Review : Nexus One

The nexus one the one which has gathered a lot of hype has finally been launched by Google at the Android Press Event and also was also showed off at CES Digital Experience!

1. Camera – The nexus one has got a 5MP camera and the pictures and videos that were taken by us were OK. but not as good as compared to the iPhone. But though the iPhone does not have an inbuilt flash still it was better in picture quality when compared to the nexusone.

2. OS– The nexus one runs on the Android OS version 2.1 also known as eclair. The OS is pretty smooth and extremely fast. Apps open and close in a flash of a second. All because of the Snapdragon 1Ghz processor. Though we didn’t like the scrolling part much. It was a bit laggy.

3.Applications– With only 20000 apps in the android market,it is not something which would satisfy everyones need. A lot of the major apps are missing which is not good. Though the numbers are increasing day by day the iTunes store is far much better.

4.Looks– The nexus one is so light that it feels as if you are gonna drop it. It is also a lot slimmer and when compared to the iPhone it is definately slimmer and lighter. Though the camera placement is not that good! The back is also scratch resistant.

HTC placed two microphones on the device, one on the bottom and one on the back, for better noise cancellation. And the extra microphone pays off. The other party said that the Nexus One sounded, through their speaker, as loud as an iPhone 3G, but noticeably better. Not astoundingly better, just enough so that you’d mention it. But the speaker on the Nexus One, on the other hand, makes conversations sound tinny and thin. Actually, the better microphone setup is evident when you do a Nexus One to Nexus One conversation, because the resulting sound out of N1’s speakers is less tinny.

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iSlate Update

CES or the Consumer electronics show was held at Las Vegas this year and as usual it gave new and big companies to show off their products to journalists and the press. This time a lot of tablets were shown off at CES. the lenovo IdeaPad U1 and HP-Microsoft’s new tablet PC and maybe the apple tablet or islate on January 26th.

But Appleā€™s tablet may not end up dominating the emerging market for tablets, as some seem to expect. One reason is price. Analysts think the Apple tablet could cost anywhere from $700 to $1,000. In contrast, the tablet design unveiled by Freescale this week will cost around $130 to manufacture and could sell for as little as $200.
Conversations with several former Apple engineers who worked on the long-gestating tablet also suggest that Apple may be asking users to learn a somewhat complex new vocabulary of finger gestures to control it, making use of technology it acquired in the 2007 purchase of a company called FingerWorks.

The price of the Apple Tablet is quite high when compared to other tablets. A 1000$ for a tablet? I mean cmon why wouldn’t someone just pay a few more and get an iMac or MacBook pro.

Apple has even asked all it’s employees to keep it a secret and hopefully they will disclose the official price and the details by the end of this month. By the way the nexus one was also displayed at CES!

The apple tablet is supposed to be an ebook reader and a killer of the kindle. But the advantage kindle has is it’s large online book store.
Though apple is believed to have engaged in a deal with publishers and other book stores for displaying books on the iTunes store, but still it would take time for it to be as large as amazon’s book store . Be tuned for future updates!
islate was rumoured to come in 7 inch and 10 inch versions but other info seems to reveal that it will only be available in a 10.1in version.

iSlate is now also on Wikipedia. Wikipedia Link

App of the Week: Easy Walk and Type

Easy Walk & Type is an innovative app that helps you keep an eye on the path in front of you while typing.

It is the safest and most convenient way for you to write email, notes or copy/paste to all popular apps like SMS, Twitter, Facebook etc. while walking. You are able to keep an eye on the surrounds whenever you type on iPhone.

And it’s cool!!!

Features include:
– Email on the move: Type in a transparent screen and press “send” button to launch the email app WITHOUT QUITTING THE APP
– Take notes on the move: Leave your notes in a transparent screen
– Do anything on the move: Copy the text and paste to any other apps

The price of the app is 0.99$
Ratings:- 9/10

Near Me Now!

Google’s latest location-based feature for mobile devices, which went live recently, will make it easier to find restaurants, bars, ATMs and more when you’re in an unfamiliar area. The feature, called “Near Me Now,” is available on the Google homepage on your iPhone (OS 3.0 or later) and Android (OS 2.0.1 or later) devices. Near Me Now is currently available only for United States users, and was first announced in December, alongside other new mobile search features including Google Goggles.
Say you’re standing outside a restaurant and want to quickly look up information about it before committing to it. You could google it by name (and do all that tedious typing), or you could just hit the new “Near me now” link.

“Near me now” uses your location aware cellphone (currently only iPhone and Android devices) to search for surrounding businesses by category (restaurants, coffee shops, bars, ATMs and banks, and more), then returns any nearby matches based on their proximity to you. So if you’re standing outside or near a restaurant you’re considering, all it takes is firing up Google, tapping the “Near me now” link, and then choosing the category. It really is considerably faster than typing (especially on mobile devices), and might be worth working into your mobile searching toolkit.

Facebook updates iPhone App

After a very long time, facebook updated it’s iPhone app. The app now supports push notifications and contact sync.
The current version of the app is 3.1.1 and is a must have for facebook users on the iPhone.
The best and long awaited functionality being the contact sync. The contact sync is simply awesome. What contact sync does is that it matches your iPhone contact list with your facebook friends page and replcaes all of the missing profile pictures.
When you start the app for the first time it asks you whether you would like to allow facebook to activate push notifications or not. Then it asks you about the activation of the contact sync feature which is fantastic.(go for it) . Then it syncs all your contacts and you are done.
As for the push notifications, they apply whenever someone sends you a new message, or whenever you receive a new wall post, friend request, friend confirmation, photo tag, event invitations and updates, and comments.
You can get the update via iTunes for free.

AppStore- The Secret Sauce

Many people sit, sleep, walk and even dine with their iPhones! The iPhone from apple is the biggest success of the generation. Google recently announced the nexus one which seems to be compelling. The nexus one operates on Android 2.1 which has a few improvements. But still some are scared of making the shift to Android. An android market is also available but with a few 20000 apps. Less when compared to the app store.
Google said that they have only 20000 because the rest of the apps are web based and only need a browser. The iPhone also followed the same strategy earlier but had to discontinue due to a popular demand of standalone apps.
Standalone apps have a completely different functionality. They are specific in their function and offer better features in a better UI.
The app store has millions of applications which makes it the secret sauce for the success of the iPhone.
Also with standalone apps developers get to sell their apps and earn profit. Hence the developers too are happy with the AppStore rather than the Android Market.

SmartPhones Comparison Chart!

The folks at BillShrink have made up a chart comparing the four major smartphones currently in the Market.

The smartphones are:-

1.iPhone 3GS

2.Palm Pre

3.Motorola Droid

4.Google Nexus One

The chart compares the following in terms of Battery Life,Storage etc.

iSlate to ship in March

Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) will likely officially unveil its long-rumored tablet PC this month and start shipping it in March, according to a story Monday in The Wall Street Journal.
Citing unnamed sources who were briefed by Apple, the report said that the still-to-be-completed device will have a 10-inch to 11-inch touchscreen display, and that it is currently being developed with two different material finishes, although it is unclear if that means there will be multiple versions or if the different finishes are just for testing.

Apple since at least May of last year has been rumored to be entering the tablet PC market.

Tablet PCs have been around for a decade, and the market already has a number of vendors, including Asus, Dell (NSDQ:Dell), Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Lenovo, Motion Computing, TabletKiosk and Toshiba.

However, the tablet PC market has been hampered by a lack of applications that take advantage of the touchscreen displays and stylus devices that most models include. Most of the tablet PCs on the market are aimed at business users, while Apple’s customer base is more consumer-focused.

The Wall Street Journal expects Apple’s tablet PC to be aimed at letting users watch movies and TV shows, surf the Web, play games, and read electronic books and newspapers. One possible application, according to the report, would be electronic versions of textbooks and newspapers with a touch interface and the ability to integrate up-to-the-minute information from multiple sources.

The report also said that the Apple tablet would likely connect to Wi-Fi wireless services, but not to a 3G cellular network because of bandwidth issues.