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Sony Xperia U

The article will provide a reader with information on Sony Xperia U. Japanese phone maker has rolled out its newly designed handset Sony Xperia U. This handset even though, as per company’s claim targets at entry-level buyers, in fact comes packed with mid-range specs.

Albeit, this Sony mobile phone is currently running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, it’s planned to get 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update at any time. Thus, Google’s huge apps store is now accessible and enjoyable just on a few finger taps.  For making Sony Xperia U run at super-fast speed, a dual-core 1 GHz processor has been equipped on it. The photography like never before can be experienced by a user with 5 MP shooter fitted on it. This camera comes with exciting specs like autofocus, LED flash, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama and many more. The video clips can also be taken by using this snapper. Further, front VGA camera is nice for video chat.

The 3.5 inches touchscreen on this Sony handset is superb to watch pics, video clips and websites in excellent clarity and sharpness. The screen is long lasting with scratch-resistant glass and is pretty functional with the incorporation of Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine and Timescape UI.

A user can also store plenty of files with built-in memory of 4 GB along with 512 MB of RAM. The 2G and 3G technology supported on it lets a user rejoice at snappy web surfing, emailing and social networking.

For winning the heart of multimedia-enthusiasts, this gadget flaunts excellent music player, media player, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5mm audio socket and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology. A user can also enjoy Facebook, Twitter on a single platform. Li-Ion 1320 mAh battery fitted on it delivers good stand by time and talk time.

Sony Xperia U contract deals tabulated on this webpage are pretty exciting with their pocket-friendly rates, captivating free gifts and alluring incentives.

 

Specificaion

Let’s have a look at the specification for the Sony Xperia U
Camera:Mega Pixel
Display Size:480 x 854 pixels, 3.5 inches
MMCSlot:False
Display Type:LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M color
Ringtone Type:MP3
Bluetooth:True
GPRSText:Up to 107 kbps
3GText:
Battery Text:Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh
Weight:110g
Talk Time hours:Up to 6 h 36 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 36 min (3G)
Standby Hours:Up to 260 h (2G) / Up to 472 h (3G)

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.

Sony Ericsson Shipments Plummet by 45%

After releasing their third-quarter (Q3) results, Sony Ericsson’s sales are down to €1.619 billion, a massive drop of 42%.

Handset shipments and revenues are also struggling at Sony Ericsson. Their Q3 results show that just 14.1 million units were shipped, a 2% shortfall on Q2 results and a 45% slump in comparison to the same quarter results from last year.

Sony Ericsson will be most hurt that their sales figures are 42% down to £1.48 billion, 4% lower than Q2. The average selling price of Sony Ericsson units is down from €122 in Q2 to €114 in Q3, but up from last year’s Q3 figures of €109.

The mixture of products and difficult market conditions was blamed for the lower average selling price of handsets.

According to a statement made by Sony Ericsson, improvements were made on gross margin, but dropped annually due to foreign exchange inconsistencies and lower sales. However, improvements in volume and percentage rate were seen in the success of the W995 Walkman phone and a series of cost cutting measures.

President of Sony Ericsson, Dick Komiyama, stated “Our business in the third quarter started to show the effects of our ongoing transformation programme. Having refreshed our brand we are now better positioned to support the launch of new products such as Aino and Satio in Q4 2009. We have cleared channel inventories, and have continued to realign internal resources and improve efficiency.  We have also arranged external financing to strengthen the company’s financial position.

“Transforming the business for future growth and returning Sony Ericsson to profitability is the focus of the senior management team and will continue under the new leadership.”

Sony Ericsson set out last year in a bid to reduce their annual operating expenses by €880 million; efforts that are set to continue. The benefits from these cuts are due to be seen towards the end of 2010.

Sir Howard Stringer, chairman, chief executive and president of Sony and member of the Sony Ericsson board, succeeded Carl-Henric Svanberg on 15 October, with Bert Nordberg becoming president at Sony Ericsson in place of Dick Komiyama. Mr Komiyama will remain as an executive advisor until the later stages of 2009.

Experts believe that the world mobile phone handset market for 2009 will shrink by approximately 10% from the 1.19 billion units sold in 2008. Sony Ericsson believe that for unit sales during Q3, they hold approximately five per-cent of the world market.

Toshiba Strike Back with Near-High Definition Quality DVD Player

After a right pounding from Sony?s Blu-ray DVD format in the high-definition war that ended in early 2008, Toshiba has set up shop in the standard definition DVD market. The company has launched a new up-scaling DVD player, the XD-E500, which promises to deliver as near to HD-DVD as you can get, without it actually being HD.

Toshiba?s new US$150 XD-E500 features Toshiba?s new eXtended Detail Enhancement (XDE) technology, which increases up-conversion from 480i/p to 1080p, and also offers three user-selectable picture enhancement modes ? Sharp, Colour, and contrast – to help refine the video quality, according to Toshiba.

Sharp Mode offers improved detail enhancement, taking it one step closer to HD, Toshiba boasts. Edges are sharper and details in movies are more visible. As opposed to traditional sharpness control, XDE technology analyses the whole picture and adds edge enhancement exactly where it?s needed.

Colour Mode ensures the colours stand out with improved richness, with blues and greens appearing more lifelike, according to Toshiba. Colour Mode combines the improvement in colour with the detail enhancement of Sharp Mode and is perfect for outdoor scenes.

Contrast Mode is designed to make darker scenes or foregrounds more clearly, without the typical ?washing out2 that can occur with traditional contrast adjustment.

In addition to XDE, the XD-E500 incorporates key features found on most up-converting standard DVD players, such as HDMI-CEC, DivX certification, JPEG capability, and MP3 and WMA playback.

“XDE offers consumers a simple solution to add on to their HDTV purchase. XDE works with existing DVDs to deliver a near HD experience with enhanced detail and richer colours. Toshiba is delivering to consumers what they want — a high quality experience at an affordable price,” noted Louis Masses, Toshiba director of product planning.

Toshiba will be hoping to capitalise on the customers who are still reeling from HD disc battle with Blu-ray, as most consumers haven’t jumped up to more expensive format yet.

“It’s an interesting time for the market,” Ben Bajarin, director of the consumer technology practice for Creative Strategies, said.

“After [Toshiba's] HD DVD finally phased itself out and we noted that Blu-ray was the clear winner, we saw a lot of consumers who were saying, ‘When’s the right time for me to buy … and if so, what’s the right price?’” he added.

Bajarin doesn’t believe an HD up-converting device is going to be a long-term solution.

“We’re at 1080p now, and that’s going to continue to go up. With educated consumers, one of the main reasons the Sony PS3 Blu-ray player is so interesting is that it can be updated with software – so as new standards come out, they’ll be able to update their PS3 Blu-ray player with software so that it’s consistent with what’s available on the market at the highest levels,” he explained.

“Consumers already know Blu-ray is the winner, so I find it hard to believe that consumers will go out in larger numbers and buy a device that’s not Blu-ray,” Bajarin said.