Huawei Ascend G300

The Huawei Ascend G300 is aiming to challenge established budget devices such as the BlackBerry Curve 8520, Samsung Galaxy Y and even coming in at similar monthly prices as the HTC One V. Huawei is no stranger to producing a budget device, with the unlocked. Huawei Blaze retailing at £99 (around $160). The Ascend G300 does initially come locked to Vodafone, but also fights its way in at under £100 (around $160).

Despite some necessary compromises, first impressions are promising. There’s a 1GHz processor, large 4-inch 480×800 screen, and a flash for its 5MP camera.  The front is almost completely glass, and the metallic chassis shows itself at the top and bottom. With an almost HTC One X look about it, a user will find three capactive soft keys just below the screen. Huawei’s opted to discard the search button, keeping only the Menu, Home and Back buttons.

At the opposite end of the bezel, there is a small LED light. It’s well hidden, but flashes whenever a user gets a message, and lights up when charging. The colour does change, and can be customised in different applications.  On the top edge a user will find the 3.5mm headphone jack moulded smartly into the body, as well as the screen lock button. The left hand side of the Ascend G300 houses the volume rocker. There is a nice dip in the centre which helps a user control it. An uncovered MicroUSB port is located on the bottom, leaving the right side empty.

The smart design also extends to the back. Made up of the battery cover, between stylish white plastic that curves round the side, the back also houses the camera and flash, as well as the loud speaker, another microphone and the obligatory logos.  Behind the battery cover we can see the SIM card slot, 1500 mAh battery and a microSD card slot.

Weighing in at 138g with battery, the Huawei Ascend G300 is not too heavy in the pocket and whilst not pointing to the lightness of slim high end devices, it hints towards a sturdy construction.  The 4-inch screen is responsive, and bright enough to use outdoors. It can be said that the capacitive buttons are not overly sensitive, but it is had to press the buttons more than once to get a response.

Like most custom UIs, HAP 5.1 brings in custom icons and widgets. It also adds a nice blue touch to the standard android message boxes. The stock Android dock has been replaced with Huawei’s own, presenting a user with 4 icons. These can be changed to a users preference, but Huawei has chosen to initially populate it with the applications, dialer, SMS and browser icons.  In the leap view, HAP 5.1 allows a user to have 5 home screens, which can get a bit frustrating and a user can select his/her default home screen. Switching between screens by sliding to the sides doesn’t come with fancy animations, it’s more like a carousel with the wallpaper moving with it.

HAP 5.1 brings with it a new custom lock screen, a very useful feature. A user can’t choose the applications that get placed on it, but there are unlock, camera, SMS and call log shortcuts.  A user can pull down the notifications bar, and a user will find that Huawei has added power toggles, for Wi-Fi, data, GPS etc.

Huawei has added some custom widgets, usually being called “My….” such as My Analog Clock, My Calendar, and My FM, on top of some stock Android offerings.

i-Control Wireless iPod Controller

The article will inform a user about i-Control Wireless iPod Controller.  IPod remote controls used to require wires, but the i-Control remote pad lets a user wirelessly control the iPod using infra-red. In a compact case in keeping with the iPod, this little gadget has controls for play and pause, forward and back, and volume control.

If a user has all the audio and other media on an iPod, this is going to make a99 life a whole lot easier. Relax where a user likes and controls the iPod with no fuss, no wires, and a considerable amount of style.

A user can simply connect the infrared receiver to the iPod unit and then a user can receive signals from up to 30 feet away by remote control. The infrared receiver is powered by the iPod, and the i-Control transmitter requires one lithium iron battery that is included in the package.

The i-Control supports 2G/3G/4G/Photo and the Mini iPod. Whatever iPod a user has he/she, the remote control device will enable him/her to listen to the iTunes from a distance.  A user can utilize an iControl system comprised of a single iTAG configured with Wide Area Network (WAN) capability for communications (thus performing the gateway function of an iGATE). A user has multiple sensors within a relatively close geographical area, it may make more sense to share resources (share one cell or satellite service, to communicate data from multiple sensors on a wireless network). In the long run, this may be a more cost effective solution.
The iTAG and mLOCKs have embedded WAN capabilities that include both 2G GSM/GPRS quad-band and 3G UMTS/GSM penta-band cellular modems. The iGATE options include Ethernet, cellular (GSM/GPRS), and satellite (Iridium, Globalstar). For high-value asset tracking and monitoring, the iTAG also has an option for satellite communications.
iControl’s MATTS system doesn’t utilize passive RFID technology.  Passive RFID technology relies on a nearby reader(<100m) for interrogation. The MATTS technology is an active RFID system that utilizes powered tags with onboard processing for determining when data needs to be uploaded and through which type of communications network. MATTS tags transmit data (location, alerts) and receive directives (queries, parameters) via an adaptive, multimode communications architecture with embedded LAN and WAN capabilities. This maximizes MATTS worldwide availability and operation in that cooperative networks are not required for communications or location determination.
The Return on Investment is obviously unique to the application, but iControl keeps the investment cost low by offering a product line that can be used in a variety of industries.This broad use of our products means that the development costs are spread out and the innovations are driven by a greater number of users. Industry-specific interfaces are added as modules and different protocols can be implemented on the fly. Depending upon the industry and current mode of operation, typical ROI numbers range from 5 to 20. iControl’s products show the trends of the equipment and are used to diagnose potential problems.

After reading the article, a user would have gained knowledge and understanding about i-Control Wireless iPod Controller.

LG’s Super Ultrabook

The article will provide a reader with information on LG super ultrabook. The LG Z330 Super Ultrabook is a 13-inch laptop, measuring less than 0.6-inch at the thickest point, and weighing 2.66 pounds. The metallic cover sports a “gyro-brush line” finish that appears to be similar to the radial spin finish seen on the Asus Zenbook UX31. Crammed into that 0.57 by 12.4 by 8.45 inches (HWD) chassis is a 13.3-inch display, boasting 1366-by-768 resolution. The Z330 will be offered with a selection of Intel 2nd Generation (Sandy Bridge) Core i3, i5, or i7 processors, paired with 4GB RAM and choice of 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). LG is also including its own Speed Boot Technology, which claims boot times of 10 seconds, half that of Intel’s own RapidBoot technology.

The larger LG Z430 Super Ultrabook bumps up the screen size to 14-inch display, but at the same 1366-by-768 resolution. A bit beefier at 0.78-inch thick and 3.3 pounds, the Z430 also changes up the specs, offering either 128GB SD or a larger 500GB spinning hard drive paired with 16GB of solid-state memory to maintain the responsiveness and speedy boot times of an SSD. The Z430 will have no Core i3 option, with only Intel Core i5 and i7 processors available, and doubles the RAM to 8GB.

The new Super Ultrabooks will be launching worldwide sometime during the first quarter of 2012, but specific dates and pricing details are not yet available.

Features

Let’s have a look at features:

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64bit)

Quiet & Comfortable Computing

10x Faster Data Transfer with USB 3.0

Ultimate Smart Performance with the 2nd Generation Intel® Core i7 Processor

Up to 11x Faster Speed with SATA3 SSD

Super Speed Resume

14.7mm of Super Slimness & Gyro-Brush Line completes the Chic Urban Look

Super Compact Clutch Design with Super light weight of 1.21 kg

3x Faster Booting in 9.9 seconds with Super Speed Boot

Quiet & Comfortable Computing

Ultimate Smart Performance with the 2nd Generation Intel® Core i7 Processor

Super Speed Resume

Super Compact Clutch Design with Super light weight of 1.21 kg

0x Faster Data Transfer with USB 3.0

Up to 11x Faster Speed with SATA3 SSD

14.7mm of Super Slimness & Gyro-Brush Line completes the Chic Urban Look

3x Faster Booting in 9.9 seconds with Super Speed Boot

Processor

2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 or i5 or i3 Processor

OS

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64bit)

Bezel Width

Super Slim Bezel (Compare with other brands)

Screen Size

14.3″

Memory

4GB

Graphics

Intel® HD 3000 Graphics

Display

13.3” HD (1366*768) LED LCD

Battery

3 Cell(Li-Polymer)

Audio

HD Audio, SRS Sound Solution

Input / Output Port

HP-Out, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, DC-In, Internal Mic, HDMI, mini RJ45

Webcam

1.3M HD

Design

Super Compact Clutch Design with Gyro-Brush Line

Multi Media Card

Micro-SD

Storage

120GB (SATA3) or 256GB (SATA3)

After reading the article a user would have gained knowledge and understanding about LG’s Super Ultrabook.

Q2 Internet radio

The article will provide a reader with information on Q2 internet radio. It is easy to use and sound quality’s pretty good, but it’s an expensive internet radio.

Q2 Internet Radio is one of the most refreshingly different and interesting internet radios that has ever been seen. Beyond its cool cube design (available in five colours), this radio is the only model we’ve ever seen not to have a single button on it, bar a power switch on the rear.

The Q2 Internet Radio is designed to be used entirely with its accelerometer. A user can tip it back to turn up volume, forwards to turn volume down and place it speaker down to mute it and put it in standby mode. It can be programmed with a users four favourite stations or podcasts, and a user can simply place the Q2 on the correct side to get the assigned station. Each side is marked with lines from one to four, so it’s easy to see which preset a user is using.

Programming the radio is simple. All a user has to do is download the software from the Q2 website and plug the radio in via USB. The software’s first tab lets a user drag and drop radio stations or podcasts into the four available preset slots. A user can search for radio stations or browse by country or genre, where genres are further divided into country to make finding the one  that a user wants.

Next, a user can click the Networks tab where a user can select up to five wireless networks to use, stored in order of preference. If the network that a user is using is connecting to is protected then a user will be asked for the password when a user selects it. Please note that a user can’t use a wireless network that requires authentication through a hotspot, such as in a hotel or other hotspot.

In order to get  Q2 working a user has to change his/her router’s wireless channel to one in the US range of 1 to 11, although a firmware update coming soon should fix this. The only minor problem is that a user can’t manually add networks, so if a user has turned off SSID broadcast on the router then a user will need to turn it back on in order to see and connect to the network. Finally, a user can use the Settings tab to select an initial listening volume, update firmware and undo recent changes.

Once configured the radio connects to the network: a red light flashes to show it’s trying to connect and turns green when it connects before turning off. The radio then starts playing on the station that a user has selected. Audio quality is very good and the Q2 Internet Radio produces a balanced mix sound. The sound is clear and detailed. While there’s not much bass, neither are the speakers too tinny. The hiss and fizz of internet radio is dealt with well; however, sound quality is dependent on the quality of the stream: the best stations gives the user 128Kbit/s streaming, which is around FM stereo quality; talk radio stations typically gives a user 32Kbit/s, which is fine for voice but music sounds a bit robotic. Volume is loud enough to fill a big room, and it’s good to see that there’s no distortion even at maximum.