BlackBerry PlayBook

The article will provide a user with information and guidance on BlackBerry Playbook. The BlackBerry PlayBook is a 7in tablet that runs a bespoke operating system written specifically for the device. It’s a very pick-up-able 425g light and is both well-built and attractively styled. It also has high specifications.  The BlackBerry PlayBook is a 7in tablet that runs a bespoke operating system written specifically for the device. It’s a very pick-up-able 425g light and is both well-built and attractively styled.

It is pocketable and it is light enough and it has a good quality digital photo frames, the glassware is touch-sensitive from edge to edge.  With a 1GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of onboard storage, Wi-Fi and a 5Mp camera, the BlackBerry PlayBook has an impressive hardware line-up. A second, 2Mp camera, acts as a webcam and can be used for video chat. The camera is fine, but the very nature of this being a slab of electronics means it’s not exactly a precision instrument. The video player is more impressive: the PlayBook supports 1080p playback and the resolution is tight.  The Playbook comes with a  smart but fixed territory mains adaptor.

Usability and navigation

The PlayBook runs a bespoke QNX operating system known as the BlackBerry Tablet OS.  If a user wants to click on an option such as Pictures or Music and there are multiple items in the library, the PlayBook pops up a trio of options that sits above but doesn’t entirely obscure the main menu. A user can drag backwards through screens and items that he/she has browsed, but also across different apps.

Gaming joy

The PlayBook also has some quality graphics hardware under the hood and this comes into its own when playing games.  Using the drag and scroll method, a user can peer at an object from any angle and zoom in for a close-up.

Smartphone pairing

Setting up the PlayBook when a user first unpacks, it involves logging on to an available Wi-Fi network and then setting up a BlackBerry account.  A user uses the PlayBook as a larger and more practical screen for watching videos, surfing the web and so on. The screen crams in 1,024×600 pixels into its 7in display and there’s support for both HTML5 and for Adobe Flash 10.1.

A user can use the tablet perfectly well without having to tether or otherwise be linked to a phone. Unlike, say, the nameless dock for the Motorola Atrix Android smartphone, the PlayBook is a compelling interactive communication terminal in its own right.

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Sony Tablet P

The article will provide a reader with information and guidance on Sony Tablet P.

The Tablet P features a smart design, folding in the middle much like Nintendo’s 3DS console and is a good way to keep the dual screens protected on the move.  The Sony Tablet P has got a silver finish.  It can easily slip easily into a handbag and even put  it into the jeans pocket. The 375g weight feels good when a user is using the device.

Usability

Let’s have a look at the Usability of the Sony Tablet P.  Google’s Android Honeycomb 3.2 operating system runs the show and does a sterling job as usual. Barring a couple of little tweaks, this appeared to be vanilla Honeycomb. A user will have five desktops to populate with apps and widgets.  Skimming through the menus is a smooth experience, as expected from the Japanese giant. The desktop is split between the two screens, both of which are touch-sensitive.

Applications are spread across the two displays and it can be a little disorienting when using the likes of Google Maps, with streets appearing skewed across the bezel

Display

The dual 5.5-inch screens are really good and the resolution is 1024 x 480 resolution. Photos and movies look fantastic, with realistic rendering. The brightness of screens is impressive as a user can comfortably use the tablet even in bright sunlight, despite the reflective surface (which is a magnet for fingerprints too).

Performance

One of the highlights of the Tablet P is the ability to download and play classic PS One games. The compact build is well suited to playing titles such as Crash Bandicoot (which came pre-loaded), and the Vidia Tegra 2 processor handles these games with ease.

Features

A user can browse the web using Wi-Fi, or 3G if a user has a valid SIM card with a data contract. Web browsing is smooth and as usual a user can zoom in or out with a pinch of the fingers. Flash video is also supported in-browser, as standard with Honeycomb tablets.  A 5MP rear camera takes reasonably sharp pictures,  and this is due to the built-in auto-focus, A user can also have a front-facing VGA camera for webchats.

Verdict

If a user’s current tablet has been scratched to ruins, a user can consider the Tablet P. Its unique folding design makes it easy to carry and protects the dual screens, while the nVidia Tegra 2 processor keeps everything running smooth.

Multimedia:

Refreshing on so many levels, the custom music player found with the Sony Tablet P is both eye catching and functional. Actually, it’s the same one found with the Tablet S, but it has been enhanced again to make use of the two screens – where one allows a user to interact with the catalog, while the other plays the song. The video is only viewable on the top screen, since the bottom one is reserved for its controls.

Mercalli Easy Video Stabilizer 2.0

The article will provide a reader with information on Mercalli Easy Video Stabilizer 2.0. The Mercalli Easy Video Stabilizer 2.0 is any easy software to use and it will help those people who are not videographers or filmmakers.

Let’s have a look at the features of Mercalli Easy Video Stabilizer 2.0.

Features

Fully automatic video stabilizer – just drag & drop the video into the window, Mercalli Easy does the rest

Professional grade stabilization – it’s based on the same technology found in proDAD’s Mercalli V2 stabilizer

Rolling-shutter correction – removes/improves wobble, skew, and jello often found in video shot on digital cameras & cell phones

Includes basic video editing features too! – trim the beginning/end point of the video and rotate

Installation

Now, let’s have a look at the installation process of the Mercalli Easy Video Stabilizer 2.0.  Please note that the software recommends installing third party codec packages, such as the K-Lite Codec Pack. Now as a video encoder, it is quite known that installing the said codec pack might lead to some performance problems to the system as this package is too “bloated” just for installing codecs.  It is recommended that installing the Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) for all the decoding and encoding needs inside or outside of this software.

Other than the title bar buttons, there aren’t any other buttons to be seen, just a simple drag and drop and the video is loaded.  Upon importing, a user just has to sit back and watch as the software analyzes the video and applies the necessary algorithms to stabilize the video. A user will see the graphs and all displayed as fancy and it shows the key aspects that the program uses for stabilizing the video. These include the horizontal/vertical pan shots, horizontal/vertical tilts, zoom and roll.

After analyzing the video, the program goes to preview mode where a user can actually compare the original video to the stabilized one. A user can either do it in horizontal split-screen like the sample above, or vertical split screen by simply clicking the icon at the bottom. A user can also do simple trimming to cut out sections of the video, as well as rotate it either clockwise or counterclockwise.

While stabilizing the video itself is easy, but there is a complicated part as well. Given that the program uses third-party encoders to export video, then setting these decoders is up to the user themselves. At this part, if there is any loss of quality to the video is dependent on how a user has setup the encoders upon saving. The program isn’t responsible for that anymore, it actually passes the control to the encoders installed to the system.

For more information on the Mercalli Easy Video Stabilizer, please visit mercallieasy’s website at http://www.mercallieasy.com

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380

The article will provide a user with information and guidance on RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380.   BlackBerry Curve 9380 marks somewhat of a milestone for RIM, as it is the company’s first device of the supposedly affordable Curve series that comes in a touchscreen-only form. It disposes of the legendary physical keyboard, as found on its 9370, replacing it with a fairly tiny 3.2” display.

The rest of the specifications on the Curve 9380, like the 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 5MP fixed-focus camera with LED flash are exciting.  …

Design:

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is a compact and lightweight device that cups well in the palm, while the tapered back and rounded sides add to the comfortable feeling in the hand.

The Curve 9830 is all-plastic, but the choice of materials and  the build quality are pretty good. A user has a choice to go from a large piano black glossy plastic for the battery cover to matte plastic on the rim where the 5MP camera with LED flash and the speaker grill are, to the faux-metal rim surrounding the sides.

Display:

The LCD screen is very bright, which helps a lot when viewing outdoors, and its colors look vivid. The viewing angles could be better, brightness and color deterioration start to show up after the 45 degree mark, which is typical for this type of LCD technology. A 360×480 pixels resolution makes for 188ppi pixel density, which is bearable.

Interface and Functionality:

The dialer has huge buttons to key in those phone numbers, and the contacts list doesn’t seem changed in layout compared to the previous OS versions. It lists contacts alphabetically by a criteria of a user choosing, and also has smart search, so finding who a user wants to call is pretty easy by just keying in the first few letters until they get filtered down. The contact fields are fairly thick to make them more touch-friendly and only a few fit on one screen, and a user will be incessantly scrolling otherwise.

Multimedia:

The music player on the Curve 9380 is pretty functional and looking good in the meantime.   The loudspeaker volume is decent, but the sound is a bit flat and tinny. On the other hand, the music player supports the lossless FLAC format, which is a pretty good feature to have.

The handset supports not only the usual MPEG-4 video files, but also DivX right out of the box, which is a good thing since the 14500-strong application store is not that rich in decent video players offered for free.

Performance:

Voice quality in the earpiece was good, as we are accustomed to with BlackBerry handsets. We could hear the voices loud and clear, while on the other side they also confirmed that what we say comes out clean, and with strong volume.

The 1230mAh battery might seem with a relatively small capacity for today’s standards, and indeed, the Curve 9380 is quoted for the below average 5 hours and 40 minutes of talk time in 3G mode.

Nokia PureView 808 Features & Specifications

The article will provide a reader with information and guidance on Nokia PureView 808’s features and specifications.

  • 1.3GHz Processor
  • Dedicated Graphics Processor with Open GL 2.0
  • Nokia Belle Operating System
  • 4.0 inch ClearBlack AMOLED Gorilla Glass Touchscreen Display
  • 640 x 360 Pixels Screen Resolution
  • Stereo FM radio
  • Multi Format Video/Audio Player
  • 41 Megapixels Camera
  • Highest Performance Carl Zeiss Optics
  • 1080p HD Video Recording @ 30 fps
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable Up to 32GB
  • Wi-Fi
  • HDMI, DLNA
  • 3G: Up to 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA Up to 5.76 Mbps
  • NFC Support
  • Bluetooth v3.0
  • Micro USB v2.0
  • Social Networking Apps Facebook, Twitter
  • 3.5 mm Audio Jack
  • with TV-Out
  • 2G Talk Time: Up to 11 Hours
  • 2G Standby Time: Up to 465 Hours
  • Dimensiosn:123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm
  • Weight: 169 gms

Nokia 808 PureView is a smartphone the memory storage of which can’t be too big the company had a problem of not bringing the largest picture but the best quality. A user can get the quality of the full sensor even taking snaps at default shooting mode (5MP).

The next advantage is the lossless zoom, which allows to zoom without losing quality:

  • 3x is the default zoom mode
  • 4x lossless zoom at 1080p
  • 6x at 720p
  • 12x when recording videos at nHD (640×360)

The Nokia 808 PureView is the combination of a large sensor allowing long focal length and large f/2.4 aperture. At a maximum when a user can zoom in, a user can get faster shutter speeds and reduced noise.  Nokia promises to surprise its fans at MWC 2012 not only with the launch of the newest Lumia lineup models, but also with the Nokia 808 PureView.  The camera of the upcoming smartphone is described by terms like pure detail, pure depth and pure definition. The camera will definitely record 1080p videos.

Nokia has a 41 megapixel camera-phone – designed so phone users can zoom in without a bulky lens.  The 41-megapixel sensor is around three times more powerful than the ones in any existing handsets.  Nokia says the technology is designed so users can zoom in quickly and easily without losing picture quality.  Most smartphones use digital zoom functions where the picture quality drops when users zoom in, in practice, the zoom functions are rarely used.

PureView’s huge 41-megapixel sensor lets users zoom in up to six times simply by selecting an area – and because of the super-high resolution of the PureView, images still come out at five megapixels, the same as many normal smartphone cameras.  With video, users can zoom in up to four times and still shoot in 1080p Full HD.

When a user zooms with the Nokia 808 PureView, in effect a user is  selecting the relevant area of the sensor. With no zoom, a user can simply use the full area of the sensor.

After reading the article a user would have gained knowledge and understanding about Nokia 808 PureView.