple, red, black, and a neon lime green, whilethe 8S is available in a a slightly more subued blue/black, white/black, neon lime green/gray, and red/red color combinations.

 

Looking at the device itself, they both look much like the recently introduced Nokia Lumia 920. If you look closely, however, the HTC devices are much more tapered and the curves more pronounced. Will the looks sell the phone? That remains to be seen.

 

Both the 8X and 8S are available starting in November, following the official Windows Phone 8 launch at the end of October, and will be available on about 150 carriers in over 50 countries. In the United States, this will include AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless; in Europe Orange, O2 Telefonica, MTS, Three UK, T-Mobile, and Vodafone; and in the Asia-Pacific region Chunghwa Telecom, Optus, Singtel, Smartone, Telstra and Vodafone Australia. Pricing will likely vary based on carrier, and was not announced by HTC at its event Wednesday in New York City.

As far as specs go, don’t expect to be blown away: it really seems that the design of these phones are intended to be the chief draw. The 8X sports a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 screen capable of 720p HD, while the 8S uses a smaller 4-inch Super LCD screen. Both sport Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, the 8X running at 1.5GHz and the 8S at 1GHz. Both will include 16GB of on-board storage, with the capability to expand storage through an included micro SD slot.

 

The 8X will also have 4G LTE in the United States, putting it on par with other modern smartphones in its category. What HTC plans to support in the 8S was not immediately available, but its fair to guess that phone will likely support LTE as well given that LTE networks worldwide are beginning to mature.

 

Of course, both the 8X and 8S will feature Beats Audio, which the company had already been placing on its Android phones for some time. Whether that’s a selling point is questionable: I’ve seen mixed reviews on the sound quality, and I know from experience with the headphones that it seems you’re paying more for the name than quality.

 

What is most interesting here is the naming of the device. By incorporating Windows Phone 8 into the name of the device itself, it almost gives the impression that the device is somehow the “Microsoft Phone,” even though it’s not. Yes, CEO Steve Ballmer was up on stage in New York today hawking HTC’s phones. No, the company is nothing more than a partner, at least as far as I can tell.

 

Regardless, the impression consumers will get is definitely good for HTC. I’m sure you won’t hear Microsoft complaining either, considering the amount of ground it needs to make up to be competitive with Android and iOS.

 

For detailed information, please visit http://www.extremetech.com/mobile/136476-htc-debuts-dubiously-named-windows-phone-8x-and-8s-smartphones

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September 20 2012 5 20 /09 /September /2012 03:09

After years of talk, Intel is finally making some headway into the smartphone business. And at a joint press conference in London, Motorola and Intel have unveiled its first Intel-powered smartphone: Razr I smartphone.

 

Razr i is essentially the recently announced Droid Razr M for Verizon Wireless, only with the different processor. It will be available in Europe and Latin America  in October, but there’s no word on pricing.

 

Razr I has an “edge-to-edge” 960×540 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, a layer of Kevlar on the back, and — most importantly — the brains of the operation is an Intel Medfield SoC clocked at 2GHz.

 

Rounding out the hardware specs, there’s an 8-megapixel rear shooter, a front-facing VGA camera, NFC, a 2000 mAh battery that is apparently “40% more powerful” than the iPhone 4S, and the entire phone (including the internal components) is protected by a “splash-guard” water repellent coating. If you think these specs sound familiar, that’s because the Razr I is virtually identical to the Razr M — but while the I is powered by an Intel x86 chip, the M is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 ARM chip. Unlike the Razr M, though, it seems like the Razr I (by virtue of Intel’s XMM6260 baseband) only supports HSPA+, not LTE. Considering LTE is almost nonexistent in Europe, that’s not a huge loss.

Motorola Razr I dimensions

On the software side of things, rather excitingly, it looks like the Razr I runs an almost-vanilla version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We’ve known for a while that Intel has had a large team of developers working on an x86 port of ICS, so it’s good to see that they’ve finally finished. As far as x86 compatibility goes, the press release is claiming that the Razr I has access to 600,000 apps in the Google Play Store — so, that’s near-universal compatibility.

Motorola Razr I, Intel inside

And now it’s time to talk about Medfield, the Atom SoC that powers the Razr I. Intel’s partnership with Motorola dates all the way back to Medfield’s January unveil, when they announced that there was a multi-year deal to bring Intel chips to a range of Motorola phones and tablets. As far as we can tell, the Razr I has the same SoC as the Xolo X900 — the first Medfield-powered smartphone — but this time around the chip is clocked at 2GHz, rather than 1.5GHz. Even at 1.5GHz, Medfield (which is just a single-core chip with Hyper-Threading) was very competitive; at 2GHz, the Razr I should have no problem standing against most smartphones on the market. The only real weakness is Medfield’s GPU — an old PowerVR SGX540, which is much, much slower than any recently-released smartphone. This shouldn’t affect video playback, though, as Medfield contains dedicated hardware for 1080p playback.

 

One of the weirder aspects of today’s product announcement is that the Razr I won’t be made available in the US and Canada; it’ll only ever see the light of day in Europe and some parts of Latin America (Mexico, Brazil). In fact, to date, four Medfield-powered Android smartphones have been released — the Xolo X900, Lenovo K800, Orange San Diego, and now the Razr I — but not a single one of them is available in the US.

 

Why? The most likely reason is that Intel isn’t quite ready to face off against the latest and greatest SoCs in the most hotly contested smartphone battleground. Intel knows that in a head-on confrontation with Samsung or Apple, Medfield would lose. By launching products in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, Intel is accruing the experience, confidence, and market research that it’ll need to crack the US. When Intel finally comes to the US, probably with a Motorola phone powered by the 22nm successor to Medfield (Merrifield/Silvermont), it will come prepared. I don’t think Intel will come to the US until it think it can beat ARM — and judging by Chipzilla’s investment in mobile and its continuing technological superiority, I suspect Merrifield will do just that.

 

For detailed information, please visit http://www.extremetech.com/computing/136349-motorola-unveils-its-first-intel-smartphone-but-the-usa-isnt-invited-to-the-x86-party

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September 19 2012 4 19 /09 /September /2012 03:39

Microsoft is now sending out invites to the press for its Windows 8 launch event which is dated for October 25 and will be held in New York. The company has also confirmed in the past that it will release Windows 8 to the public on October 26.

 

 

There are a few hardware partners who promised launches on day one and I’m sure that the likes of ASUS, Samsung, Toshiba and Dell will have a tablet ready to sell on that day. Maybe the price mystery of the Microsoft Surface Tablet will finally be cleared and hopefully the price will be decent. For those of you who haven’t powered on a computer or communication device in the last year, Windows 8 draws heavily from Windows Phone, using the famous tiles, but also providing a bit of the standard Windows desktop experience.

 

It got rid of the name Metro UI, also got rid of the Start button and now it’s ready to rock in finalized form. The aim here is to provide a unified experience across the Windows-based devices, including the WP ones and Win 8 ones. It would be cool if Nokia also showed up with a tablet at the event, but don’t bet on that!

 

Along with Windows 8, Microsoft is also expected to launch the new version of Windows Server and also Windows Phone 8. Additionally, the company has mentioned in the past that it will launch its Windows RT based surface tablets along with Windows 8. The event will be soon followed by Microsoft’s ‘Build’ developer conference which will be held in their campus in Redmond.

 

For detailed information, please visit http://technoholik.com/news/pc_laptop/software/microsoft-now-sending-out-invites-for-october-25-windows-8-launch-event/4051

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September 18 2012 3 18 /09 /September /2012 05:25

According to the offical news released by Apple, iPhone 5 pre-orders top two million in first 24 hours. And it is predicted that iPhone 5 sales is to hit 8 million units in launch weekend.

 

Apple today announced pre-orders of its iPhone 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S. Demand for iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders will be delivered to customers on September 21, many are scheduled to be delivered in October. iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology*—all while delivering even better battery life.

 

iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we’ve ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do.”

 

Following Apple's announcement earlier today that it took two million iPhone 5 pre-orders in the first 24 hours of availability, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has published a new research note predicting that Apple will achieve sales in the range of 6-10 million units for the opening weekend, with the mid-range number of 8 million units being used for modeling purposes. Munster bases his predictions on the strong pre-order numbers and comparisons to last year's performance for the iPhone 4S.

 

Given the 2 million pre-orders, we remain confident that Apple can deliver 8 million (range of 6-10 million) iPhones in the launch weekend. The reason we are confident in the 8 million is two-fold. First, initial 24 hour pre-orders for the iPhone 5 were up 100% y/y from the iPhone 4S. Last year, pre-orders accounted for 25% of total weekend launch unit sales. Assuming the same initial pre-order/retail distribution, the pre-order total would suggest 8 million launch units.

Last year, Apple reported that first-day pre-orders for the iPhone 4S "topped one million", with that number translating into over four million units sold in the opening weekend of actual sales.


Munster notes that with Apple's fourth fiscal quarter of 2012 coming to a close at the end of September and the company already quoting shipping estimates of 2-3 weeks for new iPhone 5 pre-orders, some of the launch weekend total may actually bleed over into the following quarter, as Apple recognizes revenue once orders ship to customers.

 

Article Source: http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/17/iphone-5-sales-predicted-to-hit-8-million-units-in-launch-weekend/

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September 17 2012 2 17 /09 /September /2012 03:19

OS X Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) is Apple's latest version of OS, which is said to be the world’s most advanced operating system. It is designed from iPad with 10 main features: iCloud, Messages, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter, Game Center, Airplay Mirroring and Gatekeeper.

 

You can free import some of video files like MOV, MPG videos to OS X Mountain Lion. But what if you need to burn a DVD from your video files on it? Below, there are two ways for you to do it.

Solution 1: Create DVD with iDVD

iDVD is a DVD creating program made by Apple, it allows users to add QuickTime movie, MP3 music and digital photo to a DVD that can be played on a commercial DVD player.

There is only a few steps away for you to create a DVD with iDVD
1. Open iMovie.
2. Import some Desktop Pictures from /Library/Desktop Pictures/.
3. Apply the Ken Burns effect to the imported still images to create DV clips.
4. Send the iMovie project to iDVD (click the iDVD tab and then click the Create iDVD Project button).
5. Select a different theme than your original project (be sure to select one which came with iDVD).
6. Try burning this project.

Solution 2: Make DVD with Mac DVD Maker

It is a good idea to create DVD with iDVD, however, iDVD can only burn DVD from QuickTime movies, then, what if you need to make a DVD from video files other than QuickTime movies? Then, you can turn to the second solution: Mac DVD Maker.

 

Mac DVD Maker is a special designed program for you to make your own DVD (NTSC or PAL DVD with aspect ratio of either 16:9 or 4:3) movies from any video formats like AVI, WMV, MPG, MOV, MP4, M4V, FLV, DV, Xvid, Divx, 3GP, VOB, RM, ASF, MOD, TOD, MTS, AVCHD, M2TS etc

 

Besides, Mac DVD Maker also allows you to customize your own DVD movies like create a distinctive DVD menu, customize background music and picture, clip unwanted parts, adjust video effect, add subtitles and audio tracks, cropping image size etc. Just have a free try to explore more.

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September 16 2012 1 16 /09 /September /2012 11:49

It's a three-way fight this time round as the iPad 3 takes on the rumoured iPad Mini and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. Here, we pitch Apple’s current iPad 3 and its rumoured iPad Mini against the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Form

iPad 3 - 241.2 x185.7x9.4mm, 652g

iPad Mini – TBC

Amazon Kindle Fire HD - 193 mmx137mmx10.3mm, 395g

The iPad 3 is the largest of the three tablets we’re comparing here with its 9.7-inch display and in most ways it’s virtually identical to its predecessor, the iPad 2.

This means you get the same iconic Apple style with softly rounded corners, a moderately sized and evenly proportioned bezel around the screen and a back panel which slopes upwards and inwards slightly from the front.

The slate comes in either black or white colouration with a flashy aluminium back panel and is quite sleek and modern looking, if a little ‘bubbly’ thanks to its curvy design.

In terms of build quality you get exactly what you’d expect from Apple and that’s a premium level of fit and finish and overall the device seems very sturdy to hold.

Previous rumours indicated the iPad Mini would be closer in design to an enlarged iPod Nano than to the existing iPad models. However, since then more recent leaks have strongly suggested it will follow the iPad 3’s form factor quite closely but on a smaller scale.

Plenty of leaks have put forward 7.85-inches as the golden figure for the iPad Mini, although some sources still say it’ll be dead on 7-inches. Our money is on the former.

It’ll also allegedly feature the iPhone 5’s much-reported charging port, which has a smaller design than the one seen on previous Apple products and, like the iPhone 5, may or may not have the 3.5mm audio jack moved to the bottom of the device.

Again we expect the build quality to be excellent all round, we also doubt Apple will scrimp on materials even though rumours persist of a budget price tag and leaks indicate we’re still talking about an aluminium back panel.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD will only be available in the UK as the 7-inch version (at least for now) but the form factor between the two size types appears to be more or less the same.

We’ve previously drawn comparisons in its visual design with the ill-fated HP TouchPad and, to be clear, we thought that was something of a looker.

It’s more rounded at the corners than even the iPad and appears to have a larger bezel, though as with Apple’s device it’s evenly proportioned all the way round.

The back panel is rubber-coated and there’s a black band around the bottom section with the Kindle logo.

We haven’t had a hands-on with the Kindle Fire HD, so can’t vouch for its build quality, though we can say we got to grips previously with the original Kindle Fire and it was a reassuringly robust and well-built tablet, which suggests to us the same attention will have been lavished on the successor model.

At the end of the day tablet aesthetic design is one of the more uninspiring aspects of mobile tech as there’s apparently only so much that can be done with the medium. They all end up looking like rectangular slabs.

Which is, of course, totally fine, but it creates a situation in these comparisons where the only measuring stick is build quality and, when you’re dealing with heavy hitters like Apple and Amazon you know it’s going to be equally good.

The one thing we will say is that, for dedicated tablets (as opposed to the new class of hybrid laptop/tablets) we’re beginning to like the smaller form-factor more and more, rendering the iPad 3 the less appealing option of the three devices compared here.

Winner – Draw between iPad Mini and Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Storage

Apple is fairly consistent with its storage offerings from one device to the next, whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, the newest hardware always comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavours with no Micro SD capability.

That’s certainly the case for the iPad 3, however, with the iPad Mini we’re not entirely sure what the scenario will be.

On the one hand, it may have the full three options, but on the other, if rumours of a low-price are true, it could have just the lower 16GB and 32GB options or even 8GB and 16GB instead. In any case, Micro SD is extremely unlikely.

With the Kindle Fire HD, Amazon is offering both 16GB and 32GB models at very competitive prices (£159 and £199 respectively), though neither has Micro SD.

It’s still wide open on how Apple will price the possible variations of the iPad Mini but we’d be surprised if it will offer them for as low as Amazon.

Even so, in the meantime the Kindle Fire HD is doing better on memory-to-price than the iPad 3 and virtually every other tablet out there.

That said, the 64GB iPad 3 has much more memory than the Kindle Fire HD is capable of bringing to the table.

We think on balance the Kindle Fire HD is the better option on the current market – the 64GB iPad 3’s large quantity of storage space isn’t that necessary and is much more expensive.

This could all change if and when the iPad Mini appears, of course.

Winner – Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Processor

The iPad 3 uses an ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor on the company’s own A5X chipset clocked at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM and a quad core PowerVR SGX543MP4 graphics processing unit (GPU) to deliver snappy visuals.

Apple’s so good at optimising its iOS operating system that you probably wouldn’t notice a difference between this and less meaty setups running the same software.

But with that said, the extra grunt does mean it’ll handle more intensive apps, games and tasks than earlier models might be able to and going forward will continue to do so as developers churn out more advanced software.

It’s future-proofing, essentially, and means that, should Apple ever decide to add true multi-tasking to later iterations of iOS, for example, it’ll be able to take on the new functionality where older single-core iPads might not.

The iPad Mini may share the same setup, in fact we expect it to even if Apple aims for a budget price tag.

There is an outside possibility that, if it’s a premium model, it may feature the rumoured A6 chipset which may or may not make its way into the forthcoming iPhone 5, though rumours still suggest it may not exist and the iPhone 5 will still have an A5X.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD also runs a dual core ARM Cortex-A9 setup but it’s on the Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 chip clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

This is a powerful set of hardware and should have no trouble running Amazon’s modified Android 4.0 build at a rapid pace with smooth performance.

Winner – Draw

Display

Apple has a habit of setting the bar for display tech and the iPad 3 is no different. It’s still easily the best tablet display on the market, although a few competitors have come close to touching its 264 pixels-per-inch (ppi) pixel density.

As we mentioned, it has a 9.7-inch IPS Retina multitouch display with scratch-resistant glass and a water and oil resistant oleophobic coating, as well as a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels.

As you might expect its clear and sharp, the brightness is impressive, colours are suitably vibrant, contrast pops well and blacks and dark colours have plenty of depth.

Generally it delivers everything you’d want from a good display.

Question marks are still hovering over whether Apple will deliver a similar level of polish with the iPad Mini’s display.

Again part of the problem is the issue of whether this will be a budget device to compete at the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD’s sub-£200 price point or if it’ll be a standalone premium model.

There are rumours which suggest the former scenario to be the case and that this will see an iPad Mini without a Retina-quality display.

On the other hand, with the current offerings from competitors there’s a solid case for the idea that Apple will need to bring its Retina tech out to play in order to make the iPad Mini appealing to consumers.

In which case, we’d be talking about the highest pixel density and sharpest picture of any 7-inch tablet to date.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD has a few nifty display features which place it ahead of the rest of the pack as things stand currently.

Broadly speaking it’s much the same as the Nexus 7, with a 7-inch IPS LCD capacitive multitouch screen, a 1280x800 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 216ppi.

However, Amazon has added some extra technology to make viewing media content on the go that little bit easier.

According to the company’s launch statements it features some advanced polarization treatments and has been crafted by laminating the touch layer into the display during production (as opposed to layering it on top afterwards).

Sharpness and contrast are hugely improved over standard IPS LCDs and the polarization reduces sun glare by as much as 25 per cent. It’s also been tweaked to allow some seriously wide viewing angles with no loss of clarity or colour reproduction.

Obviously the best display quality comes from the iPad 3’s large-scale Retina screen. Though you do make a compromise on portability, it could equally be argued that the bigger expanse of glass is better for appreciating films, photos, webpages and games.

The 7-inch scale is still great for this, however, and Amazon has done a great job at making things look as good as possible.

Ultimately though, we’re betting on the iPad Mini being a game-changer for displays in the 7-inch tablet space.

Winner – iPad Mini

Operating System

The iPad 3 runs iOS 5.1 at present and will no doubt upgrade to iOS 6 when it launches with the iPhone 5 soon. The iPad Mini may arrive alongside the iPhone 5 or shortly after but either way we expect it to ship on iOS 6.

Apple has been keeping fairly quiet about what to expect in the sixth iteration of its mobile software platform, although one thing we do know is the company has invested plenty of time, effort and money into revamping its aged distribution fronts – the App Store, iTunes and so on. It’s a much needed and welcome change.

We’d like to think Apple would also overhaul the look and feel of the platform generally as it’s now quite dated, but we haven’t seen anything to suggest this is the case and if we’re honest we’re not exactly optimistic about it.

In terms of functionality there’s nothing wrong with the platform as it is, although it is a little stagnant with no sweeping and significant updates in recent memory.

Again we’d like it if this changed with iOS 6 and Apple will need to do something in the wake of Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Android Jelly Bean 4.1 or it’ll start to lose its grip on the market.

The Kindle Fire HD uses a custom build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though the modifications run so deep that it’s virtually unrecognisable.

As with the previous Kindle Fire (which hasn’t previously been released in the UK but will be arriving alongside the Kindle Fire HD) Amazon has designed the interface as a content consumption platform for you to access anything and everything you’ve bought via the company’s various distribution platforms.

This includes eBooks, music, films, games, apps, magazines and much more besides.

Many interface elements are designed around a content carousel and the main screen you’ll interact with is one of these which houses all your most recently used apps and media regardless of category.

There are, of course, categorised sections if you’re just looking for eBooks or music, for example.

Other features include Skype and Facebook integration and the ability to view work-related documents such as Adobe PDFs and Microsoft Office files.

There’s also a catch-all email app which can work with AOL, Microsoft Exchange, Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo! Accounts.

Lastly, you’ve got Amazon’s Silk browser which provides very rapid surfing through webpage compression via remote servers.

Amazon’s ecosystem is compelling if you’re heavily invested in its digital distribution platforms, or alternatively: if you’re not heavily invested in other platforms already and don’t mind the idea of using just Amazon.

Otherwise it’s a bit of a hard sell as you might find some of your non-Amazon content for other Android devices inaccessible here. It might be Android-based but it’s a closed system.

But then, in many ways so is iOS. It’s really a question of which brand you prefer.

Winner - Draw

Final Thoughts

Amazon isn’t offering anything hugely different to the iPad here, it’s a similar experience in a smaller package and with an alternative flavour.

There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but it’s important to make the distinction that the Kindle Fire HD is not as open as many other Android slates – it’s a specifically tailored media consumption portal for those who like to buy everything through Amazon.

If that sounds like you then you may find it a very useful device.

Article Source: http://www.knowyourmobile.com/comparisons/1578205/amazon_kindle_fire_hd_vs_ipad_3_vs_ipad_mini_rumours.html

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It certainly been a huge week for those glued to the latest out of Cupertino: After the iPhone 5 unveiled at a media event in San Francisco Sept. 12, Apple further continued the excitement by making the device available for pre-order on its website this morning in nine countries. The three largest U.S. carriers also joined in on the fun, offering the iPhone 5 at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB on a two-year contract. Customers will find plenty of delays when attempting to get their pre-orders in, which is typical for Apple iPhone launches. Word on the street is that the Apple Store app is the quickest way.


Apple further made the fifth-generation iPod touch available, featuring five new colors and a 5-megapixel camera, along with the seventh-generation 5.4mm iPod nano, for pre-order this evening. Customers will be able to pre-order the new iPod touch starting at $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB, while the new iPod nano starts at $149. Apple said it would begin shipping both in October.


As for when the iPhone 5 will ship, Apple said the first batch of pre-orders will be made available Sept. 21 in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore alongside in-store units. As pre-orders begin ramping up late into the evening morning, we expect shipping times to start increasing quickly. We laid out a full pricing matrix below: 


iPhone 5:


16GB for $199

32GB for $299

64GB for $399

16GB unlocked for $649 available in the coming weeks in the US

32GB unlocked for $749 available in the coming weeks in the US

64GB unlocked for $849 available in the coming weeks in the US

16GB at Walmart for beginning at 8AM

Specs:


Retina display: 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display, 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, 44 percent more color saturation, 800:1 contrast ratio, and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front.

HSPA+, DC-HSDPA

LTE (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T for LTE. In Canada, Rogers, Telus, and Bell)

Wi-Fi (2.4ghz and 5ghz on 802.11n)

A6 chip (compared to the A5— it is two times faster but 22 percent smaller)

AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery: 225 hours of standby, 8 hours of LTE, 10 hours of Wi-Fi, 8 hours of 3G, and 10 hours of video.

iSight: 8-megapixel, backside flash, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, sapphire lens, f/2.4 aperture, next-generation ISP, spatial noise reduction, smart filter, better low-light performance, 40 percent faster on photo capture, and HD video recording (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio.

FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second, improved video stability, face detection, FaceTime over cellular, the ability to snap photos while shooting video, etc.

Audio system: improved speaker design—20 percent smaller speaker and wideband audio

Connector: “Lightning” (so…Apple will have Thunderbolt and Lightning), all-digital, 8-signal design, adaptive interface, improved durability and reversible.

Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic

iOS 6: Passbook, GPS, Maps…( iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2… upgrade for free to iOS 6).

 


iPod touch:


16GB for $199

32GB version for $249

Specs:


High-quality anodized aluminum

The lightest iPod touch—almost as thin as the Nano (Height: 4.86 inches, Width: 2.31 inches, Depth: 0.24 inch, and Weight: 3.10 ounces)

Same display as the iPhone 5: Retina display with 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch

A5 chip: dual-core processor, 2x faster CPU, and dual-core graphics

iOS 6 (Siri, Nike+ support built in, etc.)

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery life increased: 40 hours of music, 8 hours of video

New iSight camera (with new Panorama mode)

New FaceTime HD camera, 720p video

iPhoto for the App Store

Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

AirPlay mirroring

Five new colors (bonus sixth red color for AIDS awareness cause)!

The Loop (matching Touch colors)!

 


iPod nano:


16GB for $149

Specs:


2.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display

Height: 3.01 inches

Width: 1.56 inches

Accelerometer

Fast-charge time: about 1.5 hours (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)

Full-charge time: about 3 hours

Ships with Apple EarPods

Bluetooth

Lightning connector

Thinnest iPod at 5.4mm thick


Apple also made its redesigned EarPods with Remote and Mic available for $29 on Sept. 12, currently shipping in “1 -3 business days.” You can also pick up the Lightning to 30-pin adapter (.2mm version too) for $29.99, which ships in October, and Lightning to USB cable for $19 with shipping in “2 -3 weeks.”


So, what are you picking up? Let us know below!


Artice Source: http://9to5mac.com/2012/09/13/apple-begins-pre-orders-for-the-iphone-5-199-for-16gb-299-for-32gb-399-for-64gb-shipping-sept-21/

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September 14 2012 6 14 /09 /September /2012 03:11

Apple just made its next iPhone official, although it is the sixth version, it was given name iPhone 5. It is promise to be the lightest, thinnest iPhone, with a 4-inch Retina display, A6 chip and ultrafast 4G wireless etc. And below are the main features released by Apple

 

A remarkably slim design that still makes room for a larger display and a faster chip. Ultrafast wireless that doesn’t sacrifice battery life. And all-new headphones designed to sound great and fit comfortably. So much went into this iPhone. So you could get even more out of it.

 

All New Design: The thinnest, lightest and fastest iPhone ever. iPhone measures a mere 7.6 millimeters thin and weighs just 112 grams.1 That’s 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S 4-inch

 

Retina Display: iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display designed the right way: it’s bigger, but it’s the same width as iPhone 4S. So everything you’ve always done with one han,

 

Ultrafast Wireless: iPhone 5 does LTE the right way — optimized for better battery life and designed for ultrafast connectivity in a thin profile and supports more networks all over the world.

 

A6 Chip: The new A6 chip offers graphics performance that’s up to twice as fast as the A5. Besides, it is also custom designed to work with iOS 6 to be extremely power efficient.

 

All-new Ear-Pods: Apple EarPods are just the beginning of the improved audio experience on iPhone 5. It’s designed with three microphones: one on the front, one on the back, and one on the bottom.

 

iSight Camera: The world's most popular camera now captures more of the world. Record stunning 1080p HD video with the iSight camera and taking self-portraits or recording 720p HD videos with the front camera.

 

All-new Lighting Connector: It features an all-digital, eight-signal design that’s significantly more durable than the 30-pin connector. Another brilliant feature of Lightning: It’s reversible.

 

Maps: Take a turn for the better. The new Maps app gives you a better way to find your way. Map elements are vector based, which means graphics and text are incredibly sharp, even when you zoom in.

 

Sir: Siri is the intelligent assistant that helps you get things done, just by asking. With iOS 6, Siri understands more questions, knows more answers, and gives you a lot more to talk about.

 

iOS6: The world's most advanced mobile operating system. With every free iOS update comes even more capability for your devices. You’ll find the latest version, iOS 6, already installed on iPhone 5.

 

iCloud: iCloud is built right into iPhone 5. Just turn it on and you’ll have instant access to all the things you need, whether you’re on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.

 

AirPlay: Put what’s on your iPhone on your HDTV. AirPlay wirelessly streams content from your iPhone to Apple TV, so you can watch it on the big scree

 

AirPrint: Print right from your iPhone over Wi-Fi with AirPrint. There’s no software to download, no drivers to install, and no cables to connect.

 

For detailed information, please visit http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/

 

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September 13 2012 5 13 /09 /September /2012 03:18

As expected, Apple officially announced its next generation of iPhone named iPhone 5 at the press event on Sep 12, 2012. It is the thinnest and lightest iPhone, featuring a a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology, 1080P video recording.

 

The new iPhone will have an A6 processor that's twice as fast as the previous A5 processor, and is 22% smaller and more efficient. Regarding battery life, the iPhone 5 will offer 8 hours of 3G or LTE talk time or browsing or 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing or 225 hours of standby time.

 

The iPhone 5's rear-facing camera doesn't get a resolution bump, keeping an 8-megapixel sensor, though the sensor is thinner and the lens cover is sapphire crystal. The camera function gets a new dynamic low-light mode and faster photo capture. The front-facing Facetime camera will offer 720p HD video capture with the ability to take photos while recording video.

The iPhone 5 gets an additional microphone, bringing the total to three compared to the two present in the iPhone 4S. The microphones will be located on the bottom, front, and rear of the iPhone 5 to improve voice recognition and noise cancellation. Apple's new EarPods earphones are also included.

The iPhone 5 will come in white or black. The black version will have a black anodized aluminum back while the white version will have a raw aluminum back. The iPhone 5 will cost $199, $299, and $399 respectively for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models with a contract. The iPhone 4S will be reduced to $99 and the iPhone 4 will be free with a contract.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 will begin on Friday, September 14 and Apple will begin shipping the new device on September 21 in nine countries including the US and Canada. The iPhone 5 will become available in additional countries next month and in 100 countries by the end of the year.

 

Article Source: http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/12/apple-announces-iphone-5-with-4-inch-display/

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