The New iOS 7 Plays Catch-Up, But Adds Enough To Stand Out

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Today is the day Apple fans have awaited since May, when the company announced the newest iteration of its iOS platform. The unifying theme of iOS 7 is simplicity, which is why Apple employe Jonny Ive, who designed the physical iPhone, to redesign iOS. And yes, it does look — different, at least. But let’s be real for a moment: design is about user experience, not aesthetics. A new-look iOS means nothing if the user doesn’t have an easier time with it.

From afar it can prove difficult to judge exactly how an OS will resonate with any particular user. We all have our individual preferences, after all. Yet those of us without direct access to the platform still need some kind of baseline for comparison. It’s not as though we’ll be able to walk into an Apple Store and get a really good feel for the OS during a test run.

Thankfully, many tech blogs have had iOS 7 in their hands for a few weeks (or more, depending on whether they beta tested it), some of them running it on a review unit of the iPhone 5S. We’re subjected to the bias of the individual reviewer, but many times that has to suffice. After reading through it a few times, it seems that Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch lays out a wonderful view of iOS 7, cutting most of the bull and sticking with the features the OS brings to the table.

My first impression: Android has been ahead of the pack for some time now.

Us vs. Them?

Unfortunately, any time you see a comparison between the two top smartphone platforms, you get an us vs. them situation. There are hardcore Android fans who mock the closed nature of the iPhone. The Apple faithful often thumb their noses at Android’s sometimes-crude design and “fragmentation,” even though that term hasn’t been relevant for at least two years. This dynamic makes it difficult to make any real comparisons between the two platforms.

It wasn’t until this past May, when Apple revealed iOS 7, that Android’s superiority became pretty clear. I remember thinking, at the time, that this was nothing that Android wasn’t doing. Yes, Apple is getting out ahead on the design aspect, as they always have. That’s their thing, and if people really do prefer aesthetics over experience they’d do well to wait on line to buy an iPhone 5S. But when it comes to the experience that these designs create, Android has been doing it for a while.

Control Center

There are some controls that you use so frequently, you want easy access to them. Previously on the iPhone you had to go into the Settings app to make changes to your WiFi options, airplane mode, Bluetooth, sound, brightness, and others. The new iOS adds the Control Center, which puts these things within easy reach.

Of course, Android has had this feature since at least 2.1 Eclair. (That was the first version of Android I used so maybe they even had it before.) Just drag down the top bar and you have all those functions just a touch away. The drag-down menu on Android is just super useful. Playing audio? Most apps show up in that menu, so you can pause, skip a track, or close the app. Again, these are features that have been present for years.

True, Apple does add AirDrop, a great feature that allows you to send files, via WiFi, to any other network-connected iPhone. While NFC is much more efficient, transferring files instantly, it also only works in a very short range and requires both parties to open a specific app. AirDrop is a bit more passive, more like a Skype file transfer. Google has acquired Bump, which will give Android the same functionality, but Apple did win on getting this feature first.

Voice commands

Here is another aspect where Apple wins outright. Siri has evolved into a truly useful function. (As opposed to when it was introduced; then it was mostly a novelty.) If you don’t mind looking like a crazy person by talking to your phone, it can become a valuable asset while you’re on the move. It’s great when driving, particularly.

The S-Voice feature on Samsung Android phones is just atrocious. The voice recognition is subpar, for starters. That’s really the crux of the entire feature, so without that it can’t really take off. The interface is also clunky, forcing you to wake up the feature before actually using it. There’s an opportunity here, but Apple just put plenty of distance between itself and the next closest competitor.

Multitasking

This is another area where we needn’t spend much time, because one platform has been doing this for years while one is just catching up. Android’s multitasking function is second to none. Remember when BlackBerry (yeah, I know) was touting its wonderful multitasking functionality that would allow it to stand out in a smartphone market dominated by two platers? Not only did they lift that multitasking feature right from WebOS, but Android had already lifted it by the time we got a look at BlackBerry 10.

Press and hold the button on an Android and you have a list of open applications, including a preview window. You can scroll through these and go to the one you intend. You can also close them all and start a new list of open applications, or go to the task manager so you can stop the processes. Apple’s multitasking feature looks similar, as it should, since it’s the most effective way to handle that task. But it doesn’t even bring as much to the table. No task manager or “close all” here.

Browser

The new Safari is admittedly great. I absolutely love some of the features in it, especially Read Later (even though I use Pocket as well). The new tabs page is well designed and easy to use. But does this really trump Chrome? I think not. If Safari synced with your home computer, perhaps it would come close. But Android does bring that one killer feature. Any tab you have open in your home browser, you can access on your Chrome for Android app.

In general the apps function similarly, so when one has a killer feature like this, it’s a victory. But let’s be real here again: the mobile browser is going to undergo revolutionary changes in the next few years. While Android has the best iteration currently available, I’m certain that it will look primitive by this point in 2015. We use our mobile phone differently than we do our desktops and laptops, and the next few years will be defined by moves in that direction.

The others

Condensing these last few items is a decision made because 1) I’m already sick of comparing these two platforms, and 2) because there are clear cut winners here.

Camera: Give it to Apple, which knows that its users love to snap pictures. You can put megapixel power behind your camera, or you can design it to take better pictures. HTC tried this with the HTC One, but as with most HTC devices that one hasn’t spread to many users. The new iOS camera features allows your phone to take vibrant pictures in any setting. With panorama and other functions, it’s tough to see another player topping this any time soon.

There are plenty of neat features they added to the photo app as well, including putting the picture locations on a map. Why Google hasn’t beaten them to the punch I’ll have no idea. Doesn’t Google basically own the mobile maps space?

Radio: When Google introduced Play Music, it was a revolution. It was essentially Spotify (with admittedly fewer songs) combined with your own music library. The idea is that you upload 20,000 songs from your own library, and then supplement it with Play Music. That can make for some killer radio stations — which is the only real feature of iTunes Radio. It’s nice, of course, but pales in comparison to Google’s offering.

Notifications: Again we have an area where Google was way, way ahead of the curve. Apple didn’t even introduce the notification center until what, iOS 5? Apple does bring some neat changes to the notification center in iOS 7, but it’s still just catching up to Google, which has the best drag-down menu experience of any platform. Bar none.

Whenever Apple or Google does something on mobile, we’re going to see comparisons between the two. It’s the nature of the us vs. them beast. With iOS 7 Apple largely played catchup to Google, adding many features that have been staples in Android for years. In many other areas, though, they took leaps ahead, putting the pressure on Google to keep apace.

Here’s the twist: Google is defragging Android, which will allow it to push updates as they become available. You get an iOS update once a year, with various small improvements and bug fixes throughout. With its new delivery method. Google can update Android in perpetuity — the way software was meant to be updated in the internet age. A year from now we’ll certainly see new developments from both camps, but chances are we’ll see Apple playing a lot more catch-up.

Your New ID Card: Your Mobile Device?

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Photo: PFW.com

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Monique Jones.

Do you remember those science fiction movies, where people don’t carry ID cards anymore, but are verified through other means? Well, our mobile world is bringing that world closer to reality.

There are two categories of identification right now that are leading how we protect ourselves. One is based on biometrics, which is about identifying unique biological aspects of your body, such as your fingerprint, retinal scans or even your voice. Others, however, are based on passwords and identification based on technology that is either with you, on you, or in you. Yep, that’s right; soon enough, you could become your ID. Here are just some of the identification systems that we’ll all soon be familiar with.

Your Mobile Device

Nearly everyone these days has at least one mobile device, and that fact has made it a good idea to use mobile devices in conjunction with biometric data to confirm our access. After all, you may be exactly who you say you are, but you may not exactly have access to where you want to go.

Your mobile device may be tagged with a unique serial number or passcode. Thus, if your mobile device is “swiped” near a reader, you’ll be allowed access. Another way is that you have entered a passcode into a specific app, and the app then is used to identify you. As mentioned before, this will probably be in conjunction with biometric security measures.

Access by Communication

It’s a bit old-school, but calling someone up through a mobile line or VoIP (read more about VoiP service) to ask for access still works, but with an added layer of security – again, your mobile device is identified, and don’t be surprised if your call will have video as well.

This has the distinct advantage of providing a visual and audio confirmation, combined with a mobile device confirmation as well. However, the idea of using a mobile device for identification and security does have problems as well.

Dangers

Even though mobile devices can act like key cards and as portable audio and video confirmation devices, there are still inherent problems.

The very fact that a mobile device is portable can lead to at least two problems. The first one is if the person accidentally forgets his or her mobile device. This would probably mean that the security measures should have alternatives – but then, doesn’t that complicate what should have been simplified?

Another problem is well, having your mobile device stolen. This is the reason why, when you do use your own mobile device for identification, you should make sure that your own mobile device has its own security system. The last thing you need is to be accused of being lax with security – why give you the opportunity to use a mobile device identification system, if you’re going to let it be stolen?

But is it feasible?

As stated before, many people find the very nature of a portable or mobile device a big target for theft or forgetfulness. However, this sort of system should be seen as a way to shorten confirmation for security – and that the alternate measures are actually the “standard.” Still, the threat of not being with your mobile device will always be the question with these systems.

On the other hand, imagine if, instead of standing in line to get into your secure workspace, or waiting for someone in the IT department to give you access to secure files while you’re working from home, you can just call up, and have the proper security confirmations done, by the book? It would shorten what would be time-sucking security processes that can be very frustrating.

In the end, the use of mobile devices as identification and security systems are definitely on the way to reality, but will probably never be a stand-alone system.

Monique J is an Engineer. She also is a Freelance Writer who concentrates on making articles about social networking, technology, business and general topics. On her leisure time, you can find Monique at her fashion boutique. Learn more about Monique on Google+.

Awesome Gadgets Nearing Release

iWatch

Today’s article is brought to you by guest blogger Hammad Baig of CoversHub.

There certainly hasn’t been a shortage of incredible yet-to-debut technology this year, and while we’ve already seen some great new gadgets, from the Nokia Lumia 1020 to the Galaxy S4 and much, much more, there’s even more to get excited about. That’s right; all of your favorite tech manufacturers are busy working to bring you the latest and greatest technology available. If you’re anxiously awaiting technology that will be available for Black Friday sales, or are waiting to see what hits the shelves in 2014, here are just some of the tech gadgets I’m excited to get my hands on.

Playstation 4

The PS4 has just been announced as being made available two weeks before Black Friday sales, with a release date of November 15. While Sony has worked hard to improve the capabilities of its world-renowned console, there’s yet another great addition to the PS4 that won’t become available until early 2014. After the New Year, Sony will be announcing its cloud-based service, Gaikai, which will enable you and all of your PS4-sporting friends the ability to stream older games to your consoles and play until your thumbs fall off or you run out of Mountain Dew.

New iPhones

This is one of the most talked-about smartphone announcements, and Apple is swinging for the fences. While we haven’t been given the official names of the new devices, Apple is straying away from what Steve Jobs referred to as the perfect screen size, and transitioning into the realm of larger smartphones to combat the Samsung and HTC models that sport significantly larger screens than the traditional 3.5-inch iPhone 4S and 5 screens. This has yet to be verified by the smartphone manufacturer, but early announcements are saying Apple will launch two iPhones at the same time, offering a 4.7-inch display and an absolutely massive 5.7-inch display. Keep your eyes out for these; Apple may just make itself ultra-relevant again.

Xbox One

If you’re a diehard Microsoft fan, you’re probably well aware of the Xbox One’s debut. Scheduled to become available in retail stores in the US in November, our overseas friends will have to wait a bit longer, as Microsoft isn’t planning on releasing its newest console until the New Year in Asian markets. Luckily, if you are overseas, you’ll have plenty to read and catch up on so you’ll know the best games to get with the One. One of the coolest features of the One is its inclusion of Microsoft IllumiRoom, which takes your screenplay and expands it to your entire wall. Rather than seeing just what is on your screen, you’ll be able to see all of your surrounding areas, thanks to Microsoft’s screen-extending technology.

Google Glass

If you’ve kept up on tech news, you’re probably seen, or at the very least, heard of Google Glass. While it may seem like a piece of technology you can’t afford with its expected $1,500 price tag, don’t be surprised to see sales spike once Glass is made available to the public. From medical companies to the NFL, plenty of different industries are splurging to get their hands on Google Glass before you can buy it in stores. Now, if you aren’t too sure what Google Glass is, consider this. You put on your favorite pair of shades, and attach your smartphone at the hinge. By pressing a single button on your phone, you initiate voice commands that allow you to record videos, take pictures, share media on social media, search the web, and a bunch of other really tool technological things. Now, imagine your shades being able to do all of these things, only without your smartphone glued to your face. That is Google Glass.

iWatch

Even a company with over $176 billion in assets can still surprise us, and that’s exactly what Apple is doing as it brings technology to us in a brand new fashion. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has said that the new fad in technology will be devices that we can wear, and he wasn’t kidding, as Apple is working around the clock to launch its iWatch in 2014. The wristwatch-esque device will perform some of the tasks we’re accustomed to on our iPads and iPhones, but we’ll see some new things like sleep analysis, possible fingerprint scanners, and other health-specific sensors. Nonetheless, the iWatch is going to blow our minds away, and I for one, cannot wait to strap on one my wrist and test it out.

This article was written by Hammad Baig, who recently developed CoversHub, where you’re sure to find a stunning Facebook Cover for your profile.

Best Tech Options for Seniors

Coolpix S30

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There is no age limit when it comes to technology. However, there are certain tech options better suited to the senior set. This doesn’t mean that tech options geared towards a more mature crowd can’t still be stylish – and even downright cool. Here are some tech options seniors are likely to find appealing.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD ($199)

“This is a good way to introduce seniors to the joys of electronic books,” explains Steven Miller, senior technology editor for eldercare locator site Assisted Living Today. “In addition to offering 600,000 book choices, the Kindle eliminates the need to lug around heavy books. The 7-inch is a good model for seniors on the go, while the larger 8.9-inch model tends to be a better choice for home use. This particular Kindle also allows access to Amazon’s app store, videos, and music. It’s basically like a starter tablet computer for seniors, but it works well if it’s only used for reading too.”

Click & Grow Smart Flowerpot ($39.99 and $59.99; refill cartridges $19.99)

For seniors who love to garden but can’t deal with the maintenance requirements of gardening as easily anymore, this self-watering “smart” flowerpot does all the work for you. The starter kit comes with a plant cartridge with seeds. All you have to do is add water to the reservoir, insert batteries in the compartment, and add the seeds. Options include basil, mini-tomatoes, thyme, marigolds, and a few other choices.

Bushnell BackTrack ($51.36 to $69.99)

This key chain device is an excellent way for seniors to easily find their cars. You simply set the start and end points and you are guided back to your vehicle. The device uses GPS, but doesn’t always work inside parking garages due to the weak signal in enclosed spaces. It does, however, come in handy for quickly finding a parked car in an outdoor parking lot or along a crowded street.

BookSwim ($24 per month for 3 books at a time)

This site – similar to Netflix – allows seniors not ready to e-readers to have traditional books sent directly to their home. A list of books can be created on the site and when the top three choices are returned, the next three selections are automatically sent. This eliminates repeated trips to the library but still allows seniors to enjoy the pleasure of books. As an added convenience, shipping is included in the subscription price.

Nikon Coolpix S30 ($79.95)

This is a perfect camera for seniors looking to enjoy the latest photo technology without trying to figure out tiny buttons and other features that can be difficult to spot. This point-and-shoot camera is easy to use with a large photo button. It is also water and dust resistant for seniors on the go. Even the menu options are larger and easy to figure out.

Striiv Activity Monitor ($99.95)

Active seniors will appreciate this key chain pedometer. Aside from tracking movements, it also offers incentives for staying active such as the ability to bring a virtual island to life. It can also allow a senior to make a donation once a specific goal is achieved.

Starbucks Verismo ($199 plus the cost of coffee pads and other accessories)

More than just a simple single-serve coffee maker, this coffee maker lets a senior enjoy the same blends found in the store without the hassle of standing in line. In addition to brewing coffee, it also makes vanilla lattes, espresso, and a handful of Starbucks’ original brews. It’s very easy to use and makes great coffee.

This is just a sample of many of the tech options that just happen to be appealing to seniors for one reason or another. The main ingredient in anything geared towards seniors is ease of use, but this is really a trait that appeals to anyone looking to take advantage of the latest tech options regardless of age.

The Galaxy S4: A Crash-Course Review

via Samsung.com

via Samsung.com

Late this April, Samsung released its much-anticipated Galaxy S4 smart phone.  Considering the success that the phones predecessor, the Galaxy S3, enjoyed as a direct competitor to the iPhone 5, many Android geeks and tech bloggers have been hopeful that this newest iteration of the Galaxy line will finally be enough to push Samsung and Android into the forefront of the mobile market. So far, it looks like they’ve been right. Sales of the new Galaxy topped 10 million in less than a month and are expected to remain strong in the future. But will all of the S4’s new features and enhanced capabilities really be enough to unseat the iPhone as king of the mobile market?

Well, we recently got our hands on one. So let’s break it down and find out.

Build and Design

Visually, the Galaxy S4 looks nearly identical to the S3. It’s still large – 5.4” x 2.75” x .31” to be precise. It’s still made of black or white plastic (until the new colors hit the market this summer) and it still has a chrome trim. What’s noticeably different is that the screen bezels have been thinned out to make room for a larger screen and the corners have been squared off, which creates a chunkier silhouette that’s actually easier to grip.  The USB port has been cleaned up and the rear of the phone seems tighter and better-built as well. All in all, it’s an appealing evolution that addresses many of the complaints about the GS3’s design without changing the look in any significant way.

Display

As far as screens go, the new AMOLED screen on the GS4 is a beauty. It measures 5” across and boasts an astounding 441 pixels per-inch, up from the 306 on the GS3 and much more than the 326 on the iPhone 5.

Though the Full HD display is less refined than an equivalent LCD screen, it still provides stunning contrast and a crisp, clean picture. Colors are brighter than they appear on the iPhone and HTC one and a permanent brightness slider on the notifications screen makes it easy to adjust this monster of a monitor down to appropriate levels wherever you happen to go. In short, it’s bigger, it’s better, and it’s awesome.

Performance

Is the GS4 Fast? Yes, yes it is. The 1.9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor handled everything we threw at it with ease, including 3D-heavy games like House of the Dead Overkill. Other reviewers report that the processor torched all of the benchmark tests that they ran, which doesn’t surprise us in the least. Suffice to say, the GS4 is the fastest phone we’ve ever tested.

Networking is equally impressive. With full service, the 4G LTE phone can hit up to 14MBS on a download and 2 MBS on an upload, a solid mark by anyone’s perspective. Connecting to networks is fast, browsing them is faster.

As far as the battery goes – it’s good but not great. According to GSMArena, phone has about 18 hours 3 minutes of talk time and 7 hours 24 minutes of web browsing. The talk time is good, but the browsing life pales in comparison to the nearly 10 hours you’ll get on an iPhone 5 and HTC One.

Features

Ah, yes – the features. The Galaxy S4 has loads of them, and they’re all pretty great. Our favorite feature on the phone is it’s NFC capability, which allows you to use the GS4 as a mobile wallet to pay for transactions at stores that support them.

Samsung has upgraded the GS4’s camera as well. The new phone has a 13 megapixel backside-illuminated camera that captures stunning images in fine detail. It shoots well in sunlight as in darkenss, and features plenty of photo modes, including a neat 20-shot burst mode for those moments when you want to feel like a professional photographer.

In addition to all of Android 4.2.2’s OS features, Samsung has added a few touches of its own to the operating system. Most notably there’s the S Health app, which is a nice spin on the classic health and fitness app – it tracks your food intake, vitals and exercise routines to help you stay fit. There’s also the S Translator, which can translate speech or text into nine different languages.

Following that, there’s a Group Play feature that allows you to share media with other S4 owners and even lets you network multiple handsets to create stereo and surround sound. The suite also includes a built-in IR transmitter which allows you to control your home theater devices from the phone.

Other aspects found in the S3 have been improved. Eye and motion-tracking has been enhanced to function over a wider range and the former will now pause videos when it knows you aren’t watching. You can also scroll up or down on webpages just by looking.

Conclusion

It’s hard to find something not to love on the Galaxy S 4. The iPhone 5 might still have the “hip” factor and the superior battery life, but the GS4 dominates in every other significant category. It’s faster, it’s smarter and it has a ton of cool features that any tech geek or weekend mobile warrior will love.

Samsung Phones: Dominating the Smartphone Market

Samsung has remained a hot issue in the last few weeks. Samsung phones like Galaxy S2 and then galaxy S3 has created a competitive environment between Samsung and Apple. No doubt Samsung phones are doing exceptionally well and have got the support of vast number of users.

Samsung phones

Recently Samsung released Galaxy Note II. It has offered a big screen of 5.55 inches and is known as combination of Phone and Tablet. It uses Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its basic operating system. One of the distinguishing features is wireless charging. Few of its features include:

  • Quad-core 1.6 GHz Samsung Eryngoes Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage; various versions go up to 64 GB
  • micro SD card expansion and Micro USB
  • Accelerometer/proximity sensor
  • Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/NFC radios
  • 5.5-inch HD display
  • 4G HSPA+/LTE models
  • 5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 in
  • 6.46 oz.
  • Gorilla Glass 2 display

This phone can be used perfectly for playing Games, watching movies and other multimedia related tasks. It offers long battery time and fast processing. The Camera features offered by Samsung Galaxy Note II are also worth mentioning. Camera is 8 Mega Pixel. Image quality is impressive. Additional Camera features include Burst Mode, modified Panorama Mode. The phone accessories include Flip Cover, Universal Smart Dock and all share cast wireless hub. If you sum up all these specifications and read users reviews it can be considered as one of the best phone that is out in the market. Its sales have crossed 5 million units till now.

It will not be off-topic if have a look at the news that Samsung is adding Android Music Player to its Galaxy line up. It is supposed to be marketed with distinguishing and superb music features. Galaxy music is going to run Android 4.0 known as Ice-cream sandwich. It will be a promising device for high speed downloads and will be a great music gadget. Its features include dual stereo speakers. It will have FM Radio with built in antenna and will have a dedicated music key.

About Author: An article is written by Hammad Baig, He is a blogger, marketer and an android lover and loves to write about android trends, Gadgets also basic tutorials.

Nokia Plans to Launch Windows 8 RT Tablet Next Year

Nokia is trying to stay in the smart world and is competing with top gadget companies to stay in the market and attract more and more customers. There is something new going on in the Nokia camp recently.

Rumors are that Nokia is working on its own tablet. Nokia Plans to Launch Windows 8 RT Tablet probably next year. The tablet will hit the markets next year and will run on Windows 8 RT, this is a direct attack on Microsoft Surface tablet. All we have to see that can Nokia get noticed in the already dominated tablet industry.

Nokia Plans to Launch Windows 8 RT Tablet

Nokia Lumia 920

Read : Nokia Lumia 620 Unveiled – The Most Affordable WP8 Smartphone.

Nokia is working on a 10-inch Windows 8 RT tablet and the reports are that the company is working with Qualcomm and another hardware company to launch Windows 8 RT tablet alongside its flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

Nokia is having all the needed experience for working on Windows tablets. The company already has strong relationship with Windows Phone 8 through the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Lumia 800.

We have to see whether this rumors are true or not. Nokia is closely analyzing the markets to see whether there is scope for Windows 8 RT tablets after the sales of Windows 8 were not as high as expected.

Read : Microsoft launches Surface Tablets along with Windows 8

Nokia originally plans to develop a 10-inch Windows 8 RT tablet powered by Qualcomm S4 processors. Nokia wants to ensure that its tablet stands apart from other tablets like the Surface tablets running on Windows 8 RT.

Let’s see further news on what Nokia plans to do with its new plan. Stay tuned and leave your feedbacks on what you think about Nokia’s latest stint.

Source : DigiTimes and T3.com

IPUM7025AV 7″ Resistive Screen Android 4.0 GPS Navigator [Review]

Android is becoming more and more popular these days because of its user-friendliness and the latest updates that are rolled out frequently. Not to say that its the best but it has all the quality of being the top mobile operating system today.

The popular mobile operating system is not only used in mobile phones but is being used in cameras and GPS navigators as well. Here is a cool navigator that is operated by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Here is one great GPS Navigator that runs on Android 4.0 and shows the whole map with routes. Plus it comes with a package included with lots of surprises. So have a look at this feature-loaded Android 4.0 GPS Navigator.

Android 4.0 GPS Navigator

IPUM7025AV Android 4.0 GPS Navigator Specifications :

Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
CPU S1 cortex-A8 1GHz
GPS Module MediaTek MT3351
RAM DDR2 512 MB
Memory 8 GB Built-in Flash Memory
Memory Expandable To 32 GB
Screen Size 7 inch
Resolution 800 x 480
Touch Control Resistive Touch screen (5-Point touch)
Support Map IGO
Support Region Europe
OSD Language French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Finnish
Battery Type Li-ion
Battery Life 5 Hours
Loudspeaker, Microphone Built-in
Battery Capacity 4000 mAH
Packing List Includes 1 x GPS Navigator
1 x EU Plug power charger (100~240V / 90cm)
1 x USB cable (80cm)
1 x Car charger (12~24V / 90cm)
1 x Car bracket
1 x Stylus pen
1 x Clip
1 x English user manual

Final Words

My final words on this navigator is that it is a feature rich Android 4.0 GPS navigator and the price at which it comes is completely great. Have a look yourself and decide whether it’s really for your need or not.

Nokia Lumia 620 Unveiled – The Most Affordable WP8 Smartphone.

Nokia is getting back in the race of smartphones by launching a new smartphone is the Lumia series. The new Nokia Lumia 620 runs on the latest Microsoft mobile operating system and has been launched with an aim to target youngsters with its youthful design.

Nokia Lumia 620

The new Nokia Lumia 620 will surely attract some great attention with its attractive price tag, youthful design and a S4 Snapdragon chipset. The smartphone has a 3.8-inch ClearBlack WVGA screen that runs on 800×480 resolution. The smartphone includes a 5 megapixel rear camera and a front facing VGA camera. Nokia Lumia 620 has a memory storage capacity of 8 GB but the smartphone also supports microSD for more storage.

The device is powered by a two Krait CPU cores clocked at 1GHz, the Adreno 305 GPU and 512MB of RAM. The video recording capacity is also quite good at 720p@30 fps.

The new Nokia Lumia 620 has upgraded the style quotient and offers the smartphone in seven different colors with exchangeable shells. The Lumia 620 runs Windows Phone 8 and being a part of the Lumia series, the smartphone will have access to the exclusive Nokia Drive App, thus providing free lifetime voice-guided navigation and offline access.

The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with the usual set of connectivity options for a WP8 smartphone – WiFi, GPS, 2G and 3G with HSDPA support. Nokia claims that Lumia 620 is the most affordable Windows Phone 8 device yet.

The new Nokia Lumia 620 is priced at $249, excluding taxes and will begin the selling by January 2013 in Asia, followed by Europe and Middle East and expanding further.

So what do you think of this new smartphone unveiled by Nokia? Will it be able to bring Nokia back in the smartphones race? Do comment below with your feedback if the new Nokia Lumia 620 bring about a change in the market.

Google Officially Announced Nexus 7 Tablet – The War Gets Tougher.

The war to take control of the tablet market just got more tougher as just days after the iPad Mini and Microsoft Surface tablet was launched, Google announced its own Nexus 7 tablet.

Google Nexus 7 officially Announced

The Nexus 7 got a little more awesome with significant updates. Google rolled out the tablet with significant updates like better storage options at less money. Nexus 7 is available at $199 for 16 GB and $249 for 32 GB version. There’s also a 32 GB 3G version available at $299.

Read : Microsoft launches Surface Tablets along with Windows 8 !!!

Google has announced the Nexus 7 tablet back in June this year but launched it officially with better specifications. The news was to be announced at a special NYC event but the Hurricane Sandy had different plans. Google instead announced the Nexus 7 tablet with updates along with the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 tablets. Also the latest version of Android was announced – Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (not the rumored Lime Pie).

Read : Google announces Nexus 7; eyeing the growing tablet-market !!!

The new updates in the Nexus 7 doesn’t bring any kind of the physical changes to the design. It is the same 7-inch Asus-made tablet like before – but it got a little cheaper.

Read : Apple Launched iPad Mini to Take Over the Tablet Market

The 3G model operates on HSPA + GSM networks. Google announced the Android 4.2 which will soon be coming to Nexus 7 but it is still unclear if the Nexus 7 will get all the features of the latest Android version.

The new 32 GB model will be made available by November 13 for $299. So for all the gadget-freaks, the 3G 32 GB Nexus 7 is available for $30 less than the iPad Mini. So make a better choice and choose the best gadget.

Let’s hear from you of what you think about Google’s Nexus 7.