Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sony Xperia E Release date and specs

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Sony Xperia E is an affordable and compact for today's standards featuring Sony's recognizable design language. The stand-out feature Sony wants us to note in the Xperia E is HD Voice, the purpose of which is to noticeably boost the sound quality of phone calls. When it comes to specs, the Xperia E will deliver a mid-range experience with its 3.5" HVGA touchscreen and 1GHz processor. Let's hope that Jelly Bean's Project Butter will help get rid of the lag. Sony also claims that we'll be surprised by the battery life of the device. The 1500 mAh battery will benefit from a special extended stand-by mode designed to increase overall battery life. Basically, when the phone's sleeping, it will disable all functions except for calling and messaging, and once you wake it up, all functions will be restored to their normal state. Of course, users will be able to enjoy Sony's "Walkman" music experience, as well as the xLOUD sound technology, which works really well in most Sony smartphones.



Sony has unveiled a new budget handset in the Xperia E, which will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The smartphone, scheduled for a release during Q1 2013, sports a 3.5-inch HVGA 480x320 pixel resolution LCD, which should deliver a pixel density of about 165 pixels-per-inch.

Powering the device is a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A single-core processor, alongside 512MB of RAM and an Adreno 200 graphics processing unit.

As well as the the re-branded TimeScape UI, now known as the Sony UI, and 4GB of internal storage space with a MicroSD expansion slot, the Xperia E features a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera.

Sony has particularly singled out the device's xLOUD audio technology and 3D surround sound support, accompanied by HD voice and noise cancellation.

A 1,530mAh battery pack delivers up to 530 hours on standby or six hours of talk-time, Sony said. The smartphone itself will be available in black, white and pink.

If we find out more about an exact release date or pricing we will let you know. Would you buy the Xperia E or E dual for about $200 without a contract ?

Release date: Q1 2013
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Showing Prototype from Sony C650X with Widescreen Revolution

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Sony middle borrows by completing a major project they to create 2 units of a Smartphone with a large screen, it is Semartphone Both Sony C660X and Sony C650X. The following is the appearance on the Internet in an appearance prediction from Sony C650X

In the picture above is quite clear screen that appears quite wide and has a very thin bezel. But the pity is that in the picture on the phone does not turn on the position. So, we cannot predict what applications appear on the home screen.

Rumors were circulating already become hots news at all gadget lovers. Mobile is going to proclaim the article in the competition for the Galaxy Note II or Optimus Vu. Most likely Sony C650X Odin comes with a 5-inch screen. And will be supported memory access speed quad core 1.5GHz processor from Qualcomm.

Officially, the Sony has not testified at all, but most likely also widescreen Smartphone will be showing at CES 201


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Microsoft's first Windows Phone 8 update dubbed Apollo Plus?

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Here's a quick refresher on code names. The Windows Phone team has been all about the o's. Windows Phone 7 OS was code-named NoDo. Then there was Mango (Windows Phone 7.5). A minor interim update arrived next, code-named Tango. And Windows Phone 8 OS was code-named Apollo. Joe Belfiore(o), manager of the Windows Phone Program, said awhile back that the team was finished with code names ending in "o."
So what was Windows Phone 8's successor going to be called?
Winsyde.com posted earlier today that the next release will be code-named "Apollo +," and that it would be available in Q1 2013 -- citing the @Football4PDA Twitter account as the source. The Verge subsequently posted that the code name of Windows Phone OS 8's follow-on would be "Apollo Plus." (Maybe the ban on code names ending with "o" doesn't start till Windows Phone 9 OS?)


The Verge's Tom Warren also reported that Microsoft would share details about the update at the Mobile World Congress show in February 2013. The Verge cited unnamed sources as providing the information and said the coming update could include features like VPN support, a Wi-Fi connectivity fix, and audio improvements.

VPN support is an interesting one, given Microsoft officials said in June of this year that Microsoft had decided against including VPN functionality in the Windows Phone operating system (even though it had been included in Windows Phone OS' predecessor, Windows Mobile). A Microsoft official told me that Microsoft has decided instead to rely on things like Secure SSL to address this need... as they considered Secure SSL "a better, light-weight approach" to providing this kind of functionality in the new BYOD (bring your own device) world.
I've since heard from a number of business users that no VPN support was a deal breaker for their organizations in adopting Windows Phone. I've also heard from users in countries with governments that censor their citizens' Web-browsing that VPN is a much-desired feature for circumventing officially imposed firewalls.
I asked Microsoft whether the next version of the Windows Phone OS was code-named "Apollo Plus" and whether VPN connectivity will be part of it. Not surprisingly, a spokesperson said only that the company doesn't comment on rumors and speculation.
If Microsoft does refer to the minor, interim update to Windows Phone 8 OS as "Apollo Plus," that might help dampen user expectations a bit. With Tango, many users were expecting a lot more, feature-wise, than ended up being part of that update because it had its own special code name.
Meanwhile, I also asked Microsoft about the whereabouts of the Windows Phone OS 7.8 update -- the one that is slated to allow existing Windows Phone 7 users to make use of resizable tiles on their phones. A Microsoft spokesperson said: "More information on 7.8 will be available in the coming weeks."
As to the rumors circulating that 7.8 might be available this week, I'm doubtful. I think Microsoft might announce the release to manufacturing of 7.8 this week, but I'm hearing the update may not be available from the carriers until early next year (maybe even as late as February 2013)





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Monday, November 19, 2012

Sony Xperia GX Specs & review

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The Sony Xperia GX is an Android 4.0-based LTE handset with a 13-megapixel camera and is made for release in Japan. It features a 4.6-inch, 720p "Reality Display" utilizing Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and 16GB of internal storage.


Besides Xperia Ion targeted for the Japanese market, Sony has introduced two mobile phones, one of which adopt 4G LTE technology in Japan. The phone in question is the Xperia GX. This device runs on the Android 4.0 operating system or the more famous by the name of Ice Cream Sandwich.

And as mentioned about the camera, the Xperia GX offers high resolution 13 MP camera with HD video recording capabilities and LED flash.

Sony Xperia GX

The GX has a display size of 4.6 inch Mobile BRAVIA and dual-core processor 1.5 GHz. For internal storage, 16 GB of space served.

With LTE technology, Sony claims this divice is capable of downloading up to 75Mbps.

Unfortunately, this Smartphone just released in Japan. Sony has not announced pricing, and plans to sell the Xperia GX in other countries.


 Sony Xperia GX full specification look this table :
Overview 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network  HSDPA
4G Network LTE 2100
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2012, May
Status Available. Released 2012, August
Design Dimensions 131 x 69 x 8.6 mm (5.16 x 2.72 x 0.34 in)
Weight 127 g (4.48 oz)
  - Touch-sensitive controls
Display Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.6 inches (~319 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
- Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
- Timescape UI
Ringtones Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes3.5mm jack Yes
Storage Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 16 GB storage, 1GB RAM
Connectivity GPRS Up to 86 kbps
EDGE Up to 237 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, 25 Mbps UL, 75 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.1 with A2DP
USB Yes, microUSB (MHL) v2.0
Camera Primary 13 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer
Secondary Yes, 1.3 MP, 720p@30fps
Platform OS Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
Features Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5, Adobe Flash
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White
- SNS integration
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- TrackID music recognition
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Document viewer
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1700 mAh
Stand-by Up to 300 h (2G) / Up to 380 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 6 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 40 min (3G)

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sony Xperia U advantages and disadvantares

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You know the Sony Xperia U right? Xperia U is one of the first smartphone to be launched by Sony after the official split with Ericsson a few months ago. Previously Sony has also released Xperia S for the premium consumers and Xperia P to middle class consumers, and the Xperia U is intended for lower-class segment.

Sony Xperia U is a mobile phone with dual core processor and comes with Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread although the later can be upgraded to a higher version of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich shortly after that. U Xperia equip himself with a 5 megapixel camera and comes with lots of other supporting features such as autofocus and LED flash.

And the following key features or advantages in the Xperia U:

Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support
3.5" 16M-color capacitive touchscreen of Full WVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine
Android OS v2.3.7 Gingerbread, planned Android 4.0 ICS update
Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, 512 MB RAM, NovaThor U8500 chipset
5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, Multi Angle shot
720p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound
Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
GPS with A-GPS
8 GB built-in storage (6 GB user-accessible)
microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Voice dialing
Adobe Flash 11 support
Deep Facebook integration
Accelerometer and proximity sensor
Transparent stripe changes color depending on screen content
Replaceable cap at the bottom allows easy customization

While the disadvantages of Xperia U include:
Limited storage with no expansion options
No Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of box
Some competitors are slimmer

Well, the article about the advantages and disadvantages of the Sony Xperia U for you all. if unclear please speak up via comments below.



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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bluetooth Headset That you can Wear on Your Finger

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With a simple twist, The O.R.B. transforms from a ring to a headset worn on the ear that is capable of hands-free calling. Incorporating HiWave™ technology, the O.R.B. is a “Digitset™” that provides high-quality bone conduction audio without the discomfort of placing a device inside the ear. A deluxe edition also features an E Ink display for caller ID, text messaging, and calendar reminders.

To use the ring as a headset, simply remove it from the finger and twist open around the hinged joint. The ring (now a headset) is placed over the upper ear, between the ear and the side of the head. The transmitter end of the headset rests just above the jawbone and utilizes dual speaker “voice annihilation” DSP technology. The transmit exciter transducer rests just behind the outer ear.


The O.R.B. will be available in a variety of sizes, available in styles for both men and women.

All sizes have an expansion hinge, spring prongs and adjustable adhesive soft pads on the interior edge, which provide a secure and comfortable fit on the finger (or thumb) as well as the ear.


The O.R.B. features military-grade seals and gaskets, making it fully waterproof and built to accompany you on any adventure.


The ring vibrates, alerting the user to an incoming call, text message, or event reminder. The user can glance down at the finger and see a horizontal streaming message of caller I.D. or meeting schedules. If accepting an incoming call, the user twists open the O.R.B., slips over the ear, and begins the conversation. If declining incoming calls or texts, or dismissing event reminders, the user can simply push the cancel button with the O.R.B. still idle on their finger. When not in use the ring serves as a time device/alarm clock. If the user would like to silence a call he/she can simply touch a button on the band.



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Friday, November 16, 2012

Xperia TL

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introduction:


The name’s TL, Xperia TL. Just as the secret agent made famous in the big screen, this “James Bond phone” from Sony surely comes off as being nonchalant with its attitude, since it’s deceitfully packing some killer hardware under its fa├žade. No doubt, it’ll be making an appearance in the latest movie installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, but more importantly, is this something that would actually impress even the famed secret agent?

If you’re scratching your head and wondering why this smartphone looks familiar, it’s because the Xperia TL is none other than a rebranded Sony Xperia T for the US market – AT&T’s lineup to be specific. Employing the Xperia Arc’s best element, the Xperia TL follows in form, as it’s able to stand out from other things for its arched back casing. Obviously, the overall design is undoubtedly Xperia-like, but it’s still a looker for its clean appearance, aluminum rear casing, solid construction, and modest size. More impressive is the fact that it’s actually smaller in footprint to the Sony Xperia ion from not too long ago, with the two sharing the same sized displays
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There are no capacitive buttons beneath its display, mainly because Sony opts to incorporate its Android buttons with the interface, which is something that Ice Cream Sandwich is known for. Above the display, we find its earpiece, tiny LED notification light, and 1-megapixel front-facing camera – the latter of which can shoot videos in 720p.

Checking out the stuff littered around the handset’s trim, it features all the usual suspect of characters we’d expect to find – like a standard microphone, noise-cancelling mic, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port for charging/data/video-out connectivity, power button, shutter key, volume control, and a small plastic flap that hides away its microSIM and microSD slots


Display:


Being the James Bond phone and all, it’s naturally going to need one sharp looking display to keep even 007 interested. Luckily, its 4.55” HD 720 x 1280 display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine will turn heads thanks to its exceptional detail (323 ppi pixel density), warm color tones, and its deep black color. However, its usability is compromised in direct sunlight due to its high reflectiveness and weak viewing angles.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sony Xperia J Review

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Introduction:

Sony has a good track record for delivering decent mid-range Android smartphones at very competitive price points, and the Xperia J is the latest handset to join the party. Its 4-inch display and beefy battery are among the features that make it stand out, at least when comparing specs sheets with alternative offerings. A 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and a VGA front-facing snapper are also in stock, meaning that the Sony Xperia J could be a bargain hunter's dream handset. But how does the smartphone perform in reality? Well, there's only one way to find out so let's fire it up and put the J through its paces.





Design:


As one would expect from a smartphone situated in the lower mid-range category, plastic is the predominant material that the Sony Xperia J is made of. The device's front side looks quite plain and boring, but its curved back side is a lot funkier and easily makes the handset stand out. With its matte finish, the smartphone's battery cover is extremely resistant to fingerprints, all the while providing enough grip, thus allowing us to comfortably hold and operate the device with a single hand.
With the Sony Xperia J you get a pair of notification lights. One of them is located right next to the earpiece and indicates when the smartphone is charging, but the one you'll probably find a lot more useful is at the bottom. It is of the RGB kind, so depending on what kind of notification you have pending – be it a new text, a new Facebook message, or a “Low battery” warning, the light glows in a different color. The light is hidden under the phone's plastic panel, so you won't see it unless it is on.

Display:


The 4-inch LCD display on the Sony Xperia J is actually quite good. At 480 by 854 pixels, it may not be worthy of having an “HD” tag attached to it, yet with its 245 pixels per inch, the amount of detail it treats our eyes to is sufficient for the device's class. Moreover, the panel has a pretty neutral color representation, so colors look neither too dull, nor too saturated. We were also pleased to see that the display exhibits very wide viewing angles, and it shines bright enough to be usable in broad daylight. It is a bit annoying, however, that due to the lack of an ambient light sensor, you'll have to adjust the screen's brightness yourself, either by going to the Settings menu or with the help of a widget.

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Sony Xperia T review

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Back when the driving seat was shared with Ericsson, Sony was a little short of delivering a real winner in the high-end market, the company's top-range smartphones always a notch below the Galaxy S lineup and their HTC counterparts. Now on their own, Sony cannot shy away from the toughest of battles and the Sony Xperia T is ready to be thrown in the fire.


A true flagship, the Sony Xperia T comes properly powered by a Snapdragon S4 chipset, boasting a class-leading 13MP camera and a marvelously sounding 720p display. There's no quad-core on its resume, but the Xperia T is ready to take on the best Android offerings out there.
Key features
Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support
3G with 42.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
4.55" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of 720p resolution (720 x 1280 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine; Scratch-resistant glass
Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 225 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260A chipset
13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, Multi Angle shot
1080p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound
1.3 MP front-facing camera, 720p video recording
Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
16GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot
microUSB port with MHL and USB-host support
Stereo Bluetooth v3.1
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Voice dialing
Deep Facebook integration
PlayStation Certified, access to the PS Store
Accelerometer and proximity sensor
NFC connectivity
Main disadvantages
Display has sub-par viewing angles for a flagship
Slightly thicker than main rivals
Relatively modest battery
JellyBean update not available at launch
Poor loudspeaker performance
Video recording could be better
The Sony Xperia T hasn't got the raw muscle of some of its rivals, but there's enough to get you interested. And once you go and give it a try, the design and handling will hardly let you down. In a smartphone market as crowded as today's, handsets with this much character are hard to come by. Now, a grateful nod is well in order to old allies and the Xperia Arc.
Setting record benchmark scores is one thing, but having an excellent chipset in a body that's great to look at is to many a more than even tradeoff. The Sony Xperia T should not be afraid of facing its rivals in a raw processing power battle, though it's the beauty contests it enjoys the most.


And then there's the software enhancements, to which Sony paid more than enough attention. The Android ICS on the Xperia T comes with a great-looking UI, which Sony claims is also one of the most functional around.


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Monday, November 12, 2012

Holiday gift guide 2012 – smartphones and tablets

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With the summer over, and the fall in full swing, it’s about time to start thinking about those Holiday season presents. Sure, it might be a bit in advance, but if you are in store for the latest and greatest technology as a gift, research would definitely help.

Luckily, this Holiday, you won’t have a shortage of options to choose from. If you are ready to become the geeky Santa Claus with gadgets in your gift bag, the good news is that this time there will be worthy smartphones on all three biggest platforms: iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

While in 2011 we still didn’t have a completely mature smartphone ecosystem and we could still see flaws. Now, in 2012, we finally got rid of lag on Android, Microsoft polished Windows Phone 8, and the iPhone got even better. Android has almost closed the app gap with the App Store, and Windows Phone is starting to catch up too.

But what you should really care about is the all-around products, devices that are both aesthetically pleasing and crazy fast. We’ve picked out the best for the U.S. carriers and international in the slideshows below.



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Sony offers 24K gold-plated Xperia P as contest prize

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We haven't seen any gold phones in a while, but we didn’t expect Sony to be the one to fill that void. Sony ran a contest on its Facebook page over the weekend with the prize being a 24 karat gold-pated Sony Xperia P.
The contest is for Nordic countries only and will be over in a couple of hours. If you want to participate, you have to send an email to fans.se@sonymobile.com answering the question "What is a gold Friday for you?" (this is an automatic translating so it may not be 100% accurate, but we're sure people in Nordic countries don't need Google Translate).



The Xperia P launched early this year and one of its major attractions was the aluminum unibody. The Limited 24K Gold Edition will go to a lucky winner today and they might be the only ones to have it.
Sony's Facebook page makes no mention of this limited edition going on sale. And even if it did, did anyone buy those gold-plated Nokias? Sure, this has the advantage of running Android rather than Symbian - or worse still - S40, which puts it head to head with the Lamborghini TL700 and the Mobiado Grand Touch.
Anyway, the winner of the Sony Xperia P Limited 24K Gold Edition (who is yet to be announced) has our congratulations.



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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

sony Xperia Jelly Bean Up Coming 2013

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Sony on Friday announced that it will upgrade 2012-model Xperia phones to the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, beginning next year.
The latest Sony Xperia models, including the recently announced Xperia T, Xperia TX, and Xperia V will all be upgraded to Android 4.1 in "mid-Q1 2013," meaning around February, according to a post on the Sony Xperia product blog. Several other 2012-model Xperia Android phones will also receive the update, including global versions of the Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia P, Xperia go, and Xperia J. Sony did not elaborate on when those devices will be updated, but promised to announce more information on timing "in due course."
The phone maker also delivered some bad news, however. None of its 2011 Xperia phones will get the Jelly Bean upgrade.
"We were glad to provide the Android 4.0.4 upgrade for our 2011 Xperia portfolio across most markets and the majority of models but, after thorough evaluation, we have concluded they will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich," Sony said. "Beyond Ice Cream Sandwich we would not able to guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand."
In other Jelly Bean update news, Samsung has started rolling out Android 4.1 to Samsung Galaxy S III handsets in the U.K., according to ZDNet. The update will be available across all U.K. networks in the coming weeks. Samsung recently promised the same in the U.S. in the "coming months."
Jelly Bean comes with new features like offline voice typing, auto arranging of icons, and a predictive keyboard. It also sports Google Now, a richer use of the company's Knowledge Graph. Google Now can memorize your normal commute from home to work and back, then provide alternate routes if it detects traffic. It also integrates public transit, telling users when the next subway train or bus is slated to arrive.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Sony Xperia Miro

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That it has launched them so close together is even more baffling, and surely risks rendering one of them obsolete.So, does the Sony Xperia Miro do enough to justify its price tag? Well, first impressions aren't great. The Sony Xperia Miro has a 3.5-inch 320 x 480 display, which is on the small side these days, particularly when cheaper handsets such as the Huawei Ascend G300 pack a 4-inch display. But coming from the Sony Xperia Tipo, it actually feels like quite a jump in size - it's only 0.3 inches bigger, but the difference is surprisingly noticeable.

A few of its other specs have been boosted above those of the Xperia Tipo too, though they're still fairly modest. It retains an 800MHz single core processor with 512MB of RAM. Its camera sees a boost in megapixels, up to 5 megapixels, versus the Xperia Tipo's 3.15MP snapper. It can shoot VGA video at 30fps and comes with 4GB of storage, only 2.2GB of which is useable. On the plus side it supports microSD cards of up to 32GB.

It comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which isn't the latest build but it isn't too far behind.Despite having a name that aligns it with the Tipo, the Sony Xperia Miro eschews its sibling's rounded edges in favour of a rectangular look in line with the more premium Sony Xperia U, Sony Xperia P, Sony Xperia T and Sony Xperia S.

However, if the aim was to make it seem more premium, it wasn't entirely successful. At first glance the Sony Xperia Miro does look like a better - or at least more expensive - phone than the Sony Xperia Tipo. The more angular, less chunky form factor on the Sony Xperia Miro gives it a touch of class, but as soon as you pick it up you find that looks can be deceiving.

It's lightweight at 110g (0.24lbs), but with dimensions of 113 x 59.4 x 9.9mm (4.4 x 2.3 x 0.4 inches) it's not a tiny handset, and this makes it feel odd when held.

Your brain tells you it shouldn't be that light, like it's an imposter, or what every phone manufacturer dreads hearing - that it's a toy.
That impression isn't helped by the cheap, plasticky feel of the handset. Yes, most phones have a plastic shell of some kind, but there's a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it, and the Sony Xperia Miro most definitely does it wrong. It feels like a toy. An expensive toy, but still a toy.

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2.5/5
For

    Long battery life
    Great music player
    Great for calls and messaging
    Strong connectivity options

Against

    Poor screen
    Terrible video recording
    Sluggish performance
    Cheap build
    Little storage

Sony Xperia Miro review
Sony's second budget handset in as many months - does it do enough to stand out?
By James Rogerson October 17th
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Page 1 of 13Introduction

It seems like only yesterday that we were putting the Sony Xperia Tipo through its paces, but here already, with just the smallest of spec boosts, is the Sony Xperia Miro.

The entry-level smartphone market is becoming increasingly crowded as it is, so it's a surprise that Sony has seen fit to release two handsets that, on paper at any rate, are incredibly similar.

That it has launched them so close together is even more baffling, and surely risks rendering one of them obsolete.

Sony Xperia Miro review

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It's not just the Sony Xperia Tipo it's got to contend with, either. The boost in specs has brought with it a boost in price, as you can currently pick the Sony Xperia Miro up for £159/AU$240/US$239.99 SIM-free. This price range puts it in competition with the similarly styled Sony Xperia U and the HTC Wildfire S.

So, does the Sony Xperia Miro do enough to justify its price tag? Well, first impressions aren't great. The Sony Xperia Miro has a 3.5-inch 320 x 480 display, which is on the small side these days, particularly when cheaper handsets such as the Huawei Ascend G300 pack a 4-inch display.

Sony Xperia Miro review

But coming from the Sony Xperia Tipo, it actually feels like quite a jump in size - it's only 0.3 inches bigger, but the difference is surprisingly noticeable.

A few of its other specs have been boosted above those of the Xperia Tipo too, though they're still fairly modest. It retains an 800MHz single core processor with 512MB of RAM.

Sony Xperia Miro review

Its camera sees a boost in mega pixels, up to 5 megapixels, versus the Xperia Tipo's 3.15MP snapper. It can shoot VGA video at 30fps and comes with 4GB of storage, only 2.2GB of which is usable. On the plus side it supports microSD cards of up to 32GB.

It comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which isn't the latest build but it isn't too far behind.

Sony Xperia Miro review

Despite having a name that aligns it with the Tipo, the Sony Xperia Miro eschews its sibling's rounded edges in favour of a rectangular look in line with the more premium Sony Xperia U, Sony Xperia P, Sony Xperia T and Sony Xperia S.

However, if the aim was to make it seem more premium, it wasn't entirely successful. At first glance the Sony Xperia Miro does look like a better - or at least more expensive - phone than the Sony Xperia Tipo.

Sony Xperia Miro review

The more angular, less chunky form factor on the Sony Xperia Miro gives it a touch of class, but as soon as you pick it up you find that looks can be deceiving.

It's lightweight at 110g (0.24lbs), but with dimensions of 113 x 59.4 x 9.9mm (4.4 x 2.3 x 0.4 inches) it's not a tiny handset, and this makes it feel odd when held.

Your brain tells you it shouldn't be that light, like it's an imposter, or what every phone manufacturer dreads hearing - that it's a toy.

Sony Xperia Miro review

That impression isn't helped by the cheap, plasticky feel of the handset. Yes, most phones have a plastic shell of some kind, but there's a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it, and the Sony Xperia Miro most definitely does it wrong. It feels like a toy. An expensive toy, but still a toy.

Below the screen you'll find three soft-touch buttons. These are the home button in the center, the back button on the left and the menu button on the right.

Sony Xperia Miro review

Below that there's a blue light that appears when you wake up the phone or when you receive a text or call. You can't even tell it's there when it's off and when it's on it looks good, extending out across much of the width of the phone. It's also incredibly useful, and we applaud Sony for supporting this feature when so few other manufacturers do.

Below that the body curves inwards slightly and is adorned with the word 'Xperia'. There's a little notch at the bottom of the handset to peel the back cover off, and doing so just compounds the feeling of cheapness as the cover itself is revealed to be very thin plastic.

Underneath you'll find the battery, along with the SIM card and microSD card slots. Unfortunately not only do you need to remove the back cover to swap out a microSD card, but also the battery. Granted, it's a minority of users that will need more than one card, but for those that do this is an unfortunate inconvenience. Given the tiny amount of storage on the Xperia Miro it would be nice if Sony had done more to ease expansion.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sony Xperia T

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The Xperia T is Sony’s new flagship smartphone and comes fully equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor under the hood, as well as Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Its top-notch processor offers speedy navigation across the user interface, and makes for stutter-free web browsing and flawless gaming and video capabili

Dual-core 1.5GHz processor
13MP fast capture camera
13MP fast capture camera
4.6" HD Reality display powered by Mobile BRAVIA
4.6" HD Reality display powered by Mobile BRAVIA
Full 1080p HD video recording and 720p HD front camera     Full 1080p HD video recording and 720p HD front camera
microSD Memory Card slot
microSD Memory Card slot



Featuring an award-winning slender design, not only does it look slick but it acts slick too. Integrated ‘one touch’ sharing, enabled by NFC, delivers the next step in connected entertainment.

Boasting a 13MP fast-capture camera, snaps look sharp and crisp on the 4.6-inch HD reality display. Full 1080p video recording is also available from the rear-shooter and there’s the addition of 3D surround sound so video playback is enhanced even further. Internal storage is available up to 16GB and there’s also a microSD slot with support for up to 32GB.


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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Is Jelly Bean Or iOS 6 Better?

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One of the biggest debates in the world of smartphones right now is whether Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or Apple iOS 6 is the best. If you are debating between phones like the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3, here are some thing's that you may wish to consider.

iOS 6 vs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: should you go with an iPhone 5 or Android?
iOS 6 is intuitive and it is very organised. However this streamlining means that some of the tasks that you would do quickly in iOS 6 would take just a few seconds in Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean is the more open OS and you can customer it more than iOS 6, hence setting it up to match your usage patterns.
Apple has given out an apology for their Apple maps, which has replaced Google Maps. Therefore if you rely heavily on your smartphone for navigations, you may be wise to choose an Android phone like the Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X, which still has the Google Maps app.

If you want your handset to talk to you and be helpful by way of a virtual assistant, then you might like Siri. It is simple and fun to talk to, with iOS 6 expanding its abilities to now launch apps. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has Google Now of course which is similar but minus the humor and easier usage (this though means lesser functionality with Siri).
iOS 6 now comes with integration for Facebook and Twitter and you can post updates outside of the app. In the case of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you can integrate it with pretty much anything. We’re talking about not just social networks but anything you download from the Google Play Store. While this is awesome, yu have to be aware of what you install on your Android device as it can take over any of the native functions.
The speed of iOS 6 used to be awesome and something which Android couldn’t match. However Jelly Bean has earned a great deal of praise and now is on par with iOS 6 thanks to features like Project Butter which make the browsing experience of the interface much more smoother.
If you are still unsure about which of the operating systems is the best for you, your best bet is to get both handsets in your hand and try them out by navigating around them. Basically Android offers unlimited combustibility while iOS 6 just works off the bat.
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Sony Xperia U

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Experience fantasy. In great quality on-screen.
Watch every moment from every movie or video in razor sharp clarity.

See every smile from last year’s party in a true detail. Sheer video magic on your Android mobile’s 3.5″ Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine. And you can easily find the latest Hollywood blockbusters on the pre-loaded Video Unlimited application from Sony Entertainment Network.

Experience beat. In 3D surround sound.
Blast out the music through the speaker with xLoud loudness enhancement.

Fancy some movie “me time”? Get it with 3D surround sound. Plug in your earphones and sit back and listen as the deep bass and high treble shoot around your head.

Want more sounds? Enjoy a global catalogue of millions and millions of songs* easily accessible through the preloaded Music Unlimited application from Sony Entertainment Network.


Experience change. Make it personal.
Let the true you shine through your Android mobile phone.

Make life more personal with exchangeable bottom caps. The colour-changing, illuminating transparent elements back up your favourite artists album art with matching colours when you browse through your music. And they change to match the shades in your photos too.



Experience power. The Android way.
Download and run your apps and content super fast.

Browse the Internet. Stream the latest video clips. Download the coolest apps. Run them super fast with the power of the 1GHz Dual core Processor. Find your way with Google maps. Send your love by Gmail. Your Sony Xperia U Android smartphone has Google Mobile services built in.

Store more. 50GB free storage for life*

Now there’s 50GB of free storage for your music, videos, photos and more – and you can use it forever. Together with Box® we are offering you a place for your stuff where you can get to everything from your Android Smart phone, computer or tablet. Just download the Box for Android app to set up an account from your Xperia smart phone to claim your free storage space.


Processor, OS and Memory
This Sony handset is loaded with a dual core (STE U8500) processor (this is not a Communal processor) clocked at 1 GHz along with a GPU (DB8500). A powerful processor along with 512 MB RAM is a good combination for a smoother performance.

Android 2.3 OS comes pre-loaded but Sony will soon release the ICS firmware upgrade. There is a built in 8 GB internal memory of which 4G is for your storage and for downloading additional apps from Google Play. The 8 GB is a good option especially when there is no further support for external storage, yes the 8 GB is all that you have got on this phone and there are no slots for adding external memory.


Display screen
The capacities touchscreen display is 3.5 inches with resolution of 854 by 480 pixels with 16 m colors which is just too good. Add to it the Mobile Bravia Engine further adds that extra sharpness and clarity to the images. You will not need any protective film as the display screen comes coated with mineral glass with anti-reflection and is scratch resistant.
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Sony Xperia Tablet S review: thinner, faster...better?

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Sony's Tablet S from last year had kind of a unique design, and made a good impression. Even if it wasn't perfect, it managed to distinguish itself from masses of Tegra 2 tablets at the time. With the new Xperia Tablet S, Sony is continuing with a similar design.



By using the Xperia moniker Sony is making it clear that it no longer makes a distinction between the tablet and smartphone product group. They both fall under the "mobile" header now. This development was not possible last year because Sony was still making smartphones together with Ericsson, while the Tablet S just had the Sony brand attached to it.

The tablet runs on a Tegra 3 SoC with four 1.3 GHz cores and the companion core. It has 1 GB of RAM. These specs make it clear that Sony is not aiming at the true high-end segment where you find faster SoCs such as in the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T and the Exynos 4 Quad in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The Samsung tablet also has twice the RAM.

Again the tablet has a 9.4-inch diameter. What the advantage is of this size is unclear, but Sony is the only manufacturer that uses it. Perhaps that is the reason, to distinguish this tablet from the countless 10.1-inch models out there.

If you look at it from a distance, the Xperia Tablet S looks quite a bit like last year's Tablet S. That's not the case when you hold it in your hands. Sony caught some flak last year for the back side of the Tablet S, which was constructed out of plastic and felt a bit cheap and flimsy. That same plastic is still there, but covers a much smaller portion of the tablet. The majority is now aluminium, which makes the tablet look and feel better. It does kind of remove the magazine design feel of the Tablet S, which looked like a folded magazine.

The new Tablet S is a bit lighter than the old one, with a weight of 553 grams instead of 591 grams. It's also thinner, almost a centimetre of difference in the thickest spot. It doesn't really feel lighter, however, and that is because it is top-heavy when you hold it horizontally. You have to get used to holding it a bit higher.

The plug for the charger has a cover to make the Xperia Tablet S 'splash proof', which isn't the same as waterproof. But even the splash proofing didn't go so well, judging from the recently halted production and recall of the tablet. It looks like there is a small gap in the bottom corners between the display panel and the rest of the case.

To find out how well the Sony Xperia Tablet S performs and how it compares to other recent tablets, read the full review on Hardware.Info.






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