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Nokia Lumia 525 Specs, Price

Nokia has posted detailed specs and videos of the Lumia 520’s successor, the Lumia 525. While it looks and feels just like the Lumia 520, it has double the RAM (1 GB VS 512 MB). It is priced at 200 dollars and is SIM unlocked, which means you do not need to get into contract after buying it.

Nokia Lumia 525 Specs, Price

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HTC TOUCH HD as a Mobile Internet Device (MID)- Review

Harvsingh, reviewer at ApoTheTech did a HTC TOUCH HD review few months back (even before it was officially released in some countries). However, this time we are going to review it from a different perspective – AS A MOBILE INTERNET DEVICE. If you have been following the windows mobile scene from the past couple of years, you must have observed that the display size of the mobile phones has decreased in size over the years. Whether we all like it or not, but it was the iPhone that brought the big screen to attention to the mobile phone manufactures.

Specifications:

  • 3.8-inch WVGA display
  • 800 x 480 resolution
  • 288MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM
  • Wifi, BT
  • GPS
  • HSDPA
  • 5MP auto focus camera (no flash)
  • Opera 9.5 for Internet Browsing
  • Video calling
  • Skype (no video calling)
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 (can run Windows Mobile 6.5 although the upgrade is not official)

On the paper, the HTC TOUCH HD looks very impressive as a phone, but it the first device from HTC that can be seriously considered as a MID. You may argue that the HTC Advantage was the first MID. Well, I guess that was too big to be pocketable and I believe MIDs should be able to easily fit in pockets.

Alright, back to the topic: How is the Internet experience?

The Touch HD has a WVGA display and this is the same one that was used in the first generation of the ASUS EEE PCs (EEE 700 series). Imagine all that display squeezed into a 3.8-inch display. The display is very crisp and breathtaking to look at.

Just like the recent HTC devices, HTC has bundled Opera Mobile 9.5 which offers great Internet experience. The Opera Mobile works fine for rendering even complex webpages. Although the pages take somewhat longer to load than the Safari Mobile (found on iPhone/iPod Touch), but once loaded, everything works fine the  way it should. I’ve been told that the upcoming versions of Opera will be able to play youtube and other streaming videos within the webpage.

Note that in iPod Touch/iPhone, you cannot view the videos in the webpage.

The back button on the front takes you to the previous page. All the buttons provide the user with haptic feedback. Haptic feedback produces little vibration to make the user feel that a button press was registered by the device.

Display Sensitivity

The display is very sensitive. It is equivalent to the sensitivity of the ASUS P565 (world’s fastest windows mobile phone). It may not be capacitive, but then you are not restricted to use only your fingers (not even finger nails). You can use the supplied stylus too, which is held by a magnet in its silo.

Music Quality

Since, it comes with 3.5mm headphone jack, you can plugin your high-quality earphones to listen to music. The music quality is great through the earphones.

There are dedicated volume buttons on the left side of the unit to turn the volume up and down.

Camera

It comes with a 5MP camera located at the back of the unit. It takes decent pictures although not as great as the ones taken by Nokia N95.

The camera software provides touch focus, which lets you focus on the desired area.

Here are couple of pictures taken by me at its full resolution:

The 3.8-inch display is huge and make the navigation very finger friendly. It is absolutely stunning to look at. It is 0.3-inch bigger than iPhone too!

Price: It costs $800-$900. I know it is a little too high for some of you but it is a great MID which also doubles as a great phone.

mobile shoppingt:

The benefits of the atom processor can be seen in most mobile phones.

ASUS EEE 900 just $149 at woot!

Woot.com is selling EEE 900 for just $149 (+$5 for shipping). This is a great price for such a great device!

  • 8.9″ LCD
  • 4GB SSD
  • 512mb DDR2
  • 802.11b/g
  • OS: Linux
  • Color: Available in Black and White

[woot.com]

ASUS to keep 8.9-inch netbook for the procurement market

We have heard several times(here and here) about the ASUS phasing out the 8.9-inch netbooks soon. Now, they have decided to keep them for the procurement market. But, reports do say that ASUS will eventually phase them out as they want to concentrate more on the 10-inch netbooks. The report also said that the company will also keep the 7-inch models for the telecom market.

I still do not completely agree with their decision of phasing out the 8.9-inch models. I love my EEE 1000H and other 10-inch netbooks that I have, but they are not as portable as EEE 900, whose size is quite similar to the EEE 700-series.

[via digitimes]

HTC TOUCH PRO review = HTC DIAMOND + Keyboard

The HTC TOUCH PRO was launched by the HTC last year. Following the immense success of the HTC TYTN II, HTC came out with another groundbreaking device. This time, the scene was little different. The HTC TOUCH PRO is built on the design of the sweet and sexy HTC DIAMOND. The DIAMOND was without the keyboard and to make the proper successor of the HTC TYTN II, it needed to have a keyboard built-in. So, here we have, the HTC TOUCH PRO

Design

As mentioned above, the HTC TOUCH PRO is built along the design of the HTC TOUCH DIAMOND. No doubt, they both look very similar from the front side.

From the front, the TOUCH PRO looks exactly like the TOUCH DIAMOND except for the fact that it has curves along the sides.

On the left side of the device, you will find the familiar volume buttons.

The right side of the device is completely naked. As it must have been clear by now, the HTC wanted to keep the device as minimalistic as possible. However, a camera button the right side of the device would have been appreciated.

On the bottom of the device, you will find the HTC’s mini-USB hub which is used for both charging the device and for plugging in the headphones. Another nice improvement over the HTC DIAMOND is the placement of the soft reset button which is placed on the bottom of the device rather than the putting it beneath the cover, which was quite annoying as you had to remove the cover everytime you had to do soft reset the device.

Thickness of the device is considerably larger than the very slim HTC DIAMOND. The reason behind this is the incorporation of the keyboard, which we will covered in the next part.

Keyboard

The HTC TOUCH PRO comes with a very usable keyboard. The placement of the buttons is very well defined and they give the user good tactile feedback. Although, you need to make sure that your nails have been properly cut. Otherwise, you will have a hard time pressing the right key

Camera

The HTC TOUCH PRO features an auto-focus 3.2MP camera. The camera is exactly the same as the TOUCH DIAMOND except for the fact that it has a small flash light too. We found it to be pretty weak.

Here is how the auto-focus works. As-soon-as you gently place you finger over the round-DPAD, it start doing auto-focus. When the auto-focus is done, simply press the D-PAD button to capture the picture. Please note that the TOUCH PRO’s camera also captures video at QVGA resolution.

Storage

The TOUCH PRO comes with a generous 288MB of RAM and 512MNB of ROM. Out of that you get 110MB free RAM and 232MB of free storage  memory. This means that you will probably never run out of RAM. To expand the storage, it comes with a micro-SD slot that has full support for SDHC cards. This means that you can easily pop-in a micro-SD card upto 32GB in theory. The 16GB micro-SD card have already started to hit the market and can be found  for pretty reasonable prices on some online stores.

The micro-SD card is located behind the back panel. So, every time you need to change it, you will have to remove the back panel. So, make sure that you get the biggest one that you can find (and afford).

Phone

The phone picked up strong signals and we faced no problems in using the device even in low signal areas too.

Battery Life

The Touch Pro comes with a 1350mAh battery. Fortunately, the HTC did not go for the 900mAh battery which they used in Diamond. Even then, let’s keep in mind that the TOUCH PRO comes with a VGA display; a zippy processor and tons of connectivity options. If you use the WiFi, it would drain the device within 2-3 hours. So, it is recommended to keep it off when not in use. Overall, with moderate use, you should be able to get a full day of battery life.

Software

The TOUCH PRO uses Windows Mobile 6.1. But, that is not the highlight. HTC introduced the TOUCH FLO 3D, which makes interacting with the device much simpler than before. Now, even if you’ve never used Windows Mobile, you will face (almost) no problems in using the device.

To learn more about the TOUCH FLO 3D, see the software part of review of HTC FUZE.

Conclusion

I’m glad that HTC understood that there are people who require a hardware keyboard to type upon rather than completely relaying on soft keyboard completely. Couple that with powerful processor, VGA display and TV-capability, HTC has got a winner in their hands.

VISIT HTC TOUCH PRO official webpage

Specifications:

Processor Qualcomm® MSM7201A™ 528 MHz
Operating System Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 288MB
Dimensions 102 mm (L) X 51 mm (W) X 18.05 mm (T)
Weight 165 g (with battery)
Display 2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution
Network HSPA/WCDMA:

  • Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
  • Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • Europe/Asia: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control TouchFLO™ 3D
Touch-sensitive navigation control
Keyboard Slide-out 5-row QWERTY keyboard
GPS Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0, audio jack, and TV Out* in one)
Camera Main camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flash light
Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera
Audio Built-in microphone, speaker and FM radio with RDS

ASUS EEE S101 SSD performance [Netbook]

ASUS EEE S101 is the ASUS’s flagship EEE model. The S101 promises style together with function. I received the unit yesterday and I immediately put it to test which should give you an idea about its SSD performance. Here is the screenshot of CrystalDiskMark benchmark test:

ASUS EEE S101 SSD performance

Let me do some comparisons with some other netbooks that use SSD:

1) ASUS EEE 901: Clearly, the S101’s SSD is faster than the 901’s SSD

ASUS EEE S101 SSD performance

2) ASUS EEE 900: The SSD used in 900 was highly critisized for the extremely slow SSD write speed. Here are its figures:

DISK C: (4GB internal SSD):

Sequential Read: 36.61,  Sequential Write: 15.20
512K Random Read: 39.25, 512K Random Write: 5.059
4K Random Read: 7.233, 4K Random Write: 0.062

DISK D: (16GB internal SSD):

Sequential Read: 30.21,  Sequential Write: 13.00
512K Random Read: 30.95, 512K Random Write: 2.498
4K Random Read: 8.715, 4K Random Write: 0.025

Let’s talk about practical usage because sometimes the benchmarks can be decieving. The S101 feels adequately fast for day-to-day activities. It boots up quickly; shuts down quickly and perforrms well with normal tasks like browsing and office editing. These will be discussed in more detail in the full review which will be published within a week.


ASUS EEE S101 SSD performance review

ASUS claims that the EEE PC S101has 62GB storage memory. Well, out of that, you get only 16GB SSD space. This may make you wonder where the rest of storage space that the ASUS claims it to it be there? Well, here is how the storage memory is divided:

  • 16GB SSD
  • 16 SD card
  • 30GB EEE Storage

Out of 16GB, you get 14.9 usable SSD space onto which the OS is installed (in this case, Windows XP). And yes, the 16GB SSD card is included in the box. UPDATE: read ASUS EEE S101 COMPLETE REVIEW HERE.

note: EEE 901 and 900’s benchmark figures taken from ultrabookindia.info site (related post this)

Learn more about EEE storage here.

Windows 7 on the EEE PC 701? – No, we are not kidding [Netbook]

Raine over eeeuser has been to be install the Windows 7 onto the EEE 701. Now, the installation of Windows 7 on this EEE is not just-another-Windows7-installation on a netbook. The EEE 701 has a small 4GB SSD. The footprint of Windows 7 is over 8GB.

So, how to do it?

You will have to nlite the Windows 7 install. This means that you will have to take a lot of components out of the standard Windows 7 install to reduce to a much smaller foorprint.

To make you work easier, he Raine has been kind enough and has posted the configuration settings of his nlite install. This will reduce much of your work.

Here are the steps:

1. Vlite: Follow these Vlite settings

; vLite preset file
;
;#Environment:
; vLite v1.2
; Framework 2.0.50727.1434
; Microsoft Windows NT 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1 64-bit
;
;#Target:
; Windows 7 ULTIMATE 32-bit
; Version 6.1 English (United States)
; vLited with v1.2 beta (02/01/2009 02:48:10)
;
[Compatibility]
ACDSee / XnView
Halo 2
Zoom Player
DVD Treasury
Hauppauge WinTV
Logitech Setpoint
DriveimageXML
MediaPortal
Recommended
; Recommand
Aero Glass
; Aero Glass
Scanners and Cameras
; Scanners and Cameras
Internet Explorer
; Internet Explorer
File and printer sharing (Server)
; File and printer sharing (Server)
Windows Update
; Windows Update

[CustomHide]

[Components]
;# Accessories #
Accessibility
; Accessibilit
Welcome Center
; Welcome Center
;# Multimedia #
Sample Pictures
; Sample Pictures
Screensavers
; Screensavers
SideShow
; SideShow
Wallpapers
; Wallpapers
;# Drivers #
Diva Server
; Diva Server
Printers-Generic printer
; Imprimantes-Generic printer
Modems
; Modems
QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter
; QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter
Scanners
; Scanners
Storage controllers-Adaptec
; Storage controllers-Adaptec
Storage controllers-Elxstor
; Storage controllers-Elxstor
Storage controllers-IBM ServeRAID
; Storage controllers-IBM ServeRAID
Storage controllers-ICP vortex
; Storage controllers-ICP vortex
Storage controllers-Intel (Matrix)
; Storage controllers-Intel (Matrix)
Storage controllers-nVidia
; Storage controllers-nVidia
Storage controllers-SiS
; Storage controllers-SiS
Storage controllers-Via
; Storage controllers-Via
TV Tuners-ADS Technologies
; TV Tuners-ADS Technologies
TV Tuners-ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
; TV Tuners-ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
TV Tuners-AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.
; TV Tuners-AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.
TV Tuners-Compro Technology Inc.
; TV Tuners-Compro Technology Inc.
TV Tuners-Creatix
; TV Tuners-Creatix
TV Tuners-Hauppauge
; TV Tuners-Hauppauge
TV Tuners-KNC ONE GmbH
; TV Tuners-KNC ONE GmbH
TV Tuners-KWorld
; TV Tuners-KWorld
TV Tuners-Lumanate, Inc.
; TV Tuners-Lumanate, Inc.
TV Tuners-Philips Semiconductors
; TV Tuners-Philips Semiconductors
TV Tuners-Pinnacle Systems
; TV Tuners-Pinnacle Systems
TV Tuners-TerraTec Electronic GmbH
; TV Tuners-TerraTec Electronic GmbH
TV Tuners-VidzMedia Pte Ltd.
; TV Tuners-VidzMedia Pte Ltd.
;# Network #
Distributed File System (DFS)
; Distributed File System (DFS)
Simple TCPIP services
; Simple TCPIP services
Telnet Client
; Telnet Client
Telnet Server
; Telnet Server
TFTP Client
; TFTP Client
Windows Collaboration
; Windows Collaboration
Windows Mail
; Windows Mail
;# Hardware Support #
Firewire (1394)
; Firewire (1394)
Floppy Disk Support
; Floppy Disk Support
Infrared Support
; Infrared Support
Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)
; Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)
Microsoft Multi-Path Bus
; Microsoft Multi-Path Bus
Modem Support
; Modem Support
Printer Support
; Printer Support
Smartcards
; Smartcards
Fax Support
; Support Fax
TV Tuner support
; TV Tuner support
Windows HotStart
; Windows HotStart
XBOX 360 Controller
; XBOX 360 Controller
;# System #
Help
; Aide
BitLocker Drive Encryption
; BitLocker Drive Encryption
Performance Counters
; Compteurs de performance
Parental Controls
; Controle parental
Disk Quota
; Disk Quota
IMAPIv2 Burning Support
; IMAPIv2 Burning Support
Reliability and Performance Monitor
; Moniteur de fiabilit et de performance
Run a legacy CPL elevated
; Run a legacy CPL elevated
User Account Control (UAC)
; User Account Control (UAC)
Windows Defender
; Windows Defender
Windows Easy Transfer
; Windows Easy Transfer
Windows SAT (Performance Index)
; Windows SAT

[Options]
DEP (Data Execution Prevention) = Default
; DEP (Data Execution Prevention) = Default
User Account Control (UAC) = Disabled
; User Account Control (UAC) = Desactiv�
AntiSpyware Realtime Protection = Default
; D�sactiver AntiSpyware Realtime Protection = Defaul
Memory requirement = 256MB
; Besoin en m�moire = 256MB
AutoPlay = Disabled
; AutoPlay = Desactiv�
Paging Executive = Disabled
; Paging Executive = Desactiv�
Power scheme = Balanced
; Power scheme = Balanced
Power button = Default
; Power button = D�faut
Sleep button = Default
; Sleep button = D�faut
Control Panel – Classic View = Default
; Control Panel – Classic View = D�faut
Show hidden files and folders = No
; Montrer les fichiers et les dossiers cach�s = Non
Show protected operating system files = No
; Montrer les fichiers du syst�me d’exploitation prot�g�s = Non
Show extensions for known file types = No
; Montrer les extensions des fichiers connus = Non
IE Phishing Filter = Default
; IE Phishing Filter = Default
IE Phishing Verification Ballon Tips = Default
; IE Phishing Verification Ballon Tips = Default

[Services]

[Protection]

[Drivers]

[Unattended]
SkipAutoActivation

[Hotfixes]

[LanguagePacks]
2. Install in a virtual machine. Clean the winsxs. Disable the indexing (makes it snappier) and compress drive (saves a lot of space). You can also delete the DVD Maker folder (since there is no dvd burner on this thing) and Microsoft Games (I don’t like them).
3. OPTIONAL: Use Vispa to set your desired settings (error reporting, scheduled task and so on).
RECOMMENDED: Disable hibernation (in cmd: powercfg.exe -h off) and pagefile. If you do so, reboot before ghosting.
4. Use Norton Ghost 8 to make the ghost image of it.
5. On your EEE, restore your image on the SSD
6. Reboot on WinPE (since the boot manager is broken) and enter the following in Command:
BCDEDIT /set {bootmgr} device boot
BCDEDIT /set {default} device partition=d:
BCDEDIT /set {default} osdevice partition=d:
This will fix the boot manager and allows Se7en to start on SSD. And yes, the d: is correct, Se7en uses two partitions.

Reboot

Note: Make sure you compress the drive after the install to regain 700-900MB

Commentary: The Windows 7 is running surprisingly nice on the EEE 701. The only issue is the unable to run the Windows Live messenger and its inability to get into standby with the SD card inserted.