Saturday, 29 June 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Review

So with the Galaxy Note 8.0, you get the same grippy, shiny, plasticky case as the aforementioned models, the same light metallic rim running around the unit’s edges, and most of the unit’s ports, cameras and buttons look the same and are in the same places. This is a Samsung unit, and it looks and feels like one — either a dramatically larger version of one of the Korean manufacturer’s smartphones, or a smaller version of one of its tablets.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with a solid list of features, although there are some desirable options missing, and others which have been downgraded compared to what we’re often used to in high-end smartphones, as a comparison.

To start with, this model comes with a quad-core CPU at 1.6GHz. The screen is an 8″ TFT model running at 1280×800, which delivers a resolution of 189PPI — a little better than the iPad mini at 163PPI, and a little worse than the Nexus 7 at 216PPI. You get 2GB of RAM on-board, as well as either 16GB or 32GB of storage space, and there’s a slot for a microSD card to add up to 64GB of storage space.
The main (back camera) is a little disappointing at only 5 megapixels, while the front camera is 1.3 megapixels. There’s a microUSB port for charging and synching the unit, as well a standard 3.5″ headphone jack, and you can connect up the unit to a TV via the MHL standard.

There are probably three aspects of the Note 8.0′s performance which you’re interested in: Its generic performance as a mid-size media consumption tablet compared with rivals; its hardware capabilities in terms of its battery and camera, and lastly, its hero feature: The S Pen. Let me lay your mind to rest in all three areas: In all three, the Note 8.0 performs very well.

We really liked the Galaxy Note 8.0. Its stylus framework works very well in the 8″ form factor, and this is a powerful and well-designed little tablet which represents a strong competitor to the iPad mini, Nexus 7, and other mid-sized tablets.

Friday, 28 June 2013

200 Cr for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is breaking on more records and now after crossing 150 cr nett at domestic box office, film has surpassed 200 cr nett worldwide in 2 weeks straight.
The romantic comedy is the first film of the year to enter the 200 crore club. Ayan Mukherji’s directorial romantic entertainer has managed to rake in ₹201.53 crore from worldwide box office in just two weeks’ time. This is Ranbir, Deepika, Aditya Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin’s first film ever to reach the double century mark.
If the collection of “YJHD” remains unaffected by new releases in its third week, then there are prospects that it may beat the record figure of ₹200 crore in the domestic market which is set by “3 Idiots”.
Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots is the only which has crossed the magical figures of ₹200 crore at domestic box office. Salman Khan’s “Ek Tha Tiger” had failed to reach the mark by a slight margin.
Also, the second week collections of “YJHD” are the second highest ever after “3 Idiots”. It is also the second film to cross the ₹40 crore mark in India. The second week collection is 46 cr nett plus and it is 2nd best to only 54 cr nett of “3 Idiots”.
The collection usually drops considerably after the first week, but “YJHD” has maintained a strong and steady position at the box office. Even the new release “Yamla Pagla Deewana 2″ did not affect the film’s business. Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 was released on June 7. The movie received mixed reviews and failed to attract audience.
Meanwhile, “YJHD” did a good business in the second week and has entered into the third week. The movie is expected to do good business in this week too, despite less number of screens. If the pace continues into the fourth week, it might end up collecting lifetime business of ₹190 – ₹195 crore at domestic box office, says trade analyst.

Nexus 4 review

Google's Nexus (ten points to anyone who can tell us if Nexi is the correct plural) smartphones have always set the standard when it comes to a pure Google experience.

The first Nexus One was a true geek device. Sold only through Google directly (apart from a brief flirtation with Vodafone), it never achieved massive sales. But it gave the world the true raw power of Android without the bloatware of other variants. As of January 2010, the ball was well and truly rolling.

We've had several now – and everyone, it seems, had a go: HTC, Samsung, Asus and LG – though strangely, not Motorola, which is now part of Google itself.

Some handsets we look forward to with much anticipation – only to feel deflated when we actually use them. Others, we wait for with little expectation – and they absolutely blow our socks off.

A stealth surprise. We'll lay our proverbial cards on the table here from the outset. The Nexus 4 is one of those rare devices.

LG's not had the best track record of late. Sure, we thought the Optimus 4X HD was a pretty decent offering, but too little, too late compared to what was already out there by the time LG got it to market.

And whereas LG did have good form when it came to innovation back in the day (who remembers the Chocolate, the Shine – and even the dubious widescreen BL40?), the mojo seemed to have passed.

That's not a dig at the South Koreans – far from it. But just to set the scene to show why we weren't expecting much from the Nexus 4.

Size wise, the Nexus 4 comes in at 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm – which means it is similar to its predecessor. But it is far more stunning to look at and hold.

The front is all glass in piano black. Extra tough too thanks to the Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Think iPhone 4S territory, but just a little nicer looking (we are aware that is a matter of opinion, iFans!)

There's no way of getting the back off – so you know what that means, peeps. No removable battery and no expandable storage. The former doesn't faze us too much since the 2,100mAh battery pack is no slouch but the lack of memory card allowance is annoying.

Yes, we know that ever since the Nexus S, expandable memory is out. Google's said that it doesn't offer it because it's confusing. But for those with lots of content who can't or don't want to stream, it's a real pain. We don't quite buy Google's argument.

As for the innards, LG has cut no corners here. Make no mistake, this is a premium handset. DC-HSDPA, the very latest iteration of Jelly Bean 4.2, a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, quad-core 1.5GHz processor, A-GPS with GLONASS, NFC and so forth.