Archive for May, 2013
Best smartphone to buy in 2013 : $650 and up price category
In this blog post we have compiled the newest and most advanced smartphones of 2013. There are more than just flagship products. These smartphones represent top innovations and latest trends in the technical world. So what is the best smartphone to buy in 2013 ?
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 is the main competitor of iPhone 5. It is the most recent and advanced smartphone of Samsung Galaxy family.Sales of this model are booming. Samsung sold 10 million of Galaxy S4 this month. The hardware of the device is very impressive. Powered by eight-core processor, equipped by 5-inch Full HD display, top notch 13 mpx camera and amazing set of 9 sensors including thermometer and humidity sensor. Technological power is the main feature of Galaxy S4. Design of the device is not that impressive because of the cheap-looking plastic body. However a lot of customers are choosing latest technology power versus to the balanced and stylish Apple iPhone 5.
Apple iPhone 5
If you are looking for compact smartphone with top-end features then there is nothing more convenient than Apple iPhone 5. iPhone 5 has an army of loyal customers and is still one of the best choices even after 6 months after the release. Lightweight and slim iPhone 5 comes with powerful hardware and fully packed by various business and entertainment functionality combined with superior quality high resolution Retina display with aspect ratio of 16 to 9.
However iPhone 5 body is made from gentle anodized aluminum and therefore is not resistible to scratches. But this should not be an issue because there are many high quality defender cases available on the market. Some of them have additional built-in batteries that could significantly increase the battery life of iPhone 5.
HTC Oneis a quad-core smartphone with an extremely fine-grained 4.7 –inch Full HD display, powerful Beats Audio system and impressive metallic body. Besides the great build quality, beautiful sound quality of external speakers this model has all the features of the flagship device such as excellent performance and elegant entertainment components including UltraPixel camera. Such innovations made HTC One the most successful smartphone model in HTC history. This month HTC sold 5 million HTC One smartphones. This is the record for the company.
Which smartphone is the best for you?
Every year new smartphones are introduced in the mobile market. Best engineers and designers are working on them to make better looking, more powerful, reach featured and less power consuming devices. Consumers just need to select a model that completely in-tact with their preferences and life style. Regardless of the price all smartphones are designed to make and receive phone calls. Additional functionality is that we are paying extra money for. When selecting a phone pay attention on its features that significant to you. Which smartphone is the best for you? It is not matter of price only.
Compare futures of above mentioned smartphones in the table below. Please do not upset if you did not find what you want. Your phone may either in other price category or is not yet released. In both cases we will try to help you by providing fresh information about new models and other price category smartphones.
To be continued …
Who and Why uses hi-end music player
So who and why is using premium hi-end music players? The answer is obvious. Music lovers and professionals are not quite happy with the quality of modern mp3 players and other devices. For some people the sound quality of the music is not so important. They are happy with ordinary music players with a few gigabytes of flash memory and a few dozens of favourite songs. Others just use their smartphones that are not able to provide superior quality of sound either.
But some other people are taking care about music more seriously and own hundreds of albums of high quality 24-bit DVD-audio music with sampling rate at least 96 kHz. Such quality music requires expensive hi-end headphones and could not be played on ordinary mp3 players or smartphones. Iriver AK100 is one of the premium hi-end music players that could play DVD-audio quality music.
Iriver AK100 is the first premium hi-end digital music player released by Korean company under brand of Astell & Kern.
Iriver AK100: What is in the box?
Design and packaging of the player makes impression of expensive and high-quality product. Iriver AK100 comes with no headphones for a reason. Hi-end premium quality headphones are expensive and may significantly increase the price of the player. The package includes USB to micro USB cable, black fabric carrying pouch and micro SD card with five “studio” quality tracks.
Iriver AK100: Design
The case of iriver AK100 is made from dark aluminium. Durable transparent plastic on the back is not resistible to scratches. Yes, unfortunately it is not a Gorilla Glass and. Device is equipped by 2.4-inch front touch screen with the resolution of 320 by 240 pixels.
Iriver AK100: Technical Details
Cute 122 grams box has built-in 3.5mm headphone output, input for an optical digital cable, micro USB slot as well as two slots for micro SD cards up to 32GB each. Built-in 32GB of internal storage may keep up to 300 albums in mp3 format or 50-80 albums in various lossless formats.
Iriver AK100: Sound
iriver AK100 equipped by expensive high quality digital to analog converter by Wolfson that provides superior quality of sound. There is clear difference in sound when playing let’s say mp3 song on iPhone and iriver AK100 especially If you use high quality headset like Philips Fidelio M1. There are also huge difference in sound quality when playing FLAC file on modern Sony Xperia Z that is one of the best in terms of the sound of smartphones on the market today. Definitely you can hear the difference in favour of Astell&Kern device.
Iriver AK100: Main Feature
Main Feature of Astell & Kern iriver AK100 is the support of Mastering Quality Sound, i.e. studio-quality sound. This is not a new audio format. The player is capable of playing digital audio or WAV FLAC containers with high 24-bit resolution and a sampling frequency 192 kHz. Such audio quality is typical for professional studio recording systems that used by musicians and sound engineers. Such high quality music is available, for example, through HDTracks shop that sells “high-definition” music and AIFF-FLAC 24 bit/96 kHz -formatted music. There are also some 24/192 records but quite a bit.
Iriver AK100: Firmware
Please note that AK100 comes with firmware version 1.20. It does not support ALAC – Apple Lossless Audio Codec as well as “compressed” m4a. The new version of firmware that supports above mentioned formats is available on the website of iriver.
Hi-end music player: Requirements and recommendations
You may need such device in cases when you are able to distinguish the music encoded with a high sampling rate and bit depth of FLAC from a conventional CD music. Of course appropriate quality of headphones must be used. The list of recommended headphones for hi-end music player includes Denon AH-D7100, AudioTechnica ATH-W3000ANV, BeyerDinamic DT1350, Shure SRH840, and Shure SE425.
Pros and Cons of iriver AK100
- Modern design
- Excellent sound quality
- Support for studio quality sound, i.e. 24 bit / 192 kHz
- High Price
- Plastic-screen and rear cover is not resistible to scratches
- Requires high-end, high-quality headphones. Otherwise the purchasing of AK100 does not make much sense.
Significant smartphone innovations triggers new Sales Trend
Significant smartphone innovations are major factors of success of the flagship models on the market. A new smartphone sales trend just appeared this spring. Number of per-orders and sales of flagship smartphones Sony Xperia Z and HTC One made a record. Both companies are quickly increasing their share of the market. Their main competitors are still Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S4.
The majority of analysts say that such success is the result of significant smartphone innovations. New flagship smartphones came with the most modern processors, Full HD displays, and attractive design
HTC One sales record
Sales records are confirmed by publication of the internal letter of HTC. Number of pre-orders on HTC One was the highest in the history of the company.
HTC One innovations
Slim aluminium body of HTC One perfectly fits the hand and comes with some significant features such as Optical Stabilizer of camera and built-in infrared transmitter button that allows control home appliances.HTC One was the first smartphone with the latest quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 600. In addition to extraordinary CPU power Snapdragon 600 offers reduced energy consumption up to 20%. Ultra High Resolution display of HTC One is combined with an excellent high resolution camera with a spectacular shooting mode HTC Zoe. It supports high-speed continuous shooting with the ability to view the result as a photo or three-second clip, which are then automatically assembled into thematic videos.
Sony Xperia Z
According to some asian analysts Sony sold 4.6 million units of Xperia Z in 40 days – it’s a slightly less than last year’s record of Samsung Galaxy S3. New Sony Xperia Z also has significant advantage in a form of a water-resistant body that protects the smartphone from moisture and dust and attractive design in a form of the rectangular block of polished glass.
Wireless Solar Keyboard
Wireless Solar keyboards are becoming more attractable for owners of mobile devices. Logitech is one of leaders on developing solar-powered devices. Such devices are using solar power for charging. Some of them such as Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 are able to charge even inside rooms using either electrical or sun light.
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for Mac/iPad/iPhone
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is a slim and stylish wireless keyboard powered by solar batteries. Full charge of batteries provides enough power for three months of work even in complete darkness. The keyboard communicates with other devises via Bluetooth. Light weight and compact Logitech Wireless Solar keyboard could be conveniently used at home, at work and on the go while traveling.
While developing the keyboard Logitech was using safe materials that do not pollute the environment. The packaging of the keyboard is also entirely recyclable.
A thin, silent and wireless Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is the perfect device for those who value style and comfort, as well as trying to take care of nature.
The current price of the keyboard is$59.99
Cellet Solar-Powered Universal Bluetooth Keyboard
Cellet Solar is another compact solar-powered keyboard. The keyboard supports Windows, Android and iOS operating systems. Bluetooth is used for the wireless connection to the pc, tablet or smartphone Blue keyboard backlight illuminates as you type making typing process easy even in the dark room.
Solar keyboard Folio
Case Keyboard for iPad: Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio
For true mobility, Logitech offers a case Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio with built-in keyboard for iPad. The case is also uses solar energy. Accessory protects iPad tablets and at the same time serves as a keyboard with full-size keys.
Rubber feet allow positioning of iPad in convenient way for viewing video or typing a text. The folio is equipped by embedded magnets. They automatically turn on the tablet when opened and switch it into energy-saving mode when the screen lid is closed. The keyboard of the accessory may work remotely connecting to the pc via Bluetooth.
Pearldigi Portable Solar Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Keyboard Case Cover Stand
Pearldigi developed a portable solar wireless keyboard case cover stand for Apple IPad 2 and 3rd generations. The stand is equipped by powerful non-crystalline silicon solar panels that could be charged by low light, lamp light or sunlight. Built-in rechargeable battery could last up to 40 hours without recharging.
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AUTO Mee S – cleaning mini Robot
AUTO Mee S is a cleaning mini Robot for mobile devices developed by Japanese company Takara Tomy. The main functionality of device is cleaning up of displays of tablet pcs and smartphones.
AUTO Mee S functionality
It is well known fact that modern touch screen displays easily become dirty. AUTO Mee S is the robotic device that could help to keep display of such devices clean and tidy. For proper functioning mini robot must be located on a surface of the gadget and turned on. The robot will move across the screen, rounding the edges and turning at the end of surface of the tablet or phone.
AUTO Mee S features
Takara Tomy developed a small and nice robot. The robot has cylindrical body, three wheels and two rubber scrappers for cleaning up the surface of a screen of mobile devices. All it needs is A4 size battery. The weight of mini robot is 82 grams. Auto Mee S spends about 8 min for complete clean-up a screen of the tablet pc and 4 min for smartphone displays.
AUTO Mee S availability
Mini Robot is available in four bright colors – pink, orange, blue and white. Current price of Auto Mee S is $28.75