A Review: HTC Hero

October 20, 2009


I bought a HTC Hero last friday. Comes in a very small white hard box, so small you might thought it’s a budget, no frill phone.
First impression when I took it out of the box: Robust, heavy, feels good in the hand.

Power up the phone and I waited for maybe more than a minute to be able to start using the phone.

The optical ball seems like a good idea, but i seldom used it once I get used to poking the screen. The only time I used it is for the camera. You have to press the ball to capture an image, not good for self portrait. Second thing not good: no flash! So night shot is dark. Third thing not good: slow to take a picture. So, not really a camera replacement. Only good, u can pin point where you want the camera to focus by touching the screen.

The design is the update of the once-upon-a-time Nokia banana phone. That is not good as it does not work on a standard phone holder in the car, I dropped it thrice due to its shape. Now I placed it horizontal, since the screen can tilt anyway (it has accelerometer) but still not as secure.

Now all the good parts. The phone can be charged using your laptop via USB. Charging takes about the same time as most power hungry phone.

Touchscreen buttons are always not as good as a physical keypad but I managed to survive by used the virtual keypad, after a while, I can be equally as fast. As an after thought, it took me just as much time as any other phone to learn it, there after it’s fun all the way. I am still learning it now since I am still exploring, but it’s great dicovery.

Like most interactive user interface that is not an apple or microsoft, you can customise your “desktop” with the applications that you will use most of the time. The widgets are great. One thing that surprizes me (might not be new to others) is the clock that updates itself without any setting up. Actually, the phone did not need much of a setting up. It is up and running within a minute. It even telling me the weather of the exact location, not the country or city but the town! WiFi is auto, and no set up for the internet as well.

SMS is like a chat platform. Contact search is the same just that it doesn’t go back to the top when you have gone to the bottom, so that’s a boring part but the contact itself is now linked to facebook and twitter, and that is very neat! You can read about your contacts’ everyday living just like the facebook lite and, you can scroll through their recent updated photos just the same way as you would in your photo gallery, meaning, it’s fast and efficient. Viewing the photo, I have to add, is like photoshop.com. 

Its Android so it is everything google. Gmail is already there for you. Google map is great as a simple GPS, signal is good. Internet upload is fast. As is most latest touchscreen, you can pinch to enlarge or reduce and move through a full webpage, so I don’t need to view lite versions any more and the bookmark is like google chrome, I like! I tried the Youtube last night, streaming is fast, or maybe it’s already loaded somewhere. So far, all the applications I have used, there is no lagging!

Call wise, it’s loud and clear although sometimes it’s broken reception. Could be the service provider and not the phone’s fault though, I do not know for sure.

Synchronising with the PC takes a bit of setting up but after that its working the same way as most phones.

Power consumption is bad the last few days. I had to charge everyday, but what do you expect, I am exploring and using all the functions extensively… so not a good benchmark.

I am still happy as of today, it’s a definite major upgrade from my Nokia E71. Good phone!

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SmartFaucet

May 1, 2009


SmartFaucet is a tap with built-in face recognition technology that automatically adjusts the water pressure and temperature to your preferred settings. The touchscreen display even features widgets for at-a-glance access to eMail, appointments, and the outside temperature while LEDs illuminate the flow with temperature matching colors.

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Sony Walkman NWZ-X1050

March 23, 2009


Sony new range of walkmans that are touch screens finally. The above is a 32GB version with 432 x 240 pixels OLED and has battery life of 33 hours for audio and 9 hours for videos between charging. It has WiFi and plays music, video, photo, FM, Podcast and browses the internet.

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Samsung Beat Disc

February 17, 2009


Samsung has released  its Beat Disc touchscreen handset.
The Quadband GSM / HSDPA music phone sports a 2.6-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 3 megapixel camera, and Bang & Olufsen amplifier.
It’s also got codec support for DivX and XviD, microSDHC card slot for up to 16GB, Bluetooth A2DP, FM radio, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
As for those DJ features, the turntable-inspired “Disc UI” uses a spin wheel for navigation, and the included software lets you both create your own music and sounds as well as remix other songs by adding effects and filters.

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Samsung Ultra TOUCH

February 9, 2009


Samsung soon to be announced, Ultra TOUCH.
Like its name suggests, the Ultra TOUCH features a 2.8-inch AMOLED touchscreen which the company claims to have anti-scratch and anti-smudge properties. It runs on the TouchWiz software, so those of you using the SGH-F480 and the Omnia would already have a taste of the widgets-enabled user interface.

You can expect this 12.7mm-thin slider to pack A-GPS (with geotagging capabilities), HSDPA, Bluetooth stereo, 30fps VGA video recording, an 8-megapxel camera with dual-power LED flash and support for microSDHC cards up to 16GB.

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Nokia N97

December 2, 2008


Nokia new flagship phone. “Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N97, the world’s most advanced mobile computer… Designed for the needs of Internet-savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5″ 16:9 widescreen touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard, providing an ‘always open’ window to favorite social networking sites and Internet destinations…”.
Integrated A-GPS, an electronic compass, HSDPA and WLAN, 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card for music, 5-Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture.
iPhone and Omnia killer?

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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

November 7, 2008


The highlight of this device is the touchscreen-enabled Series60 interface dubbed S60 5th Edition. The 5800 doesn’t have a directional pad nor an Enter button but is instead fully controlled using the touchscreen. There is haptic feedback for every action performed, a useful feature when you don’t have the tactility of physical keys. 

It has a  640 x 360-pixel display for a 16:9 aspect ratio for viewing HD clips and a 3.2 megapixels camera. This handset comes with HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and an 8GB card is included as standard and the microSD card slot supports up to 32GB cards. This phone is complemented by built-in speakers and a 3.5mm audio jack so you can plug in your favorite headphones or TV-out cable. Nokia rates the 5800 for up to 9 hours of talktime and 35 hours for music playback and has a price of €279.

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