In recent times the Blackberry fans have been riddled with bad news every now and then and the future for the Blackberry camp does not look promising at the present scenario. Right from dropping profits to firing employees to changing CEO’s, the company has done everything in its power to reverse the tides but the efforts have been more or less futile. Blackberry had even decided to allow a take over of the company but has changed the decision at the last moment.
The two devices they have released in an attempt to turnover the current situation are the Blackberry Z10 and the Blackberry Z30 smartphones. The Blackberry Z30 was released recently and is now the flagship device for the Blackberry camp.
Build And Design.
The Z30 can be termed as the first “phablet” of the company, however some might debate that the screen size falls just short to let it be termed as a phablet. Nevertheless the 5 inch screen is a new addition to the Blackberry devices and is a certainly welcome change. Apple was criticized heavily when it released the iPhone 4 with no addition but a slightly bigger screen than its predecessor. However Blackberry have not done the same mistake and the new Z30 has a lot to offer compared to its predecessor which was launched a few months ago.
The Z30 has the usual carbon feel back cover which has the Blackberry official logo shaped like 7 flying D’s. The bottom horizontal portion of the device has an aluminum build and the entire bezel is surrounded with the silver metal colored protective bezel adding to the sturdiness of the device and making the device comfortable to handle, even though it is considerably large in size. The phone has a premium feel and is extremely comfortable to handle and durable to use similar to the previous Blackberry devices.
Features And Specifications.
The most important feature that the Z30 offers is the new and exclusive Blackberry 10 operating system. The operating system has garnered positive critical reception and has been lauded for the new features added in the operating system. Plus the launch of the BBM messenger on competing mobile platforms has also helped in improving the image of the company in the market. The Z30 is powered by a Dual Core Krait processor which clocks in at 1.7Ghz and also possesses an Adreno 320 dedicated GPU. It has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal flash memory which is used to store the OS files and also available to store data by the user himself.
The device is powered with a SUPER AMOLED 5′ screen which provides a maximum resolution power of 720×1080 pixels and is a beauty to look at. The 8 megapixel camera and the 2 megapixel front camera are also an added advantage to the device and can be used to capture images as well as to be used while making video calls. The phablet is powered by a 2880mAh battery which provides a considerable amount of battery backup to the device.
The 2880 mAh battery provides a maximum of 25 hours of talktime on a 2G network and slightly lesser 18 hours of backup on the 3 G network. The standby time of the device is an impressive 384 hours. The battery however cannot be removed and is somewhat of an hindrance to the users in this aspect. The dual core processor and 2 GB ram provide a smooth and fast experience when the user uses the various features of the device.
The Blackberry 10 OS provides excellent features and is one of the most exciting things about this device, for which already rave reviews are coming in from top reviewers.
The Blackberry Z30 is targeted by the company to be the savior of the organization and they have placed all their bets on the success of the device. The Z10 even though a critical success has somewhat failed in the sales department, and the figures of sales of the device have so far proven disappointing. The Z30 is an excellent smartphone and we hope it helps the company stand up back on its feet with its head held high and reclaim its rightful place, in the best smartphone manufacturers in the world. The Blackberry Z30 costs INR 39,999 and is available in all the leading retail stores for sale.
Acer, the Taiwanese computer giant is known for its budget devices as well as high performance big budget devices. Last year Acer was ranked as the 4th largest producer of computers in the world and is expected to hold its rank or even improve it considerably. The Aspire series of laptops and desktops which were introduced earlier in the 21st century are an important brand name in the computer devices market and are popular among the customer base.
The Acer Aspire M5 is the latest offering in the same series and is one of the most applauded devices that Acer has developed in the recent times.
Build And Design.
The Aspire M5 features a regular aluminum build chassis and has a textured feel to the same which gives it an added grip and a durable feel. The logo of Acer is placed in a different way compared to the previous models. It now features on the right side of the lid nearing the centre. Similar to its previous models Acer has once again gone for an unconventional placement of the power button on the device. This time they have placed it on the left side of the notebook leaving a user confused when he accesses the device for the first time to use. The keyboard of the device is spaced and every key hence has a separate base instead of the entire keyboard layout, also the keyboard features a useful backlight feature.
Features And Specifications.
The device boasts a 4th generation Intel Core i5-4200 U quad core processor which clocks in at 1.6 Ghz of processing speed. There is 8 GB DDR3 RAM as a system memory for the laptop. There is no dedicated graphics memory for the laptop and the graphics processing is done by the on board GPU present on the machine I.e the Intel HD Graphics 4400 with 128 MB of dedicated memory. The screen offers a maximum resolution of 1366×768 pixels and offers considerable picture clarity and resolution power compared to the type of the display. The machine weighs 2.3 kilograms and has dimensions 15.02×10.08×0.7 inches respectively.
The device is powered by a fourth generation Quad Core i5 family processor which gives it the edge it needs while handling heavy operations on the laptop. The laptop handles day to day tasks such as streaming online videos or heavy internet processing very easily. The machine scores average on the well known PC benchmarking softwares which are designed exclusively to measure the performing capabilities of a laptop or any such computing devices. It scores an average 970 in the 3DMark 11 benchmarking test which measures the 3D graphical handling capabilities of the machine. Thus it is capable of handling average games but is not at all suitable for heavy duty mainstream gaming. The Acer Aspire M5 has the best battery available in the market and has excellent power saving features. The 4 cell 3650mAH Lithium based battery works for a staggering 520 minutes of battery backup which beats its competitors with a huge margin and has absolutely no other competitor in this particular aspect.
Acer gives the user a number of very handy power saving features with its laptops and is always known for their long lasting laptops with respect to their battery life. The Windows 8 operating system which comes bundled with the system also handles the power saving functions along with the overall computational needs exceptionally well. The Acer Aspire M5 is an excellent machine and is one of the best power saving laptops available in the market right now.
Google and Samsung have been a fruitful partnership for both the companies in the long term and they have produced some excellent devices. The Nexus series of tablets are a result of this team effort and the Nexus 10 tab is the latest tab which is Google’s answer to the Apple iPad offering a plethora of features at almost half the price of the Apple device.
Build And Design.
As the name suggests the Nexus 10 is a tablet with a 10 inch sized screen. The Nexus tablet is slimmer than its predecessors and we certainly feel the difference the moment we handle the device ourselves. The design structure for the Nexus tablet is similar to other devices in the Nexus range of devices and has a plastic textured back cover for the device. The “Samsung” and “Nexus” brand names are embossed on the device on this back cover. The device has dimensions of 263.9×177.6×8.9 millimeters and the weight is 603grams. Thus the Nexus 10 can be said to be a bit on the heavier side compared to its competing devices.
Features And Specifications.
The Nexus 10 has an impressive 10.1 inches Super PLS screen. PLS stands for plane to line switching and the screen is excellent in terms of crispness and resolution power. The maximum resolution offered by it is 2560×1600 pixels. The tablet possesses a dual core 1.7 Ghz Cortex-A15 processor which is powered by a Mali-T604 GPU which makes sure that the gaming on the device is seamless and a pleasure for the player.
The camera on the tablet is a 5 megapixel primary camera along with a 2 megapixel secondary camera specially for video calling and similar functionalities. The state of the art Corning Gorilla Glass 2 is used in the device for added protection and durability of the device.
The powerful quad core processor makes it one of the fastest devices that are powered by the Android operating system, available in the market today. The navigation between the menus and the switching of apps using the multi tasking feature has never been faster. The Exynos 5250 powers the gaming of the device and even large games with huge 3D performance needs are very easily handled. The 360 degree panorama feature which has been added to the android camera app is one of the most exciting features and allows the user to take detailed 360 degree images of large areas according to their wish.
The Samsung Google Nexus 10 P8110 tablet is the latest offering from Google which is manufactured by its partner company Samsung Electronics. It is one of the best tablets available in the market running on the Android 4.2 operating system. It costs low compared to the Apple alternative and gives us a large number of useful features and a huge roster of games from the Google Play store. The Nexus 10 tablet is priced at 399$ and is available at all the leading retail stores.
LG is already big in the news for their association with Google and their excellent Nexus brand. The Nexus phone is already stirring the market and now LG has provided this outstanding device which guarantees that everyone in the mobile phone market is bound to take LG seriously. This is the finest offering from the South Korean electronics manufacturer and is a contender to the best android phone released into the market this year.
Build And Design.
The phone has been designed in an innovative way unlike any other phone before. The phone is sealed off entirely and there is no way the user can remove the battery of the phone. This has allowed LG to design the battery as they wanted and has kept it limited to the boundaries of the phone.
This design freedom has allowed them to design the internal circuit of the phone with more freedom and hence helped the company to design a unique device. The volume rocker and the power button of the phone are placed under the camera behind the phone which is an example of the unique design. Thus accidentally pressing the buttons when you pick the phone is now a thing of the past.
Also, if the user does not agree with these button designs then he just has to tap the screen twice to unlock the screen and tap two times again in order to turn off the device completely.
Features And Specifications.
The device is powered by a Krait 400 Quad Core processor which clocks at an excellent 2.26 Ghz processing speed. This is one of the most powerful processors to be given to an Android phablet. The Adreno 330 GPU is used in the device which helps the device to seamlessly run any gaming applications on this device. The device boasts a 16 or 32 GB of internal memory which depends upon the needs and budget restrictions of the user as the 32 GB device costs more. The True HD-IPS display on the screen has an excellent pixel density of upto 424ppi. The screen is comparable to the retina display that is present on the Apple devices. Thus the naked eye cannot make out the difference between the pixels on the screen no matter how hard we try.
The device comes with the latest Android operating system, with a fluid and quick update to KitKat promised by the company.
The device is very smooth and quick in operations and an overall delight to use for the owner. The Gorilla Glass 2 protected display means the user can be a little free about the overall use of the device. The device has the most powerful processor than its predecessors. The overall build quality of both the hardware and software make the device an excellent android device and one of the most future ready phones manufactured by LG till date.
The LG G2 has already been dubbed as one of the best Android smartphones to be produced till date. Rave reviews of the phone are seen all over the internet and these accolades are certainly well deserved. The LG G2 can be seen as a direct competitor to the newly launched Galaxy Nexus 5 which is also manufactured by LG. The device is a must buy for any Android lover. The LG G2 is priced at 36999INR and is available at all the leading stores for sale.
Barnes & Noble is one of the largest book sellers in the United States. The company has a large number of book stores in the country and is well known for the innovativeness that the company offers. It is known for their book stores with a unique tie-up with Starbucks Coffee which provides coffee in their bookstores thus encouraging reading in the process.
The company have entered the e-book readers\tablets market by releasing its Barnes&Noble Nook tablet which is its only offering into the tablet market. The device was announced in October 2009 and has since evolved into a lot of editions of the tablet, the latest being the Nook HD.
Build And Design.
Nook HD is the 7 inch version of the tablet, there is also a 9 inch version of Nook which is marketed as Nook HD+. The build quality of the Nook is great and it can immediately be recognised as one of the prime competitors of the Kindle Fire series of tablets which are manufactured by their competitive company i.e Amazon. The bezel of the device comes in two colors white and gray the user can chose according to their liking. The device is thinner than the competitor Fire and also has a better build quality alongwith various changes in the device hardware. The tablet is comfortable to hold and the display has great viewing angles making the device easy to use.
Features And Performance.
The Nook HD is powered by a Dual Core ARM Corted-A9 processor which clocks in at 1.3Ghz of processing speed. The Nook HD comes with 1 GB Ram and is available in two different models a 16 GB memory model and a 8 GB memory model. It also has the ability to be used with an external micro sd memory card which can have a maximum capacity of upto 32 GB. Thus the memory on the device is more than sufficient for it to be used both as a tablet as well as an e-book reader. The device has been powered by the Android operating system platform but the version of the operating system used on the Nook HD is modified a lot in order to make the user feel as though it is a totally different OS completely.
The Nook HD performs very well due to its excellent hardware specifications and introduces a lot of innovative features such as custom font switching for e-book reading, profiles for various users which use the same tablet. The profiles can make the tablet accessible to a small kid as well as an adult at the same time due to the introduction of user profiles which will give different users the freedom to use their own content freely.
The devices can now also be rooted if needed and Cynanogen Mod and the Ubuntu Touch flavor of mods are also made available for the device.
The tablet has been marketed heavily by Barnes & Noble. They had provided a free 30$ gift card to every new owner of the Nook HD which could be used in any book store of the company to purchase books of their choice. May 2013 saw the Nook HD gain complete access to the Google Play store increasing the apps available for the device considerably.
Thus even though not as well known as the Amazon Kindle series, the Nook HD is a device worth reckoning and definitely a great competitor and a good e-book reader\tablet for the consumer.