Sunday, October 31, 2010

Android - The Prince of Mobile OS

So what is Android about?

Android, a peculiar name is an operating system developed for mobile devices, acquired by Google in 2005 . It handles everything from the way you use your mobile phones to its applications and programs as of your all other OS like Symbian, MS Windows Mobile, Java, Bada, Blackberry or IOS. Based on Linux , the Android OS with its large community of developers and more than 70,000 applications, has emerged as the second most  popular mobile device OS. In 2012, Android is projected to be one of the top cell phone platforms worldwide. But it seems Android has done its part to achieve the mark in 2011 and not 2012.


World's First Commercial Android  Mobile

 

So what’s great about Android?

                     

Android Apps
  • Totally customizable and easy to use- the Android OS offers you a range of customizable options so that your Mobile Phone is unlike any else. With multiple home screens, numerous apps library, drag and drop widgets your Mobile Phone is always unique just like you.
  • Totally customizable and easy to use- the Android OS offers you a range of customizable options so that your Mobile Phone is unlike any else. With multiple home screens, numerous apps library, drag and drop widgets your Mobile Phone is always unique just like you.
  • Huge applications support – With more than 70,000 applications to choose from in different categories like Finance, Entertainment and Games, you can expand your Mobile Phone’s capability and do more with it.
  • Multitasking – The Android OS on tour Mobile Phone allows you to run multiple applications easily and efficiently without slowing down the Mobile Phone. So whether you want to listen to music while surfing the Internet or watch a YouTube video while working on Office documents it’s all possible thanks to the powerful Android OS.
  • Constant Updates and added functionality – with the current Éclair update to Android, turn by turn navigation and Google Maps functionality comes built- in. Also you get full corporate email exchange out of the box. So whether its GPS Maps or Emails, your Mobile Phone takes it all in its stride courtesy of the Android OS.
     
    2010's Top Android Mobile

    Improvements of Android 2.2 over Android 2.1
  • Improved JavaScript rendering - 2-3x faster performance (you can play Flash games from sites)
  • Install applications on SD card
  • Switch quickly between multiple keyboard languages
  • Use phone as a portable wifi-hotspot
  • Automatically update all the applications just with one click


Amazing, isn't it ? 
  
The Next Android release is the Android 2.3, which is code named as 
GingerBread 

 
  • Actually, HTC is a Mobile Giant which releases its mobiles with Microsoft Windows Mobile OS.
  • But as the trend has changed, HTC has shifted its OS to Android.
  • To boom back, Microsoft has launched a new Window7 mobile OS in mobiles like HTC 7, Samsung Omnia7, LG Optimus7, Dell Venue...

Lets see whats Windows7 mobile OS is upto in future posts...

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

டெக்ஸ் ஹோம் வழங்கும் ஆர்சொஸ் 605 வை-பை -இன் ரிவியூ

If you ever want to excite a gadget fiend, just walk up and whisper these words into their ear, "Touch screen...WiFi...high-resolution...Mac-compatible..." If remotely human, your friend should be salivating on himself just as we did when we read the specs for the Archos 605 WiFi. The Archos 605 WiFi refines the screen resolution and usability of its previous effort, the 604 WiFi, and sets a new standard for affordable, exceptionally designed portable video players (PVPs).

Design
Only a few companies can compete with Archos when it comes to both product and interface design. The 605 WiFi is as elegantly conceived as anything we've seen from Apple or Sony. Measuring 4.75 inches wide, 3.25 inches tall, and just a hair more than a half-inch thick, the 605 strikes that front-pocket sweet spot; it's big enough to do video justice, yet small and thin enough to comfortably fit in your pants pocket. The recessed 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen is not only bright, colorful, and glare-resistant, but it displays at a resolution of 800x480, making it one of the highest-resolution PVPs on the market. We're also happy to see that the screen valiantly resists smudges despite its dual-duty as a touch screen.

While screen quality alone puts the Archos 605 ahead of the pack, small touches such as a built-in kickstand and an internal speaker really put this player over the top. Our only disappointments with the 605's design are the scratch-prone metal panel on the front, the lack of a universal USB connection, and the choice of white buttons that will surely pick up grime and discolor over time.


Nothing makes watching a movie more impractical than having to hold your PVP in your hand for more than an hour. The Archos 605 WiFi's hearty fold-out metal kickstand is a small but essential design touch.

Features
With most portable media players, what you see is what you get. But with any Archos product, the gear you buy is a base to which you can add additional features, for a price. Some accuse Archos of skimping on features to maintain an artificially attractive price, but you can also think of it as Archos allowing their customers to purchase only the features they want. Either way, the out-of-the-box 605 comes with most of the features people want in a PVP, and plug-ins--such as high-definition video playback, Internet radio, and others--cost only $20 a pop. Unfortunately, to truly take advantage of the 605's Wi-Fi, you need to spend an extra $30 for the Opera Web browser plug-in.

For your $30, thankfully, the Opera browser is Adobe Flash-enabled (unlike a certain iPhone) and works exceptionally well. Need to type in a password or a URL? The 605 WiFi's touch screen presents a responsive, iPhone-esque QWERTY keyboard. If you need one good reason for paying the extra $30 on the Opera Web browser, it's that any Flash-based video from sites such as YouTube, Dailymotion, and CNET is automatically detected by the 605 and presented in full screen.


For 605 WiFi, the most expensive accessory is the Archos DVR Station.

Even if you don't intend on giving Archos a single extra penny for plug-in features, you'll still love the player. The 605 WiFi comes with an MP3 player, a video player, a photo viewer, a PDF viewer, and the Content Portal feature, which uses the Wi-Fi connection to grab content directly from a handful of providers such as YouTube, Cinema Now, and BurnLounge. In particular, Cinema Now offers a great selection of mainstream movies that can be downloaded to your device for as little as 3.99. (It's worth mentioning/warning that Cinema Now also offers an exhaustive selection of adult-video content.)

Archos seems to have thought through almost all of the 605 WiFi's features. By default, the music player supports MP3, WMA (including DRM-protected files), and WAV files. You can purchase support for additional formats, such as AAC. During playback, the music player displays album artwork, allows for your music library to be sorted by ID3 tags, and gives you the ability to bookmark long files such as lectures and audiobooks.


The Archos 605 WiFi comes packaged with a case, a pair of styli, earbuds, and a cable.

The Archos 605 WiFi's video player is equally polished. It supports playback of MPEG-4, AVI, and WMV formats at up to 30 frames per second, covering most of the bases for common video files. You can buy optional plug-ins at $20 a pop for formats such as H.264 and MPEG-2/VOB files. Once you're actually playing video, you can bookmark, resize, and skip through your movie with ease.

If you're willing to shell out another $99, Archos offers a hardware accessory called the DVR Station that unlocks the 605's ability to act as a sophisticated digital video recorder. By docking the 605 in the DVR Station and connecting it to your television, the 605 effectively becomes your home entertainment system. Instead of using the 605 WiFi's 4.3-inch screen, the DVR Station displays content on your television, allowing you to browse your music and movie collection, flip through photo albums, and even surf the Web from the comfort of your couch, using the included remote control.

Performance
First and foremost, the Archos 605 WiFi is a video player, and an unrivaled one at that. Portable video players such as the Cowon A2 or the Creative Zen Vision:W simply don't offer comparable video resolution, not to mention the capability to download movies wirelessly or act as a full-fledged DVR.

As a music player, the 605 weighs in at the bulkier side, but its sound quality equals that of most of our preferred MP3 players. Both the customizable five-band equalizer and independent Bass Boost controls err on the side of subtlety, but we think they offer just the right amount of sonic sculpting without mangling the sound into an overprocessed mush. (The same sound enhancement features apply to movie audio playback.) For those of you pulling media files from both a Mac and a PC, you'll be happy to know that the 605 WiFi can boot in multiple USB modes, both MSC and MTP, allowing it to work as both a drag-and-drop hard drive and a Windows Media Player device.

If we have a single complaint about the 605's performance, it's the battery life. Rated at 16 hours for music and 5 hours for video, Our lab tests came up a little short of Archos' expectations, with just 13.5 hours of audio playback and 4.7 hours of video. The results aren't bad considering all the power that gets sucked up by the 605's high-resolution 4.3-inch screen. Although similar products such as the Creative Zen Vision:W have better battery-life scores, they also work at a lower resolution than the 605 and don't have the power demands of a Wi-Fi antenna to deal with. If you're looking to extend playback time on the 605, you'll need to invest another $49 for an Archos external battery pack that plugs into the bottom docking port.

Final thoughts
The Archos 605 WiFi is one of the most impressive portable video players we've seen all year and its low price tag makes it very hard to resist. You may end up spending another $100 or more on extra features and accessories, but 605's ability to take the sting out of road trips and air travel should make the investment all worthwhile. While many of us are waiting to see what Apple conjures up for the holidays, its doubtful that anything in the iPod family will include the 605's drag-and-drop hard drive support, wireless music and video rental, or DVR functionality.


Good : With top-notch video resolution, incredible viewing angles, and integrated support for wireless movie downloads, the Archos 605 WiFi is the best of its breed.

Bad : Battery life is only average. Many users will need to shell out extra for software and hardware accessories they'll wish were included.

Specs:

Device type: Digital AV player;

Dimensions (WxDxH): 4.8 in x 0.8 in x 3.2 in;

Display type: TFT 4.3 in - Color Touch Screen


Price : Rs 14500.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tech's Home Presents the Review of JXD 960




First Impression: The package of the JXD 960 is nicely compact. The box looks cool and it’s the right size. Once you open the case, it comes with bunch of stuff including your standard JXD headphones, usb cable, usb size converter, A/V Cables, wall charger, 2 rechargeable batteries, driver CD, SDHC card reader, a soft carrying pouch, a 3.5mm audio extension cable, and the player itself. The first thing you’ll notice about the JXD 960 is that it’s big. Not only the screen is big, but the casing itself extends about and extra inch on each side and it is thick. This has to do with the size of the removable battery and the stereo speakers. That being said, the screen looks superb. The 4” LTPS screen looks sharp, crisp and big. The casing is made of nice plastic that is not too shiny but not too dull. However, it is noticeably light considering its thickness and its size. The buttons are well placed and they make a noticeable click sound when you press on them. In general, it feels like a solid built player. Here's a comparison between the JXD 960 and the JXD 301:


About USB & SD Cards… The first time I plugged it into the computer Windows XP didn’t recognize it. Later I realized that the CD comes with a driver that has to be installed. 5 minutes later I was downloading videos into it. All the information on the internet stated that this player used either micro SD cards or mini SD cards. As a matter of fact, it uses regular sized SD cards. I inserted my 4 GB SDHC card and it read it flawlessly. The specs stated that it reads 2GB SD Cards max., but it read mine just fine. I loaded my card completely and I’ve been able to watch all movies and music on it. You can put your SD card into the player while it’s on, you don’t have to turn it off which is convenient for SD card swapping. The JXD 960 doesn’t have a browser/disk feature so you can’t see the entire content of your SD card, only what is placed in the right folder when you are in the right area. The first time you plug in your card, the player creates all the folders, so be sure to place your media in the right place or you won’t be able to play it.

Interface: The main menu of the JXD 960 is designed to look like a PSP, but only the main menu. Once you get inside each area, this changes drastically. The artwork is decent, easy to use, but not particularly memorable. Most images have rough edges and it uses a single-spaced font for the menus. The buttons on this player are responsive. On the top of the player you have the on/off, mode, and menu buttons. The menu button brings up a different type of menu depending on which area you are. I’ve seen the mode button work while playing movies or music to change the button actions from next song/movie to forward/rewind (more on that later). So far I haven’t been able to access the firmware so I have no idea if it can be customized or modded. Below you have your reset button and hold button. Those are pretty much self explanatory.

Video:
The video feature in this player takes the most advantage out of the 4” LTPS screen. If the video is high quality, it looks high quality on this screen. It also plays low quality videos quite well. It supports AVI (Divx, Xvid) and ASF (MPEG-4) videos with resolutions up to 720 x 480 at 30 FPS. It’s too bad that the 960 doesn’t support more video formats like RVMB or WMV. Although it plays Flash files, these are not Flash videos, only flash animations. The player automatically stretches videos to fill the screen. There is no setting to change this, so videos that aren’t the exact size are stretched. You must create your videos preferably at 720 x 480 or 480 x 272 for them not to be stretched. Anything lower than that, and it starts to look fuzzy. Fast forwarding and rewinding works like a DVD player would. Simply press the mode button and the volume bar turns blue. Then hit the forward/rewind button to go at speeds 2, 4, 6 & 8. At maximum speed you can move through 10 minutes of video in a little over 1 minute. Frame rate affects the forward/rewind feature. I noticed that videos at 25-30 FPS had no trouble. Anything lower than that and the video would jam every few seconds then continue, which means that it takes even longer to forward/rewind with low FPS videos. There seems to be a lip sync issue with AVI files. Lower FPS videos that have poor sound settings suffer from this more than high quality videos. I found myself having to forward it a few seconds every time I played a video in order for it to sync, and sometimes it would not sync. It’s a bit annoying if you have low quality videos. Every time you get out of a video it asks you if you want to create a bookmark to be able to resume the movie at a later time. This feature works well, but it’s important to clarify that there is only 1 bookmark available for all movies, not 1 for every movie.



Sound & Music: The JXD 960 doesn’t have an independent processor for music. That doesn’t mean that sound is cheap. With your headphones on, music sounds really good. You can listen to MP3, WMA and WAV files on it. The music application itself looks unimpressive. The small equalizer bars on the top right don’t move with the music, they are just an animation and most of the music app area is taken by the space reserved for lyrics. Yes, it supports lyrics although I haven’t tried it yet. Still, those are esthetics, when it comes to the sound itself, it performs quite well. Fast forwarding and rewind works the same as with the video feature. One of the cool things about this player is the stereo speakers. They work much better than what you have come to expect in this type of players. Audio is loud and clear on these speakers and there are 2 of them!

Video & Photo Camera:
As part of its compliments, this player includes a 2 megapixel camera that can be used as a photo or a video camera. This is not a professional camera but it performs quite well, especially on places that are well lit… like in the outdoors… at noon. You can take pictures in resolutions from 320x240 up to 1600x1200. It allows you to adjust the 3 quality settings, 7 effects (such as black and white and sephia), contrast and date lable. On an empty flash memory, at top quality and size you can take more than 3000 photos on this baby. You also have an optical zoom of up to 4x. Here's an example of a picture taken by my JXD960, the date is wrong because I haven't set it up: Full size: http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/3508/JXD960_08.jpg Videos taken with the 960 can be set to sizes from 160x128 to 640x480. You have 2 formats (AVI and ASF), 3 quality settings and can also adjust the contrast. It also has an optical zoom of 4x. Videos are recorded in mono.

AV In & Out: On the top of the player you have the AV in and AV out sockets. You use those two with an A/V cable provided with the player. To activate the AV in feature simply connect the cable to your TV/VCR and to the player, and go to the Video REC feature. Everything that the player is receiving will be shown there. Just hit the enter button to record the A/V input. You can record videos in resolutions of 640x480 and 320x240 using the ASF or AVI format. The recordings look really well. Of course that all depends on the quality of your input, but still it does the job really well. The recorded files are automatically placed in the videos folder. To activate the AV out feature go to the Setup menu and choose TV Out. You have 3 options: LCD (player), NTSC and PAL Outputs. Select the right one and connect the cable from you player to your TV. You’ll be able to see the player menu in your TV and browse through it. Now this is cool because you can watch photos, videos, use the camera, anything you want, and it will all be displayed in your TV. I watched a couple of movies using this and they look great. The video stretches to the size of the screen, so if you are using an 4:3 TV and watching a 16:9 movie, it will stretch it so mind that when you decide to use this.

Charging & Battery Life: This is one of the most important reasons why I bought this player. The battery life is amazing on this player. It comes with 2 removable 1800mAH rechargeable batteries. They are big batteries but they are light and they pack a punch. I’ve been able to watch 2 whole movies on 1 battery before it needing a recharge. You can only change this player using the CD Adapter as it will not charge using the USB port. This is an inconvenience but the battery life compensates for this. A completely drained battery takes about 4 hours to recharge completely so be sure to have them fully charged if you are taking a trip. The batteries need to be in the player to charge. To this date I haven’t been able to find a suitable external charger for them.

Games:
The Driver CD comes with almost 500 NES games which play poorly on the JXD 301. I'm sadden to say it but it’s the truth. You can play some slow NES games that don’t require much speed like Othello. But if you play a game like Mario Brothers it runs very slow and is very difficult to control since the buttons are not well placed for gaming. You can also play Tetris on it but don’t expect the 960 to be your gaming platform because it won’t be.

Audio Recorder
The audio recording feature of the JXD960 is pretty much what you have come to expect from these players. It works well but it’s not stellar. The microphone is very susceptible, so a loud sound often doesn’t record well. It also records with a bit of background sound but it’s not really annoying. --- Well, there you have it. Any comments or questions let me know.

Price : Rs 5000

Hope it was informative.
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