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Best Gadgets of 2011

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2011 was certainly the year of ‘Gadgets’. Almost all electronic giants launched some of their best products and fascinate the world by the innovations. Below are some of the best gadgets that were launched in the year 2011:

  • Samsung Galaxy S II – Galaxy S II, the phone which runs on Android 2.3 operating system is a combination of great looks and ultimate performance with 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen and dual-core 1.2 GHz processor.
  • Apple iPad 2 – Apple launched its second generation iPad – the iPad 2 which is much faster than the previous one and includes front and back cameras.

  • Nintendo 3DS – Nintendo launched the first gaming console that can provide the stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses.
  • Sony PS Vita – Sony recently launched its latest PlayStation ‘Vita’, which has touch-interface with front and back cameras. It also has two knob-like joysticks and gamers can even connect over cell phone networks and Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Kindle Fire – The Kindle Fire is like an all-purpose computer than an e-reader which is the first full-color, touch-screen Kindle. You can watch movies, play games, surf web-pages and do whatever you like to do apart from reading your favorite books.

Though, all these gadgets were launched in 2011 but they will also remain popular in 2012.

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Nokia’s GEM Phone – A Customizable device

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Nokia Gem is a full touch-screen smartphone that changes its appearance every time you use a different function. Nokia is working on its concept phone to turn the device into a morphing touch-screen display by making front, back, and sides of the phone an interactive display. The phone changes its appearance depending on the function you choose, be it a camera, map or any other function. This concept phone can also help advertisers as the back panel could easily be used for advertising while the user is making calls.

It is an ultimate customizable device but whether such a design will be practical to use or not will depend when the phone will mark its presence. Look at the following video to find more about the Nokia Gem.

HTC EVO 3D – To experience the magic of 3D world

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HTC, the smartphone maker recently launched HTC EVO 3D, the amazing 3D smartphone which does not require you to wear 3D glasses to experience the 3D magic. HTC EVO 3D smartphoneHTC EVO 3D operates on Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) operating system with 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor. It features a 3D 4.3-inch 960 x 540 px SLCD display with dual 5 megapixel rear cameras, which are capable to capture both conventional and 3D images and videos.

EVO 3D comes packed with 4GB of internal memory and expandable to 32GB via microSD card. With the built-in mobile hotspot functionality, the HTC EVO 3D allows you to connect up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to enjoy the benefits of 4G speeds.

So, go ahead and buy this amazing smartphone to experience the all new 3D world without glasses.

HP TouchPad Tablet

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HP TouchPad is a tablet computer designed and developed by one of the major information technology companies, ‘Hewlett-Packard’. HP launched this amazing gadget in July 2011 in some of the countries. HP TouchPad tabletWithin two months, HP announced that no new hardware will be manufactured and the TouchPad tablet running webOS will be discontinued due to poor sales. After the announcement, the units of available models were sold within hours with substantial price reductions. In the USA, HP tablet was sold in $99 for the 16GB model and $149 for the 32GB model.

The HP TouchPad has the 9.7 inch, 1024×768 pixel, multi-touch capacitive touch screen with 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor and the device runs HP webOS. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. With HP webOS, you can perform multiple tasks and seamlessly switch between multiple applications. On August 30, 2011, HP announced that they will make another production run of the TouchPad tablet. Now, just wait and see what will be the offered price of Touchpad tablet and will it get the better response than earlier.

Barnes and Noble’s Nook to give competition to Amazon’s Kindle e-book Reader

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Barnes and Noble’s ‘Nook e-Reader’ is a sleek and light weight e-Book reader with touch screen display, Barnes and Noble's Nookthus eliminating the need for many buttons which were presented in original nook. Nook e-Reader’s 6-inch display utilizes E Ink® Pearl technology, which is same as on the Amazon kindle 3G. With 7.5 ounces in weight, it is lighter than a paperback and still holds up to 1,000 books and newspapers with 2 GB internal memory and expandable up to 32 GB using microSD card. It also supports EPUB, PDF and Adobe DRM.

Nook also has an on-screen keyboard which appears whenever you need it. On the downside, Nook features only Wi-Fi connectivity while Kindle also offers 3G connectivity, but with a hefty price tag; you need to shell out some $50 more. With touch screen capabilities of Nook, it makes the navigation easier than Amazon’s kindle which has almost 40 buttons. So, if you do not like the touch screen, then you may opt for Kindle, otherwise Nook has a certain advantage over the current kindle.

So, which one you think will be more popular and win the battle – Amazon’s Kindle or ? Barnes and Noble’s Nook?

Know more about Nook from their official web page: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/nook-store/379002961/

Use Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod as a Projector for Home Theater experience

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iPhone and iPad lovers have one more reason to cheer. Now, you can use your iPhone, iPad or iPod as a projector to view movies on a big screen for home theater experience. Already, there are so many amazing applications to make ‘iPhone’ and ‘iPod Touch’ more useful and now even products are coming to make the user experience even better and make these products so useful. Play any movie or video on your phone and project it up to 70 inches wide. What’s more, plug in any other AV source or VGA input from your laptop and display that as well. The built-in battery even powers and recharges your iPhone while docked in the projector. All you need is to get a compact iPhone projector.

iPhone iPad iPod Projector

With built-in stereo speakers and rechargeable battery, your Projector will be the life of the party. This projector will feature a 640×480 resolution, and will throw a much larger image in any decent area, leaving not only you but others around to see the latest episode of your favorite drama series. It is like having a ‘cinema in your pocket’, but without the sticky floors and the lack of leg-room, with a maximum projection of 70 inches you feel like you have fallen into a very comfortable multiplex.

Netbooks – Mini Laptops for Internet surfing

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What are Netbooks
Netbooks are the mini version of laptops. These are inexpensive, small and light-weight, thus easy to handle. The initial use of netbooks began in the late 2007 when Asus introduced the Asus Eee PC. However, by late 2008; netbooks became quite popular and now shares an equal market space with laptops. In the short period since their appearance, netbooks have grown in size and features, now converging with new smaller, lighter notebooks.

Basic Specifications of Netbooks
Netbooks are best suited for general computing and net surfing, basically meant to be connected with friends and loved-ones. You can also listen to songs, play videos and share your photos online. Most netbooks in the market today support Wi-Fi and can also be used on mobile telephone networks. Some also include Ethernet and/or modem ports, for broadband or dial-up Internet access respectively.

Netbooks are now available with good enough storage capacity of 160GB with up to 12” display size. Battery life of netbook is considered to be better than traditional laptops. Most netbooks also come up with a camera. Netbooks are now available with good enough storage capacity of 160GB with up to 12” display size. Battery life of netbook is considered to be better than traditional laptops.

Netbooks are also available in many colorful designs to attract the user, but netbooks are basically meant for general or basic computing only. If you want to run heavy applications, then netbook is not a suitable choice for you. Though, netbooks are still in the phase of development, more and more improvements can be expected in the years to come to make this gadget more robust in terms of speed and security.

India to give tough competition to Apple and tablet PC makers

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India is all set to manufacture Tablet PC, which will be a low cost computing-cum-access device. The expected price of the model is going to be around $35. The union minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Kapil Sibal told that price may further get reduced to $20 and eventually to around $10.

Indian Tablet PC

He also states the primary aim is to provide these low cost devices to students and teachers of all colleges and universities, which will enable them to gain access to high-quality digital content. This concept is a combined effort of group of professors/experts at IISc, Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay.

The development efforts are still on, and various refinements and enhancements are being tested to reduce the cost without affecting the quality of the device. The device is expected to be made available to students in 2011. It is a single unit system with a touch screen and a built in keyboard along with 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB port and powered by a 2-watt system to suit poor power supply areas.

The minimum functionalities expected are:
• Internet browsing
• Wireless communication
• Multimedia content viewer
• Unzip tool for unzipping zip files

If India will successfully ship this computing device at the price mentioned, it will be really tough for Apple and other tablet PC makers to compete in India, which could be world’s cheapest laptop.

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