HP Pavilion g6

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The HP Pavilion g6 is exactly what a user would expect for its starting price of around £300: bland. While there’s absolutely nothing exciting about this machine, it does what it’s supposed to do, and does it well: The chassis is simple yet sturdy, the keyboard and trackpad are well-designed, and the performance is just around average.

A user gets the latest-generation Intel Core i3-380M processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and a 5400-rpm, 500GB hard drive. Our review model also comes preinstalled with the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium and features a built-in Webcam, a microphone, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. In our WorldBench 6 benchmark tests, the g6 received a score of 101, which is on the low side of average for laptops in this class.

The HP Pavilion g6 is surprisingly attractive, considering its price point. Don’t get me wrong – it still looks and feels like a budget machine. But its minimalist form and rounded edges lend it an air of style that most budget laptops lack. The lid is a shiny, solid-gray plastic that bends slightly in the middle if a user puts any weight on it. A small, brushed-metal HP logo is on the bottom left corner, and the edges are smooth and rounded. The underside of the chassis is the typical matte black plastic, with two Altec Lansing speakers located on the front, just under the keyboard.
The interior of the HP Pavilion g6 laptop is simple, with a smooth black plastic border around the silver keyboard and wristpad area. A slightly depressed border is also around the matte-black island-style keyboard. The trackpad is just a textured area directly on the wristpad, with two separate silver buttons below it. The HP Pavilion g6 weighs about 2.55kg, and measures 374x245x30.5mm.

Port-wise, the HP Pavilion g6 is typical for its class. On the right side, a user will find a VGA port, an ethernet port, and two USB 2.0 ports – plus an HDMI port and a SD/MMC card reader, both nice touches. The left side is dominated mostly by the tray-loading DVD-RW drive with LightScribe, but HP manages to squeeze in an additional USB 2.0 port along with a Kensington lock slot.

The HP Pavilion g6′s full-size keyboard is quiet and comfortable to type on. The keyboard itself is a pseudo-island-style affair, and the keys have flat tops and are wider on the bottoms. The keys are evenly spaced and offer good tactile feedback. The keys move a little too much as a user presses down, but overall the g6 still offers one of the best typing experiences on a budget notebook.

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Tablet Grudge Match: Micromax Funbook P300 vs. Zen UltraTab A100

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Android tablets have started gaining a lot of popularity in India, where price is a decisive factor. Google had announced the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS in October last year. The ever-growing tablet market has seen batches of ultra-affordable ICS tablets since. We reviewed two such tablets recently — the Micromax Funbook and the Zen Ultrabook A100. We have pitted them against each other in our grudge match. Let’s see which one comes out on top.

Micromax Funbook P300
The Funbook sparked quite a bit of interest when it was launched, as it is currently one of the cheapest Android v4.0-based tablets in the market. Micromax calls the Funbook an edutainment device, targeting it at students and those preparing for professional exams. This sleek and good-looking tablet has a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor at its core while running on the Android v4.0.3 (ICS).
As for its build, we really loved its incredibly light feel. It’s quite slim as well, making it a very good eBook reader. It is one of the better-built Android tablets a user will find in the sub-10K price range.

Zen Ultratab A100
Not to be left behind in the budget tablet segment, Zen Mobiles recently announced their Ultratab A100. This tablet has a 7-inch screen. Zen’s Ultratab A100 user experience is designed with a Live Panel menu, which users can customise to display a variety of content on the homescreen.

At a thickness of 10.5mm and a weight of merely 295 grams, the UltraTab A100 is very lightweight compared with other tablets in its category. It is powered by a 1.2GHz processor, complemented by a Mali 400 graphics processor (GPU) and the operating system is Android v4.0 (ICS). It features 512MB of DDR3 RAM, and an internal storage capacity of 4GB, expandable to 32GB via the microSD card slot. The UltraTab has a built-in 2800mAh battery that can not be replaced by the user.

Bottom line

In our real-world tests, the Micromax Funbook had a much better battery life of seven hours as compared to the A100, which managed a meagre 3 hours and 47 minutes. The only reason the Ultratab gets more points is that it is slightly cheaper, has a front camera of a higher resolution, and is a wee bit lighter than the Funbook. Though the two devices appear almost neck and neck, the Funbook edges out the A100 with an HDMI out port and an overall better battery life.

Huawei Honor U8860

The article will provide a user with information on Huawei Honor U8860.

The mid-range smartphone segment is always an exciting place to be in. Here we have phones that offer the perfect compromise between features, performance and value and every once in a while, we’ll get a high-end phone that drops in to make way for new offerings in the upper segments. In India, this sweet spot for phones is typically in the 18K to 22K price range. Today we’ll be looking at a new entrant from Huawei, and when I say new, I mean in the Indian market. Huawei launched the Honor U8860, back in December of 2011 and it only recently hit our streets. Let’s see if it has what it takes to find a place in this crowded group.

Design and Build
The Honor U8860 is a perfectly presentable phone, something a user won’t be ashamed of flaunting among his/her friends. From the front, it’s reminiscent of the iPhone 4 with an all black bezel and rounded edges. Up top, we have the earpiece and the front-facing VGA camera. Down at the bottom are the usual set of capacitive buttons. There’s no mention of any anti-scratch glass or coating on the screen, but it does manage to hold up well with everyday use. Fingerprints are a big problem and since the brightness levels of the LCD aren’t great, using it in direct sunlight is a real challenge. The Honor measures 11mm in depth and weighs around 140g, so it’s not the slimmest, but it’s far from bulky. The reason for this extra heft is the chunky battery in the phone.
For connectivity, we have a microUSB port at the bottom, besides the microphone, while the volume rocker and power/sleep buttons take up their usual spots. Around the back, we have a textured rear panel with the Huawei logo and speaker grill. The memory card slot does not support hot-swap, though. The camera is an 8MP sensor and a user will also get an LED flash. In the box, a user can get a charger, data cable and a headset. Overall, the Honor doesn’t really come across as a phone that costs 20K, as it feels more like a 15K and below phone. Having said that, the build quality is pretty good and we didn’t find any creaking parts or weak spots – it feels rugged and durable.

The Huawei Honor U8860 comes with Gingerbread, along with their own skin. They say that it is possible to upgrade it to ICS, although nothing has happened yet, so don’t hold breath. The skin is a mash up between a bunch of other skins and has the look and feel of LG’s UI, along with similar icons from Samsung’s TouchWiz and topped off with a sprinkle of iOS. I like what they’ve done with the lock screen, which gives a user with a quick access to phone features or to unlock the phone. The interface is pretty quick overall, thanks to the 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255T SoC, along with the Adreno 205 GPU.


Nexus 7

The article will provide a reader with information on Nexus.  With a stunning 7” display, powerful quad-core processor and up to 8 hours of battery life during active use, Nexus 7 was built to bring the best of Google in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in hand.

Nexus 7 brings entertainment to life in stunning clarity on a vibrant 1280-by-800 high-resolution display protected by scratch resistant Corning glass. With over one million pixels, text is sharper, HD movies are more vivid and gameplay is smooth and dynamic.  With over 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading and up to 300 hours of stand-by time, Nexus 7 is designed to go the distance. Whether a user measures battery life, levels completed, movies watched or minutes of backseat silence, a user can spend less time charging and more time doing.

Nexus 7 was designed with gaming in mind. With heart pounding quad-core performance and sensors like a gyroscope and accelerometer – do a barrel roll then tilt, touch and tap the way to the top of the leaderboards while exploring over 600,000 apps and games available on Google Play.  Nexus 7 was built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor, meaning everything is faster – pages load quickly, gameplay is smooth and responsive, and running multiple apps is a breeze. A 12?core GPU delivers rich and immersive graphics while patented 4-PLUS-1™ CPU design gives a user processing power when it is required and battery saving efficiency.

Nexus 7 is powered by Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile platform. With smarter notifications, beautiful new widgets and home screen customization that’s as easy as drag-and-drop – Android is faster and more intuitive than ever.  Nexus 7 was made for Google Play, so all the entertainment in hand: the world’s largest collection of eBooks, millions of songs, thousands of movies and TV shows, and a growing selection of magazines – plus over 600,000 apps and games

With over 4 million books to choose from, Nexus 7 gives a user with an access to the world’s largest collection of eBooks. Customize reading experience by adjusting the font, switching to day or nighttime modes, etc.  Hit movies and TV shows are instantly available on Nexus 7 in full HD – there’s no waiting for downloads and syncing, or worrying about storage space. And because Nexus 7 has a high-resolution 16:9 screen, a user will be watching his/her favourite content the way it was meant to be seen.

Get all the apps and games a user loves on Nexus 7 – with over 600,000 titles to choose from, Google Play has something for everyone. A user can find the most popular free and paid apps, explore hand-picked collections, browse by category or simply search for favourites.

Magazines come to life on Nexus 7. With hundreds of popular titles to choose from, a user is bound to find something for himself.
A user can take the music anywhere with Nexus 7. When a user uploads the existing music library to Google Play – up to 20,000 songs for free – a user can stream all the tracks and playlists from the cloud.