Friday, February 03, 2006
Cnet has reviewed the HP Photosmart R607. It's seasoned with enough quirky features to please the most gizmo-crazy budding photographer, they say.
- easy to use
- helpful Adaptive Lighting feature brightens dark areas
- comes in special editions with colored finishes
- Small LCD
- few scene modes
- tiny video clips.
Read more at CNET
Cnet has reviewed this LCD monitor from ViewSonic, The VP930b. The VP930b offers useful color-calibration and asset-management software and tons of adjustability to fit nearly any ergonomic demand, they say.
- highly adjustable
- includes two VGA inputs and one DVI input
- useful software included
- poor grayscale and color performance
- expensive for a 19-inch LCD monitor
Read more at CNET
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Mobile review has reviewed this mobile phone from Nokia, the Nokia 2652.
Having launched its Nokia 2650, the company of Nokia conquered a great share of the market of low-end clamshells. It pressed other players dramatically, and particularly Motorola. The necessity to renew this solution matured long ago, and the company decided not to search for new forms, but applied a cosmetic renewal. Three new body colours (brown, golden and silvery).
Read more at mobile review
Mobile review has reviewed this mobile phone from Samsung, the D810.
I would like to stress that this model will be available only on few markets to anticipate your disappointed questions after reading the whole review. The reason is even the Samsung's line is rich with similar models, and the discussed representative has a direct rival in the person of Samsung Z540. At the same time this model supports 3G networks. For instance, the D810 won't appear on the Russian market, which is quite logical.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
The agreement follows on last year's launch by Nokia of the Python for S60 Platform, which enables programmers, ISVs and businesses worldwide to utilize the powerful Python programming language to execute Python commands and run Python scripts and applications on S60-based mobile devices.
The source code for Python for S60 Platform will be made available to the open-source software development community through SourceForge.net, which provides free hosting to open-source software development projects and is the world's largest Open Source software development web site, hosting more than 100,000 projects and over 1,000,000 registered users with a centralized resource for managing projects, issues, communications, and code.
Nokia is contributing the core components of the Python for S60 software back to the open-source developer community in order to encourage developers to take advantage of the potential for open-source mobile applications development on the S60 Platform, the leading smartphone platform. Nokia is also continuing to contribute and work within the open source community in driving the Python for S60 technology forward.
Nokia's involvement with the Python open-source community began last year when Nokia made available the Python for S60 software package for free download from the website of Nokia's global developer support community, Forum Nokia. The Python for S60 software package installs to a S60 platform-based device, enabling developers to create applications with the simple and consistent, object-oriented Python programming language.
Python for S60 is well-suited to the development of prototype and proof-of-concept applications, enabling development of commands, scripts and applications for S60-based mobile devices. The Python for S60 runtime can also be easily extended with dynamically loadable C++ modules, enabling developers to expose additional native device functionality to Python applications. Developers can execute Python commands using an interactive console in a S60-based device, accessible via the keypad or a remote connection to a PC over Bluetooth.
Using Python for S60, developers can write Python applications and install them to a S60-based device and the device can then run these applications from the Python environment. Python applications can also be developed to run as standalone applications with the selection of an icon from the device menu. Using Python for S60, developers also can execute Python commands and scripts in the emulators of S60 SDK's.
The S60 platform, built on the Symbian OS, is the leading smartphone software in the world and it is licensed by some of the foremost mobile phone manufacturers in the market. The flexibility of the S60 platform allows for various hardware designs and software configurations. This is demonstrated through the multitude of S60 devices already available on the market. Through its award-winning user interface, extensive support for new mobile services and the innovation potential for partner solutions, the S60 provides an open and scalable business opportunity for mobile operators and 3rd party developers.
The source code for Python for S60 Platform will be posted by Nokia to SourceForge.net. Further information and a link to the project can be found by visiting http://opensource.nokia.com/.
Monday, January 30, 2006
Mikael from Fosfor Gadgets has reviewed this new mp3-player.
The new Jens of Sweden MP-500 is a real eye-catcher. It looks good and is packed with functionality, he says.
- Looks good
- Great sound quality
- FM radio
- Recording capabilities
- Stereo speakers
- USB host mode
- Non-intuitive menu system
- Not capable of encoding NTSC material properly (at least in current version)
- Real tiny reset button (you need a needle)
Read more over here
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Today we’ll take a look at the Zen Vision:M from Creative. This player was chosen by CNET as best of CES 2006 and he’s the biggest rival of Apple’s iPod video (5G). Our Zen Vision:M is available in 5 colours, from rather classic to very funky. This portable media player has 30GB storage capacity.
On the next picture you'll see how this player will be delivered.
Zen Vision:M, earphones, power adapter with interchangeable plug, sync adapter, USB Mini-B-Cable, pouch, installation CD, user’s manual.
The Zen Vision:M features:
- 30GB capacity to carry up to 15,000 songs, tens of thousands of photos an 120 hours of video
- 2.5” colour screen displays 262,144 colours
- Customisable Shortcut button
- ZEN vertical touch pad control
- FM radio & recorder
- Works with subscription, pay-per-download music and video services
- Syncs with Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Calendar & Tasks
- Up to 14 hours of continous audio playback, 4 hours of continous video playback
Minimum System Requirements:
- Microsoft Windows XP (SP1 or higher) / XP 64-bit
- Intel Pentium II 350MHz or AMD K6-2 450 MHz
- 64MB RAM (128MB RAM recommended)
- USB 1.1 port (USB 2.0 recommended for faster transfer)
- 170MB free hard drive space
The first thing I did after I got this player was charging it until the battery was full. This went easy by using the included adapter. A full-charge took about 2 to 2,5 hours.
Then I’ve installed the software. This is a very convenient program. With this program you can navigate you Zen completely. You can upload your music, rip CDs, add videos and photos and plan tasks.
Note: You don’t really need this software. You can plug-in your player and use it like an exchangeable hard disk to transfer data.
When the music was transferred, I plugged in the earphones. I immediately noticed that the audio quality of the included earphones is superior.
The menus are easy to use. You can scroll through your playlist by using the vertical touchpad and you are able to adjust the sensitivity of the pad to your own needs. On the right and on the left you find another 2 small buttons with the following functions: previous and the next in a song. There are still 4 other buttons on this player: the shortcut button, which you can program by yourself, the play/pause button, a menu-options button and a go back button.
At the bottom of the player you find a groove to plug-in the sync adapter. This is necessary to charge the battery of your Zen or to transfer files. You can’t plug-in these cables directly in the player. On top, finally, you find the on/off switch, which is also the key lock button.
While listening, a lot of information is displayed on the LCD screen. It tells you the song name, album name and artist. It also displays a counter and in the right corner you find the battery-life.
Photos which you have transferred to your Zen Vision:M have the same name as on your computer and are stored in separateted folders. There is also an option to look at your photos all in once or cast them in a slideshow. During looking to photos, your music or the radio is playing further. The supported formats are: JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG and TIFF.
The quality of video is very well. The pictures are sharp and develop fluid, it's like watching a DVD. The video start again where you were stopped watching. The Zen Vision:M supports different video-formats: WMV9, MPEG, Motion-JPEG, with DivX and XviD.
If you want, you can connect the player to the TV. Therefore you need a special cable out of the Creative video kit, which is optional. I don't have the kit so I couldn't test this.
Another function which I find almost indispensable on an mp3-player is the FM-radio. The device is able to store up to 32 presets which you can give a custom name. The quality isn’t very well but rather reasonably to good. The Zen is able to scan for radio stations. Some of them still had a lot of noise. You can also record from the radio.
On the side of the portable media player is a small hole. This is the built-in micro which can be used to record conversations. The file that I recorded from a close distance was very clear and easy to understand. From a few meters (+/-10) away it was (logically) more quiet but when you turn the volume a little up, you can understand this conversation also clear.
The Zen Vision:M has a few extra functions: like an organiser, adjust date and time and its function as exchangeable hard disk. You can use the player as alarm clock, which I actually find a nice extra. (It's also a function that iPod video doesn’t have). So you can be waken up through your own tracks or through the radio. Nevertheless this function has also a negative point. You have to use your earphones. In a nightly silence room, it is loud enough to wake you up. I tested by myself, and guess what, I was right on time at my work! Ok. I have to admit that I also used my mobile phone, which I daily use as alarm clock, but it wasn’t necessary. It is a very nice option if you are fed up with the "tuut-tuut" from your alarm clock or mobile phone.
With the organiser-function you can look at your task which you’ve added on the basis of the software or Outlook. If you look at the calendar, you can chose the date and see if you have a meeting or a task on that day.
The player has these dimensions: height: 10,4cm; width: 6,2cm; and it's 1,89cm thick. It weighs 163 gram. Because of his weight and dimensions, I don’t find it so handy to take with me everywhere.
Included with the Zen Vision:M is this quality carrying bag.
The Zen Vision:M from Creative is a pearl. Both the sound and video quality is very well Only FM radio is rather reasonably to good. The player and the software are both easy to use. In short it is a really recommended!
- Very well picture- and sound quality
- Beautiful design
- Exchangeable backgrounds on the player
- Plug and play (you don’t really need the software)
- Can play a lot of video-formats, also DivX and XviD.
- If you use the alarm clock, you need the earphones and turn on the volume on maximum
- The 4 buttons are rather stiff. They require more power than expected (But after a while you get used to it, I think)
- You always need the sync adapter because of the cables can’t direct plug-in the Zen
- Battery isn’t replaceable by the user.
Date: 29 January 2006
The Zen Vision:M and the Zen Micro :)