Three tablets, smartphone greet consumers
Writer: Edwin Yap
Published: Fri, 23 Mar 2012
Samsung Galaxy 7.7
Samsung has been one of the most innovative tablet makers in the market. Featuring at least three sizes of tablets for various segments, the latest to join the fray is the Galaxy Tab 7.7. What makes this one stand out from the previous models is that it’s the first tablet that incorporates Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display technology, delivering more brilliant colours.
Super AMOLED Plus has the best colour gamut, contrast ratio, sharpness and response time that makes viewing text clearer and sharper. Powered by a powerful 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor, the GALAXY Tab 7.7 allows multitasking, faster webpage loading, smoother user interface transitions and ultra-fast power-up.
It sports Google’s Android Honeycomb platform, and has been refined to offer the better user experience on a wider range of tablet devices. What’s more is that media files can be loaded directly from the MicroSD card.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 also works as a mobile phone, and its call function has been upgraded to let you make and receive voice calls privately by using Receiver Mode in public places. You no longer need a headset or Bluetooth for voice calls. Weighing in at 340g and measuring only 7.89mm thick, it is one of the slickest tablets there are in the market.
New from the Chinese PC maker, the ThinkPad tablet offers a 10.1” WXGA (1280x800) display weighing 0.75 kg. It also comes with an IPS display for a 178-degree viewing angle and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. What sets this apart from other tablets, Lenovo says, is that this is a business-class device that has been designed to keep professionals connected, productive and entertained while they’re away from the office and their home.
Users are able to view and edit Microsoft Office documents with the preloaded full version of the Documents to Go app. With WiFi connectivity, 2GB of free cloud storage, a standard size USB port and SD Card Reader, the ThinkPad Tablet also offers an unique file copy utility, as well as the sharing of media files and documents with other people.
Presentations can be extended to an external monitor via the built-in mini-HDMI port. Users can keep in touch with friends and business contacts using Lenovo’s exclusive SocialTouch app, which puts social networks, email, and calendar notices all in one easy-to-use interface.
The ThinkPad Tablet includes an optional digitizer pen, a full-size USB port, full-size SD card slot, and mini-HDMI for connecting to external projectors and displays, as well as an optional ThinkPad quality Keyboard Folio Case with optical TrackPoint. The tablet includes anti-theft software and the ability to disable the tablet if the device is lost or stolen with Computrace.
Asus Transformer Prime
The second generation tablet from the Taiwanese computing giant has been the talk of the industry since it was launched. Now available in Malaysia, the Prime is the world’s first tablet that is powered by NVIDIA’s quad-core processor, the Tegra3 and the first tablet running Google’s latest Android 4.0 operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Weighing in only at only 586 grams and measuring a mere 8.3mm thick, the all aluminium encased Prime sports a super IPS screen 178° viewing angle display and comes equipped with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. It has an 8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash, 32GB of memory and an 18-hour rated battery life when connected to the keyboard dock. The Prime’s suggested retail price IS RM2,199.
Nokia Lumia 800 & Lumia 710
The latest smartphone to be introduced in town is Nokia’s first batch of Windows Mobile-based software, the Lumia 800 and its younger sibling, the Lumia 710. Last year, during the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, the Finnish mobile phone giant decided against developing their own operating software for its range of smartphones and has instead turned to the world’s largest software company to supply Windows mobile to all of Nokia’s smartphones going forward. With the Lumia now available, there now exists a third operating software to chose from, besides Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.
The Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 were launched in the last quarter of 2011 in 15 markets and as of February 2012, they’re available here in Malaysia. Both the Lumia 800 and 710 are similar in specs, with slight differences. They both sport a 3.7-inch AMOLED display (800x480), 1.4GHz processor and 512MB of memory. The Lumia 800 has a higher resolution camera at 8MP as opposed to 5MP for the Lumia 710. The other main difference in the Lumia 800 is that its display is a curved glass integrated to the body of the phone. The Lumia 710 however has interchangeable covers that may be popular with the younger generation. There are also a variety of Nokia accessories that you can chose from. For more go to www.nokia.com/lumia. The Lumia 800 retails for RM1,650 and the Lumia 710 for RM999.