Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Samsung A867 Eternity

The Samsung A867 Eternity is a smart mobile TV released soon to hit AT&T. The longish design of the A867 Eternity is quite comfortable for one-handed operation. While having a generous 3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels touchscreen display is always great for Web surfing of GPS navigation.

Coming with integrated Mobile TV functionality thanks to the in built MediaFLO, the widescreen is also ideal for watching movies on the go.

Adding to the 200MB internal memory is a built in microSD slot which can support up to the largest 8GB cards.
Also onboard are useful features such as a GPS, Bluetooth with A2DP and a 3.2 MP camera.
However, sadly, the A867 does not support WLAN, meaning that you might not be able to view Youtube videos wirelessly.

Besides, battery life is also what we concern on. The Li-Ion 1330 mAh battery offers short 250 hours standby time and 5 hours talktime.

Whichever way you look at it, the Eternity is a truely impressive handset thanks to the touchscreen interface and the ease of use of the onboard software. AT&T offers the smartphone under a nice plan- $150 based
on a two year contract.

Phone Model: Samsung A867 Eternity

Phone type: Quadband

Brand: Samsung

Camera: 3.15 MP

Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

Size: 109 x 56 x 13 mm

Weight: 110 g

Display: TFT touchscreen, 256K colors, 240 x 400 pixels, 3.2 inches

Colour: Black

Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1330 mAh

Internal Memory: 200 MB

Function: GPRS, HSCSD, EDGE, 3G (HSDPA), Bluetooth v2.0 (with A2DP), USB
v2.0, built-in GPS receiver, AGPS, Java MIDP 2.0, Multimedia player, Built in
handsfree, T9

Released Date: November 2008

Friday, January 2, 2009

Apple iPod Touch

Apple has been particularly busy these past few months. We’ve seen updated aluminum iMacs, the new iPod classic, new iPod nano fatty and of course, we can’t forget the mega hyped iPhone. Redefining both mobile phones and digital media players, the iPhone has made a definite dent in tech history. Now we have the iPod touch. This device takes all the music and video related features that have made the iPhone so popular, and made them available to people that don’t want to switch carriers or phones.

Hardware Specs

* Storage: Available in either 8GB or 16GB Flash drive capacities

* Display: 3.5-inch (diagonal), 480 x 320 pixels at 163 DPI

* Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz

* Audio formats: MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected
AAC (from iTunes Store), Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), WAV, and AIFF

* Video formats: H.264 video up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 x 480 pixels

* WiFi (802.11b/g)

* Audio: 3.5mm stereo headphone minijack

* Power: Rechargeable lithium polymer battery (up to 22hrs of audio playback
time and

5hrs of video playback time)

* Size: 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.31in (110 x 61.8 x 8mm)

* Weight: 4.2oz (120)

Package Contents

* iPod touch

* Earphones

* USB 2.0 cable

* Dock adapter

* Polishing cloth

* Stand

* Quick start guide

* Apple stickers

To say that the iPod touch is just an iPhone without the phone, really isn’t an accurate description. At first glance, the touch does look like an iPhone, I’ll give you that. But once you look a little closer, you’ll see that it’s an entirely different device. One that just happens to look like the iPhone…

The touch is almost half the thickness of the iPhone. It’s also a little bit shorter and the select button is smaller in diameter. You will also notice that the rim around the display is Black instead of chrome like the iPhone.

After carrying around my iPhone for the past few months, the touch feels considerably thinner. It is comfortable in hand although a bit on the slippery side. Squeezing it yields no flexing creaking or cracking. It’s definitely a solid device.

Oh look, it has a chrome back. Yay. Not. Apple, please stop this madness!!! Chrome is smudgy and way too susceptible to scratching. It’s time to move on. Really!

Along the bottom edge, you’ll find the universal dock connector and a stereo earphone jack. Unlike the iPhone’s earphone jack, this one can accommodate any type of 3.5mm earphone connector.

The only other button on the touch is located on the top of the device. This thin button turns the screen on and off. The lack of hardware buttons to adjust volume, pause playback, and navigate forward and backwards through tracks was immediately evident. Without such buttons, you have to turn the display on and use the onscreen touch buttons for these functions. This can be a bit annoying.

To give you an idea how the touch compares to the iPhone size-wise, take a look at the image above. The touch is on top, iPhone on bottom.


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